Numerical Knitting

October 31, 2006

Trick-or-treat

Filed under: General — by bethc @ 9:07 pm

Quotes from tonight

Bunny: “Let’s go to lots of houses, I want lots of candy!”

Two houses later, Bunny: “That’s enough, let’s go home.”

At the door: “Trick or Treat”

Me: “What are you dressed up as?”

At the door: “Someone who’s really too old to trick-or-treat”

Bunny: “Do you think every house has candy, even people who don’t know children?”

At the door: “Trick or Treat”

Me: “What a beautiful kimono”

At the door: “Thank you, Sayonara”

Bunny, when encouraged to take the Special Dark bar he got to his grandmother: “OK, but she has to say Trick or Treat”

October 26, 2006

Taking a Dive

Filed under: Knitting — by bethc @ 1:45 pm

Into the frog pond that is… I love the baby socks I made from STR lightweight in colorway Seal Rock so much that I couldn’t wait to start on the matching hat with the heavyweight. I know there are other things that I should be doing (need another hand towel for the wedding gift…) but I LOVE this yarn!

So I swatched. I calculated. I cast on (during tae kwon do). I knit round and round… and I started to notice something.

I thought it was my imagination. It couldn’t be that on every stitch I seemed to be knitting into the same color that the new stitch was.

I so wanted this to work… I really like baby hats, and have I mentioned, I love this yarn.

I started trying to save it. One round from one end of the ball, one end from another. I even cut the yarn and started in a new place. But in the end I had to come to the realization that one round was within two stitches of a color repeat… It just wasn’t meant to be, sniff.

So (again during tae kwon do) I frogged. Didn’t really enjoy it, but I did it. The decision was made.

Of course, since I love this yarn (have I mentioned that?), there had to be a new start. And soon… this baby’s not going to wait around on being born! So I have cast on for the kimono from Mason Dixon. I’m only a little way in, but the colors are looking great!!

October 25, 2006

I have the best SP!

Filed under: General,Knitting,SP9 — by bethc @ 9:09 pm

Guess what was waiting for me at home today?

A package… just for me!

At the top there was a card, covered with candy corn!

And there was a sweet note inside.

But below the card there was more…

Bunny asked if it was treasure (we seem to be on a pirate kick these days) and I assured him that it was!

Treasure indeed. Candy, tea, and Sugar ‘n Creme. What more could a girl want?

What a fun Halloween surprise! Orange, black, and lime green cotton makes me want to whip up pumpkin and alien dishrags. And there’s candy. Did I mention that there’s candy? I vowed that I wouldn’t eat any of till the dishwasher was loaded and this post was done. Good thing there weren’t many dishes! Hey, I went to the gym today… think I’ll have another!

Thanks SP! As my students would say, “you rock!”

October 23, 2006

My knitting heritage

Filed under: Knitting — by bethc @ 3:15 pm

Who is that adorable boy in the amazing handknit? Why it’s Bunny of course… But what, you may ask is he wearing? It’s a beautiful sweater that my Grandmother Isabelle knit for me about 35 years ago.

When I was expecting my mother passed it down and then Friday afternoon Bunny found it in his room. “Look Mama, it’s a sweater. Who made it?” I love that he expect knits to be made, but love even more that he enjoyed wearing it and telling anyone who would listen that “Mommy’s grandma made it for her, now it’s for me!”

Does this mean that he will actually wear the sweater I’m making him? Guess I better get knitting so I can find out!

My grandmother is the one who taught me to knit. She was an amazingly talented woman, knitting, weaving, painting… Although I’m not sure about the whole heaven thing, I do believe that sometimes she’s with me helping me figure something out, or just looking down and smiling at a job well done.

October 22, 2006

Actual Finished Obects

Filed under: Knitting — by bethc @ 8:54 am

The cool thing about taking forever to post is that when I manage there is actual content! Today I have three, count them, three (or maybe four depending on how you cont) completed knitted items to share with you.

First… Moss Grid Hand Towel

From the Mason Dixon book, a Moss Grid hand towel. This was my first project with EuroFlax Linen and while I hated at first, I kind of got used to it. I haven’t washed it yet, so I am still awaiting the magic… This is one of what is to be a set for a wedding gift.

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Next, Ant Bib

Another Mason Dixon project, with assistance from Style you Own Kid Knits. This is the first in what is to be a series of “buggy bibs” for a friend (and science teacher) who is expecting in December!

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Finally, Baby Socks!

My first Socks that Rock experience was small… Baby socks for yet another baby who is due in December. I kind of used this pattern, and kind of made it up as I went along… Now I am making a matching hat in the same colorway (Seal Rock) in the heavyweight.

Whew, pretty productive for me!! Photo credits for this post go to Amber, Thanks!

October 15, 2006

A little something

Filed under: General — by bethc @ 8:47 pm

A little something to occupy both of you who read this blog until I get a chance to post knitting content! And there is knitting content, actual finished objects and Socktobers!
For now, What kind of Knitting Needle are You?

I’m

You are interchangeable. Fun, free, and into everything, you’ve got every eventuality covered and every opportunity just has to be taken. Every fiber is wonderful, and every day is a new beginning. You are good at so many things, it’s amazing, but you can easily lose your place and forget to show up. They have row counters for people like you!

Sounds kind of like me… and hey, what’s that yarn?

October 13, 2006

SP9 Fun!

Filed under: SP9 — by bethc @ 9:04 pm

First off… just a note to all parents out there, upset stomach for a few days with no other symptoms could be strep. You would think since we went through it in June we would have figured it out in less than a week. Oh well, now the only question is who did Bunny infect while we were busy figuring out what he ate!

Now, on to SP content. A big thanks to my spoiler for the very funny Friday the 13th e-card. It was great! Finally, my hostess has a contest going, so here are some of my favorites!

Actor – Alan Alda (I know he’s a little old for me, but when I heard him speak at an ERA rally as a kid he won my heart!)

Actress – Mary Tyler Moore

Animal – cat, or maybe alpaca

Band – They Might Be Giants (mostly because of their kids albums), I also like folkey stuff…

BookIs Your Mama a Llama (can you tell what I have been reading lately?)

Bubble Bath – whatever’s handy

Candy – starburst

Color – green, no blue, no red arrrrg…. I like colors

Flower – iris

Food – steak

Lip Balm – any so long as it’s vanilla

Lotion – anything unscented

Movie – Snow White

Song – Under the Sea

TV Show -Good Eats

Vacation Spot – Disney World (is there another vacation spot?)

I found this remakably difficult… I guess I don’t have that many strong feelings, which I suppose is a mixed blessing!

October 11, 2006

Finger

Filed under: General — by bethc @ 9:56 am

When I was in college back in the stone age (the 80’s) email was new. One of the features of our email system was a command “finger.” When you “fingered” someone it would show not only when they last logged on, but also who had sent the last email they received. One game I used to play was to pick a friend and “finger” him or her. Then I would see who sent the last email and “finger” that person and so on… It was one of those no winner kind of games, but was pretty good at killing time.

Why am I sharing this? Because I have recently adapted the game to “knitting blog finger.” I read a blog then read the blog of someone who left a comment, and then someone who left them a comment, and so on. Now there is a winner, me! I have found some great blogs this way. So join in! Follow those comments and see what you can find. Better yet, leave a comment and see who finds you. I figure any game that can amuse both a college student and a 30-something is a good game!

Actually knitting content to come soon…

PS A variation on the game is to follow swaps. Find someone who is thanking a swap pal, go there and find who sent to them, and so on. This version might even have a way to win, trace a whole swap ring and get back to the original post!

October 5, 2006

SP9 Questionnaire — answers!

Filed under: SP9 — by bethc @ 12:24 pm

I have joined SP9 so have to post these answers. Since I have never managed to do 100 things, maybe you will learn something about me even if you’re not my SP!

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? I’m pretty easy to please. I like most everything except really plastic feeling acrylic. Of course I think silk is nice, and cashmere is too. But wool and cotton are good as well.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? A plastic bag from the grocery store… Well, I do have a case for my KnitPicks Options set, but the rest are all in a bag.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I have known how to knit since my grandma taught me as a kid. I have had a number of periods of intense knitting. The most recent period started about a year ago. I guess I am an intermediate, but I am always willing to try anything.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? I do right here.

5. What’s your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.) I guess vanilla. I’m not a fan of highly scented things, but do like things that make my house smell good, but not smell like I am trying.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? Totally! I like most any candy. My favorites are Starburst and Reeses, but really, if it has sugar I like it!

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? I do scrapbooks and have been known to needlepoint and cross stitch. Mostly I just try to make sure my child arrives as school with a lunch every day!

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) I tend to listen to singer songwriter types or whatever B chooses. I also like folk as well as classic rock.

9. What’s your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can’t stand? I guess green is my favorite, but blue, red, and yellow are also in the running. Oh and I like orange and purple. I guess I like any color!

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? I live with my husband B and my 4-year-old son. We have two cats, one social and one not.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? Scarves, yes. Hats that don’t squish my head. Mittens, yep. I haven’t worn a poncho since I was a kid when they were “in” before. I worry that they will make me look dumpy (ok, make me look more dumpy) but the right one might be cool.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? Hmmm… that’s a hard one. Since I’m knitting with fine yarn now I long for bulky. I have liked doing the button hole bags I have done. I also enjoyed my first ever pair of socks. I guess I have liked everything I have done. Although the sweater for Bunny with sock yarn has gotten old!

13. What are you knitting right now? A sweater for Bunny and a moss grid hand towel. On deck are a bunch of baby gifts, a Christmas stocking, and a hat.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? Sure.

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? I don’t have a strong preference, but since I have bought the KnitPicks Options I am using more metal circs. I don’t have any particularly good straight needles so that might make a difference…

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? Sadly no, but I do have a friend nearby who does!

17. How old is your oldest UFO? It was started in 1996… a baby blanket, don’t ask how old the baby is now!

18. What is your favorite holiday? I think Christmas, not for the religious significance, but for the traditions, oh and the gifts!!

19. Is there anything that you collect? I collect Doc from Snow White.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? The books I really want are high priority on my Amazon list. I can’t think of anything in particular I am wanting… although I am really liking Socks that Rock stuff lately.

21. Are there any new techniques you’d like to learn? I am trying to learn continental… knitting is going ok, purling not so much.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? Trying to be! Foot circumference (ball): 8″, length of foot 9.25″

23. When is your birthday? (mm/dd) June 25

October 3, 2006

Happy Birthday Bunny!

Filed under: General — by bethc @ 10:14 am

Four years!

It seems like yesterday, and yet it feels like I have known you my whole life.

Your smile can light up my day as I work to be the best mom I can.

I love you and will love you even when you have purple hair, weird piercings, and things I can’t even imagine.

Be safe as you find your way through this often confusing world.

Happy Birthday! Love, Mommy

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