Monday, December 31, 2007
So, I'm making Knitting Resolutions/Goals. Measurable with timelines and specifics.
1. Everything that is currently on my needles will be off my needles by July 1st. If not, it's ripped. This includes the beast of a never-ending sweater. It includes those socks that I lost (and now have found). My Rowena is in there as well (but in breaking news, it's blocked and partially sewn together....).
2. I will only buy yarn that has a specific purpose in mind. I'm trying to reduce stash enhancement. After cleaning out my yarn bins yesterday - I realize I don't really need any yarn. I have tons. So I need to use up what I have. But, let's say I want to knit my boys new sweaters - fine. I can go get yarn specific to that project but nothing else. There is a little loophole with this....sock yarn is ALWAYS specifically for socks, so I can get away with that. (these are my resolutions, so I make the rules).
3. I will donate any unused balls of yarn to a women's shelter. I have unused balls that just sit and sit. I think I'm going to use them someday and they're still there. They would be better served helping someone else. So next December 31st I will pass them on. I have visual record of everything I have to date, so I can easily purge next year.
That's pretty much it. I have lots of knitting I want to do, and dream of doing. We'll see what 2008 holds in store for that.
In a last tip of the hat for 2007, I present my most proud piece of knitting from the year (since SPM asked)- my husband's sweater vest. It's not complicated, but it turned out beautifully. The best finishing I've ever done by far. I took my time and it was worth it. And, he's worn it twice already. He just may be on his way to a full sweater next year....
Saturday, December 29, 2007
By the way, we got a new camera for Christmas. It makes my knitting look pretty good, don't you think?
Thursday, December 27, 2007
My love and I picked up the Sixth season of 24 today. It's been our tradition for the last several years to watch as much 24 as possible over the holidays. We can't watch in on a weekly basis - far too intense. So we pack in 2-3 episodes a day, between cleaning up the Christmas tree, parenting and other busy activities.
Since my Christmas knitting was completed a couple days before Christmas, I also finished 2 other items.
My Tomten - now finally designated for my baby.
And my Warm Christmas Wrap.
I wore it Christmas eve and I love it. It is warm and fuzzy and adorable. And somewhat whimsical. I can't seem to think of too many more adjectives to describe it!
As 2008 is around the corner, I'm trying to come up with a few new projects. I have not picked one yet, and over the last couple days have been pouring over my knitting books, diving into the stash, ravelling and trying to come up with something. I'll keep you posted.
In the meantime, Jack Bauer is beckoning....
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
- 4 hats
- 4 pairs of socks
- 1 clutch
- 1 shawl
- 1 big blue blob
I even managed to throw in a wrap for myself to wear Christmas eve.
Gotta go get a start on those January birthday presents (seriously -J. has to have a birthday in January - it's very stressful....).
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas. See you on the other side of the big day.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
I also got her some green laceweight silk/seacell in Vancouver in August. I can't tell you how many times she bugged me about getting her some of that silk and could I please get some for her and hey, if I'm going to Vancouver maybe I could just stop in to that silk store if I had time. Leave me alone! You have 1.5 km of laceweight to ball up. Get crackin'!
T.'s little dudes got some handmade socks which will be extra slippery on their hardwood floors. (I love Lorna's Laces, don't you?)
And can you believe that T. hand dyed yarn for me? Who knew she was so talented? It is soft and the colors are very vibrat. I love these colors and can't wait to whip up some new socks! I made T. promise to have a dying day with me for my birthday in January and then again for hers in February.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
..to enjoy Christmas concerts
...to spend time with favorite cousins
...to put the finishing touches on Christmas gifts
...to finish Christmas gifts
...to try and stay sane while everything around you is insane (no comment needed about my sanity J...). I'm hanging in there. I have 2 things left to complete and I actually think they'll both be done.
I can't wait to knit something for moi!!!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
I know this knitting lag is temporary. I think it's related to the impending deadline and all I need to accomplish between now and then. I know it's related to the fact that I want to knit some new socks for myself. It's also related partially related to all the secrecy surrounding my current knitting activities. But this will come to pass.
I was cleaning the bathroom this morning and listening to my iPod. Since my running is currently on hold due to some knee issues (which I don't want to discuss) I don't get a chance to listen to my favorite podcasts like I used to. There are not too many benefits to cleaning the bathroom, but listening to podcasts is one of them. I was listening to Cast-on, my absolute favorite knitting podcast. Brenda was talking about a recent trip to Italy on a fibre tour. She talked about knitting with Italian knitters who spoke no English and how wonderful it was to all share passion in knitting and new stitch patterns. She had an essay about how knitting and time are relative; how we won't live forever but our knitted objects will be passed down for generations. Inspiration packed into 50 some odd minutes of knitting love. This is just what I needed to pick up that 2x2 rib hat that seems endless, or that big blue blog of wool that I can't talk about.
Thanks Brenda - you gave me just what I needed today. Now back to that gray hat....
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Nylons with open-toed shoes. My mother (who was raised by quite the fashionista) believes a proper lady always wears nylons or tights. I often balk at this - mostly because finding comfortable tights for my 6'2" frame is near impossible. I have to buy the xx-queen size in order to be able to pull them up. I get the ones that fit 250-300 lbs and hope they'll stretch vertically rather than horizontally. Anyway, back to my original point. Open toed shoes are in - and supposedly wearing them in winter is ok. With your tights. I did this once and I couldn't stop looking at my feet. I felt self-conscious all day long - I thought someone was going to come up to me and say "That's not appropriate dear" (with my grandmothers inflection). So no matter how many fashion mavens say "it's ok" I'm just not sure I'm buying what they're selling. Your thoughts?
That this pattern is going to work.
J. and I joined this sock club. Beautiful yarn, good price. Our first sock club (in preparation for '08 Rockin' Sock Club). And the promise of nice patterns with the yarn.
The actual stitch pattern is nice - easily memorized, only a 4 row repeat. I can handle this with no problem, right? Oh no, so so wrong. I knit the heel flap, turned the heel and started the gussets. The pattern wasn't centred on the front of the foot - so I frogged. Back to the start of the heel, re-centred the pattern, re-started the heel flap. *&$()*&ed it up - somehow kept dropping a stitch. Ripped back AGAIN. To me, 2 frogging incidents means something's up. The yarn or pattern is cursed or there is a toxic combination of yarn & pattern. Now I'm contemplating my options. The yarn is supposedly a little heavier than fingering, so I'm looking at patterns that use a bit heavier yarn. The only problem is that these on are the Christmas To Do list and I can't weigh my options for too long.
That this kid hasn't been naughty.
Buddy - I'm not buying what you're selling. And neither is Santa.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Homage #2: So while I watched Elizabeth teach me to cast on, knit, purl, increase, and decrease, I picked up my Montego Bay scarf. Now, I love this yarn. I love it like I've never loved yarn before. It glows in sunlight. It is smooth and lustrous. It smells faintly of the sea and whispers of sandy beaches and far away summer. The colors are vibrant and remind me of the city after which it is named. Sigh. If I could only knit with Seasilk in Paris, I would be happy. The Tuscany shawl that started my affair with lace is a favorite and I like to fondle it in my closet when no one else is around.
This is my Sister, not my Sister In Law.
This is not my Sister In Law, either.
Homage #3: Now that I've completed 4 of my estimated 7 remaining Christmas projects, I'm starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. That light is my birthday and I always knit myself socks for my birthday. To ease the loss of the Paris Seasilk, I'll be knitting myself some socks in Paris Casbah. I think you'll agree that nothing says homage like cashmere. Now, please help me decide what socks to knit with this precious yarn. Do you think Thelonius is the right pattern? How about these or those? What should I knit as an homage to me?
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I decided I wanted (?needed) to evaluate my sock stash. J. and I have some sock plans for 2008 (you'll just have to wait and see what they are...). So in preparation for this, I dove into the stash and pulled out all sock-related yarn, and asked myself this: