Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Diamonds are a girl's best friend

As promised in yesterday's post, another photo of the AbFab Throw in progress. I've now finished 1/2 diamond 4 and diamond 5. Tomorrow night, time permitting, I'll connect the last loose diamond from row 1 with diamond 6. Time permitting, of course, because I've done absolutely nothing about getting ready for my vacation and Paul and I are supposed to leave first thing Friday morning. I have a sneaky suspicion that it'll be closer to noon with the hours we've been putting in at work to get everything done before we leave. Doesn't it suck to have to put in so much overtime so you can take time off? Oh well, at least our company pays for every hour you put in even though you're salaried employees. It'll make for a really nice paycheck next week.

Success!! I did the last inch or so on Paul's socks and wove in the ends tonight watching "So you think you can dance". I really like the way this yarn knit up. It's too bad it's not available anymore. I'd love to pick up a few skeins in other colorways for more monstrous mutant man socks.

Remember these? They are next up in the "I need to be finished" knitting queue. Maybe with my newfound obsessive knitting mode, I'll be able to finish them up during vacation.

It still doesn't look like much, but at least it no longer resembles a pink curly fry. This is the beginning of Granite from Rowan 43. I really like the yarn. It's so soft and silky.

Anyone else planning to sign up for the UFOlympics? I think I'm going to. Looking at that never ending stream of WIP photos in my ravelry notebook has me thinking that I never finish anything. I just need to quit casting on more than I finish. Now to pick out what project I'm going to declare.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Diamond 3

Last night, just before going to get my hair all hacked off (I shouldn't say hacked, sounds like I don't like my stylist's choice doesn't it?), I cast on and knit the 3rd of the 18 diamonds for the AbFab Throw. This diamond completes the foundation row, and from here on out the cast on stitches are picked up from the edges of 2 other diamonds so there's no sewing pieces together once finished.

Tonight I did the first 1/2 diamond on the outside edge of row 2. Photo of that probably tomorrow.

I've been picking at the Flickering Flames skirt again too. I'm not sure why, but I lost interest in knitting this project. I haven't lost interest in having the completed skirt, just in knitting it. I've made myself complete at least 2 rounds each night, and as long as I stick to that, I should have this finished before my vacation ends. I'm seriously considering taking this as my only available project to knit on during the drive to and from Atlanta. That should get it pretty well finished by next Tuesday when we return.

Paul's socks should have been done long ago, but we know what happens when I start playing a computer game. I guess knitting isn't the only thing I can be obsessive compulsive about. I'm just about to start the last brown stripe, then the toe is all that's left. If I don't manage to get it done tonight, it will be first on the knitting agenda for tomorrow night.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

I almost managed to miss June

Although this photo intensive post doesn't seem to reflect it, I've taken almost a full month off from knitting. I won't go into details. Let's just leave it at I purchased an expansion pack for a computer game I haven't played in almost 2 years, and it kept me obsessed and away from my needles for awhile.

Just before I took my little break I finished up the Tapestry Skirt. I love it!! I get a lot of comments on it when I wear it. The fit turned out perfect, and it's very cool and comfortable.

I had also finished up another dishcloth just before I lost my mind and quit knitting for a month.

Another finished project during the break was the Fair Isle Tam I had been picking at since last fall. It turned out much smaller than I thought it would, so I gave it to a co-worker for her daughter.

Aren't these the cutest baby pictures!!

I'll have to ask her mom to get me a shot of the top of the tam. I was so excited about giving it to her, I completely forgot to get pictures for myself first.
Both June dishcloths were finished this weekend.

Yesterday, I decided to take one of my WIPs into my LYS and knit for a bit. That's about all it took to get out of computer game mode and back into knitting mode. While knitting and chatting with the ladies, I kept eyeballing the Colinette AbFab Afghan kits. I loved the greens and peaches in the yarn and couldn't resist buying it.
It's knitting up pretty quickly so far. I'm going to try to knit one diamond each day. The first 2 are already done.

I'm still working on a couple pair of socks and a skirt, but that didn't stop me from casting on another project. I bought some Rowan Bamboo Tape in rose to make Granite from Rowan #43. I should have some in progress photos in a few days when there's a bit more to show. Right now it looks a bit like a giant pink curly fry.
Hopefully I'll get a few more posts in before leaving for Atlanta next weekend.