Friday, March 27, 2009
Marcy's Twinkleberry in Muddy Bottom Breakdown by Blue Moon. I love this colorway. Who am I kidding, I love all of their colorways. Go to their website, click the link, look at it all, you'll die, right after you max out your knitting budget.
Joannes first sock. Light Pink Cascade 22o from my stash of 22 balls. :) She's just working on the leg now.
and here is Paulettes beautiful green sock in a Cascade yarn as well but I'm not sure the blend or colorway. Marcy can give that information in the comments or I'll follow up on Monday.
It's raining right now and they've dared to hint at snow for the weekend again.
Gabby has lost her tennis ball under my desk so I have to fetch it for her before she cries harder than she is right now.
Have a good night all.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
These are done as of yesterday and I will be giving them to my friend Jenny tomorrow at work. She is quite excited. Made out of Berrocco Comfort Sox 100% Nylon and feels like a dream.
This is Muddy Bottom Breakdown, also by Blue Moon, Marcy is using it to knit Nutkin from Knitzi.com I am using KawKaw if i ever get the freaking thing untangled....Maybe this will help.
This is the start of sock #2 in Meilenweit Fun and Stripes yarn gleaned from my mom's stash when she was cleaning house. http://www.lanagrossa.de/ made in italy 80% virgin wool 20% nylon. I copied this from the label and it says virgin wool on it. I wonder if I am wearing sweaters made from not so maiden wool?
not the best picture but do you see the size of those silver needles, they are like 3 inches long! I can't believe I let my niece sway me towards them, I thought I knit tight before, woooo! I probably shouldn't have photographed the wood and the metal together on a wood desk top that totally matches the wood needle but there you go. :)
Friday, March 20, 2009
After the sheep get a hair cut there is a whole process that I'm unfamiliar with but it starts with Roving and Carding, and then you spin it onto bobbins and then ply it, give it it's final twist, and I know somewhere in there you dye it or hand paint it which is really spectacular and you end up with this at the store.
You see it, you touch it, you quickly pull out your wallet and voila, you have 5 new projects ready to go. (these are called hanks, and unless you want to be an angry knitter you don't want to try and knit with the yarn in this form)What do you do when you get it home? Well that's the next picture.
you untwist it and then put it on your swift like so...
connect one end to your ball-winderand then wind it up so it looks just like these balls here.
this is a fine example of what you don't want to happen. I put it on the Swift wrong and I am now on day 4 of unraveling it.
Once you have your ball all wound, then you can knit it into a pair of socks or into a delicious scarf.
this is the linen stitch scarf i am working on from So Much Yarn made from 2
skeins of sock yarn. It's pretty fabulous!
That's how I do it.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
This colorway is called Wild. I love it. I can't wait till I make it into
something fabulous for my feet.
This is called 'New Country' This is the colorway I chose for Mom and she agrees with me. She likes it. This will be come Nutkin
This is my next Super Simple Short Sock. I love the colors and the stripes are fabulous.
Happy St. Patricks Day!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
So I'm going pack an emergency yarn kit to keep in my office and possibly drink another glass of wine and go to bed.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I'm not good with lace but what I lack in skill I more than make up for with false confidence. That's right. If I belive I can do it I figure I can and then get 'pissy' when it doesn't make sense. Which is why I took a picture of the chart for the Hey Teach lace pattern, sent it via text message to Marcy while my husband was driving us home from picking up the race car. I got stuck and no matter how many ways I looked at it I couldn't figure out what to do. Well, Marcy didn't get the text till she was at work so she explained to me what to do, ignore my place markers just work the pattern. I was back on track. Until the last row. I worked through the pattern exactly as it said, yarn overs (add a stitch and makes a lacy hole) and double decreases (takes away the added stitch so you never have more than you are technically supposed to and also creates a pretty little tuck decrease in the pattern) I was doing it perfectly and maintaining somewhat of a fluid conversation during lunch. Can you see my mistake? Knitting lace (for the first time) and 'maintaining' a conversation. Yeah, that's where the wheels came off and I was 2, TWO stitches short, which means I either decreased too much or didn't yarn over enough. Well I began counting, and I was right, I only had 113 stitches on the needle and I was supposed to have 115. *insert some of my favorite swear words* I stuffed it in my knitting bag and decided I would figure it out at home. Well when I got home I went over it again. I didn't miss one decrease or one yarn over, which can only mean one thing....I screwed up farther back......which means Marcy may rip it back tomorrow when she looks at it again. It's stuffed back in the bag for now and I decided instead in honor of it being 20 f'ing degrees here at night and in the morning and oh yeah, in my office (it's really a closet with a cold air return vent, but they fixed it up and I can't complain, it's four walls and a door, I just need more knitwear) In honor of the freezing cold weather here I am pulling out the yarn my sister-in-law gave me for Christmas and I am knitting the Monster Scarf pattern by by Siobhan Keillor. It's simple. The yarn is Rowan Big Wool Tuft in light pink. I like it, I may need to call the yarn store in MPLS for 4 more balls of it, but we'll see.
Anyway, that's my rant for the night. I'm pissy because I'm 2 stitches down and I didn't make it to one yarn class this week.
Monday, March 09, 2009
It's March 9. We are located in the Pacific Northwest, snow isn't an every year occurrence and this year it's occurred way to much for most of us. We don't drive well in snow, secretly I don't think most of us drive well at all but that's another conversation. My friends in the Midwest are going to laugh at me when I say this but, two inches of snow literally delays if not closes schools in the area. I hate being stuck home because of the snow. It happened right before Christmas. Massive storm hit the Seattle area and I was stuck at home.
Well I left work early because north of Seattle was getting hit pretty good this afternoon, of course as soon as I pull into my driveway at 1:54 p.m. the sun comes out and all the snow on our street melts clear, well almost clear, away. Now they are saying that it's supposed to drop to 22 degrees tonight or even lower, record lows, you'll see that if you click on the weather man link tonight. We don't drive well in the snow, tomorrow morning driving on ice is going to look like a drunken performance of Swan Lake.
On the upside it gave me some extra knitting hours tonight.....I won't ever complain about that. I worked more on Hey Teach and I am at a point where I need Lauren at So Much Yarn. I'm not real comfortable with lace and that's where I'm at on the back of the sweater.
I received a text Message from Marcy last night. She too has apparently put February Lady aside for the time being. Well maybe it's just not the right time for us. She's going to finish her Black Rose socks in just right red and I'm going to work on my Super Simple Short Nasturtium Socks and then continue working on my Christmas sweater, knit in my first cashmere yarn bought at Tricoter, another LYS in the Seattle area. But first, my goal is to finish Hey Teach and have it finished by April 2. Seeing as I'm flying off to Parma Italy April 4 I would like to be able to wear it there......So if that's my goal I should be knitting and not writing on here but as I stated above I'm stuck and I need Lauren.
In the meantime I also have the Fascinate Scarf that was a free pattern on Berrocco a few week back. I'm enjoying that as well. :)
So, here are some pictures I just fired off really quick, along with the demise of February Lady, Again, my apologies to Flint Knits, I do love your sweater and I'm sorry I was unable to make it through at this time.......I'll try the smaller version and see how that goes before I commit to that many stitches again.
for those you of you who don't know, this is what I wear when I am downstairs watching a movie and want to knit. Yes, it's a climbing light and yes, I strap that thing to my head. It's adjustable and it works perfectly. In fact, this one is brand new since I wore my old one out.
Drive safe in the morning........
Mary Kay Ash