Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Charlie's coat

Here we are in Maryland for Thanksgiving.
My daughter and her family adopted Charlie in June from the pound. Charlie is a terrier mix and he adores his new family. He's a mangy little dog and his fur is sparse so they wanted me to knit him a sweater! he is.....
Pattern:-The Manwell by Stepanie Michaud. This is from my new book "Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders." I bought this book at the incredible price of $2.50. I got 2 books plus shipping for $10.80 from Barnes & Noble. Wow, I was thrilled. Who doesn't love a bargain?
Needles:- I used Sz#2 circulars but I should have used Sz#3 or maybe Sz#4. The sweater is a little snug on Charlie, but not too bad. I wish I would have had measurements. It was an easy straightforward pattern. I love the little opening on the neck for his leash and the little pocket that holds a treat...Charlie loves it too!
Yarn:-Patons Kroy Jaquard sock . Colour 'Slate.' I love Kroy yarn, easy care and it has a nice heft.
I really should be focusing on my Christmas knitting...hopefully I'll get it all done on time..but you never know???
Happy knitting everyone and "Happy Thanksgiving."

Monday, November 8, 2010

Lesson learned.

One of my knitting friends when she was browsing thru a "knitpicks"catalogue, spotted the "Yvette Entrelac Beret & Mitts" set and asked if I thought she could knit them. I causally responded that I thought she could since we would be meeting every Saturday and I could look over her work and help if necessary.
What a big mistake on my part.
Now, I would consider myself a fairly competent knitter and I have knit a couple of pair of entrelac socks but this pattern is the confusing!!!
And to think the mittens are supposed to be the simple part of the set! GULP!!!!!!
Pattern:-Yvette Entrelac Beret & Mitts by Knit Picks Design Team.
Yarn:-Knit Picks Andean Silk. Colours; Crimini, Chocolate, Cinnamon and Cream.
Needles:-Sz#7 and Sz#6.
Never advise anyone unless you read the pattern beforehand. If you're anything like me you feel an obligation to just figure everything out and knit it for them! Lesson learned!
Just think I still have to do the beret........"sigh!"
Happy knitting everyone.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Little distractions.....

Barbara, one of my friends from our Saturday "Sip & Stitch" group always brings lovely cookies for each of us (for every holiday)...she is such a sweet lady. I can't imagine the time and effort that goes into making these cookies. They are beautiful...all that preparation and with a few bites they are gone....but they are so yummy!
To say thanks I decided I'd make a "cookie" card! My cookie, 'tho not as decorative as Barbara's is completely fat free...hee, hee.
I knit a little circle and with dark brown yarn sewed little brown knots to represent chocolate chips!!! I know she'll love this card!
I don't know why I'm fooling around making cards, I guess it's because I know I have a bunch of Christmas knitting that needs attention and I'm just so's probably the pressure. I find when I'm under pressure I put things that's gonna work! Sigh...I really must stop lolly-gagging!
Happy knitting everyone.