Monday, May 25, 2009

what did I do this weekend?

We picked strawberries from our yard
worked my in progress shrug every chance I got ...
we have a shoulder!
Had my very first mammogram.
No excuses, ladies. This was the easiest thing I have ever done!
Finished my very first sock!!!
and most importantly ...
IT FITS!
And made a super cool wristy for my 23 month old

She'll only be 2 in June but, I began teaching her the knitting song as I was going along a knit row ...

under the fence
around the barn
catch the sheep
and off we leap!

She loved it, and I cant wait till she is my knitting buddy!

Now, go hug your veteran or enlisted soldier. Hooah! Go Army!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Phat Fiber ... enabling and lurve!

I am looking at my blog, and I cant believe I didn't blog this give away! But I'm certain I tweeted it! :)

On the 20th, Phat Fiber (my favorite enabler) featured an Ambrosia and Bliss give away of a green stone pendant. If you haven't dropped by the Etsy store yet, why on earth would you deny yourself any longer?!

hand created pearl and filigree treasure
Onto my story ... I'm the one who won the green stone pendant give away! Check the link to see if you also might have been a winner in one of their fabulous give aways for the week! Phat Fiber lists a new give away nearly every day featuring talented and unique artists!

I don't know whether to take a big juicy bite, or cast on!

"faking it" lace scarf in the finished column

I call it "faking it" because I used lace weight rayon boucle, but didn't use a "lace" pattern. I simply used size 8 needles and garter stitched the whole way. Boring? Well, yeah. But it was a non intimidating way for me to use an extremely light weight yarn for the very first time.

After binding off, I hand washed it and planned on blocking it to open up the pattern and give it a breezy look. Breezy and soft it is but, the yarn wants to stay skinny and wouldn't take a typical blocking. It's been suggested that I "kill it" and see if that works. If anyone has ever done that successfully with rayon boucle, let me know!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

the great sock saga ... saved!

My very first sock, that I thought I might lose just this time last week has redeemed itself! In other words, I got my knit shit together and made it work! ;) With the help of an experienced knitter, the 3 dropped and laddered stitches at one side have been rescued. I'm tellin ya, newer knitters ... dont be afraid to ask (or holler, or cry, even if you have to!)



I am well on my way to finishing this baby up for show off @ Monday night's Panera meet up!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

WWYK?


Where would you knit on World Wide Knit In Public day?

Grab your knit buddies and go make a few more.
SEE as the crowd walking by gawks at you! Be astounded at the strange looks and gasps you will no doubt encounter! It's not as if you're standing over an air grate with a skirt on sans panties ... but from the odd looks, you might think you were ;)

WWKIP day is "officially" June 13th. But because of The United States' National Needle Arts Association's bi-annual conference taking place at the same time, a lot of very enthusiastic knitters won't be able to participate. To spread the love, World Wide Knit in Public Day has become a two weekend event. Tune in and cast on June 13th & 14th, and June 20th & 21st.

Level of skill is no matter! If you've knit in groups before you know better than other folks who think "knitting is for grannies". We're the crowd your mother warned you about ;)

Monday, May 18, 2009

(never) idle hands

During my sock hiatus, my hands were almost screaming to knit something! As a gift from our Knitting in Alexandria "bunny swap" last month, I had received a hank of some delicious Fannie's Fingering Weight yarn in colorway "Chocolate Covered Cherries". (you remember this one ... I originally CO a Clapotis using it, but then frogged it) Well, I love pink and this yarn feels divine - 80% merino, 20% nylon - it would make luxurious socks!

This generous gift is turning into my latest wip ... what I call my "Cherry Cupcake Summer Shrug".
Here she is, basking in the sun

Close up of the pattern. Simple Lace Shrug by Lisa Sisk @ This Is Knit
And sometimes the unexpected happens when you're not looking.
Yep I'm uncertain what exactly happened on Saturday evening. I had been KIP on the Metro, gaining progress and happy to be representin'. I picked it back up at home when I had time to myself, completed a few more rows, and stood back to view my handy work and .... bam!, a ladder unraveled right in front of my eyes! I let loose the movie epic "Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!" and did what I would to save a few loops on a safety pin. So, it's not "perfect", but it's mine.

Being me, I refused to frog back and rework it. With some thread and after blocking, I have hopes I can make it seem like not a single thing went awry.

The lesson? Yeah it's just yarn. But it's my yarn ;)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

you drive me crazy!


Back when I was happy! :) A day or two before I turned the heel ...
goin' good! last night
partially fragged ... fallen & disappearing stitches and all
What happened, you ask? Well everything was going fine (that's when you should begin to worry, by the way) I had turned the heel, picked up my stitches and began my decrease rows to hit my magic number again. I reached 32 on needle #1, and then decided to continue to decrease work on needle #2 ... not thinking that doing so would move my working yarn away from needle #1. About 10 rows later, it hit me!

To try and remedy the problem, because I hadn't done a "life line" of any sort, I took a free needle and tried to pick up stitches back where I should have continued knitting my rows together. That's all well and good but, being partially distracted, trying to entertain my 22 month old, hungry and anxious because I love my first sock, is not a good combination for trying to fix a boo boo when you're not very good at fixing boo boos.

In the process I lost stitches, some ended up falling off the end of the needle, hiding away. Oh yay, the beauty of sock yarn! (groan)After bedtime for the little one, I took at it again with a sewing needle and dental floss to be sure I didn't split anymore already upset frogged yarn, and straighten out as much as I could on needle #2. i was pretty sure my stitch count should be around 52 for #2, and ended up with 49 ... close enough for government work!

I've got a few rows redone. it's not as perty as it was before this fiasco but I'm happy my first sock is still intact. And ... I still have one sock to go LOL That one will be the "perfect" one, right? Maybe I should just name sock one, "the ugly sister". :)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

so much good stuff! Phat Fiber give away!

For regularity, get yer daily fiber! Phat Fiber is featuring another faboo yarn give away and this time it's (try to control your drooling) 4oz of Greenwood Fiberworks "Watercolors" merino roving! Greenwood has roving, as well as hand spun yarn that arrives ready-to-rock on your needles for your chosen project.

Visit Phat Fiber Sampler Box and enter! Good luck!

What things do moms like? Why, give aways, of course!

Things Moms Like

If you're a yarn ho ... and you know you could very easily become one given the right amount of zeros in your checking account ... you're probably a big fan of Knit Picks. If the zeros haven't increased along with your passion for yarn and knitting accessories, here's a chance to get some Knit Picks booty for free!

Things Moms Like is featuring a Knit Picks give away! It's uber easy to enter, and even more easy to increase your chances! Go to the KnitPicks Gorgeous Yarn & Needle Set Giveaway page at Things Moms Like and work it! Then again, if you don't ... my chances of winning are increased. Are you really gonna let that happen?! :)

Monday, May 4, 2009

*!(&%$Holy hand knits, Batman!*&%^*(!


At first, when I read about a comic book with heroes that knitted, I thought it was kind of, well, odd. But the longer I think about it - hey, why the heck not? It's ok to believe some dude had a liquid metal injected into him (and he lived!) and now he has retractable knives in his hands? Or some dude flips around shooting webs ... that's sort of a knit type thing. Or ... well you get where I'm going with this. So why not, hero characters who happen to knit?

When I first mentioned it to my hubby and his friend, the friend asked, "what are they going to do? Bore the bad guys to death? grumble Anyway... if you're seeking something different from the same ol knit books, mags, or ideas about knitting, check out "Hand Knit Heroes".

Along with a story line, you'll find a pattern (yay!!) There's also a hero mask contest going on so what are you waitin' for? To the invisable airplane to save the world!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

caution: violent knitter!

I've futzed with worsted yarn and DPNs plenty of times, and never seemed to have much issue. Now that I am on the mission to create socks however, I may have enough pokes in the tips of my fingers to help curb the shortage of O neg at the local blood bank.

Enter ... knitting with circular needles to save the day! (If you have a small child, like me, you may have the Wonder Pets theme in your head now and for that, I'm sorry)



With the help of Addi metal (and slightly slippery) circular needles, I'm already having an easier time. Aside the fact that I have a headache that would knock over a rhino, this sock knitting thing is going pretty well tonight.


Apologies for the lack of proper lighting for my yarn pics. I recently rearranged the lamps in the living room and as I have figured out, it's nice for not having light shine in your face - not so great for pics with no flash.

Red/black variegated yarn = Claudia's Hand Painted Yarn in Chocolate Cherry
Red/green/bluey self patterning yarn = Patons Kroy Socks in Moss Jacquard

For my first socks, I am using The Yarn Harlot's generic formula from the book "Knitting Rules!". The only difference in pattern being is instead of going straight into knit/purl ribbing, I knitted 3 rounds to get my bearings. We'll see where it takes me, and I hope the darn thing is wearable!

I'll keep you posted ;) Thanks for reading!

xoxo

Friday, May 1, 2009

Cat Bordhi .... udderly fabulous

Cat Bordhi shows how she knits with two circulars. It's an udderly fantastic vid ... especially for sock knitters who get a bit "violent" with DPNs ;)

Thursday, April 30, 2009

get yer boots on!

You appear to be a Knitting Adventurer!

You are through those knitting growing pains and feeling more adventurous. You can follow a standard pattern if it's not too complicated and know where to go to get help. Maybe you've started to experiment with different fibers and you might be eyeing a book with a cool technique you've never tried. Perhaps you prefer to stick to other people's patterns but you are trying to challenge yourself more. Regardless of your preference, you are continually trying to grow as a knitter, and as well you should since your non-knitting friends are probably dropping some serious hints, these days. http://marniemaclean.com

Have a little fun @ quizilla

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Phat Fiber's Sheepshape give away

Are you so into a WIP that you're ready to teach yourself to work rows in the dark, so you don't disturb your partner? Maybe you've thought about picking up a set of "light up" needles to keep on purlin' when you 'aughta be sleeping? Here to enable your knit obsession just a bit more is glow-in-the-dark yarn. Yes, you heard it here, folks! Those crazy Brits are at it again!

In the dark ...
... and in the light of day

Etsy shop Sheepshape Spinning does have glow-in-the-dark yarn yes, but they also have a delicious selection of hand spun yarns, roving, and even a few knitted toys a parent might want to keep for themselves ;) You know ... for when you need snuggling! Or better yet, pick up some Rocky Road white silk, black Shetland & grey gotland for a seriously cuddly (and fat free) treat!

Yummy!

Thanks once again to the Phat Fiber Sampler Box blog for continuing to enable me! Stop by their blog for this, and many other yarnlicious goodies!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Done! (with personality & charisma!)

I finished my Molly's funky hat today - made with Material Whirled's own quirky, chunky style yarn "Egg Hunt". The Personality Hat pattern from Material Whirled is supposed to come to what I call a kind of "pixie point" ... this one wasn't decreasing for me like it was supposed to. Honestly, I don't know why but, I began free forming my decreases after alternating decrease rows, as the pattern called for. Once I noticed I might be in trouble yarn yardage-wise, I worked to keep it fun and cute ... and something I liked as much as I liked the original pattern!

Before whip stitching it flat on top ... taking a look @ the possibilities
my faithful volunteer - always willing to model for me ;)

Heck, it even fits me! But she loves it and though it reached a high of 92, she still wanted to wear it! I'd call this one a successful project finished!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

the weekend off! well, sorta :)

The last few days have been seasonably hot here in the lovely Metro DC area (said not with tongue in cheek but, biting my tongue really ... I cant help it, I miss California) Aaaanyway, both yesterday and today were in the low 90's. Not bad but, I swear our house has the single worst placement on the planet when it comes to how the sun travels and it's beams hit our homestead.

Having a tri-level town home, we don't have tall enough trees to give any shade to the windows and, we've also found out just what a hunk-o-junk our a/c system is! Thank goodness the owners were already getting estimates to replace the entire system... I just hope the ball rolls fast!
For example; outside the temp is 73 ... inside our house is 81. bleaah At 11pm @ night? Gnarly. And that's why I haven't had it in me to pick up any of my work in progress knits this weekend! I don't want any excess materials touching me LOL Heck we've stayed as least dressed as possible in our house this weekend!

What we did do though, was get up early and head out to the March For Babies fund raiser today. Both last year and this, I've corralled a team together from a mom/kiddo group I belong to and raised fund for the March of Dimes March For Babies. Yeah so, it was a bit warm, even at 9am to walk but ... it was only 3 miles and it was for a beloved cause. Baby girl and hubby joined me today! Hubby and I had some funny conversation for the haul and Molly was content in her shaded stroller thru the route. I'm still collecting donations till June 30th ... if you have loose change, 5 bucks, anything, it's all appreciated! 77 cents of each $1 goes directly to defeating premature birth and neonatal treatments.

It was a great weekend to sweat for a great cause!

Molly practicing her "marching!" for babies!