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Wed, Feb. 15th, 2006, 11:31 pm

Well, it didn't last too long, did it? I'm moving into my own blog, mostly about knitting but not entirely. I've only just begun blogging over there, but I'm comfortable since I can fix it up the way I'd like. I hope you can join me there...http://mesmereyed.blogspot.com/

Thanks for knitting along with me. *smile*

Mon, Feb. 6th, 2006, 11:56 pm

I've come to the conclusion that I just can't take good pictures of my FO's. I've finished two dishcloths and Hubz's scarf and I've been trying to get good photos, but they just aren't coming out well. This can get really frustrating! lOL

Sun, Feb. 5th, 2006, 02:05 pm

My first dishcloth is almost finished. I would have finished it days ago, but I'm following the KAL in the group and I don't have the full pattern. Once I do have it all, I will make it again in red or pink, since it has hearts in the design. It's so pretty!

I signed up to get a "needle arts" pen pal and I hope I find someone nice. I love what I'm doing so much, but people just seem to come and go. Few take the time to stay a while and become friends. Here's hoping...

Sat, Feb. 4th, 2006, 09:41 pm

I took a class in a felted purse today. Of course, our teacher was a no show! LOL She had the wrong day down for the first class, so the owner of the shop jumped in to help us get started. She had us get our supplies (I'm using Noro Kureyon), do a gauge and then cast on. This is my very first time knitting in the round and it's so much fun! We learned, to our great surprise, that we're knitting this bag from the handle down, so I have the handle finished now and am waiting for my next class to continue. I really hope this goes well.

The other gals in my class are fun. We had a lot of laughs during class, so I can't wait for next week!

I'm almost finished with my KAL, and I even bought a second pair of needles so I can start another dishcloth on my own, and hopefully get a few of them done as gifts. They are so much fun to make! I want to make a few soap pouches, too, to go along with them and dress up my main bathroom a bit. :)

I worked on my coat tonight until my wrist began to ache, so I'm taking a rest now. At some point, I need to finish my poncho, too. Wow! So much knitting...so little time. :)

Fri, Feb. 3rd, 2006, 01:34 am
Dishcloth KAL

I've joined my first KAL (knit a long) and I'm making my very first dishcloth. I've heard about these, but I thought they were mostly a waste of time. And then my niece told me about the ones that she used to make and USE and how they last and last and how useful they really are! So, I don't need someone to hit me over the head with a brick! LOL I've jumped in and I'm working with the group. As soon as this is done, I'll post pics! :)

Knitting with cotton is very different for me. It's very slippery on my needles (I'm using the Diane interchangeable ones), but I'm getting used to it now. I love the feel of this cotton (Peaches & Creme), and I think I'll have fun making these! Plus I can learn a lot of new stitches this way.

Thu, Feb. 2nd, 2006, 11:09 pm

I'm back. I've been knitting like crazy! The scarf I've been working on for Hubz is done. I finished it tonight and made the fringe and I love how it looks. I won't be able to post any pics of it until Sunday because I don't want Hubz to see it! Hopefully by then I'll have one or two other things to show.

I'm also working hard on my coat, but that won't be done for a while yet. But maybe I can post a pic or two of the progress I'm making!

:)

Thu, Jan. 26th, 2006, 03:46 pm
Family Emergency

A family emergency has come up and I have to go out of town. Not sure when I'll be back.

Wed, Jan. 25th, 2006, 03:29 pm
With a little help from my friends...

Yesterday I ventured into my local yarn store to get some help on my Einstein Coat. The owner of the store sat with me and helped me figure out the solution, and once there I was overjoyed! I could now continue with my knitting. I made notes, just in case the same problem comes up again, and I bought three more skeins of Manos del Uruguay to keep going with the coat. Oh, how I love this yarn!

While she was balling my yarn, we talked about the kinds of things I want to learn. I told her I really want to learn to cable, and I want to learn to felt things - especially handbags, and I want to learn how to make a sweater. She reminded me that they have a beginner class for sweaters and that might be a good idea for me once I've gotten a bit more caught up on projects. So, okay, that's on my list of things to do.

When I got to the counter to pay for my yarn, a felted purse up there caught my eye. I grabbed it and said that this is the kind of project I really, REALLY want to learn. She said the class is coming up in February. She gave me the dates and the price and when I spoke to Hubz, he agreed that I should go for it. He knows how much I love purses and how much I love knitting and to learn felting will quiet me down for a few....days? LOL

She also said that since I love Manos so much and since I'm still in the learning stages, they are doing a class where you make an afghan block by block and each block is a different stitch, so I'd be able to learn the different stitches AND use more Manos. Mmmmmmmm! Yes, I want to do that, too!

I'd also love to go on the Retreat, but no money for it this year. It's something I can plan for next year. Going away with a bunch of knitters would be paradise for me. Of course, I'd have to find a way to include Hubz. Can't leave him out of a trip away from home! :)

So, that's my list to dream on. I have the felted purse class coming up and beyond that I need to keep going with the coat, the poncho and his Valentine scarf. Busy, busy!

Tue, Jan. 24th, 2006, 09:37 pm
Cats and Knitting

It seems to be widely known that knitters and cats go together, and that's definitely the case in my house. Which came first, the cat or the knitting needles? The proof is in the pictures...

(by the way, the project in the photos is my Einstein Coat and the needles are my expensive Denise interchangeable needles...*sigh*)


The approach The approach

She approached the coat and needles slowly, looking around to see if anyone has noticed....
She poses She poses

She sits there, looking cute and innocent. Just sittin...
CHOMP! CHOMP!

She has to take a taste of these pointy white things...yum!
I didn't do nuthin... I didn't do nuthin...

Little Miss Innocent

Tue, Jan. 24th, 2006, 09:30 pm
Photos, as promised

Here are photos of the Baby Albert coat that I made. This was my first knitting project after completing my knitting beginner's class, and this was done as a class, so my knitting teacher was overseeing and helping at most every step, with all of the knitting taking place at home. This was in preparation for the Einstein Coat, which is the adult version of this coat, constructed exactly the same, only a LOT bigger!

On to the photos:


BabyAlbert finished BabyAlbert finished

This is the finished Baby Albert coat. This was my very first knitted project!
Baby Albert in progress Baby Albert in progress

This is how it looked as I was seaming it. I loved the whole process of knitting it, weaving in my ends AND seaming! Yes, I'm obsessed.
Buttons Buttons

Here is a close up of the cat face buttons I purchsed for this coat. What other kind of buttons would I have chosen?

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