Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Because who doesn't like a contest

Lotus Knits! is conducting a contest over at her site, with the chance to win some of her yarn. What knitter would turn down a chance to get FREE yarn, I decided to participate.

All you have to do to enter the contest is post your first completed project or the next, unstarted, project in your queue. Then you e-mail Lotus Knits that you posted your project. 

Like I said, I am always game for a chance at winning yarn, so here is my first finished project. My first completed project was a garter stitch scarf made of Lion Brand Homespun yarn (purple of course). Nothing fancy or complicated about this sucker. I think I made it in about 2 days or so, and then promptly cast on for an identical one for my sister in a Blue Homespun yarn. I was really proud of my work, and even though there were a few mistakes (those darn extra stitches all new knitters seem to end up with at one point), I loved this scarf and wore it constantly the winter I made it. I don't wear the scarf that much now, as I have others that are a little prettier/show off my knitting abilities a little more, but I still think it looks pretty good for a first attempt. Strangely, I did not actually have any pictures of this scarf, so I am kind of glad that this contest made me take a few.

Finally FO

After almost a year, I finally finished my grandma's Half Pi Shawl. I made myself one of these shawls last summer, and my grandma really liked it and I started one for her. Between school and basically just not feeling like knitting lace, it took me this long to finish. But the shawl is now done, and it looks great. My grandma is going to be attending a veterans reunion in July, along with a wedding for one of my cousins, and she is planning to wear it to both events. Pictures to come.

As soon as I finished the shawl, I cast on for a pair of socks and also the Dollar and a Half cardigan from the Spring 2007 Interweave. Again, pictures to come.

So that's what I have been doing knitting wise. I will update in a few days with some pictures of the works.

Destash - Mystical Creations Yarn

MCY silk and wool yarn
Originally uploaded by ams6127.
2 skeins of MCY Wool and Silk blend
65% wool, 35% silk
Bulky weight - 140 yards each (280 total)
Silver, purples, and burgandy/fuschias
Asking $15.00 (shipping included) or best offer.

Knit Black and Gold

Based on the positive comments I received, I decided to go ahead and start a Knit Black and Gold blog. Go on over and check it out. Let me know what you think. If you want to join the blog, feel free to contact me via this blog (button over on the right) or use the contact me button on the other blog. Hope to hear from you all soon.

Three posts in one day

Making up for lost time I guess, but here are a few little somethings I have been working on over the past few months. Top left is the beginnings of the Seize Diamondbacks sock in STR Mediumweight (Chapman Springs colorway). The others photos are 3 of 24 million (seems like it anyway) Lizard Ridge squares.

I had a thought

I was thinking about this last night when I was going through some old knitting projects. Hockey season is over here in the 'Burgh, but baseball season is going strong, and soon football will be starting again (this is how we keep time here in western PA - by the ongoing or upcoming sports seasons). Anyway, this lead to me think about setting up a "Black and Gold Knitalong." If anyone actually still reads this blog, and has any thoughts on this idea, let me know. I think it could be fun, and lord knows that there are lots of Pittsburgh sports fans in the world (any other black and gold sports fans would be welcome too...not just Steeler/Pirate/Penquin fans).