Saturday, December 30, 2006

Side Note...

A friend mentioned to me today that she was worried when she saw in my blog that my husband was out of town for a few days earlier this month.

So this is a public note to any nutters out there: We have two large boxer dogs. One is a large male who has been through protection training by someone who trains K-9 unit (police) dogs. The other is a female who was rehomed to us so because we are willing to work with her and her aggression issues towards people and other dogs. Both dogs are extremely protective of me, my house and my knitting.

I also have a very large broadsword in the house and would have no qualms about taking an intruder's head off. Remember in some states it is legal to use lethal force to protect your home.

The end.

My Silly Husband

Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Even though our anniversary isn't until tomorrow, Dirk got his sweater last night -- I'm terrible about holding onto a present for someone. I was just so excited to give it to him.

He loved it and as soon as he got it out of the wrapping, he put it right one.

(Please ignore the pile of shoes in the photo -- with all the snow we've had we've accumulated a ton of boots by the front door...)

Note: Dirk is also wearing a hat I knitted him and his felted clogs. :)

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Dirk's Sweater 2006

Dirk's Sweater 2006
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Here's where I was yesterday afternoon. Last night I finished the first sleeve and started the second sleeve.

Obviously the sweater didn't get completed in time for Christmas, but our wedding anniversary is this weekend, so I'm hoping to have it done for then!

The sweater is laying on top of one of my husband's favorite sweaters so that I could check the size -- and they are almost exactly the same.

The grey faced boy in the photo is an extremely nosy boxer dog who refused to get out of any of the shots I was trying to take. He just turned 10 years old, so he'd allowed to be a pain in the ass....that and I adore him. :)

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Still working on the Christmas Sweater....

raglan top down sweater
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
I'm about 9 inches into the 16 inches of the body, then I've got the sleeves to finish.

Not bad progress considering it's been on the needles just about a week and I can only work on it when my husband isn't around -- which is difficult when we both work out of the house!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

First go at lace socks!

Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
I cast these on Sunday morning, but haven't worked on them at all this week as I'm taking advantage of the empty house to work on Dirk's Christmas sweater instead!

(By popular request the pattern is:

My perspective on knitting looks like....

Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Here's the typical set up of me knitting:

- sitting cross legged on the futon
- Allie tucked up against me so that I periodically bonk her on the head with my left elbow
- on the ottoman is the home phone, the cable remote, my cell phone, a pen, pattern notes and a cup of tea.

Top Down Raglan Crew Neck

Top Down Raglan Crew Neck
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Husband has been dropping not so subtle hints that he would *love* a while he's out of town this week, I'm knitting like a mad woman trying to get as much of this project done as I can!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Finished Object: Fetching Mitts....

Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Ok, so the photo doesn't really show the finished project real well - but damn, Allie's cute isn't she?

The yarn is some Encore Marble that has been floating around in the yarn chest for about 10 months.

The pattern is super easy and quick; this one of more popular "one skein" projects of the year. This is my second pair and I've got some
exquisite green cashmere/merino blend yarn for pair number 3!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Yet more socks....

I've had this sock yarn hanging around in the yarn bin forever -- actually it was some of the first sock yarn I ever bought at the old YarnArts location BEFORE I even knew how to knit socks. :)

Yarn Used: Schoeller Stahl Limbo Mexiko in Color 2587
Needle: Addi Turbo US 3 60" Magic Loop
Pattern: Based on Crazy Heels and Toe heel and math (toe up - two at once)

I cast these on on Tuesday night when I finished up the felted bag and got them completed through the first heel. Last night I finished the second heel and completed the leg all the way to the cast off. This morning I cast them off with the stretchy crochet cast off in the CTH book. I've got small feet so socks are a quick project for me; especially with thicker yarn and a US 3 needle.

Before I cast them on, I pulled out oodles of yarn from each ball trying to match up the pattern for identical socks. I finally got frustrated and figured I'd go with "fraternal" socks instead. About 15 rows into the socks, I realized that the two balls were wound in opposite pattern direction -- which I thought was very weird and I've never had this happen in self striping yarn?

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Finished Object: Moebius Felted Bag

Pattern: Based loosely on a bag pattern from Cat Bordhi's Second Treasury of Magical Knitting.

Yarn Used: JJ's Handpainted Kaleidoscope(rainbow) and Galway Pure Wool Worsted Weight (purple)
Needles: US 11

Here's the bag unfelted, with Allie, a small boxer dog, for size reference (and tiny cat in the upper left corner...)

Here's the bag post felting (14 minutes in the washer). Again with Allie, the same small boxer dog, for size reference:

I love Cat's moebius knitting technique and have made a number of her projects. Once you get the hang of the cast on, the patterns are quick and easy to knit up.

Friday, December 01, 2006

The Cabled Cardigan is DONE!

Well, ok it needs a zipper....but it's all knitted! The sleeves went remarkable fast and I'm so glad that I used the Magic Loop method instead of DPN. Especially, since I didn't have the right size DPN and didn't really want to have to buy a set.

And I love it and thrilled with how it turned out. Can you tell from Charlie, the cat's face how much he likes it as well?

I think he's jealous and wants his own sweater.

Here's another photo where I think you can see the cabling on the front a bit better:

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Cable Front Top Down Raglan Sweater.....

It's in the home stretch -- I've got about 6 inches left on the second sleeve!

The final bit will be putting in a zipper...I'm a little scared of wrecking the sweater, but I've got a plan to minimize it by machine sewing the zipper edges to a crocheted chain and then handsewing the crocheted chain the cardigan front edges.

Photos to come!

Monday, November 27, 2006

Felted Hat!

Recently my LYS had some store samples of felted hats that I have been dying to make from a FiberTrends pattern. This weekend my parents came into town and my mom went with me to the LYS to check out the new yarn shipment.

She asked me to make her a hat and she picked out some nice 14 ply chunky tweedy wool. I'd tell you the brand if I had the ball band right in front of me, but I don't and I'm too lazy to get up and go grab it off my knitting chest.

Here's pre and post felting photos. It looks a little funny in the post felting photo because it was still wet and had been tried on by me, my mom, one of our boxers and my husband just before we took the photo.

It really came out cute, was SO easy to knit. I started and finished it in just a few hours -- so less than 24 hours after picking out the yarn, my mom was wearing a (slightly damp) hat!

Thursday, November 16, 2006


Everyone knows that I will immediately open any box or bag given to me no matter how far it is from the date of celebration.

Yesterday I got an envelope in the mail from my in-laws. I asked my husband if I could open the envelope. He said yes, but if anything inside had wrapping paper on it I couldn't open it. SUCCESS! Just a white jewelry box. :) (With nice blown glass earrings inside)

Today I got a big box from my mom. I called her to tell it got it. Her reply? "You opened it already didn't you?" I didn't. I waited until we were on the phone together. She was smart -- she gave me unwrapped goodies in the big box to try to keep me out of the other smaller box inside that was sealed with tape. I told her it was a shame that she used such crappy packing tape -- the small box just 'popped' open ALL ON IT'S OWN! (nah, she didn't believe me either...)

Anyway, I am now the giddy owner of the new KnitPicks Options needle set. However, I do think I'm going to still save up for a Denise set as well. A girl needs choices in her life, don't cha' think?

PS My husband is an enabler -- he actually went upstairs and brought back down a wrapped gift that he had hidden away that I was not supposed to see until Saturday. I opened it. And I love my new boxer dog sculpture.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

How much do I love my husband?

Lendrum Double Treadle
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.

Not only does he get me a KICK-ASS birthday gift, but he gives it to me 11 days early.

I'm done with the body of my cable front cardigan and awaiting more yarn to complete the arms. It's going to be really nice. :)

Also on the needles right now:

1) Socks for amazing husband in a boring black with white toes and a white stripe at the top of the cuff.

2) i-cord handle for a felted bag that I started and finished knitting while watching football on Sunday.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The Cabled Cardigan is Going Well!

Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Here's an update on the cable front cardigan that I started recently. The raglan sleeves are waiting on stitch holders and now I'm just going round and round and round on the body.

The pattern calls for ribbing at the bottom, but I think I'm going to skip that bit. It also calls for the collar to be stitched in half towards the inside to give it weight, again I think I'm going to skip that and instead fold it to the outside.

I can't remember if the sleeves are supposed to be ribbed at the cuffs, but I don't think I'd like that either. I wonder if I could pick up stitched and make a cable around the cuff?

Other suggestions on a different cuff idea?

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

10 Knitterly Things You Don't Know About Me: A Meme

1. I'm not a "thrower", I knit continential.

2. I recently have taught myself to purl backwards so I don't have to turn my work. It makes for an easier time when using two colors -- no ball tangles!

3. I'm a lifeline addict when working on lace. My lace project has a lifeline at least every 10 rows.

4. Everyone knows I am a sock addict, but I'm shit at traditional heel flaps which is why I use short row heels.

5. When I learned to knit I just couldn't understand casting on and had to look at a picture everytime!

6. I tried to learn to knit two years ago, thought it was too hard and quit.

7. I'm obessive about finishing project and the thought of having UFO's hanging around bothers me. The only exception is my lace stole and that's because I can't knit longer than about an hour at a time on this on.

8. When I learned to knit, I made 1 or 2 scarves, got bored and jumped right to socks!

9. I can't knit when it's too quiet. I like watching TV, listening to a book on tape or being with friends.

10. I never leave the house without a knitting project. You never know when you'll have a few extra minutes!

So that's my list. Are you surprised by any of it? Or did you really already know all of these things about me?

Think Pink

In honor of the women who have touched my life and have been affected by breast cancer, I intend to "think pink" with my next project.

-- With each stitch I knit, I send out a prayer to each family who is devasted by this disease.

-- With each stitch I purl, I celebrate each family who has beat this disease.

-- With each row, I am grateful for the time I am still able to celebrate with my mother.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Monday, October 09, 2006

Cable Front Top Down Raglan Sweater

Typical of me, when I want to try something new I jump in with both feet. I started my first big sweater project over the weekend. It's a cardigan with a cable front and raglan sleeves. I'm knitting it top down so that I can avoid the whole seaming and adding sleeves issue.

The pattern is a Paton's booklet pattern I got from a friend who works at the LYS. I'm thrilled at my progress so far!

The pattern is fairly easy to read and the questions that stumped me were pretty stupid ones. (Example, the pattern said "place a marker in the stitch" for some reason I wasn't getting that I actually PUT THE MARKER IN THE STITCH. duh, then I was a little confused on the wording for the repeats but got that situated with one phone call to the very helpful friend, Debi, who gave me the pattern).

The yarn is Cascade Ecological Wool, which is one of my favorites.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Patriotic Socks

Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
I attended a weekend long workshop last weekend -- and because I know I can't sit still for very long I made sure I had knitting with me to keep me focused.

ta-da! Patriotic socks. Originally, I was going to make them tall socks, but when I tried them on at this length they screamed "WE'RE DONE!"

Aloha long tail cast-on
Magic Loop on US1
Short Row Heels
Fortissima sock yarn

These will be posted off in the mail to my mother this weekend. :)

Friday, September 29, 2006

The "Poncho" Socks are Done!

Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Thanks to my husband for taking a picture of my feet. Though the socks are actually much lighter in color than they appear.

They are a top up, stockinette foot, short row heel with K2P2 ribbing on the cuff on US1 (Magic Loop). No pattern, just winging it as I went.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Teeny Tiny Preemie Baby Hats

Teeny Tiny Preemie Baby Hats
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Making these for the Knitting Guild Charity Project. I love a project that takes less than an hour or two.

Two Socks on the Needle

Two Socks on the Needle
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Back when I was learning to knit I made a poncho -- very badly. The poncho had dropped stitches, my gauge was off by a mile, the tension was all over the place, it didn't fit well and in a nutshell was as a disaster.

However, not being a wasteful person I recently carefully ripped out the poncho, balled up the yarn and tucked it into my "to be knit" stash basket.

When we left on our most recent road trip I tossed this yarn into my travel bag and started a pair of socks with it on the way home. :) They are *way* nicer than the crappy poncho. The yarn is an acrylic blend by Encore in worsted weight. But I am using a 2.25 mm/ US1 needle (magic loop) so they are a super tight knit and looking great.

I won't talk about how I'd ripped the heels out no less than 4 times because the yarn was splitting on me since the heels are now done and have no holes in the short row wraps.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Little Pink and Sparkly Socks

Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Here are the little anklets I made on the drive down to Las Vegas over the weekend. As always it's nearly impossible to take a good picture of your own feet and capture the colors as well!

The pattern was 2 socks on 2 circs toe up with aloha long tail cast on and the 'crazy toes and heels' heel with side gussets and a slip stitch patterned heel. I also stopped the ribbing around the ankle so that the stockinette would make a nice little curled edge.

Yarn is a Fortissma in pink with stripes and a silver metallic fleck that was gifted to me by a friend who had part of a ball left over from her anklets. In hindsight I should have kept going up the leg since I still have yarn left over, but honestly, I'm impatient and just wanted the socks off the needles and on my feet.

Missing in Action, but Still Knitting

I have been trotting around Colorado, Utah, a bit of Arizona and into Nevada with friends from Britian over the past week and a half. However, this did not prevent me from starting and finishing one pair of socks and casting on another pair. :)

A friend gave me the leftovers of some sock yarn from a pair of socks she just finished and was able to make a pair of anklets using the yarn. So, now we have matching socks. How sweet...

I also cast on another pair of "Fetching", but didn't do something right on the pattern and wound up getting to the final rows on the second one and realized they did not match. (rolls eyes). I ripped out the second one, THEN realized that the first one is the wrong one. Twice I've tried to recreate what I did wrong on glove one with no luck. To keep down my frustration, I'm going to rip out the first glove as well and tuck away the yarn for another project.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Knitty's "Fetching"

Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
On Friday night I saw one of the these gloves that someone else had made and thought they were so cute I had to give the pattern a whirl myself!

I learned two things with this pattern:
-- cabling
-- thumb gussets with waste yarn.

The pattern is so easy to read and these knit up uber fast. I made the first one in just a couple hours and then cast on and made 1/2 the second one while watching a movie last night. I just finished up the second glove this afternoon in about an hour.

I'd like to experiment with using beads in this pattern -- and make myself another pair in the cashmere/merino I was oogling on Friday night.

EDIT: I used Encore yarn, a wool/acrylic blend.

Friday, September 01, 2006

The socks are done!

Picture 001
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Cute, eh? However, now I have nothing to take to tonight's 'Sit and Knit' except my mystery stole and that is nearly impossible to work on when I am too busy running my mouth to count.

Guess, I'll dig around in my little stash and take a look at some of the new MagKnits patterns in the issue that came out today.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

I'm a sock pimp....

In my quest to overtake the sock world with handknit socks, I taught a friend how to make a teeny tiny sock last night.

I am currently amassing a collection of very small squirrel sized socks in this quest to teach the world the joys of sock making.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The Latest Socks!

Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
(Austermann Step Sock Yarn with Aloe and Jojoba added)

This striping pattern is what happened when you start one sock from the middle of the ball and the other from the outside -- I think it looks cute that they are similar but not the same. The white and purple are reversed on the two socks (the other color is a forest green).
The bottoms are also plain stripes as apposed to the the chevron pattern on the top.

Hang on, I'll share a photo:

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Crazy Toes & Heels Socks #2

I started yet another pair of socks last week -- the day after finishing up the previous pair. I tell you socks are my "crack addiction" of the knitting world. With the current pair I used the "no wrap" short row heels, but without the gusset like the previous pair, from the CTH book. One word: wow! The heels have no unsightly gaps along the middle like most of my short rows. Only one hole and that was due to a malfunction of the needles, ok, ok, it was operator error.

These socks are also done with a chevron pattern from the Sensational Socks book. I got both heels turned this afternoon and am making my way up the legs this evening.

I'm going to feed the dogs, open another Heineken and settle down in the sunroom to try to get 1/2 way up the cuffs on these socks.

(And no, I don't have any updated on the Mystery Stole. Still on Clue 3, side 2. It's taken a back seat to my sock obession...maybe I should change the blog name?)

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

08-22-06 Socks

08-22-06 Socks
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Yay!! The stripes almost match! They are off by one row but wooo-hooo! I love these new socks.

They were knitted two up, toe at a time using the "Crazy Toes & Heels" method which results in NO HOLES on the short row heels. (there are no wraps, so no wrap holes -- just the one small hole where I slipped a stitch that should have been knitted.)

The hair on the floor is because Matilda was laying in the spot prior to me snapping the photos -- however, there is just no way around NOT having hair on the floor in our house.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Crazy Toes & Heels Socks #1

Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Here are the first socks I made with my new Crazy Toes and Heels book. These were made two at a time with two no.3 circular needles with Fortissima sock yarn (which incidently I love how the stripes worked out!)

The toe cast on for these socks was UBER easy and not nearly as slippery at the Magic Loop figure 8 cast on which I find difficult to get started. The heels are the "crazy heels" that a started by creating large gussets as part of the sole stitches and then use a modified short row WITHOUT wraps -- which means no holes up the side.

I'm only about an inch into the cuff, so if I sit down tonight I'm hoping to be able to knock these out by tomorrow's Knitting Guild meeting.

I am also still working on my Mystery Stole and am starting Clue 3. I am working both sides, so I am done with Clue 1 & 2 on both ends.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Hello, I'm Pixie and I'm a Sock Addict....

I started ANOTHER pair of socks last night. This time I am using the "Aloha Cast On" from the 'Crazy Toes and Heels' book and working two socks on two circulars. When I get to the heels, I will also be using the heel process from the 'Crazy Toes and Heels' book.

Photos to follow on some future day.


Monday, August 14, 2006

Completed Socks: Magic Loop 2 Socks at Once

Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
I've been dying to try the Magic Loop process to make two socks at once on one long circular. I cast the socks on Friday a week ago, worked on them here and there and finished them up last night!


It seemed to go much faster this way than with the '2 circular/1 sock at a time' method I have used in the past and I'm thrilled at the results. The best part is that the foot sections and leg sections are the same length, unlike my other socks that don't quite match.

Have a full glass of wine, empty needles and sock more yarn in my basket -- life is good!

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Henry David Thoreau the Llama with his Alpaca Friends

I had a wonderful day at a local alpaca farm where we were invited out for lunch and to visit with the alpacas!

After the completely crappy and heartwrenching week I've had, getting a kiss from an alpaca was just what I needed.

The owners of the farm ( were *so* generous allowing us to come out there, answer the 10,000 questions I had and providing dessert for our lunches.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

What's up with my Mystery Stole, you ask?

Honestly, nothing.

It's been sitting in it's bag resting.

I got all wrapped up in finishing the Clapotis project for a while there, and then when I stopped in at YarnArts for a beer, erhm, I mean to knit the other day I needed something to work on that did not require 100% concentration, a chart, two colors of highlighters etc., so I figured out the Magic Loop technique to cast on two socks at once on one needle.

The two sock project is going well so far, but I'll a little fuzzy on how I'm going to do the heels. I'll do one and if I'm totally confused, it's easy enough to slide one sock onto stitch holders while I turn the second heel.

I'm off to the Nanci Griffith concert tonight with a friend, and of course my two little socks on one needle are stuffed into the bag with a bottle of wine, some hummus, pita bread and some granola. I'm a hippy girl at heart who can't go anywhere without knitting, granola and a bottle of wine. :)

Monday, August 07, 2006

I've shed the Clap......

Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Last night I finished up my Clapotis! It was a fairly easy project, just had to watch your markers and pay attention to the pattern. I'd definately make this one again.

I haven't blocked it and am not sure if I will. It's fairly large -- to big to wear like a scarf while I eat crossiants.... but will look great as a light wrap while I drink wine in the park.

I'll get my lovely husband to get a photo of me wearing it later this week.

EDIT: Karen, thanks for the suggestion NOT to block this project!

Friday, August 04, 2006

HandDyed Yard

HandDyed Yard
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Dry Kool-Aid + a damp white boxer = a giant mess.

I got a BUNCH of natural colored wool that I niddy-noddied up into smaller hanks so that I could experiement with dyeing with Kool-Aid. I got some *great* results! Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures of the gorgeous coral-red skein or the turquoise with maroon-ish bits before I gave them away as a birthday gift.

And because I'm obssesive, I've already planned what part of the front yard I can dig up for a new garden where I can harvest my own plants for making natural dyes.

Monday, July 31, 2006

"Spinning, spiraling machine...You spin and spiral in my head " - Blues Traveler

Yesterday was a lazy afternoon, but after lunch I got bored and took a quick jaunt up to Midnight Sun Fiber Arts to see what was new there. Chris had not yet unpacked her new shipment, but pulled open the boxes while I was there for a sneak peek. :)

I also drooled, sighed and wistfully admired all the spinning wheels set up in the back for demos. A new wheel is at the top of my wish list, well, just below "pay off all our debt". See how that is an oxymoron? Ah well, when the right wheel comes along, it will all work out right? I mean that is how I got my first wheel - just being in the right place at the right time.

Chris asked me how my weaving was going and I was embarrassed to tell her that I put my loom in it's fancy new bag a few months ago and it's still sitting in there part way through a project.

Is my blog name making more sense to you now? LOL

I love to learn new things and have so many projects going on at one time and just don't have enough time to devote to them all. Would it be totally insane to "schedule" which projects I can work on when....let's see Sunday for the Mystery Stole KAL, Monday for the Clapotis, Tuesday a free for all, Wednesday for weaving, Thursday for misc knitting, Friday for handspinning and Saturday open for something new!

I'm finishing up a work project, then I'll got pull out my loom as a visual reminder "WORK ON THIS PROJECT". (It supposedly will be a shawl, but that will require me to make a second piece just like the current one, so it may turn out to be a short table runner...snort).

So, what project do YOU have languishing somewhere in a bag?

Sunday, July 30, 2006

FO: Knit for a Cure Stole

Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
It's done -- finally. After a restart, ripping out the end, finishing it and then reripping out the end to rebind off -- it's done!! I love how it turned out and would like to make another, but not right now. I'm sick to death of k1, YO, Ktog, K1, YO, K2tog....

Yesterday I had a nice day sitting around YarnArts when I should have been at home working on the backyard gardens. However, it was much cooler sitting around a table yapping and knitting. Maxwell, my brindle boxer boy, had a nice time laying under the table napping as well. Maxwell has become quite the knitty dog. He attending the Denver Knitting Guild meeting with me last week where he showed off his ability to completely ignore having a hand spindle dropped on his head.

Speaking of the Guild, I joined last week after my second meeting. Everyone there is so nice, helpful and willing to share! Last week's speaker was from 'Spin Off' magazine and gave each of us a simple drop spindle (of falling on Maxwell's head fame) and a poof of roving -- it reminded me how much I like to spin and resparked my interest in looking for a new wheel. Dirk promised to take me up to Shuttle, Spindles and Skeins (or whatever order the name SHOULD be in..) in Boulder to take a look at some different wheels. Unfortunately, I just can't afford the wheel I would love to have, so I am willing to get something else until I hit the lottery!

I'm still work on the Clapotis and am 1/2 way through the center section. I *adore* the yarn and can't wait to see the project when it's all done.

Also, still plugging away at the Mystery Stole KAL. I am still on the first 1/2 of clue 2 and put in another few rows this mornings. I'd love to whip right through this, but that's just not going to happen. I can't knit this pattern quickly and don't want to risk making a tragic mistake because I'm impatient.

Dirk is working until close tonight, so I'll have plenty of "couch time" for the Mystery Stole!

Friday, July 28, 2006

What Kind of Knitter Are You?

You appear to be a Knitting Adventurer. You are through those knitting growing pains and feeling more adventurous. You can follow a standard pattern if it's not too complicated and know where to go to get help. Maybe you've started to experiment with different fibers and you might be eyeing a book with a cool technique you've never tried. Perhaps you prefer to stick to other people's patterns but you are trying to challenge yourself more. Regardless of your preference, you are continually trying to grow as a knitter, and as well you should since your non-knitting friends are probably dropping some serious hints, these days.
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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Itty Bitty House Elf Sock

Itty Bitty House Elf Sock
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
I finished up the second side of Clue 1 last night and started with 2 rows of clue at the top. The black thread is a lifeline for the start/stop of each clue as a 'just in case'

The only thing I don't like is the "stripes" being caused by my stitch markers -- I have no idea if this will work itself out in the blocking process as I have never blocked anything or worked with lace -- anyone have any suggestions?

Mystery Stole Clue 1 done on both sides!

I finished up the second side of Clue 1 last night and started with 2 rows of clue at the top. The black thread is a lifeline for the start/stop of each clue as a 'just in case'

The only thing I don't like is the "stripes" being caused by my stitch markers -- I have no idea if this will work itself out in the blocking process as I have never blocked anything or worked with lace -- anyone have any suggestions?

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Mystery Stole Clue 1 first half -- DONE!

I have been stressing out at the thought of pulling the provisional cast on and catching the live stitches for the second half of clue 1 -- apparently for no reason.

Using the second circular I first grabbed 5-6 stitches UNDER the crochet cast on BEFORE pulling the waste yarn out, then grabbed another 5-6 stitches and so on. Doing it in bits like this let me see if I missed picking up a stitch and everything was just fine.

My plan for this evening is to sit on the couch and start the second half of clue 1.

(the black thread at the top of the photo is my last lifeline. I plan to put another one in on the last row of clue 1 and also on the stitches picked up at the bottom for the second half. The lifelines are the greatest stress reliever! In the first 50 rows I did have to rip back about 3 rows when I missed a stitch and in trying to fix it make it worse, but thanks to my little lifeline, I ripped out 3 rows and went on my merry way

This pattern has been easy to read (thank you Melanie!) and I adore the recycled yarn I got from Dawn at Twice Sheered Sheep.

So my verdict so far on lace knitting is that I'm enjoying it can't wait to see the finished stole!

Birthday Socks - DONE!

Birthday Socks - DONE!
Birthday Socks - DONE!,
originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.

The socks from hell are done. Actually once I got the hang of the fair isle color changes of the flames on the first sock, they were a breeze. I'm excited that they are also done a full 7 days before the birthday they are a gift for.

Now, I want to cast on another pair of socks, but have 3 other projects to complete first.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Sit and Knit in Parker, Colorado

Reminder to all that the the Friday Night "Sit and Knit" events are back in gear at YarnArts in their GORGEOUS new store! Knitters usually start trickling in around 5 or 6 PM and stay until 8 PM or until we get kicked out of the store. :)

Can you tell how much I look forward to this weekly event?

Monday, July 10, 2006

Mystery Stole KAL Clue 1 - first 10 rows

So, I've worked the first 10 rows of my first lace project, which is also my first stole, first KAL and first mystery pattern.

Using yarn this little is tough -- and when I took a break to switch to socks, the sock yarn seemed H-U-G-E! LOL

So, far the pattern is extremely easy to read, not be confused with easy to complete. I'm a bit nervous about ripping out the provisional cast on (the yellow yarn) to pick up the live stitches and go in the opposite direction. Oh, well, I'll fall off that bridge when I get to it, right?

Part of me wonders if I should pull the cast on off sooner than later, so if I screw it up I'm not so far that it won't kill me to have to rip everything out.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Who's got the Clap?

Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Since it seems like every knitter on the internet has made a Clapotis, I jumped on the bandwagon and started one this week using some yarn that I purchased at the Estes Park Wool Market last month. Dang, it takes a lot of stitch markers, but so far has been fairly easy to read the pattern and works up pretty fast.

I love the colorway of the yarn and it's so soft! I can't wait to get this finished up so I can wear it while I eat croissants outside some trendy cafe.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Knit for a Cure Stole and a Small Rant

Knit for a Cure Stole
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
I am working on a "Knit for the Cure" stole project. Click here for more information about the project. I picked up the yarn and pattern from a local Parker store for myself and a friend. We both started it at the same time and about the same time realized that there is NO way we were going to have enough of the yarn to get to the required 60". So, we called the person we got the pattern from and she told me she thought she might have the same issue and would try to find out what we needed to do.

In the meantime, I called a Denver yarn shop who is also participating in the event to get their opinion -- and got some snotty woman on the phone who snapped at me "Well, did you check your GAUGE?". I told the pattern didn't have a gauge specified on the sheet I got and I thought it was odd that 2 other people were having the same issue. Again, she told me in her best "I'm OBVIOUSLY a better knitter than you" voice, that I HAD to be doing it wrong and that there was MORE than enough yarn to get to the required 22 inches wide by 60 inches long. So, I hung up feeling like a complete nob.

I stomped upstairs and measured my project -- it's 19" wide unblocked. Hand stretching it I can get it barely to 22", which means I should have GOBS of yarn left. Which I don't.

Here's what I don't get....why did the woman have to be so snotty? Would it have killed her to be polite and helpful? I just don't get the snotty yarn store bitch attitude? I would NEVER get that attitude at my LYS -- YarnArts of Parker who are some of the most helpful and friendly people.

You can be damn sure what store will NEVER see a cent of money from me or a recommendation to shop there and I will share my view of them with anyone who asks if I've ever been there.

Small rant over.

07/10/06 EDIT: The pattern we were given was wrong resulting in the smaller size. I have had to frog out the whole thing and start over...sigh...

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Birthday Socks

Recently I taught myself how to make socks and it's turned into a minor obession. They are small, easy to tote around and something I can USE!

My husband loves anything with flames, so I started searching for a pattern for some socks for him and was thrilled to find Melanie's pattern on her blog.

So, off I trotted to the LYS to get some appropriate yarn (Dale of Norway Baby Ull as recommened in the pattern). I have not yet tried making socks on DPN, so I made these on circulars. However, this was also my first foray into "fair isle" type color changes. (sigh) In theory it all sounded so easy. I ripped out the cuff more times than I care to think about, but in the end it all turned out well. (And I am so grateful to everyone on the Socknitters Yahoo list, Melanie (the pattern writer), the ladies at The Lambshoppe, the Denver Knitting Guild and random online strangers for answering my million questions!) The pattern called for the flames on the foot as well, but I since I was knitting these with size 3, they were already a bit too bulky, so I went with stripes on the foot instead.

My solution to the flame portion being too tight due to the color changes was to switch up to ONE 16" size 5 circulars. This eliminated the ladders and stretched out the cuff's stranding to a equal tension. Ideally, I would have loved to have 12" circular, but I just cut off the ends of the size 5's to make it a bit shorter. Sometimes there have to be sacrifices.

(I also made a short row heel instead of the gusset one in the pattern because I'm a knitting retard and couldn't figure out how to translate the instructions for DPN to 2 circs and was so frustrated with the whole ripping the sock out 6 times adventure it had been thus far)

I have cast on for the second sock and have most of the black at the cuff completed and hope that the next sock goes as quickly as the first one, once I got my 'sock groove' on.

I've become a knitting nut....

I am also a online journal maniac, so it only seems appropriate to start a Fiber Journal where I can post my UFO and FO photos!

More to come!