November 30th, 2005 - Or Not

You can always tell when someone asks about your knitting if they are a knitter/crocheter/quilter/crafter or not. The first question is usually the same from both groups: "What are you knitting?". The second is not. The non crafter group will usually say something like "Where did you learn how to do that?", "Who taught you that?" or the infamous "I would never have the patience for that.". But a crafter will usually ask you "Who is it for?" as the second line of questioning. Sometimes I am a little ashamed that the answer is usually "for me". In fact 95% of the time this is my answer. So for the next little while I am going to try to focus on knitting for others. First off, I really need to finish my Mom's socks

That's some funky sock

We did another fitting this weekend so I have been able to fly along since. Next up after that will be a black felted purse of my own design for one of my sister-in-law's kids. Her room is painted black and fluorescent green, so I am thinking of a bright limey green lining. And after that, I really should get started on TJ's sweater. He keeps telling me he is cold, and wouldn't it be nice if he had a hand knit sweater. That and he keeps pawing the cone of yarn like a puppy. So yeah, hubby sweater comin right up. Those three projects should fend of my selfish guilt for a little while.

Thank you so much everyone for the comments and suggestions about the fringe, although now I am really confused about what to do with it. I never thought of it how Jody suggested - "sorta tie-dyed and bohemian". I pressed the fringe yesterday which has made it more flowy and less clumpy, so this makes me lean towards the less fringe side. Another part of me thinks that I need more fringe to play with, since I have leftover yarn. The only way I am really going to decide is to wear it to work today, and then to the SnB tonight. The opinions of non knitters at work and a room full of knitters tonight, along with all you comments should help. I am sure that I will be able to decide by the end of the day. Hopefully.


November 28th, 2005 - More Fringe?

I think I am almost positive that the shawl needs more fringe

Maybe a little sparse?

I realize that the fringe needs to be steamed a little, but should I add more before I do that?

Here is one more with natural light that shows the colour a little better

Slightly less focused, but better colour

So, opinions? More fringe? Or ok as it is?


November 24th, 2005 - I Couldn't Wait

So I wasn't able to go to the SnB last night because I needed to do some work. My shawl was sitting in the corner calling to me and I couldn't wait to take it to next week's meeting. Sorry girls!

18 dropped stitches

The really scary part

Strange blob of fringe

See the beach and river patterns?

I am so happy with how the patterning worked out. I think I looks just like a water and beach scene. I have since unpinned it from the floor, but my photographer is still in bed. Tomorrow morning I will have modeled shots for sure. And I may not take this shawl off between now and then because it is so soft.

Only one question remains. Should I add some more fringe to the ends? Does it look sparse? Do you need to see a modeled shot first?


November 22nd, 2005 - Attack of the Blob

Ah! The blues and purples are coming to get me!

Sorry, it's early. Silliness aside, this does mean that the around and around has finally stopped. I am just waiting to take it to Lettuce for the SnB so I can drop the stitches and cut away! I really hope after all this that it doesn't fall apart on me. It should look much less like a blob after a severe blocking.

I really need to get started on the hubby's sweater, but the swan song of the Malabrigo from the corner of my knitting bag won out. That and the "quick project" song.

Paris Night

I will also be making a hat to go with this, and so far I am thinking this one. Unless someone knows of a good warm hat pattern for worsted that has a bit of interest to it and doesn't take up tonnes of yarn (I only have three skeins total for the set). Suggestions?


November 17th, 2005 - Ack

I haven't felt very inspired to blog in the last little while because I have just been doing more of the same

Around, and Around, and Around...

I am enjoying it, as I like watching the pooling happen, but it just doesn't make for good blogging. (I have some ideas in my head about how to change my blog a little, so keep watching, something new might be coming your way). My goal is to have it all ready to cut next week at the SnB. They have made me promise that I will drop the stitches and cut at the shop so they can all see. I think I will get everyone to cut a little bit, and then it can be my SnB Shawl. Only I am the one that gets to wear it. *evil grin*

I splurged a little last night because of some good news on the work front, and delved into the world of ultimate softness

Three balls of Malabrigo in Paris night. If you have not felt this yarn yet get thy self to a yarn store that has it. It makes me want to stick my head inside the shelves of yarn and just have a little sleep. I still cannot believe that this is wool. This will become a hat and a mistake rib scarf in short order. My manos hat is just too itchy for my forehead.

I also finally had a chance to get Steph's book, so I will be read that over the weekend too.

As for a quick update on the other two projects: my Mom's socks are waiting for a heel, which I will do next week before I do to visit (so we can do another trial fit). And Princess De has been banished to the penalty box. I have discovered that my ribbing has loosened up considerably in the last 6 months, and it looks awful because the front and back don't match. But I am throwing a tantrum and I don't want to deal with it. So it is away for now. One of these days. Maybe over Christmas...

I leave you with a photo of my view the other morning.


November 10th, 2005 - Around, and Around, and Around....

While I am certainly happy with how to colours are zipping along on my version of the Melody shawl, it is not the most entertaining knit

Flashy pooling river scene

It is perfect knitting however for being at the SnB last night, which was absolutely packed. Aven was back visiting from New Brunswick, so we were all very happy to see her. When I look at my picture there I realize that I did actually get a fair bit done, but there is sooo much more to go. I think I will have to break it up tonight by turning the heel on my mom's sock, or maybe starting a vest with my wool/mohair blend from Wellington.


November 9th, 2005 - Something to Write!

Sorry I have been absent, my wrists have needed a little break from all the knitting (and all the typing at work). But Morgan has tagged me for a "20 things about you" meme. I did steal this from my 100 things about me, but at least I picked the best 20.

PS - Thanks everyone for the comments on my singlet.


November 3rd, 2005 - Fluffy Goodness

This is definitely the fastest that I have ever knit a garment, and my goodness do I love it. It is like wearing a sponge!

Pattern: Jo Sharp's Contemporary Knitting 2

Yarn: Wellington Fibres Mohair

Needles: US 8 (US6 for the i-cord)

I will definitely wear this one, even if it does make my middle look a bit like a fluffy teddy bear. Not fat, fluffy. I do need to get a more fitted shirt for underneath though.


November 1st, 2005 - Truckin'

So to say that I like knitting with the soft, lofty mohair that I bought at Wellington Fibres would be a bit of an understatement

One finished front of a singlet

One half finished back of a singlet

Yeah, so I have knit quite a bit in the last two days. I am hoping to finish off the back tonight, or early tomorrow night, and then it is just seaming and two small i-cords to knit. I really want to wear this sucker!

For those who don't know what this is supposed to look like (hey, I didn't know what a singlet was either)

Front Jo Sharp's Contemporary Knitting 2

Isn't it cute? I have a black collared shirt that I destroyed the front of with the iron, so it will be so good to be able to wear it again. I knew there was a reason I didn't throw it out!


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