Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Thursday, June 22, 2006
This weekend is the Relay for Life in our area. For 24 hours people will walk around the High School track to raise money for cancer research. Many groups have formed teams to take turns walking throught he 24 hour period. They have also been selling luminaries which will be used to light the track in the dark and honor cancer survivors and those who have not been so lucky. My LYS - Full Thread Ahead - formed a chem0 cap team. Rather than walking around we will "knit around" and make chemo caps for donation. My Mom and I decided to join the team and after all the dance shows on Saturday we'll be "at the track." My LYS gave me the yarn - some fuzzy fun stuff for the bottom of the cap and some really soft yarn for the hat itself. I decided to get a start because I didn't think I could knit an entire hat in 2 hours or so. Now I had several patterns but no exact pattern for the yarn I have. One pattern said cast on 90 stitches - another 110. Since I have a big head (size not ego) I decided to make my hat on the big side. Since my yarn is thin - I cast on 120 stitches. Well - it's looking EXTREMELY big! Last night I reduced around a few rounds to reduce it to 90 stitches - hmmmmm - we'll see about this. I may have to start over . . . .
Monday, June 19, 2006
Friday, June 16, 2006
Have you ever noticed that? No matter how much or how often you expose the horse to knitting and fiber it just shows no interest in it? Now there are always excuses - I have 4 feet and no hands - the yarn would get really dirty in the stable - I don't have opposable thumbs . . . . But I truly believe if the horse really wanted to knit he would figure it out. This is the case with my oldest daughter - who - you guessed it - is a big time equestrian. This photo is of Snickers, the horse she rode in last weekend's show. Well anyway - despite my continuing efforts I can not seem to interest her in knitting. I know that she CAN knit - I've seen the evidence. I know that she has opposable thumbs - I've seen those too. Yet somehow knitting holds no interest for her. I even took her yarn shopping. She spent lots of time in the store, picked out some wonderful Cascade 220 and fun yarn to make an Oregon Tote, I paid for all of it but alas - almost a year later it is still sitting here.
Worse yet - the first skein and some nice size 11 circular bamboo knitting needles which started the project have gone missing! Maybe they are at the stables. Maybe Snickers is knitting when we're not there. Now my Mom who is usually the most selfless person in the world is in love with this yarn. She loves the colors and keeps asking when I'm going to admit that Horsey Girl is never going to use it and let Mom have it. The other day I said, "maybe that's a good idea, I'll give it to you and you can make the bag for her." My Mom looked at me and smiled and said - that's not quite what I had in mind! Mom also has opposable thumbs - maybe I should give it to her!
Thursday, June 15, 2006
It is a gorgeous, glittery hand bag in a beautiful blue-ish yarn. The photo doesn't do the colors justice. The colors in the photo below are closer. Anyway - I just love it. My 10 year old also loves it however so the fight is on! Also the handles are really cool - she crocheted around them and so they are covered with the yarn as well. It looks great! I have no idea how to do that so I'm going to need a tutorial! Anyway - I just love it. Thank you so much Brooke (or whoever you are . . . . .)
Sunday, June 11, 2006
As I've mentioned before - I already have WAY too many projects in the works but alas - I needed to start another one. I tell myself it is due to the fact that we were flying back East and I needed something small for the plane. Or perhaps it was the lure of the soft, soft mongolian cashmere I bought when I was in New York a few weeks ago. Whatever it was - I've started a scarf. Just a little scarf. That doesn't really count as a new project does it? This yarn is so wonderful I really love working with it. I had a hard time picking a pattern - I started and frogged it about 5 times before settling in to a simple double seed stitch. I like how it is turning out although the white is pooling oddly. I really couldn't do anything about it on the plane because (a) I only had one skein with me and (b) of course I wasn't allowed to have any scissors but I might splice in from another skein going forward. Any suggestions?
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Thursday, June 01, 2006
It is coming along well but I have only finished one side. I still have the other side and the strap to knit. The strap is actually quite long, several hundred rows for that matter so I still have quite a ways to go on my tote. In addition, I am working on a Cozy (pattern from Knitty.com), a throw for Horsey Girl, an Irish Hiking Scarf and a "Here and there Cables" scarf from Scarf Style. Also there is the Baby Blanket for Vicky so why did I think it was time to start ANOTHER baby blanket???
Well the baby is due in August so of course I need to get started. By Vicky's baby is due in August and the Tote Exchange is due in July, and, and, and . . . I'm usually a practical and logical gal but when it comes to knitting - that all goes out the window. I'm sure it is something in the fiber - couldn't possibly be that I've taken a leave of my senses. I don't know about you but I'm blaming the yarn!