Archive for February, 2009

Knitty City

February 17, 2009

Knitty City

Hub and I wandered by Knitty City last month after a trip to the Museum of Natural History.   I had never been to the store before.  Oddly enough it just happened to be the store’s Third Anniversary so they were having a party.  It is a really lovely store.  When it gets a little warmer (and I have used up some more of my small stash) I am going to put on my walking shoes, shine up my metrocard, and do a yarn crawl of NYC yarn stores.  I will definately hit Knitty City that day.

No Second Sock Syndrome Here!

February 14, 2009

Enjoying the afternoon sun

Aren’t you done with those socks yet?

The Christmas tree has been down for quite a while but I still keep finding pine needles on the floor.  I think Kitty has something to do with it but he is not saying a word.   

Right now I am working on the toe decreases for the second sock so that should be done soon.  When I finish I will post pictures.  As I approach the end of the this project I now have a taste of why sock knitting can be so addictive.  Once you get the basics down socks can be a relatively quick, easy, and portable project.  Oh, and turning that heel is pretty nifty too.

Next up on the needles?  I am anxious to start a hat with my “souvenir”  yarn from Ireland because the weather here is freakin’ crazy.  And I am determined to fix the bullet-proof poncho in time for St. Patrick’s Day.  That will be a production!

Cold Toes

February 10, 2009

First Sock!

The other day Hub came home to find me darkly muttering about kitchenering (is that even a word?) the toe of my first sock closed and the chicken that refused to defrost so I could roast it for dinner.  The toe never got grafted closed that night and we had canned soup for dinner. 

The sock was done except for grafting the toe closed and removing the lifelines.  Now, I successfully used the kitchener stitch before on those Fuzzy Feet slippers and the ginormous sock.  But for some ridiculous reason I just could not get it going.  The following day I finally went over to KnittingHelp.com  and watched their video tutorial on the kitchener stitch about 20 times and got the job done.  KnittingHelp.com is a fantastic resource. 

Right now I am just about the turn the heel on the second sock.

Salted

February 6, 2009

Mom modeling the purple rolled brim hat

Mom modeling the purple rolled brim hat

The other day while I was waiting to cross the street I got salted.  There was a truck salting the street and as it turned the corner, I was pelted with salt.   It was snowing heavily at the time and I did not realize that the truck was going to turn the corner.  That salt flew everywhere.  In case you are wondering, it really does taste salty.  I thought it would have more of a chemical taste.

Anyway, at the time I was wearing my purple rolled brim hat.  Last winter I cranked the hat out in a day using the hat recipe from Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s Knitting Rules.  It is very cozy and floppy.   I love it because it is warm but does not crush my hair enough to give me a bad case of hat hair, just a little smooshed hair. 

Last year I got teased a bit about my purple floppy hat.  Of all my knitted items, it was sort of an underdog.  It did not even get added to my Ravelry projects page until recently.  This year we have had a lot more snow and it is a different story.  Because of the weather, lately hat wearing is at an all time high here.  Suddenly, this hat seems a lot more attractive and even my Mom wants to knit one.  The purple hat finally has its day.

The Landline

February 4, 2009

I have been considering getting rid of our landline.  Then I realized that I would never be able to find my cell phone without it.