Saturday, January 17, 2004

I've moved

I couldn't seem to figure out picture hosting so I have moved to http://katyknits.typepad.com/
Please come visit me there.

Friday, January 16, 2004

Knitting Guild Meeting

Does anyone else belong to a local guild? My mom signed me up over the summer. The program content isn't as strong as I had hoped. They had Sandy Terp there discussing designing your own lace knitting project. It was interesting. There is the show and tell element. And there is always a lot of charity knitting. I wish they would bring in more teachers. Nicky Epstein did come over the summer and showed some of her embellishments. I am just not much of an embellisher. What I do enjoy is the LYS bargain bin. She stocks it on these Guild days. The early bird catches the worm. I have gotten a few good deals. :)

Speaking of my LYS, I am knitting that Booga J bag for the owner. Granny donated a gift certificate to my son's school. We are having a dinner dance to raise funds to help pay for the 1:1 ratio he gets at his school. The state only pays for so much and we parents raise the rest. I am making a knitting basket for the chinese auction. Knitting has kept me pretty sane through Owens autism. So, I thought I would share my passion. And if no one bids, I will. :) I was trying to decide to what book to put in the basket. Originally, I had planned on Stitch and Bitch. But there was that whole flame war about it on the KL. I have the book and I like it but I think I have decided on the Debbie Bliss How to Knit. Any yarn suggestions? The basket has to be valued at $100. I am about halfway there so I thought some nice yarns would dress it up. Thanks.

The kids are back at school. I think they were happy to go. Owen won't wear mittens--which drives me nuts. He only just started wearing hats a few months ago. His teachers are so awesome. I know they will start a desensitizing program for the mittens if I ask. Some sad news, friends of my husband from high school were told two of there triplets are on the spectrum. My husband spent about an hour on the phone with the dad giving him support and suggestions. They live in Maryland, so we don't really know what Maryland has to offer. But we did talk about what they should expect--regardless of where they live. Autism stinks.

Anyway, have a good day and stay warm. I have nice warm wooly socks that my mom knit for me and my absolutely favorite Alice Starmore cardi from Vogue Knitting (also knit by mom). That ought to wow the girls at the Guild.

Thursday, January 15, 2004

Snow Day

The kids and I are home for a snow day. We have been playing Megablocks and trains and watching TV. The boys haven't gotten out of their pajamas and seem quite content. I asked my 9 year old daughter to shovel. She looked shocked. But, in the end, I think she enjoyed it.

As far as knitting...not a lot will happen today. Owen doesn't like for me to knit. If I try he usually runs off and does laps with the ball of yarn. He loves cats and sometimes I wonder if he thinks he is one. In order to avoid projects I would really like to finish, I have started a Booga bag. This will be my third. The first two have been gifted--no pics. Not that it would matter since I can't get the picture thing to work. And Cameron has asked for a scarf. I am doing a simple ribbed scarf in Knitaly. It is a superwash wool. I absolutely hate it. It is all snarly and yucky. I absolutely love the Mission Falls 1824 wool but my middle child needed immediate scarf gratification. If it washes up nicely and gets softer, I may make him the Half Ribby Cap on Bagatell's blog. I made one in the Mission Falls for a friend whom I recently visited in Paris. That was such an excellent trip. (Kevin if you are reading--thanks) While there I went to La Droguerie. What an interesting place for yarn. I bought a scarf kit, some buttons, felted embellishments for hats and some very fine alpaca for a scarf for the friend I visited. Don't know what I was thinking there....If I muster up the courage to knit socks, it may become a pair of socks instead.

I guess that is it for today. Perhaps I will give pictures another try tonight, after the kids go to bed. Have a great day.

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

I made this cat bed for my friends using Wendy's pattern for Kitty Pi.
I used Brown Sheep bulky and worsted (held doubled).
The trim is Lion Brand Fun Fur held doubled.

I was very happy that the kitty kept nice and still for the picture :-)
Well, I wish I could come up with a clever title. But I am still reeling from my disappointment at not being able to post pictures. Can anyone recommend a good free picture host? The one I had found was massed out.

In knitting news, I finished a novelty scarf for my son's teacher in Firenze (2 balls on 15's, 17 stitches--garter all the way). He has been at his school for one year now. I had hoped, after one year, that he would be halfway to recovery...but he is not. He is, however, potty trained! And that is a huge hurdle! Yippee. Talking fluently is my current goal. And sitting for meals would be nice too.

On the needles...well there is a lot on the needles. I am making 2 baby sweaters in Paton's Grace from the latest FCEK. It is a raglan. I absolutely hate the stitch definition. It is really slopping looking. And I am usually pretty consistent in my tension. Has anyone worked with this yarn? I am also very stalled on a Dale Salt Lake City pullover for my husband. I purchased it from Bea Ellis when I was living in Massachusetts. She is such a great lady. I regret not taking a class at the YMCA in Marshfield when she offered them. The sweater has suffered many mishaps--broken cable on my Inox, pattern error that I missed, and a lack of skill on my part for two stranded knitting. My mom, however, is an expert. She just lacks that teaching skill--at least teaching me. (Sorry mom). She's more the "Move over and let me do it" type. :) The last project I will mention (because there are many more) is Na Craga from Alice Starmore's Aran Knitting. I am doing it in Cascade 220. I love it. I have finished the front and back and am working on the sleeves. I screwed up one of the cables. My mom tried to drop it down and fix it. It was only 4 or so rows back. But it was so distorted that it had to be ripped. I want to finish this sweater. I think it has been a couple of years.

Well, I think I will spend a bit of time today researching picture hosting. And maybe drag out Na Craga...except I have to finish those raglans before the babies outgrow them. Have a great day.

Monday, January 12, 2004

Well, here it is...my very own blog. I have been thinking about this for quite some time but was having trouble coming up with a title. I thought about a poll. But considering it is a new blog--I probably wouldn't be getting a lot of traffic. And my mom and husband already voiced their opinions. I have settled on Katyknits.

Knitting has always been a part of my life. My mom has been knitting forever. She is also an exceptional knitter. I had made little projects here and there throughout my life. A scarf for a highschool boyfriend. A scary dropped stitch (accidentally and purposefully) "sweater" in my New Wave days. I made a couple of pairs of Sunny's Mittens during college. My biggest problem with knitting was not being able to cast on. After college, I did a year of volunteering in Alaska at a domestic violence shelter. The residents, more skilled than I, would cast on for me. I gave up on knitting for a while. I tried again when we were living in London. Still there was the issue of casting on. I gave up again.

Four years ago, my son Owen was born. Owen has autism. Having a child with autism is challenging, to say the least. My other two children, Gracie (9) and Cameron (6), are as easygoing as could be. With Owen it was different. I joined a knitting class at a local shop in MA, where we were living at the time. I needed to get out of the house on occasion and I wanted to learn how to cast on. I did! Knitting has been my passion and therapy ever since.

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