Friday, August 25, 2006

My mom got a dog

Mom is back east in Virginia and has been pining for a dog since hers died 2 years ago, but she wasn't ready until recently to accept a new critter in her life. I'm not a pet person at all, so all I know is that it's a male Shih tzu. It's 6 months old as is about 10 lbs. It should get no bigger than 15 lbs.

Just like that I knew what to make her for Christmas. The black and white one is my prototype which I think may be too big. I went a bit smaller on the Christmas themed one. I wanted buttons for ease of putting in on. Mom, is afterall, almost 82.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Icarus beginning

I started the Icarus Shawl from the Summer 2006 Interweave Knits.

This one begins from the center top and increases. The really lacey bits are done last.

I'm using Alpaca With a Twist 'Fino', an alpaca and silk blend. The 100 gr skein comes with 875 yards, which SHOULD be enough for the entire shawl. I got a second skein just in case. I haven't balled it up yet, so if I don't need it, I plan to exchange it for another color.

Friday, August 11, 2006

I've made my first lace conquest

A month after I cast on the dreaded 431 stitches for the second time, my Faroese shawl is DONE, DONE, DONE!!!

I could only handle 2 or 3 of the lace pattern rows a day, and even set it aside for a week while waiting on the Options needles, but once I finished the lace pattern last Saturday, the rest was garter stitch with each row getting shorter. I got to knit with the good light in the car on our most recent trip to Laughlin. And since the slot machines were not being nice to me, I'd take breaks up in the room to work on it.

I can see a boo boo or two [or dozen] if I look for them, but I am so very pleased with the results after blocking. I start with the lace sampler sessions at the LYS tomorrow and hope to learn more tricks and gain the confidence to tackle an all over lace project soon. I've got lots of leftover yarn. I used less than 2 50 gram skeins of the Knitpicks Alpaca Cloud on this, so I have 3+ left in this color [Midnight} and 5 in a pale pink. I think the Icarus shawl from the summer issue of Interweave Knits is next.

I got me some needles!

I've been on a needle buying binge. It's all Knitpicks' fault. First they put all their Addi circulars on half price to make room for their own Options needle line. Then I realized I NEEDED some more in some of the larger sizes. I was shocked to learn I did not own a 7.0 mm/ 10.75 sized needle in any shape or form. So I got a few more Addis from Astrid's Dutch Obsessions in the Netherlands.

THEN I'm working my 1st lace project and none of my needles have a pointy enough tip to help me out on the decreases. Those buggers are tricky when surrounded by yarnovers. So I buy one of the Knitpicks Options needles. It was TRUE LOVE. I had the one less than 24 hours and bought 4 more. I got each set of needle tips with a set of 24" cables so I can use and store them as flexible straights. So, here's my circular and needle collections. Hanging them up is dangerous because they take up so little room. I have 58 circular needles and 16 pairs of flexible straights. This includes the 5 Options. Next Knitpicks order will include some 40" cables 'just in case'.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Phone Sock

We went to Laughlin for a few days. Had a good time even though I did not win any cruise money. We saw a great Elvis impersonator and I caught a little Teddy Bear when he was singing "Won't You Be My Teddy Bear?" I'm such a wild woman...

Enroute home, we caught a minor league baseball game. We had hoped to see the Padres farm team at Lake Elsinore, but they were on the road at Rancho Cucamonga. We were obnoxious with our Padres gear, rooting at all the wrong times. Ryan Klesko started rehab last Monday and was playing with the team. Looked good. All this is in preparation for the Stitch and Pitch event on Saturday, 2 September where us San Diegans will bring our knitting and other needlework and watch the game at Petco Park downtown.

While at the ballpark last night, I saw a woman with a crocheted cell phone holder hanging off her bag. I think it was made of Peaches and Cream cotton. I just got a new cell phone a couple of weeks ago and it has a camera. I've been worrying about the lens getting messed up while in my bag, so seeing someone else with a similar idea, I made myself a phone sock this morning.

I started it as if I were doing a toe up sock, bound off some stitches for the window, worked back and forth for about 3/4 of an inch, cast on the same number of stitches I had cast off. Continued in the round for about an inch, decreased some stitches, then did a 2x2 ribbbing for 1 1/4 inches. I kept putting the phone in while I worked to get it to fit. What a wonderful use of leftover sock yarn. This is a Fortissima cotton/wool blend and size 0 needles. I only used about 5 grams of yarn.

I'm really pleased with it, although I could only get my DH to grunt when I showed it to him.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Knitting Cruise!!

I got the message yesterday about the Knitting Cruise the Bonita LYS is coordinating. The info can be found here:

I already made my appointment to get my passport since mine expired over 20 years ago. At least the having old one saves me the hassle of providing an original birth certificate. I was born abroad of American parents and it's a paperwork nightmare, especially since I refuse to surrender my one hand typed original.

Deposit is due before the end of the month and final payment by October. DH and I are off to Laughlin for a few days to win me some $$$ - yeah, right!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Crazy crowded

It seemed like a good idea at the time....

I've been wanting to check out the Natural History Museum's new exhibits but haven't been around on the free Tuesday for a while. This just gives you a flavor of the gazillion people taking advantage of not paying the $11 to get in.

I got bumped and stomped on by exhuberant kids [note the self-restraint here]. I have to say the hundreds of day camp group kids were all very well behaved. It was the ones with parents and grandparents who were running amok, having tantrums [that jumping up and down is murder on unsuspecting toes] and otherwise whining at record breaking decibils.

I paid to see the two 40-minute movies, Ocean Oasis [excellent] and the Vikings. The movies are free with regular admission, but they charge a bit on the free days. The Vikings film was having technical difficulties, but when I went to get my refund, I got my choice of the money or a free VIP pass to come back another day [as in a regular day without the entire population of San Diego in attendance]. I took the pass and will return to stroll through at my leisure.

Bootie sample

These booties were made for the LYS in Hush and Lullaby yarn instead of the Suede yarn. I used the Ugg Bootie pattern I modified to work in the round.