Sittin' Here Knittin' - Old one

Ramblings about Knitting and other important stuff

Monday, October 31, 2005

S-s-s-s-s-pooky

Here's to a s-s-s-s-scary and s-s-s-spooky Halloween!!


This was a very fun s-s-s-s-andwich to make. Wanna try one? The recipe is here.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

T4KAL

Wow. Lots to report this time. I don't think I had much more time to knit last week but it sure seems that way right now.

Rogue Along
Rogue is moving really quick for now. I got the front done over this last week. Maybe it's not going all that fast but I have more to talk about than "I finished another inch or so" which is how the body tends to feel.


Must Have
Still no knitting progress here but I did buy my buttons. I love em.

6 Sox
Amble is coming along. I make myself knit 5 rows every time I pick it up. That seems to be working pretty well. I am very happy about the change in needles. It's much easier this time around.

Another Weasley
Finished up HiP Sunday (see yesterday's post). Brilliant!

Scarf Style
Vintage Velvet is coming along. I've passed the halfway mark (on ball 4 of 5). It's still just as difficult to photograph as ever but I'll share one anyway. Maybe your monitor is better than the crummy one I'm looking at. *wink*

Weekend Satchel
And finally, we have a stunning photo of the weekend satchel progress. It'll look just like this, only bigger, for quite some time so I doubt you'll see much of this guy till I start the front where at least there are some blobs of color to add some interest. Makes for great "intense movie" knitting though.

Monday, October 24, 2005

HiP hip-hooray

I know my KAL progress is usually out there on Tuesdays but I couldn't resist sharing the photos of my finished HiP. Mr. Sittin' was sweet enough to model it for me (evidence that it turned out nice. I may have to make a second one, I saw that "is this for me?" gleam in his eye when he picked it up...)


I followed Alison's instructions for HiP but decided that instead of weaving in all those ends I'd sew a piece of fabric onto the back. Also because the yarn I used is a bit scratchy. (Did anyone else notice that about the Elan Peruvian wool?) I wanted Harry Potter fabric but the only place I could find it was on EBay for $12/yard. I don't consider myself "cheap" per say, but that's a bit much for some cotton fabric that is getting sew on the back of something else. So, we went with a starry night motif. I busted out the sewing machine and half an hour later I had a lovely scarf.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Michelle needs...

According to Google Michelle needs... (I only kept the ones I liked. THere appear to be a lot of Michelle's out there that need help.)

her own Reality Show.
to visit one of those awful liberal indoctrination camps known as art museums.
to move on with someone else since Tony's no longer around.
a family that can love her for the young person that she is.
to extend her arm parallel to the ground.
more to compete with the big boys.
to make another Gospel Album!
to run reports where Org 23450 is not the Project (Responsible).
another job so I can clear my conscience for possibly messing up her career.
to do cell counts, explore and do some reading.
every advantage possible to attain this goal.

The second one made me laugh out loud. I love art.

Personally though, I think Michelle needs a brand new bag. Now to narrow the selection down to one...

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Yes. I did.

I joined yet another Knit A Long. This time it's an exchange. It'll be my first foray into the wide world of exchanges. I enjoy knitting scarves though. And I certainly enjoy wearing them (wearing one now as a matter of fact) so I think it'll be fun.


Come on and join the fun. You know you want to. :D

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Brownand

One of my dear friends has insipired me to try the brioche caplet from the oh-so-fab Wrap Style. So of course I had to order some more yarn.

We have brownand blue. MMMmmmm. I like it. I like it a lot.

I also ordered a couple of color cards for the Andean Silk and the Wool of the Andes. I almost ordered all the color cards they had but decided that I'd hold off on the others until I get closer to needing some of that particular yarn. They keep adding new colors. I don't want an outdated card by the time I want to order the yarn.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Tuesdays are for Knitalongs

Almost had to make Wednesday for knitalongs this week... Whew. Been a crazy one already.

Let's see...
I did get some work on some of the items I've pushed aside. That is a bit exciting (probably more for me than for you but I'll pretend you are as overjoyed as I am about these. *wink*)

Rogue - I finally picked her back up. Not only that but I finished the back of the sweater (then I put her down again. Ha.)

Vanna here is streching out the cables for your viewing pleasure. I love how this looks in a tweedy yarn but I'm afraid the cabling doesn't seem to be showing up very well in the one I picked. I'm sure its the lighting. Or something I can blame elsewhere.

6 Sox - I FINALLY finished my first sock from the Amble pattern. It's a lovely sock and I really like wearing it. I went to my LYS today for some very long Addi Turbos to see if I like them any better. I was having a tough time with the DPNs I have (they kept poking me in the palms) and the bamboo needles I tried after that were lovely but the yarn just didn't want to slide around on them. I found myself constantly fighting it to get through a round. Very frustrating. Anyway. Second sock has been cast on for this evening in an effort to prevent SSS.

Another Weasley - Last but not least I'm nearly finished with HiP. I LOVE this pattern. So easy and cute. It's curling like crazy but I don't mind. I bought some fabric today that I plan to sew onto the backside of it once I'm finished and it's blocked out. I couldn't find any Harry Potter fabric I liked. Or at least any that wasn't touted as *RARE* on eBay and thus priced like it was spun from gold. ok. egsagerating a bit. I got some with a navy background and white stars. Should be cute. Also, it will save me from weaving in all those ends. Yes. That is the real reason for the fabric backing.


Don't you love the circular needles in there? What a fashion statement. I think it'll be the new pink.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Best Birthday

Wow. Many many thanks to everyone that wished me a happy birthday. It was a fab one. I got some great gifts and got to spend time with some wonderful people. I love that I've met so many great folks through blogging. Love ya. Mwah.



Thursday, October 13, 2005

Hair

Your Hair Should Be Purple

Intense, thoughtful, and unconventional.
You're always philosophizing and inspiring others with your insights.


Well... It would look nice with the Ribby Cardi I guess... Hope you are having a good one!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

T4KAL

Tuesday again. Here are the updates from last week. If I don't mention it, I didn't work on it, and am probably trying to forget that it's on the list. Ha.

HiP is coming along very nicely. I'm nearly finished with the first skein of burgundy (so I'm halfway there right?). It's curling up pretty badly but I'm sure a good blocking will deal with it enough to keep me happy.

Amble is getting on my nerves. I'm determined to finish this sock but think it might be a little while before I try the second. I switched to a magic circle technique last night and am feeling quite a bit more comfortable with it. We'll see.

On a side note - First snowfall of the season was yesterday. Wow.



Doing it up big this year.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Great Weekend

The weekend started off great. The MHCKnitters group met at Fluid Coffee Bar for a bit of knitting. We had some new faces and the usual suspects.


Jen


Amy and Cathi






We had quite a few folks MIA but hopefully not for any bad reasons. This is one of my favorite knitting groups. What better way to start off the weekend?

Saturday was also a good one. It started off kinda crummy with an accounting class (ew) but after that I met with my department chair and I was able to confirm that I will be graduating in December of this year and will be able to take my final class in January (even if he has to offer it to me as an independent study). Yeah!!


Saturday afternoon I went to a Trailer trash themed party that a co-worker was hosting. What a hoot!! Many mullets and lots of "Hey yall, watch this!"

Sunday was spent recovering from the weekend adventures. Luckily I was the designated driver the night before so it wasn't as bad as it could have been. I spent the day working on the cursed slippers. I haven't told you about these? Well that's cause I was trying not to think about them.

I knit a pair of slippers, almost. I got to about 8 rows from finishing the second slipper when I ran out of the solid color of yarn. So I decided to rip them both out and put in a stripe (since I bought the yarn ages ago and already threw out the wrapper so had no idea what color I got nevermind which dye lot). I put a stripe in one of them and decided I didn't really like it. I knit the second one with a different stripe pattern so I could compare them. I decided I didn't like the second stripe more than I didn't like the first. Frogged second slipper (again). Knit with stripe like first. Have a pair. Calling it done. Hope dear friend for whom they are intended loves them.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

MeMe Thursday

Seems like I never have new knitting news by Thursdays... How about a meme.

Ten years ago: Working at Hospice of Northwest Florida researching claims that insurance companies hadn’t paid. I was also going to school full time for drafting and design. My goal was to become an architect. Two months from this time, however, I made a rash decision to join the Air Force and all plans toward architecture were thrown out. It’s all worked out for the best though.

Five years ago: I had gotten out of the military about a year prior to this. Mr. Sittin’ and I had moved into a cozy 1 bedroom apartment in Greenwood Village, CO. We were saving up for a house. I was riding the dot com boom.

One year ago: I was working for the same company I’m with today but as a technical support engineer in our security services department. I was looking for a way out of this line of work. (Thankfully I found a great one).

Five Snacks:
Popcorn
Cracker barrel cheese
Anything gummi (I LOVE gummi bears)
Almonds
Ruffles Cheddar and Sour Cream potato chips

Five Songs I Know All the Words To:
"Angel" Sarah McLachlan
“Turn Me On” Norah Jones
“I Can Only Imagine” Mercy Me
“Simple Man” Lynyrd Skynyrd
“Sweet Home Alabama” Lynyrd Skynyrd

Five Things I Would Do With $100 Million:
*pay off bills (house included)
*travel the world
*buy an RV with storage in the back for our bikes and kayaks
*pay off my parents’ house
*invest it so I could live off the interest for the rest of my life (does buying Brooks Farm yarn count as an investment?)

Five Places I Would Run Away To:
*Ireland
*Germany
*Belize
*Eagle/Vail
*Italy

Five Things I Would Never Wear:
*boots with fur on them
*knitted shoes (felted clogs don’t count)
*Martha’s poncho
*shiny pants (including vinyl)
*chains, spikes, or anything remotely “punk”

Five Favorite TV Shows:
I don’t watch TV. I like the History channel when I do get around to turning the tube on. I do watch movies almost every night.

Five Biggest Joys:
*Mr. Sittin’
*My sister (she’s so dang smart and sweet)
*My knitting
*My Brooks Farm yarn
*My kitty – even though she likes Mr. Sittin’ better. :D

Five Favorite Toys:
Ball winder and swift – can’t believe it took me so long to get these
Palm pilot
My mp3 player
The built in bookcases in the loft
Movie collection and home theater system

People to pass this onto: Take it if you want it.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Portable Knitting

I decided that I needed some knitting going that was a bit more portable. Not that I don't have enough projects going already, but most of them have cabling, charts, intarsia, or other more complicated aspects. It doesn't facilitate the kind of thing I'd like to be working on when I'm hanging out with my pals.

So to remedy this I've cast on for a Ribby Cardi.

The gray will be my main color and comes from my stash. I bought the purple at the same time as my HiP yarn. It's such a cute pattern. I can't wait for our next local meetup so I can work on it (I won't allow myself to work on it outside of meetups because I'd finish it up too fast and then would be in the same spot I was in before I cast on).

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Tuesdays are for Knitalongs

Rogue - Status hasn't changed since last week unfortunately. Too many things on the needles always means someone will get neglected. She still looks like this.


Must Have Cardigan - I managed to finish up the back and got a nice shot of her all laid out. I'm a bit nervous to seam her and do the button band. I've seen some interesting tips on picking up stitches for button bands that I'm eager to try. I'll let you know how they work for me. I'd love to hear more ideas though so feel free to comment with any you know.







Fall Cables - I was able to finish the first pattern repeat this week.

















6 Sox - Amble - I've finished the fourth repeat on the cuff, turned the heel, and started on the gusset. I can't say I'm crazy about this pattern though I love the sock I'm getting from it. I can't seem to memorize the chart and it's really frustrating. I think I'll end up knitting a different pair of socks in between my first and second of this pair.
Many of you that are part of the Six Sox Knit-a-long know that there is a new pattern out this month. I won't be making that one as it doesn't catch my fancy. Can't wait to see others though.




Another Weasley - You may remember from last weeks post that I was less that thrilled over the colors I picked to make my HiP. All I have to say about that is I Heart Kool-Aid.










Scarf Style - Vintage Velvet is coming along very nicely. I'm 2/5 of the way finished. Sorry about the picture being so dark. I'll have to wait for a nice sunny afternoon to take another one. With the yarn being a deep purple it'll be difficult to show it off on the Internet anyway.


Wrap Style- I got most of my yarn. There were two colors back ordered so I'm waiting until those come in. I'm excited about the colors she did select though and look very forward to starting this.








Weekend Getaway - I still haven't cast on for this. I figure I'm so far behind on this knit a long anyway that I'm not feeling the pressure. Besides I've got the needles I need for this otherwise engaged with a birthday present for a dear friend.

Whew. I need to stop joining so many of these...

Monday, October 03, 2005

Hey Yall

Been crazy busy around these parts lately. I had a great week last week. My folks, who live in the Pensacola area, came in for a quick visit. It's amazing how many little things I skip when I'm cleaning, until I know Mom's going to be visiting. Most of the early week was spent cleaning those little things.
She and Dad stayed until Friday. I got them to pose with the sock


though it was pretty clear to me that they didn't "get" why they were both holding onto a sock. I love my parents. Who else could I get to humor these odd requests...

After they left I got quite a bit of knitting done, including refinishing my OSW. I had finished it a few weeks ago but the bind off cut too much so I decided I needed to try a different one.

I used a kitchner bind-off (I've also heard it called tubular and invisible) and liked it much better. It's not terribly comfortable but it's really cute so I imagine I'll wear it a lot anyway. I used Galway yarn to make it and it's a bit itchy. I'd love to make another in something a little more against-the-skin friendly yarn.