Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Tenacious D(ish Cloth)

This has now enticed me to go see the Tenacious D movie - very clever marketing:

In knitting news, the browncoats are busy with requests for all things Jayne so I've been knitting away. I had high hopes of knitted gifts this Christmas but there's no way I'll be able to make all the things I'd like to make. Besides, I can not get the hand of sock knitting. Who knew it would be so hard? I'm also having issues with one particular yo in a lace scarf I'm making. Again, who knew? I've been knitting for close to 40 years (and I ain't that old). You think I could manage a simple yo or a sock.
But, I'm having great fun making dishclothes from the Mason-Dixon Knitting book. It's cute and quick and fun! Besides, knitting in brightly colored cotton isn't a bad thing. I'm going to make a dozen or so and actually pass them off as face cloths along with some soap from the Body Shop as gifts for my 7 aunts. The scarf and socks will probably be next years gifts. Once I finish a few more, I'll post pictures.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Over, Under? WTF?

OK, I had a semi-quiet nice Saturday planned - wanted to make some progress on the lace scarf but noooooooooooooooooooo. Either there is an error in the pattern o r I'm a complete ejit because I keep coming out with 1 extra stich on row 3 and 5 of the repeats. I've frogged this sucker 3 times so methinks I'll set it aside for the moment and get on with some Mason-Dixon knitting. I did rush out to the bookstore on Friday night and I got the Mason-Dixon book and it is wonderful. I so want to make a log cabin afghan now but I know that it'll take for-freaking-ever so I have to settle for some dishclothes. I have a plethoa of cotton yarn in some great solid and variegated colors so I'll be working on that whilst my lace-block dissappears. Plus I've got at least one more Jayne hat ordered so I've got plenty to do.
I think I could live for a week in a bookstore, expecially one with a coffee bar and cheesecake like the Borders closest to my house. It is attached to a mall but it's a "trendy" kind of mall without the usual Target or PayLess housed inside. This mall has a Nordstroms and a Macy's and an amazing food court with the best Korean BBQ I've had in a long time. So maybe I could live in the bookstore as long as I had acess to the Korean BBQ. Anyway, I love buying books almost as much as I love buying yarn. And my son is a reader, he can get through a sci-fi book in a couple of hours. So when I want to go to the bookstore and I don't want to drive there alone, all I have to say is "I'll buy you a book" and he's fetching car keys and running down the stairs (keep in mind the boy is days away from turning 21). Truth be told, I like to bring him along because it keeps me from spending an entire paycheck at the bookstore. So this particular Friday night, I got the afroementioned Mason Dixion Knitting and a copy of the holiday Interweave Knits magazine and the Yarn Harlot's book which I've also been coveting for quite a while. I haven't gotten to read it yet but it's going to be my BART book - the book that fits into my purse that I can read on my short train ride to work.
All this has made me realize that when I do open my very own uber fun highly successful yarn store, I must have a cozy comfty book section with a coffee bar and cheesecake located next to a Korean BBQ restaurant.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Progress Report

I cast on last night for my first foray into lace. It's a lace scarf and I saw the pattern online through a knitting group forum - the designer said the pattern can use any type of yarn and needles resulting in any size of scarf you want. It claims to be a leaf pattern but looks far more like lacey cables to me. It is an easy pattern but I got hung up on the numerous yarn overs between switching from knits to purls. I've only gone thorough one repeats - it's only 8 rows - and it does look lacey. I've only got one order left for Jayne hats so I may actually make some progress on this scarf.
I also want to start one holiday project - I really only have 2 or maybe 3 plus one big January project - I want to make some of those wonderful washclothes from Mason Dixon knitting. I love the blog but I haven't gotten the book yet. I have tons of cotton in my stash so yarn won't be a problem. I'll be book shoppinig manana. :)