Archive for March 2008

A New Knitting Program

March 31, 2008

There is a new knitting tv program called Knit and Crochet Today. This is the link to their website:

http://www.knitandcrochettoday.com/

And for some reason it is not available here in the OKC viewing area. So I can’t tell you if I think it’s a good program or not. And just because I like it does not mean you may like it or vice versa. But I’d like the opportunity to watch and see for myself. If you click on the PBS Station Listing button you can scroll down and see that Tulsa gets it but not OKC. At the very bottom you can send an email that will be forwarded to PBS. Ask that we have this program added to our lineup here in OKC.

Happy Easter and a trip down memory lane…

March 23, 2008

Since it’s Easter I decided I’d dig up this elusive picture of my sister and me taken Easter Sunday manyyyyyy a year ago. Long story short I can’t find it. But I did find many other pictures that tripped the ole memory switch. Needless to say that has stirred up some emotions both happy and sad. I’ll show you some of those pictures at the end of the post.

On the knitting front: I visited two yarn shops this week. I managed to only make one purchase though. I picked up three more skeins of Kidsilk Haze at Gourmet Yarn for the Modern Quilt Throw. I bought two skeins a few weeks ago and had one in my stash so now I have 6 of the 9 colors.

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I am using some of the colors from the original but I have substituted a few of my own. I prefer a brick red to a blue red and so that is what prompted my choice of the brick red over the maroon the pattern calls for. Margaret also had the now discontinued Swish (gold) color the original called for and I snatched that up. I think there was only one skein left when I checked out. I don’t care for many pinks so I’m subbing the deep purple for the rose/pink color. Anyway, that’s all the colors I have in the picture above.

Sandy had her finished Modern Quilt Throw at the shop yesterday and I got to try it on. It is gorgeous!! It’s a light as a feather and so sheer but oh so warm. Sandy, you did a great job.

Note to Arlene: No, I cannot quit picking on “the winner”. I live vicariously through her yarn/knitting purchases and I can’t just let those slip by without sharing it with others. So on to my story. Yesterday when she saw me picking out my next segment purchase of Kidsilk she went over and started looking over the selections. Next thing I know she had her 9 skeins on the table in front of us. When she was getting ready to check out I laughed and said what a GREAT blog post this would make. She puffed up and told Sandy to put them in a bag behind the counter for her. I just laughed and didn’t think another thing about it until she was getting out of my car back here in Norman. As she was picking up her knitting bag I saw a Kidsilk Haze label peeking out buried underneath some stuff. AHA!!!! Busted!!! She DID buy all 9 skeins. She just THOUGHT she was pulling a fast one. lol But wait, there is more. On the way back to Norman she wanted to grab an Amy Butler Bag from L & B. She had forgotten to print out her 10% off coupon. I remembered I had printed one off but left it in the tray of my office printer. So we dashed downtown and ran into my office to grab that coupon. So she was able to get her Amy Butler bag with 10% off! Every little bit helps!

I know Terri made some purchases when she had to run up to Guthrie to deliver some of her bread. I don’t know her total but I truly doubt that she spent as much as “the winner”. So with that in mind…..”The Winner” is still in first place.

Pssst: She’s going to NC with her daughter this week and there are yarn shops on her agenda. I can’t WAIT to see what she brings back. ūüôā

When I got home around 6 last night, I wanted to find the skeins of Marmalade Kidsilk Haze that were buried in my stash. I started digging when I got home and realized very quickly that I needed to go through every yarn bin in my closet. I quickly took in the piles of yarn tucked into sacks and baskets in the room around me and decided now was as good a time as any to consolidate and organize. I’d love to tell you that it was a great success but it wasn’t 100%. I did get a lot of yarn put away. I did set up an organization of sorts. I printed a label for each bin. My categories were: Mission Falls Cotton (yes I have enough to fill an entire bin), sock yarns, Mission Falls Wool, baby yarns, Cascade 200, alpaca, silk and Brown Sheep, plus some misc. categories. I filled 15 bins and have one empty. I do have enough oddball type yarn that I can fill it no problem but I ran out of energy. I did not locate the Marmalade until 10:30 and it was not in a bin but in a bag of miscellaneous yarns. lol Shelly told me it would be in the last one I checked and she was right. I cleaned out several knitting bags. I believe I reclaimed 7-8 sets of needles, frogged 3 WIP’s and found $14 stashed in a side pocket. I have enough bags from Gourmet Yarn and L & B to give back that each may have enough to last a day before getting into new bags. ūüėČ I laugh but it’s also embarrassing to see how many there are. I have to cut back. I’ll finish getting my Kidsilk and the Claudia John B Margaret has coming in but I’m going to try to go a few weeks without buying any yarn. Did you read that? A FEW WEEKS. I’m going to take this in small bites. God, help me.

I started a new project a couple of weeks ago. It’s the Woodland Shawl from The Thrifty Knitter only I’m making a scarf and not a shawl.

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This is the Dream in Color Smooshy Blue Lagoon colorway. I love this yarn. The picture shows the yarn to be more blue but it “leans” to the green side of that blue. lol Still beautiful no matter which way. The cush this yarn has is incredible. Those are not one but TWO lifelines. It isn’t that the pattern is difficult but my attention will drift away and I find myself making mistakes. A week ago Saturday I knitted 25 rows to gain 6. Get that? I ended up ripping out 19 rows of knitting because of mistakes!! lol Anyway, that is when I inserted the 2nd lifeline because I couldn’t bring myself to tear out the first in the event I was missing a mistake in the just completed section. lol

I’m also plugging away on Cavendish knitted in the Mission Falls Whirl. While I do love the pattern in the Mission Falls it just doesn’t compare to how it looks in Noro Silk Garden. Marjie cast on yesterday with some Silk Garden and it just pops in that pattern. Sigh! I guess one of these days I’ll be buying some Silk Garden and doing this again. lol

Here are some pictures from long ago:

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I apologize that some are thumbnails and some are full size but not cropped. I’m sure there is a way to fix that but I spent so much time on memory lane that I need to get some work done instead of cropping pictures. Fixed it! And that last picture is of Lexi when she was a kitten. She figured out very quickly that she could leap up to the keyboard tray from under the desk and scoot up from behind and she’d paw at me. I can’t tell you how many times she threaded my email by pawing at me and hitting keys! lol Isn’t she a cute scoot?

Hope you have a very happy Easter that is filled with family and good times.

A Movie Meme

March 14, 2008

Here are the rules:

1. Pick 10 of your favorite movies.
2. Go to IMDb (Internet Movie Database) and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess (if you know them all, please don’t guess every one).
4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.
5. No Googling or IMDb-ing. That’s cheating, and that’s no fun!

1. What happens to a girl like that, when a man like you is finished with her?

Laura Dr. Zhivago

2. You slut.

3. What happens on the mile stays on the mile. Always has.

Marjie The Green Mile (one of my very favorite faves)

4. Yeah. The funny thing is – on the outside, I was an honest man, straight as an arrow. I had to come to prison to be a crook.

Marjie Shawshank Redemption

5. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

6. What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.

Bev Cool Hand Luke

7. You don’t need a patch on your arm to have honor.

Stacybuckeye A Few Good Men

8. And I guess that was your accomplice in the woodchipper.

Amy Fargo

9. That’s right. I’m just a fella now. I ain’t no different than anyone else no more.

10. This is probably the first marriage I’ve ever seen that started out with a spanking!

Terri – McLintock ¬† (darn Terri….it took you long enough!!¬† lol¬† I did this one just for you!)

Ok, it’s been a week and I don’t guess anyone is going to get the other three.¬†¬† Out of all the quotes listed above there is only one that I did not have to look up.¬†¬† It’s number 2.¬†¬† And it’s from the movie Tootsie.¬†¬† I don’t know why that line stuck in my head all these years but it did.¬†¬† Number 5 is a line from The Color Purple.¬†¬† And Number 9 is a quote from the movie Unforgiven.¬†¬†

Thanks to all of you who made this so much fun!

Stash Enhancement

March 9, 2008

Yarn Stores visited this week: 3

Skeins of yarn purchased: 5

Amount spent: NOYB

Ok, this is getting serious. I’ve got to start putting out some knitted goods or I’m going to embarrass myself greatly. I’m still plugging along on Cavendish in the Mission Falls Cotton Whirl. It is a project I can take and knit in public and not have to give it much thought which translates to I can knit and talk at the same time without making serious mistakes.

I did start a new project this week. (And no, I will NEVER publicly admit to how many WIP’s I have so don’t even go there.) Let me back up to tell you this purchase originates back to a post by Wendy. I fell in love with the yarn she was knitting with and knew I had to have it. Fast forward to last week and learning L & B had a new shipment of Dream In Color Smooshy arriving at any day and I had my game plan. I ran over on my lunch time Friday and knew I’d get a skein of Blue Lagoon but then I also saw Flamingo Pie and Butter Peeps. After laying out all 3 skeins I walked away with Blue Lagoon and Flamingo Pie as seen below:

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(Sorry, startitis was soooo bad I didn’t get a picture of the skein before I had it wound into a yarn cake. What can I say?) If you’ve never knitted with this yarn you need to. It is soooo soft and has the best spring of any yarn I’ve dipped needles into. I love the near solid colors of these 2 skeins.

Blue Lagoon is being knitted into a Woodland Shawl which is a pattern found on Ravelry (claro que si) and is from the Thrifty Knitter website. It is not like Cavendish as it is a project that will be knitted on only in the solitude of my own home where I can concentrate and NOT talk. lol

I bought Flamingo Pie because this yarn goes fast. I’ve been told women have driven in from out of state to buy Dream in Color since L & B is the only shop in this area of the country to carry it! Needless to say it goes very fast so I had to grab it because I had to have it. lol As of today, it may become a pair of socks. Time will tell.

Earlier in the week I stopped by The Woolie Ewe in Plano. That shop is so different (by the way of stock) each time I visit that I have to browse for a long time to make sure I see everything and make an appropriate choice. This time I noticed they were carrying several lines I had not seen in the store before. I think that is the key to why I keep stopping there.  Anyway, I managed to restrain myself and walked out with only one skein of Noro Kureyon Sock Yarn.

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The very next day Clara of Knitter’s Review sent out her review of this yarn. Darn it, if only I had seen it before. Oh well, I won’t waste time knitting socks from this yarn after reading that review. But, I will use it for a scarf or something that doesn’t get so much abuse such as socks.

I fell in love with Modern Quilt Wrap several months ago but had sworn off Kidsilk Haze two years ago after a very snarling, tangley time spent with a couple of skeins of Marmalade. I searched on Ravelry and found a couple of alternatives that appealed to me. But last weekend while at the knit-in at Gourmet Yarn I saw Carolyn’s WIP in Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze. It haunted me as to how gossamer sheer it was and how beautiful it looked. The seed was planted and I’ve talked myself into trying Kidsilk Haze one more time. Because the yarn is rather pricey (to me) I’ll be buying a couple of skeins at a time over the course of a few weeks. But yesterday, while at Gourmet Yarn, these two skeins jumped into my hands:

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Two tips I have learned since my first try at Kidsilk Haze is:

Forget the center ball pull. Work from the outside so the yarn doesn’t felt onto itself.

Mohair supposedly is tangle free when put into the freezer for a bit. I haven’t tested this but I will certainly try it if I run into tangle problems.

So that is the weekly knitting report. I hope your weekend is filled with yarn fun and knitting time with good friends. I know mine has been!

Sunday Sunday….

March 2, 2008

This has been a rather knitter-ly week for me.¬†¬† And one would think as much opportunity as I’ve had to knit that I’d have a lot to show for it.¬†¬† Not to be.¬†¬† My knitting mojo has suffered a major hit and I don’t know why.¬†¬† Every thing I touch seems to turn to crap.¬†¬† I started a drop stitch scarf a few months ago as pictured here:

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No longer, it went to the frog pond in the sky. ¬† First this picture isn’t flattering the piece at all but even in reality it still wasn’t doing “it” for me. ¬† I think this yarn would be better off in a pair of socks. ¬† It is sock yarn after all. ¬† lol

Then I bought this yarn to try the drop stitch again:

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It’s Noro Aurora. ¬† And no picture but I could tell in about 6 inches that it wasn’t going to show the color changes like I wanted so it also went to the frog pond in the sky.

Then I bought a skein of this last night:

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I thought if I started a simple hat that I could get past this mojo block.   Not to be.   I worked about 3 rounds and realized at some point that I had twisted the stitches.   Grrrrrrrrrrrr  Destination:  frog pond.

Last night I bought two skeins of this:

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It’s Ballet by Fiesta and this yarn is alpaca and tencel.¬†¬† It has the most luscious feel.¬† I took it to my seat (those of you who know me know I coined this term) to see if I could bond with it. ¬† I honestly did not have a project in mind. ¬† But once again the colors and the feel of the yarn did form a relationship with me and it now has a new home.

After discussing my mojo issue with Emily, Karen, Anita and Marjie last night, I did tell them that even if I’m not churning out the knitted goods it hasn’t slowed me not one bit from buying MORE yarn.¬† lol ¬† So the piles of yarn are growing around my chair and some day soon (if this keeps up) I’ll have to call someone and say:¬† Help! ¬† I can’t find the door to get out! ¬† I’m surrounded by yarn!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ¬† lol

I cannot imagine what I’d do without Ravelry. ¬† When I first heard about it I dismissed it as another website that would appeal to some but not to all. ¬† Then I received my invitation and I signed up. ¬† Again I had the same impression. ¬† I didn’t see what ‘the deal’ was. ¬† About two months later I started seeing ‘the deal’. ¬† It is a fantastic tool and I can’t recommend it enough to anyone who knits.¬† I came home last night with my two skeins of Fiesta Ballet and plugged that into the yarn section of Ravelry. ¬† I found a bunch of projects other knitters had made with that yarn. ¬† Long story short, it will become a clapotis.¬† I bought two skeins and I believe that will be enough for that.¬† BUT, I did also notice while in Ravelry that when I pulled up the details on this yarn that I already¬† had one skein in my stash!! ¬† TY Ravelry!!¬† lol ¬† I thought I might have one but wasn’t certain soooooooooo……one skein is just the right amount for another pattern I found while surfing projects on Ravelry. ¬† Anyway, I just think it is so cool. ¬† And I’ll quit on that note.

Last Sunday was the Clapotis Tea at Gourmet Yarn, organized by Terri and a great success for her and Margaret. ¬† Tuesday night I knitted with Terri, Shelly, Donna and her son. ¬† Wednesday I knitted with Marjie. ¬† Friday night I knitted with Shelly and Marjie. ¬† Saturday was the monthly knit-in at Gourmet Yarn and that was a packed shop! ¬† We had a great crowd but MG managed to squeeze some chairs in and I don’t think anyone had to stand.¬† lol ¬† So do you see what I mean when I said I had quite a knitter-ly week? ¬† lol

There is one project that I’ve managed to save from the frog pond.

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This is a Noro pattern but I’m using Mission Falls Whirl in the Coastal colorway. ¬† The picture doesn’t do it justice. ¬† It has a basketweave pattern with rows of garter between the squares. ¬† It will be a lovely throw for the sofa. ¬† Although I do have to admit I’m tinking more on this than any other project in a long time. ¬† But that is operator error……I’m not paying attention and¬† making mistakes. ¬† Ugh.

I think rain is coming our way and I won’t complain. ¬† We need it. ¬† If only the sprinkler system in my yard was finished!! ¬† The crew started on Monday and for some reason it’s still not finished. ¬† I keep thinking if they’d finish before the rains come then the dirt will be washed down and when the grass starts growing everything will be covered soon. ¬† Oh well.