Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Yarn Inventory

My yarn inventory is COMPLETE! And would you believe I have over 25 miles of yarn?? I have to stop being such a collector and start knitting some of it!

I've found a new apartment--I'm moving from Redmond to Shoreline, WA. Moving weekend is planned for Febuary 10-12. I get the keys on the 6th, and plan on moving my yarn stash then. I'm totally trying to hide what a collector of yarn I am from my friends/loved ones. :) Blogging will probably be sparse around that time. My yarn stash will fit in my Mini. I think. ;-)

All pictures of the Misty Garden scarf are turning out like crap. I'm going to ask Terence to take one sometime soon.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Saturday, January 21, 2006

A New Start

It's over. It's over between Terence and I. Now I get to go find a new apartment and move all my stuff. Thankfully it's been a fairly non-traumatic breakup and we'll still be friends after this.

I'm waiting for my Misty Garden scarf to dry, I'm blocking it. Pictures (hopefully) this evening when it's dry.

I'm such a starter--I cast on and have several inches of Denim People's Raspy on the needles.

Freeze my credit cards and debit card so I buy no more yarn in a post-breakup haze!

Friday, January 20, 2006

Four

I've been tagged by Felicia at Sweet Georgia...

Four Jobs You Have Had in Your Life

1. RN in the ICU in Seattle
2. Assistant in a Rubber Stamp Company, Just For Fun Rubber Stamps
3. Imaging Aide in a radiology department
4. Peon at McDonalds (I loved to refuse to suggestive sell! I NEVER said "do you want fries with that?"

Four (random) Movies You Could Watch Over and Over

1. Dogma
2. Red Dragon (Mmm... Edward Norton)
3. The Full Monty
4. Monsters, Inc. (Or any Pixar Movie!)

Four Places You Have Lived

1. Downtown Seattle, WA
2. Alexandria, VA, when I worked at the George Washington University Hospital
3. Clearwater, FL
4. Gatorwood Apartments, while at school in UF. This was the site of the final Gainesville Murders, which happened 10 years before I went to that school

Four TV Shows You Love to Watch

1. Lost
2. ER
3. Mythbusters
4. America's Next Top Model (my guilty pleasure!)

Four Places You Have Been on Vacation

1. Tokyo, Japan
2. South Italy and Sicily
3. London, England
4. New York City

Four Websites You Visit Almost Daily

1. Bloglines, 'nuff said.
2. Four Four, found via Chic Knits
3. Elyse Sewell's Live Journal, found via a knitting blog.
4. Email

Four of Your Favorite Foods

1. Mac and Cheese--the ultimate comfort food
2. Lemon Chicken from Hing Loon, a restaurant in Seattle's International District
3. Cherry Coke
4. Anything chocolate

Four Places You Would Rather Be Right Now

1. Back in Tokyo, Japan
2. Rome, Italy
3. With my Mom
4. Back to the beginning of my relationship with Terence. Fix everything that's gone wrong.

Four People You're Going to Tag

Consider this a blanket tag for whoever would like to do this. :)

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Ode to Yarn

Yarn--

-Keeps you warm when it is cold
-Provides the kitties with hours of amusement
-Conforms to you
-Provides comfort
-Comes in all my favorite colors
-Makes beautiful objects
-Makes me happy when I squish its wooly goodness
-Doesn't tell me after twenty months of dating, 6 of which we've been living together that it doesn't love me anymore, it just "cares for me."

I've been knitting a bit tighter the past few days. Life is stressful, to say the least.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Misty Garden

I finished my Misty Garden scarf, but still need to block it, and don't want to spoil the surprise. I've been working a lot, and my next post probably won't be until Thursday.

I've started on a baby blanket for a co-worker who's pregnant in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky. I'm making up my own pattern. It involves knitting up about 50 squares of garter stitch. Send interesting TV! :)

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

I did the face recognition thingy at MyHeritage.com using this photo:


My results:

Natalie Wood 61%
Katie Holmes 57%
Shirley Temple 56%
Drew Barrymore 53%
Jodie Foster 53%
Emma Watson 52%
Lindsay Lohan 50% Posted by Picasa

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Misty Garden Progress

The Misty Garden Scarf in Sweet Georgia's Vintage Orchid yarn is growing. It's about the size of a keyboard now, and not even half of the skein is used. I love how this pattern makes the waves in the coloring!

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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Fondant Socks

I just LOVE these socks! They were super fast to knit (knit in a 48 hour period) but they're SUPERWASH! I hope Felicia dyes more of this type of yarn!


Specs:

Pattern: None, just followed Knitty's Socks 101 and doing THE MATHS! Cast on 48 stiches and went on my way. I think I could have stood to cast on 50 or 52 stiches.
Needle size: US4 on DPN
Verdict: LOVE 'EM! Posted by Picasa

Flash Your (Sock Yarn) Stash!

Blogger is finally cooperating with me (except I had to upload each one of these images separately)! w00t! Here's my sock yarn stash as promised. I keep my sock yarn in two places, a plastic bucket I got at Storables and in a nice glass Ikea bowl on the coffee table (that's where the skeins I love looking at go!)

Here's the usual situation of the plastic bucket--bursting at the seams, and keeps popping open no matter how hard I try latching the white latch.



In the bucket I have three layers of yarn, and most of them are in cakes. Not the first layer though, and here it is:


I have a few skeins of the self patterning yarn and nice verigated ones made by Lana Grossa and Socketta. I got most of these at the liquidation sale when Hilltop Yarn bought out Skeins, Ltd.


Also in that layer, I have some Mountain Colors Bearfoot. These colors are so deep. I have to keep this skein away from Einstein, as she goes after anything with Mohair in it. :)

Here's the second layer--all hand dyed goodness. :)

These three skeins are from Felicia's Sweet Shop. Clockwise starting from the top left is Rusted, Autumn, and Deep River.

I also have Sunshine Yarn on this layer as well. Clockwise from top left is Meadow, Berry Patch, Watermelon Patch and Horizon.

Finally in that laer is four skeins of Lorna's Laces Sock yarn. I did start a pair of socks out of the rainbow colorway that I have only made about an inch and a half of progress on. These are such strong gorgeous colors.

In the last layer is not all sock yarn. There are a few skeins that I purchased for other reasons.

Ahhhhh... Koigu... Must I say anything else? The pink and tan colorway is one that my Mom picked out that I need to knit into socks.

Here's some silk yarn that I got while in Vancouver, BC. Terence and I went when his parents took an Alaskan Cruise that ended in Vancouver. I have one more skein of the silver yarn, but when I tried to ball it up I was swiftless, and it's in a HUGE tangle.

These four skeins are from a teeny tiny shop that was in Tokyo. It's profiled in the Fall Vouge Knitting. I have no idea what these skeins are made out of. I'm hoping to do a cheveron scarf with this.

That's it for the box of yarn. The rest is on my coffee table. The kitties have never gone after the yarn on the coffee table. Einstein once went after my Speed Demon Fondant sock yarn, but I'm convinced it's because the colors were just so yummy! Most of the time the kitties do this--stare at the yarn.

I bet she's thinking "I bet Erin could make four socks and a tail warmer for me out of that Koigu!"

In the bowl on the coffee table, I have these gorgeous skeins of Koigu that I got at the Fiber Gallery in Seattle.

And more yarn from Sunshine Yarns: Prism, Deep Ocean and Candy Cane (which I'm going to make into Valentine's Socks! :))

And my two most favorite skeins of yarn: Sweet Georgia's Elf and Slayer. I just love touching these skeins. I want to find a pattern that will do them justice before I make them into yarn balls.

One more skein of yarn left, that's now turning into a Misty Garden Scarf from Scarf Style. I went down several needle sizes, so it's going slow. US4! I'm thinking this will be a nice spring scarf. Scout had to get in my "photo shoot" I think the Vintage Orchid colorway looks beautiful next to her black fur.


Monday, January 02, 2006

FO!

No pictures of sock yarn yet, my camera batteries died. So, while they charge, I'm showing you a hat I just completed.


Yarn: Karabella Aurora 8 in a deep eggplant

This picture may be dark, but this hat is GORGEOUS! Posted by Picasa

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Seven Miles

So for the new year, I figured I'd get my yarn stash inventoried into an Excel spreadsheet that I could print out and bring to the yarn store with me, or compare yardage and gauge requrements to patterns that I want to knit.

I've just done my SOCK yarn stash, and calculated how many miles it that I have. Can you believe I have over SEVEN MILES of just sock yarn! I suppose that I'll have to show you all the stash pretty soon. I'm going to go get a card reader tomorrow, so expect a post tomorrow evening. :)

Erin

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!

Lots to report...

Terence has lost his Grandmother and has flown to Hong Kong for the funeral. So, pictures will be on hold until I go to buy a card reader for my desktop. I usually upload with his laptop. In order to work, he took the laptop along with him to Hong Kong.

I knitted a pair of socks out of some of Felicia's Speed Demon Superwash sock yarn in Fondant. I also got a drop spindle, and am TRYING to learn how to use it. :)

Pictures soon!