Knit Lit

These are a few of my favorite things

My LYS owner is awesome!  She has been having Mystery sales every Friday.  Since this is my usual day to  come and play, I  managed to participate.  I have been able to pick up some great yarn for great prices.  I have to say her last was her best.  Look at what I scored for 1/2 off!!!

I keep buying bags hoping I will find one that will work.  Every time I am disappointed.  I should not be surprised.  The bags I buy are not knitting bags.  They are purses I am trying to make be a knitting bags.  I can not really afford true knitting bags.  I do realize the irony in spending more money total in  numerous bags that do not work than just investing in a really great bag.

I was so excited when I found it buried in the pile.  I almost stabbed a couple of people with my knitting needle a couple of times when they came too close.  But look at it! Wouldn’t you??

I did manage to finish my Phiaro Scarf last night.  If I had read the other project notes on Ravelry, I would have known not to use a knitted cast on.  By the time I realized, I had already worked over 12″.  I was not about to frog all of that, so I unpicked the cast-on and knit down.  That left me with having to match the bind-offs.  That is not too hard; however, I apparently to me 1-2-3-4-5 equals 10 in my brain.  Oh, well.  It is done.

(bad, bad, bad picture! yuck!)

It is also very fuzzy.  I can not wear black with this one.  When I say it is fuzzy, after a couple of days, I could not see the top of my coffee table and my clothes could be shaved down to spin more yarn. I am getting the feeling that no matter how much I love this scarf, it will rarely get worn.

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September 29, 2008 Posted by | Finished, Knitting | 1 Comment

Friday Fill-in #91

And…here we go!

1.  Soup, knitting, SAFF, colorful leaves, cool weather, new TV shows, pumpkins scented candles and candy corn are some of the things I’m most looking forward to in October.

2.   Sometimes I stay inside my head so often I get tired of talking to myself.

3.   Have you ever noticed how parents have all these grand ideas about what they are / are not going to do until the baby is actually born … that’s why there is a saying, “never say never”!

4.   When I’m down, I take the elevator; it brings me right back up again.

5.   Inside my head is where you’ll find me most often. (see #2)

6.   A rainy day is good for catching up on reading all the books put aside by knitting.

7.   And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to not being at work anymore, tomorrow my plans include finishing the Little Red Sweater and Sunday, I want to take a walk outside!

 

September 26, 2008 Posted by | Friday Fill-in | Leave a comment

Movie Review #1

I chose to start my movie watching (#63) with One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.  I was expecting the usual Jack Nicholson movie.  This is not one of them.  I would give a short synopsis; however, I seem to be the only one who has not seen this movie.  Besides the plot, characters, excetera, I am not exactly sure what to say about it.  The acting was wonderful.  The story was interesting.  I am not sure I liked it, though.  I know I did not dislike it, either.   The one thing that stuck in my head was that Nurse Ratchet was not nearly as mean as her name indicates.  Other than that, the movie was quite forgettable.  I guess that is why it is #33 on AFI’s list.  Than again, I am not sure why it is rated that high.

I just finished watching Bringing up Baby. It was a great movie!  I always thought of Katherine Hepburn as a very strong woman who only played strong roles.  In this movie, she plays a very romantic, slightly scatterbrained woman in love.  She is also beautiful, unlike any ‘celebrity’ of today.  Cary Grant is not only handsome but also completely lovable.  The movie is light and fun.  I highly recommend it.

Singin’ in the Rain is the same.  It is funny, even to my cynical mind.  It has the same light feeling as many of the movies in the same era.  I may be biased.  I love musicals.  It is a refreshing break from all the hard movies that are coming out now.

While I am loving the old movies, I am taking a break and starting on my Gilmore Girls binge.  I’ve finished the first disk of the first season.  Now, I am just waiting on Netflix to deliver my next disk.  I am pleasantly surprised and think this is going to be one of my better ideas.

September 25, 2008 Posted by | 101 in 1001, Movies | 1 Comment

I love the Postman, but I’m not giving him my scarf

I finished the Autumn Scarf last night.

Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy

Colors: Autumn Harvest (gold) , November Muse (brown), In Vino Veritas (red), Gothic Rose (purple)

Needle: US 5 circular

I really love this project.  It is a perfect reminder of fall which happens to be my most favorite time of the year.  Fall reminds me of buying school supplies and new school clothes.  It reminds me of driving with the windows down and leaving the windows open in the house to feel the cool wind blow.  It reminds me of my first apartment, blue jeans and sweaters.  Fall is candy corn (which I only really eat in October), soup and cider.  Fall is pumpkins and reading by the fire.

Every year I relish the short time Alabama lets us have the mild temperatures.  I love seeing the leaves change; though I have to be quick, or I will miss it.  I am most happy during this time of year.  It is the time I recharge from the 100° F summers.

Among all the happy feelings, I have a new best friend.  I don’t know his name, but he brings me my mail every day.  Look at what he brought me today:

I am so excited to get started on this book.  I enjoyed her first book of essays.  She has a way of making me laugh that few people can.  Even fewer can make me laugh out loud while reading a book.  Maybe this is why I have such a hard time talking to her.

I was not sure I was going to like this book when I first read about it.  I was very surprised.  I want to make almost every single thing in this book.  On the top of my list is …

I have seen so many chic women wearing these, but I could never find one I liked for me.  Now, I can have one of my very own.  I even have the recommended in my stash!  I guess that means I can cross of #27 if I do get around to knitting it.

Last but not least:

I have only had a chance to skim this one, but look …


I know it is hard to tell in the photo, but words are worked across the back of her sweater!  That is so cool.  I think I would have too much trouble deciding what to put on mine.

September 24, 2008 Posted by | Books, Finished | 1 Comment

Happy Fall!

Happy First Day of Fall!

September 22, 2008 Posted by | Holiday, Random | Leave a comment

Friday Fill-in #90

And…here we go!

1.  There is no need fret; there is enough sarcasm for everyone.

2.  Where in the heck did the floor in Boy Child’s room go?

3.  Brushing my teeth is all I managed to do.

4.  Prospects for finishing the Little Red Sweater before the weather turns colder is slim to none.

5.  Ageism toward the younger generation is the message I receive every day at work.

6.  Simplicity and tranquility are mirages in the desert of parenthood.

7.  And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to watching the Army Golden Knight Elite Parachute Jump Team and watching the BSC soccer team play Army at the Armed Forces Soccer Classic, tomorrow my plans include watching the Boy child play is own soccer game and celebrating my Little Bro’s 27th birthday and Sunday, I want to rest!

September 19, 2008 Posted by | Friday Fill-in | Leave a comment

I was knitting, now, not so much.

Panopticon Kneehigh

Completion: 50%

Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Worsted

Color: Panopticon

There is a bit of SSS (second sock syndrome) going on here.  The first one does not really fit well.  It is a bit slouchy, and I haven’t convinced myself that the boot will hold it up.  I want to frog it and make a smaller size, but I really don’t want to start all over again.  So, this is hibernating until I can convince myself to pick it back up.

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Autumn Scarf

Completion: 40%

Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy

Color: gold, plum, maroon, brown

I love, love, love this scarf.  I was going to make it fairly narrow when I started; however, the more I work on it, the more I love it.  I think it is going to end up between scarf width and shawl width.  I just can not stop myself.

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Pumpkin Throw

Completion: 40%

Yarn: Wool-Ease Thick & Quick

Color: spice

This is one of those projects that is going to be a long journey.  I think I started this one June 2007.  I think I am going to love this one when it is finished.  Because this yarn is washable, I have a feeling this is going to be well used.

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Little Red Sweater

Completion: 50%

Yarn: Nature Cotton

Color: 17 (red)

I knitted the bottom portion in the round.  Now I have divided at the armholes.  It is too bulky to carry around with me.  I also learned the lace pattern for knitting in the round.  Now I am having to relearn it knitting flat. while it is not difficult, it is slowing me down enough to not want to work on it.

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Faux Fair Isle

Completion: 60%

Yarn: Patons Shetland Chunky

This was the project I started in order to keep me busy until Ravelympics.  Since I stopped it, I can’t seem to pick it back up.  oh well.

September 16, 2008 Posted by | Knitting | Leave a comment

#39

I was able to cross off #39 on my list.  Saturday night I went to Sip-N-Strokes.

This was the project:

Here is mine:

There are a few things I would have done differently; but after 3 hours, I was getting tired.  I am not  sure a non-professional artist should be painting at 11:00 p.m.  Okay, I should not be painting that late at night.  I did not get home until almost midnight.  It has completely messed up my sleep schedule.  I think it was worth it, though.  I kinda like it.

September 15, 2008 Posted by | 101 in 1001 | 1 Comment

Friday Fill-in #89

And…here we go!

1.   I enjoy books, knitting, and books about knitting.

2.   How seemingly intelligent people become imbeciles during an election is something I wonder about often lately.  (Edited: I believe this is true in both camps.  Life is not high school and there are many who need to grow up. Again, on both sides.)

3.   In your heart, you knew I had you at hello.

4.   Take a little love, add a little sass and you end up with me!

5.   Life has gifted me with the ability to be good at everythingand never excel at anything.

6.   Reading is an instant vacation.

7.   And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to the season finales of Monk and Psych , tomorrow my plans include shopping, soccer games, and laundry and Sunday, I want to sleep!

September 12, 2008 Posted by | Friday Fill-in | Leave a comment

Remember

MEET ME IN THE STAIRWELL
You say you will never forget where you were when

you heard the news On September 11, 2001.
Neither  will I.

I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room
with a man who called his wife to say ‘Good-Bye.’ I
held his fingers steady as he dialed. I gave him the
peace to say, ‘Honey, I am not going to make it, but it
is OK..I am ready to go.’

I was with his wife when he called as she fed
breakfast to their children. I held her up as she
tried to understand his words and as she realized
he wasn’t coming home that night.

I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor when a
woman cried out to Me for help. ‘I have been
knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!’ I said.
‘Of course I will show you the way home – only
believe in Me now.’

I was at the base of the building with the Priest
ministering to the injured and devastated souls.
I took him home to tend to his Flock in Heaven. He
heard my voice and answered.

I was on all four of those planes, in every seat,
with every prayer. I was with the crew as they
were overtaken. I was in the very hearts of the
believers there, comforting and assuring them that their
faith has saved them.

I was in Texas, Virginia , California , Michigan ,   Afghanistan .
I was standing next to you when you heard the terrible news.
Did you sense Me?

I want you to know that I saw every face. I knew
every name – though not all know Me. Some met Me
for the first time on the 86th floor.

Some sought Me with their last breath.
Some couldn’t hear Me calling to them through the
smoke and flames; ‘Come to Me… this way. take
my hand.’ Some chose, for the final time, to ignore Me.
But, I was there.

I did not place you in the Tower that day. You
may not know why, but I do. However, if you were
there in that explosive moment in time, would you have
reached for Me?

Sept. 11, 2001, was not the end of the journey
for you. But someday your journey will end. And I
will be there for you as well. Seek Me now while I may
be found. Then, at any moment, you know you are
‘ready to go.’

I will be in the stairwell of your final moments.

God

September 11, 2008 Posted by | Holiday, Random | Leave a comment