Sunday, December 24, 2006
In honor of the new Harry Potter title coming out, I leave this Christmas Countdown with a fabulous Dumbledore quotation as well: "I see myself holding a pair of thick, woolen socks." Harry stared. "One can never have enough socks," said Dumbledore. "Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a pair. People will insist on giving me books." --"Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone"
I cannot believe I found this. It is simply perfect for Christmas Eve. Now keep in mind, it is not the most accurate depiction, but it is meant in all good knitted fun.
Enjoy! I hope you are having a happy holiday season!
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
In regards to Glaistig, my first thought was, "now that is an interesting and quite unusual hat." These are not the words of someone who would knit this hat. Recently, however, I looked at the hat again, and it began to grow on me. I noticed that I had the needles and the yarn suggested and something in me shouted, "the cabling doesn't look too bad! Let's do it."
It is these random and illogical statements that get me into trouble all the time. At this point though, I must at least attempt to cast on for these two projects.
Here goes nothing!
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
ANYWAY...I still like sheep.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Now I just need to block a scarf and knit three more washcloths for Thursday and I am golden. ::sigh:: Must...knit...through...the...pain.
Happy Holiday Knitting!
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Saturday, December 09, 2006
The new Knitty came out today, and I totally fell in love with Argosy. I neeeeeeed to knit this. I have some Noro Silk Garden Lite that is burning a hole in my stash (thank goodness not literally) that I can use. I thought I was going knit the infamous Clapotis, but I think I am coming to realize that I just don't like the Clapotis even though everyone in the world has knit one. At the same time, I am a little hesitant to start on Argosy. I like scarves. I like how scarves look. I like wearing scarves that I knit. The problem I have is once I am halfway done, I get horribly bored and put the poor half-knitted scarf away. Branching Out and my corkscrew scarves are testaments to this fact. I am going to have to stare at Argosy some more and think about whether I can make a commitment to her or not. ::sigh:: Why didn't I like any of the hats in Knitty?
So I finally realized today that if I want to give everyone their holiday present, I am going to have to finish SEVEN more MD washcloths and weave in the ends of EIGHTEEN washcloths by Monday. Okay, I just need three more by Monday and fourteen washcloths' ends weaved in and four totally complete washcloths by Thursday. I am more than happy to knit the washcloths, I am just not too keen on spending a couple of hours weaving in ends. Do you think I can get away with saying that it is an artistic element? I didn't think so.
To bed I go!
Friday, December 08, 2006
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Anyway, back to business!
Sheep are cute. That is all.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
ETA: Sorry if there was any confusion regarding this post. With finals and all I made some of these posts early and I neglected to change the date.
Monday, December 04, 2006
PS Have I mentioned the lack of Christmas knitting motivation? ::sigh::
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
This is a video I found on youtube. What could be a better way to start the holiday knitting season than with a video of men who knit? Enjoy!
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I stayed here in Gainesville and had a delicious dinner with my cohort. :) There was even a crochet burn at the dinner table! M was looking for ideas for homemade Christmas gifts, R mentioned that she knits gifts for her family, M replied that knitting would be too hard for her, R then said, "You should try crocheting then." Burn! Oh, I love my fellow crocheters, my Grandma is one and my Mom is learning how to crochet. At the same time, it was quite the clever comment. ;)
The knitting has been slow with the upcoming exams and presentations; however, that doesn't mean that I haven't been paying attention to knitting references around me. Did you check out the Gilmore Girls this past Tuesday? Well, there was a Knitathon! Here is a picture of Lorelai winding yarn (her shirt says...I think...Knit or Go Home) and the totally awesome yarn and needles display at the Knitathon.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Oh, in knitting related news, I knit two and a half MD dishcloths. I have made the decision to gift them; however, now that I have made this decision, I have now realized that I need to make about ten or so more. Let's hope that the MD dishcloth addiction keeps me going!
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Here are pics of my three new MD dishcloths. At this point I am trying to use up the odd bits I have left from previous dishcloths, so my stash looks a tad bit more respectable. I don't know why I am thinking this, but I need to fulfill this craving! As you can see, I am definitely building my supply of dishcloths. I am not sure whether to gift them to multiple people or to make a lap blanket. I guess I will see how the holiday knitting works out and go from there!
Thursday, November 09, 2006
I know it isn't knitting-related, but aren't you glad you know that Florida cares about your health?
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
So I don't know if any of you have noticed but it is November. Do you KNOW what this means? The holidays are just around the corner and I have yet to begin holiday knitting. This would not be so bad; however, against my preconceived notions about Florida, it is COLD here (not super cold, but cold enough to be annoying and require jacket planning), and I am needing to start some personal winter knitting. Decisions, decisions, decisions. Maybe I will let myself knit a hat for me for every five holiday presents? Oh yeah, that seems like a good motivator. ::rolling eyes:: Knowing me, this will end with me running around like a crazy person days before I am supposed to go home for vacation.
Oh, I want to thank everyone who went out yesterday and voted! Whether your candidates won, lost, or are still in murky water, you won since you voted. Yea for getting your voice heard! As a side note, I am really pumped that I am 25 this year and am not being called a young apathetic nonvoter anymore. As a footnote to that, from my knowledge none of the gubernatorial candidates for Florida came to the University of Florida to speak.
Alright, back to the Master's,
Monday, November 06, 2006
To earn your love again, I give you pictures of the ongoing happy yellow scarf. I now remember why I got tired of knitting scarves and started on hats. Scarves start fast and then they drag on f-o-r-e-v-e-r. OMG, I can't seem to finish the first ball. How I despise the very nature of the scarf.
Oh, here is the fabulous yarn I got at Walmart a few weeks ago. The Homespun was only $2 each, the Chenille was $2 each too, and the neon hot pink yarn was $3 each. The only sad part about the yarn is that I am going to make scarves out it. As you read above, I don't like knitting scarves. Will wonders never cease!
Oh, have you seen this commercial with Ellen? She praises the awesomeness of argyle socks! How cool is that. You must respect the old school traditional argyle sock knitter with the intarsia and all. :)
Enjoy and have a lovely Tuesday night and Wednesday day (and night)!
Sunday, October 29, 2006
I guess the lazying about is expected since I had a round of midterms last Monday and really needed to recuperate from the stress (well, I would have needed the time, if I had actually felt stressed about the incident...maybe I will feel more stressed after I get my grade).
Even with the lazying about I did have time for knitting related endeavors. I have been diligently knitting my yellow scarf while waiting for participants to show and sometimes while waiting for other events to occur as well (like class). The scarf isn't getting miraculously longer, but that might be because I know that once it gets to a certain length, it won't be a fun and easy to truck along project as it is now. More now than ever, I am impressed that Mrs. Weasley finds the time to knit all those sweaters for her family. Her motivation never falters!
Speaking of motivation, I finally took a stroll over to bloglines. I had over one hundred posts to read. I know I am behind when people who post less often than I normally do had 5 posts waiting for me to read. I do read all the posts eventually, okay, I at least skim the pictures, but the posting has been at a sorry state. I think my creativity curled up and died at some point while I was in the middle of memorizing the differences between delirium, dementia, and amnesia.
Speaking of memorizing, did I mention I have another exam on Monday? I simply do not understand why I need to memorize all this information! It is not like in the real world I won't have this info at my fingertips. I can see it now, "I am sorry Ted I can't decide if you have Schizophrenia or just the case of the blues because you couldn't afford to go to Rhinebeck, because looking in a book would be cheating!" Yeah, I know the reason for exams, but really, memorizing stuff is boring.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
I am still working on the fabulously happy yellow scarf, but it is coming along slowly now that I have midterms and whatnot to do. I just don't have enough time to knit anymore! How sad is that?
Oh, I must tell you, yesterday the temperature was 37 degrees! Time to pull out the wool!
Monday, October 23, 2006
Monday, October 16, 2006
You might be asking yourself if I am going to stop knitting MD dishcloths, well I might for the next few days since I put off some work that needs to be done by Thursday (stats homework and Master's Introduction) and Friday (paper on ethics and the law and a quick write up on conversion disorder), but after that I am going full steam ahead. At this point I am curious as to how many dishcloths I can knit before I get tired of them.
Oh! I finally decorated my sad looking office. I have my cosy potholder loop rug under my desk and I can attest to the happy feeling my feet got when I worked at the desk this afternoon. I also left my grey scarf there to keep me busy when I lose inspiration and I need a moment with something fiber-related to keep me motivated. I brought some other decorations but these sadly enough were not knitting related.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - The fabulous Mrs. Weasley knits sweaters for her family (and Harry, of course). Don't you just love Mrs. Weasley? :)
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Monty Python's Flying Circus - little old lady is knitting while her husband revels over the 3 million kilts ordered from some extraterrestrials.
Friday, October 13, 2006
Oh, should I mention that I started another Mason-Dixon washcloth? I love this pattern because each round gets smaller and I know I just need to knit 26 rows and I can cast off!
Off to bed!
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Oh, random note, if you have never done bobbles before, but want to try your hand, this is the perfect project. This was my first go at bobbles and it was nice that the bobbles were at the very beginning (second round) and then there were no more. I got to try my hand with bobbles without haven't to do ten million for the finished project.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Monday, October 09, 2006
This was also an exciting day, because I got an Amazon package in the mail. Cox cable/internet/big huge telecommunications' conglomerate gave me a $50 gift certificate to Amazon just for signing up for internet! I purchased the first Barabara Walker treasury, the third volume of the Harmony Guides (I just need the color work guide to round out my collection, okay I also technically need the two crochet books, but I don't crochet so I don't feel I neeeeeed them), and Zoolander on DVD. I have Zoolander on VHS, but alas I don't have a VHS player anymore and everyone needs a working copy of Zoolander. It is an all-time classic, if you haven't seen it and realized the utter brillance of this movie. The world of male modeling...who knew that there was so much intrigue? ;)
Anyway, the happy mojo scarf is going smoothly and has inspired me to knit at all times. Oh, have I mentioned that it is getting "chilly" here in Florida. Right now, the weather channel has pegged Gainesville at 63 degrees! Oh joy! Bring out the wooly knitted goods!
Also, have I mentioned how much I am loving Lion's Brand Cotton Ease? This stuff is amazing! Maybe it is because I have been working with so much lace weight yarn that I forgot what worsted weight feels like, but this stuff is sent from the gods. It has a great weight, feel, and the yellow color just makes me oh so happy.
Go out and enjoy the chilly weather with a happy, basic garter stitch scarf!
Sunday, October 08, 2006
I will admit that I had been rather frustrated by this. I think my lack of motivation had been stemming from fear that I haven’t been settling into the grad student lifestyle. Two of my friends have taken this frustration to a higher level with serious consideration of leaving their graduate schools. This got me thinking. Do I lack motivation because I don’t want to be here? When I thought about this, I realized that my concerns about my future all revolve around clinical psychology. My main problems seem to be about deciding whether I want to work with an elderly population or what sort of career I want (but always within a clinical psychology field).
After making the realization that I am really happy where I am even if I do get bored with my classes sometimes (never mind the fact that my abnormal psychology for children class has turned me off to ever having children), inspiration has seemed to hit me full force. After perusing my knitting books, I found a pattern that I wanted to do. It is Ruffles from ScarfStyle. It is the “potato chip scarf.” With only 22 stitches, I am making progress fairly quickly and am enjoying myself. Since I had been hit with the blahs, even knitting had been viewed as an annoyance. I am using Lion’s Bran Cotton Ease and I can understand why some people love it. The texture is cottony but has just enough lightness to it to make the ruffles ruffle. This project has also been good for me coming to terms that I won’t need my wooly goods for a nice long while. Who knows, maybe cotton will become my friend?
Oh! I must show a gratuitous picture of the
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Just in case you were wondering though, I was able to squeeze some knitting in tonight, while watching Grey's Anatomy. I am working on my scarf of random desires. Since I got tired of making mistakes and not counting rows, I decided that I needed a project that relied only what I was currently thinking. If I want to do YOs, I am doing YOs. If I want to do k2togs, then I do them! I feel so empowered. I think I was starting to feel constrained by the knitting and grad school at the same time and everything got too stressful. Now, the knitting is setting me free!
Monday, September 25, 2006
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
I have to tell you that I am just completely frustrated with my knitting. I can't seem to accomplish anything. I frogged a bit of the sock and continued to make the same mistakes. I took out a worsted weight scarf I was working on with just simple purls and knits to make blocks. I continued to mess this up. I couldn't keep track of what row I was on. I got so frustrated that I frogged the five inches I had and cast on 40 stitches. I am proceeding to knit whatever I feel like. If I feel like garter stitch, I knit garter stitch. If I feel like doing YOs and k2togs or YOs and ssk's, I do them. I even did some YOs and dropped stitches. The only requirement is that I try to keep the number of stitches at 40. I think all of this thinking during the school hours has blown my knitting concentration. Hmmm...maybe this school thing isn't for me. I would love to see the look on my mentor's face, if I told her that I had to quit grad school, because it was taking out too much time from my knitting.
In other news, I watched this PBS special on Quilts today (I think it was called "A Century of Fabric" or something like that). What was most fascinating was how innovative quilt makers are. One woman used crayon to create a gossamer effect, and another used embroidery to make her images pop. Even with these new and different methods of creating a quilt, the documentors still thought of the quilts of today and yesterday as equal. Looking at them, I had to wonder if the quilters of today are making some new, something different, a new textile art of sorts. This made me wonder about knitting. Are we as knitters branching out with something new too? With the millions of knitters in the world, are we too on the breaking point of creating something beyond or equal to knitting? Will there be a point where one does not just using knitting needles for knitting but also for a different textile art, which had its origins in knitting?
PS If you sent me a comment/email, answers are on their way, I am just entrenched in paper writing and stats homework at the moment.
PPS Pictures are on their way too!
State Fair (Ma knits on the last night of the fair.)
Thursday, September 14, 2006
I opened up my birthday presents too. Here is a picture of the loot. My parents sent me a glass Dopey figurine (I collect them) and I bought myself a few knitting magazines (okay, I would have bought them anyhow, but at least I had an excuse with the birthday and all), a few necessary movies (musicals are a staple in my DVD collection), Opal yarn (flamingo, fish, and a petticoat colorway), Paton, and a cooking magazine (I will learn to cook if it kills me).
I promise to return to knitting content soon! I am thinking the beautiful Opal yarn will motivate me.
Alright, back to birthday fun!
Monty Python's Flying Circus (I am not sure which episode, but there was a cartoon woman knitting who was later placed into a suitcase and taken elsewhere. This description makes sense if you have ever seen a Monty Python show).
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
I am sorry I haven't been posting pictures, but there really hasn't been anything to show. On Thursday, though, I will break the cycle. Thursday is my birthday and I bought myself some yarn and I will show it off when I officially "open" my presents. I use my birthday and Christmas as an excuse to buy a few fun items (I cannot exceed $100) that I normally wouldn't buy for myself. Now that I am a poor graduate student, I really need to keep to a budget so the yarn and other presents were a real treat. That's right, I have imposed a knit from the stash only policy unless money falls from the sky. I guess I can't feel too constrained by this, since I do have a large variety of yarn for multiple projects. But don't we all love our cozy and large stashes? :)
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Don't worry though, I did get some knitting time in this week. I ended up frogging the gusset and have started picking up the stitches again. I also picked up my Moss Grid Hand Towel from the M-D book. I couldn't stand looking at the sock again, so the towel was almost like a comfort food for me. Hey, it was better than eating a batch of brownies.
Even though my knitting time has been rapidly shrinking, I have been reading "A History of Handknitting" by Richard Rutt. It is utterly fabulous. The most fascinating part is Rutt talking about how other historians have misread poems, stories, diaries, etc and translated X for knitting when in fact X meant something else entirely. He also mentions how various fiber goods were originally thought to be knitted but in fact they were made via some other technique. I never thought that the history of knitting was so ambigous and in some ways controversial. In addition, it amazes me to think about how knitting (and other fiber-related techniques) have been around for centuries. I never thought about people centuries ago needing mittens and socks. Didn't they all wear togas until the invention of Macy's? ;)
Breakfast at Tiffany's (Holly Golightly knits!)
Monday, September 04, 2006
The bad news is that I frogged part of my sock. I am so amazed that I was able to frog the gusset with only a few problems even though I didn't go back stitch by stitch. I am going to look over the work and then retry the gusset this week. I am going to finish these socks if it kills me! The other bad news is that I didn't win anything on the Amazing Lace. I get these grandiose ideas of winning stuff and then I am surprised when I don't win. Oh well. Life goes on. Plus, I bought myself some snazzy knitting-related presents for my upcoming birthday, so life isn't so bad. :) Pictures to come when I "officially" get to open them.
Movies/Shows with Knitting (since I haven't been knitting to the tv recently, but still seem to have been watching television)
The Greatest Show on Earth (one of the audience members knits during a dangerous acrobatic act)
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Oh! I was going to tell you that I told the two lovely ladies about my local SnB and one asked what we did at the meetings. This struck me as odd at first. I told her that we knit and talk about all sorts of stuff. She seemed happy with this response, but I started to wonder about my answer. Should we be doing a prayer to the knitting gods at the beginning of every meeting? Should there be some sort of induction ceremony involving acrylic worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles? Should people who don't attend meetings regularly be forced to knit a fugly object in penance?
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
In other news, I have been keeping my eyes on Ernesto. I am not very nervous about it, it is just a tropical storm right now. I am really frustrated though, because the weathermen/women just talk about the storm going through Florida. I can't get any sort of specific information about Gainesville! Weather.com now says that there is just a 60% chance of rain. Ugh. I just want some basic information: will it rain? will it be windy? am I just being neurotic? I grew up in Puerto Rico, so I am used to getting prepped for hurricanes and getting actual information about what is happening. Here, no one seems the bit concerned or interested or even aware that a tropical storm is hitting.
Anyway, I have made the big decision about my current sock. I am going to hold off on sock #1 and start on sock #2. I think I have too many things going on in my life to think about gusset decreases. I can do ribbing and a basic slip stich pattern. At least I think I can.
To bed! To bed!
Sunday, August 27, 2006
My sock is coming along; however, I am having mixed feelings about it. I might frog back and redo the gusset and whatnot. I have a ladder at the bottom of my foot and I forgot to decrease a stitch at some point. None of it is really noticeable, but it is bothering me all the same. You see, as much as I would love to just continue and ignore the mistakes, my anal retentive tendencies suggest that I might regret this and prove further aggravation down the line. Tomorrow I am going to take a good hard look at my knitting and make a decision. I don't trust myself in the heat of frustration to make a big decision like frogging a couple of hours worth of work.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Some people were interested in the socks I am knitting. I am using Lorna's Laces' Shepherd Sock #70 (Vera). The pattern is entitled "Classy Slip-Up" from the happy-go-lucky Knit Socks! book. Since the yarn has this varigated but not self-stripping effect, I thought this pattern would help lessen the pooling of colors. The pattern has been doing a pretty decent job of doing just that, plus the simple slip stitch pattern is pretty easy to memorize, so I don't need to carry the pattern with me.
Sunday, August 20, 2006
I worked on my sock at the SnB and it is coming along nicely (I have worked on it since this picture, but I have been too lazy to get my camera...there is just more leg pattern). I am super excited that this project is portable and it can come with me when I am waiting for meetings to start and participants to show up! Is there something wrong with me since I am really excited that I can knit before classes and meetings? This is something I couldn't do at work, so I am super pumped that I can knit when I want to now. :)
Oh, before I go, I must say, "HI KURT!" I promised him that I would drop his name on the very famous silverarrowknits blog, since he helped work on the Give It a Whirl Bag a while back.
The Full Ten Yards
Under the Tuscan Sun
After a while, I decided that this was a sad model for Twizzler, even when he was half finished. For this reason, I decided to use Rudolph as my model. I chose Rudolph for two main reasons. 1) Rudolph is extremely attractive (at least that is what all the female reindeer tell me). 2) Christmas time is an excellent time frame for finishing Twizzler. :)
Saturday, August 19, 2006
I wouldn't make such a mountain out of this, but when I tried to make conversation about bringing my yarn to Gainesville and about all my WIP, she just said that one day I would catch up with everyone else. I didn't realize that I need to have a room filled with yarn and 50 WIP to be allowed into particular knitting groups! Since this was my second non-friendly experience at the LYS, I have had it. Online shopping is the way to go.
Even with the negative yarn experience, I am planning on going to a SnB tomorrow. My life is finally calm enough to go forth and check out knitting groups. :) I am a little nervous about meeting new people, but I think it will be fun. I started a sock in celebration! Isn't it cute? It's Lorna Laces in Vera. It reminds me of chocolate and cherries. I am using Susan Bates' sock knitting set and I wished I had some shorter needles. I keep thinking I am going to poke my eye out! I am also continuing to work on the rug. It doesn't look longer, but it is. Now that I started on this sock though, I don't have a real desire to continue with the painful and heavy knitting project.
The Whole Nine Yards
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Monday, August 14, 2006
In knitting news, I finished the "Give It a Whirl Bag" from Creative Knitting. I enjoyed knitting it, since it was mindless knitting; however, I do have some problems with the finished product. The handles are too long and the bottom is a tad pointy. See that cone-shaped bag? Not the most attractive look, if I do say so myself. I need to learn to crochet, so I can have flatter purse bottoms.
I also got my public library card and checked out The Shop on Blossom Street and A Good Yarn. I have been wanting to read these, but wasn't really keen on purchasing them. When I found them at the public library, I figured it was a sign. Once I finish these, I want to read those knitting-murder books. I might have to visit another library, but it looks like the Alachua Public Library system has them! You got to love the public library, it lets you indulge in your guilty reading/music/movie pleasures without paying for them.
Alright, time to get ready for bed. One of these days, I am going to have time to read my emails and go to knitting groups and do all the things I planned to do when I got to Gainesville. Right now though, I am off to bed and then am going to buy some clothes that are better suited for 90 degree weather.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Even with the craziness of moving (I am still making lists of stuff I need) and starting graduate school (I am already expected to know my Master's thesis topic?!), I have been working on my itty bitty purse. This purse is probably the size of a hat, but it seems to be taking twice as long! I keep measuring it and it does not seem to grow in length. I just need 1 1/2 inches and I will be done. It is all St st, so I am just using the knit stitch since it is in the round, but it does not grow! The frustrating part is that after I finish the purse, I need to knit two 30inch i-cord drawstring straps. As much as this project is slow-going. I don't need to bring the pattern with me, so it is working out great as the carry-along project, when I am waiting for the ten million meetings that I suddenly need to attend. (Did I already mention that I need to have a Master's thesis topic?!)
Oh! In crafty news, two of the ladies with whom I will work crochet! I know, I know, it isn't knitting, but I am excited that I am working with crafty ladies! It's nice to know that I will be in a supportive and fiber-loving environment. :)
Monday, August 07, 2006
Today I bought the most perfect needle organizer ever! Isn't it awesome?! I have all the needles from size 000 up to size 11 in their own separate bins (10 and 10 and 1o 1/2 share the same bin with a divider), larger sizes share a bin, and then I have three bins for extra knitting stuff like row counters and Chibi needles. If you are curious, I decided to organize my needles by US sizes and not metric. I am not sure if I am going to stick with this plan for the long term, but I am happy with it for now. I do have an extensive excel worksheet listing all possible data per knitting needle, so if I do need a particular metric size, I can go to that and not have to go through all the bins.
Oh! I got my boxes from RI today! My knitting books arrived safely and tomorrow My Dad and I are going to buy industrial shelves that can take up to 600lbs per shelf (I have serious shelf wharping issues...I am completely dissillusioned with the entire bookshelf industry) to put my knitting books and other books (like school books, I guess) on it.
Alright, must get some sleep...I am going to the DMV at the crack of dawn tomorrow.
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Even though I have been spending the majority of my time moving and building, I have been working on a little purse. It is halfway done. After all the craziness is over with, I will finally have time to cozy up and knit again!
Saturday, August 05, 2006
The moving in has been going well, but here are some of the things my Dad and I learned about building desks, tables, and other pieces of furniture that must be built because you can't afford the "good stuff."
1) Pieces not in bags do not count as parts.
2) A pile of extra parts is expected after building a desk.
3) NEVER take off the numbers/letters on particle board pieces until you have completed the object. You might think you will remember the label for the piece but five instruction steps later, you won't.
Tomorrow, I promise to respond to emails and all of that, tonight is for sleeping.
Monday, July 31, 2006
I did start the "Give It a Whirl Bag" from a relatively recent Creative Knitting Magazine. I need to do some surgery on the bag, but I don't mind. I started the project while waiting for my clothes to wash at a Holiday Inn and while knitting it I met a pilot and a flight attendant. They wanted to try their hands at knitting. All sorts of mistakes were created on the poor bag, but it was an enjoyable time all the same. Okay, it was mainly because the pilot was cute, so for all of you non-believers, you CAN get a date by knitting in public. ;)
Alright, to bed I go. Soon I will be reading emails and posting to blogs, but right now I am concentrating on moving.
Monday, July 24, 2006
The only knitting I have been doing recently is Twizzler. His easy to memorize pattern has kept me calm in the whirlwind of packing. He is still coming along slowly though. Like I have said before, the slow moving of the pattern makes him disheartening, but in my heart of hearts, I know he will be beautiful soon enough.
Just so you don't think I have been lazing about in the heat: behold boxes! Some of these boxes have my knitting books and magazines tucked away. Here's hoping they all come to me in one piece. I will not be held responsible for my actions towards the UPS person if my packages are lost.
I also want you to behold the yarn (it's in the duffle bag). The yarn as well as the swift and winder (they're fragile!) and my needles (just in case I need size X) are coming in the car with me. If something does happen to my knitting books and magazines, at least I will still have the tools to create knitted goods. They say necessity is the mother of invention and I am willing to test that if it comes to that.
Looking over this post, I noticed that I sound stressed. The sad part is this is me being calm. Last night I was really stressed about the amount of boxes and everything fitting that I tried to calm myself before sleeping by looking at a knitting magazine. Everything seemed to get better and then I started thinking about storing my needles in Florida. I had an anxiety attack about whether to organize them by US sizes or by their metric measurement. Yes, I have definitely gone around the bend!
PS I would like to note that the stuff in the background isn't mine. I am subletting a place.
Sunday, July 23, 2006
On a yarn related note, I packed up all my yarn that is currently not being used in current WIPs and I have 90 gallons of yarn! This is not an exact estimate since I am just using CVS 30 gallon trash bags, but you get the idea. For some reason, this makes me really happy. The yarn has turned into a safety blanket for me, a very large unknitted blanket!
On a sadder note, I am packing up my knitting books and putting them in boxes. Think happy thoughts for my knitting books. I am putting them in UPS' hands. I decided that the CDs, DVDs, and yarn must come in the car (breakable and/or can't part with them ever), but the knitting books are heavy and I need weight for some of my boxes, so I can get them to weigh 50lbs (50lbs boxes are more cost effective than non-50lbs boxes for a particular hwl box).
Waking Ned Devine
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Here is a picture of Twizzler out of the bag. You can't really see the details, but you can see that he is getting a bit wider. There is something weird about knitting something width-wise instead of length-wise. At the same time, I can alway bind off and make him into a scarf, but don't tell Twizzler. I think he might frog himself, if he heard that!
Here is a better picture of the actual lace work. The latest pattern isn't the most visible, but I promise you that there are YOs, k2togs, and sl1k2togpssos all over the place! I am two rows away from the second (of three) pattern repeats and then on to the central pattern.
Now that I have proven myself as not just a yarn horder but also a knitter, I should get back to what I do best...procrastinating (by knitting)!
The Virgin Suicides (Kirsten Dunst knits!)
The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants
Monday, July 17, 2006
Twizzler is starting to get some love. I decided that since he is supposed to be the all-star project of the summer I should work on him a bit. I did a whole 1 and a half rows. I used to love him so much and he has suddenly become a burdern. He might make good road trip knitting, so I am holding out that I will finish him this year (maybe even before school starts, if I am highly motivated)!
To be honest, I haven't worked on it, since I had to frog the whole thing. I haven't had any serious sitting and knitting time, so he has just been chilling in the UFO bag.
Mason Dixon Knitting
You might have noticed that I joined the MD KAL. After starting two projects from the MD book in less than two weeks, I decided I might as well join in the fun of the KAL. The dish cloth is coming along nicely. I sit and do one pattern repeat at a time, so it isn't the fasted knitting but it makes me happy. I really like the pink and this crochet thread is soft! I am thinking I might even make the MD nightie in crochet thread! I definitely have enough pink to do it.
I also started (and am a third of the way through) the potholder loop rug from the book. I love this project. I don't have to worry about casting on or off with too little or too much yarn, because I can always add or take away loops. I also love the US 35 needles I am using for this guy. It knits up so fast. Every row is about an inch of rug goodness. If you are going to knit this rug though, I highly recommend getting circular needles. I wasn't thinking when I bought the straights and the rug got heavy fast. Other than that though, I love it! I decided not to pay attention to how I was connecting the loops, so sometimes I have long patches of whites or greens. I wanted randomness, but you could (if you were willing to buy LOTS of potholder loops) make a rug to match your house's color scheme.
Branching Out is on hold as are any other projects I may have. I guess I went on a buying needle frenzy and seem to be adding new projects faster than I can get them off the needles. :)
Summer Reading Challenge
I finished A Million Little Pieces on Saturday and picked Northanger Abbey up again. I was two-thirds through the book and stopped. Now, I am just 30 pages away and am actually curious to see what happens to Catherine. I am utterly amazed that this challenge has gotten me to read the books on my bookshelf! I wish there was a KAL (or BookAL I should say) for school reading.
Repo Man (there is a guy knitting in the movie!)
Sunday, July 16, 2006
This was a hard challenge for me, because Twizzler is a very long rectangle. Items he could aspire to be include belts, shoe laces, and Indiana Jones' whip. Since Twizzler and I have been lethargic in the heat wave that has hit Rhode Island. He told me that he only wanted to be turned into non-moving objects.
Twizzler could be a leash for an inanimate dog.
Twizzler could be a toy for an inanimate cat. He doesn't have to be lifted up and down, because the cat will never even look Twizzler's way.
Twizzler could be decorative molding for shelves or for a wall.
Friday, July 14, 2006
Here are two better pictures of the yarn and needles I received last night. I think I might start a mitered square blanket or a log cabin blanket with the Red Heart yarn. It can be my curling up with a book/tv/knitting blanket. I am also super pumped about all the needles, I just need to come up with a project for which to cast on. I don't think that will be a problem. :)
Alright, I should get going and work on clue #1 of the Mystery Stole, since the second clue came out today. I am starting on square one, since I didn't have the right number of stitches and for the life of me, couldn't figure out what was going on in the shawl. I can do this, I just need to sit still with the needles and yarn (and with Cowboy Beebop or something else distracting me in the background).