Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Q3 Challenge

Well, I haven't finished the curve of pursuit afghan for my son, but I have finished a baby sweater and jumper for my neighbor that had a baby girl last week. Forgot how fast baby clothes knit up.

So I don't think this counts for my 'something new' and there is no way I will be finished the 'cop' by tonight. I'll have to catch the Q4 challenge.

Knit on peoples!

Haven't been around

Sorry for not being around but I haven't knitted anything in months. I did finish a dishcloth (the breast cancer one) last month. I started it in April. Just been busy with work and life.

Will hop on for the 4rth quarter challenge though.

Happy knitting!

Leigh Ann

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Q3 Challenge Countdown...

Hello GALs!

Just over 2 days to go before our month-end deadline for the Q3 Challenge. I'm so happy to see that many of you who accepted the challenge have completed your list of 3 items - more gifts for your loved ones, and something for you too, which I hope is bringing you much fiber joy :)

For those of you still pushing for the finish line, I'll accept posts and emails or PMs on Ravelry indicating your finish until Wednesday morning, Oct. 1st. I will doing a random drawing from the list of successful Challengers and announce the winner by the end of the week.

Watch this space - the Q4 Challenge will be announced very soon...I think this is one that we're all going to really get into.

Have a wonderful week!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Finished the Q3 challenge!

I am thrilled that I was able to finish all of my projects for the Q3 challenge:

1. Something old:
I finished the socks for A, which will be on their way to her this weekend:
a socks
This was my first pair of "serious" socks and I am very proud!

2. Something new:
This was my assortment of charity knitting, most of which I did last month, but I did add one more hat here:
hatscarfone row scarf bf hatso called scarfhatIMG_8388

3. Finally, something for me was this camisole, which was an experiment for me to use some special yarns in my stash:
tank top
I am pleased with how it turned out.

Though this is not my "official" October list, I hope to start a cardigan for DH, finish a shawl that I have been working on for Mom for Hanukkah, and perhaps start some towels for my in-laws as well.

Monday, September 22, 2008


Finally finished the Baby Poonam sweater for my cousin's baby...

Baby Poonam

Made with Cashsoft... one of my favorites!

Now on to the rest of my list...

Friday, September 19, 2008

Q3 Challenge

Happy Friday Everyone,

I am not sure where the last two plus months have gone, but I really don't wish to repeat them. Our computer died mid-July, and my husband had to have two heart surgery/angioplasties in late July and mid-August. So, I have not posted in some time as my life was turned upside down.

Luckily, things are much on the mend, and I am feeling like I am on top of things in my life again. I have been working along on the Q3 challenge, and wanted to post about what I am working on before I was actually done with everything. So, here goes.

1. My in-progress item is a lace washcloth and soap cover that was started for my sister back in April, and never finished. It is in light blue cotton yarn, and at present only 25% done.

2. My new item is the Cobblestone Pullover for my brother for Christmas. I have really been enjoying knitting this sweater, and am ready to connect the body and arms.

3. My something for me is a pair of socks in yarn that I hand painted myself. I call the color "Back to School", as it reminds me of the Fall and going back to work. I am hoping to post an image of these socks finished on Monday, as I would like to wear them on the first day of Fall.

So, these are my projects for the Q3 challenge. I am looking forward to having them done in the next two weeks.

Great work everyone. This group has really been inspiring me to keep on knitting!


Thursday, September 18, 2008

First September FO

I finished the hat attack hat tonight. WoO!

2. Gift Item: Hat Attack (website)(ravlink)
Recipient: fairyknits(ravlink)
Occasion: crazy swap thing
Deadline: September 16

FO: 1-Up

Cross posted at Sally Comes Unraveled and Year Long Gift-A-Long.

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I should have taken a better close up, but this is as good as it gets. This is cropped out of the following photo:

Jules' Birthday Mushroom

When Jules and I visited Wildfiber during the last trip, Jules asked me to make him a stuffed Panda. The trip I took last weekend was partly a birthday celebration for Jules, and I was going to knit him the panda as a gift. But I ran out of time and I had trouble finding a good panda pattern.

At one point I remember he had asked if I could make a mushroom pillow. I didn't have time for a pillow, but I did find the Super Mario Mushroom Knitted Toy pattern from Skyline Chilly.

The night before I left, I grabbed some Cascade 220 in Palm and White and threw it in my knitting bag along with a Ziploc bag of stuffing and some US Size 4 bamboo needles. Acrylic would have probably been a more practical, but I couldn't quite find the right colors in the right weights. I bought the Cascade on hand for another project, but it only took a little bit of each color, so I have plenty left.

Jules Birthday Mushroom

The original pattern calls for KnitPicks Palette, a finger weight yarn. I ended up with a bigger mushroom because I used worsted weight. (The pattern says you can adapt it to pretty much any weight of yarn.) It still fits in the palm of your hand.

The colors are also different from the ones called for. I only used two. I think his might be closer to the original 1-Up mushroom from Super Mario Brothers, although I'm not sure. (Video game geeks, feel free to correct me.)

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Going through security didn't take nearly as long as I had expected, so I had time to work on it while I waited for the plane to take off.

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This is how far I had gotten after about 45 minutes of waiting. I napped on the first leg of the trip and finished this up on the second leg. The whole thing probably took less than two hours. I "wrapped" it in a barf bag from the plane and gave it to Jules along with a wallet and a yo-yo I bought him. He loved it.

The pattern itself is quick, but a little bit challenging. Mostly it's the colorwork for the spots that's difficult. There's a pretty big gap between colors, so you have to be careful with tension.

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I should have taken a better close up.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Elizabeth's September update

September is going well so far; of the three items on my knit-list for September I am almost done the first:

I am partaking in the Hat Attack 2: The Death Hat only knocks Twice. We received our target assignments yesterday, and I am nearing the end of my hat. I'm having fun, but want to go knit other things! lol

I really need to finish the socks… just for my own piece of mind. Still no photos yet, sorry, but be satisfied with this WIP photo of my death hat, named Inigo Montoya. Cheers.

And have made minor progress on the socks. I'm hoping to finish the hat tomorrow, the socks this week, and at least start the shawl. Maybe it can be my at-home-in-front-of-the-TV project… hmmm

Happy knitting!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Q3 Challenge complete!

Whoo - hoo! finished my 3rd item for the Q3 challenge... definitely wouldn't have these done if not for the motivation of the challenge... thanks, Marce!

Q3 Challenge:
1. Make Something old - finish the Woodland Shawl for E. =>DONE
Woodland Shawl Closeup

2. Make Something new - socks for L.C. => DONE

3. Make Something special just for you - pair of STR socks
STR Jaywalkers


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Elizabeth's September List and Completed Q3Challenge

Okay, August went by WAY too fast. It was a blur of activity. I did manage to finish a few items, and I think I'm done the Q3 Challenge. Woo!
  1. Muir for my sister-in-law (ravlink)(bloglink) / Christmas and Q3Challenge / September 30 / Notes: Using up stash yarn / FINISHED and blocking as we speak. YAY!

  2. Bridesmaid scarf (ravlink) / Wedding / September 2009 / Notes: Each bridesmaid is getting something different, and this is the first of five / FINISHED! Started over, and finished in record time! It still needs to be blocked, you'll get more photos then.

September List!

1. Gift Item: Woodland Shawl (ravlink)
Recipient: Myself
Occasion: me!
Deadline: N/A
Notes: I have yarn just waiting to be knit up!

2. Gift Item: Hat Attack (website)
Recipient: Target
Occasion: crazy swap thing
Deadline: September 16
Notes: The contest starts september 16th, and it's a "kill or be killed" thing. Lol. Fun times!

3. Gift Item: Socks (ravlink)
Recipient: Mom
Occasion: Christmas
Deadline: December 25-2008
Notes: Mom requested some warm woolly socks, and that's what she'll get!

Q3Challenge Complete!

1. Make something Old: Slippers for dad (ravlink)
Recipient: Dad
Occasion: Christmas
Deadline: December 25-2008

2. Make something New: Victorian Scarf (ravlink)
Recipient: Kim
Occasion: Bridesmaid Gift
Deadline: September 2009

3. Make something Special Just For You: Arbor (ravlink)
Recipient: Myself
Occasion: Q3Challenge
Deadline: September 2009

baby afghan


finished this for a newborn baby boy

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Good to be back

Sorry that I did not post to close out July but I really did not have anything to report. However, August has been a more productive month and I am on my way to completing all of my Q3 items. So here is my update:

For my Q3 challenge,

1. Something old was to complete the socks I am making for A. When the challenge started I had completed one sock. I am now working on the foot of the second sock and expect to be done this weekend.
ali socks

2. Something new was to make hats and scarfs for a charity drive for homeless veterans. I completed 7 items during the Ravelympics so I have this part of the challenge done!
hatscarfone row scarf bf hatso called scarfhatIMG_8388

3. Item three is something for me and I have started on a tank top for myself that is about 1/3 done, so after I finish the socks, I will be knitting furiously on that.
beginning of tank top

That should be enough to keep me busy through September, though I hope to complete a few more charity items AND to finally pick out yarn and a pattern to make a sweater for DH.

Happy fall knitting everyone!

Q3 Challenge FO & September Goals

One of my Q3 challenge items was to knit these mosaic cloths for my swap buddy. Actually I was only going to knit one cloth, but curiosity got the best of me and I wanted to see what the alternate color combination would look like. They satisfy the "knit something new" requirement of the challenge. Two down and one to go.
My September goal is simple: to finish my last Q3 challenge item, which is the Evangeline tunic just for me. I started it with the hopes of finishing it for the Ravelympics, but...

Monday, September 1, 2008

Sally's September Gift List

Cross posted at Sally Comes Unraveled and Year Long Gift-A-Long.

I have one FO for August, and hopes for a good September.

August Wrap Up:

1. Gift Item: A lace shawl. (Rollover)
Progress: No progress this month. I need to restart the thing with new needles. There are more details here, here and here.

2. Gift Item: Finish Boogie Time (2 of them) (Rollover)
Progress: No progress this month. I'm still stuck. I still need a watch face that works for a boy.

3. Gift Item: Rainbow Socks (Rollover)
Progress: No progress, but they are my "something old" for the Q3 Challenge.

4. Gift Item: Jen's Purse (secret knitting - Rollover)
Progress: Jen found the yarn. Hopefully I'll get this done soon.

5. Gift Item: Wickerware Socks (socks for a male relative.)
Progress: finished.

August Gift List:

1. Gift Item: A lace shawl. I'm really going to finish it! (Rollover - Again)
Recipient: Grandma
Occasion: Christmas
Deadline: June 2008, for the Second Quarter Challenge.

2. Gift Item: Finish Boogie Time (2 of them) (Rollover - Again)
Recipient: Family Friends
Occasion: last Christmas
Deadline: Overdue

3. Gift Item: finish my sister's socks (rollover - Again)
Recipient: Sister
Occasion: Birthday
Deadline: Overdue

4. Gift Item: Jen's Purse
Recipient: Friend
Occasion: Birthday
Deadline: Overdue

5. Gift Item: Top Secret
Recipient: Top Secret
Occasion: Top Secret
Deadline: September 10, 2008

August update

Well... again, I lost track of my list, but do have 2 FO gifts to share:

First are River Rapid socks which are toward the Q3 challenge. These are for my best friend's Chrsitmas package...

And then a second Dumpling Bag (the blue one)... while I was felting it, I further-felted the first one I made. These are also Christmas gifts for 2 sweet girls.


So here's the status of my list... the Baby Poonam will be next to finish since the recipient is due any day now!!

Baby Poonam/NR => rollover
Dumpling bag/Mia => DONE
Tidal Wave socks/tbd => DONE
KISS Purse/tbd => DONE

September has begun!

September has just begun and I hope everyone had a lovely summer!!!

Concerning the knitted gift projects:
I am hopelessly behind with my projects:
I did not knit the birthday socks for my friend ( must be finished at the end of this month) and the christmas gift for a little girl - a blanket!

But nevertheless I'll try to finish them this month and my September knitted gift item shall be socks for my elder son.

Bye, Birgit