Monday, November 28, 2005

Knit On

I cannot believe how fast the Thanksgiving week went by. My children were out of school the entire week so things were kind of LOUD! On the other hand I enjoy not waking up to an alarm clock. Sometimes these things kind of work together, yet against each other. I did a teensy bit of knitting on Thursday but tons of knitting on Friday. I did so much knitting on Friday that when I went to bed Friday night my hands hurt. On my tunic (as of today) I have completed the back, the front, one sleeve. I started the second sleeve today but I don't know how much time I will get with it this week. Now I begin all the stuff for Christmas at school and I'm not sure how much time it will take, hopefully not too much. We have had some wind in our area the last 2 days. It starts whipping around the house and I am waiting for the scary music to begin. If scary music does begin, I won't be looking behind any closed doors or going into dark areas! Well, that means I can't go in my boy's rooms - things are looking up.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Tag I'm It

What is your all time favorite yarn to knit with?

Whatever I am currently working with or whatever I cannot buy at the LYS that I really want but know I shouldn't get because I have too many projects waiting in line. Currently I am working with Catalina's yarn it is 70% Baby Alpaca, 30% silk (4 ply) I really like it and have another project in line that is very similar.

Your favorite needles?

I like bamboo needles - I seem to use them on so many things but when I pick up my addi turbos I like those too. So tie there.

The worst thing you've ever knitted?

I knitted a shawl out of recycled silk this is pretty awful. I have never worn it and just won't. I need to frog it and make something else out of it. I already frogged it once anyway but I'll do it again some day.

Your most favorite knit pattern (maybe you don't like wearing it but it was the most fun to knit.)?

Boy oh boy oh boy. I made a jacket out of Circus (teal blue) and I wear it a lot in the cold weather. It is nice to snuggle into. It was knitted on larger needles and worked up really quick.
I don't have a picture online of it but will post one soon.

Most valuable knitting technique?

I learned a new way of casting on last week that I had never seen and I love it. Casting on with both ends of the yarn so you don't have yarn wasted in the tail. I hate wasting yarn in the tail. I always feel like I might need those extra few inches.

Best knit book or magazine?

Another boy oh boy oh boy . . . I like Knitter's magazine but I've never made anything from it although I have the yarn to make a vest. I also like Knitty.com and have flagged several patterns from there. Sometimes when I have to kill time before picking up the boys, I love sitting on the floor at the book store pouring over knitting books and magazines.

Favorite knit-a-long?

I've never done one and better not right now although I watch the progress of several.

Favorite knitwear designer?

No idea. I just find patterns I like and haven't paid too much attention who designed them. I'll start paying attention.

The knitwear item that you wear the most (how about a picture of it)?

Back to that sweater by Circus. Also several pairs of socks that I wear all winter long as well. I'll post pictures another time.

What lucky knitter gets this next?

Well, I will tag Stephanie at unwindknitting.net but I think she may have done one of these not so long ago.

On to knitting news: I have gotten back to the point in my sweater where I noticed I had the wrong size needles going and had to rip the front out. Which means - I haven't started the friends poncho. I'm not teaching her how to knit. She bought the yarn and asked me to do it after she purchased the yarn. She doesn't want to knit. I'm sure it will be fine. I just would have liked it better if it was at least a yarn I like. It might work up pretty - we'll see and I'll post a picture when I've completed it. Oh, I am reading the book "Yarn Harlot" by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. I am almost finished and usually read a chapter or 2 before bed time. She is funny!

Yesterday I did take my son for a desperately needed haircut because I was hoping to take pictures today of all 3 boys for our Christmas card. He has gone and gotten poison ivy and it is all over his face. He looks a little scary (I thought it was the hair). So, I will be using a picture from our summer vacation. I guess that decision is made! I'm sure in his own little way he was helping me by not having too many choices.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Progress? Me?

I went on my scrapbooking retreat this weekend and I got 2 12x12 Christmas albums completed. I make one for each year with all the events leading up to Christmas as well as Christmas day and all the pictures, letters and cards we receive from friends and family. I love looking at them over the years and see how children that we don't see that often or only through cards grow! I have had all this stuff organized all year but just got to it and now that it is finished I feel like a huge weight is lifted off my shoulders. This particular retreat was even better because 2 of my dear friends went with me and we laughed until we cried. Since moving in the spring, I have not made many friends but stay very busy through my children and their activities. It was so good to be with my girlfriends and just laugh over the silliest of things. We were in a room with about 30 women and they were laughing with us. They all said they want to come on the next retreat when the 3 of us will be there just for the entertainment. So in that way - scrapbooking - there was a LOT of progress. Onto knitting . . . I think I have knitted about 10 rows since last Thursday. So just imagine 10 rows of stockinette stitch and you can see my progress mentally. I would like to accomplish a lot of knitting this week on this sweater, but a friend of mine purchased some yarn a while back and has asked me to knit her a poncho. I am not particularly fond of the yarn, there really isn't enough, and I just want to get it over with, so I am thinking about getting that accomplished this week. Well, I am off to get oldest son's hair cut - he is looking kind of scarey!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Oops!

My friend happyspider prompted me to check my needle size and it is wrong! Yes, friends, wrong. I did it correctly on the back (completed side). On the front the pattern calls for 1 1/2 inches of garter stitch then you go from a size 5 needle to a size 7 needle and do your 13 1/2 inches in stockinette stitch. I never changed needles after the first 1 1/2 inches. So, I'm ripping it out! Better to find out now instead of when I'm trying to sew it together. So, another few more days added to this project. I was getting itchy to start my felted bag but I don't mind holding off because I'd rather everything be done right! So I'm going to go rip out now . . .

Monday, November 14, 2005

Stockinette Stitch

Well, I am still working on my hippy chic tunic. I have completed the back and am about 11 inches into the front. I have to knit to 15 inches before any shaping begins. I have 106 stitches on the needle right now and doing that in st. stitch can be very slow. I see that I am working the front much slower than the back. So there is definitely progress, just no completion at this point. I am going on another scrapbooking retreat this weekend and hope to get 2 Christmas albums complete. 2 friends will be joining me which will be fun because the last two retreats I went on, I went alone not really knowing anybody. Maybe that is why I got so much completed. I have a crazy week at all 3 boys schools this week, so by Friday I'll be ready for a glass of wine and some girlfriend time! I'll take my knitting just in case I get finished scrapbooking but who knows if I will. My husband is taking me to see Paul McCartney on Sunday evening. We saw him a couple of years ago and well, I like him so I'm going. I'm stuck in the 70's and 80's music wise. I cannot believe the holidays are almost here. We moved into our home this spring and I never sent out change of address announcements to all our friends so I need to get the official letter and picture done by the beginning of next week so that I can beat everyone else mailing out so they will know where we are. My Christmas cards (that I receive) are so important to me. I cannot believe I'm thinking Christmas cards! And it's 83 degrees outside - not sweater weather!

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Show Time


I have gotten quite a bit of knitting done this weekend on my tunic. But, it is one of those stockinette stitch patterns for the most part and does seem to move a little slow at times. With that said, this is a simple enough pattern and a classic looking sweater that I'd like to have in several yarns and colors. So we'll see how it goes. Here is the progress so far.

Here is a backview of the shrug I made. It just covers my arms so there is nothing in the front except for the arm coverage.









Here is the "Famous Shawl" I finally finished and now need to buy an outfit to wear it with. Talk about an expensive project! The things you got to do.


And lastly, here is the sock yarn I bought for my MIL and the wool I bought for the felted bag.
















I went to a small family function last night to celebrate my grandmother's 96th bday and my son's 7th bday. I was visiting with a cousin that I rarely see - maybe once a year. I always carry my knitting with me because if I'm sittin, I'm knittin! She knew I liked to knit but she had no idea that people would do things more than baby blankets or booties. She was wearing a cardigan and I told her I could probably knit it up in a month or so. She was amazed that we knitters actually do this. I didn't know people didn't know you could knit a sweater! She kept telling me how talented I was. I told her that if she thought I was talented she should visit blogland and see the real talent. I told her I'm still learning! But it was fun to teach someone about my hobby! Well, I should be caught up with my photos for a few days at least! I'm liking my new camera by the way! I like being able to delete the photos right away if I know I won't be using them in my scrapbooks! It's great to see if the color is right and make sure all eyes are open! I'm moving up in this technological world- s.l.o.w.l.y. Same cousin told me how she edits and colors photos and tints black and whites on the computer. Let's not even go there - yet!

Friday, November 04, 2005

Might I Be Sick?

No, I'm not, but I was worried a little while this afternoon. I finally made it to my LYS and I just wasn't inspired. See how come I thought I might be sick? And it could be serious. I actually didn't leave empty handed just for medicinal purposes. I bought a gift for my MIL. I'm not going to knit it up. I'm just going to send her the stuff to do it herself. Hopefully that will be okay. Then, I did buy 2 big skeins of wool in torquoise for a felted handbag. I don't know if it will be a gift or not. So, all was not lost. But, if you would have seen me trying to decide on the color of the wool. It was painful. One second the colors look great and then the next second they look drab. The torquoise is pretty I checked it after I left the store. I took my last 4 projects in to show and tell, the famous shawl, the shrug, the short sleeve hoodie and that other sweater I made that I posted a little while ago - can't think what it's called right now. Anyway, except for the shrug, the LYS owner photographed the other 3 to put on their website of accomplishments by the customers. I don't think they are doing it until December but neat idea. So, I will continue to work on my hippy chic tunic over the weekend and hopefully I'll make some good progress. I will get pictures posted early next week with any luck. I kid you not, it's a miracle I can even type on here. I'm trying to learn friends, really! Oh, my baby turned 7 yesterday. Time flies! I think that's all I've got for now.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

A New Project

On Sunday I was going to begin my new sweater but I thought better of it. I finished two projects that had been waiting patiently for me, the famous shawl and a shrug that I had started awhile ago. The famous shawl is very pretty. It is in turqoise and shades of browns. I fringed it and it is very long and I like it that way. The shrug was originally going to be a poncho but after watching an episode of Knitty Gritty (showing things to do with rectangles) an idea was born. So, I kept on knitting, made a long rectangle, did the bind off, seamed up the sleeves to just below my underarms and voila a shrug. I actually wore it today and had many compliments on it and the "where did you get that" question. So, I will post pictures soon. Yesterday I began my new sweater. It's called the Hippy Chic Tunic and I'm doing it in baby alpaca a cranberry color. Thankfully, I had casted on the stitches in the early afternoon. While I tried to knit last night those candy monsters kept ringing my doorbell. We had so many kids and they all looked so cute! My middle son was Darth Vader and my youngest son was Darth Vader. Original huh? My oldest son was a 13 year old - scarey in and of itself! We have so much more candy in this house than I started out with and believe me, I started out with tons! As of this afternoon I still had not decided about the Christmas gifts and then I got an email from my LYS. Thurs-Sat there is a 20% off sale and with my loyal customer 10% off through the end of the year . . . well all I'm saying is I better try to get in there and rethink the Christmas gift thing. I better get busy knitting!