Friday, July 27, 2007

Gift Knitting


Sorry about that. I'm not clever enough to manipulate those little pop up links to help conceal photos of gift items. So I'm gift knitting. I don't exactly know what possessed me to do such a thing, but I started it and now I have to finish. Blah.

I guess it could be worse......a lot worse, if any of you remember the fiasco with that piece of crap blanket my niece was having me make for her. No offense, Nikki, if you should happen to read this. On the bright side, I came up with a fabulous plan to rework the blanket and make it wonderful. I hope. Anyhow, on to the project at hand. I decided to make the Lil' Devil Pants from Stitch n' Bitch Nation to gift to my nephew's daughter Grace. Nothing says loving like dressing an infant like Satan! I think the pattern is really cute, but I want to hunt down whoever decided to write a baby pattern for such small, small needles and teeny tiny yarn. I wouldn't mind so much except that it goes against my notion of baby knits being extraordinarily quick and I'm on a deadline. There were other factors involved, too, which somewhat hindered my knitting.

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When this photo was taken, I don't know that I realized yet that the width of the leg was going to keep getting wider and wider, as opposed to thinning out as I had planned. That wasn't a fun moment of clarity, let me tell you. Harry Potter got finished, and soon enough I was able to devote a little more time to the pants of evil. Here's where I'm at now.

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One leg down and the bitchy, lengthy, time consuming part to go on the other. I'm having to divey up my time a little now, because I've become completely enamoured with another project. I'm going to hold off on mentioning it for the moment because I'm not 100% certain that I can actually pull it off. Some of you may already know what it is. If I can do it, it will be a truly spectacular feat, at least for me. I'm also waiting on my Knitpicks order to come in with the fixings for my ginormous spider wen shawl. Someone needs to shoot me.

Okay, I'm off to plot and plan.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Have I gone mad?

I really don't have time to be doing this right now as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is laying, 3 chapters from completion, at my side. I came in from my porch to get some lunch and while I was eating, I opened up my copy of Victorian Lace Today. I must have been eating some funky pizza because I immediately placed an order for yarn to make the huge, gigantic, terribly time consuming full hexagon spider web shawl. It's gorgeous, yes, bu it may very well be the end of me. Ravelry proved useful once again in yarn choice, as I did not see spending mucho dinero on practically 2000 yards of kidsilk haze as a viable option. Instead, I shall sport what I call the "unemployment" version, crafted out of Kniticks Alpaca Cloud in a shade called Autumn Heather.
Okay, I'm off to read.

Monday, July 16, 2007

A funny thing happened on the way to the airport.....

The night before I flew out, I had many, many errands to run. No big surprise there. The day had already started off in a flurry, as I had to be at work at 10am and I had gotten essentially no sleep the previous night. I had put on this new shirt that had a deep v-neck and grabbed a camisole to put on once I got into the shop. I remember thinking at the time that if there were any customers there when I pulled up, they were likely to think that we were a "yarn shop" much like Madame Flora in College Park is a "palm reader", if you catch my drift. All that worked out fine and I got into work without being confused for someone with a for sale sign attached. I did my bit there, then ran to just about every store one could think of where I could pick up last minute items for my trip. I finally got home and happened to catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror.

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well hello there
I have no clue how long I was wandering around like this, but I'm sure it was long enough to suitably make a giant ass out of myself. Note to self : make sure camisoles fit, even if they're worn underneath clothing.
In other, more yarn related news, I was alerted to the fact that a box had arrived for me during my second week away. Yes, a nice, big ol' box. I've moved up in the world. Meet my new friends.
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These are, from top left to bottom right, Spacedust, Amber, Jailhouse Rock, Backstabber, Mesa, Minestone, Calico, Beryl, Januaryone, Brick, and Spinel. The Backstabber, Beryl, and Brick are STR Silkie. All the others are STR lightweight.
One of thees days I'll post a picture of something I've actually knitted with all this stuff. I do have FO's, but they're still hiding in my suitcase.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Nothing to show

While I have been knitting a teensy bit whil on vacation, I still have nothing to really show because of the no camera cord situation. Oh well. I did finish my modified Alina Monkey socks, and they're quite lovely. However, I realized while I was in the middle of my second sock that the colorway is suspisciously similar to two other sock yarns I have stashed. One Claudia Handpaints and one Colinette Jitterbug. They're all a touch different, so I guess it'll be okay. Clearly Ienjoy the color combos.
Well, that's it for now. I need to take a shower and get ready for dinner.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Ciao from the Amalfi Coast

I have to keep this short because my mother will inevitably find a way to destroy this post, she did to my vey lengthy MySpace blog entry which I just tried to compose. Right as I was posting it she decided it would be a good idea to fuck around with all the switches in the room and shut off the electrisity, thereby killing my computer. At first I thought I was doing pretty well, but someone needs to pass the message on to Carole that all "no killing" bets are off.
Anyway, naturally we flew into London right after all the bomb stuff. Super fun. My baggage got lost and I've been sitting here with no pants, no underwear, no tampons......but I managed to sneak in 5 lipsticks and a plethora of yarn. All is well though because my luggage wasfound last night and shipped over.
I knit a modified monkey sock, but that's all so far. I'm very angry right now due to the huge post losing so I think I'm going to go change and hit the beach, even though my face is already lobster red. Fun, fun, fun.
Oh, and please excuse any horrific spellng errors as my blogger account is operating in Italian and doesn't give a crap about English words.