Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Unnamed Ipod

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This is what hubby bought me for Christmas. It is unnamed as of yet, and I'm just starting to learn how to use it. I did download itunes initially, but when it messed up my laptop, I decided anapod might be a better solution for me. I've subscribed to a few knitting podcasts, and so far I love this thing!!!

New socks started

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Did you notice that santa brought me two skeins of every color except one? Well, it wasn't an error, I had to start a pair at my Mom's house. These are also the new addi turbos that Santa brought as well. Santa sure spoiled me this year! This pattern is from the book santa brought "Sensational Knitted Socks" by Charlene Schurch. I love this book! There are tips for how to fit socks to different feet, which will be very nice to know. The yarn here is from Knitpicks (santa told me that they were great to order from btw) in the colorway Snapdragon. If you haven't ordered from Knitpicks before, I encourage you to do so. They have unbeatable prices, and the yarn just has to be felt to be believed. I've bought $15.00 hanks that don't compare to the $3.99 merino yarn at knitpicks.

Yarns Santa brought

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Santa sure outdid himself this year! I bet he wants more socks ;) These are all from Knitpicks. The colors are:
(clockwise from top left)
Flower Power, Snapdragon, Paper Dolls, Crayons, and Hollyberry.

Santa modeling Mom's scarf

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This is the yarn that Mom bought at the beach when we went there, and I picked a basketweave pattern to show off the flubbiness of the yarn. It was incredible to work with! It was an incredibly soft imported Italian Merino. Since I had given Mom her Christmas socks early, I decided she had to wait to get this one. I was supposed to bring this to my guild for our themed project of the year, which was by the sea, so it fit perfectly since we bought this yarn at the beach. Unfortunately, before I could bring it, I wrapped it. *smacks forehead* D'oh!

Santa is so generous!

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Santa sure did spoil me this year! Maybe he liked the socks I knitted him this year :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Snow, socks, and sanity

Karen said...
Aaargh! How frustrating! You must get the gold star, or the purple heart, or something, for Kitchenering under such adverse conditions. BTW, when I was out buying poinsettias at the local florist's today, I discovered that they had "The Scent of Christmas" by Aromatique. So I bought some candles and potpourri of it, on your recommendation. MMmmmmm!

It was very frustrating! When I took the yarn to the guild meeting and showed the ladies at my table how easily it broke, there was an audible gasp. I really do love that Smell of Christmas. It really does make my holiday. I usually get it at Meier and Frank, but they always seem to be sold out now. It just isn't Christmas to me without it anymore.

It's snowing! I love snow, but not on my new paint job *grumble grumble*

I finally finished my brother's socks. See how freakishly long the foot is? They had *better* fit! Those poor stockings....I made those stockings for my husband and myself probably 7 or 8 years ago. To me, they look rather ratty, but my husband loves them. The little bears holding the stockings my mother painted in 1991 and handed them down to me last year, I believe. I love them, but they aren't too sturdy...so I've got double stick tape holding them down ;)

Okay, now on to hubby's last *#&^@* sock. I really do love this yarn, and I think it would be great for some things, but not socks. It is going to take a Christmas miracle to get his socks done on time...he's been forewarned.

Friday, December 16, 2005

One DH Sock down

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This is one completed sock in Silky wool....I don't advise knitting socks in this yarn. I was doing the kitchener stitch on this sock and a thought came in to my mind. What happens if the yarn breaks during this? Of course, just at that time, the yarn broke.


Have you ever tried to kitchener with a knot in your yarn? NOT. EASY.

One Brother Sock Down

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I'm just about at the heel on the second sock. I know I'll be sitting under the tree trying to stay awake while knitting to meet the Christmas deadline this year....heaven help me.

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What a wonderful night at the Tigard Knitting Guild! We had a potluck and secret santa gift exchange. I brought enough wool for a nice scarf and some Christmasy needles. I couldn't think of anything else :P This is what I got...Opal sockyarn!!! It even smells nice too ;) (think fresh lavender) What was really funny came afterwards. I was getting ready to leave, and a lady comes up to me and asks if I am knittnchick. I think my exact words were "Uh......yeah". Turns out, this lady reads my blog *and* brought the sock yarn that I picked. Talk about a small world! She also had a chocolate santa in there, which sadly I cannot have. So, I passed it to another person at my table who can have it :)

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Want to help?

I have a relative in a group home for girls who've had very traumatic pasts. I decided that I should teach them to knit, however I don't have the supplies they will need. I'm working to get them, but thought I should ask if anyone has extra needles or yarn in their stashes that are just gathering dust. If you'd like to help, please drop me an email.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

So...why no pics?

First, some comments:

operaknitter said... Just discovered you blog. Love it. I know exactly what you mean about the "fiber zone". I love to be there as much as possible and am very irritated when someone interrupts. What would we do without yarn? I have the book about how to knit socks on two needles, but am still on dpns. Must learn...

You kinda just have to jump in. I read Cat Bordhi's book as well (I assume that is the one you mean) and I just didn't get it from her illustrations. This site helped, and this video. From that, I just kinda learned.

Karen said... Woohooo -- so glad to see those stitch markers put to such good use!Isn't it funny how people can see what you're working on, and decide that they know what it is? I was knitting on a sweater once at Starbucks, and a lady and her little boy came in. The little boy pointed at me and asked his mom, What's she doing? The mom looked at me and said, very authoritatively, "That lady is knitting a scarf." I was just about to answer the kid myself, but since his mom seemed to Know It All . . . I just chuckled to myself.

They are my favorite stitch markers. They don't get in the way, and they're cute :)

I sometimes have to wonder if they (the people who assume almost finished garments are always scarves) are ignorant or just stupid. Seriously.....doesn't that picture look like a sock? Even worse, who thinks a sweater is a scarf? I understand if they can't tell the difference between a cardigan and a pullover, but a sock and a sweater?!?!?!? Okay, enough about that.

So, do you wonder why you've not seen a picture lately? Well, for one, my camera has decided I only get to use it for 27 seconds before shutting off. (need a new battery lol) I tried to take a picture of this mystery scarf I'm making, and I got this:

And believe it or not, this is the best one. I think it is the yarn, since it is a mohair blend. This is a magical yarn. I knit on it for an hour, check it.....and it is the same size it was before. I don't think it will ever get any bigger than this.

I decided that my Brother's Girlfriend may not have my taste in scarves, so I ripped out a foot of feather and fan, and am just going with a garter border with stockinette.

JenLa withdrawls

Will someone please tell Jen or La that I haven't been able to read the blog in a long while. I subscribe to the rss feed, and I get this error when trying to view it:

ForbiddenYou don't have permission to access /jenlablog/index.php on this server.
Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.
Apache/1.3.33 Server at www.knottygirls.com Port 80

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Monday, December 05, 2005

Christmas Rush

Down to the wire now. Of course, on the way back from the mailbox the other day I tripped over some bunched up cement and fell. I wasn't hurt badly, but my right shoulder is painful and it is now difficult to knit. I'm hoping that this clears up in a few days.

I finished Mom's beach scarf and am blocking it....sort of. This is my first blocking attempt and I never realized how much it smells like wet dog. Hmm. Anyway, I got the scarf all pinned, and then realized that if I pinned it like it was, the curvy shape wouldn't be there anymore, so I switched to plan B and just hung it up to add some length. I've been checking on it, and it seems to be doing okay.

I also started a new scarf for my Brother's Girlfriend in yarn she picked out. I really have no idea what kind of pattern she'd like, so I'm trying out a feather and fan to start with. I may switch to stockinette for the middle and just use the feather and fan on the ends...I haven't decided yet.

I know I'm not posting as much as I usually do, but things have gotten very hectic and it has been a struggle not to pluck every hair off of my head in frustration. I guess when it rains it pours, but it has been just rediculous. I won't bore you with the non-knitting garbage, but let's just say that the car fiasco continues and is getting weirder and weirder, a check written to us (for a large amount) came back NSF after we had already spent it, and a merchant charged another account that they weren't supposed to, which messed the books up. In any case, this is why I am up at 4am, just too much to think about.

Hubby still hasn't made up his mind about whether or not he wants toes on his socks. Since I'm almost at the toe decreases, he'd better hurry up and decide. This silky wool is beautiful and feels great, however I have to pick sharp things out of it every once in a while. I have no idea what it is, but it is obviously not supposed to be there. There have also been occasional knots, but as long as it isn't on the heel or sole I don't worry too much about it.

I went to an open house with Mom this weekend where she sold some of her jewlery. I was there mostly to do the lifting and setting up, so during the open house I got a little bored. I brought out my knitting. Interestingly enough, two ladies were talking about knitting, and one said she was intimidated by double pointed needles, but wanted to knit socks. I was working on hubby's socks on two circulars, so I showed her that if you can ignore the other needles, it is exactly the same as knitting flat. You are still only working with two needles at a time. (or one, in the case of circs) She said that she had the courage to try them, and I'm so glad she can know the joy of knitting socks. There were a couple of ladies that knit there, and we swapped horror stories. One lady had knitted a beautiful cotton sweater and wore it on a humid summer night. Needless to say, it ended up growing four sizes. I think we all have stories like that. I shared my ginormous santa hat I made last year. It is so big that you can't wear it. The fabric is so heavy it pulls off of your head. Oh well. I gave it to my step-dad to use as a decoration.

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