Ahh, That Sleeping Beauty

Oh, she slumbers. I haven’t touched that sweater since June or July. I don’t even remember. That might not seem like a lot of time to some of you. But, I am a compulsive finisher. I like things finished.  So for me to have an unfinished object, from last  year no less, is just absurd. She is lovely, there is no doubt there. It’s just so. much. stockinette. I knew that going in too. But I went for it anyway. I will not let this sweater be my undoing. What am I talking about? My featherweight. Yes, there she is in all her unfinished glory.

Unfinished!

I will attempt to finish this...

She is a glorious, vibrant Bobby Blue in Malabrigo Lace. And yes, Malabrigo Lace is ever so soft. But, what was I thinking? I was not big on thin yarns at the time( I do appreciate them and enjoy them though, really I do!) So, why did I pick a project with so much stockinette. Apparently, to bore myself into submission. I tried varying projects. This soon became my “in between” project. The thing I work on when I am not sure what I want to do next. Then it just went into the snooze pile. I had been presented the opportunity to test knit for Malabrigo and I took it. I had a legitimate excuse to cast this aside! And so I did. I took it off my precious size 6 needle, placed in in a project bag with some lavender and refused to acknowledge it’s existance for months! Then, I heard rumblings about this “Ravelympics” stuff. Well, I heard more than rumblings. Somehow, I signed up to be a co-team captain. I think I did it in October when my defenses were low. If you don’t know what the ravelympics are, I will tell you. In short, they are a knitting event to go along with the Olympics(be they Summer or Winter). You start your projects with the lighting of the torch and finish them by the closing ceremonies.  You join teams and enter events, such as, WIP Wrestling. Work in progress wrestling is the one category that I am sure I am joining. I am pulling out this ill-fated, cast aside cardigan and I am going to work on it. I pulled it out today and thought about what that entails. I won’t even let myself work on another project(unless it is a design) during the ravelympics unless I finish this one. I am going to use my sharp focus and abundant  ability to use my time wisely (don’t laugh, I can use my time wisely!). I think I may be getting a little excited to work on it again.

Now, you know(if you read the blog) that I have been working on a Saroyan. Well, I took from Sunday until Tuesday off from it for some reasons (designs, I blame the two designs I will be releasing soon!) But, I have made a bunch of progress. It is just LOVELY! I love the pattern and of course, I love the yarn(Silky Malabrigo, a fave!).  Tune in next time. I will talk about my tutorial for a pom pom!

Ahh, Matisse Blue, how I adore you.

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The Ten for 2010!

So, what’s a girl to do when she has no project to work on(don’t mention my featherweight!!!)?  Why she starts a new one!!! I wanted a scarf so I decided that I’d take my two skeins of Matisse Blue Silky Malabrigo and cast on for my Saroyan.  I am in love. It is going to be so gorgeous. I just wish I had more time to knit on it. Well, I’ll give you a WIP picture of it, anyways.

Saroyan in progress So, since I brought up my Featherweight already…Yes, I have a project that has been on my needles since my 8 month old was a newborn. It is my oldest WIP. In fact, it is my only lingering WIP. I tend not to cast on too many things at once. But, I do have plans for this Featherweight, but I will wait until next time to tell you what they are.

Now, I must talk about my list of new yarns to try in 2010. You guys gave me your suggestions and I listened and now I have comprised a list made up of things you think I should try and things that I have been wanting to try. OK!

1. Hazel Knits Artisan Sock- I had seen this stuff around before and it always looked lovely. So, at the recommendation of  2 of commenters, I have decided to try it. I do not have any of this yarn yet, so I will have to get some.  2. The Sanguine Gryphon Eidos- I just got a skein of this last week, so I added it to the list of things since I have heard that it is lovely and I don’t have to buy it! 3. A String Theory Caper Sock- I checked this stuff out too at the behest of two of my commenters and um, wow are those colors lovely. I even know what colorway that I want- Carina. 4. I bumped the gauge up slightly on my next pick and decided to go with BSA Alpaca Silk. If I knit with fingering weight all year, I will get 3 items done. I do have a skein of the Alpaca Silk, so now I just need to find a project for it. 5. Spud and Chloe Sweater- I have been wanting to try this one too. Most likely, my dear sweet non-nighttime sleeping baby will get something made from it.  6.Something from Riverpoet. She comes highly recommended and she did mention something to me about dying a certain colorway that I lust after.  7. Yarn Pirate BFL DK- It’s been in my stash a while and it needs a project!! 8. Knit Picks Simply Cotton- I am designing a summer hat and I believe this will be the yarn of choice for it. 9.Knit Picks City Tweed-I am a sucker for tweeds and this looks quite lovely. 10. Malabrigo Rasta: I had to add a Malabrigo to the list. I have tried all the others, and this stuff intrigues me. It is REALLY bulky. I have not knit with something this bulky before. Can’t wait to try it!

You will notice that I have a list next to my links and such of all these yarns. That will be my scoresheet! Stay tuned!

Winner!

I picked a winner for my Mal giveaway. Idolcesuono, the Malabrigo will be heading to you soon! Thanks for commenting guys and I hope you continue to stop by my blog. Later this week(providing my less than healthy internet holds out), I will be formulating a list of official yarns to try for my 10 new yarns in 2010. Thanks again, I hope to do more giveaways throughout the next few months as this was lots of fun.

PS: I got my Buffalo Sabres themed Turn a Square hat back from my mom’s last night too.

Sabres Turn a Square

Buffalo Sabres Turn a Square

Beginning a MalTraveler and a Giveaway!

First things first, I want to talk about my Maltraveler scarf. I am in a group on Ravelry that some time ago started doing Traveling Scarves. Now, if you don’t know what a traveling scarf is, it is a scarf that is started by you and then passed on to several people, each person knitting a section and then passing it on. At the time that this group started, I brain farted and didn’t join up. Luckily, now, five rounds later, I have been given the opportunity to join up. I am excited! It sounds like a lot of fun and it will be nice to see the different patterns and colors pass through each knitter. I started my Maltraveler with Buscando Azul in the pattern for the Double Bump Dishcloth found on MyJewelThiefKnits blog. I love the stitch pattern.

MalSquare

Malsquare for my MalTraveler

Now, onto the giveaway. The readers of this blog will remember that I have been begging for people to comment. I asked for yarn suggestions or for you to tell me what your favorite yarn was. But, still nothing. So, I have decided to give you an incentive to post comments. Hopefully, some(or all) of you will stick around and keep reading and commenting. I know this is blog is an infant in terms of how long it’s been here. But, I hope to keep it going and develop it further. Now, what am I giving away?

Stone Sky Malabrigo Worsted

Stone Sky Malabrigo Worsted

I am giving away one skein of Malabrigo Worsted in the Stone Sky colorway. I got this yarn from Imagiknit. It was sold as a “mistake” colorway. Now, I do want something in return. I want you to comment! I want to know your favorite yarn or a yarn you think I should try. Pretty simple eh? I will keep this open until Saturday night at Midnight(if I can stay up that late.) At that time, I will use a random number generator to pick someone from the comments to win the skein of yarn. Fun right? Yeah, I thought so. What’s not fun about a chance to win yarn. Now please leave me some way to get a hold of you such as, a ravelry id or your email. Thanks for stopping by!

Pictures!

*sigh* So, I know I promised finished object pictures. So, what’s my problem already? Well, no problem really, except that I left my favorite new finished object at my mother’s house when I visited her! UGH! How, could I not notice that I didn’t have my Buffalo Sabres colored(Buscando Azul and Cadmium, Malabrigo) Turn a Square hat? Hopefully, I’ll get over this weekend so I can remedy this asap. Despite this, I did manage a snapshot of the second prototype of my Minnesnowta Hat in the 3-6 month size. I did this one in Malabrigo Worsted Vermillion instead of Twist. I just had to change the needle to get gauge. I am writing up the 12 month size today and should be able to cast on my adult prototype today(if my black Twist arrives). Then, hopefully, I can get it to testers and released soon! It’s really adorable.

Minnesnowta 2

Minnesnowta 2 in Malabrigo Worsted Vermillion

I also have a picture of my Icing Swirl Hat (pattern by Ysolda Teague). I really enjoyed this hat. I knit it in the yarn called for in the pattern Misti Alpaca Chunky. I had only minutes a day to work on this, but I cranked it out in very little time. My daughter has already proclaimed that she needs one too. Of course, she does.

Icing Topper

Icing Swirl Hat, pattern by Ysolda Teague

I am also currently working on a cowl design that I am thinking is close to being , “just right.” I am also itching to cast on for a Saroyan (pattern by Liz Abinante) in Mattisse Blue Malabrigo Silky.

I am still looking for some suggestions for my 10 new yarns to use in 2010. I did manage to get my hands on some of The Sanguine Gryphon’s Eidos to try. I am so looking forward to trying it.  But, what else? Come on lovely readers, I know you are out there. I know you can hear me!!! Suggest a yarn. Or suggest a non-sock pattern for the Eidos. Gimme some comments! Please? Do I have to beg really?

10 in 2010!

The thing about the holidays for me is, they seem to bring everything else to a screeching halt. Hence the reason that I haven’t posted here for a while. My kids were off school so I got no peace! Their vacation meant I had 3 times the work to do. Yeah, they are older, but for some reason, they seemed like more work than my 7 month-old. We had a jolly good time over Christmas. Everyone got something that they wanted. I got my stand mixer, finally!!! While, I didn’t get any knitting items, I think I am closer to getting them. People are starting to catch on. So along with the holidays, there was also a snowstorm. Talk about putting a cramp in my plans. Remember that dreary picture I posted? There wasn’t much snow yet. Well, that was remedied by a three day storm that dumped 16-18 inches on us. Yeah, we have snow now. Booo!

In other news, there’s this group on ravelry. They are trying to complete 10 projects in 2010 using 10 different yarns. I couldn’t help it, I joined( I also joined a traveling scarf project and another Malabrigo Swap!!!)This will give me the opportunity to use some of those yarns I have been yearning to try.I know that I will use some Malabrigo, some Madelinetosh worsted. But, I am hoping to get some Madelintosh Eyre,  something from Sanguine Gryphon, and perhaps some Shibui sock. But, what else to use? I am really hoping to take this opportunity to use yarns that I haven’t used yet. Have any suggestions? Something I just have to try? Please leave suggestions in my comments. I know people are reading, but so far no one has even said hi…sadness 😉

I will do another update this week, with pictures. I just haven’t gotten around to taking them and I have finished several projects. I finished my brother in law’s cowl, my nieces shrug, started and finished 2 hats for me. So, yeah there will be lots to see!