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Tips and Tricks…

Tips and Tricks...

See the winder up on the bookcase? Want to wind your yarn, all at once, or maybe two passes? Don’t want to fiddle with it? Lay it out all over the house first.

What i do is hang the opened hank around my neck and start unwinding it and laying it on the floor, over laundry baskets, beds, etc. Oh, and make sure you do not overlap the strands as you’re doing so. Make sure you have a clear path from your laid out yarn and the winder. my apartment has all wood trim around the doorways and it’s pretty old, so I need to make sure that my yarn will not snag on it. if your place is snag-less around the thresholds, then go at it! I love watching the yarn get swept up super fast, though sometimes that can be a problem. You’ll get into the groove after a few times.

Wind ‘er up, baby!

Important Note:

Remember do not do this when the boy is present in the house….


Wow… tried out this reblogging feature for the first time and didn’t get the whole post in this blog post… so what to do?   Also, tried to reblog a second time to my other blog and it’s not working at all.

I guess first order of business is to go and read up on this feature to see exactly what it’s supposed to do and what it’s for because the first few lines won’t do.

Colors of the Dragon

Not Eww.  Ewe.  Get it?  I just love it~!  I don’t know what else to say.  All About Ewe is a yarn, no, FiBER shop that just opened up in Clark, NJ.  I just love, love, LOVE this store.  Yeah, I’m biased, but that’s only because I happen to know the owner.  Still, I’ve heard other people say that they feel very comfortable when they are there.  People whom I don’t know and also people I know that don’t know Lisa.  

The first thing you notice when you walk in is the yarn… duh!  No, but really, you do.  Second is that it’s bright and cheerful, decorated with, well, sheep.  If you did happen to not notice the yarn, the sheep speckled throughout the store will definitely give you the hint:  WooL.  Another bright store that I’m thinking about is very large and spacious and after you find…

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Beautiful Disaster

Please raise your hand if you totally suck at working a pattern.  Nobody?  ME… I’m the doof!

While I have finished my girlfriend’s wedding shawl (((original post here))), THE wedding shawl, it’s totally too BIG.  Ugh.  I had an awesome time working on it and maybe that’s what I should be focusing on, but after I gave it a soak and got it on the blocking mat, seems that it’s roughly TWICE the height she wanted.  So, I’m hoping that just blocking for the points on the end will be enough.  It’s laid flat with the ceiling fan going, so I should know by tonight whether it will be a bust or not.  I’m totally not ripping it back a repeat.  If I do that, I’d have to redo the edging, assuming I rip back to the right row.

Sorry about the really unnatural looking pic, but I wanted to make the stitches stand out.  Actually, I’m really please with how it came out…. but it’s just really big…. and I could not pull on it hard enough to make really nice points.  Want to see a thing of beauty?  You can’t see the silver in this, but the yarn is Kraemer’s Sterling Silk and Silver, in Tuxedo colorway, which is really a nice black.  This is real sterling silver inter woven into the yarn.  Unfortunately, because of having problems sourcing the silver for this yarn, Kraemer’s has changed it a bit.  I heard that now they are using artificial metallic fibers for the silver part, but on the up side, the new yarn, itself is supposed to be softer feeling.

It’s settled.  I’m going to HAVE to make another one for me.  Maybe next year.  I’ve got so many projects waiting in the wings… BUT if a wedding pops up in the next couple of years, this will be my shawl.

Okay, I guess that’s enough.  I feel better now…. just hoping Paula still likes it.  If she totally hates it, I get to keep it… weeeeee~!

Wedding Nightsongs (Gail)

I am making this shawl for Paula's wedding in December 2011

A good friend of mine is getting married December of 2011.  Being a knitter, the first thing I thought about was, “OH.  I can make her a shawl or something.”  Well, she picked out Gail (aka Nightsongs), a beautiful, yet free pattern that she happened to pick out.  Though I love lace, I do have a hard time connecting to knitting charts which most lace knitting patterns are written as.  As luck would have it somebody actually created something called an “UNchart” which is sort of a part written and part charted pattern.  It was love at first sight!

So, the yarn that Paula pick out is Sterling Silk and Silver by Kraemer Yarns in Tuxedo colorway (black).  63% Superwash Merino, 20% Silk, 15% Nylon, 2% Silver ~3.5 oz./ 100 Grams, approximately 420 Yards.  This stuff is lovely.   Real sterling silver threads run all through this stuff.  Recently, Kraemer’s was forced to give up getting real silver threading because it’s getting harder and harder to get, so now they have some other fake material substituting for the silver…. SO, I am making this shawl, with one of the last skeins available with the sterling silver inside.  Nice gift, eh!

I had completed the majority of the shawl when it got really hot this summer.  Of course, I totally abandoned the project knowing I had plenty of time.  About a week ago, I picked it back up and as of tonight, I’m up to the last 19 knitted rows for the edging.  My eyes were giving me some problems at about 11pm, so I stopped for tonight and will resume tomorrow… I can’t wait to get this thing done, but I’m loving it and watching the leaves develop and I’m really looking forward to blocking this baby using my relatively new blocking wires.  This will be the first project I’m using them for and excited…. Well, as excited as you can get, considering.

Yeah, I was pretty boring tonight, but I did want to document this shawl in some way and have been meaning to do it…. PLUS this will be the first post on my knitting blog in a LONG time, so it really was begging to be done.

Now for something really important.  I have a wedding to go to at the end of March 2012 and I’m considering asking Paula if I could borrow her shawl… hee hee.  We’ll see…. I have no idea what I’m wearing for that yet, but I do know that I don’t have any elegant piece like this to speak of in my wardrobe.  After completing this one, I’ve got some serious Christmas knitting to start, so I can’t even whip out another shawl right now.

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. ~1 Corinthians 13:2

Oh well, searching for this quote has pushed me past 12 midnight and so I’ve lost the post a day challenge.  That’s okay, though, because I have love.

Potty Head

elmopottytimeFirst thing I want to say is that I am posting this on both my blogs. Readers of DragonKnits, please be patient. I am including it there for the reason that there is Ravelry info on it. I know, I’m too lazy to pen a separate post. I probably could, and maybe will keep that in mind, but I have no idea if I will have the time to do that later.

My sincere apologies for not coming out of the closet sooner… so to speak. It’s kind of hard to concentrate with “Elmo’s Potty Time” echoing in my head all day long… but I’m desperate! There have been several times I had ideas and inspiration to write, but just as fast as they surface, they fade out during my day. I most certainly have that I’ve heard termed as “Mom’s Memory”. If you say it doesn’t exist, well, it doesn’t… the memory, that is.

Oh, before I forget. Ravelry is a community in beta stage right now; which means that you need an invitation to join. More and more invitations are being sent out weekly, the fastest yet. Jess and Casey, the owners of Ravelry, are putting together an Open House tentatively set for January. This will be a period of time when anyone will be able to access the site, with limited capabilities. I am thinking that it will be for more than just one day, but I do not know the details yet. I will be sure to post details as they come through.

As you might know, part of the reason that I am late getting back to blogging here is my involvement with Ravelry, a community of knitters. I should really say “Fiber Artists”, as there are people there from all walks of the fiber world: Knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers, dyers, people raising the fiber animals, LYS people (Local Yarn Store). We all come from different walks of life, yet we have a bond. There are hundreds of groups on this community and I belong to something like 80 (+ or -).

As a matter of fact, I belong to several forums online. Well, I’ve gotten in trouble on one of them. Not really a big thing, but it’s gotten me thinking and I do not think that I should air them there… so I’ll air them here. It’s risky business as it’s a controversial subject. As such, I just can’t seem to put together a decent post; and is taking me longer than usual to write. Even with this additional time, I can’t guarantee that it will be agreeable to everyone, but that is to be expected. I just don’t want to get into a heated debate about it. I just want to air my views, and will be willing to discuss them, but I don’t want to argue. This is why I hesitate. What I am going to do is complete my writing, then decide if I still want to take the plunge and publish. I feel that I have the benefit of both perspectives of this topic, but others do not agree. Therein lies the possible storm. Maybe they are right; but on the other side, I believe that they have limited perspective, while I have the benefit of both- at different times in my life. They do not agree.

So I will do my best to be objective, yet get my opinions out, too. This could prove to be a confusing post to read, but this is why I am taking my time about it. Okay, that’s enough for now. Sorry to be so mysterious, but if I even mention it, I might just explode into sharing more than I really want to right now.

Have a great day!

Fall 2007

Hi everybody. Well, it’s finally starting to look like fall. Sorry, about not posting all summer, but I needed a break. This is my first time back. I’m really happy about fall, my favorite time of year. Summer is nice, but if I’m not at the beach, it reeks. Oh, I do love to garden and I do love summer activities. What kills me is the heat and/or humidity. Ah, I can finally put that behind me and start thinking about reinstalling my hot chocolate recipe of the week. I’ve already had some this year and introduced my little one it. Now all he wants is hot chocolate… that’s my boy!

I have been busy and will be forthcoming on what I’ve been doing this summer, knitwise, and will be posting some of my WIP’s and FO’s. See, I’ve learned new language while I was away. WIP: “Work In Progress” and FO: “Finished Object”. I do most of my learning at Ravelry. If you haven’t noticed, I’ve added their button to the blogroll and sidebar, though the sidebar one links to my flickr site. At present, I’m trying to figure out how to have the button, itself, link to Ravelry; but so far it’s a no go. If you click on it, you will be transported to my flickr page. In the mean time, have you gotten your invitation yet? I know that I said that I was not going to talk about it, but it’s been going on too long now. Jess and Casey have been doing really great work over there getting the site working. It’s totally amazing, but again, I refrain from the details for the benefit of those who are still waiting to get on. Of course, if you wish that I would expand on the site, I certainly will… but you’ve got to let me know; and the easiest way to do that is to leave a comment.

My brother’s wife gave birth to a daughter September 19, 2007. Katelyn Theresa, 5 lbs. 7 oz. WOW!

Ever since I found out about the pregnancy, I was furiously crocheting a blanket for her. Then I found out they have a froggie theme and had plenty of time to modify the blanket to include a knitted center square with a froggie on it.Crocheted/Knitted blanket The center panel was DK’d to get a front side on both sides to compliment the crocheted squares. I am so happy that I chose this green, too. It’s more froggie than baby green, ya know? I am also very happy that I finished it time for the shower. I can really get into granny square blankets. My grandmother used to make them and I have one blanket from her that was made with scrap yarn. My uncle is going to give me a blue one she made years ago, and I even remember her making it. I remember the loving way she laid the squares out on the bed, arranging them in just the way.
Green Jacket/Hat/Bootie Set We visited Katelyn about a month ago and I rushed to complete a crocheted jacket, hat, and bootie set, made with left over yarn from the blanket. I even made the buttons, myself. I don’t have a picture yet of her wearing it. I love Caron Simply Soft yarn, so soft! Erin, my SIL , loved the outfit, so that made all the work and “rush, rush” of it, all worth it.

Well, I’ve got to get going, so will leave you with these few glimpses of what I’ve been doing.

Hope ya’ll come back now, hear?

Happy Summer!


Hi guys.

(My poor baby’s got a stye or something in his eye for the past few days.  Looks like we’ll have to get him back to the doctor’s today)

I just wanted to let my readers know that I’m still alive and at WP.  I’ve been preoccupied lately with a new knitting community site called “Ravelry”.  It is SO extensive that I just can’t believe it.  I find myself spending all of my spare time there just exploring the place and I even have put my actual knitting aside to do it.

I vowed not to write about Ravelry, even on my knitting blog, because it’s still in beta stage and people can only get on by invitation only.  While waiting for mine, it was my experience that I got very frustrated listening to all the bloggers out here rave about the site and I was still waiting.  I just didn’t want to create that situation for anyone else.

That said, if anyone is interested to see you can find Ravelry here.   They are sending out over 1200 invites a week, so I am guessing that anyone signing up now will have less of a wait than I had when they were sending out 200 invites a week.  They also now have plenty of sneak peek screens and a place to go to check your status on the invitation list… which I didn’t have!  I am posting this to both my blogs, so main blog readers please be patient with the knitting talk.  Thanks!

That said… a quick personal update.  I just want to thank Justin for his last comment and sorry that I didn’t get back to you.  I will stop by to say “Hi” shortly.   So far, our summer has sort of been uneventful.  We are planning a two week trip in October to California.  Plans still kind of hazy because of a personal development…. or sort of development… or maybe it will be a development in the future.  DH is planning on putting in an application for a new job, out of state, in New Hampshire.  Things are not going so well at L’Oreal because it appears that they are firing personnel who have 20+ years association with them.  New top-dog management is reputed to be a “shaker”… or something like that, and he’s been swinging the ax.  Seems to me, however, that they are just looking for quick ways to cut the budget as they are not addressing the problems with the actual production.  They let situations continue to exist that affect successful production of their products, resulting in many batches that are no good and need to be disposed of, wasting plenty of production time and effort.  Their quick fix is to get rid of loyal, dedicated personnel with, of course, lots of vacation time and benefits allocated to long time employees.  Oh geez, this is turning into a rant, isn’t it!  Okay, getting to the quick, we just might move out of state.

I’ve had another successful apheresis donation, but only did a double as I had a slight temp and the nurses did not want to aggravate it, or cause me undue discomfort.  I must say that this process “does” have a slight overall affect on the body, and definitely by the next day, you are fine.   The time before this, I was rejected because of a temperature and elevated blood pressure, which I believe was due to the stress of driving to the hospital which is not close to me.  Ah, this makes me wonder about the 6 hour drive next month to New Hampshire for our visit with our family…. which is how this application thing came up in the first place.

I haven’t had much inspiration to write lately, but there is one that is welling up inside me.  I don’t want to say anything about it as I don’t have any information… and so, I need to do some research.  It was a news item I saw on the TV of a pizza place while we had our dinner about a week ago… and I was enraged, aggrieved and shocked, though I should not have been because it’s not the first time something like this has happened.

Well, hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

Immaterially Speaking of the Material

Wow, I had to add a category for this post, “Friendship”. Funny, I have not written about friendship. Maybe that is because I don’t really have many friends around here. Mostly acquaintances, people from church, etc.; but nobody that I can just hang out with, well, except my sister but she is also very busy and can’t just pick up and hang out at a moment’s (or two) notice. This post is really about something that I was making for Grace, of The 13 Graces… and it’s STILL not done yet. Ha… maybe that is why I have no friends! Sigh. I wanted it to be a surprise, so I was all secretive about what it was going to be. Trellis Triangle ShawlThis is the Trellis Triangle Shawl on the Lion Brand site. After I did finish, something was obviously very, very wrong with it. I think I figured out what it was and will correct it, but I realize that I did read the pattern correctly and maybe there is a mistake in the pattern. I checked the site under “corrections” and did not find any for this pattern. I’ll write them about it so they can make a correction to the pattern, OR tell me what I did wrong. It could be that I knitted this thing “too” loosely, but doing that was written in the instructions; it simply has no body to it. I had the Drake hold it up exactly as the model is in the picture and it was too thin in the back, maybe stretching out too far. In any case, I will frog it and redo it.Grace, I’m so sorry and embarrassed that you still do not have this shawl in your hands. This is SUCH and easy thing to do… while it’s easy, I did learn new things while doing it, so it was a great learning experience for me, knitting-wise and I am grateful that you inspired me to it. The main reason for writing this post is to tell you that and to tell you that I think I understand when you say that not having it does not matter to you; but that it is the thought that counts… agh, to put that in my own words. Of course I know that the thought counts, but sometimes intention is simply not enough to warrant such kind words. I guess that is what “Grace” really is. You receive it without deserving it.

It’s coming time again for me to pick out another cell phone as every two years I am eligible for it through VerizonWireless. I still really love LG’s Cherry Chocolate…. and it’s FREE…. whoopie! Until, the Drake started talking about the iPhone… yes, the IPHONE! Here is another clear view . Sigh… I simply cannot justify that expense in my head, though I would LOVE owning the iPhone, potential bugs and all! I don’t even have a job, let alone one that I would need that for. Then he started talking about the Blackberry Curve 8830 that is coming out in a couple of days.

I did some research and found out that with my plan, it could cost us as low as $100.00 to purchase the Blackberry Curve, but will require an added subscription of around $44./month. “He wants his wife to be on the cutting edge”; that and he wants me to be happy with my next phone and he knows what a big electronics groupie I am. I should just give in to him, right? LOL… Today I told him that what it comes down to is that I would not want to get a sophisticated phone like that and be limited with what I can do with it. That would, in turn, entail that we spend extra money each month, instead of just one time. Oh, I am SO getting off the track here, but I’ll try to fix it later.

In the interest of delaying the phone story a bit, I will cut in here to keep a hold of my train of thought. Drake is totally prepared to spend as much $$$$ for some sort of smart phone for his stay at home wife… who, btw, hardly gets any calls from anybody! The only thing holding him back, ironically, is me. To bring me back to what Grace had said, I just totally love that he wants to do this for me. I really appreciate it, just as though he had already done it, even if it comes down to me talking him out of it. The whole effect is that in my mind, I live with a deed already done, though not done. Is this the same, Grace? Get it? If not, ask questions and I’ll try to further clarify it.

Okay, back to new phone details. We are still debating what to do, but if we do this, it will not just be for my own convenience. Drake wants to take us to the “next step”. It might just pay to look into wireless broadband access. This way a smart phone can get unlimited internet access, just like a computer, our computer at home gets wireless access and it’s a laptop so we’d be able to take it anywhere and have web access, and we’d be able to get rid of our land line and DSL for good, which would help offset the cost of doing all this. Of course, Drake will finally have to break down and get a cell phone for himself, which would mean another line added, which adds cost. How does this sound?

Did you know that accessing a browser through your average cell phone will not let you on to just any page on the net? The sites are “pre-determined” by Verizon. I would not have access to my own google account, let alone my blog. Access is severely limited to what VERIZON wants you to view. There are only two email services that you can access and aol is one and I forgot the other. When I heard that, my scales bristled, big time. This really rubs me the wrong way and I want to spit. If you get a blackberry or smart phone, it’s like a little pc and you have access anywhere. In all this, keep in mind that the Cherry Chocolate VX8500 is FREE! iPhone is definitely out of the question as I would want the more expensive one with 8GB and probably speakers. I wonder if it will dock into speakers that the iPod can dock into.

Finally getting back to Grace’s shawl. Grace, I do want to let you know that as (obviously) you are not in the dark about this any longer, I will post my progression, sometimes with pictures, if they show dramatic progress. Sorry, but I’m too much of a perfectionist to send you what I have, as is. Hope everything is going well for you and know that I am thinking of you.

Knitted Easter Tie

Easter Tie and Pin 2007

Got the idea to knit a tie for my son late, Thursday. I started it after he went to bed, then by the next day, I realized that it was too thick for him! This is a thickness of an adult tie, as you can see by the knot. Oh well. I wasn’t going to rip it out because I had so much of it done by then. It also had a point at the bottom, but I got it wrong and the stitches were not uniform. The result was that the point was not in the middle of the piece; so I just folded it under and sewed it back. As a note, I am not giving up. I will be making him more ties (in advance) for occasions and holidays. Knitting them makes a ton of sense because I can’t bring myself to buy one for him at this age when everything gets small so fast.

If you can see, the bunny on the tie was sent to Gabe from his Aunt Rene for Easter. You might not be able to see it too well, but in person you can because it’s raised up off the surface.  It was crocheted.  So simple, yet so cute and realistic looking!

Gabe won 7 eggs at his first egg hunt… his proud mama was “egging” him on the whole time. We had a great time even though it was so cold yesterday, especially out on the Island.

Still working on my blankets and devoting a little more time, currently, to the Log Cabin one as I have a little more than half the squares necessary for the Granny Square one, and only a few strips done for the LCB.

That’s enough for today, but just want to say that this is the first post that I was able to do, simultaneously, for both blogs, which is part of the reason I am keeping it short. I want the knitting blog to be focused on yarn stuff.

Knitta Please…. PLEASE!

Stop the presses!

Have you heard about this group? It could just be that I am finding out about this much after the fact, which is just my style; but I have a news story and some links to share with you.

First heard about this on David Reidy’s podcast and blog, Sticks and String. The podcast is free and available at itunes. You probably know that David is Australian and knits. I have been behind on my podcasts because of trouble with itunes, but finally getting caught up. Tonight I learned about a team of knitting taggers who call themselves “Knittaplease” and place knitted tags around various cities. They have a site at Flickr and a myspace web site. I simply MUST find out more about this group. Here is an article written by the Houston Press about them, called, “Knitta Please!”

This is so amazing and I want to join… or maybe just start doing it here locally. I love this idea…. Knitted Activism!

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