Wednesday, February 28, 2007
There's no real reason for these squares, except to prove something. I'd seen this particular yarn knit up int these squares over at Mason Dixon Knitting. And I remembered seeing this yarn (Katia Jamaica) at my LYS, Needles and Knits. It has very long non repeating colour changes, and there really wasn't any pattern that it seemed to suit. When I was there on the weekend (picking up 2 sets of needles that cost me over $100**), I decided to try some in the mitred squares that I had seen Kay make. Each one takes around an hour, depending on how distracted you are during that time.
Well. I'm in love.
I figure to get 4 or 5 squares from a ball, and now I need to find some solid blue, green and/or turquoise. I feel a blanket or something in my future... And god knows, I needed another project to cast on...
**No, Tove does not charge exorbitant amounts for her needles. I went in for two short 3mm circs to do a turkish toe cast on for some heavier cotton socks. Tove showed me the new Sheldridge Farms handpainted fingering weight. Somehow, 6 skeins found their way into my life. (And some new magazines. and maybe some other stuff - I can't remember...)
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Man, I meant to have this ready for posting yesterday, but yesterday, things just exploded at work! It's OK, it was in a good way - I just got massively busy, and every one wanted a piece of me all at the same time. You know you're busy when you blow off the owner (and signer of my paycheque!) becasue I'm talking to a guy in Egypt, with guys in China and India both on hold and refusing my voice mail - they need to talk to ME, NOW! It worked out OK, and made some people realize part of what I do, when I can put out three fires on the other side of the world, all before my third cup of coffee!
The Cleansing Part...
So who knew that posting pictures of all my WIPs would make me take a good hard look at them?
Total count so far of the 11 or so poor neglected WIPS:
3 frogged. (In addition to the silk shawl and the leaf lace shawl, I also frogged the dark green alpaca Moebuis cowl. I wasn't feeling the love. Love the pattern, love the yarn. Just not together.
4 finished. In addition to the red ruffle and the fingerless mitts, I also finished up my STR socks (colourway Metamorphic) and the fish hat.
The fish hat will probably go to my Father in Law - he is joining Hubby on Hubby's annual fishing trip this year, and it will probably be a little chilly way up north in May, so this should come in handy.
And the socks. I'm in love with these socks. I love, love, love them! The yarn is stellar - Socks that Rock really do rock! It's sproingy, lush and perfect for socks. And the colourway is beautiful. LuckyCanuck picked this out for me, and she did a great job. I am keeping these. For some reason they look a lot shorter in the picture than they are in real life.
So what's next on the finishing parade? Well. possibly one of the three new projects I cast on this weekend... What? You thought I would change my ways?? Fat chance...
Thursday, February 22, 2007
The ruffly red scarf is done for my friend's charity auction - Ovation from S.R. Kertzer - 75% kid mohair, 25% silk - a dead ringer for Kid Silk Haze at half the price! I started with around 60 stitches on an 8mm circular, then doubled that to 160, knit a few rows, doubled it again, knit a few rows, did a knit one, knit into f and b of next stitch row, knit a few rows, the a knit 2, knit into f and b of next stitch row, knit a few rows, then cast off. Or something like that. Basically, start with a base row then keep increasing and knitting. The more stitches you add, the rufflier it is. This one is VERY ruffly. I wanted it lush, since people will be bidding on it.
And yes, that is another pair of fingerless mitts completed! They need a wet blocking to bloom the yarn, then off to my sitter. But I may have to take them back for my next Guild meeting to prove to the ladies that I can actually finish a pair of mitts! (There was some good natured ribbing at the last meeting!)
And the frogging has also commenced:
And for those following the soap opera "As the Work Turns"... One of the new hires is already gone. Something happened yesterday while I was at home. Attitudes are a little glum around here, so I have to do some digging and find out some details. One of the long time, most loyal employees is starting to feel as I do. She and I had a conversation this morning, and I've never heard her so down. A sign of things to come??
And then there was my drive in this morning - On a morning when I had half a mind to stay home and keep Son home (He really wanted to be at school today - it was Beach Day, and he really was feeling (and looking) better), this is what I faced on my drive.
CatBookMom is always after autumn leaf changing shots, so I thought I'd share the whole gamut of weather in the Toronto area! For those that don't know, CBM lives in Burbank, CA. She says she's coming to visit, but only in the summer. I wonder why that is??
The truck above is the dick that passed me on the right shoulder to get in front of me. It's not like he was going anywhere - there were about 200 cars in front of him, single file, doing 30km. But, he has a big truck, so I guess that makes him better than the rest of us! I swear, if my husband ever did that in his SUV and I saw him, I'd smack him upside the head!
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
From the top right...
A grey cotton sweater for Hubby. Pieces done on the machine (LK-150) back when I first got it. Cotton coned yarn from Camilla Valley Farms - grey body and dark green Fibonacci stripes. All I have to do is hand knit the bottom ribbing and the cuff ribbing. This is a definite finish, and to be honest, should have been done months ago. I just have to get going on it, but I hate ribbing.
Wellington Fibres Alpine Mitt. This baby has been seen before - I will finish it, but it's not a high priority.
Marina Sweater - design from Knit Picks. I love this design - You knit the sleeves across from cuff to cuff, with an cable up the middle that splits for the neck, then knit the body in the round down. I will probably finish this - I do like it, but Christmas knitting got in the way. The sleeves will be this camel colour, and the body is planned to be a dark oregano green.
Silk Eyelash Shawl. Welcome to the first frog item! I love this yarn - it's silk eyelash by Handmaiden. I've had it forever, and nothing seems right. It's very light - very, very light. I calls for a shawl or a scarf, but nothing to textured or lacy, because the tiny eyelash yarn will obscure anything but the most basic. I will frog (and regain some Addi needles...) and wait for inspiration.
Yarns Plus Silk Noile in Flame colourway. This is a Machine Knit experiment. I'm knitting wedges on the machine using this delicious silk. Then I will probably sew them together, but I'm not sure if I will just mattress stitch them all, or if I will sew them to some silk ribbon or something. Not yet a frog project, but again, not a high priority.
again, starting at the top right and working clockwise...
Red ruffly scarf - definitely a finisher. This is for a charity auction for a friend of mine. I gave her a similar scarf in bright pink, and all the women at her golf club went ape over it, so she asked me to make one for their auction. The money is going to Breast Cancer research, so of course I said yes. I should have this baby done this week.
Green Leaf Lace Shawl. I'm not feeling the love. I love the pattern, but the variegated Knit Picks yarn is TOO variegated for me for this pattern. It's been sitting forever, and will be frogged. Probably tonight. Hey! a 4mm bamboo circular freed up! Yay!
Pink Hemp Angel. Again, not really feeling the love, but all I have left is the skirt, so I will finish it. But the hemp is not great for this - too stringy. I know, cotton is stringy as well, but this hemp is STRINGY! Once it's put together and starched and all, I'll probably fall in love and make another. (Yeah, right!)
Lindenhof fingerless mitts. My current project - still loving it and will finish this week.
Fiddlesticks Whisper Scarf in Ivory Zephyr. Again, a low priority finisher. This will make a nice Christmas gift for Christmas one year. The Fiddlesticks patterns are beautifully charted and very easy to do - a definite recommendation for someone wanting to start with lace.
Green Alpaca Moebuis - not sure here. Probably a frog. I love the Moebuis pattern, and I love this yarn, but I don't think they go together. I'm using a 2.25mm needle and it's fingering weight. I may save this yarn for something out of the Arctic Lace Book instead. So... FROG!
Socks that Rock Metamorphosis colourway socks - Just need a couple more inches of leg and the picot hem and these babies are MINE!
Fish Hat - another finisher. This will be a good back up hat for my son for when his alien hat is soaked. He loves this pattern (as do I - love that hemmed edge!), so it's a keeper.
One last project:
Poor little forgotten stripy sock - I'll finish her and put her in the Christmas box. Someone will love her!
So that's it. As I said, this doesn't even touch on the "I really want to start" projects - The Handmaiden Sea Silk, The New Zealand 12 ply, the brown cotton for a Soleil tank, and so on...
But I will gain a few needles back, and wind up some yarn to put away. Maybe I'll even finish a few of these before starting something new...
(And for those that remember another lonely mitten - yes, there is the green and yellow thrummed mitt still out there. I found the yarn and the roving for the thrums. I can't find the finished mitt. How bad is that?)
Friday, February 16, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Friday, February 09, 2007
I know this. I know it to be true. I know I can knit a pair of socks without a problem, yet I also know that the second mitten will continue to vex me.
one done. I'm good at getting to this part - I've done it many times. But can I get past it?
Only time will tell...
Yes, work still sucks. I expect next week to be worse. Yes, I am sending out hundreds of resumes and getting in touch with a head hunter this weekend. Yes, I am buying lottery tickets in bulk...
A - Age: 45 later this year.
B - Band listening to right now: Lynyrd Skynyrd.
C - Future Career: retired (could be sooner rather than later!).
D - Dad's name: James Edward.
E - Easiest person to talk to: Sue.
F - Favorite song: Wow. too many to choose from. A lot of songs will transport me back to a moment in time, and I will enjoy the ride. I love Kate Bush, Old Genesis, Skynyrd... plus lots of new stuff. Our wedding songs were Extreme's More than Words, and Harry Connick's It Had To Be You. I can also belt out Ella Fitzgerald while I drive (alone).
G - Gummy Bears or Gummy Worms: Not that fond of the gummy stuff.
H - Hometown: Aurora, ON, but born in Montreal, QC.
I - Instruments: ummm, I took some guitar lessons once... I rocked the recorder in grade seven...
J - Job: Senior Sales Analyst (for the moment...)
K - Kids: 1 son - 8 years old
L - Longest car ride ever: From Toronto to St. Louis to see some friends - we stopped in Columbus, Ohio to see my University roommate and stayed over. I never did the Florida drive - I always flew down...
M - Mom's name: Marie Jeanne Pauline Liliane
N - Number of people you’ve slept with: Not going there, thank you very much!
P - Phobia: driving over a bridge. Just driving. I can walk on a rope bridge above a gorge, but don't put me in a car over one.
Q - Quote: "Sanity is overrated"
R - Reason to smile: My family and being at the cottage with friends
S - Song you sang last: Gimme Three Steps by Lynryd Skynyrd - very loud, and very badly!
T - Time you wake up: 5:30am Monday to Friday, otherwise it's whenever my son decides it's time., usually around 8:30 - 9:00am
U - Unknown fact about me: I am part plastic. And NO - I do NOT have implants of the boobage kind! Think urinary tract rebuild and it's keeping me alive.
V - Vegetable you hate: Brussels Sprouts - they smell like my old high school locker room.
W - Worst habit: hmm... so many to choose from... Procrastination maybe? Oh well, I just think about this one later...
X - X-rays you've had: Let's start at the top and work down. Two skull - to see if I had concussions - yes both times. Neck after whiplash in car accident. Left shoulder after dislocation. Left elbow after dislocation. Left wrist after break. Right wrist after sprain. Both hands after numerous finger breaks. Numerous chest and pelvic ones when I was a kid to try to figure out why I was so sick. They finally found out and rebuilt my urinary tract. Left hip after dislocation. Left knee numerous times - it's had some surgical work done. Left ankle after sprain. Right ankle after sprain. Left foot after break. Left foot after broken toes. Man! It's amazing I'm still alive, isn't it??
Y - Yummy food: Pasta with almost any homemade sauce. Veal Chops my husband barbeques. My own risotto with spinach and shrimp. Anything my Dad used to make. Homemade bread, still warm. chocolate.
Z - Zodiac sign: Sagittarius on the cusp of Scorpio. I have no idea what any of this stuff means, but my Mom is into it.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
So, with all the turnover around work (what a surprise!) we have 3 new people starting next week. This entails moving people around, in order to slot the newbies into the best possible place. I should mention that we are cubicled here with a few offices around the perimeter. It sucks. Hugely. But whatever. I have a single cubicle - three walls and a modicum of privacy, but still, my back is to the general population and I hate that. But, I have it better than others. Actually, I guess I should say I HAD it better... As of today, I have to move. I lose a wall, half my horizontal working surface, and a ton of privacy. I have to share an open area with two others - one of whom is a loud talking salesman. I am seriously pissed. SERIOUSLY PISSED. So, having the word Senior in my title means squat, obviously. All these new people coming in are getting the prime areas and we are being shuffled off to Buffalo. I told my boss that it feels like a kick in the teeth, just before I left last night. He wanted to talk, but I had no time - Son had swimming lessons, so I bailed. He will want to talk it out today, but there is very little he can say. They have no concept of personal space around here. We are treated like possessions that can be moved at will - their will. I think I've heard the final bell. I know I've said it before, but this could be the end.
J. Layne from Aurora - thanks for delurking! And if you're in Aurora, I hope you'll consider checking out the York Region Knitting Guild. We meet the first Tuesday of each month at Needles and Knits on Yonge Street in Aurora. (Yeah, that would have been yesterday, sorry about that...) But our March meeting should be great - Amy Singer, editor of Knitty is coming! Either drop by the shop (Needles and Knits) or email me at curlerchikATyahooDOTca for more information on the Guild - who we are and what we do. We love new members.
CatBookMom wanted to know what answers I gave to become Aragorn in the "Which Sci-Fi Character are you". I wish I could remember. I tried it again, and I too was Captain James T. Kirk. I'm sticking with Aragorn - as much as I love Star Trek, Kirk was not my fave. GIve me Picard any time... CBM is also good for the ego - " you are being SUCH an inspiration!" is a direct quote. Geez, it's enough to make a chik blush... Thanks CBM. She's going to make an Argosy, using the same Mille Colori I used for my Moebuis - great choice - I'll bet it's luscious! As far as the Moebuis pattern - I hadn't really thought about it, but yeah, I guess I can write it up. Give me some time...
Mary Tess was curious about how you would replace a provisional cast on with an e-wrap cast on. Simple. Istead of the crochet chain provisional, simply e-wrap. For example, I use a provisional for toe up socks. Now, instead of fiddling with the crochet chain, I would simply e-wrap the number of stitches I need, and knit my toe. Then, where I would normally pick up the provisional stitches, and unzip the chain, I would just slip me needle through the e-wraps. As was explained to us, an e-wrap has no "gender". It is neither a knit nor a purl, so you can pick them up as you need them. One proviso - the picked up stitches will be offset by half a stitch. If this bothers you, well this may not be the technique for you. I can just put them on the bottom of the sock where no one sees them, and voila! no need for a provisional! There are many other uses for this as well, but I'll let you take Elizabeth's class to learn them all...
Lucky Canuck asked somethings about the Argosy scarf - 2 full balls of Noro Silk Garden made a scarf about 6 feet long and around 6 inches wide, after blocking. A great stash buster. Plus, One ball would make a really nice little neck warmer scarf...
My thanks to the ladies of the York Region Knitting Guild - they all had such nice things to say about the scarf. We did a little workshop on the Moebius cast on as well - I expect to see all kinds of Moebuis's (Moebuii??) next month!
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Here she is, blocking:
Now, normally, I would not block a scarf - I mean, really, It's a long rectangle that just gets wrapped around your neck. However, anytime there is lace, or openwork involved, blocking is a necessity. Argosy really opened up, and the Noro Silk Garden softened up beautifully. I really like this colourway - nice and muted, with that jolt of teal running through it. I think it looks great with my brown turtleneck, especially since it's minus four thousand degrees today!
Yeah, just a little chilly today. But my office will be about 3 degrees below the Hell setting, which puts us in the Tropical Rainforest Zone. That's compared to the summer when it ranges around Meat Locker Temperature. Very easy to get dressed in the morning...
A couple of random thoughts - Today is my son's 8th birthday. I guess we are halfway to driver's license now! We had the party on Saturday - 14 kids at the bowling alley and that was great, but tonight he has basketball practice, so we couldn't let that pass unnoticed:
We made the basketball cupcakes last night, and these will be popular after practice tonight. Of course, right after that, Son stays with Hubby while I race off to my Guild meeting where I get to show off the Cape Cod socks, and the Moebuis. I will also open myself up to ridicule by publicly showing off the start of a pair of fingerless mitts. Yeah. Remember me? The One Mitt Wonder? Think I'll get through two of these? There are points in my favour - I'm using Koigu, which is delicious, they are fingerless, which is different, and the back has a nice Saxon-type cable pattern which should hold my interest. Fingers crossed...
Friday, February 02, 2007
I love this scarf - the pattern is great - as most Knitty patterns are. The repeat is easily remembered and the diagonal aspect of it changes the way the Noro stripes. Nice. While I love my Noro Harlot scarf, I was looking for a slightly different colourway - you know how Noro is, it looks completely different in the skein than it does once knit up. The Harlot scarf:
is really nice, and I wear it alot, but I'm not fond of lavender, and that's the part that sits near my face when I wear it knotted near the neck. The Argosy scarf is more muted tones with one major jolt of a turquise-y teal-y green that I love! It's much more vibrant than it appears here - there is no sun around when I am taking pictures these days... I think I've placed it in the right spot. A few more repeats of the pattern, and a good blocking, and we'll see. I'd like to have it done by Tuesday to take to my Guild meeting - keep the fingers crossed! I still have to get through an 8 year old's birthday party this weekend...