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.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Unwilling Elves

How's THAT for a title? found that courtesy of http://mdbenoit.com/rtg.htm, which in turn came from http://mamacate.typepad.com/mamacate/
Amazing..just imagine..no more procrastination over what to name the day's entry...just hit the link and *poof* a blog title!
On the knitting front I have a few projects going...
1) the Simple Bodice sweater from Stitch Diva. I love this design and am sorry that I am running out of the yarn used in the lace sections. The pattern calls for silk (expensive) yarn that would be quite lovely but is out of my price range right now. So I hunted throught the stash and found a bag of elann's Pure Peruvian wool in worsted weight and dove in...I planned to use Cherry Tree Hill's Glitter Alpaca for the lace sections but it was just too too subtle an effect so I added some Rowan Lurex Shimmer to the mix and now its just right. The pattern calls for another lovely expensive silk yarn prestrung with beads for that part and ...this is a less expensive alternative and equally effective. Anyway, it has been paused until I work more overtime.
2) Corset Pullover (IK) Poor thing has got shoved aside so that I can do some gift knitting. I still love you and will work on you again-never fear! I think this will be my winter project so I can wear it at the first sign of spring.
3) Flower Petal Shawl from elann.com Earlier this year I got some of their Luna yarn to make a throw for a red dress that I have. That never happened and one day, nostalgic for my days as a Goth Princess, I dyed the whole 10 balls of it black. Then an incredible thing happened! The cotton part took the dye differently(turned black) than the rayon (stayed red) so now I have the ultimate goth yarn! How better to put such a yarn to use than this http://secure.elann.com/ShowFreePattern.asp?Id=107024
Bat wings! Trust me, its turning out great...though I'm tempted to call the FO "Drenched in Blood"
4) Monique's birthday gift...this will be "Swamp Witch" from "the AntiCraft" site but done in flame-like colors instead of the swampy ones.
5) Socks-socks-socks...is there a sock knitters anonomous group I could join? I mean really...The Birthday Socks, the black stripey socks, the Opal socks...where can it end? When can I stop looking at people I know and NOT be overwhelmed by the urge to knit them a pair of socks?
Pictures to follow...

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

ok, ok, ok

Help! Blogger ate my post! Hehehe...that in fact did just happen but thats not why I've been gone lo all these many weeks....had some big real life stuff to handle that well, just took priority over me rambling about knitting. Thankfully, I think for the most part they have been dealt with or at least are looming huge on my horizon anymore. SO, cross my heart, I swear I am back. =)