Friday, February 26, 2010

Swap Goodies

Here are the goodies from my newest swap with Marissa. Grace held a swap and I signed up last minute. Can you believe the chocolates made it until picture day!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Olympic Knitting

I finished my Olympia - which is a Colonnade shawl last night. I just had to pick up a button.

This is my first Icord I've made and after pulling out how-to instructions I was impressed with how easy they really are to make.

I picked up the second darker blue at a LYS and I think it is a good compliment to the summer sky blue. I used Cascade 220. I chose to finish the bottom off with the darker blue to pull the colours together and I like the effect. I wasn't sure about two colours at first but it is growing on me.

I might give it a gentle block this week to give it a tad more length. I'm happy I chose the blue it definitely suits me!

Next I have been browsing Bernat Cares new site. They have some wonderful free patterns for charity knitting and fundraising patterns. I am infatuated with the knit market bag and it will be next on my needles. I have the colour that it is pictured in so it will be a nice spring shopping bag in the Bernat summer splash. They also had a nice hat pattern to use in their Alpaca, of which I so happen to have a ball. Maybe I can do some stash busting for the summer and go on yarn diet.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Olympic Knitting

I am knitting this for RavOlympics. You cast on during the opening ceremonies and have it bound off and blocked by the close. I think I can do it! I have two balls of Cascade 220 in Summer Sky. I'm off at lunch to see if I can find another colour to add. This will make it just a bit bigger, which I will enjoy and give it the two tone effect that it has in its original design.

Here is the colour combination. I had the blue sky on the right in my stash and I picked up the blue on the left at lunch to give the shawl some contrast.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Why did I buy that skein of yarn anyway?

Have you ever had an experience where you see a lovely project and you just have to get the perfect yarn to knit it. Then you rush online or to your LYS to shop for just the right yarn and for some reason it gets delayed by another project. Next thing you know you've had the yarn in your stash for sometime. Quickly you scramble to remember why you bought such a yarn - oh yes, you remember now it was for that cute little summer top. As you flip through your organized disorganization of patterns you realize you no longer like that top. In fact, you have to wonder what you were ever thinking when you thought it was a nice project. Sure it's cute, but for you? Who are you trying to kid?

The next stage is to discover a new project. After all why should such a beautiful yarn be left unused simply because you made a bad project decision. Quickly you head over to Ravelry and search your queue for any projects that might work with the yarn. If that fails you can always search by yarn and see what other knitters are using it for.

Surely by then you've discovered a new and wonderfully exciting project to use the yarn for. You cast on quickly before you get side tracked again. After a few rounds are knit, you stop and pause. This also doesn't seem right.

Sometimes you may go through this process a few times until you are sure that you have chosen the right project. Sometimes this is a success and you are content with the alternate choice of projects for your special yarn and other times you trudge through the project just so you knit the yarn up and don't stash it until you also don't like that yarn anymore. Or if you are really frustrated that is exactly what happens. The yarn gets frogged once again from the current project and tucked neatly back into your stash bin. Hopefully it will eventually find a home.

Now it sits in the yarn bin wondering if it will ever become a scarf, sweater, sock or something equally useful and beautiful - and you are left wondering the same thing and also why you ever chose that yarn in the first place. When that moment happens it is pure knitting frustration.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

My new Bag

Isn't she a beauty? I of course had to have the bag once I saw the sunflower on it! I like how she wrote the names of the flowers beside each one, and that has flowers on both sides of the bag.

She uses flowers from her garden to make the designs, how clever.

Won't this be a stylish alternative to the reusable shopping bag.

What is your favorite bag like?

Monday, February 08, 2010

The Success of a Sale

The sale was a success! We received many hand crafted items from people at the church. We made over $900.00 just from selling the treasures created by members of the community.

I made jars of bath salts, pictured here - as well as 17 dishcloths to sets of crocheted coasters(8 to a set) and my DH made homemade oatmeal - milk n' honey soap. All that was left of our items was this one jar of bath salts and one dishcloth.

Our church is helping an orphans in Kenya so that they can remain on their family property while getting an education and being able to support themselves with garden plots etc.

I've been wanting to try making bath salts for some time and they are so much fun. Next I'm going to make some bath bombs.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Crocheted Coaster

I love to use crocheted coasters, especially in the summer time. They are super absorbent. Here is one that I just created, a variation of a coaster - enjoy! I'm making these for an upcoming sale at our church to raise money for orphans in Kenya

Row 1: Ch 3, 11 dc

Row 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in each dc around. Join with sl st to top of ch 3. 24 sts.

Row 3: Repeat row 2. 48 sts

Row 4: Ch 3, 3 dc into same space – **skip 2 dc and sc into next dc, 4 dc into next dc – repeat from ** around. Ending with sc into last dc. Join with sl st to top of ch. 3. Weave in ends.