Friday, September 29, 2006

I've decided to become an adult

Not that this isn't like 17 years overdue, but I have decided to be an adult and let some of my yarns go. So, several beautiful things that I bought and now have decided that I can live without are up for sale on Ebay. I now know that I will probably never be sucessful at lace in a major way, so i am selling off the lace weight, some sock yarn in a color I will never use and some Great Adirondack in worsted weight that I bought at Rhinebeck and can't think of what to do with it-

If you do items by seller, my seller name is Highlyn- bid away- this means toys for the kids under the tree this year-

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Sock-ret pal answers

I've been paired up and I'm looking ofrward to another great swap-

here are my answers to the Sock-ret pal questions. I have to work on my wish lists.

The basics:

How long have you been knitting? 22 years, but I got back into it about 4 years ago- I’ve been spinning for the past 15 years pretty consistently.
Do you consider yourself a beginning sock knitter, an intermediate, or have you been doing this so long you could probably knit a pair in your sleep? A high intermediate I guess, I don’t have to look at the pattern anymore unless I’m branching out into a new style.

The measurements:

While your pal may ask for some additional info to ensure a great fit, please provide your shoe size, or any other fitting related info you think is pertinent. Sorry, wms size 10. Big feet

(fiber related) Favorites:

What colors do you love? Lately I’m into pink, but I also like greens.

Do you prefer solids or variegated? variegated

What fibers do you most love to knit with? wool

Who do you consider your favorite yarn vendors? My LYS, but also Yarnmarket, Patternworks, WEBS and Knitpicks,

What projects (other than socks, of course*S*) do you most enjoy knitting? Felted bags, hats, sweaters and I’ve just started into lace knitting, mostly shawls

(fiber related) Dislikes:

What fibers can you not stand to knit with? To wear? I don’t like to knit with cotton, with cotton/wool blend sock yarn as an exception. I don’t like to wear acrylic too much, and I hate things made eyelash and railroad. I’m not much of a novelty user.

What colors would you never wear? I don’t wear much yellow, orange or lime green, not to say I wouldn’t, but they just aren’t in my wardrobe much.

The Tools:

Plastic or Metal? Bamboo or wood? I prefer wood for sweaters, and metal for socks

Circs or Straights? Circs for socks, straight for mostly everything else (depending on the project

DPNs or Magic Loop? 2 up on circs

Are there any knitting accessories you don't have in your collection but would like? Not that I can think of

The Extras:

Do you have a wish list? If so, please share the link!

Do you like sweet, sour or salty? (or all of the above? *S*) sweet and salty- like chocolate covered pretzels

Do you have any allergies your pal should know about? (Certain foods, smoke, pet hair, etc) no allergies

Favorite scents? Scents you can't stand? I’m pretty sensitive, but I like lavender and lilac and hate vanilla

Do you collect anything (other than yarn and knitting toys of course)? No main collections, but I like hummingbirds and little interesting, funky things

When is your birthday? (month and day is fine!) Sept 13

Do you spin? Dye your own yarn? I both spin and dye my own yarn

Your favorite author/band/vacation spot, anything you think will help your pal know you better...

Favorite authors- Jane Austen, JK Rowling, Sue Grafton, Janet Evonovich, Nora Roberts. I love trashy romance especially if it has a cowboy or babies in it.

Favorite TV- we have been watching old Adventures of Brisco County Jr lately as tv sucks, but I also try to watch Lost and the Amazing Race

Favorite Movie- Pride and Prejudice- the Colin Firth version

Monday, September 18, 2006

Back to Normal- or what passes for normal

Last week was not a good week- I ended up getting sick and then having to run the kids around because they too were ill- Let's hope things will get back to what passes for normal soon-

So, my one skein swap partner gifted me with a great pay it forward gift. I took a photo and left the camera at home- but it is some hand-dyed merino and beads to spin some beaded yarn- I can't wait to get started!

In other news, I begin teaching fiber arts again today at Nate's school. Last year I taught an hour every Tuesday afternoon, this year I have two hours every other Monday. We can certainly use the extra time. it seemed like the kids learned alot, but they never accomplished anything. So with the time we can tackle bigger projects and I can have some time with each kid. We start today with tie-dyeing and finger knitting with big loops. Another thing I learned is the kids need a lot of finger work before they learn how to hold needles. They lack some fine motor control at thier age- 6-9 so we started doing a lot of braiding and other small objects to increase thier finger control.

I have to go back and redo the whole teaching curicullum soon. I went to AC Moore and dropped a bundle on supplies for this next year. One thing I got intop last year was having no idea what I was going to teach that week and rushing to get it all together on Monday nights, or even Tuesday morning. I need to be more organized about it this year.

I also never put anything away last year and I still have bags of materials all over the living/fiber room with kids half finished projects and unopened bags of beads etc. So, I need to take care of that as well- With everyother week, I least I shouldn't have to scramble as much to come up with fun ideas all the time!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

I'm lying

It hasn't been 36 days since I bought yarn! I'll admit it. I took my incoming class to the high ropes course at Parson's in Albany on Saturday and I broke the yarn diet-

Well, Karen's sale is still going on and I found some Lorna's Laces Swirl for only $7 a skein, so I bought enough to make the Flower Basket Shawl. Karen threw in a bunch of free patterns also. As I have plans to make my sister a shawl with it- Can I call it Christmas shopping instead of yarn buying? I didn't buy any sock yarn however, so I was behaving on that side of the shop.

Well, then yesterday I stopped at Walmart and bought some Lion Brand Homespun. I admit it I am a yarn snob, I rarely will even look at this stuff. it is my assistants birthday next week and she has been strongly hinting she would like a hand knitted gift. There is no way in hell I'm allowing any of my coveted stash yarn to end up in her house and ultimately in her washer. So, I decided a quick shawl in Homespun is appropiate. If she never wears it or does decide to wash it I won't need to cring when she tells me the story about how she "accidently" felted it. Have I ever mentioned- she's a moron- I hate to say it but it's true- she's a moron and I can't fire her.

So I'm only lying about the yarn buying, not about her being a idiot- that is true

Thursday, September 07, 2006

I'm veklempt

I'm not even sure if I spelled that right- the big boy started at his new school today. He is nine and it isn't like he hasn't been going to school prior to this. Jake started at his new public school today. For the last six years he has been at a small (less than 30 kids total in the school) private Montessori school. He had the same teacher for most of those six years.

It is hard to let go of the special school he has been with and let him go to the public school. I know he will be fine, and I'm having a hard time not letting mt trepidation show. We seriously agonized over home schooling this summer. Between my crazy schedule and Tim's adjunct teaching schedule, it just couldn't work out at this point. So, we had to make this decision. He will be fine, I have to trust that I have raised a strong, smart kid who can deal with new situations and will be stronger for this experience.

I realized how sheltered he was at a point earlier this year, we went to McDonalds and Jake was really having a problem with going to the counter to order a McFlurry. So, I have been making a point to have him make phone calls to grandma or friends and talk or to pay for his purchases at Target. He is old enough to begin interacting with the world more fully.

Yes, he will be fine and he will make friends- all will be well- that is what I keep telling myself anyway.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Jaywalkers Done!

I feel like that home improvement show where they look at the project and then do the great big done! over it- at long last (3 weeks maybe) the dratted Jaywalkers are complete. Things imrpoved after I bought the new KnitPicks needles. Now I think I need the whole set and may ask for them for my birthday.
I stopped the pattern at the leg and did the foot in plain stockinette to get this project complete. I did some k2tog and SSK's to get the stitch number back in line after converting to stockinette and it lined up perfectly with the gusset.

And that goes to show I can indeed make top down socks if I choose to. Good to know-

So, I immediately cast on for the plain widdershins, hated the toes, ripped it back and did the short row toes that I like. I'll try to do the heels widdershins style however. The best part, I used stash yarn for these, some Brown Sheep Wildefoot I have had for years. I tried to knit this 4 or five times and always hated working with it. On the bamboo needles, it split all the time and then I tried on thr Addis and finally gave up. It seems to be working much better on the KnitPicks, these will be a birthday gift for my assistant. I know she won't appreciate them, but maybe it will stop all the poorly veiled hints about me knitting for her. Then I can give a snarky comment back about her socks. Hereis a link to a pair that Nat from KnittingNatty made. I only hope mine come out so well. I think I will do the legs in a lacy rib.