Sittin' Here Knittin' - Old one

Ramblings about Knitting and other important stuff

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

What a pill

I managed to finish the pillbox hat over this nice long weekend. I was tired of carrying it around with me. The problem with "commuter projects" is that they don't go very fast when you drive yourself around. They seem to work much better for the people that can take advantage of public transportation. Imagine that...

Here a crappy picture of it.

I do actually like it quite a bit. I need to figure out how to block it and I bet I'll like it more. The top needs a little help in laying flat. The pattern calls for a large cute and/or nice bead in the center front and I'm debating on adding one from my stash (or even going to the bead store to find one *gasp*).

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Novel Review

Anybody out there read Knitting: A Novel? I picked it up at Barnes and Nobel, looked at the price, and promptly put it back down. No way am I paying that much for a novel. A pattern book, yes, novel, no. I must say that I love the public library.

I'm about halfway through the book and can honestly say I'm very glad I didn't buy it. It's not horrible, but I would have been very upset if I had shelled out for this one. I enjoy the decriptions the author uses but I find the flow of the story to be disruptive and at times confusing. I'm neither widowed or nuts (though my family might debate the nuts part) and I don't feel any connection with the characters. I do enjoy the fact that Martha, one of the characters, is at least as fiber obsessed as I am.

So overall I'd say if you are interested in the book, get it from your library.

Monday, May 23, 2005

One down, now for the rest of the list...

All done!

I got quite a bit of this finished Saturday morning at our little Borders meetup. It worked out well since I was then able to take the buttonholes with me to JoAnns for buttons to fit. This pattern was great. Very quick and mostly well written. I did have some issues around the shoulder shaping but I got it sorted out. With only 5 stitches left on the needle at that point, I felt pretty good about winging it.
Still mad (in a good way) about this yarn. I don't know of anyone in town that carries it. I'd love to make some more stuff out of it. I can envision all kinds of great summer stuff out of this. Tencel is awsome. I gave Joanne one of the labels to take with her when she stops at Colorful Yarns (a brand new store in town) to offer as a suggestion. We'll have to see how it goes.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Rock-a-bye Bye

Oh yeah!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Airy and Lacy

My mothers birthday is fast approaching so I decided to break out the OSG book and see what wonderful thing I might be able to whip out with enough time to get it done and mailed before the day arrived. Upon learning that Mom's favorite color was teal I had purchased some Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud in Tide Pool to make Mom this beautiful scarf. Once I saw Jenifers version in person I knew I'd like to make one so the pattern decision was actually an easy one.

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I can't say enough about this yarn. It was soft, easy to work with, and knitted up beautifully. The pattern was very simple, being mostly garter stitch, and met with the expectation for how long it would take me to knit it. I ended up frogging a couple of times (getting used to the open lace took a little getting used to) and the yarn didn't look any worse for wear.

Personally I like this yarn better than the Knit Picks Shimmer, but I prefer the more subtle varigations in this yarn over the large sections in the Shimmer. Both are very beautiful yarns though.

Monday, May 16, 2005


The weekend before last I cast on for Anouk. It was great travel knitting, though I didn't get very far with it, and only did about two rows over the whole weekend while we were camping. Sticks, string, and sitting on the ground didn't seem to blend very well on this trip. Weird, huh?It's ok though.

I have to say that I'm REALLY enjoying this pattern. It's mostly stokinette with a cute seed stitch border. It's simple enough to have it mostly memorized already and mindless enough to be perfect for having a conversation while working on. I used the Cascade Pima Tencel called for in the pattern and love it. It's a very soft cotton and doesn't bother my hands at all. Some of the stiffer cotton yarns I've used will start bothering them after a while, though not to the same extent that I've heard other people have. I really want to get this finished before my friends baby outgrows is and feel like that isn't an unreachable goal. That's a pleasant feeling after working on that blankie for so long.

Speaking of blankie, it's done!! I washed it last night and it's hanging dry at the moment. I'll get a good picture before I mail it off. I'm VERY pleased with it. I'd have liked to spend a little more time doing the finishing a little better, but who knows, maybe the sewing machine will hold the pieces together better anyway.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Weekend Away

Taos was FABULOUS.

I got no sleep (well, maybe a couple of hours) because we had about 60 people there camping. Between the ones that wanted to party all night and the ones that wanted coffee and to watch the sunrise, there are only a few hours left.

The white water rafters had a good time from the stories I heard. I had a good time not rafting. Two of our good friends that we haven't seen in a couple of years drove up from Alamagordo, don't worry if you haven't heard of it... most people haven't, to stay the weekend and hang out. Two other friends flew in from Tempe to do the same. I definatly spent more time sitting around chatting than doing any knitting.

I did manage to stop in LaLana Wools in Taos. It's a beautiful store. I'm glad I left my wallet in the car or I just wouldn't be going to the Estes Wool Festival this year. They are relatively small but have a great selection of wools. Some of the most beautiful silk blends I've ever seen were in the back of the store. They also had quite a lot of finished work for sale. I really loved some of the needle felted items they had on display.

I did get a little knitting in. I started working on Anouk for my friend's baby (different friend than the one receiving the baby blanket). I really thought I'd get far on it but I'm not even done with half of the front. I also cast on for the scarf for my Mom. I'll have to post some pics later this week.

Hope everyone else had a good one too!

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Yarn Type

You are Shetland Wool.

You are Shetland Wool.
You are a traditional sort who can sometimes be a
little on the harsh side. Though you look
delicate you are tough as nails and prone to
intricacies. Despite your acerbic ways you are
widely respected and even revered.

What kind of yarn are you?
brought to you by Quizilla

Thanks to everyone for all the nice comments about the baby blanket. It was acutally a lot of fun to knit. I just need to get it finished.
And that's about all I have to say. Sad isn't it? I have been very busy with everything except knitting this week. Figures.
I am going to Taos this weekend (YEAH!) for our annual visit and plan to get some knitting done on the trip there and back. We are camping though (in the most literal sense, sleeping bags, tent, on the ground, you get the picture) so I don't know how much knitting I'll actually get done while I'm there. I hope everyone has a great weekend! Maybe I'll have more to say on Monday...

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Run for the Border

The blankie is nearly there. I finally commandeered the camera from Mr. Sittin' and got a decent shot of the mostly finished product. All in all I'd say it's very cute. Just gotta get the border finished up...

Monday, May 02, 2005

Bad Blogger that I am

No photos today. I usually don't post without pictures, but hey, other people seem to manage so I'll give it a go.
This past weekend started out great with a little knit night with the g i rr ls. I forget that people think of me as quiet. I'm so much more talkative now then when I was growing up. I bet that would shock a few people.

Good food. Good friends. Knitting. What could be better I ask?

So Saturday I was a vegetable. Mr. Sittin' was out of town on a training trip so I had the house to myself. HAHAHA. Time to watch all those movies he hates. And knit of course.

I got the last 5 squares of the blankie done. I sat down to start the dreaded matress stitch (not really, but on this large of a scale I wasn't looking forward to it) and decided after a couple of stitches that the hell with this. Sewing machine to the rescue. Baby blankie is completly connected and I picked up all the stitches to start the border last night. Ha. I may finish this in time after all.

Pics tomorrow. Hopefully of a completed border (at least on one side). This pattern seems a bit seaming happy. They have you pick up stitches on one side at a time, knit up a border, then seam the corners. I thought about foregoing the seaming by picking up around the whole blanket at once. HOLY CRAP. I barely fit the stitches on my needles. I guess this once they have a good suggestions with the seaming stuff.

Mothers day is fast approaching. I'm a slacker and thus will have to purchase something for mommy dearest this year. I hate it when I let holidays sneak up on me like that. Well, her birthday is soon as well. I'll have to get my butt in gear and get something lovely made before then.