Category Archives: Yarn Diet

We interrupt this program…

lacy-scarf-3lacy-scarf-2Last Thursday I realized that today was the last day of school and I still had Li’l Rosi’s teacher to make a scarf for! YIKES!!! I quickly grabbed some yarn and dedicated my knitting time solely to a cute little lacey scarf pattern free from Knitty City. It has no name so I have called it: The Lacey Scarf From Knitty City. Appropriate, doncha think??

lacy-scarf-1I cast on 17 sts only and used 2 on each side for border and then followed the pattern as written. It worked out beautifully. The yarn is Valley Yarns Cotton something or other in the Opal colorway that I got from Webs some time ago (the cone had eleventybilliontrillion yards for like $3!!!). I dunno how much yardage I used. I know that I did 25 pattern repeats and called it a day! It was fast, easy ad cute.

branching-out-2For Esmie’s teacher, a while back I made the Branching Out scarf, heavily modified! HA! I used some Italian lace merino I got from School Products. I couldn’t seem to get into that Branching Out pattern AT ALL!!! So, I did it part of the way and then gartered myself over to the other side and then did Branching Out again to match the first end! VI-OLA! A scarf! HEH!

Waddya guys think? Think they’ll like them?

I put them each in a little box with a note and 2 bars of soap chosen by the girls and the girls drew and wrote all over the boxes. I hope the teachers enjoy their gift.

I also finished my Sangria skirt. MAAAN is this thing KAH-YUTE!!! Wait til ya’ll see it! I won’t take pictures of it until I wear it for it’s intended use and venue so it will have a special unveiling hopefully next week.  (I just have to knit 8 feet of I-cord for the drawstring and it’s ALL SET!)  :D

I finished a sock yesterday as I waited all day in EFFIN Family Court again – literally, 9 am to 5:45 pm all for NOTHING as we didn’t see the Judge cuz of my stupid a$$ attorney and we have been adjourned to October 23rd. I’m so pissed. I eventually cried myself a river later that evening when I felt I was gonna burst and then Tano came in and almost cried too cuz he finally saw me and we are just all so sick of this shit and just want it to be over. :( We composed ourselves and continued to present a brave, strong front to the kids. Poor kids. I feel so bad that they are in the middle of all this bullshit. We do try to not mention TWFKAM or the whole case in front of them or to them and it’s been working somewhat. But behind closed doors…. :(

Enough of that.

Malabrigo Lace (2)Mystery Stole 3 - Swatch (1)This Friday is the release of Clue #1 in the Mystery Stole KAL and I can’t WAIT!! It seems that I’ll have enough of the Pale Khaki Malabrigo to do the entire stole in that one yarn. I still haven’t chosen the beads for it, tho.

What color beads do you guys recommend for that color yarn?

Time for Tops

I’ve been busily making summer tops and lace. This has been great commuter and movie-watching knitting, believe it or not. Let’s start with the Lillian Top. I LOVE this pattern. I cannot say enough about it. It’s a fast and easy knit. Took me all of 9 days and I only knit it at night when I could put in a hour or two. As always, clic on the thumbnail to see a larger pic (unfortunately, for some reason this template distorts in IE when I put in large pictures instead of thumbnails.  Sorry!  BTW, my blog is best viewed in Mozilla Firefox).

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Pattern: Lillian Top
Source: Delicious Stitches
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cathay in Red
Cost: $3.38 per skein (used 6 2/3 skeins, about 730 yds); total cost = $22.75 – :D
Size: Large
Needles: Size 5 and 6 Addi Turbos
Started: June 1, 2007
Finished: June 10, 2007
Notes: I would not do 5 lace repeats for the body. I find this to be too long. If I make it again, I would only do a total of 4 repeats of the lace pattern. Also, I would start the armhole section sooner as I have large arms.

Next up is the Cap Sleeve Turtleneck. I also enjoyed this pattern except I decided a turtleneck in this heat….NAAAAH! LOL

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Pattern: Cap Sleeve Turtleneck
Source: Karabella Yarns pattern from Kpixie
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in Coral
Cost: $3.60 per skein (used about 5 1/3 skeins); total cost about $18 – :D
Size: 40″ Bust
Needles: Size 3 and 5 Addi Turbos
Started: May 7, 2007
Finished: June 2, 2007

With completing the Cap Sleeve Turtleneck, I completed Round 5 of my Yarn Diet. So as a treat I bought myself something really special….I wasn’t planning on buying it yet but Karen talked me into it today!!! ENABLER!!!!! :D This week’s YPF will be all about that. (Hey, Cristi, wouldya mind sharing with me how to get those FLLLLY close-ups???! Couldya, wouldya, thanks, luv ya!!!)

A couple of days ago, I emailed Anne Hanson from KnitSpot and asked her advice on something I wanted to make. I was thinking of a nice large shawl to use almost like a sarong over my bathing suit this summer. She recommended a couple of her patterns but she mentioned she had a cute little lace skirt PERFECT as a cover-up, Sangria. Of course, once I saw her pattern, I jumped and bought it. I cast on last night using Knit Picks Shine Worsted in Terra Cotta. So far so good. No pix yet because I’m not that far along.

I am sending out soap orders hopefully by Friday. I haven’t had a chance to run to the post office with the training at work so they’re a tad delayed but I’ll add a treat as “thanks” for your patience!!

EZ Tomten

TomtenTomten (2)I’ve finished a super EZ Tomten, a design by Elizabeth Zimmerman found in a couple of her books. I used the one in the Opinionated Knitter. I love knitting her patterns as you are given so much freedom in what you can do.

Take this tomten: I decided to do stripes, short-rows on the back for shaping, pockets, a hood, a button placket, and I-cord edging on the sleeves and around the front. You could choose not to do any of these. You could even knit it in the round and make it a pullover. Tomten (5)

Also, the size is based on whatever combination of yarn and needles you use. My combo gave me a jacket big enough to fit my 5 year old, Li’l Rosi! Mind you that I never had more than 112 stitches on my needles at any given point. Tomten (4)Tomten (6)

The hardest part about knitting this was the striping and all the ends I would have so I wove in ends as I knit so as to have less finishing to do. I wanted to use up a bunch of Plymouth Encore I had in my stash from a previous project. But if you make this in one or two colors, it should be a snap.

Now to find some nice big buttons. They need to be unisex as I don’t like sewing buttons and I plan for G-Luc to wear this when Li’l Rosi outgrows it.

Anyone have any recommendations for me?

Tomten Jacket

Source: Opinionated Knitter by Elizabeth Zimmerman
Yarn: Plymouth Encore
Cost: $5.60 per skein (used a total of 5 skeins altogether)
Size: ~5 year old
Needles: Size 9 Knit Picks Options
Started: April 28, 2007
Finished: May 7, 2007