Sittin' Here Knittin' - Old one

Ramblings about Knitting and other important stuff

Monday, February 28, 2005

TV Meme

Well. I was tagged for this one. I'll play along but I must forewarn that this is gonna be BORING because I don't watch TV. (Please inhale soon. I know that, for some people, this was a serious shock.)

How much space is left on your TIVO? I don't have one.
Have you ever bought a DVD of a TV series and if so which one? The Simpsons - we own the first four seasons
What was the last TV show you watched before reading this message? The superbowl
List five shows you won't miss. This one's really tough since I don't really *miss* any now.
One show I wish someone would air again? I really liked "The Facts of Life" as a kid - but even if it aired again I probably wouldn't watch it now.
And the folks chosen to carry on this meme are: I'd really feel guilty about passing this along since my responses are so lame.

Friday, February 25, 2005


I've been working on the Tartan Jacket this week. It's coming along nicely. It knits up much faster than I had expected. I don't know why that surprised me since it's bulky yarn and fairly large needles. I'm using Lambs Pride Bulky that I had to special order from my LYS and then wait 6 months for. Ok. Exaggerating a little. But it was at least 3 months.

It's definitely not mindless knitting though. It's a slip stitch pattern which is easy enough but I have to keep focused on the color changes to make sure I'm putting the vertical stripes in the correct place. It's also weird because you'll do two rows in the main color only, then the next two rows you need to use the colors that show up in the vertical pattern.

Click for a nice close up of the fabric

My hat's off to the designer. I would have never thought of using a stitch pattern in this way.

On a side note, everyone that didn't make it to the meetup on Wednesday missed out. Hope you can come out next week. It was a lot of fun. I can't guarantee that I'll bring Tom every time but he sure did quite a bit for our comedic relief this time.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Dead Fluffy Thing


is officially dead.

I'd be sad but look what I'm gonna make out of this great yarn!

(Hint, I'm only making the pattern shown on the cover, not the whole book. At least, not with this yarn...)

For anyone out there like me that didn't buy this book when it first came out, then waited through the long and torturous process otherwise known as reprinting, this book is FINALLY back out on the shelves. Yup.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Must Have Hokey-Pokey

You put your left side in,
You put your left side out;
You put your left side in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey-Pokey,
And you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about!


Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Pillbox Progress

I'm very fond of Lorna's Laces Shepard Sport. I have used it for my Clapotis. I have used it for socks. I am now using it for my Pillbox Hat. I love the shade of green. This picture is true to the actual color. I never thought I was all that fond green until I went through my closet. Blue is my favorite color, but a very large chunck of my wardrobe is green. The shade varies but tends to stay in the olive/loden ranges. I guess I like to look like a tree. Hmmm.

I was originally interested in making this hat to coordinate with my Clapotis. So I picked out beads that will tie the two together. Anyone want to guess how long it takes to string 600 beads onto yarn? Wow.

This hat works well as a commuter project. It doesn't take a whole lot of yarn and the needles are small so it's very portable. Especially now that all the beads are strung. The only problem I've run into so far was while I was waiting my turn to go through the car wash one of my DPNs decided to make a break for it and hid itself under the drivers seat. I think I may have freaked out the people in line around me when, after waiving my arms about and looking like I was cursing a lot, I jumped out of my car. They were probably relieved that all I did was rummage around in the back seat and then get back in the car, instead of turning out to be a crazed maniac that was looking for something to beat their car up with. I don't hate waiting in line that much.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Well Traveled?

Well... I had thought so. I hope to grow this in the future.
Create your own visited countries map

This one isn't too bad. Can you tell I don't like the cold?

create your own visited states map
Thanks for the link CynCyn. That was fun.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Must Have Cardi - Again

I started my Must Have back on the 10th. At which time, I promptly made a mistake in the cable paattern. I saw it, and decided it wasn't really THAT noticeable and I didn't mind it being there. I noticed it every time I worked on the right side of the fabric. I decided it was a signature and that I liked it. I noticed it so often I started thinking about it even when I wasn't working on my cardi.
So yesterday I decided it was all a LIE. That I HATED it being there and would notice it everytime I wore it and would continue to HATE it. Between that and reading Harlot's post yesterday about how "there really aren't many times in your life when you can completely undo a mistake. Times when there are no consequences, no record, no history, no talk. Nothing. You make a mistake and you can completely erase it and try again." I felt no remorse whatsoever in frogging that left front panel and starting over again. Yeah!!

Wednesday, February 16, 2005


So have I been working on anything by my "Must Have"? No. But before I started it I did managed to get through my second repeat of the Evergreen Aran.

It's not very easy to see in the picture but it's grown quite a bit. I'm very excited about it and if the Must Have wasn't so much fun to work on, I'd be knitting it instead.

I gave up a while back on doing one project per week. I just work on each project till I'm bored with it, used a skein of yarn, finished a repeat, or whatever will be easy for me to figure out where I was when I pick it up again.

Hope everyone is having a fabulous week!

Monday, February 14, 2005

No Surprise Here

quite result
Quiet Girl

What kind of little girl were YOU?
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Anyone that knows me, should know this by now. This blog would be the exception to my, normally quiet self.

I wanted to share some of the other lovely yarns I got with my last order from Knit Picks. This one is Alpaca Cloud in Tide Pool. Like it's name implies, it is made out of 100% baby alpaca. VERY soft and I can't wait to use it. I'm going to make the Airy Scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts (Fabulous book) for my mother. I've know my mom all my life (imagine that) and only just learned on my last visit with her that her favorite color is teal. It seems strange to me that I never knew that. It'll look lovely on her. I hope she likes it.

The other wonderful thing I got in my last order was some of their Sock Garden in Star Gazer Lily. VERY yummy. It's 100% merino, and has inspired me to make socks (which I don't really like to do). Funny how yarn can do this to me.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Market Squares - Nearly There

There she is. Upside-down. Drying over a Gigantic flower pot. I think I may need to shrink her a little bit more. I checked this morning and you can see light through the oatmeal sections and there is still too much stitch definition than what I'd like to see. Anyone know a way to spot shrink?? The oatmeal is shrinking a little slower than the rest (like I was hoping wouldn't happen) .

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Knitters Review

I don't know how many of you subscribe to Knitter's Review so I thought I'd pass this along. Knitter's Review does just what it sounds like, reviews knitting stuff. They are weekly newsletters and will usually focus on a new yarn that was released. The author will knit a swatch with it, wash it, beat it up, and tell you all about what she found (did it soften up, does it knit evenly, does it break easily, does it pill fast, etc). I've really enjoyed the reviews and usually refrence them to research new yarns I am thinking about buying before I spend the dough.

So, why am I going on an on about them. Because this week they didn't just review one yarn. She reviewed the entire new line of yarns at Knit Picks! I can attest to some of her statements.

The reason I can attest is because I got my order of yarn from Knit Picks tonight! In fact, as soon as I finish with this post I'm going to go cast on my "Must Have Too".


Monday, February 07, 2005

Holy Crap I Did It

What did I do? I made it through my YNBA unscathed (and without damaging anyone else). I actually had to go back to my original YNBA post to make sure I wasn't just kidding myself. But it's true. I had only decided to halt yarn purchase progress until 1 Feb. My credit card was breathing a sigh of relief until the 3rd when I bought the pattern book and a gob of yarn from Knitpicks. It'll recover.

Kristal posted a piece the other day about Adagio Teas request for advertising assistance. I've bought tea from them before and love their service and selection. If you like them, lend a hand.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Tag I'm it

Libby tagged me. I was never any good at tag. But this one seems a little easier than most. At least there is no running.

1) Total amount of music files on your computer: Only about four or five songs. I have an mp3 player but I use it to listen to audio books (of which I have several gig).
2) The last CD you bought was: Wire by Third Day
3) What is the song you last listened to before reading this message? I can’t remember. I listened to a book on the way to work.
4) What are your five favorite songs and why they mean the most to you (now here comes the good stuff!):
-Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd (motivated the boy to propose marriage)
-Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head by Burt Bacharach (had this on vinal as a kid - played it constantly)
-Never Liked the Rain by Clint Black (another boy motivated response)
-Bitch by Meredith Brooks (cause sometimes I am)
- I've Got the World on a String by Peggy Lee
5) What 3 people are you going to pass this baton to and why? CynCyn, Resident Knothead, and Jenifer

Whew. I need a nap. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Anybody else catch this article on MSN? Very nice.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Making Fiends

There's a new Making Fiends out. Check it out!

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

To Market, To Market

Jiggidy Jig. I'm doing a jig today. I finished my Market Squares bag last night. The photo below doesn't do the colors justice but I did want a good shot of it pre-felted. It's currently providing shelter to 1/3 of my couch. She's a big-un.

here is a pic of the bottom of the bag. It looks kinda like a big sunflower. I ended up making the bottom all one shade (just did the last few tiers in the same color). I didn't want to continue with the color scheme because the I would have ended up with the lightest colors on the bottom of the bag. Bad News.

There were some posts in the bag-along that talked about ways to make a firm bottom for it that I'm very tempted to try out. I'll have to see what I'd like to do after I've shrunken her.

I'm still debating on handle ideas. The pattern calls for an Icord handle. I'm not crazy about them and really want to try something different with this bag. I'm leaning towards beads or suede. We shall see.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Must Have Cardi 2

I joined the Must Have Too-along the other day. I've wanted this cardigan for quite some time and have never gotten around to it. I now have a dilemma.

I joined thinking I had enough Peruvian Collection Highland Wool in my stash. I don't. Since I'm going to have to buy yarn anyway I was wondering if anyone out there had tried any of the new yarns from Knit Picks? The prices are very tempting. It's tough to pass up yarn prices that can beat Elann (who knew?).

Since I already have some of the Peruvian collection wool I know how nice it is. There are other options out there I'm sure and I'll happily take any recommendations if know of a nice yarn that would work.

My requirements are:
Inexpensive - but not at the cost of being soft
Worsted weight
Will display cables nicely (nothing too fluffy)