Sunday, June 29, 2008

Seattle Pride 2008

Just got home from a wonderful day with my Seattle Queer Knitters at Seattle Pride.

We took the bus down to the parade in downtown and then afterwards walked to Seattle Center where we played in the fountain and people watched.

In the slide show you can see the Honeymoon Cami from Knitty I finished this week along with my Snatchel bag. I got the button sewn in just in time last night. Everyone thought it was great.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Cross Stitch Song

This is a hilarious song: Cross Stitch (mp3)

My favorite is:
"Knitting Needles Don't Kill People, Old Ladies Do"

Or How About:
"I see your ball of wool and smile"

"I get ectasy when I make tea cozies"

The chorus:
"knit 1, purl 1, drop 1, cast on, cast off. (crochet, crochet, crochet)"


Thursday, June 26, 2008

Cami FO


I finished knitting my Honeymoon Cami from Knitty tonight. I really like how it turned out. I used a Bamboo/Rayon mix yarn that I had made up at Yarnia in Portland.

It has a wonderful drape and feels soft and light. A great top just in time for summer.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Cute But Totaly Not Right

You can see more shocking photos and the pattern for this here.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

I Love You ASL Cloth

I started this cloth back at the beginning of April and finally got back to it tonight. It has been sitting in my bag for a week waiting to be knit. I put it there after I finished my Josephine Top.

Carry reminded me that it was there when I saw the one she started yesterday on Ravelry. I bought the whole ASL Alphabet when I downloaded this free pattern. I'd like to make a blanket for Evie using the letters. I'll have to really get to it if I want to do the whole alphabet by Christmas!

I don't know what yarn I used. It was an extra ball that I've had around for awhile. I think it has some cotton in it but it has too much drape to be 100% cotton.

I think this is going to be a practice cloth. I bought several different brands organic cotton yarn last month during the LYS tour. I may use one of those to knit up another one that has a little less drape and is more dense and see how it turns out.
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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Josephine Action Shot

Not the most attractive picture of me. Damn, I have a lot of hair! But you can see me wearing my Josephine Top. This was taken yesterday at Olympic Sculpture Park at WWKIP day.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

WWKIP Day at Olympic Sculpture Park In Seattle

Today was World-Wide Knit In Public day which was celebrated by knitters (and spinners and crocheters) all around the world. I took part in a gathering by the Capitol Hill Knitters at Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle in the Belltown part of town.

The sculpture park has some very interesting sculptures. I didn't walk around to see them all and need to go back when I have time to appreciate (or at least look at) them. Apparently, these large traffic cones are new as several of the women remarked that they hadn't been there before.

There was probably a total of 50 or so knitters who attended over the 4 hours I was there with 30 to 40 at one time. It started off grey and overcast but I wearing layers (see I do listen to you Ialiuxh!) so as the sun came out and it got warmer I was able to adjust accordingly. First the coat went and then the sweater and I was left just wearing my Josephine Top.

I think I may have gotten a little bit of sun on my face despite the sunscreen! I did get another 3 repeats done on my Los Manos Loco socks. All and all a great day!
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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Beach, Sun... No Yarn

I got to enjoy a couple of days of the sun while I was down in California on business. I stayed in Ventura at a hotel on the beach. I had a really nice view of the beach, water, and pier next to the hotel. In the mornings, before work, three of the women I work with and I went walking on the boardwalk along the water. It was great way to start the day!

I wasn't able to go to the yarn store in Ventura though. They were closed both Sunday when we got in and yesterday after I was done working. Today we had to go see a client on the way to the airport in Burbank so I didn't make it there today either. :(

I did suggest that my boss drop me off at the yarn store in Burbank just 2 miles down the road from the airport since we had time to kill before our flight. I told him he could pick me up after he went shopping at Fry's. However, he didn't go for it so I ended up sitting in the airport reading a book. (why don't they sell knitting magazines at airports!?!)

I finished my first Los Monos Loco sock while I was in California but I didn't feel like starting the second one. Tomorrow is knit night so I'll probably start it then. For now, I'm pooped and I'm off to bed.

ETA: I wore my Josephine Top and it looked fabulous!

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Josephine Top

I finally finished my Josephine Top from the Summer 2007 Interweave Knits in Knit Picks ShineSport (color: Willow) last night. I love how it turned out! I had to rip out the part of above the lace twice halfway through it because I kept messing up on the decreases. I eventually wrote down each line of the pattern for the front. I did each front side separately instead of at the same time as the pattern suggests because it was easier for me. I made less mistakes.

I had started on this last summer while I was still in Texas as a summer/fall top. But once I moved here to Seattle I put it down to knit winter items. Now that it is supposed to be summer soon, I figured it would be a good time to start knitting on it again. However, I think I'm going to have to wear it under a cardigan for awhile until the summer they keep promising that is coming shows up. Luckily, I'm leaving for California for a couple of days on business and will actually get to see the sun! And we are staying on the beach in Ventura too! :)

I had hoped that I might have time to hit a yarn store in Ventura but I just don't think the agenda they have set up for our quarterly meeting will allow it. I have to do a presentation on Monday. Hmmmm.... Should Josephine come with me?

I really liked the details on this top. The lace part at the bottom was a simple repeat once I got it. I did it in the round because I really dislike seaming. But I had to change to knitting front sides and back separately once I realized I couldn't keep up with all the different things that were happening on each row.

The cap sleeves are done in Moss Stitch to match the lace portion. I added this to the neckline which I think made it come all together better.

I actually finished the knitting part on Saturday but I still had the cord to do. The pattern calls for a 300 stitch cast on followed by a row of binding off. I did this on Snatchel and didn't like how it turned out. So I tried it with a long-tail cast-on vs. a knit on cast-on and a sewn bind-off vs. a traditional bind-off. It gave it a much more finished looked but took several hours to do.

I could have worked on it at the movies with Ialiuxh and Charity yesterday when we went to see Narnia (finally!). They both can knit in the darkness of the theater but I didn't want to attempt sewing in the dark. Oh well, I enjoyed the movie. If you saw the first one I think you won't be disappointed by the second one, although I liked the first one better. No knitting to speak of in the movie although we did think the baby's christening gown and top with its lace look could almost have been knit but I think it was fabric.

Now that I'm finished with Josephine, I'm ready to move onto another summer top using the yarn I got at Yarnia (which rhymes with Narnia, ha!) in Portland in April when I was down there for classes with Annie Modesitt. I have about a million (or at least 10) different tanks/camisole type tops in my queue on Ravelry to pick from. Plus I just picked up a couple more Japanese knitting magazines last week. So I should be able to pick out something, right!?!

I'm going to take Los Monos Locos with me on the plane to knit. It requires some counting and concentration so let's hope I don't mess it up or have my knitting needles confiscated.!
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Sunday, June 01, 2008

Snatchel Complete



Snatchel was a quick and fun knit. I still need to add a bead or button. But other then that I'm happy with how it turned out.

Yarns used: Shepherd Classic 100% Wool in Red (#0036), Lamb's Pride Worsted in Purple (M-28 Chianti) and Skacel Bravura in Black (#5014).

I learned how to do Applied I-cord which wasn't too difficult. I'm thinking it will make a great looking "piping" for some pillow covers I want to make.
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