Monday, June 25, 2007

Frog it or finish it time...

I spent days and days sorting, yes sorting my yarn and UFO's. Finally I've had to come to the conclusion that I either had to finish some of these projects I started or the dreaded Frog word.

I'm having trouble with this, I always think I could change this and make something out of it. So I have a new storage box labeled Frog it or Finish it.

There now I will have two UFO area's the I am going to finish this someday and the F&F area. Now that is much better.

Now back to knitting.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

From the Bitch

Oh no she is taking out suitcases again! She was just on a vacation! What? Why don't I get to go on so called vacations? God knows I need the change! It has been totally boring around here. She's busy all day the others just ignore me oh I'm so fed up!

You know the last time she left I did miss HER ! I was lonely all day, I had nobody to argue with! I had nobody to harass! I thought she was gone forever! I worried, I fret, she never called or sent post cards. All I could do was try and reach her telepathically but her telepahtic skills are really lacking. Then she came home at last. I was happy for a couple of days then she was up to the same old.....

While she was gone the house was a mess, HE did not do anything around the house! NOTHING! Did he think that the good fairy was going to come over and clean? No cooking delicious things hardly washing the dishes. HE puts dry food on the floor and says go eat it. Once in a while HE offers us a dry tasteless "cookie". Oy.... it tastes like sawdust. I like the little round ones with the paws on them he just doesn't get it.

Mommy bought a bunch of chews for us so while she was gone HE could give us treats. Well you know what HE did? HE put the chewy basket on the floor and I just could not help myself and I ate them all! I kept thinking that maybe I should not do this but it was as if I was posessed! I ate one chewy after another until the basket was empty!

How could he do this to me? I have been gaining weight and struggling to exercise! Boy do I hate the E word, I would rather just sit around and rest, or sleep. Once in a while I will run to the door and bark and that should be my "cardio" for the day. Sometimes when SHE is around she makes us walk around the block and sometimes she yells hurry up and expects us to run! What is SHE crazy? Run why? But I do miss her when she is not here, besides some of the so called walks were fun.... HE never takes us for a walk...

I hope she does not go on vacation again so soon I don't think I can manage without my trained servant. She is starting to behave I know just how to get under her skin. My job after all is to annoy her as much as I can.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Frogging Fuzzy ain't easy....

For those who do not know the term "Frogging" it is when you rip it apart. Get it? The frog says "rippit" I thought it was silly but fun. And of course if you are "tinking" you are "un-knitting" which is to knit backwards.

I just can not get enough of "fuzzy" yarn. I used to hate fuzzy but now I love fuzzy. The reason I did not like fuzzy before was that it always got in my face. Tickled my nose got in my eyelashes and I found it annoying.

Not anymore! For some reason I am willing to put up with the fuzzy because it is so light weight and so warm. Sort of like really fine down coat, it's light weight and yet very warm. My new mohair/silk shawl is as light as a cloud yet it is so warm and cuddly. So I put up with fuzzy.

Now for the frogging fuzzy part, I am crocheting this new stitch I learned that I can't seem to get enough of lately but I digress. (Ellen Bloom sent me a link of this stitch and a very nice tutorial it is...) So now I'm crocheting this stitch into everything I'm making.

I got this ball of yarn from my friend Sandi and it is fuzzy but only one ball so I started this "diagonal" crochet stitch and decided my dog needs a sweater. The colors and fuzziness were perfect for her. She is not a very good model and kept laying down when I tried to fit her. No cooperation at all. So I over did it made the triangle part a little too big.

Now to frog.... oh my oh my.... a lot harder than I thought, but I'm determined. All those fuzzy little fibers love to stick to each other so frogging is actually taking longer than the knit. I will post my progress..... tune in again.... for the fuzzies.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

My latest "lace" lunacy....

A couple of months ago I remember making a remark to my roommate on the Sea Sock Cruise that I hated lace! I told her "I don't like the way it looks it's seems silly and it reminds me of old ladies doilies. After all I'm not an old lady and I don't like doilies!"

Kathy just looked at me with why are you carrying on about lace? So ok then I'm not going to force you to knit lace!

Then all of a sudden I started looking at lace things and they somehow did not look like doilies anymore! As we were wondering around in yarn shops during this expedition I was determined not to buy anything new. My stash at home is huge and I am traveling and don't have much room etc.

But this one hank of yarn got me, the colors were beautiful and suddenly I was standing next to the cash register buying more yarn! And look at all those colors now how could I resist!

Here I am wearing my new "mohair" lace yarn to the cocktail party smiling happily with Mary Jane!

When I got home I started looking at more and more lace things bought a book, but those charts!

The one stitch that totally stumped me was Sl2tog-k1-p2sso so I had to abandon the simplest project the "easy" one!

Oh well I'm going to have to consult with an expert for this one, so I improvised and used a crochet stitch my friend Beverly showed me. She calls it a "no brainer" blanket stitch. But I'm not big on making blankets so I made a "lace" shawl... I must confess for me sometimes this no brainer took some brains!

The yarn is Rowan Kid Mohair so far 5 balls and I may need more...I think it needs to be bigger so I'm still working on it but here is the progress.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

I have not blogged

But I've been knitting and touching yarn...... My life has been so terribly occupied with "life" that I just have not had time to blog. I miss writing about my knitting and showing off....

The yarn is a huge wool spool of wool boucle I got at Stitches From the Heart! It kind of looked scary and nobody wanted it so I got a really good price so I knitted this Sweater/Shawl sort of swing coat.

I knitted it on my machine and I designed it by the "seat of my pants" just started knitting and this is what evolved. It's a bit warm to wear right now but I know I'll get lots of wear out of it come this winter.

Maybe I could move to a colder climate so I can wear all these wool sweaters and socks I've been making. Hmmm.... but I digress....

Next ..... from some of the stash I bought in Canada. This is Fleece Artist "dreadlocks" poncho or at least my version actually it's more like a shawl. Size 17 needles knitted up in two days. 78% Kid Mohair, 13% Wool, 9% nylon 250 gm. skein.

Fleece Artist is my new favorite label I think the colorway of this shawl is appropriately called "Seas Storm". Well I was knitting on the high seas....

I basically started with 3 sts and just increased one stitch at the beginning of each row. Voila!