Well by golly you should be darnit! Today in the newsletter there is a great post on knitting tools in your closet. I find tons of daily help topics interesting comments and the best part.. I see the projects from Interweave Knits on REAL people. People with all sorts of figure and bewbies. I have issues doing cardis tops and sweaters. My bewbs are HUGE. KD – problem solved!

As I mentioned in my previous book review (that apparentl I left in draft stage and never committed to blog much like this post) I have discovered some really great basic starter knitting knowledge and education materials.

I also discovered my library is a sad sad place and has such little to offer. There are no books for gothlet and none to be found for my craft needs. I asked the librarian if they accept donations. She said actually yes they do.  I am going to see if some local merchants would be willing to participate in a local book drive. All sorts of books really. Not just for my greedy craft needs 🙂 I was just really surprised to see such a large space void of books. Granted there are plenty of comfy chairs to sit in and lots of space to read research and move about – but thats it!
The back wall of shelved has from left to right X amount of shelves and thats the main bookline and media display. I would say no more than 15 ( I didnt actually count) and you figure front and back shelves – about 5 shelves in unit and only about 4 units per row. Yea… That could be my basement of books…  In the knitting section there were on shelf maybe 10 books. In the search on site – there were only about 22 results yeilded most checked out and some even fiction not craft how to’s.
This library needs help!

Fulton county which is just down the road in Alpharetta – words or phrase “knitting” search found 467 titles.
uh… 467 compared to my 20.. wow. SAD !!!

I did learn the dewi decimal for knitting – usually falls in 746.432 most every knitting crochet and threadwork book  can be found starting in 746 : )

WEBs –
Who knew it existed. I buy ALOT of yarn on KnitPicks. I mean ALOT. WEBS has stuff I have never seen and you know its not expensive! Yea I would travel downtown to KNITCH – Yea I would visit the Roswell LYS but I sometimes have found yarn on the web – that is significantly cheaper even with shipping. I just ordered a ton from KnitPicks case in point – 1.99 a skein free shipping. Thats a deal to me and when your broke as a joke getting those kinds of deals is a big deal. Jitterbug.. 21$ LYS = found on webs 11$ See my point?
Loopy Ewe – Knit Picks and now Webs have a very strong appreciation from me. Its impossible  sometimes to get great yarn at good prices at some local lovelies.
The Yarn and Fiber Company –
Still even better – has NORO and Rowan for under 10$ Not to mention Marisol Products. Plus it doesnt take forever to deliver!
Do you know about the Mirasol Project? It took me this long to find somebody that would sell the yarn!!!


Book Review – Sweater Workshop

Sweater Workshop – Jacqueline Fee – Second Edition
Available now also in spiral bound for flat open desk top reference !

Love IT !

So what started out as a trip the library (which is a sad sad sad non crafting place) did result in one or two ok a few treasure finds.
One was this book that I believe I am going to have to buy and add to the personal home library. It starts out with the introduction and basic delivery of “Where did my knitting experience begin” as all good bios do for us. The difference – her defining moment came meeting Elizabeth Zimmerman and discovering there was someone else who shared similar view points on sweater creation and purling. Not only that but basic construction values and principles.

I have read Knitting without Tears and of course love it and am in the process of putting practice to application. This is why my knitting has failed so miserably. I really jump in and don’t READ ! lol. That’s changed now. Reading I am – with focus on gauge and of course practicality.

Moving on to Sweaters – This book combined with EZ’s is offering a host of practicum and making everything click. I think before all the stitch-n-bitch and glory that be to beautiful books such as that and the countless others on the market.. every NEW knitter needs to have these two books in their personal library. That being said they are such a quick easy read and just as quick to begin and apply use that it makes it impossible to not be interested in moving on to all the hip trendy wonderful resources out there.

This books has one other stand out feature.
The Sampler.sampler0002.jpg go ahead.. click it to see bigger!
This little ditty of design genius is the brain child of this book and really defines all the basic technique needed to create your own sweater. For that matter ANY knitted wearable. Well.. coat jacket shirt type wearable. Not sure how skirts etc would measure up to principles since this is a seamless sweater instruction course 🙂
Point being – the sampler really is the base on which you build.

House Colors – HSKS4

For my pal – Its going to be a custom designed gift. Can you tell which house shes in 🙂
This is actually moving along quickly so I am really pleased. The yarn is Caron Simply Soft. I love the feel of it. I am kinda concerned I may have to add some stability and lining. We will see!

Cloverfield Spoiler

Snow Day Plumber

First a warning – 
I will say this – if you cant go see  IMAX movies because you get dizzy or have trouble at those rides in Disneyland that are simulated 3D half movie half motion coasters… Don’t go see Cloverfield with out some serious Motrin and a warm neck pack to put on your shoulders afterward.
It sucked. But sucked in a way that has everyone talking about it including me. I wont actually review the story or what happens at least for four more days so everyone has time to go out and see it.
I think there are things you need to see to understand and figure out. I think there are a few things people can or might enjoy. Possibly. Its debate-able.

Because it is a movie that is supposedly being filmed by the people involved and their camcorder at times you are bouncing all around, and I felt the vomit come up in the back of my throat several times. That being said.. there could have been alot more suspense created and can someone please tell me what the hell kinda camera these kids have because in the movie you go through about 6 – 12 hours of “supposed” filming. What camera lasts that long.

I will say as most are saying on the web its very Blair Witch .. but with out the scary freaky psychological stuff. BW scared the holy moses out me and back via my butthole. My friend Nils had sent me the pre-site that had the BW propaganda. The missing persons flyer’s – news articles even broadcasters discussing the story etc. Historical photos of the graveyard. It was this huge made up prop up so by the time I saw Blair I was terrified and then the mind games kicked in. I didn’t sleep for a week. Cloverfield while a great idea and again good story didn’t deliver that scare value. The camera work wasn’t intense like War of the Worlds where the positioning makes you feel the fear. 
DB asked me right afterward “Did you like it” I answered immediately no.
The monster was not really a monster and I left not understanding what it was or where it came from.

Supposedly there is a clue in and after the credits from what other film goers are saying. Stay for the credits watch what happens at the end.

We didnt we had to leave.

I edited the last part of this post for those of my friends who have already read it. You can appreciate the humor of what was here.. I was very frustrated at someone and needed to vent. I vented 🙂

Cast Iron Kate


Not just a great Pirate name! I have been having that Ole Ebay love once again and found this little treasure. It was advertised low and was bid up by another bidder but still came in under 30$ minus shipping. So this is an antique threader prob off some old factory table or sewing production line. I don’t have anything to date it on as some antiques are simply hard to place as they were part of other apparatuses.
Here is my thinking – with the two bobbin holders – its the perfect Lazy Kate.

One of the Bobbins is from ROBISON RAYON CO INC. NEW YORK CITY” 
The were a leading vendor of textiles and embroidery threads etc before merging in 1959 with Anton as the article states. This puts this bobbin in use from the early 1900s to 1959. Not bad eh ?!!!! The other is also from the same company but the location is PAWT RI which on investigation was discovered to be Pawtucket RI.  In 1969 the Robinson Rayon Co located there was enacted into the local trade union.
Box 10 indicates they were active between 1969 – 1972. I am not sure if they were under merger with Anton. Other documents seem to indicate they were part of Atlantic Yarns. Pawtucket is known for creating some of the first Rayon mills and spinning factories on the US eastern coast. (12/20/1790 1st successful US cotton mill to spin yarn (Pawtucket RI) )

So my little bobbins that just caught my eye as a great lazy kate seem to be steeped with history in the textile and embroidery world.

Hot Cocoa Topic of the Week 1

We have a quiz to help us get to know each other!

Thats way cool !

1. Who’s favorite animal is an Otter? Criquette
2. Name someone who prefers whipped cream with their hot cocoa   Angela T.
3. Find 3 people who live outside of the United States Alex E. Amanda R. Ana Sofia F. ( my sweet pal far away Knitisses)
4. Name a fan of Harry Potter Anne K Shes a Gryffindor!
5. Name someone who crochets Marie P. but shes been doing more knitting lately.
6. Name someone who DOES NOT have a healthy supply of notions  Charity R (lol)
7. Name someone who has NOT put up their questionnaire yet (just put a date with your answer in case they put it up after seeing their name listed somewhere 😉 ) Natalie M.  Tuesday, January 8, 2008     Megan C.
Martha H.
8. Who likes to have Kahlua, Baileys, or Peppermint Schnapps in their cocoa? Annemarie M. likes Baileys and Kahlua
9. Name someone who knits fingerless gloves as a ‘quick knit’ Kris L. for her son
10.Name someone who’s looking forward to gardening this spring. Rachel S.
11.Who’s favorite way to drink cocoa is with a gorgeous Frenchman, while overlooking the eiffel tower from a French Cafe? (I’m right there with you… well at the table next to yours!) Kris L. again lol shes a funny gal !
12.Name someone who’s favorite animal is NOT a dog or house cat Holly O. what is a marmat ? hehehe 🙂
13. Name someone who’s favorite treat is NOT chocolate. Logan L. she also lists Ritz cheddar squares
14. Who plays Candyland? Criquette
15. Name someone who DOESN’T get the winter blahs Lora B.

Cool Sock Tutorial!

You understand I am still indeed on the search for learning and working that great mysterious elusive rare creature the knitted sock.

Yes I can K2P2 on 4 DPNS and start the ribbing top band. Ok we have that down. I dont get the magic loop method or knitting on two needles. I dont have any books to really clearly lay this out and being that I need pictures to start until I get my groove.. yea well its been pretty hopeless thus far..

Until today.

Look what I found in my random wanderings which some how started on Ebay…
Extreme Knitting – 2 in 1

So … this is actually knitting two socks (one tucked into the ot her) at one time. Never fear dear reader.. there is actually assistance further down on tips – stuck stitches and oopsies. There is even a great blog from the author of this great tutorial where I found this:

Ok two great images in one little post! I love the La’Luchadores and the love and yearning I have for Angora Bunnies is timeless. You see.. its really the Bun that got me into this world of fiber initially. When I was young we had this huge craft fair. Its where I landed my first crocheted cross. Which I still have to this day and come to find out is a very vintage pattern. At this fair lo and behold was a lady sitting with bun on lap spinning. Now mind you.. back *then* it was considered an old timey activity. Very colonial (being that I was in Virginia) and very folksy for you know 1979. Her bun contendtly clicked and hummed while her wheel wizzed off his latent fur stacked in a bag to the side.

From there year after year until the mid 80s I kept running into Knitters Crocheters and Spinners at local street and craft fairs. From 1989 to about 1997 however they were no where to be found. Then in Florida at the Recreation of the Battle of Dade and civil war fair… there I discovered Bun again with another wheel lady.
Almost in same form and stature both sat like before bun on lap lady at wheel.
Suddenly all these flurries of child hood came back with my love for crafting crocheting etc.
This is what issued me to want to learn knitting. Which I still have not sat down and actually mastered. I guess no one ever masters it do they?

All patterns are different and subjective to the writer and of course everyone has their own techniques.

Thus I have discovered about myself:

I hord yarn and buy on impulse. If its a great color or feels “soft” I buy.
I have no idea what worsted weight or fingering weight actually means although I have a pretty good visual understanding.
I block something when I can not get instant gratification from completing a round row or project (dpn blockage.. hello)
The main reason I never finish anything big in Knitting is because I get distracted by something else I really want to try and dont give myself time to complete what I am actually working on. If I did complete I prob would feel accomplished and find other projects easier to work on. I frog instead.

Ebay Addiction Begins again…

Yea so I laid off ebay for awhile. Had an issue with an Asian seller who essentially ripped me off then never delivered of course and was permitted by ebay to leave me bad feedback. Sucks but it happens. I am moving past that and trying to still find the things I love.

I have shopped lately for vintage patterns – needles and trinkets. I have a new collection I found that I love. We will see how many pieces I can acquire. Thing is .. if I can start resourcing these, I may be able to also give them as swap gifts cause they are a really neat item. No I wont share just yet 🙂