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An ongoing project that I've neglected to mention.

November 29th, 2006

I don't think I've mentioned this project at all, up until now... but I'm working on a crocheted shawl for a new Vogue Knitting on the Go book. I drastically underestimated how big a shawl should be. I've never made one before, and I just kinda guessed on how wide it should be. Needless to say, once I got to that point, I realized... Oops, it's not quite big enough, so I've had to add more and more to it. I wished I had realized this sooner, because I need to send this thing in for Monday, EEP! This is made in little pieces that are worked onto the larger whole in the last round. There are only 3 rounds, so each piece takes me about 5 minutes, but I have about 70 left to do! This morning there were 75, and I'm figuring I have 3 days to finish it, so that's 25 each day. I'm pretty confident that it's going to be big enough now. I'm afraid if I made it any bigger that it would be down to my knees in the back. I'm glad they only take about 5 minutes each, otherwise making 25 of anything in one day could be really overwhelming. I can easily work for 2 hours each day on this project, so I'm not worried, I just hate being so close to the deadline with so much left to do.


More Master Knitting Swatches completed.

November 28th, 2006

During my sick time, I picked up my Master Knitter Binder again and completed four swatches! I could have kept going but I ran out of yarn. Luckily I had 2 more balls that were sitting here at work waiting for me. I have a crochet shawl that needs to be mailed in by the end of the week, so I'll be working on that for the rest of the week, but I'm eagerly looking forward to continuing to work on the MK swatches. They're so fun! So far I have 8 of the 16 completed to my satisfaction. There are 2 that need remaking. Of course, the first swatch is one of them. After doing all sorts of other swatches, and learning new and different increasing techniques, I feel as though the first swatch can be much improved on.

Of course, there are also questions that need to be answered for the MK program, so when I ran out of yarn, I started working on those. I've got 5 of the 17 questions completed to my satisfaction. The report is somewhat daunting. I'm pretty sure that's going to be the last thing I do. I have to write on blocking. It's not that I don't know how to block, but that I'd rather not write a report... reminds me of high school. At least it's about something I know though... and not how to disarm a bomb. Which I probably couldn't do.

Swatches 11 and 14
Swatches 6 and 10

Some design sightings!

November 27th, 2006

Over this long weekend, I had some extra sit-around-and-browse-the-internet time. So, beginning with a wonderful e-mail informing me of a beret-sighting, I wandered the depths of the web world searching for more images of beret's and woven scarves. I was amazed at the amount of people who are working on the designs I've had published. It really makes me feel like all the hard work is worth the effort. I'm so happy to help people satisfy their knitting needs. If you're one of these people who has spent time working on one of my projects, I'd love to know. Keep the e-mails coming, I love reading them :)

Here are some links to beret images:
fiber fetishist
Crossroad Knits
Very Pink (in progress)

And some for woven scarf images:
Scarf KAL
Multi-colored scarf (inspired by the Vogue cover scarf)
One of the samples for Vogue's trunk shows


Strep Again!

November 21th, 2006

I can't believe I've got strep throat again. I guess I'm super sensetive to it. One of the women I work with has 2 kids with it. Last friday, after she brought one of them to the doctor, she brought her to work! She kept her home from school, so, I'm not sure I quite understand why she thought it would be okay to bring her into work with her. The last time I got it I'm pretty sure it was through her kids. They had it the week before, then I got it. She must be immune or something, but it comes into work with her and I get it :(. On the up-side, I get practiaclly a whole week off of work. I already had Thursday and Friday off for Thanksgiving, and I got today and tomorrow off because I'm sick! Woo!

Speaking of Thanksgiving... I'm pretty sure I'm having four of them this year. #1 is tomorrow evening. I usually visit my dad & step-mom on Wednesday nights, so she decided she would plan on her Thanksgiving that night, which is perfectly fine with me. (Tomorrow at 2 I won't be contagious anymore, so I won't be getting any of them sick) #2 is Thursday at my mom's house. Thankfully, we only have one place we need to be on Thursday. In the past, everyone has tried to cram all their meals onto the same day, so, we'd have to run the marathon between houses, eating only partially at each one, so it was rather unfulfilling and tiring. I really disliked holidays for a while because of this. #3 is sometime this weekend, I'm sure. Jim's mom usually has her parents and us over the weekend after. I haven't heard any definite details, I should probably e-mail her to find out... and #4 is one that Jim and I are going to have with Michelle and Kevin (our Texas friends). I've never cooked a turkey for Thanksgiving. And now that it won't be just Jim and I eating the giant thing, it sounds like fun. We haven't decided when we're going to do it though. I think Thanksgiving can be any time, not just on some specific day that is predecided by the masses. And, if you don't hear from me again before Thursday...

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!


The long awaited Salem journey.

November 20th, 2006

Jim and I have been wanting to go to Salem for quite a while now. They've got so much neat stuff there, and I always find something pretty interesting to bring home with me. We tried going to Salem in October, which you can read about in my October 16th post. It was much easier this time. I swear, I'm never trying to go to Salem in October ever again. Jim and I have been seeing spirals everywhere we go now, and this fascinated us. It's a fossil from this prehistoric creature called an Ammonite. Honestly, I'm not super interested in its history, I just think it's really amazing how nature can create such a perfect spiral. Jim and I are thinking of somehow making them into necklaces or bracelets that we would each wear. I like the idea, but I'm not quite sure how we're going to do it. He seems to like the idea of using hemp. I've got the know-how to make the necklace/bracelet, but I'm not super comfortable drilling into these beautiful things to put a hole in them, and I've tried wrapping things to make them into necklaces, but they usually fall out within a few days, and it's kinda discouraging. Plus, wrapping it would disrupt the spiral. So, I'm thinking of taking it to a jewler or someplace of that sort to have them drill a hole, and maybe add some sort of metal thing that I can hang it from.

Ammonite Pair

A fun idea

November 16th, 2006

I've been hearing left and right about people who are making the woven scarf! So, I keep thinking about how much I would love to see all of them! In fact, I would absolutely love to see any one of my designs knit up. It is so satisfying hearing how much people love some of the designs I have done. I'm thinking that I will make up pages on my website where I will post pictures of the knitted pieces made from my patterns. With permission of the knitter, of course. So, if you or anyone you know has completed a project from any one of my patterns, please e-mail me a picture! It would totally make my day.

I must say, that I got this idea from Becka. Check out her blog, she's got some fun designs on there.


Yippy, another knitting forum!

November 15th, 2006

I've been finding all sorts of fun knitting related web pages and such lately. I am so excited about the newest addition to my bookmarks, that I figured I would share them all with you! These are the blogs, forums, pattern pages that I pop into visit about once a day. Sitting at a computer all day, I occasionally need a small break to read up on somone elses knit life. So, anyway, here they are, Enjoy:
Knitting Stardust Forum (newest addition!)
Knitter's Review Forum
Craftster - Knitting Forum
Craftster - Crochet Forum
TKGA Forum
Ysolda's Blog
Ivete's Blog
International Scarf Exchange Blog
Annie Modesitt's Blog
You Knit What - Part 2
Annie's Attic - Pattern of the Day
Knitting News

And, just because I think these video things are the best ever... (make sure your sound's on)
The Last Knit
Imagining the Tenth Dimension not knit related, but still mind boggeling. Go to "imagining the ten dimensions" in the navigation bar.

So, I hope that entertains you for a little while. I get a kick out of most of them.


Elann Contest

November 14th, 2006

I'm pretty sleepy today. I guess I used up all my energy yesterday. The dreary, rainy weather probably doesn't help. So, I don't have much to say... but I found this and thought it was pretty neet. So, here you go.


Happy Monday!

November 13th, 2006

I woke up so easily this morning, with a big smile on my face. I have no idea why, but I'm not going to question it. Good moods aren't rare for me, but it's nice when they surprise me on Monday mornings. This weekend was quite relaxing, in spite of my having to do inventory at work on Saturday. After that, Jim and I spent the rest of the weekend together, and I got a lot of knitting done. I've come up with a solution to defeat my "multiple project" problem. I swear, I'm working on 7 things right now. Swatches gallore, plus Jim's sweater, a few Chrismas presents, and the Master Knitting program. I'm keeping busy, but of these things, there are none that I want to set asside. So, this weekend, the solution came to me. I can work on all of them at once! I worked on each one until I got sick of it, then I moved on to another one. Once I worked on all of the ones I had wanted to, I wasn't sick of the first one anymore, so I went back to that one, then the next, and the next. It was quite satisfying. I saw a lot of progress happen on many of my projects.

I also patched a pair of my jeans that I've been meaning to repair for quite a while. I just stumbled upon the jeans while looking through a bag of old clothes that I was going to get rid of. They had a pretty big hole right on the rear end… Then later that night, I saw this daisy patch that had been longing for a home for ages. So, my brain envisioned the patch on the pants, and the next day it actually happened! It's funny how these things happen. I hadn't intended on using the patch on these pants… in fact, this patch had no preconceived home in mind. So I guess it was meant for these jeans.

Daisy

Swatch 5

November 10th, 2006

I'm pretty happy that I decided to begin the Master Knitter thing. I'm learning things already. I wasn't aware that there were different ways of working a make one stitch. I looked it up in my Vogue Knitting book, but I also found a website here that has the instructions. I used to always just use the right slanted one, I wasn't familiar with the technique for doing the left slanted one. Now, I'm excited to make another sleeve, so I can increase the right way. The next swatch has me doing lifted increases... which I have no clue how to do, so I'll need to do a little research on how to do that one too. It gives me written directions but they don't make complete sense.

Swatch 5

My skills in Knitting VS Crochet...

November 9th, 2006

I've been eager to teach someone to knit for quite a while now. I don't have any outside-of-work friends who knit. It'd be nice to have one or two people who I can run ideas by when I'm not "working". I keep asking Jim if he would like to learn, and he really has no interest. He says he has enough hobbies that he doesn't do. So I can understand. So, Michelle (one of my friends from Texas) expressed a small interest in yarn last night, so I offered to teach her to knit. I've taught many many people how to crochet, so I have somewhat of a routine for doing that, but knitting is different. I realized last night that I never really taught anyone how to knit before. The first thing I showed her was how to cast on (obviously) using the long tail method. Perhaps I should have started with what I learned first... the knit method. But she seemed to pick up the hand movements pretty quicky. Then I showed her the knit stitch. She got through a few stitches before we wandered away to do something esle. I gave her some yarn, needles and my copy of Stitch and Bitch Nation so she can play in her own time if she wants. I'm always around if she has questions.

For some reason I always thought teaching knitting would just come easily to me. It was somewhat tough though. I had never really put words to what I actually did when I knit, and coming up with words isn't always the easiest thing for me to do. I know you may find that hard to believe because of how much I blog, but typing and talking aren't quite the same. I can think things out before I type them, re-read what I've read and then finish the sentance by deleting words, changing them to something better etc... talking isn't quite that easy. I think it's just one of those things that I'll develop with practice. I'm sure it wasn't so easy the first time I showed someone how to crochet... but that was a long time ago, I don't remember.


The return of my knitting bag.

November 8th, 2006

Over the weekend, I had left my knitting bag at a friends house. I had originally left only to go out and get breakfast, with the plan of returning later. Plans changed and we ended up not going back, and they came to our place instead. So, my knitting bag sat peacefully in their apartment for 2 days without my little hands poking around inside it constantly. The many projects inside were very sad and longed for the day they would return to the one who keeps them alive. I missed them also. I longed to retreive them, but... why? For what reason did I need to be in posession of them? I eventually let go of my attachment to these projects, and the bag, and realized it was an unnecessary security blanket, that I don't "need". Of course, once I let go and had this realization. The bag returned with the help of some friends, and I had a new appreciation for the things inside.

I was asked last night what I might save if the house caught fire... would my yarn be something I rescued? I answered no. As much as I love my yarn, I would save only what I would need to survive the night. A blanket, perhaps a pair of shoes and some clothes. I've detached enough from all my material things that I can't think of one "thing" that I would need to save. If you think about it, it makes sence... we die with no-thing, so we can't take any of it with us... what's the differeance if I die or my things die (or burn away in flames). Either way, we couldn't remain together, so why be so attached to them?


Swatch 1!

November 7th, 2006

Here is my first swatch for Level 1. Yippy! I'm pretty happy with it. I still need to block it, but I'm going to actually read about how to block before I do it. I've been blocking for a while, but I'm not sure where I learned how to do it, so I'm not trusting that I know what I'm doing. I'm pretty sure that the Vogue Knitting Ultimate Knitting Book has some instructions on how to block something correctly... wanders off to research blocking...

Okay... my blocking confidence has been rebuilt. I've been doing it correctly, I guess. This is a wool yarn, and I don't really like how the rib is pulling in so much, so I'm going to wet block this by drenching it in cold water then lying it flat to dry. Hopefully that's okay.

I've heard that so many people's swatches get returned to have something fixed. I'm going to really try my best to prevent that from happening. I'm sure the advice from my wonderful friends at work will help.

Skye Tweed Unisex Cable Rib Pullover

I got my Master Knitter packet!

November 6th, 2006

I received my packet for Level 1 on Friday! Fortunately, I didn't have the type of yarn that they want me to use, so I began by reading through the packet instead of jumping right into swatches. I'm glad I did too! They're really picky about how things need to be done. They are detailed in the instructions for each swatch, and I can't vary from those details. Selvege stitches can't be used unless specified, I also can't slip the first st of each row, which I've been doing lately because my edge tension hasn't been as nice as I'd like it to be. So, I'm going to have to practice that a bit. I'm really excited about getting started on this! I started working on Swatch 1 yesterday afternoon, but I used a cotton yarn, and it came out pretty sloppy. This morning, I picked up a ball of Brown Sheep's Nature Spun. Maybe I'll start working on Swatch 1 tonight in this yarn. We'll see. I also want to come up with a few designs for Classic Elite's fall line. I've been working on one design swatch in Princess for the past week or so. I'm hoping to be finished with that soon. It's got a TON of cables in it, which I really need to pay attention to, so it's not like I can sit in front of the TV and just knit along. This one takes attention.


Two New Free Patterns!

November 2nd, 2006

I know how much you all love free patterns, so here are 2 more! Classic Elite Yarns asked me to create a few patterns in Skye Tweed. They are going to have these free patterns up on their website within the next week or so. The one to the right is the "unisex" version. There is also one designed for a child available here. Enjoy!

Skye Tweed Unisex Cable Rib Pullover

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