Tuesday, May 29, 2007
My oldest daughter is in school with a set of twins who have 2 moms. My husband and I have become friends with them, and they took pity on me for being alone. (It was extremely sweet and totally not necessary) and so they invited me to their house after the twins went to bed - in order to continue the kid free weekend - and fed me lobster. It was terrific. I have to say - they LOVE my husband. I am very happy that they think he is sweet, but there really isn't much to say except for - yea, I know. All in all is was a very nice night, except for the fact that I really hadn't talked to anyone for 36 hours and I was a little rusty in the conversation department.
I didn't do any exciting knitting. Right now I am working on a cotton tank top (in a lovely eggplant color) that I started last September. I finished the back last year, and then it started getting cold, so I put it aside. This was a fabulous idea, because when I took it out 2 weeks ago to work on again, it was almost done. So I am not feeling badly about winter sweaters that I haven't finished, because I know that I will be ready to finish them when the weather cools.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Edit the list, bold for stuff you’ve done, italics for stuff you plan to do one day, and normal for stuff you’re not planning on doing.
Knitting with metal wire
Knitting with camel yarn
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knitAmerican/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cozies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with DPNs
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting with wool
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Knitting in public
Friday, May 18, 2007
The first takes some concentration, so I did the Nantucket sweater when I was really into the show that I was watching or at knitting group. The Alpaca sweater is my second fair isle project, and my first one in a couple of years. I'm enjoying it - especially the purl rows. I've been putting the secondary color around my neck and purling with my thumb. It is different, and gives my usual knitting muscles a rest.
I got the Alpaca when my husband had shoulder surgery. I got it from an LYS near the high school where I work, that I don't usually go into. The woman there can get a little bossy about knitting and projects, although she does have a decent selection. Anyway, the purchase of the yarn was definitely a stress reaction to my husband having to have surgery. She didn't have everything I needed in stock, so I had to order it. It came in a few days later (since Elite is located about 20 minutes from here) and the yarn store owner called to tell me it was in. My husband was totally doped up on percaset for his shoulder, and the woman was very surprised I got the message. I am sure she is still convinced that I live with a bum!
Backs of sweaters are interesting though - not by themselves, but I seem to have a hard time starting on the fronts of things!
My seniors (meaning all of my students) had their last day today, which is bitter sweet. They have been a really great group of kids. I teach AP Psychology and these kids were really brilliant.
Off to knit.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
First of all living where I do means that I have about 12 or more yarn stores that are within a 20 minute drive of my house. I am REALLY lucky. There are 2 that are about a mile away from me in opposite directions. The first is Island Yarn in Waltham. You wouldn't think it was much. Ruthie's shop (Island Yarn) is in The Colonial Plaza. A strip mall sporting a laundromat, a swap book shop and a hearing aid place in addition to a pizza place and tanning beds. You know the type of place. Island yarn is actually pretty nice. She has a huge assortment of stuff, and a great variety. I always say that Ruthie's is the place that I go, when I know exactly what I need. I usually buy a little more to support her, but I am not usually inspired by her stuff. The first LYS I talked about (Jackie's store) is inspiring. The other LYS near me is not worth a mention. I have heard more horror stories from beginning knitters that go in there. When we get a newbie, and they tell an awful story about these pushy store owners we all say was it _____ and it always is.
Rain out tonight, but that is o.k. - I needed to make up the final exam for my seniors! Summer vacation is coming!
Sunday, May 13, 2007
which is actually a lot bigger now then when I took this picture. It has been going well, but I am having difficulty with the selvage edge, so I am keeping up with the lace, but not exactly as written.
I also finished my first sock in Socks that Rock (Fire on the Mountain), but when I put it on, it didn't fit right. It is in sport weight on 4's and I think I am going to rip it all out and make it into a hat and mittens for my daughter who is one.