Sittin' Here Knittin' - Old one

Ramblings about Knitting and other important stuff

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Socks

Anyone remember the Beverly Cleary books? Ramona the Pest, being the most popular, will no doubt bring back memories for most.

But what about Socks? Being a bit OCD when it comes to reading (especially as a child - one summer I was determined to read the ENTIRE junior fiction section at my library - I got through the C's - thank God it wasn't a large library) I read every book written by Miss Cleary at some point in my life.

Most people that know me, know that Beverly Cleary's Socks is the only kind I like. So why in the world has something like a 6 Sox Knitalong button suddenly appeared on my blog? Well, I've caved in. I'm going to make another attempt at the sock knitting thing. I've seen so many lovely socks in blogland this summer I've decided to give up on my stubborn determination to never make another sock. Hope it goes well.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Shrinkage

We have shrinkage over here. No, not because someone got out of the pool and it's cold...

The bag has finally been felted. It came out a rather odd shape. In fact, it's only the shape it is now due to a lot of pushing and prodding, stretching and blocking. I have to say I almost love it. I'm going to have to needle felt a bit on the sides to truly love it (the decreases really mess up the lattice pattern).


I'll share pictures of the sides after I get them fixed (before and after style). For perspective on how large it turned out we have this shot:




That would be a grand total of 6 DVD's in there stretching and blocking the bottom of this bag. It should be a good size. I don't care for super large bags (unless we are talking about the latest from Interweave - I'll make an exception for that one).

I should have some lovely finished shots very soon. Just have to needle felt, sew on leaves, and decide if I have enough energy to use snaps on the roses or want to be lazy and use safety pins.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Diggin' It

I'm really diggin' this Tivoli pattern. I didn't have a ton of time this weekend to knit but I did manage to make some good progress in this tank pattern. I threw it on a little waste yarn to see if I liked how it was fitting.



Not that you can really tell from the photo, but the edges roll pretty bad. I looked through the gallery and decided that I kind of like that on some of the tanks. I dislike it on others though. I guess I'll have to finish this one and decide if I want to do something about it. I figure a good blocking won't hurt, and one girl did a very nice crochet border that seemed to help calm it down a little.

Our Littleton knitting meetup is tonight. I can't wait! It's one of my favorite groups. Between that and the fabulous weather we are having today, I can tell it's going to be a good day. Have a great one!

Monday, July 25, 2005

Best Guy in the WORLD

I'm claiming the status of Best Guy in the WORLD for my guy. Why does he deserve such a title? Let me tell you...
We are planning on taking a week long river rafting trip in the early fall. He's been very big into the sport of white water rafting for about 7 years now. I go along, but as the shuttle driver. He rafts. I stay dry on the beach, reading and knitting. It's a pleasant experience for both of us. He's always trying to talk me into going down the river though. He just doesn't understand what is so fun about sitting on the beach. This years vacation plans has him VERY excited that I've decided to go on the river.
This weekend he decides that I don't have nearly enough gear for rafting so we go to the rafting store. 10 minutes after arriving he comes up to me with this:

"Here honey, you'll need one of these for your knitting pattern. And we should probably buy a bigger dry-box for your needles and yarn..."

He wins!

Friday, July 22, 2005

Par-r-r-ta-a-a-ay

We are partying hardy in the land of Mile High. Not only did we enjoy a lovely evening at Chez Pink but we got to meet Miss Wendy. Knitters are awesome. What other group of people would meet for the first time and by that time the evening is up you can't tell who's known who for years and who just met?

Another reason to party, at least at my house, is this


It's true. I'm done. I really like it! Finally, I've knit something for myself I really like. I think that is why I knitted for family for my first couple of years. I'd made something and know it wasn't crap but I'd dislike it anyway. It was easier to give it to someone else than to have to face it every day.
And finally, we must party for the sister-in-law's engagement. Hooray for Sarah!! Love ya!

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

'SNew With You?

With all the very nearly FO's around the house I had to get the list of WIPs back in order. So I cast on for four new projects:

Black Cherry Bag

I stopped by my LYS on a lunch break and decided it was about time for me to update my commuter project. I finished my last one quite a while ago. So I bought 25 Bags to Knit, some Rowan Handknit DK in Black, GGH Mystik, Some Mohair stuff, R2 Sparkle in Silver. So far I'm not crazy about the Handknit DK. It reminds me too much of Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton. It's a good note to self though... I LOVE the Mystik though. I'm trying to talk myself out of buying a bunch for a tank top (for next summer, I'm not quite deluded enough to think I'd be able to crank another one out this year... see below)

Tivoli

I have finally started the Tivoli top. I say finally like I've had the yarn for years. I've been itching to cast this puppy on since I bought the yarn. I was making myself "finish" the graduated top first though. I'm making the smallest size but using yarn that is a bit larger. I want a finished size in between the smallest and medium one. We'll have to see how that goes... So far it looks very nice but I need to confirm my gauge is still what I need. I'll try to keep you posted on this but black isn't a very cooperative model so I'm hoping I can show you stuff and not end up with "well, take my word for it... over there... big hole".

NBaT

Yes I've succumbed to the Nothin' But a T. How could I pass on it really... I LOVE calmer. I bought a bag to make Audrey and then never got around to it. I can't visualize such a lovely lacy thing in the color I've got anyway (picture above is not true to color) and when this pattern came out I knew it had found it's purpose. I have not decided what to put on the front, if anything. Might end up turning this into a contest... Hmmm.

And a the last thing I started was a pair of socks that apparently I spaced out taking a picture of. I'm using the Lorna's Laces that is left over from the Pillbox Hat. They tell you in the hat pattern that you'll need two skeins. I didn't even touch the second one. Kind of annoying, but at least it won't go to waste. Ha. Like yarn can go to waste...

Have a great one!

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Felted Flowers

We have flowers here folks!


Overall I'd say I like them. I still have a bit of seaming to do on the bag before I can felt it. I can't figure out what they are saying I need to do with the top of the bag... I'm sure I'm overcomplicating it. That and I didn't feel like focusing on it because I couldn't read Harry Potter and the pattern at the same time. Yes. I'm a goob.

Tomorrow... I decided I have too few items on my current WIP list. I'll have to show you what I've cast on to make up for that...

Monday, July 18, 2005

Pre-Graduation Party

I'm FINALLY *almost* graduated. I finished the I-cord bind-off right after I took this picture.


I'm going to have to work on doing things in the right order. Knit, then picture. Oh well. I should be weaving in ends and have a decent "action" shot of this puppy later this week. I can barely express how excited I am to be done with this project. It fits nicely (oddly enough, this is a first for me). It looks pretty cool. It will have time to "rest" in the closet before I wear it (right now, I'm fairly sick of looking at it). And it was the perfect Knit-While-You-Read project because it was so mindless.

I've never mastered the concept of the Knit-While-You-Read until this weekend. I've admired people that can but I've never given it the attention that it probably deserves in order to master the art. This weekend I had some additional motivation to learn because I couldn't put this down. Yes. I read. the. whole. thing.

Friday, July 15, 2005

What is this all about?


My friend Stacey pointed me in the direction of this blog where I came across this pattern. I promptly visited my LYS and bought the yarn above to make TWO of them. Ha.

The yarn is Cascade Pima Tencel. I used this before when I made Anouk and fell in love with how soft it is and how beautifully it knits up. It's a DK or light worsted weight and has a nice sheen. It's also not heavy once it's knit, which is a definite plus in any summer top. I may just have to cast on for one of these bad boys this weekend.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

STILL not Graduated

I still haven't graduated from the graduated ribbed top. I have been working on it quite a bit lately though. Right now we have sleeves attached with a nice three needle bind-off under the arms and a good inch into the decreases. Still liking the project. Just want it to be FINISHED already. Now that everything is attached I've got over 300 sts on the needle and a single round seems to take a lifetime to finish.

The funniest part of this design that it seems so small. I've tried on each of the pieces so I know it will fit but with it all scrunched up on one needle, the ribbing pulling everything in so much, and the 3/4 length sleeves, when I take it out of the bag it doesn't look like it would fit anyone larger than a 6 year old.

Monday, July 11, 2005

We had family come into town this weekend but don't let it fool you into thinking I didn't get any knitting done. I got quite far on my flower basket bag. In fact, I'm done with the knitting and now just need to get seaming and felting. I'm very excited to see how it all turns out.

We have bag

We have Leaves

And most important, we have roses
I made about 5 different roses. They are all yellow and orange but it varies between them how much of each color they posses. I should have time this week to felt a bit. Should be fun!

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Roses are Red

In my case they won't be but I haven't really gotten that far yet. I did manage to get the back of my bag completed this weekend. It was a very fast knit, once I figured out the pattern.



I think it may go a little faster for me. I'm using bulky yarn rather than the super crazy bulky the pattern calls for. I'm really getting excited about the project. Now I just need to get the rest finished and felted.

The new Interweave Knits motivated me to get this going since I'm interested in making the bag (gigantic one with flowers on it) but felt I needed to get this finished first.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Triada

If you google Triada you will find Ukrainiann Operating System and Bulgarian Art Galleries but that isn't what I'm talking about. I'm talking about this.





Finally Done. It took four attempts until I was happy with the way it looked. Most of those attempts were over quickly as the trouble I ran into the most was the provisional cast on.

I love how it turned out. Now I just need to get a tank top that I like for underneath. The green is very vibrant and I enjoy the flash of color it give to the overall work. The only complaint I have is that it is a bit tight.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Button, Button, Who's got the Button?

When I was a child my mom had a large mason jar full of old buttons. Some she had collected from our old clothing before tossing it in the trash and some she had just acquired over the years. She didn't sew much but I think she had a habit of buying buttons at the sewing shops "just in case". Most likely she and I share the same affliction. They are pretty and we like to look at them.


I picked up all of these lovely buttons at Colorful Yarns, one of the LYS here. They had three large bowls full of vintage buttons. I had quite a few more than just these picked out but decided that I only "needed" the most interesting ones.



This one definitely used to be a button. The back broke off of it but it was too pretty to pass up. Considering that I know most of these buttons will reside for the rest of their lives in a mason jar, I thought it would be ok if it didn't pass for a button any longer.

The picture of this one makes it look copper-y but it really gives more of an oyster shell impression in person. Depending on how the light catches it will make the shade of it change.


I liked this one mostly because of the placement of the holes. I don't ever recall seeing a button with the holes placed on the edge rather than the middle.


This one caught my interest not because of the front...

But because of the backs. They remind me of old time soda pop caps

This one has an interesting knotted look to it.



These make me think of boot buttons. They look very old and like the coverings might even be made from leather. Very neat. You can tell they are quite small because they are all on one safety pin.

This pink one gives off a satin look, though it must just be the way they finished it.





contemporary but still neat.




Very old looking military button. The eagle clutching arrows in one claw and an olive branch in the other. It makes me think of WWII uniforms but I don't know if it's that old.


So there you have my new acquisitions. I've begun the mason jar of my own. I picked buttons I will probably never use but that is not why I found them so intriguing. They each seem to have a story and I can't help but wonder what those stories are when I look at them.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Sweet Friday

Lemon Cheesecake
20 mini cheesecakes baked in muffin cups with a vanilla wafer for the crust. Prep Time: approx. 20 Minutes. Cook Time: approx. 20 Minutes. Ready in: approx. 40 Minutes. Makes 20 miniature cheesecakes (20 servings).

20 vanilla wafer cookies
3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup white sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 can lemon pie filling
Juice of 1 lemon
Powdered sugar

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line 24 muffin cups with paper or foil baking liners. Place one vanilla wafer in each cup.

In large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the lemon peel and vanilla. Pour mixture evenly into prepared muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full. Bake for 20 minutes or until set. Cool completely, then top with lemon pie filling. Chill overnight for best flavor.

Put lemon juice in bowl and add enough powdered sugar to make a very thick glaze. About an hour before serving - drizzle with glaze.
Have a great holiday weekend!!