Tuesday, August 31, 2010

It's a Mystery to Me!

Working on the MS19 yesterday I got the feeling that it was too big.

You can't tell really from this photo, but it is a full 28 inches wide when I spread it out widthwise.

I thought for a while about changing something. Maybe a thinner yarn? Maybe smaller needles? I don't think so, though. My inclination is to simply go for it. I may need to order more yarn, however! :) I only have 3 hanks of the Knit Picks Gloss laceweight. At this rate, I'm sure it will take more. Just not sure how much more? This is all food for thought today. I am not far enough on the shawl that starting over is out of the question. I could do it easily. I simply don't have the decision making capabilities today, it seems!

While mulling over the knitting issue this morning, I am listening to podcasts. I finished catching up with the newest one I have found: The Anatomy of Knitting. Then I listened to The Kindle Chronicles with Len Edgerly. (This one is only making me drool over the newest Kindle...I need to be careful! Remember, my decision making abilities are severely challenged today. May not be the best time to make a $189 purchase!)

Speaking of purchases, how do you like the contraption I bought for my Ipod?

This was on clearance at Walgreen for only $7.49. It looks like something the Skipper had the Professor put together in order to make contact with civilization and finally "get off the island", but it works fine for listening to my Ipod without the earbuds. I have a nicer Ihome in the bedroom, but wanted something I could set up in the livingroom or kitchen. Maybe I should switch their locations since this one is so weird looking!

Well, my hair is finally dry. That means I need to get doing something today instead of sitting here at the computer. Later!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Our Josh

Ok, here is my Son in Law, Josh. Evidently he has way too much time on his hands. And what does this say about me? I picked out those clothes he is wearing on the right! :)

Gotta love the boy!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Just Knitting Today...not much else

Just thought I would pop in and post a photo of the MS18, I am just finished with clue #4 and began #5, which is the final clue.The white spot on the right of the photo isn't a moth eaten area. It is the strap from my camera as it hang down. Ok, so I'm not Jared Flood. My photos are functional but not necessarily stunning.

I began MS19 this afternoon, and only knit 2 rows so far. It was another shawl with a provisional cast on. I like the method of crochet for this, but instead decided to use EZ's description of her "invisible" cast on method. A bit more of a pain to get started, but who likes to do the same method every time, right? Nothing else to report, really. Just a nice knitting day and lots of time to knit. What is better than that?

Monday, August 16, 2010

Nother One

Finished another little dishcloth. Working on these are fun. Kindofaddictiveyaknow?

Friday, August 13, 2010

Missing these girls....

Missing Judy and Hannah, too! I am terrible about writing, but I think about my knitting (and cross stitch) buds a lot and this being Friday, they will be together having fun...sending good thoughts their way!

The Best Days Are the Ones When Packages Come

Here is the latest:
Gloss Lace from KP in Ultramarine. This is for the Mystery Shawl 19, because I'm just not crazy enough as it is. Don't know if this one will have beads or not. I don't think that Renee has decided yet. Other things in the box are an extra set of #4 tips for my harmonies and a 40 inch cable, and some connectors.

The best days....yes. The BEST days are the ones when packages come!

Thursday, August 12, 2010


I've been working on MS 18 lately, trying to keep up with clue #3 so that Saturday I will be able to begin work on the new chart. Here is what I have so far:

I am enjoying it very much and I'm really appreciative of the time I have had to put into it. I am not what I would call a "slow knitter", but I am definitely not a "fast knitter" either! So for a mediocre knitter I am doing fine, I guess!

I signed up for MS 19 and ordered some yarn from Knit Picks. I will post photos of that when it comes.

On today's schedule: Dental work. Ugh.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Just Keep Knitting

Today I finished the first of my "5 Dishcloth" project. I plan to make 5 of these for my kitchen. I don't know why I'm thinking just 5.

This is my big basket of kitchen cotton. I can't resist buying it when I see it. It is so cheap, and pretty. I actually had two baskets until last winter when I knit bunches of dishcloths for folks. But I only kept a couple of those for me, and all my other ones are worn out. I began making them ages ago and still have the first ones I made. They wear like iron, even with daily use. We got talking about the Ball Band Dishcloth at knitting last week, and it made me go have a good discriminating look in my dishcloth basket I keep under the sink. To be honest, some of these old faithfuls should be retired. So I came up with a plan to make more even though I am in Shawl Mode*. Well, after I get tired of making this pattern, the Diagonal Knit Dishcloth by Eloomanator, I may move on to a different one. I'd like to make a GiNormous stack of new cloths.

Speaking of shawls, Victoria is coming along, I am only 8 repeats from finishing the inner part of the shawl, which is a lovely diamonding.

Here she is on Saturday, the two of us (Victoria and I) were waiting for my Blackberry to announce the email I get from my Yahoo Groups Mystery Shawl 18 that gives the next clue for the week. Waiting, knitting, waiting, knitting,waiting...knitting.....

Finally it came later in the day. I tell you, in a mystery kal, the anticipation of those clues really does keep you going!

This will be a half hexagon shawl, as you can faintly see the three sections in this photo. Too bad lace always looks like nothing but a pile of string while the actual knitting is taking place. Here is a better detail of clue #2 nearly done. I'm about 8 rows away from the last row in clue 2.

So that's what I've been knitting this week. I am looking very longingly at a pattern I found while browsing on Ravelry the other day, Drops Knitted Slippers. These look so cute, and when I looked through all the 90 of these that are being knitted or have been knitted by Ravelry knitters, it made me drool! Just a simple pair of slippers can get me like that. I really have startitis I think. I am also going to sign up for Mystery Shawl 19, since I am enjoying 18 so much. Crazy, I know. Methinks lace is addictive.

So I am going to go and knit now. I certainly have enough to keep me busy. Maybe I will knit on the patio this afternoon. Lila sure likes being in her favorite spot out there while I knit.

* Shawl Mode definition: Can't stop knitting shawl after shawl, also cruising Ravelry for new patterns for shawls, buying lace weight yarn for shawls yet to be knit, looking daily at all my lace shawl patterns and putting them in order of knitting importance. Signs of Shawl Mode-sitting with lace shawl in progress and needles in hands with dreamy look on face. If you see someone in this hypnotic state please don't interrupt them or disturb them. It is similar to Sleep Walking and may be dangerous. :)