Monday, April 28, 2008
Have you ever noticed on tv the amount of knits? I was watching New Amsterdam and Everybody Loves Raymond the other day and noticed the lovely crocheted and knit throws on the couches, ever notice things like that as a knitter?
If you are a Battlestar Galactica fan go to the site and check out the What the Frack video, its a re-cap of the last three seasons done super fast and its pretty funny!!
Well that's all I've got for today :o)
Sunday, April 27, 2008
I finished them today! Even when I forgot the pattern at home and took these to work. Luckily the pattern isn't complicated so I was able to work up to the toe then I stopped until I got home to make sure I did the toe the same so that they match.
Pattern: Seduction Socks by Ann Budd
Yarn: Berocco Comfort Sock
Needles: 32" US 2 Knit Picks Circular - Magic Loop
Cast On: 3/7/08; Cast Off: 4/27/08
Saturday, April 26, 2008
I also got several more rows done on the diagonal baby blanket, but I'll wait until much more is coplete before posting another progress picture :o)
Tama Tagged me for Scategories:
WHAT IS YOUR NAME: Angela
4 LETTER WORD: Arts
TV SHOW: Are you smarter than a fifth grader?
BOY NAME: Anthony
GIRL NAME: April
OCCUPATION: Air Traffic Controler
SOMETHING YOU WEAR: Accessories (yeah that's cheating huh?)
SOMETHING FOUND IN A BATHROOM: Air Freshner ... this gets easier as I go along, LOL
REASON FOR BEING LATE: Ambulance
SOMETHING YOU SHOUT: Oh this is too easy! Asshole!
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Here's some progress on the baby blanket, my intentions with this were to use up stash and not have to buy more yarn ... well it looks like I will run out of at least 2 colors, maybe 4 ... so I think I will end up with MORE yarn in my stash once this one is done! I am going to wait until I actually run out to buy more though, sometimes its deceiving how much is left. I am going to post the pattern once complete, its very simple and great for using up stash yarn.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
This is something else I picked up again recently. Its a simple drawstring bag that I started back in July of last year, the yarn is meditation and its infused with lavendar. Its a very cool yarn to work with. I have a copy of the pattern in the baggie with the project and I laughed when I picked it up again because I wrote on the paper what a yarn over is ... so obviously this was one of the first projects I started using yarn overs, LOL!
This is another project I would like to finish up soon. This is a tank top that I started last yearn in the Spring ... intending to be able to wear it last summer ... yeah right.
I'm starting to find its really quite a pain when stuff is left like this, luckily most of these projects I ended on sections that said, knit until piece measures x inches from beginning. I usually try and write down what row I am on, but not for stuff like this for obvious reasons - I can just measure to figure out where I am, picking stuff up after so long is hard to start again for certain patterns.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Two people are having babies in June at work. I am hoping to knit a diagonal blanket for one (have left over yarn from another project I think will work well for this) and crochet another for the other person with yarn I have in my stash. Let's see if I can get both done by June and get my sock knitting and other stuff done, LOL!
While getting all of this cleaning done I think I need to buy another plastic tub or two for yarn and other miscellaneous craft items (felt, google eyes, ribbon, etc.). I also have to go through my enormous book stash and get rid of some of those. Any Janet Evanovich fans out there?? I've got a couple of her books I've read that I would part with.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Hopefully we are moving in the near future to a house with a nice yard and far away from the psycho next door with her outside phone calls and now THREE barking dogs used to be one that was bag enough ... and I LIKE dogs. Anyway ...
I was cleaning out one of the bedroom closets in preparation for hopefully moving one day in the near future and I of course don't want to move a bunch of junk that's been collecting over the years. Well this cleaned out a nice little spot for my WIPs in bags!
Soon I hope to go through the yarn in my stash and put patterns with the yarns that I bought for a specific purpose before I forget, LOL!
P.S. I went to my LYS today and didn't buy anything!!! It felt so good. I am trying to save money to move into a house so this is really important to me :o)
Sunday, April 13, 2008
I ripped it out:
Then I did it correctly. I moved the markers around so that they were in the middle of the stitches and added two decrease rounds to come back to the number of stitches in the original pattern.
I am MUCH happier with this! Here's a close up of the pattern stitch:
This pattern called for 56 stitches, my foot size is usually 64 and I think after trying this on that 56 really would have been too few. So I added stitches to the instep, but kept the heel flap the same so that the instep stitches had the correct multiple for the pattern.
My mistake was that I didn't move the markers for the toe and do the decreases in the center of each half of the stitches, so the bottom decreased quicker and the closure was more towards the bottom of the foot. To help correct this I ripped out the kitchener since it looked really weird and instead just pulled the yarn through the stitches and pulled tight to close. That worked much better for both look and comfort.
I really like this pattern and if I do it again will make sure to do the toe correctly. Hey, that's what knitting is all about, learning!!
This yarn is Comfort Sock by Berocco and "comfort" really is a good description! The yarn is nylon and acrylic, but its super soft and squishy. Really is comfortable on the foot.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
There's not too much going on in the knitting department here. I am still working on my Firestarters and Seduction Socks, and other numerous WIPs and UFOs crowd around me everywhere I look.
We applied for a mortgage through the Credit Union I belong to and were pre-qualified, we just have to submit paystubs and other proof that what we said it true. So hopefully we'll be moving this year!!
Because of that I have been trying not to spend any money that I don't have to ... like if I have 30-something skeins of sock yarn, there's really no reason why I need to buy more. However, I just had to purchase these kitty stitch markers from Anita's Etsy Shop. They are so cute and well crafted!
I worked last night at my part-time job so I missed the second episode of Battlestar Galactica. Since Comcast puts it On-Demand I didn't bother trying to dig through the 20 VHS tapes piled on top of my VCR to find one to tape it on (probably to find out the sound is crap anyway). So I am hoping its available On-Demand asap!
I was glad to see that the Rivendell Sock pattern was available for purhase as a pdf. This pattern will be in a book that is going to be published, but is not yet available. Being the super sci-fi nerd that I am ... how can I not knit this pattern?!?! So I purchase it, you can too at this site.
Its another rainy, grey April day here in New England, but since I worked third shift I am off to bed anyway, LOL!
Sunday, April 6, 2008
I am not sure if I will be able to do all of the repeats or if that will make the sock too long. I am only worried about this since I did a different toe, but it looks to me like the cables start at the ball of the foot like everyone elses' anyway (I've got really long toes).
Burn baby, burn!
I started The Firestarter socks yesterday ... though it was around 11PM so more like today, LOL! I had this yarn in my stash specifically for this pattern. I didn't really like the toe in the pattern, so instead I used Judy's Magic Cast On and the Standard Toe from New Pathways for Sock Knitters. Now I am going to check the length and the pattern info to make sure that this will work with the pattern. The yarn is J. Knits in colorway "Kansas".
I received my recent order from Knit Picks! I ordered More Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch. I also ordered another 32" US 2 needle and a 40" US 3 needle, as well as US 2 Metal DPNs. Then I got a Go Knit Pouch to carry my sock knitting around and DPN WIP tubes to hold DPNs (I always poke holes in my plastic bags when I carry those around). And lastly some Knit Picks Essentials in Pumpkin to make some mittens for a friend and some Felici in Coney Island that I think I will use for some Jaywalkers.
The Wee Tiny Sock Swap was last weekend. I finished my sock and mailed it out to Tawana. I was curious to see how self striping yarn would turn out in such a tiny sock!
This is the sock I received in the mail from Laura. She made this sock out of a lovely merino/silk blend that she hand dyed herself and sent a mini skein as well. This yarn is super soft and the color is just lovely. Check out the link above for her Etsy shop!
I updated my sock yarn stash in Ravelry yesterday, whew, but it'll be nice to be able to see it while I am looking at patterns. I often forget what I have in my stash and miss matching yarns up with patterns because of that.