Busy, busy.

June 26, 2008

Things here have been busy lately. First, Stitch n’ Pitch:

The game was okay. Most of the people I recognized from Ravelry were on the far end of the section from me, so no real socializing. Just ooing and trying to peek at what everyone was working on without appearing obnoxiously nosy. And the goody bags. Free loot! Mostly Shawn watched the game and I got the cuff done on my first Nutkin (anklet sized), which is now done:

My goal for Summer of Socks is one sock a week, so I’m ahead of schedule. Yay!

Then there was Convergence. There were three knitting-focused booths, and even if one of those was a little under half weaving yarn. But still, for fiber addicts, a mecca. For those who like taking pictures of fiber, not so much. I was asked to turn off my camera shortly after being there — I guess there was something in the packet of information for non-day goers that specified no photography. But I did get a few pictures, including one this lovely fiber:

I was alone and not feeling well, so that made it less fun, but I did pick up goodies.

Some Soak:

And this neat Kumihimo (Japanese braiding) loom/kit:

And my best deal of the day, 6,300 yards of a light fingering weight cotton (6/2 in weaving terms) — a mill end from Webs, and under $20, in my favorite green:

I also got some J-Knits sock yarn and some Araucania Ulmo (cotton) Multy from Knit ‘n Knibble’s booth, and some gorgeous superwash/bamboo sock yarn from FiberLady. I really, really wanted to get something from Knitting Notions — they had some amazing stuff, but I was so overwhelmed by all the gorgeousness I couldn’t pick anything (well, other than really wanting a swift that I couldn’t afford and have no where to store). I came back three times, and still… overwhelmed, so since I knew they had an online store, I figured I’d put them on the top of my mental list (and knitting store bookmarks) for when I am ready to buy a swift, and the next time I have a yarn need they can fill.

Other than that, my Ribs and Lace tank is hibernating until the end of SoS, but it’s getting close to done. All that’s left is lots and lots of ribbing (and shaping). Shawn’s socks are very close to halfway done, but those are hibernating, too.

As a side note on Foody Friday, I haven’t been baking. First when the summer semester started I was just overwhelmed, and then I found out that I’m likely gluten intolerant (plus lactose intolerant and fructose malaborbant until my body heals from the gluten/autoimmune damage), so I’ve been eating gluten free since the 7th. Which means I’m going to have to learn a whole new way of baking (and buy all new supplies), which is probably a ways off (GF crap is expensive). For a silver lining I am seeing improvement already (hair not coming out by the literal fistful = very, very good), so I’m not minding it so much. Less time baking = more time knitting, and for now, that works for me.

One of these days I’ll have a real, live FO to share. Really.

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Of buying stuffs.

April 4, 2008

I’m still spending too much on knitting, but my weakness has been tools, not yarn.

It all started with needing a needle. But Jo-Ann’s didn’t have it. And I didn’t want to drive all over town looking for it, or send Shawn to do the same. So I bought needles on eBay. They’re cheap, and they won’t last forever, I’m sure, but they are serviceable, which is what I really wanted. I can replace them slowly with needles that wow me. And did I mention they were cheap? 19 circular needles and 6 sets of 4 inch dpns for $22.63, shipping inclusive. Compare that with the $4.50-ish I spent on a size 10 circ towards the beginning of the March at a chain store with a 40% off coupon, and…. I have no real complaints.

I also picked up some buttons that were on clearance. No real purpose in mind, but they were $1 and I love wooden buttons.

And, on sale from knitting-warehouse, a cheapy ballwinder, which I am in the midst of a tawdry affair with (sorry, Shawn, but you’ll benefit from it, I swear):

(The cats are so ashamed.)

That’s about a pound of kitchen cotton wound into center pull balls from a giant, and entirely unmanageable, log of yarn. In about 10 minutes.

I did buy yarn — a ball of wool for the Pi that is still in need of yet more wool, and a new ball of sock yarn when I finished up my Cherry Tree Hill. This is Colinette Jitterbug in Castagna purchased at Needles & Knobs in St. Pete.

It’s sitting in my stash for now. But not for long.

Knitting loot!

December 29, 2007

I didn’t get anything remotely knitty for Christmas. But I have bought myself some stuff lately. Okay, mostly today. I did pick up the Harmony Guide: Knit & Purl a week or so ago when Borders sent me a 40% off coupon. You don’t want to know how much I’ve been swatching instead of making things. Oh well, one day it will all be a blankie (or three) for the Snuggles Project.

Then today my Fabel came. One the colors kinda scares me in the ball. It looks pretty much nothing like my monitor view of a swatch of it (much, much brighter), but we’ll see how it knits up. And also today I went and took advantage of the 40% off going out of business sale at one of the LYS’s I don’t usually go to (The Yarn Gallery on 580 near the border of Clearwater & Dunedin — she said they were closing at the end of January). Thank goodness it’s not Uncommon Threads. I’d cry. But I walked away with some Crystal Palace DPNs (size 6 to make some house socks for Shawn’s giant feet), the Spring and Summer ’07 IKs, and…. a skein of Cherry Tree Hill in blue/green. Real live sock yarn. For me! I used one the DPNs to roll it into a ball in the car. I still have to decide what socks to make with it as my ankles are pretty wide so one skein is probably going to produce a pretty short sock on me. Which is fine since I prefer anklets anyway. It is Florida, after all. Maybe I’ll use it for my first foray into toe ups.

Of course, first I’ll be finishing the spindle socks. I’ve almost got one done, and I’m kinda biting my nails that they’re too small for anyone. They are definitely too small for me. I guess I’ll just have to see who they fit, and if they don’t fit Sue, make her some other socks.

I really need sock blockers… sigh… Maybe this blog should be “never enough funds!”

Knitter’s rosary

November 16, 2007

The idea of a knitter’s rosary came to me one day as I was typing “.” into notepad to keep track of my row count. I looked to see if there was an easy way to make one online and found only a single entry about someone making one, but no instructions and the picture wasn’t very clear. Then I checked to see if anyone on Etsy had some, and there were several, but none I liked. Then I pondered commissioning Wyrding Studios to make me one, but I really don’t have the funds for that. So that left making my own on the fly.

I had originally planned just having a single strand of beads and a lobster clasp and moving the clasp each knitted row to let a bead drop. Instead, I pilfered a couple ideas from Etsy of having two separate strands of beads, one for single digits, one for double, and using an elastic beaded band to separate the counted beads (only I used two separate elastic bands so I could physically separate the two rows of beads). I think, after doing it, my original idea might have been more ideal for me, and I may resort it back that way when I some matching ribbon and a lobster clasp. Still, I’m pretty in love with it.

I’ve never done any wire work, and I haven’t done anything with beads since I was a kid. I didn’t want to invest in tools, when, as Shawn said, we can’t afford the hobby I already have, so adding another right now isn’t the best idea. So, I’m surprised it turned out as well as it did, even as obviously inexpert as it is.

I am thrilled that I spent less than I would’ve on one from Etsy and I got something that I loved. Jo-Ann’s collection of Swarovski Crystals was 50% off, and I had a 10% off everything coupon, so the whole thing was $10.

In other knitting news, the finished Winter’s scarf and mitts. Even after blocking I wasn’t thrilled, but it looks alright. I’m back up to the ribbing on the Cherie, but only on the second row. Still, there’s two more weeks in November so hopefully I’m not too far off track to finish NaKniSweMo. I cast on Shawn’s hat, but not gotten very far in. I really want to be working on it but not really letting myself knowing that I need to concentrate on the Cherie.

I needed about another month of warm weather and didn’t get it. I’m in desperate need of a pair of socks and a lapghan – it’s cold here! (Okay, I know, it’s in the 40’s-70’s, but I’m a popsicle.)