Thursday, February 24, 2005

Rocky - Hiding behind the Christmas Tree Posted by Hello

Here is a picture of the elusive Mr. Rocky. That spot on the end of his nose is shaped like a heart. He always looks like a dear caught in the head lights, but he really is a sweet boy.

Spirit Kitty

Spirit - The old lady Posted by Hello

She really is an old lady. She sounds like a 3 pack a day smoker saying Maaaaaaaargge when she meows. LOL! And she is so mean to poor Mr. Rocky boy.

Clapotis Fini

Clapotis Fini! Posted by Hello

It's done! I did the standard Clapotis pattern. I used Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino in the Indian Summer colorway. I used size 6 needles. It drapes beautifully. I ended up using about 1 1/2 skeins so I think I have enough to make another one.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Blogthings - You Are From the Sun

You Are From the Sun

Of all your friends, you're the shining star.
You're dramatic - loving attention and the spotlight.
You're a totally entertainer and the life of the party.
Watch out! The Sun can be stubborn, demanding, and flirty.
Overall, you're a great leader and great friend. The very best!

I'm just checking out these bloggy things.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Oh what a beautiful morning....

And it really is! Just a hint of what's to come once spring really gets here. It's about 50F today but getting cloudy. Let's just hope we get rain before the deep freeze comes back.

I'm so sick of winter and snow. It seems like this is the longest time of the year. So it's nice to have a warm sunny day right in the middle of this dreary time of year.

So, since I just joined the kitty knits ring I guess I should tell you a bit more about my kitties.

When my daughter was 2 1/2 I took in a beautiful calicao named Jen-Jen from a woman at work, who also happened to be a spiritualist. We clicked and she trusted me with her sweetest cat Jen-Jen. Unfortunately she had come down with horrible ashma and had to get rid of her beloved cats - all 5 of them. After having Jen-Jen for a few months, she came back to me - there was one cat left and could I help her find a home... so you can guess what happened - instead of one cat, we ended up with two. Jen-Jen and Spirit. Both Calicaos and both sweet docile things that only moved off the couch to eat, poo or move to one of our beds. Jen-Jen attached herself to me, and Spirit attached herself to my daughter.

Jen-Jen was a very fat cat when we got her, and inspite of any diet or attempts to get her to exercise she remained a very fat cat. I'm not really sure how old she was when we got her, but we had her for about 5 more years before she passed away.

So of course poor Spirit was sad not to have a buddy, and after a period of mourning I got the chance to obtain a lavender point siamese, she turned out to just be a white cat with beautiful blue eyes, no points and we named her Sky. Anyway typical of white cats she was a bit psycho but attached herself to my daughter and Spirit (the old lady) moved onto my bed at night.

Unfortunately when she was a little more than 2 years old she had a seizure or brain hemmorage when we were not home and I found her dead in the basement. This was so sad... not only was our beloved Sky gone, but it also happened on my daughter's 10th birthday - and 5 days before Christmas. We were all very sad.

At this point I didn't think I wanted to get another kitty, Spirit was getting older and content to just sleep on my bed, but my daughter kept searching all the online shelters where she eventually found Rocky.

Oh! big decision.... do we get a boy cat? There had never been a man around the house.

So that weekend we went up to the Nashua Animal Shelter to see what they had, and poor Rocky was cowering in his cage. He looked so sweet too. He's a tuxedo kitty with a white face and an little black heart right on the end of his nose. They let us have him in a private room and he just let my daughter carry him like a baby. He is just so gentle. So we brought him home that day.

Spirit was not happy, but she is also a big whimp, yet she managed to scare poor Rocky right into the basement. After a few days it also became apparent that poor Rocky had been misused, and probably abused. He was so submissive and very skittish. So he lived in the basement for almost 6 months. Every evening when we got home, Grace would go down and coax him out of one of his hiding spots and bring him upstairs so we could feed him. Then she would pet and love him and he would be fine until Spirit hissed and then back to the basement he would run.

Well that's been about 2 years. Rocky is still a very skittish cat and doesn't come to anyone but my daughter and he never comes out when there is company. But he will occasionally allow me to pet him. He's become a very sweet and funny boy.... even though he does get into my yarns.

I'll have Grace take some photos - although I would bet money it will be of them snoozing!

As for knitting. Last night I did manage to get some more work down on my Clapotis scarf. And in the process of doing some picking up I found a project bag with socks that I started last fall for my nephew that I was going to give him for Christmas, I guess I better get to work on those! LOL!

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Twisted and blue

Work sucks... did I mention how much I HATE my job. Especially when you end up doing somebody else job on top of yours cuz they are too damn lazy to do theres....

Good now that I got that done and out of the way.

There have been a lot of things going on. My daughter is going for a psych eval tomorrow, on one hand I hope it is something like depression or bipolar so that she can take medication to help her feel better, on the other hand I will be said if it's depression or bipolar and she has to take medications to get through this. But something has to give. I finally went into her inner sanctum with a snow shovel and removed (I can't tell you how) many jumbo garbage bags of filth, and half as many again filled with clothing and bedding to be sorted, cleaned or tossed. The bed has to go too. Which means buying a new mattress, full-size this time, which means all new sheets/blankets/etc. She's been busy prepping the walls because I told her she could paint it.... just not black. She's leaning towards a maroon/burgandy red. She says she wants it to be gothic elegant. Ok....

As for knitting, I'm working on the Clapotis Scarf/Shawl that is all the buzz. I've ripped the damn think out a dozen times or more. I've just started the dropping stitches part and some how my count is off.... but I kept with the patterns so I'm just going with the flow. I just can't frog it right now, but may end up doing that once I'm done. It's not the easiest pattern to follow, but it's actually easy and fun to knit once you get the hang of it.

The colors are just beautiful Cherry Tree Hill Merino sock yarn in the Indian Summer colorway. Very yummy.

Well that's it for now I may come back and delete this but I didn't want anyone who might be checking this to think I've abandoned my blog.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Super Bowl, Super Sale Sunday... ya gotta love it!

So did everyone survive Super bowl Sunday?

I went to the LYS SuperB Sale this Sunday. I arrived at 10am - and was already 4th in line and the shop didn't open until noon - feh... I had my daughter (the snarky, nasty teenager from hell) with me, so rather than listen to her bitch'n we walked up the street and found a diner open so I stuffed her full of pancakes.

We got back to the store around 11ish and the line was now about 35 people deep - yikes! By the time the store opened the line was out the door and half way around the block. The wait wasn't long at all, there were lots of nice people with the same obsession to chat with. This sale was also at a new location, so I wasn't familiar with the location of all the stuff I wanted. Talk about your adventures in yarn shopping! My sister (the weaver) who couldn't join me on this trek because she was busy, had asked me to grab every ribbon yarn I could find. Ok....

So I did get into the store with the first wave and with my daughter (I also got TWO! bags marked %39 off!) What a deal! I grabbed 4 skeins of the Cherry Tree Hill Ribbon, about 5-6 skeins of the Colinette Merino Ribbon Tagelletti (I think it's called) and some other assorted ribbons for Sis.

For me...

3 skeins beautiful Cherry Tree Hill Supersock In Indian Summer for my Clapotis Shawl. One skein of CTH DK Silk Merino in a pretty pink colorway I have no idea what I'm going to do with it. I splurged on some lovely hand dyed Impressions Yarn in this bright yellow/orange/sunset like colors. I got another skein of the Cherry Tree Hill Oceania in Gypsy Rose to make another shawl. I also got some Mission Falls 1824 Wool for some hats. And a Skein each of Colinette Giotto in Cezanne and in Raspberry, Colinette Isis in Cezanne, and several skeins of Manos Del Uruguay in a lovely raspberry variegated and plain for making another felted bag.

And I saved over $300! LOL.

I am now officially not allowed to buy any more yarn for any reason, at least not until the next sale!

When I got home I didn't know what to start first, so I decided to just enjoy then so I wound several of the hanks into balls for now. I think I'm finally getting the hang of winding balls on my Nostepinde. Not to mention it's mindless work that I can do while watching a football game.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Tangled up and blue

Ok, so I've been finishing of a lot of my projects, and only have 2 left on the needles - my Einstein Coat and an alpaca hat that I'm not sure I'm going to continue on or frog. So I was looking for a new project to start last night, because I need to have something going that travels well, and the coat project is just getting too big to haul around.

There has been so much chatter about the Clapotis Scarf/Shawl so I went online to take a look at it again and I really love the pattern. So I picked up some yarn out of the stash just do kind of test out the pattern and lo and behold I find I've been knitting incorrectly all these years! Can you believe it! I didn't know if I should laugh or cry over it. And I can't believe that after knitting for 20+ years I hadn't figured this out sooner.

Apparently I've been knitting in the back of the stitch and tossing the yarn backwards all along. My stitches always look neat and weren't twisted in anyway. But wouldn't you know this totally surprised me and somewhat depressed me. Sigh....

I did however start another scarf - a mock cable rib.

Now at first I just figured well that's that - I'll never do the Clapotis :( it was either that of try to retrain myself to break the habit and learn a new way to knit. Then I thought - heck if I'm going to do that, then maybe I'll sign up for a class at my LYS and learn how to knit continental! Why not! It's never too late to learn new tricks! Besides any excuse to get out of the house for a few hours of scheduled knitting can't be bad.

And I do have to send out a special thanks to the Knit-Chicks online who let me whine about this this morning. They are a great bunch of chicks and we are having lots of fun and getting lots of encouragement from each other.

And then wonder of wonders I realized that this weekend was Super Bowl weekend! Yahoo... not that I'm not rooting for our Patriots, but I'm just not a big football fan. What is REALLY good though about Super Bowl Sunday is the yarn sale at another LYS - and besides if I am going to take the plunge and retrain myself to knit correctly I might as well be knitting something I like... a lot... which also means that I'll just HAVE to find the perfect yarn to knit it in. Right!? Ok, so this sounds like I'm rationalizing... who cares as long as I have an excuse to buy more yarn. Speaking of that, I'd better start making a list of other projects I want to do, just in case I find the perfect yarn that begs me to take it home with me.

Well that's the emotional roller-coaster ride for now.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Finished Projects!

This is a quickie bagI knit from some leftover Lambs Pride and felted. Posted by Hello

I had all this left over Lambs Pride worsted yarn and when I saw the free Booga Bag instructions, I thought this would be a great quick project. I modified the original pattern because I wanted a wider bag for my projects. This was also the first time I knit I-cord which turned out to be very easy with 2 (size 10) dp needles. I ran it through two cycles of hot wash in front loading machine, I probably could have run it though again but I liked the size after the second cycle.

These are my latest socks - the yarn was handpainted by my sister. Posted by Hello

I can't believe I finished these so fast - well fast for me. I'm really getting the hang of the Queen's technique and this time I felt really comfortable modifying the stitch counts and the fit is fantastic! I really love doing both toe up socks at the same time on the 2 addi turbo circulars (size 1s). This time I also tried the slip stitch heel starting about half way into the gusset increases and they are really comfortable.

As I mentioned in an earlier post - the yarn is a lovely merino (I think - I'll have to check again with my sister) that was hand-dyed. It's more of a DK weight so they are thick and warm :) Which is really nice for the cold winter we are having here in New England.