Thursday, April 27, 2006


Well, much to my suprise, crochet was fairly easy to learn. Thanks mostly to the "Happy Hooker". I am well on my way with my first crochet project that will be donated to the threads of faith group at my church.

"Ginger" is about half finished (front). And, my sock is at the bottom of the bag with a nice little heel turn. Honestly, the GUSSET scares me. I think I will take it to my LYS for guidance there!

Photos to come later. Thanks for all the comments on the blog. It's exciting!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

To crochet or not to crochet?

OK .... is it total heresy to put my knitting aside for a few days to learn crochet??

My 80-year-old grandmother recently gave me a million crochet hooks (some which are believed to have belonged to my Great Grandmother) and 32 "Granny Squares" to do something with (what? I'm not sure yet) But, she said I could only have them if I promised to learn. And we all know you CAN NOT lie to your grandmother. And, who could pass up anything that dals with yarn??? Not I!

So what am I doing? Trying to figure out how to crochet. With the help of my latest purchase .... Ms. Stoller and I should be on our way.

I must say, this book looks great. From what I have already learned about crochet, most of the instructions make sense. So far, it seems pretty easy.

Friday, April 07, 2006

I MUST be more careful

Well, I made it to row 22 on "Ginger" – the lovely Rowan Summer Tweed tank – only to realize I had mis-counted the rows for decreasing. So today during my lunch break I headed over to my LYS and together we realized that I also misunderstood the directions on decreasing. AHHHH the woes of trying new things. Needless to say, we ripped ... frogged and ripped a bit more and my progress was reduced to row 8, which is where the mess began.

Hopefully I will finish before warmer weather arrives .... Luckily the highs will be in the 70's here until late May.

I am also planning my next project – a tank from Stitch N' Bitch. So LYS lady and I calculated the necessary yarn for that so I can save my "fun money" ha!!

No progress on the sock ... too much excitement about the tank. But - who has only one project on the needles? NO ONE.

Happy Friday, and Happy Knitting!

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Two words ....

Addi Turbo .... welcome to the world of Addis. I LOVE these things. I purchased my first pair yesterday (until now I have been a staunch bamboo user) to use on the Rowan Summer Tweed sweater (see below) "Ginger". I figured since the yarn was cotton it may work best on some sort of metal. My LYS lady recommended Addis. Smart move. Why hasn't anyone told me? I cast on to a bamboo needle b/c the first few rows had to be on 7s. Wow, that was a pain ... cotton on bamboo, ICK. So I moved up to 8s with the shiny new addis and am very pleased.

Also making progress on my first ever sock and finished the Big Bad Baby Blanket for a friend. Pics to come ...

Happy knits!