Sittin' Here Knittin' - Old one

Ramblings about Knitting and other important stuff

Thursday, December 29, 2005

I think it may be an addiction

OK. Apparently it's time for me to confess about the SEX going on around here lately. I was going to wait until my Knit Picks order arrived for the full effect of this insanity to be revealed but I guess it'll get its own post when the day arrives.

First stop was Knitty Cat for the only sale I ever remember them having. I was good (but I was also in a hurry because DH came along to pay the tab - gotta love that!)

Berroco Suede for that fab new free bag pattern they have out

and Lornas Laces Shepard Sport (DH needs a new SUPERWASH hat - he's lucky I like him so much).
Not too bad really considering how many wonderful things were on sale.



Next stop was String. Another lovely store with far too many yarns I want. I managed to escape with only the following.


Still doing ok. We have (from left to right) Koigu in red and green. I'd say Christmas socks but it'd be a lie. Next, Rowan Felted Tweed for Backyard leaves. Blue Sky Alpaca and Silk for those beautiful gloves in Handknit Holidays, and finally Rowan Kid Classic and Lurex Shimmer for the ruffle scarf also in Handknit Holidays.

Next stop - Colorful Yarns. Who can resist their sales? I mean really??
10 skeins of a gorgeous navy blue (on my screen these look purple but trust me on this one) Cascade 220 for the Not-So-Warm version of the Einstein coat for my Mom, some Cascade 220 for new slippers for DH, and some Southwest Trading Company bamboo for a clapotis for me. The ones in my stash already will be a clapotis for my sister so I had to replace them, right?

And the final journey was to the online temptress Knit Picks. While it wasn't the most expensive visit I made, it has definitely made the largest stash impact. I don't think I have any yarn in my jacket sleeves yet. This may be the time to test that storage technique....
These four constitute the bulk of my order. I had my sister pick out an afghan pattern she liked while she was visiting because I want to make her one as a wedding gift. She picked the Big and Cozy one from 100 More Afghan Squares to Knit (love this book by the way) so I ordered a total of 70 skeins of these four yarns to make the afghan with.
I have been searching for quite some time for the perfect sweater to make DH. While I know it is insane for me to associate love with knitting (referencing Franklin's essay in the last Cast On podcast, a must listen if you haven't already) I want to anyway. I finally found it in the Queensland Collection Book 2 and decided to use these three colors. It's a simple striped pullover.
Um. Matching socks for the DH sweater? Sure...

Sweet Dreams

Pocket Dreams is done. I "blocked" her the other day. I say "blocked" because I don't try all that hard with acrylic yarns. Wool, yes. Wool is a whole two day experience around here (I prefer to dunk my wools so it takes a day or so to dry) but acrylic just gets pinned out and steamed.


She's all folded up with the cute little bear in the pocket. Now she's packed away in the closet waiting on one of my sisters to get preggers.

The bear pattern is ok. I've seen better but it looks cute enough. I didn't like how much the yarn spread out when I was filling it. Maybe I overstuffed it or maybe it was the yarn (personally, I'm blaming the yarn).

I'll get that WIP list down to under 10 yet. Ha.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Everything

I've been knitting like crazy trying to get that WIP list down to something a bit more reasonable. Or at least to get some of the things that have been languishing off the needles so they quit nagging me. And husbands complain about how much their wives nag. They should hear what an unfinished sock has to say...

Speaking of socks. I did work on Amble a bit. In fact, I've finally finished the cuff and started the heel flap last night.



Peacocks Pride scarf for the ISE is coming along nicely. I'd have to guess that I'm about halfway finished at this point though it's hard to tell in this photo.



And Hot Lava is making marginal progress. Apparently I've never blogged about this one before, as my dear friends brought to my attention the other evening.


Podcast news - The NPR:Story of the Day today was about crafters. It was kinda neat.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Stash Busters

I don't know if you've seen this one yet but I'm definitely in on this one.



I've done more than my share of stash enhancement over the last few years (even more since I talked to Kim about doing something like this - see rule #2). I currently have what could be considered a ridiculous amount of stash. Most of this stash has an actual purpose that it was purchased for. Off the top of my head there are at least 5 sweaters/cardigans, 2 afghans, 2-3 baby blankets, 1 billion socks (ok, not that many).

It's really sad that I can open drawers full of yarn and say "Oh yeah! I forgot I bought that!" so some documentation is in order. Plus the guilt of writing down all the stuff I have should be quite motivational. I was thinking of posting updates from time to time, but I don't read very long posts and don't expect anyone else to. So I'm thinking a flickr grouping like this one might be where it's at.

Anyone else in? Stop by Kim's place and sign up.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Pi

Tammy was trying to figure out what she was getting for Christmas the other day


so I figured I'd better get busy finishing up her present.



Hope she likes it. I think for now it'll just sit on top of the heating pad till I get fabric I like for the "hot pocket".

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

I think he likes it

While the family was in town we went ahead and had our Christmas gift exchange. Dad seems to really like the scarf I made him. Yeah!

They are back in warm sunny Florida again. It's so nice to see them. We got to visit twice this year (a record since I moved away). Hope everyone enjoys a safe and happy Christmas, Hanukka, Kwanzaa, or Festivus (whichever you enjoy :D).

Monday, December 19, 2005

Oh What A Relief It Is

Is it bad that I think a weekend of finishing all my WIPs is about the only thing that could top this?

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Peas in a Pod

I know I've mentioned this once before but I wanted to reiterate how highly I recommend the Cast On podcast. The most recent edition has a wonderful essay written and read by one of our favorite knitter/cartoonist/funny man Franklin (a.k.a. Panopticon). Need some laugh out loud humor this morning? Check it out. You don't need an ipod to listen, just something that can listen to mp3s.

I presented the bowl last night in class. It went over very well. I'm not usually the kind of person that is concious about being outnumbered in any situation. I think it's from being in the military and in the technical industry. I'm always outnumbered. But in this class, it's been almost painfully obvious to me that I'm the only girl. Especially when my presentations are very often about knitting or other crafty, traditionally "womanly" things. Everyone was very nice about these presentations but looking out on a classroom full of men and trying to explain how cool it would be to own a yarn shop or why going to a pottery shop to paint a bowl to hold yarn in is a pretty tough sell. I made it through though. Whew.

The journal container also went over very well. The teacher seemed to get a real kick out of it. Sweet.



Saturday night I finished up the kitty pi for Tami. I still need to felt it but I really like how it turned out (and how much leftover stash it used up).

The stripes at the top don't match because I started running out of yarn but that is ok. Since that was the point I won't hold it against the pi. Besides, I really don't think Tami will care. I think I'll sew a fabric bottom on once it's felted so I can tuck in the heating pad.

Thanks for all the great recommendations for the tree issue. I started with just the aluminum foil in the tree base and she seems to have stopped. Thanks to the holidays, I'm writing it off as "decoration" for now. :D

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Weekend News

This past weekend was filled with so much goodness and fun I'm going to have to cover each day individually or the post will get too long.

Friday I ditched work a little early to get the Christmas shopping done before my folks come into town. Living in Denver has the added advantage of the Denver Mint Gift Shop where I know I can find something for my coin collecting Dad. We went through a tour of the mint one year when they came out to visit. It's pretty neat to see how money is made. It would have been better if they provided a "sample" as a thank you gift, but what can you do... The building is really old and had a lot of historical points of interest, not to mention they were making money in the other room. My kind of place.

After the mint I went over to Ceramics in the City, where Cyn and I went a week ago to paint a couple of bowls. I needed the bowl for class last Tuesday for a Creative Piece presentation (which thankfully my professor gave me an extension on since the bowl wasn't actually ready until Friday, so I'll be presenting tonight). It's a cute little store and I had fun trying something new. And on top of it all, I have this fab new bowl to display yarn in now.


Click here if you'd like to see more pictures of the new bowl.
Following the bowl gathering I met up with some of the local girls for Cynthia and Cathi's combo birthday party. Much coffee and laughing were had by all. Comparison of chibi sizes (size does matter as you know), debates over the value of the color pink, and the latest tote/hand bag that Stacey found were main topics of discussion. We all tuckered out fairly early (relative statement...) but it was bunches of fun.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Come on, vogue

I conned DH into modeling my Daddy's Girl scarf

I love how it turned out. The scarf is light and warm. The stitch pattern is awesome and it knit up relatively quick.


It's all wrapped up and under the tree. Think he'll figure out what it is?


Saturday, December 10, 2005

Birthday Girl Too

To another of my most fabulous friends. I hope you have a wonderful birthday!!

Friday, December 09, 2005

Pi and P

Daddy's scarf is finished. Yeah!! I think it turned out quite nice. One note though, was that when I went to block it, it decided it wanted to be a skinny scarf instead of a wide one. It blocked out just fine but the weight of the scarf when it was wet pulled in the wrong direction. The yarn is so light when it's dry I'm confident it will stay wide once it's dried out.

I decided a little while ago that I needed to use some of my "felting" stash. And that Tami really needs a kitty pi. So last night, after I cast off and blocked dad's scarf, I started a kitty pi for my sweet kitty. I mean look at her. Doesn't she looks like she just *needs* something like that?


Over the last few days, with the weather being so friggen cold, she's taken to sitting around on a heating pad we leave on the floor for her. I may have to figure out how to put a pocked on the pi to stick the heating pad into in the winter time.

Tami is a pretty funny cat. We let her play outside most of the time. She jumped out of the backyard only once. Unfortunately for her, the yard she jumped into has a medium sized, active dog. The dog didn't hurt her, in fact he wouldn't get very close to her, but it scared her badly enough that she's never left the yard since. She is usually quite active when she's outside, chasing bugs, butterflies, and trying to trick birds into thinking she's a chirping statue. It's nice for us because we know we don't have to worry about her getting lazy and fat with all the prowling and predatorising she does out there.

I now have a dilema due to all this free roaming though. Apparently she got quite used to haveing a giant litterbox outside (we have a 20' x 30' area that is just dirt until I get around to planting some flowers in it) and now that it's cold out she's reduced to using her litterbox. The problem is that she's decided she likes the tree in the front room too. The really odd part of it is that she is using the litterbox AND the tree. At least this shows she's not afraid of her box (I hope). The tree is suffering from the added moisture it's getting, the smell in the front room isn't all that great, and DH isn't handling the whole situation very well. I though about getting some of that spray they sell for furnature but I worry it will hurt the tree too. Anyone have any ideas on how we can get her to stop?

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Birthday Girl

Just want to say CHEERS

to a glorious friend.
I hope you have a marvelous birthday!

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Daddy's Girl

Dad's scarf is coming along nicely. If I can keep up the pace it'll be done before he gets here, which will be nice. I prefer to surprise him with it.


It's working much faster now that I've got better control of the tension. The herringbone stitch is really simple in concept but if you knit it too tightly it's a serious pain in the... hands. ;D

If you are interested, the scarf pattern is seriously simple.

Daddy's Girl Scarf
Using a DK weight yarn and size 13 needles.
Cast on 33 sts.
1: K2tog through back loop (tbl), slip only one st off the needle, *k2tog tbl(this will include one st that was in your previous k2tog tbl), slip one st off the needle, rep from * until there is 1 st left on your needle, k tbl.
2: p2tog, slip only one st off the needle, *p2tog (this will include one st that was in your previous p2tog), slip one st off the needle, rep from * until there is 1 st left on your needle, p.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

You've Got Mail

My mailbox is finished!! It turned out pretty cute. Even DH had some great ideas that I used to get her done. I couldn't figure out how to get it to keep it's shape so he built me a frame out of metal. I crocheted around it and then attached it to the front. The flag was made out of plastic canvas. Glad it's done!

Here's a close up of the front

I wish the "US Mail" showed up a bit better but I know it's there.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Breaking the rules

My Dad's birthday is on Christmas eve and we always worried as kids that he never really got to have a real birthday because Christmas really seems to overshadow the whole month, nevermind the week or day before. We celebrated his birthday randomly for a while (it usually ended up being in September) so he got to really have a birthday. We were talking about this one evening and he told me how much that meant to him. It was his first real birthday. I think he was in his mid-30s when we started doing this for him. We've let it slide over the years, especially after we moved away from home. I think I'll have to send him an un-birthday present this coming year.

What prompted this reverie? I was talking to my Dad earlier this week and I ask him what he'd like for Christmas and his birthday. And he says "Aren't you knitting me something?" in that tone of voice that says he'll be awfully disappointed if I'm not. So much for not knitting any Christmas gifts. How can I let my Dad down?

This of course meant I needed to find just the right thing for him. Low-and-behold I'm sitting at the yarn store over my lunch break and I spot this lovely stuff

Rowan kid classic in the color "bear". Seriously yummy stuff. I also saw a neat herringbone stitch the other day so the light above my head went off, smoke started pouring out of my ears and I knew it was meant to be. So. Dad will be getting a lovely scarf for Christmas. Hopefully. I have put all other projects aside to get this one finished in time. Wish me luck!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Jazz

The Jazz It Up scarf is coming along quite nicely. I love the pattern. Unfortunatly, yesterday I had to rip out all of the fair isle I had gotten through as I missed the key line that included increasing by 5 stitches. I didn't notice until I got up to the lions (or whatever they are) and tried to figure out why the last one wouldn't fit on my scarf. I'm actually very happy that I restarted it as I was knitting much tighter when I first started the fair isle and it's coming out much nicer this time.


After ripping everything out, starting at our neat pink ridge I managed to get through a couple of sections. Really fun stuff!!

Speaking of jazz... Have you heard of the Lascivious Biddies? I LOVE these guys. I first heard them on the Cast-on podcast (also a really neat listen) and have since become nearly obsessed with them.