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Friday, December 31, 2010

A whole lot of finished stuff!!

And a whole lot of finished stuff is what I have. I have been knitting my brains out trying to get my self down to as few WIPs as possible. It has worked for the most part, I have been knitting my brains out, more than usual. (I can't spare any brains to knit out, I need every brain cell that I can get, I am almost out) I have subtracted the one project that I know that will not be finished this year, It was a blanket about one quarter of the way done. I didn't quit working on it because I didn't want to, quite the oppiste of that, but because I wanted to clear the decks of all the knitting, for the new year, and to keep the number of WIPs around five. I want to type up some New Years Resolutions and post them here. That way if I slip up I have you to yell at me. And I want for you to yell at me to, I'm talking about all caps people, or to really pound it into your brain: I WANT YOU TO YELL AT ME!!

Wow, do my paragraphs ramble! I hope that you don't mind, It kind of bothers me, just a little.

So, on with the knitting, be prepared for even more rambling paragraphs.

I will start with the oldest un-blogged finished object, the Thoroughbred Sweater (Ravelry link, and thank you ravelry for the photo) (Just picture mine with a black backround, with a white stripe)

This was great knit and I really enjoyed making it, even though it took me so long. It was started back in July, and finished earlier this month. I apologize for waiting so long to blog this, but I am a really big procrastinator.

Alright, what is next... I blogged about all of the christmas knitting, so thats done, so now I move on to....

The Perfect Sweater!

That's right, the Perfect Sweater from the side bar at Mason-Dixon knitting! Sorry no pictures of this on, because of how heavily altered it is. Lets just say, that I turned the Pullover Pattern into a cardigan. Need I say more. But anyway, I love the way that this one feels and wears. Its the wool yarn I tell you, it can make anything great. On even a natural fiber, they're all great.

I finished yet another one of my goals, the only one left, # 4, Finish Abby's poncho. I made this one out of some acrylic, mostly odd balls left in the stash. I edged this with some feather and fan stitch so I could avoid the dreaded fringe. Hope you like it Abby.

I also finished a pair of fingerless gloves that I love to absolutely no end. This was a pattern I made up using some of my own Handspun. They are so warm and soft, and I can't get enough of them.

To match the fingerless gloves (that I always want to call mitts, but I'm the only one who knows what this means, so I keep trying to call them fingerless gloves) I made the most beauuuutiful cowl ever. It starts with a half inch or so of 1x1 ribbing, fallowed by seed stitch striped with my hand spun and a single skin of Jan Yarn that I just love. (For those of you who don't know, there is some Lady I know, who gives me a lot of her own yarn, and I'm talkin about, goooooood yarn, not the odd balls of acrylic that Connie gives me) (But I am grateful for any yarn I get) ( you know, I  have a lot of people who give me yarn, I have trained them well) I finished of the cowl with more ribbing, and I love it. just love it, like a lot of stuff I have knit lately.

After I finished the cowl I pulled out a WIP that is older than this blog, a dishcloth rug from the first Mason-Dixon knitting. (I'm not going to post a link, because you should own that book already) That had three of the squares done, and I finished it off with three squares that I made using the log cabin method. The reason that this project got waylaid was because of the yarn that I was using. It was Aunt Lydia craft and rug yarn. Now I'm sure that Aunt Lydia was a lovely person, but she must have had a mean side to inflict this upon innocent knitters. I finished the rug off with a border of applied I-cord and love it to no end. One of our cats was afraid to walk on it. he just walked around it and smelled it, Never setting paw on it.

I guess that December was a very productive month, so I give myself and A+ for this one. 

So, it's New Years Eve, this year, I think that I will make some resolutions. The knitting ones will be posted on the side bar, and the personal ones will be in tomorrows post with January goals. Have a great New Year

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Julie and Julia

So, last night I thought that that the thing that I needed most would be a good movie to finish off yet another WIP. ( Fun Fact, this one involves log cabining, ballband dishcloths, craft and rug yarn, and applied I-cord) Enter Netflix. Let me just tell you know that I love Netflix with the white-hot-burning-love-of-a-thousand-suns. It is just so handy having all of those movie right there at your fingertips. Anyway back to what I watched. I finally saw Julie and Julia, and I fell in love. That is a movie I have been waiting to see for a really long time now, and I'm glad that I finally did it. Now, you know that I'm a big sap, and I love a Romantic Comedy, but this one was better somehow. I think that it was because they didn't have two star crossed lover getting together in romantic moment at the end, it also helped that the heroine had a crappy job and a small apartment, so it made her seem more real. This movie was more about finding yourself, then finding love. It helped that the blog software that she used was the exact same that I use,only it was older.

More than anything though, It made me want to cook, which is no small feat. It made me realize just how much I miss things like cooking, and doing dishes (dancing to music while I do it of course) and how much I want to do them again. Do you know how long it has been since I cooked some thing? Or even made coffee? Both have been way to long. (the coffee about six weeks, the cooking about tree and a half months) At this point I would take anything, even heating up boxed fish in the shape of a triangle. I thought that when I decided to have the surgery, that I would love to be able to spend all of my time writing, or knitting, but it really does suck, having to be in a sitting position all the time. I haven't really done that much writing, a lot less than you would expect anyway, I just haven't been inspired to write, you know, I just haven't gotten enough experience in the world here lately to come up with any decent story lines. I even miss volunteering, which is a sentence that I never thought in my entire life that I would end up uttering. That's how desperate I am for any sort of life outside of this house.

And if I'm not upset enough as it is the other day I googled myself and went through over twenty pages before I came up with my facebook page. How depressing was that. Then I googled Garret Knits Ohio, and I had to go through two pages of crap before I found this blog. Wow, is all that I could say, maybe if I try again, I could find me a lot faster.

(Sorry for the rant today, I just wanted to vent a little, stay tuned for more knitting)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Knit picks are my knitting pick!

So guess what I got for Christmas? .....

Any Guesses? .....


Alright, you wheedled it out of me. I got ....These. Thats right, I got the Knit Picks interchangeable circular needles. The Nickle Plated. These needles are the best by far, that I have ever knitted with. They have sharp points,  and smooth joins. I love them! I love them! I love them!! they are just fantastic, I am using two of them already. One for the fingerless gloves and one for the baby blanket Log cabin Blanket for some lucky recipient next Christmas. ( Now, thats planning ahead for  you, I started this as a baby blanket last June, Then when the parents moved away, I decided to finish it as a blanket) I love knitting all that garter stitch, it is just pure stinking fun. Fun in a blanket, made even more fun with my my new knitting needles.

I am trying to finish as many WIPs as I can before the end of the year. That has kind of fallen by the wayside since I re-discovered the blanket. But before the new year, I will do a post of a whole bunch of finished objects before the end of the year. I know that this falls directly against my save blog fodder ideals. That you never post about more that one FO in a post. but this time I am so far behind about posting that I may never get out of it without just posting a million links and stolen pictures at one time. So that is what I will do. Prepare your self for the link fest. This is your warning.

Eveyone loved their homemade Christmas presents, and they better, I worked Damn hard on them.

I hope that all of you had a merry Christmas and that all of your presents are well received. I advise you know to start knitting for next year, don't you think that all of close  family would love an afghan for Christmas, me and my bright Ideas, I'm only making two of them, I am getting a head start I tell you.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Stick a Fork in me, I'm done!!

That's Right, I've finished my Christmas knitting. I am done early (Or is this when everyone else is done, or am I the only one who even still bothers with Christmas knitting.) (and I haven't done the wrapping yet, so I guess I'm just as swamped as everyone else) So let me make a list (have you noticed that I love lists, lists and Parentheses) A list of the Christmas knitting. Here's the stats.

For Dad-
  • An Afghan, made from odd balls of acrylic.
  • A Hat, made out of Lion Brand Fishermans Wool.

For Mom-
  • A striped hat made out of some more acrylic.
  • A crappy pair of Fun Fur mitts, that I feel guilty about giving her.
  • A Firefly Scarf made out of some Rose colored acrylic in stash.
  • A few dishcloths and scrubbies.

For My Sister-
  • A Pair of Fair Isle Mittens. The Mitten Day Mittens if you ask. In purple and white.
  • A light blue and purple Scarf.
  • A purple and White Hat.
For My Grandmother-
  • A Citron in light blue.
  • A pair of Fair Isle Mittens. The Flower Mittens in red and white.
For my Grandfather-
  • A Hat.
  • A pair of plain black mittens.
  • A plain black scarf.

Do you think that I may have over done it a little? If yes then please don't say anything. And let me  carry on in my happy delusional way thinking that everyone like a homemade present, and that you can never have too many hats.

I have been having some wrist problems lately, and I think that it might help if I were to take a day off from knitting. So that day is today. I will try my best not to let you down, to preserve my wrists, and not knit at all today, so that my wrists will live to knit another day.

It is amazing that I have been knitting so much that I have wrist problem, but I am only knitting in my free time. I just have to realize that all my time is Free Time now. I thought that it would be great to be able to do nothing but knit all day, and it was pretty good at first, but then the strain on my wrist got to be too much, and now I have to be careful to prevent repetitive strain injuries. It also doesn't help that when I need to move anywhere, I have to use my wrist to  PUSH my self around the house. (don't even get me started on stairs, it make me wish I had started lifting weights when I was five) I just hope that at the end of today, (and it will be a LONG day) that my wrists will be good as new. Maybe Tomorrow, I won't have to wear my wrist brace when I knit. (I hate the wrist brace.) Wish me luck.

Sunday, December 19, 2010


It appears to be my one year Blogversiary. I started this blog one year ago today. This is my 65th post and I have got nothing else to say.

Well, I could say how much I hate people who change their minds, this close to Christmas, about what kind of gift they wanted. And it's not like they changed it from a hat to mittens, they stated a asking for a tote bag. KILL ME!!!! That person, who shall remain nameless, is on my naughty list this year and is lucky that I still am taking to year.

Oh, I also wanted to thank this blog for how fast I have gotten at typing from it. It took me from a hunt and pecker, to a person whose fingers fly across the keys, making about one mistake every other word. Well, like I always say" Ya win some, Ya lose some.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Mitten Hell

Mitten Hell is where I am. Are you in mitten hell as well? (Sock hell, and scarf hell are very similar as well)

Do you even know what mitten hell is? Well, if you don't then you have got very lucky this holiday season. I will explain to you what mitten hell is, because I feel that if I have to go through this, then so should you! Mitten hell, is where you knit on mittens (and knit, and knit) all day long and you still have a billion mittens to make (most of these mitten are for me, so I don't really have to make them, I just have really cold hands and one pair of really crappy mittens.) It is hard to get out of and while you still want to knit other stuff, you, for some reason will keep going back to the mittens.

Maybe it is because that Mittens are the Garments of the gods. Of course the garment of the gods changes quite often (the gods are fickle, I tell you, that is why we have that whole January thaw thing) Here recently the garment of the gods was socks, which didn't last for long. Last winter it was blankets.( I knit an afghan in a month, a month!) and this summer it was sweaters. (I knit about four and a half). So, how can Mittens be of the gods, and hell-like at the same time. This is because the gods are apparently mad at me and putting me through mitten hell for some previous offence against them. I don't know what offence this was, but I am on my knees, begging the gods for mercy.

At least I have good mitten paterns to knit, let me see if I can try to find some pictures  that at least resemble mine.    Thank you ravelry. (I barrowed this picture from ravelry)
Just picture mine with red flowers and a white backround. The pattern is the Flower Mittens from Norweigian Handknits by Sue Flanders and Janine Kosel. These were the ones that I made for my Grandmother, for Chrirtmas. (or as I have started calling it, Pagan ritual day, because that is what it is)

Here is mitten number two:

(Again, thank you ravelry)
This is the Mitten day Mittens from the same book. I made them for my sister, but I made the boys version, because I thought that ribbing on the cuff would be more practical than a lace cuff. I made them with a purple backround and a white foreground. I still have one thumb left to do, so that is what I will be doing once I get off of here.

And here is what I want to make for myself (after the Holiday knitting, of course)
and Thrummed mittens, (sorry, no link) and a pair of Fair Isle ones, but I still haven't found a pattern. (Yes, I may have a problem)

That's, a lot of mittens. I probrobly won't start until after the new year, I want to start 2011 with as few wips as possible. That will take a while.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Doing fine!

I have actually been going downstairs about every day now. It is so nice to be able to leave my little room every now and again. You know this whole foot having a million pins in it and not being able to walk thing, has taught me a whole lot about not taking things for granted. Things like going to the bathroom without help (no one saw me naked, I have to much pride for that one), or getting my own food. The pain isn't to bad, I am down to about two Advil and one pain pill a day. I had surgery a week ago, I don't think that that little medication is a bad thing. Not to mention that this has given me so much tile to knit, it is not even funny.

On  a completely un-related note, did anyone see Desperate Housewives last night? Let me be the first to tell you that I was a little scared there for a minute. Really it was closer to about three minutes. Okay, five minutes. Well, when I think about it it was anywhere from seven to ten minutes. When Susan was trampled, and Gabi had to crawl under the car, and when the mod broke the car windows out of those guys car. ( I forgot their names, I just remember that one of them was on One Life to Live) I was petrified I tell you petrified. All because of that evil Paul Young. I am now very thankful that I do not have a Paul-like person on my street. Or at least I hope I don't have on on my street. I just wonder who shot him?

(I would like to take a minute to tell everyone that I am sorry if they don't watch Desperate Housewives, They will probrobly find this next part pretty boring, there will be minimal talk of knitting at the end of this post.) (And if you don't watch Desperate Housewives, I think that you should reconsider your TV viewing habits)

1. My first suspect is Paul himself, trying to frame anyone on Wisteria Lane. I am not quite sure how he would do this, but I wouldn't doubt him for a minute.

2.It could have been the realtor guy (the same one in the car) killing him trying to get revenge for tricking him. Or anger towards Paul. The possibilities are endless.

3.It could have been Felita Tillmans daughter. I don't know her name, (I am usually good with names, I don't like this)but the whole being in love with Paul could have been a clever ruse. She was sent there to get revenge on Paul, for her Aunts murder. (by Paul)

I think the answer will be a little clearer to me once I see what happend to Susan. Is she dead, or just knocked out, or did she just faint? And all of this brings up the question in me, Can I trust my neighbors? And also, who will move in the empty house next door, will it be my streets version fo Paul Young, I hope to Mother Earth no.

Can I trust my neighbors?

I knit a hat. I decided to make an amendment to my goals, Insted of the three scrubbies, I will knit two hats. The first one (the one I knit) is a plain black one, for Grandpa, to match his mittens and scarf ( did I remember to tell you about the scarf, oops. Must have slipped my mind) The next one will be a fancy-shmancy cable ordeal to make my sisters mittens, I still have to go though my patterns, to find this cabled hat. but I know that I have one. It is one of those free patterns, that they give a way at craft stores. And let me tell you know that Jo-Ann's has the best by far.

Less than one mitten to go. I am really loving this Fair Isle thing. And I can't wait till I finish all of my Christmas knitting, so I can knit myself some mitten for my cold hands. I will tell you about my mittens tomorrow. (or maybe the day after) I don't want to use up all the blog fodder at once. Must conserve blog fodder at all costs.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Haven't felt like typing much

And I haven't. The surgery went fine and I am home and only on two pain killers. That is good, when I was in the hospital I was on more than I could count. I am stuck in bed though, the living room is downstairs, and the bathroom is upstairs. It is very hard for me to get up the stairs, so I have gone up once and I am just staying in my bedroom. It isn't so bad, or at least thats what I keep telling myself. I have a lot of free time, and I wish I had set some more goals for myself. So, lets see what has been done so far this month.

The first finished goal is (Insert drum roll here)
3. Finish all the stuff for the swap partner.

I am done with this and I have sent it out last Saturday.

1. Finish dads afghan.

I am done, have washed it and woven in the ends. I feel really good now that I am done with it. I hope that he likes it.

I have also done half of my mittens. I finished one pair earlier today. I just need to make some decisions about the color of the next one. I have also decided that I need to make a hat to go with some other presents so that will be the next thing on my to do list.

I need to get in the habit of posting more often. I got so burt out on it during Nablopomo. I need to do it at least twice a week. This entry feels really forced, and I need to do it more often to keep from getting rusty at it.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

A Quckie

Just wanted to make a quick post to tell you that I have finished the Socks for my partner. I repeat, the socks are done. Thank you Polly for your wonderful sock pattern, Andromeda. They were a  really easy knit and a lot of fun.

Now I will be tackling Dad's afghan. I just have less than two borders to finish, I am anticipating this one to be finished around Saturday, so stay tuned. I really want this one to just be done already. I am so tired of looking at it. I am trying to keep the intrest level up with this one, but it is hard. Maybe you can consider the fact that I started it nine months ago, and am just now finishing it. I keep telling myself: Almost Done, Almost Done. I am beginning to wonder weather or not I really am almost done. I am starting to think that I am just knitting into a vortex, that I will never get out of.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Nablopomo Done!!!

I did it, I posted every day for the month of November!!! I'm so proud, I didn't think that it would be that hard, but it was. I'm glad I did it, but I don't know if I ever will again. I don't know what I'll do now that I don't have to post every day, I'm in a little bit of a routine.

For the November goals. Wow, that seems like a long time ago, that I made those goals

1.Finish the Perfect Sweater.
Not done. All I have left to do is one front, and the sew up. I need to work on this one. After I finish all of my Christmas presents
2.Finish the Thoroughbred Sweater.
Kind of done. I just have a million billion few ends to weave in. I have wore it, and all the visible ends are woven in, so I am counting this one done.

3.Finish at least five dishcloths.
 Done. Some of them are scrubbies, but I count them because they are used to clean dishes.

4.Start and finish at least one baby anything.
Nope! What are you going to do to me, I didn't say that these things were mandatory. I think of these goals more as guide lines. Its not like anyone is going to die if I don't finish them. Knitting is a hobby after all, I say this kind of stuff to myself at least three times a day.

5.Finish at least two Christmas Presents.
Done. I have kind of lost track of how many presents I have done in this month. I can assure you that I have made over two, I just can't remember how many or which one. Oh, I did remember two of them, I swear that there was more than though. Number one was a pair of mitten for my Grandpa. Number two was this Firefly Scarf for my mother.

And Now for My December Goals.
1.Finish Dad's afghan
Piece of cake! As in it will be a piece of cake, that's not the pattern.

2. Make about three scrubbies.
The ones that I already gave away were all well received.

3.Finish all the stuff for my Swap partner.
This should be easy too. I just have like one and a half left to do. This has to be done by this weekend. If worst comes to worst I can just stay up really late Friday night.

4.Start and Finish Abby's poncho.
This, I'm not quite sure on. I've never made one before, so I don't know how long it will take.

5.Finish all of my Christmas mittens.
This will be a challenge, both pairs are Fair Isle. I am getting faster at this, but still not that fast. I have about one and a half done out of a total of four mittens. (two pairs, just to clarify)

This isn't a lot, But I want to achieve all of this so I'm not going to make any more. If I finish all of this, that means that I need to start to working on some of the WIPs that I have lying around here. I also would like to do some lace or a pair of mittens for myself. I only have one pair of plain mittens and I think that I need a nice pair for myself. Some spinning would be nice to do. I am almost done with that really pretty red roving.

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Claw

It is back. Yes, it is, my wrist is throbbing as I write this. Actually The Claw was back, but I didn't knit all evening and gave it a hot pad and have been babying it all morning. I am hoping that this will help, and once I finish giving you the blog thrills that you have become accustomed to I will go and google wrist massaging techniques. 

I wished the Claw would have chosen a more convenient time to come back, I hope to have my swap partners socks done by this weekend when I get the casts off. That will mean that I can hand wash them and wrap them in a plastic bag to keep the smell of smoke out of them. This weekend will be the weekend where I get all of my swap partners stuff ready to mail. I plan on going to all this little bulk food store where they have tea and other yummies. Also go to the Hobby Lobby to. Though I would rather go to Jo-Anns, I don't trust Mormons, and I have heard a lot of bad things about the way that the owner of the Hobby Lobby treats his employs.

One more day of Nablopomo. Yayyyyy!!!!!!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Moving along

I swear that I say that phrase to much. In reality nothing is moving along. Nablopomo is stil going and making me deeply regret the day that I said I would do it. Deeply, I cannot come up with words on how much I hate this. And I can't even walk, so you naturally think that I would love something that I do everyday to take my mind off my troubles. AAANNNNTTTT!! Wrong. Way Wrong. I just find it had to come up with funny stuff for just a few minutes every day. I can't even imagine how comedy writers feel. That must be one of the hardest jobs in the world.

I am starting to get in a panic about all the WIP around this house. While I was getting dressed this morning I did a little mental count and I came up with.....17!

Ack, 17 WIP! I tried to calm myself down a little, I did count all the stuff that needed a little fringe or a few ends woven in, but still, that is a lot. This is also not a good time of year, to start worring about all the stuff that needs done. What with christmas, that number will probrobly increase soon. I must start to tackle this stuff soon. Hopefully I will get a lot of stuff done in time for christmas. Then I will have to get a lot of stuff done during that week in between Christmas and the New Year, then maybe (Maybe!) I can go into the New Year, with under ten. And than who knows, I might be able to get this down to under ten in the new Year. I don't think that all of this will get done by then, but at least I have a plan.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

how long

I wonder how long I will be able to entertian you on posts consisting of ten or more words.

I don't think that I will be able to do it for much longer.

The plain socks for my swap partner are past the heel.

Someone just pulled up the drive way got to go.


Friday, November 26, 2010

I remembered

Dear Self:
 Remember to blog in the mornings, otherwise you will forget to post.

Thank you

P.S. Try not to walk on your casts so much, your wearing out the soles of the casts

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

(American thanksgiving that is)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Day twenty-three

I can't believe that I have been posting every day for twenty-three days. I feel like it has been forever.

Last night I got a lot of spinning done, I mean a lot. As of right now, I have spun enough for a pair of socks, but I think that I will keep going. (well, I do have a lot more of that roving left) Maybe (maybe) I will have enough for a lace shawl, a really small lace shawl. Man I wish I could post pictures of the beautiful fiber, I also wish that I could remember what it was.

Let me just tell everyone that the bathrooms in the Whole Day Cafe are really hard to get in and out of when you are in a wheel chair. Getting in was not the hard part, (I remember thinking as I got in that it would be easy to get out, famous last words) getting out was. I went for it with the front of me first but the door wouldn't swing out far enough and I couldn't back up any farther. So I ended up dragging the chair with me in it 90degrees and  backing out.

I am at the toe on the Andromeda sock. Ready to graft it up and start the next one.

Let me be the first to say, that I hate plying with a hand spun yarn.

Random Facts of the Day:
59. I have a homemade Drop-Spindle
60. I am secretly hoping that it snows soon
61. I hate it when any room doesn't get a lot of natural light.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Break my Ass!

Yeah, I thought that knitting on that afghan would be a break. Never mind the fact that I hate that afgan with the white hot fury of a thousand suns, a little. Lets just say I went back to socks running (well, as fast as I can run now, which I'm not really supposed to do, only walk if necessary, to quote the doctor.

But it is Tuesday, Spinning day!! (I can't believe that I am actually happy about this, see what a soul crushing blanket can do to you) I will be working on the same wonderful, wool roving that I am always making. This is another one for the swap partner, hope she likes it.

Random facts of the Day:
56. I wash my face an odd number of times.
57. I squeeze my toothpaste from the middle.
58. I am a terrible insomniac.

Monday, November 22, 2010

A break kind of

I need a break from socks. I know, that yesterday, I yaked on and on about how fast they were and how easy they were, but now, I am sick of them, and I'm not even done. So I decided that I could knitt on something else, but only if that thing is, The reason that I don't sleep at night and the reason why I band my head into the wall every five minutes Dad's Afgan. This is the most boring thing that I have ever knit in my entire life. It started out as a little chrocheted Ganny square, then, once I got so tired of it that I decided to knit the rest of it.

Now, for those of you who know my dad, know that he is not at all a fussy person. He likes them plain and simple. Plain and simple are not in my Vocabulary. But I bit the bullet, and designed  it so that tringle would shoot of the center square and be attached by a border. The reason that I choose triangles is becaue of my undying love for anything that allows rows to get smaller. All well and good in thought right? Did I mention that I thought up this plan in july, and it took me this long to get the triangles. ( Not to mention that the original square was started in February) But today, I am proud to reaport that I am done with the triangles. I have picked up the border and it is sitting by my chair as I type this.

I am going to go, Its time for Desperate Housewives. I'm not going to so Random Things, Its my day off!!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Good time

I am making wonderful time on the Andromeda socks that my swap partner will love. I started these beautiful little puppies friday, it is sunday and I am past the foot decreases. I have about three more inches to do till I get to the toe. I forgot that socks go really fst when you work on them and nothing else. Project Monogamy, what a novel concept, there may be something to that.

Random Facts of the day:
53. I will never be a one project at a time knitter.
54. Outside of a text message using i for I, really bothers me.
55. I wish that I could talk on the phone and knit at the same time.

Saturday, November 20, 2010


No, I'm not ahead, on anything important, like school, writing, but, you guessed it, knitting (it is pretty safe to assume that I am doing this for a long time). I finished the first number one husband sock. I'll give you the sats once I finish the next one.

On a related note, I have started the Andromeda socks, I'm about four inches into a six inch pattern. I'm  loving the lace patterns, and I feel so smart about making cables without a cable needle. I hope to be on the heel by Monday.

Last night I almost saw a return of the Claw. You know what the claw is and don't you deny it. For those of you who are pretending to be ignorant on the subject of the claw, the claw is manifestation of all evil. The Claw is when your hand gets so stiff from knitting that you can't use it. It likes to surface around this time of year, at least with me. Like last year when I was knitting a thanksgiving sweater that was not only to short for me and still remains unfinished to this day. Some times it just comes back in a big way, like with that sweater. Other times it comes back in a little way. It usually starts out in a Little way, and if it remains untreated, then it will come in a big way. I have only had the big Claw once and know every time that I feel it returning I put down the knitting and don't touch it till the next morning. That is the best defense.

Random facts of the Day:
50.  I love Italian food.
51. I am very Romantic.
52. I save homemade stitch markers, as in the kind made out of yarn.

Friday, November 19, 2010


It is getting harder and harder to post every day. I know you hear me whine about this stuff all the time. Yada yada yada, what else is new. I actully do think of stuff to post, just I don't remember it. So today I have made a list. What is this "list" thing you ask. Well, two days ago I really started to freak out about Christmas,(by freak out I mean sit on bed at night and stare at the wall) So last night I made a list and I was actully smart enough to save it and share it with all of you. Are you on the edge of you seat yet. Cause you should be. Oh, I probobly should tell you what the list is all about. It is everyone I making presents for and what I have done.

Dad-Hat, Blanket
      The hat is done and the Blanket is almost done.

Mom-Fingerless gloves, hat, Firefly Scarf
         A few ends to be woven in and it will be done

Gona ( My mothers mother)-Citron, mittens, and dishclothes
         Citron just needs a few tassels, the dishclothes are done. The mittens are another story, almost to the top of the first one. I only do a few rows of these a day, because they are Fair Isle and really slow going.

Grandpa-Scarf, mittens, dishclothes, and possibly a hat
          All done exept for the possibile hat.

Brianna-Purse, mittens scarf
           The purse needs to be felted more, the mittens need to be started, but the scarf is completly done.

I also should have a few emergency presents and I kind of have a poncho to make for someone.

So, you can see that I'm not in that big of a hurry. Not in a hurry about christmas I mean. I am in a hurry about my swap though. You see, I want to make my partner these Andromeda socks. They call for a size 2.5mm(us 1) and My only size one is in the Number One Husband Socks so I have to finish at least the first one before I can start the socks for my partner. I set a deadline for Saturday night. I should make it, I am just after the heel.

Random Facts of the day: (I am really feeling the love from lists)
47.I always stay up to late.
48.My secret ingrident in cookies is some tea that has been brewed. (by tea I mean the water, not the leaves)
49.I really don't like kids very much.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Temporary defeat

I have admitted it, I have been, temporally defeated by a certain Harlot's Snowdrop Shawl. Note that I said temporarlly defeated. I am going to make something else for my swap partner, and come back to it later, much, much later. I had problems, with the way I copied my chart, I have ripped the entire thing out not once, but twice. So I will come back to this, later. Mark my words, I may have lost the battle, but I will win the war.

Speaking of lost, I lost a dpn last night at the Knotty Knitters, at Barnes and Nobles. I started the heel while I was there and I thought that I tucked it into the other sock, but later that night, when I needed it I looked for it and couldn't find it. Thankfully I had some other needles in that size. it just feels a little weird to have three of one kind and then one plastic one with them. Ah, The life of a knitter.

I only overslept a half hour this morning and it feels like I have so much extra time. Could you imagine if I would not oversleep at all, or even, God forbid, get up early. I could be running my own business, by the time I'm twenty. World domination, by the time I'm forty. I should find some drug that keeps me from having to sleep at all. Imagine the possibilities.

Random Facts of the Day:
44.I love bad TV shows, that were canceled way to soon. They weren't very funny, but for some odd reason I loved them. I still miss Eastwick. only half a season.
45.Whenever I get into a fight I always stay up that night thinking about all the stuff that I wished I had said.
46. I taught myself how to do a lot of knitting stuff out of books. My point by saying this is not to make my self feel better about the demonic shawl from hell, but to point out that my pronunciation is almost always off.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

2 Banes

There are two banes of my existence now. Bane number one is the cast, which are my fourth set. Bane number two is the lace shawl for my swap partner. Bane number one I am used to. Bane number two is driving me nuts. At first I tried the facing lilies stole from last springs Interweave. That did not work out so well. So then I tried to design my own. Lets just say that I wasted a whole day of my life trying to do this., Now, I am trying the Snowdrop shawl which is hell-bent to take at least ten years off my life. I am not even on the snowflakes yet and I have already ripped the entire thing out twice.

Thank god that I didn't have to worry about it yesterday, because I spent the whole day spinning some yarn for my swap partner. It is still not completely finished, but I like to think that it will be by this time next week

Stay tuned, you might hear of a finished sweater sometime soon. Remember, I said might.

I swear Dancing with the stars is rigged. I mean Brandy sent home and Bristol stayed. It is rigged I tell you. And you know who is at the bottom of it. Sarah Palin.

Random Facts of the Day:
41.It really bothers me when people use their forks to get butter out of the container.
42.I am trying not to be as critical as I usually am, but it is hard.
43. I always oversleep

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


I got a cold.

The Doctor does not want to operate on me until I get better.

The Anesthesiologist thinks that he should wait until December 6 for the surgery.

The lace shawl I started has gone horribly wrong.

I am in casts again.

On the bright side, I stole a pair of hospital pants, that are really comfortable. It wasn't stealing, just taking what was owed to me. What were they going to do, send the hospital police after me.

Random facts of the Day:
38. I hate it when people talk about the end of the world.
39. I have a really hard time thinking about what to put on this list.
40. I love scented candles

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Wish me luck at about noon Ohio time today. Thats when I go for my surgery.

Random Facts of the day:
35. I love being organized.
36.I hate organizing.
37. I am suprising not very nervous for this surgery

Good News

Well, the news is not nessesarly good or bad, just kind of blah. The Throughbred Sweater is almost done. All that is left to do is the colar and sewing the sleves in. I hope to finish it to today, but that might be streaching it a little.  I know that you are probrobly tired af me complainig about the lack of blog insperation, but I really don't have any. I just want to quite posting every day. At least I didn't sign up for Nakniswemo (the thing where you knit a sweater in the month of november, like Mary did, she jonesing for blog fodder, more than I am).

Random facts of the day:
32.I always spell sleves sleaves
33.I recently mastered the ability to knit and talk on the phone.
34.I am both a night owl and a morning person. Because of this, I am tired a lot.

Off to change my sheets. Surgery tomorrow, keep me in your thoughts around noon.Thanks!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Something Finished

I did it, I actually finished something. The Firefly scarf is now done. This feels great, I have finished another Christmas present. Now, all I have to do is finish Dad's Afghan, some dishcloths and Gonna's Fair Isle Mittens, and I will be done with Christmas. The mittens are progressing nicely and I am almost done with the first one. I love to work on them, they just make me feel smart, that's not a feeling that I am used to. E-mail me if you want the pattern, but I doubt anyone will want to make it without a picture. I may talk more about it later, You have to space these things out.

Random facts of the day.
29. I use the backspace key a lot.
30. I rareley use facebook anymore
31.When I am bored, I read the archives of knitting blogs

(Yes, this is a short entry, but I am in a hurry,.)

Friday, November 12, 2010


Why did I ever sign up for Nablopomo? What was I thinking. The month is almost half over and I am out of blog fodder. Gone, completely gone. I need to do small projects, not big ones. So if I ever want to sign up for anything like this ever again, I want you to remind me about this time. Not that I will listen, but your mission, should you choose to except it, is to keep me from saying that I will do something every day. (of course there are things that I say I do every day, like brush my teeth and knit) Do not ever let me sign up for Nablopomo again (I actually didn't register for it, I just did it on a whim). At least on Monday I will get a brake from posting, because of my surgery. I think that it is a valid excuse.

Random facts of the day:
26. I wait for a cup of coffee to get cool enough and I down it in like three drinks.
27. I can't sleep when there is a person who is awake in the same room.
28.I look at my hands while I type, but I type surprisingly fast.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

It is getting harder

What is it getting harder to do? To think of interesting stuff to post. (Okay, I realize that interesting is a bit of a streach, but do you want to make something of it?) So why don't we do a goals update to let you see how I'm doing on my goals. Oh, Thats right, I have only finished one. This goals thing is bad for my self-estem, but that doesn't mean that I will quite doing it. I know that one of these months I will finish all my goals, and I will feel really great about myself. ( check back around 2026 if you're waiting for that date) To be fair though, I am only in the second week of the month and I am so close to finishng another goal that I can almost smell it. Why am I rambling on about goals? I blame people like Mary and Dawn, for giving me this silly idea to post every day in November. Tomorrow's post will be about ten letters just so you know. It will still count as a posting though.

Random facts of the day:
23.I hate it when you in a car and you stop while going up a hill
24.I love sock monkeys
25.My favorite TV show is friends

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Spinning and Surgery

So, I didn't get a lot of spinning done this week. just some of this really pretty red wool that I got at Sallys last spring and have never gotten around to spinning. Again, I just spun about half an ounce, in between Doctors appointments and various errands and whatnot.

So, I found out when my Surgery on my feet is going to be. On Monday, the fifth, that is this Monday, as in four days. The surgery isn't until noon, so I will probably be able to post on Monday morning and Tuesday evening. Is it bad that When I go in for surgery my biggest worry is how I will post (It isn't, but thats the only one I'm sharing). They have to do two operations on my right leg and one on my left leg. They will do on e on each leg on Monday and the rest in six weeks when I'm healed from the last one. I won't go into all the specifics about what they have to do to my right leg, but it is pretty gruesome. As in there will be pins sticking out of my toes to fix the arch on my right foot. They have cut bones and everything.

But there is a good thing about this; the surgery is timed perfectly. It will happen, when the sun goes into Pieces, the astrological sign associated with the feet and legs. In Geccan mythology, the sun was associated with Apollo, the god of healing and Medicine. In Pagan folklore, the sun was associated with the horned god, What animal has horns? A Bull, I am a Taurus, who was the bull. Also, the Moon will be a Apogee, meaning that it is farthest from earth. This means that the sun will have the greatest influence on earth.

Random Facts of the day:
20.I have never been under Anesthesia before.
21. If you haven't already noticed, I am a terrible speller
22.I love chocolate wafer cookies.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Knitting Content

I finally have some of that for you. One Christmas present is done. Done! Done! Done!It was the Mittens that I was making for my Grandpa. They were plain black, and done with a really old pattern that I got out of some book at a yard sale. The pattern wanted them to be kint flat and seamed up later. But I didn't want to do this, because I hate seeming on anything small, and on anything that it is not for me. I don't mind doing something small like a sweater, but I don't like to do things for other people. The sweaters that I make are always for me and I juat find seeming them is just more fun for me. Back to my (not mine) mittens, I cut the yarn for this project really close, I mean really close. When I was done with them I had about a yard of yarn left over. The mittens are a little different because I fuged some of the decreases. (the pattern was in double knitting, mine was singular) But I think that it worked out so I hope that he likes them.

My next mitten project is from Norweigian Handknits and its Fair Isle. This will be the first time that I have ever done a whole garmet (yes, mittens are garmets)in color work. They have a flower on the back that will be done in red with a white backround. I'll try and post a link somewhere on this page (I haven't quite gotten hold of the whole link thing)

Random facts of the Day:
17. I have to have all the towls hanging neatly in the kitchen.
18. Anne of Green Gables is my favorite book.
19. I get exited when ever the seasons change. Even if I really loved the season before, I get exited for the change.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Short but Sweet

I think that the title says it all. I intend for this to be a short but sweet post. I have to pee something fierce and I have absolutely no knitting content to report(try again tomorrow, there should be some then).But I never said every post would be the top dollar literature that you have come to expect.

Random facts of the day:
14.I hate mushrooms.
15.If there was any math that I had to do for a living it would be Geometry.
16.I have always wanted to be a Vegetarian

Sunday, November 7, 2010

One Down, More to go

I did it.I finished one of my goals for this month. Who's the best,me, thats who. The goal that I finished is number three. I actually went over my monthly suggested amount, and did six of the things.

All right, I cannot keep up this sharde any longer, half of them are not dishcloths, but they're scrubbies. I know that was very wrong of me to try to pass them off as dishcloths, but I am one week into November and I haven't finished any goals yet. In all fairness, I will probably do some more for Christmas. I hate the things, but I know that people will love to get them, and that almost makes it worth my while. Almost. And in keeping with this fairness, they do clean dishes, and they are made of cloth so.... why can't they be considered as dishcloths. 

Random Facts of the Day:
13.I keep a shawl by the side of my bed in case I can't sleep and I get up and I am cold.
14.I have my sock yarn stash on two different shelves. The top shelf is the good stuff, the bottom is the bad yarn .
15.When I type, I cannot stand to have the red and green lines in my work, even if I knew I have done nothing wrong. So usually end up running the spell check every other minute.


I did it. Last night around Nine-Thirty I finished my first handspun yarn, and it feels great.(I know, tuesday are for spinning, but I really wanted to spin, I had to take advantage of it) This roving is old, so old that I don't even remember what it is. All I know is that it is wool, that is it. Pretty sad right, but I am really exited. I can't wait until I can use this stuff. I would have cast on the pair of socks that it was destined for, if I hadn't had all the technical stuff to do(Wash it, and try to get some of the wrinkles out of it)I would have done it right then. As it is I'm going to have to wait until I get my casts off til I can do all technical stuff(Tuesday the ninth!!!)So it will be a while. I kind of want to finish some of the stuff that I had on my goals(there will be a finished goal tomorrow, A big round of virtual applause for the person who can guess which one)

Random Facts of the day
10.I have an issue with knitting bags. I always have to have a perfect one that can hold anything that I will possibly need and not look to bulky, or like a purse.
11.I always start my Christmas gifts early. Usually around the end of July, bu this year I got cocky and I now have to hope to have them all dine by mid December.
12.Whenever I get into a fight with someone I always stay up at night thinking about what I could have said.

Friday, November 5, 2010

I had an Idea

That idea is to replace all that dishclothes that I have to make with scrubbies insted. For the deprived among you. A scrubbie is something you can make to scrub pots and pans with, that looks like those things that you can but three for a doller at the groccery store. I decided that I could make a whole bunch of those to give away with the dishclothes. Their a lot(well, lot is a strech)of fun to make and I'm hoping that they break up the dish clothes monotiny. I realized the other days that I will be needing more dishclothes that I have planned now, so I will probrobly do mre that five in this month.

You will never guess what show I realized that I love yesterday. Desperate Housewives. Please don't juge or make fun of me, it can happen to the best of us. This is how it happened:I was trying to get a little work done (writing, not school work)and mom was sitting here,watcching TV and being a big anoyance.Then dad came down here and insted of changing thae channel, he sat and watched her show(he had juat woken up, what can you expect) When her show was over, Dad was still to weak,(actully he was on the phone I think) and he left the channel on. Then boom all of the sudden all three of us were hooked.

Random stuff of the day:
7.I cannot tolerate it when a cabnet door is left open, especally the bathroom cabnet
8.I love Meg Ryan Movies. The Romatic Comedy is my favorite grenre of movie ever. Especially the ones that she did with Tom Hanks.
9.When I was in the Fourth grde I passed out and had to get two staples put into my head.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

How did This Happen?

It is almost Ten-Thirty and I have been alone since I woke up at Seven-Thirty. Is this heaven? If it is I wonder how I died. I hope it was peaceful.

I had a lot of trouble sleeping last night. Just thought I should share that. I was up until about Two-Thirty. Do you realize how many times I have used the backspace key in this paraghraph, a lot, thats how much.(No these are not my random facts of the day)

I sighned up for a swap earlier this week.(I was saving it for blog fodder, so I wouldn't have to show you actull knitting contnt)The theme is Winter Solstice. I'm not yet sure who I will be matched up with. I just hope that I don't dissapoint my partner, I've never done one before, but I'm really exited. I just want to note here that Whatever I knit fot my partner will probrobly take the place in my goals of finishing the perfect sweater(link below). I'm so sick of the boring Stockingette that the majority of the body is composed of. Which leads me to the conclusion that the perfect sweater is not perfect, it is a pain in the ass. How can I call something perfect when I think it is a a giant pain. But alas who am I to disagree with the almighty Ann and Kay(Mason- Dixon Knitting on the side bar, they're not mighty enough for me to make another link to them)

Random Facts of the day:
4.Every time I start a sentence with the word the I always make the mistake of typing THe
5.Somtimes when I walk around town I sing to myself
6.I love to do dishes. This is a really wierd one I know, but I just like to turn on the radio and dance around while I do them.

(The link to The Perfect Sweater is on Ann and Kays side bar, I know I cheated, but making links scare me)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Out of topics already

I can't belive this, I am already out of stuff to talk about. What is this sort of crap, I should be blabbering about everything nonstop. It's day three, for crying out loud. I should have plenty to say. Ohhhh! I just thought of stuff.

Yesterdays Spinning-
I almost have spun enough for a pair of socks. I am tempted to just start knitting and spin more when I need it. I have never knit with handspun, and I'm really exited about it. I'll try to hold off the urge, but I'm not making promises.

I had an Idea(eveyone duck)on the days when I hve made no knitting progress, I should just tell Random facts about me. Hell, I'll do it even when I have knitting to talk about. How about three a day. Three is a very powereful number(can you tell I have watched a lot of Charmed now that I'm laid up)

1.I cannot stand Radio commercials under no circumstances will I listen to one.
2.I love to be home alone. I wish that I lived alone so that sort of thing could happen more often. But when you live in a house with three people, all one different shifts, it takes a fair amount of fannagallin.
3.Every night I imagine some ones arms rapped around me as I fall asleep. Sad isn't it.

9 more days till I can get my learners permit!!
Just thought I should share that!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


I made a few changes to my blog yesterday. I think that I like it, but I'm not entirley sure, please share your thoughts on this and any other thoughts about Garret Knits Ohio that you may want to share. I value others input.

I also decided that I should institute a new rule that I learned about from The Yarn Harlot. (link on the side bar) The rule about spinning on Tuesdays. I do spin with a drop spindle every once and a while, and I decided that I needed to get back in the habit of spinning occasionally.

So I dusted off the Drop Spindle(which is the best envention ever besides circular needles) and started spinning my old wool(so old I can't remember what it is) and am trying to spin enough for a pair of socks.

I think I might try nablopomo. You know the thing where you post every day for the month of November. I'm not offically registard for it, so if I fall off the wagon ( which is more than likley to happen) I just have to listen to my conscience berate me for it.

Monday, November 1, 2010

There goes that month

My poor abused computer is back, with a brand new screen and ready to take on the world. I got it back, like a week ago and I just figured that I would just skip over October and go straight to November. Sounds logical right? I hope so, but missing the second month of my poasting monthly goals is not a good way to start off a new system. I had an excuse though, I didn't have a computer, bloging with out a computer is hard.

So most of September's goals got finished, just not in September. But I will only count September as September, not September and October. So lets review September:

1.Crank out at least 7 dishclothes in various colors and sizes.
Done, It wasn't fun, but I did it and I'm all the better for it.

2.Finish the sleves to my perfect sweater.
Done, with the back and one of the fronts. It was like water gate tourture, but it is done and soon I will be the proud possesor of something made out of wool that has not acidentilly been felted.

3.Finish Gonna's Citron.
Done, but not with the tassels that I plan to put on it, I kept putting it off and putting it off, and it still is not done, and I doubt it ever will be.

4.Finish Leaves and vines Sock.
Done, but not in September. I improvised with some left over yarn, and I can't wait to have a chance to wear them.

5.Finish the Blueberry Waffles socks.
Sorry, ran out of yarn, but can't figure out what to improvise with.

6.Finish any Baby garmet.
Sort of, I did all the knitting, but I never sewed the buttons on.

So for the month of September, I give myself a C. Not to bad, right?

For the month of november my goals are as fallows:

1.Finish the Perfect Sweater.
2.Finish the Throughbred Sweater.
3.Finish at least five dishclothes.
4.Start and finish at least one baby anything.
5.Finish at least two Christmas Presents.

(Maybe do some socks or something, I'm no tgoing to put this down, just letting you know that socks may or may not happen)

It sounds like a lot, I know, but being Laid up and all frees up a lot of knitting time. And let it be known theat the Christmas gifts are the most important.(The dishclothes are Christmas presents)

Can I do it? YES I CAN!!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

OHHH!!!! NOOO!!!!!

The screen on my computer is craked. Dont expect a lot of posts now, I probrobly won't get another cumputer until November it at all.

Sunday, September 19, 2010


You thought I had given up didn't you? Well, I've got news for you, Garret DOSEN'T give up.

Yesterday was a good day for the knitting, more specifically the Finishing(I would like to point out here the difference between Finishing and "finishing", The former being the real deal, weaving in ends and everything, the later being done with the knitting)

I haven't been dealing to well, with the Goal thing, but I have been doing surprisingly well with the gift thing. By the way, don't expect to see any finished socks this month, I really should find a way to make sure I have enough yarn to finish objects that I start. Socks take more yarn than you think, I must remember this for the future.

So anyway, enough with me whining about not having yarn to finish stuff. To quote a movie form my child hood "You have to accentuate the Positive and eliminate the negative" so lets carry on with the show.

Citron is done the ends are woven in, and I am ready to move on with my life

The sleeves from my Perfect Sweater are done as of yesterday, I am again very ready to move on with my life.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Try try again

Forgive me but has been a while. A while, try the whole summer. So I'm giong to try and ease back into this thing and hopefully it will all work out. Wish me luck!
(Note: I have deleted the finished objects column, safe to say, that I was well over thirty,and still going)

So I figured that it won't be to much of a pain if I just post goalks near the first of a month and just post as I finish them, then give myself a monthly rating. Sounds easy Right? Maybe one day I will figure out how to post pictures(try buying a camera) but I will try to link you to a picture or a pattern, so you can get some idea about what it looks like

1.Crank out at least seven dishclothes.(I'm stock piling for the holidays)In various patterns and colors.

2.Finish the sleaves to my perfect sweater.

3.Finish the Citron for Gona's christmashttp://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter09/PATTcitron.php

4.Finish the Leaves and vine Socks(on the second heel)

5.Finish the Blueberrywaffles Sockshttp://www.knitlist.com/98gift/blueberrysocks.htm

6.Start and Finish any Baby Garmet. Really any Baby Garmet at all, at all.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

He's Back!

Sorry I't been over a month since my last post. It seems like when I fail to blog, I get more writing done, when I fail to write, I get more reading done, if I read less than I play solitare more. You know I hate computer Solitare, but I love to shuffle and deal out the cards myself. Its one of my little quirks.

I have a lot of knitting to talk about, I started an afgan for two people about three people. Hoe far do you think I'm done, a quarter, half way?
AAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN'TTT!!!!!!!! Wrong! I am two thirds of the way done and motering along.

This blanket is a log cabin dandie that is big enough for one person to sleep under. It is going to be three log cabin squares by three log cabin squares, so this should give you an idea of how big it is. I finished the first two rows of the afgan and instead of working the squares one by one I decided to fit all three on the circs that I was using. So now when I finish the square, all I have to do is crochet them all together, then wheave in the end and make a quik I-cord border. Wish me luck!

Friday, March 26, 2010

A little ahead

A little is a bit of a strech, but I am ahead. I finished the back and one of the fronts of the sweater that I am knitting fom Son of A Stich 'n' Bitch. It's the Pub Crawler, I know that this sweater is not a cardiagan but I wanted a cardigan, so I am turning it into one.

I did a shawlette that was made up in my head. This actully had been done for a while, before I went down to Bryans, I just put of yakking about it. You how it is.

Started another shawl. This one is the Dummy Clap shawl, look on ravelry. Preety boring, just stokingette until you get all exiting in the bing off row. There you get to drop stitches, on purpose. Did you just get chills, because I did. But seriously this thing is very artful and easy as pie, a nice rest from managing the cable reapeats of the Pub Crawler.

Monday, March 15, 2010

What I Knit

Got back from a vist at Brian and Kathys over the weekend. They're all fine and if you want details email me with your phone number, and I'll give you all the good gossip.

What I knit over the weekend? Ah.... What a question, well its not really a question, I just put a question mark at the end so it will look like one. One would think that I could get tons of knitting done with the four hour car drive( We did it in three hours and forty minutes). Umm....no, I didn't get a lot done, just a couple of squares for an afgan that I started as a way to use up all those leftover bits, you know what I'm talking about. The little ones that are about half an inch thick. The just seem to keep coming at you, always more and more. No matter how many stash bustin scarfs you make they will always be there, just waiting until there are so many of them that they take over the planet and destroy all natural fibers!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maybe not,

It's just a great way to use up tiny leftover balls of yarn.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

I did something!!!

There has been large amouts of knitting up here. I just haven't felt much like yakking about it, i'm just kinda in a rut, try to earm a little money by sending stories and poems and stuff into magazines and after the stuff I researched i learned that writers wages haven't changed much n the past 50 years so ...

I fixed the brim on a hat I made last winter. It was some acrillic that i got at a yard sale, I thought back then that there would be enough of it to do both a hat and scarf, but when I had a to small hat and a to small scarf, so I finally bit the bullet and unraveled the scarf to fix the hat.

I did a whole other hat, This was the two color hat from Knit two together by Tracy Ullman, it was in blue and red so it looks very nice.

A dish cloth

That pair of socks that I started, Lord knows when, these were knit on size 0 needles with the yarn that is left over from the tesb that I made last January(I'm wrapped up in it right now)Well, now i am going to watch this episode of Will and Grace(it's the one they go to see the Sound of Music)and then go enjoy this lovley weather!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Another Tuesday

You know when you have a whole lot of yarn and you always feel like you need more. Now you know what I'm going through. Just feeling like there is never enough yarn. I want to try this blanket, the Psychedelic squares afghan from the first Mason Dixon book, but it is a queen sized blanket so naturally it take a lot of yarn, but if i used all the yarn that Kay recommends it would be cheaper to buy a blanket. I know that we don't knit to save money but I think that is taking things a little to far. I figured using the cheapest yarn at sallies that it would be about 50 bucks, which is still to much. This means i may have to break the the no cheap yarn ban, not a good thing but it is the only choice. Please share your thoughts on this.

Been wishing for something to knit, that is kind of interesting, every thing i have here is to small or to fiddly, so until i can get the yarn for the Psychedelic squares afghan(which this depends on when i get paid for a job i did last NOVEMBER, i have gone the whole winter with 20 bucks for everything, i need to get paid for that side job, my shoes are worn out i need new shoes)I started some dishcloths for mawmaws birth day next month(shh!)and maybe these will keep me un-bored till i can get the yarn.


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

slowly, but not surely

I think i will be working on these projects for the rest of my life. The V-neck sweater i taking for ever. The socks are no better. The sweater is about 5 inches, a big improvement to last weeks 3 inches,at this rate i can where it to my own funeral(please tell me if i'm referencing death to much). I started the second sock, but realizing that the bamboo double-points were a little bendy i decided that i can finish the first then use the metal needles to do the second one.

On a good note i can note that i did make a log cabin rug. It was on some boucle that i picked up at a yard sale and goodwill. Knit on size 11 needles i whipped this sucker out in 2, count um' 2 days. Go me!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

More Socks

So after feeling a little, well odd I guess, i started another pair of socks. These socks are knit out of the left over yarn from that tesb i made an week ago. They are knit on size 0 needles, i have about 2 inches done on the first one. Since i have two sets of 0 dpns i decided that i should knit both of them at the same time, but there was only enough on the skien for one, so what do i do. I think way back and i remember winding a small ball of it when i first bought it so now i have enough yarn to knit both socks!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

More Finished crap

I finished yet again another project, the socks on size 2 needles. It is a very bad thing when it no longer feels like a big thing when you finish some thing it feels just like a part of life.

So in the spirt of finishing being dull. I started a big old sweater that was in 20 mens patterns, the V-neck pullover with this tweedy wool that I picked up at jo-anns i got about half an inch of ribbing.

Thursday, January 21, 2010


So its done, its done, its done. as i speak it is wet bocking without pins. It is only now that i get an idea of why our great grandmothers all hated it when they had to go stand the sheep back up in the rain. This tesb is only 30% wool it wieghted ton when i hauled this tesb out of the tub. Why as this thing in the tub you ask? because it was the only place big enough to give it a good soak. i had to double it over in the spare room because i don't have the baseball field that is required to block that thing.

I needed some project to pick up and knit on so i decided to pick up a pair of socks that i started a few days ago. this is not the pair of socks that were knit on 00 needles and made out of flax and rayon. Theese are like good twin to thoose evil socks; they are made out of a divine combination of 50%superwash merino, 25% nylon and 25%bambooand are knit on size 2 circular needles. i don't know how much i like working on two cics better than dpns. While dpns are fiddly when you just start out they are nice when you have half a sock haning off of them. While two cics are are easier to start out with they get harder once you get miving with them the rest of the way .

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

slow deceases

That tesb is slowly decreasing down. I am down to about 150 stiches and considering all 300 that i started with it is moving right along. when i started this thing back in, this is sad i can't even remember when i started it, i remember i had intended that it would be a recangular shawl, but i realized that it would be a lot more work so i made it into a triangular shawl. i can recall that it was during Eastwick and it was the one where roxy's daughter's attemped rapist/boyfriend was fallowing roxy around calling her a whore. If any body remembers this please leave a comment with your information. Thank you!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

even more

All right i did it i started a new project a pair of socks on two circular needles. It's a little different than the double points that i usually use. They are a liile easier than dpns when you just start out but if your using needles that still have thier curl in them it is impossible, you have to wrestle with them all the way. My recomendation is to buy used ones if at all possible.

The knit and crocheted shawl that i'm making(my parnents say this is a triangular european shoulder blanket, but i think that this is a lot to type so i will abrviate it tesb)i'm a little worried about the yarn on this but i will continue to drudge on and if God forbid i run out of yarn i will hope that sally(that is the name of the old lady that owns my Lys, luckly it is called Sally's shop) has some more.

Friday, January 15, 2010


Sorry about my lack of blogage but i'm dealing with slow computers and shaky internet connections this blog thing is getting harder to keep up with.

Anywho i'm knitting up a storm over here. my blanket is done and the ends wovwen in, it is quite warm. I started a sock made out of a combination of rayon and flax, it is knittied on size 00 needles. I put this one down because i realized that i would go nuts if i kept this up so i put it into the dead projects box. Tinking what with my new coat and all i deserved a new scarf so i found this fabouls yarn, it is a real tealy blue and is 50% wool and 50% acrillic it is knit2 pur2 ribbing and goes down to my knees.


Saturday, January 9, 2010

He's back!!

All right here i am with my own computer again so lets take a look at the knitting that i've finished up with all my newly found free time.
The afgan is done, there i said it, this afgan, large enough for a grown man, only took about 6 weeks can you belive it, i can't.
I made a pair of mittens, they are red and acrillic and warm, i know that because i had to shovel the drive way the next day.
So i celebration of all this WIP reduction i decided i was worth a new pair of handknit socks os i started a pair of socks, they are knit on size 00 needles and are made out of a combination of linen and rayon. Wish me a look.
New books i have boughtin, i got a book called 20 Patterns for Men by Erica Knight, i like this book it has lots of classic mens desighns with some new ideas which look fabouluos.
New yarn i got at goodwill, i found two skeins of black cotton, two hanks of craft and rug which i will use to finish a rug, and some chrochet cotton that i can use for scribble lace.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Back to knitting

All right lets get down to business and get back to knitting.still chugging through the afgan, i call this one modern art, i coplain a lot about the project but in al reality it is flying by, i started this blanket on November 24th and i am now two-thirds done, and you have to figure that in this time i made the belinda wrap from Mason-Dixon Knitting outside the lines, a small rug, and my yearly gift knitting extrvaganza, so in the grand scheme of things it is not taking all that long at all. Last week a started the Pub Crawler from Debbie Stoller's Son of a Sitch 'n' Bitch and i told myself that i can't work on it until i finish Modern art which is so dissappointing because it is a dreamy cable fest and i'm almost to the armhole shaping. The crocheted shawl that i starteed in a foolish moment several monthes ago it is now my upstairs project and with any luck i will be finished by the next century.