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Monday, March 28, 2005

Overworked rant

I feel like such a slacker. I haven't even updated my blog in a week or two. Life has been quite busy the past two weeks or so. Mainly been preparing for the move to the new job. Took some freelance work to do in the meantime to get me ahead of the game.....that is if I actually had time to do it! Between the holidays, new job, old job, and everything else in between I just want to pull my hair out! I mean, I haven't even touched my needles for a week! I think I need some intervention!

So the last time I touched my needles was last Tuesday when I sat down with the girls of LIC SnB. I finally casted on my grenade purse that we are supposed to have done by Friday?! Maybe that's why I'm so wacked out, I haven't been doing my knitting so I can calm down. I think I should just forget the world and pick up those needles right now..................

Better, less crazy days are just around the corner. Oh, and maybe just maybe, one of those days I just might get that darn cashmere yarn I've been whining about obsessively for a month and a half now!

Thursday, March 17, 2005


Good news #1 - Two weeks back I submitted one of my designs to Mag Knits for the Chilly 05 edition. I heard back from Kerrie right away and my design was accepted! Look for me in August! Now I just have to tackle Knitty!

Good news #2 - I have a new job! I am now the new Junior sweater designer for a label called Smudge. Haven't told the bosses yet, that news waits til Monday. It's never good to give bad news before the weekend.

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! Now if only I could be starting my Lucky wrap....

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Gloves for the new boy

Boyfriend gloves

Well, since I'm posting another small project I'm sure you've gathered that I have still not received my cashmere for Lucky yet. It's been almost a month now! I went down to Purl to buy the yarn for these gloves last Wednesday and the update was that my yarn was drying in the sea air of Maine two weeks ago and when it's dry it will be shipped. Sigh, I want just want my yarn! I don't blame them for taking so long, this is a one woman business, but I don't blame me for being impatient either.

So anywho, back to the gloves. These are for my new boyfriend. He works outdoors and was complaining he couldn't wear gloves because it interfered with reading his blueprints. Problem solved. Now only the tips of his fingers will get frostbite! I just hope Spring will be here soon and he won't have to get too much use out of them this season.

Finally received my new Rowan magazine. There are so many things I want to knit - including a sweater for the BF (curse? What curse?) He really wants a cable sweater from Yorkshire fable in Chunky Yorkshire Tweed too. He's such a little preppie boy and the first thing he went for in the yarn store was the tweed yarn (though he went for the 4ply first - not chunky). If I don't get that cashmere soon, I guess I have a cable sweater on order.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Two down, one more to go

R2 Posted by Hello

And here is my R2 "hugs" shawl converted into a shrug. Finished sewing this up last Thursday but I've been too lazy to take a picture and post it.

Still waiting for my cashmere. It's been 3 weeks to the day since I've ordered it. Unfortunately Purl is the only shop that has the lace weight cashmere from Lobster Pot and they had to dye it up for me cause they were all out of my color. I hate waiting! It's great that I'm finishing up little projects and all, but I'm running out of things to finish! The only thing left to finish up is the skull scarf - and that doesn't have too much more to go. I'll just cross my fingers and hope that they call tomorrow, otherwise I'm going to go crazy.

Newly finished Posted by Hello

Finished a new project tonight. I love big needles! Started this scarf Sunday night and tied on the last fringe tonight. This was knit from Rowan's Wool Tuft on size 36 needles. It's so warm and fuzzy! I'll be wearing it tomorrow for sure, it's going to be a cold one.

Friday, March 04, 2005

Knitting Guru?

Hmm, took this little quiz today during my lunch. Notice it says "appears to be":

Knitting Guru
You appear to be a Knitting Guru. You love knitting
and do it all the time. While finishing a piece
is the plan, you still love the process, and
can't imagine a day going by without giving
some time to your yarn. Packing for vacation
involves leaving ample space for the stash and
supplies. It can be hard to tell where the yarn
ends and you begin.http://marniemaclean.com/

What Kind of Knitter Are You?
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Thursday, March 03, 2005

Wrapping up loose ends

Still haven't received my cashmere for the lucky knit-along. With my luck, the store will probably receive my yarn tomorrow because I will be in Long Island doing shopping research for next season at the mall. Yes, I said "research"......

So in the meantime, I need to sew up my R2 "hugs" shawl to convert it into a shrug. It's really not much of a shawl, it's really more like a scarf. Not sure how many of you guys out there are familiar with R2 from Rowan, if you aren't, check it out. It's some very interesting stuff. Most of it isn't very wearable, but it is interesting (wait, I said that already). They launched last spring and I guess they didn't get too good of a response here in the states and I had to order the second issue and yarns from England. Hmm, I wonder why........

Also need to finish up my skull scarf. I found the pattern awhile back on And She Knits Too. I only made 1 row of skulls in my scarf because less is more. It's knit in the round so the floats don't show - plus this makes it really thick and warm. I probably won't finish it before winter is over, but next winter it will be a very welcome addition to the scarf collection. It's a good pick up project when you're too tired to think. Guess this project is going to occupy me on my train ride to Philadelphia tomorrow afternoon.

Also, my SnB group is doing a little knit-along for a grenade purse. Check out this great article on guerrilla knitting. This group out of London is very interesting. I believe I may have seen them mentioned recently in a knitting magazine, but I can't remember where. I just remember their little pattern for knit bandages.

Having a little technical difficulty with my KAL links on the side bar. I can't figure out for the life of me why they are duplicating themselves! I'll eventually figure this out - I'm just a little rusty at HTML. Now if I could only find my darn course booklet from college.........

Tuesday, March 01, 2005


Finished! Posted by Hello

Finished my armwarmers tonight! Had a nice night out w/ the girls at LIC SnB. Couldn't put down the needles once I got home, they were just too close to being finished. I decided that little projects are nice - especially when there are very little ends to sew in when done.

I guess I'll have to continue on my skull scarf for now because I am still waiting for my cashmere. Called the yarn store today, but no luck. Even though I ordered it two weeks ago and they promised it would be here by March 1st, I should have known better! But I guess it's better that I get all unfinished projects out of the way first. I also have some sewing to do on a shawl that I made from the newest R2.