About Me

I'm a forty something mother of two girls ages 17 and 11. I enjoy knitting and figuring skating. My grandmother taught me to knit when I was about 7 and I'm still "figuring out knitting!"

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Finally Finished . . .

Cable Luxe Tunic
Originally uploaded by karyn_settles
my Cable Luxe Tunic!

Pattern: Cable Luxe Tunic
Design: LionBrand Online Patterns
Yarn: Vanna's Choice - Linen

In late 2008 I started this sweater with the intention of finishing it with a KAL that Lionbrand was having at the time. I got the cable for the yoke completed rather quickly but was scared to pick up the stitches for the garter stich part of the yoke and put down the project for quite a while (the better part of the year 2009). When I picked up the project again I found out that my slip stitches at the edges of the cable for the yoke came in very handy and I was off and running again, until the spring and new projects and life took over again until I picked it up and told myself to finish it!!!!!!! I am so glad I did. It is stunning and I think I'll get a lot of wear out of it.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

A new Winter Coat for me

I have finished my winter coat.  The picture is the one I took and loaded on Ravelry.

Pattern:  Anise
Designer:  Sarah Hatton

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Christmas Wish

I am posting my wishlist here so that if someone wants to buy me something on it for Christmas they will know what I would like.  It is also a way I have to possibly win a conest with the company!  Woo Hoo!


Saturday, August 7, 2010

Worth it . . .

to give a crafted object?  A while back I made a granny square blanket for a good friends little girl.  The blanket became a favorite lovie and mom had to give it to me for repairs.  I received it in very good condition and was able to after understanding what was necessary make the necessary repairs in short order.

And now to the point . . .giving this blanket back to it's recipient.  I met mom and daughter yesterday to give them the blanket back.  I haven't seen them in some time and I doubt the now toddler would have remembered me at all.  We met at a local restaurant that is near my work and the mom's home.  Since we were all hungry we decided to have lunch.  While waiting to order I gave the toddler the shopping bag with her blanket and went about getting settled for lunch.  We had great food and wonderful time talking and enjoying ourselves during what was a way to quick lunch hour for me.  When I left, mom asked toddler to give me hug good bye . . . I got a big hug and a kiss from her!  Made it all worth it . . . and made my day.

Here's are some pictures of the blanket I took after making the repairs.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Slanting Gretel Tee . . .

Slanting Gretel Tee
Originally uploaded by karyn_settles
It's finally finished! In January I was part of a Knitting Daily Online KAL for this pattern. It took me way longer than it should have but I finally finished it.

Pattern: Slanting Gretel Tee
Designer: Petra Manis
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Greenline DK
Happiness scale: 4 out of 5
Construction: bottom up raglan

It still needs to be blocked but I think it turned out beautifully. I enjoyed the construction and would do it again. I will definitely get a lot of wear out of this sweater, especially this fall as it starts to get cooler and maybe in the next few weeks as it still hasn't gotten quite warm enough to get out of the sweaters yet. This will be a nice layering piece.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Frost Diamonds . . . Blocked

Frost Diamonds
Originally uploaded by karyn_settles
This shawl rocks! It blocked very nicely and garnered many compliments today when I wore it to work! The yellow color was fantastic on me . . . I couldn't have asked for a better garment. This will go on summer vacation with me!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

A finished project

I finished Frost Diamonds today.  It turned out beautifully!  I can't wait for it to get dry so that I can wear it!  The blocking was a little difficult with all the points but I think it's going to work out OK.  I am going to take final pictures of the project once it's dry.  I did take some pictures before blocking and after pinning it down though  Here is how it looked before blocking.

I think it is beautiful before the blocking but it will be absolutly stunning after it's finished.  I have put some points on the edging and the blocking really opens up the lacework.

The designer, Stefanie Japel is amazing!  I have made many of her designs.  They are straightforward to knit and stunning to wear!  This shawl has fitted shoulders making it easy to keep on.  The design was in the Winter 2009 Knitty.  I used some yarn that I had begun as another project.  I ended up feeling that the project wasn't working out and thought the yarn needed the "right" pattern.  I really found it.  The yellow-gold color reminds me of the Sun and I just love it!

I'll write some more when I get final pictures!  I am so glad that I worked and finished this piece!