Saturday, December 23, 2006
I cleaned the office today. And I found a lot of wips. I even *gasp* threw some wips in the trash. Like I cut them off the attached yarn and trashed them. It felt good.
The number one (and two) wips are presents for my mom & step-dad. Which of course are gonna be late. But I'm about 75% done on an irish hiking scarf for him and some embossed leaves socks for her. Once those are done I can tackle the wip pile.
3. Ball-band dishrag
4. The revived dead bride (VK Fall '05 #19 Lace Shawl)
6. Via Diagonale
7. Splash Scarf
8. Sandy Cardigan
9. Fuzzy Feet for the man
See? I pared it down. Mostly by frogging and tossing though. I've finished a few pretties and I will post pictures of all in the next couple of days.
So in the wise words of Kermit the Frog, I bid you happy holidays...
"I don't know if you believe in Christmas. Or if you have presents underneath a Christmas tree. But if you believe in love, that will be more than enough, for you to come and celebrate with me."
Sunday, October 15, 2006
I *am* knitting. Right now I am on the 1st sleeve of my Sandy Cardigan. And I restarted the dead bride. Also, for something that's just yummy and easy, I'm making the Misti Chunky Ribs & Ruffles scarf in this quite lovely color. Ahh... the pleasure of mindless knitting with obscenely soft yarn. *sigh*
But we were talking about four. So here you go.
Four jobs I've had:
Cashier at a chinese take out joint
Front Desk Manager at a fancy hotel
Technical Trainer for a publishing firm
Domestic Engineer - oh yeah, I'm a SAHM
Four movies I can watch over and over:
She's All That
The Princess Bride
Anything Harry Potter
Anything Scooby Doo - the Scooby Doo is a little frightening. I own 80% of anything Scooby Doo, animated and live action. And I go out on the specific Tuesday when they release the new animated films. I got quite snippy with the Blockbuster dude about a month ago on a Tuesday when he tried to tell me that Scooby Doo: Pirates Ahoy! was not being released that day. And then I sent the man to Best Buy to pick it up.
Four places I have lived:
Omaha, Nebraska - just don't do it. Trust me.
Four places I have been on vacation:
Cumberland Falls, Kentucky
Orlando - as a kid and with my own boys
Four of my favorite dishes:
Chili's black bean burger
My own blueberry cobbler
My mom's barbecue - which I gave up to be a veghead
My mom's buckeyes - and no, I won't share.
Four websites I visit daily:
My bank account
Yahoo Mail & Groups
Four places I would rather be right now:
At the beach
At home with my mom
Getting a pedicure
Four bloggers I am tagging...
Eh, I am the anti-tag. But this was fun, so swipe if you wanna!
Monday, September 11, 2006
When life hands you lemons... I buy yarn!
I've been fondling this for a couple of weeks at my LYS. And I thought it would be perfect for ChicKnit's Cece. So Saturday I swatched. And I was right. Even though it's technically worsted, I got a gorgeous on-gauge fabric on size 6 needles. And it's so very soft. And the silk gives it a gleam. It's not a color I would normally buy, but for some reason the soft color of terracotta that it is looked really nice with my skin. So there you go.
Oh wait. I'm not done yet.
I've also fondled this many times. It's kind of a periwinkle mix, or a purple, depending upon what light you're in. But it's pretty. And it's like knitting with clouds, or non-sticky cotton candy, or something else dreamy. Anyhoo... I'm making the matador bolero out of the fall Knitscene with it.
And progress on something I did NOT buy on Saturday *snicker*.
This is of course the Sandy Cardigan from Big Girl Knits. One of two sweaters I plan to use as pseudo winter coats when I head home to Ohio for Thanksgiving. The other of course will be my Rogue cardigan. I'm midway through the first shaped side panel. After I do both of those all I have is the sleeves and the edging. But I want to make sure this is done and ready to go!
So after all of these exciting updates, I now must tend to more mundane tasks. Just a word to the wise. If you take your boys to Steak & Shake after Scouts on a Friday night, and one of them makes wierd "whoa" noises... check the car before you haul everyone upstairs to bed. Otherwise you will miss the fact that Mr. Whoa has spilled a precious few ounces of his shake in the backseat. And you won't know about it until you go to drive to the library on a hot and humid Sunday afternoon. Oh but then, then you'll know.
Right now it's sitting outside with all the windows open, with the suspected spot scrubbed within an inch of its life, and the rest of the car sprinkled with baking soda. Next up, the car wash and the free vacuum. Pray it works. I can't afford a new car.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
So don't knit with scissors.
In other news, VK #19 from the Fall '05 issue is now officially off the WIP list. Officially, even.
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Can you tell I've had too little sleep?
Last night was a 6-midnight knit-in at my LYS. I had a great time and made some terrific progress on my Sandy Cardigan from Big Girl Knits. I have great plans to upload some pictures and soon.
But before I can knit or take pictures, or any of that, I've really got to clean up this house.
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Pattern: Flower Petal Washcloth from Weekend Knitting
Yarn: Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille - less than one skein
Needles: Size six dpns from Lantern Moon
I picked this back up last night at Knit-In and then spent two episodes of Angel with it after I got home. One more episode of Angel this morning and it's finito! Very soft, very cute. The picture is natural sunlight, but it's really more of a plum color. I suck at the pictures. Yes, I do.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Wait a minute. Scratch that thought.
Nothing is more relaxing than kicking back with my knitting.
Oh shoot. I can't decide.
I've heard tales. Of bubble bathing AND knitting. I'd even seen artfully arranged photo shoots of such activities. But would it really work?
Well, I'm here to tell you brothers and sisters. Yes, yes, it does work.
I figured starting with a warshcloth was a safe way to go. And I knitted in my bath. My scalding hot, my skin's still red when I get out, but it makes me happy bubble bath.
A few notes for the extreme relaxers out there:
1. The bowl is plastic, I just figured clear made a prettier photo op. I think glass would be more likely to tip.
2. It's probably better to stick with single stranded knitting. The resting yarn tended to get slack and wanna go swimming.
3. Wet kitchen cotton is really stubborn.
4. I highly recommend investing in one of those five dollar blow up pillows. Makes all the difference.
Now go! Relax! Right now!
Monday, July 31, 2006
But the Mystery Stole? Well... I don't know. It's just not my style. Or something. Basically I'm bored out of my gourd with it. Having to pre-count all those little stockinette squares is time-consuming and sucks the fun out of the chart. And the fact that the last three charts have been basically the same motif over and over??? It's an easy quick knit and I imagine I will finish it, but right now it's just not making me happy. I may just buy Leda's Dream and do that one instead, because this one is just not doing it for me.
So I've returned to Icarus where fortunately, I'm just in time to start working on the actual lace. So I've been doing that and it's making me happy. Have I mentioned how dreamy the Misti Alpaca is? Dreamy.
I got my hands on the new IK and there were a few things I'm a-wanting. But one thing at a time, methinks. And that one thing right now is cutting down on the WIP list.
Monday, July 17, 2006
Wips I've touched recently...
1. Perdita in size #8 silver perle cotton, size 0000 needles, and pearl colored #11 seed beads.
5. Cozy in Iris Garden Shepherd Sport on size 8 needles.
6. Fuzzy feet for the man in royal blue Cascade 220.
7. Chicknits Cece in sugarplum cotton ease. Not the right yarn at all. Must find something different.
8. Via Diagonale in black & pink elann connemara cotton. Really a winter style purse due to the colors, so on the back burner.
9. Sitcom chic in bubblegum cotton ease. Um, next.
10. Vogue #19 Lace Shawl in Kid Merino. Ahh... the beauty project. Intended for my husband's holiday party. Which I have sworn not to attend. But that's another story for another day.
11. Airy Scarf - Wasn't this supposed to be a Christmas teacher gift. Not sure what to do about this.
12. Splash Scarf - Yes, a fun fur scarf. I really should finish it and find someone who might actually wear it. Meaning not me.
13. Flower Basket Shawl in Knitpicks Oregon Coast shadow. I'm not sure this is the right yarn for this one.
14. Baby Kimono in sugar & creme ecru cotton. Needs seaming. Needs a knitter with an attention span.
Um, wow. This is worse than I thought. Must start finishing things. Now.
Anyhow, if anyone is still reading, I'll be back later. And yeah, I've been knitting. I haven't finished anything, but I've been knitting.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
For your amusement… Broken lantern moon needles. The boogers. So cozy is stalled.
The puffy lump aka Icky the Icarus. I’ve only done just two repeats of the five needed for the straight section. If you look above, you can see the true colors of the cozy.
But I’ve been really distracted by this…. This has my first Intarsia attempt with the star. The bad news is the instructions suck a$$ and so I’m kind of not sure whether or not I could continue.
So these are my frustrating adventures in knitting. How’s things in your little corner of the world?
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
To make matters worse, the TV is conspiring against me. I thought that if there was interesting stuff on, I could knit through the boredom. But no.... Gilmore Girls was inspid this week *yawn* and then Supernatural and Lost did a double whammy on me. They had lots of grossness. (Gross is relative I know. It was gross to me.) So I had to close my eyes a lot. And while I can knit without looking, for some reason closing my eyes totally throws me off. Why? Who knows.
But I have done some very good knitterly things. Oh yes. The fifth FO of 2006, first in all it's glory blocking...
And then hanging out on the bed. Because yes I wore it today, but no, I am not showing you the oh so popular shawl shot. You know the one. Where they hold it up behind them with arms spread wide and someone takes a picture of their ass. You do not wanna see a picture of my ass. We are in the process of reducing said ass and we do not really need to see it to know that it is big.
The true color is somewhere in between the blocking "natural light" shot and the boudoir (flash) shot.
Project: Leaf Lace Shawl by Evelyn Clark (Fibertrends)
Yarn: Zephyr Jaegerspun, two 2 oz. cakes, 630 yards each, held doubled
Needles: Size 7 Crystal Palace circs, 32 or 35 inches
Notes: The zephyr is to die for. Except for the fricking, fracking knots. I literally screamed out loud (once in the yarn store) when I found the last two. It really pissed me off that there were so many (at least 7) knots in the one cake. The CP needles though worked like a charm. Much better than the addis I've been attempting to use for lace. I did 12 repeats of rows 31-40. When all was said and done I only had 6g (out of about 112g) of the yarn leftover.
Please don't tell the knitting police about my Olympic failure so far. And Beth, to make matters worse, I'm giving serious though to finally finishing Rogue by adding the zipper and attaching the sleeves. I'm hopeless.
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Friday night I hit the LYS to cast on for my sitcom chic. It was good. When I got home the man was doing laundry. Seems like a considerate thing, no?
Just so you know, Big J is not mad because he has a brand new pair of fuzzy feet, that used to be his mama's before Big Daddy got ahold of them. No. He's mad because apparently I made him sit in a girl pose to take the picture.
On Saturday the man took the boys out to buy Valentine's presents -- supposedly for me. I went jeans shopping (yay for clearance) and then back to the LYS to work on my olympic project. I get a call. He's looking at aquariums and he starts rattling off sizes and prices. And I'm like, honey, it's your bonus, buy whatever you want.
Overnight it got all ph happy. And today we will pick up some of the hardier fish I guess.
You know the moral of the story.
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Yarn: Knitpicks Parade in Forest, maybe a skein and a quarter
Needles: Size 2 addis
And then we trained. Trained hard I tell you. There was swatching, there was sweating, there was measuring. Ok, so there wasn't any sweating. It's not really hot here today.
Bubblegum Pink. I tell you what. I'm gonna nickname this sweater Hubba Bubba.
The real challenge this morning is to get off my duff, take a shower and get the day going. The more time I spend lollygagging on the internet, the less time I have to knit.
Saturday, February 04, 2006
I went to the "other" LYS. I petted a bunch of dk weight yarns. I bought a couple of balls of perle 8 cotton. I want to make another sort of cuff or bracelet with beads. They had lovely silver perle 8. Yummy!
Then I went to the LYS. The one I prefer. I petted more dk yarns. The owner was kind enough to let me see the pattern on her computer so that I could decide which one was best. I ended buying a ball of cascade indulgence in a lovely shade of muted wine. And some 16" size 5 circs. And I came home and strung beads and cast on.
WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH ME?
Why would I cast on for a new project, with money I really shouldn't have spent, and needles I had to buy, instead of working on any of the million UFO's I have floating around in my house? Besides, this is freaking Florida. I don't need a hat. Like ever.
I'm attributing it to finaphobia. The fear of finishing things. Yes, oh yes, I made that word up. I felt it was justified.
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
So we present, the third FO of the year... the "fashion scarf". Modeled by our favorite fashion model, PJ, aka my nephew, the son of the recipient. This is for my sister. And I *know* she won't let me snap a pic of her.
My sister picked out this yarn up in Fernandina Beach back in October when my mom was visiting.
Project: Fashion scarf aka cast on 12 stitches and knit every row til it's done.
Yarn: Online Linie 67 - label lost. The colorway is a mix of turquoise, blue, and navy.
Needles: Size 15 crystal palace circulars.
This yarn is actually very nice. I'm not a fan of novelty stuff personally, but it's very soft, and it has a pretty mixture of matte/shiny/furry. Did I mention it was soft? ;)
Friday, January 27, 2006
I don't like it. It reminds me of those cuffs people wore in the 70's while exercising (or not exercising). The striped ones. Maybe it's the yarn and beads I chose. They go nicely. The heathered shadow and the softly variegated beads. Maybe it looks like gym socks and not jewelry because the beads are matte? I don't know. But it's done. The second FO of 2006.
Pattern: MaryElla from Knitty
Yarn: Knitpicks Shadow in Oregon Coast
Beads: Sead beeds from Art on Park
Needles: Size 0000 addis
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
A nicer shot of them outside on the balcony relaxing.
Pattern: Fuzzy Feet from Knitty
Yarn: Cascade 220 leftovers - the heel & toe in quattro. Less than one skein total.
Needles: Size 10.5 16" circs and size 10.5 dpns (or something like it)
Verdict: Quick, easy, and delightful!
I was reading Franklin's blog and he has the nicest picture of wintery Chicago. Here we don't do so much with the winter. Although we did have to wear jackets today, I don't think it broke 65. So I present...
The view from here...
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Speaking of chocolate, my dieting resolutions have already sputtered out. Well, not so much sputtered. More like I did a spectacular cliff dive into a lake of chocolate ala Willy Wonka.
And I was thinking about knitting vs. dieting. How they are similiar. The effort to result ratio that is. Losing a bunch of weight is like knitting a cabled sweater, or a beautiful lace shawl. Lots of hardwork, but the end result is so very much worth it. And you can strut around with pride in your new shawl (or your new butt) and just bask in the compliments.
And then there's quick and dirty dieting. A couple of days of frenzied effort to drop a few pounds of water weight. So you can wear your rings again and your face won't look quite so puffy in your new work ID card. Kind of like fuzzy feet. Or a washcloth. A short spurt of crazy knitting yields you something little and cute.
Of course maybe it's like one of those crazy big knit ponchos. Yarn the width of a garden hose, size 75 needles. And you're all proud of yourself until you wear it out. And realize that you look like a schmuck. Just like the water weight comes screaming back as soon as you eat a single lay's potato chip. And who can eat just one?
There are differences though. Dieting is about deprivation. Knitting is about burying yourself in piles of gorgeous yarn. And then there's the whole UFO issue.
UFO. UnFinished Object. Knitters are famous for their UFO's. Like my Rogue. I pick it up, I put it down. I've been working on it off and on since August. But everytime I pick it up, it is just where I left it. No stitches have unravelled. Just as much progress as I expected. No backsliding. It's a beautiful thing.
You can't leave dieting in UFO status though. You can't *stop* dieting and then pick up back where you left off. Nope. If you stop and ignore it for awhile your butt will get bigger. And don't even try on those rings. Who are you kidding?
Happy New Year folks. Come February 1st I'll be toasting you with rice cakes and um, rice cakes. At least I can still gorge myself on yarn.
Friday, January 20, 2006
Maybe you're not familiar with the dirty toilet of doom. Here's how you learn firsthand. Have two boys 13 months apart. Then when they are potty-trained they will start creating the toilet of doom. No matter whatcha do, perfect aim will never be achieved. Cheerio targets? Nope. Candy incentives? Nope. The aim will always be bad.
And then you, the mom, will have to don your lady playtex yellow gloves and clean up all the misses. Do you ever wonder why playtex makes yellow gloves and feminine hygiene products? I mean honestly, how are the two connected?
And just fyi, my 37 year old husband recreates the toilet of doom in our bathroom. So you don't have to pop out the kids. Just move in with a man.
Pardon the wide angle picture... But I had to show proof that there were two of them!
I need to do some smoothing and pinning while they are still wet. Yes, I realize it's very late at night. But I have Carolan's and no-bake cookies and diet pepsi. So hang around for awhile, won't ya?
I am very, very excited that I finally finished the sleeves of doom. Next comes the zipper of doom. Do you hear the ominous background music? Well if you do, you've had more Carolan's than I have.
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Up the first. My husband's ex-wife called tonight. She and her father will be in town in a week or so and want to meet me and the boys. Um, ok. Not exactly an up. The up is that my husband still has a financial obligation to her, and she's wiping it clean. So yay and woohoo!
Up the second. I think I'm finally in the clear jaywalker wise. I've turned the heel and I'm in decrease junction. I've cropped the below picture to spare you the sight of my pedicure. Usually my toys are pretty darn well pretty. It is Florida, and flip flops (or toe shoes as my mama calls them) are de rigeur. But it's actually been chilly here. (Please let's ignore the fact that I still haven't finished my Rogue).
So where's the downside? Well there's some serious job turmoil for the man, and since he's the only breadwinner my nerves are all just shot to hell. And then there's this...
They're cute aren't they? I know. My boys are cutie patooties. (If you are a Nascar fan, please stop reading now. I'm sorry.)
Do you notice the background? That's at Daytona USA. I spent last Saturday with cars, and more cars, and a lot of people who made me kind of nervous. People who only wore clothing with big numbers emblazoned on them. And then there was the movie. Imax technology is wonderful. And loud. And Nascar on Imax. Really fricking loud. I'm just not a Nascar fan. Although I'm sort of scared that the boys might become fans. It was a boy scouts outing. So when my children are wearing scary jackets, t-shirts, hats, sunglasses, underwear, and tattoos sporting the number of their favorite racer, I'll be blaming the boy scouts.
Friday, January 13, 2006
Please ignore the misshappen rewound skein of sock garden. That's the best I could do until my beloved buys me a ballwinder. But I think they are actually working.
Things I'm doing differently... Since it was clear that the 76 stitch version would not fit over my heel on size 1 addis, I had a choice. Go up in needle size or go up in stitch count. I decided to do the 84 stitch version. But I hated the way the ribbing flared everytime I did them. So I did the ribbing on size 0 addis. I think I will also use the size 0 addis to tighten up the sole area.
Interesting note. Instead of pooling, the 84 stitch version in hydrangea is striping now. Looks pretty though.
Thursday, January 12, 2006
A rogue sleeve (for my size) is 118 rows. At least. Once I get past the increases I might have to add a few rows for my gorilla arms.
I'm knitting both sleeves at once. I have 45 rows to go. It takes me 5-6 minutes to work a row.
Do the math.
It's gonna take me another four-five hours just to knit the sleeves. Let alone the blocking and the seaming. I just don't see that happening today. At all.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
I'm not sure what to do with the hood. Most pics I've seen of other Rogues blocking show it kind of spread out. I'm gonna fuss with it in a minute.
The sleeves are about 60% done. I'm hoping to finish them tonight or early tomorrow and attach them sometime on Friday. See? I picked a project to finish. It's supposed to be in the 50's on Saturday (chilly!) and we're going down to Daytona for a "go-see-it". We'll be outside a good deal of the time at the track and won't I look stylish?
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
I would really like to be a finisher. As opposed to a person who starts 75 projects but never finishes anything. This is giving me gas today. Today I had a whole lot of knitting time available to me. But instead of knitting I played on the computer, printed out new patterns to try, and even cast on for something else. Something is definitely wrong with me.
So I'm gonna be a finisher. Stay tuned for what I'm gonna finish. I haven't decided yet.
Monday, January 09, 2006
MaryElla from Knitty, in Knitpicks Shadow laceweight, color Oregon Coast. The heathered effect has some nice purples and greens in it. The beads are from Art on Park, a local gallery. They have a subtle variation - purple to periwinkle to blue to green. It's extremely slow knitting on the 0000 needles aka the pokey needles of death. (Just ask my poor thigh about that...)
And this is some antique rose colored cotton along with black for my Via Diagonale. It's thicker than the recommended yarn, so I'm gonna have to do some gauge swatches and some math on that bugger. But it should be pretty.
And eventually I will get this picture crap down.
Saturday, January 07, 2006
1. Shower - This will include the after tasks of applying makeup and blowing my hair out.
2. Sorting laundry - Gonna take it slow and just get done whatever today.
3. Knit - I can't decide if it will be my leaf lace shawl or my rogue. One or the other.
4. Library - I still have not been to the new library downtown. So today we go.
5. Carolans - The cheaper version of Bailey's. But just as tasty in my oh so humble opinion. Tonight there will be Carolans, and watching TV, and knitting, and general relaxation.
I did make it over to the sit and knit at the last minute last night (boy scouts was cancelled) but I didn't make any progress on my shawl. But it was fun nonetheless.
Thursday, January 05, 2006
Double stranded zephry jaegerspun on size 7 crystal palace bamboo circulars. Quite perfect and quite easy to knit. I'm on my 2nd repeat of the ten rows, and I'm looking at doing 10-12 repeats. It's coming together so pretty. I think I might have this baby knit up in no time. Finally, something rewarding.
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
But seriously, let us take stock. What I'm knitting, what I wanna knit, what I'm not knitting that I should be knitting...
1. Things currently feeling the love...
Rogue - I'm putting in some time most days on the sleeves. Course it's so danged hot here...
Um, that's it. Nothing else is feeling the love.
2. Things that should be feeling the love...
Red boy socks - the poor guy. He hasn't even noticed that mommy hasn't touched his socks in a week or two. I really need to churn those out.
3. Things I wanna show the love to...
Something lacy. I guess that something will have to be the leaf lace shawl. I have the yarn, I have the needles. I just need to decide if I wanna do it single strand on smaller needles or double strand on bigger needles. Cause single strand on size 5's is not making me a happy camper. I ordered lace yarn from knitpicks for the flower basket shawl, print of the wave shawl, and ene's scarf, but they screwed up my order and I have to redo it. And now I won't get $30 free shipping, I'll have to settle for $40 free shipping. Not a huge deal, but now I'm refusing to reorder on principle.
Socks. I am not lucky in socks. I cast on the other day for pomatomus in knitpicks dancing (jig - greens, yellows, and blues) but it wasn't quite right. The needles may have been too big. I have size 0 addis on the way. Those might make it better. I also want to make jaywalkers so badly, but I'm afraid to cast on after all of my false starts. I know that 76 stitches on size 1 addis with the sock garden is too small. Except for when it's too big. But 84 on size 1's always turns out too big. I think. Would 76 work on size 2's? Or would that be too loosey goosey. It's giving me gas. Gas I tell you. I'm tempted to pick up one of the self-striping yarns in my stash and just give the bird to jaywalkers. But it's such a nice pattern. *sigh*
Via Diagonale. I ordered some black & rose cotton for this. I've coveted this bag for awhile and I think pink & black will be a good everyday combination. Or at least less frightening than my favorite color combo - pink & orange! The yarn I ordered is thicker than the rec'd yarn, but I'll figure that out later.
I have yarn for so many projects it's frightening. What is it in me that just wants more?
And I want to make the butterfly (there on the cover) so very badly. But fat girls do not look good in gauzy lacy things that you wear over tank tops. So.... I guess I will print out lots of pictures of the too skinny model and put them on fridge? I don't know.
I'm done with the charts on the rogue sleeves. Now comes the mind-numbing stockinette and shaping. I need to pick up a zipper this weekend. Of course yesterday I was wearing shorts. But presumably it will get chilly again. I hope.