13 01 2009

Have you heard about the NaKnitMitMo KAL yet?  The group was created off of a crazy idea my friend Carol had. She wanted to knit mittens in January and get other people to do the same. It started on her blog and before she knew it it grew into a Ravelry group with over 300 members. If you haven’t checked it out yet, make sure to do so!

I’ve been wanting to knit mittens and mitts and thought this would be the perfect excuse to knit distract myself with from my current projects with a pair of mitts. I picked something really easy, so as not to require too much attention. The pattern is Toast/ Toasty from A Friend to Knit With. It’s a plain tube with a thumb in the Toasty version. I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to do a thumb yet, although I probably will. I really like Dogged Knits’ version with a gusset thumb, so I’ll probably do it like that if I do a thumbed version.

I picked a slightly thinner yarn than the recommended yarn, Madelinetosh Tosh Worsted in Tern. It’s a beautiful silver gray that is coming out beautiful in plain stockinette.

Hand wound

I wanted to cast on so badly that I hand wound the yarn in the car on my way to Webs over the weekend. After a false start I ended up casting on 40 stitches and now it is smooth sailing. At least until I reach the thumb!

Toasty arm warmer

I’m halfway done the first one already, although I would be further along if I had been able to knit even a stitch yesterday or today. But I have a long weekend coming up so maybe I’ll be able to finish one mitt : )

Oh yeah, you might be curious to know what I bought at  Webs. I hope you won’t be too disappointed but I was very, very good.  I was going to buy a skein of this yarn I’ve been wanting to get my hands on; Rio de la Plata Merino sock and a pattern. I thought the particular skein (sp38) I wanted was on sale but when I got to the registers I found out it wasn’t, so I put it back and ended up buying only this pattern:

New pattern

It’s really a beautiful blanket and I hope to knit it one day!


For all my friends who’ve helped by knitting a sock yarn square, please click here to see what we made with it! Thank you again to all of you who’ve knitted a square, Michele was really, really happy and she loves it!



14 12 2008

Thank you everyone for all the scrappy log cabin love!

  • Did lots of sewing this weekend:
    • cushion covers for our couch

My weekend project!

    • binding on my pinwheel quilt

Binding for the Pinwheel Quilt

  • Got ready for Christmas with decorating the tree and putting the Christmas village up, on the mantle now that we have one!

Little village on the mantle

  • Did some knitting:
  • Finished the latest sock yarn square

Sock yarn square for the Michele Project

  • Cast on for a last minute birthday gift (Drops Headband – ravelry details)

Headband for my supervisor's birthday

Additional notes:

There’s one more pillow cover I want to sew for the couch, but I need to go buy a pillow form first. I used this tutorial for all the pillows, adapting it to my needs. They’re not fancy but they’ll do the trick, and I love the fabrics I used!

I started sewing the binding on my Pinwheel Quilt, I’ve sewn the front side of the binding, now I have to handstitch the back side of the binding. That might take a while…

I wore my Calorimetry to work last week, and my supervisor really liked it. Since it’s her birthday tomorrow I thought that I’d make her one. I wanted to try this other headband pattern by DROPS, so that’s what she’ll get! I’m already almost halfway through and I wont see her until Tuesday, so I should have it done by then!

Knitting for a cause

2 10 2008

A dear friend of mine, Michele, was diagnosed with cancer 6 months ago. Michele is a wonderful woman who loves to knit and share her love of knitting with others. Cancer has been really hard on her these last few months. She’s been through chemo and is now going through radiation therapy and it’s really tough on her and her family. Donna, my boss from yarn4socks (Michele is one of her best friends) and I, have decided that we wanted to knit Michele a blanket knit out of sock yarn squares. This is where I need your help in knitting squares for this blanket.

Here are the details:

We’ve decided to go with squares knit out of this pattern by Knit me a River out of superwash fingering weight yarn. Each square should block out to about 9″. Michele likes warm colors so we thought that the yarns used should be in the warm tones of the colors. To give you an idea, here are the colorways I picked out of my leftover sock yarn stash that I thought would be appropriate.

For the Michele Project

We’d like to be able to give her this blanket at Thanksgiving, November 27, so if we could get all the squares in by November 15 that would give us time to seam them all together. If you’d like to send a square, or two,  just write a comment and I’ll send you the address where to send the square(s). If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment too! : )

I want to thank all of you who will help out in advance on behalf of Michele, I know that she will love her blanket.


If you don’t want to knit a square but still want to help out, my friend Carol from Mad for Knit, is looking for donations. The last few months she’s been training like crazy for the October 12 half-marathon for the Dana-Farber foundation and cancer research. She’s still a couple hundred dollars short of her fundraising goal, so if you’d like to help, you can donate here.