October 31, 2004

Ruffle progress

Apparently this scarf taught me to do short rows :-) I didn't know that was what I was doing... but it is.

Here is the progress on the ruffle scarf for my mom made of baby camel yarn from a previous elann binge ;-)

October 30, 2004

Elann.com binge

Ok so the Jo Sharp Silkroad Ultra and Rare Comfort mohair were just too much for me. I ordered a bunch of yarn.... as if I needed ANY more. Of course it's all gorgeous and I love it :-) So today I did a bit of organizing of my stash.... I have to say that I finally hit the point where I think I have too much yarn. So my goal is to not buy any more yarn till at least my birthday (january 10th) that's just a couple months and some change. I reserve the right to pick up yarn to finish christmas gifts but that's the only exception.

Wish me luck!

October 28, 2004

Felting is so cool!

Felting isn't new to me but every time I felt a project I'm reminded about how cool it is. So here is a sophie bag that I knit in a few evenings after work (it was sooooo quick to knit). This is a good thing as I'm making about 8 of them as christmas gifts. They will all be different colors and some will have stripes or some sort of 2 color option. So hopefully it won't get too boring making so many of them :-)

So here's the first:

before & after:

I think it turned out really cute :-)

October 25, 2004

Hoodie and Irish Hiking Scarf photos

Done with my hoodie! It needs washing and blocking but I think that will have to wait till this weekend. It's just too cold for it to dry at night.

And my Irish Hiking Scarf in Manos. This scarf is so cozy. I'm sure I'll make another one!

October 23, 2004

Irish Scarf Done...

So I finished my Irish Hiking Scarf in Manos. I'll get a photo here tomorrow. In following the finish 2 projects start one rule... I just cast on for a sophie bag. It'll be a christmas gift... one of many sophie bags I'll be making in the next month. The bottom is done and I'm about 2 inches up the side. I'm using cascade 220 quattro in a blue/green/purple mix. It should turn out well and is knitting up pretty quickly.

Ok I have to go change my clothes. My Boyfriend and I are going to go into San Francisco and see The Producers. I've lived in the Bay Area my whole life and have never seen a musical. Hope I like it :-)

October 22, 2004

another quiz :-) What kind of needles am I?

turbo charged
You are "turbo" charged.Fast moving and classy, you get things done with power and grace. Your expensive tastes can be deceiving, since what you really value is quality and efficiency. As you're careening around those corners in life, finishing a dozen knitted objects each month, stop and smell the roses. Don't miss the beauty of process!

What kind of knitting needles are you?
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October 21, 2004

Scarf Style

Yummy! My copy of Scarf Style showed up in the mail today. On the Knitters Review Forum there has been a lot of discussion about the poor quality of the photos in the book... They were right. The photos suck. But I can tell enough from the photos to see that I HAVE to make many of these patterns. But first I MUST make some felted purses as christmas gifts. Maybe I'll make the Ruffle scarf for my mom for christmas. Then I can make a fun pattern and get a gift done as well :-) And there is also a knit along for any scarf in this book here. I'm tempted to join but I really have to finish a few other projects first.

Ok back to my Irish Hiking Scarf.

October 20, 2004

40 inch scarf

I'm so proud of myself.... I have a tendency to bounce from project to project and not really finish much. Sunday night I finished the hood for my sweater and since then I have only worked on my Irish Hiking scarf (which is due for another photo). So I just measured it and it's 40 inches long.... that makes it 2/3 done :-) I plan on finishing it this weekend as well as sewing together my Hoodie. Then I will continue this new found completion spree with the cable/lace poncho I started a month or so back. It'll be nice to have less projects on needles (although still a billion future projects in my head). Maybe I will actually dent my stash ;-)

October 18, 2004

Hoodie Hood

I finished the hood for my Under the Hoodie last night. The finishing will have to wait till Sunday as I'm just not up to it after a full day at work.

So back to work on my Irish Hiking Scarf. It's so nice to actually finish something :-)

October 14, 2004

What kind of knitter?

hmmm guru.... not sure about that but I'll just take it as a compliment.

Knitting Guru
You appear to be a Knitting Guru. You love knitting
and do it all the time. While finishing a piece
is the plan, you still love the process, and
can't imagine a day going by without giving
some time to your yarn. Packing for vacation
involves leaving ample space for the stash and
supplies. It can be hard to tell where the yarn
ends and you begin.

What Kind of Knitter Are You?
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What kind of yarn are you?

You are Shetland Wool.
You are Shetland Wool.You are a traditional sort who can sometimes be a little on the harsh side. Though you look delicate you are tough as nails and prone to intricacies. Despite your acerbic ways you are widely respected and even revered.

What kind of yarn are you?
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October 11, 2004

Dreamweaver Class

Last weekend I spent both days from 10am to 6pm in a class on how to use dreamweaver. It's Web page layout software. Since I own the software I figured I should learn to use it and FINALLY update my photography web site. Here is what I mocked up yesterday in class. I now need fix my old site that hasn't been touched in a couple years. So now I get to re-scan all of the images I want to put on the web and re-design the site... yikes. The class was through bavc and I really enjoyed it. I also took one on Photoshop that was great.

So my knitting has been neglected. I have yet another class this coming weekend... Shake. Which is compositing software. Thank god work is paying for all this.... But damn I need a day off.

Ok I'm going to have some dinner and knit this evening :-)

October 08, 2004


I think I need a chaperon for yarn store visits....

Just got back from Creative Hands (San Carlos Ca.) They are close to where I work. So I needed to exchange some Addi Turbos that have a kink in the connecting wire. After several attempts to straighten it out using hot water I gave up. Creative Hands has a really good sale area which always gets me. Picked up a couple skeins of Lorna's laces Dove at a nice discount as well as a ball of cascade 220 tweed in gray (for a sophie purse) and some other various novelty type yarns that I'll use for christmas presents. Oh yeah I also swapped my needles for ones without a kink.

Hoodie progress... The pocket is attached and I'm about 3 inches up from there. This weekend I'm going to take some more photos and also a photo of my hiking scarf to illustrate the two color technique.

Back to work now :-)

October 05, 2004

pocket for Under the Hoodie

So i finally got the pocket knit for my under the hoodie. I of course misread the directions and decreased every other row rather than every other RS row. So I ripped it out and fixed it. Tomorrow I will connect the top edge of the pocket to the body. Here's the pocket:

And here's the rest of it:

Oh yeah... confession. I caved and ordered some lopi for felting from elann.com this morning. I swear i need more yarn like I need another hole in my head. Hmmm where will I put it once it gets here?

October 04, 2004

Photos... new yarn and Irish Hiking scarf

My Irish Hiking Scarf in manos:

Here's the Elsebeth Lavold Angora:

And here is the inspirations yarn:

new yarn!

4 skiens of Elsebeth Lavold Designer's Choice Angora - 2 in a dark purple/plum and 2 in a burnt orange. This will be a scarf for me ;-) The yarn feels awesome. I just couldn't resist picking some up from a yarn shop in Capitola this weekend. My boyfriend and I had our 9 year anniversary so we were driving down to Carmel for the weekend and made a pit stop in Capitola to avoid some traffic... and there it was... a yarn shop. We did make it to Carmel and had a great weekend.

Then in the mail today (at work) I got my inspirations yarn in casual friday. I got the decaf (superwash wool) and it looks great. Not quite sure what it's going to be... probably a scarf or maybe gloves.

Oh yeah... my Irish Hiking scarf is started. Obviously I didn't get much worked on this weekend but I did some knitting in the car on the way down (traffic just isn't that interesting to watch). I'll post a photo of my scarf and new yarn as soon as I sort out my photobucket woes. Either they will restore my photo albums or I will re-upload. Not sure which yet.