Tuesday, June 22, 2004

All hats from now until the end of time shall be knit in the round without the need for evil hat seams. So it has been proclaimed. ha! Ok out of that big project list I posted a while back I have finished the long-neglected dishcloth and the kid classic hat. I cast on for a feather and fan scarf out of a dark pink cashmerino, but it's just two rows big right now so it doesn't count. I still have the segue ribbon thing going which I can only do a little at a time because that stuff is slippery and the giant needles I have to use make my wrist hurt. I also still have the k1c2 meringue super plain looking shawl (Right now that's my favorite project) and of course the Dr. Who scarf which is currently 30 inches long. Today the Gypsy Shawl pattern and the rest of the yarn for the Keepsake shawl should be delivered. (That UPS guy had better put it way up on the porch and securely out of the rain or else.) I hope to start that sometime this weekend if the pattern isn't too hard to figure out. I sometimes have trouble with patterns confusing me and I just end up doing my own thing if there is nobody to ask for help. Oh well. Stitch N Bitch is tonight. I finished the flyer for it yesterday. I think it turned out pretty good, but I didn't have time to make buttons for people. Maybe next week I'll get to that. I have to rush home after work, change out of my big stompy work boots, and figure out what I'm gonna take with me to work on. I want to get there early. I hate having to go looking for people I don't know and have never met so if I get there early enough they can just go looking for me. haha

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Pattern Drama

OK, so I ordered the Gypsy Shawl pattern from Handworks Gallery in Little Rock this weekend. They called me and said that oops they list crap on their website that they really don't have in stock, (bastards!)and that no they won't be getting any more in EVER. The lady was kinda snippy with me, but she did give me the number of a shop in North Carolina that she said might have the pattern. I called the shop and spoke to a nice lady with a cool British accent (which I wasn't expecting calling North Carolina haha) She told me that they too were out of stock, but that she expected to get more and that they DID have the Keepsake Shawl pattern that I wanted. She took down my order saying she'd ship them both when the Gypsy pattern came in. Later last night I found out that purlsoho.com had 6 of the Gypsy pattern in stock, so I placed an order there for that plus six solid colors for Keepsake. So now I have two orders with purl. (I ordered some size 3 and 4 addi turbo circular needles from there over the weekend to knit Gypsy with) The first order will be here Friday, and I haven't gotten a shipped email about the second yet. I hope they don't come back saying that they are out of it too now since I called and left a message at that shop to cancel my Gypsy order and just ship the Keepsake ASAP. The shop doesn't open till 9AM so I have about an hour to change my mind I guess. My luck I'll cancel with her, then purl will send me a "so sorry, but you're screwed" email about ten minutes later. ugh! Maybe that's why more people aren't knitting these. Everyone I've spoken to who's out of the Gypsy and Keepsake patterns offers me Charlotte instead. I guess they all overstocked Charlotte and understocked everything else or something. phooey!

Monday, June 14, 2004

YAY I finished my Mom's green and white stripe dishcloth thing. I'm not posting a picture because it's totally boring. Just picture a green and white stripe garter stitch diamond shape thing about a foot wide and eight inches tall. There you go. This weekend I've also worked on the Segue scarf and the kid classic hat and even a little bit on the noro seed stitch scarf. I need to finish at least two more things before I can start the shawl and my nephew's hat. Did I tell you people I measured his head? The child is 8 and his head is 22 inches! 22! oh damn. His sister is 10 and hers is only 20. I can't believe how big that boy's head is. He says he wants a blue hat. "Blue or uh...yeah blue" lol.

Sunday, June 13, 2004

Gypsy Shawl

Everyone is knitting the Charlotte's Web shawl, but I really don't like it... the thing is just ugly! I just ordered the pattern for the Gypsy Shawl instead..much nicer IMHO.

Mine's gonna be this color:

Now I just have to finish a couple of these other little projects so I'll have the time to work on it.

Monday, June 07, 2004

Must stop buying yarn. I have about fifteen skeins/hanks of assorted things needing to be wound into balls right now. I have a bid in on a funky looking old swift on ebay. If I don't win the auction I think I can make one out of a block of wood, a spinny hinge thing, and some old wire hangers. Seriously. I saw instructions somewhere on how you can use a kitchen mixer as a ball winder too but I'm not that desparate. lol
I have five projects cast on:
1) The Dr. Who Scarf
2) Another hat in the same style as the one I made for my niece only out of the Rowan Kid Classic and knit flat like the pattern calls for as opposed to round like I did that one. (Seriously thinking of ripping it out and starting over with circular needles though cause it was so darn easy.)
3) Mom's poor neglected second dishcloth
4) A scarf out of this awesome ribbon stuff I got in Fayetteville on Saturday. (Trendsetter Segue) I need to go buy some beads or something for frige. It won't look right with no fringe and the ribbon will fray at the ends too much for me to use it.
5) The Seed Stitch Noro scarf from Hip To Knit that I started on the plane last weekend for Ian's Dad probably for Xmas (shhh don't tell him) I'm forcing myself to finish at least one or two of these before I start up anything else.
Here are the things on my mental list of projects to start:
1) Hat for steve out of the blue Alpaca.
2) Seamless sweater knit without a pattern. ( I have the concept down, have yarn I want to use and everything I just need to swatch and measure and do the math)
3) Julia's Hat (I need to compare my pink yarn to her gloves and I'm good to go)
4) That rollover sweater from Hip To Knit
5) Hot Head Hats from SNB for my Nephews
6) That doubleknit skull scarf I did all the practice swatching for. (I need some more practice first)
7) The Chinese Charm purse from SNB (I have handles and a really awesome fabric for the lining already)
8) A Fall Poncho of as yet to be determined design...maybe kind of a loose stitch design out of the green and blue alpaca if I have enough of that left after steve's hat.
9) Another scarf out of the Trendsetter Segue only this time in Black (Just ordered the black off ebay last night for $6 cheaper - even after shipping charges - than I paid for the multi I got in Fayetteville)
10) Some scarves/hats/felted bags for people for xmas
11) An afghan out of all the leftover bits of stuff I'm sure I'll have. Wow that sounds like a lot when I list it out like that. I'd better get busy finishing the stuff I've started. LOL