November 24, 2004

Ahhhhhh.... time to relax.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We went to Sean's parent's house this year for the first time. They just moved back to the Bay Area from Missouri (literally, furniture was delivered on Wednesday) but still wanted to have us over for a turkey dinner. It was good, but I miss having the leftovers we usually have from cooking here. I did not get near enough pie.

So that was Thursday and Friday. Today was spent cleaning up and doing some painting detail work. I should finish my part of the painting tomorrow.

I went to an Estate Sale last weekend, and got a huge box of vintage kintting magazines for $2.00. They were scattered around the garage in various dusty boxes. I love these vintage mags so much! I am determined to knit some patterns from them someday.

I had to hold myself back from buying much yarn. The stuff that was there, was either impractically small guage (laceweight, in an army green) or 1 oz. hanks of nice wool, but in light teal, which I just could not see myself knitting. So I held back and bought only some light blue silk yarn for $3.00. I'm sure there's enough for a scarf. There were 6 center pull balls, and one had a Crystal Palace lable stuck in the middle. Unfortunatly I lost it somewhere between the craft room and the car.

The scarf is my only project at the moment. I needed to start something portable because I'm on call for jury duty next week.

In other news, the lovely pink haired Lynn was kind enough to let me borrow her Knitter's magazine, the one I was too cheap to try to win off eBay. The pattern I wanted is Charlotte Quiggle's "Ribbing is no Yolk." It's funny how I remember this as being an all-over cable pattern, when in actuality there is not one cable on it! Thanks Lynn!

Posted by LoriO at 11:54 AM

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by LoriO at 11:34 AM

November 17, 2004


I finally got out my yardstick and measured a skein of the yarn I'm using for Carlotta, and I was right-- there is not enough yarn for this pattern. It's about 80 yards in each skein and I only have 9. What was I thinking? I know...I wasn't.

Now I'm still in the mode of trying to decide on whether or not to try the same pattern with different yarn, or find a new pattern or blah blah blah.

Actually, I don't see me knitting anything for a few days. I'm at a new temp job this week, so no time during the day for surfing. When I get home at night I just have to catch up on e-mail and a few blogs. Plus, I'm really tired. I'm just not cut out for temping. I'm a person who thrives on routine. As much as I hate that about myself, I have to recognize it. Temping is "new job" stress with each job, albeit mitigated a bit by the "I don't give a shit because I don't really work here" attitude that I get sometimes. This particular job is good though, nice people, lots of busy work, not too dressy, and it's 5 minutes from home. And it's only for 4 days.

Posted by LoriO at 9:31 PM

November 15, 2004

Tell me why

Why is this magazine so hard to win on eBay?


I have tried and tried to win a copy of this magaine on eBay, but the price always skyrockets. This one is currently going for $15.00 with $3.00 shipping! I want it because I once saw a sweater on a knitter's blog (can't remember which one now) and she said it had been from a pattern in this issue. So I've been trying to win a copy ever since. I just don't want to pay that much for it. Sheesh!

Speaking of things I think I need. I remember reading on QueerJoe's Knitting Blog awhile back that he used a fishing line measurement tool to measure yarn. I thought at the time it was a brilliant idea and put it on my list of things to buy, but just never got around to it. Now I see that Nancy's Knit Knacks is offering the same thing, with some embellishments, for $39.99. I wonder if it is significantly different from the fishing line meter, or the same exact thing, just mounted on a frame?

Why do I need a yarn meter? Because most of the yarn that I got from that estate sale does not show yardage on the lables. As I got to the end of my second skein last night, still working on the first sleeve of the Carlotta sweater, I realized that there is a very slim chance that I will have enough yarn to finish the sweater. I really need to measure this yarn and see exactly how much I have before I continue. Of course I could just lay a yardstick down on the floor and count it out. Not very whiz-bang.

Sean and I painted the hallway this weekend. This is a momentus occasion. We started painting the hallway 2 years ago, and stopped about a foot from the ceiling. We now have a 3 color hallway. One wall is Eyeore gray, most of the hallway is a lighter green-gray, the small wall at the end of the hallway is Pepto-Bismal pink! It sounds weird, but we like it, and it's nice to have paint that goes all the way up to the ceiling.

Posted by LoriO at 10:24 AM

November 11, 2004


Last night I was merrily knitting away, when I noticed a couple of problems with Carlotta:


Problem 1: I was so concerned with adding in the cables at the sides (now that I had the requisite 15 stitches) that I forgot a crossover in the middle panel. I think I can just let those few stitches run down and switch them around in the right place. Am I right? Anybody? Except...

Problem 2: I sort of think that I sould haved started the cable panels earlier, or rather, maybe, I should have been doing the increases in stockinette, instead of reverse stockinette, so that the cables would appear to "grow" into themselves, instead of just abruptly starting so high up on the sleeve. I can't see any other way of fixing this other than starting completely over. This mohair is so hard to rip out.

Problem 3: I'm getting close to 8 stitches to the inch when I should be getting 7. It seems like it will be the right size, but I am sort of worried about having enough yarn to finish. This sleeve is taking almost two skeins.

Not sure exactly what I'm going to do at this point. Most likely I will start fresh on a new sleeve, on bigger needles and see if I like it better. This sleeve might just end up being a giant swatch (that I will most likely have to unravel and use at some point).

Tonight, in addition to starting that new sleeve, I'm planning on prepping the hallway for painting. I so hate painting, but it needs to be done, and this long weekend is perfect for such projects.

Posted by LoriO at 4:56 PM

November 7, 2004

Carlotta, started.

Yesterday I took at trip down to the ol' LYS, to see if I could get some help interpreting the pattern instruction that I didn't understand. The lady there didn't really know, (and suggested I knit an easier pattern) but while discussing it with her, I was slowly able to visualize exactly what I needed to do, which is exactly what Tifffany said in the comments for yesterday's post.

So, here it is so far:

Carlotta Sleeve.JPG

The yarn is really a much deaper red that that. It looks pinkish on my screen. It's a nice bright sunny day here so I could have gone outside to photgraph it, but I am lazy that way.

It's kind of an all around lazy day around here today. I slept in until 9:00 a.m. (for me that's REALLY late), and plan on doing nothing more than laundry and grocery shopping today. And bake banana bread. And maybe curl up with my Shmacky and knit a little.

Shmacky snoozing.

Posted by LoriO at 2:13 PM

November 6, 2004

Rasser Frasser!

First I made my usual mistake of not reading the directions carefully and cast on 45 stitches when it should have been 42. I don't know why I do that sort of thing all the time but I do. It's why I can't cook.

So after ripping out about only about an inch of work and then starting over, I come to the instruction that I just can't figure out. Here's the whole sequence for context, the part I can't figure out is in bold:

Establish Pat St: Row 1 (RS): K2(1-0-0-0), place marker, p9(10-11-11-11), place marker, work Row 1 of Cable Pat A over 15 sts, place marker, p9(10-11-11-11), place marker, k2(1-0-0-0).

Row 2: P2(1-0-0-0), k to next marker, work Row 2 of Cable Pat A to next marker, k9(10-11-11-11), p2(1-0-0-0). Work in pat as established, inc 1 st each side every 4th row 19(20-18-14-10) times, then every 6th row 3(0-0-0-0) times, working incs into pat as sts become available. Note: You should have 9(10-11-12-13) sts between each cable. Work even on 81(85-89-93-97) sts until sleeve measures 19(18-18-17-1/2-16-1/2) from beg, end on Row 4(12-12-10-6) of Cable Pat A. Change to circular needle.

Working increases into pattern as sts become available? Which pattern...the whole sleeve or just Cable Pattern A over the 15 sts? One stitch in each side of the entire row? Each side of the cable pattern? What does " sts become available" mean?

Maybe I've bitten off more than I can chew here. Any experienced knitters out there have an answer?

Posted by LoriO at 12:30 PM

November 5, 2004

I'm back in the saddle again...

Since I do not have enough yarn to make an elongated Sideways Spencer, I searched around for free patterns yesterday trying to get other ideas.

I came up with this free pattern from Berocco: 194_carlotta_lg.jpg Here's a link to the pattern.

I just happen to have some mohair blend yarn from the Estate Sale score that would work nicely for this sweater, and, last night I swatched it and got gauge on the first try! Yipee!

The oooonly problem with this pattern is that it is labeled "experienced." I think I'm going to go for it anyway. The bonus is that it is also a sideways sweater so that by the time I can knit Spencer, I'll have the experience under my belt for practically no money. Actually, techically, no money at all!

Posted by LoriO at 9:52 AM

November 3, 2004

Thanks anyway

I got fired from a temp job yesterday. Ok, well, fired isn't really the right word. I was just told not to go back. I was only there two days. It was my attitude. Yes, I dmit, I had somewhat of a bad attitude.

The agency slightly misrepresented the job to me, but the client actually misrepresented the job to them, so I blame the client. What is it with companies that hire temps, and then completely change the hours they want them to work, and the job duties? I was at a temp job a while back that was a data entry position, and they asked me to organize a storage room.

I can't say that I'm sad about it though. The long commute was stressing me out and it was for hardly any pay. And I had to spend the day on the phone, which I loathe.

So, on to the next one. Hopefully there will be a next one.

It has been 4 days since I last knit a stitch. I swatched some yarn, and then I looked through every knitting magazine I own (current and vintage) to try to find a pattern I wanted to knit that matched the guage I was getting on my swatch. I had no luck! There was one pattern I liked, Sideways Spencer by Anne Modesitt, from the Fall 2004 IK. Only I would like to change it from cropped to hip-length, which I'm not sure I could do successfully.

So, that's where I am. Stuck and stuck.

Posted by LoriO at 11:17 AM