Sunday, December 31, 2006

Cozy Feet

Thanks to all of you who left comments to help my hurting hand. It feels much better and I have been able to work on my knitting projects with alot less pain.

I finished these socks during the Christmas Holidays! There is nothing like a pair of hand knitted socks to make your feet feel special. I contemplated giving these as a gift, but decided they wouldn't be properly appreciated by others. These socks needed a home where they would be loved by someone who could understand why feet need socks made of $16 yarn and the time spent in knitting them.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

My Hand Hurts!

Ever since the KR Retreat, I have been knitting like a crazy woman, and my right hand is really aching! I don't know if the pain is caused from overuse or from the multiple socks I've been knitting on size 1 circulars.

The pain is centered around the pad below my thumb. My wrist is sore also. I wonder if it could be carpal tunnel syndrome?

I've even gone a few days in a row without picking up my needles and yarn. I've tried to keep ibuprofen in my system, but I'm going to switch to naprosyn (Aleve) in order to only take it twice a day (instead of 3 times a day). I switched my mouse at my work computer to the other side, it's a good thing I'm lefthanded.

Does anyone have any ideas how to relieve these symptoms? I know there are a few nurses who read my blog. (Mom? Sis? Daughter?) HELP!!!!!

Monday, December 18, 2006

Another Diet - Knit From Your Stash 2007

Knit From Your Stash 2007 is a great/challenging idea from Wendy of Wendy Knits.

The goal is to only knit with yarn you already own - for the next year. Remember the 1200 yards of worsted weight merino wool you bought 2 years ago to make that perfect poncho? Now, you know ponchos are not coming back into style for another 25 years, but the yarn is great, so look through your bookshelf full of knitting patterns (note:knitting books are not included in the diet, thank goodness) and find a sweater to knit!

If you don't think you have enough yarn hidden away to keep your needles clicking for a year :
1. You just started knitting yesterday.

2. You have serious rationalization issues.

3. You need to inventory your stash.

4. Your significant other is hiding your yarn in an attempt to make you think you are going insane!

Merry Christmas everyone!. I hope you get to spend time with your family and friends and experience the love you deserve.

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Thank You, Rosi

Rosi, I didn't give you a proper "Thank You" in my previous post. Sorry about that, being fairly new to blogger, I haven't quite figured out all of the ins and outs of the system, and wasn't able to properly edit my previous post.

To anyone who meets Rosi, you will find a very generous woman. She may not have an extra copy of "Victorian Lace Today" on her person, but I am willing to bet she has wine or homemade cookies in her knitting bag!

Victorian Lace

One of the most amazing items I got from this year's swap lounge at the KR Retreat actually never made it into the room. Rosi brought a brand new copy of "Victorian Lace Today". She sat down next to Clara and me when she first arrived at the retreat and just happened to mention what she had brought to give away. Luckily, Clara will receive a copy of this beautiful book as part of her job as publisher of the Knitter's Review Newsletter, so that left me to calmly (haha) pipe up and offer to take it off of Rosi's hands and save her the walk all the way over to the next room.
For any knitter who loves lace, or those who think you might, please find a chance to flip through this book. The pictures are gorgeous and inspiring!
I began my first project soon after I returned home from the retreat. I had 1800 yards of vanilla Zephyr which I had purchased online from Rosie's Yarn Cellar in late August of this year. I decided to use the merino wool and silk yarn to knit the "Beginner Sampler".

Saturday, December 2, 2006

Socks for Christmas

I was at this same point on a sock last weekend when I decided to restart from scratch as I didn't care for the pattern or the gauge. This sock is the same yarn as the original sock, a machine washable, hand dyed merino wool that I bought at Stitches East.

The pattern is from "Sensational Knitted Socks" and the stitch pattern is the baby cabled rib.

Is It Cold Enought Yet?

It's been so warm lately (75 degrees yesterday) that I haven't been able to wear the socks I knit for myself. Don't get me wrong, of course I had them on my feet as soon as they came off of the needles! But these socks are super soft and super warm, and the recent unseasonable weather has not been conducive to cuddly socks. But a cold front came into town last night and now I have the perfect excuse. (Why do I think I need one?)

Friday, December 1, 2006

One of Those Quizzes

This would be no surprise to my husband. I am always asking him to build me another bookcase.

What Kind of Reader Are You?
Your Result: Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm

You're probably in the final stages of a Ph.D. or otherwise finding a way to make your living out of reading. You are one of the literati. Other people's grammatical mistakes make you insane.

Dedicated Reader
Literate Good Citizen
Book Snob
Fad Reader
What Kind of Reader Are You?
Create Your Own Quiz

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Adapting to the Real World

After a fabulous long weekend at the KR Retreat in early November, I have spent alot of my free time getting back to my knitting. The retreat reintroduced me to my love of the needles and yarn (I had been letting other things get in the way) and gave me 3 days with fellow knitters and friends. Nothing like being in the mountains with rooms full of women (and men - Hi Robert) knitting at all hours of the day, wearing beautiful lace shawls and other gorgeous creations to get you back in the mood.

During my weekend away, Cat Bordhi personally taught me how to knit socks on two circular needles, a technique that saves alot of time and energy and is very easy to learn. Cat also taught a class on Moebius knitting and Teva Durham gave a class on short rows. Teva is a wonderfully creative person. She showed many of us the gallies of her new crochet book. Beautiful pictures and amazing ideas!

Since I went to the retreat by myself this year, Clara made roommate arrangements for me. She did a great job putting Mindy and me together. We found that we hit it off immediately and got along great for the entire weekend.

It was also great to see friends I met at previous retreats. I would list everyone here, but I'm afraid I would forget someone. There were also many new friends to make, some funny, some shy, some pregnant, some (one) male! There is something about the KR retreat that makes you feel as if you are coming home to family.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Moving Day

Hi Everyone! Welcome to my new blog. I'm moving from Typepad. My postings have become infrequent, and I don't believe it is worth the annual fee Typepad charges for blogging on their site. I apologize to those of you who have my blog linked on your blog.

Give me a few days to get this site up and running. For now I will try posting a picture to see how easy (or hard) it is to do this.

There, that was easy!