Monday, January 30, 2006

A Knit Filled Weekend ...

Friday I was sick but I did get my felted fish handbag Felted..... and now it's drying. Next step will be to do some embroidery to help it look even more like a fish. The handle might be too long, but I have an idea of how to fix that if it is. In fact, the way the pattern had me make the handle came out tangled & knotted up in the felting process. I couldn't deal with it so I cut them off and knitted on I-cords instead and felted the bag again. Okay, I know Paula is going to commit about that, haha! I'm reserving judgement on how I've done until after I can say it's really completed and that won't be until I've done the embroidery. This pattern is from Folk Bags by Vicki Square and believe it or not, I already have the yarn to do the Fish Lips bag as well. You may notice below that I purchased the pattern for felted Clog slippers also.

Can we say FELTING is additive?

I also worked between the two baby afghans I'm crocheting and knitting for my first great grandchild. With all the coughing I did, I better sterilize them before I'm done. If I have time, I want to include a crocheted sweater & bonnet. But I might be nuts to think I'll get it done by February 18!!

Saturday we had to go to a play that two of our grandsons were in ... it was a musical called "Into the Woods" ... really cute and I just loved hearing the boys sing. I made sure I brought plenty of cough drops with me and of course I knitted while I waited for the show to begin...

When do I fit in the time to do swatching for The Knitting Olympics? Will I find the time? Can I do Fair Isle knitting in 16 days? Oh dear, another delima ... "to Steek of Not to Steek."

Steeks is something else I've never done before. But it is the difference of being a Knitter or a knitter according to The Yarn Harlot. I do want the vest to come out fantastic and something I'd be proud to wear. Of course, I think I'd use the Crocheted Steeks method.... okay, I guess I'll be doing steeks. I can do it ... I think I can ... I think I can.... I know I can! (say that 100 times more)

I guess my work area won't get cleaned up and organized beforehand either. Heavens, what have I committed myself too? The world of knitting is crazier than I imagined and I think I've gone nuts with it!
But then ... I'm in good company.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Stash for the Knitting Olympics is here...

The yarn for the Andean Treasure Vest
is here. Got it all layed out and felt the 100% Baby Alpaca with loving strokes of pleasure. This is going to be so nice to knit with! Well at least I hope so. I'm committed to The Yarn Harlot's Knitting Olympics for this project to be started February 10, 2006 and completed before the Olympic Closing Ceremonies on February 26, 2006.

16 days of knitting frenzy!

Can't cast on until the Opening Ceremonies when the torch is lit.... but I can "swatch" to get my gauge. It's called training ... well I'm sure going to need training. This is Fair Isle Knitting and I've never even attempted it before. This will be an interesting way to learn, huh? Can't wait to get started. This weekend I'll swatch a practice square. M-m-m-m, maybe I should purchase some more yarn. Do you think so?

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Today's the Day to start my own Blog!

This won't look like much at first ... Not much time to write. But I thought it was about time I created my own little virtual blog world. Maybe I'll brag about my knitting, or my crocheting or even my other numerous needlework projects. Or maybe I'll brag about my grand children. All seventeen (17) of them! Do I have any vents or complaints? Not often. I'm a knitter and when I feel the urge to vent, I relax instead by picking up my needles and knit ... or crochet ... or sew ... or embroider or cross stitch ... there's many things to stitch out there. But it doesn't stop me completely from venting at times, LOL. So this might be a good place to do it from time to time.

I know, I'm a NUT!

Well the first thing to talk about it The Yarn Harlot's Knitting Olympics challenge. I'm a member of MIT's Stitch & Bitch and we're doing the challenge as a team.

As a member of the team I am going to knit the Andean Treasure Vest. It'll be the first time I've done Fair Isle knitting, so it'll certainly be a challenge to start and finish in 16 days. I received the yarn & pattern in the mail yesterday. Oh the yarns are yummy! Baby alpacha.... so nice to feel as you knit and even nicer to wear. I like wool also, but this yarn I'm using is luxury. So now it's only the swatching for gauge ... for practice or training in my case. I can't wait to get started! Pictures will go up as I work on this project and hopefully I'll finish it on time ... if I don't go crazy trying that is. When it's all over, I hope to have a picture of my finished project ... I bet it won't be blocked, but it'll be finished in construction.

Knit on girls & guys!!