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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Stitch and Ahem

This afternoon I'm going to a Stitch-n-Bitch at the home of an archer I know. I just wish that name hadn't caught on and stuck. It makes me cringe and I will never feel like it's cool. To me it's equivalent to calling something (Knit with the insert N word).(Cringe again). Yes, that's how strongly I feel about both those words.

Still, my friend is a nice lady and she invited me so I'm going. And as much as I knit, I can't believe I can't even decide which knitting project to work on. I guess it's going to have to be something easy because I can't knit and talk at the same time to save my life. Not without making mistakes. And I've been knitting for 37 years.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Striped Tunic

Today I worked on an old knitting project and a new one.

I finished the sleeve on the sweater that's been sitting in a bucket for a long time. I still have to sew the parts together.

And then once I freed up my jumbo needles I started working on a striped t-tunic inspired by a blouse I saw on American Idol Remixed. I'm not sure it will transfer well to yarn but it's worth a try.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Knitting Blunders

I was knitting along today on a rectangular project and after about six rows I realized I had switched from stockinette stitch to garter stitch. It looks fine so I'm not too worried about it, but it's a little unnerving when my subconscious mind makes design decisions without me.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Stitch Markers

The one thing I can say about the bikini top I'm knitting is it is sure giving me a chance to practice different kinds of decreases.

Also, I need to make more stitch markers. I don't know where all mine got off to. Making them is easy. You take some split rings and some cute charms and attach them all together. Make sure your split rings are big enough to go over the needles you are using for your project. I like to make each one different, because if they all match you may forget which stitch you do at each marker. Or you can buy stitch markers on Etsy.com, but why not try making your own first.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Knitting and a state of Pie

Yesterday I met a woman that just loves to knit. Though I did get a raised eyebrow when I told her I was knitting a bikini top. She said she likes to knit heavy wool sweaters. I said, "Well, it is southern CA. I don't remember the last time I needed a sweater." She laughed and invited me to her once a month Stitch and Bitch gathering.

Speaking of said bikini top, I worked on it this morning and found a mistake in the tutorial. I had to review four kinds of decreases because I wasn't quite awake this morning and nothing looked right. So I'm glad I got that squared away. At first I forgot it was a bikini top. I thought it was a scarf and started knitting rows in stockinette stitch. Then I suddenly remembered the scarf was in the house on the bigger needles, and the reason I had stopped working on the bikini top was because it was time to do the decreases and add the stitch marker. Oopsy! Exactly why you should always tag each and every project when you start it. Then you don't have to ask yourself, "What was this supposed to be anyway?"

Oh and the lady I mentioned at the beginning? She gave me a pumpkin pie. I asked her if she just randomly had extra pies laying around in case someone dropped by and she said the can makes 2 pies, and there is no sense in having half a can of pumpkin in the fridge. So guess what I'm having for desert tonight? LOL