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.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Updated Koigu Shawl

Well, the Koigu shawl is at a stand still. This is the first shawl I've knit with a chart, and obviously I'm not reading the chart correctly. I've knit 5 rows so far, (see picture at right), but need to rip it back. The only rows that came out right were the knit and purl rows at the beginning. Once I started on the chart nothing came out right. The chart says there is a 9 stitch repeat, but there is a 10th row on the chart. Now, if you divide 401 stitches by 9, you get 44.56. Now, I don't know about you, but I don't know how to knit a .56 stitch. The only thing that makes sense to me is to knit the 10 row repeat for 200 stitches, repeat the 1st stitch on the center stitch, then knit the 10 row repeat for the remaining 200 stitches.

I think I'm just going to rip it all out and start all over again. I cringe when I say that as it takes 30 minutes to knit a row, but I figure it will take even longer than that to tink it, and the odds on my splitting yarn and making a mess are much higher if I tink.

Things may be a little quiet around here for a while. I got put on some new meds, and they are making me very tired. I've also had a bad blood test and I'm waiting to get an appointment to have an ultrasound done and see if I have a tumor on my pancreas. If I do, that would explain why I've steadily gained weight since puberty. If not, they are going to have to do something else, probably more meds, to get my blood work corrected. That also should allow me to start losing weight. So, hopefully it's a win-win situation. :)

Well, I'm off to rip and restart my Koigu shawl. I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Started Koigu Shawl

I have decided that lace knit with lace weight yarn is not for me. At least now right now. I don't enjoy the process, and since this is supposed to be fun, I've put the lace shawl I have started to the side and cast on my Koigu Shawl. Since it is worked with sock weight yarn, it is much more enjoyable to work with. :) Did I mention that I had to cast on 401 stitches? Yes, 401!!! Here is a picture of my progress. I used split rings as stitch markers and marked every 2o stitches with a silver ring, and used a gold ring after 100 stitches. The center stitch is surrounded with beaded stitch markers as they are going to stay there for a while. I have to say it wasn't too bad casting on that many stitches. Needless to say though, I didn't use the long tail cast on. :)

I had a fun time at work today cleaning up a mess that was created over the weekend. Not! I work at Kohl's in the cash office, and we received a change order on Friday. It didn't get entered into the computer as incoming cash, but it was counted during the closing safe count, causing the safe to be over. The girl that worked both Saturday and Sunday knew what the reason was for the huge overage, but did nothing to correct it! We are trying to not work her in the cash office anymore for obvious reasons.

Tomorrow I'm off and have a doctor's appointment in the afternoon, but plan on sleeping in a little, taking my car in for an oil change, doing some laundry, and doing some knitting.

Wednesday is our summer crafty ladies get together. We are going to be meeting at Tammy's house this week, and then I have a dental appointment to get 3 or 4 (I forget) fillings redone as they are falling apart. At least I'll have some fun in the morning hanging out with friends and knitting and then a nice lunch before going to the dentist. To be fair, this dentist is wonderful. He is more afraid of hurting you than anything else.

Well, thunder is rumbling outside, so I'm going to get this uploaded and shut down the computer. :)

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Finished Harry Potter

I started and finished reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows yesterday. I'm not going to post anything here that will be a spoiler, so if you haven't read it yet, don't worry. :)

I will say that it was an excellent book and one I'll be re-reading. I laughed and cried while reading it. I'll miss looking forward to the next book. It really is a wonderful experience to talk to other people who are eagerly awaiting the book, then discussing with them after it has arrived. :)

I'll get back to knitting posts this week. :)

Friday, July 20, 2007

Getting Ready for Harry Potter

Sorry, not much to post. I've been doing laundry, running errands, straightening up the house getting ready for my delivery tomorrow of the last Harry Potter book. I plan to spend the entire day reading.

I have knit a little on my sampler piece. I'm planning on finishing that before I start the Koigu shawl. Of course, the sooner I run out of my first skein of Koigu the sooner I'll "need" to go shopping for more. I really need to be good though. DH and I are going on vacation next month to NY state to visit some family. We are going to stop by Niagara Falls on the way, and spend one afternoon touring the finger lakes wineries. So, I really should be saving my money and knitting from my stash. That way I'll have money to stop at some yarn stores along the way.

To all who are reading Harry Potter tomorrow enjoy. I'll resume posting when I finish the book. :)

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Latest Project

Ann and I went shopping yesterday before going to see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Of course it had to be either quilt store shopping or yarn store shopping. Yesterday was yarn shopping. I bought a pattern for a Koigu shawl, and a starter skein. The entire shawl takes 12 skeins, but since it's supposed to be done with 12 different colors, you don't have to worry about dye lot numbers. I'm planning on purchasing a skein or two every time we go shopping and knitting it a little at a time. It starts with casting on over 400 stitches, so I'll have to do that when it's nice and quiet at the house, then I can start knitting. Of course I have a pair of socks on needles already along with 3 other shawls. I guess I just have startitis. :) It's just hard to finish such warm things though when the temps are so high.

After yarn shopping we headed to Opry Mills and the IMAX theater. We had lost track of the time, and only had 35 minutes to get in, buy a ticket to the show, walk down to Johnny Rockets, order and eat. We ate fast, but service was a little slow as they were very busy, and we missed the beginning of the movie. Of course we've read the book, so we know what we missed. This IMAX had the 3-d version, and I have to say it is so much better than the old 3-d with the red and green lenses. I actually ducked several times during the 3-d part. :) I'm looking forward to the last book coming out Saturday. I plan to read all day long. :)

Ann and I are also knitting the sampler from "The Sweater Workshop" by Jacqueline Fee. I got the book for Christmas, but just started the sampler last week. I'm learning so much already and I'm looking forward to knitting sweaters in the round that fit me with any stitch pattern I want. I don't have to be limited to sweater patterns that are commercially made. The first sweater I'm planning on making is for my 4 year old nephew S. I don't know if he will wear it or not, but I'm knitting it in the orange you see on my sampler as it's his favorite color. Maybe I'll get lucky and he'll actually like it. :)

Today Ann, Mom and Tammy and I went to the quilt store. DH, Joe has a cousin who is pregnant with her first child and we are going to visit her next month. I have a quilt top that only needed borders to be finished, so today I picked up the fabric for the borders and backing and I'll get it quilted before we go. I'll post pictures when we get back in case she reads my blog. :)

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Sock project worksheet

Several people have requested the sock project worksheet that I had posted on the Crazy Heels and Toes yahoo list. I asked my DH to make the worksheet for me so that I could carry all the info for my current socks with me and then be able to file it once I was finished and have all my notes for each pair of socks complete and together.

Unfortunately I didn't realize that there were people on the list who didn't own Mary Ann's wonderful book. Therefore my worksheet (which had copyright information on it) was out on the internet to anybody. So Mary Ann took the worksheet out of the files section so she wouldn't lose book sales.

Since the worksheet had copyright information on it I am not at liberty to pass it out to anyone. I'm sorry if you own the book and want the worksheet, I don't have the right to pass it on to you as Mary Ann owns the copyright, not me. I hope you understand.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Famous Sock Pictures and More

I thought I'd post pictures of my hand knit socks. Of course I have my famous loom knit socks that appeared on the Knitty Gritty episode with Isela Phelps (Purling Sprite). The gray sock (3rd from left) was Isela's design, and also appeared in her Loom Knitting Primer book. The remaining 3 socks are my original design. Since there aren't any patterns out for loom knit socks I made up my own. :) All 4 socks were knit on an EFG sock loom from Decor Accents.

I also have some needle knit socks that I've made.

I prefer to needle knit socks using the Magic Loop technique and knitting 2 socks toe up using Queen Kahuna's Crazy Toe & Heel book. I really like knitting socks as they are very portable, colorful, and who can't use another pair of socks. :)

I've recently started my first lace project with lace weight yarn. I've signed up for the Mystery Stole 3 project, but she doesn't recommend that pattern for beginning lace knitters. So I'm knitting Charlotte's Easy Lace Shawl by Lily Chin. I haven't decided if I like lace knitting or not, I'll keep you posted. :)

I've also started the sampler from the Sweater Workshop book. My friend Ann and I want to knit sweaters in the round (no seaming) that fit. She ordered her book and will be getting started when she receives it. The sampler is knitting up very quickly with worsted weight yarn as opposed to my lace shawl or my current pair of socks on the needle. :) I really want to make some cardigan sweaters, and maybe a wallaby for me. My first sweater will be for my 4 year old nephew S. His favorite color is orange, so I got some UT orange yarn. I figure it will go quickly as it will be small, and if I make a mistake, he won't care. :)

My friend Ann and I are going to see the new Harry Potter movie in Nashville at the IMAX at Opry Mills. I can't wait. Then I have the last book pre-ordered from Amazon, so it will be delivered about 10am Saturday morning. I'm so glad that I have the weekend off. :) Once I finish it DH will want to read it. I hope he reads it quickly as I'm sure I'll want to talk about it. :)

That should catch everybody up for now. :)

Monday, July 09, 2007

My socks are famous!

Did you see the Knitty Gritty episode today on loom knitting with Isela Phelps? If you did, then you saw my socks. :) All 4 pair of socks that were shown were loom knit by me. :) I'm so excited! My socks are famous. :)

I've needle knit several pair and I'm going to get some pictures made and posted to prove it.