Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
I was very proud of my restraint. Trick is to bring cash and leave ALL plastic cards at home. I could have done some serious injury to my bank account. LOL
There is some bright yellow green sock yarn I'm planning to make knee socks out of. My next purchase will be Cookie A's sock book. The lace weight is actually not this purple, it's much closer to a wine colour and I LOVE it. Now I'm on the hunt for the perfect pattern to go with it. There was also another couple balls of sock yarn that I got for a swap I'm involved in on Ravelry. They aren't pictured here because I don't want to ruin the surprise for my swapee.
As mum mentioned before, this is my necklace. It looks like a vintage WWII sock poster that reads "Our boys need SOX. Knit your bit." It's the knit your bit that got me. LOL
Corinne said, "Speaking off..." and I looked up and there she was in the booth next to us. I almost blurted something out when I caught myself just in time. Whew. Just because I read her blog every morning, have all her books ( except this one and new one) and her calendar is on my office desk and have come to feel as if I know her and her family she doesn't know who the hell I am! Anyone who gets over 200 comments on a blog post must get accosted all the time. Anyway it was nice to see her there and to know we both shop at Wellington Fibres.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
After the disastrous Thursday evening I was a little nervy about driving in Toronto but everything went extremely well with Corinne navigating from the back seat.
What an incredible show. Absolutely tons on vendors.This is one corner of one room.
First purchase was my Addi lace 2mm needle for the Heirloom Lace pattern which I expect, to arrive, this week from England. Later I found a 47" 2.75mm for the Welsh tea cloth. Two things on my list!
After reading all the spinning posts over the last couple of months and with summer approaching I have been feeling the spinning bug. The sight of Julie's berry yarn has had me itching to have another go. It has been years since I sat at the wheel and I am looking forward to peaceful miles of new wool. I have never seen so much roving in one place. I fell into a bag of Shetland/Romney to die for and bought all Hopeful Shetlands had of that particular blend.
Corinne was wearing her smart bolero jacket, pattern from Spun, and was stopped every two feet by admiring comments. She spent time directing everyone to their booth until I told her to get some cards and pass them out. The intarsia design is of her own making and is around here somewhere.
Which reminds me...I am going to print out our "free patterns" to pdf format and put them in the side panel to make it easier for you to download. More on that later.
Even Sandy has been bitten by the lace bug. I accept all blame Ernie, she couldn't help herself there were so many gorgeous patterns from Needle Arts Book Shop to choose from.
Speaking of Sandy watch for a link to her blog, "The Geezer and the Vintage Bitch."
Coming to your computer anytime soon!
On the subject of vintage Corinne and I picked up glass vintage knitting pendants at Main St Yarns, Sandy's LYS in Milton. I almost had a stroke when I found this.
Be still my beating heart. It is almost impossible to find anything Welsh and Knitting. I was very happy. Corinne's is vintage WWII knitting sox for soldiers and sports the naughty phrase,"Knit your bit." Too funny she couldn't resist. Grampy would have loved it.
Back to Needle Arts Books I glammed onto a copy of "Heirloom Knitting" by Sharon Miller. This was on my birthday list last year. I computed the exchange from pounds to Can$$ added the fee for the postal order and the customs duty and decided buying it now was an economic decision in my favour. I can rationalize just about anything when it comes to knitting...heheh
Whilst wandering around I came across Wellington Fibres. Now, I have been planning a trip here "when the nice weather comes." Oh, I will be going for sure now that I have seen their roving. This would be a great picnic outing the next time I have the grand daughters for the weekend and it would be a treat if Corinne and her girls could meet us. We will have to work on that. Anyway I bought this box of 50% mohair and 50% wool roving. Colour "sandstone" positively silky I will practise on the Shetland/Romney first. I have lots of that to work on before I spin this beauty.
We were heading out the door when I realized I had not bought one ball of yarn. Roving to be sure but I can't go home without any wool. Be serious! I had looked at every colour of this merino and silk lace weight. Corinne ruled out the coral as "Pepto bismol pink" I still think it was coral. The greys were too much like my hair..lol...I settled on this aubergine and with 1400m on 100gm I am sure there is a shawl lurking in there.
I kept trying to remember a pattern a had seen on Knitty that required beads and couldn't think of it till now. It is the "Shipwrecked Shawl."
I was looking at the 8mm Toho beads trying to remember what I wanted 5000 beads for. Oh well that will have to wait for later anyway.
You have to love the sisterhood of knitters that one came along just as we were setting up for a picture and insisted that we be together for the photo. She even included our shopping. Now I call that a discerning eye! Thank you, "fellow fibre person," where ever you are. So here we are Tired and Broke but very satisfied with our day!
The only thing that would have made the day perfect would have been having Julia there with us...
Friday, April 24, 2009
Then I complied a "goose pile" reminiscent of my favourite picture of the Crown Princesses.
Now my idea is x4. Don't tell them! This will be my summer project for Christmas Time. I need something "light" when I need a break from the "lace." Designing the outfits will be as much fun as the knitting. I already have some ideas. I want to personalize them as much as possible~MuM
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Thursday, April 23, 2009
Me: A dishcloth?
Hubby: Yes whatever. I liked those.
Me: They got smelly.
Hubby: Can't you just knit a new one? You used to make those things in no time.
And so started this weird 'thing' with dishcloths. I picked up some cheepy Bernat cotton and figured I would whip one up.... Do you know there are monthly dishcloth groups? KALs even? I found one with a football on it...and then one with a bottle of wine and a glass, and another that says 'I *heart* Knitting! Suddenly, I find myself wanting to knit nothing but dishcloths. Bright colours, funky designs. You know if I knit up about 32 I could sew them all together and make a picnic blanket.
Oh my dear goddess what has happened to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The knitter's frolic can't come soon enough! I need to renew my yarn snobbery.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Here is a close up from a couple of days ago. I give you round 99! Ta Dah!! Knitting in the sunshine, "sing a little sunshine song!!"
Daughter #3 is on sabbatical from the blog. We will miss her over the summer months. Hey kiddo, Stop by an say hi in the comments when you get a chance!
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
I am screaming at this point as I dash to the bathroom and plunge everything into the bathroom sink and turn on the cold water. Wailing all the time..."I just finished round 58!" Carl in his wisdom remains silent.
"The whole soggying mass. "
(edit) knitting has resumed...a might dampish...I used the hairdryer...sigh...I also started a new ball of cotton...the others will be days drying out. What a mess.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
I had a rather serious case of startitus a while back. I kept seeing these interesting patterns that I figured wouldn't take long to knit up. Valid reasoning...if I hadn't started so many of them!
I finished this yesterday. Why they are called "Lacy Wrist Warmers" I'm not sure, since they reach almost to the elbow? Made them from Paton's Stretchy Sock yarn which is a great idea because the stretch helps keep the arm up. (Hey Julia! Finish yours up so we can see them too!)
Claire is doing another sock KAL over at Alive & Knitting, so now I can cast on that with out feeling too much guilt ;o) Also there is Sock Wars starting in a couple weeks...and I want to finish my second sock from the Sock Roulette I was in...
At least my knitting bag is nice and full....did I mention that I cast on Hubby's sweater last night.....
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
The order is in the mail for the Queen Shawl and I am drooling over the Heirloom site's cashmere and silk and the Colourmart wool . Sigh... If there isn't any gossamer wool at the Frolic I will have to go through the money order thing again.
This evening the plan is to finish the knitting on the "Skull" sweater. Then it will be sewing up and the neck. Woo Hoo. It is very ...dare I say it...Rad...lolol
All done! Hurrah!
It was fun to make I will admit but it will be a long time before I make anything else this tiny. It's hard because you really have to look at every stitch as you do them. No watching tv and knitting. Also I needed really good light and an alert mind to sew it up. Then cable is only on the front, I tried to put on on the hat as well but it just didn't work out. For something so small, I frogged quite a few parts of it.
It's interesting to learn what works on normal size knitting really doesn't when working on something this small. For example, I originally did the garter stitch at the top in the same brown as the ribbing. (I should have taken a picture for comparison.) Trust me it looked way to heavy. I'm much happier with the look now.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Taken last week at the Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara. I can't be the only person who has ever knit at a waterpark? Got a few weird looks but I ignored them. As much as I love water and waterparks, even I have my limits. This was our last morning and the girls wanted to get as much time in as possible before we left. Me...I just wanted to have a coffee and relax. So I did. I'm working on Reverie from Knitty, the yarn is superwash so I wasn't concerned if it got a bit wet. Which it didn't.
Finished it up yesterday and here it is in a rare moment of sunshine!
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
I give you CHIN........
and Nose (or lack thereof)
tonight I hope to get to the brain.
Corinne's socks are also progressing steadily toward the heel. The pattern I am using is called "Falling Water" a freebie on Ravelry. However as the pattern was written top down and I am knitting toe up..I refer to them as the "Geyser Socks" I will insert a picture tonight. (edit to add picture)
and I may get a chance to swatch out the first graph for the Children of the Earth Scarf. That is if I give up eating and sleeping and working.
The car has been repaired ( see whining on the other blog) and I am committed to stash diving for the next two months while I pay Carl back for bailing me out. He is the sweetest guy. EVER.
The Red Mohair Coat is finished! Thank you Julia for all your help! It will be perfect for spring. (edit to add picture)
How we came to be here.
On the needles/hook:
Purl ~ Purl
Mum - Finished in 2010
~ Sixteen Teddies for Tragedies
~ Voodoo doll
~ Goth Journal cover
~ Faery Journal cover
~ Adamas Shawl
~ Crocus Shawlette
~ 6 Hairy Chemo Caps
~ Byzantine Scarf
~ Shock Wave Slouch Hat
~Mum~ Finished in 2009
: Celtic Knit Stole
: Knitted Pineapple Throw
: Queen Anne Lace
: Sock Roulette
: Vernal Equinox Shawl
: Vogue Mohair Coat
: Matt's Skull Sweater
: Welsh Daffodil Tea Cloth
: Corinne's Geyser Socks
: Carl's Time Team Socks
: Ballet Examiner's Shawl
: Carl's Ebony Socks
: Susan's Exotica socks
: Michael's Heritage Vest
Our Favourite Reads
~Katherine Hepburn~ 1935
~Russell Crowe~ no he doesn't knit, this is just knitter's eye candy!
~Elizabeth Zimmerman and Meg Swansen~
~BBC's Shawn the Sheep~
~"Emerson Cod"(Detective) in Pushing Daisies~
Another bit of knitting eye candy
- ► 2010 (60)
- Row 112, Part E Finished
- My stash acquisitions
- What I forgot to tell you...
- Knitters Frolic 2009
- Dress The Dogs
- I had a scathingly brilliant idea!
- No one is more shocked then me.
- Long time no post
- I like it too.
- Bear with me...
- I hate crappy needles...
- Round 75
- Just when things were going well....
- April is daffodil month.
- Regia Exotics...Kaffe Fassett Design Line
- I'm on a roll
- It's in the mail
- Just a itsy-bitsy contribution
- Proof there there is nowhere, I won't knit.
- The Ultimate Challenge.
- How I keep out of trouble.
- ▼ April (21)