Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Catching up

I’ve gone way too long without posting. Work has been CRAZY!! And it's not looking like that is going to change anytime soon.

First and fore most, I got another package from my Secret Pal! It’s all about Valentine’s Day. The yarn is Bamboo from South West Trading Company. I’m really excited to give it a try. I’ve never knit with bamboo. I also managed to send out my second Secret Pal package last week.

Sunday Stash – Valentine Theme

This week’s theme was Valentine’s.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Third Time’s the Charm

(I hope.)

I frogged Lady E earlier this week. It wasn’t an easy decision. I was almost done with my third ball of yarn. The fabric was too loose and the holes between rows were really big.

Before. This photo almost brings tears to my eyes.

After. The three balls waiting to be used again.

Now. Actually, I took this photo earlier and I’ve made some progress since then.

I’m using size 8 US needles this time. Lady E is a popular project right now and most seem to be using size 8 needles. I decided to skip trying out size 9 and just go with size 8. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

I’m calling her Lady Eleanor the Third of Portland.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

When the east winds blow

I start a new project.

Last night I cast on the Super-easy Leg Warmers from LMKG. The east winds are supposed to be picking up again this week which means waiting for the bus will be cold. I wanted to make these during the last cold snap but never got around to it. I’m hoping to be able to knit these up quickly but I’m pretty sure it’ll take longer then the two to four hours the book suggests.

I’m using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes that I dyed myself. I’m also not using the Madil Kid Seta that the pattern calls for, mostly because I don’t have it. The hand dyed yarn is from my stash.

Working on these will give me time to think about Lady Eleanor. I have a potentially tough decision to make. I may need to start over with smaller needles. I’m still getting holes with the size 10US. I wish there wasn’t such a huge difference between the think and thins of silk garden.

Monday, February 06, 2006

February Color-iffic Swap-o-Rama

This is going off to Canada tomorrow.

It’s my submission for the February Color-iffic Swap-o-Rama. The theme is red and pink. Can you tell? The rules say you have to include at least one handmade item. I made a bracelet with red and pink beads.

This is the first time I’ve participated. The deadline for sending is Friday. I can’t wait to see what I get!

I've already signed up to participate in the March swap. I'm really excited about that one since the theme is green!

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Who knew?

When ever I take these quizes I never get the cool results. I'm metal needles and cheap dishcloth cotton yarn. Until now...

Knitting Guru
You appear to be a Knitting Guru. You love knitting

and do it all the time. While finishing a

piece is the plan, you still love the

process, and can't imagine a day going by

without giving some time to your yarn.

Packing for vacation involves leaving ample

space for the stash and supplies. It can be

hard to tell where the yarn ends and you


Saturday, February 04, 2006

Finished Object & Continued Progress

I finally finished my Nordic Lights capelet. Although I have to say, it's not a capelet. It's a short poncho. Maybe a poncholet? The photo is rather blurry but it's the best I could get. It may be time for a new digital camera.

I've also been making steady progress on Lady Eleanor. I'm about to start the third ball of yarn. As beautiful as Silk Garden is, it so frustrating. It gets so thin and then so thick. It worries me sometimes. I'm afraid the thin is going to snap. I'll keep making small sacrifices to the knitting goddess and hope it doesn't.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Mail Day

Today was an extra good mail day. When I got home there were two packages waiting for me.

First was the second package from my Secret Pal! I got a ball of red Valentine’s Day Opal sock yarn and a super cute Hello Kitty Pez dispenser. Greg has already claimed the socks that the yarn will make. It looks like the socks will be a lot of fun. The pez candy isn’t in the picture because, well, I’ve already eaten it. There were also two postcards from New Hampshire. Hmmm, I wonder. :)

I renewed my membership to Rowan International and got my yarn gift today. Two balls of Rowan Kidsilk Haze in Trance (#582) and a pattern for a scarf called Froth. I love Rowan!

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