Saturday, March 31, 2007

I Thought Knitting Was Supposed to Be Relaxing

I'm on what is all too familiar to many of you knitters out there as the "must finish this before I start another" journey. I thought I'd never succumb to this feeling. I said I suffered too long under this self-imposed guilt when I was a quilter. But I realize, as many of you do, that I have too many WIPs and it is starting to eat at me. So here is my Jaywalker, the second, sitting in the corner. (Yes, that's the leg of a treadle Singer next to it.) I should be the one in the corner, because I'm the one that keeps forgetting to KFB and ends up with too few stitches but of course, it isn't discovered until 2 rows from the mistake. So tink tink tink I go, all morning, knit an inch, rip a half, knit a half inch, rip a quarter, and so on. Not to mention the kids and the dog. Why do they need breakfast? Leave me alone in my self-imposed exile of "finish one project before you start another" land. Did I mention that the Jaywalkers are a gift which is now 5 days late, for my husband for our 19th anniversary? Now anyone out there thinking of starting a pair of Jaywalkers, don't let this post deter you. It is a wonderful pattern, very easy to follow and just saucy enough to keep my interest. And did I say a relaxing knit? Usually, but not this morning. Maybe its because the whole thing start when this bad boy came to town:
Lisa Sousa sock yarn, color Pacific. Freshly dyed I'm informed (with a March 26th date on the label, coincidentally my anniversary date), and beckoning me to abandon everything and come cast-on. Never did two hyphenated words sound so elicit before...

BTW, the kids and Lola the dog did eat well, but obviously, she does need a haircut. I wonder if Portuguese Water Dog hair can be spun...

Friday, March 23, 2007

Go Yarn Harlot!

Dude... did we have fun at FIT last night or what? Yarn Harlot aka Stephanie Pearl-McPhee spoke about knitting and the muggles, (watch out for "C.H.O.K.E.") while we listened and took part in what has now come to be called "Represent". She is an excellent speaker, unassuming yet powerful. Her analogies left us all ROTFL (as daughter #1 would type if she were allowed her Myspace back). I met my two knitting girlfriends from my Barnes and Noble Knit Night, who had made a day of the yarn crawls. I drooled over their loot. The Koigu, the Lorna's Laces, the fancy carry-along which will be worked into a fantastic scarf by Karen. Liz, I can't wait to see those mittens!!! I wasn't able to make a day of it but I was lucky to just get to the lecture. My life as a mommy kept me from having the entire day off. It's not in my benefits package... We were all given yarn and needles to knit a square for Warm Up America, so we knitted and laughed and knitted some more. I was astounded by the sight of so many knitters, knitting in one place. And everyone was so happy to be there. Husband met me there after work, and I translated for him when terms flew by like dpns and gauge. I was glad he got to see what it was all about and that I'm not the only one out there in love with knitting.
Here's a pic of our buttons. The big one was handed out at the door (still so shocked that there was no entrance fee, living in the land of nothing is free here in NY) and we were instructed to wear it when going in and out of the auditorium. The little pin was $2 and is for Doctors Without Borders, a cause Stephanie is very passionate about.
And finally, my book, signed. I know, I'm smitten.
Pics will be posted soon of the lecture room and the attendees. They're being held captive on husband's phone...

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Meathead Hat Quickie

Daughter #2 picked out this Plymouth Encore Colorspun Bulky the other day at a LYS. The pattern is called Meathead from Stitchmarker. The flower is from Nicky Epstein's Knitted Embellishments and I found the pattern here. I used #15 straights, some vintage Susan Bates that might very well be one of my first sets ever purchased way back in junior high. This hat took about 45 minutes to make. My only changes on the next one would be to cast on using the long tail method instead of cable cast on (too loose) and to cast on with #13s and save the #15s for the stockinette part. I think 'll make another for the donation at FIT. We're all converging there tomorrow to listen to YarnHarlot. Can't wait!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Fleece Artist Celtic Vest - Done!

And the above exclamation point is added with a bit of sarcasm... It's not really long enough and the color is, well, Meh. But it's done in time for St. Patty's Day, and although I don't have a proper pin to keep it closed, I'm using an old monogrammed brooch my aunt gave me when I was 10.
Details: Fleece Artist Scotian Silk;
needles - River James Birch Swing Needles 10.5mm

Before and after blocking:

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Fetching Finished

I gave these to my sister yesterday...
They're all scrunched down and everything, but trust me, they came out great. I knit them while watching "The Departed", so one cable row on one glove is one row shorter than the other, but unless you have your wrists together, you'd never see it. So as long as she doesn't get arrested and handcuffed, it'll all be ok. I must have goofed when there was that scene where, oh ... I'm not going to give it away for those that haven't rented it yet.
Anyway, sister was Happy. She said some guy was checking her out when she had them on and I told her that's because she looked all "subversive" in them. Mind you, they're hot pink. Anyway, details: Lion Wool, size 5 bamboo dpns. It was a fun quick knit, but I need my own pair to be a lacier, sexy version, like these.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Yarn PrOn

I've been plugging away at some of my KIPs so I don't have anything really astounding to show off. But I have been buying yarn lately. What great therapy! Here's a pic of some new sock yarn that looks beautiful in the basket and will take me through the Spring and all the up-coming Lacrosse games and practices:
Clockwise from left,
  • Trekking XXL in a colorway very similar to my Jaywalkers done with Briar Rose Fibers , (still on the needles). I seem to be drawn to this camo-ish brown combo. Got this yarn from a nice LYS, Granny's Yarn Shoppe.
  • Woolarina superwash wool in Blue Thistle - check out the 10% off coups - we LOVE coups!
  • Sweet Georgia Yarns Speed Demon Sock Yarn in River - heard she's taking a break so I wanted to grab a hank and experience what others have said about this great yarn. Got it from The Point on Bedford St. in Greenwich Village.
  • Duet Sock Yarns in Chocolate Fantasy - a solid for the heel included and it's a DK weight so I'm going to be making DK Dimple Socks with this one.
Just noticed son's Lego box in the backround. That's another UFO.