Monday, February 27, 2006

Alrighty then. First of all...a great big thank you to Michelle at Knit1// for choosing my name as a winner of one of the Go Knit pouch. Woohoo for me. I sent in a picture of "the big orange" or the long cardigan from the Spring 2005 issue of Knit 1. We are very excited.
The other exciting news (at least for me) is that I finished the cardigan and wore it yesterday. It didn't turn out as bad as I thought it would and it looked pretty good when worn. It is nice and toasty so I think that I am pleased with it. However it will always be known to me as the "sandwich bag".
I cast on for a vest today and tomorrow I am starting another long cardigan because I finished the sweater from Oat Couture tonight. All I have to do is sew it together which I will do tomorrow. Knitting group meets tomorrow night so I will have several things to show off.

Saturday, February 25, 2006
This is one of the blogs that I read pretty much daily. I do enjoy her blog. And the colors that she likes are great.
I am still working on the sweater...I am now calling it "the sandwich bag" and I'm still annoyed. But I need to get over it so I can start on something else. I have decided that it is not my knitting but the fact that I need to stop using bulky weight yarns as I am bulky enough on my own. Alright, I am going to go finish the sandwich bag now so hopefully it will be done and off the needles.

Friday, February 24, 2006

&*^&(%&%(/!! Aw man! I finished my sweater last night (the ecru one) and when I tried it on I looked like a whole ham trying to stuff into a sandwich bag. Not the best look for me, or anyone. It is much too short for me so I picked up stitches from the bottom and am knitting for about another 8". Nothing more fun than spending all that time knitting and working a pattern that is new and then having a huge disappointment. Hopefully it will look decent when it is a little longer. Note to self...only long sweaters and vests that cover and drape like a Hefty bag. I also found a few mistakes that to me are very glaring and I'm sure A. will be able to point them out the minute she sees it. GGGGGGRRRRRRRRRR. I am trying to finish the tunic sweater from Oat Couture so I can start something else. That probably won't fit either. Oh well, win some, lose some.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

I keep knitting and knitting and knitting on the sleeves of the cardigan and I am still at the same place. Where does all the the knitting go? I still have about 4" to go so maybe I can actually finish those tonight. Knitting group is Tuesday night so I would like to have at least one of the sweaters finished. I also need to pick-up a bunch of books on hold at the library so it's a good thing that the meeting is Tuesday.
I did get Ad. to pick up C.'s poncho last Thursday. All I wanted to do was get rid of it since I finished it as I said I would. She wouldn't even ask for it so I don't know if she wanted it or not. I assume that she did since she paid for the yarn for it. I did it and now it's out of my hands so my job is done. Woohoo.
This week I am going to my lys and get another pair of Addi Turbo's so I can knit my vest. I washed my vest made out of Homespun and it came out pretty well. It tended to tighten up the "bloom" on it so maybe it will hold up better than I thought. But after the few skeins that I have I won't be using it again. I just don't like how it wears.
Okay, off to knit on the ever elusive sleeves and maybe I'll find all those inches of knitting. Wish me luck.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Well, Happy Birthday to me! A. and m. took me to have Indian for dinner...mmmmmmmmmm...vindaloo. It was delicious and I have leftovers for tomorrow which is my actual birthday. The weather tomorrow is supposed to drop 30 degrees,brrrrrr, so I will be knitting. I have gotten to the sleeve portion of both of my sweaters so it's just knit, knit, knit. But if I get to spend most of tomorrow knitting I will probably get them done. Yay! Then I can start something else. So just a little entry today and more later.
I've been reading one of my favorite blogs-Sheep in the City- and have been inspired by her stitch markers and have been making myself some. I think they are great but then I'm biased. As soon as A. gets her camera working or a new one I will have some photos.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Knitting away and not watching the Olympics. I went to the library the other day and got several books on tape since there is nothing on t.v. for the next two weeks. There are a few things on PBS but that's about it. But I have gotten some good knitting done. Just started on the sleeves of my cardigan and I will probably have that finished this week. Also am now on the back of my tunic sweater which will be the last thing I am going to knit in Homespun. I like it but after wearing it has a tendency to "bloom". Fuzz is fine when that is what I am going for but not so much on this.
Just got the yarn yesterday for my big project. I saw this gorgeous poncho...I know,I know... in the Knitter's magazine, January 2006. It's the celtic poncho by Nicki Epstein and I just had to knit it. I am going to have it in the pile as I don't have the needles for it yet. Oh darn,a trip to the lys. sigh. But it should be really interesting to knit. I hope.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

I am halfway through two sweaters now. One is a cardigan from the Aug.-Oct. issue of CastOn, the Town Square cardigan. I am knitting it in a very pretty ecru with flecks...I call it the "Fleckru". The other is a tunic type from an Oat Couture pattern. Pretty easy and I am knitting the bulky version as I had some Lion Brand Homespun that was just begging me to use it.
I went to a new knitting group tonight. Well, new for me. They meet one of the local Barnes and Nobel bookstores and it was nice. I especially enjoyed the fact that alot of them read the same blogs as I and go the same places. I will probably go, there was Starbucks and coffee is always a plus.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

So. Today was the bird fair...yuck...but I needed to go because m. needed bird stuff. Now there was a Super Bowl sale at my lys as well. Nice soft, fluffy yarn with welcoming circular needles versus nasty birds with pecking beaks and wings. The cool thing is that I did manage to get to the yarn store and got a couple of patterns. The yarn was very seductive with its whispering, "come on, take me home. You know you want to. Everyone else is so you should too. I'm ssssssssoooooooo soft and warm." Hahahaha I showed them. I stood firm and only bought the patterns. I would have bought some Addi Turbos but they didn't have the size I needed.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Well.I decided to start my blog on here because I forgot I actually had this one sitting around. I had one that I've been writing on but it's on AOL so I thought I'd go back to this one. I finally finished the sweater that I was working on last week. It didn't take too long and I think it looks pretty good. The only thing I would do differently would be to bind it off much more loosely. It is a very loose and "drape-y" yarn so if I bound-off much more loosely it might not lie right. Ad. wants another sweater and I am surprised because he usually doesn't like anything that is handmade. Once I got him to understand that, yes the sweater ribbing is made of the same material as the rest of the sweater, yes, the sweater is hand-knitted (although why he thought I was showing him the picture of the sweater in a knitting magazine I will never know!) and yes, the cable is knitted into it and not an extra piece. Then, and only then, did he say he liked it.