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Knitting Up A Storm!

Friday, March 28, 2008

I went to Michael's Art and Craft store last night with my two SILs to buy some 5/8" magnets to make more of these:


They are so much fun to make. However I don't like how the magnet and the marble are the same size. I wanted a 5/8" magnet size, but Michael's didn't have them. Boo hoo.

Oh well. I did get the 5/8" craft punch, so when I find the magnets, I'll be all set. This is where I got the instructions to make these cute little magnets.

I also bought these two knitting bags. Cool non?


and the inside of the bag:


I can fit my medium size knowknit bag which is holding Lady Eleanor, plus all the other stuff I need to tote along with me. It is such a great bag.

I am not sure how well the little sock bag will work for me because I like my little knowknits bag for socks. You can easily stuff it into your purse and it won't take up that much space. We'll see.

posted by Lisa @ 9:35 a.m. 


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Update picture of Lady Eleanor with an obvious error at the top right hand side of the stole. Oh well. Hopefully blocking will fix that or no one will notice it because I;m NOT ripping it out.

Almost halfway through the third ball:


posted by Lisa @ 11:21 a.m. 


Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Thanks guys on your well wishes on my Lady Eleanor progress. I am about to join ball number 3, so it appears I am about 50% done. I've made a few mistakes, which I haven't ripped out, but compensated for in the next tier. No biggie because this Noro Taiyo yarn is thick and thin it hides quite a bit! I am working on this thing while making dinner, on conference calls at work, in the morning and about any spare moment I have.

I want this sucker to be done ASAP and nothing is going to stop me. Unless I get hit by a bus, and then I'll have bigger things to worry about then finishing a scarf.

Have a good one.

posted by Lisa @ 9:09 a.m. 


Saturday, March 22, 2008

Wowzers people, look how far I've knit on Lady Eleanor:


I've joined the 2nd ball and am so motoring through this project. It is such mindless knitting, that everytime I finish I rectangle I can't believe how quickly I knit it.

I've received quite a few comments stating Entrelac is on their fearless list, and let me tell you - it shouldn't be. If I can do it without looking at the instructions anyone can do it. It is so freaking easy.

I am using the Scarf Style instructions and find them much clearer than the instructions on the internet. The how to's I found through google seemed very complicated and too wordy. The less points a pattern/instruction states, the better.

Hopefully I finish soon so I won't bore you to tears with pictures and updates.

Have a good weekend.

posted by Lisa @ 10:07 a.m. 


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Looking at entrelac makes one think it is a pretty complicated process, but guess what? It is so freaking darn easy. For moral support my blogless friend Carol and I sat down at lunch yesterday and read the instructions together as I knit them.

I am surprised how easy it is. Here is my progress so far:


I do hope blocking helps this scarf, which I can't imagine why it wouldn't. It is pretty fun to knit, and I understand the process, which makes this knit so much easier. My mom is turning 70 on April 16th, so this will most likely be a pretty boring blog until I finish it because this is all I will be working on. Trying to meet a deadline is a pain in the ass, but it has to be done. If not, I'll wrap up what I have done and finish it after the date. Lets hope it doesn't have to come to that. I want to start Chris' sweater and I can't do that until this is finished.

posted by Lisa @ 10:06 a.m. 


Monday, March 17, 2008

Hello! My mini vacation to Niagara Falls was so much fun! I did get some knitting done, see:


The knititng on Petal is done! Yeah me! I made some modifications - not much, but here goes:

  • I used the YO for the increase at the raglan to make it less bulky and feminine
  • Knit the body about an inch longer so it hit at my hips
  • Knit the short sleeves with a 2x2 ribbing
  • Gauge at 22 sts versus 20 stitches the pattern states

Yarn: Tess Designer Superwash Merino, Nedles: 4mm

Also I knit a swatch using the Cascade 220 yarn for Chris' sweater. This stuff is quite nice to knit with and I totally can't wait until I get the long sleeve Green Gable sweater done so I can use the 4.5mm needles.

However, I do have to get going on my mom's Lady Eleanor - which is going very slowly. I knit the first set of triangles, which were quite easy. Now, I have to move on to step #2, and I've hit a roadblock. I need to find some quiet time so I can truly understand entrelac. Once I do, I am sure it will be smooth sailing.

One can hope right?

posted by Lisa @ 9:22 a.m. 


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

I am going to Niagara Falls for the next few days to have fun at the waterpark above the Sheraton on the Falls. I think we are going to have SO MUCH FUN.

Hopefully I will have a finished Petal when I return. The sleeves and body have been knit and I just have to pick up the stitches around the neckline and fronts, knit about 8 rows and it will be done, done, done! Yeah.

I swatched for Lady Eleanor this morning before I went to work and am getting 16 stitches per 4" not 14 stitches per 4" as the pattern states. Oh well, it won't be as big, which I don't mind. The person I am knitting it for is only 5'2", so at the stated size, it would look like a huge blanket on her. Hopefully now, it will be more scarf/shawl like.

Have a good week folks.

posted by Lisa @ 2:17 p.m. 


Friday, March 07, 2008

Brenda my friend, why oh why did you email me to go Romni yesterday lunch? I ask you WHY? WHY? WHY?

She wanted to go there for size 2.25mm DPNs. She bought them. Guess what I got? Some Noro Taiyo - a new 2008 Noro yarn.


I want to make Lady Eleanor from Scarf Style as a birthday gift for my mom. Her name is Eleanor and I think it will be perfect for her.

This is a surprise gift and I know some of my mom's friends read this blog, so if you are reading this - DO NOT TELL HER!

Next up, Cascade 220 for a sweater for Chris:


I wanted to make Elizabeth Zimmerman's seamless hybrid in a cardi version like Brooklyntweed's. I'm such a copy cat.

I am in the home stretch of finishing the body of Petal and won't start anything else either on the needles or new until I finish this sweater. Hopefully the spring weather comes and when it does I will have a nice new knitted sweater to wear. Yeah!

posted by Lisa @ 9:32 a.m. 


Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Here she is - in all her different moods:

Flipped down collar:


Flipped up collar:


Open collar:


Close Up. Apparently when you buy used yarn at the local thrift shop you can't always get all the same dye lots. Oh well.


Thats a wrap folks.

posted by Lisa @ 3:14 p.m. 


Monday, March 03, 2008

The 28 30 is almost done, see:


Weaving in ends, blocking and buttons sewn on still need to be done, but the knitting is done like dinner.

Pattern Specs - 28 30 by Zephyr Style
Yarn - 6 skeins of Rowan Magpie found at local thift store
Needles - 5mm Knitpicks Options Needles


- knit a full length version because thankfully I had enough yarn, plus I am short waisted and would like shorter with the cropped version.
- slipped the first stitch of every row purlwise with yarn in front for a nice neat edge.
- no decreases for the arms, I like lots and lots of room in this area.

I had about 840 yards of Magpie Aran, and this is all I had left, PHEW:


posted by Lisa @ 9:11 a.m.