Sunday, March 26, 2006
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Nearing the finish
Friday, March 24, 2006
my first meme
I have 2 that I really like. I can totally relate to the location for Marisa's blog, not to mention being amazed her beautiful cabled sweater. The other is Pink Dandelion. Who can resist such a great name, besides, she's awfully funny.2. A blog whose author lives close to you physically. Just get as close as you can, itÂs all relative. This one I am drawing a blank on - I don't surf that many blogs... 3. An unusual or weird animal picture. I'm skipping this one as it isn't knitting related. 4. An entry that made you laugh and got you strange looks from family or co-workers.
This one had me nearly in tears. It brought back memories of Marlin Perkins from Wild Kingdom whispering in the background while pointing at a pack of lions.5. An idea you wish youÂd thought of.
Gosh - there are so many. Knittinghelp.com is one of them. I love the idea of having all of that useful knowledge in one place. Knitters Review is another. Clara rocks for putting together such a great site.6. Something youÂd like to knit.
I can't wait to knit Grumperina's Odessa hat. I am supremely confident that it is as easy to follow as the rest of her patterns. There are a couple of sweaters that I adore on a French site. But as my French is subpar, these will have to linger in the want to knit pile. I will add a link when I am back on our PC, I am posting tonight from Eric's laptop which doesn't have any of my bookmarks.7. A picture of something you consider beautiful. I'm going to have to come back to this one. 8. A blog whose author youÂd like to one day meet in person.
Besides our beloved Harlot, I would like to meet Grumperina. I get a kick out of her obsessive perfectionism, but love to reap the benefits.9. A blog of someone you have already met in person.
On an actually knitting note, I have finally started the decreases on Blaze. I am so excited that I might actually be able to wear this sweater before winter is over. Unfortunately, it doesn't look any different than it has in days.
This is my friend Tracy's blog. She is part of the knitting group that I go to on Tuesdays. She is one of those amazing people who lights up a room the instant she walks into it. She is hysterically funny and a damn fine knitter.
I just keep hoping that this sweater will eventually end and be wearable. I am not feeling all that confident. There is nothing wrong with it. My gut says that it is just that I am tired of the project and that there is no problem. On the other hand, my supersensitive skin is feeling a bit itchy when I try it on and it does weigh significantly more than I had anticipated. I would have thought that with the 50+% alpaca that it would be lighter weight than it is. I still love the color and the pattern, so I don't think that is the issue.
On top of all of that, I still have so much work to do for work this weekend. We are having a sales meeting next week and there are 2 massive projects that both are due Monday. One should have been done today, but it just wasn't possible. I was supposed to put together my presentation (thankfully it is short) by the 20th, but that date has long since passed and I still haven't started it yet.
I think I'll go lie down now and hopefully it will be better.
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
the black hole of knitting
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Blazing away *cough, cough*
The plus side to being ill, is that once I was feeling a bit better I got some knitting done on Blaze. Here she is with both sleeves attached.
It was interesting joining the sleeves on this sweater because the circs that I am using (Crystal Palace - love them) have a fairly long needle and it was tight going around the sleeves without putting too much tension on the joins in the sweater. Now that I am a couple of inches beyond that it is much better.
too lazy to find a braidkin and spare yarn thinking ahead and decided to use some spare circs as my stitch holders under the arms. We'll see how that works in the end. I am NOT looking forward to grafting ribbing. Grafting is not something I do well. I invariably end up with one purl looking stitch - but I don't know how it happens. Each and every time I had to graft, I drag out The Sweater Workshop by Jacqueline Fey because her directions make the most sense to me. I follow them meticulously. And yet - the purl bump appears. I may just have to take this sweater to a master for this - hopefully one of the ladies at the LYS will be able to help.
There has to be someone out there who can graft ribbing without it looking like a rank amateur did it.
Monday, March 13, 2006
Really, I do have a problem
Saturday, March 11, 2006
I have a problem
What can I say, a wool/alpaca blend with enough synthetic so it won't felt. I'm thinking of making socks for Caleb, specifically tube socks so he won't grow out of them too quickly. With the alpaca, they should be good for playing in the snow next winter. Needless to say, I won't be starting these for a while (to allow for the eleventy-third growth spurt of the year) even though my fingers are just ITCHING to cast-on. Because there was only one ball of each color and there is only 100 meters a ball, they may have to be striped tube socks. I'm just not sure how far 100 meters of this stuff will go.
The Jaywalkers are not moving much at all. Work has been so busy that I haven't even brought them along. Blaze is moldering in the basket, for no good reason, especially now that winter is just about over here. Dang - I swore I would wear that sweater before spring. To top it off, I cast on for a felted purse today. Yep - nothing like startitis in the spring (or any other time of year for that matter).
*This is not to say that I won't knit with novelty, I just won't put it in my stash. I've got nothing against novelty yarns in general, especially as they are the crack cocaine of the knitting world - just one garter stitch scarf and you're hooked for life. Obviously Berroco is striving for world domination.
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Turning a corner
I have not had much of a chance to do much knitting since last Thursday as I am completely swamped at work and at home.
Can someone please explain to me how come my little family of 3 can create such monumental amounts of laundry? I swear, it is never ending. Blech.
I will post more shortly as I get a chance. But take a look at the cute hats my friend Tracy made...