Thursday, August 26, 2010

And the FAIR Winner Is.....

State Fair sign Liz calls me to see if I got my fair results. Well, naturally Patrick has my mailbox key & is eating with his friend at Buffalo Wild Wings. Enter panic & anticipation. As it turns out, Liz got Honorable Mention on her photo & man, that is HUGE because I saw how many entries the photography department had & it was...overwhelming. Loads & loads of people entered photos. I have no idea how many people entered knitting.

So Patrick got home & got the mail. And OPENED my results (cardinal sin, me thinks).

3rd. I got 3rd. My friends tell me the shawl category is pretty competitive & that is ridiculously awesome....I don't know how to feel. I hope it has some notes & feedback because I'd like to see what they say. And what beat me. Dude, I'm so competitive. This is a side of me I wasn't really aware of!

But I'm happy - really I am. I can't wait to see it displayed at the fair. That's a big deal, Y'all!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

What am I knitting?

Wow - I feel like I haven't talked about what I'm actually knitting in forever! Here are a few things I just finished:

Louise Cardigan in Ella Rae Lace Merino
Louise Cardigan
This pattern is from the Vintage Baby Knits. When I was knitting it I was a little irritated at the fussiness of parts of it, but it turned out really great. I also remember why I love a baby sweater knit all in one piece! It's for one of Patrick's co-workers - I sure hope they like it!

Next up is this adorable lamb from Itty Bitty Toys
Itty Bitty Lamb
I always find toys fiddly to knit, and this one was no exception. For once in my life we didn't have 14 different kind of fast food drink straws in my house so I had to cut a fat straw for the legs. That didn't work out so well, so he won't stand up. He sure is cute though! He went to live with my swap partner but I think I'm going to have to make another one for my yarn room (hello, I COLLECT sheep).

Right now I have so many different things going on that I will be lucky to ever finish one. I'm working on a new sweater, Peasy, in some Rowan Felted Tweed that I got at the Woolie Ewe 2 or 3 years ago! Yay me for using stash yarn (and making room for another sweater's worth that I just bought last week, but whatever). It's really hard to get excited about sweaters when we have had 19ish days of over 100 degree temps here in Dallas, but soon enough it will be fall & I'll be happy that I pushed through the heat.

I also cast on for some socks! Same weather feelings as the sweater - it's hard to believe that I'll want to wear wool socks, but last winter I really enjoyed pulling out my handknit socks when it was chilly. To top it off, I am using some Knit Clinic yarn that was dyed by my friend Liz when she had an etsy shop of her very own. I've been saving it but I figured I might as well be enjoying it & I'm so glad I did. It makes me wish she'd start dyeing again right this minute - look how great it's coming out!
Knit clinic socks
I actually finished the first one Thursday night & cast on for #2 last night. To me that is half of the battle - getting #2 on the needles! It's my first venture into short row heels & toes, toe up from Wendy Johnson's book Socks From the Toe Up. These are the Dead Simple Lace socks & they really are.

I'm also clicking along on my crazy striped shawl (it's about 2/3 done) and another baby sweater, so I have plenty to keep me busy. Then why oh why do I want to cast on another 8 projects this weekend? Dear knitting gods - please give me the strength to work on my existing projects & not be seduced by the thrill of new projects. Amen.

PS - I dropped my shawl off at the fair last weekend. We have to wait 2 weeks! TWO WEEKS. I thought they'd be all "OMG - this is so beautiful. You are da bomb" but they were pretty stoic about the whole thing. I'll let you know what happens.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Jumping In

This year I have decided to put a project into the Texas State Fair. Best that can happen is that I win a ribbon, worst thing that can happen is that I get some feedback on my work. So...what did I enter? My Mother-in-law's Autumn Leaf Pi Shawl designed by Kay Meadors.

Connie's Shawl


This is one of my favorite items that I've ever made & the one that has caused the most gasps from other knitters. I hope it's worthy & I can't wait to see what happens. I got my entry so I bring it the weekend of August 13-15. I'm sure that will be cause for many stories here.