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.

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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. 🙂

I’m All Backed Up

Hey Knitters,

Sorry about the two week hiatus! I’ve been really backed up with work and life and stuff.

The past two weeks have just been non stop. Of course, the news never stops and we’ve had two huge decisions come out of the Supreme Court. Then, I’ve started training to become a pundit on PolicyMic.com (check out my articles here) and writing 2 articles a week for them has eaten up all my extra time on the weekdays. I also attended a wedding last weekend in Massachusetts. Shopping and packing had me up until the wee hours of the night.

Today I have a few hours before I have to run out to a 4th of July celebration so I’m showing my neglected blog some love!

Luckily, it takes me nearly 2 hours to get to and from work via the Long Island Rail Road so I’ve been able to get some knitting done! If I didn’t have that alone time with no internet access I doubt I would have even picked up my needles. I’ve finished my orange tea cup cozy and started on a blue one.

Orange and Blue Cup Cozies

The cable on this is really beautiful. By alternating cabling in the front and in the back and on the left and right side of the piece, this cable looks almost like a braid winding it’s way around your tea cup. If you haven’t already read my original post check out more info about the pattern here.

Cup Cozy Cable

The design of this pattern is pretty great too! Natalyia used an i-cord to make the button loop so that you can fasten it to any cup. I haven’t sewed the button on yet but I have these great wood buttons I brought last year that will go nicely with the color.

Cup Cozy Icord

I’m about a quarter way finished with the blue cozy and green will be next!

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Expect some more fun posts from me this weekend–I’ll be posting like mad. I have lots of great things to show & tell including a fun cupcake recipe; a post about free patterns & half off pattern books; and some pattern book reviews!

As we say in the TV business–stay tuned!

Links: Quick Father’s Day Knits

Knit Golf Club Covers from The Purl Bee

Father’s Day is just around the corner (next Sunday!!!!) and I still don’t know what to get for my father!

A quick knit might be the answer. I have found that knitting for men is a little tricky. Beautiful laces and cables don’t always make for the manliest of gifts but the biggest tip that I can give is to keep the color and design simple. Some great ideas for quick knits for dads are golf club covers, beer cozies or a grill mitt. Below are my favorite Dad’s day patterns.

Enjoy Knitters!

Knit Beer Cozy

Knit Golf Club Covers

Knit Grill Mitt

Knit Cabled iPad Sleeve

Knit Coffee Cup Cozy