a dillydallyknitter: November 2006

Friday, November 24, 2006

Friday Fiber

Peace Fleece in Fathers Gray

“The color of truth is gray”
-Andre Gide

“Gray is the color of all theory”
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Zknitter and I are knitting the very comfy looking the Everyday Cardigan (perfect for rainy days, doncha think?)

“Will you love me in December as you do in May,
Will you love me in the good old fashioned way?
When my hair has all turned gray,
Will you kiss me then and say,
That you love me in December as you do in May?”
-James Walker

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

A contented kitty sleeping on my legs, a warm cuddly blanket, fuzzy pink slippers, my knitting on my lap and the remote nearby....it's the little things that make life wonderful. No matter where you are, I hope your days will be full of many things to be thankful for.

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

I'm Thankful for....

My clever and crafty CA$P!

Not only does she send me amusing emails with games to play so I can waste time at work (while looking busy), she sends the cutest packages:

Here we have an adorable hand-made card reminding me to catch some Z's and rest during the Holiday madness, a cute little book about taking naps (an idea I can get behind) and some zesty loose leaf teas to help me wake up!

I would also appreciate any good lace knitting mojo you can send my way as I seem to have lost mine. Last night I spent a couple of hours working on a repeat of my Flower Basket shawl and ended up worse off than when I started! After counting, ripping,re-counting, re-knitting, and counting one more time, I kept making the same mistake so ripped back to the last lifeline and, despite my better judgement, took it to bed where I made the same YO mistake AGAIN. Finally, I had to put the knitting down, take a deep breath and go to sleep.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Fall Harvest Reaps New Socks

I've been AFK from blogging and Knitty last week due to a busy week at work and missed out on Friday's YP but I did manage to finish my fall socks in the Dublin Bay pattern:

I'm just in love with Fleece Artist merino sock yarn. It was such a joy to work with and the colors are gorgeous.

I haven't made much progress on my Flower Basket Shawl but am enjoying my new stitch markers I ordered from Ceallachknits shop on Etsy. She promises to post more soon! What I love about these makers is that she doesn't use jump rings, which tend to snag my yarn, but a flexible cabled wire

Friday, November 10, 2006

Yarn Pink Friday

A few weeks ago, *leftcoastknitter went on a two shop yarn crawl and stopped by Main Street Knits where LCK found this pink baby yarn. Since everything she picks up suddenly looks much cooler to me, I had to buy some too and am using it to make "commuter" socks. You see, I have a horrible commute and short attention span so I keep this little ball of yarn in my car and knit at red lights.

Simple garter stitch socks (I turn the heel at home)

Last week Rain posted another cute video blog and it was so charming, Mika work up from a deep sleep

to snuggle the computer

She's working on her own videoblog post so stay tuned...maybe one day she'll figure out how to post it too.

Monday, November 06, 2006

I'm a Knitter...

And I Vote.

If you're a United States citizen, knit the vote! (Ok, it doesn't sound as cool as Rock the Vote, but you get my swift drift)

On Saturday, Ceallach Knits & I took a class on lace knitting for the Flower Basket Shawl at Purlesence. Ceallach is already a decent lace knitter but this is my first major project. That night I was blogsurfing and found Lacevember and signed up.

My humble lace beginnings:

I'm using JaggerSpun Zephyr DK Weight which I thought would be easier to knit with that lace weight yarn. (haha, kinda like having a lace training wheels)

And am answering the Lacevember Questionaire:

The knitting questions, or the usual suspects

Q: How long have you been knitting?
A: About a year and a half

Q: How did you learn to knit?
A: I took a class at a yarn shop

A: Favorite thing about knitting?
Q: So many things. Knitting centers me. I work in a high tech environment and love that I can do a craft by hand that generations have been doing for hundreds of years. The Knitting community is wonderful too.

Q: How long have you been knitting lace?
A: I learned a lace scarf about a month ago and am not working on my first shawl.

A: Favorite thing about knitting lace.
Q: The fact that I can even made it to my first repeat!!

The yarn questions, or flash your stash

Q: Favorite lace yarn?
A: I’ve only started my first project and am using JaggerSpun Zephyr DK Weight . My scarf (still a WIP) is in Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool.

Q: Variegated or solids for shawls?
A: I tend towards solids for most of my knitting, except socks but would be willing to try a subtly variegated shawl.

Q: Favorite lace color?
A: Any

Technique, or show us your skillz

Q: Circs or straights?
A: Circs

Q: Favorite lace knitting trick?
A: I don’t know very many tricks yet but I learned the value of the lifeline last night!

Q: Lifelines? If so with what?
A: A lifeline saved me from tears. Unwaxed dental floss

Q: Fancy blocking wires, or just sewing pins stuck in your carpet?
A: I don’t have blocking wires so I’ll probably use pins on the carpet or mattress.

Pattern, or can you follow directions

Q: shawls or lacey items?
A: Shawls

Q: triangle, rectangle, or circular shawls?
A: My first one is a triangle.

Q: Charts or printed instructions?
A: Forcing myself to learn charts so I only peek at the printed when I get stuck.

Q: Favorite lace you've knit?
A: Hopefully it will be this shawl and that I’ll finish it before I qualify for Social Security.

Q: Favorite lace you want to knit?
A: More shawls

Just Fun, yup that's right, just for fun

Q: Favorite jelly belly flavor?
A: I like fruity ones

Q: Tell me everything you know about Eric the Red.....
A: { }

Q: Coke, classic or with lime?
A: Diet

Q: Holiday carols, sing along, or wish they would be banned from all public airwaves?
A: LOVE them. I fill my CD player and set my radio to the 24 hour “Sounds of the Season” station during the Holidays.

Q: What is the definition of irony?
A: When I was off of work, I had time to knit but no money for yarn. Now that I am working, I have money for yarn but no time to knit.

Q: How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop?
A: As many as it takes to get the candy thin enough so I can crack into the center

Q: Why is my cat always puking in front of my son's bedroom door?

a) Because kitty loves your son and wants to make sure his scent is there
b) Because kitty is considerate enough to puke in the same spot so you only have to deal with one stain instead of multiple stains
c) Because kitty got a whiff of your son’s socks and couldn’t make it to the bathroom.

Q: What is your superhero power?
A: I can have a conversation with someone and pretend I’m engrossed but really be off wandering in my own thoughts.

Q: If the laundry is 9 foot by 11 foot (just dreaming, that's a big laundry room), and the walls are 8 feet tall, and you are going to tile the entire room in tiles that are 3 inches by 5 inches, what color should those tiles be?
A: White. I love the idea of a bright white laundry room

Q: What's for dinner tonight?
A: Whatever drive thru is convenient on the way home from work.

Q: What is clogging my children's bathtub drain?
A: You don’t really want to know…

Friday, November 03, 2006

Friday Night Blues....

This week I dipped into the Stash bin for a re-run yarn post because registration opens next week for (cue angelic chorale music ) Stitches West '07.

This is yarn I bought at last year's Stitches, my first. Yes, you always remember your first time. Two skeins from Ellen's Half Pint Farm. One skein is 50% Merino 50% silk, 275 yards. The other is 100% Silk, 275. The colorway has blues, purples, grays and browns.

It was an impulse buy...I was overwhelmed by the yarnage..and on the way out, my arms full of yarn purchases, I stopped to look, just one more time...
It's soooo soft and pretty....But I'm not sure what to do with it...

....I wish I had bought enough to make a shawl but I was still a grasshopper knitter...

.....I suppose I could make a scarf of some sort...

I'd love to hear your ideas!