Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Boxing day sales, knitting & you..

So I DID get to Make One for the boxing day sale, and I went crazy.

As did several other people! I've never seen the place that busy, but everyone was polite as we scootched our way between the furniture and people eyeing skeins as we all stuffed our bags that had been handed out to us as we stood in line. (Who'd have thunk? A line up outside a yarn store on boxing day!)

I spent over three hundred dollars, but from what I've figured I saved well over a hundred from if I'd gone shopping on a non-sale day and I got all that I wanted needed plus a little extra.

What did I get?

I got enough yarn to make myself A Cardigan for Arwen from Interweave Winter 2006, plus needles since I have been buying as a project needs (unless I already have them of course). I also bought a pattern to make a hooded sweater for my son, along with the appropriate yarn and needles and more row counters since the ones I have are already on projects. The only thing I need are buttons for that.

I have also promised myself two things.

1. No more yarn shopping until I finish the majority of the projects I have everything for (which, all together includes seasilk scarf, Harry Potter scarf, mouse mittens, 3 hats, fingerless gloves and now two sweaters, one adult and one child). That is more than enough to keep me busy for the next long while, I don't need to buy any more. Oh, and two of those hats need to be done in the next four days. The fingerless gloves have just a few more rows and a thumb and finishing.

2. No casting on for Arwen until I've finished the hats.

Guess I'd better get knitting hmm? Because my hands are VERY itchy to start Arwen.

ETA: I guess I should add my socks in that list too shouldn't I? Oy, too much!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas knitting..

I'm extremely lucky that I won't be seeing some people until the end of the month.

That gives me an extra week to finish off:
fingerless gloves
2 hats


Hope everyone is having a Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Heels turned!

It took two times of ripping it out, and watching the video on Knitting Help several times in a row just to be sure I was seeing it right..

but I finally turned a heel!

Now I'm working on the foot, and that's coming along steadily. I also impressed the guys on the bus with my mad skillz as one guy reminisced about his mother knitting him and his brother sweaters and another expressed awe that I could not only keep straight 5 needles, but that the pattern flowed so easily.

I of course pled modesty and told them about the interesting tidbits that Stephanie, the beloved Yarn Harlot, posted about. Such as how stockings much longer than what I was knitting, with smaller yarn (thread at that point?) and needles.. and managed to do one a day.

But of course it gave me warm fuzzies.

The socks won't be done for Christmas though.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Heel, heel, toe, toe

What the heck? Completely lost my post!

Well, as I was saying I am attempting to turn the heel on Conwy.

It's not going so well. You see it looks somewhat like a heel, but at the same time it doesn't.. I don't 
see how it is going to attach itself and go together so I can work on the foot and up to the toe. I shall soldier on though, and hopefully I will see it work (or I will see what I am doing wrong). If I don't though, I shall be attempting the short row heel tutorial that has come to my attention.

If that doesn't work, I shall try other things. Like other books and references, and hopefully finding someone who knits who will show me how to turn a heel. Heck, I'll even take a class! Maybe I should do that, I've been pondering the toe up class..

Ah well, back to knitting!