Monday, September 25, 2006

lace lace & more lace

I'm going crazy in lace. I'm a fairly new lace knitter. I've started maybe 20,000 lace items in my lifetime & finished 2. it's my own fault. but w/much help from dear friends maggs & liz, I am finally moving along on the Ethereal Fichu by jackie erickson-schweitzer (heartstrings patterns)....I fell in love w/this the moment I saw it but did not realize that markers could float. I assumed they were glued in their spots for all eternity. so I repeated & ripped the same row out about 10 times, swearing up & down that the pattern must be wrong. well kids, markers move. known as floating I beleive, but don't quote me because who the hell knows. not me.
the color here is awful...mine is a deep rose color knit in Optim by SWTC (discontinued I think which is a shame because it is very soft airy merino that has been stretched)...anyway, I'm still working on it but just had to take a pic so you can see the pretty lil patterns & my pretty lil markers on my pretty lil styrofoam blocking board held on by my pretty lil t-pins.

Friday, September 15, 2006

new sock book!!!

check out this amazing new sock book!!!! it has a little of everything & I got it from dear sweet Laura Andersson. her blog is here and has all the info you need if you'd like to order it. this talented lady makes some awesome patterns & she is truly a gifted & generous woman...thank you Laura!!!!
(& please excuse the poor pic which I scanned...unable to get a pic w/the camera at the moment & couldn't wait to share!!)

mason dixon dishcloth

I must tell you that I started this cloth about 3 times & just couldn't quite "get it". I ripped it out & decided that allllllll these people that had made it must know something that I don' I gave up.
I love the look of it so I decided to cast on again & just take it slow & put my lil post-it under every row & tra la was as smooth as could be. so what was I doing wrong in the 1st place?? I have no idea. I do know that that same dilemma happens to me more often than not & that I just need to get over myself. my friends who know me well know to just accept my whining; they tell me to shut up & try again, and so that is what I usually end up doing. bless my dear friends hearts.
and not for nothin, but I heard nothing about contaminated spinach until I got home tonite, sprinkled my italian dressing over my spinach, bacon, grilled chicken, olive & hard boiled egg salad & was about to plow into it when joe informed me or should I say, jumped up in front of me flailing his arms all about screaming NO NO NO, you can't eat that!!!!! so I picked out all the chicken, bacon, olives & eggs & proceeded to eat them. that didn't please him much either as apparantly I had contaminated them by just being in the same room w/the aforementioned. that didn't stop me. I was hungry. well, I'm still alive & am just about to wolf down a nice cold raspberry yogurt. If I die before the morning, say good-bye to this blog because I know joe ain't gonna keep it up. ha ha!!! I made a funny!!
ok, here's my dishcloth, made from some unknown cotton....butterfly I assume (the lilac) & sugar & cream (the navy). next time I think I'll use a very fine cotton for the dips in between..might make a nice change!

bamboo lace dishcloth

it wasn't until I had this on my blocking board that I finally remembered what the yarn was...bamboo!!!! anyway, it was fun to knit & the blocking wires are homemade & I'm quite proud of that because I really do not have the money to buy a set for 25 plus dollars. the blocking board is nothing more than a piece of styrofoam that has a checkered cloth over it. the cloth makes it easy to even things out & they are all equal sizes so you can really shape your finished item. I could have said "garment" but I never liked that word. ever. do you have a word that you've never liked...that just rubbed you the wrong way???

Friday, September 08, 2006

yellow baby sweater

this is for charity & the yarn is wool & something else for $13.99 a ball....must be wool & gold!!!! LOL!!!! anyway it was given to me for my charity knitting & the label is blue & white but all in japanese, I believe??? no idea...but the sweater is a top down which I just finished....ends not woven in & no buttons either, but I gotta pose when the camera man is ready or else I wait & wait!!!

blue cotton dishcloth

very easy pattern from 1 of the dishcloth sites...a mock cable....sorry, I have the site listed somewhere but I can't find it at the moment...nor the pattern to check it!!! done in navy blue w/sugar & cream cotton.

red poncho all done

just finished the child's poncho in the jelli beanz yarn. wonderful to work with & the pattern is just round & round, increasing at either side. I added a rounded hood too.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

all better!!!!

look what my sandie did. she fixed my blog & made it all better & took out all those nasty multiples that somebody managed to put in & get all screwy. how did I deserve such a good friend anyway??? she knows how snippy & greedy & nasty & moody & poopie I am & yet she is always there for me. I think she might have me confused with somebody else. somebody oughta tell her. in the meantime, thank you sandie, my dear dear dear friend for all you do for me. you are the very bestest!!!!!

I am nearing the end of a child's poncho; very simple style knit in the round & increased every other row. the yarn is jelly beanz by plymouth & it is a wool/acrylic blend w/bits of colors here & there. I am really enjoying it & I don't care for acrylics at all but this stuff is soft & sweet & it looks like it would split but it doesn't & all I can say is.....I really like it! if I have any left I shall attempt a child's beret perhaps, to match. pics shall be coming soon!