Wednesday, December 26, 2007

WHY???

Why is my new ball winder not working? WHY??? Is it because some of these gears seem like they don't fit together as snugly as they should be? Sigh.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Glove search continues


Hey Will, are these long enough for ya?

They are the Starlight Evening Gloves from Magknits.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

File Under: Problem Solver

JEN! You remember your bobbin problem? Did you ever see these?

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Tuesday Check-in

Amber has a combination of the dread plague and exam of death, so won't be joining us.

What say the rest of you?

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Clearly this is a market I need to take advantage of. Now, who wants to make me some needles?

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

PS

We're knitting tonight. There was an email chain. I'm just posting in the blog for clarity.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

like in texas

so, like birthcontroll in texas, we all pulled out early. dont worry if you didnt make, and sorry if you did.

does anyone have ideas for "holiday" knitting party for us? should we meet for dinner and some knitting some night? or perhaps get a secret satan, er ah, santa? or should we all make gifts and do a swap? or should we do nothing at all?

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Not Knitting Related!

Here are some socks that I think are awesome, and figured that you guys would agree.

I guess you could knit them. But it would hurt.

Sign in!

Another big storm headed our way, but I'm game for meeting tonight if anyone else is! I have things that smell good.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

chunky sweater


chunky sweater
Originally uploaded by ellaislost
So I made this sweater. I can't decide if it needs sleeves. The pattern doesn't call for it. Maybe I don't need it if I wear a nice shirt underneath.

Sleeves? No sleeves?

I'll bring it on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Glove

help! ok, i need to find a nice pair of gloves to knit for a lady friend. they need to be long tho. and have fingers. any ideas?

Monday, November 26, 2007

Day of Tues

We are knitting.

I have no idea what I'm bringing, but we are knitting. I haven't seen y'all in forever.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

knit wit

are we on for today? I hope so, also i have too many things to work on, but has anyone dubble knitted something before? i'm looking to make a scarf for myself (a bit down the road, however...). too many things to knit. not enough time.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Knit Picks order?

Is anyone interested in putting an order together for KnitPicks?

What I need is minimal. Jumi needed a couple of things, too. We could have free shipping together.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

dog me

does anyone know when you slip the first sts of a row in stockinette, you do it knit wise, but do you also slip it knitwise on the second row? or purlwise?

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

New Obsessions

Since we've established there is no knitting tonight, I thought I'd share the new knitting obsessions on the blog:

1. Making those needle tip protector stopper things out of wine corks.
2. Fair Isle. I finally started making some Fair Isle mittens from the only Elizabeth Zimmermann book I have (Knitter's Almanac). They are gorgeous.
3. Sweaters. This means I'm buying balls of yarn 10 at a time. This virtually guarantees I'll never finishing anything ever again and that my apartment will be overrun with yarn.
4. Trying to find a new way to weave in ends. For some reason, the ends keep popping out on some of my projects.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

2 knit, not to K

wont make it this week peeps, sorz. friend has a birthday party, so i got to do that. but i will bring my dolls the next time. yay!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

The FightKnitters Knit

It's a hot date. Tonight, Loring Park Dunn Brothers.

Some of us will continue to crank out sweaters. I have a new sweater that only Jumi has seen.

Friday, November 2, 2007

NaKni Reality Check

Even though I'm cheating, and just finishing a sweater that I have already knit 6" on, I think this is going to be tough.

Based on the calculations that I made yesterday, I needed to knit ~11 rows per day to finish on time. This doesn't sound like much, but with 200 or so stitches per row, I think I'm going to be a candidate for arthritis by the time this is over.

ETA: RAVELRY QUEUE CALL-OUT: Jen, didn't you say you weren't going to make any more Bad Jujus?

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Dr. Who Craft Book

Did we know about this?

dr. who craft book

I tend not to pay attention when y'all talk about Dr. Who, but I noticed this book in the new Anti-Craft.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

zOMG Cuteness!

These are the things that will eventually turn me into a hooker. Wait...what?

1.) Octopus Revolution. The pattern is on the main page of the flickr group here.


2.) El Ciclon Panzon Luchador - Pattern is available on etsy here.

We are knitting, ja?

Dunn Bros, 7 PM, yyy?

I haven't seen Ben in weeks.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Jumi + Crazy Aunt Purl = Pix

PIX!

This is the picture that I took with Laurie's camera. It was funny how Jumi and I never fail to be socially awkward. It seemed like I spent a substantial portion of time in line begging Jumi not to make me show Laurie the sweater I was making (I was working on the fair isle part during the reading). As per my normal behavior, I did not speak during the meet & greet because everyone must've already asked her any question I could've come up with. What was I supposed to say? If you could be any type of furniture, what would you be and why???

Early Status Post

I am going to be a total wet towel and play hooky AGAIN this week, mostly because there is not enough time for us to finish all our pumpkins before Weds evening at this point. SIGH. I miss you guys! I also miss knitting, I've made very little progress with my sweater since the bobbins are giving me trouble and I have to redo all that nonsense.

Someone should bring some scrap yarn and spare needles in case Jumi's friend from the Halloween party shows up though! Either way, I will bring some of that with me next week.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Maybe I do want a pair of All-Stars after all.

Gratuitous use of yarn here.

Is calling them Chuck Taylors an american thing? It took me a while to figure out what a Chuck Taylor was after moving here.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Cancelled

For people who don't read the comments - no knitting tonight, only fighting.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Elizabethan doll


IMG_2192.jpg
Originally uploaded by jen.fotos

What is this again, an Elizabethan zombie? I forget. Anyway, it is being crocheted on-the-fly by the ├╝ber talented Will. It is totally adorable. (There is another photo at my flickr site.)

I'm out for FightKnitting this week, for many many reasons including but not limited to finances, contacts to pick up, PMS, and David Boreanaz in geek glasses.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Sweater Swatch



I figured it out. Sort of.

Stranded knitting in cotton is kind of hard.

PS How long have I been trying to put an "e" in cotton? WTF? I guess I'm uncomfortable with six letter words that only have four unique letters. I keep staring at it and it isn't looking any more correct with an "o".

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Sweater Update

Basically, I think I'm in trouble. I'm trying to swatch the fair isle part. Or stranded part. Whatever the term, it isn't getting any easier.

The internet says use wool.
I'm using cotten.

The internet says don't pick patterns where you float the yarn more than 6 stitches.
At one point, I float 9.

The internet says don't pick patterns where there are a lot of orphan stitches.
Yeah, mine has a lot of single colors.

Also, they're telling me to knit in the round. The pattern doesn't translate that well. I think. Maybe?

fight knitting vocabulary word of the week

merkin: a public wig worn by prostitutes after shaving their genitalia to eliminate lice or to disguise the marks of syphillis.

Thanks Will!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Tuesday Power!

Amber's out, I feel somewhat better than last week. Shall we knit?

p.s. Jen, this has nothing to do with knitting but I wanted to share.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Knitting Euphemism

"3 skeins short of a sweater"

Used: When a person is obviously crazy.

Origin: Don't ask.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

NaKniSweMo


NaKniSweMo
Originally uploaded by ellaislost
Dudes, guess what arrived in the mail?

It's everything I could've dreamed it was and more.

It came on the Yarn Shop Hop Friday. It was definitely definitely The Best Day Ever 2007. I'm exhausted from all the fun.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

bring it on

e gad, the hat is so done, and i hardly have taken it off. its a bit short, but i loves it! i nearly took it off to shower, but then thought, neah, i dont smell too bad.

eew

ah, and for the little lady i said was on the way, dont get mad, but im so excited! the hair is done, the face is mostly done, and im nearly pissing my pants im so happy with it! i know you all dont make little dolls, but we may need to have a night, cause shit, its too much fun!

This is NaKniSweMo



National Knit A Sweater Month is next month. This is the sweater I'm knitting. It's from Vogue Knitting's Holiday 2006 issue. See that fair isle in the picture? Are you curious about the chart?

The much more economical yarn I chose is Lara from elann.com. The greens are perfect, the purple is a little off, and I got the last acceptable ball of red that they had. Exciting! Especially considering the original plan was to do this in KnitPick's Sport Shine.

I've never done fair isle before. I've never done a sweater before. I'm knitting this in sport weight. I think living on my own has addled my brain.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

A thing of grate beauty.

Tuesday Already?

Guys, I feel like [expletive deleted]. There's a very good chance that I won't last through the work day, and it's highly unlikely that I'll be at knitting.

The KnitPicks order did come in though, I left Amber and Jen's yarn with Amber to take tonight.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

hats off

so, like now i have most the hat done, but im making it knit2 purl2 ribbing, right, so like, anyone have ideas on how to finish the top? like knit 2tog? im drawing a blank.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Homework: Pac-Man

Wikipedia Entry

Ghosts: Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde

No eyes in the original game. It was just a yellow puck (original name Puck-Man) with an opening for the mouth.

I concur with Jumi that the eye would've been just to bothersome to program.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

tonight...

The consensus is to remain at Loring Park this week.

I have exciting new knitting books!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Button-venture

Dearest Yarnery,

Let me just say that you know I love you. You carry the yarns of the interwebs are raving about, which I appreciate.

But $3.15 PER button in your orphaned buttons cup is frickin' crazy. They were basic plastic buttons.

Cordially,
Amber.

PS Perhaps attempting to charge me this was in error.

Edit: Don't drink and post.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

More local knitting fun

Got this in an email from the MN RollerGirls:

Join the Minnesota RollerGirls as we embark on a series of Knit for Charity events. We'll be knitting and crocheting chemo caps for cancer patients. All completed caps will be donated to local hospitals and the local branch of the American Cancer Society. The opportunity to knit/crochet with league-supplied yarn is for those who have some prior knitting/crocheting knowledge. Crafty Planet is generously providing their classroom space and we'd love for our crafty fans to join us in this good cause.

October 6th and November 3rd
2-5pm
Crafty Planet

More info on the RollerGirls site here.

First item of itemness: My friend Jaimi has a full set of Denise circulars she'd like to sell. They're plastic, and she has two extra long cords too, 47 and 60. She is asking $30 for the lot. If you're interested, holla.

Second item of itemness: I finished the back of London Calling last night. It IS longer than the front. By a lot. Overall I am worried that the sweater is too big for me. And I feel really disenchanted with the whole project. It MIGHT be time to stop and just start over with the other version. So, that's where that's at.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

OCD

Due to the startling revelation that I am the only one who immediately loses ball bands after bringing yarn home, I am on a quest to find out who made that sock yarn.

It involves going through 27 pages of yarn on ravelry that is approximately the same weight. Also, let's hope that my assessment that it's cotton is correct. I need to know what this yarn is now. The yarn shop I purchased it at is in Milwaukee. I refuse to call. That's admitting defeat.


EDIT (FOUND IT!):Plymouth Sockotta Sock Yarn Fair Isle Effect

Ball Bands Be Damned! (I'm not even sure what that means. Whatever, I mock you ball bands)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Tonight

Same bat-time, same bat-channel?

finishing class

hey dudes, i'm still going to post here even though i never make it to knitting anymore.

i went to bella lana yesterday and i'm madly in love with it. they offer a bunch of classes, but i'm really interested in the finishing class. she was telling me that she'll teach us a crochet technique; she never binds off or sews anymore. since i hate finishing most, i'm pretty interested in that.

it's offered two dates: wednesday, 10/10 or 11/7, 6-8pm. it's $15 and limited to 6 people. the shop is up northeast behind whitey's. it would be suitable to go there for a drink afterward, i believe. anybody interested?

other classes on their list:
new knitters, $25 for 3 sessions
knitting your first sweater, $45 for 6 sessions
beginning crochet, $45 for 5 sessions
knitting in the round, $25 for 2 sessions
xmas stocking, $45 for 5 sessions
knitting clinics, $10 per session

Friday, September 21, 2007

Optimal Route

Maps

Who wants to take Friday, October 12th off to do the yarn shop hop? If not the entire day, what about the afternoon? The flyer says that it goes until 6 PM on Friday, but a lot of the shops say they close at 5 PM. We could do lunch or dinner. I kind of want to call this the Fall 2007 Day of Awesome.

I'm excited to see what the shops have for fall. This will require careful planning, though. I must not buy any yarn until the yarn crawl. No purchase is necessary to win the fabulous prizes. Funny! Because I so often walk out of yarn shops without a little something to take the edge off.

edit: Must invite Will.

London Calling


London Calling
Originally uploaded by jen.fotos

the front is done. my friend karen likes to say "PICS OR IT DIDNT HAPPEN" so here is a pic.

there are ONLY eighty ends to weave in, approx.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Yarn Shop Hop

I could hear Amber squee from a cube farm away when I emailed her about this, so I'd better post it here.

The Second Annual Yarn Shop Hop appears to be a yarn crawl/scavenger hunt were you visit 7 different LYSs around the Twin Cities and enter to win prizes and such. It's happening October 12-14 this year and will take us to exotic locations such as Burnsville and Excelsior. It looks like a good time, and I volunteer to drive. Who else is in?

There's more info in this PDF.

p.s. I think it's fair to say that the yarn diet is suspended whilst participating in this event

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Certifiable and linkolicious.

I was informed last night that I am DOING IT WRONG. Wrong, basically, in that there is a right and wrong way to position the Union Jack. So I have spent the morning hurting my brain a lot in Illustrator, with a lot of little square boxes and lines and stuff, but I've managed to do some serious correction to the flag pattern and I think it is much more awesome. Especially when done in my preferred reverse colors. Click.

And yarn! This is the yarn I was thinking of. It is fingering weight, which is very very very thin. But also probably closer to the original weight of the recommended yarn. This yarn is also machine washable, mostly natural, and cheap. Total cost: $32.90 for the whole sweater. DO WANT! So, yes Jumi, I will be jumping in on a knitpicks order with you. Just tell me when!

Status Update

I frogged Hanami last night.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

tonight = on

Who's in?

Also, is it really learn to crochet night? I brought a hook and some very very bright acrylic yarn.

I may be finishing the hat made of the purple/pink/grey alpaca. I realize I just bought the yarn last FightKnitting and I have a load of projects I said I would finish before then. In my defense, there was a cold snap and a nice fall hat seem justified.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Hockey Tickets

The UMN men's hockey tickets go on sale this weekend. I'm a student, dudes. I know some of the fight knitters dig hockey. I'm planning on going to the Michigan Tech game. I may want to see the Wisconsin game (I hear it's hard to get tickets for that one).

Maybe this is just directed towards Cindi?

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Yarn Diet!

Yesterday evening Amber let me buy two skeins of white, laceweight alpaca. Her Protector Against Bad Decisions badge is currently up for review.

Now that I've bought the yarn (which will be made into Hanami, and then dyed a colour that I don't have to be so paranoid about), and I have a $120 order of yarn and needles from Knitpicks languishing at the Fedex sortation center in Brooklyn Park (put it on a damn truck already, GAWD), and I have not one but two mismatching skeins of Malabrigo in my stash, I think it's about time to go on a yarn diet. In the interest of accountability I'm announcing it, and the terms now:

Whereas, I, Jumi, do acknowledge that I have enough yarn to keep me knitting for a good long time. And Whereas much of my stash is already allocated (in my head) to future projects, and I have enough future projects to keep me busy for a good long time. And Whereas buying more yarn to start new projects just distracts me and keeps me from getting anything done. The following terms are proposed:
  1. For at least the remainder of 2007, no more yarn is to be purchased.
  2. I am allowed to go to yarn stores and surf online, however I may only look at magazines, books, needles and notions.
  3. Because I am human, there are a few exceptions:
    • a. Yarn for approved gift projects that I don't already have a reasonable substitute for is allowed. Right now, the approved gift projects are: Pirate Argyle Slippers for Nerd 2, and mittens for my Raverly Mitten Exchange partner. New gift projects must be approved by a commitee of at least two (2) fightknitters, not including myself.
    • b. If I finish all of my projects in a given category, I may purchase yarn for another project in the same category (for example, when I finish the Tattoo Sweater, I may purchase yarn for another sweater).
    • c. If one of my current "crack" yarns is found on sale for 50% off or more, I may stock up. Crack yarns include (but are not limited to): Malabrigo Merino Worsted, Noro Kureyon or Silk Garden, anything made by SWTC.
    • d. As this diet is only for purchasing yarn, I am allowed to swap yarn in my stash for yarn in someone else's.
  4. On January 1st, 2008, I will evaluate my stash and my Finished Objects in Ravelry to determine if the diet can cease or should continue until the occasion of my 30th birthday.
So, do you think I can do it? I'm counting on you guys to keep me honest!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

YarnSwift


YarnSwift
Originally uploaded by ellaislost
Sorry, dudes. I meant to post this picture a lot sooner. This is the yarn swift my dad made me for my birthday. He varnished everything but the pegs (he thought the pegs would need a bit more friction, which I agreed with). I can adjust the tension by the nut on the top. He added little rubber stoppers to the bottoms of the feet so the swift would stay put. I feel like this picture doesn't really do it justice. I was so excited about it that I tried explaining just how cool this was to a non-knitter friend.

That green malibrigo on the swift is going to be the death of me. That epic strawberry-esque blanket is almost done. I'm just adding the green. This shouldn't be taken as long as it is, but the project is losing momentum. And there are newer, sexier yarns in my apartment.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Yarnventure!

Amber needs more something or other from Borealis Yarn so let's go and fondle their pretties again tomorrow.

Leave Arden Hills at 5:30ish?

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

It's on...

Who is joining me tonight?


Ravelry update: 4433 people are ahead of you in line. Srsly.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Hot date?

I plan on knitting tonight.

Is anyone joining me?

Friday, August 24, 2007

Bus Time Knitting

On the way to grad school orientation today, I saw another woman knitting on the express bus. We were both doing socks. I was making jaywalkers. I don't know what she was making.

Should I have talked to her? We both smiled and made eye-contact and went back to knitting.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

How good is your norse mythology?

Apparently Tuesday is named after the Norse god Tyr, who, like Mars/Ares was the god of war. How fitting then, that this day has been chosen for our fightknitting?

Amber was saying something about this being Library Day, but then I didn't bring any books, so let's do that next week.

Who's in?

Friday, August 17, 2007

Ravelry Watch - August

6198 people are ahead of you in line.

They seem to be moving at a pretty good clip. I wish that I had signed up for beta testing the first time I heard about Ravelry. I remember in early June my exact thoughts were "Let's see if it's any good once it gets out of Beta and they get the bugs shaken out." I have an aversion to Beta versions, but the FightKnitters have convinced me its pretty solid.

Also, why haven't I posted pictures of the yarn swift my dad made?

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Oops.

spinning wheel

In my defense, it was cheap at a garage sale right near my house, and I had the day off. You're supposed to garage sale on your days off, right?

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Roll Call!!!

check in, peeps. i have ACTUALLY STARTED LONDON CALLING. well... i made a gauge swatch. i need feedback on if it's right or not because i don't get gauge at all. no matter how many books i read, vids i watch, websites i look at. gauge is like trigonometry to me, so i need help!

Monday, August 13, 2007

my birthday present to me


slippers
Originally uploaded by ellaislost
I made these yellow slippers as my birthday present to me. Please ignore the fact it has been 90 degrees out. My feet may have been sweating when I put them on.

They are made of malabrigo, toe-up, and totally fit.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Malabrigo Laceweight

In Milwaukee, I have a yarn shop. The ladies there are nice and tolerate my eccentricities. When I was there two weeks ago, I was telling them I wanted to get some laceweight yarn. I looked at what they had out, but nothing was really doing it for me. I sort of new that I wanted *ahem* bubblegum pink variegated yarn. We'll ignore the obvious lapse of taste in color.

Anyway, the ladies busted out the colors they planned on putting out for fall of the Malabrigo Laceweight yarn. And they had exactly what I wanted and only 5 hanks of it. At 470 yards a hank, I decided only to get 3.

Today, I found out that none of my yarn stores in the Twin Cities are stocking this stuff yet. The Yarnery ordered some. Double Ewe probably isn't stocking it, even though they carry the worsted weight Malabrigo. I also checked the websites of a couple of other shops and no one seems to have it yet.

So now the urge to make something in bubblegum pink laceweight before anyone else can even buy it is overwhelming. Project-stoppingly overwhelming.


Edit: I'm 6993 in the ravelry queue. At this rate, I'll have arthritis by the time I have access.

Yarn Store Report - Beyagi

I meant to post this on Monday, but completely forgot...oops!

This past Sunday, I undertook a Stash Enhancement eXpedition to Beyagi, a beads, yarn, and gift store in Little Canada. Given that yarn is only one third of their mission, I wasn't expecting to find much, but they where having a 40% off everything sale, and I had a number of things on my knitting shopping list so I checked it out.

I have to say i was pretty impressed. The store is small, so their selection isn't huge, but what they did have was high quality, and unique. For example, they had King Tut egyptian cotton which I had seen online but hadn't run into in person yet. They also have a pretty good selection of every type of Debbie Bliss yarn that I'm aware of in a number of colours.

Price-wise, they were about average for what I've seen in the Cities, but the 40% off certainly helped me make a few decisions. All in all, I walked out with about $80 worth of stuff for under $50. The owner was super nice, and they are raising money for the breast cancer 3-day (the owner's partner is walking this year).

Will I go back? Well, it's not that far from work which is nice, and I always get stupidly happy whenever I go to Little Canada (flags! everywhere!), but, due to the small selection, I don't know that it will be my go-to shop for most things. If I'm looking for something unique that I haven't been able to find thus far, I'll definitely check them out again.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMBER!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Roll Call

Who's knitting this week? I plan on it.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Voodoo Wrist Warmer 1


Voodoo Wrist Warmer 1
Originally uploaded by jen.fotos

ok you guys. i'm really excited about these! i was hoping i'd get the other one done tonight but probably not. since i'm useless on monday nites, this means i'll finish it on TUESDAY.

dun dun dun!

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Voodoo Wrist Warmers


Voodoo Wrist Warmers, originally uploaded by jen.fotos.

Hey, I'm doing something that is not a dishcloth or a scarf! Neat. Noro is made of LUV and AWESOME with a dash of MMM.

I haven't forgotten our header either… is this the layout we'll use? I like it.

Edit: Oooh, looks like 500 px is too wide for photos. Sorry! Will fix for next time.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Wow.

I may have just found the shawl to use with the 880 yards of lavender laceweight that I bought in a fit of charity:

I give you Hanami!

It's beautiful. and I can't believe that it's the exact same yardage.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

My hands are broken


PICT1443
Originally uploaded by ellaislost
This is a grocery bag. I made it in a cotton-linen blend. 160 yards later, my hands hurt and the bag was done.

I cursed out this bag's existence the entire time I made it.



PICT1444
Originally uploaded by ellaislost
So I casted on another grocery bag. This time made of recycled sari silk.

Jumi warned me about sari silk. I didn't listen. It's difficult to work with. It breaks. It's over-twisted. I kept knitting. I had allergic reactions to the yarn if I rubbed my eyes after working with it. I kept knitting. It hurt my hands. I kept knitting.

When I came near the end of the bag, I ran out of silk. I ripped out a couple of rows and re-knit. I ran out of silk again before I was finished.

Jumi bailed me out and gave me some of her left over silk. Bag finished.



PICT1446
Originally uploaded by ellaislost
More cotton linen blend. Could it be another grocery bag?

Please, someone stage an intervention.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

promises

Jen, as promised, here's the pattern that I'm using for my brioche scarf:

Cast on an even number of stitches.
Row 1: * Yo, sl 1, k1, repeat from *
Row 2: * Yo, sl 1, k2tog, repeat from *
Repeat Row 2 until the end.

Amber, as promised, here's the shawl that's catching my eye:

Bee fields from Knitspot she's working on a rectangular version of the pattern, so I may wait until that comes out.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Looks like it's Tuesday again...

I have a goal of finishing my current scarf this week (though probably not tonight!) so that I can fit in a third project for the Boobylicious silent auction.

Anyone else going to be cranking through things tonight?

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

o ravelry. +caribou

i'm #197 on the ravelry invite list. just sayin'.

so, last night jumi and i met at the caribou on lexington & grey fox. cons:
  • no Ben
  • no Will
  • is inherently less cool than the 612
  • jerkass middle-aged dude who was interviewing a lady for some type of school athletic team, who sat way too close to us and divulged way too much personal family drama and school political drama.

pros:
  • suitably cute & enthusastic Ben replacement
  • less driving for both of us, we're saving the environment!
  • better baked goods
  • i think the chairs are a bit comfier?
  • plentiful parking
  • jerkass middle-aged dude who provided the lulz

also i learned how to yarn-over, and then two hours later i learned how to properly count my yarn-overs. awesome.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Tuesday Roll Call!

Amber is off frolicking in the woods this week. I'm certainly up for some fighting tonight. Who's with me?

EDIT: Due to lack of attendance by anybody who is currently south of Hwy 36, we'll be meeting at the Caribou in Roseville tonight.

Monday, July 23, 2007

stitch-n-pitch


7.22.2007


i got a swift today. i'm very, very excited about this. also, i'm turning out projects like mad because of ravelry. i have to knit 3 squids within the next week or so for a fundraiser, then i'm back to my usual.

Friday, July 20, 2007

File Under Adorable

A couple of days ago I ran across Buddy Bags. They are adorable. And very well executed. Well played, anny.

Some things

1.) I'm #336 in the list to get into Ravelry. I'm hoping that means I'll be in by next week. Aren't you jealous?

2.) You've probably heard about this, but Team Boobylicious is doing a silent auction in mid-August. They are looking for donations of handmade items, so if you've got anything that you made, but don't necessarily want to keep for yourself, please donate! I'm using it as a stashbusting adventure, so I'll be giving them my finished Unbiased (once I get around to lining it), a beanie that I'm making, and a scarf I just started with a skein of malabrigo that I loved in the store but I'll never wear.

3.) Who's going to Stitch'n'Pitch on Sunday? I betcha that there's still tickets available!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Anti-Craft's Surprise

Dearest Anti-Craft,

This is what we were waiting for?

It's ok. I read the blog. I forgive you. Although, I'm not sure if I can handle any more disappointment. So puh-leeze let the next issue be supurb.

Miss you!
Amber

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Allergic Reaction

On the drive home from FightKnitting, my eyes started to swell up and water. Apparently no one was watching me close enough last night at the Dunn Brothers to make sure I didn't rub my eyes. That recycled sari silk yarn is the devil.

Jumi gave me some extra silk to finish the bind off on the grocery bag I'm knitting... for the second time... because I'm dumb. So maybe I'll have a finish object post sometime this week.

Monday, July 16, 2007

This week's knitting

I completely forgot that my 3-Day crew team is having a picnic tomorrow evening, so, I'm officially a "doubtful" as far as knitting goes this week. Which is too bad, because I had an exciting new project to show off.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Exterminate?


This was completed last night at FightKnitting Club. It's a Dalek, the arch nemesis of Doctor Who. (Man, I sound like a total nerd now.)

The original pattern is here.

The Dalek (who really needs a name) is made of Cascade 220, and was knit on size 3 DPNs, size 2 DPNs for the appendages. He's about 8" tall and extremely cuddly.

I do plan on reinforcing the appendages with a bit of wire. At some point.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Homework

1. Find instructions for homemade yarn swift. My dad is pretty good at the wood work, so the instructions can be complicated.

2. Find yarn for Jen's union jack sweater. I don't remember the brand name... Anyone? Anyway, lets find a cheaper substitute.
dear fightknitting, i miss you.

tuesdays are really bad for me now. wednesdays might work. but, like, not til this fall. maybe.

see you then, i hope.

love,
jenni

Knitting is a go

Knitting is on for tonight.

Bring the A-Game projects.

Coffee shop gossip: The girl barista was not perky beyond belief the last time we were in. The Ruby Users Group is no longer meeting there, so we should have better luck parking.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Welcome to Fight Knit Club

Where we don't fight, we knit.

Join us (most) Tuesdays at 7pm, at the Loring Park Dunn Bros. Just look for the folks with the sticks and the string.