Tuesday, January 27, 2009

New Needles

I'm not so sure about these 9" needles. I thought I might give them a try, but now wish I would have gotten them in different size. I bought them in a size 10 which only works for the Three sisters Jacket I'm working on.

I just thought I would give them a try, not that I havae an aversion to double points, but I am always up for something new.

Sue brought her square needles to Dunlap on Saturday. They are kind of interesting, I might buy a set of those from Patternworks and try them out. I really liked the non kink ness of the coil.

What can I say? I like new gadgets and office supplies.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Christmas Is Over

So someone please tell the snow maker! Enough. I am quite tired of this stuff every other day. I'm tired of the boots. I'm tired of the cold. I'm not tired of the sweaters though! I am wearing mine every chance I get. And dreaming of how many I can complete yet this winter and wear.

Christmas is over now with the Radicals. And I love that last two presents. The Yarn Harlot's calendar and a gift certificate from LYS. Thanks Linda and Karen. What a great holiday it has been.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

What I Did Like About Vogue

There were a couple of things that made the magazine worth looking at. First was the yarn shop in Des Moines Iowa. Not that I am close to it, but on occasion every couple of years I find myself going over that way in route to something else. It might be worth a look see next time. Knitted Together is the name of the shop. And the owner was a former editor of a couple of magazines. Sounds like it is kind of a cheers sort of yarn shop.

The other thing I liked about Vogue was the Jared Flood article. I probably won't make the gloves that are in the magazine, but I really do like the things that Jared designs. I have made his Cobblestone sweater for me. It is really labeled as a men's sweater, but I really like the tunic type for me.

I checked out his photography website. It is so neat....you have got to check it out. www.floodphotography.com I want to be a photographer like him when I grow up!

After you have checked out his photography page, go over to his knitting blog and check his knitting out. www.brooklyntweed.blogspot.com
Linda and I are anxiously awaiting his big blue sweater pattern. I wonder if it is what the Vogue article is hinting at.

So, I guess even though I was a little harsh on the Vogue magazine this time, if I had not gotten it in the mail, I might have missed these two great pieces from it. I guess it does not have to be all about a good knitting pattern in a magazine, does it?

Friday, January 23, 2009

It's A Consensus

Those of us at Knit Night who subscribe to Vogue Knitting are serious about NOT renewing the magazine. When you can read it in a night, even with Meg's article, it is hard to keep us from ditching the magazine.

This issue is just not doing it for me. It's time to cut bait on this one I am afraid!

The Knit Campers agree, the only reason we subscribed was because Meg was writing a article. Heck, we can check it out at B&N and then decide if the issues are worth buying!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


I was good. I did not push the button to order, but I had the lime one in my cart. with something called "Oh Snap".

Now, just because I did not complete the transaction doesn't mean I won't come back and change my mind!

I had better get back to concentrating on my knitting!

Monday, January 19, 2009

There Is Trouble Comin

Okay, so today is an off from work day. So far so good. I stayed up late last night and slept in this morning. Now, I have been watchin House Hunters International and enjoying the day. I'm kind of working on what I want to knit in the future too.

Then, I got a wild hair to sit down and do a little knit surfing.

I feel some trouble comin....

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Just A Few Things

I have been very good lately. I went to two yarn shops yesterday and managed to come home with a couple of patterns, needles and some really cool buttons for the two green sweaters that I am working on.

I love these buttons!

I did not find the button I need for the pink Rachel's sweater from Cheryl Oberle's Knitted Jackets.

Oh and two skeins of alpaca/angora that are going to make their way into double mittens.

I discovered this past week when it was 30 below that gloves just don't do it. I find myself going down the road with my hands bunched up in the hand part of the glove to keep them warm.

And yes, I have a green thing going right now. Caribe Blue is still my favorite, but so much of what I see right now is green green green.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Another One Blocked!

Now, I just need to sew the buttons on it. Maybe, I'll get that done tonight. It sure would be nice to wear it tomorrow!

The high is going to be -3, yes minus three! I definitely have been wearing the sweaters this week!

Friday, January 09, 2009

I Don't Need Anymore Unspun

but, just look at this new color from Schoolhouse Press! What are they trying to do to me?

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Charts or Written?

Sometimes, I knit from charts. Most of the time I like to either write a repeating pattern on notecards or a spiral thingy of index cards. Then I use my hand dandy holder that Marv made and sit them next to me, flipping through them.

All I have to do is glance, well actually turn my whole head (trifocals) at the written word and knit it. It works for me.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

The Color of Green

My latest deal with myself is to switch projects one ball at a time. Both of them are green. Sunday's knitting was on the Debbie Bliss. Last night I was so pooped after work, that I did not even knit.

Last night I was so pooped after work, that I did not even knit. Just came home, ate, sat in the chair, slept in the chair AND woke up when wrestling was on.

Whats with that?

I do like this switchin ball thing. It makes me NOT want to start something new. Strange.

Monday, January 05, 2009

On the 12th Day of Vacation

I prepared myself for a new year of work abd other things. While in the shower, (where I do some of my best thinkin), I made a mental list of things that needed to be tackled at work. I actually am ready to go back to work. Right now, I like my work and 12 days off was good, but it told me that I am not yet ready for retirement. I do like the time off, but old habits creep in if you are not careful.

So, with that said, I started WW journaling. Made a plan to go back and weigh in today and face the music. Planned for getting back to lunchtime walking with a friend (you know to help her out) and healhier eating than in the last 12 days.

I feel good, my list is in hand, lets do it!

Sunday, January 04, 2009

On the 11th Day

I used the fan in the yarn room to my advantage. I can turn it on, turn the light off and let it run most of the day. And not be cold.

So, Rachel's jacket is closer and closer to being a finished project. It will just need a wow big button now.

I'll look for that later next week.

The latest in my green fix. Three Sisters Jacket. I am switching back and forth on it and the Debbie Bliss Jacket also in a green. On day 11, I knitted one skein of Cascade on this jacket, Day 12 will be the Debbie Bliss Jacket.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

On the 10th Day of Vacation

reality set in. I had to go to the grocery store... It was not a fun day. Everybody seemed to be out. The cashier it was a combo of the 1st of the month and day after a holiday that everyone took off.

It was not a fun day.

Friday, January 02, 2009

On the 9th Day of Vacation

I spent New Year's afternoon with my knitting friends. What a great afternoon it was.

Presents taken, presents received, knitting, good food and great friends.

Norma got her Hanukkah socks, kind of like the yearly coconut.

This yarn was Trekking bought on the Indy trip last October. I have her birthday yarn already and I think next year's Hanukkah socks as well. Maybe, I'll get a headstart on them? They could be my lunchtime knitting projects. Since Norma isn't there, she won't know what they look like!

Carol gifted me with two skeins of yarn. I see a scarf out of them.

Maybe the Diagonal Scarf, maybe the ribbed scarf with another color or two tossed in. I'll be thinking on that one. This could be my next car knitting project.

Char brought her new grandson to be's blanket. It is shown here unblocked, but it is so beautiful even just finished. 1800 stitches in the end? What a labor of love! Simply amazing.

Once it is blocked, I'll get a picture of the finished product with the knitter for the blog.

What a great New Year's Day it was. Isn't it said somewhere that how you spend New Year's Day is how you will spend the year? Or did I invent that one? Either way, it was a great day that must mean it will be a great year!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

On the 8th Day of Vacation

Happy New Year! Every New Year's Eve, I get out my knitting journal and tally up to see what I accomplished for the past year. I was surprised at the list this year. It was not as much as I thought I had accomplished. It sure did seem like I knitted an awful lot.

Here's the 2008 list:

Scarves - 2
Sox - 2
Sweaters - 4
Baby - 4
Shawls - 2
Vests - 2
Little Stockings - 4
And a newly added line item, started but still waiting: 13

2009 Thoughts
Finish or rip out! Espcecially the 13 started in 2008
Be almomst Monogamous in my knitting projects
Stash Reduction
Knit More
Eat Less
Run in Memphis next December

Happy New Year to all. We have been so blessed this past year. I wish that for all.