One Project Finished, One In the Middle and One Started

After weeks and weeks, I have finally finished my knitted tank top! I really love the way it turned out. It fits me perfectly and the color is just amazing. I wore it today with a pair of jeans.

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I have to admit that although I get a thrill from blocking and finishing a project…I am a big procrastinator when it comes to finishing something. There! I said it. I have had the pieces for this tank ready for blocking and seaming for weeks. For some reason, I always find it hard to get around to finishing it!

Another case in point: the grey socks that I have been trying to knit forever. After finishing the front and back for the tank top, I started on the socks again. I have finished one sock and am in the middle of finishing the matching pair. I had a little snafu with the second pair (see my note below if you’re a NY Yankees fan) but now, I’m back on track with the socks.

Camera Roll-605And, because I don’t have enough to knit already, I have bought the yarn for my next project and have gotten started on it! Knitting the tank top has really inspired me to make garments. So, I have found the most adorable, fashion forward, pullover sweater pattern to try. I’ve just bought the yarn for it today.

Patons Color Block Sweater
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NOTE TO ALL YANKEES FANS: This week, I was surprised to find that Yankee Stadium is not a knitter friendly place! I went to a Yankee game after work on Wednesday. Naturally, I was carrying my knitting with me as I work on my projects during my daily train commute. I went to Gate 2 and was told that I could not bring my knitting needles into the stadium. I complained that they were allowed on airplanes, so why not in the stadium? The security guard deferred the decision to her supervisor, but kept referring to them as sewing needles! I showed them to the supervisor and touched them with my fingers….showing that they were blunt. But, it was no use and I was forced to throw out all five double pointed needles and a crochet hook. Lesson learned: Don’t bring your needles to Yankee Stadium!

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Had to buy new needles to finish my project!

Has anyone ever had to throw away their knitting needles or crochet hook? Please tell me when and where! Just so that I don’t feel so bad about having to do it at Yankee Stadium. 🙂

Falling In Love…With A New Project

For a few weeks I’ve been carrying around a half finished sock in my purse that I was intending to make for myself. I usually get most of my projects done in transit but I just couldn’t finish that sock…let alone get started on the matching pair.

Just as I was starting to realize that I was bored with the project and needed another one…another one came along! Last week Lion Brand Yarn started their online knit-a-long. The project is a gorgeous spring/summer tank top that can be worn over a camisole.

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I am very excited about this project. Maybe it’s because it’s a KAL or because I found a beautiful dusty pink in Vanna’s Choice Antique Rose. Or maybe because it’s the first time I’ve challenged myself in a while.

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The pattern is made up of some pretty simple techniques: k2, p2 ribbing, stockinette stitch and an eyelet/cable chart pattern….all which I’ve done before but not in a large scale garment. I’m about halfway done with the back and I am just itching to pick up the needles and some more done.

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It’s been a long time since I couldn’t wait to knit something and I’m glad I have found a project that I am having fun with. Everyday this week I’ve been knitting on the train before and after work. I’ve also been trying to get away from my desk for lunch so I could knit some more–but of course work never lets up so I haven’t been too successful on that front.

Now that I’ve written this post, it’s back to the project–maybe I can finish the back before bed?

(See the project finished!)

Cup Cozies, Casey Anthony and Cough Drops

I love plopping on the couch with a steaming cup of Camomile tea and a good book. I’ve been doing that a lot this past week and now I’ll be able to do it without burning myself! I’ve finally finished my knitted cup cozies by Natalia’s Studio (find pattern info in the original post).

Knitted Cup CoziesI think I’ve said repeatedly how much I love these cozies. They really are perfect to make for yourself or as a gift. Last night I sewed on the buttons so that the cozy can fasten around the cup. I used some great buttons that I had laying at the bottom of my craft box from last year’s cozies. I think they really add that extra fun element to an elegant design.

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They are unblocked as of right now–that I’ll do tonight–but I’m already using them around my cup to drink my tea! They really work.

Cup Cozies For My TeaThe first time I knitted 4 of these I did it in about a week. This time it took me nearly 2 months! My usual excuse for neglecting my projects is work but work didn’t play into the equation as much in July as it normally does. I’d be lying if I said that’s all that kept me from knitting these past few weeks. Most of the blame goes to Attorney Jose Baez and his infamous client Casey Anthony!

We had Mr. Baez on our show recently (check out Tom’s interview here) to discuss the case and to promote his new tell all all book “Presumed Guilty: Casey Anthony The Inside Story”. As with all authors that come on our show, I got a free copy of the book. I cracked it open to supply Tom with some notes/quotes–and I haven’t been able to put it down since.

Presumed GuiltyWhile I’ve got this platform–with all you wonderful readers–let me take a second to give a mini review of this book: Simply stated this is a fantastic read. Whether or not you believe Casey Anthony was guilty, you must put this book on your bucket list. On the back cover, Geraldo Rivera gives a stunning recommendation saying that this book is one of the best true crime books of all time and Geraldo was completely right. This book draws you in from the first paragraph. It’s well written, it’s interesting and, best of all, this book makes you look at the Casey Anthony case in a way you could never have seen it before. Read it!

Okay, now that I’ve got that out of my system…I couldn’t have finished my cozies at a better time! I’ve been sick this past week and the cold has decided to set up a stronghold in my chest. I’m coughing like a maniac every two minutes and my throat and chest hurt with the effort. I’ve been living with cough drops, tea–and now thankfully tea cup cozies–in my bed all week. I’m sitting in bed with my cup as I type!

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But I’m feeling well enough to start on a new project–a knit eyeglass case. Details coming soon.