Monday, January 23, 2012

FP: Columbus Blue Jackets Jersey

Finished Project: Columbus Blue Jackets Jersey
Craft: Knitting
Begin Date: January 21, 2012
Completion Date: January 22, 2012
Materials: Knit Picks Palette (Navy, Silver, Serrano)
Size: Mini
Pattern Source: Mini Sweater Ornament

This is my favorite color combination yet!  I just love the richness of the navy and the subtle way the silver and red play off of it. 

This is number three of thirty.  I have reached my monthly goal of three jerseys.  I hope that I can get another one done next weekend during the All-Star festivities.  Not that I am a huge fan of the All-Star Game (a little lackluster for me), but since it is the only NHL hockey happening, it will have to do.

I continue to play with the pattern, finding something that works well.  I have made little tweaks with each jersey and I think I have found the right combination.

Next up...

...which team will it be...

...huh?  Yikes!  As a card carrying Penguins fan this will be a tough knit to get done.  But, that is the luck of the draw (not so lucky).  I will just pretend I am knitting it for my youngest nephew who loves the color orange!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

WiP Wednesday: Volume 2 Issue 2

I had intended to post this last week, but I hadn't done anything but cast on and who really wants to see a picture and hear about casting on?  So, I have this to present to you...

I am working on the Ultimate Fingerless Mitts using my Draygone sock yarn in the Pittsburgh Penguin colorway.  If you remember, I bought this yarn way last March in an eager attempt to do something fabulous with it during the Playoffs.  Well it failed to be worked into a shawl after several attempts.  It was benched after a lackluster performance.  I sent it down to the minors and just called it back up to attempt a HUGE comeback as these awesome mitts.  I have been wanting to make them for a long time.  And in reality, fingerless gloves are probably more me than a shawl. 

It is interesting that they are striping completely opposite of each other.  I am knitting from two different balls and it is just funny how that worked out.  It is slow going as they are on a US 2 needle and well it is just straight in-the-round stockinette.  Super boring. This is definitely not something that will be completed this month, so you will most certainly see it again on WiPW. 

Monday, January 16, 2012

FP-PiP: Pittsburgh vs. New York

Finished Project: Pittsburgh Penguins Jersey / New York Rangers Jersey
Craft: Knitting
Begin Date: January 7, 2012/January 15, 2012
Completion Date: January 8, 2012/January 15, 2012
Materials: Knit Picks Palette (Black, Saffron, Cream, Blue, Serrano)
Size: Mini
Pattern Source: Mini Sweater

I decided in late 2011 that I wanted to have a tree of NHL ornaments for next year.  I set off looking through thousands of pages on Ebay and found some sweater ornaments that I just loved!  I then looked at the price with shipping and did not fall in love!  Then I realized that I couldn't find all 30 teams.  So late in bed one night, no doubt after the late game, I started thinking that I had knit a mini sweater before and I had the buttons for all 30 teams, so why don't I just knit all the "jerseys".  I did some math and decided that if I could knit three per month, I would reach my goal in October, just in time to find a tree and have it up and ready by Thanksgiving. 

I did my planning and thought, well you could do one per weekend and that would still leave time for other projects and you might not go insane.  So on January 7th, I cast on.  I would have finished that evening, but a friend was rather chatty and so it limited my sanity and ability to do two things at once.  I got up on Sunday and after reading the paper and running a quick errand, I finished up the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Yes, I planned to do that one first.

Next up, was the New York Rangers.  I cast on during the Penguins/Lightening game on January 15th and got right down to business.  I finished up the body and one sleeve.  Then once the Rangers game started, I finished up the second sleeve and yoke.  I just love them so much!  I am glad that I went with larger button pins.  Originally I had mini pins, but these stand out and make a much stronger statement.

In the future, I plan a much more random method of deciding which team is next...

Simple, random selection.

Be sure to follow the journey right here and on Ravelry...

Sunday, January 15, 2012

FP: Vincent Valentine

Finished Project: Vincent Valentine
Craft: Knitting
Begin Date: January 1, 2012
Completion Date: January 6, 2012
Materials: Lion Brand Cotton Ease (Cherry, Snow), Safety Eyes, Fiber Fill
Pattern Source: Lurleen the Laundry Monster

This is my fourth Rebecca Danger pattern (see Lowell, Geno Chunk, Winnie the WinterMonster) and I think it might be my most favorite!  It was so easy and so quick.  I know it looks like it took me a week, but I really only knit while watching hockey and I did take a couple of days off.  Plus if I am watching hockey and knitting, I am usually on twitter as well.  Twitter is an addiction!

As I was working on him, I kept thinking he needed a bit more.  Some sort of bling or pizazz a wow factor if you will.  Then I was lying in bed one night, trying to get to sleep (didn't work to well) and I thought, hey what about an afro?  I think I could have gone a little bigger, but I didn't have a bigger pom pom maker.  I think it works on him though. 

He seemed to be somewhat of a dapper fella, so I made him a nice scarf/tie to really set it off and bring out his eyes (or so he tells me).  He was feeling a little bit stuffy, so he decided that he needed some sort of a rebel without a cause effect and thus...

he got some butt "ink".  He wanted it to put a name through the heart, but I told him that that was a mistake, my first rule is to not put any names or faces on my body in ink and that I thought this was rebellious enough for right now.  He needs time to really find himself first.  He conceded with a slight struggle.

I am not sure where Vincent will end up, but I am sure when he finds his way to a new home he will be very happy and will adjust well.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

WiP Wednesday: Volume 2 Issue 1

My first WiP Wednesday post for 2012!  I am excited to have something.  I actually only have one thing on the needles right now.  Well, one that I am currently working on.  Shhh...I have a kerchief that is still holding from November.

But, I am working on a Lurleen the Laundry Monster.  Not sure that it really looks like a girl at this point, more boyish and definitely wants nothing to do with the laundry!

Still unnamed at this point.  I hope to get started on the arms or feet tonight, but I have a lot of home office work to get done first. 

I am also "working" on this book...

I love John Sandford's Prey series.  This, I believe is book 17.  I started the series back in July and have just been on a roll ever since.  Great characters, great stories, just all around great books.

I don't know that I will have a finished monster by Friday.  Friday is my night to hopefully finish up, as it is the first Penguins game of 2012 and I tend to do a lot of knitting during games.  Not that I am superstitious, but when I wear the right top and socks and knit, they do tend to win.  I can't let the boys down now can I?

#LetsGoPens (yes I am addicted to hash tags!)

Sunday, January 01, 2012

FP: Grampy Villa

Finished Project: Grampy Villa
Craft: Knitting
Begin Date: December 16, 2011
Completion Date: December 31, 2011
Materials:Cascade 220 Superwash, Cordovan & Moss (one skein each), Six buttons
Size: 0-6 month
Pattern Source: gramps

I began the search for the perfect sweater for a baby boy on November 18th, just a few hours after my friend delivered her baby boy on November 17th.  I needed something that was stylish (for momma) and a bit conservative (for daddy).  I didn't want something to fussy like cables because he just didn't seem like a cable baby.  When I saw the gramps pattern, I was sold!  It was adorable, stylish and conservative enough.  Plus it was seamless and the stunning factors came from the simple touches like the pockets and contrasting bands.  I loved the colors in the pattern but was unable to find the Madeline Tosh colorways, so I went with something that was completely machine washable/dryable and used Cascade 220 Superwash in Cordovan and Moss.  The colors are almost spot on to what my pattern printout had. 
I knit the 0-6 month size and am praying that he gets a couple months wear out of it.  The weather has been somewhat mild for this time of year, but is starting to change and so I am sure that he will be able to snuggle in this and watch football with his momma.  I opted to forgo the elbow patches as I do not have access to the little one to assure proper placement.  I went with an extra button hole, to make sure that it would keep his little neck warm.  I found these buttons at Joann's and think that they are the perfect little man buttons.
This was a fun and relatively easy knit.  I did frog and redo the pickup because I wasn't comfortable with my first attempt.  With a little planning and counting, the next attempt felt spot on.  I love that this was seamless.  I definitely see me knitting this again for a little one.