Saturday, December 30, 2006
So, I went shopping this week. And this is just a bit of the fun that I found and brought home. The 2 bottom fabrics were in the clearance aisle and are for playing dress up. I am going to hem them and let the children do what they will. The oldest one, anyway. The green with spots fabric was something knitter #2 just had to have. While I was looking for something else, she kept insisting I come look at that fabric. She told me it was her new blanket. Good ploy, it worked. Mom IS a sucker. The striped fabric is mine, all mine. The other green fabric is for the back of my husband’s quilt.
Since I am going to take an art class, one of my aunts said she would take care of the kids while I go have fun. It is a real question who is going to be having more fun. She’s a real spoiler. Anyway, I am going to knit her a sweater for it. I have some more upcoming project ideas. Back before we were married, my husband asked me to knit him this sweater. It looks absolutely horrible because I hadn’t yet realized the true importance of guage. I am going to tear it out and knit it into something that looks a lot better. I should also do the finish work on an afghan I knit a couple years ago. After I finish that afghan, I can put that yarn into the stash to use up. I’ve been having fun using up stuff from my stash.
If you want to use up some of your stash for a good cause, go check out The Lone Knitter. She and her sweetie’s mother are going to make blankets to donate to the hospital where a loved one recently passed away from cancer. You can knit an afghan, 8x8 squares, or a baby blanket to donate (and for entries in her contest).
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Now, some of you out there may remember a sweater called Marihone. I managed to get it all finished for Christmas party wearing by the littlest knitter. I have some pictures of the steeking process. The first picture is of it pinned and ready for sewing(on the machine). The second picture is of me cutting the steek. The third is the cut steek. I have never steeked before, but it was a good experience and I would do it again. Naturally, there is a fourth finished object picture.
Maybe by the end of the year, I will have another finished object. Perhaps I could finish the stuffed bunny and bears. Yes, I have sadly missed my Christmas morning deadline. If I had done all my finishing work along the way, I could have had 2 of the animals under the tree. However, I think that the girls won’t care if they get a gift and it isn’t Christmas.
Our Christmas this year was the Christmas of books. Lots and lots of books. We like this at our house. Amongst the goodies were Eloise (The Ultimate Edition), Bats at the Beach, and Runaway Bunny. Plus there were Tinker Toys and loads of wood blocks. Yup, our house is now officially a death trap. Little blocks just waiting to scoot around a corner and nail your feet in the darkness. After they get you down, who knows….
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
I can't believe I haven't posted in like 2 weeks. That's terrible. I have finished projects. Been gifted. Yes, gifted. Secret Pal strikes again. I even gifted my person, but it was just a gift certificate. Nothing to show you. Anyway, my secret pal sent me some fun. Yarn, washcloths, tea, and a felted basket. She also included the pattern she used to make the washcloths. The yarn is Crystal Palace cotton chenille. So soft. No kitchen cloths there. No way. They are mine. I might share with the girls. Maybe. The ones my pal made are knit out of the same kind of yarn that she sent me. I can't decide where I am going to use my basket. I love it, though.
And I finished the pillow in time to be sent off to Seattle for Christmas. I will never, ever make up ruffles as I go again. In the future, I will do the ruffles the way the pattern states. I hate ruffles. The middle ruffle was the first mistake, and a huge one. It actually broke the end of one of my knitting needles. I had to use a needle 3 or 4 sizes smaller to get it bound off. The end result is pretty, but I wouldn't make that project again. Unless I just followed the instructions. There's always that.
Blogger won't let me post the pictures right now, so I may have to come back later to post them.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
I whittled down my list of christmas knitting to one more bear. I am currently working on a pillow that is BORING. There is no way I could take the achy fingers that the bunny caused. I need more socks and there aren't going to be more socks until the second bear is finished. The first one was really fun to knit, too.
Somewhere recently someone (probably the add knitter) mentioned that they were seeing a lot of fair isle knitting in the knitting magazines. I think they were right. I 've been seeing a lot of short row shaping, too. Previous to the bears, I think most of the shortrow shaping I have done was in sock heels. I really enjoyed all the short rows in the bear because it never gets boring. You aren't doing the same thing row after row. It keeps your mind alert. Some times you do want something you don't have to think on. Something that can relax you and be mindless.
Anyway, I am going to be thinking of all those people out there who don't give themselves the christmas knitting headache until I finish mine! Those smart people...... (oh sure, their kids won't be delighting in handknit bears on Christmas morning, but they ARE knitting something fun right now)
Thursday, December 07, 2006
I do! We are done decorating for Christmas, I think. The tree is up and decorated, and christmassy things are placed around the house. We started with the outdoor lights on Saturday. No one else in the neighborhood has lights to speak of. In the country, there aren't many people who decorate their yard or house. The picture is the lights on the arbor over our gate. The arbor is a home made out of pressure treated logs sort of thing. The kind they sell for fence posts. Someday there will be roses growing on it.
I even have managed to get some knitting done during all the decorating. Nothing worth showing yet, though. I have gotten some new knitting magazines, though. I've never picked Vogue Knitting or Knitscene before. I really like Knitscene. I am not sure yet about VK, though. There are some things in it that I love. And some things that I think are horrible. I am used to IK where the patterns are with the pictures. I like that kind of layout better, I think. There are things in nearly every IK that I wouldn't make on a bet.
I have a date with The Mummy and some knitting now....
Friday, December 01, 2006
I decided to show you a picture of some of my spinning. The stuff off the spindle is the very first fiber that I spun. It is merino roving that I bought in September.
Today is the anniversary of when I started my blog. I was working on gloves last year at this time.
I found the coolest necklace today. So I bought it and plan on wearing it with a new top I am going to make in time to wear for christmas. Nothing like adding to a long list. I didn't think to get a picture of it when I took the spindle picture. It has butterflies on it and is strung on ribbon. It is SO cool. I love butterflies.
I can't believe it is friday already. We are going to put up christmas lights this weekend. I have already started listening to christmas music. Nothing like getting in the spirit...
Thursday, November 30, 2006
I haven't techinically finished any of my animals I have been knitting, so I don't know for certain how they have turned out. I will finish them by 7 am Dec. 25. Promise.
Today, I have not done one bit of knitting or sewing. It is shameful considering that we had no phone until about 2:30. It is absolutely horrible thinking that you just can't get at your email. I've got a cell phone, so I could call people. How did I live before the internet? I must have been insanely bored. Thank heavens for the internet, or my knitting wouldn't be nearly as interesting as it is. No fun Knitty projects, no blogging, no way to find out what knitting books I really, really had to have. And all the yarn that I wouldn't even know existed! I definitely wouldn't be spinning, either. Maybe I will show you something I have spun one of these days. I haven't been spinning much, though. All this christmas stuff is getting in the way of my spinning.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Here are some goodies I got today and some non-knit projects I have been working on. The black bag is crocheted. The other bag is a knitting bag I have been sewing from a Simplicity pattern. There are some things I don't like about the pattern now that I have used it. It needs to have something in it to stiffen it up. I had envisioned a bag that stood up on its own. That is the way it was pictured on the pattern. It is still turning out pretty well. I am just picky as heck when I am making something for someone else. My secret pal is going to be getting this bag.
The other picture is of some remnants I bought today. The brown fabric with flowers was too cool to pass up and there is a yard and a half of it. The apple fabric wants to be in my kitchen. There isn't much of it, though. And then the bag of ribbon remnants. I can't wait to tear into it.
As for my knitting, well it is all coming along. Not quickly enough to suit me, but I never knit fast enough to suit myself. Being as the cold weather has arrived, I wish I were finishing socks for myself, but I'm not. I would like to be done with my christmas knitting by Dec. 15, but I doubt I will be. I am always down to the wire with things. I must love it.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
It's a bear body! This bear is going way faster than that dratted rabbit. Right now, the bear has also got 2 legs and feet. It is fun knitting, too. There are lots of short rows, increases, and decreases. Not boring for a minute. These bears are definitely the sort of knitting that keeps you on your toes. I am loving it. The only thing I am not loving is that you do a crochet chain cast-on and I didn't knit into the correct part of the crochet chain and am having to pick it out very slowly. That'll teach me.
Tomorrow begins the two days of cooking. I'll be doing a veggie dish, dessert, gravy, and probably some dressing tomorrow. On Thursday, there will be a bird, mashed potatoes, and more veggies. The weather casters are threatening us with rain and snow for Thursday and Friday. Bring it on, I say. The snow has been receding on the mountains lately. That isn't supposed to happen until april.
I learned something funny about my mother and my oldest daughter today. I was visiting one of my aunts and my darling threw herself in the floor and had a tantrum. My aunt said my mother acted exactly like that when she was little. I can't wait to tell my husband that. He used to tell knitter #2 'Come up for air' because she just sits there with this look of devastation sort of gasping like she can't get air. And then the screaming begins. It is just so funny these days. Well, sort of. It is really annoying when she throws those fits in front of people. No one wants other people to think their kids are the brattiest ever. I am waiting until he gets home so I can see the look of amusement on his face. I wonder if I threw fits like that.....
Friday, November 17, 2006
Would you believe I'm eating a cinnamon roll right now? I'm really sort of shocked that there are still cinnamon rolls in the house.
I hope everyone will be proud of me. I knit an ear and started the tail of the evil little bunny last night. If I really get to it after this post, I could finish and be well into a bear by nightfall. Finish with the knitting anyway. Not the putting together. Right now the bunny looks like some freaky alien baby. Surely the bear will be easier to knit.
Does anyone else out there have a terrible time sticking to their workout schedule? I start every week with the best of intentions. Except this week, I waited until Wednesday. I used to have no problems keeping with it. These days, anything can sidetrack me from it. I even tried a reward system. It failed. I didn't stick with the workout and I bought the book anyway. Now I am resorting to horrible things. I made a collage of clothes that I would love to wear if I lost a few pounds and stuck it up on the mirror in my bathroom. I even thought about pulling out clothes I've not worn since before knitter #2 was born and tacking them up on the wall. I always loved working out because of the nice exhilarating feeling afterwards. These days I seem to lose steam after a few days. It's annoying.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
I found out that Woolgathering includes an article, the pattern, and lots of options. Watch how fast I can subscribe.....
Today is sunny and lovely looking outside. The wind is deceptively cold. We can see plenty of snow from here, but have missed out on it so far. I am sure it will get us in the end. I am making home made cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing today. I am dying to taste them. Nothing like eating a warm cinnamon roll and daring the snow to come down to my elevation.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
It is a disappointing morning here. The gift pillow I have been working on had to be completely ripped out because my guage was way off. Thus, the pile of black yarn on my couch. It could be worse, I could have been a lot farther along than I was. In better news, I finished the body of the bunny. I have sew it together and add arms and ears.
Has anyone looked at Woolgathering? I am thinking of subscribing and am wondering if it is just the pattern or if there is an article or something along with it. I suspect it is just the pattern. It started out as Elizabeth Zimmerman's newsletter.
Yesterday I went shopping. I got some fun things. Fun fabric. It's for my sweet husband. I am going to make him a quilt for either christmas or his birthday depending on when I finish it.
In other news, the snow line has dropped dramatically here. No snow here, but yesterday the mountains had just a bit of snow on the tops. This morning the snow is down very low. I was amazed at the change over night. It rained all night here.
Today is Veteran's Day. A day to remember the people who have been killed in the name of stupidity, pigheadedness, and downright evil. Name me a war that DIDN'T include all of those ingredients. My Grandfather was in World War I and was fortunate enough to be kept in Canada as a hospital guard instead of going off to be gassed in the trenches. He got to see the horrors of the war every day. Men that would never breathe properly again, men who lost arms or legs. And he was fortunate not to be one of them.
Now that everyone is depressed from reading the last paragraph, I am going to off to bake the tastiest pumpkin cake I have ever seen..... Yum.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
It is cold and rainy, but today it seems enjoyable. Just the other day I was all whiney about it.
I have gotten all excited about my christmas knitting, though. Much of it is stash knitting, which feels good. This is bunny #1. I am going to knit a few other things before #2. Knitting on the bunny makes my fingers hurt, so I will work on a couple other projects first. They are being made in acrylic worsted leftovers on size 3 needles. It is tight knitting and acrylic has little give. Christmas knitting mustn't languish. It is washable, though. I think that is important for toys. I am so enamoured with getting the christmas knitting done that I even bought more yarn for it yesterday. I didn't have anything brown enough for the bears and I needed more yarn for another project. It was acrylic and blends. Not worthy of pictures. Marihone is currently languishing, waiting to be steeked and finished. I really can't remember the last time I had so many knitting projects going. Maybe never.
The weather makes me feel like knitting, and I guess that is why I am enjoying it today.
Now for a change of subject. I read Rebecca's post this morning and am all worked up, myself. This time of year, all the spending on Christmas gifts makes me tired. America consumes most of the worlds resources and it seems like at this time of year, we really consume them. I think a lot of people do it without thought. Most of the world's population lives on a fraction of what we have. And I don't mean money, I mean things. Starvation can be a failed crop away. I took a potato science class in college that was eye opening. One of the largest potato producing countries in the world is a country where most of the potatoes are raised in people's gardens. They can't count on being able to buy food, they have no choice but to raise it or trade a neighbor for it. It wasn't even what would be considered a third world country. Ever since then, I have wondered how far away any of us are from that situation. I try to be less wasteful every day, and I hope that a lot of other Americans out there do, too. We have a lot of blessings that most people in the world don't, so let's be thankful for them.
Monday, November 06, 2006
It could be a lot worse, I could live in Alaska or Canada where it is already winter and there is considerably less light every day.
In light of my boredom, I have made a list of things I want to make for Christmas. It will probably shrink when I begin to run out of time because my spectacular procrostinating abilities.
knitted bunnies from a free pattern available here
the best friends bears with sweaters in the IK Holiday Gifts issue
kids hats from same issue as above
cool crocheted dolls from an ancient book I got when I was a kid
flannel shirt for husband
pillow from knitty gritty
And for Santa to stuff in some stockings:
cute little knitted dolls from Canadian Living magazine site
These handwarmers from Knitty
Those handwarmers are something you stick in the microwave and heat, not the glove kind. They are cute and I think they will make great stuffed toys. I will try to find the links to the online stuff so people can look them up. That's how I found the bunny pattern.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Now I have an interesting tale for you that could probably only happen on this day of days. This morning I went out to feed the birds and let them out of the coop. The new ducks don't go in, so they were right there in the pen waiting for me. As I am filling the feed bucket, I hear some odd noises and some quacking. I look up to see a duck flying down the draw. I thought there must have been a wild duck up here with mine. Ha! It was one MY ducks flying away. She is getting her wings clipped if she comes back. The little wench has already run off once. Domestic mallards aren't supposed to be able to fly. Halloween, I tell ya.
Now, on to other things. I got a package in the mail yesterday. A surprise package. It had lots of fun knitting goodies in it, too. There was tea, an adorable sheep tape measure, handknit gloves, and yarn! Someone knit something for me! I haven't had anything knit for me since I was a teenager. You know, knit by other people. And the yarn is Mountain Colors Bearfoot in the Ruby River colorway. I was actually thinking about buying that very yarn for myself. How cool is that?
And now some nice, gratuitous glove shots:
That last shot was to show off the lovely, 'fetching' pattern. Many thank you's to my secret pal.
Monday, October 30, 2006
Saturday, October 28, 2006
My package of good fun arrived today. So many things! Lots of different kinds of fiber, beads for embellishing, a quilting book and of course, the spindle. I've been tring it out, but haven't become adept yet. The drafting seems difficult. I must practice some more. On to just what kinds of fiber... The first picture shows everything and how nicely the packages were wrapped. In the next picture is black alpaca, little felted balls for embellising and beads for embellishing. In the bottom picture there are some fall colored snippets of merino, a lovely maroon merino, some
Blue-faced Leicester at the top, and a silk/camel blend at the bottom. It is so wonderfully soft. And it is something I might not have thought of trying out if left to my own devices. I was so excited that I haven't even had lunch yet and I am starving. Perhaps I should let the poor thing alone and go eat?
My spoiler's name is Tal and she did a wonderful job of it! Thank you, thank you!
Friday, October 27, 2006
And we have more duck pictures! I was so happy that Duckly figured out that she was a duck, I had to post the proof. Benita, I have really bad news for you. My ducks had already contacted yours telling them to demand their very own pool. The Runner Duck is standing on a block in their pool, she is not walking on water.
I've looked through my books now and I really like the Built By Wendy book. Naturally, for pure readability the Elizabeth Zimmerman book is the best. And knitter #2 has already stolen it once. I caught her making off with it in one of her purses last night. She might have gotten away with it if she hadn't been smacking her purse like she was spanking it.
And speaking of children. Today is a sad day. This morning knitter #3 nursed for the last time. I spent 2 days telling myself it was really ok and that I would live without it. And heck, who wants to have their tender parts bitten?
Thursday, October 26, 2006
My other goodies are the books I ordered a while back. I don't know which ones to read first. The Elizabeth Zimmerman one is trying to suck me in. I have been looking through all of them. I think I love them. The quilting book is every bit as great as Rebecca told me. It looks like it tells you every little thing you have to do in the process of making a log cabin quilt. There are something like 7 pages of layouts for different numbers of blocks. They go from baby quilts and wall hangings to huge king size bed quilts. I am going to have lots of fun with that book. I haven't really looked at Spin It yet. Last night I was too tired to stay up late looking at my new books. I love new books. When I was a kid, new books could be the highlight of summer break. They were definitely the highlight of Christmas.
I am digging myself deeper in the knitting hole. Now besides the projects I have going, I have christmas projects. And less than 2 months! They aren't all knitting, and fortunately most of them shouldn't take long to finish. I've learned that smaller is better when it comes to christmas projects. Unless you start in May. Or maybe January. Last weekend I got the Holiday Gift issue of IK. It has these adorable knitted bears with sweaters. I looked at the preview at Interweave and when I saw those bears, I knew I had to get it. I have many of the patterns in it, but there were quite a few that date back before I subscribed.
Monday, October 23, 2006
I popped by Elann this morning and noticed there is more yarn there that I need. What's a girl to do in times like these? I didn't order it, but I think I will. All these sweater desires running around willy nilly. Most of my sweaters are outerwear sweaters. Naturally, I probably need at least a dozen for indoor wear. I just don't know how I am going to find time to make all of the sweaters I have decided I need. Real quandry, huh? I may have to quit looking through my books, magazines and at websites. At one time I had sworn off knitting more sweaters and thought I didn't need anymore sweaters. What the heck was wrong with me? I think it must have been the large projects. They are sounding fun again, though.
My Spinning Roving Swap person got her box and has actually already spun what I sent her! I was amazed that she spun it up that fast. I hope I take to spinning with a spindle as well as she has.
Friday, October 20, 2006
These goodies arrived yesterday. I really wasn't expecting them yet. It is Elann Sonata, a mercerized cotton that I am going to use for a sweater. I am using a pattern I found at Elann as a guide. I will start it sometime after Socktoberfest concludes. I intend to finish the 2 pair I have going now before it is over. And we all know where the best intentions lead us. I guess we will see if I make it or not.
I spent my afternoon cutting out 9" x 9" squares and putting iron-on transfers for embroidery on them. I have my work cut out if I am going to get all 20 done and made into a quilt by christmas. I originally sketched this project out when I was pregnant last year. I thought that maybe since I couldn't knit, I would be able to do embroidery. Ha. Knitting made me sick to my stomach. All other crafts lost their luster after 2 or 3 days. I don't think I was able to knit the baby's sweater, booties and hat for coming home from the hospital until the 8th month. I had heard of things like that happening and I was scared to death that I would never be able to knit again. Anyway, I am going to attempt to dig and get this project done in time for knitter #2 to get it for a christmas present.
A few days ago I was out shopping and couldn't help myself. I got one of those pre-quilted panels with a Mother Goose theme and intend to put a binding on it for knitter #3 to have as a christmas present. Every year, I come down to the wire with christmas presents I am making. Every year I swear I will start early so as to avoid the last minute crunch to get something done. Last year on Christmas Eve day, I was knitting my husband's christmas gloves in the car as we drove to a family party. But I got 'em done and under the tree in time. Even with the ends weaved in. My brother couldn't believe I got away with it. Most men I know would never pay much attention to what their wife is knitting in the car. It will be interesting to see what I am still putting together on the eve of Christmas this year...
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
And then there are the new socks. The French Child's Sock from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush. They are being knit up in Knitpick's Sock Memories in colorway Flower Power and their Palette yarn in red. I think it is too much patterning for the variegated yarn. I am not going to rip the sock out, but in the future I think I will do patterned socks in a solid color.
And that leads me the Lichen Ribbed sock from the above mentioned book. I am making it in Knitpick's Sock Garden in the Daffodil colorway. I had to start it because I was getting tired of just knitting on the Flower Power sock. Odd that a ribbed sock would be interesting and a sock with a lace pattern would be boring. I really need to get some different yarn. Everyone is going to think I work for knitpicks since that is all I ever knit with.
Oh yeah, there was also some stash enhancement yesterday. I visited Elann and well, pictures when it arrives.
Friday, October 13, 2006
Why, I do believe that there is some Blue-faced Leicester in my living room floor! I love when goodies arrive. These arrived yesterday in the midst of party preparations. I would love to just roll in the stuff, but that wouldn't be good for it. Now I can send a box away to my swap partner. The rovings pictured there are not for my swap partner. They are mine and I am not sharing, heh heh. On the left is Autumn Sunset and to the right is Summer Flowers. They are hand paint Rhapsodies from Paradise Fibers.
I would like to thank Rebecca and Lone Knitter for their hot tips. Rebecca suggested a book on Log Cabin quilts for me. I can't wait to take a look at it, but it won't arrivel for a week or two. Lone Knitter sent me some links to find Trekking XXL sock yarn. Between those two, I was able to waste an entire morning shopping around online. It was great. My house is currently so clean from the birthday preparations, I could go days without doing a thing. Except that my husband will come home and start messing the place up....
And speaking of the husband, he is going to be modeling some new socks tonight. You know what that means...... I started new socks, nya nya. Enough bratty gloating, you say?
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Do you have certain patterns planned for some of the yarns? Do you buy yarn and then choose a pattern? I have done both. On my first socks, I picked a pattern and then used the specified yarn. I got great results that way, but now I tend to pick a yarn then find a pattern to suit it.
- Does a certain sock yarn you have in your stash take you back to a certain event? (where you were when you bought/received it? what was going on in your life at the time!) I don't think I have knitting socks long enough to have that experience.
- When did you start making socks? Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class? I started making socks after I bought Folk Socks by Nancy Bush. I bought the goodies and started my first pair of socks.
- What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time? My first pair were the Welsh Country Stockings from the above mentioned book. So far they have held up nicely.
- What would you have done differently? I would have knit them faster.
- What yarns have you particularly enjoyed? So far I have used Brownsheep Naturspun and Knitpick's Palette and liked them. I am going to try some other sock yarns to see how I like them.
- Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method? I use 4 dpns and prefer the 4 to 5. I tried using 5 on a sweater project and they irritated me. I would rather stop and study the pattern and put the stitchess on 3 needles.
- Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?) So far, I love the slip stitch flap heel. I will be trying other styles, though.
- How many pairs have you made? I am on my third pair. I have knit socks insanely slow since I started doing socks in 2003 or 2004. (see, I don't even know when I started making socks!)
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
In the spirit of Socktoberfest, I have my list of socks I would like to make here. They aren't in any particular order with the magazine or book title after the sock name.
Anu's stockings, Folk Knitting in Estonia
Rita's stockings, Folk Knitting in Estonia
Eastern European Footlets, IK winter 2003
Cable Rib Socks, IK spring 2005
Padded Footlets, IK summer 2005
Embossed Leaves Socks, IK winter 2005
New England, Knitting On The Road
Traveller's Stockings, Knitting On The Road
Child's French Sock, Knitting Vintage Socks
Child's First Sock, Knitting Vintage Socks
Fancy Silk Sock, Knitting Vintage Socks.
Whenever I find a new sock I want to make I just add it to the list. It is posted on the side of our refrigerator. I have my work cut out for me, if I am going to make every pair of socks on that list. I would like to try some different yarns, too. This is one of those things where I swear to myself I will buy something nice for myself and then I usually don't. But I am going to try. I would like to try Koigu or Mountain Colors Bearfoot. It's always a problem picking a colorway. There are so many beautiful ones. And Koigu is in solid colors, too. Good for husband socks, you know. My husband doesn't like anything bright or flashy. I was surprised when he went for the patterning in the socks I am making him now.
On a non-sock note, I finished the arms for Marihone, so now I have to start putting it together. A steeking report for a future post.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
For those who might be interested, this is how much sock you get for one ball of Knitpick's Palette.
The ADD Knitter asked what pattern they are. They are the Father and Son socks from the Fall IK on page 96. I have changed the heel on my version to a slipstitch heel because I think it is better in boots than a plain heel. My next pair of socks will be the French Child's Sock from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush. If I keep up my Socktoberfest momentum, I will be done with the current socks in a day or two.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Socktoberfest started off great here on Sunday. Since then it has pretty much languished because I have been gone a lot the past 2 days. I haven't even knit yet today. How weird is that? My first picture today is where I picked up on the second sock for Brent Sunday morning. The second picture is where I ended up by the end of the day. And I have stuck with my no knitting other things after 10 am. I am wondering how many socks I can pump out this month. And now that I have cursed myself...
My little knitters and I had the best day out today. We went shopping with my cousin, visited Grandpa working at his new digs*, and found the coveted knitting needles for a little knitter to learn on. She points and says "Are those my knitting needles?" "Yes, they are!" says mommy. A Mom can hardly refuse knitting needles to a little girl. They are aluminum, purple, and size 15. When we got home she used them as drumsticks.
Doing that Secret Pal questionnaire yesterday practically wore me out. All that thinking about what I like and what I don't, etc. I can't wait to find out about the person I get so I can go shopping for them. I like looking at things for other people. When I look at yarn for me, I think 'this is too expensive' or ' that can wait'. And then I never do use that luscious yarn I long after.
*My Dad and uncle recently sold the family farm and are moving to town. Dad is making improvements to his "new" place. And I plan on making some improvements to his yard with sneaky bulb planting, hee hee.
Monday, October 02, 2006
I prefer wool. I do not like acrylic.
2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
The sets that came in a case (the zippered sort) are stored in their cases. Most of the others are stored in a flower vase.
3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I taught myself to knit about 15 years ago. I consider myself between intermediate and advanced. There are so many techniques out there, I may never consider myself advanced.
4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Yes, but I don't really have knitting related items on them. I may change that.
5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.)
I like spicey scents like vanilla, hazelnut, etc. Things that make your house smell like you are cooking something delicious.
6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
I love dark chocolate, but probably my favorite candy is the Cadbury Dairy Milk.
7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
Besides knitting, I sew, crochet, and embroider. I will be taking up spinning when I get a spindle in a current swap I am in. Mainly, though, I knit.
8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I like U2, Irish and Scottish folk music, and Bob Marley. My pc plays mp3's and my stereo sometimes does. If it is in the mood.
9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
My favorite color is red. I don't think there are any colors I can't stand.
10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I am married with 2 little girls, 2 dogs, 2 cats (1 indoor, 1 outdoor), and a love bird.
11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Right now, probably socks. But I like doing sweaters, too.
13. What are you knitting right now?
Sweaters, socks, and a window covering.
14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I prefer circular needles. I haven't used bamboo needles and despise plastic needles. Mostly I have used aluminum needles.
16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
Sadly, no and no. But I would like to.
17. How old is your oldest UFO?
A couple months. I don't really have UFO's laying around. I either finish the project or rip it and use the yarn for something else. I do not want to be one of those little old ladies with a house full of unfinished projects and supplies that were never used.
18. What is your favorite holiday?
19. Is there anything that you collect?
20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
Let's see.... Books: Anything by EZ
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden or Blossom
Patterns: Rowan's Crinkle from Rowan 39
I subscribe to IK (Interweave Knits)
21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
Of course, I just don't know what they are yet!
22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
Yes, I am. My foot is 9.5 inches (24cm) long and 9 inches (23cm) around the instep.
23. When is your birthday? (mm/dd)
Phew! I think I have typers cramp now. Better go knit my way through it....
Saturday, September 30, 2006
It seems I will have to back off of my nothing but socks pledge for Socktoberfest. I really have to get some other projects done. I am amending it to nothing but sock knitting after 10 am. This will encourage me to knit before 10 am.
Today we have the beginnings of 2 new projects. One is the window covering project I have mentioned before. That is the dark one at the top. The lower one is a sweater for knitter #2. It is Boo from Knitty. I am just creating the striping pattern for our version so I can use up stash yarn. In fact, these are both stash projects. I found a snowman sweater online a few months ago that I have planned on using stash yarn for, but now I am actually not sure I have enough for the project. Knitter #2 loves snowmen. I may just have to buy some yarn for it. Oh, and I have found ANOTHER sweater that I want to make for me.
I can't wait to see how many socks I can make for Socktoberfest!
Monday, September 25, 2006
This is the sock I've been baiting everyone about. I changed the heel on it because I think a slip stitch heel is more durable in boots. Now I am concentrating on finishing the ladybug project. I am getting close to finished with the first sleeve. Then there will be sleeve number two. After that I get to tackle the scary process of steeking. The yarn is pretty sticky, so I will go boldly. Snip, snip, snip.
I am getting tired of all this knitting with tiny needles. As I have previously mentioned. I simply must knit something else or I will go crazy.
I want to change my banner, but it hasn't been working out. It will require more study. I did manage to get a picture up there, it just wasn't quite what I was envisioning. Still, it was better than the whole blog disappearing on me.
Friday, September 22, 2006
Look at the wooly goodness that came to my house a couple days ago. Yesterday I was so worked up over the blog that I forgot about my half pound of roving. There were other bits of wooly goodnes in the box, but I can't show them. I have more coming, but it was still being dyed. Now I just have wait for a spindle to come my way. The waiting is killing me. The bag is sitting here on my desk begging to be played with. Knitter # 2 was convinced that it was a pillow for her to play with.
As for Socktoberfest, I think I may devote October to just sock knitting. My husband doesn't think I can get Marihone and the window project finished by the first. I think I can. I can have fun trying at the very least! I have a picture on my camera of his finished sock. Maybe tomorrow I'll show it off in all it's gray glory. People probably think I love the color gray because I have knit only gray socks since starting the blog last year. I really don't love gray that much. There will be no more gray socks for a while.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
I hope to post a picture of my husband's finished sock tomorrow. I want him to model it tonight. I decided to join Socktoberfest. It was just TOO infectious. How can a person read about it and not want to do it?
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
I have some new projects going. Over the weekend I finished a languishing summer top. When I get disgusted with my sewing project it languishes. Then I thought I would make a cute little corduroy jacket for Knitter #2. The pattern pieces wouldn't fit the fabric. I think the envelope gives the wrong yardage. I am going to have to get more corduroy. Possibly, I could get enough to do the jacket and use the piece I already have for some pants. Maybe. Instead of that, I started a jacket for me. It was from a Built By Wendy pattern (4109) that Simplicity has out. It was going great until I started sewing pieces with interfacing. Then it became a nightmare. It is a quirk of the machine I am using. And then I didn't pay attention when I sewed the collar in and left the top of the collar out of the seam. I will have to rip it out and fix it. There doesn't seem to be any way to make it look right other wise. Sometimes I wonder what happens to me at the sewing machine. I don't always think things out properly. I am currently disgusted with myself over the jacket. Fortunately, I really want to wear the jacket, so I won't put off the ripping for long. I got some knitting inspiration while nursing the littlest knitter Sunday afternoon. I was going through some IK's reading design articles when I happened on a short recycling article. Leigh Radford had made a screen for a door by knitting some nylon cord up to fit the space. It inspired me to knit up a window covering for one of our doors. The sun streams in right to our kitchen table in the evening. Right where people are trying to eat supper or read the paper. My husband said he could put some hooks in the door to attach it. I am going to use some stash acrylic. I really hate acrylic, but it has its place. I've been pouring through some Sheila McGregor books that have loads of nordic and fair Isle charts. Pictures when I have something besides a swatch....
Not too much news on the knitting front. No new yarns to fondle, not much progress on sleeve 1 of marihone. No pictures of the sock until it is finished and my sweetie models it. I am getting close to finishing it.
Friday, September 15, 2006
The body of Marihone is finally done. That means only a couple sleeves to go. Everyone loves a finished object. I haven't started the first sleeve yet, but I am champing at the bit to give it a go. I am reallly just dying to get it done so I can knit something in larger yarn on larger needles. My next project is Boo from Knitty. I am using some worsted yarn from my stash for it. The pattern uses Noro Silk Garden, but I am just going to imitate the striping pattern with my stash yarn. My daughter loves the sweater and at her age it is all about the colors.
It has turned so cold here in the past 2 days that all I can think about is knitting myself a sweater. I made a list today of possible projects. Somehow it grew to include a baby blanket for our nearly 1 year old. Everyone needs a cozy blanket for christmas. And there are always those 'evil' enablers out there to reinforce that thought in the back of your mind that you really do need more yarn. They are right, you DO need that yarn. I like shopping for the yarn almost as much as I like buying it.
And how in the heck did my BABY get to be nearly a year old????
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
My next sock project is going to be Child's French Sock from Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks. I am going to knit them in Knit Picks Sock Memories in the colorway Flower Power. It is red, orange, yellow, and green. And discontinued. I might use some of my red Palette for the toes, heels, and top ribbing. The little baggie keeps telling me it needs some bits of solid red on those socks. I have also decided I am in love with Viveka from the new Knitty. Probably in red, but not in the dry clean only yarn it calls for. I am thinking merino or maybe cotton. We'll see. If I make all the sweaters I am currently in love with, it will be a miracle. I swore off sweaters last year. How many sweaters does a girl need anyway? Millions, it turns out. I am going to be strong, and for a break after all the fingering weight yarn, I am going to make a sweater for Knitter #2 out of stashed worsted. Yeah, stash reduction. Good thing, cause I'm gonna do some stashing pretty soon for all these things I want to make. Hee hee. I get to be weak, even if it is only for a day!
Monday, September 11, 2006
All this fingering yarn is getting to me. After I finish Marihone, I have to do something in gigantic worsted, I think. On enormous size 5 needles. Some quick satisfaction I think they call it. Ever since I saw the finished Crinkle product at Fluffa! , I have been wanting one of my own. I can't decide if I want red or black. I love red. There is another cardi I want to do in red, though. I may go with the black. The Crinkle that Fluffa Becky did in black is gorgeous. A while back I was visiting elann, and found some nicely priced cotton for a sweater or two. I shouldn't dig myself too deep in knitting projects. There was that shrug from the spring '05 Knits, too. It is always a bad sign when you only want to find new things to knit. Maybe Becky's theory about stashing bringing on more knitting mojo is right. Maybe I need to buy some yarn.
The picture is of some knitting markers I made over Labor Day weekend. I made some others, but they weren't as pretty. I love dragonflies.
In shopping news, I got most of the goodies for the Spinning Roving swap. Now I have to wait for them to arrive before I send them away. Naturally, I bought some fun goodies for me, too. I can show pictures of those goodies when they come. All I can say about what I bought is that they are all from the good ol' Pacific Northwest. No fun blowing the surprise in case Anna Jo is reading.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
I am so excited about the Spinning Roving Swap that all I can think about is learning to spin. Go knit, I keep telling myself. Or I won't have time to spin when I get a spindle. I'll be too busy catching up on my knitting, ha ha.
Lone Knitter made some comments on my last post about my picture problems. I was using Netscape. (She had problems uploading pictures with Internet Explorer) If I keep having problems, I might try Firefox. So far I haven't had problems very often. There is nothing like tricking the thing to get it to not write in italics. You really shouldn't have to 'trick' the program to get it to work.
Knitter #2 was going to become a bonafide knitter, but we couldn't find the knitting needles I want her to have. She gets to pick them, but they are going to be those flashy jewel toned needles in a big size. She is only 3, so I don't expect a lot of knitting out of her just yet. My mom wouldn't teach me how to knit because she tended to do things differently. I think if she had grown up when I did, she would have been left handed. She grew up in a time when teachers would smack kids with a ruler if they tried to write left handed. My mom didn't turn her knitting. She would knit across and then knit her way back. I have heard of other people doing that, but very rarely. That was why she wouldn't teach me. Anyway, I want my girls to have the opportunity to learn how to do any crafts they desire. My mom and grandmothers taught me many things, including how to sew very well by hand. Very handy when your sewing machine quits you in the middle of a dress.
Monday, September 04, 2006
1) How long have you been spinning?
I don't spin yet, I have wanted to spin since I was a girl.
2) Are you a beginner, novice, or experienced spinner?
Beginner. Pre-Beginner, heh heh.
3) Do you spin on a drop spindle or wheel, or both?
I would like to spin on a drop spindle.
4) What types and weights of drop spindles (or what type of spinning wheel(s) ) do you currently own?
5) What type of fibers have you spun with before?
6) What fibers do you prefer to spin with?
I think I would prefer animal fibers.
7) What fibers do you dislike?
I don't think I would like cotton.
8) Do you prefer natural colored fibers, or handpainted/dyed fiber?
Both? I drool over both kinds when I am shopping and dreaming.....
9) Would you prefer all one type of roving or smaller amounts of different types to sample?
Probably several kinds of roving to see what I like
10) What are you favorite colors?
I love red. I also love fall colors.
11) What colors do you dislike?
12) What would you like to do with your handspun yarn, or what do you plan to do with it? (pattern clarification here)
Socks or maybe a hat to keep my husband cozy.
13) What spinning projects are you currently working on?
14) Do you have a wishlist?
15) What are your other favorite hobbies?
Knitting mainly, but I also sew, crochet, and embroider.
16) Do you have any allergies (pet, smoke, food, fiber,etc...)?
17) What is your preferred shipping method (USPS, UPS, FedEx)?
If I were sending something, probably the postal service. If I am receiving, it doesn't really matter. We live in the country, so if we aren't home, they just leave it and nothing is likely to happen to the package.
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Look, a finished object! Yay! There is only one thing that a knitter loves more than a finished object. A new project. That is pictured below. I am hoping that by the time my husband gets home later I will really have something to show him. Not just a few rows of ribbing, but some pattern. To my amazement, he actually seems to be excited about me knitting socks for him. You all KNOW I am wearing the new socks, right? Who doesn't love new socks fresh off the needles?
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Today feels like fall. It isn't very warm and there is a goodly, cool breeze blowing. It's the sort of cool weather that makes you want to knit all day long. And I just might.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
I have to thank Lone Knitter for the link to the spinning and roving swap. For once, I found out about something in time to sign up. I am usually too late. Tomorrow is the last day. It looks like a great opportunity to get started spinning.
The other day, I switched to a circular needle on Marihone. I was using 5 dpns, but I was getting these horrible ladders in the sweater. On socks and hats, I usually use 4 and don't seem to get ladders like that. I had been using the dpn's because I didn't think my circular was small enough. It is working out well now and I am actually happy about knitting on the sweater. There is nothing worse than when you just hate working on a project.
ps. sometimes blogger hates you and won't upload your pictures. GRRRRR!!!
Monday, August 28, 2006
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Yep, it is a sock. I have made loads of progress on it lately, too. I decided it would be okay to focus more on the sock than the sweater since I would like to make a pair of socks in less than a year for once. After the sweater is done, I may even wait before starting the next kiddo project and make another pair of socks. My husband gets socks when this particular sock is done. It is kind of embarrassing that it takes me this long to make a pair of socks. I love doing them, but they always seem to take the backseat to the bigger projects.
We also have sweater progress to show off. I love that baby sweaters are so fast. Too bad I can't make one for me this fast.... Ladybugs, ladybugs, and more ladybugs. I love them.
Some day I am going to join some KAL or something. They look like they would be fun. Rather than knitting something up all by myself here. I will just have to like something that other people like. How hard can that be?
Today I spread out all the yarn I bought earlier this year. I had forgotten some of the colorways I had. There are a lot of socks in that box of yarn. One of the sweaters I have already made didn't take as much yarn as it said, and I am anticipating that happening with some more of them. I am going to end up with about 15 balls of unused yarn, I think. Maybe not. It is all fingering weight, so I can always make socks with them. It's always fun to pet your yarn. I have noticed lately reading other blogs, some girls get yarn from their men for birthdays. Naturally, I alerted my husband to this fact. When Lone Knitter got yarn, I thought it was very cool. Then Cari at Dogs Steal Yarn was given yarn for her birthday. Hmm, I thought. I would LOVE to get yarn from Brent for my birthday. Wishful dreaming, perhaps.
Sunday, August 20, 2006
I have made progress on the ladybug sweater. Progress in colorwork is so pretty. You can always tell that you have made progress by the new colors. Last post I mentioned Knit Pick's new yarn. I decided I have to wait to buy more yarn until I get some of the current stuff used up. I have no place to keep it. My knitting hamper is running over. My knitting hamper is a large, lined willow laundry hamper. And then there is the large basket my husband brought me one day. It has loads of yarn in it. And, there are also plastic bags of yarn...... Granted, most of them are packaged up as projects to do. Still, I must be strong and not lose total control of myself. I am saving the loss of control for the pattern sale at the fabric store on Friday. Naturally a sale means I will be buying fabric for sewing. I know a little knitter who just needs a little corduroy jacket.... And a snowman sweater.
And now to explain the picture. My mother in law was given leopard print fleece fabric, so she decided their little dog needed some blankets. One for each house. I took my cutting mat and rotary cutter over and we made the blankets in a snap. She even helped by tying some of the knots. She isn't a crafty person, so it is an accomplishment that she got it done. If you want to organize a party, she's the lady to talk to. Anyway, I took a picture of one of the doggie blankets. Happy, happy doggie.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
I have reached the heel flap on my sock. And I made my wrist sore working on it yesterday, so I don't think I can knit today. A good excuse for updating my knitting list. So, I updated my list of socks I want to make. It is getting long. I really need to spend more time knitting socks, I guess. The other knitting lists are mental because they aren't as long. How convenient that I happened over to the Knit Picks (with all the new yarn) site this morning when I am planning projects today. Hee hee. (no, make that a maniacal laugh)
Sunday, August 13, 2006
As if I didn't already have enough little projects to do, I took advantage of a pattern sale at JoAnn's this weekend and now I can do even more sewing. Today, I picked up embroidery floss so I could start a little quilt for the now 3 year old knitter #2. Last year I bought all the fabric for it thinking I would do it before her little sister was born. I was pregnant and couldn't keep up with projects or knit for the first six months. The quilt never got done. I might be able to get it done for christmas this year, though. Let's see how many projects I actually finish by the end of the year!
I may be biting off way more than I can chew. Fortunately, that stash reduction promise I made to myself only applied to yarn. Of course, then I went out and bought a load of yarn from Knit Picks. See, I am just as weak as everyone else. I do have some stash reduction projects planned. And I can always knit/crochet a load of toys for my knitters and my neice.
Friday, August 11, 2006
In a strange twist, I think I have some Knit Picks sock yarn in a colorway called Zinnia. I've been in the sock knitting mood lately. The next pair I cast on for will be for my husband. He's a great husband and deserves loads of handknit socks.
That brings me to last night. We had a freakish wind storm that kicked up loads of dirt and soot off the area that burned early last month. The storm covered a pretty large area and resulted in power outages all over the place. I spent my time knitting until it got too dark. After that I had to resort to folding laundry for fun. Fun?