Friday, February 01, 2008

And a whole lot of knitting going on

As you all are well aware by now, I'm stuck sitting around a lot. I sit for hours watching my boys play basketball. I sit in lots of school and community meetings. So, I get to knit a lot. This week alone, I totaled over 10 hours of meetings and games. So what did I get done??

My LYS had a few balls of Rowan Ribbon Twist in the 40% sale bin. The trick for me is to USE THE YARN RIGHT AWAY. I made the tam the same afternoon.

My weird and wonky cables

I finished up my second pair of Dashing using this fabulous Zara yarn that I bought the same day I met two blogger buddies for the first time - Ina and Monica. Monica, who works at Stix-n-Stitches and hosts the group over on Ravelry, told me about the first Ravelry meetup at her store in Montclair.

There, as I was leaving, I met Ina -

She called me by my name having recognized me from my blog. As I looked beyond her bicycle helmet, I realized who she might be because Ina often blogs about her bike riding adventures! So cool.

Over at my LYS, Close Knit in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ, Jen, was finishing up her pinwheel sweater. It was soooo nice, I said to myself, "self, you should make one for ourselves." And so I am.

After miles of veritgo inducing, ever expanding stitches for that dang pinwheel sweater, I decided to try something a bit more fun. I had a few skeins of Silk Garden in the ol' stash so me and my ADD self, started this simple tank top from Vogue's Winter '04 edition.

Ribbed U-Neck Vest

And speaking of knitting stores, I saw this great blocking board and table over at the Skein Attraction in Teaneck, NJ that I've been saving my pennies to buy. I hope to pick it up this weekend so I can block the vest and seam it up.

Last but not least is my 3rd pair of Dashing. The yarn, Bernat's Cashmere, inspired by Beate's friend,Erin.

Properly placed cables

This weekend, if all goes well, I'll get some reading done(Free Lunch, David Cay Johnston) and a few Valentines Day dishcloths I'm making for Mom.


AR said...

You were recognized from your blog? Awesome! That knit tank is looking cute. Don't forget a model shot after you get it blocked.

Janice said...

WOW! That is a whole lot of knitting!! And it all looks great. I've seen that pinwheel sweater, and it is gorgeous. I can't wait to see yours!

hakucho said...

You certainly have been busy! I take my knitting with me, too, but nothing at all like the complicated things you are able to do. I opt for more mindless take a long knitting :)

Your mom will love her Valentine's cloths!

Sheila said...

Totally envious of all that knitting and the Ribbed U-Neck Vest is a definite add to my knit list... now off in search of the '04 Vogue knitting magazine.

Ina said...

Of course one can recognize you from your blog! It was great to meet you in person.

Mary Anne said...

You have been SO busy! I love the tam and the dashing mitts.

Anonymous said...

I'm envious of all the time you fit knitting in. When I think about it, I might have the same amount of time, but not the dedication.

Lynn said...

Wow you are cranking out some projects!!! They all look great, but my fave is the tank top. LOVE the yarn and the graduations of color.

Great job!!

Beate said...

Wow. how great to see that your pinweel is almost done. mine is at the same point as last time.
That ribbed vest looks good and looks like it is real comfort knitting... As always the dashing is just perfect.

Beatriz said...

As soon as I get some down time I'm going to make a pair of Dashing and Fetching...yours look great in cashmere.

Two Cables and a Frapp said...

Hello Super-Knitter, I love all the knitting you've accomplished.

Harlem Purl said...

That vest just bought back a memeory of when I first learned to knit. I wanted to knit everything once I learned to knit and purl. That same weekend I went to Barnes and Nobles and perused the magazines. I saw that same Vogue magazine and was amazed that they made something so cool for knitters. Long story short, I fell in love with the vest and it seemed like something I could accomplish being just a knitting neophyte. Needless to say I got sidetracked by many other projects but I just want to say thanks for reminding me of those days.

Virtuous said...

Now how cool is that literally bumping into a blogger by chance! So glad she recognized you!

LOL @ pinwheel vertigo! Haha! I love that knit garment but don't think I would enjoy all those darn stitches! ;op

I am cooking up a plan to use some more NORO soon myself to make a knitted garment but I need like 11 balls! LOL

You really are making me want to go make my Dashing mitts....finally!

I hae that Bernat Cash yarn in a cream color and will probably make a baby knit with it...I just grabbed 3 balls b/c they were only sale just b/c with no project in mind...I so need to stop doing that!!

Jeanine said...

You sure have been doing a whole lot of knitting. Everything looks great. I like your colorway for the vest. Can't wait to see it all knit up.

Patricia said...

Is that an Urchin hanging from that chair? I looked for a link to the hat....
Staying warm up there? I'm in shorts and a tee...typing with the porch door wide open...looking at the's 73...yeah, spring.
Oh, and theres salmon on a ceder plank ready to hit the grill. C'mon down! I'll pour you a frosty drink...with an umbrella.