I got my matchup tonight, and while I may not be on “the list” yet, I am just as excited as the other members who are! I think I have some good ideas for my pal already 🙂
Tomorrow I hope to have pictures of a finished pair of socks (for crying out loud, I have only had to graft together the remaining 10 or so tow stitches for what? two weeks now? how hard can it really be. I just don’t like to graft, or kitchener, or whatever it’s called) and my progress on my multidirectional scarf, which I am in love with. I may end up keeping this one and making another one as a gift. I also need to research working the Broad Street knitty mittens on two circulars instead of double points because I think it may go faster. And I want to make the DNA cable scarf as a Christmas gift as well. I think. I do a lot of thinking about these things, there needs to be more actual doing.
Note to self: DNA scarf pdf file & Lefty-translations
4 months from this past monday I’ll be married!
4 months from today I’ll have been in San Francisco and be on my way to my Hawaiian honeymoon!
Last night I cast on and started my multidirectional scarf – I like this yarn, especially the color(s). Potential holiday gifts here… Anyway, I had myself scared of short rows but they really aren’t so bad! I hope I haven’t just jinxed myself with that.
I forgot to mention that last week during sidewalk sales days I wore my Chickami! I was a tad nervous about it, but it was so comfortable. I impressed my boss with it – “It looks like you could have bought that in a store!” “Look at the detail on the bottom!” (rib) 🙂
Random thoughts: So GAP’s newest fall “must-have” is a poncho. Will that bring in a slew of new knitters? Or critiques?
The cover of GQ has Halle Berry in a sexy sort of bikini-type-thing. My fiancee showed it to me and asks “You can knit that right? You’ll knit that right?” Aside from the fact that I think it’s crochet rather than knit and I can’t crochet, sure. Maybe I’ll make the “Stitch-n-Bitch” bikini to hold him over. I am flattered that he thinks I could do that. He has been telling me lately that he was thrilled when I stopped beading and started knitting. 🙂
I’ve been bushed lately – I worked more at the store this past week because of sidewalk sales. It was busy, but at the same time the days just dragged. I was so pooped that I could barely pick up any knitting. I think I only knit 2 or 3 rows on my Bottoms Up hat (after finally casting on properly!).
This funk has not stopped me from purchasing yarn though – I took one of my closest friends http://www.yarnsdownunder.com last week. She’s moving back up the area, so I was helping her find the good spots! I treated myself to some Noro Kuryeon to make myself a multi-directional scarf ~ I am going to be the scarf queen this year 🙂 I also picked up a skein of something, which I have forgotten the name of and don’t have it here with me… in the store it was used in a sample with cables, and I wanted to try it out… if it works I’ll pick a project and buy more. I also fell in love with “Aura” – but I wanted it in white – I’m thinking that it would make a gorgeous shawl for my wedding (11/26!) The dress shop ordered extra material to make me a shawl, but this would be a little extra special, right? Thinking about it, but do I have the time? When school starts up I have so little time for knitting… Bummer. Don’t get me wrong – I love my job (middle school science teacher), and I’m looking forward to the start of school, but I have enjoyed the knitting time that summer brings.
I also need to buy yarn to make my brothers their Christmas presents – knitty’s Broad Street Mittens – I made myself a pair this year using Mexican Wave, but I think my brothers would want something solid color / dark. I’ve been checking on elann and just have to decide.
Last night I was working on my summer bottoms up hat. The night before it took me 3 times to cast on the right number of stitches with enough yarn. Anyway last night I realized that I should have cast on with 2 strands not the measly one. Because you are supposed to drop one, and I can’t very well work with a half strand. Gah. The bottoms up went flying across the room. Followed by all the other knitted objects in my grasp – which really was only a pillow, but had I made it to the beer cozies they would have gone too!
Grumble. I really don’t feel like casting on again.
It’s probably ok to use one, it would just be more floppy, right? But I’m a sucker for directions.
Last Wednesday I went out to this yarn store and to my surprise they were having a “Christmas in July” sale – mostly the funky/novelty yarns for scarves and such. I took my time picking and choosing but ended up with a skein of black opal lang, 4 skeins of eros (2 that are like a mermaid’s tail (blues/greens) and 2 that are more blue/purpley), and 1 skein of the blue “butterfly” or “daisy” yarn by Giardino. Completely selfish knitting, I am making myself some thin, long summer scarves… because I want to. 🙂
Sophie has been felted and dried, and I am still debating what to do about the handles. Pictures will come I promise.
I’ll be going to my first knitting meetup this week, with my good friend in tow (not really, because she’s looking forward to it as well!) I’m very excited!
This morning I was (pleasantly) surprised to see that Georgia was “checking in” on my Sophie status. I finished knitting it, but somehow goofed on the handles I think – hanging from the side of the chair it looks ok, but laying flat I’m cringing… But I want to toss it in the washer to see what happens anyway, and if the only way I can use the bag is off the back of a chair, so be it – I’ll make another one and pay attention this time to the hand placement. I thought I followed the directions properly about holding the six stitches on each side… but perhaps not. And I didn’t realize until I was “done” either – now I don’t know how to fix this without unravelling everything. So I think that I will toss it in the wash and see what happens from there.
And here’s a picture of the fabric I purchased, but don’t know what to do with…
I have way too many projects “on the back burner” as it were. I made it out to Fabric place today and bought several needles, yarn for my summer “Bottom’s Up!” hat (Classic Elite Flash – Lily Pad), yarn for a pillow, lion brand cotton to make a scrubber and several fat quarters. I also bought some patterns to use on the fat quarters (small bags, small cases, etc) – I don’t quilt, I don’t sew although I would like to learn. What can you do with fat quarters? I have found these ideas:Tissue Holder and Circular Needle Holder. And according to craftster I could also make a regular needle holder.
The Guilford Handcraft Center Expo happens next week – it’s a juried show – always interesting. I haven’t been able to attend in the past because I have had to work, but I think this year I may swing through after an appointment.
Yesterday I had to deal with some unexpected car issues (not my car, but I’m doing my parents a favor since I had the time to go up to the dealership) and did not go to the yarn store. Kind of bummed about that, but it will be ok. After I work a few days at the retail shop I’ll use my paycheck to treat myself. In the meantime I am looking online for the needles I need just so that I can get started!
This weekend is highly lazy. Everyone is out except for me and my fiance is out of town too! I got a stack of movies from the library (Frida, Raising Victor Vargas, Life as a House, Sopranos Disc1: Season 3) because I’m waiting for Netflix to get the ones I sent back and send me some new stuff!
So, while I watch DVDs I’m going to knit. These are my upcoming projects:
*Finish the mate for the Regia blue / green sock
*Start / finish the mate for the purple Koigu sock
*Weave in ends on a flower facecloth, block it
*Tea Set (maybe)
*Silky Look Cardigan Need the needles for this one, I don’t want to work with Susan Bates needles on this one.
*Hat, with yarn sent to me from my Secret Pal, from back in May
My first sock on 2 circular needles, wow this is quick! I started Sunday evening, and will finish the toe tonight!! Yarn: Regia 4-color, (Fabre 5025, Partie 44134)
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I really am diggin this socks on 2-circular needle dealio. I truly don’t feel like I’ve given more time to this particular sock, although being that it is summer vacation, it’s entirely possible. I noticed today that the pattern for the lavender eye pillow from Interweave Knits is on 2-circs as well… Yay! I think that I will treat myself to the yarn for that tomorrow following the car service appointment!
I’m not happy with how this grafting job came out – I think I did it backwards, because there is a ridge at the top.
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How lucky am I though that in the latest issue of Knitty.com one of the features is about grafting!! Invisible seams here I come. I’ll have to try it on the blue-green sock and then whip up the purple sock companion on the 2-circs.