Sunday, January 21, 2007

Game Time!

In light of my new goal of knitting from my current stash, let's play a game. This isn't a game in the traditional sense of the word - that means no prize. Other than the knowledge that you helped some kniterly spirit knit something beautiful from her stash. So if this was your yarn, what would you knit? It's Blue Heron Beaded Rayon in the Marshgrass colorway. Measures approximately 525 yards. I need help. Please. You know you are opinionated, use it for something good!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

My New Goal

Just like most knitters I know, I have a lot of yarn. It calls to me in the store & begs to come home with me. I have been stashing up more & more lately because I made a little deal with myself. We are supposed to be doing some extra saving so we can buy a house & I have told myself that I'm going on a yarn diet. The past few months I stocked up since I'll have to be knitting out of my stash - I mean, right?

So here's what I've been doing. I am going through all of the yarn I have and deciding on a project for the yarn that I have. I figure if I don't know what to do with it I need to destash it, sell it on ebay, give it away....something. So you might see a pile of yarn on here with me begging for an idea for a project so I don't have to get rid of it. Right? MUST. KNIT. FROM. STASH.

Here are some of my most recent purchases though I think I know what I'm doing with all of it.
Sweet Georgia sock yarn a friend got me in California

I had a weak week. Weak as in weakness for staying away from yarn shops & the internet. Counter clockwise from the bottom left.....4 skeins of Knitpicks Shadow yarn to knit Carpathia. Of course it only takes one skein but I had to buy four???; Schaefer Anne in the most gorgeous purple / green colorway. It ended up being a gift but I took a picture before I parted withit & left it because it's gorgeous. Colinette Jitterbug in Bright Charcoal. Schaefer Anne in obnoxious neon colors. SWTC Karaoke for Fetching. It only takes one skein, so I bought two. Noro Silk Garden Lite for Argosy. Wow. That makes me look like such a follower! Which I guess I am.....

This is Rowan RY Classic brand Silk Wool & the beads to go along with it. I took a class at The Shabby Sheep on beading & making the Beads of the Earth scarf from Scarf Style. I'm awfully glad that I took the class & I love that scarf. I'm not generally drawn to green but how many pink scarves can a girl own? (currently 3, but that's not the point)

This is the yarn I bought when we went to New York City over the Thanksgiving holidays. Karabella Chamelon & some naked worsted to hand paint.

I have more but I'll take pictures when it A) comes in the mail or B) I feel like pulling it all out.
Pretty, huh?

I've Been Fixed! and other things I've been doing.

Well, I know in my heart that there is no "wrong" way to knit. I was taught to knit continential style by a friend and after trying to purl I realized that I didn't knit the same way as the people that taught me. I adamantly refused to change the way I knitted. I asked for and received that book Knitting for Anarchists. I prided myself on being one. But let's get real peope. I knit so tightly that I could never match gauge. The fabric I created was awfully dense. And worst of all, my wrists hurt. So I broke down & went to The Knitty Fairy, Alissa Barton, and she is trying to help fix me. In reality I was only doing one thing wrong - wrapping my yarn over the top of my needle before pulling it through which twisted my stitches. I won't bore you with the details but I'm now trying to fight 18 months of muscle memory to fix it. It's neither fun or easy but I must say - it's so much easier & much less stressful on my wrists.

I anticipation of this fix, I've been knitting chemo caps for the local hospital. I didn't want to start a huge project so I've been getting many things off the needles. Here are some photos of said chemo caps. And Fetching fingerless mitts for my stepmom out of Noro Silk Garden. And this scarf for my cousin that lives in New Orleans. Very classy Mardi Gras, no?

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Six Weird Things About Me

I've been tagged by Lise to tell 6 weird things about me.

1. I don't like my food to touch. I think those plate you use in school cafeterias are about the best invention ever. I own some & often use them at home.
2. On a similar note, I usually eat one thing at a time. I go in order of what will taste the worst cold - like I'll always eat brocolli first because I think cold brocolli is disgusting. If I go from one food to the other while I eat, I take a sip of something.
3. I own a lot of onesie glasses / cups. At home I match the color of this cup to what I'm wearing, usually my PJs.
4. I don't like for anyone else to even thumb through my new magazine. After I read it I don't care, but I have a thing about it. I look through the whole magazine page by page, then I go back through & read what I want to read. And until I do, don't fuck with my magazine. I've learned the hard way that this goes for knitting books as well.
5. My pajamas have to match. I can't for the life of me wear non matching clothes to bed. Who cares? As a matter of fact, I did this about 3 weeks ago & Patrick thought the body snatchers had the "real" me. He said in 3 years he's never seen my pjs not match.
6. My toenails have to be painted. Always. I don't remember a time in my whole life since I was a little bitty girl that they had no polish on them.

I know - that is all weird, but you asked!