Goodbye TGIP

The next few months are going to be crazy busy for me, so I’m biting the bullet and saying goodbye to my weekly TGIP post.  I might bring it back later this year, but I’m not sure yet.  Unfortunately, my time will be spent working 6 days a week at my full-time job as well as finishing my practicum for college.  (I graduate in May and I can’t wait!!)  So, I will leave you all with an FO pic of my Icestorm Cap:

Not a very good picture of me, but you can definitely see the details in the hat.  I knit this with a skein of Cascade Eco Cloud that I had in stash.  Surprisingly, I got gauge with size 10.5 needles, but wish I had used the recommended size 9 that the pattern calls for.  This yarn really grows when wet, but will shrink back to original size once dry.  The size 9 needles would have given me a snugger fit, which is what I need living in the frozen north!  🙂

I will continue to make random posts, blogging about my knitting experiences and finished objects.  Happy Knitting everyone!

TGIP: Where’s the snow?

This was the view from my window this morning.  Normally, there is at least a foot of snow on the ground by the beginning of January, but not this year.  A couple of snow showers yesterday has only left a light dusting of snow on the ground and according to the Weather Channel, there are no major snowstorms in sight.  I never thought I would ever utter these words, but…. Where Is All The Snow?!?!?  If it’s winter and cold, then at least let us have a few good snowstorms to bury us in for a few days.  Plus, snowstorms mean I get time off from work and more time with my knitting.  See, there is a method to my madness!  🙂

In knitting news, I completed a project last weekend and have yet to take some nice FO shots.  I’m hoping to get those pictures this weekend as well as starting a new project tonight.  The #103 Luscious Cabled Cowl by Sweaterbabe is the newest pattern I’m drooling over.  After completing the gauge swatch last night, I’m hoping to have this cowl complete by next week.  It seems to be a fairly quick knit and the pattern stitch is super easy.

T.G.I.P.: Hiatus

No progress updates since I’m putting the finishing touches on mom’s Less Is More Cowl and the Christmas dishcloths.  I’m hoping to have FO posts on here within the next couple weeks.  And since I won’t be starting my next project until Christmas day (that’s right, I already know what one of my presents is! lol), I’ve decided to put my T.G.I.P. posts on hiatus until the New Year.  I can’t wait either because I’ve got so many projects planned for 2012… I’m getting excited just thinking about it!  🙂

T.G.I.P.

This is a short post today with no progress pictures.  I’m still busily working away at the Less Is More Cowl & the Christmas dishcloths in between finishing 2 college courses and working at my full-time job.  Plus, my small flock of chickens got sick this week and I’ve been working away at administering medication to them.  Such a crazy, busy time of the year!  (and honestly, I love Christmas, but I’ll be glad when January is here)

FO posts/pictures of both projects should be up by next week.  =)

T.G.I.P.

I’m still working away at the Less Is More Cowl for mom.  FO post and pictures should be up by next week.  In the meantime, I’ve casted on for a couple of Christmas colored dishcloths, which I plan on combining with 4 stainless steel coffee cups & a balsam scented candle for my boyfriend’s family for Christmas.

Simple eyelet & garter stitch pattern.

 

Gotto love self-striping cotton yarn!

T.G.I.P.

I snapped a few pictures of my Less Is More Cowl this morning & the natural light is not bringing out the rich tonal colors of the Amber yarn the way I would like it to.  So I decided to capture my work in progress in black & white.

I’ve completed 4 of the 7 charts in the pattern.  I can’t wait to get this cowl finished!  My mom is going to be so surprised on Christmas morning when she unwraps this beautiful present.  I showed her the yarn when I first received it in the mail from Tanis Fiber Arts and she liked the color-way, but has no idea that I’m knitting her a gift using that yarn.  I’ve tried knitting her Christmas presents in the past and those presents have never gone over very well with her.  Either the yarn was too scratchy or the knitted gift didn’t fit quite the way she would like.  This year, I chose a cashmere blend yarn and, what I think, is the perfect project to complement the yarn.  Plus, it will be a finished object that she can use all winter!

This was the best color shot I could get of this yarn.

This project should be complete by the end of next week, then its back to knitting those pesky socks for my dad.  This is my first attempt at knitting socks and I’m realizing why I hate sock knitting:  it’s boring.  (apologies to all those sock lovers out there!)  I’m not saying that I won’t ever knit socks again, but if I do, then I’m going to choose a pattern that is a lot more challenging than just plain ol’ ribs.  They’re just not cutting it for me.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

T.G.I.P.

I’ve finished & mailed my idea to Quince & Co. for their design contest.  Here’s hoping I’m one of the lucky winners….

The drawing was done by my mom since my people drawing skills are terrible (and this cowl sketch would have ended up on a stick figure!)  The drawing gives the impression that the cowl is snug, but it will actually sit off the neck more once knit.  I’ve decided that even if I don’t win the contest, I will still knit my creation, write the pattern for it, and offer it for sale on Ravelry.  Why not?  I’ve already invested this much time and energy into it and I would love to see fellow knitters enjoy this cowl as much as I’m going to.

I’m still diligently working away at the lace cowl I’m knitting my mom for Christmas.  I’m only on chart #2 and still have 3 more charts to go before I’m finished.  Plus, I’m using size 5 needles and fingering weight yarn.  It’s definitely a slow process.  I’m hoping to have a few pictures of my progress on the lace cowl next Friday.  Until then, Happy Thanksgiving everyone!