Monday, March 31, 2008


I had a lovely weekend but it did not involve knitting. I wanted it to. Oh well. I'm still working on the Clapotis for a friend, I had forgotten how long that sucker is. I still have a baby sweater that needs to be knit up by the first of May and the kilt hose that while I don't have a deadline I would like to get them done in April as well.

I want to take the cuttlefish pattern with me to Disney World so I can get started on that for my son. I also want to see if I can knit up a better snake pattern for him. One that would involve stranded knitting. I think the markings on a boa or anaconda would be lovely in stranded knitting. I need to think on that.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Happiness on a gray day

One of my co-workers found a bunch of circular needles at a local 2nd hand store for 50 cents each. She bought the lot of them and just brought me what she doesn't want.

I've been wanting to try the magic loop method and really want to use it for the kilt hose I'm going to knit up. This has given me the needles I need to do it.


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Ideas and thoughts...

I'm trying to figure out how to parlay my love of knitting into something that helps bring home some cash to offset the cost of yarn, and the ubiquitous needles that I *always* need more of.

I'm considering different options. I don't spin, yet. I have had some turns of dyeing but I'm not sure I want to sell dyed yarn, although that isn't a horrible idea.

I've knitted up some items for people as gifts and I apparently can knit evenly enough that they think they are well made. Ok they are well made, I knit well, not quickly but well. I could knit up some items of my own creation and sell them.

I could work in a yarn store, but I'm sure everyone wants to do that, well everyone who is fiber obsessed, and I'm not sure how much I would actually make after I spent my earnings on new yarn. ;)

Oh well I'm still working it out.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


What have I got my self into? I have a co-worker that wants me to make a pair of kilt hose for her. She gave me what she has now, complete with holes in the heel and toes and still dirty for the last wearing. LOL

I know how to make socks, I know how to knit cables. This shouldn't be too hard right? Right? Ummm I guess I'll see. She wants it to be machine washable, and mentioned making it acrylic but wanted to make sure it wouldn't strech out too much. Yeah I think I'm going to see if I can make it with either a superwasher wool or else with a wool acrylic blend.

Wish me luck. At least it isn't another baby sweater right?

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Baby Sweater #3 Done....

So I finished knitting and blocking the latest baby sweater. It is done but for the buttons and those will be added at lunch today. The bottom trim I put embossed hearts on. I found that stitch pattern in Nicky Epstein's Knitting on the Edge. I'm really happy with how it turned out.

Hurray. Now I can move on to the Clapotis, I started it last night and will work on it at lunch after the buttons get attached.

That said someone at work has asked me to make a sweater for her. I will work one more up. Really people need to let me move on to other things, ummm maybe I need to let myself move on to other things. HA!

I'm going to order the Cuttlefish by Hansi Singh and start that for Everett soon. He saw the Knit Picks Essential sock yarn in Gulfstream that I bought planning on making socks for him and he said it wants to be made into a cuttlefish instead. Who can argue with that?

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

My Yarn is HERE!!!

I was afraid the Post Office was going to wait until I finished the sweater to deliver my yarn and I would be yarnless (well kind of) over the weekend. I see myself finishing the sweater this weekend btw.

Nope it is here. 9 balls of Knit Picks Andean Silk in Lettuce to be used in a Clapotis as a prayer shawl for a co-worker with uterine cancer. She is fine and they belive they got all of it early and completely. The sentinal lymph node was clear so she is now just recovering from the surgery.

So this weekend will be the start of a new project that has nothing to do with babies and I did not have to worry about the washability of the yarn while picking it.

Unfinished Symphony...

Yeah, this is so not a symphony. Anyway, the baby shower it today at 3:45 and the sweater is NOT even kind of finished. Well unless you consider mid-knitting weaving in ends kind of finishing? Yeah me neither. I did that to make it look a little neater in the bag. Sigh.

Still I'm going to let her know it is for her little one and that way I can knit it in front of her at lunch. That has been a HUGE kill of my time on it.Well that and the stomach flu that knocked me out over the weekend.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Baby Sweater #3...

I will never knit this sweater again. Ok that is a lie. It is easy and cute and knits up quick. I am not knitting this sweater again for a long time. There that is better.

I'm working on #3, I have the hood finished and will pick-up the stiches for the body tonight. I need to knit like a fiend so I can hopefully have it near compleation on Weds for the baby shower. Last weekend was nearly devoid of knitting time. Friday and half of Saturday I was sick and unable to to knit. The other half of Saturday I actually played with my son, which sadly does not involve knitting since he does not consider knitting 'playing'

I've ordered yarn to make a Clapatois as a prayer shawl for a co-worker. The yarn should have been here today I'll give it until tomorrow's delivery and then call Knit Picks to see if they can find it.