Monday, January 30, 2006

Jaywalker update

They're blocking. In the meantime, here are some pictures I took of the first one when it was done.

Hoo boy. I can't wait to wear them. Hurry up, blocking!!!

Other news: I started a small lace scarf last night with my Baby Kid Extra. It's 20 sts on a size 10 needle. I've never knitted with laceweight before, so I'm still kinda getting the hang of it. I also started a half-size Ruffles scarf from Scarf Style. It's a pink and blue [at least part] cotton yarn (2 strands held tog) from the super assortment. It'll be used as a belt, most likely.

Friday, January 27, 2006


I haven't posted in a while.
I ordered Knitting the Easy Way and Scarf Style from Barnes and Noble last week. They arrived yesterday :D. I recommend Knitting the Easy Way (a lesser known book....I don't think I really need to recommend Scarf Style) cuz' it's got pretty cool patterns. I want to make Backyard Leaves (Annie Modesitt) and the Blue Collar (Teva Durham) from Scarf Style. I'm not sure what I want to make from KTEW.

I bought Caron Simply Soft for Rogue a few days ago. It's got gauge, so now I just need to modify it to fit a ten-year-old (that's what size I'm making it in).

The Jaywalkers are progressing. I'm almost to the toe with the second sock. Of course I'm doing my fave "custom-fit" toe - that's that one where I try it on every couple rounds and decide how I want it to fit. This process, of course, involves multiple lifelines.

Remember when I posted about finding all the turn of the century magazines? Katie's making hundred year old recipes from it. A week or two ago, she made coconut cake; tonight we're eating gingersnap/molasses cookies.

I wonder when I'll get my Sockapaloooza buddy info.

That'll be all for now.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006


I must be into socks:

Count Your Socks (2)
Jaywalker KAL
Red Hot Sizzling Sox!!!

Ooh! Ooh!

Count me in.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

One Down

I finished the first Jaywalker a few days ago. I'm on the ribbing on the second one. Pix later. :D

Friday, January 20, 2006

What's this?

I'm gonna try to do Rogue. This is definitely gonna be hard. A sweater - with added knitting: the hood - in 16 days? Fuhgeddaboudit. I'll try my hardest.....and I do know that about 10 other people are gonna do Rogue too, so, bear with me as I rant and rave about "I've only got one sleeve done and it's already been 8 days!".

Thursday, January 19, 2006

My Short-n-Sweet Photography Career

"Still Life of Two Vastly Different Colors from Two Windows Right On Top of Each Other".
Sorry about the lighting. I didn't want to Photoshop it b/c it would have wrecked the effect of the blue and the grey by making the blue a lot lighter.

"Still Life of a telescope in front of a window".

Telescope belongs to my dad.

"Still life of 1 1/2 guitars plus half a window with terrible lighting".

This one I like to call "Still Life of a Still Life".

Last and least, we have "Still Life of two bears in a canoe on the windowsill with such bad lighting it had to be Photoshopped".

Can you tell? (Joke.)

Anyway, hope y'all liked my presentation. BBL.

oh, p.s., the jaywalkers are coming along nicely.
p.p.s. so is my homework.
p.p.p.s. the painting is by my great-grandma. unfortunately it didn't turn out very well (as if I expected it to).

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

I love knitting and music

...Rocking out to Poprocks and Coke, by Green Day, which is a fave song of mine, while I knit my Jaywalkers. They're coming along nicely. Oh yeah, and I guess I'm blogging too.

And this.

Sounded like a neat idea. And one can never have too many knitted socks.

Wait a sec. Poprocks and Coke just turned into Longview. Kewlies. I love International Superhits.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Whoop-de-do. A tiny bit of progress ;)

Well...this photo was taken Saturday. It's a bit longer now. (Although only a bit, since I spent the night at my friend's house.)

So you're thinking....What? How short is that thing?

It's a *bobby* in a bobby sock. Just because I felt like it.

And here is a quick note on that knitting trend issue Cara's posting about:
I only saw Rogue once before I knew I had to make it... the first I saw it, I didn't even know it was the huge trend... The same with Jaywalkers.

Okay, that's all I have to say.


Hm... if anyone happens to read my blog....
It's National Delurking Week!
OK, I don't...actually....know if it still is, but what the heck.


A little past the heel turn....but somehow I lost the fifth dpn. How did that happen???

Friday, January 13, 2006

Dyeing the Baby Ull


As a hank...

And all wound up!

I'm going to make Jaywalkers for the knitalong. But first I'll have to buy a second skein and dye that, too.

Thursday, January 12, 2006


My pirate name is:

Black Jenny Vane

Like anyone confronted with the harshness of robbery on the high seas, you can be pessimistic at times. You tend to blend into the background occaisionally, but that's okay, because it's much easier to sneak up on people and disembowel them that way. Arr!

Get your own pirate name from

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Don't worry...

I'm not actually going to be doing any jaywalking. But I love the socks!

Flood Knitting

Have you heard about some of the flooding in the area? It's awful.....but there are some things I'd like to share.
Exhibit A) There are piles of trash all over the place.
Exhibit B) There are old magazines like "Good Literature", "The People's Home Journal", and old McCalls magazines -- the oldest dating from 1895, the youngest 1953. And they're real. Absolutely real. Not copies. I mean, in the McCall's magazine, there are knitting patterns for, like, child harnesses/bridles/leashes. And apparently, they're even more fun if the kid can knit it himself!
And the prices are just amazing. Wow....I want to take some pictures.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Log Cabin Sox Done!!

Yay for me!Pattern: Log Cabin Socks from Handknit Holidays
Needles: Don't ask me...US4 or 5ish dpns. I had no brains when I made them and didn't write down the millimeterage.
Yarn: Don't ask me...some shiny DK yarn from the super assortment (same one from the Holiday Sweater). I like it.
Mods: I think I used a thinner yarn than recommended. I also did a different toe (it's too detailed to write down).

And a clarification to my last post: The second cranked out just as fast in knitting time. It's just that I paused for two days in between the start and finish date. (I started the first sock Tuesday.)

And yay for gift certificate came yesterday! I'll spend around four hours at Knitterly. Very cool!

Saturday, January 07, 2006


I know I didn't want to post until I had finished the first sock, but the second one definitely isn't crankin' out as fast.

So there you go. The progress pic, cropped to show only the finished sock...because I felt like it.

Friday, January 06, 2006

More Buttons

Now for the LYSs...

and Philato...


And because Jessica says I should save her buttons to my server, here they are.

And to make all the other people happy (I don't want to be known for my hotlinking)...
Happy now?

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Log Cabins and Buttons

I'm working on the heel flap of the second Log Cabin. I'll finish it tomorrow.

In the meantime, here are my new buttons.

Yeah they're sucky. Who cares?

I decided to make a big and a small.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Log Cabin Socks!

These weren't even on my 2006 knitting plan....they were just one of the patterns I wanted to try out sometime. But last night, after looking at the Handknit Holidays-along, and seeing all the beautiful socks, I caved. Well, not exactly. I stayed up late last night (ok, technically this morning) making them. Ahem...they're simple and addicting, and fast. Or just simply addicting and fast. I guess I'll update this post with pix sometime today. :)

**updated** OK, I just finished the first sock, but since the lighting will be crappy (it's now 6:00 in the middle of winter) I'll just post tomorrow. The second sock will probably be done by then anyway. Fast, easy, fun.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Dance Bag Done!

Here at last is my Christmas Rose dance bag. I finished around 11:30 this morning.
Pattern: Christmas Rose bag from Handknit Holidays
Needles: US9 and 7 Clover Bamboo
Yarn: Mainstays Crafts yarn in True Black, Red Heart Super Saver in Banana Berry
Mods: I used size 9 needles for the body instead of size 8, which was probably slightly responsible for the difference in my gauge (4.5 sts/in vs. 5.5 sts/in). I only casted on 80 sts. I also did less plain MC rnds, and made the ties shorter--19" instead of 36".

I'm pretty happy with the overall result. More detailed mods, etc. can be found at the Handknit Holidays-along.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Coming Along...

I'm still working on my Christmas Rose bag 'cause I didn't get to all yesterday.

Here is some intended 2006 knitting...
First up on the list is
Rogue. As soon as I pick out my yarn I'll be off. I've just joined the Rogue-Along so I'm ready.
Handknit Holidays stuff: I'm going to get some
Plymouth Dreambaby 4-Ply for the Vintage Gloves. I really didn't feel like spending $20, so instead, I'll spend $8. Works for me.
I also want to try the Triangle Scarf. With some old
LB Jamie last night, I tried a mini version, and realized just how much of a genius pattern it really is. (I knew it was a genius pattern before, I just didn't realize quite how much.)
Blu--If I didn't want to make Rogue so badly, this would be first on the list. As soon as I get my gift certificate, I'm going to go to Knitterly and get my yarn. And start making it the same day. And be so zealous that I'll finish the same day. make things a LITTLE bit more realistic, the next day. :)
Hopeful--this one's a maybe. I want to try it out, and I will if a find a cheap, good yarn. Maybe Plymouth Suri Merino, which is pretty cheap but still all natural fibers, or even better, Plymouth Encore, which is cheaper, has more yardage, and is still 25% wool. Reynolds Saucy is even more inexpensive and is all cotton, which would make for a nice summer top. Although of course the yarn should be more elastic than cotton. The sucker is I don't know how many balls I'll need of any yarn until I buy the pattern. RRR.
Clapotis is also a maybe...possibly in Reynolds Saucy? I don't need anything warm so cotton is fine with me. Or Plymouth Encore. I guess maybe those are my favorite cheap substitute yarns...because I don't want to spend $90.
That's not all I've been thinking about...but it's all I can remember. I hate when that happens. I guess I'll update this post when I do remember.

Oh, and add one more thing to my knitting wrap up: Thumbless Baby Mittens: 1 pair.