knitxcore.: August 2006

Sunday, August 27, 2006

As Promised...

The REAL post!!!
So like I said, I've had a pretty busy week. I did however, get in some quality time in with the sticks. I also from an RLYS (really local yarn store) about 15 minutes from my house! Fiber Arts Studio has everything I could need and more. Remember those light up needles from the new Vogue??? They have them and they look like fun :-) Early in the week, I stopped by to pick up one more ball of Noro to finish this:

In addition to my AMAZING pillow, I started Fetching from Knitty. I love the fact that it uses cables for shaping, but i agree with Michael that the holes around the thumb look less than great. I did a duplicate stitch (sort of) to cover those bits o' nasty up. I'm blocking it now, but here's pic of the WIP:

The yarn is a special colorway (the name escapes me, I'll post it when i get to the center of the ball) from Woolbearers, that i bought simply because I loved the colors. I know you can't see the cables but, the colors are so amazing that i don't think it matters much.

The MLC blanket is till slowly moving along. I'm on the third block of color and there is still no end in sight. I'm really bad at math and it turns out that i need like 8 more balls of Sonata to finish it. That day is still very far away, so I'm in no rush to order the rest.

I actually got some reading time in this week, and i finished Choke by Chuck Palahniuk. It was a Xmas gift that I finally got around to finishing up, and i loved it. In true Palahniuk style, the book deals with self-destructive agressiveness (transgressional fiction), and some pretty colorful subject matter. The book was truly shocking and the plot twist (which was to be expected, after reading several of his books) blew my mind. I don't want to give anything away to the people who haven't read it, so i don't want to go into detail because the story is seamlessly linked together. I will warn you that it's not for anyone who has problem with taboo situations, it really seems to cross the line of what people think maybe grotesque.

On Thursday, we went to Great Adventure. It was a lot of fun! I haven't been in maybe 6 years. As far as the newer rides went, we didn't want to stand in line for hours on end. We opted for the older less appreciated rides like Congo Rapids (where we got soaked), Houdini's Great Escape, Rolling Thunder and The Great American Scream Machine! I have a picture of us on it, but blogger is acting up :-( After a soaking ringing wet day of $9 hamburgers, I didn't get a chance to post, but it was worth it. We didn't take our camera, so i don't have any of the pictures yet. We got an especially cool one with Daffy Duck.

Today is the only day I have to clean, so i had better get moving...

Friday, August 25, 2006


I know i didn't post on thursday this week as usual... We went to Six Flags and it was a FUN, super long day. I have a *NEW* FO, and a couple of WIP's to show off! I also have big dreams to rip off a D&G sweater that costs over a thousand dollars!!!! I have to upload my pics and get them all in order, hopefully, I'll have a post ready by sunday...

*the video is not mine, i'm just borrowing it to give you an idea of our day*

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Set Myself on Fire...

We went to the beach on sunday a i got the nastiest sunburn ever... That's right!!! I got sunburn and it hurts :-( I was just minding my business, reading "Why Do Men Have Nipples?" (which I reccomend to everyone, it's very funny) and the sun came down and punched me in the face! I was feeling terrible and having a bad day on monday when I went back to work and this showed up and turned my whole day around:

Charles from CooL Buddha Tonic sent me some of his beautiful hand dyed yarn!!!! Charles is awesome, if you haven't checked out his shop yet, you should. The colorway is called "Shanghi Noon", the picture does this yarn no justice. I need to give a stab at using acid dye, the colors are so intense! So I have 210 yards of worsted weight *SOFT* merino, what should i do???

I ran to A.C. Moore last week to pick up some thing because Kellyn wanted to learn how to knit. She picked it up really quick!!! We just did a garter stitch scarf in Thick and Quick, if I can pull it away from her for 2 seconds I'll snap a pic for you all. While we were there I grabbed some Sugar and Cream to try out Dave's Garterlac Dishcloth. After 3 attempts, I finally got it:

I can't wait to make another one, but I'm trying to hold off on dishclothes ans washrags until the Dishcloth KAL starts in September. That's gonna be awesome, BTW! JoiN if you want to be cool and you're just not sure how :-)

I may finally cast my second Knuck on today, though I'm not excited about it. I not the biggest fan of the pattern. It's a little messy, IMHO. Maybe I'm just a bad knitta? I do plan on making another pair out of the Rowan Cotton Tweed, just to see if I get better results.

I still have to get needles for the Moderne Log Cabin before I pick it back up. I'm going to try the new Knitpicks needles, because I also want the super big jug of Kookaburra Woolwash.

I don't have any new pictures of the kitties, so we're gonna do a music video instead. I found this Swedish band listening to a channel on my Player and I love them!

"The Concretes began as a three member all girl band with Victoria Bergsman, Maria Eriksson, and Lisa Milberg. Since then they have picked up members, growing into an eight piece band. The also have a number of "Honorary Concretes" who play on their records.
One of their songs from their album The Concretes, "Say Something New", has been featured on TV advertisements in the United States for Target.
Another of their songs "Chico", has been remixed by Australian electronic artists The Avalanches..."

"Seems Fine" by The Concretes

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Yeah, I did it myself...

Remember that sock yarn I bought from StickChick? I finally got around to dyeing it this weekened. I used Wiltons Icing Dye in Royal Blue and Leaf Green. I dyed yarn a few times before, but it was the first time I did two colors at one time. It was wayyyy easier to clean up than the Kool-Aid fiasco. I'm pretty happy with results, and Dave loves the colors. I didn't bother to re-hank it (the first one ended up in the biggest knot I've ever seen). So this is the final product:
I haven't really talked about the pillow I'm making yet!!! I'm pretty excited about it, actually. I'm knitting it on the bias, so the Noro makes diagonal stripes. I'm not using a pattern, and I think it's looking pretty good anyway. I need to stop by the LYS and pick up another skein to finish up the back. Here's the top piece:
I'm thinking of casting on Criminy Jickets Garterlac Dishcloth tonight, we'll see if I get that far. I need to get somee things done around the house and I'm starting to get a headache, YUK!

Oh yeah! We washed Adrienne the other day and i got a really cute picture...

Thursday, August 03, 2006

An actual LYS? I declare!

Yeah, I found a REAL LYS!!! Doesn't sound too hard, right? WRONG!!! I love Woolbearer's but, it's definitely an hour away. I love their hand dyed yarns and the ladies are amazing. But in between visits i need stuff, too.

Kellyn and I were goofing aroung in Ocean City last week and I found The Knitting Niche. It's sorta back off the street, I had been looking for it for awhile and just never saw it. Vicki (the owner) was really cool, especially with a shop full of Shoobies. She made the time to show me things that were knit in each of the colorways I was looking at. The Knitting Niche has tons of Debbie Bliss (I finally got to touch Cotton Cashmere, it's beautiful and affordable! I can't wait to make something with it!), Noro and Plymouth Yarns. There are a bunch of intresting sock yarns that I've never heard of, in pretty cool combinations. They have classes on Tuesday and Thursday nights, it's $10, you can take whatever your working on, and get help from people with 20+ years of experience. If anyone is intrested in going, I'll email you the phone number. You have to call ahead as there is only enough room for 15 people.

While I was there, I picked up 2 skeins of Noro Kureyon in color 51 and a tiny bottle of Kookaburra Woolwash. I've already started designing a simple Bias Pillow with the Noro, and washed the piece I've finished (pics to come). The Kookaburra softened up NORO, I'm sold! It also smells great, very clean!

I haven't really done much this week, just sat around in the A/C... I'm going to try to fold the mountain of laundry today, maybe i should make some coffee....