Pictures, just not of knitting…

December 18, 2008 at 3:37 pm (Uncategorized)

My troupe dressed to perform Michael Jackson's Thriller

My troupe dressed to perform Michael Jackson's Thriller

Or, How I Tore My Medial Meniscus….learning this dance. Super fun…not so sure it was worth it, lol.

My troupe performing earlier this year

My troupe performing earlier this year

 Grr, other pics are not loading appropriately. So much for that idea.

Knitting:  Almost to the decreases of the spiral hat. Actively reading blogs again, actively looking at Ravelry and yarn sales. Must mean the knit mojo has returned. Let us celebrate.


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Stash Knitting is Boring

December 17, 2008 at 4:38 pm (Uncategorized)

The ugly yarn is going away. Goodwill or some such thirft store can make a buck off it. I can’t stand it.

So I dug around in the stash some more. Mind you, I have PLENTY of stash. Three large totes, three medium totes and six smaller ones. Lot’s of yarn. Some of it is now undesireable to me. Some of it is needing to be wound, and I have no yarn winder/swift so that discourages me from dealing with it. Much of it is  sock yarn and I need to finish the socks I have going….. 

Therefore, when I wanted to start another spiral hatl….I felt like the pickings were slim. I finally settled on a lone ball of Reynolds Odyssey…love that yarn. Realizing it won’t be enough for the whole hat..well, I’ll knit to the end and finish with a solid.

Meanwhile, in that odd serendipidous way of the universe, Jodie went to Wal-Mart last night, and when she came back out toe h van, there was a lone skein of yarn sitting in the middle of the parking space next to her with no one around – no cars…no people… 10 pm at night. So it came home with her. It could have been ugly yarn, but while it is acrylic, it is at least pretty acrylic, Black with a gold thread.

Yay for odd stash enhancement!

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Ugly Knitting

December 16, 2008 at 10:58 pm (Uncategorized)

So I finished up the hat and love it…tho I wish I’d made it a little longer. Oh well, next time.

I decided it was such an easy pattern and I’d had so much fun knitting it, that I would knit it for the christmas basket my work is doing. There is a little girl and I thought, hey why not? So I dug around in my stash and found an odd ball of Lion Brand wool called Autumn Sunset  …a variegated in pinks and purples with a splash of orange and blue-green. It looed festive if nothing else.

I began knitting and the more I knit, the less I liked it. This is some UGLY yarn.  Little girl might get teased for wearing such an ugly hat,. So I thought, okay, I’ll just put it in the homeless box! Thecold is causing so many problems for the homeless right now since we are in the single digits…then I imagined the homeless person getting the hat and saying “yeah, they give all the ugly stuff to us..”

Sigh. I have a hard time pushing through on stuff I don’t like. I’m just under an inch into this hat and it may well be the end of it.

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More knitting

December 15, 2008 at 3:14 pm (Uncategorized)

Saturday, I finished a second Kleenex cozy. My interested was finally peaked in knitting. I “shopped” my stash and found a ball of Lorna’s Laces..I want to say in Waterfall but that may or may not be right and I don’t have the time/energy to look it up (maybe later). I dragged out an old Ann Norling pattern for a spiral rib hat and cast on. Almost finished by this a.m.

More important than anything…I ENJOYED it. I wanted to knit MORE. This, this is a very good thing after the knitting apathy I’ve had. I dug around a bit more in the stash before I left and came up with a ball of Noro for another one…only to realize there is NOT enough yardage in one ball for the same pattern and vaguely recalling that might be the last ball set aside for one of the Noro/solid striped scarves I started when that was a big deal, like what a year ago? Two? I’m thinking I’m over half way done with that scarf and perhaps I don’t want to steal that ball.

The point is, I’m knitting again and having fun with it. Woot!

Not much else to talk about. It’s Monday and I’m at work. That pretty much says it all. I’m realizing I’m really, really burned out on my job. It’s been 10 years of doing the same thing. I’m not feelin’ the love. But, I’m feeling the love for my paycheck, so I guess I’ll get on the stick …..

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December 13, 2008 at 2:41 pm (Uncategorized)

Did it. I cast on something, I knit it to completion, and I completed the finishing.

Sweater? er…no. Too big. Socks? Nope, there are two of those and well, let’s be real. A hat?  Uh, also no.

I finished one of KmKat’s purse size kleenex sweater thingies. About 8″ x 5″ of stockinette and a bit of rib.  Not exactly mammoth. But done, nevertheless and enjoyed the process of.

It’s about time. I wouldn’t say the knitting mojo has exactly returned, but it may at least be dreaming of knitting rather than just snoring loudly now.

Off to start another.

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Christmas Knitting? Me?

December 12, 2008 at 3:09 pm (Uncategorized)

My daily schedule changed some a month or so back. Instead of working 6 a.m. to 3 p.m, I now work 7-4.  I don’t particularly like it, but oh well.  Sometimes I go work out during that “extra” hour in the a.m., more likely lately I have wasted it in front of the internet. While wasting said time this a.m., a wee thought flashed through my mind.

“You could use this time to knit, you know.”

Hey, brilliant thought, that. But….what? Finish a UFO? Eh. Not start something very big, too many of said UFO’s laying about. Hmm. Make Christmas goodies? Not a bad idea! But…what? Then I recalled filing away the idea of these fun little Kleenex purse-size cozy thingers.

A while ago (read several months), I’d seen them linked at Stumbling Over Chaos…but then couldn’t find it again. Chris was kind enough to send me the link.

So I made a mad dash to find needles and some leftover sock yarn to stash in my bag today for work and printed off the pattern. I’m thinking these are so small, I could use a couple of breaks at work and they’d be done before I knew it. Filled with those fun printed tissues, they would make great little gifts…tho some may find them “dorky”. I don’t care. I like them.

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The New Knitty

December 10, 2008 at 9:52 pm (Uncategorized)

I’ve waited with anticipation for the new Knitty…checked daily, hoping there would be something there to jump start my knitting mojo.

Nope. Nuttin’. I looked at the socks…eh. The mittens…eh. The hats…eh…with maybe a little interest in topographie. Other than that….eh. Sorta disappointing to me. I need a pretty small project or it won’t. get. done. Period. I need to not purchase yarn. Nothing in the new Knitty grabbed me and/or fit the criteria. I’m thinking maybe another Koolhaus hat… for ME. We’ll see.

Have YOU seen any small and fun patterns lately? Enquiring minds wanna know…

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Bad pennies will turn up….

December 4, 2008 at 9:37 pm (Uncategorized)

Yesterday, a new knitter coworker had me lend a hand on a troublesome pattern….I was simply SHOCKED to see it was a FiberTrends pattern, lol. They’ve never been my favorite and this one – for a knitting bag – assumes the knitter is clairvoyant, apparently. I mentioned the felting process and said I’d bring in something to show what she was after by the end of the process. I remembered the bag….a little purse..but couldn’t for the life of me remember WHAT bag it was. After I dragged it out and brought it in and she oohed and ahed over it..I had to go back and scan my blog to figure out what it was.

Truly pathetic, but unsurprising.

It was Norma’s version of the Sofie bag. Doh. How could I have forgotten? Perhaps because I knit it freaking three YEARS ago.

And it STILL does not have the oh-so-cute little bamboo handles on it I purchased either. I am such a sad knitter.

I am knitting, albiet not a lot at a time on the socks. I’m in the home stretch – the leg (it’s toe up) of the second sock. Oh, wait, maybe not. Maybe I’m between the toe increases and heel? Been a couple weeks since I worked on it. Time to get it out, eh?

Why write here? I’ve lost my small readership – with the exception of the lovely Chris – bless her. Why write on such LITTLE amounts of knitting going on in my life? And so sporadically for cripes sake? Perhaps it’s time to dust off the ol’ blog USE it. Hmm. What an idea.

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