Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Did I mention how great it is to have my sis here? She's a knitter too so I've been able to troll my favorite yarn store without worrying about the person with me. I also get to experience having another knitter with me on the sofa while watching movies. There's a lot of knit-speak going on at home right now and it makes me uber-happy since the knitting group doesn't meet till after the New Year. Hooray for knitting siblings!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
The Winter edition of Knitty is chock full of pretty little things. I'm especially fond of Ice Queen. I haven't knit with Kidsilk Haze yet but it looks great with the little sparkly beads. I've also got an urge to knit Sally the eco fairy just because she's so darn cute. I suppose it's a little late to get a couple done for my nieces but it's not too early to start for next year, right? Am I totally insane? Pretty much.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
In other knitting news I cast on We Call Them Pirates as soon as the aforementioned hat was finished and am already past the first skull repeat. I love stranded colorwork, I would lick it to death if it weren't fuzzy and I would get some crazy yarn hairball thing happening. Even better is that the yarn is Rowan Cashsoft and it is by no means difficult to work with. In fact as soon as I'm finished gabbing it up with y'all I'm going to retire to a brightly lit room and have some one on one time with it. Best knitting wishes to everyone this week and may you make your holiday knitting deadlines.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
On a knitting note I received two packages in the mail yesterday and am only waiting for better (read: not night time at 5pm) lighting to take pictures. I'll just tease you with one word: Sundara.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
It is indeed snowing in Seattle. We were out and about planning on lunch in Queen Anne and maybe some record shopping when it started. I'm from California. I'm not really confident in my snow-driving abilities and according to what I saw driving (sloooowly) home Seattleites shouldn't be so confident either. So we're hunkered down with movies and food to make for the family gathering tomorrow and my knitting and we're good. Cozy and safe in our little nest and I can finally admit to myself that Christmas is coming and that I think I'm excited for it. So, let it snow!
Friday, November 30, 2007
Brrrr!!! It's cold up here in the Great NW. The weather people are predicting possible snow for tomorrow morning. Good thing I've got lots of knitting lined up and ready to go just in case, and movies too. So it's just about 630 and I've already shrugged out of the work clothes and into my 'lounge wear' aka pajamas. I'm cozy and warm and trying to ignore the cold that's been tapping me on the shoulder and saying "Excuse me, but I do believe you're about to fall ill." Just to prove the Cold wrong I've ordered a seasonal pie from my favorite place, cracked open a nice dry cider, and am about to hunker down with my knitting and movies. Sounds like bliss, no? Oh, and if anyone is in Seattle over the weekend the Urban Craft Uprising is going on at Seattle Center. Support your indie crafters! The project pictured is one of the two foliage hats that I've knit for my nieces in Kansas. One is in blue the other is green in Malabrigo Chunky. I went down a needle size since these are for kidlet heads. They're sure to keep little heads warm and, by the way, only took an evening each to knit up.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Ene's Scarf Specs: Most of one 900 yd skein of Fly-dyed lace-weight on #7 needles. The pattern is from Scarf Style.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
The plan for post-work pre-4 day weekend was to do the Algebra assignment ( I heart imaginary numbers), make the two pies and possibly do a little cleaning. Instead I accidentally on purpose drank a bottle of beaujolais, watched a History channel dvd about Lizzie Borden (jump rope anyone?), finished up weaving in the ends of the latest foliage hat and knit most of a shopping bag promised to a good friend. Oh, also buying a pair of Seattle Symphony tickets for Handel's Messiah in a couple of weeks. None of what I actually accomplished is in preparation for tomorrow which would have allowed for some serious sleeping in and late morning coffee drinking. Good thing it's just me and the man tomorrow for some 'turkey' (we do it vegetarian style here), movie watching, and pie eating. Raspberries also to my friend Rob who will shortly be flying to London to experience the gloriousness of not being in the United States. Envy. *Photo is courtesy of the Ballard Locks last week on a particularly cold and rainy day.*
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
One thing achieved already today is the deliciousness of Mae's Cafe and a good combo of coffee, grits, smoked trout, and vegetarian mushroom gravy. Yum. Next up is the new SAM- totally renovated with a lot more....stuff. They've got a really cool exhibit of Japanese art from the Kobe Museum. We'll most likely finish up with the Downtown branch of the Seattle Public Library which has been critically acclaimed for it's crazy architecture. This is not my favorite branch, I prefer the little one near my house. And of course there will be food, much much much delicious food. We're going to eat it. You are what you it.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
My love for Etsy continues unabated. The past two weeks of purchasing has buoyed my addiction both to yarn and to indie craftsters alike. See that pretty pink yarn? See it? I am NOT a pink person. I own nothing pink, until now. Pink is from Yarn-Lust on Etsy and the colorway is called Lust. I believe she has colorways for each of the deadly sins. Who knew Lust would remind me of juicy raspberries? I looooove it.
Not in the knitting covetousness listing but something that is so insanely awesome I must list it here (covet, covet, covet) is Kolos Designs on Etsy. Bugs generally freak me out but I'm in complete love with these bangles and rings and things. They are beautiful and I actually ordered a pair of the cuff links for the Man for the upcoming Holiday which shall not be named because it came way too fast this year. I can imagine myself knitting away at knit night with one of the bangles attracting the oohs and aahs of my fellow knitters. Ohhh, Etsy you empty my wallet.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Happy Halloween! Etsy is full of great Halloween-themed implements and yarns. Being a big geek I love everything skully and gorey. Zombies top the list followed closely by vampires and the rest of the ghoulie family. These skull stitch markers are way too cute, and could help you extend your Halloween celebration into Dios de los Muertos (Nov. 1 & 2). They're from SeeJayneKnits on Etsy along with some great yarn in goblin colors. Enjoy your All Hallows' and Day of the Dead and try not to od on candy.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
KEXP, the world's finest radio station based in Seattle is having their Fall membership drive. Please donate and help keep the music going - they offer so much to the music community and non-profit organizations that I feel obligated to help. If you are a music lover, then you should too! Besides, if you donate a hundred bucks you get a rad-sauce t-shirt with the radio diagram at left on it. I'm renewing my membership to put my money where my mouth is. This isn't just for the locals, they offer live streaming music on their website as well as traveling to different locations throughout the year and sponsoring shows all over the place. Please help support the radio station where music matters.
Monday, October 29, 2007
In FO land I finished up my first pair of socks for me. Yay! Just in time to post for sockburning for Stash & Burn. Specs: Thank Ewe hand-dyed sock yarn (about 60% of the 630 yd ball) on #2 dpns, Cheeky sock pattern from No Sheep for You. I've been wearing them around the house and I do believe I'm a convert to the hand-knit sock cult. Viva la sockolution!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
I eluded to some awesome birthday booty in an earlier post so I think I'll just enumerate the goodness here really quick: two books from my bestest gal pal in Norcal( The Abortion by Richard Brautigan and The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger), three skeins of Socks that Rock, an iTunes gift card from the Berd, a Visa gift card from the Mom, the new Elizabeth movie with Wes and Boy Aaron, Harmony interchangeable needles from myself, AND from the Man himself a swift and a ball-winder. So much knitting and reading gloriousness that I'm going to have a heck of a time working through it all. But that's half the fun, huh? Here's best wishes to all of you out there in the blogosphere and hoping that your Fall is as wonderful as mine has been. Cheers!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
This being the first Wednesday post-birthday I have a bit of knitterly news to share, but that can wait for another day. My latest Knit Picks order arrived with yarn for my Modern Quilt Wrap and my metal double-points. I just have to say that those metal dpns are fabulous. I love them so much that I cast on for a sock right away and finished one already. I had to get used to the weight of the needles but besides that they are wonderful and pointy and remind me a lot of piercing equipment. Who wouldn't love that?
I also received Knitting Classic Style by Veronik Avery which is oh-so-pretty. Most patterns in the book are already queued up for someday knits. The book is organized well with good, and sometimes multiple, pictures of each item. It drives me crazy when patterns aren't shown clearly because the model is slouched over or too far away to see the stitch patterns. Not so with this one, the photography is pretty but practical enough to see how it actually fits the model and it also makes me want to move to a rural farmhouse where I can wear my hand-knit sweaters while tromping through the forest or milking my pygmy goats. I love love love the military cardigan and am already looking for a substitute yarn, maybe cascade 220 in a heather color. This is bordering on obsession.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Last night's craft night quickly morphed into drinking too much Pumpkin beer night. I'm feeling lethargic today but still working away on some knitting. I started Ene's Scarf from Scarf Style and having frogged it once I think I'm on my way. I'm using the hand-dyed yarn I picked up at the Puyallup fair and it is sooo soft and squishy. October is my birthday month so I've invested in a little Autumnal color for my stash. I love Etsy and all of the wonderful indie crafters who have shops. I picked up a skein of lace weight from white willow called Autumn Oak. Totally gorgeous, I sat and sniffed it for hours yesterday. I want to knit up something with a leaf motif so I can have Fall with me all year long. I also got a huge (630 yds) skein of fingering weight sock yarn from thankewe in a colorway called scarecrow along with some purdy blue stitchmarkers. I think some leafy knee socks are in order. Head on over to Etsy and make friends with some of the crafters, you'll be glad you did even if your credit card won't.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Two great websites today. I'm feeling rather blah about this week so this is going to be brief. The first is Vintage Purls which has awesome vintage knitting patterns - for FREE!! The only caveat being that sizing is on the small side. I love these patterns and am totally willing to bust out the knitting calculator to resize some for moi.
Second up is Cookie A of the Monkey fame. I'm probably late on the draw for this one but I didn't realize she had an actual site with sock patterns to buy. Wow, are they pretty. I'm not sure I'm up to speed on my socktacularness to pull these puppies off but they sure make me drool. I can't imagine how they look in person. Ooooh, socky.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
My newest obsession. No, not Bob the Dog, Stash and Burn!! I spent pretty much all weekend catching up on past podcasts while knitting away. These two ladies are so funny and I love the questions they ask each other about their knitting lives and projects. They have wonderful rapport and a great sense of humor. Even if you're a new knitter (like me!) you'll enjoy the content - they talk a lot about color, pattern, fit, and STASH! So good. Stash and Burn is available through their website or by subscribing to their free podcast in the iTunes store. Just listening to them makes me want to move to San Francisco so I can be their knitting compadre. Viva la Stash and Burn!
Next up is Fetching from the Summer 06 Knitty. I love this pattern. I had a ball of yarn left over from my Kittyville hat and decided to knit up a pair of Fetching to go with it. This would be Christmas knitting (never too early to start!) for my little sister. So, about a day later I had the cutest softest fingerless mitts ready to go into the gift box. I think this would be a perfect pattern for learning how to cable, plus incredibly inexpensive as it takes one ball of 98 yd/50 gram yarn. Whoohoo!
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Which is I've had enough today - all day today. My feet are sore, I'm tired of people, my ears are straining for silence and I can't wait to put my feet up, have a glass of beaujolais, and knock a few rows of Clapotis out. This was my first time at the Puyallup Fair (pew-al-up for you non-Northwesterners) and I'm glad I went. I ate fair food (pretty much everything deep fried, although not on a stick) and was searching somewhat-in-vain for the craftiness I remember from fairs as a kid. But I did find this guy (see pic) who just ate, blows raspberries at the camera, and is about the size of a lap dog. Yay!! He's a baby pygmy and soooo cute! I was actually swayed enough by his pint-sizedness to tell the Man yeah, sure, we can have goats! How about that one? You mean they need friends? Okay, three or four would be fine too. Too cute. I decided I pretty much love dwarf-size things. Dwarf bunnies, baby chickens, pygmy goats, shetland ponies. The list goes on. I've got some craft rant for later but for now, I'll leave you with this picture. The man sure does love goats. He loves them enough to gaze longingly into this one's creepy goaty eyes and whisper to it... I want to take you home but my wife says no. Sure, thanks, blame it all on me. It's not my fault I only love dwarf animals.
Friday, September 14, 2007
I'm so excited to be home and for it to be the weekend and for the possibility of finishing the Clapotis in the next couple of days. The man wants to go the fair - I'm unsure as I don't like crowds, I don't really want to pay for parking, and I'm not sure I'm up for 'fair people.' I'd much prefer to hunker down with my knitting and the BBC miniseries of Middlemarch. Is it possible to be a spinster when you're married? I'm becoming crazy cat lady without the benefit of singleness or many cats (we've just got the one) or liking the idea of a brandy alexander. I also don't wear much costume jewelry although I'm not actually opposed to the idea of it. Shiny, sparkley things attract my attention like pets with a laser pointer. I guess I'll actually get to the point of this post - the Fall Knitty is finally here! Yay! As completely underwhelmed as I was by the summer issue I'm glad to see several patterns I actually want to knit. (See pic!) I've only browsed through so far so I'm sure I'll have more to blog about post-article reading. Happy Knitty to you too!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
but you can get the free pattern here. They're oh so pretty and I can't wait to knit them up in some pretty fall colors. I love the pattern and the length of the cuff. Long enough to go under a coat but not so long you're wrists look like sausages. It seems that painter's palette is a popular yarn choice for these so you can head on over to Knitpicks and get yourself some 1.99 yarn and some harmony needles then download this pattern and knit happy thinking - Wow! That girl Erin, she sure does all the work for you. Well, all of it but the knitting.
Saturday, September 8, 2007
I might have been remiss in my posting of last night that everyone knows about Ravelry. Ravelry is an online community of knitters and crocheters where you can create your own profile complete with stash, needles, projects in progress and a queue to add patterns you want to make. All this as well as social networking and lots and lots of information about yarns and patterns and help. Right now it's in beta testing so you have to be on a waiting list to be invited in but I think it's soon to be made public. In short, it's a great resource for knitters and fiber arts people of all abilities and backgrounds. Go to their website (linked above) to get more info and add yourself to the waiting list. Thanks for the question!
In other knitterly news, as of 10 minutes ago I finished my socks. I'll be sticking those suckers in the cedar chest to await the shipping of Christmas gifts. As of right now I'm incredibly ahead of the game in that department.
Friday, September 7, 2007
This reminds me of going to Denny's with the grandparents. Friday is always clam chowder night. With the little packets of saltines and the thick white bowls with handles. You know the kind. But I digress - I am now officially a Ravelry member. I'm sorry if you're not and have been waiting forever, but there it is. It's definitely worth the wait and I've already learned a lot from cruising around. Well, that makes it sound kind of dirty but I do love a good lurk. To make things even better, despite my incredibly crappy 4 day work week (how the hell does that happen?), I arrived home with a tally of Strongbow, some movie watching action, and two new knitting books on my doorstep. Apparently UPS knows how to treat a girl right. ;) Scarf Style and Folk Style. I'm putting off putting my grubby hands on them until I've got part of that Strongbow in me, a movie in the mac, and some food in my belly. Ahhhh....bliss. (Pictured is a little update of the Clapotis - the first stitches, they are dropped!)
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
And I've totally got a thing for this burnt orange color this Fall, terra cotta? Burnt Sienna? Pumpkin? I'm totally there. (Let's forget this Fall's fashion dearth of truly jewel-like colors.) I don't need no stinkin' hot pink sweater! Give me plums, garnets, teals, coffees, and charcoals! I live for Fall and it's gorgeous array of deep rich colors. Alright, enough of the rant.
If you like the Instructables website you're going to love Craftster. I can, and sometimes do, spend hours browsing and ogling peoples crafts on this site. They've got every kind of craft and how-to known to crafter-kind. I love the tutorials and to see people recreate, modify, and morph existing crafts (and other household objects) into cool creations. You'll be astounded by the scope of creativity and want to craft to you're own heart's content. Viva la craft-planet!