Saturday, November 29, 2008

two owls, no turkeys

happy day after thanksgiving! i spent the day at my boyfriend's aunt & uncle's and had some yummy food...although no turkey. but i did love this broccoli, cheese, rice concoction someone made. we were there pretty much all day, so you KNOW i brought some knitting with me. i'm pretty much over feeling self-conscious about knitting at family gathering type events. i kind of feel like it makes me seem anti-social, and then i think about how much i really want to knit, and i couldn't care less what people think. :) hehe. nobody comes between me and my wips.

i brought my sweet pea coat with me and i finished the left side, so i only have the sleeves left! but i need sz. 13 dpns and of course i don't have any! i have just about every other size (doesn't that always happen?) i checked joann's and hobby lobby and they didn't have any either. i considered doing some math and knitting them flat and seaming, but that idea lasted about 5 seconds...i think i'll check the lys tomorrow.

so, since my sweet pea coat has to be set aside until i get my hands on some 13's i worked on my 'give a hoot' mittens. this pattern has had about 20 corrections since it came out....a month ago. and i am someone who does not trust my better judgement and i follow a pattern to the death! but i made it through, and my mittens are done and they fit! so i am pretty pleased. i even sewed on the little button eyes! they are my favorite touch. they are a light blue and they look like they are glowing.

i love that i have two full days of free time that i can knitknitknitknit. i am truly embracing my obsession these days. :) here are my owl mitts...

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

who am i kidding?

so, i messed up! i know this is par for the knitting course, but it never ceases to make me nuts! i finished the back of my sweet pea coat (wahoo!) and started the right front...that's where it all got crazy. it all began with the dividing for the pocket, i just didn't understand the pattern at all. so, after much thought, and pulling of hair, i decided to forget the pocket all together! who needs pockets anyways!? (actually i probably do).

so i ripped back at least 8 inches, and that just kills me. i would almost rather live with that funny looking stitch down there, i mean, who would notice?! besides me, every other minute or so. but since i'm putting so much time and love into this knitted piece of gloriousness, i figure the least i can do is re-knit a couple (dozen) rows.

here is a picture pre-frogging, when i thought i might just have a faux-pocket...ya know, the kind that are just rows of different looking stitches, that make no sense! sorry the picture is kind of dark, and don't mind the hair-tie stitch marker hehe.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


happy tuesday! i'm hoping that the power of suggestion starts taking effect...because i woke up in the worst mood today. and even though i'm not really a morning person, that doesn't happen that often. and then i go to open some new tights, and they get a hole in them! what's up with that?! knitted tights wouldn't to day that! just sayin'.

on a knitted note, i talked to my brother yesterday and he already put a hole in the hat i made him. he has owned it for less than a week. he said it started to unravel by itself. mhmm, riiiiiiiiight. now, i know i'm no E.Z, but i also know a hat doesn't just start unraveling while it's on someone's head. maybe when i first started knitting, but not now! my mom asked if she can fix it, but i told her you have to be a knitter. haha, i don't really care though, she probably could, i was just irritated.

so i have lots and lots of things on the needles...mittens, a coat, a sweater, two socks, a scarf, and i want to start another cowl, but that will have to wait (at least another day or two). and out of all that stuff, only one thing isn't for me! oh man, i really need to knit for xmas exclusively (like that'll happen). but right now the sweet pea coat from twist collective is my #1 wip. oh how i love it. and it's on 13's, so it's zooming. here is a picture of me and my new prized wip.

Monday, November 24, 2008

done, will do, don't think so...

Happy Monday! I saw this list on someone's blog and I love these kind of here goes! (and shhh, I'm on the clock!)

Bold is for what I've done, italics for what I plan to do, and nothing for what I don't.

Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with bananafiber yarn
Domino knitting (=modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles

Baby items
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffitti knitting: knitting items on, or to be left on the street
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns
Lace patterns
Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit
Knitting to make money
Button holes
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Household items: dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies...
knitting socks- or other small tubular items- on two circulars
Dying with plant colours
Knitting items for a wedding
Olympic knitting
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 smocking
Dying yarn
Knitting art
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO

Knitting with beads

Long Tail CO
Entrelac Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with selfpatterning/selfstriping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Knitting with cashmere
JewelryKnitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/armwarmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair (i have a dog, it slips in!)
Hair accessories
Knitting in public

As I mentioned, I finally got a job! It's technically a temp. position, there is someone sick in the office, and she doesn't think she'll be back until the end of January. So I'm employed, but for the time being. Eeek!

I really thought the amount of time I spent knitting would go way down, and it has, but not as much as I thought. I knit at break and all through lunch so that's really nice. And I finally have something to finance all my yarn buying binges, wahoo! There is also someone in the office that knits, she's really fun. She's an older lady who magic markers her hair a different color almost everyday, so in other words, she's my kind of peeps.

I've been trying to squeeze in some Christmas knitting in between all the things I keep casting-on for myself (oops). So far I have about 25% of a scarf for my dad done. I'm not sure what I'm going to make everyone else. I tried making my mom some felted clogs, but that pattern seriously threw me and I quit. I think she's going to get some dishcloths or something. Alex will probably get some gloves, and Adam probably a hat and guitar strap. But we shall see!

I've been such a greedy knitter this winter, and with Christmas so close I should really get my act together!