January 2, 2011

Happy New Year!

Posted in Finished Objects, In Progress, Sewing at 4:08 pm by merknits

I knew that I wasn’t going to make many gifts for Christmas this year, considering how slowly I am knitting and sewing lately, but I did manage to make something for my mom:

cuddle up cardigan

Pattern: Cuddle-Up Cardigan from Sew Everything Workshop
Fabric: Sweatshirt fabric from JoAnns
Notes: Very easy and a nice comfortable cardigan!  I made the sleeves narrower than instructed, and I think they still turned out a bit wide, especially if you are trying to do anything that requires the use of your hands while wearing it.  But overall, I think it was a good project.  There is an error in the instructions on steps 24 and 25, though the diagrams are correct.  It is pretty easy to figure out the issue – if you follow the instructions as written the belt ends up being inside-out.

I also made a beret for my aunt, who saw the one I made for my mom and asked for a similar one in black:

purl beret black

purl beret back black

My photographer kindly made the pictures more interesting by focusing on the view from our window!

Pattern: Purl Beret from The Purl Bee
Yarn: St Denis Nordique in black
Notes: I actually made two versions of this, as the first turned out too big.  I cast on ten fewer stitches the second time and it worked out much better.

And finally, a new project:

Francis Revisited in progress

This is Francis Revisited, and it is so nice to have a quick project on the needles after the Apres Surf Hoodie!


October 31, 2010

In Progress

Posted in Finished Objects, In Progress, Sewing at 7:09 pm by merknits

Apparently I’m not very good at keeping up the blog when I don’t have any finished projects to show.  So how about some work in progress?

apres surf almost done

This is the Apres Surf Hoodie, and I’m finally done with the main pieces.  I definitely do not have enough yarn left to do the hood, but I hope that I at least have enough for the neck and finishing!  This is all there is:

yarn left

We’ll see!  Also, I have been working on the Lace Ribbon Scarf from Knitting with some pretty Mama Llama yarn:

lace ribbon scarf

And I do have a finished sewing project, and it’s a Christmas present! (So if my sister is reading this she shouldn’t look.)

pj pants

These are the Wear Anywhere Yoga Pants from the Sew Everything Workshop in flannel from Joanns.  My sister is fairly tall and has a hard time finding pajama pants that are long enough, so I thought I’d make her some.  They will fit her better than they fit me, I hope. 🙂

March 9, 2010


Posted in In Progress at 10:19 pm by merknits

Hi there!  I’m still around, just a little uninspired with my knitting right now.  Here are a few stalled projects:


Bird in Hand Mittens (Not sure if I’ll ever finish these – I had a hard time with the braids on the cuff and I think that colorwork may not be for me.)  I do love the design though, I just wish I could snap my fingers and have them all done!


Apres Surf Hoodie

Luckily, I suppose, we’ve had a slipper emergency around here (a large hole in the bottom of my husband’s slippers) so I’ve been working on the Fiber Trends Felted Clogs and they’re going pretty quickly:


It’s always nice to have a project that doesn’t take too long to get me back in the knitting habit!  I’m actually just about done with the slipper in the picture, and hopefully I’ll have a pair complete soon.

September 9, 2009

OpArt Blanket!

Posted in Finished Objects, In Progress at 3:36 pm by merknits

I’m so glad to have this finally finished!

OpArt finished

OpArt closeup

Pattern: OpArt Blanket
Yarn: Lily Chin Chelsea, I think 3 balls of each color
Notes: I don’t think I’ve ever taken so long to finish something!  I started this back on November 13, 2008.  Along the way, it has changed intended recipients, as the baby this was originally for is about 6 months old now.  But luckily one of my best friends is pregnant and I’m sure she will appreciate this gift.

The pattern itself certainly isn’t hard so I’m not sure why it took me so long.  It just wasn’t too fun, especially as the rounds got larger and larger.  But the finished product is pretty cool looking, I have to say.  I ran out of yarn for the last two stripes but at that point I just didn’t care!

Now to try to finish up the Josephine Top:


My new goal is to finish by the end of September, as I kind of forgot that summer ends much earlier here than it does in Houston.  I’m using Elsebeth Lavold Cotton Patine and knit the lace part in the round before splitting for the front and back.

July 5, 2009

Not much knitting

Posted in In Progress, Sewing at 2:21 pm by merknits

I had thought that with the limited amount of time I’ve been working (around 2 hours a day, and from home) I would have plenty of time to finish knitting projects. Somehow, that hasn’t really happened. I did cast on for the Flutter Sleeve Cardigan from IK Spring 2008 using Vermont Organic Fiber Company O-Wool Balance and am about halfway done:

flutter sleeve back

I also set up the sewing machine and spent a while making a new purse for my sister. Luckily, I ordered extra fabric because the first purse I made ended up being a “test” version after I cut the fabric the wrong way (oops). The final version turned out pretty well though, I think:

flea market bag

flea market bag2

The pattern is the Flea Market Bag by Tanya Whelan (one of her Grand Revival patterns). I think it is a good, basic bag pattern for novice sewers like myself, and there are several sizes and strap options included. This is the small bag with the regular shoulder strap. I modified it by adding a magnetic snap and using heavy home decor fabric to hopefully make it a bit more durable.

I’ve got a bunch of summery cotton fabric from a trip to the fabric store with my mother-in-law, so hopefully I can finish a couple fun sundresses before the summer is over!

June 7, 2009

Arrival and a Bit of Knitting

Posted in In Progress at 7:08 pm by merknits

Well, we’re here! We’ve enjoyed being in Chicago so far – I still feel a little like I’m visiting and not really living here, but I’m sure that will change shortly! I love our new place; here are a few shots after we had finally finished unpacking:




Our windows face west, which is not the best view of the city, but that’s ok:


The only annoying thing is that we’re right next to two noisy locations – a train station and an L stop:


You really do get used to the noise though, and the trains from this station go out to the suburb where my parents live, so it’s actually pretty convenient overall.

I have done a bit of knitting lately!


The OpArt blanket has been slow going. I didn’t get it finished in time to give to one friend who recently had a baby, so now it’s going to be for another friend who is due in November. I should finish by then, I hope!

May 10, 2009


Posted in In Progress at 6:36 pm by merknits

We’re in the home stretch – less than two weeks until we leave Houston! I am excited, but it will be sad to leave the place we’ve called home for 7 years. I’ll definitely miss the knitters – here’s a great picture of (most of) the Central Houston Stitch n Bitch girls (taken by Laura):


I won’t so much miss the really hot and humid summers, though I’ll see how well I re-adapt to Chicago winters. I’ve gotten used to 60 degrees being cold.

The wrap sweater is going slowly, but I do have some oh-so-exciting shots of the stockinette back:


More interesting at an angle, right? Or close up:


I love the color and it’s pretty simple, I’ve just not been working on it too much lately. I do plan to do a lot of knitting in the few days between when the movers come and take away everything and when we actually leave! No TV, internet or computer for several days will be tough!

November 29, 2008

I couldn’t resist

Posted in In Progress at 11:58 am by merknits

Looks like I’ll be working on holiday gifts after all – I don’t really mind though, it’s a good reason to work on some smaller projects that I wouldn’t make otherwise.  I don’t really want to post pictures here in case the recipients are reading, but if you’re on Ravelry, here’s one I’ve already started and this one is next in line.  I think I’ll also make some more of the Fun Fur Kitschmas Trees, since I still have yarn leftover!

I have started the Lacy Cardigan, but I think this one is going to take me quite a while.  I even bought new needles because I thought I needed pointier ones, but those p3togs in fuzzy yarn are a pain regardless.  Here’s a rather boring picture of my progress:

lacy cardigan in progress

Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend!

May 26, 2008

It’s almost too hot to knit

Posted in In Progress, Project Spectrum at 6:09 pm by merknits

Hooray for air conditioning – otherwise there would be no knitting around these parts from May through October.  I guess I have to expect that Houston will be terribly hot from now until the fall.  Ugh!

Good thing I usually knit with cotton!  My current project is Cherry knit in Svale.  I’m loving it!


The top picture shows the actual color.  The bottom picture is a close up of the stitch pattern.  It’s so cute and keeps things from getting too boring!

I’m also very excited to be taking a few sewing classes this summer.  A sewing lounge opened up in Houston and I think this will be a great way to finally find out if I’m doing things correctly when I sew!  I’m betting that I’m not. 🙂


April 19, 2008

Moving On

Posted in In Progress at 5:10 pm by merknits

Thank you all for your suggestions and sympathy on my dye lot issue.  I may have found someone with some extra yarn in the same dye lot on Ravelry–she’s not sure but we bought it from the same place around the same time, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed!  In the meantime, I’ve moved on to a new project:

Hmm, not the best spot for a picture, but I’m lazy.This is the Scoop Neck Vest from Blue Sky Alpacas, and I just have the back and the edgings to finish.  I modified it to knit the body in the round, and it’s working up very quickly!
While I was ordering that pattern from Jimmy Beans Wool (I’ve never used them before–their shipping is super fast!), I picked up some Cascade Cotton Rich DK:
I’m planning on using this for the Debbie Bliss Cabled V-Neck Vest.  It’s going to be a vest-filled spring, apparently!


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