Thursday, September 29, 2005

Started a new ring: Hoppy Knitters

I started a ring for rabbit lovers, owners, and breeders since I didn't see one. I spent time trying to make the letters on the logo clearer, but for some reason it just didn't work. Anyone volunteer to make us a logo that you can actually read? *lol*

http://hoppyknitters.tripod.com/

New Yarn! Can you say ooooooooh!


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I bet you've guessed what kind of yarn the front three are....so no mystery there. Enough to finish my sock, and a pair for my Mother. But the back two cones? That is 2.88 pounds of Pendleton wool yarn. I hear the Pacific Northwesterners gasping! This is really great heathered blue and green wool. I don't know yet what I'll do with it, but I'm excited just sitting next to it (the background in most of my pictures is my couch, if you haven't guessed lol) So you want to know where to get it cheap? My Mother bought this for me when we went to The Woolen Mill Store and Annex in Portland, and the Pendleton wool is $10.00 a pound. Incredible deal. I got the Kroy from the Mill end store...I just love going there!

So, I'm starting a swatch of the Pendleton to see how it looks. I also started the second sock...wish me luck!

Edit:
By popular demand the address and phone number for The Woolen Mill Store and Annex:
8550 SE McLoughlin Blvd
Portland OR, 97222
503-535-5786

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

YAAAAAY!


Completed Tricky Sock! Posted by Picasa

I did it!!!!!! I know it is large, I wanted it to be. I don't like socks that are tight, just snug enough to stay on is good for me. *sigh of relief* well, that was quite an adventure. And guess what folks? I get to do it again! (although, ran out of yarn, need to get some more)

Sock progress


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I know, it's sideways :P With the exception of a verrry elongated stitch where I guess I pulled on the heel flap while I was knitting it, it looks great! At this picture, I have finished the gusset decreases and am now starting the foot. When I finish these socks, I think I'll frame them for motivation later on in life :)

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Okay, here we go again

I'm back on track for the gusset decreases. I stayed up all night until I got it right, and I'm really getting some good experience on these socks. A wonderful socknitter pal, Terry, has been my personal saviour through these socks. I truly am greatful to your kindness. I'll keep you guys up to date on my progress.

Spoke too soon

This sock is kicking my rear! I've frogged and reknit it so many times, that I'm quite certain it will start a fire the next time around. This last time I had to frog it was because I was to the gusset decreases and found previous stitches from the short row heel that had come undone. Trying to fix it had caused more harm than good. So, I thought I'd frog it just to the heel flap, but then I realized that the yarn was going the wrong way around the sock. I sure as heck didn't want to purl the rest of the sock, so I just frogged, frogged, frogged. So, I reknit it again, up to the gusset, and the pick ups were perfect. I started the gusset decreases when I realized the sock looked a little strange. I hadn't turned the heel, and once again the yarn was going the wrong direction. I refuse to give up on principle. I've frogged this thing maybe two dozen times and if I give in to the sock now, it will be laughing at me forever. I'd have to involve some kind of voodoo ritual for the wool to lift the curse, I'm sure. So, I look at it this way: If I don't knit this damn sock all of my future knitting will be crap. I will have nightmares of laughing socks and I will have to live a sockless existence. So, to sum this post up...........................

HELP!!!!!

Monday, September 26, 2005

Frogged, and reknit picture 2


Tricky sock re-knit back Posted by Picasa

This is the other side of the sock that is determined to keep my eyes crossed forever.

Frogged, and re-knit


Tricky sock re-knit front Posted by Picasa

This is the front view of the much frogged sock that has once again, been reknit. I think this sock is just determined to challenge me at every turn. I went with a different heel flap. This one is the eye of the partridge, and lo and behold, I can fit 30 rows in without it looking very, very long. Woohoo! (thanks again socknitters) I've just got to put it aside for tonight though, my eyes are crossed, but at least I finally did it!

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Back of tricky socks


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This is the back side of the tricky socks. I love the stripes!

Tricky socks


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I learned to knit socks using 5 needles, and both of these patterns are on 4. More specifically, the pattern for the tricky ones are for 5 needles, but I only have 4 in that size. I also needed to add some stitches to make them fit my feet. Well, it isn't as easy as it sounded. Now a very helpful angel at the socknitters list is walking me through it. This picture shows the front of the cuff and heel flap using the patons self striping sock yarn and #3 (3.25mm) needles.

Don's woolease socks


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These were supposed to be done for my husband's birthday. I don't think that will happen as his birthday is 3 days away, and this is the start of the cuff of the first sock. Perhaps if I pray to the knitting Gods long enough.....

This is an extra large twisted rib ankle sock. It will be more like slippers because it will be a very roomy sock. I could possibly finish them for our anniversary though...which is October 4th. My main attention is being taken by the other pair of socks that are just aggrivating me so much.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Stash Enhacement eXpedition


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Hubby and I went to the Mill End store and found the divine at 20% off. I love to use divine to make scarves. The wool is for a fulling project, and of course the sock yarn is for.....socks. I bought another sock yarn color, but it is on the needles at the moment. I'll put up a picture shortly.

I love reading knitting blogs, and I love to see what everyone is doing, and how they've put their blog together. I'm not a HTML wizard, so unfortunately I cannot do all the fancy things that many people do. Many bloggers are more advanced knitters, too. Sometimes I feel frustrated when reading the blogs, and see how they produce so much beautiful knitting quickly and easily. Am I envious? Of course! I hope to someday get to that level with my knitting. I've been knitting for probably five years now, but it was solely to reduce stress. I wasn't always making anything in particular. I've got a sack full of squares. They weren't knitted for an afghan or for anything at all. They were just things for me to knit. Now though, I am hoping to actually make beautiful things. I find that it is helpful if I have a mindless project going at the same time as a more challenging one so that if I get frustrated with the challenging one, I can go back to the mindless one for stress relief.

At the Mill End store I bought Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's "At Knit's End, Meditations for women who knit too much" AKA The Yarn Harlot....I absolutely love this book. All of my knitting books before this one have been strictly how-to and pattern books. This is a complete joy to read! There is one page in particular that has helped with my blog envy:

There is one knitter in my guild who is a wonder. Her work is always incredible, her stitches even, her sense of color perfection. She gives workshops and people line up to get in, anxious to elevate their knitting to her level. At one workshop she was explaining that we should all strive for absolutely even stitches. Your work, properly done, should look like it was machine knit. The knitter next to me heaved a sigh and quietly muttered, "Honestly, why wouldn't I just get a knitting machine?" Knitting is a human activity. It's okay if it looks like humans did it.

I guess that I need to enjoy my own flaws as much as my accomplishments.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Sniffer's Anonymous

Hi, my name is Heather, and I'm a yarn sniffer.

People in stores must think I hear voices. Seriously. I grab some yarn and sniff it first. Then I rub it on my cheek, neck, and inner arm. Then I close my eyes and rub it between my fingers for a while. Sometimes, I rub it on my ear to see if it sounds scratchy. Yep, I'm a freak. Of course, this all means something to me, but to others, I'm sure they think I am a complete nutcase. Rubbing it on sensitive areas tells me if I'm going to have to be careful of who I give the finished piece to. Closing my eyes and rubbing the yarn just is for pure pleasure. I imagine feeling it as a fully-knitted garment. Rubbing it on my ear tells me if it sounds scratchy...if it does, I won't make it in to a headband or headscarf. Now the sniffing....this does sound weird, even to me. I won't knit with smelly yarns. Some yarn I've knit with in the past has a very chemical smell, and it makes for knitting hell for me. I hate stinky yarns. *sigh* I feel so much better having shared this. Thank you for listening.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Frustration!

I pulled the floral fabric purse from the UFO pile and decided to work on it. I finished one side, and started the other side. I realized that the done side didn't look even slightly like the other side. I grabbed the instructions, and glanced at the top that it was for the other bag that I had finished. So....I started the floral bag in it's pattern, and finished it in another pattern. D'oh! Off to the frog pond I go.....

Saturday, September 10, 2005


Fulled Purse 1 Posted by Picasa

There was no flash in this picture, but I think it shows what the purse looks like better than the others. The others seem a bit washed out. I really loved making this, and was shocked at how much it shrunk lengthwise as opposed to widthwise.


Inside of Fulled Purse Posted by Picasa

This picture shows a bit of the inside of the purse, and I see my husband's jacket snuck in the picture too *lol*


Fulled Purse Posted by Picasa

The flash has messed with the color somewhat...the darker picture shows the color better. This was my own creation, just experimenting with wool and fulling. It isn't all wool, it is 50/50 wool/acrylic, so that the stitches can still be seen. I really enjoyed this project!

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