Thursday, June 22, 2006

My love for the Mail man has officially grown

I'm sure I'm not the only one on this. But, I love my mail man. He's brings me the goodies. This weeks goodies is my first shipment of Knitting books from my subscription to Crafter's Choice Book Club. They don't have the biggest knitting collection, but it's a good thing I didn't join for that.

I've been working on my crafting trifecta; knitting (of course), crocheting, and sewing. Sewing is the one area in which I'm having the most troubles. I'm going to the library to get books, and just sit down with the sewing machine until I figure it all out. I have test material, i just need to get to it.

The truth of the matter, is that I'm a little intimidated by the pattern process. I don't know why, but I am. And the craziest thing. Making clothes...fashion has been a {{secret}} passion of mine for a while. I still have my original guest book. And before we start with the pep talks, they sucked. Hahahahaha, but I loved to do it anyway. Basically, at this point in life....I understand the value of a hobby. Everything can't be about the almighty $$. I learned that when I first started knitting. I almost put the sticks down b/c making items for other people turns it into a job. Which took all the joy out of it, and naturally I didn't want to do it anymore.

I'm kind of selfish like that. Don't really like making items for others. I'd rather dish out cash, rather than make gifts. B/C I'm an 'appreciation whore!' I need to know to see that teary eyed look, when you say thank you. Otherwise, I feel like the item should be snatched back, and frogged on the spot. In that mommy dearest 'no wire hangers' breakdownish outbursty kind of way.

Haha, I guess there was a point to that...but I'm going to keep the party going b/c i just don't remember.

Hmm let's see...

FO's I finished The Ballet T.
Yarn: Acrylic (big lots), and Bernat Matrix
Start: June 14, 2006
Finish: June 20, 2006 (yes, it was a quickie)
Knit again?: Oh yeah! Planning on doing one in pink, should be nice.

The Clapper is coming along, and I realized that I am doing it right for a change. So there will be no frogging of he who claps.

I've started another project, I found another tank pattern called Razor. I like the semi-lace detailing. Slowly trying to work my way up to lace. I bought lace weight yarn in Italy, and I probably should get around to using it. No progress shots on this one. I'm just a couple of rows after the CO. Let's face it, it's not like you're going to go 'oooooh, that's a hell of a 5 rows.'

Anywho, back to why I love the mailman. He brought me the Knitter's Bible, Stitchionary, and a funky little # about refashioning you're own clothes.

And, if that's not all....

My book club shipments came, not to mention the Bare Essentials make up I ordered. Yes, this is why my mailmain is on my xmas list.

New projects on the horizon, well there's always a new project out there to be made. I'm going to try Unbiased again. I tried when I first started knitting, and it was a fiasco. No really it was that bad. But I have more sari yarn left, and I'm going to give it a go.

I'm itching to try something harder now, just not sure if it's going to be Fairisle, Entrelac, or a real Intarsia project. Hey, I may just do all three. Before I start, I just want to get further with the Razor tank. Further meaning, getting past the ribbing. I've been slow rolling lately. Well, I've been busy. Trying to get some personal stuff in order, not to mention traveling a little.

{{Sigh}} So much to do, and sooooo little time to do it in. I need one of those work from home jobs. That way I can squeeze crafty in between my work assignments.


K, bye now. I keep losing train of thought sooooooooooooooooo...Yeah

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

I've been digging in my crates

And it feels good....

I'm not sure if I mentioned this before, but I joined the Summer Of Stash buying yarn for the rest of the summer. And you know what, I'm doing good. The KAL started. Basically, I swore of at the beginning of this month, and everything is peachy. No feelings of withdrawal, no tics, or anything that would require a patch.

It actually turned out to be a good thing! I've been running around like mad woman trying to find patterns for the I already own. I've even been more diligent about completing some UFO's. Speaking of Completion, Ruby has a fork in her. And the fat lady officially dusted off the vocal cords last night. I've basically been finished for like 3 weeks now. Well the knitting part anyway. I just don't like to sew, or pick up. But I think I'm getting better at it, so maybe one day I will feel better about it.






Pattern: Ruby
Yarn: Campalmi Filati Merino (bought in florence, that's all the details I have)
Start: Early May
Finish: June 14, 2006
Will you make this again: You bet your bottom dollar! (yes I actually said that) Yes, there's me in all my chunky goodness.





I'm getting through The Clapper pretty quickly, eventhough I think I made an oopsie. I have to do my first drop stitch, and I swear there maybe a potential frog in my future. Let's just cross our fingers on this one.











I started a new project. I'm making the Ballet Shirt anything in less than a weeks time. Well, with the exception of x-mas. My family decided to not do the grab bag thing from the Loop D Loop book. Betsy from my knitting group said that she did hers in 3 days. So, you know I had to make it. I haven't made less than 5 days before xmas. It was ugly people. Well back to the sweater. My mom has been buying me yarn from Big Lots. She bought a crisp white 1lb bag of acrylic. Let's just say, LOVING IT! It's so soft, so I combined 3 strands of that and a strand of novelty yarn. It's coming along so fast. I started yesterday, and I would be past the shoulders if I didn't keep messing up. I mean going back whole rows messing up. I just wanted finish by the end of the week. That would be cool. Instant gratification! Gotta love it.











What about the socks? Socks, what socks? Yeah, I'm still a little on the >:O side about losing the needle. Oooh that just burned a hole in my drawers. I'm working through my issues, bare with me.

On the horizon...I have some new potential projects:

* Ruby's sister tank, Miss Diamond. I'm hoping this tank will live up to it's name, and be my best friend. I'm thinking of using the same yarn I used for Ruby but in a different color. I loved the yarn so much, I bought it in a pink color way. I'll have to see. I wanted to use the yarn she used in the pattern, but I'm not buying yarn so...yeah.


* I found this funky little tank call Ms. Marigold. I like this, I've been on this tank kick. I guess it's the only thing keeping me from knitting like 40 million bags. I've decided that I'm going to frog my Colchique for now, b/c I'm not getting through the translation. I'll try it again in the winter I guess. I used Merino Style in Harvest from Knitpicks for the sweater. The gauge is the same, and the yarn is light enough to wear in the summer. My favorite part about this pattern is the ruffle.









* And Fad-Classic has bumped it's way up to the top two of my next projects. I'm itching to see how my cotton candish yarn mix is going to look. I should spend some time spinning at least 2 or 3 more balls so I won't have to put the project down b/c of not wanting to spin. It did take a long time to spin this yarn.

And just a quick not to all who take the time to comment. I read them all, I may not respond to all. But I love them just the same, tnx for the love.

I feel so special {{sniff sniff}}

K, gotta get to getting before this rain hits.

Al

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Just a mini posti-post

Hey, just wanted to drop a couple of lines. I realized during the process of my daily blog grazing, that I did not post this week. I have to keep the weekly posting up to stay in the WWR (wonderful world of Rings). Right now, I have a 'booted' status for the Knitting Bloggers ring. It's so heartbreaking, I need to be connected. I need to be linked! {{sniff}}. Ehh, it was my own fault, falling off the blogging map on a couple of occasions. So to get back on there will be continuous posting. Something I should be doing anyway. So I guess i can thank the KB ring admins for keeping my @ss on the ball. (haha, on the ball...ball of yarn)

Well it was funny to me :P

I am finished my vest. Well we're using the word 'finish' very loosely here. I haven't picked up for the collar. Picking up scares me more than having to sew the damn thing together. I really need to take a finishing class. And just give up on my Self-Taught mojo.

I'm on hold for my socks, b/c I lost 1 out of the five of my needles. Pisssssssst, doesn't even begin to describe the situation. Man I was hot! So, now this is on hold until I can feel better about the situation.

Anywhoism, I started the Clapotis this past Saturday. I'm finally clapping like the rest. Eww, that sounds so unsanitary.

Well, gotta go. I'll post pics later.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

I would like to thank, SOS, and what now?

First off I would like to thank my wonderful pal. I received my package yesterday. She sent me the prettiest squares, coordinating fabric, and a lavendar sachet. Can't wait to put that in my closet. Smells soooo good.

I have to buy a new sewing machine. The one in the house is, well sucky. This summer, I'm really going to invest my sewing abilities. I want to make summer skirts and dresses. Yes, and my first official quilt.

I have a couple of yards of a really nice floral print that would make the perfect gypsie skirt. I have a thing for those now a days. I guess it's my inner flow child attempting to come out.

I joined the Summer Of Stash KAL. This is for my insane need to buy yarn. I'm doing this in hopes to get some space. B/c amazingly enough I have other things that need to be stored other than yarn. Here is just a sample of this madness.


Oh, and here is my original package. Sorry Secret Pal, I've been a lazy bastard.
















I have to find new projects so I can decrease my stash. I committed to go the whole summer without buying yarn. I have the shakes already. Yikes.

You know what's crazy, I don't have any cotton here. Haha, this will be a fun summer of knitting. I'll be making a lot of bags. Bags bags bags bags. Oh and Ipod holders, and cell phone cozies.

One thing I do want to start is a scrap blanket made of all the extra yarn I can't do anything with. I will be one huge, oversized, enormous hot mess. But it'll be mine, and i'll love it. Maybe something to pass down a couple of generations. Haha, that will be my first generational curse. The Ugly blanket that will be passed around for decades.

Ok, I'm sleeepy now.

Will update tomorrow...