Monday, January 28, 2008


***Any knitters with queasy stomachs should probably bypass this post. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Way back in the summer time I started this beautiful lace stole. Because lace takes me such a ridiculously long ass time to knit I decided not to bore you all with the details until I had one half finished and had started the other half (it's one of those deals that you do two halves then graft them together.)

I' mostly a social knitter complex projects don't get a whole lot of time, but I diligently worked on my stole for months and then put it away for x-mas knits and other interests.
X-mas knits are over and Laurie's hat has been gifted (she loved it by the way - was very excited about the foldedness said it would keep her ears warmer) so I broke out the waves stole to start work on it again.
There are no words to explain what happened. Well - actually I had quite a few choice ones at the time but none that are appropriate to put in to print. Can you see? No? I'll blow it up for you - hold your breath...

Yea - ain't that some shit. My guess is something ate it. Makes a knitter want to cry. There may have even been a few tears. Took me a month to gather the strength to photograph it. Still haven't the heart to throw it out. (*&%$)@#\$#&^* BUGS!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


I think I did something seriously wrong.

I have a hard time plying on the hitchhiker so I plied it on the Ashford. The whole time I'm plying I'm thinking - this doesn't really look right. Only an idiot would do the ENTIRE bobbin before she decided to investigate! Hi my name is idiot - it's very nice to meet you. I think maybe I plied it backwards. The entire bobbin... I suck.

Luckily I have cool ass non-knit friends who find me cute little knitting things to make me feel better.

It's got yummy green apple mints in it. However I'm sorely tempted to dump out the mints so we can skip ahead to the stitch marker tin.

Monday, January 21, 2008


Wow. Just wow. This yarn is so beautiful. It's one of the new STR raven colorways. It's called Rook-y. It's going to grow up to be Jeannie. I can not wait to start!!

Friday, January 18, 2008


The startitis is kickin my butt. Meet the multi-directional scarf.

Any of you who may have been here a while may be a little shocked. I'm knitting a scarf.... and loving it. Here's hopin the love keeps going till I get to the other end.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Week to spare

Luckily my startitis has been slightly tempered by some finishing. This is Shedair from Knitty. It's too big. Maybe I'll re-name it the cone-head hat a la' SNL

Not sure really weather or not to give it to her. Her birthday is this weekend - I thought I was so good on time till I started debating on making a different hat. It's for my SIL who has a peanut head. Seriously - she wears her daughter's hats. Mom says she can wear it like this. I'm on the fence about whether like it this way.
Opinions? Also - do you know how hard it is to take photos of the top of your own head?

I don't think I'll be crankin out anything else. There's too much other stuff on my plate that I WANT to knit. She either gets this one - big as hell, or she doesn't get a hand knit. She does have a non-knit gift coming too. Whadyathink?

Thursday, January 10, 2008

None of the Above

Good morning poppets. I'm sure the suspense is killing you - it was killing me too - all the way to the gym, all the way through my step class, all the way home, all the way through dinner, until finally I could play with yarn. I still wasn't decided on what to knit but I knew what yarns would be involved so I wound a few of them up. Once they were wound, the decision was much easier. One yarn called to me over the others - and once yarn was picked what I was going to make with it was pretty much a given. Although because of gauge issues it wasn't one of the patterns I linked to yesterday.

I know - get to it already.

Natalya. I know totally boring right but trust me it's special .... and I'm reduced to craptastic cell phone pictures sorry bout that. The color representation is really off it's much more like this.

Hehe - yup - I spun that!!! I'm totally in love with this totally useless bit of knitting. I MADE THAT YARN!!! It's totally under plied and really weird in some spots but holy yarn batman - I made that!!!! And it looks good!! It's all very exciting. It's one of those deals were you keep knitting and knitting cuz the way the yarn behaves is SO entertaining and watching what the next little bit is going to do means you just can't put the needles down. I think I may need to ply the random singles lying in wait around the house cuz knitting with handspun that I made is such a high - I may become an addict.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

2 Much 2 Knit

No time to blog today - I've got a really bad case of startitis if I don't cast on this or this or this or possibly even this immediatley I might self destruct. I hate it when this happens.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Good Intentions

I was gonna really I was. I had every intention of blogging on a regimented MWF schedule. I even took my little camera to work on Friday and took some pictures of the Shedir hat in the daylight. I sat down to do my post and then spent the next hair yanking hour looking for the camera cord to download the pictures. You would think the cord would be lying unused and dusty where I left it - in the big honking pile of USB cables that sits by the computer. I mean no one uses the little camera anymore - not since I got my new one in September. And realistically where else are you going to need the USB cable except at the flippin computer. It's not like it's long enough to play jump rope. I don't want to drag my other (much bigger) camera to work when the little one fits so nicely in my purse. And it's such a project to take pictures when I get home at night. It's dark and the lighting in my house sucks, and the flash on my big camera has the power of a thousand suns and washes out ever bloody detail there ever was, so I have to take out the tripod and do a ssssllllloooooowwww shutter and then the pics still have to be photoshoped anyway cuz you still can't really see the details. All that drama would be negated if I could just snap a quick pic with the point and shoot outside in the pretty bright sunshine - but noooooo my house at the dam cord.... again.

::deep breath::

I think I may need some wine to go with my whining.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

I'm Back!!

Did you miss me??? Probably not cuz I think I forgot to tell you I was going to take a holiday break. I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday. Mine was lovely. I got to spend three days of my vacation in my pajamas snuggled up with a book (or four). Pajama days are one of my very favoritest things - having three of them in the same week was fabulously indulgent (please don't hate me cuz I'm lazy.)

The Christmas knits were well received. Dad's mitts couldn't have fit better if I'd had his hands for measurements. Please ignore the little string hanging out of the pinky finger - gloves have many many ends, guess I missed one. Mom's sleep warmers were also a big hit & fit perfect. They were a double success cuz she's not having 3am Charley horses anymore. She's already making suggestions for sleep warmers part 2.
Aunt Sheryl loved her shawl - I didn't take better pictures - I couldn't muster the effort after the 5 course meal. She took it out of the box put it on and ran into the other room hollering "lookitlookitwhatJodymademeisn'titwonderful!" She didn't take it off for the rest of the night. Her reaction was perfect for getting a hand knit gift and it filled me up with the warm fuzzies - I suppose he fuzzies coulda been from the wine - but her reaction still rocked!

I can't believe I've written this much and have completely forgotten to wish you a happy new year - what a dunce.


I'm a big fan of resolutions - I make them, break them, make new ones, resurrect old ones. This year I'm going to make a few knitting related ones. Maybe you guys can help me keep them.

1. Knit for ME!!! Considering how selfish I am I have very little knitting to show for all the knitting I do. It's starting to get on my nerves so I must fix that. Either that or bribe people to knit for me while I knit for them - I wonder if that would work?

2. Spin more - I may buy a second wheel to facilitate this one. I haven't decided yet.

3. Pay more attention to the blog - and cease to feel guilty when I don't. You guys still love me even when I go MIA right???

4. Knit from my hand spun. I have this opinion that my hand spun sucks so it gets banished. But it probably doesn't suck - I really should knit with it and find out.

I think that's enough now. Don't want to bite off more than I can chew.

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