Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Updateration...

Okay, so after looking at my last blog. I realized that some updates are definitely needed.

1. I finished the 'Blasted Poncho.' And of cause it came out a zillion times better than mine. I was so tempted to keep it. But the guy was paying me $50 beans. So I had to give him the better one. You know that whole better business thing. It came out soooo pretty. It's ridiculous! I didn't steam the edges b/c I was able to make it work for me. I let the collar roll in so it look like a puff roll neck capelet. And the lines that I messed up on (you know knitting when you're supposed to purl. got a little happy on those lines), lined up perfectly.

Maybe One day I'll upload all of my pics. I need to b/c I need to start progress charts.

2) I started and finished the scarf that matches my very first hat. So now my very first set is complete. Yay Me! The scarf is supppper warm. I made it wider than the traditional, and waste length. Very nice, looks like I spent 25 bucks on it. Yeah, I'm getting good at this.

3) Still working on these, I mean this wristwarmer. It's the dpn's. Whose idea was this to knit with this many needles. It's the most awkward thing in the whole wide world. I feel like a spaz when I knit with these things. Well I am a spaz, but I feel it more than usual. But it seems to be coming along, and that's all that counts. I have to start working up to the thumb (button whole area). Really interesting. We shall see how this turns out.

And last but not least. A certain someone was able to make the trip to Seaport Yarns this weekend. I absolutely love this place. It's in the fifth floor of an office building but the whole floor is yarn. Yarn everywhere. When you walk in the door, you're greeted. They sit down and work w/ you if you have a pattern in mind. They let me put my stuff down, and helped my find everything. The even gave me options for alternative yarn, considering my pattern called for Tahki which was $14 a roll. I need six rolls. So you can do the math on that one. I ended up getting six rolls of alpaca, which was 8.50/roll. On top of that it was 10% off alpaca. How cool is that. Love a good sale! And if that wasn't customer service enough, she took the time to show me how to properly gauge (hey I'm a beginner, gauge smauge. what did I know). But she gave me an example of why I should, and it made sense. So I'm truly grateful. On top of that, I picked up measuring tape shaped like a sheep & a yarn cutting pendant. Which was needed b/c I never have scissors. Which is annoying when you need the to continue your project, when you're away from home.

Overall, that was the best experience I have ever received in any store. It was like having a personal shopper. I love this place! It puts AC Moore to shame. Bad AC Moore, bad!

I picked up 3 more knitting magazines. Like I needed it.

K, gotta go will check back later....

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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

I see the promise land...

So after my big tantrum about finishing that poncho. I decided to work on it as fast as possible. And what do you know. I've picked up speed. Who knew aggrevation was such a motivation.

Well anywho, i have to stop by the dollar store to get the gift bag, and tissue paper. Presentation is always the way.

I'm just bubbling thinking about all the new yarn I've purchased. Now that i'm done make (well done in the next day or two) making the poncho for this guy. I'm going back to being selfish. Me Me Me, more yarn, more projects. More More More!!!

I so want to this recycled silk yarn from Nepal. I would love to make the Unbiased bag in this issue of Knitty. Absolutely love that bag, and it's so me. I can't wait.

I think i will alternate between my wrist warmers (5 dp needles uck). and my knitted sweatsuit. gots to get chopping can't wait. yes, the excitement is overwhelming.

hmm, ah yes. Once my new yarn gets here. I'm going to give that Donna sweater a try from Magknits. Being a little on the bustier side, this should be interesting.

I've actually changing my xmas wishlist to yarn yarn, and yes more yarn.

K, gotta go. Might try to join my first knit along...oh joy.

Obsessed w/ yarn is such an understatement.

Outtie!!!

Monday, October 25, 2004

Sooooooo

Okay, I so suck.

I still haven't finished this guys poncho. Why, you ask? B/c i'm bored out of my f-n mind w/ it. it seems like it not growing. i've been knitting, and knitting.

Maybe if i would have done another color. But this is the same one that i made myself, totally identical. Driving me insane...

Meanwhile, my sweatsuit is just dying to be made.
That blue blanket will just have to wait, I don't know why i started that.
My poor armwarmer. Knitting with double pointed needles is def a challenge. But I had to step it up. tired of doing hats and scarves. and that damn poncho. geese.

Well i just ordered all of this yarn from ebay. It's sick, i know. i need help. already, i'm addicted to KNITTING! I'm sure that has to be meetings, I can't be the only one.

Well gotta jet....

1 addicted yarn ho :P

Friday, October 08, 2004

Okay, back to knitting news

I am working on like 4 projects, and I haven't done anything this week.

1) a poncho that's 1/2 of the way payed for, that i told him would be ready by the next week. And it would have if I would have worked on it for the last month. I guess i'm just in a rut, b/c i just made myself the same poncho. so he boredom bug has bit me. yeah, so i guess i'll be busy this weekend. ohh welll

2) the scarf that completes my hat set (my first btw), that i made last year. i need to hurry before it gets extremely cold on me. I love the hate, and would hate to wear it another year w/out the accompanying scarf

3) I started a hooded sweatshirt pattern, which i discovered would be great with No-sweat pants from Interweave knits spring (a pattern that was practically impossible to get a hold of...) good thing wonderful person from the stitch-n-bitch yahoo group had it. she was nice enough to mail it. so now i'm joyful, and i shall use the pattern to complete my knitted sweatsuit. Yay

4) which brings me to the fact that I went through all of that damn trouble to get my hands on the pattern, then didn't even finish. what type of mess is that.

I have a great feeling that this weekend, shall be the productive one. I can feel it.

Oh, and did i mention that I want to make H/S sets for my god kids (i have 3 btw). So much yarn, and so little time. Yeah well, better get cracking.

over and out.....

Thursday, September 09, 2004

And so it begins.....

Okay, since I don't have the time to keep a paper journal these days; something had to give.

I need to do mental dumps BEFORE the end of the day.

Anywho, for those of you reading this.....

I'm AL, from NJ. I know kind of vague right? I think it's best to keep it that way, never know if i will post anything scandelous. And everyone will know my secrets.

Oh the horror....

I just taught myself how to knit in the winter. My first project was a hat. I bought this Lion brand teach yourself to knit kit. It was pretty cool, it came with needle and everything. Needless to say, it's my absolute favorite hat. Wore it to death. I guess i'll make the matching scarf soon. Winters a comin!

Later....