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My Knitting Caused a Fight! March 26, 2009

Posted by cheryl in Blankets & Afghans, Leah, Random, Work in Progress.
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Leah says …  Well not so much a fight, more of a snap. Picture this: Sunday night, J and I watching one of his favourite movies, Goodfella’s. I had never seen it before and what ample opportunity to get a good chunk of my knitting done, right? So of course, if any of you have seen Goodfella’s you would understand that there are a lot of characters and it is brilliantly made so that you can’t really miss a scene. I thought that by just listening to the movie while knitting and purling my baby blanket that I would get by without missing anything. Then when a certain small character gets killed, my head snapped up to the tv, and I declare, “Wait, what? When did Samuel Jackson appear in the movie?! Why did they just kill him?!” And J’s response; “Well if you stopped knitting and actually watched the movie, you would have seen where he was introduced and why he just died!!!” And I looked at J, with my big eyes and said, “Oh.” He was right. And that was the end of our little arguement, if it was even an argument. I think Justin has now accepted that I am determined to finish the projects I am working on while watching tv and movies (when ELSE am i going too, right?!) and I have accepted that I am going to miss a lot while I knit.

And it was SUCH a good movie. I’m sorry I gave away Samuel Jackson’s character getting killed, to those who haven’t seen it, but man, was I ever impressed. It has the longest ‘one take’ scene- it is SO beautifully done. I love Martin Scorcese!

Baby Blanket: Half way done!

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Short and Sweet (?) March 18, 2009

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Leah says… Knitting fanatics, I am STILL on my baby blanket. After several rip outs and attempts to conquer the seed stitch, without a row or stitch counter (right now I tally the st’s and row’s in my SnB book) I am, shall we say, fed up…. but determined! The five rows I have managed to complete look good, if they do say so themselves.  That is all.

Scarves = too much time and not enough fun March 17, 2009

Posted by cheryl in Emily, Scarves, Work in Progress.
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Emily says... So I am going back on my scarf policy again. I had decided never to knit another scarf because they take so long. But then I started to do lacework. And it was sooooo fun! And rewarding! Every stitch went along to a pattern that was creating leaves and vines and it was all so pretty!

It stopped being fun this afternoon. I am now on my second ball and I just really want to wear this scarf already!!! I know it will all be worth it in the end, but I am growing more and more impatient….so no more scarves after I am done this one!!!

Socks and Slippers March 16, 2009

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Cheryl says … Finally – a picture of my mercerized cotton sock:

Sure it looks good and all, but as I said before, 100% mercerized cotton doesn’t work for socks. There’s no stretch whatsoever.

 AJ wasn’t impressed. He thought I could do better.

This is my second attempt. I’m using proper sock yarn and I’m quite happy with the result. The heel is finished. All I have to do is complete the foot and sock #1 is dooone!  This pattern knits up quickly and I love, love, love it!

Unfortunately, it’s going to have to remain on the sticks a little while longer. My mom’s b’day is in a couple of weeks and she’s dying for a pair of knitted slippers. I’ve decided on the Mother’s Day Cotton Slippers, and I’m using two skeins of cotton ease – one in grey and one in white. I started the heel yesterday.

This little bugger is knitting up fast!

I’ll post pics when I’m finished.

Till next time!

[site maintenance] March 11, 2009

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Cheryl says… I’m playing around with the blog today.

Actually, I’ve hijacked it, so apologies if you have trouble getting on to it or if it looks a little wonky.

This blog is probably going to change its appearance 20 times today.

Cheers!

Things I Learned This Week March 10, 2009

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Emily says… 1. re: gusset mistakes I have made in the past: There is no sense in dwelling on them but MAN do I wish I could fix them now!!!

2. Lace work is just as fun as cable knitting! I have started a lace cotton scarf and it is a joy to knit!!! I have almost finished the first ball of cotton and it is going to be soooo long and pretty when it is done! I am impressing myself with every stitch.

3. Apparently I am inspiring other knitters to branch out from scarves! My friend Nathalie has made a pair of Bella Mittens and they look sooo good! I will have to take a photo to show you her awesome work. It made me happy because I inspired her to try something new and now she has learned that she can impress herself too!

Happy knitting!

Operation Socks: A Glitch March 10, 2009

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Cheryl says I finished my first sock last week and it looks GREAT.

It’s a pity I’m going to have to frog it.

Yup.

You heard me.

I have to rip that sock right out.

I’d like to offer a  word of advice to all you new knitters: When choosing yarn for a project, choose a yarn that will WORK with said project.

You don’t want to make a sock, for example, in a yarn that doesn’t stretch.

For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to make my sock in …

MERCERIZED COTTON.

!!!!!

This is probably the WORST yarn to use on a sock. It has absolutely no stretch. I practically broke my arm trying to get the thing on and off of my foot.

I’m now attempting the socks again with proper sock yarn. They look fantastic, if I do say so myself. I’ll post pics as soon as I can get hold of a camera.

K1 P1 K1 P1 March 10, 2009

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Leah says… Fellow knitters, I am knitting my first baby blanket! So far, I only had to rip it out once! That is a good sign, as I seem to be adapting the ‘learning of knitting lessons the hard way’ attitude**. But this is a present for a good friend of mine who is expecting in May, and I can’t go and give her a knitted item for her 1st baby with mistakes in it, now can I? I’m working onthe seed stitch and it is 126 stitches cast on so to K1 P1 for 126 stitches in a row for 20 rows can make my brain mush.

My train of thought while I have been knitting this is: “Did I just knit or purl? Did I just knit two in a row? That’s wrong. So I have to knit now… no, I have to purl, I mean… or knit?” Sigh

As for my mitten frustrations- they are happily knit. Brian doesn’t have them yet and they are very funny looking and I laugh a lot when I see them, but I am proud and it is another completed project, with just one mistake in them. (That’s noticeable, of course.)

** My mother’s shawl- remember that? RIPPED OUT. ON HOLD. It was the wrong yarn for the pattern and was curling up at the edges and looked nice but…. was wrong. The best thing in the world about ravelry is I can search the wool I have and all the projects that people have knit with that exact type of wool come up, and there are tons of shawls and cute cardigans I have already queued. I’m waiting until next month to buy myself the proper needles. (My budget for knitting this month is done and I’m buying myself a new bike at the bike show this weekend, hopefully.)

This is Leah, your friendly knitting blogger, signing off.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly March 3, 2009

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Leah says… Bad news: I hate knitting mittens. I am having a whole bunch of ‘bugger off’ moments and I had to rip out almost an entire mitten’s worth of work because I was doing it wrong. I have taken a hiatus from mitten patterns until I calm down.

Good News: I have started my mothers shawl, which is not nearly as scary as I thought! I love the wool, I love the pattern: Moda Dea Fahionista Knit Shoulder Wrap LM0260. It’s lace work, but so far so good! Oh- except that the yarn had been cut and was tied back together and it came undone in the middle of my knitting, but I wasn’t far in, so it was easy to start over.

Bad news: I am sinking into a pool of projects- my list just keeps getting longer and longer.

Good news: I asked to be invited and have joined ravelry today! LOVE it!

Ugly news: I’m home sick today with a cold. I have been doing so well this winter. I usually get sick in December and when December passed without so much as a sneeze I thought I was in the clear. I was wrong.

Good news: I am watching my favourite soaps, sipping tea, dozing, and knitting today. Apart from the nastiness of Benelyn and the fact that I sound like a man, that’s not so bad, is it?

Mission: Completed! March 2, 2009

Posted by cheryl in Emily, Finished Projects, Mittens.
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Emily says… I had yesterday off work and I gave myself a goal to complete one of the Maggie Armwarmers. Cheryl had picked me up some of the fabulous Cotton Ease yarn and I was determined to complete this project before the end of the weekend. I was successful! Here is a beautiful photo of my left mitt! It hasn’t been blocked yet but I am pretty darn proud of myself. If you haven’t tried the pattern yet, you should! It is so much fun to knit and goes by really quickly. As usual, I had issues with the gusset and ended up knitting it instead of purling it, but I will just do the same on the right mitt to be consistent.

Cheryl also picked me up some Cotton Ease in this gorgeous purple/pink colour that I am considering making into a scarf. I know that I had previously sowrn off scarves forever, but I made a cute little neckwarmer to go with my Bella Mittens and it knit up so quickly that I might be swayed to take scarf orders again 🙂