Monday, July 31, 2006

Trekking to the ballgame

Trekking to the ballgame
Originally uploaded by jenn_tx.
Last night Jen and the lovely owners of our new LYS Yarns Ewenique went to the ballpark for Stitch 'n Pitch night. Hubbo and I enjoyed some delightful hot dogs and got goodie bags full of yarn, a set of needles and a notions holder. Annemieke and Dru Ann even made the paper! And, even better, Annemike, Dru Ann and Barbara (the coordinator) and I were on the local televised broadcast! The Girl keeps telling me that I'm a "movie" star, but I'm just grateful that they didn't interview me, just showed us knitting.

The sock trekked along of course. Allow me to introduce you to my new sock - Trekking XXL (can't remember the colorway), but it reminds me of Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream with a hint of pink. Love it.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Saturday Sky

It's hot. Too bad you can't really capture that with a picture.

You also can't capture the swirls of dust the water department are spouting into the air. I was so excited to have the day off from listening to the BANG.BANG.BANG. that goes on ALL. DAY. as they tear up our street. Honestly. They've been working on it since Monday. But no, back all day today. Don't they know it's Saturday?

Friday, July 28, 2006

Friday FOs

I managed to finish up two pairs of socks in the past few days. Yippee for socks (the only thing I seem capable of knitting this summer)!

Pattern: Cabled Footies from One Skein
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted
Needles: Sz 8 Clover DPNs
Dates: July 2-25 (on and off)
For: My One Skein Pal
Mods: I didn't make the toes as pointy as the pattern calls for.
Thoughts: A bit baggy around the ankles. But cute! Hopefully will make lovely warm house socks whenever it cools off.

Pattern: Generic sock pattern
Yarn: Trekking XXL 100
Needles: Sz 1 Chiagoo DPNs
Dates: June 1 (or so)-July 22
For: Me!
Mods: None
Thoughts: I think it's funny that one of these socks is brighter than the other. Ah, the joy of the Trekking! Love them!

In other sock news, I apparently have a sock curse. I restarted the purple Koigu socks as the Mermaid socks from Cool Socks, Warm Feet, and it was too small. Drat! I'm thinking a wee socky break might be in order. Of course, I have some plain vanilla socks on the needles, but I may work on some other items before I go back to the socks.
I'm also a bit burned out on Project Spectrum. I've been badly neglecting it for several weeks, and my time is about to vanish when I go back to work on Tuesday. So I may not pressure myself to finish up these last few pairs of PS socks. We'll see.

What else can I get off the needles this weekend? Stay tuned!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Mail call

I spent a good portion of yesterday evening packing up boxes to mail today.

I packed up the goodies for my August Birthday Swap pal (no pictures for you!), for my One Skein Pal (pictures tomorrow!), and for my Knit Sock Kit Swap. Oh you wanna see something?

I made my pal a little drawstring bag with a hook for her to wear on her belt, got some lovely Cherry Tree Hill yarn for her kit (along with a notebook and tape measure), and a stitch marker. A very special stitch marker.

Get it? A foot for her socks? Yeah, I'm a dork. I'm actually very excited about this, as I've been looking for feet charms for a while and found some in Durango. Yippee!

In other excitement, my Dye-o-rama pal has started knitting up the yarn I dyed for her - go see!

I'll be back tomorrow with some actual finished objects! Don't drop dead!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

A tale of three socks

I apologize for my blog absence - a lot going on and not a lot of internet access. One more round of catch-up this month!

While I was gone, I was working on several pairs of socks. Sadly, three pairs did not make it home in sock condition.

The purple toe-up footie was too big, and I was concerned about running out of yarn. RIP.

The purple Jaywalkers were too big. RIP.

And I really wasn't happy with my blue feather and fan socks. They fit a bit tightly and I just never wanted to work on them. So I listened to that inner voice and RIP.

They shall be reborn, but perhaps not anytime soon. Too much on the needles right now.

In other excitement, this now lives in front of my house. Yowza.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Come and get it!

It's free pattern time! Remember way back when I showed you my felted bag for my knitting class? Well class ended today and I've got the pattern for you!

Flap-top Felted Bag

Materials: 1 skein worsted weight 100% wool, approx. 200 yds. (I used Lamb's Pride for the sample.)
1 pair size US 10.5 needles
Darning needle

CO 40 stitches. Work in garter stitch (knitting every row) for 144 rows. BO all stitches.

STRAP: CO 100 stitches. Work in garter stitch for 10 rows(remember to allow for some shrinking during felting). BO.

Fold bottom of bag up approx. 2/3 of the length of the bag, or until desired size. Remainder of bag length will be flap. Using mattress stitch, seam folded sides. Sew strap ends just above folded area on each side.
Felt bag until desired size. (Use a lingerie bag so that the strap does not catch on your agitator). Remove bag from washing machine, place on plastic bags with flap folded down. Allow to dry. For a fuller bag, stuff with plastic bags while drying. For an optional closure, attach a button or snap to the flap when dry.

For a larger bag, cast on more stitches and work more rows. May take more than one skein for a larger bag.

Copyright 2006. Not for commercial use.


Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Drive by blogging

I'm off to catch a plane in a few minutes, but wanted to give y'all a yard update.

They are finished, for now.

Yesterday, with more green powder, they discovered that our bathroom line is seperate from the kitchen line. Apparently this is NOT. GOOD. They said that "someone" will be out "soon" to re-lay our pipes. Yippee.

I'm not sure if they'll be tearing out the old pipes, but they left this lovely trail of spray paint behind.

Thanks to everyone for their sympathies. Yes, we know that the city will repair/replace everything they tear up. This happened to us a few years ago when we lived with hubbo's mom and they tore her street up (though she was not in such a bad place as us - she just had to have a few sprinkler heads replaced).

The really bad part of all this? School starts in 3 1/2 weeks and because of the way our neighborhood is laid out, there is one road to the school and one from (one way streets during school hours). We live on the road to school. Over 75% of kids that go to our school get there via carpool. I can only imagine the nightmare ahead.

I'm off to Indiana for my little sister's wedding shower. I should be blogging from the road, but perhaps not with such frequency. Back soon with actual knitting content!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

I see a hole out there

There's been a bit of goings-on here at Chez Knit'n Lit.

Last week we had not one, not two, but three visits from the Water Department. A lovely man named Renaldo was here Monday, to tell me that they are planning to dig up our street, and asked me if I knew where our pipes were. Um, don't you work for the city? Yeah. After digging around for a bit and sticking some measuring tools in the ground, he seemed satisfied and left.

Tuesday morning, as we are about to walk out of the door, he returns. He needs to put some green powder in our toilet, flush it, and see which side of the house the green powder turned up on. The first trial lasted about 20 minutes, after which he returned for trial number two. Another 20 minutes, and he was back, with the not-so-great news.

Renaldo: So it looks like you pipes go to the back.

Me: You mean they're on the same line as the apartments (behind us)?

Renaldo: Yes.

Me: So....

Renaldo: We want make apartments on own line.

Me: So....

Renaldo: We change you pipes to go front.

Me: So.....

Renaldo: ??????

Renaldo left without giving us a clear indication of what this would entail. Basically, my assumption is this: Our water runs through our backyard and ties into the line that the apartments feed into. Their line runs through our side yard and into the street in front of us (but Renaldo led me to believe that our water does not end up here - I'm confused). The city wants to put these apartments on their own line, as condos are being built at the end of our street, and they will have to join our line.

Wednesday morning a different city employee was back to tell us that they'd be out Monday or Tuesday to tear up our side yard, but it would be just to check the grade and he didn't know when they were going to tear up the street. He also asked me where Renaldo had marked our pipes as he didn't see any lines. I pointed out the spray paint on the side yard and he said that was our neighbors.

Me: "He mentioned something about our lines going to the back."

City employee: "Oh. You're the problem house."

Nothing like hearing those words from the city.

They came back yesterday to "check their grade*."

They also tore down part of my fence - to get the backhoe in. Nice.

Our poor dogs were cooped up inside all day as I admonished them to stop barking at/growling at/stalking the water men.

This is what they left behind.

I sure am glad we couldn't afford to resod our backyard this year.

*How funny is it that every time I typed "check their grade" I actually typed "check their gauge."

Sunday, July 16, 2006

The Amazing Lace pt. 4

So, the new Amazing Lace challenge is: "If you bound off your lace today, what could you do with it." Hmmmmm.

Perhaps a kerchief?

But my favorite is the tube top. Everybody needs one!

I know, sort of lame, but I just wasn't too inspired this round. And last round I couldn't even muster an entry, mostly due to the vacation rush, and due to my general "eh" attitude toward poetry. However, this is a favorite of mine, and I think it applies to those of us who love the lace. You can read it here.

I have big crafty plans for tomorrow - an entire day of craftiness!

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Oh so hot

I know we're all saying this, but it is freakin' hot here. Ugh. And only mid-July. Ugh.

My sky isn't very exciting today - I tried to get a good sunset picture, but it didn't work out so well for me.

However, I have been gifted with two lovely items recently. While in Colorado, my momma passed on the lovely skein of alpaca that she got at the Fort Wayne Fiber Festival a few months ago. It is super yummy, and I think will become a simple hat for me. ('Cause I only have four handknitted hats. I clearly need another.)

And the lovely Jen knitted me up an oh-so-yummy pair of cashmere socks. Yep. Cashmere. They are "congratulations on getting a job" socks. Heck, if I had known that I would get handknitted cashmere socks, I might have tried harder to get a job sooner! ;) Clearly she loves me! They are oh-so-soft, but, sadly, a bit too warm to wear these days. I can't wait to slip them on when it gets cold out! Thanks so much Jen!

Friday, July 14, 2006

M is for Music

El hubbo and I have a fairly large music collection. We have hundreds of CDs, and over 100 LPs.

When we moved in together (I know, sinners!) we had a lot of duplicates, and got rid of about 50 CDs (thank you ebay), but we still have a ton. (In all honesty, we kept several of the duplicates - our favorites - so that we could both listen to them in the car without any fights.)

Music was a very large part of our lives when we were younger. I grew up listening almost soley to the "oldies" station - so much so that I didn't really know who Debbie Gibson, NKOTB, or Tiffany were until much after everyone else my age. However, I could name nearly all of the Beatles tunes, knew the entire catalog of 2 Neils (Young and Diamond), was in love with the Boss, and could sing along with anything recorded prior to 1975. I find it very ironic now that my dad comes to me (and hubby) for musical recommendations.

We are lucky enough to live in an area that many artists tour through, so we have had the chance to see many of our favorites (though I stil haven't seen the Boss).

We also are very lucky to have some very talented friends. Two of them sang at our wedding, and are currently performing in the area and are planning to record an album soon. If you are a myspace member, you can hear a bit of them here. The male half of the duo is uber-talented, and has played in several local groups, and is currently touring with Jason Eady, and you can hear some of their songs here.

So, who/what is your favorite music/song?

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Hey, I'm on vacation

When we're on vacation we all like to indulge a bit, yes? Well, I'm on "sort-of" vacation until August first (some call it vacation, some call it unemployment). So, on Monday I indulged myself a bit. To the tune of several new projects.

A lovely "mini-Clapotis" from Mountain Colors. I'm using the original Knitty pattern, but I only worked the increase section once, and I'll do the straight section until I decide it's long enough, then decrease and finish. I love the colors, though they're really hard to see here.

A chunky scarf in some discontinued Mountain Colors funky stuff (I think). This and the skein for Clapotis were gifted to me by one of my momma's friends who has moved to Florida and decided it's too hot to knit. Yay for me! This stuff is fun, and will be a gifty for someone.

A restarted Branching Out in Misti Alpaca Lace. I ripped this at least twice last fall, but I really like the pattern, and wanted to try it again. And I needed another project like I need a hole in the head, so why not! So far, so good - two repeats down, many more to go. My fingers are crossed that all goes well this time, as I don't think the yarn can stand to be ripped again.

My first toe up socks! I'm using the "magic cast on" from the Spring Knitty (too lazy to link). It was a little fiddly at first, but much easier than the figure 8 cast on I tired last year. I did rip and reknit it several times, for both practice and to get gauge. I'm using the yummy Koigu, and I'm hoping to have enough from one ball for footies - I'll use a different color for the cuff if I need to.

And finally, I've been holding out a bit on you. I started another project in the car on the way home. A wee little project. Yep. I'm Log Cabining. And I'm really enjoying it. This one will be a Christmas gift for The Girl. This one has grown a bit more since I got home, and I'm already planning more. The only real problem, is that even with airconditioning, this will be really hot on the lap real soon. It will probably get put aside until later in the fall when it does. Until then, I'll keep knitting!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

So, what did I knit?

Sadly, little knitting time was had overall on our adventures.

The Baltic Sea Stole got another repeat.

One Trekking sock was finished, and another started.

The blue feather & fan sock turned one heel.

The purple Jaywalkers were cuffed.

And the purple cabled footies were started.

I know. I'm still playing catch-up. But I promise, we're almost up to live knitting action! I'm also behind on my ABC-along pictures, and I need to attempt the Amazing Lace Challenge #4, since I ran out of time to do #3.

I'm still adjusting to behing home, and not working. I'm so out of it that I forgot today was trash day until I left to run an errand and noticed everyone else's cans outside. Of course, I didn't realize it until I was almost on the other side of the neighborhood and it occured to me why all these things were on the curb. Luckily, the hubbo was home and he got them out in plenty of time. Whew. Especially because my MIL forgot to take them out while we were gone, so the garage was STINKY and I might have had to drive to the dumpsters if we missed pick up.

Must sleep in order to be productive tomorrow. What have I been up to since we got home?

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

On the road home

When I was planning our route home (and by planning, I mean checking mapquest and googlemaps), I noticed something we must travel through to get home. Hmmmm, who lives in ABQ? A few emails later, and we had plans to meet!

Ms. Dye-o-rama herself and I had a lovely, though too short, visit. I got to explore her job, meet her co-workers, and help her look through samples of other dyeable fibers for her store. I look forward to another visit in October!

She wanted to pose with the sock too, which the sock loved. (It's hard to see here, but the sock is blushing.)

So what did I bring back from our travels? Our first stop was at Yarn in Durango. A nice store - many higher priced items (I suppose to cater to those with $$ who ski up there), but a cute store with a lovely "tea room" inside as well. After a second visit, I decided on a ball of ONLine cotton sock yarn in lovely pinks and greens.

Sadly, there is no yarn store in Telluride (someone move there and open one! There is so much money to be made in that town! That is, if you can afford to live there!). So our final stop was Village Wools, where the hubbo was saddened to find a skein of sock yarn that he really liked, but they only had one of. We are on a search to find it locally, so that he won't be too depressed. I, of course, wanted to buy half the contents of the store, but limited myself to two balls of sock yarn (of course!). Yummy Trekking in a colorway I've been looking for, and some lovely Opal Petticoat. They have a great selection of sock yarn (and pretty much all yarn), so if you find yourself nearby, make the time to stop in!

Lucky for me, two packages were waiting when I got home too! First is my lovely PS Blue Postcard all the way from Malaysia! I love it - so prety! Thanks!

I also received my second skein from my One Skein pal - a lovely hank of allhemp yarn. Now I just need to decide what to do with it! And I LOVE the pink bag that it came it - right up my alley!

Whew! That wraps up our vacation coverage here - back to you at the station!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Trekking goes Trekking (sort of)

On day two of our Colorado adventure, we headed to Mesa Verde National Park. Another place Hubbo and I wanted to share with The Girl. I really wanted to go on one of their special 100 year anniversary tours, but they were expensive and sold out. Instead, we chose to tour the Spruce Tree House and the Cliff Palace.

The sock above Spruce Tree House

The sock at Cliff Palace

However, due the steep climbs and narrow passages, I did not actually get to knit on the sock during our adventures. I did knit on her during the car ride in and around Mesa Verde though, so that's got to count for something!

Sock number one was finished up on our last day in Durango, and sock two started on the drive to Telluride.

While in Telluride, the sock

watched the fireworks (which were possibly the best fireworks I've ever seen)

rode the Gondola to Mountain Village (and I'm not sure why I'm not looking at the camera here!)

and watched The Gourds in the POURING rain.(I know it doesn't look like it in this picture, but it was pouring. Seriously. Even with a giant golf umbrella, I was soaked through to my undies when we got up to leave. Yuck. However, I certainly wasn't as wet as The Harlot.)

Whew! That's one busy sock! Sadly, with all the rain we got in Telluride (the only time it didn't seem to rain was during the fireworks - lucky for us!), we didn't get to go on a hike. :( The sock pouted quite a bit about this, and is still a bit miffed. However, hubbo has promised to make it up to the sock in the next few days and take us hiking somewhere nearby.

The sock had one more adventure before arriving home, but you'll have to wait for tomorrow for that! And for pictures (and details) of new yarn!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Socks on a Train

So it doesn't have quite the same ring to it as Snakes on a Plane, but it will have to do!

On our first day of vacation (after the driving part, that is), we rode the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Four hours up and over three back made for lots of knitting time!

The trekking sock went along for the ride, but refused to pose for any pictures (she was being a brat), so the blue Feather & Fan Project Spectrum June sock had to take her place.

She hangs dangerously out of the train.

The rest of the family had to document the knitting while standing on the train.

The diva had to have her own portrait with the engine.

Hubbo really wanted to take a picture of her laying dangrously on the tracks, but we didn't have time to get one before the train left.

The best part of the trip was not so much the ride. It was our first stop. We were barely out of the station when we heard a bang. Everyone leaned out of the windows, and this is what we saw.

Yes, an accident. But we didn't hit the car. No. The car hit THE MIDDLE OF THE TRAIN. Even with flashing lights AND A GIANT ORANGE AND BLACK TRAIN, she hit us. Luckily, she wasn't going too fast and she was driving a Volvo, but still. Honestly people. How do you *not* see the big train? (And yes, she was fine. Terribly mortified, but fine.)

The train ride was fun. A little long, but so pretty. If you're ever in Western Colorado, take the time to at least ride it one way. The hubbo and I had both ridden it as children, and wanted The Girl to have a chance too. It turns out, through our crack research, that we were there within weeks of each other in the same year. I was there in July of '87, and he in August. Freaky, huh? We even had our picture taken in front of the same part of the Silverton station.

I have many more adventures to share with you, but blogger, with it's five picture per post rule, will force you to wait until tomorrow!