Friday, August 27, 2004

Splurge day

So, I broke down and bought some yarn on ebay today. I kept debating it but I finally gave in and am now waiting for a ten pack of Rowan Plaid in Creeper and a ten pack of Noro Cash Iroha in light blue.


I'm so excited! The cash iroha is more turquoise than the photo shows (I think, I haven't actually received it yet). I don't have any plans for the Noro but the Plaid will definitely become something from the plaid book, what I don't know since I change my mind every time I look through it.

I keep thinking that I may use the Noro for the Lara-along. I guess I'll have to try to track down the Silk Alpaca book - just for research purposes mind you (ha!). I've never joined a knitalong and now's the time to start I think.

I'm hoping this weekend will be quiet - it's supposed to be really hot tomorrow but I plan on goofing off - maybe going for a "swim" - yes, I'm still in the learning stages of that.

Oh, I want to make Stefanie's boob holder soon. I love, love, love it!

I'm also about to start my shawl - I just need to get my needles off the retro prep. Adios!

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Secret Pal 2 questions - finally answered!

I keep meaning to answer these and of course I keep forgetting. I've already answered some questions in an e-mail to my SP but I figured I post them here too.

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer high-end/natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you? I guess I am a yarn snob though I have used Lion Brand yarns from time to time. I don't really buy it anymore though.

2. Do you spin? Crochet? I know how to crochet but I never do it unless required for a knitting project - I may pick it up again but it hurts my hands for some reason.

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.) I strongly dislike the smell of cigarette smoke - I wouldn't say I'm allergic though.

4. How long have you been knitting? 2 years

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Yes, an amazon wish list.

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.) - I like light, citrusy scents.

7. Do you have a sweet tooth? Yes! Love Jelly Belly's they're my favorite (except for the licorice and cinnamon ones, yuck)

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? I like to repaint old, junky furniture.

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if you want to make her a CD) I grew up in brooklyn so I love rap, hip hop and more urban music though I do listen to the "Alternative" radio station all day long and like it.

10. What's your favorite color? Pink, red, blue

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? Have a BF and a cat.

Second set of questions

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? I love most of the Rowan yarns and love Debbie bliss yarns also

2. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s? Rowan Plaid

3. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? Sweaters for me and shawls

4. What are you knitting right now? Sweater (retro prep cardi from IK, Fall 2003?)

5. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Circular Addi Turbos

6. How did you learn to knit? Taught myself to make garter stitch squares from a web site then got stuck so I took a class at a local craft store.

7. How old is your oldest UFO? Maybe a hat that's a year old - I need to weave in the ends and add a pompom

Friday, August 20, 2004

Exciting events!

Well, exciting to me at least. First, I just found out that my downstairs neighbor is at the Olympics, competing for the Trinidad/Tobago taekwondo team! How cool is that! He's such a nice guy but very quiet. We had no idea he competed in any sport. So I guess he went to the opening ceremonies in Athens and is back in boston for training. He doesn't compete until next Saturday, the 28th I think. My boyfriend and I will try to watch - it'll be made easier by my second exciting bit of news, I have TIVO!

Everyone that knows me is surprised that I didn't have tivo already since I watch so much tv (sad, I know). Tivo really is great and of course I love it. Just in time for all the fall shows.

I'm now up to the yoke on my retro prep pullover. I'd like to finish this before I start anything new since I just realized that I started this in January. Yup, I brought it with me to Jury Duty and that was definitely in January. I am getting twitchy to start something new and the shawl from my Secret Pal is mocking me and asking me to knit it RIGHT NOW. Stop mocking me pretty yarn! Damn you!

Monday, August 16, 2004

Pinky goodness

This is the lovely yarn from my secret pal. I am in love with it and keep touching it. I believe it's jaggerspun zephyr in the color ladyslipper. It's more than enough for a shawl and I can't wait to start knitting it up.

Saturday, August 14, 2004

Love it!

I'm on my way out to the pond but I wanted to say a quick thanks to my Secret Pal. I received my package today and love it! The pattern is beautiful and the yarn is amazing! If I weren't going out for the day I'd start swatching asap! I can't wait, thank you so much!

PS: In case anyone else reads this, the pattern is for a beautiful FiberTrends shawl - I believe it's the landscape shawl and a cone of pink jaggerspun laceweight (i think) yarn - so soft and pretty! Yay!

Thursday, August 12, 2004

What to make next?

Hail in Rowan plaid (left) or Bless in Rowan Cork (right)? Or should I try the Rebecca sweater I mentioned on august 4? Hmmm, this is tough.

Why are they both looking in the same direction? What are they looking at?

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

I needed that vacation

I mean, REALLY needed it. We did nothing but sit on the beach, swim in the ocean, eat and nap. It was perfect! The weather was beyond perfect and Narragansett, RI is beautiful. I still have the remnants of a cold but all was forgotten when I was sitting on my beach chair.

I wonder if my secret pal has received her package - I mailed it last week and according to the post office, it was delivered yesterday. Hmmm, I guess I won't know unless she e-mails me. I hate the suspense, it just kills me!

I did get some nice email postcards from my secret pal (hi Secret pal!) and am trying very hard not to try to figure out who it is. Does he/she have a blog? Have I read it? So many questions! This is fun though and I'm glad I joined.

I managed to finish one retro prep sleeve and have started the other. I'm all of a sudden not too crazy about the rowanspun dk - it seems a little rough. Maybe a nice wash will soften it up once it's done. I hope I'm done soon - I really want to start something new.

Friday, August 06, 2004

Feelin' fine!

Wow, a beautiful day out AND I'm feeling better, can't beat that. I'm also taking Monday and Tuesday off from work to spend time at the beach. I can't wait!

I want to post some information about the Boston KnitOut this year. I went to the one we had here in 2002 and it was really fun. I had just started learning how to knit (I don't think I could purl yet) and was a bit overwhelmed but I thought all of the booths were great and it was nice to see so much excitement over knitting.

Boston KnitOut and Crochet 2004
September 12, 2004
Boston Common at the Gazebo
noon - 4pm
Rain or Shine!

There's a yahoo group about the knitout if anyone wants to volunteer or get more information: Boston KnitOut - Yahoo group.

In Secret Pal 2 news, I sent my package out yesterday and hope she really likes it. It was tough picking things out but I think I did an OK job.

OK, must go out and get some fresh air, I've been cooped up long enough. Enjoy the weekend, I'll be away from my computer until Tuesday night. Yay!

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Still sick (and tired)

The doctor thinks I have some sort of viral infection because now I have cold symptoms (sore throat especially) but I don't have a fever and my stomach pain is gone - whatever, I just want to feel better. The worst part is how tired I am, I'm just exhausted and it stinks!

I have been knitting my retro prep sleeve - all this waiting in the doctor's office has given me plenty of time. I still haven't mailed out my secret pal gift - I feel like I need to add just one more thing to make it complete. I'll try to mail it tomorrow. I received my Rebecca magazine (#26) and am in love with this:

I think you may have to be tall and willowy to pull this off, not short and pudgy (like me). I still may add it to my future knits list. Must go, so tired...zzzzzz.