Hallowig

April 12, 2009

Hallowig

Today I finished making a Hallowig.   It was a reasonably quick and easy knit.  However, it did require some emergency needle buying as the sticky acrylic yarn worked best on a metal needle.  I picked up an Addi circ.  So I used cheap yarn on an expensive needle.  The weirdness of that does not escape me. 

Anyway,  since I KIP a lot, people have been constantly asking me what it is.   Since it is so odd I have been showing them the picture from Knitty.  That I am knitting something for Halloween in April seems to get people’s knickers in a wicked twist.  I finally said to someone, “why do you care?”  The person just sputtered at me.  Just wait until I start knitting an Elvis wig for Hub!

Spring has Definately Sprung

April 1, 2009

And why do I say definately?  Because today I finished a lovely woolen beret.  While it may get windy and rain buckets, I just know the temps will not drop low enough to allow me  to wear my new hat in public for the foreseeable future.

“Design Element”

March 25, 2009

If you are knitting and you do something wrong once it is a mistake.  If you keep doing it, it becomes a “design element.”  And that is my final position.

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.

Some Lessons Learned from My Most Recent Trip to Ireland

January 26, 2009

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1.  If there is any chance you may have to make an emergency trip to Ireland – buy ALL the yarn you might need for the project at the same time.  The fact that the yarn store is 30 minutes away and always has that yarn in stock is no comfort when you are standing outside the yarn store five hours before  you need to leave for the airport and the store owner is late.  Your stress level may be so high that you find yourself on the verge of tears.  Thankfully there is a diner down the street where you can drown your stress in pancakes, toast, eggs, and hash browns (this is particularly useful as you may not get another decent meal for 24 hours).

2.  Make sure you have circular needles for your knitting on the plane.  If your project is on 12 inch straight needles and you are sitting in the middle seat you will not be able to comfortably knit because you will be preoccupied with trying  not to poke the people around you.   You do not want the stranger sitting next to you getting off the plane and complaining about “that f*$&ing woman and her g^%#@^* knitting.”  Do not give knitting a bad name.  Also, even if one of your seatmates is a close relative, even he will at some point complain about being poked in the gut.

3.  Make sure you bring at least one impressive project with you.  You will find that many people in Ireland learned to knit as children.  None of them did scarves as first projects.  A surprising number of them used to churn out complicated Aran sweaters.  The basic scarf you are making as a birthday gift for your friend will seem lame to them. 

4.  Before leaving for the airport go onto Ravelry and print out the list of yarn stores from the Irish Knitters Group.  While lots of people in Ireland can knit, not so many do now and even fewer can actually direct you to a yarn store.   

5.  Never, ever eat a Cadbury Flake candy bar near your knitting.

Miracles Never Cease to Exist

December 29, 2008

On Christmas Eve Hub lost a penny while we were at Mass.  It was not just any penny, but an Irish penny that he has been carrying around since a trip to Ireland in 1997.  After Mass, we searched for it but could not find it.  Hub was upset.  I told him that I would give him another Irish penny to replace it.  But from his face I knew  it would not be the same.  This really upset me.  In the midst of all that is going on, it felt like a kick in the stomach to lose that penny.     

Today my Mom went to Mass.  At one point she  was praying with her eyes closed and her head down.  She opened her eyes and saw the penny!  So Hub will get his penny back.  I know it seems a silly, inconsquential thing and may be just a funny little coincidence.  You can explain it away however you want.   But it was just the happiest little miracle to me.