Thursday, December 27, 2007
I finally did - I bought a HP 4280 printer. I am very excited about it. Now I can scan pictures I make and make working copies of my patterns even print patterns that I got online!
It is absolutely fabulous!
Can you believe it? I can hardly believe it myself. It makes me think even completely crazy things are possible. Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket!
Or maybe I should cast on another baby sweater? I mean there are a lot of people in my friends group having babies.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Yesterday we made a batch of double chocolate porter. I really like making beer and wine. It's fun and really gives you something to look forward to, like next week we bottle and then in a month or so we get to taste it to see if it is any good. I can hardly wait!
The weather here has been complete crap and the shoppers more annoying then usual. Today I had to run out for a few groceries. There were two men and their dozen children standing at the ham cooler (it was surrounded) while they looked at nearly every ham in the cooler and discussed the virtues of this ham versus the spiral sliced ham and the honey baked ham blah blah blah. And there must have been about six other shoppers waiting for them to get out of the way so we could select a ham and be on our way. I wouldn't have found the waiting quite so annoying if we had been able to obtain a cart for our selections. As it was we were carrying them all in our arms and a basket. No one should carry a 20 lb bag of potatoes through the entire grocery store, and especially while listening to two men discuss their opinions on hams while effectively blockading access to all other shoppers.
Tomorrow the children and I are making bread, caramels and fudge. I'm going to more than my fair share of knitting.
The year of the sweater is quickly drawing to a close and I'm ready to knit SOCKS!
Thursday, December 06, 2007
I need some longer size 4 dpns. I suppose a trip to the yarn store could be in my future. Or maybe just JoAnns.
We shall see.
Monday, December 03, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
I'm developing a knitting callus. That is sad. I suppose I'll have to start wearing a cushion of some sort to cover the spot.
I finally felted the kitty pi I made months ago. I purchased one kitty bed and since they both use it I decided to go ahead and felt the kitty pi for them to use. I hope they use it - otherwise I'll be sad.
My sister-in-law is here for the week.
Off to bed. Work in the morning.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Nothing else is really going on at my house. My husband's sisters are coming to visit this week. Two of them are arriving today and one is staying through the next week. We are taking the other to the airport tomorrow morning.
So I'm off to clean house before company arrives. I also have to take my baby to work and Mike is at the chiropractor again. I hope they get him fixed soon. I also need to put another couple of boxes of stuff away in my room. I am wondering where I'm going to stuff another couple of boxes of stuff but I'm going to give it a shot.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I got the spare yarn back from my mother so I can finish the Celtic tote. I'll be really annoyed if I still have to use the third skein. Especially since my mother had to mail the yarn (well actually - my father did it for her.)
Maybe I'll finish the bag and have something take pictures of this weekend. Here's hoping.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
My eye is doing well. I'm hoping that I will start noticing better vision soon.
I've been working on the pink cabled wonder again. I've got about 8 inches done and another 8 to go before I can attach the sleeves. It seems like it will never be done. Not to mention that I knit for hours last night and it was the same size at the end of the night as it was when I started.
Monday, November 19, 2007
I have had a sinus headache for three days and I'm really done with that.
Some knitting occurred. I wouldn't call it progress forward on any item though since the ripping more than made up for the knitting.
I hope to get some extra sleep this evening because the 14+ hours I had Saturday and Sunday appear to have been insufficient.
And my friend G makes the best chicken soup ever, ever, ever.
Friday, November 16, 2007
I am still wearing my contact lens. At least until Monday. It is driving me wacko but there isn't anything to be done about it. Completely annoying. If it was my regular contact I would have removed it several times today.
I am going to finish as much of the Celtic tote as I have yarn for and then I'm going to wait for my Mom to mail what she took. It's too bad really but I don't want to open a new skein for the 1/3 I need. I'd really rather return the unused skein and have less stash-over.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
I have almost finished the Celtic tote.
I cast on the first glove for the Plimoth Plantation. It is knitting up quite nicely.
Pictures when there is enough completed to take a picture.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
I'm still working on the Celtic tote and today I received my materials for the Plimoth Plantation Colonial Wardrobe project. I offered to make a pair of gloves. I received yarn and a pattern but no information about what size to make. Since the yarn is a peachy pink I've decided to make the ladies' size.
Today I wore my Rogue. It still needs to be washed and blocked but I like it. Lovely color and warm.
Tomorrow it's back to work for me. After a 5 day weekend a three day week is going to be hard.
And can you believe that next week is Thanksgiving! 5 weeks until Christmas and 3 weeks until Hanukkah. This has been a fast year.
Soon the year of the sweater will be replaced by the year of the sock. I'm pretty sure I've bitten off more than I can chew this time - but I'm looking forward to the challenge. I can hardly wait to get started.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Today was a busy day. I have new drugs I should stay away from. We should have guessed that since caffeine was a downer that the downer would be an upper. But we were quite entertained by the fact that no matter how hard I tried I couldn't manage to do more than lay down and close my eyes and then talk non-stop for three hours. It's a good thing my friends love me.
There has been not knitting today.
Yesterday I wrote about the Celtic tote from the new Interweave Knits. I finished the back yesterday and started the bottom. It isn't as big unfelted as I expected it to be after felting. Alas. I'm going to finish it anyway. It is nice. Just smaller than I thought from looking at the pictures.
Tomorrow - knitting and maybe pictures.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
I'm going to make the Celtic Tote in the lastest Interweave Knits. My mother bought yarn for 2 more sweaters. I think she bought yarn for 4 total this visit.
I also managed to find a nice pair of dress shoes. I should still attempt to find one more pair. (I have hard to fit feet and I hate spending hundreds of dollars on shoes. Especially when it is only for 1 pair)
And now - back to visiting with my mother. She leaves tomorrow. The weekend has gone by much too quickly.
Friday, November 09, 2007
We picked up my daughter, had lunch and ran the mall. I need a nap and she's taking one.
I can't sleep in the day time very often. Which really sucks. I could go and lay down - but there would, most likely, be no sleeping. So I'm not even going to bother trying.
Tomorrow we are going to check out the new Trader Joe's in Woodbury. I've never shopped at one but I've heard good things and since I'm making dinner tomorrow maybe I can find something interesting to add to dinner.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Today I saw friends in the skyway, but only after they drew my attention from my deep conversation with my coworker. I was really engrossed in our conversation, but still rather embarrassing.
It is really cloudy cold and nasty here. I miss summer already.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
In knitting news I managed to get the facing started on my Kauni sleeve and knit - wait for it - three WHOLE rows. It took my two hours to get that done. I kept making so many mistakes and having to start all over.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
I have to redo the steeks for my Kauni sweater. I knit up one facing and when I went to use it I discovered that I had created uneven steeks; one was 3 columns of stitches and the other 6. (sad) I just have to take off the columns of stitches, but it means crocheting the stitches and cutting them up again. I decided to not do it last night and instead cast on the body of the Pink Cabled Wonder. I managed to get it cast on and joined without (I repeat - without) twisting it. I had enough weighted pins on it that there was simply no way it could twist without committing violations of the law gravity.
So what to do tonight - to steek or not to steek.
Monday, November 05, 2007
So tonight I'm going to knit the facings and if the time works out start the first sleeve.
If it looks like I won't have time or the attention to focus on learning the new technique I'll cast on the body for the pink cabled wonder (again) and hopefully I will manage to NOT twist the join this time.
I found some beautiful silver and gold beads at the store. I'm going to make a new knitting counter. I have to find my directions to determine what size I need and go back to buy them. There were a little too pricey to buy without knowing for sure what I need. But I'm really getting interested in beautiful knitting jewelry. I have more fun making stitch markers that I would have imagined (I now have about 100 stitch markers). I should really get and Etsy page and sell some of them. But which ones would I give up?
Sunday, November 04, 2007
I'm about 1.5 inches from putting the neck in my kauni. How exciting.
I have finally decided on a pattern for my friend's husband's sweater. I need to knit a couple swatches and pattern samples. But with any luck the search will be over. I'm still waiting for some measurements though.
Now - back to laundry and knitting
Saturday, November 03, 2007
And the time change is upon us. I hate the whole idea of it. If there is such a deep desire to have longer days in the summer fine (I don't know why people think that one hour makes such a fantastic benefit - but what ever) Then just do it and leave it. Why change it back and forth and back and forth?
I worked on the Kauni sweater again today. I have 1/2 of the armhole done. I'm starting to try to figure out the shaping for the neck. I think I should go and read a couple of other patterns to see how they were done and by then I should be up to that point.
Unfortunately I have no pictures, maybe tomorrow.
Friday, November 02, 2007
I worked on the Kauni sweater last night. I'm up to the armholes. I really like this yarn. It is so fun to watch the pattern develop. I'd really like to try some of the other colors with some other patterns. I think it would be really great with Kaffe's lily/lotus pattern in pink/purple and blue/grey. Maybe after I finish some other things around here I'll give it a go.
I also watched Torchwood last night. It is one weird show and now they are doing stories with links to last season, which I missed. I feel like I'm at a disadvantage. Of course there is always the possibility that those who saw the last season don't know any more than I do.
I'm so delighted that today is Friday. Next Friday my mother will be here to visit. I hope that everything at work goes properly so that I get the whole day to spend with her. Even if I don't it would only be a few hours that I'd have to work. But I'd just as soon that not happen.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
I posted my Hogwarts Sock Swap package on Wednesday but I forgot to take pictures of it. It’s just as well. I was not happy with the yarn and then when I washed them the black bled into the yellow. It was much too late to start over, even if I had had other Hufflepuff yarn in my stash. There was some not small amount of swearing. The wash over isn’t bad but the yellow is not as clear and bright as it was. I will not be purchase that yarn again anytime soon and if I do I will have to remember to skein it, wash it and then set the color. Easier to just avoid it.
I also, finally, mailed my aunt her sweater. I just kept hoping to get caught up on laundry so I could wash and block it. I finally just worked over the vast piles of pre-existing laundry. I am NEVER going to get all the laundry done. I just have to come to terms with that fact.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
I have decided that my Noro cardi needs grosgrain ribbon (or some such) on the edge/banding. It rolls no matter how I block it. It's all done in Garter stitch and in theory shouldn't roll - but it does - right where the stockinette starts. It has a natural fold line. I will likely apply that tonight while I avoid the tricker-treaters. This is the joy of having a 15 (almost 16) yo at the house.
I have decided that for next years challenge I'm going to knit socks. I want to see if I can knit 52 pairs next year, yes - a pair a week. (I never thought I could knit 7 sweaters in one year - and I have - with two months to go. Now I'm wondering if I can manage to get two more done.)
Given the ginormous amount of sock yarn in my stash I should have space to put stuff next year, accomplish my goal and not spend another nickel on sock yarn. I'm not promising to not buy sock yarn mind you, just saying I shouldn't have to. I might even knit socks for my mother. (shh - don't tell her - let it be a surprise!) I am so excited at the prospect that I have been fondling sock yarn and selecting patterns. We'll see how I feel when I get to the 26th pair!
I realize that months ago I said I'd finish stuff - but I know me better than that. I have actually been finishing stuff anyway and will continue to do so (cause wearing the cool stuff you made is just fun) but I need something creative, inspiring and new to do or I will do - NOTHING. And that will decrease neither my stash nor my UFO piles.
And if all else fails - I can decide that if I'm not knitting socks I have to be finishing stuff. Win-Win.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
I have decided to take the challenge and joined the NaBloPoMo. Somewhere I have the URL for that - but I've lost it since 6pm when I signed up.
This afternoon Terri came for coffee. It was good to see her.
Tonight Kate came for knitting. It was fun
Friday, October 26, 2007
I did start the back of my Hogwarts House sweater. I am not happy with the yarn colors. This is what happens when you buy yarn online. No matter how good the computer screen the colors are a 'best guess'.
I found some vitamins I'm taking them for a month to see how they work - so far I am not impressed. I might have to go back to buying the expensive online ones I was using two years ago. Thanks to everybody for the recommendations. I appreciate it.
Friday, October 19, 2007
I also sewed up a couple of other things I had laying around the house. Great fun. After I get done I'm going to do a little applique. I should be knitting and finishing a sweater. But I'm not sure which sweater to work on AND it will only take me a couple hours to do the applique.
I'm also starting a search for a good multi-vitamin. I'm taking all recommendations. So if you have one - share!
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Everyone should buy a copy of The Knitting Answer Book by Margaret Radcliffe. I looked in several of my technique books for the sewn bind off - and this was the only one that had it, and the illustrations were great. It also had the I-cord bind of I used for the neck (although not the secret that Meg shared about how to avoid the contrast color showing through and I can't find in my notes how to do it. Alas.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
How cool is that! The only mistake was from a twisted stitch, which was done while knitting the last row and thus not the fault of the Kitchnering! I un-kitchnered it, turned it and re-kitchnered it. I was so pleased! YEE HAW!
This is the fourth pattern I have done for the HP Sock Swap. It is fairly simple, as compared to many others but I like it. The very pretty one that was done in colored pattern work was puckery and had no stretch (always bad in a sock). This sock looks REALLY big, but measures right and fights my foot, if not snuggly at least not baggy. (in other words its the size it is suppose to be) I might be having trouble judging things to size this month. Re: my Aunt's Sweater - even if my friend did agree that it looks BIG.
Monday, October 01, 2007
I'm back to the Mary Tudor. I am about 20 rows from putting in the steeks for the sleeves.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
It isn't the body of the sweater so much as the sleeves are just too long. In fact if I roll them up they are better. But the sleeves have a nice crochet edging and they are lovely. I suppose I could put small cuffs on it. But I'm not sure how to do that without losing the pretty edging. That would make me sad.
This is very depressing.
Maybe I'll sell it on Ebay.
In other news I have one sleeve sewn onto my aunt's sweater and I knit two rows on my Mary Tudor. So much for finishing the pink cabled lopi wonder.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
I crocheted the steeks on one sleeve and decided that I will still need to sew them. So I will try to do that tonight. Then I can sew in the sleeves, knit up the neckband and start weaving in yarn ends.
I made my spouse try it on and it isn’t so big on him. I’m going to quit worrying about it being too big. I’ll make him try it on again after I get the sleeves sewn in and make my final judgment call, drop it in the mail and hope for the best.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
After I got home I discovered I had made a mistake on the second front. I ripped it back and reknit it. I have 6 rows left on the back and then I can join the shoulders. I'm going to use an I-cord bind off I learned at camp. I might be able to finish it tonight.
I'm really really concerned about the size. It seems HUGE. I know that I am not the best at judging the size of people so I don't know whether or not to do anything about it. This is why I shouldn't knit for people who live far away. If she lived anywhere near I'd have her try it on and then seam the sides if it needed to be smaller.
I will be depressed if it doesn't fit.
A sample sweater - child size. I love the design on this.
My favorite Meg quote of the weekend - "Baby Surprise jackets just drip off my needles."
She also said that she rips a lot. At least I'm not the only one.
A cute hat. The technique is called Armenian knitting. Meg and Joyce Williams have a new book coming out that shows this technique and contains patterns.
Here is a hat I made for Liz using the technique.
Here is the stranding on the inside. This technique strands the entire piece with the second color. You can pick up the color at any point and add a design. I used the unspun Iceland wool for this. It was hard to strand because the unspun came apart to easily.
But the hat is cute and Liz likes it. I hope it is warm. I would make matching mittens if the yarn wasn't so hard to knit. I could spin the remainder and then knit it up.
This was a cute little hat. I have left over yarn from the Red and White cardigan. I could make one like it. If you look close at the hat you can see the little I-cord loop on top. It is too sweet.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
I spent more money then I planned at the Schoolhouse. I got duplicate books, I already had two of the ones I bought and apparently I already bought Mom the one I bought for her. I'll give her the one I thought I had, but bought anyway, just in case. (now there is a run-on thought)
Camp was such great fun. I met LOTS a great people, saw lots of fantastic knitting and learned new things. I should have stayed up later knitting in the meeting room. I missed some terribly fun times. But I wouldn't have had two brain cells to use the next day if I had. That is the problem with being a morning person.
I'm so fired up! I have plans for several sweater designs floating around in my head. I bought some yarn to start knitting swatches. I'm going to order 1 skein of each color from J&S so I have design stash.
As if I have time to knit up the stuff I have and want AND to design and knit up all the ideas in my head. :)
I have a good start on Liz' new hat. It fits and she likes it. The yarn I choose it unspun Icelandic in fuchsia and black. It is pretty and I'm glad she likes it. Pictures when it's done.
I also have pictures from camp, but they will have to wait - I want to knit some more before bedtime.
Friday, September 21, 2007
We started with breakfast at the Kitchen Table, which is owned by one of Elizabeth Zimmerman's daughters. The food is home made, including the bread and the granola. I had granola and yogurt with fruit for breakfast. It was very good.
There is a group of men who are regulars there that refer to themselves as Romeos (Retired Old Men Eating Out). I think that every small town every where has a group of them.
The class was very good. We talked about many different kinds of cast ons, increases, decreases and 'hems' for sweaters. We also talked about shaping the body of sweaters in the round to drop the front by raising the back and lots of other stuff. Makes me want to go home and fix a few sweaters.
It is nice to see all the students sitting there knitting while the teacher teaches and knits. There are so many beautiful projects.
I didn't stay for evening knitting though. I wanted to talk to Liz and my mom - but neither one returned my calls. (sad) EDIT - Mom finally called me back!
Tomorrow we get to go to the Schoolhouse. I'm going to see about buying a couple skeins of J&S to fill in a couple of sweater kits I have been putting together. Maybe a gift or two. We will see what I can find.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
I spent an hour knitting and chatting with people I don't know.
I am suppose to have a roommate but I don't and since there is only one bed I'm going to assume I'm not getting one. That would be TOOOOO creeepy.
My new Knitpicks Harmony needles were in the mail today before I left. They are really pretty. I put my Hogwarts socks on them and I'm going to work with them for a while but for the time I have used them so far they seem really nice.
And while I was packing to leave I found the camera! I'm so happy about that (and relieved too).
I still desperately wish my mother was coming along. How sad is that? It just seems wrong to take 'our' trip alone.
Still haven't found the f*ing camera.
I have the fronts of my aunt's sweater done. Just the back to knit up and then it's done except for the sewing. Seems silly to take that along. It's only two hours of knitting.
I suppose I'll take the pink cabled wonder and my HP swap socks. And my knitpicks needle set (the harmony ones are arriving today or tomorrow - I'm going to guess tomorrow, since then I won't get to see them until Sunday) and my little bag of tools.
And just like that - a packing list.
You all be good and don't do anything interesting while I'm gone!
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
I am back to my Aunt's sweater. I am finishing the middle pattern on the body. I think that makes it 75% complete! I hope to get it done by the end of next week. Then I am going to (Finally) get back to the pink Lopi sweater.
And I can't find the camera again! How do I lose it so often? I have two really cute pairs of baby socks.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Thursday, September 06, 2007
I have fewer sock yarn/pattern sets than I thought I did. I do have lots of sock yarn, but I don't have as much that is designated for a design as I thought. Play Time!
I have more lace yarn kitted up than I thought but nothing I don't have a pattern for. I'm not sure if this is good or bad. Although it does show more restraint that I had imagined I possessed.
I have enough sweaters kitted up to knit FOREVER. Okay, so not forever - but for the remainder of this decade. The good news is I still like all the patterns, colors and yarns.
I don't have any large amounts of yarn that isn't set aside for an intended project. This is a complete contrast to my fabric stash which is many 5 yard chunks of fabric I liked.
I have lots of odds and ends left over from other projects. I think I should spend a month making baby socks. Maybe I should designate November as Baby Sock Month - anyone want to join me?
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Friday, August 31, 2007
I created a little spreadsheet to estimate how much wool I need to dye to make the Tulip sweater. I tested the first measurement and it came out about 4 yards long. This is good! I will probably end up knitting the entire sweater once to verify the amounts but then I’ll know for future reference that the estimator works and I can use it for other (simple) items. I’m using the same yarn I plan to dye, but in leftovers from other projects. I’m not sure how the colors will work out together though. It could be quite ugly.
My plan for Sunday and Monday morning is to get stuff moved out of the work room. I have started some of that but there is a lot. I hope to have it mostly done by the middle of next week. Making a list of UFOs will be part of the process. Since the only real votes were for making next year a UFO year I might as well get the pre-work on that started. I also need to get a good look at what I have that I can complete for this year’s challenge.
Pictures shall be forthcoming!
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
So here are my choices -
1) Socks (I have several!!! patterns and balls of yarn set aside)
2) Starmore sweaters - still sweaters - but topical. I believe I have 6 of these kitted up
3) Lace work - I only have 3 or 4 of these kitted up but given the degree of difficulty finishing one a year could be a challenge
4) Finish all the things I have on the needles - an end to UFOs - this one will be a challenge - I have 3 Starmores on the needles right now, a shawl and several pairs of socks.
I'll take votes and advice in the comments.
I started EZ's baby surprise jacket for my friends R&S. I really enjoy this pattern. I'm almost to the halfway point. I started it yesterday morning, before I left to pick up my daughter in Fargo. I only got to knit on it about 1 hour on the road. My son didn't help with the driving very much. It's too bad. I could have had several good knitting hours if he had shared.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
In other news my daughter got accepted into the high school she wants to attend. Now I have to figure out how to get her home early (from Grandma's) so she can attend orientation and figure out how to get her to school. This school doesn't provide bus service so we will have to find a carpool or metro service. Her father wants to know how she is getting there NOW, I've only known we needed to find out for 5 minutes. It's all very exciting. She is thrilled.
Back to the Aunt sweater. The rows on the body take much longer than the sleeves. It's exhausting!
Monday, August 20, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
I have tooooo many things on needles already!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Picking up the stitches. This is the easy part.
Cutting off the bottom. This is the scary part.
Then start knitting. The pattern is knit from the top down rather than the bottom up
The stitches do sit upside down.
The completed pattern row and the nearly completed cuff. I think it looks just a little odd.
But the pattern certainly looks more delicate. The black is less heavy using the proper 2ply yarn.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
I have about 10 inches on the body of the Kauni sweater that I managed to get done while traveling and camping. It is BEAUTIFUL.
I have, from the vantage of 16 hours of driving distance, made a decision about my Aunt's sweater (as seen here). I'm going to run a thread through the sleeve just above the first band, cut that part off and reknit it down to the cuff. That way I can fix the mistakes without redoing the entire sleeve. I will attempt to remember to take process pictures and post them.
Wish me luck.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Tada - The spouse's cardigan is complete (except for buttons). I have to find some buttons. I think white pearl, or maybe pewter.
I'm going to finish the pink cable sweater, the sweater for my aunt and then Mary Tudor. Of course I need to get the Kauni done as well. I really want to start the Kauni and I'm using it as a carrot to get other things done.
I am enjoying getting things finished.
I am going on vacation next week. I got some of my packing done last night and I hope to get the rest of it done tomorrow. I still have a few things I need to wash. I never seem to get the laundry done.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
I might have gotten well into the second sleeve if I hadn't spent so much time trying to fix the cable in my room. My spouse decided that he needed to fix this cable because he can't get CNN to come in. I think it's better if you don't get CNN in, and my cable worked fine, including CNN. After he got done messing around with his signal booster and stuff I didn't have any cable. I, of course, have really gotten used to having the Tivo record everything for me and I didn't notice the cable was out until 45 minutes into the show I wanted to watch. We ended up putting everything back the way it was when he started messing around. But it took hours.
I haven't gotten any socks done this month. I started a couple pair that I took out and I have the Fawkes socks almost done - but I want to finish the sweater first. Then I have to decide what I'm going to work on next. I'd like to start the Kauni but I should also finish the pink cables or any of the other things I have on the needles.
Today the spouse and I went to buy more trim boards. While we were there we found an patio swing on sale cheap. I spent the afternoon putting that together and then L&M came over and we packed for our vacation and went to dinner. I can't believe where the time has gone. I leave on vacation in just four days!
Friday, July 27, 2007
I hope to get it done over the weekend. I only have the sleeves left (well that that mistake - but we aren't focusing on that right now).
I went to the Dr. today and they have decided that I probably have asthma. The panicy feeling is probably my body's reaction to not having enough air. We'll give it three weeks and then go back and see. If it works then we have an answer, if it sort of works we have an answer and if it doesn't we have an answer (although not the final solution). The lung xray was clear so at least I don't have to worry about having consumption.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
I would have gotten to the ribbing soon but the husband came home with sod for the yard and we all went out and helped with that. He's getting scrap from the landscaper he knows. Our patch job looks pretty bad - but as long as it all looks good next year I don't care.
I started ordering stuff for my Hogwarts Sock Swap partner. I have to do some snooping about for additional bits for the stitch markers but I have chosen the sock pattern and I have potential for the yarn (I have what I think I'm going to use - but I want to have a quick look at the yarn shop before I start, just in case).
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
I did some cleaning in my sewing room this morning. It is still a big mess.
I'm dead tired tonight and I've already crawled into bed. I should consider a trip to see the quack. The 'panic' attacks are getting worse. I'm not really sure that is what it is best to call them or not. But my heart races and I can't breathe. It is getting harder to stop or control. The skin tingling has also continued unabated for 3 years now (or maybe 4). So far we only know what it isn't and I'm not really into just treating symptoms.
I suppose I'll call about an appointment tomorrow and see what they think this time. I suppose I could talk to my friend the doctor - but that seems a bit of an imposition. Maybe if I don't get acceptable information from the doc at the clinic I'll call for some second opinion type of advice.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Today I baked bread with flour I ground myself. It's a little heavy. I didn't adjust the recipe properly. I need to buy a shifter. The taste was quite good though. I used 1 cup of rye, two cups of hard red wheat and the remainder was soft wheat. I used yeast (of course), honey, salt, 1 egg and some oil.
Now I'm going to spend an hour or so knitting and then off to bed. Perhaps some finished objects will appear this week! I hope so.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
I haven't finished any sewing or knitting this week. I'm such a slacker.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
And then the reason became clear.
Socktopia sent a new pattern named - Fawkes. Perfect! So I ripped the socks, reballed the yarn and now I give you Fawkes in Pheonix! (I don't know why the camera wanted to focus on the sleeve but it probably has to do with the fact that I'm not making it's mate and I should be)
Isn't it pretty! Hogwarts Socks!
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
What Hogwarts house have you been sorted into? Ravenclaw
Shoe size? 6 wide
Foot Length? 9 inches
Foot Circumference? 9 inches - yes - really
List your three favorite double-point needle brands, including size and length. 2.25mm or 2.75mm
a. Brittany 5"
b. Crystal Palace Bamboo 6"
c. Plymouth Bamboo 6"
Would you like to try a new brand needle? If so, which brand? Size? Length?
I'd really like to try the new Knitpicks Double points. I do most of my double point knitting on 2.25mm (US1) or 2.75mm (US2). I prefer short needles (7inches or less)
If you are a RAVENCLAW, do you prefer the colors in the film or the book? Do you have a strong preference? I prefer the book colors but I'm not opposed to the film colors.
Allergies? Do you have any? Will your knitting be exposed to smoke or animals? I have trouble with some perfumes and other fragrances. I have no trouble with animals. I own two cats and no matter how careful I am their hair gets into everything.
Are you an international participant (outside US)? Are you willing to have an international Hogwarts Sock Pal? I am not an international participant. I am willing to have an international pal.
Monday, July 16, 2007
I can hardly wait for the HP7 to arrive. I refused to pay the additional shipping to get it here more quickly though. But I'm very interested to find out if any of my feelings about what will happen next will come to fruition.
I think I'd really like to read stories about HP's life as an Aurer. I don't really think that we should expect JKRowling to spend the rest of her life with these characters but I still think these would be a nice series of stories.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
I have one sleeve done to the body. The cables are all 2 over two and I am doing them without a cable needle. I have enjoyed the process quite a lot. I haven't lost my cable needle even one time while working on this project.
See the lovely KnitPicks Options needle cable? Nice stitch holder! The best part was just removing the needle ends and putting the stops on. Fabulous!
I have almost finished the second. When I finish the second sleeve I'm going to knit the second sleeve on Aunt Bernie's sweater.
See the cute little Fimo stitch markers? I love making stitch markers. Talk about fun and useful!
Now I'm off to finish the sleeve(s)
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
When last we saw this lovely sweater all I had left was the side seams and armhole finishing. I finished hemming and marking buttonholes for a dress last night and then seamed up the tank, knit an armhole and went to bed. This morning I finished the other armhole knitting. Two hours work took me 2 months to get around to doing. This is why my UFO pile is so scary.
It looks good on. The shaping makes it look odd flat.
It is also really purple!
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
I've decided to make a sweater rather than a cardigan. I prefer to wear sweaters.
Tonight I'll have to ball it up and do a couple gauge swatches.
I'm going to have to get a serious rotation going. I've got too many irons in the fire again (some more)
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
This weekend Socktopia is having a sock knit off. I really wanted to participate but I'm going camping this weekend.
On the bright side my new sock yarn from Socks that Rock came yesterday. It is BEAUTIFUL. I'm really in love with these yarns. I balled mine up right away and started knitting socks. I'm making them toe up.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
And for relief knitting; a Tofutsie sock. The yarn is nice to knit with. If I see more I might buy more. The pattern however, may yet be the death of me. I have restarted the foot three times now. I keep messing up the lace panel down the top of the foot and the decreases. Can you believe that? I can't manage to work the gusset decreases without screwing them up.
And that is it. Other then everytime I have plans I get blindsided by life. Last night I was on my way to sew with my friends and my son called because his car was broken down on the side of the road. By the time that was fixed it was bedtime.
At this to the fact that the estimator for the rain gutters failed to show AGAIN! After I changed all my plans so I could be home when they came.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
My new Knitpicks needles are still not here. They were about 2 miles away on Wednesday and they still aren't here. Grrr. I could have finished the second sleeve by now!
I want to dye yarn on Monday. The yarn is with the needles. The new Spin Off had some directions I wanted to try. Patience might be a virtue but I want my stuff.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Knitting has also happened, but no finishing. I had to order some new needles so I can finish my sweater - I need size 8 tips for my Options. I know I had them but I don't know what project they are in. They must be in a box somewhere though and I haven't managed to discover the whereabouts of that project yet. The tips are only $5 though. So getting new ones was no big deal. Waiting for them is hard though.
The yarn for my Aunt's sweater came today but it is stuck in the post office and I can't get it until tomorrow. :( Which is okay because I need the new needles to finish that as well. What a vicious cycle. :)
Thursday, June 07, 2007
I then knit on a sweater and watched TV for a couple hours. Tonight I'm going to put more stuff away and I think I'll put the quilting frame together. I still need to get some help putting up the wall brackets and shelving. My son is going to help me but our plans always change and we don't manage to get it done. Perhaps this weekend.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
My Aunt B asked me to make her a sweater. I ordered the kit on Saturday morning. It shipped yesterday. Just what I needed MORE YARN. I'm actually very excited about this project. I'll have to start balling yarn as soon as it arrives.
I finished a sleeve for another Philosophers' Wool sweater. I bought the Kilim jacket kit several years ago and just couldn't seem to get it started. I started about 8 times but the colors were never right. So I sat down with their book, and found another pattern that will work with the yarn I have.
I still like the Kilim jacket a lot. I think I might sit down and choose some yarn and put together my own kit for it. Something more in touch with my personal asethetic. I think that using their book and kits is a really good way to play with color for the most part. It has certainly made me more adventurous with changing patterns.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Look - A red and white cardigan! It's blocked, but has no buttons.
I don't know what kind of buttons I'm going to put on it. There are so many options.
I have the whole summer to decide (and longer since I'll wear it without until I find the perfect buttons.
Here is a hat! It's green and silver, for my friend Sam.
I'm making a scarf as well. I'll have to start that soon. It will be a nice portable project.
The yarn is Brown Sheep worsted. Pine and Grey Heather. The pattern is from Charmed Knits.
Here is the beginning of a blue cardigan for my spouse. He best like it.
The yarn is from KnitPicks Wool of the Andes in Sapphire Heather.
I also took pictures of the Shapely Tank, but the color is all wrong. It looked quite blue but it is really purple. I'll try again in the daylight and see if I can get a more accurate color.
I finished a hat for a friend and started a scarf. I started a cardigan for my spouse. I knit the cardigan until I ran out of yarn. I hadn't expected to get so much done.
Last night I went to a friend's house and sewed canvas for a while. I got home at midnight and now I'm tired. I should go back and work on it some more, but I also need to do some work around the house. There are never enough hours in my day.
My sinus is still so congested. My entire face hurts. I need to find a new doctor. But I'm just not ready to spend all the time it takes to find one. It's too bad that my friend Dr. Pete doesn't live close by.
Last week I finally had enough money to buy the new iPod. On the way to South Dakota it became necessary to buy a car charger for it as well. I hope to get my music on it soon. But right now I have 200 hours of knitting Podcasts that I haven't listened to yet.
I found the camera so I hope to get some pictures this evening.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
I did acquire yarn for two presents. Socks for my friend Chris and a scarf for my friend Sam.
Just what I needed - two more projects!
Friday, May 11, 2007
I have completed the front of the Shapely Tank and about 3 inches of the back.
Last night I went on a very nice long walk with Kate. It was fun. I’m sure we were pretty slow for her but I really enjoyed the visiting and getting out of the house.
I’ve decided to buy little nosegays for Saturday. The roses are pink instead of the ‘usual’ white and yellow, but they are SO cute. At least I thought so.
I’m currently obsessed with green tea lattes from Starbucks. This morning I went to get one and they were out of Matcha. Can you believe it! I didn’t get one yesterday because the gal screwed up the order and I didn’t feel like correcting her. On the upside they didn’t charge me for the white chocolate mocha with a shot of peppermint that I settled for so I’m good. Sugared and caffeinated.
We close our mortgage on Tuesday. That chapter of my life will be behind me! The arduous task of paying for the monstrosity will begin. Frightening!
Monday, May 07, 2007
The yarn that was to be Picovoli is going to be the Shapely Tank. I am going to cast it on next. It will be lovely.
I spent Saturday sewing canvas and Sunday unsewing canvas. It isn't as bad as it sounds and I did get one top done except for the last seam. With any luck I can get Mary's top redone tomorrow night.
The kids are gone. Liz is at Grandma's house and Josh is back at college. It will be nice and quiet around here for a week. The quiet will do me a world of good, but I doubt I will get anything much done.
Maybe another sweater!
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Just as soon as I finish this red and white cardigan. I've finished the left band and I'm almost half done with the right button band. I need to sew the bands down, crochet the edging and then knit up the neck. Done in no time!
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Here is the red and white sweater - I just started the button bands. I'm about 1/4 done with the left one.
And here are the lovely socks my fiber group made me. They are sooooo nice.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
My father's cardigan has been done, except for buttons, for months.
She will be taking them home when she leaves my house this weekend. One more thing out of my sewing room. She said not to worry about it, since they don't count for the knit-off but I want them out the door.
Then I think I'll get the red and white one done. And since I appear to be in a finishing mood I'll sew the sleeve back in my Rogue. Then I can sew up the hem and it, too, is out of the rotation.
I'm not going to get my SAM entry done this month (it's still missing in action). Too bad, since it's the last month and I missed the first month.
Again - no pictures, bad blogger.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
I also started another sock. The color is lovely.
I can't find my blue sock. Yikes. Shame to loose it. I hope it turns up soon. I can't wait to finish them. They are made with a stunning Shaffer yarn.
Today we'll be doing more finishing on the house and I'll have to do laundry and some cleaning.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
I have 113 yards of canvas in my dining room. Monday we will be having a cutting day instead of a sewing day. We have a tentative plan to have a sewing day on May 3.
I need to make another pair of socks. Maybe on Saturday.
Monday, April 16, 2007
It's knit night and the Eastside Fiber Enablers are here. It's nice to have them here again. I've been doing hand sewing on a dress. But now I'm cheating and writing a short blog note.
I'm many sweaters behind on my challenge. I am going to have to get busy if I'm going to manage to get more than one done!
And of course here I sit - not knitting.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
It was nice to do some knitting.
My spouse got picked for jury duty yesterday and the judge sequestored the jury today. We have plans for the weekend. If the trial isn't done and the jury isn't in by Friday night, he'll miss my big day on Saturday. I will be sad. I hope the trial is at least interesting.
Back to knitting!
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
I did how ever get the BEST gift from my fiber arts group, The Eastside Fiber Enablers. I got a beautiful pair of wool socks. I should post a picture. I'll get one when I wear them on Saturday.
They've been working on them since Novemberish. They are very good at keeping secrets. They had a group project making socks for a bunch of ladies and I was frequently bemoaning the fact that they didn't ask me to help. I was a little busy with other things, but I was still sad that I didn't get asked to help.
I have finished almost everything that I needed to do for Saturday. I have a little sewing left to do on one shoe and then I'm all done. I'm going to pack up stuff tomorrow. I hope I don't forget anything. I think that I'll go and knit for an hour or so, maybe finish that sweater.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Tonight I'm going to sit back with the spouse, watch a movie and make a red and white sleeve. The last time I worked on the sleeve I made a mistake and ended up taking back all I had done. I hope I don't make that mistake again! Or another one like it.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Here are the new socks I finished this tonight. What do you think?
I think I'll get back to my sweater now and finish the sleeves.
I also found the pattern for another pair of socks I need to finish. I will probably find some time to work on them this weekend.
I have a lot of sewing to finish in the next two weeks as well. I hope I can manage to get it all done.
Monday, March 26, 2007
My cuticles are almost healed. This makes knitting much less painful.
I did some more rearranging in my work room. It's still an abominable mess. I threw away an enormous bag of garbage away. I also found and put in binders an amazing number of knitting patterns.
I have two shelves of space available for bins from the basement. If my back didn't spasm at the mere thought of moving heavy things I'd go and bring a few up. I hope that the muscles relax soon.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
I have finished a lot of sewing though and I only have 100 messages to get through and my email will be all caught up.
The weather here has been very nice and I do not want to sit in my office all day. I want to be out in the Spring enjoying the sunshine.
I have some really painful cracks in my skin of my fingers. It's mostly nerves. Up until last Friday I had most of them healed up but when I'm under stress I tend to worry my cuticles, usually without noticing, until they start to bleed. This makes everything from typing to knitting painful. As a nervous habit goes it's small but I'd really like to quit doing it.
Tonight I am staining the last of the trim work. (Hahahahaha) We have only trimwork left but there is quite a bit of it. We hope to be all done in a couple weeks. But then we've hoped that for a while now.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
It has been a very nice break from the cardigan.
I hope to finish the gusset and get to the toe tonight, after my time in remodeling purgatory.
Tomorrow we grout, some more.
Monday, March 12, 2007
Now where are my sock patterns? The sock yarn is all sorted in a box on the shelf and I have several socks started so I'll start there and do some finishing up. It will help me get my sewing room cleaned and organized though so that is a Good Thing.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
I also finished the body of my cardigan - LOOK!
I'm so pleased with how it turned out. It is quite nice. I have started the sleeves. I'm doing them both at the same time on one circular. I like it as much as I like making socks that way. It will be nice to have them both done - but it is not a relaxing way for me to knit.
I ordered a new sock book "My Favorite Socks" and I'm still waiting for it. I'm not really sure I'd have time to actually knit any socks but I'd like to fondle the book.
I hope to find some time to start the socks for the Socks That Rock. I also have a skein of Sock That Rock yarn that I got from from a secret pal exchange. It came with a delightful pattern and I'm want to knit those up too. I have both my skein winder and my ball winder in the same place at the same time now so chances are pretty good I'll be able to get the yarn balled this time.
I am also thinking about posting a tutorial for left handed knitting. I can get my daughter to help take pictures. I'm just not sure I have the actual skill to produce a decent page that can be downloaded for use. I'll bet I have friends that will help me though.
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
I managed to get one whole row done on my cardigan since Sunday.
Passmentarie: I made a sample of a finger braid. According to the directions you can make longer ones if you have a second person help. I'm going to make Liz be my little assistant. That should go over well. As long as she is in a good mood it will be fine.
Tomorrow we start putting down the floor! I'm so ready for this job to be done!
Monday, March 05, 2007
I have started the neck shaping on the cardigan. I was at 20.75 inches last night, with 2 inches to go for the back neck shaping! I had a lot of stop and go when the pattern changed from in the round to back and forth. If I get lucky I might get the body done and the sleeves started this week, in between time spent tiling the main floor.
I also got a picture of the sweater I made my mother. You can't see the lovely cables. She said that she had a better picture and will send it. If I get one the shows the cables well I'll post it.
Today my daughter wore the lovely red and white mittens I made her. I don't know why but it makes me happy when she wears/uses stuff I made her. Today has been a good day.
Friday, March 02, 2007
We have almost completed the stair railing for the new story. We can't work on the old stairwell until the tile is down. By this time next week!
I have reached the all red portion of the cardigan. I'll try to post pictures soon.
My mother and I are talking about a Kilim sweater (from Philosopher's Wool) knit along. We both have the yarn and the pattern. It is on the list of things I should knit this year. The problem is getting her to be brave enough to try to post a picture. So I am cheering for her - RAH RAH RAH - she can do it! It will be great fun to work on this project together and watch each other's progress.
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
I'm having wool withdrawal.
I took my daughter to the Dr. yesterday. For the last couple of weeks she has had a very swollen toe. They took xrays, it's not broken and there was no damage that would account for the swelling. They are doing some bloodwork. I hope they learn something. I don't think we need anymore unexplained medical mysteries around here.
I really need to get some more sewing done this week but I don't know when I'm going to get time. Unless I get up at 4am.
Someday this will all be done, right?
Saturday, February 24, 2007
I'm sitting in my sewing room knitting and watching bad movies.
I really want to finish my red and white sweater but I have things to sew as well. Too many things to do, too little time.
I have a lot of socks to knit, too.
I will be a busy girl this year.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Tuesday evening I picked up my friend and bought him to my house, since his car was here. I left after work and after all the visiting and dinner we didn't get home until late.
Last night I went to a meeting. It was actually better than I thought it would be. I am still at a loss about what is wrong with a nice, year-round, free meeting place with room for all of us and space for storage.
Tonight we will be working on the house and probably Friday as well. Saturday I'm gone with friends and Sunday, working on the house.
The upside is that I'm almost done with my cardigan body. The red/white patterning is about 30 rows from done and then just the red patterning is left, then on to the sleeves! It is hard to be so close and to not be able to work on it.
In two weeks I am laying the tile in my house. The Last Floor. I have to gather all the bank documents and send them over this week. It's all coming together (I hope!)