Monday, September 27, 2010

Random, Rapid Fire, Catchup! Part I

There are three posts here people! I shut out the world (after my husband went back to work) and got the pictures and vignettes that I wanted out there! I have now also realized that my daughter stayed late after school for Cross Country practice and I have to go get here we go!
1) I made this apron for my dear friend Sam who had a special birthday last week... I'm not saying how many, but I think you'll be able to figure it out. The apron is reversible and I'd like to thank the Castoffs for their help in helping me work out the finishing details.
2) AND THIS IS WHY I DECIDED TO POST TODAY!!! The Yarn Harlot is reorganizing and wondered what the rest of us did with our knitting books, ie. how they were sorted. Mine are kind of by subject and so I thought I'd show you how it all looks.

This lone one is on my desk, my recently ie. yesterday, cleaned off and laptop usable desk. I hadn't seen the book for a while (see: yesterday, cleaned off) and wanted to keep it close so that it doesn't wander off again.

These are my newest additions that haven't really made it up to where I thought I might be keeping ALL my knitting books...oh, looks like there's a few none knitting books there too...

These are my magazines and leaflet type books. They live alongside yarn. It makes everyone happy. The magazines are filed by type, ie. Vogue, Knitter, Interweave Knits, etc. and on a good day in order; they are only filed here after they've been replaced on my table by the current issue.

Here's my official knitting book shelf. Funny, I remember it being fuller. I guess I should move some of the others into the open spaces here.
I also have a shelf in another bookcase where my knitting fiction lives. That's where the Yarn Harlot books are too. All of them. Autographed.
I have way too much stuff, but if there's one thing that that Hoarder show does do, besides make you want to reorganize. It's makes you realize that you don't really have a problem; those other people? They have a problem.
Now, if you'll excuse me. I have to go get my daughter and grab some knitting...on 4.5mm Signature Needles!

Random, Rapid Fire, Catchup! Part I b)

But Wait There's more!!

1) I was working on that table awhile back. It's done, set up and doing the job just fine, thank-you very much. I found out a little secret after all was said and done. Apparently, the varnish does not leave little pink dots on your work if you leave it out to dry. Apparently, when your daughter spray paints pink paint onto your work area you get little pink dots on your work.

2) Damson finished and b e a u t i f u l. You may see this again real soon. It's a shawlette that has looked wonderful on anybody who's tried it on. Love. It.

3) We went to the Hoe Down. Yup. Hoe Down.
Save a horse; ride a cowboy. I said, Save a horse; ride a cowboy!

4) O.K. GADGET ALERT!! Superstore. Right now! $9.97 (I paid $12 whatever; still worth it). I thought it looked like a nice little something to work on in a poorly lit, not firm and lacking in drink setting options kind of place. Turns out that's only half of it! I had to open the back to put the batteries in for the light. It had a flimsy bag of those little styrofoam ball thingies that stick to everything should they ever escape from above mentioned flimsy bag, and I thought, "Hey, what if...."

I stored the yarn to make this wonderful sweater (that I picked up at the Knitter's Fair) and then nobody would see the yarn, it would always be close to be loved and it makes a way better cushion than that flimsy styrofoam stuff.

5) I love it when I find new places to hide stash.

Random, Rapid Fire, Catchup! Part II

Blogging is a lot like housework. If you just did a little everyday then it wouldn't turn into one great big job that virtually overloads your system.
It's a lot like tying in ends at the end of an intarsia sweater too.
1) Last day of summer Holidays=Last day of Harry Potter Exhibit, and it was amazing!! These four have been friends since the boys started kindergarten together and the girls were 1. It's a pretty easy day out...they've got each other and I've got an Emergency Knitting Kit.

2) I took a sock in progress to the Knitter's Fair with 3 of some of my dearest knitting friends. We had muffins, coffee, laughter and yarn fumes. A day just doesn't get much better. There was some stash enhancement, some fibre enhancement and some gadget enhancement. Oh and books too!

3) I made a lovely Lavender (that my husband grew) and peach dessert from the magazine in the shot. I thought I was showing you the difference that can happen in batches of batter if you overmix one. It turns out I was showing you what happens when you double the sugar in one of the batches. It tasted like candy. mmmmm

4) I was knitting Damson and became obsessively monogamous! I didn't know what could cause such a change in behaviour.
Fun pattern? I have lots of those on the go.
Lovely yarn? I have a basement (cough, more, cough) full of beautiful yarn.
The only new element was the Signature Needles.
OMG!! Sigh. Gasp. Swoon. They make all the difference in the world. Really! They are that good. I now get excited when I find a pattern that calls for 4.0mm and 4.5mm, because that's the only sizes I have right now and remain pretty focused on these projects so that I can complete them and move on to the next! It is sooo weird! I sound, like, I'm totally, 13 or something. Ohmygaawwd!

5) I finished that linen scarf and got it all put together and it is b e a u t i f u l!! I have to agree with the designers, this pattern does work with any combination. To review, I worked to halves and then did a three needle bind off to get a mirror effect and it now has a lovely pink stripe running down the centre and into the fringe. If you need and/or would like to see more of any of these projects just leave a comment and I'll post some other views.

Happy Knitting!