Or how to keep in touch with your best knitwits when you live 3,000 miles away from them

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

What I've been up to lately

I finally got around to finishing my neice's pinafore, and it went into the mail last Thursday. Also, here's a look at some of the yarn I bought at the Midnight Madness sale. I got some of the dye from Maryland and decided to make my own sock yarn.

On a different note, have you seen the new knitty? I'm in complete awe of the knitted toys! I bought her booklet and it is completely adorable. I'm knitting one right now, there's a backstory so I'll explain all when I finish.

Also I'm toying with the idea of making the other blog a podcast. I know, I've gone bonkers, but I thought I'd try it out with you guys first. So look for the podcast in the next few days. (I don't think you actually need to have an ipod to view it, just in case you were wondering.)

also, i came upon this site, www.orphan.org. They are asking for scarves to give to orphans. I'm going to knit something, I didn't know if any of you would be interested. The deadline is coming up soon, so I better start knitting.

i'm so proud of myself...

does it count as my first sweater even though it's only a vest? does the fact that it has a hood help make up for the lack of sleeves? either way, the knitting is done. it is currently blocking. tomorrow it will be seemed. (or is it seamed?) and wednesday it will be given to my sister. i'm unreasonably proud of it, but i feel like that's okay just this once. on the knitted ornaments front, one is done and that is all that will be done. it was quick but it was not at all fun. it's going in my mother's stocking and all the other parents will just have bought stuff in their stockings. i got the 5th season of the west wing on dvd from work and i finished the knitting of the sweater while watching an episode tonight. and then we watched another episode and i did not knit during it. it was so strange. but i have no idea what to do next now that the christmas knitting is done. we don't have enough for joe's mother, so a part of me is almost insane enough to start one more project, but i have no earthly idea what knitted item (that can be accomplished in less than a week) she might like. so i think i really am done with the holiday knitting...

Friday, December 16, 2005

you'll never believe what I did at 10 p.m. last night!!!!

So the obvious answer would be something nightlife-ish. Like, I was hanging out at a pool hall when who should walk in but ...

BUT NO!!!!! It's even better than that.

I was shopping at a yarn store at 10 p.m. Yep, I said it. Maybe it's a little yarn nerdish, but it was amazing. It was even more amazing that all the yarn in the store was 15% off.

Weaving Works had a midnight madness sale. So this meant that I could get off work, go to yoga for and hour and a half, wrap the presents that I need to mail out and then, then I could have some time for me.

God, I wish you guys were there with me.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

is this too easy a time of year?

so i gave joe the scarf and hat i knitted him for his birthday on friday. this weekend i finished the scarf for cindy and worked some more on the scarf for my father, which will probably be finished with another 1/2 hour of knitting and i sewed in the ends on the hooded scarf for my sister. the only christmas knitting i had left were 4 ornaments, one for each of our parent's stockings. deciding that that woud not be nearly hectic enough, i realized that my sister needed a sweater for chirstmas. i've never knit a sweater before. but i went and dropped 80 bucks at the yarn garden last night and tonight i finished the back of the sweater. it's actually a hooded sweater vest, so in 24 hours i got more than a third of it done. (it's super bulky, knit on 17s.) i'm feeling good about the decision, so good that i might just have to add another christmas project after this one... how's everyone else's holiday knitting going?

Monday, December 12, 2005

Being John Malkovich?

Remember when 'Being John Malkovich' was first out? If you were like me, you thought, this is a *crazy* good movie. And by crazy, you meant CRAZY. And, if you were like me, you may have started looking around file cabinets and desk drawers, *just in case.*

Well, that kind of surreal, 'am i being punk'd' moment came up again when I was checking my email today and there was a link to John Malkovich knitted sweaters and hats at http://johnmalkovich.org/.

The truth is, I'm still kind of in a daze. First of all, why isn't johnmalkovich.COM. And I'm slightly scared to go to johnmalkovich.com because I'm a bit afaid that I'll be sucked down a dark hole and my hair will frizz up like Cameron Diaz's in the movie.

Second, you look for these knitted sweaters and hats, and it looks like John just picked up the clothing from the movie's costume department and drew some sketches of them and put them up for sale.

And then third, you started wondering, 'are these things really for sale?' (but then I say the price tag so I stopped wondering.)

Anyway, if you want to feel a little paranoid today, you should check it out.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

too much knitting?

i have knit about about 150 yards of yarn in the last 2 days, which doesn't sound like all that much to me, but my right shoulder and neck are hurting from it. i'd say i've over 3/4 of the way done with the scarf for my dad. and i just decided to knit some little christmas ornaments for our parents stockings.

digressing to newspaper design for a moment, vv, i think you would be amused, i am apparnetly now known here for putting photos and other things into circular shapes. the guy who designs the sunday features cover used one for a refer last week on the cover story and refered to it as a "mims box."


so here's a shot of the sweater from Knit and Tonic. I *love* knitting these because you can try it on at any point. if you are off by a stitch, it doesn't matter because you're not going to have to match up any seams when you're done. I think she got the idea from the 'Knitting from the Top' book that I was talking about. really quite genius. when i finish these projects, i think i'm going to revisit the split-neck sweater using the Knitting from the Top method. i only have to knit the neckline and then work on the stupid collar and *hopefully* when i get it right, the rest of the sweater would be a piece of cake.

also, i'm knitting a hat for a friend.

that's pretty much it. i'm gearing up for my 'a stitch a day' thing. i've done a little test swatching from different parts of the book. i think most of the days, it will take up about an hour, and for the complicated days it coculd take about 2 hours. 2 hours a day isn't that hard, right? well i guess we'll see.

Monday, December 05, 2005

for your holiday wishlists...

i thought i'd pass along my two favorite knitting things in case you needed something knitterly on your wishlist.

1.) Barbara G. Walker's 'Knitting from the Top'

I know, my motto is totally judge a book by its cover, and I'm totally breaking my own mantra, because is this book cover UGLY. Magenta turtleneck and acid wash jeans. My jeans don't even want to touch the book for fear of getting some acid on them. But it is a really fantastic read. Barbara G. Walker has become my knitting guru. She's a genius.

2.) Elizabeth Zimmermann and Meg Swanson's Knitting DVD

So helpful. And it would have been so much more helpful to my eyes if Liz got a manicure. But her untidy cuticles is about the worse thing I can say about this EXTREMELY HELPFUL DVD. There are no Hollywood effects, and Martha Stewart, they are not, but I now know how to knit and purl continental, in addition to STEEK. and they explain entralac, but I'm not sure I'm going to attempt it.

i finsished the boring garter and seed stitch scarf for my sister's boyfriend tonight. and i have started an even more boring garter stitch scarf for my father. he's so picky, i'm afraid he'll think any other stitch is too girly or something. he saw me working on the one for mike and commented on how much he liked it, in part because it was "flat." (i would have called all the scarves i've ever made flat, but oh well...)

in slightly more exciting news, i went to the fabric depot this weekend because i need to get some curtains in my living room and they were having a 40 percent off sale. it turns out that i am not qualified to pick fabric for curtains on my own-- i was much too indesicive. but the store also had yarn! and ALL of it was 30 percent off!! most of it was kinda of crappy, but i got 4 skiens of an alpaca blend in a super dark purple. and i'm pretty sure they had ever single yarn lion brand makes. i had no idea that one company made so many different yarns. they even have a cashmere blend. i got some of that to make my dad's scarf. i don't think any one would ever mistake it for full cashmere, but it's pretty darn soft.

in other knitting news, i still haven't decided whether or not to rip out the hooded scarf and i'm still crocheting the blanket. and my friend lisa libby (from the fiber festival) was on the same bus as me one morning last week, wearing her scarf! her exams end this week and then we're going to get together because now she want to learn how to do a hat!

Friday, December 02, 2005

Where the Hell is Everyone - Oh, and Happy Holidays!

Okay, this blog was set up to keep us all together - and that was when we were still meeting on Wed. night but VV and Mims had moved. Now we're all out and about (and well, some are waaay, far away) and we can't even keep in touch through the blog. Okay, I'll stop being the mother and bitching at you.

VV I sent you an e-mail asking what yarn you used/are using for the Knit and Tonic cardigan. Now you've got me itching to make one for someone for Christmas. I've been taking that pattern out almost every night and reading through it but I can't decide on a yarn.

Mims - congratulations on the spinning!

About knitting. The holidays always get me so confused and harried. I can't even think straight. I'm still working on Christopher's sweater and a shrug and my shawl (what you ask? knitting myself a Christmas present?). Looks like I might start on the Knit and Tonic cardigan too. I have yarn that was meant for so many Christmas projects that I still haven't even started. Damn a job and a home life!

Wish I could talk to you all. Looks like Nicole's got some sort of older Sugar Daddy thing going on and it's scaring me to death. Would take me a bit to fill you in.

Okay, girls. Get to bloggin!