Monday, August 29, 2005

Some WIP

There hasn't been much finishing of knitting going on, but I keep starting new things. I never used to be this way. When did my attention span get so short?

You might remember I started a pair of socks a while ago that were in a double eyelet pattern I had designed. Well I hated them. They looked blindingly busy. So I ripped them out. I tried several more patterns but just thought everything looked too busy. I recently signed Knitting on the Road out from the library. I really didn't notice the Friday Harbor socks. The sample they have knitted is done in really dark colored wool so you can't see the pattern at all. However, there is the Friday Harbor KAL going on and I saw some of the socks being knitted and I thought it would be perfect for my yarn.

I had to add a lot of stitches to make a sock big enough to fit my giant calves but I now have 1 sock almost completed

I also started in on another pair of socks in this super bright pink Twinkletoes yarn I got from Rainbow Knits on eBay. This yarn is finer than most sock yarns I have used. This can be both good and bad. I tried a couple patterns with it before settling on this one. The color is also much brighter in person than I thought it was going to be. Ah well.

And finally, I finished the main part of my Autumn shawl from Kiparro. I am working on the border lace and then I can finally block it and hopefully the lace detail will show up more. I am a little concerned about the shedding factor of this yarn, but other than that it was lovely to work with. I really like the colors a lot even though they aren't in my usual color pallet.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Non-Knitting Post

I have been meaning to write up a post about my last visit to Lewes, DE. My best friend Kristen lives there. I have to say I am jealous sometimes of the great life she has. She has a great husband whom I adore and the sweetest baby you could ever imagine. One of the things I love the most about Kris and Mark is that they don't mind company. Living at the beach means they get more than their fair share of it too. A couple of weekends ago I dragged my other friends Sana off to the beach with me. The highlight of the weekend was going to a pig roast at Mark's Dad's house.

That's Sana and I with what was left of the pig. Tasty!

Mark's step mom is really into carriage horses. Here is Jam and Jelly after our little ride through the neighborhood.

And here is a shot of Sana and baby Ryan's. He had a little cold that weekend so he was a little grumpy, but still such a perfect and lovely baby.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

The results are in

Sorry I have been neglecting the blog lately but I got a cold and was feeling miserable. So miserable that I didn't even knit on a few nights.

anyway I wanted to let you know how fantastic the Montgomery county fair was. I had a great time volunteering at the knitting demonstration table. It was also great to look at all the things people had entered.
Here is my final tally:
Flowers of Scotland - 4th Place
Hardanger sampler - 1st
Orangina -1st
Socks - 3rd
Pink Shawl - 2nd
Scandinavian sweater - 1st
Green wrap - 1st
Scarf - Honorable mention (yes they thought it looked like a hairy tarantula too)
Hat - 5th
Purple tank - 4th
Red Poncho - 1st
Beige Shawl - 1st
Scarf - 2nd
Blue Afghan - 2nd

I should actually be getting a substantial check in the mail. Wonder what I will buy with it. I'll give you one guess.

Scenes from the fair:

Friday, August 19, 2005

More CD Swap thank you's

I got another CD in the mail yesterday. This one from Lisa. It has a lot of Simon and Garfunkel and Sinead O''Conner on it. I love them. It even has 7 o'clock New / Silent Night on it which I find to be such a poignant statement about the world we live in. Sadly things haven't changed much since S&G wrote it. Thanks Lisa

On the knitting front, not much news. Lame I know. I have just been too busy to take photos and somehow me writing about knitting can't be that exciting. But I guess I will do it anyway. Tuesday I went to the Montgomery County Fair to volunteer with Kristie at the knitting demonstration table. Lots of fun. I learned that at the fair they have the best grilled cheese imaginable. I also got lots of ribbons. Yay me. (I might have already told you that but I am really excited about it) Wednesday was Knitty but I was REALLY tried and slept for 12 hours instead. (My ability to sleep for long periods is a sure since I am getting sick) Thursday was NoMoCo S&B where Mel finally joined us (I will admit I didn't make the connection between person and blog right away check out her comments to find out what an idiot I am). Tonight I am back at the fair.

I promise some better photos and progress soon.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Knitter's CD Swap

I sent out my CD’s and got my first two in the mail. Nothing like finding packages in your mailbox to brighten your day. First off, thanks to Marlana for setting this all up. I got your mix and it is fab. I have been listening to it in the lab and everyone keeps wondering who would mix The Beastie Boys with Emmy Lou Harris? Marlana would and more power to her. This is totally the same sort of strange mix I am in the habit of making. Plus it has a Mojo Nixon track on it. One of the first concerts I ever went to was a Mojo Nixon concert at City Gardens. I was dating a bouncer at the time. Crazy but true. This was way back in the early days of mosh pits. Judd put me up in the stands in the corner and forbid me to come down into the pit. Ah High School, good times.

A second thank you goes to Suzie. I haven’t gotten a chance to listen to it, but I am dying to here the Knitters track. I mean how can they not be great with a name like that? This mix also has a Teenage Fanclub song on it. They always make me think of another guy I dated. He made me a mix tape that really was the reason I went out with him. It was just one of those tapes where I LOVED everyone song on it. He got me into so many groups that I had never even heard of before. He’s responsible for a minor obsession I had with The Stone Roses.

Dressy Bessy of course makes me think of my Dressy Bessy Doll when I was a little girl. (Thanks Dressy Bessy for teaching me to work zippers and tie bows). And finally a funny story about Iggy Pop. Iggy lives around the corner from my brother. He has seen him driving his Bently with the top down in a leather jacket with no shirt. All very rock star, except that he is driving his kid to a T-ball game!!!!

I can’t wait for my next 2 CD’s to arrive!

So in case you were wondering what I sent out? Well, I couldn’t decided if I wanted to make my usual trip-hop type mix or if I wanted to go more mainstream and mellow. So I did both. I sent out 2 CDs

Rocking the Suburbs – Ben Folds
Gone Going – the Black Eyed Peas (featuring Jack Johnson)
Miami – The Counting Crows
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard – Paul Simon
For You – The Bare Naked Ladies
Gone – Ben Folds
Superman – Lazlo Bane
I Spy – Guster
Missing Me – Jack Johnson
It Must be Love – Madness
Father & Daughter – Paul Simon
This is to Mother You – Sinead O’Connor
Landslide – The Dixie Chicks
Haunted – The Pogues and Sinead O’Connor
Once in a Lifetime – The Talking Heads
Waltzing Matilda – Tom Waits
Babylon – David Gray
Let’s Dance – M. Ward
New Slang – The Shins
Such Great Heights – Iron and Wine

Battle without Honor or Humanity –Tomoyasu Hotei
Pump It – The Black Eyed Peas
The Power is On – The Go! Team
Because we can – Fatboy Slim
Don’t Sweat the Technique – Eric B. and Rakim
T Plays it Cool – Marvin Gaye
I like to Score – Moby
1976 – RJD2
Kemuri – DJ Krush
Bear Witness – Dr. Octagon
Running Away – Sly and the Family Stone
Johnny Appleseed – Joe Strummer and the Mescalaro
Green Grass of Tunnel – Mum
Indian Flute – Timbaland and Magoo
Could Well Be In – The Streets
Parasite – G. Love and Special Sauce
You Can’t Always Get What you Want – Rusted Root
Twice the First Time – Saul Williams
Why Can’t I Touch It – The Buzzcocks

Friday, August 12, 2005

What Kind of Needle Are You?

Once again I found this quiz from my friend Sarah over at Nikki knits

You are bamboo.
Warm, cozy, and thoughtful, you take your time and
enjoy how things feel, smell, and taste. You
love the craft and beauty of traditional
things, and you value the comfort and
experience of knitting as much as the results.
But while you are reveling in your warm cozies,
don't get stuck. Warm is wonderful, but so is
the whole wide world!

What kind of knitting needles are you?
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I have to say this time I like the description a lot more. I love quizzes.

So I entered all 15 of my project into the county fair. I also signed up to demonstrate Tuesday evening. If you happen to be at the Montgomery County Fair stop by and say hello.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Meet me at the Fair. . .

Meet me in Montgomery County, Meet me at the fair, I'll be with my darling knitting . . .

Anyway I am all excited because I decided to enter some stuff in the Montgomery County Fair. Crazy. I have never even been to a county fair. It is gonna be a whole new experience for me. Kunni who is one of the organizers of the Home Goods section of the fair has been pleading with NoMoCo Stitch and Bitch for years to show off our talents. Well this year I just knit so much I had to say yes. So here is what I am going to enter.

I know this first stuff isn't knitting, but I do have others talents . . .
Department 45:
Section B: Counted Thread, Cross-Stitch or Backstitch pictures (Framed)
28. Sampler mixed media (hardanger, blackwork, pulled thread, drawn work)

33. Pair of pictures, matching or coordinating set, any size

Department 47: Crocheting:
Section A: Afghans, Large
10. Medallion

I thought I already had a picture of this afghan but I guess I didn't. When I get it back I will take a photo for you.

Section D: Crocheted Garments:
6. Adult Poncho

7. Adult Shawl

Section E: Crocheted small garments

11. Scarf

Department 48: Hand Knitting
Section B: Adult Garments:
1. Cape poncho or stole

Section C: Ladies Sweaters:
5. Cardigan, all plain or all rib

14. Pullover, raised design cotton

17. Pullover, Scandinavian, yoke

Section G: Miscellaneous
1. Adult Scarf

This scarf is made out of Mexicali which is a eyelash blend. Not really my thing, and it was impossible to photograph with out is looking like a hairy tarantula leg.

2. Adult gloves or socks

3. Adult Hat

Ok so I have gone completely overboard. Whatever. Look out fair, here I come!!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

WIP Update

I thought it was time to update you on some of my WIP.

Filati Tank

I have the front finished on this. I added a pattern repeat on this both lengthwise and widthwise in order to make the sweater bigger. I am not sure this was a good idea. I used a lot more yarn because of this. Not a huge deal because I can go and buy more. I also feel like this has made the front huge now. For a comparison check out the tank and compare it to the One Skein Wonder below. Both are on the same ottoman so you can judge the size. No I know the one is a shrug and the other is not. And the shrug is made for my tiny SIL. But still it looks really big. I need to do some measuring. One solution would be to make the back the regular width size. This means the basket weave pattern would be off, but at the seams so it wouldn't be too noticeable. I also kinda wonder about doing this. I mean after all my front is bigger than my back so it makes sense the garment should be too right? But you never see this done so I don't know . . .

Kiparoo Autumn Shawl

This is turning out pretty nice I think. I know it looks like a big blob here, but it isn't blocked and jammed onto the circular needle so I couldn't really spread it out. It is also striping more than I would like it to, but I am hoping that as it gets wider the repeat will change and this will stop. It is a pretty easy pattern so kinda mindless without being too boring. Although as it gets wider it is now taking forever to finish a row. Once it is blocked and has the border added I think it is gonna be great.

BTW this yarn is not red white and blue. It is kinda a rusty/brick red, a dark blue and grey in colors.

Mosaic Wedding Afghan

I know have 1.75 out of 12 squares completed. Sounds like nothing when you put it that way but I have been working hard. This pattern is hard because I really need to have the chart and pay very close attention to it. I like the effect and I think it is going to be gorgeous when it is completed, but it is gonna take a long time to finish it. I have a year to get it done and the couple in question had a very short engagement so really they didn't give me much time.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

One Skein Wonder

I finally got the shoulder measurements for my SIL and was able to make my one skein wonder in just one day. This was a fun little project I got from Glampyres blog. She has some really great patterns so go check her out. She also wrote the pattern for Orangena. I really love this little shrug. In general I am not a shrug person but this was so cute and easy. I will probably be making more as gifts since it so quick and easy and really cute.

I wish I could try it on though. Unfortunately (for me anyway) I am like twice the size of my SIL. There is no way this thing would fit me. I checked and my gauge was dead on so it should fit her. I can't wait to get it in the mail.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Face Lift

Not much new to report on the knitting front. I did give my blog a bit of a facelift though. I fiddle with the colors some more which then meant I needed to change all the little rounders. This turned into a massive job. I probably made it a lot harder than it need to be, and I still can't figure out why the main rounders at the bottom aren't the right color. But I gave up. I think the whole thing look more unique now and less like I am using the same template as everyone else. At least that was my intention.

I was hoping to go to the knit out at The Mannings this weekend but I forgot that I told my friends I would watch their cats for them while they moved. I know from experience what a trial it is to have a cat around while you are in and out of the house and moving around. I might still go in the afternoon. It depends how the visiting kitties are taking to their new surroundings.

I also plan on FINALLY sitting down the read the Harry Potter. I just finished re-reading the whole serious last night and I am set to dive into the latest.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Quiz From my Neighbor

My knitting web-ring neighbor just said hello and she had this quiz up. Since it was knitty, I thought I would include it too.

You are Shetland Wool.
You are Shetland Wool.
You are a traditional sort who can sometimes be a
little on the harsh side. Though you look
delicate you are tough as nails and prone to
intricacies. Despite your acerbic ways you are
widely respected and even revered.

What kind of yarn are you?
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I don't think any of the descriptions are all that flatering though. Is it my love of the movie "Heathers" that makes me a harsh person?

This just in

I got my approval for the knitting blog web ring. Ah to be a part of such an illustrious group. I probably shouldn't be this excited, but I am.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Shout out

Wow, I just realized I got featured on someone else's blog. This is a first for me (I think) esp since I only get like 1 or 2 hits a day. Go check it out I guess this blog is about blogs about DC. Crazy. He actually wrote me and asked if I knew of any other knit blogs in the DC area. Um yeah, like a million. I didn't write him back though because I wanted a chance to check out his blog first and make sure I wasn't giving him all my fellow bloggers addresses so he could put them on some crazy site. It seems like a cool site, but I still don't know if I am comfortable giving him other peoples addresses. On the other hand, I think most bloggers are trying to get more traffic and exposure. I am will ask the other bloggers at md md knitty tonight what they think.

Intarsia insmarsia

There is only one thing in knitting that I hate more than double pointed needles and that is intarsia. I only have done one major intarsia project. It was this Rowen sweater knit in like a million colors of their 4-ply cotton. The results don't look too bad in the photo, but I really should include a photo of the reverse side. I mean who are we kidding, when it comes to intarsia it is the reverse side that is critical. Well let me assure you, the reverse side is a mess!!! I tried to make is nice a smooth I really did. Those flowery type motifs are actually about 3 inches thick (ok not really, but they feel like it sometimes) I mean when you are working with that many colors, just how are you supposed to weave in all those ends and not have a total mess.

And lets not go into just how many stupid bobbins I had hanging off this thing as I made it. There was no way to stop them from becoming a tangled mess. While I did figure out how to wrap stitches at the edge to prevent holes, I never managed to get theknittingg to lay flat and not pull in. This sweater was really 3-D when I first finished it. The motifs were all puffy.

I think if I were ever crazy enough to try and knit this sweater again I would fair aisle the whole thing and just twist and carry the color along. This would also be a nightmare, but at least the sweater wouldn't be three inches thick in patches.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Why have I forsaken you?

I feel like I have been neglecting my blog. It has only been a month and already I find myself not adding things as much as I would like to.

This weekend I started in on the Kiparoo Shawl. I know I know I haven’t finished any of the million of other projects I have going, but I finished the front of the Filatra tank, and I finished one of the mosaic afghan sections so I wanted to start in on something new.

So far the shawl is going well. It is a pretty easy pattern and I am hoping I will have the center memorized in now time. No pictures yet though.

I spent a good chunk of Sunday sorting out the NoMoCo S-n-B afghan squares. Our group just finished up a square contest where we had members make as many squares as they could in two months. We did great. I now have hundreds of squares in my spare room. I bundled them all into packets on matching colors an put up a link on our group web page so now people can sign up to grab a packet and sew all the squares together to make an afghan. I am hoping we will have at least 4 finished by this winter to give to charity.

Oh, and just cause I feel the need to whine a bit. I had the worst headache ever yesterday. I woke up with it which is never a good thing (and no I wasn’t out drinking so I can’t even feel like I had a great time Sat night to compensate for the headache) I fought it off with Advil most of the day. Then I went to bed around 11. At 2 am I woke up and thought I was gonna die. It felt like someone was driving a burning hot spear through the right front of my head. I did all of my usual headache cure things. The only thing I didn’t do is take the relpax that I got from my doctor. I don’t know why. All I can think is that I was delirious with pain and half asleep. I woke up several times during the night in cold sweats from the pain. So unhappy. I came into work late today because even though the head is gone now, I still feel kinda sick and weird (like I have a hangover from the headache) and I need to get some sleep.