FO Friday – clean sheets and a happy husband

Tube Top of Blueness Pattern: Coquette Lace Tube Top by Stephanie Japel in Fitted Knits Yarn: Knit picks Cotlin color – Desert Turquoise 3 1/2 skeins Needles: Clover US 4 Circular and Crystal Palace US 6 Circular Thoughts: Great quick knit. I did major negative ease on this garment so that it would fit smoothly and stay up. I don’t think I will put ribbons or a strap onto the garment but that might change after a day of wear. I included 2 inches depth of short rows over the bust so that I had more ease. So the FO picture location was chosen by churchable and he had a great time taking these pics. This week has been great and I have been getting stuff done around the house and keeping on top of my work. FYI – It is taking me longer to post comments because I am starting to get comment spam. I don’t know if I can put any more hoops to jump through and they are not leaving them in the anonymous section. I also want the ability to leave comments to be easy for you the reader. I know what bugs me when I try to leave comments on a blog and so I try to make it better for all. But hey I guess I am popular enough to get spam comments...

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WIP Wednesday

It is that same bad time again where I drag out my WIPs and show you how far I am. I was kind of productive last week which means I did not work on my design projects as much, but hey I just turned one in today. Two more to go. Yeah. We have a few members missing from this illustrious blog. One is finished and one is hiding in the WIP basket (he realizes that I am bored with him – I guess I will have to find a time when I need something mindless to do and I can knit the little bugger.) So that leaves us with our little monkey, how she grows. The monkey pattern is fairly easy. It actually is part of the pattern that I am knitting for Si, my sil. It is super simple and is very intuitive. The monkey has been walking around town with me while I run errands and wait in lines. It grew the longest when I went to the Performing Arts Center in Portland with churchable last week. I got to the heel and started working on something else since I had not decided what heel to do. I did a short row heel since my pal has never gotten the opportunity to try out this heel on her feet. Personally it is my favorite of the standard heels, but that could change when I start messing around with Cat Bordhi’s new structures. If you want to see the progress I have made with Si’s Christmas present, you will have to hop over to my ravelry project page. I really am glad that I am done with the lace portion of it and I am excited to be doing plain st st. I am onto the smaller pieces and have a sleeve and the top portion to finish. This project is going fairly smoothly. The last project on the needles that is of interest to my dear readers is the Entrelec sock. I don’t spend much time on this beauty. I just lost the motivation when they turned out not to be knee-high length. But I am still working on them. That is it for now. Look forward to a FO post and new projects jumping on the needles. There are several sock yarns jockeying for time, which one will get first dips (Hint: I have a skein of each type of STR. Will I give in to the wiles of the Silkie or go for a buffer...

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This weekend – a race, yarn, contests and FOs

Man I just can’t get my head in the game. I am super groggy and I know I am getting enough sleep, exercise and food. People keep asking me if I am pregnant since baby’s take away brain power. I can tell all you people to stop hoping at least this month. I know I am not with child. I also don’t hope to be, but I do know the drs are messing with my hormones and it is murder. So all this to say if I seem to ramble and have flat wit this time around that is the unknown reason. It is hard to be on your toes when you want to fall flat on your face, but when I try to nap all I want to do is twiddle my thumbs. Grrr. If you are looking for the FOs scroll down but don’t miss the yarn and the contests on the way down. Oh you want to know about the yarn and the FO. Well first I want to talk about churchable’s weekend. When I met my man, he was training for this race. No he did not start training 3 years early. He ran the Hood 2 Coast relay in 2004 and this year. The event happened this weekend. His team has consisted of 6 of the same guys for the 3 times they have raced. He stopped running after the race in 2004. Last fall the guys got together and decided to race this summer. Churchable was a little apprehensive since he stopped running because he hurt. Well my man ran and he ran well and he said that he felt better after running this year than in 2004. Yeah. He is going to continue running. This makes me happy since he was a cross-country runner in high school in Spokane. He enjoys running. I am proud of my boy. Back row: Cindy, Sarah, Maia, JudyFront row: Fyberduck, Moirae, Me Now onto the interesting things. While my honey ran his heart out, I went on a sock hop. Ok it was a sock yarn crawl but I like sock hop better. Fyberduck put this grand adventure together over on Ravelry. A small portion of us PDX bloggers got together and partied it up. Ok we sat, we knitted, we squeezed yarn, we ate yummies, and we bought yarn. The following was our plan: Abundant Yarn & Dyeworks from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm,The Yarn Garden from 1:30 – 2:00 pm,Twisted from 2:15 – 3:00 pm,Knit/ Purl from 3:15 – 4:00 pm,The Farmhouse Knit Shop from 4:30 – 5:00 pm Kathy showing us her muslin and its oddities, Cindy bought a bracelet with Rodger‘s assistance, Judy and our newest knitter (please forgive my brain forgetfulness) watched. Well I met up with Judy and Cindy and we rode together. It was nice and quiet and filled with conversation since we rode in Judy’s Prius. We ended up being the first to arrive at Abundant Yarn except Rodger but he was working of course. It was a very leisurely stay at Abundant. We made ourselves quite at home in the cafe, ordering lunches and making sure there were no more seats available. We were joined by a few others at the cafe for just this stop. Kathy...

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WIP Wednesday

Houston we have a problem. This UFO has surfaced in the general vicinity of the mending basket. Is there really a mending basket or is it the place clothing goes to die a sad lonely death? This here vision of oranginess has been hanging out since the afternoon of churchable’s surprise 30th bday party. That was almost 2 years ago. I love orange but this here goddess of loveliness has a problem. A big ok minor problem of strap length so that the girls are decently accentuated. See that makes a big difference. I don’t know why I forgot this sweet maiden but I am in desperate need of FO land. Ok yes I get high on FOs. I like them. What? you mean that there is joy in the process of knitting. I was there once, but then I learned to knit fast and became a FO addict. Mu…st ha…ve fin..ish..ed ……..ob…ject NOW. Oh you want to know the name of this simple little tank. It has a plain name since the translators don’t really care for fanciness in the Rebecca magazines. It is simply called the pale green top # 13 in Issue 12. Um Oh hi! I got distracted over on the Rebecca website looking at the new issue. I started dreaming about cabled shorts. Ok seriously I would not wear them in public. I am not sure if my inner self could take it, but think about sleep shorts. Oooohhhhh… They even have a poncho that is crying out to me. Now that is just wrong. Me? a poncho? Picture, go lie to some skinny model that they would look good in it. Not me. Well I will babble on about Rebecca and the siren call of weird but oddly compelling German knitting fashion on Friday. Um was I seriously scarred by my year in High School in Germany to like their fashion? I came away with a serious love of German techno music. Did it effect my fashion sense? Well I can tell you that I would never knit the cow sweater or cave women dress. (FYI you can still buy the cow sweater mag. I wonder why it is not sold out?) On to happier shinier almost finished items. The tube top is coming along nicely. Isn’t it grand? I have one skein left. I almost want to forget about the other projects and cheat on them and only knit this baby. Well we will see. Just to show how much I am in love I will leave you with two more pics at the end of the post. My monkey sock is coming along nicely. It has caused me to abandon my other socks. Hmmm…. I have not been bitten by the monkey but I do realize that I need to have some interest in my sock patterning or I don’t care about them. Now a message to all you socks and socks to be. Don’t ask to be plain vanilla socks. I will turn up Lime and Violet high enough not to hear you. If you are wondering what color my monkeys are, don’t ask I can’t tell you? (the answer is at the very bottom.) Hello Anonymous commenter. If you are my secret pal, please email me and I will...

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SP 11 Contest #1

1. What is the one knitting accessory you could not live without? I can pick three but one seems hard. I think most likely my stitch markers as a whole would be missed the most if the disappeared. That might be why I have about 2-300 of them in different little containers and I still look for more. 2. If you’re heading on vacation, do you take knitting with you? Yes of course. If so, how much and what type of project? I take all my in progress projects which normally are about 4 and then a small project (ie socks or gloves) and a big project to start. I never want to run out. This was proven to me in March when we went to spend a week caring for my MIL and it turned into a month. I had more than enough projects for that time period. 3. Where have you traveled to that you’d consider your favorite spot? Wales and New Zealand. Since I have been to over 35 countries and most of the states, it is hard to choose. I pick Wales because my fav vacation to England was cruising the canal. I pick New Zealand because there is something about volcanic activity, big trees and woolly sheep. 4. What is your favorite knitting book at the moment? No Sheep for You. Do you own it? Yes 5. Do you listen to podcasts? Yes Which is your favorite(s)? Cast-on, Sticks & String, Socks in the city, Stash & Burn, Knit Picks, Ready Set Knit (which can be dangerous to listen to right on release date because they talk about yarn deals), Creative Mom. I have had others but these are the ones that are still...

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Today is better. The sun is shining. And there is yarn!!

The beautiful flowers outside my front door. It was hard to get up this morning but once I was up. The beauty of the day did it for me. I know what to do and I am motivated to get it done. I also had a surprise outside my front door. I am lucky to live in an area that yarn can sit outside and wait for me to notice it at the right moment. I knew this yarn was coming but it was expected on Monday. I guess it knew I needed a yarn pick me up. Rowan Calmer in Tangerine from Destash! This lovely collection of 8 balls of calmer came to my home for less than the calmer I bought on sale to knit Fifi. Guess what I am going to make with this? If I had another 4 balls I would start on Morrigan. I don’t so I will be making another Fifi and frogging the other fifi. I am off to catch up on all my work I missed yesterday and to pick up churchable from the...

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The Weekend

The view outside my office window late in the evening This has been a melancholy day. My mood matches the weather. It has been a long time since I have allowed this to happen, but right now I am taking a day off. I am allowing things to happen. I am not bothering with stuff unless it is necessary. Is food really necessary? The day started out with a bang literally. I woke up at 5:30 am thinking someone was breaking into my house. Come to find out it was only my shelf of cookbooks with their glass shelf falling to the ground with a resounding bang. Not really my chosen way to wake up on a morning alone. I crawled back into bed and slept until the dogs got annoyed and stated that they needed to use the backyard. I let them out and crawled back into my warmth and phoned a friend – A great friend, an artist and confidant, Care-bear. She talked me out my mood and told me that she talked to her company and she might be able to move back out here that cheered my morning. I can’t wait for her visit in October. We are going to spend time exploring our art together. Maybe we can create somethings together to be placed in her etsy store. I did not do much today. I got up and went walking with my friend Carolyn, who is blogless and computerless. No worries she is a great friend and moral support. I slept, which felt so good. I did not realize that I have been running my sleep battery ragged. I started a new project with the yarn I got last night for free. I read the new Cat Bordhi book. I watched a movie about Beatrix Potter. It was a nice day. It was ok. ?, Duffy. ?, ?, Judy of Magic Caston Fame, and Bobbie Last night I was in Portland for an event. An event put on by Blue Moon Fiber Arts. This event was the big launch for Cat Bordhi’s book on sock architectures. The PDX Bloggers met up early and sat in the front row since we are all such wall flowers. It was a lovely event where we got to spend time talking because traffic had detained many people. We played a game to find unusual items in your knitting bag – the prize was free yarn. I had post-it notes in my bag, which was the first item that was on the list that Tina and the gang had compiled. You still got yarn if it was unusual and not on the list. Kathy from Vast Amount of Spare Time had the most unusual item. Since my camera died as the event started, I will recommend that you look at my fellow bloggers entries. As the event ended, we were informed that the first edition has been sold out and the second printing will not be available until October. Now since I have been Blog Hopping it this week, ya’ll have missed out on my knitting. What have I been doing? It does not feel like much but I have been busily knitting my work project at every possible moment. I feel the looming deadlines. Oh how I hate...

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PDX Blogger Hop – Duffy

We have come to our last installment of PDX blog hop. Duffy from FiberQat is my last victim. I spent a great evening with the lovely ladies of the PDX Bloggers last night at the Cat Bordhi event. There were fun, games, a great talk by Cat and free yarn. Duffy managed to score two skeins of sock yarn. I had the privilege to sit next to Duffy and see the beautiful sock that she is hoping to submit to Interweave Knits. I hope she gets it because I want to knit the beautiful pattern. Duffy also creates beautiful lace. 1) What is your dream job? If not fiber related, how does fiber play apart? Believe it or not, what I do now makes me very satisfied. I handle Medicareclaims for 5 home health agencies. In the job I get to play withspreadsheets, computer programs, and regulations. I have a side of me thatlikes structure and routine so as long as that is satisfied I feel good.Some days I want to get a challenge and I do get them , but for themost part I’m happy with my numbers. It helps a lot to have a work groupand management who really appreciate what I do. As to how it plays a part in my fiber side, for the most part it pays thebills and supports my habit. If it weren’t for Excel, I would have to drawout all my charts by hand or use a specific software. It’s not unusual forme to be spending waiting time with a pencil and piece of paper working outa knitting problem. And during my breaks and lunch I’m getting in myknitting. 2) What most influences your knitting? When I look at a project, I want to have in it something that will challengeme a little or make me think. I like an occasional mindless knittingproject, but I get bored easily so will end up setting it aside forsomething more interesting. As I’ve become more technically skilled, I’vestarted exploring designs and how they would work on a body like mine(pear-shaped short, moderate bust). I’m noting more and more colorcombinations that attract me and looking at how different cultures havehandled shapes and colors of the world around them. I’m a tweaker ofpatterns: if there’s a part in a pattern I don’t like, I’ll try to figureout a way to work around it. For the most part, I’m more likely to take abasic pattern and work it with my own stitch patterns. 3) What is the most interesting thing you have done with a knitting needle? I’ve set them up to use for drying starched parts for lace angels I made oneChristmas. Most parts are flat, but the the bodice is folded gently inhalf. This requires it to be hung over a tube shape, so I used my 14″aluminum straights tucked into some towels on the towel rack to hold thebodice pieces. And also as a lazy kate (needles stuck in a deep cardboardbox.as axles) Edited to add...

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PDX Blogger Hop: Rodger

(I snitched this off Rodger’s flickr account.If there are any complaints, send me another.) Up next in our Blog Hop, we have Rodger from Over Abundance. He works at the yarn shop Abundant Yarn and Dyeworks. He is currently doing secret knitting that he hopes Interweave likes. The only exchange Rodger and I have had was when he asked about My Blue Moon Bling sweater. He told me, “It’s hot!” Rodger does not get to hang out with us PDX bloggers much since he is gainefully employed. Maybe we should drop by work and catch up with him there. I did that one time and he was not there. Oh well another time. 1) What is your dream job? If not fiber related, how does fiber play a part? I already work at a really awesome yarn shop, so I guess my dream job would be to keep working there and also find enough time to seriously design the things I’d like to design 2) What most influences your knitting? Elizabeth Zimmermann’s innovativeness, my own desire for flattering garments for all, and Ooo, the pretty pretty yarn. Oh yes, papa likes his yarn, yes he does. 3) What is the most interesting thing you have done with a knitting needle? Broke into a house I was staying at with some friends. They had forgotten to give me a key, so I used a US 3 circular to pop the screen out of a window so I could climb in, unlock the door, andunload my car. –...

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Secret Pal 11 Questionnaire

What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? I love Bamboo. That said I also crave wools and woody fibers. I absolutely do not like fake fibers. I do not consider wood pulps and such fake. I just can’t stand petroleum based fibers, which considering I am allergic to petroleum based face and body products. It’s no surprise. 2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? I have a circular needle case, dpn case and a crochet hook case from the organized knitter. They were a rather lovely late Christmas / early birthday present from my husband last spring. 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 been knitting since Christmas 1997. So that calculates to almost 10 years. That is kind of a shock for me. I have been crocheting since summer of 1993 (I think, Junior High was a bit fuzzy). I was maybe a beginner for about a day. My first project was a fair isle hat in the round on dpns. I did not know any better, but the book I had said it was a beginner project so I proceeded without hesitation. Since then nothing has scared me, oh ok maybe my first sleeve placement. I stuck with hats, mitts, and gloves for my first 5 years. It took me a little bit longer to get up my nerve to do a sweater and then I started with a vest in the round. I am past the sleeve fear. To me the more complicated the pattern the more fun it is. I have been known to come up with patterns or so modify a pattern that it is no longer the same thing. 4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Yes I do. It has a Smorgasbord of things that I want or desire. Sometimes need but have not made a fully educated guess on. I keep it fairly up to date. 5. What’s your favorite scent? I love scents that would be described as Christmas baking – cinnamon, clove, coffee, cardamom, chai and such wondrous smells. 6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? I have a sweet tooth but my blood does not like my sweet tooth so I limit myself. I try to only have good chocolate in the house since most chocolates contain petroleum products and I get sick really fast. At this current moment, my favorite chocolate bar is Dagoba Chai. I also like some of there other dark chocolates. If you have not tried one for yourself, I recommend buying one for you and trying it and letting me live vicariously through your experience. 7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? Um . . . I went to art school so lots and lots of stuff. I do spin. My spinning fiber looks jealously at the knitting stash and gets its hopes squashed every time I reach in to get the yarn. I thought I would be tempted to pet it and spin it, if it was at the front of the closet but I think part of...

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