Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Thanks and Congratulations!

The picot is rolling like the dickens, and they need a good blocking to soften them up, but they're finished!!!

And thus ends the formal knit-a-long! Thank you all so much for participating. I've really learned the meaning of quick from all of you, and it's been so very inspiring to see what everyone has done. I'm going to leave the flickr group active and keep posting my own quick(er) projects to it... I hope you will too!

And folks, we really kicked butt in the FO department! As part of this knit-a-long, the world is richer by:

  • 1 mitten

  • 1 baby hat

  • 1 mitre square

  • 1 dishcloth

  • 1 hair kerchief

  • 1 knitted cupcake

  • 1 set of mitts

  • 1 neckwarmer

  • 2 pairs of knitted shoes

  • 2 scarves

  • 6 bags/clutches

  • 6 baby sweaters

  • 7 pairs of socks

  • 9 hand-made toys

We are amazing! Viva la quick-fix!!

Well, crap.

I guess I missed it. Apparently, May is here already and I have so many stupid projects on the needles that could have been done quickly. See, what happened is my friend and I put ourselves on yarn diets. All of a sudden, nothing I am knitting is appetizing anymore. I just want to cast on something new or go buy new yarn. (Like I need to do either.)
So, can we do this again so I can redeem myself? I like this idea of having quick things going on while the log cabin blanket marinates at the bottom of my basket.
It was so cool to see everyone's stuff. It's so inspirational!
Happy May Day! (Or Beltane, depending on...oh, never mind. It's too much to get into right now.)

Monday, April 30, 2007

Under the wire?

Only time will tell...

I'm still hoping to finish my last "quick" project before midnight. We'll see, I guess! I'll do a roundup post tomorrow, wish me luck!!!

in like a lion, out like a lamb

white knit shoes
Originally uploaded by atomic rose.

My last quick-fix project: knitted shoes for a customer who plans to decorate them like crazy. My other last-minute project didn't get done, thanks to my allergies, having to take Benadryl, and then spending the rest of the day asleep. (I just woke up!)

This was fun! It kinda amused me to see what my idea of a "quick fix" is, compared to what others do. I mean, for me, socks and baby sweaters are a major project, not a quick fix, as you might've guessed. ;) But it was still inspiring to see what other people can crank out in a small amount of time, and I'm definitely going to keep adding my "quick fixes" to the flickr group for as long as it exists.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

This is the end...

I can't believe that April is over! Before I reveal my final project for the knitalong, I want to thank Amy for setting this whole thing up. It was so fun! And it definitely helped me to finish I could of projects in danger of languishing, not to mention finally start this baby sweater!


This is the Two Needle Baby Sweater by Elizabeth Zimmermann from her Knitter's Almanac. I've also seen this sweater referred to as the February Babby Sweater. I used a bit less than one skein of Sirdar Breeze, which is a dk weight cotton blend. The construction of this sweater is so fun! After knitting the yoke, the sleeves are done before joining the body, so when you're finished, you only have to make two small seams under the arms. The only thing I wish I had done differently is to make a selvedge stitch on the arms. Seaming that lace was kind of a pain.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

well, so much for that!

The lovely pink Seduction Socks that were going to be a Mother's Day gift for my mom? Right. I got done with the cuff, tried it on, still felt like it was too big, and switched down to #1 needles. I think you know where I'm going here. That's right - now it's TOO SMALL. #2s are too big... #1s are too small... sometimes I feel like the knitting gods are against me. Sigh. So that's destined for the frog pond, and I guess Mom's getting flowers instead! (Sorry, Amy - no socks this month!)

Not surprisingly, the 1915 bag isn't getting finished either. I really started out this month with a bang and then fell flat, now didn't I? LOL

Anyway, I will have a couple more very small FOs to show off by Monday - I've almost wrapped up a pair of knitted shoes for a customer, and I have another small project (a bag remake/embellishment) up my sleeve.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

On the bandwagon

I joined the Jaywalker bandwagon. I can't believe I waited so long to do it! And look at this yarn! This is J. Knits #130. (No, sadly, it doesn't have a cool city/state name.) The green doesn't show up very well in this photo, but I think it's the predominant color. I am hoping to finish this one tomorrow. (btw, the second Rainy Day Sock is headed for the frog pond. Apparently I can't knit that pattern and yak at the same time.)

Truly quick

As in, finished in about 4 days, although the picture-taking is dragging out considerably longer. :)

A sweater for Jacob in Ultra Alpaca leftovers, using the guidelines in Ann Budd's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. Love that book!

Unfortunately, my next quick project is destined for the frog pond. The springtime Koigu that looked so good in the hank looks more like vomit on the foot. :( Hubby doesn't like the color of 4ply soft I have in the stash for another indoor cap, so I'm without something to cast on for! I need a quick infusion of knitting mojo, and welcome ideas!

Friday, April 20, 2007


I've been away over Easter. Two long trainrides and lots of days hanging around with friends, so I got a couple of small projects done: a pair of wristwarmers, a pair of fingerless gloves, a clutch, Easter-eggwarmers (a bunny, a sheep, a bird and an egg), a little monster and a dragon. All from the same yellow-green yarn, because I just took the one big cone with me.
Wednesday, I started a black and white scarf. I forgot to take it with me yesterday (an hour of waiting at the doctor's), but I guess I'll finish it on the trainride home today.

(Since I don't know how to add in photos, you have to check them out on flickr. I did not post pics of all the stuff yet, though.)

Monday, April 16, 2007

socks, in progress

socks, in progress
Originally uploaded by atomic rose.

Seduction Socks from Interweave
Vintage baby yarn in a rose-flecked pink
#2 needles

Yes, I succumbed to peer pressure and finally started a pair of socks!

It's hard to see the pattern, but it's alternating stripes of a cable-like twist and an openwork vine. Very stretchy and comfy, though I'm a little worried that I should have used #1's - they're kind of big. For me, they'd be fine, but Mom's a little smaller than I am. Eh, I'll see, I guess. I may switch to 1's for the foot.

My quick fix is finished!

It wasn't so quick, but I really enjoyed working on this project.


Pattern: Washbag from Sarah Dallas Knitting
Yarn: Rowan 4-ply cotton in shade 130 and 131 (I think, lost the ball band)
Needle: US 3