Friday, February 29, 2008
After much (ok, some) deliberation, I came up with the Minimalist Cardigan. It's cute and I could knit it in something light and summery.
The problem is the light and summery yarn of choice seems to be Double Sea Silk. All the gorgeousness of sea silk in a DK weight. Sigh. The sweater should cost about the same amount as my left kidney. (That's the good one.) Someone please talk me out of it. Or come up with a way of hiding this from my husband. Either way, really....
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Even though I look out the window and see the vast white of my backyard, I also see the patches of grass peaking out. It gives me hope that it isn't too far away. It's been cold. It's been snowy. It's been hard to get outside and entertain two monkeys. But the little bits of grass peaking out, the melting head of our snowman and the longer days are giving me, dare I say, hope.
With these thoughts of Spring being around the corner, it makes me want to knit something for spring. Something that isn't made of wool. Something made of a lightweight fabric (cotton, bamboo, linen....). Something that won't itch.
So, what are my possibilities?? I've been cruising the land of Ravelry and can't decide.
What about the new Aleita Shell from the Spring Interweave?
What about Eileen from No Sheep for You?
What's that? Is that my Cozy screaming at my? Or is it my newly cast-on Sunrise Circle Jacket?
Or these socks that I need to finish by next week?
What are they saying? I'm a two-timing ho??? Come on, that just isn't nice.
And quiet down already - I'm busy thinking....
(oh, I've figured out who it is...it's just J. saying that my old habits are hard to break.)
Monday, February 25, 2008
And now for the bribe. As you know, I have been having a hard time finding my motivation to knit the Cozy. It might be the sticky yarn, it might be that spring seems to be trying to make a move on winter. Either way, I need help. So I'm going to bribe myself. (Yes, I can be bought. And it doesn't take much, either.)
Here's the deal. I will knit 5 pattern repeats on my Cozy and then I will let myself knit a piece of the tea set. (By the way, T., I think I'm going to take you up on your offer of orange yarn. I think it will add a little somethin' somethin' and I'm not sure I'll have enough yarn. I digress.) That piece might be a saucer, a teacup, a creamer, something I'm just itching to try. Hopefully this will do the trick.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
...and now on to the business at hand. The princess has a birthday coming up.
Ok. It's in two months, but I like to be prepared. I have been inspired to knit her a tea set. (Thank you, Annie Modesitt, for proving that you really can knit anything.) I circled the wagons, by which I mean I asked T. to pass along all her unused Butterfly cotton and like a good friend, she did.
Here are all my options.
Dizzying, isn't it? Let's narrow things down.
Now is your chance to influence my knitting! Leave me a comment and let me know which colors you like. Feel free to come up with your own colors combinations. The votes will be tallied and I may or may not take them into account when I cast on.
I'm off to put the kettle on..
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
I think a new undertaking is just what I need.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
This stress has brought out some of my bad habits. My quick temper has been festering all week. My incessant need for chocolate followed by chips has not been held in check. I also take everything out on my love (I know I'm not the only better half who does this right???). And with my knitting, any guesses??
I've been REALLY good lately. Really. Since the New Year and my knitting resolutions were made, I've been excellent. I have not been recklessly casting on new projects. This is a big step for me.
But with the stress of work and life in general, today I just needed to have something mindless. Some project that I didn't have to follow a pattern or even a open a book. So I caved - I cast on some socks. Some mindless, little effort required socks.
Notice exactly how lazy I am - so lazy I didn't want to get off the couch to get the real camera. I just played with the crop features so you can't tell (1) I'm in my pjs, and (2) how extraordinarily horrible (no - really - it's true) I look after this week of h-e-double hockey stick.
These socks feel relaxing and not stressful in anyway. My STR January socks need to get slightly ripped back and my Cozy requires me to look at a pattern. These socks require nothing other than throwing that yarn and pulling that loop. It's exactly what I need right now.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
As such, I am required to know how every piece of equipment goes on. I need to know how to tie up Punky's skates really tight so that his ankles don't buckle. I need to be ok with the stinky nature of hockey dressing rooms (I have a weak stomach prone to nausea, triggered by rank smells, especially in the morning.....kind of like morning sickness without the pregnancy...yes, I'm weird). My boy is only 4, so this is going to be a long endeavour. And that's ok. We made this decision to register him in hockey and we'll see it through. Smelly rooms or otherwise.
But these little guys are coming along nicely...
.....hopefully they'll be done by next hockey practice so my tender tootsies stay warmer.
And Stinky, he's not yet old enough to join us at hockey practice. He's usually getting his beauty sleep then. As you can tell by this picture, that's definitely important to him.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
I have been flipping through them a lot and deciding what I'll try and design first - socks or a sweater or a wrap.....so many possibilities.
And of course I can count on J. for some knitting goodness. She showered me with yarn and new socks (yeah!). I am very spoiled (but I think I deserve it).
Wishing you all the best this Chinese New Year brings....well at least heavy on the wealth and charm, and light on the pestilence.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
In a vain attempt to reciprocate, I give you the following....
Ode To T. - A Knitting Haiku in 5 Parts
I taught T. to knit
A few years ago and now
It's her obsession.
She knits in her home
And at work. She would gladly
Knit for a living.
T. likes to make green
Anything, and orange things, too.
See Ravelry queue.
T. is one of my
Best friends. I'm glad to have her
To knit and dye with.
Knitting isn't all we discuss.
Happy Birthday, T.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
I am 34 today. I'm older, I'm wiser and I'm better than I was a year ago. Why you may ask? Well, I can't give away all my secrets but I have broadened my knitting horizons and I have taken my first knitting class. I have now been married for 10 years and I'm no longer the mother of any babies. Things are progressing, and it's all good.
In celebration of this event, I knit myself some birthday socks - I am quite happy with them and their simple design.
I particularly like my heel.
My STR socks are also progressing...they're a little more rocking than they were on the weekend.
So things are progressing on all fronts. And I'm enjoying the ride.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Got my first Rockin Sock Club shipment - it's fabulous. Fabulous.
But it's not going so well otherwise. I cast them on last night. The pattern calls for 2.25mm needles, which I don't have, so I thought I'd try my 2.5mms. No go. Too much pooling. The pictures show the yarn giving this lovely stripey effect. Not so much.
So went to the yarn store and picked up some 2.25mms. Heck, I thought, why not try 2.25mm circulars instead of DPNs. That should be good. Try a new technique, expand my knitting horizons.
I've been at this for an hour and a half. I have sore fingers, frogged yarn and a bad attitude. And I still got f^%#*ing pooled yarn. I'm a good knitter. This shouldn't happen to me.
My socks aren't rocking, not even a little bit.