Saturday, July 12, 2003

Ok... the page is messed up... testing... testing... testing...

Why is it that my page looks fine for months when I haven't been posting, but then, when I do post, it goes all kerblooie?

Where the hell did the word kerblooie come from?

Friday, July 11, 2003

Woo-hoo! Back from England (good on some levels, bad on many more)

But back from England means BACK TO THE LAND OF BROADBAND... my father's wireless network makes me drool. And we'll have one in our flat in Ann Arbor next year... sweet... (by "we" I mean my husband and I, not my dad and I)


Current projects:
Man City argyle socks
Watermark sweater
Damn wedding shawls
Jessi's top (a year!)
German socks

Really cool Raglan that I never told you about
That's about it

Projects that need fixing:
I need to add new clasps to my Norweigan cardigan
The Green Rib Sweater just doesn't fit right. I need to rip the whole thing.
Ditto with the ocean sweater. It's baggy. I want it to be fitted. It has a cowl neck. I want a boat neck.
I need to find my red cotton yarn and add a few rows to the end of my 3/4 sleeve sweater from last sweater and hem it, because I cannot block that damn bottom curl out.
Need to redo the top of the one German sock that I had finished

Projects on the horizon:
Vogue Knitting Map of the World Afghan
Modified version on Erika Knight's squares afghan (from Simple Knits for Easy Living) to use up all that Chunky Woolease
Black Kidsilk Haze Surplice Sweater
Poison kidsilk haze turtleneck from that Rowan mag with all the kidsilk haze stuff in it (Winter 01?)
More socks.

Promises from last time:
The Great Gauge Swatch Debacle (or, why I started my Watermark sweater 4 times)
When you figure out how big your sweater is by your bust measurement, but are knitting it in the flat, you must divide by 2.
When you know how many stitches are in 2 inches, and want to figure out how many stitches are in an inch, you must divide by 2.
NOW The trick is, when you do both of the above, you must divide by 2 TWICE and then multiply the numbers together to figure out how many stitches to cast on. I consider myself a fairly advanced knitter. I had to cast on and knit an inch or 2 FOUR TIMES before figuring this out. Someone should take my needles away. I don't deserve them.

Book Reviews

Hollywood Knits by Suss Collins

This book would need to be bigger than the new Harry Potter to contain all of Suss's massive massive ego. A book about Hollywood knitting will have name dropping. Every other word is a bit excessive, as with every photograph, but still. ON THE OTHER HAND, someone needs to tell Suss that she did not invent the basic steps of knitting, as all the diagrams (the same ones you find in any how-to-knit book) are labeled "Suss Step 1" "Suss Step 2" etc. That, and she takes full credit for the recent knitting craze because of her um, interesting, sweaters she knit for Bill Cosby during The Cosby Show. Yeah, because those made me want to pick up my needles.

BUT, oh drool over that orange turtleneck she designed for Velma to wear in the live action Scooby Doo. These designs are cool. I just don't want to feed her massive ego by acutally buying the book, though. Luckily my library has it!

More book reviews soon (probably tomorrow-- I'm unemployed and pathetic)