Wednesday, July 31, 2013

august eve

tomorrow is the first. and i will have all month to finish as many pairs of socks as possible. i am aiming for finishing 9 pairs ... but might only finish 5 pairs.

BeFunky Filmstrip 5 on iPhone

this is Bex, otherwise known as Ugh. (yeah, 3 letter words are bad-words)

i love it. i do. but each round is a challenge. there is no rest with this pattern. i really want to finish this pair. this is sock #2.

BUT, i'm really into my summer sweater (t-shirt) knitting right now.

i'm quite smitten with this pattern:

its official name is s8420 Woman's Top (yes, a very enticing name!) by Schachenmayr. i have ordered the book Inspiration 053 from Patternworks, and the yarn! typically, i'd work from my library and stash, but i had neither.

i could had just ordered the booklet and paid minimal shipping, but then i would have only had solids in my stash to work with --- which would had defeated the "look" of this top (and i really like the mottled look of the variegated yarn used).

this is the yarn:

it's called "multicolor" --- it's 100% cotton.

i think this top will look really nice for the summer, late summer, and heading into fall.

i am still knitting on my Valpuri tee --- i'm on the front now, abut 6" in.

i'm going to have to figure out how to juggle all the sock knitting & t-shirt knitting though.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

summer t's

i have added so many t-shirts to my ravelry queue in the last several weeks.

after finishing my gemini top from knitty, i was itching to cast on something new.

while at the beach with mom, we went into a craft store (ac moore) and i found a bag of "mill end cotton blend" in the bin, and i had a 50% coupon.

BeFunky upload on iPhone

BeFunky Temperature on iPhone

BeFunky Grunge 1 on iPhone

all i know about the yarn is that it is one pound, and a cotton blend. a blend of what? ... i do not know. yardage? ... who knows. do i have enough for my project? YES!

BeFunky Instant 1 on iPhone

(the bag came with 3 large balls)

oh! the pattern is Valpuri --- a free pattern from berroco!

i have finished the back now, and will start the front tonight.

for the first time in a looooong time, i am actually using a cable needle. i just cannot do an 8 stitch cable in a yarn that has zero stretch, w/o a cable needle.

when i finish this shirt, i may cast on another summer/fall tee. i have queued mostly patterns that are either free or in my library, plus ... i do have the stash =)

Saturday, July 13, 2013

new things

i have proof now that i finished my sweater!

BeFunky Grunge 1 on iPhone

BeFunky Grunge 1 on iPhone

the top photo is of the front, and the second is the back. i prefer the lace part across the back.

it fits really well ... i ♥ love ♥ hempathy! i wish i had more in my stash ... actually, i do ... but in a rather bland/neutral colorway. if i felt frivolous ... i'd order some from webs. it's a lot of "bang for your buck" --- the perfect summer knitting yarn =)

this pattern is gemini (from it is my first top down sweater. the process was "okay", but i think what i enjoyed the most was that it was easy to try on as i went, and i had minimal finishing.

my other "new things" are from mail order. i swear, it's easy to spend money so fast from a chair & desk.

the first is this ...

BeFunky Instant 1 on iPhone

from amazon, i ordered 2 books for $10 each, and a set of interchangeable tunisian crochet hooks made by knitters pride. the price was right, and the shipping was free, and (for now) ... no tax!

and the other goodies ...

BeFunky Instant 1 on iPhone

some goodies from knitpicks. i got a sock book, some back issues of interweave knits and knitscene magazines, a set of 24" cables, and two balls of their new crochet thread, curio.

i have plans for the hooks, and plans for the thread, and i wish there were more hours in the day!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

july already?!

where does the time go?

i have been busy --- knitting --- and i actually finished my sweater! though, i don't yet have any pictures of it.

i came home last night, and "forced" myself to weave in the ends. BUT, today, i was able to wear the finished tee (sans blocking). as a reminder, i knitted gemini from

it's a very cute summer tee, which i knitted from hempathy (a hemp/cotton/rayon mix), and it's top down. this was my first top down sweater ever knitted, and also totally seamless garment.

now i'm itching to start a new summer tee --- maybe something crocheted. or maybe, the same pattern? ... i don't know. i don't want to get burned out on a repeat.

i'm still knitting socks ....

BeFunky Instant 1 on iPhone

this is one of my very ugly monkey socks. i finally finished the toe yesterday, and need to cast on the mate.

i need to really get my act together for my august sock finishing frenzy sponsored by ms. mapleweave.