Monday, June 26, 2006

One Word Fun

Here is something new (to me), oneword. I think I want to try again, with a different word. I hope it changes daily. I found the link in Janet's blog. I did mine with the word "sketch". Made me think that I really should take my sketch pad out, draw something. I have had too many "signs" floating around to make me do some drawing.

Maybe there is a reason why I am so restless these days. My attention span is broken.

Don't think that I am bored or anything, right now, I am just waiting for our lunch hour. We are ordering pizza. Haven't had that for eons. I have a great salad that my hubby made, but I will save it for dinner tonight. Today is going to be a day for FOOD. I do not care if I have to watch what I eat. I do not care. Someone brought in a dozen of Tim's donuts. AAARGGGH. I had an apple fritter. So what?

Friday, June 23, 2006

Progress on the WCK project

So far I have the back piece up to the arms, and the front is half way to the arms.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

World Cup Doll

Doll is crocheted and uniform knitted.
I had to do something else, other than
senseless hooking.

Friday - NOT

I feel like it's Friday, but it's only Thursday. I also feel as my crochet/knit phase is idling. I just can't get the hang of it. I tried again last night, but created nothing else but more confusing scrumbles that don't go with anything else. Such is life.

I went to the post-office to mail a little parcel to my friend Sarah. But, first I stopped at a magazine store and bought: "Hooked on Crochet", because it had a Friendship bookmark, designed by Dionne Barratt, and another bookmark "Shells & Lace", designed by Brenda Stratton. I recently joined a bookmark exchange program in one of my many yahoo groups, and These bookmarks are just too cute to pass.

You want to hear more of my shopping?

I bought "Knitter's" Summer 2006 issue, from UK. I have not looked inside yet. tsk tsk,
Also in my shopping bag there is a copy of "Simply Knitting" WITH a free circular needle. I love this magazine, because it always has a freebie. I have not opened the package yet, but on the cover I can see some interesting items. I didn't buy the magazine for the needle, ok.

And one more, don't you love it, when you go to a magazine store and there are all kinds of new knitting and crocheting magazines.

The last one is "Knitting" June 2006, also from England, or should I say UK. No freebies with this magazine, but I like the magazine.

Some people ask me why I need so many magazines. I need to look at them, get ideas, inspiration, and once in a while I will make something from one of the patterns, or something similar. Other people buy other magazines, but I really don't ask, why they buy them. There are so many magazines available, in all different fields of interest, but my magazines are equally important to me as something else is for someone else.

I did go to the post-office, after the mag. shopping spree.

Why, oh why, do I always get a bus in front of me, loading three million people, and I have to wait for it, because I am turning, and there is no freeegging way that I will turn from in front of the bus. So I wait. And every intersection had a bus, plus red lights. This only happens when I want to do the trip quickly, so I don't lose too much time from my lunch hour, which now will be only 30 minutes, thanks to the post-office trip. (which should have been only 15 minutes in total).

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Back to FreeForm stuff

I have missed my scrumbling. There has been so many "pattern" pieces lately that I started feeling uneasy with my abilities.

So, I noticed, last night, for example, that my scrumbling was lame. Of course my hook was traveling through the loops, but the yarn was screaming "what are you doing?". One cyber friend suggested that I use one type of yarn, and do just texture. This is what I am planning to do today, thanks to Bonnie.

A friend of mine, Carol, told me to do my thing, that I have done more difficult projects in less time than 3.5 weeks. I told her that I wanted to make something wild for the show in PA, in July. She told me to go for it, Thanks, Carol. Now, it's only 3 weeks, the half week disappeared.

Now that I have gotten my inspiration to flicker, I might have to let my "pattern" phase pass.
Except the World Cup Knitting project. That one I will finish in no time, because I like making cables.

Those two pieces are not very talkative. And I am sure they look strange and impossible to fit into anything. But I must remember, I am planning to make something wild. Something that
would scream "what the heck is THAT?" I am not truly sure if I will be ready for that type attention, but a girl can dream.

I can't wait to see all the beautiful FreeForm pieces that are displayed at the Chain Link 2006 show, where I am going in July, King of Prussia, PA. I just can't wait to get there.

Ok, I promise not to talk too much about going to PA. I tend to yap about same thing over and over, so slap me, if I do.

Monday, June 19, 2006


Made a butterfly with the shawl yarn, added it on the bottom tip of the shawl.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Red Scarf

Now that I have knitted all last night, and most of today, my hands (fingers and wrists) are covered with menthol smelling cream. Sometimes I am too stubborn. Well, I needed to finish the scarf for tomorrow...birthday gift. I did it. Actually, I could have made it longer than it is now (140 cm), but I gave in to the pain in my fingers. My friend, Sherri, keeps telling me to take a break, not to overdo anything. Sometimes I listen to her, and sometimes not.

I quit knitting, and finished the scarf, because I started dropping stitches. Have you ever knitted with size 6 mm aluminum needles, 25 stitches on the needles, using Bernat's Matrix "yarn"? It's like some sort of ladder thingy. Two very thin side strings connected in the middle by a blob of something, in red and black. The side strings are black.
Oh, well, here is a picture.

So, if you ever want to make something with this yarn, use very pointy needles, and not heavy, and DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES drop stitches, unless you like picking stitches that don't make any sense whatsoever. Garter stitch is a simple stitch, but when Matrix ribbon starts running with a wicked laugh, you are in trouble. If your fingers are numb and tingling or aching, do not attempt to pick the running stitch(es), WAIT, until all the pain is gone, and then try, with patience.

Other than that, I truly like the way this scarf came out. I hope the recipient will be happy with it. At least I found a nice bag for the gift.

Sheer Shawl

Done. I knitted all night, finishing off the sides. I still have some yarn ends to hide, but not many, since the shawl only took 3 1/2 - 50 gr. skeins Yarn is Bernat's Cool Crochet, and the pattern is from Modular Knits, by Iris Schreier.

I took another picture of the shawl today, it shows more of the shape.

Now I will get back to my World Cup Knitting project.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

When is the shawl done?

If you need to know, I am snacking on turnip.

I have neglected my World Cup Knitting. It's sitting pretty in a bag, on the floor, shame, shame, on me. I hav been knitting this (in the picture) Sheer One Piece Shawl from Iris Schreier book Modular Knits.

This morning, I decided that I needed to start another project. Are we already getting tired of this? I need to make some little flowers for my capri pants. That will not take long, right?

Well, the shawl takes longer to make than I expected, but it is gorgeous, already. I am not using the same yarn as in the pattern, do I ever? But I am using a great yarn from Bernat "Cool Crochet" in Neopealitan (you like the spelling?) like the ice-cream, which isn't my first choice, but that is another story.

I don't eat ice-cream these days, just turnip, carrots, apples, kiwi, etc. etc. and no chocolate. although I found some little christmas chocolate balls in a jar, on the bookshelf, so I had about 10 but it doesn't really count, because it took a great effort to get the foil wrapping off the little balls. Besides, I had diet Pepsi with them. oh, and broccoli, and such.

BTW - This is the book!

Monday, June 12, 2006


I got this little test from Janet's blog:

Your Dosha is Kapha
Calm and grounded, you are not prone to mood swings or anger. However, once you do get angry, it takes a lot to cool you down. You tend to think a little slower than most people, but your logic is astounding. Overall, you very loyal and trustworthy. You're not scared of being who you really are.
With friends: You enjoy their company, but often listen more than talk
In love: You crave connection and affection. It's hard for you to be single.
To achieve more balance: Exercise vigorously (especially in the sun) and let go of attachments.
My logic is astounding? Don't tell this to anyone I know, or who knows me; they will die from laughing.
What is logic anyway? I nearly failed logic in high-school.
I think slower, because I have too many things in my head at the same time. do I have to explain this?
BTW, This is for fun, not to be taken seriously....OH YEAAAH?

Monday not so blue

Actually, I am in a good mood, go figure. Must be the beautiful green teeshirt I am wearing. The green is beautiful, the teeshirt is just a teeshirt.

Just now, as I was quickly hiding the screen, my boss walked in with a shopping bag.
She had a red jacket and a long sleeveless dress, from Cactus, in the bag. Guess what! She gave
the outfit to ME, TO ME, TO ME!!! She said she knows I like their stuff. She buys that line when ever she goes to her trips.

This Monday is not even close to Monday stereotype.

Back to earth. I didn't get any more World Cup Knitting done, since the picture from the other day. Instead, I was knitting the shawl, the multidirectional, you know, plus a new project.

A friend of ours is having a birthday bash on Sunday, and I started to knit a scarf for her. The yarn is Bernat's Matrix, and it's red and black. Makes a nice summer scarf. I have to finish it
by Saturday, because I am going to be very busy on Saturday, so no time for knitting or crocheting. The piece in the picture is 21 (8.5") cm long, and I need to make it about 150 cm.

The picture is not showing the real red. I don't have my good photoshop here in the office, just the basic, and it does not give me too much choice to play around, like the one at home.

I might take a picture of it with my camera and see what happens. I think the scarf is going to be neat. In my books: unusual. And the birthday girl will love it.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Vesting interest

This is the last picture today. I am switching to knitting my multidirectional shawl, after dinner.

Day 2 World Cup Knitting

I promised not to post pictures of every stitch I make on my project, so I lied. Here are two.

I have not knitted this one continuously, because Iwas also knitting the multidirectional shawl last night. I need at least two projects at the same time.

World Cup Knitting project is coming nicely, in my opinion.

Friday, June 09, 2006

World Cup Knitting Project

I promise not to post a picture of each stitch I am picking, but here is the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

Monday, June 05, 2006

New Project, again

I wish it was June the 9th, so I could start on the World Cup Knitting project.

In the book, Modular Knits, by Iris Schreier, there is a shawl I started last night. I am using
Bernat's Cool Crochet, which is fairly slippery, specially since the needles I am using are a tad too big.

Here is a pic of the start

It's now the 9th of June. I had saved the above as a draft, and forgot all about it. Well, the problem was that the blogger didn't allow me to post the picture, and was giving me hard time in general, so I got fed up. That was on June 6th.

I have done a lot more of that shawl, actually the side now measures about 30 cm, in this picture it is probably about 10 cm, I want to make it bigger, so a few more inches to go before I go for the next step.

Today is the kick-off , and I would start my project but don't have any of it with me at work. I could do some at lunch, but I go home at noon! YIPPEEE. Our summer hours, you see. Our staff has been divided into two groups, and each group gets half Friday off at summertime. It's still spring, but I am not complaining. We started these half Fridays in May.

Have to do some work now, bye, and good luck to anyone who is participating in WCK project!

Later in the afternoon, Friday the 9th.

I decided to put a picture of the shawl start, because I have lot more on it than the picture above has.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Friday stuff

I hate it when the week goes by and I have done nothing productive.

Our Granddaughter is now in the hospital and is diagnosed with asthma. Poor little thing.

I went to see her last night, and she was sort of ok, but breathing rapidly, still. She had some tubes in her arm and foot. She liked the gravy that came with mashed potatoes, turkey and broccoli. She also ate the raisins from the rice pudding. And lots of juice.
She is going to stay another night, and hubby and I will go and visit her today, after my work.
Hubby went this morning.

On the knit/crochet site, nothing, really, to report. It's been more or less looking for yarns, sorting them in the zip-log bags, by colors, or by brands. I have started a skirt for granddaughter, with Anne cotton, but made a mistake, in my humble opinion (read this like: in my wicked opinion) I don't like the turquoise/cream combo I am using. I SHOULD HAVE bought the light blue to go with the turquoise, but nooo, I wasn't thinking. I am sure I would have some other color combo in my stash, if I felt like lifting two million boxes and containers to get to the bottom container, where all my Anne and Clea yarns are. See, I am "somewhat" organized. Haha. Anne and Clea yarns are in one box, and Patons Grace yarns are in another box. I wish I could say the same with everything else.

I think I have the too many WIPs syndrome this week, I feel totally uninspired to start something that would keep my interest to the end. Hopefully this weekend will change my mood.