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Archive for the ‘Knitting’ Category

Having nothing to do….

… is a dangerous thing when you are sitting infront of a computer.  I started browsing knitting blogs on wordpress, cause well. I can use wordpress at work unlike most bloging websites. One reason why I have wordpress instead of something else.. but! I digress…

Much like I digressed at The Sweet Sheep while over at Knitting to Stay Sane. I got the Azelea gloves pattern. I have to agree, those bobbles are adorable. Then I was on another WordPress blog and found the most adorable little mouse pattern on Etsy.  I forgot what blog I found that on, but it was one blog or another. Simply adorable.  Apparently Amy Gaines has a book coming out soon as well. You can preorder (maybe order by now?) it on Amazon.  I had to have the mouse now. I just.. had to.

Now I need yarn to knit it with. Really. I do. Right. Now. Yarn.

Oh wait.. work. It’s going to get crazy soon. 45 minutes of relaxing then two hours of you know what on wheels. Guess the yarn will have to wait until.. tomorrow!

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Chicago!

Well… I’m here. It’s Chicago. This wouldn’t seem so random if I posted regularly. Instead, random. So, to explain. I’m here for a bit over two weeks for work. That’s right. Two weeks, located in the heart of downtown Chicago on my works dime. Yeap. It’s sweet. I will be working my tail off, however I will get time to myself as well. Enough to figure out if I want to come back to visit, enough to get the hang of the ‘L’, enough to remember why I don’t live in a big city but love to visit. Well, I already figured that one out. I’d live here, but absolutely without a car. The rental is staying parked in the garage this trip, without a doubt. Parked. Yeap!

So… one day at Chicago and what do I find. Hannah’s Bretzel. ( www.hannahsbretzel.com )  Now, this is simply a good sandwhich shop. Lots of organic stuff, lots of green stuff (Both environmentally and produce), and lots of yummie food. But, then you add… the geek factor. I have a friend, who I see on WoW. Her real name.. Hannah, her WoW toons name.. Bretzel. Yeahhh… geek factor kicked in and I _had_ to eat there. I had to take a picture too. It was yummie to my pallet and to my inner geek. Ahhhhh. Bliss.

But.. there are some places I plan on visiting while here. I’m sure the list will get longer, but for now.

  • Navy Pier
  • Millenium Park
  • Fluevog
  • Loopy Yarn
  • A raw food place, likely Cousins

Anything else is up for grabs. I’ll have to take pictures as I go!

Noro….

…Sekku how I hate thee. Your colors are amazing, the softness unequaled in any of your yarns. The cotton is fine and mixed with enough other fibers that I don’t miss the elasticity of the wool. Your thick and thin adds beautiful texture to my simple shawlette.

HOWEVER… you cost about $16 bucks for a 420 gram skein of laceweight cotton. Cobweb some places call you since you are a SINGLE strand of very thin yarn. SINGLE strand of THIN yarn. Those two points are important. That means that you need lots and lots of twist in order to not easily break. Then.. I come to a several inch long slub that has almost no twist at all. I’ve never spun cotton.. is that slub longer than the fiber staple? Can I tug on it and not have it fall appart? Earlier tugs indicate no as I tried to tug a knot out from an overtwisted section and had the fibers in the slubby part seperate into two strands of yarn. Hmm.. _that_ is a problem.

Oh yeah, and about the over twisted parts. Really, you can’t skein your yarn so I don’t spend 10 to 15 minutes every time I have to pull out yarn from the center of the skein untangling the mess of knots that I just uncovered because not only do you have no twist in some areas, but way too much in other areas. I like thick and thin, but could you have at least attempted to make a balanced yarn.. please?

If I didn’t like the project so much I’d ditch the whole thing. But it does knit up nicely. Now if I can just remember to treat it like hand blown glass it may not break into many, many threads at the slubs… one can hope at least.

*sigh* I really wanted to like you Noro.. I really did.

Knitting Questionaire – Poll

This is floating around on knitting blogs so I figured…why not? Be fun to look back at in a few months to a year.  

Bold for stuff you’ve done, italics for stuff you plan to do one day, and normal for stuff you’re not planning on doing.

Afghan
I-cord
Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Shawl
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up

Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Hat
Knitting with silk

Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Sweater
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with bananafiber yarn
Domino knitting (=modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Cardigan
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Baby items
Knitting with your own handspun yarn

Slippers
Graffitti knitting: knitting items on, or to be left on the street
Continental knitting

Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns
Lace patterns

Publishing a knitting book 
Scarf
Teaching a child to knit
Knitting to make money 
Button holes
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting

knitting socks- or other small tubular items- on two circulars
Dying with plant colours
Knitting items for a wedding
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Bobbles
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Steeks
Knitting art
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 selfpatterning/selfstriping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Knitting with cashmere 
Darning

Jewelry
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern

Gloves
Intarsia
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies

Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/armwarmers

Pillows
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Rug 

Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Shrug/bolero/poncho
Knitting with dog/cat hair 

Hair accessories
Knitting in public

Phat…

I got a Phat Fiber box…. I got a mixed box of yarn and fiber. I… I… I’m still excited and this was close to three hours ago. I loved the theme.. the elements. I was hooked. Then.. _then_ , after I got the box, I looked at the preview video. ZOMG. Yeah. Amazing. I know I won’t get it all, but… wow. What I could get. Lovely, absolutely lovely.

March Phat Fiber Video

I will post what I got on here and what I think of it. I’m so excited. *bounce* It’s going to be a good week. I should get my yarn ball. I will get my box. And I should get my socks that rock soon too. Hmmm… fiberlicious.

Life….

Ok. So, life has happened. (Imagine _that_. No really, try it. It’s amazing) So the blog went on the very, very back burner. How much life has happened you ask? Well.. lets see. In knitting terms..

1: Christmas Knitting got done, for the most part. Scarf for Mom. Shawl for Kelly. Mitts for Joice.

2: I finally knit something for _me_. A beautiful cowl knit in my fav Knit Picks yarn, Andean Silk, and you can see a pic over at Ravelry. (Jezikhana if you really want to look). I also knit myself a slouchy beret and started a matching shawl. The shawl is a story itself, let’s just say I started it end of last year, tore out the Kiwi lace part, turned that Kiwi into said slouchy beret above, and just finally got enough Kiwi to do the shawl last week. Yes. It’s spring now. I really don’t need a shawl and matching hat. Oh, got half of the yarn to make matching mittens too. Go me. I’ll be fashionable next winter!

3: Knit a Jayne hat for Jesse, the resident sig.other. Whoot! Firefly goodness.

4: Knit two sets of fingerless mitts. First set to keep my Mom’s fingers warm when she works the drive thru at her bank. The second set, to keep a co-worker of Mom’s fingers warm when they work the drive thru. More sets are wanted. Mom can knit, so she can knit them.

5: Joined the Socks that Rock sock club. Got my first yarn. Love it… it’s still in the skein. I will knit socks this year. I will, I will, I will.

6: Found the best forum about knitting ever. The people are amazing, Knitting Haven The ladies there are wonderful. I’ve learned lots. I’ve shipped a magic yarn ball to the UK. I’m waiting for my return one. My e-world has expanded. Life is good.

7: I’ve moved from spinning on a spindle to buying my own spinning wheel at the Woolery in Frankfort, KY. It’s a Lendrum. I’ve joined the cult. Don’t understand? Check Ravelry.

8: I can magic loop. I’ll never need to buy another straight or DPN needle again. Too bad I figured this out after I have a large collection of straights and DPNs. Oopsss?

9: I am incapable of following a pattern exactly how it is written. I must change… something. Color, gauge, yarn type, stitches cast on, needle size, method of knitting.. something. I have not completed one project where I didn’t change _something_. So far, it’s successful. I’m sure you’ll all hear about it when it isn’t.

10: I’m addicted to knitting. Period. Oh wait. Maybe it’s just yarn in general. Did I mention I’m teaching myself to crochet?

So yes, life is good. What about the rest of life? Oh, it’s second to the yarn, clearly. So who cares! <insert sarcasm here> (Though it is good too.)

Gloves… and English Comics

So.. last night was hysterical. I spent the evening at Comedy Caravan on Bardstown Rd in Louisville, KY. Unfortunately I cannot remember the name of the headliner act, he is there for the rest of this weekend, but he was a bloody hoot! (Pun intended) There was a couple in the audience that kept on talking durning the show and he warned them twice before asking that they be removed, of course he did it in typical comedian fashion turning them into the brunt of several rather amusing jokes that had the rest of the audience cracking up. I will say I’ve never seen someone get kicked out of a stand up show before, but between the skill of the four acts and that interlude I haven’t laughed that hard in a while!

Which is good, I need it! I’m trying, stress the trying, to knit these http://www.sweaterbabe.com/knitting-patterns/one-skein-lace-fingerless-gloves.htm  I keep having to tear them out and start over.  I figure that by the time I get them done it will be Martin Luther King Day. Better getting a gift late then never? Maybe I’ll wrap up a picture of them so they have something to unwrap. There is an idea. Wish me luck, I’m trying them again and if that doesn’t work then I’m off to the Christmas ornaments that are on the list. I want to get those done, well I want to get the mitts too, which should be a quick knit.. should be. If I start knitting more than I’m tearing out at least.  Pfffttt. Silly mitts.