Froggy Knits

July 15, 2004

Back to regularly scheduled knitting

Thanks for all the great comments on my latest FO's.
I think I need to get some other projects in motion that have been waiting in wings. Taking the advice of Julia and Georgia, I've decided to knit something for me! No arm twisting needed there, lol.

So I have started on Alex from Rowan Number 31. I'm using Rowan wool cotton which is the suggested yarn in color 902. Pretty straight forward pattern that I hope I can knit without thinking too much about it.

I also want to start using this lunchbox for small projects.

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Look inside. I'd like to have some small projects for the road. It's just too hot to lug a big project around. Inspired by a Weekend Knitting washcloth that I just recently saw at Fo Knits, I packed a skein of lime green and a skein of blue Crystal Palace Yarns Cotton Chenille. And I am excited about swatching for this Phildar tank with Phildar Copacabana in colors 04 and 05 I received in this awesome package from Kerrie. The tank is from the Phildar Evasion...sous le soleil! magazine.

I've made some progress on Miss Bea's Ting-A-Ling cardigan, too.

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I really like the v-neck and the buttons are already on so they don't hold me up in the finishing stages. The sleeves are just waiting on the ruffles and then I can seam that bad boy.

Posted by froggy at July 15, 2004 03:44 PM

Wow! Tons of progress. Ms. Bea's looks great. Mini is well-stocked with the knitting goodness, isn't she? I'm also glad you're making things for yourself. I've admired Alex for it's simplicity and fine lines and the tiny tank is just too cute.

Posted by: julia at July 15, 2004 04:42 PM

Froggy, be very, very careful with that Copa. It grows like a sonofabitch after you block it. And, both mine and Silvia's grew more after we wore them. So knit it small!

Posted by: claudia at July 15, 2004 05:32 PM

I love the Alex sweater! How do you like knitting with the Wool Cotton. I've never tried that one before but I have the Wool Cotton book and it has a total of four patters, all of which I want to knit!

Posted by: Kimberly at July 15, 2004 07:27 PM

What great goodies you have! Again, I can't wait to see your finished Alex. I LOVE your finish-as-you go knitting technique on Ting-A-Ling. You are definitely one of the smarter knitters I know. You already have the knit faster part down pat.

Posted by: Lynette at July 15, 2004 11:50 PM

I love that box! It's a good idea to use it for small project - but do you really have small projects sometimes? You are always knitting a lot of tanks and sweaters! The Rowan one you are knitting for yourself is gorgeous, and the colour is great.

Posted by: Marta at July 16, 2004 07:27 AM

Love the shape of Alex - you're really motoring on that one. Ting-A-Ling looks pretty - great way to avoid all that seaming at the end!

Posted by: Anita at July 16, 2004 08:08 AM

What seaming on Ting A Ling? What a great idea to do it as you go. Alex looks great and I LOVE the colour.....See ya in a week..

Posted by: lisa at July 16, 2004 08:42 AM

Hey - thanks for the compliment on my tank! I LLLOOOVEEE your lunchbox! I have a little Lenore one that keeps my little knitting tools happy. Your work is Fantastic! Happy to have found your site!


Posted by: melanie at July 16, 2004 09:33 AM

I've also found out that ribbon yarns aren't good at keeping their shape, I avoid them now. Maybe knitting them along with another yarn could solve that problem. I admire your speed, I wish I could knit that fast. Look at Alex just now, it's lovely.

Posted by: Pioggia at July 16, 2004 01:25 PM

Alex kind of looks like a cropped version of the Kate sweater. I like the colour of yarn you chose to make it in.

Oh wow! That lunch box is too cool, especially with all those goodies inside!

Ting-A-Ling is looking good. I love those buttons.

Posted by: Clara at July 16, 2004 04:25 PM

I never heard of Miss Bea patterns... I will have to look them up...that sweater is sooo cute!

Posted by: Karen at July 17, 2004 08:49 PM

I really like Alex. It's a very simple classic sweater. I love that it is cropped. UMmmm! I'm going to have to think about that one in the future.How is that yarn to knit with? I'm definately going to do Audrey but I'm a little worried about her. I stole your button OK?

Posted by: Eilene at July 18, 2004 08:38 AM

Alex is going to look amazing on you. I love the color!

Posted by: Amy at July 18, 2004 10:03 AM

Oooh, GORGEOUS color of Rowan. Alex is gonna be a looker, for sure.

There's a big Japanese bookstore near where I live that has a HUGE magazine section. My next trip there, I'm on the prowl for any and all knitting mags, especially 'Girly', now that I've seen it. If they have it, I can snag you a copy.

Posted by: mindy at July 18, 2004 11:34 AM

Oooh. I've always liked that Alex sweater. Great mauve color, too! It's going to turn out perfectly, I know it. I'm coveting that box, too! Ah, I miss the days of steel lunchboxes...

Posted by: Sarah C. at July 19, 2004 12:20 PM

Hi! Alex is in my future project list too. I will make it a bit longer. Colour 902 is nice. I am a purple lover. My Alex will be in a medium purple.

The pink ruffles cardiagn is nice. I think your daughter will love it !

Posted by: Eva Shiu at July 20, 2004 02:29 AM

Oh Yeah! Froggy is making something for herself. Don't you just love Rowan's Wool/Cotton? I do.
I can't wait to see Miss Bea all finished. I really like the ruffles. It is such a cool addition to the sweater.

Posted by: Georgia at July 20, 2004 01:27 PM

Oooooh La la!!! I love your lunchbox! That's a great idea for small projects. I've been using Ziploc bags (I know, classy!), but the yarn keeps getting stuck in the corners of the opening on the way out . . . And your Rowan is really beautiful--can't wait to see it finished.

Posted by: Chandra at July 21, 2004 10:53 PM
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