Sunday, December 30, 2007
Now I'm ready for 2008. Bring on the New Year!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Knitting has taken place, and now that obviously the batteries are working in the camera, I can share.
And lastly, the progress on Skin of the Sea. I can see the homestretch. Short rows come next, plus the edgings, and of course finishing, washing, and blocking. This is grand!
Monday, December 24, 2007
Tonight, for the 20th year, I will sit on my son's bed, with my daughter next to me, and I'll read them the story again. I love doing this. They don't seem to mind, adult and young adult as they are. And when the time comes, down the road, and they have children of their own, I hope they continue this tradition, or even let me have the honor.
Merry Christmas to you all! May you have the peace, love, and promise of the Season, found in the small package of a Baby.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Just for grins and giggles, I'm going to try and get all my cards done in November next year. That way maybe I'll be ahead of the game and karma will even out these two years. ;)
I'm using Cascade's Sassy Stripes, first time for self-striping yarn. It's really cool. I'll get a picture posted tonight.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
EDIT: Daughter and I did have some highlights during this. On Monday night, we impaled hotdogs on shish-k-bob skewers and cooked them in the fireplace. That was fun! Then we also bought bags of potato chips and boxes of Little Debbie snack cakes, in order not to starve. LOL. We sat on the couches in our three layers of clothes, double socks, coats, ski hats, and blankets, and talked and read books. Went to bed at obscenely early times, since it was warmer under the covers than not.
Hubby had been on site for work in Atlanta, Georgia, and bless him! Instead of flying home like planned, he rented a van, picked up an 8000 watt generator (which for some reason in balmy 75 degree Atlanta was not in short supply), three heaters, and filled an order for supplies for his co-workers. He left yesterday morning at 2:30 in the A.M., drove straight through to Tulsa and by 5:00 p.m., the generator and heaters were set up and the chill taken off the air in the house. He is my Knight in Shining Armor, and he drove in to save the day for the daughter and me.
We still don't have any hot water or house power, but for right now, heaters are good. Heaters are very good. Hubby might be hooking the generator into the house power, he knows how to. This would give us lights and hot water. But we'll take this one step at a time.
It seems that our subdivision, and the one across the street are surrounded by neighborhoods that all have power. It's like we're an ink spot on the map with other people's lights all around. I hate being cold like this, and I'm starting to get depressed.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
It's a combination of assorted sizes of aluminum baking pans hotglued together, Hershey Almond Kisses and Miniatures hotglued on the outside, a festive curley que bow, with candy canes hanging around the brim. Since I work for Information Technology (IT), and no IT person is proof against Chocolate, I just know that my hat will do well in the competition. And even if it doesn't, we can all take solace at the end of the voting by ripping the chocolates off the hat and consuming them. Yum!
Saturday, December 1, 2007
On other matters, my hubby just bought a new toy: a Rowe AMI CD100F Venus Caliente jukebox. He's been merrily cleaning, scrubbing and polishing, and is now engrossed in deciding which CDs to keep (it came preloaded with 100) and which ones to discard. We have quite a selection of our own, so many of them will be added. He bought software to print the playlists and photo paper to print the CD covers and lists on. Hubby is a happy boy indeed.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Now that my daughter's Skull Illusion Scarf is finished, the swatching for Ilga Lega's Skin of the Sea vest began. I choose a different colorway from the example, which was a beautiful play of blues, and went with an equally gorgeous yarn in Amethyst Woolie Silk by Fleece Artist. This time, I really wanted to do it up right, and start with the swatch. Normally, I hate to swatch, hate it. I do understand the reasoning behind swatching for gauge, and it's completely valid, but I hate to waste the yarn and the time. Ah well, I swatched, and I'm pleased. Tomorrow when it's dry the measuring will take place, and I'll see how far off gauge I am.
Trust the Swatch. Believe the Swatch. The Swatch is good.
Friday, November 23, 2007
First, my daughter's Skull Illusion Scarf. Since these were taken, I've knitted about another 12-13 inches of plain black/red garter stitch.
And here's a little teaser of the Smidge that is destined for my soul sister.
You can't see the illusion knitting in this picture, so it's safe to post. I don't want her knowing what the illusion is until she gets her pressie!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
I hate this. We've lost three dogs to cancer. They all had nice long lives, but when they got sick, they went downhill fast and died. I don't want Spooky to have this. This cat is my furbaby, my best animal friend. I love her very much.
That being said, I can't show you it right now, for two reasons. One, as said, the pics are still in the camera. Two, the recipient has this blog address, and I'd hate to spoil her Christmas surprise by her seeing it here first. So you'll have to wait on this one until after we meet for lunch and she gets her pressie. But to expound a bit, it has an element of her faith knitted in, but not jump right out and smack you in the face with it; I used illusion knitting.
I'm a little stinker, ain't I? LOL
I've begun my son's GF's Smidge, and it's going to be gorgeous!
Friday, November 16, 2007
With the collar, she walks like a drunk and makes her displeasure quite vocal. Without the collar, she tippy toes around like a proper cat, slinking in between furniture, while looking down her nose at me. When I replaced the collar, back she went to banging into the couch and walls. While I know wearing it isn't fun for her, I think she's trying to guilt me into taking if off early, for good. "See how pathetic I am? Don't you feel BADLY for making me wear this? Meow?"
Uh, no. Your human slave knows what's good for you, whether you like it or not. Ain't gonna happen, cat.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Here's a little eye candy, it's an item on my wish list that Deb's hubby crafts:
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Yarn yumminess in the mail -- heaven.
So far I've found Alpaca Fino in Black Pearl, Zephyr in Ebony, Misti Alpaca Lace in Black (descriptive, yes, but just "black"?), and Fearless Fiber Cashmere in Endless Night. Still looking though. I want something that will hold up to her usage, but still be of heirloom quality. A quality yarn. A luxury yarn.
I can't buy this yarn until after Christmas anyway, I just like to be prepared to strike and buy when there's money in the account! LOL
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Cat update: Spooky is still acting really weird. The collar is affecting her behavior in an adverse way, but I do understand the reason behind her wearing it. She seems so off balance and lost. *sad*
Monday, November 12, 2007
I made arrangements for her to have it removed and biopsied. This was on Saturday. The surgery went well, and Spooky came home groggy and with pain meds. She looked like someone took a melon baller to her ear and scooped out the cyst and surrounding tissue. The vet said the area looked infected.
An entire day went by, then all of Sunday, until Sunday night, when all hades broke loose. Right after I had put haircolor in my hair, and was padding around the house in my bathrobe, Spooky comes wandering into the kitchen with blood dripping off her head like she's a star in a slasher movie. I try to staunch the blood, but to no avail. I phone the on-call vet, who tells me to bring her in to the clinic. I tell him I have a head full of chemicals and that I have to rinse first. I'd be there in 15 minutes.
My daughter helps me pop the kitty into her carrier, I finish becoming a redhead, and off the cat and I go. When I get her out of the carrier, the vet says that it's much worse than he had imagined, and wants to put her back into surgery right then. This time she gets stitches, instead of just the surgical glue from before, and is the proud wearer of an Elizabethan collar.
And that brings me to why my cat is unhappy and ticked off with me. She HATES the collar. She attempts to walk backward out of it, yawls and complains, walks into doors, walls and furniture, and eventually ends up sitting and staring off into space or butted up against a wall, sulking. This will be our existence for the next 10 days, until the stitches are removed. My poor baby. (WARNING: clicking on the picture will show the ear and it's not pretty.)
Sunday, November 11, 2007
She even said that she would like one, in black, if I would put the wing on both sides. Wow!! (Good thing that Melanie thought of that ahead of time when she designed this stole, and included a double-winged option, called The Wings of a Dream, in the finished pattern. Thank you, Melanie!!) I will definately be doing this for my girl, who, by the way, just turned 17 yesterday. Happy Birthday, Katie!
A few more pics showing the lacework, and my oopsies:
I'm off to shop for black laceweight yarn for my Katie. And by the by, I now have the pattern for Twinings; I can see myself working on it soon.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
My son is away at college, so I'm going to block this marvel on his bed. What's a little damp bed to someone who's not sleeping in it, hmmmm?
Thursday, November 8, 2007
I'm in a pickle. When I saw Anne Hanson's (KnitSpot) Honeybee Stole a while back, I fell in love with it. Armed with that heady feeling, I bought the pattern and my most expensive yarn to date: 100% Claudia Silk in Honey - apropos, as it was for the Honeybee Stole after all. I knew it would have to go into my queue and I was okay with that. Fate can be cruel.
Since then, Anne came out with the Twinings Stole. My heart flip flopped. It's like she designed it for me. It's not that I don't like the Honeybee anymore, but I'm really not enamored by it. I lust after Twinings. But feelings of guilt keep whispering in my ear that I mustn't abandon the Honeybee, how fickle can I be???
I haven't ordered Twinings yet, I want to, but I haven't. I feel like a cad for dropping one stole as soon as the next pretty one flashes some edging and yarn overs at me. I think Twinings would be GORGEOUS in the silk honey yarn, and that pattern just taunts me.
Should I put Honeybee on the back burner and throw myself into Twinings with the mad abandon I feel? Or should I remain faithful to my original plans?
Wow. I want one. I mean, I am in the throws of product desire. Sleek, elegant, useful. Beautiful. This is going on my Christmas Wish List (Santa, are you listening? LOL) and I hope they get the carved Knitzi stocked up in time.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Please help celebrate the day of my birth by smiling, laughing, and enjoying life -- I can't think of a better gift to give or receive. Happy Birthday Me!
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
A simple elegant idea, quite nifty in reality. But certainly not new, and certainly not at this price. Ye gods and little fishes, they charge over $275 for this 4x24-inch piece of knitting. Yes, it's cashmere, yes, it utilizes buttons from a wood not normally used (olivewood), but come on!
To be fair, I have to give them kudos for a slick marketing campaign and the ability to appeal to the "gotta have it now and only if it's obscenely overpriced" crowd. Makes me wish I had thought of it first.
But basically, this is not a new pattern or idea, any more than a scarf or sock or sweater is. And I've been itching to try the linen stitch, so I'll be making a pidge (or midge, smidge, neck cozy, etc) or two as Christmas gifts.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Most of you are all familiar with the wonderful world of Etsy and their shops, but I wonder how many of you know about a great Etsy feature that you might just use yourself this holiday season?
I’m talking about the “Favorites” feature on Etsy. Although it’s not meant to be specifically a wish list for holiday shopping, you can easily use it to your advantage that way. It’s simple. Just login to your Etsy account (if you don’t have one, registering is simple and requires no detailed personal information beyond your e-mail address and name), and then browse around to find things you love.
When you come upon an item of interest, within the listing description you’ll see a link on the lower right side that says “Add Item to Favorites.” Just click that link and the item will be marked as a “favorite.”
Now here’s the fun part. When your husband or sister or best friend or mother asks what you might like as a gift this holiday season, you can point them to your list. All they have to do is type your Etsy ID name in their browser, followed by ".etsy.com." (For example, one of my favorite sellers on Etsy is Deb from Fearless Fibers, so her URL is: http://fearlessfibers.etsy.com) Even if you don’t have a shop on Etsy, a page still comes up and on that page there is a link that says, “Favorites.” There, your gift-giving loved ones can find your wish list. How cool is that?!
If you have no shame (I know I don’t!), you can even go to your favorites list when it’s complete, copy the URL and e-mail it to that husband or sister or best friend or mother.
One important thing to note: If you decide to create a holiday wish list this way, be sure to check back every few days. If items on your list are sold or removed from the site by the seller, you may want to remove them from your favorites so that your shopping friends and family won't become frustrated if they find that the items you've marked are unavailable.
And, of course, if you are more of the giving sort and not so interested in your own wish list, you can ask your friends and family to make their own wish lists to help you out with your shopping this holiday season.
Just thought you all might like to know about this feature. It’s much easier to drop a URL than a subtle hint ;)
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
I need (want!) to get some sock blockers, not only for shaping after the socks are washed, but for getting really decent pictures. It's darn hard to take pictures of socks when they're modelled on your own feet!
Next I want to finish the Mystery Stole and have it ready to block by next week. That will leave me all of November to knit the one other Christmas pressie I have in mind, and also finish up my daughter's Skull Illusion Scarf. I promised it to her before the cold Oklahoma winds come a'sweepin' down the plains. Gotta get with it.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
How cool is that?!
Friday, October 26, 2007
Certainly I derive pleasure from the finished product, whether it be a pair of socks, or a sweater.... I want to be able to use the item or gift it to someone who will wear it. I don't think I would take the time to knit something that had no practical purpose, unless it was a wall hanging or something, and then it still is fullfilling a purpose.
The actual process of creating the item -- that is great fun, too. I love how the yarn feels in my hands, and the niftyness of taking sticks and string, dancing them around each other, and viola, having something that doesn't fall apart descend from the needles. I absolutely adore the colors yarn can take --- there is no color that isn't represented in a skein of yarn somewhere. Wouldn't it be so cool to swim through a sea of colorful yarn?!
So, I like creating the knitted item, the process of it, the learning of new stitches, the Ah-Ha! moment that comes when a technique that had been mysterious and strange suddenly makes sense, and I like the finished item, the product, the squishy goodness that I can hold in my hands and toss on my body. I don't know which one I like better, so we'll say I'm Switzerland in this debate, and I remain neutral.
Now we come to the Infamous Queue. I have a big problem with the Queue. I have so many projects that I want to knit, so many techniques to try. Such as stranded knitting, it's beautiful and intricate. I've stranded before, long ago, and I want to again. I've learned how to knit lace, and I love that, too. So into my queue has gone the Stung Honeybee Stole and a vest from Alice Starmore. I want to knit them all NOW. And I've got sock patterns, tam patterns, nordic sweaters, cardigans galore in my queue and the stash to support them, but the time to knit? Where is it???
When I cast on, I find that I become obsessed with finishing THAT ONE project, now. As a result, I become intimidated by the Queue. I feel swamped. No dent is made in the Queue (maybe if I quit adding projects???) And I feel inadequate when I see how many projects other knitters just seem to toss off their needles. How do they do it? How can I develop the ability to multi-task knit without going insane, or hearing one project cry when I pick up another?
The Illusion Skull Scarf I've been trying to finish for my daughter has started muttering and glaring at me everytime I knit on the Queen of Cups socks. "I was here first", it whispers. "Finish me, knit me, don't IGNORE me!!!!"
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
I do so adore having knitterly goodness come to me in the mail!!!
Monday, October 22, 2007
I'm looking at carpetbags for knitters. This site has carpetbags and I love the choices of tapestry material they come in. I've also been wondering if I could just knit a carpetbag shape and then felt the phoof out of it. The shape of it seems pretty straight forward, so I just might do that.
Friday, October 19, 2007
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Hubby now wants to replace or cover over the rough dark cedar staircase. It's a wonderful idea, but we'll have to wait a bit until the money tree out back leafs out again. We want to buy two small end tables, just haven't found the right ones yet.
And another benefit of this Project (because an endeavor of this magnitude deserves to be referred to with a "P") being done is that I can get my knitting back out again. I can finish the Mystery Stole 3, Swan Lake!!! *sighing with happiness*