Sittin' Here Knittin' - Old one

Ramblings about Knitting and other important stuff

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Surfing the Web

It's amazing what you can find when surfing the web...

Your Fortune Is

If you run into your ex on the street, just shift into reverse and keep going.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Updates

Since the camera is on vacation with DH, I will have to describe what I've been up to.

First, visualize the ankle sock I finished a few weeks ago. Now, visualize a second one that looks almost exactly the same. Perfect. Now you see the pair of socks I finished up on Sunday afternoon. I wore them all evening and they kept my toes nice and warm. I did discover that I need a pedicure though. My heels are a bit scratchy and pulled at the socks a little bit when I took them off. (You don't need to visualize that part...)

K. Next, visualize Tivoli. With no loose or hanging ends (should be easy since the picture I posted didn't show off all. those.blasted.ends). I might just have to wear that soon.

Finally, this one is a bit tougher. Visualize the flower basket bag (dark espresso brown background with a heathered light light tan lattice) with flowers on it (in orange and yellow, with some variegation). Visualize some lovely brown handles. Got it? Ok.

Now you've seen everything I've been up to over the weekend. I feel pretty good about getting most of those finished up. They've been sitting around whining at me about how close they are to being completed and would I please put Rogue down long enough to get them finished... GOSH.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Magazine Friday

So, I've been knitting, but when you only get a row or two done on Rogue it's tough to even consider taking a picture. How excited can you get about less than a 1/4" of progress?

I can tell you I'm VERY excited about these two magazines. I ordered them a while ago but had to wait for the store to get them before the could be shipped off to lil-ol-me.

I've never ordered either of these magazines before. The Katia was inspired by some of the work I saw over at Knit and Tonic (check out her Winners area). The latest Phildar magazine was the complete work of their marketing department. I love it that you can look at all the pictures in their magazines on their website. I fell completely in love with the cardi on page 14 (among a few others).


I spent most of last night listening to all the previous releases of KnitCast. It's actually pretty interesting. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I enjoyed almost all of them. I favor the interviews of people I've heard of, but that is probably just human nature. If you haven't checked it out yet - I think it's worth the time.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Must Have Sleeves

My friend! I feel like I haven't talked to you in AGES. Life gets so crazy at times...

I spent a fabulous weekend doing mostly nothing but knitting. Seriously, how much better could a weekend be? You could spend it knitting AND hanging out with knitting friends.

So, that's about tops for any weekend I can think of.

But wait, there's more...
I managed to finished the sleeves for my Must Have. Finally. I really wanted those needles for Rogue and while I know there are faster ways of getting them, I have to take my motivation where I can find it.


I would tell you that now I'm going to seam it up and pick up stitches for the button band. But that would be a LIE.

I happily took those needles and used them on Rogue. Right now I've got three size 7 circular needles tied up in that project (no you don't need anywhere close to that many but I'm all about the shortcut so I'm using them). Kangaroo pocket is done and I've started the body back up. Hope to think of taking pictures of it soon so I can show you.

I hope you are having a good week. Maybe we can talk more tomorrow. :D

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Crazyness

Ever notice the better the weekend, the crazier the week that follows it?

Thursday, August 18, 2005

One Down... One to go

We've got a sock over here!!

It turned out pretty nice though I'll have to get used to how loose it is around the back of my heel. I finished knitting this little guy on Friday, but had to use the kitchner stitch to finish up the toe. I stalled quite a while and finally braved it the other night. The second one is cast on (though I really want to start a different pair of socks).
Here's a close up of the toe. I really like how it looks.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Must Have

I haven't posted about my Must Have (or at least I haven't posted a picture) in quite a while so I snapped one last night. Sorry it's so dark.

Now, what we have here is a pair of sleeves. They go so slow when you do them both at the same time but it is soooooooooo nice to know when I'm done I don't have another sleeve left to go. Plus I made some minor mistakes signatures in the moss stitch, but I made it on both of them, so they match.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Happy Tuesday

Monday, August 15, 2005

Sigh

It's Monday again. Already. Where does the time go?

I had a lovely weekend, which started early as I had to take some of my time off before I stop accruing it. Friday, I spent the morning with Mr. Sittin', who didn't have to be to work until the afternoon. Then met my pals at A Knitted Peace. Very cute LYS here in the Denver area. I highly recommend stopping in there when you are in the neighborhood. I walked through the entire store at least three times and didn't find a single thing to buy. I'm sure I should feel proud of this (especially based on my previous post) but I found it discouraging and slightly depressing. No matter though.

The afternoon was spent in a crafty fashion at Denver Fabrics (I LOVE that store - dangerous stuff in there...) and JoAnn's.

The evening was topped off with an evening of knitterly fun at Peaberry Coffee (we used to meet at Lamars Donuts, but the Peaberry guys make us feel so welcome we moved over there). I worked on Rogue a bit. The photo below is a bit dated but you get the picture. I've gotten up to the kangaroo pocket, set it down, and haven't touched it since. It's not a race... It's not a race...


Saturday I cleaned. A lot. I hate cleaning.

Then we drove to Rifle, Colorado to spend some time with our dear friend Brian. It was a lot of fun and I hope we do it again soon. I got little to no knitting done since I was driving most of the time. I brought along the Must Have Cardigan. I guess the cabling in Rogue got me off my duff to get the Must Have done. That, and I need the needles for Rogue...

Hope everyone else enjoyed their weekend. Back to the drudgery!

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Slowly Back Away From the Yarn

Ok. I have to brag - quickly, while I still can - that I did exceptionally well in using stash and not going overboard with yarn purchased up until Estes. I planned to spend quite a bit there so it doesn't count. But since then, and particulary over the past month... No excuse. Not even going to try. And, I'm only slightly embarassed.
WARNING: Photo intensive post ahead...

And now, since I know you all love yarn at least as much as I do, I'm going to show off. *hehe*

Sock yarn that matches my Must Have Cardigan perfectly. Now to finish the cardigan...


Lace weight yarn to make Madli's Shawl (near the bottom of the page)


Or maybe I'll use this instead - I can't decide


Then there's this to make one of these


And the other two


Then we have the six socks thing going (Mmmmm. Cherry Tree Hill is NICE)


And I've been wanting to make this bag forever


Then there was a sale at one of LYS - can't be faulted for a sale - right??

There's Debbie Bliss Cashmerino for socks for Mom, another skein of Cherry Tree Hill (for socks), and some Cascade Fun yarn (maybe for another triada, I love how this will end up draping).

Then on the way home I stopped at another LYS and picked up

The Adrienne Vitadinni is for a class I signed up for (making this), more sock yarn (I think this is nearing obsession...) and the latest Rowan magazine.

And the last knitting item I've purchased lately is

On sale though... :D

I also have Lopi on order from a LYS for the Weekend Getaway Satchel. But we don't need to talk about that. Yet.

Have a great one! I'm going to go roll around in my new stash...


Monday, August 08, 2005

AGAIN

So much to report. I don't know where to begin. Let's start with "The sock from Hell".

SFH started out plain enough. I decided to try the short row technique described in the pattern. Why not learn something new?
After two botched attempts with the short rows I was finally happy with my work and started the main section of sock. It was going on quite well and I was growing quite confident in my sock knitting abilities. So why is all this past tense?

Because this is now what my sock looks like (or at least around 5 last night when I took the photo). Can anyone say "Gauge is important"? I get it. This is all an attempt to thwart my newly-found sock passion. It won't work. I cast on with a larger needle last night, and as I was turning the heel for the FOURTH time I read the pattern correctly and it looks GREAT! Ha!

That will be the extent of my gloating for the day. I don't want to tempt the sock gods... Have a good one. I'm going to check my Hor-o-scope and see if there are any warnings about knitting socks this month...

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Proof

I thought it was about time to post proof of sock knitting




This was taken before I frogged the heel TWICE because I was doing it wrong. I'm trying the new short row technique Alison describes so well. I get it, but must be letting my mind wander a little too much. No big deal, just need to focus while I do this.

I must say I love the pattern. It seems like it would make a good beginner sock since it really has you focus on the tough parts of sock making.

Thomas has requested a pair of socks similar to these but with a toe (just a big toe) so he can wear them rafting. I'm torn on this request. I'm confident I can make them. But do I really want to provide him with a pair of socks specifically designed to wear with sandals. I know Manolo would say NO!

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Harry Potter Fans "Untie"

Signs like that always make me laugh. I'm weird.

Anyway... I've decided to make the Adorable Bookscarf (pattern courtesy of Laura). While I consider myself a great Harry Potter fan I can't foresee myself wearing one of these particular scarves, but I can certainly envision my book wearing one. It gets chilly in the loft in the wintertime after all...

The pattern calls for DMC floss and while I was browsing for just.the.right.shade I came across some newer stuff (mind you, I haven't looked at DMC for about 10 years, so this "newer" stuff is just relative to me) that has 27 yards per skein. Perfect! So I'm using it instead of the traditional floss. That, and some TINY needles. They make the size 3's I'm using for another project feel huge. So, I guess that is a plus...

Monday, August 01, 2005

In a Fog

Actually, the weather here is wonderful (though a touch hot). I'm referring to finished object goodness. I LOVE this top.

I even don't mind the rolling that much. It needs a good blocking and the ends seamed in (what's new...). I've given myself a deadline of having the ends woven so I can wear this to work on Friday, and our knitting group Friday night of course.