Wednesday, February 25, 2009

More knitting & surfing

Working on my two knitting projects, the yogamat bag and the lacey shell. They are really coming along. My hands are tired, though.

Check out how nicely the waist decreases and increase came out. Kinda proud of that, even though it wasn't too hard. The yogamat bag will have two light denim stripes when it's done. I had to do that since I didn't have enough of the dark denim yarn. Lucky I had something around for the stripes.

Not alot else to say, except I am having fun on Facebook with old friends coming back into my life.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Good Morning!

Having my coffee this morning. What a wonderful thing facebook is for us "old" folks. ANOTHER long lost friend has found me., Deana from 1971-72. We were best buddies, and I am looking forward to catching up with her. In the meantime, I ran down my camera battery by accident yesterday, so no more knitting photos for a little while. My yoga mat bag is about 5" tall (of 25"), ad my lacey vest is about 8", getting close to the armhole divide. I still have a green broomstick lace vest that just needs 1-1/2 sleeves. That's alot not done, actually.

I will have plenty to do over the weekend. Maybe no surfing.


Thursday, February 19, 2009

My Tatting Movie

I was fooling around on the computer and found where I could make a movie of my tatting photos. Hope you like it!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

oh yeah....

Last night I started a yoga mat bag. this is all that's done so far. I "stole" a circular washrag pattern for the base, and a "lacey columns" pattern from an old stitch dictionary. Hope I have enough yarn (3 balls only!) and I have to go more than 2 ft. The strap will be my yoga strap, removable for class.


I've just spent the last couple of hours adding new patterns to my "designer's" page on Ravelry. What a feeling! The patterns are free, but I feel so smart to have gotten through all the stumbling blocks up til this point. YAY!

  • The new patterns are for a baby sweater, hat & bootie set

  • A couple of neat scarves: one that uses drop stitches and looks woven, and one that is L-shaped (or a V really), and hangs nicely...but also can be made into a shawl just by casting on more stitches

  • A ribbed vest that has an interesting "inside-out" look to it

Proud to get this done. Also getting my ruffled fingerless glove on there soon. Here is a picture of it:

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

New project #1

This is my new project. I looked for a nice lacey vest and came up with a gorgeous FREE pattern in Finnish. Not being able to read Finnish, I of course started the project immediately, by just looking at the photo. Several days later, I downloaded the Finnish pattern and discovered it had charts that did not agree with the pattern I was knitting (hmm, imagine that!), and also that is was knitted in 3 pieces, then sewn together. I wanted to do a pullover vest, knitted in the round to the armholes. OK, start over...but sticking with the knitting in the round concept. Several days later (and about 4 inches of knitting), I realized I HATED the way the side decreases looked (I had worked plain stockinette in that area to avoid the "how to decrease over the lace repeats" issue. UGGGLLLYYY.). So, on lucky Friday the 13th, with my friend Paula's emotional support (ok, she just sat there, working on her own project), I ripped out again and started over, this time I will incorporate the lace design into the decreases...or is it the other way around. Get it, "around"??. Ha ha. Knitting joke.
If you want to get the free Finnish pattern, here it is:
Mine will be available soon.......