Monthly Archives: June 2010

Shawls

Things have gotten pretty stressful here in PhotoKnitDog-land. The move has gotten ridiculously tough, the apartment floors have to be re-finished (just one more coat, thank goodness) and the painting is still not done, which means it might not get done in time. We’re (read: I’m) freaking out a bit at being able to move in on the 7th, our current moving date. But even with all that (or perhaps because of all that) I’ve been knitting quite a bit recently. So much so that I actually have two finished shawls to show you!

Bitterroot - FINISHED

That beauty up there is Bitterroot, which is a free pattern on Knitty. I knit this one as a gift, though I would totally have kept it for myself if I could have, and the recipient loved it as her birthday present! She looks particularly pretty in purple, so I’m happy with my pattern and color choices. 🙂

Bitterroot - FINISHED

The pattern was very easy to memorize and make! I actually finished quite a bit of it on my plane ride back from Spain (I cast on during that plane ride!). So much so that one of the flight attendants asked me if I would be wearing it off the plane since I did so much in that short a time. So it’s an incredibly easy pattern, and I 100% recommend it because it’s not only easy but very beautiful at the end!

Bitterroot - FINISHED

I knit it in the new MadTosh Sport weight and it’s just the perfect base! So soft and with amazing stitch definition. I actually think I prefer it to MadTosh DK, which is hard to top in my book. So basically an amazing yarn for an amazing pattern. Sometimes I impress myself with my pattern and yarn picking! ha! 😉

Bitterroot - FINISHED

The pattern can also be made with beads, but I didn’t have any on hand of the size and color. So I think I will probably knit this one again for me and use the beads next time. It should make for a very pretty FO, not that this one isn’t pretty all on it’s own! 😀

Bitterroot - FINISHED

Pattern – Bitterroot by Rosemary Hill (rav link | project link)
Yarn – Madelinetosh Tosh Sport in Logwood (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US6 (4mm)
Cast on – May 21, 2010
Cast off – June 18, 2010
Modifications – None

The other shawl is one that I worked on while at the Spring Fling, which I had a blast at, if you recall.

Herbivore Shawl - FINISHED

This shawl and yarn combination was perfect and, for once, not entirely up to me! I gave dear hubby a choice between two skeins and he chose this one. And I must say, he chose very well indeed! 🙂

Herbivore Shawl - FINISHED

My favorite part of this yarn (Becoming Art Cielo in Twilight Dark) is the bits of electric blue that just seem to POP out at you! They just made it look so gorgeous and different, and I loved having the little blue bits come out as I was knitting it. I was never bored with seeing them come up at random moments. It made for a fun knit for sure.

Herbivore Shawl - FINISHED

The pattern (Herbivore by Stephen West) looks great and is a bit different in construction than other shawls I’ve knit, and that’s not a bad thing. I love the look of the rib sections with the twisted rib really standing out the way it does, but I do have to admit that it was a pain to knit! I’m just not that great with twisted rib – especially when you have to twist purl stitches too! – but I do have to admit that it made for a great looking garment! I’m really happy I took the time to knit this little beauty up. 🙂

Herbivore Shawl - FINISHED

Pattern – Herbivore by Stephen West (rav link | project link)
Yarn – Becoming Art Cielo Fingering in Twilight Dark (rav link | Bought at Stitches West)
Needle – US6 (4mm)
Cast on – April 21, 2010
Cast off – June 25, 2010
Modifications – Made it larger by knitting until I ran out of yarn. Only had 1 gram left at the end.

I’m hoping to post again soon, but no promises, as I wrote last time. Hopefully things will settle down very quickly after moving and I can get back to posting with more regularity. Until next time! 🙂

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Post and Run

I know I haven’t uploaded in the last week, but I will soon, I promise. I just needed to come on here to say that my husband and I have closed on our first home and we are beyond excited!!! We will be moving soon and have a ton of stuff to do in between then and now so although I’ll still be posting (one post will have a giveaway for yarn that I can’t easily sell that I would like to purge for the move – and you know it’s good yarn because, well, you know me! 😉 ), there might be a few more breaks between posts.

I can’t wait to share pictures of our new condo with you, but I haven’t taken any yet. However, here are some pictures of the dogs enjoying our last days in this apartment – and trust me, we’re counting down the days! 😀

Fun in the sun

Fun in the sun

Stitch ‘n Pitch 2010

I was so excited about going to the annual Stitch ‘n Pitch event at Citifield this year as this was the first time that I was actually able to go! The last couple of years I have known about this event I was either too busy to go or found out about it too late and missed out. This year I bought my ticket, though, and was ready! I love going to see baseball games. It’s one of my favorite sports to watch in person, but especially when it’s my favorite team, the Mets (and please, no jabs at how they’ve been doing lately, it’s a little painful to me). Note that I said in person, though, as I hate watching baseball on TV – too boring! But in person there is just something about the excitement of a baseball game, the players (always looking larger than life to me) standing out in contrast with the bright green field, the hot dogs and the beer, the sunburns and the baseball caps, the cheering and booing of the crowd and, to an extent, even the drunken fans. It all says baseball to me and though I didn’t get into games until later in life, it’s still one of my favorite things to do on a summer weekend evening. So of course pairing that with one of my other favorite things to do – knitting – was just a complete no-brainer to me! I already do knit at baseball games, so this wasn’t a completely foreign idea to me, but there was just something so cool about being able to do it with other people as well that I just couldn’t pass it up!

In trying to think about a project to take to a baseball game (in case you ever are contemplating this), make sure to bring something small and portable as well as something that you’ve already easily memorized. For me, this was a pair of socks of which I have had one finished since last year when – wait for it – I actually knit it while watching the Mets play in September! Yes, these have been waiting for almost a year to be a complete pair.

Psychedelia Socks - WIP

These were a test knit (pattern has since been published – it’s Psychedelia (rav link)) that I never shared with you all because I knit them right before I got the Swine flu and then I up and forgot about them! And that’s a real shame as I love how the sock came out.

Psychedelia Socks - WIP

After seeing this lonesome sock, and remembering that I had knit it at a Mets game last year, I decided that knitting its mate during Stitch ‘n Pitch was probably the most awesome idea ever! Plus, then that would mean that I could actually wear it. 😉

Psychedelia Socks - WIP

The game was awesome – Mets vs Marlins (of course the Mets won – Go Mets!) – and it was so cool to be able to knit along with a bunch of other knitter and crocheters!

Notice how everyone in this picture is either knitting or crocheting – and one girl is even wearing a Ravelry shirt! I couldn’t get any great shots because I took my crappy point and shoot (a bulky camera is just not a great thing to lug around at a baseball game, sadly enough) but I still love this shot I got of the woman next to me crocheting with some bright orange yarn!

Stich n Pitch 2010

My husband (also a Mets fan, though he’s first and foremost an A’s fan – I try not to hold this against him) took this picture of me holding up my sock in progress.

Stich n Pitch 2010

It was so much fun sitting in this section (there were over 500 knitters and crocheters there, I think, though I’m not 100% sure of the actual count) and we all talked amongst ourselves, though we didn’t know each other. I taught one lady sitting behind me how to do Magic Loop as she’d never seen it done before and she thought it was an awesome technique (which it is). It made me happy that I was able to help someone else out at something like this! 🙂

So it was a wonderful evening! I walked away with a slight tan, a win for my team, and a fun time with knitter and crocheters. What could be better?

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