Exciting, exciting.

31 05 2006

Finished a square and cast on for another. There’s such excitement in my life. ๐Ÿ˜›

Not this weekend, but the following I’ll be helping out at Orientation for my college, I’m already dreading the fact that I won’t be able to knit. Whatever will I do…ahh…


The sock with lines.

31 05 2006

Here is my sock. I tried taking pictures from above, and the stripe I keep refering to just wouldn’t show up.

It isn’t “laddering” or anything. And the fabric where the stripe is is really tight, so I’m thinking that was my problem.

The sock just feels big though. But I’ve looked at other people wearing their socks, and some of them seem big.

Just how is a sock supposed to fit? I’ve never worn hand-knit socks before. I think mine are too big, but what am I comparing them too? The skin-tight, one-size-fits-all socks I buy at the store?

I haven’t frogged this sock yet. I’ve started Pomatomus, put it on waste yarn, and all’s going well so far.

The needles I use for my socks are Susan Bates DPNs. All my DPNs are those brand. Most of my needles in general are Susan Bates. I just love the metal needles.

I was working on a charity square yesterday, and it made the coolest swooshing sound. It was great. Of course I was working on this square while I was tutoring. It isn’t really tutoring. The kids have packets that they have to do. My job is more of a babysitting job. Make sure they do it, which usually involves chasing them through the house, checking their work, and helping them when they get stuck. So if work is going well and the kids are doing good… I just sit there. Well, the mom and 2 out of 4 daughters know how to knit. The younger of the two also knows how to crochet because I taught her sometime last summer. She’s right handed and everyone she knows is left so they were having a harder time teaching her. So I was plugging away on one of my squares, and the younger of the two knitters decided she really wanted to knit. I haven’t seen the girl knit in about a year. She stopped whenever the yarn store I used to go to closed. She ran up, grabbed her bulky yarn, some fun fur, and what had to be size 6-8 DPNs, and casted on for a scarf. She wanted to learn my way of casting on though. I use the long-tail cast on, which she decided was much faster than knitting the stitches on. I showed her twice, and she got it right away. That girl is definitely amazing.

I was right!

30 05 2006

I was right! There are 4 ounces of buffalo stuff there. I’m starting to think there may be other things mixed in with it.

We may never know.

ETA: Yup… it is a blended fiber. So I have 4 ounces of buffalo/wool/alpaca…. my other favorite fibers, only one which I have previously spun. ๐Ÿ˜€

Stupid sock…

30 05 2006

My sock is making me mad again. I think I’ll frog.

I’m always frogging the stupid socks.

I think I just can’t knit socks on DPNs… I love DPNs. They make me happy. Everything goes great on them when I’m working with acrylic, but this sock yarn… it just isn’t working. I have bizarre stripes down the socks, which I think may be from pulling to tight, and the sock just feels loose. Maybe that’s how it’s supposed to feel. I don’t know. I’ll deal with it in the morning.

I think I need a new pattern. Maybe I’ll give Pomatomus another try. This time. When I make socks… I’m so swatching. I think I’ll get out that cheap acrylic sock yarn I bought too… that way I get the first real pair of completed socks on not-so-amazing yarn. So I won’t feel bad about it.

We’ll see what tomorrow brings. I have tons of sock patterns laying around. I thought about making some out of worsted weight arylic just for the practice. Why not… I’ve got loads of it.

More Fiber Fest Pictures.

30 05 2006

I had my great plan of showing different purchases on different days. (Maybe because I didn’t want it to seem like I bought so much. Who knows.) Well the internet went down again today, for the entire day, so I give up and I’m just going to post them all at once, minus the alpaca that was shown at some odd hour of the morning yesterday.

The reason I bought so much? I think a large part is due to the fact that I don’t really have any stores around me that sell fiber in fiber form. The one that does has a wide variety of color: white, brown, and that’s about it. I love the fiber show because of all the colors! They just make me happy. Almost as happy as when I wander around looking at Red Heart. After using the natural fibers, the only thing that brings me back to the acrylic is the colors.

The colors were my weakness… that and the exotic (I guess you could call them that) fibers. I’m sure you’ll see why.

First off i really like red. It’s just so pretty. Who couldn’t pass up those colors? I wouldn’t call this roving “exotic”. It’s wool. Merino top, but it comes from sheep which don’t exactly scream exotic animal. It’s pretty though, and it’s softer than other wool that I’ve worked with.

From the same vendor came this. Also very, very pretty. I’m really interested to see how this yellow thing will spin up. Funny story about this vendor. I was talking to them about sheep. I saw that it was Merino so I asked about how Merino was pronounced. Why? Because when I was at the zoo a few weeks back the person feeding the Merino sheep pronounced it weird. I corrected him, but deep down wondered if I really knew what I was talking about. So I bothered the vendor about it. The sheep I saw at the zoo, she had sold to the zoo. Small, small world.


More alpaca! I liked the colors. Bright, happy colors that are much prettier in real life. I had the hardest time picking out which ones I wanted. These are hand-dyed and no two are the same. She had some spun up and it just looked gorgeous. She told me to send her some pictures once I get it spun up so I’ll definitely have to do that.Llama. It was on sale. What more could I say? The colors are so pretty too…. I’ve got this thing for natural colors right now. The white, and the brown, and the black, all in one bag… It makes me happy. I’d say Llama is a bit on the not-so-common side?This. Is not common. That I know. I’ve tried finding it online. I’ve seen advertisements in magazines talking about how unbelievably warm it is. How it’s soooooo much warmer than wool. Well. I’ve seen it online. It was very expensive. Online 2 ounces of roving go for about 20 dollars. If you want 2 ounces of yarn, its 48 dollars. After seeing this I thought no way I’d ever buy it. A little out of my price range. But look how pretty. It’s dyed too which I’m still trying to figure out. Buffalo…. I’ve always wanted buffalo yarn. I don’t know how many ounces I have. There’s nothing on it telling me how many ounces, and I haven’t weighed it myself. My personal guess is at least 4 ounces. Probably 4-6. I really don’t know though. Comparing it to the Llama, my guess is they’re pretty similar in the amount of fiber. I have 8 ounces of Llama, so 4-6 ounces of buffalo seems like a reasonable guess. I think I’m going to send an e-mail to the person I bought it off of and see if they know the ounces. They might, the did have several of these “magic stripes” roving. I know they were selling already spun yarn at their booth and had a set price per ounce.

We’ll see what I find out.

Bought some cotton today too for all the dishcloths we’ve been making at the charity knitting group. Bought a whole pound of Peaches and Creme in some really nice Spring colors. Maybe I’ll post a picture of it tomorrow. That is assuming that the internet is working.

Fiber Fest-Part I

28 05 2006

Went to the Great Lakes Fiber Show early Saturday in search of sock yarn. Well… I found sock yarn, but didn’t buy any. Aren’t you proud of me?

However, I did buy lots and lots of roving. Lots and lots is a bit of an understatement. What can I say? I like bright colors… they are my weakness.

One of my missions of the day was to find out what to do about my squeaky spinning wheel and get some oil for it. That’s the main reason I’ve avoided my wheel lately. So I talked to someone about that and bought a kit with replacement parts for my wheel. These are all the parts that I’m afraid I’m going to break or lose, so I’m quite happy to have this. Now I can tighten things without being afraid of breaking them! (I’m paranoid)

So bought that kit off her, and decided to buy some alpaca from her as well. Never spun, or even used alpaca, before. It’s such a pretty color brown. I’ve had this thing for browns and other natural colors lately. None of the fiber I bought was too horribly priced. I’d pay more if I bought it on the internet so why not?

The stuff that was more on the expensive side was so expensive because of the amazing dye jobs.

I got some gorgeous rovings, but because blogger is being a pain, and in order to entertain you all weekend I’m going to post a picture of different fiber I bought each post until all is shown. I’m to see if I can finish most of Adamas in the upcoming week, and I don’t think I’ll post too many pictures of the shawl because it really doesn’t change much from day to day.

So here’s my picture for today.
Lovely colored alpaca. I love the white mixed in. I don’t know why… but I do. It gives it little blips in the yarn which can be fun sometimes. The lady selling it showed me how it looks spun up… definitely beautiful.

I’ve been on such a natural color kick lately. Naturals and brights. Haha.. what a combo.

I can explain!

25 05 2006

It is currently 1pm on Friday

I know it says this was posted on Thursday, but that’s when the draft was saved. I was too lazy to upload the pictures again.

I started this post yesterday (Thursday) after recieving something in the mail from my SP. Which reminds me, I really need to send something to my SP. I should do that Monday. I have the package, I just haven’t shipped it.

Anyways. I got online and uploaded my pictures to blogger. No sooner than the pictures were uploaded I received a call from my boss begging me to come into work early. I had 10 minutes to get there and it usually takes around 15. So I saved my post as a draft and took off.

After work I had plans to go to the drive-in movie theater with my boyfriend. We made these plans sometime at the beginning of the week. Of course, those of you living in Ohio (and surrrounding states) are aware that a nasty storm came through yesterday. We didn’t think it would matter. What’s a little rain? Besides, the county we were going into wasn’t even being mentioned! No problem! So we went. Sky was clear, weather was nice. We sat around waiting for the movie to start and off to the left the sky got completely black. To the right, blue sky with zero clouds. Of course the evil black sky also had lighting which was pretty frequent so we decided it would be a good idea to head home.

Heading home was probably a bad idea. We would have been much better off hanging out there until it blew over.

Instead we hydroplaned the whole way home. There were definitely some turns on 21 when I thought my car was going off the road. I couldn’t see anything. Didn’t feel like my car was under control. The inch or so of water on the road prevented any normal driving. That was at the worst of the storm though. It cleared up a lot more later, but the areas we were driving into had tons of water. It was just sitting on the road. We came up to our exit and hit the brakes, but after realizing that there was another few inches of water on the road, and my car wasn’t going to stop in one piece, we decided just to get off at the next exit. I wasn’t going to wreck my car. So we called my dad so he could tell us how to get home since we were now lost.

Fun times.

When we did get home I shut my computer off because of all the lightning and I didn’t turn it back on until I got up this morning. I was ready to update my blog and appologize to my SP for not posting about her extremely cool gift earlier. The internet was down. Again. It’s down quite a lot lately. Several times a week.

It’s back now though so I’m finally getting this posted!

Like I said before I got a package from my SP yesterday. It’s what got me out of bed actually. The doorbell rang and I sat up freaking out because I’m in my pajamas. Then I realized that it must be the mail man! It was! So I snatched my package off the doorstep and ran back to my room. It was promptly opened.

Here are the contents:

Time for close-ups because they’re so much fun!

First off: Soap. Peppermint and Strawberry Banana. The Peppermint does smell amazing. The entire box and everything in it smelled like Peppermint. Strawberry Banana smelled very good as well.
Next: Pride and Prejudice. I’m glad I have this book now. I will read it even if I don’t get around to it for awhile. ๐Ÿ˜‰ After falling in love with the book over the audio version, I’m glad to have it forever in text.

Mmmmm…. Tea. As mentioned before. I like tea. A lot. I’m trying to use up my “crappy” tea like no other. The more I try though, the more I realize every tea has it’s place in my heart. Except for fruit and almond. I hate that flavor. This tea is insanely cool though because it’s tea leaves. I love tea in leaf form! If it’s in leaf form I can use my cute little teapot shaped thing with the holes in it! I don’t know what it’s called. lol. Definitely can’t wait to try this tea.

Last but not least: Cootie catcher note cards. How cool is that. They’re notecards, but they’re cootie catchers! AH! The bright colors on the box made me very happy. It’s the coolest box. I’m going to play with them sometime in the future. Not right now though, because I must finish a baby sweater! (or at least work on it)