Monday, December 22, 2008

Special Gloves

I had an opportunity this Holiday to knit some gloves for a special young lady who wanted some gloves that actually fit her.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Balsam Completed!

Balsam Front 2
Originally uploaded by knittingbrow
I delivered this knitted item to my sister Paula on Saturday at my family "Thanksmas." I really like the way the pattern worked. This is knit out of Araucania Nature Wool in Color 17, Ruby.

I did take some video of the fun I had knitting this. A few of those posts and videos can be found by clicking links.

While on vacation, I ran into a bit of a problem. I finished one skein of yarn and prepare to join the second skein. Wouldn't you know that the colors I thought were the same were NOT the same. **crap**. You can see the difference, can't you?

After discovering this while I had some unexpected knitting time in the car on the way back from the Grand Canyon, I was a bit quiet and then let a few choice words explode. I made a few phone calls to Las Vegas yarn shops only to discover that I couldn't find any. I put the knitting down and started making some socks. I did send two emails out looking for skeins back in Ohio. Sure enough, one of the LYS had it in stock! I picked it up from A Tangled Tale in Powell, OH and finished the project on Monday. It was blocking on Tuesday night.

Here's the video that was shot during the visit to Red Rock Canyon.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Thanksmas 2008

My family celebrates Thanksgiving and Christmas the Saturday after Thanksgiving. I rather enjoy this because it means that I'm able to not worry about the hustle and bustle of the holidays by trying to so shopping and such. In fact, I enjoy this relaxed approach to the holidays.

My brother Steve got my name for Thanksmas this year and he made me an wood box with an inlay of my initial on it. It's a great gift. I'm happy and I think he is too with my reception.

Want to see the box in action? Watch my video!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Theater Etiquette

Awhile back I expressed some dissatisfaction about the behavior of some people during my Broadway Across America experience.

I got this link in an email. Now, if people would just read it and take these things into consideration, it would make everyone's experience a bit better.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Knitting at the Grand Canyon

I took two videos while on vacation and visiting the Grand Canyon.

(The sound quality is low, I took these with my digital camera...I'm wanting a video camera sometime)

I took several other videos while at the Grand Canyon. You can visit them on youtube once I get them link.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Gloves 1

I'm using The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd to knit some special gloves for a holiday gift for someone's daughter.

The yarn is Claudia Handpaint in a beautiful blue color.

If you have some tips on knitting between the fingers on gloves, I'd love to hear from you. Please leave me a comment on the blog.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Mystery Sock 10

Hey, I attended a "Mystery Sock" meeting at Temptations.

It's a nice experience, knitting together with people.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Holiday Knitting 2008

I started my holiday knitting on Saturday by knitting in public with Cat, Yarmando, Jeremy, and a few others at the LYS. It was quite nice.

The pattern is Balsam by Ilga Leja. I'm using Araucania Nature Wool, a worsted weight yarn in Color 17, Ruby. Paula picked the pattern and the yarn. It's a good knit and the pattern is easy to remember. It's a 16 row repeat.

Monday, November 3, 2008

It's My Birthday!

Thanks for those who have sent well wishes. I appreciate them.

I've been rather busy with helping LadyJulie recuperate after surgery. KnitSB and I spent 6 days over at her place last week assisting her recovery. She's better and still needs a bit of help.

I've been getting a lot of followers on my youtube page thanks to SodaSpill. Thanks. More videoblogs this week.

No, I've not been doing much knitting.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Knitting and Strangers

I think knitting has been wonderful in making it easy for me to talk with strangers. I share a bit about my recent experience when I took my knitting with me to the endocrinologist appointment.

Really, I want to know what type of knitting you take with you. Please add a comment.

(do I need to make a contest out of this for some sock yarn or something?)

EPS and the Kitchener Stitch

I've referenced the EPS multiple times on my blog. It's a great way to knit a sweater based on percentages from a Key measurement. This was created by Elizabeth Zimmermann.

The Opinionated Knitter by Elizabeth Zimmermann is a great book. The Spun Out #46 "The Weekend Sweater" is from Schoolhouse Press.

The Kitchener Stitch can be found here for those who don't knit. It's also known as grafting.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Carry a-long projects: Vest Idea

I've got an idea for a sweater vest that will be knit in strips.

The yarns I'm considering are:
Noro Kureyon in Color 32 (discontinued)
Noro Kureyon in Color 53
Noro Kujaku in Color 2

I have completed a sample in color 32 and like the colors but need to change the needle size. Recommended needle size is 8 and I swatched on a 4. It's too tight. So I'll go up to a 6 or 7. I'm thinking the stitch pattern needs to be relaxed a bit. Test swatching can be fun.

I've been wondering about your carry-a-long projects. I've been knitting a lot of cotton washcloths. What do you like to take with you and knit?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Medusa Update

It's time for an update on the Medusa Hat that I'm knitting for #1. It's been much easier to knit the second of four parts to the hat. I find this true for most things that require you to make multiple pieces. The first is the longest because I'm learning the pattern. I expect the last one will be pretty quick to knit.

I do like the pattern, once I sat down and just tried the pattern. If I knit it again, I would knit it in the round so the "nop" bubbles show up better. I do like the bubbles for me but not the i-cords so much.

Notice the difference in the tails (or is that tales ;) n-cubed?) I hope that it will make enough difference on the 2 st i-cord.

Hi YarnaholicBeth (wavewavewave)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

knitSB's Side-to-side Sweater Yarn

I took a class teaching me how to knit a sweater side-to-side. I'm really enjoying the design and the knitting is quite rewarding and the color play is enjoyable.

You can tell from the videoblog that we've been inspired to knit another one for knitSB. Actually, I have two other side-to-side sweaters that I would like to knit.

The Citrus Malabrigo wasn't the right color as you can see here.
Citrus Malabrigo2

The dyed color is much better, isn't it?
The process of dyeing with icing dyes was actually straight-forward but I got a little scared with I found out that vinegar sometimes fractures the icing dyes into the separate colors. For instance, purple fractures into blue and red, an unexpected twist. The contrasting color yarn is neatly displayed in a basket we had around the house.

I have two pair of glasses that I swap out. Just in case you're wondering.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Medusa Hat

I completed and delivered the shawl for #1 and realize that she needs a hat. I recently shaved her head for her after her third round of chemo. It just made it easier for her to care for her hair. She laughs that her hair continues to grow during the chemo. She wasn't expecting that to happen. I wanted to make her a hat that has been in my queue for a number of years.

You can see my progress in my vlog post.

Handpaint Country is one of the books that KayInNewMexico suggested I look at as a new knitter.
I'm hoping to be finished with the first of four pieces Tuesday at knitting. Just three more to knit and lots and lots of small i-cords to knit. (Did you see all those ends!?)

I'll give you updates.

I really enjoy posting these video blogs. Are you enjoying the videoblogs?

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Pattern Sheets

I have this attraction for wanting to find knitting patterns for men. There. I said it. Everyone happy?

I've gone to thrift stores searching for the pattern books and pattern sheets from long ago. I like looking through these finds because some of the patterns are really quite nice. The designs are classic (and sometimes very funny). I find them fun and inspiring.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Man's Patterns in Books!

Maybe the tide has turned. There are a few pattern books out there with patterns for men! One rather nice one from Queensland Yarns.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Man's Pattern Search Update

A few posts ago, I went on a rant about magazines not having patterns for men in the magazines.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Resolutions (aka to-do list)

It's the time of the year when I start to consider what I've accomplished compared to what I would like to accomplish. A few years back I put together a list of things that I wanted to accomplish with my knitting but never checked back on my progress.

I feel different this year. I'm not certain why and I'm glad that whatever it is, is different. Thus begins a list (or ramblings) of knitting resolutions for this new year. This new year is the "Year of Thanksgiving."
  1. Monogamous knitting. Working on a project from start to finish. Focusing my attention on a single project would probably increase my knitting productivity. I mean, I lose a fair amount of knitting time switching between projects. Changing between projects requires that I have to shift my focus and catch-up on the new project. Does this happen to you?
  2. Complete un-finished projects. I vlogged about a few of my unfinished projects. They feel like unkept commitments. They're hanging over my head and cluttering up my mind. I've struggled with clutter much of my life, both at home and at work. Sigh. By finishing knitting projects I increase my wardrobe and decrease my clutter. It will also help keep me involved with my stash and not adding to it.
  3. Knit intarsia. I received an amazing knitted "dr who" style scarf several years back given to me by Kay In New Mexico. It's beautiful and colorful and amazing. Intarsia could be like painting with yarn. I have a BFA. I adore color when it's used to in exciting ways. I've got a complete palette of yarn colors available for me to start "painting."
  4. Knit for donation. Chemo hats, baby sweaters, blankets or something else. I want to provide something back to the community. I knit for the now defunk d-laan project (I can't find links, sorry) and it felt good. I have some much for which I'm thankful. I want to give back.
  5. (this spot reserved for additional thoughts)
  6. (this spot reserved....)
  7. (this spot ...)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Finished shawl for #1

Finished shawl 2
Originally uploaded by knittingbrow
Pictures are posted! She's tired and happy to have the finished shawl.

Additional photos can be found in the #1 set on flickr.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Completed #1 Shawl!

The knitting has been completed! I'm very pleased with the knitting. I used Malabrigo Lace weight yarn and matched it with the pattern from Folk Shawls by Cheryl Oberle.

This shawl is a "prayer shawl" for a good friend of mine that I affectionately refer to as #1. She just completed her 3rd round of chemotherapy. They expect that she'll have up to another 8 rounds before she's completed her first attack on the breast cancer. As I write this, the shawl is soaking before I block it. My hope is to deliver it friday.

She's asked me to bring over my clippers so I can shave her head to help with losing her hair.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Smashing Cufflinks

Have you visited If you like handmade items and want to support creative people, I encourage you to visit and look around. Even better, buy something! I did.

The background: I was on plurk and got linked to someone who posted a link to some earrings. I like the earring and thought that they would make nice cufflinks. I emailed smashing and asked if she could make me some cufflinks that had the same enamelled green. The answer was yes! See?

Nice, huh? The price for custom cufflinks was acceptable. Feel free to buy me some additional cufflinks in an orange (with yellow) and maybe aqua for my birthday. **grin** Smashing would ship them to me if you want.

My experience with etsy was quite good and I would enjoy visiting again with I need some more handcrafted items. I expect that etsy's got a bit of everything to enjoy! Go explore.

ps. Kathy aka smashing shared with me the link to her flickr post of these cufflinks. People seem pleased with how they look!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Love Your Library!

Do you love your library? I do. I talk about how I use my library to help me with my knitting.

Exploring my local library gives me a great chance to checkout books before I buy them. I browse my library and discover interesting books that I would never consider purchasing and really enjoy reading them.

I heard about the book Intertwined on a podcast or read about it in a blog. I got to look at it at my local library. Cool, huh? I probably only look at this book. I won't want to buy it.

I would have totally missed Amigurumi had I not browsed the New Book Area at the Main Library. Apparently it's pretty popular in parts of the world. Who knew? Not me.

Of course, I use my amazon wish list to keep track of knitting books I want to find out about. Knitting Saddle Style has been on my list for awhile. I'm glad my library got it. I need to look through the book again to determine if the information is some I want to have around for awhile.

I'm reading the Book 4 of the Spiderwick Chronicles to my friend Mia using Skype.

Third by Portishead. I'm actually listening to this right now as I type this. I don't have an opinion yet. Step Up 2, I saw a preview and the dancing looks good.

Learn & Play @ CML. All sorts of great information provided in activities to let you explore Web 2.0. This is really helpful if you want to know more. Care to join in the fun? All the cool people are doing it!

You can get Power Tools from the Columbus Metropolitan Library. I use these tools to make my searching the catalog easier!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Gosh, I hate to meme

but this one is easy, literally one (1)

Meme from Cat


1. Where is your cell phone? table

2. Your significant other? kitchen

3. Your hair? brushed

4. Your mother? 82

5. Your father? deceased

6. Your favorite thing? laughter

7. Your dream last night? 2.0

8. Your favorite drink? soda

9. Your dream/goal? connection

10. The room you're in? living

11. Your fear? alone

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? debt-free

13. Where were you last night? knitting

14. What you're not? simple

15. Muffins? tops

16. One of your wish list items? 5th

17. Where you grew up? Ohio

18. The last thing you did? snacked

19. What are you wearing? casual

20. Your TV? overused

21. Your pet? kitties

22. Your computer? MacBookPro

23. Your life?

24. Your mood? sleepy

25. Missing someone? dad

26. Your car? blue

27. Something you're not wearing? hat

28. Favorite Store? hardware

29. Your summer? stressful

30. Your favorite color? exciting

31. When is the last time you laughed? often

32. Last time you cried? movie

33. Something you hate to do: awake

34. Something you love to do: o.

35. Something you wish you were able to do well: complete

Monday, August 11, 2008

Ram Club Delivery!

I heard about the Ram Club on a blog a few months back and thought it was a great idea! A Sock Club for MEN! w00t! Enough yarn in each skein to make a pair of socks for a man! Imagine. Did you know that men have bigger feet than women? You can get some additional details by the Ram Club blog.

I have to post this SPOILER ALERT to those members who haven't received their shipment yet. If you are a member of the club and haven't gotten your shipment yet, GO AWAY.

Ram Club Spoiler

If you're not a member of the club or already have received your shipment or you don't care, view me opening the package.

The pattern is "Toe-up Work Socks With a Twist" created by StitchStud. Looks great and has lost of size options. Well done!

I'm sorry about the noise. The package crinkled (a lot) when I opened it. I'll correct this next time.

Tuesday Update, late

I took this video using my cell phone. The image isn't perfect but I wanted you to have a view of the lake.

The shawl work is going well. I've completed the 63 rows of the shawl, the lace section is finished! I have used one skein of the Malabrigo Lace Weight yarn. I've got two more skeins to go!

#1 starts her chemo on Tuesday. She'll go through 16 sessions of chemo.

I have an exciting week coming up at work! A big project is rolling out this week. I'll blog as part of my relaxation.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Friday Update

A simple update while I'm away "fishing" with my brothers. I'm having a great time!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Weekend knitting

I'm in Michigan as I write this spending time with my three brothers. This is our annual boy's fishing trip. I really enjoy the time together. We do things together and things separately. It's all good.

I've been knitting on the shawl for #1 but I'm not able to post any pictures. I left my MacBook at home with knitSB so he could connect to the internet while I'm gone. I have his laptop and desktop with me for my (amazingly kind) brother to do some work on them. They run slowly and he's able to help do the computer work. It looks like memory will help the laptop's speed increase. I also won't be able to vlog either because I don't have that capability without my MacBook.

You won't miss me will you. *grin*

I think I've done too many decrease rows on the shawl. I'm 4 sts off. I need to decide if I'm going to tink back or increase 4 sts. The malabrigo lace is quite nice to knit.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Wednesday Knitting

A short introduction to the Wednesday knitting group.

We've been getting together on Wednesday's for almost two year.

Here's a run down on the people who were present.
knitSB, you've heard about him before. ;) He's knitting on a scarf from One-skein wonders called the One Skein Scarf using Cascade 220.
Songferret, also referenced in the blog for his amazing ability to relate everything to a musical in three sentence or less.
Cat who is working on some original bag designs based on Mary Ann's paintings.
Yarmando who is knitting on the Koolhaas hat. His second, I believe.
Big Matt joined us for the first time in a long time. He shares his camel toe sock and another project that I don't remember.
KnitMeredith joined us (without her knitting!)
EPSGuy is working on his Pie are Square shawl in a yummy alpaca.
The very shy KnitMary was putting a crocheted edging on the Butterfly Pullover.

That's the group. And we discovered two more knitters knitting at Cup o Joe! They joined us and fun was had by all!

Monday, July 28, 2008

My first "sweater"

I call it a "sweater," but really, it's just the pieces to the sweater.

I found this great book at the Library called "Two Sticks and a String" by Kerry Ferguson. While flipping through it, I discovered the pattern called the Easy Mohair Sweater. It's a nice design. Only 4 pieces to knit.

I know enough about flat pattern design to be dangerous. As I was knitting the sleeves, I didn't think that the sleeve caps would fit into the armhole. After I finished the sleeves and tried to fit them into the armhole, sure enough, they didn't fit. I had to tick back the front and back of the sweater to correct the error. If I remember correctly, the yarn is Touch Yarns two ply mohair/blend. I purchased the yarn at Susan Yarns. Did I mention that I started this sweater almost 6 years ago? I don't know if the sweater will fit me anymore.

Tell me about your first sweater.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Boys Fishing Trip Preparation

In one week, I'll be traveling to Michigan for the 14th annual "boys fishing trip."
I'm the youngest of 12 children (7 girls & 5 boys) and I like all of my siblings. This tradition of the boys fishing trip happened when my sister-in-law surprised my brother with all the boys and dad going fishing together. The first two years, I actually went out on the boat to fish. I'm not a fisherman. So I spend time knitting, chatting with my brothers and listening to music. My iPod comes in handy for the traveling.

My iPod is 60GB and has 8649 songs, 16 video, and 955 photos. I lied. It's quite full. I just listened to some podcasts so there is 1.2GB available. I'm sure I'll be able to add some more stuff. No, I don't listen to the music all the time. I enjoy the company of my brothers and we do talk and laugh and remember fun times growing up.

What do you listen to while you knit? Comment away!

I've posted about the previous "fishing" trips on the blog. There are lots of photos on the flickr account. On a sadder note, this will be the first trip without my brother John. We will miss him.

and yes, there will be a burn pile for me. It's cathartic to build fires.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Attention Interweave Knits!

Just watch then read.

The Preview for the Fall Issue 2008 was released today.
I look forward to the anticipation of what's coming in my next issue.

In case you haven't noticed, men wear sweaters.
Did you know this?
I can't tell that from the Fall Issue 2008. Not one man's sweater pattern.
Men get one nod in this issue: A man is used to show off mittens using angora yarn. Do men wear angora?
Did I miss that memo?
"Hey you. You with the XY chromosome. Yes, you. Start wearing bunny fur."


The mittens look fine, really. I'm concerned about the lack of patterns that might even be remotely appropriate for someone with the XY chromosome combination. That being said and full disclosure that I tend to be willing to bend what might be considered an appropriate sweater for a woman/man, there are a few nice looking patterns. The pea coat, backstage tweed and braided pullover to name three.

I am disappointed. The fall issue is perfect to start showing some patterns/designs/socks/something that might work for the men in our lives. Please start including patterns that could be worn by men. BTW: we do wear more than socks or hats. (I'm just saying.)

I think I'll count the number of patterns for men (or lack of) in the past year and report back.
*sigh* I couldn't wait for the issue to show you the images better. (do you hear an echo?) The laptop will have to do.

ACK! The Fall Vogue Knitting 2008 preview is out too. Guess what's missing?

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Red Bird Knits Sock of the Month Club

I get excited when I receive a notice from the post office that a package needs to be picked up. It's like Christmas morning, seeing the wrapped packages and not know exactly what's in the package. Well, today I picked up my last shipment of the Sock of the Month Club from Red Bird Knits. Wanna watch while I open the package?

The pattern for this month is called Anatoli. This is my last shipment only because I'm reducing my expenses. I have about 16 months of the Red Bird Knits SOTMC queued up for knitting. I think it was Damask that ran short on yarn. (Interesting to note that she's not carrying Jitterbug anymore that I can tell.) Robyn has some great sock club options. Sign up and they are mailed automatically. She makes the patterns herself and matches great yarn. My friend KnitMary directed me to Red Bird Knits. I reviewed the sock patterns and found there were some designed that I would enjoy learning how to knit. Most of the patterns will work for men. Now that I've gone to view the site, I could go to sock of the ever-other-month or even sock-of-the-quarter. Dang. Note to self set a number of kits to knit before considering joining up again.

BTW: I am working on casting-on the 449 sts for #1's shawl. I'll show you the completed cast-on soon.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Stupid Questions knittingbrow asks

"Do You Knit Lace?"

The LYS that I (used to) work at (and mostly just teach a few classes) sponsors Knitters Connection. I really had fun at the event. Not only did I get to see and feel amazing amounts of yarn, I also met some great people. One of my passions in life is to help people find their "bliss" and it usually takes the form of getting the perfect yarn for their projects. Some of you have seen me help knitters find their yarn. It's fun!

I mentioned "Wooster" in previous blog and videoblog posts and how I met Chris from Briar Rose Fibers. They were at Knitters Connection! I'm an equal opportunity yarn person. I want to help you find the perfect yarn, regardless of who is selling it. (Shhh, don't tell my boss.) Briar Rose's booth was right across from our booth and I wanted people to see the colors in person (and touch the yarn). I'm that way. The video tells a story of the stupid question that I asked. Watch and then continue reading.

Yep, there it was. A reasonable question given to an interested knitter. I didn't find out who she was until about an hour later (I think). *face palm* Marilyn van Keppel translated the lace patterns for Bundanaurriklaedid available from Schoolhouse press. I own this book! She translated other LACE knitting books too!
knitspot and the Gale pattern! Quick, go buy some lace yarn from Briar Rose. Schoolhouse Press and knitspot have got lots of pattern options!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Gauge Swatch #1

Here you have what could be a pathetic gauge swatch. Honestly, I didn't really expect this to be a true swatch and I was so excited to start on the project that I couldn't help myself. What I've learned is I want to try and knit more of a swatch, maybe even the full 6" swatch in st st. I'll try a size 6 needle but change to my Knit Pick Options (rather than the harmony that I used). Clara Parkes book, The Knitter's Book of Yarn tells amazing details of a variety of yarns. You might want to check this one out from your local library. St. Clara gave an inspiring description of "romancing yarn" before committing to a project. Knitting a gauge swatch never sounded better!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Shawl for #1

My summer knitting has changed focus to knitting a shawl for a good friend recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Her favorite color is purple! I have some Malabrigo Lace yarn in "Purple Mystery." She decided on the Stóra Dimun Shawl from Folk Shawls by Cheryl Oberle. I want to complete a gauge swatch for this because I'm using a laceweight yarn instead of the sportweight called for in the pattern.

I feel that knitting this shawl for #1 and sharing this with you will create wonderful healing energy. My goal is that she'll be able to wear this during her chemo treatments and keep her warm and surrounded by love. I hope you'll be willing to share with me.

Expect a few more video posts for the progress.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

What do you knit when it's hot?

It was hot here today. So hot in fact that I didn't do any yard work like I planned. The heat got me thinking about knitting during hot weather. I think knitting socks are a great idea for summer knitting. Socks are portable and small so the yarn doesn't need to sit on my lap and make me too warm.

This video shows you some of my socks that are available for me to knit. What do you like to knit during the summer? The tangling of the knitting socks on two circs gets me a little frustrated. I think I'm just going to stop trying. *grin*

Plurk is a microblogging site that can be rather addicting.
Nanner Socks is a pattern designed by WendyKnits.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Hurt Books

(I promise to keep videos to 2 minutes and 30 seconds or less)

I got my delivery from the Interweave Hurt Books Sale.
The hurt books that were delivered include:
  • Gossamer Webs by Galina Khmeleva. The hurt part was the bent top. That would have happened anyway. I'm glad I got it.
  • Harmony Guides: Lace & Eyelets edited by Erika Knight. This 50% off book had a bent corners at the top and bottom. I can live with those. I'm taking this one with me tonight as I consider a new shawl to knit for a friend.
  • Knitting Ganseys by Beth Brown-Reinsel had the back top corner bent. It's the same type of bend that would be created when I put things back on the bookshelf.
  • Folk Shawls by Cheryl Oberle wasn't a hurt book but it was on my wishlist for awhile. I deserved a new book, don't you think? I just saw the errata for the book. My, there are quite a few corrections needed. I'll check my copy before starting any shawl.
  • Traditional Knitted Lace Shawls by Martha Waterman is another "healthy book" that's been on my wishlist. I'm gathering an arsenal of lace books and this one had to be included.
I promise to edit down my talking time. I'll continue to blog and post the videos. I'll do better. Comment away!

I do read the articles!

My thoughts on knitting magazines.
  • Cast On Magazine is the official publication of TGKA. I think this magazine has a lot of good resource material on knitting and knitting techniques. I get the magazine as part of my membership to TGKA. I read it for the articles. There are very few men's patterns.
  • Vogue Knitting is a very "vogue" magazine in style and photography. I enjoy this artistic and fashion forward approach to knitting. The few men patterns see to be vests or drop shoulder sweaters. I have enjoyed the designed by Brandon and Kaffe. One article I regularly read is by Meg Swansen from Schoolhouse Press.
  • Knitters Magazine is not a magazine that I enjoy. I do not subscribe and probably won't. The patterns tend to be over-the-top on last years fashion trends knit in colors that are too loud and scary. The photography is quite nice but doesn't highlight the sweater. I don't think it's too much to ask to have the knitted garment be the focus of the photo instead of the building behind the model. The Perri Klass articles are my favorite section of the magazine.
  • Spin-Off has my attention recently because of their good articles and exciting knitting patterns. This might be a magazine that gets a subscription from me. No wonder I like the magazine, it's an Interweave Press product!
  • Interweave Knits is my knitting magazine of choice. I subscribe. Great articles and well written patterns. I can see the knitted garments pretty well. Franklin Habit's blog can be found here. Contact me Franklin so I can be one of your 1,000 Knitters! Clara Parkes writes Knitter's Review and spoke at Knitters Connection in June 2008.
  • Piecework is a magazine that's an unexpected find for knitting magazines.
Thanks for watching. My goal is to not have a video that runs more than 3 minutes. After this post, if I can't say it in under 3 minutes, I should say it.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

umm, UFOs

Hey, this turned out to be straight-forward on my MacBook Pro. I like to talk so I thought I would use a video to start blogging again.

UFOs are "unfinished objects" when related to knitting. I discovered this as my stash was being moved around as we were clearing up areas of the house. I got distracted and started to "shop from stash" and discovered some amazingly wonderful yarns. Before I cast-on another project, I want to complete some projects. The UFOs.
  1. d'zined yarn. This sock was cast-on during the fun of the Magician's Nephew that took place in March/April. I just cast-on and started knitting. The feel of the sock is comfortable so it has merit to be finished. I think it's more of a fall and winter sock because of the tight gauge.
  2. the "Lopi Sock." I learned to knit socks using this pattern and Lamb's Pride Bulky. These knit up fast on size 10 or 10.5 needles. I've knit 9 pairs of these socks. They are wonderful to wear around cold houses to keep your feet warm. A fast knit and short so they don't go up far on the leg, so it's a slipper sock. This one has a twisted cable pattern. I'm using ends of the Lamb's Pride Bulky so the colors are mis-matched, bright and cheery! I will finish this. Now, who should get this pair?
  3. Elbac Scarf. This pattern from knitty. I'm using Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Worsted yarn in a blue color. I'm halfway through the scarf, almost. I found the knitting a bit too detailed to be "mindless" and I've had to keep track of rows and st repeats and such. bleech. Nice sound effect, eh? Who will get this scarf? The ribbing scarf does have some stretch to it so it will get a bit wider. This one might be in the "finish" pile.
  4. The Placerville vest. It's LOFTY LOU'S YARN SHOP in Placerville, CA. Lou spun the yarn herself and I like that I purchased a handspun yarn that no one else would ever have. I got creative by introducing a purple yarn to make the vest. I'm using the EPS system to create this vest to fit me. I will finish this. What I need to do is determine how I'm going to decrease the v-neck of the vest. I've got three steeks going (two for sleeves, one for neck). The lighting doesn't show the colors well at all. (n2s: better lighting)
  5. the Prayer Shawl. the M's gave me lots of acryllic yarn which is good for a prayer shawl because it's washable. The colors remind me of peonies that my grandmother gave to my Mom. Those huge pink blooms with a dark green framing and slight bits of dark pink. Wonderful memory for me. This one is knit length-wise with fringe, not tassels. It's knitting up fast and I'm only knitting on it around friends and people who love me. Nothing better to go into a Prayer Shawl than love and support. I'm giving this to my mother who will donate it to her church.
  6. Maryland Sheep and Wool Sock out of the claudia (I think). One sock is finished. I got lost in the middle of the second heel using Don's toe-up sock pattern from two years ago. If I ask, I wonder if Don could actually tell me where I am in the pattern. I'd like to finish this second sock. I mean, I'm so close and the sock has great memories of my first trip to MS&W.
  7. Scallop Scarf my own variation out of Jitterbug. I like my pattern a bit better because the color shows up a bit better. I've got about 1/2 of this scarf done. The thing that is tough is that I knit three other complete scarves for a class that I taught. That explains the "time-out" for the scarf. It wouldn't take much to finish the scarf and it's reversible and won't curl. Thoughts on this? I mean, the yarn could turn into socks, right?
  8. Baby Surprise Jacket out of Cascade 220. I used this as a class sample for the BSJ class I tought. I need to seem this BSJ with some interesting i-cord trim. I'm hesitating a bit because I've not done this technique before. Finishing this will be time consuming and buttons. This one is in the finish pile.
  9. Gale Shawl out of Grandma's Blessing from Briar Rose Fibers. Love the pattern. Love the Yarn. Love the recipient. Absolutely to be finished. Will I take it on the "fishing trip?" I've not decided. "wooster" Guess who walked in on the recording of this? See him in the back? He's like...what are you doing?
  10. Yoke Sweater using Lopi Yarns. The blog history of this error can be found in the archives by clicking here. The colors are my own combination. I've got to tick back to correct the error. Really, all that is left is the fair isle knitting on the yoke. I'm more than half way done. I wish I had pulled out the error before I put the sweater in hibernation. If I take this on the fishing trip, I need to be ready to knit on it. It's not car knitting for me.
What you didn't see are the 6 other projects sitting on the side table. Now, these are UFOs and not the "promised projects." That's a completely different post.

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Sunday, June 8, 2008

bring back memories?

So, knitSB has been enjoying the DVR. So much that he's been able to record shows that he's wanted to see. The most recent obsession is Dr. Who.

That brought me to remembering this song. Do you remember this? I remember dancing with trixiethebear back in the day. A fun song. Enjoy

Sunday, June 1, 2008

I've been tagged by Paul

Paul tagged me and I give you my answers.

“The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog.
Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.”

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?
That would be 1998, right? I was working in Human Resources and taking classes at my alma mater in Fashion Design. I had completed the first of the fashion design classes and was working on my second one. I was also working on my first fashion construction class. I was having a grand time taking these classes. I was on year 10 of my first LTR that ended 4 years later. Creatively, I was in my element. I've moved from fabric to fiber and still enjoying myself!

2. What are 5 things on my to-do list for today (not in any particular order):
Move plants outside
Grocery shop
Cook dinner
I got these all finished. :) Now on to read additional work related materials for a meeting on Wednesday.

3. Snacks I enjoy:
I'm a fan of BBQ chips and chocolate ice cream. I enjoy sweet as well as salty. Yum. Currently I'm enjoying fruits more often.

4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
Set up a foundation that would ensure longevity of the money. Live debt-free and ensure that my family and friends also had opportunities to have fun and adventures. I would enjoy exploring the Louvre for an extended period of time. You know, just not a quick visit but be able to site and sketch the artwork that would surround me. Completely renovate our house (and several others around ours.) Visit all 50 states. Create a foundation that would foster creativity in schools. It would need to start small and make sure that we'd get things done right and focus on the first 7 years of life and ages 13-19. Important things learning to read and explore the world and applying what you've learned and acting and speaking in your own voice. I don't have to travel a lot, but I do want lots of experiences that I can share with my friends.

5. Places I have lived:
on Livingston Ave
on Douglass Ave
on Gay St

6. Peeps I want to know more about:

All the Yarn

Songferret, knitSB and I attended the Great Lakes Fiber Show last weekend. We had a great time, overall. Got to see some people that I meet during 2007's Knitter's Connection. I purchased a great deal of yarn and enjoyed every last skein of it! I'll be sharing some details and pictures over the next couple of days.

I was very thrilled to see Briar Rose Fibers there! I noticed the name because of they are a sponsor of Cast-on podcast. I made sure that I told her I noticed the name because the sponsorship. Cool to meet someone that helps to bring a good thing into existence. I got some lace-weight yarn and two skeins of a sport weight yarn. One skein of Grandma's Blessing in a dark colorway that has deep blues with browns and reds. It will turn into something wonderful designed by Knitspot. There is massive yardage in this skein! 1200 yards! I'll be able knit quite a bit with this yarn.

BTW: I had a rock star moment with knitspot. I was searching for her patterns because I saw that Francis had one I didn't see. So I was searching in a book, bought 3 patterns and was walking to a different shop when....there she was Anne...aka knitspot! I squeed and pointed at her and said as I pointed "you're knitspot!" Sure enough. And she's nice. I only regret that I didn't snap a picture.

Back to the yarn. I also bought a skein of Legend that is 1500 yarns of deep rich browns and khaki to deep olive green. Nice, huh? It will be made into a Twinings Stole by knitspot.

The lace weight is Angel Face in 100% alpaca! An amazing 2500 yards of handpainted yarn. This stuff is great and very affordable. Briar Rose provides a rather nice yarn, handpainted with a brown undertone. I've been looking for some yarn that could turn into a "manly" type of lace or shawl. I think I found my source for the yarn. Briar Rose will be at KC in a couple of weeks. I plan to say "hi" while I consider some additional yarns. Stop by and see these great yarns.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Weekend plans

I'm heading to Cleveland this weekend to visit the M's (the amazing person who taught me to knit.) Then I'll be a medical guinea pig for some diabetes research on Monday. I'll tweet all the tests and fun/excitement for you all to experience with me. That will be fun, won't it?

I'm enjoying the BSJ that I'm making out of the Noro Sock Yarn. I'm almost finished. It's been a good knit.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Tunes on Tuesday Discovery Style

Check out Musicovery is a web-based interactive site that calls out for exploration. Try it and let me know what you think. As I explore this site, I like the visual interaction and watching the music options change (right in front of my face). There are lots of options to discover.

Way cool. See where your selections lead you.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

KIP and New Rowan Books

This a great weekend!
Friday, knitSB and I spend the night with Trixie and watched "Better Than Chocolate" and "Kinky Boots." We had dinner, chatted and such. A good time and I knit, of course. I completed the BSJ in Cascade 220 in colors that knitSB selected. I just have to run in the ends and decide how I am going to finish it.
On Saturday knitSB, LJ, Songferret and I went to Songferrets for a potluck and movie watching. "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" and "Enchanted." I knit, of course. I cast on another BSJ in Noro Sock Yarn on size 2 needles. The difference in size should be fun to see.
After sleeping in late on Sunday (woo-hoo!), I went to my LYS and enjoyed some knitting in public. I got to see some great people that I've not seen since I stopped working there.

I picked up three Rowan books.
"all seasons at the mill"
"pure wool: Family Collection"
"Rowan: Knitting and Crochet Magazine Number 43"
What surprised me is that there were actually men's patterns in these books!

Sunday evening, I saw Avenue Q and laughed quite a bit. An adult show with puppets. Who would have thought?

Saturday, April 12, 2008

This makes me wonder

What did the choreographer do to get into prison and why do they let him do this to all those prisoners?

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Peep This

Found on a different blog and it made me laugh.

Go here to find the Peeps Show II from the Washington Post.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Hooray! Almost done!

Yep, the knitting is completed on the socks for the sock exchange. See?
Kristen's Sock1

I wondered if you all thought I still knit. I do! These socks were knit using Cider Moon (a moment of silence, please...) Glacier in Purple and stripped with Yarn Candy. I created the pattern using an increase/decrease pattern. Now. I just hope that they will fit her.

All I need to do know is run in the ends. There are quite a few ends because I stripped the socks every-other row. I think I'll sit under good lighting tomorrow and finish these up. So, if you're reading this Kristen...when do you want them?

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Tunes on Tuesday

Did I mention that I got to see the Cowboy Junkies, live and in person a couple of weeks ago?

I did. My friend (and obsessed fan for Margo Timmons) NW got knitSB and me really great seats. The venue was the perfect one for their bluesy sounds.

I first heard the Cowboy Junkies when I picked up The Trinity Sessions based on a review I read. The album's feel was quite mysterious to me. The history from the website about the album just intrigued me.

The song list:
01. Mining For Gold
02. Misguided Angel
03. Blue Moon Revisited (Song For Elvis)
04. I Don't Get It
05. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
06. To Love Is To Bury
07. 200 More Miles
08. Dreaming My Dreams With You
09. Working On A Building
10. Sweet Jane
11. Postcard Blues
12. Walking After Midnight

I'm particularly fond of track 2. Not to mention track 7. oh...yeah and track 12. The marriage of the music and words with Margo's voice sound rather melancholy and sounded perfect for my 3:00 a.m. art work creating sessions back in college.

Twenty years later, the Cowboy Junkies decided to release Trinity Revisited. Quite nice, overall. I was a bit surprised to have Natalie join in.

What albums were you listening to at 3:00 a.m. back in college while you were working hard on projects? Really. Please post a comment and let us know!

Monday, March 31, 2008

March In Review

March is over and I'm quite happy at what's been going on and where I'm going.

Sunday was the last performance of The Magician's Nephew
presented by the Columbus Children's Theater. This was my first time working back stage for a theatrical production. The bar has been placed very high for the next production. I was thrilled to be asked to participate as the Props Master with the added bonus of working with the cast to move sets during the performance. The crew for this production is amazing and I was happy to be part of the show.

I finished teaching another class at my LYS. This class was about the Elizabeth Percentage System. I had six students that where really engaged in the class and enthusiastic about the process. Out of seven sweaters being knit (that includes mine) three were completed during the last class. The sweater I was knitting for Sallie's grandson was one. J completed her sweater out of Noro Kureyon and made a sweater that fits her perfectly. Two of the sweaters that will be finished are a mother/daughter team. I'm working with one knitter because she is knitting with cotton and that takes a bit longer. One of the best things about this class was to help the students with "knitter's choice." "Knitter's Choice" is that wonderful, scary experience when you get to make whatever option you want become a reality. Having lots of options leads to many frustrating and liberating creative experiences. Teaching the class was a rewarding experience for me. I'll be teaching a Baby Surprise Jacket class in the next round of classes.

knitSB and I will able to spend some more time together as I've stopped working at KM. We're planning on spending time deeply "spring cleaning" the house, playing in the yard and getting some things done around the house. I am most going to miss seeing all the knitters and the joy of matching yarn with the project for the knitters. I'll be around and I'm happy to knit in public (KIP) anytime someone contacts me. (hint*contact me*)

Work continues to change towards the goal. But I won't go into that now.

My knitting in March was the EPS for the class and Kristen's socks (one is finished and the other is only missing a heel and ribbing at the top).

Expect to read a bit more from me in April. I'll be sharing some steps I'm taking. I welcome comments and the conversation that can happen in a blog.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Magician's Nephew

So I've been spending my time working on this show. It's been a great experience for me. The director is top-notch and has provided these kids a professional, first-time theater experience. This is the last weekend for the show. If you want to see an exciting and short performance that has amazing costumes, wonderful performances and skilled actors of all ages, come this weekend. Of course, the sound cues are great as are the props and sets (not to mention the set dressing).

The Chronicles of Narnia
Magician's Nephew
*Friends of cast & crew members may get one ticket FREE
with the purchase of one adult ticket for any of the performances listed below.
March 28 Friday 7:30 p.m.
March 30 Saturday 1:00 p.m
Saturday 3:00 p.m.
Saturday 5:00 p.m.
March 30 Sunday 1:00 p.m.

Columbus Children's Theatre
512 N. Park Street
Columbus, OH 43215
BOX OFFICE: 614-224-6673

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Tunes on Tuesday

I've been thinking about great artists and musical groups that I would enjoy seeing in concert. I don't go to concerts very often. The crowds, getting there, waiting patiently and dealing with drunk idiots acting stupid while they sing along with the headliner annoy me. That being said, I did see a great concert last year.

What I was thinking about specifically was which artist(s) would I want to see in a small venue with an appropriately behaved audience. I would, of course, have great seats and be thrilled with the play lists. I would be so enthralled that I wouldn't be able to knit because my full attention and being would be watching the performance. That being said (or over said), my list would include the following (living) artists in no particular order:

Marianne Faithfull
Annie Lennox
Dave Stewart
Tracy Chapman
A Flock of Seagulls
Nine Inch Nails
Alison Moyet
George Michael
Pet Shop Boys
Peter Gabriel
Billy Joel
Sarah McLachlan
Joan Baez

That was difficult. I've been fortunate to have seen Joan Baez, Annie Lennox and Eurythmics in concert (not together, but separately a few years back).

Who would you want to see in concert?

Saturday, March 8, 2008

noro sock yarn

Did you read the Knitter's Review of noro sock yarn? I appreciate the honest review. I too am frustrated by the plethora of knots that show up in all of noro's yarn. I don't think I've ever had a skein that didn't have a knot in it. Now, I'll be happy to go and take the knot out and spit-slice to avoid having to run in ends.

I appreciate the good review and will use it as I explain to people the benefits and drawbacks of the yarn. The color is great. And it's a thin yarn and needs to be knit on the smallest needles to keep the fabric tight so it doesn't wear out. That means I'll be knitting on a size zero needle. I've got a skein of this stuff divided in half to try to knit. Of course, these fall lower in the knitting queue than I want, but there is knitting to be accomplished, right?

Creative Friday

I might have not been totally forthcoming with where I'm spending my non-work time. I'm "Prop Master" for the Columbus Children's Theater production of The Magician's Nephew. Most of the props are set and I've been able to help do some set dressing. I'm making ivy curtains, bushes and flower steps that will be part of the Narnia set. I took Friday off so I could have uninterrupted time to work on these pieces. I've been able to work at the "studio" space for set designs. It's a large warehouse where they do set creation for all their shows and store props, etc.

I had a really wonderful day working. I've forgotten how much I enjoy the creative process. When I was in school, I would spend hours lost in the creative zone, so much that I lost track of time. This happened again on Friday. Moving around, accessing the right supply to put into the work, listening to music really brought back my desire to find this creative space more often.

Of course, the snow moved in to town. I was able to drive with only a few problems to get to the studio. Songferret kept me in the know about the weather advisory and knitSB was in a two hour trip home from work for a trip that should have taken less then 20 minutes. I worked until about 11:00 p.m. and loaded the car up to take everything to the theater on Saturday.

I stopped for ice cream on the way home, just because. I got the call at 8:30 that the LYS was closed today because of weather. Good choice.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Sock Exchange with the Knit Wits!

Quick, look at these photos. The lovely Cat organized a sock exchange for the Ohio Knit Wits for the month of February. The idea was to have people sign-up to be included in the exchange and Cat would randomly match people. There were 8 people in the exchange.

Now, I had Kristen and she was kind that I didn't finish my socks. Work and such, been busy and I've had lots of knitting for the LYS class. Here's a picture of her with the progress socks. It's not like she's excited to have Cider Moon socks in a pattern that I've created for her! See?


Her smile is an indication of how much fun we had! Beth made Cat some fun socks. And Kay made socks for Megan, and Megan made socks for Kristen's Mom and Kristen's mom made socks for Jen, and Jen is making socks for me, Cat made socks for Kay and Kristen made socks for Beth. Who did I forget? I'm holding Jen's socks for ransom. :) They're in my car!

Next exchange is a "2 skeins or less" idea. Use 2 skeins or less for the exchange item. That item can be anything appropriate for the recipient. Sounds like fun, doesn't it? I'm going to use yarn from stash. And there are some great books out there to help with the one or two skeins.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Tunes on Tuesday

I'm an Annie Lennox fan. (but you already know that by now, don't you?)

I'm also a fan of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. I've read the book several times and have watched almost every version of the story available, including An American Christmas Carol and Ebbie. I did play Bob Cratchit in a play of a Christmas Carol when I was a freshman. That might be what started it. I so enjoy a story when love wins out and someone has the realization that they can be a crabby dork or share good will across the board. Call me sentimental.

One of my favorite versions is Scrooged and it came out in 1988. Bill is great as is the supporting cast. It has this great song "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" sung by Al Green and Annie Lennox. This song makes me feel good. I bought this as a 45 back in the day. You remember 45's, don't you. I played this song when I had a turntable set up.

I give you a single that makes me feel good. Very nice to feel good on a rainy day!

Monday, March 3, 2008

Knitting 'Todd Style

This past saturday I had an opportunity to hang out with Songferret and do some knitting after I completed my work on the props for the CCT Magician's Nephew. It's been awhile since I've actually had time to knit. And my hands missed the needles.

We watched Sweeney Todd with Angela. It was quite good. I saw the John Doyle tour last year and rather enjoyed it.

There is a scene when he is given his razors after a long time without having them in his hands. I sometimes feel this way when I get needles in my hands after not being able to knit for awhile. No, I'm not wanting to hurt anyone, of course. I've included the scene for your viewing pleasure.

edit added by knittingbrow
Of course, Songferret had the perfect follow-up movie, Jersey Girl. He told me to "trust him" as there was a reason to watch this movie. Have you seen Jersey Girl? It's quite good, really. So, after seeing Sweeney Todd, I got to see this scene in Jersey Girl. Perfect match!