A stitch in time...thoughts from an addicted knitter.

Monday, May 30, 2005

CommuKNITy Yarn Purchase

I dragged my DH to CommuKNITy earlier in the week for some yarn shopping. I really like this new LYS. And the best part...two really great knitters that I know were working that day; Nancy and Erin were really helpful with my yarn selection/purchase. Thanks kids, it was great to see you two!

Here's what I got:

Cascade 220 & Artyarns Supermerino

The brown yarn is Cascade 220 in color 7822. My DH picked it out for the Fiber Trends Felt Clogs (by Bev Galeskas) I'm going to knit for him. The pattern calls for a double strand of heavy worsted wool, but we've been looking for months and he (meaning me) hasn't found any heavy worsted yarn in a color he really likes.

Fiber Trends Clogs (by Bev Galeskas)

The multi-color pink/green yarn is Artyarns Supermerino in color 105 for a Clapotis pattern (by Kate Gilbert) found on Knitty I'm going to knit for myself. (Yes I'm jumping on the Clapotis bandwagon). It's so soft and the colors make me happy.

Knitty Clapotis (by Kate Gilbert)

I love yarn. :)

~ Christina

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Meetup Blogs & Your Birth Date

Spinnity posted members blogs to the SCC Knitting Meetup Message Board so I've been doing a bit of blog reading. On Amy's blog I came across a BlogThing about What Does Your Birth Date Mean? Here is what it said about me:

Your Birthdate: February 8

Born on the 8th day of the month, you have a special gift for business, as you can conceive and plan on a grand scale.

You have good executive skills and you're a good judge of values.

You should try to own your own business, because you have such a strong desire to be in control.

You are generally reliable when it comes to handling money; you can be trusted in this regard.

Idealistic by nature, you are never too busy to spend some time on worthwhile causes, especially if managerial support are needed.

There is much potential for material success associated with this number.

Not bad! You can't put much stock in these things, but they are fun (especially when they say nice things). And hey, I do own my own business...so it's partly true...right? ;)

~ Christina

Friday, May 20, 2005

Cascade 220 Felted Bag...Felted

Hooray it's finally been felted! Now that we're in our new place and have a new washer and dryer I was able to felt this project.

Cascade 220 Felted Bag - Post Felting

I'm now working on a cute flower pin (pattern courtesy of KnitWhits) to dress up the bag a bit. The flower kit comes with this great Alpaca yarn, but I found out I'm allergic to Alpaca (boo hoo) so I'm using Cascade 220.

I think I'm going to line the bag, and then it will officially be finished. Maybe I can make it to a fabric store this weekend. Anyhow, it's so great to be knitting again!

~ Christina

Related Posts:
October 13 Stop the Madness
October 22 Half Way There
November 22 I'm in Knitting Heaven
January 6 Lucky Find
February 6 A Felting We Will Go

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Iron Power

I finally got off my bum and went out and bought a new iron. Based on recommendations in the comments from this previous post I went with a Rowenta.

Behold the Rowenta DE 480 Cord Reel Iron:

Rowenta DE480 Cord Reel Iron

We (my husband and I) chose this iron from the Rowenta options at Target because of the removable water tank and the push button cord reel. So cool!

~ Christina

Related Posts:
May 2 Iron Knowledge

Monday, May 16, 2005


So now I have a new reason I haven't been knitting or blogging. I'm a klutz. I tripped over a chair last Saturday and hit my head on the edge of a metal desk. I had to go to the ER and get 7 stitches. Not pretty. So I've been recuperating from that. Mostly massaging my broken, embarrassed ego. I got the stitches out on Thursday so now it's catch-up time on work and life. I swear I'm going to get back on track soon..really!

~ Christina

Monday, May 02, 2005

Iron Knowledge?

I need a new iron. Especially if I'm going to ever get back to knitting and then blocking my finished objects. So here is where you come in...any suggestions on irons expecially good for knit items? I would imagine steam performance would be important.

I checked Consumer Reports and these are two irons they are recommending:

Black & Decker Digital Advantage
With top scores for ironing and steaming, the Blacker & Decker (1) is the only tested model judged excellent overall and a fine choice for heavily wrinkled items. But note that its stainless-steel soleplate was judged only good for glide on dry fabrics. Still, if you dampen items or use steam or spray, you'll get smooth sailing. It has a digital control for setting the temperature.

Black & Decker Digital Advantage Iron

Hamilton Beach Steam Excel
The Hamilton Beach was very good overall and very good for ironing. It has a stainless-steel soleplate, which scored excellent for glide.

Hamilton Beach Steam Excel Iron

Please leave your opinions, experiences with irons, etc. in the comments. Thanks!

~ Christina