It's finally hot outside!

I’m one of those people who really loves the warm weather. So these last couple of weeks where the weather could go from mid 50′s to mid 80′s in a flash were not happy times for me. I never know what to put on the kids. I carry enough crap around as it is, so taking extra sweaters just in case was getting old fast. But now it’s HOT and the reality of getting used to hauling around another kid is starting to sink in. If you live in NY and you thought it was hot today try getting up three flights of stairs holding a 25lb child and diaper bag on one side, and 30lbs of library books on the other. Oh and do this while trying to make sure a five year-old, who walks so slow you think you walked six flights not three, doesn’t fall down the stairs. I think this will be a long summer.

Anyway = ). I finally got my sock past two rows. Hurray. Now I’m plagued with concern that I didn’t cast on enough stitches. My husband is a big guy and this puny little sock is looking like a joke when held next to him.

I also received my Project Spectrum postcard from my partner, seen here with my current WIP a top down raglan. It was going to be a Tivoli tee but I think I like cap sleeves better.

I was never a red person and this year I can’t seem to get enough of it. I think I was influenced by Wendy at Knit and Tonic
when she made Something Red. I find with each year I become a little more comfortable with myself, a little more willing to try things that I didn’t think I would. Wearing red is one of those things.

I was also one of the lucky people to get something from Yahaira at Bitterpurl in her Monday Give away’s.

I’m still brainstorming on what to do with it. Thanks Yahaira.

As for spinning. Notice the lack of progress shots? I put off even picking the spindle up for days due to a surprising lack of inspiration. When I finally gave it a spin (pun!pun!) I was less than thrilled with what I was able to do. So I watched the Knitty Gritty spinning episode I had on TiVo (Can I just say I didn’t get what the big deal was about TiVo until we got it) and found some links on craftster and I should be ready to get back at it some time this week. I was also less than enthused about making skirts because of the roller coaster weather we were having. Now that it’s hot and I have to face the fact that most of my summer clothes don’t fit after having my son inspiration has struck. Look for progress on all fronts soon.

For those who read this I have a favor to ask. Well two.
Can someone school me on adding links to my posts? And
Sock knitters how many stitches should I cast on for a biggish (size 13) male sock?
I’m using Knitpicks Essential sock yarn and I’m knitting at 8 sts per inch.
EDIT: Thanks Yahaira!

Headline: Mom spends day alone!

So as a treat for doing so well this semester and taking advantage of a child free weekend I visited The Yarn Tree today and bought a spindle! I have been trying to get there for months and I finally did. They’re having a sale which only makes me buy more here’s a pic of the loot.

And a close up of the pretty bamboo for the future when my spinning skills improve.


Not much knitting lately. I dyed some pieces of an old sweater to make some bottle cap pin cushions and a large one. The purple came out a little mottled so I added more grape kool-aid. It’s better now but up close some of the yellow still shows through. The deep red came out great though.



Here’s the pic of my PS postcard/card that I promised.

I also made it to the post office to mail off my Dye-o-rama and PS swap yarn, butt head that I am I took no photo’s. I included some extras for them, I hope they like their stuff. I had quite the productive day. After The Yarn Tree I jumped back on the 61 bus and went to Barnes and Noble, no purchases made there, but I did get to flip through some books that I have only seen online. A friend from my Screenwriting class works there so I plan to abuse his employee discount in the future = ). I walked over to Save-a-thon and purchased a good scissor to cut fabric and only fabric with. I hate all the fabric there so I bought some groovy sheets to transform into skirts.

Then I came home and washed three loads of clothes, that alone would have made the day productive = ). But the most important thing I did all weekend was get some uninterrupted sleep. I passed out Friday night at about 9:30 and slept until nearly 9:30 the next day with only one trip to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Usually when I fall asleep that early I’ll wake up in the night and stay awake, but not Friday night, I guess I really needed that sleep.

I think my knitting activity is low because of socks. I have tried to knit socks again and it was a no go. Magic loop with those skimpy needles is weird and the only size 1 DP’s I have are bamboo, and bamboo me no likey. So on Friday to kick off the weekend I stopped by Knit Away and got some metal size 1 DP’s. Hopefully sock knitting can get on track soon, I would really like to knit the hubby some socks. So coming soon sock progress and my first yarn!!! I’m so excited I’m to keyed up to actually try my spindle out. I over spent today but I have lot’s to keep me busy for a long time. I can’t wait to see the look on my daughters face when I use the spindle. I’m trying to enjoy her interest in my craftiness now because I know it may not last.

PS: For those of you who have visited The Yarn Tree did you expect something entirely different from what you found? Lovely staff, great sale, but I was a little surprised by the look of the store.

Ruby


Ruby
Pattern: Jems Collection by Saunshine
http://saunshine.blogspot.com/2006/01/jems-collection.html
Yarn: TLC Cotton Plus in Red (creative name)
Needles: Denise size 8 and size 6 for ribbing at neckline
Started: 4/22/06
Finished: 5/13/06
Loved: 5/13/06
EDIT:
I just realized that I did sort of make some mod’s to this pattern. I didn’t do the edge stitch on the sleeve portion. I knit until about 7 inches on the front before the BO for the scoop neck. My gauge was different so I followed one of the larger sizes directions but my measurements are closer to the smallest size.

Plus I had the biggest revelation while knitting this. My stitches always looked a little off to me when I knit. I thought I must be purling wrong because that seemed to be such a common mistake. Well I checked books and online tute’s and I purled correctly. So what the hell was the deal? It turns out that I made my knit stitches incorrectly. I was wrapping the yarn around the needle instead of picking at it with the needle (I knit continental). Light bulb moment! I never knit anything with tons of ribbing because it always looked weird. Ribbed sweaters here I come!

Today I worked on my PS postcard for my partner Coarine, sorry forgot to take a photo. I also made a yarn doll for my cousin and worked on my embroidered piece some more.

Her outfit is made from an old sweater that will become a few other things and the black and white print is from some material I got in Africa.
I’ll try to remember to take a pic of my card before I mail it off later this week. = )

EDIT: Pattern specs edited above.

Finished Object Alert

Well I finished Ruby in time to wear on Mother’s day but didn’t really want to go out. We stayed in and watched TV and hung out together. = ) I am really happy with the way it came out. I was nervous about picking up all those stitches but it worked out on the first try. I need someone to take a pic of me in it, I tried one of those mirror shots. I even cleaned the mirror first but I can’t bring myself to post it. I showed off the flash more than the garment. I have started a new object, the Lotus Blossom Tank from the latest Interweave Knits, but it’s not far enough along to even show.

In other news I didn’t finish anything to give for mothers day. I always get an attack of the nerves and think people wont like what I make them. This leads to a) not finishing or b) finishing and not giving it away. Guess which option happened this time. B. That’s how ruby got finished. I know I’m weird.

I also picked up a new/old hobby thanks to some blogs that I read (http://www.weewonderfuls.typepad.com/, http://blairpeter.typepad.com/weblog/, and http://simplesparrow.typepad.com/simple_sparrow/).I call it new/old because I had all of the supplies and I have actually embroidered before but I have never tried to follow an image before. I have to say it’s easier than I thought. Now Missy is pressuring me to finish it. She wants to take it to school to show her friends. I printed the image from the clipart in Microsoft word and I used Aunt martha’s hot iron transfer pencils and paper to iron it onto the fabric. I ironed a little tear away stabilizer to the back before starting. Is it bad that I already had all of these supplies in the house, the embroidery floss for at least a year, and have just used them all for the first time? I’m not alone am I?

I have also finished with my dye projects. The green is half arctic green apple and half lemon-lime kool-aid, and the other is half mandarin-tangerine and a mixture of tropical punch and pina-pineapple. The green is an attempt at self striping. The colors look much closer together in the smaller skein that in the huge one that it was dyed in. My PS partner Ashley and I had a deal to give it a try. We shall see how it worked out one these days.

I had a busy weekend. I should be mailing out my yarn to my partners this week. I wanted to send a little something extra but I haven’t decided what yet. Anyone else sending out something special?

EDIT:It seems like everyone is naming their yarn so I’m gonna call the pink/orange one Happy Slappy because that’s what came out as I typed the description in my Flickr account. And the green one I’ll call Ft. Greene after a park in my neighborhood that is filled and surrounded by green trees.

Dye-o-Meme-a-Rama!

Okay first in totally non dye-o-rama related news…… Missy wore her sweater without me asking her to. YAY! She loves to dress up in her clothes when she gets home from school and she came out wearing it with her pink striped pj bottoms and her too small knee boots. She has quite a flair for fashion I assure you. Okay one more cute thing then on to the Meme. She also gave me my mothers day stuff early. She gave me a handprint made from clay, a card, and a poem about handprints mounted to poster board with her little handprints in red paint on the bottom. Ahh. Okay mommy moment over.

Your favorite colors?
Purple, green, and brown I guess.

Preferred yarn weight (Fingering, Sport, DK, maybe even Worsted)?
I like to knit with worsted mostly but I have been wanting to make socks, so whatever is sock weight is great.

Do you prefer solid or multicolored yarn?
I like mostly solids and solids the most but I like multicoloreds in the same color family.

If your buddy is able to do so, would you like a variegated,
self-striping, or self-patterning yarn?
Whatever my buddy sends is fine = ).
Hi I knityarn!

Would you be interested in a wool blend sock yarn (nylon, tencel, silk,
acrylic, alpaca, etc.)?
I guess something with stretch would be fun to try.

Imagine the perfect colorway. What would you name it?
Purple haze, purple rain, or something with Brooklyn in it.

What was the biggest appeal to you for joining this dye-along?
That I love to dye yarn but I haven’t made anything with the yarn yet. I am motivated by guilt oftentimes and I figured I could have fun and use the yarn I get from my partner so they wouldn’t be disappointed. Silly I know.

General yarn/fiber questions:

Have you dyed yarn/fiber before?
Yes

If so, what’s your favorite dye and method?
Immersion.

Do you spin?
No but I would love to learn.

Have you knit socks before?
Started and stalled after a few rows. I have bamboo dpn and I felt like they would break. I have bought a long circ to try magic loop.

Do you use sock yarn for just socks or in other patterns too?
N/A

What are some of your favorite yarns?
Manos, knitpicks, cascasde 220. I haven’t really tried much else, Simply soft and TLC I guess.

What yarn do you totally covet?
Sundara, Scout’s swag, and the Noro everyone is using for Lady Eleanor from Scarf Style.

Favorite patterns?
IK knits patterns, Saunshine, and Glampyre.

Any pattern you would love to make if money and time were no object?
Another shot at Simply Marilyn with the Debbie Bliss yarn it recommends.
Lady Eleanor from Scarf Style.

Favorite kind of needles (brand, materials, straights or circs, etc)?
Circs for most things, but I still use my straights now and again. I prefer metal needles, I do not like bamboo. I have used all brands, I really my Denise needles.

If you were a specific kind of yarn, which brand and kind of yarn would
you be?
I would be something like Cascade 220 or Lambs Pride. Reliable and unassuming but good quality and popular among people who like it.

Nothing to do with knitting/yarn/fiber in any way but seemed kinda fun:

Do you have a favorite candy or mail-able snack?
I am a junk- a-holic. I was know for having candy and snacks in High School. My current fav’s are M&M’s and Reese’s peanut butter cups.

What’s your favorite animal?
I don’t think I have one. We couldn’t have pets growing up.

Do you have pets? What are their species/names/ages?
No pets. Missy is sort of afraid of dogs and cats. She wants a bird though.

If you were a color what color would you be?
Purple, a nice deep royal tone. Indigo.

Describe your favorite shirt (yours or someone else’s)..
I love v-neck t’s. I would like one with Brooklyn on it, but I haven’t got around to making it.

What is your most inspiring image, flower, or object in nature?
I love tall strong trees. We have them all over my neighborhood. They remind me of my childhood looking up at them thinking they were huge and beautiful.

Tell me the best quote you’ve ever heard or read.
“F@*k being hard Posdnuos is complicated.” Posdnuos, In the Woods, De la Sol
I’m sure their is something more noble I could think of but I think Posdunous says a lot of really cool shit that’s really deep too.

Do you have a wishlist?
Maybe, I really can’t remember. I forget passwords all the time. If I make/find I’ll I’l post it.

Anything else you’d like to share with the group today?
Nope = )

Ruby is nearly complete. I want to wear her on Mothers Day so we shall see. Send the good knitting vibes.

Green for Lolly

I went to Lolly’s site today and she wrote

“For that last little bit of green, I thought it would be fun to show off some of our plants. I would love to see some of yours too – so get out there in your garden, or to that windowsill, and show me your little bit of green!”

Ask and you shall receive. Here is Bosco, Missy’s plant she started from sprouting beans in her class. This is him on April 12, the day we potted him.
And Today

Bosco is growing almost as fast as my kids. I’ll need to re-pot him and get the kids pants that don’t show their ankles pretty soon.

Here is the only other plant we have.

This plant was given to me by Missy’s teacher after I had my son and while he was still in the hospital. (The week of September 11th, 2005, he was born the 13th). Missy named him Littletree the same day we named Bosco. It was very sweet of her teacher who told me that Bamboo was a good luck plant. Woodja, that’s my son’s nickname, (we like nicknames around here) was born with under developed lungs and had to stay in the ICU for 13 very long days. If you could hear the racket he makes now you would never believe that he could barely cry when he was born. He and Missy spend their time together trying to see who can make the most noise. I have to tell you I can’t say who’s the winner because I am slowly going deaf.

I don’t know if you have heard the myth that you lose brain cells when you have children. This must be true because I find myself more forgetful, more accident prone, and more manic than ever. Although I must confess that I showed these qualities quite often before I had Missy. = ) Woodja is teething, those with children will feel my pain. He decided that I shouldn’t get to sleep until after 4am rather than the 2am that I have been treated to these last few weeks. Well it’s unfortunate for me that I had to get up at 7am to get us ready and drop him off so I could make it to class on time. I have now been up so long that I can’t sleep and guess what he has graced me with his company. So even if I could sleep I wouldn’t be able to. I can at least relish the thought that Missy is with Granpy (this is my Dad) for the weekend so she wont wake me up at 8 asking for breakfast. = ). I miss her already though, so I’ll most likely wake up at 8 anyway.

In knitting, rather crocheting news I have started the bobbled clutch from One Skein. I think this one will be for my Grandma Lu. We are very lucky to have lots of Grandparents, aunties and uncles so specifying who is who will become necessary as other are mentioned.

Lolly if you read this and you have named your plants let us know what their names are.

One Skein SecretPal/Knitalong


I have joined something else. This is so addictive. I know so few people who would appreciate small knitted items so this is perfect. I can give something to someone who will really enjoy and appreciate it and have some fun making things as well.

So tops on my list to make right now are the small bags, the round and bobbled rectangular one’s are my favorite. Also I just have to have on of those cupcakes to use as a pin cushion. I think that is something my grandma may like although she hasn’t sewn anything in a while. I wanted to make my Grandma the lace scarf from the spring Interweave Knits for Mothers day but I have never knit lace on small needles so I don’t want to give myself and impossible goal to reach. Also I don’t have a swift and winder so I am not looking forward to hand winding yarn that is so fine. I’m thinking I may try to rig up something that will spin and use my old hand mixer to wind it.

As a plan B I’m making a few of those bags from One Skein and the cupcake pin cushion for the two Grandma’s. My mom is a little easier she will like something handmade if my Grandma gets one. My mother in law is sort of easy too, so maybe everybody will get a bag. That way I’ll be stashbusting, practicing for my Pal’s gift, and making everybody happy that no one’s gift was better than anyone else’s. Perfect. Other people have this problem with the Moms in their lives right?

Project Spectrum

Well I have to say I think I’m gonna give Arctic green apple Kool Aid a mixed review. I love the shade of green but was hoping for something much darker. But any dye job that doesn’t end with felting or kool aid colored hands is great.
Here she is all skeined up and purty, although dark.

Let me tell you something the Arctic green apple does not like the flash. The damn thing looked white. I used five packs in total, three packs to start, and the other two were sprinkled on top of the yarn on either side of it. I also sprinkled some yellow on top because she said she liked more yellow greens. Pay no mind to the dark yarn used to hold the yarn in place for dyeing. I’m afraid if I take it out my swap partner will curse me and send bad knitting mojo my way as she untangles it. Hi Ashley. Don’t worry I’ll still try self striping. My daughter was to impatient to watch me walk around two chairs.

I have also received my Dye o rama partner and mine has received me. And she is great. I’m having fun with her already. We will give her a proper welcome in six weeks! (I knit yarn the exclamation point is for you)

In knitting news Ruby has a backside. There are the meager beginnings of her front on top.

So up next we I hope to finish Ruby this week. I am in the home stretch with school. I cannot wait for this semester to be over. I will have a completed script and hopefully two A’s. Fingers crossed guys.