Oh Ravelympics!

What can I say Ravelympics? I had such big plans for you.I was going to finish this Featherweight. I was going to get one design sample done. But nooooo. I don’t think I’ll finish my sweater and I know I won’t get the design sample done. What happened? Life happened. From Friday mid-day until Monday night, I did not touch a stitch. What could have caused the epic collapse of my sheer determination? My baby got sick. Yep, my nine-month-old son came down with a fever Friday night and things went downhill from there. Many snot rags and many many diaper changes later, he is starting to feel better. He still has some residual crankiness, a runny nose, and cough. But, he’s playing today, which is a change for the good. All we did Saturday(my birthday, btw), Sunday, and Monday was sit in a chair together and cuddle. He wouldn’t sleep and barely ate anything.  Today he’s back to tearing the toy room(the living room) apart.

Featherweight

I am going to try and get as far on my featherweight as possible. I have gotten one sleeve and most of the other done. I plan on finishing the other sleeve tonight and finding something to do with the collar. I do not want it to roll and I refuse to do anymore 1×1 ribbing. There it is—————————->

March 1st starts Malabrigo March and I will be hanging out on the Junkies board, with bells on. There are lots of contests and lots of yummy Malabrigo knitting going on in the KALs. I am planning on making myself a Macro Lace Cardigan by Laura Chau. I also have a design or two that I am going to whip out. I do need test knitters for a hat I am doing. So, if you are on Ravelry and would like to test it, you can message me there or leave a note in the comments here (with your rav ID).

And So, They Begin

They being the Olympics and Ravelympics. Friday night was a big night. Not only did we get to see the opening ceremonies, but knitters all over the world cast on in a world-wide mass cast on.Well, some of us cast on and some of us pulled out our long neglected “works-in-progress” and began plugging away at them. I did my part and pulled out my Featherweight once again and began to finish the body. As of Saturday afternoon, I am about a 1/4 of an inch from finishing the body. Phew. It feels good to get going on this. But, I have discovered something I dislike more than miles and miles of stockinette in laceweight…1×1 ribbing in laceweight.

I do have a few other projects going on at the moment. I am nearing the release of my FreeBee Neckwarmer. One last test on that and it will be ready to go. I had it in one size and then I decided with the input from a couple testers to make a smaller, more close-fitting size.  The original size is a bit drapier. Both are included so if you prefer one or the other, we’ve got you covered. There are also options  for buttoning it end-to-end or crossing it over in front.

Using the stitch pattern from the FreeBee, I designed a new hat and will be working on getting that pattern to testers this week.  It is fantastic and I can’t keep myself from wearing my sample pretty much ALL THE TIME. Silly me, I’ll have to knit another sample, I guess.

new design

Stash Enhancing!

I was just thinking to myself the other day that it was about time for some stash enhancing. I have been a VERY good girl. I haven’t not ordered a significant amount of yarn in quite a while.  But, it’s my birthday month and I know that no one in my family will come even remotely close to getting me something yarn related. So, you know what, I did it myself. First of all, I stumbled upon a sale that I could not pass up. I got myself 4 colorways of Shibui sock at half price.  That was a steal. Then secondly, in a conversation with fellow raveler Riverpoet the proprietor of this etsy shop, the Malabrigo colorway verdeazul came up. I love verdeazul. I have several skeins of it and have had them for almost 2 years, but I am afraid to knit them up because I worry that I may not be able to get more. It’s not the most readily available colorway ever. Now, I realize that these fears are really quite silly. But, I got to thinking how wonderful it would be to have this colorway in other bases.  Well, Riverpoet obliged my fantasy(and a few others in on the conversation) and dyed up the lovliest fingering weight Merino/ Silk blend. Now while

Aegean

blue and greens and lusciousness

it is not verdeazul, it is so gorgeous. The shine is unbelievable. It’s wonderously soft. I can’t wait to find a project for it. So yes, I have acquired another of my 10 in 2010 yarns. I really think I need to find some projects for these! This could be a problem because I tend to get lost when I go searching for projects. I start out searching one thing, then I search another. And somehow, I end up on a completely different yarn or ideas for five other projects. It’d be great if you guys could help me out with some suggestions. It’s fingering weight, 437 yards. Let me know in the comments if you have any ideas.

Also, this last week after releasing my baby hat pattern, Minnesnowta. I decided that I needed to finish my WIP before I started another design. So, I finished my Saroyan. It has quickly become a favorite. I have worn it everytime I have left the house since it’s completion. Sometimes, I even wear it around the house.

Saroyan

My daughter, modeling my Saroyan

It’s Released!

Minnesnowta

Minnesnowta

It’s finally release time.  I have had this pattern ready since long before Christmas. But, Christmas became a huge deal and I had to set it aside. Well, I got it to testers and the testers got their results back in quick fashion.  Minnesnowta is quick, fun and easy knit. It’s great for keeping baby’s head warm in the winter. It has the ears covered and a ribbed back to snug up against baby’s neck and head.  There are optional I-cord ties so that you can keep in on baby’s head if he or she doesn’t care for hats.  The pattern can be downloaded from Ravelry for a mere $2.50. It even includes a tool-less tutorial on making pom poms. And besides, $2.50 is a small price to pay to look at that adorable face all the time, right? I thought so.

So, yes, as mentioned in the paragraph above. I added a tutorial for making a pom pom without a tool.  It involves fingers, yarn and a scissors.  I have used this method of puffball making since I was a wee little tweenager. I will probably still make them this way until someone buys me(ahem, honey dear boyfriend) this. I want a pom tree! I do have a birthday this month. Unfortunately, I don’t think my dear boyfriend reads my blog. Ah well, I can just send him an anonymous email!