Sunday, January 29, 2006

I'm in the Olympics

well the Yarn Harlot Olympics -- going to do the Farmers' Market Tote from Knit Picks (by Dennis Lorimor for Knit Picks) see picture below of their finished product.

in Extra Large. It will be a challenge for me for sure - but I ordered the yarn for it awhile ago and it came in and has sitting in the back room waiting for me to work up the nerve to do it. There are a few things in the pattern I am not totally clear on (picking up stitches and slipping the first and last stitch of the round on the short side -- and it goes on from there) But I will figure this out and have another tote (I have this obsession for totes [and storage chests - but that is another story]) you just can't have too many totes (or storage chests) can you?

So now I will go and try to figure how to put the Olympic banners in my sidebar.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

I've been tagged

thanks Trish -- now everyone will know just how boring I am

*Four jobs you've had in your life:

1. worked as receptionist at a medical group
2. insurance rep. (life and health)
3. packaged meat in IGA
4. bank teller

not in that order..

*Four movies you could watch over and over:

1. Young Frankenstein.

2. Mystery Alaska (I love happy endings)

3. Harry Potter Movies

4. Bringing up Baby

*Four TV shows you watch regularly:

1. CSI in fact any forensic show (real or drama)
2. 2 and 1/2 Men
3. Antique Roadshow
4. any archaeology or history program

*Four places you've lived:
Oh dear -- I have lived in different places but all in two towns

1, East Hampton, NY
2. Southampton, NY

*Four places you've been on vacation:

1, Alaska
2. Phoenix
3. France
4. Austria

*Four websites you visit daily:

1. Knitter's Review (of course)!

2. USGS earthquake site

3. Panda Cam

4. Live Hillside Webcam (like to see the weather near friends in Alaska)

*Four of my favorite foods:
1. Anything Italian
2. fish (pretty much any kind)
3. Liver and onions (I know I know most people go euwwww) [Ha - spell check wanted that to be ewe)
4. old standby - hamburger

that was hard -- I love Greek food, Mexican, Italian, pretty much anything with spices and or spicy...

*Four places I'd rather be right now:
1. Phoenix (as my wood stove is working hard to keep me warm with the wind from the north and living room on north side of house)
2. Disney World
3. Eagle River Alaska visiting friends
4. Scotland (never been there just always wanted to go)

Sorry Jane don't know who else to tag.....

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

take the psi-q psychic test yourself

it was interesting - but I would figure that everyone had the same answers as me and would get the same results. Try it and let me know if you are different or if I am just weird hehehe

My finished ribwarmer

So here is my first wearable object - wearable by someone tiny - but not by me. But it served its purpose and I learned short rows and turning corners and sort of learned sewing it together.

I couldn't find any instructions on how to piece the ribwarmer together so I kind of figured it out as I went along. Not totally thrilled with it but it isn't too bad.

Now to figure how to make something bigger and a little different for me. I have some ideas will have to see if it will work. I think that if I make this new project it will actually use up the rest of this green yarn. Buying way too much is a hazard of buying yarn when you have only made 3 things. But the yarn was super cheap and is serving a great purpose as a learning yarn. And years from now when I see any of these GREEN objects I will certainly remember that it was one of my firsts. LOL

Don't you just love my model? A towel covered box - but I didn't have to worry about her moving and the pay is right. And it fills out the vest about as well as some of the high priced famous models would.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

1st half of ribwarmer done

is this what it is supposed to look like - or even close to what it is supposed to look like? Started work on the second half -- my next question will have to do with -- how the heck to you put it together to be a ribwarmer??

Friday, January 20, 2006

Frogging is good for the soul?

Well I had done 1/2 of the EZ ribwarmer and decided to frog it - I think that I have to go down to the numbers that EZ uses in the short rows even though I have more stitches on the needle than she does for the turn to come out right. In other words it has to go down to the final 15 stitches before you start knitting one more up to the number of stitches on the needle. Hmm that was clear as mud I am sure.

So I decided to do it exactly as written first - and give it to my MIL (at 89 she is always cold) and that way I can see what each part is supposed to look like so when I try it for me again I will have an idea if it looks right.

I guess it is a good thing I am a process knitter -- so the frogging doesn't bother me too much. WELL - not all that much. :D

Thursday, January 19, 2006


Well I have been stressing about making a EZ ribwarmer and have just decided to go for it -- I measured a favorite sweater did the formula to figure stitches, swatched and I'm starting it in a few minutes. This is my first actual wearable item so I am a bit nervous - but what the heck if it is horrible I will just frog it and start again. Or keep it like my weird learning neckwarmer :D ( I have to give it a better name than that)

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Weird neck wrap as promised

This was a trial at circular knitting and seeing what happened with different techniques. It is strange and it could be a bit longer but It works for helping DH split logs (I work the lever on the log splitter while he does all the heavy stuff) and keeping my neck and ears warm.

I am finally starting to feel a bit more human -- although after a half an hour working outside I was shaking like a leaf - I am as weak as a newborn pup. But I am not gurgling when I breath now and the coughing is much less.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Why you shouldn't KUI

here is your laugh for the day - on oh so many levels. It definitely illustrates why a person shouldn't knit under the influence (KUI) I was going to frog it but decided I will finish it off and keep for my use -- heck I can use a laugh every so often also. So for now I am confining myself to a simple shawl that is straight knitting with a K1 YO K to the end of the row for now. I don't think even I can mess that up too bad right now.


Saturday, January 07, 2006

Do not knit under the influence

of narcotic cough meds. I have bronchitis and am on antibiotics and also the afore mentioned cough med. Between coughing my lungs up, the headache from it all and the drug induced fog -- the dish cloth I decided to try is hysterical. Lets just say that you may think you are keeping good count of the rows but.............

Once I can move without feeling like I will pass out from the coughing moving or talking induces I will post a picture so everyone can enjoy the sight.

remember never ever KUI (knit under the influence)

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Needing to see an accomplishment

Have been working on my lap robe/wrap (haven't decided if it will be one or the other or a combination) and it is just knit forever -- so last night I decided I needed to do something to see an accomplishment that was still mindless (because of feeling pretty cruddy still) so I did a "grandmothers favorite dish cloth" I love that pattern - it is easy to do and works up pretty fast and you can see that you did something. I will probably do another today LOL I want to graduate up to some of the different pattern ones soon but I don't think I am in full concentration mode yet.

Went to the doctors yesterday and both DH and I ended up with shots and scripts. Hopefully this will knock it out - 2 weeks of this is ridiculous. Trying to avoid this going into pneumonia for DH (which happens to him) and bronchitis for me (usually a once a year deal for me) Also it really stinks when neither of you feel like doing anything - like cooking or cleaning up

Monday, January 02, 2006

my hair should be pink!?

Just for giggles I took this today and this was the result -

Your Hair Should Be Pink

Hyper, insane, and a boatload of fun.
You're a traveling party that everyone loves to follow.

boy was I surprised - I always thought I was just weird (and that is what DH tells me all the time too) - this sounds much nicer.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy New Year

Well we didn't go out last night - we got lobsters and had our traditional New Years Eve dinner and ate in. Which was delicious and we have leftovers for tonight too. But I was up ALL NIGHT - I'm still fighting this bug and I'm actually feeling worse now after starting to feel better. Ugh. So I have been up for about 30 hours at this point. If I'm not making sense that could be why

Finished my neck warmer and it IS a bizarre looking thing - but as stated it will be warm for going outside and working on wood for the wood stove. I did learn some lessons for future ones - like using a much softer yarn, making it a bit smaller around than this one is,and a bit longer, and finding a pattern - learning that and following it. Although I am till hoping that after throwing it in the washer and dryer (as I have seen people say they do in KR) it will soften up a bit. From what people have said there about the lasting power of this yarn (Red Heart Super Saver no dye lot) this will be an heirloom piece that will have people wondering in the future "What was rho thinking?" But that is ok - I like to keep people wondering :D And this really was just a learning experience of how different stitches look when done on circular needles and what changing needle size does - and I did learn quite a bit from it - so in that sense it was a success.

When my head is in better working order I may take a picture of this work of art its with many design elements (isn't that a better term than mistakes or weirdness) and post it here - but if I do be kind - remember I am new at all of this - both knitting and blogging.

Off to take some thera-flu and try to get some sleep.