Kitty Knits

March 09, 2006

Always Room for More Yarn

Now that my Physics test is over, time to blog! My SP is the bestest! Look at what I got in the mail this week:
Thank you, SP! The SP7 "reveal" is supposed to happen at the end of March. I can't wait to find out who you are. I think that you're from Lancaster, PA, SP :) If so, perhaps you know Audrey Buchanan?

As for my job as a Spoiler, I think that I am failing miserably. However, I plan to start redeeming myself this weekend when I finally get my snail mail to Mr. Postman (who, by the way, is such a nice guy!). I do have one more package that I need to send before the end of the month but am having a hard time figuring out what I want to send. Perhaps I can find something this weekend...

I absolutely LOVE Debbie Bliss' Cashmerino Aran yarn! Thank you so much, SP! I have no idea what I'm going to make with the yarn yet but really like the color - goes with my hair :)

Sadly, I did not finish the Booga Bag during the Olympics. Here is what I've finished so far (plus about 4 inches of I-cord):

I'm pleased with how the Kureyon colorway knit up. I can't decide if I'm going to keep the bag for myself or give it away as a gift during the holidays. I suppose that I have a few months to think it over...Many thanks to everyone who set me at ease with regards to my washing machine/felting! I think that a broken Whirlpool would constitute an end to my life as a knitter...

I received a comment about the DB this week! You know it's a UFO when you don't even remember that it exists! (I suppose that I should add it to the UFO list - that makes 4) Anyway, she is just as stumped as I am with the gusset. If there is anyone in the free world who can help us with this dilemma, please do comment! The suggestion is to pick up 3 sides on straight needles and then increase in the first knit row in order to get 42 stitches that can be used for the remainder of the piece. I really should get going on this. It's such a quick little project...Unfortunately, I've found it about as entertaining as the I-cord. I do not think that I am cut out for making stuffed animals.

My favorite local yarn shop (Lettuce Knit) is having a yarn sale on Saturday. So, I think that I might be shopping for yarn despite my commitment to avoid buying more yarn until the yarn festival in May. I can't wait. 10 am...I am SO THERE! Maybe I can get yarn to knit the beer coozie pattern that I got from Lou. If I make it out of black and gold, Mark and I can fight over who gets to use it. Me: Theta Him: Randolph Macon Hmmm...maybe I'll make two. Is it tacky to have matching beer coozies? Probably.

Random information of the week: I just received a letter from my high school pen pal from Egypt this week. I used to write in French and would get my replies in English so that we could work on our "foreign language" skills. Anyway, I got a letter after not having corresponded in over 7 years! I can't even believe that they still had my address! My pen pal has e-mail now...should speed things up a bit!

"That's why we do what we do. It ain't for the money. It ain't for the glory. It ain't for the free whiskey. It's for the badonkadonk!" - Trace Atkins


March 05, 2006

Procrastination

I'm now knitting in lieu of studying for my Physics test. There is something so much more appealing about knitting. Imagine that. Electrostatics and circuits vs. yarn. Not a tough decision in my book! So, the baby shawl is looking good at this point and the Physics...Well, let's just say that I've been studying the same chapter for the past two days and have about 5 more to go. Where is motivation when you need it?

I am still looking over the Dale of Norway patterns. I can't figure out if the Oberstdorf pattern is calling for 3 or 4 colors. I have 3 in my stash and am hoping that that is the number that is required. I am also considering the Colorado Springs sweater worn by the U.S. Ski Team in Torino. At this point, I think that this is the favorite, even though it doesn't have a crew neck. Why don't I just knit both? What the hell...

I have started giving some thought to knitted Christmas gifts. Last year I managed to avoid knitting gifts. This was mainly due to the fact that I got several questionable "looks" the year before indicating that the recipients had absolutely NO idea what to do with my gifts. I never thought that a scarf could be "misunderstood." Apparently, I was wrong. At any rate, now that I have been knitting for awhile, I think that I am better equipped to determine two things: 1) Who will actually appreciate a knitted gift and 2) What gifts are better suited to certain individuals. For instance, my dad happens to love the scarf that I made for him...to the point of wearing it out. So, I'm thinking that he might like another before the first one goes beyond the point of my mom letting him out of the house wearing it. And, while my mom liked the scarf that I made for her, I think that a smaller scarf is in order...maybe one that she can wear indoors. I have also thought of making her socks, since she has the smallest feet in the family! :) I am hoping to decide on my gifts/patterns before the wool festival so that I can have an excuse to shop!

Sigh...I guess that I have procrastinated long enough. Time to study.

March 04, 2006

The Results Are In

The results are in: Amanda didn't finish her Booga Bag during the Knitting Olympics. I think that somewhere during the making of 5' of 5 stitch I-cord, I lost the will to live. I did learn how to make I-Cord during the event (a good thing) but also quickly learned that it is SO BORING (a bad thing). Anyway, the bag has now been added to my list of UFOs...and may remain on that list for quite sometime unless I can talk Monica into letting me borrow her I-Cord machine. "Life's too short to sit around making I-Cord."

I haven't finished the Booga Bag and have committed to not starting a new project until after I finish one of the 3 that I have on the needles: 1) Debbie Bliss baby shawl 2) Scarf from the cover of Scarf Style 3) Booga Bag. Unless I get some 12", size 7 bamboo circular needles, the scarf may be awhile, as I have found knitting on DPNs to be incredibly tedious. I think that the baby shawl is going to be cast off first...provided that the edging doesn't put me over the "edge." While watching Pride and Prejudice last night, the shawl got some serious attention. I've finished about 1/3 of the project (give or take).

There may be light at the end of the tunnel with regards to all of that Dale of Norway Heilo that is hanging out in my yarn stash. L.B. mentioned that Oberstdorf might be a close second to the sweater that I had originally bought the yarn to knit. While I do not like it as much as the original pattern that I chose, I think that I am going to give it a shot. It is the pattern for the 2005 Norwegian Ski Team's sweater.

As an aside, Physics is taking over my life. I will be glad when it's over...and will definitely be celebrating with a shot of Sky or 10. My MCAT test date has officially been moved to August to allow time for my class to end as well as finish all of the initial requirements for the Junior League. Summer vacation is going to be a blast...me, the beach and...my MCAT study guide. Good times...