Sunday, February 26, 2006
Saturday, February 25, 2006
I am planning to put the diamonds along the bottom, put fur on the cuffs and little black buttons down the front. Playing with the idea of a few decreases along the top of the sleeve to make little puffy shoulders. So far I am tickled pink y'all. (Y'all know I just realized that I have been spelling Y'all wrong all this time?! What kind of self respecting southern gal cain't spell y'all? - I am by no means the best speller in the world, but I hate to see things misspelled- even in chat it drives me crazy- I am sure my Momma is hanging her head in shame. Well, I have learned the error of my ways and vow to never spell y'all wrong again!)
Anyway, since I am a really nosy sort of gal, and really want to see where everyone is knitting I am sharing my cozy kniting place. If ya'll are reading this consider yourself tagged! I want to see your spots, too!
I think you can even see my assprint on the sofa! and just cause I know y'all are all dying to know what all that shit is....Purple folder and notebook hold all my patterns and ideas. Remote controls right where I can reach 'em. Red snuggly blanket (Thanks you MIL) to keep me nice and cozy. I put my yarn balls in the silver bowl to keep them clean and in one place while I am knitting. The beginnings of little sweater are on the needles. A few of my needles and a crochet hook to pick up stitches are in the cup for easy access, and the ever-present-while-knitting-at-night libation (tonight's selection is brought to you by Stoli and tonic with a slice of lime) is in front of the pink yarn. I actually knit that bag (from leftover yarn in my stash) hanging off the arm of the sofa to keep all my knitting things in one spot. And I know y'all all want my vintage 70's shag multicolored carpet....believe me it hides everything!
Well, ladies and gents, I must clean up today or The Gaming One is going to fire me, so I must back away from the computer and resist the temptation to sit and knit (have I mentioned I am childless today? and I have to spend it cleaning?! There is NO justice in this world!) Off to fold Mt. Washmore!
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Pattern: Lolita Legs
Yarn: Cascade Yarns, Fixation (98.3% cotton, 1.7% elastic) 2 balls for size small and I only had about 6" leftover
Mods: I followed the pattern until I got to the leg portion, I just continued from there in Fishnet Patt 1 until piece measured 1" less than the measurement from heel to calf.( I also noted here how many pattern repeats I did so each leg would be identical. Count the holes) Then I did 1 set of increases on the back center of leg as follows -
needle 1:*YO, K2tog*
needle 2:*YO, K2tog* (4times)M1, YO, K2tog, (this is where the back center if leg would be, and it may be in a different place if you are much taller than I am) YO, K2tog, M1,*YO, K2tog* (4times)
needle 3:*YO, K2tog*
next row: K across
next row: needle 1:*YO, skp*
needle 2:*YO, skp* (4times)M1, K, YO, skp, (this is where the back center if leg would be, and it may be in a different place if you are much taller than I am) YO, skp, K, M1,*YO, skp* (4times)
needle 3:*YO, skp*
next row: K across
Continue working in fishnet pattern 1 until piece measures 2" below the knee (again note number of pattern repeats). Work 2 sets of increases, like above but make sure that the increases are on the center back of leg. This time mine happened to occur between needle 2 and needle 3.
Work Fishnet pattern 1 three more times.
*K,P* rib across 18 rows
eyelet row:*YO, K2tog*
K across next three rows and BO all stitches.
well, that seems about clear as mud...
Here is another pic of my favorite new sweater since I know ya'll all want to see it on me! Look Ma, no bra straps! I know she is so proud!
Well, Ya'll I am off to cast on a baby sweater that has been on my mind for the past few days, maybe I can finish it too before the end of the Olympics!
Wait a minute... a post with no curse words or mention of alcohol?? That just cannot fucking happen! Where is my damn drinky-poo?
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Monday, February 20, 2006
here is the 411:
Pattern-Anthropologie-inspired capelet by Julsey723. I pretty much followed the pattern as far as cast on and needle size (I even knit a swatch!) I preferred the knit side of the fabric, so made it the right side of my work. I added a half an inch to the collar rib for the neck, and also added a few rows to the arms so the stripes would be the same width on the body and the sleeves. I also added some length to the body because 1)I had enough yarn and hate to have little bits left and 2)I wanted it to be a bit longer to cover a bit more. So I have more of a minisweater than a capelet. The bottom two stripes are also in k1p1 rib instead of just the few rows called for in the pattern. Great pattern and a super easy knit!
Yarn-Filatura Di Crosa Tweeddy 100% wool(the darker grey, I am not sure of exact color-perhaps the color was Tweedy as well),Colorado Yarns Vail 100% superwash wool(light grey), white mystery cotton yarn from MIL. Since I did not have enough of any one yarn in my stash, I decided stripes would be quite nice, of course the yarns that would make lovely stripes were not the same weight, so I decided to hold the Vail yarn with the mystery cotton for the lighter stripes.
Have I mentioned I love this sweater! I will make more of these maybe throw a little variation in there to keep it interesting hmmm...cables perhaps? This sweater was finished within a 24 hour time period so I have no excuse not to make more!
Saturday, February 18, 2006
him: baby you should taste this, it is the perfect mix! (hands me his glass)
me: (slurp) mmm that is good (hand him my glass which is mostly melted ice) here try mine (giggling on the inside)
him: ick yours is really watered down (this is when I get up with his drink in hand and announce that I am going to take a shower) Hey that is my drink!
me: now it is mine...(drunken giggling)
him: bitch (gets up to mix himself another drink)
me: (more giggling)
Good thing I am cute and he loves me so!
Thanks for the comments yesterday! Persnickety Knitter...my legs are not really all that long...I am just 5'2, I think it is the trees in the background playing tricks on the eyes. They actually are comfy! Much more so than my other fishnets cause my toes are not trying to escape and they are much warmer too! Emmie...you are too kind! (I am blushing) Glad ya find me so amusing! I am going to your blog to vote!
Friday, February 17, 2006
I cast on the second leg last night after working 5 rows of Hoover.... I think I need to pick up a pair of metal circs to work the rest of hoover because the yarn just isn't sliding over my bamboo circs as easily as I would like and is making my stitches a little wonky, not to mention making my wrists hurt...not a good thing.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
After a visit to Anny Purls I picked up the handy dandy Olympic Knitting countdown bar over in my sidebar. Thanks Anny Purl! Since I know exactly how much time I have left, I think I may knit some on the neglected Hoover blanket. I must admit all this holey knitting is getting really repetitive and becoming sorta mindless (to be read as "I am not paying attention to what I am knitting and I am frogging much more than I should be"). Besides I would really be departing from my true self if I do not procrastinate just a little!
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
and here is day 5 progress....which would have been much more had I not had to frog two whole inches at 12:30 am after I realized I added a stitch...when I realized it my conversation with The Gaming One was something like this....
me:I somehow added a stitch about two inches ago and now I have to pull out all I knit today. dammit!
him: well, don't you count your stitches after each row?
me:(icy stare in his direction)you would think so wouldn't you?!
argggggg oh well...after this I am going to be crowned Queen of Picking Up Stitches in Stretchy Black Yarn, but I think I may also be half blind by that time and have to knit with one of those magnifying glass contraptions that little old ladies that really are half blind use to cross stitch with. Ya'll it really is that hard on the eyes.
In completely unrelated knitting news...I got my first copy of Vogue Knitting today (my sister bought me a subscription for christmas) and besides the fact that it looks like someone had been chewing on it and the cover was creased all to hell, and yes it was still in the plastic, I was pretty excited to see it. I really liked a few of the patterns especially the yoke pullover and the trapper hat. There was also a shaped jacket I looooved, but if I knit it in the suggested yarns (17 balls Lang/Berroco Cashmere-Luxe and 12 balls Berroco lazer FX) I would be spending almost as much as my mortgage payment on yarn, for one project. Ok maybe not a mortgage payment but pretty damn close! I showed jacket to The Gaming One and he naively said...why don't you go ahead and order the yarn for it? It's really pretty! I just smiled and told him how expensive the yarn was...needless to say I am not going to be making it in the suggested yarn...well, off to get a blog fix before The Gaming One comes in from his yard work!
Monday, February 13, 2006
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Thursday, February 09, 2006
I am just 4 rows shy of being back to where I was on hoover before I ripped it all out due to mistakes, and I must admit it does look better the second time around. It looks like hoover will be put on the back burner until after the olympics, though.
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Monday rolled around and I went to visit my parents while they were in town. They are long haul truck drivers and I only get to see them every 6 weeks or so. After spending the whole day at their house with all the noise that goes with it I was ready to reunite with hoover and a very stiff vodka tonic. I knit, watched Medium and sipped my VT, happy as a pig in shit. As I finished my VT I looked back over my progress thus far. Keep in mind, I was not only double knitting, I was working a star chart as well, so I would not get bored with straight knitting and purling. This is when the cursing started. I realized when I lovingly looked at hoover with its beautiful stars shining on their reverse backgrounds, that at the beginning of the last five rows I knit I forgot to twist the yellow and blue yarn at the edge. Well, if you have ever double knit you will realize that in doing so, I was not connecting my front and back pieces. Furthermore, I had no clue as how to join them, so I did what I usually do when I make a big mistake since I hate picking up stitches, I frogged...all six inches of my blanket. And I thought I was going to cry. Seriously ya'll I wanted to cry. But I didn't. Instead I sulked, drank another VT (The Gaming One brought me one before I could even ask!) and passed out on the sofa. I really wanted to have hoover finished before the start of the Knitting Olympics, but looks like that ain't happening now....
On a slightly different note I stumbled across this quiz What Kind of Knitter Are You?
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You appear to be a Knitting Adventurer.
You are through those knitting growing pains and feeling more adventurous. You can follow a standard pattern if it's not too complicated and know where to go to get help. Maybe you've started to experiment with different fibers and you might be eyeing a book with a cool technique you've never tried. Perhaps you prefer to stick to other people's patterns but you are trying to challenge yourself more. Regardless of your preference, you are continually trying to grow as a knitter, and as well you should since your non-knitting friends are probably dropping some serious hints, these days.
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
on another note...My yarn arrived from Webs yesterday for Lolita Legs for the Knitting Olympics, so I am all ready to compete. It turns out that the yarn for my double knit scarf will end up way too thick for a NC winter so I am going to knit Wavy instead.