Is that you, Cookie Monster?
Pattern: From "Last-Minute Knitted Gifts"
Fiber: 100% Silk
Needles: US #5
Amount: 1 Skein (163 yrds)
I'm not very happy with how this turned out. I think maybe the yarn was just too stiff for this kind of scarf. It would have been better in something with a little more "give"....maybe in something very lightweight and airy. I probably should have added some extra increases as I got closer to the point where I wanted the ties to be because they do not seem long enough...even though I followed the pattern as written. I do love the colors of the silk, so I will probably wear it with a pin or something and not tied.
It looks better as a serape for Robert.
(Robert is my daughter's very first doll. Her class at school had a Robert, and she absolutely adored him...carried him everywhere. I asked where they ordered their toys, and found him on a school-supply Web site. This is actually Robert #2. Apparently, Robert #1 got fresh with the dog one night when we weren't home, and he "accidentally" got his fingers and toes bitten off. Luckily, I had the Web site bookmarked. So while Robert was away on "vacation," a replacement Robert was ordered and shipped Fed Ex. New dolls with blinking eyes and real hair have since joined our happy family, but Robert still holds a soft spot in her heart. Must be the golden hair and the piercing eyes. I will miss Robert terribly when he goes away to college....)
The next collection from Kim Hargreaves is now available ...Winter Blooms. I like a couple of the patterns (Bitter Berry, Fragrance, and Flourish), but I already have some yarn I could use. Oh well, foiled again. I love the ribbons, so that might be an idea for other patterns. She needs someone to do a better job of proofing her Web site..."Fragrance" is spelled three different ways!
I have been doing a lot of thinking lately about the types of projects I want to knit. I have a tendency to get wrapped up in projects that they take me so long to complete that I end up losing interest. I then in turn get really mad at myself for not finishing and feel guilty for starting the damn thing in the first place. I made a promise to myself from here on in to ONLY knit something that I truly love. Something that challenges me as a knitter and looks so unique that it is obvious it had to have been made by hand. I just do not have a lot of time to knit (and being slow doesn't help), so I really want to make my knitting time count. The last thing I want is to have someone ask "did you get that at Macy's?" I WANT people to realize right off that I made something I am wearing. Why knit something that looks like something you can buy in a store...and buy for cheaper, no less! I really started to think about all of this when I bought the new book from Teva Durham titled Loop-d-Loop. I love practically every design in this book. Every knit looks like a piece of art....like you took a step outside of your regular, safe knitting bag and into a whole new stash. I have already bought yarn from Knit Picks to do two of the circular patterns in the book. I want to do one in particular for an upcoming trip I have to Las Vegas.
I think my stockinette-cardigan days are on hold for a while.
A couple of people mentioned a scarf pattern that would probably work with the Landscapes yarn I used in the tube scarf. The pattern is on Stacey's blog at Sheep in the City. It is a gorgeous scarf, and looks like it would work great in the Landscapes. Thanks for the tip MJ and Wendy!
BTW: I have never really used Lion Brand before, but I did notice that you can order from their Web site. They do have all of the colors of Landscape available online.
I can't believe my last post was over 10 days ago! I guess I didn't realize how busy I have been. But, I have been doing some knitting.
FO: Tube Scarf
This was the pattern that came on the ball band. Took about maybe 4 days total of Metro knitting time. The ball band says this yarn can also be felted, so it would probably make a cute purse as the colors are really beautiful (blend of pink, brown, light blue, yellow). I am not a big fan of Lion Brand yarn, but I would definitely buy more of this for scarves, hats or to try felted projects. Might be a tad too scratchy for a sweater...or would maybe work for something meant to be worn over another shirt.
More FO's coming later this week. I have a few items that have been sitting in my knitting bag so long they are starting to stink. Thought I would devote some time to them so I can make room for new projects I want to get started before the summer is long gone. I really think knitting should be like the fashion industry...we work on summer projects in the winter, winter projects in the summer. At least then I would have a summer sweater to wear before September!
I received my last box from my Secret Pal...take a look:
She is just too nice! Knitting cards, candy, very cute post-it notes, some beautiful Landscapes yarn, and to top it all off...a Wonder Woman Bobble-head! How cool is that! She even sent some dough and crayons to the bean. The bean was so excited to get prizes, she dove right in to the dough and wouldn't even change out of her jammies first. She even got out the big bucket of Play Doh tools!
I have Wonder Woman on the mantle, but I think I will end up moving her soon. My husband threatened to put his Lavar Arrington statue back up there if I keep WW there. Um, I think WW will look GREAT in my work office!
Thanks again to Gina, my Secret Pal. She is a super sweet person, and I hope she comes back to DC for a visit soon (she was here last week, but it was before the reveal, so we didn't meet up). Take care, Gina!
We did it! My aunt and I finished the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer this past weekend. We had a great time...despite all of the rain (it rained all day Saturday and part of Sunday). I have already signed up for next year's walk in San Francisco, and my husband even decided to participate. Oh yeah, we forgot to tell him that we plan to do the WHOLE 39 MILES next year. After his face turned white, I pointed out that he has a whole year to train. Please, the man runs around playing soccer for 45 minutes straight, I think he can handle a measly 39 miles in two days ;-)
Here are a few pictures from the Walk.
(photo 1): Start of the race on Saturday. Notice the abundance of rain gear.
(photo 2): At the Wellness Village at the end of Saturday. Me, hubby, aunt, bean.
(photo 3): Tents at the Wellness Village. Very, very wet tents.
(photo 4): Getting our Starbucks on Sunday am. You do NOT want to be in line with 50 other women at a Starbucks with only two employees. I love the look on my aunt's face because some guy walked in front of our camera just as the picture was being taken.
(photo 5): As you can see, the Prez did not come out to hand us water. Figures.
(photo 6): My aunt with Elvis and a few showgirls at the "Vegas" themed lunch.
(photo 7): The crowd at lunch. Notice the line of Port-A-Potties. The cleanest I have ever seen!
(photo 8): Finish line!
This is my favorite photo. My hubby made the bean a shirt to wear to welcome us home. It said "Heroes, Mommy and Lisa" with the breast cancer ribbon around the words. He even put the "r" backwards. I about cried when I saw that shirt. He is just too wonderful! Unfortunately, he thought he was using fabric paint when he was making the shirt, but it was actually washable glitter glue. The shirt is going to go home with my aunt to become part of her "Walk" quilt she is planning to make.