Sunday, May 31, 2009

Nothing To Do With Knitting

I don't think I've written a post that had no knitting but there's a first time for everything. Glenn showed me the photos from last weeks barbecue and I just had to share.

Jalapeno Cornbread

Pork to be pulled

Cole Slaw

Those are a few of the dishes we had. Unfortunately they were the only photos we got of the whole barbecue because the batteries died. So much for planning ahead, huh?

Friday, May 29, 2009

Socks Are Always Better In Pairs


There they are! My first pair of socks! I know they look a little big but the person modeling them isn't the new owner of this lovely pair of handmade socks. Patrick was kind enough to model for me and he's a little skinny thing so they're a little big on him but they should be just right for my brother in law, Vinny.
I think they look pretty good for a first try. I had a couple of little mistakes, ok maybe one not so little, but I decided that it gives them character. If you want perfect, go buy a pair of socks at Wal Mart.
I'm working on the second pair now and hope to start a Baby Surprise Jacket this weekend. I didn't get a lot of knitting due to my previously stated cold, but I hope to get my knit on this weekend.
Today is Patrick's twelfth birthday! Happy Birthday Patch! We'll be doing a bit of celebrating this weekend and hopefully a bit of knitting. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

My Prize!

I enter contests on knitting blogs all the time. I have never won anything anywhere. No lottery ticket wins, no door prizes, nothing. Until now!
A couple of weeks ago I entered a contest at PurlingPs and I won! I won some seriously awesome sock yarn made by Conjoined Creations. It's called Flat Feet and here's why:

How cool is that? That's the yarn! It's a flat of yarn that will unravel only on one end to make a lovely pair of socks. First off it's pink. LOVE pink! And it's got an almost tye dye feel to it. At the top of the picture, you can see a tan yarn. That's holding the yarn for both socks together so each half should knit up as one sock. It's 80% Superwash Merino and 20% Nylon. I'm so happy with this prize and want to thank the lovely ladies of Purling Ps for having a contest with such an unusual and cool prize!
On other fronts, I've done no knitting. NONE. Patch and I have been sick with a horrible cold and haven't had the energy to get anything done. Hopefully I'll be over this soon and be a knittin fool in no time.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Rock The Vote

Two posts in one day? Whoda thunk it?
I came across the Blogger's Choice Awards and decided to shamelessly ask for votes. If you like my blog and feel inclined, please gimme a vote here. I'm sure I don't stand a chance but hey, you never know. This is also a great resource to look for new blog reads!

Not Only Am I A Yarn Ho

but I'm also a book ho. I've been an avid reader since the age of four when my dad taught me how to read. From signs on the bus to Dr. Seuss I couldn't stop. When I decided to start knitting, I figured I'd learn from books and the internet and that's served me well, along with the advice and guidance of other knitters. These are my latest acquisitions:


I had ordered Sock Innovation on Amazon only to be told I would have to wait a month for it because they were out of stock. A hot item I'd say! Instead I went to Borders with my 25% off coupon and got this yesterday. As for Elizabeth, I put up on Twitter that I was looking to buy it and a lovely lady whom I follow on Twitter offered up her barely used copy for a whopping 1/3 off the price! How cool is that?
I've come to the realization that if you make socks with great patterns, the yarn doesn't need to be fancy, it just has to knit to gauge. I like that idea. I can buy ten dollar Cascade Heritage and make beautiful socks at half the price of other yarns. Looking through Cookie's book briefly last night, I was blown away by all the patterns and cannot wait to dive in! I'm sort of savoring it, waiting for when I have a good hour or two just to pour over it and absorb it all.
A friend of mine is having a baby so I decided to get on board and knit a Baby Surprise Jacket which sent me hunting for Elizabeth Zimmermann's The Opinionated Knitter. As stated, I got it from a generous woman on Twitter who gave me a great discount on it. I love a discount! Briefly going through this book last night, I was taken with how it was done with EZ's old newsletter. Brilliant! I saw some lovely things in there and will need some time to get through this book too.
Yesterday Al and I went knitting in Madison Square Park again. It was gorgeous out and I got a bit of a sunburn. Again. You'd think after forty odd years on this earth I'd learn to wear sunblock but no. I'm a little pink around the edges.
This weekend is our annual Memorial Day/Birthday Bash. It's Glenn's (husband not son) and Patrick's birthdays this coming week so we have a big barbecue at the country house to celebrate. A bunch of old friends I haven't seen in a while will be joining us this year thanks to Facebook. Also a bunch of newer friends and family will be there. I hope to get some knitting done between now and next week so I have something to show you when I get back. Like a completed pair of socks already! Hope you all enjoy your Memorial Day weekend and the start to summer!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Taiyo. Taiyayayo.


This is Noro Taiyo. I purchased this, rather hastily, when KnitNY had their closing sale. It's a 40% cotton, 30% silk, 15% wool & 15% nylon blend but feels like 100% cotton. It's not very giving. I started a hat with it but didn't like it at all so, after several hours work, I tore it down and am now looking for a nice project for it. It's a bit over 200 yards so if you have any suggestions please feel free to pass on a pattern.
We went away this past weekend and it rained. Again. I think that may be the fourth weekend in a row it has rained. We're having our annual Birthday/Memorial Day party this coming Saturday and they're already callling for rain. It's both Patrick and my husband's birthdays so we have a big barbeque bash to celebrate and kick off the summer. It's been raining so much, we haven't even had a chance to get the yard ready. Hopefully this weekend the rain gods will be off celebrating summer too and will let the sunshine in.
In other knitting news, I'm still procrastinat-ummmm working on the sock for my brother in law. I don't know why I just won't work on it. I think I'm afraid of making a mistake. But plod on I shall, today. And get them done and in the mail.
Tomorrow a meetup at Madison Square Park again. Hope the friggin weather is nice!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Kindling Knitting Knoobie

I love alliteration don't you?

I have an Amazon Kindle. I've had it since February last year when I convinced my husband that it's a must have for apartment dwellers. I think that fact, the three bookcases we have here and the twenty six boxes of books I have in the basement convinced him so he bought me one for Valentines day last year. I LOVE it. I have it with me at all times. I have over a hundred books on it plus several patterns and a few blogs that I subscribe to.
Speaking of blog subscriptions, guess who has one of the newest blogs available on the Kindle? That would be me! Yes I now have my blog available for purchase on the Amazon Kindle! I'm so excited although I'm not planning on getting rich off it. Why buy the blog when you can get it for free I figure but it's still exciting!
So if you have a Kindle have a lookie loo if only to make me happy.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

He Thinks He's Funny


Yes. Yes it is. It's the beginning of my second set of socks! They're from Vegancraftastic and they're called Laizy Maizy socks. They're really cute and, so far, very easy. I'm using Lang Yarns Jawoll Silk which is a wool/nylon/silk blend. The colors are really lovely and are pretty well photographed here by my darling husband.

These are going to be for me and I can't wait to get my first pair, for my brother in law, finished so I can do more work on these. Just in time for summer! My timing always did suck.
As for him being funny. My husband, the Mets fan, emailed me these pictures with the title of "Redsox lmao". He thinks he's funny because I'm a Yankee fan. Usually I find him quite amusing. This time, not so much. But he sure is damn cute! And very sweet for even taking the photos and sending him to me. Maybe my next pair of socks will be blue and white pinstripes just for him. That'll learn him! Haha!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Outdoor Knitting

This is where I spent my day yesterday. It's Madison Square Park and it's just a few blocks from where I live in Manhattan. Al and I went there yesterday for a day of outdoor knitting, now that the rain has finally stopped. We were so glad we went and then Mark joined us so that made it all the better! Mark is a friend of ours from The Point. We have such a great time with him and were so glad he came by. We chatted and knitted and laughed. REALLY loud. The sun was out, the flowers were in bloom and the grass was being cut so the sights and smells were overwhelming. I didn't get a lot of knitting done, but I had a great time. And I got sunburned.
I started the second sock and almost had a panic attack. It was smaller than the first. Same exact pattern. It was all I could do not to have a full blown cry. I just hoped that it would stretch with the weight of the yarn as I continued knitting. Which it has, thank goodness. They're about the same size now. Gigantic. Mark and Al looked them over yesterday and told me I was doing a great job because they important points, gussets, were very well done. That made me very happy. Even if the sock is big enough for Shaq. Thanks to Barbara Kerr and, as always, Allyson for showing me how to wrangle these sticks and string. I'm very lucky to have such great mentors as I poke my way through all this.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Bigfoot

This is my first sock! Isn't it spectacular??? Ok maybe not so much. I mean looking at it, you can definitely tell it's a sock albeit a big one. I tried it on and it fits me but then again I'm one shoe size down from shopping at the tranny shop on the west side. I loved making this sock. The pattern is well written and very easy to follow. The problem is me. I didn't measure gage. I think that is something I'm going to have to start doing. I'm starting to realize that maybe I'm a bit ambitious in my knitting. Maybe I should read more? Maybe I should work on easier projects? Or maybe I should just measure my damn gage. Everytime I look at this sock I giggle. It certainly LOOKS like a sock, only bigger. Oddly enough I've begun the other sock and it's not as big. Could I have stretched this out in trying it on? Will the other sock stretch bigger as I make it? Should I wash them and shrink them a bit? Suggestions, anyone?
On another note, my photography is much better when done in the country. The natural light outdoors makes me a much better photographer. Trying to fit something on a window sill in the city to photograph it sucks. I think I'll bring my projects upstate to photograph from now on. This was taken on the railing of our front deck. No fuss, no muss. Should be a summer full of good photos. I hope.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Another Beret, Another Dollar


I know I've done several of these but had a request from my sistah from another mistah across country for one of the Star Crossed Slouchy Berets. I know the beret isn't anything new but I do have something new to show you!


This is Bertha! She's Bita's new friend courtesy of The Point. When Alyssa closed, she was kind enough to put two styrofoam heads on the side for me and Al. Isn't she just the best???
The beret is a fun, easy knit that just looks beautiful. I think this is my best one yet. No dropped stitches, no mistakes and I took my time making it. I hope she loves wearing it as much as I loved making it. The color is a much richer green than shows here. I just cannot take a picture that shows the colors of my objects best! They always seem to fade even when I take them in the light coming through my window. Suggestions anyone?
OH! Also I actually won a contest! The first time I've won anything EVER! I participated on Purling Ps website and was one of several winners. The Purlin Ps are two lovely Texas ladies who make some gorgeous stuff and have a lovely blog. Looking forward to getting my sock yarn prize soon.
Speaking of socks...I'm almost done with one sock for my brother in law. It's been a few busy days, so I haven't had a lot of time to knit. I will be making up for that on this rainy, yucky Spring day!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Rain, Rain Go Away

It rained yesterday. It's raining today. It will be raining tomorrow and all the rest of this week. Al and I were planning to go to Madison Square Park on Tuesday to get our knit on but I'm thinking that's not gonna happen. I guess we'll hit Barnes and Nobles in Union Square instead. They've got a nice cafe area so it's an easy adjustment. I'm really anxious about the weather getting nice and warm though so we can knit outside.
Right now I'm working on another Star Crossed Beret and I have two pair of socks on the needles. I'm at a point, in both socks, where I'm afraid to go on without assistance so I've put them aside till I can talk to Al or anyone for that matter. I'm making the Laizy Maizy socks for myself. Yes I'm making something for ME! Just in time for summer. Never said my timing was good.
I'm working on one of those "100 Things About Me" list and I've come to the conclusion that I'm not as exciting as I thought I was.