Thursday, December 20, 2007

Wish me luck

I had an interview today. Part of me thinks I am jinxing things by mentioning it here, but internet love and well wishes has worked wonders for others in the past.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Status Report

My sister-in-laws socks are done. The fact that it only took me a week to knit the second sock makes the fact that it took me 6 months all that much more pathetic.
I have turned the hill on the first sock for my dad, hopefully I will finish it this week so I can get the second one done in time for Christmas.
I am watching the most depressing hockey game I have ever seen. The Blues are loosing 9-4 to the Avalanche. It an attempt to cheer myself up, here's a picture of Purl in her reindeer antlers. She kept them on for about 1 second before she decided they were evil.

I think she's stinkin cute in them.

Thursday, December 6, 2007


Today is my blogiversary!

Da Da Da

(It works better if you can imagine the dramatic music along with the da da da)

I finally finished the first sock of doommy doom doom, other wise known as Child's First Sock from Knitting Vintage Socks. It took me close to six months to finish this sock. I cast on the first time on June 14. After knitting the cuff the first time I decided it was too big and ripped on with 8 fewer stitches...
which caused the sock to get stuck on my leg when I tried it on after the gusset. So in all fairness, I've knit this sock twice in that time. But now I have one finished, so ...
That's right! I cast on for the second one! This photo was taken after I had completed two repeats on the leg. I now have 4 1/2 repeats out of the 6 I have to do for the leg. Good thing too, because I decided that I am going to give them to my sister-in-law for Christmas. She is taking care of 4 kids right now while my brother is in basic, so she definitely deserves some hand knit love for the holidays. The yarn reminds me of Monet's Water Lillies, which is her favorite painting, so it's perfect.
I also decided to make my dad a pair this year. The only knit item he has from me is the first scarf I made out of cheapo acrylic, so it's time he got something.

The leg is now about 7 inches long now. I am using Austermann Step in a denim colorway (my label says 20-200115, but that's not on the website. I think it's 21.7789-20). I am using size 2 needles, which is nice. Unfortunately I sat on my sock bag, so I broke one. I need to go by my LYS to pick up some new ones.
However, I'm not going anywhere tonight. It is snowing and yucky out. It has given me opportunities to wear my new hat, though. It's only a little bit itchy, right where it touches my forehead. It only covers about 1/2 inch, so it's not bad. Also, I could find merino itchy if it was on my forehead. It's my curse as a knitter - I don't like to wear winter hats. Since this one's so pretty I will make an exception.
Remember my mom, the crafty one? She felt bad for me because I haven't had a Christmas tree in two years. My cat likes to pull off all the ornaments, and Purl just likes to destroy things. So she made me one!

It's hanging right over my couch and is so pretty and festive. I think it's what put me in the mood to knit for other people this year!
Finally, some temptation. These ladies are enablers! I know the list is meant to be given to other people for ideas, but I just want to buy something from every store they listed!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

As promised...

I went to the Blues game last night. We won, which was a good thing, because I needed that excitement to get me through the rest of the night. We took the metro-link, St. Louis' version of public transportation. After the game we went to a friends, who lives near the rink. We thought we had until 12:30 to get back to the metro stop, since the sign said the last run west was at 12:45. I assumed that the last train west would go ALL THE WAY west. At 12:45 we hopped on the correct train, only to be told at the next stop that it was the last one and everyone had to get off! So we were stranded at Union Station at 1 am. Luckily (it seemed at the time) one of the people with me got a hold of a relative to come get us. Only after we got picked up did we realize we may have been better off trying to catch a cab. Luckily everyone made it home safely, but it was a stressful night.

In knitting related news, I finally photographed Foliage!

I haven't worn it much yet, since I live in Missouri and we are having some crazy weather. In the last two days we went from 40 degrees to 70, back to 40. I took this photo this morning on my back porch with short sleeves on. It was comfortable out side in said short sleeves. Now, it is freezing out. Hopefully I will get more chances to wear the hat!
All in all, this is a good project. It took me less then a week to knit, used up stash yarn, was well written, and kept me interested.
Here's a shot on the progress on Oblique, as well.
I haven't figured out to lighten images or correct the color on my photo editing software yet, and didn't want to take the time to figure it out now. The top photo shows the true color better, but is just a little too dark. The bottom photo is lighter and shows the detail better, but looks gray as opposed to navy blue.
Well, back to knitting. Christmas is only 23 days away!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Good Times

I am working on two projects right now, both of which may end up being frogged. I think this decision will be one that waits to the last minuet, though. I have turned the heel and finished the gusset on the child's first sock (finally). I'm not sure if I like the way it fits, but since it's still on the needles I can't really tell yet, so I'm going to wait until I finish the toe to decide. I have also cast on for Oblique, which I love. The problem is that I don't know if this sweater really fits in with my wardrobe and style. I tend to wear really plain sweaters. For now I think I am going to keep knitting the back before I decide, because so far it's fun to knit.

I finished the hat, but between needing someone to take pictures and needing new batteries for my camera - no pictures yet.
Also - mainly because I need a picture - this was frogged. It was my first toe up attempt, and I don't think I did it right - there were some major holes by the gusset. It is not fun to undo a sewn cast-off. There was a lot of cutting and cursing.

It's Lorna's Lace Baltic Sea, which is apparently my favorite color way. Any time I find variegated Lorna's that I like it's this color way. I think I am going to knit Thrifty Knitter's Woodlawn Shawl with it, though it may end up being plain jane socks. We'll see.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

The Proof

This is where I was on Foliage when I originally posted on Sunday.

This is where I am now. Just one more lace repeat and the ribbing.

After working on the same projects all summer long, it sure is nice to be close to finishing something.

Sunday, November 4, 2007


Hi! I've been knitting! I have no actual proof of this knitting, since I am at work and the camera batteries are dead, but I promise you I am telling the truth. I cast on for Foliage yesterday using leftover Lamb's Pride worsted in Raspberry. I love love love this yarn (plus I may be over-caffeinated right now, which could explain the enthusiasm). I originally purchased the yarn two years ago to make my mother a pair of Fuzzy Feet for Christmas. The pattern called for two skeins. I only used a little bit of the second skein to finish the toe on the second slipper, so I have most of the skein left. I am a little worried about the itch factor, since there is a little bit of mohair in the yarn and I tend to have problems with hats anyway, but the yarn is so dang soft that I decided to risk it.
I ripped the Little Red Riding Hoodie from Domiknitrix, which really didn't have a lot of progress on it. I decided that I really didn't need a knit hoodie, and since the whole grafting the pockets AND sewing in a zipper seemed a little advanced for me I decided to scrape the project. Now I have 12 skeins of Cascade 220 in navy. I think I am going to cast on for Hourglass from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I cast on last weekend, knit 6 rows, changed my mind on the yarn for the pattern, ripped out the 6 rows, then realized I didn't have enough of the other yarn so changed my mind back. I have yet to recast on. I will though. Eventually. Soon. I have wanted to knit this sweater for a while, because it is the perfect combination of casual-cozy and stylish, so I could wear it to work when I want to be comfy without feeling like I look like a schlump.
Work is still being done on both Orangina and the child's first socks.

Also, the blues lost last night. To the Blackhawks. This does not make me a happy camper.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Brotherly Love

My big brother left for basic training for the army on Tuesday (I was going to include a picture, but since I've never asked him how he feels about pictures being posted on the internet, I figured it might not be a good idea. I also wanted to post pictures of my ridiculously adorable nieces and nephews, but for the same reason I won't). I couldn't be happier for or prouder of him. He has four adorable kids and a wonderful wife. He has wanted to join the military since high school but for one reason or another never did. He is finally doing what he wants, and in the process was able to choose a really, really cool career path.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Let's Go Blues!

One would think that by age 25 I would be a little bit more responsible one it comes to things. Especially money things. Apparently this is not the case. There is always a point in the pay period where I promise myself that from now on I will follow a budget and eat at home more. Then when I get paid I go to the grocery store in order to be more responsible and stay in. As soon as the groceries are put away, though, I end up deciding I'm too tired to cook and go out. *sigh* I am at the point in the pay period where I am promising myself that I will do better next time.

On what was meant to be a more cheerful note, I am a HUGE hockey fan. I 've gone to 1 pre-season game and two regular season games so far, and am hoping to go to a few more (which may be something I need to address in regards to the above paragraph). Since I am from St. Louis, of course I love the Blues. We are doing better this season, so I am REALLY excited.

Unfortunately, we just lost to the Blue Jackets 3-0 (this photo is not from tonight. It's from last Saturday, when we also lost. I swear we are doing great).

I will knit again sometime soon, I promise. It was in the 40's here today, so I am thinking about pulling out some stash yarn and starting a nice cozy sweater.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Yes Susan

I did survive Florida. It was great.

This was our view. It was amazing. It was a private beach, was made it that much better.

We had mimosa's every day first thing. Needless to say, I did not get a lot of knitting done on my vacation.

My laptop was out of commission for several weeks. That, plus no knitting, plus crazy life getting in the way, means no blogging. But the laptop is back, so hopefully I will have more blogs coming in the future.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Florida, Here I Come!

Sorry, still no photos.

I'm at work right now, job #2 - the one I actually like. I really wanted to get this grant in today, but now I'm not so sure. It's not looking promising, so I'm sure that if I got off of blogger and myspace things would be going much faster.

I leave on Thursday to go to Florida for 5 days. I am very excited about this. I plan on making good use of this vacation time - working 7 days a week with no breaks means I REALLY need some time off. (Really, I don't mean for this to sound winy. I love the second job, which is why I work 7 days a week. If I didn't love it I would go back full time to job number 1 and get my weekends and PTO back. But I do, so it's worth it. I'm just really excited to be going on vacation).

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Catch Up

It was been 98 degrees or hotter for the last two weeks here. It is too hot to knit, too hot to take pictures of the non-existing knitting, and too hot to blog. Heck, it is almost too hot to think. I took Purl for the first walk in three weeks this morning - with all that black fur she overheats easily.
I have gotten some progress on my child's first sock, but due to needle issues I have put the sock down for a while. I normally use bamboo needles for socks but found that mine were warping too much on this sock, so I decided to give metal a shot. I'm finding that the metal is way to hard on my hands - I have arthritis and for whatever reasons my hands seem to hurt much more when I use the metal dpn's then with the bamboo, so much so that the last time I knit on the socks my hands started to go numb (the fact that it was chilly where I was knitting did not help. Cold plus metal dpn's do not equal good things for my hands). I had brought the socks and orangina to work on at my knit night, which just happens to take place in a yarn store. Orangina was misbehaving again, so it needed a time out. Luckily, Knit and Caboodle carries a collection of the cutest kids patterns, so I decided to start a new project. My friends L & K have the cutest little girl - G. She is seven months old now, and since L's favorite color is green, I picked up some Cascade Cotton Rich in color 5800. The yarn is nice to work with - it's not hard on the hands, doesn't split. and stays spun, but only has 88 yards to a skein. I guess for less then $5.00 a skein I really can't expect tons of yardage, but I still haven't finished the skirt (knit bottom up) and am already on my fourth ball.
The Cardinal's participated in Stitch and Pitch, which was a lot of fun. It was 99 degrees out, but we won, so I'm glad I went. We went from loosing with no runs at the beginning of the 5th inning to scoring 10 runs and winning by the time it ended. Plus, it was the first time I had seen my friend Elephunning in several weeks, and she brought presents! (sorry, I couldn't find a better web page or remember the names of the other brands, but she brought back three different micro-brews, two of each kind, for both Deb and myself).
I have also had the pleasure of attending two Muny shows this month, The Pajama Game with my co-workers, and Le Mis with a college friend of mine. Both were very good. Le Mis might be the best show I have seen in a LONG time, if not ever.
Tonight I am attending a River City Rascals game with my parents, as long as it doesn't get too unbearably hot.
I will try and get photos of the WIP's before too much longer.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Practice Makes Perfect

I spent today perfecting my long tail cast on. I know many of you may be thinking that this is a basic skill that most knitters learn when they first pick up needles and yarn. I thought so too. But apparently I needed the practice. I re-cast on for the child's first sock FIVE times today before finally getting the right number of stitches with a length of left over yarn that did not make me feel like I was wasting perfectly good yarn.

BTW if you live in St Louis I highly recommend going to Trail Head brewery and trying their current seasonal - Honey Wheat. It is awesome.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007


I have a two year old nephew who we call dozer, because he doesn't let things like chairs, or walls get in his way. If something won't move he gets very upset and will inform you that it's stuck. He will walk up to a tree, try to push it and get so upset because it is "stuck." He also has a problem with being "stuck" in his car seat or high chair.
Remember when I thought the sock would be too big? So I ripped it out and started over with one less repeat? I should have left it. Oddly, The sock fits my leg perfectly.
See, there's even extra stretch! But, alas, I could not get it back over my heel. I had to unwind the Child's First Sock while it was on my leg because I was stuck!

I hope everyone is having a great 4th of July!

Sunday, July 1, 2007

I just want to move*

This weekend I started a new job. I will now be the weekend gallery attendant at the Foundry Art Centre. I still have my internship there, and I will still be working at the other place, but now I have a paying job in the field I want to go into! One of the pluses is that when there are no volunteers I have to sit at the front desk, which means knitting time! I finished two repeats on my Child's First Sock and have most of the heel flap done. Yay progress!
I also spent a good deal of this weekend watching season one of Weeds. Must say I now love this show. It is hilarious. (It's also where the title of this post came from. It's a song that plays during one of the episodes. I don't want to spoil the episode, but the song is PERFECT for the scene).

Monday, June 25, 2007


My two best friends from college came to St. Louis this weekend. This resulted in lots of reunions and much drinking. It most likely resulted in me putting my foot in my mouth, as drinking often results in this for me. It was an awesome weekend and one I hope to relive as soon as possible. However, there was no knitting.

*We listened to a lot of Ani DeFranco, just like back in the day.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Take me to the river...

I have made progress on Orangina. I have finished the first skein and have about 12 inches of lace knit.
Unfortunately I dropped a stitch about 2 inches ago. I picked the stitch up, but as you can see, it looks a little bit odd.

I really don't want to rip back, so I'm hoping that I will be able to either block the mistake out or I will learn to live with it. Maybe I will make this the back of the tank so I can't see it. Honestly, I had to be right on top of the pattern with my camera to have the mistake show up in a picture, so that gives me hope.
I ended up ripping the cuff of my Child's First Sock out. I have tiny ankles, so there was no way the cuff was going to fit me. I'm going to re-cast on with 8 fewer stitches so that it will fit.
Purl is at the groomer getting shaved today. She's going to look so funny, but she does not handle the heat well, so it needs to be done. I have to go pick her up in a half hour, then we're going to go play in the river!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

The waiting game

Thanks for the comments, on both the socks and the pets! Princess (the kitty) insists on laying in the middle of the coffee table when I am using it, so she was originally laying right in front of my feet. Purl decided she needed to check out the socks, and in the process put her rather large head on top of the cat, which of course crushed the poor thing. Then Purl decided the cat needed a sniffing, so that's why the cat is running away with a look of sheer panic!

I have started a new pair of socks - the Child's First Socks from Knitting Vintage Socks in jitterbug. I think it's the Jay colorway, but I'm at work right now, so I can't tell for sure. I'm almost through with the cuff. It looks big to me, but I think it's too soon to tell. There might also be pooling, but again, with less then an inch done, it's too soon to tell. I'm just going to have to be patient and wait to see.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Slow Down!

I finished my socks today! Actually, I finished last night, but wasn't capable of grafting the toe at that point, so that part had to wait until today.
Plain jane knit socks, using the Yarn Harlot's basic recipie
Yarn: Trekking. Not sure which color way, because the dog ate the color band while helping me organize the ball.
Start time: some time back in early February.
End time: June 12th. Yup, it took me four months to do these babies. That's what I call speed knitting.

Sunday, June 10, 2007


I have been knitting, I swear. It just that the projects I've been working on aren't really all that exciting to blog about.
See? Orangina is several inches longer in this photo then she was the last time I blogged, but you can't really tell. She looks the same.
And the sock? I'm halfway through the foot, but it's a plain sock. How many pictures of those do you really need to see? Maybe I need to start a few more projects so I can be a better blogger.

Sunday, May 27, 2007


Lace does not like me. I know I've said this before, but it really doesn't. Every time I get a row done on Orangeina I have to undo two.

This is frustrating.
I'm also having sock issues. I'm picking up stitches on the gusset. One side looks perfect, but the other sides keeps getting big gaping holes.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

And it's one, two, three, strikes you're out

I went to a baseball game with my parents last night. We lost, but it was still a lot of fun. We were up as high as we could go in the stadium, but it was my first time to the new Busch, so it was still great.
I was trying to take a picture of the fire works that went off when we hit a home run. I missed the fire works, but this is still an awesome picture of the arch.

Thursday, May 24, 2007


I finished my Cabo Halter! I finished it on Sunday.

Try to ignore the fact that I look like a complete dork here.

Pattern Specs:
Patter: Cabo Halter by Amy Butler
Fabric: I have no idea. I bought it when I went to Hagerstown, MD last year to visit family. It's covered in cats and I thought it was cute.
Mods: None, really. I didn't close the back below the zipper, because I thought it looked cute open, and I'm sure there are some accidental ones in there, but that's it.
Start to Finish: Technically, I cut the pattern and fabric out last July when I got back from MD, but my machine was broken, so I couldn't sew it together. I started sewing on Friday and finished it Sunday. All in all, I think I spent three days total on it.
Consensus: I love it!
Obligatory mirror shoot.

You can see the cute back of the shirt here. (I almost said cute back, but since you can see my back side I thought I should rephrase)

I got tagged by the meme going around by Deb. The Rules: Each person tagged gives 7 random facts about themselves. Those tagged need to write in their blogs 7 facts, as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag seven others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and need to read your blog.
1. My dog is trained with hand signals. She is incredibly stubborn, though, and will either pretend she can't hear you with out the signals or pretend that she didn't see them. (I didn't say she was well trained, just trained). She also rarely barks, and needs to carry something in her mouths on walks. Oh, and she is the biggest baby ever.
2. My maternal grandmother passed away on May 9, 2006. My paternal grandma passed on May 10, 2007.
3. My dad's parents had recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. My parents will have been married for 33 years this June. My grandparents met in junior high, my parents in high school.
4. I took dance lessons until I was 15, when my foot turned purple. It had hurt for a while before, but nothing weird ever showed up in x-rays. It turned out that I had an extra bone in my foot and it had to be removed. I spent at least a week on crutches every year between my sophomore and senior year of high school. I even had to go to senior prom on crutches. Turns out I have Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, which is why I had to be on crutches senior year – the injury refused to heal correctly. (I also had wisdom teeth removed due to jaw pain that turned out to be arthritis related).
5. I have had the same best friend since 7th grade. I am still friends with the girl I called my best friend in 3rd grade, I still talk to someone I met in preschool regularly, and I am closer to most of the people I hung out with in high school then anyone I've met since. We can go for long periods of time without talking, but when we see each other nothing has changed. And this is a good thing, because I still like the people they are.
6. When I was little I wanted to be an animal cartographer. Basically, I wanted to follow animals around and map their migration patterns. My dad was a cartographer and I loved animals. This seemed like the best way to combine the two. Now, I want to work with art. I have no artistic skills myself, but I appreciate both the beautiful and things that make you think. I get both with art.
7. I collect recipes, but I don't like to cook. I'm good at it, and can make some pretty great stuff when I need too, but I don't often see the point. I live alone, and I don't like leftovers. Stuff tends to go bad, so it just makes more sense for me to pick up something pre-made. In all honesty, if you figure out how much money I waste on food that goes bad, it probably makes more sense financially if I buy pre-made stuff as well.

I'm only going to tag one person. Suze, you're it!

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Catching up: super picture heavy

Hi. I haven't posted pictures in awhile, mostly because I've been too lazy to even get them off of my camera. So now that I'm finally getting around too it I have about a month's worth of pictures, mostly non-knitting related, to show.
This is my cousin at the zoo. Isn't she cute? She's standing in front of a giant fish tank inside a cave. I love how the fish looks like it's coming up to give her a giant kiss.

This is the baby elephant. I hadn't gotten to see her yet, so this is exciting. The matriarch of the pack died recently, so the pack is with out one right now. The zoo is wondering who will step up now that she's gone.

This is my cousin and I in front of the hippo tank. My cousin is only 17 so I'm thinking about making a shirt for her that says off limits. She kept getting whistled at while she was here.

I took her to my favorite place in St. Louis, Laumeier sculpture park. This is my dad's favorite piece, Ball? Ball! Wall? Wall! (sorry, RAC's website is down, and they have way better info on the sculpture's at Laumeier then Laumeier's website, so I can't link the actual piece. But it's there if you search. It also has all of the public art in St. Louis listed, so you should check it out). This guy in the picture was running across the top of the piece. Apparently Purl knew that this is not allowed, because she barked and growled at the guy. This may not seem odd to most of you, because that's what dogs do, but Purl does not bark, and she almost never acts aggressively. I always joke that as long as an attacker called her pretty and petted her she'd let someone come up and mug me. She's not very protective (most of the time, this is a very good thing. I don't want an aggressive dog. It would be nice if she was a bit more concerned with my well-being though. I mean, seriously. She's big. And while in most cases an 80lb rottweiler is more then enough of a deterrent, she's a big baby. Good thing I didn't get for anything other then a pet).

Still at the park. This is a picture of Chelsea taking a picture of me.

Actual knitting! This is the gauge swatch I did of Orangina. I finally cast on again yesterday, worked two repeats, and already am short a stitch. Lace does not like me.

Today is my birthday! My parents came up with my nephews yesterday to buy me new running shoes! Both of my parents ended up getting a pair, as well. This place really knows its stuff. My mom and I both have messed up feet. Mom's had surgery twice this past year due to hers, and I have arthritis, so we both need special fits. We found them here. My dad's an avid runner, so he was due for a new pair.
When my oldest neph got out of the car he was so excited to see me. The first words out of his mouth were "Aunt Becca, we got you a cake with your name on it!" My mom tried to remind him that that was a surprise, but he proceeded to tell me all about the cake. He's so cute. The youngest just discover smell, so he likes to tell everyone about it. He will come up to me and say "Aunt Becca, I smell!" while sniffing. He just means that he sniffed, but this cracks me up every time. The first time he did it I told him to go find his daddy, because I don't take care of smelly diapers.
After we got the shoes my dad took me to the opera. This was SO.MUCH.FUN! We saw The Mikado, which was so funny. We also did the pre-show picnic, which was a lot of fun. Next time I go I'm going to bring my own food, though. The provided stuff was really good, but the people who brought there own stuff looked like they had more fun. People brought in these really nice baskets with wine and really great looking food. The people sitting next to us had Red Lobster! There were some crazy looking outfits there. The man we sat next to in the show had on orange pants! And there were so many bow ties! I'm trying to get my friends together to just go to the picnic before hand. We can get dressed up and buy our own wine and just sit out and people watch.
Finally, here is a shot of the Cabo Halter in progress.
Apparently I need to clean my mirror. I now have the bottom section attached. All I need to do is attach the zipper and do the hem. Yeah!
And just in case anyone thought I would pay more attention to what I was doing while sewing then I do while knitting, don't worry. I don't.

I didn't have a seam ripper, either. I got to pick that seam out with a pin. I'd even gone over the stitch a few times, due to tension issues with the machine. Shiny. My mom gave me a seam ripper for my birthday. She thinks she's funny.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Sew, how ya doing?

Lately I've been wanting to sew. It's been in the 80's here, so sitting around with a pile of wool on my lap just doesn't sound fun, especially since I strongly dislike air conditioning and try to keep the temp set as high as possible (the fact that I set it at 90 and my apartment is STILL in the 70's is also part of why I set it high. Imagine if I actually set the thermostat at 70 or 75, like a normal person). My mom gave me her old machine last summer when she got a new one, but I was never able to get it to work. The bobbin wouldn't catch, and I couldn't figure out why. My mom came up, took a look at it, and when she was convinced I hadn't just put the bobbin in backwards (she has so much faith in me), she decided she didn't know why it didn't work either (to be fair in this story, she spent about 2 minuets looking at it. She was in a hurry). Today I finally took the machine to American Sewing Machine. If you live in St. Louis and are in the market for a machine, or just need work done, I recommend this guy. He has store cats, and if that's not enough to make you want to go there, he's incredibly nice and does free estimates on machines. Anyway, I took my machine there and explained the problem. He looked at the machine, told me it was an operator error, adjusted the needle, and now it works! (Apparently I didn't have the needle in all the way. This is why the free estimate part is important. The other place in St. Charles charges $60.00 just to look at a machine). Now I can finish my Cabo Halter! Maybe there will be a finished object here soon!
Also, my birthday is on Sunday. I'm going to the opera with my dad! We're going to picnic on the lawn before hand, and have wine. Yea!

Monday, May 14, 2007

With Love

My grandmother died last Thursday. It was blessedly quick. She came down with pneumonia and had to be checked into the hospital, where she was not a good patient. She kept trying to escape. After a week of antibiotics that weren't doing a thing the doctor informed us he thought the breast cancer she had fought off and on for the last 10 years had moved into her lungs. She died a day or two later.
I thought I would be fine with this. I grew up in Missouri and my grandparents had lived in Baltimore until 5 or 6 years ago when they needed to move into a retirement home. The homes here were nicer for less money, so they moved. It turns out Grandma wasn't close with either of her granddaughters. She was proud of us, and bragged about our accomplishments, but she didn't understand us. The boys were easier, I guess. I understand this, I was always Grandpa's girl.
It wasn't until I was getting ready to leave for walk with Purl today that I realized how affected I am by her leaving. I had subconsciously dressed in pink walking gear and my koman race for the cure hat. This itself isn't that odd, but I chose a race bandanna for Purl, one that I almost never use for her. I guess I was paying a tribute in my own way.

Monday, May 7, 2007

all apologies

Sorry. I haven't been knitting much the past few weeks, so I really have nothing to blog. My cousin was here, and that was great. We went to the sculpture park and to the zoo, which is always fun. They are two of my favorite places in St. Louis. Last weekend I went to Rolla to watch a friend get married. I also agreed to dog sit, which I will never do again. I have two extra dogs for a full week. Purl is no angel, and she is rather hyper, but she is house broken and doesn't bark. I can't say either about these dogs.
I did finish one of the plain vanilla socks, but it's just plain stockinette, so not very exciting to show. Hopefully everything will return to normal soon so I will be able to knit again.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Belated Pictures

I finally figured out how to get the pictures off of my cell phone. It only took me four days. Not bad.

This is Purl with Jackie from Saturday. It's fun to see her with a bigger dog. It doesn't happen often.This is one of the MANY wheels owned by the exes mom. It is double treadle, and there are all sorts of other special things I am supposed to know about it, but I don't. The wheel I have that is currently never being used is a loaner from the mom.
And finally...

This is the homespun. It will soon be joining my stash. The mom (sorry, don't want to use real names, but don't really know how to refer to his family anymore) loves to spin, but doesn't knit. She's had surgery on both wrists for carpal tunnel, so she really can't anymore. Luckily she likes to give the yarn away, so after I left a note saying how pretty it was I was told I could have the yarn. Yeah!
In other knitting news, I got several rows into Orangina when I noticed that it looked huge. I normally wear a medium, so that's what I cast on for. When I looked at the pattern I realized I should be knitting a size small, so I frogged what I had. I'll start again tomorrow. Also, my cousin is coming to stay with me for a few days while our mother's go to the quilt show in Paducah KY. She has already shown an interest in yarn and knitting the last few times I saw her, so I'm hoping I can further that habit in her!

On moths

I had a moth fly in my ear tonight and get stuck. There's not much else to the story, other then that it did finally find its way out, where it was promptly smashed by a neighbor.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

When the elephants come marching in...

The exes parents have a big dog. She's a St. Burmese Mountain Dog that they got when Purl was 1 because they loved Purl. (Purl's a rottweiler / St. Bernard mix, Burmese are in the same family as both breeds. Supposedly both breeds come from Burmese). Anyway, his parents went out of town for the day and are going to be gone for over 12 hours, so they asked if I could come let Jackie out for a bit. I get to do laundry and bring Purl, so I said sure. Purl and Jackie love each other, because neither dog gets to play with other dogs their size often (his parents also have two small poodles. Jackie's head is bigger then these dogs bodies). Purl is not used to be outside by herself, so she keeps coming to the glass window and looking for me. Getting her here was also a problem - she does not like the PT cruiser. She refused to come near the car once she realized I was going to make her get in it, then slipped out of her collar when I tried to drag her over the the car. I even through treats in! Eventually I just picked her up (she weighs 80 + lbs. this is not easy to do) and put her in the back. I haven't figured out how I will get her home yet.
I am swathing for orangina in the blue king tut while I'm here (and looking at all gorgeous home spun his mom as made in the past few months. I do miss the home spun. I forgot my camera, so no pictures unless I can figure out how to get pictures from cell phone onto my laptop).

Friday, April 20, 2007

To sir, with love

I have a problem. I have three different, beautiful types of yarn (I know, since when is this a problem).

From left to right: Royal Bamboo color 5, King Tut Cotton in light blue, and Zitron Samoa in color 37

I also have three great patterns. (Orangina and the Lotus Blossom Tank are the last two). The problem is that I can't decide which pattern to knit with which yarn. Right now I am leaning toward using the King Tut for the Orangina, the Samoa (which is this gorgeous blue/black color. I am in love with it) for the Lotus Blossom, and the Royal Bamboo for the Ribbed Openwork Tank. I guess I better start swatching so I can decide!

P.S. The sock is progressing nicely. I just got the stitch markers in, but am debating knitting a heavy wool sweater while it warm out.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


Wow. It's been a week again. Sorry about that. I have very little progress to show you, but I will make up for this with LOTS of pictures. I am about 6 inches into the l'il red riding hoodie, but I have decided that since it requires 6 stitch markers, and I just ordered these 6 stitch markers, I have to wait for them to come in before working on it any more. Yes, I do have plain ones that will work just fine, but they are plain. And boring. Luckily the new ones were shipped today, so I should have them fairly soon.

The color in the first photo is more accurate.

I turned the heel on my plain vanilla trekking sock (yes, I am still on the first one. Why do you ask?), picked up the stitches for the gusset, knit a few rows, and realized that the heel flap was WAY to short. I keep trying to make 2 inch heel flaps so that it forms a pretty square, but sadly, this does not work. So I ripped back to the heel flap and added an inch(Those who know me are shocked by this. Typically I refuse to rip, no matter how bad the mistake. For something like a short heel, normally I would live with it. I think this is a sign I am growing. Maybe I'll go work on the scarf. On second thought, fixing a sock heel is enough growth for now).

I am also working on a pair of pants for baby G. Last year I had a lapse of judgment and ordered enough knit picks shine to knit a shrug for myself. This was not the lapse. The lapse was ordering it in a bright green shade. I wear browns, and reds, and earthy tones. Not bright apple green. However, baby G's mom loves green, and the pattern calls for 2 skeins of knit picks shine, so I will get to use some of my stash.

I went on a yarn crawl on Friday with Deb and blog-less Sarah to celebrate both of their birthdays. We started and knit and caboodle on main street here in St. Charles. Here is the wall of cascade I gushed about earlier. It still amazes me. I swear I walk into this place and get overtaken by the wool fumes. I need to just get my paycheck direct deposited to their account. I bought yarn to finish the before mentioned sweater and a skein of sock yarn - I showed considerable restraint. Purl likes the sock yarn too, see, she arranged it artistically for me. It's Jitterbug and is beautiful. It has already been re-skeined. Our next stop was Knitorius. Unfortunately, it took us way to long to get there, so it was our last stop. We meant to go to another store after this, but getting lost took over an hour of our time. Here I got enough King Tut's cotton to make a summer sweater, and a skein of Lorna's Lace in black Purl (yes, I admit the name is why I bought it.I'm a sucker for things that make me think of my dog).

I promise to try and be better this week about blogging. I can't promise I actually will, though.