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Penguin!

Although the major work on my penguin was done about a month ago, I finally got around to assembling the little guy.  Muchas Gracias to Wil for posting about the pattern

Please don't laugh at his little thumb-tack eyes, he's very sensitive about them.  Besides, I haven't decided what I want to use for the eyes yet and the push pin is purely temporary.

I feel pretty groovy because knitty.com labeled the pattern 'piquant', "A little something for the seasoned knitter."  Yee Haw!

Mom-in-law's dishrag

My boyfriend's mother is awesome.  One late, drunken night, shortly after I just started knitting, I was telling her that I was having trouble with purling.  She wanted so desperately to help me with it (my own mother crochets but knows nothing about knitting - besides, she's not nearly as cool) that, lacking any knitting supplies whatsoever, she grabbed a pair of chopsticks and some of my boyfriend's crochet thread and cast on. 

Somehow through the Jagermeister haze, she succeeded in teaching me to purl and every time I see her, she asks me about my knitting.  She was so amazed when I started knitting in the round on DPNs and she loves my tube scarf.  She oooed and aaahed over the coasters I made for my boyfriend. 

Following the pattern

I was so encouraged my my recent success at following a pattern that I decided to revisit a pattern that had previously eluded me and I'm proud to show you the project, the Double Eyelet Heart Dishcloth:

Double Eyelet Heart Dishcloth 

Again, I can't say that I didn't make any mistakes, but I didn't leave any behind and I only had to unravel 3 rows.  

Danger!

look out! 

I feel that I've been doing too much freestyling lately; knitting "by the seat of my pants", so to speak.  While the results have been good, I know that I can't learn new techniques by watching Knitty Gritty alone, I have to follow a pattern.  Unfortunately, every time I try to follow one, my project turns into a horrible mess. 

I decided to sit down, turn the artsy-fartsy right-brain off and follow a pattern; this time a chart.  So I chose one of the thousands of free charts from the internet and hunkered down, determined to make this one come out right. 

Stripes

colors

Stripes were easy to learn, once I got the tension right at the yarn switch.  I must've forgotten something very basic, as I somehow lost a stitch at the end of a row twice.

Monogrammed Coasters

I am so pleased with my latest creation - the monogrammed coaster set.  It is a take-off on my Mother's Day coaster set with elements of my relief dishrag thrown in. 

Coasters

 

I had to draft out the shape of the monogram relief myself on graph paper, but it really wasn't too difficult.  Thankfully, the letter 'M', which is the first letter of my boyfriend's last name, was pretty easy as well as symmetrical, which is important because the coasters are meant to be reversible.  The 'M' is in reverse-stockinette on the right side and stockinette on the wrong side.

Swimwear

I've been watching and waiting for someone to answer Martin's call to create and model swimwear.  Well, I needed a new bathing suit and so I decided it was time for me to venture into knitting apparel.  I have to say that the results are positive. 

First, I present the thong:

THONG OOOGA OOOGA