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Location: El Paso, Texas, United States

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Rip-it, Rip-it

My honeymoon cami is no more. I cast on a few days ago and knit, and knit, and knit. Yesterday afternoon I had about 7 inches done, and I sat there looking at it and realized I had a few problems. Problem 1: I did not like the way the twisted rib eyelet looked. Especially with the yarn I was using-- it just didn't look right. Problem 2: I hated the way the increases and decreases looked on the sides-- it was too visible for my tastes. Problem 3: I only had two balls of the yarn I was using and I was afraid I wouldn't have quite enough. I sat there staring at my project, letting the problems run through my head, and I still couldn't bring myself to frog it! So I called my dearest knitting confidant (my mother) and with her help I managed to remove the needle and frog the entire thing!

Now I'm back to knitting my afghan. I am very eager to knit my first pair of socks and I plan casting them on quite soon. I am looking for a pattern for a new camisole or tank top. I think I am going to have to knit something with a seam. I might just have to design this project myself!

Saturday, August 27, 2005

I cast on my honeymoon cami yesterday! The first couple inches with the twisted eyelet rib were a real pain in the butt, but now I've knit a few rounds in stockinette stitch and I'm progressing quite smoothly. I'm dreaming of finishing the cami before labor day weekend so I can wear it on my trip. My husband and I are going to New Mexico for some fun in the sun and some mountain biking. I will try to post a picture tomorrow-- I'm waiting until I've knit a bit more.

Friday, August 26, 2005

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Yet another ear warmer! I was eager to knit a cabled ear warmer and I found this pattern here. This was a really fun, quick, knit and it is very warm and comfortable. I used a washable wool blend so hopefully it will be durable. I may give this as a Christmas gift and make another for myself.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Here is a bizarre little collage I made showing two sweaters I like. I love the raglan sweater in the color photo, but I feel like I want something with more cables. In the black and white photo I like the sweater on the woman to the left, although I would want to update the shape somehow. I think I'll just have to knit the raglan sweater first and then move on to an aran knit! Posted by Picasa

I am becoming more and more obsessed with knitting cabled items. I spend hours surfing the internet looking at different aran sweaters, etc. I am trying to find the perfect aran pattern for myself. I love Rogue, but I want something with more cables. I also found a great cabled head band here, that I am very eager to knit. For now I will have to satisfy myself with knitting the cables in my afghan. And I cannot wait to start my honeymoon cami! I hope my dpns arrive in the mail today!

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Goodmorning. Today I am working on the most complicated strip on my Alpaka afghan. By complex I mean it has a 28 row cable repeat. At least knitting this part doesn't bore me! I need to find a similar yarn to use as the border for the blanket when it is done. I'll be going north to New Mexico for labor day weekend and I plan on visiting a few yarn stores then. Fun! Today's the day for exciting errands like the car wash and grocery shopping, so its time for me to hit the shower and get out the door. I'll have to wait until this afternoon to knit more. :)

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

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I knit my fourth very small project in a row today. I had some Kureyon scraps from a pair of handwarmers I made from Stitch N' Bitch Nation this winter. I was browsing patterns on and I decided I needed a matching ear warmer-- even though I live in El Paso, Texas, which is in the middle of the Chihuahuan Desert! I've been told that it can be chilly here in the winter. So, i designed this little cabled number to keep me warm in the event of a chilly day. I still have extra yarn, so I plan to make a second ear warmer with more complex cables. But I'm hoping to start my Honey Moon Cami before long-- I just need my Denise needles to arrive!  Posted by Picasa

Monday, August 22, 2005

Here it is-- a small pouch for my husband's wallet, cell phone and keys! I'm not sure why I chose pink scraps-- maybe I figured that if he wanted a purse-like item, I'd go all the way and make it extra girly. Or maybe I just wanted to be able to knit with Cascade Wool. The i-cord strap is knit with miniscule bits of Manos de Uruguay and Noro Kureyon-- how convenient that they matched! I hope this works out for him-- we'll see tonight when he gets home from work! Posted by Picasa

Last night I asked my husband if there were any small projects Icould knit for him. I was surprised to hear him say that he actually needs me to knit him a small pouch. He plans to hang this pouch around his neck and place his wallet, keys and cell phone in it when he walks to the car each morning. Why can't he just stuff that stuff in his pockets or hold it in his hand? Well, he also has to carry his uniform, boots, gym bag, lunch box, etc, so the pouch is actually necessary. I made a simple design and I'm using up some scraps of yarn to make it-- I'll post a photo when its done!

Sunday, August 21, 2005

This is the other iPod case I knit. The person I knit it for calls it his iPod sweater. This was a fun knit, and I think I need to make one of these for myself so I'll have a case to use while I'm actually listening to music. Maybe I could make it out of Noro Kureyon scraps. Yum!  Posted by Picasa

I have also spent a few free moments lately knitting little iPod cases. I made this one for myself-- I just wanted something to protect while its in my purse. I used some Manos de Uruguay scraps leftover from a Christmas present I knit last month. Yes, I've already done some Christmas knitting! Posted by Picasa

This is a photo of the Trellis strip, the second strip of my afghan. As you can see, it is much slimmer than the other strip, so my yarn will go a bit further than I originally expected. However, I still think I'll need to find a substitute yarn for the border. This is a daunting prospect here in El Paso-- there is only one LYS. I went to Hobby Lobby yesterday to check out their selection-- there was nothing even remotely approaching the look, feel and guage of my Alpaka.  Posted by Picasa

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Disaster somewhat averted! I spoke to my mother, aka my knitting guru, and we worked out a solution for my afghan. I was calculating the blanket's size based on the idea that each strip I knit would be the same width-- not so, my friend, not so. The strips vary in width, most are rather narrow, actually, and that means that Iwill get more length out of each strip. I still think I'll need to take my mother's advice, though, and buy a very similar yarn to do the border with, so I can dedicate all 20 skeins of my Lion Brand Alpaka to the main body of the blanket. She knit this blanket with 25 skeins. I think I can get mine almost as large as hers if I supplement my stash. I started a different strip-- I'll post a picture later!

Thursday, August 18, 2005

A knitting disaster!! Oh no! I have been working on the afghan for about 1 and a half months now. Even though I have a ton of free time the going has been slow because I'm good at procrastinating and their are other hobbies that I like to pursue during the day. But today was a milestone in the project because I finished the second ball of yarn. Hurray, I thought, progress! Having reached this milestone, I decided it was time to measure the strip and see how it measured up. And then my breakdown began...

I have knit up 2 of my 20 balls of yarn for this project. The strip, unblocked, measures about 40 inches. Each strip is supposed to be 66 inches in length-- and I have to knit 9 strips, not including the 4 border strips. So, lets say each main strip is going to take about 3 balls of yarn, or maybe a bit less. 3 times 9 is 27! I do not have 27 balls of yarn, I have only 20!

The first idea that ran through my head was that I would just make a small blanket. With my 20 balls of yarn I calculated that I could come up with a blanket that would total about 48 x 48 inches. Then I thought it over and began to wonder what I would do with a square like that. It wouldn't cover me when I stretched out on the couch... And it wouldn't accommodate two people very well.

It was too late to call any knitting buddies. I especially wanted to speak with my mother because she gave me the yarn and pattern for this project. But lacking knitting folk to talk with, I explained my problem to my husband. He immediately pointed out how ridiculous a small square blanket would be. He insisted I tear out the entire project and then suggested I buy new yarn and get a new pattern and make something completely different. He just didn't understand that this is the blanket I want, and I want it done in THIS yarn! (Although it was generous of him to suggest I buy more yarn.)

My newest plan is to tear back and restart the project on larger needles. I'm currently using a size 9. I wonder if I could conceivably go up to an 11. I think that would be pushing it. But if I could knit the blanket on a size 10 and maybe make it a little narrower so I at least get enough length to cover someone laying down on a couch, it could work. Maybe I'm being too optimistic, but I won't give up this project. My mother knit this same blanket a few years ago, and of all the afghans in our house, this was always my favorite. Being newly married I am very eager to knit my first afghan for my husband and I. Maybe it was just too romantic of an idea...

In other knitting news, I wound my Portuguese yarn into balls to night and I plan on swatching tomorrow for a camisole I plan to knit. A nice camisole is perfect for the desert, and a nice change from a wooly blanket (and all of the other wool projects I did this winter).

Good night!

Today I would like to introduce an ongoing project of mine. That small strip of knitting in the photograph is someday going to be part of the Cabled Afghan that I'm knitting. The blanket is knit in 9 strips with different cabled patterns that you later stitch together. It is a great portable project, but the seaming will probably be a nightmare. The pattern I'm using is from a 1984 issue of Woman's Day magazine, which means that the pattern is only a few years younger than me! I am using Lion Brand Alpaka-- my mother generously un-stashed this yarn for me. The picture doesn't show the three cables very well-- but you can at least get an idea of what they look like. The ball of yarn in the picture is only the second one I've knit up so far-- my goal is to finish this second ball today when I go to the knitting group. I guess I'd better get going with my errands so I can make it to knitting this afternoon! Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

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Knitting, meet one of my other favority hobbies. Here you see the lovely Ruffles (knit up in Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere) draped over my husband's new (and still unridden!) mountain bike. Yes, that is a tree you see outside the window-- one of the few trees here in the desert.  Posted by Picasa

Goodmorning! Today feels great-- I started my day off right with a healthy breakfast, a phone conversation with an old friend, and a three mile run. My plan for today is to post some pictures on here-- specifically a photo or two from my knitting projects as well as a shot of the scenery where I like to exercise. I'll also use today to take care of errands and chores, so that tomorrow I'll have free time to go meet up with a knitting group! By the way, doesn't this blog's template just make you think of the old west? Viewing this blog makes me feel like I'm looking into the interior of a saloon. How perfect, now that I reside in west Texas!

I know I just wrote that I wanted to post pictures relevant to my life now, but I found this picture in my files and couldn't resist posting it. I took this about a year ago when I stumbled upon a pond with beautiful lily pads in it. I call this picture purity, but looking at it really gives me a sense of serenity... perhaps a name change is in order.  Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Here I am, just another insomniac waiting for sleep to arrive. I never had trouble sleeping before. I guess I'm out of my 'comfort zone' so I feel a little thrown off. I've moved half away across the country, gotten married, and I'm yet to find a job out here. Everything started out so promising-- I embraced each free day, getting up early to run or ride my mountain bike. Then, the days began to stretch out. I learned to procrastinate and soon my morning workout was an afternoon sprint I crammed in before my husband came home. I was never a big TV fan, but all of a sudden I find myself channel surfing for hours each day! It has to STOP! I was never lazy, and I cannot become lazy now. I am going to get in bed, fall asleep, and wake up renewed tomorrow-- I shall reclaim my life and document it in pictures! Noone likes to read a blogger's complaints, anyway. So, join me as I rededicate myself to the hobbies I love-- running, reading, cycling, painting, etc. Enjoy!