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February 28, 2005

Presenting Clapotis Number 2


I am not sure I like this one as much as the first one. I still have to "block" it and weave in the ends. Shall we take a closer look?


This is all that is left. I hate having this much left.


Here is one last picture. I am showing this because of the little "orb" that shows up on my first clapotis. Could there be a ghost in my house? Please let me have my fantasy. All of you digital camera people out there will probably say it is just a "dust" bubble or something. I think it's a ghost.


Maybe if I blow it up, It will be the likeness of Elvis or something!

Posted by beth at 12:36 PM | Comments (16)

February 23, 2005

See! I knew I would cave.


I have no control. None. But I do have a very pretty little bag! Of course I didn't check my gauge. Me?

Yarn: Araucania - Nature Wool Chunky
Needles: 10.5 US
Pattern: Laines Du Nord "Simple Knits" by Jane Ellison

I do think it needs a little something. I will probably add a lining to it and maybe some velvet ribbon on the inside of the strap (for support) Perhaps a crocheted flower! This did not take me any time to make. I would have finished it in an evening, but I had to pay attention to my family! Jeesh!

Posted by beth at 12:13 PM | Comments (13)

February 21, 2005

Adult ADD

I have finally come to terms that I have it. Adult ADD. I know there is a drug I can take, or perhaps I shouldn't buy so many knitting books/knitting magazines. Although, I did work on these 3 things:

Exhibit A


Yes it is a secret. But I will tell you this. It is the cotton yarn that you make dish cloths out of. I love the color of this! And its cheap too!

Exhibit B


I am not going to let this go to the great unfinished project graveyard. I am 1/2 done. I will keep on plugging away on it.

Exhibit C


I started this about a week and a half ago. Great little take along project. This is as far as I have gotten though.......

And it's all because of these:



I am soooo excited I found the latest Rebecca! I know I know, it has been out a while. We have 4 yarn stores in the Greater Syracuse area and I got these books at my least favorite one. :-(

The people in this store are the snobbiest people I have ever met! Excluding my self (hee hee) Oh well.

Now I hope my current projects don't suffer because I wanna make these:




Sigh........................................I want to make everything!
I still haven't forgotten you curlycue scarf


Posted by beth at 12:27 PM | Comments (20)

February 14, 2005

Guess what I got on Saturday?

My secret pal is the best!!! OH MY GOD! Look:


It is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!! I love this! I can't wait to spin it.

I have a finished object! Ding ding ding ding!!!


I think I showed this way back. I sewed a lining in it and added a crochet flower! Cute, cute cute! Here is the inside:


Did I mention, I GOT MY SECRET PAL'S BOX? Wanna see another view?



I went to A.C. Moore this weekend too. I picked up this interesting book. Lot's of cute things in here


I bought some yarn too, but the photos I took did not do the color justice. It is a really really bright blue.

I also worked on my next clapotis:


This yarn is really shiney, but I like it. This is the yarn I started a crochet shawl with but I didn't like it. I am liking this.

Oh by the way, my secret pal sent this:


Hee, hee, hee. I have the BEST Secret Pal!

Posted by beth at 05:19 PM | Comments (25)

February 10, 2005

Why, please tell me.....

Would anyone want to make, let alone wear this?


Oh but it gets better, here is the "back side"


Yes, K1. The magazine brought to you by Lion Brand Yarns. I bought it. Why? Well because I buy a lot of magazines. I know, I am opinionated. It is my right. Perhaps some of you are thinking, well why don't you design something better? Well, I can't. I wish I could. Perhaps I will some day. But this crap should really not be printed, let alone designed. I am not the only one. But I will probably be the only one who gets shit for it.

Ah well.

I have a confession to make. I have started another ...............


I don't know what is wrong with me.

Posted by beth at 09:57 PM | Comments (20)

February 07, 2005

My second attempt at mittens


This is such a great pattern! I got it from the gals at Knit Pixie. If you order yarn at Knit Pixie you are signed up for a newsletter and links to free patterns! Cool huh?


This child of mine demanded I make these mittens this weekend. I have been told I knit too much (by him) But when he wants something for himself, well that is another matter! Little brat ;-)


Oh yeah, they both came out the same size!

Posted by beth at 05:21 PM | Comments (8)

February 04, 2005

I have been tagged

Thank you Erin for tagging me!

1. Total amount of music files on your computer:

300 or so, give or take.

2. The last CD you bought was:

That is a hard one. I usually burn them from somebody or I got a crap load of free ones from a friend who does record reviews. I don’t really know what I bought last!

3. What is the song that you last listened to before reading this:

Some Whiskeytown song (thanks to Stacey), I love Ryan Adams. He is such a brat!

4. What are your five favorite songs and why they mean the most to you:

Song to the Siren – This Mortal Coil, if you have never heard Elizabeth Fraser sing, then I feel bad for you. She has the voice of an angel.

Moonlight Mile – The Rolling Stones, all around great song.

Pretty much every thing on Bee Thousand – Guided By Voices

Pretty much every thing on The Hounds of Love – Kate Bush

Salsbury Hill – Peter Gabriel, why because he is F*****G great.

I have a lot of songs that are my absolute favorite, these where the ones that popped into my head first.

5. What 3 people would you pass this baton on to and why?

Kris - Strikker
Crystal - Knit Freak
Stacey - Too Many Scarves

Why? Because it doesn’t look like they were tagged. They will probably hate me now.

Posted by beth at 02:05 PM | Comments (4)

February 02, 2005

Secret Pal 4 questions

Here are the questions answered:

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer high-end/natural fibers)?
Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?
I am a bit of a yarn snob. I will avoid Red Heart. The only Lion Brand I avoid is FUN FUR, but you know that already.

2. Do you spin? Crochet?
I am learning to spin (I got a wheel for Christmas) and I know how to crochet

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)
Does FUN FUR count? No? Well then I guess the answer is no, I don’t have any allergies.

4. How long have you been knitting?
10 years or so.

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Of course.Only if you ask though.

6. What’s your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
Citrus and Vanilla, but not together

7. Do you have a sweet tooth?
That is affirmative.

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
I want to learn to weave, I have a table loom. I like to read, play the guitar, knit. Embalming? (that is a joke)

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
Yes, I can play MP3s. I like everything but Christian music.

10. What’s your favorite color? Or—do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer?
Purple is my most favorite color, blue, green, orange, red, pink, I hate yellow (makes me look ill)

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I have 3 cats, 1 husband and 1 son

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)
To work with fibers more than I do. A dream would be to have my own yarn shop. But I don’t think it will happen. Learning to spin and make my own yarn is definitely going to happen.

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
Rowan Yarns, Noro Yarns, wool, alpaca, anything but Fun Fur.

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
See above

15 What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
I am really digging lace. I love it! Now that I can do a successful YO. I am happy.

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
I love scarves, shawls, hats, sweaters, socks and mittens ( I haven’t made but 1 pair of mittens, but I am going to make more of them)

17. What are you knitting right now?
A pair of socks, a couple of sweaters, a couple of scarves. I have a lot of projects going at once.

18. What do you think about ponchos?
I made a poncho, I like poncho’s but I think they got a bit too trendy this year

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Bamboo, aluminum YES!! Plastic – NO WAY

21. Are you a sock knitter?
That is affirmative

22. How did you learn to knit?
I was taught from the girls at Sophie’s Yarn’s/Rosie’s Yarn Cellar in Philadelphia

23. How old is your oldest UFO?
8 or so years?

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?
Gromit (the dog, he is a knitter) and Buttercup (Power Puff Girls) she kicks ass. I love cats.

25. What is your favorite holiday?
My birthday

26. Is there anything that you collect?
Fairy’s and floaty pens

Posted by beth at 10:20 PM | Comments (2)

February 01, 2005

The Pair


See? See how the left one is bigger? I also don't like how long they are. I am going to make it shorter at the tip. They flop all over the place.

My favorite yarn store sale is now over until July. If you know me at all you know I have a hard time waiting for ANYTHING. When I bought the Noro yarn, I didn't mention that I also bought a Rowan Book. Magazine 36 I believe. The one with BIRCH in it.


I was weak, I couldn't help my self. For those of you who don't know, Birch is a shawl. This crappy photo doesn't show the color properly. It is greenish grey. I really can't believe it only takes 3 balls to make. Okay, that's it. I am not buying any more until July.

I hope.

Posted by beth at 05:27 PM | Comments (6)