Knit Lit

Warning, this post may cause rapid heart rate, envy and in extreme cases debt.

I feel a little naughty writing this post, but here you go …

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Casbah in color way Origin

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Casbah in color way Renaissance

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Casbah in color way Vintage

I think these color ways are correct. They were not labeled, so I looked them up on the website.

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Lorna’s Laces in Black Purl

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Nature Wool in color way 27

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Nature Wool in color way 46

I am so happy! If all those people out there who are hooked on drugs and alcohol knew about the healing powers of yarn, the world would be a better place. I know today, just holding it made me smile. And being able to smile after the day I had is quite a feat. I have not knit with any of these before, but they called to me. The past three times I have gone to my LYS I have picked up and fondled these skeins. That is my rule. If I  see something on three different occasions and still love it, I buy it.

When I showed it off to the women at work, they liked it. They were shocked at the price of good yarn. I explained that the Casbah (1 skein at least) was destined to be an EZ Baby Surprise Jacket. When put in that perspective, she did not think it was such an extravagance. Also, she and her husband can spend 2 hours at the movies for the price of one skein. I will have weeks of entertainment for the same price. Not to mention that Prozac is way more expensive. I think I made my point.

I can not wait to start a project with one of these. I can not let myself until the baby blanket is done. The shower was pushed back to next Thursday. Hopefully, I will be done tonight, pictures tomorrow.

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February 28, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Baby blanket plus belated Christmas

I’m just starting to feel normal, well, normal for me. I have been knitting, just not as much as I wish I could. As far as I know, we are still having the baby shower for my co-worker on Friday. I am not sure if I am going to be able to finish it. I guess I could make a small blanket. How big are baby blankets anyway? It has been such a long time since I had to carry one around. Anywho, here is how far I’ve gotten:

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I am still loving this project. I want one of my own. I don’t think that I would make it through one for me, though. I was very disappointed to find out that I will not be giving the baby his first hand knit. Not only that, I will be giving him his second hand knit blanket! Wow! I wish I had stuck with my usual new baby gift. I usually make a sweater for the baby when he or she is 6 to 12 months. I figure that the new parents will be receiving so many new baby gifts, that a gift they can use later would be appreciated. This time, however, I had this super soft yarn that I know will be wasted sitting on my shelf. It was not suitable for a sweater in my opinion. It is perfect for a spring born baby blanket. I think it is great, but I am ready for it to be over.

Hubby gave me a great Christmas present. I’ve been working on how to post it, and I just figured it out:

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Is that not funny? I love it!

February 25, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Update

I haven’t been feeling very well lately. My body doesn’t seem to like the weather shifting that is going on. To be honest, I’m not so crazy about it myself. It is not right for it to be 70 F one day and 49 F the next. Needless to say, I feel like dog poo. So, this is going to be down and dirty.

I’m still working on the Modern Baby Blanket. I’m still enchanted with it. I have to say that I have completely gone off pattern. I am just making it up as I go. It is great. I feel like a fiber artist. I usually stick to the pattern, but this one I am letting my creative juices flow. I will post pictures soon. I have less than two weeks to finish. I guess I’m going to have to step up my game.

The Candle Flame Shawl is still in the works. I guess I’m about 1/2 way done. I know this is not a race, but I am eager to get this one done. The good news is that once it is done, I don’t think it is going to be difficult to get it to where it needs to go. Rick and Bubba have moved into their new studios. It just happens to be on the way to work, so that is good.

A couple of weeks ago, I ordered a subscription to Interweave Knits. I know it takes a couple of weeks to process the info, but it is really hard to hold out on buying a copy in the store. I have been in two different stores that had the new issue out. I had to quickly leave both stores to keep it out of my shopping bag.

Oh, hubby and I went on our Valentine’s date. We did not see the movie. Only one theater was showing it, and they stopped. I guess I will have to wait until it comes out on DVD. We did go to Sumo. I love Japanese food, but he does not. When he takes me, it is a very special treat. Afterward, we went to the bookstore. I know, exciting! I love it though. It is almost as good a being in a yarn store … almost.

Oh! One more thing … I am going to see the Yarn Harlot! Yeah! She is going to be in Atlanta. My lovely hubby took me last September, and I had the best time! He did all the driving, and I got to knit and listen to a very funny knitter/author in a big group of other knitters! Now, I get to go with my mother (hubby has to work). We are going to have a great time! If you can see her, you should. It is a great time.

P.S.   Papa B, in case you have not been informed, you and boy child are going to be having a Wii extravaganza while Mom and I head to Atlanta and hubby is at work. You need to step up your game with the Wii. Boy child had my genes, and we all know that I kick bootay at Wii!

    February 18, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

    Happy Valentine’s Day

    My hubby and I are celebrating this Saturday. I really want to see Atonement and go to dinner. This is not really possible on a weeknight, so we are postponing. No biggie. We won’t have to fight the crowds. But, Happy Day to you!

    February 14, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

    Jumping off the diet wagon.

    So, I confessed that I fell off the diet bad wagon and started eating poorly. That is not all. Today, I bought this

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    I had to get out of the office today. It is beginning to feel like a prison there. I went to the bank; and my LYS is right around the corner, so I stopped in. You know, just to look. I wasn’t going to buy anything. I just wanted to look. I had been looking for no or low wool content sock yarn. (There is not really a great need for wool socks in Alabama and Mississippi.) I have seen the Panda Cotton on the Internets, but I wasn’t sure how soft it really is. Well, my LYS had a big basket full. They are fairly soft, too. I wonder how it will knit up. I’m thinking of this as research for future Christmases and birthdays. And, I need the woolwash for when I am finished with the prayer shawl. This was the last one she had in the lavender.

    These are my justifications, and I’m sticking to it.

    February 12, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

    Enchanted

    I am completely enchanted with this Modern Baby Blanket. I don’t like working with this yarn, but I love the colors. And I love the way it is coming together. It is so easy to knit, but it looks very chic. It is making me want to have a baby so I can make one for myself.

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    It really looks better in person. It has a slight sheen to it, so the camera is not wanting to capture it correctly. I think this would be wonderful in Cascade 220, but alas this is for a spring/summer baby. Also, this is a stash buster. Yeah! That will free up room for new yarn, you know, after I finish my yarn diet.

    Speaking of diets. Why do we (and by “we” I mean me) have so much trouble sticking with a diet when life gets a little stressful? It is a vicious, vicious circle. Work is crappy, and I stress out. I stress out, and I eat crappy food. I stress out about eating crappy food and end up eating more crappy food to combat the stress of eating crappy food. It seems to be an endless cycle. I know that if I can break the cycle (Hello! Stop eating crap!) I will feel better. It is hard, though.

    Still, I am not going to beat myself up over this. I’m not even 30 years old. I have a lot of time to eat badly. If I feel bad about it every time, I will never feel good. So, I am just going to have to get back up on the healthy food wagon. And knit more, because knitting burns calories.

    February 11, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

    We interupt this program …

    While I think I see an end to the Candle Flame Prayer Shawl, it is now sharing time with a new project. A co-worker’s first baby is due next month. We are having a shower for him (his wife is actually having the baby, but you know what I mean) in three weeks. I must give him a hand knit gift. I have been at this company for two years. In that time, there has been three new grandchildren born. Each has received at least one hand knit from me, In most cases, several. It is tradition.

    Now, a couple of years ago, I purchased roughly 20 skeins of Lion Brand Micro Spun in coco, natural, apple green and lilac (which is more blue than purple). I planned to use it to make several summer tops. I started the first top and discovered I really do not like knitting with it. It is very splitty and difficult to work with. On the up side, it is very, very soft. It is like touching a cloud, perfect for a baby. I know I will never use it for a garment, so I am using it to make the Modern Baby Blanket from Mason Dixon Knitting, The Curious Knitter’s Guide. (I would link to the website, but the last couple of times I tried, it didn’t work. I’ll practice.) There isn’t much to show, yet. As soon as it looks like anything, I will post pictures.

    February 7, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

    If you could be anyone in the world, who would you be?

    I was reading this article about “The Girl I Always Wanted to Be.” Well, to say I read the whole article is a bit of a stretch. I read about half of it before I got bored. It did get me to thinking about people I would love to be for a day, well maybe a week, or month. Let me say, I know everyone has problems. That is not the reason to play the game. It is just fun to pretend. You remember pretending, right? So, here is a photo montage of the people I wish I could be or at least be friends with:

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    Keira              Alyssa          Kate                   Audrey            Natalie

    These are such cool free spirited women. I think it would be so much fun to be them. Who would you like to be?

    PS. Still knitting on the shawl. It doesn’t look much different from the previous picture.

    February 6, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

    Addiction

    Right now I am addicted to Meez. I have added my family to my sidebar. Go check them out.

    February 5, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

    Diets

    So, as I’ve noted before, I am on a diet. I’m doing well. I’ve already lost 7 1/2 pounds. Yeah for me! I’m also on a yarn diet. Yup. No yeah. I’ve been sticking with the diet, diet. I don’t know if I am going to be able to resist adding more fiber to my diet. (Get it? Fiber in my diet! The reason:

       Interweave Knits!

        Spring 2008 ~ On Newsstands February 19, 2008

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    How can I go on a yarn diet when I have just added 6 new projects to my To Knit list?

    February 3, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment