Thursday, April 27, 2006

Green Eyed Monster

Uh oh. Miles and miles of grey and off-white projects have me craving some color. On my daily perusal of knitting blogs, I've came across several finished socks from Opal Tiger yarn. I covet my blog neighbors' Opal Rainforest yarn. I must find a LYS that carries it...or find it online. Owl! Tiger! Fish! Too cute! Must Have!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Big Honkin' Heel

2,070. That's how many stitches went into the heel of the first Hub sock. Now I don't feel so bad for taking four hours last night to knit a single heel flap.

2,070 heel stitches and my uber technical row counter, a Post-it.

And I have another heel to knit after this sock is completed!

Monday, April 24, 2006

Lots of Knitting News

Wow, this was a whirlwind of a weekend! I was able to squeeze some knitting time in Friday. Unfortunately, most of that day was spent impatiently bugging the Sofa Express hotline tracking the non-progress on the furniture that was being delivered to my house. What furniture you may ask?? Oh, just the couch and end table to finish up my knitting lounge area of the office and a ginormous coffee table for
the living room. I grudgingly passed on my weekly Friday night D&D session to babysit the house in expectation of the delivery truck. Finally, they arrived after 9pm sending Bandit into a "must protect Mommy" mode from the confines of his crate. I'd like to think that his reaction was reflecting my crabby mood at the overly late
delivery. Everything was finished and set up the way I wanted after 10 pm, and the office refurbishing project is finally completed. Check it out!

New Knitting Nook

And here's my progress on the Prairie Blanket. One skein down!

Week's worth of knitting on the Prairie Blanket and still looks like a cream-colored stingray with ribbing :)

The Prairie Blanket pattern makes for great engrossing TV watching knitting with the miles of garter stitch in the middle. I'm still on the increases section though. I'm not sure how wide I should make it; the pattern calls for 38 inches diagonally, but that took less than a third of the required yarn yardage to get that length for me. My next project for Marcus and Jackie's upcoming little[scratchout markup] big
boy will be quite a bit more challenging for me. I'm going to be knitting him a baptism blanket. Wish me luck on my first intimidating lace project :)

In other knitting activity, I "swatched" for Fuzzy Feet last night. By swatching, I mean I grabbed some leftover Cascade Quattro from my Wavy scarf, grabbed my dpns, cast on 44 stitches as per the pattern, and knit a few inches. I'm using needles that are 2 sizes smaller than the pattern stated, but post-felting my swatch still slipped over my big honkin' ankles. Since my little experiment worked, I hope to
crank out several pairs for Christmas gifts for this year (lookee a head start on Christmas knitting!!). Now the question arises, what can I do with a 4" felted band of wool??

Fuzzy Feet swatch and mauve Cascade 220 Fuzzy Feet To Be

Last but not least, I've made progress on the Hub's socks. No, I didn't forget about it. It's just been in my purse for about a month getting a row done here or there. This morning, I saw that a few stitches had dropped off the needles in my purse. After fixing that, I started working on the heel flap tonight. I should have this nice pair of wool socks completed in time for summer, lol!

Start of Heel Flap on First Hub Sock

Monday, April 17, 2006

New Knitting

As I said in my previous post, I started on the Prairie Blanket Friday night. Using 40 inch Addi Turbos size 8 on Caron Simply Soft in off-white. Here's its premiere shot:

Kinda looks like an off-white sting ray

As surprising as it is for me, I'm almost halfway through this pattern. It's been pretty easy going overall. Well, except for the one screw up I have in it due to watching "Wedding Crashers" while attempting to knit :) I believe that I'm allowed a certain amount of flub ups per knitted item just to prove that it was handknitted.

I can now take back everything I ever said bad about K2TOGTBL. Meet my new fiddliest stitch, P2TOGTBL (Purl 2 Together Thru Back Loop). Yargh!

Close up of stitch work

I really enjoy seeing the quick progress on this project so far. Knitting diagonally keeps it a bit interesting for me, too.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

'Twas the Night Before Easter

Yargh! What am I doing posting at midnight on a Saturday night?? Oh yeah, I have a major finished object to display publically.

Cozy blocking on the spare bed. For future note, don't have an overhead fan on while using the steamer, it causes strange puddles.

I finished knitting Cozy Friday night during some hella bad storms that came through Indy. Second learning point for me, don't attempt to knit during a bad storm. I was too preoccupied with watching the Fox 59 weather news making sure we wouldn't blow away that I accidentally knitted the same row about 8 times. Big nightmare there. I haven't used a lifeline in oh...the past 50 inches or so. Lots of ripping, cursing, crying, and tossing of Cozy across the room ensued. At least I wasn't preoccupied with the weather! After getting all 85 stitches back on the needle a few hours later, I called it quits and bound off while I was still ahead. :) Apparently, knitting lace and fixing errors in lace are to vastly different skills. I'm happy with the way it turned out though.

Now, my rush to put this on the web is that it won't be in my posession for much longer. It's going to its new home with my mom tomorrow night. She's been having a rough time with the loss of her dog last week, and I thought that it may help bring some comfort.

Up close detailed pic of the pattern

Me attempting to model Cozy...I'm a spaz tonight.

"What's this??? A picture without me in it?? Must fix this." - Bandit

I started on the Prairie Blanket for Marcus and Jackie's little boy last night, too. No pics yet of it, but I am enjoying the pattern so far. Except for the P2TOGTBL (purl 2 together through the back loop) stitches; that has to be the fiddliest stitch ever!

G'night all, time for me to hit the hay.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

It's Here!!

I have been obsessively tracking my Webs order since it shipped last Friday. My yarn is well-travelled; it left Massachusettes, and its next stop was in northwestern Illinois! UPS kinda overshot Indy by about 170 miles.
Here's my haul:

The Haul

Donegal Tweed for Weasley Sweaters

Cascade for Christmas Fuzzy Feet

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Spoke Too Soon

Just because my last post here was bragging that I felt much better, karma came and kicked me in the pants. I've had a migraine since Sunday morning and only started seeing the end of it tonight. Ugh! Not too much knitting as a result, just a lot of sleeping, meds, and ice packs.

Hubs and I had a bit of a disagreement over the weekend. By using my very precise measuring system of holding Cozy up to me, it's around 60 inches in length now with the pattern calling for another 7 inches. I still have a skein and a half left, but Hubs thinks it's quite long enough. Meh...I just can't give up knitting this Andean Silk and I've finally got the groove of the stitch pattern. Whatcha think?

Cozy and me, any negative comments about my comfy pants will be promptly deleted :)

I was able to get a few rounds on the Hub sock today while waiting for the anti-migraine shot to kick in at the doctor's office. It should be long enough for the heel turn now - progress! :)

Cuteness distraction from my comfy pants - Bandit relaxing

Friday, April 07, 2006

Much Better!

Woke up this morning feeling much better and with a Barnes and Noble coupon in my inbox. That paired with warm, beautiful spring weather meant a bit of a shopping trip for me. Well, ok, a rather large shopping trip...

From the right, Mason-Dixon Knitting book, Knitting Rules book, 4 skeins of Koigu sock yarn (KOIGU!!), and a skein of Cascade 220.

Extreme close-up of the Koigu

I can't wait to dig into these books; I love both the Mason-Dixon Knitting and Yarn Harlot blogs. I went to a new to me local yarn store this afternoon, Stitches N Scones in Westfield. Lots of selection including a HUGE shipment of Koigu sock yarn. Even though I had only stopped in for some size 8 dpns, I left with four skeins of Koigu for socks and a skein of Cascade 220 for Fuzzy Feet.

Top that all off with an email from Webs letting me know that my stash enhancement order was shipped today. I feel so far behind!

Now, don't think that Hubs didn't luck out today. I got him a new computer chair to replace the broken, wobbly one he has now.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Sick :(

Excuse my sporadic posting this week thus far. The flu came to visit me for the second time this year yesterday afternoon. I've been down for the count today. Hope to be back up and running (well, maybe not running, how about knitting?) tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006


Whew! Not too often do I feel lucky for getting through the weekend, but this past one was just that busy! Lousy weekend for daylight savings time to kick-in for the first time in my life. I've never had to spring forward or fall back before, and my body's telling me that today. When the alarm went off this morning, I more or less grumpily oozed out of bed letting gravity do most of the work rather than springing.

I did some stash and notions enhancing over the weekend. As I mentioned in my previous post, I ordered a bunch of yarn from the sale at Webs Friday night. One skein of that monster-sized order is on backorder, so I won't get my loverly woolies for another week or two. Saturday night, I finally got off my duff and bought some Caron Simply Soft for the Prairie Blanket. After struggling with little cut-up bits of drinking straws as stitch markers for Cozy, I "splurged" and bought some Clover stitch markers. Can I just say that those were the best $4 I've spent on knitting yet??? Previously with fiddling around with the cut straws, it took me around an hour do complete an 8 row repeat. Now, I'm down to half an hour. NOte to self, it's not really saving you any time or money if it's a pain to use.

Caron Simply Soft for a Prairie Blanket

It's still growing!

Since I mentioned earlier that this weekend was really busy, should it be a surprise for me to say I didn't get that much knitting time in? We had some horrible stormy weather Friday and Sunday night, so I passed a bit of time working on Cozy. It's 48 inches long now and has outgrown its usual photo taking spot on my desk.

Thursday night, I joined the ranks of knitters who carry socks in progress with them at all times. I dumped out my purse, and after sorting through a ream of receipts, months old gum, broken pens, and four tubes of lipstick (can't remember when I last wore make-up!), I made room for Hub's sock. At least if it's not progressing quickly, it will smell of old cinnamon gum from my purse :D

In upcoming fiber arts events, I'm planning on going to Fleece Fair in Putnam county this coming Saturday. Being fairly new to knitting and natural fiber snobbery, this will be my first of such fairs. I'm looking forward to maybe finding some sources for locally grown and spun yarn. :)

After hearing some feedback this weekend that my stash flashing pictures were unreadable to Firefox and Mac users, some big changes for my little blog will be coming down the pike within the next month or so. Stay tuned; I'll keep ya'll posted.

Monday, April 03, 2006


I wrote a nice long post in Notepad this evening, and it got eaten. Um...look for more knitting content and a nice big post tomorrow evening. Till then, daylight savings time STINKS. That is all.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Morning Flashing

Nothing quite like flashing your stash on an overcast Saturday morning. Here I present to you, what is quite possibly the saddest stash in all of blogland. :) For all intents and purposes, it's smaller than usual since I've actually finished up some projects lately and have made a few items from stashed yarn.

My stash sitting pretty in the office window

Bandit finds my Cascade Pastaza, I think he likes that llama wool smell or he can smell the shop dogs from the place I bought it.

From the right side of the pic, the Knitpicks Hollyberry and Harvest for my Gryffindor scarf, leftover Wool of the Andes and Andean Treasure in Fog and Mystery, and finally some Dalegarn, Fantasy cotton, and Brown Sheep Bulky destined to rot in my stash for being twisty, hard to use, and itchy. Oh, and Bandit's beloved Cascade Pastaza.

From the left, Knitpicks Essential sock yarn in grey for Hubs and navy for me,
remaining balls of Andean Silk for the Cozy in progress, Bandit's head resting on some leftover Rowan Soft Baby in Cloud, and the Cascade Pastaza.

Now, I haven't gotten in touch with my stash yet. I buy yarn with a specific project in mind and haven't yet bought yarn just to buy it. Last night, I did a bit of stash enhancing on Webs with their big anniversary sale. (Makes me feel better for missing the big sale at my local yarn shop!) I ordered 4 POUNDS of Donegal Tweed in Dark Blue Heather and Gold Heather for Weasley sweaters for me and my little sister and five hanks of Cascade 220 in colorways 2447, 7811, 8834, 9449, and 9456 for (get this!!) Fuzzyfeet for Christmas knitting!