Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Creative Juices are Flowing!

I had a minor health issue recently.  It is all taken care of now, but I had to take a few days off work.  I couldn't do much, but I was able to sit and knit quite well, thank you!  I finished the Toddler Tunic I was working on for a soon to arrive baby girl.  As usual I bought way more yarn than I needed so I figured why not knit a couple of other pink baby girl things.  Soon I had some baby booties and a cute hat, all in a sweet light pink color.  Now I just have to wrap them and get them in the mail (which is always the hardest thing for me for some reason...probably due to my laziness).  Once they are received and opened by the special expectant mother, I will share some photos.

After completing that project, I wasn't sure what I should start next, but settled on a featherweight cardi (ravelry link) in Spinning Colors yarn.  I got a skein of Emerald lace yarn that is to die for!  This is my first green sweater and since green is my favorite color I am very happy.  I had never knit lace weight yarn before so I was a bit intimidated.  I am happy to say that it is going very well and much quicker than I expected.  This will be a sweater that I can use quite a bit even here in Texas.  It's light weight makes it perfect for wearing inside in the summer, when people seem to turn the AC to freezing in my office.

My new sweater addiction is happily being supported by my LYS, the Knitting Nest's Sweater University.  This group will meet every other week during the summer to work on a sweater of our choice.  I can't wait to graduate! :)

Also, I just found out today about a great e-course in early June to help me get the creative juices flowing!  To make it even better it is FREE!  I hope to get some good ideas to revamp my blog and start getting some more ideas for some knitting designs by moi.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Happy Knitterversary!

I became a knitter 6 months ago today.  I took the beginning knitting course at the Knitting Nest with Staci Perry and started my first project (ravelry link).  Looking back, I can't believe how much I've accomplished over these few months.

  • 17 projects of various sizes and skill levels completed.  Currently 5 WIPs.
  • I can't even count the number of classes I've taken.  Well, I probably could, but I'm too lazy to go back through my calendar.
  • I made my first sweater! (and developed a new addiction, I'm afraid!)
  • I can make socks.
  • I've learned if you make one French Market Bag, you will make many more.  All your friends and family will want one.
So this made me think about the future.  What do I want to explore in the next 6 months?

  • Designing - I have my first design in my head.  I just have to knit it and then write the pattern.  It is a very simple, silly something, but you have to start somewhere.
  • I'm signed up for a Beginning Lace class in June with Franklin Habit at the Knitting Nest.  This will be my first step into lace knitting.
  • I'm so excited about the Summer Sweater Club.  I'm signed up to make the Que Sera Sweater and I have the best yarn.
  • I suspect that both of these courses above will teach me to learn how to read a chart.  I haven't been able to wrap my head around that yet.
Whatever the future brings I am looking forward to it!  On top of this anniversary, I am celebrating being married to my hubby for 11 years!  It is a going to be a good weekend!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Catching Up

It has been a long time since my last post!  First, I had been waiting to finish my sweater, then I had a week-long conference to deal with.  Those conferences tend to suck the life out of me.  I did still find time to knit.

Anyway, my first sweater is complete, but lacking any buttons.  Tah-Dah...

I think some small silver buttons will look very nice!  Here is the obligatory headless sweater shot...

I'm very happy with the way it turned out.  It is very soft and I love the color.

I just finished by third French Market Bag for my MIL.  Now it is time to pull out the pink yarn for a new baby who will arrive in a few weeks.  I think a nice toddler tunic and baby booties will be just the ticket!

For myself, I think I am going to quickly knit up some French Press cute!!!