knitxcore.: July 2006

Thursday, July 27, 2006

I've been tagged!

Obsidian Kitten tagged ( me. I'm supposed to come up with "6 weird things/habits" about myself and then pick on six other bloggers/diarists to do the same. (Great, if I follow thru, I have to torture 6 other people. So watch out.)

1. I love bubble baths!!!! I have to avoid looking at fun bath toys/products because I lose self control. I have these amazing rubber duckies that light up and change colors in the water. I could be in there for hours at time listening to music and playing with bubbles....

2. I dance with my cats when I'm cleaning the house (ALONE). I always listen to loud crazy music like the Blood Brothers or the Gossip when I'm cleaning and it makes us all really hyper.
I should probably close the shades. My neighbors probably think I'm nuts.

3. I can't sleep without a blanket, no matter how hot it is!

4. When I'm upset, I sit on the kitchen floor... I always have, I don't know why... I just do it.

5. When I'm angry or stressed out, I clean like Cinderella. I scrub the floors, and every little spot that usually goes untouched. It helps me calm down and focus on the situation (or forget about it).

6. I'm a HUGE fan of poop jokes. You can just say poop, and I'm rolling on the floor. It's totally immature, and gross. But, I just can't help myself!

I'm coming for 6 of you, so be prepared to get down and dirty. This where people stop being polite and start getting real. LOL!!!!

Monday, July 24, 2006

Nothing's Ever Finished...

So here's the first knuck.... It was weird to knit fingers and joining was a lil' rough. I think I got the hang of it, though. I modified the textured stitch from the pattern. I onlt did rows 1 & 2, skipping 3 & 4 all together. I just did a regular bind off b/c i didn't have a crochet hook in the right size, it made the opening smaller but i still got my hand in!

The Moderne Log Cabin Blanket from Mason-Dixon Knitting is coming along VERY SLOWLY ... I want to know who's idea it was to knit a giant blanket on size 6 needles!!! If I see said person on the streets, I'm throwin' down! I'm just about halfway through the first square, MAYBE it will be done by Xmas. MAYBE!

The Mitered Square Rug from Interweave is looking pretty sweet!!! Doubled yarn on sz 10.5 needles is my kind of knittin'.
I'm amazed that Red Heart can look that good! I'm obsessed with knitting for the house now. It doesn't matter if it fits or if too itchy... It accepts everything and never asks if you can modify it after you've knit it. I have this crazy idea that i want to knit and felt pillows for my living room with Noro Kureyon in a wicked colorway. I'm afraid to venture into felting w/o a pattern, but i guess if i swatch everything first...

So, we got the new Format album (Dog Problems) at work and I absolutely LOVE it! It's sorta Alt. Country (think Wilco) , with an Indie sensibilty. These guys actually got dropped from Atlantic Records for recording a song about the shadiness of the record industry. They pretty much did this new album on their own, with a few new members in the line-up, and put it out on Nettwerk. If you're into Belle and Sebastian or The Shins, you'll love it too :-) "She Doesn't Get it" and "Time Bomb" are AmAZING!!!!

WoW! It's late and i should go to bed....

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

YaY SocKS!!!

That's right, they're finished! No thanks to Monk! I was paying so much attention to the new episode, i stopped turning my heel and started working straight rows. I had to frog the entire heel flap and re-work it. I have no clue how i picked the stitches back up, but I did :-)

After throwing it, and contemplating why anyone would knit a stupid sock you can just buy for lots cheaper. I calmed down and took it all back. I finished my socks :-)

The stripes aren't even, i know... It was my first time using a striping yarn and i wasn't sure how much i could waste. I'm still really happy with them. I'm even more excited that I can start my KnUcKS! I'm using Rowan Cashsoft DK in Mist. I bought it at my LYS in hopes of making Xmas gloves and i just never did. It's 57% extra fine merino, 33% microfiber, and 10% cashmere. I'm sure it's going to be a dream to knit with. I'm so excited to finally use it :-)

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Alright, Alright...

I guess I'm sort of obligated to post something. It's been about a week, but i don't really have a lot of knitting progress to catch you up on. I did however, get to go to the beach. It's amazing how i get absolutely no tan. It was fun, though. I went into the ocean for the first time, it was crazy, i couldn't stop thinking about how many people were peeing (lol).

I just got Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins.

I know I'm a little late on it, but i had one of those nifty CoinStar gift certificates. I love all things on Team Love Records but this isn't my favorite. I <3 Tilly and the Wall. If you haven't heard them, you should give Bottoms of Barrels a listen. The band features a tap dancing percussionist, and while it sounds like something that should never have left a musty basement, they can pull it off.

Oh yeah! this is my knitting blog, isn't it?

The yarn for my Moderne Log Cabin Blanket came yesterday!!! The colors are actually a better match than i had planned. I casted it on last night as soon as i got home. Turns out i need a really big circular, so if anyone knows where i can get one the isn't a billion dollars, lemme know!

I know everyone is itching to see the sock, but SOMEONE deleted my entire series of sock pics... I promise I'll put pics up this week. In addition, I have a few WIP's on the progredd bars now. I started a Mitered Square Rug, in some good ol' Red Heart (an X-mas gift, Thx Ann!) to get used to picking up stitches for my blanket. I also added the Knucks to my WIP section even thought they have to wait until my sz. 4 dpn's come out of the socks.

It's my day off, we all know what that means... I've got dishes to do :-)

Thursday, July 06, 2006

This Is What I do...

with a day off from work!!! It's beautiful out, i live near the beach, I'm sure something needs to be cleaned somewhere in the house... So, i knit a dishcloth!!! It may help with the cleaning part, since i use them for every and anything. But, it didn't help me get to the beach. :-( Me and Dave got beach passes for the O.C. (Ocean City!!!) and i've yet to go. Oh well at least I've got this to dry my tears:

As always your super-fantastic KnitXcorE close-up:

I've yet to cast on my second sock. I'm not as excited about them as i was when i finished the first one. I finally got Mason Dixon Knitting. I want to knit everything in it! We picked colors yesterday for the Moderne Log Cabin throw on (I'm using Sonata in shades of brown). I'm REALLY jazzed about it, I've never knit anything bigger than a couple of bad sweaters (that i will not share). The hand towels are amazing, as well. Instead of euroflax I may use AllHemp6, I was looking for an excuse to buy it anyway :-)

Yesterday, I found an amazing podcast! Mosh Knit Is CrAzY amazin'! Quirky and filled with grrrrreat music (Episode 12 featured Fall Out Boy, American Nightmare, Le Tigre, Bright Eyes, et. al.) it is my new favorite podcast. If you like punk or indie music, or just wanna change things up (some of those knitting podcasts can get boring), the is where it's at!!!

Like I said, I'm sure something needs cleaning and the kitties wanna eat:

Sunday, July 02, 2006


The Reverse Bloom Flower Washcloth is finished. I feel like it was on the needles forever, considering that it's such a small project. I made one for my mom on Mother's day and my Grandmom saw it and sort of... well... demanded one for herself. I usually jump at the chance to knit something but, I'm afraid this pattern is going to be retired.
I'm sure you all want to know the specs...
-Hand Dyed Cotton Chenille from Woolbearers
(i wish i could remember the colorway!!!)
-Sz. 6 straights and DPN's
Here is a close-up of the colorway:

Woolbearers always has really great hand dyes, in addition to some ol' favorites. I have a hank of beautiful merino wool put away, I have no clue what to do with it. I couldn't resist the color!!! I'll post a pic when i get a chance just to show it off....

It seems everyone has a gratuitous kitty photo on their blog... So here's one of mine:

This is Adrienne, we adopted her a couple of months ago... We named her Adrienne after Adrian Monk, he's a detective with an OCD. She's a kitty with and OCD (she licks off patches of her hair sometimes). She's sooooo sweet!!! She'll come in and wake us up in the morning or sleep on our backs. I always said I didn't want a second cat, but I'm glad we could save her :-)