Tracey's Journal

This is just a place for me to post some pictures, write a few lines, and hopefully share some of my crafts.

Monday, November 27, 2006

My Adventures with Needles Continues

I've continued knitting dishclothes, but I've advanced to patterns. The first dishcloth was a basketweave pattern.

Here's a close up:

Then I proceeded on to a cabled dishcloth, obviously still in progress.

Here is a close up of it:

And then I started on a sock.

I had tried knitting before with double pointed needles, but I found I didn't enjoy it at all. So, I tried the Magic Loop method. I don't have the book yet (it's on my Christmas wish list), but I did do some reading on-line and found enough to get started. This is my sock so far.
I'm looking forward to learning a new way to knit the heel, as all my previous socks have been loomed and were done with a short row heel.

There is quite a difference between the size 10 needles for the dishcloths and the size 1 needle for the socks. I'm enjoying both though. Of course I need to be knitting more dishcloths as they are for presents and I currently only have about 6 done instead of knitting on my socks, but the socks are calling me. :)

Thursday, November 23, 2006

What I'm Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate that today. :) I've been thinking about all that I am thankful for, and I wanted to share that list.

First and foremost I am thankful to be alive.
Second I am thankful for my Savior Jesus Christ.

The rest of the list is in no particular order:

My loving, supportive husband (who just yesterday went with me to get a knitting needle I had to have from a shop that is 60 miles round trip from our home. Yesterday BTW is the most heavily traveled day. We drove into Nashville to find this knitting store. Did I forget to tell you I've never even been there, so didn't know exactly where it was? Just to find out they didn't have the needle that I wanted, or any needle in that particular size. Did I forget to mention I didn't call first to check?) He just laughed when I came out of the shop with no needles, but of course a skein of yarn. After all how I could I go to a new knitting shop without buying yarn. And of course I'm now signed up for their mailing list. :)

Sorry I kind of got off track there. Here is the rest of the list:

My family who now all live here in town.
My friends who love me and whom I love.
The skills God graced me with.
My house.
My car.
All of my material possessions.
My job.
My DH's job.
My health. While it may not be the best, I am alive, and mostly pain free.
My computer to keep me connected to friends.
The internet from which I've been able to get information and learn so many new things.
The money to heat/cool my house to a comfortable temperature.
The money to purchase new tires for my car this month.
The money to spoil my nephew and niece. :) After all, what are aunts for? :)
Having my nephew and niece here so I can see them and share in their life.
My brother's wife who is so generous with her spirit and sharing of her life and time so we can have a wonderful relationship with her and her children.

There are probably many, many more things I could list, but I have to get busy with the things I'm taking to my Mom and Dad's for our Thanksgiving dinner.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving, and if you are someone who enjoys going out at the crack of dawn to shop the sales Friday morning, please be considerate of those employees who got up at least an hour earlier than you to go in to work. They are working as fast as they can to get you checked out. Also, if they store runs out of something, please don't yell at the employee, they have no control over how many items come in. Just take it in stride and thank them for checking. :) Can you tell I work retail? I'll be getting up at 2am to be in to work at 4am so we can open up at 5am. So don't forget what the holidays are really about. :)

Monday, November 13, 2006

Purls of Hope

A friend of mine Denise is helping Katrina victims. If there is anything you can do to help her out, please visit her site. Thanks.

Knitting with Needles

I've finally mastered knitting with needles. I've had a block on doing this for so long. I learned to crochet when I was 8, and as a result knitting seemed so hard. There was no little hook on the end of the needle to help hold the yarn as you made each stitch. I ended up splitting the yarn, fighting with the yarn, and generally not having a good time. Since this was supposed to be enjoyable I put it aside and decided I couldn't do it.

Well, all my attempts at making a gauntlet without a pattern on my loom has lead me to try needle knitting again. I was at a friend's house Saturday and she helped me with some problems I was having and suddenly knitting was fun. I borrowed some needles from her and cast on Grandmother's Favorite Dishcloth yesterday and finished it yesterday and cast on a second one. Guess what everybody is going to get as Christmas presents this year. :)

I'm still going to loom knit, especially socks since double pointed needles and sock yarn seems like torture to me, and I really do like the sock loom. I have the pegs numbered for easy pattern following, and the yarn doesn't slip off the pegs like they can slip off the double pointed needles. :)

Well, after all this typing I'll share the picture of my first needle knit project. :)

Loom knitting update ie the saga of the gauntlets

I've been quiet on the blog for so long because I've been trying to create a flip top mitten. I figured if I could get a gauntlet to fit, then I could attach a flip top mitten to it and I'd be a happy camper. So I went searching for a pattern for a loom knit gauntlet. I found several, but they either didn't have a thumb (which I wanted), or they were knit with bulky weight yarn, which I didn't want to use. I wanted to use some of my pretty sock weight yarn.

So, I decided to adjust a pattern I found by Jessica McConnell. I don't remember where I found it, or I'd give you a link to it. Her pattern was for mittens knit flat then seamed together once you were done. Well, I didn't want to make the entire mitten, so I made some adjustments to make it a gauntlet. I also decided that I didn't need to do a gauge swatch. I thought my stitches per inch were the same as what the pattern called for. (Bet you can guess what happened). Yep, WAY TOO small! In fact, it fit my 3 year old nephew pretty well. In my defense since it was being knit flat I didn't know how bad it was till it was WAY too late!

So, for the second gauntlet I determined my gauge from the first gauntlet and tried again. This time was okay, just a little too big. I could probably wear it, but I wasn't happy with it, so I made more adjustments to the pattern and tried again.

The third gauntlet was much better. It actually fits! I still did a bit more tweaking of the pattern for it's mate, but just a little, probably not enough that anyone but me will notice. The mate is still on the loom and when it is finished I'm going to attempt to put the flip-top mitten on. :)

Here are all 3 gauntlets in order of creation:

Here is the 3rd gauntlet. Notice how it is a little baggy above the wrist? I moved my increase stitches on my 4th gauntlet and I hope that takes care of the baggy part. :)

My niece is teething

My niece is less than 4 months old, and she is already cutting her pre-molars.
She hasn't cut any other teeth, but she is starting with the pre-molars.
Poor thing is too young to have the coordination needed to hold a
teething chewy in her mouth to get relief. 2 of the teeth have already
popped through, and it looks like the other 2 are trying to come in
as well. She is such a trouper she doesn't complain much, and
doesn't even drool much. :) Here's a picture of her
chewing on her Grammie's finger.

Halloween Pictures

 Here are pictures of my 3 1/2 year old nephew enjoying the spoils of the holiday dressed in an outfit that his Grammie (my Mom) made, and my 3 month old niece.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Knitting with Needles

I've actually started knitting with needles.  A friend helped me out with some pointers and I started and finished a dishcloth today.  I'll get some pics posted tomorrow.

I've been busy knitting and looming away even though I haven't posted in a while.  I've been working on developing a pattern for flip-top mittens made with 2 strands of sock yarn on a small gauge loom.  I've got the gauntlet part finished and am working on the second one then I'll figure out how to do the flip-top that I want. :)

I've also designed a new sock pattern that incorporates a slip stitch.  I'm hoping to get the pattern written up and up for sale on Isela's Loom Knitting Design site this week.

I've made some changes at work as well.  I used to be in charge of all the hiring at my local Kohl's store, but it was getting to be entirely too stressful for me.  So I moved back into the cash office.  It's the same pay, but the hours are much earlier, 6am normally, but at this time of year when we open earlier it can be as early as 4am!  I don't get as many hours in the cash office, but I'm using that to my advantage to relax and de-stress before the holiday chaos hits. :)

I've also been able to spend more time with my parents, SIL, nephew and niece.  That has been wonderful.  My nephew is 3 1/2 and my niece is almost 4 months old.  My SIL and I meet at my parents every Wednesday for lunch and an afternoon of visiting.  I'm so thrilled they live so close now.

Well, I'm off to play some more and I'll get the pics taken and posted later. :)