knitting and other shiny things...


Welcome! I love knitting having learned how at an early age...it has seen me through good times and bad. I orignally went to college to study art but ended up as an RN (dont ask how THAT happened)Still an artist at heart, I try to listen to my muse and divide my creative time between knitting/dyeing/spinning and glass bead making. Once my life calms down, I also plan to do some knit wear designing and/or writing. Originally from Pennsylvania, I have lived in the Midwest and California-and am currently nomadic.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Call me Impetuous...

...but I couldn't resist casting on for the Corset Sweater today. The lace edging SHOULD be simple but for some reason I have had to start the back over twice, mostly due to errors in counting on my part. Usually I start on the sleeves of a sweater because in a way that can be a gauge swatch (if ya get it-good-if not, well you haven't ruined a whole sweater yet) but I don't have any size 8 dpns. However, Michael's just so happens to be opening a new store here tomarrow so I shall run over and grab some. We have a Hobby Lobby store here but....I'm a tad less than thrilled with them. I know, Michael's is about the same in general but I'll take my chances with them anyway. I really need to get one of those needle sizer things, since I just found a set of dpns on my desk that MAY be the size required. That would be great, but not enough to deterr me from going to Michael's to look around at least.
I do plan on working on the green socks the remainder of the day tomarrow, and I'm pretty sure I can get one done and perhaps even start on the second one if I try hard. I'm also looking into selling some handmade glass beads on ETSY so if anyone reads this and wants 12 medium to small green/blue glass beads keep your eyes peeled for the listing.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Yarn pics

The pics show the colors pretty well except for the buff which is hard to see in the second picture....and the Elena *sigh* picking up a ball of that is like holding a baby chick in your hand. I am very much looking forward to making that sweater! My wardrobe and color preferences used to run to umm....the dark side let's say...but lately I have really been finding myself drawn to neutrals and pales (NOT pastels). I'll be interested in seeing where this new direction leads me...

Ps. The Kidsilkhaze (mentioned in previous posting) is actually called "Swish".

Almost August

I have returned! I know, I know...not earth-shattering news but still it is good to be back again. Life outside of knitting has left me a bit drained as of late but I'm better now and ready to get back to knits and purls. The break was not without knitting content and I was able to finish the black shrug. No pics of that one since all I have is my cellcam and as well you know, black semi-fuzzy yarn is hard to get good shots of anyway so....you'll have to use your imagination on that one. Its a shrug, its black and its warm. I made it a bit big (still trying to work out the degree of ease thats right for me) but since I winged it without a pattern I'm not too upset at how it turned out, though I do feel a little like a gorilla at times, but its comfy and thats all I ask for in a shrug.
Last Thursday was the day of the annual Sidewalk Sale in Lawrence, and if you are from anywhere around here you know its a fun day of adventure shopping. My favorite yarn store in the world is there (The Yarn Barn) and yes! there was sale yarn to be had. Monique and I were up and on the road by 0830 (a minor miracle in itself since neither of us is a natural morning person-even though I have a day job that requires me to be up before 0600 three days a week I'll never get used to it) and we should have known something was up because as we passed into Lawrence we saw a bank thermometer that read 95 degrees at 0900 IN THE MORNING!
We were not to be deterred, there was yarn to be had after all, and we had dressed for the heat.
We made straight for the Yarn Barn, and fondled much sale yarn. I was nearly swayed by a bag of Rowan Kidsilk Haze in a lush apricot color (being Rowan,I'm sure thats not the name of the color, it is probably something like...aurora or drip or something) since I have been coveting a certain little ballet-like wrap style sweater in just such a yarn but...I could not imagine myself knitting with the stuff. I do love it, I mean, whats NOT to love about that yarn, but it will have to wait for a time when I'm more settled. As I looked around my eye fell on some matte finished cottony looking yarn called Cabana by Reynolds. It is a 65% cotton 35% acrylic blend but I could not resist its suede-like charm. I immediately envisioned a heavily textured lace wrap/throw for fall in the lovely russet color, but I really liked the sage green color too thinking perhaps I may even use it for my mom's poncho-then I got 3 balls of buff to experiment with. I left there with 23 balls of yarn and it wasn't even 10am! Monique also scored some very nice yarn for 2 projects she is working on, then, exhausted from our good fortune we went and had breakfast. (I tried to upload some pics of the yarn but Blogger is being tempermental this morning-maybe tomarrow)
There was more bargain-y goodness to be had there but those stories will have to be for another time, I'm trying to stick to knitting content here.
Imagine my surprise when, on arriving home from the shopping trip on the surface of the sun (it reached 104 degrees before we stopped looking at thermometers) I find a box on the porch containing 17 balls of Filatura di Crosa's Elena for the Corset Pullover (IK spring 2003). I had always wanted to make that sweater and inspired by its recent appearence on another blog I ordered the back issue. After I had that in my hands I began a search for the yarn, which of course is discontinued. Just when I was sure I was going to have to substitute, I did one more search and found a lovely person selling that exact yarn on ETSY! Thank you AzureGrackle!
In another minor miracle for the day, a swatch was done and woohoo! gauge obtained! Yes!
Now all I have to do is finish some green socks I'm working on and I can start....it is almost August you know. *wink*

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

"All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream" - Edgar Allen Poe

Today's blog title has very little to do with the subject matter, I just have always loved that quote and that poem.
Have I been knitting socks? You bet I have but it feels like I'm not gaining any ground with them..in fact...I frogged a whole finished sock and one that was 3/4 finished. Grr. I had to do it for a couple of reasons and, you know...it felt kinda good. I was able to take out some sock frustrations on the poor pair (really, it wasn't its fault that I couldn't get the gauge back and that I had made a few mistakes and forgot what I was doing). Now I need to un-kink the yarn and start over again. I loved the yarn-it was one of the Opal ones but I can't recall which right now, but it had an almost buttery texture that was very enjoyable to knit.
I am also knitting a quick tank with thick yarn I had laying around and am nearly done. I'd post a pic but trust me, plain knitting with slightly fuzzy black yarn is pretty dull stuff.
My non knitting project of the day was great fun...I am going through my closet and remaking some outdated clothes. Years a go I bought a dress at a thrift shop, but I never wore it (still had the tag on it!). It was an ankle length layered dress, with a black slipdress underneath and a burgandy lace overdress on top. I cut the slip out and set it aside-I'm thinking it might make a great beginning for an evil fairy costume sometime-and then cut the lace part in half, separating it into a "sweater" and a "skirt". I then trimmed the bottom edge of the "sweater" and ta-da! instant cool lacetop. It needs a camisole under it but I like it. The "skirt" part I cut down the front and opened up to make a very large lace wrap. I'm considering dyeing the parts since I don't really like the color but even if I don't I now have 2 very usable wardrobe items from a dress that was languishing in the closet! =)

OH! I picked my new glasses up yesterday and I love them!

Friday, July 07, 2006

Its all Socks, all the time...

The sock knitting marathon continues here at Chez Trois Chat, with much progress being made.
I consider it no coincidence that the Summer issue of Knitty is mostly socks...it mocks me in its pure sockiness....it torments me with "rpm", "widdershins" and (my favorite, though I dislike the name) "lickety split". I already have 3 pairs of socks on the needles and I work on them in rotation-how much can one girl stand?!?! I have the perfect yarn for "rpm"...in fact that one may become my second pair of birthday socks-ha! Listen to me...as if I'll have enough time for the second pair! Perhaps "rpm" could become the Christmas sock gift...hmm.
*Sigh* Its good to have goals.

Monday, July 03, 2006

"Calvin : You can't just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood.

Hobbes : What mood is that? Calvin : Last-minute panic" I have been working this past weekend, which has left little time for knitting. This is a bad thing since I have a few projects promised to people as gifts. Actually, more than a few...The Pirate Sweater, Birthday Socks, Mom's Poncho, Kristen's Shawl , Monique's Shrug. Now thats a lot of knitting... a fact only made more apparent when I add that the Pirate Sweater is overdue since March and both the Birthday Socks and Monique's Shrug are for birthdays in August. Not even the end of August, the very beginning of August. Kristen's Shawl and Mom's Poncho can probably be set aside, being only in planning stages anyway. I did make my mom a poncho last year for her birthday but never sent it to her because I didn't like the yarn or the way it turned out so she has been on hold for hers for well over a year. She is used to me by now I guess, and is no longer surprised when gift boxes arrive later than expected. Hi Mom! Thanks for being patient! *wave*
So, in some strange kind of procrastinatorial heirarchy Mom's poncho goes ahead of The Pirate Sweater (which is so far behind in its own way that I may as wait until next March...perhaps I can knit up a quick pair of Pirate wristwarmers instead...sorry Gru) and Kristen's Shawl. Sigh. This leaves the 2 impending birthday present projects...the Socks and the Shrug.
I'll do the socks first-the shrug is knit with chunky yarn and it won't take much time...assuming of course we decide on a pattern in a timely manner. Its a shrug after all, right?
Now the socks are a different matter...I have started the ribbing on the first one and am not sure just what I want to do with the rest of the design. Plain ribbing just might save the day, as the yarn is so tender and soft that it doesn't need a complex design to be a good sock. I actually promised two pairs of socks for the birthday gift (at this point, I bet you are wondering why I am taking the time to type this instead of just getting on WITH IT already....)but if I only get one finished I will have to throw myself on the mercy of the recipient and remind them that Christmas is only a few short months away.
In case I don't post for a few days, never fear, I'll just be knitting socks (and a shrug and a poncho)...