Sittin' Here Knittin' - Old one

Ramblings about Knitting and other important stuff

Friday, April 29, 2005

Final Countdown

Only five more squares left!!! I hope to have them finished this weekend so I can start the most enjoyable seaming process (that's a joke folks).
Anyone have any suggestions for the best way to seam this bad boy up without ending up with those huge seams you get with mattress stitch? I'd like the baby to enjoy sitting on it. My fear is that years and years from now I'll run into him/her on the street and they'll respond to meeting me with "YOU!!! I had marks on my arse for years because of your stupid blankie!".
Ok, I'm not really worried about that but it's a funny visual.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Bamboo FO

While beading appears to be something that could easily become my new obsession, I know that I'll never have to worry about sewing entering into that category.

I actually managed to get my sewing machine out over this last weekend and finished my Bamboo Handles Purse. I bought a beautiful silvery blue satin-like fabric from the store a month or so ago for the lining on this purse. I just needed to cut it to the right size and sew it in. I hate cutting fabric. It's so final. You can't do much about it if you screw it up. I guess that is what appeals to me about knitting. It's not impossible to fix a mistake. Right... back to the purse.

I apologize in advance for the picture. I made the purse out of navy blue cotton and it proved quite difficult to photograph.

Click for a close up of the beads

I used some beaded trim I bought at my LYS for a little flair. The original pattern called for this macrame stuff hanging off the bottom. If I ever make another I may to that, but for this bag I loved the dangly beads.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Square Roots

My Market Squares Bag is finally finished. All the beading Saturday lead me to some finishing on Sunday.

The handles are wonderful (in my not-so-humble) opinion. I'm so glad we went beading so that I could be inspired and enthused enough to finally sit down and get this done. Here's a nice close up of the handles.

We have bone beads dyed with tea and carved wooden beads with seed beads in between to give a little space to the whole thing. I just hope I crimped the ends well enough. I don't have "official" crimpers. I just smashed the hell out of it with a pair of needle nose pliars. To get the D-Rings into my bag, I knit a small "holder" then felted it and sewed it to the inside of the bag.

I also knit a small square so I would have a way to attach a magnet closure. LOVE this bag!!

Monday, April 25, 2005

What a great weekend. Saturday started off right by hanging out with Wanda, Cynthia, and Stacey at the bead shop. I restrained myself (mostly) and only made two stitch markers while I was at the shop. I bought some seed beads that I could use with the beads I blogged about last week for more stitch markers.

Here are the two I made at the store. I'll have to post all the ones I made after I got home at another time. (*grin*)

I loved the metal look to these beads. The round ones in between are nearly white with a touch of purple to them. The circle with the heart in the middle are actually two seperate beads. Once I figured out the heart fit in the middle I had to make a marker with it.

I had the same kind of issue with this one. I fell in love with the cute little espresso charm and thought they'd be perfect with these "chocolate and caramel" beads. Yummy!

Cynthia posted some good pics of our beading in progress. I, of course, forgot my camera and had to take pictures later on. One day I'll learn.

On a side note, the Denver influence is spreading slowly but surely. Not only have we gotten Tamera to start a clapotis, she has started a blog.

Friday, April 22, 2005

Graduated Ribbed Top

This is one quick knit! It's totally mindless and has become my perfect get together knitting. Knitted in the round, it's a 4x2 rib that just goes and goes for 11 inches. Then I need to pay a little attention, but for now k4, p2, rep - how much easier could it get (besides stockinette of course)

If you haven't seen it already, Norma did a wonderful Tribute to Stokinette the other day.

Also, Jenifer has started a Triada Along. I am so there.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Show and Tell

I've been doing some serious stash enhancement (Hooray for tax returns!) over the last couple of weeks. Now that I have most of the yarn I thought I'd share some photos.

Stacey, Cathi, and I have decided to make Rogue starting late this summer. Summery projects are calling and demanding not to be ignored so we figure July is a good time to start fall projects. For mine I purchased Peace Fleece in Grass Roots (though for the longest I called it Dead Grass, as it matched my front lawn), shown below. There are so many different color flecks in this yarn. Many more that I thought there would be. I was expecting the blues and tangerine because those were in the color description. This is much lovelier than just blues and tangerine. I'm really looking forward to working with it.

Triada Scarf was a must have for me when I saw the preview for the Summer 05 edition of Interweave Knits. I am not normally a huge fan of the shrug, shawl, poncho, or caplet - I know this is called a scarf but it's more caplet-esque to me than a traditional scarf. This called out to me and I went in search of the yarn that very day. I ended up buying this from Threadbear because they had the best price I could find and the color I wanted. This was the first time I had ever ordered from Threadbear. I have to say I was impressed. They were very nice about the whole arrangement (this wasn't a yarn they normally sell over their webpage) and were very prompt with the delivery. I'll definitely keep them in mind in the future.

NOTE: I just noticed today that Threadbear is going to start carrying Adrienne Vittadini's line in their store. YEAH!!!! I just hope they get in more than the one yarn they are currently showing. And her patterns.

Beads could totally become a new obsession with me if I let them. I found these (as well as a few others that I can't show just yet - my turn to have a secret project). They are very nicely done. I'm sure I won't have problems finding uses for them.

The really nice part was the surprise free gift that the store sent. I didn't spend that much so a free gift was even more of a surprise. Very nice.

Actual knitted content tomorrow. Have a great one.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

10 Little Monkeys...

Only ten little monkeys left and then I'll be done with the squares (we aren't thinking about the seaming and border... just focus on squares and life is happy).

The rock-a-bye-baby blanket I've been working on for a friend of mine is nearing completion. I realized the other day that my friend is going to have her baby before I get this finished if I don't focus and get it going. So I managed to get these 10 squares done over the weekend and first half of this week. Only 10 left!!!

Geometry 1

Geometry 2

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Pillbox Progress

I realized when updating my FO page that I haven't posted any progress on the pillbox hat since I got all the beads strung onto the yarn. So here we go...

It has taken what I feel to be a very sad amount of time to get this far along. It's a rather slow knit. Coupled with the speed issues, I only get a chance once or twice a week to work on it and have found I can only get through about two rows during a lunch break (four if I quit chatting long enough to knit).

Other than the speed (or lack thereof) I have to say I love this hat. I bought the beads and yarn to coordinate with my clapotis. I took the picture above with the two together to see how well they match. I like it.

The beaded rows, on top of having beads, also use an interesting twisted stitch and really give a nice texture to the fabric. The brim is rolled. I tend to dislike rolled brim hats because they inevitably stop rolling in one spot and don't look as nice. One of my favorite parts of this pattern is that you sew the rolled brim up into place with a contrasting yarn color. You also use that contrast along the top edge of the hat. I'll be using the very little yarn I have left over from the clapotis to do the contrast work. One day I'll show you pictures of it...

Monday, April 18, 2005

S.A--T.U.R--D.A.Y Night

K. I'm actually talking about Friday night but I got that song stuck in my head while trying to come up with a title so we're all stuck with it now.

I'm fairly certain everyone had a wonderful time at Mrs. Pink's home Friday. I know I laughed harder than I have in a very long time.

Photographic evidence that Cathi does indeed knit at these get-togethers. Though from what I hear she had to rip the whole thing out and start over. So sad...

Miss. BluFlecia joined us, driving all the way from Colorado Springs just to visit. She's a riot and was a joy to be around. Here's a picture of her taking a picture of me. Yes, I'm that cheesy too.

Libby and Lisa

Wanda and Theresa

Because I consider the other people that attended friends I've chosen to remain their friend and not post the awful photos I managed to take of them (evidence of my non-existent photographic skills). Needless to say, it was great to visit with Tamera, Stacey, and RayLynn as well.

We had at least four clapoti (clapotises?) in progress. It's such an amazing and versatile pattern. I'm seriously considering a second.

Hope everyone out there had a wonderful weekend as well. If you don't have a group of pals to knit with on occasion I'd strongly encourage joining a group or starting one. Who else can you tell about a great deal you got on some yarn that will be just as excited about it as you are?

Friday, April 15, 2005

Taking Sides

I have to say I'm with Norma on the excitement about FridayFridayFridayFridayFridayFriday, but if I had to choose, I'd have to side with Abby.

I'm Not Going To Maryland Sheep And Wool Festival But I Am NOT Bitter

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Of Tanks and Roses

So on Friday I also cast on a new Tank Top. It's the Tank Girls Tank from the Summer 04 Interweave Knits. Since the yarn that both of these tanks were made in was discontinued they were nice enough to repost the pattern with some suggestions. I happen to have the yarn called for to make the blue one in my stash.

I like the green tank better tho' so I'll just have to figure out how to change the pattern to make it with my existing yarn. The yarn knits up nicely but I'm not impressed with the yardage per skein (on 52 yards). I have a whole bag of this stuff but that really means I can make a tank top with it. What a disappointment. I was all excited about using it to make Lucy when I discovered she'd have to be a short-sleeved-cropped Lucy. Not so exciting. I happened on this pattern when I did a Google search for Tahki Capri. Yeah!

On another note, I joined the Flower Basket (Vogue Knitting Spring 05) Knit-along. I haven't cast on yet but I did buy my yarn.

It's hard to tell in the photo but the darkest color is a dark chocolate color (one of the new colors just released). Yum. I bought both yellow and orange yarns so I could get my roses to change color. I also have some Victorian Pink and Chianti left over from my market squares bag I want to use. I'll have to play around with that... I hope it works like I'm picturing. I'm also planning of imitating one of the local yarn stores by putting snaps on the backs of my roses so I can swap them out depending on my mood.

I decided to hell with the yarn they call for in the pattern. I'm not about to spend that much for this bag even if it's one of the cutest things I've seen in a while. I'm using Lambs Pride Bulky weight and doubling some worsted weight for the roses.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Fe, Fi, FO, Fum

Last night was the Littleton Meetup. What a great crowd. There were some new faces and some regulars. I worked on this great sweater/t-shirt from the Knitters Stash. I cast on for this puppy on Friday last week when I finished the Wavy scarf. That is correct. I FINALLY finished something. My goal of working on one project for a week (New Years resolution - I should know better by now) sure didn't last long. I'm going to have to figure out how to get focused so I can finish some things though. I'm getting tired of seeing the same stuff every time I look in my WIP bags.

So, did I hear requests for photos? Of course, your imaginations are all great so I'd bet you can imagine a better FO than I can show off with a photo. Not good enough? OK.

Wavy is drying here. I didn't see much point in blocking her but I did want to give it a nice bath to soften it up a bit and make it smell good. It is a gift after all. The kettle dyed yarn worked out beautifully and gave it a lot of depth. The pattern was fairly simple but you had to keep track of what row you were on. Not a mindless knit (or not as mindless and I need on occasion).

Here's a shot of the Graduated Ribbed Top I'm working on now. It's a wonderful pattern. Very easy. It's done all in one piece so I won't have to sew anything (almost) when I'm finished. How great is that???

I'm using Sonata cotton from Elann (from my stash - Yeah!). It is 100% cotton so it has very little "give" but I love how it's knitting up. I think I'll be doing shorter sleeves than what are called for. I'm thinking 3/4 length or shorter but I'll decide that later. It'll be a great summer top.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Weekend Fun?

This last weekend started off right. Knit night at Lesleys then a fun meeting of white water rafting guides in Colorado Springs (I don't raft, I knit while DH rafts - it works well for both of us). What we didn't count on was on Sunday morning there being white out conditions and I-25 being closed all day. We have great friends in the Springs that thankfully allowed us to stay for an extra night. I only wish I'd brought more knitting with me. I guess I've learned my lesson. Planning to stay or not, I need at least enough knitting for a whole day of movie watching.

We drove back home on Monday morning (took 3 blinken' hours) and fed the now neglected and very huffy cat. Not that I blame her. We felt really bad about that part. Apparently she did managed to sample some jelly beans in our absence and has since forgiven us. Mostly.

The drive home was very interesting. I amused myself by taking photos of all the cars that were completely buried in the snow on the side of the road. It was very slick out still but people were going slow enough that we passed only a few fender benders.

This picture makes me think of one of those "Where's Waldo" games

Can you see it? Maybe this will help

I couldn't tell exactly what model car that was but it was the size of a Ford Tarus.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Friday Fun

Friday night was great fun. More laughing and eating than knitting, but those are the best types of get togethers. Below we have a shot of our local Supermodel as well as our gracious hostess. Thanks again, Lesley!

Here Wanda, Cynthia, and Stacey are enjoying some lively conversation and getting in a few stitches every once in a while.

There were quite a few other wonderful ladies there as well. Unfortunatly for me, the photos I shot of them didn't come out and rather than post unflattering photos I thought I'd spare them and just say that I had a great time spending time with everyone there. Can't wait for the next one.

Friday, April 08, 2005

Weekend Reading

Reading??? I don't read anymore. (If I could figure out how to read and knit I'm sure I would). What would I ever consider reading when there is knitting to be done?

Yes. I finally got my copy of the Yarn Harlot's book yesterday. Even Mr. Sittin' was laughing at what I read out loud. Expecially the bits about spouses putting up with knitters. He's always asking me if I'm knitting or purling. Poor man, what he has to do to get a conversation started sometimes...

I told him that this book was one that should be able to pull me out of any funk I was in and cheer me up. He asked if he could have a copy for emergency purposes (in case I didn't have mine on hand when one was needed).

Thursday, April 07, 2005


One of my favorite words in the English language is SALE (coming in a close second is CLEARANCE). Why do I share this little quirk of mine with you? Well, because I’ve come across one of my favorite online yarn stores advertising this most wonderful and spectacular word. Webs is having an anniversary sale. They have quite a great number of the most wonderful yarns on sale at that are each almost 50% off of the normal price.

So, what else have I been up to? I’ve been plugging away at the blankie for one of my dear friends.

It’s coming along slowly but surely. I need to step up the pace though since she’s due in less than 2 months. My other friend that was pregnant (now she’s a mommy) had her dear little baby girl early and thus will not be receiving a blankie. I’m really excited about it though because I’ve really wanted to make this and now I have a legitimate excuse. Not that I really needed an excuse. I bought the yarn for it a while ago. I guess purpose would be a better word. Eh, technicalities.

Summer is nearly here and I’m marking up every magazine and book I have trying to find that perfect summer project. My goal is to use stash as much as possible but I’m finding my stash too small and too winter oriented so I guess I’ll just have to buy some yarn. Darn. Good thing I know about a SALE going on right now.

AND - the Spring issue of Knitty is out. Could this day GET any BETTER???

Have a great one!!

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Must Have my Sleeve Island

Oi. Some mornings making up a title for your post can be similar to twister for the brain.

Anyway, I was able to get quite a bit of progress on my sleeves for my Must Have Cardi. I absolutely adore this pattern. It's far less complicated than it looks and I'm able to work on it without having to constantly glance at the pattern. I find it amusing when people are astonished that I could work on something so complicated and talk at the same time. Sister, believe me, if it were anywhere near as complicated as it looks I couldn't knit and chew gum at the same time.

I spent Friday evening chatting with Stacey, Awanda, and several other lovely ladies and knitted away on this. Saturday was spent similarly with some wonderful people. One of my favorite parts of the Saturday group is show and tell. They'll bring in recently acquired yarn from local stores, online shops, or recent travels and pass it around for us all to fondle and caress. There are oooooohhs and aaaaaahhs and the occasional attempt to walk off with something too lovely to give back (though it does always end up back with the original owner). It's better than any show and tell I can remember from elementary school.

Oh right, back to the sleeve. What you don't see in this photo is the other sleeve. They look the same.

I'm very happy I decided to work on both of these at the same time. There are quite a few times I forgot to increase on the 8th row and had to do it on the 9th instead. But since I did the increase on the 9th on both sleeves nobody will ever know. Well, nobody else will ever know.

Monday, April 04, 2005

THE Slippers

Thanks for all the comments about the gi-normous bag. I was pretty happy about it's storage capacity. I managed to rearrange quite a bit of my stash into it and out of some tacky bins I had everything in. A lot of you had asked about the Mr.'s slippers.

So here's a nice shot of them. I couldn't locate the Mr. when I took the picture so I've yet to capture an "action" shot. I'm sure you guys get the idea though. One goes on the left foot and one on the right. Ha. I'm so funny. Feeling a little punchy this morning.

Hey! Does anyone who ventures near my little ol' blog know a lot about smoke detectors? We have had a great weekend (well, mostly last night) since our smoke detectors have decided to flake out. There isn't any smoke or other gases floating through the house, but three of our alarms keep randomly alerting. They will beep three times in succession and then go silent for an unquantifiable about of time before they do it again (anywhere from a half hour to 6 hours). The most recent and disturbing occurrence was at 4:30 this morning. ARGH!

We tried everything we could think of. Replaced all their batteries (even though it beeps differently when it's a power issue). Vacuumed all the covers. Pulled them out of the ceiling and vacuumed under there too. The Mr. kept them quietest longest by pushing "test" on one of them. They are about to drive me batty. Advice? Anyone? Bueller?

Friday, April 01, 2005

Ginormous Bag

I must disagree with the name selected for this fabulous bag. "My Constant Companion" insinuates that you could pick it up and carry it around with you. It's gorgeous. I love it. But this bad boy is sitting in the corner filled to the gills with stuff and it's not moving from there unless I empty it or want to throw out my back...

Foot is there for scale since it did shrink enough that I can't sit in it anymore.

And holy stash holder Batman. I can fit so much yarn in this bad boy I should be ashamed (but I'm not) .