Sunday, January 31, 2010

I'm Home......

We are snow bound in the house. Wait before you run off, thinking you've had and seen enough snow this year yourself, please consider this.....
Here at Stitches and Stories, this snow is an event because there is about 8 inches out there and we haven't had more than 2 inches at a time in 20 years! It started in the wee hours of Saturday and didn't stop until late Saturday night/Sunday morning. It is incredible, needless to say, there isn't much moving around here and no place to go even if you could move everything is closed.
It is so pretty and I love it. 1. we never get any "real" snow so this is a treat to me. 2. the lack of ability to leave the house promotes serious knitting time.

Rosie, (Some of you may remember Rosie if you've been following this blog from it's early days), our bulldog mascot is quite ill with kidney failure, so she is not enjoying the snow at all, but rather stays inside snuggling in bed. Lily, her basset hound sister on the hand, is actually enjoying it. (see pictures below)

In knitting news, babies! Two of my friends, (different friends in different parts of the world) are expecting babies, so the is a lot of wee knitting going on here. This weekend, baby blankets. Too soon to know if they are having boys or girls, so I am knitting two of everything in different color schemes (some neutral) and will wait and see, it will be fun.

We've had some new readers to the blog this week,so I'd like to give them a shout out and say welcome, hope you enjoyed your stay here and we would love to have you stop by again. Feel free to comment as well.

Here is Lily doing the "Happy Dance" on the snow covered patio....
Lily's Happy Dance

Lily enjoying the snow....
Lily in the Snow

So stay warm and go have some fiber fun!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Red Hot! or Pink

Just posted some pretty little face and dish cloths over at the etsy site. You can click the etsy link on the right hand side of your screen.
I'm working on some more items I plan to have posted this weekend!
I also have some yarns and roving available for all you knitters and spinners out there! Stop on by!

Here is a sample....

spa set

spa cloth

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Getting a Leg Up on the New Year

It is hard to believe January is nearly over but so exciting that February and the Olympics especially the knitting Olympics are nearly here. Can't wait to see what everyone will be working on! Go Knitting Sisters team!

But we still have a little time in January left before we have to do our warms ups and here are some of mine. This knee sock is still on the needles.

knee sock

As well as this stained glass window pane scarf:

stained glass scarf

But I have finished these fabulous face cloths and have started more.

wash clothes

The weather is perfect for knitting this week, even if I am not. I have a severe migraine today, I don't get them this bad very often but boy when I do it certainly makes up for the infrequency. If any of you other fiber artist out there are suffering from this debilitating pain, you are not alone, in cyber knitting land!

But, it will pass the meds will work after a time and back to knitting!

And has anyone seen Julia & Julie well, perhaps the question is who hasn't seen it, but couldn't you just imagine if instead of cooking it was knitting instead? I mean honestly, instead of Julia Childs it could be Elizabeth Zimmerman, couldn't it?
Well, it was a good movie even if there wasn't any knitting taking place.

Try to have some fiber fun!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Thumb.....

...is most remarkable. It is made up of three bones, the distal phalanx, the proximal phalanx, and the first metacarpal. Just three bones and eight nerves, help us to grasp objects. We can grasp jars to allow the other hand to twist open a lid, we can hold small objects like a key or an earring; these are known as the power grip and the precision grip.

The thumb is more important in our daily lives than we realize sometimes, have you ever had the experiment in schools where you tape your thumb so that it cannot be used and then try to do every day simple tasks? It makes you appreciate the awesome abilities of the thumb, unless.....

You have a day when your all thumbs. That was me yesterday. While the thumb is amazing in conjunction with the other four fingers, it becomes quite difficult when those other four fingers get jealous of the thumb and tries to be more like their glory seeking finger sib.

For example, I was thirsty, went to the fridge for a can of coke, grabbed it with my left hand and with the right attempted to open it. But my right had in a fit of glory seeking wanted to be more thumb like and when I tried to open it I dropped it and the can when rolling across the floor. Well you know what happens to cans of coke when they've gone for a spin.... so skip the coke lets go knit on that knee sock I've been working on and took two days to find the pattern for so I could get the increases and decreases right. Popped a DVD into the player, no problem, settled into a comfy chair with my knitting, no problem. Knitted the first three stitches in a round and dropped two of them! I can see I'm going to have to have a chat with fingers 1-4.

It would seem the pep talked worked, and after a break from precision gripping activities everyone is back in working order and we are on our way to shaping the leg of the first sock.

Remember sometimes, our greatest strengths can also be our greatest weakness.

Now go have some fiber fun!

Monday, January 4, 2010

What More Could I ask for?

So we are off to a roaring start in 2010, I have yet to re-attempt the gloves. I have decided the solution to the problem is to go up a needle size. I knit tight anyway and swatching with the same size but more cast on stitches isn't giving me the correct gauge. I also have wide, square hands so allowances have to be made for patterns that are geared towards the more narrow traditional "female" hand I suppose.

But with things at the office back to full swing, it has brought out the crazies, it is as if there is a full moon or something. I should have suspected things would be so, when the yarn started acting up this weekend. If my sweet lovable yarn can start going crazy on me, then I should have gone to work my first day in 2010 and kept my office door closed! Wow!

No matter, I find that two pointy sticks can solve both problems, unruly yarn and in extreme cases unruly people! Muggles (non-knitting folk) beware! I have two sharped bamboo sticks and am not afraid to use them in self defense!

In more peaceful news, the afghan is coming along nicely and a new scarf is really shaping up. Pictures to follow in the next post.

Well what are you waiting for, go have some fiber fun!

P.S. I was just kidding about the sharpened bamboo sticks!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Off to a Good Start?

Okay is it not a good start if it is already January 3rd and I have not cast on for the pattern in my new pattern a day knitting calendar? It is a throw, but I already have a different throw on the needles. I think that should count. LOL.

I knitted a glove in some boot sock yarn that I just love! But when it was done, I didn't like the glove, the gaps between the fingers were too evident despite having picked up stitches and the glove was too tight. So I ripped it all out and will have to try again, but now I am just too despondent over it to start it. I think I will start something else today in protest of my beloved yarn forsaking me and turning out badly.

I've been dying for a new bag and in desperate need of one; all through out the holidays hubby kept trying to buy me one. But, I'm a bag/container person and if I am going to carry something everyday we have to have a connection. It has to feel right and I cannot find a bag to replace my beloved (50 missions) bag. My hubby gave it that name. It was an inexpensive bag, made of green canvas with a leather flap. it has four compartments and can easily carry a book or mag. A knitting project plus my personal items. It is the perfect bag. But I have had it for years and have added patches to cover the holes worn in it. The liner vacated the premises years ago. And I have to admit I think my dear bag is ready for retirement.





But I can't find a suitable replacement, so I am thinking of knitting one today and trying that. Perhaps if I can knit one that will be "just right" It will really be more of a knitting bag than anything. My personal necessities are few, work ID, business cards, wallet, a few other small odds and ends.

And it is cold out there today, colder than it has been in years. The patio door is frozen shut! So good day to stay in and knit something!

Time for some Fiber Fun!

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year!

I think there was some serious partying after I went to bed last night. Girls passed out on the futon this morning, this looks like a serious hangover to me.

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Happy New What?

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