Wednesday, February 26, 2014

FOs To Share

Lately I feel like I've been knitting and crocheting so much, but when I signed in to blogger to update my progress I realized I really had nothing to share!  How many pictures of dish clothes do you really need to see!  I have been using them, by the way.  It's definitely different then using a regular sponge, but it makes me feel so happy using those colorful little swatches.  My Chevron Shawl is forever in progress.  I did knit several more inches, but I feel like it's not enough to really want to share yet.  I'm madly in love with Knit Picks Capretta because of it.  I highly recommend it.  So lusciously soft!  

Today I decided to show off a couple of projects that have been sitting around my apartment waiting to be finished and photographed.  First up is a cowl I first started talking about way back when in March of 2012.  I can't believe it was that long ago.  It's when I introduced Andy to the world.  Once I was done turning worsted acrylic into super bulky acrylic I knit it up into a chunky cowl.  It looked really cool except it was too chunky and stiff!  Sadly, it was not worn and was draped over a chair to get it out of the way.  It stayed on that chair for almost a year and a half.  That's when I realized something.  It looked great there!  

I placed the cowl in its permanent place and sewed up the top.  I still wanted the option to take it off and throw it in the wash so the bottom is just tied with some left over yarn.  Now it looks right.  I'm not sad for that cowl anymore.  It's a happy little chair cover now.  It has found its rightful place in this world.

It kind of makes me want to knit more things for my home.  Why should knitwear be confined to people!  Let it loose!  Hence my next project, the crocheted basket.  I finished this guy over a month ago but I haven't gotten around to felting it until last week.  I think I kept putting off the felting process because I've never done it before.  I was scared.  Finally I gathered enough courage to dump that sucker into a tub of hot soapy water and swished away.  Ten minutes in and I thought I clearly had done something wrong.  It looked loose and stretched.  Another ten minutes later it happened.  It started to felt.  I don't know how long I really sat there crouched in my bathtub with my felting bucket but it hurt.  I took a dinner break and then went right back to it.  Finally the holes started closing in.  A glorious fuzz has appeared!  I HAVE FELTED!!!  Truth be told, I probably should have felted it a bit more but whatever!  I'm impatient.  

Now this awesome basket holds my awesome Chevron Shawl and all its wool.  I'm thinking about adding handles and stitching the white brim down.  We'll see.  No rush.

Just to update you on the dish cloth craze, I have finally finished my last dish cloth.  Now I have moved on to crocheting a big mat for my drying rack.  I bought two drying mats from Target but they get stinky pretty quickly.  Plus they're beige and boring.  Cue the color!  Obviously I had to buy some more colorfully fun cotton Sugar 'n Cream!  I'm only a third done with the first mat.  It's going to take at least 3 balls.

My Patons wool is calling me to start another basket.  I hear it quietly whispering to me.  Who am I to ignore it.  Stitch away!!!

Is anyone making things for the house and not themselves?

Monday, January 27, 2014

Dish Cloth Addict

Hello.  My name is Paula and I am a dish cloth addict.  Seriously.  I don't know what's gotten in to me.  For the past 2 weeks I have been obsessed with making small dish cloths using Tunisian crochet.  I love the texture that Tunisian crochet creates.  One side is smooth while the other is rough and bumpy.

I intend to use these cloths for washing my dishes so I made them fairly small.  I have tiny hands and larger cloths flop around to much.  I like when they fit in the palm of my hand.  I certainly had plenty of cotton yarn to choose from already but I'm not excited by the colors.  I have a very bright and colorful kitchen so I wanted something that would compliment that.  I took a fast trip to A.C. Moore and picked up some fun multi colors of Sugar n' Cream.  I used what I owned already to do a single crochet border.  Each ball made 5 cloths.

I think Tunisian crochet might be perfect for making sturdy baskets too.  This was definitely a nice break from the never-ending Chevron Shawl.  Sometimes you have to mix things up!  I still have more cotton left so I'm not done with this craze yet.  Of course, minutes ago my niece asked to go to the craft store.  Let's see how much cotton I'll buy now!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

New Year, New Yarn

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone's holidays have been amazing. Mine certainly was.  Christmas was filled with family fun and warm cuddly yarn!  I was gifted a very large box from my parents, filled with yarn. It wasn't a surprise. I picked it out myself. Knit Picks got a lot of business from me on Cyber Monday. There sale was so good, I bought myself a nice little supply too!  And how could I pass up their one-day-only sale on City Tweed?

They were $2 a ball and the minimum for free shipping is $50 so, naturally, I bought 25 balls.  I don't believe in paying for shipping. It's such a rip off.  Why pay $10 to ship these goodies when you can spend that money, and an extra 15 bucks, and actually get stuff you can hold in your hands?  Think logically people!  Buy more stuff!  Everybody needs more stuff!  

After Christmas I dumped all my new yarn onto the couch and brought all my stash boxes over.  After about two hours I had managed to organize all my yarn and update my yarn stash spreadsheet. (Yes, a spreadsheet!  I'm very organized!)  My total sum of yarn has reached an all time high. I can't believe I can even fit it in my assigned yarn boxes!  Well, most of it.  The less desirable yarn is in my project rolling cart, waiting to be assigned to a mission. They have been with me for too long and they scream to be used!  So, now for that number.  I have 285 balls of yarn. Now, some of you might be thinking that's insanely too much, but some of you are probably laughing to yourselves because you know your stash numbers are WAY higher than 285!  I like you latter people better.  You justify my stash. 

Now, what do I do with all this yarn?  I thought I had set plans for certain balls but I've changed my mind on most of those projects. Things have to be just right. I don't want to waste my yarn on something I won't wear, or waste a good project on yarn that's not right for it.  It can be really stressful.   I do have a scarf picked out for my incredibly soft Capretta from Knit Picks.  It's the Chevron Shawl from Bernat.  This was the perfect marriage of super soft airy cashmere merino blend with a classic chevron lace.  I'm one yarn ball in to this project and I'm loving it more and more with each row.  It's definitely going to be a while before I get to wear this beauty. 

I already finished a big stash buster. I have quite a bit of Patons Classic Wool. I'm not really a fan of this yarn. I've accidentally felted every project I've knit with it.  So instead of crying over anymore failed attempts, I decided to go with it!  I made something with the intentions to felt.  A basket.  Who doesn't need a felt basket, right?  

I didn't actually felt it yet. Soon.  Very soon.

Another great stash buster? Ok!  How about a chunky cowl?  Everyone loves a chunky cowl! 

It's like a cozy neck brace!  It came in handy this week. With 8 inches of snow on last Friday and today's frigid -8 degrees, it came in good use.  No pattern to follow for this one.  It's a simple seed stitch knit until desired legth and then stitched together with a three needle bind off.  Easy-peasy.  Why am I standing in my kitchen with a cowl on?  Why not!?  Go with it!  

And what about Christmas knitting?  I knit up a Doctor-Who-inspired hat for my niece as a Christmas gift.  Great way to de-stash that Vanna's Glamour yarn! 

It's Tardis blue with sparkly star twinkles and a rose obviously for the Doctor's love, Rose.  I got my husband hooked on Doctor Who and he passed it on to his niece. She's only seen a handful of episodes but she's hooked!  She definitely has good taste.  She even dedicated a craft session to the show.  We each made our own paper Tardis and origami Rose. This is mine:

So much fun!  

I designed my own pair of socks. Did I mention that?  I'm so proud of myself.  One day I will write out the pattern. Until then, check these babies out!

Cozy!  I don't remember the yarn. It was something I had stashed for a long time.  I really enjoyed making them.  Socks are an interesting knit; relatively small and fast, and travels well.  I hope 2014 has a lot of sock knitting in it.  And maybe a sweater.  I really need to just do it already. I don't understand how I coud be knitting for so many years and still have yet to complete a sweater.  I've made attempts but they all ended with tears and lots of frogging.  

Now I will leave you with my awesome Ugly Christmas Sweater from Christmas Eve. It was a sweater my grandmother made a long time ago and embellished with felt, sequins and bows by me.  

Good night folks!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Christmas Count Down!

This is it people.  Christmas is right around the corner.  I always have this master plan to try knitting a few gifts but I never succeed. This year is going to be different.  I'm pumped!  Let's get this knitting party started!  I sorted through all my yarn and figured out what yarn to use for each project and then stuffed it neatly into my extra special Pee Wee Herman bag.  (Purchased after seeing Pee Wee on Broadway!  Highlight of my adulthood!) 

Everything is in there- yarn, needles, notions, etc.  I have navy blue and light blue acrylic to knit two baby hats.  One for baby C who is 14 months, and one for baby J who is 1 1/2 months.  It will be very simple, ribbed with a few stripes.  Next is a hat and cowl set in grey wool with cranberry, purple, and peacock blue stripes for my niece who is 10.  I love knitting for my favorite little people.  At the very bottom of this bag are a few projects for me as well. I can't forget about myself!  I have an off-white wool for a squishy warm shawl.  (I LOVE SHAWLS!!!!!!)  I also have biege tweed for socks and silver and dark turquoise heather for mitts.  

I do have some past projects to share but, of course, I am not prepared with photos!  Next post, people!  Happy Knitting!  

Friday, September 13, 2013

Lost In Space

Ok.  I fell off the face of the planet for a while.  Now, back to business!

During this 4 month blogging hiatus I actually did knit and embroider a few things.  Of course I don't have photos of them all but that's to be expected of me.  In no particular order, here are a few of my most recent finished projects.

First up, my skull patch.  I drew this pretty baby up and stitched it quickly.  It was the perfect project to carry around and sneak a couple of stitches here and there.

I don't know what I'm going to do with it yet.  I'm sure I'll find a place for it somewhere.

This was the little Fisherman's sweater that I made for my nephew.  Unfortunately, it didn't fit him.  At all.  The sleeves were way too big.  Now that the weather is starting to get a little cooler maybe I'll try it on him again.

Speaking of my little nephew,  here's an action shot of the booties I made him.  They finally fit him.

And also his little hat!  I don't remember if I showed this one and I'm too lazy to look at back posts so here it is!

So that's it for photos for now.  I have two blankets I still have to photograph.  I'm also currently working on a pair of socks.  These are special socks.  These are designed by ME!  I'm very excited about them.  I think I really enjoy sock knitting, which is good considering how much sock yarn I own!  I have lots of ideas for future projects but for now I need sleep.  Good night knit world.  Stitch tight.  Don't let the moths bite.  (See what I did there.......ahhhh??)  

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Big Plans, Little Time

There are so many things I need to do right now! I go through the list in my head, adding things as I think of them, and suddenly it becomes an endless book. A List of Infinite Tasks. I get overwhelmed just thinking about it. There are all these things I want to accomplish in my short time on this planet, and, yes, I am referring to my crafty things. One thing I have been itching to do is quilting. Well I can almost check that off my list! Check this baby out!

This is a play mat to put on the floor for my little nephew. He's just learning to roll and his tummy time mat is too small and slippery for him to get that fat little body turned around. He should have a much easier time on this fun jungle theme quilt! I still have to bind off the edges. Is that the right term? Bind off? My brain goes to knitting terminology right away. It doesn't know any better. Anyway, I can't wait to see that baby wiggle around on this!

I am forever working on this little man's sweater. I swear I'm almost done! It just needs a collar and to be seamed up. He will have it before winter is through! Next comes a hat for him. That will be a fast knit. And after that another baby blanket. He loves being wrapped up and cuddled and is currently favoring his great Nana's knit blanket. My mother requests another to be made. The yarn is already in my possession.

So away I stitch!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Rip Rip Rip.......

The new year has begun and I'm feeling inspired.  Let's get motivated here, people!!!  A fresh start!  WEBS has started a nice feature on their blog called 31 Days to get Organized and I'm ready to follow step by step.  God knows I need the help!  2012 has proved to be fruitless.  I feel like I haven't churned out enough projects and I think my terrible organization skills are to blame.
The first day of this organizational challenge is all about listing the good and the bad; what works for you and what needs improvement.  The things that work for me are my designated craft corner in my apartment, my filing system for my patterns, my inspiration bulletin board, easy access to my desk and printer, and I am a wonderful list maker!  I also organize my yarn in wonderfully large boxes and keep them stored on shelves from IKEA.  And now for the bad.  I have trouble finishing projects.  I'm sure a lot of us crafters have this problem (please tell me I'm not alone!), whether it's getting bored with something or just having the itch to start something fresh.  That leads me to my other problem.  I have too many projects going at one time.  I get distracted easily so having too many things going makes me overwhelmed.  Once I lose interest in a project I might as well frog it because I can never get back that rhythm.  That's also my problem with blogging.  I need to dedicate time working on this or I'll go missing for 3 months again!  Sticking to a schedule has always been a challenge for me in all parts of my life.
The second day of this challenge is going through your WIPs and deciding to keep or frog!  This is a scary task!  The time and emotions that go into making each project can really mess with your head sometimes.  I spent a lot of time on what I thought would be my first completed sweater only to realize today that the fit is all wrong.  In my heart I felt this coming.  This is my third sweater attempt gone wrong.  As sad as it makes me to tear this apart, I know it must be done.  Rip, rip rip........  Now as for my other projects, I have a baby sweater, two embroideries, a summer baby quilt, a baby bib, and a baby hoodie to embellish.  That's enough projects going!  No more!  As far as knitting goes, I think one project is all I can handle at a time.  Sewing projects will probably be handled one at a time as well.  Embroidery seems to be a little easier to pick up randomly.
The third day is an extension on the WIPs. They give great tips on how to handle all those projects and still stay organized.  I really suggest everyone reads those posts.  It is truly valuable information that can help you out!
Day four is about storing your WIPs.  I have my knitting and embroidery in separate project bags.  The sewing projects are just hanging out together but it seems to be ok.  All the filled project bags and sewing are stored in a big blue basin atop a shelf.  This seems to be working for me.  When I'm feeling crafty, down comes the bin.  Then I can decide what type of crafty I'm feeling.  Somedays I feel like knitting, other days can be sewing.  What ever strikes my fancy that day!  I love that all my craftiness seems to be needle related!
If you want to know what day five is then I suggest you click on over to WEBS blog!  Even if you think you have your organizing skills down I think it's a good idea to check out a different take on it.  Maybe you'll find something that could work better than what your doing!  And, gosh darn it, you deserve the best.
Can I just add I totally treated myself to an iPad mini with my Christmas gift cards.  Surprisingly that little device makes me want to blog and get organized!  It also makes me spend ridiculous amounts of money on electronics that I can live with out, but oh well!  It's so damn cute!
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and a spectacular New Year.  Here's to a brighter year!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Baby Monkey!

Ok.  It's a little late but my new little nephew is finally here!!  He's become quite the little star around here getting lots of attention.  I'm not just saying this because he's blood, but he is soooooooo freakin' adorable!!!!!!!!  He's a good little guy and we're over the moon about him.  I could gush about him for hours but I might make you nauseas.  

So, moving on to the crafty side of life, embroidered baby monkey onesie is complete!  I had such a sense of urgency to finish it 2 weeks ago so I busted out those last stitches.  It's a good thing I did because my sister went into labor that night.

See, I gave him smaller eyes.  Those big pupils were a little scary so the downsize was necessary.  I didn't want to scare the baby!  There were so many strings and lumps and bumps on the inside, I was nervous it might irritate sensitive baby skin so I covered it up.  I cut out a patch from a soft white cotton t-shirt and stitched around the little monkey body.  I did that after I took these photos but you probably wouldn't have noticed those little white stitches anyway.

I'm really happy I ventured off into embroidery.  It's so enjoyable to me.  It's an easy way to add personal flare to a piece of clothing.  Satin stitch can be a pain but I love the way it looks.  It's basically coloring with string!  How cool is that?!

Now, I know I promised pictures of my beautiful completed sweater, but I have some bad news for you.  After I bound off the shoulders and added the rib around the neck I tried it on.  And it fell off.  Really.  It fell off my shoulders  and down to my waist.  My boat neck was an epic fail.  So naturally I cried.  After wiping my tears, I stuffed it back in the bag and refused to look at it.  Yesterday I was brave and ripped out the ribbing and binding.  It's not a total loss.  Just a couple more rows to go and then the bind off.  I'm still undecided on the sleeves.  The pattern has short sleeves that fall off the shoulder.  I was thinking about picking up those stitches and making long sleeves.  Lets get that neckline right first.

Nothing else is on the needles at this point but I feel a baby sweater is near.  When Webs was having a sale I stocked up on Cascade 220 Superwash.  It's time for that yarn to see the light of day.  Wish me knitting luck on my boat neck.  I'm going to need it.

Friday, August 10, 2012

All About Baby

These past few weeks have been dedicated to baby crafting!  It's all about baby! My little nephew should be here any day so I've been frantically stitching away at projects.  This Brooklyn Tweed Shale Baby Blanket took quite a bit of time to complete but it was totally worth it.

It's actually quite big.  It should be perfect when his crib is converted into a toddler bed.  I highly recommend this pattern.  It's beautiful and classic and very easy to stitch up.  The repeats are so easy to remember (and this is coming from someone with a TERRIBLE memory!), so it's perfect for some mindless TV knitting, but there is just enough difficulty to keep it from getting boring.

The scalloped edge and lace detail is pretty but not girly.  I think it is boy or girl appropriate.  This would look good in any color and is beautiful enough to keep and pass down in the family.

I did a couple of fast baby projects as well.  You can't get much easier than decorating a store bought onesie.  I decided to make him some formal attire.  I bought a stack of fun fat quarters from A.C. Moore and picked out a cute red square with little blue asterisks to use as a neck tie and bow tie.

I've been on a huge Doctor Who kick so I snuck in some #11 humor.  My sister might not get the reference but it'll give me a nice chuckle every time I see him decked out in his Who gear.  Besides, bow ties are cool.

I started on the last 3 month sized onesie.  I had this little monkey I drew for my sister's baby shower but never used it.  I thought this would be the perfect way to display it.

Since taking these photos, I've decided to make the eyes tiny so the next photo shot will be a little different.  Hopefully this will be finished before he grows out of it!!  I have 6 month sized onesies sitting around waiting to get embellished but those can sit on the back burner for now.  A bib has been sitting idle for awhile waiting for some trim and velcro as well.  An Auntie's job is never done!

Next post I hope to showcase my very first finished sweater!  It's not actually finished right now but it's soooooo close.  I'm looking forward to Autumn just so I can wear it.  I'm looking forward to Autumn for thousands of reasons but that one is running through my head right now.  It's my favorite season for sure.

Happy crafting!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Baby Bam!

I just wanted to share one of the cute little onesies I embellished for my sister's baby.  

It's an old school batman inspired patch I made from felt and embroidery floss.  It was surprisingly fast to whip this up.  The most time consuming thing was the black piped edging.  It was the first time I've used this kind of finishing stitch.  I think it's called couching.  You take two or more strands of floss and lay them on top of the material.  Then with another strand of floss, stitch those strands in place around the design.

I'm a little nervous how it's going to wash up so I took pictures before.  It should be washed soon.  If the results are good then I'll start on making more fun patches.

Making baby stuff really is a lot of fun.  Everything is just so darn cute and little.  Little also means less time to make which is always a good thing!

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Weekend Whirl Wind

What!?  Time is on fast forward!  This entire month flew by so quickly.  My sister's baby is almost done baking.  Only 7 more weeks left!  Or maybe less if he decides to come early.  We had an insane weekend of her wedding and her baby shower that left me with very little time to work on my knitting, crafting and blogging.  

 The wedding turned out beautiful.  My other sister made the dress and it came out perfect.  I'm not much of a seamstress but I'm sure it's not easy making a maternity dress that can fit that ever growing belly.

Me and my sisters.

My duty was gluing ribbon on to the headband to match her pink sash.  Yeah, it took a whopping 5 minutes.  But I also had to style her hair so at least I did something!  I'm a hairstylist so it was expected.

headband shot!

hair shot!

My second duty was the bouquet.  I picked out the three colored flowers and arranged them.  I have no clue what kind of flowers they were but they were beautiful and held up amazingly.  They're still looking good and it's 4 days later!  My other sister tied the pink ribbon around so I can't take credit for that.  

the bouquet

My third duty was centerpieces.  I was searching on Pinterest for the prefect centerpieces and I found this great idea.  Painted mason jars in different shades of pink.  EASY!  I was looking forward to sloshing all that pink paint in the glass jars but my mom got to it first.  They came out lovely and it was really a fast process.  The only regret was that we used a water based paint instead of an oil base.  After a few ours with a couple inches of water for the flowers, the paint started to break up a little.  It wasn't too noticeable but lesson learned.  We used cheap filler babies breath for the larger mason jars and big puffs of hydrangeas for the smaller jars.  

Painted mason jar centerpieces.

Of course the fourth duty was the most important one!  I had the honor of marrying them!  That's right! I got ordained online and registered with the city so it's completely legit.  I actually offered to do it more as a joke but my sister seemed to like the idea more than I expected.  I couldn't say no!  I searched online for ideas for the ceremony and we put together a heart felt ceremony that included readings by my other sister and the groom's sister.  When I actually had to get up there and start the ceremony I was shaking like a leaf!  I was very close to passing out because of my nerves!  That would have been terrible.  Memorable, but terrible!  Luckily no one noticed but the happy couple.  I'm definitely relieved that it's done with and will not be officiating at anymore weddings!

The baby shower was the next day but we were so busy hosting the party that I forgot to take pictures!  Our guests should be sending those soon so I'm really looking forward to those shots.  Especially our poopy game!  We played Guess That Poop!  You take a few diapers and melt chocolate bars in them and your guests have to guess what candy bar is in each diaper.  It was definitely disgusting but a ton of fun.  Hopefully I can share those photos with you soon!!  This weekend turned out great because we all chipped in our time and craftiness.  Even the grooms family joined in!  I have to show off those adorable monkey centerpieces for the shower!

Now it's back to crafting.  I'm so very close to finishing the baby blanket and I'm half way through my sweater.  I'll share more on those soon along with a few other projects I'm working on.  

Happy crafting!!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Lazy Days

Seriously?  What happened?  I kind of fell off the face of the Earth there.  Well, I have once again returned to Earth and I'm ready to get back into the string of things.  I thought today would be a great day to lounge about and blog considering I'm feeling under the weather.

Now, just so you know, I haven't been sitting on my butt this whole hiatus!  I've been busy.  Don't believe me?  Then check these babies out!

Look at that fit!  Snug as a bug.  I got a little antsy to finish them by the time I turned the heel so I decided to make them ankle socks.  I had plenty of yarn left but my laziness got the better of me.  All in all, this was an easy knit.  I definitely will be knitting more socks in my future.

I wish I could have gotten a better shot of the cables but the variated colors are a little distracting.  They wash up well which makes me extremely happy!  I was very concerned about machine washing and drying them but they held up well.  Anytime I wash my hand knits I get nervous, whether hand washing or machine.  I try to follow the washing instructions as best I can but there is always a feeling of impending doom.  All those hours of work can be completely unraveled with one little snag or shrunken into oblivion with the tiniest bit of agitation.  I'm going to get an ulcer with all this washing!!

Oh, finishing my socks aren't enough for you?  Aren't you hard to please.  Ok then.  One more for you.

Thats right!  I blocked this sucker real good.  Well, good enough anyway.  I probably could have done a little bit more stretching but honestly, I was scared!  I thought i was going to pop a stitch for sure!  Once it was all pinned in place I realized I had nothing to worry about and I could've pushed it a little farther but I was also running out of room on my floor.

I'm so happy with this shawl.  Brooklyn Tweed has a fan for life.  I've been wearing it so much that I feel a little guilty for ignoring all my others scarves and shawls.  I know for a lot of people lace knitting seems daunting but I absolutely love it.  It can be frustrating and challenging but it's always worth it in the end when you hold it up and marvel at what you've accomplished.  I can only imagine how one would feel if it was there own pattern!  I'm not ready for that yet.  I'm just starting to understand the different constructions.

Ok, that's not all I did but I don't have the photos to back it up.  More to come on my sister's baby blanket and a new sweater I started!

Oh and just to put this out there, I got my learners permit.  That's right.  I'm just a few steps from operating a large metal driving machine.  Be afraid.......  Be vey afraid.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Noble Lion.

It's done!  It's finished!

Finally!!  I've finished my lion embroidery!  Considering how many projects I have going at once, I'm surprised it actually got done.  This was my first t-shirt embroidery.  I was really nervous how it was going to stitch up on such stretchy material but I was really careful of my tension.

Now that Mr. Lion is done, what's to stitch now?  Well, now comes the baby projects!  My sister's little belly has popped big time!  That little baby is growing fast!  August doesn't seem that far away with all this nice weather we've been having on the East Coast.  I bought a bunch of baby acrylic yarn a while back but never made anything with it.  So what can I do to eat up this big stash?  Blanket!!!  I cast on Brooklyn Tweed's Shale Baby Blanket  right away.  It's a shame that I'm knitting it with plain ole acrylic. I hope it still shows off the beautiful details of this blanket.  But I know my sister.  She is the Queen of Shrink!  At least I won't have to worry about her shrinking this blanket into a tiny little square.  

Did I mention my new needles that I'm using?  No?  Well!  I treated myself to Knit Picks Options Interchangeable Nickel Plated Circular Knitting Needle Set!  And it really is a treat.  They knit like budda!  And who doesn't love the price?  I also got blocking wires and blocking mats from Knit Picks as well.  My McGyver wires didn't turn out so well after all and I've been sitting on my unblocked Rock Island Shawl for months.  My shawl is currently taking a bath as I type waiting to be stretched and pulled.  

Oh, my socks.  Right....   Still not done.  But i'm sooooooo close!  So close that I didn't even bother taking a progress shot.  Heels are turned and a few inches in to the ankle.  I tried them on already just to double check the fit.  They are awesome!  Having a small foot, I've never had adult socks fit me so perfectly.  (I actually discovered that socks in the boys section fit perfect too!)  

So expect to see that gorgeous shawl next time.  I hope I block it correctly.  I'm such a bad blocker (and swatcher!).