Neecie's Knits

My burning need for yet more sock yarn

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Clapotis!!!!

OK. After my clapotis marathon on Saturday, which ended @ 2:30 Sunday morning. We have 1 completed clapper!!!! Yeah! After the problems i had with this darn thing, i had real doubts as to whether it would get finished..I muffed up on one of my repeats, so i had to tweak one of the drop rows so that it would work...had to rip back 8 rows tofix the mistake, though. Then, I had to do more tweaking when i realized that i wasn't going to get the 12 repeats of the straight rows done. Ended up figuring I could do 10 repeats & still have enough of the last skein...yeah, i had 2 feet of yarn leftover when i finished! Man, was i sweating that last ball...to the bitter end. If i had gotten to the end of the ball & found out i was going to have to rip back to the start of it, i think i would have had to put it down for a good long time...after crying. Luckily that didn't happen. Anyway, here's a picture of the FO...the color sucks, but i'll try again in the daylight...if we ever get any. The Puget Sound is finally getting its winter weather (clouds & rain).
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So, before i had even finished the first one, i ordered more Lion & Lamb for Clapotis #2! Here is what i've done so far...the color is Iris Garden & again, it's not showing up very well. I'll try again.
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Anyway, i'm not sure if this is going to remain a clapotis. the colors are gorgeous...pink, purple & a lighter pink, almost salmony color. BUT, my fear is that it's going to look too Easter egg-ish. i'm going to work it through the first dropped row & see if that helps, but it may end up being ripped out & become something else. it did occur to me, today, that Koigu would look really nice in this. I'm taking Friday off work, so i may have to make a trip to my LYS & see what they have that inspires me.

I'm planning my Flash a Stash pictures for the Flash Your Stash Along on 4/1! I think i'll take a picture of everything together & then split it up by sock yarn...then colors...blues, greens, pinks, etc. I can't wait to see how big everyone's stashes are. I'm hoping they make me feel better about the size of mine!

In other news, i broke down & got an iPod Mini, tonight. It's a cute little silver one, but doesn't have a name,yet. Any ideas?

So, have to get him filled up with music, although that may have to wait until tomorrow as I want to get some knitting in tonight & all my shows are on...Lost, America's Next Top Model & Alias. I know, Lost & Top Model are on at the same time, so i flip back & forth between the 2.

So, there's the update i've been promising to make, & i'm resolving to be better about posting updates...honest!


nighty night.

Friday, March 25, 2005

What a disappointment

So, last night I finally got to check out the American version of The Office...yay...can I say how unimpressed I was by it? Me & clapotis were sitting on the couch having some quality time (got to drop another stitch!!) in front of the TV. So, 9:30 rolls around (yeah, I thought it was on @ 8:30) and the Apprentice ends and I'm thinking, "OK. I laughed a couple of times during the commercials for the show, so hopefully that bodes well...NOT. I was so disappointed in it. All I wanted to do was reach into the TV & slap the boss, then turn around & slap the guy who plays his assistant! I don't know, maybe it's my overlapping bitterness with my own job & the fact that some of the characters were a little too real...? Anyway, I don't think I'll be wasting my time with it anymore. Luckily it's moving to Tuesday's, so I'll have something else to watch while its on. I still want to check out the UK version, though. I've heard that that truly is funny. I think I have it in my Netflix queue.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Finally an update!!!

FINALLY!!! My computer is up and running so i can finally post some updated pictures.

This is my lonely left foot in 1/2 of the pair of socks that i just finished. That's right! I finished my first complete pair of socks! This is some sock yarn from Knit Picks & i love, love love it!!!
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And here we have the loverly clapotis! Of course, since i'm addicted to this pattern, this was a couple of days ago, but you get the idea. I'm using Lorna's Laces, Lion & Lamb in Tahoe. It's a gorgeous blend of blue, green & purple. And, while i really like it, i may just give this one to my sister-in-law for her Birthday, so i can make another one for myself. I actually just placed an order for some more yarn, today. =) hehehehehe
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Here's a closer look at the color of the yarn...it didn't show up the greatest, though. I think i'll have to try again.
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And, last but certainly not least...Lady Eleanor. Ah, yes. She's currently been sitting in the knitting bag, going back & forth to work & Yarn Yoga, but just no real progress has been made. And that's because clapotis is a demanding child. My every knitting minute has been devoted to clapotis...it's a sickness, it's true! =)
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So, anyway, more updates to make & i've still got lots that i want to add to my lovely blog in order to make it lovelier. So, it's off to blog-work I go.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

So, I got home from Yarn Yoga, Friday, and decided that i had had enough of Ruffles. It's now been cast off for bigger & better things. I just have TOO many projects that I REALLY want to be working on.

Anyways, since i got my yarn order from Woolneedlework.com on Saturday I figured I'd stop fighting temptation & CO for Lady Eleanor...ah! Lady Eleanor how i love thee. It was a rock start...like mountainous terrain, rocky, with MANY MANY restarts, but i finally have the hang of it & i'm cruising right along. This is how much I got done on Sunday.


I'm a bit farther along, now, but no update pictures. Anyway, I'm liking it so much that i'm planning on making one for my brothers girlfriend for Christmas...just have to find a great yarn for hers, now. OH! Also, i finally got my PR today & it wasn't anything I wasn't expecting. "You're doing great in your job, but you need to work on your attitude. You just don't act the same as you used to & "we" need to get you back to the kind of employee you used to be..." Oh, and by the way, here's your raise & your bonus, keep up the good work! ?????? Honestly, now that i have my bonus I'm so starting to look for a new job. Hopefully closer to home as the commute is completely sucking!!!!!! There's a LYS expedition planned for Saturday, and I'm so looking forward to it. Myself & a friend from work are going to go out & make really big dents in the bonuses that we're getting on Friday. We're going to go find out about this knitting cruise that one of the LYS's is advertising...A knitting cruise through the Baltic for 10 days!!!! More on that after the weekend.

Later!!!!!

Lady Eleanor anyone?

So, I got home from Yarn Yoga, Friday, and decided that i had had enough of Ruffles. It's now been cast off for bigger & better things. I just have TOO many projects that I REALLY want to be working on.

Anyways, since i got my yarn order from Woolneedlework.com on Saturday I figured I'd stop fighting temptation & CO for Lady Eleanor...ah! Lady Eleanor how i love thee. It was a rock start...like mountainous terrain, rocky, with MANY MANY restarts, but i finally have the hang of it & i'm cruising right along. This is how much I got done on Sunday.



I'm a bit farther along, now, but no update pictures. Anyway, I'm liking it so much that i'm planning on making one for my brothers girlfriend for Christmas...just have to find a great yarn for hers, now.

OH! Also, i finally got my PR today & it wasn't anything I wasn't expecting. "You're doing great in your job, but you need to work on your attitude. You just don't act the same as you used to & "we" need to get you back to the kind of employee you used to be..." Oh, and by the way, here's your raise & your bonus, keep up the good work! ??????

Honestly, now that i have my bonus I'm so starting to look for a new job. Hopefully closer to home as the commute is completely sucking!!!!!!

There's a LYS expedition planned for Saturday, and I'm so looking forward to it. Myself & a friend from work are going to go out & make really big dents in the bonuses that we're getting on Friday. We're going to go find out about this knitting cruise that one of the LYS's is advertising...A knitting cruise through the Baltic for 10 days!!!! More on that after the weekend.

Later!!!!!

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Angelina Cardigan

Here's my progress so far for the Angelina Cardigan from White Lies. I'm doing a KAL on it on Knitty & can't wait to see how everyone else is doing. It's very tedious stuff, that 2x2 rib, but it'll be awesome when it's all done. This isn't the greatest picture, but hopefully you can see that i'm to the sleeves, at least. I really need to put some time into working on this or I may never finish!

Yarn, Yarn & more yarn!!!!!

Well, this week seems to have been a good week for me...at least so far as getting yarn. Below we have the amazing goodies that were delivered to Moi, throughout the week!!!

Here we have the FABULOUS Noro Silk Garden that I got such a great deal on. And bery quick delivery, too. This is going to become a fabulous Lady Eleanor shawl from Scarf Style. I CO for it today & I've gotten through the 2 tiers once...I'm LOVING it so far. More on that, later, though.


And here is the uber beautiful Lorna's Laces that I got to make clapotis out of. OMG! It's so soft & luxurious...I can't wait to get started!!!!!





Last but certainly not least we have my much anticipated 1st order from Knit Picks!!!! I got Sock Garden in Star Gazer Lily (you can see the start of my sock, in front). I LOVE this sock yarn. I already have another order planned soon. Also, i have 2 lovely skeins of dyeable merino from them. I'm going to try my hand at Kool-Aid coloring soon & can't wait!!!!!