Tuesday, December 20, 2005
The Christmas knitting is really coming along. I just started a purse for one of my baby chickens. I'm knitting it in Cascade 220 and using Glitterlash for the accent. I need to have it ready by Friday night. In the meantime, I've been doing some holiday baking in between cleaning and organizing projects. Fingers, don't fail me now.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
I first fell for Hats On! because of the Triple-Patterned Watch Cap. I thought it would be a great hat for me, and it looked to be a challenge to knit. One day I should knit this for myself, but this one is for my nephew. Working the Twined Herringbone edge was new for me. The yarn became terribly twisted as I worked the one round (just like the directions said), but untwisted beautifully on the next. This is a fabulous hat, and it has nifty patterning on the body beneath the cuff, but it will always remain hidden. That's why I feel the need to show all of these pictures. I'm even brave enough today to show my floats.
Saturday, December 10, 2005
The cold rain fell on a dreary afternoon, and there was a knock at the door. The UPS man was hurrying back to his truck and I quickly pulled the bagged box into the house. What was inside? This lovely cashmere yarn from my Secret Pal. Now to determine what it is destined to become.
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Monday, December 05, 2005
I'm probably going to miss my Monday night knitting group because it is Mom's birthday today and we are partying with her tonight. I've knit her a cabled headband as a little giftie. I hope I chose the correct size. If not, I'll knit it again for her. It was a joy to knit (mostly because I knew it was for Mom), and done completely without the cable needle. Mom has not much asked for knitted items, but I think this one should be a hit. She doesn't like hats (mess up hair), but her ears are sensitive to the cold and wind. This seems like it should be a match.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
No, I haven't finished the first of the Norwegian Star hats, but I am clicking along pretty well. My nephew was gracious enough to help me show you how it's coming along. Were it not for a baby shower on Sunday for which I must knit furiously, I think I could finish the hat this week.
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
I've sent for a way cool giftie for my Secret Pal. It is to be sent directly to her, and I really think that this is going to fit with some things she has been wanting to knit and design. Even better, they will be things she would knit for herself, and it's good to knit for yourself. Anyway, I'd like to get another little package in the mail for her soon because it might take a couple of weeks for her prize to arrive.
I finished knitting my ALF; I just need to block it. I've also finished a pair of socks for my nephew using Lion Brand Magic Stripes in the Brown and Blue Pattern colorway. I'm going to try and get him to put them on and let me take a picture.
I think I've got my comments fixed, now. I had the settings messed up, but I think I've got it the way they should be.
Yes, I too have received my free Bernat Disco in Mr. Brown. I'm willing to take in orphaned Disco Balls from those of you who did not like what arrived in your mailbox.
I got a nifty e-card from my Secret Pal today. Thank you, Secret Pal!
I've had a great time at my knitting meetings the past two days. Now we're just daring each other to show up at Michael's Five-Hour Yarn Event on Sunday and enter the fastest knitter contest.
Sunday, October 30, 2005
My ALF has also progressed nicely, as I have a mere 18 rows left to knit. There are, however, 437 sts in each row now, and six rows from now the shawl will have reached its full 443 stitch width. I finished knitting a Kiri in worsted weight yarn for a Christmas gift. Yes, I have completed a Christmas gift before Halloween! We'll just see how well I do with the rest. I knitted Kiri on US 10.5's, worked seven repeats of the lace pattern, and did a garter-stitch border rather than the lace one. I really like it, and would use it myself if it weren't going to be a gift. This is the second Kiri I've knit this year, and the first one was also gifted. It is such a lovely shawl, and I just may have to knit it again someday.
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Saturday, October 08, 2005
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
I've been back on Knitpicks and think that I would really like the Sweet Mary Jane Cardigan. I think it's a really cute pattern. I've always wanted to knit a lacy cardigan. This is also a pattern whose sales support breast cancer research. Breast cancer runs through my family pretty strongly. I have an aunt battling it right now. I feel like I want to knit this cardigan and maybe even in Alpaca Cloud Peppermint.
I'm mentally getting ready to dive in for some Christmas knitting. I'm beginning to form a plan. Oh dear, all this thinking cannot be good.
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Monday, September 19, 2005
Last week I picked up Simple Socks Plain and Fancy, and it is a fabulous book. Oh, I’ve been going through it just picking up more little tidbits to improve my socknitting. My mind wouldn’t focus well enough to work the different cast-ons, but I’ll have plenty of opportunity to use them later. I tried her directions for a short-row heel last night, and it turned (pardon the pun) out so well. I wish I would have read through and tried these directions before I sent that baby sock pattern to my grandmother. This heel is so much easier and nicer. I’m still knitting the baby socks for charity (due Friday), and then I have my Dobby socks to knit. I still have to pick up some Lion Brand Lamé in Gold and in Silver for accents on the sock with the Golden Snitch. Of course I also have to cast-on for my husband’s socks, but those will be toe-ups. In the meantime, it is baby socklets all the way this week. My needles are itching for some lace, and wouldn’t you know it, Knitpicks has been tempting me some more. Now, be good, Sarah. Speaking of being good, it’s time to pop in a dvd and start sweating.
Monday, September 12, 2005
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?
I prefer natural fibers and high quality yarns, but I try to not be a snob. I like for my yarn to be soft, and pleasant to work with and wear. I'm putting a lot of time and care into my knitting, so I try to use the nicest yarn I can.
2. Do you spin? Crochet?
I have given the ol' drop spindle a go, but I'm not very good at it. I do crochet, but haven't done much of it lately.
3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)
I avoid smoke like the plague.
4. How long have you been knitting?
I think it's been about four or five years now.
5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Amazon and I have one with Knitpicks.
6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
7. Do you have a sweet tooth?
8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
I dabble with the beads from time to time. I try to put in some time on the drop spindle. Home exercising to various workout dvd's has been cutting into my knitting time for the last two years, too.
9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
R.E.M. and Toad the Wet Sprocket have been spending a lot of time in the cd player, as well as contemporary Christian music.
10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?
Purple is my favorite. I guess I'm less of a fan of orange and yellow than other colors.
11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I'm married. We feed wild, stray cats that make their way to our front porch, but won't let us pet them. We also have fish.
12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)
I want to be a good person. I hope to grow, improve, and develop greater wisdom and understanding throughout my lifetime.
13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
Oh, that is so hard to decide. Jaggerspun Zephyr has always come through for me, and it fits my pocketbook. Alpaca and merino have never let me down, either. I want to give Knitpicks' yarn a try, because I've heard they're very good and they're affordable.
14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
Anything harsh. I prefer my challenge in the pattern, not the yarn. Yarn is my friend, I don't want to do battle with it. I'm also putting much care into my knitting, and want it to be used once completed, not cast aside. I like soft, pettable yarn. I've also not had such good experiences with chenille.
15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
Shawls, Lace, & Socks.
16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Shawls & Socks.
17. What are you knitting right now?
I've got socks, a scarf, and a shawl on the needles.
18. What do you think about ponchos?
I think that they are not particularly flattering to most figures (mine, included). I am willing to knit one, on request for a loved one, though.
19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
Long, circular needles are the best.
20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
It depends on the yarn and the project. I've had good results with all three, but I have the fewest bamboo, and would like to expand my selection of bamboo needles.
21. Are you a sock knitter?
Yes, I am. I do dpn's, and circ's.
22. How did you learn to knit?
Books and the internet mostly, and then I've gotten some help from knitting buddies once I found a group in town.
23. How old is your oldest UFO?
The left Selbu Mitten from Folk Mittens has been waiting for the right one to be knitted for about three or four years, but I haven't even cast-on for it.
24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?
I guess I don't really have a favorite, but llamas always make me smile. I used to buy the Sanrio stuff when I was a kid, and I still think it's pretty nifty, even though I haven't gotten any in awhile.
25. What is your favorite holiday?
Thanksgiving. I love the food, the family time, and taking time out to be thankful.
26. Is there anything that you collect?
Yarn, needles, patterns, books, bad habits, and obsessive thoughts.
27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I'm not subscribed to any magazines, but I do occasionally purchase an issue of Interweave Knits.
28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on?
I don't know why I haven't gotten Knitting Into the Mystery, yet, and I'd love the Barbara Walker's for design, Module Magic, & Treasury of Magical Knitting for trying something different.
29. Any patterns you have been coveting, but haven't bought for one reason or another??
I've always wanted to knit a wedding ring shawl. I guess that might be my knitting equivalent of a life dream. I'd also like to knit Fiber Trend's Sheep Shawl.
ETA: 30. What are your foot measurements, and what kind of socks do you like?
My foot is 9 inches long, just over 9 inches around the ball of the foot, my ankle is just under 9 inches, my heel height (center of medial malleolus to floor) is 2 1/2 inches. I like handknitted socks, be they plain or patterned, toe-up or cuff down.
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Back on the FO topic, I have progress to report on my Kangaroo Duo from The Purl Stitch. I have completed the front. I had already finished the back, but the front was left at the 2/3 mark for months. It languished in a pile while the mercury snaked it's way up the thermometer. It isn't any cooler here, in fact it's even hotter now than when I unceremoniously stuffed it away for later, whenever that might be. However, I found myself in need of some mindless stockinette, so I pulled it out of hiding, and lo and behold, I might wear this when the weather finally does turn off cooler. Speaking of weather conditions, I hear the thunder rumbling in the distance (not far off enough), so I must get off the computer.
Monday, August 01, 2005
Sunday, July 24, 2005
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I'm contemplating my next project, and think it will be a shawl for my mom. I have the Heartstrings All-Over Lace Faroese Shawl in mind for her. I have never knit this one before, but I have the pattern, and I think I might even have the yarn for it in my stash.
I'm also in the mood to dye. Yes, I know it I ought to consult a psychiatrist, but this time I'm just talking about Kool-Aid and Wilton food dye. Too bad I'm all out of money, Kool-Aid, Wilton food dye, and vinegar. We've definitely got the heat going necessary to solar dye. Perhaps I can dig around and discover that my resources are not so drained.
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Sunday, June 12, 2005
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Thursday, June 02, 2005
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Saturday, February 12, 2005
Friday, February 11, 2005
Sunday, February 06, 2005
I can't sleep, so I'm giving this "blog" thing a try. I knit, and that's what this blog is to be about, if I can figure out how to do this right. I ought to be working on my "Kangaroo" from The Purl Stitch, but I'm not. Well, truth be told, I really should be sleeping, but since that's not happening, I could be making progress on my knitting. I'll give myself this credit: I completed my Christmas knitting. I just had to do some felting. Once it all dries, I'll send it off in the mail. Better late than never, eh? I could work on my DNA or the Felted Clogs, too. That WIP list isn't too bad.
- DNA Scarf (oldest WIP)
- Felted Clogs (that yarn seemed more blue in the shop)
- Kangaroo Pullover (about five more inches till I shape for the neck on the back)
Then I've got my future list of projects I'd like to make sometime soon.
- Felted Daypack (IK Winter 2004)
- Lace Shawl
- Fair Isle Sampler hat (IK Winter 2004)
I'd also love to get a start on some gift knitting. I promised that I would finish a pair of mittens for someone. That lovely, lone mitten has languished in solitude for years. Well, it's morning, so I guess I'll give sleep another try.