Dec 28, 2008
Dec 25, 2008
Dec 23, 2008
Dec 21, 2008
Dec 19, 2008
Nov 9, 2008
I have to confess….that is not the only project I’ve started. I started a hexagon blanket called Bobby’s Garden. However – I am using sock yarn. So if you have any left over Koigu PPM (or it’s equivalent ) that you don’t know what to do with (or don’t want it)– please feel free to send it to me. Shoot me an email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you my address. I want to see how long it takes me to make it thru this particular afghan and will post photos as yarn arrives and becomes part of the blanket. I was inspired by The Heathen Housewife on her Mitered Sock Yarn Blanket and found the hexagons on size one needles more fun. Call me nuts – I’m sure it will take a year or more to complete this one. But the squishy warm blanket at the end is worth the time! What are y’all working on? Do you have starterisit too? Please tell me I'm not the only one with this dreaded disease...
Nov 4, 2008
We went back on Monday morning and were happy to see the line was not as long as the previous day. Well we had a heck of a time in the maze that is the bowels of City Hall. On Monday the line was started inside the building instead of around the block. Not so bad right? Yay!!!! ( I’m not really a germophobe – but why did my purse have to be man handled by the security chick who was really just doing her job but becoming a little to intimate with my purse and my knitting.)
Nevertheless – there was quite a bit of excitement in the air as people lined up to vote. It was interesting the way the voter volunteers kept the lines from full view of the voters. I think they wanted to discourage voters from giving up on the whole process because of the perception that the lines might be too long.
The wait was approximately three hours to vote – but because there happens to be so much artwork on the walls and plenty of “people-watching” to entertain us – it wasn’t that bad.
I was really happy to see people from all walks of life there for one purpose. There was a homeless woman who said she was so excited that she couldn’t wait to vote. There was a handicapped lady in a wheel chair that left because she said the lines were too long. I was dismayed when I saw her later on hanging out doing nothing but smoking cigarettes in the rain. How come we don’t have a special place for handicapped folks to vote? Yeah I know I thought about it when I saw her later on. I saw old, young, tall, short, Black, White, Chinese, Latino, Philipino, Samoan, Cuban, etc. I saw the united nations of the people here to vote. I saw people here who are tired of the status quo and the same old mess from our government. If you did not vote you missed an opportunity to make history.
Oct 29, 2008
Oct 26, 2008
Oct 20, 2008
Sep 20, 2008
Whew! It's been awhile since I've posted anything. I'm still knitting, commuting and sleeping a lot. So I'm in the middle of making my first Clapotis and got all excited because well I trusted the pattern and made some significant progress and look what I found - a hole!!!! Argh!!!! I am in the process of painstakingly tinking back about six rows and hoping for the best. It was truly the KnitFloozy's fault for not securing the loose ends. Oh well.
I also made a Big Bad Baby Blanket in Cotton Ease. If you've ever used this cotton you know how squoosy (yes i know it's not a word) the yarn is and it just gets softer with every single wash. I made it for the newest member of our family - he's not here yet. Don't you just love making baby blankets? I do - mostly cos the mama's appreciate it sooo much.
I also started one of one of those eco grocery bags. Yes I have another set of WIPs that I may actually finish by December. What are y'all working on?
Now playing: Vaughan Mason & Crew - Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll, Part 1
Aug 12, 2008
This is the house were many Christmases, Thanksgivings, pies, cakes, cookies, laughter, tears and joy were had. Why is the place special to me? A family that has a great legacy was started here. This is where my GrannyL spent her life raising her children, who are my Father and Aunts & Uncles. They all now have families of their own and we are a group of cousins who are a force to be recokened with when we are all together. We are loud, boisterous, fun loving group of people. We sing together, we laugh together (to the point of tears), we pray together and most of all we love each other. I'm only writing about my whole family because our beloved GrannyL was laid to rest recently. She provided us with much love, entertainment, spankings, wisdom strength and most importantly a love of God. GrannyL will be sorely missed - I could tell you stories - but you'd need to be a family member to understand the significance of the story.....I will miss her more than I can even begin to explain.
Jul 18, 2008
Jul 17, 2008
Hey folks! I'm still around. I'm still knitting. I'm still trying to buy food for my family. Most people don't know it - but I could eat tuna fish sandwiches daily. And I make a mean bowl of tuna. Since I make it so often - I always buy the larger cans of tuna - in water of course - oil just tastes to fishy! I know it sounds stupid but if you ever get a chance - compare the tuna in oil and the tuna in water. Anywhoo...look at the price of this jar of mayo that ususally lasts me about two months. Not a big deal. But the last time that I purchased a jar of mayonaise that size it was not $9.59!!!!! I'm pretty sure that it was somewhere south of $6.00. While three dollars may not be a big deal for one jar of mayo - imagine all of your groceries going up three dollars each! Do you know what that does to a knitters yarn budget? Ok I know knitters and budget in the same sentence is just an oxymoron - but y'all know what I mean. How are we supposed to to feed our families and purchase yarn to knit! Thank goodness for the fore thought to hoard yarn before gas became ridiculouly priced!!! Now all of those dreams of making blankets for family members may come true. I can't afford to buy anymore yarn thanks to the overpriced gas in these parts!
Jun 25, 2008
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Jun 9, 2008
May 30, 2008
Isn't she just fabulous? A friend in a faraway land sent this beautiful hand knit scarf to me all the way from Keiv! I was sooo excited and to scared to wear it. I mean does one wear a scarf so beautiful all willy knilly? I should think not! It was cold one morning and I grabber Ruby off the shelf and boy o boy is she warm and squishy all at the same time! I was oh so grateful that day to have such a lovely warm scarf. Many compliments to the hand knitter who made this! I'm just not that' talented. Ok - it's more like I'm far to lazy to knit such beautiful lace....Ok more like to chicken....
May 17, 2008
May 11, 2008
I'm still working on the blanket from the previous post - but you know there has got to be something said for actually reading the pattern and it's instructions all the way through before actually starting the pattern. I'm a complete just dive in and start knitting the pattern. Well i don't thik i'll be doing that anymore. This cute little baby blanket is gonna become a wall hanging. Why? Ms. I can knit anything without actually reading the pattern used the wrong sized needle!!!!!!! It said to cast on with the sixes and knit with the eights! Can y'all see my blond roots showing? I feel like a complete idiot!!!!! Lucky for me I have enough yarn to actually make another - ok I have enought yarn to make about six more of these. Yeah - I know - that's a whole lotta cotton!!!! I love the Lion Brand Cotton Ease and well you know...when you shop on eBay you can never buy just one skein of yarn and well...I have quite a bit of Cotton Ease. Such is the life of a knitter.
I got some really pretty pre-planted flower pots. Yes that's what I wanted instead of the roses, birds of paradise or other various flowers! I wanted some plants that would last longer than the flowers in the vase. I forgot to take photos of them before the sun set today so I will add the photos tomorrow.
Hope you all had a wonderful day!
May 5, 2008
Mar 26, 2008
My faith in the kindness of strangers has also been restored - to often we hear of peoploe having things stolen or they've left things on the train when commuting. I left my cell phone on BART and the gentleman who found it proceeded to call everyone in my phone until he reached someone to tell me that he had it and wanted to return it. (So if I you got a call from a stranger it was him calling you to see if you know me) I received several email messages from folks saying “uh Knitfloozy – you left your cell phone on Bart – here is the contact info for the guy who found it.” I was shocked and amazed cos I never loose my phone - it seems like it should be attached to my head I use it so much. I must have been knitting when it fell outta my pocket - I mean what other reason would I loose my phone. Any who….I got my phone back in a few days and he said he returned it because someone did the same for him a few days ago. So yes there are still kind and wonderful people in the world.
More recently there was a knitter on the Monthly Dishcloth group that I am a part of and lost everything in a fire. She shared this with us because she thought that her fellow knitters would understand her loss. Her family and pets are safe. They are all happy in their rented house until the reconstruction of their old house begins– of all the things they had in the house that her husband missed her hand knit dishcloths when washing the dishes. I mention this because every single person on the list wanted to donate either yarn, dishcloths, needles, etc. I was really touched by the generosity of all the knitters across the country. I to sent her some dishcloths. I’m sure she will have enough to warm her new home.
Feb 25, 2008
A side note for the kindness of people in the world. Last week I was riding the train home and was very sick. Another passenger noticed that I wasnt feeling well and ask me what was wrong and when I told her she sat with me rubbing my back for three or four stops and rubbed the back of my coat until she got off the train. She will never know how much that was truly comforting to me. I was made sick by an eggroll I had no business eating but that's a story for another day...Anyway - that's another point scored for kindess!
Feb 10, 2008
I haven't forgotten about y'all. I've been working on one of my many WIPS. I started knitting a heart lace baby blanket - but me and the pattern just did not get along so I frogged it in favor of the Argosy Baby Blanket found here. I started this pattern a long time ago and just couldnt get my mind wrapped around it. I decided to take the advice I'd given to my new knitting student...just trust the pattern. How many times have you started knitting something and thought well if I just change it here - then it will work there. Ha! I had to learn the hard way that this is most unacceptable. Sometimes the people who write the patterns know what they are doing. I just knew Vyvyan had made a mistake in the pattern and just dropped it into the frog pond. Well low and behold due to mucho user error that pattern and I have become friends. We are knitting down the second page with I believe four more sections to go before finishing. I will post photos later as the camera seems to have disappeared on me.
By the way - I moved and in the move I got a knitfloozy's dream My own room for yarn!!!! Yes you read that right - I have a whole room - just for yarn. And mr. knitfloozy was shocked at the amount of yarn that has been amassed in four years. I think that means that I am on a yarn diet for awhile. I did tell him that sock yarn does not count as stash and got that look. You know the one - "Sounds good honey but don't buy anymore yarn until you've used this up". Such is life....
Jan 17, 2008
I'm trying so hard not to cheat on my current projects but I feel like it's as effort in futility. Apparently I have mixed emotions whenever I finish a project so I start another so my needles won't feel lonely. Speaking of which – I have more warshrags than I know what to do with. I didn't realize that I made so many. I suppose I will have to share them with my family. Family if you're reading this you may get some warshrags in the mail. Please do not think they are too pretty to use – they are for warshing the dishes! They are 100% cotton – and when you wear them out I will make you another one.
When I was working on the Brooklyn Tweed Noro Scarf I bought a pair of Rosewood needles on a whim. I was seduced by the warm texture of the needles and the newly purchased skeins of Noro that I purchased for the scarf. (This is why I am not to be trusted in a store full of yarn and needles.) I know I'm not the only one who likes to touch the yarn and sigh when I feel all of the different textures – isn't it easy to get excited by new yarn? Never mind all the other stuff in the storage closet that excited me to at one time and has now lost its lustfulness.
Well that love affair is over. I kept thinking that I could use them with every yarn – NOT!!!!!! I tried to make yet another warshrag with them and the cotton yarn kept grabbing the needles and gripping them so tight I could barely move the stitches across the needles. Not to mention after using the KnitPicks Options – I was spoiled by the slick texture and the short needles. I felt like a complete klutz with my fancy needles. The ends kept getting caught in my long sleeved shirt. I had the complete look of an idiot with pretty sticks and yarn in my hands. I may have to start using them as hairpins or even worse….decoration.
Currently on the needles……Noro Scarf (Brooklyn Tweed & Black Dog Designs), yet another ball band warshrag, Mason Dixon Mitered Blanket (square #20), and a blanket I can't seem to remember the name of at this particular moment that may be frogged in favor of a simpler mindless pattern oh yes and one Los Monos Locos Sock – hopefully I won't succumb to the dreaded second sock syndrome.
Jan 14, 2008
Jan 9, 2008
*disclaimer - this is the grumpy evil twin sister who had a long day posting*
You know most of the time I can
By the way – I was working on the purple entrelac scarf ….
Jan 5, 2008
Pay it Forward is based of the concept of the movie “Pay it Forward” where acts or deeds of kindness are done without expecting something in return, just passing it on, with hope that the recipients of the acts of kindness are passed on. You all know I’m already a PIF type of person. So here’s how it works. I will make and send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment to this post on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I do not know what that gift will be yet, and it won’t be sent this month, probably not next month, but it will be sent (within 6 months) and that’s a promise! What YOU have to do in return, then, is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.
I will now Pay It Forward to you THREE, I wonder who you will be?!Please, be a PIF
Jan 1, 2008
1. Warshrag - from the Mason-Dixon Knitting in Key Lime & White Cotton
2. Mitered Blanket – again – from the Mason-Dixon Knitting – Caron’s Simply Soft
3. Irish Hiking Scarf – Patons Soy Striped Yarn found here
4. Plain Garter Scarf – Patons Soy Striped Yarn - cast on 15 stitches and knit to your heart's content
5. Entrelac Scarf – Lavender Microspun found here
6. Los Monos Locos – Koigu found here
7. Noro Silk Garden Scarf Found here
8. Fiber Trends Easy Knit Baby Blanket Collection 2 -found here (I had to pay for this one) all others were free.
My knitting shame has now been displayed for all the world to see. Yeah right – I’m not really ashamed – I think I’m doing better than I was – I think at one point that I had about 12 projects going – so now that I am down to eight and I think I’m doing alright. Anyway – I do have one finished object to show you. It’s the Big Bad Baby Blanket! I started this awhile ago and I started finally finished. It was really heavy towards the end and I almost gave up because of the weight. I used six of the 14 oz Bernat Cotton balls – which it was stiff to knit with – but once I washed and dried it – it was really soft and ready for someone’s baby. I just haven’t decided who’s baby yet. Could just be decoration for the couch - cos I think the weight of this blanket may trap a child underneath it! LOL
In the spirit of the 2008 – I will finish all of these lovely project before I start anything else. Y’all stop laughing!! I really mean it. Let’s see who else can do it!!!! I challenge all of you who read this blog to complete all of your current WIP’s before starting anything else. Anyone willing to take this challenge on and report on your progress?