Tuesday, February 28, 2006
I've been starting again on my Lady E, hoping to finish it in time for my mom's surgery in March. Without too much detail, she's really nervous and could certainly use a get well gift. So cross your fingers.
In another effort to clean out my tiny room, I'm getting rid of some yarn. If any of this interests you let me know, otherwise it's getting donated. Somewhere :) $1/ball, email me for details on yardage, fiber, etc at pacgirl44 at yahoo dot com.
Posted by K8 at 2/28/2006 10:33:00 AM
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Um...Sunday? Why are you creeping up on me?
Remember all my complaints about grafting the Lace Leaf Pullover and how it was forming a line I didn't like because my tension was off? Well, I undid it. I put a lifeline in, pulled out the graft, and frogged the bottom half of my sweater.
The good news is I have one sleeve done.
The bad news is I don't have a bottom half of my sweater. And I'm flying to Boston tomorrow (if I'd been on top of it I would have seen who of the bloggers is out there - because really, how often do I go to the East Coast? Once a year, glad you asked). Which means alot of time on the plane. But with my wrists I don't think I can really knit nonstop.
It's going to be a photo finish. Assuming I remember my camera. Though since I tried to start my car by putting my key where my sunglasses are stored, I wouldn't hold your breath :)
Nah, it'll be ok. Those inches fly by, and the second sleeve doesn't have the leaf on it (like that really cuts down on knitting time). It'll be ok. Maybe I should leave work early and seam the other sleeve on, for peace of mind....
It's only 1:45...
Good luck to all you other knitting Olympians. It's looking good!
Posted by K8 at 2/23/2006 01:34:00 PM
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
I'm making good progress on the Lace Leaf Pullover - sadly, I didn't think to take any pictures yesterday. So you'll just have to trust me that I grafted the top and bottom together and have started to knit one sleeve. Would I lie about this?
I'm not entirely pleased with the grafting job. The first time I tried to Kitchner stitch it on the needles and it left a line of purl stitches. Then I tried it inside out - same problem. I dug out my Book of Finishing Techniques and looked up the KS - I was doing what it told me. However, they had an interesting illustration of what was actually going on - sewing through the stitches in a zigzag. So I strung in a lifeline and proceeded to sew. I like the results better, though I pulled a little too tight. Next time I make this sweater (if) I'm going to knit from the top down and add in the leaf at the bottom when I feel like it. No grafting for me!
In other Knitting Olympic news - the family I live with saved me this article from Time magazine:
I love that I've developed a reputation with them :)
Posted by K8 at 2/21/2006 11:19:00 AM
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
I've been tagged by Sara and Teresa, so here goes:
Four Jobs You Have Had In Your Life:
1. Graduate student - going for a masters now!
2. Intern - five straight summers. Chevron and Intel.
3. Tutor - did for awhile to supplement my stipend, now I do it for rent. Sigh.
4. Student leader in a chemistry lab (*whip crack* Make that solution!)
Four Movies You Could Watch Over and Over:
1. Lord of the Rings (any of 'em)
2. Harry Potter (mostly the 3rd)
3. Princess Bride
4. Monty Python? Muppet Movie? Good Will Hunting? Good Morning Vietnam?
Four Places You Have Lived (only 4?)
1. Bartlesville, OK years 0-17
2. Berkeley, CA years 18-um, 24
3. Santa Barbara, CA years 24-25
4. Los Angeles, CA years 25-now
Four TV Shows You Love to Watch
1. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
2. Family Guy
3. Gilmore Girls
4. West Wing
Four Places You Have Been on Vacation
1. Germany - family
2. New Mexico - 10 summers in a row
3. Oregon - lived there for awhile
4. Hawaii - intern perk
Four Websites You Visit Daily
1. Yahoo/Gmail - compulsive email checking
3. Comedy Central
Four of your Favorite Foods
2. Anything with Nutella
3. Pistachio ice cream
Four Bloggers You are Tagging:
Well, if you haven't done this then what are you waiting for?
Three names you answer to-
sigh. Katherine. Only if forced. You will all note Katie is not on here, nor my family nickname. Guess.
Three parts of your heritage-
German - 1/2
Irish - 1/8
Random European - the rest
Three things that scare you-
Three everyday essentials-
Petting Marie the cat
Three things you are wearing-
Safety glasses (hey, I'm at work)
Three favorite songs [by artists I’ve been listening to a lot lately]-
Walk away - Ben Harper
Love you madly - Cake
Bm slide - Angela Lum, co author.
Three things about the opposite sex that appeal to you
Three things that you want in a relationship-
Three favorite hobbies
Three things to do before you die
Three ways you are stereotypically female/male-
I like shoes
I get emotional and talk about it and analyze it
I believe ice cream and chocolate are therapeutic
Two truths and one lie, in no particular order-
I've fallen down the stairs on crutches
I was a ballerina for 10 years
I knit with opposite hands
3 people you are tagging-
Tag on people.
Posted by K8 at 2/14/2006 03:23:00 PM
Monday, February 13, 2006
When I first joined the Knitting Olympics, I said I was going to make a sweater from Rowan. That's right, a full sweater on size 5 needles.
When I looked at the signup page, it just said sweater next to my name. Telling me I could go ahead and change "Rowan sweater" to "Lace Leaf Pullover"
Which I did.
Then the tough decision - what yarn? I had some blue Cascade Pastaza set aside for Lucky, though in all honesty it's too thick for that sweater. So I decided to do a test swatch. Hmm, too thin. Ok, I'll order some from Handpaintedyarn.com. I found a colorway I liked, ordered it, wound it into balls, and did a test swatch. Perfect.
Then I started knitting. Ew. While the yarn looks pretty on its own, it's going to be ugly as a sweater.
So back to Cascade I went. Much better. Though knitting, drinking beer, and watching the 40-year old Virgin will make you misread pattern instructions - I had to rip out 10 rows of the top because I wasn't increasing along the shoulders as well. Oops!
Posted by K8 at 2/13/2006 12:19:00 PM
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Posted by K8 at 2/08/2006 09:53:00 AM
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Found on Professor Knitwit - what kind of knitter are you?
You appear to be a Knitting Adventurer.
You are through those knitting growing pains and
feeling more adventurous. You can follow a
standard pattern if it's not too complicated
and know where to go to get help. Maybe
you've started to experiment with different
fibers and you might be eyeing a book with a
cool technique you've never tried. Perhaps
you prefer to stick to other people's
patterns but you are trying to challenge
yourself more. Regardless of your preference,
you are continually trying to grow as a
knitter, and as well you should since your
non-knitting friends are probably dropping
some serious hints, these days.
What Kind of Knitter Are You?
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Posted by K8 at 2/07/2006 02:21:00 PM
Thursday, February 02, 2006
While on break from knitting, I did a little sewing - here's a picture of the skirt I made:
And as I wait for my monomer to dry out, I've started working on my Lady E again - 5 balls down, 5 more to go!
I also notice I never posted a picture of the slippers I made for my mom:
Posted by K8 at 2/02/2006 07:36:00 PM