Sittin' Here Knittin' - Old one

Ramblings about Knitting and other important stuff

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Summer IWK

Thanks to everyone for all the kind blogaverary wishes. It makes me happy I decided to do this in the first place.

Interweave Knits has posted their Summer preview. Wow. I can't wait. I'm really taken with the Triada Scarf (not quite half way down) and am trying to figure out where I can get the yarn for it at the best price. Yet another UFO waiting to happen.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Blog-a-versary


Today would be my one year blog-a-versary. Yeah! I can't believe I've been doing this for a whole year. It went by very fast.

I'm so glad to have met so many wonderful people through this blog (both people that live near me and people very far away). Who knew how great knitters could be?

Monday, March 28, 2005

Knitterly Weekend

I hope everyone had as great of a weekend as I did...

It started off with a great knit night at Cathi's. The group was small (just my speed) and I think everyone had a great time. I finished knitting up the "My Constant Companion" bag and decided it looked pretty comfy. Cathi and Stacey both agreed. So between the company and sugar (see Stacey's great pic Cathi's "Tribute to The Peeps") a good time was had by all.

Saturday featured a tour of Littleton as I ended up at the Littleton Meetup when I was trying to get to the Littleton SnB. Fear not friends! I was able to adapt and overcome. I was over an hour late by this time so I modified my plans and went to A Knitted Peace (a great LYS on that side of town) instead. I bought absolutely nothing. So, I adapted and overcame this by stopping at the Aurora Yarn supply on the way home where I bought absolutely nothing again. This trend had to be stopped. Luckily my dear friends that were visiting from out of town decided they wanted to knit something and we went back out and bought yarn so they could make this scarf from Scarf Style. One friend is a novice knitter and one is a complete beginner. They picked a challenge but they are both pretty stubborn (a quality trait, if I do say so myself) and I think they'll do fine. They picked out a neat mercerized cotton to make it with. I'm excited to see how it'll look (I'm making one as well). They talked me into using pink (breaking the green trend that has been going on around here).

Sunday I didn't knit but I did manage to get the My Constant Companion bag felted as well as the felted clogs for Mr. Sittin'.

Hope everyone has a great week!

Friday, March 25, 2005

Time Keeps on Slipn'

Mr. Sittin has been wanting some of those felted slippers I made my family for Christmas since before they knew about them. Poor thing has been so patient (which is a novel concept for him) so I finally got the pattern out and knitted him up a pair.



Now he's having a tough time waiting because I decided to make another felted bag before I shrink his slippers.


Little did I realize it would take so long. I should have known. I've seen how large the My Constant Companion bag really is. I'm nearly done knitting it and should be able to shrink everything up this weekend. I know he'll be pleased. It was so hard for him to be quiet while I knit them (because of all the counting I had to do) and then wait for this bag to be done.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Beaded Handles

So... I was going to buy some beaded handles for my Market Squares Bag. But one of my friends talked me into making them on my own. So, that's what I'm going to do. Of course, being entirely new at the idea of beading. I've put some beads in my knitting before but by no stretch of the imagination do I feel confident with my beading skills just from doing that.

A couple of weeks ago my sister was in town visiting me so I drug her all over town to find the perfect beads. We didn't find them. But we found some very neat bead stores. Personally I liked the one in Aurora (at Quincy and Buckley) the best. It's a small shop and the owner was very nice. I told her what I was going to try and she got very excited about it. She brought out a very cute bag she'd bought somewhere (I forget) that had a cute feathery trim around the top and dangly beads that appeared from under all the fluff. It was very tastefully done, though my description may not show it.

I did end up buying my "wire" and crimping thingies there, but no beads. They were a bit too expensive consider the quantity I'd need to make bag handles that I could sling over my shoulder.

Then at the Littleton Meetup I wandered around the bookstore and picked up this book.



Since Mr. Sittin' is into welding I'm going to see if I can talk him into making me some of the metal and glass beads they show in the book. They also cover how to make felted beads, beads out of paper, and beads out of polymer clay. I was getting all kinds of inspired after buying this book. Dreamin' of having beading skills.

But, in the end I decided for this particular project I'd just buy some beads. I love the idea of making some, but I like the idea of getting to use my Market Squares Bag sometime this decade even better. So I went online (good ol' Internet) and bought a bunch (bunch = way more than I need) of beads.

The majority of beads that I ordered are these


None of these picture are to scale


And I got some of these


And these


And a bunch of other ones that I have no idea what I'll use them for but they are gorgeous.

Must... focus... attention... back on.... knitting. Can't... afford... two hobbies.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Taking Shape

Wavy is taking shape. It's nearly three feet long now. It is taking a really long time to feel like I'm getting anywhere with this project. Probably because I only work on it every once in a while. And because I'm so slow with ribbing. Either way, it is getting somewhere and I'm loving it.

I am really excited about how far this yarn is going. I made the scarf a little skinnier than the pattern called for because I don't have as much yarn as the pattern suggests is needed. I haven't even finished the first skein and it's already this long. I should have enough yarn left over to make something fun with.

Anyone else out there having a hard time dealing with the fact that it is nearly April already. Where did first quarter of the year go? Gosh!

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Only a week behind

I'm only running a week behind or so...
These pics are from the fun Littleton Meetup we had last week. Below is a pic of Stacey, our most wonderful hostess, and Ann, another wonderful lady.



And here is Cynthia, Tamara, and Katie.



Quite a few more people were able to attend, but I must admit, my skills at knitting far exceed my skills at photography and I didn't want to upset anyone with the not so flattering photos I managed (eyes closed, mouths open, you get the idea...)

Stacey was working on her socks for sockapoloosa, which she posted about here. Very yummy yarn and the colors were great!

Ann was working on a design of her own. I hope it comes out well. It was a very cute idea.

Cynthia brought her slippers and her clapotis. I LOVE the bamboo yarn she is using. The colors are very vibrant and the yarn is so soft (who would guess that about bamboo??)

I started working on a Wavy scarf for my friend Gretchen. She loves blue and when I saw this lovely yarn from Rio De La Plata (Mmmmmm... handspun and kettle dyed) I knew what it should be. So far it's going well. The pattern is deceptive though. Not difficult, but not fast either.



In over a week (granted it's not the only thing I work on) I've only finished three repeats.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

10 things

I'm really enjoying seeing these all over. I wondered if I could even think of 10 things I've done that I consider unique.

10 Things I've Done That You Probably Haven't
1. Lived in a tent for four months and took showers with water warmed by the sun. (Of course in Saudi Arabia, you actaully had to wait for it to cool off rather than warm up)
2. Went shopping in East Berlin (back when there was one)
3. Played the part of a dog in my high school play. (Yippy was my name and that is what I did. As annoyingly as possible.)
4. Broke my arm by falling off the toilet. Very long story.
5. First hubby proposed marriage in a Golden Corral over lunch. Another long story.
6. Spent two weeks on a class trip through Germany.
7. I've eaten shark and aligator. Aligator is very yummy.
8. Sat in the hallway of our house for 5 hours with no electricity waiting for Hurricane Opal to blow over. (The no electricity acutally lasted 3 more days afterward)
9. Won an award for a pen and ink drawing I did in high school. Mom and Dad have it hung over the fireplace at home now.
10. Threw up in hallway when I was in the third grade. Moved away in the 5th grade. Moved back to the same town in the 8th grade. Sitting in biology class had someone remember me because I had puked on his shoes. Hey, I told the teacher I didn't feel good.

Set the toaster on fire when my sister and I were making a surprised breakfast in bed for Mom and Dad on their anniversary.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Knitting Meme

It appears CynCyn has tagged me for this one. Her timing was perfect because I have no more photos to share. :D

1. Do you knit continental or English? English, though when I fair-isle I use both at the same time. I can't purl continental though.
2. How long ago did you learn to knit? I started knitting about three years ago. I was a smoker for 10 years and wanted to find something to do with my hands to help me quit. It worked too.
3. First FO? A sweater. It was made with Red Heart and all my knit stitches were twisted. I didn't know anything about gauge so it might have ended up fitting a small child. It was plain stockinette with ribbing at the bottom and sleeves. It was TERRIBLE and I ended up donating it to charity.
4. Favorite yarn? No way I could pick just one. I'm very fond of merino and merino blends. And cashmere, of course. Then there's all this new bamboo that looks very yummy. Nope. Can't pick.
5. Favorite pattern? Klaralund. So easy and such a great sweater.
6. Favorite pattern source? Interweave magazine is by far my favorite. There are always at least a half a dozen things in there I want to make.
6.5 Favorite knitting book for technique/reference (of any kind- general, fair isle etc)? I refer to stitch n' bitch quite alot still. For Fair Isle I bought the Philosophers Wool Fair Isle Simplified and love it. I don't really care for any of the sweaters they show but their explanation of two handed fair isle is the best I've seen. Interweave, Vogue, and Knitty always have good articles that are specific to some technique or another and a good reference, if you can remember which magazine and edition to look in.
7. Favorite needles? Circular bamboo needles. I'm not too picky on brand name. I really like the feel of the bamboo. I have some Addis but I don't like the clinking.
8. Nicest thing you've ever knit? Boy, does that mean I liked it or the person that got it as a gift liked it... I guess I'd say my favorite thing has been my Elle bag.
9. Most hated project? Bjerk. Appropriately named.
10. Who are you going to pass this along to? I don't know if you guys have done this one but if you see this post and feel like doing it one: the resident knothead, Brynne, and Margene.


The Littleton Meetup is tonight. I can't wait! I haven't been able to go for the last couple of months and it's one of my favorite knitting groups. And on International Women's Day no less. Who knew? (Thanks, Karen.)

Monday, March 07, 2005

Serenity

I was a busy little knitter this weekend. I should have been doing homework, which is probably why I got so much knitting done. Just one more square really didn't sound like much when I was talking myself into it.

These five are called serenity. I think my math may be off somewhere. There are a total of 49 squares for this blankie. Only 20 left to go!! Now I just hope I can keep up the motivation. My friend is already at 7 months!!!

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Must Have

I finished the right front of the Must Have last night. So purdy.


I'm actually a little nervous about starting the back or sleeves. I've gotten very spoiled in how fast the two little strips for the front knit up. I want to knit the sleeves at the same time so that isn't going to be quick. Same problem for the back. Maybe I'll put it off till spring break so I can truck through it without worrying about how I should be studying instead. I really enjoy knitting this. I've been doing the cables without a cable needle. That was SCARY the first time but it's really easy once I figured out not to take all the stitches off the needles at the same time. I like Wendy's tutorial best for this. Lots of pictures. I like pictures.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Sweet Stripes

I finally got some progress photos on the Rock-a-Bye Blankie. 12 identically boring striped squares. I'm glad they are done. Weaving in the ends took a while but it wasn't a big deal. I decided to steam block them all instead of wet blocking them. Boy, I'm digging the steam blocking method. It was REALLY fast. Made me so happy.


So how am I doing overall? Not to shabby. I made myself this silly little drawing to keep me motivated on the blanket. Stacks of squares don't really give you a picture of how you are doing overall. Plus, I always liked coloring books when I was a kid. I guess I haven't really outgrown it.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Corn Nut

My friend sent me this in an email. Mom always said I was a nut. Hope you enjoy! -Michelle

Not looking forward to the Year of the Cock? The Toad a la Mode Cross-Cultural Astrology Interest Group presents this alternative Snack Food Chinese Zodiac

As China erects skyscrapers in its ancient cities and ensures that all of its chubby little schoolchildren speak English, no aspect of its culture seems immune from Western influence.

*Cola* - Some people can fake a bubbly personality, but yours is the real thing. Don't keep your feelings all bottled up--you are prone to explosive outbursts when agitated. Your ideal career: Public relations. Marry a Fried Fruit Pie or Bubblegum, but never an Oreo.
Born in 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008.

*Twinkie* - You contain hidden reserves and always spring back in the face of adversity. Others admire your sunny appearance and timeless qualities. Your ideal career: Teacher. Marry a Gummi or M&M, but never Bridge Mix.
Born in 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009.

*Corn Nut* - Sociable but hard-bitten, you like your life a little spicey and your talk a little salty. You can usually be found in a group of others like yourself. You inspire others to wit, hilarity, and great thirst. Your ideal career: Boxing promoter. Marry an Oreo or Ding-Dong, but never a Donut.
Born in 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010.

*Fried Fruit Pie* - Some may accuse you of being flaky, but they are merely jealous of your sweet nature. You don't have just one tender side—you are tender all over. Avoid high-stress jobs, as you are apt to crumble under pressure. Your ideal job: Graphic Blandisher. Marry Bridge Mix or Cola, but never a Cheese Puff.
Born in 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011.

*Gummi* - "Resilient" and "colorful" are the two words that best describe you. You seem simple, but your true nature is a profound mystery. Break free of your tendency to stick close to others like you--strike out on your own more. Your ideal job: Genetic counselor. Marry a Donut or Twinkie, but never Bubblegum.
Born in 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000.

*Oreo* - You have a rough exterior, but inside you are a real softy. The deep affection of your friends often leaves you feeling pulled in two directions. Your ideal job: Forensic accountant. Marry a Cheese Puff or Corn Nut, but never an M&M.
Born in 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001.

*Bridge Mix* - You are an old standby--reliable and comforting. People don't necessarily seek you out, but you are always welcome at parties. Your one weakness is a tendency to try to be all things to all people. Your ideal job: Politician. Marry Bubblegum or a Fried Fruit Pie, but never a Ding-Dong.
Born in 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954,1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014.

*Donut* - What others may see as an empty space, you surround with positivity. Be mindful of your difficulty with decisions and fight your inclination to go around in circles. Face adversity with a sprinkle of good cheer, and soon all your troubles will be dunked. Your ideal job: Corrections officer. Marry an M&M or a Gummi, but never a Twinkie.
Born in 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015.

*Cheese Puff* - Your presence lingers long after you have gone, and some people may feel overwhelmed by your vivid personality. Any gossip among your friends is sure to bear your fingerprints. Your ideal job: Taker of Souls and Destroyer of Dreams. Marry a Ding-Dong or an Oreo, but never a Corn Nut.
Born in 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016.

*Bubblegum* - You have an expansive personality but are easily deflated. However, everyone admires your flexibility and resiliance. Resist your tendency toward clinginess. Your ideal job: Actuary. Marry a Twinkie or Bridge Mix, but never a Fried Fruit Pie.
Born in 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017.

*M&M* - Bright and extroverted, you struggle between a desire to conform and an urge to stand out. But when the heat is on, your true colors are evident to all. Your ideal job: Clown or celebrity impersonator. Marry a Corn Nut or Donut, but never a Gummi.
Born in 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018.

*Ding-Dong* - Reliable, solid, perhaps a bit dense--you may not promise much at first glance, but those who get to know you are rewarded. Don't be afraid to come out of your shell sometimes. Your ideal job: Treasury Secretary. Marry a Fried Fruit Pie or Cheese Puff, but never an Oreo.
Born in 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019.