Sunday, December 30, 2007
1. Get a dog. Working on that one now and hoping to adopt Charlie... all prayers and crossed fingers are welcome! If not Charlie, there will be another 4-legged friend to adopt soon.
2. Join the 365 Days Challenge on Flickr. I'm hoping that a soon-to-be-new camera will help with this, and the challenge will motivate me to learn how to use all the features of it.
3. Get my new studio room in order and start using it. I haven't decided any personal goals for 'creating' but I finally have a space to dedicate and want to use it.
These are all for me... and I'm sure there will be other themes, but for tonight as the New Year approaches, those are what I want to document for myself and my own accountability.
Can't wait to get started!
Friday, December 28, 2007
This one was made with Paton's Classic Wool Merino (doubled) so it smaller than the 'original' but it's still a good size. The Paton's felted really well (one cycle thru the wash) except the cream didn't felt as much as the other colors. I've heard that sometimes white doesn't felt in some yarns - anyone know why??
Christmas knitting is almost done (I'm a bit slow on posting!)...
A goal for 2008 is for better and more frequent blogging... working on some ideas for that now.
Monday, December 17, 2007
The top bag is the Ali Bag from She Knits - a great pattern and design by Sharon Dreifuss. I love the color combination and never would have thought to braid and felt the I-cords for the 'belt.'
The small purple bag is the Melly bag, also from She Knits and was a gift for a Christmas swap. I deviated from the pattern by making the cable design purple and really like the way it turned out. I think this is my favorite of Sharon's designs. I can't remember the yarn - I think it was Paton's Classic Wool which was a much lighter weight than the actual pattern (used Lamb's Pride Burly Spun) so I kept the stitch pattern the same and had a small, cute bag from it.
The black, gray, red & white was a birthday gift for E. I hope she liked it!! The bands at the top and the shoulder strap style were copied from the Ali bag... the rest I just made up as I went. It was made from Knit Picks' Wool-of-the-Andes.
I suspect there are many more bags in the future... who would have thought that "ruining" good knitting could be so much fun!!
In the meantime, a few non-felted Christmas gifts to finish...
Friday, December 14, 2007
and finally got motivated to complete them! Good thing... lots of baby boys joining the world over the next several weeks!
This poor little set has been short one bootie for a while and I finally got the other skein to make its mate. It's the cable hat/bootie set from babyknits Hats & Booties: 15 sets for Noggins and Tootsies
And then there's the 'teeny-tiny' baby sweater which is from my favorite book of baby patterns - Erika Knight's Simple Knits for Cherished Babies. This one is made from Rowan's All Seasons Cotton.
Now it's off to start swatching... twin baby boys due to arrive soon. I'm thrilled for the expecting couple, but I really wish they were having girls. I love the baby boys, but girls' sweaters are so much more fun to knit!!!
In the meantime... countdown for finishing all that Christmas knitting!
- Happy Knitting
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
I've been working hard on some Christmas Knitting...
Two pairs of Fetchings for coworkers. I never saw much use for fingerless mitts (living in California might have something to do with that!), but recently our team's admin at work was commenting on cold hands and how hard it was to type. She even mentioned bringing in old gloves and cutting off the fingers! So... that made for an easy project.
I used Malabrigo for the first time... WOW! my new favorite yarn! I liked it so much I got another skein to make another pair for a coworker who has circulation problems and her fingers often turn white when it's cold. She has long, thin hands so the brown pair is slightly elongated.
And finally... my second Clapotis. I never posted my first one... the yarn was a beautiful bamboo in different purples. The drape was amazing, but too 'drapey' for the pattern. This is with a lace weight merino. If I were to make Clapotis again I would use fingering, but the lace weight absolutely worked. This was given to one of my Romanian visitors - I hope she likes it!
L & C are visiting from Romania. I've been trying to get L here for a visit for 3 years now... she just finished her first year of medical residency and it was a happy surprise that she was able to get a visa. C is here on her first vacation in seven years. She's had a difficult summer so this trip was a much needed respite. They're here for a month and it's truly been an experience of a lifetime for them.
We've been taking them all over the Bay area, introduced them to every ethnic food they could imagine (and then some!) and everything else we can think of... Here are a few pics from our recent adventures. It's been fabulous weather for November/December!!
Santa Cruz & L at Monterey... I love living here!
Lisa, C, me & L at Mt Tamalpais
Lisa, C, Vio & L from the top of Mt. Tam's East peak
Saturday, November 3, 2007
The silver lining of a bad cold/flu this past week is that I got significantly more knitting time in that I normally would... completed this Placket-Neck Pullover (from Last Minute Knitted Gifts) and have some seaming and ribbing left on another baby cardigan.
I used Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere - wonderfully soft, but I had challenges with ladders from the dpns. Wool is so much more forgiving! But it's soft, and I used just a bit over 2 balls so it has good yardage.
Now hopefully I'll get to knit for a couple of girls...
Thursday, November 1, 2007
I made the Everlasting Bagstopper from Knitty.com (using KnitPicks' CotLin) but instead of sewing ribbon handles on, I made I-Cord handles. It was a very easy knit, but because the pattern 'shifts' the handles aren't aligned very well when the bag is empty. This will be great for produce from the Farmer's Market! It was originally for a swap partner, but I think will be a stocking stuffer instead...
And for one of the many baby boys soon-to-be-born, I've got most of a cardigan done (from Erika Knight cherished babies book).
AND I also completed a scarf - it's blocking and still damp but will be mailed back to our 'host' for the weekend as soon as it dries!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
I was able to complete the Melly Bag before I left town for a work conference and I absolutely love it. I'm as happy with it as I was when Sharon first published the pattern in her Etsy shop. And it's an addictively quick-knit - made primarily with Brown Sheep's Burly Spun on size 13 & 15 needles. Addictively quick!! The yarn seemed a bit pricey, but it's worth it for the bulk and such a comfortable yarn to use.
Here's the finished bag (there's also an interior pocket).
It's slightly over-felted (I got distracted when I put it in for the second cycle) & the pocket got slightly 'wonky' during felting so it's not exactly straight anymore (I was able to stretch it back 'mostly' to proper shape).
I was disappointed that I didn't get them both done, but now I have something to look forward to when I get home.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
I modified the pattern a bit. I hate seaming & weaving in ends so this was much better and I liked the changes... the only design changes are that the stripes on the gusset blend into the stripes of the mitered squares which I like A LOT better than random striping up the side. I also made a single shoulder strap instead of two side handles.
Therefore instead of eleven pieces (and tons of ends), I had only FOUR pieces.
Pattern: eight squares, gusset, two handles
Mine: two 'upper' pairs of squares with gusset between them, 2 bottom corner pair of squares with side/bottom gusset and I knit the shoulder strap from live gusset stiches.
I love the way the gusset continues the stripes around the sides and bottom of the bag!
Also, I used Lion Brand wool - took significantly more yardage than the pattern called for (duh!). I had to get a second ball of the dark brown and light blue (although didn't use too much of them). Some leftovers of the light brown and white and I used the dark blue until it was gone.
Now that the bag is behind me I've started the Secret of the Stole. The 2nd chart was released today, but I still have about 15 rows of the first one. Not too far behind, but we'll see how well I can keep up! I love the Zephyr yarn and the beads are a perfect complement, but I wish they were bigger. I thought the dainty beads would be nice, but they get lost. Oh well - next time I'll select better! (as all lace - so ugly before it's blocked!)
TGIF & Happy Knitting!
Sunday, October 7, 2007
BUT... this bag is HUGE! I didn't check the gauge when I bought the yarn. It was all about the colors (of course), and it's not like a bag has a fitted shape. When the yardage was off and I had to buy more yarn I should have clued in... but honestly, it wasn't until I sewed the four pieces together that I realized just how big this thing is.
Monday, October 1, 2007
These were done with the Grape Fizz pattern from babyknits Hats & Booties: 15 Sets for Noggins & Tootsies.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
One down... unfortunately these are too girly for my friends' babies pending arrivals, but finally did the dumb chain stitch ties to finish off this set. Plus, these are really 12 month size, not for a newborn. But I love the colors and it was all a pretty quick knit (unless you put off the ties for weeks!)
Monday, September 24, 2007
I've completed 3 baby hats but can't get myself to finish the matching booties!
- Puple Stripey just needs some ties made
- Blue Cables has one bootie done
- Green Fizz has one bootie - needs it's mate & ties
I'll post pics when I get it all done (whatever motivation I can find!).
Last night I had a few hours of happy knitting time. It would have been the perfect opportunity to finish them all, right? Right! Did I? of course not... instead ripped out the start of a Mitered Bag and re-knit with different colors.
But have requests from Ravelry to use the baby hats as the featured photos - so better get the booties done quick!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
My finger and my car door had a minor altercation on Sunday. Sadly, my finger lost.
Three days later, it's looking pretty nasty. Medical advice: soak in warm water with epsom salts. It's helped with the swelling, but certainly won't help the nail.
At least it was my left hand... but knitting is slow going (and left-hand typing is crippled).
Monday, September 17, 2007
I decided to go with Jaggerspun Zephyr (50/50 wool & silk) in Steel. It's a bit darker than I expected, but I think it will be lovely. I got 3 different beads to try - and my favorite is a black-lined crystal, but they might be too small. I've never been a great one for swatching... with shawls and baby items the size just isn't that important (babies grow quickly!). But I've swatched the SOS (even with an extra pattern repeat) and am considering another swatch to see how the beads look!
We were so in gauge
In our test swatch days
We were cool on craze
When i, you, and everyone we knew
Could believe, do, get gauge that will be true
Embarrassing to admit what's been going thru my head as I post this!! Not to mention the decade this reveals - ugh!
Anxiously awaiting the SOS clue on Oct 5th...
Sunday, September 9, 2007
I love the way the stitch pattern made the peaks & valleys along the top hem, but even more so with the shape of the bottom. I know it won't keep the shape when filled with goodies, but it was a fun surprise when I took it out of the washer!
Today I was able to make some progress on my Embossed Stitch socks (from More Sensational Knitted Socks) while enjoying a wonderful outdoor concert performance by the SF Opera. A great picnic with friends and surprisinly warm weather for the city!
Monday, September 3, 2007
Sunday, September 2, 2007
So here are my answers for the Christmas-Around-the-World 2007 Swap questionaire:
1. Are you religious?
Yes. I am a Christian and my faith is very important to me.
2. How long have you been knitting? Would you consider yourself a Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced?
My grandmother taught me to cast on and knit when I was about 8 (30 years ago) and I self-taught myself the rest all through high school and college. After a 'hiatus' of many years, I started knitting again about 6 years ago and can't stop. Sadly, after an 18 month battle with tendonitis, I do have to pace myself and limit how much I knit at a time. I consider myself Intermediate.
3. Do you have any other hobbies besides knitting?
Crafty hobbies include quilting, altered books/collage (beginner!), card making & other paper crafts. I love traveling (for work and fun).
4. Favorite color(s)?
Purples, blues, greens. I also love earthy/mediterranean colors and neutrals. Not a fan of orange/yellow.
5. Do you collect anything?
Yarn & fabric, of course! Can't think of anything else - I have a few Willow Tree angels & Nativity set, but not really a collection.
6. Are you allergic to any fibers or animals?
I'm allergic to cats, but fortunately not to any fibers
7. Do you have any pets?
No, but I'm hoping to get a couple of dogs later in the fall. I've wanted to for years and finally have a job that doesn't require a lot of travel.
8. Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?
With the moniker of JavaNut, what else but coffee!! I do try to limit myself to decaf though, but a vanilla latte or peppermint mocha is my favorite pick-me-up treat.
9. Cookies or Sweets?
Sweets, but trying to limit myself. I spent 18 months in Louisiana and my body did not appreciate the Southern cuisine - or appreciated it too much!
10. Do you knit socks?
Yes! I'm a recent convert to sock knitting and am looking forward to cooler weather to actually start wearing them! Update: am putting my socks on hold until I can focus more on sizing... the socks that I was so excited about have stretched more than I expected and are too loose. Very disappointing...
11. If not socks then what? (tell us about your favorite knits)
I've knit tons of baby sweaters (no kids of my own) and have started knitting some shawls/stoles. I like rectangular or stole-like shawls better - I just don't know anyone who would wear a triangular shawl which takes away some of the appeal.
12. Do you put up a Christmas tree? If not then what do you do?
I used to... and am planning to this year. As I mentioned before, I used to travel a lot for work which meant a lot of work to decorate (I REALLY like to decorate for Christmas) and never home to enjoy it. And I go to Florida to spend the holiday with my parents, so I always have my mother's tree to enjoy (I think it belongs in Better Homes & Gardens!).
13. Favorite holiday treats?
14. Favorite holiday smells?
Mulled cider, Christmas trees, gingerbread
15. Do you celebrate Christmas in a traditional or unconventional way? Please elaborate.
Pretty traditional, although it's not that big a celebration anymore. I'm an only child and don't have a family of my own, so the celebration is with my mother, my step-father and my grandmother. As they age (I, of course, am still 29!), we tend to do less and less.
16. What are your favorite holiday traditions?
We celebrate Christmas (i.e. exchange gifts) on Christmas Eve. Instead of a big meal, we have lots of appetizers, and then later in the evening a bowl of homemade beef vegetable soup. And I love listening to holiday music.
17. Finish the sentence: “For me Christmas is all about....”
Focusing on what matters... reflecting on the Christmas story and spending time with family and friends
18. If you were a Christmas ornament you would be…….?
A strand of white lights - they don't stand out, but make everything look better. I'm not an 'out -front' kind of person, but am reliable and love making sure others are able to do their best.
19. What was your favorite gift you've ever received? Or given?
One favorite gift that I've given was a plane ticket to a friend so she could see her sister who was undergoing chemo treatment. I love giving/receiving anything hand made.
20. When do you start your Christmas?
Hmmm... not sure how to answer this one. I usually travel to visit my family the Saturday before Christmas, but I think I'm ready for the Christmas season just after Thanksgiving.
21. Do you send Christmas cards? Do you make them or buy them?
I LOVE Christmas cards and used to make them every year. I still think about making them every year, but it hasn't happened the last couple of years. I'd like to get back to making them again this year.
22. What is your favorite Christmas dish?
Although I love all things sweet, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without the above mentioned soup! My family does have a traditional dessert called Gumdrop Cake. I hate to use the comparison, but it's like a fruitcake made with cut-up gumdrops in a spice cake (more like a bread than a cake). There are many friends who would be quite disappointed if they didn't get their annual Gumdrop cake!
23. Carolers are at your door. What do you do?
Join the singing!
24. When do you open presents? Christmas eve or Christmas morning?
25. Do you celebrate with family or friends or both?
Thanks to everyone participating in this swap - I'm looking forward to reading everyone's answers and can't wait to get my partner!!
Happy Knitting & Merry Christmas!
Thursday, August 30, 2007
CRAFT Magazine's blog
CraftyPod - blog and podcast
IKEA Hacker - just like it sounds!
My Half of the Brain - lots & lots of tutorials
Whip Up - handcraft in a hectic world
And if you haven't tried http://www.bloglines.com/ - I highly recommend it! Set it up to pull in the updates from all your favorite blogs and have one place to check for new posts!
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
I'm going to use this project as an excuse to purchase a cone of Zephyr wool/silk. I've had it on my wishlist for a while and even ordered a color card. Now to just choose the color. YAY!
In the meantime, I'm about to block the Siren's Shawl. I still love the color and didn't need the extra ball of Cashsoft. 3 balls had the yardage the pattern called for, but I was concerned that the the different gauge would make the shawl too short. The softness and pretty pale green of the extra ball will be great for a baby hat or maybe booties. So soft...
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
She's asked for suggestions of bags/shapes that we'd like to see in a felted bag. I love the shape of this bag on eBags.
If you have other suggestions, send them to Sharon.
In the meantime, on the bag front, I have completely frogged the Landscape purse back to the starting blue hem/edge. Although I still love the design, it was so incredibly 'fiddly' to knit I hated the knitting (and bent 3 dpns trying to loosen stitches to get the colors to line up correctly). Current plan is to knit the same approximate size & shape, but use a modified Jaywalkers' stitch pattern.
I couldn't resist the Bee Fields shawl. Even though I already started another large, lace, triangle shawl (Lily of the Valley) a long time ago, I had to get the Bees. I've only knit one border edge and it's been languishing in one of my knitting bags waiting for me to find someone to check my chart-to-text translation. I know many people prefer reading charts, but I hate them (it's nice to have the visual for the pattern tho'). I find I have to constantly count the squares for stitches and that drives me crazy...
And since I was in such great company, it took several weeks to get my order with Anne's pattern and the Willy Wonka fibers... and what a pattern!! I've never seen such details!
And then I joined the Bee Fields KAL and have seen all the wonderful posts and photos of cast ons, WIPs and so many finished shawls! BUT... I must finish the Siren's Shawl first for a gift (timely). Unfortunately my knitting pace has caused some wrist pain and I've got to take a break. Ever since a long bout with tendonitis, I have to be careful with how much time I spend with the needles (and the keyboard!) and it's caught up with me.
So tonight, I had to satisfy myself with winding my Bee Fields yarn... Isn't it pretty??? And the progress of Siren's Shawl. I don't know if the 3 balls will be enough (the right yardage, but different weight). I'll block it and if it's not long enough, I'll start the extra ball I found (just in case!).
I think it's going to be even nicer once it's blocked! The Cashsoft had knit up so soft and goopy... I hope the recipient enjoys it as much as I do (I think she will!).
Friday, August 17, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Some great prized and a creative contest about dates... check it out and tell her I sent you (for an additional entry for me!)
Now I have to start thinking creatively for a contest idea...
4. Love it! This is my thing:
Knitting, Altered books, quilting
3. I do or have dabbled in it:
Beading, photography, home decor, card making, scrapbooking, stamping
2. Would love to try it:
Yarn dyeing, cooking, ATC, cake decorating, mixed media collage, book making, soldering
1. I have no interest; complete lack of creativity in this area:
Spinning, painting, drawing, gardening, flower arranging, paper making
Tag, you're it!
Friday, August 10, 2007
I wanted to find a lacy, but warm, and most importantly - quick!, shawl to make. After searching through my binders and books, I randomly grabbed a copy of Knit Simple (Spring/Summer '07) and immediately opened to this pattern for Siren's Shawl. Perfect!
I cast on with Cashsoft 4ply and am praying that 3 balls is enough. The yardage is sufficient, but it's a different gauge. I would have bought a 4th for insurance, but there were only 3 in stock at my LYS. Fingers crossed!
It is a wonderfully simple pattern. 9-stitch, 4 row repeat. And every other row is straight purl. And of the pattern rows, they are the same stitch pattern, just off-set by one stitch. ONE STITCH PATTERN to remember... that's all!! It had the potential of being a quick knit. HAD the potential.
For whatever reason, I can't seem to keep it straight and for every 4-6 rows, I end up frogging a couple. I am so annoyed with myself, but at this point, I still like the pattern. Really. Even if by the time I finish I will have knit 2x as many stitches as there are in the shawl! Really...
Good thing I really like the feel of Cashsoft - I'm going to be feeling a lot of it before this is completed and the Siren's call will be answered!
Keepin' on -
Monday, August 6, 2007
I'm battling the call of Icarus (and in all honesty, really want to have a picture to post here!) ...
The new socks I've just cast on - they will be embossed stich from More Sensational Socks, but haven't even finished the ribbing on the first cuff.
Finishing existing stocks (Jaywalkers, Monkey, Widdershins)
Re-starting the Landscape purse - which I frogged back to the hemmed edge. I love the pattern on the bag, but frankly it's so incredibly, annoyingly fiddly to work to get the colors to line up the way they are supposed to to get the right design. So I frogged. I hate that. But I hated the knitting process for the Landscape bag more. I'm thinking of knitting it without worrying about the color patterns and perhaps do it in Jaywalker stitch pattern... So now I'm anxious to test that for appearance.
And now I'm also wondering if I could possibly get 2 lace shawls knit within 6 weeks for gifts. They don't need me at work, do they?
Monday, July 30, 2007
While waiting I did finish the 'experiment bag' and have cast on the Landscape bag from KnitPicks. I still like the bag, but have found the pattern to be very 'fiddly' and quite annoying. The design requires constantly tightening and loosening stitches to make sure the color changes at the right spot. on. every. row. I will definitely NOT make this bag again!
And I completed some finishing... for some reason I delay my toes (love the Kitchener grafting though!) until I have several pairs.
Below L-to-R: Cobblestone, Lacy Rib from Sensational Socks, misplace cable pattern, and Cookie A's Monkey socks.
They look good on my long-limbed model, don't they?!
Happy Knitting -
Monday, July 23, 2007
I discovered that the clear plastic sleeves for DVDs are a great size... I was just working out how to turn that into my ideal circ case.
Then I was at my local Staples and found this... an 'expandable file' for CDs/DVDs with an elastic closure. And only $3.99! What a bargain! I think I may have to go get a second one... perhaps a third!
And it comes with stickers to put on the little file folder-style tabs - perfect to label size and length for each pocket!
I love repurposing things - what a bargain!
Friday, July 20, 2007
I bought yarn, but didn't know what kind of bag.
I found the French Market Bag on knitty that I love, but the yarn I bought wasn't the right gauge/weight. And since I've only felted one Booga Bag before, I didn't want to just wing it.
I ordered the Landscape bag pattern and yarn from KnitPicks. I'm impatiently waiting for it to show up.
I'm too impatient - so I'm back to winging it with my original yarn purchase. No pattern in mind, but I do plan to mimic the handles of the French Market Bag... So bag in progress, and a gratuitious photo of the Ladder Shawl I made for my grandmother. Not the best photo, but I love the way the colors and textures worked together (it doesn't have the gray-ish cast of the photo - much more lavender tones with pinks and dusty blues).
I hope I'll have the experiment bag by the time my KnitPicks' order shows up. And then to experiment for a laptop case... and then...
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Commuknity & the store blog => CLOSED
1345 The Alameda
Commuknity (this is my FAVORITE store name!) is a very spacious store with a wide range of yarns (luxury to medium/affordable). The staff is very pleasant and helpful, comfy sofas, some workshops & classes. Sign up for the their e-newsletter to learn of upcoming sales and events. They also have a ‘frequent buyer’ program and track what you spend toward earning credit.
Knitting Arts => CLOSED
Knitting Arts was a favorite but has shifted to mostly higher end yarn & prices. Great stuff and one of the best staffs - very helpful and there is always someone available (without being pushy). Sign up for their e-newsletter to learn of sale events, and also the schedules for their weekends of free workshops (and regular classes). They recently started having knitalong workshops as well and always have inspiring garments on display. They have a frequent buyer card, too.
Full Thread Ahead & the store blog=> CLOSED
169 Main Street
650 948 9036
FTA is my other favorite even though it's not on my standard 'route.' The owner, Hollis, is warm & welcoming and quite helpful (as are her staff). They don't carry the bigger brands (Rowan/Debbie Bliss, etc) since there is another yarn shop a block away that carries all those. They have a great selection and wide range of prices. The yarn is nicely organized by weight and they also recently began carrying their own brand of yarn. They also have frequent buyer club and track your purchases for you. Sign up for e-newsletter to learn of new yarns, sales and other events.
586 S Murphy Ave
I've only been to Purlesence once and the highlight was finding Socks That Rock! Like any good yarn store, there was an area with comfy chairs for knitting, and they also had more roving and spinning supplies than I've seen elsewhere. They also have quite a few classes (see the website).
Yarn Place=> CLOSED (moved to another state, I believe still online store)
123 Fremont Ave.
This is not the place to go for atmosphere or to spend long hours. It's a small retail place with a limited selection. They offer primarily their own line. I found some good lace weight yarn, a bamboo yarn that I love and recycled Sari-silk yarn (which is what I went for in the first place!). They provided a heavy-weight, clear plastic bag with a zipper as their bag - I thought this was a great touch.
The Knitting Room
1195 Branham Ln
Bobbins Nest Studio
1171 Homestead Road, Suite 130
Santa Clara, California 95050
This is the newest shop & I haven't been there yet, but I'm sure with a knitting and quilting stock, it will be a lovely spot.
293 State Street
151 E. Main St.
Friday, July 13, 2007
I'm so excited to have a dedicated space for whatever creative mood hits me... But right now, it is definitely 'in progress!' I've repainted - two different-colored walls, and the rest of the room is a bright white. I found a great cubby-style bookcase at IKEA - bottom cubbies for patterns and books, the rest for yarn (silly me thought I might actually have some room for fabric there, but I haven't even brought in the yarn from the garage yet!). I'm going to build some shelving and a work surface in the closet for my printer, paper-cutters, etc..
The colors are much 'brighter' - light, without being pastel-y. I can't wait to get the closet built out and organize all the 'stash 'n stuff.' And I'm still on the search for the perfect fabric for a valance and to re-cover a parson-style chair for the desk.
If anyone has other great knitting/sewing/craft rooms or nooks -what has worked for you?
Happy Knitting -
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
I want to join a KAL, and have been watching for one that either inspired me to try something new, or would fit something from my 'future project' wishlist. After listening to a couple of the She-Knits podcasts about the purse/bag KAL/CAL I decided that might be a good one to join - I've thought about felting a bag so this would be my catalyst to get started. Then I heard about Mystery Stole 3 and was so excited... but missed the deadline. So I went to sign up for the KAL/CAL and that had closed. sigh.
So... I will continue to search and wait for the 'just right' KAL to join - but in the meantime, I bought 4 colors of Cascade 220 to create a bag anyway. And although I didn't actually finish my Lace Rib socks (just one toe left to do!), I still cast on the Icarus Shawl in a pale, multi-colored yarn. I don't have a pic of that yet (only 8 rows), but I also couldn't resist this incredibly soft merino lace yarn from Aurora Yarns... SOOO soft and gorgeous colorway from pale lilac to deep violet.
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
My hope is to finish one pair of socks today... then what to cast on next? More socks? I just did inventory of my sock yarn and have 28 pairs-worth. Yikes! So more socks would be good. But I'd like to knit something for my mother's birthday next month - she wouldn't wear any socks. I'm nervous about her sizing for a sweater until I can measure one that she likes to wear (a task for my next visit). Living in Florida means there's no need for scarf/hats/gloves. And I don't think she'd wear a shawl... hmmmm. Good excuse to go browsing thru my pattern books!
But first - I'm off to make "American" pancakes for my summer guest. Alina is a university student from Romania who is here for the summer to work and see California. And one of her first requests was "will you teach me to make pancakes?" What a great way to start a holiday!
Happy 4th of July!
Monday, July 2, 2007
This is true.... however, after listening to podcasters, reading blogposts and viewing incredibly enticing pictures, I decided to give it a try. I have a hard time with moderation in many things, so why would sock-knitting be any different? Having completed my first pair, I now have 4 different pairs on the needles and one pair waiting for kitchener toes.
Left: Lace Rib Socks from Sensational Knitted Socks, knit with yummy Romantic colorway dyed by Handspun and Dyed Too. It looks perfect against my Double Delights!
Right: Jaywalkers in Lisa Souza's Mars Quake. I was originally expecting more purply colors, but I love this colorway - looks great with the new growth on one of my rose bushes (a promise of beauty ahead!).
And one last pic because the Eye-of-Partridge heel on the Lace Rib sock is my favorite of all so far:
Sunday, June 17, 2007
It's strange to think that people I don't know might be interested in reading "MY" blog... but yet, I love reading blogs amongst the hundreds within the online knitting community. How many hours have I spent clicking through from link to link and occasionally adding a blog to my "come back here" list... These are people I don't know, will probably never meet, and yet - I am completely interested in what they knit, do and think!!
So what makes some blogs more interesting (at least to me) than others? Of the ones that I visit most often- what exactly is it that compels me check what's new? Some are 'all about the knitting' and some are 'what's new in my life'... Some have many, many photos whereas others are narrative with only a few photos...
I'm not sure what it is - I suspect it has to do with a general attitude toward life, sense of humor and writing style; or possibly it's just a virtual 'chemistry' thing. But regardless the reason - I appreciate the effort made by all you consistent bloggers, love the sense of community amongst everyone and enthusiastically join this world!
Wish me luck...