Wednesday, June 22, 2011

busy end of year

 The end of the school year is wrapping up and I have had countless rehearsals, final lessons, and concerts to deal with.  I did sneak in a LOT of knitting, though!  I spent the weekend in NH and knit by the lake with the family:

Owen loved the time in the sun and I plan on finishing my Kourtney Shirt tonight!  Look how quickly this knit up:

It's been rainy here but Summer has begun and my flowers are blooming!

And my students gave me some beautiful pink roses as a thank you for all the concerts and performances this week...  I really will miss some of them!!!

Happy Knitting!!!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Now that my socks are done and the weekend is finally here, I decided to take some pictures of my current WIPs.  Here is the progress on Meghan's baby blanket (knit almost entirely in the sun last weekend at the lake and is the main reason for my current arm-bended-weird tan line!)

I think it is really coming out nicely and I am almost finished with it!

I initially started this pattern for her because I swore she was going to be having a girl!  She's not.  I will be donating it to a silent auction at my church.  It's one of those easy, mindless knitting jobs.

I recently found this pattern for this adorable tank top/ruffle-y blouse that I instantly oggled...  and now I can start on it.  I had initially bought this amazing knit picks yarn for my own design project, but decided to use it for this pattern instead.  It is called Kourtney by Mishellee Zaharis and I made my very first gauge swatch EVER last night.  I have made baby sweaters, afghans, a cardigan for my mom, washcloths, hats, socks...  but never, EVER checked the gauge first.  I am way too impatient.  But, I decided to do it right for this project and knitted it up quickly so I could start the top today.  The funny thing is, that after I knit the swatch, I had no clue what to do with it!!!  I think I did it right but I wanted to check.  So, here's my picture...

Do you have to make it a perfect square?  Somebody HELP!!!

Happy Knitting and Happy Weekend!!!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

prepare yourselves...

OK, everyone... get ready and prepare yourselves...  I have FINALLY finished my mother's "March Socks"!!!  As a quick reminder, I started in March with this horrible yarn my mom picked out and I knit using a new pattern, but unfortunately, the yarn got worse as the pattern progressed.  I hated my finished sock.  In fact, I don't even have a clue where that darn sock is!  So I got some new yarn, and started over.  I finished the first one quickly and was quite pleased with it's fit.  Then my husband and I went to Mexico and the TSA lady threw away my needles which totally threw off my momentum.  I really don't see a problem with my March socks becoming June socks... whatever you want to call them, it doesn't matter because they're finished!

Happy Knitting, everyone!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

oh ravelry... too many patterns - too little time

This weekend we spent time at Highland Lake in New York visiting Michael's family.  It was absolutely beautiful out and we relaxed and I knit all weekend long!  I feel so lucky to have such beautiful places to go and relax with loved ones.  Michael's aunt Mel is a fellow knitter and she spent the weekend rubbing it in that in 4 days she would be RETIRED!!!  She told me she has created a book of patterns she plans on knitting during all of her free time!  I am so jealous... and to think she doesn't even use Ravelry!  I started to tell her about it and she said she was afraid to check it out, because she already has plans and patterns to keep her busy for years!  I, however cannot stop looking at it and have selected a few more "dream projects" to drool over!  

But first, check out my view for the long weekend:

When will there EVER be a girl for me to knit for?  Oh, and that button!!!
Abagail Sweater by Kay Squared

This hat is just too cute:

Berry Baby Hat by Michele Sabatier

This cowl is just so classy and elegant looking:

Bridget Cowl by Elena Rosenberg

A unique and funky idea for the Fall Fair:

Covered Bangles by Jenny Lord

I am in LOVE with this top... cannot wait to start it!

Kourtney by Mishellee Zaharis

A neat looking Fall sweater maybe?

Olive by Helga Isager

Another adorable baby knit:

Plain Vest by Anna and Heidi Pickles

And another one...

Sea Princess by Elena Nodel

Gloves for a friend of mine:

Urban Necessity Gloves by Colleen Michele Meagher

So that's it.  Not too much to do, right?  Cannot wait to get home and get started.  Only 17 days left of school until Summer Vacation and all my knitting dreams can turn into reality!!!

Happy Knitting!