Monday, December 24, 2007

Stick a fork in me ----- I'm done!!!!!

I was determined I would finish this today. It's taken me all day to sew the squares together (one of them was still slightly wet, but I just couldn't wait for it to dry!) and I finished it about 15 minutes ago. I can't tell you how good it feels to get it done! ;0)
I did a row of single crochet around the edge in Cascade 220, colourway Fern.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Did you receive your E-Mail?

I hope everyone received their email about how to put their cover together. If you did not receive it let me know at The Yarn Grove and I will send another.

There will be a drawing for a nice prize to include everyone that finishes by the end of December and posts a picture. I can't wait to see everyone's cover and how each of you decided to arrange it and put it together.

How far away are you from finishing?

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Finishing Instructions

I will be posting the joining instructions in just a few days. Just finishing up to make it as simple as possible. How are the last 4 squares going? Anyone done with them yet?

Friday, November 9, 2007

September -- finally

I know I did not make the deadline, but I did not take my knitting to Italy and was too tired to work on them when I got home (plus I don't like cabling, so I kept procrastinating.........)

I made a major boo boo but it's stayin' I am not frogging it!

DRUM ROLL....September/October Winners

And the winners for September and October drawings are:

Deborah S - September
Brenda - October

Monday, November 5, 2007

November and December Shipments

November and December shipments will be mailed this Friday, November 9. That will give everyone time to finish before Christmas. Two new colors!

Joanne's Pictures with Olivia

Here are Joanne's pictures.

Olivia is helping take the pictures!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Just under the wire ...

These were finished a few days ago but just getting around to pictures and posting now. Sorry to say that they are not blocked, but given that the rest of my life is in boxes and I'm running around like a crazy person, they're a good reflection of my state of mind!

Both patterns went *very* fast and were great fun to knit. Looking forward to next month's kit!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

September & October Blocks

I just realized that I never posted my September blocks. They were my favorite color until I got October's yarn. Now, October's color is my favorite. I had many problems knitting the double swag pattern. Once I had knit 10 inches before I realized I was pulling the wif too tight & so I frogged it. I am happy with the square now though.

Just on another note, I recently bought some Moo cards. If you aren't familar with Moo cards, they are smaller than business cards & have pictures on them. My email, blog & Ravelry name is printed with a picture of my knitting. Out of the 7 pictures I have, 5 of them are under cover squares. The textures of the squares made for interesting pictures. Thanks again for creating this club.

Will there be other clubs as well?

Thursday, October 25, 2007

October Squares

These were really quick to knit. :0) I finished them about a week ago but have only just blocked them. Can't wait for the next ones. :0)

Thursday, October 18, 2007

2 Drawings

September and October each need to have a drawing (uh, bribe). There will be 2 drawings for the following:

1 skein of Kona Bay Cotton Yarn (super soft)
2 sets of Swallow Needles (Love these needles)

Post your September and/or October squares and get into the drawing.

What would everyone think about sending November and December squares together, around November 10? That would give everyone plenty of time to finish for a holiday gift. Tell me what you think?


Tuesday, October 16, 2007

October Blocks

Finished! I loved the Broken Rib block, but didn't like the Scalloped Swag as well. I added an additional stitch on each side and had to knit it very loosely in order for it to come out the right size. I do like it better now that it is finished!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Finished this months blocks...

beautiful color and nice feels good to have it done!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

October Blocks

What a great color we got this month! My yarn arrived on Tuesday, and by Wednesday I had completed the Double Broken Rib block. I then started the Scalloped Swag, but it is knitting up very narrow. Even with gentle pressing with my hands, it is only 10" wide. I can't imagine that it will block to 12". Is anyone else having this problem?


Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Good News!

Good News! OWool is here and will be on it's way to you tomorrow (Thursday). You can expect a brand new color, not even on the website yet. Will tell you more tomorrow and let you know what my bribe is for this month (and make up for last month's no bribe)


Sunday, September 30, 2007

September Squares

What a wonderful warm shade of red you sent us this month. It was a pleasure to work. The squares were interesting to knit and knit up quickly. Thanks.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Another speedy finish

I finished these today while off work feeling flu-ey. I think I'm going to add a Twisted Sisters square to my aunty's afghan, I really like the finished look of that one. :0)

I just want to say thanks again for the sock yarn and bag I won in last month's prize draw - the colour is beautiful and the bag is cute! :0) I think I'll be casting on a pair of socks tomorrow. :0)

Monday, September 24, 2007

yeah! got them done!

I love this color! so beautiful and really enjoyed these patterns!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

On it's way

Yes, finally, the Shipments are on their way. The Owool arrived Tuesday evening and all the packages were mailed on Wednesday, September 20. So be looking in your mailboxes, the squares-to-be are on their way to you!

Everyone is getting the same color this time and WOW is it beautiful. Let me know what you think.

Happy Knitting (you know the socks won't be happy about this)


Wednesday, September 12, 2007

I had almost forgotten....

Will the O-Wool be coming soon? If not I think I can squeeze more little projects in!

Friday, September 7, 2007


I am so sorry my holiday slideshow appeared here! I haven't done a slideshow before and was playing but I lost it, now I know where it went!!!!!!!

I went to Tunisia Debby, and lovely it was too. But I'm sorry for the error.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

DRUM ROLL.........

And the winner for August is.....


Thank you to all who participated in displaying your squares. Stay tuned for September's Bribe!


Sunday, September 2, 2007

While You Are Waiting

While waiting for the OWool to arrive I would like to show some items I am working on or have finished. Finishing can sometimes be hard for me.

Anyone else have this problem?

I have recently finished (YEAH) a pair of fingerless gloves out of Miss Hawklet Handspun yarn in Ocean Spray. I also finished (YEAH!) a pair of slippers in the Miss Hawklet Handspun. It's wonderful yarn and I love the thick and thin look.

I am working on a stuffed animal made from Woolly Boully sock yarn. It is striping nicely and the animal (bear, cat, dog?) is going to look so cute. Maybe I will make a pair of matching socks for the little person who will receive this gift. The pattern for the stuffed animal is from The picture shown here is the body and head, just so you can get an idea of what it will look like. Of course both these yarns can be found at my favorite yarn store,

OK, enough from me...what are you working on? I have read some of your blogs and I see the UnderCover Club Members are very talented. Please brag here, you are among friends!

PS: The drawing for the yarn and bag will be on Tuesday, September 4, so there is still time to post your squares if you have not done so.


Saturday, September 1, 2007

August Squares

Thanks to the comments on this blog, I finished my August squares. Almost exactly halfway up my Quilted Lattice, I messed up and have chevrons instead. It's more noticable in the picture than when you see the entire square. I'm going to call it a design element! I think my favorite pattern is which ever square I just finished. Now, I'm just waiting for September's package.

If any of you are on Ravelry, you can see all of my squares. My user name is Needles.

August Blocks Complete

I am finished! Had a slow start due to the prickly things in my first ball and had to rip out, but now all is well! I really liked both patterns. This has been a great club and I can't wait to see the new fall colors!

Squares for August

Here are squares from Joanne which I would say look lovely.

Quoting Joanne " I have to tell you I'm thoroughly enjoying this club. You've done a great job and I'm really looking forward to the new colors that are coming out for fall."

I thank her for the very nice comments.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

August Squares Finished!

I'm so glad I finally found the blog...I am really enjoying these squares...and got August finished...Here is my photo...and in UT Longhorn Colors no doubt! :)

Saturday, August 25, 2007

One of Two Down

I finished one of the two squares yesterday. I like this square. I am having trouble with the second square though. I must be doing something wrong. My loose yarn keeps getting twisting around the stitch on row 4. The completed squares don't seem to have a twist. Any suggestions to help me complete rows 4 and 8?

August Squares

Here are August's squares.

Unfortunately, these are rubbish photos - you can blame the poor photography on camera shake or the G&Ts. I know which one I'd blame! ;0) - but the squares IRL are gorgeous! ;0)

I'm now looking forward to September's.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Needing a Nudging

Nudging definition: to touch or push gently (as with elbow)

NEW Definition: To bribe or push gently (as with prizes)

Post your August squares by the end of the month and be in a drawing for 1 skein of J. Knits sock yarn and a striped bag.

If you are having trouble posting to this blog, just send me your pictures and I will post them for you.

Hope everyone is enjoying the August Squares and staying out of the heat. If it is cool where you are I am sooo envious.


Monday, August 20, 2007

Done with August!

Though they didn't come with me to China, the squares were just what I needed when I arrived home on Saturday. I managed to catch an awful head cold (on the flight over, very likely) so I wasn't up for much of anything. I settled in on the couch, tuned in to some good soccer and knitted away. By mid-afternoon, I was done.

I love the green color (willow, I think) and the patterns were great! I'll update the post with pix when I get home from work and re-up on the decongestants. :-)

Updated 8/23 with pix of the blocks. Closeups on my blog

Friday, August 17, 2007

In the Know.....O-Wool™

The O-Wool™ mark represents the highest standard available for certified organic wool products. O-Wool™ sets the industry standard by distinguishing itself from other products made with wool and organic wool. O-Wool™ yarns and fabrics are made only from wool certified by USDA accredited Organic Certification Agencies and are processed using the most sustainable methods commercially available.

Low-impact fiber-reactive dyes. Fiber-reactive dyes are a synthetic dye that chemically bonds directly to the clothing fiber molecules. They were first used commercially in 1956. The fixation or absorption rate of low-impact dyes is at least 70%, creating less waste water runoff and therefore a lower impact on the environment. Recent advances have created fiber-reactive dyes with colors that are brighter and richer, and they provide excellent colorfast properties. They contain no heavy metals or other known toxic substances, and they meet all European Union criteria for being an eco-friendly pigment. But, the actual dyes in almost all low-impact fiber-reactive dyes are still made from synthetic petrochemicals.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Have Squares Will Travel

Have your squares been traveling this summer? Mine have. They first went to Utah to see my 4 grandchildren. That was a great trip and the squares really liked the mountains. Next, the squares went to TNNA (The National Needlearts Association) where Jane and I saw and bought lots of yarn for The Yarn Grove. The last trip was to Tennessee for a family reunion...and was it ever hot! The heat index that day was 109 so you know my squares were sweating it out.

Where have your squares traveled....out of the country, to the beach, to the mountains or someplace in between? My squares want to know if your squares have been having more fun than them....

Hope it is cool where you are....we are melting here in Georgia.

PS: TNNA was in Columbus Ohio where the squares did not like the food.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

August Squares

I love the August patterns! Thanks also for the point protectors. How cute! My patterns and yarn arrived on Saturday afternoon. Sunday morning I wound the yarn and knit both squares. Of course, it took until yesterday to block them and then today to take the pictures. Here they are.


Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Yarn has arrived!

I came home yesterday to a skein of the beautiful green yarn sitting on my porch. I also love the point protectors that came along with the package! I've got a couple of things on the needles that I need to finish up this week but expect to start either over the weekend or next week.

The new patterns look lovely - I'm excited to see how they turn out!

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Having Problems........

So far I have had taupe, green, and blue yarn -- no problems. I recieved my new yarn yesterday- pumpkin -- and woven into the yarn are these prickly burrs like you see with cotton plants. They are very sharp and I am having to pick them out or cut/slice the yarn. Has anyone else had the same problem?

Friday, August 3, 2007

Thanks So Much!

If this doesn't give you incentive to get those squares finished, then nothing will.....
This is lovely! You guys are the best -- thanks again!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Congratulations to.....

Our winner for the July drawing is ..... drum roll....Jill.

Congratulations Jill. Your beautiful skein of JKnits sock yarn is on the way to you. And to everyone else, your August shipment is on the way....the August patterns are my favorites so far. I really love these and I think you will to.

Happy Knitting All

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

My July Squares

I managed to finish my July squares at the weekend, but didn't manage to get pictures until now.

First up was Adam's Rib, which I worked on while visiting my father. I love cables, and like the meandering look of this one.

Next up was Woven Delight. I had to put this down for a couple of weeks, and when I came back to it, I realised that I'd made a mistake about 4 inches down. I frogged it, and then managed to finish the square in just over a day. Whew!

Now I'm all set to see what the postman brings next month. :)

Sunday, July 29, 2007


My sock class had taken away from my squares, but I was bound-and-determined not get behind. So far so good. If you'd like to see what distracted me, my check out my blog:

Can't wait to see what August brings!


Photos at last!

I've finally taken a photo of my July squares which I blocked this morning and are drying at the moment. Again, some lovely designs.

I knit these at the beginning of the month but, lazy mare that I am, didn't block them straight away. The thought of that lovely sock yarn, though, spurred me on! :0)

Now I'm looking forward to getting August's. ;0)

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Getting in under the wire!

I'm off on vacation for the rest of the month, so I'm hurriedly posting my finished June squares. Wouldn't want to miss out on that wonderful yarn! So, without further ado, I present you with Adam's Rib:

Followed immediately by, um, the other one ...

and because I thought it was so cool, here's a close-up of "the other one" (gosh, Debby, I should remember the names but it's late and I'm tired ...)

Finally, here's how much yarn I had left over.

Needless to say, though I'll say it anyway, I was a bit *nervous* toward the end. Yup, that is, indeed, a nickel for scale. I'm off to the mountains (with knitting) and I look forward to finding a package in the mail when we get back!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

6 Finished Blocks

I haven't posted any of my Under Cover Blocks because I was having an unbelieveably hard time with 2 of the patterns, the only two patterns I attempted. I started again July 3 and had all 6 squares finished July 9th. I'm not sure why it took 4 attempts to get Diamond Brocade and Lucky Bamboo correct. Here you can see my finished Dimpled Delight and Basket of Yarn. Now, that I have gotten my square mojo, I loving working with O-wool and knitting these squares!