Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Fall Knitting - Revised

  • Cozy
  • Log Cabin doll blanket for Lorelei
  • Wristwarmers (two different versions)
  • Socks (always)
  • (maybe) Christmas presents

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

FO x 3

Yesterday was finishing day.

This is the Irish Hiking Scarf for Lorelei's Dad. This was my first attempt at cables and I think it turned out really well. Cables are fun. This was made with Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, which Lorelei's Dad picked out by himself. I have some left over that I think will be used for Fetching. I will probably make another one of these in the future when I get the urge to make another scarf.

My booga bag. I totally love this. This was my first attempt at felting and while not perfect, it's good enough. I love the colors of the Noro Kureyon. I think I have plenty of time to make some more of these for Christmas presents.

I also finished my Picovoli yesterday and am wearing it today. Sadly, the pictures are somewhere on Lorelei's Dad's computer so you'll just have to imagine how it looks. Except for the armholes that I made a little too tight (completely my fault), it is pretty comfortable. I think I may make another one of these with the picots (I didn't do the picots on this one), the next size up, and another color. I do like the color (and so does Lorelei - "pretty"), but variety is good.

So now I only have two socks OTN and the 1/2 inch of my Charlotte's web shawl. I need to make some baby presents and another dishcloth, but then I think it's on to wristwarmers. Or Christmas presents. Or something else.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Happy Blogiversary to the blog!

Saturday was the one year anniversary of the day I started the blog (of course it was months before I started posting regularly). Yeah, blog!

So the start of the new fall tv season has been taking up a lot of my free time.
New shows I love: Justice, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Standoff.
New shows I'm giving one more chance: Smith, Jericho.
New shows I'm still waiting for (or are waiting for me on my DVR): Brothers and Sisters, Ugly Betty, Heroes.
New shows I will never watch again: Vanished, Happy Hour.

With all this tv watching, I'm hoping to have several FOs to show you this week. They may include a Booga bag, an Irish HIking scarf, picovoli (finally), and who knows what else. The bag is currently blocking, the scarf has 10 more rows to go, pico needs some ends woven in.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Better late than never

I'm only two days late for Talk Like a Pirate Day.

My pirate name is:

Mad Charity Kidd

Every pirate is a little bit crazy. You, though, are more than just a little bit. Even though you're not always the traditional swaggering gallant, your steadiness and planning make you a fine, reliable pirate. Arr!

Get your own pirate name from
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Summer of Socks Recap

Well, the Summer of Socks comes to a close today and I thought it would be a good time for a recap.

  1. Finished the purple Opal socks (which I'm actually wearing today). Handknit wool socks ROCK!
  2. Completed 1 and 1/4 blue Jaywalkers. I understand why everyone loves this pattern - it's easy to memorize and looks really cool. I'll definitely make more of these in the future.
  3. Booties - I completed a pair of booties for my new nephew.
  4. Lorelei's Dad's socks - I've finished about half the foot of the first sock.
  5. Took the sock to Mount Vernon. It had a good time.
  6. Frogged the Sock from Hell so that it can be reborn into something that I don't hate.
  7. Bought Sensational Knitted Socks. I love, love, love this book. It's what I wished for when I learned to knit socks. I haven't used any of the patterns yet, but I have a couple picked out for future socks.
  8. Got a replacement for my broken lantern moon DPN.

Not too bad for 3 months. My love of sock knitting has grown, my stash of sock yarn is slowly getting used, and I had fun. I don't think I'm going to join Socktoberfest this year, but that doesn't mean I won't be knitting socks.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

KIP Day (aka Jury Duty)

I spent yesterday (morning) at jury duty. I started with the bottom of my booga bag finished and now have an almost complete bag.

I think I was the only one knitting yesterday, most likely because the jury summons included a scary note about security. But I made sure to bring the project with the #10.5 circs and I didn't have any problems - it might have been different if I had brought my sock project with its tiny, sharp needles.

I'm completely in love with Noro now. I love the funky, bright colors. I love the way the wool feels as I knit with it. I'm almost ready to make Lizard Ridge even though it would cost way too much money and I would never have the patience/time right now to make an afghan. But I LOVE Kureyon.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Fall Knitting Preview

So as Summer comes to a close, I'm finishing up/working on two pairs of socks, the Irish Hiking Scarf, and I still need to weave in the ends of my Picovoli (which I'm planning to wear next week). So what will I be knitting this Fall?
  • More socks, of course. I have some Lorna's Laces and some KnitPicks Essential that are next on my list of socks.
  • Booga bag - I bought the yarn for this art MS&W in May and I really want to start this.
  • I started my Charlotte's web shawl, but I don't know if I'm really loving this. This may get shoved to the bottom of the basket until next summer.
  • I'm thinking about making my first sweater. But I don't have a pattern picked out and I don't have any yarn for it. Stitches East is coming up in a couple of months - maybe I'll go and get inspired.
  • Wrist warmers - at first I thought these were a little strange (I'm from Florida) but I'm starting to see the advantage to these.

So, what else do I need to add to my list? Maybe a hat for Lorelei?

Crush Your Head, Crush, Crush

Who knew that Saddam Hussein loved Kids in the Hall?

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Random Wednesday

I just spent a lovely 4 days in New Mexico for my little brother's wedding. There wasn't much time for sight-seeing because of all the family stuff, but what we did see was beautiful. The landscape is desert and very different from Virginia (or even Florida). No grass, cactus, lots of shrubs. The architecture is also very different from what I'm used to.

The afternoon before the wedding was spent at a spa with my mom and my new SIL (and 15 other people). I was able to get in a good hour of knitting on the second Jaywalker. With that and the many plane trips, I have almost 2 whole inches of sock!

There really has been very little knitting lately. Lorelei was sick last week and never wants to go to bed, which is cutting into my knitting time. I really want to get started on my Charlotte's web shawl, but I need a good chunk of time to get a handle on it.

Justice (with Victor Garber) premiered last week (I finally saw it yesterday). I really liked it. It's a little like the Order part of Law & Order from the other side of the court room. The episode last week was similar to OJ. My favorite part was the end where they show "the truth" and you find out if the client was really guilty or not.

I tried to watch Vanished last week, but when I didn't like the first 10 minutes I gave up. I'm already behind on the second season of Prison Break. I saw the first new episode and loved it. The new FBI guy is great - I love that he totally had the tatoo figured out in 5 minutes. Finally a worthy adversary. And I didn't mind killing Veronica, she wasn't never a favorite of mine.

There was a new episode of House last night. I haven't watched it yet, but I'm very excited. House is one of my favorites.