Tuesday, December 28, 2004

AP Design Launch !

Check out my WIP web page !

Happy Holidays Everyone!

I am enjoying my time off, although it feels that it is passing all to quickly and I am reassuring myself it is only Tuesday.
I am in desperate need of a new knitting project and in even more need to do some shopping in a LYS. I am LOVING my new Denise's Interchangeable Knitting Needles ! I am thrilled to have all sizes
(5-15 US) both circular and straight needles at my disposal in one compact book.
I'm planning on two projects for this christmas break and into the new year.
The Sophie felted purse. I love it.This will be my first felted project. I'll use Noro Kureyon or Cascade 220 if I can find it here in Toronto. I am so excited ! I have read only great reviews re: this felted bag.
Then, a knit-a-long is starting in the new year for the very Tempting sweater which I have coveted since the knitty winter issue came out.
Happy knitting moments ahead !

Monday, December 27, 2004

Any Resemblance ?

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

It's my Birthday !

It'll be my last year spent in my twenties. Deep breath.
Relatively speaking I'm about 23.
Almost 30- I'm just on the cusp of being wise, accomplished, successful, confident and all grown up. Can I make this my birthday wish for next year ?

I have been knitting Christmas gifts. I finished the drop stitch scarf from SnB Nation. That was fun. I really like the result of the pattern. And now I'm using Bernat Matrix ribbon to make a skinny scarf and/or belt and I love it this stuff! I didn't think that I would. In the beginning, when I first started knitting I was all about the natural fibers and now my imagination is running wild with synthetic ribbon ideas (I need a copy of this pattern book) and I have a few projects planned for the new year. I love the look of the Matrix ribbon that I'm using because it sort of looks like stringy tin foil and pink confetti.

I am also very excited because for my Birthday, I'm getting the Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles from Mazin ! I'll never need to buy another pair of needles again with this little handy kit. Although I am partial to Bamboo needles and will probably end up splurging once in while on a set just to change it up a bit, having all the needle sizes and circular needles at my disposal will be so great. Thank you Mazin !

Exciting times ahead ! I'm off next week and I can't wait to head over to Queen St. exchange some yarn and start some new crafty projects. I also plan to have my digital camera with me so I will be providing some visual reference.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

It's been a little while since I posted last. I just recently started a new job, very exciting.

Last night I joined a knittng group. We had coffee and good converstation at Starbucks. The group meets once a month, and I look forward to the next meet up.

Around this time of year I am constantly thinking about all that I need to do that is Christmas related. Too much to do and very little time left.

I did finish the manos drop stitch scarf that I mentioned in my last post and I am now working on a cowl.

Saturday, December 11, 2004

Accidentally on Purpose

This scarf is knit with Manos del Uruguay Yarn.
The pattern Yo, Drop It ! from SNB Nation.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

stitch n' bitch nation has arrived !

When I first had the opportunity to flip through SNB Nation at Lettuce Knit I thought there were just a handful of patterns that I would try knitting. But after looking through it again and now reading through the first few pages I am looking at the patterns differently.
I always look at patterns with the idea of customizing, choosing another yarn and color but of the same gauge. And I wouldn't dare think to change the pattern to fit me better.
I fear that if I don't follow the pattern exactly, it will just turn out all wrong. And it would, if you don't know what you're doing, but SnB Nation shows how to make any knitting pattern work with your yarn, your gauge, your body and style. It's just a matter of understanding the pattern and changing it appropriately to suit your needs. This I am really looking forward to learning more about. So the patterns in the book, any pattern for that matter, is a shell that I can redesign to my liking. I'd also really like to learn how to create my own graphic pattern designs, I'm not talking reindeer sweaters, much different.
I also stumbled across this helpful site mentioned on the virtual stitch n' bitch board ... video captured continental knitting !

Monday, December 06, 2004

Tinsel Town

Pattern & images © 2004 Vickie Howell.

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it sparkles!

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Happy Sunday with small Dilemma

It's been a great day. Mazin, Amy and I had lunch together, Mazin bought a 17" LCD, it put a very BIG smile on his face. I love his smile. We stopped at Chapters, I bought the recently released younger sister to Vogue Knitting, knit. 1 magazine (simple pleasure) and then home to find that knitty has released the winter 2004 edition. So many great patterns, some a little unusual and some very tempting. I wish that the yarn that I am knitting with now, for the pullover was of the same gauge as what tempting calls for. I love that sweater, I love a ribbed pattern, and it's classified as mellow: suitable for beginners (me), relaxing, not mentally taxing (non-taxing always good) knitting as therapy(I need it). The only thing I would change would be the ribbon, I picture a ribbon that is less wide and a little more willowy or subtle.

So here's my dilemma: I'm tempted to start this project and maybe just skip the pullover altogether. Save the yarn for another project. Return what I haven't used for a store credit. Is that too capricious, changeful or indecisive ? Shouldn't I finish what I've started ?

It's just that I'm not too keen with how the neck line has turned out. No offence to the design, it's really great, it's my mistake, I need to re-knit the front, in my last post I mentioned that the front is about 4 inches too long! But I'm just not that into it, the pullover, for me. I'm not crazy for v-necks. It's kind of conservative and well, plain. You know ?

So what do I do ? Return what I haven't used and find a yarn that fits the guage for the truly tempting sweater ? Or is it worth finishing what I've already started even though it's design doesn't call for me in the middle of the night ? I'm simply not ready to settle on something that is common place and not really my style. It's spending your hard earned money on something that you don't love. Is it better to finish what I've started or knit that which I can see myself really loving for years to come ? Do I frog (unravel) the pullover that I spent the last month knitting and mulling over and start something completely different ?
I think I'm wasting valuable time just writing about this.
Your comments would be appreciated !

Winter Knitty 2004 !

...very tempting.

Knitty says, "You have enough boxy, oversized, bumming-around-the-house sweaters.
We know you do". How true.

not matching up

Last night I finished the front side to the pullover sweater and well it doesn't quite match up to the back side of the sweater. It's about 4 inches too long. Somewhere I miss counted, most likely in the decreasing area, the arm holes and neck shaping. I'll have to take apart the front and start again. Did I say knitting is fun? I have put the pullover away (I refuse to abandon the knitting all together) and I knit up a warm chocolate brown merino wool hat today. That was fun and easy! I'll get back to the pullover. Most likely tomorrow. I will not be defeated.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

I will miss you Old Friend

Yeah for me ! I'm officially a non-smoker. This means that I will be saving $1,044 /year and more !
The arrangement I have with myself works like this- I keep my hands busy knitting, save money because I'm not smoking, make regular visits to the LYS and spend the money I would otherwise smoke away. I highly recommend knitting to those who want to quit. It also helps with the snacking and gaining weight issue that some are concerned with prior to quitting. Substitution is key. Saying goodbye is never easy, but the rewards are plenty.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004


What a rainy morning. It would have been a good day to stay at home...
The front of my pullover sweater it coming along, the pattern needs a good read over most of the time. I'm attempting this pullover sweater after knitting only 3 scarves (one cabled scarf) and 2 hats. Wrapping my brain around the pattern, even though it is considered "easy" can be tricky sometimes. I just really hope that this sweater is wearable in the end. Wish me luck !