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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A New Project

I'm currently knitting this top from hempforknitting "Hempton". The yarn is unusual - it feels like string but knits up fast,  and beautifully! I found the lace pattern - as simple as it is- challenging at first; I frogged and started over about four times before I got the hang of it, then it was so simple that I felt really stupid.
My Summer Stripes sweater is finished, off the blocking board and in the process of being assembled. I can't wait to wear it. It was a fun pattern that I think I'll try again in another kind of yarn. I have some multi-colored Manos de Uruguay DK that just cries out to be knit up in this pattern.
I might have mentioned before that I checked out a copy of Stephanie Pearl-McFee`s book, Things I Learned from Knitting...Whether I Wanted to or Not. Well, one of the things I learned from knitting is the satisfaction of creating, the pleasure in having a usable garment at the end, and the smug feeling of accomplishment. I love finishing my projects and dandying them about in front of people,``Look what I made! Nyah, nyah!!!``
Also in the works for my next project are two-at-a-time toe-up socks. I have my 100 cm circulars and I`m itching to get started. I`ll keep you posted.
Happy knitting and thanks for reading.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Just a little post.......

Happy Thursday everyone, or as they say at The Pod, Happy "Thrusday". It's the traditional time to make those 4-page posts that get the hair up on the back of your neck with topics  like abortion, politics, and why you should never wear yoga pants in public.
Not knitting related, but thanks to my cyber-friend Jessica from The 24 Year Age Gap, I've started reading Harry Potter. I had to find out what the fuss was about (only a little late to this party). Well, Jessica, you have me hooked! I haven't actually read them - I saw The Philosopher's Stone and then checked out the audio (unabridged) version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
The thing, if you haven't done it yet - is to knit while you listen to audio books! It's even more fun if you listen to those cheesy knitting novels. like The Friday Night Knitting Club, or my absolute favorites, the "Blossom Street' series by Debbie Macomber. They're overly sentimental, purply prose and a blot upon the literary world, but I love them. A Good Yarn is my favorites because of the emphasis shop owner Lydia Hoffman places on the "newest trend": toe-up socks knitted on two circulars!
Speaking of toe-up socks, I checked out some goodies from the library: Toe-Up 2-at-a-time Socks by Melissa Morgan-Oakes and Things I learned from Knitting...whether I wanted to or Not by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. Great little pearls of wisdom, if you pardon the pun. I think it is a book to be owned - I'll have to go  check Amazon. Until then, thanks for reading and happy knitting!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Single for A Week

Roger just took off for a week-long trip stateside. He's going to the furniture show in High Point, then golfing in Myrtle Beach, SC. I tried to hitch a ride south myself - but Roger said he'd be in deep doo-doo if he brought a "girl" to his golf junket.
So I have my week well planned. I'm going to be knitting, knitting, and knitting; having popcorn and wine for dinner every night and sweatpants will be the uniform of the day. I'll probably fit in a trip to a LYS while I'm at it. I haven't been to my favorites recently, The Little Red Mitten in St. Thomas and London Yarns in Hyde Park. Since I'll be in that area today, I will make an attack on MaryMaxim in Paris. I still haven't been to Needles & Pins in Ancaster. If you haven't been to Ancaster, get off at the 403 exit and drive through this pretty little Federalist-era town the next time you're in the Hamilton area.
I'll also be trying to knit/crochet some of these beautiful flowers in the new book I got, 100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet.
I'm waiting with baited breath for my new order from Jimmy Bean's wool, The Knit Kit. On the outside there's a yarn snip, a tape measure and a stitch counter. Inside there's a pair of needle tip protectors and stitch markers and a little pair of TSA-compliant folding scissors. It got rave reviews from the hard-sell crowd at Ravelry. Thanks to all the Ravelry ladies who turned me on to this amazing little gadget. I can't wait to get mine.
Have a wonderful weekend!Thanks for reading.