Novice Knitter

Thursday, September 01, 2005

bobble leaf scarf

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

My Secret Pal Strikes Again!

Yay, yay, yay. Another fun package from my Secret Pal. I don't have my camera here today but photos will follow. I got fun googly eye-d animal stickers and a funny book mark, oh, and another great postcard. I can't tell you how fun it is to get packages from Taiwan! Thanks Secret Pal!!!!

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Margaret's B-day present---TAKE 2

Let's see if I can get it right this time around...I have the right size needles, fab yarn and I'm set. I'm using Debbie Bliss Soho. It's a completely different yarn and style but I think it will make it a bit more interesting. We'll see....

Et Voila...with a twist

Yep, what started out as Margaret's YO HO has turned into the MINI YO HO for my niece Brooke.

It was a sad evening at Knit Happens last night. It turns out that I missed the part where Carol told me to use size 13 needles. Dang, dang, dang. I'm happy my niece will be able to wear it...but it's back to the needles for Margaret.

And, no, I don't have "man hands". (hahahahha) That just my office mate holding the pancho.

Friday, February 18, 2005


Currently, I am madly knitting on my latest project, affectionately called "YO HO". Those at last Wednesday's "late night" at Knit Happens know exactly what this project is... I'm knitting this for my very good friend, Margaret. It will be her b-day present. I'd like it to be a surprise...but she can at least see the colors...and's not a hat! Keep guessing missy margaret!

My Oh So Exotic Secret Pal

My secret pal lives in Taiwan!!!! How lucky am I??? Below are photos of the presents I just received. The picture does not show the yarn well, but it's the softest tweed yarn I've ever seen. I already know that I'm going to make one of those neck warmers (with button) with it. I think it's perfect! And I get some very clever stitch markers(again the picture doesn't do them justice) and tea that is grown locally. THANK YOU SO MUCH Secret Pal. You are terrific!!!!!

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

A work in progress

ruffle scarf

I'm finally getting a bit more done on this ruffle scarf (pattern from "Scarf Style"). It's really fun to knit. I like the short rows...although I hate when I miscalculate and have to figure out how to frog the wrapped stitches!

I would really like to finish this one up...I'm dying to start a new project! How is it others finish projects sooooo quickly????

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Secret Pal 4 Info!

Here are my answers to the Secret Pal 4 questions:

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer high- a nd/natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?

I hate to admit it, but yes, I'm a bit of a yarn snob. My LYS spoils me with a fabulous selection!

2. Do you spin? Crochet?


3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)


4. How long have you been knitting?

Almost three years.

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

Not yet, but I'm working on one.

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)

I really like Lush products...any scent!

7. Do you have a sweet tooth?

Yes, yes, yes...I love gummy bears and that sort of candy. I am not a fan of chocolate.

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?

I enjoy making cards and I try to do a bit of sewing.

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

My latest favorite group is called Snow Patrol. But I have a very ecclectic music taste.

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer?

I'm not hugely particular but I think reds and pinks look a bit better on me. I also like the lighter blues.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

Single, but I have a boyfriend, And I don't have any pets.

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)


13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?

I'm just discovering the variety of yarns out there, so I would love to try anything!

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

I haven't run into any of these yet!

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?

I don't have a knitting obsession. Just trying to finish up a few projects. Will start knitting baby things for a friend that is expecting.

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?

I've knit a lot of hats & scarves lately. But I'd like to try new things.

17. What are you knitting right now?

I'm finishing the ruffle scarf from Scarf Style and I will then begin little baby booties for a friend.

18. What do you think about ponchos?

I like them, though I haven't tried knitting one yet.

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?

I prefer circular.

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

I like Bamboo and aluminum.

21. Are you a sock knitter?

I've just joined the "Sock it to Me" Knit Along... so I'll be trying it out for the first time.

22. How did you learn to knit?

A friend taught me and then I signed up for lessons.

23. How old is your oldest UFO?

About three years old. I have the front and back finished of a sweater but the sleeves scare me. I also think I need more experience in reading patterns to get it done.

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?

I like dogs.

25. What is your favorite holiday?

I'll have to think about this.

26. Is there anything that you collect?


Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Secret Pal 4

I'm so excited!!! I just signed up to participate in Secret Pal 4. I've so enjoyed reading and seeing about other Secret Pal exchanges in other's blogs and now I'm happy to join in!

I have been doing a lot of knitting lately. I finished a little hat for my friend Tyler's nephew, a scarf for my niece Brooke (the one previously mentioned for her ended up going to Tyler's niece). I'm currently enjoying knitting the ruffled scarf (from Scarf Style). I'm loving every minute of it! I saw Holly knitting it at Knit Happens (my lys) and fell in love with the project. It's coming along nicely.

I'll have photos of all items mentioned in my next post.