Wednesday, December 15, 2010
As the Christmas holiday grows nearer and nearer, NYC has decided to celebrate with some very, very cold weather. It's 24 degrees Farenheight outside and all I can say is BRRRRRRRRRR! On a brighter note, it is perfect knitting weather because all I want to do is surround myself with warm wool. Thankfully, that's exactly what I've been doing. Along with knitting up my own designs, I've actually started a project from someone else. I know, I must be crazy, but oh well I couldn't help myself. So, what am I knitting you ask. It's this:
This is Pumpkin Pie which is designed by the lovely Heather Dixon. She created Army of Knitters (I love that name) and has plenty of fabulous designs to choose from. You can visit her site here: Army of Knitters or you can find her on Ravelry. Either way go and check her out! I can't wait to finish my fabulous Pumpkin Pie and wear it because Baby, it's not only cold outside, it's freeeezzzzinnnggg!
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
So I've finally finished writing the pattern for the Hugs and Kisses Cardigan and I'm happy to report that we have our first test knitter... YAY! Now, design #2 is taking a little longer to complete, but once it's done it's going to look great! Talk to you all soon, and don't forget to like us on Facebook.... :o)
Monday, November 22, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
This was knit out of 2 strands of Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud in Iris Heather held together, perfect color for the spring and because it's 100% Alpaca and lace, it's warm enough for a chilly spring night but as light as a cloud!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I've been hard at work on my first design and I'm happy to report that I'm almost done knitting it up and writing up the pattern, YAY! I've decided to call the first design Hugs and Kisses, but I won't tell you why just yet. I'm hoping for a few sunny days this weeks so that I can take a great "sneak peak" picture to perhaps peak your interests. Then, it'll be off to be test knitted and then one step closer to ready for sale on Ravelry.... woohoo! Furthermore, I just want to wish my Muslim brothers and sisters, knitters and non-knitters a Happy Eid! Oh and a special Happy Eid to my friend alajnabiya and a Thank you for the welcome back comment in my last post! So, until next time, here's wishing you all the very best!
Monday, November 1, 2010
I know, I know it's been a very long while, but I'm back and hopefully this time for a long time! Things have been super hectic but are finally slowing down a bit and I've had a bit of a revelation. Want to know what it is? Well, it's that I love to design and so with that I'm happy to announce that I'm working on my first knitwear collection for the spring. I will keep you updated with my work and I would love to hear what you all think! I can't wait for you guys to see what I'm working on and to hear your feedback. Okay so it's back to knitting work for now, talk to you all again really soon!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
I started off with this Zick Zack Tunic (Ravelry Link), which you may remember because I did speak about it a while back. This lovely tunic with a ribbed bottom and cowl neck comes from the Spring 2009 issue of Interweave Knits and I've knitted it in Gloss Lace from Knitpicks (Oh how I love Knit Picks). So, I've completed the back and I'm almost finished with the front, so hopefully this will move into the Finished Objects pile soon.
Next on the list was a project that I started a long while back. It's the Froot Loop (Ravelry Link) sock from Knitty. I have to say that I really love this sock, it's something calming and relaxing to work on when I get frustrated with a project or with anything actually. I'm knitting it in Lorna's Laces Shepard Sock, which is a dream to work with and the colors are... well, to me they're like sunshine and summer in a sock. What do you guys think?
Finally, there's this bad boy, which I only started a couple of days ago, but have been raving about since, well I think forever. It's the blasted Featherweight Cardigan (Ravelry Link) by Hannah Fettig over at Knitbot. I was going to start off making this in Alpaca Cloud by Knitpicks, but then I had something roaming around in my stash that was calling out for a project. Some Stroll Tonal in the Queen Anne colorway from Knitpicks. So, of course I cast on and now, I'm in love. No, seriously, I'm not kidding, I'm totally in love with the fabric this yarn is making. I cannot wait for this particular cardigan to be finished so that I can wear it. Oh, and don't think I've forgotten about the Alpaca Cloud, I have a very distinct feeling it too will become a Featherweight cardigan. I kid you not, this picture makes me drool!
So you see, I haven't not been knitting. I have been and now hopefully I can blog about it more!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Now that summer is here, I thought I would give the blog a little bit of a lighter look. It was getting a little dreary with all that black, don't you think? Anyway, I certainly like the new look and I hope everyone who visits the blog will like it too. Also, I would love to hear if you have any other comments or if there are any other changes you would like to see. Can't wait to hear from you, now back to my regularly scheduled knitting.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Friday, April 30, 2010
However, you can imagine what said punches have done to my knitting... they've basically killed it! There's no time to knit, and when I do find a few windows of opportunity here or there I find myself getting sleepy, well because I'm tired! Oh boy, how I long for the days of Finished Objects and knitting while listening to my favorite podcasts. Oh well, what can I do, that's life.
For now, I only ask that my dad gets better and maybe, just maybe, that I have a Finished Object by the end of the year (is that greedy of me.... :op) Oh and one more thing, I said "on the Eastern Front" rather than "on the Western Front", which is the way the saying goes, because well, I'm living in the East right now (yes, it's the Middle East, but it's still East of the West... Okay I just confused myself... lol)
Thursday, March 25, 2010
My father had open heart surgery today and it was successful, thank you God! I share my father's recent medical history because I wish that all of you out there take great care of yourselves and don't wait on yourselves. Get checked and make sure you are okay because what's more important than health? May you never be put in a position where you have to hear that you or a loved one may lose his or her life because they didn't take the time to check themselves out.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I've had such a great time reading everyone's comments and I want to respond to everyone. Yay, you guys make me super happy! But here's my question, what's the best way to respond to someone who posts a comment on your blog? Is it via the comments section or is there some other secret way that I don't know about. Someone let me know via a comment... lol... so this way I let you all know how much I appreciate your reading my blog and commenting on it!
So the cardigan in question is this lovely one right here:
The lovely, although sometimes cranky, uncle in question is here:
And the Work In Progress that is taking FOREVER TO COMPLETE is here:
Seriously, I totally jinxed myself and tricked myself into thinking I had finally become a fast knitter because I'm still working on the back piece of this cardigan. Also, I should mention that he had requested a dark color for this cardi, but his wife and I felt that he has enough dark in his wardrobe and that it was time for something light. He's a little chunky and thinks that wearing black is the only thing that will make him look slim: WRONG!
Finally, he has requested a few modifications. For example, we're only doing cables down the front of this cardi, even though there are cables down the back and sleeves (Jury is still out on whether to do cables on the sleeves) Secondly, he has requested that this hit more at his waist and not so much at his hip, so we've shortened it just a tad. I really can't wait to get to the cabled part of this sweater because I'm dying to see what it looks like and I'm tired of knitting stockinette.
So, you are all now in the loop as to what the second project for all the yarn that I splurged on last month was for. Stay tuned for more updates and let's all hope I don't end up pulling my hair out on this project, because I like my hair... really, I do!
Monday, March 8, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Now it was time to work on the sleeves. It's been 4 days and I still only have half the sleeves done. It's not that I don't want to finish the project, trust you me I really do! But, I can't seem to knit more than few rows a day on these sleeves, and it's annoying the living day lights out of me.
I am a combination between a process and product knitter, a hybrid if such a thing exists. For example, carrying the needles is like therapy to me. I love the process of knitting and it's a lot cheaper than a shrink (well, maybe not... I do love yarn! Lol). But.... You get my point. However, this doesn't mean that I knit just to knit. NOPE! I love, love, love having a FO (that's Finished Object for any non-knitters out there). It's like being healed by a great therapist... lol. I've gone to the sessions, layed on the couch, spewed my feelings into the stitches, and now I have a great object to show for it. Does that make sense?
Anyway, I shall continue to work on these sleeves stitch by stitch and hope to God that they don't take me too much longer because I'm longing for an FO and for this therapy session to be over... :o)
That's it for now... thanks for listening.
Monday, March 1, 2010
When I came to visit grandma at the beginning of the month and she realized I could knit, even though I had already knit her a Hemlock Throw (Rav. Link), she requested a sweater. On my trip, I had brought along a bunch of my knitting magazines and books, which included the Fall/Winter 2009 issue of Debbie Bliss Magazine and right on the cover was a jacke that was perfect for her: The Riding Jacket. So, I went ahead, showed her the magazine and the photo of the jacket and got the approval to go ahead. Well, this meant I needed yarn. Remember my rather large yarn purchase a while back, when I told you I had splurged but that all the yarns had a project in mind. Well the boxes arrived with my beautiful yarns and in it was the Cascade Ecological Wool that was meant for this Riding Coat.
Here's the photo of the colorway I originally posted about earlier in February
The color is Coffee and the yarn is luciously soft... I love it and it's perfect for grandma. She's not the showy type so a nicely colored brown is just what she was looking for. So I went to work and I have to tell you, I never knew that rows upon rows of garter stitch would be so much fun. Not only that, I never in my wildest dreams thought this would be a jacket I would want to make for myself. But, nope everytime I complete one section of the coat, I look at it and say "I have to order more eco wool because this jacket is just too pretty." It's not at all boxy like I thought it would be, nope it has some wonderful waist shaping and flares out at the hips which for grandma is great, but come on imagine it with a pair of skinny jeans.. HELLO! Have to make one in a hot color for me... it's definitely on my list!
So, on a final note I finally have borrowed a normal human digital camera to start taking pictures with. The best part is, I don't have to return it any time soon because the person I borrowed it from (thanks Uncle) already has a newer one and so I might offer to go ahead and buy this one from him! Now, enjoy normal pictures of the Riding Coat... :o)
Pictures of the back and left front:
Look at that hot collar:
Isn't it funny how different knitting can look from a different angle, here's rows and rows of garter stitch at eye level:
Friday, February 26, 2010
This is it laying flat:
And this is me wearing it and trying to take crappy web pictures:
STUPID WEB CAM...
I love this jacket, I've worn it twice so far! But, I do have one problem, I need to redo the clasps because they are making the jacket not so pretty, so, they have to be reworked. Other than that, I think it's adorable. I love the color and the military style buttons I found and I would definitely make this again.... I'm thinking in a tweed but probably not until fall.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
We always begin a new year thinking that it will be better than the one that just passed. Unfortunately, 2010 has not been so for me. We start off on New Years Eve and an incident with my husband which I won't get into because we live in a delicate part of the world. In any case, just for clarification no we did not fight there was 3rd party interference and that's all I'll say about that.
Secondly, everything and it's mother just seems to be going wrong. Two days ago, I broke my iPod charger, literally pulled the USB part away from the rest of the charger. I've been sick with a cold forever, no seriously it feels like since January (it goes away and comes back). I've lost my knitting mojo, gotten it back, lost it.. people we're still only in February.
My dad has been ill and had to have his foot amputated due to his diabetes (thank God he's doing better now), but still it's stressful.
And finally the straw that broke the camel's back came yesterday. I have two cats back in NYC who have been staying with my mom. Well, I've had a sinking feeling lately that something was wrong and well, since 2010 has been so awful, I mean come on this couldn't have been right too. So, I'm talking to my mom and I ask her how are the cats. She replies... "What Cats?!" Of course, I'm caught off guard and tell "Mom, that's not funny." She then goes on to explain how she had forgotten my Persian cat outside one day when she went to work, so she must have been stolen. If that didn't cause enough distress, she goes on to tell me how the other cat became vicious after losing her counterpart that she had to give her away. Wait.... there's more. She then explains that this happened a while ago and knowing the crappy year I've been having she didn't want to upset me. Now, I'm wondering, what would have happened had I gone for a visit and not seen my cats... could you imagine the brawl that would have ensued? Wait... there's still more. When I start to cry about my two loving cats, which I adore, she tells me to GROW UP! They're just cats! I've been crying since last night, the cold is back and worse than ever, I have a splitting headache, and basically no one is feeling my pain except of course the loving people on Ravelry! (I love you Rav. members!). You can read my original forum post in Ravelry here.So this is my final rant about the subject because I guess, I just have to keep saying "I guess things could be worse" even though, I honestly don't believe they could be. I can only pray that they went to loving homes and are being taken care of. LuLu and Whitey, I miss you guys so much! I'm so sorry for having left you behind, I wish I could turn back time, I would have known not to leave you alone with someone who really didn't care about you. I know she's my mom, but I'm telling the truth.
That's all for now.
Thanks for listening.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
It's been 8 whole days since I've posted, but I've had my reasons. They are called the #26 Cropped Jacket (Rav. Link) from Vogue Knitting. Yes it's true, I've been knitting, blocking, sewing, reblocking, resewing my jacket these past 8 days, but I am so happy to report that it is done. That's right D-O-N-E! Can I tell you that I LOVE IT! I know, you're going to ask me where are the picture and I promise you they are coming, but I was too excited to tell you that I was finally done and I finished it around 2am last night. So check back later today or early tomorrow and hopefully the pictures will be up FINALLY!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I'm so sad, it was the one yarn I was most looking forward to getting, I mean look at that color. What's even worse is that it's discontinued so I won't be getting it at all. Oh well, I guess that's the way the cookie crumbles.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
I woke up feeling not so good today, stupid sinuses! Anyway, that's not where the Uh Oh comes into play. I did something bad, well not really bad to me, but it may seem bad to you. So, I've been perusing through WEBS and through Knitpicks these last few days and well, I ordered.... a lot, about $200 worth. For those of you who just fell to the floor, please get back up. Look, the fact is I have a reason for this buying! First and foremost, I haven't bought yarn in 3 months and I figure if I were to add how much I would have spent in those three months, it would have been close to that, if not more (come on, let's be honest now). Secondly, all the yarn I bought was for projects I'm wanting to make. And finally, it's oooohhhh so pretty. So there, I don't have to justify anything to anyone... :op.
So, want to see what I bought, here it is.
From WEBS I bought some lovely Cascade Eco Wool in Coffee (so pretty)
On a final note, my #26 Cropped Jacket from Vogue is on it's way to being finished. I've finished the body, washed, and blocked it. Now, I have to make up the front tablet, add some buttons and it will be all done! I can't wait to show you pictures of the FO (that's finished object for all you non-knitting folks)!
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
So, I went ahead and cast on this cute little cardi and started knitting, and guess what this pattern calls for... seed stitch and you guys know my affinity for seed stitch... :op So, right off the bat I was a happy camper. Then we got to the bell pattern which makes up most of the body of this cute jacket. At first, I wasn't quite sure I was doing the right thing because it was a little holey (is that a word?) from the yarn overs. But one quick look at other people's Ravelry projects and I knew I was on the right track. Boy, let me tell you, when you first start knitting those bells, you aren't quite sure what you got yourself into, but when you see it work up bell after bell, you simply FALL IN LOVE!
Now, for pictures of my WIP (that's Work In Progress for you non-knitting folk). But first, can I just vent and let you all know how pissed I am that I am sans-camera and that I now have to use a stupid web cam to take pictures of gorgeous yarn and of my work. It's not fair, that my pics are crappy. I like pretty pics, I want them just as much as the next person, but alas I'll have to stick with the webcam until I figure out another solution. Okay, so now that I've warned you, you have very low expectations for the picture I'm about to show you and that's a good thing, because the picture sucks... lol
Sunday, January 17, 2010
I can't tell you how much I LOVED making the Easy Baby Cardigan by Diane Soucy. It was fan-freakin-tastic to make and can I tell you that I loved the end result! Are you dying to see it? Come on, I know you are!
Okay here it is, my Easy Baby Cardigan for Ghassan (my sister-in-law's soon to be little one) in a gorgeous, let me repeat that, GORGEOUS peridot green.
Note: I have to apologize for the quality of the pics, they're from the webcam as I lent my camera out and of course now it's no longer working....
Honestly guys, I cannot tell you how gorgeous this color is! It's luscious and lovely and well I just can't say enough and the pictures just don't say enough!
Okay, now let's get into the details of this little sucker.
First, the original pattern calls for a garter stitch border, but I wasn't feeling that. I went ahead and changed my border to a lovely seed stitch border. I just love seed stitch, something about it just makes me happy. Now, I know there are those of you who don't feel the same way, but for me there's something soothing about knitting and purling, and knitting and purling, and knitting... and well you get my drift.
Can you see the magic of the seed stitch... Ahhhhhh, it makes me happy even in a crappy picture!
I also chose to go ahead and attach 2 I-cords for ties right at the neck.
Now, I wanted to make another set of ties a little further down, but my mother-in-law insisted that one at the base of the hood would be enough; however, I have to be honest and say that I think my sister-in-law is going to request another set of ties because well, it just makes sense, at least to me!
Can I tell you guys, this was just the project I needed. I've been down and out lately and while I'm not out of the woods, this renewed life into my knitting. It was incredibly soothing and not at all stressful and I have to tell you it helped bring my knitting mojo back, which is great because I really need to keep my mind and hands busy with something otherwise, if I sit and think about the problems at hand, I might just go crazy!!!!!!!
Well, I guess that's it for now, I have to go and contemplate what my next project will be. I'm not sure I want to go ahead and pick up the Featherweight Cardi just yet. I'm thinking I might make this cropped jacket from the 2009 fall issue of Vogue Knitting
Isn't it purty! If you have any ideas, let me know! 'Til next time....
Saturday, January 9, 2010
That's it! I've had it with this yarn and with this cardigan for now. I don't know if it's me or it, but for right now the Featherweight Cardi I'm dying to make just isn't dying to be made by me for now. So, I've decided to put it down for a bit in hopes that it will coax itself into submission.
In the meantime, I've started on something a little simpler and super cute: The Easy Baby Cardigan by Diane Soucy.
Photo by verabee
Since this is an April baby, I've decided to make this with Berroco Cotton Twist in a gorgeous peridot color. I've chosen cotton because this is a Middle Eastern baby and so April is nice and warm so cotton is a natural choice.
Courtesy of Yarn Market.com
I have to be honest, this picture does not do the color justice, but my camera is out on loan right now, so this will have to do. I've already finished the cap and will begin working the yoke soon.
All in all, this has definitely helped me gather my knitting and soon I'll be back to my Featherweight, but for now I'm enjoying knitting for babies.
Monday, January 4, 2010
Thanks for listening....