Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
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
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
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
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
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
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
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???
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
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Originally uploaded by jen.fotos
What is this again, an Elizabethan zombie? I forget. Anyway, it is being crocheted on-the-fly by the über 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
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
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?
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
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
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!
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
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
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
Friday, September 28, 2007
Let me just say that you know I love you. You carry the yarns
But $3.15 PER button in your orphaned buttons cup is frickin' crazy. They were basic plastic buttons.
PS Perhaps attempting to charge me this was in error.
Edit: Don't drink and post.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
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
More info on the RollerGirls site here.
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
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
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
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.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
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
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!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
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
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Maybe this is just directed towards Cindi?
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
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:
- For at least the remainder of 2007, no more yarn is to be purchased.
- I am allowed to go to yarn stores and surf online, however I may only look at magazines, books, needles and notions.
- 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.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
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
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Should I have talked to her? We both smiled and made eye-contact and went back to knitting.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Amber was saying something about this being Library Day, but then I didn't bring any books, so let's do that next week.
Friday, August 17, 2007
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
Also, why haven't I posted pictures of the yarn swift my dad made?
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
They are made of malabrigo, toe-up, and totally fit.
Friday, August 10, 2007
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.
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
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Saturday, August 4, 2007
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
Thursday, August 2, 2007
I cursed out this bag's existence the entire time I made it.
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.
Please, someone stage an intervention.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
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
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
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.
- 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
Monday, July 23, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
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
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
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
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
This was completed last night at
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.