Monday, December 10, 2007
So here's numero uno on the list (more in the future)...
Male/Middle-seat train riders!
I was coming to work this morning and I was in a window seat of a 3-seater. Another (male) commuter sat down in the aisle seat a stop later. A few stops after that - and the second to last stop for the train - another (male) commuter asked for the center seat. Now, I'm no skinny minnie. I probably take up my whole space - between my derierre and my bag on my lap, I stake out my territory fairly well.
But here's what peeves me today.
Middle seaters - generally male - who encroach on space outside of their own and feel they're not only limited to their seat - which, on NJ Transit, has CLEAR "lines" and upolstery "sections" - but ENTITLED to spread out and squeeze anyone in the window seat. I should stress that this happens more with MALE riders - especially when two are seated next to each other because, heaven forbid!!!, they touch even a centimeter of their clothes! Would that be gay of them??? URGH. Instead, it's ok for them to squash a female in a window seat and spread their legs as open as they can and hold their papers as wide as possible and, in general, show blatent disregard for their fellow riders. Male / center-seat riders are R-U-D-E.
And don't even get me started with the South Orange passengers who do NOTHING but complain about having to stand for a 15 minute train ride. Hello, I got my butt out of bed at 7:10 and was on the train at 7:47. They get on at 8:40 (or thereabouts) and bitch bitch bitch. Puh-lease!
I've digressed - it's all just SO frustrating
Tell me, how's your knitting going instead!!!
until next time...
Friday, December 07, 2007
The story behind this yarn is that Sue and I were IMing one afternoon and she sent me a link for this yarn from Doodlebirds - and I said "no, no, don't buy it you have enough yarn". Sneaky me bought the 2 skeins that were left - I kept the longer color change one for myself. Isn't it P-R-E-T-T-Y?!?!
Last week JoFrog posted about Pay it Forward. This has been making its way around the blogs and seems like so much fun! Her friend Hannah offered to make a gift for the first three people that commented on her post if they promised to do the same. Sign me up!
In turn I'd like to make something for you! Here are the rules:
I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this pay it forward exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise!
The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.
Comment away and I'll get knitting!
Monday, December 03, 2007
If you've done the hat you know the directions are in numbered/lettered sections. I was statrting from section #3 toward the end. Everything was going so well. I began section #4 and got most of the way through it. I got to the crown portion and the number of stitches wasn't working out correctly. Which was funny because all along I thought it was. So I "stepped back" for a second and looked at the triangles. Looks like I dropped a stitch somewhere between the first "half" triangle and the second one. But ripping out/back isn't like ripping out a single row and picking up where you started from. It's like taking a detour back 5 minutes in your trip and then trying to readjust to your location.
So that's where I am - trying to figure out where I am. And it's not easy! I keep having to rip more out and write it down to try and match it up to the pattern. But it feels all backwards and I keep kicking myself for even trying to knit it on the train when I couldn't FULLY concentrate. URGH.
Patty has finished two and they look awesome - one was done in a Paton's yarn - pinks/browns - very cute. The second is a cream alpaca and the monotone looks pretty cool as well. I'm sure that once I can get through one complete go-through I'll have more of a handle on it - but gosh, getting to that point seems like an eternity (esp for me - Speedy Gonzales as Sue calls me!).
Anyway, that's it for today. The hat will sit there in my bag until this evening - and ALL DAY i'll wonder what went wrong.
Until tomorrow - have a great day and a wonderful week everyone!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I'm on the train to work this morning and a woman sits down next to me a few stops into the ride. I'm casting on stitches (a second attempt from last night) for the "Boston Red Sox Socks" I've decided to conjure up for Matthew's Christmas present. The problem is that I'm alternating the red (K1) and white (P1) for the top rib and since I'm twisting strands, there is a lot less S-T-R-E-T-C-H to them. So the original cast on of 44 stitches on size 3's was a wash. I recast on 52 stitches with size 4's when this woman was sitting next to me. My thinking is that I'll be able to switch to size 3's and decrease a few stitches when I switch back to st st for the leg.
Here's the funny part...
So I drop one of the dpns and have to reach down to get it. I apologize to the lady for having to lean slightly in front of her. She strikes up conversation as follows:
L: Oh, that's ok, I always wanted to knit (*what does that have to do with me dropping a needle*)
Me: Yeah, it's a great thing to do on the train
L: My friends always made sweaters for boyfriends and the arms were always too long
Me: Yeah, that happens when you can't measure someone and are trying to surprise them
L: I can embroider
L: You look like you're concentrating (*uh, huh*) are you making something round? It looks complicated. A skirt?
Me: No, I'm making a pair of socks for my step-son for christmas
L: Oh, socks!
AM I MAKING A SKIRT???? That was the kicker!!! Yes, because I'm clearly knitting for Barbie or my thumb! Ha ha - too funny (*at least to me*) not to share!
Yes, the train sure brings out the weirdos sometimes :o)
Monday, November 19, 2007
I will not buy yarn today
As much as I feel I need to
I will not buy yarn today
I've got an abundance of yarn at home. Well, maybe not a HUGE stash - but a lot. And I've been REALLY trying to only replenish what I've used - so everything should always fit in the bins I have and not sit in boxes on the floor. Right now there's a box on the floor. I could probably organize the bins so I could get rid of the box, but nah, that's not happening any time soon. Part of the problem is that two bins are old, icky yarn. I'm actually trying to use some for christmas presents so I won't even need to see that yarn again - EVER! Alas, my gifts don't require all that much yarn so it's a slow process. And then I feel guilty - I SHOULD be using yarn I would wear for gifts, right? Why give the gift of second best? Well, most of the gifts are for kids - so what do they care? They'll probably lose the hats I'm making by the end of the winter, right? URGH
I will not NOT nOt NoT buy yarn today
Hope you don't either :o)
Friday, November 16, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
So now i'm knitting the Annetrelac socks from Interweave Knits Holiday 2007 Issue - oh how I love them - but that's a post for another day!
Monday, October 29, 2007
So Ken and I went to see Mama Mia yesterday (b'day gift for me from my parents last month) and we got stuck in "shut down your car you're not going anywhere" traffic as we were nearing the Lincoln Tunnel to come home.
Luckily (or so I thought) I brought along my current knitting project. Not so lucky of me, I forgot the actual paper-pattern for it - and remembered I was beginning a section where there were increases every so often (nearing the bust line). WHAT TO DO - having time to knit AND the project with NO pattern - sheer T-O-R-T-U-R-E!!!
I called my mom-in-law (for all intents and purposes - "Nana") and asked if she could PLEASE read me the pattern - and I walked her through where I needed and she had a good chuckle trying to decipher it for me - but I had read through things earlier so I had an idea of what needed to be done - just not the row numbers to do it on. In the end, I had the numbers and was able to knit for a while - in traffic and later when we were heading up the Henry Hudson to the GWB. Finally, my eyes gave into the lack of day-light and I put it away.
That's my little story for now. Maybe more photos tomorrow!
Friday, October 26, 2007
Sure, I rip when the pattern is wrong - FROG IT. When the gauge seemed to big (and I was right) - FROG IT.
But this time I'm not sure. I didn't want the sweater to be boxy - I wanted a closer fit. But DAMN, I'm a curvy girl and I'm just not sure how this pullover will turn out. I know I will inevitably get it on holders this weekend to try it on - or model it on my sewing mannequin - but WHAT IF...?!?!?!
Will I keep going with it? Will I gift it and ever make another one for myself? If I gift it - to whom? Can i sell it to recoup some of the cost?
Where it stands: I've finished the deep blue cluster section and am doing "shells" in a moss green - so far so good - the gauge seems dead on so I must be doing something right.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
The benefit of having purchased the 2nd US3 circular was that I could transfer off half the stitches to the other needle last night and measure to make sure the gauge was right - so far so good...but will it fit?!?!
Also, I've decided to make some socks as gifts instead of all hats - should starve off the boredom - although the two hats I did last weekend went super fast.
Monday, October 22, 2007
I whipped up two hats in Jaeger Merino for one of my bosses' daughters, and his wife. Four hats to go for the two clans. For the wife's hat I used a strand of the Jaeger with a strand of the CottonTots I had left over from the Star sweater. It's super cute and soft.
Started working on a new pullover sweater for myself...from the VK Holiday 2007 issue. I'm converting, of course, from side-knitting to in-the-round. I'm having a hard time working some of the numbers out, and since each section requires different stitch requirements, I'm also working on the proper gauging and sizing. And math was never my strong suit - URGH! On top of all that, i'm *this close* to getting the numbers right and then I can start the new section on the "larger" needles - but do you think I would have remembered to bring the larger needles with me on the train today - of course not! So now i'm in a dilemma as to whether or not I should run out and buy a Size 3 (3mm - not 3.25mm) circular needle for the ride home - since that's the size I'm pretty sure I will need. Ah, the horror!
Until next time!
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Here's where the projects stand:
1. Finally finished the Ripples Skirt from Interweave (Spring 07). LOVE LOVE LOVE IT
2. Finished Matthew's "scrap yarn" sweater - and he loves it - which is all that really matters, right?
3. Finished the "Circular" swing/shrug/sweater from Vogue Knitting (Fall 07) - still not sure if I'm keeping or gifting it - looks like a perfect fit for Liz
4. Finished the Bryant's Pullover Vest from Interweave (Fall 07) and have gotten so many nice complements on it - hooray!
5. Made a hat for my nephew, Charlie, during our trip to Kansas City. It's blue and green and way cute on him
6. Currently working on a sweater for Charlie AND Henry (who is my sister's friends son who is 17 months old). Weird connection for a project - but my sister said that Henry is always giving Charlie his hand-me-downs so my sister wanted to give them back something - which will also then come back to her. I guess that all makes sense. Anyway, I was happy to oblige and make something "boyish". I chose the cover "Star" sweater from "Adorable Knits" and I'm on the last arm before putting it together and sewing in the collar. My guess is that it will fit Henry somewhere down the line - maybe next Spring/Summer - so I'll send it to my sister and she can give it as a Christmas present if she wants.
Hats, hats and more hats. I've decided to make my bosses kids (5 total - ranging in age from 2 to 11) winter hats as a holiday present (since my bosses are too difficult and expensive to buy for!). I've got some patterns picked out so hopefully they'll be quick projects - yeah, right, I'll find some way to make them difficult I bet.
Anyway, that's it for now. I'm figuring out a more efficient way to post pictures of everything - possibly on shutterfly or maybe even FlickR (although that may be too sophisticated for my laid back approach to blogging these days).
Until next time
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Here's a preview:
I started Interweave Knits "Bryant Slipover" on the train this morning. Again, I'm converting it into the round because (like you) I hate sewing seams. I'm using a slightly heavier weight than the pattern called for but I think it's going to have a nice shape and ease to it when i'm done. I chose Jaeger's Roma in Hollyhock and Leaf (MC). Here's a glimpse so far:
I love the colors together - having some "cute" color combinations in your wardrobe that can be worn all year round (if needed) is so cheery!
My order from kyarns.com came on Friday and luckily (whew) the Oh My! was the same dye lot as the ones I bought from them in July.
I'm hoping my yarn.com order comes today - would be an ideal pick me up from the overcast and rainy weather we've had.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
After the mittens for my sister and Casey's dress (see above) were finished I started in on a "me" project...The skirt from the Spring 07 Interweave Knits magazine.
Now, I've only ever done sweaters/tops for myself and I guess I'm a little critical of my "bottom" so the skirt both thrilled and scared at the same time. As such, I figured...if the whole things a wash when i'm done, I will NOT use good yarn...and chose Caron's Simply Soft in Dark Country Blue. Next decision - what size to make? I measured myself and picked a number...eeny...meeny. When I went to dig out my Size 6 needles to work in the round, I remembered I lent them to Liz in Vermont figuring I wouldn't need them for a while. I said, what the heck, I'll use Size 7's instead and just worked the pattern as it was. Well, I got about 7 inches into the skirt, transfered it to some waste yarn and tried it on - it fell to the floor. Ok, too big (insert boost to the ego here).
Rip Out #1 - restart - fewer stitches and smaller needles. Rework to 7 inches - transfer off needles to waste yarn and voila...magically fits!...back onto needles (all very time consumming).
Next: The pattern calls for the upper/solid section to be about 13" in length - I measured and that seemed a little skimpy for a tall girl like me - so I brought it down closer to 16" - plus, I just wasn't ready to face the lace section, I'll be honest.
Lace section #1: So as you know, lace is a whole bunch of passing over, yarning over and knitting togethers all rolled into one jolly good time. Yeah, not so jolly. The first couple of rounds went swimmingly. I thought, Gee Karen, this is a piece of cake, what were you afraid of? Jump ahead to Row 7. I'm yarning over. I'm knitting and slipping and counting. Crap...I'm short some stitches. Find beginning marker, recheck the count. Great, the mistake is near the beginning. Carefully take the stitches back one by one. Restart again. Get to end, crap, count off again. This time I count the stitches...and I'm completely short from the beginning.
Rip Out #2 - I take out all the lace I've done. Husband walks in the room with yarn all around me and says "what did you do now". I huff.
Restart Lace #2. This time I count stitches every round. This time I make sure I'm concentrating - not on a train, not watching Elmo and Sponge Bob with Casey. I am focused!
Approximately Row 7 - AGAIN! Count is off, something is terribly wrong - but a different wrong than last time. What now? More heavy sighing. And now my right elbow is strained and my shoulder is starting to hurt. I HATE LACE! LACE IS THE ENEMY!!!
Alas, I end out with...
Rip Out #3. Then I stay up until 1:00am and carefully work to Row 13 - success? I think so. If not, tough darts - no more ripping out for this darn skirt already!
I'm now around Row 25 and have laid it to rest for a few days. Seriously, it's totally screwed up my elbow! I went for a massage last night and it made a world of difference - but i think some anti-inflammatories will have to be administered soon.
In the meantime, while the skirt and I are taking a time-out from one another, I am knitting a birthday gift for a friend (no hints in case she reads this) and also working on a pull-over sweater for Casey using the yummy Plymouth Oh My! yarn I bought at Kalediscope Yarns when I visited Liz in Vermont. I still can't believe how soft it is. Maybe I'll make myself a blanket in it too.
Lastly, to update on my yarn stash additions. On their way to my home as I type are the following:
- Cherry Tree Hill Supersock in Serengeti
- Jaeger Roma in Leaf Green
- Jaegar Roma in Hollyhock
- Plymouth Oh My! in Green (for above mentioned Casey sweater)
- Jaeger Baby Merino DK #212
- Mondial Levante #897
- Classic Elite Star in Cream
All my best until next time.kc
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
As soon as I can get her into the dress and in a good mood, I'll post those photos too.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
The first was taken on the train on our way to the big city for shipping to Kansas. At this point in time, HE was known as Roberto, the Italian penguin.
By the time he arrived in Kansas, he had become a SHE...and HER name is Patty. Patty and Abby get along marvelously...and here they are after partying too hard one day.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
1. WHAT TIME DO YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING? 7:10am
2. GOLD OR SILVER? Silver (white gold)
3. WHAT WAS THE LAST FILM YOU SAW AT THE CINEMA? Blades of Glory
4. FAVORITE TV SHOW? House or Grey's Anatomy
5. WHAT DO YOU HAVE FOR BREAKFAST? an everything bagel and coffee
6. WHO WOULD YOU HATE TO BE LEFT IN A ROOM WITH? my husband's ex-wife
7. CAN YOU TOUCH YOUR NOSE WITH YOUR TONGUE? no
8. WHAT INSPIRES YOU? knitting, art, music and my daughter
9. WHAT'S YOUR MIDDLE NAME? Lynn
10. BEACH, CITY, Or COUNTRY? Country (a farm house is where i want to retire)
11. SUMMER OR WINTER? Fall
12. FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Rocky Road or Mint Chocolate Chip (or both together)
13. BUTTERED, PLAIN, OR SALTED POPCORN? Plain
14. FAVORITE COLOR? Blue
15. FAVORITE CAR? VW Beetle
16. FAVORITE SANDWICH FILLING? Chicken Parm
17. TRUE LOVE? Ken
18. WHAT CHARACTERISTICS DO YOU DESPISE? slow talkers and dumb people (but aren't those one and the same?)
19. FAVORITE FLOWER? duh, white daisies!
20. IF YOU HAD A BIG WIN IN THE LOTTERY, HOW LONG WOULD YOU WAIT TO TELL PEOPLE? I would tell my hubby right away - then take a deep breathe!
21. FIZZY OR STILL WATER AS A DRINK? Still
22. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR BATHROOM? White and Moss Green - love it!
23. HOW MANY KEYS ON YOUR KEY RING? 3...maybe
24. WHERE WOULD YOU RETIRE TO? a farm house somewhere - maybe closer to BFF in Vermont
25. CAN YOU JUGGLE? no
26. FAVORITE DAY OF THE WEEK: sunday
27. RED OR WHITE WINE? white
28. WHAT DID YOU DO FOR YOUR LAST BIRTHDAY? i think i worked and spent it with family
29. DO YOU CARRY A DONOR CARD? i'm a bone marrow donor - but not other organs (yet)
30. WOULD YOU EVER SKY DIVE? perhaps
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Besides, I don't even like the ladies at the closest store to where I work so that discourages me from shopping with them unless it's a real emergency. Then I thought of going over to Borders and buying Stefanie Japel's book "Fitted Knits" - but since I already know there are a lot of errors I would need to look up, i tell myself "why bother". I just need a fix - what's the harm in buying one nice ball of yarn from the witches anyway???
Finishing the front of the pea-pod sweater which I have miraculously changed from a cardigan into a pullover - and converted from straights to circular. I should have time to finish the right front tonight and possibly finish the left front - or at least get a jump on it. The back will be st st so i may be able to do that on the train.
On the train:
I'm working on the second sleeve since they are started in a 1x1 rib on Size 1's...and all of my 2's are tied up on the body right now. I hope to be able to finish the front panels and then bring the body on the train - but we'll see. Perhaps I'll have to just start a new project in the meantime.
Update on Matthew's sweater:
Well, this yarn is just a bitch to work with - it's so course compared to the Rowan Cashsoft Baby DK - i mean really, they're night and day. So this sweater has stayed where it is - about 6 inches into it (on circular so it's really not THAT terrible that I put it on the side burner for a while).
More to finish:
I MUST get to finishing the two baby blankets for the recipients are due to deliver their baby boys at the end of next month. One is done, I just need to sew the ends in - URGH. The other probably has another 2" or so - and then sewing in the ends - DOUBLE URGH! This particular baby blanket is REALLY a hassle because it's knit with two strands at a time - and approx every 6 rows, one of the colors drops to pick up a new and then they alternate throughout. Maybe I should rethink that next time? Next time...no next time...used this pattern twice - and that's plenty!!! :o)
Have a great day
Monday, March 26, 2007
Yellow socks for sister (Knit Simple pattern - Lion Brand BabySoft from the stash). Size 3 dpns
Multi- socks for mom (Knit Simple pattern - Marble yarn that I got on sale). Size 3 dpns
Fair Isle hat for husband (Knit It! pattern - Lion Brand wool-ease in black and charchoal grey)
Hat for me (own pattern - Lion Brand Wool Thick & Quick in Fisherman). Size 11 dpns
Red basket weave scarf for me (Vogue Knitting pattern - Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Ranch Red). Size 3 & 6 dpns
Cabled toddler poncho for Niece (own pattern). Caron Perfect Match in a greens/purples hue. Did not like using this yarn - however, it will keep Abby warm when she wears it. Also, I used a basic repeating cable pattern which is hard to see due to the color changes in the yarn. Can't recall needle size.
Grey Pentagon sweater for me (Vogue Knitting pattern - with MAJOR modifications - love this sweater!!!) Caron Simply Soft in Grey Heather. Size 9 straights and dpns
From the shelves: Cream and Brown basket-weave turtleneck sweater for me (started this back in the early 1990's) . Own pattern derived from several in an old Vogue Knitting issue. Lion Brand wool-ease in fisherman and mink brown. Probably used circular size 10.5 needles. Finished neck and sleeves recently - but might still be a work in progress to extend sleeve length
Brown alpaca vest for me (own pattern) (from an OLD stash of yarn - Al Pa Ka in mink brown). Love the finished product but it's VERY warm so will be perfect for next winter as spring is almost here in New Jersey. I believe I used Size 11 straights - 2 strands of yarn at a time
Aqua sleeveless top (own pattern) in Red Heart Soft & Moda Dea Cherish in Ocean blue. I originally planned on making the Ultra Femme sweater from Stitch N Bitch Nation - but the sleeves and neckline were finishing TOO big - so after ripping it out twice, I finally decided on finishing it without sleeves in a crew neckline. Still not sure if I love it yet, but it's done (for now). Bottom on circular size 10 to make gauge. Top & Sleeves (1st try) - used size 5 circulars. Top and sleeves (2nd try) - used size 4 circulars and 1/3 fewer stitches. Top and NO sleeves (3rd try) - used size 4 circular and new design - works, but not 100% in love.
Baby Boy Blankets (Lion Brand pattern - using Micro Spun and Baby Soft yarns in blues and greens). One is for my sister, the other for a co-worker - both due in May...both need their "tails" sewn in. Size 9 straights.
Cabled afghan (Lion Brand pattern - using Lion Brand Wool Thick & Quick in Fisherman and Sky Blue). Made this for a school fundraising auction. Will be nice to see who goes home with this lovely (and warm!!) blanket . Can't remember the sizing on this - straights for sure (7" at that).
Currently going on the needles:
On the train: Sweater for Matthew - own design using duck pattern within. Being 10, Matthew doesn't care so much about the type of yarn - he's just concerned about the pattern and color. That said, the smart boy picked colors from my stash - yippie, more room for new yarns!!!
On the couch: Sweater for me - using RYC Cashsoft Baby DK in Borage 806 - a kind of pastel lavender color. Will be modifying a sweater I found in Knit 2 Together by Tracey Ullman and Mel Clark - it's a cardigan with pea pods on it - I'll be reworking it into a pullover since I hate how button down shirts/sweaters fall on me. The pattern calls for size 1 and 2 needles - so it will probably take a while to get through it. But I bought this wonderful yarn - my first official "good yarn" at The Knitting Closet in Denville. The owner, Susan, was very helpful and friendly. I admit I was afraid of knitting stores after my horrible experience at Stitches East in NYC (and I've only needed needles - imagine if i had requested help with yarn what "bitches" they would be!!!). Anyway, I'm excited about this project - nervous to screw up based on the cost of the yarn, but i'm sure i'll be fine :o)