Crafty Chick Knits

Ramblings about knitting, life, and whatnot.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005


I just want to say a big thanks to all of you who sent me kind words and encouragement about the Tivioli Tee. I did frog it, and plan to start it again with smaller needles. That way if it does stretch, it should still fit. The shape of the sweater was pretty much the same, but way too large for me to wear.

I don't have much knitting progress to report this week. I started a couple of rows on a poncho from the Viva Poncho book. The poncho is in Brioche stitch, and has a nice open look, but with the needles I'm using now the stitch is too tight. I think I will start over with the next size up. It's nice to be working on a project now that doesn't depend too much on gauge. I'm also starting a little on my Christmas knitting for my co-workers. I'm planning coin purses with their initial on them in intarsia. I made up one to get the size and gauge down. Now I just need to make sure I can get zippers that size before I spend too much time making the rest. If anyone has a good online source for zippers and such I would love to hear about it.

One last thing, a movie recommendation for anyone out there who likes stupid humor. We saw Wedding Crashers over the weekend, and it wasn't the best written story, but definitely funny.

Hopefully I will have pictures to post next time. I have been too lazy to upload them lately.

Until later, happy knitting!

Thursday, July 21, 2005


I finished the Tivioli Tee, and tonight I will be attaching it to my ball winder. I didn't wash my swatch, and the sweater stretched A LOT when I washed it.

I think The Knitting and I may need to take a break from each other for a while.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

It Fits!!!

I knitted liked crazy on the Tivoli Tee yesterday, and reached the point where the designer suggested trying on the sweater. It fits!! I was even more excited to discover that I should be able to wear a regular bra with the sweater as well. You never know when it comes to wide necked garmets. Now I can't wait to finish.

I'll probably have time while I am on my way to San Diego this weekend. I am driving down with some co-workers for Comic Con 2005. This is not my typical kind of event, but we usually go for work to scope out new action figures, games and entertainment. There are some interest lectures as well, and it's always entertaining to see grown men (and some of the few women who attend) dressed up like Jedis or Clingons. I will definitely post pictures from that for your enjoyment. Whenever I go to these events I realize the Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons is a pretty acurate profile of a comic book collector. Even my DH, who loves to buy, read, and collect comics, was pretty freaked out when he went with me to the convention last year. He didn't want to be associated with fans who were quite so zealous.

That's it for today. Until later, Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Tricksy Knit Picks

Those people over at Knit Picks are very tricksy. I went to their site today to order some yarn to start on my Christmas knitting (it's never too early to think about that!) and then had to order more yarn to get the free shipping. I'm such a sucker for those kinds of deals! Anyway, I got the yarn to make gifts for my co-workers, and then to get the free shipping, I bought some yarn to make the Hourglass pull over from Last Minute Knit Gifts. I don't plan on start the sweater any time soon, but the yarn will be there waiting when I'm ready.

I've made a lot of progress on the Tivoli tee, and will post pictures again soon. I'm into five inches of plain knitting, which is kind of boring and feels really slow when knitting in the round. I only have about 2 more inches to go, and then it will be time for the waist shaping. So far I'm happy with the results, and it looks like it's going to fit! I'm always nervous about fit until I get to try something on for the first time.

My sinus infection is clearing up, but now I'm becoming an insomniac. I'm miserable at work today. It's not easy to analyze data when you haven't had enough sleep. I thought that because I didn't sleep at all on Sunday night that I would fall asleep quickly last night. No such luck. It took me until about 12:30/1:00 to fall asleep, and without having any sleep the night before, five hours was not enough. I try the tricks on how to sleep better, like getting out of bed when you can't sleep and doing something quiet, I also tried turning on the "ocean" on my alarm clock, but none of that helps. I refuse to take sleeping pills. I take enough medication for my allergies, to I don't think I need to add anything else. It's nights when I can't sleep that I hate my husband. He falls asleep the second his head hits the pillow and continues to snore all night.

Allright, now it's time for more caffine, and back to work.

Happy Knitting!

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Lazy Weekend

Maybe it's not a lazy weekend so much as I haven't been feeling well and that has kept me in the house the whole time. I've been coughing up a lung all week, so I finally decided to go to the doctor this morning. As it turns out, I have a sinus infection. I have the worst allergies, and because of all the rain we got this winter and the resulting plant life, my allergies have been terrible the past few month. Why is it that some people luck out and have perfect vision, perfect teeth, and never get sick, while some of us (like me a my DH) have to suffer with braces, glasses, and sneezing all the time? Actually my DH never had allergies until we got married, so maybe they are contagious.

At least being home all weekend I have had plenty of time to knit. I finished my third OSW.

This is the second one I have made with Rowan All Seasons Cotton, and I can't say enough about how much I love this yarn. For a cotton, it is great to work with, but probably because it's a blend. It doesn't split and is very soft and the stitch definition is great. I will get a picture up here of me wearing one of my shrugs soon, but today is not that day. I modified the pattern slightly by using seed stitch (my favorite textured stitch!) instead of ribbing around the edge of the shrug.
I also finished the back of my zipper sweater.
It's a little curly here, so you can't see all the waist shaping. I'm not happy with the neck bind off at all. It doesn't look as neat as I'd like it too, but at least this is only the back and it will probably be covered up by my hair most of the time. I too terrified of ripping it back. I am notorious for dropping stitches at the bind of row, which usually results in me freaking out, cussing and screaming until I can fix it. I'm going to try to figure out a way to bind of neater for the front, where having a neat edge really counts. It will be awhile until I get to that stage because I started this:
It doesn't look like much yet, but it is Grumperina's Tivoli T-Shirt. I hope I can get it done quickly because I'd like to wear it a few times before the end of summer (which seems to be flying by!).
I hope everyone out there is having a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Uninteresting Title

I managed to get a little knitting done over the long 4th of July weekend. I cast on for the zipper sweater from the last post, and completed most of the green section of the back. I would post a picture, but right now it's just an olive green rectangle, not too interesting. Maybe when I get into the blue section and more of the shaping I'll have something I want to show off. I also cast on for a third OSW. I think this will be my last for a while. Especially since I saw this. I have 5 skeins of Knit Picks Elegance that I didn't know what to do with until now. I may have to put the zipper sweater down for a little while and see if I can get this done so I can wear it before the end of summer. I won't have the opportunity to wear a long sleeve pull over for a few months, so I think the zipper sweater can wait.

My DH brought something evil into the house, which is now sucking up some of my knitting time. The Sims!! I love playing that game, but it is definitely a time sucker. Hours just past without me realizing it. Why is it so interesting to live out a life where one wakes up, goes to work, comes home and eats, goes to sleep, and then starts the whole thing over again only because it's a video game? Maybe because you can do things that you can't do in real life, like hit someone who is annoying you. I see how video games captivate me and especially my DH, so I know that when I have kids I have every intention of keeping them away from video games as long as possible.

I'm procrastinating at work right now because I have a report I need to complete, and I'm not happy about it. I guess I should get back to it. After all, the day is almost over.


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