Sunday, June 17, 2007


I forgot the camera on the counter today, witch really, really sucked, because I went to the Estes Wool Mart. It was awesome, there were sheep(smelly! and loud!), goats(kinda scary and also smelly) llamas(smelly, and huge), angora rabbits(so cute!) and my favorite, alpaca! It was quite odvious that the alpacas were the best of all the animals. I they didn't make annoying noise like goats and sheep, didn't smell up there tent, charge at you(like the goats), chew up your stuff(goats and bunnies) or spit on you(llama). The alpacas were just shy and cute, and begging me to get an acre of land so I could take them home and love them for ever and ever....

Aside from the lovely alpacas there were oodles of things to buy. When we went to the dealers barn one woman exclaimed "Hold on to your wallets ladies!", and boy oh boy she was right! I just barely managed to keep to budget, and away from the pretty yarns. I got roving, and some new buttons for my hat, and that was it. However, there was sooooo much stuff, that I wanted, I can't help but recheck my bag over and over, hoping stuff will just magically appear... heh, ya right.
Since it was a long drive to Estes, I brought my knitting and I managed to get from here....
To here! All finished! The heal might need a little work, but I want to get the other one all started first. Unfortunately, I lost one of my knitting needles somewhere, so my set of five is now four :(
And finaly here's a picture of Sassy, sulking because I took her to get groomed, and waiting for everyone to come home from vacation. She showed me how much she loved her hair cut last night, by throwing up all over the end of my bed. Gee... cat, thanks.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

one sock on

The lace sock is finished!!! I have to some how loosen the cuff up from where I cast on badly,
Also, below, a knitting survey, and the dread dragon shawl.

Hee!!!! I bought the Here be Dragons shawl pattern today!!!!! Yee!!!! You too can lose years of you life to 1750yrds of yarn and 300sts on sz2(3.00) needles by emailing web2 @aurora-alpacas. com(remove the anti-spybot spaces!). I can't wait to get started, I just need to find sz3 circle needles...or really long straight ones. A knitting survey
Bold for stuff you’ve done, italics for stuff you plan to do one day, and normal for stuff you’re not planning on doing. My comments are in--(parentheses)

Garter stitch--(duh!)
Knitting with metal wire--(pain)
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn--(ew, and itchy)
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Hat--(it sat pretty cunning)
Knitting with silk--(dose silk/wool count?)
Moebius band knitting --(ops!)
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn--(dose it count if you've frogged the same fracking sweater five or six times?)
Slip stitch patterns
Domino knitting (modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn--(splits too easy)
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn
Knitting with corn yarn
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Knitting with soy yarn
Knitting with cotton
knitting with Chitin yarn (made from shrimp and crab shells)
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Continental Knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns
Publishing a knitting book
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Button holes
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cozies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with DPNs
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Steeks---(oh dear god! The mind numbing terror!)
Knitting art--(isn't all knitting art?)
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Entrelac(diamond socks)
Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Stuffed toys
Baby items
Knitting with cashmere
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO--(god I need this as evidenced by my last sock)
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting--(wtf?)
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair---(here kitty kitty kitty... would owning an alpaca count?)
Hair accessories
Knitting in public--(all day Saturday!)

Saturday, June 9, 2007

International Knit in Public Day

bored now... I've been out all day KIPing (Knitting In Public) with folks from the Fancy Tiger, and City 'o' City. I'm exhausted now, because I woke up first thing to babysit for two hours this morning, and then hauled butt up to the farmers market in Cherry Creek for the first event of the day. Only four of us showed up, which was fine because chairs were scare (I ended up on the ground anyway).
After that, I swung by the bank, and then continued on my way to the next spot, the benches in front of the art museum. There was a radio station out there so we had (awful)music, and also a lot of people meandering around some sort of colouring tables that were set up. People kept asking us if someone was teaching a class, or if we were a regular group (like stitch&bitch).
After all that excitement, we adjured to Cityo'o'city for vegan pizza with tofu sausage, and the best onion rings I've had in awhile. We had a long chat about how the most depressing books in a book store are in the Young Adult section, and how people from Toronto are apparently rather stuck up(not that I would know). And of course there was the usual chatter about what cast-on was better, what projects were haunting us, and how milk protein needles are awesome, except for the taste(although no one would actually admit to putting them in there mouth).
My project for the day was of course, Jamie's sock. I re-turned the heal (it was crooked) and finished the insole. All that's left is the toe, and that should take an hour or less in the morning. My love of socks, however, suddenly includes lace, and this evening, I took a break from Jamie's sock to start one for me, while I wandered around downtown, and LoDo with this evening.
I am using the jewel of my stash, a wonderful rainbow wool. This yarn, is the yarn that has mocked me for almost a year now. I first purchased it about a year ago, on my first trip it the Shivering Sheep, and it has taught me two things: 1.) yarn can get very, very, expensive, and 2.) if you don't know what your going to do with it, you'll end up afraid to use it.
I have used this yarn once before to make a cellphone cozy, for my mother's Christmas present, and at one time there was a baby booty on the needles(which has since been frogged for mocking me), and now I'm afraid that I won't have enough for even two ankle socks (I'm aiming for mid calf!). Lucky I happened to notice some skeins of it at the Lamb Shoppe, so if worst comes to worst I can get more, although I doubt it's the same dye-lot.

Monday, June 4, 2007

My yarn is problematic.

Well, I've abandoned the toe-sock idea, at least for now. At the rate I'm going I just want to get to the heal-flap before Tuesday night. I finally got some roving, but now I think I need more, because at the store I was like "Pink and Blue! how pretty!". Then I got home and was and wondered what the hell I was thinking. Its so cliché it's ugly, because pink and blue have been pounded into my head a baby colours. So later this week I'm going to pick up some black(for the pink) and green(to go with the blue).
I'm currently trying to untangle this mess. the green was just as bad, and took me three hours to undo while I was watching Ms. Henderson Presents. Grrr... I was going to do striped socks with these colours, but that was before I saw this awesome dragon shawl. Although trying to do it in two colours might just kill me. Also, If you've had trouble trying to leave a comment previously(it's telling you that you have to login) I've fixed that, so you should have no trouble.