a dillydallyknitter: October 2007

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Shake, Rattle and...WIP

Not even a 5.6 earthquake* can keep me from reporting on my knitting which, sad to say, isn't much:

1)The sweater has been lengthened by 3 inches. Now I have to fix the arms and re-attach.

2) The mystery sock for Z (in the bag) is a sock. Only need one more...

3) And the pink ball is the beginning of a pair of legwarmers by request for mi madre.

Just in time for Halloween, check out my new Halloween (or Día de los Muertos) Momma Monkey bag:

Happy Halloween!!

*everyone's okay. The (non-earthquake warning) gangsta kitties bolted up from their sleep and ran around like crazy. From the news reports it doesn't seem like there were any injuries or much damage.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

BSv2. Assignment 6


Tumble outta bed...

And stumble to the kitchen...

Pour myself a cup of ambition....

Yawnin, stretchin, try to come to life

Jump in the shower (trust me, you don't want a photo of THAT)

And the blood starts pumpin

Out on the streets

The traffic starts jumpin

And folks like me on the job from 5 to 9....

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I Love Yarnit!!


Because she was my super fabulous Halloweenie!!

Inside my box were wonderful treats....

Gel skeleton decorations, candy, a cute Black Cat towel, candy, Spooky soaps, candy, Stash Chai tea (stash, get it? hee hee), candy, and...

A fat, squishy hank of Interlacement Toasty Toes! A gogeous colorway called "Fireplace"

Beautiful fall colors! And, being a Californian, the only fire I want in my place is this lovely yarn!

Thank you Sheryl!! I love my goodies!!

Oh, the answer to Snoopy's riddle?

A Poultry-Geist!

Monday, October 22, 2007

BS.v2 Week 5

Assignment: Statues

This is a statue of Quetzacoatl (the plumed serpent) located in downtown San Jose, CA. Unfortunately, many Locals do not think it resembles a winged serpent but do think it looks like a very expensive pile of something else:

Meanwhile, chez cpurl:

On Sunday night I was at this stage with my Chunky Raglan:

On Monday night I was here:

I'm annoyed because the sweater pattern does not have a clear photograph of what the end product should look like (the model is shown sitting down and leaning slightly forward) and also does not have a schematic of the sweater. If I was a more experienced knitter I would have realized that the sweater is a short one and made the adjustments before I attached the sleeves, did the raglan decreases and added the neck. Add this experience to the "lessons learned" file.


Friday, October 19, 2007


Last weekend Purlesence had their one year anniversary sale and I left with this big skein 'o yarn:

Mountain Colors Weaver's Wool
100% Worsted Wool
1450 yards

$66 on sale at FORTY % off!
That's a sweater's worth of hand dyed yarn for $39.60!

I'm thinking of making the Mr. Greenjeans sweater that I've been admiring over at Jo's blog.

In case you're wondering why a girl in the 'burbs has a couple of rusted milk cans in her back yard, they were given to me by an old colleague of my Dad's. I don't know what to do with them but I like them so they just sit out back and rust. And serve as yarn pedestals.


Wednesday, October 17, 2007

WIP Wednesday

Cpurl's Mom (while waiting for a table at a Japanese restaurant): What are you working on?
Cpurl: It's a sleeve--see? (cpurl puts it on her wrist)
Cpurl's Mom: "Won't that make you look bulky?"
The truth hurts.

So I've got 1 body, 1 sleeve and 1 cuff on my Bulky cardigan:
A couple of weeks ago I had a scare with Cary (blood in the litter box) so we went off to the Emergency Room. Cats, like kids, get sick on weekends when their regular doctor's office is closed. His Vet's office is feline only so he's not used to dogs and, to make matters worse we had to wait for almost an hour. When we finally got shown to a exam room he tried to hide in the corner:

Is that the saddest thing you've ever seen?

But he's okay! And I'm a few hundred $$ poorer..

"And I'm worth every penny."


Friday, October 12, 2007

YPF: Fall Harvest

I need more sock yarn like I need a hole in my head but I saw this at my LYS and had to buy it because it looks so much like Fall.

The Handpainted Sheep "Foot Prints"
Superwash Merino
Colorway: Spiced Apple
Weight: 100g
Approx: 300 yards

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came-
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.

The Chestnuts came in yellow,
The Oaks in crimson dressed;
The lovely Misses Maple
In scarlet looked their best;
All balanced to their partners,
And gaily fluttered by;
The sight was like a rainbow
New fallen from the sky.

Then, in the rustic hollow,
At hide-and-seek they played,
The party closed at sundown,
And everybody stayed.
Professor Wind played louder;
They flew along the ground;
And then the party ended
In jolly "hands around."

October's Party by
George Cooper


Thursday, October 11, 2007

BS2: Love and Don't Love

BS2 post for the week. This week's assignment: 3 things you love and 3 things you hate. Hate is such a strong word so here are 3 things I really dislike:

1.Don't love doing chores (who does?). Two that I really loathe:

i.Pumping gas:

ii.Unloading the dishwasher:

2. The scale.

Girlfriend, lay off the Taco Bell...

3. Ok, here's something I do hate. I hate seeing litter alongside the road. This was a bag of broken beer bottles tossed out a window on the freeway on-ramp. Wrong in so many ways. It's ugly, it's dangerous (who wants a flat tire?) and it means someone was drinking & driving.

As for loves, family & friends, knitting & yarn were too easy so here are three random choices (i.e. they were there when I had my camera):

1. Love: my town's downtown--it's has a cute, old fashioned home towny vibe and also has this little gem, a drive thru convenience store:

You can drive in and pick up a gallon of milk, eggs, bread and
a little sweet treat:

2. Theater. I love going to the theater. I wish I could afford to fly to NYC or London whenever I wanted to see a show. But I'll settle for seeing theater in my favorite city, San Francisco (another Love).

3. Loves me some sleeping Kittehs! (yes, I know this was an obvious choice but half my camera contains kitty photos)

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

WIP Wednesday

Not much to see here folks. I started my Seamless Raglan over the weekend.

You know how they say to be sure to check your gauge? They also tell you to change your air filter, check your tire pressure and never leave the house with raggedy underwear but I don't always follow that advice either.

Well, I really did to a gauge swatch on the called for 10.5 needles (Addi's) and was off so I switched to size 11s (Addi's) and did another gauge swatch and it was "close enough" so I went for it. Except, after 6 inches I thought, "this thing is so big it would make MY butt look small..." so I ripped and started over on size 10.5 Knitpicks Options.

I had spit spliced two hanks together so I ended up with a giant ball 'o yarn.

This is the bottom of the sweater- 5 inches in "broken rib"

Lately I've been a monogamous knitter so I don't have anything else to show.

But guess where I went today?It has something to do with this:
Yup! I've been rooted!

Edited to add: Last night, I noticed the colors started to pool once I moved to the stockinette part so I frogged AGAIN but before I did, I tried it on and it was still big so frogged AGAIN!! This time I'll make the Medium size. If it's too small, my sister gets a new sweater....

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Saturday FO!

The Everyday Cardigan is finished!

I tried to get a great, decent,just ok modeling shot, but my hair's a mess and, after a million laughable shots with the camera timer, I was starting to sweat so I grabbed a kitty and made do.

And I think that's what the Everyday Cardigan is: a read the newspaper, sip a cup of coffee, snuggle the kitty kind a sweater.

I also finished up a pink hat for Alex and will ship them off to Trillian42 this week:

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Baby FO and a WIP for Wednesday

Here's one you've never seen before, hahaha:

Pattern: Heartbreakingly Cute Baby Kimono from Mason-Dixon
Yarn: Trendsetter Yarns Scoubi Du 50% cotton 50% acrylic 50gr. 2.25 balls
Needles: Knitpicks Options, size 6
Started: 28-September
Finished: 1-October

I put little buttons instead of the ribbon ties and lucked out by finding some buttons at JoAnns with the same colors as the yarn:

The Everyday Cardigan is almost done--I put on the button bands and just need to finish the neck--maybe this weekend I'll have a grown up sized FO!