Saturday, September 30, 2006

An Amendment


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

Daddy Sock


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

Goodies


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

Just One of THOSE Days

You know that day when everything you touch explodes? That is the day I have had. I thought it was sort of embarrassing to have to ask someone how you get the buttons on your blog to actually show up. Ha! I figured out how to do it finally. It was even more embarrassing to find that somehow I had deleted nearly ALL of my blog's template. I still don't know how it happened. Fortunately, most of it is fixed now. One of my blogring codes is still missing, but I hope to have it back soon. I better stay away from our Jeep.....

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

A Gray Day

Today it is gray and yucky outside. It could at least dump loads of rain on us. As cold as it has been recently I am surprised there isn't snow on the mountain tops.

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

It's A Body


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

Some Answers and Some Future Projects

First, I will answer Nicole and Rebecca's questions. Nicole asked about the yarn pictured in this post. It is Knit Picks Palette in Fog. It's fingering weight yarn and I am loving it for sock yarn. Rebecca asked if the pattern was from Interweave Knits. It is from the Fall '06 issue and is on page 92. Father and Son Socks by Mona Schmidt. My husband tried the sock on Saturday and said he felt very cozy down to the heel. I was just starting the instep and wanted to make sure it was fitting him. Personally, I think he enjoyed me putting a sock on his foot a little TOO much. I should have taken a picture to post, but I decided to pass on it.

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 The Knitting News

How disappointing it was for me to see a Knitty button proclaiming the fall Knitty was up only to find it was still the summer issue. Maybe if I only check every 5 minutes, it will be there sooner, eh?

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

Craftiness

The heat is back, so it must be summer. I am canning tomatoes tomorrow. Our tomatoes have not done well this year, but my aunt and uncle offered me some. Home canned tomatoes are so much different from canned tomatoes from the store. They may as well be from different planets. Or maybe just different plants.

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

Happy Labor Day

I hope everyone is having a relaxing labor day. Here is the questoinaire from the Spinning Roving Swap


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?

Sadly, none.

5) What type of fibers have you spun with before?

Again, none

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?

Neon.

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?

none

14) Do you have a wishlist?

no

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...)?

Smoke

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.