Archive for March, 2008

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Inspiration Needed

March 24, 2008

I am knitting – rather, I am supposed to be knitting – a sweater for Darling Z. This project started out with hearty-go as Darling Z and I designed the pattern together. She chose the knit stitch, the yarn and came up with a rough design. I simply added my two-cents as the knitter with the know-how. These past two weeks however, I have not wanted to pick the sweater up.  I try, I really do.  I’ve gone so far as to get the project out and every supply needed, then I end up swatching for baby items or ideas that fester unexpectedly.

What’s my problem-o?  I think there are a few issues at hand here.  One, I ran into a small roadblock initially, but I ironed that issue within a few days. Two, Darling Z has been somewhat flimsy suddenly on wether or not she wants this sweater.  Three, I really do not want to knit something she will not wear, it happens far too often and I just may give up on knitting for her if it happens again.

So, I need to hear her say – I want this sweater – otherwise, it will be frogged and the yarn refreshed for another project – like a baby blanket.  But then I will find myself ‘falling out’ of the CKAL that I belong to, unless I come up with another pattern, yarn and some inspiration.  Ideas?

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Thine Covet

March 20, 2008

This month is sailing by and I just realized that I forgot to post a Thine Covet!  Could it be there is nothing tempting me?  Not At All.  In fact, there is much tempting me as of late.  Let’s see… yarns, patterns, books, gadgets, even needles.  Oh yes, I have been tempted.  Thankfully, I have been almost too distracted to care to do anything about my wants and wishes.  But things are starting to settle down and I find myself over at Etsy, Amazon or WEBS to fill in the voids.

So, what have I had my peepers  on?  I have really wanted some luxury yarn.  Something soft and decadent.  What does that mean exactly?  I’m not calling out any brand names necessarily, but something that is soft and lofty like an alpaca or cashmere.  Of course, I do not neglect my wool either.  I know full well that there are sumptuous wools that I have yet to try, like Malabrigo.  Below are some eye candy that I have saved in my ‘pictures’ folder – imagine that.  I actually download and save pictures of the yarns I want… Help me, please.

 

  

 Malabrigo Silky Merino, Teal Feathers

 Malabrigo Silky Merino, Green Grey

 

Malabrigo Silky Merino, Amoroso

  

Malabrigo Silky Merino, Plum Blossom 

 

 

Malabrigo has been lost on me.  I know, I know.  No, I did not give into the craze of Malabrigo when I first heard of it, no matter the gushing I heard from other knitters.  It’s so soft!  It’s so rich in color!  This was all lost on me for one reason, I like lighter weight yarns.  Don’t get me wrong – I will use Heavy Worsted and Bulky in projects, but I  prefer to knit with DK or lighter.  I find the knitting more enjoyable when I use a lighter weight yarn.  So, no, Malabrigo was not even close to the top of my Wish List, not until I saw the Silky Merino.  Now, my friends, I too will join the brigade of Malabrigo revelers.

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Auction Over

March 16, 2008

While I did not update the Announcement post due to technical issues, the links in that post were good and would have sent you to the Ravelry site.  The dates, times and bids were all live and active.

 

The auctions have ended.  At the time of this post, idoicaniam is the winner of the Assorted Bamboo Circulars.  DanatheKnitter is the winner of the Interweave Knits Fall 2007.  Each bidder has approximately one week to complete transaction.  If transactions are not completed within the week, items will be relisted in the Auctions for Ravelry Group and noted here as well. 

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Get Connected

March 13, 2008

This entry can also be found under Thine Covet, A Knitter’s Library, WIP and KAL.

Every knitter should have a few technical books on their shelf, if not for learning new techniques, then for reference itself. However, there are times when I do not have my books handy or when I am just too plain lazy to go through them. In the case of the former, I may be out of the house for reasons such as traveling. In the case of the later, I am most likely planted in front of my computer screen, and I know that the answer to my question is literally at my fingertips in lightening quick speed. I love the internet. When I am online searching for information, I find I visit the same sites regularly. Below are those sites, as well as the links and what you can expect to find there.

Knitting Daily: A daily newsletter by Sandi Wisehart which often tackles issues readers submit. The most recent being shaping and how to measure to acquire the best shaping methods for your body. Sandi is a former Managing Editor of Interweave Knits.

In addition to Sandi’s point of view and advice, there are also links to common and not-so-common techniques and a simple stitch guide, most used in Interweave Knits Magazine.

Knitting Fool: The Knitting Fool is no fool at all. Elaine Lyons, a clever woman who loves lists, has been knitting for 45 years. Elaine grew up on a farm in a very rural Illinois where, starting at age 8, she began knitting clothes for her dolls. She knit her very first sweater when she was 16 and hasn’t put her needles down since.

Elaine holds two BAs, one in Botany and another in Accounting and a Masters in Management Information Systems. It seems only natural that the knitter who loves lists would create a database of stitches for knitting on her popular website The Knitting Fool . As Elaine says, “My list, your list, everybody’s got a list, and a database is just a lot of lists.” Elaine goes on to say, “Knitting is a list of stitches with a physical presence. If you knit a sweater, you can wear a list; A sweater is an analog database of stitches.”

Along with the 1,724 stitch patterns for knit, purl , textured, cabled and lace sts; which are listed alphabetically, by stitch count, by row count and category, you will also find other useful tools on the Knitting Fool website such as a “How many skeins calculator” and the very popular Sweater pattern formulas for drop sleeve, set-in sleeve and raglan style sweaters.


Eunny Jang: In the past, I have found myself referring to Eunny’s site for special instructional articles she has written. Eunny writes beautifully and explains the most complicated of techniques, such as lace techniques, with ease.

Since Eunny has become the Editor of Interweave Knits, her website has not been updated. However, it is still up and available with many useful tutorials, as well as beautiful patterns, some of which are free and others for sale.

Knitting Help: Amy started by making a few videos of basic knitting techniques and posting them on her personal website. After receiving so much traffic, Amy decided to expand her video library and devote them to a separate website. These great mini-lessons are perfect for learning new-to-you techniques.

Where do you turn for help?

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Break a Bowl – Free Pattern

March 10, 2008

 One of the greatest things about knitting is creating functional pieces.  Bags, trays, bowls, blankets, slippers – whatever.  I have made and gifted several bowls over the past few years, finally making one for myself.  I have had a few people ask how to make a bowl, which is really quite easy.  Here is a link to a PDF e-book titled Break a Bowl.

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Announcement

March 7, 2008
In honor of Ravelry, I wish to announce two auctions, which will post in the Auctions for Ravelry Group on March 11, 2008. Proceeds of auctions to be donated to Ravelry.

Up for Auction: Assorted Bamboo Circulars

Length: 120 cm/47 in

Sizes:

  • 1 pr 6 mm/10 US
  • 1 pr 6.5 mm/10.5 US
  • 1 pr 8 mm/11 US
  • 1 pr 9 mm/13 US
  • 1 pr 10 mm/15 US
  • Auction Starting Price: $ TBA US per pair

    S&H Info: Shipping Cost is the actual cost from the Post Office

  • Handling Costs are the actual costs for shipping supplies (bubble wrap, etc)
  • Handling Costs do not include my time or gasoline or other hidden expenses.
  • Will Ship Worldwide First Class Mail/International $ TBA US
  • US Domestic Priority $ TBA US
  • Auction Terms: Auction style – Highest Bid Wins.

  • Highest Bidder will receive a PM from DestiKnit requesting email address.
  • DestiKnit will send the winning bidder a PayPal invoice.
  • Payments to be made to DestiKnit via Paypal. No other methods accepted.
  • If payment is not made with 5 days, item will be offered to next highest bidder and so on.
  • 100% of Auction Sale will be Donated to Ravelry, less the S&H expenses.
  • Begin/End Date/Time:

  • Auction will begin on March 11, 2008 at TBA.
  • Auction will end on March TBA, 2008 at TBA.

    Up for Auction: Interweave Knits Fall 2007

    Description: This SOLD OUT copy is in NEW condition, less a small tear courtesy of the Postal Service.
    This copy has been stored in a plastic sleeve since it arrived.

    Auction Starting Price: $ TBA US per pair

    S&H Info: Shipping Cost is the actual cost from the Post Office

  • Handling Costs are the actual costs for shipping supplies (bubble wrap, etc)
  • Handling Costs do not include my time or gasoline or other hidden expenses.
  • Will Ship Worldwide First Class Mail/International $ TBA US
  • US Domestic Priority $ TBA US
  • Auction Terms: Auction style – Highest Bid Wins.

  • Highest Bidder will receive a PM from DestiKnit requesting email address.
  • DestiKnit will send the winning bidder a PayPal invoice.
  • Payments to be made to DestiKnit via Paypal. No other methods accepted.
  • If payment is not made with 5 days, item will be offered to next highest bidder and so on.
  • 75% of Auction Sale will be Donated to Ravelry, less the S&H expenses.
  • Begin/End Date/Time:

  • Auction will begin on March 11, 2008 at TBA.
  • Auction will end on March TBA, 2008 at TBA.
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    Swaps are Fun!

    March 6, 2008

    If you have never known the fun and joy of a Swap, I strongly suggest you find one to participate in – like now.

    Admittedly, at times, I feel I am in too many swaps, between Ravelry, MySpace and other online communities. But each swap I participate in really does bring laughter and learning to my life. Take my new, favorite swap, Monthly Adventures. Our group is worldwide and based on Ravelry. We have ladies (no gents that I am aware of) from all walks of life but chat it up, laugh and learn together because of the swap that had knit us together. (sorry, couldn’t resist)

    We are just finishing up our latest swap called Tops and Pots, where we knit an item for the head (tops) and send a recipe for a one pot meal (pots). Of course, we can add extras but our dear Moderator, Fibers, places a cap on expenses – we love her:) – so no one goes overboard. I did not expect to receive my swap package for some time as I live overseas and there is customs and the MPS to consider but I recieved it three days ago!!! And the timing was just wonderful.GrF AKA Femke from the Nederlands, was assigned as my swap partner, but of course I did not know that, not until I received this in the mail:

    And this was just the Gift Wrapping! My thoughts as I unwrapped the bag went something like this, “OMG! I love this bag! This is my new knitting bag! So long falling-apart-plastic-bag-I’ve-been-using! Wait, this isn’t a hat! Oh well, I don’t care, I love this bag!” Then, I opened the bag and found two recipes a warm and loving note and this:

    Pay no attention to my 'morning face' or the laundry in the background :)

    The DIY Peasant Cap by Melody Parker Narvaez has been on my TBK list for awhile but, like most items that are for me, it has been placed on hold. GrF granted me two wishes without realizing it! Thank you so very much! I love this hat, my darling Z loves it too:

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    This of course is only one example of the great giftiness that goes on in a swap. I can’t stress enough, swaps are a lot of fun, you should considering joining one, like now!

    But what if you do not have a Ravelry account? Well, first things first, sign up for a Ravelry account. Then head over to your favorite online knitting community. Chances are there is a swap going on that you didn’t even know about. If you belong to a knitting group, this is a great way to inject some fun, write everyone’s name on a piece of paper and draw randomly (and secretly) and you have the beginnings of your swap! You can even make a themed swap, such as in our most recent Monthly Adventures swap. Another group I belong to is currently doing a Regional themed swap. While another is a Favorite Colors swap.

    Go on, get swappin!!