Knit! Dive!

I knit. And I scuba dive. So... Yeah.

31 January 2006

FO 8: Layette for Brian and Monica's protohuman


Yarn: Plymouth Encore
Needles: Addi Turbo US 10, 24"
Pattern: 5 Hour Baby Sweater, Boy version, matching hat and booties
Recipient: Brian and Monica's protohuman
The baby sweater really did take about 5 hours. The hat and booties took even less time. The child is due to arrive in early March. I'm debating whether to make a blanket. If I do, it will be of the car seat variety.

30 January 2006

Monday fun

My little meeting with manager was hardly worth writing home for, although I'm still pissed. I billed 20 hrs to P's project this week, and apparently that was still too much. *grumble grumble*
In good news today, we got a moving estimat this afternoon - just over $1000. So worth it if I don't have to pack or drive that giant truck again. That 20 hrs from MS to NM was enough for me.
That's it for now. I'll be at SnB tomorrow night. I think I'll actually be able to hang around this time. I'm finally feeling better.

FO 7: Jaywalkers


Yarn: Anne - sock yarn
Needles: US 0, 24" in Addi Turbo
Method: 2 Socks on 2 Circs
Pattern: Jaywalkers
This was a great pattern. I see how people get addicted. It was nice and easy to remember, but interesting. The ribbing was a little loose. Next time, I'll cast on fewer and increase for the leg. It would also be nice to do them toe up. The yarn was nice, too. I was concerned that it was too dark, but I think they look good. The quadrupeds are Philip and Gwyndylyn.

29 January 2006

FO 6: Red Scarf Project


Yarn: Mission Falls 1824, two balls
Pattern: 2X2 rib over 24 sts
Needles: US8
Recipient: Red Scarf Project
This scarf is for the Red Scarf Project. Find out more information at the Orphan Foundation of America. The scarves donated for this project will be given to young adults who have outgrown the foster system and gone to college. I will be dropping it off at Einstein Bros tomorrow morning. It was a nice, quick knit. This is actually the second scarf I have donated. I also donated one that I had made for myself.

Weekend Updates!

Not a lot of knitting this weekend, but I have a good excuse: Isn't she pretty? All shiny, new, and mine!
Angela came down and spent the night here last night. That was a lot of fun.
I haven't been posting my FO pictures much, so you'll be seeing those over the next few days.
And, there's another reason for the lack of knitting: SocksThatFit.net
There's not much there, but it's a start, and it will be growing. I'm thinking about adding some scarves and that sort of thing soon. I can't really get started on the dying and the sock making until we get into the house.
We close on February 28 at 10 AM.
Went over to Beverly's house for Craft Friday. There was much knitting and eating and fun. As well as some crosstitch and needlepoint. We have two new knitters now!
I got my "Free to Stitch, Free to Bitch" shirt Thursday, and my swift, too. I'll be wearing my shiny new shirt, where else, but at Stitch 'n Bitch on Tuesday (under Rogue, since I don't think it would be considered work appropriate).
I put the buttons onto the baby cardigan at Beverly's and I finished one of the booties tonight.

We went to the house today and saw that they have installed the kitchen cabinets. The vinyl floors and tile are down, and the trim is up. One step closer!
We went back to the rheumatologist Friday, and they basically said that there is no physical reason why I am in pain. So in three weeks, I go to the "Spine and Pain Clinic" for more fun and games. But at least we are getting somewhere this time. And since there is an end to the job in sight, I'm not completely dreading going to work tomorrow. It will be kind of nice to get everything that everyone wants finished and then get to say, oh, by the way, take this job and shove it!
Well, that was my week.

25 January 2006

My job sucks

Am I some sort of horrible person? Is there a reason that no one ever gives me any work to do? Or that when they do, even if I am doing a good job, they have something to say.
For example, I've been sick a lot this week. I went in Tuesday morning and this morning. Manager had asked me to stop to by and check in. He asked me if I was "doing alright." I said I was not feeling well, and that I had some sort of cold. The he was like, "So you're doing ok?" What was that about?
And then, he asks, "Did (P) give you any expectation of the amount of time you would be working on his project?" I said that his samples were difficult to prepare and that's where most of the time was spent.
I should have stayed to finish this little chat, but husband was on his way to pick me up and I was feeling really bad. So now he wants to talk to me when I'm back. What the hell?
So I have some sort of cold, and my chest is seriously acting up. Now the chest pain just makes everything feel worse. So when I'm sick, I feel worse. When I'm upset, I get more upset.
So do I go to work tomorrow, and know that I'm going to be upset and probably end up in tears, or do I stay home sick, like I should.
I am still sick, and I am still in a lot of pain. I go back to the doctor Friday, and hopefully, this time, they will have answers, and a way to make the pain go away, or at least be manageable.
I would quit, but I have to stay on until we close on the house. Anybody have a job opening in Albuquerque? I don't need to make a lot. And it doesn't have to be remotely technical.
Any way. That was kind of a downer.
So some knitting.
Since I haven't been at work, I've been otherwise busy. I finished my jaywalkers. I whipped up some handwarmers for husband when he's at the computer. I also knit up a scarf for Red Scarf Project. I did 5 hour Baby Sweater for Brian and Monica's protohuman. It really did take 5 hours, but it does need buttons.
What am I working on now? Bell sleeve shrug, convertible mittens.
I need to add some length to the legs of husband's socks. I'll get to that sooner or later.
I ordered a ton of Cotton Fleece in Raging Purple from WEBS last night for Eris. Is there an Eris Olympic Knitting Team yet? Maybe I'll start one.

21 January 2006

Jaywalkers, now with heels


Got through the heels today. They are kind of hard to get over the heel, but they fit great otherwise. I'll probably finish them tomorrow to wear to SnB on Tuesday.

Not hungover

If I wrote something on your blog last night that didn't make any sense, I blame it on CUI - commenting under the influence.
Husband poured enough water down my throat last night that I don't think there is any sign of alcohol in my body at this point. No headache, no nausea. That's my general hangover preventative. Water. Lots and lots of water before you go to bed.
I did do a little KUI (knitting under the influence) last night. I didn't have to rip much this morning. And it was just on the shrug. I'll probably finish that up this weekend.

Here's my jaywalker progress. I'll be turning the heel as soon as I finish up this post.
I noticed a dropped stitch in the Baltic Sea socks, so I fixed that this morning.
I've decided to do Eris for knitting olympics. Does anyone have recommendations for some inexpensive cotton? I need almost 2000 yards for the cardigan.
We turned in the last of our paperwork for the house yesterday!
Now we just wait to close.
I may head up to village wools to pet some yarn and get ideas for the cardigan. I may pick something up for the red scarf project, too. Something manly. I've been seeing lots of girly scarves going to the project but not many manly ones.

20 January 2006

Secret Pal Questionnaire

shelby wanted me to post this so my sp could see it. I guess it got pushed back in to the archives. here you go! Originally posted a couple of weeks ago


1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand?

Not really. The good stuff is nice, but I don't have an aversion to the inexpensive stuff.

2. Do you spin? Crochet?

Nope.

3. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?

I have the Denise kit, so that's covered, and I use a toiletries bag from Target for the rest. It has these cool little holders, just the right size for DPNs. The rest go wherever I can fit them.

4. How long have you been knitting? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I've been knitting for a year. I think the skill level thing is relative, but for reference, I just finished Rogue, which is marked as Expert with Advanced Cables.

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

No.

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)

Ylang Ylang, Lavender.

7. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?

Not really. Candy should be sugar free - I'm on a diet.

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?

Knitting is it, for now.

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

alternative, and celtic. And some country. And folk.

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?

My favorite colors are red and blue. I also like the earthy greens and browns. I really don't like pink, and orange isn't at the top of my list. I don't like a lot of highly variegated or loud colors. Solids and long color runs are my favorites.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

I'm married, no kids. I have two cats.

12. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?

I like scarves, but I don't have a lot of opportunity to wear them, or hats and mittens. No ponchos.

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?

Favorite? You want me to choose? I haven't had the chance to use a lot different stuff, so I don't have much of an opinion there.

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

Anything that can't be frogged. A lot.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?

Socks.

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?

Socks. I like scarves, but don't get to wear them much. I really just like to knit.

17. What are you knitting right now?

Socks. Between other projects. I just finished Rogue, and the next thing will probably be a shrug. I might knit up a scarf this afternoon from some gifted yarn.

18. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

Sure.

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?

Circulars.

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

Yes. I prefer aluminum to knit with, but I'm starting an exotic wood needle collection. Plastic is good for straights.

21. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?

I have a ballwinder, but no swift, yet. I plan to get a swift in the next couple of weeks.

22. How did you learn to knit?

Knitting for Dummies, SnB, knittinghelp.com

23. How old is your oldest UFO?

A couple of days.

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?

That's a hard one. Let's go with cats.

25. What is your favorite holiday?

That's a tie - Christmas and my birthday.

26. Is there anything that you collect?

Exotic wood knitting needles.

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?

None.

28. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on?

Vogue Stitchionary, Knitting Vintage Socks, the Cat Bordhi Moebius books.

29. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?

Not right now.

30. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?

Yes. 8.75 in long, 8.5 in around at ball of foot

31. When is your birthday? (mm/dd)

November 26

19 January 2006

Updates!



First, Jaywalker. We're having our own little SnB jaywalker KAL. We had 8 people at FS to cast on Tuesday. It was quite fun. Here's mine, in Anne. Coming along nicely. To see pics from Tuesday, visit Scout or Carole.





Second, Stitch n Bitch. I bought one of the long-sleeve t-shirts. Take that SFSE!

Third, goodies. One of our group brought one of these to SnB a few weeks ago. Of course, I had to have one. I ordered mine from Discount Yarn Sale. It's the best knitting bag ever. Lots of room. The only issue I have is that once you thread the yarn through the eyelets, you're pretty much stuck.
The house has stucco, and the drywall is complete. We are scheduled to close on Feb 28. We're hoping that we can close earlier, though. We have to be out of here by the end of the month. Stupid landlords. I woke up with a spider bite yesterday morning. Stupid house.
My SP really loved her first package.
Work still sucks. No change there.

FO 5: Socks for me


More socks!
Yarn: Lorna's Laces, Baltic Sea
Needles: Addi Turbo, Size 0
Pattern: Stockinette, with 3x2 rib cuff, turkish cast on, garter stitch heel
Size: 8.5
Recipient: Me
I would call these quick and dirty. Stockinette, easy heel. This is the best heel ever! No purls, no picking up wraps. I had some issues binding off. I just couldn't get it loose enough. On the last row, I made a yo between every stitch. Then I bound off. It looks really neat. Like a lettuce edge, I guess. And they fit!

16 January 2006

Monday Fun

Here we are, Monday after work. I got a little bit of work today. Don't tell anyone, but it won't take nearly as much work as they think it will. Yarn Harlot has come up with a lovely way to enjoy the winter olympics: The Knit Olympics. Choose a challenging project, cast on when they light the torch and cast off before the torch goes out.
And looky at the cool button.

Visit the yarn harlot blog for more info: Knitting Olympics
Still working on socks and shrug. We start Jaywalker KAL tomorrow at SnB, so I hope I can get these socks off the needles tonight.
Oh yeah. I forgot. I can't decide what to do for the Knitting Olympics.
Here's my choices:
1. Eris - in cotton for the summer
2. Clapotis - in something nice and soft.
3. Layette for Brian and Monica's protochild.

14 January 2006

Santa Fe Saturday

The smog was really bad in Albuquerque today, so we went up to Santa Fe. We had plans to meet a friend from Los Alamos for dinner, but we left here after lunch.
I mailed off the first SP7 gift today. She should get it Tuesday or Wednesday.
Then we went to Trader Joe's and picked up a couple of bottles of two buck Chuck - chardonnay. It was really neat, but we didn't stay long - it was also quite crowded.
We tried to find a store called Wet Pets, but apparently it has closed since we were there last.
Then we went to the Needle's Eye - a LYS. They didn't have a lot of yarn, but it was nice. I picked up a couple of balls of Encore for a layette (5 hour baby sweater and matching booties and hat). I also got the buttons for the sweater and some chibi needles.
The last stop was Borders. I got the Yarn Harlot's first book, a sudoku book, SBD 30 minute cookbook, and something for SP.
We had dinner at Il Vicino (leftovers for lunch) and dessert at Cold Stone.
It was a good day. It was nice to get out of the smog. I don't understand how people in LA can take it! There's still some smog, but hopefully a front will come through and get rid of it. Los Lunas is outside of the "bowl" so we shouldn't have the same inversion issues as we do here in Albuquerque.
Back to the shrug!

13 January 2006

TGIF?

I made it to Friday! It wasn't the most relaxing Friday ever, but not bad. I had a facial this morning, and then got my nails done. This afternoon I had an appt at Coleman Vision for my LASIK followup. I'm still at about 20/20.
Yesterday, I saw a rheumatologist. More chest x-rays, more blood, more take two and call me in the morning. But at least he's doing something, not just saying "What have you done before?" So I think this one's a keeper.
I'm working on socks for me know - LL in Baltic Sea, two on two. I finally figured out the Turkish cast on with this pair. I'm also going to do a garter st short row heel. Plain st st for the foot and 2x2 rib for the cuff. Nice and easy.
I also cast on for the bell sleeve shrug tonight. I'm using yarn salvaged from the Isis wrap - KP Wool of the Andes in winter night.

FO 4: Socks for Shane


Yarn: Mission Falls 1824
Needles: Denise, US 5
Method: 2S2C short row toe and heel
Size: US Men's 15
Recipient: Husband
Pattern: Stockinette and 3x2 rib
These were quick and easy, and the warmest socks ever. More are likely in my future. I started out with 1 sock on 2 circs, but I switched to 2 on 2 at the leg. I love the Mission Falls wool. I'm so glad it's not going away!

11 January 2006

We will soon be homeowners!

I talked to our mortgage rep today, and she said we were approved for our loan! And even better, our credit scores went up since the preapproval, so we'll get a better rate.
More tomorrow. It's almost time for bed.

09 January 2006

FO the third: Rogue


This is the Rogue. Excuse the crazy demon eyes. I'll get one of my Stitch n Bitch girlies to take a better pic tomorrow night.
Yarn: KnitPicks, Wool of the Andes, Snickerdoodle, 18 balls
Needles: Denise, US sizes 5 and 7
Pattern: Rogue, by Girl from Auntie
Recipient: Me!
This was a great knit. I may make a cotton version for summer. I added some stitches to the width, and made the largest size. It still came out a little big. But I'm quite happy with it. The cables were indeed advanced, but the pattern was very well written, and easy to follow. The chart symbol descriptions were very clear. I do despise sewing, but the top down minimized it.

08 January 2006

It's a bloggy day!




Four posts in one day! I did say I would provide pictures. And here they are. The first will be our house. No stucco yet, but the drywall is in. From what I could see, it just needs to be painted. Almost there! With any luck, we'll be moving the day after Valentine's Day!

The next picture is Gwyndylyn, who is not happy about being woken up for a picture.

Finally, Philip, who wants some quality time with the yarn. If he had opposable thumbs, he would definitely be a yarn snob.

That should hold you over for a while.

First Socks of the Year - Blauband, Size 15


Two FOs in one day! Woohoo!
Yarn: Blauband Special, Color 127, a kelly green
Size: US Men's 15
Stitch pattern: Double Moss, 2x2 rib on cuff
Needles: Addi Turbo 2.0 mm, 24 in.
Construction: Toe-up, short row toe and heel
Technique: 1 sock, 2 circs
Recipient: Husband

That pretty much covers it. These were my first try at 2 circs. The next pair will be 2 on 2. Between the two circs and the Addis, these went much faster. Still takes a while for the size 15s. I do need to make the leg longer and the foot a little shorter next time. I may take out the bind off and add a few inches of ribbing. I do have a third ball of the yarn.

First FO of the year - Fruity Pebbles Scarf


I'm calling this the Fruity Pebbles Scarf.
Yarn: Sirdar Firefly - A swap gift from the KnitTalk list, two balls.
Pattern: 20 sts Garter, until the yarn was gone
Needles: Denise, US 11
Recipient: Who knows? Maybe me, or maybe the first person who says they like it when I wear it.
This yarn was kind of a pain to knit with, but once I got the hang of it, it worked out well. I started it yesterday, and finished it up today. A nice quick knit.

I hate Wal-Mart!

It's not that I have a moral problem. It's that it's so freakin' crowded. Today's trip was no exception. We got there, and had to stop at the restroom. No big deal. Not the cleanest ones in the world, but I've seen worse. But there are two little boys in there, and no parent. A little strange. As I'm leaving, the mother is waiting outside.
Me: You know that was the women's room, right?
SB: I don't like for them to use the men's room.
Me: Well it's kind of awkward.
SB: I don't know why.
Me: Maybe you should go in there with them next time.
SB: I don't want anyone to steal my stuff.
Ok, so I summarized. The point is, if your brats are old enough to go potty by themselves, they are old enough to go in the men's room. If you don't feel comfortable with them going in the men's room with all the weirdos, that's fine. Make them wait until you get home. Or make them go before you start shopping so you can go in there with them. These were kids were like 6 or 8. It's called a women's room for a reason.
Then there was the hysterical woman who misplaced her child. And all of the people touching me.
Oh, and then the cashier. The incredible slow moving cashier. Now if he was bagging the groceries correctly, it wouldn't have been as bad. But he tried to put the ready to eat food in with the raw meat, and he attempted to put the sweet potatoes on top of the bananas. And did I mention that he was slow?
Today is a big FO day. Photos to come soon. Really.

06 January 2006

Rogue!

The knitting of Rogue is complete. Tomorrow, I'll wash and block. I think I'll wet block this one, so I don't have to wash it again immediately. I went to Village Wools to visit Scout today - her first day of work there. I needed a third ball of Mission Falls for Husband's house socks. I also picked up some yarn for Jaywalker and a bottle of Eucalan. Exciting, huh?
No work today, as mentioned before. We had a new person at SnB this week - Kim (I think). She had the coolest knitting bag that she got from Michaels in CT, where she is from. I went online and found it at the Michael's site, but they didn't have it at either of hte Michael's here. So I ordered it from DiscountYarnSale.com.
I realize I've been slacking in the picture department. I may or may not do something about it tomorrow. Tune in to find out!

05 January 2006

Virtually Friday

You can't beat a two day workweek. Nothing exciting at work today. Just the usual crap. Tomorrow, no working! A visit to Village Wools is in order, probably after lunch. Scout from SnB got a job there, and of course, must be harassed at work. I do have a reason, though. I need yarn for my Jaywalker socks. Because the six hanks of LL just won't do.
I finished one of husband's house socks today. Just need to cut the end. I'll probably finish the last sleeve for Rogue tonight. With any luck, she will be ready to wear to SnB on Tuesday.
I got my KnitTalk swap gift today:
A notepad shaped like a lamb
A copy of Knitting
Two balls of Sirdar Firefly - a sparkly railroad yarn - very pretty
A knitted washcloth and two bath salt cubes.
Hopefully, Lynda will get mine soon.
I joined Secret Pal 7 after Ramona mentioned it on her blog last night. I got in just under the wire. This is going to be way fun!
Well, that's it for tonight. They are doing construction near my building at work. I have a headache.

04 January 2006

A Business Venture

In support of my continuing yarn habit, I have decided to start a business: Socks that Fit (and other knit gifts) Catchy, eh?
I'm going to purchase a circular sock machine, and cones of yarn in a variety of colors, in wool and cotton. People will be able to order socks to fit a specific size foot. I got this idea because husband wears a size 15 shoe, and finding him comfortable socks is a challenge. And on the other end of the spectrum are those with small feet. I plan to go live in May.
I will also have the standard hats and scarves, and armwarmers. I will also do commissioned knitting - afghans, sweaters, shawls. This angle will be limited - I do need time for fun knitting. :)
Finally, I will offer to knit socks from stashed yarns for $10/pair. This is for those who have reached SABLE, or who are in a time crunch.
The business will be primarily online, although I will probably do some craft shows.
I'll keep you posted!

Back to work...

Back to work today. Not too bad. Still boring. I had a little work to do and should get more tomorrow. Of course, that will take a week, and then back to the usual. P has brought in two more techs. If he keeps this up, we'll have a whole groups worth of techs with nothing to do. Oh well. Not my problem. He applied for two manager jobs and didn't get either. Of course, he's only been here 4 yrs, and his people skills suck.

03 January 2006

Back to work

Tomorrow is the return to work. Kind of at the bottom of my to do list, but I don't exactly have a choice. Oh well. I do have work waiting for me for a change.
SnB was good tonight. I worked on the second sleeve for Rogue, but ended up ripping it out. Twice the knitting for the same price!
Well, that's it for today. Not much tonight. More tomorrow, maybe. We'll see.

01 January 2006

New Year

January 1st is almost over, and I figured I'd go ahead and make a post. I've seen lots of people posting abut what they learned about knitting this year and what they finished. Well, I learned to knit! I've knit socks and scarves and sweaters and a cat bed and cat toys. I have one sweater that is too small in the arms. I knit the tank top from knitty, which disintegrated in the wash. I knit several pair of socks for Christmas.
I have a pair of socks on the needles for husband. I'm learning the 2 circular method with these. It's a neat method. And I see why everyone loves Addi Turbos! If anyone out there in knit land wants to just get rid of Addis, just let me know. I'd be glad to take them off your hands.
I'm making good progress on Rogue. I've done the body, and I'm about 2/3s through the first sleeve. It fits so far, and it's fun to knit.
In January, our SnB will be starting a Jaywalker Knit-along - in person. I think I'll use my Lorna's Laces in Camoflage.
My resolutions? hmmm... finish rogue, knit more socks, blog regularly, do some diving.
I think that does it. My goals? Lose another 40 pounds. I did last year, and I can do it this year. right?
So that's it from here.
May you all have a wonderful yarn filled year!