Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Off for Turkey

I am headed off for Turkey as soon as I post this post!

I tried, I really did, but I did not finish my Glagow Lace sweater in time for Thanksgiving. so sad. I am done seaming! I only have to do the neck band. I fI didn't have to drive tonight I could get it finished. oh well. I have a plethora of holiday parties coming. It will debut then!

I took a picture of the Secret Santa Stocking I made this weekend:

A little blury, but you get the idea. I'm in a hurry...
Lastly, a little yarn pron from last weekend...

The yarn for Dave's ancient scarf

and a skein of Bearfoot for ME. wow. those are some bright colors!

must go. must drive. eat turkey. gain 12 pounds.

till sunday!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Blocking the sweater!!

I submit photographic evidence!

Now if can only convince myself to seam the dang thing. Seaming will take the longest I think. The collar will be short and sweet - even if it is ribbing. blech. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind ribbing on socks, but this is a heck of a lot of ribbing.

This weekend I made a Christmas Stocking for my Secret Santa at work. I haven't picked a name yet, but I figured that a Christmas Sock was a good gift either way. Good to fill with treats! I'll snap a picture tomorrow morning. It's funny though, I kept thinkg that I had to remember what I did where for the second one. Ha! No Second sock! I knew there was a reason to love making a Stocking!

I really had a busy weekend, for a "nice quiet weekend". I got a lot of knitting done. In addition to finishing the second sleeve, making a stocking, and going yarn shopping (ahem), I also am two repeats into the second of DH's grey socks!

About the yarn shopping:
I am trying to se form the stash, but DH needs a new "non inferior yarn" scarf. I talked about the really cool ancient pattern I got from my friend last week. I just didn't have any appropriate yarn. It needs to be light in color to show all the stitch work, and it needs to not be "inferior yarn". I found some Brown sheep on clearence at Saybrook yarns in a lovely oatmeal color. He even liked the color and the softness. It has intention! It's not just stash! well, the skein of Bearfoot I got is just stash, but sock yarn doesn't count as stash! We all know that!

Yarn Pron pics tomorrow!

Friday, November 17, 2006

another one bites the dust

ok. Maybe not another WHOLE one, but another PIECE bites the dust!
I have finished a sleeve!

One more to go! I cast on last night and have finished the first increase. I didn't get very far, as the cast on takes FOREVER! I also had to fight "startitis". I really wanted to start on some fingerless mitts for me. I shouldn't even start those. I should be finishing my Christmas Knitting, as well as finishing those socks for DH. Not starting something else for me. I WILL finish the other sleeve this weekend. I can block the sweater before I go home for Thanksgiving! Maybe I can even finish the collar....
Maybe not. I have to bake a pie and do laundry and work in there too. We'll see. I would be nice to wear it for Thanksgiving. A fitting debut!

I also got a pattern from my friend Erin at SnB last night. It is based on a piece of ancient knitted fabric found on an archaeological dig. If I can figure out the directions to recreate the fabric, I think I will make this into a scarf for DH. He has many hobbies, but one of the biggest is ancient cultures. He's even writing a historical fantasy book about this era. He'll like it, I'm sure - and he'll tell everyone about how it came about when they comment on his scarf.

I must go. i have to eat. Hunger wins over blogging I guess. If anyone shows up at the Farmhouse Yarns sale this weekend, look for the girl witht the big red bag and blond hair! (That'd be me...)

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

yeasterday's post, again

I hate rewriting posts, especially when they were really well worded, and I don't have much time to rewrite them. Yesterday Blogger dumped my post, and I was too frustrated and short on time to try again.
I'm giving it another go.

This is the first sock of the 'Friday Harbor" socks for DH.

front view

sock blocker view
Just because I know you all were waiting with baited breath to find out what I did to fix my reading problem, I'll show you.

My seriously in need of a manicure finger is pointing to the row of purls up for discussion. The pattern told me to stop purling st the sides of the front panel when I go tto the gussett. well, I neglected to actually READ the pattern, and started to merrily knit along. Half way through I looked at the instructions. whoops. I was supposed to stop purling. Not about to rip it out, I had to find a logical place to stop purling. As you can see, I stopped at the end of the gussett decreases. Looks pretty good.
Yeah, well. I ALSO neglected to read that I was to knit ribbing on the sole of the foot. I wouldn't have done that anyway, but it would have been nice to choose that, as opposed to just not paying attention. I also changed the toe. I couldn't figure out the math to use my stitch count with the toe called for. I ended up doing a plain ole' toe.

I suppose I should call them "Friday Harbor Inspired Socks".
In sweater news, I am working on the sleeves! Just one and 2/3 more to go! Then I block, seam, collar and done! ok. It's still a lot. I'm trying to be positive!

Monday, November 13, 2006

red scarf link

this one sold be better. I don't know how I linked to such an old ne the other day!

ps. I am up to 9 knitters at work, and I have 4 scarves worth of donated yarn!

Is it March yet?

I suppose not. I'm all ready for it to be warm again, and it's not even really cold. This is going to be a long winter I think. At least I have my knitting to keep me warm.

I had intended on showing off my first sock from my Friday Harbor pair, as I finished it on Friday, but I managed to forget it when I came to work today. What can I say, It's Monday. I am ready to cast on for sock #2, but have put it off in favor of continuing to work on Glascow Lace. I am ready to start the armholes! The front of the sweater has a deep "u", so the armholes and the split for the sides is done at the same time. It sould go pretty fast. Frankly, I should have the front done, but I had a show to design this weekend (- it's secret, but I'll tell you about it when it is over), and I had yarn tragedy.
I was knitting away on Sunday, when I needed to add another ball of yarn. I pulled out the center string, and I got a big ol'e tangled mess. ok. Untangle. untangle. STupid yarn. grr. STUPID STUPID YARN!!!. I left the cozyness of the coffee shop to go home and use the ball winder. Maybe it'll be easier if I wind up the untangled bit. not so much. I ended up needing to cut in two places. annoying.
To alleviate my sad ball winding experience, I decided to wind my laceweight rayon. I want to start a tablecloth with it as my next lace project, so might as well wind while my winder is out.
NOTE TO SELF: remember to watch the ball winder, as every skein of yarn will not fit. You will get a giant knot in the gears when the yarn slips off the cake because you let it get too full. 300 grams of yarn will not fit. you need to wind two balls.
This did not help my yarn disaster from the coffee shop. It just pissed me off.
SO I ate some super yummy potato chips that I can only get in Central PA. That helped. So did finishing the torso of my sweater.

Let's hope that tonight goes a bit better.

Just because I can, and since I have no pictures today, I'm going to start a list of projects, in no particular order, that I have yarn for, and want to make... well, at some point. Socks don't count. I'm always making them.

1. sweater vest for DH. It will be orange yarn for Farmhouse Yarns.
2. my superspiral rayon table cloth.
3. rona shawl in tidal pool alpaca cloud
4.3/4 length gloves for me -black sock yarn. I should do this soon... scarf for dh- unknown yarn, unknown pattern garden fingerless mitts for me to use at work. new blankets and pillows for the couch. - I've had this yarn forever!
8.clapotis - yes. I still have not made one.
9.print o' the wave shawl in dove grey lace weight.
10.the pretty green wrap sweater from Big Girl Knits, in light grey.
11. ok, this could go on forever. Let's leave it at 10.

After Glascow sweater and friday Harbor socks, I am definately casting on for "super spiral" tablecloth. I also have a little more gift knitting to do - just added gift knitting. (secret Santa stuffs- shhh) The comes the DH sweater vest. i will need the lace to keep me from going bonkers during the Stockinette Stitch "excitement". I maybe should get on those gloves too... if I ever want to wear them while it is still cold!

well. Now I want to knit, and not do anything I am supposed to do today - like, oh um... work?! I supppose I must. How else would I pay for all of my yarn?

Friday, November 10, 2006

Question #3 from Lacevember

The third contest question for Lacevemebr is quite a doozy!

"What are your ideal lacemaking conditions?"


I love to knit on the beach in the summer. I really love that the beach is only a few blocks away, making this very easy to accomplish. I also love to knit at the coffee shop. I like to sit in the comfy chairs in front of the fire place. Very calming, and since it has a glass front, I get a lot of people watching done. I knit lace in the dark - as witnessed form this last weekend, I've knit on top of a mountain, I've knit it in the car, on the train, in front of the tv, during conference calls. Just to mention a few. So what is my ideal condition?

My ultimate favrite way to "get my lace on" is in the warm sun with a cup of coffee (hazelnut), and my cd player playing... Metallica. I knit best to punk, heavy metal, and hard rock music. I don't are if I am at the beach, or if it is summer, it just has to be warm and sunny. Even sitting inside the sunniest window I can find is good.
That said, I like to knit lace when it is really gloomy outside too. I don't feel guilty for "not going out and doing something."

I suppose I am really an anywhere, anytime gal!

A quick update on the Friday Harbor Socks: I have finished the gussett on sock 1! Unfourtunately, I forgot to read the pattern. (not unusual, btw) I picked up the stitches and started knitting away in pattern and decreasing like normal. The problem is - I didn't change the two edge stitches from purls to knits. Not a big deal, the socks will just has a one stitch wide purl line to offset the center motif. not quite. The center motif finishes with a decreasing motif that gets further and further from those two edge stitches. I have to find a logical place to end my little purl booboo bofore I start the final motif chart. The hard part will be remembering what I did for the second sock. I'll write it down, but will I DO it? Hard to say...

Until Monday, stay safe and keep knitting Lace!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Fulfilling my promises

*I hereby promise to not be political anymore on my blog. * I had a momentary laps due to my election ferver. Let's get back to our regularly scheduled knitting:

Also as I promised yesterday, pictures of the back of my Glascow Lace sweater. Just so we all know, it did block out to the proper dimensions. (yea! GO math!) I didn't *really* block it with water and all, although I was tempted - I like to see all the pretty holes. I still has some more stretch to it than I gave it. I just wanted MAKE SURE that I, at least, could fit it over my ample self.

I love lace. I love alpaca. Therefore, I shall love my Lace alpaca sweater when it is finished.
The stitch pattern is so pretty when it is all open. mmmm.

The ladies in the shop were tres impressed. They all knit, but nobody else is into lace or socks - mostly scarves at this point. They couldn't believe that my little purple wad stretched to be the proper dimensions. Magic, I tell ya'!

On the Red Scarf Project front, I have made some good headway at work. I put a sign up sheet on the call board asking for knitters. I sent an e-mail around to ask for non-knittters to make yarn donations to the knitters - so everyone could participate. I plan to remind everyone at staff meeting today. So far I have 7 knitters! Pretty good for a staff of 50! Want more information? Check out this link
Also, check out the OFA's web site. even if you don't have time to craft a scarf, they are always in need of other support.

Thanks everybody! Remember, not only is Novemeber known at Lacevember, but it is also the month of Thanksgiving. A good time to give thanks for what you have, and to remember those who don't.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

We got the House! We got the House!

uhh uhh! Yea baby!
we're coming after the Senate too!

Now, let's not Fart this up, please.

THIS is why I don't watch the returns. I go to see "Flushed Away" instead. Very funny, BTW. I think I'll need to see it again on Video, just to see all of the things I missed.
Dinner was good. We ate at the 'buffet". Tasty. Then to the mall to Borders. Still no IK, winter issue.. BLEH. Then to Panera in the mall. I knit, DH wrote and read. Then to the movie! Myself, DH and one other couple in similar age to us were the only ones at the "very late" showing of Flushed Away. I like it that way. No heads to see past, no crowds, no kids. Then I went home, and went to bed. No election coverage whatsoever. I did manage to knit the edging and one pattern repeat on my Glascow Lace, which would defintely NOT have occured had I watched election coverage. I would have thrown things at the conservatives. The poor needles and yarn would have been taken out by "friendly fire".

I desperately want to block my one completed piece of Glascow Lace. I want to make sure my calculations are correct. I'd really hate to knit both the front and back, THEN find out I'd made it too short. The problem is, I also want to have the unblocked side seams to match up, just so I know I am staying on gauge, and that all will line up when I finish it. I KNOW! It will be fine. I should just block the back to alleviate my concerns. Still, I really don't want to frog the whole dang back if it is too short. That will blow - big time. I suppose it is better than frogging both pieces....

err. That was called stream of thought.

Tomorrow I will block the back. we'll see pictures one way or another. Let's cross our collective fingers please!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

A lace update and some YARN PORN!!

As I said yesterday, I finished Falling Water. Here are the pictures:

I used about 2.5 balls of plymoth Suri Merino, with size 8 needles. It is about 60" long, 12" wide. Over all a very enjoyable knit. I really liked the look after blocking. I twas almost cabled looking before I took the wires to it. I highly recomend it!

On the needles are the "socks with holes", aka lace socks for DH. I am knitting "friday Harbor" socks from Knitting on the road, by Nancy Bush. Regia yarn, size 1 needles. Thank goodness for lace!

Also on the needles is my Glascow Lace Sweater for Interweave Knits. I really like this sweater, I just gave it a break to work on Christmas Presents. I finished the back last night. I am casting on for the front tonight! Frankly, I don't want to sit at home while the election returns come in. It gets my blood pressure all up and out of control. I voted. I'll find out who won in the morning. I am going to dinner, then to the coffee shop to knit, then to a late movie, then to bed. I think it's best.

now to the Yarn Porn!
I got my package of Lornas Laces Shephard Sock yesterday in the mail!!

Top to bottom, the colors are: Mardi Gras, Clay, Socknitters Winter Sunset, and Seascape. Clay is the only one that I might not have picked for myself, but it's growing on me. It will be perfect for someone on my gift list in the future.

FOr somereaseon I can't seem to upload the closeups without getting the pixelation I got from yesterday's post. I need to find out what I am doing wrong. I think it's a photobucket thing. (I know! It's not Blogger for once!!)

Monday, November 06, 2006

knitting in the dark

This has been one busy weekend! I did get to see my cousin and the kids. They are the sweetest most well behaved kids I've met in a long time. It was like she and I were never apart. (big grin) The baby really liked me and DH. It was hard to give him back. Of course we got the obligatory, "when are you two going to have kids?" DH said, "we're not. You guys can keep pumping 'em out. we'll pick the one we like." I'm glad people find him funny. Cause it's kinda creepy out of context....

The fun of the trip was getting to Middletown! It should take about 4.5 hours. It took 9.5!!! That's right people 5 extra hours of this:


So I did this:

I knit in the dark. DH tried to get a picture, but it didn't come out well. I was a little leery of Lace in the dark, but it all turned out ok.
I'm blocking it now. Pics tomorrow!
I finished it. Good thing I brought along a sock project! If you recall, after I finished my first pair of Mystery Socks, DH wanted some just like them. "You know, with holes." DH wants Lace Socks. oh kaaaaaaay.
I found him a sock pattern that I think is "guy" enough, and am making out of his grey sock yarn choice. Good thing it is lace, because the grey is boring. These are his feet. (we were really bored in the car for 5 hours.)

I plan to snap a picture of the socks tomorrow, asI will have more to show for my work than a grey cuff!

Lacevember questions:
The participants were asked to answer a few questions, so I complied. Enjoy!

How long have you been knitting?
Since I can remember. My Mom taught me when I was a kid. I picked it back up, in ernest about a year ago.

How did you learn to knit?
From my Mom, and from books

Favorite thing about knitting?
The creative aspect and the calming aspect

How long have you been knitting lace?
about a year

Favorite thing about knitting lace.
the oohs and ahhs you get when you give it or wear it, and that it makes me feel smart.

The yarn questions, or flash your stash
Favorite lace yarn?
Hard questioin. I haven't met a lace yarn I haven't liked. I am currently working with a lot of Misti Alpaca, so I'll say that.

variegated or solids for shawls?
SOlids, to tonal varigants

Favorite lace color?
Purple. I love purple.

Technique, or show us your skillz
Circs or straights?
Circs all the way baby!

Favorite lace knitting trick?
Sewn bind off! Tricksy!

Sometimes... I'm so bad

If so with what?
Dental Floss

Fancy blocking wires, or just sewing pins stuck in your carpet?
I made blocking wires for myself, but they aren't fancy.

Pattern, or can you follow directions
shawls or lacey items?

triangle, rectangle, or circular shawls?
All! I love shawls!

Charts or printed instructions?
Charts. I deal with printed instructuons, but I don't care for it.

Favorite lace you've knit?
I loved Adamas - it was my first big lace project, so it holds a speacial place in my heart.

Favorite lace you want to knit?
there are so many. I cannot pick just one!!

Just Fun, yup that's right, just for fun
Favorite jelly belly flavor?
Cherry Cola

Tell me everything you know about Eric the Red.....
He had a red beard, hence the name. He was a viking.

Coke, classic or with lime?
LIME?! Gross. Classic. My favorite is still Fountain Vanilla Coke

Holiday carols, sing along, or wish they would be banned from all public airwaves?
annoying as all Hell. ban away!

What is the definition of irony?
That the stupid 90's song "Isn't it ironic" isn't ironic at all.

How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop?
I don't know... 115? Wait the comercial said 3!

Why is my cat always puking in front of my son's bedroom door?
He doesn't like your son. Or he really likes your son, and this is his way of telling him..

What is your superhero power?
Mind Control Powers!

If the laundry is 9 foot by 11 foot (just dreaming, that's a big laundry room), and the walls are 8 feet tall, and you are going to tile the entire room in tiles that are 3 inches by 5 inches, what color should those tiles be?

What's for dinner tonight?
I'm going out.

What is clogging my children's bathtub drain?
gross! WHo cares! Get the Husband to clean it out!

Hope you enjoyed! Tomorrow I promise pics of finished objects and yarn porn!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

shame shame shame on me

I am not OFFICIALLY on a Yarn Diet, but I've been TRYING to be good. It doesn't work. ever. That said, I really wen on a binge. It might not seem like it since I spent a scant $46 , but I spent it all on sock yarn. Lorna's Laces to name names. Check out "The Fifth Stitch" on line. It is not listed on the site, but if you call or e-mail her about the "Lorna's Laces Surprise", you can be the proud owner of a Lorna's Laces surprise package. You get 8 skeins - 4 pairs of socks - worth of yarn for $46. For Lorna's fans, you know this is a steal. Usually 8 skeins would run you around $80. Nearly 50% off! Whoot! I told her to send me anything but pink yarn. we'll see what I get....

In other news, the show and party were great last night. NO hang over - go me!

I am headed home this weekend to see my Cousin and her babies. She lives in Montana, so getting to see my closest cousin is a special treat. We are a year and 2 weeks apart, so we were inseperable growing up and moving away from each other was hard to do. This will be the first time our schedules have lined up in nearly 6(!!!!) years. The oldest is almost 4! I've never even seen her! It is so odd to me. all of our time growing up together, we talked about how our kids would be like sisters, just like we were. It's weird how life takes you in different directions. I hope we haven't grown apart too much. I want us to pick up were we left off.
Wow. I can't believe this is making me sad.

Moving on.

I am still moving forward on the Final Christmas Scarf. I will probably finish it this weekend - even with the driving. I might throw a sock project in the bag, just in case. I think it is DH's turn to get a pair. On that note, I am off to find a suitable stitch pattern for his socks. 'till Monday!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Falling Water Cascading Along Nicely

I am delighted to officially welcome everyone to Lacevember! In Honor of the event, I have added a button to my blog. I am not sure who made it, but he or she made a lovely kiri! I picked it from the official Lacevember blog beacuse I made one too, and well, I love it. So how about a Lacevember update?

Falling Water, the Frank Lloyd Wright house near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, was one of my favorite field trip locations during undergraduate school. We went for Art History, Architectural history, and scene design classes. The house was built for the Kauffman family, over top of a water fall. Instead of buliding the house to view the water, Wright built it overtop of the water - in essence blending it into the environment, instead of exploiting the environment. Kinda cool, eh? I have no idea what the real inspiration for this scarf was, but that is what it is for me. The cascading water effect is dazzling, even if it is hard to photograph "pre blocking".

This is a picture of the amazing array of colors in this yarn.

You can see the pattern a little better through the back. I promise it will be stunning when I block it.

Tonight I am off to another opening night. We open our second show of the season, and have much merriment afterwards. Probably no update tomorrow, as a I will not knit tonight. No drinky and Lace knitty! That should be my Lacevember motto...