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Knitting Up A Storm!

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Look At Me....

I bought five Fleece Artist Scarf kits from the Naked Sheep a couple of weeks ago, but forgot to take pictures. So here they are:

I know what you are thinking, 10 hanks of yarn to wind, how long do you think it would take me. Not long when you have one of these:

My wonderful husband made this swift for me. Can you believe it? He is so awesome.. Katherine from the SnB described hers, and I knew he could make it. She then took a picture of hers and Chris saw it, and well, you see the outcome. I love it. It took me less time to wind 8 hanks then it takes to wind one with a chair and yarn winder.

Yeah for me...

Knitting news? Almost at the decreases on the first thrummed mittens. Man, these suckers are taking forever. I'm thinking if I can make the one before next weekend, I can finish the second one next weekend at the girl's weekend away. Christine (who the mitts are for) will be there, and she can make the thrums as I am knitting them. Let's hope they will be finished by next weekend and I can move on to the other things.

posted by Lisa @ 4:13 p.m. 


Friday, February 25, 2005


Why two posts in one day? I had to get something off my chest.
Looks like I am not the only one, organizing my stash (books/yarn/patterns)
Savannahchik knits is doing the same. She went one step further than me and created a spreadsheet which she made available for anyone who wants to use it. So, I thought, why not, my stash certainly won't compare to others that I've seen on the net. And guess what?
I have 254.5 balls of yarn! Can you freaking believe it?
I never thought I had that much. Holy crap and double crap. I am still in shock. And this is all from memory. I'm sure I will find more once I really count the full load. I think I am just going to bury my head. Bye, I'm going now to do just that.

posted by Lisa @ 3:04 p.m. 



I tell ya - when the going gets tough, the tough don't get going. At least for me anyways. I'm a bit tired of knitting at the moment. It seems to consume a large part of my life, but I don't feel like it at the moment. Why? One of the reasons - due to the sitcom chic coming out a tad small. I actually don't know this yet, as I need to iron the fronts like it is no one's business. But I believe I am right. Silver lining in this situation - maybe I will work on losing those 10 pounds and it will fit. Don't hold your breathe though.

I started on the 2nd ball of cotton for the chickami and this puppy is too BIG. Big, can you imagine? Well, nevermind. At least I know now and not when it was done and I was excited to wear it. There is the silver lining. So, now I have to go down to needle size 3.5mm circular needles to get gauge, BUT surprise surprise, I don't have those. I have every size but those. Of course, it figures. The silver lining thing could only last for so long.

Also - oh yeah baby, there is more, the EZ blocking board I ordered online, turns out it will be about $200 Canadian by the time it hits my door. Yeah, I don't want it that badly. Silver lining here, I am going to the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival in May, so I will wait and see if they have any.

So, with all this, even though I don't feel like knitting, I have been organizing my yarn. Winding each ball on my winder, putting the yarn in priority order of what to knit next, putting the patterns and ball bands with the yarn, swatching for those patterns - so when I feel like getting back to knitting, I will be ready. There is the silver lining.
Message for Lisa today? Take the good with the bad.
Have a good/bad one folks.

posted by Lisa @ 9:31 a.m. 


Thursday, February 24, 2005

Yeah! I just placed my order for the EZ Blocking Board. I have been using floor insulation boards, which work fine, but I hate measuring the pieces and then re-measuring to ensure all are the same. What a pain in the ass. I need something fast and easy, and it looks like this is just the thing.

No really knitting progress to report - if you are interested - read the post below. Don't worry - you didn't miss much if you didn't.

That is all. Over and out - have a good one folks.

posted by Lisa @ 11:09 a.m. 


Wednesday, February 23, 2005

I've Been Tagged

Always hoping no one would tag me, but Chicken-Knits did. I'm glad it was about the TV and not about music. The music one would be truly boring. So here goes:

1. How much space is left on your TIVO?

No Tivo in Canada. I think.

2. Have you ever bought a DVD of a tv series and if so which one?

NO. My husband and brother have all the seasons of Stargate.

Does it count if the series are in my house? I do have Season 5 of Sex in the City, but to be fair, my non-blogging friend Teresa bought season 1,2,3, my other friend bought season 4, so I thought it was only fair to get a season for all to watch.

3. What was the last tv show you watched before reading this message?

Okay, don't laugh. Jeremiah. Not a bad show, too bad it was cancelled after only two seasons. (BTW - I wouldn't buy the DVD set of this show, which I see is available).

4. List five shows you won't miss:

I can only think of one - Dead Like Me. Freaking fantastic show.

So who to tag?

1. Chris - my husband. He doesn't have a blog, but will post his answers here. He is a TV maniac, and might have better answers than mine.

2. Knit, Stitch, Click

3. Beach Knits

Knitting news? I started the ChicKami I had this pattern and yarn for well over a year now, and I thought, why not make something to go under the Sitcom Chic? Chances of me wearing them together are slim as the sweater might be a bit small. (I keep saying that, don't I - I’m not bitter about it, really I'm not!)

But the ChicKami is quite versatile, and I am looking forward to wearing it. This will be the 3rd item I have made from ChicKnits. And I have the pattern/yarn for the Ribby Cardi. Man, this woman comes up with great patterns.

Other than that, the thrummed mittens are coming along, the thumb gusset is now sitting on a safety pin and I am on a roll with the thrums. I make one round's worth prior to starting, and that round goes pretty quickly. At first, I was making each one as I needed it, but that was a very long process. Live and learn I always say.

Tonight is SnB at the Naked Sheep. Are you joining me?

posted by Lisa @ 9:07 a.m. 


Sunday, February 20, 2005

See, told you I jinxed myself with saying the Sitcom Chic was going smoothly. It looks amazing, but it is too small. I knew I should have made the 40' instead of the 36'. Such as life. I know my bust size, which fits perfectly there, but not wide enough for the hip area. Ahh...Should go with my gut.

I am still going to finish the edging and then block the front and then I will see. Other than that, not much knitting to report.

And my friend who I am knitting the thrummed mittens for loves them. Well the whole 3" worth. But, she wants them quickly, so I said you make the thrums and it will go faster. She said yes, and maybe, just maybe she will get them this winter.

Thats all folks. Have a good one.

posted by Lisa @ 9:04 p.m. 


Friday, February 18, 2005

Thanks guys for your nice comments. I love my site, and it is enjoyable to look at now. I'm surprised it took me so long to change it, as I get bored easily. Maybe boredom? Laziness? Who knows, but it is done. There is some tweaking to complete, but the major change is done. Thanks Chris. BTW - like his picture at the bottom left corner of the screen? Crazy man - but that's why I love him so.

Sitcom Chic - I think this is going to be successfully. Drat, I think I just jinxed myself, but who cares, the stitches to knit on each row are slowly decreasing, so time spent on each row is less and less. YEAH. the eyelet row looks so nice. I want to finish quickly so I can try it on.

Thrummed mittens are not going very fast - only 4 rows last night. The three rows after the thrumming round go quickly, but that one row, boy am I slow. I guess I have to get the hang of it.

Did you check out Sandra's blog? She bought something. Go check it out, I am SO jealous. Maybe she will invite me over for a test spin? CONGRATS girl.

That's all for now folks. Hope your knitting is going grand for you.

posted by Lisa @ 9:50 a.m. 


Thursday, February 17, 2005

First Post Out The Gate

So, How do you like the new site? I love it. I have been blogging for almost a year, and am pretty tired of the old look. Chris could have changed the blog in motime.com, but there were a few features I wanted, that it could not offer. So, blogger here I am.

At zee Sheep last night I didn't make much progress on the Sitcom Chic, but that is okay. It is almost done. I think.

Elizabeth confirmed I was thrumming correctly, but need to make the thrums shorter. Okay, good, can go on with that. Usually I only have one project on the go, but a sweater and a mittens are not a huge load, and really, how much stockinette stitch can you do? Really.

Have a good one folks.

posted by Lisa @ 6:46 a.m.