It’s been too long!

I can’t believe that it’s been almost a year since I’ve blooged over here – oops! I’ve been really busy with life, and just haven’t had the chance to! A post with photos of what I’ve been up to with knitting should be up towards the beginning of the week!

Bye for now!

(More) Christmas Knitting Progress

Howdy folks! It’s been awhile since I last posted, but it’s been busy busy around here! Now that I have a bit of free time, I figure that it’s time for an update on the Christmas knitting!

I don’t remember if I ever posted the “Knit Gift List” (and I’m too lazy/tired to check), so I’ll do that now:

  1. Socks for my Dad
  2. Felted purse for my BFF
  3. Shawl for Julia
  4. Blanket for Seth
  5. Hat for RJ
  6. Socks for Julia
  7. Socks for Seth
  8. Slippers for RJ
  9. Ornaments for OKN Christmas swap
  10. Shawl/stole for Gramma A

Here’s what I have so far:

All projects that are started (along with those that are finished!)

All projects that are started (along with those that are finished!)

Finished projects are:

Dads socks

Dad's socks

Swap Ornaments

Swap Ornaments

Noni Felted Bag

Noni Felted Bag

Balaclava for RJ

Balaclava for RJ

And the in-progress projects are:

Felted Slippers

Felted Slippers

Aestlight Shawl

Aestlight Shawl

Blanket

Blanket

Julia’s shawl would have been done by now, had I not made a mistake that involved me having to rip the entire lace section out! I’ve been so frustrated with it that I haven’t picked it up since I had to do the ripping. I’ll get back to it eventually!

Seth’s blanket is one of those projects that I can only seem to work on in spurts. It’s really simple, and moves quickly when I do work on it, but I haven’t been working on it as much as I perhaps should. If I buckled down on it, I think it would take me less than a week to finish (but the chances of that actually happening are not that high).

The slippers are a quick knit, and I should be able to finish them today!

That leaves the stole for Gramma A and the socks for the kids to start/finish. I have the stole pattern picked out and bought – just have to buy the yarn for it, and I’m going to wait another month – month and a half to knit the kids’ socks (want to make sure they won’t grow out of them before they get a chance to wear them – but I do have the yarn!).

So, things seem pretty much on track to be finished on time – as long as I don’t procrastinate too long on the larger projects!

Vacation and Some Sadness

Every summer, DH takes at least one week off around his birthday (which always falls around the “Civic Holiday” in August). We spent the long weekend in Sudbury, visiting his family here:

I always feel relaxed when we’re there, and I’m always sad to leave. We stayed there Saturday and Sunday, left for home on Monday. After we got back, we ran errands, then left the rest of the week for relaxing – which left a lot of time for knitting!

The day after our errand day, I managed to get these two projects finished:

Summery Socks - knit from Tofutsies

Summery Socks - knit from Tofutsies

and

Verde Ripple Mittens - Knit from Mirasol Hacho

Verde Ripple Mittens - Knit from Mirasol Hacho

After I finished these two projects, my replacement Noni pattern came in, and I was able to make some headway with the flowers (the 3rd one is almost finished now)

Noni Flower - Pre-felting

Noni Flower - Pre-felting

Noni Flower - Felted

Noni Flower - Felted

I also managed to make some progress on two other Christmas projects:

Aestlight - One repeat into the lace part of the body

Aestlight - One repeat into the lace part of the body

and

Petit Poisson Blanket - 25% done!

Petit Poisson Blanket - 25% done!

That’s about all I have to show for FO’s and progress. I plan to finish the flowers for the bag this week, and I have hope that I can finish Aestlight this week as well.

Unfortunately, we received news this morning that DH’s Memere passed away late last night. While it is sad, we knew it was coming and it was her time to go (she was in her 90’s and deteriorating quite quickly over the last few weeks). We will be making the trek to Kirkland Lake for the funeral (likely) sometime this week (funeral arrangements have yet to be made).

The trip will be a long one (8+ hrs one way), so I’ll have to find a new project to occupy myself in the car (the blanket is just too big). We’ll see what I come up with…

Bye Bye Blogger, Hello WordPress! (and new yarn!)

So, I tried to update the theme over on my Blogger hosted blog, and it deleted all of my sidebar links, lists & etc. – I was not (and still am not) impressed! I had already been considering the switch, and that, as they say was the “final nail in the coffin”. It may take a bit of time, but I’ll be adding more sidebar stuff (like my “On the Needles”, etc) and pages as I find the time🙂

On the knitting and yarn front, I received more yarn in the mail this week:

From L to R: Cascade 220 in Magenta, Cascade 220 Heathers in Olive, Mirasol Hacho in Verde Ripple

From L to R: Cascade 220 in Magenta, Cascade 220 Heathers in Olive, Mirasol Hacho in Verde Ripple

The Magenta C220 is for the flowers on the 9 to 9 to 9 bag (which I would have started this weekend, had DH not accidentally thrown the pattern in the recycling that went out this week), the Olive C220 is for a pair of Thuja socks (a Christmas gift for DH), and the Mirasol Hacho will be knit into a pair of mittens (a simple, somewhat mindless project for our long weekend camping trip to Sudbury).

Other than that, I’m still trying to finish up some WIPs, concentrating mostly on a pair of socks (but managing a few rows on the Aestlight shawl). I’m hoping to finish up this sock today so I won’t feel too guilty about starting DH’s Thujas when he returns to work tomorrow!

Happy knitting!

Monkeys on my Head – a FO


Pattern: Cozy Critter Cap (Ravelry Link)
Needles: US5
Yarn: Patons Decor

Comments: I don’t know if it’s because I’ve knit the Monkey socks a few times now, but I just couldn’t manage to stay interested in this hat for more than 10-15 minutes at a time. I, however, love the finished product. Definitely a product over process knit for me!

Holiday FOs and Progress Photos

Today I figured I’d blog about my progress on my Holiday Knit List – especially seeing as I didn’t post any photos in my last post (and now I have a few). Lets start with the “in-progress” photos that I have so far:

First we have the 9 to 9 to 9 bag:

The main body of the bag has been knit and felted (photo shows pre-felting size), and I am waiting for the yarn for the flowers to come in (which should be any day now. I have the lining fabric (black with white pin-dots), and still have to find some handles (no luck finding any online that don’t come to $20+ after shipping).

Then we have the Aestlight Shawl for Julia:

The main garter triangle is done, just have to pick up the stitches around the endge, knit the lace portion, then the edging. I don’t think it’ll take me too long – but I haven’t had the concentration for it lately.

I do have progress on other projects, I just don’t have photos yet – So, onto the finished projects!

First we have socks for my Dad:

These have been done for quite some time now, and I couldn’t be happier! My Dad loves plainly knit, plainly coloured socks, which are a monotonous knit. He’s a hard person to shop for though, and he loves these, so they’re worth it in the end!

Next we have the finished ornament set for the Ottawa Knit Nights swap:

I had been considering adding a navy blue and a variegated blue/eggplant/coppery-brown ones, but I’m happy with this colour combo, and I’m not sure that it would look like a “set” with those 2 ornaments added. I may change my mind later, but I’m happy with how these 4 look together for now🙂

That’s all I have for photos for now – I’ll post again when I have more. Happy knitting!

Holiday Knit List ’09

We all know that there’s a big holiday that’s 5 months (and a bit) away, and I started freaking out last month because I had absolutely *nothing* done, and by June, I’m at least 30% way finished shopping/knitting through my list. I guess you could say that it really snuck up on me this year. So, I sat down and started making a list of people that my family will gift to, and choosing which ones I think are knit-worthy – which in the end, turns out to be not that many! I think I’m safe to post my Holiday Knit List, (minus one or two projects that will be for some people who may or may not read this). So, here it is (along with project statuses):

  1. My Dad (aka the man who lit the fire under my butt to knit socks): Plain ol’ socks – Status: Done!
  2. My BFF: 9 to 9 to 9 felted bag (a Noni pattern) – Status: The main part of the bag is knit and felted, and liner fabric has been chosen from my fabric stash; Waiting for the yarn for the flowers to come in, and still need to find and buy handles.
  3. Julia: Aestlight Shawl (Status: Started) and a pair or two of socks (Status: Have yarn, waiting until fall to start so she doesn’t outgrow them before she gets them – like last year!)
  4. Seth: Petit Poisson Blanket (Status: 20% done) and a pair or 2 of socks (Status: Same as Julia’s socks)
  5. DH: Thuja socks (Status: ordered the yarn today) and possibly a scarf to go with the hat I knit him for last winter (Status: still contemplating!)
  6. Knit night ornament swap: 5 mini-sock ornaments (Status: 2 done, 3 to go)

So, not bad progress on the list now – most of the projects are at least started, and one is done! I’ll post again with photos when I have a bit more done (and actually have photos to post!).

Bye for now, and happy knitting!