Friday, August 31, 2007
Now I love my range but I think it can shoulder some of the blame here. The knobs are at waist level which makes the temperature hard to read ... if you're on auto pilot. It was cooking hot, I turned it "down," a little bit too long later ... and I started to smell BURN. That horrible awful smell that reminds you how hungry you are and that you'll choke it down anyway.
Eh it'll be better next time.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Knitting with metal wire
Knitting with camel yarn
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with your own hand-spun yarn
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns
Publishing a knitting book
Participate in an exchange
Teaching a child to knit
Knitting to make money
Knitting with alpaca
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on one or two circulars
Knitting with someone else’s hand-spun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting two socks on two circulars simultaneously
Knitting with wool
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegated yarn
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Knitting a pattern from an on-line knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Knitting in public
Sunday, August 26, 2007
You can't really tell in the pic, but I'm one row into the body of the purse. The pattern started with a rectangle for the bottom and then it said "Rotate work. Do not turn." What did I do? Why I joined in the round of course! OF COURSE!!! So a row into that mistake I realized there was no way it was going to become a purse. Maybe it was late. Maybe I was distracted by the Couture fight on UFC. Eh. I just need more experience.
Speaking of inexperience, within the first 24 hours I've already given out my name to my upstream. Yay! Like I say, I like to think I can ________ (fill in the blank)
1. What is your favorite yarn for felting, and why? Manos - I’ve only felted a couple projects and most of that yarn came from my mom’s stash. The thick and thin gives the piece a nice bumpy texture. The variegated colors are gorgeous with the deep reds or the brown and pinks, mmmm. Yes, Manos is Mom’s favorite but as they say: like mother, like daughter!
2. Name one person in the swap who is not from the
3. Find one person in the swap who has a dog, and let us know the name of their dog(s) and link to their blog. Heather has two Labs – Sophie and Pierce
4. Find one person in the swap who has a child or grandchild and link to their blog. Cynthia - Two grown children and a grandchild on the way
5. And finally, tell us if you like October or November more, and why! (Yea, I know part of September and November are technically fall, but for this question, only October and November matter!) Hmm. October is still kinda warm here. Halloween used to be one of my least favorite holidays (I won’t get into costume unless it’s clever AND perfect), but now that we have a little baby I think that might change in the coming years. Kids and their costumes are so cute! Trick or Treaters are adorable, carving pumpkins is a favorite, roasting pumpkin seeds YUM. Wow – I really thought November was going to be my preferred month! I love shopping the sales but not necessarily the crowds, Thanksgiving get-togethers are fun, a week’s worth of turkey and cranberry sandwiches, colder temps here in AZ. But no, October wins out!
Saturday, August 25, 2007
A few years ago I mentioned to a friend, new to knitting, that I don't knit much in the summer because I get so hot. She comically retorted, "Why? Do you knit so fast your needles catch on fire?" Oh, Sunny, you still make me laugh. First thing on the list - bullion knots on Lucy's blanket. Stripes are done (the easy part).
OTN: Blanket, yoga bag, baby sweater
Monday, August 20, 2007
Although awaiting embroidery, I have to share! It came off the needles last night at 10:00pm, measuring 30" by 36" or hopefully very close. I've been working on this "Lilac Loveliness" baby blanket for about two months. It has traveled with me to Portland, OR (to pick up Yellow, a Volvo 850 T5R) and Orlando, FL (trade show). Knitting is my all-time favorite activity on the plane - iPod tuned to Electronica and I'm in heaven!
Embroidery for this piece will be in a deep purple: bouillon knots on the lace and stripes down the purl rows.
I'm a few days from working on this again. A/C is still out and the thermostat reads "Overload." It's just too darn hot to do anything.
OTN: Lucy's baby jacket, Yoga bag
Sunday, August 19, 2007
How did this masterpiece emerge from the yarn stash? Our spoon rest up until this point had been a paper napkin from Filiberto's. (Mmmm Machaca burrito....) Didn't take long for it to get stuck to the counter and leave little, gross napkin pieces. Eww. So the bf, tidier than any guy I've known, jokingly suggests cutting a square out of one of my favorite dish towels. I considered finding an old one to "part out" but ehhh .... Oh! I can make one! He he how fun! I took out the bin of cotton yarn and ... Voila! The perfect little swatch there before me. Ahh my first crochet project put to good use.
If you're wondering why there's a fork on the spoon rest and not a spoon, your guess is as good as mine. I only said he was tidy.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
I love the pattern despite it's mistakes because I make plenty of my own. But shoot! It's felted and thereby hiding just about everything. Ahh ... felting.
I found the pattern in Easy Knitting, winter 2002. The LYS didn't have the exact wool yarn for the white one so I got something close. The second strand was a mohair. The orange is leftover Cascade I borrowed from my mom when she felted slippers. No second strand on that one and I think I like it better.
Baby Bear was knit for my very first nephew, Caleb. He was born over a month ago but I'll be taking it with me when I see him for the very first time at the end of this month. Auntie Ursy comes bearing gifts! Big White stays with me. Maybe Lucy will like it.
There's a story behind the orange.... Some other day. The A/C is out again (9th time this summer) and I'm HOT. I think a nice matinee sounds good.
- How long have you been knitting or crocheting? How did you learn? or from whom?
My mom tried to teach my sister and I to knit when we were about 8 years old but it didn't stick. Then about 10 years ago, I cornered one of my youngest sisters (who wasn't even around for that first go-round) while she was visiting from out of town and begged her to teach me. Before she left I had the knit stitch down. Needless to say when it came time to get the project off the needles, I was at a loss. From that point on, I've learned through knitting books and sporadic calls to my mom and sister. (Four girls and only two of us knit ... so far.)
- What was your first felted object, and why did you decide to try felting?
A bear - I love the pattern so I've knit it up twice now. Great gift for kids. (I'm posting pics of both later today.) I guess I dove in to a felting project because I like to challenge myself. Also, my mom felts a lot, I loved her projects and I'd have a resource to fall back on. :)
- What are your favorite colors? Any you hate?
I love blues, oranges, deeper reds, pinks and purples. Black of course. Yellow and neon green as accents. Taupe is fine. Not so hip to the natural palette which IMO includes all other greens.
- What are your favorite styles\types of bags? (Long straps? Short handles? Handbags? Totes? Embellished? Plain? Include links to patterns or photos if you’d like – give your pal an idea of what you enjoy!)
Hmmm.... I guess I like totes! Medium size, medium to short handles. Some embellishment like a button or clasp to jazz it up some. Contrasting colors or stripes. But in the end, clean and simple.
- What handbag or bag are you carrying today? Do you use a separate bag to carry your knitting?
My purse this week is a leather tote. My only knit purse at this point is a medium size, orange tote with medium length handles and embellished with what I think is fun fur. I carry my knitting in a canvas-like tote. The top has ties which came in handy when I knit my mom's Fair Isle sweater (lots of balls that could jump out). The small inner pocket is a necessity. My other knitting bag is a gray wool messenger bag, a little bigger than the other, also an inner pocket.
- What other things do you enjoy knitting or crocheting?
For some reason I like knitting stuffed animals. Maybe that way somebody doesn't have to wear my creation. I shrink in embarrassment when my mom wears her sweater but she loves it and shows it off. Just like a mom :)
- What sort of needles do you enjoy working with? (straights vs circs, bamboo vs aluminum)
I just LOVE bamboo! I have one gorgeous pair of rosewood needles that are to die for. A gift from Mom :) Sometimes I miss the click of metal needles and sometimes, as you know, bamboo just doesn't work with certain yarns.
- What’s one project you’ve not yet tried but are dying to make?
A few months ago at my mom's LYS, the owner had knit up a sloppy hobo bag but then felted it - Perfecto! We bought the pattern, Oat Couture shoulder bag, but I have yet to dig in. The yarn was really cool too - multi-colored textured in deep pinks, may even have had a hint of metallic in it. mmmmmm
- What’s one yarn you’ve not yet tried but are dying to work with?
Huh. I should have one but I don't.
- What other hobbies do you have? Do you spin? Sew? Garden?
Besides the day-to-day girl things (cooking, cleaning, organizing) which I thoroughly enjoy, I actually have a lot of fun when I help work on the car and helping with our remodel. Landscaping is so much fun - designing, planting, watching them grow, transplanting, etc. Someday soon we'll have an herb and vegetable garden - So tasty!
- Besides yarn, do you collect anything?
Not really - it all tends to collect dust. I don't much care for dust.
- What kind of goodies do you enjoy? Sweets? Salty? Anything you hate or are allergic to?
Ugh. Although not strictly outside of my diet, the AMOUNT of chocolate I eat sure is. mmmm chocolate
Sooooo carob, dried fruit, pumpkin seeds, spelt pretzels. Yeah, I'm a health food junkie.
- Do you have any kiddos? (Furry kind count!)
Step baby girl, Lucy who is 11 days old, and two rescue dogs - a pit bull (8yrs) and a blue heeler/collie mix (2yrs). Be wary of the blue heeler, the pit is a lover.
- What kind of project best personifies you and why?
Projects in high-contrast colors and unusual. I felted striped coasters, knit up wrist warmers for my sister, have some punk designs in mind for Lucy.
- What is your favorite part of Autumn? You can also share a special Autumn memory if you'd prefer!
There's this candle by Red Barn Candles, their original Red Barn scent. WOW! I've never smelled anything like it in a candle. It IS autumn. But.... I fear they are no longer around. Oh, and why do I like Autumn? It FINALLY cools down. I love the Summer, I love the Arizona heat, but enough already. Give me a cool breeze.
- Tell us 3 things you would do if you won 10 million dollars in the lottery.
Ooooh! 1. I would travel to beach after beach around the world, 2. buy a bigger house and have someone decorate it while I was on vacation, and 3. put in a salt water pool and hot tub.
Friday, August 17, 2007
I worked on this little guy for too long. Or rather it sat on my needles for too long. I was 1/4 of an ear short on yarn. Argh. So as I drove past yarn store after super yarn store, there it sat. Stuffed, ear-less, tail-less and face-less. Neck-less too - take that cute little bow off and there is NO neck. I was a tad ashamed of the project (another reason I ignored it) until the neck appeared.
Back to the yarn deficiency - The yarn is a nice deep purple chenille ... until you get to the back of one of the ears. I'd had just about enough of all my partial projects and I could only find black. Yep. I did it and it's done.
The pattern was written for Plymouth Yarn's Oh My! but for some reason I used that thin chenille. Oh my how difficult that stuff is - no give whatsoever. I recommend Oh My. Trust me. Chenille is doable, but not worth it. I'll bet that would solve the "see through" problem in the picture. Next time I'll stuff with something closer in color.
OTN: baby blanket for Lucy, baby jacket for Lucy, yoga bag