Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Before I forget, thanks for all the nice comments about the rock n weave socks! My socks feel so loved!
I still haven't touched the weekender since my last post. I need to get motivated if I want to use it this weekend for my marathon. Speaking of that, check out what I got in the mail this week!
I can't believe race day is only 5 days away!
Back to Amy Butler... have you checked out her site recently? She's preparing to release a new line of fabric as well as some new patterns, finished products and other fun goodies. I'm in love with this bag:
I hope she is selling the pattern and not just finished bags. *Fingers crossed.* That hat is wicked cute, too.
Aside from just plain laziness, Birch has been stealing my focus from the weekender. I was so close to finishing this weekend, but 5 repeats from the end I ran out of yarn. I kind of knew it was coming, but figured I would deal with it when it happened. I'm not worried about using a different dyelot because it would only be for a small fraction of the shawl. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find a ball of KSH in Majestic within thirty miles of my house. I miss Boston and its yarn stores aplenty. Actually, I just miss Boston:( I broke down today and ordered a ball from Webs. Hopefully I'll have the shawl ready to give to my mom this weekend. Might be doing a little hotel room blocking a la Jess.
In my quest for the precious ball of yarn, I've become disenchanted with my new LYS. Upon calling to see if they had the yarn in stock, I was informed that I would have to come in and look myself because there was too much for her to search through. Ummmm, how's that for stellar customer service? Even worse, don't these people keep some sort of inventory? Do they just order more yarn when the cubbies start to look empty? I did go in because this store is too convenient to overlook (it's two blocks from my house). The owner saw me digging through the KSH and asked if I was the girl she spoke with on the phone. So not only was I snubbed on the phone, but by the owner! When I found they didn't have the yarn and after I had mentioned I ran out of yarn towards the end of my project, she suggested a yarn from a different company. I'm weary enough using the same yarn in the same color in a different dye lot, I can't even fathom using a different yarn altogether. I don't know if I'm just being whiny because I'm still yarnless, but I'm used to helpful yarn stores that offer sage advice and viable solutions. If anything, I feel less guilty about buying yarn online now.
Luckily, I got this in the mail yesterday to take some of the pain away. It's the latest BMFA Sock Club shipment and my favorite so far! Look at the argyle-like designs!
Look for some FOs soon!
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Sunday, October 22, 2006
What an amazing weekend up in New England. The leaves are at peak, the air light and crisp. A perfect weekend for some hiking, pumpkin picking (can you believe I spent $30 on 2 pumpkins??? Have pumpkins always been this much money? I must be in the wrong business. And worst of all, I can't help but think of the yarn I could have bought!), running, and (this goes without saying) crafting. That basically sums up my weekend. The picture above is from a hike today. I keep pretending it's my backyard. Could you imagine?
The crafting has definitely improved with the addition of my drafting table. Check out my new crafting space:
Not only do I have space for my computer, sewing machine and ironing board, but the cat has a new elevated spot to look out the window and into the rest of the house. She also keeps my WIPs warm while they wait on the table. Unfortunately, she covers them in cat hair and I'm always fearful I'll accidentally leave a pin in something! Now, what's that hiding on the table? Could it be the (cat hair-covered) weekender?
Sure is. The bag is shaping up nicely. This is where I'm at:
That's the lining with the pockets I added and the exterior turned inside out. I don't want to show that until the bag is complete. I'm was on such a roll up until last week, but stalled out at the start of the work week. Stupid work getting in the way of everything! All I have left to do is attach the lining and make the false bottom. It's just pathetic I'm still putting it off. I started working on it today, but then my bobbin ran out of thread and I got lazy. Again, pathetic.
Despite the bag being unfinished, I still used it last weekend without the lining!
Friday, October 20, 2006
1. FIRST NAME?
2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
My middle name is after my aunt.
3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY?
I can't remember. It's been awhile, which is surprising because I always cry. Not in an I'm always sad way, I just cry at anything.
4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
I think so. I barely see it anymore because I aways type when given a choice. It's just typical "girly" writing, I guess.
5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCHMEAT?
Not really a meat, but Meunster cheese.
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
7. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL?
I have one, but I rarely write in it anymore.
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
Cheerios with either blueberries or bananas. Also, Trader Joe's Maple Pecan Crunch.
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
No, I'm the epitome of the word lazy with stuff like that. That's why I wear flip flops until my toes get blue from the cold! Which in New England was like 2 weeks ago.
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
Physically, yes. For awhile I could beat the hubby in arm wrestling (well, only left-handed). Emotionally? Stronger than I think.
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR?
Either cookie dough, cookies and cream, or something coffee-flavored.
14. SHOE SIZE?
Depends on the kind of shoe, but generally a 9.
15. RED OR PINK?
I like both.
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
I am the most indecisive person alive.
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
Everyone! I live away from my family and most of my friends.
18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU?
19. WHAT COLOR PANTS, SHIRT AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
Black skirt, midnight blue striped shirt, black heels
20. LAST THING YOU ATE?
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
Any that draws a nice, dark color - like one of the dark reds or purple. No sissy cornflower!
23. FAVORITE SMELL?
I have lots. Dryer sheets, fresh cookies, yankee candles.
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
25. THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE YOU ARE ATTRACTED TO?
Smile, specifically teeth. Anyone who knows me can attest to this.
26. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON you stole THIS from?
I don't really know any of them, but sure.
27. FAVORITE DRINK?
Good Beer, Ginger Ale, Coffee
28. FAVORITE SPORT?
29. EYE COLOR?
30. HAT SIZE?
31. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
Nope. I have glasses for driving, but never wear them. I probably should seeing the only reason I even passed my vision test at the DMV was because the tester was nice. I was guessing the answers by the end! He just kept letting me try again.
32. FAVORITE FOOD?
I like all kinds, especially now that I'm training for a marathon and am always hungry. My favorites are pizza, hibachi shrimp, sushi, and burritos.
33. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
35. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Summer, without question.
36. HUGS OR KISSES?
37. FAVORITE DESSERT?
40. WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING?
Marley and Me by John Grogan
41. WHAT’S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
It's just a company-supplied red one.
42. WHAT DID YOU WATCH LAST NIGHT ON TV?
Survivor, Grey's Anatomy, and a little Jeopardy.
43. FAVORITE SOUNDS?
Widespread Panic, Bob Marley, and my cat purring.
44. ROLLING STONEs OR BEATLES?
Beatles, but I also love the Stones.
45. THE FURTHEST YOU’VE BEEN FROM HOME?
46. WHAT’S YOUR SPECIAL TALENT?
I'm really good at Scattergories. Also, if I focus hard enough I can restrain from laughing when tickled. If that's not a talent, I don't know what is.
47. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Dover, New Jersey
48. WHO SENT THIS TO YOU?
No one. I stole it from the blogosphere.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
When did you start making socks?
I started making socks this past winter with a pair of Jaywalkers I started twice that were never to be finished (at least they haven't been yet). I've since been spoiled with softer, handpainted, non-fake-Fair Isle pattern yarn (it was the only decent ball I could find in the store the day I decided I *needed* sock yarn). I only blogged about these once.
Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class?
I taught myself with the help of this magic loop tutorial.
What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time?
I'm going to consider the jaywalkers that never were to be more of a swatch. The first pair I finished were my Norwegian Stockings. They have held up quite well, but I must admit that I don't wear them as much as they deserve. I'm still looking for the perfect outfit for them. I also miss the three weather appropriate days for them when you can get away with knee socks and a skirt.
What would you have done differently?
I would have knit the snowflake portion looser. It's a little constricting and noticeably pulls on my calf. I'm still proud of them though - they were my first fair isle!
What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?
I have knit with and enjoyed Sundara Yarn, Dale Baby Ull, Socks that Rock and Vesper. Sundara Yarn is wicked soft, Dale Baby Ull is reasonably priced, soft, and is offered in a variety of colors. Socks that Rock are luxuriously soft an in a spectrum of colors. (I like soft!) Vesper's vibrant colors keep you knitting just to see that next stripe.
Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?
I've only knit socks and only Magic Loop. I'd like to try DPNs. I can't see the point in spending the money on two identical circulars.
Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)
Flap. I like the fit and my short row heels are still ugly. They need work.
I finished the exterior of the Weekender Bag! Pictures coming soon.