Friday, October 24, 2008

Oh yeah....

I have a blog; where I’m supposed to talk about my knitting and stuff. And that’s part of the problem. My knitting has, shall we say, reached a state of inertia. That’s not to say I’m not doing any knitting. It’s just that, shall we say again, I’m not doing any measurable knitting. I’m not doing any photographable knitting. I’m not doing any brag-about-able knitting. Sob. It just seems to be taking an immense amount of time to finish anything. I get something on the needles and one of the following has been happening: a) The directions have a mistake b) I misread the directions and made a mistake c) I discovered part way through that I actually dislike the pattern d) all of the above e) I get distracted by the computer, a TV show, phone call, work, hubby, you-name-it; and NO knitting gets done. So, I have no photos, no accomplishments to share, and the cats have been sleeping all the time lately, so not even any cute cat photos to substitute for a knitting post.... Sigh, there you have it…so much being done; so little to show. I’ll try to improve on the situation next week.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Paging the Seaming Fairies

It seems like I’ve been on the go so much lately, but I have been fitting in time to work on things here and there. Here’s an update on what I’ve been knitting. Unbiased is done except for the side seams, the bottom seam and the handles: The baby bunting is very close to being finished; just the front neck and sleeves (oh and more seams to sew; sigh, there’s still a lot of finishing work up ahead for me.) Driver (gloves) is finished: (or at least for now, since upon trying them on, I discovered that I picked up the stitches on the wrong side of the band for the left glove, thus the strap goes the wrong way… fortunately, there’s enough yarn left to knit one more) Basic Socks Class socks are done: Blue Jean socks: New socks OTN: Advanced Sock Knitting Class Socks; Bavarian by Candace Eisner-Strick, from Vogue Knitting Ulitmate Socks book: (The yarn is more violet than the blue that it looks like in this picture) And last but not least....Undulating Rib by Ann Budd from Interweave Favorite Socks Book (no picture, too little to show) Whew! I really have been knitting!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Top Ten Reasons to Buy More Yarn

1. It won’t go out of style 2. It will never make your butt look big 3. Sock yarn gives you more bang for the buck 4. It doesn’t fit funny in the crotch 5. Even if you don’t have a project for it right away, you can love and pet it while it’s in the stash 6. There’s always a project for it (somewhere) 7. It gives you something to look forward to 8. Zero calories 9. You really do need some in every color 10. So much happiness in such a little bag Gaa, can you tell I’ve been clothes shopping? I’m at that age between doesn’t fit right and just not my style. (if you catch my drift?) What ever happened to basic stylish clothes that fit and flatter at the same time? Yeesh, even my old stand by stores are letting me down this fall. It’s enough to make me think I should spend more time sewing. I’ll try to get caught up on my knitting project progress in the next post. I need to get pictures. The battery died in my camera; so I’m behind on taking pics and today is a bad day for taking them. There’s a new sock class starting tonight, so I have to get cracking on that sample. Stay tuned!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Weekend Update

So the knitting accomplishments for the weekend: Finished knitting left glove and completed right glove to start of knuckle cut-out for the “Driver” class sample pair. Class 2 on Thursday will hopefully get us to the finger knitting ... there's still a whole lot of ends to weave, but that's next week!
Completed class sock #1 to beginning of toe shaping, knitted sock #2 through gusset to prepare for final class tonight. The lesson portion is toe shaping and grafting. This should be a finished pair by tomorrow. The next sock class will be an advanced class and hopefully I’ll be able to get that sample started tomorrow or Wednesday. Knit a swatch for an adult size Santa Cruz hoodie which will be for DD #1. She asked me to knit her one last Christmas after seeing the one I did for Eli, maybe I’ll get it done before December. Although this will probably be the only “Christmas” knitting I do this year; unless, of course a few washcloths or something small like that slip off the needles. (no pic though, not much to look at)
Call me thrilled though, because I did also finish both books I’ve been reading. The one for our book club (last Tuesday) called “Hot Flashes and Cold Cream” by Diann Hunt. I wasn’t especially fond of this one. The central character overreacts completely to turning 50 and I found very little I could sympathize with in her drama. Maybe I’m just more practical than that. The second I enjoyed a great deal more; it was “I Can’t Wait To Get To Heaven” by Fannie Flagg (same author as Fried Green Tomatoes). The central character was much more fun and likeable and the story was just a pleasure to read. You just really wanted to see what sorts of things she came up with next. An interesting thing to note is that both books shared a common theme about living your life to the fullest and not worrying so much about little things. Both ended up having a good message, I just thought the delivery of the one was a little too superficial and predictable for my taste.