Monday, December 24, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
I think I know where things went sideways. At night, when I should be schnuffling through my stash to get my hit of yarn fumes, I am too busy knitting the Christmas oil. So then I get to work, and have no choice but to go to www.etsy.com and just ... browse. Innocent, electronic sauntering through the virtual aisles. Popping into a new shop here, browsing a beloved bin there. After weeks of virtue and abstinence, I weakened, I admit it. I didn't perform the necessary preventative measures and now I and my poor, bewildered husband must pay the price.
1 skein de-stashed sock yarn: $23
1 skein Twisted lovely sock yarn: $30
Opening the mailbox to discover a soft squishy package of wonderful: Priceless
Monday, December 17, 2007
Saturday, my dear husband donned his Santa hat and went a-shopping for yours truly. He hit all my fave yarn shops and was truly shocked to find that they knew who I was. Well of course they do! I always chat with the owners and talk about recent projects, and oooh and ahhh over new yarn. I spend quality time knitting with them and even helping other customers occasionally. He's so cute. He must have thought that you go into a shop, grab some yarn, plunk down your credit card, and head out the door. They all thought he was absolutely adorable for both his Santa hat and enabling his wife's obsession. I couldn't love him more if he was a skein of self-striping pink and orange sock yarn. Hint, hint.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
The worst part about a migraine is that I can't even knit when I have one. Watching the needles makes me want to yak up my shoes, and not watching gives me a weird kind of motion sickness. I did get the frogged socks done, and I'm working on one of the felted slippers on my Christmas list. It's going really well and more importantly, fast. It's pretty fun and mostly mindless. It's been awhile since I've worked on just plain knitting needles instead of circulars or dpns. I will post pics when I'm not at work. :)
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
I got my Whoville's Grinch in the mail yesterday. Once again, I'm in loooove.. swoon! It's from GypsyKnits on Etsy. She included the cutest little handmade stitch marker too. I think I'll resist getting into handmade stitch markers though. It would be like falling into a hole with no bottom, and I've already done that with yarn. Tightly focus your obsession, people, and you'll have a much happier marriage.
Friday, November 30, 2007
I work at a diesel service shop and distributorship. In September, a coworker and I approached the CFO with the idea of running a food drive over the holidays. He was encouraging, but warned us that giving campaigns had never been successful at our company in the past. He committed to matching whatever we collected (5 pounds = $1) and wished us luck.
With the help of five women with true hope and vision, I am coordinating our company's first Second Harvest food drive. We christened it "Power Drive '07", tuning it to the nature of our industry. Designed as a 6-week drive, we set the goal at 1,000 pounds of food to ensure success. Nothing's more sure to deflate the holiday spirit than an unreachable goal, we reasoned. We create a huge thermometer to show progress in the lunch room. Posters, paycheck flyers, table tents, barrel signs, and inspirational posters were created in Word, and printed at the local OfficeMax.
On November 2nd, the laminated table tents were put on lunchroom tables, the posters hung on doors and walls and in bathroom stalls, the thermometer propped up on an easel in the lunch room, and paycheck flyers sent. We held our breath. How would our fellow 120 employees receive this?
The goal was shattered by the end of week two.
Four weeks into it, we are at 1,690 pounds and climbing. I'm humbled and awestruck at how people can come together when working toward a common goal. It seems to me that the key is to respect the individuality of each person while encouraging each to strive for a higher community self. Somehow, we have accomplished that.
Our people have risen, and it is beautiful.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
2 smallish purses*
1 larger purse*
3 pairs of felted slippers
1 pair of socks
1 pair of mittens
2 hat/scarf combos
See the asterisks? No pattern there. Have to wing it on those ones.
Oh, dear. I must get going now.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Altogether, I'd say it took me about 40 hours to make the booties, hat, and sweater. I learned a lot. Mostly about how I don't know if I ever want to knit an adult sweater. For now, I can get back to knitting socks. Lots and lots of socks. I hope I have enough yarn...
Friday, November 16, 2007
Here's a bunch more great links. I checked out every single one. What a great "cruise" through the gelatinous, wobbly, super-saturated world of sock yarn. Ripping off a Tom Robbins quote from Still Life with Woodpecker, hand-painted sock yarn is as ruddy and indiscreet as a plastic sack full of hickeys. Porn for knitters.
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=67635 : Spindlecatstudio
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=4375 : Sunshine Yarns
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=33247 : Yarn by Epicurus
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=59495 : Great little bags perfect for socks or other small projects.
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=47909 : Sophie's Toes
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5137849 : LotusYarns
http://sundarayarn.typepad.com/ : Sundara Yarns
http://woollyboully.etsy.com/ : Woolly Boully
http://yarn.com/webs/0/0/0/0-1001-1294-1323/0/0/3551/ : Franklin sock yarn by Kangaroo Dyer. Good yardage, very strong.
http://shop.yarnpirate.com/ : Yarn Pirate. GORGEOUS.
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5066487 : YarnChef
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=52610 : DharmaFey
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=71825 : PigeonroofStudios
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5286279 : dkKnits
Thursday, November 15, 2007
1. Pour cereal into bowl.
2. Pour milk over cereal slooowly, making sure to coat each single piece of cereal thoroughly in milk. Use back of spoon to dunk stubborn bits.
3. Sprinkle sugar over cereal evenly, from bowl edge to bowl edge.
4. With spoon, cut straight down through top layer of sugary cereal carefully so as not to disturb other potential bites. Scoop up cereal from directly below sugar crust. Milk to cereal ratio must be precise. If necessary, repeat until this ratio is achieved.
5. Deliberately lift bite away from its sugary brothers and into your mouth.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
In the book it shows the handles being sewn to the very top row of stitching but I liked this look better. I found a cool Tiger's eye charm that I'll dangle from it when it's done. Richard sewed me a liner (with pockets!) out of that beautiful blue sari material. I have the best husband in the world. Sorry, all you single gals, but I've got the best one and I'm not letting him go. Mmmm.
Anyways.. for the yarn around the handles I sort of butchered what was left of the last skein to get the blue, brown, and green lengths separately. I love it.
Monday, November 5, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
I'm also working on a baby sweater using the same colors.
I got all three patterns (hat, booties, sweater) from Natural Knits for Babies and Moms, by Louisa Harding.
I made up the "pattern" for the scarf, which was so simple I won't bother making a separate pattern page for it. CO 30 stitches; knit 1 rib pattern for 10 rows, then K30 in garter stitch for 10 rows. Then repeat these two rows until scarf is as long as you like. I made it super long to match the very long hat. I think it looks sort of alpine-y, making me think of a ski lodge.
I found the pattern on one of my favorite websites/blogs, I Live On A Farm. The Lavender Hat and the matching Lavender Scarf were too cute to pass up. I'm on my third hat using this pattern with a super soft baby alpaca. I had to mortgage my unborn children but it was worth it.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
- ► 2008 (45)
- ▼ December (7)
- Power Drive '07
- Christmas List
- The DBS is DONE!
- Hand-Painted Sock Yarn, Get Thee Into My Stash
- How do you eat Cheerios?
- Bag Accompli
- Vegetarian Yarn
- This Damn Baby Sweater
- Escape to Noro
- Mouse Cozy
- O-wool, How I Love Thee
- Outing My Stash
- Jelli Beenz Baby Hat and Booties
- First Socks EV-ER
- Richard's Hat and Scarf
- Second Scarf and Hat
- First Hat (with Matching Scarf)
- Yarn, Knitting, Blogging.. It All Makes Sense Now