Knit Lit

Love, Socks & Bread

Okay. So I’ve been a bad little knitblogger.  I’m sorry.  It seems like I can’t keep my life organized lately.  All that mental energy needs to be devoted to work.  That is all I can manage.  As penance, I’ll try to catch you guys up on things that have been going on lately.

 

Do you remember making Valentine’s mail boxes in grade school.  You know, the ones you set on your desk and watched like a hawk hoping that guy would put a card in it?  ‘Cause if he did, you were like “going out.”  Remember?  Well, Boy Child needed to make one for his class’ party, and Hubby decided it would be a great family project.

 

It was so much fun!  I’d forgotten how much I enjoy making school projects.

 

I finished Grandmamma’s very first pair of hand knit socks.

 

I finally took photos of them, and mailed them off.  I received a call from her the other day. She loves them, and I couldn’t be more happy!

 

I finally broke down and bought myself a bread maker.  I wanted to try all the goodies out, so I made the basic recipe that comes with the instruction book.

 

It came out well.  Too bad we don’t eat white bread.  My luck since then has not been great.  I’ve made attempted to make whole wheat bread three times.  It did not go so well.  I was so upset I didn’t even take a picture.  I did make cinnamon swirl bread.  Boy child loved it & gobbled up two whole loaves.  Hubby spit his out.  Sigh.  I’m starting to wonder if I made a mistake.  I’m going to give it a couple more tries using recipes from this book.  I’m hoping it is just user error.  I love the smell and taste of fresh baked bread.  I also want to save a few $$ and I like knowing what is going into my food.

 

Much more to come … later.

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February 24, 2010 Posted by | Books, Boy Child, Cooking, Events, Family, Finished, Knitting | 3 Comments

Merry Christmas

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….

Twelve yummy tea bags,

Eleven hours baking,

Ten cookie tins,

Nine family visits,

Eight gifty cards,

Seven books to read,

Six leafy buttons,

Five Harry Potters,

Four hand made gifts,

Three rubber duckies,

Two hand knit sweaters,

And a baby who saved us all.

December 25, 2009 Posted by | Blessings, Boy Child, Cooking, Events, Fabric, Faith, Family, Finished, Holiday, Knitting, Sewing, Yarn | 4 Comments

Thanksgiving Holidays, an Itenerary

Thanksgiving Day

7:30 am – get up and get ready for trip

9:00 am – travel to North Carolina & grandparent’s house. amazed at how well Boy Child travels.

3:30 pm – arrive & visit with family

6:00 pm – dinner – Yum!

8:00 pm – look at Black Friday ads

11:05 pm – Toys-R-Us opens at midnight & decide to go ahead & go to the store in Ashville, NC. leave Boy Child sleeping with Papa B, Nana, Aunt S & Uncle R. (lucky ducks!)

11:45 pm – reach Toys-R-Us and see a line of about 300 people. decide it is not worth it. drive to Toys-R-Us in Greenville, SC (@ 45 min away) thinking that by the time we arrive, there would be no line.

Friday

12:30 am – arrive @ Toys-R-Us in Greenville, SC & find a line of 600-700 people.

12:32 am – decide there is no way we are waiting in that line & go off to find the other stores on our list.

12:40 am – find Target. see people already lined up even though the store does not open until 5:00 am. astounded that people have set up tents in front of store. leave immediately.

12:50 am – go back to Toys-R-Us to check out the line. decide to wait in the car where it is warm. amazed by the orderly people who live in Greenville. ponder that there would be no way on Earth that this type of orderliness would happen in Birmingham. watch in fascination at both the store employees & customers.

3:00 am – make it inside store.

3:15 am – realize there is a second line to electronics, right where we need to be.

4:30 am – finally find & purchase Christmas gifts

4:50 am – arrive back @ Target. line is longer, but does not rival Toys-R-Us.

4:55 am – decided to go next door to Academy Sports first.

5:10 am – realize Academy does not have it all together in the staffing department. go back to Target.

5:15 am –  get into store & find our gifts. debate whether we want to stand in the checkout line which extends all the way from the front of the store and winds around the back of the store. discover people working in jewelry. cut our check out waiting time by about 1 1/2 hours.

5:45 am –  go back to Academy. realize they still don’t have it together.

5:50 am – decide to skip other stores on our list. exhaustion setting in.

6:00 am – grab breakfast before driving back.

6:30 am – head back to grandparent’s house.

7:30 am – fall into bed.

2:00 pm– wake up. get dressed. still sleepy.

3:00 pm – have lunch/dinner. more shopping. hit LYS & bought gorgeous lace yarn in autumn reds, greens and golds.

some time after that, visit with the family. watch a movie. go to bed late. (It’s all a little blurry.)

Saturday

10:30 am – wake up.

11:15 am –  have lunch. more shopping. pick up Hubby his present (he needed to try on first). have milk shakes.

3:00 pm – pack up stuff. drive to aunt’s house. visit with family. Boy Child goes fishing in the pond. have dinner with family. try to convince Boy Child the pork roast is really turkey. fail. aunt pulls out left over turkey for him to eat.

7:00 pm – roast marshmallows over a bon fire. Boy Child has more fun throwing things into fire that making s’mores.

8:00 pm – drive home.

Sunday

12:00 am – arrive home. fall into bed asleep while Hubby unpacks car. (Sorry for sticking you with all the work, baby. You are a good man.)

9:00 am – wake up. put up & decorate Christmas tree. put up remaining decorations. impressed by Boy Child’s initiative in putting up decorations. clean house. do laundry. watch tv. go to Hancock Fabrics & pick up $1 patterns. go grocery shopping. have dinner. laugh & general merriment with Hubby & Boy Child.

9:00 pm – put Boy Child to bed

fall asleep some time, can’t really remember.

Monday

7:45 am – drop off Boy Child @ school. forget how awful it is to drive car pool in the rain.

8:30 am – reminded about the sheer amount of work that waits for me after a holiday. work like a fool.

12:30 pm – go to Panera Bread for Fuji Apple Chicken Salad. am calmed by the meal & time away from work.

1:30 pm – contemplate not going back to work. go back anyway. work some more.

4:45 pm – awsome friend (that’s you Suzanne) picks up a knitting book for me that is on sale @ her LYS. am cheered.

5:00 pm – leave work. think about going to the grocery store for forgotten items. decide I’m too tired. go home. laugh with Hubby. watch tv.  finish Christmas knit on time. start another project. hope that the big project that’s almost finished but can’t travel with gets done soon. according to my schedule, it’s late.

11:00 pm – finally go to bed after all the caffeine that kept me awake all day has finally run its course.

December 1, 2009 Posted by | Boy Child, Events, Family, Finished, Holiday, Knitting, Vacation, Work | 3 Comments

Autumn

I finally have a finished project to show!

2009-10-07 Autumn Cardigan 1

When I started, I named this one the Autumn Leaves Cardigan because the beautiful copper color reminded me of the leaves that magically appear in the fall.  Little did I know that it would fulfill its name.  You see, I dearly love autumn.  Here in the South, autumn often brings sweet relief from oppressive heat.  It also brings the aforementioned leaves.  I look forward to this time of year constantly.  It always, always seems to take forever to get here.  Like kids long for summer vacation, I long for fall.  I longed for this one to be done.

2009-10-07 Autumn Cardigan 2

I even got to use my cute little fabric buttons!

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I used Wendy Bernard’s Pink pattern (Ravelry link).  I wanted a v-neck cardigan, so I worked until the pattern said to join for working in the round, only I didn’t join.  I also did not work the decreases for the arms.  I always wish I had more room in the arms.  Now that I’m done, I find it is a little too much room.  I also worked turn hems instead of ribbing.  In hindsight, I should have done the same with the button bands.  I think it may be a little short, but I’m sure it will be okay with jeans.

I was worried a little about this yarn.  Most of the comments I’ve read say that Swish Worsted is not truly a superwash wool.  Based on this, I threw it in the sink, rolled it in my blocking towels and threw it on the blocking boards.  I noticed that it was stretching under the weight of the water.  Since I wanted it to be form fitting, I decided to take a chance and threw it in the dryer on low.  It worked like a charm!  It did fuzz up a little, but it became so much softer.

I planned on this being the only sweater I was going to take with me to Rhinebeck, but now I’m not sure I like it enough to take with me.  I’ve started a new sweater, Lucy in the Sky.  I’m hoping I can finish it before we leave.  Keep your fingers crossed!

October 7, 2009 Posted by | Finished, Knitting, Yarn | 4 Comments

Seriously, it’s too fast

My life is speeding by, and I don’t like it one bit!  Just keep that in mind as I write a very disjointed post today.  Maybe if I go list style it won’t seem so thrown together. (It totally is, but I don’t want it to look like it is.)  So, here we go.

1.   I’ve been doing a little charity knitting:

2009-09-22 cowl

Scrappy Cowl

2009-09-22 hat

Scrappy Cap

2009-09-22 secret photo 1

Super Secret Project #1

2.  By default I accomplished #49.  The cable has been out since Friday.  I know my boys have hated it, but I’m loving it.  There is definitely more talking going on.

3.  I love, love, love sales at Old Navy!  I swung by on my lunch hour.  I picked up two knit dresses for under $5 each.  I picked up another two dresses for under $8 each and a shirt for $4.  Sale shopping rocks!

4.  I love Ravelry just as much!  I ran out of my copper yarn half way down the sleeves.  I just zipped over to Ravelry and found someone with the same color and dye lot.  This was pretty neat because the yarn is about 3 years old.  She got it in the mail the same day.  As I type, it is winging its way over to me. Yea!

5.  My little brother turned 28 years old this past Friday.  He lost his phone, so I couldn’t call him.  So, Happy Birthday little bro! I love you!

That is a little taste of the good things.  There is many more dull or stressful or mundane or aggravating things going on, but I want to be a glass is half full kind of gal.  I’m usually not, but I want to be.  That is all.

September 22, 2009 Posted by | 101 in 1001, Faith, Family, Finished, Knitting, Random, TV, Work | 2 Comments

Friday on Saturday and a FO

Friday Fill-ins, Saturday edition:

1.   I feel like this day never happened.

2.   Reading is always fun.

3.   Right now, I can hear these things: Hubby typing away on the computer and the rain blowing stuff onto the roof.

4.   It’s a three day weekend and I’m glad I had today to catch up on sleep.

5.   The last time I cut my hair short was a disaster.

6.   I have no plans for this Labor day weekend.

7.   And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to knitting, tomorrow my plans include church, sewing & grocery shopping and Sunday Monday, I want to spend time with Hubby!

Finished project #2:

2009-09-04 Branch cardi 1

This is the Branching Cable Cardigan from Loop-d-Loop by Teva Durham Volume 5 SIGNATURE STYLE Collection. I used the yarn called for in the pattern, Granite by Loop-d-Loop.  The yarn really is remarkable.  It’s soft and light and fluffy just like a knitting with a cloud.

2009-09-04 Branch cardi 2

The pattern is very well written and easy to follow.  The only problem I had was with fitting the sleeves into the body.  The sleeve shaping is supposed to form a small saddle shoulder inset; however, my row gauge must have been way off, because the caps of my sleeves were too short.  I really did not feel like pulling out the sleeves (you know having sewn them most of the way in), so I just added a couple more rows to the top before I sewed them in.  This kinda fixed it.  When I put it on, my shoulders kinda pull at the saddle.  It is not the most flattering thing, but I’m going to try to live with it for awhile.  I can always fix it later if it truly bothers me.

2009-09-04 Branch cardi 3

It needs a good blocking.  I’m hoping it will relax a little once it has a bath.  On the other hand, I’m really scared to do it.  I’m afraid the yarn will loose its fluffy lightness if I do it.  Sigh. Maybe I can wait for a braver knitter to try it first. I just hope they work quickly.  I want to wear it to Rhinebeck.

September 5, 2009 Posted by | Finished, Friday Fill-in, Knitting, Yarn | 1 Comment

Sidecar, not just a cocktail

September’s sweater is the Sidecar Jacket from Spud and Chloe.  This pattern was purchased specifically because the gauge listed exactly matched what I was knitting up while working on the London Calling cardigan.  And because the cables are wicked cool.

2009-09-03 Sidecar 1

The yarn is Cascade 109 Bulky in color aubergine.  I must say, the yarn was pretty basic.  It worked up like the 220, of course, only thicker.  Also, it improved immensely.  I’m not sure why I’m always surprised what a good blocking can do. It does, though. Every single time!
2009-09-03 Sidecar 2

The pattern is very clearly written.  The only complaint I have is sewing the sleeves to the body.  since you knit the body and sleeves from the bottom up, you have to knit a flat piece of knitting to round arm holes.  It was not fun. I think I did a good job.

2009-09-03 Sidecar 3

As you can see, I made a few modifications.  First, I did not knit the two side lapels.  I started knitting them, but they were coming out a little small.  They looked funny, so I left them off.   Second, I only knit two button holes instead of four.  The plan was to sew the two remaining buttons to the front.  However, I only had two that I liked, and I also liked it being more on the sweater side than on the jacket side.   Third, like all patterns, I lengthened the sleeves.  Overall, I really enjoyed knitting this.  It took 15 days to finish.  It would have been done quicker, but other projects got in the way; and it was put aside for several days.  I would definitely recommend it.

Coming up: August’s sweater – Branching Cable Cardigan

September 3, 2009 Posted by | Finished, Knitting, Yarn | 5 Comments

Knit, knit, knit

I have finished my Trina Cardigan.

2009-08-18 Trina Cardigan 1

Yarn: Louet Riverstone Worsted

Color: Emerald

Started: August 2, 2009

Finished: August 17, 2009

2009-08-18 Trina Cardigan 2

I learned a few things about my knitting preferences while knitting Trina.  First, if I’m going to knit in the round, I much prefer the pattern to be knit from the top down.  This one is knit from the bottom up.

2009-08-18 Trina Cardigan 4

Second, I like the look of a turned hem; however, I find it more difficult to sew down live stitches.  If I were to knit this again, I would have bound off the neck before I stitched them down.

2009-08-18 Trina Cardigan 3

I got to use my great big button, which I love.  However, I’m not feeling the turtleneck.  When I put it on, the body fits like a dream, but the neck is really too big.  I planned on having a couple of snaps for security, but I think I will stick with the one right under the button.  On me, the front crossed in an a-line.  Not particularly flattering on me, but it is super warm.  I’m just about caught up with my sweater knitting.  Trina counts as July’s sweater.

I’ve already started August’s sweater.  I stopped in at one of my LYS on Saturday.  She had just gotten in some new yarn from Tahki Stacy Charles.  While I am not usually a big fan of bulky yarn (unless it is on a super sale), this one was so light! I picked up the swatch she had and it was lighter than a feather, not to mention SOFT!  Oh my!  I was impressed, but I didn’t I have to have it.  Well, at least until I saw the pattern book.  I spotted this pattern:

2009-08-18 Branching Cable Cardigan 1

I immediately snatched up both the book and the yarn.

2009-08-18 Granite Yarn

The yarn is called Granite.  It is 95% merino wool and 5% nylon.  The nylon content is the stripe you see in the yarn (bottom left).  It is a dream to work with.  It looks and feels like unspun wool that has been stitched down the middle.  I know it sounds strange, but it is uber soft (I can’t say that enough!)  I cast on last night and simply can not put it down!

2009-08-18 Granite Cardigan

I have another pattern repeat since I took that photo this morning.  Yum!  At this rate, I’ll have August’s sweater done before the end of the month.

So they don’t feel bad, I’ll give you a glimpse of the other projects I’ve thrown aside for my love of the new cardigan.

2009-08-18 Shawl 1

2009-08-18 Shawl 2

This yarn was gifted to me by the lovely Mrs. S.  It is a dream to knit, soft and drapey.  It came with a pattern, but after starting it 4-5 times, I still couldn’t get it right.  So, I decided to invent my own pattern.  It gives the same affect as the original pattern, but it is not reversible.  I don’t care, though.  I love it.

2009-08-18 Indian Summer Sock 1

2009-08-18 Indian Summer Sock 2

This is the first sock in what will be a pair of knee highs.  I did all kinds of back work, too.  I printed a graphic of a tall sock.  I took 9 different measurements.  I swatched, calculated my stitches and wrote a pattern.  I really, really hope it works out.  I really need a good  pair of socks to wear under my boots this winter.  I’m using Cascade Heritage yarn I got over at the Loopy Ewe.  Depending on how these wash and wear, I think this will be my new go-to sock yarn.  There is over 400 yards in one hank; and at $12 a hank, it is a terrific deal.

August 18, 2009 Posted by | Finished, Knitting, Yarn | 4 Comments

Right on track

I’ve finished the Ron socks.

2009-06-21 Ron socks 1

I really love the colors in this yarn.

2009-06-21 Ron socks 2

I’m not sure how these are going to wear.  It was a little rough while knitting it up.

2009-06-21 Ron socks 3

I’m going to soak them tonight.  Hopefully they will soften.

I am very happy I started with my own pair.  I learned a very important lesson.  I started the first sock using dpns.  My gauge was 9.5 stitches per inch.  After spending last weekend at my brother’s house, I lost a needle.  It was my first lost in 6 years of knitting.  That is a feat in and of itself.  Anyway, I still have the Rockwell socks on the needles, so I have no spare size 1 needles.  Instead, I switched to a circular and finished using  the Magic Loop method.  It wasn’t until I had turned the heel and was half way up the leg on the second sock that I realized my gauge was different.  Using Magic Loop, I only knit 9 stitches per inch.  Sigh.  I decided to finish it up as is.  I will most likely only wear these inside the house after the movie, and the difference is negligible.

I have taken every possible measurement of Boy Child’s foot, so I hope I will be able to finish his right quick.  I still need to finish my June knit, Blue Sahara.  I’ve finished the neckline.  All that is left is to finish off the arms (I’m going with the sleeveless version, so that will be finished quickly) and the length.  I need to try it on.  I’m not exactly sure where it is  now.  I still have 8 days to meet the deadline.  I’m sure I can do it.

June 21, 2009 Posted by | Finished, Knitting, Yarn | 1 Comment

Ta-Dah!

1.    The parents were in town this weekend.  It was the perfect opportunity to get photos of Papa Buck’s socks.  I have a very bad habit of gifting knits without documenting them.  So, I’m playing catch up.

2009-06-15 birthday socks 2007

Birthday socks 2007

2009-06-15 Christmas socks 2007

Christmas socks 2007

2009-06-15 birthday socks 2008

Birthday socks 2008

2.    Next, I remembered that I never posted a finished photo of the refinished toy box.  I’m using it for sewing storage.

2009-06-15 Sewing Storage

You can see my sewing machine peeking around the corner.  I plan to make use of it while I’m home alone next week.   I want to make the Weekender Tote, a matching Sophia bag, a circular needle holder, coasters for the house, and another smocked summer dress.  Too ambitious?

3.    I just finished the first of the Harry Potter socks (Ron colorway).

2009-06-15 Ron sock 1

I ended up having to rip back a good portion of the heel.  I forgot to toss a measuring tape into my bag, so I ended up making them too long in the foot.  While they are still a bit too large, I think they are really cute.

2009-06-15 Ron sock 2

To my surprise, I was able to finish up the leg at the end of a color repeat.  That means I will be able to match up the stripes. Yea! I might just make my deadline yet.

June 15, 2009 Posted by | Fabric, Family, Finished, Knitting, Sewing, Stash | 4 Comments