Monday, August 29, 2005

don't do carmen

I was going to title this WHERE'S MY BOOK?

but wanted to warn anyone who would listen about this yarn:Patons Carmen

my friend adrienne came over friday"I can't get this scarf to go straight."well, that would be because THE STITCHES ARE IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP TRACK OF nevermind the fact that the yarn is SO FREAKIN' SLIPPERYthe redeeming quality of this yarn is that is so soft and furry that any mistakes are completely covered by lots of furoh, and I had to use THREE stitch markers on a CO12 scarfthat was the only way I could finish the scarf for herbecause yes, I am a knitting martyr


Saturday, August 27, 2005

beginning to think there's no help

for people like meit's a sicknessand I'm not talking about the sickness that is the cold I had all weekI'm talking about this sickness:insanity is my middle name or my husband won't know whether to kill me or kiss meluckily I am working for the next monthand earning extra cashoh, that cash was supposed to pay for the new engine for my car which isn't under warrantywhich honda of america may or may not pay for oh wellI'll have lots more time to knit soonI'm supposed to be reading for school right nowI promised myself - no knitting - so what do I do?surf the web on knitting related thingsI'm really going to knit, I mean read now.
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Monday, August 22, 2005

coming home with more yarn than I left with

we were out of town this weekendvisiting family and friendssunday my aunt gave me the two skeins of recycled silk that she ordered forever agoshe is having hand surgery soon, so I'm going to make her a scarf to go with her amazing orange gap down coatthen wendy's local knitting store was having a 50%, yes, let me repeat FIFTY PERCENT OFF saleoh lordI thought my brain was going to pour out of earsthey had the most amazing selection of yarnsthey had the southwest trading company phoenix - but not enough of any one color to buy for a garment, DAMN!I stumbled upon the tables in the back where I found MY LINEN YARN it's mostly viscose with some linen. but it's perfect. the color is a little lighter, but I think it will work perfectly. I bought a bag of 10 balls for $40 (175 yds ea)and before I left they were asking me to come up and teach a classI was like huh-WHA?

Friday, August 19, 2005

definitely original

I went to the mall for the first time since I first saw the cocoon vest at version is very different.almost an upside-down, easier versionthis is frustrating mealso their fiber content is 90 acrylic/10 woolthere's is so soft and gushydid I mention that I am now the proud owner of three yarntainers?ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Newton's Yarn Arrived

most of it is thinbut I am going to knit either the brown and black or the grey double for the 1650 yd ruana

free yarn

prototype comments

I tried the protoype on for everyone at the store last night. They were ooohing and aaahing - they said it looked perfect, not too short, not too narrow.Kat said that she'd like a sample for the store.Lori said I should sell the pattern.I re-counted my skeins this morning that I had remaining and I think the count is more like I used 5-6. At first I felt badly using so many skeins of the Debbie Bliss Superchunky, but now that I've looked more closely - 6 skeins would probably work. The yardage on the DB is a little less than the LB.I want to have my car back - I had to ask Melissa for a ride to work today... - plus I NEED TO GO TO TALL MOUSE AND GET A YARNTAINER

I can hardly contain ***myself*** and the overwhelming need to put my yarnin this perfect yarn container.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

nighttime thought

I realized in the middle of the night that I had failed to include the information regarding the 6-stitch hem of the cocoon vest.So I have added that information to the tutorial.I am puzzled as to why the tripod ad is insistent about showing up attached to the the assembly picture, I've tried to alter the document, but so far nothing is working.Here is a separate document with only the Assembly Picture.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Cocoon Vest Tutorial

You can find the first draft of this vest

HERE. I will post a picture of mine soon.I'm actually going to redo it, and I think if this second prototype turns out nicely, I'll splurge and purchase some Debbie Bliss Superchunky.I'm considering making one for the store and making my pattern available, too.Please let me know any questions/suggestions you may have. As I mentioned previously, I've never created my own pattern before, and the one I've posted is a draft - by no means a final version.Because the pattern is simple (two pieces which form a 'T,' you should be able to start, see how your gauge fits your size and adjust to your size accordingly (until I finish figuring it out for myself).Also, regrettably, I believe Kool Wool is discontinued. I stumbled across it in the clearance section of my favorite JoAnn store ($3/skein)!Happy Knitting and I look forward to your comments!Thanks!

Friday, August 12, 2005

the silent knitter

the vest is coming along now that I've picked Leah's photographic memory brain she sketched a picture of what the back looked like and it all made sense I will be finished sooner than later now that I've switched from my 14" aluminum needles to these

it was a must if I wanted to knit in bed dave complained that the metal needles made too much noise and as much as I liked knitting with them they were too long and unmanageable

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Floor to Ceiling

I received the picture of the yarn store in Egypt.

It looks like a lot of crochet thread - perhaps that was what the 3 number was all about.Oh well, I'll find a use for it somehow, some way...

Monday, August 08, 2005

vest attempt

I've been working on this since last Thursdayand gave up last night, but JUST found a great thread on this pattern at craftster
Here's what I have now: attempt at bebe vest

I'll post the completed project soon.And someone would like my pattern, I couldn't be more flattered!In updating news:I finshed the green golf vest, and light blue ribbed cardigan.Never again: men's vest size 42, US4, wool/acrylic blend. It looks really nice though.Oh and before I finished the vest, I HAD to make the FCEK Sp/Su05 shrug out of Knit One, Crochet Too, color Istanbul, for my birthday. My friend had done one in Rowan Summer Tweed (a multi-flecked light purple, it was FANTASTIC). I whipped that up in about 4 days - I CONSTANTLY get compliments on it - even from strangers in Carmel. :-)I've got multiple projects started now:morning surf scarf, wild stripes baby blanket, and the bebe vest.AND my neighbor called from Egypt this morning, she was yarn shopping for me, what colors did I want? I picked Egyptian cotton (total of) 1000 yds each in 3mm color: vanilla, and 2.5mm light brown.I can't wait to see it next week, she'll be home on Tuesday. It was $1 for EACH skein! The vanilla came in 50g (138yds) and the brown came in 100g (550yds). I asked her to take a picture of the yarn store, she said the yarn was stacked floor to ceiling. I'll post that when I get it.