Thursday, June 28, 2007

Kauni Yarn Arrives

I'm very excited - except it isn't the yarn I ordered. I ordered ET - a purple that runs to black. I recieved EQ - the lovely rainbow that people are trying so hard to find. I'm going to use it anyway. It will still be beautiful and I don't want to wait to start the sweater.

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

The weekend was fantastic! I had the best time.

There was car knitting:

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Look - two posts in two days

Here is the sleeve I knit for my Philosophers' Wool sweater.

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

Look - knitting!

Introducing Aunt Bernie's Sweater! (or at least the sleeve) Of course I'm not sure I like it and I might take it back out (again). What do you all think?

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

Finally - rain

After a week of 90 degree heat we have rain. It is nice and cool and wet.

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


More reorganizing of the stash has happened. I have more IKEA boxes. It would go faster if I took it all out and put it all back but I don't have time to do that. I also have about 1/2 the room still downstairs.

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

It's a life!

Last night I got lots done. I put my table together and put it up in my room. It's nice! I started making the little storage boxes I bought but I couldn't get the nails to go in without bending. I quit trying and I'll get my nail gun back from Kate and put them together with that. It might be overkill but it's better than bending 400 little nails.

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

Gotta love the IKEA

I went to IKEA on Sunday. I went to the 'as-is' area and found some great things. I got some storage bins (I need several tens more) for a decent price. I also found a table top for a new sewing table. The feet cost more than the top. I attempted to get the new table set up last night, I opened boxes, read instructions and looked for tools.

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.