Tangled In Yarn & Covered In Glitter

Monday, June 28, 2004

Dark Weekend.

In between getting off of work and going to see Fahrenheit 9/11 on Friday evening. my grandma called me.

Normally I cherish these calls, since I don't get to see her as often as I'd like. This time, however, the phone rang after 8:00pm. She never calls that late. She's usually in bed, or on her way there, at 8:00pm. I knew it wasn't good news before I even answered the phone.

She was calling to tell me this:

Peardale woman killed in collision with semi.

That's my great aunt and uncle there. We spent every 4th of July at their cabin when I was little. I can remember throwing watermelon rinds and corncobs off their deck and watching the raccoons scrabble for them while Patty was in the kitchen making ice cream cones for my cousins and me.

Knitting is a great timekiller when you're sitting by the phone waiting, let me tell you.

Friday, June 25, 2004

Fun times.

I won This auction, which will be lots of hexmas and late-in-year birthday presents. :) Hooray! Since the seller is in Sacramento, we'll be meeting in a public place to forgo all the horrors of the post and the paypal. Yay! Things like that are The Fun.

There was a stitch n bitch last night. I went and worked on the baby blanket, as mentioned in the post I made around 1:00a last night. It's getting big. Damn. I still don't understand how someone could - sanely, anyway - make a baby blanket out of hand-fooken-painted merino wool! That's just begging for exploding diapers and projectile spitup.

Also: I'm trying to get a free iPod so if you wouldn't mind horribly, please click here, sign up and do one of the little tasky things. I know it's silly and pointless but I really want one and am very broke, due to bills and yarn. I don't do things like this. Usually. But I really really want an iPod. <3

Time to gather my knitting and skeedaddle off to work.

Things That Suck:

Knitting merrily along on your first Sophie (Are we sensing a pattern?), only to realise that five rows back you switched mid-row from knit to purl and everything is completely thrown off.

*facedesk*

So I set it aside in lieu of throwing it away and pumped out a few more rows on the Blanket Of Doom. It'll be finished before the recipient makes his/her/their (oh god, please not twins) appearance. I hope.

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Lazy Summer Day

Even though I truly hate being broke and under-employed, it can be nice on hot days to sit around and do Very Little.

Like laugh at the cats when they're playing vulture a la Snoopy on the fence outside the window:




...or basking in the shade of the quince tree:




Or do other things, like sit on the porch with a big glass of lemonade and work on my Sophie bag, trying to figure out the best way to line it when done:




It's truly amazing how much work one can get done on a project when one has the correct size needles. I need to find the link on lining the bag; the ebay fabric is just perfect.

And when I get hungry? Why, I can just wander over to the nectarine tree and pull down a basket of fruit:



I think I need to learn how to make preserves. There's so much fruit on the tree that it'll go to the birds if I don't pull it all in. The pictured basket went across the street, a big bowl went next door and there's still a full tree out back.


Golly. I feel so domestic.

Don't forget to see Fahrenheit 9/11 tomorrow, folks!

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

woohoo!

I got my package from elann.com today! This means I can (as soon as the anesthesia from surgery is out of my system - still a wee bit dizzy!) start over on my sophie. Hooray!

I also got this stunning fabric I won on ebay in the post on Monday. It'll line the sophie, since they're both bricky-burgundy.

Also-also, the package from elann had my copy of Vintage Knits. There is some seriously pretty stuff in there. I need to get cracking on the things I've already got on the needles!

Sunday, June 20, 2004

Oof!

Someone commented in here and reminded me I haven't posted in a while. Oops!

I still haven't picked the Sophie bag back up; I cashed out my 401(k) from when I was working at Macy's and used a tiny bit of it to order the correct length circular from elann.com. Should be here any day. In the meantime, I've been doing a few rows here and there on the blanket and Jen's tank, and I started another shawl like the one for Dave's mom for my own mom. She was poking through my craft box and fell in love with this pretty wool-ease yarn that's... hmm. Now that I look at it, it's actually about the same color as what I'm knitting the Sophie in. Hmm.

May have a gift bundle here.

I haven't been knitting as much lately because I've had (ta da!) job interviews. Alas, they've only been interviews and not actual jobs, but a girl can only get so much good stuff in her life at any one time.

In closing, I will say that all of you who have their dads around should be sure to wish them a happy father's day. I took roses to my dad's grave and had a nice little chat and a nice little cry. I miss him.

Then I came home and found Alistair looking fat and stoned...



...much like this picture. Silly kitty.

Friday, June 11, 2004

Bloody Hell.

So I was working merrily along on my sophie bag, and I got to the point where I joined the sides to start working in the round.

I'd bought too long a circular needle.

>_<

It's okay, no problem. I worked what I could then began to transfer stitches onto the DPNs, thinking that's what I was supposed to do.

Nope.

It's okay, I can improvise. I start to knit onto one of the DPNS... and realise I have no idea what I'm doing. I have one free DPN, one with double the stitches on it, and a very messy project.

And no money to buy a new circular.

*facedesk*

Thursday, June 10, 2004

whee!

I got my materials for my sophie! Yay!



It's Brown Sheep's NatureSpun in Brick Road, a deep, dusty burgundy-red. So pretty. :) Knitting up fairly quick, too, I'm almost done with the bottom!

And because I can, here's a picture of the progress I'm making on Jen's tank.



Off to finish my list o' stuff to do!

Monday, June 07, 2004

oh, hell.

Can I just say how annoyed I am that the two crafty stores I went to today had plenty of yarn and books and circular and straight needles...

...but no double pointed ones?

*shakes fist*

I wanted to try and make a sock. Well, two socks. But I don't have any DPN. And you'd think craft stores that sell knitting stuff would have them.

I guess I just want too much. Feh! I'll go to Rumplestiltskin tomorrow instead.

(but I wanted to start them tonight. :( )

lots of knitting and lack of batteries

I'm just about to the point on Jen's tank to start the decrease for the armholes. I'm kinda nervous because it's the first time I've ever done shaping on a decrease; I've only ever done a simple YO increase before. Eeep! It's knit up so prettily, though. I love the yarn. Soft and fuzzy. Hee!

I got my vintage Canadian knitting books in the mail today! Hooray! Here's the link if you don't remember my cooing over them previously. :D They have so many swank patterns. My measurements work out somewhere between an 18 and 20 year (Wierd. Sizes by age and not straight measurements.) so I'll have to make a few calls to Gramma (ooo, maybe a visit? <3 ) to see how I can make the pattern bigger for my nefarious purposes.

I'd have pictures of the knitting progress, but a severe shortage of funds for living has made me use the batteries in my digicam for ebay auctions. They're on the list of things to buy. :)

Friday, June 04, 2004

Hmm...

I'm not sure how I do it, but somehow I manage to keep adding a stitch every fourth row or so on the tank.

I've caught it every time, thank $DIETY, but it's really quite annoying.

Alas.

Pictures forthcoming after I get home from work.

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

sweetness on many levels.

I won a swank little ebay auction...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=8107711405

*insert cheeseball grin here*

Anyone who knows me can verify that I am a total vintage whore. LOVE the stuff. It just tickles me pink that I'll get to play with these soon. Hee!

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The cat-children have been fascinated by my knitting.

Pixie followed me outside to chew on my yarn.

I'm adorable.  Love me.

Then when I went back indoors, Alistair threatened me. Can you believe him?

Knit me a 'nip mouse or the circulars get it!

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Now, as promised, pictures of the blanket.

So *that's* what 126 stitches looks like...


detail

I couldn't get a decent colour representation anywhere I went. The yarn is Caron Dazzleaire in frost mint, which is this lovely, pale, gender-neutral green. The pattern is the Big Bad Baby Blanket from Stitch and Bitch. It's easy to work once you get in the groove. I'm utilizing stitch markers because I'd forget where to switch stiches otherwise. Yay!

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I also made a trek to a LYS (which claims to have a website but it's not pulling up, hmm) called Rumplestiltskin and picked up supplies for this lovely tank from elann.com that I'm making for one of my best friends for her birthday. Unfortunately, they didn't have the yarn suggested (Boo!) and they suggested an alternate of Skacel's Ocean in color 10060.



It's an absolutely GORGEOUS mix of greens, all mossy and seafoamy and cream. It's also knitting up really well. I think I'll have to go back and get the lavender to make one of these for myself.