Sunday, March 20, 2011

PIctures are Here

Spent the day stitching in the Park. What a BEATIFUL day to be with dear knitting and stitching friends in the park. I shared my finished Waterfall Shawl and everyone gave the appropriate oohs and aahs. Life is good! Here are pictures.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Moving on....

As I continue to mourn for my monkey socks, I am struck by the idea of what to do with the little shriveled socks now? Wait to give them to a child? throw them away? turn them into something? On the other hand, I have already re-ordered two skeins of the same yarn to remake them. As I move on from this tragedy, I do have some good news. I have finished my Waterfall shawl for my mother's birthday. It is blocking in the other room. I hope to have one of the girls model it tomorrow for pictures and will post them. Woo Hoo

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sad News

I write today with a heavy heart and to remember a dear friend. Although we weren't friends for long, the time we spent together was filled with warmth and lightened spirits. This friend brought me hours of pleasure, weeks full of comfort, and months worth of pride. Today, I say good-bye to my monkey socks. It was a tragic accident that took you from me far too soon. My loving and devoted husband although attempting to be helpful and kind to me, was heartless and tortured my devoted socks as they ran through the washer and then.....gasp.........*wimper*.............the dryer. They felted and shriveled and shrunk. I say good-bye to my third pair of knit socks, but the first pair I made for me. Rest in Peace dear friend..... boo hoo

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A story worthy of the Knit More Girls - When knitting Attacks

No picture please! It's tough to cope when your beloved knitting attacks you. This was an all out vicious attack on me by my knitting. The knitted object under arrest? The Waterfall shawl from the book Nature's Wrapture. The very book the KnitGirllls previewed an episode or two ago. I finished it, completely, and that is wear the story begins. I sat down at work yesterday to read the pattern and determine when the best time to unravel the edge would be, before or after the blocking. OMG, did I read that right? I wasn't supposed to bind off ALL the stitches. #$@*, ok, so I undo all the bound of stitches. Did I mention that I'd already woven in the ends? %%^$ *&%$#@. Ok. I can do this....(Did the thought that I shouldn't start this while at lunch at work, or I should wait until I get home, enter my mind at all?) So I carefully Undo the bind off (all the way) Re worked the bind off saving the last few stitches to be dropped as instructed. I think this will be easy. So everything is going swimmingly until I get about 1/3 of the way down the scarf and a knot happens. I'm thinking...why is there a knot? Duh! I wove in all the ends, so while untangling knots I actually UNDID a knot that was a joined thread....need I say more? OK....I will....OOPS lunch is over, and back into the bag. When I got tangled mess had completely unraveled to the 1/2 way point and into the stitches that were NOT supposed to be unraveled. It was completely unrecognizable. And nothing to do but undo it all and rip all the way back to the mess and then try and find out what row and where to pick up the stitches. The story ends fairly well....I have the yarn re-skeined and the shawl back on the needles...all that's left to do (beside re-knit the whole darn thing) is to TINK back to a recognizable row and continue on from there. UGH!