27 May 2014

Finished Object:- Mary Jane

Last week I finished a hat for Turk's mother. I went through a few patterns before I settled on Graham by Jennifer Adams. The pattern is simple, perfect for TV knitting. I love the texture of the hat. The only modification I made was to start the decreases before what the pattern calls for. It is now more of a fitted beanie and less of a slouchy one. I also used twisted stitches for the brim. It has a neater more defined rib than if I had not twisted the stitches.

Ravelry project page found here

23 May 2014

Wrong Made Right

Yesterday I was frustrated and upset by the glitch in the mail system. A friend pointed out that my missing package "must be yarn stuff". I didn't mention what it contained at the time of my venting. There are times when I edit my yarn stories to my friends because ... Well they just don't get it. It's not their cup of tea, so every now and then I spare them the details. But yesterday, I realized that when someone knows you it is easy for them to read between the lines. I can't remember the last time I was this upset over a missing or a late package. Smiles...thank heavens today my mailbox contained the package. Hoorrrrraaaaaayyyyyy lol. All is well with the world now. The brand is new to me, I'm excited to see how it knits up.

Yarn:- schachenmayr micro grande in linen, mint, gold, deft blue, teal and red.
It is supposed to be worsted weight...looks and feel like a light worsted. I don't mind so much.

22 May 2014

Counting to 100

I having one of those days where I want to scream.... Why? Let me explain. Last week I ordered yarn from craftsy. Diligently I have been tracking my order only to be informed that it was delivered today. So of course I quickly went downstairs to my mailbox and guess what was NOT there? My bloody package!!!! There I am looking at an empty mailbox....maybe it is there and I am not seeing it. Could be my vision has gotten progressively worst and I never noticed it. I hopped on my PC and did some investigating. Could someone explain to me why a package that is supposed to be delivered to brooklyn New York was delivered to an address somewhere in Charlestown,MA? I called UPS, the voice on the other end was quick to point out that they aren't responsible for this mishap. "We did the leg work ma'am, USPS is responsible for the second half of the delivery. Contact them". Sighs. I called the post office in Charlestown and was informed by the supervisor that the package that has the tracking number was indeed in their possession but it doe not have my name or shipping information on it. He suggested I call UPS again and let them know they have the wrong number attached to my package. By this time I have already emailed craftsy twice (there is no contact number for customer service on their website) and trying to control my frustration at being a shoved around by two agencies. I am pissed off. Let's see how long it will take for craftsy to get back to me.

Tired of counting

17 May 2014

Charlie & company

A few days ago I knitted another elefante. I can honestly say that I have never knitted one item as often as I have knitted this pattern. It is my my favourite toy to knit...I have made six of them thus far and each one has been a delight. Charlie like the rest was a fast project.

I included bells in both the head and body....it makes a beautiful sound when it is shaken. Perfect for entertaining a baby or toddler.

Here are pics of the other ones I've made over the years
cherry blossom



Wok, Saucepan and Fok

Project information can be found here

06 May 2014

The Year of Baby!!!

I've hardly knitted or crocheted for family members in the past. I'm sure I can probably count on one hand the times I've ever made anything for my extended family. It isn't because I don't want....most of my extended family live in Guyana and I'm now in New York...opportunities haven't always been available for much knitting for them. So when my oldest cousin asked me to make something for her newborn great-grandson I couldn't pass up on the opportunity. I didn't stick to the request (I hardly ever do :)) of making a bonnet and booties. I really wanted to make a cotton blend cardigan so of course that's what I made. The first attempt didn't turn out how I wanted it. I forgot to change to larger needles after completing the neck ribbing. The left button band is almost .5" longer than the right. I was in no mood to undo and re-knit. Plus I never pass up the opportunity to buy yarn. The second attempt was less traditional in colour. I chose red cotton ease yarn with yellow buttons. I wasn't sure about the combination but I was relieved it looked good together.

More information on each project can be found here and here