Tuesday, May 31, 2005

What I'll Miss(Part 2)

In a word---Ogden. I guess it's because it is close to where I live, but I seem to spend a lot of my time in Ogden--especially "crafty" time.


Shepherd's Bush

My first love, as I have alluded to before, is counted cross stitch and there are few shops better than Shepherd's Bush. How many places can you get great stuff AND talk to designers at the same time? I love this shop; it was one of the first places I discovered when I moved here and it continues to be one of my favorite stops.


Everwood

Okay, I do not really watch Everwood--the few times I have are when I have been trying to catch glimpse of this building. It's part of the set and it's right across the street from my LYS. We have even been attending our knitting group on nights they are filming---it's pretty cool.



NPJ

Finally, there is my LYS--The Needlepoint Joint. Sorry I don't have the full shop front picture--I had the kids with me(as you can see by young diva in the picture) and I didn't want to risk them getting hit by a car while I was trying to take the picture. This is where I learned how to knit, built up my stash, got great advice, and met some of my best friends.

Another great stop in Ogden is Knit Craft Studio--it looks like a house of horrors inside and out, but man can you find good stuff there. Margene had some good shots of it on her blog a while back.

Finally there is the Dinosaur Park--I won't bore you with a ton of pictures of it but little kids love it where else can you get a shot like this?


Dino park

That's the quick tour of my Ogden hotspots :)

Happy knitting and aloha!

PS(I was going to devote a whole post to this but I can't resist spreading the wealth now. Are you looking for socks? Then check these two sites out: Six Sox Knitalong (I completed 4 of the 6 last year--new year starts tomorrow) and this that I stumbled upon last night during a caffeine induced surf fest--I'll warn you the download is 99 pages but once you do it you can pick and choose the patterns you'd like to print. Enjoy!)

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Do I need something else to knit/read?

As I was checking my bloglines stuff this evening, I found a link to a great knit/readalong--Knit the Classics. I think it is an absolutely fabulous idea!

Then why am I not joining at this time, you may ask. Well, I'll tell you--right now I have a ton of things on needles(socks, blanket, scarf, shawl, sweater) and even more on deck. And as for reading I'm already backed up--I have 4 books I need to read(Seize the Night, Stroke of Midnight, Knitting: A Novel, and Lord of the Rings) and 2 more coming out this summer(HP and the Half Blood Prince and Eldest). To top all that off--my interest in actually completing some of my cross stitch projects has been rekindled as of late(more on the long standing cross stitch addiction in a later post). Plus, I have 2 kiddos who require most of my daytime attention, a trip to NY, and a move to another state coming up in the next month.

My plate seems a little full to me--that being said I will probably still go out and buy the first book and possibly start a project related to it :) Oh the feeble will of a reader/knitter(2 of my very favorite things)!!!

Happy knitting,
Aloha :)

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

What I'll miss(part 1)

As I enter my last month here in Utah, I find myself reflecting on the things I'll miss most about the place I called home for the last 5 years. When my husband told me we were being transferred to Utah, I thought "Oh man--snow!". We moved here from Hawaii, but I grew up in New York; so I now about snow and I don't really like it. We were pleasantly surprised to find the winters here very mild and the summers were fabulous--hot, hot, hot!! My only exposure to Utah prior to moving here were the Osmonds(I'm probably dating myself there) and the Olympics(which we were lucky enough to be here for). I think this state is one of the best kept secrets in America--it's a beautiful place with a very diverse landscape from one end to the other.

Below is one of the views from my kitchen/dining room--cool isn't it? I will REALLY miss that. I love looking at those mountains--it's awe inspiring for someone who grew up where it was flat as a pancake :)

The View

I'll continue my walk down nostalgia lane when I get some more pics of my favorite things about Utah. Hopefully, I will build some more memories in our new adventure in Colorado--I have to keep repeating my favorite Mary Englebreit saying--"Bloom where you are planted".

Happy knitting,
Aloha :)

PS(on the knitting front--I am up to 100 stitches on the needles in my GAL project and I have finished one ball of the 6 I need to put into baby blanket #3. As an aside, I must tip my needles to Wendy--she finished that sweater in less than a week---holy monkey--you go girl!!!!!)

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Wow--it didn't turn out too bad!

Here is the finished "Candy" tank. I love knitting for little kids--it goes so quickly and it only took 2 balls of yarn!


front

I felt like the i-cord took longer than the whole top--it's amazing how much you need to make for such a small person. I also thought, instead of i-cord, it might look cute tied with a beaded strand(plus your little one could "express" themselves with their choice of beads) or ribbon.


back

And here's the little diva modeling--we have about six shots of her "posing"--I'll spare you the details :)


young diva

I am really pleased with how it turned out--considering it's the first thing I whipped out off the top of my head. The only thing I may fool with are the decreases in the upper body--I think they need to stay wider longer(need to keep certain body parts under wraps, you know ;)!)

I also packed up the family truckster and headed to Ogden this morning to meet up with fellow bloggers Miriam and Kim. We took the plunge into the fibery madness that is Knit Craft Studio. Let me just say that you could spend days there and not see everything. The only drawback I had (well actually there were two) were the kids(not a kid friendly, childproofed kind of establishment) and lack of unlimited sums of money(don't we all want that!). I would have loved to come home with a ton of Matchmaker Merino Aran and Noro(they had tons), but I settled for some Reynolds cotton/silk (at $3/ball clearance I couldn't pass it up). It was great to meet some fellow bloggers--thanks girls! I would have liked to chat with them longer but the kids were getting restless--they were promised McDonalds for good behavior and they were getting hungry by the time we finished.

Have a great weekend--hope it's nice where you are :)
Aloha

Friday, May 20, 2005

Inspiration

Sorry I've been MIA most of this week. Not that I'm making excuses but the weather got nice and we got out :) I have been knitting in the evenings but there isn't really enough of a difference in the WIP to make it worth posting a pic.

And as if I didn't already have enough on the needles; I was inspired by Michele's halter top to try and design one of my own(for dear daughter). I went out and got me some Candy, made some notes/sketches, and started knitting. I hope to have it done with pictures by Sunday, but since I have never designed anything before; if it looks weird or creepy you may never see it. I'll try and describe it, but it may not make sense. I'm knitting it in the round from the bottom up--there's going to be about 6" of tube with picot edging. Then I'll bind of the back(I'm adding some ribbing in hopes of keeping it snug, but not too snug--she's 5 LOL) and begin the decreases in the front. I'm planning on adding the picot edging on the top and using the channel created by the hem to feed through some i-cord to tie it around the neck. We shall see where this adventure takes us :)

As an aside, I've been checking out my weatherpixie lately and it seems that as the weather gets warmer; she gets a little trampy--just an observation ;)

Have a warm and wonderful weekend!
Aloha :)

Monday, May 16, 2005

On the Needles


What's on the needles?

Here's an update on my current "works in progress" (from left to right):

1. "Beginner's Triangle" from A Gathering of Lace for the Gathering of Lacealong. I started it on Friday and I've gone from the cast on of 25 to 66 stitches. The repetition of it is starting to grow on me.

2. Aran Blanket from the book, Baby Blankets (I think). I've finished about 4" of the 36" I need to do. I really like the look of this one(although I'm not sure how much detail you can see from the picture). The only problem I seem to be having is when I knit the stitches off the cable needle the last one seems loose--I'm not sure how to fix that. My sister(who is the recepient) doesn't knit so she won't notice, but I will so it bothers me. If anyone has any suggestions let me know. I've tried knitting tighter, looser, and I've used 3 different styles of cable needles--I'm not sure what else to try.

3. socks--for my daughter--Lorna's laces. I love the color--it's lots of fun. It's my car project.

4. hooded T--it's an Artful Yarns pattern done with Classic Elite Flash in Lapis. It's the first sweater I'm trying to knit in the round from a regular pattern. It's easy and hopefully it won't take me too long to finish(I'd like to wear it this summer). It's about 24% done right now.

5. Queen of Hearts scarf for my daughter; although it seems to be my perpetual work in progress. I feel like I knit on it forever and don't make progress, but it will be real cute when it's done. I'm not sure, but I may pass on the matching hat and gloves.

Well, that's about it from here. It looks like rain outside and I promised my daughter she could play her horse game on the computer.

Happy knitting!
Aloha :)

Saturday, May 14, 2005

2005 A Lace Odyssey


2005 A Lace Odyssey

Here are some pictures of my progress in the Gathering of Lacealong. After 6--count them 6--false starts(none of which getting past row 11), I finally think I'm getting the hang of this lace thing. You know that Zen feeling you're supposed to get when you knit(hence knitting being the "new yoga")? Well, this is putting me nowhere near that zone. I must say that I'm really glad I chose the "beginner's triangle" from the book, because anything else and I would have had some kind of breakdown.


close up

I do really love this yarn. I don't have any other to compare it to; as I have never knit lace before, but I love the color and now that I've gotten the hang of knitting with it; it's not too bad. I thought sock yarn was small--this seems even smaller--a problem that may be exacerbated by my choice of using addi turbos to try lace knitting on. After swatching a bit I decided to use size 4 needles--I like the texture I'm getting with it, but my question to all you lace knitters out there is-- how is this thin, flimsy fabric supposed to help keep you warm--to me it's purely decorative.


Cherry Kool Aid

As you can see the above picture is not lace, but I had to show someone nonetheless. It's my first attempt at Kool Aid dying. I bought a few hanks of the Knitpicks dye-your-own sock yarn, cherry Kool Aid, and got to work. I used 5 packs, but I think next time I'll use more as it could have been a little darker. My plan is to use it for the first sock in year 2 of the six sox knitalong.

Well, there's yard work to be done(thrilling, I know). It's actually a nice, SUNNY day here in Utah.

Have a great weekend!
Aloha :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Yummy :)


Look what dropped onto my doorstep today! Four skeins of Shimmer(turquoise splendor) from KnitPicks. I'll be using this for the Gathering of Lacealong(see sidebar for link). Since it is STILL cloudy and miserable here in Utah, I could not take the picture outside, but I LOVE the color of this yarn. It reminds me of the tropical ocean(which I always long for this time of year). This is my first journey into the world of lace knitting--I'll keep you posted on my progress. I'm going to be doing the "beginner's triangle" from A Gathering of Lace. I saw quite a few pieces I would love to do in that book, but I'm nowhere near ready!

I finished the dreaded second sock for my sister. I'm not posting a picture; because, frankly, I'm still bitter about having to rip it back and reknit the foot. Suffice it to say that it looks just like its twin and it(and its partner) will be heading out in the mail tomorrow or Thursday.

I like to keep a sock on the needles at all times; I find it's a great "car project"--I just drag it out when I have some down time during my daily errands. My next sock will be a pair for my daughter in Lorna's Laces "Girly Stripes" colorway(purple and pink)--I really like doing socks for the kids because they have small feet which equals instant gratification :)

I'm also starting baby blanket number 3(in the great baby blanket-a-thon) for my other sister(not the dreaded sock recipient) whose 3rd bundle of joy arrives Saturday(by induction) if not sooner. Obviously it won't be done by this weekend, but I plan to have it done when I visit her in July.

Wow, rereading this it seems that I am starting a lot of things this week(blanket, socks, shawl)--ahh the life of the ADD knitter :)

Happy knitting and aloha!

**By the way, for anyone interested, I did not finish the second sock with a bottle of wine as planned but instead I knit to the soothing tones of the new NIN CD--I bet you never thought you'd hear NIN and soothing in the same sentence(at least those of you who know the music) :)

Monday, May 09, 2005

The Sock WAS Done


The sock was done. Notice that "was" is the operative word here. Last night I sat down with a pot of coffee and the unfinished sock. At midnight the sock was finished and I was weaving in the ends when I noticed the dropped stitch in the heel :( Don't ask me how it happened--I should have learned the caffeine lesson after the ball winder incident a few weeks ago.

The picture above is where I am at now--I had to pull it out to the cuff, I've just turned the heel, and I'm in the process of finishing the gusset decreases.

I'll just repeat the mantra I learned from Margene--"it's the process, it's the process, . . ." Maybe I should try the opposite approach tonight--I'll drink a bottle of wine and see how things progress from there :)!!

Happy knitting!
Aloha :)

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Sunshine


The sun came out this morning and since we can't be in Maryland, Merino and I decided to have a mini-fiber festival. Here's a peek at part of my sock yarn stash(I didn't put in doubles or things that wouldn't fit nicely in the basket). Bask in the sunlight and the fibery goodness :) Happy Mother's Day! Aloha :)

Saturday, May 07, 2005


On the Needles

On the Needles

Well, I wanted to post something today to give all of us that aren't in Maryland something to look at. I was going to take my stash outside and get a good picture of it basking in my green grass BUT it's cold, raining, and generally not a good place for yarn. So you'll have to settle for a shot of my sister's sock that I feel like I will never finish. The sock you'll notice is resting on my new t-shirt from cafe press .

So the big question is can I finish the sock by Monday? Before you answer there are a few things to take into consideration: (1) I have 2 kids under 5, (2) my house is for sale and I have an anal retentive cleaning schedule to stick to, (3) I'm tired and out of coffee, and (4) for some reason I have been dragging my feet on this. On the plus side: (1) I'm pretty good at knitting socks(especially self striping ones), (2) I have become somewhat of an insomniac, and (3) I have baby blanket #3 to get done.

So we shall see--I am starting the heel right now and I'll post my progress on Monday.

Have a happy weekend,

Aloha:)

Friday, May 06, 2005

Happy Friday!

First, I'd like to thank everyone who has stopped by for a look at my blog and a special thanks to everyone who commented :)

I don't really have a lot of knitting content today I just popped in to recommend that you check out Lion Brands new e-cards they would be a great way to cheer up someone having a bitter day--I'm thinking of you, Margene :P It's great old artwork of people knitting--I've already sent out a couple. Enjoy!

As an aside, I'm sitting here listening to my new Nine Inch Nails CD(which I can do right now because the kiddos are still asleep). I bought it yesterday and I had to laugh at the clerk who rang me out. She couldn't have been more than 20(probably less). She wasn't looking at me when she started to ring it up and she looked up, saw the kids, looked at me, and said, "You do realize that this has explicit content." I started laughing, because I've been listening to this stuff since I was in college--I got Pretty Hate Machine when it came out in 1989 I believe. I wanted to say, "Sweety, I've been listening to this stuff since you were playing with blocks and dolls." But I didn't, I just laughed all the way to my car.

Have a great weekend. Happy Mother's Day to all you mommies and to everyone who feels like the mother someone(I'm sure everyone has someone like that).

Aloha :)

Hopefully, I'll have a finished pair of socks to post this weekend! I'm still waiting for my yarn to arrive for the Gathering of Lacealong--maybe today?

Wednesday, May 04, 2005


You can't knit all the time :)

You Can't Knit All the Time

What?!?! Did I just say that? Well, unfortunately life intrudes on your knitting time. Last night I allowed myself a pleasant intrusion. I loaded up the kids, snacks, the portable DVD player and headed to Salt Lake for a book signing.

Last year in Knitter's magazine, I saw an ad for a book called The Shop on Blossom Street. It was knitting fiction; so of course, I had to check it out. The author of that book was Debbie Macomber and she was in town last night signing copies of not only that book, but also her new one called A Good Yarn. If you're looking for some light summer reading, then I would definitely check these out--I mean if you can't knit all the time; you can at least read about people who are. And as an added bonus each book comes with a knitting pattern--in A Good Yarn there is a sock pattern by Nancy Bush. Debbie was really sweet and she gave everyone a small gift for coming out--you had a choice of coffee, tea, or a notions bag. I, of course, took the bag as I am always in need for more storage space for my growing gadget collection!!

The only thing I could kick myself for is not bringing my camera---I should have known, especially since I have been reading blogs for over two years, but the newbie blogger in me(and also I suspect the harried mother) did not think to bring it.

While you're out surfing the net today, check out this new knitting mag. Great stuff from our friends from down under--it's their first issue!!! Enjoy.

Have a great day!
Happy knitting and aloha :)

Sunday, May 01, 2005


Baby blanket #2!!

The Baby Blanket-a-thon is 66.6% Fini!!

Yes, it's true. Baby blanket #2 is finished and here's a shot of it--notice the majestic Wasatch in the backround :)!!


The blanket is the "Hearts and Stars" pattern from Zoe Mellor's Adorable Knits for tots. I only did 6 of the seven repeats so that the blanket is almost square. I used the "Pound of Love" yarn from Lion Brand---I know all of the fiber purists out there are cringing and possibly finding another page, but let me just say that I 've done 2 other blankets with that yarn and those blankets have held up to the constant washing a baby blanket gets(and the earlier two are over 2 years old). You also don't have many ends to weave in(unless you have an insane ball winder moment, like I did) and I had enough left to make a matching baby hat.

Now it's onto baby blanket #3!! It's an Aran blanket made with Plymouth Encore in Denim. It's the last one I'll be making for a while so I'll keep you posted as to my progress!!

Have a great week and happy knitting!!
Aloha :)