Thursday, February 21, 2008


Despite getting the flu shot, I've managed to get the flu this year. I suppose it is milder than usual. But nevertheless a pain in the rear. It is an awful time to get sick. First of all, I have missed two classes of my fitness class. Right when I was starting to get stronger. Secondly, I have a lot to do at work in preparation for my trip next week. Thirdly, and more importantly - I can't hug and kiss my kids.

But here and there, when I'm resting I have been knitting. Here are a few of the items I've been working on. I've totally neglected the shawls I was supposed to be working on. Instead - I've.......

Completed a crochet scarf. With my lovely gift from Mimi - I decided to use some Malabrigo in the same color way but a different dye lot than the group of green hanks I have. Those will be a nice big shawl for me soon. But I always wanted to know how it looked crochet. Of course, being Malabrigio it looks fabulous.


I found a cluster stitch pattern and just started crocheting until I ran out of yarn. It is light and fluffy, and will be a great scarf to wear into the spring. The yardage is so generous, it made a very long scarf I can wrap around my neck once. It will be with me on my trip next week!


I also finally started my Malabrigo Loafers for the Charlotte Purls KAL. Stacy encouraged me to join her in the Malabrigo Loafer KAL to also fit the CP KAL. I sort of burned myself out of felting a few years ago and didn't want to make the felted slippers. Although looking at everyone elses, they look great! So I was considering sitting this KAL out. But I'm glad of Stacy's suggestion. These slippers will be great for travelling. They are light and soft. I don't think I can wear them everyday - they will melt away for sure. But for trips - mmmmmmmmmmm - luxury. I made them a bit too big. But I love this pattern for a quick gift - I know I will make it for others as a Christmas gift or even a gift for a new mommy. I will make sure to use smaller needles.

Here is a picture of the soles:


I decided to stash bust, but didn't have 2 of the same color except for some I am using for a sweater, and another lot for a vest.

So - I decided to use green for the top of the loafer.


I've also been working on a sweater for Jada. It was supposed to be for her now, but will most likely fit her when she's 3. It's a bit larger than I expected. The pattern is easy and fun - I will make her some more of these but with a smaller needle size. Link to pattern: I used the yarn Wendy Aran - it's 25% wool and 75% acrylic. The ball is HUGE - 400g or 800m. The sweater is only taking a small portion of it. I have another one in burgandy - and may make her a sweater mixed with the two colors. Or something else. I'll have plenty of yarn left.


I restarted the Noro socks with DPNs instead of magic loop. For some reason I cannot get a tight enough gauge with the ML. I'm loving these socks. I have an urge to just work on these so I can wear them w/ clogs next week.


I'm also trying to finish these Koigu Jaywalkers. I'm not too happy with the pooling. So - I have not been motiviated to pick them up in a while. But I want to use the DPNs, and need to wrap them up.


Lastly - I need to wrap up these socks. They started out as gift socks. I'm not sure now. I love the colors so I may keep them :) I have more balls in this Opal line, and I want to make a more adventurous sock next time.


That's all - now back to listening to audiobooks and slowly knitting while I get rid of this flu.


turtlegirl76 said...

That scarf looks great! I wouldn't have thought to crochet with the laceweight but it looks nice! Well done!

Virtuous said...

Ooh I was hoping you would be feeling better soon....looks like you might not be able to make CP this weekend?!?!

Wow! Your knocked out that scarf quickly with crocheting it!! Looks great! Your season transition items will be great!! (i.e your NORO socks - my yarn just came in! Now I need a scale!)

Great idea! @ malabrigo slippers to be for new moms too!

They say you are always supposed to knit up items for kids bigger than what they are so they can grow into them!! ;o)

Glad you are getting some rest, and I am sure you will get back on track with everything!!

MrsPurls said...

I'm sorry to hear that you're not feeling well! I hope you get well soon! It looks like you've been busy with some great projects!!

Jane Prater said...

Glad you are better and congrats on the fitness stuff. Now about these Malabrigo Loafers. they are great and I intend to copy, especially since I have recently become a fanatic. Don't think I'm the only one after checking out your blog.

doreen said...

I hope you are feeling better soon. You are getting so much done. Enjoy it! Soon you will be feeling better, back to work and busy!

Connie said...

Missed you at purls and sad to hear you are feeling bad. Love all of your projects and can't wait to see the loafer's felted and finished.

Take care and prayers for a speedy recovery from the flu bug.