Knit Lit

Friday Fill-in #87

And…here we go!

1.  When I’m sick I’m secretly happy because I can stay home and knit.

2.  When I take a walk, I think about moving somewhere cooler where I can see snow on Christmas Day.

3.  Money can’t buy happiness but it can buy yarn, lots and lots of yarn!

4.  Cotton makes me buy lots of lotion and leather makes me dream of boots and bags.

5.  The strangest person/character I’ve had lewd thoughts about was Captain Jean-luc Picard of the starship Enterprise.

6.   My favorite color these days is orange because it reminds me of fall leaves and pumpkin pie.

7.  And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to watching television that does not include any Olympic event, tomorrow my plans include cleaning the house, grocery shopping and laundry and Sunday, I want to finish the birthday sock!

August 29, 2008 Posted by | Friday Fill-in | 1 Comment

Project Runway and the scarf that never ends

I was finally able to watch Project Runway on the actual night it airs.  This episode restored my enjoyment of the show.  The challenge was to create an innovative (they use that word entirely too much) design  with materials used to make Saturn cars.  That is correct, car parts.  The designers had to work with seat belts, floor mats and seat cushions.  They did a really good job, too.

How cool is that?  If I had not known what the challenge was, I would never have thought this was made from car parts! That is not all, look at the winner of the challenge:

This is made out of seats and frayed seat belts.  Really neat.  This one is my favorite, though:

Ignore the ugly look on the model’s face.  That entire jacket is made out of seat belts!  It looks so amazing. I am half tempted to start breaking into cars to snatch people’s seat belts.  Good work Project Runway.  You have kept a viewer, at least for one more week.

In knitting news, I have started another project.  I have faith that this will be a great finished object, but it is going to take me a loooooong time to finish.  The other week I was in my LYS.  The lovely proprietress had recently gotten a shipment of Smooshy sock yarn.  There were the most yummy fall colors.

I do not wear socks often enough to knit myself a pair, but I had to have this yarn.  That is when I decided I would knit a scarf that would capture the 1 week in Alabama where the leaves were turning red, gold, burgundy and rust.  At first, the plan was to randomly stripe until the scarf was long enough.  Then, somehow, I got it into my head that vertical stripes were the way to go … in fingering weight yarn.  So, I dutifully cast on stitches until my circular needle was full.  I think this scarf is going to me 10 feet long, but I am not casting on that many stitches again.  It took me 1 1/2 hours to work one row in garter stitch.  Oh well, it will be my epic project, but I know it will be beautiful.

August 28, 2008 Posted by | Knitting, TV | Leave a comment

Zzzzz

August 27, 2008 Posted by | Random | 2 Comments

The Olympics are over. Now what?

For the last 17 days (yes, honey, it was 17 days not 14 days), we have been all about the Olympics, and my knitting has been all about the Ravelympics.  While I did not complete all three projects in the Gift Pentathlon, I did finish one and half of the other two.

I think that deserves a bronze metal.  More importantly, I learned something about my knitting skills.  I do not work well on a deadline.  Give me all the time in the world, and I will give you a finished object in record time.  I am very happy I chose to work on my Christmas gifts.  Even though I did not finish them, I still have 4 months to finish.  That is not a real deadline, so I think I will be able to finish on time.  As a matter of fact, I have already turned the heel on the second sock.  I have not started the second boot.  However, it is a fairly painless knit, so that one should not be far behind the second sock.

August 26, 2008 Posted by | Holiday, Knitting | Leave a comment

Friday Fill-in #86

1.   Dancing to the music playing in my head while watching the odd looks on strangers’ faces makes me smile.

2.   The last time I watched Jeff Dunham I nearly tinkled in my pants.

3.   When I drive I talk (okay scream) to the people in the other cars like they can hear me.

4.   I saw the stars standing in the sky waiting to be seen.

5.   Give me love, give me truth, give me a strawberry ice cream cone.

6.   Next week I am looking forward to lunch time knitting at the LYS.

7.   And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to watching the Olympics, tomorrow my plans include hosting Boy Child’s first sleep over and Sunday, I want to finish all my projects for Ravelympics!

Happy weekend!

August 22, 2008 Posted by | Friday Fill-in | 1 Comment

101 in 1,001

I was reading my daily knitting blogs when someone wrote about the 101 in 1,001. I thought this was an interesting idea. I am always wanting to accomplish things. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions because it does not allow for extended goals, and finishing in a year exerts too much pressure. 1,001 days is a little over 2 1/2 years.  That is a good time span to accomplish things.  I plan to start on September 1, which will put my end date on May 30, 2011.  Since I don’t want a long list on the sidebar, I am creating a page for my list.  Go check it out.   While you are there, let me know some of the things you would put on your list.

August 20, 2008 Posted by | 101 in 1001 | Leave a comment

Finish x 1

Sadly, I did not have an opportunity to try the peach cobbler recipe from the Hannah Swenson; though I did purchase the ingredients. I was too busy knitting on the sock that would never end.

All the K2,P2 is slowing me down a bit. It wasn’t so bad around the leg, but knitting the bottom in stockinette and the top in rib makes me have to concentrate a little harder than usual. I do have to say it is worth it, though. The fit is much better.

I also started my third project last night:

I finished project 1:

Project: Koolhaas Hat

Start: August 8, 2008

Finish: August 13, 2008

August 18, 2008 Posted by | Finished, Holiday, Knitting | 3 Comments

Friday Fill-Ins #85

1. The last meal I had at a restaurant was smoothie from Smoothie King for lunch today.

2. Politicians who think more about themselves and their job than the interests of the people they are supposed to be representing is something I intensely dislike.

3. The full moon at night is big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas.

4. Cool beans! is one of my favorite local expressions.

5. Sometimes it’s best to keep your mouth shut.

6. Iron Man is the best movie I’ve seen so far this year!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to sleeping, tomorrow my plans include grocery shopping and Sunday, I want to watch the gymnastic individual medal events!

August 15, 2008 Posted by | Friday Fill-in | Leave a comment

Where I talk about what I’ve been reading

Everyone who knows me knows my love of knitting is almost as intense as my love of reading. I can not remember a time I did not love it. I also tend to favor series reading. I get so wrapped up in the story, I am always reluctant to leave the characters. In a series of novels, you can stay in the lives.

Several weeks ago, I came across a writer by the name of Joanne Fluke. She writes the Hannah Swanson Mysteries. I was all set to not enjoy them, but the books are wonderful. They are entertaining, humorous and very well written. One of the best things is that all the characters are human. They are not overly dramatic or fake. The main character, Hannah, owns a bakery in the small town where she grew up. She is unmarried, in her late twenties and lives with a one-eyed cat she rescued. She is slightly overweight from sampling her own creations, but she is also entangled in a love triangle. She also, to the dismay of her mother, has a habit of finding bodies. Yes, you read that correctly, bodies. That is where the mystery part come in. Fluke does a wonderful job of developing the stories of the people in this town. Every character has his/her own storyline. It is this talent that makes the mystery part so interesting. Unlike other mysteries I have read where the author brings in two outsiders to be the villain, Fluke seamlessly integrates new characters that may or may not play a part in the solving of the crime. I have read 7 of her 10 novels and have not yet been able to figure out for certain ahead of time whodoneit. This is amazing considering I can usually tell you roughly halfway through. A bonus is the recipes Fluke includes in the books. Whatever Hannah is making in the story, Fluke includes the recipe. It is not just one or two. The one I am reading now, Cherry Cheesecake Murder, has 14. If you are looking for a good, often funny, mystery, i would highly recommend reading these books.

I also have in my hot little hands the new fall knitting magazines. I have to keep telling myself that I need to concentrate on my Ravelympics projects, but look at what is tempting me …

Vogue Knitting

While I will probably not knit them because I do not wear mittens, these are absolutely beautiful!

I also fell in love with these …

Interweave Knits

All I have to say is Yum, Yum, and Double-Yum!

August 13, 2008 Posted by | Books, Magazines | 3 Comments

Olympic knitting

First, have you been watching the Olympics? The opening ceremonies were spectacular. The most impressive thing was the fact that it was all preformed by people. According to the broadcasters, there were 15,000 participants and no one person was repeated. Is that not amazing? 15,000 people moving in sync for hours. There were no mistakes. There was no one person that stood out from another. It was impressive. While the theatrics were extraordinary, the thing I like most was the painting. The fact that they used their dance movements to paint is quite innovative. Also, the way they set up it up where the athletes walked across and added color was great. It inspired me in all kinds of ways. I sincerely hope that the painting will be displayed. It is very moving.

Second, when I signed up to participate in the Ravelympics, I though it would be great knitting time. No one would look down on me for letting the house work slide. Dinners of cereal would be okay. After all, the Olympics only come every four years. There are world records being broken. It is a special time, and it is only 17 days. The dust bunnies can’t build an army to take over the house in 17 days. It is perfect knitting time. I never thought the official Olympics would interfere with my knitting. It is, a lot.

I picked three projects that are fairly simple on the knitting scale. One is a pair of socks using the basic recipe, though I am working the rib all the way down the leg and foot. I have not done this before; however, I am completely familiar with the K2, P2 concept, so I think I am okay there. I have made this my travel/work project. It was really great this morning when I was stuck in traffic trying to get Boy-child to his first day of school. Before all of you out there gasp at someone knitting in the car, I was not driving. I don’t think moving 2 miles in 30 minutes constitute driving. Since this is a strictly out of the house project, it is fine. See…

The third project is for later. It is not a Christmas tradition project, so it will be saved until last. From the project pages I have seen on Revelry, people say this is a fairly easy project. Many have finished in a couple of days. Since it is worked with garter stitch on bulky yarn, I have confidence these will be finished in a timely manner.

No, the problem I am having is with project 2. See, after I had finished a couple of inches on the socks, I thought I would take a break by reviewing the pattern for the Koolhass hat (project #2). While it did not look difficult, it did have many cables. This immediately makes it ineligible for a travel/work project. No problem, I will just make it my project to work on while watching the games. It will be fun. There is always talking in-between the events. It will be fine. Yea, not so much. The poor yarn, Berocco Ultra Alpaca, is starting to take offense I think. It has been ripped back three, count them, three times!

The first time I finished the 1 1/4″ of rib in record time. It probably had something to do with all the practice I had done on the sock leg. But, I digress. I worked the first repeat on the cable pattern and thought I was kicking along fine. That is, until Michael Phelps won his first gold metal. After that things went down hill. I looked at the hat and it looked funny. Thinking I had not gotten far enough for the pattern to show itself, I diligently continued working. By the third row of the second repeat, I knew I had done something seriously wrong. The stitches were not coming out even and it did not look good to boot. That puppy got frogged all the way back to the ribbing. I knew it was right.

So, I started again. This wool is incredibly soft, and I have chosen a beautiful color. It is a green and brown mix that shifts depending on the light. Yum. The only thing is that it does not like to show me where the stitched are hiding. Don’t get me wrong, it is a pleasure to work with when I am doing every thing right. If I make a mistake, it likes to play hid and seek. That is how the hat went from my needles to a big pile on the floor. On a good note, I got to play with my swift and ball winder which is always fun. And by fun I mean watching me wind a really messy ball that will probably cause me troubles in the long run. I did not have the patience to unwind and fix it, so it is hiding in the basket by my chair instead of proudly being displayed on the table while it is knit.

Attempt number three was undertaken last night while watching swimming and women’s gymnastics. I really hope they get it together. Gymnastics is my favorite event. The women are so graceful, and the men are so powerful. It is great to watch. I just hope the US women’s team will shake off the mojo they had last night and come back and perform how I was them perform in the trials a month ago.

This was probably not the best time to start; but I did it anyway. Somehow, it as gone smoothly. Even while watching the US men’s relay team beat the pants off the smack talking French. (woo Hoo!) Because I had to stay up and watch Michael Phelps, I was able to finish two whole repeats of the pattern. It is looking good. I was concerned with my yarn choice at first. The pattern is not coming out as crisp as it would with another yarn, but I like it. I think the color would not be as pretty without the softness. What do you think?

August 11, 2008 Posted by | Holiday, Knitting, TV | 1 Comment