Saturday, December 09, 2006

A New Addiction

I used some of my birthday money to buy a spindle kit. It's a stone/double whorl spindle. I had a little fun this morning!

Now I understand why they call a spinner's early attempts "designer yarn."

Friday, December 08, 2006

I'm Back

Hey. Remember me? I'm back! And I have pictures! We had a lovely Thanksgiving in Illinois. Unfortunately, bad weather hit and delayed our return by a few days. Thankfully, everyone was safe and sound and we made it home eventually.

I made my way to a nearby lys while I was back home. Here's what I got:

My first Koigu!

Claudia Handpainted (I have 2 skeins, but one is currently in time-out)

and 1375 yards of Skacel merino laceweight!

I also have some finished objects. My very first mitten (for Natalie)...done in Reggio Exclusive sock yarn:

And Scribble Lace! (Rowan Kidsilk Haze and Berroco Hip Hop)

I also have a new WIP...My So-Called Scarf done in Patons SWS (soy/wool blend):

And last, but not least, I had a birthday present from my favorite Borg! (and yes, I know it's upside down) Thanks, 1 of 2! ;)

It's good to be home!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Another One Bites the Dust

Another not-for-Christmas-anymore gift is finished. The Dad Scarf. The pattern is my own - just used the Woven Diagonal Herringbone stitch pattern from Barbara Walker. The yarn is Cascade 220 and I blocked it to 8"x62".

In other news, we keep talking to Ethan about the fact that he will not be able to use a paci forever. In fact, we would like him to be finished with it very soon. Today I was getting him dressed and brought it up (he had it in his mouth). I told him, "When little boys get to be three years old, they can't use paci's anymore. It won't be long until you are three and then there will be no more paci's!"

He looked at me, squinted his eyes as if he meant business, and said, "Stop talking."

Sunday, November 19, 2006


Clap on *clap clap*, Clap off *clap clap*, Clap on, clap off...The Clappy

So I'm knitting Clapotis again. Good ol' Clappy. This time I'm using Southwest Trading Company's Bamboo yarn in the Tequila colorway, worked on US sz 4 needles. The Bamboo feels so good it's almost indecent.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Underpants and Knitting

There's no correlation.

My four-year-old asked for a piece of cheese this morning and I obliged. A few minutes ago, she came running in and said with excitement, "This cheese looks like panties!!" She was right.

I've been laughing about it ever since.

I feel like I haven't been sharing much in the WIP department lately, so here are a few things. Knitting has resumed on my dad's scarf, which was going to be his Christmas present - but now we are only doing gifts for the kids, so it's his not-for-Christmas-anymore present. I would like to finish it ASAP so I can get it to him.

It is now at the half-way mark, I think. I'm planning on blocking giving me some extra length. Unstretched, it is measuring around 28", so I think if I consider that the halfway point, it should be plenty long enough after a good blocking.

I've been itching to knit a new hat lately, so I started Odessa. I planned for this to go to my sister (it is not wool), but I have my doubts that it will fit. If not, I know a few little girls who would like it!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

The First Death Eater

I love Scout. Her dyeing abilities are marvelous. I emailed her a week or so ago with an idea for a custom order and once again, she managed to exceed my expectations. Behold, her handiwork + my knitting=

Yarn: Death Eaters colorway from Scout's Swag
Pattern: RPM
Needles: Addi Turbo, sz US 1.5

I dinked around with a few different patterns for this sock, but RPM was definitely the best one for the yarn. Holiday knitting? What holiday knitting? I've got another sock to knit.

P.S. Don't know what Death Eaters are? Go here. It's a Harry Potter thing.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

It Was a Good Idea

I had this great idea. Natalie has a lovely dress for Christmas - the top is deep purple, basically eggplant. "I'll knit Ethan a sweater that will coordinate for pictures!" I said to myself. I really should stop talking. *sigh* I ordered yarn (Swish, the new KnitPicks superwash - sorry for the lack of a link today) - color: Bordeaux, which looked like it would be a good match. Hm. Not so much. The yarn is lovely - it just doesn't match the dress AT ALL.

Anyway, I decided to go ahead and knit the sweater. Perhaps we can figure something out for Christmas pictures. Who knows? If nothing else, Ethan will have a lovely sweater to wear this winter.

I'm using my handy reference book for the basic pattern numbers and decided to use Barbara Walker for the design. I chose to do a panel of the Triple-Braided Diamonds down the center. The rest is a little gem called Crossed Stockinette. It's very subtle, but I like the look of it. Just gives a bit of texture without adding any bulk.

In real life, the yarn is not this color. It truly is a wine color - not this odd shade of purple:

So far, so good with the pattern - that is one complete run of the cable pattern. It's just slow, the cabling.

In other news, my feet have been really cold today, despite the 75 degree weather, and I think it is mighty sad when I have to wear mismatched handknits simply because I haven't gotten around to knitting the mates to these socks.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

KMKS Questionnaire

What are your favorite colors?
I love autumnal colors and bolds - not really into pastels.

Are you a new mitt knitter? How long have you been knitting mittens?
The only mittens I've knit are Knitty's "Fetching."

Do you prefer solid or multicolored yarn?
I like them both!

What fibers do you prefer in mitten yarn?
No preference, really, since we have fairly mild I'll go with something soft.

Where do you usually knit mittens?

How do you usually carry/store small projects?

I have a few homemade project bags for small projects - otherwise a Ziploc bag.

What are your favorite mitten patterns?
I don't really have any favorites! I probably wouldn't knit anything bulky, just because I don't need mittens like that where I live.

What are your favorite mitten knitting techniques?

I don't really have any!

What new techniques would you like to try?
I'm open to anything. I like colorwork, cables, plain...whatever!

What are your favorite needles for knitting mittens?
No preference.

What are some of your favorite yarns?
Blue Moon Fiber Arts, Manos del Uruguay, anything alpaca (I'm not brand specific!), Lorna's Laces

What yarn do you totally covet?
Blue Moon Fiber Arts, Lorna's Laces

Any pattern you would love to make if money and time were no object?
Don't know!

Favorite kind of needles (brand, materials, straights or circs, etc)?

Addis or KnitPicks for circulars, Crystal Palace dpns, Lantern Moon straights

If you were a specific kind of yarn, which brand and kind of yarn would you be?

I'd be Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock.

Do you have a favorite candy or mail-able snack?

Love chocolate (prefer milk chocolate over dark) - like chocolate oranges, Toblerone, peanut butter cups

What’s your favorite animal?

I like dogs and horses, but I'm not into them enough to collect dog or horse stuff, LOL!

Would you prefer super warm mittens or something more like fingerless mitts?

Don't really need super warm mittens, but anything goes, really!

If you were a color what color would you be?

Orange or green

What is your most inspiring image, flower, or object in nature?

Probably flowers

Do you have a wishlist?

No, but if you have questions about what I'd like, feel free to ask!

Anything else you’d like to share with the group today?


Friday, November 03, 2006

Dog Art

My daughter, for reasons still unknown, believes she is a dog. A dog named Otis. She has been Otis for well over a year and a half now. She knows she is not *really* a dog, but she doesn't let that stop her. She refers to herself both as Otis, and as a dog.

Otis also quite likes drawing, coloring and arty things in general. Today she created this:

"This is just some piece of art done by a dog." - Natalie, age 4

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Mom Socks

Another pair of socks finished! This is a pair of gameday socks for my mom. The blue isn't really quite right for Illini socks...really ought to be navy...but I dyed this yarn myself, so it just is what it is. I used Kool-Aid to dye the yarn and now that they have been washed, they have a faint fruity smell. For some reason, my old digital camera really has a hard time taking pictures of this yarn. Bless its old 2.1 megapixel heart, it does the best it can.

Yarn: KnitPicks Dye Your Own, dyed with various colors/flavors of Kool-Aid
Pattern: my own - 80 stitches on sz 0 needles, 3x1 ribbing, cuff down

Monday, October 30, 2006

Busy Bee

So I was a pretty busy little bee this weekend in the crafty department. I finished Fetching:

I started a pair of new stockinette socks, working two at once/Magic Loop (yarn is Regia, one of my first sock yarns and a gift from Rosemary):

And I even got out the ol' sewing machine and made a tote bag. No pattern, just made it up as I went. It's far from perfect, but it's functional. And a little retina-burning.

Today I finished my mom's socks, but they are drying so no pics yet. It feels so freeing to finish multiple projects!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Tragically Unhip

That's how I've been feeling lately. Blah? Yep. Frumpy? Mm-hmm. Not at all cool? Oh yeah. Wish I knew what the answer was. I've been wearing my funky scarf and got a new, cool handbag, but mostly I feel like a wannabe.

If anyone has the cure for the Tragically Unhip Blues, let me know.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Leftovers for a Cause

The power of the Borg has recently extended to charity knitting. Inspired by Rosemary and many others who are knitting for various non-profits, I decided to make good use of my Ribby leftovers and knit a small sweater for Children In Common. I had nearly 2 skeins of green Cascade 220 left, as well as most of a skein of black.

I ended up using the numbers for the toddler-sized pullover from the book, Style Your Own Kids Knits (a very handy book, by the way). I think it is close to a 2T size. It went together very quickly and I'm happy with the result. The second picture shows it in it's true drop-shoulder state.

In other news, yesterday I went to the lys and got buttons for my Ariann sweater. I had seen these before I bought the yarn and to my surprise, they do actually fit through the buttonholes!

The Borg is Back

Check it out: Episode 10

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

WIP's and a Fun Find

As usual, I have several works-in-progress. Since I've been posting pics of finished objects lately (rather than WIP's), I thought I'd give a status report.

The Ariann cardigan...going well. I'm almost finished with the waist shaping increases and have two buttonholes.

Father & Son socks, from the current issue of Interweave Knits...the yarn is KnitPicks Essential in Pine.

Fetching...I'm using acrylic for these *gasp* because my sister is allergic to wool. I've started the 2nd glove and am currently halfway through the cuff.

And fun find...clearly, these are storebought socks - but I was totally powerless to resist. Candy corn argyle. Perfect. :)

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Ribby Cardi

I finally finished my Ribby Cardi. I started early in the summer and have worked on it here and there until I finished on Friday. It wasn't that it was difficult - I just got distracted with other projects. All in all, it is actually a fairly simple sweater to knit and I could certainly see myself knitting another one sometime.

The picture isn't great - it's hard to get something really good when you're having to take it yourself with the tripod and the timer.

Pattern: Ribby Cardi by Bonne Marie Burns
Yarn: Cascade 220
Needles: US sz 6 & 7 circulars
Modifications: none

Saturday, October 14, 2006

My Funky Scarf is here!

My Funky Scarf Swap package arrived yesterday and I am pleased to report that I am thrilled with what I got! My pal was Kristin, aka BongoMama and she did very well. According to her note, she started my scarf five different times before she was satisfied (funny, that sounds awfully familiar to what I experienced with my own FSS project...). From what I can tell, she knit the scarf length-wise and put fringe on the ends. She didn't list what the yarns are, but I really like them. I rather fancy it to be sorta Death Eater Glam. (Non-HP-fans just smile and nod as that will mean nothing to you.)

Kristin also sent me a set of very cool magnets, adorable knitty notecards and best of all, my very first Moleskine notebook! It is the 3.5x5.5" size and has "squared pages" (like graph paper) and an expandable inner pocket - perfect for a knitty notebook!

Thank you so much, Kristin!!

A Quick Little Project

So I've wanted to make a needle case for my dpns (double-pointed needles, for those non-knitters) and just haven't gotten around to it until this week. Lots of people make very simple ones, which was really all I needed. I had bookmarked these instructions by Grumperina a while back and even purchased a placemat to use for the project. I finally decided to do it a few days ago and am quite pleased with the result!

I already had the elastic in my sewing stash and decided to use ribbon for the closure instead of narrow elastic (which I did not have in my stash). It is so nice to have all my dpns in one place now.

Friday, October 06, 2006


The lure of the Borg was too strong.

Pattern: Ariann by Bonne Marie Burns
Yarn: Ultra Alpaca
Needles: 24" Inox circular, US sz 7

I'm ready for the 2nd of 4 decreases for waist shaping.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006


DISCLAIMER: I feel obligated to say that if you have spider issues, you may want to close your eyes and scroll down to the end of this post to see actual knitting content.

OK, now that we've addressed that, I'll get on with it.

This morning Natalie wanted to color, so I hooked her up with paper and crayons and she produced this, which she informed me was a drawing of Happy, Friendly Spiders:

There is, of course, a reason for her drawing spiders. We have this at the bottom of our deck:

We have to pass it whenever we go up or down the steps of the deck.

On it, lives this rather stout spider:

I'll admit, it does creep me out. A lot. But I really don't have the heart to tear down the li'l fella's handiwork.

Now for some knitting content! I played around with a new stitch pattern last night...I'm potentially frogging the old cabled scarf I started (last winter) for my dad and going this direction instead. (thankyouverymuch Barbara Walker and your Treasuries)

Monday, October 02, 2006


A lovely knit, except for those blasted p5tog's. Hooray for pointy needles!

Pattern: Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn Clark, from the Fall 2006 Interweave Knits
Yarn: Schaefer Anne fingering weight
Needles: KnitPicks Options, US sz 6