Monday, June 30, 2003 

Still chugging away on Jonathan's blanket. I'm almost done though. I anticipate completion by the end of this week, which will be nice. I'm up to the back armholes on the Katrina Wrap top. And I've started on the shell with the green yarn from Art Fibers. On top of that I picked up a "learn to crochet" kit from Michael's on clearance for $4.00 the other day. I've got a bunch of Crafter's Cotton I bought on clearance and I think I'm going to use it to make a crocheted mesh tote bag with.

In honor of Independence Day this friday, this weeks Knitworthy is a sweater with a US flag pattern on it.

Wednesday, June 25, 2003 

The weather in San Francisco is practically perfect today. It's warm, sunny, and there's this slight breeze that keeps it from being stale. I took the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. I grabbed a sandwich from this little Italian deli, a Jamba Juice, and my knitting and walked down to the Yerba Buena Gardens where there was a live band playing and lots of people lolling around on the grass. I spent the next 45 minutes eating lunch, enjoying the music and the sunshine, and getting some more work done on my Katrina top.

Yesterday I went back to Art Fibers and exchanged the electric blue yarn I bought a little over a week ago for this gorgeous emerald green color. Then the girl wrote up a customized shell pattern for me for that particular yarn. Yay!

Also, as mentioned on the side, I'll be adding a new feature soon. Actually, two new features. I'm working on an additional page to my site where you can see my personal project gallery and a super extensive list of free knitting patterns. I'd like it to be the most comprehensive out there. It's going to take a while to finish though, and I'd like to get a few more links up before I unveil the site.

Monday, June 23, 2003 

Work has begun on the FCEK wrap top. I'll post some pictures soon, but I'd like to get a little more progress done before I do. Also, my first sock is almost finished. I'm about 1/2 an inch away from starting the toe. So far I haven't looked at the toe instructions, but I'm going to try not to freak. After all, I survived the heel, so I'm sure I can survive the toe.

I've also decided to get the Denise Interchangeable set. I was trying to decide between that and the Boye set, but the recent Knitty article on the set has pushed the Denise set over the edge. Plus, there's the fact that it's practically half the cost of the Boye set. Despite that, I'm such a cheapskate that I still won't buy the set until I've found a good deal on them. Not even the fact that laying out the nearly $50 retail price for them is way cheaper than buying a complete set of individual circulars will convince me to pay full price. I guess I just don't believe in paying full price for anything I don't have to -- which shows in my yarn shopping habits too. I won't pay full price for yarn. And if I want to make something and I can't find the appropriate yarn on sale somewhere, I'll either pass up making it, or I'll use a different yarn. Knitting isn't cheap, but I am.

Friday, June 20, 2003 

My order from Wool Needlework arrived this morning. They said shipping should take 1 1/2 to 2 weeks, but it got here in only one.

Included in the order were my 5 balls of Patons Katrina in black for the wrap top in the Summer issue of FCEK. Click on the link to see it, it's the purple sleeveless wrap top to the very top left. I'm doing mine in black.

I also ordered two balls of the Fortissima sock yarn in color 9070. And two balls of Regia sock yarn in the color "Funny."

And then I picked up two balls of Galway Irish Wool in Aran and two balls of Kitten Mohair in Off White to make the Cherry Twist top with. The two colors aren't exactly identical, but they're both off white colors, so they should blend together nicely.

I also picked up a pattern for a really cute cardigan, and for a sleeveless shell with a cowl neck.

All in all, my experience with Wool Needlework was pleasant, and I will consider doing business with them again. Especially since they have such great prices on their stuff.

In other news, I have crossed the frozen tundra, scaled the treacherous mountain, and swam through molten lava, and survived. Yes, I not only finished the heel on the sock, but I finished it well! Go me. It's my birthday. Go me. Go me. (once again, picture me dancing around the room, singing triumphantly, and doing the Cabbage Patch and the Running Man at the same time.)

Now I'm working on the foot. Next up: the toe, and the Kitchener Stitch. But I know I can do it. I am knitter. Hear me roar!

Thursday, June 19, 2003 

BTW, check out the latest Knitworthy (on the left). This week's link is to a super cute pattern for knitting a frog hat and slippers for a baby!

 

I hate socks. I hate socks. I hate socks. (picture me singing this to a mocking little tune and dancing and skipping around the room).

Okay, I don't really hate socks. Just screwing up on socks. And heels.

I was working diligently on my sock yesterday when I decided to take a gander at the next step in the pattern -- shaping the heel. Suddenly, amidst a train full of smartly dressed business people staring blankly into the air, I felt panic begin to take over. My pulse quickened, my blood pressure steadly began to rise, I could feel that little trickle of perspiration forming on my forhead. I began to feel dizzy, and mildly nauseous, as I looked over the instructions. When I started the sock I confidently proclaimed to myself that I could conquer anything -- even socks! But now I felt like a puppy whimpering away from a scolding master, afraid to look back for fear that my sock master would lash out at me again. I quickly tucked the pattern back into my bag and vowed never to look at it again (well, at least not until I had calmed down and gotten home where I could look at other patterns and tutorials for some helpful advice).

Then this morning, as I was headed to work I picked up the sock and began working a little more on the heel, knowing that very soon I would reach the edge of the cliff. Would I leap off, splattering on the ground below? Or would I carefully and steadily climb down the face of the cliff, gently reaching the bottom with only a few minor scratches to show of it? And that's when I noticed it. It must have been my subconscious both trying to piss me off and do me a favor at the same time! I had screwed up the pattern and instead of doing slip 1, purl 1, repeat across the row on the wrong side I was doing slip 1, purl the rest of the stitches across the row on the wrong side! I had to frog nearly 2 inches of work. And while I was quietly muttering every curse word I know under my breath as I put the stitches back on the needle, I was also even more quietly jumping for joy that the dreaded moment of heel shaping was just that much farther off in the distance.

The nice thing is that this now buys me some time to figure out what the hell the instructions for the heel shaping mean. Though it's not so much the instructions that scare me as the idea of picking up stitches. I've never done it before and am afraid that I'm going to pick up something that was never meant to be picked up in the first place, and that my sock will end up looking more like something created by MC Escher than a sock. I suppose what I need to do is find someone local that actually knows how to make a sock to show me what to do. I learn best by seeing and doing, so reading the instructions or having someone just tell me can get really fuzzy. Though if anyone has any links to any picture-heavy tutorials on picking up stitches (or sock heels even) you can consider yourself a life saver and my personal hero!

Monday, June 16, 2003 

I am stoked! My order from Smiley's Yarns just arrived in this big box (it's like Christmas in June!). Everything was there including the free pattern books they sent me. One of them has a whole bunch of different socks in it (and some ugly sweaters that could be adapted to look better). And then there are three Bernat sweater patterns.

I got two balls of Paton's Kroy in light yellow and light blue. I'm going to use those to knit some two colored socks with. They were $1.99 a ball.

I also got six balls of Patons Classic Wool. Three in Navy Blue and three in Beige/Heather. I'm going to use those to make two felted handbags out of. They were $3.99 a ball.

Then I got three balls of Lion Brand Jiffy in Pueblo to make my parent's dog a sweater with. That only cost $1.00 per ball.

I also picked up 7 skeins of Wool-Ease Bonus Bundle in Ivory Sprinkles. This was the main reason for my order. I had been at Michael's a few weeks ago and found a ton of this stuff, in the same color, on clearance. I bought two skeins to make socks out of and was debating on whether or not to buy more. Once I had decided to make a whole set (hat, socks, scarf, gloves, and sweater) with this stuff I went back to Michael's (I had been there a few times since, and there were still at least 15 untouched skeins there). But, go figure that the day I go back to buy them they've removed all the clearance stuff from the shelves and the Ivory Sprinkles Wool-Ease is nowhere to be found! Fortunately about a week later I found it on Smiley's and in an 8oz (as opposed to a 3oz) skein. At $3.99 for an 8 oz skein, I grabed them.

And lastly I picked up 4 skeins of ABM Fluffy in white. It looked like a good deal, and thought I could either make a throw or a sweater from it. I was surprised when it came in that it is really soft and beautiful. That only set me back $3.99 for a 680 yard hank!

Now I just have to wait another week or so for my order from Wool Needlework to arrive. Then I'll stop buying yarn!

Friday, June 13, 2003 

Here are two lovely poems made from my site (to find out how go here)

Poem 1

Purl Girl! Grab a row.
I am design / found /
service

Poem 2

Purl Girl! Welcome
to go 4 of the Minstrel that
Oh well, summer
anyway. He need support
groups. Yarnateen groups in
the text of socks!
FOs Check
it out.first. ever sock today.

 

Alright, here's some pictures of my current work!

First we have the yarn I bought from Art Fibers yesterday. On the left is the angora/silk Chauser. On the top right is the Minstrel that I'm making the shell with. And at the bottom right is the Whisper that is still waiting for a project.




Next is Jonathan's Afghan. I've got about 34" done, and it should be about 70" when I'm finished. I designed the pattern myself using a seed stitch border and a diagonal rib for the main pattern. It's being knitted with two strands, one dark blue, one black.



Below is the sock I'm working on. Sorry it's a little blurry.



And last are the napkin rings I'm knitting. I'm using jade and amethyst beads knitted with wire.




 

I started on my first ever sock today. I picked up two skeins of this not-so-pretty brown wool-ease for $1.00 on clearance at Michael's about a week or two ago. So, I decided to use that for my first pair, that way if I screw it up it's no big waste. I'm using this pattern since it works with the wool-ease, and looks pretty basic and good for a first sock. On top of that, I'm using the Socks 101 tutorial to help me along the way. I've already cast on, moved the stitches to DPNs, and knitted about 3 rows. So far it hasn't been too hard, but I realize the heel still lies ahead, taunting me with every stitch.

I'm still working on trying to get pictures of my knitting accessible from my site. The camera isn't my problem (I have access to three). My problem is that SBC doesn't allow remote hosting, and I don't know where else to go to find it so I can post pictures directly on my site (any suggestions?!?!?!). But I have this huge amount of photo storage through SBC. It allows me to share my photo albums with the public. So, I think what I'm going to do is make a knitting folder, put the pictures in there, and then post the links to the pics on my site. But, I need to get that all figured out first.

Thursday, June 12, 2003 

Wasn't I just talking about how I shouldn't be buying more yarn? Well……I caved. Jonathan's afghan is getting to be too big to take on BART, so I needed something else to work on instead. I found a couple of cute, simple shell patterns and then made my way down to Art Fibers to find some nice yarn to make it with. Instead of leaving with a few balls to knit a shell with I left with 724 yards of some gray Chaucer (75% Angora 25% silk), three balls of Whisper (63% Super Kid Mohair, 17% Extra Fine Wool, and 20% Nylon), and three balls of Minstrel (63% Super Kid Mohair, 17% Extra Fine Wool, and 20% Nylon). I'm going to use the Minstrel to make the shell (probably the UCan2 Shell). The Whisper is this great almost electric blue color. I might use that to make an assymetrical top with, but I haven't decided. It needs to be in a fun and funky pattern, because it's too wild of a color to be used in something too conservative. Although, with the right pattern, it could spice up a plainer garment. As for the Chaucer, I haven't decided what to do with it yet. There's probably enough to knit another shell with, and it would be totally work appropriate. I'd like to find a classic pattern that's sexy and sophisticated. Maybe something with a soft cowl neck, maybe even a scoop neck with some drapey material like the cowl neck. Anyone know of any good patterns like this that take a yarn that's 19S/23R=4" on size 8's?

Monday, June 09, 2003 


Must....stop....buying....yarn....

Okay, after I buy my yarn from www.woolneedlework.com for the cute wrap top in the recent FCEK, and some Lazer FX to make Berroco's New York City Lights top. And maybe some more sock yarn too, like maybe the Fortissima Colori, or some Regia.

Add that to the order that's on its way from Smiley's Yarns, and all the stuff I've got stashed in plastic boxes in my closet waiting to be used for various projects, and I should be set for the next year!

Yarn addiction should be considered to be on the level of drug or alcohol addictions. I think we need support groups. Yarnaholics Anonymous groups. Yarnateen groups for unwitting children who fall victim to the kitting addictions of their loved ones. FBI lists sent to your LYS telling them NOT to sell you any more yarn until it has been deemed that your stash is no longer a threat to national security.

Who am I kidding? It's just like trying to diet. I'll have that piece of cheesecake now, and tomorrow I'll start watching what I eat. Same thing with the yarn. I'll buy these last few skeins, and then nothing more until I've tackled most of my waiting projects....But, that's like trying to convince a fish that he can swim in dirt - it just ain't gonna happen.

Thursday, June 05, 2003 

I'm starting a local Stitch & Bitch. If you live in the East Bay/Southern Alameda County (in California) and are roughly between the ages of 18 and 30 and would like to meet up with other local young knitters send me an email. I posted an ad up on Craigslist if you'd like to check it out.

If anyone knows of any groups in the East Bay that already exist (for young knitters or not), I'd love to know about them.

Wednesday, June 04, 2003 

Introducing.........KNITWORTHY!!! (See right side of your screen). Every week I'll unveil a new link to a knitworthy site, pattern, article, or other interesting knitting related nugget. They'll also be mentioned in the text of the site so that they are preserved in the archives for future generations to admire.

This weeks Knitworthy is loaded with four, count 'em 4, fun and entertaining knitting related games including a word search, two memory games, and another game called "Stash" in which you move around little pink balls of yarn until they fall into a basket where they turn into a FO. They're great little diversions when you're frustrated with that stupid sweater pattern and need to take a break.

Tuesday, June 03, 2003 

I'm a little more than 1/4 of the way finished with Jonathan's afghan for his birthday...and his birthday is on Thursday!!! That's okay. Hopefully I'll have it finished in the next couple of weeks. Lately I've only been working on it on the train on my way to and from work. And I average about 3 or 4 rows each way. With about 4 rows per inch, 18 inches finished, and about 50 more inches to go it should only take me until the first week or so in July if I don't work on it outside my commute. In terms of time, it takes me about 10 minutes to finish a row. I have about 200 or so more rows to go (4 rows/inch times 50 rows). So it should take about 2000 more minutes, or 33 hours and 20 minutes. So, I could finish it this weekend if I spent the entire weekend working on it...but fat chance of that. Oh well, it's summer anyway. He doesn't need a blanket right now.

As for another project, my napkin rings, those are coming along nicely. They're being knit from a pattern in Simple Knits for Sophisticated Living using wire and beads. I picked up some jade and amythyst beads from Michaels to knit the with, and they're coming out great! I've got two done, and at least three more to go. I may buy some more beads though because I'd like to have a few more than 5. And with the beads I bought I had enough to make 5. So another set of beads would make it 10.

Once I get my DSL connection working again (stupid SBC) I'll post some pictures for you to enjoy.

 

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