Friday, August 31, 2007

Post 72

In the last month we have been blessed with the seasonal release of the new Interweave Knits and Vogue Knitting. If my memmory is correct Vogue came out first and then IK. I get Vogue mostly because I want to see what they predect to be fashionable in the knitting world, and then I get IK to have practical knitting patterns. Well, when you see a unique pattern you try to remember it, and then when you see it again reincarnated in another magazine, red lights! What do you think?

IK is on the left and Vogue on the right. Now I didn't inspect it completely and I know there are probably some structural differences, but come on guys, what are the odds of having two sweaters at the same time with such unique designs?
I finished the garter rib socks, aka Army/Navy, made with mill ends Lorna's Laces purchase during the Windy City Knitting Guild visit. I think I'm over the spaced-dyed yarn craze. I'm gotten to a point in my sock knitting adventures that I'm looking for unique patterns and you can't usually use hand-dyed yarn with them because the patterns don't show well and is a waste of time. I do have some lovely sock yarn that I purchased in NYC and at Stitches and it's becoming a challenge to find patterns that will look good with the dye jobs. I don't have pictures of the finished socks yet, those I will post later along with the specialo yarn I just got in the mail.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Post 71

Not much again on the knitting front, though I did do a little corner of the Sarcelle and it's looking very nice and an interesting pattern. Doing more house cleaning and organizing, blah blah. I read an article on line about the 5 most addictive computer games and one was called Peggle and of course I had to try it out. What a fun game and talk about great graphics, makes me feel like kid again all rainbow bright and my little pony fun. I did come across this during a trial of the game: Isn't that the coolest thing! Some game designer geek actually got it right on the ball(of yarn), so to speak. HeHe! This is the finished pair of Thelonis Socks, AKA one of Cookies Patters From Hell, you really have to invest some time into these, pay attention of have several row counters going at the same time. All in all, it was great and was my first time trying the Regia Stretch yarn and boy do I like it, just great for fat leggers like me, I only wish it came on more interesting color choices. Now that I have a new camera cord there are so many things I want to show you, but one day at a time, going to spread it out for maximum entertainment. Even though Stitches was a couple of weeks ago and went and bought some yarn online tonight, something new I hadn't even heard about until I read about it on Knitters Review. Three hints, 1. It's white, 2. It Sparkles, and 3. It's sock yarn. Will be photographed when it arrives sometime in the next week. Have reorganized the yarn cabinet abit, I had to go out to the Container store to get another magazine holder, right now I actively get Vogue and IK, alot of the time Spin-off, Wild Fibers and Selvedge and occasional Piecework and some crappy other knitting magazine for some reason, and now I'm running out of space. I think I need to banish the spinning supplies to a box in my room so I can have more room to let the yarn stew, marinate and then breathe.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Post 70, Whoa Nellie!

And I thought today was going to be boring. We got one hell of a storm today, whosh and all of a sudden it was a down pour, I looked outside and it was like seeing a video from the caribbean during a hurricane. The storm went by fast and I think another one is lining up, this is the damage it did in my neighborhood.

Sad little pidgeon got it's wing hurt and cant fly.

Now for some long delayed pictures:
Funny animals I have, especially the dog, how does she do that with her legs?

And now from my Stitches Midwest trip:
How come the knitters couldn't do some sort of chalk art work like the Wizard World Convention people?

Now those are big needles.

Pure fug and it wasn't even the worst.

More to add to my stash.

Now a quaint little picture I took on my visit to the Fold in Marengo a couple of months ago with Adrienne and Linda, there's a little lamb under that tree.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Post 69, Eh?

Not being productive, bad knitter, BAD! I went to guild last night and that helped rejuvenate me a bit, just a bit. Still can't load pictures because of the MIA camera cord and the one I bought online hasn't arrived yet, so much for trying to save 20 bucks. I did have enough time to do this:
Apparently I'm making good use of my free time eh? Ok, I cleaned room, cleaned kitchen (an on-going project), now I think it's time to reorganize the stash and books, do I really need the Knitpicks catalogue circa 2003? I've started the second Army/Navy garter rib sock and that's coming along, still haven't picked up the Habu bag, it's EVIL, and I made a little swatch of the Sarcelle wrap in chocolate brown lace, yummy. Pictures sure would make blogging easier and prettier to look at.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Post 68, #49

Pick up the new Vogue Knitting and do me a favor, check out pattern 49. It's nothing I would make, very Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dream Coat to me, but there is something kinda of fashionista-pretty about it, then look at the sizes. This skirt should you choose to make it can be done in 3 sizes, small, medium and large. I don't know about you but my definition of a large waist size is not 30 inches! Just to keep you educated, the US standard clothing waist measurement for a girls size 14, not women's, but little GIRLS is 26.5 inches or what Vogue knitting calls a small. Oh and the pattern is definately designed to be worn by adult women. On ravelry there are 9500 people ahead of me, bummer, but over 6200 behind me, yea, that's alot of knitters, holy shit. Tomorrow is STITCHES MIDWEST! Rachael and I (the unemployed) are jumping the gun and going friday, I've never gone on a friday, first booth, Blue Moon! and maybe this year Qiviut.......or Buffalo......yum. I've got to find my camera cord, or maybe I should buy another one, because I've got some great pictures, I think I caught a hawk baby...I'll post and then you'll have to decide.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Post 67

10,435, that's where I stand. Two days ago I was 10,698, that's an average of 131 people accepted a day to Ravelry. At this rate they will accept me in 81.6 days, or OCTOBER! Ugh, the pain of wanting to be accepted in the knitting world.