Kitty Kitty Bang Bang AKA Knitty Knitty Bang Bang.

Monday, August 31, 2009

more yarn and more new stuff

I recieved my one pound bag of handpainted sock yarn from Cherry Tree Hill. So Yummy!!

After tearing the lace edging out of on my Ulmus for the 3rd time and getting all 399 stitches back on the needles - I decided to put it aside for a while (or at least until I'm not too stubborn/lazy to use a freaking life line) and immediately cast on for a Daybreak shawl (for Chris' sister Heather for Christmas). So far I love it!!! And it seems to be a really quick knit.

Saturday, August 22, 2009


In this post I talked about buying some "creative packs" (ie: mill ends) from I had them sent to Colin in Sweden and he sent them to me. The package arrived yesterday and was full of awesome treats! Thank you Colin!!!

I got a total of 21 colorways in various mini skein sizes. I’m so excited.

I’m on the fence about what to use them for.

I suppose I should also consider the fact that I just bought a one pound (!!) bag of "endlots" (ie: mill ends) of handpainted sock yarn from Cherry Tree Hill. So I'm about to have another zillion yards of random sock yarn ends. Yummy.

CWS just helped me pick out the colors (Jitterbug: Vatican Pie and black) for his sister's Christmas gift. His sister is a former employee of mine and I'm crazy about her so it feels right to knit for her. I'm going to make her a Daybreak Shawl. I'm ready to cast on NOW but I think I'll force myself to finish the Ulmus first.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Sock/Romantic/Ulmus progress.

Sock progress is cooking along. CWS and I are back on so his socks came screaming out of hibernation and are back on the top of the pile. Should be ready to turn the heels shortly.

Started the lace edging on my Ulmus. Totally messed it up (misread the chart and did the wrong kind of slipped stitches on the WS) and ended up having to frog back and then make sure that all 399 freaking stitches were back on the needles. Ugh. It took hours...

Monday, August 17, 2009

Finishing things rocks!

I've finished a couple of projects recently.

This is a minor miracle.

I finished my fifth pinwheel blanket - despite swearing after the first one that I would never ever make one again (and I doubt this is my last). This was was for Lisa & Alex's new baby girl Enna Rae.

And I finished a pair of socks that I started back in 2007. Yeah, no shit, 2007.

This was the last pair of socks that I knit separately before switching to two at a time. Last ever case of Second Sock Syndrome! I think they are ugly as sin but I like how the yarn pooled like crazy on one sock and striped up on the other. Very cool.

Monday, August 10, 2009

I'm six loooooooong rows away from putting edging onto my Ulmus and I will admit that I'm very tired of this project - although I'm looking forward to knitting the pretty lace leafy edging. The last rows of shawls are always painful. (Additionally I wonder why I bother knitting all these lace shawls - since I don't wear shawls.)

I got a lot done over the weekend while watching some movies, sitting in a coffeeshop with my pal Joe (and his adorable dog Duke) and finishing up season 6 of Oz. (I'm going to miss those Oz characters. I had gotten rather attatched to them over the 56 hours I spent with them. Next on my list? True Blood or Breaking Bad or Battlestar Galactica. I've also got to watch season 1 of Sons of Anarchy again before season 2 starts in September.)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Ulmus rising

Plugging along on my Ulmus shawl. I've decided to go a little bigger than the large size which means I need 399 stitches on the needles before I start the edging. I'm hoovering right around 340 at the moment so there is still a fair amount of knitting to do. As always I am loving the Colinette Jitterbug.

Speaking of Colinette Jitterbug, the Colinette website in Wales doesn't ship to the US but they sell something I really wanted. Jitterbug - is my favorite yarn ever - and the website sells "creative packs" which are basically mills ends. For £9.74 you get 250g of Jitterbug yarn in multiple shades and hank sizes (a normal skein of Jitterbug is 100g and and also sells for £9.74). I ordered 3 creative packs (equalled about $58.00 with shipping) and had it sent to Colin in Sweden. Whoop! He is going to forward it along to me along with some goodies from Sweden.

What am I going to do with 750g of assorted Jitterbug sock yarn? Excellent question. I'm thinking about a crazy throw for the couch (log cabin? pinwheel? modular knitting?) or maybe a crazy multicolored shawl or a crazy lady cardigan?

Monday, August 3, 2009

Adventures in giant letter Rs, knitting & accidental drunkenness

I got drunk accidentally in the middle of the afternoon yesterday. Coffee turned into beer after 1:00 PM and I'm such a lightweight that I was all buzzed after two drinks. While winding my way home I ran into these giant letters in the dumpster by a construction site. I got permission - after speaking to some security guards and the manager named Bobby at a pawn show (they own the property), followed by hilariousness with wheelbarrows, hurricane fencing and ultimately the realization that my giant letter R would not fit into my car. I called Nathan for a rescue, no answer, so I called Joey. He arrived in record time, rescued my letter R in his truck and we ended up spending some quality time shooting the shit over Topo Chico's on the couch.

I am now the proud owner of a giant letter R. I think I'll put Christmas lights on it.

I finished my pinwheel blanket over the weekend (photos soon) while watching movies with CWS. Just need to weave in the ends, give it a good wash/light blocking and send it on it's way to NYC. The baby is due any day now so the timing is good.

Things with CWS are on hold for the moment, which leaves me with an unfinished pair of socks. I could finish them and gift them to him. I could frog them. Or I could finish them and decide later where they will ultimately end up. Right now I think I'll just focus on some other UFOs and come back to them in a few weeks when I'm feeling less raw, sad, discouraged and lonely.