Ronikins

me being me (and knitting)

Breaking the silence April 27, 2007

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I am still here, and with no other reason for my absence than not having much to say. I haven’t been knitting much, which pretty much makes me feel not like me. And the short version is CPH has robbed me of my knitting mojo. The love of knitting CPH is gone and has been for awhile. But I made this ridiculous pact with myself to not cast on anything new until it was done. But here’s where I do something, that as you get to know me, you will find I do quite often. I draw this self imposed line in the sand, and then I CROSS it.

This could be the beginning of a Clapotis or I may end up being a copycat and do this. But this is less about the project and more about the yarn. Trekking XXL, colorway 100 (click for photo goodness!) Oh colorway 100 how I love thee! I’ve got quite a love story between me and this yarn. It was the first sock yarn I ever bought. And that purchase did in-fact change the way I viewed this little hobby of mine.

So let’s go back in time just a little bit….(about a year and half ago)

I was extremely pregnant and the Christmas was fast approaching. I was a brand spanking new knitter, and I had yet to come to terms with the cost of knitting. It still just blew my mind that the cost to knit a baby sweater could buy you a couple of outfits at Target. And oh how I laughed at you sock knitters. $20+ to knit a pair of socks!!! You’ve got to be kidding me. And so I do what I do, I drew that line and declared “I will never do that!” Then it happened. I don’t remember where or how but I came across a finished pair of socks in Trekking colorway 100. The colors made me dizzy with lust. Must. Have. Now. And I did. I Googled and made a purchase before I could blink. Then I thought: (that could be another reoccurring theme of mine – do first, think later.) “What did I just do? I bought sock yarn. I don’t knit socks. I don’t even know how to knit socks.” And then I spent a lot more time in my head explaining and justifying, and also practicing my explanation to the Hubbo. I really thought he’d think I’d gone and completely (cause I have made previous incomplete attempts) flipped my lid by spending $20 to knit ONE pair of socks. But being the kind, thoughtful, loving and caring Hubbo that he is (really HE IS!) he saw it completely different. He saw his wife happy and excited about some something beautiful and thought that was quite worth the $20. It took me awhile but then I saw it his way too. (he may regret opening my eyes to that now when he sees my stash. Opps, hehehe) So I bought Charlene Schurch’s Sensational Knitted Socks and learned me to knit some socks, and I became sock knitter. The Trekking yarn was still to beautiful to just dive right in, but served great purpose being eye candy to me for the last year+. And I always felt that there might be a better project for it than socks. Luckily Sandy (blogless?) at knit nite was a step a head of me and is knitting the Entreleac stole form Scarf Style with my love yarn. It is gorgeous! (the link above is another local knitter who is knitting it too) But I’ve also been looking around from some Clapotis yarn. So it’s still in swatchin’ stages here, and I’m undecided as to what scarf it will be…but I’m feeling like me again already. Knitting with passion.

little ham

 

Mwwwaaahhhh!* April 13, 2007

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Last night, at knit night, I was the reciepent of a wonderful gift. Becky was sweet enough to think of us when she was at a local library opening and picked this up for The Dudes.

(click to see more info over at Amazon)

The author was there and she got it signed for us!
signed even!

It is a big hit with the boys!
The Dudes reading

I’ve already read it multiple times to them, and they keep wanting more! The illustrations (why do I wanna keep saying graphics!?) are amazing! Babydoll really liked it to, when she eventually got her turn.

And there is even fiber content!
Fiber content

(The princess spinnning hay into gold thread)
There could not be more a perfect book for this family! I highly recommend this book to Dudes and Dudettes of all ages!

Thanks again Becky, you really made me feel loved! Aren’t knitters the best!!

 

Much of the same April 12, 2007

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(the pics are comletely unrelated, just wanted to share the kiddos new shoes. Thanks Nana!)

Still trudging through the boredom. It’s funny how I have been hankering to knit this sweater for months, but now I can’t wait for to be done. But enough of the irony, please!

Lined up

 I just remembered that I promised details on where I bought the yarn. But I will go one step further and just fill you in on all the places that I frequently hunt.

There is the obvious:

Webs

Elann

Knit Picks

And between these 3, you could actually stop and be quite happy. But I never leave well enough alone. And I’m sure you probably know about most of these too, but I’ll do it anyway.

*Yarn4socks (umm, sock yarn! I made out at a Christmas sale they had last year)

*Little Knits (they carry a variety and often have great deals, just a matter of checking)

CucumberpatchUK (deals on Rowan, Debbie Bliss, Jaeger and the like)

**Janette’s Rare Yarns (this is where I bought the Rowan Yorkshire Tweed) KnittingWarehouse (mostly Cotton Ease)

DiscountYarn (this is another Cotton Ease source, but they do carry lots of other goodies)

**Smiley’s (you never now what they are gonna have, but I’ve been known to get Cotton Ease there)

**TheSheepShedStudio (Brown Sheep yarn)

Kaleidoscope Yarns (they have Koigu on sale right now)

Emtnestr (I mostly stalk the Cherry Tree Hill mill ends)

Royal Yarns (a variety)

ColourMartUK (coned cashmere, silk, and other luxuries)

Knitty Coffeeshop has a “Yarn Sale Spotters” category filled with tips too.

*Purchases made here and was very satisfied **Repeat customer, repeated smiles

I feel like I’ve forgotten a few, but it’s like I tell the Hubbo, there will always be a car sales man out there who wants to make a deal with you. Except this is yarn.

Upclose

Sidenote: And do also wanna bring up the LYS. Sometimes the few bucks you save aren’t worth it. For one it’s hard to do business online sometimes with the fact that colors vary from monitor to monitor and shipping times stop the instant gratification . But I think more importantly, is the personal connection you can get at a LYS. People are important!

Sometimes I find it hard to keep it all in prospective. Finding the balance between passion and obsession. It is fun buying yarn, and I do equally enjoy finding deals. But it’s a fleeting fulfillment, you know? I’m glad I have my faith and my family to keep me grounded. What keeps you grounded?

 

Isn’t it Ironic, dontcha think? April 10, 2007

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And yeah I really do think.*

So first, let me say thank you for your well wishes and sympathy! I luckily did not have to go that long with out picking up the sticks. Just about 2 ½ days of non-knitting. I’d like to be able to report that I was quite mature about it, kept my chin up, and instead of knitting did lots of other useful things. The key word there is like. Yeah, I pretty much just whined and sulked about. And you guessed it Beatriz, I fondled my stash. I did some winding of yarn, organization of yarn and yarn spreadsheet, flipped through my knit books and mags, and then I did some catching up on bloglines. Then it became too painful, not physically for the finger, but for my knittin’ heart! It seemed like I may never knit again, on Thursday my finger was still twice its normal size. But I noticed when I took a shower and took off the splint that the swelling went down quite a bit. Leaving the splint off did make it vulnerable, but keeping the splint on seemed to stop blood flow. So I decided to leave it off, and by that afternoon I was knitting again. Not completely pain free, but very manageable. I picked up my Central Park Hoodie and was off again. But by the next day I began remembering all that yarn I had played with, an all the other projects I have planned, and all the wonderful things you guys are making. I began to feel really quick sick of looking at this mostly black yarn. You know what I’m talking about. BOREDOM. But I know that if I cast on anything else CPH would have little chance of ever seeing the light of day. It’s not that I am in a hurry to complete this 100% wool sweater in time for this glorious spring weather we are having.

CPH progress shot

It’s just that I know myself all too well. Putting it down and casting on something else at that point would have meant death. So over the weekend I barely knit. I was quite busy with the family and the holiday and all, so it was easy to do. But mostly the non-knitting this time was voluntary. But yesterday I realized I had made it to the point of armhole shaping, and it became interesting enough to pick up again. So I’m back at it! I’m hoping to get it done soon, but only time will tell!

So, just in case you missed all the irony, I will break it down for ya:

• The most obvious is the knitting of a 100% wool sweater in the spring. And I live in Southern California, where my winters barely qualify for a wool sweater.
• Next, the fact that a knitter causes HERSELF a hand injury.
• And then when that said knitter is once again able to knit, doesn’t. Voluntarily.

*guess the artist?

 

“You did it again Mama?” April 3, 2007

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That is what Dude #1 said when he saw this:

Yes, this is the second time I’ve smashed one of my own fingers in my mini-van’s sliding door! Owwwwwccchhhhhhh!

We did take a trip to the ER, but ended up leaving before x-rays.  (Thanks soo much Nana & Poppy for taking me! And thank you Hubbo for staying home with the kiddos!) We waited for 2 ½ hours, with probably at least another 2 hour wait to even get x-rays. I’m a very impatient waiter with out my knitting! And the sad truth is: I can’t knit. At least not today, or probably tomorrow. I tried, just to see, but it’s a no go. I’m a continental knitter, and I hold my index finger up kinda high, and it strains my “tall man” (proper preschool name of the middle finger) too much. This is my 3rd hand injury in the last 6 months that has ceased knitting. And that is where the real pain comes in!

The good news…..I still had my finger splint. :-(::::::::::::::::

p.s. if Nana ran this blog, there would be a picture of me holding the frozen (but melting) bag of corn I used as an ice bag while sitting in the ER waiting room. Oh AND with Flat Stanley (my niece’s form Virginia)

 

You ain’t no fool! April 1, 2007

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p.s. Happy Birthday to you too Kaity!