Friday, August 10, 2007

Sometimes she even knits!

...and occasionally ends up with a Finished Object! Not that this one is big, but I did finish my dish cloth for the Dog Days of Summer Dishcloth swap last night and got that package off to my pal this morning. I did another one of the petal dishcloths in a fun, summery colorway...

DDSdishcloth


I hope my pal likes her package I put together for her! I also just got an email from my Virtual Vacation Swap spoilee and am very intrigued as to who she is now... she's been paying attention to my love of Charlotte, NC and racing! Speaking of swaps, I received my prize from my Secret Pal 10 hostess Kerry for the final contest she had for our group. She sent me 2 skeins of Catalina Chunky in a warm grey/charcoal color...60% baby alpaca, 40% merino and oh so soft! This would make a fantastic scarf for the man... if only he would wear a scarf. So instead, I think I'll make him a hat (which he will still only wear when snowblowing the driveway or maybe sitting out in the frigid temps to watch a Patriots game) and then either a hat or mittens for myself. Thank you Kerry for the wonderful prize!


So... back to the knitting and proof that I really do knit! As mentioned above, I haven't had much for finished objects lately, however I have had a severe case of startitis. I'm not sure if its been all the wonderful new patterns coming my way or stress or short attention span lately, but I've started and/or gotten ready to start quite a few projects in the past 2 weeks...


This cat bed that I saw over on Paula's blog. No, I don't have cats, but I do have friends with cats... and small dogs. I thought it would be a fun and somewhat mindless knit, plus I had some colorful Lion Brand wool in my stash and even some dreaded fun fur around to use for the trim. I haven't gotten too far on it due to the icky, sticky, nasty heat wave we had last week. The wool wasn't the most fun to work with those nights...

Another recent wool cast on ... my second Booga Bag, which although intended for myself, may wind up being a Christmas gift. I bought this Noro yarn the same time I bought the yarn for Mom's, but I think for the next Booga I'm going to use Wisdom Poems.

I'm on a bag kick and have 2 more just itching for me to cast them on ... in fact I've already put each in their own project bag! One is the amazing Bar Harbor shell bag that both Heather and Lora are knitting.... I am going to do this first one using the yarn called for (Lamb's Pride), but think I might like to try the Poems yarn for this pattern as well (Heather is using it for hers). Did you notice I even over-coordinated by using my Bark Harbor tote for my Bar Harbor project bag??!! Yes, I am a total geek...



The other bag waiting to be cast on is the Noni Adventure Bag. I'm going to do the mungo huge largest size and this will be my first ever project involving a zipper, so I'll surely be screaming and cursingcalling on some of my close knitting friends for help!


I'm also getting read to cast on the sun hat from the new Debbie Bliss Family Knits book, however I'm going to use Louisa Harding Kashmir DK from my stash instead of cotton, so it'll be more of a fall hat than a summer sun hat. I'm going to make it for a special little lady, however since her Mom sometimes reads my blog, I'll reveal who later! I also got a new Vera Bradley bag & matching change purse (perfect for small notions) and had a coupon to get a free matching card holder, which is perfect for storing my knit/fiber related business cards! Do you like? Its the new Mod Floral Print and I absolutely love it! (click on the photo to see larger - note my adorable pin from Dixie's Pet Project, whom I blogged about yesterday, on the left of the bag)

I also still have several WIP's that haven't had much progress made on them lately... my ankle sock and radiance lace headband included...
... as well as some scarves and other goodies galore... I need to get back on a serious knitting kick, esp if I have any hopes of getting holiday knitting done... did someone says its August 10th already??!! Happy Weekend Knitting!

15 comments:

silfert said...

We're obviously related...

AllyB said...

Hey! That's an awful lot of stuff...better stay focused so you can get that dish rag done in a hurry and sent in my direction! LOL In an effort to combat startitis I'm just totally refraining right now, nope, sorry, I take that back, I've made 2 dish cloths in the past week and a half, and I'm working on some socks, and I crocheted that peach top, and...oh well, who am I to give anybody advice? *insert uproarious laughter here*, pet the dogs for me and have a great weekend.

silfert said...

Recycling... *snicker* Well, we ARE encouraged to do our bit for the environment, right? ;)

Grace Yaskovic said...

wow you have some really neat things in this post. I am a huge Vera Bradley fan and I think I am due a new one. Now dishragg tag box yet, hopefully tomorrow and I thought it would be here long before you went away!

Kerry said...

You're very welcome. I hope you both enjoy the alpaca. :-)

Gigi said...

Busy girl! Love the dish cloth. =-D

SleepyEyes said...

OMG...I just got that same Vera Bradley colorway!!! I got the mini hipster and the little wallet. We have great taste!

And I LOVE that washcloth! What's the pattern for it again?

Great pic of colors for your Bar Harbor bag!

Sonya said...

Wow, you have lots of things in the works. And yes we need to think about Christmas knitting.

Paula said...

Oh I love making those round dishcloths too.
They knit up so quickly.
I really like the colors in yours.

LOL, I know working with wool in this heat? We must be crazy.
I have started another cat bed (this one for my Mom's cat) and I have been sitting under the airconditioner vent when knitting it! LOL!

Anne said...

LOL I concur with everyone else - LOTS of stuff! The cloth you made is awesome though! I should be casting on my first 'not a square' cloth sometime this weekend :o We'll see how it goes!

The Princess said...

I absolutely adore everything that you have started! It is all great--great colors, great projects, even great bags to boot! Good luck with all you have going!

Anonymous said...

My brats would proabaly like that cut bed to curl up in they are always looking for something new to lay on. They seem to like blankets so hmm I dont know.. I hear you on the heat wave lately, been too hot to do anything..Beth

Grace Yaskovic said...

tag kiddo you are it, and your cloth looks alot like the one you posted !!!

Jen W!~ said...

Love that dishcloth. Very summery.Can't wait to see all those finsihed bags.

Karen said...

HI! I FINALLY know who you are!! I totally LOVE my package! I truly feel spoiled, the hand dyed yarn you sent it heavenly and have never knit with anything like it before I am going to cast on that cloth REALLY SOON!! Thanks for all the time and effort that you put into my package, especially with what your Mom is going through my thoughts are with you and your family. I will also send you an email :o)

Karen

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