Monday, October 29, 2007

The parade of small FO's

I've actually finished the mittens now, they're a gift for my mom whose initials are EBF...In the upper picture we have two socks without mates, two hats, two pairs of fingerless mitts, and hopefully the beginning of me blogging again. I don't have a single sweater on the needles right now, an odd condition for me, but I haven't been knitting all summer so I suppose I'm just starting with the small stuff.
I just got an amazing package in the mail courtesy of my good buddy Kasia, and I've been swatching for a luscious scarf all day. I think I've picked a good stitch pattern and I can't wait to wear it---it's a beautiful day today, but it's getting colder here. I'm wearing my long underwear almost every day now.
Hopefully I'm back on track ladies and gentlemen!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Finished Knits

Apologies for all of the pics and no text. I am not much of a writer at the moment!

Jess at the ranch in her "new" sweater. (Forecast Sweater originally made for myself, however it's not even a close fit on me. Much too small.) Loved the project though. Loved the yarn (Cascade 220) and loved the buttons.

I can't wait for my next Stephanie Japel project. I only just got Fitted Knits and I can't decide what to knit first. There's a great knit-along...I think it's called the Fitted Knitsalong and the FO's are wonderful and only make deciding on what to knit harder!

Meet Punky

Sake was not a happy camper, at first.

The Dream House

The mermaid fountain in the back!

The back house and shop.

More to come!

Thursday, May 03, 2007


All sorts of un-labled and unidentified fiber that I've been spinning up in the in-between times and stolen minutes. The orange is the best I've made so far but I think the blue will soon surpass it as soon as it gets off the bobbin. I love the shine in it--the fiber must be some kind of blend...anyone know what might be causing it? Tencel? Just good quality wool??

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Cashmere Cowl and Questionable Socks

My best friend Chrissy was the first person to give me special yarn for my birthday. It was cashmere and it was in the most perfect shade of pale green and I sat on it for about two years. The thought of knitting something with it was just to much--I didn't want to loose the anticipation of someday knitting with it!

I finally took the plunge and here it is as my version of the Cashmere Cowl in Last Minute Knitted Gifts. My gauge is different but it's her basic pattern without modification. It was amazing to knit with and worth the wait!

I'm having less success with these lace socks that I'm knitting for B's Grandma's birthday. I included the skeined yarn in this picture to show you how beautiful these socks SHOULD be but aren't. I think it's just the wrong marriage of pattern to yarn, but I'm too deep into it now and I'm going to have to finish them. I have to say, I'm really disliking the way the colors of the yarn are striping. I think it's just to much of an angular pattern for this yarn. (I'm enjoying the pattern itself and think it would look great in another type of more solid yarn.)
Oh well. Too late now!


Here is my finished Clapotis, keeping me warm in the amazing little snowstorm that we woke up to yesterday. By 2:00 the snow had all melted but not before I took some amazing pictures of the ranch. I didn't realize how much I missed the snow until I moved back to Wyoming!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The Hawser Sweater

Cross posted on the Zimmermaniacs Knit-Along:

This is my Hawser sweater from Knitting Workshop. Knit with Jamieson's Shetland Double Knitting in Eesit. I changed the yoke colors to Eucalyptus, Granny Smith, Sage and Ivy and I love the result. Everything else was knit exactly to EZ's specifications. This was the most enjoyable and fastest sweater that I ever knit and I highly recommend the pattern. I am getting a lot of wear out of it!

I actually finished this sweater a month or two ago but only just got around to getting good pictures of it. This was the sweater that just would NOT photograph well and thus the delay. On to my next Elizabeth Zimmermann project, some sort of EPS sweater for Bryant.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Sunday, March 25, 2007

First Wyoming FO's

Socks That Rock in Moss Agate, Mediumweight, Rock and Weave pattern. Homemade chili, even though it's been very warm here...
And three pillows that I finished sewing this weekend to make our makeshift couch (AKA very uncomfortable futon) more comfortable.

Before and after pics of the apartment to come!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Oh my...

What a month it has been!
Stitches West, our big move to Cody, and starting my new job managing a guest ranch with my husband. I'm exhausted!
And I haven't been knitting much, but I do have some FO's to show off from before all of the mania.
Plus, before and after pix of our new digs! Stay tuned...

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Good-bye Jaywalkers

Good-bye pretty Jaywalkers that don't fit over my heel, I'll miss your beautiful colorway and interesting stitch pattern.
So sad.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Happy Birthday Bryant!

Your gift is on the way! (but not done yet!)

I've actually been struggling with this one, so wish me luck.
Busy here, but busy is good!

Monday, January 08, 2007

Christmas Presents

That I haven't been able to blog about!
First we have some cabled slipper-socks from One Skein, knit with the exact yarn and needles the pattern calls for:
Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted in Cranberry, size 5 DPNs.
This project is for my grandma!

This hat is one of my own design knit for Bryant with some mystery yarn--perhaps Rowan Cork? from my stash. I love the random stripes, but the hat sits too high on his head. I definitely should have started the decreases sooner.

Next up:

This is Swell, from Knitty. I loved this pattern but I had to do some serious m-a-t-h to adjust the pattern to my guage. I had to figure out how to do ratios again! (With some help from my good knitting buddy, Emily!) The pattern was knit at approx. 4 sts/inch. My guage was 5.5 sts/inch! I added another pattern repeat and I like the fabric that I got with my guage (yarn was the called-for Cascade 220, my current Favorite Yarn of All Time).

In non knitting news, I also pulled out the sewing machine to make this cute little number for Chrissy!

It's an Amy Butler pattern called "favorite clutch" that I pulled from the December 2005 magazine, American Patchwork & Quilting. I loved this pattern from the first and I bought the magazine just for this. I finished it off with a vintage earing in the shape of a 'C.' I have to admit, that's my favorite part.

In other Knitting News, I finally found the perfect yarn for this! As they say, I am LATE to the party on this one.

Friday, January 05, 2007

My shinny new wheel

Here it is in all it's glory! My sweet little wheel. It's a Kromski Sonata and I only just realized that I haven't actually shown a picture of it yet!

Zimmermania, a preview

Here is a preview of my Hawser sweater that I just finished. I love this sweater!
The light was crappy this morning, and I was by myself, so I plan on getting some great action-model shots this weekend. I loved this knit and had so much fun knitting it, it just flew off the needles as they say! The colors and pattern have such a groovy-retro feel to me and the yarn and pattern were so great. I love the Elizabeth Zimmermann EPS system and her helpful hints along the way. I already have the yarn for my next two (maybe three) EZ sweaters!