Friday, December 30, 2005

sewing goals

Since it looks like I have sewing on the horizon, and I have been thinking about my knitting goals for 2006, I figured I should make some sewing goals for 2006 also.
Sewing Goals for 2006
  • Clean/organize my sewing room so I can actually sew in there. *gasp*
  • Reduce my fabric stash by half. (sew it or sell it)
  • Sew one thing for me each month.
  • Use my embroidery machine (lots) or sell it.

That's all for now, but I may be adding more later. Looks like 2006 is going to be the "use it or lose it year".

The Great Fabric Purge 2005/2006 has begun. I will be listing fabric, and possibily other craft supplies, here. I have started by listing a bundle of quilting flannel, 24 co-ordinating fat halves, have a look.
I started going thru my fabric yesterday. I almost gave myself a panic attack, little bit of crazy leaking out. Guess I'm worse off, about this fabric hoarding thing, than I thought. I had shortness of breath, my heart was beating fast, my hands were tingling and I had this need to run away from the situation. I took some Rescue Remedy and I'm feeling much better now. I'm starting with the flannel, all that flannel for diapers I never made, ended up just buying CPFs. I probably have 3 large storage bins worth of flannel and I am aiming to get it down to 1 bin of larger cuts for pajamas for the kids. I forgot how cute some of these prints are, man, I should have gotten my act together and sewn up those diapers or made some baby quilts! I was talking to J on the phone while I was sorting and I found almost 7 yds of white birdseye, she offered to buy it, so Hubby is dropping it of at her place on his way home from work tonight. The Great Fabric Purging 2005/2006 is up 7 2/3yds ( I found a one+ yard piece of slinky in her colors I threw in).

Thursday, December 29, 2005

The Winter Vogue Knitting preview is up, here. I like this sweater and this sweater, so far. I'll have to really look at the whole issue before I decide to buy it or not.

Monday, December 26, 2005

oh, I get it

I have seen these row counters and had no idea how they were supposed to work with 6 links and counting "upto 12 rows", but now I get it thanks to String or Nothing. I'm sure everyone else got it a lot earlier, but I never said I was a brain trust. Guess I just need to make a couple of these now, and put them to use.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Happy Chanukah!

Friday, December 23, 2005

Over at Knit Once, Purl Forever we are being encouraged to reflect on the past year . . . in yarn. I will post mine on Jan 1st, gotta have some time to contemplate.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

house vs. home

I’ve been looking around my house, and I say house because lately it is not feeling like a home, and all I see is clutter and wasted money. Things are tight right now, they always are at this time of year, as Hubby has no overtime right now, and I always seem to block this fact out of my mind until December rolls around again and I’m left juggling. Things being tight make it worse to see all the waste. I am going to go thru my fabric stash and see if I can get rid of some of it, I’m not sure how though; e-bay, etsy, on the blog, garage sale . . . who knows. I just need to cull some of the craft supplies. I am a bit of a craft-a-holic . . . crochet, scrapbooking, sewing, tatting, knitting . . . what's next? The biggest problem right now is the fabric stash . . . heck, let's call it what it is . . . hording, I have to get rid of at least 1/2 of my fabric, now.

Friday, December 16, 2005

it's over

Today is the last day of the Esther William Syncronized Knitting. I was able to finish one hat during the official KAL and start another. I will finish the second hat this weekend so I can send it out on Monday to DH's aunt in NY.

I am far from finished knitting hats from this pattern. My daughter has requested one, in purple, for herself and one of my knitting friends has requested one for her b'day in February. Yes, I know, she should knit it herself, but she is afraid of anthing other than knit and purl. I have told her it is easy to knit up but I don't think she's buying it. "Easy for you or easy for me?" she asked . . . sigh. I will prolly end up making her one for her b'day, I have some pretty Mountian Colors Mountian Goat in pretty pastels and I will see how it looks.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

tell me Tondo, Tondo, Tondo

I am now officially down to 1 item on my knitting list. Tonight I finished 2 neck warmers for Daughter's bus drivers, tomorrow is the last day of school before the winter break, just in time. pattern: Neckwarmer at the blue blog yarn: On-line Linie 60 - Tondo (100% wool) needles: US17 bright pink plastic Susan Bates notes: I used the neckwarmer pattern for the basis of my neckwarmers, but adjusted for the polar (or close to it) weight yarn I was using. On the bottom neckwarmer I actually sewed on 3 buttons so it could be worn 3 different ways.

Monday, December 12, 2005

monday update - holiday edition

7 of 10 done . . . unless more get added to the list. to be shipped out of town: 1 felted bags(done) 1 felted bag (done) 1 Esther Williams hat (ew KAL) 1 set of 4 dish cloths (done) NEW 1 set of 4 dish cloths (done) NEW local delivery: 1 felted bag for Mom (done) 1 Esther Williams hat (ew KAL) (done) 1 Cherry Garcia cabled neck tube neckwarmer (done 12/15) 1 Cherry Garcia cabled neck tube neckwarmer (done 12/15) 1 Kitty Pi for nephew's new kitten (done) and 2 felted catnip mice (done) Ok, the dish cloths are kind of a cheat . . . I knit up a bunch this summer and had put them away and forgot about them, until I was going thru some of my stash and there they were . . . instant holiday gifts.

esther williams - FO

I finished Esther Williams! I love this pattern! I will be casting on another one tonight, this time in the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino. pattern: Esther Williams yarn: Lamb's Pride Worsted - Victorian Pink needles: Clover Bamboo & size 3.75 crochet hook started: Dec 10 finished: Dec 12 modifications: none, except I couldn't find my E crochet hook so I used a F (3.75mm), turned out fine. I still need to lightly steam block it, but it's done in my book.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

esther williams

I finally got my yarn so I could start EW. Yes, I said earlier that I already had my yarn, but then I got paranoid because is wasn't lamb's pride and I got it into my head it wasn't going to work. So, I had to get new yarn. I got it yesterday. Yesterday, I went out to get said EW yarn, and came home with Lamb's Pride in Victorian Pink and Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran #300202 (light blue). Both for making EW Hats. Yes, I know I just got done saying how I was freaking out about other yarns not working correctly, call me complicated. I came home after getting yarn and set out to cast on, couldn't find my US8 - 16" circ. Nowhere to be found; not with the other needles, not in any of my various knitting bags, not in the kids toy box. I searched all over and finally found them in a project I had abandoned months ago when I was simply unable to count, it was a top down cardigan and I just could not get the numbers to come out right, no matter how hard I tried. I ripped the needle out of the UFO and cast on. (Hey, now I have one less UFO but more stash yarn . . . hehehe.) This morning I got right to work and knitted away while watching football (Go Seahawks!) and was able to get quite a bit done today. As soon as I am finished here I will be getting back to work (and Survivor). I do have to say that I LOVE this pattern; it is so pretty, but does not give up anything in warmth; it is so complex looking, but so simple to actually knit. Thank you, Laura, you have designed a great pattern.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

2 more finished

pattern: My Little Companion needles: Clover US11 modifications: cast on 5 additional stitches and knit 3 less garter ridges in base yarn: Noro Kureyon #88 and Cascade 22o #1564, #9463 yarn: Noro Kureyon #150 and Cascade 22o #4002, #8400, #8401

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

kitty pi v3.0

pattern: Wendy's Kitty Pi yarn: Cascade 220 - used up lots of partial balls in blue/grey/black needles: Clover US11 modifications: I used a double strand of yarn and did an i-cord bindoff instead of fur since this kitty bed is for an 18yo boy's new kitten. Blocked on a plastic chip and dip container I bought at JoAnn last summer or the summer before. I seem to knit things 3 times before I can be happy with them. This project was no exception. The first time I just picked colors randomly and knit it stripes . . . ripped it out right before the last increase. The second time I started with the dark colors and started knittting from dark to light . . . go to row 20 (or so) after the last increase and didn't like it and ripped it out. For the final version I lined up the blues from light to dark and did the same with the black/greys and paired the lightest of one with the darkest of the other and added yarn in reverse order (clear as mud?) and that's the one I kept. I think I overthink these things, I mean it's just a cat bed, lol.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

knitting and felting and blocking . . . oh my

Yesterday, I felted one of the purses and blocked it. Woohoo, a FO! or maybe not. I pulled it off the blocking and it's still a bit flacid . . . one more trip thru the washer I think. Last night while watching the football game (Go, Seahawks!) I got quite a bit done on the Kitty Pi v. 3.0. Then I stayed up until I finished it, only 1 am or so.

This morning I threw the Kitty Pi and the other purse into the washer and decided to add a teapot full off boiling water . . . wow, that sped things up. I have a front loader so sometimes it takes longer to get things to felt up the way I like. They are both blocked and drying in the bathroom with the heater on. I'm excited to see how the Kitty Pi turns out.

Monday, December 05, 2005

winter '05 knitty

The new knitty is up . . . I'm going to check it out . . . . . . ok, I'm back. I think I must be getting old, or I'm just not hip enough . . . The Toasty Pocket Creatures are adorable and I think Daughter would love them. Bamboozelle would make a nice gift filled with potpourri or something. Namaste has a very interesting all over pattern, but I have no use for a yoga mat bag, could be made shorter and used a s a small drawstring bag instead. Forecast is interesting, but would look beyond horrible on me. Though I'm not sure I like all that garterstitch. When I saw the name Tubey, I was afraid to look. My worst trailer park nightmares came to mind, but I was pleasantly surprised. I really like the construction on this sweater, it would look like drek on me, but I think I have to find someone to knit it for . . . like my SIL . . . she is tall and slim and I think it would look nice on her. Bristow is a very nice classic cardigan. I like this one. Bobblicious . . . umm . . . hell no. I like my cables to be less random, but I could see using the all over cable pattern from Namaste on Chaos. Pomatomus and Thuja . . . cool socks, what more is there to say? Marley's Ghost . . . umm . . . no. A Real Stocking Cap, ok, I get the joke, ha ha, but I just don't see people really wearing it. The designer said she was on "good drugs" after surgery when she thought of it . . . I believe her. I love Mrs. Beeton, so pretty. I must make these. Although I like several of the patterns in this knitty, I don't know that I will knit more than one or two of them.

another monday update

I know it seems like I haven't been knitting, but I have . . . really. . . I just haven't FOs to show for it. to be shipped out of town: 2 felted bags (done 12/7) 1 hat (have yarn and pattern) 4 dish cloths (done) local delivery: 1 felted bag for Mom (done) 1 Esther Williams hat (ew KAL) 2 Cherry Garcia cabled neck tubes 1 Kitty Pi for nephew's new kitten (done 12/7)

Friday, December 02, 2005

winter knitty

Is anyone else checking the knitty site several times a day waiting for the new knitty? I'm usually not like this . . . I want my knitty fix.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Oh. My. Goodness. I LOVE! I have read the raves about them, but had never ordered. They take PayPal, love that since I just sold some stuff on e-bay and I have that PayPal balance just sitting, so I ordered yarn from them late Tuesday night . . . and it arrived TODAY!! I am used to KnitPicks; love the yarn, love the prices . . . not the 14 days to get it. Off to knit 2 more holiday gifts with the yarn I just received.