Sunday, August 27, 2006

And yet another Grandmother's Favorite Dishcloth

Well, I have made another dishcloth using the Grandmother's Favorite Dishcloth pattern. I love how easy it is to whip out w/o paying attention to the pattern. I figure after we move (Friday we are signing our new lease, and Monday we are actually moving) I'll start working on something a little more demanding.

For this dishcloth, I used Peaches & Creme yarn again, #179 (Aqua Mist Ombre). I still have to secure the ends, but that won't take long at all. I think my stitches are becoming more even, and I'm finally getting the hang of YO and K2tog. These are good practice for me. :) Hopefully I'll be updating again in a few days!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Another Grandmother's Favorite Dishcloth

Well, I did another Grandmother's Favorite Dishcloth (same site, same yarn), and I think it turned out much better. It's a bit bigger than the other one, so I can tell my stitches were much more relaxed. I really do like this pattern, since it's so easy to memorize. I'll prolly start another one tomorrow while I'm killing time before my interview. Wish me luck! :-)

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Grandmother's Favorite Dishcloth

Well, I tackled another dishcloth. I guess I like doing dishcloths because they don't seem to take too long to do (and I'm still trying to get down some of the stitches). This one allowed me to practice YO and K2tog. I know I was too tight on my stitches, and it didn't help that it was hot and I was sweating and the yarn was sticking to my hands (wow, talk about a run-on grammer teachers would be mortified!). I did Grandmother's Favorite Dishcloth. I know the pattern is posted in a few places, but I got it from here. I used Peaches & Creme yarn, color 201 (Sea Mist). I think I'm going to try doing another one and see if it flows a bit easier. This one only took me two days to complete (ok, so I still have to turn the ends under, but it's almost 100% complete). I'm wondering if it will look more square after it's first washing. Maybe it pulled too hard while I was finishing it up and that's why it looks a bit more like a kite? At least this pattern was very easy to memorize, and it is easy to adapt to any size. I might try making some smaller ones for face cloths.

Ok, that's all from me for now. I'm going to head off and do a bit of knitting while my son falls asleep. Hopefully I'll be posting again soon!

Guess I should update *non-knitting*

Wow, it's been almost a month since my last update. Life has been a bit crazy here lately. We're planning a move from Bellefontaine, Ohio to Cincinnati, Ohio, and it's moving along pretty quickly. We sign our lease in Cincinnati on Sept 1st. I have a job interview this friday (August 18th), so we'll see how that goes. The bib I made went to a good friend for her baby shower, and it got oohhs and aahhs from everyone, and Kate (the momma-to-be) asked for the pattern to make a few herself. We had a yard sale this past weekend and got rid of quite a bit of stuff. Now all that's left is more packing. We've gotten quite a bit packed, but there always seems to be more stuff. Sadly, I parted with some of my yarn stash, but I have plenty more where it came from. :-) Just an update about me. I'm starting to do some knitting again, so hopefully this will get updated again at a more frequent interval.

Friday, July 21, 2006

My apologies--changing how comments come through.

I've started getting some spam comments, so I've changed the way comments come through. My apologies for the extra step involved now. I just would hate to see someone get a virus or something from clicking on a link that is in my comments section.

I do appreciate all the real comments being left. Thank you, everyone.

My knitting has kinda been put on hold. We're planning a move in a month or two, so I've been busy packing up a few things and getting ready for a yard sale. Hopefully I'll be able to knit a bit this weekend. :)

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Really not having much luck....

Well, I had to frog my tree-shaped dishcloth. I messed up when trying to cast on stitches in the middle. I don't know how to do that, and when I tried, I ended up purling instead of knitting the next few stitches. Since I haven't figure out how to work backwards to correct mistakes, I had to start over. I decided to leave the tree-shaped one until I'm able to figure out how to cast on in the middle of a piece. I started working on a pumpkin dishcloth. We'll see if I can do any better with it.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Not making much progress...

Well, I frogged (I believe that's the right term) the second baby bib I was working on. I was doing it in the seed stitch and decided I didn't like how it was turning out. I've also had to put a hold on my alphabet blanket. I realized that the letters were not all the same size in stitches and rows. I would hate to get them all done and then not be able to piece it all together correctly. I'm going to start looking for a book that has the letters in it and try again sometime soon. I am working on a tree-shaped dishcloth right now, and I have a pattern for a poncho for Dalton that I want to try making soon. I at least have a few things to keep me busy. :) Just thought I'd update. Haven't had the chance to knit as much as I would like lately.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Knit & Purl Hearts Dishcloth

Well, this is the dishcloth I finished while on vacation. I don't think it's my greatest one, but I might get better if I do it again. It was from the "Love to Knit Dishcloths" booklet from Leisure Arts (written by Evelyn A. Clark). I used plain white Peaches & Creme yarn on it. Nothing spectacular on this one. I'll have to try it again sometime. It was a good practice one since it had a lot of counting and switching of stitches.

I'm now working on a bib for a friend who is pregnant. Hopefully I'll be able to finish it tonight. If I do, I'll try to post it tonight. :-)

Monday, June 26, 2006

My new knitting bag!

I decided I needed something that I could carry around easily, especially since I'll be taking a week-long trip next week. Here's my new bag. I got it at Walmart, and it has plenty of room (well, for now anyways...hee hee). Just thought I'd share it.

Friday, June 23, 2006

My "E" block--part of my alphabet blanket

Well, I finished my second block of my alphabet blanket. Again, I used the pattern for the letter from I used Red Heart kids yarn, color Jade (2680). I think this is going to turn out ok.

I'm going to knit a few dishcloths before starting on the next letter. I need to get some more Red Heart yarn before I can continue. I figure this year for Christmas gifts I"ll be giving dishcloths, so I better get started now. :)

We're heading out to a yarn shop in town tomorrow to see if we can find any good yarns. Hopefully I come back with some good ones. hee hee

Monday, June 19, 2006

My "D" block--part of my alphabet blanket

I feel I must say this--my table is not green! I had to mess with the colors a bit to get the D to show up on the block. Ok, I feel better now...onto the post. hee hee

I finished my first letter for my alphabet blanket. I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn for this. I'm a little worried about making all the letters and then not being able to piece them together correctly. I don't know why my sides seem a bit wonky. I'm hoping that washing it a few times will make it look a bit better. I'm not really sure how I'm going to proceed with this. I guess I can knit up a few more and try to knit them together. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!! :)

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Baby bib is complete!!! YAY!!!

Well, after working on this for 3 or 4 days (wasn't knitting very long each day), I finally got it done! I had a little trouble making the holes to for the button to go through, but you can't really tell. One hole I YO the wrong way and so the hole isn't very "tidy" looking. Still very functional. I used this pattern from the Original KnitList. I think I casted on 30 stitches. I used Caron Wintuk yarn. The color is Baby Rainbow Ombre 3527. It's 100% acrylic, and I didn't really like the feel of it as I started knitting, but it seemed to soften up as I knitted with it. I'm going to try making a few more bibs and using different stitches in the middle (or maybe making a picture in the middle). I'll be working on that when taking breaks from my next project. I'm going to make an alphabet blanket. I found a site that has the alphabet in blocks, and I'm going to make each letter and then piece them together to make a blanket. It should be interesting. I figure if I do each block by itself, I can't get too bored/frustrated with how long the project is taking. That's all from me for tonight. :)

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Non-knitting related....

Well, I didn't get to knit at all this weekend (and I had been sure I would find time). I was a bridesmaid in my friend Kat's wedding. I just wanted to share a picture from the wedding. This is me and my husband, David.

Hopefully I'll have some more knitting pics to show off in the next few days. I won't have much time to knit tonight, but I am pooped from the weekend!!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Seed Stitch Heart Dishcloth

Well, this one took me two days to complete (yay!). I got much closer to gauge this time. It was suppose to be a 9" square, and I think I got it to be 8 1/2" wide and 7 1/2" long. I don't know how I can get it to be any looser to hit gauge. Maybe my yarn was just too thin? Once again, I used the Peaches & Creme yarn (#179 Aqua Mist Ombre) and size 8 needles. This pattern was from "Love to Knit Dishcloths" by Evelyn A. Clark, published by Leisure Arts.

I'm thinking my next project will be a bib for a friend who is pregnant. I bought a lot of yarn to make baby stuff for her (well, mostly a blanket), but the yarn is kinda coarse, so I don't want to make a blanket out of it. I figure I'll make a few bibs, wash them, and see how they turn out. If the yarn softens up, I'll use it for a blanket. I also downloaded some patterns for some soakers, so hopefully in a month or so I'll be brave enough to make a few soakers for Dalton. I have some beautiful wool yarn just dying to be used for something. :) Of course, I'll have to make a practice soaker first on some not-so-great yarn (hee hee). Ok, enough ramblings from me for the day. Happy knitting!!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Sprained ankles are good for knitting.....

Well, I sprained my ankle pretty good this weekend, and the doc took me off of work until Thursday. So I had a few hours to knit this afternoon while Dalton (and hubby) were napping. I'm a little over a third done with another dishcloth (had to restart it three times--lost the last stitch each time on the third row, so I just started over). I'm going to head back and do some more knitting here in a few and get my foot back up. I have to remember it's not a good thing to knit with a little one around. Dalton decided to scribble on my pattern, try taking my needles, and carried the yarn around the room (while I was still using it). Silly boy. I figured I needed to do a few more small-scale projects before starting on an baby blanket I want to make (plus the yarn I bought for it seems kinda rough, so I might have to buy some new stuff). Hopefully tomorrow I'm posting a picture of my newest creation. Nighty night!

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Purled Heart dishcloth

Here's my second knit project. This one only took me 4 days to complete. Granted, I'm only getting about an hour a night to knit, but I think I'm getting quite a bit done in that short amount of time. This one was a pattern I got from the Love to Knit Dishcloths booklet by Evelyn A. Clark (published by Leisure Arts). This was #9 Purled Heart. I'm going to have to try this pattern again with a solid color to see how the heart turns out. It was a very easy first pattern, with only knit and purl stitches. Again, I used the Peaches & Creme yarn, #203 (Faded Glory). I was able to make the first dishcloth and this one both with just one ball of yarn (and still have a little left over). I can tell my stitches were too tight in places on this one, but I don't think I did too bad a job.

My first knit project!

Well, here was my first ever knit project! It took me about a week to complete. It's just a little dishcloth, made with the stocknette stitch. I know I made a mistake and have a little hole in it, and I finally think I know what I did wrong there. Overall, I don't think I did too bad. I used Peaches & Creme yarn on it. The color was Faded Glory (#203). I'm donating this dishcloth to my parent's trailer supplies. It may not be the prettiest, but it'll work. :-)

I can't believe I have a blog......

Hello hello! I figured I would create a space to show off my newest hobby--knitting! This may get updated daily (keeping track of how far I've gotten on a project), or it may just get updated when projects are done, or possibly a little bit of both. If you see a project you like, feel free to ask me for the pattern. Most of the ones I have I've gotten free online. I'll try posting links with the finished project. If you're wanting to learn to knit, there are tons of great resources out there. LMK and I'll hook you up with some! I think that's enough for now. I'll have my first two projects uploaded on here soon!