Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wednesday Already? Here's My WiP!

Wow - the days are just flying by now!  That always seems to happen when the holidays are so close.  I have many projects I'd like to finish by Christmas...not sure how I'm going to get them all done!  Some are knitting, some are sewing...I'd like to do some baking too.  Hmmm...where to find the time?

A big thank you to Tami for hosting WiP Wednesdays on her blog!  Feel free to join in on the fun!

As if I didn't already have enough projects in my queue, I added another.  I had some of the wonderful Diamond Luxury Collection Baby Alpaca Sport left over from making the cowl for my mother-in-law and I didn't want it to go to waste.  The solution: make a little scarf for my 18-month-old niece.  This was a great idea until I realized that I didn't have quite enough yarn left.  I didn't want to frog it so I just went and bought another skein and decided I would have to eventually find another project to use up the rest of it.

The pattern I'm using is the Baby Alpaca Scarf from Ravelry.  It's a 2x2 rib with a crocheted flower.  Super easy.  Super cute.

I've also been making progress on the red shawl - it's for my mom.  It was supposed to be for her birthday in May but I overestimated my skills so now it will be a birthday/Christmas present (I hope)!  I'm into reading the lace chart now which is new to me; luckily, I have a very knowledgeable coworker who was able to give me a crash course in reading the chart!  I'm not going to post any pictures because my mom knows it's for her and I don't want her peeking!  I will post it as an FO after Christmas.

Friday, November 19, 2010

I'm Alive and I Have an FO!

Went on a bit of a blogging/knitting hiatus - but I am back!  Caught one of the bugs that is going around and, after three weeks, I'm feeling almost normal.  Between being sick and being busy with work and other commitments, I wasn't finding the time to knit, which left me nothing to blog about!

I do, however, have an FO that I finished just before I got sick...and I love it!  It's the cowl for my 'mother-in-law', I don't want to give it away!

Sorry for the really bad cell phone pictures, would love to have some pics taken with my camera in natural light...if I was ever out of the office when it was light out!   Gotta love commuting both ways in the dark at this time of year!

You can find more information about this project and yarn in my last blog post.

I am happy to say that I have picked up my needles again and hope to make some good progress on some more Christmas projects.

On a side note, I went to the Circle Craft Fair yesterday (always amazing and inspiring).  If you live in Vancouver you must go!  Be sure to stop by the Sweet Truth's booth - amaaazing butter toffees.  My coworkers and I polished off a tin of the Sweet Lemon Butter Toffee (topped with 'creamy Swiss white chocolate).  Sooo good I almost regretted sharing!...but where is the Christmas spirit in that?