Thursday, January 29, 2009

My February Lady Sweater

Well the socks are on hold, I really didn't like the way she was teaching. I'm going to get going on that in the spring. But for now I am doing a KAL with my sister and it's the February Lady Sweater, 3770 people can't be wrong. That's how many people have made or are in the process of making it.

I am using Dream in Colour Classy - in the colour Good Luck Jade(380), it is lovely yarn that is so soft and beautifully hand painted.

Check my Ravelry page here and to see the pattern all knitted up you can go here, it's free even!

Monday, January 26, 2009


Well as I mentioned I am taking a sock knitting class. I went to my first one last Thursday and I was a little unimpressed. The instructor has us knitting a pair of socks using a 'sock template'
pattern and it's quite subjective. I thought I would work better if I knew exactly what to do and when.

I'm going to try to continue with what she has instructed - but I am beginning to think that I should just get a book and teach myself. I have become comfortable with the double pointed needles so I should be able to learn if the book has some good diagrams - add to that the wonderful videos you can get on youtube and I should be set.

Can anyone recommend a good book on learning sock knitting?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Diamond Dishcloth Patttern

~Diamonds Are Forever~

**This looks great on solid colours as pictured, but it also looks good in ombres and variegated colours, have fun!

CO 41 - 4.5mm(7) needles

Border(B): K2 at beg and end of each row.

Work two rows of garter stitch(K 2 rows) and the begin the pattern as follows:

Row 1: B, K3, repeat the following; *P1, K5, end with P1, K3 - B.

Row 2: B, P2, Repeat from the following *K1, P1, K1, P3. End with K1, P1, K1, P2 - B.

Row 3: B, Repeat the following *K1, P1, K3, P1, end with K1, B.

Row 4: B, Repeat the following *K1, P5, end with K1, B.

Row 5: Repeat Row 3.

Row 6: Repeat Row 2.

Continue working rows 1-6 as many times as needed to reach the desired length. Then work one more of Row 1 and then do two rows of garter stitch(K 2 rows) and BO loosely.

To my knowledge this pattern has not been designed by anyone else.

If you want a pdf version you can email me at mrs_tea_mouse at hotmail dot com and I'll send a copy to you.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Making Granny Proud...

Of course my Granny is the one who started me knitting, she sat down and showed me how to cast on and make those first stitches. She was an avid knitter in her early years and had many great accomplishments to talk about. I heard of her pant suit all hand knit, can you imagine knitting an entire pantsuit? Well she was obviously a very talented knitter.

I remember a few years ago I was talking to her about knitting and mentioned socks and how difficult I thought it would be. She scoffed gently in her grandmotherly way and told me that of all the things she ever knit, socks were in fact her favorite. I was surprised, even though I know for years my Grandpa only wore her hand knit socks, I assumed this was a labor of love, a chore she did just for him. How could anyone possibly enjoy working on double pointed needles. I had tried it and it felt so awkward in my hands, almost like the first time I held the needles as she coaxed me to doing my first knit stitches.

For years I put the sock knitting out of my mind and definitely the thought of using dpn's! Recently I had a strong desire to become more comfortable with them and did some work on beret's that required them during the last few rows. They weren't as bad as I had thought.

A few days after my Granny had her stroke I had received a message on my phone from a LYS that was offering a 'sock making' class. I initially didn't call as I wasn't sure what would happen with her being sick. I knew a funeral was coming and the timing just seemed all wrong. Afterward I had a chance to reconsider the funeral was scheduled for the following week and I could attend the class and felt a strong desire to do so, even though it would take me well out of my comfort zone, both with knitting and socially. I was in luck, so to speak - I called to tell them I could come but there was no answer. I left a message and never heard back. Then on Thursday the night of the first class I got a call from the instructor at 6pm saying that she had just got my message and if I wanted to join I could still come down and bring whatever dpn's and yarn I had on hand - or I could meet up with them the next week and she'd get me caught up.

I opted to wait until the next week. It just so happened that it was darn cold around -50 with windchill and the streets were extremely icy. I did though pop in to the store on Friday and pay for the class and buy the supplies. The owner of the store suggested I get started on my own. After a quick call to the instructor on Saturday to determine how many stitches to cast on, I was on my way.

I picked it up on Saturday and had no trouble getting going and in fact am finding it extremely relaxing - it's so easy to stop while doing it and chat or catch up with what is happening on t.v. as each needle only holds so many stitches.

I know my Granny would be very proud to know that I was knitting socks and I am so happy to have both her talent and the love of knitting that she seemed to have passed down to me.

So the socks are in the beginning stage. The instructor has us making a pair of socks using thicker yarn so that we get to the next steps quickly enough to learn to do the more complicated steps of sock making. I hope that it all comes as easy as learning to use the dpn's.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I'm Back - Life has been crazy - knitting is keeping me sane!

This is one of the Dishcloth A Week - KAL. I had to try it after seeing this one at Tangled Up In Sticks and String. The only pink I had is what she used as well and it really had me wanting to make it.

Hats off to Grace from Lovin Comfort Knits for designing the pattern!! It was so easy to do and turns out so pretty. I made it in just a couple of hours while I watched t.v. The pattern consists of 4 rows but it's not boring and I kept wanting to do 'just one more row'.

However, I think it turns out too pretty for dishes so this is going to be a 'pamper yourself' washcloth.

Life has been hard lately and I haven't been around much. My Granny died on Sunday while I was visiting her. She was 93 and on Monday she had a stroke and from that time on she could barely communicate and was mostly unresponsive. So I am grateful that she is with God and at peace. She was ready to go, but I still am sad and miss her - she was a wonderful lady.

My DH is also away this week so life has been crazy busy - we've had tons of snow and I'm not a big fan of winter driving. It seems like the city can barely keep up with the snow on the roads. The boulevards are piled high and it's becoming a concern.

So knitting on some small projects like this beautiful cloth have helped me to pass the time and relax and to feel closer to my Granny, who was the one who taught me to knit!

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Nano Sock

After viewing a few patterns I improvise between a few and came up with a cozy sock for my Ipod Nano - to see how I did it view my Ravelry project page. There are some great looking socks out there, but I just wanted a nice plain ribbed one with an opening for the headphone jack.

Friday, January 02, 2009

2008 Ends with a Bang

Well we got an Alberta Clipper yesterday evening(yes that's what the weather network referred to it as) apparently it came from Northern Alberta. Anyway it was a full on blizzard the other night, perfect for all the people out and about for New Year's Eve. Thankfully I wasn't one of them, although our DD got invited out to a sleepover so we had to drive across town in almost 'white out' conditions at time, talk about insane. Anyway she got there safe and sound and we got back home to a warm house and I was happy to stay inside.

This is me blowing the snow on New Year's Day - my sister wanted pictures of me blowing snow, isn't she mean? I guess she must be so jealous living on the West Coast and not getting to do this lovely task.

So I got all bundled up and did the snow blowing for my DH(hey maybe this was all part of his evil plan) and 2 hours later the driveway and back yard were snow free. There were drifts up to 2ft and we don't have a huge blower so it took some doing and redoing to get it all clear.

Now it's time for a nice cuppa of hot tea and a back massage - yes even with snow blowers there is some lifting - the blower doesn't move itself around when it's time to turn around again.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year!!!

So this is 2009! I'm thrilled to move on to this year - it's the biggun for me and the DH as we both turn 40 near the end of it! Normally we don't make resolutions but I've promised myself that I will make some life changes prior to turning 40 and it looks like this is the year so get there or bust, I must try.

I've selected a particular goal in mind for weight loss - it seems doable if I stay focused and I'm sure this time next year, I'll feel a heck of a lot better. So the elliptical will be dusted off and coats will find a new home in the clothes closet and the new Ipod Nano that I got for Christmas will be used as I travel miles daily or every other day in an attempt to reach said goal.

Snacking is coming to a halt - we've got into some bad habits and we enable each other to stay in the danger zone. It's time to encourage each other to be making healthier choices. This is going to take the most work as it's fun to have an eating buddy.

I keep a private blog of my journey and I am going to have to really make an attempt to keep it up to date and if anyone is trying this journey and you want to read mine let me know. It helps to have that support and I do have a couple of people who have read this before. It's the one place where I am totally open and honest about this journey. I hope that it will be encouraging for me, enough so that I can actually reach the goal. I don't have any plans to join any weight loss groups so it will be a tough go without support. Check my profile for contact info.

Aside from that I want to push further in my knitting. I will be knitting more on a budget as getting finances in order seems to be another resolution. Tracking spending using Microsoft Money and really thinking about what we absolutely need as opposed to what we want. So I'm glad that I got some One Skein knitting pattern books for my birthday, it will give me plenty of projects I can do on a budget as well as a way to work on different knitting skills.

This past year I became quite fearless in my knitting. I made my first sweater for me. I learned how to do sleeves and other narrow objects with the Magic Loop method, knit a sweater completely in the round and learned short rows and short row wrapping(although I'm not as good at this as I'd like) and did a Kitchener(grafting) on underarms. I did lace in the round and made myself 3 sweaters. I never thought I'd make a sweater. So 2008 was a pretty good knitting year and hopefully it continues. I'd like to do more dpn knitting and maybe even do some fair isle - we'll see how it goes.

So those are my major goals - I constantly continue to push myself to be more social. This is an ongoing thing and recently it helped mend some family issues(I believe) so that is a good sign. As much as I want to cocoon myself up and hibernate when the work day/week is over - other people need/want to see us - so working on that will be challenging, but hopefully very rewarding also.

So however your New Year is shaping up - I hope it's wonderful and everything you hope it to be!!!!!