Sittin' Here Knittin' - Old one

Ramblings about Knitting and other important stuff

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Market Squares Bag



For anyone doing the Market Squares Bag along, Beth posted a really neat link that will allow you to color your bag online. It' s a very neat tool and would have been useful back when I was trying to decide what colors to use. Since I've already picked mine, I colored one to show everyone what it will *cross fingers* look like once I'm done. My colors are very similar to what is above. I'm looking forward to the kick off on the 15th (even though I already started) and seeing what everyone else does.

Monday, December 20, 2004

Happy Holidays















Happy Holidays everyone!!

Friday, December 17, 2004

Kick the Bag

I've been on a bag kick lately. I found this book at my LYS yesterday and had to get it. I love the patterns in this, mostly because they aren't all felted. Don't get me wrong, I luv me a felted bag but I am interested in trying something new. I loved the one on the cover. So fun and funky.



I restarted my Market Squares bag last night. I had started it back in September when I took a class to learn entrelac. The technique was fun and I enjoyed knitting the three tiers I got through before I realized that I had a twist. Nothing for it but to frog. So I did. I was debating on restarting or using the yarn for something else completely when I came across this. A knitalong was just what I needed to get me motivated again. So, I've signed up for the knitalong and have gone ahead and gotten going on it again. The official start date for the knitlong isn't until the 15th of January but what the hey. I'm using Lambs Pride worsted in Chianti, Victorian Pink, Old Sage, Loden Leaf, and Oatmeal.

I signed up for another class yesterday too. It's a crochet bag (is this a theme or obsession?) from this book. My mother taught me to crochet years ago but everything I make comes out as a trapezoid instead of a square so I thought I could use a class. Plus it's a really cute bag (sorry, I can't find a picture anywhere). I am really excited about this. I had purchased this book a while back and haven't had the time or inclination to re-teach myself to crochet and because of that I haven't made anything from it yet. I'm hoping to learn enough from this class to be able to make some of the more adorable things from this book.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Arr



My pirate name is:


Red Ethel Kidd



Passion is a big part of your life, which makes sense for a pirate. Even though you're not always the traditional swaggering gallant, your steadiness and planning make you a fine, reliable pirate. Arr!

Get your own pirate name from fidius.org.


Arr. I swear I've been knitting, matie. Just no pick-tures to share with ye...

Mossy Cottage has posted some more name generators here. Enjoy. Or else. :D

-Michelle
a.k.a.
Tigerlily Loamsdown of Deephallow
Fluffy Potatoelbow
Pinky Chucklechunks
Red Ethel Kidd

Monday, December 13, 2004

Knitting Songs

Webheads asked a music trivia question and my curiosity has gotten the better of me. I decided to go on a search for this query. While I haven't found the answer to her question (yet) I did find a couple of amusing knitting songs I wanted to share.

Here is a knitting song from the Muppets:
Artist Lyrics: Muppets
Song Lyrics: Doozer Knitting Song

It's neat and it's sweet
It's a ding dong treat
Knittin' socks for little feet
Just sittin' with your knittin' all day long
You know knittin's friendly
And knittin's fun
Knittin's good for everyone
And that is why we sing this knittin' song
Well it's knit one pearl two
What's a Doozer gonna do
With a gol-darn
Ball of yarn?
It's stitch three drop four
Pitch that knittin' out the door right now
There's a green there's a red
There's a knot in my thread
A knitter needs his noggin read
So don't come 'round and speak to me of yarn
You can k-nit all day and k-nothin' fits
'Cause only k-nitwits like to k-nit
And k-nittin' k-needles just ain't worth a darn
Well it's knit one pearl two
What's a Doozer gonna do
With a gol-darn
Ball of yarn?
It's stitch three drop four
Pitch that knittin' out the door right now


According to this website these are lyrics to
Artist Lyrics: Chumbawamba
Song Lyrics: Knit Your own Balaclava

Twelve stitches in sixteen rows
Two inches overpacking on number ten needles
Cast one hundred twenty one stitches
And knit one, purl one, repeat to the end
Knit one, purl one, knit one, purl one
Knit one, purl one, knit one, purl one
Repeat as knitted for seven and a half centimeters
Finishing on the second row
Change to number eight needles
Then knit one, purl one, repeat to the end
Knit one, purl one, knit one, purl one
Knit one, purl one, knit one, purl one
Cast off twelve
Purl to the last twelve stitches
Break on acrylic, turn and rejoin
Then knit two, purl two, to the last two stitches
Knit two, purl two, knit two, purl two
Knit two, purl two, knit two, purl two
Continue 'til work measures twenty-five centimeters
Finishing on the wrong side row
Cast off twenty-eight, cross on thirty-three
Break and then rejoin, cast off and sew
Knit one, purl one, knit one, purl one
Knit one, purl one, knit one, purl one

Interesting...

Have a great day!

Mondays

Thursday, December 09, 2004

What'cha Makin' First?

The latest Knitty is out and I have to say I'm most impressed this time. I want to make nearly one of everything. I'm thinking I'll make one of these, then this, a few of these, and some of these. Of course there is also this, this, and this. And those are only from the first row of patterns in this issue. This is how it always begins isn't it...

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

YNBA Dilemma

I bought yarn yesterday (at least it was on sale). It is for a project I haven't started yet. I have been collecting yarn for said project a while now (It's an afghan from 100 Afghan Squares to Knit). The dilemma now is, do I push out my YNBA date to the 7th of March to make up for it, or count is as stash reduction since I can't use the stored stash until I collect the rest needed... You decide.

Monday, December 06, 2004

Monday

Ugh. It's Monday again. Already. So to cheer myself up (and maybe you too) here are some shots of the first pattern repeat on my cable sweater.



And a nice close up:


I haven't worked on her in a week or so because of my last minute decision to make more knitted Christmas gifts. Those are coming along nicely though and I should be able to finish them this week and move on with the cables.

If this wasn't quite enough to improve your Monday, check out the new issue of Knitty! Libby has a very cute pattern published in it this edition. Happy Monday all!

Friday, December 03, 2004

This Weekend

Knitting plans for this weekend include re-doing the scarf for my sweetie. I finished it up last night and gave it to him. It is way too short and, in my opinion too wide. He wanted it wide enough to cover the back of his neck but as it is difficult to measure that area on your own his estimate is way off. I'm going to shave off about 1/3 of the width and reknit it up. Should be quick and easy since I just did a garter stitch. Thankfully the yarn handles frogging well and should knit back up nicely. Here's a shot of it in it's current state. It's just a little longer than that TV tray it's sitting on.



I also plan on working with this yarn:


Which would be the most wonderful Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille I bought months and months ago to use for the flower washcloths from Weekend Knitting. I figure I'll make a bunch and let the receivers pick the one they like best. Anyone know of a good place to get some cute soap? I'd prefer handmade but it doesn't have to be. Have a good weekend all!

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Y YNBA?

It's almost too embarrassing to post a picture of this but I feel that I must give myself a baseline for this YNBA thing. I need to know both why I decided to join as well as be able to prove to myself that I did indeed decrease the stash by doing this. So here is the "in the beginning" shot of the stash.



I had to search my house so I had all of the yarn present. There is a great deal of acrylic that I'm really not sure what to do with. There is some with a purpose (like the plastic bag in front of colorful, soft, washable stuff for baby blankets) but a lot is quite old (shoved in back, cause it's scratchy Red Heart) and I've just never figured out what I'd like to do with it. The old stuff would have survived into a purposeful existence if I hadn't discovered the LYS. As it was, I discovered Rowan and haven't looked back. It may end up getting donated to goodwill. Someone can use it surely...
My goal is to have it all fitting back into those four large baskets when I'm done.

Cathi posted a short list of knitting goals for the New Year and I've decided that was a good idea. It keeps with my "theme" this entry anyway.
In 2005 I'd like to:
* Use a fair chunk of the stash I've acquired. I bought all that stuff for a reason and need to get on with using it. It makes me feel guilty every time I look at it.
* Make a baby blanket for my friend BEFORE she has the baby. I started the blanket and had planned to make two (I have two friends that are expecting) but then realized the amount of work that would be involved in making this.
* Make a nice afghan for my living room. We bought new furniture last year with our tax return and I don't have any throws or afghans that will look nice with the new fabric. I had bought a afghan kit from Yarn Express, but I also ordered an item that was on back order. Instead of sending me that part of the order that was not on back order they held the whole thing. So when my back ordered item was available my afghan kit was not. They are not planning on restocking the afghan kit. I'm quite peeved over the whole mess. You'd think they would at least set one of the kits aside (since I ORDERED it) until they got the back ordered yarn in. Or even, imagine it, sent me the part of the order that was ready. Hmmm. Note to self... don't shop there again. Or make sure each order has only one item... Hmpf. I digress...
* Make a fair isle sweater that will fit. Bjerk by Dale of Norway has me down in the dumps. I don't think I'll try to make her again. Even if I did redo her and make her fit I'd just think of what a pain it was every time I see it. I tend to lose interest in a project once I've made it once already. I'm sure I'll find great uses for the yarn I bought and already have several ideas on what to do with it (see item one). I'd really like to make an Alice Starmore design or something from Poetry in Stiches.

I'd bet it'll grow by New Year.