Since I did a WTF Wednesday post yesterday, and therefore missed my opportunity for a Wednesday Night Bullet Post, I thought I'd get real creative today and do a Thursday's Thoughts post. This way I get to do my WNBP on Thursday and not look like I'm late; pretty sneaky, eh? So, let's get on with it, shall we.
~~Don't you just love it when one of your blog friends is able to come spend some time with you in real life? I know I do. I was lucky enough to have that happen on Tuesday night. Danielle and her husband are up in my neck of the woods on vacation this week (just 2 towns away). She came to Chicks with Sticks at the Yarn Sellar and I'm so glad that she did. It was a very nice visit. I think she had a good time too; I certainly hope she did anyway.
~~Have you seen the new Knitty yet? There are a few items that will be landing in my queue. Waves of Grain is so pretty, and I think that Abby would be a perfect use of some handspun. I also love the OpArt baby blanket; it's so unusual. There are some nice sock patterns too, but since I can't seem to find my sock mojo, I'm not even going to bother kidding myself about them.
~~Speaking of socks, Clover's socks are all either too small for her or they fall off her feet. I would like to make some socks for her (that might be just what I need to get my sock mojo back). Does anyone know of a good tried and true sock pattern for toddlers that will stay on the feet?
~~Hubby started on second shift this week. It feels weirder (is that a word) than I thought it would to come home from work when he's not there. I don't see him again until I wake up in the morning. I do believe I kind of miss him ;-) At least I live close enough that I go home at lunch time and see him for a bit then. He'll be working second shift for the rest of the month and then it's back to days for a couple of weeks. After that, I think it's on to the graveyard shift - YUCK! At least it's work, right?
~~I really thought I'd have an FO for you today; I only have the sleeves left to knit on Clover's sweater. I planned to do that last night, but ended up spending the evening watching her instead of knitting her sweater. Don't feel sorry for me; time spent playing with and snuggling with the happiest baby in the world is the best time ever. I wouldn't pass it up for anything!
~~I thought I was going to knit a bit while she played with her toys, but she is really into watching me knit and wanted to join in. I gave her some yarn to play with (she had taken it the night before to play with), but she wanted needles too. I'm not sure, but I think she may be a teeny bit too young for the needles.
~~Well, that's all the randomness I have for today. Tune in tomorrow for Friday with Clover :-)
My father sent this to me.
Perhaps this is the medication I need :-)
Can you guess what this is going to be?(hmmm, I just realized that the second purple skein that I picked up off the floor must have fallen there before I took the picture).
There has been progress on the Ice Cream Sweater, but I won't bore you with pictures until it actually starts to look like something. I'm enjoying knitting this sweater; I always enjoy watching the changes in self-patterning yarn (I'm easily amused). It's also mindless knitting that I can do while gabbing, which is exactly what I did last night at Chicks with Sticks.
Is anyone else sad that Big Brother is all over? I only recently got hooked on watching it and I'm kind of sad that it's over already! I now know why my sister would not answer the phone during the hour it was on.
I've got nothing else for you today, so I'll leave you with a Light the Night update.
Have a great day!
Not Downy, the fabric softener, but Downy Wrinkle Releaser. You may be wondering why I am writing a post thanking Downy for making a formula that removes wrinkles without an iron. Believe me, that was not what I had planned for this morning's post.
My plan was to show you pictures of my FINISHED Sockapalooza pal's socks. I also planned to show you the finished back and beginnings of the front of the Fisherlad Guernsey sweater I started this weekend as my July Holiday Headstart project. The sweater is for Ella, my great-niece and Colin's sister. I'm making it in a light green; I guess you'd call it celery. As you may remember, I made the same pattern for Colin in a dark green as my May HH project. I thought it'd be cute for them to have matching (sort of) sweaters.
That was my plan. Then the power went out at 6:15 this morning and shot that plan all to Hell! No power = no internet. No power also = no good light to take said photos.
That's not the worst of it though; no power also means no hair dryer and NO IRON! This is where the Downy Wrinkle Releaser came to the rescue; my pants no longer look like I slept in them.
My hair still looks like shit, but my pants aren't wrinkled.
BTW: The power came back on just as I was leaving; figures.
It's Wednesday (for about another hour) and I've decided to
steal the idea follow the lead of the Sheep and do a WNBP (Wednesday Night Bullet Post). Here goes:
Yarn: Socks that Rock, medium weight, Monsoon colorway (Feb 07 club yarn)
Pattern: Waffle Rib pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch
I finished this on Saturday and soaked it and hung it to dry overnight. I'm not sure how much there is, certainly enough for a baby hat or something small. I still have more of the same fiber to spin. I love the colors and I'm pretty happy with the yarn (although you can definitely tell which part is the beginning!).
For months and months I've been wanting a glider chair and rocking foot stool to go with it; but not enough to buy a one new. My boss/neighbor, Rick, deals in antiques and used furniture (and anything else he can make a buck on) so I asked him to keep an eye out for one. A few months ago he came in and told me he found one that I could have for $300. No thanks, I could buy a new one for that. So I waited and waited and figured I'd be knitting in my worn out corner of the couch for the rest of my life. Until Saturday evening when I heard a knock on my front door. It was Rick; he had just picked up a glider with the foot stool and I could have it for $20! That's more like it. I quickly gave him the 20 bucks before he could change his mind and sent hubby across the street for the chair. It came out of an old woman's house and kind of smelled like it, but after giving the cushions a bath in the tub (twice), there's no smell at all. I did a bit of rearranging in the living room and here is my new knitting spot:
Everything I need is nice and handy. I did switch the printer and the laptop after taking this picture; the laptop is on top of the book case and the printer is on the shelf below it. It's just easier to move the laptop back and forth from the top (yes, I'm incredibly lazy). I also have all my reference knitting books next to the laptop and my knitting magazines on the bottom shelf (the rest of the stuff on the bottom shelf are Samm's beading supplies). Next to the bookcase in the plastic set of drawers is where I keep all my active WIP's and knitting supplies. What you don't see in this picture is my other bookcase which is filled with the rest of my knitting books; that's on the wall in front of the chair, not too far away. So, I've taken over about 1/3rd of the living room for my knitting (not to mention a big closet downstairs and a spare room upstairs, but like I said, we won't mention those). My daughter told me I look like an old lady rocking and knitting in my new chair; I told her, "At least I'm a happy old lady." :-) Who'd have thought that something so little could bring so much pleasure?
Okay, enough of that. I've got some knitting to show you (not much, but some). I finished the Magic 28 socks I was working on last week. This is pair #4 and my favorite so far.
I k2p2 for 2 rows then k a row for the length of the leg. I don't usually enjoy doing ribbing, but with the knit row to break it up, I enjoyed doing this. And it gave me an idea for my Sockapalooza pal's socks. I'm not going to knit them quite the same; I'm going to purl the 3rd row for my pal's socks. She said she doesn't want anything lacy and she prefers a thicker sock, so I think this will work out perfectly. I haven't decided definitely on the yarn yet. It's between the February STR club yarn and the May Spunky Club yarn; both are colors that she likes. Of course, I love both so I'm having trouble deciding. I'm leaning toward the STR because it's a heavier weight yarn (medium weight), but I still have time to decide. I figure I'll have to get started on them by the beginning of July to make sure they are ready to be shipped on August 2nd. This will give me plenty of time in case I run into any issues, I don't expect to, but if I wait until the last minute, something is sure to happen to hold me up.
I started the June socks for the Sockamania KAL last week but wasn't able to work on them much until yesterday. This is a great pattern. I'm using Tofutsies in color #793 and Crystal Palace size 2 dpn's. This is my first time using the Tofutsies, and even though it is a teeny tiny bit splitty, I really like it. The colors are beautiful and it feels sooooo nice.
I've finished another 16 row repeat since taking this picture. The colors in this picture are pretty accurate (at least on my monitor). I am really enjoying this pattern; it is easily memorized but not so easy that I don't have to pay attention. The only thing I will do differently on my next pair is to use a smaller needle for the leg. It's just a bit loose in the leg, but not so loose that I won't enjoy wearing them.
Okay, that's it for today. Have a great one!
· Samm’s Etsy store is finally up; I've put a link in the sidebar. She’ll be updating it later this week with some more earrings, a few necklaces, bracelets, and at least one watch. I’ll keep you posted when she updates in case you’re interested J
· We had a beautiful long weekend; the weather was perfect all three days. I went to dinner with a friend in Portsmouth on Saturday night and we ate outside by the water, had a couple Margueritas, and did some shopping. It was the perfect weather for it.
· I’ve almost completed the Fisherlad Guernsey that I started way back at the end of April.
Since taking this picture, I’ve knit to the cuff on that last sleeve; just a few rows of k1 p1 ribbing to go and then seaming up the sides. I’ll finish this up tonight at Chicks with Sticks. It’s always good to bring something mindless J
· I’ve given up on my May Day socks for Sockamania. While I love the pattern and I love the yarn and the way it’s working up in this pattern, I keep making stupid ass mistakes. Also, for some stupid ass reason, I cast on for the small size (knowing full well that my size 8 ½ feet are not small). I kept telling myself that they were going to fit. Ha! Joke's on me. When I got this far, I decided to try them on. That was the final straw; the sock is in time out. I’ll frog it and reknit it after I do the socks for June. Not a very good start to this knitalong!
· I started another pair of socks yesterday while sitting in the sun.
You are not imagining things; I am knitting a sock toe-up! Mel gave me directions to the Sherman short row method and showed me how to do it a while ago when he came to Chicks with Sticks (I promised him I wouldn’t call him a dick, so the name must remain the same). This method is so easy and very, very neat – no holes! I’m going to try the heel flap for toe-up socks that Chris suggested for this pair of socks. Getting pretty adventurous, aren’t I? (I'm using Cascade Fixation on size 3 dpn's)
· I received this beauty in the mail last week
It’s the May Spunky Club yarn; Spunky Eclectic Tough Sock, Superwash Wool/Nylon blend, “Nightshade”. Pretty, yes?
· Being the big ole copy cat that I am, I ran right out to Kinko’s yesterday, after reading Auntie Ann’s post, and got my copy of this book spiral bound:
Now that it’ll stay open, maybe I’ll use it more.
The End J
Lame title, I know. I can't think of a clever title right now.
Thank you all very much for all the congrats and well wishes about yesterday's news. We are very excited about the new addition to our family and you can be sure that there will be a lot of teeney tiny FO's showing up on this blog in the future :-) I have a few items that I must finish up before I can start any of the wee baby items, though.
I finished knitting the Booga bag last night and the SIX FEET OF I-CORD this morning. Is there anything more boring to knit than an endless strand of I-cord? I didn't think so. Here's a picture of the bag, pre-felting:
I just love the colors; don't you? I'll be felting this tonight so that it has time to dry before the next class on Monday. I've decided that I'll donate this bag to the auction being held at the end of this month to benefit the High School Shop teacher in town who is battling Leukemia. I had no real plans for it when I started it so when Samm mentioned the auction to me and asked what we could donate, it just seemed like that was the best thing to do with it. Samm is going to donate a couple of watches she made.
I have nothing else knitting related, so I'll share some pictures from my sister's 50th birthday celebration at Romano's Macaroni Grill in Burlington, MA. Her birthday was actually a week ago, but the Aunts and Cousins (girls only) celebrated on Tuesday. It was my first time at this restaurant and it was YUMMY.
Hugo, the waiter, delivers the cake and they sing Happy Birthday in Italian. At least we think that's what they were singing, but who knows since none of us speak Italian. Well, I do speak a little Italian, but not in public ;-)
I really was there too, but I neglected to ask anyone to take a picture of me. My sister took one of me in the back seat of the car on the way home (while she was driving!) but that was quickly deleted, as were the ones I tried to take of myself - EGADS! I looked awful!
Have a great day!
I'm having trouble keeping up with my blog reading. I got behind over the weekend and haven't been able to catch up. There are just too damn many good ones out there!
That's not all I'm having trouble keeping up with. Have you noticed there hasn't been an FO on this blog in ages! I don't like that; I need the satisfaction of an FO every now and then. I guess I'm not cut out for this multiple WIP's thing. I don't usually have more than one thing plus a sock (and socks don't count as we all know) going at once. To make matters worse, Sock Madness begins Saturday. You know what that means, don't you? Another WIP! The socks from hell haven't been touched since the train ride home on Monday; poor, poor Faina thinks I no longer love her; Samm's legwarmers are languishing in the drawer under the coffee table, where they've been for a couple weeks untouched; maybe I'll finish those by summer. There is hope, though. The Big Balls sweater is almost complete! I've decided that I'm going to work on that exclusively until it's done. Shouldn't be too much longer; take a look:
Not too much further to go; just finish the top and the neck then I'm supposed to put in a zipper. I'm kind of hoping I have enough yarn left to make a couple button bands instead, though. I've never put a zipper in and you all know how much I love to sew. Of course, I wouldn't even think of using the machine to put it in (I'd destroy it for sure) so that means I have to hand sew the thing in. I will if I need to, but buttons just seem so much easier, and I'm all about easy :-)
Hopefully, I'll finish the sweater tomorrow and then I have one, well actually two, quick things I have to do before Sock Madness. I'm going to be teaching a beginner's crochet class at my LYS next Wednesday and I need to do a couple of squares as examples. Those won't take more than a total of an hour to do both (probably not even that long), but I don't want to use an hour of sock competition time crocheting!
If you haven't received your Rockin' Sock Club package yet and want to be surprised, you should probably click away now. I received my first ever Club package the other day. I had been watching my mailbox since Thursday and was very disappointed when I returned home from Boston on Monday and it still wasn't there. Silly me, I forgot that I had given my work address and it was sitting on my desk when I returned to work on Tuesday! Feast your eyes:
The color of the yarn is pretty accurate. I LOVE IT! Look at that teensy, tiny, little skein of yarn that came with it; isn't it just too cute?! There's a button and sticker, a binder for the patterns and inside that binder is the first pattern (which I forgot to take out and get a picture of). The only bad thing? See above - too many things going on right now to start this pair of socks! Oh well, it's time will come.
I joined SP10 recently and was supposed to put the answers to the questionnaire up by the end of February - oops, I'm a little late.
1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
This is a tough question as there are so many yarns out there that I like or want to try. It's easier to just answer what I don't like - I don't like scratchy acrylic, or scratchy wool for that matter. I don't like most novelty yarns. I'm not real fond of mercerized cotton in worsted weight either, although a lighter weight mercerized cotton is nice. Other than that; I'm pretty easy to please.
2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
I store my circulars in plastic sleeves in a 3 ring binder and my double points and straights in quilted holders.
3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?.
Another tough one to really answer, because like so many others, I learned many, many years ago but didn't do much until about 4 or 5 years ago. I guess I'd say I'm maybe in between intermediate and advanced. There are still many techniques I haven't tried, but I feel confident enough in my knitting that I think I could accomplish just about anything that I put my mind to.
4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
I have the beginnings of an Amazon wish list (link in sidebar).
5. What's your favorite scent?
I love the smell of citrus, especially orange.
6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
Doesn't everyone? Favorite candy is anything with nuts and caramel.
7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
Besides knitting, my other crafts are crochet, have been trying to learn to spin on a drop sindle and am planning to learn on a wheel, and every now and then I like to do some beadwork, not often though since it takes away from my knitting :)
8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
Blues, jazz, reggae, some classical. MP3's - yes
9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
My all time favorite color is green. I love earth tones. I also like purple and pink. I really cannot think of a color that I can't stand.
10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
Married with a 21 year old daughter. Do I have pets? heeheehee, I have pets all right; the animals living in our house are: 9 cats, 1 box turtle, 1 water turtle, and 2 geckos!
11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
hats only if it's freezing and I'm going to be out in it for any length of time, scarves and mittens - yes; ponchos - no, but I can make one for your doggie ;-)
12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
I don't really have a favorite. I like knitting sweaters, hats, mittens, socks, baby items....
13. What are you knitting right now?
Oh man, you would ask when I have too much going on. See above in the post for a list.
14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
Who doesn't?! I love it when someone takes the time to make something special for me!
15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? I prefer circular (addi's) for most knitting and double point (5" or 6") for socks
16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
Yes to both. I quickly learned that owning these two items saves lots of time better used knitting!
17. How old is your oldest UFO?
Oh my! It's a sweater that I'll never finish. I started it when my nephew was 11 (he's now 24) and even though I almost finished it, I know I never will. It was started before I learned the value of quality yarn (it's chunky acrylic!)
18. What is your favorite holiday?
Any holiday that involves time off work is a favorite holiday for me! I don't really have a favorite.
19. Is there anything that you collect?
You mean other than yarn and pets? No, I don't really have any collections as such; I do love anything with kitties though.
20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on?
What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? I currently have 2 knitting mag subscriptions: Creative Knitting and Interweave Knits. I'd like to try some Lantern Moon needles; books - there are too many to name; I'd like to have more of Elizabeth Zimmerman's and Barbara Walker's books (I have EZ's Knitting Workshop and BW's Knitting from the Top).
21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
I'd like to learn fair isle (I have a mitten kit to try this with, but haven't gotten to it yet).
22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
Yes, I am a sock knitter. Don't know my exact foot measurements, but I wear a size 8 to 8 1/2 shoe.
23. When is your birthday?
I have a lot of random things to talk about; hopefully I won't bore you to death!
She wrote her the nicest, encouraging card to go with it. Samm was thrilled with it. We were both so touched that she was thinking of Samm during this particularly difficult time in her own life. Samm brought home some of the leftovers from her project to give to Betty so she wouldn't feel like she totally missed it.
Isn't it beautiful? And it fits! I've NEVER found a watch that fits my wrists; this is perfect. I told her again that she should make some jewelry and stitch markers and we could open up an Etsy store. I'm hoping she does it because she does some really nice work and has an amazing eye for color combinations.
Have a great night!
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