Thursday, October 28, 2010

Checking In

Well, October did prove to be a very busy month.  I thought many times of posting something but I was always pulled in other directions.  Becoming a Godmother, seeing good friends get married, and a wonderful camping trip with great friends made this a very spectacular month!  I'm looking forward to finishing off the year with more good stuff (and good knitting)!

I've started working on Christmas knitting, but got sidetracked by camping hat knitting this month.  One for myself, one for the hubby and one for my Godson.  Guess which one is my favorite...

I was very glad I made him this hat because our first morning in Palo Duro Canyon was the coldest and his little teeth were chattering!  This hat pattern is called  Tinker by Woolly Wormhead and it is part of her Twisted Woolly Toppers collection.  It was a lot of fun to knit!  There are a lot of other hats in the collection that I am looking forward to knitting.

It is also Socktober and I had planned on at least starting the new Mystery Sock pattern by Kristin Kapur.  I've got the yarn, but never got the chance to cast-on, but one of the Christmas knitting items I'm working on is socks for my hubby so I should have at least one sock completed in October!  Once I finish the other sock, I'll cast on the mystery socks.  

I must be developing a serious sock knitting addiction because Cookie A. just released her new book as a pdf file and I purchased it right away.  The actual book will be released in November.  So many great socks to knit and the photography is beautiful.  I love my Monkey socks, and next I want to make some knee high socks next!  I don't know when I'll get to knitting something from this book, but I vow to make several things from it in 2011.

Well, there are probably 20 other things I had planned on writing about, but there are many other things to do right now.  So I'll leave you with a lovely view for now.

Monday, October 4, 2010

October Fun

Well, October started off wonderfully and that shows no sign of stopping!  The month began with a most awesome weekend celebrating a special one year old's first birthday.  The occasion called for a special knitted gift.

This is one version of the Lovable Toys pattern from Last Minuted Knitted Gifts.  This book has been a great resource.  I didn't get a picture of my lovable little boy with his elephant, but I hear he loves to try and chew on his trunk!  We'll see how long the toy lasts. :)  I'll just make him another one because this was a pretty quick knit.  On top of that, I learned two new techniques while working on it.  This pattern is written to have the body knit in the round with two circular needles.  I was a bit leery of this technique from the git-go, but guess what...I loved it!  I was shocked but I will definitely be knitting in the round with this as my go-to technique.  The only downside I can think of is that I now need two sets of my interchangeable needles.  I figure I'll just add to my set as I need them.

The second addition to my knitting toolbox was the cable cast-on method which is used for the blue hankie that is tied around the elephant's neck.  I'm not quite as enamored with this new skill, but I was glad I figured it out.  I'm terrible with written instructions.  I have to see it and do it to learn it.  My go-to knitting instructor, Staci Perry, has been adding new videos to her website, but she has not gotten to this one yet.  I found a video, but it wasn't done very well and had no sound.  After doing the cast-on twice incorrectly, I almost gave up and started looking for some fabric to substitute for the elephant's handkerchief when it all of a sudden clicked.  I went back to my work and kicked it out pretty quickly once I figured it out.  I did like the results.

The weekend continued excellently and on Sunday my hubby and I became the Godparents to the same special little one year old!  It was indeed a spectacular weekend.

The month will continue to be super busy, but it is all good stuff.  Next weekend we travel to Dallas for a good friend's wedding and the weekend after that will be spent camping and hiking in Palo Duro Canyon with a group of great friends.  All this driving should leave me with a lot of time to knit some Christmas gifts, if my hubby agrees to do most of the driving.  But at this point, I've been knitting warm camping hats for our trip.  I let my hubby pick out his hat pattern and was excited that he selected a fair isle project.  I had just had a lesson on the technique so I was happy to try it out.  It is a simple pattern with only two colors so it was a good place to start.  I should have it completed tonight.  Then I start making a little one year old a warm hat since it will be a bit chilly at night.

Oh, and since I loved the knitting in the round with two circulars trick, I am about to knit two socks at a time using this method in celebration of Socktober fest.  I am already knitting some Christmas socks for my hubby this month, but couldn't resist the Mystery Sock by Kristin Kapur of Through the Loops fame.  I don't expect to actually complete the mystery sock this month, but I've got the yarn and two circular needles ready to go!

Busy, Busy, Busy, but Happy, Happy, Happy!