Monday, January 30, 2006

Project Failed

Well, I finished my shrug today and . . . . . it is AWFUL! I totally messed it up. Oh, it's put together and all but it will NEVER fit me. I think my gauge was just way off. I checked my gauge but I kept knitting too tight. So, I need to rip it out completely or throw it in the garbage. I'm thinking garbage. I have yarn to make a blue shrug but I'm thinking not right now. I have to figure out where I went wrong. I was bummed when I tried it on and it didn't fit. But, I knew before I finished it that it wouldn't fit. I kept hoping between binding off and trying it on I'd shrink about 4 sizes. Didn't happen. Oh well . . . so I'm thinking socks are next. It has been a couple of years since I made socks but surely I won't mess those up. I'm going to use the yarn that I bought on ebay last week. I have to check through my needles. I'm not sure I have the right size so it might mean a trip to the LYS. If I don't buy yarn though it still won't count towards my yarn ban. I never said I couldn't go buy needles at the LYS. My friend in California received a good report from her oncologist today. The chemo appears to be working and she is so happy. She still has 4 rounds to go. She will have surgery after that. Well, that's all I've got for tonight. Happy knitting!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Part 2

This is the cuff on the sleeve of the shrug. I did this in the carpool line today. It is working up very fast. I finished the back already!

This is the sock yarn I purchased from my new friend on ebay! I LOVE it!

Still Knitting!

I finished my sweater and I like it. I finished it on Monday and I have let it sit in my knitting bag with the ends not sewn in. It's not like that is a complicated thing to do. It's just kind of boring. It's also not like we are having any kind of reliable winter down here in Texas that I know I could wear my new sweater. I need incentive. Hanging it in the closet is not incentive. So, I have decided that today is the day that I weave in the ends. About this yarn . . . I don't think I will ever use it again. As I mentioned in my last post, it was expensive. It took 6 balls of yarn to make the sweater (again very pretty yarn) H.O.W.E.V.E.R. there was a flaw in EVERY SINGLE ball. One ball even had a stain on it. Thankfully it was the very first ball I used and I went ahead and knitted it in. It's in the back of the collar and it won't be seen - my hair will hide it. But still! I just don't understand how EVERY SINGLE ball of yarn could have this problem. Next subject . . . I stepped out of my box this week and went on ebay and bought a skein of yarn. This does not go against my yarn buying ban either because it was ebay - not my LYS. I have been emailing with the lady that dyed the yarn and I received it yesterday - quick service! My stash grows. It was advertised as sock yarn and could be as such but it is so pretty I don't want it hiding on my feet. I have to get some good show off my sock shoes! Lolly found some a little while ago and I have been on the hunt but unsuccessfully so. I am in the process of making the shrug in the Ecru color from the cover of Knit It magazine. If I had checked my gauge (don't ask) I wouldn't have had to undo the almost finished back and start over. Seems I was knitting a little too tightly hence the sore hands! If you relax it won't hurt. Maybe I was stressed out or something. But, it knits up very quickly and I've almost gotten back to were I was before I undid it all. So I think I will have it completed by the end of the weekend. California Closets is installing my pantry today so I do have a lot of sit home time. Later in the day . . . the pantry looks great - now to put everything back in! But at least it will be organized. My blog isn't letting me do more than one photo for some reason so I'm going to do a part 2.

Friday, January 20, 2006

I'm Excited!

I just got an email from my friend in California that I made the chemo caps for. She received them yesterday and they all fit! Woo Hoo! I was worried because she said her head was small and at that point I had made all but 2 of them! So now that I know that pattern works for her I told her to let me know if she wants anymore colors! I am so glad that the hats work for her and that she can take a little piece of my love with her whenever she wears them! On a not so exciting note - this sweater that I am working on I really like and you know it is coming BUT for an expensive yarn (even though I got it on sale) I keep coming across knots or unraveling in the yarn. I think I have been able to work with it to some degree by either cutting the yarn at the end of a round or if it is a large enough fuzzy spot I will just knit it and make sure that the fuzziness is on the inside. Hopefully, I won't keep cutting little pieces making me run out of yarn before I finish. I find this frustrating. Well, we will see how it goes. I've gotten a lot done so far. I will take a break this evening as I am meeting a friend for mexican food and margaritas! Husband still doesn't feel so hot and he's coming home from work and getting in bed and taking pain meds. Hot dog night for the kiddos! Oh and another thing. I bought the current issue of Knit It magazine. While buying books the other day I was browsing through magazines. I love the shrug on the cover of Knit It. It is done with Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick so I went to Michael's and picked it up. If I like it, I'll probably knit up some for our school auction in different colors. I bought the ecru color and a very pretty blue. It looks like it will be a fast knit! Okay, so much for the yarn buying ban I put on myself but I figure since it wasn't in my LYS and just at a regular retail craft place then maybe it doesn't count. Yep that's what I think! And, I bought the book "Night" that Oprah talked about for her current book club reading among other things! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Home Alone!

Well my husband is off to work and the youngest son is off to school. I came home after dropping the boys off at school and curled up the couch and finished reading a book, "The Dive from Clausen's Pier" by Ann Packer. Apparently it is a Lifetime Movie. Good book. I've been reading quite a bit lately. The problem with that is, it takes away from knitting. I read 2 books by Anita Shreve last week - very good in my opinion - "The Last Time They Met" and "The Weight of Water." If you read them, read them in that order. "The Last Time They Met" read it to the very last sentence of the book! I like her. So, I think I am out of books again and must make a run to the book store. I usually go to Barnes and Noble. Oh, and I am always complaining about how books are predictable. I did not think these books were predictable. Okay maybe "The Weight of Water" was a teeny bit predictable. The other two really kept my attention. What to read next? So, I got absolutely no knitting done yesterday because I was caring for the family. I was going to knit at my oldest son's soccer game yesterday afternoon, but it was too windy and it was a very cold wind so that I was wrapped up in a blanket. Probably some fingerless gloves would be good to have for such an occasion. Yikes! Another project. And again, I cannot get my picture to post that shows the progress of my sweater. Maybe because I took the photo last Friday and I've worked on it since then so it's not an accurate picture of progress. But, the picture of the yarn I'm using is showing up. I'll take another photo later and try again. A flower delivery just arrived for my husband - hmm too bad he isn't here to enjoy them. I'll just toss the card and pretend they are for me! His coworkers are wishing him well from his ATV accident!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Still Knitting

Well, I haven't posted because I was being lazy and not taking pictures of my completed projects. First of all, I made 6 hats and 1 do-rag for my friend in California going through chemo. I mailed them at the end of last week so hopefully she will receive them today or tomorrow. The do-rag is made out of cotton. And I know after several washings it will really soften up. The black, brown, pink, and mint green hats are made out of Berroco's Chinchilla. The cream and lavender hats are made out of Berroco's Plush. I used the same pattern for all the hats and the hats done out of Plush are by far my favorite. They are also much easier to care for laundry wise. Apparently Chinchilla is supposed to be dry-cleaned. I'd go ahead and hand wash them. My friend has a small head and if they shrink a little it will be okay. The Plush is a more snug fit and I just liked them better - no shedding on those 2. The chinchilla sheds! I finally made the poncho for a friend that had purchased some yarn from a store in Dallas. She is not a knitter and had been looking for some yarn for me to knit up something. I was afraid, at first, that she didn't purchase enough (it was $16/ball and there were 4 balls) and she didn't want to buy anymore. But it did work out after all and hopefully she will like it. I don't know how big she wanted it. I just did a rectangle in garter stitch and sewed up one side. I am glad to have it completed, now I need to call her and let her know it is done. I've only had it completed for what a little over a week now! She probably thinks I disappeared or something. And lastly, I am make a sweater for myself using yarn from Southwest Trading Company. It is Optimum wool. It is very soft. The color is an almost hot pink. I had been looking at this yarn in my LYS for about a year. It is a pricey yarn - initially priced at $25/ball. I don't know what happened but it was marked down 50% and I jumped on it. They had just enough for the pattern I'm using. There was enough in torquoise, but I didn't want to overdo. Now, I wish that I overdid because I love the way it is knitting up. I am using a pattern from "Knitting Pure & Simple". It is the "Neckdown Pullover For Women". It is knitted in the round from the neck down and it is VERY EASY! So hopefully, I will whip it out pretty quickly so that I can work on projects waiting to be done! And for some reason I've uploaded my progress on the sweater twice and it isn't showing up. So we will have to wait until another time. My youngest son is home sick with a nasty stomach virus and my husband is home hurt from an ATV accident this weekend. He cracked his tailbone all the way across. He is on major drugs. California Closet Co. is on their way out to see what we can do about my pantry - yippee! I have GOT to get these sick and injured people well and out of the house so I can knit while the house is clean and not feel guilty!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Happy New Year

I spent a few days in Houston with my brother and sister in law. I took my oldest son. We got to eat at my FAVORITE mexican food restaurant. We have been eating there about 30 years! It is against my law to go to Houston and not eat there! Anyway, while in Houston I contacted Amylovie and got to meet her over smoothies and latte. I think she had a latte - can't remember now - it was yesterday. Anyway, I had a great time meeting her and I was very excited to hear about the store she and Sheryl are opening! I am planning to go to their grand opening. I have gotten a little knitting done over the weekend and will tell more about it next post!