Sunday, September 19, 2004

In love...

...with Charlotte. Yes, I've mentioned it before. But my love for Charlotte took me back to Knit NY and there I purchased a gorgeous color combination for another Charlotte. An early birthday present for me. It is all still in the bag, and I refuse to wind any of it up into balls until I finish at least one project that I'm working on. So, that forces me to work extra hard on getting the Xmas gifts out of the way and I will have time for my lovely Charlotte.

Cloverleafs are almost done. Finished the first one on Thursday, after some heel shaping help from one of the great gals at the Knitty Coffeeshop, and some great talk at the monthly knitting meetup on Wed. night. I started the second one right away and due to some insomnia, I was up at 4am Thursday morning, knitting and watching videos on VH1. I think I damned VH1 in a much earlier post, didn't I? Anyway, I have only the foot and toe to do on the second one.

I'm working on a secret project. Secret as in secret pal project. I hope that she will like it. Maybe when we're all revealed at the end of December, I will show you all. It's very close to being done. Yay!

On Sport, I'm almost 1/2 way done on the back. Another inch or so and I'll do the armhole shaping. I'm excited. It's so red and fuzzy.

I took a ride into Staten Island today. The 2004 Knit Out on October 3rd is my son's 4th birthday, so I'm not able to go, but the flyer mentioned one in SI, so I went. It was fun, and I got to help out a woman who needed help doing the gusset decreases on a sock. I hope that I didn't confuse her more. Everyone oohed and aahed over my Bob sweater, and it was nice to be the center of attention for a short period of time. Makes me feel like people aren't just being polite with their compliments and that my work really is good.

It's of color combo for Charlotte #2 and progress work soon.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Jumble of stuff

I finished the crochet on Charlotte, and added the fringe. I think it looks really pretty. I’d love to show you, but I can’t because we’re having issues with the computer at home.

I frogged all of the Victoria tank. I didn’t like the way the lace was coming out. I was using stitch markers at certain points and the lace around the parts with the st markers were bigger and funkier looking than the other spots with the lace. So I got some little rubberbands in the hair product aisle and started the tank all over again. Am about 5 inches in and it’s looking much, much better.

Still working on the Cloverleafs for a friend. Had an issue with the heel shaping, but it should be fixed soon so I can continue on them.

Started (!) another project. A coworker wanted a handmade sweater for her 6 year old god daughter. I’ve agreed to make it. I’m using a Rowan pattern and some funky Gedifra yarn. I’m about 3 inches into the back of it. I believe the pattern is called Sport.

I still have more Xmas gifts to do, and I really, really, really want to make a Charlotte for myself, hopefully to wear to a wedding at the end of October. We’ll see if that happens.

My Knitty SecretPal has sent me a package! It took everything I had to not open it up on the porch and waited till I got all the way upstairs (3rd floor) and take off my shoes and settle in before opening it up. Inside was a very pretty handmade washcloth in a purplely colorway (how did she know I’ve VERY partial to purple?!?), 2 little things of facial stuff, and a small red feltlike heart with a drawstring. Inside this little pouch was a stretchy charm bracelet with 2 already on there, one that says Washington, which is where she’s from, I’m assuming. The other says I Love to Knit. I was ecstatic. It went on my wrist and hasn’t been off since. I’ve actually added 3 more since I got it (a little dangling boy, my son’s birth stone, and a dangling US flag). :) This chick is a happy chick!

Monday, September 06, 2004


I have a secret. I'm in love. In love with Charlotte. I don't know how it happened. It just did. The problem here? I don't wear shawls. I've just graduated to wearing scarves during the winter. I also don't go anywhere that would require a shawl. But I must have Charlotte. Either that or I will have to start forcing Charlotte on others. I know there will be a second one...maybe I'll make one for myself for Xmas. Sigh. I love her so.

Charlotte for my mom is ALMOST done. I finished the crocheted edging yesterday. I still need to block and add the fringe. But I think she's beautiful. My sister came with me to pick out colors. She thought that the orange color at the top should have been in the middle, and hubby thought that the orange didn't belong at all. Well, after seeing it all done, my sister thought that my color placement was the best and hubby thought it was wonderful. Now you're all curious to see the pictures, aren't you? Who am I to deny my readers? :)

And here's a close up of the crocheted edging:

The pics are a bit blurry; I'm a horrible picture taker. I leave that to the hubby. I'm quite proud of the crocheted edging...It's the first crochet I've ever done. :)

Happy Labor Day to all!

Friday, September 03, 2004

I'm an addict

I truly believe that now. Yes, my name is Karen and I am a knitting addict. That's the first step, acknowledging you have a problem. Why do I say this? Well, Charlotte is 12 rows from being done. It would have been done earlier if I (a) hadn't screwed up the count and had to frog a row and then promptly screw up the count again and frog, and (b) hubby hadn't put in a movie for us to watch (Shaolin Soccer) that forced me to put the knitting down and watch.

I can promise photos of Charlotte soon....right after I learn how do crochet to do the finishing. Yikes. I was so hoping I wouldn't have to learn how to crochet...I've got an addictive personality; look what learning to knit did to me!

I have lots of cleaning to do this weekend, so I forsee a weekend of little knitting. Not to mention mentally preparing for my son to move from the prepper room to the preK room next week. I am not ready for it.