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Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Pick A Title

Let's see, we could try:

I worship at the spindle of the Yarn Harlot or,

What sweater? or,


Yep, I got my own little stash enhancement groove on tonight. I didn't really mean for it to happen, but I went to Michael's while lovely boyfriend went to Best Buy (a win/win situation if ever there was one) and when I walked in, low and behold, Michael's had COMPLETELY RENOVATED THEIR YARN SECTION. Now, the last time I went in there, there was lots of Bernat, lots of Red Heart, and that's just fine. Except that I've started to use some really nice yarn, like Lamb's Pride, and I've gotten a little spoiled. So, my trip into Michael's went like this:

Elisa, wandering through the clearance section, finds two full skeins of Lions Brand Fisherman's Wool, giggles and puts them in the basket (please, no Silence of the Lambs impersonations here, people - we're adults...heh). Then she finds a book, "Vogue Knitting - Vests", and for $3, she puts that in the basket, too.

Feeling like she's probably found all she's going to find, and being happy with that, she wanders over to the yarn section, and stops - agog, because she sees this:

This is Paton's Divine, which is an acrylic/mohair blend, and is SO gorgeous and soft that she giggled. Out loud. Andquicklyputtheskeininthebasket.

In search of more of the Paton's loveliness, Elisa wanders further and finds lots more of the Divine. Which she buys. 6 skeins of. It's for a wedding gift, people, it's perfectly reasonable.

So, giddy, Elisa toddles up to the cashier, where she pays for all her purchases, rushes home, and before she can even show lovely boyfriend the new stash, she takes this picture (because this is blogworthy!!!):

Oh, she might have bought a pair of US 15 circs, too, but they might have just jumped in the bag.

In non-stashy news, the first sleeve of the cowl sweater, part 2, is almost complete. Sans mistakes.

I wish you all stashy goodness!

Sunday, August 29, 2004

My Bad, Bad, Bad Sweater

Do you remember, that earlier in the month, I posted a picture of the first sleeve of the cowl sweater? Well, here's a new picture of the same sleeve:

Sigh. That's right - today I got to the BO of the final 11 stitches, only to discover that I had 13 stitches still on the needles. I made the sleeve the size larger than I've made the front and back of the sweater. The beer in the photo should tell you everything ELSE you need to know about the whole process...Actually, it's not that bad - I made a mistake, and I won't make the same mistake again, but boy, the beer is good.

Lovely BF and I went to a cookout yesterday down in Plymouth, Ma., where this lovely dragonfly decided to spend some time with me:

We had a lovely afternoon today down in North Scituate, RI, with some new friends of ours, and got to enjoy their lovely hospitality and see their beautiful home and land.

Since it is still relatively early, I am going to spend a little time with the sleeve of the cowl sweater, and try and iron out any misunderstandings that it might be feeling by my calling it a bad, bad, bad sweater.

I wish you all a wonderful, speedy week! Any exciting Labor Day plans out there?

Saturday, August 28, 2004

You Know You're Knit Obsessed When...

You're driving down the highway to a cookout, and you see a license plate that says 1234 DK, and the first thing you think of is yarn...and then you wish you were knitting instead of heading to said cookout.

The coconut shrimp was excellent although I think I have officially jeopardized my status as a vegetarian.

And Minnie - yep, my knitting elves are FAST! And NASTY! :)

Happy Saturday Night to you all!

Friday, August 27, 2004

The bad, bad sweater

So, my SnB was a lot of fun on Wednesday. We had two ladies come for the first time, which was great, and Keiko and Nao were also there. It was really fun. Really. I mean it. Well, except for maybe one thing. One tiny thing. My sweater hates me. No, seriously - it's playing with me. You see, I'm working on sleeve #1 right now, which is supposed to measure 18 1/2" at the point where you start shaping the cap. Okay, fine. So, when I got to my SnB, the sleeve was 18". No big deal. So, I knit a couple of rows and measured again. 18". Now, I know that isn't possible, but that's what it said, so I figured it must have been me mis-measuring the first time. So, I knit a couple more rows. 18". I'm thinking "Boy, I really am measuring tape challenged". So, I knit a couple more rows. 19". Do not pass go, do not collect $200. So, I rip back two rows. 19". I rip back two more rows. 19". I rip back 2 more rows - 18 1/2". You smart folks out there (of which I do not include myself) realize what that means. The stupid sleeve was 18 1/2" to begin with.

I accomplished nothing - oh, well, sure, I entertained my fellow SnBers. But, me? No, I was not entertained.

So, why don't I show you what Nao was able to accomplish last week. Yes - that's right, LAST WEEK.

Her 4th pair of socks - sorry, no pics of pair #3, but they were rad. She swears that this is the last pair.

And then there's the bag that she designed and knit for Keiko's sister Takako:

And then a shot of the inside, which she lined and is filling with dpns for Takako:

When I first started knitting, oh so long ago (in May), I thought that I would never tire of knitting scarves. Then about a month later I thought "Boy, I don't really want to knit another scarf for a while." So, I knit my Zeeby's bag, and I got bolder, and thought things like "I can do this cowl sweater" and "Nothing can stop me from doing this cowl sweater and it will be the best cowl sweater any friend of mine could ever ask for". Then I tried the cowl sweater and although I think I still love it, and I know I am committed to it, I know that if it were a man, it'd ride a Harley and be the kind of man my mother warned me about. Okay, maybe not my mother, but someone's mother...

Before I sign off, I just wanted to thank all the kind, funny, interesting (because I've read THEIR blogs, and they are FABULOUS) people who have stopped by to leave comments on my blog - I get so excited when I see that I have comments! I'd invite you all over to my house if you weren't so far away, I swear it!

Have a terrific weekend!

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Let the Crazy People Get on First

Or, Commuting in Boston.

See, if that really worked, I could wait patiently for all the nutty people to get on the bus in the morning before I did, and then I could choose a seat where I am least likely to experience unauthorized butt contact with someone who doesn't smell very nice (this happened on the Red Line and I was too much of a commuting newbie to move - I didn't want the smelly crazy guy to think that I thought he was a crazy smelly guy, so I just sat there all the way into Park Street), or in front of someone who doesn't smell very nice, looks like the famous picture of Rasputin and likes to imitate the sound of the bus's engine revving, or in front of the lady who sucks her teeth and slurps for no apparent reason, or next to the lady who hits me in the shoulder because the bus doesn't stop at her stop (like I have any control over the bus driver gods), and, well, you get the point.

But it doesn't work - because half the people I mentioned above were very normal looking people - probably going to fairly normal jobs. So, I choose to sit in front of the Slurper, and am taken completely by surprise when she starts sucking her teeth and leaning toward me as I start to imagine all kinds of horrible things going on in close proximity to the back of my head.

Technology doesn't help. I used to be able to see someone walking down the street, talking to themselves, waving their arms wildly, and assume some things. Now, I just assume they are talking on a hands-free cellphone (and what is hands free about having to hold the stupid microphone up to your mouth, or having to hunch over in order to have the person on the other end of the line be able to hear you even remotely, all while walking down a busy Boston street?).

Sigh - these are the reflections of a woman who has to go ride on two buses in about 5 minutes. I'm trying to figure it all out people, but I just have no idea who's crazy anymore.

Happy Hump Day - Tonight is SnB and I've been told I must bring the camera, as Nao has 1) new socks and 2) a new knitted bag that she designed. I can not wait.

Monday, August 23, 2004

WIP Pics

It was a good, busy day at work, but I am very glad to be home now and relaxing next to my lovely BF. Unfortunately, it's almost 9pm and he's still working, but I admire his dedication, and I am trying very hard not to distract him. :) Yay me.

I've sent a few things to the frog pond because I just wasn't happy with how they were turning out - a blanket for Critter Knitters seemed like it would too easily snag little kitty claws, and a face cloth I was making was going to end up ginormous (think enormous but bigger, yes?). So, I thought, "Boy, you really don't have a whole lot going on (please remember that this statement applies only to knitting - I'd like to think I have A LOT going on, otherwise -heh heh heh) right now, which means it would be a good time to take a few pictures". Anyway, out came the camera, out came the bag with the WIPs and y'know what? Four projects. Not too shabby for the girl without it going on.

This is the first sleeve of the cowl sweater. I'm plugging along at it, but I think I've slowed down on this WIP because I really am afraid of re-doing the neckline and having it still be upsetting:

This is my first dishcloth made out of a little peppermint colored cotton. I think it's kind of sweet (yes, I know that was bad):

This is an updated picture of the pinkerchief. I really do like it. I just don't remember if I'm supposed to M1 on this row, or just K across. Hmmm...

And last, but not least, I present the crazy afghan on my BRAND NEW, JUST ARRIVED IN THE MAIL, 20 mm Addi Turbos. I feel like I am knitting with, oh, I don't know, candlesticks? pogo sticks? Please envision me looking around my house, frowning, scratching my head, trying to find something else as big as my new addi turbos, or just look around your own house, and insert the appropriate awkward sized items here _______:

I spent some quality time blog-hopping yesterday, and I was really glad to find Brainy Lady and sob sister (you can see I've already linked to them - woot!) to name but two, and I was amazed, over and over again, at how creative so many people are.

Here's to you, and wishing you a wonderful week!

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Miraculous Cookouts and My Bad Sweater

So, lovely BF and I went to a cookout at Aki and Nao's (of the fabulous socks) house last night, and when we got in the car to head over, there was lots of thunder and lightning. Since we only live a few miles from them, we expected a big storm, but in fact, the humidity broke, and it was wonderful out all evening. Here are a few pictures -

This is Aki up in his tree

Many people (not including myself or my lovely BF) followed suit, with varying degrees of success.

This is Takakko, Keiko's 11 year old sister, who was part of the reason for the cookout - it was her last night in Boston. We'll miss her!

Then Jihua joined the fun (lovely BF is sitting to his left)

Of course, since it was a cookout, there was lots of BBQ'd stuff: both grilled veggies and hot dogs and hamburgers and cheeseburgers.

Keiko was in charge of veggies:

Her husband Tim was in charge of the meat:

All in all, it was a wonderful evening, terrific food, great company and conversation (there was Giada from Italy; Chen and Jihua from China; Rie, Nao, Aki, Maki, Keiko and Takakko from Japan; and Steve, Dave, Tim, lovely BF, and me from the US), and truly miraculous weather - especially in light of the fact that there are SEVERE thunderstorm warnings in effect for our whole area today.

I also want to share the bad front of my cowl sweater with you. I'm going to have to unravel the bound off bits and frog back to the beginning of the neck, because having the final bound off stitches be in the middle is NOT correct.

I'm working on one of the sleeves right now, in addition to marveling at the rain, watching the Olympics, and futzing with my blog.

I didn't get out to the LYS to pick out yarn for my G'pa's lapghan, so tomorrow will be the day for that. Thank you for everyone who responded so thoughtfully to my request for suggestions and advice. You're all awesome.

Happy Weekend.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Suggestions? Advice?

I got an email from my Aunt today telling us (the fam) that my G'pa is in the hospital right now due to pneumonia, and his oncologist who is treating him for lung cancer feels that G'pa has 3-6 months to live. Next week he moves back to the convalesent home and they'll do another round of chemo. I talked to G'pa tonight, and he isn't thrilled about the home or the chemo, but he's going to do it.

I need advice and suggestions for projects, like afghans, that will knit up quickly and aren't terribly complicated. I've asked the lovely people over at the KR Forums for some help, and I'm asking anyone who might stop by here for some advice or suggestions, too...If there's a pattern you love, that knits up quickly, I'd really like to hear about it.

Thanks in advance.

Thursday is Dentist Day

So, a quick little post - I am off to the dentist this morning which has its good points and bad points.

Good Point: I am not at work
Bad Point: I am going to the dentist*

I don't dislike dentists generally. I dislike them specifically when they have their fingers in my mouth. I dislike spitting into a cup, I dislike x-rays, I dislike the smell of the dentist's office and the sound of the drill. Sigh. But I'm not at work.

I have to post some pictures of the front of the cowl sweater. Things were going fine up until the end and then, well, the bind off was wonky. I may be a pattern reading illiterate, but I really thought I was doing okay. I read the instructions over and over again, and still - it's BAD. I'm thinking I'm going to have to frog back to the beginning of the neck shaping and just do it all over again. And before I do that, I will get some advice from the lovely people at the KR Forums.

Okay - it's time to have breakfast and then brush and floss like a maniac.

Happy Dentist Day!

*No cavities for me today - a cleaning in two weeks, then a filling to be replaced. No big deal. I love Gentle Dental of Quincy, MA!!!

Sunday, August 15, 2004

No Matter What I Do...

The weekend always ends.

On the bright side, it's been a nice weekend. We've gotten the remnants of Charley in New England today, but yesterday was gorgeous, and I was outside with lovely boyfriend at his company picnic (he, of course, had to take the picture):

I did get a lot of knitting done this weekend, but I'll tell you a secret - I think I'm afraid...afraid of finishing the front of the cowl sweater, which currently looks like this -

I am afraid because finishing the front of the sweater will mean needing to knit the sleeves (my first), and then sew the shoulder seams (my first), and then set in the sleeves (my first), and then use dpns for the first time and pick up stitches and knit the cowl! Ack...I'm not making myself feel any better.

So, what's the best way to deal with this fear?

I started on this kerchief for one of my small girl friends (she's 3):

It's actually a lovely bright pink made out of some Classic Elite Star that I bought at the Hub Mills Factory Outlet in Lowell, Ma.

Oh, and I had a vodka tonic (thanks for the tasty bevy, lovely boyfriend!).

It has been a great weekend, really, and this week should be fine (minus my dentist appointment on Thursday, gack!). I hope your week is also good, and I wish you lots of happy knitting!

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

I said Nao!

Nao has made more socks. In fact, tonight Nao was beginning her third pair of socks. But I am not going to tell you about THOSE socks, no - I am going to show you the socks that Nao finished this week:

I also wanted to share my local SnB group with you - there were seven of us at Panera Bread in North Quincy, Ma., tonght, including Keiko's sister, who is 11 and visiting the United States from Japan. She's working on a scarf for her dad!

I said that I would post some pics of FOs once Caroline had received and opened her birthday gift from me. I now present to you, Zeeby's Bag from the SnB book:

I ran out of the MC (that'd be the pink!) so I used the CC for the straps instead, but I am still pleased with how it turned out. I just want to make one for me now.

Well, since blogger ate my previous post (I swear, I was much funnier the first time), I will sign off now, but I wish you all a great week, and happy knitting!

Monday, August 09, 2004

Ack! It's Monday the 9th!!!

So, I'd like to tell you what I've done today -

I woke up at 5:30am, when lovely boyfriend's alarm went off (which is half an hour earlier than usual, but he had to go to the airport for a business trip today), I got up at my usual time of 6:00am, made myself clean, saw lovely boyfriend out the door, took 3 buses to work (I usually only have to take 2, but lovely boyfriend couldn't drop me off at the T, and the last time I drove I ended up with a parking ticket), got coffee and a bagel, went to my office, had an allergic reaction (maybe to the rats - or the mice - or the cockroaches - or the dust???), read most of the May 2004 archives of the Yarn Harlot (I will read the entire thing through from the beginning!), told my two best girlfriends to look at my blog, to which they replied "Hey, it's cool - but what the h*ll is a blog?", sent a birthday package to one of above-mentioned best friends (FOs will be posted soon!), took my lunch at 2:30pm, took 1 shuttle, 1 train, and 1 bus home, put laundry in the washer, went to the grocery store, came home and unloaded the groceries, put the laundry in the dryer, made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich that sat uneaten for half an hour while I chatted with lovely boyfriend who had just successfully navigated himself into South Philly for a Philly cheesesteak, ate my poor peanut butter and jelly sandwich (which I made because I couldn't face the complexities of soup from a can, just add milk), got excited because football was on (wahoo football!), started to reconcile my bank accounts (please see main entry for Sunday, August 8th), and realized that there was an UNAUTHORIZED charge for $102.10! $^!@#0@!$ I suppose I should mention that my ATM card was stolen last month, and some sneaky bastard charged $50, but I thought I had nipped it in the bud at that one charge - I cancelled my card, reported it stolen, filled out the affadavit and submitted it to The Bank, and breathed a sigh of relief when The Bank sent me a note telling me that they did not, in fact, think that I had stolen the money from myself, but actually believed that someone else had used my card. So, with trepidation, I called The Bank and told them that another charge snuck in there with the first that neither I nor The Bank caught. So, now I have to do the affadavit thing once more, and pray, pray, pray that they still think I am an honest, law-abiding citizen. Sigh...After getting off the phone with the bank, I bullied my cable company into crediting me $21 because my cable was out last month for 5 days until they replaced our cable box. This made me feel marginally more in control of my life, although I was somewhat defensive with the customer service person - probably because I was afraid they thought that I was lying about not having cable. Oh, and I did dishes, got the coffee ready for the morning, folded the laundry and put it away, spoke to lovely boyfriend (and didn't get screechy about the $100), made my face clean, and now, am mercifully, having a BEER.

But, do you see what's missing here?

Do you see what I haven't done today?

I have not, I repeat not, knit a single stitch.

I have THOUGHT about knitting. In fact, every time I got a little stressed at work, I made some poor, innocent non-knitter on my floor feel my Lamb's Pride worsted in Spice and tell me how nice if feels. You see, I brought it to work, along with my Addi Turbo Circulars US #11 - ready to CO for the front of the cowl sweater, but I have not knit a single stitch!, I'm supposed to be scared about Friday the 13th? Ha! I'm much more worried about Monday the 9th. Next Monday the 9th, I'm staying home. And knitting. And drinking beer. In my pajamas.

I did buy some wooden purse handles and 4 skeins of 100% cotton in Peppermint on Saturday. That's nice, isn't it?

PS - I just squashed a bug on my laptop screen. Sometimes I am not a smart monkey. There are squashy bug guts on my monitor to forever remind me of this day.

Sunday, August 08, 2004


You are Mohair
You are Mohair.
You are a warm and fuzzy type who works well with
others, doing your share without being too
weighty. You can be stubborn and absolutely
refuse to change your position once it is set,
but that's okay since you are good at covering
up your mistakes.

What kind of yarn are you?
brought to you by Quizilla

Mmm...mohair is good. Is it any surprise that I always spend the longest amount of time in any LYS among the mohair?

I think not.

Ah, the weekend...

It's been a great weekend, and terrific Sunday. I've spent time with lovely boyfriend, nearly completed the armholes of the cowl sweater, read some of a guilty pleasure type mystery-suspense novel, read a couple of great blogs, meandered through the KR forum, added some neat items to my blog, and am currently watching Season 2 of "King of the Hill" on DVD.

Of course, I SHOULD go to the grocery store, and I SHOULD balance my checking account, but I've made the executive decision that since the pizza place down the street delivers, and since I know I have enough money to pay for pizza, I can wait until tomorrow to do all the stuff I SHOULD do. :) Sometimes it is a great thing to be a grown-up.

I took a couple of pictures this morning that I'd like to share with you:

First, some of the basil that lovely boyfriend is growing -

and some more basil...

yes, this does add up to a lot of basil, but we've been making some wonderful pastas, and the kitchen and pantry smell wonderful. Have I mentioned that lovely boyfriend is a wonderful cook?

I also wanted to share a knitting related picture with you, and so I would like you to meet my friend Nao. Nao knitted her first pair of socks as a Christmas gift. I asked her to bring the finished product to our last Stitch N Bitch so I could get a picture of the finished product. I absolutely love these socks. I am so afraid of knitting socks (and yet so fascinated...) that I have an incredible amount of respect for Nao for tackling dpns right from the start. Nao makes me smile.

I hope you enjoy the pictures, and now I am off to finish the back of my sweater!

Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, August 07, 2004

Taking Myself to School

Oh boy. I think my hair is now standing on end.

With the help of my lovely boyfriend (who had to take time away from playing Doom III - thanks) I've spent the morning futzing around with my template and adding a couple of cool things to my sidebar (see my mood and progress bars). I imagine for many people this is pretty simple, but I spent a number of years being a low-tech snob...and the thing is, I think I was really only doing it to be contrary - I LIKE technology. I LOVE my laptop, and what would I do without email??? So, I've given myself a smack on the forehead, and gotten over my big bad self. Of course, now I feel like the coolest kid on the block. Okay, the coolest kid on my couch. :)

My sweater is coming along swimmingly, and I really love the way that it is working up. I've just done the first set of decreases for the back and will be doing the increases and preparing for the armhole shaping soon (hee hee hee).

Okay, back to the knitting!

Thursday, August 05, 2004


So, I just finished my gauge swatch for the "cowl" sweater in the Stitch N Bitch book. A girlfriend of mine said that she liked the sweater, and so I am making it for her for Christmas. Since I've already asked her what color is her favorite - we both know it won't be a surprise. Anyway, this is my first sweater, and although I'm nervous about it - increasing, decreasing, using double pointed needles, sleeves, shoulders, oh my - I am more excited than anything. At work today, I spent A LOT of time thinking about going out and buying the yarn...

Speaking of buying the yarn - I went to Circles -A Knitting Salon, in Jamaica Plain tonight to pick up the Lamb's Pride Worsted for my friend's sweater - and what a wonderful store it is! Alison, the owner, was wonderful, and there was a great atmosphere and a great mix of people. I hope I can get to one of her knitting circles or classes soon...

Once I have given a few of my FOs as gifts, I'll be able to post some more pictures...I REALLY need to get some things into the mail this weekend!

Off to CO my sweater!

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

This scarf is like my Charlie Brown Christmas Tree scarf - I am not sure if it is cute, or VERY, VERY, ugly - but I love it just the same!
Ah - my first picture of a finished object! :) I finished this face cloth last week and just started a second one in a different pattern at my SnB group tonight.

This is a face cloth with a window pane pattern.

This isn't as easy as it looks!

I bought a digital camera for my boyfriend's birthday a few weeks ago, and yesterday, I downloaded some photos of my FOs to my laptop. And then I couldn't find the photos. And I couldn't find the folders I had created. And I didn't have the patience to actually read the directions on hello about how to post photos. So - while my very sweet boyfriend played Doom III, I got more and more agitated! Oh well. This morning I found both the pictures and the folders, so hopefully, after my SnB tonight, I will be able to post them here.

I think it's time to do a little surfing and see what other neat blog ideas I can find. And then maybe read the instructions on how to post photos. Apparently, I have significantly overestimated my tech savvy. LOL.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

So here we go...

I became obsessed with blogs at about the same time I became obsessed with knitting, and the knit blogs that I saw were just so cool, and the garments, bags, etc., that people were making and sharing on their blogs were just so cool, that I decided I wanted to play, too. So, here we go!

I learned how to knit from my step-grandma when I was 15, while she was visiting our family in California. I started a behemoth scarf for my boyfriend, and of course, step-grandma went back to Maine before she could teach me how to bind off. The boyfriend and I broke up, and the scarf was forgotten about. Fourteen years later I found a great website and made a go of casting on, knitting, purling, binding off, and the rest is history. I've been a fanatic since then, and I've got the FOs to show for it... :)

Last night I finally took pictures of my FOs, and hopefully I can post them tonight or tomorrow night. I get to go to a closed practice for the NE Patriots, so I may not get any blogging, or knitting, done tonight...

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