Saturday, November 15, 2008

FO Hell

I'm in FO hell. I've certainly taken WAY more on then I could ever finish and I'm feeling the pinch. I wanted to make my father, who has been diagnosed with brain cancer, a wonderfully warm angora scarf with a matching hat for his birthday (which happens to be on Thanksgiving) but I can't seem to step away from my spinning wheel. I need help or medication. So here I sit staring at all my FO's in wonderment on how the hell I'm going to finish all of this crap. I guess one project at a time, Jeeves. I'm off to create and if someone by chance happens to take a peek at my blog..pray for me lol.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Once upon a purl.....

I've made a promise to myself. I will blog at least once a week. Now for me, thats a freakin' accomplishment! With all the "blah blah blah" a-typical crap working mothers have to do I think a uni formal nod of agreement is in order. Regardless of the boring daily rigmarole I do have things to share..lots of things to share..I've finished a few FO's, which I am extremely proud of! One of which is Verity by Ysolda Teaque (I heart Ysolda) which I made out of Lion Brand Wool Ease made for my adorable daughter. See that beautiful smile, for all those with teenagers you know how rare those are. The next FO is the Cropped Cardigan sans the leaves in a pale buttery yellow Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Brush Solid soft..and yummy you could get nekkid and roll around in it..okay maybe when i was younger! Finally, I've got the "lesson" learned project..I thought I would knit up a very comfy warm sweater for vacation in Seattle, Washington i.e. Gwen out of Rowan Big Wool (see picture but please be warned...big wool makes one look umm big). Very disappointing. It only took me a mere week but still, when you put so much energy and devote the little time you have its very disheartening when something does not turn out! Last but not least, I've got a few projects cookin in the kitchen..I'm currently workin on the Slouchy Top from the Knit.1 Spring/Summer 2008 issue..although it has been put to the side so another Verity hat can be done for my youngest daughter and there's this baby shower in two weeks, oh and don't forget those four Christmas presents I need to do...I think I took on way too much then I could chew..but whats life without a little adventure! Knit On!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Once upon a time...

I'm officially addicted..yes, do they have AA for Ravelry? I spend at least half the day on this is absolutely wonderful! You can organize ur books, stash, show your FO's, queue those projects you plan on doing in the future and talk to other knitters as obsessed with knitting as you are. This website kicks ass! If you already aren't a member, I strongly recommend you put yourself on the waiting list. Together with searching the archives of Ravelry I've been busy knitting...lots! Ever get into one of those zones where you want to knits lots...I mean knit and finish lots? Totally in that zone. I don't know if its the inspiration I get from looking at everyone else's FO's or the fact that i'm ashamed that my projects aren't that great in number, but it has totally kicked my ass in gear. Since I've been on last I've knitted up the Irish Hiking Scarf
and Mari out of the Hip Knit Hats and the Kittyville Hat Right now I'm working on the Cropped Cardigan with Leaf Ties for my eldest daughter to wear on Easter Sunday...If I get it done....I'm using Plymouth Yarn's Baby Alpaca Brush in a beautiful buttery yellow. I've never really have done and finished a cardigan before much less knitted in raglan style, which this pattern entails, so it should be interesting..I posted a link above for all to see what the Cropped Cardigan is supposed to look like and I'll post pictures of what I've come up with later..wish me luck.


Tuesday, January 29, 2008


I've finally been invited to join Ravelry. Its a wonderful site with tons of blogs, patterns, and wonderful people who share the same interests as I do. I've even decided to join a couple of "clubs", one of which is Big Brother 9. We've decided that since Big Brother only has a run of 6 weeks that we would pick a project that we could complete in that time. I decided to give my 2-socks-at-a-time a try. We'll see if actually doing two at the same time will force me to finish them. As you know I have an odd aversion at finishing projects. I'll post some pics later showing my progress..until then..Happy Knitting.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Scarf Mania

I've got it! My next project thanks to liquidgirl! Its called a diagonal scarf. (you can see it on her blog) Its done in short rows, which I personally have not done yet so this should be interesting.....I have come to discover I'm not as good as a knitter as I believed...No, its okay don't try and convince me otherwise..there are still a few things that elude how the heck to get a stockinette stitch not to roll??? I finished my daughter's adorable striped scarf but the stupid thing keeps rolling at the edges...I've try to steam it, block it (have you ever tried to block a scarf...eek) and yes, I did it, I actually ironed it..which flattened the stupid stitches so much it looks like a different scarf. But..its still rollin..any suggestions from all you helpful knitters in cyberspace??? It kinda takes the fun out of knitting when your project doesn't come out like you want...And I've decided to try to knit this should be REALLY interesting...I bought some self-striping yarn so I don't have to mess with changing colors every other row, so I just need to concentrate on all the other things like the heel, gussett, etc. I bought Stephanie Pearl McPhee's Knitting Rules...I saw her on an episode of Knitty I bought the book because it has an actual formula...I've tried patterns..not so I'm hoping I do better with this fingers crossed I will actually finish BOTH socks...I'll post pictures later. Until next time...Happy Knitting!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Am I insane?

Okay, I've been thinking about doing this for some time.....blogging...everyone does it..? Right? I read thousands of posts, on thousands of blogs and it inspired me...So here I am, be honest its refreshing, typing, thinking that someone will actually be interested in what I have to say...its definitely liberating. Now for my obsession, the one that causes me to hide receipts, write different entries in the checkbook and makes my husband cringe...KnItTiNg..Yes, I'll admit it, I'm obsessed with knitting...I've bought thousands (and I'm not exaggerating) of pattern books (quite a few unopened) and yarn....oh it! If I could live solely off of chocolate and mounds of yarn...I'd be satisfied. I definitely have a romantic kinda twisted style...anything with lace, bellowly sleeves, intricate lace, soft texture (not that I can actually knit any of that yet.) *snicker* I also love wicked knits (You know, with skulls and things you wouldn't normally knit.) My current project is for my highschool daughter, and it consists of a basic scarf with striped black and grey pattern and an intarsia heart at the bottom (picture right). It'll be my second FO of the year, the first was a fair isle cap for my youngest, of which I still need to sew in the ends. (love doing projects, but have an adversion of finishing them!)

My first FO of the year

(See the lovely unsewed ends on the left? Yep, I so need to finish that)

Some of my offending stash-

Even more offending stash --

Okay, is there AA for knitters? --

So here I will end this post, with the hopes that I will have enough interesting stuff to continue posting and I salute all of my favorite bloggers out there....Yarn Harlot...A Strikke...Marnie MacLean...Goth Knits...domiKNITrix...GrittyKnits....and many more...Kudos to you all and may I leave my mark on the "Blog World"


P.S. At the gentle persuasion of my youngest dd I am forced to post her scarf she is in the process of knitting...not bad for a 9 yo huh....