Archive for August 2007

I love crayons….

August 20, 2007

I have a secret. Every year around this time I meander to the school supply aisle. I gaze at the pens and pencils to see what is new. I fondle the notebooks and open them to inspect closely to see if there is any new organizational feature I must have. I search for pencil boxes to see if any could become my next knitting tools assessory box that I can’t live without. But the REAL reason I’m in school supplies is the crayons. Not just any ole brand of crayons but the Crayola Crayons. It has to be a pack of 24 or maybe the 48’s but one I open open easily. I carefully open the box and then sneak a peek to see if anyone is watching and then I INHALE. Yes, I’m a crayon huffer. No scent in this world can make me feel more at peace and content as the aroma of fresh new crayons. Mmmmmmmmmm


You Are a Green Crayon


Your world is colored in harmonious, peaceful, natural colors.
While some may associate green with money, you are one of the least materialistic people around.
Comfort is important to you. You like to feel as relaxed as possible – and you try to make others feel at ease.
You’re very happy with who you are, and it certainly shows!Your color wheel opposite is red. Every time you feel grounded, a red person does their best to shake you.

What Color Crayon Are You?

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Kimonos

August 17, 2007

I ordered the coolest knitting book the other day.  Knit Kimono is a book of knitting patterns for different types of kimonos.  The beginning tells of the different types and how they came about.  I have several favorites in the book.  But the one on the cover lingers in my mind most of all.

WIP’s:  I’m still plugging along on the Multi Directional Scarf.  I started the second skein last night.  It’s a wonderful project to knit while visiting with others.  I am also still working on Morning Glory Wrap.  I’m into the body part of the stole and it’s coming along nicely.  I am a bit disconcerted that I did exactly what I tell others not to and that is use a variegated yarn on a lace project.  I love the yarn and I love the pattern but I think I should have used a solid or near solid so the lace would be the main focus.  Oh well…there is always the frog pond.  🙂

And I have a confession.  I had to “clean my nest”.  That meant I had to buy more storage containers for my yarn.  So tonight I put up 2 19 quart containers of yarn.  I hated putting all my new  yarn into those containers.  I can’t SEE it and seeing it is what keeps me motivated.   Oh well.

Hope you all have a great weekend filled with knitting!

Blog Fun…

August 15, 2007

 I am a
Sunflower
 

What Flower
Are You?

 

Saturday Knitting stuff

August 11, 2007

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I’ve been knitting but I don’t feel like I’ve gotten very far. The bit of knitting in the top picture is history. I’ve frogged it and I’ll cast on again for the 3rd or 4th time? Oh well. I can’t keep track. This is the start of the Morning Glory Wrap by Anne Hanson at knitspot.com. She writes a very well written pattern that contains the line by line instructions people like me prefer and also the charts for those who have good eyes and can count squares. The problem is with me not the pattern. I remember reading somewhere that you should read the entire pattern before you start. What is it about that phrase that makes me so defiant? That reminds me about that quiz a couple of my teachers in junior high and high school would give. Did you ever take this? The teacher would pass out a quiz. She would state that whoever finished first accurately would earn points or something along that line. There would be 20 items on the page. Item 1 would state to read all 20 items before beginning the quiz. Item 2 would tell you to stand up and recite your name aloud and take your seat. Item 3 would be something else like putting a mark on your page or something. And so it would go until item 20 where it would state: do nothing, sign your name at the top of the page and remain quiet until everyone else is finished. That’s what I think of when I don’t read the whole pattern and then see something long after I’ve started knitting that would be very important to the execution of the pattern. In this instance it is the SSK. My knitting reference books state to slip the stitches as if to purl unless otherwise stated. So jumping in with both feet and head first that is what I did. I noticed as I knitted along that one side of the fan of stitches had one stitch that was more pronounced than the other side. I bet that is why Anne wrote in her instructions that SSK is slip as if to KNIT. I guess I’ll be finding out! lol

This is Fiesta Boomerang in the Caribbean colorway. It’s extrafine superwash merino. I’m using size 10 Knit Pick’s Option needles. I’m getting 4 inches to the stitch as per the gauge of the pattern. Of course it states to use size 9 needles but as per usual with me I knit tighter and end up having to go up a size.

The second picture is my current mindless knitting that I take when knitting with friends. This is the Multi-directional scarf written by the ladies at Simpatico in Fort Worth. We got this free pattern when we took our trip last March. It’s very striking when knitted with self patterning sock yarn. I’m using Cascade Sassy Stripes, 75% wool and 25% nylon. This is the Meridith colorway and I’m using size 5 Knit Pick’s Options needles. Do you think a guy might wear this scarf? It will end up going to Red Scarf Project. I figured the lavender might be acceptable since it’s in minimal amounts. Or if it goes to a gal that would be great.

Lexi had a beauty day today. She’s shedding horribly so I took the Zoom Groom to her twice, that is until she tried to bite me. lol Lexi loves to be combed and brushed but when she is through you better stop. If not she pounces like an attack cat. Later when she drifted off for her afternoon nap I took advantage of her sleepy state and clipped her nails. Whew. She doesn’t usually fight me but does sometimes. Today was a snap.

Hope all is well in your world and that your weekend is filled with the zen of knitting.

Doesn’t she look battle ready? Take note of those lock-n-load back toes hooked into the carpet…she’s ready to LAUNCH!  lol

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A long list….

August 7, 2007

Mark with bold the things you have ever knit, with italics the ones you plan to do sometime, and leave the rest. 

  • Afghan
  • I-cord
  • Garter stitch
  • Knitting with metal wire
  • Shawl/Stole (I’m anti-Jemima Puddleducks syndrome…give me a wrap or stole!  lol)
  • Stockinette stitch
  • Socks: top-down
  • Socks: toe-up
  • Knitting with camel yarn
  • Mittens: Cuff-up
  • Mittens: Tip-down
  • Hat
  • Knitting with silk (Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran has silk in it, that counts, right? )
  • Moebius band knitting
  • Participating in a KAL
  • Sweater
  • Drop stitch patterns
  • Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn (C’mon, I turn off the lights when I leave the room; I shop at Wal-*art to get lower prices….I can’t imagine unraveling something to reuse the yarn.   Ugh.)
  • Slip stitch patterns
  • Knitting with banana fiber yarn  (Never say never)
  • Domino knitting (=modular knitting)
  • Twisted stitch patterns
  • Knitting with bamboo yarn (feels yummy but has no give to it)
  • Two end knitting
  • Charity knitting (Red Scarf Project)
  • Knitting with soy yarn
  • Cardigan
  • Toy/doll clothing
  • Knitting with circular needles
  • Baby items
  • Knitting with your own handspun yarn (I LOVE walking into a nice pretty yarn shop and selecting my yarn all ready to slip my needles into it…I have no desire whatsoever to spin.)
  • Slippers
  • Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
  • Continental knitting
  • Designing knitted garments
  • Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
  • Lace patterns
  • Publishing a knitting book
  • Scarf
  • Teaching a child to knit
  • American/English knitting (as opposed to continental) (my preferred method)
  • Knitting to make money (I sold a knitted item just last week.)
  • Buttonholes
  • Knitting with alpaca
  • Fair Isle knitting
  • Norwegian knitting
  • Dying with plant colours (no desire to dye either)
  • Knitting items for a wedding
  • Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies…)
  • Knitting socks (or other small tubular items)on two circulars (I’m a magic loop fan.)
  • Olympic knitting (I never finished.)
  • Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
  • Knitting with dpns (Yes, but as God as my witness, never again.  😉  )
  • Holiday-related knitting
  • Teaching a male how to knit (I would if one wanted to learn)
  • Bobbles
  • Knitting for a living (talk about a great way to ruin a passion…no way)
  • Knitting with cotton
  • Knitting smocking
  • Dying yarn
  • Steeks
  • Knitting art
  • Knitting two socks on two circulars simultaneously 
  • Fulling/felting
  • Knitting with wool
  • Textured knitting
  • Kitchener BO
  • Purses/bags
  • Knitting with beads
  • Swatching
  • Long Tail CO
  • Entrelac
  • Knitting and purling backwards
  • Machine knitting
  • Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegating yarn
  • Stuffed toys
  • Knitting with cashmere (Again, the Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran)
  • Darning
  • Jewelry
  • Knitting with synthetic yarn (not my fave)
  • Writing a pattern
  • Gloves
  • Intarsia
  • Knitting with linen
  • Knitting for preemies
  • Tubular CO
  • Freeform knitting
  • Short rows
  • Cuffs/fingerless mits/armwarmers
  • Pillows
  • Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
  • Rug (I’ve started one, does that count?)
  • Knitting on a loom
  • Thrummed knitting
  • Knitting a gift (lots)
  • Knitting for pets
  • Shrug/bolero/poncho
  • Knitting with dog/cat hair
  • Hair accessories
  • Knitting in public (always)