Straggler

You know its bad when your husband is whinning about not having a new post to read….. I didn’t realize my knitting captivated him so much :)

Pattern: Quick Mustard Scarf by Jane Richmond

Yarn: Patons Shetland Chunky in Mustart

Needles: U.S. 15

Start Date: December 22nd 2008

Finish Date: December 23rd 2008

I was in need of a quick simple project that would distract me from the finishing frenzy just before christmas. Chunky needles and some bright yellow yarn proved to be just the pick me upper I needed.

I knit almost all of this over an hour or two of telly, with only a row or two to knit the following day. A simple soothing knit that grew quickly, ahhhhh instant FO.

2009 has arrived and I thought i’d start off the year with a small project that I’ve been dying to cast on for…. Thermis by Kristen Patay. I’m using Patons Classic Merino in Grey Mix, the same as in the pattern. As soon as I saw this pattern I knew I had to knit it and grey seems to be a favourite colour of mine in the past few months so it only made sense that I make it in grey. This pattern reminds me of a sweater, the waffle stitch and the way the little collar flap buttons over like the top of a sweater, ahhhh I love it so much!

More new knits to come and plans for 2009.

 

2008 That’s a wrap!

2008 was a year of first’s at Celtic Cast On.

I completed my first intricate cable project,

made my first ever sweater,

tried my hand at knitting lace,

dabbled a bit in the felting world

and knit multiple colours while carrying the yarn.

So many things I have accomplished with so much yet to learn.

My finishing skills have come along way this year. Well into the summer I was still a bit iffy about the whole seaming process but over the past few months with alot of practice I am now excited about seaming. I have many sweaters planned for 2009 and can only see my skills improving through it all.

Speaking of sweaters i’m sure you’re all wondering about Penny. I wanted to end off the year with bang and Penny was finished just in time but upon trying it on i’m not happy with the ribbed neck/edging so I will be ripping that back and reknitting to my liking. I couldn’t finish off the year with a sweater I wasn’t completely happy with after all the work thats gone into it so Penny will be my first sweater of 2009.

Happy New Year All!

New Years Socks

Pattern: On the run by Anni Design

Yarn: Skacel Trampoline Stretch

Needles: U.S. 2 dpns

Start Date: January 2008

Finish Date: December 21st 2008

Did it really take a whole year for me to make a pair socks??

Maybe it was the fact that I wasn’t very fond of the yarn. I’m not a fan of elasticated yarns!

Maybe it was because I misplaced the second ball of yarn and didn’t find it until a few months after the first sock was complete.

OR

Maybe it was because the yarn and pattern just didn’t do it for me. The yarn completely hides any sign of a pattern at all!

Whatever the case may be they are finally finished and even though they aren’t my favourite socks they are socks non the less and will keep my feet nice and warm during these next few months.

Everytime I look at these socks I think of a Kindergarten or Elementary school classroom. I think those primary colours would have been better suited for a child’s pair of socks but they are what they are. I do have some yarn left over that would make a cute pair of baby socks or toes and heels of a pair of children’s socks.

I’ve always had trouble with second so mojo seems to run dry by the time I bind off the toe with no desire to cast on and do it all over it again. This pair was no exception but I knew it had to be done so a plugged through, not giving myself time to think or dream of future knits and focus on the sock ahead of me. It worked! The second sock was knit in record time, in just two days it was on and off the needles.

If only every pair of socks were like that!

Cable Comfort Throw

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Pattern: Cable Comfort Throw by Lion Brand
Yarn: Lion Brand Thick n Quick in Pumpkin
Needles: U.S. 13
Start Date: September 2007
Finish Date: December 18th 2008

This is was my longest standing FO and its D O N E!!!!
I hadn’t used Thick n Quick before this project and was pleasantly surprised at how soft and warm it is. During the seaming of the last panel I had to actually take my sweater off I was so warm with it laying on top of me. That being said it will be nice and heavy on a chilly -20 day like today.

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If I were to knit this again…… which I definitely WILL NOT! I would knit it all in one piece to avoid all the seaming. Once I decided on which seam looked best it wasn’t that hard to do but I still would have preferred to not have had to seam it at all.

For some reason tonight WordPress is all in html… I can’t seem to figure anything out so you’ll have to excuse this post if it looks like i’m yelling at you.

I have an almost finished Penny to show you and will be starting sock number 2 of the new years socks tonight. I’m making pretty good time so far and think I can have all 3 done before the 31st.

Sneak Attack!

Sometimes a knit just sneaks into your finished knits without even so much as a blog post! Its not intentional, the knitting groove takes over and before you know it, its complete. The sad thing is this ones been done for quite a while…..

Pattern: Assymetrical Cable Cardi by Yahaira Ferreira

Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers

Needles: 5.5mm circs

Start Date: August 19th 2008

Finish Date: September 2008 *not sure of the exact date*

Yes its taken me three months to blog about this one but in my defense it wasn’t quite complete.

You see Cascade 220 isn’t a very sturdy yarn when it comes to stand up collars, I should know I knit my 2830 with it and had problems getting the neck to stand up but I STILL went ahead and cast on for this one with the same yarn…..

Truth is I wasn’t really thinking about the collar and if the yarn would stand up the way it was supposed to. What my brain really was saying was “HOLY CRAP!! LOVE THIS SWEATER, NEED TO CAST ON NOW, I HAVE ENOUGH OF THIS YARN!!

So when I was adding the butons to the collar I realized there was no way in heck it was going to stand up on its own, I needed reinforcements!!! Mum suggested I put a few poppers on to help it stay up. Being the sewer that she is, she had lots and sent me home with two in an envelope…. can you see where this is headed???

The envelope made it home alright but where I put it when I came home is a mystery. Mum said she’d bring some next time she came to visit and forgot, it wasn’t until last week when we were shopping that I spotted some and grabbed them.

It took quite some time to get the finishing touches on it but it ws worth it in the end.

I wore it on saturday when I met up with the Kniterati’s. It was sooo nice to get a compliment from a complete stranger while fixing my tea at Java Moose. She made my morning!!

Have you noticed what i’m leaning on in these pics??

Its a finished fence!!!! The snow did melt away with some help from the rain but it only filled the holes full with water…. arrgggg. We were fortune enough to have three mild days in order to finish it all.  I had to scoop all the water out of each hole with a small tupperware dish before we tried to fill them in. What a mess, the holes were just big masses of mud. We filled them and tamped them down as best we could and are crossing our fingers that its still standing come spring when we will be able to tamp the crap out of them.

This has definately been the most frustrating thing we have done so far, even worse than picking rocks for days out in the pasture. It really was a rough week for us, the feeling of accomplishing nothing when we were putting so much into it was really bringing us down but we got through it in the end and have a beautiful fence that will keep my doggies safe to show for it!

~Perserverance is the work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did~

Newt Gingrich

 

New and Old

Pattern: Juniper Mitts by Jennifer Adams

Yarn: Patons Classic Merino

Needles: 4mm

Start Date: October 4th 2008

Finish Date: October 28th 2008

How my junipers didn’t get posted until now I’ll never know! The title should be old and older. These were knit with Patons Merino in Old Gold, I just love this colour and hope to make a beret out of it some day. These are definately my favourite fingerless mitts at the moment. I was kind of afraid that they were going to be a bit on the tight side because they seemed so small but they turned out to be the perfect fit, I love them so.

Those of you that have been reading CelticCastOn for some time will remember this post. That was the day I realized Anne Elliot Spencer just wasn’t going to be. It sat in the corner for a very long time until I realized I might just know the person it would fit perfectly. So I sent an email off to Ren who was up for the challenge of finishing Spencer and making it her own. After much procrastination Spencer made the trip down south to her new home. I’m VERY happy to say that Spencer is finally complete and looks absolutely wonderful on her new owner. Please have a peek at the finished Spence, I’m so glad to went to a loving home.

An unexpected Welcome to Winter

It all started on thursday when we decided to rent a post hole digger to drill some holes at the top of the driveway for some fencing. We had a skift of snow wednesday but we were good, the ground was’t frozen and we still had a while to get the fencing up before winter was really upon us.

This is the post hole digger and let me tell you its every bit as heavy as it looks, if not heavier. Pulling that thing up and down through the dirt…. or in our case ROCKS was no small feat. Dragging the frigger from hole to hole was also a treat!

After much tiresome work and the occasional angry outburst we succeeded in getting all the holes dug and still had time to get a load of sand before it got dark. Load was an understatement, we piled the truck soooo full of sand that we had to drive 40km all the way home because the front of the truck was raised so much and wobbling all over the place. I tried to tell him it was too much but you know what men are like…… nough said!

In order to relieve some of the pressure off the poor truck we unloaded about half of the sand into a pile leaving half on the truck to fill in the holes with. It was too dark to do anything with it that night so we left it…. for two days. At the end of day one the sand was completely frozen…. both the pile AND the sand on the back of the truck grrrrrrrrrrreat!!

 That was yesterday, this morning we woke up to a full blown winter storm…. could this get any better. Its been snowing since late last night and it is now 3 in the afternoon with no sign of it letting up. Big massive snowflakes falling down, piling on top of the foot thats already there.

Needless to say the holes we dug, are nowhere to be seen. At this point i’m just hoping for one sunny day so we can get that fencing up before we have to bunker down for winter. Fingers crossed all our hard work wasn’t for nothing.

Now how about we forget that its snowing madly outside and focus on some knitting k?

Pattern: Mystery Beret by Woolly Wormhead

Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers

Needles: 4.5mm

Start Date: November 7th 2008

Finish Date: November 13th 2008

This was an enjoyable knit! The cascade blocked out beautifully to show off the wonderful pattern. This beret is alot lighter than my gretel beret. I couldn’t believe how weightless it feels when its on.

Think this one is going to be tucked away as a pressie.

 


 

No longer a mystery

Finally the rain has stopped long enough for me to get some decent pictures! These are my finished Mystery Socks, I finished these with minutes to spare before the end of the month of October. I said I’d finish them by the end of the month and gosh darn it I did.

Pattern: Through the Loops Mystery Socks by Kirsten Kapur

Yarn: Koigu Premium Merino KPM Robin’s egg blue

Needles: U.S. 2

Start Date: October 12th 2008 

Finish Date: October 31st 2008

These were such a yummy knit! The cable/lace pattern tried to kick my butt the first few attempts but with a little perseverence and some quiet time with my sock I was able to win them over.

I think this is the quickest I have ever knit a pair of socks. If it wasn’t for my whole MUST get them done by the end of the month I probably wouldn’t have completed them cause I was having severe SSS.

It is hard to get pictures of finished socks without my trusty photographer, other people just wanted to be the star of the show.

These mystery socks were so much fun that when I spied a Mystery Beret KAL on Ravelry I joined instantly. Again I was a little late to the party but clue two had just been posted the day before so I figured i’d have enough time to catch up. It only took one evening to get caught up and as it turns out clue 3 was the final clue so it was definately a quick knit.

These shots were taken after finishing clue 2. The Meret as Woolly Wormhead calls it is now complete and blocking nicely on a dinner plate.

Wait till you see the completed beret!

 

 

 

Yo Yo Yoda

Yarn: Sirdar Baby Bamboo
Needles: 5mm
Start Date: August 26st 2008
Finish Date: September 12st 2008
Sirdar baby bamboo is now my favourite baby yarn. Its incredibly soft, great stitch defination and slides wonderfully along the needles, it comes in a variety of yummy colours that I can’t wait to knit with. Mum and Dad also brought me the Baby Bamboo Too pattern book back from their trip home during the summer, there are some lovely patterns in there that are just screaming to be knit.
This pattern for this was sized for 6mths but the little Yoda this was destined for was nearing that mark already so I added to the length and width of this sweater for more of a 1 year old size which will hopefully fit him well into next year.
Now what’s a yoda sweater without the matching felted yoda hat?

Pattern: Felted Yoda Hat by Sunshyne Leland

Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers

Needles: 6.5mm

Start Date: September 25th 2008

Finish Date: September 26th 2008

Again this pattern went up to 6mths and I was afraid it wouldn’t fit when felted so I added to the number of stitches cast on as well as ear flaps and it actually turned out to be a bit too big, it should be wearable for quite a while.

As you can tell from the dates of these knits this post was a long time coming but I wanted to gift these knits before I posted about them.

Here’s Baby Yoda himself:

Talk about cute!

I’m almost caught up with my FO’s but i’ve had a bad case of startitis as of late and have lots more to show you!


Sikkim

Pattern: Sikkim by Kirsten Kapur

Yarn: Dalegarn Baby Ull

Needles: 2.25mm and 3.25mm

Start Date: October 6th 2008

Finish Date: October 22nd 2008

I love my new beret so much! It was a blast to knit, just when I got used to one pattern it would change into another.  Not a dull moment to be had.

This yarn was originally bought to knit Norweigan Stockings with but as I’ve had it over two years and still have not yet attempted fair isle I figured it would be ok to use it. That and the colours would be perfect for this slouch. Baby Ull was really nice to knit with, very soft and smooshy, I’ll have to keep it in mind for some baby knits.

I plan on knitting another one in a burgandy/wine later on but next on the agenda are mitts to match my new hat!