Sittin' Here Knittin' - Old one

Ramblings about Knitting and other important stuff

Friday, October 29, 2004

For my sister



Actually, what is shown above will become a Christmas gift for my mother. I happen to know that my sister checks this blog and I won't tell her what I'm making (cause I'm making her one too). The picture is being posted to torment and torture her. I guess there are some things we never grow out of. Muhwahahahaha.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

"Gift" Rule Change

A while ago I decided that I would implement a knitted gift giving rule. I had spent a lot of effort making a sweater for someone and got a "gee, thanks" kind of response when they received it. I decided then and there that I wouldn't make anything for anyone unless they requested it specifically (yarn type, color, and they pick the pattern,etc). I'm not going to invest that kind of time into something only to give it away to someone that doesn't really like it. I could just envision where it would be in ten years. I'd be that aunt that makes everyone stuff for Christmas and they'd obligingly put on their plastic smile and tell me "THANKS... this is... um... really nice". I just can't deal with that mental image.

I have decided to alter my gift rule a bit. I have a good friend that just had a birthday. He mentioned a long time ago that he'd like a knitted cap. He wasn't asking me to make it, just said he liked them. I have decided to change my gift rule and have made my friend this hat. I finished it last night but didn't get a chance to upload the photo. He's going to be coming by tonight and I can't wait to give this to him. I hope he likes it.


The gift rule, I decided doesn't account for those small simple items that are fun to knit, cute, and even if the recipient doesn't like it, they can give it to somebody else. Besides I've been dying to make some of those cute flower washcloths from weekend knits for my DH sisters. Who could not like those?

Hope you are having a great day!

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Halfway There



No, we are not there yet. We are halfway there. I love the striping on this. Seems kinda silly to say, since that is why I bought the yarn in the first place, but it is true. I like it. I made my booga bag with the same yarn (see FO gallery) but because of its size the striping isn't as bold. I really like it with the mitten because each color has a chance to "express" itself before we move on to the next color.

I toyed around with the idea of having the mittens match, but am aware of the futility involved in doing this with Noro yarns. So I decided to forgo matching alltogehter and just ensure they don't match in the least.

I've really enjoyed knitting the mitten. I don't feel the same dread I had when knitting socks. I have finished one and will now make the second. With socks I just groan and think "I have to make another one..."

I finally got around to felting Maria, Tom's pillow, and the handles for Elle last night. I should have some photos later this week. Happy Knitting!

Monday, October 25, 2004

Looooong Weekend

It was actually the same length as any other weekend but WOW it felt longer. Before I start on my non-knitting tirade I must complement all knitters with active children. I have intense respect for you and absolutely no idea how you do it.

Our friends got into town on Saturday afternoon and we had a great weekend hanging out. They have a very active four year old daughter and a cute, mostly quiet 18mo old son. I haven't been exposed to children at all in the last 10 years or so. (None of my friends have children or their children are nearly adults.) I have forgotten how much energy a child has. I was exhausted just watching their daughter play. I'm sure she was a little more active than normal since she has spent the last few days in a car driving from Spokane to our house. According to her dad, she is always pretty active. I also forgot how fun kids are. They say what is on their mind and come up with some of the most imaginative and creative ideas. The weekend was wildly different for me than my typical weekend but what a memory I'll get to keep from it.

In knitting news, I did get a little bit of knitting done this weekend. I finished Christmas present #1 and cast on for #2. I also started a hat for a friend of ours. His birthday was the 22nd and I had bought the yarn for this hat weeks ago. I didn't get around to casting on until the 23rd but we won't talk about that.

In my comments the other day anonymous said:
you can block anonymous posters if you want to you know ... do you not like anony-mousers?

I don't mind that people *can* post anonymous comments. I just like being able to drop a note to say thanks for a compliment or even just to know who I'm talking to. If someone chooses to post as anonymous that is fine. Blogger doesn't really give anyone the option. You either post as anonymous or use your blogger account. If you don't have a blogger account, then you post anonymous. Kinda crummy in my opinion. The software I used to use would allow a commenter to leave their email address, if desired, their website or blog, and their name. I really liked that format.

Another quirk about blogger, thought this one I find quite humorous, when I run spell check it doesn't recognize the words "blog", "blogger", and always wants to turn "knitters" into "janitor's"... Ha.

Here's to a quiet Monday evening of knitting!

Friday, October 22, 2004

Comment Woes

Does anybody know how to change the way that comments work in this thing? Everyone has to leave comments as anonymous unless they have a blogger account. It's really kinda annoying cause it means to reply to a question in a comment I have to post a comment (which feels a little weird) or answer it in my next posting (which I don't always remember to do, or may not want to do). I used to use a comment script called BackBlog but when I switched to this template it didn't work anymore. Grr...
Any suggestions would be most welcome.

Anyone else planning on going to the Boulder Knit out? I'm hoping I can make it. We have some friends that T was stationed with in Italy coming into town soon but we aren't sure exactly when. Provided they aren't knocking on the door I'll probably go. Here's hoping for a beautiful day out!

Sometimes you need a good laugh

Great Quotes by great women

Inside me lives a skinny woman crying to get out. But I can usually shut the bitch up with cookies.

Inside every older person is a younger person -- wondering what the hell happened.
-Cora Harvey Armstrong-

The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy...
-Helen Hayes (at 73)-


I refuse to think of them as chin hairs. I think of them as stray eyebrows.
-Janette Barber-


Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.
-Lily Tomlin-


A male gynecologist is like an auto mechanic who never owned a car.
-Carrie Snow-


Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you cry with your girlfriends.
-Laurie Kuslansky-


My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being, hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint
-Erma Bombeck-


Old age ain't no place for sissies.
-Bette Davis-


A man's got to do what a man's got to do. A woman must do what he can't.
-Rhonda Hansome-


The phrase "working mother" is redundant.
-Jane Sellman-


Every time I close the door on reality it comes in through the windows
-Jennifer Unlimited-


Whatever women must do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.
-Charlotte Whitton-


Thirty-five is when you finally get your head together and your body starts falling apart.
-Caryn Leschen-

I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.
-Jennifer Unlimited-


If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning.
-Catherine-


When I was young, I was put in a school for retarded kids for two years before they realized I actually had a hearing loss. And they called ME slow!
-Kathy Buckley-

I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb .. and I'm also not blonde.
-Dolly Parton-


If high heels were so wonderful, men would still be wearing them.
-Sue Grafton-


I'm not going to vacuum 'til Sears makes one you can ride on.
-Roseanne Barr-

When women are depressed they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country.
-Elayne Boosler-


Behind every successful man is a surprised woman.
-Maryon Pearson-

In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man- if you want anything done,ask a woman.
-Margaret Thatcher-

I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.
-Gloria Steinem-

I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house.
-Zsa Zsa Gabor-


Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.
-Eleanor Roosevelt-

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Knit Night

I love knit nights. I work with all men and mostly hang out with only men after work (boyfriend, his friends, their friends, etc). It is so nice to go hang out in a crowd of women. And not just any women. Women who knit. Yeah!

I was quite the bad blog owner and didn't even think to bring my camera until I was halfway to LaTiDa. Fortunately, Cathi brought her camera. It was really nice to meet her and Libby. I've been reading both of their blogs for a while now so it was nice to "put a face with a name." Stacey stopped in for a little bit but couldn't stay. It was good to see her again, too.

It seems like meeting up with old friends when we all run into one another, even though we've only met once, or not at all. I think Libby's post today described it very well "It is so cool to meet other bloggers on the 'ring. It's interesting to see how familiar, and yet unfamiliar, a person whose blog you read and whom you've only seen in pictures can seem. I sort of feel like I'd know all of you if I passed you on the street. But the truth is, I'd probably only be able to recognize you by your knitwear."

Well, happy knitting everyone. Hope to see you again soon!

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Denver Knitting Meetup Tonight



Hope to see you there!!




Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Birthday Present

I love birthdays! Aside from the number associated with your age increasing, it's usually a lot of fun.
I got the following items from my family for my birthday. I'm very much looking forward to making them. All of the items are from Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill.

This is a hat and mitten kit with Celtic braids around the ends. The picture makes it look like it's a chenille trim but it isn't. Maybe I'll make another set with a chenille trim. I have some cotton chenille that hasn't found it's purpose yet and how cute would that be!



I also received this



and this.



The scarf pattern came with a lovely light green wool/silk blend yarn that photographed terribly. I'll have to try again. The blackberry mitten kit came with a very nice wool in cream and blackberry. I first saw this mitten here and is actually how I found the website to begin with. I fell in love with the mitten pattern and promptly put it on my wish list to the family (with exclamation marks and stars .)

Monday, October 18, 2004

Pillow Talk



This is a pillowcase I made for Thomas. He will be camping during the month of December and needed a small pillow to take with him that will stay warm even if it gets wet. The pillow is just a small 14" accent pillow I got from Hobby Lobby a while back. All man made fiber and I figured a good wool covering (that is already brown so we can't tell how dirty he gets it) would work nicely. I will be felting it along with Maria and the handles for Elle as soon as I find that blasted pillowcase I use to hold my felting items. Dang it! I looked everywhere for it. (I can hear my mother right now... (If you looked everywhere you would have found it because it is somewhere". Sigh.)

I went to Borders this weekend and knit with some wonderful ladies. I really enjoy how many knitting groups we have in this area. I enjoy hearing everyone's opinions about the local stores, classes they have taken, and yarn they have used. It is so much more fun in person than online.

I intended on finishing blocking Klara this weekend. We had a friend come into town and I didn't think they would enjoy the smell of wet yarn blocking in the stuffy little guest room we have so I decided she'd have to wait. I'll have to get that taken care of tonight I guess. I am dreading the seaming. I wonder why that is such a daunting task. Every time. You'd think I'd get used to it at some point.

I cast on Christmas Present #1 last night. It should be a lot of fun. I won't be able to share pictures until after Christmas though since people that are destined for these fun things read my blog on occasion. It should make post holiday blogging colorful though.

Friday, October 15, 2004

Fun Day Off


I finished knitting up Klaralund aesthete (she is busy blocking right now) and then decided to take a quick trip to Hobby Lobby. Ha. Quick trip to a craft store. I kill me. Oh right...
I was fairly distracted for most of the rest of the day making these. They are stitch markers. I was looking for memory wire in the beads section and found these cute flower charms and some rings.


I'm really excited about these. They are very simple and VERY cute. I had to stop working on slapdash a little while ago because I ran out of stitch markers (and because Klaralund demanded all of my attention) and am eager to start back now that I have these cheerful little things to play with.

I also bought some memory wire. I have a lot of beads I have left over from the Aztec squares (see FO Gallery) as well as some I bought because I liked them. I came across these instructions for making your own stitch markers ages ago and have been waiting for a good opportunity to make some. I don't care so much that the little plastic ones are pricey considering what they are. I just wanted my own unique markers.

I purchased some fabric to cover my blocking board with. I bought a 1" thick piece of Styrofoam insulation from Home Depot and have been using it for a long time,

but I have found it difficult to use because there is no indication of whether you are blocking in a straight line. So I bought some checkered fabric while on my "quick trip" and covered the board with it.

I used it for the first time last night to pin up Klaralund. It was so much simpler to measure once, figure out which line to follow and pin it all down.

I hope to have Klaralund finished (including seaming) this weekend. I blocked half of her yesterday and the other half will be done today. Then to sew her up and try her on. Heehee. I can't wait! Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Klara Progress



Klara is coming along. I haven't been knitting much so I've slacked on posting till I had pictures to share.
I took today off from work, which should be perfect considering it's just the kind of day outside that inspires me to sit inside and knit. :D


Friday, October 08, 2004

Voted off the Island


click on picture for close up

Sleeve island is one of the islands I think few of us mind being voted off...
Klara's sleeves are complete. I'm very pleased with how they turned out. The only concern I had was that the very bright green stripe was going to end up at the neckline. While I love the color, my skin wouldn't agree with it. It turned out I didn't have to manipulate it at all to keep the colors from ending "wrong". I cast on the back last night and feel fairly confident that I'll be able to finish her up this weekend. At least to a point of being able to block.



On a another note... I was unable to resist the call of the mitten. I started working on Forsa from the same CTH book that Klaralund is in. I had to buy a bag of Kureyon back when I decided to do a booga bag and have had 7 skeins of it stareing at me since then wondering what it was their fate to become.
The mitten has been very fun to knit so far. I love how the colors are working out. I think they are brighter than my booga bag. I wonder if it faded during the felting process? Maybe I'm so used to seeing it I take the fab colors for granted. Either way I'll have a pair of mittens and a scarf out of this wonderful yarn before too long.

I've given up on the hallowig. I was going to make a "thing 1" wig but can't get the gauge to work out. I don't feel like spending the time or energy to work out the math so I guess I'll have to just enjoy the work of others. If you haven't checked them out yet I highly recommend it. What a hoot!

Happy Friday all!

Thursday, October 07, 2004

What color is your brain?

I found a link to this quiz on Knit Haven. I tend to take these quizzes a lot but usually disagree with their outcome. I like this one... Almost scary how accurate it is...

Green
What Color is Your Brain?
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At work or in school: I work best by myself. I like to focus on my ideas until my desire for understanding is satisfied. I am easily bored if the subject holds no interest to me. Sometimes, it is hard for me to set priorities because so many things are of interest.
With friends: I may seem reserved. Although my thoughts and feelings run deep, I am uneasy with frequent displays of emotion. I enjoy people who are interesting and of high integrity.
With family: I am probably seen as a loner because I like a lot of private time to think. Sometimes, I find family activities boring and have difficulty following family rules that don't make sense to me. I show love by spending time with my family and sharing ideas and interests.



Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Startitis

I seem to have come down with a bad case of startitis. I have so many projects on the needles that it's gotten to the point of being silly. I think I'm out of needles actually. I don't feel like working on any of the things I have started. Even Klara has lost some (not all) of her luster. I want to make other things. Better things. More of them. Whatever the case may be, I don't want to knit what I'm knitting. I want to knit *other*.

I really want to try some mittens. And a scarf. And a stole. And maybe some matching mittens and scarves. Possibly a wrap. Definitely mittens... Good grief!

Honestly, how can a person not be inspired by all the creative knitters out there. Did you get a chance to see the Harlots Latvian mittens. Gorgeous. Really.
Sandy mentioned today in her blog that she is about to start a pair of mittens as well. I love the pattern and followed the link she graciously provided. I found at least a half dozen things at that site that I want to make now. Several pairs of mittens that I'm in love with and a beautiful scarf made from a silk/wool blend. Their prices on yarn are not bad either.

I'm also taken with Forsa from Cornelia Tuttle Hamiltons Noro book. I have some leftover Noro Kureyon in my stash. I think I may just have to start this one in spite of everything already on the needles...

Friday, October 01, 2004

Happy Friday

Happy Friday all! I must say I am approaching this weekend with relief and gratitude. It's been a long week at work and I'm looking forward to knitting and relaxing (and maybe some yard work if the weather ever clears up).



This is a photo of my Market Squares bag. I took a class last weekend on entrelac and really enjoyed it. I don't know when I'll get around to working on this more but I was very interested to learn this technique. i found it is far more intimidating to look at than to knit.

Klaralund has been dominating my knitting time all week. The sleeves are nearly done. I'm up to the Extended Garter Stitch near the top of the sleeve. I should be able to easily finish them tonight.