Sunday, February 18, 2007

Some finished ... some beginning ...


I've been hibernating and trying to finish some of my belated Christmas presents from my stashalong pledge. I've only actually finished one piece from my original list: Frankie's Swell Hat from I used some stash Patons Classic Wool. It was fun to knit!!

During my last Knit Picks spree I purchased two skeins of Parade in color Tropical. It was in the clearance, and I thought I would make some socks. Of course, two skeins were not barely enough for this pattern (Interweave Knits Fall 2005: Cable & Ribs Socks) so I tried to find another skein and there was nothing at Knit Picks or ebay (and plus I'm not supposed to be buying anymore yarn) so I finished the socks with some oatmeal Peer Gynt I had laying around. Although the socks are wildly different, they are identical from the ankle up so hopefully with shoes no one will notice! First the interweave pic then my socks:

A long time ago (I'm guessing at least 6 years) I wanted to make a Native American Poncho from a vintage pattern I had so I bought a bunch of Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Off White, Denim Blue, Burgundy and Grey. I started the poncho, hated it and frogged it, then started a pullover and left it to sit. I am want to breeze through my old Vogue Knittings about once every three weeks when I want to start something new and I remembered how much I loved Anne Mieke's designs in the late 80s/early 90s. Her sweaters were big, colorful and very simple, mostly stripes and color blocking with simple shaping. So I decided that I wanted to create an original in the Mieke style. I wanted a sweater I could knit in one piece and found a old pattern of a dolman sweater that I could riff off of. I also used doubled yarn so I could make this mock fair isle stripe across the breast and along the bottom of the arms. I'll do a scoop crew neck in ribbing. Here are two pics, one with Bluey butting in:

I'm hoping to finish my "Mieke" sometime this week, so I hope to have another finished product to show you. I'll also try to write up a free pattern for you to download (if I discover it's actually wearable!)

take care, sue

Friday, February 09, 2007

My Going Away Party!

Sorry knitting gang, this is a post about my going away party that was thrown by my friends in the Dean of Students Office. I got a new job in Alumni Affairs and Development as a Research Analyst. So after 13 years in DOS I got a wonderful send off. Here are some pics:

Michael, me, Carol and Lennon

Casey, me, Chrissie and Alice

Roxanne, Suzanne, me, David and Lynn

Lisa, Liz, me and Dan

Sue, Linda, me, Laurie and Kim

Cutter, Tara, Pam, me, Judy, and Barb

My Dean, Kent, me and Sue (check out her awesome scarf - this is the knitting content!)

Brendan, me, Gwendolyn and Sarah

A ton of fun was had by all. And the Dean and his wife Sue got me a $100 gift certificate to my favorite LYS!!! YEAH.