Wednesday, August 29, 2007
I've used Bold for stuff I've done, italics for stuff I want to do one day, normal for stuff I'm not planning on doing, and red for stuff I've never even heard of.
Knitting with metal wire
Knitting with camel yarn
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Sweater well, I'm doing one right now... does that count?
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Cardigan making one for mom for xmas this year
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns
Publishing a knitting book
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Dyeing with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with DPNs
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting - ??
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Gloves one, and one alone... and never again
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Knitting in public
Monday, August 27, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Both of these are Lorna's Laces sock yarn. The purpley one will be a pair of Monkeys for myself. The pinstripe black and gray will be a pair of socks for my husband. Am I excited to start these? Kinda, they are socks... socks make good bus knitting so I know I will get to these in time.
New Silky Wool picked up in Seattle with this pattern.
Laceweight in a chocolate brown I couldn't resist. Folk Shawls Fir Cone Shawl. See Eunny's as an example.
This one for my step-mom.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Jaywalkers for my Secret Pal. Although I love the pattern and am excited to complete these, I really don't like the bamboo dpns... Perhaps they are just cheap needles, but I constantly feel like I'm going to break them and therefore it's slow going and frustrating to knit... I see new metal DPNs in my near future. In fact, these may go on hold until I aquire those needles.
The second Hedra, almost done. These were fun to knit, but I prefer monkeys. This last sock will be finished this week, promise.
Mystery Stole 3, this is the neglected one. I have all the clues to finish this one now... and really should finish it up... yup... I really should... Maybe in September, yes, I'll tackle it again in September.
The very long forgotten, I started Mariah a few months ago. In fact this was one of the patterns that made me want to knit... so you'd really think I'd have finished it by now... I wonder why I got side tracked, perhaps summer came and the thought of knitting a jacket just didn't seem appealing in the heat. I will take another look at this one as soon as I finish the Wheat-ear cable yoke.
And of course the most recent is my Wheat-ear cable yoke, coming along swimmingly. I'm hoping to get most of this done during my weekend away, this weekend.
Second you find much more yarn in your stash than you remember ever buying. But more to come on that tomorrow.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
1. What is the one knitting accessory you could not live without?
Measuring tape, without it my garments would be quite ridonkulous looking I'm sure.
2. If you're heading on vacation, do you take knitting with you? Ifso, how much and what type of project?
Of course :) It all depends on the length and type of trip, but socks are always a good bet as they are very portable. However if it's something like a long flight, I might take something bigger like a sweater.
3. Where have you travelled to that you'd consider your favorite spot?
Hands down, Japan. I loved it there, mostly in Kyoto and the smaller cities, but Tokyo was very busy with things to do... so really all of Japan.
4. What is your favorite knitting book at the moment? Do you own it?
Victorian Lace Today: Books: Jane Sowerby. Yes I own it, I couldn't resist.
5. Do you listen to podcasts? Which is your favorite(s)?
no... what exactly is a podcast anyways?
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I also cast on for the Wheat-ear cable sweater in from the summer issue of Interweave Knits and so far so good. I'm using Cascade 220 colour Dune Heather. So there is a lot of green knitting going on right now. I'm also still working on the second Hedra sock during bus time and at lunch. Plenty of knitting to suite any mood I'm in :)
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Pattern and matterial to make knitting needle cases. I have been looking for something like this for a while now and the material in the US is SOOOO much cheaper than Canada so I simply had to pick this up.
Of course, more sock yarn mmmmmm... sock yarn. All from Portland's friendly Knit Purl
And a new project from Seattle's So Much Yarn, which is by far one of the nicest yarn stores I have ever visited.
And of course I knit while I was away, Hedras
The second one was started in Vancouver and I got about half way down the leg on the ferry trip home. I'll finish it up on the bus this week probably. Now... do I resist the urge to cast on numberous projects right now with this new yarn... OR, do I pick up MS3 which has been staring at me ever since I got home?
Friday, August 10, 2007
1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I like Lornas Laces, Baby Alpaca, and really anything soft. I don't like Acrylic or the eyelash/funky fibres.
2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
Currently an old plastic bucket, but I just returned from vacation with a pattern for a lovely needle case, including a circulars holder! I'm so excited!
3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I was taught to knit and crochet when I was really young, but didn't persue it. I picked up crocheting again about 6 years ago, and am now bored with it. Knitting was always in the background, but really picked up again for me in March of this year. I would consider myself an advanced beginner, who is willing to try anything new.
4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
No... but if I was to have one... it would include sock yarn, fingering weight shawl yarn, mohair, ooh - and a teach yourself to spin book, drop spindle and some fiber!
5. What's your favorite scent?
Hands down - coconut. I'm a coconut freak.
6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
Do I ever! hmmm favorite candy... do I really have to narrow it down? I think it's easier to say I don't like white or bitter dark chocolate, but anything else goes. Nuts with milk chocolate are a favorite right now, but so is the little penny candies, swedish berries, licorice(red or black) and salty things are lovely too.
7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I really want to learn how to spin and also weave... I also cross stitch occasionally, but find it's only good in small doses, and Scrapbooking does take up the majority of our spare room closet.
8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
MP3s are wonderful, I like all modern rock. I cannot express how much I love this local radio station http://thezone.fm/
9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
Favorite colors would have to be grey and purple. I can't stand anything bright, like bright orange or yellow, although a subtle yellow or a rusty orange are pretty close to the top of my list. I guess I like what you would consider Fall/Autumn colours.
10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
Happily married for 1.5 years, and Chearfully Childfree by choice. We have 2 cats and they rule the house. They are spoiled, beyond laughing... Dena was our little princess kitten who is also a manx so she has no tail and one hell of a personality. Sylus was adopted from the local SPCA, he chose us immediately, and is a real lap cat... he is sitting in my lap even now. They both just turned 4, and yes, we had little kitty birthday tuna cakes.
11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
I want to wear a poncho at the office cause our AC is outta wack so it's freezing, but have yet to make one. I wear some scarves, but am pretty picky. Hats are fun, and mittens are a must.
12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Socks are fast and easy so I love knitting those, but I always have an additional project going on as well. Currently my fascination is with shawls, pretty, lace, delicate, soft, shawls.
13. What are you knitting right now?
Hedra socks and MS3... and looking to cast on a new scarf pattern I got while on vacation this week.
14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
I love hand made gifts, LOVE.
15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Circulars, Knit Picks nickle plated DPNs, Addi Lace Turbos. I like bamboo, but only if it's really good quality.
16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
I have a yarn winder, but no swift.
17. How old is your oldest UFO?
I beleive that would be the MS3, so not long...6 weeks.
18. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas, Christmas, Christmas!
19. Is there anything that you collect?
African style masks. I love the animal ones (zebras, elephants, giraffes)
20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I subscribe to Interweave Knits.
Books: Fitted Knits, Knitting Vintage Socks, Stitch n Bitch the knitters handbook
Yarn: Hand Maiden Sea Silk, Hand Maiden Camelspin, and of course more Lornas Laces(you can never have enough)
Needles: Knit Picks Circulars, I currently only have their DPNS, but really want to try out their circulars. I was thinking about getting them in 2.5mm and trying out knitting socks on two circulars although I have no idea how.
Patterns: Flower Basket Shawl by Fibertrends
21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
socks - on two circulars, and toe up... not necessarily at the same time
Mobius - there is a pattern for cat beds using this method...
22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
I heart sock knitting. It is the best way to pass the bus commuting time.
Circumfrence: 8.5 inches
Foot Length: 9.5 inches
Heel Flap length: 2.5 inches (I put this in because in most patterns I've knit, the heel always ends up too long. Do I have small heels? Maybe.)
23. When is your birthday?
December 15th, which makes it very hard to book a dinner out for 8 or more (Christmas parties)
24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID?
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Check out those diamonds! I'm so proud :) Plus the Monkeys are done! mmm purple-ific!
So I will leave you with this FO's for a week. Have a good one, and I'll see you all back here on August 12 or so...