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Knitting Up A Storm!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

I am almost finished the top down cardi I'm making for my soon to be born niece:

Top Down Baby Cardi

This looks like a little jean jacket so I am hoping to find some silver buttons to complete the look. I am using stash yarn - Debbie Bliss Demin Aran. NICE! Since my SIL loves jean jackets, this is a perfect gift for her little girl.

Other knitting news - I started the 3rd skein of wool for Chris' cobblestone. I am a bit worried that I might not have enough wool because when the 3rd is finished, I will only have three skeins left for the arms and yoke. Eeecckk...I don't think it will be enough. Hopefully I will be able to get another one. Fingers crossed.

Have a good one.

posted by Lisa @ 8:42 a.m. 


Thursday, October 25, 2007

I am a knitter OUT OF CONTROL people! I can't stop casting on for new projects, even though I have a tonne of shit on my needles. Man oh man, for the love of God, someone stop me. Nope, just kidding, don't even try it!

I am almost finished one of these - Saartje's Bootees using some Sockatta yarn in light blue with flecks of white. These will be for my soon to be born niece. I don't like babies in pastel colours, so I thought these would be perfect. I'll post a picture of them as soon as they are done.

I also want to knit this (I love this lady's one - it is perfect!!). The pattern is from the Summer 2005 IK issue. Also these booties will be made to match the sweater. I will be using elann's sonata in a deep chocolate brown. I also have some alpaca in a deep wine colour that might look smashing for a baby sweater. Yep, I want my niece to look styling.

I also plan to make a whole bunch of the ball band dish cloths, but I can' t seem to find any sugar n' cream cotton in Toronto. WTF? Damn Lewiscrafts for going out of business. I'll have to settle for the Bernat Handicrafter cotton, which isn't as nice as the Sugar n' Cream. But you have to use what you can get, I suppose.

Anyhoo, in other news, my friend and I have booked a trip to Punta Cana leaving on November 11th. It will jsut be the two of us. I am so freaking excited to get away!!!! I still can't decide what to bring to knit. Yeah, feel sorry for me.

Because I know how lucky I am to be going away, I've started a pair of wool socks to give to a good friend of mine, who is a hockey mom like me. See, I'm not that selfish!


Have a good one.

posted by Lisa @ 10:20 a.m. 


Tuesday, October 23, 2007

I finished Jay's toe up socks using some Regia sock yarn I bought in the summer:

Finished Toe Ups for Jay

She wanted ankle socks and I was happy to comply with her wishes. I should have had these done a while ago, but they were very boring to knit so I put them off until she nagged me to finish them.

Nice mother, eh?

I think I have my ravelry account all set up and all pictures of projects uploaded. I can not believe the amount of knitting I have done over the last 5 years. The scary thing is, I couldn't find pictures of all my FOs, so I know there are many more that I could have added. Wowza.

Find me on ravelry.com under the username Lisafarm.

posted by Lisa @ 1:26 p.m. 


Sunday, October 21, 2007

Last night was so exciting for my two girls. They got to skate at the Air Canada Center at the first intermission of the Toronto Maple Leaf game! Tim Hortons sponsors my girls' hockey novice division and this is a special event from Tim Hortons to the timbits of their league.

My youngest daughter was goalie who got a shut out! Looks like she was born to play this position:

Maddie at the ACC!

And my older daughter scored the one and only goal (thankfully my girls were on the same team!)

Future Star?

They had such a blast last night. I am so happy and proud of them. We also got four tickets to watch the 2nd and 3rd period. What lucky ducks we are!!!

After the game was over and we were heading back to the bus to take us home, quite a few people congratulated my older daughter on her goal. I am sure this is one night they won't forget.

On to knitting. Here is my progress on Cobblestone after knitting the first skein:

Cobblestone In Progress

posted by Lisa @ 9:35 a.m. 


Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Done like dinner folks:

Finished Baby Log Cabin Blanket!

This is a baby sized log cabin blanket knitted with 4.5 skeins of Cotton Fleece in pink, orange, purple, lime green and black for the center square and mitered border. I hope my soon to be born niece loves it!

At the moment, the need to knit baby items hasn't stopped, so I'll be starting some booties and hats shortly. Progress pics to come!

Have a good one.

posted by Lisa @ 2:39 p.m. 


Thursday, October 11, 2007

Almost done!!

In progess Log Cabin Blanket II

The purple stripe is done now. All that is left is to knit two stripes of orange and lime green. I think it will be about 26" x 26" or there about. With this blanket, I'll knit a mitered border in black to match the center square. I've also decided to sew a fleece/flannel panel to the back. The thought of sewing scares me, so I hope it works out well. Keep your fingers crossed. It will be so worth it as I think it will look kick ass keeping my soon to be niece nice and cozy.

I've had Jay's socks in my bag forever now and started the short row heel for the 10th time on the ride home yesterday. Hopefully this time I will have short rowed just the right amount of stitches for the heel to look good. One can hope.

In other non-knitting news, BOTH my girls are playing hockey and they had their first house league game on Tuesday. My husband is their coach and he decided to put my younger one, Maddie, 6 years old as the goalie. She has never played in a game, either as goalie or a player, so I am so proud of her that she has that much confidence to put on the pads and give it her 110%. I'm not suprised she would do it, but am really surprised how well she did. I just might have a goalie on my hands! She looked awesome in the equipment and it looked like she had been wearing it forever.

During the game, one of the girls from the other team stated to Maddie that she had a really great player on her team. Maddie's response? "I know, she is my sister" with a huge proud grin on her face. AAHH. How great is that? Both my girls are highly competitive with each other (what siblings aren't?), and in all things they do. I am happy to know, they are extremely proud of each other and they share this feeling with others.

posted by Lisa @ 10:01 a.m. 


Sunday, October 07, 2007

And then there were two:

Then there were two!

How cute are these little guys? So cute I must say! If I didn't start this baby log cabin blanket, I might have finished the ninjabun that goes with these carrots.

Niece to be Log Cabin Blanket

I am using Cotton Fleece because it is nice and soft and really good for a baby and care of the blanket. However, I do not think this yarn is the best for a log cabin. It is kind of floppy and my stitches are not as even as they could be. I am using 3.5mm needle size to tighten up the stitches from a size 4mm, but still, it doesn't look as good as my first log cabin. I am going to plug along on it and hope a good soak and blocking will do the trick.

I wish my camera would pick up the true colours of the purple and green - but alas it doesn't. I will have to plant a bug in my husband's ear to upgrade the camera to a newer one. Keep you posted on my progress.

I swatched for the Cobblestone sweater using Tahki Donegal Tweed and get 4.5 stitches to the inch on 4mm needles. Man, I was hoping I could get gauge with at least 4.5mm needles to make this sweater a fast knit. But no - on 4.5mm needles I get 4 stitches to the inch. I would adjust the pattern to use the 4.5mm needles, however the stitches look too big and lumpy. So the 4mm needles are the ones I have to use. Sigh.

Have a good one.

posted by Lisa @ 9:02 a.m. 


Thursday, October 04, 2007

Oh man, look at this little carrot sans eyes:


Cute, non? Didn't take long at all, if I would have blinked, I would have missed the knitting of it.

posted by Lisa @ 10:19 a.m. 


Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Brenda, Brenda, Brenda - why oh why did you have to email me and ask me to go to Romni for lunch yesterday? Why, I ask you! After our wonderful pizza lunch at the best pizza place on the planet - Pizzaiolo, we went to Romni. What did I buy? What didn't I buy should be the question. No, I didn't buy that much, but enough to make Cobblestone for Chris and some Cotton Fleece for another log cabin blanket for my soon to be niece.

Taki Donegal Tweed:

Cotton Fleece - aren't the colours just so freaking great? I LOVE them!
Baby's Log Cabin Blanket

At this point I have quite a few projects started, some I want to start and have no time to knit. What is a girl to do? Any ideas?

Have a good one folks and knit on!

posted by Lisa @ 9:38 a.m. 


Tuesday, October 02, 2007

The Tilted Duster is 50% complete! Three out of the 6 pieces have been knit:

WIP Tilted Duster

Doesn't look like 50%, but if I go by the number of pieces complete, then 50% sounds good to me.

I must be very weak, because once I saw this, I had to buy it. It is so freaking cute. I MUST make this for my soon to be neice! She is cooking in my SIL's belly and due in December. I am so excited to see her. Well, maybe a bit less than her parents, but excited nevertheless.

Oh yeah I can use stash yarn!

posted by Lisa @ 11:14 a.m. 


Monday, October 01, 2007

Another project almost finished, some toe ups for Julianna using Regia sock yarn:

Toe Ups for J

Aren't these the cutest? I wish the stripes were a bit more narrow, but I guess they would be if I was making an adult pair. I am sure I will have enough to make some for Maddie. I am not sure, but I think plain toe up socks use less yarn the plain top downs. Hmmm..I wonder if I am right? Anyone know?

posted by Lisa @ 10:34 a.m.