Monday, October 21, 2013

It Has Sleeves

I took a quick break from my current projects to knit up something quick to turn in for the Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup. I had been wanting to try something similar for awhile anyway so in just a couple of days I whipped up this Starfish dishcloth.

I have a friend who we call Starfish and he's been frustrated with everything lately so I gave it to him to cheer him up, now I just need to turn it in for a class in the HPKCHC group.
I've mostly been working away on my Monday Morning Cardigan though and I love how you can actually see the progress now.
In the picture you can see where the skeins change but it's much less noticeable in real life and I like it quite a lot. You can't really see how far I've come though, how about now?

That's right! It has sleeves! I'm working up the yoke now. I took a short break from the body and knit both sleeves, then finished the body and last night I attached them and started working the yoke. I like it so far, although the rows are really long with the sleeves attached so I'm really looking forward to the decrease rows. Our knitter trip is coming up this weekend so in just a few days, I'm not sure if this will be done or not but I'm looking forward to trying. I'll also be processing some apples this week that my lovely husband brought home from my Mother-in-law. I'm so looking forward to the smell of delicious apple pie filling cooking and then canning. It's gonna be a great week!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Completed Contest

The husband brought home some cold germs last week and lovingly shared them with me so my knitting and spinning and general doing anything motivation has been really, ultra low. I started my October Vesper KAL socks but haven't been bothered enough to take a photo of them yet, I am working on my sweater but it doesn't look like it yet. All these things add up to nothing interesting to show here.
Yesterday the sun was actually shining and I actually felt motivated to do something but instead of taking all the wonderful pictures I've been planning and posting them here, I cleaned the house. Don't get me wrong, it needed it but it does not make for good blog fodder.
Instead I might as well share the yarn I spun for the Blog Contest from my 400th post. My lovely winner; Jenna said she would like a 2-ply sport weight to knit a shawlette. I did my best to oblige.

I got close to 400 yards and even though it plumped a little when washed, I think she should still have about 350 yards or more for her shawl. I'm really happy with how it turned out and I hope she loves it.

The colors were soft and subtle enough that where they barberpoled, it still looks soft and lovely and subtle. I definitely think I need to look for Falkland to spin more often.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Chicken Fashion Show

I'm sorry for the long blog silence. I have spent a good deal of time lately dealing with some family things that have come up. I did manage to attend an amazing knitting event that I'd like to share though. A chicken fashion show!
We found a pattern for chicken sweaters on Ravelry and some of our knitting group volunteered to knit them up. Another lovely knitter volunteered her lovely laying hens for the show. We all gathered together and started off with some knitting time and delicious soup.

Thankfully the rain stopped so we could have our outdoor show. We had all the fashions ready.

The models were a little nervous at first.

First came Lily in her Argyle.

This was originally knit for the rooster who was then dispatched because he couldn't get along with the lovely ladies but Lily pulled it off. She did seem to have some trouble tripping on it during her "runway" walk though. Her feet kept getting stuck.

She did look lovely strutting her stuff though.

Next, Benetta was bedazzled!

She kept trying to eat the beads off her sweater but she looked lovely doing it.
Finally Margaux came out in her flowers, joining the other lovely ladies.

They sure do look lovely don't they?

And in the end? No one was any the worse for wear.

Although their sheep did think we were a bit odd.

 Overall, it was a very fun time and I'm so glad to have such great (if slightly odd) knitting friends!