Friday, November 26, 2004

Moving

This weekend I will not have much time to knit unfortunately since I am moving. It is my least favorite thing to do and yet It feels like I'm doing it all the time. Hopefully by Sunday night things will have settled a little (maybe the boxes will magically unpack themselves) and I'll get some kntting done. I'd really like to finish the pullover sweater by end of December in time for my birthday and Christmas. I also have some other projects in mind for family and friends...there just isn't enough time ! After work today I will be stopping at Indigo to meet a friend for coffee and I am very excited to check their knitting section, maybe they have copies of Stitch n' Bitch Nation or knit.1 magazine. If they do I will be forced to buy them.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

'Tis the Season

It's officially starting to feel like winter. After yesterday's snowfall and bitter wind, I'm thinking about knitting a warmer hat. But what really marks the season I think is the public transit and the crowds of people pushing, shoving and waiting to get on the bus and the subway trains. The buses run less frequently it seems and we desperately try to find shelter from the cold, waiting. Is this the "better way" ? I understand that drivers on the road don't have it any better, in traffic and bad road conditions due to the weather, but I always feel a little envious. I am envious of the shelter and enclosure that is found in a car. Sharing your personal breathing space with others either first thing in the morning or after a long day can be very unpleasant. Being squeezed into a stuffy bus requires much patience. The cold winter wind can feel like a breath of fresh minty air sometimes. With Christmas and snowy icy weather just around the corner, I am looking forward to tea, warm blankets, knitting and spending the holidays with family, watching movies and just being cozy in my enclosed space called home.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

For the Pullover I'm using...


Inca Gold-100% Baby Alpaca- really soft and plush Posted by Hello

3XChic Pullover


The back is done and the rest is coming along. Posted by Hello
http://www.chicknits.com

Monday, November 22, 2004

The Knit Cafe and Romni Wools

Sunday morning Jennifer, Laura and I took a "Knit a Hat" class (straight needles) at The Knit Cafe on Queen St. West.
The Knit Cafe opened recently, offering classes, funky yarns and coffee. The atmosphere is sixties euro-retro. They will be launching their web site shortly. Unfortunately I forgot to bring my camera, and have no photos to post. We also stopped in to Romni Wools. My head was spinning from all the yarn even after we left ! What a selection. I was able to get more of the yarn that I am using for my pullover in the same dye lot- imagine that. Brunch at Mimi's (just around the corner on Bathurst at Queen) was really good.

Saturday, November 20, 2004

The Magazine for Women with Something to get Off Their Chests

Send a "Bust"card to someone you love !

SNB





Debbie Stoller the Editor-in-Chief/Publisher of "Bust" magazine recently released "Stitch n' Bitch Nation" and it's on my wish list. I love "The Knitter's Handbook". It's hilarious, clear and visually well demonstrated. It's like having a really cool older sister showing you how to knit, regardless of your age, from beginner to advanced.

knit. 1


The first issue is out!

Opera Scarf - Free Pattern


Thursday, November 18, 2004

Quote

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
-unknown

rip it, rip it

Oh the joy and liberation of "frogging" a.k.a unraveling your knitting. I had to, yesterday when I noticed that my ribbing on the sweater that I recently started was...well miscalculated. An extra purl here and there. But it's just as well since I wasn't really thrilled with the combination of the two yarns. The UpCountry is really chunky and the Inca Gold Baby Alpaca is soft and light. In this respect these two opposites were not attracting and I am just not ready to commit to something I'm not crazy about. So, I think I'll try knitting the pullover sweater in the Baby Alpaca, paying close attention to the pattern even when Reality TV gets really exciting. But I'm back to the same dilemma as before, the dye lot. I have four hanks and probably need another 4. Need to go back to Lettuce Knit !

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Quote

"If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment."
-Marcus Aurelius


Lettuce Knit- Knitter's Heaven Posted by Hello

Supplies for the Next Generation of Knitters

I made a trip to Lettuce Knit in Kensington Market today. This was the Yarn Shop where I purchased my first couple of skeins of yarn for A Beginner's Basic Scarf- "Ribbed for her Pleasure" taken from the book Stitch n' Bitch by Debbie Stoller. Lettuce Knit did not have The Lamb's Pride yarn that I as looking for so instead I found this really, really soft Inca Gold Alpaca yarn in dark blue. I think it'll look great with the yarn that I have already started knitting with for the sweater.

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Monday, November 15, 2004


Molly is also fascinated with yarn. Posted by Hello

So I pretty much drove my BF crazy this weekend with my sweater dillema. On Friday I purchased 4 balls of Patons UpCountry yarn in Ice Blue. I picked out a pattern in Vogue Knitting (pg. 80 Holiday 2004) "very Vogue, very easy" right. But since I had only purchased 4 balls I needed another 7 (the pattern calls for 100m yarn, the UpCountry yarn I have is only 71m) in the same dye lot. Well, the next day I went to Michael's again with Mazin and Amy only to find that they did not have another 7balls in the same dye lot. Neither did another Michael's location. After some research on the net I decieded that the sweater was not financially sound nor affordable. But I just wanted a project to keep me busy since I have just recently quit smoking (sort of). This will be my first sweater and so I went on a search and found a great versatile pattern from knitty: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall02/PATT3xchic.html. I have decided to use what I have, the Patons UpCountry half way up the sweater front and back and then finish (sleeves and top front and back) with Brown Sheep Company in Fuscia.


The start of a Pullover sweater Posted by Hello


I recently finished this warm
Noro wool scarf for Mazin with a hat to match. Posted by Hello

My first very own blog spot !!

Cheers to the birth of a baby blog ! Stay tuned... and learn fascinating insignificant details about me, my life and my obsession with knitting.