Knitting away...

A place for me to write about what ever I want!

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Too much yarn

I bought a lot of yarn that I shouldn't have. Here are my offenses:

  • Yesterday I ordered some Lace weight wool from http://www.handpaintedyarn.com/ in Roanoke, which is a dark brown. I'm planning on using that for the Bird's Nest shawl from Folk Shawls. Spent around $20 for 2600 yarnds of lace wool.
  • I won an eBay auction for 2 balls of Fortissima Cotton Sock Yarn in Black. I paid $11.50 including shipping. So I guess I'll try my hand at sock knitting.
  • I was surfing the net last night and found the Honeymoon Cami knit along and was inspired to knit my own. I booked over to Michael's to get some Lionbrand Microspun. I've always wanted to try it but was put off by the reviews. There were some finished Cami's in the Knit Along that looked great in Microspun. I bought 3 balls of french vanilla. Maybe I'll start this weekend. Spent around $10.
  • I'm in another auction where I'm currently the highest bidder for some Paton's Kroy sock yarn. I bid $6.50 for 2 skeins. Wonder if I'll win that one.

Thank goodness that's all I bought. Under $50 for 3 projects. I'd say that's a great deal. Unfortunately I have enough yarn for at least 50 projects. But as I rationalized to myself, I don't have any yarnto make any summery knits... I need to be able to wear something before it snows:)

No finished projects this week. I do think I'm on the home stretch for the Angelina jacket. I'm on the neck and shoulder shaping. After that lace edging and I'm done. The worst of the torture is over. White Lies Designs really does have some wonderful looking patterns. Executing them is something that I don't look forward to. I don't know if I'll ever make another one because of the enormous amount of fine knitting on tiny needles. But who knows. Maybe it's like birth. You forget about the pain after your first look at your creation.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

How sinful are you???

Here's how sinful I am...

Your Deadly Sins

Sloth: 80%
Gluttony: 20%
Pride: 20%
Wrath: 20%
Envy: 0%
Greed: 0%
Lust: 0%
Chance You'll Go to Hell: 20%
You will die with your hand down your underwear, watching Star Trek.
How Sinful Are You?

Friday, June 24, 2005

Ribby Cardigan Finished!!!

I finally finished my Ribby Cardigan!!!! Yeah. I was so excited to have something finished that I could actually wear. I had made a sweater before from the Yarn Girl's Guide to Simple Knits but I seamed it so badly that it was lumpy. I have yet to frog it to make something else...

I knit my Ribby using a pattern available from Chicknits.com. It was a really simple well written pattern and I enjoyed knitting it. I ordered 10 skeins of Peruvian Highland Wool from Elann.com and still have a ball and a half left. I haven't put the zipper in yet. A friend of mine is going to help me do that this weekend.

The one thing I hated was seaming this sweater. My last seaming experience was horrible so of course, I procrastinated with this sweater. I actually finished knitting this sweater in about a month and a half but just got around to seaming it this week. I decided to do something different. I looked up the different finishing techniques in Stitch N Bitch and decided to follow those. And boy did that work. It looked beautiful after I was done.

The only think I would have done differently was make it a tad longer. It hits the top of my hip and maybe an inch longer would look better. But it's already knit up and I didn't want to redo it. I could live with this. I am going to make another except longer of course. Maybe I'll make it up in two tones of purple or Burgundy.

This goal is done. I am still plugging away at Angelina and the purple Baby Einstein. I cast on for the Hourglass sweater. I was going to use Knit Pick's Shine in Apricot but I decided to save it for the Tivoli Shirt. I'm making the Hourglass sweater in Cottonease instead. I am having a hard time getting gauge. The sweater maybe a bit big but I didn't want to use the Shine because I only ordered 8 skeins to make the small. What I didn't realize is that Shine is not a very elastic yarn and I didn't want to rip my sweater to get it over my head. My gauge is close on the Cottonease though. I'm averaging 17 st/in. And I want to get to 18. Just under the gauge specified in the pattern. That should get me a sweater that has a bust measurement in the 35" range instead of 33". My bust measures 34" so I'm at that weird inbetween size. I probably did have enough to make it out of Shine but I didn't want to take the chance of knitting it all up and not having enough yarn to make the collar!

Here are some pics of the Ribby Cardi. My dog Waldo particularly liked this sweater. Wherever I set it down he would sniff or even lie down on it like it was his blanket! I wonder if wool is like catnips for dogs....



Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Some pics to enjoy....

Here are a few pics that I managed to download finally. There are more but having a dialup connection is not the fastest way to do things. There's a few from MSU and two pics of my darling pups, Waldo and Wendy! Enjoy!!!


Image hosted by Photobucket.com



Me in a park on the MSU campus

Image hosted by Photobucket.com



Watchtower at MSU

Image hosted by Photobucket.com



Wendy in her Doggles

Image hosted by Photobucket.com



Waldo who's happy he avoided wearing clothes.

Monday, June 20, 2005

I am coveting this yarn!!!

I was purusing the Elann website again. I check Elann almost every day scouring the site for good deals. Which is a bad idea for me. I have a huge stash and not enough time to knit it all. I have been known to buy yarn impulsively especially from online sources and can't bring it all with me to Michigan:( But this yarn is so pretty. http://secure.elann.com/productdisp.asp?NAME=Silk+City+Spaghetti+Cones&Cat=NEW&ProductType=5&Count=1

Fortunately I don't like the colors that are listed on the website so my credit card is safe for now.

I spent the day in jury duty so while waiting to get assigned to a case, I got the bottom half of another Baby Albert finished. I probably would have gotten more done but I didn't bring anymore yarn. I have to go back tomorrow so I will probably get the rest of the coat done. Baby Albert is a quick satisfying knit when you want instant gratification. Mothers also love it. I hate finishing so much that I'm sorely tempted to make only baby sweaters so I can get projects done faster. Hopefully, I don't start doing that.

I do love making shawls. I might start the Bella poncho from Fibertrends in the next couple of days. It's so pretty and I like knitting lace. The Ene scarf is the one thing that I can't bring myself to cast on again. Casting on 375 stitches seems like so much punishment but I think it's the prettiest thing.

Off to knit a bit more on my Angelina jacket... it seems like this one is going on forever. But I am determined to finish it.

Goals for this week:
  • Continue knitting Angelina
  • Seam Ribbi Cardi... I know that's been a goal for the past month at least.
  • Finish Baby Albert

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Back from East Lansing

I spent Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday in MI looking for a place to live while I'm going to school. So far I found a few places with possibilities and a potential roommate. The rent is much cheaper than in CA. You can get a 2 bedroom place for about $800. That's a 1 bedroom apt here in San Diego. But most of the apartments are fairly old. I heard from a retired professor that I met that the city is placing a rental hold on properties. No additional rental licenses will be issued to curb rental property growth.

The town and campus were charming. The town of East Lansing reminded me of San Luis Obispo, CA where I did my first degree. It caters to mostly a student clientele and there were lots of fun bars and restaurants close to campus. The university was started in 1855 as an agricultural school and there were many old historic buildings. Matt and I went to the museum and found lots of fun facts about the college. I did find out this weekend that MSU is the rival school for matt's college major of packaging engineering and we had a good laugh about this coincidence.

Besides school, the nearby capital city of Lansing has a knitting attraction.... Threadbear Arts. Here's a link... www.threadbearfiberarts.com This store was huge and had almost any yarn I can think of. Such a dangerous place to have only a few miles from my new home. I wanted to browse for hours looking at everything. Unfortunately, the only things that entertained Matt there were the two dogs who apparently have free roam of the store. They were so cute, following us and asking to be pet as I wandered the store. We left after 15 minutes of furious browsing and I will return!!! hmmm... wonder if there is a sock class to taught in the fall???

The one thing that I may have trouble with is the weather. It was very HUMID and HOT!!! About 80 degrees all day and night and sticky. Definitely not something that I'm used to. The Midwest seems to have extremes in weather. California is ideal in that it has temperate weather year round. Actually, today is a bit cool and overcast... a welcome rest from the heat of MI.

On the knitting front, I brought my Angelina Jacket to MI with me to knit on the plane... It's such slow knitting... endless 2x2 ribbing that seems like it will go on forever. I did make progress though. 5 inches of the sleeves was knitted. Only six more then I can go on to the neck shaping. The other knitting projects have been sadly neglected. The Ribbi Cardigan just needs to have the sleeves and sides seamed and the collar and zipper attached. I need to motivate myself to finish so that I have something fun to wear in the fall.

I saw this pattern on another blog last week and fell in love with it. http://www.bluealvarez.com/bluealva/hotlava.html It calls for Manos de Uruaguay and the gauge is 3 stitches/inch. I was intending to use some Manos that I bought last year and knitted into a sweater that I do not like or wear. It's in a pink color. But I went to the yarn sale at Two Sisters and Ewe with some knitting friends and bought some Cascade Piazza (?) in a pretty burgandy color. I couldn't help it... it was 30% off. Problem, the stated gauge is 4 stitches/ inch. I am wondering if I can make it look good at 3 st/in. I'll probably have to use a size 10 or 11 needle and I'm hoping it doesn't look too loose.