Knitting Kneedles

Monday, June 27, 2005

Un-knitting related.

I absolutely HATE fighting with people. Hate hate hate it. But more so, I hate it when I get into an argument with someone and they make me feel like I'm wrong for having my opinion of something or for not letting me voice my opinion.

I got into an argument tonight with my best friend and said something to him that I do regret. However, I'm very hurt that he accused me of 1) needing to take my Celexa because I was trying to explain why I felt the way I did about something and 2) talked about our conversation with someone else, then repeated to me what that other person said, which was hurtful to me. If someone is going to talk about me, so be it. Whatever. Just don't tell me about it, and for the love of all that is holy, I definitely don't want to hear what they said. I take things way too personally and get hurt VERY easily. I'd just rather never know.

I've apologized for saying the thing I regret saying. However, I don't know where this will leave us in our relationship.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Happy Friday!

Whew! Made it to Friday. For some reason, this was just a humdrum of a week. It wasn't that it was so slow, necessarily. I just felt as if it were boring.

I've ashamed myself in not making as many hats as my friend and coworker Faye who already has six or seven. I have 2. However, I do have 2 on the needles, currently. I feel better about that. I also have a preemie burial gown that I'm working on in Cotton-ese white.

I bought out all of this pretty blue (#107) in the Cotton-ese because I want to make a sweater or something for myself. I figured I better just buy it all so that way I will be sure to have enough. I think there 6 or 7 balls. Hopefully that will be enough. If not, I'll make myself a knitted t-shirt that I found a pattern for.

At work, I've been told I have a billion pens. You see, I am a HUGEe pen freak. Whenever one of the docs I work for, or a coworker, goes on a trip, I request a pen from the city that they are going to. I love them. They don't even have to write nice if they look really cool because chances are, I won't use the cool ones. I have pens from several states, and quite a few from Europe, one from Australia. I used to have on from Egypt with these cool symbols on it but I lost that one *sob* And I'm always buying new pens at the office supply stores or in the stationary department at other stores. If it is a new type of pen, I MUST HAVE IT. If it's a particular favorite, I MUST HAVE IT. I have no idea why I have this love of owning every pen on the planet, but own them I must and own them I will :)

I would also like to point out to whoever is interested that MY HAIR IS DRIVING ME C R A Z Y ! ! ! ! ! ! I am in the process of growing it out. And it's at that stage where you'd rather just shave it bald bald bald. It's not quite long enough for one of those tiny pony tails, yet it's long enough to get in my face. So tomorrow I'm treating myself to getting it colored and a few layers put in it and definitely thin it. My hair is incredibly thick! The other day I was trying to put one of those little half pony tails (you know, the kind where you just put the top half of your hair in it?) in my hair. Not to make it look good, because it definitely didn't. But to get it out of my face. I was about to wrap the pony tail holder around my hair for the second wrap and SNAP! It broke. It wasn't even one of the little ones, it was a normal sized one. And it wasn't even all of my hair, only part of it. *sigh* So for today I have purchased a billion of those little claw-clips (I don't know what else to call them) and have a few of those in my hair, pulling it back out of my face, and the left over hair at the bottom/in the back is pulled into a little tiny pony tail that keeps falling out. But, it's out of my face, and this is what matters. Anyway, definitely getting something done with it tomorrow. I can't wait until I get past this nasty growingitout stage.

Well, that was quite the babble about hair :)

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Cotton-ese

How sad that I have just now discovered that I love this yarn, this soft pretty Cotton-ese by Lion Brand. How sad because they have discontinued it. I went to Joann's yesterday to get some needles and saw that they had some Cotton-ese that was on clearance (3.00 a ball, not sure what the normal price is/was). I've read on LiveJournal about how LB has already discontinued this, something about not having enough vendors to sell it maybe? Anyway, I bought some red, white, and blue to make 4th of July baby/preemie hats. IT IS SO FREAKING SOFT! So if anyone knows of some other type of cotton yarn out there that I can use in it's place that's NOT discontinued, share :) This stuff is great for these baby hats I have decided because it stretches, unlike what cotton you'd use to make dishcloths, and it's SO INCREDIBLY SOFT! Anyway, I had to share that little bit there :)

I still can't find my camera :( I have a few FO's and WIPS I wanted to post, but that will have to wait until I can find that darn camera. Maybe Kenny (my husband) will know where it is.

So, what type of person/thing do you all enjoy knitting for the most? My favorite is babies. I think because there are so many cute baby things and so many cute babies. Hats, socks, sweaters, burp cloths, you name it, I love to make them. I'd love to hear what others love in that aspect, and why :)

So far, on my charity project, I feel like I haven't done anything. There are five of us in the group now, me, Chris (sometimes, when she isn't working in the clinic), Faye, Kathleen, and Lani. We just taught Lani to knit a little over a week ago, and already she's finished 1 hat and started on another. We've been going for about 3 or 4 weeks now, and Faye has 3 or 4 hats, Kathleen I'm not sure because her daughter just had a baby and she hasn't been there, and Chris has made a ton of hats on her loom. Me? I haven't finished ANY until this past Friday. Now I have two hats done and am working on a third. I guess that's not bad for having started on Thursday night. They are preemie hats that I am knitting in the round using the magic loop method. I got the pattern from http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/premiehat1.html and altered it just a little. I casted on the 48, as it called, and worked the decreases as it called. I am using a size 5 needle for the current hat (used a size 6 for the other) and when I get to the top, instead of weaving the yarn through, I ended with six stitches left, three on each needle. I put one set of three sts on a stitch holder and with the other three sts I started an i-cord. I made it about 2-3 inches long, then bound it off, and went to the other sts on the st holder and did the same thing. Then, to close the gap in the top of the hat, I tied off the two icords. They look adorable, and I hope that whoever gets them thinks they look cute too :) So now this is what I'm obsessing with, this exact hat LOL. When I find another cute one, I'll make a gabillion of those too. And right now, all the hats I make are only going to be red, white, and blue, so that I can donate them for the babies born on or around the 4th of July. I love theme hats and think they'd be great. For Halloween, I think I'll make pumpkin hats, and at Christmas time, I'd like to do little Santa-type hats? What do you all think? Now, if I can stock up on enough of the Cotton-ese before it's all gone, that would be wonderful LOL. I plan to go back to Joann's tomorrow, and also to check out the LB website to see if I can order some from them.

Anyway, that's it for now. Sorry for the babble about the Cotton-ese :)

T

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Niffie Knits

So my little Niffie was washing the chocolate from all over her hands and face, and she fell off the little stool. We snuggied and soothed and then I said 'Did you want to knit a hat?' Of course she complied, so I got out the blue Knifty Knitter and a skein of brightly colored cotton and sat her down. I looked all over for my digital camera so I could show you, but I can't find where it is *sob*
Right now she is busy unraveling the ball of cotton, which I think she is doing because that's what I do first, then wrap it up in a center pull ball. Then she'll make a mess of trying to wrap it on the hooks, and will have a ton of fun doing it. I love that my girls want to knit. Jessie now has a ball of yarn (Moda Dea Sassy Stripes) that she got from my stash and wants to make something. She has those lion brand kids knitting needles that she likes to play with. They will be great knitters one day, and much better than I because they will have learned at a childhood age rather than at 28 years old. :) I love thinking about the beautiful things they'll be making when they learn. Jessie can make things on the looms with a little bit of help. She loves those, and made a little soap bag once, with only a little help from me. I'd help her wrap the pegs and she would flip it.

On the knitting from mom front, I am still doing my hand at lace knitting. I got mad at my project so it's been on hold a couple days while we get back on better terms with each other, but that's by no means me giving up on it. I will conquer and I will win! So in the mean time I have been crocheting a little hat for my project. I haven't crocheted in months, so I was worried I'd lost it, but it came back to me as if I'd never stopped. *whew*

Well, I'll hunt down that camera and share pictures at some point. Sorry for the boring all text posts :(

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Lace Knitting

I've begun.

I attempted Branching Out from www.knitty.com, but have halted it. Because I found another pattern that I think will be more suitable for who I am giving it to. They are both quite similar, both leafy looking projects, but one just seems to ... I don't know... "fit" better, in my opinion. If that makes sense. It's from the Spring/Summer 2005 issue of Vogue Knitting and is the Lace Leaf Scarf. Only I am not making it for a scarf, but for a decorative table runner. The pattern calls for some type of silk, but my LYS didn't have that in their store, and since I'm making it more for decorative, she suggested I use cotton and pointed me to where a suitable cotton was. I bought three skeins of Stork in a pretty yellow color. You can find it here: http://www.spinblessing.com/stork.htm and it is color 3. The photo is actually quite accurate with the color. And it is SO soft. So I'm hoping that the giftee likes it. It is a wedding present for her. Her shower is next week... not sure that it will be done by then, but I will do my best. If not, I'll just bring it in as is in a nice gift bag, then say "But I'm not done, so I need it back before you can have it." However, I will try my darnedest to get it done.

I joined a new yahoo group that Wendy Johnson from www.wendyknits.net started called summeroflace. I'm thinking I could really get in with this lace knitting because it is so pretty, and there are so many gorgeous patterns out there. I'm wanting to make my mom and her twin sister identical lace somethings if I can find something suitable, for their birthday, which is the end of this summer. For me, that means I have to get started rather quickly. I tend to have to tink and frog a LOT with lace knitting, causing me to knit VERY slowly so that I learn not to make a mistake.

As soon as I get some progress going on my current lace project, I'll post a picture. I'm at work right now, so I can't post anything pic wisee :(

OH! I was so excited on Monday to hear from my Secret Pal! YAY! :) :) :) I'm glad I joined up with this, I think it will be a ton of fun :)

T

Friday, June 03, 2005

Boredom

This day is D-R-A-G-G-I-N-G like no other. *sigh* I wish I'd have brought something to work on, like the socks I'm currently making. But, I did not. Oh well. One of the doctors that I work for (I work for two female OBGYNS) is in Russia right now on vacation. She said "I bet it will be boring since I'll be gone and Y. is still on maternity leave (Y. is the other OBGYN that I work for). I told her "Nah, it'll still be busy." What made me think that is beyond me. My phone hasn't rang in over two hours, the minutes are crawling by and I've looked at all the knitting blogs and journals that I normally looked at. Twice. Anyway, J. and I were joking and she said "You should just knit in my office when it gets boring." LOL!

I finished my mother in law's socks the other night. The girls instantly put them on their own feet to check them out. Tonight I'm going to give them a nice little bath in the sink, then lay them out on a towel to dry and hopefully take shape. Right now they are all stretched out from being tried on by myself to see if I was doing it correctly, and by my girls, who think everything I knit is for them, regardless of the fact that the sock is 10 times too big for them! If they are dry by tomorrow morning, I will take them with me to the family reunion (my husband's mom's side of the family) and give them to her there. If not, then I will give them to her tomorrow night after we get home.

I started another pair of socks. These are for me. So far all I have is a few rows of k2, p2 ribbing. Not sure if I will venture out into something different, like some eyelet socks or what yet. Guess we'll see how it goes. I believe the yarn is Jelly Beans from Lion Brand Magic Stripes. Or something like that anyway. It's cute, it's bright. Not normally something I'd wear to work or anything, but maybe I'll change :) After all, it's homemade socks. And homemade socks are like homemade bread... who can resist?

The pink/white sock that I posted about a few days ago has been unsocked. I decided that I like the cotton that I knitted it with, but not for socks. Niff will just have to learn to understand that cotton is not meant for socks... at least not that cotton. She did ok with the taking apart of it, and grabbed some bright purple acrylic I have and said "Then I want this." I laughed and said "No way jose" She's still going through my stash of yarn drawers to try to figure out what she wants that I will agree too. There are a few sock yarns in there that she's iffy about.


Well, I have rambled on quite enough. I hate being bored at work. This is what happens... long boring posts about socks :)

T

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

SP5 Questionnaire

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?

It really depends on what I am making. I do LOVE the lovely wools and stuff at my favorite LYS, but if I am making a gaboodle of things to donate to charity or a favorite cause, then I often use acrylics, so that I can get a lot for a little money, and make a lot. :)
2. Do you spin? Crochet?

I don't spin...not sure if I want to go that route, as my budget is tight enough with knitting :) I do crochet though, and I love that :)

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)

No allergies.

4. How long have you been knitting?

It will be a year in August.

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

As of right now, I don't, but I plan to start one soon.

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)

Lavender...*drool*


7. Do you have a sweet tooth?

Most definitely. Chocolate is one of my life staples. I also have a salt tooth. If that's what it's called.


8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?

I enjoy making my own stitch markers, and I ventured in to making earrings recently, which was a lot of fun! I also occasionally scrapbook, but am not as gung ho about that. And I love to paint ceramics and tole paint :)


9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

Country music is my favorite, but I'll listen to pretty much anything if the mood suits me. My computer plays MP3's, as does my DVD player and my MP3 player.


10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?

Purple. Definitely purple. My favorite season is wintertime... it's just so beautiful. I can't think of any colors that I can't stand.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

I am married and have 2 little girls, ages 2 and 4. We have no pets right now.


12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)

I'm looking forward to going back to college, obtaining my nursing degree, and after working as a labor and delivery nurse for a few years, I'd like to go get my masters and be a Certified Nurse Midwife.

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?

It really depends on what I am making.... One of my most favorites that I have worked with in the past is Noro Kureyon. I love the way it knits up and how sometimes it's thick, then thin, then thick. I don't know why that pleases me but it does. I also like the self striping yarns for socks and what not :)


14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

Ugh...CHENILLE. I love the way it feels and looks post project, but I HATE HATE HATE working with it.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?

Socks, most definitely!

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?

Baby items!!!!

17. What are you knitting right now?

Right now I have a preemie hat on the needles, and 2 baby sweaters. I'm getting ready to start another pair of socks :)

18. What do you think about ponchos?

They aren't for me, but my 4 year old wants a shawl... is that close enough?


19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?

Circs, definitely.

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

Aluminum.

21. Are you a sock knitter?

As of a few weeks ago, yes! WOO HOO!

22. How did you learn to knit?

My friend Faye at work taught me. I'd actually tried two or three times before, but for some reason just couldn't grasp it. I think the teacher makes the difference.

23. How old is your oldest UFO?

About 3 months.

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?

My favorite animated character is Pooh Bear. My favorite just regular animal ... not sure...I love most of them :)
25. What is your favorite holiday?

I have a favorite "holiday time" but not necessarily "holiday." I love Christmastime because the decorations are so pretty, people are nice to each other, the snow makes things beautiful. So really, the whole season is my favorite, not just December 25.

26. Is there anything that you collect?

Not really. Unless yarn counts :) Actually, I do like frogs, but I don't have many.

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?

None.

28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on?
At Knit's End : Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much