Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Blog Cliche Alert!

It's time to engage in that lovely blog cliche known as the quiz. This one is at least knitting related.


What kind of knitting needles are you?





You are interchangeable.Fun, free, and into everything, you've got every eventuality covered and every opportunity just has to be taken. Every fiber is wonderful, and every day is a new beginning. You are good at so many things, it's amazing, but you can easily lose your place and forget to show up. They have row counters for people like you!
Take this quiz!








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Don't know how true this is, but I think the quiz is actually just trying to get me to buy the set of Knitpicks Options that I'm coveting lately. Of all the interchangeables I've looked at, these look like they've got some of the best points on them. The only thing I'm not so certain about is the fact that 24" needles are a little long for hats. Of course, this could just mean learning Magic Loop. I'm still considering. They look really pretty and shiny.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Odds and Ends

I've been doing a bit of knitting this weekend. First off, completely finished my Red Scarf Project scarf.



I'll include a note and some other goodies (like chocolate or a gift card to fast food or something since it's for a college student that will probably have midterms not long after receiving the package). Then it'll get sent off hopefully on Tuesday.

Way back on Thursday, I finished my Fetching gloves at knitting group.



There are a few things that I wish were better about them.
  1. I forgot that the cables on the right glove were supposed to be forward cables instead of back cables like the left glove. I'm not too upset about this since I probably won't pay attention to which way the cables are going before putting them. I do have leftover yarn that I suppose I could knit a third one out of. It could act as a backup for when I inevitably lose one of them.
  2. There are small holes from where I picked up stitches for the thumb. I won't fix them now, but for future mittens/gloves/hand wear in general I will knit the first round of stitches through the back loop so they are twisted. Thanks to Sarah from knitting group for the tip!
  3. The picot binding looks a little sloppy. I may block them in some fashion to straighten out the points.
Overall, I'm happy with my new fingerless mittens.

I started my first pair of socks this weekend. I'm using Lorna's Laces Shepard Sock in the Seaside colorway (color #203) and using the Broadripple pattern from Knitty.



Hopefully I can work this out. I love dpns so I shouldn't have too much of a problem until the heel and toe.

Finally, I found some pictures I took at the Munsinger Clemens Gardens in St. Cloud this last summer. I thought I'd post a few to brighten up the winter blahs.


Here are my personal favorite, daisies.



The lilies were all out that day and gorgeous. This is just a small sample of all the lilies they had.








And finally, some lovely hydrangeas.


Saturday, January 20, 2007

Red Scarf Project

I finished knitting my scarf for the Red Scarf Project here. It's an annual project organized by the Orphan Foundation of America. You can find out more about it here (Warning: link opens a .pdf file).

I made the scarf from Patons Shetland Chunky Tweeds in deep red. It's 85% acrylic, 15% wool and I found it pretty easy to work with. I got the pattern from the free patterns on Lion Brand's site. My only complaint was it was one of those dreaded skeins with two ends knotted together.



Right towards the end of a row and not long after I had started the second skein, I came upon that blasted knot. I generally like Patons, but that made me a little sad.

Overall, I think the scarf turned out OK. It's currently pinned out on my floor in my itty bitty apartment to block. I'll weave in the ends once it's dry and send it in next week with some added gift of some sort.