Thursday, June 30, 2005

Yes, it is done and I even like it. Someone needs to start working on those arms! Posted by Hello

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

The turtleneck is done. And I had enough yarn to complete it with a little leftover. I am going to try for a pic tomorrow night if I can get someone to photograph me. I like the Cotton Ease and am going to the Lionbrand website right after posting to see what they are replacing it with or maybe if they still have some Cotton Ease.

I don't need any but could use some white to make a cardigan from. But as I reacall, I have just a simple white cardigan downstairs that would be just fine over the turtle, unless of course it is too dingy up against the new white of this one.

Only two more days of work this week until a long weekend. I am anxious to re start the incredible poncho and take a look at Charlottes Web shawl again. And then again I do have that basket of WIPS that I have pulled something to finish out of. It's the black mohair shawl and I think I will finish it for a friend at work for her birthday later in July. So there is a deadline to reach for next.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

I am sorry the pic does not do this display justice. I was in a hurry. Once a year the Univ of IL College of Medicine at Peoria allows us to display some of the needlework our staff and retired staff does. Most of this year is knitting, but ther is also some cross stitch and brazilian embroidery. What a talented group of women I know. Posted by Hello

Monday, June 27, 2005

Tuesday Night Knitting at the Lakeview Branch of the Peoria Public Library!!
1137 West Lake St
If you are in the Peoria vicinity, we meet on the 1st and 4th Tuesday.

7:00 to 9:00
They kick us out a little before 9:00

Come join us, we are in a room off to the left. We would love to have you!

Sunday, June 26, 2005

I have extended my deadline to Tuesday am to finish the cotton ease turtleneck. I am pretty sure I will have enough yarn with Cotton Ease having such great yardage. I may have to break from my thoughts of not yarn shopping until I get rid of some, but I am liking this stuff so much that I may have to shop and see what is still out there before knitting on Tuesday night at Lakeview.

And today I thought about my lists. I may have to re think it and use deadlines as to what I should be knitting on. Like the cotton ease turtleneck, the deadline is maybe not being able to get anymore of it in the colors I have.

Sometimes when I have a list of things to do, it gets so overwhelming that I just sit and do nothing. But when I have a deadline like this one, then I sit and work away at it. Sometimes it is even fun! Sure there are things that tease me, like the Charlottes Web shawl that there has been a couple of postings on the knit list about. I even went so far as to email Nancy to get her sheets on it when she so graciously sent me. If I get my Sunday stuff done, I may hunt Charlotte up, but will not work on it until the turtle is done.

Now, if there just was some decent t.v. on this weekend to knit with. We rented a couple of movies and Bob and I both decided those were a bust. I still have to watch Sideways, but so am reserving that one to watch tonight when I finally sit and knit. All else fails there is always another Meg Swansen tape to watch.

Also I want to finish reading this so I can return to it's owners hands. Posted by Hello

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Making a version of this out of cotton ease that a friend gave me 2 purple and 1 white out of. Cotton ease has great yardage and I thought I'd start with the purple and work it until I ran out and then the white. I actually like the fabirc of this yarn. Will probably not put the turtleneck on it and may put a rib around the sleeve too. Posted by Hello

Then I heard via Chicknits that Cotton Ease is being discontinued. So now it goes to the top of my WIP pile, (was not originally in the basket that torments me, but rather sat in my knitting tote just in case). This one must be now cause I might need to scour the countryside for just one more ball to finish it. It is my project along with a book I am reading for this weekend. Boy, is it hot out! Going to try to get both done by Sunday eve. Posted by Hello

Friday, June 24, 2005

You know I am sick when these are the only things that are in your hands and not knitting needles. I tried to go to knit night last night, but my mom's voice kept ringing in my ears "if you are too sick to go to school, you are too sick to go out and play". I listened mom! But don't anybody tell her she was right---back to regular blogging tomorrow and hopefully a little knitting today. Posted by Hello

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Should have been working on this WIP tonight, but nooooo Posted by Hello

Got this link from Rob at Threadbear Fiberarts. Just had to go there. Posted by Hello

Spent the night working on this, but have decided to either make just a clog sock (from rib to toe) or rib the other end of this for just a band type sock. Either way, I am using leftover sock yarn up, BUT here goes another set of needles in a WIP. Can I be saved from this madness? Posted by Hello

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Still it mocks me. That basket with WIPS. So how about a WIPalong. I am going over and gonna start one right now. Should it be one WIP a month or one WIP a week?

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

I couldn't resist taking this picture amongst just a few of the flip flop display. The drink is a Blue Hawaiian Wine Cooler. I love em. Became a love em two years in the Riveria Mayan. Had one not too long ago at Joe's Crabshack in Peoria, just wasn't the same. Made the teeth and tongue blue. Didn't like having blue teeth, can you imagine? The knitter in the chair in the bikini is me in the not so distant future. Knitting and the beach what more could a person want? Posted by Hello

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Why is it when you don't have a subscription to a magazine, they suddenly get good? And why, when you give in and get a subscription does there never be an issue that you want to knit anything out of? I used to get Cast On as a member of TKGA and it would take me about an hour to go through it (mainly for the tech articles) and then toss it into the garbage. But, the latest issue has me re-thinking it. I'll give em another issue and see what happens, maybe it will be worth having it come to my door step. Posted by Hello

Monday, June 13, 2005

This basket sits there mocking me. It is just one of many piles of WIPS. But I discovered if I hunch down in my chair with my knees up, I can't even see it. Before I discovered that tidbit, I told myself I could not start anything new until I finished one from the basket! That is when I discovered the knee thing.  Posted by Hello

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Sunday mornings for me have become my creative morning. It used to be Saturdays when I would get up early before every one and watch HGTV and plan things for Bob to do with our house (when our ship came in). He hates it when I do that, cause it may have meant work for him. But, I believe now that it was just my dream cause the ship didn't come in (of course, I haven't bought the lottery ticket yet, Norma) and Bob really isn't in to that. So I will have to wait for the ship....but I degress from the real topic for today.

Anyway, lately Sundays have been a good day to catch up on the laundry, but it is also been a good day for me to plan for the week, what needs to be done, where I am gonna be during the nights, and lately what are we going to eat for dinner. It is also a morning for me to decide where I am going to go with my projects. And where I am going with them for the next couple of months (whose birthday is coming up etc) And today, now that I feel like getting back into the lia sophia mode (1/2 way to trip to Mayan Riveria) I am going to prepare for a party I have on Thursday!

Well, back to the topic at hand (have another cup of coffee, Penny!)so in my creative mode this morning I have a plan! Or maybe I should use my coined phrase: I HAVE A LIST!

A few months ago, I bought the tapes that accompany this book. I have almost watched all of the episodes (some I had to rewind, cause I fell asleep listening to EZ/Meg's comforting voices while they knitted-Char you know what I mean). Since I can't go to SMW this year (market maybe one day, will wait and see), I think it would be great to work through this book and the accompany tapes. The Radical Knitters discussed about maybe attending next year together. So what perfect timing. Posted by Hello
By thinking this out, I have come up with some great rationalizations for embarking on this exercise:

1. It is a good way to perfect the master's technciques and get ready for next year's Knitting Camp

2. It is kind of like summer school ( I always liked school, but not Algebra)

3. It would be a great base for a future class somewhere (you know when I win the lottery and open my own yarn shop)

4. I would actually be using the books I have collected and must I say a little of the stash would be depleted!

I love Sunday mornings, especially when they seem to be getting back to normal. Knit on with confidence and hope through all crisis! And if you can't knit, Dream!

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Okay, I added ,more ridges to the turq/red and the purple stripe to the top. I like it. But--the piece across the bottom now measures 51". The first pyth jacket measure 33". The bottom is knit so it does extend to a bit into the front but not 9 extra inches. So, it sits. I am meditating on it. What if I just add the purple to it without doing the increases at the beginning and end of every row? Increasing at just the center back? Normally, I would just rip it back and see, but I think I actually will, let it sit, and maybe do a test one. Hmmm, that is so out of character for me. Who has taken over my body? Or maybe I will just start that incredible ribbon poncho. Posted by Hello

And what do you do? See this little incorrectly picked up stitch after dropping it? Do you fix it (ie rip all the way back), but not so far if you take out the purple? Posted by Hello

Monday, June 06, 2005

There she goes again! The she is me. And I am making a list and looking at it twice! It is this needle thing. You know I have a mass amount of needles missing. And by george, I know where they are at! In all of those wips of course. So, instead of pulling the wips out and making a list of them (I gave serious thought to doing this) I decided to make a list or rather a sort of guide as to what I am allowing myself to knit on. And here is the list:

1. Sox only 1 pair at a time! But that is a hard one, since I currently have two pairs started and contemplating another. But the another could actually #2 on my list. Byt the second really doesn't count cause it is at work for when I have no knitting with me to knit on.

2. Gift Knitting

3. Scarf

4. Sweater for me for Winter

5. Sweater for me for current season

6. WIP (to get back all of those needles)

7. And finally a project that requires knitting with all my mental facilities engaged. Like the Charlottes Web Shawl

7 projects 7 days in a week? Or 7 projects 7 weeks?

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

The Touch Me scarf is even softer than I expected and so lush looking. Except it has a touch of wool in it, and there are a couple of spots where it appears that a little of the wool pokes out. Its not like the worming of a chenille just like a little thread that pokes out that is off white. Glad I had a chance to work with it, but would never invest in a sweater out of it. Way too pricey, even with the great pricing at Threadbear Fiberarts! Posted by Hello