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Alright, here is the promised review post. 😀 I am going to try to list all the things that I finished last year. Mind you, a lot of the year was spend knitting Oregon Shawl, and I think the rest of it was primarily smaller projects? We will see.

In January, I started and in February I finished the Limberlost Luna shawl, designed by MMario. It was a great KAL to participate in. MMario is a very generous and prolific designer, the link above will take you to his Yahoo group, where he posts all his designs, most of which are untested, and where we get to play with them, ask questions to MMario himself, and have a lot of fun with the other knitters in the group. MMario is very good at responding to questions, and will come up with most corrections quite quickly. When the patterns have been tested they are often listed on Ravelry, but they also stay available for naught on this Yahoo group. If you like to knit lace, this is definitely a group to join. But they are chatty, be forewarned. Of course you don’t have to receive individual e-mails, MMario will be the first to suggest to go web access only if the avalanche of e-mail is too much for you.

Next, in March, I finished a very cute hoodie for my oldest son, it had been in the works since October. It is officially called Sweater with hood and pockets in Eskimo, a pattern from Drops. I made some adjustments, like no pockets, and a little less long, as well as different closure. I was going to add a zipper, but my son decided at the last moment that he wanted buttons after all. So I added crocheted button hole loops. I am not entirely pleased with those, but c’est la vie.
Next were a couple of dishcloths/afghan squares. The first one is called Columns of Greece. It apparently took me about a year to finish, but I swear it seemed longer then that. It was not the pattern’s fault, it was a pretty simple pattern, and easy to remember. But I used it as my take along knitting, but with 2 little children I just didn’t have much time to actually go somewhere and knit. Before you ask, if you have to wait somewhere and you have 2 little children, knitting is almost impossible.
And then a square I designed for a baby blanket. There is a yahoo group I belong to, called Lone Star State Knitters, and they knit a blanket worth of squares for each member who is about to have their first child or grand child. Someone asked for a 1,2,3 square, as we already have an A,B,C square, and since I couldn’t find one, I offered to design one. It was fun, and maybe I will actually offer the pattern sometime…
I believe then we reached the summer, and I started knitting on Oregon in earnest, I was determined to finish it in 2010. But in August I did design this little thing, after a friend of mine asked for a napkin ring and I discovered that one can hardly find any that are not knitted flat.
Which in turn lead to designing this coaster and place mat to match, and I am very proud to say that the pattern for this set of three has been used as one of the patterns for the Holiday Mystery Gifts group on Ravelry.
In September the designing bug bit once more, and I adapted this cute little guy from a crochet pattern.
In October, Oregon was finally finished, it took me 2 and a half years, which is really not bad if you realize how much I have done in the mean time.

After I finished Oregon, I started 2 more projects, but they were not finished in 2010, and therefore do not belong in this post. 😀 If you managed to read all the way to the end of this post, I greatly appreciate it. I love sharing my love for my hobbies, and appreciate any comments you might wish to leave.

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Needing a little distraction

This week I am getting an almost complete kitchen remodel in my house. New counters, cabinet fronts, back splash, and cook top/oven. To attempt to not get in the workmen their way continually, I picked up something I didn’t need to focus on. Something I have been working on for a long time, only because it was started as a take along project before I got into socks… That is how long ago! But on Friday the counter tops came and this was the result:

I finished about half that on Friday, the rest I had already finished previously. The pattern is called Columns of Greece, and I made it using 4-ply worsted weight 100% cotton, Peaches & Cream to be precise, in the light blue color way. It will be used as a dishcloth in my new kitchen. It was fun to make, enough variety in the pattern that I had to keep paying attention, but very simple, only using knit and purl.

Today I think I will try using Oregon as a distraction. The cabinet people are here.

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I have tried to keep my mind off of the contest this week. It is quite scarry, now that the contest is in the voting stage.

But I have been busy. First there were the baby blanket squares that I made for online friends of mine:
IMG_1429. The lighting is awful. But it was the clearest picture I could take. There are 2 suns and 3 teddybears. They are made using Cotton Tots The yellow color is called Sunshine, the white was (I think) Wonder White. I can’t find the wrapper right now. I used US#8 needles.

Also, I have been working on the Oregon Shawl. I sorta lead a KAL on Yahoo, the Oregonshawlkal. Previously, I had managed to knit 3 repeats of the center pattern. This is a wonderful Shetland style shawl, which means that the first part that is being knitted is the center square. Then stitches are picked up on all sides of this square to knit the often large border. On the Kal I said I was going to do 3 repeats on the center this week. Well, I almost managed. I did two and a half. Here is the proof:
IMG_1435
My goal for next week is another three repeats, for a total of three and a half repeats. I have five and a half repeats done of the total of 13 repeats needed. Okay, enough with the technical specs. I have enjoyed knitting this sofar, and it is not going to go back to the back burner. I am determent to get this shawl finished without any more interruptions. There, I said it. Now we will see how long that is going to last. 😀

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A Contest

I just had word that the contest is open to voting, so I will post here about it too. I have entered a design contest with a design of my own. I of course can’t tell you which one is mine, but please visit this website:

http://www.lonestarstateknitters.org

There is a button on the left that says design contest, and if you click that you get taken to the participating designs. Vote on the one you like best. 🙂 There is a button underneath the designs that says “Vote Here”, and on the next page you can select the design you liked best, and click “Vote Now”. May the best design win!

On the knitting front, after I finished this entry, I have been working on some socks I will tell you about some other time, a dish cloth, and quite a few other things. None of my own design though. That designing takes quite a bit of time! But it was fun, so maybe I will do it again. I have also been working on some squares for a baby blanket for a great yahoo group I have been connected with, LoneStar State Knitters. They make a baby blanket for members who are having their first baby or grand baby while being a member of this list. I got a blanket when my youngest was born, so I am doing my part to get a blanket for some of the other members. There seems to be a baby boom, because I am knitting a square for 5 different members! But it is quick and fun. I will take a picture before I send them out, hopefully Monday.

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Well, I am finally done with the three baby blanket squares I wanted to make for the LSSK baby blankets. They really did turn out very cute. I used Bernat’s Cotton Tots to make these squares, as that is what all the ladies use. Maybe I should back up….

I belong to a group on Yahoo Groups that is called Lone Start State Knitters. This is a wonderful group of women who have become each others’ extended family, and who welcome new women into their “family” all the time. It does not matter if you are Texan or a brand new comer (Like myself). One of the wonderful things they do (besides making you feel welcome) is, they knit squares for members who are having their first baby/grandbaby while being a member of this group. The coordinator collects the squares, and mails them to the new mom when there are enough of them, and of course if the mom wants to receive them. No pressure, no obligation. I am actually looking forward to receiving my squares, which I have been told are on their way! But while I was waiting for my squares, I thought it would be nice to join the tradition. And I bought a skein of Cotton Tots. And I cast on. There are some suggestions to follow, so that the squares are made using the same materials, approximately the same size, and the same gauge. I managed to make 3 squares from the one skein, and I still have a little left over. Here are the results:

bear

This teddybear I ended up redesigning.  I did not like the pattern I found here in the right hand margin. It was written as a stockinette bear on a reverse stockinette back ground. There were not enough stitches, and not enough rows, and I did not want to just add more background, because there is already a lot on this cloth. So I redesigned it using Elaine’s basic charted shape for the bear, but making it a garter stitch bear on stockinette back ground, and I like it much better. This one took me probably more time then the other 2 together, but I am now reasonably happy with the end result.  I think if I would make the pattern again, I might tinker some more with the chart, but then, I usually tinker a little on all my patterns.  In this case, I think the bear should be a bit more “fluffy”.

butterfly

star

The last two can be found at Designs by Emily, the June and July 2007 patterns. They were easy to knit, took me only a few hours each.  They are also a garter stitch pattern on a stockinette background, and I think they came out pretty darn well.  Of course these could be used at dishcloths or wash cloths, but I think the designs make them also highly appropriate as parts of a baby blanket.  Just as long as the cotton you use for them is appropriate for the purpose it is meant to serve.  Cotton Tots is soft and feels nice, which makes it great for baby items, if it was to be a dishcloth, I would probably use something like Sugar and Creme.  Different yarns lend themselves to different things.

Well, the thunderstorm blew over, I think it is time for me to head to bed. Good night everyone!

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Yesterday I had some shawls yelling at me. A’tuin from MMario and Casablanca were fighting about who would get most of my attention. I eventually sat both of them down and told them if they behaved that way I was going to spend some time with Oregon. That apparently was too much, because they agreed to just share the time, as long as they would both get attention.

So I worked on Casablanca some, and finished up to row 47 I believe. I am absolutely loving how this is turning out. I think Anne C. is doing a great job. Of course I am on clue 2, and clue 5 came out yesterday, but oh well. 🙂 All good things come slowly, as the dutch proverb goes. Here is a picture of the first clue finished. I will take a picture again after I am done with the second one.

A’tuin is also coming along nicely, and after I worked on it a couple of rows, I got to row 53. Right now I am still working on the shell part, and I am loving the ground that Mmario chose to use for it. It looks like a turtle shell to me. For those who are wondering, A’tuin is based on the Discworld Books by Terry Pratchett. I have just recently started reading this series, and am liking what I have read so far. Not that that is necessarily a lot. But I seem to be doing all kinds of things in very little pieces at a time. Apparently that is part of being a mother? But at least I do have some time for “me” things. This is a very good thing. Oh, and here is a picture of A’tuin, after the 1st chart.
It has grown bigger, but the pattern has not changed much. Again, I will get a new picture after I am done with this chart. The next section looks like fun.

And then there was of course my spinning too….. Well just see my progress I guess. I know people will probably look at it and go eeeuw… But hey it is my first attempt, and I am pretty proud of it!

Oh, and I guess I promised some other pictures too. Here is the Heron Dishcloth:

And here is the diagonal dishcloth that I just sort of made up:

Please, feel free to let me know what you think! And now we will be off to find materials for DS’s not yet realized little desk. 😀

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I have been spinning, I promise.  It seems to take forever, I have almost finished 3 ounces.  I was hoping that 4 ounces will fit on the bobbin, as I have 8 ounces of fiber, and was hoping to divide it between 2 bobbins before I ply it.  We’ll see.  When I read other people’s blog about spinning, they seem to do much more and spin much more quickly then I manage. Sometimes I wonder if it is going to take forever. One tip I have picked up somewhere, (Apologies, I don’t remember where) is to divide your fiber in specific pieces, like 1 or 2 ounces. I have realized that that makes it much easier to know whether you have made progress or not. I seem to be getting somewhat more even, so that is something at least, and I do think I am getting faster. Now I do hope that it won’t all fall apart when I get ready to ply….. Sorry, no pictures of the spun fiber yet.  But here are some over due pictures of MS 3:
MS 3 or Swan Lake in all it\'s glorie
And you know who tried to usurp it immediately?

Crab Dishcloth for Gma:

Red Crabby dishcloth

Red Crabby dishcloth


And you know who loves it?
Dishcloth in use

Dishcloth in use


And here is a quick look at the second cloth, cream, diagonal knit without holes:
See my nice cloth?

See my nice cloth?


The last one, the blue Heron is finished, but the photo is not off the camera yet. I will try to do that next time, as well as pictures of my spinning.

I do think I will have to play with the pictures a little. Not quite how I want them, but that will have to come later.
I have also been working on Casablanca recently. It is coming along nicely, though slowly. Of course, translating the files each week takes a little time. And I am also house hunting, which is pretty much taking most of 1 day per week. So knitting time is becoming somewhat of a premium, especially as I try to keep up with Tour de Fleece.
Anniversary got cut (literally). I knew there was a mistake, and I couldn’t find it. I had been thinking the yarn was wrong anyway, so I will retry it when I get yarn that wants to be it.

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