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February 2009 Blog Posts (159)

She's Baaaaack!

Well, it has been very busy over here in Midwest-land. Strange weather. It's winter, it's spring, it's winter. Now it looks like spring, but with the temperatures of winter. Yesterday morning we had snow. Big snow flakes. The students marveled at the size of the snow flakes. "Mrs. Ex," they exclaimed, "the snowflakes are the size of marbles!" It was a little slippery, too, as evidenced by the traffice accident that occurred right outside of school. I never found out what happened, but there… Continue

Added by exleftcoastgirl on February 28, 2009 at 5:49pm — 1 Comment

Blankets & Angels

Here are the pictures I promised! :)

Trav's blanket, spread out over two recliners.

Trav's blanket, draped on one recliner.

What I have of one strip of my blanket so far. :)

And just for fun:

These are my two new angels. They are currently very small, so they are in a 2.5 gallon tank… Continue

Added by grapesonthevine on February 28, 2009 at 4:26pm — 7 Comments

New Here!

I am new here, just a beginner, wanted to say hi!!

Added by mamajojo on February 28, 2009 at 1:07pm — 5 Comments

What does spinning have to do with a hardware store?

I started spinning last week as many of you know. I had nearly filled up my little drop spindle, and want to try a new fiber to do a little "test project" - so I needed to remove the spun yarn (I use the term loosely - double pun), but didn't want to wind it into a ball. I want to wash and set the twist on this yarn and see what it ends up looking like.. Soooo, I needed a Niddy Noddy. I had seen where you can make one with some PVC pipe and T's. So on my trip to the grocery store, I stopped by… Continue

Added by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on February 28, 2009 at 12:43pm — 6 Comments

First sock done and second one started!


I'm very happy to report that actually finished one sock last weekend - yeah! It's an ankle sock - you would think it would be longer (thigh high) for the length of time it took me. It turned out pretty good, even if I did make that mistake at the heel. The next one will be better and hopefully won't take as long.

The wool I'm using is called Noro (made in Japan) - Silk Garden Sock Yarn and is made of 40% lambs wool,… Continue

Added by Momma_Grizz on February 28, 2009 at 11:03am — 2 Comments

Sweet Relief...

Well, my company is finally gone. The visit went relatively well, and since we watched movies or episodes of Smallville (second season) at night after the girls were in bed, I got a lot of knitting done. Not as much as I would have done if they were not here, but better than I was expecting.

I know I'm new here, but I missed being able to get on and check up on things regularly! My blanket is coming along--slowly--and I hope to take pictures and post them here soon--as well as… Continue

Added by grapesonthevine on February 28, 2009 at 8:27am — 2 Comments

Crochet space ship with 5 finger puppet green aliens

I had a toy someone crocheted for me when I was little that I would love to find a pattern for and recreate for my children. It was a 16 or so inch round space ship with a lid that you open and inside were 5 green alien finger puppets. Does anyone know of a pattern?

Added by cindymoschella on February 27, 2009 at 7:23pm — No Comments

What's On my Needles Now

I've been knitting on something every day... not always what I should be knitting on, but still knitting.

I'm trying to knit arm chair covers for my husband's recliner. I have the yarn, and I've been knitting, but the Log Cabin pattern just isn't holding my attention like it should. I may frog it and do something else. Don't know what yet, but something else.

I'm trying my hand at spinning, and got some baby doll sheep roving from my fiber farmer friend. It just doesn't… Continue

Added by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on February 27, 2009 at 4:09pm — 4 Comments

I love the Very Warm Hat!!

This classic, Elizabeth Zimmermann project has been on my "Really Need to Knit Some Time" list. Thanks to Bob's son, Adam, I finally got to make one!! It is absolutely fantastic on every level -

1 - Fast to knit

2 - Easy to knit

3 - Every guy in the office likes it. A couple even tried it on and I was a bit concerned I wasn't going to get it back.

4 - It looks good on me!!! I am going to make… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on February 27, 2009 at 10:14am — 12 Comments

The Truth About UFOs!

I have been to Area 51, and it's true! We are inundated with UFOs. At least at my house! Such as:


This is the the sleeveless Fair Isle cardigan from Ann Feitelson's The Art of Fair Isle Knitting. I'm using Jamieson & Smith's Shetland 2-ply jumper wool. It's for my DH, and probably next on my list to finish. I was waiting for a demo on steeks, which we… Continue

Added by Peggy Stuart on February 27, 2009 at 8:13am — 13 Comments

February Lady to March Medly (a remix)

You recall, I had the entire yoke done of the February Lady sweater. Well, here is how it looks today. I was not happy with the garter stitch pattern. Or the lace pattern. And I am pretty sure I will taper the sleeves.

Like a remodel to a home. I am going to remodel the sweater. Still use the framework that is laid out. Stitch count, increases and such. I will keep the first few rows in garter for the collar. Next rounds shall be seed… Continue

Added by Domestic Arts on February 27, 2009 at 7:28am — 2 Comments

First sock finished!

I have finally completed my very first sock! I was nervous at first, but I took my time and used a really easy pattern. I finished it in about a week, and cast on for the other one right away! I really liked using the dpns too! They were challenging and kept me from getting bored. I know they aren't perfect, and have a few mistakes, but I had so much fun that I look forward to making another pair and improving my skills:) Im already looking at yarn for my next pair! Ill post photos as soon as… Continue

Added by Troy on February 27, 2009 at 6:54am — 5 Comments

Knitty Gritty: 15 Works of Knit Art and Graffiti


Added by longtail on February 26, 2009 at 9:16pm — No Comments

WIP and Podcasts

I just have to say I am sooooo loving my Kool-Aid dyed Palette yarn. I didn't really think I would like the yarn texture itself for socks, but I am loving the happy colors so much that I DONT EVEN CARE! Truly I don't think my feet are going to care either, they are soft enough. I am getting 8 st /in on size 2 (2.75mm) needles. I am using KP's toe-up sock tutorial pattern and so far, so good. This is my second toe-up sock, the first ones I frogged and… Continue

Added by PurlGirl on February 26, 2009 at 3:37pm — 6 Comments

I Almost Forgot!

I can't believe I almost missed Wednesday WIP!

Let's see, what have I got? I'm sure you will all miss the Noro socks, since you've seen them every week for a while. I'll try to fill the void with these:

knitting 007

I know, they're not Noro. They're actually Patons that I got for Christmas. The yarn is stretchy which is strange. I'm making them for a… Continue

Added by Cristi-Lael on February 25, 2009 at 9:39pm — 6 Comments


I am a new knitter and have knit several pairs of socks and am just lovin to knit. I have a question--knitting toe up socks --this is entirely new to me and I would like to try this method of knitting socks. Where do I find a pattern for this method? I have several patterns for socks --have never read about this method. Joleen

Added by Joleen Bolin on February 25, 2009 at 6:25pm — 6 Comments

Heel Turn Direction

As a new knitter and one that has an addition to knitting a complete pair of sock, I have a questions. Someone asked about the direction heel turn in toe up vs cuff down sock. In my cuff down sock, the heel turn is under the heel. In my toe up sock, the heel turn is at the back of the heel. Does that sound right for both heel turns to be in different directions? Hmmmmm.

Added by knittyAJ on February 25, 2009 at 4:28pm — No Comments

8-bit Knittin'

Here's the hat I just finished for my brother-in-law:

He's always cold, everywhere he goes, all the time - for his birthday, we got him an electric blanket for his bed. His knitting request was for a hat, a Very Warm Hat, that was similar to the pirate… Continue

Added by Alison on February 25, 2009 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

FO: Snowdrop Socks

Well, I did it. I finally finished the never ending socks. I am triumphant.

I guess they really weren't never ending. In all honesty, they only took 2 months. But, two months for a pair of socks seems like forever.

Here they are.

knitting 002

(Please excuse the lone Cheerio on the table)

Cute, huh? With the exception of the black,… Continue

Added by Cristi-Lael on February 25, 2009 at 11:30am — 7 Comments


Don't worry, I'm not wandering away from knitting and spinning! But, the gang in Connecting Threads has become obsessed with English Paper Piecing. It is a fast, easy and fun way to hand piece an entire quilt! No sewing machine necessary! And, it's portable because you are working on little pieces!

It also turns out to be a perfect baby shower project. As you can see, even a complete quilting novice (me) can stitch together a little piece of the quilt. This is for Teri who is… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on February 25, 2009 at 11:24am — 5 Comments

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