Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I should be knitting something. I would probably be doing that, except that I left the re-started You-tee at work. Almost seems subliminal, doesn't it??
I should be using my new sewing machine. Which by the way, lost its' sewing machine virginity on Sunday.... That is probably what I should be blogging about! It will have to wait for another post. I might be doing some sewing if I hadn't LOST my two newest Amy Butler patterns.... I am dying to make the shopping bag for Stitches, too.... I turned this place upside down and shook it this past weekend, nothing. It is driving me nuts.
What I am actually going to do is go to bed. The software release that was supposed to come out hits tomorrow, so it should be busy, busy, busy at work tomorrow. If I get lucky!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
I debated and debated, then RIPPED OUT 14 INCHES of knitting. Is my frustration coming through in my liberal use of capital letters?
Remember, this is the yarn that tried initially to be a kimono, but whose cast on edge BROKE. This is fate punishing me for bragging earlier today that I could finish the back of this sweater today, isn't it??
Since I am posting, I shall give a quick craft update.... I went to Barnes & Noble this evening and had coffee and looked at craft books. I love those fabulous fluffy chairs in front of our local craft section.... I had a great evening and eventually bought a cool new sewing book called Sew What! Bags by Lexie Barnes. It has some great information in the front and nice, simple, lovely bags. I especially like the messenger bags, and am considering several for presents! My Amazon order came before I left, containing my Interweave Press Simple Style knitting book, too. I see all kinds of things there that I want to make, but all of it seems like cool weather knitting, so I am going to stay focused on the summer things that I have already picked out.... As mentioned in the post from just earlier today!!! (Is this proof that I am obsessed with blogging? That I couldn't resist posting for the second time in one day?? Maybe it is just proof that I have had entirely too much caffeine today!)
Speaking of that Classic Elite wish list.... I broke down and made a Knit Picks order today, too.... I got the yarn to make the v-neck tank in a great, deep purple color. The Shine Sport has a very similar fiber content and cost less than half the price of the yarn called for. And, since I am a sucker for a shameless marketing ploy, I also got the yarn for the stripy top down tee. I am making it out of CotLin, again nearly the same content for significantly less money, in the color Pomegranate. It is so, so beautiful! So, if I don't anger the gods of knitting fate again, I should have an olive green, half sleeved tee, a purple tank with lacy details, and a deeply red raglan sweater in my favorite fabric, linen! All by the end of this summer. I am very excited!
And now I am going to go knit row four of that stupid tee again... until I crash from the caffeine high.... :-)
Now that I have the booklets, I have found MANY more patterns that I want to start... Hold me back!! Can I make every one of these before it is cold again?? I think Knit Picks and I have a beautiful future together, at least as far as summer knitting goes!! I think the next one will be the stripy tee..... Oh, how I love the possibilities!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Isn't it wonderful? I haven't even plugged it in yet. I am just wallowing in the fact of its existence, in its belonging-to-me-ness. I could sew anything, anything at all. No project is too big for my 1000+ stitches all programmed in just for me. I could even sew eight, count 'em, eight layers of denim if I wanted to!! I know because it was in the video on HSN!
Maybe tomorrow I will take it out of the case.... :-)
Today was a much better day than the last few. For starters, migraine gone. That always makes for a better day! Next, I spent my whole day in the cube dreaming about a new kind of stitching... with my previously mentioned wonder machine! The week is now speeding right along, so hopefully it will be over before I know it!
Then I can go to the Columbia Museum of Art to see their show, Turner to Cezanne: Masterpieces from the Davies Collection. I am constantly impressed with the high quality operation they are running over there in Columbia. For such a tiny little museum, they get some great shows. The museum itself is lovely, too. I am looking forward to the trip!
And here is a terrible picture of the You-tee that I have been working on. (Man, I have GOT to work on my still-life photography skills. Would you believe I have a DEGREE in photography???) Just wanted to get an idea of the color on here.... If it tells you how out of it I was yesterday, I left my knitting on my desk at work when I went home for the day. And did not remember doing it. As a matter of fact, I was completely convinced that I had a memory of carrying it into the house.... My how the mind plays tricks! The tee is coming along well. I love the yarn, which I have used before, and this is my favorite color on the planet. It has a beauty that just can't be seen in the blurry monstrosity of a photo that I included here.... There are pale tweedy bits that result from the silk not taking they dye the same way, and every once in a while there is a tiny patch of brown that gives it so much depth and texture.... I couldn't be happier.
Now if I can just keep the cast-on edge from snapping, as it did on the ill-fated kimono. (I swear, one of these days, I WILL knit a kimono. It is like Don Quixote and the windmill. I will keep coming back.... No matter how they mock me for my futile efforts.) I tried something new to try and prevent that. I knitted it on instead of the long tail cast-on. It does seem much, much stretchier. (Is that a word? If not, I decree it so!)
Thanks to my commenters for your kind words about my terrible day! And my adorable doggie! She likes the collar, but you should see what happens if I try to put a t-shirt on her!!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
I had all kinds of plans to get bags cut out and sewn, sweaters knitted and sewn together, relaxation done.... Of course, none of that happened. Getting something done would apparently violate my unspoken New Year's resolution against such things.
I did drive to Raleigh to see Meredith. During what had to be this year's nastiest weather yet.... It poured rain all day Saturday, so cars were throwing up that grey mist that makes it completely impossible to see one foot in front of your car. Meredith had to work, so I stopped at Southpoint Mall to see if someone could cut my hair. Made the mistake of showing up at 10:30, and they couldn't do it until 2:15. So, in search of a good haircut, I spent over five hours at the mall, by myself!! (That includes the haircut.... I am not THAT bad at subtraction!!) Wildly boring, and in horribly inappropriate shoes. I greeted all predictions of the weather with patent disbelief the week before.... And wore high heeled boots and no coat for the whole weekend. I walked entirely too much and froze my ass off the entire time!
The good news is that I got a great haircut. I hated to go shorter, because I am missing my long hair, but getting rid of the flaps in front of my ears was a necessity. I told Jasmine, who rescued me, that I looked like a cocker spaniel, and she didn't disagree.... She not only rescued me, she labored tirelessly to straighten my hair, something I had given up as impossible, and so for my visit it was shiny and smooth and resembled no species of dog whatsoever! Good job Jasmine. You made waiting at the mall nearly an entire day worth it!
After Meredith got off work, we checked into the hotel and I gave her the Alpine I made her for Christmas. Yes, I am aware that it is March. We hadn't seen each other.... I think she really liked it, wore it that evening. It looked great on her, just like I imagined and she remembered the shopping trip that inspired the knitting. She mentioned wanting mittens, so she may get this year's only knitted Christmas present! It is so nice to knit for someone who loves the product!
She gave me a gift card to Barnes & Noble, so we went there immediately and I bought the 2-at-a-time Socks book so I could immediately start knitting socks. I do not know why I have been stricken with the overwhelming urge to knit socks, but I have. I am most of the way through Twilight from that book. Ironically, despite the 2-at-a-time instructions, I am knitting one at a time on double points.... AC Moore has gone quickly down hill, and had no size one circulars, much less any of the 40" variety. Learning a new technique will have to wait apparently.
Meredith is a very good sport about doing something so boring for her as going to craft stores, and she humored me when I proceeded to carry the sock making supplies all around Chapel Hill for the rest of the day....
We had dinner at Aki Hanna, my favorite Japanese place on the planet, then on Sunday at the world's best Mediterranean place, the Med Deli. Oh, how I miss those two places. Sigh.
All in all it was a fun trip, but holy cow, what horrible timing for the drive!! The drive back, which came earlier than I wanted due to the potential of 10" of snow coming soon. The same horrible conditions all the way to the SC border. There it shut off like somebody had flipped a switch... It felt like it took 14 hours to get home.
And for the next two days, I have knitted on my sock. My brother and I watched The Dark Knight together, which was great, and then we both got sick today. Don't ask me about the complete meltdown I had in the car yesterday. None of it bears repeating. And now, I am gearing myself up to make the trek into work tomorrow. Despite the fact that we are supposed to be learning many new duties this month, which should get my blood moving, I am having a hard time mustering any enthusiam at all. I just don't wanna. How does vacation go so fast?????
Tomorrow I will stop knitting long enough to gather the energy to post a sock in progress picture! How did I not love sock knitting before now??