Sunday, May 27, 2007

My Summer Knit List

Below is a list of goals some of which I need to finish and some I would like to finish this summer. This is for the contest being run on skeins her way blog, but also is a nice way of letting me know what my goals and objects are vis-a-vis knitting this summer.

  1. Finish Monkey Socks
  2. Finish Baby blanket for soon to be niece
  3. Finish Baby blanket for soon to be cousin
  4. Jaywalkers
  5. Baby raglan
  6. Finish "A Cardigan for Arwen"
I do have some other items on the needles, and if I can tackle any of those too it will just be extra. I am also putting in writing that I will not (except for my socks, as there are two of those) cast-on for any new projects this summer. No matter how difficult this last task may be, I must stick to it, this is also the most important thing for me to do (or not to do) this summer.

If you get to this contest through my link, please let her know that it was from my blog (, so that I too can get some extra credit. I got to this contest from Knit and Purl Mama

Good Luck All!!!

Friday, May 25, 2007

Second SP Gift

I got home this evening to find a package from my SP waiting for me. As this has been a tough week for me, I couldn't wait to get upstairs and open it. As I cut open the box, I was filled with excitement to see what was inside. There was a note inside from her that was very sweet, the package was so nice, there were 5 little wrapped gifts inside (sorry, I didn't take pics). As I unwrapped everything, I got more and more excited. The first thing I opened was a box to hold my DPN's in, then I opened a nice travel candle Apple Strudel scented, then I opened some wonderful pink Karabella Gossamer (2 balls), so awesome, it's enough, if not more than enough to make a wonderful shawl out of. Then I opened some gorgeous pink stone stitch markers, then she also sent me this really cute pink striped ring that I can't wait to wear out.

Thank you Soooo much SP, I can't wait to know who you are to thank you even better.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Short Hiatus

On Sunday evening I posted that I was never going to blog again, but as it turns out, it was just a short hiatus, and not a finale. So, I'M BACK!!!

Sunday, May 20, 2007


I am currently contemplating why I Blog, and why I knit. I knit, and don't get anywhere because I have a very, very severe case of "Startitis". Sometimes I see something I want and I just start to cast on and then fi8gure out the pattern, or get to the point in the pattern where I go "WTF!!!!!". I am the slowest knitter EVER. Even if I just had one project going at a time (which is ABSOLUTELY impossible) I knit so slow that it becomes so unrewarding to me, I get angry and upset because I can't do what everyone else can. I can put two needles together, knit and purl, and a lot of other stitched too, but nothing, nadda! There are so many things that I would like to do, and I just get so frustrated that I can't do it, I mean I can, but MAYBE things like my Arwen will be done by next fall, that means fall "08"

Everything I knit I do it with passion and feeling, but why?

Why do I blog????? I seem to blog for myself. I think that there are maybe 5 people who read my blog, and one of them is DH. I seem to have failed, at blogging and knitting. If I stopped both, I don't think anyone would notice or care. It's not like there's anything here that would interest anyone.

After writing the above, it has become clear to me that this is going to be my LAST and FINAL entry. To the 3 people that do read this, and to my SP10 Pal...........I'm sorry, and my blog should be removed from your blog roll.

Ciao, and Farewell!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

How Terrific ....

Christina was going to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival this past weekend, and I loaned her my Ez-Pass, as I know what it's like to make that trip without one. She offered to pick me up something while she was there, and I told her that she didn't need to that, but when I saw her this past Tuesday, she had brought me back the most beautiful Koigu. She definitely put some thought into it because it is absolutely stunning, and my colorway. I was in awe of how generous she was, especially when I told her that she didn't need to bring anything back. Awwwww!

I already have the perfect sock pattern picked out. It's from Interweave Knits Spring 2007 "Staff Projects", the Seduction Socks by Ann Budd.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Projects Done, to be done, never to be done....

Mark with bold the things you have ever knit, with italics the ones you plan to do sometime, and leave the rest as is.

Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Stockinette stitch

Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns

Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (=modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Baby items
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns
Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit

American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Button holes
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colours
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies...)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items)on two circulars

Knitting with someone else's handspun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Steeks (with Kathy and Carol's help, that is after I don the fair isle sweater first)
Knitting art
Knitting two socks on two circulars simultaneously (trying but not having success)
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO

Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Baby items
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern (currently in process...with Christina's help)

Gloves (the only thing DH says he'd wear if I knitted it, Ummmm I don't think so)
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mits/armwarmers (OK, so Flannery's second is still a WIP)
Pillows ( is Sarah's, but at least the first is done on both)
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair

Got this from callingonkahlo who got this from elanknits

Sunday, May 06, 2007

New Edition to the Family....

So, Baby has a sister. We haven't yet named her, but would love some names from the Peanut Gallery. I am going to run a week long contest and after all submissions are in I will choose a winner, and that will be her name. Whoever comes up with the winning name will receive a nice prize. If I don't have a decent amount of submissions by drawing time next Sunday, May 13, I might extended, but most likely not. Be unique, original, but think sweet and feminine.

Here is a lovely picture of her along with her brother Baby, by the way, he's wearing his new collar that my nieces made for him at Montclair Beadworks.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007


Ok, so I have issues, who doesn't. I was looking for a movie today for my nieces, and came upon E.T., you know the movie that inspired a nation to go eat Reese Pieces by the bag full. Well, I just got to the scene that, I must say inspired me as a child, and I'm pretty sure that I was not alone with this one. Elliott takes a heating pad and places it on his face to make his face feel warm, no problem works, but then he takes the thermometer and holds it up to the light so that it heats up and reads a temperature. Well, if you also notice, he's holding it up to a fairly strong light, one that would produce a lot of heat. He never once afterwards checks the temperature gauge (they were filled with mercury back in the day) to see what it reads, now if he had then he would have seen that it had probably soared to a wonderful 106 or even higher. I know this from my own personal experience. I tried it, but at the age of 11 I wasn't in the "know" about how to read a thermometer correctly, so when I brought it to my step-mother, who happened to be a Dr., her response was "Ummmm did you read the thermometer? I mean this is pretty serious you know. If this is REALLY your temperature, I mean really, then I think you are right that you SHOULD stay home from school. Now are you positive that this is YOUR temperature?" I thought long and hard, not only about what she was saying, but the way she was saying it...I fessed up....."Yeah, I didn't think that you had a fever of 107, because I think you would be dead. Now, how do we feel now, are we going to school in the morning?" I learned my lesson, and I sure as shit learned how to read a thermometer right after that.

So I really have issues with Elliott being younger than I was at the time being able to "pass one over" on his mom. Anyone else think they got the raw end of that stick errr. thermometer? I know, it's just a movie, but still a little reality would help somewhere....