Sunday, March 15, 2009

SOCK MADNESS 3 starts this week!

so here are some of the lovelies that may be worked up over this year's games.
louet gems, meilenweit multiringer, rio de le plata, misti alapac sock, arucania ranco in a delicious green, knit picks gloss burgundy and serengetti.

round 1 requires 260 yds. which is leaving me guessing which to use.

Knitting books in Review

Knitting books find their way to my house quite often. A bibliophile at heart, I love books more than I love yarn. (GASP!) I edit my books with pencil notations and even if the mistake is terribly irksome, with White-out. (With as many basic typing mistakes as I have, this may come as a shock to my blog readers.)

Today with in the first 10 minutes of playing with the book Knitting: The Complete Guide, I was horrified. I would not show my face if I were the editor. I feel horrible for the poor author. All the work of putting together a book and it is a disaster. It is heartbreaking.

JUST THE TABLE OF CONTENTS! The page numbers are totally wrong. Sections are either out of order or duplicated.

Then there is the entrelac photo for undulating dropped stitches, the bobble edging photo for all over bobbles, the poor bobble stripes chart… Did I mention entrelac directions are nowhere to be found? I am truly scared to look in depth at the rest of it for fear if I find a stitch I like, the directions will be wrong or the photo that drew me in is a tool of deception.

Oh the hours of swatching stitches that must have been wasted!
Can you issue errata for almost an entire book?!

The Field Guide to Knitting however was an unexpected delight. As the author states at the beginning, “This easy to carry book contains instructions for each stitch pattern along with such valuable information as the characteristics of the fabric it creates (Will it stretch? How will it drape? Does it lie flat? Will it distort?); the amount of yarn it will consume, history and background of the stitch and ideas for how it is used.”

There are little symbols for if it is a stitch that you can do while watching TV, whether the stitch eats up yarn, if it can be used in the round, etc… This takes a lot of doodling and swatching and planning out of a design and helps narrow things down a bit faster. (Like some people hate long division, there is a short cut with this reference tool!)

I used to call my mother when we were separated by states, and have her interpret pattern lingo to me. Being very wise she made sure I learned to read patterns and charts. This is invaluable to me today. However there is something that “knits you together” with another person as you step by step go thru the way the fiber curls, loops, and dips, and what it should look like. The Field Guide to Knitting really does have an open friendly feel as if Jackie Pawlowski is sitting at your side teaching you about each stitch. Like Elizabeth Zimmerman, Jackie believes you should know how to read your knitting and offers you the tools to do so.

If you are without an LYS, (or if they are one of those that charge an arm and a leg if you bought the yarn somewhere else and have the audacity to ask them for help) get this book! (And if you don’t know about, go there too!)

There’s my 2 cents. hope you find some lovely books... and pass on the titles to me???

Thursday, March 12, 2009


this is elenora.
in a cheap lionbrand baby (sport weight) but lovely green.
us5 needles

i was working on this at stitches west. it is warm and comfy and just right for spring when i may not need a whole sweater, just some sleeves.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Lucy Neatby!!!!!!!!!!!

what more can i say?

Sneaky Short Rows

at stitches i took sneaky short row shaping.
( tell them yarnyenta sent ya!)

this was a great class. i learned 4 short row methods including japanese short rows...with and without pins.

i had left the pink yarn in the car and started the class with the sock yarn wedge. but shmuel, my hero, brought it to me. :0) so the rest of the wedges are in similar yarn weights.


Acer is the latin for maple tree. so i decided to name my acer aspire one after a maple tree. :0) (all those botanic illustration classes)
acer miyabei is a japanese maple tree. the miyabei has something to do with snow/white so since its a white acer... this is Miyabei

the fabulous tattoo came all the way from Ha Eretz (Israel). and they sent tons of fun bonuses. love them! so if you are at etsy, check out Post. they make these great vinyl tats for the toilet tank! very fun!

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

on our way down, the almonds were blooming. or as they locals say "a'monds" (cuz when they fall from the tree it knocks the "L" out of em)P

anyways...they smelled amazing! it was so beautiful!
so here is a quickie picture as we drove by

Knitting Wounded

while at stitches i got to meet my beloved Becka IRL.
we had not enough time but still it was great. Husboy and Shmuli indulged us in dinner. wow, was the food yummy. And considering how insanely lost we got getting there, it is a good thing! :0)

this was my favourite part of the whole trip :0)

Stitches West 2009

ScrabbleQueen and I at Blue Moon Fiber Atrs.
(thanks Irishgirlieknits for snapping the pix! check out one of her great patterns)

Stitches was wonderful.
great friends, great food, fabulous yarn and amazing classes!
i kept forgetting to pull out my camera....
so the pictures are scarce.

while i was in Estonian Nupps Bobbles and Berries, Shmuel went shopping. I know some wives were pretty envious. He actually listened to my ramblings and found the key things i wanted :0)
Then i met Marisol and Preacher's Kid in their swallowtails...mine was in the car.
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