Thursday, July 26, 2007

Not Much Knitting but Some Stash Busting

The pictures will tell the story of why there has not been much knitting lately. We are redoing our family room which had very dark paneling. I wanted to lighten up the room so needless to say, there was LOTS of prep work involved. The room has a cathedral ceiling with dark wood beams. Again, that involves lots of prep work as well as DH's involvement since I am too short to reach and don't want to be that high on a ladder anyhow. The room is in progress, but still at the point where it has too look worse before it will look better. The paint color on the walls will actually go all the way up to the ceiling and also be on the beams, but I got anxious and put the first coat on the paneling before DH got around to the ceiling so I couldn't do the whole wall.

Now to the knitting part. I am still in the midst of lots of stash busting knitting. I only have small projects on the needles right now so nothing major to report. I did finish another hat for charity using up some acrylic worsted stash. I have two more scarves on the needles, also for charity. My other easy, mindless knitting project is a dishcloth using up some small amounts of leftover cotton. I'm having a little fun combining small leftovers into "scrap" cloths that will go into my dishcloth/dishtowel drawer for use in my kitchen. These will be sort of the crazy quilt of dishcloths I guess. The bright green scarf is knitted with one strand of Lion Brand Boucle in "lime" along with one strand of Fun Fur, also in "lime". The striped scarf is Lion Brand Fun Fur Stripes in "calypso". All of these projects are helping reduce my stash.

I have been doing some reading lately. I recently finished two books that I really enjoyed reading. The first was FORGIVE ME by Amanda Eyre Ward - a short book, but very haunting - dealing with apartheid. I also read and enjoyed Chris Bohjalian's newest book, DOUBLE BIND. On my Ipod while walking I just finished BROKEN DISHES by Earlene Fowler. This is part of the Benni Harper mystery series. These are good books for walking and listening. I have several more books loaded on the Ipod so now I need to decide which one to "read" next while I walk.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

My Babies With The Preemie Blankets

Here are my "babies" showing off the two completed preemie blankets. These were knitted using the Basket Weave Preemie Blanket pattern featured in the July 2005 Creative Knitting Magazine. It is a fun pattern to knit and could easily be adapted for a full-sized baby afghan.

Just to show off my babies a little more, here is a photo of me holding them with the blankets. No, the blankets are not for the dolls. They will be donated to University Medical Center in Lubbock, TX as part of the Knitting For Children yahoogroup donation in July.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Just Some Quick Gratification Knitting

I am knitting another preemie blanket using the same basketweave pattern, but this time in "watermelon" color. I took that along for car knitting today when we drove to visit our daughter and take her out to lunch for her 21st birthday. We are not invited to the evening celebration with her friends, coworkers and even her brother. I'm sure it would be later than we want to be out anyhow. It is hard to believe my baby is 21 now. My, they do grow up. She is a lovely young woman.
I have another scarf on the needles for charity that makes good mindless knitting. In the quick gratification category, I knitted two dish/washcloths this week.

This one is the Ridged Openwork pattern knitted using Sugar and Cream "Sunny Sky". It really does remind me of a sunny sky.

This one is called Dots and Dashes and was knitted using Sugar and Cream "Lazy Daisy".

Next entry should have the finished preemie blanket.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Preemie Blanket Finished

This morning I finished the little preemie blanket I was knitting. Color is actually a bit brighter than what is shown in the photo, but you get the idea from this. This only took one 6-oz. skein of Caron's Simply Soft Brites. I have already cast on for another one using the color "watermelon". More stash busting.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Stash Busting

I have lots of acrylic stash, mainly solo skeins of yarn. I do a lot of charity knitting so this is a good thing, but one can have too much. So, I am focusing on knitting for charity to use up some of this stash. I have had a good week of stash busting. Below is a photo of the three hats and one scarf that I finished this week. The scarf is a combination of one strand Lion Brand Boucle "Taffy" and one strand LB Fun Fur "Soft Yellow". This scarf is shown as a WIP in an earlier post.

I also have some stash busting knitting on the needles. I have another hat for charity as well as a preemie afghan from the July 2005 Creative Knitting magazine. This is a fun basketweave pattern and very relaxing knitting. I am using Caron's Simply Soft Brights "Limelight". It is very soft and a nice bright color. Here are the two stash-busting WIP's.

We have had a perfect weather weekend here in SE Michigan. I've done some walking while listening to James Patterson's book, Step on a Crack. Not highbrow literature, but a good listen while getting some exercise. Hubby is away doing repairs and maintenance on his mother's house to hopefully have it ready to put on the market so yesterday while knitting I was started listening to Back on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber. Great knitting listening since the protagonist owns a yarn shop. Lots of knitting in this book.