August 2004

August 31st, 2004 - Non-Knitting Content!

I didn't get any knitting done last night, but I have a very good excuse. My Ultimate Frisbee team was busy

WINNING THE CHAMPIONSHIP!

Whoo Hoo! Yes, you hear me right, the team with 8 members that had never played Ultimate before, came from behind and one the championship. Don't know what Ultimate is? Click here for a general link, and here for the league that I play in. TCSSC has a really wide range of sports at all levels, if anyone is interested.

So sorry about the non-knitting, but I am still basking in the glory!

August 30th, 2004 - Done like Dinnah!

You heard my right folks..the garter band monster is complete! Even though it is still soaking wet, it's still done

When it is dry I will make sure that I take lots of pictures of the details around the neck and such, as well as do a detailed project description.

I forgot to show you all something the other day in my stash update

I got my Halcyon yarn catalogue and CD ROM the other day in the mail. Now why do you ask, would one be so excited about this? Well, because we are planning a little driving trip to the Northeast US this October, and Bath, Maine (home of Halcyon) is on the list as one of the stops. *Grins like a stupid kid* Soon I am going to be giving a more detailed list of where we are going, so that hopefully I can get some suggestions on where else to go for good yarn.

Have a good Monday all!

August 28th, 2004 - Stash-ola again!

Ah, stuff!

9 balls of Noro Silk Garden for Klaralund, and Phil'Onde for this cardigan. I am in yarn stash heaven. My finances however are calling for a temporary yarn diet. Which is ok because I need to use up some of what I have. Also, I picked up

Cornelia Tuutle Hamilton #2, and Phildar Tendances Spring 2004, which I am really happy to say have a tonne of patterns in them that I would like to make. Especially the Phildar Tendances. There are some gorgeous tops in there. I will scan some of them and post them later this week. I got most of this from Val at Knit N Tyme . Such a nice woman, and really good prices. I highly suggest that you visit her site. I will definitely order things from her again.

I did my swatch this afternoon for the Klaralund, and without much surprise I had to go up a needle size to 9's. I knit fairly tight, and from what I have heard from the knit along group, several other people had to move up as well. But I really like the way it looks and drapes with the 9's, so I am pleased. It is going to be really tough to not start before the kickoff on Sept. 8th! I will just have to work on the Phildar cardigan instead. :)

I also have a couple more library books out right now that I am reading over:

I know they don't show up that well, but The Encyclopedia of Knitting by Donna Kooler is really good. In fact I think it is one that I might buy to keep on hand as it is an excellent reference.

While I was at Village Yarns today, I also picked up a thrum mitten kit:

that I will be swapping with a fellow blogger for some Rowan Linen Drape. I may have to get one of these for myself one day. I had a similar pair when I was a kid, but they were store bought and they wore out. The roving is really soft, and the picture does not do the hand dying justice.

Tonight I am going to be visiting my Mom, and I am hopefully going to seam up my garter band sweater. I have been told by missbedora that I have to wear it when I come to pick her up at the airport on Thursday. I have been without my best friend for the last month, I can't wait to see her! If you want a good read with some interesting stories, make sure that you check out her blog.

Whew, that was a long post, thanks for reading!

August 25th, 2004

I was home from work today with a bit of a bug, most likely the same thing that TJ had last week. It did give me a chance to get some work done. Well, knitting work.

Yeah! It has sleeves! The garter band monster has sleeves! This is my first sweater, and I had some kind of mental block on starting the sleeves. They look kinda funny in the picture because it is not sewn up yet, and it is all curled up. But I should get it sewn up and blocked in the next couple of days.

I am looking for a copy of Rowan Magazine #29, which I believe is Spring 2001. Does anyone know where I can get a used copy?

Tomorrow is Hot Thursdays at Village Yarns and since I missed last week, I am definitely going tomorrow. (I can hear my wallet crying out in agony already!)

August 23rd, 2004

The towels and face cloths that I was working on last week were actually a gift for my other half's mom, which I couldn't blog about in case she read it. Here are the finished results:

I am really happy that they turned out alright, and my mom-in-law used one of the cloths on Sat. night and said that she liked it. I hope that she did!

In other news, my Ultimate Frisbee team beat the first place team in the playoffs last night, so next week we are going to be playing for first in the league! This from a team with 8 members that had never played before this season. Yee haw! Wish us luck for next week.

Tonight I am really hoping to get to my LYS, because I feel as though I am in withdrawal. And I still need to pick up some items to be swapped with a fellow blogger. With my giant kid being sick last week, I wasn't able to get out.

I am also hoping tonight to get some of the other pages on my site updated. Mostly the photography page though. I have so many pictures that I need to scan, it just takes so darned long that I get discouraged.

As for actual knitting, I am giving my hands (and especially my rather raw thumb) some time to rest and then I really am going to finish my brown sweater. And hopefully the Noro and Phil'Onde that I ordered will be coming in soon. Keep your fingers crossed!

August 20th, 2004

Well, my progress on the last of the towels was not nearly as fast as I had hoped it would be. My other half came home from work with a bit of a bug, so I spent the night taking care of him (to the store to get applesauce, ginger ale, flu medication, etc). This also meant that I missed Hot Thursdays at Village Yarns. Hmf. Hopefully I will get most of the last towel done tonight in the car on the way to Sarnia. This is trip is for our 3rd of 4 weddings this summer. But nonetheless, here are the cloths all blocked:

I am much happier with them now that they are actually square. Laura, I will take your advice on the garter band next time I do something like this, but unfortunately I got it too late.

BTW, like my blocking board (also known as a towel? - ung). That will be my next knitting purchase.

Not sure what I am going to work on next. I think next week I am going to be working on my site a bit, but as far as knitting goes, I am not sure. All I know is that it will not be cotton. My hands are TIRED.

I updated some of my links on my sideboard again, and I am now officially part of the knitting bloggers ring. I just keep finding blogs that I like to read!

August 18th, 2004 - I've been linked!

Yeah! Someone put a link to my page on their blog. I am pretty sure Lisa is the first person to link me. So neat, thanks Lisa!

I finished one of the face cloths last night

I am pretty happy with it, but it is really not that square. My garter stitch along the edge is tighter then the stockinette in the centre. I stretched it out for the picture. Does anyone know if you are supposed to block cotton? I am assuming so, but I am going to do that after I get everything else done. Meanwhile, on my next cloth I am going to make sure that I knit the garter stitch much looser then the stockinette and see if that fixes the problem. And I need some opinions about the little eyelets on the top and the bottom. My other half thinks that it would look better just plain. Thoughts?

August 17th, 2004

I finished the first hand towel last night, and I am really happy with how it turned out. It is a lot softer on the hands then it looks in the picture. It is also a much better colour of purple, but I am back to using my crappy point and shoot (I had to take the good digital back to work)

So, one more towel and two face cloths to go. I should be able to finish the face cloths tonight I hope. I am still not sure what I want to do for a pattern, but I think I am going to do the simple stockinette with an eyelet pattern. I want the stitch to be as smooth as possible, since it is going to be beside my face.

I learned something new yesterday: bloggers sometimes trade yarn. I just think this is the coolest thing ever. (plus it gives me a reason to enhance my stash!) I am still new to the knitting community, and I am constantly being impressed with how friendly everyone is. It is easy to see how people become so involved in this skill.

Two-ish more weeks until all my stuff that I ordered from Knit N Tyme should be in....the anticipation is killing me! (My stuff for the Klaralund and my Phil'Onde sweater). I feel the need for PINK!

BTW, I just checked over my posts and realized how bad my spelling is. I promise to check that more often!

Hey, thanks everyone for leaving me comments. It's better then getting a letter!

August 16th, 2004

I had a great weekend in Kingston visiting friends, and I even got to meet someone who was visiting all the way from Mexico. I got to try on the dress I am going to be wearing as the maid of honour at my friends wedding in October, and a great time was had by all.

I even managed to get some knitting done in the car.

This is the beginning of a set of hand towels and face clothes that I have decided to make with the Mission Falls cotton that I bought last week. I am doing a basket weave (from one of Barbara Walker's books) of stockinette and garter. So far it is coming along fairly easily.

I also managed to go and pick up some beads, after being inspired by Lisa's stitch holders.

They are not finished yet, but this is basically what they will look like. There is a really good bead store on the main strip in Kingston, and everything is really cheap.

I also heard back from Berroco on my garter band sweater. They said that I should just pick up 45 stitches.......I am still not sure on that one.

Elizabeth over at Kitty Cafe and I are trying to see if there is anyone that would be interested in doing a knit along for the Huntington Pullover from the latest issue of Interweave knits. We would probably start this one in Oct or so. Any takers?

August 13th, 2004 - Stash-ola

Yesterday was hot Thursday at Village Yarns, so needless to say I picked up a couple of things

13 balls of Higgins Cotton blend in black 1581 (with little white flecks in it), and 7 balls of Mission Falls Cotton in a light purple colour (405). I think the black is going to be a top, and the purple might be as well. Both of them are really soft, and Mission Falls was the very first thing I ever knit with, so I know it doesn't hurt my hands.

I also got a bigger rubbermaid bin for my stash. I am nowhere near a Wendy or Theresa I am sure, but I live in a very small place and the knitting is already starting to take over.

I took a finished picture of my knitting bag with my actual knitting in it to show what it looks like when it is full.

You can also see from this pic that the handle is shorter then it was. This is because of the ribbon that I strung through it. I am much happier with it this way.

Thank you for all the advice for the sweater. I like the idea of picking up all 60 stitches and decreasing down to 45, but I am worried that I will end up with a ridge where the decreases are. Do you think this would be a problem? The first few rows are actually the sleeve cap. Let me know what you think.....

This weekend I will be off to Kingston to visit some friends, so no posting for me. But I am sure that I will get lots of knitting done in the car, so I should have a good update on Monday.

August 11th, 2004 - UNG!

Ok, sleeves. The pattern says that should should pick up 45 stitches along the armhole. Only problem is, I have 60 rows in the armhole. Here is what I mean:

The two pieces of the sweater are sewn together at the shoulders, and then I have to pick up along the area that I have marked. (If you are not sure what the sweater looks like, see below). The pattern actually says "pick up stitches as evenly spaced as possible - 45 stitches".

So, do I pick up 45 stitches, skipping some rows as I go? Or should I pick up 60 stitches? Arg!

August 11th, 2004

Sorry, I didn't get to posting the picture of the bag last night, but here it is:

You can see the little pockets that I made for my tools. If you look closely you can see my gauge guide and my scissors sticking out of the right and top pocket. The left one has my tape measure, and there is also another one for my crochet hook.

I ran ribbon through the handle and sewed that to the liner so that the weight would rest on that rather then the garter band. It has worked well, but I only added two strips of ribbon and I think it might need three or four to distribute the weight correctly. This is what the outside of the bag looks like in case you have forgotten (except now the handle is a lot shorter). I will post some completed pictures on my FO page tonight.

I also got the shoulder seams done on my garter band sweater

I know, dopey picture, especially with me pulling the sides down funny like that, but at least it shows that I worked on it. I was hoping to get more done last night, but I didn't have to wait for my other half at his work for very long (which is when I get a lot of my knitting done).

I also looked through the last of my library books last night, and am off to get another one today.

Lisa was asking me about the handles on my booga bags. I use leather strips for them, because I like the way that they look better then the i-cord. It is from a place called Heritan Leather and Crafts in North York. The guy that works there is super nice, and he cuts the wider strips of leather into small ones for me. It works out to be about $8 a strap. I attach them in the same way that you would the i-cord: shove a knitting needle through the felted wool, and then string through the leather in the pattern as is suggested here. What I do to make it easier is cut the ends of the leather so that they tread through a little better. And I often sucker my better half into doing the actual elbow grease (they can be tough to pull through when the leather is still stiff). Once you have used the bag for a while the leather really softens up and it a much better feeling on your shoulder. So there you go.

Tonight - sleeves! I swear!

August 10th, 2004 - New knitting bag

So my new knitting bag is finally done. That's another project off the list, with only one more left in progress (but many more to be cast on). I tried to take a picture for you but the batteries in my camera just quit. Darn. But when I get home from work I will take some proper pictures. Since I am going to use it today, it will be officially christened.

And guess what it will be christened with? My garter band sweater! Yes, you too may have thought that this sweater was gone, forgotten, but it has been resurrected! I am going to sew up the shoulders and pick up the stitches for the sleeves this afternoon. Finally. Once I have the sleeves started, I should be able to get it done sometime this weekend. And then I think my next thing will be the mittens to go with the baby alpaca hat that I designed.

I also finished off my second plush scarf the other day. Maybe if I am lucky one day I will find the Berroco Plush on sale, and be able to get enough for a sweater.

So I gave my sister her blue booga bag for her birthday the other day. She hates it. She already gave it to my mom. Which is fine, at least my mom will use it (she's in love with it). It is not nice though to know that someone doesn't appreciate the work you put into the gifts you give them. Oh well, c'est la vie.

August 8th, 2004

When Eklectika sent me my button the other day, she also sent me the top file, which I neglected to put on the top of my site (mainly because I didn't think of it - my other half mentioned it). Doesn't it look great? Thanks again Eklectika!

Yesterday I got the inside of my Fleece Artist bag sewn together (the Chinese broadloom). I haven't sewn it into the bag yet, because I am still trying to decide whether to add some pockets for my tape measure, scissors, etc. I will probably do that today, after I get back from Taste of the Danforth

This was a tough picture to take, sorry about the quality.

I also worked on my second plush scarf last night, and I will finish it as soon as I am done my blog.

It got a little stretched out funny in the pic. Oh well.

Friday in my comments Froggy asked about the Charted Knitting Designs book that I was reading. That book is by my hero, Barbara Walker. missbedora showed me her First Treasury of Knitting Patterns when I first started knitting, and it is one of the reasons I got hooked on it. I had no idea you could make so make shapes and patterns with knitting. I am sure that you have all read her books, but if you haven't, get to it! ;)

Cheryl was asking me about what yarn I use for my booga bags. I really like Alafoss Lopi. It is inexpensive (about $6 a skein) and it two balls make the perfect sized purse. There are a lot of different colours, and it felts well (it is really "hairy" looking, which I like).

Barbara asked if I use Denise needles for my projects. Why yes, yes I do! Luckily when I first started knitting, missbedora let me borrow some of hers, and I immediately went out and bought a set. It has saved me a fortune on needles, and I use them for everything. I also have a lot of needles that my mom gave me, so if I ever needed straight ones, I have lots.

BTW, thanks everyone for reading my blog. It is really neat to have people leave comments!

August 6th, 2004 - Buttons!

Guess what? Eklectika made me a button for my website! I just think that is the nicest thing. I asked in her comments the other day how she makes her buttons, and she offered to whip one up. Talk about talent. I added it there to my side bar, so if you would like to link my page please save away! Just remember not to steal my bandwidth! (If you need clarification on this, just email me).

So knitting; I have not done a lot in the last few days. But reading, I have done tonnes. The Toronto Public Library is such a great source of knitting books. And ever time I am there, the ladies that check out the books are knitters. So this weekend will be a lot of reading. And I would like to get the sleeves started for my garter band sweater. I know, I know, I keep saying that.

Here is the progress that I have made on my next plush scarf:

And here are the books I will be reading:

I also got the new copy of Interweave Knits last night, and I am going to have a good read through of that tonight. I will update you tomorrow on my to-do list from this one!

August 4th, 2004 - Dilemma solved

So much for my dilemma ordered both the Phil Onde and the Silk Garden from Val at Knit N Tyme. Val has been such a sweetheart with helping me with everything - yarn amounts, prices, etc. So that made my decision for me. Hopefully everything will be here within a couple of weeks. And since Knit N Tyme is local, I will be able to get everything as soon as it is in.

I wasn't feeling too hot tonight, so I did not get a lot done as far as knitting goes. I did start knitting my other skein of Plush into a scarf. It is going to be the same as the other one, so no pictures. This one will be a gift for someone at Christmas.

I also decided that I am going to make a lining for my purse out of some scrap fabric first, so that I don't cut up the broadloom and realize that I have made an error.

I am getting really excited about my new yarn....hopefully I can get a couple of other things finished up before the new yarn comes in.

August 3rd, 2004 - Dilemmas

First, some non knitting content - I took all the frames off my site, after learning today that frames are bad. So hopefully the site will work better now.

On to the real stuff. I have been searching around for the things I need for the Klaralund, and there seems to be lots available on the web, so I am not too worried about that.

But now I have seen another project I want to knit. I am in love with this Phildar sweater:

I have found a place that carries both the Phildar pattern book (in english!) as well as the Phil Onde, and it is going to cost about $120 for everything. I am in love with this. I would wear it....a lot. I want to make it. I need to find $120 to spend on it. Ung. So the Interweave sweater has definitely been put on the back burner for now. And I have a month until Klaralund starts. So wish me luck as I save my pennies! Or let me know if I have lost my mind. Perhaps?

I found some Oriental Broadloom for the inside of my knitting bag yesterday down on Queen St W. No pictures today, but I will try my best to get it done and take some pictures tomorrow (or Thursday morning). It is a really light purple colour with dark purple bamboo leaves. I think it will work pretty well.

So tonight I will sleep with thoughts of Phildar in my head.....maybe I will wake up and it will magically be at the foot of my bed.

Oh, and by the way, my sister liked her blue booga bag. :)

August 2nd, 2004 - Plushy Goodness

It's strange - it is satisfying to complete a project, but at the same time I almost feel a sense of loss when I am done. Sadness almost, that this project will no longer have any effort put forth into it.

But I will have the joy of getting to wear the softest scarf in history, so it is worth the "separation anxiety". It ended up only taking one ball, (I think because I used size 15 needles), so the other ball will become someone's Christmas present. As my mom said last night when I was finishing it off at her house, I am sure that someone would love to get it as a gift. Do you think that was a hint?

I am debating what will be the next thing that I work on. My poor garter band sweater has been so neglected, I think because in the back of my mind I am nervous. I have never made sleeves before, and I just hope that they don't turn out......wonky. Plus, I have some Ker in the stash that is just calling out to be knit into a scarf and hat set. We will have to see where the knitting whim takes me.

Today is Simcoe day, and I think I am going to take my chances and head down to Chinatown and along Queen West to see if I can find a) stores that are open, and b) a store with my dream fabric for the inside of my knitting bag. I would really like to get that one finished up, because it is just sitting in the corner calling to me to be used!

Today is also a sad day though, cause missbedora leaves on her trip today. I am so happy for her that she is going, but I am not sure what I am going to do without my knitting teacher, shoulder to cry on and all around best friend! I hope a month goes quickly!

 

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