Experienced knitters don't make fewer mistakes than new knitters. They make bigger ones faster.

- Yarn Harlot -

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Prize Winning Spinning

This is my first spring being exposed to the fiber festival season. I've been to 2 so far in central Indiana, and they were both so much fun. All the vendors and classes can be a little overwhelming at some, but it's totally worth visiting one (or two, or nine). The most recent one was The Fiber Event in Greencastle, IN. Its was much bigger than the first one I went to and had so many vendors that I actually didn't get to visit them all. The main reason I wanted to go to this one was that there was a skein contest. I figured there was no harm in entering a couple skeins right? So i picked 3 that met the requirements for the beginners' category and set off. I had no idea that this would be the outcome.

Whoa! The judges were so nice and gave me some comments about each. The funny thing is, the first place winner was plied the night before, so I didn't even have a chance to wash it.

The next one I'll be going to is Hoosier Hills in Franklin, IN in June. They also have a contest, so let's see if I get the courage up again!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

I am a Horrible Blogger

Yes, "Horrible Blogger" is capitalized, as in a title. I just realized it's been about 3 weeks since I blogged, and that is inexcusable. Yes, it's been busy. No, I have not taken pictures of why it's been busy, though I should have.

First bit of news: I won First AND Second Place at The Fiber Event at Greencastle, IN in the skein competition!!!

I finished the First Place winner the night before, and the Second Place winner was just me playing around. Go figure.

2011 Goal update: I still haven't picked out my color work project, though I really need to add my books to my Ravelry Library so I can see what patterns I actually own. I have 2 pairs of socks finished for the quarter, so I only need to finish 2 more socks by the end of June. 

My April Lady Sweater is complete, save for buttons. It fits pretty well, but I just need to wash it to block it since it's acrylic. Yes, I was tempted to wear it today, but I know better. I will just end up pulling at it the whole time since it's not the dimensions I want. 

There. Was that so hard? 

Friday, April 1, 2011

Baby (Knitting) Fever

While I was visiting my parents last weekend, I made a slew of baby gifts for my friend's shower next month. I managed to finish the cardigan, a bib, and a dishcloth.

The bib is actually a little big since I completely neglected to look at the needle size or gauge on the pattern. It's the Penguin Bib, and is really big enough for a toddler. But I figured 1) a bib can never be too big, and 2) with this baby's genetics and growth rate, she'll be the size of a toddler shortly after birth anyway.

The cardigan is made from Bernat Baby Coordinates in pale yellow. I loved making the Garter Yoke Cardigan. It was so easy. And since the baby is due in June, I left the sleeves short. It's finished off with my first ever button band and awesome purple flower buttons.

This dishcloth was just to test out my brand new Knitpicks Harmony Interchangeables Set!!! I bought it last Friday at Stitches & Scones in Westfield (yes, they carry knitpicks in their store now. i'm pumped.) And to top it off, you get their tote bag discount also. These babies are everything I thought they'd be. Now I just need to get about a dozen more cables in different sizes.

The baby blanket is also made with Bernat Baby Coordinates, this time in lavender and cream. I wanted to use as much of the yarn as possible, so I made it a giant granny square.

So, technically, I have the shower gifts finished. However, I know I won't stop there. A burp cloth and face cloth set? Headbands? She needs a matching headband with that cardi. Any other thoughts?