Kitty Kitty Bang Bang AKA Knitty Knitty Bang Bang.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

November To-Do List

• Order another skein of Apricot Malabrigo Chunky (Sugar Maple for Norma)
• Finish Sugar Maple shawl for Norma
• Finish Daybreak for Heather
• Finish Through the Loops Mystery socks (must be done be the end of November in order to be eligible for prizes)

• Finish sleeves on Pinwheel sweater
• Start sleeves on Garter Yoke sweater
• Purchase Ball/Mason jars for gifts for crafty A&D gals
• Lace edging on Ulmus shawl
• Make sure I have needles for Scrunchable Scarf, Dean Street Hat & Chunky Foliage hat (1 set of #10.5 DPNs, 16" #10.5, 16" #9. 16" #10, #10 DPNs. Scarf: #11 or #10.5)
• Cast on for Scrunchable Scarf & Dean Street Hat for CWS (Malabrigo Chunky - Paris Night)
• Cast on for Chunky Foliage hat (left over Malabrigo Chunky - Apricot)
• Knit eyeball scarf for Bohunk
• Pack up cocktail sets for Bohunk & Fierce Cupcake

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

NaKniSweMo

October is the month where people write a 50,000-word novel as part of NaNoWriMo. In the knitting world - we have NaKniSweMo. In NaKniSweMo you knit a sweater in a month (50,000 stitches).

Instead of starting a new sweater for NaKniSweMo, I'm going to finish as many of my WIPs as possible. There will be no new items allowed (except for 2 hats and a scarf which are already on my Christmas list). In a perfect world I would finish my garter yoke sweater and my pinwheel sweater and at least one pair of socks.

For some reason I'm really excited about this.

Friday, October 23, 2009

When animals attack.... knitting.


If I make the mistake of leaving one of my knitting projects within doggy reach - Lola will find it and tear it up. She mostly likes to chew on the knitting needles. (CWS dubbed it RESENTMENT but that might have been his own subconscious feelings about my knitting talking.)

This last time was a bit tragic because the project was already a total pain in the ass. I had frogged the entire thing 4 or so times before finally feeling like I was on the right track and then BOOM - Lola got a hold of it... I was able to salvage some of it and I'm back to the beginning again. I might put this one into hibernation until I can face knitting it again for the 5th or 6th time.

Another of Lola's handy-works:


In none knitting news, I got myself a tattoo of a pair of scissors, a mythical Hodag and a very serious looking beaver, and then I ran off to Belize for the weekend with 7 of my girly friends. We spent two glorious days on a sailboat - snorkeling, eating, laughing, swimming, and having a great time. I didn't want to come home.....

Monday, October 5, 2009

taking stock. Operation WIP.

October is here!

This marks the beginning of the brief period in Texas where sweaters might have an opportunity to be worn (I've already worn my top-down Silk Garden raglan cardigan a couple of times). It would be a shame to go through this winter without getting some use out of the other 3 (or 4) sweaters that are in progress. One sweater just needs sleeves and another just needs the sleeves finished (I'm about 1/4 of the way through).

I currently have 12 projects in progress (well actually - 14 - because I have a scarf and a sweater that are officially 'hibernating') and I really like the idea of bring that down under 10, or even under 6...

I could vow not to start anything new until 2010 - or at least until November or December.

BUT.

I do want to make CWS a hat and scarf for Christmas, and one of my co-workers is having a baby soonish. PLUS I proposed a Knit-A-Long with the Arts & Drafts gals to all knit the Vine Yoke Cardigan. And I would love to knit a sleeve for my cute new Dell Mini 9. So I'm loath to outlaw ALL new projects.

I think I'll at LEAST vow not to start any more socks until the 3 in-progress pairs are done, or not to start any more sweaters until, at least, the sleeveless ones have sleeves, and no more shawls until I finish Daybreak and Ulmus (I'm really aching to start a Herbivore!).

That is doable. YEAH!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Socktober Mystery KAL




One of my favorite designers is hosting a mystery sock knit-a-long during October (SOCKTOBER!).

The pattern is free. It will be offered in 5 parts: the cuff, the leg, the heel, the foot and the toe. She will post a new part on her site every Thursday during the month of October.

I cast on last night when the first clue was posted.

I'm using Have You Any Wool Simplicity Sock in colorway RAGE!

Clues.
Mystery sock pattern page on Ravelry.