Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Victim #2 has succumbed to the dreaded flu. My son finally recovered and has been up and about today. Now my hubby is sick. My hubby who has asthma as well, and is requiring breathing treatments every 2 hrs, flu meds every 4hrs, and frequent checks to be sure he's "ok". Yes he's one of those men, that are dying when they are sick, especially when he has his very own "personal nurse" at home.
On the Xmas shopping front, I'm almost done. I was able to manage to get out for a few hours yesterday and get all but one bought and packaged up. I'll have to "borrow' the hubby's truck tomorrow to pick up one very large gift that wouldn't fit in my van.
This ray of sunshine arrived at my door today.
I think it's screaming to become a shawl or wrap.
I doubt I'll have time to knit or blog over the next week, so Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays, etc, etc, etc.
Sunday, December 18, 2005
On the knitting front, the essential stripe is coming along. I should join and begin working in the round today, if I'm able to knit between being Nurse and Mommy.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
When we returned, the xmas lights went up.
Today I started my new job. I think this is going to be a very good move for me. One thing I will have more time for is knitting. Here's my progress on the essential stripe. So far, I like the way it's coming together.
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Hopefully, knitting progress when I return. I'm taking 2 projects. The essential stripe and vintage velvet. I'm trying my best to resist adding more projects to the suitcase, we'll see. I have 12 hours to think about it before we head out.
Back on Monday!
Monday, December 05, 2005
To thank my secret pal Shelley. I received your final package and thanks so much. It's been on my wish list for a while and I can't wait to start using it. Thanks for all of the great gifts you've sent. They all were perfect.
I've been busy with my last week of work, trying to clean up and such. I'm off this week and I'm hoping to get a lot of knitting time in, after Christmas shopping.
Here's what I've been working on, the vintage velvet scarf. I should finish today and felt it tonight. I'm ready to start a big project as soon as I'm done.
Anyway, more later....I just scanned the new knitty, I see some things that will go on my to make list....
Saturday, November 26, 2005
So, I went to the yarn store with the intention of buying a couple of contrasting colors for this project. Of course that didn't work. I walked out with this wonderful alpaca silk. I've been lusting after this yarn for a while but I never had a project in mind. Unfortunately, this store had the alpaca silk pattern book next to the yarn. Once I opened it and found this, I had to have it.
Oh, I bought the other yarn as well.
A lot of dollars later, I walked out of the store shell shocked, but I have a wonderful snack to work on.....Alpaca silk.....yum yum.
Friday, November 18, 2005
I've also realized I don't enjoy the other craze that's going through blog land. Kid silk haze. It is so frustrating. I don't enjoy not being able to figure out exactly where I am in a row. I don't enjoy moving the stitches which have become stuck to the needles over. I don't like the difficulty with tinking back and I don't enjoy the feel of the floss in my hands. If I get motivated and finish River, I cannot see myself every knitting with it again. Of course, I have 6 skeins of it sitting in my stash.
Part of the enjoyment I get from knitting, I get from the feel and texture of the yarn. Not to mention the texture of the finished project. Worsted or DK weight yarn provides that feel for me, that comfort, which says relax. Laceweight and floss is not for me.
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Friday, November 11, 2005
Monday, November 07, 2005
So here we have a FO.
No not Ella, close but still no cigar, it's the men's cashmere scarf from last minute knitted gifts. Although, it's not for a man, and it's not cashmere. I knit this with 2 skeins of knitpicks peruvian wool in merlot. Yes, I know it wasn't on my to do list, but what are list and rules for... to be broken, changed, ignored. I knew you would understand.
Sunday, November 06, 2005
Speaking of knitting, Ella is almost done. I think I'll add one more repeat of section 2. I'm making the triangular shawl and there are no finished dimensions on the pattern. I'm not sure how much it will grow after blocking. Once she's done I can start a sweater for me.
Friday, November 04, 2005
Monday, October 31, 2005
I love this pattern. I'm into the 3rd repeat of section 2 and I can't wait to finish so I can wear it. This art yarns supermerino is so soft.
As promised, handpainted cashmere from my wonderful secret pal. She also sent me a Halloween e-card. She's so thoughtful. Thanks Shelley!!
Saturday, October 29, 2005
I made it!!I finished the second sock during socktoberfest. Even though, I didn't officially join. I can say I am the proud owner of 2 handmade socks. I need to throw them in water and block, but they are done. It really wasn't as bad as I thought.I was afraid I'd succumb to the dreaded second sock syndrome. As I mentioned previously, I love the 2 circ method, it seemed much easier than DPN's. Now I'd like to progress to 2 socks on 2 circs, and the toe up with short row heels.
Now that these are done, I can finish some of the other projects on my side bar or cast on Ella. I received some very pretty handpainted laceweight cashmere yarn from my Secret pal. I'll post pictures tomorrow if I can get a good shot in daylight. Now I must find the perfect project to showcase this yummy yarn. Thanks so much SP.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Anyone going to stitches west?? I'm seriously contemplating it and I know if I don't sign up soon, the classes I want to take will be full.
Ok that's all folks. I have a sock to finish. Lovely pics tomorrow.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
First sock completed. Changing to addis's really helped sliding the stitches back and forth. I loved doing these on 2 circs. It was so much easier on my hands than the double points. I'll cast on the 2nd sock tomorrow. I'm very happy with them, although I have some changes for the next pair I make. I added an inch after the ribbing which, I really didn't need. I almost ran out of yarn because of it and I had to increase rapidly at the toe in order to have enough yarn. If I knit socks with koigu again, I'll have to buy three skeins. Me and my big feet are too much for 2 skeins.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
As you can see they are too big. RIP, rip, rip. I'll restart Friday, I need to buy some Addis. I don't like the join with these bamboo needles. With all of the moving of stitches back and forth, they were getting stuck. I'll pick up the Addis on my way home Friday and start over. I'm determined to get this right. In the mean time, I've ordered more yarn.......
Monday, October 17, 2005
I've finished the minisweater, and my daughter likes it, but now I can't decide on my next project. I want to challenge myself with a sweater, but I can't decide on a pattern. I've thought about knitting a sweater with set in sleeves, a collar and perhaps cables. The problem is, if it doesn't turn out well, I'll be very disappointed. I've realized I've been playing it very safe and it's time to branch out. I've been surfing knit blogs, looking for the perfect project, as well as my notebook, which is full of patterns and nothing is saying KNIT ME.
So instead of making a decision, I've cast on socks. I've wanted to knit socks, socks, socks for a while, but the small needles have put me off. Since it's Socktoberfest, all of the knit blogs are full of pretty and comfortable looking handmade socks, out of very luscious looking yarn. At the knit out on Saturday, many of the ladies in our group were knitting socks as well. I've knit one test pair about a month into my knitting foray. They were knit with size 10, yes size 10 DPN's and woolease. Lets just say they are very thick and heavy, but they look like socks. So now I've decided to dive in with real sock yarn and teeny tiny needles, size 2 I think, and become a true sock knitter. Wish me luck. I plan to use the 2 circ method and knit ankle socks, those are the only kind I wear.
Sunday, October 16, 2005
I went to the Knit in the City event yesterday. What fun we had. Wendy organized a So Cal knit blogger meet up. Let me just say, Knit bloggers are very very nice. We spent most of our time sitting on the grass, talking laughing and of course knitting.
Our group consisted of Jillian, Teresa, Ariane, Lori, Gina, Kate and a few more. Unfortunately I can't remember everyone's name and I didn't write down everyone's website. Please forgive me if I missed you. I enjoyed meeting all of these awesome knit bloggers and I look forward to our next meetup.Check out everyone's website for additional pictures. We all had our cameras out and they were active.
Monday, October 10, 2005
This is what I've been watching. NIP TUCK. My girls bought me season 1 and 2 for my birthday. I've been watching intently and drooling over Julian McMahon. I watched all of season 1 this weekend and I can't wait to watch season 2.
The other reason I haven't spent much time knitting are these.
I have been in such a reading mode. What I like to read most of all is historical romance. I have not mastered the skill of knitting and reading so my knitting time is suffering.
I plan to attend this Knit for the cure on Saturday. Hopefully, I'll get a chance to meet other Southern Cal knit bloggers
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
I received a very nice B'day card from my secret pal to start the day out nice.
Hopefully progress pictures soon.
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Usually on a day like this, I crave chocolate big time. Of course I knew I had none at home, and I forgot to stop and pick some up before I went home.
To my surprise, my secret pal's package arrive. Guess what was in it.
JUST WHAT I NEEDED........CHOCOLATE.. Four different kinds, I've sampled 2 already, YUMMY . Also, scented candles, a votive holder and a pretty card.
Thanks secret Pal, you made my day.
I leave you with River, actually it's still a stream, but growing.
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
I still working on River. I haven't spent much time on it because I have to concentrate on the pattern, which means I can't knit it while watching TV, or late at night when I'm tired. So, my mindless knit has become washcloths. I don't have to pay attention, and the are quick and easy to do in one sitting.
I should have more time to devote to River over the weekend and early next week. I'm taking Mon and Tues off for my B-day and I plan to do nothing but knit.
Hopefully progress pics later in the week.
Thursday, September 22, 2005
You see,we had weather in Southern Cal. An autumn storm which brought rainshowers, lightning and THUNDER. Nothing compared to those in Katrina and Rita's wake, but a lot for us weather deprived Californians.
Anyway, my son runs in from outside yelling MOM come quick and look!!.
This is what he was so excited about. A perfect rainbow. After my heart calmed down I enjoyed this wonderful sight.
Sunday, September 18, 2005
So now I'm sure you can guess my dilemma. I'm knitting River and I've started a Flower basket shawl. Both have charts, the flower basket has numerous charts, my mind, 41+ year old mind, can't translates charts into words. I've read some knit blogs and knitters rave about how much easier it is for them to follow charts than the written directions...how can that be?? Many are my age, what is it? Oh well I will stick with the words and stay away from charts. Maybe I'm chart dyslexic??
Here's my progress so far. Unfortunately, I only had a few hours of knitting the whole weekend. Oh and I decided to knit River with dewberry KSH. That smoke color reminded me of scratchy steel wool and who would want to wear that?
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Second RIP article was my clappy. I hadn't knitted on it in a few days when I noticed a hole in the center. I thought I inadvertently added a yarn over a few rows back so I decided to tink back . Well I got frustrated with it and decided to start all over.
So instead of knitting the evenings away, I've read a romance novel each night. Now I'll be ready to start again tomorrow after work with a clear head.
I now have a self imposed deadlines for these projects as well as a FBS. My hubby surprised me with a 3 day cruise in Dec and I want to wear these on the ship. He said I seemed a little down and he wanted to cheer me up. Nothing cheers me up as good as a cruise (my favorite vacation/getaway). It really should be no problem to complete, River, FBS and clappy before Dec 9th but......who knows what other projects will distract me.
My secret pal contacted me today, Hi SP, I'm very excited to participate this round.
Sunday, September 11, 2005
Here she is, whew....
Now I can devote my time to this.... River...
Here I am at row 12. I went down to size 9 bryspun needles with the hopes of avoiding the large holey yarn overs. I'm not sure if that was a good idea. I hope it opens up with blocking.
Thursday, September 08, 2005
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
I must admit I am a yarn snob. I can't take the squeaking of 100% acrylic.
2. Do you spin? Crochet?
I don't spin and don't plan to learn, that will take up the precious knitting time. I learned the basic crochet stitches when I was much younger...Let's say 10 or so. I've never completed an object in crochet, but I'm ok with finishing with a crochet edging.
3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)
I don't have any allergies, but I really don't like the smell of smoke.The hubby is allergic to cats and dogs (asthma).
4. How long have you been knitting?
I started knitting in March 05, so I've hit the 6 month mark.
5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Yes indeed, see my sidebar. Hmmm guess I should update it.
6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
I prefer water based scents. Rain, ocean mist,etc.
7. Do you have a sweet tooth?
Absolutely, can you say chocoholic with a capital C. I love milk chocolate with peanuts and caramel. Yum!
8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
None, knitting is all I do.
9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I'm not a big music person at all. If I have the radio on, it's usually on a smooth jazz station.
10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?
Favorites, blues, greens, earth tones. Can't stand bright variegated colors.
11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
No pets, my husband is very allergic. I'm married with 3 teen aged girls(19,18 &13) and 1 11 year old son. My wonderful MIL and 6 year old niece live with us as well.
12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know.
I'm living my dreams.
13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
I love the Debbie bliss yarns, cashmerino and baby cashmerino. I'm still very much in the exploration phase with yarn.
14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
Acrylic, scratchy wools. Since I live in Southern California, I don't think I'll ever knit with 100% wool for garments. It just doesn't get cold enough here. Thank God!!
15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
No obsessions yet. Just trying to expand my knowledge and challenge myself.
16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
See Previous answer :)
17. What are you knitting right now?
Clapotis, river and up next FBS.
18. What do you think about ponchos?
Cute for small children only.
19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
Depends on the project. For scarves, straights, otherwise circs all the way.
20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Depends on the project and the yarn. I have them all, I'm must confess.
21. Are you a sock knitter?
I've tried, knit one pair so far, but the small needles bother my hands.I want to try the magic loop method and socks with 2 cirs.
22. How did you learn to knit?
A co-worker taught me how to cast on and the knit stitch. That got me started. Everything else I've learned from the internet, books and videos.
23. How old is your oldest UFO?
Ummm 3 months, I have to rip back tempting and finish it. I'll get to it....I will!!
24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?
25. What is your favorite holiday?
Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love them because each year I host those holidays at my home and its nice to have a house full of relatives and friends.
26. Is there anything that you collect?
Black Nurse figurines, teapots.
27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
Vogue & Rowan
28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on?
Knitting on the edge and the book of sweater patterns.
29. Any patterns you have been coveting, but haven't bought for one reason or another??
No, I have no self control. If I see a pattern I like, it's very hard for me to not buy it right away.
Thank you in advance secret pal. This is my first time participating and I'm looking forward to making a new pal.
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
I've finished most of Lelah for my daughter. I'm trying to decide what to do for straps, either an I cord strap, or a 2 inch knitted strap. I probably won't finish until the weekend, because she's so busy with school and other activities, she won't have time to try it on multiple times while my brain is still functioning.
I received the Noro for clapotis, I'll restart this on the weekend as well.
I plan to cast on River tonight. I ordered KSH in Smoke, thinking this with go well with all of m "formal wear" aka black dresses, for the few occasions we dress up. It looks like balls of steel wool. I hope it looks better knitted up.
So those are my knitting plans for the week. Straps, Clap and hmmm floating down the River.
Monday, September 05, 2005
10 years ago - My hubby and the kids lived in Moreno Valley. I worked part time as a labor and delivery nurse and stayed at home as much as possible with my family.
5 years ago- We moved to our nice home in Diamond bar, and decided, God willing we are never moving again.I was working full time as a Clinical nursing director for 4 large hospital departments. I was miserable and frustrated with managing 200+ staff and dealing with upper management.
1 year ago - I'd transitioned into another job case managing high risk pregnant women. I worked full time, but now I have the best help possible, umm besides my great hubby, my mother in law moved in with us. She and my hubby's step father moved in with us 3 years ago when he was diagnosed with lung cancer. We thought we could help my MIL cope with the numerous radiation and chemo appts, and help emotionally when he died. Unfortunately he died 1 1/2 yrs after diagnosis and we asked her to stay on with us.
Yesterday - We had a small family BBQ. I visited, knit and relaxed most of the day.
Today - I did nothing but knit, watched 2 movies, Monster &law and Sahara.
Tomorrow - Back to work, knit, take the lil ones to soccer and piano practice.
5 snacks - Chocolate, chocolate chocolate, ice cream ummm chocolate
5 songs- I don't think I know the words to 5 songs.(I'm not into music at all. It's just background noise, filler.
5 things I would do with a million dollars - Pay off my mortgage, set up trust accounts for my children and my immediate family. Travel, donate to my community and local schools.
5 places to runaway to - Italy, Greece,Tahiti, Australia, Ireland.
5 favorite TV shows - Law and Order, Csi, House, Medium, anything on HGTV
5 biggest joys - Hubby and 4 kids.
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
I'm anxiously awaiting yarn, not just any yarn, Noro silk garden for clapotis, I hated the look of the other yarn, secondly, some Kid silk haze for river. I've seen a few completed ones in blogland, so I decided to join the knit along myself. Whichever yarn gets her first is the one I'll start. I restarted Lelah for my daughter, I'm right on with the stitch count thanks to Spaz's suggestion that I use markers between each lace repeat. Maybe I'll finish this before my packages arrive. Pics later, another late night and insomnia, however no yarn shopping this time.
Sunday, August 28, 2005
I'm frogging clapotis. I just do not like the yarn, the colors, I was using. I was drawn to knit it after I saw Wendy's. She knit her's with Noro silk garden. I was trying to be a good girl and use up some stash. The entire time I was knitting it, I kept thinking, I'm not sure if I like this yarn, maybe I'll like it once I drop stitches. Well... I gave up and ordered some Silk garden from webs last night.
In the mean time, I'm trying to finish socks for my niece. I can only work on them for a short time each day because my hands hurt from the tiny( size 1) needles.
I have a easy scarf/ shawl project that I work on at night when I'm tired, so this project will get some attention until I receive my Noro.