Sunday, September 30, 2007

Not Enough Time to Do All the Things You Want

Answers to a Few Questions
There just aren't enough hours in the day to do everything I want. Yesterday at the store I taught several classes and shared lunch with Tonya and Carol at Kelties (wonderful food!). Throughout the day there were several questions thrown my way that I didn't process fully at the time. So here are my answers:
  1. Tonia: Here is a link to a felted water bottle: http://musesusan.deviantart.com/art/Felt-Water-Bottle-Holder-64808134
  2. Carol: Pick up in the ditch AND the bar along the sleeves to get the correct number of stitches.
  3. Molli: Here are some crochet holiday books:
  • Country Christmas Crochet by Laura Scott
  • Crocheted Christmas Ornament Covers by Susan Allen
  • There are a smattering of other booklets that are based on snowflakes, stockings, etc.
TV Reviews
As mentioned earlier, I am a TV junkie. As we are rounding out the end of premiere week, I thought I'd offer up my assessment.
  • Returning Shows: Overall not bad. I stick to my old standards (CSI; Law & Order SVU; Grey's; etc). I do have to say that I thought, as did Patrick, that CSI writers took the easy way out by having Sarah survive. I also think that her relationship with Grissom hurts the character development of the show. Fans love Grissom because of his dark and unusual nature. Having the relationship with Sarah is just bothersome and gets in the way. (Not to mention that the writers basically repurposed Nick's story of being kidnapped.)
  • Non-Returning Shows (yet): Although I love having mid-season shows when I'm in the midst of re-run hell, I really, really wish that The New Adventures of Old Christine was on NOW. Come on people, The Big Bang Theory? It's awful. Put on your great shows. (And you actually cancelled The Class in favor of BBT? Wow. Bad move.) I need my Julia--she's so funny!
  • New Shows to Watch: I've been very pleasantly surprised this year. Last year was such a bum year that this year's crop really stands out. My favorite: Chuck. Yes, the premise of the show sounds ridiculous, but just go with it. I was crying from laughing so hard at the Nerd Herd lines. I also enjoyed Big Shots, Moonlight, Private Practice, and Dirty, Sexy, Money. I had not heard great things about Big Shots, so I was skeptical. The bad review I read was written by a man and this is a chick show (in my opinion). Lots of eye candy and very much a soap opera type show. I can easily see why men might not enjoy it. I really liked it (I was also a fan of The Practice and Alias, so I'm excited to see Michael and Dylan back on the small screen.) Moonlight (despite my distaste for vampire stories) was pretty good for Friday night TV. Private Practice was so much better than the spin-off episode last year. Dirty, Sexy, Money was very enjoyable as well.
  • New Shows to Skip: The Big Bang Theory and Journeyman were both awful. I was trying to reserve judgement on Journeyman, but the more I think of it, the more I dislike it. If you want this type of storyline done well, watch The Dead Zone.

Knitting, Knitting, Knitting

Today I've done some finishing and fixing of things. Not my favorite way to start my day, but it's done. My big knitting goal today is to prep for my Intarsia class. The handout is ready, but I need to chart something up and knit it. My secondary knitting goal is to keep working on Einstein. I have the bottom "skirt" part of the coat complete, the front right side, and I'm working on the back now. I'd love to have the back and left front done by next Saturday when class starts. That will just leave my sleeves, which I think will go fast. I feel like I've been knitting on the coat forever, but it has only been three weeks. I think I've spoiled myself with getting projects done each week. I did finish up my beaded shawl this week and will post a picture later this week.


I did add several classes for Nov-March. I still need to update the class schedule on the store site, but it feels good to have them scheduled. I am offering Beginning Knitting each month, added a few Lucy Bag sessions, and another Top-Down Sweater class.



I'm off to chart and maybe shop a little bit today. (We'll see if I actually make it out of the comfort of the bed and my yarn!)

Saturday, September 22, 2007

A Good Knitting Day

I had so much fun today. I taught the One Skein Wonder class this morning to my friend Carol. We had such a good time catching up with each other, knitting, and (yes) gossiping a bit. It was nice of her to drive up from Cincy this weekend and next to take a class.

As we were in class, Lisa and Briana started putting Aurora 8 by Karabella into clearance. Aurora 8 is my favorite yarn. It feels so nice to work with and needs up beautifully. I ended up grabbing up a very nice fall color variegation. Carol fell in love with some nice Rose colored Aurora. I'm still thinking over the...RED!!! I know that you are all in shock. I have so much red already, but I love it. There is tons of Aurora in clearance now and lots of it has enough to make sweaters. I'm sure it will go fast, so you'll need to get in soon.

After lunch I taught a beginning knitting class. It went very well. All of the students were knitting away by the end of the two hours (good job Amy, Ardella, and Cameron). It was such a nice group of people to have around today. I feel relaxed and happy. Now, on to knitting more on my Einstein Coat. I might even let myself start my Tess wrap...(minus the extreme knitting needles)

Friday, September 21, 2007

Read for the Record



Yesterday I volunteered as part of Pearson for the Read for the Record program. We went to the Indianapolis Children's Museum. We read the story of Ferdinand to the kids and helped them make paper popsicle puppets. It was a lot of fun. Each team had a person dressed up as someone from the book. Everybody got a real kick out of me walking the cow up the ramp.


In the realm of knitting: I've been knitting, knitting, knitting on my Einstein (Not So Warm) coat. The class starts on 10/6, so I want to have at least the bottom portion done by then so that students can see it. I'm also only 10 rows away from having the beaded shawl done. On the home stretch. I'm going to work on my Tess wrap when I get the shawl completed.

We received a new shipment from Universal yesterday and I'm debating about buying the charcoal color to make another top down pullover. It's really a nice color and the yardage per ball is excellent. I'll have to sleep on it.

I was also very excited to see that Berroco has started putting a Crochet gauge on some of the yarn labels. That will be very good for the crocheters who have to constantly convert gauge from the knitting info on the labels. Such a great idea! I hope that more companies start this practice.

Well, back to the Einstein coat. I'm a complete TV junkie while I knit, so I can't wait for previews next week!!!!!

Happy Knitting!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Ugh, Just Ugh

So I woke up at 3:30 am with what has to be food poisoning. On top of that, I have some type of infected pore on my eye that really hurts (currently it isn't very visible, but it's there). Ugh. I know many people have it much worse, but I'm throwing my own pity party right now. I hate feeling crappy.

I will keep going (albeit from home today) and edit my current book today. It is a very interesting little thing and will be a huge success, I'm sure. (I'll blog on it at a later date when the book has released to the public.)

If anybody out there is actually reading this, I'm curious to know if you have a suggestion where to purchase blocking wires for lace knitting. I need to block my beaded shawlette pretty soon and don't have blocking wires. I found some on Knit Picks, but don't know if those are pretty standard ones.

Here's a funny little picture of Kennedy that I look at when I need to brighten my Ugh days.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Knitting Increase K1FB or KFB

A lot of the classes I've been teaching recently call for the knitter to knit into the front and back of a stitch to increase the stitch count from 1 to 2. Here is a quick tutorial for the students in those classes in case you need a reference. (This is often a critical increase in top-down sweaters as well.)

First insert your needle into the stitch knit wise and pull the stitch through like a normal knit stitch, but do NOT drop the old stitch off of the left needle.

Then insert the tip of the right needle into the back of the stitch that is still on your left needle. Wrap the yarn around the right needle like a knit stitch and pull the yarn through the stitch. NOW, drop the stitch off of the left hand needle. You now have two stitches out of one.




Saturday, September 8, 2007

Why Can't I Sleep!?!

Before going to sleep last night I said, "I need to be up at 8:15." At 6:30 I was awake. I don't know why that happens to me. I have a morning where I can sleep in and, boom, I'm wide awake. I laid here thinking about random things until 7 and then gave up. I started searching the web for things that had grabbed my interest at some point during the week.

I check out the MSNBC site at least once or twice a day (I stopped watching the nightly news when Bush won a second term. The dogs couldn't take my yelling at the TV any longer, so I limited myself to online news!) Anyway, I've found that I much prefer it because I get the big news stories (that you see in the 30 minute nightly news), but you also get more world news and can pick and choose topics that are more pertinent to you. If the online news sites would have been this big when I came out of journalism school, my life would have taken a completely different direction. At the time, I didn't want to work on a daily newspaper or in broadcast. I think online would have been a much better fit for more. But, alas, I wouldn't have gone into publishing and met Patrick and all of my wonderful friends.

I don't go on about MSNBC for all of those reasons though. I actually brought it up because of this interesting knitting article (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20630522/site/newsweek/). It is actually a book review of sorts. Interesting stuff about how knitting is big with teens and younger women now as a way to individualize and slow down their lives. Makes sense to me. I've found that women of all ages who come to the shop are looking for time for themselves. They get to relax and release all the creativity that they have.

Okay, enough randomness from me to start off the day. This post is pretty representative of how all over the map my brain is today. Hopefully, I can focus in to make sense when I am teaching today!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Binding Off

Binding off a project is a piece of cake compared to casting on! Simply work two stitches in the established pattern. After you have the two stitches on the right needle, insert the left needle into the first stitch on the far right. Lift up this stitch up and over the second stitch.


Drop the stitch that you have lifted completely off of the right needle. You now have only one stitch on the right needle. Work another stitch in pattern and then repeat the lifting and dropping off instructions. Keep doing this until you are down to one stitch. When you have one stitch left, cut the yarn leaving a six inch tail and pull the tail through the last stitch.



A fully bound off row.










Junior League Holiday Mart 2007

Last night Tonia and I were admiring my Kerby Kat bag that I bought at Junior Mart last year. Curiosity got the best of me and I went in search of info for this year's show. Here's the link:

http://64.143.172.83/holidaymart.htm

Calling on Sarah, Lori, Kristy, and Tonia to mark your calendars!!!!! (I have to teach in the afternoon on Saturday, but the morning is open and so is Sunday.)

If you want a great bag, Kerby Kat is owned by a local Indy designer and she has wonderful bags (http://www.kerbykatdesigns.com/home/index.html).

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Recent Knitting

I used up most of the Labor Day weekend knitting on the beaded shawl. It looks great, but it is a challenge. I really like working with the beads. I'm hoping when I block it that the lace pattern really pops and the sizing grows a great deal.It is knitted using Koigu and I am offering it as a seminar class in October. I picked up some Claudia Handpainted yarn in a nice varigated that I think will be beautiful as well.

I also finished knitting up my Lucy bag. I am leaving it unfelted until my class is over so that students can look at the stitches and see the size variance that happens with felting. Riley decided to help me model it. I told him to sit and he curled right up in the bag!



Slip Knot

To form a Slip Knot loop the yarn like you are going to tie your shoe. Insert the needle behind the string that falls down the center. Pull the tail and yarn going to your yarn ball taunt. You have now made a Slip Knot and, thus, the first stitch in your knitting.





Purl Stitch

To complete the Purl stitch, hold the yarn in front. Insert the needle in the right side of the stitch (instead of the left like the Knit stitch).


Wrap the yarn around the needle and then...

Push the new stitch through the back of the stitch on your left needle and push the stitch off of your left needle. Tada! A Purl Stitch.