Monday, October 30, 2006

How big is Ayanna???



I have made soooo much knitting progress.

I am finished with 3 of 5 stockings. I made LOTS of headway on the leg of #4. I have been pretty bold in knitting these in the living room in front of everyone, and no one has seemed to noticed. However, this weekend, while knitting on #4, DH says "what's that?" "Boy, are you observant - I get through 3 of these before it dawns on you to ask me about this!" I didn't say that, though, instead I said "I am not answering that question."

I am making good progress on Avast. This is the first sleeve. Of course, that isn't a great picture because the 12" ruler isn't really showing anything except that is longer than 12". It needs to be 19" before I start the decreases or whatever I need to do next.

I cast on for Minimalist from Mag Knits this weekend. It is a GREAT project in that I get to use stash yarn that I got in a Yarn Swap. I got stuck pretty quick, though, because I don't know the best way to stay in pattern (1x1 rib) after I do increases. I will find out, but I am stuck for the time being.

I also cast on for a hat for Ayanna yesterday. She has outgrown her other one.

I HAVE A KNIT GROUP!! Every Thursday from 6-9 at Knit Purl. I decided I HAVE to go to something, or I will go crazy!

This weekend we bought a pumpkin and I carved it yesterday night.

That is all, for now.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Blogging Around

In making the rounds this week, I found these two links that I felt were interesting:

I got this from Michelle. Move the socks around...

I got this from Kim.

And, while reading blog, I saw that I need to answer the questions from blog, so here goes:

1. Where is your favorite knitting spot?
You mean I have to pick ONE!!! Okay, I guess since it never happens, it would be on the couch next to my DH while watching (almost) anything on TV.

2. If you suddenly could never knit again (shudder) - what would you do instead?
Read and play Sudoku

3. If you could travel anywhere in the world - where would you go and why?
Right now, I would choose Germany because my friend is there and that is where we met. But she is an Army wife, so she will not be there forever, so when she leaves, New York for the experience

4. When you were little - What did you want to do "when you grew up?" Are you doing it?
I never had a goal.

5. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Ben & Jerry's "Half Baked" It is some kind of fudge ice cream plus chocolate chip cookie dough.

Now, let's see if I can post those pictures from last week:

Detail on Avast cabling

I believe I have made progress on this, but I haven't taken out the measuring tape, yet.

I know I am farther than this. I finished that sleeve, and started the other one.

I also know I am farther than this. This is done with all the knitting, but the yarn has not been cut, and no ends are woven in. I have cut yarn, woven most of the ends (not all), and started on another one.

And, just for good measure, some baby girl pics:

She so much loves to drive.

We got pictures done a couple of weeks ago, but we haven't been able to finish scanning/converting them so I can't post them.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Post, please post...

I keep trying to add pictures to this post, but for some reason Blogger won't let me. So, I have three more pictures with actual knitting content, but you don't get to see them in this post.

So, here is what I have...

Knitting Content:

I am working steadily on Avast. I really LOVE this yarn!!! It is Bartlett Yarns. It smells like wool, and you can feel the lanolin in it. I have a problem, though. I think my dad won't wear it much. It is wool, and you have to be careful with wool, and I made it, and he doesn't want it to wear out. I think I might have to get on him about that.

I have progress pictures to show you of a Christmas Stocking and a top-down sweater. Also, I have a picture of the cable in Avast. These are the ones I am having trouble with.

Knitting Content over.

Malik is in Cross-Country. They had their first (of three) meet last week. He forgot to bring shorts, so he was running 2000 meters up and down hills with no warm-up in cords. He walked A LOT, and he didn't get first place.

That is him in the white shirt and pants.

A couple of weeks ago, Miss Thing got her first tooth. Her second one broke through yesteday, but I don't have a picture of it, yet.

This is her daddy sharing his twinkie with her:

More later!

PS: I forgot to mention. I got a comment last week from ??? (Sorry, if I have to stop and look at my email, I might not press Publish). She said to me that she is surprised I have time to knit at all. I make time to knit. I knit and walk, I knit in church, I knit at games, I knit while DH drives, I knit anytime traffic stops (including red lights). I am fully addicted, and even if it is just one stitch, I knit. I tried to email you directly, but I didn't have your address. Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Malik Fall 06

So, at the new job, the technology is a bit behind my old job. We don't have a color scanner here. Therefore, here is Malik's school picture B&W. He doesn't like it. We may be signing up for retakes.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Life sure is crazy

Busy, still.

Let's see. I have a sleeve and a half to finish on the top-down sweater, but it is asisde for the time being, because Avast is getting there, although it is 218 stitches across, but I am in my second ball of Bartlett Yarns, so, getting there slowly, but surely. Also, I decided I need to pick up my Christmas stockings if they are to be done on time. I am half way done with #2 of 5. They go pretty fast, but when I did the first one, I discovered something about my Fair Isle. I am a TIGHT Fair Isle knitter! So, with #2, I only hold one yarn at a time, and knit both with my right hand. Much better now. However, I have two projects OTN that I do not want to pull out but aren't going to be the right size. DAMN!!

I joined Socktoberfest (like everyone else in the blogiverse). I have my Hederas that are sitting one leg half done. They just mock me. I don't think I like lace patterns much. It is too much work for my life right now, maybe. I need "easier" knits (cables on Avast, Fair Isle on Stockings don't count as hard - I can "see" it better) at this point in my life. So, my Soctoberfest projects are Christmas stockings, Hedera, and my DH a pair. In that order.

My Socktoberfest questions are:

  • When did you start making socks? Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class?

I joined an online group with instructions very SIMPLY laid out. There were “lessons” - Parts 1 through (I think) 6. The socks were knit with worsted weight on size 6 needles. It was good.

  • What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time?

My first pair were made with some stash yarn that I only had one ball of – green worsted weight Encore. Note to self: do not choose acrylic next time!

  • What would you have done differently?

Not used acrylic. Walking on acrylic knit socks is like having a bunch of pins on the bottom of your feet. No matter, I learned, and it worked.

  • What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?

No real preference

  • Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?

Can’t crochet to save my life. I have exclusively knit on DPN’s, but have the books to learn 2 circulars and Magic Loop – just haven’t used either of them.

  • Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)

I don’t even know what I use. What does Ann Budd’s book use?

  • How many pairs have you made?

Um…one for step-dad, one for son #1, one for son #2, three for me (if you include first ever pair), now working on 5 Christmas stockings – done with one, half way through another. How many pairs is that. Oh, also started another pair, that is stalled.

I also joined My first toe-ups, so I guess that I will do DH socks toe-up. That is probably not the best choice, just because he has such big feet, but I'm not going to start another pair.

As I have said before, HOMEWORK SUCKS!!! Malik (and I) were up until 10:30 or 11 last night doing homework that should have taken him 30 minutes! Plus, he is in middle school this year, and he is in CONSTANT trouble!!! AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!

Well, I guess I will press "publish" so I can have a post this month.