Thursday, November 21, 2013

Pretend it's Wednesday

I try to update you on what I've got on the needles on Wednesdays.  That just didn't happen yesterday because I have to work and like to spend time with my family.  One day I'll be independently wealthy and can let knitting disrupt life.  Until then...

I finished the Graphically Gray Chevron blanket from Cascade's 60 quick baby knits book.  You can check out my project page here.

The blocking blanket:

I knit this blanket for Emmaline, my niece by choice (her mother and I have decided we're sisters).

I visited her over the weekend and it was hard to get on a plane to go home.  There's nothing better than a sleeping newborn on your chest.  She is delightful, beautiful and really very sweet.  She has a full head of hair that looks like it may stay.

 And the cutest little feet.   Don't you just love baby feet?

While waiting for my flight and then while on the flight and waiting for the delayed connector flight I cast on and knit a paid of fingerless mitts.  I did them two at a time on one circular needle (the best method ever).  I haven't put the thumbs on yet and may leave them off.  I've tried knitting them according to the pattern and did not like the way they looked.  I tried winging it and knitting some based on previous patterns and hated it.  Now I may just cast off and let them be a thumb slot.  We'll see.

LAX waiting room

Still waiting (first flight was delayed 40 minutes-This is the second cast on-I ignored the pattern and did an inch of ribbing before I checked the pattern and saw how the cuff should be, ripped back and started over).

Close up of the finished (without thumbs) mitt

I have to sew in the cuff of the second mitt (the edge is folded inward and sewn down to give the picot like edge).

And I am currently working the heel gusset on these vanilla socks.  The yarn is the Crazy Zauberball by Schoppel yarn, a German yarn company.  I received the yarn in a swap I participated in on Ravelry.  The yarn works up nicely, feels good running through my fingers and the tag advises that "knitting can be addictive"!

I cast these on before I left town and then put them aside until my commute this week.  I may finish this weekend.  We'll see:

I'm also still working on the stripped tee.  That is a few inches from waist ribbing.

Enjoy the rest of your week and take the time to knit.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Chocolate Time

I attended a chocolate class by Garden Grove's Classic Cakes Shop.  I was hoping we would get a hands on demonstration but no such luck.  The lovely ladies at Classic Cakes demonstrated how they make all of those really cool and yummy chocolate treats; and then they tempted and tortured us by passing around the completed chocolates for a closer look.  Don't feel too bad for us-they did give samples at the end.  Freshly made chocolate is yummy-better than store bought. And so easy to make with the right supplies.

She's "painting" chocolate into the plastic mold.  For molded chocolates you paint the mold, let it dry and repeat until you can no longer see light through the mold.

This is a solid molded Christmas tree.  Each section of the tree is its own mold and they are put together using some melted chocolate as glue.  It's sitting on a layer of white chocolate and coconut flakes.

Chocolate covered Oreo's in a gift box-  Fun gift to receive.

Molded chocolate over sticks or pretzels

The picture just doesn't do this one justice.  The sheen on the Santa face was beautiful.  It's almost too pretty to eat.  (I said "almost"-don't go crazy)

Snowman chocolate box holding more chocolate

This little turkey is so adorable.  He is made with a marshmallow and cookies.

These are chocolate covered Oreo's.  

These are hard to see-they're the samples of fudge, truffles, caramel covered chocolates and the cream chocolates.  

The shop is located at:
Classic Cake Decorations
12530 Valley View St.
Garden Grove, CA 92845

The store offers classes on Chocolate making around every holiday throughout the year.  Call the shop for details.  They sell all the supplies necessary, the recipes and chocolates.  Plus they'll answer any questions you may have.   (They ship too).

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

What's on the Needles Wednesday

I finally finished Emmaline's Graphically Gray Chevron Blankie!!!!!!  I am so glad to have that off the needles.  It is an easy pattern to follow.  After 5 rows it was memorized and brainless (especially after placing markers).  But it was also boring, boring, boring.  This is why I like to have multiple WIPs at any given time.  When I start feeling bored with a project I can drop it and work on something else.

With the Graphically Gray I had a self imposed deadline.  If I wasn't a procrastinator I probably would have cast on when I bought the yarn and pattern and had plenty of time to finish it without knitting it almost exclusively for 2 weeks.  Up until the last 2 color row repeats I took it with me for my train knitting.  It went with me to knitting group and anywhere I went for 3 weeks it went with me.

Ta Da:

It looks great.  I love the chevron pattern.  I choose to deviate from the pattern for the edges.  The pattern has you fill in the triangles on either end.  I choose to keep them.  And just edged with a basic crochet stitch. I think this blanket will be treasured for years to come.

I've almost finished this pair of socks:

It's pictured above on my lap as I ripped out 20 or so rows.  I was originally making them for myself, then a friend at knitting wanted them so I decided to make them for her and kept knitting until they were sized to her feet.  I asked her to try them on to verify fit before finishing the toe.  The heel decreases landed about 3 stitches to the inside of her heel.  I know I would hate that and wouldn't wear them and figured neither would she.  So I decided to rip back to before the toe decreases and make these for me again.  (I have the same yarn and plenty of it to make her a pair with heels that won't annoy-so those will be cast on sometime in the next few days).  I only have the closing via Kitchener stitch left and weaving in the ends and these babies are done done done.  These are in a blackberry colorway and a knit picks yarn which I can't remember at the moment.  The picture makes them look an icky maroon color and they are not.

This morning on the train I cast on with this lovely sock yarn from a swap and started another pair of socks.

I am working on my own personal sock drawer heaven.  I've been inspired by the knitmoregirls podcast and their Operation sock drawer.  They have a thread on Ravelry for you to post pictures of your current sock drawer to inspire others.  Check it out here: Show us your socks.  Jasmine from the Knitmoregirls podcast saw a picture of Susan B. Anthony's sock drawer and was inspired to start Operation sock drawer.  There is something just perfectly cozy and yummy about wearing hand knit socks.  

I have a small collection.  So far just 3 pairs.  I've got another 3 on the needles currently and a few balls of yarn just waiting to become socks.  And with knitting two at a time I don't have to suffer from SSS anymore.

Check back tomorrow to hear all about the Chocolate class I took over the weekend.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Whats on the Needles Wednesday & Weekend Wrapup

It's been a really busy couple of weeks.  I've been working almost exclusively on the Graphically Gray Chevron blanket for Emmaline.  I am so close to being done.  I am so excited to be done.  Not because it will look awesome once finished and blocked, but because I can cast on something new.  I am so incredibly BORED with the graphically gray blankie.

I've got two color repeats to go and then I need to fill in the triangle sections that are a result of the chevron pattern and then the edging.  Yay!!!

I finished one stripped sock and have cast on for the second.  I'm going to be ripping back the two at a time purple socks that I've been working on for Bessie and will redo the toe based on my foot size.  I decided that the heel decreases hit the bottom of her foot in a place that would irritate her while wearing and will be casting on a new pair just for her.  I'm going to increase the width of the heel flap by 2 stitches and think that will solve that problem.  No one likes a seam or bump under their heel.

Last weekend the Twisted Stitchers had a booth at the Bella Boutique:

We made a lot of things and will be placing the left overs on our Etsy shop.  I need to get the info for that from someone and then I'll post it.  We have shawls (including a mink shawl that is so soft you'll never want to put it down), hats, scarfs, cowls, toys, purses, headbands, blankets, soap/lotion dispenser covers and more.

Last weekend I went to a rummage sale at a yarn shop.  They were selling donated yarns and supplies for needle crafting to benefit a local children's group.  My haul:

The funniest tag I've seen:

Can you read that?  I says 100% miscellaneous odd lots of undetermined fiber content.  That just amusing me.

Enjoy the rest of the week.  Two and a half days to go until the WEEKEND!  I haven't started counting down the hours because I think that would just make me cry.