Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Envy - DONE!

See - quick finish! Well almost done anyway... I need to find 3 large buttons complete it. Not really a rush because we don't really use cowls here in the land of partly sunny, 80 degree weather... hey momma - looks like this one is headed your way once the buttons are attached...
Envy - DONE

Monday, August 30, 2010

Needles are clicking... Envy

Found this LB Hometown USA marked down and thought it would be two quick hats... but while browsing ravelry for a pattern, I came across this pattern by John Brinegar. Envy is a cowl closed by buttons... on size 13 needles it should be super quick to knit up.

See - well on my way...
Envy-WIPEnvy - WIP


Friday, August 27, 2010

Double rainbow

The clouds have been rolling in as the sun sets, bringing light showers and rainbows... Sometimes you'll see a double rainbow...
Double Rainbow

I passed the 100 post mark last week...  Thanks for joining me....

Monday, August 23, 2010

Elephant - DONE

Elephant - assembly required

The individual parts are complete, but assembly is required. Very simple actually. Stuff, stitch and trim and without further ado - Ellie the pastel elephant.
ElephantI haven't decided if I will be adding any embriodery to her. I think the mottled pastel color is quite nice as it is...

Elephant - DONEShe has already been on a walk outside. Looking for peanuts, no doubt.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Elephants - WIP

ElephantsI was looking for something small and fun to stitch for my next knitting project. Aren't these the cutest elephants... It is a free pattern on ravelry.
I'm using some left over acrylic, worsted weight on size 2 double points.

Friday, August 20, 2010

20 Flowers - DONE

20 FlowersCare to join me in my happy dance? I finished the stitching on the 20 Flowers scissors case. Frogged the initials - and complete the date. It still needs the charm, but I will stitch it on just before I assemble the case.

There should be enough material  left to stitch the scissor fob. I will be working on the matching needle case next.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Scalloped Caps - DONE!

Scalloped capTwo scalloped caps are done. I finished the purple cap. A quick, easy to memorize pattern. I used Caron Simply Soft for easy care.  The color in theeh photo is not true, but you can see the pattern. I decided not to do the french knots on the top or the crochet edging for this cap. Lovely, isn't it?

Since I didn't decide on my next project, I cast on for a second cap. This time using a cream color with a gold thread running through it. Again, acrylic for easy care.
Scalloped cap
This time I altered the decreases to mimic the pattern, sort of. I went back to the start and added the crochet chain edging.

Two more caps to add to the hospice pile. If the weather stays nice, all the hats will be washed this weekend and packed for the trip to Hilo hospice.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

look and see

Kawaiaha'o ChurchI noticed that I like to take photos of the sun peeking out from behind things. Back in January, I went to see the Hawaiian Flag Quilt exhibit at the Mission Houses. Across the street is the famous Kawaiaha'o Church. Built in the late 1830s, is constructed of coral rock from the reef offshore. A impressive site to see if you are in the area.

Kawaiaha'o Church gate
Anyway...while looking for alphabet charts, I came across this website. It's been around for awhile and I always wanted to create one for myself. You really have to be observant to catch letters created by nature, but if it's placed very prominently on a gate at eye level... how can you miss it? I saw this as I was leaving the church grounds. I'll have my camera out on my next vacation to snap some alphabet shots. Maybe I'll find enough to create some gifts for Christmas...

Friday, August 13, 2010

20 flowers - update20 flowers  - initials

So I stitched my initials using the alphabet chart provided. Take a look - what do you think my initials are? Nope - it's not HH... it should be KK. Guess, I'll be putting this project on the side for a bit while I search for a better K to stitch on this...

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

cast on a cap

May I say once again, I love my library? On my last trip, I found this book:

One - Skein Wonders: 101 Yarn- Shop Favorites
I've passed on  previous editions, but since this one I could borrow and browse I added it to my stack of books. I love that the projects are categorized by yarn weights. A quick flip to the worsted section led me to a hat pattern. The original project calls for Noro Silk Garden to create the striped effect, but for my hospice knitting, I chose an easy care acrylic. My old standby Caron Simply Soft Eco.
Scalloped cap

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Kissing pillow tops...

Kissing Pillows - stitchedI found enough 14 count aida to stitch 2 kissing pillows. It is a quick project. I started it while waiting in the doctor's office and finished up the stars after we got home.
Now all I need to do is prepare an envelope and mail it off. I have some patriotic fabric that I'll be sending with these for the backing.

Kissing PillowsI plan to keep this chart around and when I come across the proper fabric I'll be sure to stitch some up to be ready for the next request.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Cubist Socks - DONE!

I am very happy to report that the Cubist socks are complete! Takes a bit more imagination to see the cubes while I'm wearing the socks, they are more visible in the second photo. The leg consists of two repeats. My stitch count didn't match the instrucitons after the heal turn. I had 66 stitches for the foot, 33 for the top of the foot and 33 for the sole. I stopped the toe with 38 stiches total and grafted it together. Pretty cool pattern...
Cubists socks - DONECubist - DONE

Thursday, August 5, 2010

another cubist sock update?

Cubist sock - take 3I did it... I ripped it out and started again. Take 3 of the Cubist sock. It is actually going a bit faster since the pattern is familiar... of course it is, it's the third time through. Hopefully the next update will be to tell you that it is finished.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

on my camera

sunriseI always carry my camera with me. And sometimes, I even pull it out to take random shots. So I figured, I would dig through my files and randomly put them up for you to see... yup that means, I got nothing to report on my projects... hope you enjoy today's photo...

This one was taken from Ala Moana Park. The sun was just peeking out from behind the mountains while we finished our walk.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Cubist sock - update

Cubist socks - first side
Finished the first side of the Cubist socks late last week. I was really happy to get them off the needles and start the second side until I noticed that I didn't follow directions very well. When you start the repeats for the leg, you need to compensate 2 stitches for the shift in the pattern. That means you knit 2 then move your marker to change the start point for the next repeat. I caught the adjustment when doing the repeat on the leg. Well, you also need to make the adjustment when you finish the cuff and move to the leg. See it?
Cubists socks - error 1
Yeah, I thought so too... no one is going to notice,  can live with it...so I went on my merry way and continued on to finish the sock. But after I cast off, I noticed this! See it!?! I certainly do. This one is opposite the heel turn, so that would been ripping back half of the sock. I certainly don't want to make that decision right now, so I put it on the side and started side two. The only good thing about this photo below, is that the color is pretty accurate.
Cubist socks -error 2

Monday, August 2, 2010

20 Flowers update

Got some flowers up around the fence since my last post. They took a bit of time counting and changing colors. But now it should be smooth sailing. The border, a block for the date and the my initials in the left block and then it will be ready for assembly. Well, waiting in the assembly line queue anyway...
20 Flowers 0728201020 Flowers 07282010