Sunday, March 29, 2009

Waves of blue (and white!)

I finished the baby blanket on Saturday morning, just in time for my friend's baby shower!

Waves of Blue (March)

Pattern: Waves of Blue by Bev Galeskas
Yarn: Bernat Softee
Needles: US 7/ 4.5 mm

The pattern was very simple and easy to memorize. I absolutely love the end result and my friend was very happy and touched that I would take the time to make something for her. The yarn, well it's acrylic that I got last Christmas. It really wasn't bad though. It's very soft and easy to work with.

Next on the needles: Socks, maybe? I also want to finish a project or two.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Glorious markers

I've always thought I had enough stitch markers. I only ever use a few at a times anyways, so I don't need millions of them, right?

That's what I thought until I realized I just couldn't live without Brigitte's Go Habs Go stitch markers.


Seriously, how cool are they? The Go Habs Go beads even look like little puck! She sells sets of 5 stitch markers and the 5th one is custom made to honour your favourite player (TP14, guess what it means?). I love them!

BTW, Brigitte's Etsy shop is named Les TricotLores (brilliant!) and she sells Habs inspired yarn. Profit from the yarn go to the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation. It can't get any better than that.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Blankie in progress

I've been meaning to post these past couple of days but I've been so sick! Both Chris and I were hit with a bad bad bad cold (the worst I've had in years). Usually, one of us gets sick first and the other one gets sick right after, but this time, we both got sick at the same time and it was just bad. I'm feeling a little bit better today, but the past three days have been hell. I would just cough and cough and cough and medication didn't help much. And I think we went through 5 boxes of tissues. It was ugly.

Unfortunately, that means I wasn't able to work on my friend's baby blanket much. This is what it looks like now:



I want to have it done by March 28. I'll have to knit a lot in the next week...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A year ago...

A year ago, I took this yarn:


And I cast on for a pair of socks. I knit and knit and knit and progressed:


And then I got one sock. And then I decided I didn't want to knit the second sock. So I didn't.

A year later, I decided I did want a pair of green cabled socks after all so I picked the project back up and I knit and I knit until I got... A finished pair!

Cable Net socks (March)
Picture 1: Good colour

Cable Net socks (March)
Picture 2: Blurry, but more detailed

Pattern: Cable Net socks by Ariel Barton (from Knitty, Fall 2006.
Yarn: Reynolds Soft Sea Wool in Olive
Needles:2.25 mm dpns
Modifications: I did 3 repeats of the leg pattern (instead of 4) because I was scared to run out of yarn. I think it's a good thing I did because I didn't have much leftover.

I love the socks and I love the yarn, but I don't know how much I'll like non-superwash socks. We'll see.

I wanted to cast on for my Go Habs Go socks as soon as I finished the Cable Nets, but then I realized that I do want to knit something for my friend's baby shower (March 28th) so I cast on for a baby blanket (Waves of Blue blanket). Being a slow knitter, I doubt I'll finish it before the shower, but I'm going to try. She's due in June, so I have extra time if I can't finish it by the end of March.

Have you guys seen the new Knitty? There are some cute things in there, but nothing that makes me want to cast on ASAP. I really like Decimal and Cachoeira.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Nothing to see here!

Oh blog, dear blog. I wish I had more interesting things to write about. Some knitting pics to share. Yarn porn*. But I have nothing.

I'm still working on that UFO I don't want to talk about until it's done. The good news is that I should finish it in the next couple of days. Yay!

I think I'm getting startitis. I haven't suffered from it in a while, but I've been having a few symptoms these past few days. The main one is that I keep looking at my Ravelry queue. And since I have no pics to share, I'm going to share the patterns I'm liking right now.

Froot Loop socks
Central Park Hoodie (Classic. I really want to make it.)
Shifting sands scarf
Jeanie wrap
Après-surf hoodie
Nalu mitts

I've also been thinking about going yarn shopping. Thinking about it. But I'm trying to be good and knit from my stash for a while, at least for small projects, which is all I've been doing for the past year or so. Still, I see yarn shopping in my future.

*Everytime I use the word porn on my blog, I assume I'll get more hits. I'm looking forward to seeing how many people are going to find this blog and be so disappointed to see there are no naked chicks on here. Oh my, and now I just wrote "naked chicks".

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Twist and Shout

I've been MIA again, sorry! I thought I had posted last week, but apparently not. I have to admit I don't have any pretty pictures to post. No FOs, no interesting WIPs that I want to share, no new yummy yarn.

I haven't started anything new since I finished my Bella Mittens. Instead, I picked up an old UFO that I plan on finishing. I'll wait till I'm closer to finishing before posting pics though, as I'm scared I'll get tired of it again and set it aside.

I do plan on casting on soon though. First of all, the fantastic ladies from the Go Habs Go Ravelry group are planning a "Sock-u Koivu KAL" (get it? Haha!). I'm going to use my Go Habs Go yarn of course and knit Chris a pair of socks.

I'm also tempted by all the cute Spring-y patterns that are coming out. Have you guys seen the new Twist Collective? I adore the Ardent Jacket and I would make it if I thought I could make one that looks as good. Of course, it would help if *I* looked as good as the model (who is, I believe, the girl who thought me how to spin last year).

I also really like Dulce de Leche, the sleepy monkey baby blanket (though I doubt I'll ever make it), jennie's toys, cherry fizz, Collette, Primrose path and all the socks.

Of course I also got the new Interweave Knits, and I love the Float Stole, Fountain Pen Shawl, Silk Cocoon Cardigan and Soap Bubble Wrap.

We'll see if I ever manage to start (and finish) one of them!