Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Needles on Fire or Deadlines, Deadlines, Deadlines!!

I've been keeping my wonderful Knitpicks Harmony needles so busy I actually wondered if I could use them to start a fire by rubbing them together so much.  Not that I am even close to a fast knitting speed...

I completed my newest French Market Bag (ravelry link).  It is a gift for my mom for Mothers' Day.  Luckily she does not read my blog so I can share a picture with you.

No sooner had I felted this bag then I cast on for a third bag for my mother-in-law for Mothers' Day.  I love the Cascade Yarn I selected for this bag.  I almost finished the bottom of the bag this weekend.  The color, peacock, is quite lovely.  You can't really tell from photographs, but it is a lovely blue with purple and green tones throughout.

I think it will look lovely when I'm finished.  I am mixing this yarn with some grey and possibly purple strips.  My mother-in-law is quite crafty, but does not knit.  I know she'll appreciate the work that went into it.

Although, I have to complete this bag on a deadline, I just can't stop working on my neckdown summer cardigan.  I love the yarn and the sweater is turning out nicely!

I am going to see how far I can get by this Saturday and then I'll go see Staci Perry, who has her free knitting help at the Knitting Nest.  After that it is back to my deadline knitting projects.  I promise.

Speaking of Staci, she just released a new pattern with videos on her blog.  Her Raglan Toddler Tunic is as cute as can be.  Check her blog out and while you are there take a look at the basenji pup that she is currently fostering.   I think she is looking for a good home for him (unless she has decided to keep him for herself). :) I am sure I will be using her videos to get me through my first baby tunic.  I am so happy to get to knit something in pink finally.  My friend's little girl is due in the middle of June so I still have time for this, but I hate having deadlines hanging over my head.  I'll be making a larger one for a little boy for his birthday in October too.

Finally, I wanted to mention the great knitting giveaway over at Never Not Knitting .  Tons of lovely, colorful yarn and a Color By Kristin book with lots of patterns to use that yarn on.  How cool is that!

Well enough of this blogging stuff, back to my knitting!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Busy, Busy, Busy

I can't believe I haven't posted anything so far this month!  Time flies!  My real job has kept me jumping the last few weeks and the next few weeks will only bring more of the same.  That does not mean, however, that I have not had time to knit.

I took a class to make a neck down summer cardigan.  I love the yarn, Kathmandu Aran Queensland Collection (ravelry link)  in Petrol.  So soft and great to work with.  The pattern is really easy.  I got to the point where you split for the sleeves and then put it aside until the next class on Friday. 

Since then I have been working on my second French Market Bag.  I decided to make one for my mom for Mothers' Day.  I have made record time on this one.  I have one more handled to finish, many ends to weave in and then it will be ready to felt.  In plenty of time for Mothers' Day!  I mentioned that I was going to finish it in plenty of time for Mothers' Day to my wonderful hubby, who then said, "Maybe I could commission you to make one for my mom?"  Just when I thought I was getting caught up...  So I'll have to pick out some new colors for his mom and start working on it right away.

I can't believe I have been knitting for only 5 months now!  I'll be done with my first sweater before my 6 months anniversary. I'm signed up for another cardigan class this week and was very excited to hear about the Knitting Nest's idea for a Summer Sweater Team.  I've already picked out the sweater I want to make, Que Sera by Kristen Kapur of Through the Loops fame.  I picked out some wonderful yarn and just can't wait to get started.

I hope to have some pictures of my new projects up soon.  Every time I want to take pictures it is overcast outside.