Monday, December 31, 2007
1. Blog more. I have neglected and otherwise just wimped out on you all.
2. More pictures. Again just pure laziness.
3. Better protect my yarn from the feline molestation. Some people have moths, mine are just a bit larger. Anytime yarn is left out (actually any yarn EXCEPT acrylic - apparently Hanz is a yarn snob too) Hanz feels the need to hide it under the bed. He doesn't chew on it anymore (OK, RARELY chews it anymore) but he loves the act of stealing it. He hunts it, sniffs it out from under or inside wherever I think it is safe and he steals them one skein at a time and then waits a few minutes to see if he got away with it. To be very honest, he usually does - what draws my attention is not being able to find Franz. Franz will normally come when called but when he doesn't, I always know where to find him... under the bed nuzzled in a cocoon of yarn. As cute as this sounds, Mommy is not amused.
4. An online fiber journal. During my move, my knitting journal went AWOL. Now, I KNOW that "The Man" will find it at some point with all of his stuff. HOWEVER, I SAW the way he is living now and I am wondering if I will need a HAZMAT team go pick it up or if I even want something that was IN the bio hazard he calls an apartment. Well, in the best interest of the health of me and the boys, I think I will just re-create it online.
5. Maybe you can help me with this.....
Do you want labels? I am divided on this. Does anyone out there have an opinion?
6. Start a new blog. No, I am not shutting down this one. I have just had some very life altering things in my life this year and I am almost , dare I say it...... BUBBLY. I want to share. I want to motivate. I want to hear what you have to say. But it isn't (well, at least most of it) knitting or fiber related. Some of you come here for the fiber and I want to respect that. So, in the next few days I will announce my new, additional blog and then I will try to keep my non-fiber related stuff over there. Of course you are always welcome to read me there too.
I hope you all have a wonderful AND SAFE New Year's Eve (you better call me if you need a sober ride home!!) and I will see you on the other side!!
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
"Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect."
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
As for MY projects, so many projects, too many birthdays in December! (To Do: Petition to make sex illegal in March!) As if Christmas and birthdays weren't enough to keep a girl busy, moving my house (I'm FINALLY done - "Free at last, Free at last.....") AND moving my office - into a building that we haven't finished building yet!! WHAT A MONTH! BUT, I do have more posting for you in the very near future WITH pics. (And maybe a teaser of the pattern I am working on.)
I hope you are ENJOYING the season (or lack thereof for those of you San Diegans - no 60 degrees is NOT weather) and not rushing through it. Slow down and smell the eggnog. And, if you see me out and about, don't get too close, you never know when I might break out into my rendition of "The Dance of the Sugar Plump Fairy"!!
Friday, November 30, 2007
So I put up this cute little map at the bottom of the page that puts a little dot to show where my readers come from. I am assuming that it tracks where your computer gets its Internet service from and a little programming later, there you have it. I thought that this would be a great idea to really make me feel like I was reaching out to the world of knitters (and maybe a few who are considering making the step from knitter voyeur to actual knitter). WELL, the plan back fired on me today.
Today I had a reader from Mill Valley, CA. Now, I don't know anyone from Mill Valley, I have never been there and I don't think I read anyone up there. I haven't even written anything INTERESTING lately. So, how did they end up here? SO, here is my "shout out" to all of my "new" friends (yes, you "old" ones can play too) - tell me who you are, where you are from, why you are here and how you got here. I would love to hear from you!! And, hey, YOU from Mill Valley! Shoot me an email and I will make you a scarf to keep you warm during the Bay winter.
For those of you here in "Sunny and 74" San Diego, bundle your kids up and let them go play in the rain. Jumping in puddles and playing in mud is almost as fun as the warm bubble bath afterward. Enjoy!
Thursday, November 29, 2007
RED means STOP and be thankful for the moment.
GREEN means GO out and do nice things.
Of course, I got this fro a Starbucks cup, but hey, it is the thought that counts, right??!
AND, a Chistmas funnie, absconded from a Borders Bookstore ad:
(Just to cover my butt, if you click on the picture it will bring you to their website.)
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Crafty Loca in her infinite conscienceness of balance, reads No Inpact Man. I have taken to reading him on occasion (my attention span wanes when there is no knitting involved) and he has a very interesting blog today that I would like my readers to take a look at. Today's blog is his Letter to Santa. Take a look, replace "Tanner" with your name (unless you are a sexy single man looking for a zaftig domestic godess, in which case, replace "Michelle" with your name and then email me!!). I think he has the right idea(although I would NEVER turn down a handmade item of any kind!!). I wish this kind of Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate) for you and yours.
Friday, November 23, 2007
2. For the new friends that I have made this year - there a A LOT of you - all of incredible quality and warmth. I could not have made the transition that I did without the input you have made in my life.
3. For my knit group. I know I have neglected you the past few meetings, but you should know that you are ALWAYS in my heart even if I am not there to share my theories, whine about the fact you are all freaking morning people!!!!!, and just in general, make you wish that you had brought earplugs.
4. For the jobs I love - the one that (hopefully) pays the bills and the one I hope to make pay the bills next year. (Thank you Deb for being my biggest supporter, cheerleader and unpaid marketer. I will never be able to say 'thank you' enough times for all of the promoting you do for me!)
5. My knitting. The knitting that calms me. The knitting that excites me. The knitting that carries me through everyday and remains even when I am dreaming. The knitting that owns my heart and still exudes from me even during a bout of food coma brought on by too much triptophan (even if I can't spell it) and pear cider. (I believe Deb is to thank for that one too!!)
I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving and was able to see what they have to be grateful for this year.
OH!.....and thank you God for another year with good drugs (legal ones) that allow me to recognize what I have to be thankful for!!!!!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
I was affected by the Cedar Fires. I lived in East county, I sat and watched the tv thinking I was safe and distant from the fire. When the fire came over the hill behind the house, I had not packed anything and had no gas in my car. Looking back, I realize how fortunate I was. While I did not lose my belongings, I know many who did. Many, woke to police banging on their doors. They had 10 minutes to pack what they could and go.
I went to work, for a short time, with a construction company that was rebuilding some of the homes that burned. Ironically, I met my room mate at that job and I work for that company again now, 4 years later. I saw the pain that people went through trying to replace their lives.
I will not wait. I will be ready. After packing, as I rake my brain, trying to make sure that I haven't forgotten anything, I sat knitting in an attempt to stay calm. Apparently it worked well, the cats didn't notice anything until the air became seeped in the ash. Even though I shut the windows as soon as I smelled the smoke, there is ash inside the windows. My eyes and throat are scratchy - I can only guess how the boys feel. They are now trying to figure out what is wrong.
My prayers go out to the men and women out there trying to protect us and those who have been evacuated.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
On October 6-7, stop by your local (San Diego) Starbucks and purchase one of these fall favorites: Caramel Macchiato, Chai Tea Latte or Pumpkin Spice Latte, Satrbucks will donate 25 cents to the Zoological Society at San Diego to support its conservation efforts around the world. ~Like you need an excuse!!
Saturday, September 29, 2007
I went to Fabric Discounters in the Miramar area (in San Diego) today and now I am kicking myself for waiting so long to go!!! They carry interior design fabrics - everything from sheer to heavy weight and their prices are great. There will be some VERY cute knitting bags and needle storage being made!
I think what REALLY caught my attention though, was the lack of snootiness. Now those of you who know me personally can attest to how much this bugs me... lack of customer service, judging appearances to determine how to speak. JUST BE NICE. I walked in and was GENUINELY greeted - not the standard "Welcome to _______" without so much as a turn of the head. Another employee came over and asked if I needed any help finding anything specific - "No, just looking." She let me know that all of the bolts had samples available and if I needed anything to please let her know. No pressure at all. I browsed, being checked on once, grabbed up some remnants and headed for the register before I started buying WAY more that I had planned. Again, genuinely nice people at the register and didn't even glare when I just got my remnants! They asked what I was making and we chatted while I was rung up.
I will be a repeat customer. I should have grabbed some cards and delivered them to some of the places I have been that gave me crappy service!!! SO, if you have a need for interior design fabric, or want me to make you a bag, go check them out!!
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
To whomever left the message - THIS IS NOT THE FORUM FOR YOU. Please take your message to rants and raves on Craigslist or somewhere else where people who are receptive to that kind of message go. I don't want to read it. I don't want my readers to read it. AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY - IT IS NOT APPROPRIATE HERE.
To my readers - My sincerest apologies to anyone who happened to see it. My love to everyone. ~Lisa
Monday, September 10, 2007
Well, as I have mentioned before, I have skis for feet - really long, really thin. While I imagine that if the rest of my body was as long and thin I might might not be so whiny, having skinny feet makes it a bit difficult to find shoes that fit. Usually when I get the length large enough, they flop back and forth side to side. This can cause serious problems when you are wearing slides and live on the 3rd floor. They say 'necessity breeds invention' and this is my version.
Sandal Socks in Lion Brand Micro Spun
Knit on US#5 DPNs
The mini sock fills the space between foot and shoe thus tightening the shoes.
Since they are so short, just covering the ball of each foot, they completely hide under my slides. (and keep me from falling up the stairs) It is the simple things that keep me happy.
Also this week there was a small lapse in my yarn diet. I had a request from my daughter for yellow socks. Do you know hard it is to find washable yellow sock yarn?! After searching several online stores and making several purchases, I decided it might be safer to go into a local yarn shop (well, it would at least take me longer to spend my paycheck!) So off to Needlecraft Cottage I went since they have a decent selection of sock yarns. Well, they like everyone else didn't have your stereotypical sock yard in yellow, however, what they did have I can't wait to try out. Panda Cotton is 55% Bamboo, 24% Cotton and 21% Elastic Nylon (this color is Vanilla Cream and is a pale yellow and pale orange variegate) . Machine Washable, cool for feet in a warm climate and most importantly YELLOW. It is really soft and though the ball is teeny-tiny, it is 170 yards and she said she got a knee high sock out of 1 ball with a lot left over. Since I am making little short socks, I may be able to squeeze 2 pair out of the 2 balls I purchased - AND at a very good price I might add... SO good in fact that I took the opportunity to purchase the other yarn shown: Maizy 82% Corn Fiber, 18% Elastic Nylon for some socks for me. Hey, anything to stay cool in this heat!
By the way, the other yarn in the picture above is a hand painted merino by Artyarns. Off to knit socks for my girl.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
A gal from my knit group shares the same birthday as myself. I threw these together after buying a different yarn for her. While I liked the yarn I purchase for her, but she doesn't wear socks very often (even though she is a sock knitter) and chases 2 teen boys. Because of this, I figured that a washable sock may be more appropriate and maybe used more - who has time to hand wash when you are chasing kids regardless of age?!
Friday, August 17, 2007
Later in the (very busy) week, we had our DPN Primer - all of you ladies did WONDERFULLY!! Make sure you bring your hats next Saturday!! I have to admit, I was a little disappointed to see GA CROCHETING!!! with the other crocheters not taking the class. What didn't I express completely that she didn't just fall in LOVE with knitting socks?! Did I fail my friend? And, if I wasn't able to light the fire for her, how did I hope to extend my passion to the others in my DPN class? Would they save the DPNs only for this winters kindling? - the yarn to be pulled out and crocheted into wash cloths? Would I then see them at meet ups and find they have decided to "go back to the dark side" too? (Yes, I mean crochet)
Well, today on my visit to GA's blog Hook and Needles she redeemed me and made me feel as successful as will ever need to feel... I quote (re: her almost finished and very comfy looking, yet 80's inspired sock - and YES, WE WERE COOL), "I can see the addiction to these little things." If I achieve nothing more, I HAVE SUCCEEDED.
Knitting has been a savior to me. It has warmed me - literally and in a "warm fuzzy" emotional way. It has inspired me. It has given me a way to release and enhance my calm. It has introduced me to a wide array of WONDERFUL women (and one man - I'm not forgetting you - even if you missed my class!). With all of the beautiful things that have come to me through this passion, how could I not want to share it with everyone - especially those I care about?
It isn't about the one sock or the one hat. It is about the personal growth and rewarding experience of making that one sock (OK, maybe you should aim for two) or that one hat. It is the process. It is about creating something with love - even if it is for yourself! You need to give yourself love too! (Just don't forget I like dark colors!) It is about having passion and sharing it - if I have done that, I have been a success. Thank you GeorgeAnne.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
I did have a few moments to meet up for coffee and finish up these
Toe Up Anklet Socks by Rachel Calado for a Size 6 shoe
I used Knit Picks Dancing (it was a clearance yarn so it may not be available anymore) 41% Cotton, 39% Wool, 13% Nylon, 7% Elastic on US #00 (instead of US #1). I also adjusted the width as they appeared a bit wide for an 11 year old foot.
Despite the teeny needles (I actually LIKE the smaller needles better anyway) and having to get used to the enormous amount of stretch in the yarn, I LOVED working with the yarn and pattern. I can't wait to make a pair in a "real" size. I also started a pair of baby socks made out of the same yarn. I finished the first and all but the toe (cuff down) on the second and ran out of yarn. HOPEFULLY I will be able to get more.
I also have FINALLY posted the info regarding my hat class .
- Nothing like waiting until the last minute. Since this is an original pattern, I needed to get a couple of pictures to post and I finally got a good one (well, my favorite is the one on the last post). If you need more information on this class, you can find it on our MeetUp Site.
Off to knit birthday socks. I hope your weekend is as relaxing as mine is turning out. If it isn't maybe you should be in our knitting group. More soon.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Pink Champagne is super SEXY!!
With its clingy fit and open back, all I have to do now is buy a body to go in it! Any one know a good plastic surgeon?
Just kidding! - After all I am just a few pounds away from a mumu! Pattern coming soon!
Saturday, July 28, 2007
(Ok ladies, minds out of the gutter!!)
Since I hate swatching, if there isn't a way to incorporate a swatch into the beginning of my project (i.e. I can knit 20 or so rows of the pattern width in an hour or so), I will only swatch 2" x 2" - that is usually enough given my typical yarn and needle sizes. This picture though, is obviously a good example of 1/2 the reason why sometimes 2" just isn't enough. Truth is the larger the swatch, the better your chances of measuring accurately.
Another important thing when swatching is to actually take the measurement it measures. If you don't like what the tape measure says, stretching or squishing the swatch to make it measure what you want it to DOES NOT COUNT. (THAT would be the other reason 1/2 of the reason why this attempt doesn't fit EITHER.)
SO, I guess I will be making this again - at least I like the pattern.
In response to requests, I will be teaching a sock class at our September evening San Diego Fiber Therapy group. While planning this, it ocured to me that with so many crocheters, I am not sure how much experience we all have with DPNs. SO, that being said, I decided to do a DPN primer class in August to make sure what I am teaching in September is not too much of a learning curve - the group is supposed to be fun not frustrating. It will teach the basics... handling DPNs, knitting in the round, ribbing in the round, and decreases. I will also offer an alternate 1" x 1" rib cast on for those who feel up to it. Here is a picture of the hat we will be working on:
. . . please excuse the morning picture. . .
of course, the model is pretty damn cute though, isn't he?
Saturday, July 14, 2007
This is Vine Lace Baby Hat from Knitting Daily
by Sandi Wisehart
I used Mandarin Petit 100% Egyptian Cotton on US #3
This was a very quick and fun knit. Yes, I know this is REALLY not my color (or size) but is am hoping I can find a cold head that will enjoy the color as much as I enjoyed making it. Also, it uses almost no yarn - I can probably get 2-3 more tiny hats out of this skein.
Well, off to finish up that shawl (again). I'll leave you with a picture of my boys at Presidio Park. --Go figure I bring them outside and all they want to do is cuddle. - But look at the smile on Franz's face! (Franz is the cute one on the left.)
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
I used Yarn Botanika in Peach Spice
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Thursday, May 3, 2007
(When you have "kankles" (as The Man calls them) like I do, and calves just as big, you don't try to make socks that go anywhere past the ankle unless you want to take out a loan for the yarn.)
Friday, April 27, 2007
Thuja Socks by Bobby Ziegler
Free pattern from http://knitty.com
Chasing Rainbows Kona Superwash 100% Merino Wool
22 sts/36 rows = 4" on US #3
I only used approx. 150 yds (so I still have 120 yds left!!!)
I never realized why it is that some people just knit socks. Why just sock? Why not just hats? I mean, some people just knit scarves - because thats all they know so far. Some just knit shawls, ok, I get it, they like doing lace work. But socks??? It can't be just for the instant satisfaction because in the amount of time you finish the first one, you could have a whole hat knit up.
So why socks?? I'll tell you why, but you won't get it until you put a pair ON. I think theere is some kind of non-plastic "shink wrap" in the sock yarn because you put them on and they just mould to your feet like a second skin... a really cozy, warm, soft skin.
I am officially a sock knitter.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
These footies are my own pattern made with Capelli by Mango Moon in Bluebell. I originally bought this yarn because it was inexpensive and the stretch sparked my curiosity. And, I have to admit that the fact that the profits go to helping people in Nepal and Indonesia also pushed the sale. But, after squeezing out 4 whole summer weight footies (I could have doubled the yarn up and made 2 regular weight) out of the 350 yds (30 g) for $3.95 - I did have to go back and get some more hanks for gifts. (I am keeping the superwash for myself!!!!!)
Friday, April 20, 2007
New knitters always need something to carry their accessories that they will inevitably collect. Of course, I had to throw in a few it get him started. Just in case you are wondering... yes, that is a letter opener. Why? you ask? Well, everyone has them and they can be brought on a plane AND, given the size of the cutting opening, they are PERFECT for cutting any size yarn you might be using. The yarn was some scrumptious Prism yarn that I picked up from my favorite "not-so-LYS" - 50% Wool, 42% Rayon and 8% Nylon - enough wool to felt but also so shiny texture throughout. The color was called "Storm" and in the store it was MUCH darker and BLUE - go figure I finally met a guy that knits and I knit him something purple. He loved it anyway, the sweetheart, but the lesson I learned was that I need to start asking for more help choosing colors!! No wonder all my store bought clothes are black, white and brown!!
Unfortunately I haven't finished much else. I have been busy, busy designing and organizing the studio. I feel a productive day coming on but I think Mother Nature has lost track of time because the sky is still falling outside so the pictures may need to wait until the weekend. (for you non-San Diegans, it is raining - something that is rare in any month other than January, February, and on the rare occasion, March. Never in April. The people here look a bit like chickens in a coop if you threw their feed up into the air. - What to do! What to do!!) SO, pictures coming soon - weather permitting.
Enjoy your weekend!