Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
I started a new rectangular shawl with it and after a number of attempts, I have given up.
Is it just me or is lace weight yarn a pain in the 'you know what' to work with? Honestly, I have no idea. Is it me or the yarn??
I have put the ball away and can not look at it. Seriously.....
Sunday, May 27, 2007
See that big mess of yarn at the front - that's from being frogged about 15 times. Who knew you could split lace yarn and drop stitches and lose track of where you were 15 times. Honestly, it's over.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
1. My husband has confiscated the camera - he keeps taking it to 'work'. Not sure if this is actually true or if he is trying to curb my blogging. Therefore, no camera, and again no pics from me.
2. I am doing my first big run on Sunday - 10K. I've never ran a race longer than 5K - I'm nervous and excited. If there was only a way I could combine knitting with running - however, think it's far too dangerous. Will just keep listening to knitting podcasts instead. Cast-on got me through Sunday's 8.5K.
3. Had to frog my husband's Father's day gift. Two mistakes in cabling. The one I could have lived with (twisted cable) but then I lost my spot and started on the wrong row - couldn't live with that. So, starting that over.
4. Finally finished winding up my yarn for the Tuscany shawl. All 1000m of it (or as my husband kept saying "you have to wind up 1K full of yarn???"). Then J. reminded me that not only was I winding a kilometre of yarn, but I'd knit a kilometre of yarn. Then it got me thinking of how many kilometres of yarn I've used in my life....scary....
5. Going back to work soon - so will need to come up with some good transportable projects to take for lunch (can you say socks!). I've never really knit at work, but think I'm going to start. Might help keep me sane (or at least on the train to the village of Sanity).
Think that's it - nothing of importance but all important to me.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Then it occurred to me that I should go home again, figuratively speaking. When things aren't working out (ie lace, socks) and you just need a place to feel safe, you go home. Knitting home for me is a dishcloth. Dishcloths are the first thing I learned how to knit and I find them strangely comforting when other projects fail me. (There's still hope for my butterfly but I don't want to jinx it.)
Thursday, May 17, 2007
For mother's day I received a copy of No Sheep for You and there is an AMAZING shawl called Tuscany. It is beautiful and I think it will be my first major lace project (other than socks, but those don't really count). I've never worn a shawl and can't say I can see wearing one in the near future but this pattern is so beautiful I can't help but make it. There are some pics of finished ones on the No Sheep Knit-a-long. VERY nice. I bought some red merino lace weight (lost the ball band already...par for the course) to knit it up. A little bit of a lighter weight yarn than what it was originally knit with but I wanted to try lace weight. It's taking forever to wind up into a ball (I have a swift, manufactured by J. and her sister-in-law) but not a ball winder - can see know why you should have both.
Once it's wound I will start. Therefore I need to get a lot of other things off the needles first - like a birthday sweater for my god-daughter and a father's day present for my husband (not saying what, as he is likely lurking....). I know once I start the Tuscany I won't be able to stop, so it's not a bad thing it's taking so long to wind the yarn up.
Will keep you posted with the Tuscany progress....
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
If you're in Edmonton and wanna stitch and/or bitch, check out Amanda's website. She's the ringleader and very lovely. (She just went to New York to see one of her illustrations that was being shown there! Isn't she talented? )
Maybe we'll see you there next time!
Monday, May 14, 2007
For example, this (Knit Picks Cotlin in Coral)....
....is destined for this.This (Lorna's Laces in Envy)...
...is destined for this (who loves Cookie A??).
And my newest addition (and my first ever Koigu)....
....I think will be a Chevron scarf.
Maybe if I had unlimited amounts of disposable cash (is any cash really "disposable"??) I would have a larger stash. But, then again maybe not. I think the main reason I don't have a large stash of unspoken-for yarn is that it would burn a hole in my knitting basket - I wouldn't be able to let it sit there without a purpose. I would hunt tirelessly for a pattern, a purpose to give this yarn. I wouldn't be able to work on my other projects until it was cast on. Once cast on I could finally rest knowing that it would be happy now that the yarn had a reason.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
I'm really enjoying the sense of being a part of a larger thing while sitting alone and knitting. I can put my feet up and hang with my knitters without feeling the pressure to contribute although sometimes I'd like to. I'm quite opionated, really. I also like being in a knitting frame of mind while I'm doing something else but would rather be knitting. Running, for instance, goes faster while I'm listening to people gush about sock yarn. Cleaning the bathroom is less of chore if I'm learning about weaving at the same time.
Can I recommend a few podcasts that I've enjoyed?
Caston Love this one. And not just cause it was my first. Good music and honest knitting.
It'saPurlMan Dude met the Harlot in Central Park and lived to tell the tale.
Lime&Violet Be prepared. These gals are nuts. But in that good way, you know?
Math4Knitters Bring a pencil, some paper, a calculator and a tutor. You're gonna learn something, I tells ya.
SleepyEyesKnits Soothing and cheeky at the same time.
TheKnittingCook Can't go wrong.
What's on your pod and in your buds?
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
It has progressed from there. J. usually knits me something for Christmas and my birthday (a big feat given that she knits a lot of Christmas presents and she has a lot of birthdays, including mine, in the 2 months post-Christmas). I have accumulated a lot of J.'s originals.
And of course socks.
As I was getting dressed today and put on my pair of Baudelaire's from this year's birthday present, and then got my baby dressed and put on his pair of Auntie J.'s originals, I realized what an impact J. and her knitting have had on my family. Every piece special to us - and from one knitter to another, knowing what work is involved with each stitch. Thanks J.
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Please, Pomatomus, finish yourselves. Knit extra rows while I sleep. Do whatever it takes so that I can wear your loveliness instead of being stuck in the drudgery of knit 1, purl 1. I really should have read that pattern before I started. Note to loved ones: I don't think I'll be knitting this pattern again anytime soon. Do not get your hopes up.
Having said that, I am planning on knitting a shawl for my sister. She's getting married next year. Any ideas on a pattern? Something that isn't knit 1, purl 1 ad nauseum, please.
Then again, sometimes I like to knit just to knit. Please see Exhibit B. Butterfly, as I have nicknamed her, is coming along nicely. Only another mile or two of stocking stitch and I should be done. Now that's some quality TV knitting. I don't have to look at or think about what I'm doing and the sweater grows. I swear it does!