Friday, November 13, 2009

Driving MYSELF crazy

I do it to myself - I see something I like and want to make it instantly. Unfortunately, most knits that I like are sweaters and if I am making a quilt, it has to be at least a twin size. Both of which are NOT instant gratification. So I tend to start LOTS of projects:)

This vest I am making for my Mom. Because she didn't want to do the one teeny tiny cable down the front. Of course, since I can do the cable, that means I also learned (I hope) how to do the provisional cast on and how to join the back neckband (which I finished up at 11:30 last night thankyouverymuch - do I get a prize for getting it right on only the second try and being up so late? lol). I still have about 5 inches of knitting on the body and this one will be done.

Then I saw this in one of my knitting books and HAD to have it. Of course, the yarn I am using is seconds so there is no tag, but I do know it is Brown Sheep Top of the Lamb (I knew it was Brown Sheep and figured out from their website which yarn it was based on the weight and color). I do like seconds from this yarn store - $3.49 a skein. Again, another one that needs maybe 5-6 inches on the body and it will be done. It would have been done last night but I have to wind another skien of yarn into a ball. And I didn't feel like doing that!

BoHo blouse from Glam Knits

Of course, I do have something quilty to show. I made this top last winter - all it needs is quilting. I'm going to attempt that on my newly fixed sewing machine (which has been in the shop 3 times so far this summer. Fortunately nothing major each time, just annoying). Todd and I decided that I would send all my future quilts out for quilting as my machine is getting up there in years, but this one? I have maybe a 1/4" extra of backing all around, so I'll be doing it myself.

Another knit for me - and I have been working on it for quite a while. I love the Pimlico Shrugs, however, I wasn't sure I could do the lace pattern, so I did a seed stitch. Talk about boring and time consuming. The body needs to be at least 25" long (the pattern says 35" but I'm seeing where everyone else went shorter). I'm at about 12". This one may take a while.

But of course, I have something waiting for Jessie for a Christmas present - the Central Park Hoodie in this lovely periwinkle Cascade 220 Superwash yarn. Of course, with her being just about 10 and the pattern only going to an extra small (32") I will be sort of flying on a wing and a prayer. Smaller needles, smaller yarn and hopefully it will work! I'll have to learn how to read charts with this one, but I went and specifically brought more yarn (to put with some leftovers from another sweater) for this sweater from my LYS so that if I get to confused (which may very well happen) I can go in there and they can straighten me out!

And I have something else for me - which the yarn just arrived for yesterday. The Skating Sweater from Twinkle Knits in Rowan Big Wool. I found 5 skiens on ebay for dirt cheap (about 1/4 of the normal price) because they are two different dye lots.

So now you all know what I will be doing this weekend, in between washing Punxs and Roscoe daily and cleaning the house. Have a great weekend everyone!


Winifred said...

I'm the same always doing more than one thing at a time. I try to limit myself to one and finish it before I start something else but I just can't do it. Think it's the butterfly in me!

So pleased to find out that someone else is similar.

Philigry said...

oh, you are addicted I see! I love the boho blouse! i can not wait to see it all done. i see one of those in my futire one of these days!

Jackie's Stitches said...

I have 2 big projects on the needles right now and as a result it seems like things are moving really slow. Both the sweater and the vest look fantasic!

country mouse said...

I know just what you mean about seeing a project and HAVING to make one...I also know about the needing to be at least a twin sized quit thing too. That's why I end up with so many projects at once! lol Love the hoodie! I am so envious of those who can knit and crochet. Those are two skills I just haven't got. Have fun working on those projects.

country mouse said...

OOPS, that should have said "quilt thing" not "quit thing"...still working on my typing skills :P

Dena said...

You do beautiful work knitting. I wish I could learn how to knit. I do crochet and as a young teenager I learned how to make granny squares... It was the rave back then. But I haven't crocheted in years, not since my oldest was a baby. Maybe I'll have to try again soon. After I finish my Round Robin Challenge, of course. LOL

Gill - That British Woman said...

I wish I could knit and crochet....looking forward to seeing the finished items.

Gill in Canada