Thursday, January 31, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I am very good at denial.
So after a weekend of a lot of aimless wandering, yarn shopping (I found that I was still able to do this), and a bit of playing with needles, I'm hoping that some pep will return to my step now that my son has returned home. I did put the finishing touches on a couple of knits but aside from that was mainly useless. And fidgety.
Spiral Coriolis Socks
Pattern: Master Coriolis from Cat Bordhi's new book, New Pathways for Sock Knitters. I thoroughly enjoyed this pattern from it's little whirlpool toe to it's tippity top. As I mentioned before, all of the arch expansion is done around the climbing spiral. I used a sewn bind off for a stretchy leg.
Yarn: Chewy Spaghetti, Spaghettoni (sportweight) in "Boyish". I can not even begin to tell you how much I loooovvvee this yarn! The colors are amazing and the yarn itself has a nice tight twist. I see a lot more if this yarn in my future!
Forgive the awkward pictures, but I felt a 3D perspective was the best way to see these socks. I was afraid that my chances of finding a willing photographer and another clear day would be slim.
Yarn: Malabrigo (ditto)
There. What more productive way can you think of than blogging? I'm clearly off to a good start. Now I'm off to drag hibernating children out of their nice warm beds. The fun never ends!
***A new House is on tonight! I believe it is the one that my son and I stalked. Woo-hoo!
Friday, January 25, 2008
I've had mixed feelings about this trip. There is, of course, the joy of having one less child (a teen none the less) to
I'm also confident that the pressure bearing down on my chest and the slight possibility of tears will pass soon too. And you know how there's usually that one friend you can call who always knows just what to say when you're feeling a bit off? Well that friend should really not leave her cell phone at home when you might need her. Just saying.
Anyway, the anxiety I felt as I drove away was not really about the trip or the bus or the skiing, oops, snow boarding. No, it's more about his person... his heart... his vulnerability in life... his, well, humanity. Do you know what I mean? Don't you just wish you could take their hearts and protect them.. to keep them innocent and safe, brave and secure? That's where I catch myself worrying... not so much about what could happen, but how it will affect their heart, their attitude, their character. And there's just nothing I can do to fix any of that. So I pray... because I know God can work where I can't.
Well, since I'm not an emotional person and, in fact, believe that emotions are best kept stuffed way down inside where they don't have to be dealt with (unless of course you are sharing them in the privacy of the www), I'll move on.
I came across this Pantone spring color forecast card this morning and am so excited that I will now be "in the know".
To tell the truth, with the exception of a few of the colors, this selection doesn't do much for me.
But it did remind me of something.
Check it out...
The somewhat hideous sweater I picked up at Target for $3.48 yesterday. (What? I'm just gonna wear it around the house anyway.)
What do you know... being in style doesn't have to be expensive! Look out spring, here I come!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Levi's, waterproof boots, and a sweater I picked up from Target for $14.
And I'm dressed up.
See... I'm not kidding when I say I'm a casual kinda gal. Since most of our days are spent around the house, I'm almost always in sweats. I'm way big on comfort. Hey, I'm squatting, sitting, standing, cleaning, and being a human climbing post most of the time. I would be a very sad woman without my sweats.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
In a glaring contrast to the last knitting magazine I picked up, it appears to be full of very lovely, feminine knits. The one that really calls out to me is the Cobweb Lace Stole. I've been wanting to try a larger lace project for some time, yet my
In the meanwhile, I'm busy, busy, busy. After almost 2 years of stashing the yarn, I've finally cast on for Lady Eleanor from Scarf Style. I'm finding entrelac knitting to be very addictive... and I especially love the fact that when I first got the book a couple of years ago, I admired this wrap with hopes of someday being able to attempt something like it. It's nice to see some progress in some area of my life. To offset the slight coarseness of the Noro, I've also started a beret with some Malabrigo. I have no idea if I can pull off a beret or not... but I do feel that balance is very important in knitting.
These have both been interrupted, however, by a sudden need to finish a couple of pairs of socks so I can cast on for 2-at-a-time with this assortment of 40"-47" circulars that just arrived. (Limits are good too.)
In addition to all this knitting stuff, I only have 1 week to get through the last of season 2 and all of season 3 of Lost before the new season starts! Let me tell you, it is so much more interesting and cohesive watched straight through than broken up and mixed in with weeks of repeats over 3 years! (It also makes for some primo knitting/family time... unfortunately it also means some late nights since we can only watch it once JoJo has gone to bed. Speaking of which... I think it's about that time.)
But before you go... let me know what you think of the new Interweave. What's your favorite? Anyone else up for some Lace?
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
First of all, let me tell you that Ms. Bordhi is a genius. The book is based on discovering new "architectural styles" for sock design by moving away from the traditional gusset arch expansion. While I'm not necessarily crazy about all the patterns in the book, the book is so full of useful information that I wouldn't want to be without it. It includes several different top, toe, and heel options for both top-down and toe-up socks as well as pages of clear, concise instructions on virtually everything sock related including short rows (the perfectly hidden wrap), swatching, increases and more.
The book can seem overwhelming at first and I had to browse through it several times before I could start processing it all and pulling it together in my mind. It is not the type of book that you pick up and just cast on for a cute pattern, but it definitely makes for some interesting knitting. I found myself flipping away from the pattern to different sections quite a bit as I referred to my measurements and her techniques but post-its make this job much easier.
In the sock pictured above, the arch expansion is created through a series of increases along the climbing spiral. Once I had my gauge and a few easy measurements, her formula produced a sock with a perfect fit that was fun and quick to knit. I've been majorly distracted so I've only completed the whirlpool toe of the second sock, but I'm sure it's not going anywhere.
Distracted by what, you ask? More on that later.
But before I go, I was tagged by Yarnhog with this book reading meme. The task is to open a book you are currently reading to page 161 and copy the fifth sentence on the page. So here goes...
"Instead she looked at the lavender bag on the coffee table, the shop's info printed right there."
Geesh! I had to look ahead and that practically ruins the whole book for me! The book? The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs. Yes, my literary standards are almost as high as my movie watching standards. My goal with either is usually to simply be entertained. My life brings enough drama of it's own.
Now I'm supposed to tag a few people but instead, here's the deal... If you are reading this, you have been tagged. Yes, YOU!
In addition, please leave a comment telling me what book you are reading and if you like it or not. (I'm always looking for some good books.)
Monday, January 21, 2008
What better way to start my week than with a kind, encouraging gesture from a blogging friend! Yarnhog has awarded me with this "You Make My Day" Award!
There are so many blogs that I look forward to each day, and it's very heartwarming to think that somebody feels the same way about mine.
So here's the deal, "Give the award to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel happy about blogland. Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so they can pass it on. Beware you may get the award several times."
Now there are most definitely more than 10 blogs on my bloglines list, so this is hard. I mean, if I didn't like you and your blog I wouldn't be visiting right? But it says choose 10, so I'm going to try to stick to the rules...
Becca at Forward Motion
Julie at Good Yarns (my local pal)
Lynda at Knit Together
Wendy at Knit & Tonic
Angelika at Knit Wiz
Michelle at Miknits
Maria at Passing Down Crazy
Donna at Quiet Life
and, of course, Suzanne at Yarnhog would be on any such list I had to make!
Thank you all for making me day!
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Twist by Chic Knits
I'm crazy about this yarn. The colors are just amazing and it is so soft ans squishy to work with. The only problem I have is with the button band. It's kinda flimsy. I did some reinforcement around a few of the buttonholes which seemed to help, so I'll do the same with the rest... but I think I also need to do some sort of reinforcement around the buttons.
Finally, a note on gauge (and my inability to grasp the full potential of the swatch). I did a decent swatch for this... and even soaked and blocked it. The gauge was about the same and it appeared to be the same size overall, so I proceeded. The key words here would be "about" and "appeared". These words are really too vague when comparing a 5 inch square to an entire sweater.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
If you're going to try Cat Bordhi's new sock patterns, you need alphabet stitch markers like these that I got from J.L. Yarnworks. (Why yes that is a Spiral Corialis sock in the background... but more on that later.)
Sunday, January 13, 2008
A beautiful variety of sock yarns found there way into my cart at The Loopy Ewe as well as this great medium size project bag. Uh, yes I do have a thing for project bags... why do you ask? From l. to r., Mountain Colors Bearfoot in Wilderness, Cherry Tree Hill Supersock DK in Victorian Rose, Chewy Spaghetti in Simpatico, and Zen String Serendipity in Jay. I love them all, but I must say, the gals at Chewy Spaghetti really have a unique sense for color. I'm working with some of their sportweight right now and I just love the amazing variations of color.
As for knitting, I'm hoping to finish up the last sleeve on Twist today and be ready to block and seam soon. But, of course, I'm spending a fair amount of time trying to figure out what's next too. I'm thinking I might use my stash of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino to make Rogue.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Now this isn't really news. I mean my love of Old Navy has been made well known along with my enthusiasm for their release of new t-shirt colors each season to add to my collection. I am passionate about sweats and Levi's and live in these as much as I can get away with.
To tell you the truth, I have always been clueless about fashion... my awareness of this reality has just varied over time. There were the earliest years (up until about 6th grade) when I was clueless and couldn't have cared less. I mean Levi's are Levi's right? Be they plaid or plain!
Then there were the years of my awakening which began somewhere around Jr. High. They were the years of trying desperately to fit in... and often even thinking I did... but, in fact, I don't think I ever really got around to wearing anything trendy until it was almost out of style. But, as I always say, ignorance is bliss so these years weren't too horrible fashionwise. Except for maybe the period of zippered ankle jeans with chunky Reeboks and big hair. (Unfortunately for me, size 0 jeans with size 7 1/2 Reeboks made me look like I was ready to hit the slopes but, well, I don't really like to think about those days all too much.)
Then, as I
Actually, I rarely find anything I understand (let alone really want to knit) in Vogue Knitting. And it was pretty clear from the cover that this probably wasn't the issue for me (although I think I could make that face... the one on the left)...
But of all the pictures, this one trouble me the most...
Anyway, I want to thank all of you for your kind commiseration and well wishes for my headache. I finally found this...
It would be the only thing that has ever worked for a sinus headache for me. Ever. I highly recommend it. And "SEVERE" sounds so much better than "Extra Strength" or "New and Improved" don't you think?
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Not just an ordinary headache but an intensely piercing, unrelenting, wake me up too early in the morning type of headache. It is the worst headache ever... well, at least with the exception of the obnoxious chess-playing kid on House. (Remember the one? They were hoping that his rudeness was illness related and could be healed as well?)
Now, I am somewhat of an expert on headaches... getting them that is. I get sinus headaches, hormonal headaches, migraines, too-many-noisy-kids headaches, cluttered house headaches, etc. I get headaches that last for days and ones that keep me awake at night. But I'm telling you this one is bad... and I'm thinking sinus related... thus the Benedryl that I only take in the most severe of circumstances because it will probably have me back to sleep within the hour.
It is not the kind of headache that makes you cheerful to drive your son to school when it's freezing outside. 45 degrees to be exact. I know this makes many of you laugh. I've lived in New York and know that 45 degrees is not freezing but my thin So Cal skin has adapted (over the 30 years I've live here) to the 70 degree average we experience most of the year. And, not only is it freezing, but it's bright and sunny outside. A little too bright if you ask me.
To top it all off, I had to stop for Cascade and toilet paper... two of the only things that we absolutely can not live without. Sure, I could have the kids wash the dirty dishes by hand... but would you want to use a fork that's been washed by a boy child? No. I didn't think so.
On the upside, things are still quiet. The kids are all still asleep and there's no chance of me waking them up any time soon!
Anyway, I only share this with you because I have this narcissistic need to let others know when I am suffering. I find commiseration is a very important quality in a friend.
Well, I'm sensing an increasing likelihood that I'll be back to sleep before the headache departs, but I'll try to talk knitting later. Just as soon as I try to move this behemoth of a hard drive to find the usb port for my camera on the back. But I can till you that...
1. I've finished the back and fronts of Twist. (Check out Marie-Grace's post on blocking and set-in sleeves. Very, very helpful!)
2. I'm halfway through a Cat Bordhi Spiral Corialis Sock.
3. I've started IK's Gathered Pullover with some Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (which may or may not work for this pattern... only time will tell).
And we are attempting to start back to school... all of us fighting it tooth and nail... but, alas, it must be done. More later on that as well.
Okay... now I hear them waking up. They have turned on the recording they made of American Gladiator because, above all things, quality TV is a huge priority in this house. See ya later.
Friday, January 04, 2008
However, I didn't do it alone. It would be quiet if I were alone. My heart wouldn't be pounding if I were alone. I would feel... what's that word? Oh yeah, "peaceful"... even joyful if I were alone. But as I said, I am not alone. No, I am in a house with 5 boys who can't go outside and play. Five boys who pretty much didn't know what to do with themselves by 2:00. Five boys who I am ready to lock out of the house (with jackets of course). If I give them a tent too could I get in trouble for that?
On top of it all, the power cord for my lifeline to the outside world (ie. my husband's laptop) has suffered some sort of damage from being twisted through the workings of a recliner. I'm feeling fairly certain that the crackling and sizzling sounds coming from the exposed wiring is not a good thing and should probably be avoided. And while the image of little power cord fireworks going off in my lap does make me shudder, I'm honestly much more concerned about the possibility of it causing his computer to seize leaving me even more hopelessly bound to this dinosaur... my old desktop computer. The upstairs desktop computer that sits on what used to be my desk but now is just a place that is home to a bunch of paper and books that have yet to find a more permanent home. I'm pretty sure my desk is still underneath it all supporting the mess though.
Upstairs. All the way upstairs. This is really limiting my social life. And I'm struggling with the powerful cravings and subsequent feelings of loss that come over me whenever I think about a quick game of Minesweeper. sigh
Aside from the general inconvenience, do you have any idea what happens when I escape upstairs for a few quiet moments? The boys... whatever their doing, wherever they're at... immediately need me. They're suddenly hungry, crying, fighting, jumping, racing, yelling. All. Around. ME.
I'm hanging on by a thread here. Just an itty bitty thread. Did I mention that the space key and return key on this computer only work sometimes? A thread.
On the bright side, I did receive my order from Old Navy today and, after several attempts, almost everything fit! Of course, I eliminated most of the trial and error by choosing a couple of pant styles I already had and just ordering more in different colors... but I'm easy to please like that. Now picking out yarn... totally different story.
Whoops. Times up... boy creatures are a-coming.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
After enduring the various heel options I felt compelled to try, it was completely frogged. Actually, it's been frogged more times than I can count. The yarn is incredible... too incredible in fact... too incredible to settle for anything other than the perfect sock. With the color changes, perfection seems to occur with a 60 stitch cast on knit in Crosshatch Lace from More Sensational Knitted Socks. However, since it is a sportweight (a wonderful squishy sportweight with a nice tight twist), 60 stitches was a bit too big. Not way too big mind you... just a bit... just enough to not be perfect.
I think I need to take a break for some Minesweeper. Busy days I tell you. Busy, busy, busy.