Friday, February 26, 2010

11:42 pm PST $$$$$$

11:42 pm is what time I finally exited and turned off the computer last night. Why???

Well because, while I was watching Freestyle ski jumps, Ladies Figure Skating, and knitting on my Clapotis I had the Wollmeise shop on my computer screen. I discovered last week that CET time is quite different than PST so I added a World Clock - set to Berlin Germany - to my toolbar. At CET time Friday morning Claudia updates the Wollmeise online shop. SO, Thursday night a little after 11:00 pm my screen would not refresh.

THE HUNT WAS ON. I love blues and greens and I really want some semisolids in blues and greens. However, due to cart napping you pretty much have to settle for what is left when you finally get to check out. I dusted off my GAMER skills and was scrolling, clicking, back keying and refreshing with the best of them. At 11:42 I had visited my friends at PayPal 3 times and ordered 17 skeins of Wollmeise.

Heavy SIGH, I had no idea what I bought until this morning when I printed my receipts. Like I said I was after blues and greens but they kept zeroing out of my cart - no Aquarius, no Neptun, no Pesto for me.

What I did get was:
2 Jeton, 2 Mohrchen, 2 Herzblut, 1 Clementine, 1 Limone, 1 Kuken, 1 Feldmauschen, 1 Petersilie, 2 Turkis, 2 Ruby Thursday, 2 Grashuper

Thanks to the wonder that is Ravelry I was able to get an idea of these mystery colors by looking at stash pictures. I am pretty sure that Herzblut which ranges from dark pink to light red and Feldmauschen which looks brownish may end up being passed along. I will make that offer here first. So if any of you are interested in acquiring Wollmeise and like the colors that I don't - you will have first chance at it. If there are no takers, I'll put them up for trade or sale on Ravelry. Sound good?? Dividing my total by 17 comes out to about $26 per skein at the current exchange rate. The skeins are 450 yards - which is comparable to two skeins of US sock yarns. I think that is one of the things that makes her yarns so popular, it's gorgeous and you get a lot of it. I know most people are charging $45 per skein on Ravelry, I don't agree with that. I don't want to profit form picking the wrong color, just get an even exchange. Postage and actual cost is what is fair to me. [leaping off the soap box now 8-D ]

If any of you would like to play this insane game of Wollmeise Treasure Hunting I have one tip,
Check OUT often!!! Claudia splits your orders into packages that will cost you the least amount of postage any way, so making several orders will not adversely affect you.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Me ** OCD **

Mea Culpa.

I am so obsessive compulsive, that when I hit these waves of realization I scare myself. Okay, it is extremely obvious that I compulsively add to my yarn collection. So we'll ignore the box that came from Webs today, at least until the weekend when I can take pictures.

But the buck, the euros, and the shipping and handling don't stop there. I just looked at the THREE 5-shelf bookcases I have filled with books, pamphlets, magazines, calendars, etc. etc. etc. having to do with crochet, knitting and needlepoint. I have videos from Schoolhouse Press and dvds of Lucy Neatby. I could open a store AND a lending library. What prompted this realization?? Well I clicked on a tab in Ravelry to see which books or patterns I need for projects in my queue. I kept thinking, hmm that cover looks familiar. So I took a trip around the room pulling out titles here and there. I have them ALLL. What is disturbing is I have entered 210 books, 53 magazines, 6 booklets and 57 pdf patterns in my Ravelry library. How many would it be if I entered them all - and if there was a tab for the software (sweater, sock and math wizard - mind you), videos, cds, dvds, and all? I shudder to think.

I have two copies of Mosaic knitting and two copies of More Big Girl Knits. In my defense, they changed the cover of More Big Girl Knits, so I thought it was new. But I dare say my Library Thing subscription has let me down a bit.

Then I had to pull myself back from the brink and remember what I was looking for in the first place - oh yeah, this time it was the Muted Musician Gansey by Beth Brown-Reinsel in the Knitting Ganseys book. Yep there it is - third shelf, far right side by the door.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Light Bulb

As often happens when I am listening to the Knit Picks Podcast I had a light bulb come on. A change of perspective if you will. Unfinished Objects are the best cure there is for Startitis. Think about it, you get to START knitting on a project that is already 30, 40, sometimes 70 percent complete. Many of them are so old you have to re-read the pattern - which you usually do when starting a project. Make sure you are making increases, decreases, color changes etc. all in the same places. Most UFOs become unfamiliar to us because we have knit so many other projects since we last picked them up. It is virtually like starting a NEW project, with the benefit of a head start. You will obviously finish the object faster than you would if you were starting from scratch at cast on. I will be the first to admit that casting on is my least favorite part of any project. So hey, why bother when I can start knitting a shawl that has two completed charts already???

It is reassuring to know that this Starmore sweater I am knitting will have a completed body in just 43 rows versus 196 rows. I had to re-read the pattern, set my charts and magnets up again and count stitches. It was like starting a brand new sweater that only needs shoulders and sleeves before it can be worn.

I think a few more projects will be coming out hibernation before I cast on any more new objects.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Picture Day

Sanguine Gryphon Eidos Sock Yarn in Scylla colorway. I tried, but photos do not do this yarn justice.

A nice little sample skein that was with my order.

The Story

The Yarn. 1 skein of Bugga in Black. 1/2 skein of Bugga in Gold.

The Pattern - it speaks for itself, no?!?

Charlotte's Web in Socks That Rock Heavyweight - on color #4

Clapotis in Crazy Zauberball U Boot. I just started dropping stitches in section 3.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Fast and Wrong

The Olympics have been a little odd. Not as enjoyable as Lillehammer and Nagano, which I loved so much. I have not made any progress on my sweater. It has been very hard to pick it up again after so much time. I actually cast on another Clapotis and finished the transition rows between colors 3 and 4 on the Socks That Rock Charlotte's Web. The Clap and Charlotte are knitting up very fast - but it is wrong to be working on them instead of my Team Starmore Wipdown project. I plan to dedicate the whole weekend to Glenesk. I am thinking about knitting the sleeves. Then finishing the neck decreases. I would be ready to steek and seam then when I finish. We shall see. I am on section 3 of the Zauberball U Boot Clapotis and I can't seem to put it down.

Happy knitting. Oh my gosh, I almost forgot. I have been to fantasy land. Yes I hit the Sanguine Gryphon shop and indulged in some of the most gorgeous yarn I have ever bought - Eidos in the colorway Scylla . I will have to post pictures - it must be seen to be believed. I also bought a Theseus and the Minotaur Kit from a Raveler. Amazing sock pattern, well beyond my skill level. It is a stranded sock. I have done stranded knitting and I have done sock knitting, I have done a colorwork slip stitch sock that looks like stranded knitting. But I have never done a sock like this. AND AND AND it is TOE UP!!!! What was I thinking??? I'll tell you what I was thinking, I must have a pair of those socks and nobody else is going to make me any so I must make some for myself. I start myself down that road to insanity when I get these shawls off the needles, and the sweater - of course.

Bye again.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Let The Games Begin

StarmoreWipdown (2)

Time for the next round of madness that is the Ravelympics. This time we’re “gathering” in Vancouver, Canada during Feb 12-28, 2010. Goal: 2 weeks of focused, intense personal & team challenges to tackle while watching the actual Olympics unfold before our eyes. Official rules and competition details here!

The USA hats are freaky, but I am spotting some gorgeous sweaters in the Opening Ceremonies telecast. GO USA!!!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

My Condolences

My Condolences to the Harris Family
I am a great fan of the Discovery Channel program The Deadliest Catch.
Last night Captain Phil Harris of the Cornelia Marie passed away. He had suffered a stroke a couple of weeks ago. He is survived by his sons Jake and Josh. And a host of family friends and fans - including me.
Fair Sailing Captain . . .

Monday, February 08, 2010

Charlotte's Web

Socks That Rock
First 3 colors: Jade, County Clare, and Ms. La Rock
Finished Koigu Shawl - still to be blocked

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Feeling Lost

I feel a bit odd only working on one project. I am not casting on anything and have put the hibernating projects away to avoid all distraction. Per the rules I cannot work on the Starmore sweaters. That leaves the Socks That Rocks Charlotte Web. I don't think this has ever happened before - just one project being worked on. It's making me anxious.

I ordered a second ball of Zauberball in the blues and greys. I must have a Clapotis in those colors. It will be the first thing I cast on after the Olympics!!!!
Crazy Zauberball U Boat

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Finally - Ick Koigu

I finally finished the Koigu Charlotte's Web Shawl. I have knit a pair of socks and now this shawl with Koigu. I truly dislike this yarn. I unfortunately have more in my stash. I think I will finally be using the Trade/Sell button in Ravelry. I cannot stand the thought of knitting with this yarn again. I don't know which poor family member or friend I am going to foist this shawl off on.

Down to three active projects. I will get back to the Socks That Rock Charlotte's Web, which I love, and be ready for the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. I think I have chosen the Glenesk for the Starmore WipDown Ravelympics. I am on the neck shaping. Once that is complete I will have both sleeves to knit. I don't think it's doable but it will be fun to try.

Monday, February 01, 2010


Forgot to mention in last evening's post. My Rockin Sock Club kit came. I don't like the color of the yarn, various shades of pink. I HATE pink. But I like the patterns, they will probably be nice in a different colorway.

I also got a skein of Twin Pinie from Wollmeise. I love that colorway!!!