Knitting projects with a little real life thrown in

Monday, October 02, 2006

Graduation Day

My how time flies. It seems only a year since he was born and he's already graduating...into the Toddler class, that is. Such a big boy, walking this month and developing such a sweet, inquisitive personality. They just moved him over today since he's walking so well on his own. So now he gets to take naps on a pallet and I guess I have to send sippy cups. I don't know if I'm ready for all this!

I guess it's a good thing I finally got a good start on his blankie. After 3 false starts, I finally got the right number of stitches cast on and a pattern that is simple but interesting. I've knit about 8 inches in the last week, which is pretty good for my slow-as-Christmas needles! Addi-Turbos in my hands knit about as fast as pixie sticks in the hands of an old-timer. But I'm not the slowest knitter in town either.

Still working on Color on Color...finished section 16, knit a couple of I-cords for fun and now I'm about to start 17 - with my alterations of course. I'll keep you posted how that goes.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

WIP Heaven

...or stitch holders = death

I just bought some knitting needles off eBay! I had some Addi Turbo circulars picked out (I compared Patternworks and Ram Wools - both were $14.95 + $6 shipping). Then I just thought I'd check eBay and maybe buy used needles. There they were. Brand new Addi's for 9.95 + 2.25 shipping)...what a deal!

I was feeling really guilty about buying them anyway. The only reason I need them is because I have a half-finished sweater sitting on my size 8 Addi's and I don't want to take them off. There's this fear that if I take it off the needles and put it on a stitch-holder, it'll never get finished. It will die or go to WIP heaven.

What is WIP heaven like?
  1. Is it a place where once-coveted and long-out-of-style sweaters get finished by smallish, bearded dwarves in tweed knickers brandishing lightening-quick needles?

  2. Maybe it's like the Island of Misfit Toys where decapitated bunnys, toe-less socks, armless jackets, and foot-long lace stoles frolick together gaily, all-the-while hiding their secret longing to be finished and lovingly worn.

  3. Or perhaps it is an emancipation when, after decades of imprisonment, the tragic yarn is released from its stitch-holders and unknit, subsequently having to go through years of therapy to erase its memory and relax all the kinks from its fiber. Then hopefully there's rehabilitation where perhaps it can once again become a contributing member of society and be "re-knit" into a usable garment.

I prefer to think of my WIPs as in a sort of yarn purgatory. Tonight, I'll light a candle for each project in progress (do I have that many candles?) and pray for their poor, imprisoned souls. Then I'll pull each one out and lovingly caress the hand-wrought stitches, reflect how far my skills have come, and ponder over the pattern to see if I can pick up where I left off.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Socks and Sex

Am I the only one to realize how perfect knitting socks while watching "Sex and the City" can be? They go together like peanut butter and chocolate...the peanut butter being the socks cause they're so, well, "like buttah"; and of course chocolate is the next best thing, you know, endorphins and all.

You can watch your stitches most of the time and just listen cause you know all the episodes like the back of your hand. Yet it's funny and lifts your spirits to find you're not the craziest girl on the planet after all. And helps you identify with your sexy city gal self even if you're a crafty, suburban homemaker who'd rather wear your comfy Clarks than a pair of Jimmy Choo's. It's a great pick-me-up after a long day---OOPS, I dropped a stitch.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006


Last night, some friends and I had our first Sit-N-Knit. We all said it's bout time...we've been wanting to (no, needing to) for ages. I brought my Color-on-Color scarf from Scarf Style.
Marcela brought a gorgeous hand-dyed afghan she bought in Canada this summer. And Sharon started a crocheted bag.

Sharon was the bestest hostess and had made Oreo Balls. They sound weird and look weird, but they taste like heaven. She said just throw a bag of Oreos and 8 oz. softened cream cheese in the blender. Refrigerate for an hour or two and roll into balls, then dip in melted chocolate. Yeah, Sharon! One more recipe that I'll be tempted to make during the deepest, darkest hours of my chocoholism.

Marcela and I are going to the KANG Conference this Saturday. Hope the market is fun, since we didn't sign up for classes. What am I saying? Surrounding myself with fiber, color, and fellow knitters is my idea of paradise, not to mention getting away from the husband and kids.

Speaking of which, Cole is going to start sprinting across the room any day now. 10 months, 2 weeks, and a gut full of get-go. He's going to complete my gray hair any day now. Course, that's not saying much.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Expecting the Best

Less than a week before school starts back. We've been clothes shopping, bought school supplies, enrolled for day care, and now we're making the most of the last few free days. This week Daddy's off spending time with the kids...he'll be begging to go back to work any day now! But it's been a great summer all the same.

I've begun several new projects and actually finished one. It's a ballet-neck swing tank from Knitter's Magazine Spring 05 issue. In case you didn't know, there are almost no knitting patterns for maternity wear, so this pattern worked great! And I thought maybe I could recycle the yarn afterwards.

I also started a sweater for baby Hank (we can't agree on a name, so I've just been calling him Hank). I used Dalegarn's Stork yarn. The cotton is nice and cool for summer and it has such a fine feel it knits up very fast, even on size 2 needles. I'll probably put the pattern out here after I finish it, if anyone wants it.