Kitty Knits

January 30, 2006

Let the Games Begin (Almost!)

I signed-up for the Yarn Harlot's Knitting Olympics a couple of days ago. My project of choice: The Booga Bag. My friends will probably read this and think, "Amanda, that is so not hard enough for you to choose for the Olympics!" BUT, because I am down to barely two hours of knitting a week, I think that it is going to be a small miracle that I cross the finish line in time! So, the Booga Bag it is! I haven't ever knit a bag AND I've never made a felted project. GO TEAM USA!

I heard from my SP the other day...and I've been chatting with my spoilee. They both seem to be delightful knitters! (Too bad that I almost signed my last e-mail to my spoilee with my name!! Ooops!) I'm so excited to be doing this again...What's better than getting to shop for yarn without the guilt?!? I've gotten my first package together for my spoilee. She likes to knit mits, fingerless mits, bags, socks, etc. What can I say? Some of us like DPNs much MUCH more than the rest of us...

Speaking of which, I started my first project on DPNs a couple of weeks ago. I decided to knit the "shrug-like" scarf on the cover of Scarf Style. Folks, let me just tell you that it isn't pretty. I'm knitting it in the suggested yarn (Rowan's Kid Classic-Color No. 839). It's grey with a strand of black woven in...good stuff. Here's what I've got so far:

Because knitting on the DPNs is so time consuming (and tedious, I might add), I'm already trying to come up with alternative ways to get this thing knit. I know that they make 11" circulars...but do they made them in bamboo or wood? If so, can I use them for a sleeve that has 66 stitches?

Alright, so I finally finished the Sweater with Cable Raglans. That's about all I have to say about that. Well...almost. The sleeves are about 8 inches too long, which could be fixed...possibly. But, the last time I tried it on, I thought that I would have looked better in a potato sack! This sweater has the biggest arm holes of any sweater that I've ever seen in my life! The neck and collar are nice and the length is good. I knit to gauge and am still convinced that, even if I had knit the smallest size (I knit a Medium), it would still only have been suited for a...Pittsburgh Steeler (with pads!). Even though it was a complete bust, check it out:

Knitting the collar...

Right sleeve and side sewn and part of left sleeve set in...

Finished sweater...

While I might not be doing a lot of actual knitting, I am definitely thinking about knitting. Lou and I have already started making plans for Maryland Sheep and Wool, which happens to fall the weekend after my 26th birthday. Bet you can't guess where the b-day funds are going! I have made a deal with myself, though. I'm not going to buy anymore yarn before the festival so that I can try and knit up some of my stash. least that's what I'm telling myself :)

January 13, 2006

SP7 Questionnaire

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? A complete yarn snob…I don’t avoid Lion Brand now that they have cashmerino yarn. No acrylic, please!

2. Do you spin? Crochet? Neither.

3. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? I sewed myself a long needle case and am getting ready to start a pattern for a felted needle case for my short/DP needles.

4. How long have you been knitting? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I have been knitting for over a year…I would consider myself an intermediate knitter.

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Amazon wishlist

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.) The smell of hyacinths or lilies

7. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? I love anything with sugar!! Turtles are my favorite candy…

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? I sew, cross stitch, and crewel embroidery

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) I have an iPod and listen mostly to MP3s…I travel a lot on business and always have to be listening to music. My favorite bands are Maroon 5 and Simple Plan

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand? My favorite color is purple, but I usually only wear blue, black, white, brown and green. I prefer fall colors. Orange and hot pink are not colors that I like.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? I’m single and live with two great lhasa apsos!

12. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? I wear anything but ponchos.

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? Debbie Bliss, Rowan, Jo Sharp

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? Acrylic

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s? Sweaters

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? Sweaters and wraps

17. What are you knitting right now? Scarf from the cover of “Scarf Style” and a Debbie Bliss baby blanket

18. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? Absolutely.

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Circular

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? Bamboo only

21. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? No…and definitely need both!

22. How did you learn to knit? Local yarn shop and books

23. How old is your oldest UFO? 1 year

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird? FROGS!

25. What is your favorite holiday? Halloween

26. Is there anything that you collect? Beyers Choice carolers and Hallmark miniature ornaments

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? Vogue and Interweave

28. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? See my Amazon wishlist…

29. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? Fair Isle

30. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? “Nope” and “I don’t know”

31. When is your birthday? May 1st