Friday, August 17, 2007

It's that time again and what FKD is up to .....


It hasn't quite been a whole year yet but it's time again for all us knitter's to rally to support a very worthy cause. It's time again for the Red Scarf Project!!

We all did such a great job last year the Orphan Foundation of America got TOO MANY scarves!! YAY Knitters! So this year they are asking for knitters to limit themselves to two scarves only.

The amazing Norma of Now Norma Knits has championed this wonderful charity for three years and she's at it again but with a twist!! Because now we knitters can sponsor a scholarship fund too!!

Just click on the button to visit the Red Scarf Project Blog and learn all about how you can make a difference...




Or zip on over to Norma's Place and see all the amazing prizes you can win once you click that little PayPal button.

So get knitting those scarves and making those donations, you'll be so glad you did!


Now for some FKD knitting!

First off, thank you all for the lovely compliments on Bonita! I am very happy with her and I'm glad y'all like her too!

After I fishished Bonita I figured I'd get one more summer top in before the cold weather gets here (hee!) I saw this while surfing around (damn insomnia!!) I think it's really pretty and something that would get a lot of wear in a warm climate...


It's a pattern from Elann, the Esprit V-Neck Summer Tank. It's simple yet attractive, a very easy knit with just enough patterning to keep it interesting, as well as very comfy and forgiving cause it's made with stretch cotton yarn. Altho be advised the pattern only goes to a 36" bust so I had to do some serious upsizing!

I've already knit a good portion of the "front" (both back and front are the same) and here is what I'm using for the trim too:


I'm enjoying knitting with the Esprit (Elann's version of Cascade Fixation) cause it's soft and squishy plus the simple pattern is welcome after all Bonita's beading (and re-beading!)

Of course I'm also knitting socks. Remember the screamingly pink well marinated Elann yarn I was using for the Go With the Flow socks? Well they've gone with the flow right into the trash!! I used the yarn because I loved the bright colorway and the recipient wanted pink but what complete crap that yarn is!! I freely admit to being a total yarn snob and I bought it when I first came back to knitting in 2002 so I didn't really know better but that stuff was beyond bad! It was harsh and lifeless and altho I persevered thru 2/3 of the first sock it was so disgusting I took it off the needles and tossed in right into the garbage and will be donating all the other skeins in my stash! What a waste!

So my knitting supervisor and I went poking around the stash and came up with a much nicer pink alternative....he even helped me wind it, see?


Ah, now that's much better! This is Louet Opal in Pink Panther and I'm making a simple twin rib pattern this time.


Isn't that pretty? Note of course the matching mani, OPI Brights Collection, This Little Piggy :)

Have a great weekend!

26 comments:

Terri said...

I am the first commentor for once - wheeee!!!! The Louet Pink Panther sock yarn is great, and it looks like it is working up beautifully. I have some of the "beginners' choice" sock yarn in my stash too - sorry to hear that a bad skein jumped onto your needles.

Your supervisor also seems to approve...

La Cabeza Grande said...

Meow, Pink Panther! What a super choice, Debi. Really like the tank top and border selection too.

Pumpkin's got good taste :o)

Opal said...

Cute tank top! I seriously admire your upsizing skills. Love the pink yarn with matchin' mani.

KnitNana said...

Love the tank and border yarn! And that pink mani is wonderful! (So's the sock...what was the Elann yarn? I have some from about 2004 in hot pinks...hmm...)
(((hugs)))

Beth said...

Way better yarn this time - you can't go wrong with Opal.

CrazyFiberLady said...

Very cute sock and the tank is going to be gorgeous.

Dorothy said...

One thing you'll never see me post is pictures of my nails - I can't compete with someone who matches their polish to their project! The new tank is going to be lovely. So, what does FKD consider winter weather - when it gets down to a whopping 60? Hee hee!

Alison said...

Pretty pink!

I was actually getting ready to do a self-manicure and post on the blog - all my nails were so pretty and long. Then one broke. And I'm the type of person that has to cut them all to the same length, sooo... They are getting long again, so maybe soon!

Leslie said...

I took one look at the yarn selections for the new tank and went "yummmmmm" - great selection! And I love the way P-Man is helping with the knitting chores. He's such a "man about the house" type of guy...

Stay well and scritch P-man for us please.

Madge said...

Life IS too short for yucky yarn. Glad you've ditched the bad and are now working with the good. Pink Panther + Little Piggy = fabulous.

Happy weekending to you, too!

Batty said...

Must have that tank!

Abbigail said...

Love the choice of tank your working on! My cousin made one herself in a light orangy-red cotton yarn, and loves it. She wears it everywhere!

Sorry about the bad yarn. If ya want, I can take it off your hands. I do some simple weaving, and how you described the yarn makes it seem perfect for the project I have in mind.

If you want to set up a swap/trade in yarn, my email is abbigail.lorin@gmail.com. I can probably dye some red/purple striping wool in exchange....*starts muttering about gram/dye ratios*

Sheri at The Loopy Ewe said...

Good grief. I want to knit as fast as you do! :-)

Kris said...

That tank is going to be beautiful.

I have only recently learned of the stretchy joys of Cascade Fixation (and its Elan distant cousin). I was a bit confused, but quite fascintated. Now I've decided I like the stuff. Its so squishy soft.

Sorry about the sock trauma but the new version looks lovely.

Carol said...

Love the coordinates! You so cool...I got that pattern too! It is perfect for here! I for one am not ashamed to say i shiver in the 50s;)

Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

Ooo, that'll be a nice tank!

I love the new SIP and the knails too! :-)

Zarzuela said...

Nothing like a little extra assistance when trying to wind yarn. ;) Can't wait to see the new socks!

Jessica

Rhonda the Stitchingnut said...

Some times you just gotta do what ya gotta do and throw it out. 'Fraid I'm a yarn snob now only in the sense that "if it doesn't feel good in my hands, I'm not knitting with it!" ... so that doesn't necessary mean it can't be cheap. I've donated yarn from my crocheting [afghans] days tho.

La said...

The new yarn is so beautiful in it's solid simplicity! It just LOOKS nice and soft.

So, your supervisor keeps a careful eye on your winding too, huh?

Jacki said...

So confused... how can one have too many scarves? [surveys out of control scarf collection, frowns] :)

I love how P-Man just looks sort of mildly curious about the yarn.

Julie said...

Pretty pink yarn and what a handsome helper you have there!

Maia said...

Knitting supervisor, I like that. He looks well qualified.

I heartily agree about not using crappy yarn. Life is too short to knit with it or have to wear it. Good for you!

Lorette said...

I love the new sock yarn color! Life is indeed too short to use crappy yarn.
And the tank is gorgeous. But what the heck is with designers to stop pattern sizing with 36 inch bust size? That's barely a medium! ;-)

Wendy said...

Lucy asked me to leave a comment thanking the P-man for his card.

Hmmmmm, I'm not sure what she's talking about, but when she meows, I obey!

nosenabook said...

hi Deb,
stopping by to say hi as instructed!
The tank is wonderful, are the beads as fun to wear as they look?
--Gail

peter said...

Good work! It’s nice to see you continuing the good work for a noble cause yet again. We will extend our support this year too and make this foundation a success. I checked out your Win Amazing Prizese those.