Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Earlier this summer, Theresa over at
Little Turtle Knits had
a pre-order Henry's Attic Sale. I ordered one hank of Kona
Fingering weight custom dyed. Well, I was just planning on
emailing her to get an eta yesterday, when this arrived:
This (same yarn, other side)
Now In real life the yarn is darker than here in the
picture. I didn't use the better camera. It is beautiful.
It's soft and beautifully dyed. I love Theresa's work! The
colors (that didn't show up well) are a great wine, Chartruse, burnt
orange, peacock, purple. It's beautiful. I love it. It
will make great socks.
Update of projects:
1. Raglan Sweater for DD1. I'm done with the
body and am on the sleeves. I would have been further on the
sleeves today, however I had problems with positioning. I do 2
sleeves on 2 circs (like my socks) so I get them to be the same.
I'll be tapering the sleeves down as I go, as they are really big right
now, and I'm not doing ribbing, but a rolled cuff.
2. Falling Leaves socks - Well, they were frogged
down to the toe yesterday. After looking at the beautiful Trekking
yarn and the pattern, they just didn't mesh. The yarn begs to be
in a simple pattern. I did a few rounds last night but nothing
really to show.
3. Marialis - Didn't work on her at all yesterday.
Still looks the same.
4. New Project: I'm doing a small blanket
for NIN. I'm copying the
Harlot's pattern of garter on the bias center then going around in a
pattern. I'm using stash yarn and it's looking good. I'm
using size 6 needles (same as the Raglan).
5. Dishcloth Afghan - It'll probably get scrapped.
I'm not liking the way the yarn is feeling...icky Red Heart. I
know the stuff wears like iron, but it feels nasty to me. I may be
becoming a yarn snob.
6. Plain Washcloth - It's my travel project, and I
didn't go anywhere yesterday. It's incredibly soft as I'm using
sock yarn and US 1.5 needles.
I think that's all my projects right now.
I did hear back from my sisters and now have a better
idea of what I'm having to do....ugh...I need to get started!!!
Christmas Knitting Has Begun!
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Well, I've begun the Christmas Knitting! I have sent out the
email to my sisters asking what they want, I've asked my mom and grandma
what they want. I still need to ask my dad. So far, I've
received The following answers:
Sister #1: No answer yet...she has until October 1 to tell me
what she wants or she will get (maybe) a gift card.
Sister #2: She wants something small with cows. Anyone
have any ideas on this? I'm clueless. Especially something I
Sister #3: She requested a lace scarf LAST YEAR (I'm getting
BIG points for worst sister of the year award) but the yarn didn't
arrive in time. THEN I also neglected to get her anything for her
birthday. Again, worst sister of the year award. This year
I've bought the pattern (see that, I BOUGHT a pattern) and a hook (to
add sparklies). I also have said yarn....Admiral Blue ZEPHYR.
You know you're jealous. I'd link the pattern here, but she may
(by some freak accident) read my blog.
Sister #4: Hasn't given me any answers. Again, like
sister #1 she has till Oct 1. I've thought of making her another
sweater, as I made one for her years ago. But I'll have to ask her
first. And I'm wondering if I have enough time.
Sister #5: She requested bookmarks. I've looked for and
printed out a few patterns. My baby sister so far has been the
best! Last year I said I wanted specifics and gave them a
deadline. She DREW me a picture of what she wanted! It was
Mom: She requested a sewn bag.
Grandma: Requested Pictures. WAY easy, and since I work
at the Photo dept I can wait until the 24th of Dec. and still have
plenty of time!
As for MY kids, well I've actually started on one! And I have
an update. I started this Last week. After casting on for
the darned thing 4 times it finally went comfortably over her
freakishly large head. It's almost long enough, and is 3"
wider (according to my gauge) than I first planned. I'm loving it,
and wish it would do a bit more pooling, but it looks great! And
it will be worn by all three kids. I love hand me downs!
Here's progress on Marialis. Ugh. The rows are still
unbelievably long. I have 21 sts between each marker (that's 18
repeats) and will be going to 22 on this next row. I have a long
way to go yet. But I am knitting on her. I've done about 1-2
rows every day or so.
I'm also plugging along on the Falling Leaves Socks. I finally
started on the heel gussets. I'd have taken a picture, but I can't
find them. They're around here somewhere.
I've been currently reading The Yarn Harlot's blog. And she has
inspired me to try to finish things. She makes so many beautiful
things. I'm trying to get more things finished so I can feel like
I've accomplished things. I'm liking the knit on many things as
this helps me from hating the projects. Hrm...maybe I should pull
out Sonnet or Pinwheel???
Finally, here's a pic of The Boy. He was NONE too happy to be
on the floor and wanted Mama to get off the computer and pick him up.
He's cute even when he's screaming.
Sunday, August 20, 2006
So, what would you do with 30 minutes? These were my options of
what to do for 30 minutes while all 3 children slept:
1. Knit 2 rows on Marialis. Yes, only TWO rows.
Sigh. I actually timed myself this morning before church and it
took me 14 minutes to do a plain purl row. After church, I did the
one and only pattern row (it's Feather & Fan) it took 15 minutes...the
next purl row took 15 minutes but I was reading The Harlot's archives
(she's such a riot). Here's an update shot of her, sorry it's
crappy but I am tired and I'm not braving 94 degrees to show her
2. Knit some on The Skittles Sweater. No, I haven't timed
myself yet. It's a raglan for Morgan for Christmas. I have
plenty of time. I'll make her put it on to make sure it'll go over
her head later today. This is the yarn I had been using on the
Razor Tank. I'm liking how it looks. Hopefully it'll fit.
3. Take a 30 minute nap. I'm exhausted. I can't
remember the last time I took a nap. Normally during nap time I
knit. It is my uninterrupted knitting time. Time when I can
loose myself in knitting. Love the yarn, love the knitting, love
Now what do you think I did? Yeah, I lay down for 30 min.
I didn't sleep the entire time, I figure I actually slept for about 15
min. solid. I nursed The Boy and thought about knitting. I
did sleep with the knitting. Does that make me weird?