Showing posts from January, 2007

Warning - This Post IS Long-Winded!

Would a "Squeeee"!! be appropriate? Oh yeah, I think so! Here is a finished Swallowtail shawl - unblocked to be sure - I need some blocking pins - but done nonetheless. Here is a detail picture of the lace borders and purled Russian bind-off.

I could not put this down. That is saying alot for me, I may be brave one day and show a picture of how extreme my Knitter's ADD is. There are rarely less than 4 projects going at one time. This one though, was such a joy in every way and other than one latenight tinking session (how does one make TWO of the same mistake in one row?) it was one of the quickest things I've ever made. I have also finished one of my Conwys (KOTR knitalong), number two is on the needles already and I cast on the Gentleman's Railway Sock (Vintage knitalong) in the vain hope to have some of the socks done. I am an enthusiastic, if overextended knitalonger!

Along that line I joined The Green Sock Knitalong, and totally forgot until I received a Flikr…

Testing New Blogger Post - I'm So Technological !

Look at it go! That was virtually painless - I thought I would lose a lot of customizations but they all seem to have come with me. Yay!

So, Argosy - zooming along - love this pattern and the kureyon (which, amazingly enough, a skein with NO knots)!

On Swallowtail, I'm just finishing the second lace pattern. Still enjoying this very much, although as it grows, the knitting gets a little slower. The latest photo is here.

I'm working away at "Conwy" for the KOTR knitalong (behind the group on this one I think, but soon to catch up) and have decided to stop fighting with my Violet's Pink Ribbon sock - it just didn't want to be lace, so I've devised a neat little slip stitch rib thing and I think it will look good when done.

I have Yarn Pr0n! My latest lovlies:

On the left, the January Pick Up Sticks kit, yes, you DO see Applaine's "Apple Pie", just luscious! On the right, Tsarina of Tsocks "Kitri" kit - lovely, subtle pattern on these.

WIP Wednesdays

It's been awhile since I've done a WIP Wednesday, mostly 'cause everyday in Karin's house is a WIP day, but I'm trying to keep them a little more current. First up, Swallowtail Shawl to the left. I'm about to begin the first repeat of the second lace pattern. Loving everything about this - the unstashed Baby Cashmere is heaven to knit with, the pattern (once I recovered from a chart reading brain-freeze) easy to follow and a nice re-entry into lace knitting, haven't done it probably since my teens! The pink cake with knitting needles is another KAL sock - making it up as I go.

These are the other two - my commute project and my Poppy (a non-regular reader told me I'm "long-winded", so if you'd like more details just click the pictures) And from the last post; Jayne asked "do I make the socks for myself?" You betcha! Very few people I know appreciate the work (or cost!) involved, even for the simple pairs. I know, I'm bad! Lisa, …

Knockin' Em Out - A Couple More FO's!

Two KAL contributions finished today :). I loved working on both of these but, I'm glad they are finished. (You can click the thumbnails for yarn / needle information if you'd like).

Top left is "Gentleman's Lozenge" from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush and was my January Challenge sock. Look ma - finished on time! I used Yarntini's hand-dyed 100% superwash merino for these, in one of the semi-solid colourways. I love the subtle, hints of colour and the twist was perfect for all those purls in the lozenge pattern.

Bottom left is "Spey Valley" from Knitting On The Road, also by Nancy Bush. I used another "Indie" yarn for this. From RubySapphire, this is one of their hand-dyed sportweight yarns. Other than I didn't look at my yardage before I started, these were another fun, fast knit. I love the little touch of vikkel braid - sometimes thats all it takes to "make" a pattern.

The new project for the EA Clark knitalongis the…

Nessie Says - It's Not Too Late To Delurk!

I am late to the party - but I see a few other "fashionable" ones out there too. Vamantaknits posed an interesting question, with 150-ish visitors a day on her blog she wondered what drew their interest or "sent them screaming" (nothing at all - hers is a great blog!) I know that I am most drawn to knitters with a similar aesthetic and sense of humour. I had found knitting to be a very solitary sport - my family and friends just don't "get it", I'm just so very "quaint" and could I whip them up a little something? I love being in an online community where we all "get it" - with a cherry on top! So that's why I started blogging and commenting when I feel brave. How about you ?

Thank you all you wonderful people for cheering me up - I'll be OK - Madonna is still older than I am, so's Pat Benatar and they are both more than fine!

And my cherry on top for the day? I have two patterns up on Knitting Pattern Central!! Yup.…


Wow, is Blogger ever being a PITA! Slow, cranky, hassling me to come over to the new Blogger at every turn. Kinda suits my mood. Yes, I will convert to the new Blogger - but I seem to have just got this little project to a workable state. I think all the links are working, the gallery is under construction (most of my knitting pictures are pre-digital days and need to be converted), I don't want to make any more changes, dammit!

Hope someone has some crackers and cheese, 'cause this has been just a weird, blah few days. URL woes, I can't seem to get away from it. My old URL was taken over by a XXX site - could be kinda funny - but it's just a total hassle! It's really taken some of the fun out of doing this whole blogging thing. Then, my entry to a knitting contest evaporated for a few days. Canada Post said it was delivered, the Recipient said they didn't have it, I was looking for a sword to fall upon... I had a milestone and a half birthday on Monday, and so…

I Looked, I Sighed, I Frogged

Here they are - my old, ugly, just don't feel like it contributions to "Just Froggit". Scarf / shawl, two sweaters, and a cropped jacket. The pink was the oldest, I found the yarn receipt at the bottom of the bag, dated 1995!

And, after the rewinding was done - well, actually I did not rewind the mohair, those long "beards" require for more patience for ripping out than I had yesterday evening. And by the time I got to the Impressions, my arms were tired... But, the deed is done and I feel like I lost 10 pounds! If you read here once in a while, you may have noticed that stash and WIP reduction for Karin usually brings on a case of stash replenishing, and I am nothing if not predictable :)...

... Here is my lastest addition to the Stash Yarn Pr0n collection For "Sahara" - this is wool /silk Zephyr and Artyarns Regal Silk. These came from Sarah's Yarns- I cannot recommend Sarah highly enough, she is personable, professional and knowledgeable - an abso…

And Now For Something Completely Different...

New Year, new knitting. I am making a concerted effort to do some of my knitalong knitting. I am participating in the January Challenge for the Nancy Bush Vintage sock KAL - the periwinkle sock to the left, and am playing catch up with the Nancy Bush Knitting On The Road KAL, doing the "Conwy" design - left and below.

I have been plugging away at some sweaters - progress photos soon, but they just can't compare to the instant gratification of socks!

I did take stock of my stash and WIP's after seeing one of Scout's posts and will be participating in "Just Froggit!". Savannahchick did an interesting post about knitting what you love, and it struck a chord. There will be some official frog pond photos very soon.

Cheers! I'm off to work on my socks :).

Yikes! I'm Tagged!

I have been tagged by Vamantaknits. I've laughed out loud at some of the responses to this meme going around - either we are all just a little weird or just perfectly normal knitters :). But hmm-m-m... Only six?

Y'all asked for it, I am very weird.

“THE RULES: Each player of this game starts with the ‘6 weird things about you.’ People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave a comment that says ‘you are tagged’ in their comments and tell them to read your blog.”

1. I am a crazy, over-the-top hockey fan. Apparently, I coach and skate along with the team (in front of my television), especially if they need the extra help, and DH says I'm rather loud at actual games - obviously not a TRUE fan! How did a ballerina get hooked on hockey (ha-ha)?

2. I am incredibly superstitious for a well-educated person. I MUST say "rabbits…

Happy New Year!

Wow! Where to start? It seems like forever since I read, commented or wrote on any blogs. I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday and got lots of knitting done or gifted. I am still on holiday and it's been great to get a few little projects, KAL's, and requests wrapped up.

Although I still have a sewing room crammed to the rafters with yarn, I will not be making any resolutions about not buying yarn, or only working on WIP's. I know myself too well. I will make a concerted effort to get back to my formerly athletic self - note to inner toddler - this is not a resolution.

I can show you a picture of my wonderful Christmas present, a Namaste bag from Scout, my custom dyed skein is shown with it, this for a new pattern I'm working out on paper. Two of my sock clubs delivered within a day or two of Christmas day and both are so beautiful! One club is ending in a few months, so I've signed on for the "Rockin' Sock Club 2007". Last year's version had …