Friday, December 30, 2005

Logan's Post

I had a dream last night that I'd been given my Secret Pal, but I just checked and I haven't. I hate it when dreams lie. :P

So, I thought I'd unveil my very first nephew, Logan.

I picked this photo to share because I think it shows a lot of what he will look like in future times. Plus, if you'll notice, he's in a Christmas stocking. Sheer brilliance, I tell you! I still have yet to meet this wonderful bundle and I can't wait!

As far as knitting, I'm now on stripe 7/19 on the Gryffindor scarf. This thing has a mind of its own and just doesn't want to get finished! I can't wait till I'm at least halfway there. Hopefully, once this weekend is over I will be at least halfway.

I've also picked back up Logan's Trinity Stitch Baby Afghan and speaking of cursed projects with minds of their own. This thing was the second project I ever started. I hate it. Mistake #1: my tension is all over the place. From the cast on and up about 6 inches is a good 3 inches wider than the rest of the blanket. Mistake #2: Knitting it in sportweight yarn on size 5 needles. This thing is taking forever, but I just didn't know any better. Mistake #3: The stitch pattern is a 4 row repeat. At one point I repeated after 2 rows. Everything took a nice hop to the side. It honestly looks like a did a poor job of grafting in the middle of the blanket. Anyway, I have about 4 more inches to go until it's square, but it's getting sent on January 2nd no matter where it's at and I'm definitely OK with that. I'd bind off and send it now, frankly, I don't want to look at it anymore. I want this testament to the fact that I was ever a newbie across the country as soon as possible. Oh well, at least it was knit with love.

Also this weekend, I need to start yet another pair of booties. Bigger ones this time. I WILL get it right.

I started my Manos scarf and it's coming along swimmingly. So, so pretty. I just spend too much time admiring and not enough time knitting. Who cares. I have pictures of my progress, but they're at home. I'll post them later.

And now, my friends, a gifteeeeeeeee (for those who have never been to this site):

http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/oversikt_en.php?side=1&fra=0&sort=drops

Monday, December 26, 2005

*Sigh*

Well, I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I'm glad mine is over, cuz it was just really stressful and busy. It was nice, but still busy. Oooh, I just remembered I have pumpkin pie in my fridge. I made it yesterday for Davin's family dinner. It made 3 small pies as well as 6 tarts. I took 3 of the pies with me to a dinner of about 20 people and came home with 2 pies (I was able to send half of the third with Davin's sister). Now, I'm a really good baker so it puzzled me that nobody would eat my pie. Oh well, more for me. I froze one and the other is sitting in my fridge.

I got some pretty nice stuff for Christmas. A few things were: a lighted makeup mirror with a built in jewellry box, 2 skeins of Manos del Uruguay in Colourway 113 (the exact colour of "My So Called Scarf") to make myself my own MSCS, Loop D Loop, A Knitting Pattern a Day Calendar, tickets to go see Cinderella the musical at the local theatre, a Toronto Maple Leafs bear ornament, and that's all I can think of for now. Also gifted to me by Santa were 4 FOs (and a Partridge in a pear tree)!!!

FO #1: Kandi's Brazillian Panta (in Paton's Decor)

Now, forgiveness please, it was not meant for me to wear and thus does not look great on me. On my sister, with her dreads, it looks just plain cool. Also, ignore the giant zits on my chin. I figure it's a side effect of the Christmas goodies.


FO #2: Jill's Poncho (in Moonlight Mohair)

FINALLY fringed. It took awhile until I got the hang of pulling the fringe through the work and through it's own loop in one semi-smooth movement.



D'ya like my model pose???

FO #3: Jill's Skinny Scarf/Belt (in Matrix)

I don't really have a whole lot to say about this one other than that the needles I used to knit it really sucked and made it take forever.



Excuse me for the flash glare. Everyone thought it was beaded from far away so I was happy.

FO #4: Logan's Hat (ahem, in the cheapest damn acrylic I could get my grubby little paws on)

I just knit this as a went along, trying to copy the semi-basketweave pattern of the sweater that my MIL had bought for Logan. As modelled by Davin:



Well, my dearies, I have to go clean my disgusting powder room. I leave you with some wonderful yarn porn.


Friday, December 23, 2005

The Little Saint Nick

Run, run, reindeeeeer!

Did you notice that the word "Blogger" on the log-in page is wearing a Santa hat? I appreciate the little things like that. ;)

So, I don't really have anything to post, it's been a long and busy week. I mainly just want to say "Thank you" to all the wonderfully compassionate people who have become my blog friends. You all have given me such kind words through a bit of a tough time in my life and I truly do appreciate it very much. Now, onward and upward. Mwah!

Knitting:

Not much to say here. Today I need to finish my sister's Panta, Jill's poncho and her skinny scarf. Definitely doable. Yay for doable goals!!! Hip hip hooray!

I sent off my mom's button hole welted rib scarf without blocking it. I was really too lazy and had my doubts as to whether or not I would even be able to block it much. I knit it with some truly horrid Solo (I think Bernat?) that I got on clearance from WalMart when I first started knitting. I wasn't aware at the time that it's hard to successfully block acrylic. She'll still like it and I'll tell her that she can lay it out flat on a towel and put pins in it and squirt it if she wants it to lay more flat. I'm such a cheater.

Anyway, if I don't get to posting before the big day, Merry Christmas everyone, and thanks for everything!

P.S. As a Knitting Blogger's community we should really declare a Blog Pal day in the new year. We could even set up a seperate blog where people can share stories about extra special blog pals. What do you think?

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Sunday, Sunday

I didn't get much knitting done this weekend. We got a call around 3:30 PM Friday afternoon that they were calling all the family in to say goodbye to Davin's grampa. So, we were there most of the night Friday and then we had to be in a town about 45 minutes away from here for a Christmas party. We stayed overnight there and then drove back Saturday and spent more time with family as Grampa passed early Sat. afternoon. The rest of my time was spent with family and doing some Christmas shopping. It is sad to see Grampa go, but he lived a wonderful life and imparted so much love, skill, wisdom and laughter on us all, so I can't really begrudge his death. He was a wonderful man and I'm happy I was able to spend the 3 years with him that I did.

Anyway, I started a Brazillian Panta headband for my sister's Christmas present (as pointed out by the lovely gal at Unravelled blog). Here is the progress shot so far, it's about 1/3 done. It's not that red, but actually a really dark burgundy. While doing this I decided to revert back to my original method of purling, even though it means wrapping the stitch the wrong way. In the end, everything looks far prettier.


In other news, Jenn's scarf is still no where near being finished. I present Exhibit A:




For real.

Here is a progress shot of the baby hat that I'm making to go with the booties (which I think I have to remake again, he came out 21 inches long!) that I knit and the sweater that my MIL bought for Logan. Oh yeah, the baby was finally born on the 14th. His name is Logan and he's definitely a man. Without a doubt. I'm happy, but very anxious to meet him, which probably won't happen until summer seeing as they live halfway across the country from us.


I purchased two new knitting mags in the midst of my Christmas shopping this weekend, the January issue of Creative Knitting and the inaugural issue of Vogue Knitting's Knit Simple. My review of Knit Simple is that it has some neat patterns and ideas in it, some of which were really impractical like the fake bear skin rugs made out of like 32 balls of fun fur (I think I can get a real bear pelt for cheaper). I would buy this magazine again, but it is far too pricey for what you end up getting ($7.99 CAD). Here is a pic of the cover with my Creative Knitting behind it


Well, that's that for now. I bid thee adieu, as does Drake in his best sleepy crocogator pose.


Saturday, December 17, 2005

Neckwarmer Pattern


Hi, all! I hope Christmas preparations are going well.

I've had a request for the pattern for my neckwarmer so here's some info on how to make one yourself:

Materials:

- Size US 9 needles
- About 150 yards of DK or worsted weight yarn (make sure you pick something soft!).
- One button

Directions:

- Knitting with two strands of yarn at the same time, CO 27 stitches.

- Odd rows work K3, P3 times 4, then K3.
- Even rows works P3, K3 times 4, then P3.

- Once the piece measures anywhere between 17 and 18 inches (43-46 cms), ending with an even row (with purl stitches at the beginning and end), on the next row (which will be an odd row), K2, YO, K1 for the first rib and then continue as normal on an odd row.
- When you get back to the section where you have the extra stitch from the yarn over, P1, P2 tog, P1.

- Bind off and weave in ends. Attach a button on the opposite end of the neckwarmer on the wrong side of the piece (whichever side you want that to be).

My finished neckwarmer is just under 19 inches or 48 cms, which ends up a bit long for me so if I were to make another I would do the YO at 17 inches instead of 18, but I have a skinny lizard neck, hence the lee-way I've accounted for in the pattern. When all else fails, wrap your work around your own neck to see how long you want it. If anyone has any questions please let me know. It is very easy and I tend to write over-complicated instructions. Feel free to use a bulkier yarn instead of running two strands together, but the two strands allows the flexibility to knit with two colours if desired. Merry knitting!


And now I leave you with a picture I took looking outside my front window (snow, snow, snow):


Monday, December 12, 2005

Pho-TOES!!! (aka Jingle Drake)


There's my little baby-waby. I bought him a Christmas "collar" and it has jingle bells on it. He loves it. So now I go around the house singing "Jingle Bells", but singing "Jingle Drake" instead. He was a very good boy today, not only did I not have to fight with him to get him to go into his kennel, he voluntarily did it twice today (even when I didn't need him to!). He will be duly rewarded.

Ok, so here is the promised pic of my neck warmer. It was improvisational knitting inspired by the Neckwarmer on KPixie.


And here's my Charlie Brown tree:




And, finally, the cutest pic ever of Drake getting a piggy back. I mean a Davin back. He always wants to be worn like a fur stole, Davin didn't want to wear fur. Hence the piggy back position.

Om Dishcloth Pattern (aka, why are all the patterns I write yoga related?)

Ok, ladies and gents, the pattern you've all been waiting for (yeah right, but I have to fluff myself up a bit here :P )............................ Om Dishcloth!!!!

Om Dishcloth by Talitha (www.talithascrazyknittingbag.blogspot.com)

Materials:
- One small ball of cotton yarn worsted weight. I used Bernat Handicrafter in Natural, it seemed un-yoga-like to use a coloured yarn, but I mean, I'm crazy.
- Size ummmm 7 or 8 needles (shorties work best for dishcloths).

Directions:

CO 41 stitches.

Knit 5 rows.

Row 6: K4, P33, K4.
Row 7 and all odd rows hereafter: Knit across.
Row8: K4, P12, K1, P20, K4.
Row 10: K4, P7, K2, P2, K2, P20, K4.
Row 12: K4, P7, K2, P2, K2, P20, K4.
Row 14: K4, P11, K2, P20, K4.
Row 16: K4, P7, K5, P2, K6, P13, K4.
Row 18: K4, P6, K5, P2, K9, P11, K4.
Row 20: K4, P12, K2, P5, K4, P10, K4.
Row 22: K4, P11, K2, P8, K3, P9, K4.
Row 24: K4, P11, K2, P20, K4.
Row 26: K4, P12, K2, P19, K4.
Row 28: K4, P6, K4, P3, K2, P18, K4.
Row 30: K4, P5, K1, P4, K1, P3, K5, P14, K4.
Row 32: K4, P4, K1, P6, K1, P1, K1, P2, K3, P14, K4.
Row 34: K4, P4, K1, P7, K1, P1, K4, P15, K4.
Row 36: K4, P5, K1, P7, K2, P18, K4.
Row 38: K4, P6, K2, P4, K2, P19, K4.
Row 40: K4, P11, K2, P20, K4.
Row 42: K4, P10, K2, P21, K4.
Row 44: K4, P9, K2, P13, K4, P5, K4.
Row 46: K4, P9, K2, P12, K4, P6, K4.
Row 48: K4, P9, K3, P10, K4, P7, K4.
Row 50: K4, P10, K3, P8, K4, P8, K4.
Row 52: K4, P11, K3, P6, K4, P9, K4.
Row 54: K4, P12, K3, P4, K4, P10, K4.
Row 56: K4, P13, K8, P12, K4.
Row 58: K4, P14, K6, P13, K4.
Row 59: Knit across.
Row 60: K4, P33, K4.
Rows 61-65: Knit across.

Bind off and weave in ends.

The universe in me salutes the universe in you (my own loose translation). Remember, if there seems to be a problem with this pattern, maybe you should chant "Om" a bit before contacting me. The universe in me thanks the universe in you.



In other knitting news, I have finished my neck warmer out of half of that Alpaca Silk. That is so exciting because it means approx. 150 metres of that gorgeousness will remain in my stash. Davin specifically stated that he would only purchase me the yarn if I was going to make something for myself out of it right away. I took my time knitting it, but couldn't put it down, it was like butter through my fingers. It felt like it was magically making my hands softer as it ran through. I could easily knit with ONLY this yarn for the rest of my life and be quite happy. Anyway, seeing as I'm at work right now, that picture will follow along with photos of my pup and Davin and my Charlie Brown Christmas tree. It's pretty bad. I have it anchored to the windowpane (with yarn) to keep it straight. We had to buy a new tree holder cuz it was too small to fit in our old one. So, cutting down a tree from the farm to save money was soooo not worth it.

Friday, December 09, 2005

From Ghetto to Luxury


Mmmmmmmm...

Upon realizing just how much of a ghetto knitter I am, I made a visit to one of my LYS's. Bought 300 metres of Luxury Alpaca Silk. Sooooooooo soft. I'm in love with alpaca. I literally just stood in the corner with all the cashmere, alpaca, and angora and just pet things for about a half hour. Anywho, here is the loveliness:

How much do you love my Christmas village/table? I love it. Oh, I guess I should've shown it lit up. Whoops, my bad.

The yarn wasn't ALL that expensive. I think it was $6.50 CAD per ball. Cheap enough for me. Now what should I make. I was going to make like a neck warmer or a scarf I think. It definitely needs to be something close to my neck cuz mmmmmmmmm soooo soft.

Here are the pics of my pear cloth (www.knittingknonsense.com) and my Om cloth. I'm just looking at my Om pattern. I'm not 100% happy with the cloth as I made it. It's kinda gibbled. Anyway, I am going to work on the pattern this weekend and post it before Monday, just in case anyone needs it for Christmas presents. Anyway, here are pictures of my pear cloth as well as the warped Om cloth.




Okidoki, well, that's all I've got for now. Other than that while I was blogging, Drake ran off with a ball of my new yarn! Why does this dog have such damn good taste?!!! Luckily I don't think he chewed through it, although he did unravel and tangle it up like a GOOD LITTLE DOG!!!

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Fa la la la la, la la la la

It's almost Christmas! I am finally starting to really get into the Christmas spirit. I even turned my radio to the station that plays Christmas carols all day long during the season. Exciting! I haven't been taking time to blog at all while I'm at home, hence no pics or patterns as promised. Maybe tonight. Jenn's also in town now which also leaves me with less time. I will make up for it somehow, someday. See, I do most of my blogging from work during the day when I'm bored, which is often. The joys of being a receptionist. Oh, I know exactly how I'll make up for the lack of pictures... he he just wait, just you wait.

Hmmm... I seem to remember I had something specific to blog about... OH I remember:

Talitha's Christmas Knitting List:

Numbers in < > are the chances of them getting finished in time

Mom: Red Welted rib, button hole scarf (finished) <100%>
Dad: Toque and matching scarf (not even yarn bought for them) <15%>
Sister: Lacey beanie and scarf <10%>
Jill: Skinny scarf (in progress) <90%> and poncho (just need to fringe it) <90%>
Moses: Striped scarf (last minute add on) <1%>
Jenn: Gryffindor scarf (stripe 4/19) <75%>
Baby: Trinity stitch "afghan" <90%>, antique pattern bib (finished) <100%>, Baby Uggs Booties (finito) <100%>, white acrylic commissioned booties (finised) <100%> Yes I know it's redundant to put finished and 100% chance of finishing, but dammit it's not on there very often and it feels good ok???
MIL: White Welted rib, button hole scarf <60%>

In addition to all this I have to sew my dog a fleece blankie, finish making everyone a Christmas ornament, make a painted wooden wreath for my door, paint a resin dog like Drake, and I think that's it for now. Honestly, to get all this finished I would need to work non-stop, everyday, all day until Christmas. Davin says the second I get stressed out about my knitting he is prying my little needles out of my hands and not giving them back until after Christmas (almost his exact words, he definitely did say "prying"). Lucky for me he missed my episode when I WAS stressed out about my holiday knitting. Ahh, the wonders of having blog friends to vent to.

So here is my plan of attack. For the remainder of this week, I will only work on the big projects a little bit and will get finished or started as the case may be on the smaller projects to give myself some momentum going into this weekend and the beginning of next week. Jenn leaves next Thursday so I will still need to be working hard on that scarf, but I will also need to touch other things, which I haven't been doing the last few days. Anyway, happy knitting and whatnot, I'm gonna go do some actual work. Shock, horror, I know.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Here we go!

So, I've pulled my first knitting all-nighter. Yay me. I had to finish the dishcloths for my profs before class today. All weekend I was trading between knitting/designing the dishcloths and preparing for my final presentations/examinations. But, in the end, all went off practically hitchlessly. Everyone loved the cloths, and my one prof even said it was too pretty to use and he pinned it up on his wall in his office. My dance solo that I choreographed went fabulously and I felt great after I was done, which doesn't happen very often, being the prefectionist/OCDer that I am. My poem went alright, even though I didn't put as much work into it as I should've. Too much time knitting and dancing I suppose. So now the Christmas knitting begins in TRUE force. Not that I haven't been knitting like crazy already for two months, but now is when the marathon starts. I'll post some pics later of my two FOs from today (the cloths) and also the pattern for the Om cloth. Feel free to use the pattern as you please. I hope everyone is having a good Monday and happy knitting, as usual.

P.S. My knitting callous is killing me. I literally have knit for at least 10 hours in the last 24. Yikes!