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Sunday, January 28, 2007

The Darrell Waltrip Dishcloth. Okay, so it's the Double Woven Stitch, but Rhonda White renamed it the Darrell Waltrip cloth, and so far no one has complained. http://www.knittingknonsense.com/DW_cloth.html
I absolutely love the way the brighter one came out. I used Peaches & Creme in the Mardi Gras colorway. The lighter one is also Peaches & Creme in the Sunflower colorway. I think I'll make a few more and try the different colorways that I have in my stash.
I order all of my P & C from Elmore Pisgah http://www.elmore-pisgah.com/They have the best selection of varigated cottons, and they have superfast shipping.

a couple of bookends

Bookends....need I say more?

OTN - Valentine Barbie Dress

I started this about an hour ago, after I signed up for the At My House yahoo group Barbie clothing exchange. Not sure why I decided to make a Barbie dress...I don't even own a Barbie doll, and I have a son, no daughters. But...I saw this design http://www.geocities.com/iluvdlls/Valentine.htm
in a link (Thanks Milly), and just had to make it. I especially love the pattern because it can be worked on straight needles. Just can't seem to wrap my 2 hands around 4 dpn's. I need more fingers. This is a photograph of the bottom of the bodice. Ever since my attempt at Intarsia with the Weekend Getaway Satchel, I really enjoy working with more than 1 color. I think I'll include a matching scarf.
The pink yarn is Patons Grace in Blush, and the red yarn is Dalegarn Stock in color #12. Both yarns are 100% cotton. I'm working it on size 3 needles. And, ah...it just came to me, I will give what I receive in the exchange to my co-worker's daughter. She's in 2nd grade, and I'm almost sure she plays with Barbie dolls.

Almost OTN - Vivian Hoxbro Kimono

My 'knitting pal' Luisa and I picked up Vivan Hoxbro kits during our visit to Stitches East in Baltimore this past November. I am making the Kimono jacket, and I think Luisa is making a straight jacket....no, not that kind of straight jacket....
There is a swatch tutorial in the pattern and I hope to cast on for that soon. The pattern calls for sz 2 - 3 mm needles. I am going to try knitting the swatch with my sz 3 Addi's. I hope to heck that I don't have to go down a needle size, because this will be a challenge to finish in a year on size 3's. I am making this is a purple/med green/lt green colorway. The original kit came with navy blue, but I decided to switch out the navy and use purple.
Vivian Hoxbro is the author of Shadow Knitting and Domino Knitting. I have both her books. Her website has a some really nice patterns, free ones too. http://www.viv.dk/English/default.htm The kits, complete with yarn and instruction can be ordered from Harrisville Designs http://www.harrisville.com/html/vivian.html

Orgami Bag

My mom taught me how to make this orgami bag from 2 - 22" squares. I sewed it up while on vacation in the Keys, and I use it to hold all of my little knitting supplies.

Swiss Cheese Scarf

From Morehouse Farm http://www.morehousefarm.com/ this is the Swiss Cheese Scarf. Morehouse Farm has some very unique patterns. I also purchased the Caterpillar Scarf pattern. I'm not 100% sure that I like the texture of all garter stitch in this pattern, (my edges look so ragged), so I think I will try to felt it a bit. I may try blocking it first, and then if I'm still not pleased, I think I will try to steam it before I felt it. I do like the pattern, although it looks like a challenge, it's actually quite simple.

Mock Cable Dishcloth from Creative Kntting

The latest issue of Creative Knitting contains a really easy pattern for a mock cable dishcloth. I started knitting
this with Brown Sheep Co.'s Cotton Fleece and I think I'll just keep going and make it into a scarf.

Weekend Knitting

I just love knitting weekends when I only have a few household chores, and meals to prepare. It's too cold outside, and I can have a fire in the fireplace and watch FOOD Network all day. I am almost finished with the last piece (right front) of the Shell Tank from Norah Gaughan's Knitting Nature book. I'm using Cascade Cloud 9 which I absolutely LOVE. It is a blend of mohair and angora and so soft. I think Norah is such a talent. Have you seen the front of the latest issue of Vogue? http://www.vogueknitting.com/

Monday, January 22, 2007

Short Row Scarf

This is about to find a new home, as my co-worker mentioned today that her daughter keeps asking to borrow 'her' scarves. It's a short row scarf. I found the pattern in the Lion Brand Just Scarves book. Unsure about the yarn, as I found it in my stash, and must have misplaced the label, but it's wool, and I do like the way the varigated fibers came out. Maybe could have used some fringe....?

Poinsettia Cloth

Another KAL, this one from November. I worked it on size 7 needles with GGH Goa. It is a large dishcloth! Loved working the bobbles...

January mid-month dishcloth KAL (finished)

I liked working on this knit-a-long in my Yahoo group. While it wasn't a traditional cable pattern, as the pattern only called for cabling back, I still enjoyed it.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Monthly Dishcloth KAL day 4 (progress)

I slept in this morning..well, I got up at 5:50 instead of 5 AM, so I didn't have time to work on day 4's rows until I got home from work. It's coming on quite nicely, but the cables are not 'crossing over' as I might have expected. Click on the photo to see more detail, as my 'flash' seems to be very strong. I'm also including a furry floozie pic of the 2 sisters..shadow & snowflake. They don't always get together, but when they do, it's cute. The 'green feet' are a gift from my son. He made them in his home ec class. I love them!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Jan Mid-Month Dishcloth KAL "day 2 progress"

Only one cable row so far, so the cloth looks a little odd...perhaps day #3 will include the row to cross the cable back over.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Lavender Scarf

I knitted this scarf in about 2 days. One day of travel from FL to NY, and fringed it last evening. I used Berroco Touche, size 4 needles and an adaptation of a pattern I found in "Knit Scarves" by Candi Jensen. The scarf will given to my scarf exchange partner in Arizona.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Slide Show of my Florida Keys Vacation

Quilt Gift from Mom

My mother made a beautiful quilt for my living room. I was concerned about my teal green sofas going in the blue painted walls of my living room, so she worked up a quilt with lots of colors of each. You will see that the cats love it too!

Monday, January 08, 2007

Raspberry Milkshake finished & 2 new projects OTN

The Raspberry Milkshake bag is finished...however, I think I will line this bag. It's quite loose and stretchy, but it holds a lot of stuff. I also finished the two sides to another one of Emma King's bag patterns from "25 bags to Knit". I do want to line this clutch, and I'll do so before I seam the 2 pieces together. For this bag, I used Rowan Cotton Rope. I plan on placing some embellishments on the stockinette section. Perhaps some seashells? We're heading to Long Key from Key Largo on Wednesday. I was there in April, and I know that there are a lot of shells at Long Key State Park.
The other project is for a scarf exhange that I'm participating in. I'm using an Australian yarn, a blend of cotton and wool. It's a bit like chenille, and I'm using a pattern from a Lion Brand scarf book. I also bought this yarn at Knit Wits in Key West.

January KAL (boo hoo) and other dishcloths

I'm unable to finish the January KAL until I return home on the 15th. I didn't bring enough of the ggh yarn with me to finish the project, but I'm still posting a pic of my progress thus far. The other 2 dishcloths were made using patterns in a Leisure Arts "heart" book. I used some beautiful Italian 70 cotton/30 poly that I picked up in a nice shop called Knit Wits in Key West.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Raspberry Milkshake

I just finished the front of the Raspberry Milkshake bag from Emma King's "25 bags to Knit" book. I started it on the plane from Philly to Miami on Tuesday, and finished it last night...not bad for two days of knitting. However, I'm on vacation in the Keys so I there aren't a tremendous amount of responsibilities that I have to tend to. :-)
I'm also including a photo of the Atlantic Ocean taken yesterday, while enroute to a coral reef on a glass bottom boat. The boat tour starts at John Pennecamp State Park in Key Largo. It's amazing how blue the water is.