October 31, 2010
October 29, 2010
I'm in the process of obsessing over my need for a new knitting bag and I keep running across the Zuma Bag from Namaste. Every time I see it, it looks like it's frowning at me, frowning in disapproval. I'm sorry that Zuma doesn't approve but I can't help it. I love to browse knitting bags. And I do need a new one.
But I'm lusting after this one:
The Jordana Paige "Rio" in Olive. Oh how I want this bag. I've been thinking about it for two years. I asked for it for Christmas last year but then decided that it cost too much. But I still love this bag. I want it, I think about, I do dirty things to it with my eyes. I just adore it. And I know for sure that if I get any money for Christmas I'm getting this bag.
October 28, 2010
After a weird/bad day at work, I walk out of the building and see about 20 wild turkeys crossing the parking lot. I'd seen one or two before, real early in the morning but never this many. They were calling to each each in the high pitch chirp. It was really neat. I stopped in my tracks and grabbed my camera from my purse.
Suddenly the whole flock started running and these two were trying to catch up. I was so close, I could see the blue on the tom's head.
October 25, 2010
October 22, 2010
Pattern: Slouchy Cardigan by Helene Roux (Greetings from Knit Cafe)
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool in Moss Heather
Needles: Knit Picks Harmony Options
Mods: I used A Friend to Knit With's directions for the cap sleeves but other wise I pretty much followed the directions. I found the directions for the hood hard to follow but I managed to get it done. I would knit this again in a heart beat. It wasn't an exciting knit due to the all stockinette but it was nice to be able to watch tv or knit in the car.
But on a side note, The Folsom Zoo was awesome! I'd been begging Hubbs to take me to the zoo for while and we figured today would be a good day to go. They were predicting rain for today but it was nice and sunny this morning, so we took advantage.
Of all the animals there I loved the deer the most. They were so pretty.
October 19, 2010
The trees are changing color. There are beautiful reds, yellows and greens every where you look.
October 18, 2010
Oh boy. I hate when I'm in the middle of project and it's rapidly coming together and then the unexpected happens...you run out of yarn. Oh jeez. Thursday evening I can see that my last remaining skein of Patons Classic Wool for my Slouchy Cardigan is not going to make it to the end of the project. There was just no way that I was going to get a hood out of it. I tried to decide if I wanted the hood at all, after I rarely will pull a hood up over my head.
After much thought, I decided that I did want the hood. So Friday after I got my hair done did, I stopped at the Jo-anns to see if they had any more of the Patons Classic Wool in Heathered Moss. Naturally, they were out. Not so much as one skein of a different dye lot. Errrrrr. I headed home without checking to see if Michael's had it because Hubbs was waiting for me to go to dinner.
After dinner I checked on line to see if Michael's even carried the stuff. I had heard that they had a small yarn department but since I don't normally shop there I didn't have a clue what they carried. According to their website, they carried it but colors vary from store to store. I called, they put me on hold for 15 min's and finally I hung up. I hate being on hold.
Saturday morning, I head off on what I started to call the great yarn hunt of 2010. All I needed was one lousy skein! Just one! I was willing to take a different dye lot, I wasn't being picky. It was for the hood, it wasn't like I was going to finish a half finished front with it or anything. I stopped in at my Jo-anns on the off chance that they stocked it last night or something but no, still no Heathered Moss. Ran across town to Michael's. They had Patons Classic Wool but again, no Heathered Moss.
And just like that I was out of local options for this yarn. Thankfully I'd had the foresight to print out directions to the next closest Jo-anns. It was at least 30 min's away but since I'd been there before (4 years ago) I had some idea of where it was. I find the right exit, I follow the map. The map says that my destination is on the left side of the street, so I'm in the left lane. The more I think about I remember it being on the right side of the street but Hubbs was driving that time so who knows how closely I was paying attention (wedding highs don't lead to having a great memory). As I cross Morse Avenue, I see the sign...it's on the right. The store is on the right...fawking google maps. No prob, I jam on the breaks, cut in behind a car that is already turning into the parking lot and whip in.
I felt like jumping out of my car, arms raised and yelling, "taaaadaaaaa!" But I exited the vehicle like an adult, meaning that I hopped out and tried my hardest to walk calmly across the lot. Once in the store I located the yarn section. Amazing! They have the yarn I need in the right color way! Woohoo! Score! Of course it's not the same dye lot but beggars can't be choosers. Now I have to decide, 1 skein or 2. I decide that one should do and all but skip to the register.
I dash home, slowing only to make a pit stop at Target where I discover that they have jeans in lengths but that's another story. I cast on and knit like a mad woman. The hood is coming along swimmingly. I knit and knit, all the while watching my one skein of yarn dwindle. By Saturday night it has become abundantly clear that I should have bought two skeins. Oh dear.
Sunday morning, now know at the Dropped Stitch Household as, "The Great Yarn Hunt 2.0." I head off, but at least this time I knew where to get the yarn. I zip there and back despite the rain. I knit madly for the rest of the morning and finish the Hood. While the hood is blocking, I clean out my knitting bag and discover that I had enough yarn in my bag all along. I could have easily finished the hood with the partial skein that was lurking under my Berroco Vintage. Ack! Wasted gas, wasted time. I hang my head in shame as Hubbs laughs at me.
My hood is currently blocking and in the mean time I've been working on seaming up the Slouchy Cardigan. I normally whip stitch projects together in stead of actually seaming them in the "proper" way. But I figured that I should challenge myself and learn to do something new. Turns out seaming isn't all that hard and I managed to seam the entire cardigan (fronts, sleeves and sides) in one evening. I'm still working on getting all the ends woven in but hopefully by the time I finish that the hood will be dry and I can get it seamed up and on the cardigan.
October 17, 2010
October 14, 2010
I finished reading Kate Mosse's Sepulchre yesterday. It's the second book in the Languedoc Trilogy, the first was Labyrinth that I finished last month. It seems to me that normally, the second book is never as good as the first book in a series. However, this book was better then the first. The first one I had a hard time getting going on but this one just grabbed me and wouldn't let go. I have to admit that since I was reading this at work, I did sneak in a few extra min's of reading time at the end of my breaks and a couple of days I was so into it I didn't notice that I had gone over my lunch period by more then 10 min's. Oops! But the story was really good and really engaging, especially at the end. I couldn't put it down and when I had to I spent a lot of my time wondering what was going to happen.
October 5, 2010
When I headed off to go to Costco for a new dog bed I had no plans to stop and buy yarn but when I made the stop to pick up buttons for the Butter Cream Jacket I picked up some yarn. I can't be held responsible for my actions! Jo-Anns was having a sale on Patons Classic Wool!
I've been eyeballing the Slouchy Cardigan from Greetings from Knit Cafe by Susan Mischer for a while. It looks so comfortable for everyday wear. So I picked up 5 skeins of Patons Classic Wool in Moss Heather. I cast on for the back on Sunday and so far I'm enjoying it. It's a nice simple knit being that it's all stockinette.
I haven't cast on for Vera yet but I'm looking forward to working on this to break up the stockinette stitch of the Slouchy Cardigan. Now if only I didn't have to work and could just knit all day! Oh dare to dream!
Have a great Tuesday, everyone!
October 4, 2010
I ordered yarn last Tuesday from Jimmy Beans Wool to start a new sweater. I chose the pattern Vera by Snowden Becker. I waffled a lot on what yarn I wanted to use for it and finally decided to use Berroco Vintage in Sloe Berry, a purple-y color. So I ordered the yarn from Jimmy Beans Wool and it turned out that they didn't have that color in stock and did I want to choose a different color. Hubbs and I are leaving for a mini vacation this Friday so I wanted to get the yarn right away because me on vacation with nothing to knit (even if I don't knit at all) is not a good idea. So I picked a different color and they didn't have that one in stock either. They sent me a list of what they did have in stock that would fill my order but I didn't really like any of the colors they had. I decided to wait and hope for the best for the Sloe Berry.