Monday, December 27, 2010

Another afghan done

Over Thanksgiving, my mother asked me to knit an afghan for a former neighbor (who I used to babysit for) who is graduating from high school this year. Of course, I accepted.

The afghan is in what most closely resembles his high school colors (they are maroon, black, and gold). Something like this could be a perfect graduation gift for someone who is graduating high school or college!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Blanket done!

Nothing like completing a Christmas present for your parents on Christmas Eve. And in front of them. It's for the master bedroom at Cape Cod (the colors match their bedroom).

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Updates on the blanket

Eighth series of square done and the detail of the eighth square!

Blanket as I intended it to look when I was laying it out....

And blanket as it looked when I sewed it together.

Just have to knit the border on now!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Seventh series of squares done!

One more series to go then I have to knit the squares together!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010

Third series of squares done! Chris and I went to see his parents this weekend, as well as meet Baby Annabelle. Chris went hunting with his dad on Saturday, and then had to do some work on his parents' computer, so while he did that and his mom did work for school, I had plenty of time to knit after completing my own homework.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Progress on patchwork afghan

Here are two more pictures from the patchwork afghan I am making.

I like the detail. Onto the third series!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Patchwork afghan

I made a patchwork afghan last year, but never sewed it together or knitted the border. I'm working on another right now and once I get the energy, I will complete both. I'm not really a fan of finishing things which is probably why I never do anything that is really complicated. I'm surprised that I finished Chris's sweater and my sweater, but I think I was excited to get those done.

Anyways, the patchwork afghan is a series of blocks that are knitted in three different colors. Even though the afghan goes with the colors in my current living room, my mom reminded me that it goes with the colors in the master bedroom at Cape Cod. Hint?

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sweater completed!

Hurray! I love the way that it came out and it is super warm too. I want to wear it tomorrow, but a) it is supposed to be raining all day, b) I don't think an off the shoulder sweater would be appropriate to wear to work and c) it is supposed to be warm tomorrow. However, I'm having date night tomorrow with Chris (dinner at his apartment and possibly going out for a drink), so maybe I will wear it then :-) We shall see. Once I do wear it, I will make sure that I take a picture of me wearing it.

This was SUPER easy to make. I did make it a size larger than what I usually wear because it is going to shrink in the dryer. However, unlike Chris's sweater, it didn't come out ridiculously large.

I'm finishing up a patchwork afghan that I actually knitted at the beginning of the year. I just have to piece it together and sew a border on it. Not sure what I am going to do after that. I may do another patchwork afghan though. I had fun making that.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Afghan finished

Finished the blanket! Now it is on to finally finishing the sweater and piecing together another patchwork afghan. Fall is here and winter is coming so it is definitely knitting season.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Further progress on the afghan

I have another panel of white and another panel of green to add after that blue one. I'm actually thinking about adding two more white panels on either end as well and will probably end up doing it (I bought more yarn today).

Friday, August 13, 2010

Cool design

This is so incredibly awesome. I'm not Scottish (Irish, English, German and Dutch), but it still is really REALLY cool.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

New project

Well, not so new as it is the same afghan pattern that I have been doing, but I decided to do it in multiple colors! Much thanks to Audrey and Homer for giving me the yarn for this! Luckily, I already had the same colors from other afghans I had made (the white from an afghan that I made for a fundraiser for my old job and the blue from Chris's Christmas present last year). The green I did not have already, but I thought (and Audrey thought) they all go well together, don't you?

Monday, June 7, 2010


Got my first knitting commission yesterday! A former coworker asked me if I could make a sweater, blanket, hat and bootie set for another former coworker. I need to figure out how much everything is and then quote a price to my former coworker. I don't think that it should take me any more than 2-3 months, maybe less. Baby stuff is so quick and easy to make. Luckily for me, I already have a sweater, blanket and bootie patter. I don't have a hat pattern, but I don't think that it would be that hard to find.

I am very excited! I have time tomorrow and Wednesday, so I may try to run to Michaels then to get the supplies.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Afghan completed!

The afghan is finally done! It is big enough to fit on a queen size bed (I measured it on my own and that's how I decided not to add any more panels). I could have probably made it a little longer, but I guess that is what experimentation is for. You adapt each time you make something.

This really remains my favorite afghan pattern to make.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Further progress on the afghan

There are six panels on the afghan right now and I am in the middle of making a seventh. I am probably going to make two or three more, maybe four. It depends on how much yarn I have left over.

This is quite possibly becoming my favorite blanket to make. I love the pattern. It is simple to make, but looks complicated at the same time with the cable detail. It also looks VERY warm, which can be good for when it is cold out. It also could be good for being two tone since it is knitted in panels.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Afghan progress

It's getting there. I have started sewing the panels together to see how wide it is. I am definitely going to need to make more though...

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Baby blanket is done! This is more girly in my honest opinion...mostly pastel colors. I can easily make one that is more gender neutral or one that is stereotypically "boy" colors.

This is up for grabs!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

More of the sweater

Sweater update. Sleeves are attached (not sewn together yet though) and starting the collar. Too bad it is not sweater weather anymore...

Thursday, April 8, 2010

In progress....

Here are some things I have in progress right now:

An afghan that I'm knitting for Amy's friend who won it at Audrey's Relay For Life Fundraiser. It's knitted in panels and is a cable stitch.

A sweater that am making for myself...will be off the shoulder...

Baby blanket that I am making (has been in my closet for a while). I always feel that stuff like this is good to have around because you never know when someone you know is going to have a baby...

Detail of the blanket

Baby poncho...

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Knitting websites where you can pull ideas from...

Okay, so I figure that I should let people know some of my favorite websites where I get knitting patterns from. The yarn that goes along with the patterns is also pretty easy to find (is at most major craft stores) and the patterns are pretty basic. They are divided into different levels of difficulty. Find ideas for what you want, email them to me and I will let you know if I can do it (time wise and ability wise). Have a couple of ideas just in case I say that it is too difficult for me to complete.

I've always liked this particular website. I found a couple of good patterns on there, including an afghan I made for my friend Audrey for a fundraiser that she was holding for Relay for Life. I am making one similar to it right now for my friend Amy's friend (I said I would make something for somebody - whatever they wanted - and they raffled that off at the fundraiser as well). Once I finish the afghan, I will post a picture of it.

This is another website that I like. I got Chris's sweater from there and the sweater I am making for myself right now is from there too. Same idea as Lion Brand...the yarn is able to be found pretty much anyplace. And like Lion Brand, have a couple of ideas of what you want.

Lion Brand has more of a selection than Bernat FYI. There are other websites out there, but it would be easier to make something from either of these websites because they tell you exactly what type of yarn to use and if you searched for a pattern on the web, you wouldn't get the correct gauge or weight.

Friday, March 19, 2010

The Boyfriend Sweater (or Men's Drop Shoulder Sweater)

Oh the Boyfriend Sweater. When I told my friend Lindsay that I was making it for Chris, she informed me of the following curse:

Well, naturally, I freaked out. You see, the last time I knitted something for someone (my ex-boyfriend), I knitted a scarf. He saw me making it (and didn't know it was for him) and said "I don't like wearing scarfs". I think he wore it twice in the 2.5 years we went out. Well, I had told Chris that I was making this for him to make sure that he actually wear it (given my past experience...I didn't want to take my know?). Luckily for me he a) said he would and b) said he used to have a sweater like the one I was making.

I guess time will tell if the curse actually exists right? I told him about the pre-knitual agreement and he laughed.

It turned out pretty good though, don't you think?

It's a little large, but that's what dryers are for...

Martha Stewert's Poncho

I am undecided if this is another "don't ask me to make this" pattern". It is actually the poncho that Martha Stewert designed, made, and wore, when she left prison. I think this is the first time that I actually channelled Martha Stewert intentionally. I remember my mother having to expand the neck (maybe?) so that it would actually fit over my head. She also made one. There is one in knitting and one in crocheting. Don't ask me to crochet it. Remember...I do NOT crochet. Sorry.

My First Afghan

This is the first afghan I made when I went to college. I had been making scarves for a while, and my mom decided to convince me to branch out. It was pretty easy to make and was actually based upon the first scarf pattern I had made.

My first sweater

This, however, was VERY easy to make. It was all in one piece (well, except for one side where I had to attach the yarn and make the sleeve) and the yarn is fantastic. It comes in a longer version as well that I am considering making for myself and it is incredibly comfortable. I love the color as well and it definitely calls for big chunky buttons because the yarn is so big and chunky. I LOVE this sweater :-)

The project from Hell....

Do NOT ask me to make this. I made this for myself when I was in Jesuit Volunteer Corps and was going through a stage where I decided I should make my own clothes (that didn't last). I think I started it two or three times and it involves crocheting. Never. Again. I think I have worn it once since finishing it (well my mom finished it for me). Please, for my own sanity...don't ask me....


Okay...this obviously is an afghan I made. Originally, it was supposed to be for my boyfriend, Chris, but I decided that the pattern was not "manly" enough (don't ask me why...I think it may have also been because I liked the pattern...). I have a book of afghan patterns that can be found in most craft stores (AC Moore, Michaels, etc) so people can look at it as a reference if they are not near me.

This pattern has a really nice wave pattern that is not easy to see in the picture. It's is really nice...


So I decided to do a knitting blog of stuff that I done. I will update as I go along. I am also considering doing projects on commission for people. Keep in mind, I have very limited skills. I know how to crochet, but do not do it well. As a grad school student, I also do not have much time to do stuff, so it may take me a while to get stuff to order WELL ahead of time people!!!! Yes, I know that I have said that I have time because nothing happens at my job, but considering the fact that I am looking for a new job, this may not be the case anymore.


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