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Thursday, June 30, 2005
Th-th-that's all folks

I got an email that says my blogdrive subscription is about to expire.  I knew the day was coming and I've been thinking about whether I should renew it or not.  At this point, I'm not going to.  I haven't kept up with blogging like I did in the past and I see no reason to keep paying for something when I'm not using it.  They aren't taking the account away from me, but I won't have the ad-free space, nor the ability to upload pictures to display all the marvelous knitting I've been [not] doing.  I'm still knitting, but nothing really worthy of pictures.  I still enjoy reading the fifty million I have on my bloglines, but I just don't feel much like doing it myself.  So folks, know that while I may not be posting anything, I'm still alive and well and keeping an eye on all of you.

Some final knitting content:  My daughter wants a feather and fan afghan, but she wants it big enough to cover the bed.  Do you really want to know how many stitches wide that is?  Trust me, you don't.  I'll just say that it takes me 15-20 minutes to do one row.  All in the name of love, that's for sure.  I made a couple of dishcloths out of Sugar and Creme.  Pretty, but truth be told I like the ones I made from Elann's Lara better.  Don't be knocking the dishclothes, they use up stash and that's a good thing.  I'm working on a neckdown hooded tunic from Knitting Pure and Simple using (cover your eyes if you are a true yarn snob) Lion Brand Imagine.  It's in the stash, it has to go somehow.   As does all the other crap in there.  I wish I could start all over in my yarn buying.  Maybe I should do that charity knitting that I keep wanting to do.  Then again, why subject someone else to something that I myself don't like. 

And someday, I'm going to crash Janice's knitting group, but shhhh.. don't tell her!

Posted at 06:01 pm by Restless Knitter
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Saturday, June 11, 2005
A little ditty

We have some friends, I'll call them Jack and Diane.  (I actually lived within 30 miles of John Cougar Mellencamp in my "previous" life, and I even walked by him at the mall once.  Not with him, but in passing.  Y'all want to reach out and touch me now because I've been that close, right?)  Anyway, we went to their house last night.  Jack and Husband are good friends.  Jack gets on my nerves sometimes.  I mean, overall he's a good guy and would do anything for you, but some things just grate my nerves.  Diane is.. how do I put it.. a tad on the high strung side.  (Takes one to know one, I know.)  So anyway, we went over there last night.  She is PISSED OFF at Jack, and has no problem letting me and the other woman there that she is being a bitch (her words).  Yay for a fun evening. nothing like having a hostess that won't at least pretend she's glad you're there.  She treats Jack like shit, telling him to shut up, bad mouthing him, treating him like he's 12 (though sometimes he acts like he's 12), and giving him dirty looks.  Jack is more subtle about his badmouthing, he does it behind her back.  Such a fun couple to be around.  Half the time it puts me in a bad mood just being around those two.  I think my husband is the greatest man in the world, and I would never dream of treating him like shit.  But when I'm around them, I find myself sometimes taking potshots at him and that's not the way I want to be.  And I wonder, if they love each other so much, why do they treat each other so badly?  They've only been married 8 months.  Shouldn't there still be that loving glance at this point?  All this coming from a woman who has no close friends.  Wonder why?  I shouldn't be so anal.  In my defense, I had a best friend that I got along with great, but cancer stole her several years ago.  Bastard cancer. 

Oh yes, knitting.  The cardi is done, still doesn't have a zipper.  I should get that in there in, oh let's say 6 months.  That's how long it will take me to put it in, cuss because it's not straight, take it out, put it back in, cuss because it's still wonky, then break down and go someplace for help.  While procrastinating on the zipper issue, I made a hat. Wooo!

Do I look pale in this picture?  (If I'd taken a real picture of me, you'd still see the same white, but there'd be a few (ha!) freckles all over the place.)  A bucket hat from the top down.  You know what that means folks?  No swatching required, YAY!  This one is LB Cotton Ease and was made from this pattern.  And since I don't need to know gauge, I started another one.  On size 3 needles!  Whee!

I think you've seen enough (parenthesis) for today, I better quit before (I) type (more) of (them).  My next entry will consist of tons of periods......after every 4 words.... and I will challenge you .... to know the technical.... term for those....

Posted at 11:44 pm by Restless Knitter
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Thursday, June 02, 2005
The blue pages

The usual disclaimer, the color isn't true, at least on my monitor.  Obviously, I have a thing for blue.  And obviously I'm not a professional photographer. 

Weeping Willow - Jaggerspun Zephyr.  I know the pic is dark, but the lighter ones didn't show off the stitch pattern as well, if you can believe that.



Sleeves in Your Pi - Peruvian Highland Wool.  The color is WAY off in this pic because I played around with the Auto color while resizing.  The real color is a muted/dusty blue. 



And there you have it.  Proof that I have knit something in the last six months.  What color will my next project be?  Did you guess blue?  You were sort of right.  I'm working on a cardi using variegated yarn that's purple, green, and... blue.  Very dark colors. Will I finish it?  Only time will tell.

Posted at 12:37 pm by Restless Knitter
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Monday, May 30, 2005
Picture intensive

Also known as: Someone got a new camera!

My back and neck are fine, at least as far as the bumper bender goes.  It's not just on one side, it's the whole bumper that's drooping, but you only get a pic of one side.  And besides, my car looks like it might be clean in this pic.



Several years ago I had an accident that contributes to the back pains I get these days.  (not taken with the new camera)



See the car on the left?  That's the one that turned in front of me while I was going around 50mph.  Both cars were totalled.  I walked away from it, but my legs were sore for a couple of days afterward from where they hit the dash.

Mommy, why?!?!  (You know she was probably calling me a bitch instead of asking why)



Because



That's not the one she can actually get to.  She has a matching spot on the side that she's laying on, right in front of her rear leg. I've spared you the close up of the staples, be thankful.

This little fellow must know I got a new camera and wanted to test taking pictures through a door with panes of glass.  I had a good zoom going on the last shot but before I could click it, the cat decided to take a closer look out the door and he ran off.



Speaking of the cat, I leave you with a shot of some of the most beautiful green eyes.
 
Yes, I know she needs her face washed and I know it's blurry, but you can still see the green.

Heh, not one knitting shot.  Soon though

Posted at 06:04 pm by Restless Knitter
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Friday, May 27, 2005
Bad blogger

So I had this long entry wrote up and blogdrive coughed up a hairball and lost it.  Now you get the short version.

I'm a bad blogger, not much updating

I've been busy researching the business dealie.  When not doing that, I've been working on a cardi from a Knitting Pure & Simple pattern, halfway done with one sleeve.

Doggie had surgery to get some cysts removed.  Staples to close the incisions are $1.72 each.  Staples are expensive, especially when you get 20 of them.  I gave her a complex by laughing at her for the e-collar we put on her.  Also known as a lamp shade around the neck.

I was rear ended.  Her van suffered no damage, my rear bumper wasn't so lucky.  No one was hurt.  Her battery went dead while waiting for the police.  She used the jumper cables after the cop left.  Jumper cables scare me.  I decided not to rant about calling 911 for non emergencies. (I didn't call 911, I used the regular phone number)

If blogdrive decides to bring the original post back from the dead, you'll get to read the long version.

And thank you for the compliments on the polar bear!

Posted at 02:19 am by Restless Knitter
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Monday, May 16, 2005
Super Secret revealed

Remember the super secret project that I mentioned awhile back, and most recently whined about?  Now that it's been received, I can show it to you (and whine about it some more)



If you can't tell, it's a polar bear.  If you want to see a face shot, go over to Donna's blog.  I wanted him to turn out perfect.  See, after you are done knitting him, you're supposed to stuff plastic bags in him for the felting process.  I did that but the plastic bags started coming out of his legs and the legs started felting together.  As if that wasn't bad enough, there was still plastic in his feets so I had to pry his legs open as much as possible to get the plastic out of his still big feet.  All this while he is soaking wet with hot water.  So he's a little out of proportion and his body and toes aren't as felted as I'd like, but he's still okay.  On to the next step of sticking my hand up it's ass to embroider his eyes.  Guess what!  The hole has felted small enough that I can't get my hand in there.  In hindsight, I realize that I should've just snipped the hole to make it bigger because it wasn't going to unravel anyway.  But I didn't and I did the best I could on his eyes.  What I didn't realize until after I turned him over to the post office was that his eyes are crooked!  Why it was so clear in the pictures but not in real life I don't know.  I knew that his eyes could probably be bigger, but I didn't notice them being crooked!  So for as much as I've whined about it/been pissed off that it wasn't perfect, it was still fun to do and I'd do it all over again!  Things I'd do different?  Leave out the mohair, run some thread thru the plastic bags so they'd stay put, and make sure his eyes are even :)

Posted at 02:33 pm by Restless Knitter
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Saturday, May 14, 2005
Knew it

I was right.  The Drops sweater is too small.  I have 3 options: 1) Rip it out and do it all over, 2) Finish it and give it away, or 3) Rip it out and use the yarn for something else.  I'm going with option 3. 

I see Kim Hargreaves site is finally functional.  I was expecting pattern books and yarns, not just kits.  I don't like being forced to buy a kit.  Maybe after I eventually work through some of my stash I'll be more open to it. 

I looked at the preview for the Summer Knitters.  I don't see anything in there that I'd actually make so I think I'll pass on this issue. 

I'm not sure how much time I'm going to have for knitting soon anyway.  Husband and I are embarking upon a new journey (saying it like that makes it sound exciting) with our own business.  No, it's not a yarn shop.  It will take a lot of work to get things going, but hopefully I'll have some time to knit here and there. 


Posted at 11:06 pm by Restless Knitter
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Thursday, May 12, 2005
May 12

Have you ever worked on something that you wanted to be just perfect in every way?  Then little things happen along the way that piss you off. Some things you can fix, some things you can't.  When it's all said and done, you think that it's not really that bad.  Sure it's not perfect, but it's not totally terrible either.  You take pictures of it for your blog, then you send it on it's merry little way.  Two days later, you upload the pictures to your computer and see something else that isn't what you thought it was and wish you'd noticed before.  Like before you gave it to the post office.  This whole thing should have been done over.  I'll show you the pictures in a couple of days, for now you'll just have to take my word for it. 

I'm in a general state of bitchiness.  It's not pms so it's either the meds for the stop smoking, or the stop smoking itself.  One would think that once you realize you're being a cranky old bat you would do something to fix that.  But no, I just go on being a cranky old bat.  Making life miserable for those around me.  This has got to change.  I had a friend that her husband quit smoking, cold turkey, with no help from patches or the like.  She said every since he quit, he was a big grouch.  I don't want to be like that. 

In the Good News department, the front of the Drops sweater is done.  The pattern has a couple of errors that I thought might have been due to the translation, but comparing it to the numbers in the orginal languages shows they are the same.  And some things got lost in translation that I didn't quite get, but I did it my way and it looks fine.  I don't think I'm going to put the sleeves on it as I don't care for the cap sleeves.  I wasn't sure when I started this if I was going to add them or not.  I think it will look okay without them so decision made.  The only thing I'm worried about right now is the size.  I may have made it too small.  Time will tell.

Posted at 11:16 am by Restless Knitter
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Monday, May 09, 2005
Ayup

You can really tell how much I hate knitting with cotton, so much that I've kept working on this.  I'm at the 7.5 inch mark



It's not so much that I don't like cotton, it's that the cables seem harder to do.  (If I ever get truly disgusted with cotton, I'm going to send all my cotton stash to Rabbitch because I don't think she has enough!)  I discovered this morning that instead of increasing every 3 cm, I had increased every 3 cm.  I've only done 3 increases at this point and I plan on just doing the next ones at the right places.  It's one thing to do those cotton cables one time, but there's no way in hell I'm going to rip that out and do them over just for a couple of centimeters.  And of course, can't go on without the obligatory the red shown isn't the right red, it's more of a blue blood red in real life comment. 

Here's two new online knitting magazines to add to your bookmarks:
http://www.knitplayground.com/index.html

http://www.scknitting.com/

Posted at 02:43 pm by Restless Knitter
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Saturday, May 07, 2005
Umm

I hate having to have a title.  I predict many more Umm titles in the future.  Or Ughs.

I haven't even gotten to the halfway point on Weeping Willow's edge and I'm bored again.  It's the same little 12 rows over and over and over again.  I do want to finish it so it can be off the needles but it's definitely not gonna happen in one sitting.  Because I was bored, I went web surfing.  In one of the many yahoo groups I belong to, they had been working on this little badger sweater.  And what do you know, I have that pattern and I have a lot of yarn not in use.  I did the practice one that's small (about 5 inches tall) and only made one piece of it.



You make two of these and sew them together and voila, a little sweater! 

I also started on a sweater from the Drops book that I bought recently.  I really want to make a summer sweater but damn I'm beginning to hate working with cotton.  I'm not sure if I'll move ahead with this one or not.  I'm leaning towards Rip It Out but being the Restless person that I am, that could change.

Posted at 04:30 pm by Restless Knitter
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