Sunday, February 26, 2006

Another gold medal for Team Italy


After 7 days home sick, my skin has that shade of green no amount of make-up is going to cover, so, no, I am not modeling. But it is done.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Still alive

Barely. "Just a virus", says the doctor. I just hate when they say that.
So much to report. No photos because I am not alive enough to find the camera, point, shoot, download, upload, etc. Hey, if I had that kind of energy, I would use it to take a shower.
A knitting boo-boo, a felting disaster, but Silana is going well. Unless I am hallucinating. I think it's knitting itself up - front and back done, shoulders grafted, sleeves started.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

More about Stitches West

Have I told you guys I met Lily Chin?
And I saw Juls, who quickly hugged me and dashed out to more yarn buying, I finally met Jennifer and her mom, I saw Angela, my soccer mom friend who does not have a blog, Elspeth and Amy stopped by and I am sure I am forgetting someone.

Surprising enough, I did not buy any yarn, just some roving and miniskeins from Royale Hare who had the distinct advantage of being across the hall from FTA.

But the most amazing thing is that I sailed through six hours in a crowded and enclosed place. Probably Hollis would have appreciated if I had told this before I volunteer to work at her booth, but ...... I usually have a panic attack in crowded and enclosed place. But, see, love of yarn conquers all fears, I knew I could do it.

Macy's and Bloomingdale, on the hand end, will always freak me out.

EDITED TO ADD: Yes, I know who I forgot, Shannon, who stopped to the booth for five seconds, completely out on Benadryl (she is allergic to wool), waved at everybody, and went out to breathe.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

I met Lily Chin!

After a day working at Full thread Ahead booth at Stitches West, I am dead.

But I met Lilly Chen!

Friday, February 17, 2006

Sherry and the Black Hat

My friend Sherry sent me her photos wearing the black hat:

Black Hat

Black Hat

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Learning lessons

Two thing I have learned so far in this Knitting Olympics.

First lesson: if I actually knit stuff, it gets finished. Since I have forbidden myself from casting anything new, I have no choice but knit what I have already on the needles, so:
- Silana: 33% done
- Spiral Hat: done
- Baby raglan: done
- Buttonhole bag: done, needs felting.

Second lesson: I always, and I stress always, find a way around the rules, even the self imposed one. Since I can't start new knitting projects, I have decided to try a new thing, dye wool with synthetic dyes:

LuLu Yarn

The yarn is drying out, more photos to follow.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Cute pictures alert

A while ago I promised some cute pictures, and I did take them, but I guess I forgot to post them, so here we go, my niece modeling the poncho I made for her:

Blue Poncho
Click on the photo to see more of them!

As for the KO status report, I just realized that Cara's contest deadline for the Jaywalker socks is tonight Eastern Time, so no way I am going to make it given that I am about to go to prison work. One less excuse for not working on Silana.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Knitting Olympics Status Report

This is what I knitted watching the opening ceremony:


Then yesterday my usual knitting ADD kicked in and I worked on other projects - must stay on task, so I have given myself the following order: no casting for new projects until the knitting Olympics are finished.

And on the FO subject, I am almost done with the baby raglan, I only need to sew it up:


Friday, February 10, 2006

Let's the games begin!

My knitting Olympics will start tonight, at 8 pm Pacific Time, while watching the opening ceremony. I know, according to the official rules, I could have started at 2 pm today, but I was in prison at work, so .....

Yesterday, at the very last minute, very Italian style, I trained swatched my yarn, and yes, we have a winner:

Knitting Olympcs 2006

I went down one needles size and I got gauge with Jo Sharp DK Wool Heather for Silana.
So, I am going to make and finish a sweater for me, even if I will only wear it in the frozen food sections at the local supermarket - there are 25C outside today.

And I stress "finish". Do you know what I did yesterday after I got gauge? Did I finish one of my many projects on the needles? No, sir. I started this:

Baby Raglan

And the other day, only because I was bored? I decided to crochet:


Interesting fact: crochet is faster, the head kerchief took me only 1/2 hour, ripping it 3 times because I had not idea what I was doing, and it takes more yarn. So, if I crochet, I am not at SABLE yet, right?

Thursday, February 09, 2006

A Good Thursday

This morning Paperino threw a fit when suggested that he was not well enough to go to school. He just dressed himself and declared he was not going to stay home another day. That means, "mommy is so boring, let me out of here". So, back to school for him and back to work for me, where I found this from my wonderful, generous, incredible SP7:

You know the drill, slide your mouse over to see what's inside. Yes, you can believe your eyes, she sent me not one, not two, not three, but four skeins of Koigu:


And so much more! This beaded Eyelet pattern with the beads, the hook, and the needles to make it:

Beaded Eyelet

The needles are actually in the next picture, with Vogue Knitting, that I did not have and it is blue as the whole package, a nice pad, and chocolate HWME already ate:

Vogue Knitting

Do you think it is all? Well, think again:

more goodies

The new chibi, sour candies, stitch markers, and Jasmine Scented Teardrops Organic (I am not sure what I can do with those, but I'll figure it out):

I am really speechless, I do not think that "Thank you", not matter how big or how colored, is enough.

Did I mention she sent me 4 skeins of Koigu?

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Fishing adventure

Yesterday I was home with a sick child, so I decided it was time to finish up some projects. I have quite few projects on the needles, and then there is the stuff I forget to list there, like this spiral hat I am making for the store:

Spiral Hat

So I resisted the urge to cast for a baby sweater with this:


or even for a new Fragola, another store sample:

Yarn for Fragola

So, what to finish? Ruffles, the never ending scarf?


What about the fish bag? I started the fish bag last year, in Karaoke, and it was supposed to use one of those new purse forms from SWTC. I knitted up a bunch of little fish in blue and variegated, and saw them together, and wrap them around the magic purse form. Well, it did not work, way too floppy, so yesterday I decided to felt it "a little" to give it substance. I took out the form and throw it in the washer.
Problem: the variegated Karaoke felts as soon as it sees the washer, the blue Karaoke ..... Maybe it is machine washable? So after 2 min in the washer, the variegated Karaoke was quite felted and the blue one was like new.

OK, let's felt the thing completely and not use the form (which, by the way, was all bended out, so now it is under 3 volumes of Lessico Universale Italiano, the weight of the Italian culture will beat into shape.)

Now it is felted, but the the two yarns felt so differently ...... Well, if you are strong, click here to see it.

I think I'll cut my losses and see if Principessa wants it as, I don't know, doll bed? Maybe one of Paperino's monsters action figures needs a need hiding place?

Lesson learned: swatch and felt you swatch.

Today? I did not even think about finishing something. I ripped out the stole I was making with the Nature's Palette, it wants to be a triagular shawl, and I learned how to crochet. Kind of.

Purple shawl and crochet

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

A good Monday

Mondays usually suck, especially when the previous week has been not good, so I know what awaits for me at work. But yesterday, look what was delivered to my cubicle:

Hint: slide the mouse on the box to see what's inside.

The yellow box is from Jennifer. A while ago I sent her some yarn as raok, and she has decided to reciprocate 10 time over - the two cakes are Lorna's Laces Worsted, my first Lorna's Laces Worsted, in Mixed Berries, 550 yards of luscious yarn.

The blue package is from Knitty SP6, she sent me the Sensational Knitted Socks book, you can spot it peaking out, two balls of sock yarn, and dpn's so I can start a pair of socks immediately. Well, as soon as I decided which one I want to make. Oh, and coffee, always need coffee.

Thank you so much, Secret Pal, I feel so spoiled!

Monday, February 06, 2006

The $100 hat

While I was on vacation in Italy, my best friend showed me a hat she wanted in a shop window - 80 euros!
One skein of Frog Tree Merino, some paillettes, and here it is, the hat she wanted:

Black Hat

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Two socks

I have two socks to report for the Aime's 2000 socks ticker. My first Jaywalker socks is done:


and this is the sample for my toe-up class at the store:

Opal sock

I love the fact that I do not have to knit the second one!

Other than that, this is week has been a blurb, but I joined Yarn Aboard:

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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

It's up!


on Magknits.

Click on the photo for more shots.