Saturday, June 23, 2007


weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! That's the sound I imagine my yarn makes twirling around my newly aquired swift. I bought it from JoAnn's with one of their 50% off coupons - so it was under $25. But, now I realize I need a ball winder. But it's still cool and it totally scares the dog.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


You know you're a knitter when you see this:

And you instantly try to figue out how you can knit that pattern into a scarf and/or bag. These are the tiles on the floor of the BART station. I walk over them twice a day, most week days and have done so for the past year. For some reason, today I decided they'd make a great purse pattern. So now I have a chore for the weekend - find the pattern - because I'm sure someone else has already created one.

Other chores planned for the weekend - stash organization including breaking out the swift and trying to see if I can justify spending cash on a ball winder. I want to start on the Noni bag I'm making for myself too. There will be some sewing in my weekend plans also - I've got 3 purses that need lining - and I L O V E me some sewing. I'm inclined to hunt for a pattern for a hoodie for my daughter. We saw some very cute ones, in Macy's, in Nicole Richie sizes. So the hunt is on for a pattern and then some cute fabric.

Additional randomess - some pics I took whist walking across the street from my office building

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The force is strong with this one.....

Baby Yoda Sweater.....

Turned out better than I expected. The pattern was very easy to follow but I really didn't like the yarn. I used the yarn recommended - Mission Falls 1824 cotton - and I love the color but it was just too stiff to knit easily. The pattern is from Dogs Steal Yarn

Saturday, June 16, 2007


FFO as in F I N A L L Y finished objects - I finished a gazillion hats this week which got shipped off around the freaking world - some donated and some purchased for the Equality Now benefit screening of Serenity next weekend. Whew! I am offically sick and tired of hats.

I also completed the baby yoda sweater from Dogs Steal Yarn. I knit it in the recommended yarn - very easy pattern - fairly quick knit (as quick as knitting anything in cotton can be). Pictures will be forthcoming as my camera batteries were dead (thanks Shuk!) when I tried to shoot it before my mom left for the baby shower.

I also finished my first little swatch for Lime N Violet's scarf circle III

- it took me forever to decide on a yarn from my stash - and a pattern - I settled on the cable pattern from the Irish Hiking Scarf in some acrylic I got from Joann's. Now I want to make an entire Irish Hiking scarf. And I want to use the rest of the yarn on a purse. Every single time I knit something, I think of 20 other things I want to make.
I still have two more hats to finish and a bit of sewing to do - lots of purses to line - but then I have to decide what I want to make next - I'm leaning towards some grannies - haven't picked up a hook in a while :)

Friday, June 08, 2007

I left my heart.....

My son has guest from out of town this week - I played tour guide today ----- we saw rocks & seals & pyramids - the one thing I learned about my fair city....all the "good" restaurants close down like at 2 until dinner service at 5 ..... we finally got lucky at Beach Chalet for lunch at 3 freaking 30. But, we had an amazing view and a really good meal. Not bad for a sick day :) I did bring my knitting along but it was just a mere passenger today.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Hats....hats....and more hats

I've been busy finishing up the charity hats I've been knitting for Equality Now, I need to ship them off tomorrow so they're arrive in plenty of time for the screening on June 23rd. As always, when I'm busy knitting Jayne hats, my other knitting suffers. I have finally decided on a stitch pattern for the scarf circle swap on Lime n Violet's message boards and I'm still working on the yoda sweater for a baby shower gift - both of those need to be finished by next weekend!
And I've got purses to finish off - and more to knit - I have sooooooooo many purse designs I want to test out - a gazillion of them - so it's gonna be a summer of purses!

Sunday, June 03, 2007

I've been {gasp} tagged!

My Lime n Violet swap, Sarah partner has tagged me!
The rules are simple - each person tagged gives 7 random facts about themselves. They in turn tag 7 other bloggers, etc, etc, etc!
So here are 7 random facts:
1. I'm allergic to chocolate but that doesn't stop me from eating it - not too much of it or I'll suffer!
2. After 40 hours of labor and no pain medicaion, I gave birth to my first child, my son, who weighed a whopping 11 lbs 6.5 ounces. But the random fact is I broke my tailbone during delivery. [btw, he's 21 & 6'4" now - and still a pain in my ass!]
3. One or two of my ancestors came to the US on the Mayflower and one of their descendents was later Governor of Pennsylvania. This same relative also conspired with the French to off George Washington.
4. I rode the Giant Dipper in Santa Cruz 10 times in a row on our Senior Sneak day.
5. As a child, I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up.
6. I've never lived alone - and I've never lived anywhere but San Francisco.
7. I secretly like some of the rap music my daughter listens too!

ETA: a 2nd MeMe !!!
The Idea is to bold the items you've made, ignore those you haven't and italicize the ones you plan on making:



Garter stitch

Knitting with metal wire


Stockinette stitch

Socks: top-down

Socks: toe-up

Knitting with camel yarn

Mittens: Cuff-up

Mittens: Tip-down

HatKnitting with silk

Moebius band knitting

Participating in a KAL


Drop stitch patterns

Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn

Slip stitch patterns

Knitting with banana fiber yarn

Domino knitting

Twisted stitch patterns

Knitting with bamboo yarn

Two end knitting

Charity knitting

Knitting with soy yarn

CardiganToy/doll clothing

Knitting with circular needles

Knitting with your own handspun yarn (if I bought it - it's my own, right?)


Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)

Continental Knitting

Designing knitted garments

Cable stitch patterns

Lace patterns

Publishing a knitting book


American/English knitting

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 with cotton

Knitting smocking

Dying yarn


Knitting art


Knitting with wool

Textured knitting

Kitchener BO


Knitting with beads

SwatchingLong Tail CO

EntrelacKnitting and purling backwardsMachine knitting

Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn

Stuffed toys

Baby items

Knitting with cashmere



Knitting with synthetic yarn

Writing a pattern



Knitting with linen

Knitting for preemies

Tubular CO

Freeform knitting

Short rows

Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers


Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine

RugKnitting on a loom

Thrummed knitting

Knitting a gift

Knitting for pets


Knitting with dog/cat hair

Hair accessories

Knitting in public

Friday, June 01, 2007

SAT Saturday

So many things to little time. I've got to get up way early tomorrow to make sure my daughter gets up, gets fed and gets her butt to Jefferson HS to take her SAT test. Then it's off the post office, the mall, a graduation - all before noon. Then back to Jefferson to pick her up and bring her to the party for that morning's graduation. Gonna be a busy busy weekend.

Plus, I've got to finish the charity hats - I have 6 hats to finish before Monday! Luckily 2 are almost done, 1 is 1/2 done and the other 3 are pretty much dreams at the moment.

I also need to decide what to knit for Lime & Violet's Scarf Swap III - it's a really clever idea when each person starts an 8" swatch - slips the stitches off on a stitch holder then mails it off to the next name on a list - 3 months later - each knitter has a scarf of many colors - the one I'm in is going to go round the world - very very cool idea - I do know what yarn I'll be using, but not sure what stitch yet. Plus, I want to do some least it's almost summer and life is always easier durning the summer.

I leave you with a blurry picture of a gentleman sitting in front of us at my neices graduation. This guy had plumbers' butt at least halfway down his ass - in 40 degree weather - buns of steel perhaps. I couldn't bribe my younger neice to take a better pic. TGIF

Stashy McStash Pants!

This blurry picture is my yarn stash. I'm thinking since the defination of stash is more secretative my yarn collection no longer qualifies as a stash and has crossed the line into the mass category. One of those bins does contain my sewing stuff and one is full of scrapbook stuff, but the other 9 are yarn. So here's my mass, my heap, my pile, my hill, my stockpile, my's my wealth of yarn.
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My neice graduated high school last night! Yah Kaylee!
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