Friday, September 28, 2007
It really feels good to have this one finished. Soon I'll have to start another one. The next one will be in blues. We known my husband's niece/godchild is having a boy in January.
I'm taking a little break from blanket knitting and trying a new dishcloth pattern. I will post more about that soon.
In the meantime I've been taking the plastic big bag (hakucho's big bag)project with me everywhere I have to wait. I get such a kick out of the reactions I get when people realize what I am knitting. Everyone thinks it fabulous and they all say I should sell them...yeah right...ha ha that will be the day! I had a accident today though. My circular needle broke, right at the joint as I was pushing the stitches down the needle. Can't remember where I bought it...guess I'll have to get out the trusty gorilla glue out and try to repair it. Sure hope it works as I really don't want to buy another pair. In the past I have been very successful using gorilla glue to repair my circular knitting needles.
I do have a little news. I finally figured out a way to host PDF pages. Check out my new design page that has all the links to my free patterns in PDF format.
Now, last but not least I want to thank everyone who responded to my plea for advice on buying a laptop. You guys (sorry should have said gals), my wonderful knitting friends, always are such a big help to me. I know I'm incredibly selfish in wanting my own computer. I do have access to a desk top, though quite antiquated (still uses Windows ME) and it does work most of the time. I do need to share it with my husband. My two youngest have their own computer, but they still use ours for homework and it's the only computer with a printer. I would love my own laptop just for me. I could easily find a place to use it I'm sure. There is no place for another desk top. I've just come to the realization that it going to cost much more than what I thought it was going to be. I can still get a notebooks with XP. They are available from various manufacturers including Dell, IBM (Lenovo thinkpad), and HP(compaq). I'm sure there are more. That's definitely an option. I think I'll just have to continue with my research and save up more money. That's the key factor...more money. Hey maybe I should sell my plastic shopping bags ;)
Well, I need to stop rambling. Just want to wish you all a wonderful weekend. Sure hope you can manage to get in lots of happy knitting :)
Monday, September 24, 2007
Yesterday, I came very close to buying myself a computer, a laptop that is. I have been saving money for a very long time in hopes that I would be able to get my very own computer. It seems like I am always competing for computer time and I thought it would be nice to have a laptop for the portability factor. Best Buy had a Compaq Presario laptop on sale that seemed like a really good buy (with great reviews) for the money. I even went to the store to buy one (they had 3 in stock), but was quickly talked out of it by the computer clerk. He told me all the things that could go wrong, from the liquid crystal screen getting hots spots (can't be replaced or fixed) to the keys getting stuck...to needing a new battery (new ones cost $200) and to top it off he didn't think I would like Vista..too many bugs still. He wanted to sell me all sorts of protection packages which would have made the computer totally not affordable. He suggested that I could get a laptop for the same amount that I wanted to spend, but with XP installed. After looking a bit laptops with XP, there are far and few to be found and not at the same price. I'm starting to think now that I don't even want a laptop now, but there is really no place in my house where I could put a desktop. Was I duped? They are now sold out! I'm sure many of you out there have laptops and with Vista home premium. Can I buy a lap top without all that extra protection? Any advice would be appreciated :)
Now, for some knitting content. I finally finished my husband slippers!
Remember the soles I sewed up:
This is how they felted:
and here are the soles sewed on:I used shelf liner for the non skid soles. Read about it here.
For my skeptics out there (edited 9/25/07) :
My brand new soles (finished 3/9/07)
and here they are today, after being worn:
My baby blanket:
- is almost finished. Not too much more to do. Should be finished soon.
I thought the following was interesting enough to pass on to those of you who like my ball band toilet paper cover. There is a brand new book coming out that has all sorts of cute patterns for more toilet paper covers. I got a kick out of it... a whole book dedicated to toilet paper covers...I thought I was the only weird one out there. I know I love mine and the ones in the book look like they would be fun for kids bathrooms. Some things never cease to amaze me :)
Now, I have to get going and catch up on everything including all my tagging assignments. I've been tagged by 4 of my knitting friends for various things or exercises...I will get to my assignments eventually...right now I'm still playing catch up. Hopefully everyone will understand. Happy knitting everyone:)
Sunday, September 16, 2007
My husband took one look at it and told everyone: "My wife will be using this for her knitting!" He was so intuitive...it's much more serviceable as a knitting basket than a cooler, don't you think? It would never work as a cooler...too open; your ice would melt in an instant :) I love my new knitting basket!
Look what's inside:
I'm knitting this ripple baby blanket for my friend's daughter's baby, a girl, who will be born in October. The pattern I am using comes from an old Leisure Arts leaflet #64, published in 1976. The pattern is super easy with only one pattern row to really worry about. The yarn, Bernat's Softee Baby, is so soft and cuddly.
Lastly, yesterday I felted my husband's slippers:
They are still wet and I have no idea how long it will be until they are completely dry. I am so glad I waited until he was home (and could try them on) to felt them, as they felted really quickly. If I had let them go any longer in the washing machine, I don't think they would have fit him. He is very please with them and they fit (with plastic bags) perfectly. They both are really the same size. They just appear to be two different size due to the angle, trust me :) Once they are dry, I'll be sewing on some non skid soles just like the soles I put on my clogs.
Guess that's it for now. Happy Knitting :)
Monday, September 10, 2007
They sure are huge, measuring 16 inches from heel to toe! I'm behind with my schedule...I didn't get to felt them yesterday as I had planned. Now I need to wait until I have the time to fiddle with them during the felting process. My husband doesn't mind that they'll be late as he knows I'm making them for him and he probably won't start wearing them until it gets a little cooler. I'm just happy that they're finished and I can move on in my other knitting ... a baby blanket :)
The following pictures are for Deb (better known as knottykitty). She left a comment for me:
At 10:40 PM, September 06, 2007, knottykitty said...
"Your felted clogs look great! Would you believe that my pair are STILL sitting on the table waiting only for the bottom seams, because I kinda don't know how to seam them? All they need is those dumb seams to make them ready to felt--maybe you could post a picture on your blog of how you seam the bottom of yours! I'm sorta lost on that part.... :)"Well, Deb, here are a couple of pictures to show you how I joined the two sides of the soles.
The pictures are really awful and it's rather hard to describe with words. First, I joined the inner sole from the bottom, then lastly the outer sole. The pattern says to use a back stitch. With my needle I picked up part of the stitch on one side starting at the heel and sewed it to the other side, then I move back to the right, insert my needle and sewed anther stitch. Essentially I am doing a backstitch with the edges butting, not with the right sides together as is traditionally done in the sewing of fabric. Instead of whip stitching it together - doing a back stitch prevents the yarn from getting pulled in the felting process. You want to keep it as flat as you can, but remember felting really hides any imperfections. I also didn't worry too much about the looks of the sole because I will be sewing the non-skid soles on the bottom. I am not at all claiming that this is the proper way to do the seaming...it's just the way I interpret the pattern. Here's the clogs with the soles sewn up.
Hope this helps, Deb. Good luck putting them together! Give it a try and let me know how you make out :)
Thursday, September 06, 2007
What I do have to show you is a WIP - Fiber Trends Felted clogs (slippers) that I am knitting for my husband's birthday September 11th. My goal is to have them ready to be felted by Sunday and hopefully they will dry faster this time :) ( fingers crossed) I have one done and I started the second last night. I love this pattern! Ingenious!! My husband wears a size 13 shoe, so they are really huge. I am using Paton's classic wool merino in a dark brown color called Taupe. Hopefully I can get them finished soon! More later....
happy knitting :)