Archive for February, 2009

It all started because he was nagging me

So, I did it.  I signed up for facebook.  About a week ago.  It turned out rather cute, because I didn’t know they have this instant message thing.  One night while he was in FL, and I was here in KS, we typed each other little messages and “spoke” back and forth for a while, and it didn’t cost us any minutes on the cell phone.  It was sort of cool.

Then a friend from high school found me.  Then another one.  Then I started thinking of people from my old schools that I had lost touch with, and actually found one of my best friends from grade school.  She had moved away around 5th or 6th grade, and sometime in the early 90’s she had found my mom or something, and we were able to talk for a little while on my lunch break from work.  That was pretty much it.  But, I found her!  It was pretty neat.  The first friend that found me had mentioned that I’d be amazed at how many of my old friends I’d find on there, and she was right.  So, between Ravelry, and keeping the boys busy while Steve was in FL, and trying not to clean the house, and now facebook, my knitting has suffered.

So, dear knitting, I’m apologizing.  I’m so sorry you’ve been ignored.  I’m am re-dedicating my free time to you.  And perhaps, if you behave, some of my not so free time that I’ve borrowed from other things.

I really need to get cracking on those things for the sisters.  I have one slipper started for Maureen, and that cabled purse, but that for some reason is taking forever.  It’s worsted weight, so comparatively, it should be going faster than, say, a pair of socks, but it doesn’t seem that way.  I think the purse is going to wait, and I’ll finish up her slippers and do the socks she wants.  Then if I get real ambitious, she has an alpaca shrug.

The other sister has the same purse, but in a different color, and a cool suede thing, sort of a tank top, with fringe, and the whole thing is out of that Berocco suede yarn.  That ought to be cool.

I’m also insanely jealous of the Yarn Harlot’s February Lady Sweater, and of the fact that hers is done and mine isn’t.  So, I’m going to get cracking on that as well.

And David’s sweater.  I’ve pretty much given up hope of getting it done by the end of this season, so I’ve given myself permission to work on it until the fall.  I will have it done by the time the weather turns cool again.  I just hope he doesn’t have a real big growth spurt this summer.  I’ve allowed enough room ( I hope) in the underarms, and now I’m just doing 2 x 2 rib for the body until it’s long enough, so I can keep going until it fits, even if he grows.
So, that’s it.  I’m going to try real hard not to start anything new until I get some of those kicked off the needles.  Lest you get all happy for me, thinking that those are the only wip’s I have, hold your joy.  Those are only the ones I’m admitting to right now.  Please don’t even look at the plain socks out of that new Knitpicks Imagination yarn.  They’re almost done anyway.  I only have the ribbing left on the second sock.

February Knitting

Well, let’s see if this works. We have 2 computers at home. One is so old, there’s not even a place on the big thing for the camera cord to plug in to. The other one is newer, and a while back, it caught a virus or something, and it often doesn’t work. But, that’s the only one I can upload pictures too. Unless I somehow convince hubby to put them on his laptop, which is a whole can of headaches.

Here’s what’s been going on…

This would have been a picture of the lovely Monkey’s I knitted for Steve’s mom. I did the no-purl ones, and I used Knitpicks Essential.

Here’s where I would have put a picture of the cute little ascot thing called Friday, also for Steve’s mom. I told him to tell her, but I don’t know if he will, that it’s for her to wear. However, if she suddenly feels the need to strangle someone, it can also serve that purpose. It’s a lovely new yarn called Mirasol Nuna; 40% merino, 40% silk, and 30% bamboo. I think that if she does use it to strangle someone, the last thought before passing out will be, “Ooooohhh, silk!”

Here’s the progress on the green Slippery‘s. I’m now going off of 2 charts, one for the front and back and a smaller one for the sides. The only problem I can foresee will occur when I’m done with the first repeat of the smaller chart, and have to start that one over, but I won’t be done with the front/back one. Right now, round 6 is round 6. The smaller chart is only something like 18 rounds, about. The larger one is 24 I think, so they don’t match. I may just re-label the chart for each repeat.

Ok, what to not show you a picture of next? Hmmm, perhaps the February Lady sweater. It’s coming along quite well, after very many waste yarn things to try it on to see when to start the lace pattern and end for the sleeves. But, I’m on the lace now, and it’s going along very smoothly. Except for the parts where I forget the second yo, and don’t catch it until the next pattern row, but I can usually just go down and draw up a loop where there was supposed to be one and ladder up.

I’m liking the pattern so much that I decided to start another one, out of the alpaca I got locally. If the stupid computer would allow me the privilege of uploading a picture here, you’d see the lovely hanks that hubby bought me for my birthday last year. You’d see that I’ve already wound the lightest cream into a ball, and I’m already several rows into the garter stitch yoke part. You’d also see the other 4 hanks resting comfortable nearby, in their graduating colors of natural browns. The lightest cream is for the top, then a darker cream, then a tannish color, then a medium brown, then the darkest is a chocolate brown, which will be for the bottom part.

The plan here is to finish the first one first, and sort of use that as a measurement to judge for the second one. According to the alpaca guy, each hank is about 200 yards, and I originally thought of just knitting until I ran out, then switching, but I may attempt at doing something a little more even. I’ll try to finish the first one, and measure how long exactly I did it, then divide it up according to the 5 colors I have. Of course, this may net to be exactly the same as if I had just knit until I ran out and then switched colors, but there’s this part of me that’s anal enough to want to make sure somehow.

Oh yes, almost forgot the last 2 pictures that won’t get from the computer to the blog. The computer is holding them hostage, for what I know not. It’s the fingerless mitts I’m making out of the Frog Tree alpaca that my friend gave me, and they’re coming along great. I think these are going to the poor dear lady who cuts our whole family’s hair. Here’s where you don’t ask me why I didn’t make her the strangling thing.

And the last one, I’m ashamed to admit, is more socks. I just couldn’t hold out any longer on the Knitpicks Imagination. I think they’re just going to be regular boring ones, but since I’m not even done with the toe yet, as you can’t see at all since the computer won’t give up it’s grip on the lovely picture, time will tell.

A few things I forgot to even take pictures of, so take that, you stupid computer, David’s sweater has finally crossed the line of the armpit. The sleeves are on waste yarn and many many inches of K2P2 ribbing await. Also, a cute little cowl out of some yarn handspun by another friend, is almost done, I’m sad to say. I’m trying to drag it out a little.

That is all. I’m going to post this, then possibly drop this computer into oblivion. Hubby’s not here, so I have some time to come up with a good story as to why it’s laying out in the back yarn with several dents and possibly a gunshot or two. Wait, I have boys. I bet there’s a baseball bat in the garage somewhere…

Anyone see that movie Office Space? Remember what they did to the copy machine? Yeah. That’s what I’m talking about.

It’s a rat, people.

I really really don’t have fun at Chuckie Cheese.  The boys did though.  Someone pointed out to me, why on earth have a rat as your mascot when you’re in the food service business?  Really now.  Why not a cockroach?  Those are equally cute….NOT!

I had a rough day on Friday, and after dropping off #3 at preschool, I found myself at a far away LYS that I’d been wanting to visit for quite some time.  It was really interesting, as they had their yarns arranged by color not type.  It actually worked out very well for me since I was there looking for something to make for Steve’s mom.  I wanted bamboo or silk in gray or black.  I found some really nice alpaca silk in a heathered gray, but I was concerned about the alpaca being too warm for FL.  But it was so soft.  I was pretty much sold on it, but I decided to make one more go-around.  I saw some stuff that just shone out from it’s little cubicle.  Turns out it had just come in.  It’s not even on Ravelry yet.  It’s also not on the yarn manufacturer’s web-page.  It’s by Mirasol, and it’s merino wool, bamboo, and silk.  I think it’s called Nuna.  I just had to get it.  I chose a gray color for Steve’s mom, and a green for me.  Oops.

The gray is going to be a cute ascot scarf thing called Friday.  I think the green’s going to be a neck-warmer sort of dickey thing called, oddly enough, Lacy Neckwarmer.  Links there to Ravelry, excpet that I can’t connect there, so I’ll try again later on.

Knit-night part 2 was tonight.  It was very nice to have 2 in the same week; I never get to do that.  I fixed supper and then ran away.  When I got back home, I still had to put supper away.  Oh well, you can’t have everything; I’m just grateful I got to get out of the house without the kids for 2 nights in a row.

I’m almost done with Steve’s mom’s monkey socks.  I’ve gotten past the heel on the second one, and I’m decreasing the gusset stitches.  A few rows of that, then it’ll be time for the twisted rib in the back, and I think there’s only around 30 or so rows then it’ll be done.  I think I’ll have no problem getting these finished in time for Steve to take them down to FL with him in a couple of weeks.  The scarf though, not sure.  That’s ok though, I can always bring it down with me the next time we visit, which will be either in March for spring break or June after school lets out.

Tomorrow’s church, and I have to get the kids a bath beforehand, since their hair stinks and no one bathed them while I was out tonight.  Going to call it a night.

Right after I finish this one more row.

It’s all wrong, but it’s alright

Sing it Dolly. Parton for those of you possibly twangy-illiterate. Why did I think Barbara Mandrell sang that one?

In the time since my last post, I have cast on 3, yes, 3 new things.

I found a really cool cowl pattern for some lovely handspun given to me by a friend.

I think I may have finally found the pattern for some alpaca that another friend won last year and she was kind enough to share with me. I must have tried at least 3 different fingerless mitt patterns, and a couple of scarves on it. But, I think this may be it. Cross your fingers.

And, sadly, I have to report the demise of the twisty flash sweater. I should have listened to the yarn in the first place. It told me it wanted to be a February Lady sweater, and I fought it, because everybody else was doing it. I got about 6 inches or so done of the other one. It looked pretty, but I could tell the yarn wasn’t happy. What clinched it was the Yarn Harlot talking in her blog about how she was spinning her own yarn to make one too. Dang her. It’s like a curse. So, instead of frogging, I’m knitting from the outside of the 2nd ball currently attached to the old sweater. When it gets down to it, I’ll knit from the frogging.

Saves time you know. No separate motions for frogging. Knit and frog simultaneously.

Yes, I know I’m cool. The guy who works at Panera told me he remembers the name of the cool people.

Still alive

Sorry about that…I just lost track of time.  Plus, I kept thinking I’d wait to do an entry until I took pictures of some of my stuff to post on here, then kept forgetting to take pictures.  Then it’d be a cloudy day and real icky and I wouldn’t want pictures in that, so I’d wait until a sunny day.  Then it’d be sunny and I’d completely forget.  I think I may be getting old.

But not as old as hubby.  Know what he did?  Took his car in for a tune-up/ oil change/ detailing and whatever all else they did.  Prior to that, he sort of cleaned it out a bit.  There was still apparently some stuff in there which the car dudes put in a bag in his car.  Hubby was going to trash it, but then thought he should go through it first, just in case.  He found in there a check from my dad for our birthdays ( they’re one day apart, so Dad usually sends out the $ at the same time; way easier that way), and guess when the check was from?  2005.  August.  Nice huh?  I had signed it, and given it to him to sign and deposit.  He never did.  I told him he better call my dad before he did anything with that.

I’ve been trucking along on David’s sweater. I got to the part where we thought would be a good place for the lime green stripe, and did about 6 or 8 rows of the green and showed it to him.  I could tell he wasn’t overly pleased, but I couldn’t get him to say anything.  I think he didn’t want to hurt my feelings, but I finally6 convinced him.  I told him that if there was something he didn’t like it’s better to tell me right now instead of after it’s finished.  He sort of didn’t like the stripe.  So, I ripped that out and continued on with the blue.  Now I’m in the black hole waiting to get to the magic number of measuring the raglan part to be 10 1/2 to 11 inches.

I also started on another pair of socks that I’m making for Steve’s mom.  I found some Knitpicks Essentials in my stash, and thought it’d make some good Monkey’s.  I did twisted rib at the back, since they’re sort of anklets.  One’s already done and the other one is about 1/3 of the way up the foot.  Steve goes down to FL later this month and I wanted to have something he could take down to her.  I may also be making a run to the LYS to look at some bamboo yarn.  I think I want to make her a little scarf or something.  I had been working on this alpaca one, but I’m thinking it’ll be just too warm for FL, so I thought bamboo would be neat.  I figure I’ll go there and see what I can find.

Kids are invited to a Chuck E. Cheese party next Saturday.  I can hardly wait.

Did I mention how well the birthday party went?  It was pretty great.  We only had 4 guests come, due to pretty much everyone else having basketball games that afternoon.  Note to self, perhaps schedule parties for 11 year olds and up later on in the evening.  Or not…

I’m currently fighting an obsession with entrelac.  I did that scarf for my sister’s hubby for Christmas, and I saved 6 balls of that SWS to something else with, and I’m thinking about a pillow cover.  One side with 3 of the balls and one side with the other 3.  Or a felted bag or something.  I just really want to do some more of that.

But I have so many things to at least attempt at finishing.  I should really list them out to motivate myself…

1. the Slippery socks – they’re fun and that yarn is the stuff from Denver…very green and pretty and they’ll be so nice when they’re done.  These are being done at the same time with 2 sets of needles, and I’m over the heel part and I think I’m about to start the pattern all the way around.  So, I’m totally on the home stretch here, why can’t I just sit down and get going?

2. David’s sweater – as previously mentioned, I’m currently in the raglan black hole.  I think I need a little break from this one.  Know what I read though?  From the Queen of Knitting herself…EZ said that when she’s on one of those things where it seem like she’s knitting on and on and not making any progress, she puts a safety pin in when she gets started.  Then after she’s been working on it a while, she can compare where she is to where the pin is when she started and see that she actually did make some progress.

3. Crayon Sweater for me.  I started this last year.  V-neck raglan, plain on stockinette.  I’m almost to the point as well where I’ll divide off the arms.  I just feel guilty working on mine when David’s is sitting there staring at me.

4. the other sweater for me out of the yarn I won at the fair.  It’s going along great, but the pattern’s getting a little boring.  I’m wondering if I should just frog it and make the February Lady’s sweater that I was going to make in the first place.  I want to get this one done because I promised the remainder of the yarn to my friend to helped my win it by showing me where by cabling boo boo was in the entry.  She’s not pressuring me or anything, it’s just me.

5. the crocheted Bucs blanket.  That’s another entry in itself.  Look at my projects page if you feel the need.

6.  the corset-tee thing for me also.  I love the alpaca and cashmere, but again, the guilt thing.

7. jaywalkers for me.  One sock is done, I just have to do the other one.  I’d really like to get this done before spring time, as the colors are very spring-y.

8. socks for my sister.  Plain old regular socks.  These normally reside in my purse, so I work on them while I’m waiting in line somewhere or something.  No big rush on these either though.

9. the feather and fan alpaca shawl I’ve been working on for years.  I recently drug this out from the bottom of my yarn bag and realized that it’s either about at or just past the halfway point.  There’s no rush on this one, but I do take it out now and then and do a couple of passes.

Good grief, there’s 9 things up there.  And that’s not even including the ones I’m doing for the sisters…there’s a pair of slippers, and a purse that have already been started, and about 4 or 5 things that haven’t been cast on yet.

I just had an idea…what if when I get that bamboo yarn, I make an entrelac scarf thing for Steve’s mom?  That’ll take care of the entrelac thing I have going.  Then again, maybe she’d like something more lacey…I could check my queue, or that book I got with all the lacey patterns…then I could just make up my own…I know if I go on Ravelry to look something up, I’m just going to be sucked in…..oops.  I think I may have found the problem with why I’m not getting as much done as I want to.

Should I ground myself from the internet?


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