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an actual entry! [Nov. 24th, 2004|08:06 pm]
[mood |tiredtired]

Well, as I've gotten closer to the impending arrival of Baby X, I've had less and less time to think about blogging or, well, anything. Although I have actually been sewing like a fiend (it's ony of the few things that relaxes me right now). No time to post pics and info, but the ever-growing pile includes: two chenille/flannel blankets (one for a new nephew, one for Baby X); one fleece/satin blanket; a ton of fleece hats (thanks to my new and awesome serger!); a fleece snowsuit; a whole stack of sheets for her co-sleeper (micro-fleece and flannel, which they don't even make -- all that's available are not-so-great cotton ones for $16 or more); mattress pads for her co-sleeper; diaper doublers; changing pads; lap pads; a load of super-cute burp cloths (Evan said "those are too cute for her to puke on!); a couple extra receiving blankets (I think I had enough already, but...odd squares of flannel + serger = more blankets!); a fleece-lined sling; and I think there was more although I can't remember at the moment. When/if I get the chance I want to post photos, though!!

Until then, if anyone's actually ever checking, don't freak out if all the graphics vanish sometime soon. My paid account status is ending, and between the fact that I don't have time to post here, and I do actually have a main blog to write on, I don't want to spend any $$ (that could, after all, be better used buying cute little tiny pink socks!) right now. When I do start posting stuff again, either I will move all my sewing/knitting project info over to jinjur.com, or I'll pay up again and restore all my cute design stuff. Well, I think it's cute, anyway.

As far as knitting goes, I haven't wanted to test the waters there...but, I am doing much better with the whole knitting=nausea thing. A couple months ago, just looking at a knitting magazine or bunch of yarn made me start feel crappy (I'm not kidding at all) and now I can look at magazines and patterns and yarn and things again. But I think I'll put off actually trying to knit for a while longer, just in case I'm not over my bad association with it. I am looking forward to knitting baby things soon, though! Partly because they're so cute and they'll be for my baby. Partly, I confess, because they're tiny and they'll get done so much faster!!! And of course, I have to have fun dressing her now, because it won't be long before she's dressing herself and I won't be able to indulge myself any more...
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the truth about why I have not been knitting [Sep. 15th, 2004|12:00 am]
[mood |happyhappy]

the illness that stopped my knitting (and uh, actually, I still can't) finally revealed!!
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knitting news [May. 14th, 2004|12:53 pm]
Knitting newsletters abound! The Berroco "KnitBits" arrived today, and included links to a load of patterns they've just published for free on their site from books 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, and 198 (all scarves). The Lion Brand newsletter arrived a few days ago while I wasn't paying attention, not much of interest but they have added an extensive "Learn to Knit" section of their site, which looks like it'll be a nice resource to point people towards.
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ugh! rotten! [May. 14th, 2004|01:28 am]
I've been feeling blech, and unable to knit (it makes me feel worse). Now that I'm feeling better of course I have so much work to catch up on it feels like I'll never get back to my knitting or sewing. So profoundly aggravating.

I did break down today and buy more yarn, which I shouldn't be doing seeing as how I have no time to knit! But the Online Linie Vega I loved so much came back in stock at elann so I bought enough to make a sweater. Last time I wore the Vega scarf I was actually saying I wish I'd been able to get more because I'd love a sweater of it. I just hope they're right about the yardage since I won't be able to get more!!
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scarf ideas [May. 4th, 2004|05:14 pm]
[mood |blahblah]

Things in real life have been conspiring to make me tired and frustrated (like the front door falling off as we try to leave for something we can't be late for). So everything's all annoying and running behind and so on. Urgh.

I have been DVRing the Shay Pendray show on PBS for the last few weeks, and fast forwarding through the needlepointing sections to get to the knitting. (I've been enjoying it so of course they've just taken it off the schedule!) Yesterday's episode had a really nifty idea -- use a vintage lace or edging pattern (like the ones found here) but make a sort of "magnified" version, with soft chunky yarn in a length appropriate for a scarf! I thought that was pretty brilliant, and an interesting way to try out some of these patterns (because I certainly don't need fine lace edgings around my house). I think one of the insertions would work especially well. Something to think about for fall, anyway!

In the meantime, I'll just keep patiently awaiting my wool so I can start my TKGA swatches. The Stanley book has already whetted my enthusiasm and made me itch to get swatching!!
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tidbits [Apr. 30th, 2004|10:46 am]
[mood |tiredtired]

item: things are so topsy turvy right now work-wise, I've finally given up on getting to P&S myself to buy my wool for the TKGA swatches, so I broke down and ordered it yesterday. If I'd done that to begin with I'd have had it weeks ago. Grrrr.

item: got the last book I needed (actually I don't have them all, but everything else is on order and should arrive soon), Montse Stanley's Knitter's Handbook. So far I'm just skimming through it but already I've had lots of "aha!" moments. Absolutely great. I think it's replaced the Buss book as my favorite knitting book.

item: anyone in the NYC area? Seaport Yarns is putting all Brown Sheep Company yarns on sale starting May 3rd. I think the sale runs for all of May. I'm tempted to check it out but (a) I know I'll never get there in the next few weeks and (b) it's not like I have a project in mind I can shop for!
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colorful! [Apr. 28th, 2004|11:03 am]
[mood |awakeawake]
[music |Koop-Summer Sun]

More on color -- after checking out a link to the pantone "colorstrology" system (very silly but fun to play with), I went "duh! pantone's web site!". There's a section devoted to colors in fashions and home deco, with tons of articles, forecasts, and color charts; and you can sign up for their members-only content for free. (Really good stuff in that section, including some tutorials and booklets you can download.)

I've always coveted one of their swatch sets, but....at those prices, I think I will stick to my pain chip collection!!
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Summer knitting [Apr. 27th, 2004|02:20 pm]
[mood |busybusy]
[music |Mellow - Take Me Higher]

Subscribed to Interweave Knits yesterday in a moment of weakness -- I'd been thinking about it anyway but then I found out that subscribers can download copies of all their reference articles! So I have gotten them all and am learning, learning, learning.

While I was on the site, I checked and found that the patterns for the Summer issue are up with yarn info. Nothing screams "you must make me" but there're several really nice patterns. I think my favorite is the "Juliet Pullover" (although it reminds me a lot of Rosebud, albeit much sleeker). The Snuggly Baby hats are adorable, of course, and the Mosaic Mitts look like a cool project for next winter. I love the Fiesta Tea Set although I'd never actually make it -- I just love the fact that it exists as a published pattern. Several tanks and shells, too, which if you got started now would be done in time for warmer weather. Um, if you lived here or further North, that is! There's a bunch of things that make me go "eh" too though. And the colors are pretty muddy. I don't know why people think "fall colors" = dirty old leaves.
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news to use [Apr. 26th, 2004|10:46 am]
[mood |fullfull]

The latest Lion Brand newsletter arrived in my inbox today. I can't say I actually use their yarns that much but I like the newsletter a lot. The new makeover is really great, too. This issue features a new kid's sweater pattern in cotton-ease, which I could possibly consider making for one of my nieces/nephews that are in warm climates. Very cute. They also are running a special offer on the Winter issue of Vogue Knitting, $4.99 ppd, which you can order from them here.

In personal news, the shoulder is all better, so I have given myself the all-clear to get back to my projects. As soon as I recover from last night's overdose of Italian food, that is. (the paglia e fieno was to die for.)
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more swatches! [Apr. 23rd, 2004|11:06 pm]
[mood |sleepysleepy]
[music |Mellow - Take Me Higher]

I decided to google around and see if there were any more swatches to see anywhere, and the pickings were pretty slim. I found two blogs with Level I photos: Here you can see one of the ribbed swatches as well as the "knitter's choice" cable (and a beautifully cabled sleeve just above them!); and here I found a photo of the first three (rib) swatches. (and look at her neatly organized swatches!)

Of course, there is also the "On Your Way to the Masters" article series in the members-only section of the TKGA website. All the articles have color photos and several of them picture swatches. The tension article is especially valuable as you can see examples of unacceptable knitting (I was totally mis-interpreting the "striped knitting" problem until I read that article).

Now...if my shoulder would just finish getting better so I could start my own swatches...
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