January 25, 2009

Finished Objects

Posted in Knitting, Tatting tagged , at 6:49 pm by dianelaces

Wow, I’ve never known Startitis to culminate in Finished Objects quite so quickly!  Cold days outside make for good knitting and crafting days inside.

Finished my green vest and boy do I love it!  I need to put a zipper in, but I couldn’t resist wearing it today anyway.  I have a brown zipper, but I want to go to the fabric store tomorrow night and find a green one if possible.

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I also made a nice tatted pendant that happens to go well with the new vest.  It’s from Boutique Tatting by Marilee Rockley; a book I received from my honey for Christmas.  I got the beads at Galena beads and it took me an hour to pick out a handful of beads.  I’m hopeless and just agonized over the colors and having just the right beads for the project.  I think I’ll get a lot of use out of this pendant.  Mom saw it today and suggested what colors she would like to have!

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And then I also finished my lace scarf last weekend.  I wore it to work one day but forgot to take a photo of it.  So, three big projects finished in the space of about 10 days.  I finally cast on for Ted’s socks today, but I haven’t gotten my bobbin lace project going yet.  That’s next on the list.  I also have the beads to make some tatting earrings out of the book and I’m looking forward to making them.

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January 4, 2009

Startitis…I got it bad

Posted in Bobbin Lace, Knitting at 11:11 am by dianelaces

Wow, I woke up this morning and I am just jumping around planning more projects that I want to start on.  It probably didn’t help that I had two pots of Scottish breakfast tea when usually I have one cup of Lipton decaf!

Since I finished my socks, I have to get another pair of socks on the needles really quick-like.  It seems to be Ted’s turn, so I’ll start a pair of toe up socks in the lovely Socrates yarn he bought me for Christmas.  I’ll knit a plain foot and have plenty of time to think about the pattern on the leg.  I counted and realized that I knit 11 (that’s ELEVEN!) pairs of socks in 2008.  Wow, some kind of record for me.  I think I’ve been more prolific since I started knitting two socks at once.

I am knitting a lace scarf for the Read-a-long on Ravelry of the book The Lace Reader.  Actually, I’m listening to it on audio so I can knit at the same time.  The pattern is a traditional Estonian Stork’s Nest by Nancy Bush that was in the January/February 2008 issue of Piecework magazine.  I am really enjoying it.  The 12-row repeat goes quickly so I can pick it up and put it down without a huge time commitment.

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Last summer I bought a pattern and yarn for a vest for myself.  I’ve swatched twice, but couldn’t get gauge so I put it down and started my Christmas knitting.  I better get back to it or I won’t be able to wear it at all this winter!  Maybe I’ll go to knit night at Fiber Wild and get going again.

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And my poor bobbin lace pillow is feeling very neglected lately.  I did do some lace during the holidays when I really needed to clear my mind from the multitude of lists for Christmas preparation.  But I went to lacing at Borders last Monday night and got that itch to start something new.  I bought this pattern and the fan to mount it on at the IOLI convention last August.   It’s ‘s Gravenmoer lace worked in a very fine thread.  I think I’ll start getting the pricking ready when I go to sewing tomorrow night and wind bobbins during the week.  That way I should be able to set aside a chunk of time to start it before I go to Borders at the end of this month.  Yay!

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Pretty, pretty socks for Me!

Posted in Knitting at 10:49 am by dianelaces

Finally!  I finished a pair of socks for me!  This pair of socks has been coming for a whole year and they are finally mine and done and I plan to wear them tomorrow.

I bought the yarn last winter intending to make a pair of socks for myself.  Found a lovely pattern (Salto), knitted away and realized the heel was too deep and they were too big for me; so I finished them for Ted.  I even had to buy more yarn to finish them.  Take two: there was a fair bit of yarn left so I started the Celtic Cable socks for myself in the summer.  I got nearly to the decreases for the toes – and ran out of yarn!  (Note to self – cables take more yarn than expected.)  I ordered more yarn, finished the socks, and realized I needed a birthday present for my mom.  Yes, she got the socks.  Take three:  I really liked that pattern, so I knit the Celtic Cable socks again for myself and just finished the socks with about 4 yards of yarn to spare!  I like the Knit Picks Risata yarn in Ash colorway, but I don’t think I want to knit it again for a really long time!

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