A Girl's Gotta Knit

A blog about opening A Swell Yarn Shop, knitting and the rest of the stuff that makes life fun :)

Friday, August 18, 2006

Too Fast

The first clue that you are driving too fast!

An after-thought that still has me thinking

Well, I decided to try an after-thought heel on my toe-up socks. I gotta say, I was very happy that it was so dang easy to do. I thought it would be rough going for the first heel- but it was a snap. And it's fits 'snug as a bug'!
Only problem is I must of done something really wrong, because here's what it looks like when it's not on my foot.

A flinging square heel!!! What the heck?! I decreased every other row until I had 12 stitches remaining. I could have stopped at 24 or 28, but I don't think I would have had a big enough heel for my heel. Should I stop at 20? Should I have done some knit rows before I started decreasing? Should I have done some knit rows after I was done decreasing! HELP!!! I love this type of heel, but this freaky square look is a bit to much to accept!!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Two at a time, toe up socks

Several months back, I attempted my first pair of two at a time, toe up socks on one circular! This is not that pair of socks.
I did pretty good on the toe part, but once I got to the foot section I could not get used to the one needle and my tension was crazy. Well, I kept going anyway figuring it was a practice pair and how bad can it really be. Then I realized how bad it really was...it has soooo many puckers and then tight spots, it was a lost cause.
So I scrapped those and started these. I am ultra aware of my tension on these and they seem to be coming along nicely (I shouldn't mention that I had to start over 3 times before I could figure out the dang toe increases).
I have also decided to try the after thought heel....I think the next pair after this will have to be done in different colors for the toe and heel :)

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Can you see all the goodies?

Here is the Swell Roving all spun up with the goodies. I don't know if you can see all the goodies in this picture very well...since I woke up to drizzly weather this morning (which I love! I am a true northwesterner) I didn't have any sunshine to make the sequins sparkle when I took the picture. If you look really closely you will see various types of beads, sequins and pom-poms. What a kick this was to make! And I really love the results! Very Funky!! What do you think of it?

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Yep! A Super chunky scarf in the middle of summer :)

With things so dang busy these days, I temperarily gave up on making a list of things to do each day because the list was just too scary to look at. Things seemed to get even crazier then and I could barely remember to take my purse with me to work in the morning....
Yesterday, I tried making a 'to do' list again to help me remember a few odds and ends that I needed to get finished up. This scarf being one of them...

Thanks to my trusty 'to do' list, I finally got this chunky scarf from the fishing trip blocked and ready to show off. Though it knitted up super quick, it was the getting to the finishing work where I needed a little push :) I can already tell it's going to be my new favorite winter scarf when the weather gets cold enough to wear it!!
Also thanks to the 'to do' list keeping me on track, got all those goodies spun into some yarn last night....This is a work in progress shot, but as soon as the yarn is dry I will post a finished picture.
I think I am back to believing in the power of a 'to do' list...with out it, I just seem to run around like a chicken with it's head cut off! Now, to get ALLLLLLLL that yarn re-entered onto the website!!! Yes, it is on my to do list :P

Friday, August 04, 2006

Sock Wars

Some one at Renton Stitchers posted this link to the Sock Wars. What a super cool idea!!!
Any of you gonna give it a shot? Let me know by posting a comment!!

Catch up Time

Wow! Things have been going at the speed of light lately!!!
I added on many new colors of roving at A Swell Yarn Shop that I am very excited about! Stop in and check them out and let me know what you think.

I did go to Stitch n Pitch this year, but since we scooted off in the weeeeeee hours of the morning the next day on fishing vaction I didn't get to blog about it. Lisa, my super cool neighbor, went with me and she even learned how to knit while were there!!! You go Girl!!! Stitch n Pitch was fun, but I have to admit I couldn't figure out how to watch the game and knit...still haven't mastered the knitting without looking thing :PThen, like I said, the next morning we headed out long before the sun came up for our annual fishing trip. Shockingly, after a couple days with no fish, this coral covered rock was the first thing to make it into the boat. Very sad!!!
Desperate to get ANYTHING on the boat, we spent 14 hours a day trolling back and forth for 4 straight days. We came home with ONE salmon! This was not a good fishing trip!!!!

I did, however, get a super cool chunky cable scarf knitted while I was up there...it is being blocked right now so I will share a picture later.

With much disappointment we came back into town and heard EVERYONE was catching sockeye on Lake Washington. Still clinging to the hope that we might get some fish in the freezer, we tried fishing again because you can't possible keep getting skunked!!! Shockingly, WE GOT SKUNKED AGAIN!!! No idea what the heck is going, but it is definitely not our year for fishing.