Monday, July 30, 2007

Christmas in July!

My first project with this KAL is "Leo" by Kristi Porter, from the Fall '04 issue. This is a sweater for my adult son. He indicated that he liked the pattern when he was home a few months ago. He asked for a machine washable navy blue version. So - this is knit from Faulk, by Dale of Norway, meeting all the specs. Only thing left is to determine if it fits. We'll know that on December 25th. Yes, my first Christmas gift is completed! I started it on July 4th, so it was a relatively quick project. A little boring at times, but what do you expect with that much ribbing!!
Thanks, Kathy in Iowa
Stop by my blog to see a photo of the recipient. Do you think it will fit??


I was able to start and funish a pair of monkey socks. What a fun and fast pattern! I am looking for another pair of socks to make... there are so many wonderful ones on knitty!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

My first entry to this KAL

Hi everybody. I can't believe I almost forgot to post my monkey socks here now. I had a couple of things going on since I signed up for this KAL. So here they are, my version of Cookie's monkey socks.
They turned out a little to small for me, so they are going to Germany to my sister. She is way overdue for some new socks from me. For my size I would have had to add on another repeat. I did both the heel and the toes with the short row, which is just my preferred method of doing my socks.
Don't know what will come next, but I'll find something.

Oh dear... I'm behind!

I might be the farthest behind in our KAL! I am working on Clapotis, but I haven't been able to give it my exclusive focus. I am hoping to finish it by Christmas. Here's a picture of my work-in-progress. I am pleased so far! I hope this KAL doesn't disappear too fast - everyone here is making such quick progress!

Friday, July 27, 2007

Tiger Monkeys Stalking the Wild Passion Fruit

As soon as those Tiger Monkeys were off the needles, they leapt off to stalk their prey. I caught up with them at the border. They were, apparently, climbing over the fence...managed to get themselves all tangled up in the passion fruit vines.

In the first picture, you see them frozen like deer in the headlights. Notice the tiger pattern...completely unplanned and unprovoked. I knit one sock after the next with utter disregard for symmetry. In the second pic, they seem to be making a run for it.

monkey tigers in passion 2

stalking the wild passion fruit

monkey tigers in the passion fruit

making a break

Calorimetry and Fetching

I've started and finished Calorimetry and Fetching this week. I love the pattern for Fetching and will definitely be making some more of these as gifts for Christmas.

My Calorimetry was knitted in the leftovers from a hank of Debbie Bliss Maya (the multicoloured part) and finished with leftover 100% wool Celtic Aran. I wasn't sure how this would work out but I'm pleased with the finished result.

My Fetchings were made using Jaeger Merino Aran with a scraps of lilac mohair/wool mix aran. I used the lilac aran as a contrast as I didn't think the one ball of Jaeger I had would be enough and I'm glad I did as I've just the tiniest bit of the Jaeger leftover.

A Little Cozy

I've started Cozy. It's looking so much better than the original I tore out. I've posted it on my blog and some other pics of my husband's well tended flower garden. Take a look if you'd like!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Vog On

Yarn: Steinbach Wolle - color 005
Needle: Size 2 Brittany
Pattern: Vog On - Knitty Summer 2007


My 1st project for this KAL are the Breeze anklets from the current issue (Summer 07) of Knitty. A quick fun knit and only 1 skein of sock yarn! For all the specifics and several (maybe too many)"on the feet" pictures you may check my blog...

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Quick Knitting

Julie and anyone else interested in checking out my French Market Bag should check out my Blog. It knit up so fast and I absolutely love it! I can't wait to make another for my sister-in-law!

Tiger Monkeys


Pattern: "Monkey" by Cookie A - Winter 2006
Yarn: skacel "Trampoline - stretch"
Color: Tiger
Needles: Size "0" (2mm)

This pattern is such a fast knit! The has integrity. It's name - stretch - is spot on. This is some wildly stretchy, bouncy yarn. Monkey's stitch pattern sort of gets lost at a distance. But they are coming out very cool. I do believe I'm going to have to wrestle my 13 year old granddaughter for this pair!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007


I started casting on Isabella. So far so good. I have a couple of other projects going, but I am excited to be working on this. I just completed the first eyelet row. I am using Filatura di Crosa Dolce Amore in leaf green. I don't know why I am so drawn to green lately. Maybe my husband's influence...


I have finished the first of my 2 Knitty projects. The Twinkletoes are all finished and already getting use.
Pattern: Twinkletoes - Knitty Winter 2006
Yarn: Rowan Calmer in Chiffon
Needles: Plymouth US 6
Modifications: Next time I would make the ties a little bit longer so that they dangle a bit.

Monday, July 23, 2007


I may be the last person to start these, but I'm making the fetching pattern out of Berrocco's Pure, a squishy merino, in a burgundy color. Just past the cables - so far so good. My next project is going to be the felted tea cozy. Anyone knitting that?


Just wanted to say Hello!!!
I`ve just started on a Clapotis. I`ve been wanting to do it for quite some while, and finally it`s on the needles. I`ll take some pictures later.

'vog on

I love, especially all the free sock patterns. I have just finished 'vog on and loved the pattern. I made a few mods, i knit them toe-up, but don't like the cast on specified,so did a short-row toe, I also didn't like the original heel (i now know that there was a mistake in the pattern) so ripped back and did my normal short-row heel. I am really pleased with them and would definitely knit them again (this time attempting the corrected heel, but sticking withe short-row toe). These are going to be sent of to my Hogwarts sock swap pal.

Pattern: 'vog on
Yarn: Razzytazzyknits Ravenclaw sock yarn
Needles: 2.75mm Brittany birch dpns
Mods: Short row toe and heel

several projects going

Like so many of us, I'm working on several Knitty projects at once. First up is Isabella that I'm actually just trying to finish. Here it is in blocking mode. Some time this week I'm hoping to stitch up the sides and add the little edging to the sleves.

(Apparently I'm having issues with my photos coming out in the right direction. Bare with me here...)

Next up is the Sueet Suede bag that I finished knitting up this weekend. What a great weekend project... it went by very quickly. However, instead of using the suede I chose to use Malva (a ribbon yarn) in yellow, brown, and green tones. I think it turned out nicely. Now I'm thinking of making a trip to the fabric store to pick out a corrdinating yellow fabric to line it with and bring out more of the yellow in the yarn. I'm not all that hip on the sewing end of things, so this will be a challenge for me. I recomend this project for anyone who is looking for a quick hand made gift. It would be great to give filled with all sorts of pampering goodies.

And now I've begun working on the French Market Bag that someone else on here is also working on. I decided to work with Patons wool since I did my first felting project with it and it felted so easily. This is only my second felting project and I'm still a little worried about how it will turn out. I figured working with cheaper yarn would be ok for experimenting now.

School's in session

I cast on for Isabellas this weekend and so far, so good. Had a few challenges with gauge and sizing, but decided to drop two needle sizes (2.75) and knit the L. I am knitting with a bamboo yarn; I think it will have a nice drape, but will indeed need some blocking. Do any of you have experience using bamboo fiber? I did a few rows on the subway to work this morning, so hence the school books in the background. Apologies for the less than fabulous photo.

I can't wait to see (and be inspired by!) all of your creations!

Sunday, July 22, 2007

On my way

Now I'm on my way with the Zodiac. But I have done some changes, I think it will be more convenint to have it open in one side, and added some more stitches for the buttonholes. And as I not is doing it on circular neeedes, I just as well thought I could knitt in the motif. Well, there is another change from the pattern, I decided to not have the zodiac sign, I wanted something bigger. Hope those changes not will disqualify me from the KAL?

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Wisp and a Baby Twist

I've got Wisp from the summer 07 Knitty on the needles right now; I should take a new picture as it's further along than in this one. I'm also adapting Tangerine Twist for a baby cardigan. I'm calling it Blueberry Twist.

My next Knitty project will be Fetching. I bought some Berrocco Ultra Alpaca for it last fall but never had time to knit it. I want to be wearing my warm red Fetchings this fall!

Thanks for starting a Knitty Knit-a-long. Great idea!

Blog Links

If your name doesn't have a link with it, it means that I couldn't find your blog or you didn't e-mail it to me. If you guys don't mind, if you're not linked but you have a blog, please leave a comment on here or e-mail me at mad [dot] lillies [at] hotmail [dot] com and give me your name and your blog address and I'll be happy to add you!
I, too, joined the Knitty KAL at the last minute. I wanted to make something someone else is making, but not something I've made before (I'm on my third Clapotis; I do like that pattern). I also wanted something not too complicated - so, I will be making the Tahoe sweater.
Glad to be a part of this group.



I'm Pat from MA and I followed Shirley and Kathy here at the last minute! My plan is to knit at least 1 pattern from each issue of Knitty. Until now, the only Knitty patterns I've made are Shedir and Argosy, but I have started the Breeze anklets from the latest issue and look forward to more...
I'm looking forward to seeing all of your projects too!


Hi! I am Shirley from Georgia and I blog at Currently on my needles are "Queen of Cups" from the Spring 2007 issue of I am looking forward to participating with the group and seeing what everyone is knitting. Thanks for the invitation to join this KAL.


Friday, July 20, 2007

Approve Invites

We still have three people that haven't accepted their invitations to contribute to the blog. If you don't accept the invite, I'll have to remove you from the KAL. Please do this ASAP!

I forgot .........

my blog

Looking forward to..............

blogging with all the Knitty KAL bloggers. As a fellow blogger said it's a good way
to keep knitting your "want to knit list" and patterns on There are so
many great ones there.

Intro and update.

Hi! I am Kathy in Iowa. Thanks for allowing me to join in this KAL. I currently have two Knitty designs on the needles, so I was thrilled to hear of this KAL.

I am currently working on "Leo" and "Pomatomus". I hope to make "Bristow" in the not too distant future. Also, after recently finishing a pair of "Breeze", I have another pair on my waiting list, destined to be a gift for my mom.

It will be fun to share experiences with fellow knitters.
Again, Thanks for the invitation.

kathy in iowa
My Blog

Thursday, July 19, 2007

~ Hello ~

Hi ~ I'm Dawn and I'm looking forward to being apart of this group. I've been knitting for the past 6mos and I love a challenge.

I've started on Knitty's
Fetching but could use some motivation, encouragement and support. My oldest dd has finished 2 pairs and started another. LOL I've confidence that I will get mine done too. I've also selected "Cozy" for a prayer shawl exchange which will definitely be a challenge for me but I think I can handle it especially with a little help from some knitting friends. ;D

Thx for doing this KAL, I'm looking forward to learning new things and making new friends. ;D

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Cable Net

I sure hope someone else decides to make a pair of Cable Net socks. Last night was swatch night. Man o man. I didn't think I was a real loose knitter...but that gauge (10/in) on 0's (2mm)! I got down to 9/in on 00's (1.75mm). Wouldn't be so bad if my yarn wasn't splitty, but, it is. HA! Anyhoo...if anyone else has made them, I'd love to hear! If anyone else is planning on making them...holler!



Hi everyone. I'm very excited about this knitalong.

I have a long knitty 'to do' list. I'm planning on knitting a few pairs of socks - breeze, bmp, monkey (again), hedera and pomotomus.

I'm on a bit of a stash busting mission at the moment so I'm planning on knitting calorimetry, kate, fetching and wisp.

There are also lot's more knitty projects I'd love to make.
I can't wait to get started and see everone elses projects.


Tuesday, July 17, 2007


Hi everyone! I can't wait to get started. I am knitting Tubey right now and plan on a few more Knitty projects. I signed up for the KAL thinking it will help me finish projects rather than just starting new ones!
Happy Knitting!

Monday, July 16, 2007


Hmmm... this KAL may never end... its such a good idea!
Just dropping by to say hello. Im also working on Zodiac. I've been trying to nail it down since it arived in Knitty. I've cast on and frogged several times...For some reason the baby is eating my brain and the ability to read a pattern correctly has escaped me. I probabbly will be casting on again tonight. I'm using Cotton-Ease from Lion's Brand in Lake (blue) and Lime (um... green).

I want to get to make Sheldon soon. I think that will be my next project... that is if Zodiac ever gets done....

My blog is: Twin Monkey Arts... I dable in a buncha stuff so dont freak if knitting isnt the first thing thats up there. I'm a soon to be Mom (a boy due in October) and I'm typically found on the Knitty Chatroom, and I'm formerly known as Heart of Life in the room, and on the boards...

Question about virtual "buttons"

Thanks so much for giving me the information about how to do the hyper-text (is that what it's called???) colored link for websites. Just to show I've learned, here is my blog link! Now here's another question... how do I put a Knitty KAL button on my blog? That's a new one for me!

Oh yeah, I ordered my yarn for Isabella today! Now, if I can just get my sweater finished up (putting in the color right now) and get some progress done on MS3, I'll be doing well!!!

Jennifer in Ohio

Hello! I am so excited!

I can hardly wait to print out a few more patterns now that several of you have mentioned them. I am currently working on Monkey socks, but BOB is high on my list of sweaters and I'm sure I can find many more knitty patterns to make and enjoy!

Looks forward to this!

Just want to say hello to everybody in this KAL. I'm really looking forward to follow all the wonderful things you will do, and hope to be able to contribute with some lines and photos now and than. I just hope my poor English not will scare everybody away from my posts :-)? As far as I can see on the list, I'm the only not English-speaking here. I am a very entusiastic but not very experienced knitter from Sweden. I would love to see you in my blog, if you want to know more about me.

Anyhow, I have just done the first rows of Zodiac for my grandson Alex.

Looks forward to meet all of you here in this Kal!

So Excited

Well, I must say, I'm VERY excited for this KAL to finally get started! I just got done tagging everyone's posts with the projects they are planning on doing. I thought it would be helpful to be able to see who else is making what you are! We have a couple people knitting Calorimetry, a bunch of people knitting Isabella and a couple more doing the Monkey socks, then the rest are scattered among various projects throughout Knitty.

I guess I should finally get around to telling everyone what I plan on knitting =) I have cast on and done a row or two of Wisp and I can't wait to get started on it! I'm also working on the Monkey socks, as most people are =)

Other than that, I've been knitting for about a year and a half and I just recently got into the blogging world and I LOVE it! Hope everyone enjoys the KAL and I can't wait for it to get started -- we have almost 40 knitters!!! =)

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Anyone out there doing Isabella?

I'm looking at ordering yarn for Isabella, and I'm planning on ordering from Knitpicks. I've tentatively chosen Main Line in butter pecan. Has anyone else used this yarn? It's a new one for me. Do you think this one might work okay for the pattern?


Jennifer in Ohio

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Intro & High Hopes

Hey there...

Thanks for this KAL! I have a big fat Knitty list, and sorely need a butt-kicking robot to motivate me. Here's some of the stuff on my list: Tulip Toes, in my handspun, for my dear old friend's grandbaby, and Monkey, in Regia Bamboo, for me. Calorimetry, in my handspun, for me. Breeze, in I'm not sure yet. Cable net in one of the wonderful things in my stash...maybe a Schaefer - Anne or a Fleece Artist that I've been holding for the perfect project. And Sweetpea. And I'm not sure what to use for that.

All I have to say, at this point, this evening, after making Blackberry Sourdough with Walnuts, is WHOO HOO! I can't wait for this to start!!!!


Elle at Dove's Roost


I have to say, I haven't been this excited about a knitting project in a long time! This is my first KAL, and I've actually convinced my mother to join me! She isn't very tech savvy, so I'll be including her progress in my posts. My mother, Christina, will be knitting Cinxia as a Christmas gift for a family member. I will be knitting be Candy for myself and knowing me, probably frog it three times in the process. My mother and I just came back from the yarn store, and we can't wait for the 21st! Pictures of our yarn to be posted soon on my blog, which I have been frantically trying to perfect before this KAL starts. Good luck and I wish everyone lots of fun!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

So Much Too Do!!

I am thrilled to find this KAL!

I have all the pieces of Norberta finished. I just have to sew them together.

My To-Do List:
Danica Scarf
Sheldon the Turtle

Update: July 12, 2007
Photo of Norberta is on my blog: ChezKnit


Hi everyone,

How exciting to have a Knitty KAL! I have 2 projects in mind for this KAL. The first is a sweater for my daughter for Christmas the Double Scoop and the second are a cute pair of Twinktoes also for my daughter. Can't wait to get started, just hoping that the yarn for the sweater will get here soon.

Happy Knitting

Basics of the KAL =)

So, just in case there are other newbies to the knit-a-long world, I figured that I'd stick up a little post about how the whole thing works. I will stop allowing new additions to the KAL on July 20th -- which is in 9 days -- and then everyone can start posting pictures and whatever else they'd like to put up here about their progress on their Knitty projects. Of course, you can always post on your blog as well, this is just a nice way to get some support. I know I'm always a little doubtful of how my knitting looks, so it's nice to get the encouragement from others!

Anyways, I'm not sure how then ending of the KAL will go. Probably once everyone has completed at least one Knitty project, I'll start a blog for the Knitty KAL 2, or something like that.

Well, other than that, I'm not too sure what else to add in! Please let me know if I left anything out, or if you have ideas of a better way to do it! Take care everyone and enjoy your Hump Day =)

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Oh, yeah, I forgot to say what project I'm doing!

I'm also wanting to do Isabella (saw another on down the list doing it as well). By the way, if any one has the time or desire to show me how to do the hyper-link text where it shows up blue, and all you have to do is click on it to be taken there, I'm all ears! Thanks!

Just joining in...

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with for the KAL. I'm a little tech slow, but I'm trying to learn all this blog stuff to stay connected to all my cyber knitting friends. I've loved Knitty for the past couple of years, and while I'm crazy enough to do this with MS3 going on in my life as well, I'm very much looking forward to hearing about all the great projects everyone else is planning on doing!

Flickr Account

Just so everyone knows, I just checked the Flickr account and realized that I had set the group to invite only. It has now been changed to an open group, so you all are welcome to join it!


Hi Everyone,

I'm thrilled to have found this KAL - no time limit, many patterns! I'll be knitting COZY which I bought the yarn for well over a year ago and even sprung for the yarn called for in the pattern! Hopefully it will be complete for those cool August-September nights. I've got Sockapaloooza socks to finish first...looking forward to watching everyone's projects.
Do we need to register for Flicker to participate? What's the plan on how this KAL will work?
Sorry, but I am a newbie to all this stuff.


I am excited that people are finding this KAL! I have decided to do Bristow. I love Aran style and have designed a couple. I decided to spin the yarn for this cardigan in a Sapphire blue roving that I dyed. I should have it spun and ready by the start date. Debora
Hello all!

I am currently knitting a Soleil tank, and hope to have it done by the time that the KAL officially kicks off. I have yarn ready for Coachella, so that will be my initial project. I have loads of knitty patterns on my to-do list, so I hope that this KAL sticks around for a long time!

20 Knitters & Growing...

Just wanted everyone to notice that we have reached and exceeded 20 knitters for this KAL! I'm so excited! I'm glad that you guys requested to extend the sign-up period. Hopefully we'll get even more members to sign up for the KAL =)

Well, good night all! Hope the week started out well for everyone.

Take Care,

Monday, July 9, 2007

Joining the club

Greetings all! I'm looking forward to this KAL; thanks for putting it together, Maddie. I think that I'll be knitting Isabella with some Stella bamboo yarn. I've never worked with the fiber before, but just purchased some and am not happy with the project I started so time to frog that and begin again. A confession: I'm not a very religious swatcher, but perhaps that will change...

Can't wait to see all your fabulous projects!

KAL newbie

Hey everyone! I'm kind of new to the whole on-line knitting community. I've just reciently created my own blog site found here. I'm still trying to figure it all out. If anyone has any suggestions I would love to hear from you. I signed up for a swap event and was ironically paired with Maddie. It turns out that we actually live on the same street (well, kind of. If you know anything about Arlington VA you know what I mean.) and I saw that she was starting this KAL. What a great idea! Usually at least one of my current projects comes from Kitty. In fact, currently, I've done all the knitting for the Lizard Ridge but still need to take on the process of sewing it together (aurgh) and I just finished the pieces for Isabella but it needs to be blocked out and then put together. I'm also half completed with a special little something from Knitty for Maddie, but I won't tell just yet. I'm also thinking of working on Sueet Suede. I just got some great fun ribbon yarn that I think might look great as a trendy little bag. I can't wait to see what everyone else is going to make! Maybe it'll give me a few more ideas of what will be next on my list of knits-to-do.
Hi there. I am finally going to knit Clapotis! I will have to be diligent and get a few other projects off the needles before the 20th! Looking forward to seeing everyone's projects and progress.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Hello Fellow Knitty-ers!

Hi, my name is Pamela. I'm knitting in Austin, TX - I live and work here as well, but most will just tell you I knit! I'm pleased to see this knit along! I've fallen in love with the Tahoe sweater and even started it. I've got so many projects going that I've kind of lost my way. I'm going to use this blog to keep me on task with this project. I also have two more Knitty projects on deck. Won't get to those until this one is complete.

I'll post pictures later of my sweater in progress. I need to dig it out of the 'in progress' pile and get out the camera. I'll also share the spec's - what I'm knitting with etc.

Saturday, July 7, 2007


This week, I went shopping for yarn in preparation for two Knitty projects. It's a nice surprise that I stumbled upon this KAL. I've wanted to make Shedir for awhile, and I bought the yarn for it this week as I already got the needles for it. I found I wanted to make Ester soon so I got yarn for it almost impulsively, need some needles. I knit a lot of Knitty patterns actullyy. Right now, I'm finishing my second Monkey Socks and making a Swell-like hat. Well, I look forward to participating. I blog at by the way. Have a good time preparing.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Perfect for me

This KAL is great. I hope we can spread the word a little more, so we'll get more participants by the time it closes. Knitty has so many great patterns so offer and I'm sure almost everyone that heard about the website has already knitted one or two of the designs. There is really something for everyone whether you are a beginner or a pro. I just finished the Monkey socks from Cookie A. but I guess I should not show them off until the KAL officially starts. I also just printed out Shedir and Heart. Those patterns have been around for a while and I have no idea why nobody thought about this KAL sooner. May I suggest we keep it open for sign ups longer and do it like the one Fair Isle KAL that ended up going on and on instead of ending after a month? That would be nice.

So let's see if we can add a couple more members to the list and then get knitting.

French Market Bag

Timing is everything.
Yesterday I printed out the pattern for the French Market Bag and today I found out about this KAL.
So I'm all set - the yarn is being taken from my stash and everything.
Can't beat that!
Sometimes life works out just as it should.
Let's just hope I don't screw this up.
I can't wait to see what everyone else chooses!

Thursday, July 5, 2007


I am excited to join this KAL! I have checked out several patterns from knitty and will decide in the next few days. Thanks! Debbie