Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Update on my Entrelac Market Squares Bag


Okay, I'm on tier 2 of the felted Entrelac Market Squares Bag.. All was going well at Knit One. Karen helped me with the instructions for Tier 2 and Celeste gave me an awesome shortcut on picking up stitches that she at learned at a Cat Bordhi workshop (score)! I was feeling like this entrelac bag might become a reality. I even bragged that when I finished this one (knit in Cascade 220), that I would knit one up in Lamb's Pride in different colors. Then I got home, picked up the knitting during the utter chaos that is my house and WHAMMO! I messed it all up! I had frogged back because I made an error I wanted to correct and ended up dropping stitches off of one of my base triangles!! ARGH! Tears immediately welled up in my eyes. My husband thought something bad had happened. When I told him that I just messed up my bag (which has taken me 5 hours so far), he let out a chuckle. I feverishly emailed the gurus of Knit One asking begging for help. Here's a look the boo-boos I created.
Hopefully the nice ladies of Knit One will have mercy on me and help me fix this so that I don't have to frog back to the bag band. In the light of a new day, I realize that this too is a learning experience and that even if I have to frog back and my project boo-boos are beyond help -I will have learned something and have another chance to practice my entrelac.

**UPDATE**
The amazing Celeste helped me get my bag back on track. She has no idea how I did what I did to it but thankfully was able to fix it so that I didn't have to frog all the way back. Thank God!!


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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Entrelac Market Squares Bag

Knit One North is hosting a felted Entrelac Market Squares bag KAL.. for some unknown reason, I am attempting this bag. I've never successfully felted a project and I've NEVER knit entrelac before. With the help of uber-patient Ms. Connie, the wonder knitter, I was able to get the bag band completed and the base triangles knit. I didn't get to ask her for help with the next step - so I'm at a loss. I tried (unsuccessfully) to figure it our on my own - but like with so many other knitting techniques, I need to see someone do it. Reading about the technique just doesn't do it for me. I need to see it and do it before I understand it. I'm written-instructions challenged!

I'll post some pics once I figure out how to get past the base triangles.


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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Yummy Yarnie Goodness


I got 2 shipments yesterday at the same time!! First off, I got my Knitting Help.com 'Kit 'N Kaboodle' swap package from Gargoylelib (Libbie)! WOW! She went over and above and I absolutely love everything she packed up for me! The package includes:
  • 1 Skein Nalle Four Seasons by Novita (a Finnish yarn company) in what I believe is Autumn colorway
  • 2 Skeins Isoveli Colori by Novita - I don't know the name of the colorway but it has red, orange, teal, brown, and purple in the colorway.
  • a grey Christmas themed felted bowl
  • 2 on-the-needle row counters
  • 1 Clover (Kacha-Kacha) row counter
  • a set of 4 stitch markers in mixed color agates (quartz)
  • a nifty tape measure
  • a pewter yarnball w/knitting needles charm
  • a journal
  • Finnish milk chocolate - Karl Fazer - 200g bar!! (over 7 ounces!!)
  • Finnish coffee - Paulig Presidentti - 250g (8.8 ounces)
  • A natural-colored, lightweight tote

For those of you NOT involved in the swap: you had to pick 5 patterns you'd like to knit up and submit a questionaire indicating the patterns you wanted to knit. The swap hostesses then picked everyone's swapee and emailed everyone. No one is suppossed to know who has them. Then, you package up a pattern or two that your KH swap person has selected along with the yarn to complete the project, a notion or two, and some goodies. You don't know which pattern your swap partner is going to pick out of the 5 you choose. And it's up to the person packaging everything to choose the yarn to go with the pattern. So you have no idea what yarn you'll get either! It's exciting! Libbie did a terrific job and sent me yarn I'd never used before - so I'm excited to knit with it! The patterns she choose for me from my 5 were Lifestyle Toe-Up Socks by Charisa Martin Cairn (which is sort of a guide for making toe-up socks) and the This Way Up Scarf by Ann S.
I finally took a picture of my Olive Namaste Newport bag!! It's pictured here with one of my Thanksgiving washcloths (Pilgrim Hat, also in olive) which just happens to match my bag.I also FINALLY got my shipment of Tilli Tomas Flurries yarn in Lillies colorway. It had been on backorder since the end of September... So no, dumplings.. I did not cheat on my yarn diet. ;P

With all of this yarnie goodness, I don't think I will have a hard time adhering to my yarn diet! I see afghan, knitting needles, yummy yarn, and hot cocoa in my very near future!


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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Yarn Diet

First off, 'sorry I haven't posted any pics of late. DH has my camera charger/dock in his car at his office and is out of the country. So, pics will have to wait until he comes back from Canada.

I am officially on a yarn diet. I have been adopting poor, homeless skeins/hanks in order to give them a loving home. The problem you ask? They are taking up all available space in my bitty apartment. And with the added financial strain of selling our house and all of the additional expenses right now - it's time to dig through my stash and knit up projects (and finish them) from what I've already got. I can no longer justify buying more yarn... As DH reminds me, electricity, food, and shelter are a tad more important. So, I will seize this opportunity to FINISH current projects and to do some major stash-busting.

I will be posting pics of my stash-busting efforts soon... Time to get my knit on!


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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

OMG!! I almost forgot about knitting group!!

Happy, happy.. joy, joy!! Today is knitting with Knit One!!! I have been so distracted and super busy, that I forgot that Wednesday was upon us!!!

There is bad news - I have to cancel the crochet class and the Felted Entrelac Bag KAL for this weekend because hubby is going to Toronto for a trade show (now that he's a big muckity-muck, he has a lot of presentations he has to give) and won't be home in time for my class. :(

But I get to knit today! I get 2 hours of knitting enjoyment and yummy yarn goodness this afternoon! I think I will take my Thanksgiving dishcloths with me to work on today. I really should finish them before Thanksgiving! I'll post my progress pics and a pic of my Olive Namaste Bag tonight!

Knit on!


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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The knitting has suffered...

My poor lonely skeins have been put away for the past week as I pursued other endeavors this week. As much as it pains me to put down the needles, I having been reading and writing quite a bit recently. I rediscovered my passion for writing and have decided that I need to pursue that a bit further . So I'm enrolling in some writing classes and we'll see what happens. I need to pick up the needles as well -but as I look around me I realize that the only things that I've accomplished this past week are:
1.) Finishing 'New Moon' by Stephenie Meyer. OMG, I couldn't put it down. I'm such the Twerd now (Twilight nerd). It's fun, fluff - but it really sucks you in (no pun intended).
2.) Writing some short stories. I haven't done this since college and I haven't gotten the bug to write again until recently. I took a writing seminar in college and a creative writing lab and enjoyed it so much. And, to everyone's surprise (no doubt), I was actually a pretty decent writer. So I decided to pick it up again. Boy oh boy am I rusty! I need to take some more classes and focus on story development and dialogue.
3.) Trying to spend time doing crafty things with the kidlets.. gotta hook 'em while they're young!
4.) Blogging and engaging in social networks (TwitterMoms, Twitter, Facebook)
5.) Catching up on the oodles of TiVo'd shows I haven't had time to watch.


My apartment is a mess. There is laundry out the wazoo. And I have been cheating on WW! ARGH! The knitting will have to wait until my domestic duties have been completed...

Take heart, Noro Silk Garden, we'll meet again soon...


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Friday, November 7, 2008

Acquisitions/Updates

Okay, I got me some Lion Cotton and am knitting up the Thanksgiving washcloths (patterns purchased from KrisKnits). I have one down and 5 more to finish the set. They knit up really fast. I knit up the pilgrim hat cloth while listening to a couple of chapters of an audiobook.

And for some unknown reason and I'm pleading temporary insanity here - I signed up for the Felted Entrelac bag KAL at KnitOne! So I got myself some coordinating Cascade 220 in earth tones. I have never done entrelac before and I've never felted before. I don't know what I was thinking. I think it was the yarn fumes. Yarn does weird things to me - it caused me to attempt socks... to adopt skein after skein... to spend countless hours with pointy sticks and to purchase gorgeous bags to place WIPs in (just got an Olive Namaste bag that is to die for!). It's a sickness really.

I would post pics, but DH took my camera with him on his business trip so that he could take pics of California.

I've also been collecting items for the Kit 'N Kaboodle swap I'm in on KH. I'm nearly done collecting items for my swwap partner. I can't wait to send her package off to her. She's going to love it!

In other WIPs: I got 1 1/2 skeins into my Knitting Meets Crochet scarf and made some horrible error (no doubt because I was trying to listen to an audiobook that I was engrossed in) and the tried to tink back a row.. but wasn't paying attention yet again (damn those audiobooks!) and dropped one of each of the p2tog(s) across the row. By the time I realized this - I tried to pick up the stitches (tink, tink.. find crochet hook..), but placed stitches that didn't actually exist on the needle and missed other stitches. I was in such a tizzy! I didn't want to frog the whole scarf over a couple of bad rows. And although I absolutely LOVE-LOVE-LOVE the Noro Silk Garden I am knitting the scarf in - I sure as heck did not want to start from square one. (And God knows I'm still green enough that I have to tink back a stitch at a time or frog the entire project because I can't seem to rip and know where to stop or where I am in the pattern!) So I enlisted the help of Dawne at Knit One who saved my scarf. But unfortunately, like a complete goof, I started knitting this pattern (which is essentially lace) while at an afternoon stitch 'n bitch at the shop and messed up again. ARGH! I need to pick it back up and find my error. Tink, tink, tink..

Still haven't brought myself to finish Ms. Maddie's Magic Princess Shawl. I'm so close to being done, but I need to finish the scarf for my grammie and I need to knit sock # 2 so that I don't forget how to knit socks! (And also an actual pair works well when you have 2 feet.)

So there you have it - ADD as ever in my knitting. I have so many projects OTNs that I MUST finish. I cannot keep starting projects or at my funeral, instead of flower arrangements there will be a room full of UFOs and uncontrollable stash lining every wall. My obituary will read: survived by 2 children, 1000 unfinished projects, and 10,000 skeins of yarn... And someone will give a eulogy: "She always wanted to finish Ms. Maddie's Magic Princess shawl for her great granddaughter..." ;P


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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The People Have Spoken...

Okay, so Ms. VanHoofen did not win the general election.. but to be serious for a moment - let me just say how proud I am to have taken part in this election and that Barack Obama has been elected! As a lifelong Democrat, it wasn't a surprise that I would vote for the democratic candidate. But it was so much more than that. For me, Obama signifies hope and change. He is the embodiment of opportunity and hard work. He restores my faith in humanity and in government. I think we can create [again] a strong America. I think we can at last tell our children that you can do anything you put your mind to. As long as you work hard, anything's possible. And as the aunt of a bi-racial niece and nephews, I am so overjoyed for them. To know that this country will be united for them, not divided along the colorlines. To know that they will grow up in a country where it is not the color of your skin that matters, but the fabric of your character; your hard work; and your compassion for all.

God bless America!


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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Now is the Time!

This country has gone far too long without a true leader. Now is the time to get out and vote. Vote for someone who will better this country..one skein at a time! That's right knitsters, it's time to vote for Dolores.

Ask yourself these important questions:
1.) Which candidate will provide real change? More accessible wool in more hand-dyed colors?
2.) Which candidate will stand on a platform of yarn for all, not just some?
3.) Which candidate will fix our economy so that my stash may increase and I can keep more of my stash?
4.) Which candidate cares about my moth issues?
5.) Which candidate will bring peace to all...alpacas, sheep, goats, and bunnies? And bring these fibers together in united blends?

Only one candidate...Dolores. Don't rely on the polls! Get out there and vote your conscience! Your country needs you. Your stash needs you. Dolores needs you!


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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Back to Basics

Unlike my more ambitious knitsters - I am NOT knitting up oodles of Christmas gifts for the family/extended family. It's just way too much knitting and a whole lot of people who do not understand the time, commitment, and care that goes into handmade knitted items. I mean, according to one Ms. Pearl-McPhee, it is approximately 34,000 stitches for 1 pair of socks... no one else but another knitter would appreciate that kind of commitment in a gift. Having said all that - that doesn't mean that a nice handmade hostess gift wouldn't be appropriate. And I have to say that I am LOVE-LOVE-LOVING KrisKnits' blog! She has some beautiful dishcloth patterns. Some are free and some are for sale. But even the pattern kits that are for sale included SEVERAL patterns in a themed kit for a very nominal fee. I plan on knitting up the Thanksgiving Autumn and Winter Wonder Cloths. Give her blog a peek!


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