Posted in Knit Ramblings

Sweet!

I saw this post (from the lovely gal who runs this great shop) Monday about a Hello Kitty Sock Kit.  There are 35 spots and the sign ups start Wednesday.  Well, I forgot about it (how could that happen!), but realized at around lunch time that I needed to send an email and crossed my fingers hoping there would be a spot for me and guess what!  There was!! 

Now, I haven’t bought any yarn all year.  I’ve been very good and continued to not buy yarn, no matter how sorely I’ve been tempted.  I love Hello Kitty, though, and this was just not something I could pass up.  It’s one of those once-in-forever things that may not happen again.  I’ve been putting all my money towards paying things off and sticking with my budget.  This was something I thought I could treat myself to since I also won’t be attending Knitter’s Connection this year (however MD Sheep and Wool is in the forcast, but I still won’t be spending as much as if I were going to KC this year).

What the hell… I deserve to treat myself now and then.  And Hello Kitty?!  COME ON!  I grew up with a wide assortment of Hello Kitty things and have loved her since I was little.  There’s no way I could pass this up and I’m really excited about it!

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Posted in Current Projects

To rip or not….?

Clapotis is DONE.  I completed it last Tuesday (Feb. 12th).  Just need some good photos before I can give the full FO report.

Since I completed Clapotis, I’ve picked up another project that’s on the needles to work on as my at home project.  I decided to work on Icarus, but I’m just not 100% sure I like the yarn for this project and I’m considering ripping it out.

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As much as the yarn is "me" in color, I just can’t see actually wearing a shawl so…. bright.  And despite the fact that I’ve seen some really pretty variegated Icarus shawls, I don’t know that these colors will work.  I think I’d like to make this pattern, but with a solid color.  The thing keeping me from ripping it out is how much work I’ve already put into it.  I have done nearly 3 repeats, so it’s a bit, but not quite half way or anything. 

Do I rip or not?

Posted in Current Projects

A post with photos.

I took some photos today that go along with my last post.

This is my stash:

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It fits in a 30 gallon tub and these two bags of yarn on top (that are
acrylic and I have no idea what I’ll ever do with).  Seems so small.

Here’s what Clapotis currently looks like:

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It’s getting big and difficult to photograph.  I love how it’s turning out though!  I can’t stop working on it now that it’s getting so big.  I’m anxious for it to be DONE so I can wear it :o)

And this is the first sock of the Nine-to-Five socks for my mom:

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I’m nearly at the toe of the sock.  Hopefully I’ll be on sock number two soon!  Note to self: must have mom try these on and make sure they fit.

Posted in Current Projects, Knit Ramblings

Weather, Current Projects and Stash

This winter has had the worst weather I’ve experienced. One day the high is 65 F and the next it’s in the 20’s. Okay, maybe not that extreme of a jump, but the temps have been fluctuating by 20 degrees or more from one day to the next, which is more than my body wants to deal with! It’s been a constant up and down in temps. We haven’t had much snow this year and the snow we have had has been gone in a matter of days, sometimes hours. I’d prefer it just be cold and snowing than these crazy jumps in temperatures and mostly rainy weather. It’s been more like spring than the actual winter that I grew accustomed to when I lived in Connecticut and even a drastic change from last winter here (which I experienced the end of and was nothing like this). On the upside of that, though, this means that I spend a lot of time indoors not doing a whole lot, which means I have more knitting time!

I’ve been working on my mom’s Nine-to-Five socks and I’m nearly done with the first sock. I’ve been working on that mostly as my travel project that I work on it in the car or during my lunch break at work. I don’t have a photo of what they currently look like (my camera battery is dead and I keep forgetting to charge it), but here’s a photo of the yarn I’m using:

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The project I’ve been working on while sitting in front of the TV recently has been Clapotis. I’m over half way done with the repeats for section 3. I absolutely love how it’s coming out! I’m using Noro Lily Multi and for the most part, I like working with it. The one complaint I do have so far is that in two of the 10 skeins I have (and I’ve used 4 so far), I have found knots in the yarn. I know that this is an issue for Noro Kureyon and probably other yarns, but considering how much the yarn retails for, it’s such a disappointment. I think I’m even more disappointed with this in the Noro Lily Multi than I am with the Noro Kueryon because the Lily Multi is a cotton/silk blend (it’s a braided yarn) and when you weave in the ends, you don’t have that wool to help "stick" it in place. I’ve tried to join new yarn on the edges to help with this and hopefully that will work out well. Sorry, no new photo of what it currently looks like, but hopefully I can get one taken soon. I’d love to get one in the sun to show the color better, however the weather just doesn’t seem to be cooperating lately!

I’ve been trying really hard to not start any new projects until I get some of the current ones done. In an effort to help this, I’ve decided that I will not have more than one pair of socks on the needles at any time. I’m thinking that I will go with a 1-only rule after I get some things off my needles for all projects so that I can actually finish things before running off and starting something new. I also want to start working from stash and not buy much yarn this year. I put all my stash into a fairly large bin (28 gallon maybe?) and realized that ALL my yarn fits into that small of a space now. Last year I sold off a lot of my stash that I didn’t think I would use. Right now I have a bin full of yarn (18 gallon) I will never use that I’m going to give away. I’m just not going to hang on to anything that I don’t see a need for in my life (be it yarn or anything else – if I’m not going to use it, I don’t want to keep it!). I have a picture of the bins on my phone, but I lost the little adapter for the mini SD card, so I can’t get the picture off of the phone to post it. Next time I’m at the house I’ll take a picture with my actual camera. When we moved here, all my yarn was in one large wardrobe box and a few smaller ones. Now, it fits neatly into one tote. I’m simply amazed at that, especially when I look at other people’s large stashes. What’s more interesting is that I don’t have any real desire for a big stash anymore – I just want yarn I will use.

Speaking of stash… I nearly caved last week when I saw the Dream In Color Baby yarn in stock at The Loopy Ewe. I even looked at it over the weekend, still wanting it and thinking of all the things I could make with it. I didn’t buy it, though. I reasoned with myself – "Do I need this yarn? Nope, but it’s really pretty! This is true, but I have really pretty lace yarn in the stash already that is waiting to be used. Hmm…. good point…. I don’t need this yarn and I’m not going to buy it only to have it sit in my stash for the next year or more waiting to be knit up!" I realized that I have lace yarn in my stash that I haven’t even touched and that it’s more than enough to keep me busy working with it for a good long while. So far, this year, I haven’t bought any yarn even though there have been a number of times that I’ve been sorely tempted. Each time I go through that same process: if I am not buying it for a project I’m starting right away, then I will not buy it. I’ve also been looking at my stash for yarn instead of immediately looking to buy new yarn. Of course, I’ve been doing this for a while now and last year I didn’t buy much yarn at all. There were a few impulse purchases, but then I sold most of those when I sold off a good chunk of my stash, so I think it evened out in the end.

These are the current projects on my needles that I’m working on (in no real order):
Nine-to-Five socks for mom
Clapotis
Starlight sweater
Lady Eleanore stole
Scarf for my sister
The Bag (from the book No Sheep for You)
Icarus shawl
Baby blanket

Alright… that’s about all I have to talk about for now. Oh! One last thing…. Vote for Dolores! ;o)

Posted in Completed Projects

FO: Nine-to-Five Socks!

A week after I completed these socks, I was able to get some good photos out in the sun to show off the color and stitch pattern well. I got distracted in my last post with the devastating discovery of the holes in my sweater (which I still have to fix). Finally, I present you with the FO post for these fantastic socks.

Pattern: Nine-to-Five Socks
Started: November 8, 2007
Completed: January 14, 2007
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Solid, Burgundy colorway
Needles: US 1 DPN’s – Knit Picks metal needles
Notes: I have to say that these socks are my absolute favorite of any that I’ve made so far. They fit PERFECTLY. I think I finally have the whole thing figured out on how to make great socks that fit me that I will actually wear.  I love them!  The pattern was really easy to memorize once you get the hang of it.  They worked up really fast for me, too.  My mom loved them and I’m now making a pair for her with the same pattern :o)

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