Thursday, May 27, 2004

Well, I'm breezing through my Charlotte's Web (v1) like its water. Or cake. Or whatever the correct analogy is for something like this. Its kind of funny because I botched the lace pattern very early on in the repeats and I decided to roll with it so my shawl for my special day will actually be special because it won't look like everyone elses shawl. For the second one I'm doing, I'm actually going to follow the pattern, no matter how much it hurts me to do so. I have no idea why I am so anti-pattern. Its almost like my rebellious inner child is trying to live out its teenage angst through my current hobbies. Interesting, no?

Anyway, I have one and a half lace repeats left before I reach row 154 and then I've got to block this baby. Although I am positive that I can breeze through these last bits of repeats before tonight, I'm not positive that the shawl will be finished blocking in time for tonight's SnB. And speaking of SnB, tonight I will be bringing two projects with me. First, the v2 of Charlotte's Web. And, second, this bag (well, its a tube so far) that I am crocheting out of kitchen cotton.

In non-knitting news, Anne and I went dress shopping on Monday and I managed to find THE ONE in under two hours. I would have been able to do so in under one hour, but the first dress I tried on took 30 minutes total to get on and off and required three sets of hands to do so. I'm excited. :)

Sunday, May 23, 2004

Help... Question about the required yardage for Charlotte's Web!

Caution: I may be speaking nonsence here, because I have a headache and I'm hungry, but this is a burning question in my mind and its not meant to confuse anyone!

I am currently into my second skein of yarn for my first version of the Charlotte's Web shawl. It is important to note that this first version of the shawl that I am making is being knit in ONE SOLID COLOR (#2181) because I plan to wear this for my wedding. Therefore, I have not had to change skeins to get the color effects that is suggested on the pattern. So far, my progress looks, well, quite large. It seems as though I will have knit well beyond the halfway point as I work through the second skein. So, now I am starting to think that perhaps, for a solid colored Charlotte's Web shawl, I did not necessarily need to purchase 5 (6 because I got paranoid) skeins of solid colored Koigu for this particular project. I'm rather stuck in my indecision because I cannot find the exact amount of yardage that is required to complete the body for this pattern anywhere. I do realize that the pattern calls for 875 yards of yarn, however that 875 includes the total amount needed so that the fringe will be multi-colored as well. Working in one solid color, I'm concerned that I would actually need LESS yarn to complete the body and fringe, since the entire thing is a solid color. Is it possible that I need less than 875 yards of yarn (perhaps three or four skeins total opposed to five or six) to complete a solid colored version of this shawl?

Saturday, May 22, 2004

Charlotte's Web, Part 1

After a day filled with walking around Liberty State Park and playing wiffle ball with Anne and her family on Friday, I arrived home around midnight to discover that the Patternworks shipment arrived. And, do you know what that means? It means I received my supplies (yarn and pattern) for my Charlotte's Web shawls. I'll post pictures of the yarn and my progross so far on Monday because I am nowhere near the scanner right now. I've already started the first of the two shawls I will be making. The first one is being done completely in Koigu color #2181 because it is going to be the shawl that I wear at the wedding. So far, I am an entire skein into the first shawl, and I'm totally loving this pattern and I can now understand why so many people have flocked to it. What's even better about this pattern is that it isn't going to take me a year and a day to complete, so I actually have ample time to complete both shawls before the big day, contrary to what I thought originally. How exciting is that???

The second CW shawl that I will be working on is going to be using Koigu Multis: 319, 816, 613, 315D, and 515. It is going to be much more colorful than the one I'm working on now so I'm really excited to start that one -- but not until I finish the first one.

So, overall, I'm really excited that this pattern/yarn is working out for me and I'm even more excited that I get to make two shawls for the price of the ONE that I was planning on making earlier on. Go me and my thrifty-ness!

Well, I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend, and for those of you experiencing bi-polar weather like we are in Jersey, I do sympathize.

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Thursday Update

Well, right now I am in the eye of the storm, as far as knitting projects are concerned. I am patiently waiting for my shipment to arrive from Patternworks so I can get started on one of the two shawls I need to have completed before the wedding. Originally, I was very optimistic and believed that there was no way on God's green Earth that Mike and I could get the reception place we wanted for the end of this year and I was sort of banking on that so I would have lots of time to complete the shawls. Ohhhh contraire, my friends. Turns out that our 1st choice actually has dates available. Guess I have to work quickly, right?

I've decided to put pretty much everything that had been in my WIP/UFO's list completely on hold so that way I can concentrate on the important pieces so that way they are done in time. The only problem I run into now is that I do not yet have the pattern or yarn in my possession, so I can't do any work on those shawls. The truth of the matter is that I wasn't planning on doing any knitting until I got those materials, but that's like telling a thirsty man in the desert not to drink the glass of water you are leaving out for the desert creatures. You know what I mean? I've decided to make a REALLY simple shawl. One that I don't even have to think about with basic increases and a garter stitch body, so I will have something to work on when I don't feel like thinking. I might actually mix it up a bit and do a trinity stitch shawl because I saw one on a tiny old lady at the grocery store yesterday who had a bright green one on and I fell in love with it. *sigh*

I'm such a shawl addict.

In other, non-knitting news, I've taken a liking to yoga (!!!) and I really feel as though it has helped me elongate and strengthen my body already. Initally, I was going to go the Bikram yoga route, but I have an aversion to heat. Its okay though. I've found that the Asana style of yoga fits me quite nicely and maybe I'll retry Bikram some other time.

I've also been inspired by spring (although in Jersey -- can you really call this spring?) and potted a couple trays of marigolds over the week. I also picked up a few new houseplants, as well as some tiger lily seeds, so pretty soon, there will be even more foliage in my house than there is now. If you are ever a guest in my house, and you encounter this or this, don't be alarmed. I really am starting to run out of places to keep plants and those pictures from this site opened up worlds of ideas for me.

Anyway, its about 4:30 and I still need to get ready for tonight's SnB. I'm pretty excited. :)

Monday, May 17, 2004

Sleepy Ramblings...

It is currently a quarter to two in the morning on Monday and I'm taking a break from learning more yoga postures to bring you an update. The truth of the matter is that after a good deal of time tossing and turning in bed, I decided to just forgo sleep until my mind stopped racing. That was over two hours ago. I'm doubtful that I'll get any restful sleep tonight. The worst part is that although my mind is semi-alert and ready, my body is exhausted. I attempted to work on some of my knitting projects, but my mind/body coordination just wasn't working. Oh well.

On Sunday, Mike and I spent six hours in our garage breaking down cardboard boxes, bundling newspaper and magazines, putting together these HUGE Rubbermaid storage things, and reorganizing the space. Since we do the majority of our shopping online, cardboard boxes pretty much took up half of a two car garage. It was obnoxious. Seriously, ask Anne. But we conquered that battle and we're moving on; we defeated the boxes and do not plan to allow them to come back. Chances are, we won't be doing much shopping until way after the wedding ANYWAY, but we can still pretend like we are holding our ground as far as the battle of the boxes goes. We ended up relaxing in front of the TV a couple hours later, which was when I realized that I am completely unhappy with this season of the Soprano's. To put it bluntly, if I hadn't invested so much time into watching the previous seasons, I would cancel the season pass that we have for it now because it went from "eh" to "what???" to "are you f*$%#%@ kidding me?!" within a matter of weeks. I'm just waiting for Carmela to find out that she is pregant so there can be drama about whether or not the baby is Tony's or the creepy schoolteacher guy -- both of whom she slept with this season. And, HBO, if you are listening, we really don't need to see Edie Falco naked. Ever. Please stop. Its traumatizing. On the other hand, I am constantly looking forward to Deadwood, which is probably the best show on TV right now, hands down.

As far as knitting goes, I guess I'm about to jump on the bandwagon and do a couple of the Charlotte's web shawls. The pattern was, in fact, on my list of "potential wedding shawls" that I had made several months back - prior to the gung-ho-ness that people all of a sudden have for this garment, however my first choice was always to do something with the Colinette yarn. As much as I would love to work with Colinette one day, today just isn't the day, especially when taking into account that Mike and I are funding the wedding ourselves, and we do not plan on chincing out soley because of that. If we wanted a half assed wedding, we'd elope or throw a BBQ. Choosing the Koigu over the Colinette is, financially, a good option because I can make two CW's for the price of one Colinette piece, so that means a solid off-white one for the wedding, and a more colorful one to take with me on the honeymoon. Score! I'm probably the only person in the history of knitting (!!!) to demand all off-white yarn to make this thing, but whatever. I'm a touch disappointed that this pattern had gained such unusual popularity, however I do understand why. The pattern is supposed to be ultra easy and it comes out beautifully with very little effort. It is, essentially, the perfect item to knit during a stressful time when you don't have a lot of time to devote to knitting. The order is going out sometime this week for five skeins of #2181, and one skein each of 319, 816, 613, 315D, and 515, all from I do realize that everyone is gung ho on an alternate site to purchase from, however I'm not willing to chance a long turn around time on the order. I also need to mention that I am genuinely appreciative of Katie, who, on Thursday, alerted me of wedding thingies that I had not yet thought of, as well as let me touch her Koigu yarn, which helped me determine whether or not I could actually wear it up against my skin. :)

Am I excited about all this? No, not really. At this stage of the game, its just another item to add to the list. I've given up hope that I will somehow complete the green cardie sometime before summer officially begins, and most other personal projects aren't getting worked on either.

Well, its a little after 2:15 AM, so I'm going to go back and finish up my research on yoga postures and then hopefully I'll be able to get some sleep.


I just wanted to add that since Blogger now provides commenting, and my previous commenting host has been deleted (gasp!), I am going to respond to some recent comments that were left for me here.

Tina: Thank you so much on the congrats. :) And, I haven't seen you in a while... When are you going to come to the SnB again? Also, you deserve a congrats also. You scored awesome yarn at dollar store prices over the weekend. :)

Kathleen: Thank you on the congratulations. And thank you for the info on the ivory. Although I, unfortunately, will not be using Colinette for the project, I am happy to know that it does knit up well for future projects. :) Your Na Craga is BEEE-OOO-TIFUL as well.

Monday, May 10, 2004

Ooh boy!

First off, I'd just like to say that I adore Blogger's new format. This is the first time I am seeing it since I haven't updated since late last week and I think its great.

Frankly, I really haven't done very much knitting over the past week or so. I've been quite the busy bee over here. However, I am going to be embarking on one of my most important knit pieces VERY shortly...

And, here's why -- dun dun dun!

I'm thrilled and excited, but most of all, overwhelmed! I've already decided that I want to make this in a wedding like color using the scallops pattern to use as a wrap. So... that's pretty much the pattern that this blog will be focusing on until the fall. :)

Happy knitting!

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

If you squint, you'll be able to see the exact moment my head implodes!

I am totally stressed out because I'm trying to get my business off the ground... Well, that's not true. I'm trying to get it to take flight because it already is off the ground, but the winds aren't too strong right now. I haven't had the opportunity to do things the way I would have wanted to do them just yet and its driving me nuts. The entire month of April was really stressful and put a HUGE damper on the productivity of the business. I'm dealing with a lot of issues in regard to the details, and I'm pretty sure that the people who knew, prior to this, that I was going into business do not have a clue as to the depth of which I am working. I don't want to sound like I'm being short with anyone I'm chit chatting with over IM or in Email, but I'm REALLY busy and I REALLY can't chit chat about little stuff because I'm a one man (woman?) operation over here and I'm up to my ears in details. Word? Word. And for those of you who I have outright neglected over the past week or so (Leslie, I'm looking at you!), give me a week or two and I'll get everything back to normal. There's just a lot on my plate and its important that I clear it all ASAP.

As far as I go, personally...
This week is going to be a busy one. I'm somehow supposed to put together a family recipe book to give to the mom's on Sunday, except when I say "family", I actually mean "me, myself and I". Hopefully, the hard work will pay off. Oh, who am I kidding. Of course the hard work will pay off... I'm just not looking forward to doing that. The fact of the matter is that I probably won't do that for this year because I dont have enough time to make the actual books. I'm thinking about putting together a small indoor kitchen herb garden for next year's mother's day, so I'll have to get pretty matching pots, seeds and start using my green thumb for others. The "family recipe" book will probably go pretty nicely with the herb gardens... Complimentary recipes! And, uh, to keep this knitting related, I'll knit a kitchen towel, potholder or trivet to include in the little package. Hmmm... You know, maybe I'll just do this as Christmas presents for everyone, regardless of if they are a mother or not and call it quits when it comes to knitting things for other people for now on. I don't quite get the kind of joy that it seems like a lot of knitters and crafters get when it comes to other people. Am I selfish, or has a great swoop of reality come my way?

I'm so not crafty this week at all. In fact, I'm finding that hobbies that would normally have soothed me are turning me into an angry beast! *sigh*

Hopefully, next week will be less stressful.

Monday, May 03, 2004

This weekend was pretty good! I am trying my hand at crocheting (again) in order to use up this horrible yarn that I have (and can't stand). I think I like knitting and crocheting equally, but I'm cheap (and crocheting uses up way more yarn) so I'll probably STILL stick with knitting after this test project is finished. I also have been working on this OTHER sweater/cardigan. I'm not using a pre-written pattern or anything -- I'm just shaping it according to my measurements and using what I would consider common knowledge to complete the piece. Finished, it actually should look quite similar to the sweater that is discussed in this thread, except the bottom ribbing on mine isn't nearly as high -- my ribbing is 3 inches, while the ribbing in the picture looks like it could be anywhere from 5 to 5.25" high. I was having tons of fun knitting that thing up but then I realized that little Nate will be born soon (in just about a month), and I still haven't finished the blanket I'm working for him.

On Saturday, we went to go see A Perfect Circle. Mini Kiss, who was sort of horrible, and an ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE BAND FROM PHILLY, Burning Brides opened for them. Seriously. I wanted to shoot myself in the ears. My exact words to Mike when they came on stage and began playing was, "I don't need to relive the '90s, thanks!"

But A Perfect Circle was amazing, as usual, and Maynard was wearing a wig, as usual. The teenagers who flocked to the show were annoying, and there were several instances of me turning to Mike with sentences that started with, "If that was my daughter..." about the fashion choices of today's youth. Now, don't get me wrong here. I'm not talking about the kids with different colored hair who wear black. I'm talking about the kids that are walking around in inappropriate clothing for their age. Where are their parents????

Anyway, I'm glad I don't have kids yet. And, hopefully when I do have teenagers, I won't be forced to open up a can of whoop ass when they try to step out of the house in little mini skirts and halter tops.