Monday, May 25, 2009

All wound up and ready to go.

I am headed to Florida tomorrow for a week. Packing clothes is not problem, but figuring out how much knitting is enough is tricky! Plan to work on Leaf yoke summer sweater and start Flow with Berroco Seduce.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

and yet another baby quilt

Here is the third baby quilt - hard to see from the picture but it is frog themed as is the nursery. These are such fun! Stitch and Pitch 2009 - and I never thought I looked good in hats!

Friday, May 15, 2009

To RIP or not to RIP

After working the decreases in my leaf yoke cardigan I had 91 stitches for the front and 89 for the back instead of 89 for each. I convinced myself it wouldn't really matter, after all it is only 2 stitches. My Yarn Harlot calendar had a pithy piece on determining when to fix an error. I read it, disregarded it and continued to work for about 3 more inches on the sweater. I tried to push away the nagging questions - will it fit, will it hang correctly and have I screwed the whole thing up and am too stupid to realize it? Oh and of course my favorite - if I rip it am I being too obsessive? Bottom line I ripped back to before the decreases. After all, it is knitting and I enjoy knitting...except when I am making myself miserable obsessing over it!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Tiny Treasures

As promised here are some pics of the wonderful lace weight yarns from the Embraceable Lace class. Aren't those mini-yarn balls terrific! Also pics of some Stitches purchases - the yarn bowl from Knitwitch and some lace weight yarn from Skaska (Galena's company). Tomorrow - a gripping tale of ripping!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Sister Time @ Stitches Atlanta

My sister and I met in Atlanta for Stitches, her first, my third. What a good time! It seemed smaller than Baltimore but my class was so amazing it more than made up for it! I took a six hour class, Embraceable Lace with Galena Khemeleva. She is an excellent teacher, funny, knowledgeable and laid back. She took the stress out of lace for me. We had about 18 in the class and all different skill levels were represented. The cool thing about Russian Lace - no purling! As a beginner, I found I need to have the plain knit row between the pattern rows. It is hard to explain but my mind contracts as I focus on the pattern and then relaxes and expands on the plain knit rows. Holding my breath on the pattern row does not help either! She gave us a terrific little stash of lace weight for our materials fee. It was great fun to chose 5 different little balls and see everyone's color choices. I will post pics tomorrow after camera retrieved from work! Thanks to all who have donated to the race for the cure! I had to up my goal from $150.00 to $500.00!

Monday, May 4, 2009

More Quilting

Today was a co-worker's baby shower and I finished her quilt and wrapped it up last night. Her husband had saved his dreadlocks from 5 years ago when he met Rhonda. He wanted a pillow to put them in for his baby girl. I made the pillow and stuffed it with tissue - he will have to load the hair. Ugh! Am working on a summer sweater which I will blog about shortly. Also need to share the incredible lace class at Stitches - Atlanta.