Sunday, August 26, 2007

Please sew me together! I want to be a jacket!

Here is a picture of one of my many UFO's. Yes, it's a sea of Noro Iro feather and fan, all knit and waiting to be sewn up into the Tailored Scallops jacket from the cover of Lace Style. The peices have been knit since before Audrey was born, back in May! My goal is to get it done this week. We'll see!

I also have recently finished a cropped cardigan in Plymouth's Shire Silk tweed. It is seamed and blocked, awating buttons and a photo shoot. Coming soon!

This is Debbie and Kathy, the two knitters who just finished Boot Camp 3 and 4 this Saturday. They are modeling their new hats, fresh off the needles. Hooray for new skills!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

I really DO knit!

I finally have some current knitting to show! First, the project that is on my needles today: The Lizard Ridge blanket from This is a pic of the first four squares, out of 24 needed to make up the blanket. The two on the right have been washed and blocked, and the two on the left are just knit. (one still on the needles!)

The yarn is Noro Kureyon, in colors 102 (bright pink and orange) and 185 (Fall tones). I am knitting on addi turbo's size 8, and I am knitting backwards in the short row sections. Though this does take a bit of practice before coordination kicks in, it does save time and extra movement in the long run. Rather than purl, I knit from the right needle onto the left, almost like knitting while looking in the mirror.

I am waiting on a shipment of more Kureyon colors, due sometime this week or next, to add to the mix. The colors are so beautiful, it makes the yarn a real joy to knit with.

I have recently finished knitting Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Surprise Jacket. This ingenious piece of knitting is a true engineering marvel, that you just have to knit to believe.
This is what you knit:

Then you fold it up into this!

I still have to sew seams along the shoulders and sleeve tops, and it will be done. The class for this is coming up in September, and there is still room in the Wednesday evening section. The times are Wednesdays, September 5, 12, and 19, from 5 to 6:30. Email or call me if you would like to sign up.

We had a young knitter in the shop today, working on her first dishcloth project. This is Madison, and she is planning to make something for her new baby sister next. Here's to the next generation!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Zimmermann books

Three Elizabeth Zimmermann books came in to Knitting on the Square last week, along with her Baby Surprise Jacket as a single pattern. Her genius approach to knitting is both inspired and inspirational. If you're late in finding EZ, like I was, be sure to check her out as soon as possible!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Here goes!

I've been planning this blog in my mind for awhile now, and I finally did it! I had to overcome several obstacles, including a severe lack of time AND a broken camera, but I persevered and here I am. I have several reasons for writing a knitting blog, not the least of which is to give myself a motivation to tackle the shameful amount of nearly finished projects lurking in the corners of my life. The need for posting material will hopefully give me an extreme case of finishitis.
To begin, here is a pic of my most recently finished project:

Pattern: Monkey Socks by Cookie A. from knitty
Yarn: Southwest Trading Co. TOFUtsies, color 788
Needles: size 1 bamboo DPN's

Aren't they nifty? These are the first socks that I ever made for myself, and I think I'm hooked. I'm definitely a sock knitter now!

Another purpose of this blog: To fulfill the many requests for more recent pics of my sweet baby girl.

Confused Audrey

Happy Audrey

She's modeling a super-cute pair of jeans, knit with love by my best bud Katie. Thanks Katie! The blanket she's laying on was knit by another great friend Maribeth. So pretty! You guys are awesome.

I'll be adding my profile soon, as well as a list of my favorite blogs, and VERY LONG list of UFO's. Stay tuned for news from the store as well. More soon!