Knit Lit

Friday Fill-In & Funny

1.   Birthdays are days where people give you yarn that you don’t have to pay for when the credit card bills come.

2.  Fall is my favorite season because the heat of Alabama is falling away, the colors are breathtakingly beautiful, soup is simmering on the stove and apple cinnamon candles are burning.

3.   I feel my best when I’ve done nothing all weekend but sleep, read and knit.

4.   Chocolate is my favorite food!

5.   First impressions are more important than people want them to be.

6.   The best piece of advice I ever received was a quote I found in a book: 

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone. – Bill Cosby

7.  And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to knitting and watching Ghost Whisperer, tomorrow my plans include going to see Wall*E and Sunday, I want to sleep!

 

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June 27, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sheri, to answer your question ….

I was catching up on Sheri’s blog over at the Loopy Ewe. She posted some questions that they think about when they are packing orders. Because I am tired and we just got home, I am going to cope out a little by answering her questions here.

1. How many people hide stash from husbands or significant others? (Elf Marianne says the trunk is a great place to hide stash. Not that we’re encouraging that.)

I don’t really hide it, but I definitely don’t tell everything I acquire. I don’t think this is really hiding, is it?

2. What is the sneakiest place you’ve ever stashed yarn?

I don’t have to be sneaky. I have a whole room dedicated to my stash.

3. How do you find the time to F5 for Wollmeise Sneak Ups? (Many of us would rather be F5-ing than cleaning house, for instance.)

???????

4. Do you knit at stop signs?

At stop signs, red lights, drive through, traffic jams ….

5. Who blogged about a Jitterbug project lately that has everyone buying the same colors this week?

???? Though I think this is really cool that someone could blog about something and make everyone else want to have it too.

6. How close do you cut it when knitting on a deadline? (We get emergency calls. We know.)

I have gifted a still damp from blocking FO. Hey, I finished knitting it, That is done in my book.

7. Speaking of emergencies, has anyone had a true knitting emergency? Other than a deadline or a birthday gift that you needed yesterday?

My dear husband would claim I stabbed him with a DPN; however, I say he fell on it.

8. How many projects have you started and not yet completed? (Some of you may take the Fifth on this.)

Two

9. What is your favorite colorway name? (We liked Blended Frog, in a weird sort of way.)

Raspberry Latte

10. What kind of funny looks have you received when posing Little Loopy or the Loopy Postcard for taking photos? (Elf Donna had someone call her a freak when she did this out in Colorado.)

I haven’t been able to do this because my finances and Loopy Ewe’s stock never seems to match up.

11. Have you ever had your order shipped to someone else’s house (or your work) to keep it a secret?

I always ship to the office, not because I want to hide it but because I can not wait until I get home to fondle my new stash. It also helps with #1. Though I still say that omitting the discussion of my purchases is not the same thing as hiding.

Happy Thursday to you.

June 26, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Recovered

So, I have been very sick since Thursday. This was not the good kind of sick where you can call into work but still knit and watch movies. This was I’m-so-sick-I-can’t-get-off-the-couch-much-less-knit kind of sick. I am felling better now. Thank you for your concern all of you who did a mental “aaawww” when you read that.

Now that I am feeling better, I can show you a brand new finished project.

Project: Slipped My Mind Scarf

Yarn: Fly*Design Monarch

Color: Raspberry Latte

Started: June 16, 2008

Finished: June 24, 2006

I love how the colors played out in this yarn.

Because this is a fingering weight yarn, it only took me one hank to finish this scarf. Now, granted, this is not the longest scarf, but I think it will be perfect for the person it will be gifted. Yes, I have already broken my no-knitting-for-others-in-2008 rule. However, in a way it is for me, because it makes me feel better. Here is another one:

Also, I finally got my backside in gear and sewed on the buttons for the CotLin Summer Cardigan.

It was a pretty easy knit.

And I wear it often.

Like today. Woo Hoo!

June 25, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Happy Birthday!

This little bundle of joy:

… is now this little bundle of joy:

Happy 1st birthday little man!

June 18, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

WWKIP

Today, I did my part for World Wide Knit in Public Day.  I knit in not one, but two, count them, two public places today.  Once, I knit at the movies.  We went and saw Iron Man.  It is a good movie. Go see it. Also, this may not count because it was dark for most of the time, and I am not sure how much of the public actually saw me.  I did get around this though.  I knit at Panera Bread.  The best part was the family across the way.  One of the kids saw me.  Then, his whole family turned around to see what I was doing.  They didn’t ask what I was doing. They just looked at me oddly.  By the way, when did that become okay?  Why do people think it is better to stare than to ask a question?

Any who…I knit in public today.  Not only did I knit, I do not have to fix or frog anything.  I usually make some kind of mistake when I try to knit in the dark.  Not this time.  It is all good. Yeah!  I hope you all went forth and knit today.

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

Smooth or stubbly

I’m in the shower this morning shaving my legs.  Yes, I know, this is a very odd statement to start off a post, but please stay with me here.  So, I’m shaving my legs, and I began to think about who was the first woman who shaved her legs.  Why did she do it?  And who was the genius man that decided that this was the standard for beautiful women.  ‘Cause lets face it, for an almost 6 foot woman, shaving legs takes a long time.  When you throw in shaving underarms, I spend a substantial amount of time in the shower.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I like to bathe, but I also like to do other things, like sleep and knit.

In the past, I posed this question but never followed through.  Now, with the internet at my fingertips, I did what everyone else does to find the answer.  I Googled it.  The very first article that popped up was this one.  Now, if this article is to be believed, it was Harper’s Bazaar in 1915 that started this whole nonsense of having to shave. You know why? Because they thought clean shaved underarms looked better in the pretty spring dresses they were showing that year. One fashion magazine, that’s right, a fashion magazine decided that women should shave under their arms.

Also, it was allegedly Betty Grable in WWII that prompted women to start shaving their legs.  Now, I am not sure I believe this one.  I do not think that women truly believed that it was patriotic to shave their legs.  The only way I would believe that is of some weird X-Men genetic leap took placed and made all the women stupid.

This article says women have been removing hair as early as 4000 B.C.

I think women every where should band together and announce that men are not desirable unless they have smooth legs and underarms.  I say, what is good for the goose is good for the gander.

June 13, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ms. Links-a-lot

1. I finished the latest Sisterhood book a few minutes ago. It was a fun light read. If you haven’t tried it, start from the beginning an have a good time.

2. I am starting this book, now. I am really excited about this one, because it combines three of my loves: knitting, reading, and mysteries. This, too, is a series. The previous books were good. Again, I have to recommend this series. Later, I will try to analyze why the books I enjoy the most are series.

3. The Black Purl socks have turned into Black Purl Fingerless Gloves. I know! so much more pirate like than socks. I think I’m channeling Captain Jack Sparrow. “Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.”

4. Don’t forget Saturday is World Wide Knit in Public day. Knit your way throughout your respective cities.

5. Go look at the knitted music video. It is really neat.

6. The back and both fronts are done on the March Basic cardigan. I need to finish it this weekend because the yarn for my Lady Eleanor Stole is on the way to me! It should be here on Thursday. I think my tush and my couch will be spending a lot of time together next weekend. I am so excited to start, I do not think I can do anything else besides starting this beautiful project. Yea!

7. I ordered a few books from my son’s summer reading list. While I was at it, I added this little beauty for myself. Again, I am so excited. Again, I love Ravelry. I previewed the patterns and they are lovely. Several are also in my queue.

Have a great Thursday night and a good Friday morning.

June 12, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Knitting, Reading, Purchasing …

My LYS called today and my yarn for this sweater (scroll down) came in today.  I am excited to start working on this one, but I know it is going to be a long process.  I am actually going to swatch for this one.  (gasp!) I know, I know.  I am committed to trying to duplicate this one as closely as I can, though.  I am not sure I could wing it without a swatch.  Hopefully I can do it.

While I was picking up my ordered yarn, I also picked up a couple of skeins of this.  I know I have sworn off synthetic yarns, and I also said I was only going to knit for myself.  Having said that, I am planning on working this little project up in the near future.  I know I am not even close to fitting into these pants.  Little Evy is though.  Evy’s mom even approved the color choices.  I personally like charcoal gray, but some parents will not dress their children in such a dark color.  Any who, they did not have the colors in the yarn listed in the pattern.  Right next to it, there was the Comfort.  It is so incredibly soft, and all three colors were available.  I think this will work out better in the end.  Little Evy can wear them sooner.

I am still working on the March Cardigan.  It is going well.  I have the back, left front and half the right front done.  I think this one is going to be a keeper.  Not being the most responsible in the photo taking and posting area, today, I will include a post on the “Lit” part of Knit Lit.

Fern Michaels has a series, the “Sisterhood Series.”  I started roughly at the beginning of this series being published.  I anxiously await each new book.  When I got to the end, I was sad.  It seems like I was not the only one.  Apparently so many fans and the author herself did not want to let these characters go, so she continued.  I have finished the first two in the extended series and am working on the third.  They are really good.  The basis of the first part of the series was revenge.  There are seven women.  Six have been wronged in some way, not only by abusers but by the justice system as well.  The seventh is the organizer who brings them together as the Sisterhood.  Throughout the course of the series, they enact their revenge on their abusers by going around the justice system.  They become vigilantes.  Once all members of the Sisterhood have been avenged, the series ended. The second part of the series picks up as the Sisterhood is now taking requests.  They are vigilantes for hire.  They are righting wrongs.

I am not sure any of this could actually take place in the real world, but it is great to cheer on strong women.  This series all boils down to strong women.  I guess that is why some of my favorite books are my favorites.  They have strong females.  Scarlett O’Hara, whether you agree with her choices, is a strong female.  Lt. Eve Dallas, in the “In Death” series is a strong female.  These two examples take it to the extreme, but it much better than the helpless female stereotypes.

Most importantly, this series is fun.  It is well written, and it is entertaining.  As much as I am enjoying it, I can’t wait to start this.  It came in the mail a couple of days ago.  I’m excited!

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

Oops!

June 10, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Marching to the Finish Line

So I frogged the Dollar and a Half Cardigan and started this one.  I think in the end it will be a better choice.  I am in love with the yarn.  It is great to knit.  The large cotton content keeps it fairly cool to knit in the 98° F heat that afflicts the south in the summer.  I do have to confess that I have already started and ripped this one back once, too.  In my defense, I automatically cast on for size L.  Given that I am almost 6′ tall, that is pretty much a given.  In this case, I need to knit a size M.  Not such a big deal as I was only about 4″ along. I am now about 8″ along.  So far so good.

I went to the library last weekend.  I checked out a bunch of books and found the Lady Eleanor Entrelac Stole in one of the books.  Now I am intrigued.  I really want to make this stole.  However, I really want to make it in that yarn.  There is a problem.  I do not have $360 to spend on this yarn.  Yes, it is $360!  I know I love it, so I should just splurge, but come on! $360?!?!?!?!?!?!? I just can’t.  It does not pass the Question 1 or 2 test.  I so would feel guilty about spending that much.

One more thing.  I love Ravelry.  A couple of years ago, I was in Charlotte, NC and found a really great yarn shop, Stitch Fine Yarns.  It felt like a cozy library or living room.  It had deep couches and great yarn.  At the time, I did not understand that you really need to purchase the highest quality yarn you can afford.  So, I was only using Wal-mart and Hobby Lobby yarn.  The most I had spent on a single skein was like $4.  Well, I was amazed that there was a whole shop dedicated to yarn, first.  Second, I saw a cute, well, it was sleeves with a turtleneck attached.  I fell in love.  I am very hot natured, so I thought this would be great to pair up with my 1 million tank tops. I told the clerk I wanted to purchase the same yarn in the same colors.  The pattern was in Scarf Style, but I did not want to buy a whole book about scarves, so I just jotted it down.  I had them wind the yarn for me.  Like all good knitters, they tucked the call band into the wound cake.  When they told me my total was $82, I about stroked out.  i carefully put away the yarn.  There was no way I was going to knit $82 dollar sleeves.

Well, now that I know better and have a whole room for my yarn and my other yarn, I pulled out the yarn.  There were no ball bands and no pattern.   I have no idea where they went, so the skeins stayed in the yarn room on display.  I was browsing around Ravelry.  I saw it.  The pattern for the sleeves I had seen in North Carolina.  Once I found the pattern, I started looking at the projects from others.  I saw it again.  The sleeves in the same colors, teal and camel.  I think it was the mock up I saw in the shop.  It was so cool to not only find the pattern but the yarn as well.  Yeah Ravelry!

June 6, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment