Monday, January 29, 2007

Um, OBSESSED much?

One of my little "goals" for the year was to knit one pair of socks every month. Well, I am off to a good start:
Left to right: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock in "Jewels," Louet Gems Topaz (i think in French Blue), and Colinette Jitterbug in "Jewel." The whole jewel, gems, jewel theme was completely unintentional. I started with the socks for Joe on bamboo needles. Then I got a major case of hand cramping and had to go buy some flexible needles. The cramping was better, but I knew deep down that it was time to turn to the dark side.
I watched this video about 10 times and before I knew it, I was knitting continental. I was knitting continental A LOT. I couldn't believe how fast it was. What the hell have I been throwing for all this time?

On a side note, there is a new yarn shop in our area. Sit N Knit 2! (or too! or two!) is now open in Wethersfield. FYI, they are JUST as snotty at this one as they are at the West Hartford location. I love one of their employees (Jodi), but the rest of them can go screw. I was in there for 20 minutes and they didn't say a word to me (I was the only customer this whole time). Then, two wealthy-looking women came in and the three employees that were too busy to talk to me fawned all over these two women. To my delight, the women told them they weren't knitters, they were just curious what kind of shop had opened. I left without my usual "skein of guilt." (You know how you always have to buy at least one skein so you don't leave empty handed--even if you don't want anything, you HAVE to buy something. Not this time.).

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

I just.....I can't......Why did it........AAAAAHHHH!

I’m baffled. Absolutely baffled. This yarn is from the same ball. No lie. THE SAME BALL. Stupid Colinette. I have the worst wrist cramp from trying to finish them because I was so excited about this yarn. Now I want to just cry.

The legwarmers are what I made the step-daughter for Christmas. They’re American Eagle “knock offs” and are my first knits without a pattern (not counting garter stitch scarves, of course).

Monday, January 08, 2007

More proof..........

Lookie what I did this weekend!!! IT WAS JOE'S IDEA!!! He rocks.

If you ever go to Webs, this little shop is about a mile away & should not be missed. They are so nice there & really helpful. It's tiny, but you can find stuff there that will make you dance around.

Case in point:
Colinette Jitterbug sock yarn. SCORE!!!

I also got this trekking (which smells like apple pie for some reason) and the short Plymouth needles that I look for every time I go to yarn shops. The long needles annoy the kitty when I'm knitting with him in my lap, so he was happy too.

This is my loot from Webs. Some Schaefer Anne & some purple Trekking.

I had not planned on getting 2 balls of Trekking when the day started, but we went to Webs first & I wasn't sure if I would find anything good at Northampton Wools.

Silly me.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Joe is maybe the best husband EVER

Check out what he made me:

A yarn swift!!
I saw this link on Carrieoke's blog the other day and asked him if he thought he could make something like it. He is not one to be outdone, so of course he had to improve the design to his standards and he painted it so my yarn doesn't snag. And he put little rubber feet on the bottom so it won't scoot around on the table when I'm winding the yarn.

See? Woo-hoo!!
And since I can't be outdone either, I finished his sock (And am winding the yarn for sock #2 in the picture above). It is Gems Topaz yarn and the Universal Toe-up Sock from Knitty.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Christmas Goodies

I did get some knitterly gifts this year.
I got THREE Stitch n Bitch daily calendars, one knit pattern a day calendar,

the Knitter's Companion book (which I've used twice already!),

I got this awesome row counter from the Yankee Swap at SnB (there were 2 in the package-1 is currently in use).

My fellow SnB-ers will be glad to know I got a new knitting bag (the old one was a grocery store sack).
I'm using the pencil holders as dpn holders.
I also got a Senseo coffee pot and a lap desk for my laptop that totally rocks. Oh, and a DVD recorder so I can get all my episodes of Knitty Gritty off of Tivo.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007


1. Blog more. I really suck at this.
2. Stop using sunglasses to pull hair back. Buy clips for this.
3. Get better at sewing. I signed up for a class, so that should help.
4. Keep the house organized. We spent 2 days getting stuff in order this week, so it would be nice for it to stay that way.
5. Brush the cat more often.
6. Cook every night except Fridays (and sewing class night).
7. Do not drink soda except when migrane is coming on & Dr. Pepper is the ONLY cure.

Happy New Year Everybody!!