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  1. Finished Projects.

    May 4, 2012 by enid

    It’s been so long since my last blog posts and so many things have happened since. I must first apologize for failing to keep up with the destktop calender I had going. April was such a wacky month for me.

    But what I have managed to do is finish many knitted projects. It’s such a good feeling to finish projects up. I’ll start with the last two I did maybe the next couple of posts will be my finished project updates.

    So just recently my child hood friend has come for an extended visit because her grandfather just recently had triple bypass  surgery. So I felt like I had to do something for them. So I decided to knit her grandmother a prayer shawl. Prayer Shawl.

    I used Marble Chunky by James C. Brett Bulky / 12 ply 100% Acrylic 341 yards / 200 grams

    But I unfortunately suffer from an illness, and I don’t know if I’m the minority here amongst knitters. Maybe there are others out there. But since I have discovered that I have a problem, I have found solutions for what ails me. I suffer from PBOS (Premature bind off syndrome). It’s chronic. I apparently do it all the time and with this project it was no exception. Here is proof.

    I think I could have gone maybe two or three more rows before I cast off. But I get so anxious that I just cast off. Today it was made very clear how comical the situation is when I started to do some stash diving, and found all these little extra balls of yarn, from other projects past. So many of them. A friend suggested I still them in a mason jar. I replied that I might need one of those bell jars. Yes. or I may need to make some kind of wacky mish mash afghan with them.

     


  2. I heart you, Yarn.

    February 1, 2012 by enid

    I wish I could quit you yarn. But I can’t I love yarn, it all started about seven years ago. We had moved out the country and all my arts and craft things had been packed away. We were in transition, between houses. We would be in the rental house to short a time for me to set up shop with all my crafting wares. So I took that opportunity to pick up knitting. Little did I know that it would be my number one love. It started with a red scarf project and a coffee shop in East Cupcake, TX. The owner of that shop was an avid knitter and she became my fairy knit mother. I taught myself how to knit thanks to some books from the library, and the internet. Then Betsy really showed me how its done. Love that woman too. She took me to my first yarn sale at the Yarn Barn. She introduced me to the ladies of Elann.com which is a community of the nicest, and most helpful of all groups. I really do owe my love of knitting to them. If my experience had been any different, I probably would have easily gone back to my other artistic passions.

    I so I really didn’t want to be cliche and do some red heart things for this February’s calender, but somehow it fits. My love for yarn started with a red scarf, and I love yarn, why not in case it in a pretty little heart. It’s February in any case. Love is in the air, and in all the stores, why not slap it on your desktop too.

    So here it is from me to you, Happy February! I hope it’s filled with lots of happy warm yarny goodness.

    February 2012 1440 x 900

     

    Happy BirthMonth, Betsy!! I heart you too, my friend.


  3. Another knit finished object. FO

    November 1, 2011 by enid

    Hey what’s an FO?? One of our many knitting abbreviations for finished object.

    I will discuss knitting abbreviations at a later date, but today I will show you what’s been keeping me busy. Well besides Halloween, and my kiddos. I’ve been knitting and hanging out with the family. All day today I’ve been trying to get to you. And it sounded something like this.

    Okay, I’m going to sit down and write a little something. OH LOOK! knitting let me whip up a few rows. (I get distracted by my one of my kids or the phone, laundry etc)

    and the loop repeats itself.

    Okay I’m going to sit down and write a little something. OH LOOK! knitting……..you know the rest. 😀

    Until I finished. I finished!

    Illusion knit Moon and StarIllusion Knit Moon and Star

    There you go. An illusion knit washcloth that I could not keep my hands off of. Why is it called an illusion knit. If you can see in these pictures. One it taken head on from above.  The other is about a 45 degree angle. I didn’t take a protractor to my camera and the project but lets just say it was an angle.

    If you can knit and purl than you can make this. If you can read a chart, knit and purl you can make this. If you can count, read a chart, knit and purl this my readers is not going to be a problem for you. Using contrasting colors you knit and purl your way through a wonderfully clear chart like the ones that I found by Dawn Huddlestone on Ravelry.

    I wanted to make something cute and playful for my girlfriend that is expecting baby number five. Any minute they will be making their debut and I had nothing. But I had some Sugar n Cream cotton, and a curiosity of illusion knitting or also known as shadow knitting. I really wanted to create a bib, but it’s a little big for that, so I dubbed it a burp cloth or wash cloth for the baby. 😀 I just whip up something a wee smaller. I have plenty left over so I will make something matchy matchy.

    I have to say the chart I found really helped a lot. a lot of the illusion/shadow knit patterns are written out. I am not all about the written pattern, just looking at them gave me headaches. Where they beautiful designs? Yes mostly definitely but I’ve been knitting with charts for so long that I’ve kind of depended on them. When I see something written out like that my mind just goes “TLDR!!” (Too long didn’t read)

    Which reminds me in an upcoming post I will do my take on knitting abbreviations and maybe if you have some questions about them I can collect them now before my next post.

     

     

     


  4. Finished Project: Daybreak Shawl.

    September 26, 2011 by enid

    Finally a completed project. I have been MIA for a while now, and for that I apologize. My mom is here on vacation from Chile, and my aunt also came. So I have had a house full and up until now didn’t have a second to myself to post anything. But since we are crafty woman, I’ve been able to share knitting details and work on projects. I really love having my family here, but sadly the time just fly and soon our visit will be over. I think I’m going to have to stock up on some tissue boxes, for our drive to the airport.

    In these few days, I was able to finish daybreak. Neapolitan Daybreak I call it. 🙂

    Blocking

    I soaked it over night. No reason really, just worked out that way. No color bleeds, like my friends shawl that I blocked. I didn’t have blocking wires this time so I used the pins. After using blocking wires, I realized that pins are not so friendly, but they did the job.

    Neapolitan flavors.

    It always surprises me how much a shawl will grow. But then again this is only my second shawl. LOL.

    Close up

    I’ve included to to see the color progressions. Not sure how well they will translate on your computer screens.

    Coming up next: a short little photo show and tell on how to block a circular shawl. Gorgeous shawl, I know you will love it.

     

     

     



  5. Projects: What’s on the needle.

    September 7, 2011 by enid

    So far so good.

    Projects I have many, but my pet project for the moment is Daybreak by Stephen West. I recently inherited a generous amount of palette from KnitPicks. I have to break right here and say “I’m one lucky woman.” One friend gave me the yarn and another gave me the inspiration to start this project. She even helped with the color choices. Love them. At first I thought the colors would be “meh” or “herpderp” but once it is knitted up in the stripped pattern the color changes are so subtle that it works perfect. What do you think?