Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
While I was in panic mode, I wrote Knitting Fever to ask about errors in the pattern. I got an answer back this week-
to which I said
Well-it looks like I have found a mistake. The directions say to knit a tuck stitch, knitting together a stitch with its "corresponding stitch 4 rows previous " Mine didn't look like the picture.
ETA: These directions kicked my butt so bad, I drove 40 miles to go look at the store sample again.
On the first pattern set up row, go back MORE than 4 rows. You are doing short rows…so 4 rows back would vary, depending on where you tucked back.
Go back to the first row.
On subsequent garter joins, go back to the last garter ridge. The original instructions are correct for the stitch pattern if it was knitted without short rows.
Typos/errors: Row 39: Knit to last six stitches, turn.
15 Dec-having doubt over the yarn quantities. Project calls for 620 grams of Silk Garden-about 1340 yards.
I am at about row 80 right now, and will let you know if I find further errors. Can you verify the yarn quantity required?
I am curious to see if they write me back before I know the answer. I just did the math, and am concerned about the yardage guesstimation. I bought 16 balls, but one is tied up in "Fourth Grader," the cute little entrelac hat pattern. I'll frog it when it's time, because I am pretty sure that the 620 grams called for is a good 100 grams short, at least. I am at row 117 now, and about 3.75 balls into it. Maybe 34 rows per ball? That puts it squarely at 15 balls. I can cannabalize one more for the collar. A total of 1552 yards, 200 yards MORE than what they are calling for, and I am sweating it. I am looking hard to scrounge ONE ball. Or two.
This pattern was written by torture artists. If you look at the photo, you can see I have the stitches at the left side on a holding cable. I just read ahead (and I NEVER read ahead) and saw that when I finish the body, I have to leave the body stitches on a cable, and work the hem. So I will have stitches on a holder, stitches on a needle, and the hem. All at once. Who does that?
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Wow. That's what I thought when I walked into my LYS and saw this leaflet next to the sample garment. I snapped Noro 24 (the leaflet) right up. This weekend, it crawled out of the want pile, and wriggled over next to some Needful Yarns I got on a raging good sale at Elann. So I cast on.
Now, I am a competent knitter. I can follow instructions. On the pattern set up row (Row 8), it has you reaching back "4 rs" to make a loop. On subsequent pattern rows, it says do loop stitch.
I looked up loop stitch, which was [knit tog the next stitch and the corresponding purl loop form previous row on the right side of the work]
My work looked like this. It was totally kicking my ass, so I drove to LYS and looked at the sample garment. (40 miles, dontcha know)
Well, the 4s were the problem. The first row needs to go back MORE than '4 rs' and subsequent rows just reach back to the previous garter ridge.
Well just say so, already.
Friday, December 05, 2008
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
I went out on Black Friday. (That has to be a sign that my meds are working-I haven't done that in years!)
Sunday, November 23, 2008
There's been a quality vs. compliments debate over Namaste bags in Knitland. One of my friends got so aggravated, she went to Vera Bradley. I wandered over there, and BOOM! I had gifts for all the women in my family. Aunts, cousins in Tokyo? Check. Impossible to buy for SIL? Check! DMIL? OMG-she's going to have a Verafest! I bought enough for her Christmas AND birthday, because I found a pretty good deal on a pattern (Capri) I know she'll like.
Words of advice?
-skip the Cool Keepers-they are a little on the small size.
-prices vary according to color, so pay attention.
-stay in the sale section.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Saturday, November 08, 2008
I went to Kid 'n Ewe festival in Boerne yesterday. It was not jammed packed. I thought it might be because of the economy, maybe people's businesses contracted because of high fuel costs, etc etc. I couldn't figure it out, until I looked at Brook's Farm show schedule. Stitches East is this weekend. Ohhhhh.
I didn't buy much. No, really. I bought a skein of Plain and Fancy Sheep & Wool, some mohair locks, some Angelina (I just learned about that!), that ubiquitous swirling motif shawl pattern, and a magazine. I was kind of disappointed-I thought I was buying bondable Angelina, and she sold me staple (boooo-bad saleswoman-she pitched heat bondable!). On the other hand, after I bought the swirl shawl pattern, I realized that I HAVE a bunch of Engel German doily patterns-and I can use the same technique applications.
In other show news, we get a Stitches SOUTH in Atlanta next year. I did a little sleuthing. The hotel t'ain't cheap. No, really, it's 200 dollars a night. The airfare isn't bad. The event price isn't bad. The hotel puts it out of reach. I've started saving while I look for alternate lodging.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
I'm on the 4th ball. Marta asked, and this is color 8001, the foresty green colorway. The twisty slip slant pattern is pretty mind-numbing, but a little fiddley, so I might just do a slip stitch on the back and sleeves. Haven't decided. I am on ball 4. Hope I have enough.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Why yes, I am knitting. The cotton entrelac has been sent into time out, and this is moving more steadily.
It's Ridgeline, from the current Knitter's. It's easy, but a little dull. The back and sleeves may end up being plain reverse SS. Yarn is Needful Stampato Extra (disc.)
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
3/4 cup water (110 degrees)
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons sugar
1 large egg
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 packages rapid-rise or instant yeast
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablesppons unsalted butter (with 2 tablespoons melted)
1 1/2 pounds 90 percent lean ground beef
1 large onion, chopped fine
1/2 small head cabbage, cored and chopped (about three cups)
Salt and pepper
8 slices deli American cheese
1. For the dough: Lightly grease a large bowl with cooking spray. Mix the water, condensed milk, oil, sugar, and egg in a large measuring cup. Mix the flour, yeast and salt in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with dough hook. With the mixer on low, add the water mixture. After the dough comes together, increase speed to medium and mix until shiny and smooth, 4 to 6 minutes. Turn the dough out on to a heavily floured work surface, shape in to a ball, and place in the greased bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rest in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
2. For the filling: Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beef and cook until just beginning to brown, about 6 minutes, breaking up any large clumps. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the beef to a paper-towel-lined plate. Pour off all but two tablespoon of fat from the pan. Add the cabbage and toss until just beginning to wilt, 2 to 4 minutes. Return the beef to the pan. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Assembly and Baking: Adjust oven racks to upper-middle and lower-middle positions and heat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat two baking sheets with cooking spray. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece into 7-inch circles. Place one dough round into a deep cereal bowl and top with one slice of cheese. Spoon 3/4 cup of filling over the cheese and pinch the edges of the dough together to form at bun. Transfer the bun, seam-side down, to a prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough, cheese and filling, placing four buns on each sheet. Cover the buns with plastic wrap and let rise until puffed, about 20 minutes. Bake the buns until golden brown, about 20 minutes, switching and rotating the baking sheets halfway through the baking time. Brush the buns with the remaining melted butter and serve.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
because it was damned good.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Label/Receipt Number: 0103 8555 7496 3115 8030
Delivered, October 11, 2008, 5:06 pm, PLEASANTON, TX 78064
Notice Left, October 11, 2008, 4:45 pm, PLEASANTON, TX 78064
Arrival at Unit, October 11, 2008, 7:33 am, PLEASANTON, TX 78064
Processed, October 09, 2008, 10:57 pm, SPRINGFIELD, MO 65801
Electronic Shipping Info Received, October 09, 2008
That makes me think I should have a package, yes? My post office closes at 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays, so you know THAT's a flippin' lie.
I went to dinner at my favorite Mexican restaurant. My food was dismal.
I went to a furniture sale with a list, and came home empty-handed.
I am going to go make a big ol' batch of tapioca now....
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
So, since December, when I quit smoking, til NOW, I have put on a few extra pounds. That's actually a lie, because a few is like, 5. So this weekend, I went to Austin to an exercise workshop. I took a T-Tapp workout with Kirsten. That's serious work. I've also been getting up and walking with DH. First thing, and after dinner on most days-I know we've covered at least 10 miles a week, and we are working on the 3rd week. Gosh, I hope it helps.
Monday, October 06, 2008
This is unprecedented. It's a little creepy, considering that Sonia Rykiel is French, and Stella McCartney is a Brit. What's their interest? I personally don't really follow other countries' elections avidly. There are a few, but I sure wouldn't do an Angela Merkel sweater. Really. Hell, I wouldn't do a Prince Charles sweater either, and his ears are just as big.
It bothers me that this guy is barely American, born here, educated overseas, was the victim of prejudice in Hawaii. OMG, freaking racially charged Ala Moana. Trust me, THAT's much different than Mississippi or Texas.
Friday, October 03, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I don't wear much make-up. I think it comes from being raised in Colorado in the mid-70s. With my long straight hair, Cher and Emmylou Harris were my style icons; a girl could pretty much get away with a little shadow and mascara, and be done with it. When I was in the military, the older I got, the less spackle I messed with. After I got out, well, that's when my carefree makeup approach came to a screeching halt.
I had to work for a PRK study to figure it out. One of the opthamologists mentioned that there are two kinds of tears-oily and regular. Some people have oily ones, some are normal.
Which explains why I don't have pronounced crow's feet, despite smoking for years, but my (non-smoking) little brother does. My eyes are like my mom's, and his are more like dad's.
Well, that knowledge was useful, but not necessarily power. Now I learned to look at labels-most eyeshadow primers have beeswax or mineral oil in them. This weekend, I got a sample of Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion. My eyeshadow is uncreased!
I feel like a teenager that just GOT permission to wear make-up!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
It was 62 this morning. That signals fall for us. DH is having co-workers over for a proposal writing crunch this afternoon, so I am making the best chili known to mankind. It'll clog your arteries in a heartbeat. It contains sausage AND butter. And hamburger. And chili meat.
Two weeks ago, I had nothing on the needles, and was still in mid move. The last box in the door was Needful Yarn's Cotton Joy.
As it turns out, it was a bit too orange tropical to suit me, so I added some Lara to anchor it firmly into the red zone.
Trouble is, I never seem to finish my entrelac projects. My knitting ADD takes over....
Friday, September 26, 2008
My niece sent me a text as I was pulling into Hancock Fabric's parking lot. "He's here, I can hear him crying!" So I picked up the two lousy skeins of floss that I drove a total of 70 miles to get ... that IS freaking ridiculous, isn't it? For seven little stitches?
But I NEEDED them. I am really pleased with the way it came out!!
And look at what ELSE I have to show you: