Friday, October 26, 2007

Socks!

I'm making very slow progress on the Surf socks, but progress, nonetheless, right? I enjoyknitting with this yarn (Regia) and I'musing size 2 needles. The decision to continue in ribbing was made at the last minute because the rib makes my socks stay up better ever though it's a pain to knit. In the end I'll be glad I did, so onward. These are in the very beginning stages as you can see (and yes, I did have the nerve to start another pair, when I certainly didn't need one). I'm going to try out a pattern from Simply Sensational Socks, the baby cable rib. I hope once I get past the leg, I don't wind up misunderstanding these directions because I don't seem to have much luck using this book. I know others rave about it, but since there are approximately 4 pages of errata on SSS at last count, it could wind up being a bit dicey. If that's the case, I will switch to a tried and true heel pattern from one of my other books. I am still plodding away on the linen shawl and making scant progress. I would like to finish it to get it out of the way and clear the road for finally completing my Fair Isle cardigan.....I MUST finish this baby and I MUST do it this year....no more procrastination. You heard it here, so keep me honest and bug me about this sweater, please.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Organization Complete!



Along with my handy (albeit, relaxing on the job) dandy assistant, it only took me about 10 days to complete the daunting task of finding out exactly what yarns I have plus how much of each, donating those that I know I won't use, and finally neatening it all up and getting some labeling so that I know where said yarns are. Now, when I go to begin a new project I can truly begin to use up my stash yarn knowing full well that I must have an appropriate fiber for my project, whatever it may be! Geez, how did I get so much, and whatever made me think I could knit this all up in one lifetime?
The picture above is, as it turns out, an incomplete picture of my current knitting bag collection. I discovered 4 more that didn't make into the pic. Do I ever need to buy a new knitting bag, no matter how cute it is, absolutely not!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Organizing Stash Yarns, etc.

Oh my goodness....what an eye opener to go through your stash one container at a time and get hit in the face with REALITY! I have way too much yarn to ever use up in my lifetime  I think I ought to add that what you see in the picture above is only about 1/2 of the total and I took the picture 'after the organizing'. Since I was on the reality quest to see what I actually own, I figured I might as well take a look at all the knitting/crochet bags I own and geez, how can I ever think again that "I need that bag" when I see something in my LYS or online? I have plenty and I'm running out of room for all of my collection, both yarn and bags. My one, not so big closet is overflowing with yarn bins, bags, etc. and therefore has very little room for clothes.  Ahhh, if only there was more time in the day.

I'm still not finished with the clean-up and probably wouldn't have even begun this were it not for finally getting into Ravelry, a place for yarn inventory, needles, gadgets, books, and all things fiber related. It's a great place to catalog all your investments and it's also pretty nice to know that there are many people who have far more books, bags, and yarn that I do!

Friday, October 05, 2007

Ravelry is Addictive!

I was finally invited to Ravelry on the 29th of September and that's where I've been spending most (oh, okay then, all) of my online time! Wow, a person can lose their whole afternoon and/or their entire day on that site.....the input alone is enough to boggle the mind, let alone the sheer computer capabilities of the site! I'm so impressed with the whole thing in general and the opportunity to link to a specific yarn, a finished object in the same yarn as I'm using, others WIP's as well as their finished projects! It's all too wonderful for words for us knitters and crocheters, believe me. I'm so glad I finally got in since it's been what's seemed like a very long wait, although that's just because others sent their requests to join sooner.....they were the clever ones. The people who thought Ravelry up are to be commended for their computer savvy and their desire to share this wonderful place with knitters from all around the world. I have no affiliation other than being a member and I couldn't be happier!
I'm finally making some progress with my Regia Surf socks....good Lord, these are going slow.....tortoise slow......and I'm knitting them with size 2 circs so it's not like the needles are zeros or ones...I guess I'll just keep going and going, just like the energizer bunny!
I'm still plugging away on my linen shawl which is another project that continues to eat yarn like there's no tomorrow and somehow manages NOT to grow any bigger!!!! I'm not even through the first skein yet (almost), then there's another full skein to go...ACK!!