June 28, 2004

One step forward...

...one step back. Knitted about 4 inches on my green-blue top-down raglan using the lace panel I devised for the sides. It looked like total crap. So, I ripped it out and started looking through all two of my stitch books for something that might work out a little better.

I just wanted a little lace panel, something not too fancy. Something to throw in just enough monkey wrench to stop the color pooling, but not use up too much yarn.

I think I found the one that will work, and it's called... "Little Lace Panel." Perfect!

Pictures when I actually do some knitting.

Posted by LoriO at 9:29 PM

June 25, 2004

Silly soap

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I bought this soap because it was on "reduced for final sale" at my local grocery store. It smelled ok in the store, but now it smells just like Silly Putty. Can soap go bad?

Posted by LoriO at 9:31 PM

June 23, 2004

Options

I knitted another 3 inches or so on my green-blue raglan. I'm not liking the weird pooling at all. The options that I see at this point are:

1. Let it be. This is what I always do, and why I hardly ever wear the things I knit.

2. Frog it and knit alternately from two balls. I can't figure out how to do this in the round.

3. Frog it and throw in some sort of lacy side detail or some shaping and hope that this will break up the color pooling a bit. Anyone? Would this work?

So I'm a bit stalled on this project, but I spent some time last night swatching different lacy patterns, so it's not a total waste. The one I'm leaning toward is (if I remember correctly) "yo, k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, yo". This seems unbalanced and shouldn't have worked, but for some reason it looked ok-ish. It was a little clunky. I was trying to mimic the look of the raglan increases (yo, k2, yo), but down the sides and without actually increasing anything.

Hopefully I'll come up with a solution tonight.

Posted by LoriO at 10:37 AM

June 20, 2004

Weekend Wrap Up

I went to an estate sale Saturday, and as usual, immediatly started looking for knitting stuff. The place was a mess, but I kind of like sales like that. You never know what you'll find.

The man who died left no heirs, and his neices and their husbands (or maybe it was nephews and their wives, or some combination thereof...anyway) were left to sort out the contents of the house after all the other relatives had gone through and taken what they wanted. The man's wife had died 15 years before him, and he had become a packrat. There were rooms full of stuff just tossed into the middle of the room.

When I asked if there was any yarn or knitting needles the woman said there was a loom in the other room, but no yarn. I'm not very interested in weaving, but I thought I'd have a look. It wasn't a loom, it was a knitting machine.

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I have never really had an inclination to knit by machine, but for $5.00 I couldn't pass it up.

Does anyone know anything about these? I did a search on ebay to see if I could find something similar, and there is one listed with the same model number (KnitKing Model 4000) but it looks newer. It's only going for $10.49 at the moment so I'm starting to think maybe I overpaid.

I have the ribbing extension, and the yarn tensioner thingy, but no other accessories. From the manual, I can see that I am missing the following items:

Double Transfer Tools
Work Hook and Single Transfer Tool
Latch Needle Tool and single Transfer Tool
Rib Holding Device
Needle Shifter

I'll bet these were in the house somewhere, but impossible to find unless you knew what to look for, and I didn't at the time. After I bought the machine, I took it home and then urged Sean to go and look at all the scrap metal that was there. Here's what he bought (not the cart, just the metal). Sean is into metalworking, welding and blacksmithing, and this is his new metal "stash."

While Sean was picking through the huge metal piles, I looked for more goodies in the house. I found one more gem, though it isn't knit related.

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Click to see the other side.

Yes, it's a dog grooming attachment for the vacuum cleaner! How cool is that! And the guy gave it to me for free, along with a couple of other little things I picked up while waiting for Sean, because, earlier in the day, I had come across a big tobacco tin filled to the brim with marbles, and I gave it to them instead of buying it. I found it tucked way back in the bottom shelf of a bookshelf in a closet. I knew it was something that they would want to keep. Some old marbles can be valuable, and it did have some sentimental value too.

After a few hours of picking through the metal pile, then having to load it in the hot sun, we were so tired. Ok, I mostly just stood around. But still, it was hot! When we got home, I started looking through the booklets and manuals for the KnitKing, and there in the manual was a picture of a thing I had been staring at for about an hour while waiting for Sean. It was the ribbing attachment for the knitting machine. It looked like some type of paper towel holder so it just didn't register when I saw it in the backyard with all the other junk. I had to drive back to the sale and pick it up. So I went to the same estate sale three times on Saturday.

Sunday, I spent a lot of my day cleaning and organizing my "craft room," and orgainizing my patterns and needles. It feels good to finally have that done, and I found a needle that I thought was lost (an Addi Turbo 60 inch #6...I kept thinking, "how could I lose such a long needle?").

Know anything about knitting machines? Talk to me!

Posted by LoriO at 7:32 PM

June 17, 2004

Fun

I'm really done worrying about my hair, but I had great fun at this site I found via Knitty-me:

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and I thought I'd try out the suggestion that I punk it up a bit:

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I kind of like it!

OK, done now.

Posted by LoriO at 3:35 PM

June 15, 2004

Progress

I am working from home today, and I never realized how noisy it is during the day! Garbage trucks! Barking dogs! Leaf blowers! Chain saws! Regular saws! Hammering! Dang, I can hardly hear the TV!

Yes, the TV is on. My day has consisted of waiting by my computer all day, messaging back and forth with my boss while we wait for an important part of a document we're writing to be finished.

What goes perfectly with waiting and TV? Knitting, of course. Here's were I am now on the t-shirt:

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The colors are pooling in a strange way, but I don't really mind. I do only have two balls of yarn left so it's going to be close. Maybe it will be a slightly cropped.

Posted by LoriO at 4:05 PM

June 14, 2004

I've decided the hairdresser was on crack.

Thanks for all the sympathy guys! Since I'm carrying on so, about something as trivial as hair, I thought I'd show you what I'm talking about.

I swear to you, this almost exactly what my hair looks like:

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If you don't believe me, click here.

Yes, that is my scalp showing through on the side. If anyone out there has experience with hair, and has any ideas as to how I might do something to make this look better, let me know. I have nothing to lose by going shorter at this point. And, just so you know, I'm sure there are fine and competent stylists at Hoshall for Hair in Carmichael, but don't ever just walk in off the street and expect to get one. Lesson learned.

I plan on knitting tonight, so maybe some progress on the T-shirt in a few days.

Posted by LoriO at 4:31 PM

June 12, 2004

Bad hair day

I'm up to the armohole separations on my green-blue raglan.

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I really think it's turning out cute.

Today I finally got fed up with my hair. For the last two years, I have been kinda, sorta growing it out. But it was starting to bother me so much and I realized that I only wanted to hurry up and grow it out so that I could put it up and get it off my face. So I decided to get it cut short again.

Since my regular hairdresser moved to Benicia, I've been adrift, looking for someone, anyone, that could cut my hair but not be too expensive. So today, I decided to go to one of the highest rated salons in the area and see if they took walk-ins. They did.

As I was waiting for someone to become available, I heard one of the hairdressers talking to a client about her hair and face shape, and I thought to myself, "that is exactly right" and I wished that she could cut my hair. But she was unavailable (and double the walk-in price).

Now, everytime I've ever had my hair cut, I've sat in the chair for a few minutes and discussed what I wanted, allowing the hairdresser to see my hair dry to get a feel for it. This time I was walked by the hairdresser on the way to the shampoo bay. I asked the shampoo person if it was normal not to meet with the hairdressor before the wash and she said "that's why I took you by to say hello. All it takes is a glance for her to know what kind of hair you have." Ok.

At this point I was considering paying for the shampoo and leaving while my hair was wet, but I didn't want to seem weird.

When I got into the chair, I had a moment where I thought "I'll just say I want my bangs trimmed and get out of here." But I didn't. I showed her the picture
of the way I wanted my hair cut and she said she thought that would look great.

Then I had to take off my glasses. I can't see a thing without my glasses.

By the time I put my glasses back on I had been shorn like a marine. It's like little boy hair and I hate it. I look like Moe of the Three Stooges, only Moe's hair is about 2 inches longer than mine. She spent 20 minutes thinning my hair with thinning shears. I have very fine, thin hair, and do not need thinning! She said she was putting in "texture" with them. All I can see is the near bald spot above my ears. It looks nothing like the picture I showed her. It looks more like this, only shorter.

I'm so mad that I didn't listen to my gut. I knew it wasn't going to turn out good, but I sayed on the path and just let it all happen like a damn idiot. I did pay for the cut, but I wasn't going to lie and say I liked it. I literally have a near bald spot on the side of my head. They gave me a gift certificate for a free cut, and I think I'll take them up on that, with the hairdresser that I first saw when I walked in. But it'll be about 3 months before my hair is long enough to cut again. I think this is literally the worst haircut of my entire adult life.

Now, I know it's not a huge problem, and my hair will grow back, and other people have so many more problems that are bigger. But still, I was upset. I don't have money to waste on bad haircuts.

Posted by LoriO at 10:43 PM

June 9, 2004

Technical Term Wednesday

Hello! I'm here, but I've been busy. Unfortunately I haven't been busy knitting. I have yet to reach the point where I divide for the armholes (or ayrmyscydosios - technical term) on my blue-green raglan, so no new pictures. Soon! I'm almost there.

We had a fairly eventful weekend, for us anyway. I took Picabou to the vet on Saturday (hot spots), we went to the movies on Sunday night (Harry Potter--Excellent! Go see it!) and then again on Monday night because we had free passes to a Sneak Preview (The Stepford Wives--wait for it to come on HBO). Also, Sean finished putting in the brick patio in the backyard. Yay!

The best news of the weekend: Our ceiling fan started working again! The darn thing ground to a halt about 10 months ago. Errrt. No amount of cleaning, lubing, or spinning the little spinning-thingy (another technical term) manually would fix it. So we just left it until we could buy a new one. When we finally did buy another one, before Sean began installing it, he wistfully started up the old one and gave it a push with his finger. It worked! I swear you could hear angels singing when those blades started turning again. Now every evening when we sit in that room we look up and marvel. "Hey Honey," "Yes?" "The ceiling fan is still spinning!"

It's the little things that make us happy.

Posted by LoriO at 4:24 PM

June 2, 2004

How Lori got her knit back

Well, since the book was due on a Saturday, I knew I could keep it for one extra day, but really get two extra days out of it because the library is closed on Sunday, and Monday was a holiday. So I kept the book, and frantically tried to finish it over the weekend. I didn't make it, but I did end up finishing it last night and turning it back in today. Whew!

Because I had so much book listening to do, I decided to go ahead and use the store credit I had burning a hole in my pocket. The store credit was at A Time When, a semi-LYS. I haven't used this credit up until now because it was only for $42.00. That kind of money will not buy enough yarn for a whole sweater, especially at a place like A Time When because they have very high-end stuff. I was waiting until I had some disposable cash to add to it before I used it. But this was an emergency. I had hours and hours of audiobook to listen too.

So I decided that with a nice summer top in cotton, I might be able to get away with a smaller amount of yarn and keep to my budget. I came close.

I bought some Lana Grossa Multicot Print, in a lovely blue-green color. Here's what I've knit so far:

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It's just going to be a simple from-the-top raglan, a-la Glampyre, and it's turning out really nice. I hope I have enough yarn, there were only 8 balls to be had and I bought them all. What's knitted here is 3 balls worth, so it'll be close. I really like it so far!

Posted by LoriO at 3:32 PM