Knitting Fantasy Life

April 29, 2008 at 3:28 pm (knitting) (, )

 Icelandic Turtle(no more)neck

What is it about impending deadlines that makes a knitter or crocheter take leave of her senses and begin to imagine the impossible?  Nutmeg and I are hitting the road on Friday for Maryland Sheep and Wool.  It’s my first trip to a fiber festival.  Naturally, I ripped and restarted my Icelandic Turtleneck.  And some crazed portion of my brain thinks it will be done by Friday.  Yeah.  Not in this lifetime, baby.  The yarn is Rowan 4-ply cotton.  I decided to forego the turtleneck for a more flattering (for me) neckline.  I simply began the pattern at the first increase round after the turtleneck section.  So far, so good, but I haven’t finished the yoke yet.  Thus, finishing by Friday is probably out of the question.  On the other hand, hope still flickers because I did this much in two days.

I also find myself bargaining on how long it will take me to finish my second summer of luuuuuve sock.  I haven’t started it, but hey, I could finish by Friday, right?  

Another portion of the crafty brain is whispering, “Spin!  You know you want to.”  Aaaaarrrrrgghh!  Too many crafts and not enough time.  BTW I finished Mass Effect.  All this, and I saved the universe, too.


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EZ, MS, FO, and yummy

March 24, 2008 at 8:08 pm (cooking, knitting) (, , , , )

What a relaxing afternoon!  I watched/listened to my Knitting Around DVDs.  With the soothing sounds of other more experienced knitters, I blithely picked up the stitches around Giselle.  Then, I purled.  Now, I’m ready for the picot bind-off.  I hope to finish it this evening at SnB.  This picture shows a truer color.  I love my new Canon SD1100!

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I made bread this afternoon, too.  I got Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking. I made Granola Bread.  I’d show you a picture, but we have about one piece left.  It truly was easy (and delicious).  I think with practice, the bread will be even better.  It needed more rising time.

I’ve also decided to call my Tulip’s Swing Thing finished.  The monkey fist buttons are not working, and i-cord is not moving me.  Tulip loves her sweater.

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March 23, 2008 at 8:11 pm (knitting) (, )

Apparently, my body thinks the trees and shrubs are trying to kill me. The lights in my room are too bright and my sinuses hurt. In a few minutes, I’m grabbing some benadryl and going to sleep. I hate spring.

Giselle is going well. As long as the trees don’t actually kill me, I plan on spending some quality time with my Elizabeth Zimmermann dvd and picking up stitches around the body tomorrow.

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March 5, 2008 at 8:24 pm (books, knitting, movies) (, , , )

I won’t type too much today.  Suffice it to say, week has been horrid.  I broke a filling on Sunday.  I went to the dentist today for a repair.  My jaw is sore, and my two year old gave me a cold.  Yuck.
Giselle is still fantastic.  I have no clue when I will finish the sleeves.  I’m working on the flare of the first sleeve.  Those are much bigger than they seem.  I’m not sure if I’ll keep them the final length.  They seem a bit like I’ll drag them in my soup.

On the movie front, I’ve been Netflixing like crazy this past week.  I watched Once.  Fantastic movie and soundtrack.  I loved the indie/documentary feel to the film.  Sunday afternoon, I watched Waitress.  Wow.  I loved everything about it.  The only problem is that I really want pie now, either Falling in Love pie or Lonely Chicago pie.  I plan on picking up the DVD the next time I’m at the store.  The Namesake rounded out my movie week.  I liked it as well.  The movie was shot beautifully.  And I thought the acting was very good.

Finally, a meme.  How could I resist a book meme?  This is from Sassenach’s blog.  Hmmm…I think I’ve got to broaden my scope of reading material.  I’ve read lots of sci fi/fantasy and the usual school reads.  I think I’ll nab some Jane Austen.  Right after the next Charlie Huston book.  🙂

Bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you’re interested in, and leave the ones you don’t care about.

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner(Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. Bible
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down (Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91.The Skin of the Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

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Fire Thoughts

February 28, 2008 at 8:26 pm (art, knitting) (, , )

I’ve been quite busy since the last post.  My dad had surgery.  He’s doing great, but I spent much time knitting off my anxiety.

Giselle progress

Giselle is coming along nicely.  I just need to knit both sleeves and finish the garment.  Hooray!  Not bad for 22 days of knitting.  This picture shows the French Cable bust band (still love typing that) to the bottom edge.  The color is totally wrong (see below for why).  It’s a deep fiery red.  The sweater fits amazingly well, even though I missed an increase before I began the rapid decreases on the edge.  This works well because I am short waisted.  Voila, I made a short-waist (unintentionally, of course).


I’ve also finished my February CMP ATC.  The theme is Wings.  Between Chinese New Year, Fire for Project Spectrum, and my RSC shipment, I felt that only a dragon’s wings would suffice.  Here’s my little guy, nestling behind his wing.  I’m glad I could get a nice intensity with the watercolor pencils.  Again the The background is a watercolor wash.  Once payday hits, I am scouring the art store for better brushes (the paint has fallen off of mine) and better watercolors (these are from a cheapo set).  Sloane, a fellow Norfolk Craft Mafia member, introduced me to Jerry’s Artarama.  I see lots of trips there in my future.  The colors are off again in this pic.  And it’s blurry.  Which leads me to the following.

My camera is on its last legs.  It is a Canon PowerShot SD110 (3.2 megapixels).  We’ve had it almost three years.  I’ve been pretty happy with it, so I think I’ll get the Canon SD1100.  Husband and I are giving each other a new camera for our anniversary next week.  That way we can capture all the fun of Rosebud’s birthday party the week after.  What will we do with 5 more megapixels?

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Valentine’s Day Musings

February 14, 2008 at 8:31 pm (cooking, family, knitting) (, , , , )

I am still kicking around. Surprisingly. My mom was up at the beginning of February. Then, I did some fabulous test knitting for Simona’s Designs. Here’s the finished project:

Bell Sleeve Shrug

Pattern:  Bell Sleeve Shrug
Yarn:  Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton in Willow
Needles:  Sz 8

And you can get your own Bell Sleeve Shrug pattern in her etsy shop. I think my girls need one of everything in her shop. I just need more time to knit them.

Project Spectrum 3.0 has begun. In the spirit of Fire, I’m working on Giselle in Bristol Red Silky Wool from WEBS.


The yarn is soft and gorgeous. I’m starting the bust band (just had to type that) today. Not bad for a week of knitting.

Also on the Fire theme, I’ve also become hooked on Blood Orange tea from Adagio Teas. Look at that color!
Blood Orange Tea

Blood Orange Tea from Adagio teas

It reminds me of kool aid but way better. Best of all, the tea is herbal and has no caffeine. Thanks, Amber, for introducing me to this tea.  I think I’ll try a tea-along for Project Spectrum.  I can’t think of a better way to keep the elements in everyday life.

Speaking of Amber, she came over Sunday night for a great Project Runway marathon. For dinner, we had Tofu Apple Spring Rolls (sans spring roll wrappers) and Asparagus from the Vegan Lunchbox with Rice Pudding for dessert. Yum! We still have five episodes to go, but we’re going to celebrate Presidents’ Day with lots of Project Runway craziness.

This morning I got to celebrate with yummy Lower Fat Banana Bread from the Veganomicon and snow. Yes, snow. It’s been in the 50’s and 60’s all week, but this morning there was snow on my deck. Bizarre. As long as I’ve lived in the Hampton Roads area, I’m still baffled by the weather.

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Weekly Wednesday

October 10, 2007 at 6:46 pm (7 cities crafters, knitting) (, , )

I’m not sure why this turned into a weekly blog.  I blame my new gig as a Lime and Violet Chummer.  My interwebs time is limited to chum searches and catching up on blogland.

My knitting life is swinging into full gear, though.  I cast on for the Secret of the Stole Saturday night.  Today, I’m 10 rows from the end of the clue.  I might finish it up tonight, but considering I could do a face plant on the keyboard right now, maybe not.  Sunday, I cast on for the Tilted Duster.  I may have finished the back.  I say may because measuring the armhole depth is new to me.  Husband and I are creating a T square to check it out.  Did I mention I grew up watching This Old House every Saturday?

And last but not least, my knitting is gonna be on TV!  A local news station contacted the Norfolk Craft Mafia about participating in a segment concerning holiday gift giving on a budget.  Amber called me in search of some knits for the shoot.  Check out the whole photo shoot on Amber’s blog.  I sent in some mittens (toddler size) and my Rose’s Wristwarmers.  Aren’t they pretty on the table (very last shot)?

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Trying to Catch Up

October 3, 2007 at 5:03 pm (knitting) (, , )

Trying to catch up

I went home last weekend for my cousin’s wedding.  The drive (6-7 hours each way) is long.  But the trip was worth it.  My cousin is the closest thing I have to a brother.  We grew up together.  He scared away all potential dates in high school.  If I hadn’t moved away, I might still be single.  Seeing him with his new wife was so special.  I wish them all happiness.

Unfortunately, I’ve spent this whole week feeling like I’m running behind.  I guess that’s from not really having any time off.  I still managed to get some things accomplished.  Yesterday, I made Kale, Sweet Potatoes, and Squash soup from Vegetarian Soups for All Seasons:  Beautiful Vegan Soups and Stews for Every Time of Year by Nava Atlas.  Delish!  I followed it up today with some Cheezy Quackers.  And this was my lunch:

Here’s a closeup:

I also worked up a swatch for IK’s Tilted Duster in my Dragon Berroco Peruvia.  It took forever.  I forgot to check my Options needle before I started.  One end was a US 9 and the other needle was a US 7.  D’oh!  Despite the challenges, the swatch was completed and washed.  The color is a bit greener than this pic:

Come Saturday night, I’m casting this puppy on.  Thankfully, I listened to the WEBS podcast with Norah Gaughan before starting.  She convinced my to go with the medium size instead of the large.  I worried that it would be too small since the medium is my bust measurement.  But I will trust Norah.  Because I think 4 extra inches just won’t work.

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