Posted in Knit Ramblings

Is it here yet?

I put in my order to Knit Picks today for Wool of the Andes in Amethyst Heather – enough to make the sweater on the cover of the Summer 2007 Interweave Knits, the Wheat-Ear Cable Yoke sweater. I’m anxiously awaiting my order to arrive so I can start swatching!

I’m binding off on The Shawl right now. Then it will be washed, blocked and on it’s way to my swap partner. I really like the i-cord bind off, but it’s a little bit tedious to do (hence why I’m taking a break and posting about yarn on the way instead of doing it).

I have decided that I will not completed MS3. I don’t think the design is for me. For now, I think I will take it off the needles and let the yarn go back in the stash until I’m ready to knit it into something else. I’ve got Icarus on the needles right now, so it will pretty much just take it’s place for the lace I’m working on.

I’m getting a lot of things finished up or off the needles, I’ve already got tons more things I want to knit. Right now, though, I’m going to try and keep it to a minimum and not cast on for a ton of projects and I’m staying out of swaps for the rest of the year because I think I’m burnt out of swaps right now. I’d been doing swaps pretty steadily for a little over a year and I need a break. I’m just not finding a whole lot of joy in it at the moment and money is tight, so a break will do me good! Some things I am (like knitting!), but others (stuffie swap), not so much. I’m just lacking in energy to do all the things I did last year with that swap. I was then, too, but I was not working, so the little energy I did have could go to taking care of the swap things. The requirements aren’t as high this time, so that’s a good thing. I’m sure it will turn out fine! As soon as The Shawl is off and the stuffie is on her way home, that’s it for swaps for me.

So… what’s on your needles? Itching to cast anything on? Next project? Tell me about it!

Posted in Knit Ramblings

Delusional

For those that live in the area, you know it’s been insanely hot and today has been the worst day of the summer, in my opinion.  It was 105 degrees F outside!  As a result of this horrid heat, our house doesn’t keep as cool as we’d like.  I don’t know if it’s because it’s older and doesn’t have enough insulation or what the deal is, but we are running our air conditioner 24/7 and it doesn’t get below 80 degrees F inside. UGH! Too darn hot for me.  It’s been difficult to get some sleep because it doesn’t get much better at night.

Anyhow, it’s late (getting close to midnight) and I’m sitting here knitting on The Shawl (which is almost done, btw – two more rows and the bind off left!) and I’m thinking about needles that I don’t really want an interchangeable set, which is great because I have a sizeable needle collection right now.  I was trying to remember the last time I bought some needles and at first I couldn’t. Then I remembered that not long ago, I bought some US size 3 DPN’s because the set I had got lost somewhere.  Then I was thinking about the i-cord bind off that I’ll be using on The Shawl and how I don’t think I have US size 11 DPN’s and I am NOT going to buy any, but I don’t like the method that’s described in the pattern by constantly slipping the stitches back to the left needle, knitting them off, then slipping them back.  Yeah… no.  I’m totally not wanting to do it like that.  So I’m trying to think of a plan to avoid it, thinking about how I cast on stitches for a sock holding two DPN’s together to get a stretchier cast-on…

… and that’s when it happened.  Delusional knittin brain kicked in.

I thought to myself, "You know, you could have avoided buying those US size 3 DPN’s.  Since you have more than one set of each needle size, you could have just used a US 1 and US 2 held together while you knit because 1 + 2 = 3!"  As soon as I thought it, I realized this would totally not work and would be a huge pain in the butt to even attempt. 

But I had to post this.  I mean, how could I not?  It’s funny the things knitting does to a person on occasion.  Just makes all reason jump out the window (or maybe that’s just me… haha).

Posted in Knit Ramblings

Sockapalooza 4 Package!

Today I came home to a package. To my surprise, it was from my Sockapalooza 4 Pal, all the way from San Diego, California! My pal was Lauren Z. :o)  Here’s a picture filled post of the goodies she sent me (click the photos for a closer look!).

She sent me 4 postcards (I love postcards and have a growing collection) and some chocolate:

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She also sent me some HANDSPUN YARN that she MADE! How cool is that?? It’s beautiful!

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And… the socks… I seriously LOVE them! They’re made out of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in pinks and in the Queen of Diamonds pattern from Spin-Off. I remember seeing these socks and I really liked them, but I totally forgot about the pattern until now. I love pink and I totally love these socks. I was so loving the rocking pink package she sent! Check out these lovely socks – they fit my feet perfectly :o)

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I really like the heel construction – it’s different from anything I’ve seen before:

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Thank you for the great package Lauren Z.!!  You totally rock :o)

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My pal’s socks are going in the mail tomorrow – I hope she likes them and the stuff I sent her!

Posted in Current Projects, Sewing

The Weekend

My WIP list has dwindled a little bit. I’ve frogged some things because they weren’t working out, or I just did not want to finish them. The Noro Log Cabin blanket was frogged because I didn’t really want to make it into a blanket and now I have a different idea of what I will do with it. I swapped the Lana Gatto Summer yarn which I attempted to make T-Twist Tee with, but that didn’t work out (and I didn’t much care for the colors for me). The Big Bad Baby Blanket was frogged because I finally decided that there was no way I’d ever finish it and if I were to finish it, it would just sit in the stash waiting to have a purpose. The cabled bag I was working on is on hold right now because I don’t know if I want to frogg it or not and MS3 is currently in the same category. I’m not sure I’m really liking what the finished shape will be for MS3, so I’m going to wait and see how other people’s turn out first.

I’m nearly done with the shawl. This is what it currently is looking like, without giving too much away:

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I started another pair of socks with some Socks That Rock yarn I had in my stash. So far I like how they’re coming out. I’m working on Erin’s blanket occasionally. I’m trying to get the shawl done, though, so that’s taking up most of my knitting time. It takes a while to do one row now, but I’m pretty close to the end, so I’ll be able to work on it more soon.

Yesterday Crafty Mands and her hubby invited me over for dinner and after we saw the new Harry Potter movie. I had a good time and dinner was really good. Thanks for having me over! We will have to get together again soon :o)

I’ve been looking for fabric to make the shirt pattern I bought a while back and I haven’t found anything at JoAnns, Hobby Lobby, or Super Wal-mart. I was starting to get a little frustrated and thinking that I would have to result to ordering online somewhere. I had heard of a store that I might be able to find something at so today I made a trip up to St. Theresa Textile Trove. They have a lot of very unique fabric and they also carry quite a selection of beads. I had really hoped to find something for a shirt and there were a few fabrics I wouldn’t mind using, but they are kind of expensive. If I’m going to pay $20 for fabric, why don’t I just buy the shirt? I don’t feel the same about yarn, but for things that are sewn… I guess I just don’t have the same feelings. It’s probably because I don’t sew nearly as much as I knit. At any rate, I bought two fat quarters to make a Leetle Bag, enough fabric for another grocery bag (all fabric was 25% off), and some neat beads (which were 50% off):

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On my way home I remembered that there’s a Hancock Fabrics in Newport. I stopped on the way home and found some very nice fabric for only $1.97 a yard. I also bought two more fat quarters for a Leetle Bag and some cording for closing it up:

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After that I was pretty tired, so I headed home. I was going to try out the pattern, but I’m just too tired. Hopefully soon I’ll be able to try it out and also make a few more grocery bags and Leetle Bags.

Well, I’m going to get off the computer for a while and work on the shawl. Hope you had a good weekend!

Posted in Completed Projects

Shedir #3 FO

Today I was able to get some photos of my finished Shedir hat, the third.  I really do like the rich coloring of the yarn and it didn’t take up as much yarn as I thought it would.  I still have enough yarn left for another hat or maybe a lace scarf.

Pattern: Shedir (link to PDF) from Knitty, Fall 2004
Started: July 1, 2007
Finished: July 30, 2007
Yarn: Kindred Spirits Yarn in purple
Needle Size: US 3 bamboo circular and DPN
Notes: This is the 3rd time I’ve knit this pattern and I’ll probably knit more in the future.  I really like how it comes out, it’s well written (though I do the last bit of chart on my own because as written, it makes a little "nipple" at the top), and it’s enough patterning to keep me interested.  It goes quick enough that I don’t get bored with it either.

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For those that don’t know, I collect stuffed animals from the Build-A-Bear Workshop.  I have 10 so far and yesterday I added another to the group:

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This is the special edition Autumn bear.  Her name is Sasha :o)

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Well… it’s time to go get some dinner.  Have a good night ya’ll!

PS: Anyone know what to do with a bunch of scrap yarn?  I used to get yarn samples from the Yarn of the Month club and I have a box full that I don’t know what to do with.  I have everything from lace to bluky yarn.  Suggestions much appreciated!

Posted in Knit Ramblings

“I want to be like you when I grow up.”

Yesterday, at lunch, I was sitting at my desk working on my Shedir hat and reading Harry Potter book 7.  One of my supervisors stopped and asked me what I was working on.  I showed her the hat, near completion.  She asked me if I was knitting AND reading.  I sheepishly replied "Yes."  She smiled and said, "You can knit AND read?! I want to be like you when I grow up!"

Admittedly, I can knit without really looking at what I’m doing.  I suppose I was born to knit and my hands just know what to do.  I can also knit and read as long as something is holding my book open and it’s a pattern I know well enough to not look at too frequently while working on it.

Anything you can do with your knitting that always seems to shock people? 

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This and that

I’ll warn you now that this post has little knitting content and no photos.  If you’re here for the knitting and not the chatting about my life I do now and then, read the first and last paragraphs for the knitting stuff.

No photos of the hat yet.  Well, none that I really like anyhow.  I forgot about getting some pictures of it outside yesterday and it was my dad’s birthday, so I spent time at my family’s house doing some low-key celebration.  By the time I got back home, the daylight was gone.  I did manage to make some veggie bars yesterday for the monthly pot luck knitting night (which is tonight).  Really, it needs to sit overnight to make it good.  It’s not one of those things you make and serve right away.  (You could, but I don’t think it’s as good.)  I was going to be lazy and do it today after I got home from work, but I knew it wouldn’t be as good, so I made it yesterday and I’m glad I did.

Next week, Nick’s parents are coming out to visit and bring Nathaniel back before school starts.  I’m a little mixed about the visit.  I feel like I haven’t done enough to unpack and though the house is clean, there’s spots of clutter that I’d like to clean up.  I’ve been wanting to do this anyhow, regardless if they’re coming out or not, but I’m usually so tired that I just want to sit and knit when I get home from work or on the weekends.  Work can be stressful and it really wears me down most days.  I have little energy as it is, so clearing the clutter is one of those things I’ve been saving for a day when I feel more into it.  Looks like I’ll be trying to get that done this weekend!

While I’m on the note of stress, my doctor and I had a small chat about it yesterday.  I see a chiropractor three times a week right now because of my back problems.  This is my third week.  Yesterday I was pretty stressed out and worked up over my day.  Mondays and Tuesdays are my busiest days at work.  On those days I process early payroll and it’s no small task to get done.  Sometimes, if I don’t get everything done on Monday, I need to complete it Tuesday which can put me far behind where I need to be.  This past Monday I was feeling horrible (that once a month girl thing), worse than I have for years on that sort of day.  I couldn’t think straight, I felt like I just wanted to lay down, I had horrible cramping pains, aching pains, and back pains.  I didn’t get near as much done as I really needed to which made my Tuesday morning really, really busy with all the work that I didn’t finish on Monday.  I completed payroll later than I usually do and I always feel crappy when that happens.  By the time I went to the doctor, I was pretty spun up and stressed.  I hadn’t relaxed from my day.  He started me doing some stretching, which is good for overall physical well being, but also very good for my back.  After I was done, he asked me about my day because he could really tell that I was stressed out.  We talked a little about different things that can really relax you when you’re stressed and stretching is one of those things.  I really like my doctor and I’m so glad that Nick happened to talk to him that day at work.  He’s changed my life.  I have less pain now then I’ve had in two years.  I can walk and I hardly limp any more.  I know more about my condition then I have in all this time with pain.  This was my last chance before surgery and I’m glad I decided to give it a try.  Surgery is scary and nothing I want done to my back and now I have been able to feel better without it. 

Anyhow… I just wanted to throw that out there as a tip for those that get stressed about things.  Knitting is a great stress relief, but after stretching yesterday, I felt relaxed and calm by the time I got home.  Good stuff!

The prayer shawl is coming right along.  I’m about half way done now and using up yarn more quickly it seems.  I know it’s because it’s bigger now, but I’m a little worried I may run out of yarn!  I have 6 skeins left, though, so I think I’ll be okay.  It’s big enough now that I need a bigger project bag for it.  My MS3 is coming along okay.  I haven’t done much work on it, but easy knitting has been my thing lately.  I did get some of Erin’s blanket done this week, though.  I’m almost at the half-way done mark, which means it’s nearly time to change colors.  I’ll post a photo of it soon since I can’t really describe it well.  If you’re on Ravelry, there’s a good picture of it on my project page.  It’s tan and dark brown.  With my Sockapalooza 4 socks done, I’ve cast on another pair of socks, but I haven’t worked on them much since I’m trying to get the shawl done.  This weekend I think I will be sending off some yarn that I don’t think I will ever use.  It’s going to go to a good cause and if you have yarn in your stash you aren’t using and don’t think you will use, this is a great place to donate it: Interim House.  There’s also the Community Healthlink Gateway Program.  So, if you’re looking for a place to give some yarn, there’s two for you!

Well, it’s back to work with me.  Have a good day :o)