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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Just a little stash enhancement

I just added a couple of items to my sock stash. the first is Artful yarns in beautiful shades of purple and gold.
The second I just couldn't resist from www.helloyarn.com is a beautiful ball of merino sock yarn in autumnal colors I think I will knit a pair of socks with a pattern I found on www.menknit.net/mag/MK2.pdf The pattern has Maple Leaves in the stitches check it out!
The third is a couple of skeins I ordered from blur moon fiber arts. Sadly I missed the socks that rock sock club so I thought I would give the yarn a try for next year. I am really excited to start knitting some socks this summer because they are the perfect take along project.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Damn It! Damn It! Damn It!

Damn It!!!!!!! so didn't I say a while ago that I was done knitting felted bags? That I had enough felted bags for a lifetime? Well Damn It I was at the yarn store getting something for my One skein Pal and I spied this pattern on the counter. Well I thought it was the cutest Damn thing I had seen, So Damn It I bought the Damn pattern. I bought the Damn yarn and I bought the Damn bamboo handle. I got home and put BettyAnn's shedir hat aside and started knitting... Easy enough knit in the round for 8 rows then back and forth changing colors for the striping blah blah blah. THEN THINGS GET PISSY!!!!
I start reading ahead and discover Damn It She' s selling the pattern for the flower that's attached to the bag in the picture.... SEPERATLY!!!!!!! $8.00 FOR THE BAG PATTERN AND $6.00 FOR THE FLOWER PATTERN!!!! Now I know no one held me hostage and made me go buy the Damn flower pattern but I was half way thru the Damn bag, I didn't feel like trying to figure it out my self, and well O.K. that would mean another trip to the yarn store!
But Damn It I just think it's kind of stinky to photograph the bag with the flower attached and then sell the flower pattern seperatly!!! Damn It!!!!!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Secret Pal 8 questionaire

So Sorry to my Secret Pal 8 for taking so long to post my Questionaire!!!
1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I really don't have a favorite yarn, I do prefer natural fibers. I would like to be more adventurous with luxury and exotic fibers. I don't really enjoy cotton and like most knitters I don't enjoy Acrylic yarns.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
I made my self a Long cotton holder for my circulars, it has 16 horizontal sleeves that the needle slides into and then the needle hangs down to the sides so that they don't get curly. I screwed it right to the back of my sewing room door. I also have the same kind of holder with vertical pockets for single points. also screwed to the back of the door. Straight I store in a vintage McCoy vase

3. How long have you been knitting? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I used to think that I was an advanced knitter, Ten I started reading blogs and boy o boy was I brought down a couple pegs. so probably intermediate.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
No.

5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
I love Lilac, lily of the valley and I'm in heaven right now as my peonies are in full bloom! Anthropologie has great candles in blue glass containers that are not too strong.
6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
Chocolate,Who doesn't LOVE chocolate!

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I don't spin and I'm not sure tha I have a desire to? I also like to sew and do lot's of crafty things I also like to do decorating projects.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I am a total ipod whore I love knitting podcasts but I guess music wise I would put myself in the adult Contemporary catagory

9. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?
I love greens, Charteuse (not lime or neon) is my favorite. I also like purples and pinke and blues. I really don't dislike any colors maybe just not super bright or neon colors.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I have been married 27 years and have 2 adult sons. I have 2 dogs Daphne the Beagle and Sherman the Boston Bulldog

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
I live in MINNESOTA!
12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Everything!!
13. What are you knitting right now?
The Eris Cardi from www.girlfromauntie.com, Shedir cap, vintage cardi from Vogue knitting always socks.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
Who doesnt?

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I prefer circulars to straight. I love addi turbos for somethings and bamboo for others.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
Yes, both

17. How did you learn to knit?
I took a class froma waman who was very exacting, she made us rip out every mistake!

18. How old is your oldest UFO?
6 years. It is a cabled pullover, I ran out of yarn on the first sleeve. I still search e-bay for that Peer gynt purple speckled yearn.

19. What is your favorite holiday?
No contest Halloween!! there's no expectations and it's all about FUN!!

20. Is there anything that you collect?
Vintage pottery,vintage wall clocks, buttons, yarn.

21. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I would love to find any Alice Starmore books. I subscribe to Vogue knitting, Interweave knits, Rowan and I'm not sure why, still Knitters.

22. Are there any new techniques you'd liketo learn?
Probably how to better adjust the pattern to my measurements and how to deal with fitting problems.

23. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
I love to knit socks my foot measures 9"

24. When is your birthday? (mm/dd)
11/30

Monday, May 22, 2006

Need more knitting? Hurt yourself at work!

Well I really didn't want to drop a bed on my foot today, but that's exactly what I did.
Since I was at work I ended up at urgent care having x-rays. No broken foot THANK GOD!! But I was sent home early and what do knitters do when they have 5 free hours and have to sit with their foot proped up???? KNIT!!!
I'm working on BettyAnn's Shedir cap and hopefully I can finish it soon because I was at the yarn shop this weekend picking up a Gift Certificate for a knitting pal and I had to look around,Right? Well I picked up a skein of stretch sock yarn to make a pair of halfie Thong sandal socks.

Friday, May 19, 2006

A prayer for BettyAnn

My Dear Friend/Neighbor has just found out that her 77 year old Mother has terminal brain cancer. BettyAnn is such a young, active, vibrant 77 year old Gal So I pray that she will be comfortable and have peace.
So what do you do when someone is facing chemo and radiation? Knit them a cap! I am knitting the Shedir hat from Knitty.com I love the Rowan Calmer yarn that was suggested in the pattern it is so soft and has a nice amount of stretch I hope that she will be comfortable wearing it.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

The book made me do it


O.K. so I was perfectly content on knitting on my Eros sweater. I went to the book store the other day to buy my husband a book for his birthday. On my way to the "Manly" books I came across Norah Gaughan's newest book Knitting Nature.
I had! to knit the circle mittens. So I bought the book and dug into my stash of lambs pride worsted. I am knitting the largest size for a child on 1 size larger needle hopefully they will fit me otherwise I will nake some adjustments to make them a bit larger.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Party, Party, Party

I'm too busy to update my blog because I'm too busy going to parties. My husbands birthday was on Wednesday.....Party. My Neice Rachel's 7th birthday was Thursday......Party.
My Neighbors are moving this weekend...... Party! Sunday is Mothers Day......again, Party.
I've got to squeeze in some knitting time......definitly

Monday, May 08, 2006

Did I make the wrong yarn choice?


Here is my current project. I am knitting the Eris Cardigan from girlfromauntie.com This is one of the most challenging projects I have worked on. I have done cables before but they have been straight cables. These, if you are familiar with the pattern use short row shaping to make the collar curve. Quite ingenious. The pattern is 40 pages long which I do have to say is quite detailed and complete but it's just alot of paper to keep straight I had to put mine in a 3 ring binder. So I'm conflicted about my yarn choice, I wanted to make this sweater to wear around the house and at work so I needed something that would wear well. I didn't want to spend alot. I thought about using Lambs pride worsted but I sometimes think it's too heavy so I chose Bemidji woolen mills worsted I had some on hand and I know that it will wear well, But the longer I knit on this sweater it just doesn't feel great I don't know, when you spend that much time on a project shouldn't you just LOVE the yarn? My cables look a bit wonky and I wonder if it's the yarn. I wonder about the yarn choice because I am starting to lose interest. I don't know, I suppose I will keep plugging along

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Birds, Birds, Birds!

I'm off to the bird store tonight because the birds are eating me out of house and home. I absolutly LOVE it I have a Seedless Cottonwood tree right outside my family room window I can sit in my knitting chair and watch the birds at the bird feeders I have hanging from the tree. There is usually no less than a dozen birds at a time feeding. I have the Thistle bag, a standard round tube feeder and one of those logs with holes for the stick food. I really can't tell you how much I enjoy watching them, so tonight I think I will get a variety of food and maybe another type of feeder. I have also just put my hummingbird feeder up so I will be ready for their arrival. Oh yeah and on the way to the bird store I just so happen to HAVE to drive by the yarn store Too Bad!!