Thursday, February 22, 2007

Busy week

I've been knitting like mad here. I've gotten 1/4 the way through a hooded baby bath blanket. I need to make 2 of them. My index finget is sore from the knitting needle tip. Now tonight I was asked to make 2 cup cozies for next Thursday. Of course a non-knitter had to ask me with that little time and all the stuff I have to get done. This link shows everything that has to be done by Wednesday night preferably. That way if anything goes wrong my friends and I will have the next morning to figure out a solution. The fair starts at noon.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Been Tagged

My friend Knitty_Prof Tagged me. So, 5 things I haven't revealed on my blog......hmmm....

1.) Thre was a 2 or 3 day thing across the street from me when I was growing up that I loved to look at and go to. It was called "Sheep To Shawl." One year my class went on a field trip there and I was so interested in watching them shear the sheep by hand (they did everything the colonial way) I almost got left behind at that point. My teacher had to keep an eye on me to make sure I didn't get lost.
2.) I can remember the strangest facts and wierdest things, but forget improtant things. It drives my family nuts. For example I'll remember fine detail things noone else remembers from my childhood until I go into great detail about major things with what else was going on.
3.) I almost got to be part of a pit crew with Bush Grand Nationals as a teenager. That's until Dad and I realized that we'd be at the same area of the car. So chances are good that if anything happened to him, it's happen to me. Also I'd get scared and freak out if anything happened to him if we were both in danger.
4.) I've gotten to see sheep give birth and feed newborn lambs their first feedings. Same for nubian goats.
5.) When I worked at Joann Fabrics in Christmas 2005 they let me put the yarn away delivery days becaused I loved it so much. We're talking about multipme baxes that bame up to the hip, and at least half an arm lengths wide. Don't dare try to pick it up. I was also known for stopping and writing helpful websites down for customers. When I went back in to apply this Christmas season they were all set, but the manager told me that if I was able to get to the next local store she said she would be willing to give me a reccomedation that included "willing to whip your yarn section into shape."

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Yarn Inventory

Well, I inventoried my stash. Yep, I took on that task over the pask couple days. I've listed it below. It totals 104 balls & skiens of yarn.

Tlist is going to be Name of yarn, Color, Yards or ozs, Quantity

  1. Caron Simply Soft, Soft Green, 366 y, 1
  2. Caron Simply Soft, Lavender, Partial, 1
  3. Caron Simply Soft, Purple , Partial ,
  4. Lilly Sugar' n Cream, Cool Breeze Ombre, 4 ozs, 2 now 1
  5. Lilly Sugar' n Cream, Potpourri, Partial, 1
  6. Lilly Sugar' n Cream, Rose Pink, Partial, 1
  7. Lilly Sugar' n Cream, Twilight, Partial, 1
  8. Lilly Sugar' n Cream, Natural Ombre, Partial, 1
  9. Lion Brand Magic Stripes, Full Skien, 1
  10. Patons Grace, Apricot, 136 y, 1
  11. Patons Grace, Marine, 136 y, 1
  12. Moda-Dea Ricochet, Soul, 76 y, 2
  13. Moda-Dea Ricochet, Swing, 76 y, 1
  14. Lion Brand Homespun, Mixture, Partial, 2
  15. Lion Brand Homespun, Lavender, Partial, 1
  16. Lion Brand Homespun, Mediterranieanian, Partial, 1
  17. Lion Brand Homespun, Edwardian, 185y, 4
  18. Red Heart Super Saver, Lavender, 364y, 1
  19. Red Heart Super Saver, Light Raspberry, 364y, 1
  20. Red Heart Super Saver, Royal, 364y, 2
  21. Red Heart Super Saver, Pale Yellow, 364y, 1
  22. Red Heart Super Saver, Frosty Green, 364y, 1
  23. Red Heart Super Saver, Lt. Blue, 364y, 3
  24. Red Heart Super Saver, Frosty Green, Partial, 2
  25. Red Heart Super Saver, Red, Partial, 2
  26. Red Heart Super Saver, Green, Partial, 1
  27. Red Heart Super Saver, Blueberry Pie, Partial, 1
  28. Red Heart Super Saver, Dk. Blue, Partial, 1
  29. Red Heart Super Saver, Off White Speckled, Sm. Amt, 1
  30. Red Heart Super Saver, Lt. Pink, Partial, 2
  31. Red Heart Super Saver, Monet, Partial, 1
  32. Lion Brand Jiffy, Some Shade Green, Partial, 1
  33. Lion Brand Jiffy, Purple, Partial, 1
  34. Lion Brand Jiffy, Denim, Partial, 1
  35. Lion Brand Jiffy, Navy, 135y, 1
  36. Lion Brand Fishermans Wool, Natural, Partial, 2
  37. Mainstays, Off White, 7 oz, 1
  38. Mainstays, Cilantro, 7 oz, 1
  39. Mainstays, Blue, 7 oz, 1
  40. Patons Divine, Mauve, Partial, 2
  41. Romake Deluxe Quality, Purple, 4 ozs, 4
  42. Wilde Yarns, Peach, 180y, 1
  43. Lion Brand Boucle, Blueberry, Unknown, 1
  44. Lion Brand Suede, Scarlet, Partial, 1
  45. Patons Lacette, Mauve, Partial, 3
  46. Peaches & Cream, Blues, 1 lb cone, 1
  47. Marble, Berry, Partial, 1
  48. Lion Brand Microfiber, Off White, Full Skien, 2
  49. Patons Classic Merino, Winter White, 223y, 8
  50. Lion Brand Fun Fur, Olive, 57y, 1
  51. Lion Brand Fun Fur, Mixture, Partial, 1
  52. Lion Brand Fun Fur, Fiesta, 57y, 1
  53. Lion Brand Wool Ease, Gray, Partial, 1
  54. Lion Brand Wool Ease, Denim , Partial, 1
  55. Lion Brand Wool Ease, Woodland , Partial, 1
  56. Bernat Baby Coordinates, Soft Blue, 6 oz, 1
  57. Bernat Baby Coordinates, Yellow, 6 oz, 1
  58. Sayelle Earth Tone Ombre, Lilac Blossom, 3 oz, 1
  59. Bernat Softee Baby, Lemon, 5 oz, 1
  60. Bernat Softee Baby, Pale Blue, 5 oz, 1
  61. Caldor Bulky Knit Yarn, Royal Blue, 3.5 oz, 7
  62. Dawn Wintuk Bulky, Steel Gray, 3.5 oz, 1
  63. Red Heart Fiesta, Light Periwinkle, 6 oz, 1
  64. Kogiu KPPPM, 1
  65. Phildar Pronostic, White, 175y, 1
  66. Red Boucle, Partial,1
  67. Dk Red, Partial,1
  68. Red, Partial,1
  69. Off White, Partial,1
  70. Multi Color, Partial,1
  71. Multi Color, Partial,1
    Total = 104

Edit added 2/22: Note: Those in red have been used

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Joined Stashalong

I've Joined Stashalong. Right now I'll be doing option 3. That is until I get to sit down and inventory my yarn onto the computer. Then I'll (if it's allowed) add in option 2. My projects are:

An Irish Aran Sweater (using Patons Classic Merino)
Knitty's Chaos note: need to finish it really soon baby is due on 4/15 (using some red heart baby yarn for body and another for the arms)
A scarf and hat set for a raffle on March 1 (yarns unknown)
A scarf for same raffle on March 1 (using 1 partially used ball wool yarn and 1 partially used skien red heart)
A cotton hooded bath blanket for the baby to be (using lilly sugar and cream)
A second hooded bath blanket for another baby to be (using unknown cotton yarn in stash)
Triangle Shawl for Mom (Yarn not picked yet)
Afghan for Dad (Yarn not picked yet)
"Screaming Stash"
"Screaming Stash"
So that's my project list for Option 3

Monday, February 12, 2007

I have come to the conclusion I need to give some of my stash away, It's yarn that I will never use. Yarn that was made ages ago. It's acrylic that is really cruddy. I'll never use it in any of my projects. Also it doesn't feel nice. The price tags on some are from stores that no longer exist one I never even heard of but was popular here in this town. Also it sold for less than a dollar a skein at that time. The bands on the skeins don't even say anything about guage or needle sizes even. That's how old the yarn is. Maybe the senior enter will like it.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

SP10 Questionairre

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? I haven't found a fiber I don't like yet. I cannot use yarns with banana silk in it though. I can risk anapalytic shock with that fiber. I have been having fun with Kogiu KPPPM and have fallen in love with noro even thouh I haven't had the opportunity to work with Noro yet.
2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? My circulars are in a needle case. Straights in a clear vase. Knitpicks Options in the black case they sent.
3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I've been knitting since October 2006. I'd say I'm between intermediate and advanced. My mom and aunt taught me how to knit.
4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Yes, I have a
5. What's your favorite scent? I like fruit scents. Melon and berries especially. Basically anything that does not contain tropical fruits (banana, papaya, mango, kiwi, coconut, pineapple, passion fruit, etc.) Actually I like them, but I have a severe allergy and avoid products that have the scent in case they have any natural part of the plant to decrease the risk of a reaction. You can feel free to ask for any clarification.
6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? I definitley have a sweet tooth. I love chocolate. The guy who runs the candy shop downtown pays me in white chocolate when I sell earrings. Also I love coffee.
7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? I spin with a drop spindle, make satined glass, make fused glass jewlery (even with dichroic glass), paint pottery, bead, draw, paint.
8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) My computer can play CDs and MP3s. I like a wide variety of music: from broadway soundtracks to country; big band to country; classical to classic rock. I just don't go for heavy metal, rap, and jazz.
9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand? I love pinks and purples. I tend to like most any colors. It's the artist in me. I just don't go for flourescent colors.
10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? I have 1 cat named Cliona. I talk to and still see my dad and step-mom (reffered to as mom) and her family. The Maternal side of the family has been disowned comin up on 4 years now. My landlord and lady's family treat me like one of their own. I see them daily. Where i live I rent 1 floor and have free access to the rest of the house. That part of the house has 1 soon to be 2 dogs and another cat. Incouding that tidbit since those animals I interact with tons too.
11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? Scarves ... check Hats...check Mittens...check Ponchos...make it a shawl and then it'll be a check. I have very bad memories of ponchos.
12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? Right now, as I'm wanting simple, a scarf. It's been the aran sweater though.
13. What are you knitting right now? A hat and scarf to be raffled off on the 1st at a fair, an Aran Sweater for me, a random cable baby sweater for a cousin to be, and an Irish Hiking Scarf for next christmas.
14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? Most definitley. Isn't that what hands were created for!
15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? I like bamboo, but my favorites are the KnitPicks Options ones. I got the kit for christmas.
16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? Not yet.
17. How old is your oldest UFO? A baby sweater that's 7 months old. THankfully the baby isn't born yet. It's due in april.
18. What is your favorite holiday? I'd have to say it's a tie with Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love them all though. What makes a holiday a holiday in the winter though is having my dad home and not stuck at work plowing the streets.
19. Is there anything that you collect? Starting to collect antique knitting needles & patterns. I also collect things having to do with my heritage (Southwest Ireland), dolphins, and Phantom Of The Opera.
20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? No magazine subscriptions yet. My wist has books I want.
21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? Fair Isle, Two Socks on Two Circulars, Entrelac, Intarsia
22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? I'm not a sock knitter yet. Hope to learn this year. Measurements: Ankle Circumference: 26.5 cm Toe to heel: 26 cm Width: 4 cm
23. When is your birthday? December 13

New Place to KIP

Well I found a new place to KIP yesterday. The local emergency room.

For starters why would I be a patient and have knitting with me? I had gone to knitting in the morning and the shop to help with a party right after. THen to the er from the shop and my stuff came with me. If there were no Epi-Pens and 911 who knows where I'd be right now.
I ended up going into anaphalytic shock yesterday afternoon. Balloons set the latex allergy off. All that were blown up were 5 but just the powder in the air of a small area set me off. I thankfully had an epipen at the shop and used that, then called 911 and waited outside. I'm fine. at the er they monitored me for a few hours and gave me pepcid and benadryl (to take for a few days too). The epi-pen worked, the tightness returned for a while but did go away. Once I was feeling better I started knitting. The nurses (90% of which knew me from my frequent flyer days) all got a kick out of it. Though it was par for the course with me.

On the way home though I bought my self 2 bruised knees (good size as well as swelling) and a nice shiner under the left eye. Tripped on the sidewalk.