Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Waiting for yarn, a moment of prayer

First off, prayers to those affected by the Hurricane.

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

Airy is done

I finished the airy scarf today, she's blocking on the board now. I added 5 additional repeats to the pattern to make it longer. When I do another, I will double the kid silk. It was very hard to work with. I'm a tight knitter and it was extremely hard for me to knit loosely. I can't imagine working with this with a project on smaller needles.

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.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Family pictures

The younger 2

The older 2

Mom and dad

A good time was had by all. I can't believe she's 18 already.

Happy Birthday

Happy 18th birthday to my wonderful daughter Nicole!!. Bithday pictures later.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Short post

I started clapotis with Knit Picks Andean Silk last night. It's a really easy pattern to follow. I hope to work on a couple of sections each day. I'm also starting the airy scarf from last minute knitted gifts, I think I'm becoming obsessed with scarves now. I stopped on the way home from work and picked up Scarf Style from Michaels. I had a 40% off coupon so I paid only $12. There are quite a few scarves in there that I will add to my to knit list. I just don't have enough time to knit. I need some vacation days... I do have a 3 day weekend next weekend for the labor day holiday. I must plan knitting time.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Branching out

Here are some photos of Branching out. I love this scarf and I will make more. My daughter is trying to confiscate it already. It was too big to fit on the blocking board.

Up next?? Too many choices....

Sunday, August 21, 2005


I went to the "fabulous fiber fest" in Santa Monica yesterday. Let's just say not fabulous, a little bit of fiber, no fest. I'd read on another blogger's site that there was very little for the knitter. Mostly quilting and other crafts. I'd planned to visit 2 yarn stores in the area so I made the trek. I did come home with a few items.
I got this pretty soy silk chenille yarn. It matches my chairs in my patio room.


After the fiber fest.. I went to wildfiber. What a very nice yarn store. The set up was nice, everyone was helpful and friendly and they had some fabulous fiber. I brought home some kid silk haze & aurora 8 for a shrug pattern they had in the window. Also, I bought a cute lantern moon bag and these cute stitch markers. The light green kid silk haze is for the airy scarf in last minute knitted gifts. I met another knit blogger there, Karyn, her beautiful daughter Noey and her mom. It was great to actually meet someone in person. She's the one who told me about the shrug. She's making one as well.


My last stop was the knit cafe. This is where the yarn harlot had a book signing when she was in LA. It's a nice shop, but I felt wildfiber had a lot more to offer.

I arrived home to this... My swift from Joanne's...guess I'll be winding some yarn this week/ It will be so much easier, I won't have to wait for my daughter to help me.

I have a finished object ( finally) on the blocking board. More pics tomorrow.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Late night shopping

I can't sleep due to a major tooth ache, a crown fell off my tooth earlier today and it will be fixed in the AM. Since I can't sleep, I may as well shop. I finally succumbed and decided to buy a yarn swift. I had a 50% coupon from Joanne's, so I picked it up for 30 dollars. Not bad, of course I had to buy a few other things, only some balene circulars. I had some of their new wool and wool blend yarns in my basket and at the last minute, I decided I didn't need anymore yarn and removed it from my cart. Aren't you proud of me, I am.
I'm going to take a benadryl, and knit until it takes effect.
Hopefully I'll post another finished object, or two, soon.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Major Frustration

I started a Lelah shirt for my daughter this weekend. My goal was to work on it all weekend and hopefully finish it or be close to finish by Monday. I'll add straps since she's only 12, and make a one skein wonder out of the same cotton ease to match it. I want to give it to her for her 13th birthday in a few weeks. Well it's now Sunday evening and here it is.....

yea nowhere. I've frogged twice and tinked back once. No matter how many times I count stitches, by the time I end the round, I have 2-3 extra stitches. I can't figure out where I'm going wrong. It's sooooo frustrating. So now I put it down. I'm working on Branching out. I'll finish it before I start again. I have until Sept 22nd to get it right.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

I tried blocking...

and it didn't work. I knit my Tivoli in knit picks shine, which is machine washable....so I threw it in the machine, on delicate. When I took it out, it grew and grew. So, what did I do, threw it in the dryer...didn't work. It's even bigger than when I started. As I said earlier, I'm not that pleased with the final product, I have some loose stitches on the top, and some tight stitches where I frogged back 10 rows. This has really taught me to do it right the first time. Early on I thought it looked a little big, but I kept knitting. Oh well, the learning process of a beginner knitter.

I'm working on BO, and trying to decide what's next..
In other news, I'm contemplating a job change and transfer to another hospital. I should know more by Friday. This will get me 20 miles closer to my home, but it will be a more challenging position. Sometimes it's hard to leave your comfort zone. We'll see how it turns out.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Tivoli's all done!!

Unfortunately, the fit is not well. I should have knit the smaller size. It's just a little too roomy. I still have to block and weave in some ends, then I'll take another look at it. I will knit this one again, but for now it goes in the practice knit category. One thing I realized is that if there is something I don't like, and I tell my self it's not too bad,and keep knitting. I should stop and frog immediately. That one thing will bother me the whole time I'm knitting. Next time I will frog and start again. I have such an aversion to frogging, but if I don't I know I won't be happy with the end results. Anyway... here is Tivoli.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Resistance is futile!!

I couldn't resist the call of the wild....

I tried, but I have wanted to go to a yarn shop that's near my job. Of course, it was just to check out their stock, however as you can see, I could not resist. The pink will be for a lace scarf and the brown sheep will be a minisweater for my daughter.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

I'm resisting...

What you may ask?? It's the call of yarn. I'm back to work and on my drive home I pass 3 ( well one is a little out of my direct route) yarn stores. Now if you look at my last post,I clearly stated that I was on a yarn diet. I have so many projects lined up and most of the yarn for those projects, but I can't resist( well so far I have). Today, I actually drove by a yarn store that I wasn't aware of. Once I realized, I wanted to turn around, but there was too much traffic. Why oh why does new yarn call to me??
I'm off to my local SnB tonight. I had to rip a few...about 30 rows of Tivoli. I didn't do the M1 correctly and it left a nice little hole.
Branching out is moving along as well and tempting.. well it's not tempting me.