Saturday, February 26, 2005

The rogue is truly addictive. I woke up at 4am to knit. Then discovered at around 5:30am that I made a boo boo in one of the cables. Yes, the front one. I went back to bed. Thought about it, got up 1/2 hour later and frogged it back. It wasn't that bad really. I'm working on the left houlder right now. Not the greatest picture, but gives you an idea. I'm a little worried I might not have enough yarn to finish. Sigh! I got the yarn from webs at Stitches, and they still have the yarn online. Just don't know if its the same dye lot. I should know by Monday if I need to order more.
I can't get the mariah(in a moss green) off my mind. I would like to try the knitpick's wool of the andes, but a little hesitant about the quality. I read a review, and it seems okay. I really like Jo Sharp's DK yarn, so I might stick with it... or not. Posted by Hello

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Okay, this pattern is truly addictive. Here's what I have so far. I was a reluctant to start. Remember the clapotis? Everyone seems to be in love with that pattern and I somehow don't share the love. I think its a great pattern, and dropping stitches is fun and all. But its just the same, row after row after row. I heard rave reviews about the rogue and so was a little hesitant. But I love this pattern! I can hardly put this thing down.
I don't know what I'm going to do with the bottom edge yet (I'll probably sew it down). I did provisional cast on and then twisted stockinette. I love the color of the yarn (its more rust than the picture shows) and the cabling is so much fun to do. Posted by Hello

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Finished my newsboy hat from Stitch 'n Bitch Nation. I love it. I've been having problems with sizing hats for the longest time. All the hats I knitted for my soon-to-be 1 year old fit my 4 year old. Posted by Hello

I changed my mind so many times this weekend on what to knit next. I finally decided on the rogue using the Jo Sharp DK wool in Nasturtium. I was trying to find a pattern that would work with the Jo Sharp wool. I think most knitters work the reverse. Fall in love with a pattern and then find the yarn. I'm just always afraid that if I don't use up the yarn I'll end up with boxes and boxes full of yarn. (why that is a bad thing? I don't know!)
I'm still on the ribbing (twisted stockinette). Hopefully I'll get to the cables tonight and I'll snap a picture then. DD has the week off from school, so I might not get too much time to knit.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Finished the socks today. Now I just have to wash them and they'll be ready to go. Posted by Hello

I'm going to swatch for the cabled newsboy cap from Stitch 'n Bitch Nation. I'm using Peruvian Collection Highland Wool in Aubergine. Its really cloudy today and the pics of the yarn are coming out blue instead of purple.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Yipee, and not so yipee

Yipee! Finished one of my sockapalooza socks, started on the second one. I was going to switch back to the clapotis, but I'm actually quite enjoying the socks right now. So I thought I'll go with the grove. Posted by Hello

And now the not so yipee part. DH's car got vandelised yesterday. He went to the mall at lunch (to pick up flowers and cards for me and dd#1, what a sweetie!) and on his way back to work, noticed a car following him. He didn't think much of it at the time, figuring its someone who works in his building. Leaving work last night, he noticed a deep scratch all around his car. The "guy" scratched every single panel of his car! Not just a light scratch, but deep where you see metal! So its not done by car keys. DH only drove 2 exits and didn't cut anyone off. So who knows what the deal is. Now he has to file a police report, deal with insurance and take the car into the shop... Anyways, some sick people out there.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Happy Valentines! I spun the yarn with my new spindle this weekend for dd#1. I put together a little sewing basket for her (included also is the red with pink heart needle book, a big metal needle and some burlap). The yarn is thick/thin but works great for her "sewing". She's only 4. The red heart on the right with the yellow patch, we felted in our playgroup this morning.  Posted by Hello

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Stitches West was overwhelming. Tons of people and lots and lots of yummy yarn. Here's what I got. The Jo Sharp DK wool is for Blaze. The Brown Sheep cotton fleece for Brisa. The Noro is for a turtleneck top in Simply Noro. I also got a Bosworth Midi spindle and a CD spindle and some yummy coridale and merino roving. Now all I have to do is finish up the socks and the clapotis. Oh, and I found the yarn for my sister's socks (they don't have the color in stock, but they're local so I'll swing by the store next week). Posted by Hello

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Thinking about new projects...

I'm not done with either the clapotis or thesocks. I'm aboutto do the 7th drop on my clap and start working on my socks again. Its so warm (65F) today I'm worried I won't get a chance to wear my clap before next winter. I guess Feb is a warm month, but it might get coolish in March-April.

I'm thinking about my next projects. I was originally thinking about doing the mariah or a cardigan in Vogue magazine, but don't really want to start something I won't get to wear until next winter. So I'm looking at blaze or brisa or a cute ruffled top in Vogue knitting magazine. I'd prefer a v-neck, but we'll see. I'll also be knitting something for my sister who reads this blog. I won't be posting pictures for obvious reasons. I just need to find out what color she prefers and I'll go look for a pattern. So sis, what color? solid or variegated?

I'll be going to Stitches West this weekend leaving the kiddos with daddy. I'm going to have about 2 hours. Any strategies on how to cover 200+ booths in that time frame?

Sunday, February 06, 2005

About to drop the 3rd stitch, 10 more to go and then the decrease. Somehow I'm not really feeling the clapotis love yet. I plan on switching back to the socks after I finish the 6th drop. Finish one sock and then back to the clap. Posted by Hello

Oh, and take a look at this knitted tree house! DH thinks I'm nuts.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

My yarn arrived yesterday for the clapotis and I casted on. Here's what I have so far. The yarn is very soft but smelled like potporri for some reason. Posted by Hello

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't search around and look for the "coolest" book you can find. Do what's actually next to you.

"Don't sacrifice either yourself or the baby to some idea of how it should be."

You are your child's first teacher, by Rahima Baldwin Dancy