Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Then yesterday I went to my LYS and picked up some new Pagewood Farms lace yarn. Thought it would be perfect for a lace scarf for my mom, and found the Tiger Eyes pattern online. Started it last night and got 2 repeats done. I carefully stashed my knitting bag under the end table so that it wouldn't get stepped on. However, apparently it was on top of a much-needed toy and was thus removed from it's safe position this morning and relocated to the middle of the living room floor. Of course, when I pulled out my lovely scarf, the needle was broken. ARRRGGGGG. I love love love my knitpicks harmony needles, but apparently the smaller sizes are just too fragile for my household. While I have informed the short people living here that if one of my needles gets broken again, someone may die, I think I will be replacing them with something stronger just in case. If you know of any good metal ones that the coating won't wear off, making them sound like nails on a chalkboard when used, please let me know. Someone reccomended Aero needles, so I'm looking for those. I'm also waiting for knitpicks to come out with their acrylic ones this week, but I think those might only be available in interchangeables. For small stuff I prefer not to use circs.
Off to finish my towel. Good night!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Ok, off to knit some more little aliens!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Hold on. Wait a second. I think I'm having an epiphany.
Yep, I understand now. I know why I can't knit. . .
IT'S TOO FREAKING HOT. It is hard to even think about things like scarves and sweaters and wool socks when it is 104 outside, every day for 2 weeks. Even holding the yarn makes me warmer, something I'm trying desperately to avoid. OK, now I understand. I'm not having knitter's block afterall! I'm just having, hmmm, what shall we call it? Summeritis? Sure, that works. I have summeritis, where I don't want to do anything that isn't summer-related, anything that would be reminiscent of cooler weather. Because in cooler weather you want to be warmer, and I REALLY don't want to be any warmer right now.
OK, I feel better now. I was getting worried, concerned with how long this horrible condition might last. At least now I know. I'm sure when it starts cooling off I won't have any problems thinking about nice warm items.
back to your regularly scheduled blogging. :-)
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Today is my birthday. I'm officially 29. For real. I'm not pretending to be 29 when I'm really older. However, I have decided that I am STAYING 29. I will still celebrate my birthday because, hey, I love presents and cake, but I am not going to get older. Well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. . .
Anyway, I'm hoping for some knitting time today in between feeding the baby and doing laundry and (hopefully) getting a shower in some time. I finished a blanket square last night at my knitting group, which sadly took me 3 days to complete. I used to be able to finish them in an hour or two. Oh well. After it was finished I began knitting a hanging towel for my kitchen. Very simple projects. I'd like to say I'm doing simple projects because I'm going back to my beginner knitter roots and re-learning techniques to improve my knitting skills or some crap like that, but I'm not. I would LOVE to start the Aeolian (sp?) shawl that everyone at my LYS is doing, but I know I'd screw it up somehow or lose track of where I was because a kid would take the post it note, or else it would take me 8 months to finish and I'd get bored and forget it. So for now I will recognize my own limitations and knit simple items that can be finished in a reasonable amount of time, thus giving me some satisfaction. And hey, simple can still be cute and functional!
I've also been strangely monogomous to my knitting, which is rare for me. Usually I have 8 projects going at once and about 10 more on my list of "next in knitting!" but lately I've been focusing on one thing at a time, maybe 2 at most. I kind of like it, I get things done quicker than I would if I were knitting multiple things at once, but it still seems weird to me. After I finish the kitchen towel I'm planning on dedicating myself to my tunic.
Well, off to browse the web a bit more then hopefully knit.
Monday, July 6, 2009
I still miss having somewhere comfy to sit besides my computer chair plus when someone comes over or when my kids are in there I want an extra seat, so tomorrow we're going to IKEA for a small armchair. Maybe a new computer chair too, this is his old one since we moved my PC to the living room and my computer chair is out there. His old one is HUGE and I don't like it. I love IKEA, great stuff (if a bit too modern for my tastes sometimes) and cheap!
Since my room was nice and organized, I was able to make this:
A little treat container for my friend Dawn, who's going on an extended trip to vist family. Inside was a few cookies. This container is a recycled baby formula can. Since we go thru a lot of them, I save them to stamp on. They make great piggy banks, just cut a slit in the top. Or treat containers, as seen here. I'm thinking I could make something really cute for Christmas gifts. I've been trying to stamp more, since knitting has kind of taken over. I love knitting, and it is a lot easier to do around the kids, but stamping is a lot of fun too, and since she refuses to knit (I'm still working on her though!) stamping is something that my mom and I enjoy together.
As for knitting, I finished 2 pairs of baby socks and. . . that's it. I started a lace tunic from the book "french girl knits" (GREAT book BTW, lots of nearly seamless knits. Cute stuff.) but I'm not progressing very quickly on it.
Well, off to feed the baby and put her down for the night. Hopefully she sleeps thru the night, we're still hit and miss on that. Good night!