Crafty Chick Knits

Ramblings about knitting, life, and whatnot.

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Clapotis Is Done!

That's right, Clapotis is finished! I knitted up the last few rows while watching I Robot on Thursday night. I used up about 3 and a half balls of the Southwest Trading Company Bamboo Yarn. I love the way it feels and the way the fabric drapes. It curls a little on the edges, so I still need to block it, but I wanted to wear it immediately, so I'll do it later. Check out the pictures below:

The pattern was so fun, so I think I may have to work on another at some point.
I was able to get a little more work done on the Big Bad Baby Blanket yesterday. It's progressing slowly. Here a picture of the size now and a detail of the stitches:
I also got some work done on the crocheted purse. I realized making this that it is so much easier for me to understand knitting patterns than crocheting patterns. I was so confused when I started this, but I think I've got the pattern down now. It came with cute little Bamboo handles that I'll attached when it's done.
I got the kit for the second purse I ordered. Hopefully that pattern is a little easier to follow. The second one is tan, and looks a little plainer.
Lastly, my yarn I ordered for the Honeymoon Cami from Knitty arrived in the mail.
I guess I'm on a blue kick lately. I don't know why. I think I need to branch out the next time I choose yarn for a project.
I hope to start the Color On Color scarf while watching the Academy Awards tonight. This is the first year in long time that I haven't seen any of the movies nominated. I still think that Eternal Sunshine got robbed by not getting a best picture nomination. It was definitely my favorite movie, and one of the most creative I've seen in a long time. I love Jim Carey in the film, and I think I cry at the end every time I see it.
Housework is waiting, so I better get back to the exciting task of folding laundry. Until later, Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Napoleon Dynamite

Ok, so I saw this quiz on someone else's blog and had to try it. For all of you who haven't seen the movie, I highly recommend it. It's hilarious, especially because it seems we all knew (or were) these kids in high school.



Deb


You are Deb and you could drink whole milk if you
wanted.
You can check it out on Quizilla.com.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

So Close Yet So Far

Well I made some progress on Clapotis over the weekend. I got within 4 repeats of the decrease rows (i.e., almost finished!) when I ran completely out of yarn! Luckily I was able to run out to the yarn store closest to work and find that last skein I needed, and even in the correct dye lot! Hopefully I'll have some pictures to post of the finished Clapotis within the next few days. Unfortunately work has put me in a bad mood, and with all the rain we are having, I want nothing more than to hide at home and knit.

In the meantime, I started on a crocheted purse that my mom ordered for me from one of her crafty catalogs. I'll get some pictures of that up soon too.

Until then, Happy Knitting!

Friday, February 18, 2005

Can't Help Myself

I really can't restrain myself when it comes to buying new yarn and starting new projects these days. I was checking out knitty the other day, and saw a pattern for the Honeymoon Cami in the archives sections, and now I have to make it. So of course I immediately went online and started looking for yarn. I lucked out and found some here, and decided to go with the Mid Blue color (i'm too pale to wear white). If I could only finish my other projects first!!

I'm so happy it's Friday, and I hope to get some work done on Clapotis this afternoon.

Have a great weekend, and Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

No Help

With no help from my computer, I was finally able to get this post up. My computer stinks! My hubby and I are still saving up to get a new one.

Speaking of the hubby, look at the beautiful Valentine's surprise he sent me.



They smell so good and really brighten up my messy desk at work. He is the best!!

I've made a little bit of progress on Clapotis. This is kind of a bad picture because of the flash, but here you go:



Oh, and I finally got the last of my yarn for the color on color. Thanks to Lara for pointing me to the Yahoo group knitting the color on color. I'm excited to see everyone else's progress, and get some helpful tips.

That all for now. Happy Knitting!

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Slow Going

This has been one crazy week at work. I can't believe how long the week seems. At least we are getting a little closer to Friday.

I managed to get a few rows done on the baby blanket last night. I really wanted to work on Clapotis, but I was too tired to concentrate on anything. I also needed to leave some attention free to watch the last episode of The Amazing Race that I had Tivoed. I've never made a blanket before, and I find it somewhat frustrating. I like projects with a little quicker gratification, like being able to tell that after three hours of knitting your project is a little bigger. Oh well, at least I have a while until the baby is due, so I can work on it slowly and work one some other more interesting things in the meantime.

Speaking of more interesting..I'm still waiting on my yarn for the Color-On-Color. Bah!

Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

New Projects and Some Finished Objects

First of all, I heard from my secret pal the other day, and am so excited! She said that she mailed something to me, so I can't wait to find out what it is, and eventually who she is. I also had the chance to mail something to my Pal, so I hope she likes it.

I've finally jumped onto the Clapotis bandwagon, and decided to start one for myself while I am waiting for the Paternayan yarn for my color on color scarf. Here is the progress so far:



I'm using Southwest Trading Company's Bamboo. I really love the colorway, and am proud of myself for breaking away from Pink, which I seem to be wearing a lot of lately. Well mostly, there is a little pinkish purple in this yarn.

I also started on the baby blanket for my cousin. I'm using the Big Bad Baby Blanket pattern from Stitch and Bitch. Here it is so far:




The yellow is a little hard to photograph, so the stitches don't show up too well. I did opt for acrylic on this project. My cousin is much too practical, and would not have time for something that she couldn't throw in the washer and dryer. The yarn is still pretty soft though, and I'm happy with the way it is turning out. I have been working on it a little less frequently. Clapotis is much more interesting to knit!

Lastly, so FOs. I stayed home from work on Friday because I was sick, and decided to crochet these coasters for some friends. They finally bought a coffee table, and now they needed some coasters.




These were an easy project, and it only took me a few hours to make eight. I was only going to make four, but started on the variegated ones first, and made the solid colored ones because I decided I didn't like the variegated as much. I gave them both so they could decide which ones to use.

I guess that all for now. Until later, Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

New Yarn

I got my yarn for the Color On Color scarf in the mail yesteryday.


Isn't it pretty? I can't wait to start on it, but there's one little problem. A few of the colors I needed were backordered, including the color I need to start. It's like torture! I really want to start on it, and have almost everything I need, but can't. I guess I'll start on the baby blanket for my cousin until I get the rest of my yarn.

I do have a few FOs to post. I finished the Mitts from Weekend Knitting.





They were pretty easy and quick to knit. I even got to try out a few new techniques, such as short row shaping and three needle bind off. I still need a little practice with the bind off. The seams are not as nice and neat as I would like them, but they will do. I lucked out with my hubby's mitts. I had to guess somewhat at the size because he's a big guy, and I knew the biggest size in the book wouldn't fit him. I used a yarn with a stitch gauge of 4.5 stitches per inch, and used the pattern for the 6 stitches per inch gauge in the largest size. They fit perfect the first time. I had a cute picture of him posing with the mitts, but he wouldn't let me post it because he thought that it was too nerdy.

I got my secret pal the other day, and can't wait to go shopping for her this weekend. I'm trying to think up some great ideas.

That's all for now. Until later, happy knitting!

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