Friday, December 31, 2004

another knit-along

I know I'm going to regret this. It's not like I don't have enough WIPs already. Anyway, I've joined the Wavy KAL. It's only a scarf, so, it shouldn't be too bad, right?

Thursday, December 30, 2004

lite knitting

Unfortunately, I haven't been very active on the knitting front lately. I don't know if it's a motivation thing or a priorities thing.

Anyway, I received a couple skeins of yarn and a knitting stitch pattern book from a dear friend of mine back home. The two times I've been home since I left she's been in New Mexico with her dad who is undergoing chemotherapy treatments. So, her boyfriend gave me the gift when a few of us met for dinner. (See the photo of us on my personal blog.)

Back to the yarn... it's a blend of acrylic, polyester, mohair and alpaca. I have itchy issues with mohair, so, I thought I would knit a scarf for my friend's birthday at the end of January. Hopefully, I'll finish it in time. Ack!

The yarn and the scarf in progress.
The pattern is a simple k2 p2 rib.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

cool to be square

Blogger is frustrating me!

I am sick with a cold and don't want to deal with this... but here I go retyping this post.

Saw this cool link on the TCSnB bulletin board. My Bobbi Bear will need one of these.

The SB knitters created this beautiful charity blanket. Unless someone else knitted the same square, my contribution is the stockinette one with the seedstitched border.

Monday, December 13, 2004

grumpy L.A. post

A scene from the Bazaar Bizarre in L.A.

The Bazaar Bizarre was packed to the point where it wasn't much fun looking at people's crafty things from over and around the heads of dozens of other people. Bummer. I wonder if the fire marshal showed up.

Also, yesterday while in L.A., I tried desperately to find a parking spot near The Knitter's Studio on West 3rd Street with no luck. I was able to find a spot in front of Knit Cafe on Melrose. Small place, doesn't seem like they'd have enough of a dyelot for a sweater.

Saturday, December 11, 2004

bazaar bizzare

I'm planning to go to this on Sunday. Any takers? Let me know!

Thursday, December 09, 2004

little to none

Not much new on the knitting front.

I dropped off the lone 8-inch square I knitted (for the charity project the SB knitters are making) at Melissa's last night. Each of us are to knit three squares that will be stitched together to make blankets. Man, what has happened to me lately that I can't manage three measly squares? D'oh!

Made small progress on the Hourglass sweater. Just past the mid-section, starting on the increases. Not worth posting a photo at this point.

Checked out the latest at
Knitty and I agree, who wants to knit a womb? I might make the wavy scarf just to see how it's constructed.

Sunday, December 05, 2004

blog obsession and mother bear

It's true; I'm obsessed. I'm amazed at how many awesome blogs are out in the web universe. I need to stop reading and start knitting. Shame on me!

Did find a good cause while surfing blogs, however. Check out the Mother Bear Project.

Make me and put a smile on a little one's face.

Friday, December 03, 2004

the hardest button to button

OK, here it is... the first "kellystitches" button. (See sidebar.)

Special thanks to the designers of the Calvin & Hobbes font and the monkey from Jellycat.

You all rock, so, please accept this as credit for your awesome creations. :-)

knit-alongs in 2005

While searching for the Hourglass Sweater knit-along, I found this cool site. Looks like there will be a home for 2005 knit-alongs, too!

No progress on anything to report. :-(

I guess Christmas presents will NOT be "made with love" this year.

Which reminds me...

You know those tags you can have made to put on your FOs? Remember all those projects that have totally p*ssed you off? They weren't made with love; they were made with hate! Am I right? :-)

Imagine receiving a handmade sweater with the tag...

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

flying with needles & the hourglass

For those worried about having your sticks confiscated at the security checkpoint at LAX, have no fear. (Check this link for documentation from the TSA.) A guy on my return flight commented on my needles and how he had been taken aside because the rivets in his jeans had set off the sensors.

I can understand why knitting needles and crochet hooks shouldn't be allowed on planes. They could, after all, be potential weapons. But then, so could a million other things.

Thank goodness I was able to bring my circulars aboard. Although a very slow knitter, I did make progress on the hourglass sweater. (See the link button on the sidebar for more info on the knit-a-long.)

After losing an eBay auction for 10 skeins of turquoise Cascade Sierra, I looked at my stash and found some yarn with the required gauge I have had since the '90s. I knew I'd eventually find a use for this stuff... although, I'm not crazy about the color. Against my better judgment, I might consider dyeing it after it's knitted. gasp!

The yarn for the hourglass sweater.

Progress to date on the hourglass sweater.