Monday, January 29, 2007


No, I do NOT need a new bag, no matter how tempting 25% off of a Zelda tote from Offhand Designs may be.

I have plenty of tote bags that I've co-opted for knitting purposes and work just fine once I toss my notions in a small bag from a set of Winnie the Pooh zipped travel/make up bags that I used to use for my stationary..

*slaps hands* I don't need it, money can stay in my pocket.

I'm about halfway done the Chill Chaser, I need to finish the last quarter of the front, the sleeves and the hood. Will get photos whenever I get around to taking some..

Thursday, January 11, 2007


I haven't been finding much time for knitting since I got back. Keeping up with a busy 3 y/o and working full time doesn't leave me a lot of time for ME and to be honest I don't feel like pulling the needles out on the bus lately. In the mornings it's crowded. So crowded that it's very awkward to knit with needles and elbows and everything.

And then lately by the time I am heading home, despite the bus being less crowded, I really honestly just want to veg and marshall my resources for herding cats.

And of course when I do get a chance to knit I realize.. whoops I was reading/doing the pattern wrong and thus the back panel that I was so proud to have finished? Well I need to tear it back to the start of the decreases and start over again.

Not until after I finish the right front panel though (another reason why I don't knit on the bus.. balancing a pattern, plus purse, backpack and knitting and trying to concentrate on the proper decreases does not mix well). So of course the panel is taking longer. I have a couple videos out from the store though (Mrs Henderson Presents and The Lake House), and the plan is to watch them tomorrow and Saturday, so I'll have knitting time then.

Oh, and what else eats into knitting time? Currently I'm taking a night class so I can finish my college diploma (this one, then one more and I've got it!). Started Wednesday, and I need to pay attention there so knitting in class is out.


Friday, January 05, 2007

Happy New Year!

Okay, so I'm a little late. I'm not a flibbertigibbet for nothing y'know!

I was away for a bit, but now I'm back and I got some knitting done while away. I finished the whole back panel of Chill Chaser (I just realized they have a website, so THAT is the sweater I'm making for my son) and have gotten a start on the right front panel. The colours I'm using are a dark grey and the contrast trim is actually the red colour I'm going to make my hoodie out of.

If I keep going at a healthy clip, I may even get it done while he still fits it. Actually, I should. He's long and lean but not bulky so the 3/4T size that I cast on for should fit just fine for the next little while. I'd been holding up the piece to his back as I knit to get an idea if I needed to go up a size or not, and he's all excited about it.

Every time I get him to 'come stand here and let Mommy hold this up to you' he goes 'My sweater!' and gets all hyper. I'll give progress pics when I get a chance to dig out the camera from the trip and find a place to photo from.

I did get one hat done (which my brother tells me will sit in his truck until it gets cold enough to freeze his ears and then he'll use it) and the fingerless gloves which were well recieved. One hat didn't get finished though, ah well. I got him other stuff he liked.

I've also crossed off several things from my wish list! I now have a knitting needle case (well, I can cross off the straight needle case...) and another large bag to store my knitting at home and carry between upstairs and down. I fnally got a copy of Stitch & Bitch and Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter which had me in stitches and tears alternately. I plan to read it again soon, and buy more of her books. I also got two seasons of Pretender to watch while knitting! Now I've gotten plenty to keep my hands busy, and plenty to keep my thoughts busy too (hopefully not so much that I distract myself from one or the other..)

But now is the time to relax and bask at home in the joy of being at home, so I'm going to go hang out and do some more knitting. See how far I can get on this piece..