Saturday, November 20, 2010
Whaddya think? It's so warm. And just in time, too! The weather is due to be warm-ish tomorrow (in the mid-60s) but then will drop back to more seasonable temperatures. Next up is a hat for Chief Baby Brother!
But now it's time to work on my second thrummed mitten so that when it gets cold again my fingers won't freeze. G'night :-)
Monday, November 15, 2010
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Jamieson's Shetland Heather aran weight yarn. Color: Mallard. Quantity: 17 50-gram balls. This will make an awesome sweater!
Originally uploaded by mzundercover
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Sunday, August 08, 2010
Hopefully one of these days (soon!) I will have the money saved up to put my dream spinning wheel on layaway. Until then, Liesl (my Louet spindle ... maybe I should give her a Dutch name rather than a German one?) is worth her weight in gold!
Back to the studio to make some more goodies for my brand new etsy shop. Check it out, and tell me what you think!
Friday, August 06, 2010
Meantime, this will have to be a short post. Gotta focus on my "day job" ... maybe the more I focus, the quicker the day will go and the sooner I can be home experimenting in the studio!
Ciao for now, amigos :-)
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Soooooo, with that, off I go to find a cool spot for knitting. It's hot as hell outside and inside so I will be near a fan for sure. I'll post another pic as soon as the knitting is finished, which will hopefully be sometime this evening.
Bye for now,
Monday, June 14, 2010
Gizmo checked out just fine at the vet this afternoon; aside from a tick on his right ear everything was great! No ear mites or anything, his heart rate and temperature were all normal. Yay ... that means we get to keep him!! I'm so happy I could just pee (my parents used to have a cocker spaniel puppy who peed every time he got excited about something haha). He was SUCH a good boy during the whole examination and getting his shots, too. So now that makes 4 kitties here at home (3 boys, 1 girl) and I think we have reached our kitty threshold! He's going back to the vet in 2 weeks to get neutered and two weeks after that for booster shots etc.
So that's all the good news from here. I wish I could close out with a picture of the little guy but he's somewhere sleeping and I'd love to get a photo that shows off his eyes and cute little face. Maybe next time? And I'll be back soon with more of my haul from the Great Lakes Fiber Show, promise!
Edited to add ... a PICTURE!!!
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Yesterday I was so excited to meet up with my friends jcoop and knitonepurltoo for a little knitting in public at The Slow Train Cafe. Slow Train is a new coffeehouse/cafe type of place that I think will quickly gain in popularity. When I got there yesterday the place was jam-packed with people watching World Cup soccer (England v. USA) but luckily my friends had already secured a table ... whew! We sat there for a few hours, happily chatting and knitting away on our socks. jcoop was knitting a pattern from WendyKnits (I don't remember which one, though), knitonepurltoo was knitting Leyburn socks and I was knitting Treads (<-- Rav link!). What a great way to spend a weekend afternoon, just hanging out with friends! I hope there will be more of this fun and fellowship over the summer months. Maybe I could stand a chance of actually FINISHING something if I have nice long blocks of knitting time?
Right now, though, it's time for breakfast. I think the Mr. is in the kitchen chefing something up ... yum! I am also going to nuzzle with the new kitty (who's going to the vet tomorrow). That little guy totally has me wrapped around his little paw!
Friday, June 11, 2010
This little guy (and yes, we know for sure he's male!) found us last night and he is probably a keeper, so long as he checks out okay at the vet. He's just so sweet and loveable and he kinda made himself at home last night. Spent lots of time nuzzling with me, made his way right to the food bowl and even got cozy on the couch for a moment. We decided to keep him sequestered from the other cats last night (well, once we got them all inside, which wasn't until around 2am -yawn!-) and this guy spent the night in the basement. But boy, this morning as I was leaving for work, he spent about 15 minutes saying, "Good Meow-ning!" :-)
Edited to add: I am thinking of names for this little cutie (even though my fella says I'm thinking too hard and that the right name will come when it's time). But just in case it doesn't ... do y'all have any ideas?
In any case, I will keep trying to post every day this month, even though I blew it. At least I made it for a few more days than the last time I tried to do this in November 2009. Gonna go try to find my cat so I can finally go to bed.
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Monday, June 07, 2010
Hopefully I'll feel better tomorrow and post more of my Great Lakes Fiber Show goodies.
Sunday, June 06, 2010
Saturday, June 05, 2010
So I decided yesterday that I need to "train" for this event. I so wish I had a Majacraft Suzie Pro that could be properly "christened" for this event but I don't so I will be using a drop spindle. I finally broke out my new Louet top whorl spindle that I bought last year during the Yarn Discovery Tour. It's SO much better than the student spindle I'd been using. Anyway, I started training last night and as of this afternoon I have this:
I am using some Punta wool from Highland Handmades. I just found out that Punta is a region in South America, not a type of sheep! Anyway, this colorway is called "Harbinger" and I love it! It's shades of red with a wee bit of purple and a teensy bit of palest pink. Isn't it spinning up nicely?
I read a blog post from Girl Meets Needle today and she was talking about pre-drafting some yarn that she's spinning for a shawl and I'm like oooooooh. So I did some pre-drafting but then I couldn't wait to spin. It's still a little lumpy, and the spots where I'm joining new fiber are a little awkward but it looks like yarn doesn't it! This is a refreshing change from spinning plain undyed fiber. I thought maybe I should save the pretty dyed stuff until I get more skilled at spinning but nevermind that foolishness! I've no clue what this lovely stuff will become once it's all spun up. Maybe a cowl or a hat or ... ?
So maybe I'll go pre-draft some more, or knit for a while. Either way I will be dreaming of the day when I have a spinning wheel of my very OWN!
Friday, June 04, 2010
Now back to my regularly scheduled work day. Talk to ya later!
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
These are hand-poured pewter buttons from The Ram's Horn (but incidentally, I don't see these buttons listed on the site!). I saw them and HAD to have them. I think they will be perfect on a hand knit sweater ... haven't decided which sweater pattern yet (and you can see from my last post that I already have quite a few things on the needles already. But I have a potential yarn picked out for said sweater ... just have to knit a swatch and see how the buttons will look with it. These are really special buttons, though, so the yarn and the pattern have to be special too! As you can see, I have 8 of these buttons ... plenty for one sweater or maybe even 2 (for cardigans that only button part of the way, for example). Either way, I'm supremely happy with this find, and can't wait to get to the point where I can actually PUT them on something. Though, I must admit that just looking at them is mighty satisfying, too.
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Anyhoo, this lovely sock yarn is from Creatively Dyed Yarn.
The yarn is called Sami, but unfortunately I don't know the colorway because it's not labeled. But lemme tell ya, it's beautiful. Kind of beet red/purple, which I don't have any of in my wardrobe anywhere but it doesn't really matter (sorry I can't get a better picture ... the sun's gone down so there's no natural light). It will make some lovely socks. Not NOW because I have a bunch of other WIPs that I need to finish up. Including ...
- Eric's socks. Currently knitting down the foot of sock #2.
- May baby sweater. All that's left is to finish up the body and knit the sleeves.
- XOXO scarf for Nyketa. Maybe if I get my act together I can finish by the end of June. Especially since she asked for it for Christmas 2009!
- Clapotis. Beautiful, pink Clapotis knitted in lace-weight Malabrigo. On size 0 or 1. Something *really* small. So yeah, it is pretty much taking forever. Well, that and the fact that I haven't knitted on it since like, November maybe? Yeah.
- Top-down pullover for me. Body's all finished, gotta knit sleeves. Easy mindless knit, but it's 100% worsted weight wool and it's been in the 80s here lately. This might go into hibernation until after summer. But then again, if I just finish it, it will be ready to wear come Autumn/Winter when I'll really need it.
- Thrummed mittens. I started these just as spring was approaching then it got too warm for thrummed mittens so I put them aside. Will pick them up in Autumn for sure, and then knit a pair for my Momma. She lives in the desert southwest so why she wants some wool thrummed mittens is beyond me but I will knit them because she asked! Better yet, maybe I'll knit some for her next month while I'm visiting. It'll be a good reason to go to a yarn shop for some Noro Kureyon and roving!
Sunday, May 30, 2010
My main goal was to do some "investigative research" on spinning wheels. I am itching to buy my first wheel, but I don't want to make a huge investment like that until I'm sure of what I like. Makes sense, right? So we got there and decided to look at all the vendors before buying anything (great plan!). There was so much to see! Vendors from all over the country were there, including some folks that I follow on Twitter (like CreativelyDyed). The fiber was soft and colorful, the yarns were amazing, the animals were fun to watch, and the people were very friendly. So off we went! Made our first rounds, stopped for lunch ("fair" food, ya know ... french fries, lemonade, Jan had a pulled pork sandwich and I had an Italian sausage sandwich. Yum!), and then started round two. That's when I saw some wheels (-drool!-)
Monday, May 24, 2010
It's time for Stitch N Pitch @ the Indians game! I'm here with Nyketa. It's our first SNP and so far it's fun. Look at Slider joking around with some fans in our section. But note to selves: next time eat at home, or else go broke buying stadium food! Now to pull out some knitting ...
Friday, May 14, 2010
So I'm in West Lafayette, Indiana for a couple of conferences this week (leaving today actually) and some of the knitter among us visited a local yarn shop called River Knits. I decided to specifically look for yarn to knit the famous February Lady Sweater. Look at the great yarn I found ... 100% wool from Jojoland. 110 yard balls for $3.75 each! What a great deal! I bought 10 balls (more than enough for FLS) plus 4 more to maybe knit something to match. I'm really excited and can't wait to finish some stuff so I can cast on!
Monday, May 10, 2010
My friend Heather saw me knitting socks at the 2008 USAIN conference and recently asked me to give her a lesson on knitting socks. I bought her a set of double pointed needles, grabbed some charcoal gray yarn from my stash (one of her preferred colors) and printed out a color copy of the first sock pattern I knitted. In turn, she agreed to buy my dinner. We met up @ an Irish pub last night, where I got her started with casting on, joining the needles and knitting/purling in the round. She's doing great!
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Hi … I know I’ve been gone for a while. Life has kept me busy in general. Work, housework/chores, gardening, art class blah blah blah. It feels like months since I’ve knitted anything (though in reality it’s probably been less than two weeks!).
I recently finished a Seamless Yoked Baby Sweater (<-- RAVELRY LINK!!!) for a coworker’s new baby. Silly me … I forgot to take a pic of the finished sweater, but I hope to get a pic soon with the wee one wearing it. Thankfully I upsized it and she hasn’t yet outgrown it. That gives me hope for the next baby sweater that I will start soon for another (very) pregnant colleague. For some reason I haven’t been able to get my head out of my ass long enough to plan a baby gift in advance and only decided yesterday on a pattern. She had a baby shower at work today and I let her know that a sweater is forthcoming. It is still cool enough here for sweaters, especially for babies, but I will also upsize this sweater quite a bit so that the wee one (it’s a girl!) can hopefully still wear it when sweater weather returns later in the year. Oh, I guess I should tell you that for this baby I’m knitting the February Baby Sweater from the inimitable Elizabeth Zimmermann (EZ). I am a HUGE fan of top-down raglan style sweaters, and at some point this year I want to knit the February Lady Sweater for me me me!!! Yeah, pay no attention to those WIPs in the sidebar …
Later this week I will continue with the Stash Yarn of the Week, and it will likely be the yarn I’ve chosen for the FBS I just told you about. Oh, I should also tell you that I’m knitting that sweater in a lovely medium lavender color … still “girly” but not pink. And that reminds me, I will need to get buttons for the sweater this weekend. What a great excuse to stop by my favorite LYS in search of the perfect buttons!
Speaking of shopping at local, independent shops have y’all heard of The 3/50 Project? Essentially it’s a way that all of us can save our local economies … by helping the “brick and mortars our nation is built on.” My quaint little town has several of these types of shops and I try to spread my $50 around, not always to the same ones (although the yarn shop is one exception!).
Anyway, thanks for listening to me ramble. I might try casting on and knitting a few rows of this new project. Then again, maybe I won’t. The idea of going to sleep is winning over the idea of knitting. Tomorrow is another day.
And until then, good night!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Yarn Name: Cashmere Island
Yarn Content: 30% cashmere, 60% wool, 10% nylon
Total yardage: 330
This beautiful yarn was on sale at my LYS this week and these 3 skeins were calling my name! Couldn't resist bringing them home with me. I think they might eventually become fingerless mitts and cowl. But I'm always looking for ideas ... what would you make with this beautiful stuff?
Monday, March 29, 2010
Originally uploaded by mzundercover
More yarn from Natalie Demuth's stash. Looks like handspun ... it is thick and thin. I hope you can see all the wonderful colors in this yarn. I have what wound up to be 8 balls (no idea of yardage) but I thought it would make a nice cowl at least. Maybe a cowl and short fingerless mitts?
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Originally uploaded by mzundercover
This is from the stash of Natalie Demuth, a member of my guild who recently passed away. Her stash was brought to a guild meeting for members to take. This yarn is unlabeled but the "burn test" says it's part wool and part acrylic. It looks like Plymouth Encore (which is one of my favorites!) and this will knit up into a nice baby or charity item.
Anyone know how to get rid of the smell of mothballs?
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Originally uploaded by mzundercover
Well hello ....
I know I've been under the radar lately but I'm back now! Just wanted to pop in and show you a bit of the loveliness I've been knitting. A friend of mine had a baby recently and I'm knitting a lovely pink sweater for the wee one. It's not the sweater I originally had in mind -- was having troubles with that one -- but this one is working up quickly and beautifully. It's the Seamless Yoked Baby Sweater by Carol Barenys and you can find it on Ravelry or on the web. I hope to finish the knitting this weekend so I can sew on the cute pink heart-shaped buttons I bought for it. With any luck I can send the sweater and some other "welcome to the world" gifts.
But first, I must get to the grocery store so that I can cozy up with my crime dramas on DVR and my knitting. What a great weekend! Enjoy the rest of yours, too!
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
- I hate using double pointed needles (and straights, too -- see item 3).
- I don’t like when people that I’m not close to say something like, “Knit me a sweater!!” My “nice” answer is, “No, but I’ll teach YOU how to knit so you can knit your own sweater.” The not-so-nice answer which I say to myself is, “HELL NO!!”
- Once I found the joy and beauty and elegance of knitting on circs, I dropped my straight needles like hot rocks. I keep them in vases in my office. They are a nice decoration, if nothing else.
- I love sock yarn and am trying my best to get as much of it as I can.
- I find that I navigate toward reds and pinks, especially lately. Everything I am currently knitting (well except one thing) is a shade of red or pink.
- I am learning to appreciate the gauge swatch.
- Addi Turbos are my favorite circs and I always buy them 2 at a time. I think right now I have 2 each in sizes 0-6.
- I can’t stand knitting with “novelty” yarns … ladders, ribbons, eyelash and all that other crap is not for me. At. All. I'll use it on occasion but only if I have to!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Originally uploaded by mzundercover
My thrummed mittens are FINALLY finished and I lent them to the yarn shop to advertise the workshop I will be leading in a couple of weeks! Only got to wear them for a few days but they were sooooo warm. Looking forward to helping others have warm hands for the rest of the winter!
Friday, January 22, 2010
Saturday, January 02, 2010
I wish I could say that I've spent nearly every spare moment of my vacation knitting (working on the few projects that are currently on my needles. Part of my vacation was spent sick in bed, unfortunately! My mom successfully doctored me back to health and after a few days under her care, I felt halfway human. But I still didn't do much knitting, which means that I still need to finish 3.5 dishcloths for Momma's annual Christmas gift. Also have to finish Eric's second sock (I was going great guns on it but messed up a cable and couldn't fix it so I had to rip and re-knit), and also need to finish my laceweight Clapotis. I'm prioritizing those projects in that exact order and would love to finish all of them by the end of January, so that I can start my "Incredible Custom-Fit Raglan Sweater" for my "Ravelympics 2010" project (careful, that's a Ravelry link!).
So in other news, I will share what "Santa" brought me for Christmas ... gee I must have been very good this year! My parents bought me some cute stuff, including a "Porn for Women" wall calendar, a neat mug that I can use for sipping my morning tea, and a couple of charms for my Pandora bracelet! I got some Christmas money from other family members too, and my honey gave me an Amazon.com gift card. So what did I buy? Knitting stuff of course! I got 4 of Cat Bordhi's books:
- Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters: Book Two in the New Pathways for Sock Knitters Series
- New Pathways for Sock Knitters: Book One
- A Second Treasury of Magical Knitting
- A Treasury of Magical Knitting
That's all for now, dears. Methinks it's finally time to cozy up in bed and head off to dreamland. Hope your New Year is productive, fun and full of knitting. May your yarn never tangle, and may your dye lots always match!
Until next time,