Sittin' Here Knittin' - Old one

Ramblings about Knitting and other important stuff

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Stockinette is your Friend

Wow... I wrote this last week and forgot to publish it...

So I'm not just working on the Lotus Blossom Tank (like I've ever just worked on one thing... ha). I'm also plugging away at the Waterlily Tank. This one is from the Spring issue of Interweave Knits. I noticed it when that issue came out but it didn't catch my eye until I saw a finished one. Too cute. I'm using the Colinette Giotto that the pattern calls for but my colorway is Sea Breeze. I'm really looking forward to it being finished. It's a super easy knit - read: big needles and stockinette - what could be better! I have a great little blue jean skirt that never gets worn and will look great with this little top. Gotta get it done...



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And today's update would be that I finished this little bugger this weekend. Talk about a quick knit. It was a bit boring at times but that is what stockinette is for right?


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And the back

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Love it! I'm hoping it warms up later this week to wear it.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Starting Rumors

Ok. I'm not really starting a rumor per se. I'm passing one I heard along... Apparently Opal has decided to discontinue the Peticoat line of colors. If your LYS has some, they won't be updating that line any more because there isn't any more. So, upon hearing this we all (of course) went over to the LYS to buy some.


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Monday, May 22, 2006

Bloom of Lotus

Lotus' are in bloom at the Sittin' house


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I got through the third of four repeats of the lace pattern this past weekend. Well, that's a bit of an exaggeration as the weekend started with one of the repeats already done. It's an easy enough knit but does require a bit of concentration and most of my knitting seems to be done in groups so it doesn't get a ton of attention. I hope to have even more to show you later this week though as I can't seem to make myself work on much else.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Flamingo

The Flamingo is making nice progress. It's a really quick knit if you can focus on it long enough to not have to rip out every time you turn around. The pattern isn't hard per se. Think felted clogs type of challenge. Easy enough. You just have to pay attention. Sigh.

I've actually had a bunch of fun making it so far. It's so interesting to see it take shape. And it sounds so odd when you get to certain sections. Like "Turning the Neck". How often am I going to get to turn a neck? Really? ha.


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On a side note, I've seem to come across a bunch of pink flamingo novelties since starting this pattern. Imagine that... Must have flamingos on the brain.
There are the standard yard variety, the string of lights variety, the actual birds, and my favorite has been this photo that came to me entitled "Bird Flu Hits Miami Trailer Park....from the Headlines"

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Shopping

I did manage to get a little shopping in while I was out of town. I love my family. They know how obsessed I've become. My dad even told our tour guide at the art place we stopped at that if there was any history around knitting, yarn, or even sheep that I'd be most interested in those items. Ha.

I found two shops while I was out there. The first shop I came across by accident. We arrived a few minutes early to the spa we were visiting to get our nails done. I was standing in the parking lot glancing around at the variety of stores in the strip mall when I noticed a sign with a sewing machine on it.

At first glance it doesn't appear to be a yarn shop at all, and in fact inside it was divided between baby fabrics, crochet threads, and yarn. They didn't have anything that screamed my name but did have some great purse accessories so I picked up a few of them.

I also managed to swing by the Black Sheep Wool Company when I had a couple of hours free one morning. What a cute shop! The ladies working there were very helpful and so sweet. They mostly carried yarns and brands that I've seen before. I hadn't seen this though and I loved the pattern book so I picked up enough to make a tank.

The yarn is 100% acrylic. I'm not sure how I feel about that. It feels a lot like cotton only a bit softer. I liked the way it was spun and it's not spongy like Red Heart or any of those kinds of yarn. The patterns are what really sold me though. The one on the cover says it all. Nearly everything in there was cute and something I'd actually wear. We'll give it a try and see how it goes.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

New Projects

Now that you've seen what I finished I bet you are wondering how many things I started...

I took two projects with me on this trip, though I didn't get very far in either. It is time for the summer projects to get going and what better than the beautiful tank on the cover of the latest Interweave. I have the bamboo in my stash. It seemed the perfect item.

Well, I should have used the bamboo in my stash but I liked this color better so I picked it up. I managed to snag this beautiful skein of Cherry Tree Hill while I was at it but it hasn't found a purpose just yet.

The other project I started to bring along is the Waterlily Top from the Spring Interweave.

Tami was hoping to be the third project but just couldn't fit in Tom's suitcase.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Finished

Before I left on my little trip I insisted on finishing up my Noro shrug so I could wear it to the wedding in case I got chilled. It's something that happens to me very frequently and I wanted to wear something cute rather than my standard grey fleece. In fact, I took it shopping with me to buy the little "wedding outfit". I wonder if the guy at anthropoligie noticed the knitting needles were still in it when I stuffed it in the bag with the skirt I wore...

Well, I wore it, but apparently got no pictures of it and the cute outfit so you'll have to make due with the shrug and what I wore to work today. The shrug is mega-cute either way.




Love, love, love this bugger. The pattern is from Noro 18. The picture in the book is horrible and if some folks I know hadn't already made one I wouldn't have even noticed it. The pattern book even says that the pattern for this isn't in there but trust me, it's in there. I thought the pattern was well written and very simple. It's a great one to practice cabling without a cable needle if you feel like giving that a whirl.

Of course, since I finished something I had to cast on for a few new things... I'll tell you about those later though. Have a great one!

Sunday, May 14, 2006

What a week!

Wow, what a week last week was. For some reason Monday morning I realized that I was leaving town on Wednesday and had a huge list of items I needed to finish before I left. I've known for months that I was leaving but it just snuck up on me. Don't you hate it when that happens?

Right before I left I got my Webs order. Sometime this summer I'd like to make the stripy tshirt in the Vintage Knits book.

I'm still debating the colors to use. I have others in my stash that would sub out nicely.

I also picked up yarn to make the pink mamosa pattern out of the newest Interweave Knits. I was surprised how much it calls for but I loved it at first glance and just had to get it.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Amour

I love love love this bag.

I didn't buy any of her patterns last season as I wasn't over the top about any of them but this one just calls to me. I got all the yarn for it on the same day. Yes. I get a little obsessive (or should I say I am a bit obsessive...).

She did much better this season with the patterns, or at least this one. It includes the pattern for the flower. The biggest complaint I heard last year was that the bag pattern and the flower pattern were separate. And considering the price tag associated with them, you could easily spend $15 to $20 for one purse pattern. Whoa!

No telling when I'll get started on this but it's sure on the list for near term. :D Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Friday, May 05, 2006

Charlotte's Resolution

It appears the greens have it. Thanks everyone for your input on this. Blues and Greens actually tied but after playing around with the colors the greens won out in the end.

Stacey graciously let me borrow her Charlotte to display the final order. Now just to get started...

Also, I've been told by a couple of people that my page has been making their IE crash when they come visit. I think I've fixed it (fingers crossed) so if it keeps happening please let me know. Or better yet, if it used to happen to you and has stopped let me know. Thanks and have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

In the Pink

I didn't want to get down to too few items on the WIP list (I've actually gotten it down to 11 for the first time in I can't remember) so I cast on for a pink flamingo. It's the cutest! Bright pink yarn with a bit of novelty for fun. I didn't get eyelash so it won't stick out but it'll add some extra color in the "wing" area. I wish I could find a picture of the pattern to share with you. Here is one that someone else has made just to give you an idea.

And here is what mine looks like for now. You start at the bum and work your way up so I'm halfway done with the back end and should be turning the neck soon. My, doesn't that sound odd...

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

3 down

Only four more left...

Monday, May 01, 2006

New Slips

I've been a bit under the weather lately (isn't that a funny saying) and missed quite a bit of work last week as a result. Well, I wouldn't say I missed it but I wasn't there. I had the perfect illness. One that required me to be at home but one that didn't leave me devoid of the will to do anything, like knit.

DH has been requesting a new pair of slippers for a little while. I thought he just wanted attention until he showed me all the affection he's used up on his existing pair of slippers, illustrated by my ability to stick my finger through the bottom of these guys. He's completely worn a hole in them! There are a couple of spots that are nearly worn through but they should last another week or so. He was so sad I couldn't just fix them (and make him a new pair too...).


He likes the new pair that I managed to whip out last week due to the abundance of time I had to knit. He's so sweet to entertain my obsession with this shade of green. I'm sure you will begin to see the trend this month as green is the Project Spectrum color this month (HOORAY!!)

I haven't gotten around to felting them yet as we decided right before I got sick to make some improvements to our laundry room and the washer and dryer are still sitting in the hallway waiting for us to get finished already. Part of the improvements included painting the walls green. Imagine that.