Saturday, February 24, 2007
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of visiting 2 LYS. It was a lot of fun to look at the yarn, discover new patterns and visit a new place of enjoyment. One of the stores owner was the young lady who had taught a knitting class for a staff development I attended. It was nice to see her again and to let her know that I was finally going to do something with my knitting. She had very lovely yarn and my girls picked out some very soft multi color suitable for babies. We will return on my free day to purchase some but my oldest dd did buy a set of dpn in bamboo that she loves. She said they are smooth and make using the sugar n cream much easier. She too has had trouble knitting her socks but I believe is coming along now w/the new needles.
I also went to Hobby Lobby and was able to purchase a new book and some needles. I bought 2 sets of 5s and a set of 6 dpn in alum ~ I personally like these. I am using the 5s with the red/silver yarn and it looks much nicer but the pattern I was venturing to use isn't working out so I have removed those stitches and will continue to simply knit the yarn into a child's scarf ~ a basic garter pattern seems to work better for it. I am hopeful that it will be suitable but doubtful that I'll be able to take a picture since even in natural lighting it doesn't photograph well at all. I am planning to finish up listening to Emma and working on this scarf tonight. I hope to have time to look through my new book and work on my Seaman scarf but for now I want to finish with the red/silver yarn because it has annoyed me so. ;D
Hope everyone else is having a better knitting time than I have had. Have a wonderful evening.
My new book:
Knitter's Handbook : A Comprehensive Guide to the Principles and Techniques of Handknitting by Montse Stanley (Paperback - Sep 6, 1999)
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Anywhoo, we have gone to several yarn stores and I am happy to report that I have purchased nothing. Though dd wasn't as successful in the first 2 stores ~ she acquired some Sugar n Cream in midnight magic and Paton's Grace in ruby (7 skeins @ $1 ea) and would have bought more had we not discussed the necessity of waiting until she had finished her current projects and the ones she purchased these for. We found some Red Heart Super on sale for $1.89 in Winter Grey and she wanted to make socks or legwarmers, I don't remember which but it may well be both.
I have also finished a couple of "screaming stash" projects because I was not feeling like I had made much progress the last few days. I have now made 4 washclothes using a simple crochet pattern from Lion Brand. Funny thing is none of this has made a dent in my meager stash goal. I am not too pleased and don't quite understand the math in this but will keep plugging along and it will all disappear soon, I hope. I've even given away one ball of yarn 2x but keep getting it back ~ my dc who decided they wanted to use another color. I finally used it to make 2 washclothes yesterday so its almost gone, there is a remnant. ;O There are 4 cloths and my ds would like me to make more. LOL I am even considering making dishclothes too. These don't take long to work up and I've decided to make some special for my dds hope chest.
Monday, February 19, 2007
I am still working on my true red scarf which has been a pain. I have actually taken it a loose 4x until my dd told me how to fix my issue. The issue ~ I thought I had a tension problem because I would have several rows that appeared very tight no matter what you did to them. I was having trouble holding the yarn, gauging the tension, etc and my frustration was great. Last night, after the 3rd time of re-working the stitches I thought I was just tired and went to bed. Today, when it happened again, I was at a loss. My dd explained that my yarn was thinning in that section of it. She showed me how to add in the yarn after I undid the stitches and cut the thin section off. Now my rows are beautiful again and I hope to finish my scarf soon. I am a very slow knitter but I think thats just because I'm really new at it. ;D
I've been window shopping at craft stores and have been faithful to only buy tools ~ no yarn for me. Though my dd did, she got some really great yarn for a $1 a skein at Michaels in ruby. She plans to make socks. She also got some Sugar & Cream stripes at Hobby Lobby for $1.11 ea for more socks. She started to buy yarn today at JoAnn's because they had Red Heart for $1.89 but she resisted. We decided she would use up what she had first since socks take longer than scarves. We'll go back and get the grey she wanted even if we must pay full price. They even had Wool Ease on sale for 2/$4 but I walked away with only my new needles I found on clearance. I even passed up some funny looking yarn that was on the 75% rack which would have been about $.75 ea. ;D Yeah Me!
Here are the new tools we got:
Container of plastic glitter needles ~ 1 set of ea ~ #10, 10 1/2, 11, 13,15, 17
Thursday, February 15, 2007
4 ~ Quaker Oats, 18oz $1.60 - c $.50
2 ~ Quaker Instant Oatmeal $1.60 - c $.50
2 ~ Quaker Instant Oatmeal Crunch $1.60 - c $.75
2 ~ Quaker Breakfast Bars $1.60 - c $1.00
1 ~ Borden Shredded Cheese $1.97 - c $.70
1 ~ Borden Shredded Speciality $2.27 - c $.70
2 ~ Hormel Pepperoni $1.00 ea - c $.35
*each coupon was doubled plus by using my store card received an additional $3.00 off for purchasing Quaker products.
This was fun, I missed couponing and am glad that I am able to be actively involved in increasing my pantry, saving money and helping others. Its past time for me to start "Shop, Save and Share" like Ellie Kay tells us and enjoying the fruits of the labour.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
~ Hooks ~
1 ea (alum) D
1 ea (alum) E. F, H, J, K
4 ea (alum) G *fav
2 ea (alum) I
1 ea (alum) I afghan
1 ea (bamboo) G, L
1 ea (plastic) M
1 ea (steel) 0, 1, 7, 8, 9, 10
~ Needles ~
1 set (alum) 7, 8, 10 long
1 set (alum) 10, 11 short
1 set (bamboo) 4, 5, 11, 13
1 set (plastic) 17
4 sets (alum) 3 double pointed
1 set (alum) 7 circular
2 sets (plastic) 19 circular
~ Craft Needles ~
various ones for cross-stitch and needlepoint to include 3 tapestry (2 metal/1 plastic)
I don't think I own any knitting books but have lots of patterns, a couple of crochet books, access to lots at the library and a growing wish list. ;D
Thats all for now. Have a great evening!
I left Walmart with 4 packages of knitting needles, a list of new colors and more knowledge on label reading. I especially needed the last one since I usually purchased yarn if it was lovely, lovely & on sale or one I normally use and am familiar with. I never really considered weight, fiber type, needle/hook recommendations, just bought what I wanted and that was that. I am enjoying this new knowledge and experience. I can see how it will enhance all my craft endeavors and make me a more conscious shopper in the process. I really have to watch how I spend my money as well as not cheat on my commitment to destash. I was just like someone in withdrawal. Wow, who knew that it was that bad, I sure didn't but I'm glad I was successful and will avoid this in future.
I'll share more later especially my tools list, since I typed it in this post earlier but blogger is glitching and it deleted the majority of my post. I had to start over and I don't have the energy to type it now. LOL Off to bed with me, its late.
Have a great day!
smells ~ homemade hamburgers
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
2. knitting reference book
3. supplies ~ don't need to be expensive, just yarn, needles, a yarn needle and scissors
4. yarn label reading will help me with future patterns
More later. Have a good night.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Part of the fun of Stashalong is to accept a challenge to get rid of your stash. I have decided on Option 1, described below.
*I'll trying taking these again tomorrow in natural lighting. My digital cam isn't that great.
Here is my list of what I hope to use the selected stash for:
1. scarves ~ at least 2
2. afghan squares for charity projects ~ at least 3
3. dishclothes ~ maybe 2
4. hmm, still thinking especially since I'm really new to this
Anywhoo, I am off to determine which challenge I will accept, type up my stash inventory, work on my preemie hat and listen to a book on cd, then I will heat dinner up and clip/organize my coupons. Oh, the joy of being home and enjoying my life again. I am even enjoying hsg my dc again. Yeah me!
Oh, I also wanted to tell you all about a blog I just found, more specifically the blogger's post on dyeing yarn. Checkout Knitting Rose's site here, she's even introduced me to the Sockret Pal Swap ~ sounds like such fun. I've never done this and it looks so easy and the yarn is simply lovely. Is it really easy to do this? Can I do this at home ~ you know that saying "don't try this at home kids?!" Ok, I'm a little silly but its alright, I'm allowed every once in awhile. I'm looking forward to doing new things and making my home beautiful using my hands.
Have an awesome day!
~at our homestead~
Sounds ~ rainfall, classical music ~ Corelli
Smells ~ burning wood, homemade iced tea
My hands ~ soft yello preemie hat (its so pretty)
Plans ~ dinner, lesson plans and book selections
Mood ~ wonderfully happy and content
As I mentioned in my last post, I am no longer working outside the home. Yeah! I am now schooling my dc full-time and have started a home business. I will be working on projects at home, spending time w/my online support groups and I just joined a couple of new endeavors. One of them is called Knit the Classics. Oh, this looks like great fun though I will be learning as I go since I learned to knit years ago and haven't done anything with it since nor created more than a potholder. This group reads a book and then creates a project in relation to the story. I am so excited because I've never done anything like this and if knitting doesn't work, I can crochet. Yippee! I am also considering joining a group called Stashalong ~ I am not sure if I can handle this one though it would help me curb my spending habit on crafts. We'll see, but stop by and visit, you'll like it I'm sure.
So off to place my hold for the March book and finish off my preemie hat I started yesterday. It is so adorable, I found it on Lion brand's website. I'll load a pic when its done, but here is the pic of the completed hat I mentioned earlier: