Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Crazy couple of weeks...

I'm back! It has been a crazy couple of weeks. Working long hours, doing loads of laundry, house cleaning, taking care of sick hubby, raising a 2 year old boy...haven't had much time to knit at all.
In my spare moments (of which there were few), I had a chance to knit a little more of the socks for my dad, another pair of socks for myself, and do some more knitting on my decorative couch pillow. I finished my Maine Morning Mitts--you can check the pic out on Ravelry--I'm Sturgillsusan on there. The mitts were not my favorite project. The thumb on one of them is completely weird.

I began (yet) pair of socks, this time in Paca Peds HT, from the Alpaca Yarn Company. I love love love this yarn! It is so smooth and has a great hand. I can't wait to slip these on my feet! I'm using a pattern from Knit N' Style, and have changed it up a little. When I finish the first sock, I'll post a picture of it and explain what I did.

I bought some new yarn recently. A skein of Berroco Sox, a skein of Berroco Sox metallic, and a skein of Tuscan Grove Lucca yarn in the "Buckeye" colorway. I live in Ohio, 25 minutes from Columbus, the capital and home of Ohio State University, whose team is the Buckeyes. The colors are scarlet and grey!
Last night I ordered some yarn from The Loopy Ewe--on the way: Tuscan Grove Bellagio in "Mint Ganache" (yum!) and Handmaiden Casbah Sock yarn. I'm totally excited about the Casbah, as I've heard a lot of great things about it...and really..I could go on and on about how much I love cashmere!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Link to an interesting blog post from Knitgrrl's blog

Link to Shannon Okey's Knitgrrl blog here to read a post that I thought was really interesting. I love Ravelry! I log onto it more often than I check my email, and end up getting lost, looking at the yarn, projects, and other user's opinions about my favorite thing to do....knitting!! And now I love Rav more than I did 20 minutes ago...

Awhile back, I blogged about Knit 1. magazine and how I felt that it had slipped in its quality in recent months. My opinion still hasn't changed, and I am now in the process of letting most of my other knitting mag subscriptions run out. It's not that I don't like reading them anymore, it's mostly that I can get (free or paid) my patterns on Rav now. I like supporting designers, and the magazines just aren't paying the designers what they should be for their creations. I have a binder that is filled with patterns that I have purchased, and it's quite a collection. I can go browse it whenever I want, and it's nice knowing that whomever created the pattern was paid a fair price for their time and work.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Shopping the stash...

I have been going through my stash recently and trying to sort through what I've got. I have enough of a stash to last through this recession(hopefully). I'm not a fast knitter, due to the fact that I am the mother of a 2 1/2 year old boy and because I think I am a process knitter--that is, I enjoy the actual process of knitting as much as I enjoy the end result--my finished ____.

Breakdown of my stash:
--Enough sock yarn to knit a pair of socks a month for 2 years.
--Enough wool to knit things for Warm Woolies for about a year.
--Enough worsted acrylic to knit blankets for 200 babies.
--Enough baby-friendly yarn (acrylic) to knit 500 hats for newborns and preemies.
--Enough ends and leftovers to knit gloves, mittens, ornaments, and socks for my son for 2 years.
--Enough cotton to knit a dishcloth a day for a year.
--3 pounds of yarn for sweaters.

I'm in the mood for frugality these days, mostly because I am ever mindful of bills, but also because I prefer my leftover money to be with me, not wanting to spend it on just anything. And I'm not saying that yarn is "just anything." I just feel like I have enough of it for now...and I've seen a lot of things that I may want in a couple months, just not right now.

Which brings up...the space issue. We live in a 2-bedroom apartment, which is fine for us right now. My hubby is an avid comic book collector (we're both geeks to the extreme) and he has 8 long boxes of comics. They cannot be stacked on each other or stored in the attic in order to keep the comics in pristine condition--no condensation or crushing allowed. They currently reside in our bedroom under the desk and in our son's closet. I have 3 rubbermaid bins full of yarn, an underbed storage bin full of yarn, a white paper bag from my LYS (full of yarn), a Lion Brand knitting bag that I won a couple years ago, and a shelving unit that I bought from a going-out-of-business sale that is going to be full of yarn soon. I really have no more room, hence the stashbusting that is in effect. Once I have used some of what I have up, then I will feel better about getting more yarn. Hmm....hope I have enough room to store my FO's.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Digging out..

Much of this week has been spent digging out in various ways from the ice/snow storm that hit many states, including Ohio. I took some pictures of the snow and was really beautiful to watch but such a PITA to deal with. Our power went out at 6 a.m on Wednesday morning, came back on at 10 a.m., went out again at 1 p.m., so we went out to dinner and prayed that it would come back on, otherwise we would have driven 4 hours to get to my parents' home in Cleveland, Ohio. God was smiling on us because our power did come back on, about a 1/2 hour after we got home. Let me tell you that 1/2 hour in the plummeting temperature of our apartment, complete with a scared whining dog and a rambunctious preschooler, was not the best time I have ever had. We made it fun for Charlie (our son) by going under the covers and pretending we were camping out in a tent.

I mailed out my Valentine's Day Swap package to my partner. I had so much fun putting it together! Just in case she reads this, I'm not going to put up a picture of the finished package but I really hope she likes it!

Just been knitting a lot this week--got the dishcloth bug, so I have been trying out a bunch of different patterns. Went to the Jo-Ann Fabrics superstore in Columbus the other night to browse before we ate dinner, and was pleasantly surprised at the selection of yarn they had. I was unable to find Vanna's Glamour, one of Lion Brand's new yarns that I wanted to try. I did, however, get a maxi-sized skein of Bernat Sox and 2 skeins of Premier Yarns' Deborah Norville collection Serenity sock weight. It's a blend of superwash wool , bamboo (yummy), and nylon. It is really soft and I'm hoping knits up well and lasts relatively long. I'm having a problem with some of the socks I have made, namely my first pair. Where the joins are for the dpns, there is more wear on the sock than in other areas. It's making a really thin fabric, but this is after probably 50+ washes in the machine and drying in the dryer. I'm going to try different ways of creating socks, to give myself more variety and also to figure out how to build a better sock.