I feel stupid! Oh, so stupid!!

So, I’ve been working on a gift for my SIL for her up-coming baby.  It’s the Grabbit baby blanket/bag that I posted about a little while back.  To make a longish story short, I didn’t do the bind off called for because I was out of town without the proper materials needed.  I decided to do an attached I-cord later.  Well, I did it.  Problem being… I didn’t add any stitches when I did it.  I just didn’t think.  My brain went out for cocktails and left me to be an idiot.  I just used the stitches that were there to be picked up, silly me.  This is a circular blanket that needs to lay flat…(anyone see where this is going yet?)  Since I didn’t add any stitches, the I-cord border is the same circumference as the blanket itself… Meaning that it can’t lay flat.  In essence, I had started to knit straight up the sides, instead of making the circle wider…  Started to turn a flat circle into a tube…  It can’t lay flat.  It.. Can’t.. Lay.. Flat..  THE F-ING BLANKET CAN’T LAY FLAT!!!!!!!!  The baby shower is in four days.  It took me six to do the border (I do have a job, unfortunately).  I don’t have time to take the border off and start it again…  So……I’ve cast on and knit the first 7 inches of what I hope is my fastest baby cardigan in the world.

Now… If you will excuse me, I have to go knit.

Grrr……

H.

 In Addendum:
I’ve given up the baby cardi…  I don’t want to give a baby cardi…  We do have a store bought gift to give, so she will get that with a note that the Hand-knit gift will follow shortly, when I’m done fixing it.  The baby’s not due for another month and a half anyway. 

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Mystery Stole 3

So, I’ve signed on for the Mystery Stole 3 knit-along.  Should be interesting.  For those that may not know what this is…  Let me explain…  No, no, there is too much, let me sum up…

A woman has put together a yahoo group and she doles out clues (directions) to the members of the group for a set part of the stole at set times.  In example…the first 100 rows of the pattern the first week, rows 101 – 200 the next week and so on, until you have the whole pattern.  (This is just my thought on how it would be sectioned up, I won’t actually know how she does it until I get the first “clue”.)  The stole has a theme, but we won’t know what it is until it’s done.  Which makes it pretty tough to pick out a yarn color.  The suggested colors are White or Black (or varients of these: cream, charcoal, silver…) Well, I don’t really want to go out and buy more lace weight yarn (Read: I really want new yarn, but I’m broke right now) and I have some wonderful lace weight in Navy Blue with hints of purple here and there, it’s the overdye that I did a while back (see my Adventures In Overdyeing post).  Dark blues were mentioned as subsitutes, I think…so, I really hope that navy blue with hints of purple will fit the unknown theme.  If not, oh well…..

 So, we don’t get the first clue until this coming Friday…  What we did get is a little bit of chart to make a swatch from, to test out gauge.  This is my swatch.  I really like it.

35 sts on size 4 needles, Cherry Tree Hill, Merino Lace…

I love that the YO’s are big and but the StSt parts are still a good gauge, they don’t look too loose.

If you are a knitter and are interested, check out the button on my side bar…  Membership closes on July 6th, so hurry on over and sign up!!

Happy Knitting,
H.

Hand-knit Porn

Nothing like some Sock Smut first thing in the morning!!

This is what I worked on at the beach yesterday (when I wasn’t people watching or reading).  The pic is a little blurry (sorry), but you get the idea.  Thasss right, Jaywalker anklets, yeah baby…thasss whaa I  talkin’  ’bout.  Mmm-hmm.

I’m using Claudia Hand Painted Yarns in “Circus Dancer”…  Fingering weight, 100% Merino….  It’s so nice….squishey and soft….ooohhh….I LOVE IT…  Size 1 needles (the new Addi Lace/Sock, which are vera, vera nice)

I also want to bitch for a moment….  Yesterday, we went down the Ocean (Ocean City, MD for those whom aren’t local)…walking along the Boardwalk I spot this sign that says “Salty Yarns”….  I was like WHOO-HOO!!!!  Boy, was THAT a misnomer…well, not quite a true misnomer, there were a few balls of yarn in there….a few lonely skeins of Lopi and some Lion Brand novelty stuff (a total of prolly 25 balls)…  I asked a lady working there where the rest of the yarn was and she said, “oh, we don’t really carry much yarn, that’s it right there (pointing to the sad selection)”.  So, I said, “Wow, the shop name is really misleading. I expected more yarn at the “Salty Yarn” shop”.  She looks around and says “well, we have all the sewing stuff….”  Mind you, the shop is packed with cross stitch and needle point paraphenalia…  I didn’t want to agure with someone who apparently had no clue of the difference between Knitting and Cross-stitch….Yarn vs DMC Floss.  So I smiled, nodded and when on my way….  What a bummer. 

Well, I should get myself around… I have knitting to go to this morning and I still have bed head.

Happy Knitting,
H.

I have an addiction…

…and it’s not what you might think…  It’s not yarn/fiber…(that’s a given when you’re reading a knit/spin blog).

It’s CSI: Las Vegas.

I love it.

I LOVE IT.

And it’s because of said addiction that I totally messed up my second Jaywalker and had to rip it out.  I messed it up a little, then I tried to go back and fix it and messed it up a lot…cause I was distracted by Mr. Gil Grissom…  Mmm, mmm… Damn, I love that man. 

So….  I have to start my sock over again….  *shrug*  It was worth it….  ;-)

Happy Knitting, all.
H.

So, A Jaywalker, a Baby & a Time Lord walk into a bar…

So, I’ve been busy since we got back from vacation. Busy with everyday life and busy knitting. Before we left on vacation I had cast on for a Jaywalker…my first sock ever (while besides the multiple cuffs and one toe-up failures)…*clears throat* I’m only counting the Jaywalker. Well, I knitted and knitted and knitted some more, turned that heel beautifully all by myself…then somehow I got in trouble with it. The pattern wasn’t making any sense with what was on my needles…(side note: I was using 2 circ’s, and the pattern was written for double points)… I had to stop, in the middle of my vacation (thankfully I had another project with me). I pouted, I fumed, but nothing would make this sock work right with the pattern. I had to wait to consult the Sock Guru or She-Of-The-Million-Handknitted-Socks. So…I got home and emailed Sarah and said HELP!!! No, wait, it was more like HEEELLLLPPPPPPPP MEEEEEE PLEEEEZEEE!!!!!! So she ever so graciously did. My problem, so she figured…firstly, I was knitting it inside out, which isn’t really all that big of deal, but it can get a little funny at times…secondly…at some point in time, I had started to knit the pattern backwards. So…for my first sock I chose a tangy pattern, then made it tangier by knitting it on circs, then even more by knitting it inside out….THEN to make things just extra specially sour, knitted part of it backwards… Bloody hell. BUT, I put the sock into Sarah’s practiced hands…and closed my eyes as she ripped back to the beginning of the heel (which I had made too short, as well) and got me going in the proper direction. She’s my hero. So, here’s the finished Jaywalker. It’s a little too big, I am going to hand wash it and see if I can shrink it up a little. The other is on the needles and is about 2” along. Since I used over half the yarn for the first sock, (EEK) I’ve cast on for the smaller size and will hope that I have enough yarn to finish it. 

 

 See my nicely turned heel!!!  No holes!!!  Yay!!

I’ve also cast on another pair to make anklets in a bright summery colorway. Something I don’t have to wait until winter to wear. 

I am also almost finished with the Grabbit baby bag/blanket for my SIL coming baby…she’s due in August, but the shower is on the 30th of this month.  I’m using four colors of Jellibeanz (lime, yellow, purple & blue) and I striped randomly.  (we won’t know if the baby is a boy or girl until it’s born, so I went standard crayola brights) The only thing I changed in the pattern is the bind off…  I was on vacation and I didn’t have double points of the proper size so I couldn’t do the i-cord bind off that the pattern called for (could have waited, but I’m not a patient girl)…so I bound off like normal.  Blahg.  Now I have the every loverly job of attaching an i-cord border to it.  It’s going faster than I thought it would and I should be done in a few more hours.  Then the blocking.  Then I’m going to line it (which is also NOT part of the pattern) with this soft lightly fuzzy fabric (kinda like a fancy polar fleece).  I am thinking that the fabric will give it some added stability and hide all the woven in ends from all the striping!!!  Wish me luck with the lining of it.  I’m notoriously fidgety about things like that!  Here’s a few pic’s of “in progress”…  I can’t wait to block it so it doens’t curl up!

My I-cord edging and one of the handle loops…

The Dr Who scarf is coming along nicely too. It’s just over 29” long. It’s kinda handy to have an all garter stitch pattern….see, I am using it to practice my continental knitting…I’m getting pretty good at it, but I am still faster and more comfortable with the yarn in my right hand.  I’m not crazy about the yarn, it’s Encore worsted, and I hate acrylic, tho the colors are a pretty close match (the color in these pic’s sucks).  BUT, dear Bro is allergic to everything under the sun, so I thought that the mostly acrylic was a good way to go. 

Well, that’s all for me.  I am plugging along when I get a spare moment.  Things have been going none stop since we got home from vacation.  I am just trying to keep my feet under me!  Ugh!!

Happy Knitting, all!!
H.

Lothlorien…

What can I say about Lothlorien that can even come close to describing the experience, the place, the people, the magick…???  Words seem hardly adequate to illustrate the place for people whom have never been. 

You wake to dew-damp woods, alive with bird song, sleepy tent whispers, and the scent of smokey embers.  Time doesn’t belong here; watches are forgotten, an relic of another world, another place.  As your sleepy feet take you to the privy than to Jake’s Greasy Spoon (for coffee and festival donuts, of course) you catch snippets of conversation, anything from quantum physics, to the lastest Dr Who episode; from the best blend of incense to clear negitive energy, to how a peanut butter and jelly cordial is made.  Jingle, jangle of ankle bells; pounding feet of children, free for the moment from society’s eyes;  soft (or loud) moans of passion from a nearby tent.  Beautiful people of all shapes, sizes and colors wander here and there wearing brightly colored sarongs, or perhaps a kilt…or even nothing at all…

You wander the circle and see all the pretty, shiny baubles for purchase: jewelry, alter goods, a full rainbow of sarongs and scarves, knives, drums, books, herb plants…  A purchase here and there…trinkets to take home…memories you can hold in your hand.

Ah…it’s time for a shower…slatwood dividers, open air shower stalls with vines climbing the walls, pebbles cover the ground, water heated by the sun and a fire.  Getting clean has never been so earthy.  Making compost has a whole new meaning here, in this place…  Compost Privies are a wonderful, but somewhat smelly, thing. 

Do you want to watch the May Pole dance??  Or perhaps get a massage??  Just sitting around the smoldering fire, talking, bantering and laughing is a good way to pass the afternoon.  The the sun begins to drop and the ‘bottles of wonder’ come out…  Let’s play the “What Flavor Is This?” game with the unlabeled homemade cordials!!!  Hmm…this one is Chocolate, or perhaps Mocha???  This one tastes like raspberry cough syrup…but in a good way!!

 It’s dark now…the fire is blazing in Thunder!!!  When will Bec spin her fire poi??  Maybe the guy with the fire staff with spin tonight!!  Trance dancing around the blaze as the thump, thump, thwack of the drums slips into your heartbeat…your body moves, you can’t help it.  It’s not a time to sit still…you sway, to and fro with the rhythm.  It’s infectious.It’s very late…the moon is over head…You wander slowly back to your tent along dark wooded paths lit by candle light… You fall asleep to tribal drumming, the soft howling crackle of campfires, laughter, crickets and the gentle rustle of wind through leaves.  Perhaps tomorrow night you will fall off the earth……..