This is going to be a long post so head into the kitchen and grab yourself a drink and a snack.....................
Ready? OK, here we go!
Remember that snow I posted about? Well we haven't seen any more of that but the weather has been what I consider freakishly warm for this time of year. It's suppose to hit into the 70's for Tues & Wed....crazy, I know! The good news is that Friday is looking good for the trick or treaters. Last year it was freezing and the wind was blowing really bad.....not much of a shock if you've ever been in/lived in Great Falls. The wind is a pretty common occurrence here.
We have a new addition to the luvs2knit family.
We purchased a 16 gallon aquarium for a steal at PetCo a few weeks back. It's all set up now and is happily housing 3 guppies (all male), 4 different mollies, and 2 cory catfish. The picture was taken before the guppies and cory catfish were added. The girls love watching the fish swim around. Bree has taken to sitting in her rocking chair in front of the tank.
I aquired a few things during the last sale at Woolgirl.
I needed to get a skein of sports weight yarn for Kaity's inner mittens so why not throw in a little extra to round out the order. I picked up the purple Unique Sheep Foot Prints sock yarn for Kaity's mittens, Union Center Knits WhatKnot Sport weight sock yarn, and the Journey Cable Socks pattern.
I've been very busy on the knitting front. Those of you on Ravelry may have already seen some of my finished projects. I've been working on finishing up old WIPs. I'm actually down to three WIPs and one of those will be finished this evening.
I love illusion patterns. They're easy but cool looking. I used left over cotton for this cloth. I'm not sure if the yarn is Peaches & Creme or Sugar N' Cream truthfully, I can't tell the difference between the two.
Errant Socks (Ravelry)
These are from Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines. I started these for my mom using some Kraemer Sterling Silk and Silver sock yarn I picked up from WEBS awhile back. If you love cables on your socks then you might want to give this pattern a try. I highly recommend enlarging the charts and color coding them for easy reading.
Elegant & East Cable Mittens for the Family (Ravelry)
The pattern can be found in the book 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders. This seems to be my "go to" pattern for mittens. Both pair were knit for Kaity. The purple ones are made using The Unique Sheep Foot Prints sock yarn I purchased from Woolgirl and are inner mittens so I left the cable off. The multi colored ones were made with half a skein of Plymouth Galway Paint. Kaity's already worn them several times and has deemed them perfect. I made them a little on the big side so she should get plenty of wear out of them.
This is one of those old WIPs that I was tired of seeing in the draw. It's getting colder now so I figured Kaity would have a use for it if I finished it up. The yarn used is Lorna's Laces Lion & Lamb which was a gift from a friend. The yarn has a surprising amount of bounce when knit up although it doesn't feel like that in the skein.
Bamboo Toe Up Socks
The pattern was generated using Sock Wizard for Mac....yes I'm too lazy to do the math myself! I knit these socks for Kaity using some Regia Bamboo sock yarn that my mom sent me quite a few months ago. I knit them toe up, turkish cast on, two at a time, magic loop, with a k3, p2 ribbing on the leg and I used EZ's sewn cast off.
I finally finished and it only took me 13 months. Course it would have went a lot faster had I stuck with knitting it instead of casting on new projects. Once I set my mind too it it didn't take long at all. I used approx 7.5 skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick.
Wow, that was a long post.
I'll be back in a few days (hopefully) with a new, shorter post. I should be done with Kaity's coat by then. I also received a new test knit from Madelinetosh that I'll be starting.