Wednesday, December 29, 2004
[ what i'm listenin' to -- Sabac Red --"Sabacolypse Now" ]
y'all, this is turning into the worst vacation i've had in my little short life. with all the power outages we've had here (due to ice storms, etc), the power supply on my computer has gone bad! all this after i got a brand new flat panel monitor for christmas. i'm so bummed. my honey was working on fixing it earlier, and smoke started spewing out. i pray to god my hard drive isn't damaged...my entire life is on there. the book i'm writing, my poems and short stories, resume and CV, photos and TONS of music (over 2000 songs!!). i cried for like an hour. he doesn't think the hard drive is damaged, but he's not sure. he's been looking around online for a new motherboard, processor and power supply so he can rebuild my machine...that will run around $500 minimum that i just don't have lying around. especially after christmas.
so for now i'm using his work laptop, but it's not the same as my 'puter!
in other news, yesterday i used my christmas loot to buy yarn to knit my first sweater! i'm planning to make the "bare that belly" sweater from "the yarn girls' guide to simple knits." i have to be honest. i'm SO scared...this is completely new knitting territory for me. this is my 2nd choice sweater...the one i really -wanted- to make called for manos de uruguay yarn...for the amount i would have needed it would have cost me about $135. i wouldn't mind spending that kinda money but since this is my first effort i thought it wise to choose something more
affordable. my LYS didn't have another yarn that would knit at the same gauge so i chose a different sweater. now, the yarn for the 2nd choice sweater would have been at least as expensive as the manos, but luckily they had another yarn that would would work...and i wouldn't have to use 2 strands of it as the pattern calls for! anyway, i'm a bit modest so i intend to make the sweater a little longer so i'm not
baring my belly. that would not be a pretty sight.
oh this is funny now...yesterday i was knitting and BROKE a knitting needle (it was plastic). so i dug around my needle stash and found another pair...and i broke one of those too. so i dug around again and found another pair...this time in aluminum. i betcha i can't break those! i'm bidding on a set of denise interchangeables on ebay. i look forward to getting a set of those because i'm not all that crazy about straight needles unless they're short ones (8-10 inches). any longer than that and they get on my nerves!
Thursday, December 23, 2004
Monday, December 20, 2004
some of you have wondered what i look like. here i am!
this is me right now. after a long day of work, and an evening of baking. hair is long, naturally curly.
i clean up pretty well, eh? my curls have been straightened with a flat iron then curled a wee bit with a curling iron. about a 3 hour process from start to finish. ah, the price of beauty...and love :-)
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
a few weeks ago my brother asked me to knit a scarf for a friend of his. all he said was that she wants it in rainbow colors, very long, and with long fringe. well. genius that i am, i forgot all about it. so i started it last night. using size 10 straights. 2 strands of yarn in k1p1 rib. this is what i knitted up last night while watching the legend of earthsea.
Sunday, December 12, 2004
finally finished this cloth. it has a few itsy bitsy mistakes in it, but that gives it more "character." that's my story and i'm stickin' with it.
remember the scarf i designed and started knitting for jay? well....it has morphed into this:
i wasn't terribly pleased with the way that other scarf was turning out, so i decided to try this pattern. whaddya think?
Sunday, December 05, 2004
whoops! when i first posted this picture, i neglected to say anything about it!
this is the beginning of jay's scarf. i've modified a pattern from the "knit scarves!" book. the original is a scarf with 3 wide 6-stitch stockinette panels, and 2 2-stitch purl sections in between them. i wanted something a little fancier, but still plain enough that he would like it. i added a few stitches to allow for a 3-stitch garter border up each side. the middle panel has a 6-stitch right-twist cable, bordered on each side by 3 purl stitches (so essentially it's a 12-stitch section). it may be one of his christmas gifts, but since i've never seen him wear a scarf in all the 4 years i've known him, i thought i'd better show it to him so he could tell me whether he likes it! he does, and he said he definitely would wear it. that, my friends, makes me a happy girl. i did warn him that he may not get this for christmas but that he definitely would get it before the weather turns warm :-)
i plan to write up the pattern sometime -after- the holidays. i love scarves and might make one for me too. when i do, i'll write down the directions (this is my FIRST TIME designing and writing a pattern!) and share!
Wednesday, December 01, 2004
i got my reality check this morning when i realized that it is december 1. how in the world am i going to get everything knitted that i want to have knitted by christmas? oh i swear i really should have started on christmas gifts in january like i -said- i was gonna. i wanted to avoid this "knit like a madwoman" syndrome that i'm suffering from now. -sigh- well. not to mention all the baking i plan to do (cookies, bread, pies) for christmas gifts.
so i decided...
today i surrender.
i knit for pleasure...the pleasure of feeling the yarn in my hands...the pleasure of creating something beautiful from simple materials...the pleasure of getting into my zone, and easing the stress and pressure of everyday life...the pleasure of giving hand-knitted items to people i love and who will appreciate them. i am NOT a knitting factory, for heaven's sake. what gets done, gets done. i promise that i will start christmas knitting in january so i can knit at my leisure, and still have time to also make things i want to make for myself (and boy is that a long list!).
and that's all i have to say about that.
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
[ what i'm listenin' to -- police scanners in the newsroom. but not because i want to. ]
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is the plan, you still love the process, and
can't imagine a day going by without giving
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supplies. It can be hard to tell where the yarn
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Sunday, October 17, 2004
Wednesday, October 06, 2004
i know it looks like i don't have much on my stick these days, but i promise i have been knitting! i made a baby bib (still needs a button...see pattern link below) and washcloth set for the woman who works at the bakery near where i work. i will give it to her next time i see her. she is due on oct. 8 so i assume she is on maternity leave.
i've also been whipping up afghan squares -- good for practicing knitting continental and for using up extra yarn. i like to do easy stuff that i can knit in near darkness when JWJ and i are watching tv. if we have the lights out, it's almost like being at the movies...whaddya expect with a 70" screen? haha i'm also working on a dishcloth for my "sista" from Dishcloths R US (DRU). it's been knitted and frogged about 4 times since yesterday. right now i'm just purling every row. i hate purling so the only reason i'm doing it is for practice practice practice (how else does one get to carnegie hall?). those dang-on regia socks...who knows when i'll get back to them. i see the yarn sitting on the table every morning...looking lonely and sad. but i have more christmas presents to get started and done...time's a-wasting!
speaking of christmas, i have started the newsletter already. didn't do one last year cuz i was completely NOT in the christmas spirit and nearly didn't even put up the tree. i kinda forced myself to do it, and i felt better afterward, but all the drama from last summer really had me down. but enough of that. mzundercover is feeling all warm and fuzzy just thinking about christmas! i will give hand knitted gifts and homemade baked goods this year (cookies, breads, etc). JWJ will get something from his wishlist (probably DVDs or something). he doesn't usually wear hats...maybe i'll make him one of those seamen's scarves. and maybe i'll make it in black red and green to go with that wristband i whipped up for him over the summer. (he doesn't read this so the surprise won't be ruined!)
well, friends, that's it for now. i will write again soon!
Monday, October 04, 2004
JWJ's birthday party on saturday was a lot of fun. we had about 9 people over (including us). the raspberry cheesecake that i bought from DN make was gooooooood. it got rave reviews from everyone right after they had their first bite. haha i put "trick" candles on the cake, mixed in with regular ones so he had a hard time blowing them all out. what a riot!
i'm learning to knit "continental" -- which makes sense because when i crochet i have the yarn in my left hand. may as well keep it in my left when i knit, too, right? i just learned intarsia too. next is fair isle so i can make JWJ a dale of norway sweater that he likes. it's 6003 kameleon:
i tell him it might be about 2 years before he gets it, but if he wants it, i'll make it :-) i'm a damn good girlfriend LOL
Monday, September 27, 2004
[ what i'm listenin' to -- some construction guys jackhammering the road ]
the Knit Out is happening here this weekend. i was planning to go with NAM and a few others for a whole day of fun playing with yarn, etc. yesterday morning NAM called me and said, "let's drive to new york on sunday to go to their Knit Out instead!" and in true lucy and ethel fashion, i said, "OKAY!" NAM's mom is going with us, so we can split the driving between the three of us. this is one of our last-minute, hare-brained ideas...destined to be a classic! i will take pix with the cell phone camera and post them when we get back!
in knitting news, i finished one of the baby bibs i'm making, and will start another tonight as JWJ and i continue watching season 2 of '24' on dvd. i've also started making 7" afghan squares for charity....a good way to use up yarn!
Saturday, September 25, 2004
here's maya's hat and mittens!! i was going to make the hat one of those long pointy stocking caps but changed my mind. i do hope she'll love wearing these as much as i loved making them for her. i'm still working on mittens for the other maia, and she'll have a hat, too, but a different design i think.
sorry i can't write more now, i have to get to kinko's and to the post office. have a -great- saturday!
Monday, September 20, 2004
wow it's been weeks it seems, since i picked up my needles. life has been a flurry of hecticness, but i spent lots of yesterday knitting my heart out! i finished a diagonal washcloth, and started another one from my "dishcloths from the heart" booklet (see below for link). got halfway through it and messed up....that's what i get for watching tv and trying to knit in the dark (we were watching the first season of '24' on DVD). i ripped out and started over...no mistakes yet! i will try to remember to post pix soon!
i am looking for a nice pattern for booties or sox for a baby boy...a woman who works at the bakery next door to my job is pregnant with her first child and even though i don't know her, i'd like to make something to mark this wonderful occasion (that, plus i like making baby stuff!). if you know of any easy, but lovely patterns, please do let me know. i prefer knitting on double points but hey, i'm flexible. thanks in advance!
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
and so it begins.
this is the first dish/washcloth i've made from the "dishcloths from the heart" booklet. i like using hand knit cloths for washing myself as opposed to washing dishes, but they are good for that too. i think the first one i made really spoiled me so now i use them almost exclusively. i like garter stitch ones. they feel soooooooo good when i wash my face! sorry the pic is a little on the dark side, but i had to do take the pic in lighting that would allow the subtle design to show up. but most of these cloths that i'm making are destined to become nice christmas gifts. i think a few hand-knit cloths, along with my favorite bar soap would make a nice gift for someone, don't you?
so tonight i plan to do a bit of knitting before i go pick up a couple of mega-millions tickets. (the boyfriend and i have grandiose dreams of what we'll do when we strike it rich!) it's a toss-up between working on a diagonal dishcloth and starting my regia socks again. i was working on the heel when i frogged. i don't quite "get" the sherman heel but that's only because i've never done one. mine didn't look quite like the picture...looked a little...i dunno, crooked or something. but that could be simply because i lost my place in the pattern and kind of "guesstimated" where i was. so, we rip and try again. "just keep knitting, just keep knitting...." ;-)
Saturday, September 04, 2004
a girl needs red sox, and i have yarn to make -plenty- :-)
had to rip my regia sox and start over. haven't worked on it in so long, i couldn't figure out where i was in the pattern (i was doing the heel) so i just ripped out so i could start over. no biggie. i was only on the first sock anyway. i decided to make the leg longer. i was going to make a shorter sock but changed my mind.
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
hello, my lovelies, please excuse my recent absence! i have been busy moving and unpacking, which hasn't left a whole lot of time for knitting and blogging :-) i'm -still- unpacking (not my favorite chore in the world) but i will have some knitting news and pix for you real soon. promise!
Thursday, August 19, 2004
giiiirrrrrrrrllll, i'm on a roll with these bags! i made another one tonight with the top half of the skirt that i used for jordi 1. it's slouchier than i'd like it to be (probably cuz i didn't use...what's it called?...interfacing). it's a bit bigger than i want too. but if i had cut the sides to make it narrower, the pockets would be gone and i love pockets. granted, these pockets are probably not very functional on the bag, but they're still cool. i wish this skirt had back pockets. but never fear. the khaki skirt that's next to go under the needle has back pockets. i'll have to decide how to handle those. at any rate i think it'd be best to make a purse like jordi 2 out of the skirt or pants of a "skinny minnie." i had more junk in my trunk when this skirt fit :-)
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
this is the square bottomed lined bag, otherwise known as the jordi bag. found the tutorial/pattern and decided i HAD to make this as my first sewing machine project. turned out okay. not bad for someone who hasn't so much as touched a sewing machine in about 16 years. you can see that i've already put my stuff in it so it's ready to go to work with me tomorrow. i used a denim patchwork skirt that was too big, and the lining material i got at wal-mart for like $2/yard. i'm gonna go back sometime soon and check the remnants bin to see what other goodies they have in there.
Friday, August 13, 2004
that's right, kids, mzundercover is 29 today. i love birthdays, anybody's birthday, but mine especially. i'm blessed and grateful to mark another year and i pray that i, my family, friends and loved ones continue to be safe, prosperous, happy and healthy. amen.
now. some of you may be wondering what JWJ gave me as a present. well wonder no more! i was good and i didn't snoop all around the house while he was gone on business this week :-) once he gave it to me i found out that it was pretty much right under my nose the whole time...in the hall closet! shame on me for not knowing, but i promised i wouldn't look so i had to keep my word. hell, your word is all ya got! okay okay i won't keep you in suspense any longer. look at my new toy:
man oh man. next week i'm off to the fabric dept at wal-mart. i already have a couple of too-big skirts (one denim, one khaki) that i've been wanting to turn into nice tote bags. then there's that needle holder in the stitch n bitch book i wanna make. who knows what's next?
i'm reminded of my great-auntie who's no longer with us. she sewed and crocheted. i actually taught myself to crochet because by the time i figured out i wanted to learn, her eyesight was bad and she couldn't teach me. so now i'm gonna learn to sew in honor of her. take it easy, auntie, love you!
Monday, August 09, 2004
here's a shot of maya's hat so far. this is to match maya's mittens. i'm planning for this to be one of those long stocking caps, the kind that are kinda shaped like a cone. i will put a nice floofy pompom on the end of it.
check out the progress i'm making on my sox! this is my first time using real, pure-dee sock yarn. i'm using regia ringel. it's self-patterning, which i think is very neat. too bad i didn't think up the idea of self-patterning sock yarn. i'd be a millionairess ;-) anyhoo, i'm using this online class to make these sox. so far so good! can't wait to wear 'em!
Friday, August 06, 2004
so JWJ woke me up at some crazy time this morning.
"baby, what's wrong? you okay?"
"yeah, what are you talking about?"
he starts laughing. "you were whimpering and twitching in your sleep." he proceeds to imitate me.
i start laughing too because i remember the dream i was having.
to give you a bit of background, we planted some vegetables in the garden. spinach, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes and corn. last week we discovered that every single ear of corn was *poof* gone. luckily, we had picked and eaten one a few days before this disturbing discovery. at first we thought it was animals, but he's convinced that it was a person. there was not a single ear, or husk or anything left. the vandal didn't touch anything else, just the corn, which was very good and sweet. damn the thief!
anyway, i dreamed that for some reason, my 53-gallon bin of yarn was outside near the garden. one night, i was leaning out of the kitchen window and saw a silhouette of a man pawing through my stash. so i yelled at him to get out of there. he ran off, but came back later, and i yelled at him again, this time threatening to "blow his brains out" if i catch him in my yard again. JWJ and i cracked up at this crazy dream and promptly went back to sleep.
specifically, what i'm looking for is:
birthday countdown: 7 days
JWJ and i were talking and he says, "did i tell you i got your birthday gift?"
"yeah. what is it?"
"i told you i'm not telling."
now at this point i'm thinking to myself, "then why'd you bring it up?" but instead i asked...
"give me one clue."
he thinks for a second and says, "it was damn expensive."
oh yeah, that narrows it down.
"was it on my amazon wish list?
"i'm not saying anything else."
"is it in the house somewhere?"
he says nothing.
"well, i'll look for it next week while you're gone."
"i'm gonna lock in it my car and take the keys."
guess i'll be waiting until next friday!
Wednesday, August 04, 2004
your comments, please!
yo. i've mentioned this before. yesterday. i hate swatching. i'm doing it though and i'm trying to like it, but it's hard. i really want to get my sox started! i know. i'm SO impatient.
i looked up "swatching" in google and came up with this list of tips that's helping me through this crucial step.
but now i have questions so i hope y'all will weigh in with your experiences:
read more about the joys of swatching!
Tuesday, August 03, 2004
[ what i'm listenin' to -- amel larrieux "bravebird" ]
today was a good day. not sure why, exactly. i was operating on only about 3 hours' sleep. work was slow. but i had a dance lesson this evening that i was looking forward to all day. that was so much fun!
9 days until my birthday!
i made dinner reservations at the melting pot for next saturday night, even though my 29th birthday is next friday (yes, friday the 13th). the lady i made the reservations with asked if we were celebrating anything special and i told her we're celebrating my birthday. she's like, "well you shouldn't be making your own dinner reservation!" then she said to tell my boyfriend that if he wants to plan anything special as a surprise to give the restaurant a call. so i called him to let him know and he says, "well i already got your present."
"what is it?"
"i'm not telling you."
"c'mon, give me a clue!"
maybe i'll "find" it next week when he's out of town for work :-) i'm not nosy, just curious. that's my story and i'm stickin' with it!
on the needles
i discovered this online class for basic ribbed socks and i'm trying it out. i'm swatching now. i'm using regia sock yarn and size 2 needles. i don't care for swatching (my usual method is to cast on and wing it) but there's a formula to follow and to do it correctly, you need to know your gauge. so i'm swatching away. i wonder if i'll have to go up in needle size. usually i end up going 1 or 2 sizes bigger. we'll see how it goes.the sorting hat says...
Sunday, August 01, 2004
[ what i'm listenin' to -- jimmy reid "india"]
i just got hip to a new-to-me yarn store yesterday. it's called the yarn shop and it's in columbus, ohio. actually i went there once before but it was years ago and i was in a hurry so i didn't spend more than about1.5 minutes in there. anyway, one of my best friends and i went there yesterday and had a -great- time. we are both fairly new to knitting (been doing it less than a year) and needed help finding appropriate yarn for patterns. the ladies there were very friendly and helpful. they had so many different yarns, books, patterns, even knitted/crocheted items for sale! we were like kids in a candy store! turns out that i didn't even buy yarn for a sweater i want to make; i raided the binsin the clearance section instead :-) i got about 5 balls of regia sock yarn (can i make a pair of socks from one ball of this stuff?) and about 6 balls of some lovely soft pink yarn called solero. got this for $2/ball. now you see why i LOVE clearance bins! i think i'll use this to make some pretty pink socks for my nieces. and maybe a pair for me!
Friday, July 30, 2004
[ what i'm listenin' to miles davis (Album - Birth of The Cool) ]
i got an FO!
let's see. i finished Maya's mittens last night. then i cast on to make her a matching hat. TDS says she loves knitted hats, so that's exactly what she'll get! i'm going to make it like a stocking cap. maybe with a pom-pom or something on the end. i'm still working the ribbing, now but i'll do some more of it tonight.
i started and frogged the cloverleaf sox about 4 times yesterday. i was home sick from work. (long story short, i was dealing with some "girl issues." y'all know the kind i'm talking about.) anyway, i started with the required 60 stitches but by the end of the first pattern repeat, i had less than what i started with. i dunno how the hell that happens but it did. tomorrow when NAM are hanging out, we plan to hit about 3 yarn shops in town so i'm gonna pick up some sock yarn. maybe that will help. i was using some baby weight yarn for those sox. i need to get started on the making waves sox too.
a new hobby
yeah. like i need one of those. but i want to start sewing. i don't really want to spend a bunch of money on a new sewing machine. i've been checking ebay, of course, but i recently got hip to freecycle. i signed up, and put out a message for a sewing machine. someone near newark said he had a bunch of sewing machines and would check to make sure there was one in working order. best part of this is that it's FREE. for real. go to the website and see for yourself. cheap is good, but free is, well, better.
about that cardigan...
i was happily swatching away for that accordion cardigan and stopped by the LYS that i got that yarn from to pick up some more and wouldn't ya know they don't have any more? i'm not surprised, really, but i was hoping they woud have some. when i go there tomorrow, i will take the pattern along with me and choose an appropriate yarn. wish me luck!
Monday, July 26, 2004
i'm tired of fiddlin' with this knit tracker thing! i've downloaded the images to my own server but i can't get the code right so that it points to the images. it's giving me a headache so i'll sleep on it. maybe something will "click" in my brain tonight.
OKC: i'm making nice progress on my 2nd mitten. hope to finish in the next few days so i can work on that accordion cardigan, a pair of baby socks and whatever else i feel like working on.
meantime, it's hella late so i'm gonna go cut JWJ's hair then go to bed.
Wednesday, July 21, 2004
one mitten, coming right up!
all that's left is to knit the thumb and mitten #1 is done! methinks mitten #2 should go much quicker now that i have a pretty good idea of what to do. i had NAM's daughter try it on for fit...and it was perfect. my little cousin will love it! i think i'll make her a hat out of the same yarn.
(special thanks to knitlisters marina, catherine, judi, marie, sue, karin, dorothea, karen and judy for being so incredibly helpful!)
the stashbuster afghan is no more!
in other news, i decided to abandon the stashbuster afghan. i know, i just started the thing. but i honestly didn't want to knit an afghan. at least not a plain ol' garter stitch one. so...i raided my yarn stash, putting aside all the stuff i was sure i wouldn't use. boxed it up and...gave it away to NAM. i was tired of looking at it, and anyway, isn't gluttony a sin? plus....i want to upgrade my stash a bit. nice wool, cashmere, mohair. not that there's anything wrong with the lovely acrylics i have! oh, what's that you say? i'm becoming a YARN SNOB? well, maybe a little...but in a -good- way!
swatches...not just for telling time!
(surely i'm not the only one who remembers SWATCH watches...and had more than one! my first one came with a mini swiss army knife...)
anyway, i started a swatch for the accordion sweater. my office gets so dang-on cold (i generally don't like air conditioning) that i decided to make a sweater to keep at work. now, realistically, it could very well be winter before the thing is finished, but hey, sweaters are always good to have in winter! i have about 1-1/2 skeins of a lovely yarn i'd like to use. i'm hoping my LYS has more of it. the problem with this LYS, though, is that it's more like a warehouse or something. they don't have labels on the yarn. everything is sold in bulk and you pay by the ounce. so for acrylics and cottons, which is most of what they have, it can end up being a great deal. this is the same dark gray yarn that i used to make the cabled mini bag (pictures coming eventually). looks like it will make a lovely cozy sweater.
so while we're talking about swatches...how do you do yours? my gauge for this sweater should be: 18 sts/ 28 rows=4" in stockinette. i'm making my swatch probably about 5"x5" (maybe a little bigger) with a garter stitch border. i figure this will help the swatch lie nice and flat when i measure (and plus it will look nice whenever i get around to assembling a nice knitting journal). is this appropriate? or should i just do 18 stitches and 28 rows and see if it measures to 4"?
Monday, July 19, 2004
...of my stashbuster afghan. you may be able to tell that i started with 2 different shades of red before going to the rainbow multi yarn. we'll just see how this works out. like i've said, it's easy, just plain knitting. i have no idea how many stitches i cast on, so i have no idea how big the thing will be. i'm not sure what i'll do when/if i run out of rainbow colored yarn. we'll just keep knitting and see what happens. it will be functional, even if it's not gorgeous. but it's the means to and end so i try to keep that in mind. i think this would definitely qualify as bad ass knitting :-)
Sunday, July 18, 2004
i'm almost finished with my mini cabled bag. it's blocked and sewn...now i'm just whipping up the i-cord strap. i'm pretty excited that i figured out how to make i-cord (thanks to my handy dandy stitch n bitch book!). i still have to find a neat button to use for a closure, but aside from that i plan to finish the strap and attach it sometime today!
Thursday, July 15, 2004
so my task for the next few months is to try to use up a decent amount of the yarn that's in my stash. until i do this, i simply cannot justify buying any new yarn. earlier today i was pawing through my big huge 53-gallon storage bin where i keep my yarn (mostly organized by color in big plastic bags), and found a few skeins of yarn that has a stitch gauge of 2.5 stitches per inch on size 15 US needles. i have 4 full and 2 partial skeins of this yarn, which is classic elite weekend cotton. the 4 full skeins are about 100 grams/51 yards. so i'm wondering...what the heezy can i make out of this? it's really pretty...variegated...colors range from medium blue to light green (some might call this celery or celadon or something along those lines).
i'm halfway thinking about trying to make a shawl out of it. i'd make it like i was making one of those tried and true dishcloths:
* Cast on 4 stitches
* Knit 4 stitches
* Knit 2 sts, yarnover, knit to end
* Repeat Row 3 until it's as big as I want it ... then cast off.
maybe i'll try using bigger needles -- size 19 or 20 maybe? -- to make it lacier. that would be a nice experiment. i'll work on it -after- i eat some cobbler. num num :-)
Tuesday, July 13, 2004
a woman restaurant owner in Delaware, Ohio thought briefly about retiring a few years ago, but changed her mind. she said, "What am I going to do . . . sit at home and knit?"
my answer: "HELL ,YEAH!!!"
this brief article was in today's columbus dispatch:
Purl from the past returns
A new generation can honor the past as the American Red Cross brings back its ‘‘Knit Your Bit’’ kit.
The kit, which features the tools to knit a pair of soft socks, was launched during World War I and became an even more visible sign of aid and comfort to U.S. troops during World War II. The homemade socks also served a practical purpose, as many American textile mills and manufacturers were tapped to produce military goods.
The 2004 version comes in a collectible tin that includes an insert with original-era poster artwork along with needles, yarn and instructions.
‘‘With the growing popularity in knitting, especially among young adults, we saw this as an opportunity to share an interesting bit of Red Cross history with a younger generation,’’ said Darren Irby of the Red Cross.
Irby noted that the knitting section of the Red Cross Web site has seen a boom in traffic during the past few years, with knitters seeking historic patterns.
The Knit Your Bit kit sells for $25, with proceeds supporting the organization.
On the Internet: www.redcross remembers.org.
Monday, July 12, 2004
what you see above, gentle reader, is only a fraction of my stash of knitting needles. this, clearly, does not include my dpns or circs. this is straights only. but truth be told, it's only part of the straights that i own. i have several huge pairs, ranging in size from 13 to 20. they wouldn't fit in the vase. yes, i planned to cut a huge bunch of daisies today and put them in here, but i decided it would make a better home for my needles.
Sunday, July 11, 2004
i decided to measure my progress so far to see how much more i had to go before decreasing for the top of the mitten. the book says that the finished mitten length is supposed to be 7-1/2". what the...? is it me, or does that seem obscenely long for a 5-year-old's hand? heck, MY hand (from the heel of my hand to tip of middle finger) is 7-1/2" long. could this be a typo, ya think? or am i measuring totally wrong?
i'm not sure whether i ought to keep going until i reach the finished length as stated in the book, or just wing it and see what happens. this is just the "rough draft" mitten. luckily one of my "best good friends" has a 6 year old daughter who i could try the mitten on to see how it fits. i may see her tomorrow so maybe i'll try being patient until then :-)
in the meantime, if y'all have any more words of advice for a novice mitten knitter, please do le me know!
OK, you knit the first 2 stitches of the round. Very carefully take
them off of the needle by threading a length of yarn through them. I
usually use cotton yarn in a bright color that does not match
whatever yarn I'm knitting with. It makes it easier for me to see.
For a twisted M1, you lift the yarn between the stitch you've just
knit and the stitch that is next to be knit, place it on the left
needle, and knit into the back leg of it. Most of the knitting
magazines or basic knit books have pictures of this. I don't
understand why they have you doing it here, though. If you've just
put the first 2 stitches on a piece of waste yarn, doing a twisted M1
increase is going to make those 2 stitches pull in way too much.
> cast on 4 sts over the thumb hole.
You will have a much easier time with this if you just use a simple
backwards loop cast on for these 4 stitches. Trust me on this one,
I've tried other methods & this one seems to be simplest, and the
results look great.
I'm assuming that you started off with probably 31 stitches? If you
put 2 of those stitches on waste yarn, you would then have 29
stitches. Casting on 4 stitches for the top of the thumb hole would
then give you 33 stitches.
> working in striped pattern, knit until mitten is finished length,
less 6 rounds.
Or, knit until the mitten part above the ribbing is about the length
from the base of the palm to the tip of your little finger. You'll
then probably be reducing stitches for the next 6 rounds.
> next round: K2, place on a piece of waste yarn
> (this is the first thing i don't get)
or put on a holder. putting it on a piece of scarp
yarn is less intrusive. use a yarn needle and pick up
those stitches and let them swing free!
> with twisted M1, cast on 4 sts over the thumb hole.
> you will have 33 stitches. (HUH?)
I'm going to assume you have 29 sts around?
an M1 is like a pick up. Um. You know, I would use
either a cable or half-hitch pick up for this. the
point being that you are creating a hole for the thumb
to go thru. basically you need four new stitches not
attached to the knitting below.
Though I'm not familiar with your specific pattern, I've made a lot
of mittens and they're all basically the same. You wrote:
"... next round: K2, place on a piece of waste yarn (this is the
first thing i don't get) with twisted M1, cast on 4 sts over the
thumb hole. you will have 33 stitches ..."
When you're making a thumb, you first have to 'park' some stitches
on a piece of waste yarn while you continue knitting the rest of the
mitten. Later you'll return to these stitches, place them on some
needles, pick up a few more stitches around the circle which is the
thumb hole and knit the thumb separately.
So, your pattern says to K 2, leaving these on your right-hand
needle. Then you'll need to thread the next X-number of stitches
(your snip doesn't say, it's probably about ? 10 ? sts which you
created by increasing, usually including and between the two M1
stitches) onto a piece of waste yarn - I use a yarn needle - and
remove them from your left-hand needle. Leave these dangling all on
their own until you're ready to knit the thumb later. Then, pulling
on your working yarn a bit to tighten the gap created by the parked
stitches, cast on 4 sts onto the right-hand needle. On your needles
you should now have 33 sts. Keep on knitting the remainder of your
mitten according to your pattern.
When it's time to knit the thumb, you'll thread the parked stitches
onto some needles and pick up probably about ? 4 ? stitches around
the thumb hole to complete the circle which will be the thumb.
There's inevitably a bit of a gap somewhere here so afterwards I use
the thumb's yarn ends to darn this area and make it stronger.
I think what this pattern is trying to get you to do is what we call a folk thumb - where you put aside a few live stitches on a big safety pin or 12" length of string or yarn (not the yarn you are knitting with), then cast on the same number (or a one or two less) at the same spot on the next round, then close the hole. If your mitt is about 33 st around, that might mean putting aside 6-10 stitches on the bottom of the thumb hole, and on the next round, casting on about that many stitches across the top of the thumb hole.
You have to make this hole fit the base of your 5-year-old's thumb, and I routinely find patterns too tight in there. To tell the truth, you are going to do better to abandon the pattern at this point, try something out, try it on the little girls hand, see if it fits, and redo it bigger or smaller if it doesn't. Go biggish for best fit, and then when you pick up the stitches for the thumb and work it up, you can knit two together every once in a while to snug it to the thumb as you go up. This leaves some ease at the base of the thumb, which allows for comfort.
When you cast on the stitches over the top of the thumb hole, the pattern recommends a M1 cast on. Its just a bunch of backward e's. You don't want it to unravel while you knit to the top of the hand. Any cast on will do. You can use www.google.com for M1 cast-on and probably find directions on the Web. Whatever you did to cast on the cuff works too.
Saturday, July 10, 2004
okay. so after requesting help from the wise ones on the knitlist, this whole thing about how in the world to make thumb holes in mittens became crystal clear. when i got home this evening, i couldn't wait to jump right in. but i played a few games of tonk and spades with JWJ and his parents (and sipped on a jack daniels downhome punch) before getting cozy on the couch with my needles. i just did what the directions said and ended up with a lovely mitten hole!
thanks to everyone who emailed me about how to do this, especially: starr, dolma, robin and catherine.
i like the striped pattern, but i'm going to use this mitten as "rough draft" LOL the rest of the mitten will be done with the plain purple yarn. i'm tired of changing colors every 2 or 3 rows! that would make for an awful lot of ends to weave in at the end! for the "real" mittens maybe i'll use the variegated or something to make it interesting.
and speaking of stripes...does anyone have a better way of joining yarn? all i've been doing is tying on the new yarn to the old and knitting away. i don't like that method very much but i don't know any alternatives. holla if you can help!
Friday, July 09, 2004
[ what i'm listenin' to | back in the day (puff) -- erykah badu ]
i started making my first pair of mittens (christmas gift for a young cousin who's about 5-ish), and i've gotten to a part that i don't quite understand how to do. i've gotten past the cuff and thumb gore, now it's time to make the thumb hole.
the directions for the thumb hole:
- next round: K1, place on a piece of waste yarn (this is the first thing i don't get)
- with twisted M1 (i get how to do that), cast on 4 sts over the thumb hole. you will have 33 stitches. (HUH?)
- working in striped pattern, knit until mitten is finished length, less 6 rounds.
(how the heezy do i know?!)
what the feezy does all this mean? anyone? anyone? if you can help me make sense of this...PLEASE do!
Thursday, July 08, 2004
i didn't bring any knitting to work today. i feel so...naked LOL even if i don't get a chance to -do- any knitting during my workday, i at least like to have some with me. i will start those baby socks tonight...after JWJ and i clean the house in preparation of his parents' visit. shouldn't take long if we just hunker down and get it finished. that oughtta leave plenty of time for knitting. or maybe i'l -finally- put that hutch together for my desk so i can clear my desk of junk.
but now i gotta get going and get ready for work.
Wednesday, July 07, 2004
so for the past several days there has been a thread on knitlist about grateful and ungrateful recipients. personally, i've never encountered ungrateful ones, but many people have. it's sad, really. but then again maybe most people don't understand -why- people knit stuff when they can just get stuff from the store. but i'll save that for another post.
anyway, i was so excited to finally finish the baby booties i made for my co-worker tracy's new baby girl, alexandra. tracy was not at her desk when i got to work so i left them for her (we work for the same company, but on different floors). she called me later this afternoon, saying she was nearly in tears because the booties are so beautiful, and that she didn't want to even put them on alexandra. ha! that nearly made -me- cry! but then, and this is the best part if you ask me, she asked me to teach her how to knit. she even offered to pay me! but for me, sharing the art of the craft is payment enough.
and because i'm so thrilled that she loved the booties, i just started on a pair of cabled socks for the baby. baby stuff is so much fun to make, i swear. little alexandra is going to turn into my baby-stuff guinea pig...since i don't have any babies of my own :-)
Tuesday, July 06, 2004
okay so i haven't gotten the 2nd bootie finished yet. i'll try to finish tonight. i wanted to get it done yesterday but spent the whole day with mi familia, and got into a game of trivial pursuit...so much for knitting! this is my first day back to work after slightly more than a week-long vacation. i'm SO not ready for this, but here goes!
i finished the bootie...YAY!
Saturday, July 03, 2004
whew! i -finally- got the first baby bootie finished. i'll cast on for its mate today and get it done by monday. you see i crocheted a cute shell-stitch edging around the cuff...makes it much girlier :-) even JWJ said it was cute and that's a word that hardly EVER comes out of his mouth haha
Friday, July 02, 2004
i've been fooling with this thing for the better part of the afternoon, trying to get it all set up. which means that i have NOT been knitting. so i'm gonna get back to it. i want those booties finished by monday!
oh yeah i learned the long-tail cast on the other day. i like it so much better than my old standby, the knit on cast on. so i'mma stick with it. until i learn another one, that is.
Thursday, July 01, 2004
Monday, June 21, 2004
i decided i wanted to learn how to knit cables. so...i picked up my sticks, surfed over to this neat-o site and got busy! it's SO much easier than i thought it would be. this example is made with pink red heart super saver yarn (100% virgin acrylic) on size 10 needles. it's a six-stitch left-slanting cable, done over 14 stitches. i am just so impressed with myself right now. next thing i'll learn is how to do cables without cable needles!
aw shucks. gotta whip up another one...it's too small for him to get over his hands...but it fits a bottle of beer just right! :-)
Monday, May 31, 2004
here it is, just before finishing the toe. i looked around like a madwoman for a yarn needle but couldn't find one (i left my regular knitting bag at work on friday...DUH!) so believe it or not, i managed to do the kitchener stitch with my hands. it was a little tough because i had never done it before and had to rely on pictures in one of my knitting books, but i finally finshed it. i cast on the mate this evening as well...don't want the first one to end up an orphan!
Sunday, May 30, 2004
Wednesday, April 28, 2004
almost done with my brother's first london beanie. i've been taking these pix with the camera in my cell phone...they're not the best but they get the point across. this one is black with 2 gray stripes and 1 white stripe. i hope to finish this tonight and start another one in brown with tan and eggshell stripes.
then i will whip up a red, black and green wristband for my honeybear. not sure why he wants it but he does so i'll make it for him. and i really will start a sweater for my nephew this week too. GOT to get started on those christmas presents :-)
and about that sock...
i've had to rip out the heel flap several times. aaarrrrgggghhh. that's what i get for trying to work on it while watching tv or doing whatever else. as soon as i finish the pair (yes i'm still on the FIRST ONE!) i'm going to give them to my grandmother. her feet get cold at night, and these socks are thick and warm so they should keep her feet toasty! i hope she doesn't mind the psychedelic rainbow colors :-)