Knitting Kneedles

Monday, May 30, 2005

Charity

If anyone who reads my blog would like to send hats to me for my project, as a couple people have indicated they'd like to, I would LOVE that! I will email those who are interested my address and will be sure those hats (or blankets or whatever you want to donate) get to the maternity ward where I work, which is the University of Utah Hospital.

Thanks to those who have already indicated, you have such great hearts!!!!!
I must say I LOVE KNITTING SOCKS! I don't know if it's the instant gratification, or the way the self striping or verigated yarns turn out, but there's definitely some seduction going on there. And who can turn away good seduction? :)

I've been working on my mother in law's socks, STILL. I had to do some frogging because I miscounted (even with my ka-cha clicker counter!) the rows. That threw me back a day and then I got so mad about it that I didn't even want to look at it for fear I would mess up again. But alas, I did pick it up again the next day and continued on, but slowly, for fear of another mishap. No pics of that one because I was too lazy to go upstairs and get it. However, I am also working on a sock for Niff, and it is just way too cute. Granted, it's not yarn that *I* would pick for socks, but what can you tell a two year old who wants pink and white socks and THIS YARN MOM! So we're making it of Sugar n Cream cotton. LOL! It actually knits up very pretty, I think, but the pattern I am using won't be of much help. It might be too small, in which case I will give them to my cutie patootie niece Vanessa, and knit Niff another pair, using a larger pattern. I do have a picture of that :)

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I have now learned the magic loop, which I've mentioned before I think. I'm not sure which I like more, the socks on 2 circs or the magic loop. Both of them are quite comfortable and easy for me, and both of them are MUCH preferred over the dpns, that's for dang sure. I guess the 2 circs would be most convenient for me since I'm not all that fond of the Addi's for some reason and they seem to be the only brand I can find in needles long enough to do the magic loop. Oh well, no biggie :)

I am also working on a baby hat for my charity project that we're doing at work. More people seem interested as they walk past us and see what we're doing. I hope that means they want to join us and not just say "hey that's cool will you teach me?"

In other news I signed up for SP5. Haven't heard back yet about my pal, but I'm not too worried, since she said it would be until just after the first that people could receive their info. I'm really excited about sending neat things to another person :) For some reason, I am more excited about that than actually receiving something hehehe. I love to shop for people and to find out what they like, and to be secretive about it just makes it even better!

The weather today is rotten. It was supposed to be 80 degrees outside, but IT'S FREAKING RAINING! Oh well. My bestest bud is here from Denver and we're going to go to his hotel and go swimming rather than swim outside. The kids have been really wanting to go swimming. So much so that they have been wearing their new bathing suits around like it's a second skin or something! LOL

Well, I'm off for now! Hope everyone has a great day and Happy Hollyday :)

Monday, May 23, 2005

Magic Loop

YAY! I learned it! AND ALL ON MY OWN! Well, for the most part anyway. Several months ago, I tried to do the magic loop following some instructions I had printed from the internet. Nothing was coming of it but many tears and much frustration. So I dubbed myself one "never able to do it." Then I learned to knit socks on 2 circs and then, yesterday, I was rethinking the whole magic loop system, which is knitting in the round on one, yes ONE, long circular needle. In my head, it was basically the same idea as doing it on 2 circs, so I transferred the idea from my head to my hands and IT WORKED! Too bad it worked too late. LOL. I went out and bought 3 new sets (meaning three sizes, two of each size) in circs. Now I have all these extra ones and I am going to see if I can either sell them to a friend who might want them, maybe keep them so I can use them for more than one project at a time (you can never have too many WIPS you know) or take them back if I can and exchange them for different sizes or something.

I finished Jessie's socks. They are adorable. The only problem? It's hotter than heck out now and there is NO WAY IN HADES that I am making the poor kid wear them just for my satisfaction. And the rate that she's growing, she'll never get to. So it looks like I'll just have to knit her another pair. Darn! *snaps fingers* My 2 year old is in the process of having new socks now too :) I have one on the needles, the same cuff down pattern I used for Jessie. I'm doing it in one of the Moda Dea Sassy Stripes yarns, but I don't have the label with me, so I can't say what the name of the exact yarn I am using is. It's very pretty though, and VERY girly, so I think Niffie (aka Jennifer if you're needing to know where Niffie/Niff came from) will really like them.

I had to put the MIL sock on hold because it made me mad. I miscounted on the gussett, got everything all messed up and forgot to put a stitch marker in where it called for. WHAT WAS I DRINKING??? So I had to take it out to the heel and put it aside for a little while so I don't curse the darn thing. I was hoping to have it done by today to drop it off to her tonight, but no luck. Maybe by Wednesday as I am hoping to pick it up again tonight.

I have also decided that I don't care all that much for bamboo needles anymore. I know some people love them and don't want to use anything else, but they just don't "click" in my hands. They aren't smooth enough for me, like the metal needles are. I don't know that I'll buy bamboo anymore. I'll just stick with the metal ones.

I have a gripe. I hate it when people think they always have to be right, and half the time they aren't, yet when they realize they aren't they get all miffy about it and just can't accept that sometimes THEY ARE WRONG.

I can't wait until I get my camera back so I can post pictures of my new socks :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Another sock!

Well, ALMOST another sock :) I just have to graft the toe. But I don't know 1) what grafting is yet and 2) how to do it. I figure when I get home from work I will figure it out and finish it :) Now the question. Do the socks match each other? Nope. The first sock I made goes to Jessica, my 4 year old. The 2nd sock I made is for my mother in law, who had a birthday this Monday. I'm always a day (or 10... or 20) late (and several dollars short). So anyway... I have a 4 year old sock and a not-4-year-old sock. When I was first knitting the MIL sock, I thought "Holy cow...this is huge!" I've been calling it the Hobbit Sock, since hobbits have huge feetsies. So I got to a "trying on" point and concluded that it is not a hobbit sock, but that it just looks big compared to the other one, which is small. I'm sad to give it away because I've fallen in love with it. I'll still call it the hobbit sock, because I think that's cute. Who cares that it's Lion Brand's pattern :)

Ok, enough babbling about the sock. I found another pattern today that I am looking forward to trying out. It's http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/loomed-diaper-cover.html and looks really fun! I haven't used my looms in a while.. pretty much since I picked up needle knitting, so something new will be refreshing.

Tomorrow I start my new charity knitting group. Not sure how many of us there will be, I only know of myself and two others for sure. Hopefully it will grow as we do it more :) Baby hats, here we come! :)

T

Monday, May 16, 2005

New techniques!!

So I've been frustrated with my new sock knitting. I hate the little "stretch marks" that I get where the needles join at each end. Most often these are referred to as "ladders" and I HATE THEM. So I was thinking that for making an adult sock, if I could get a 12" circ that I could make them that way, and then switch to the dpn's later on by the foot part... past the heel and what not. So I called around to the LYS's in Salt Lake and no one had them. Until I reached The Unraveled Sheep. Char, who owns the place, said she had them. I explained to her what I wanted to do with them and she said she had a better idea. She told me to come in any time and she would show me how to knit socks on TWO 24" CIRCS! So of course, the next day being Saturday, I was there at 10, the minute it opened, and said "Hi, I'm the one you talked to yesterday about knitting on two circs." She let me try out some needles, said if I didn't like them, we could put them back and get something else. WOW! I ended up liking them... they were bamboo clovers. YUMMY!!! So anyway, now I have most of a lovely sock on the needles and am in love with the new way I learned to knit them. There's a book out ... I can't recall the name right now... something like Socks Soar on 2 Circs or some such title... I would LOVE to get that! I'll have to post a picture of the socks later though. We loaned our digital camera to a friend for a trip he is taking. *sob* Oh well.

T

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Traded Knitting Book

I went to Barnes and Noble to exchange the Knitting Handbook for something else. I ended up with Knit One, Felt Two and I LOVE IT! There's a "lunch bag" in it that I am really looking forward to making soon! I could use a new lunch bag, and this one seems perfect for holding more than just a sandwich or something :) I think I'll even go with the same colors that are used in the book, a bright lime green and a bright pink. You'll have to forgive me that I don't know the actual colors for now, the book is at home. I discovered that after getting the book, Isela from Adventures in Knitting and Looming (I don't know how to link yet, I apologize Isela!!!) commented that she'd recently gotten that book as well. I love felted projects :)

On the knitting front, I FINISHED MY FIRST SOCK!!! I even started on the second one. I was somewhat worried that I would peter out and never start the second sock, but I DID and IT WILL BE FINISHED! The only thing I don't like was how the directions had me do the toe. It's sort of a rounded out toe, and I don't care for that. Socks shouldn't come to the little pointy at the toe. They should be nice. This one has you knit and decrease until there are only 8 stitches, then just use your darning needle and run the yarn through the stitchees and pull it tight. I'd rather do a sock that has the flat looking seam... not sure what that type of seam is.... But it looks like there's a line across the toes at the seam. That's what I want. Anyone have any ideas on how to help me with that? *flutters eyelashes*

Well, I must work.

Signing out,
T

Monday, May 09, 2005

Birthday knitting

I got to work today and was presented with a nummyummy gift!! I got a book called Knitting Handbook from one of the docs I work for, who also knits, and who has also helped me to learn some of the stitches and easier way to hold the yarn, etc. As my friend and I are thumbing through each page (they were glued togeter at the spiral binding so we had to unstick them) one of the other women I work with came up to give me a present and said WHERE DID YOU GET THAT BOOK? I told her, and then she looked at her present and walked away sadly. I followed her to make sure she was ok. She was just bummed because apparently she'd purchased the same book to give me for my birthday! LOL. She still had a receipt and told me she got it at Barnes and Noble, so I'm stopping there on my way home from work to see if I can just trade it for something else. How exciting though...TWO KNITTING BOOKS!! I seem to be building up quite the collection of these books lately. I think you can never have enough knitting books ... just the same as you can never have enough yarn *grin* Jennie, the doc who gave me the first Knitting Handbook, said she also wants to get me a gift certificate for Michaels. I told her not to, that she didn't have to do that, but she said she wants to. My husband will be thrilled to death at the idea of more yarn, which is what I am sure I will spend it on :) I'd like to also get some of those plastic (maybe tupperware makes them?) storage dresser type storage units... the kind that stand upright and have drawers. That way I could start storing my yarn in my bedroom closet and out of the way. Right now it's in a big purple tupperware tote, overflowing. Then there's also a pile of yarn and books behind my recliner in the family room. It's out of the way, but it's a huge ass mess.

On the knitting side of things, I am almost done with Jessie's sock! :) I'm using Moda Dea self striping yarn. I don't remember the colorway's name, but it's just green and white and has different blurbs of each color through out, then big huge sections of either green or white. It's quite pretty. I think Jessie will like them. And I'm loving that it's starting to look like a sock! It's a cuff down sock and I am past the hell *whew* and working on the instep. I'm hoping to finish this tonight and I will take a picture of it to post up here :)

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Calluses

Lately I have noticed... I have a nice little callus on my left forefinger. It's from pushing the points of my needles through my yarn as I knit. It makes me giggle. It also makes me think there's something stuck to my finger LOL

Monday, May 02, 2005

Past FO's

Hopefully I have figured out how to post pictures! *hi five!*

These are just a couple that I have made for people I love.

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That is my very first Booga Bag to be given to my friend Lyssie for Christmas last year. And yes, I still have yet to give it to her. I'm a pathetic friend *sob* People like me are why the term "It's the thought that counts" was created. Because I've thought about sending it. A lot. But then I forget to actually do it. *hugs* Lyssie you know I love you.

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That is the very first "real" project that I did. I meandered into Black Sheep Wool in Salt Lake City, Utah and wandered around checking things out. Someone had knitted that same sweater and had it on display, so I asked one of the very helpful women that work there if that was an easy project for someone who only knows how to knit and purl, and not very well. She told me the whole project was knit, purl and increase and decrease. I managed to learn those things and the sweater came out just fine. I gave it to my wonderful friend Sara who had a baby last November. He's a cutie :)

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This is obviously one of my greatest WIPS :) This is my beautiful 4 year old Jessica. She had longer hair last week. This last Thursday she felt the need to become a beautician and chopped her hair to pieces. We had to cut it VERY short all over so it would blend better. I was crushed. I couldn't even bring myself to take pictures of it until after we had it "fixed."

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This is my 2 year old WIP. Her name is Jennifer, but she yells at you if you call her that. She prefers either Niff or Niffie. She fell victim to her older sister and lost all of her beautiful locks. Her hair cascaded down her back and was quite long and pretty. Now it's shorter than short :( Thankfully it's hair and will grow back. But still, I would have preferred not to find out the hard way that children like to play beauty parlor. And that they think they look wonderful when they're done.

On the knitting front, I've done nothing today. I'll work some more later tonight on the dishclothes.

Signing out,


T

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Current WIPS

Holy cow, over a month since my last post. Really, I've been knitting. I guess I'm just better at making sure I knit than I am at making sure I post.

My current WIPS are:

Dischcloths for a gift for someone. I bought a book that has 10 patterns in it, and I plan to make one of each for Mother's day presents, five for my mom, five for Kenny's mom. They are in Peaches and Cream cotton that I got in a 1 pound cone. Not my favorite yarn to knit with, because I'm not fond of knitting with cotton yet, it isn't ... stretchy enough for my liking, but I'm getting more used to it. And the colors are pretty. I grabbed a veriegated puprle to white cone.

Feather and Fan lace baby blanket (for who knows... just making it because it's pretty)

Simple Garter Stitch Baby Sweater from Simple Knits for Cherished Babies by Erika Knight, done in blue color me somethingorother wool yarn, superwash

Another of the same sweater in some cheap acrylic red heart yarn in a veriegated baby yarn, that's actually turning out to be quite pretty

Socks for Jessica. This is my first ACTUAL pair of socks. I'm doing them in ... Moda Dea? It's green and white and self striping. I tried to make some socks with very thin yarn (not sure what it was called since I don't have the label right in front of me) but it turned out that the needles I was using were way too big and I had to frog the whole thing. All's well, though, because it was GREAT practice on the sockfront :)

And constantly in motion are the Umbilical cord hats from Stitch n Bitch and matching booties using the Classic Cashmere Bootie pattern, also from Simple Knits for Cherished Babies. To me, they match perfectly if you use the same yarns on each set, because on the hat, the brim rolls, and on the booties, the tops roll. And I'm just using whatever yarn I have in my stash that's enough for both things, because I am making them to give out as gifts since I seem to know lots of women having babies (that's what you get working in an OB office) and also to donate to a charity project that I enjoy donating to.

As soon as I take the time to figure out how to post pictures, I shall do that. For now, whoever reads this (all one of you!) will have to make do with the boring text only posts.

Signing out,
T