Feb. 25th, 2005 - Chuggin Along

For Knitting and Apprentice night I worked on (you guessed it) the second sleeve

Hopefully by the end of the weekend I will have a finished sweater to show you so that I can move on to something new. I am sure that you will all be glad of that too. I think people really get startitis because they want new things to keep all their loyal readers entertained.

I have decided for my shawl (made out of the remainders of my poncho) I am going to just take Aven's suggestion and do a yarn over at the beginning and end of ever knit row, as well as in the middle. (BTW, go check out the pictures of the sweater Aven made for her dad, it is amazing). I should be able to crank this out pretty quickly, because I know it only took me three days to knit the poncho. Granted, I was on holidays and knitting in the car as we drove, but still.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Feb 24th, 2005 - A Special Night

Last night at the SnB, we presented Megan, the wonderful owner of Lettuce Knit, with a gift that we had all contributed to. Any day now Megan is going to be a proud mama for the second time, and we wanted to give her something that would show her how much we appreciate her. Joyce had the wonderful idea to have each person knit a 6"x6" square out of Mission Falls cotton that we could put together for a blanket. The ever talented Deny then crocheted an edging to pull everything together. First though, Deny gave Megan a diaper bag that she had felted out of Lamb's pride

Inside the bag, was the blanket

Poor Megan, we made her cry!

It is so neat to see how well everyone's squares went together. The "p"'s are for Penelope, which is the baby's name. I hope that she will get lots of use out of it.

Thank you all so much for the well thought out comments on my sweater yesterday. I checked to see if it bunches up under the upper arm when I put my arm down and it doesn't, so I think I am going to go ahead with the plain arm. The fabric is very thin and very drapey, so it doesn't really bunch. And the weirdness where I picked up the stitches around the arm will go away when I block it. I hope anyway.

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Feb 23rd, 2005 - Sleeve Doubt

I have held off on starting the second sleeve on my sweater because I would like to get the wise and informed opinions of all of you and the lovely ladies at the SnB. I can't seem to decide if I need to make it narrower.

I think I am happy with it, but I would love to get your thoughts.

I had a little rip fest last night (once I did the poncho, I just couldn't stop). The first hat that I made for my dad (the one that could have fit an elephant) met the frog pond last night. As did the Alpaca Silk bag (from the front of Last Minute Gifts). So now I have nothing on the needles but my sweater. This makes me feel much better for some reason.

I started to wind up the skeins from my poncho last night, and I would like to start the shawl as soon as I am done the sweater. Does anyone know of a shawl pattern that would work well with a really bulky yarn? Something simple, but with a little detail to make it interesting?

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Feb. 21st, 2005 - Busy Weekend

As expected, this weekend was chock full of stuff to do (all good stuff). Saturday's photo outing went well, albeit cold. Saturday night was a good trip to my parent's place where I got to work on the cowl sweater.

I also worked on it yesterday at the SnB. The sleeve is very wide, and a little short, but I figured that it was probably going to stretch when I blocked it. If not, I will knit a little more onto it. I am sewing up the sides as I go so that it doesn't seem like such a big job. One sleeve left!

I took a needle felting class yesterday taught by the even so talented Deny.

I can see how this technique will be really good for adding embellishments to the felted bags that I love to make so much. Not sure that I will ever get to Norm's status, but still really fun.

When I got home yesterday, I finally did some work.

Ah yes, the poncho is no longer. I only wore it once, felt weird all day in it, so it is going to become a big shall.

I also organized and inventoried all of my yarn last night. I have a medium sized stash I suppose, so it didn't take too long. But I have a couple of things I would like to sell or trade to someone

Destash!

13 balls of Higgin's, which is a wonderfully soft 45% Cotton, 45% Acrylic, 10% Viscose blend. There is 90m per ball (1170m total), and they are all the same dye lot. Gauge is 20sx27r on 4.5's. Here is a close up shot for texture and accurate colour. I paid just under $50 CAD for it last year. Make me a sell or trade offer (dani warren AT sympatico DOT ca)

The other 3 balls are Ker which is a fun furry stuff that would be a great scarf or accent. I paid just under $20 CAD for it last year around the same time that I bought the Higgin's. Here is a close up shot. Same thing, make is a trade or sell offer (dani warren AT sympatico DOT ca).

Whew, that was a long one. Hope you all have a good Monday (and if you are in TO, be careful driving to work).

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Feb 18th, 2004 - Sleeve Island

I made a fair bit of progress on the first sleeve of my cowl sweater last night, but I won't bother with a picture. It looks like yesterday's, but longer.

I am hoping this weekend to go through my stash and make up an excel chart of what I have. Not sure when I am going to do this, since I will be out in the country with the photography club tomorrow though the day, at my mom's tomorrow night, in a needle felting class first thing Sunday morning, and at the SnB Sunday afternoon. But I know there are some things in there that I would like to de-stash, so look for some stuff for sale soon.

I also want to rip my poncho this weekend since I should really get going on my February fix up. All of that, with trying to finish as much of my sweater as possible is going to leave me with one busy weekend. Hmmm, somethin's gotta give....I know, CLEANING! Who needs to do that? ;)

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Feb. 17th, 2005 - A Neck

Sorry about the lack of posts the last two days. Tuesday I had nothing interesting to report, and yesterday, well. Remember last week when I woke up two hours late? Two hours and fifteen minutes yesterday. I think I am turning the alarm off in my sleep in the middle of the night. So it has been moved, and all is good again.

I finished the neck on my sweater last night and have started on a sleeve

Hopefully in a week or so I will have a new sweater to wear. Which is good, because I am really in the mood to catch up with my knitting. Why? Because I got this yesterday from Val at Knit N Tyme.

The sheep of course is just cute, but the Phildar? Whoa. (As a side note - Val is amazing - go, buy many things from her.) There are SO many things I need to make in here. First funny thing though is that this sweater is pretty much exactly what I am knitting right now. But there are so many other sweaters that I need to have.

I have got to learn how to knit faster! I would like to try to catch up so that I am making and finishing sweaters in the right season to wear. I know, far fetched, but I would like to try. There is only 6 items there, that is reasonable, right?

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Feb. 14th, 2005 - Dilemma

I hope everyone had a good weekend. I visited family and friends, played cards, drove a lot, and managed to book our campsite for this summer. For any of you that have tried to make reservations for a specific campsite with Ontario Parks, you know that this is a challenge. The open the sites 5 months to the day early, and you had better be on the reservation site at 7 am when they open or you will not get it. So Sunday morning at 7 am I was refreshing the campsite page like a madwoman. It is worth it though, since we got a riverside site at the Pinery. Yipee!

But the real reason I blog...I need your help. I finished the back of my cowl sweater last night and I picked up the stitches for the cowl. I thought that I wanted the stockinette side of the fabric to show when it was folded over, but I am not sure that it is going to work

Here you see the reverse stockinette stitch side (the inside of the cowl). I think it might curl funny once it gets long enough, and I worried that the seam on the inside might show. Any advice? Should I rip out and just make it so the reverse stockinette side will show? Has anyone knit a cowl before? Help!

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Feb. 10th, 2005 - One Piece Down, 4 To Go

I finished the front of the cowl sweater last night

It really isn't that strangely shaped in real life, but I couldn't get it to stop curling all weird. One thing I am a little concerned about is that the neck is too deep. I am not going to make it this deep on the back, and I am hoping once I attach the cowl that it will all work out. In any case I will definitely knit the cowl before I pick up the sleeve stitches so that I can rip it out easily if I have to. The fabric is so wonderful, I can't wait to wear it. I have a day off tomorrow and a long drive ahead of me, so with a little luck the back will be done by the end of the weekend.

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Feb. 9th, 2005 - Prezzies!

Sorry about the lack of post yesterday; I woke up two hours (you heard me right) late. Needless to say it was a bit of a dash to get to work. Meh.

But all the crappiness that was yesterday was made better by Rossana. Rossana, you are the best! A little package with this customs label arrived in my mailbox yesterday. Tea, yarn, lotion. Is there a better combination? Upon opening the package, this is what was starting back at me

Yes, I couldn't help but tear into the corner. Notice what is in the corner? When all opened up, it was the best package I have ever received!

Two tins of Adagio Tea (which I have only ever heard about) in Cherry *yum* and Chocolate *double yum*, a tin of the Knitters Helper hand balm, and TWO skeins of Koigu. I think TJ thought I had lost it as I danced around the living room. I am going to pick up another skein of Koigu tonight and it is soon to become Clapotis. I have been sucked in. Thank you so much Rossana, you made my day!

Quick question - I have only ever made tea in bags. So sad, I know. One I pick up a little tea ball, how much do I put in it to make a cup?

In other news, I was really having trouble deciding what sweater to knit next. I swatched for a bunch of stuff, but nothing was taking hold. Until I started this

Ah, Fleece Artist Kid Silk on US 10 1/2. I am in luv. This is going to be a cowl sweater I told you I had to rip out at first. This is because I am sort of making it up as I go along. I am using the schematics loosely from big mohair cowl in the fall Interweave, and the To Dye For in the Original Stitch 'N Bitch Handbook. It is just motoring along due to the large needles. After knitting the socks I feel like I am using primary pencils to knit. Hopefully I will finish the back tonight. I need a new sweater dammit!

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Feb. 6th, 2005 - Guh

Well, this was one of those weekends that you seem so busy, but you get nothing accomplished, including relaxing. When I talked to my mom this afternoon, I couldn't even think of what I had done. But, that is ok, sometimes that happens.

The most important thing that happened this weekend was that a new webring was started by Ann (I designed the button)

Ann had mentioned that she had a little accident with her Mini, and I had emailed her to tell her about my Mini, and the rest as they say is history! You can see the link on my side bar there if you are interested in joining.

I did start knitting up my cowl neck sweater on Saturday, but I had to rip back because it was too wide. I am not using a pattern, just kinda making it up as I go along. I will post some pics once there is actually something to show you.

Instead I will post a pic of another bear from Curlie Girl's husband Norm

My mom just bought this guy, named Chills, and is really looking forward to getting him in the mail. Maybe then Mom you can give me Old Joe back? :)

I also went to the Southern Ontario Orchid Show this weekend to do some photography. I took 115 pictures, so I am working on putting the ok ones on another page, and I will let you know when that is done.

And last but not least, I got tagged by Aven for the music meme. Rather then do the meme, I will just tell you that I love any kind of music with acoustic guitar and a good voice. I think that is all you need to know. That, and I gave TJ and ipod for Christmas. Hey, that was only fair since he got me a finance.

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Feb. 3rd, 2005 - Hee Hee!

I am in love!

I am never taking these off! I am enamored by how great hand knit socks feel; they are so warm. I am pretty happy with how they turned out for my first pair. No, they don't match. Similar to a conversation had at the SnB the other week, I am not one of those girls that "has it together". I cannot get it together enough to wear matching bras and undies. and my socks don't match. There are girls in the world that can do this. Hair, make up, etc. Me? No. But I love my socks anyway. Pattern details are on my completed items page. Yeah for socks!

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Feb. 2nd, 2005 - Coming Along

My second sock is just about complete

By tomorrow's post I should have a completed pair to show you.

So what should I work on next? I have three possibilities. 1) Start working on my "February Fix-Up" which is to frog my poncho and make a big soft wrap out of it. 2) Start my 2x2 ribbed cardi with the grey tweed yarn or 3) Start Rogue in my purple Bartlett yarn. Votes?

I had a little problem with my server this weekend in that I ran out of space. I had to take out a lot of the pictures from my archives in order to be able to post anything new. For those of you that have a limited amount of space, what do you usually do with your archived posts? I know some people have been blogging for years - how do you keep it under your limit?

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