Showing posts from January, 2008

Kauni KAL

Friday night I went to Knitorious for the Kauni KAL. I have the dreaded cardi that I keep working through. Thanks to Annie,I was able to figure out how to make the front look right. I think it will be just fine. I love the rainbow color and how the colors go together. On to the sleeve and then the front. Almost done. Also I started on a 2nd one, but I will use a different pattern. I show you pics when I get a little further.

Hemlock Finito!

It's finished and I love it. It's about 4 1/2 feet wide which will be just fine to curl up with on my lap. This was really fast to knit up. It took about 3 weeks. For the most part it is the only knitting that I have working on. The only truly frustrating part was the bind off. That work nearly the whole day. As you can see Cozmo likes the idea of curling up with it too. Get off kitty! Mom's not sharing!!

Remember Mexico????

Yeah me either. I wasn't there and I surely wasn't rent a hotel room. Yeah, someone tried to play identity theft with my credit card. Fortunately for me it was the check card to the bank and go figure there wasn't enough money! Happy dance for sure. I never thought being broke was a good thing, but maybe I'll think that one over. On the down side, I won't have a replacement card for a couple of weeks. This is not the end all of end all, but it does suck. I use my debit card for everything. Anyway, enough bitching about things that I can't change.

Here look at the pretty picture. No it wasn't for the Packers, although I was sad to see them loose. :(

That's right I am working on the Norwegian Mittens from EZ's Almanac. I just love her ideas. They make sense. I don't like the math, but I have learned to write things down when it comes to using her advice. I have made two sweaters from her patterns. Could I tell how much yarn? Not a chance. Can I tell…

Spinin' Day and Football

This football season, I have been watching, well listening to my favorite team, the Packers. I love Green Bay. They won - Wohoo!! So while football is on I curl up on the couch and choose a fiber activity. Saturday was no exception. I spent most of the day at my wheel. Have I mentioned the relaxing benefits of spinning lately? I wanted to try to learn how to Navajo ply. Some of the fibers that I haven't really started spinning yet have a lot of variegation in the colors. Actually, the rusty color that I started spinning is the reason why I really wanted to work on learning this plying technique. I love the barber pole effect that I get with 2-ply, but I wanted to try to maintain the color changes of the variegated colors as well. I searched the web to find a tutorial and came across the Yarn Wench. It is a great tutorial showing the set up and actual plying. In addition to the video, there are pictures with written instructions. It was an excellent resource. Here is the website: h…

Hemlock, Oh Hemlock!

I am having a lovely time knitting this up. I love the color of the yarn and it's very soft. I really enjoy making some things that are just the color of the sheep that it came from. I have started this over a couple of times, but I made it passed the dreaded round 35. This time everything looks right. I have one more round to do before I begin the feather and fan section - fingers crossed!

Oh, my reading class has been reading Greek and Roman Myths to tie into a study on Greece for their History class. We have read Achene's Web and today we read Jason and the Golden Fleece. My kids takes thing VERY, VERY literal and also have a hard time with concepts that are unfamiliar to them. My colleague and I were trying to explain what a fleece is and how we get it. I made the comment that they shave the hair off the sheep. Of course they thought I said, "They have to shave the heads off." We spent the next 5 minutes discussing when they go to get their hair cut and nobody has…

Spinning Rust

I finally have been able to sit down and do a little spinning. I find it amazing how colors look so different in roving as compared to when it is spun up. I just did a very small amount. I think maybe I might try some gloves with or without fingers with this yarn. I have plenty even with some mistakes. Gotta go, I need to work on the stealth knitting project!

Just a Nice Day!

The whether in St. Louis has been truly remarkable. One of the things I enjoy most about St. Louis is the whether. It's forever changing from one day to the next. Today was the first day back with the kids. I really missed them!! Some were a little sleepy and some were just chatty.

Knitting has been fun. I started the Hemlock Ring Blanket. Its just fun to knit on. I am planning to do some more spinning. I need to make a pair of gloves and I have some really pretty stuff to spin up for it. So, dinner first, spinning next! Pics' to come! What's on your needles??

I Tried and Tried - I Quit! New Resolutions to Boot!

I am finally calling UNCLE on my Kauni Sweater. No, the pattern is easy to do. I love color work, but I have made too many half-ass mistakes to feel like it will do. I put it on today, and I just don't like the way it fits. The mistake in the steek is driving me bonkers - that's a pretty short drive! Also, I am not sure that the fit is anywhere near fixable. The back does not lay flat either, so I quit! Quit! I'll try again, but not for awhile. Life will go on. I should have tried to do something small with steeks to start. Oh well, I did learn a lot and have a better handle on the steeks, especially cutting.

I have been spinning again. Gosh am I rusty! I have enough of the Shetland to ply together, but I want to try Navajo plying (here we go again!!). I think I will use the yarn I just made for that because it is not very good anyway.

A new year brings new plans. I have a lot of yarn in my stash and lots of ideas for projects. Some of us feel that we have way too much yarn…