Monday, March 28, 2011

A Simple Tank Top

There's always another project on the needles. This one is a super quick, very basic tank top. In fact, it's so quick, I hope to have it finished by this weekend. One side is done, the other more than half way along. Once the knitting is finished, I will have to stitch it together (*shudder*), then do a crochet edge.

The yarn is Filatura di Crosa Fancy Tempo (o1). (Abby seems to like it.) I plan on doing the seaming and edging in Lion Brand Cotton Bamboo, in a shade of dusty pink.

The pattern is Simple Tank Top by Yarn Girlson and is available on Ravelry.

A Few Scraps

I got to do a little bit of scrapping last week, finishing up photos from Thanksgiving,when we went to Canada to visit my grandfather. The day we got home, we went to the ASPCA to adopt our kitty, Abby.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Dixie Lace Sweater

I finished another sweater last week. This one knit up very quickly. It's a gift, so it's a tad big on me. I left out the waist shaping and made the sleeves a bit longer than called for. And I'm well on my way on my next project. It's a the Yarn Girls Simple Tank Top. It's knit in two pieces, so I will have to practice seaming and learn how to do a crochet edge. I'm completely enthralled with the yarn.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Page Maps Webster's Pages Sketch Contest

Some mojo inspiration from PageMaps blog. Here's the latest sketch contest:

And this is my take:

And while I was at it, another holiday layout:

Friday, March 18, 2011

Knitting for Lois

UPDATE Courtesy of my new random number generator widget I installed on my blog, our winner is No. 8 out of the 8 entries. Kim M I will contact you and let you know when I ship your scarf. I can't say thank you enough to everyone who participated. I know it means a lot to the family to give back to the organization that gave so much to them and their daughter. Thanks to you, they are much closer to their fundraising goal. For those of you who have ever posted (or are now thinking) "I want one!" here's your chance. As explained below, I am "raffling" this luxurious scarf to help support children with cancer. The Goods: This scarf, which measures approximately 6 x 60 inches, was knitted using Louisa Harding Grace Hand Dyed yarn. This 50% silk, 50% merino yarn was produced in Italy and hand painted by artisans at Araucania Yarns in Chile. The yarn is a varigated raspberry/wine hue. In addition to the variation in color, the single-ply fiber varies in thickness. This can be seen in the different texture in the stitches. The pattern I chose is for a Mae Geri Scarf by by Dorothy Jane. The pattern is named for a karate front kick and the lacey pattern is designed as a disguise for a ninja.

The Cause:

A dear friend recently lost her three-year old daughter to leukemia. She and her husband would like some good to come out of this devastating loss and have asked that those touched by Lois's story do something charitable in her honor. For more information, please visit The Daily Lois and Butter Bean's Brigade. I started knitting for Lois the month she was diagnosed. Four friends and I each contributed knitted squares to an afghan to comfort Lois while she was sick. Now that she is gone, I would like to continue to comfort her and her family with my knitting. The Raffle: I am "raffling" this piece to raise money for one of the charities that supported the family while Lois was sick. Please go to the family's fundraising page for the ASK Walk-A-Thon and make a donation. (While recommended donations are listed, you can click on the green "donate" box and make a donation in any amount you are comfortable with. Please donate at this >> link << Do not send money directly to me). After you have made a donation, come back to my blog and post a comment that you have done so (and please only comment if you have made a donation). At noon eastern on April 15th I will randomly chose one (1) winner from those who comment below. I will post the winner in this blog and ask that you contact me to provide shipping details, so please check back. Please feel free to re-post this link. The more participants, the more we honor Lois's memory. A note regarding the recent disaster: I considered holding back on my raffle knowing that many of my friends would chose to make donations to the relief efforts. While the need is unquestionable, charities closer to home also require assistance in order to continue to provide much needed services. Even a small donation can go a long way in comforting a child with cancer.

Me with Lois in October 2009, on her second birthday, a few months before she was disagnosed.

Sunfish Pond

Did I promise I would scrapbook this week? Eiks! I hate breaking my word, but there just wasn't time. We were out most evenings meeting with potential wedding officiants (I know, it's more than a year away, but planning is fun) and Glenn had a gig one night, and work's been crazy and exhausting . . . excuses, but life gets away from you sometimes. Maybe today?

So I didn't scrap. But I did knit a bit (what a shocker) and I got to hike, which is awesome.

11.3 miles, Sunfish Pond loop at the Delaware Water Gap.

Sunday, March 13, 2011


I'm beginning to think I should call this blog the Knitting Rooster, or maybe the Crafty Rooster. I've been so absorbed in my knitting projects, I haven't scrapped in weeks. There's a poor Christmas layout sitting neglected on my counter. This week! I promise!

No scrapping time last weekend, since we were on the road upstate to visit mom. I finally got to see her in the sweater I knitted for her. I'm very happy with result and I hope she is too:

And I made lots of progress on the next birthday sweater. It will get set aside for a bit while I finish off the scarf I started on Friday.

Friday, March 11, 2011

A Special Project

It's unusual that I have two projects cast on at the same time, but I was inspired last week to start a special project. I'll post more details on that once the knitting is done.

It all begins with a pattern. I found this wonderful pattern by Dorothy Jane for a lace scarf on Ravelry.

Once I decided on a pattern, it was time to find the perfect yarn. I wanted something with a sheen, so I set out to find a silk blend. I discovered this wonderful yarn by Louisa Harding called Grace Hand Dyed. It is a 50% silk, 50% merino produced in Italy and hand painted by artisans at Araucania Yarns in Chile. The yarn I bought is a varigated raspberry/wine hue (more purple than is showing in the photo). In addition to the variation in color, the single-ply fiber varies in thickness as well. This can be seen in the stitches.

Unfortunately, the color isn't set as well as I'd like and it is bleeding on my hands a bit as I knit. I'm hoping a cold rinse when I'm done will help.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Elvira All Grown Up - Done!

I'm very excited about how this turned out. It's a comfortable loose fit. I've ordered a tank top to wear under it and I think it will pair nicely with jeans. Can't wait for the warmer weather so I can bum around in it on the weekends.

And for the sake of full disclosure, it's not perfect. There are to areas on the back where, in one column, I repeated, rather than alternated, the lace pattern. I didn't notice them until I was much further along and, because they were on the back, I decided to let them slide. Now that the top is done, it's hard for me to find them.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Reverse Order

Normally I would post the knitting project I just finished before posting the next, but I will not be able to get photos of my Elvira until tomorrow and I've already started a gauge swatch for my next project, a Dixie Lace Sweater.

I am using the recommended yarn, Rowan Amy Butler Belle Organic DK. This 50% cotton/50% wool yarn is incredibly soft and cushy. I love the feel and the color.

This is what my sweater should look like when it is all finished, except that I plan on skipping the waist shaping for a looser fit through the body and I am going to make the sleeves about an inch longer.