Knitting and a Movie
Wednesday, April 30, 2003
      ( 2:13 PM ) Rebecca  
New issue of Interweave Knits!!! Hooray!! I just got it yesterday and got to read it this morning. There seem to be mixed feelings about it on KBTH, but I like it. It's all the lace. There is a pretty lace stole, and 2 fun lace camisoles. Of course, I don't need any new projects right now.

Going to Little League practice to knit and then when Manor House is on I can work on some more of the sleeve or the argyles, depending how absorbing it is.

This is my first day of being unemployed (after my job of 8 years was closed by the parent company) and I haven't had a lot of motivation to do much. It doesn't help that there are too many "I ought to's" in my life right now... curtains that need to be made, tomatoes that need to be transplanted to bigger pots, laundry to do... etc. #


Saturday, April 26, 2003
      ( 6:29 PM ) Rebecca  
Friday night I finished sleeve #1 of Top Secret while watching "Farewell My Concubine." (A moment of silence for Leslie Cheung, who died this month. One of the great losses of the acting world. He was a wonderful actor.) With the subtitles, it would be kind of hard to work on the argyles. The Addi Turbos are a dream. I never liked metal needles, they were always too pointy and too clicky... but these 10.5 (US) Addis are wonderful.

Today I went to the CT Sheep & Wool in the soggy nasty weather, and got a lovely skein of lavender mohair blend yarn. Don't know what to make with it, but it was so lovely and soft and I had to buy SOMETHING there. We usually like the sheepdog trials but no standing in the rain for that today. Oh well.
Here's the yarn (updated to include the pic):

My hubby and I had a rare opportunity to go out tonight and saw Phone Booth with Colin Farrell of Ballykissangel, which was an entertaining picture, so I don't have energy to post pictures just yet... will post them soon. #


Friday, April 25, 2003
      ( 6:17 PM ) Rebecca  
Finished the other Regia Crazy Color sock. I used a free Mary Maxim pattern which has a neat roll on the top. If I made it again, I wouldn't have made them QUITE so ankle-length... I like short socks but these are a tad too short. I still like them though. I didn't match up the stripes exactly because I figured they were fun the way they are.

Also knitted a swatch for an upcoming mystery project...

I got a big box from EarthGuild today. I had ordered Addi Turbos for the Top Secret sweater (I didn't have big enough circular needles), along with other things (they had a sale last week). Two of the three needles were out of stock, but the size for the sleeves came so I started sleeves first! #


Friday, April 18, 2003
      ( 6:11 PM ) Rebecca  
It's Good Friday and I took the day off from work since the kids have no school and daycare (twist my arm, make me take a day off from work). I made Hot Cross Buns (the traditional thing to do on Good Friday) and the house smells wonderful from freshly-cooked buns. I also took the kids to a local sheep farm which is always fun to do, and we hung out with 5 bottle lambs who were very cute and friendly. Didn't buy any yarn or fiber there, I was good! But that's because I just placed a huge order from EarthGuild because they were having a sale (and I needed needles for Top Secret).

I finished a Regia Crazy Color sock first thing this morning (I finished everything but the Kitchener stitch last night, saved that for the morning). I love this colorway. I'll post pictures plus the number later when I have access to my hubby's digital camera.

I also FINALLY finished winding the Shetland yarn into balls for the Highland socks and was able to start on them (I had just done the main colour ribbing while winding the other colours into balls). I will post pictures when I have something REAL to show... doesn't look like much at the moment. #


Wednesday, April 16, 2003
      ( 7:41 PM ) Rebecca  
Here's a little better introduction. I will also post other fiber-related projects, as I am learning to spin, and I sew. The way my mind works is I have creative bursts where I start a whole bunch of projects (and plan others) and then have times when I finish everything. So usually I have many many projects going at once. This works for me, because usually there is an easy project to do while watching a movie with subtitles, a small project that's good to bring on car rides, a project to work on when I get frustrated/stuck on one, etc. And I DO finish projects. Here are my current projects (in process or about to start):
* Harry Potter scarf for my son
* Argyle Highland Dancing socks (I recently started Highland dancing, which I am a little old to start, but it is wonderfully fun).
* Top Secret sweater from Knitty (usually I don't work with artificial yarn, but the yarn was so fun and pretty and inexpensive that I had to do it. One reason I rarely make myself sweaters is the amount of yarn necessary makes the sweater cost WAY more than you could buy in a store, and I can't afford that! I love knitting but I can't make it a hobby that costs more than I would spend on clothes. So I have to search around for deals since I LOVE wool yarn. Ideally I would raise sheep but I don't have enough land, so my Angora rabbit will have to do. My husband promises me I can get more after I learn to spin & successfully knit 3 Angora scarves).
Actually that is a pretty small number of projects to have going at once for me, but I think that's what I will do, since I really want to finish these things. My other project I want to plan is a Shetland lace shawl (I do Scottish Country dancing as well, and there is a ball in the winter every year, so a lovely shawl would be so nice to have). The problem is that I am very traditional, so I want to find a truly traditional pattern. I would love nothing more than to go to the Shetland Isles and find an old woman who could tell me a shawl knitting pattern, but I can't afford the airfare, so I am hunting around for a good book source. I am hoping to find not a designer pattern inspired by tradition but a real traditional pattern. If I can't find one by the time I am done with my other projects, maybe I will take a pretty designer pattern.
I guess that's a good intro to me for now, and I will keep posted on progress. I have a non-knitting project going as well, a Renaissance dress for my brother's wedding. I have the pattern & fabric and now I have to cut out. I will post pictures as I progress along. I have to get it done by August. #


Wednesday, April 09, 2003
      ( 6:17 PM ) Rebecca  
OK a quick intro. I just discovered knitting blogs last week (I am techie but behing the knitting techie scene apparently). So I decided to start one. More to come soon. #



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