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

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Mini Stocking

One of the items I was working on while in Mendocino with my Mom was this Mini Stocking. I've felted it a bit, but I think it needs to go back in for one more cycle, as you can still see more of the stitch definition then I want.

Mini Felted Stocking

The pattern, with a few minor modifications, is from the "Knit Christmas Stockings!" Book by Gwen Steege. I was going to make Christmas Stockings for some of my family members this Christmas, but with only 60 days until Christmas I doubt they will all get done in time. Anyhow, this Mini Stocking has the same basic pattern as the larger stocking from the book that I was going to make. But after doing the AfterThought Heel, I don't like the way it looks, so I think I'm going to do a Short Row Heel instead.

I think I'm going to turn this into an ornament. I'll just add an icord (made into a loop) at the top on the back of the opening. I'm also going to add beads to the holly and on the green field in the middle of the sock, before the toe. It just needs something extra.

~ Christina

Stitches West Classes

Class Registration is open for Stitches West! I'm considering signing up for these two classes, but was wondering if anyone has taken a class from Edie and would recommed her as an instructor? I'd love to know what you think, thanks!

Crochet for Knitters
Edie Eckman
Saturday from 8:30-11:30am

Not Over 'Til It's Finished
Edie Eckman
Sunday from 1:30-4:30pm

~ Christina

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Weekend in Mendocino

A couple of weekends ago I took my Mom up to Mendocino for her birthday. On the way up North, as we were going over the Golden Gate Bridge, my Mom mentioned that she knew of a yarn store in San Rafael and asked if I wanted to stop (does a bear sh@# in the woods?). She had been there before when she purchased the ball winder and swift she had given me for my birthday (aren't I lucky to have such a great Mom?). After a bit of driving around we found Dharma Trading Co. What a store! They are a bit more expensive then my LYS, but they have so much yarn. I must admit I splurged a little, but these are all for quick-to-knit Holiday gifts and selling at the Holiday Boutique.

First Row, Starting at Left: Linie 73 Spot in color 16 & 18, Muench Yarns Lucky in color 5002 sitting on top of Peter Pan Double Knit by Wendy in color 334, Classic Elite Yarns Tinsel in color 7489, Muench Yarns Lucky in color 5004 sitting on top of Plymouth Yarn Dreambaby 4 Ply in color 102, Linie 43 Punta in color 15.
Second Row, Starting at Left: Gedifra Distrato in color 3504, Anny Blatt Fils in color 641, Linie 43 Punta in color 35.
Third Row, Starting from Left: Muench Yarns Lucky in color 5008, Anny Blatt Fils in color 383.

After leaving Dharma Trading Co. we continued the drive, taking scenic Hwy 1 most of the way until we arrived at the Hill House Inn. The T.V. Show Murder, She Wrote was filmed there. It was a quaint Inn with beautiful views of the coastline and a light house my Mom was fascinated with. We got to Mendocino late and all of the downtown stores were closed, so we just ate dinner at the restaurant in the Inn and then headed up to our room.

My Mom thinks knitting is too difficult for her, so she wanted to learn how to crochet. I bought and brought a small pamphlet on how to crochet and we sat down and took a stab at it. It was pretty pitiful. I still don't know if I was doing it right and I know I was doing it way too tightly as my "crocheted fabric" curled up as if in pain. We've decided to find a class and take it together. Any recommendations?

After trying to crochet we headed out again in search of dessert. We found a hotel downtown that was still serving food in their bar area and I had a delicious Sundae while my Mom had a yummy cobbler. On the walk back to our car a crazy man started following us until we turned around a started him down. Scary!

On Sunday we headed up to Fort Bragg and took the Skunk Train through the Redwoods. It was a nice ride and I got a bit of knitting done (photos and details to come tomorrow). Then it was back in the car for the long drive home. All-in-all it was a great trip!

~ Christina

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Pink Cable Scarf

A couple of weeks ago I celebrated my three-year wedding anniversary. My DH took me to the Big Sur River Inn for the weekend. The inn is pretty rustic (kinda reminded me of the cabin we lived in last year), but it was really clean and the restaurant was pretty yummy. But the best part about the inn is the river that runs through the property. They place these large wooden chairs in the middle of it and you can sit and relax, with the water gurgling all around you. So nice!

Big Sur River Inn

So of course I had to sit and knit in the chair! I wanted to make a scarf for my freind Jen and she requested something warm in a light pink. Well cables are perfect for Jen so I decided it was time for me to tackle them. I made a swatch while enjoying my spot in the river, and used the river water to "block" my swatch.

Pink Cable Scarf Swatch

I'm using Cascade 220 yarn on size 7 needles. The swatch has three cables, the first and third are 2 stitches x 2 stitches and the third is 3 stitches by 3 stitches. I think I'm going to make them all 3 x 3 and do one less purl stitch between them. I'm also going to add another purl stitch on either end so there's more room before the one-stitch rib on the edges. This has been fun. I think I'm going to be on a cable kick for a while!

~ Christina

Monday, October 03, 2005

1 Year Old

Today is the Warm Fuzzy Knits Blog 1 year blogversary. I created the blog one year ago today. Kinda gets me motivated to knit and post more. :)

Anywho...I found this fun quiz on KnitChick's blog and apparently...

I Belong in New York City

You're an energetic, ambitious woman.
And only NYC is fast enough for you.
Maybe you'll set yourself up with a killer career
Or simply take in all the city has to offer

What City Do You Belong in? Take This Quiz!

~ Christina