Thursday, February 21, 2008

On the Needles

After what feels like a very long hiatus from blogging, swapping and nearly all things needles are once again clicking, and I'm going to start blogging on a regular basis again.

Healthwise, I am doing 100% better! WooHoo!! I've lost 52 pounds....lots more to go, but that's a great start!

On the craft end of things, I'm glad to be back to knitting or crocheting at least a little bit every day.

On my needles right now:

A Samaras Hat out of Lion Brand Wool Prints

I want a nice warm hat to wear when I go for walks outside, and I love how this pattern works. I've had the yarn in my stash for about 3 years. I wanted to make a scarf out of it, but I think it really is making a much cuter hat. The pattern can be found at The pattern was designed by Jen, who also has several more patterns on her blog.

I'm also working on a pair of cuff socks using Wildfoote sock yarn in Rhapsody (mix of purple, blue, fuschia and green). My digital camera skews the color a's much more purple than blue in reality.

I'm using a free pattern off the Bernat website for a simple cuff sock. And I have learned to knit both socks at the same time. Otherwise that 2nd sock seems to take me a very long time to finish. :o) So I knit on one sock for awhile, and then switch to the 2nd sock. That seems to work much better for me. I have the pattern book for learning to knit socks on two circulars, but I haven't tried it yet. Maybe that should be one of my next projects!

I also recently made an Asymetrical Cable hat (from One Skein by Leigh Radford) for a little girl at church. I used a bulky yarn by Lion Brand in a cute pink, blue and green variegated. Of course, I forgot to take a photo of it when I was done. The pattern was fun and simple. If you like doing cables, it does make for a really cute hat, and has directions for children's and adult sizes.

Hugs! Juli