Check it out!

I got a lot done today and am very pleased. I actually finished most of the Baby Kimono last night. Just need to block and add ribbon. This is a great quick and easy baby gift to make. I will keep this pattern handy for future babys. I will try to get a picture of DJ’s son wearing the sweater up here eventually, because we all know it’s the Babies we want to see. They are so precious!

 

Baby Kimono

Baby Kimono

I also finished the Emma Peel dress for Victoria. The yarn arrived on Friday and even though it was of a different lot, it blended wonderfully. You can’t see any difference. This is another great quick and easy gift for little girls. Easy yet just interesting enough not to be boring. Great project! I also liked the Classic Elite Pebbles. It was a great yarn to work with. It even frogged well. This was important as a couple of miscounts made me have to frog a few times in the same spot. The yarn was still full and fluffy. Not ‘beat up’ from being frogged so many times.

 

Emma Peel

Emma Peel

I don’t know when I will see Victoria to give her this gift. It is already too late for her birthday which was in January.  I am sure before the summer. I am going to pair it with a pair of leggings and a nice t-shirt to wear underneath. I will of course have pictures of her posing. She is very good at posing!

 

Victoria and my husband posing :)

Victoria and my husband posing 🙂

So I ask myself what is next. Well there are plenty of exciting projects. First and foremost I have resolved to finish my MIL’s Color Your Own Sweater so that will be my number one focus now.

I also have the yarn to start my daughter Rachael’s Autumn Rose. I may cast this on just to have something to work on once in a while. I will also work on tweaking the charts. I hate the way they chart the pattern. It is silly if you ask me. So small there is  not possible way I can follow it! Must create my own and I prefer to use colored charts with the color letter in the box, not some silly symbol. So I will polish that up and print it out so I can get moving on that.

Lets not forget the Alba Jacket! This is the project that has become the most anticipated. It will be my first Starmore pattern and definitely  a step up for me as far as skills are concerned. I intend to take my time with it and do an impeccable job.  VERY excited about this! When the yarn does come I will knit up a swatch for gauge, but then it will have to wait until I finish the CYO. It will be my incentive.

We are expecting a storm here in the North East and that means good knitting weather!

chao for now!

May run out of yarn

I am almost done with the Emma Peel dress for Victoria and I am almost certain I will run out of yarn. I went ahead and ordered more from Webs. I just hope the lots aren’t noticeably different.

 

Just the front shaping left to do

Just the front shaping left to do

I am also very excited about starting some new projects. I have ordered lots of new yarns and have received a lot of it already. All will be used to knit projects in my 2009 plan.

First package was from Knit Picks. I ordered their Palette yarns to make the Autumn Rose Sweater for Rachael.

 

Knit Picks Palette for Autumn Rose

Knit Picks Palette for Autumn Rose

You can see the swatch I knit this weekend using US2 which is what the pattern suggests. I had to go all the way up to 5s and I am still not getting gauge. I wonder if it is the yarn? I really don’t want to go higher than 5. I also think my sweater will have more tension than the swatch and it will be fine. I will get started on this maybe next weekend. I would like to finish the Emma Peel dress and get started on the Baby Kimono first.

I also bought some Simply Shetland Silk & Lambswool in Ardvreck colorway. It is a beautiful coppery brown perfect for Marc!  I was able to get it at a huge discount through the sale at Suzoo’s Wool Works. Great prices and free shipping!

 

To use for the Duxbury Point Pullover for Marc

To use for the Duxbury Point Pullover for Marc

I will not start this till much later. Marc’s birthday is not until December, so I have plenty of time. 

I am still waiting for the Jamieson’s DK from Camilla Valley Farms. As soon as that comes in I will knit up a swatch for gauge on the Alba Jacket. Can’t wait to see how that comes out!  I have made a commitment to finish the Fair Isle sweater for my MIL before I start the Alba Jacket. I really need to get that thing done. I think it will be very uplifting for my MIL. She has been in a slump lately. 

Lots of new stuff coming on the needles soon!

Motoring Along!

I am quite confident I will have Victoria’s dress done by the end of the week.  If I hadn’t  of won this yarn I would never had made this dress. I don’t knit with cotton and the dress did not originally appeal to me. Now that I am more than half way through, I must say I am glad I did make it. It is not so bad knitting with this cotton yarn. I love the way the fabric feels. The colors are beautiful and I can see Victoria wearing this with a pair of pink leggings and a t-shirt underneath.  Here we are so far. I would say about half way there.

 

Victoria's Dress

Victoria's Dress

Now about the color swatch for my special project this year, the Alba Jacket. I had all but 2 colors to create a swatch and be able to decide if the colors I chose would work when knitted up. I ordered from a US vendor and, well it was a bad choice. I won’t name the vendor, but I will say I won’t be ordering there again. If I need Spindrift in the future I will order from Schoolhouse Press.  They ended up sitting on my order for a week. If I hadn’t of sent them an email it may have been longer. They replied saying they would mail it out the next day. I email and leave a vm asking them to expedite the shipping and that I would pay the difference.  I never heard back from them and my order was not expedited. I hate being ignored.

I ordered the Jamieson’s DK from Camilla Valley Farms. I would prefer to keep it in the US, but don’t want to chance that bad experience again. I have ordered from CVF a few times and always had great service. Another great buying experience was with SheEweKnits, but unfortunately she does not carry Jamieson DK.

While I was still waiting for these 2 colors to arrive I was alerted to a yarn sale from Marina on Ravelry. I went to the link and scapped up many of the colors I would need for a lot less! I saved about 40% off my purchase. It was a great deal and I am so grateful for the kindness and generosity many of the people show on Ravelry to help other knitters. Very inspiring. Eventually my 2 skeins of Spindrift came and I was able to knit up the color swatch. Glad I did because there were some colors that needed to be changed. It just wasn’t flowing. If you look at the band with the blue and browns towards the bottom, you will see my original color picks. It was too choppy and didn’t flow. The Cinnamon in the center was too dark as was the Chestnut. Also the blue I picked (Highland Mist) was too close to the China Blue in the center and was not letting the China Blue stand out.

 I replaced the Cinnamon with Sandlewood and then moved the Cinnamon to take the place of the Chestnut. I took out Highland Mist all together and used Twilight which is a little darker and lets the China Blue catch your eye. You can see the revised colors on the top. I did not have enough to knit a whole new swatch so I had to improvise. 

 

Alba Color Swatch

Alba Color Swatch

Here is a close up of the revised colors

 

Close up

Close up

I have had so much fun playing with the colors and creating this color scheme. I am rather proud of myself. It would not have been possible without the generous donation of samples from Marina though.  That was such a tremendous help.

Oh, by the way, I finally can return the book THe Celtic Collection by  Alice Starmore to the library. I found a copy at B&N up in Poughkeepsie. I was worried I would not be able to get a copy. I had ordered from Amazon, but they quickly changed the ship date to unknown which means one thing. They can no longer get the book. I think I got my copy just in time!

I also ordered Palette yarn from KnitPicks to make Autumn Rose for my DD Rachael. I will post pictures when that package arrives. I am so grateful for Knit Picks. There is no way I would be able to afford all this knitting without their affordable yarns. Just for comparison, the wool for Rachael’s sweater would have cost $110 if I purchased the recommended wool. With Knit Picks Palette it only cost me $40! This is not cheap wool either. It is a very decent wool to work with. The only draw back is the smaller color choices, but I hear they will be expanding the number of colors some time this year to about 80 different colors. This is not as many as Jamieson’s 190 colors, but it sure does open the creative opportunities even more. I just can’t say enough about Knit Picks!

That’s it for now. Hopefully I will be swimming in new yarn next time you hear from me!

Time to switch it up

Well, I spent the whole day cleaning and doing laundry and now it is time to relax with some knitting. I have been working primarily on Victoria’s dress and have a bit to show for it. 

 

Victoria's dress

Victoria's dress

Tonight I am going to work on the Fair Isle sweater for my MIL. It is a Philosopher Wool Color Your Own sweater.  I know  I have said this before, but I will say it again. I love their wool, I love this pattern and their colors are beautiful. The different patterns are easy to memorize and that makes this a relaxing project. I have until her birthday in August to finish so their is no rush. It is nice to work on when other projects start to get a little dull.

I am working on the sleeves. I will most likely be able to finish the second sleeve tonight. Perhaps tomorrow I will cast on the body. I will be making this a cardigan sweater so I will have to steek the front and the sleeves. I have never done a button band. This will be the first. It will be a good piece for the first go. The worsted weight yarn should make it a bit easier.

 

Color Your Own Fair Isle

Color Your Own Fair Isle

I did take a little break during the day and played with my ball winder and swift. I was after all cleaning out the closet and organizing my yarn is a part of that. It was very meditative. I really enjoyed it. Made me want to wind up all my hanks but I just did the Rapture yarn that I will be using for my coworkers Baby Kimono sweater from the Mason Dixon Knitting book. Here are the colors. I will use the green as a trim and if there is any left I will make a little hat and booties.

 

Reynolds Rapture for Baby Kimono Sweater

Reynolds Rapture for Baby Kimono Sweater

That’s it for now. Time to turn on my audio book and knit!