Soon to be just yarn again.
29 December 2002 I made this little bear from the Lopi wool that I dyed with Kool-Aid. The pattern was from the book "Knitting for Baby." I had trouble with the mattress stitching used to sew up the bear and sew the arms on, especially after trying (mostly unsuccessfully) to felt the bear. I was left with a bear that had Frankenstein stitching all over it, and arms that looked like they were about to fall off. So I knitted a little sweater for the bear to hide the Frankenstein stitches and give some support to the arms.
I went crazy at the yarn store yesterday. Armed with Christmas money, I bought some Filatura Di Crosa Nikerboker. It's a luscious brown with little colored flecks. It's a nice wool/alpaca/acrylic blend. I also bought some 100% Wool Yarn from Bartlett Yarns. This gorgeous green was the exact the color I was searching for. You can see from the picture I've already started my next sweater. And last but not least, I bought a bunch of this Horstia Maulbeerseide-Schurwolle in a beautiful raspberry color. This wool/silk blend is so pretty that I just had to have it for some future project. I never thought I would be one to have a stash, but it's inevitable. You have to buy yarn you love when it's available or you might miss out! I just hope I bought enough.
27 December 2002 Well my Christmas knitting was kind of a disappointment. I did end up knitting two facecloths to give away with some homemade soap, but I didn't remember to take a picture before I gave them away. I finished a hat I was making for a friend's little girl, but it came out way too small for a 2 year old. I do have a neighbor who is having a baby in January so I could give it to her, but I don't know her that well and I don't know if it would be weird or not.
My friend Nancy, who lives in Germany sent me a lovely Christmas gift: gingerbread cookies in a little tin with scenic pictures on it, two Wonderballs, and four Kinder Surprise Eggs! We opened two of the Kinder Eggs and the cookies immediately, and saved the other two eggs and the Wonderballs for Christmas Day. Here's a picture of the four toys we got as our Kinder Surprises! I love those things.
Not much happening right now, Sean and I are both on vacation until January 2nd. We went to a matinee today and saw Drumline. It was pretty good, but definitely could have been a rental.
24 December 2002 Merry Christmas!
13 December 2002 Say hello to my little friend. I finally broke down and bought a counter. I bought the expensive (for what it is, anyway) one that locks. It's a damn useful tool. I'm currently working on a scarf for my Mom's birthday on the 18th. I kept forgetting what row I was on. Mind you, this is a 2 row pattern repeat, so that tells you how bad I am at remembering. Here's what it was starting to look like. It's hard to see, but you can tell it's not right. It was completely messed up, and I knew my Mom would be able to notice it. Because this yarn (Lion Brand Thick and Quick Chenille) is pretty much ruined by frogging, I had to buy another skein and start over. Using the stitch counter, my progress looks much better! You can see there are ribs that run the length of it. Normally, I can look at my knitting and pretty much figure out where I am in the pattern if I get lost, but this yarn is so fuzzy I can't see the individual stitches.
Anyway, it's moving along nicely now, and I think my Mom will be happy with it. I hope it cheers her up a little. Yesterday, my 75 year old Dad fell off a ladder while trimming the grapes in his backyard and broke his pelvis (and possibly his right wrist and a couple of ribs.). Apparently it's better to break your pelvis than your hip, and he broke it in a "good" place that is faster healing that other places. My Mom said he was able to walk a little bit today with a walker and should be released from the hospital tomorrow. If I know my Dad, he's most upset that he's not going to be able to play golf for awhile.
I received a one sentence e-mail from someone in Canada. It was in French, so I used Alta Vista Translation and here's what it said: "I want has to see the book of Nifty Knit Dishcloths." So, I hope this is what you wanted: Nifty Knit Dishcloths (with presentation by the lovely and nifty Merf).
In cat news, Petey has taken to pulling all my sandals out of their cubbies and piling them in front of his little sleeping spot in the closet. (It's the pile on the left, that used to be in the now empty floral cubby on the left, not the pile he's leaning on. Those belong there.) I have no idea why he did this. Cats are silly.
09 December 2002 Well, it's official. I'm not only stopping all work on the New Year's Eve sweater, I'm going to unravel it all and put the yarn back in the stash. The combination of the two yarns I'm using really gives a yellow tint to the finished piece. Yellow makes me look like death, and that's the last thing I want happening on New Year's Eve.
I do love the latest issue of Knitty. I haven't yet read the entire thing, but I will soon. I know I will be printing out more than a few articles and patterns from this issue. I think it might be time to donate.
Not much to say today, so here's a picture. He's not playing with yarn, but it is the tape measure from my knitting basket, so it kind of fits.
05 December 2002 I am not dead. The only news is that I've been sick. I've had a dreadful flu for the last four days, and today was the first day I could actually sit up and be out of bed most of the day!
I am so hating the new year's eve sweater. I hate the yarn, I hate knitting flat, I hate everything about it. After three tries at starting the front, I finally decided the instructions were wrong.
The Lorna's Laces socks are history, ready to be started over. I still don't know why I'm getting ladders, even after some excellent advice from Kalijul and Mama Kate. But I've put that project aside to try to knit at least a couple of Christmas presents, which can not be written about here until after Christmas.
I've been thinking about changing this site over to Movable Type or something that is more easily updated. Anybody ever convert from FrontPage to Movable Type? I'd love to hear from you.
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