One would think that since it's been four days since my last post, I'd have something fabulous to show off. Nope. Sorry.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Posted by Erica at 2:58 PM
Friday, February 18, 2005
Or tomorrow. Or maybe the day after that. What could possibly leave me to make this frightening statement?
It's contained in this little tiny box:
Ooh... What could be inside?
Yummy! That's a pound each of Corriedale and Wildberry rovings from Copper Moose.
A sexy shot of the Wildberry. Isn't she beautiful?
My first ever attempt at spinning. Not too bad, eh? The spindle was a gift from my SP3, Pam.
I know I haven't talked about this before, but it's been in the works for awhile now. Here's the story. This summer my mom showed me her Navajo spindle and got my brain thinking about it. So, when we moved here, I saw that the Arts and Crafts studio on post had a weaving and spinning class. We were only here about a month and a half before Royd left so there wasn't anyone to watch the kids on Friday nights. I had been holding out until he does get home, but I finally caved in. I'm so glad I did. It's so fascinating! I still plan on taking the class so that I can learn to use the wheel.
On top of that, my mom has said that she's going to send me her spindle, fleece and carders. Woohoo! I'm giddy!
I was hoping that the package would get delayed until Monday so that I could get some other projects knocked out. I've finished the knitting on Connor's sweater and it's busy blocking on my ironing board. Although, he won't be wearing until next year, I just want it done. I also had started working on the cowl sweater. I'm halfway through the second sleeve and then still need to do the front. Of course I finished my pink socks.
As I was washing all of my wonderful socks yesterday I noticed something peculiar. All the socks I've made have been in varying shades of pinks and blues. It's weird because I almost never pick these two colors for sweaters or tops. But, almost all of my dresses and pretty unmentionables are these colors. Strange, huh?
Posted by Erica at 3:28 PM
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
I finished my scarf for February Fixing. I love how this turned out. It's now nice and wide and still long enough to wrap nicely. I used the Bias Lace Scarf pattern from the Pattern-a-Day Calendar. The closeup picture below better represents the true color.
Don't judge me.
It's become apparent to me that I go through kicks. You can call is obsessions or even a sickness if you wish to. Last year it was scarves and the year before it was afghans. I have this need to make each one better as I explore multiple techniques. Once I feel that I have made one truly awesome object, the craziness will start to pass-only to turn to something else.
These are actually the fast pair I've made yet. I started last evening and have been sporadically working on them throughout the day. Plain stockinette stitch and a larger gauge than I'm used to really move things along.
Posted by Erica at 3:06 PM
Saturday, February 12, 2005
Yup, that's right. I did it. I broke my promise to myself. It happened so quickly I didn't even know it was happening. Before I knew it, I was printing out a confirmation of sale.
These are just your basic toe-up sock. Nothing special, but the stripes match within twelve stitches. Not bad for an afterthought.
Thanks for the concern about my sockpal's socks. I do have a few tricks left up my sleeve. I finally realized two days ago that I was stressing too much. I had it in my head that they had to be the most beautiful socks that had ever been knit. I know what my pal likes and doesn't-just go from there. I'm feeling much better about it and have faith that she'll like what I do make her.
Oh, one more thing. I finally updated my Finished Objects page with all the info on my projects.
On the home front I have good and worriesome news. First, Royd is in Kuwait! We still don't know exactly when he'll be leaving but that's okay. I'm just glad he's out of Iraq. Second, my FIL has accepted a job in Baghdad as a contractor. Honestly, I worry more about him than my husband-he won't be carrying around a M-16! I guess the worrying will never stop. Last year it was a cousin's husband over there. Who knows what the following year will hold. Hopefully not my husband again.
Posted by Erica at 3:05 PM
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
Posted by Erica at 2:18 PM
Friday, February 04, 2005
Two are sized for baby/toddler and the other are for older children. All were done in Lion Brand Homespun at about 4sts per inch. That's as tight as I could get it. I chose this yarn because although it's not the warmest out there(say like wool), it is very soft and it's what I got. I could get another four hats at least out of what's left. Though, as I was doing the first one, I remembered why I hadn't done anything with it before. I can't stand knitting with it! No particular reason, it just drives me batty.
Oh, yes one more item to share with you. This is what we were NOT discussing last week:
It's the Bell Cloche from the Pattern A Day Calendar. I chose Cascade Yarns Quattro for it. It took three attempts at blocking before I got the right shaped bowl to do it on. Have I worn it? No, it has decided to act like spring since I casted off. Stupid weather.
This brings me to another thing. I have worn a sweater for maybe a total of 5 hours this winter. After about just a half hour, it's been torn off as I seek the nearest window for fresh, cold air. I suppose it has something to do with nursing? I can't really say how I was with Reilly because we were in Georgia. I never wore sweaters there. So, I've been re-evaluating my wishlists of projects. Perhaps I will take the sweaters off of it for now. I certainly have plenty if I do get cold.
Posted by Erica at 3:09 PM
Wednesday, February 02, 2005
I found another worthy charity to knit for:
Found this while reading Mossy Cottage Knits.
As far as the red scarf goes, I'm halfway through and am taking a one day break from it. It's starting to get monotonous. So, I casted on for a hat. I promised myself that I'll make at least four hats for the Dulaan Project. If I get really inspired, maybe I'll throw in a pair of socks too.
Posted by Erica at 2:37 PM