Sunday, April 29, 2007
Thank you all for the thoughts and prayers, we feel you!!!!
Friday, April 27, 2007
I actually got a little knitting in while doing laundry. I turned the heels on two socks and may actually get to start the toe decreases tomorrow night. My BMFA STR Rockin Sock Club package arrived. I really like the short version of the pattern - I don't wear knee highs. Very interesting yarn. I also got a new toy - from Europe. That's all I will say for now. Monday things should be settling in and our new routine will be in place. The new stove is being delivered Tuesday. The old one pooped out the week before Easter. We had no cake for Easter, a first in this family I can tell you. My sister is baking a cake and meat loaf for us and bringing it over tomorrow.
So I should be able to get some photos and make some progress on my knitting. I really thought I was going to have more time to knit, not less. Just too much to do. Next week should bring some stability and normalcy.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Do you ever have the feeling that you are behind in your projects and must knit or crochet faster or you will never complete anything? No, I am sure you don't. After a long e-mail chat with Adrienne of the famous Inspirational Wednesday Podcast, I have come to the conclusion that I am a process knitter/crocheter. I am bi-craftual by the way!! I love finishing a project - of course. But what I really love is knitting or crocheting each stitch and watching the fabric grow. A benefit of that is I see any errors pretty quickly because I am always spreading out and enjoying the fabric as it develops. I am definitely not a product knitter. Half the time I don't know who the intended
Yes I must knit and crochet, but nope, I don't need to knit and crochet faster. Slow down and enjoy the stitches.
As Knitty D says - it's not a competition.
Monday, April 09, 2007
I finished two socks and started another, there was nothing else to do – watching the players was just too boring most of the time.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Yukon sock 1 heel has been turned, sock 2 has been cast on and the cuff is complete.
A brief break to be taken when the Masters goes off to make my Big Brother a 3 layer German Chocolate Cake - cause I love him that much.
All other chores are done. Reading, Knitting and watching the Masters :) ~ cause I roll like that!
In Death Match another couple has committed suicide and the hero Dr. Lash is about to undergo the grueling process the candidates go through to find the perfect Match.
Friday, April 06, 2007
I will be working on some stockinette something or other and following it all very closely.
The Leaderboard: http://msn.foxsports.com/golf/leaderboard?MSNHPHMA
The course is playing particularly tough, it looks like the cut is going to be around +8 this year.
Check out the 12 th hole. You are way on the other side of the bridge aiming for a little flag. You gotta avoid the bunkers (sandy spots), the water between you and the flag, and you don't want to end up in the pines behind the green. What fun!!!! But hey, it is a $7,000,000 tournament.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Two exciting finds:
Easy Knitted Socks by Jeanette Trotman
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting
I flipped through Easy Knitted Socks while waiting for the van to come and I can tell you, the shaping, circular knitting and other techniques sections are worth the price of admission. The patterns hold some interest too, the beaded argyle and lace panel socks have been added to my to do list. This is the first sock book I have bought that includes knitting socks on two straight needles. It is a great resource. Go get it!!!
I started reading the intro to SPM Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting on the van, and I was on page 51 of Casts Off by the time the Van pulled into Antioch. The book is pure validation people. I highly recommend it.
Oh yeah, and I took the 52 Pair Plunge. I have pledged to knit 52 pairs of socks between now and April 2008. It's like getting extra credit for my marathon sock knitting. . . .but who's going to wear all these socks? I have no more drawer space :Q
The White Bamboo Blunt Needles are on backorder; more about them after I try them out. I used the Bamboo Marking Pins to mark my button holes and button placements on the VYB sweater. They are perfect for bulky or worsted weight yarns.
The Pony Wool Needles I bought have a looped end instead of an eye; I found that to be pretty intriguing. I used the Pony needles last night to run my safety lines in my vest and jacket. There is no comparison, they surpass all of my other yarn needles. They are made of an extremely hard, smooth plastic that sounds and feels like a metal. They are slick and slide smoothly along through stitches. The loop at the end is a clear nylon cable which is stiff enough to thread easily, but also flexible enough to flatten out to fit through small spaces. Excellent needles, I highly recommend them. I cannot wait to try them for seaming.
Great new toys, I mean tools, out there. Go shop !! :D$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Monday, April 02, 2007
Using a thread or yarn in a contrasting color and a different weight, I take a tapestry needle and run the contrasting yarn through all of the stitches on the needle. I do this at a point in the fabric where everything is perfect - the correct number of stitches are on the needles and the patterns match the chart or whatever. Then I proceed to knitting the second third or next pattern repeat. If any errors are found in the next section, and ripping back is necessary, I only have to rip back to my safety line. I can pull out my needles rip back and when I get to the safety line I stop. I just feed my needle through the stitiches on the safety line and start knitting again. There is all of my error free work with all of the stitches in the proper direction and everything, now back on the needles and ready to go.
One of my Instructors at Knit and Crochet 2006 Conference told me about this technique. Safety Lines are especially useful in lace knitting. I believe it is one of Elizabeth Zimmermann's unventions. There are lots of articles, examples and how to's on the WWW. I have read that the hole in the Knit Picks Options needles is a handy way to run a Safety Line in lacework; I have not tried it yet.
Sunday, April 01, 2007
Look look look - please note the Malabrigo and Tofutsies - those were on my NEXT YEAR's wish list. I am still not over the rubber ducky . . . it lights up!
1 Delicates Laundry Bag (white)
1 Drawstring Laundry Bag (blue)
1 Project Tote ~ Cherries !
Carrington Organic Black Tea
Ruby Vegas Shawl Pin
Nestle Milk Chocolate Turtles (all gone :b )
Hershey's Kisses filled with Caramel
3 Gummy Krabby Patties
Sponge Bob Square Pants Easter Egg filled with candy
1 Box of Cinnamon Hearts in a LOVE tin
Light up Rubber Duck with Jelly Beans
Hiroshima CD ~ Obon (on the iPod)
Hiroshima Spirit of the Season
Tango Notturno European Jazz Trio
Eucalyptus Spearmint Travel Kit (in use on the Vanpool)
2 skeins of MALABRIGO in Buscando Azul
1 Skein of Tofutsies in Sea Blues
Personal Greeting Card
Haribo Twin Cherries Gummy Candy (all gone :P)
Haribo Peaches Gummy Candy
Wafer Cookies in California, Capital of Sacramento Box
Lindt Milk Chocolate Gold Bunny
Knitting History, Fashion, and Great Knitting Yarns Book with ball of yarn and needles charm bookmark
Perla Bella glass heart pendant with gold filigree
Pez Easter ChicK
Cadbury Caramel Easter Eggs
Easter Eggs with Stitchmarkers - with chocolate charm and recipe of love and mitt charm
Two Skeins of Knit Picks Simple Stripes sock yarn