Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Look What I Made

I made my first soap of the year, I LOVE how this soap turned out and it smells so good.  I used the recipe from Soap Queen Currant & Cranberry .   The scents are Pomegranate and Black Currant and Cranberry Fig they are making the house smell so good.  The lather it has so far is great and I don't know if I can wait the 6 weeks to use.

I have finished my test knit Tumwater Falls Cowl a easy to memorize and knit.  Glad it is done.
Now I'm working on my cardigan which I'm almost back to where I ripped out and my socks. Well got to get back to knitting, bye.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Read the Pattern

Talk about total brain farts, here's a good one.   In my last post I stated how I made an error and had to rip out.  Well I did and got it back on the needles started knitting away.  Didn't have the paper pattern but I had my tablet.  Open up the program and discover there is pattern repeats, what you say.  I must learn to print in color or make sure that the pattern repeats are highlighted.  As you my have guessed I had to rip it out to where I split of for the arms right around 12 inches of knitting, lesson learned. Off to bed till next time, bye.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Here's my WIP's

Here is a photo of my WIP's. The top one is the Campfire Cardi, made an error in the last chart had to take it off the needles so a great time to take a photo.  The cowl is a test knit that I'm working on. I'm almost done having trouble on the bind off but I will work through it.  The green sock is one done and on the last one.  Not like the original but it looks ok.  Well that's it for now till later this.                

Friday, January 15, 2016

Knitting WIPS

Here's my weekly check in:  I'm still working on my socks almost done with the first one. I haven't bee n putting in the time that I should, decided to do a test knit and that has taken up my time.  The test knit is a cowl pattern , it is almost like a fan and feather pattern.  It took me 4 try's  to get the right yarn or one that at least worked for me.  Attempt 1:  using a mohair based yarn I really do dislike mohair,   2nd attempt:  with a yarn that I had wound up still in the same color as the first one.  I did about 2 inches and realized I twisted my knitting so off the needles and into the garbage.  3rd attempt:
Back to the stash found another caked yarn a brown with splashes of green in it, I can use green beads great. Just didn't like the color off the needles it goes. For my last attempt I pull out another caked skein and this one is working out. I have till the end of the month to finish it so I should be able to get it done.

I did finish a pair of fingerless gloves this week, I'll post a picture later this weekend.  My cardigan is coming along. Well my brain is getting tired and I do need some sleep. Have a good weekend and  GO HAWKS!

Friday, January 8, 2016

New Year WIP's

The New Year new WIP's,  I'm working on a cardigan "Campside Cardi" knitting it with Blue Moon Fiber Arts "BFL Sport" in Mermaid Tears.  The yarn isn't as soft as I would like but it is knitting up very nicely.  I'm not very far into in to it, here is a picture of the yarn.
As always I have a pair of socks on the needles.  I'm knitting the pattern "Da rast der Blocker" the pattern is in German and the author doesn't plan on translating them into English.  She has how ever taken beautiful pictures that do show the pattern quite well.  So I have decided to copy them the best that I can.  I'm using Cascade Silk Heritage its been in a ball forever and needed to be use. The stitch definition is showing much better on this yarn then my first yarn.

I'm so much happier now with the results now.  I've learned to follow my gut if you are not happy with the yarn and how it looks RIP IT OUT and then you will be so much happier.

I've also gotten into making my own soap and lotions.  For our employee Christmas party a couple of the gals I work with helped to make all kinds of goodies.  Here's a picture of them. I have had so much fun make all of these item.

Have a great weekend. Keep crafting and knitting till next time Bye.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

I haven't post in ages

O.K. It's been ages since I've posted so I thought lets give it a try again.

My knitting has been going strong here is a picture of 2015's work.  The top picture is my work for the year.  I think I did pretty good, with 3 sweaters a few hats, couple of shawls and then there is my socks.
 So here is a picture of the socks that I have done for the year.  Now if I could count the ones that I almost finished but not quite and have gone to the frog pond.  That seems to be growing I guess I should ripppit party one day.  On the needles now I'm working on a sock of course and I have the Campfire Cardi working I'll post pictures of them later. It's getting late so off to bed. Till next time.