Monday, December 27, 2010

FO: Christmas Presents!

Just before midnight on Friday December 24th I finished the afghans for my parents' Christmas presents. Good thing I started planning them last December, started buying yarn last January, and actually started hooking in April. 2010 was the year of the blankets!

Bullseye pattern by Brittany Tyler which was inspired by a blanket in the Garnet Hill Catalog
Crochet Hook I/5.5mm
Yarn--over 3,000 yards of superwash (mostly) wool bought on sale throughout the year in blues, greens, browns, and grays including Cascade 220 Superwash, Berroco Vintage, Plymouth Encore Yarn Worsted

I LOVE these blankets and am even kind of sort of thinking about making one for me! ;)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Knitting Knirvana Podcast Episode 7


Part 2 MOM DON'T WATCH THIS PART!!!!

Preschool teachers' gifts Rav project link

Fish Hat [Dead or Alive] Knitty Pattern and Rav project link

Part 2 link to YouTube--Parents' Christmas Presents and Quilting

Parents' Christmas Presents Rav project link

Last year's Christmas gift for my mom: Nimbus Sweater Rav project link

Quilt pattern: Yellow Brick Road This link will take you to a store where you can buy the pattern and get more info on it. I don't know the store--it was the first link that came up when I googled the pattern. :)

Where you can find me:

Hope you enjoyed the videocast and are doing well with your holiday projects!!! :)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Episode 6: Operation Surprise Susan! :)



This was a great big group project with the Itty Bitty Knits Ravelry Forum for Susan B. Anderson. There is a HUGE stickied thread in the forum if you would like to read up on all of our plans. Lots and lots of fun!! :)

My Rav project page for the group project

The Ravelry names of the participants include:
knittingknirvana
bookboxer
sauceyjill
lunatic84
starrynight11
kurpitsa
womaninashoe
raelynne01
smozerose
gathersnomoss
andreaadams
johnsie4
cathcart
cehermanator
armida21
kally
gmahelen
zowmom
purplemama
beckytm
momoffour
iknitcupcakes
ljaecocker
tarafiebach
borkles
catmilc


Saturday, November 06, 2010

Knitting Knirvana Video Podcast Episode #5: Christmas Projects

If you receive Christmas presents from me then DO NOT WATCH this episode. :)



Christmas Present for my parents Rav project page and Rav pattern page
Christmas Present for nieces and nephews Rav pattern page

Friday, October 22, 2010

Knitting Knirvana Video Podcast Episode #4 Part 2 Rhinebeck!

Here ya go---my Rhinebeck purchases and a quick run down of our day. I bought NO YARN! Can you believe it? I can't. :) Enjoy!! :)


Monday, October 18, 2010

Knitting Knirvana Video Podcast Episode #4: Rhinebeck 2010 part 1






My friend Maggie and I went to Rhinebeck on Sunday. Here is a very amateur video of some of our day. I'll also record another episode talking about the day and showing you my purchases. Enjoy!! :)

Friday, October 08, 2010

Ravelry Group

There is a brand new Ravelry group for the Knitting Knirvana Video Podcast. I hope you come on over and join us!

Have a great weekend. It is going to be a beautiful Autumn weekend in our little corner of the world!!

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Knitting Knirvana Video Podcast Episode 3

Welcome to Episode #3!

~~~~Show Notes~~~~
Thank you to my new viewers for the comments, messages, Ravelry friendships, and YouTube subscriptions!

Thank you to Leslie and Laura of The Knit Girllls Video Podcast for the promo! If you haven't already, go check them out. It is like your own personal knit nite! :)

Finished Objects: I've got nothing!

Works in Progress:
1) A super secret project.
2) A Christmas present to be featured on a future episode.
3) Iris the Gourmet Monster (Rav link) in Paton's Melody (Rav link)

What's going on in the knitting world:
Adirondack Yarns in Lake Placid, NY
Handspun from Fuzzy Bunny Fibers

Rhinebeck--New York State Sheep and Wool is coming up soon! I'll be there Sunday October 17th.





Sunday, September 19, 2010

Knitting Knirvana Video Podcast Episode 2






video


The first video ends abruptly because I was over the 10 minute limit that YouTube has. Also, I had a hard time embedding the second part into this blog post directly from YouTube. So, I tried uploading it into Blogger. If it doesn't work, then just follow the link over to YouTube to view the second half. I'm still figuring all of this out. Thanks for your patience!!

Show Notes for Knitting Knirvana Episode 2 September 19, 2010

Thank you to SaucyJill, Susan B. Anderson, and deniknitter for spreading the word about my new video podcast!!!

Itty Bitty Hats by Susan B. Anderson
Pumpkin Hat
Football Hat
Candy Cane Stripe Hat

Apple Hat from Spud Says!

Clapotis by Kate Gilbert from Knitty Fall 2004
Blue Moon Fiber Arts Seduction in Puck’s Mischeif 2 skeins Rav link




Thursday, September 09, 2010

Knitting Knirvana Video Podcast Episode 1



Here it is. My very first video podcast! I hope you like it. :)

On The Needles:

Football Hat Rav link from Itty Bitty Knits by Susan B Anderson
Tahki Cotton Classic Yarn

2 at a time magic loop socks Rav link
Yarn Harlot's Sock Recipe Rav link
Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Multi Yarn Colorway Hawaii


Finished Objects:

Apple Hat Rav link from Spud Says Blog by Susan B Anderson

Citron from Knitty in Handmaiden's Sea Silk
Adirondack Yarns in Lake Placid, New York

Podcasts:
Round the Twist Videocast with Carin
This month is Single Skein September!

The Rest of My Life:
My little guy is starting preschool. :)
My article on Yahoo News! :)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

A Day In My Life

My little guy is starting preschool next month. Just one morning a week for 2 hours. It will be the first time he has ever been in anyone's care other than family.
It is a VERY big deal for me . . . I mean him.
In some ways I am really looking forward to it and am excited about the next phase of his life. And in some ways I would like to hold on to my little guy and not let him grow up.

He needs a backpack and Kohl's is having big sales plus I got a coupon in the mail. So, this morning we picked out a really cool Cars backpack. Both Lightening McQueen and Mater are on it. Does it get any better than that??? Not when you are a car & truck obsessed little boy!


All of this came out of the garden today. That's a baby eggplant, a green pepper, and several tomatoes. That yellow tomato is actually a variety of a gold tomato. The garden is doing really well and I am very proud of my green thumb!

And tonight is my weekly Knit Knite where I'll continue working on my Citron. I'm almost done with section 4! I love this pattern and the yarn. I am thinking that some of my sock yarn may turn into a Citron or three.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

FO: Fetchings


I have loved the Fetchings pattern from Knitty for a very long time. But, for whatever unknown reason it has taken me until this summer to actually make a pair. They are a fun and quick knit. They would make a great gift and are a wonderful way to honor that one skein in your stash that you aren't sure what to do with. This is also a great pattern for mastering new techniques: DPNs, Magic Loop, cables. By the way, I just love the shade of green of this yarn. It is kind of a cross between a kelly green and a lime green. Very pretty!

Project: My Fetchings Rav link
Needle: size 5 addi turbo magic loop
Yarn: a brand-less cone of Italian merino wool I picked up at School Products in NYC
Verdict: LOVE THEM!!!

Monday, July 19, 2010

FO: Crocheted Sponges


It is summer and it is hot! I have a hard time working on any big projects in the warmer weather. Just having all that wool piled up on my lap makes the heat that much more unbearable. Although, I do still dream about all of the wooly things I will be knitting in the cooler months.

My Summer solution? Small projects, cotton, and crochet.

I used left over kitchen cotton to make 4 crochet sponges. Here's my Rav project page.

Yarn: Lily Sugar'n Cream
Pattern: Crochet Dish Sponge (Rav link)

I left it in the kitchen and would work on a few rounds here and there. It is amazing how much can get done with a few stolen moments in between doing other things!


Tuesday, June 01, 2010

FO: Easter Duck Soup

OK, so this time my Duck Soup is REALLY finished. I did all of the knitting prior to Easter. Well, I finished it on Easter. But who's keeping track? Anyhow, I did everything but the closures. I even bought the buttons and totally stalled out on actually finishing it. Yea, I know. That is so unlike me. Ha! :)

I used leftover Socks that Rock (from Blue Moon Fiber Arts) from My February Lady Sweater to make the closures. The buttons are simple toggles from JoAnn's.


The closures are just i-cord and really simple. I did them while watching the season finale of Grey's Anatomy, which was awesome by the way. I loved it and hated it the whole time. Lots of action, but I often didn't like what was happening. Totally edge of my seat kind of tv. So, back to knitting. Duck Soup is done, done, done. Yea!

I totally love this pattern. It was a great knit. I knit the size 2/3 and I have a tall thin kid that is in size 2T. I think the shape is designed more for a chubbier child. So, if I had it to do over I might make the smaller size or use a lighter weight yarn. Hopefully it will fit next year. Yet another theme. My son's sweaters are always too big. Ah well, I try. But this time I actually checked gauge!! And it's still too big. Sigh.

Anyone else watching "Losing It with Jillian" tonight? I am totally looking forward to it! I am a huge "Biggest Loser" fan and can't wait to see the new show. It is on at 10pm tonight and I REALLY hope they move it to an earlier time slot after this week.

A Few of My Recent Articles

Here are a few of my recent articles over at Associated Content. Thanks for reading!! :)

Dirty Dancing, Back to the Future, and Top Gun Need to Be Remade
Generation X is itching to re-live their teen years. With the resurgence of the 80's and the soccer mom's throwing all sorts of buying power towards the Twilight series, now is the time to remake popular 80's flicks!
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How to Fit in Exercise with a Toddler in Tow
It is hard to fit exercise into your daily routine. But, you can be a great mom or dad by spending time with your kids while finding time to burn calories and get in shape!
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"Losing it with Jillian" Debuts Tuesday June 1
Jillian Michaels is continuing her quest to help America lose weight and live healthier, happier lives. Her new show "Losing It With Jillian" begins Tuesday June 1 on NBC.
Read More

Notre Dame Cathedral-Paris, France
A slideshow of photos of the Notre Dame Cathedral taken while vacationing in Paris.
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Monday, May 17, 2010

Check Out My Articles!

I have two recently finished objects! WAHOO!!

But, I have really been focusing on my writing. I hope you are interested in checking it out . . .

My Debilitating Migraines Are Caused by Stress
After dealing with debilitating migraines, I realized I needed to figure out what was causing them and make some changes. I am happy to share with you how I learned to treat migraines and eventually prevent them.
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Five Small Lifestyle Adjustments for Big Weight Loss and Improved Health
After finding myself at my highest weight, I knew I had to really take action. Are you wondering how I did it? By making conscious decisions of how to truly take care of my body. Here are 5 tips that have really helped me.
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How to Stay Motivated Losing Weight when the Scale Doesn't Move
It can be discouraging when you are eating right, working out, and the scale refuses to budge. Keep yourself motivated while losing weight with these great tips!
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5 Helpful Tips to Maintain Your Weight Loss
There are 5 things you can do right now to make sure that you maintain your goal weight. You have worked so hard to lose weight, now make sure you keep it off!
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How to Create an Inexpensive, Transitional Wardrobe While Losing Weight
While losing weight, it is so important to wear clothes that fit and look fabulous! You can create a budget-friendly wardrobe to get you through the seasons and your weight loss.
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Where to Dine on Mother's Day in Saratoga Springs, New York
Treat your mother to a memorable meal in Saratoga Springs, New York to celebrate her on Mother's Day. Brunch? Dinner? Downtown? Off the beaten path? There is a fine dining option for everyone!
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Toddler Toy Storage: Bins Vs. Toy Box
Children's toys multiply at an unbelievable rate. Have you figured out how to store and organize them? I have and I am happy to share with you how I do it.
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Dairy-Free, Nut-Free Toddler Meal Ideas
Kids' favorite meals can be made without dairy or nuts for children with food allergies.
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Top 10 Dairy-Free, Nut-Free Finger Foods for Toddlers
It is hard enough to find finger foods that a toddler will enjoy. It is even more difficult when trying to avoid dairy and nuts. So, I went through my pantry and came up with a list of my toddler's favorites.
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DVR Has Set Me Free!
Find out how a DVR can improve your quality of life. It won't make your bed and do your dishes, but it will save you time and might even help you make dinner!
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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Albany Frugal Family Examiner

I started a new writing gig. I am the Albany Frugal Family Examiner. I'll be posting links here in hopes that you might want to check out my articles.

The Examiner pays based on internet traffic. So, the more people that read my articles, the longer they spend on my articles, the more comments I get, and the more people who subscribe, the more money I make.

Also, they offer a generous "finder's fee" if someone I know gets a job as a writer at Examiner.

So, if you like to support my new writing endeavor I would really appreciate it if you go read my articles, comment, and subscribe!! THANK YOU!!! :)



Cool Yarn Holder

Check out this really cool yarn holder made out of coffee cans. It is yarn art!! :) I just LOVE it!!!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

I'm having a hard time trying to figure out what to knit next. Want to help me decide?

1--I could make an Itty Bitty Hat since I am working towards knitting every hat in the book.

2--I could finish my huge felted tote bag that I've been working on for forever. I just have the pockets left to do and then I need to felt it.

3--I could make the i-cord closures for my Easter Duck Soup and sew the buttons on.

4--Cast on my April sweater for my sweater a month challenge.

5--Cast on something from my 10 in 2010 list like Calorimetry or Fetchings.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Almost FO: Easter Duck Soup

Almost done! He could have worn it today without closures. However, it was nearly 80 degrees and a bulky sweater was the last thing he needed. The hood is SUPER cute!! The body is a little big on him I made the size 2/3 and he is a very thin size 2. So, I expected it to be big. I haven't done the i-cord button loops yet. I bought toggle buttons to use instead of the i-cord buttons. Since the sweater is so big on him, I'll probably back burner this WIP.

Happy Easter!! :)

Monday, March 29, 2010

A Little Detour

I have a little detour from my Easter Duck Soup. I am about 4 inches from being done with the body. Then I need to do the sleeves, seaming, and then the i-cord toggles. Still quite a bit to do. In the meantime, I have an order for a hat to be delivered Wednesday morning. So, I need to get cracking. I started it and had to rip it all out and start again. It is pretty bad when I make serious mistakes knitting my own pattern. Sigh. I feel like I am coming down with a cold. Maybe that's my problem. Yea, yea, that's it. I'll blame the impending cold for my inability to read my own pattern.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Easter Duck Soup

The race is on! Easter is 10 days away--if you count today and Easter. And this adorable little sweater is intended to be part of London's Easter outfit. It is Anny Purl's Duck Soup and is super cute. I am doing it in a heavy bulky cotton in hopes that it will be a nice transitional sweater for spring and fall.

I completed the hood and the increases for the body. Now I am on the increases to separate for the sleeves. Do you think I'll get it done in time? We'll see!


Monday, March 22, 2010

To Love a Child Hat Pattern

I designed a newborn hat pattern for the charity To Love A Child. They put together “Bundles of Love” birthing kits for women in Haiti and Zimbabwe. Keeping newborns warm can save their lives and I dream that hats made from this pattern can give babies a better start to life.

It will soon be available through Ravelry as well.

To Love A Child Hat
by Suzanne Morrison Gauvreau

Supplies:
Worted weight yarn
Size 7 double pointed needles (dpn)
Stitch marker (optional)
Darning needle
Measuring tape

Cast 60 stitches onto one dpn
Slip the stitches on to three needles with 20 stitches on each needle
Join the round being careful not to twist
Knit until the hat measures 5 inches from the cast on edge

Decreasing
Row 1: *knit 8 stitches, knit 2 stitches together* repeat until the end of the round
Row 2: knit
Row 3: *knit 7, k2tog* repeat until the end of the round
Row 4: knit
Row 5: *knit 6, k2tog* repeat until the end of the round
Row 6: knit
Row 7: *knit 5, k2tog* repeat until the end of the round
Row 8: *knit 4, k2tog* repeat until the end of the round
Row 9: *knit 3, k2tog* repeat until the end of the round
Row 10: *knit 2, k2tog* repeat until the end of the round
Row 11: *knit 1, k2tog* repeat until the end of the round
Row 12: *k2tog* repeat until the end of the round

Cut a 12 inch tail and thread the darning needle.
Slip the remaining stitches onto the needle.
Pull the tail to tighten the stitches and close the hole.
Weave the end on the inside of the hat.
Weave in the tail from the cast on.



This pattern is for personal and charity use only. It may not be copied or sold.
The hats made from this pattern may not be sold.

knittingknirvana@yahoo.com


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Itty Bitty @ Knitty City

I was lucky enough to journey to Knitty City in Manhattan for Susan B. Anderson's book signing for Itty Bitty Toys.

I wrote about it for the Albany Times Union Fiber Arts Blog. Link here.

And Susan wrote about it at her blog. Link here.

I had the BEST time, despite the monsoon! :)

Monday, March 08, 2010

Ravelympics: WIPS Dancing Event


Yea, so I fell off the face of the Earth again. Sorry about that. How about if I show you a nice finished object to make up for it? Maybe even two? :)


As part of the knitting Ravelympics I decided to finish two projects that have been on my needles for way too long. They are both from Itty Bitty Hats by Susan B. Anderson. I was a captain for Team Itty Bitty Knitty, so you just know one of those hats had to make its way into my Ravelympics knitting.

This is my cutie in the Sailboat hat. Rav link here. The hat was a little snug on him because I cast it on April 2008 when he was only a little baby. Yup, nothing like letting those projects hang out on the needles. :) Ah well, it is done now and he loves it. In case you don't know, boats are very cool when you are a two year old boy. And apparently so is your mother's hand knits because he refused to take it off for days and days. He wore it inside the house at all times except when he was sleeping. At those times it needed to be on his desk so he could see it from his crib. Yup, he's the best. I am one lucky Mom.


And the second hat is the very sweet Little Chick. Ravelry project link here. I made the 0-6 month size, but my loose knitting makes for a bigger size. I used just about one skein of Adrienne Vittadini Dianna which I bought at the Webs sale last May. It is a great cotton yarn and I would recommend it.

I have had both of these hats done for months and months. I don't like doing the appliques and embroidery so it just sits and sits for nearly forever. The Ravelympics was the perfect catalyst to see me to finishing these hats. Plus, I have two more finished hats for my goal of knitting all of the hat in Itty Bitty Hats!

See you soon!! :)

Sunday, January 03, 2010

A Modified Nimbus Sweater Class



Did you know that I am teaching knitting classes at A Peaceful Place Wellness Center in Clifton Park, NY?

The Modified Nimbus Sweater

The Advanced Beginner Knitter will love making this quick cardigan sweater. The Modified Nimbus Sweater is a quick knit using bulky yarn. With short sleeves and a cropped body, this sweater practically flies off your needles! I tweaked the original design to make it a little longer and the body is knit in one large piece to reduce the amount of seaming. A Modified Nimbus Sweater is a variation of the Nimbus Sweater pattern by Berrocco.

The classes are four Wednesdays: 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, and 2/3 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. We are reserving 2/10 as a make-up date in case of snow. The cost is $60. Please sign up at A Peaceful Place with your name, phone number, and a check for the class fee to reserve your spot in class.

DETAILS YOU WILL NEED FOR THE CLASS:

What should I bring to class? yarn, size 11 double pointed needles, size 11 24-inch (or longer) circular needles, tape measure, scissors, darning needle, paper & pen, 5 stitch markers (2 of one color and 3 of another color), and a cardigan that you like how it fits (optional) If you prefer the original Nimbus sweater pattern then print it and bring it with you. I will provide the pattern for the Modified Nimbus sweater.

Skills needed for this pattern: knit, purl, cast on, bind off, k2tog, picking up stitches, working in the round on DPNs, sewing seams, and weaving in ends
You must be comfortable with the knit and purl stitches for this class. Everything else you can learn in class!

Yarn Requirements:

X-Small bust measurement 32", body length 15"-->515 yards

Small bust measurement 36", body length 15.5"-->618 yards

Medium bust measurement 40", body length 16"-->618 yards

Large bust measurement 44", body length 16.5"-->721 yards

1X bust measurement 48", body length 17.5"-->927 yards

2X bust measurement 52", body length 18.5"-->1030 yards

An extra 100-200 yards will be needed to make the body and/or sleeves longer. I always like to get an extra skein or two of yarn then I think I will need. Better to have yarn that I need to return to the store, then run out before I am finished!

The pattern calls for Berrocco Peruvia Quick yarn and size 11 needles. However, you can use any super bulky yarn and needles that you can get guage with. Some possible substitutions are:

Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick

Cascade Yarns Ecological Wool

Malabrigo Yarn Chunky

Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky

Noro Iro

Noro Big Kureyon

HOMEWORK BEFORE THE FIRST CLASS~~~GAUGE SWATCH:

It is a very good idea to knit a gauge swatch to make sure your sweater will actually fit when you are done with it. Use the yarn and needles you are planning to use and cast on 20 stitches. Knit one row and purl the next row. Continue in pattern until you have completed 20 rows. Your gauge should be: 12 knit stitches across (horizontal) will measure 4 inches & 16 rows (vertical) will measure 4 inches. If you have more stitches and rows then you should, then you will need to use smaller needles. If you have fewer stitches or rows then you should, then you will need to use bigger needles. After switching needles you will need to knit another swatch to make sure you are getting gauge. Once you get gauge you are ready to begin!

GETTING A GREAT FIT: Please bring a cardigan sweater to class to use as an example of how you like your sweater to fit. It will help to measure a sweater that you already like when deciding the length of the body and sleeves of your new sweater.


NEWBORN CHARITY HAT EVENT

On Sunday January 24th from 1pm-3pm Suzanne Morrison Gauvreau will be offering a FREE knitting class to make baby hats for the wonderful charity To Love a Child. These hats will provide warmth for new born babies in Haiti and Africa. If you can do the knit stitch, Suzanne can teach you the rest! Please sign up at A Peaceful Place with your name and phone number to reserve your spot in class. Please bring a ball of worsted yarn and size 7 double pointed needles.

If you have any questions, please contact me at knittingknirvana@yahoo.com I can't wait to see you in class! :)