Archive for February, 2008

Felting? FUN!

My grand plans for tonight are to sit in front of the tv with my family and knit on the Wallaby until the body and sleeves are joined. It seems like forever since I have knit on it, but it’s really only been a couple of days. Oh, I guess before I can do that I have to finish a little internet work, and then see about supper.

070965 mdIn the meantime, let’s talk about another new book! I do like new books, don’t you? This one is I <3 Felt by Kathleen Taylor. It includes “33 eye-popping projects for the inspired knitter”. I have to say, this book is colorful. The hot pink color is just a fore-taste of the riotous color inside. Way more than stripes, Taylor has us creating fair-isle and intarsia as well as cables and shaped embellishments, and throwing it all in the washer to shrink and mat it on purpose. From the not-so-basic bags to grand garments, the projects in this book are as unique as they are colorful. If you are familiar with Knit One, Felt Two, then you have some idea what to expect, and if not, then the clear instructions and numerous pictures will be a great introduction!

Unfortunately for me, I am just about out of feltable wool, and given my self-imposed spending hiatus, it will be a few months before I can use this book….maybe. I’ll have to dig through and see what I actually have that I don’t have plans for :)

What’s in a Name?

Last night, I went over to my mom’s to help her sort some stuff (read that yarn) she’s planning to sell at the estate sale at Grandmother’s next month. Hmm, can’t really call it Grandmother’s estate sale, can we?? Even though that’s what it really is. Weird the way words are, huh? Anyway, while I was there the KITT movie came on, and since I had planned to watch it from the time I heard the first commercial, I parked (hahahahah, parked) myself on the couch beside my daddy and we watched KITT. Umm, ya’ll, I love that car. I have loved that car for 25 years. And if you doubt the fervor with which I adore this car, I say it the same way I say blue-faced leicester. Yeah, like that.I would totally marry that car, ok? Do you realize I have yet to say the name of the movie? That’s because I don’t know it, but I know the name KITT, don’t I? So, my point is that it doesn’t matter what the movie was called, once I heard the name KITT, I was hooked.

Now that was kinda funny, and a way to introduce you to a program called lifelock. Lifelock protects you from identity theft. It’s keeps your good name in good standing. Let me give you a more realistic example of what a good name means. My grandparents lived in a very small town. I had gone to see them one day, and I needed gas to get back home, so I pulled into the gas station. I was about 16 or 17 years old, and I had a checking account because I had a job, and this was back in the day, yk? I lived in a small town, too, about an hour away. (It’s maybe worth noting that I now live in the same town, only it’s much larger and only 45 minutes away, but their town is the same size, LOL.) Anyway, I pumped my gas and went in to pay and the clerk said “we don’t take out of town checks.” Well, oops, the gas had already been pumped. I looked him right in the eye and said “My granddad’s name is R—– C—–, and I’m here almost every week to see him”, and the clerk said “that will be fine then”, and he took my check based on Granddad’s good name and reputation. That’s the kind of legacy a person can have. ( I’ll also add that it’s a big legacy to live up to, but I’ll do that on another day ;) )

Of course, today, it’s a different world, and people like to steal your good name, and when they do, you can bet it’s ruined. An organization like lifelock can prevent that, and they can also protect your children’s identities, too. Oh yeah, kids are also vulnerable. Their credit is guaranteed clean, see. That’s a scary thought, but there are people out their who will take a child’s name and SSN and use it and ruin it before they are even old enough to drive, let alone get credit.

Now, back to helping Mama with her yarn. If you’ve been reading for more than a day or two, you know I have a pink problem. A problem with pink. An issue with yarns of the hue of deliciousness. So, there was this bin of yarns, mostly acrylic, and even some kinds I hate, and it was all pink, and there it was, and it was so beautiful in it’s pinkness, and somehow I ended up asking for that bin of assorted pinkish yarns, and last night while I was watching my dream man car, I kinda started a blanket out of those assorted pink yarns. Sigh. Another WIP. But at least it’s pink!

Twinkle Weekend Knits winner!

Kenyetta, please provide me with your mailing address, and I’ll get your copy of Twinkle’s Weekend Knits right out to you! Congratulations!!

To make or to buy

30 sample.jpgI have decided I need new seat cushions for the rockers in my living room. There are two of them, three if I count the child’s chair. Now, I have been looking for a full set (seat and back) since I got the old fashioned rocker, and I haven’t seen one in four years, unless you count the outrageously priced set that flashed briefly before my eyes at Kmart.com one day.

The sad thing for me is that I used to have a couple sets of cushions that I had made myself. The blue fabric here in this Duralee fabrics ad looks like those cushions. I even had some matching tablecloths for the round tables. Of course, I have no idea where they are now, and that’s frustrating, because now I have to come up with money for fabric (oops, none of that until I finish more projects) or money for cushions. And I know I won’t find it in stores for less than it would cost me to make it, anyway.

Hmm, I bet I still have that pattern, and I have fabric…… let me think on his a bit more.

Online Craft Club Show and Tell #22

First off, for thise who were holding your breath, we watched Sliders and Survivor. Then I let dh sleep in front of Without a Trace. I didn’t get much knitting done, I was baby holding instead. And then surfing.

But! Here is [tag]Fantasy Ride[/tag] completed, making the second FO of 2008!IMG 0116

I’m really pleased with how this came out, and once I can spend money on crafts again (just 10 completed projects to go now!!), I’ll frame it and hang it over the loveseat until TheClone comes home to claim it.

Next up, the [tag]Wallaby[/tag]:
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The body is complete, and the sleeves are almost halfway there. I’m doing them flat because I lacked dpns in the correct sizes, and guess what?? I can’t spend money on craft supplies!! It won’t take long to seam them, though, and I don’t mind seaming anyway, though I’m no idiot and my first choice is always going to be ITR.

The Wallaby is turning out to be a pretty quick knit considering how little time I have spent on it so far. Well, ok, the Wallaby in a size 4 is pretty quick :)

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The Great Debate

Will we watch Sliders, Star Trek TNG or Survivor tonight? And also, should I get myself hooked on Lipstick Jungle? And how long can I get these sleeves while I am watching?

IK goes femme fatale

So, I was looking at the latest issue of Interweave Knits, just as I threatened to do, and I was very pleased with it. Sometimes I pick up a knitting mag, and leaf through it with growing incredulity until I finish it, by which time I am thinking “what were they thinking??!!??” Not so this time! It’s soft, it’s form fitting, it’s flattering, and I really enjoyed this issue. I know the editors of knitting mags like to create a mag that flows well, and IMNSHO, this one works!

I really like the Printed Silk Cardigan on page 82 and also the Holly Jacket on page 66. Hehehe, as if I needed more on my stitching plate!

Batman has a bad day

Ooh La la, but Batman has had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day! Yes indeedy, Bob, he has. It started last night around midnight, when he puked. Out of the blue, for no apparent reason, just hurl. He spent the rest of the night camped out by my bed, but was up and around with his bedroll already cleaned up before I even rolled over this morning, bragging to his sibs about how he got fruit snacks in the middle of the night. (BTW, You can really gross out the rest of your kids if you look in the front loader and say something like, “oh, look, Batman had corn for dinner.” Not that I would do that. Unless the opportunity presented itself.)

Then, this morning, after years of being told NOT to throw things in the house, he launched a Tupperware container at Stuntman. Unfortunately for Batman, Stuntman ducked and that container hit the sliding glass door “just so”, and shattered the inner panel. If you have ever wondered just how much glass there is in a sliding glass door, let me show you.

glass

This much.

To wrap up his 18 hours of misery, we went through his mountain of clothing. I kid you not, the pile covered his bed and was over a foot deep. After returning what belonged to his brothers (and a couple of things belonging to his baby sister), we sorted his stuff until all his drawers open and close freely. Enh, I can’t really call that misery, as he was pretty happy with the end result.

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