July 2004 Archives

July 31st, 2004 - A piece of advice:

Don't drive downtown Toronto when Caribana is on. Just don't. Unless you like moving like a snail. Ung.

I have been having a little more trouble finding the things I need for the Klaralund-Along then I though I would. Actually, I can't find any of it. Apparently the Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton Book #2 isn't in Canada yet. And apparently there is no Noro Silk Gadren available either because a new shipment (with new colours) coming in soon. Luckily the sweet ladies at Village Yarns are going to contact me when both items come in. I just hope that they come before September!

I did get my next booga bag done. Tada!

I am happy with how it turned out. It does look like denim, and I am finding it hard not to keep it for myself. I may have another project in the works!

I also did a little more work on my Plush scarf. It is such a welcome change to knit that after working with the Alafoss Lopi. My hands are thanking me. I hope to start the sleeves for my sweater, which has unfortunately been neglected lately.

I was reading Froggy's site this morning, and saw that she had a picture of the new Interweave Knits. Unfortunately, this has prompted me to want to knit another project:

This sweater on the cover looks so comfortable, and anyone who knows me knows that I love hoodies. It would also give me a chance to learn two colour knitting. Any chance to learn something new is worth it to me! But not until after I finish some of the other stuff that I have ongoing and waiting in the works. (I am going out tonight though to buy this edition though).

July 29th, 2004

I have joined a knit-along! My first one! I can hardly wait to start because this is one of the most beautiful sweater patterns that I have ever seen.

Klaralund Pattern from Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton Book Number Two. Isn't it gorgeous? Wendy and Froggy are hosting the knit along starting in September. The pattern is made with Noro Silk Garden, and I am going to use the same colour that is in the picture, which is #8. These are the other colours that are available. I think the blues and purples will suit my pale skin best.

I have made more progress on the booga bag, but it is not very exciting so I will not post a picture until I get it felted. Felting is such a neat process. I have a whole bunch of books on hold at the TPL that are about felting. I am hoping to find some good patterns for gifts and things.

I actually had a guy on the subway ask my about my knitting yesterday, which was neat. There seems to be something about knitting that makes a person more approachable. I guess it is sort of that stereotype of it being a "grandma" past time. I always wonder when I tell someone that I knit if they are going to ask me if I play shuffleboard or bingo in my spare time. Not that there is a thing wrong with shuffleboard. Oh, you know what I mean.

I am slowly making a few changes to my website, in hopes that I can join a couple of webrings in the next few weeks. So if you like the changes, lemme know! If not, lemme know that too!

July 28th, 2004

I started another booga bag last night that is going to be a gift for someone.

Notice how nice the picture is? I borrowed the digital camera that my department at work has, and I am just drooling. It is a Sony Cybershot D717. Yummy yummy. Much better then my crappy digital . Although I have yet to decide if I like it as much as my SLR. There is a big part of me that wants to make the true switcheroo to SLR digital just to save the cost of developing.

But anyway, back to the bag. I think this one is going to be really cute when it is done because if all goes well it should look like denim when it is felted.

I was actually wondering last night how I was going to make posts at Christmas time, because everyone that I would be knitting something for would be potentially reading my blog. Hmmmm, I guess I will just have to be *aloof*.

Off to a full day of training at work today, and then out with the ladies tonight! Only 5 days until miss bedora is off on her trip :(

July 27th, 2004

Not a lot to update today. Last night I played 3 straight hours of Ultimate Frisbee and today my ankles are paying for it. (One of them is a beautiful purple colour). Tonight I will be starting another booga bag which is a gift, and maybe I will work on my Plush scarf again. Mmmm......Plush yarn in the fingers..... And if time allows, I will scan some new pictures for my photography site.

July 26, 2004 - Yummy scarf!

Thursday night I went to Village Yarns for their hot Thursday sale, and came home with some very yummy yarn

The purple stuff is Ker that will become a Christmas gift for someone, and the white is *sigh* Berroco Plush (a real splurge). It is the softest stuff that I have ever felt. It is 100% nylon, and feels like a teddy bear. Here is what it will be

I couldn't help but start to knit it in the car. Yes, you heard me right, the girl who can't do anything in the car for fear of carsickness, has managed to learn how to knit while in motion. I just have to make sure that I look up a lot. So there it is. I will update some more soon.

July 22nd, 2004 - It's a wrap

Last night was a sewing night rather then a knitting night. I haven't sewn in a while, so it felt good. I had to make something to wear to a very casual wedding that I am going to this weekend. It is on a farm, and there is going to be a campfire later on. I made up a pattern for some wrap pants, after seeing them in Kensigntom Market a couple of weeks ago

It is hard to tell from the picture, but really, they are pants. This is the outfit that I am going to wear. Birks and all. Hopefully I am not going to look like a hick. But then if I did, I might just fit right in!

Tonight I am going with my photography group at work to take some pictures at Humber Nursery Butterfly Conservatory. So hopefully I will finally get some more pictures on my Photos page

I added a comments section below, but it will actually link you to a blogspot page because my ISP does not support guest books. Funny - I haven't even entered anything into my blogspot page and the ads at the top are already for knitting. Same thing that happened to miss bedora.

July 21st, 2004 - She'sa done! (Sorta)

I sewed up my bag last night....good news and bad news. The good news is that it is done. The bad news is that....well, it is sorta done. Once I got everything sewn together and put my knitting into it (the original point of making the bag) I discovered that the garter band strap stretches out a lot more then I thought that it would. A lot more. Basically when I wear it on one shoulder, it is below my hip. When it is across my body it is not bad, but I am more likely to wear it on one.

I really like how it turned out, but I have to decide what to do with the strap. I figure I have the following options.

1. Rip out part of the strap to make it shorter. 2. Weave a few pieces of non-stretchy ribbon through the strap part so that the weight rests on that, not the knitting. 3. Rip out the whole strap and use leather like my booga bag. 4. Felt it a little. 5. Live with it.

What do you think?

July 19th, 2004.

So the weekend was full of painting, knitting, and gossip. I got to spend lots of time with my mom, and since we love to chatter, I knit while we were talking. So here are the fruits of my labour

So the garter band will go around the whole bag once I get it sewn up to make both the handle and the sides. It has a flap, which I think you can make out from the picture. I still have to find a nice fabric for the inside.

Also, I realized that I don't own a yarn needle, so I have to head out tomorrow and get one.

I also got the front of my sweater done, and now it patiently awaits sleeves. I have never made sleeves before, so this could be interesting.

Tomorrow night I you will either see a sewn up bag, or some changes to my website. Whatever I feel like working on. We will see where the whims take me!

July 15th, 2004, p.m.

Creating a website is frustrating when you don't know what you are doing. I am now using Dreamweaver to create my site, which is good, but as I said I am lost. I am having trouble getting things to show up in the frames that I have created. But the basics are here, so I can't really complain.

So no knitting tonight, just webbing. *sigh*

This will be my last posting until probably Monday, as I will be spending the weekend painting my mom's house. But I should get some knitting done. So pics on Monday!

July 15th, 2004, a.m.

I have made some progress on both the blue bag as well as my sweater. I am almost done the front piece of the sweater, and I like the way it looks with the v-neck so far. I posted a link on the bottom to the Berroco page that shows what it will look like.

I have started knitting the second half of the bag from the opposite end of the wool, so that I can go back and forth between pieces and use up as much of the wool as possible. Because of the hand dying, the second piece is a lot more purple so far, which will add some more interest when it is sewn up. I think that I might make it into something that looks like more of a purse, so that I can use it to hold my knitting or use it for my wallet and stuff. I was thinking something with a flap. I am still searching for a nice satin or silk to go on the inside. I will post more pictures soon.

I am also going to work on my site a little tonight. I would like to find some code for a little comments section, like most of the blogs seem to have. Not sure how to do that yet.....but I will figure it out!

July 12th, 2004

I found the most beautiful wool at Romni yesterday. Miss Bedora and I went on a little shopping trip to look for some yarn for a knitting bad. My plan is to knit the outside of the bag fairly square, and then line it with silk fabric. I am going to make all kinds of pockets and things out of the silk to hold needles, gauge guides, tape measure, etc. And I am trying to find some old bamboo needles to make handles for the bag, But without further adieu...

The pictures don't really do it justice. This wool is just the most incredible blues and purples. It is Fleece Artist Natural Fibre Yarns, a hand dyed 100% wool from Nova Scotia. It has a lot of variance in the size, but I am using 8mm needles and getting about 3 stitches per inch. So for a little while my sweater has been put aside. But just for a little while, because my bag is knitting up fast. Until tomorrow.....

July 10th, 2004

I'm so proud of myself, my very first blog entry! I am still learning how to create webpages and things, so you will have to be patient with me. And I am using Netscape Composer, which is very simplistic. I am currently trying to find a html editor that is easy to use, and works on a Mac.

I am also new to knitting, but I will post things as I go. Here is what I am working on right now. It is a sweater pattern called "My first cropped garter band pullover" from book #226. I am knitting it with a chocolate milkshake coloured Alfa Maskin Vaskbar, which is 85% wool and 15% mohair, on 10.5 needles. I have finished the back and most of the front

Unfortunately the garter band that it is up the centre of the sweater doesn't really show up that well, but you get the idea. It will have a v-neck/boat neck style top when it is done, with 3/4 sleeves. This is a picture of the pattern

So that is what I am working on right now. You can check this link to see the other stuff that I have completed.

 

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