Tuesday, November 23, 2004

time to wait

Tomorrow I'll be spending about 2 hours on a shuttle bus, another 4 hours (give or take) waiting in line (and waiting for my plane) at LAX, then another 3.5 on the plane to Minneapolis. Oh, and then, another 2 hours the next day in my brother's car for the drive down to my family's for the big feast.

Bottom line: I have enough time to complete several projects, don't you think?

My dilemma, like always, is that I don't know what to knit. Sure I have plenty of WIPs, but nothing is inspiring me right now.

Suggestions?

Sunday, November 21, 2004

do what you like

Yesterday, I met up with a friend in Northridge. On my way, I stopped by a couple yarn shops in the area: Bishop's Yarn and Happy Hookers, both in Chatsworth, CA.

The presentation at both stores was pretty horrible. However, I have to give Bishop's credit for having their yarn in bags to cut down on dust. The store also has a large bargain bin area, however, most of that yarn is cotton. If you're in the area, it's worth stopping by.

Happy Hookers, on the other hand, is too much of a mishmash to recommend. OK, well, it is just down the street a few blocks from Bishop's, so, if you're in the area... I did see (and touch!) an awesome yarn there, however. Lana Borgesesia, mmmm.

These are, of course, MY personal opinions like everything else on this blog. Do what you like, but you have been warned. :-)

Thursday, November 18, 2004

hop-a-long the knit-a-long

In a couple posts back I mentioned how I really want to knit the Hourglass sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts.

Well, I've been discussing the idea of starting an Hourglass sweater knit-a-long with a few people. I still need to figure out how these things are created and if rules need to be made, etc.

Bottom line, are you interested in participating? Let me know. (Yes, we can start it AFTER you've completed all your holiday gifts!)

And if you've organized a knit-a-long before, all forms of advice are welcome.

Oh, one more thing... I was searching for an existing Hourglass knit-a-long on the web. Couldn't find one, but I did find
this blog. (Try to look away when you see my babbling comments.) Illanna has made the sweater and has informed me that there are NUMEROUS mistakes beyond the corrections listed at purlsoho.com. She ended up calling Purl in NYC more than once for assistance with the pattern. Knitterly friends, this pattern definitely seems like a good one for a knit-a-long.

down in the valley

Arg! The San Fernando Knitting Meetup was a bust last night. What a bummer. It took me over an hour to drive there in rush hour traffic; the drive home took less than (or fewer than?) 25 minutes.

But the drive wasn't the part that bummed me out the most (close second, though). Here's the deal. L.A. is huge. So is "The Valley." So, I want to know why (why!) there were ONLY six people (including me) in attendance at this thing?!! One lady had commented something like, "Look at this crowd tonight! This is great!" For the SB knitting group, six people would be considered a poor turnout.

While there, I did teach someone how to knit, which was kind of cool... until someone else showed up and taught her continental. D'oh! So much for helping out. I wonder if I'll ever learn continental knitting... C'est la vie!

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

six degress of separation

Just how small has your world become now that you're a knitting/blogging machine?

Find out! I found this link on another knitting blog. You type your blog address to find out where it's been linked to.

I suppose I'll jump on the bandwagon with my own button soon. I played around with one a few weeks ago, but it's not worth stealing.

Tomorrow night I'm checking out the San Fernando Valley Knitting Meetup in West Hills. I'm not exactly sure where West Hills is. Somewhere near Calabasas, I believe, in the illusive "Valley" which seems to mean something different to every person I meet.

Monday, November 15, 2004

tangled up in blue

Unproductive night at the SB knitting group...

I spent most of my time watching Laura (bless her) detangle my eyelash yarn from yet another mess it's gotten itself into. I HATE this yarn! I am such a fool for buying it.

Summers brought a new book -- Last-Minute Knitted Gifts. I photocopied a raglan-sleeved sweater pattern from it, and want to stop all WIPs to make it. I really want to use that soft merino yarn from handpaintedyarn.com. Chauntel said the row gauge would require some serious math if I used that yarn. Details schmetails! I think I'll go for it.

The knitting group is now meeting at a coffee shop. Since I've been here in California, I've grown pleasantly accustomed to a smoke-free environment at eating establishments. So, I was a bit annoyed when some outside cigarette smoke found its way into my noise while I sipped my Chai Latte. I've become such a clean-air snob!

Sunday, November 07, 2004

a model baby


Maggie in Anouk.

Here she is!
Yes, it's a little big for her now, but she keeps growing!
The pockets are a bit larger than what the pattern called for. I like them better this way than the suggested mini pockets at the bottom of the dress. Looks like a second set of side tabs will be in order... Note to self: Bring purple yarn home for TGD.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

i've got something to say to you

My niece, Maggie, received her Anouk pinafore in the mail today. (Yes, I couldn't wait to give it to her.) She's sleeping now, but I want her parents to wake her up and put on the dress so I can see what she looks like in it. Of course, I will post photos for you once I get some.

Wake up, Maggie!

I found an Anouk knit-a-long on another blog last night. See the button on the sidebar.

As far as knitting goes, I've knitted a few more rows of the scarf I'm making with that eyelash yarn. I have too many things on needles, not enough completed projects. Do I really expect to knit all my Xmas presents this year? Ha! Not bloodly likely.