Knitting Kneedles

Friday, July 29, 2005

Don't let the sadness of the swamp get to you.....

That title is what I tend to say a lot when I get down about something. Not big things, and mostly just to be silly about it.

Right now, my swamp needs to not have the sadness getting to me. Why? Well, because I'm saddened that I was working along happily on my baby blanket for my friend Natalie, when all of the sudden I look at the edge. It's done in stockinette and then knit the first/last five stitches on each row for the edging. In the center, in reverse stockinette is her baby's name. The edge was messed up... I'd done regular stockinette stitch on it for a few rows, but only on one edge. I thought "Ew, that's four rows back... I don't want to rip out four rows.... I could just say that's my personal mark making it "my own" thing or something. I was actually happy with that. Until I realized I had been knitting where I was to be purling and vice versa on the letters. *sob* That's when the sadness filled my swamp and got to me. Like Atrayu, I was sinking. I had to frog 6 rows. So, rather than un-knitting it, I just took the needles out and ripped away, then put the needles back in. I hate that, it's such a let down. There are 32 rows for all the letters, and I was almost half way done with them, which, to me, is a huge accomplishment, since I feel as though I am the slowest knitter on the planet. *sigh* I even had it all worked out... If I did 9 rows a day on weekdays and 20 on Saturday and Sunday, I could finish this blanket by the day she has her baby. Now I'll have to do more rows each day. I like knitting the blanket, I hate frogging the darn thing.

Does anyone know where I got the phrase "Don't let the sadness of the swamp get to you" and who "Atrayu" is? I have no prizes for you if you do, I'm just curious. :)

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Cables

Let it be known throughout blogland (or to whoever reads this and really gives two shoots) that I HAVE LEARNED CABLES!!! I am quite excited about this. I was nosing around on a favored blog (http://mimknits.blogspot.com/) and saw that she has a pattern for a beautiful Braided Cable Scarf. So I print it out and find some yarn that I like and.... I'm only 4 or 5 rows into it, and with some help from a kind lady on pointing one or two things out to me, I AM DOIN IT! I am quite excited because I absolutely LOVE the look that cables give. To me, they are so elegant and lovely looking, and I can't wait to finish this and show it off. I'm not giving this scarf away. It's mine to keep *grin* I'm only making it as a short one though, and in a yarn that I think I could just wear for a pretty rather than to keep warm or anything. I AM SO EXCITED! So, Mim, if you ever happen upon my blog, thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou!

T

Happy Thursday! :)

So obviously I'm not posting as often as I would like to :( I will have to work harder on that!

I have no FO pictures to show right now, as I am at work and the camera is at home, as are the FO's. And no pictures are on said camera LOL. *note to self: GET REAR IN GEAR!*

My newest FO is one of the burial gowns I'm making. I have to admit it is not a *complete* FO as I still have to buy the buttons to sew on it, but as for the rest, it is complete. I'm not sure yet what type of buttons to put on it yet.

Currently I am still working on the baby blanket from Erika Knight's "Smiple Knits for Cherished Babies." I was going to knit Jake's name into it, but I just don't have the time, so there will just be a "J" in the center and that will have to do. I have to get this done by August 5. I think I can do it :)

I have had to go through my stash and get rid of a lot of yarn. I didn't realize just how much I actually had. When I was just crocheting, I thought Walmart's yarn section was just to die for and the only thing I knew about was acrylic. I had no idea there were such beautiful and yummy yarns out there for me to drool over... that is, until I picked up knitting and HOLY CAMOLY! So of course, my stash increased tenfold and I no longer care much about my acrylic yarns. I will admit, I do still use the verigated ones for baby hats and booties because I love the way the colors turn out and many hats and booties can be made from just a few skeins. Howevever, I just couldn't use all that acrylic, no matter how many hats and booties I made. There was just too much. So I brought it in to work and shared it with several of the ladies I work with. Some of them our in our little knitting club, others just wanted it to take home and work with. So be it, have fun with it, it's yours. Then I realized, I still have a couple more boxes of yarn up in the storage closet/attic area of my condo. Will have to sift through that and bring in more yarn. I'm glad to have someone to give it to, and that I know it'll get put to good use. Some of the people are using it to make our hats for our little knitting club. My husband asked why I didn't just use up the yarn I have then buy more when it's gone. I just looked at him sadly and he said "Is it because you don't like that kind anymore?" LOL I love my husband, he can read me like an open book.

I bought a new sock book! It's the Vogue Knitting one. I can't remember the exact name, but I love their tiny little books because they have great patterns in them, yet the books don't take up much space :) I also have one of their baby pattern books. I just now need to stock up on my circs and have two of each as I have decided that is my favorite method of knitting in the round for socks and what not...the 2 circ method.

My sister in law asked me to knit her a booga bag. I told her that I would love to, so we went to The Black Sheep and she bought the yarn she wanted and I'm just about half way into the second skein :) She picked a great colorway with lots of earthy tones in it. I can't wait to see how it looks after it is felted. I am hoping there is enough left over that I can knit her a little ocin purse to go with it. If not, I'll just go buy another skein and make one for her. I love to have people to actually knit for, and it really makes me feel good about my skills when they approach me to actually knit something for them :)

My last two WIPS are a hat (I think those will just be ongoing... I always have a hat on the needles these days, to the point where I don't even count it as a current WIP anymore, if that makes sense) and a purple sock for Niff.

Before I go back to work, I want to say holy cow to Isela at A Stitch In Time (I still have yet to learn to link a name rather than the entire website *sob*) on how many hats she has made for her Toasty Hats/Toasty Toes project! Way to go to all those who have donated for her! What a great cause!!!

Well, back to work for me :)
T

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

The long weekend

So on Saturday, the girls and I went swimming to the community pool in our area. We had a great time... once Niff got used to the water. She had a bit of a struggle, and was still a little leary, but tried to be brave about it. We got a bit of sun, I had a couple of pinkish (but not painful) shoulders. Then we went back on Monday, since I had the day off (with pay WOO HOO!). The girls, again, had fun, but Niff, again, was leary. After she gets used ot it I think she'll have more fun. You just have to let her be and not force her. We were having fun, playing and all that when they called everyone out of the pool. What for? Get your barf bags ready.... POOP CHECK! I of course immediately begin looking all over for any signs of poop nearby us. I saw it. It was far away from where we were. They got it out with this big butterfly net looking thing and then put in gaboodles of chemicals. Then we had to wait about an hour to go back in. Gladly, thanks. I figured it was safe to go back in since they did treat that entire section, and then some and the water was VERY chlorinated. However, we managed to keep to ourselves... I didn't want to get close to the pooping culprite whoever that was. Fortunately, my girls are good in the water, Jessie has always informed me that she has to go potty. Niff wears a swim diaper, but still stries to let me know so we can make the mad dash to the potty. Anyway, EW. How can someone DO THAT?

When we got home, I realized that the front of me is fine, got some sun, but just tan. I put sunblock on the front. My back, however.... well, my arms don't bend backwards, so my back is bright red, with my white bathing suit stripe down the middle. Jessie tried to put the sunscreen on for me, but being only 4, well... let's just say it wasn't as good of a job as I would have liked, however I do apprecitae her trying to help me out. :)

While we were waiting to get back in the pool I knitted some on the baby blanket I am making for my friend Natalie. She's having a boy, and going to name him Jake. So the blanket I am knitting is one from Simple Knits for Cherished Babies (I think...book's at home so I can't remember exact title) and it has a "B" in the exact center of it, done in stockinette with a garter border all around. It's a perfect square (or should be... we'll see what I do to it) and instead of having the "B" in the center, I've had a friend help me figure out the math to put J A K E in the center of it. I think it will look really good. I'm doing it in cotton-ese, the color that I bought to make my shirt/sweater/whatevertypeoftop but then decided that I'd rather use it for this, since it's not only soft, but washable. I'm not going to be done by her shower this Saturday, but that's ok. I am notorious for giving the gift that has to be returned before it can be given back because it's not done :)

I am also knitting a burial gown to donate with my hats. It's coming out nicely, and I will post pictures of it when it's done.

Have a great day!
T

Friday, July 01, 2005

Happy Fourth of July

This Fourth of July means something different for me.

I have a few cousins in the military currently, but only one of them am I really close to. The other two I haven't seen in years, and it doesn't bother me that they are in the military, most likely because we were never really that close.

But my cousin Robb is like my little brother. At least, that's how I think of him. He joined the Marines last year and when I asked him why, he said "Because I want to give something back." Plain and simple. What could I say? I had no way to respond to that. My biggest fear with him being in the military is not the military itself. I think it's great that he is doing it. My biggest fear is that some schmuck in an enemy country that shall remain nameless will cause him harm.

So this year, as we celebrate our Independence, I am realizing that it is because of people like my cousin, and so many others, who have given their time, and often times their lives, so that we may celebrate this freedom we have.

Robb, if you ever happen to read this, just know that I love you and the respect that I have for you would be too much to fill all the oceans.

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Sugar n Cream cotton

Can I just say how much I dread knitting with sugar n cream cotton? It makes me want to break my arms off and grow new ones to just even think about it. Yet I have promised both my kids tanks in what they want and they both chose this type of yarn. I figure I can sacrifice just this once for them.... :)

Finally found the digital camera. Here are some pictures....

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This is my progress on tank number one.... still a long hand-aching ways to go :)



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Booga bag posing by herself. Yeah, this ones a girl :)

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Niff posing with Booga.

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Jessie posing with Booga.

I did not pose with Booga. But I did pose with my posers...
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That's it for now. :)

Holy cow!

Myself and the girls went to dinner tonight at the Cracker Barrel. We're eating and talking and having a nice time. Kenny's home asleep.

Then our waitress comes up and says "Oh, about your ticket? It's taken care of. There was a guy who wanted to take care of that for you, as well as the tip." *BLINK* WHAT?!?!?!?!?! So I ask her 700 thousand bajillion questions. Was he alone? What'd he look like? Was he cute? Apparently he'd already left. And was cute. Her face lit up when I asked her that. So I'm all "Hrm.. a cute guy, who was alone, and tall, apparently about 6 feet, paid for MY dinner while I was out with my kids???? Then I started thinking what if it were a rapist? What if he put a tracking device on my car and was going to follow me around or something? Then I thought that was a bit much, so I put that out of my mind...well, the tracking device part anyway LOL. I did watch out when I went to my car, and watched to make sure no one followed me home. No one did. I called my mom while we were still eating and told her. Her words? "Be careful going to your car." Apparently that must be where I get that thinking from. Anyway... how sweet is that that some stranger paid for our dinner??? I wonder if he's into ugly fat chics with kids, or just some nice guy. :)