Kitty Knits

August 30, 2006

More Yarn

Today I bit the bullet and ordered the one skein of Heilo in Pewter (Color 6031) from Kids Knits that I need to start my Dale of Norway sweater. While the shipping did cost more than the yarn...I am finally going to be able to start working on my sweater! Now...I just have to make sure that I have all of the needles. I am hoping that I can get away with using 12" circular Addi turbos for the sleeves to avoid DPNs!

Tonight is Knit Nite! "Free to stich. Free to bitch."

August 25, 2006

First Fair Isle

Serious anxiety for me comes in the form of fair isle knitting. However, my need for a challenge and a new ski sweater has taken over and convinced me to do this:


I am excited to report that fair isle is not nearly as hard as it looks. In fact, I really like it and am looking forward to finding the one last skein of Heilo that I need to start my Dale of Norway sweater. My DBF is going to be sporting the best head cover on the course - if I do say so myself (smile).

Knitting on the Clapotis continues. I knit quite a bit last night on the plane from Philadelphia. Delayed yet again...

As an aside, I was told yesterday that I'm being "forced" to go to Madrid, Spain in November! There are days when I dislike my job but yesterday wasn't one of them. I think I feel a vacation coming on...


August 21, 2006

Movin' on Up

Wow, am I moving up in the world, or what?!? Look what arrived in the mail the other day:
And...I have wound exactly zero hanks of yarn. The swift is next on my list, as I'm sure the dbf is going to grow tired of holding yarn. Although...football season IS here. This means that I may just be able to get him to hold yarn in exchange for my presence on the couch in my black, pink and white Redskins jersey during the games. Hmm...

Knitting on the head covers has commenced. Two more inches needed and then I can begin the fair isle pattern. Notice the stitch mark. I got it while vacationing in Hilton Head this summer.

I found some Bernat baby yarn the other day to knit a cute little socks pattern that I found on the Interweave website! The pattern called for Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock, but I do not have the time to wait for the yarn to ship since the little guy these are intended for is due any day now. Let my frustration with DPNs begin yet again. Who knows? Maybe the fair isle and the DPNs will be enough to throw me over the edge and end my knitting obsession forever. On second thought, that's probably the most ridiculous thing that I have said all month. Amanda stop knitting? I think not.

I started looking over the Oberstdorf pattern the other day only to realize that the smallest chest size for men/women is 44 1/8 inches. This poses a problem considering that my chest is 34 inches. Turns out that the child's pattern has these chest measurments: 35 7/8" and a 38 1/8". So, I think that I am just going to knit the 38" so that I have extra room for a turtleneck. Then, I'm just going to lengthen the sleeves and the body and hope for the best on the armhole depth.

August 17, 2006

Too Much Information - Underwear Quiz Results

What Your Underwear Says About You
You like your underwear to make you feel girlish and pretty. Let's hope you're a chick.
You're a closet exhibitionist who gets a thrill from being secretly naughty.

August 16, 2006

New Yarn

A LYS is going out of business. So, today I made the tedious drive down to Midlothian to check out the sale. I ended up with way too much yarn! Isn't that always the way it goes? My Dale of Norway pattern book also came in the mail today. Check out the spoils:

The brown skeins are going to be used to knit the Backyard Leaves pattern in Scarf Style. I think that I am going to make one of the baby sweaters in the Cashmerino Baby book using some of the left over yarn from my baby shawl and the colors that I bought today. The store only had one skein of this particular colorway of Koigu, so I bought it to make more heart sachets. At this point, it is questionable as to whether I am going to be able to buy yarn at the Fall Fiber Festival...my stash is taking over the house!

August 14, 2006

Look, See What I Got

My dbf absolutely lives for golf. I'm not talking an occassional trip out to hit a few balls. It's more like this (for example):

He mourned my trip to the Marriott Sawgrass in Pointe Vedra, FL, in January because he knew that I wouldn't fully appreciate the 17th hole that I walked past each morning on the way to meetings.

I have decided that, because knitting him a sweater would certainly be bad news (the cursed bf sweater is a no go!), I am going to knit him golf club covers. The yarn for this little project arrived today. I got 11 skeins of Knit Pick's Telemark (100% wool):

And, the day was going so well until I drove all of the way to Cary Town only to realize that Yarn Lounge is closed on Mondays and that the 12" size 6 Addi Turbos I need are TRAPPED INSIDE!! I contemplated breaking in with the understanding that I would have plenty of time to knit in jail but decided against it for obvious reasons (ie. I would have to give up Knit Nite, Panera and strawberry shortcake).

I found some very "tasty" yarn today in a colorway called Chocolate Covered Kisses by Hill Country Yarns. Yummy!


August 11, 2006

Ski Sweater

Today I ordered the Dale of Norway pattern book for a new sweater that I am going to knit. I was going to knit this:

And am now going to knit this (in a crew neck) due to problems with the pattern in the sweater above:

I think that I am going to have to buy a few more colors of Heilo in order to do it, but it is worth it when I know that it is going to look so D&$% good on the ski slopes of Salt Lake City in January!


August 08, 2006

I Am One Productive MF

As I sit here "bee bopping" to Gloria Gaynore, it has struck me that I'm one productive MF. Not only have I finished not one, but TWO knitting projects in the past 2 weeks, I have also almost finished my kitchen curtains.

I laid the trim out just to give some idea of what they will look like when they are finished. Pictures to follow once my dad comes over to mount the curtain rod brackets. I have said it once, and I will say it again, "Power tools and I do not mix."


My Secret Dream

My secret dream is to be caught knitting...on a plane, in the airport, in a cab...on film by the Yarn Harlot and miraculously appear on her website! Sure, she could catch me somewhere else but...she travels, I travel...the odds just seem so much better that our paths will cross while traveling. I suppose that a girl can always dream...

Booga Bag is Finito!

I finally finished my Booga Bag - Whoo Hoo! It's so cute! I can't wait to take it for a "test wear" in the fall. The pattern was well written...except for the part where it seriously underestimated the effort that it really takes to get those straps attached. "Just insert the DPN through the bag in the correct places, Amanda, and then wiggle it around a little to make a hole." Right...should have gone more like this: "Put the needle through each layer and then move it around while pulling on the bag until the needle almost breaks (along with your hands) so that you have a hole big enough to put the I-Cord through and then...DO IT SEVEN MORE TIMES (all the while getting yarn burn on your left pointer finger that will be itching for days to come)!!!


August 02, 2006

My First Felt

I finished the I-Cord strap for my Booga Bag a few days ago...How do I feel? Hmm...let's just say that it doesn't get any better than this!! New policy: Adding a "no I-cord" component to my knitting pattern filter. While it went relatively quickly once I committed, my ring finger was killing me by the time I was finished. Pulling the first stitch so tightly didn't go over well. If I develop arthritis in the future, I will have nothing to blame but the Booga Bag I-Cord...

I felted the bag today. It is now drying on the kitchen table. Who knew that Everyone's Guide to Cancer Therapy would be so nice for blocking?? I'm sure everyone at work would be thrilled...