Sunday, July 30, 2006
Lest you think I showing any favoritism towards my curious 7 yo Daniel, I must add that my 4 other boys are each unique, bright, fun-loving blessings of joy in my life... and all seem to have a pretty good grip on reality. Daniel just seems to bring a little twist to our family that keeps us all on our toes. No favoritism... just amusement.
BTW - after the week of gauge disasters, I decided to cast on a sock with some beautfiul Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock yarn. Not taking into consideration the prior events of the week, I actually tried a couple of different patterns to make a lacy anklet... would you believe I had gauge problems?!? Well, I came to my senses and proceeded with a simple ribbed cuff and moved on. Ahhh... a wip that is not defeating me.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Yet here I find myself, losing hope in my one area of confidence, completely and totally unable to get gauge. Not just on the one project which I actually cast aside (and have since become totally convinced that the pattern gauge is absolutely, positively impossible to achieve without going up about 4 needles sizes and leaving gaping holes... of course I could knit up a larger size with a different gauge but then I might need more yarn thereby incurring more expense with no assurances of a decent outcome) but also on the new Allhemp6 top I tried to start to help me forget the Oasis tank. How can I unwind and stay sane when the yarn, my main source of sanity, is betraying me? See, it's happening already, a sane person would surely just put both lothesome projects out of sight and contentedly return to one of her existing WIPs or cast on a new sock (or finish a current one) but no... that would be a sane person (which, as you know, I only border on the edge of anyway).
So, that's it... I'm defeated and deflated. I think I need to read one of Julie's good books. Or maybe I'll settle in with the sequel to my most recent literary accomplishment Knit One, Kill Two entitled Needled to Death. Ha... I guess that would be appropriate.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
And for fun... my DH just ordered an awesome Lexie Barnes knitting bag for me for my birthday (okay, well I picked it out and ordered it but he encouraged me and ok'd it). "Features include durable zipper closure, side wings to prevent snags, protective padding, 2 reinforced needle pockets, 14 reinforced tool pockets, slim exterior pocket for patterns or magazine, scuff-resistant ballistic bottom and our signature non-slip shoulder straps with a 9" drop." Can't wait!
Sunday, July 23, 2006
As for Rattlesnakes? They're dangerous... even deadly! I know this is common knowledge, especially to my husband who is deeply commited to and fascinated by snakes of all types, but sometimes overconfidence overcomes common knowledge and you learn a little more than you bargained for. This man who has spent most of his life chasing and capturing snakes (he actually chased a Copperhead through poison ivy once to make the catch ) finally met his match in the form of a foot long baby Southern Pacific. So... Thursday night was spent in the hospital (where I did get to do some knitting) receiving 10 vials of anti-venom. Special thanks to my mom who retrieved all my kiddos for a sleepover and to my dear friend Julie who kept me comforted and amused (we knit of course). Praise God, he is healing quickly and the prognosis is good... we're just supposed to watch for any signs of tissue damage to the finger and the inevitable serum sickness which will follow. Oh joy.
While I can't ignore the obvious that bee stings are significantly less alarming than rattlesnake bites, I do have to note my amazement that my 7 yo son (our source for endless confusion and amusement) received one heck of a sting at the pool yesterday without making a whimper. He merely removed the stinger then asked me if part of the bee had been torn off with the sting since he noticed a clump of bee flesh on the stinger he carefully removed. This is a child that dreams of aliens but is deathly afraid of spiders. Go figure.
Anyway, this is supposed to be about knitting right? Well, still no camera, but I did manage to finish my blue Green Gable (I really liked knitting with the Cotton Fleece), and have cast on for a great SWTC Oasis tank from kpixie. I also finished a really quick sock in Fancy Image DK hand-dyed sock yarn (soft & squishy). I got to visit Fancy Image Yarns when I was in Washington a couple of weeks ago... it was a great little store and the owner was very sweet. Next, I want to knit the new pattern, Rusted Root, from zephyr style. I think I'm going to use the yummy Rowan Calmer I have in my stash for this (imagine that... using yarn from your stash!) This by no means represents the full extent of my WIPs but it's a start.
Meanwhile, I'm praying for a week of cooler weather and less excitment... and hopefully a trip to Wildfiber in Santa Monicawith my knitting pals... I understand they have Socks that Rock and Koigu. Oooooooh! I so want to touch!
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
BTW - still looking for snazzy mini camera. Where would you look?
Monday, July 17, 2006
Well, here it is... I'm jumping into the 21st century with my own blog! Maybe soon I'll even figure out how to load photos so I can post pics. I mean, after all, what's a knitting blog without pictures? I know that's why I surf the knitting net. So I can see photos of what everyone else is making and get inspired... to shop and buy more yarn! Which on some days I do more of than actual knitting.
Well off to find my snazzy little digital camera that my husband just reminded me he bought last winter before he realizes that I don't know where it is. (I knew it was too small... I'm not even sure where the big digital camera is or how to even use our digital camcorder.) Hmmm. I know exactly where my Debbie Bliss Cashmerino and Blue Sky cotton are though... even where that single hank of Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn is... actually I think there're 3 hanks in there now. Yep... pretty sure it's up to 3.
Once I find said camera, I can bug my husband to teach me to upload photos. Then I can post pics of all my WIPs. That should be one long post!
For now, here's a test pic of a trip to the aquarium with the boys. (I know... nothing to do with knitting. But cool fish - and adorable dudes.)