Sittin' Here Knittin' - Old one

Ramblings about Knitting and other important stuff

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Bright and Beautiful

Just a little something to brighten your day.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Grad still going

During the pre-Estes party I was working diligently on the graduated ribbed top when Stacy commented on how cool the pooling was looking on the top 2" of the sleeve. I had been trucking right along, and hadn't noticed. At least I didn't have to start the whole dang thing over. I couldn't face the frogging that night and ended up taking care of it on the way to meet up with everyone on the way to Estes. Since that time, I've had very limited time to knit but have managed to make some progress.



Looks alot like the last photo I showed you doesn't it. We'll the good news is...


I'm finally on sleeve #2. Whoo. Hoo.

Monday, June 27, 2005

AWOL

It seems I've been slacking on my blogging duties. Since I spent a good chunk of my week last week in Fayetteville, North Carolina - which is very close to Fort Bragg Army Base - I thought the military title would be appropriate.

Work has been keeping me hopping. Between that and helping a friend move to Rifle, Colorado (just a little further west of Grand Junction, Colorado) over this past weekend, there is little to report.

I have been working diligently on the Graduated Ribbed Top (and might even show you photographic evidence this week). Hope everyone out there has been having a good time.

Roger. Over and out.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Details

This lovely is cotton and angora (yum) that may end up a OSW. The "shop" with this sold mostly roving that looked to me like cotton candy because of how they packaged it. They had a small section of finished yarn on the back wall. What a lucky find. There is nearly 400 yards in there.


This sport weight wool in a pretty mauve is destined to become a cardigan - maybe


This is a colorway I fell in love with (needs a better name than "103"). It's about 1200 yards of a Rayon and Flax blend. I have NO idea what I'm going to make with it but I like it a lot.


And the piece de resistance - 100% Kid Mohair from Brooks Farms that will most likely become the Diamond Sweater I had started out of cotton then changed my mind about.

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And to top off the festival properly.




(Is is sad the I already can't wait for next year?)

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Purl On, Dude

What an awesome weekend! To start is off right, our MHKnitters group had a party. It seems everyone had a good time (whew!). Mr. Sittin' was absolutely wonderful. It wouldn't have been nearly as great without all his help and natural hosting abilities.

We stayed up late giggling, knitting, and talking about what we anticipated to be the highlight of the weekend - the Estes Wool Market. About four hours after crashing, those that stayed over and I headed out to Flatiron Crossing to meet up with everyone for the trip up to Estes. Cynthia and Libby have the best pictures I've seen yet of our little adventure.

We were discussing how odd it was that most of us have been knitting for so long and had yet to make it up to the festival. Now that I've been to one, I won't be missing it again! There was an incredible amount of things to fondle and add to the when-i-win-the-lotto lists. Many of the vendors there were people I'd heard of, but never seen their yarns in person. I'm so impressed with some that I have no doubt I'll be ordering more online before the next festival.

My personal "take" was just what exactly what I had hoped.


I'll post details tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Best Traffic Jam Ever

What? There was a good traffic jam? Only once.

I live in the Denver area, which means that after dark they start closing lanes on the Interstate for the construction-work-that-will-never-end, a.k.a. T-Rex. Why would you name something that is supposed to be a great new addition to the functionality of our transit after something extinct… The “best” part of this is that at 9 pm it will take as long to get home as it would during rush hour, even though there is 1/3 or less traffic on the roads. Yeah.

So what made this drive in particular a good one? The car in front of me. There was a small person in the passenger seat of this car (I’m guessing between 8 and 12 years old) that had a sock puppet on her hand. Using this puppet, she would bob her hand in the air as though this puppet was a dog panting with its head out of the window. As soon as the car next to them would come level with her vehicle, she would open the sock puppets mouth so that it would stick out its tongue at the driver in the next car over.

The puppet would not have really caught the attention of the driver because of her impression of a dog (which was very good by the way) made it unobtrusive. The best part was the reaction of the drivers. Imagine your surprise at the “dog” in the next car over just stuck out his tongue at you. I laughed the whole way home.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Crochet

I finished up that crochet blanket/afghan/whatever this weekend. I was thrilled that it came out as wide as it did. I thought I was going to run out of yarn well before I actually did.


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It's over 50" long and over 36" wide. Very cozy. I threw what was left of the yarn away. Mr. Sittin' threatened to take a picture of that as he's never seen it happen before. I told him it was likely that he'd never see it again either. Nothing against acrylic yarn, but I don't like knitting with Red Heart. Too irritating to my fingers.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Graduated

Not from school. I wish I was at that stage.

I realized I haven't posted any progress pics of the graduated ribbed top in a while. It's got such a boring name that it keeps slipping my mind to talk about it.


I finished the main part of the body a while ago and have been working on sleeve #1 for a week or so. Not that you can tell by the incredible progress I've made on it.

This is a nice shot of the THIRD attempt I've made at getting this stupid sleeve like I want. I decided to make 3/4 length sleeves rather than the full length called for. Shortening was the easy part. Just a little math by my handy calculator and I was off. On a side note, I've always found it odd that I did very well in math in college. Calculus, Differential Equations, and all that, but I can't add or subtract in my head to save my life. Sad really...

I digress. The problem with this sleeve has been that you increase two stitches every four rows. They tell you exactly how, where and what kind of increase to use. I can't seem to do a make 1 purlwise increase without a HUGE hole in my work. So on this third attempt I've thrown out the stupid pattern and I'm doing increases my way, where I want them. Ha.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Crochet Bug

Right after I cast off Anouk I decided to crochet an afghan out of some old Red Heart and Walmart brand acrylic that I've had laying around forever. Sorry the photo is so dark.

I found a pattern book at Hobby Lobby or something that was called "Afghans to Crochet in a Weekend" which has some appeal. The patterns are easy (I consider myself a novice when it comes to crochet) and are pretty neat. This afghan for example is composed of rows of "posts". The next row of "posts" wrap around the one below it and give it a neat woven look. I'm nearly finished with it since I'm stopping when I run out of yarn rather than making it the size they call for. It's not my favorite yarn so I don't work on it for very long before I'm tired of it. It is pretty fast going though.