Thursday, October 18, 2007

Ok so I think my grandson is really cute! The other picture was a scan of an actual photo so it didn't show his gorgeous blus eyes. Here he is in the sweater, hat and mitts. Both the hat and mitts knit up super quick in Dream in Color Fatty. I even did a hat for Emma in just a couple of hours.

Have you seen the Riverstone yarn from Louet? Can you believe the price $7.50 for 165 yds? It felts beautifully - you can make this bag for $30 (pattern included) - I'm thinking everyone should get one for Christmas! Here's two versions one in Citrus Orange/Crabapple and one in Green Apple/Purple.

I've also started a shawl/wrap/scarf thingy out of the Malabrigo lace. Here it is knit with double strands in a drop stitch pattern. The colorway is Stonechat 173.

Mr. Greenjeans is back on the needles and I'm plugging away at it - I will never not swatch again! Yeah right!

Friday, October 05, 2007

Gauge You Say!

This picture makes me very happy. My gorgeous grandson Liam wearing his Baby Surprise Jace that his granny (yup, that's me -granny!)slaved over. See he's pointing to his hat - I made that for him on Friday - less than 1/2 skein of Dream in Color Fatty in November Muse - I'm working on the matching mitts now and still haven't used up the whole skein!

This was also making me incredibly happy! Mr. Greenjeans from Knitty in Dream in Color Cloud Jungle until.....

I tried it on and had to turn it into this. Something to do with gauge - sweater has a gauge of 18st/4ins and Connie was getting a gauge of 18sts/3 ins which lead to a sweater that did not fit. My husband suggested I give it to someone else but nope - this yarn is mine. I was suspicious of the size of this sweater the whole time I was knitting it but guess when I checked to see if it fit - despite the pattern telling you to try it on - when I was just about 2 rows for the cast off of the sweater body. Gotta love knitting!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Never Ending Sweater and Some Other Stuff

This is the never ending sweater. It's a sweater for my grandson, Liam - the Baby Surprise Jacket in Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted Hand Dyes in Olive. Knitting exactly according to the pattern, I finished this on Saturday, took it home and tried it on him. The sleeves were too short - no problem, I picked up stitches at each cuff and added on 4 inches in garter stitch to each sleeve BUT I didn't have quite enough yarn so I had to open up a whole new ball - which lead to the hood. I've picked up and cast on that hood 2 times and finally now I've got it. Hopefully, fingers and toes crossed - it will be done today! It's so gorgeous - not cheap - but really, really gorgeous!

We had a great Knit Night - from left to right is Marion, Angela, Jeanette, me, Carol (our first Learn to Knit student), Vel and Clare! Thanks also to Dawn for coming up all the way from the city to see my shop! It was great to meet you!

Here's the Pick Up Sticks shopping bag! They are huge and roomy made from a great heavy duty canvas. In store or online they are $20 and once you have one, you can get a 10% discount for a whole year. No cards to hold on to - nothing for you to do expect bring your shopping bag for your discount. Of course, online customers can't bring their bag when they are shopping but they can still get the discount once they have a bag!