Thursday, September 27, 2007
I posted a bit of a rant on Ravelry and another lady said that she has had problems with Canada Post saying they have delivered something and then it still takes days to get to her. Hopefully that is right and I will just send back any extra needles I get.
Okay, deep breath...and ....out....
I started my Everlasting Bagstopper/Saturday Market bag hybrid. I decided to do it in stripes to use up a couple of partial skeins I have.
And just to add to my misery, Blogger won't upload pictures. Sigh, I had to grab this from Flickr.
I'm gonna stop trying to do anything now.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
This is the Saturday Market String bag. The pattern called for 6 repeats of the lace pattern. I did 8 since it seemed small. I did sub the yarn. I used good old dishcloth cotton. I think it's still on the small side. For comparison:
I knit it in the round. As suggested by a very nice lady on Ravelry. She doesn't appear to have a blog. What I did was just cast on twice the stitches and knit in the round. On the purl row, I knitted and dropped the yo's.The lace is very nice.
But I didn't like having to seam up the bottom. So the next bag I think will be a cross between Knitty's Everlasting Bagstopper and this one. I'll knit the bottom solid, pick up stitches and knit the lace pattern!
Friday, September 21, 2007
It's not a great picture of me. (I should have put more make-up on!) but it was the best shot of the bag. And since this is a knitting blog, the knitting should shine, not the knitter. Right? That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Now to attach the handles to the red Bagstopper.....might be a few days.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Day is done, gone the sun,From the lake, from the hills, from the sky;All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.
Fading light, dims the sight,And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.From afar, drawing nigh, falls the night.
Thanks and praise, for our days,'Neath the sun, 'neath the stars, neath the sky;As we go, this we know, God is nigh.
Sun has set, shadows come,Time has fled, Scouts must go to their bedsAlways true to the promise that they made.
While the light fades from sight,And the stars gleaming rays softly send,To thy hands we our souls, Lord, commend
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
And a good time was had by all.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
This is the one I carried with me on the train and at work for the last few days. It's ready to start the garter stitch final rounds. Then it's off to find ribbon!
Micha has found something very interesting to stare at. Apparently having a camera pointed at her has become old news.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
It's traditional, I think I can stand to knit it up and he likes it. So, all three requirements are satisfied.
Now, the yarn hunt begins.....non-itchy, easy-care, in cream, as requested. It sounds like I will be looking at some kind of non-natural fibre. I don't have a problem working with non-natural or acrylic fibre. The trick will be one that he likes and I like. In the right colour.
Monday, September 10, 2007
My camera was at the bottom of my purse, so by the time I dug it out, this was the best shot I could do! I circled the group's heads in breast cancer-y colours for you....I can't tell if you are in there Mezzodiva, but I said "hi"!
This is an easy, fairly fast knit. It would probably go faster if I actually picked it up more, but life (and new books) keep interfering. Having said that, I guess I should actually go knit, right? Of course, there is that book I got at the library....
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Done? Good. Something else they are doing there is contests. The current one is to come up with 3 ideas where you can "pay it forward". In other words, something you can do that will help or improve y our community, family, friends etc. Here's my 3:
1. Go throught your clothes and pull out everything that you don't wear. If it is in good shape, instead of pitching it in the charity bins at the mall, where it will be re-sold at a second hand shop, give directly to the ones who use it. Give it to your local women's shelter. They will be ecstatic to get gently used clothes. They will also take almost anything else. An old set of pots, that one coffee cup left from a set, mismatched cutlery, children's clothes, towels, sheets........Many of the women in the shelters get there with only the clothes they are standing up in.
2. Go through your books. Pull the ones you don't like, and donate them to the library. Even if the library doesn't put them into the collections,they can sell them at a book sale and use the money for new books.
3. This one seems obvious, but volunteer/donate at your local Humane society. Humane Societies (in Canada at least) do not get ANY government money. So they can always use some help. Or donate Canadian Tire money or newspapers! Often if you call, they can give you a list of unlikely things they can use! Pagan says thnk-you.
As for knitting around here, I decided to strike back against the corporate re-usable bag. I'm knitting my own, thank you very much. I mean, think about it. Bloblaws sells you their nifty bag for $0.99. (which I'm pretty sure makes them a bit of a profit. It might only be 1 cent I have no idea, but still) AND doesn't have to buy plastic bags anymore. The whole drive behind the re-usable bag thing is not because it will save the world. It's because they can save money on supplies and thus improve the bottom line. No corporation, regardless of what it says, is going to do anything that will have a negative impact on the profits. At best, neutral. However, my experience in the corporate world suggests that revenue netral is NOT what they ever do. Ever.
Moving on. I am knitting up the Everlasting Bagstopper from Knitty. Out of stash cotton.
I am sooo pleased with this humble square of cotton. The texture enthralls me. The almost perfection of it's rectangular shape pleases me.
I have no idea why this excites me so much. And yet....
I'm off to knit my perfect texture bag...
Monday, September 03, 2007
The only thing I might have done different is make it a tad shorter. But I plan on wearing it this coming weekend at the fibre fair in Waterloo,Ontario, so I will know better after I have worn it for a bit. Regardless, it's wonderful!
yarn: Estelle 100% silk 50g balls,5.5 balls main colour and 0.5 ball contrast
needles: Denise needles, 4.5mm & 4mm
mods: Made the sleeves longer by 10 rows.
Sunday, September 02, 2007
I reached into the oven to adjust the garlic toast and set my oven mitt on fire! Apparently I brushed another element with my thumb. The scary part is that I didn't notice the mitt was on fire for a few seconds. Which is how I managed to set my tea-towel on fire too.....
I know I didn't pay much for the mitt, but really, shouldn't it be made out of fire-retardant materials? Upon closer inspection, it's just cotton!
In other news, we have neckage!
Now to do some sleevage and I will be able to stick a fork in Tomato because it will be done! I hope to finish it today. Then there will be the baptism and the ritual of drying flat. Which means that, god willing and the creek don't rise, there will be a finished object around here tomorrow! woo hoo!