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An E for effort on pictures… September 7, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 5:07 pm

Dsc01765Well, I meant to upload a picture of the Guernsey books!  Why won’t the Mac accept the names I change my pictures to?  And why won’t it allow them to remain rotated when I rotate them?  And why don’t I just read the book?

Granny got these two new books in.  I requested the Knitting Lace Triangles book and offered to maybe even teach an advanced knitting class in lace.  That new Cat Bordhi book looks so interesting.  Granny has them both if you are interested.

I only have this sideways picture of the Guernsey books my mom dug up.  From the top left and clockwiseDsc01764_5
Traditional Guernsey and Jersey Knitting, Fishermen’s Sweaters, Knitting from the Netherlands, Cornish Guernseys and Knit Frocks, Knitting Ganseys, Traditional Knitting  of the British Isles.

Well, Typepad won’t let me upload my cruddy sideways picture.  Ugh, there they are!!


Pictureless September 6, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 2:10 pm

Part of that is guilt.  I forgot to take a picture of Owen.  Everyone went back to school today.  It’s usually with mixed emotions–on my part–but I was a bit relieved today.  We put Owen on a new med this week for blood pressure to help with his hyperactivity.  I am not sure if behaviors increased but he did seem calmer.  It was almost eery.  He was also taking a nap every afternoon…poor thing.  Cameron and Grace both seemed glad to be going back and  I had a flat tire.  My dad came over and pumped it up.  Kevin is out of town and somehow life is never dull.  At least I have Kevin’s car.

I haven’t been knitting much.  I did rip the sleeve on St. Brigid and reknit a few rows to find I screwed up again.  I ripped and left it there.  I have been thinking I would like to knit a guernsey.  Need only mention the word to my mother and I have at least 10 books on guernseys.  A picture of the plenitude of books on the subject forthcoming.   


August 17, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 7:31 am

Dsc01734 I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Superior–a new yarn from Filatura di Crosa.  Clara’s review had me pretty excited and actually touching it when the rep came left me champing at the bit. It arrived yesterday.  Almost like it knew that I needed it. 

I left my Addi Lace needles at my mom’s house so I just cast on with the Crystal Palace needle hanging around.  It is so lovely to work with–I am not sure I can give it to Granny as a sample.  I should just give her the money instead.  I highly recommend getting out to your LYS and giving it a grope. 

Sorry for that humongous picture yesterday.  My mom thinks we should attempt to duplicate stitch over it.  I think we will give it a try.  If it looks hideous then I will explore my other options.  My concern with cutting is that it is only a 4 stitch cable.  Will there be enough of an end to run through?  Cara says to swatch it.  I guess I should but I may just rip it back too.  Truly, it would be less than a week to reknit it–if I were to work on it dutifully as I have been doing. 

In the meantime, Superior has diverted my attention and the Neapolitan sock may see it’s finish by Monday.  Gracie and I are going to see Phantom of the Opera tomorrow.  So, I will be having some knitting time on the train.


Oh no!! August 16, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 8:43 am


Cable goes over the cross.  As is is supposed to.  On the far left cross.




Cable goes under the cross…wrong!  That is nearly 75 rows ago.  I may have to use the cutting cable method I saw on Cara’s blog.





I am sorry for the huge picture.  The Dell had it’s final demise and I am using the Mac.  It is hard to believe I learned computing on an Apple.  Heck, I brought a Mac to college but I have been dumbed down by PC’s.  On the Dell, I could edit to my hearts delight and draw on my pictures.  This Mac has me clueless.


I can’t BEE quiet! August 8, 2007

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But I really want to knit this shawl!


Knitters Tea Swap August 7, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 11:28 am

        I signed up for the Knit One, Tea Too swap.  Anyone else care to join?  Remember, when in doubt, pinkies out!!

1. Do you like loose tea or bags, or both – something you want to try? I prefer bags but I occasionally use loose.

2. What is your favorite kind of tea (Brand, flavor, variety, etc)? My favorite brand of tea is PG Tips. I generally like strong black tea. However, I do enjoy Earl Grey and English Breakfast.

3. Favorite color in regards to tea or one you would like to try? (black, green, red, and white) (keeping in mind that this is how this swap is set up). As I said before, black tea is my favorite. White tea is okay too and I have never tried red. Green is so-so.

4. Would you say you were a tea pot kind of person or just a hot water heater kind? Hot water. I would be lost without my electric tea kettle.

5. What tea accessories would you like but have never purchases for yourself? Hmm…I have never really explored accessories. I don’t have any tea cosies.

6. How do you prefer to be pampered? (examples: mani/pedi, bubble bath, yummy treat, etc). I am all for a manicure/pedicure with some dark chocolate.

7. If you were a kind of yarn what would you be and why? 100% wool. I love wool—there is just something so comforting about it.

8. If you had to knit/crochet baby booties, a fun fur scarf, or a fair isle sweater, which would you choose and why? Probably baby booties as they have been on my mental list to do. My mom was an avid fair isle knitter—so I have enough of them to last a lifetime. I tend to like smaller projects as I have 3 children and not all that much time to knit.

9. What other event would make you skip a tea party? (A garden party? A book club meeting? A yoga class? Opening night for a new action thriller? etc?) Hmm…we don’t get out that much. Spending an evening with friends knitting is always preferred. But I suppose I would skip it for a night out with my husband—dinner and/or movie. Or a fun night out with the whole family.

10. What treat would you consider essential at your tea party? (Sweet? Salty? Scones? Those petite pastry trays with a couple of all sorts of things? Little crust less sandwiches?) I love those petite pastry trays but it would be a fate worse than death to have to make them all! And I love scones!

11. When buying yarn for a project how do you choose – do you buy the one called for or do you substitute? Substitute. I like to be different.

12. What do you carry your knitting/crocheting in when on the go? Sadly, a plastic shopping bag. All of my knitting bags seem to have neglected projects in them.

13. Favorite movie to watch while knitting/crocheting? Umm…I am not much of a TV watcher. I do like comedies though.

14. Are you a traditional tea cup kind of person or a mug type of person? Do you care if they match? I am a mug person. Although, I think tea cups are gorgeous. I don’t really care too much if they match.

15. Favorite childhood birthday party? We always had swimming parties in the back yard. My favorite included a piñata.

16. Favorite type of scone and jam? Regular raisin scone with a bit of strawberry jam.

17. If you use candles, what is your favorite scent? Kids and cat=no candles. We would definitely have a fire.

           18. If you could choose 3 people to have ‘tea’ with, who would they be and why? (famous or not, living                       or dead). Tough question…I think I would invite my friends from England.  We lived there for two                 years and it would be lovely to have tea with them–and not kids tea. 

19. You’ve been invited to a tea party, what ‘props’ will you wear (formal or casual)? A hand knitted shawl.

20. Any allergies/preferences you have or are willing to admit to? No. I am fairly agreeable.

  1. Anything we missed that you want your pal to know? Nope.


And the invite goes to… July 18, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 6:25 pm

La of the JenLa.  Thanks to the commenters and emailers.  There is a new feature that allows you to check your place on Ravelry’s list.  I hope to see you all there soon.

Knitting content to come.  Inspired by Harry Potter insanity, I cast on for a Weasley sweater for Owen.  I don’t think I have enough yarn so I have my friend in France on the job.  How does one say sport weight or DK in French?  Is there a specific term they use?