Froggy Knits

March 31, 2004

No-Sweat Pants


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Boy, did these come in handy. It was unseasonably cold today! And these pants were perfect for bumming around the house. They won't go down in history as my most flattering pants, but they are very comfy.

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Due to the fact that I had a fight with Homespun and we have yet to make up, I used Lion Brand Wool-ease and let me tell you they are somewhat heavy. I am always cold so I feel they suit me just fine. That is one little single crochet chain that could, because I was concerned that it would not hold them up, but it does the job. My basement is very cold in the winter and fairly cool in the summer. But unless your climate would justify a heavy lounge pant , I don't recommend such a heavy substitute. It is truly a sweater for yo legs. But I generally have on flannels and a blanket in tow in the winter, so I think I will get a lot of wear out of these.

Thanks again to Alison for her knit flat directions that I think made a big difference in the fit. I worked the top portions higher to match my yoga pants and decreased 2 stitches on each end every 2" 3X to match the shaping of my jeans. Of course, I didn't consider the give of the knit vs. the denim, duh. So, I could have decreased a bit more. When knitting across two legs for the front and back I knit two together at the center as Alison suggested and I was able to get rid of that super loose stitch that existed before I had to rip back for shaping purposes.

Project Specs:
Pattern: Interweave Knits Spring 2004
Yarn Suggested: Lion Brand Homespun
Yarn Used: 5 1/2 Lion Bran Wool-ease
Needle Size: 9
Gauge: 11st/4in

Now, would I knit these again?
I may give it another go in the distant future in a galaxy far away(just kidding). I am curious to try them out in a lighter weight for some strange reason. 'Cause they are indeed comfy and I would love a little light-weight knit pant with a matching cardie. Not likely, I know. But a girl can dream can't she.

What a fun knit-along!

Posted by froggy at 09:01 PM | Comments (12)

March 30, 2004

Back in the saddle again

Decided to get back to the no-sweat pants. They looked so neglected over in my ufo basket. I added a lit' shaping to match my pants and I think it will be a better fit than before.

Before

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After

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Don't you think?

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March 29, 2004

Knitting, Knitters Everywhere

The start of a great weekend. After drooling over the Famille Phildar mag over at Smiling Tiger, I rushed to the post and was happy to find a package kissed with this lovely seal (there is just something about the words Canada Post).

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You just know when you see this, it is going to be good and then I open to get this.

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Yea, it has arrived. Gotta love Knit 'N' Tyme. At Smiling Tiger you have already seen the crème de la crème, but I have to share my favorite.

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Then I get this reminder call that I have a finishing class Sat. morning at Hunt Country Yarns. Good thing they called. I signed up ages ago. It was a great class and Bob is an exceptional teacher. And boy, considering that I have finished many garments and have even received previous instructions, it never fails that you can always learn more, more, more when it comes to knitting, specifically finishing.

Then of course I had to race over to Knit Happens for their Grand Opening which was FABULOUS. So if you aren't able get there for reasons of proximity. They ship! So just give them a call and from what I hear they are super fast.

Everyone was in that shop. It’s amazing what a great location, great products and fab owners can bring out of the DC Metro area. I saw knitters that I admire, friends I haven't seen for a bit and met lots of new hip knitters. It was truly a great big party. In my haste to get to my class and then race to the Grand Opening, I somehow left my list of yarn requirements and mags with post-its so I could stay focused on the summer knitting plan. And let me tell you, I am a wreck without my list. So, I will definitely have to go back. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I can get my first pick on colors. One thing I have my eye on is a cardigan in Rowan Cotton Braid Collection. Has anyone worked with that and have any comments? It looks so interesting. I am leaning toward the sea blue. Here are my latest pickups from Knit Happens here and here. They have a lot of interesting notions and bags, etc. that you just don't see anywhere else.

After all the hoopla, I was inspired to give a few projects some knittin' time, but then the weather took me out to the mall area for a little soccer, baseball, ring tossing, kite flying and National Cherry Blossom Festival (whoops, not knitting related).

And finally this morning I get up way to early as my mini has an early morning wakeup. And I see THIS.

Kerrie has designed another fab tank and Brooke is gorgeous as usual. Now, just as I was lovin' the Mission Falls Reversible Tank, Kerrie goes and tops herself with the Exotic Tank.

Posted by froggy at 08:10 AM | Comments (4)

March 26, 2004

Turtleneck Egg Cozies

I love these egg cozies from Weekend Knitting by Melanie Falick. I made the one the left according to the pattern specs. But, I made the sleeves a tad bit longer on the yellow cozy to accommodate Barbie's long arms. These were so fun to knit and my daughter loves them. I will definitely be making more of these as she has already indicated that she wants many of them to add to her doll's dress up box.

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Hope I can peddle these off as my 2nd and 3rd FO's for the SpringKnit-UpButton.jpg.

I have been trying to finish these for a while. They have been just floating around in my knitting bag. I think I have a green cozy that I started around here somewhere. I will have to try to find and finish that one, too. These little guys are a great way to use up little bits of stash.

First, I have to pick up my no-sweat pants and gather my other UFO's for the Spring Knit-Up.

But also on the agenda for the weekend...

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Its amazing what happiness a little card in the post can bring.


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March 24, 2004

It's Spring and Here's My First Fling

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Voila!

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It's the Mission Falls Reversible Tank that didn't quite meet reversible standards in a color sense and is not of Mission Falls. But it's a winner in this house!

My mini loves it and insisted on wearing it today. Too cold to wear without something under it, but a hot little tank nonetheless. It's only 44 degrees at the moment. But hopefully it will warm up by the time I finish a summer tank for myself and I will post another picture in a more springy fashion.

Project Specs:

Pattern: Mission Falls Reversible Tank by Kerrie
Yarn Suggested: Mission Falls 1824
Yarn Used: TLC Cotton Plus worsted pink-3707(used 1 full ball and 3/4 of 2nd ball)
Yarn Yardage: not on ball band (what's up with that?)
Needle Size: 5
Gauge: 20st/4in.

Now, would I knit this again? Absolutely!
Already got a second on the needles.

Great pattern. Easy, quick knit with cute detail. Love the slight roll in the front and the square neck line. My next one may get a little stripy, but a reversible is definitely on the must knit list. Here's just the tank sans the beautiful model. LOL. I've always been a little nervous about tanks, because I envision this weird floppy armhole, but this one came out just right.

I couldn't resist just one more pic and shout out to show our appreciation to Kerrie for the great pattern...


Thank you!

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Posted by froggy at 09:15 AM | Comments (20)

March 23, 2004

Quack

I had just enough yarn to finish them and a lit' bit left over for my knitting journal sample (and I mean a little).

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Project Specs:

Pattern: 50 baby bootees to knit by Zoe Mellor (pg. 65)
Yarn Suggested: Rowan Cotton Glace
Yarn Used:Sirdar Calypso Pure cotton (1 ball yellow-683 & small portion of orange-701)
Yarn Yardage: 116yds/106m
Needle Size: 3
Gauge: 24st/4in

Now, would I knit these again? Yes!

Fun and fast to knit, however next time I will make the cuff entirely in orange. And if I got along better with size 3 double points, I would rip and do the same for these, but I am pressed for time and must move on as I have many projects anxious to get off those needles.


Posted by froggy at 10:25 AM | Comments (10)

March 21, 2004

Reversible Tank?

Size 5 needles. That would be two size 5 needles.

Made some progress on the Mission Falls Reversible Tank that will no longer be reversible as my daughter has indicated that she would like the back to be pink as well. I am disappointed. I thought that was such a great idea. That's what I get for asking if she would like it to be green. Especially when I had already decided that it would be green. However, I did ask her opinion and must now take that into consideration. The days of expecting an affirmative answer to my suggestions are obviously over. I have lost the "oh that would be great!" that usually preceded her answers. Oh well, lol.


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I have never worked with eyelets before and I love them. It's amazing what they can do to a simple stockinette stitch tank. I love that detail. And I received a very big "oh, I like those" once my mini could tell what I was doing. I am really enjoying this pattern and definitely see more tanks in my knitting future. Thanks Kerrie for the great pattern and also for the hope that I will be able to finish my duckies. I will be picking them up again tonight.

And thanks fluffa, I will definitely try that design element if I run out. I will, however, be trying that on my next duckies though, just because I like the idea of making the cuff of the booties totally in orange. I think that will work well with the orange stitching.

Hopefully, more on duckies tomorrow as the shower is getting closer and I am having visions of an oatmeal hat and botties now. As it turns out, some oatmeal yarn in my stash has been calling out lately and this would be a really nice home for it.

Posted by froggy at 11:59 PM | Comments (3)

March 20, 2004

If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck

From the front, it could be a duck.

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From the side, it could be a duck.

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But do I have enough yarn to make a duck?

I must say that I am a little nervous that I will not have enough yarn to finish these. I have a single ball of yarn that has a tad less yardage than the recommended yarn in the pattern. At this point I am going to place these stitches on a holder and work from the other end of the ball. I have the sole and upper foot of both completed. It is just the cuff that is currently in question.

They are to have 26 rows of ribbing, but I figure if I just make sure they both have the same amount of ribbing, I can then add orange as a decorative accent for the remaining rows. I am only 6 rows shy on the first cuff. Hopefully I can get at least 20 rows on the second cuff. What I am saying? I hope I can finish both cuffs completely with the rest of the ball.

Wish me luck.


Posted by froggy at 02:54 PM | Comments (3)

March 19, 2004

How Cooool is This?!

Have you been HERE?!


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The site is hosted and designed by fluffa!

Need I say more?

It's too fabulous for my mere words so go check it out!

Posted by froggy at 09:23 AM | Comments (0)

March 18, 2004

And the Stash Decides

Was it me who ruled out yellow and green? Well it boiled down to what do I have in my stash? And yellow was one of the winners.

So, here it is. I am going to prepare a little basket of goodies and the first of these items will be these little booties:

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I thought these were pretty cute and that I could add a couple of little rubber duckies as the picture suggest. The pattern is from 50 baby bootees to knit by Zoe Mellor.

More to come on the baby gift basket as the stash has indicated that it has more baby gifts to offer such a good friend.

Posted by froggy at 09:08 PM | Comments (2)

March 17, 2004

In a Knit of Procrastination

While reviewing the great gift ideas for my friend, (thanks!), my daughter and I stumbled across a top that she really likes in my must knit for spring patterns. So until I settle on a pattern and an attempt to use my stash before hitting my lys, I decided to comfort myself with a cute little tank for my sunshine (which she loves to be called).

The pattern is from Kerrie. It's the Mission Falls Reversible Tank. It will be pink on one side and green on the other.

Has this ever happened to you? Start from the bottom of swatch.

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I will be getting some sleep before I try any more swatches.

Posted by froggy at 11:58 PM | Comments (2)

March 16, 2004

We interrupt our regularly

scheduled knitting for this newsflash.

Have a friend that is due in six weeks. I don't really enjoy making the generic yellow and green we don't know if its a boy or a girl gifts. Decided to wait until after baby is born to make gender specific gift. However, just found out that she is having a shower in 10 days and feel compelled to give her a knitted gift as she is one of the few people I know who are sooo appreciative of handmade items and understands the effort it takes to make them. She is still thanking me for the last few items that I knitted for her. And she uses them all the time!

Don't you just love that!

What can I make with a 10 day deadline?

Posted by froggy at 11:55 PM | Comments (5)

March 15, 2004

Too Wide, Maybe

I laid out my loosest fitting pants and it appears that I underestimated the width of my no sweat pants. I opted not to include the decreases that Alison incorporated, because I thought it wasn't looking loose enough for my size. Boy, was I wrong. Looks like a redo.

Oh well. I must say even though I didn't officially join Alison's rip-a-long, it did inspire me to rip many projects and it was quite empowering. I now believe I am stronger than a knit stitch. The stitch can't take me out, but I definitely can take it out if I want to.

So here we go from this:

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to this:

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I also took a little off the pant legs. They were lookin' a little long.

Posted by froggy at 11:00 PM | Comments (3)

March 14, 2004

More on No Sweat Pants

I am using Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky instead of the Homespun the pattern calls for. I just bound off the top of the first side that I have completed, however I am noticing that this yarn doesn't stretch as the Homespun, so I will have to rip back the bind-off and knit for many more inches.

I laid them out on another pair of pants and unless I am going for the low rider no sweat pants, I better get knittin'.

Posted by froggy at 11:37 PM | Comments (2)

March 13, 2004

No-Sweat Pants

Here's the progress on my no-sweat pants. I hope that the end result will be wearable.

I am working them flat in two pieces a la Alison's side seam method. I think I will like them better with the side seam as well. I am pretty impressed with the finished sweats that I have seen.


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I am keeping my fingers crossed on this one. Unfortunately, mine do not seem as roomy as I would like. We'll see.

Posted by froggy at 07:31 PM | Comments (1)

Which Dr. Seuss Character Are You?"

I had to do this one!

Saw this at Kerrie's Place.

I am Horton!
You are Horton!


Which Dr. Seuss Character Are You?
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Posted by froggy at 07:16 PM | Comments (1)

March 12, 2004

Stash Alert: Kureyon 102

Went to the last sit and knit at Fiberworks. Had a really good time which was no surprise and got lots of help and encouragement on my quest for knitted hearts and flowers. While I was there, I picked up four skeins of Noro Kureyon Color 102. You can check out the color in my latest stash alert on the right.

Was inspired by to get a brighter color in Noro Kureyon for another knit-round scarf. You can check out her awesome pic here. Scroll down to her January 24 entry.

She actually used color 131. A big thanks for getting me that info. I just love that color. I originally purchased the yarn for another knit-round, but have lots of other prospective Kureyon projects in my future. I may use the 102 for a booga bag and use 131 for the scarf.

Posted by froggy at 08:19 AM | Comments (0)

Cartoon Character

Just saw this at Sequink.

If you were a cartoon, what would you look like?

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Check it out here.


Posted by froggy at 08:16 AM | Comments (0)

March 11, 2004

Rowan Gwen: Take Three

First, I tried it without the tie and then with i-cords. And finally, crochet cords. The pattern is from Rowan Bigger Picture. The yarn is Rowan Big Wool in color Artic 013.

Check out the front view,

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back,

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and click here for a detailed view.

I am happy with this sweater and may try it again with a hood, single button on the top, and hopefully some knowledge of how to do short rows the next go around.

This was my first attempt at set-in sleeves and if I avoid the ladder bind-off next time, it will making seaming a whole lot easier.

The first FO that will contribute to my participation in the SpringKnit-UpButton.jpg.

One down and a few more to go.


Posted by froggy at 12:50 PM | Comments (5)

March 10, 2004

THIS JUST IN!

Just received a few of the new Rowan books and a couple of Jaeger books I had been eyeing from The Knitting Garden. I just love their e-zine. The patterns are great and now they have articles! The site layout is amazing and it just keeps getting better and better especially with the addition of Jo Sharp yarns and patterns.

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I just love receiving knitting books especially when I forgot they were on the way. What a surprise! NOT! I have been waiting for these bad boys and can't wait to peruse the pages.

Is it wrong that the addition of purple tissue paper adds to my excitement when I open the package? Is it the color or the sound?

Whatever it is, I just love packages!

Posted by froggy at 07:11 AM | Comments (2)

March 09, 2004

New from Debbie Bliss

Stopped by Knit Happens today and snagged a couple of their new Debbie Bliss books: Cotton Angora and Simple Living. Can't say enough about the shop. And the owners are delightful!

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What will I do from these two books first? The yarn is soooo soft.

Wait a minute! I must finish winter projects first. I must finish winter projects first!

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Posted by froggy at 06:08 PM | Comments (0)

March 08, 2004

Crochet Hearts & Ties

I am working on my first attempt at a crochet pattern. It is a great pattern that I found on midnight knitter's blog. It's the crochet heart garland. I was trying on scrap yarn first, but I am so pleased with the outcome that I think I am going to use varying colors to make my daughter a necklace. Mine are not nearly as cute as midnight knitters, but I think they are pretty good for a first attempt.

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You can check out the pattern at Midnight Knitter's blog.

Click on the archive for week of Feb 09.

I was also inspired to do crochet ties for the Rowan Bigger Picture Gwen sweater. I originally worked and i-cord tie, but it was very chunky. I think they turned out much better than the big bulky i-cord. I just never imagined that a single row of crochet could be strong enough to use as a tie.

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I can't wait to try some crochet flower patterns.

And many, many thanks to Kelly who helped me learn to crochet!

Posted by froggy at 11:10 PM | Comments (1)

March 07, 2004

Knit Cards

How cute are these!

Picked these up at a new yarn shop that just opened. The shop was so beautiful and warm. The owners were a joy and the selection was amazing. Check them out at Knit Happens.

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Click here for a detailed view.

Posted by froggy at 09:30 AM | Comments (0)

March 06, 2004

Red Bag (Museum/Artful Yarns)

I have been working on the following bag for a while trying to decide exactly how to finish the trim. I am using Museum Artful Yarns Color 8 Pivoine. See below. Its the best color representation that I could get of the yarn. The other pics are little dark.

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The original pattern pic as you will see below is with a trim of ribbing.

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Here's my progress so far:

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I wasn't that crazy about the ribbing and opted for a row of single crochet followed by a row of reverse single crochet.

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I am hoping that I can finish in the next few days, however I don't know where to begin the seaming of this piece and would like to take it a step further and sew in a lining.

Guess we'll have to see about all that.


Posted by froggy at 02:03 PM | Comments (0)

March 05, 2004

Tasseled Cap (Take 2)

Finished a cap today from the Vogue Knitting Caps & Hats Two. It's the tasseled cap sans the tassels. I used JCA/Artful Yarns Jazz in #55. Luckily, the hank had enough yardage to accommodate the first hat's accidental journey to the hamper, washer, and then the dryer. One of my first attempts at felting unbeknownst to me. The first is now a fuzzy disaster that I plan on refelting and shaping up a bit for my mini me.


Voila!

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I must say my favorite parts were picking up stiches and the 3-needle bind off in order to create the individual sections resulting in a seamless FO.

Gotta love that.

Here's a closeup of the yarn:

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I loved working with it. My first use of a Wool/Alpaca blend.

Here's a look at the pattern picture avec the tassels:

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It's a little dark, but you get the idea.

Can't wait to wear it. May have missed my chance now that the weather is feeling kinda springy now. I'll have to leave it out in case we get one more cold snap before the weather is consistantly warm.

Posted by froggy at 07:08 PM | Comments (0)

March 04, 2004

Welcome!

Welcome to Froggy Knits. I am so excited that I can finally be an active participant in the land of knitting blogdom. It will also be great to have what I hope to be is an online knitting journal to document the ins and outs of my knitting adventures.

Now a little bit ‘bout me. I have been knitting for about a year and a half and have found most of my inspiration from what I like to call the local online knitting community (and there is nothing too local about it). However, it feels like even from the perspective of a reader that it is a close-knit group (excuse the pun). I have found a broader range of diversity in projects, support in ‘alternative knitting’ as some may call it and new techniques from the great knitting bloggers.

What makes me froggy? Well from what I have been told, at times I frog more than I knit, in addition to knitting more green items than one person should own. But for some odd reason I am not too bothered by either.

Stay tuned.

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