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Molly's Needles

My adventures in knitting... and a few other things thrown in for fun.

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I got back into knitting because of the Harry Potter scarves and sweaters. Although I knit other items, replicating HP-wear remains my first love.

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Who doesn't need another project?

I probably don't need another project on the needles right now, but how could I resist joining the Hatmione Along (see button on the sidebar)? I'm going to stop off at the LYS on the way home and pick up the yarn, as well as the dpn's for it. I was planning to go anyway to get some size 8 dpn's to do the Coronet from Knitty. Might as well save a trip. I just hope she has the red Cascade 220.

Yay for HP knitting projects!

Later: I went to the LYS and they didn't have the right color of Cascade so, after talking to the women working, I substituted a skein of Harrisville. I don't think I'll ever use this yarn again. It is breaking left and right with very little pressure. So, my Hermione Hat is on hold until I get the order I just placed at HelloKnitty. I really hope it doesn't take too long because I was pretty excited to get started on this. I hate when yarns don't behave the way you expect them to. Maybe this was a fluke. I'll have to take it back tomorrow and see if I can get a credit or something.

My spinning wheel arrived!!

I picked the package up from the Post Office on Saturday, but because I had two scarves to finish for delivery on Monday, I couldn't start putting it together. Now that the deliveries have been made I can start playing with my new toy. Once it is together I will post a pic.

I also talked to Dad and he said if I send him a pic of the spinning chair he could probably make something up for me. That would be nice. I like the Ashford chair, but don't know that I want to spend around $100 for it!

I've almost finished my second poncho panel. I have about 40 rows left, and I still have 3 full skeins. I may even have enough left to do a simple little cap. That would be too cute.

I got a pair of 18" straight 35s for the green throw. Much easier than the circs. I'm going to have to sand the edges down or something to allow the yarn to slide off the cable and onto the needle easier.

I finally remembered the afghan pattern I wanted to use the chenille for- Lion Brand's Chenille Throw. I am going to double the strands. But that won't be started until after the hols. I've got enough to do right now.

Sunday, August 29, 2004

Finally, a picture!

Here is the first panel of my poncho. It's the Jen's Poncho from The Knit Stitch. Knit out of Lion Brand Landscapes in Autumn Trails. I absolutely love this yarn! I upped the needles from 11 to 13, just for my preference. I can't wait to get it finished and try it on!



Panel from my "Molly Poncho". Posted by Hello

The colors are really much brighter than this shows. Bits of sky blue, pink and yellow are scattered through it. Here's a closer picture.



This really is pretty true to the tones.

Friday, August 20, 2004

Bit of an update

I've finished one panel of my poncho and have cast on for the second piece. I had upped the needles from 11 to 13 and used just into the 6th skein for the first piece. Once it's done being knitted I should have almost a full skein to be able to do fringe. Can't wait to see it finished and be able to wear it!

I also need to finish the BBBB for Meghan. We'll be seeing them in late October so I have about 2 months to do that. I just need to drag it out. I don't have that much left- maybe a third or so.

The Three Bears socks are coming along really well. I tried to take a picture of one the other night, but it didn't show well because of the black yarn. In person the pattern is very nice. I really hope Paul likes them, as well as the scarf.

The throws for Mom and Dad are coming along well. I like the way the green wool is looking with the 35s, but the needles themselves are a bit of a pain. The Plush is really zipping together. I changed it to a "dishcloth" style- starting at the corner and YO at the start of each row. The only change I made to the pattern I knicked off the web was that I am doing garter instead of stockingette. With the fuzzy yarn you really can't tell anyway, and it's much faster to go straight garter.

Other than that, I need to start the stuffies for the kids, but I seem to be on good time.

I really need to start getting some pics here. I'll start taking some over the weekend and get something posted.

Friday, August 13, 2004

Poncho loveliness

UPS dropped off my package from Discount Yarn on Wednesday. This is the Lion Brand Landscapes in Autumn Trails that I got for my Molly-Poncho and Lion Chenille in Denim Blue that I am (eventually) going to do as a throw for Paul.

The Landscapes was so gorgeous that, of course, I had to start it right away. I am about 10 rows from the end of the first piece- probably finish that tonight. Then do a matching piece, and I should have a poncho by the middle of next week.

The awful thing is that I ordered 12 skeins of the Chenille, but I forgot to bookmark the pattern I wanted. I know there are a million patterns out there, but I think I liked this particular one. Hopefully I will remember it by the time I'm ready to put it on needles.

Sunday, August 08, 2004

Ashford Elizabeth and a very cushy top

I just purchased an Ashford Elizabeth wheel off eBay. I am so excited about it and can't wait to receive it! I had thought about getting a Traditional but the Elizabeth is just so Sleeping Beauty that I really fell in love with it. I should be able to get a much finer yarn (eventually) than I've been getting with my drop spindle. Now to figure out where to put it! :)

Also, Berroco just came out with a new mock turtleneck called Sheri using Plush. Now I know what I'll be doing with that Boy Blue I had sitting around. Can't you just imagine how cozy that will be when winter rolls around? Perfect for cuddling up on the couch with a movie, book or Paul. ;)