Sunday, October 31, 2004

how fuzzy was he?

ggh Apart on US size 13 Clover circular needles.

Let me start by saying I've never really cared for novelty yarns.

Yet, when I saw the yarn shown in the photo above, it screamed "Buy me, you fool!" And, so, I became its fool. This was the most I've ever spent on a hank of yarn EVER.

I started out on US size 35 needles borrowed from Summers.

novelty yarn + US size 35 needles = a maddening experience

I cast on 33 stitches for a scarf/shawl and later, somehow, ended up with 37 stitches. Knitted for about a foot before I gave up and switched to much smaller needles and knitting in the round. I probably won't have enough yarn to make a decent-sized scarf (Christmas present for one of my Berthas), but I'm giving it a shot. Heaven forbid I'd actually complete one of my other projects before starting this.

Friday, October 29, 2004

regrets, i've had a few...

You ever rummage through the bargain bins at your LYS and buy stuff you don't need because it's such a good bargain? You spend forever trying to find a pattern that will work with the yarn so you can finally make something out of your foolish purchase but with no success.

Here's some of that yarn. Silk/cotton Noro variegated what-will-I-ever-make-with-this-yarn and silky viscose very-cool-pink-but-oh-so-slippery-if-this-tangles-up-again-I'll-kill-myself-yarn.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

on with its head

Tell me if you've ever done this.

I finished Bobbi Bear's head last night and, instead of moving onto its arms, I started on another bear.

Tonight, I frogged the back of a super bulky sweater I had begun knitting back in 2001. Yes, three years ago. With the expensive and beautiful, black Burly Spun yarn, I thought I would knit a cardigan for my sister, or my mother, or gasp! myself, heaven forbid! I'm thinking all my Christmas presents this year should be knitted.

I broke down and bought a mailing box for Maggie's pinafore (and turtleneck and tights I bought to go with the pinafore). So, it's a month-and-a-half early for her birthday. What's so wrong with that?

Bobbi has a head.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

bear necessities

Summers (above), Chauntel and Tracy pose for my knitting blog.

I made it to knitting at Andersen's in Santa Barbara last night, where the photos above had been taken. Summers' "alien illusion scarf" is looking very cool. She did a great job explaining the technique to me.

Summers had asked me how my "Bobbi Bear" was coming along. I had brought that project the week before. Unfortunately, I haven't made any progress on it since last week. I need to get moving on it, though. I want to give it as a gift when I fly home for Thanksgiving. Tick tick tick!

Progress so far on "Bobbi Bear."

On the "project progress bar," I'd say I'm almost 2/3 done. Unlike what the pattern calls for, I am knitting this scaled down with a worsted weight yarn on US #3 needles. You can already see some unintended weirdness where the legs meet the body. I think I will hide this with a little bear pullover. Does anyone have a pattern I could use?

Sunday, October 24, 2004


A pinafore for little Maggie.

I'm visiting my family in Minnesota for Thanksgiving. My niece, Maggie, has her first birthday in December. I can't wait for her birthday to give her this adorable pinafore. I'm not sure I can wait till Thanksgiving, either!

The pattern is called "Anouk" and it is from knitty. I used Lana Grossa Bingo, Numero Uno and Merino Big.

Don't you think Maggie will look even cuter than usual in this?

Maggie in yellow.

a couple lids

I-cord hats in blue and green.

This past summer I was hooked on making hats, including the ones above. I don't remember the name of the book this pattern came from. The yarn is Tahki Cotton Classic.

a skein apart

Hello. Welcome to my knitting blog.

I started this blog because my other blog is basically my XXX blog. I didn't want to dilute its raison d'ĂȘtre with knitting posts. Knitting requires a whole blog, anyway.

I was going to call this blog, "kellyknits," but someone else swiped it already. Grrrr!

This will be my "secret" blog where I will post photos of projects I'm working on... like Christmas presents I can't wait to share that I don't want my Berthas and Bubbas out there to see. Therefore, for right now, I'll link to the VFM blog, but not from it.