Thursday, October 30, 2008

Special Olympics Scarf Project 2 and 3

Scarf #2 and #3. I made up both patterns. They were pretty quick to make. I still have a lit more delft blue yarn left so I will keep crocheting scarves for this charity.

Special Olypics Scarf Project 4

SO Scarf Project 5

Special Olympics Scarf Project3

October Wrap-Up, with a whole lotta FOs

I'm working on my very first pair of gloves with fingers. I'm knitting a picot edged pair of gloves for my mother in law to-be, and I'm very excited about them. The yarn is a mix of merino wool and silk, and they're really warm and soft. I'm sure she'll love them. Christmas knitting has been plugging along. I've made it really far down my list, and think that I can get a few more done yet before Christmas.

I already have knits done for my parents, my brother and his fiancée, my niece Emma, and my future father-in-law. I'm working on a secret project for my fiancé and have so far been able to keep it a secret from him, and would love to make a pair of mittens for his brother and his brother's wife. A pair of mittens for me wouldn't hurt either.

As of last night, I finished my goals for October.

October Wrap Up:

1. Gift Item: Llama Striped Hat for my brother, Joel (ravlink)
Pattern: Turn A Square Hat by Jared Flood (free pattern)
Progress: I finished this hat in record time. I think I started it on the last day of September, and it was done by the following evening. COMPLETED Oct 1

2. Gift Item: Baby Jacket for my new niece, Emma (ravlink)
Pattern: Buttons Hat and Jacket from Naturally Yarns
Progress: The jacket went surprisingly quickly, and the hat too. I had to wait a few weeks for the buttons to arrive, but once they did, they were adorable! COMPLETED Oct 13

3. Gift Item: Simple Hat for my FFIL, Gerry (ravlink)
Pattern: Jacques Cousteau Hat by Typy (free pattern)
Progress: Another really quick-knit. The yarn is from knit picks, and it's a big, warm hat. I know he'll love it. COMPLETED Oct 12

4. Gift Item: Embroidered Gloves for my FFMIL, Diane (ravlink)
Pattern: Cashmere Picot Edged Gloves by Insaknitty (direct PDF download link)
Progress: These took longer than the others. The picot edging on the first glove took forever but once I figured out the picot, I was much happier. after the edging, they went quickly enough. doing the fingers were a lot of fun, since I'd never done them before, and I learned some embroidery!

5. Gift Item: Striped Hat for my Fiancé, Chris (ravlink)
Pattern: Fibonacci Pea Cap by Lisa Bennett (free pattern)
Progress: Chris keeps complaining about being cold, and I've never knit him anything before. So, I went and bought a skein of some lovely alpaca, used up some scrap yarn, and made him a warm hat. This hat is very loosely based on the pattern above, but I didn't really follow it at all. This item wasn't on my original list. COMPLETED Oct 24

6. Gift Item: Mittens for FFSIL, Anik (ravlink)
Pattern: Picot Edged Mittens by Carolyn (free pattern)
Progress: These were fun to make, and a really easy pattern. Instead of seaming the cuff, I'm attaching buttons that I bought on Etsy. I'll post photos when it's done. This wasn't on my original list either. COMPLETED Oct 24

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

October FOs

Well I got 2 of my 4 gifts done from my October list...

Clapotis made with Plymouth Boku... (this worsted weight made a wonderfully huge wrap!)

And a pink/brown (bad photo!) scarf in a half-linen stitch pattern made with Bernat Alpaca blend.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008

Q4 Challenge: RULES UPDATE (see #2)

A couple of months ago, one of our wonderful Gift-a-Longers Deborah (ravelry link) suggested that Q4 might be a good time to do some charity knitting, and I thought this would be PERFECT for our Q4 Challenge.

Knitting for others is clearly something that all of you in this group already do VERY well, so I know this type of giving will appeal to many of you. There is no shortage of people and animals in need everywhere, so the guidelines for this challenge will be somewhat loose - all knitting/sewing/crochet for a charitable cause counts!

This challenge will run from October 1 - December 12th.**

Here are the “official” rules to complete the challenge:

  1. Post a link out here to your favorite charity - this only takes a moment if you do a Google search or look through Ravelry groups, but it will make for a great resource when we’re finished! I’ll keep updating these links on our sidebar for easy reference.

  2. You’ll receive one entry for each item you donate. For anything over FOUR items you will get TWO entries for the prize drawing. (e.g. If you knit 5 items, that’s 6 entries)
    BONUS - If we have more than 8 participants, I’ll draw for TWO WINNERS!

  3. Post your projects as you go out here, and email Marce when you’ve completed the challenge.

  4. In your final Challenge Post tell us a little something about your finished items and please include a note about why you chose the specific charity/cause. This will help to inspire those of us who want to start (or continue) doing this kind of giving.

Yarn, pattern, and goodies will all be part of your reward for winning this challenge, but giving back to others is the real prize.

If you’ve been gifting along all year, you are probably feeling better about your finished gifts for the holidays, and you DESERVE that good feeling. Now let’s share it!!

Who’s in??

**If you had already started items for charity since October 1st, they count toward this challenge. We'll use the honor system ;)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Q4 challenge

i'm in too! and i also will be making scarves for the special olympics.

Jacques Coustea Hat: FO!

Plugging away at the Christmas knitting, I finished a hat for my fiancés dad today. I knit the larger size.

Gerry Cousteau Hat (rav link)
Pattern: Jacques Cousteau Hat by Typy
Recipient: FFIL
Occasion: Christmas 2008
Started: October 10, 2008
Completed: October 12, 2008

Yarn: Just under 2 skeins of Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Lava Heather
Needles: US 2.5 / 3mm

My October Progress:
  • Turn a Square Hat for my brother — FINISHED
  • Baby Cardigan and hat for my niece — WIP
  • Jacques Cousteau Hat for my fiancé's dad — FINISHED
  • Picot Edged Gloves for my fiancé's mom — Have the yarn, need to start

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Monday, October 6, 2008

october list

i know i have been totally MIA, and i am sorry. it isn't that i haven't been making things, i just have posted. i guess i hit a bit of a blogging slump... anyhow, my list for this month is short and sweet.

three hats, and three scarves. anything else is cake.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Q4 Challenge coming soon...

Greetings Gift-a-Longers!

I was given a GREAT idea for a Q4 challenge, and I’m in the process of coming up with the guidelines and info for this next quarter.

Sorry this one is starting a little late, but I’ll have the details posted here by Monday.

Wishing you all some great stitching time this weekend!

Sally's October Gift List

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

Obviously, I didn't finish the Q3 Challenge. My Rainbow Socks aren't finished. I'm not sure where they are right now.

I did finish Center Square.

Right now I'm past the halfway point on my Entrelac Scarf. This was the "something just for you" (me.)

WIP: Entrelac Scarf

September 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.

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

5. Gift Item: The mystery gift. I made a Mario Mushroom for Jules' birthday.
Progress: finished.

October 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 the Rainbow Socks (rollover - Again)
Recipient: Sister
Occasion: Birthday
Deadline: Overdue

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

5. Gift Item: TBA
Recipient: TBA
Occasion: Christmas
Deadline: December 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Our Q3 Challenge Winner is....

LIZ! (aka riizu)

Her challenge finishes are so well knit and they are great inspiration for gifting:

Something old:

Something new (and blue!):

...and something special for her too!

You can find project details for these at this Ravelry link.

Congratulations Liz!!! I'll be in touch soon about your prizes - I'll spoil the hint now though :)
You'll be receiving 10 balls of really great yarn from our sponsor
Webs and an autographed cartoon from Franklin Habit over at The Panopticon blog!

I also want to say WAY TO GO to our other challengers Ceylan, JavaNut, Kimberly, poochita, Spiraling, and suzenew. You all made excellent gifts and I hope you're enjoying what you've made for yourself.


Hi there,

it's October and I hope everyone is fine. Without any cold or something else.

I do not write often but normally I look to see all those beautiful finished objects from you. But unfortunately every plan I made did not take place as I intended to be.

So I'm awfully behind with my to-knit-list.
Nothing is finished so I'll change my list and I prefer to knit the 3 pairs of baby bootz before the second baby blanket. Thus I hope I will catch up with my list till the end of this month.

Bye Birgit

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Elizabeth's October List and an FO already

I finished the socks too, but more about that later. I finished a hat for my brother for Christmas. I love it. It was fast to knit, it's soft and sqooshy and warm, and I think he'll love it. Hooray! Quickest FO in awhile. This probably counts more as September, but it felt like October already to what the hell eh?

A Llama Squared (rav link)
Pattern: Turn A Square Hat by Jared Flood (brooklyntweed on ravelry)
Recipient: My brother
Occasion: Christmas 2008
Started: September 29, 2008
Completed: Setpember 30, 2008

Yarn: Just under 2 skeins of Mirasol Yarn Miski in Green and Jade
Needles: US 4 / 3.5mm

And here's my list for October. Hope I can do it all, it's a big one. May change once the Q4 Challenge has been announced.

1. Gift Item: Turn A Square Hat
Recipient: Joel (brother)
Occasion: Christmas 2008
Deadline: Early December, and it's done alread! WOo!

2. Gift Item: Baby Cardigan
Recipient: Emma (niece)
Occasion: Christmas
Deadline: December 25, 2008

3. Gift Item: Jacques Cousteau Hat
Recipient: Gerry (FFIL)
Occasion: Christmas
Deadline: December 25, 2008

4. Gift Item: Picot Edged Gloves
Recipient: Diane (FMIL)
Occasion: Christmas
Deadline: December 25, 2008