Thursday, May 31, 2007


Tracking tells me that the jacket arrived in Vt at noon today!

Finally started knitting again last night. Am working on the surprise sweater that I offered to, no, nothing so grand as the one I finished. This is more of a surprise/gag gift...and it's a vest/shell made from worsted yarn. Oh, but yes, it too has a deadline... June 24th!

Picked out / went stash diving for a couple of projects for my newest secret pal - in the Harry Potter swap. Will probably cast on some of that too, since it has to also be done by the early part of July, and some of it is very small and will knit up quickly.

In other news, I FINALLY got my last Spring Fling package together - will go in the mail tomorrow. And if you were my SF upstream, I'd love to know who you were...

Sunday, May 27, 2007


Ok, you've all waited SOOO long, I won't drag it out. Because I've posted virtually NO pictures lately, this post will be almost ALL pictures.

Don't forget to keep an eye on Cherry Tree Hill's Website for contest updates - I know I will be!!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

I declare....

that Jody's Amazing Technicolor DreamCoat is now COMPLETE!!

Several lucky people saw it today...have made a minor adjustment since then, and it is now complete.

K and I will be having a photo session tomorrow I hope, and I will post pictures after that. Don't worry, the wait is almost over, but I promise, it'll be worth it...

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Home stretch....almost!

I got an email for an update this morning, so here it is...

Bottom Band - Done. Looks good.

Front Band - Done. Pulls up too much, not enough stitches. Blocked it, still pulling too much. Will pull it out, and redo.

Left Sleeve - Done. Blocked it last night and I think it'll be good.

Right Sleeve - will pick up and do tonight. Hope to make it through that AND some of the re-work on the front band.

Ends - Most of the ones internal to the jacket are gone. Will still need to do the ones that have to be sewn into the band seam.

Closure - Need to work on my frog...still trying to determine the color, but should do so really soon, since I'll need to make a couple of feet of I-cord.

I do think I can still get this done by Saturday. Have been steam blocking parts of it as I go, so the final block shouldn't be too hard.

And as you've all heard, Kelley is standing by to do a photo shoot this weekend.

Then, the question is, do I take a weekend off, or do I immediately cast on for my NEXT deadline project? (A surprise/gag shell/vest for my boss that is due by 6/24).

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Still going...

Kappy111 said...
I am ready to go with the photo shoot when you are.... :-)

I just cast off the bottom band...

We should still be on for next weekend!

Off to pick up the front band...

Saturday, May 19, 2007

How Adventurous of a Knitter are You?

Hhmmm...saw this Meme on Ann's blog, and it looked like fun, so here goes...

Bold for stuff you’ve done, italics for stuff you plan to do one day, and normal for stuff you’re not planning on doing. I'm going to add purple italics for things that I hadn't really thought about, but would and probably will eventually do...

Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: cuff-up
Mittens: tip down
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn (Wow...Never heard of this, but it sounds cool!)
Domino knitting (modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street) (??)
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns
Publishing a knitting book
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Button holes
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting (Not actually sure what this is...)
Dyeing with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cozies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with DPNs
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dyeing yarn
Knitting art
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Baby items
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair (I've spun the yarn, but haven't knitted with it just yet...)
Hair accessories
Knitting in public

I'm so Excited!!

Yep, that's right, I finished the body knitting for the CTH Jacket!!! It's all sewn together, and I got to try it on this morning for the group! I've since picked up for the bottom edge and begun that portion. Hope to finish up the bottom tomorrow, then move on to the fronts! It's TOTALLY coming together!

Goal is to finish all knitting by mid-week so I can block and then photograph next weekend!

Challenge is that I start a new job in a new location on it's going to be a busy week all on it's own, without having a major knitting deadline looming. Don't worry though, I'll make it. I did two sleeves in a week, so a little bit of edging will be just fine.

Am off to read for a bit (2/3 through HP1 - gotta re-read before the movie and book come out!) I might have a HP Movie marathon tonight or tomorrow though, since that's also good background...but not as good as the books!

Summer Knitting Goals

Ok, here's an interesting contest I saw on Curlytop's blog...

Ali from Skeins Her Way has recently had a pattern published, and will be drawing winners for copies of her pattern (and one will get the yarn to go with it!).

All you have to do is:

1.) Leave a comment on Ali's post letting her know what color you want and mention that you heard about the contest on my blog (

2.) Then head to your blog and post a list of your summer knitting goals and mention the contest.

3.) Lastly e-mail Ali with the link to your post! Be sure to mention me in your post so she knows how you heard about the contest!!

So, MY summer knitting goals:
  • Finish the CTH Contest jacket and get it mailed by 5/29.
  • Knit the Laurel Fibonacci Stripe top for my former boss by 6/24 (it's a gag gift, and I'll have to adapt it a bit for *him*).
  • Finish my Crayon Box Jacket
  • Make the gorgeous Scotch Thistle Stole that Ann gifted me with in SP8.

I have little doubt that I will do a few other things too, perhaps some charity knitting, and who knows what else, but in terms of specific plans, I think that's enough for now :) I'm going to need a bit of decompression time after CTH is done, though the deadline on my bosses b'day present won't really allow for much of that...

Monday, May 14, 2007

Update on the Jacket

Wow...I need to slow down on the knitting before my wrists give up and fall off!!

The body is done and seamed together. The first sleeve MAY be done. For those of you who saw me start it on Saturday, yes, that's a little scary. Will measure and assess at tonight's meeting and determine if I need to do two more blocks on it, but I think it might be finished.

The other sleeve has been started, but just barely.

Bought a toggle for it on Saturday...have to look at some models to see how toggles are usually attached...

Have a plan for the border, just not sure if I have enough yarn to go all the way around it. Will have to jump in and see.

Other news this weekend?...well, Saturday morning was knitting (seaming actually), Saturday mid-day was a Knitting Potluck and stash reduction at a friend's house (knitted through most of the afternoon), Sunday I spent at Chez Casuelle with Carla, knitting, browsing her fabulous sale items, and visiting with friends, since TWO people from one of my groups showed up with their respective DH's.

Plan is to attach the first sleeve tonight, finish and attach the second by this weekend. That will give me a week to do the borders, tuck in a few ends, cut off a lot of other ends that are already handled, put on the toggle, and block it. Will do a photo shoot with K over Memorial Day weekend so I have full documentation. Plan to post here around the same time that I Express mail it to Vermont.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Another Busy Weekend

We had a GREAT time yesterday at the Knit and Spin Because We Can Day! About 25 knitters and spinners joined us, and we had five glorious hours of fiberly fun! I took my camera, but took NO photos...was too busy socializing, organizing, and KNITTING!

The CTH Jacket is coming along VERY well....It's about half completed at this point. The back is done, the right front is done and attached. I started the left front this evening, and it is well under way.

The good news is that the sleeves will not need to be nearly as long as the rest of it, so those should go pretty quickly. Then I'll need to do a border around the entire garment.

I have three weeks to finish it up and get it blocked and photographed. That means that it currently has priority over EVERYTHING. I CAN do this (as long as I can fend off a full scale Carpal Tunnel attack!).

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Golden Compass

Something interesting I found on Spindiva's blog...