Thursday, January 26, 2006

I'm cloth crazy!

Here is the finished Baby Fern Dishcloth. I finished it awhile ago and it has just been sitting, waiting to be revealed. I noticed a problem with the pattern about 2/3 of the way through. there is a P1, K1, P1 border on either side of all the fern eyelet patterns on every one except the right hand side. So, if anyone ever makes this pattern, simply cast on an extra 3 stitches and before you K2 tog on the even rows do a P1, K1, P1. Simple. I've cast on already for a second one (5/12!) and have also completed another granny cloth and am more than halfway through another. I figure that's pretty good, seeing as I don't have much time on my hands right now. I'm STILL working on the Gryffindor scarf. You can all just assume as long as I don't send a giant newflash out that I've finished it, that I haven't. That's the last I say about that until I finish it.

Yesterday, I got home from a 3 hour ballet class to find this waiting for me:

I was expecting quite a few packages this week and this was the first to get to me. I sat and stared at the pretty package for awhile and then carefully cut a slit in the top to preserve its beauty. I expected one of the items inside, but certainly not anything else. Here is what greeted me:

All of this came from Lynda over at Knit Together... Wonderfully Made, just because. I expected the Knit Picks Shimmer, because we had arranged that it would come live with me since she wasn't really loving it (and I was!), but all the other wonderful things are just her being the fabulous woman that she is. I had to sneak the wonderful package back into this photo because it really brightened my day! So, we have there Knit Picks Shimmer in Stained Glass, a wonderful card and postcard, one of her buttons and a stitch marker/charm, yummy yummy lipgloss (*drool*), a Whitman's Chocolate sampler that makes me think of Alice in Wonderland (yes, I did just take one bite out of each, I wouldn't want to be too big or too small!), and some gorgeously scented hand cream (for my knitting callous of course!). Thank you so much again, Lynda, your kindness is most appreciated!

I've cast on for a nice spring scarf in the Shimmer, we'll see how it goes. I've been doing some secret online shopping for my SP and plan to go physically shopping for her on Saturday. I'm pretty excited about that. Well, its back to the grindstone for me!

P.S. Happy birthday, Mozart (don't people usually stop counting birthdays after they die, and if not should we be counting the years since he died instead of adding them on top of his living years? I mean like we could say, "Happy 35th Birthday and Happy 215th Anniversary of your Decomposition!" Just a thought.)!

Thursday, January 19, 2006

My first scarf for ME!!!!

Those wouldn't be gauge swatches, would they??? Heeeeeeck no! Do I look like the swatching type? Huh, do I??? That's what I've got done so far for my Noddy doll. The red bits are his body and the tan one is half of his head. We'll see how these dolls turn out since I'm not exactly using the right yarns. They are quite rolled up in the pic, so don't get too worried.

And, here is the finished My So Called Scarf in Manos del Uruguay colourway 113! Yipee! I haven't taken the thing off since I finished it. I'm so proud of it, I brag to everyone. I've said it before and I'll say it again, wow do I love working with this stuff. It itches me just a little tiny bit, but that's on my sensitive neck, and pretty much everything itches my neck, so I'm not concerned about it.
These lovelies are a selection from the dolls that my gramma "knit" for me. They're crocheted! Every last one of them! These have got to be at least 20 years old, because I can't actually remember if they were made specifically for me or if I stole them from her house. Aren't they great, though? A little bit creepy, but look at the detail! There are even darker pinks embroidered onto their tongues for definition. Oh, gramma... I can't wait until I'm finished your dolls to send to you.
And this wonderful stuff came to me in the mail this week. It's 100% alpaca yarn from Russia. Well, from Russia via Texas anyway. I must've been crazy when I ordered it, seeing as I thought I was getting worsted weight yarn. 10 balls for under $30? Of worsted weight 100% alpaca. Definitely not. The listing said sport weight, but it seems even lighter than that to me. It was originally to be a sweater for Davin, when I thought it would be a heavier yarn, but now it someday will be a garment for me. To the stash it goes.

I'm still really, really busy and it's not gonna let up for awhile, so here's my official on-the-record apology if I'm not as regular as usual. I'm gonna try really hard, but even work has been busy the last little while and I have a lot to do. Anyway, I *heart* you all and hope not to be too much of a stranger ;).

Monday, January 16, 2006

Awww... baby fern!

Hi all! I've had so many compliments on the lacy dishcloth that I'm posting the link for anyone who desires to make their own. It is very easy and is my first "real" lace project.

Baby Fern Stitch Dishcloth

I've been busy, busy, busy, but have been plugging away at my WIPs in every spare moment. Nothing finished as of now. I have some stash enhancement to share, but I'll wait until I can upload the picture to show you. My Manos scarf is almost done, get yourselves pumped up!

I have been tagged by the oh so fabulous Lynda from Knit Together... Wonderfully Made for a Meme. Here it is!

Four Jobs You Have Had In Your Life:

1. My first job was at McDonalds, of course! I was soooo good at it and my records were forged to show I was a year older because they hired me and then found out I was too young to be working there ;). They just loved me too much to not have me there!

2. HMV (a very coveted job at a record store)

3. Aldo Shoes (another very coveted job at a high fasion shoe store)

4. Receptionist (currently)

Four Movies You Could Watch Over and Over:

1. Finding Nemo

2. Cinderella (the cartoon)

3. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

4. I can't pick only one more so I'll say uhmmm... Van Wilder??? (Simply to prove I'm not 4 years old)

Four Places You Have Lived:

1. Saskatoon, SK

2. Winnipeg, MB

3. Regina Beach, SK

4. Regina, SK

Four TV Shows You Love To Watch:

1. Big Brother

2. Days of Our Lives (I grew up on it, they're like family!)

3. America's Next Top Model

4. Literally everything else reality TV.

Four Places You Have Been On Vacation:

1. Winnipeg, MB

2. Duck Mountain Provincial Park, SK/MB

3. Lipps Beach (our cabin), SK

4. Minot, ND (Whoopee!!!)

As you can tell, I'm vacation challenged.

Four Websites You Visit Daily:

1. Hotmail

2. People (yes, I'm a gossip monger)

3. All my wonderful Blog pals' blogs!

4. Go Fug Yourself

Four Of Your Favorite Foods:

1. Candy (mainly the sour stuff)

2. Greek (everything that doesn't have flour)

3. Nachos

4. Blackberry flavour mousse yoghurt

Four Places You Would Rather Be Right Now:

1. At school

2. At home

3. Anywhere tropical

4. Shopping mall/LYS

Four Bloggers You Are Tagging:

I hereby tag (unless you've done it already):

1. Cerrella

2. Karen

3. K.

4. Becky

Alrighty, that's all I've got for now, aside from a giant headache. Buh bye!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006


Welcome to Talitha's Dishcloth Boutique, now featuring natural light!

For real, the snowman was my January Dishcloth KAL cloth and the granny one is 1/12 of the commissioned dishcloths. The lovely lace one is 2/12. Isn't it so pretty. I love that I have to make up my own way of knitting into the YOs on account of the English knitting. If I knit into them like normal they disappear (as discovered doing my feather and fan Christmas dishtowel). Anyway, it's late and I just got home for the day. I'm going straight to the vino.

No good title comes to mind...

Ok, so, as promised I have a few pics to share. I don't have the ones of my dishcloths because I tried to email them to myself so I could post them while I was at work, but the email never happened for some unknown reason, so I'll post them at another later time.

First of all, I was tagged by FiberGirl at Frida Knits for the Knitting Space Meme, so I better pay up ;).

It's definitely nothing exciting and I most definitely didn't have the time to get artistic with it so you're getting to see it as I last left it. I sit with that pillow behind me for back support and that lovely blanket is my penguin/fur covered fleece blankey made for me by my MIL. You will also see my Knitting Pattern a Day Calendar, underneath which are all my knitting books and magazines, the orange is my airy scarf and yarn, the speckled blue is the Pooch scarf and yarn, the whiteish giant ball is dishcloth cotton, two of my dishcloths are sitting on top of it all finished and ready to go, that lovely skein of red wool that I wound by hand on a paper towel roll (I did a very good job!), and finally my sewing box. Drake usually falls asleep either beside me on the couch or in the corner where the two couches intersect. He likes to have a pillow and blankey though if he's gonna be on the floor ;). On the far left of the picture, you'll see the corner of my crabs' aquarium. Gee, all I had to do was throw in an Xbox controller and you would see my whole family's favorite places to be and things to do, he he.

I think I'm probably just about the last person to get tagged by this, so I'm gonna cop out and tag everyone who hasn't taken advantage of this meme yet. And, yes, I know how lame that is.

This here is all the yarn (minus the light blue for Noddy's shorts) I need to make these lovely dolls. My grampa used to read me Noddy Goes to Toyland as a child and my gramma used to knit me dolls like Ernie and Bert and even a Lambchop puppet. So, I'm making these and sending them to their house. I went straight to my LYS rather than my typical WalMart or Michaels. Don't worry, I didn't buy any of the really good stuff. Only paid $5 a skein for the red, blue, yellow and white. She pulled the little brown bit and the greyish teal out of her stash ends (for free I think!) and the flesh colour I did have to get from Michaels. The embroidery floss is also from Michaels to do the facial details. I justified buying the majority of it from my LYS because I'm not going to use very much of each colour and I don't really want to get stuck with that much really cheap acrylic in colours I don't really love. I also picked myself up some Lavender Eucalan, yippee!!! Now, I just have to find some light blue for Noddy's shorts. I ordered this pattern off of Ebay from England. I'm so excited to see them all finished!

Hmmm... what's next? Ahhh, yes. My very first sock yarn and DPNs especially purchased for socks.

My plan is to add a couple stripes in the other colours I purchased near the top and they will be quite handsome if I do say so myself. This yarn has some nylon spun with the wool so they shouldn't wear out too fast. They're for when Davin goes hunting/ice fishing/tobogganing and they were a special request (supposed to be before Christmas, but my goal is now for his birthday Feb 1... oh that's soon, maybe Valentine's day). And I did wind that ball all by myself, too. I'm so proud of me, can ya tell? Oooh, that's some nice dog hair on my couch.

And, finally, so my Ghetto status cannot be questionned due to the LYS trip detailed above, the beginnings of a baby blanket for Jenn being made out of 2 of those giant balls of Red Heart that they sell in the bins at WalMart. I really do like the colours. And you just can't beat the durability or washability. The Inox circs are for when I start the interior pattern of the blanket, because I didn't have the right size in my possession. Oh, and the yarn was from my stash. Three cheers for using stash yarn! This colour will be alternated every pattern repeat (about 25 rows I think) with a veregated red/orange/yellow.

Alright, I'm gonna get some things done around here before the end of the day. Ciao!

Monday, January 09, 2006

Secret Pal Seven Questionnaire!

Ok, I already did this, but Blogger ate it. Excellent!!!

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand?
- I'm a ghetto knitter, so I cannot be a yarn snob. I knit with stuff from Michaels or WalMart most of the time. Of course, I'd rather knit with higher quality, but what can ya do? I use Red Heart, but Lion Brand is mondo expensive in Canada.

2. Do you spin? Crochet?
- I don't do either. I was taught how to crochet when I was little, but I forget how to now. I hope to reteach myself sometime here so I can use it to compliment some of my knitting projects.

3. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
- I got a cute little fabric roll for my needles from WalMart. The fabric looks vintage French and it has doggies on it. I do like those felted needle vases though.

4. How long have you been knitting? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
- I would say I'm an enthusiastic beginner and/or intermediate. I never look at a pattern and say that's too hard and if there's a new technique I need to learn, then all the better! That's what I love about knitting: nothing is out of reach.

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
I have a wishlist on Knitpicks. I can tell you what email it's under if you'd like. I don't have an Amazon list though.

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
- I really like things like orchid, lily, light musk, berries, etc. The only things I really stay away from are really strong florals and spicy scents such as sandalwood or cinnamon.

7. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
- I absolutely have a sweet tooth! I have to be careful though because I have Celiac disease, which means that I can't have any wheat flour, oats, or barley. It sounds simple, but it's hidden in a lot of things so I always have to read the ingredients to make sure. My favorite candy is anything sour, but particularly sour soothers and Super Sour Dweebs (I don't know if these still exist, but they're made by Wonka, I can't get them here anyway).

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
- I like to handmake anything that can be handmade. I like to make decorations, gift tags/cards, craft painting, etc. I'm just generally crafty.

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
- I like all kinds of music for the most part. In any given day I will listen to pop, rock, country, rap, classical, dance, and jazz. I'm just a big music fan in general. And my computer as well as my truck can play MP3s.

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?
- I prefer cool colours with my favorites being purple, blue and pink. I am also starting to favor lighter greens such as sage. I really can't pull off browns or reds.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
- My family's situation is that they're all stark raving mad!!! He he, I live with my fiance, our English Springer Spaniel named Drake, and 3 hermit crabs (Kozmo, Hudini, and Tiny).

12. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
- It gets cold in these parts so I wear a lot of scarves, hats and mittens. I don't own any ponchos because I prefer a shawl or stole as they're more versatile and dramatic.

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
- My favorite so far is Luxury Alpaca Silk (70% alpaca, 30% silk). It is so soft that it feels like it's softening your hands as you knit. I'm also really enjoying Manos del Uruguay because of the variations in colour and thickness. I'm really happy with anything alpaca.

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
- I can't handle really scratchy wool as it itches my skin and really stiff acrylic sucks.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
- Knitting for babies since I have so many popping up around me. I also like to do really nice scarves. I'm starting to really enjoy lace, but not frogging it.

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
- Absolutely everything that's not boring. I love adventure!

17. What are you knitting right now?
- Are you ready? I mean, truly ready? Ok, a Gryffindor scarf, a baby blanket, a Noddy and a Big Ears stuffed toy, an airy scarf in a mohair blend, a Patons Pooch scarf, a "My So Called Scarf" in Manos, at least one dishcloth, a yoga mat bag, and I think that may be it.

18. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
- Of course I do, but I also like to receive the supplies to make things myself.

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
- It depends on the project, but it it's something that doesn't need to be done in the round or that isn't huge like a blanket, I use straight needles since I knit English and it's nice to rest the one needle while I wrap the stitch.

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
- I don't have any plastic, but I use both bamboo and aluminum depending on the material I'm knitting with.

21. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
- Here's my ball winding process: I stretch the skein out with one end on each of my feet and then roll it Nostepinne-style on a paper towel roll. So, no I don't have a yarn winder or swift and yes, that's an emphatic wish for them.

22. How did you learn to knit?
- I decided I wanted to learn so I searched and searched on the internet (in all the wrong places apparently) for how to do it and when I couldn't find anything satisfactory, I went to WalMart and bought a little book/pamphlet that taught me.

23. How old is your oldest UFO?
- About 4 months old I think. It's a yoga mat bag that got ditched in favor of Christmas and baby knitting.

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?
- I love Disney cartoons, especially Nemo and the Princess ones. My absolute favorite is Cinderella! I love all animals, but especially dogs, cats, and horses.

25. What is your favorite holiday?
- Christmas, by far and hands down.

26. Is there anything that you collect?
- Not really. I do have an extensive collection of lip gloss and shiny lipsticks in a light rose colour.

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
- Creative Knitting and I think I have Knit One coming, too.

28. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on?
- For books, I'd like Stitch 'N' Bitch (the first one, cuz I have SnBNation already) and a good sock book, for yarns, anything nice, needles, I'd like to try Lantern Moon (I can always use extra size US 7s and 8s in 10") as well as Addi Turbos for Magic Loop, and for patterns, I've been looking for a really nice shawl or stole that's not too grammaish.

29. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
- Absolutely! I want to learn how to do Magic Loop for socks, cables, and Fair Isle.

30. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
- I will be soon! I just went out and bought my first sock yarn a sock sized DPNs for a pair for Davin. My feet are between a size 5 and 6 and are just a smidge over 8 inches long.
31. When is your birthday? (mm/dd)
- June 18th (same day as Sir Paul!).

Ok, lets hope this works this time cuz I do NOT want to fill it out for a 3rd time!

Hell Week Watch - One down, Seven more to go!

Sorry about the whole non-postingness of me last week. I really wanted to post, but was just never home to do so (and when I was I was knitting/sleeping). Last week was my first week of rehearsals for The Good Person of Setzuan. It's going well and I'm very excited to see the finished product of my character. She is very mean and enterprising, but sometimes funny.

In the knitting department, I've cast on and finished a snowman dishcloth for my KAL, CO and finished a granny dishcloth for the 12 that were commissioned by a gal at work (oh, I didn't tell you about that, by the way, I need to knit 12 dishcloths for a gal at work), CO a lacey dishcloth for the 12, CO and finished one body piece for the Noddy and Bigears stuffed dolls that I'm making, stash enhanced a bit, and cast on for Jenn's baby blanket. Phew. I've continued on the Gryffindor scarf (argh, when will I finish) and I'm on stripe 10/19. Whoever said this was a quick knit must've been lightning fast. I'm still working on my Manos scarf and can't wait until I finish it. I've also frogged the Pooch scarf to begin again in simple garter stitch and have a couple of inches of that done.

I will elaborate on all of this as well as post some pics, but I'm not at home currently, so it'll have to be later. I have all my Secret Pal info too, that's super duper exciting, but I have a feeling I'm going to need to be very sneaky!

Ok, I love you, buh bye! (Didn't anyone ever watch Tiny Toons?)

Monday, January 02, 2006

First Post of 2006

Merry '06, everyone! Here's to a year that will eclipse every other yet in greatness... hopefully ;P.

I wanted to put down my New Year's Resolution where I can't back out of it (not that I would). I am normally not a resolution type person, more of a "hey, let's try and live the good life every year" kind of gal. But...

I will learn and become successful at knitting socks on various sized needles and various gauged yarns.

It's really got nothing to do with making me try socks, really just so I can justify the stash expansion ;).

I have some new pattern books, well not new at all, but new to me. Davin's aunt had bought them all for his gramma this summer for 50 cents. There are many different ones, as you can see, ranging from the 1940s to the 1990s. Most of them are baby patterns, which will come in very handy for me, as my regular readers will note. The coolest book is without a cover, but provided complete with this message (excuse the glare):

These here booties were made by a modification of one of the patterns in a Patons Woolcraft book. If you'll notice, they match Logan's hat in stitch pattern.

They're really, really huge. I made them to replace the SnB Nation ones that were way too small. These ones took forever, since I had to knit them on such small needles and, again, with that ball of really cheap acrylic.

Speaking of knits from hell... luckily you can't see what a gimp this blankey is, but here it is FINISHED and sent away to Nova Scotia never to be seen again by my eyes. The whole thing is simply knit in the Trinity stitch, which has many other names. It's not square, or even straight. But, it's so strategically draped that you'll never have proof! Sucka!!!

Now, rather than a progress shot, here is a detail of the wonderful stitch pattern of my "My So Called Scarf" in Manos del Uruguay. It's a little over half done now, I think.

And, finally, some cuteness. Drake had pulled the tin pie plate out of the garbage bag after I'd finished it off. I imagine he was saying, in a very nice Brit accent (as his mother is from across the pond), "Please, sir, I'd like some more."