Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Lets go knit at Knit 4 Together in Dunlap before the tricks and treats begin.

Friday, October 30, 2009


In January, I am going to start knitting from the Knitter's Almanac. The first month is an Aran that I have been wanting to do forever.

Up until last week, I have been giving some serious thought to this Debbie Bliss sweater.

I'm was not 100% sure of the wide collar on it though.

Using maybe this yarn. Originally, this was going to be a long hooded sweater, but after swatching the yarn was just not heavy enough.

So, last weekend, I was leaning toward using it for a topdown tunic. After noodling, on this, I'm giving serious thought to using it for the Aran. Wouldn't it be a nice looking one?

I need to give it a little thought and maybe work some cables with it. I see some swatchin in my weekend (you know I get an extra hour of staying up this weekend!)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Over On Ravelry

in the Knitter's Almanac Group, plans are being made to start the Knitter's Almanac KAL 2010 in January. I'm looking forward to it.

Last night before bed, I started making some plans....I'm starting with the yarn thought first. I have several to choose from as I am hoping to use as many stash yarns as I can this next year to knit from the Knitter's Almanac.

After I choose the yarn, I am going to start knitting the swatch cap to get gauge and decide what cables I want to go with, the ones from the book or the one from The Opinionated Knitter, or others of my choosing.

And that is why I am starting to plan it even before October is over. There is a lot of prep work involved.

I'm feeling fine. Two evenings in a row I have felt like I was getting something, but by the next morning I was feeling better. Maybe, it was the barometric temperature?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Happy Birthday Sue!

Monday, October 26, 2009

I Think I'm Getting Something!

With all of the news about getting the flu, one starts to think every little twinge is something don't you? My head has felt a little funny this afternoon and still tonight. I've been suckin down tea since I got home this afternoon (had to be here for the heating guy).

It may just be a head cold coming on or maybe it's just the weather, at least that is what I am hoping for! Or maybe I need to get more sleep tonight. I did bring some work home with me just in case.

Whatever comes though, I have knitting!!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Blocking To Do

Yep, I've got some blocking to do. It may be time to clean my fold out table off and get these things blocked.

When blocked, I'll have two sweaters to wear and two Carol's Clever Shawls to wear. And maybe in the next week or two, there will be some sunshine and I can get someone to photograph them on me outside to add to my Ravelry pages.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Yuck! I'm Tired Of This Rain

But, Debbie turned me onto this Mystic Chai Tea Mix a few weeks back and now I am obsessed with it. I even had her order me a case of it!

I have at least one cup a night sometimes two. I seriously have to start counting the points on it or at least running it off!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Couple of Cool Things

I finally took advantage of the other purpose of my Harmony needles from Knit Picks. I'm using the cords and the end tips to hold my stitches for the back.

I used them to hold the front stitches as well. Then, when the instructions says to knit them onto the new needle, I pop the end cap off on one side, attach my harmony needle and knit them onto the new needle. No slipping the stitches from a thread. No flopping around of a spare circular needle while I am knitting on the sweater.

My other find tonight was Friday Night Lights (the t.v. series not the movie) on net flix. I am starting with the 1st season and can watch them instantly on my laptop from my chair while I knit!

It's perfect when there is a night when there isn't anything on t.v. to knit by.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Lara Progress

Just plodding along. I added some extra stitches on my Lara to make it longer in the front and back. However, when I went to work on just the back stitches, I followed along with the pattern and failed to fit in the extra stitches on the back. Was almost finished with the 35 rows of the back and realized what I had done.

So rip it back, I did. Now, I am hoping for another 35 rows tonight.

The Opus 1 yarn has some different colors in it and a little caribe blue. Just a touch different for me!

Have you ever knitted on something and just kept feeling it while at the same time smiled and got giddy over how much you like it? I love this yarn! It is so much fun to knit with.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Inspiration Comes From Others Sometimes

Last Saturday at Knit 4 Together, a nice couple of knitters came into the shop. They were from the Chicago area and a group of their friends pick a new location every Fall and they go on a little road trip. They picked Peoria. Go figure.

Anyway, the young man had a really cool hat on that he had knitted. It peaked my interest. The designer is Stephen West. Definitely check out his designs over at
I bought the hat pattern (couldn't resist) and Stash and Burn talked about his shawl pattern on the latest podcast.

Oh and he goes to school in Urbana and hangs out at Klose Knits there. I've never been to that shop, but I met the owner two Summers ago at Meg's Knit Camp.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Another Christmas Gift

I have been noodling on this one for another co-worker for Christmas this year.

It will be great for her winter coat. And I'll have a little bit of fun playing with the yarn too!

The sequin yarn would be great for around a cuff of a mitten as well, wouldn't it?!
New Toy

Love Love Love my new GPS. Used it this morning to go to Knit 4 Together. Didn't need it, of course, but did try it out.

Have GPS -- will travel to Knit Shops!!!!!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Jean!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

This Is Too Cool!

I'm alot further than this picture shows, but this is what is on the camera at the moment. This one a week ago, I wasn't sure what I was going to do with. I'm still not sure that I have enough yarn to complete, but I know where I can get some. Maybe not, in the same dye lot, but definitely in the color way.

This feels so good as well. I wish there was such a thing as feel-a-monitor.

The colors are a little out of my norm, even though there is some green and blue in it. But, in person and a larger sampling of it, they are just way too cool!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I Think I've Got It

Two things have been rumbling around for sometime....what can I make from 5 skeins of Rowan Cocoon AND what yarn that is in the Yarn Room can I make the cover vest from last Fall's Debbie Bliss magazine out of.

And voila, courtesy of someone on Ravelry, I think these two go together! We'll see if I have enough yarn. If not, I am going to punt. I do alot of this with my knitting lately. Ooooh, this Cocoon feels soooo good.

Monday, October 12, 2009

A Seedling

I just need to get some buttons made for my Seedling.

Another great jacket from Cheryl Oberle's Knitted Jackets book.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Saturdays Are For Me Sundays Are For

getting caught up. In the last few weeks, we (I) have a routine. Saturdays are for me. I go to Dunlap and knit, maybe do a little shopping on my way home, then come home and do just what I want. It usually involves beer and pizza, watchin something fun on t.v. and more knitting.

On Sundays, after I finally get showered and dressed, I do stuff. The tall guy has been working on stripping and putting up the new door jams and now is working on my closet door, stripping, sanding, staining, varnishing. Me, I am still cleaning and sorting stuff to try and find new places for some things.

Last night, after the Cardinals lost, there was absolutely nothing I wanted to watch on t.v., so with my trusty laptop next to me (I love this thing), I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning, getting caught up on the past four months of one of my favorite podcasts Stash and Burn.

While listening and checking out their show notes, I would knit a bit on a new project that I started yesterday at Knit Four Together, with the blessing of Sue and Debbie. More on that tomorrow.

In between all of this (I can be a multi-tasker), I happened to put into Ravelry a search on a yarn that I bought last February for something else. I bought 5 skeins of Rowan Cocoon. Since then, I have been trying to figure what else this yarn could be unsuccessfully (generally because I didn't have enough for anything new).

Last night, I happened upon two things on Ravelry. First, I checked those who had Cocoon in their stashes. I singled out just on those who had purple and then checked them out. Three or four of them who put the dye lot actually have my dye lot. So, maybe I could get more of my dye lot?

Second, someone else, (not in the Bilberry colorway that I have) made the cover vest from last Fall's issue of Debbie Bliss magazine, out of Rowan Cocoon. Double guess what? It took 5 skeins. Ah ha, that is just what I have. So, I casted on it as well in the early am. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! And if I don't have enough yarn, maybe I can get one of my fellow Ravelers with the same dye lot to sell me one.

So back to today, I am getting dressed here in a minute, and then today's clean up project is the Yarn Room. Time to get it in order! Also, in the yarn room is the closet that houses our next season's clothes. While getting the yarn room in order, I am going switch some clothes around as well.

In the next couple of days, I'll show you the two new projects and a semi finished one.

Saturday, October 10, 2009


My Cardinals are out. Baseball for me is over. I won't even bother watchin the rest of the season.

However, the deal we had at work, was in our favor. The Cub fans have to wear a Cardinal shirt one Friday of our choosing. They have to buy lunch for us Cardinal fans. And we get their quarter pot to donate.

What a great season it was anyway!

Friday, October 09, 2009

Holiday Vogue Knitting

It's that time. New knitting magazines should be coming out. This week it is Vogue. Now, at first glance, there is not much in the Holiday issue that I am going to spend time knitting on. But, since the Cardinals don't play until tomorrow, I've got the Twins game muted and I am actually reading my Vogue Knitting.

And there happens to be some good info in it to read and some interesting sites to look at. For example, there are a couple of new gadgets out there that might be interesting to check out.

Wouldn't this make a neat Christmas gift from Knowknits? A necklace with stitch markers.

A blurp on the page of Vogue Knitting reminds me that years ago, I got from Threadbear Fiberarts, a kit of Koigu yarns to make the Charlottes Web Shawl. It is now 10 years old (the pattern) and mine is still somehere waiting to be finished.

There are some great ads as well in this issue. Right across from Meg's hat is an ad from Namaste for the bag that both Linda and I own. Only this one is in red. It would be a perfect color for you Char!One of the websites that I have not looked at for sometime is The new issue of Vogue Knitting sent me there to see what is new. I really enjoyed this site when it first came out. What a wonder it was and still is. So much knitting! Now, with the laptop, I can sit and watch t.v. and peruse the online magazine from my comfy chair and cuppa.

Also, in this issue, is a short little article of a gal who is doing a knit along through one of Nicky Epstein's book. She sounds a little like someone I know who is knitting her way through Cheryl Oberle's Knitted Jacket book! Insane.

Last but not least, an ad for Cascade Yarns Venezia has a pattern that you can download for free that is out of Venezia Worsted. Some may or not remember, I bought red last June for a Knit to Fit class. The Venezia could not make up it's mind what it wanted to be so it is vegging right now. But, now taking a look at the website, I think it might be thinking of what it wants to be?!

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Thursday Clean Up

No pictures. Just words.

How can the sky be so blue one day and predicting 2-3 inches of rain the next? Bummer. And today was suppose to be the final cookout of the season at work.

On Seedling, I am finally to the bands and then I will be done. The tough part is going to be fine buttons for it. I did quick look at Dunlap last week and did not find anything right off the bat that would look good on it.

Already, I am trying to figure out what the next project will be. I have several to choose from and just not sure which way to go. I, generally, like to have something to work on at Dunlap that I bought from them when I go out on Saturday. But, I have a couple of Stitches Midwest projects that are calling me as well as the Box Top Jacket from Meg's Camp this Summer that needs to be finished as well. Especially, since it appears that sweater weather is definitely here.

Thats the cool thing about the temps we are starting to have. I can finally wear my sweaters AND I am.

Okay, and officially, again, I am back on the Weight Watchers Train. We started walking again yesterday at lunch AND I started tracking what I eat. I find writing things down sometimes is the only way to keep me honest.

I have an addiction. Well, two Food and Yarn. It could be worse.

And I really need to clean up the yarn room this weekend. I can't find anything in there. I want to put my books in some order. I, usually, have them categorized by theme, socks, Meg, Cheryl etc. But now when I go to find something like Elsebeth's book I am not sure where it is hiding. Is it by Meg, since it is sort of Nordic like or somewhere else.

Clean up on Sunday in the yarn room is in order, unless of course the Cardinals are playing (still).

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

New Yarn

and it is burning a hole in my pocket. It is still sitting on the couch in the bag. I haven't wound it yet, even though I want to wind it and starting knitting on it desparately.

I only ordered about a thousand yards, so it is limited as to what it can be.

I'm thinking about The Wrapper as a vest. I think I will have enough yardage for it.

But first, I have to finish Seedling.

Monday, October 05, 2009

On the Last Sleeve

Then the neck and facings. I am hoping by the end of this week that I can find some buttons for this and be finished.

I am itchin to start something new, BUT, I am not, I am going to keep knitting on Seedling until it is done. Seedling is actually supposed to be much shorter, but I decided to add length to it and make it hip length.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Christmas Presents

My lunchtime projects, these days, are Christmas presents. I am knitting new scarves for my co-workers. Years ago, I knit everyone a seamans scarf. At the time as I recall there were about 13 of them.

Thank goodness, since then I have condensed my list to just those around me that do things for me. I have whittled the list down to 6. One is down. Only 5 to go.

The funny thing about this one is that it originally was for someone else. But, while knitting on it at lunch, another recipient of a scarf to be done just love the color. Now, I have earmarked it for her.

It's nice when someone gets something they really want!

Thursday, October 01, 2009


Even the kitchen is done tonight. Now, I'll stop talking about it and move on to knitting again.