Saturday, July 29, 2006

Hasn't been a good couple of days for yarn store visits. On Thursday I went out to Lambikins because they were the only ones that had size 15 Addi's...(did I mention how much I despise any size over 9's?)...and I was trying to work on A.'s shawl on these cruddy plastic needles. And I hate plastic needles more than large sizes. The weather was raining and the streets were really slick, so there were accidents and crazy drivers everywhere. By the time we arrived, it was just about rush hour and the traffic was getting horrific. So I sped through the yarn was all a blur...and bought my Addi's and we were "outta" there. SIGH. So many pretty yarns all calling for me to visit and fondle them.
Today we went to the art museum for awhile and on the way home stopped at Fiberlishious(sp). YUCK!! It looked like a fabulous place but the smell of mold when you walked in could just about knock you over. It was awful. I certainly wasn't going to buy anything that came from a place that smelled like that...who knows if the smell would ever come out of the fibers. Looked around for less than a minute and just left. Nasty. Maybe I'll have better luck next time.

Friday, July 28, 2006

It sure has been hot this week and supposed to be even worse next week. I have been knitting and watching some dvd's and just keeping low and staying cool. Got the 3rd season of Northern Exposure and the first season of Numbers from the library. Just in time because I finished the 2nd season of Northern Exposure the other day. I bought the 1st and 2nd season 'cause it was such a good price and I'd forgotten how much I liked the show. Almost finished with the pink cardigan and working on a shawl for A. I was going to crochet it but the pattern won. I kept ending up with more stitches with each row so I ripped it out and found a similar knit pattern. So there. Stupid crochet.

Friday, July 21, 2006

The sweater has left the building. I gave it to Ad. on Monday night. He seemed pretty pleased with it but wouldn't try it on because it was so freakin' HOT. I don't really blame him but it would be nice if I knew that it fit. I am trying to finish the pink cardigan and the sock for A. so I can start on the new sock yarn that I just bought. Trekkers yarn and some bee-u-ti-ful Lorna Lace's yarn. What to make first?

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Non-smegging sleeves. I finished the sleeves yesterday and the sweater is now put together and looking good. I will give it to him tomorrow and am glad to see the end of it. I have yarn for another sweater for him...Woolease in a beautiful grey...but don't know what to make yet.
I did finish the felted satchel and man, it looks great. I am quite impressed with it. A. felted it and she did a great job. She is thrilled with it and wants me to make another for her. Okay, as long as I don't have to felt it or pay for it. It's a good thing I have plenty to keep me busy because it is going to be in the high 90*'s all week. That means with the heat index it will be in the 100*'s. YUCK! Lay low and stay cool.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Smegging, smegging, smegging sleeves. Okay. Maybe it's not the sleeves' fault so much as mine but still. I finished them on Sunday night while watching the first season of "Northern Exposure" on dvd. I'd forgotten how much I liked that show. So yesterday morning I laid out the sweater to put it together. The shoulder seams are beautiful, the best I'd ever done. I laid out the sleeves and gasped in horror. The sleeves are set-in, which I'd never done before but looks pretty staight forward, and realized that I had knit the sleeves on the wrong size needle. I thought so on Sunday night when I went to put them back in the package but figured that I had just put them in the wrong package when I switched sizes when the ribbing was finished. WRONG!! I had knit the ribbing on size 9's and the body on 8's. What a pointy headed git. I mean really. So I raged and stomped around for awhile and then frogged both sleeves and VERY carefully cast on again. The first sleeve is almost finished and then I will make sure it fits before doing the second. It's a good thing it's very rainy today so I will knit. And knit, and knit. Smegging sleeves.

Friday, July 07, 2006

I am still knitting sleeves. On Ad's sweater and on my cardigan. Geeze, I'm sick of sleeves. I am going to finish his this weekend. Then just sew it up and it can get out of here. Good I am tired of looking at it. More later.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Everyone take a deep breath with me...the sweater fits Katie!! She is pleased with it and the only thing is that the bottom ribbing isn't loose enough for her. She doesn't want it emphasizing that part of her body. I completely understand. I am going to make her another one in orange and I will either make the ribbing with needles 2 or 3 sizes bigger or cast-on for the medium size and then decrease the body. Any suggestions?
I am working on the sleeves of Ad's sweater and am trying to get it finished in time for his birthday. Since it isn't until the 15th I think I'll be just fine. It's so hot today...90* but at least there is a breeze. It's a good day to sit and finish up some sleeves, don't you think? The only problem is I just got the new Monica Ferris book "Sins and Needles" and I really want to finish it. Maybe I'll read a few chapters and then knit. It's going to be another long holiday weekend so no plans. I have a few Dvd's from the library that are documentaries so I will probably watch a few of those. I was hoping for a trip to the lys so we shall see. I was thinking about making myself a felted satchel like I did for A. but the larger size. It is from Knitty and hers turned out quite well. Of course it hasn't been felted yet but I have no doubts that it will look great.
On another note... I HATE to cook, I mean really. It's hard to be a mostly vegan if'n you don't cook. BUT...I found the most wonderful cookbooks. "How it all Vegan" and "La Dolce Vegan" by Sarah Kramer. Not alot of ingredients in each recipe (most of them) and very simple preparation. Love them!! Have made some fabulous food. Thumbs up to is her site. Go there and learn.