Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Getting Organized....Are You Kidding Me???

A blogging friend recently left a comment that she would love to see a photo or photos of my stash. LOL! Is she kidding me or what? I'd have to get organized with my knitting, all of my balls & all of my skeins of yarn & my needles & my gadgets. I'm a pack rat by nature or by genetic or by deficient.

I also enjoy the computer & I enjoy reading other blogs via Google Reader. So, I was reading brileyknits & he had a link to Confessions of a Serial Knitter. Check out her blog & see if you aren't a serial knitter, too. It's on the right of her blog.

I qualify as a SK, so I don't think that I'll ever get my knitting stuff organized! But it is something to think about or dream about.

Getting Organized....Are You Kidding Me???

A blogging friend recently left a comment that she would love to see a photo or photos of my stash. LOL! Is she kidding me or what? I'd have to get organized with my knitting, all of my balls & all of my skeins of yarn & my needles & my gadgets. I'm a pack rat by nature or by genetic or by deficient.

I also enjoy the computer & I enjoy reading other blogs via Google Reader. So, I was reading brileyknits & he had a link to Confessions of a Serial Knitter. Check out her blog & see if you aren't a serial knitter, too. It's on the right of her blog.

I qualify as a SK, so I don't think that I'll ever get my knitting stuff organized! But it is something to think about or dream about.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

New Yarn and New Needles

When I first started out on my journey in knitting, I used whatever needles, usually straight ones and whatever yarn, usually Red Heart, that was in my Mom's stash. As I continued to knit, I usually got my yarn, usually acyclic, from 5&10 stores like Woolworth's or Murphy's, Zayre's, Gee Bees, and even Sears. Yarn content at the time wasn't important. Prices and colors were.

Now, I've started out on a new journey into the wonderful world of sock knitting. About 2 years ago, I decided to try my hand at knitting socks. Well, the prices of sock yarn was sort of a cultural shock to me as was going to a local yarn store, (LYS) for the tools of my passion. I've discovered that sock knitting is not a cheap endeavor, however, I thought I was worth it!

So, I was at a LYS and I got some new yarn and some new needles. First, I had a sense of euphoria, then, I had a pang of guilt for indulging in such an expensive pleasure. That was until I read Woolbearers blog and she talks about all the others things that we could be doing in our lives, but what else would give us the same kind of satisfaction? So without further ado, here's a photo of my new yarn and my new needles............

I've haven't tried either of these yarns before. The light pink is Panda Cotton, a little pricey, but oh so soft. The other yarn is Berrocco Comfort Sock yarn, reasonably priced and very soft as well. I haven't decided what to knit with these yet. You know how a sculptor stares at a block of clay, before deciding what it it meant to me? Well, I'm waiting for the right sock or the right pattern to come along before deciding. Besides, I have some other projects that are begging to be finished.

I also got some
Clover bamboo DPN's, , and a long cir, Crystal Palace, for Magic Loop knitting. I'm so used to using Knit Picks Cirs, so I haven't decided how I feel about the Crystal Palace needle yet.

New Yarn and New Needles

When I first started out on my journey in knitting, I used whatever needles, usually straight ones and whatever yarn, usually Red Heart, that was in my Mom's stash. As I continued to knit, I usually got my yarn, usually acyclic, from 5&10 stores like Woolworth's or Murphy's, Zayre's, Gee Bees, and even Sears. Yarn content at the time wasn't important. Prices and colors were.

Now, I've started out on a new journey into the wonderful world of sock knitting. About 2 years ago, I decided to try my hand at knitting socks. Well, the prices of sock yarn was sort of a cultural shock to me as was going to a local yarn store, (LYS) for the tools of my passion. I've discovered that sock knitting is not a cheap endeavor, however, I thought I was worth it!

So, I was at a LYS and I got some new yarn and some new needles. First, I had a sense of euphoria, then, I had a pang of guilt for indulging in such an expensive pleasure. That was until I read Woolbearers blog and she talks about all the others things that we could be doing in our lives, but what else would give us the same kind of satisfaction? So without further ado, here's a photo of my new yarn and my new needles............

I've haven't tried either of these yarns before. The light pink is Panda Cotton, a little pricey, but oh so soft. The other yarn is Berrocco Comfort Sock yarn, reasonably priced and very soft as well. I haven't decided what to knit with these yet. You know how a sculptor stares at a block of clay, before deciding what it it meant to me? Well, I'm waiting for the right sock or the right pattern to come along before deciding. Besides, I have some other projects that are begging to be finished.

I also got some
Clover bamboo DPN's, , and a long cir, Crystal Palace, for Magic Loop knitting. I'm so used to using Knit Picks Cirs, so I haven't decided how I feel about the Crystal Palace needle yet.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Cooking, Baking & Knitting

Sometimes, I like to bake and cook...not as much as I like knitting. Well, since my burn incident w/the pumpkin pies last Christmas Eve, I haven't done as much baking as I used to.....funny....I haven't lost any weight either. Life just doesn't seem fair sometimes. Ha! No, seriously...I do enjoy my life & believe it or not, sometimes I stay up too late knitting, then I'll turn around & get up early just so I get get some more knitting done before the rest of the house gets up & moving. It's a craziness I tell you. It's those darn socks!!!

When I'm not on the PC scouring the Internet for all those lovely & free patterns, then I'm on the Internet checking out different recipes. My old recipe box has seen better days & it's filled with all sorts of things that I thought that I would make & never did and it's also filled with lot family favorites. Most of the recipes are hand written on old fashioned 3x5 index cards. The ingredients are listed on one side and the directions are
scribbled written on the other side. The ink is starting to fade on a lot of these cards, too. So, for Christmas last year, my kids gave me this really nice silver metal recipe box that holds 4x6 cards and I just love it! I can put the ingredients & the directions on the front of the card & I can see it without my reading glasses! Now, I've been a search for how to "type" up recipes on the computer, because it's not like the old days when I could put an index card in the manual typewritter & just type it. Well, I found something that I like a whole lot and it's free! I like it so much that I wanted to share it with rest of you! Recipe Card Maker.

You can type or copy & paste a recipe into a 3x5 or a 4x6 recipe card and there's the option of different designs and the option of printing 2 cards at a time or just 1 card. (The button is at the bottom for 1 card.) I print my recipes on white card-stock paper then cut them to fit in my recipe box.

Oh, my favorite recipes to look for? I've been looking at a lot of slow-cooker recipes lately, because it's been too hot to cook & by throwing things in the crockpot in the morning....it frees me up for doing other things with my family & leaves me some more time to knit!

Cooking, Baking & Knitting

Sometimes, I like to bake and cook...not as much as I like knitting. Well, since my burn incident w/the pumpkin pies last Christmas Eve, I haven't done as much baking as I used to.....funny....I haven't lost any weight either. Life just doesn't seem fair sometimes. Ha! No, seriously...I do enjoy my life & believe it or not, sometimes I stay up too late knitting, then I'll turn around & get up early just so I get get some more knitting done before the rest of the house gets up & moving. It's a craziness I tell you. It's those darn socks!!!

When I'm not on the PC scouring the Internet for all those lovely & free patterns, then I'm on the Internet checking out different recipes. My old recipe box has seen better days & it's filled with all sorts of things that I thought that I would make & never did and it's also filled with lot family favorites. Most of the recipes are hand written on old fashioned 3x5 index cards. The ingredients are listed on one side and the directions are
scribbled written on the other side. The ink is starting to fade on a lot of these cards, too. So, for Christmas last year, my kids gave me this really nice silver metal recipe box that holds 4x6 cards and I just love it! I can put the ingredients & the directions on the front of the card & I can see it without my reading glasses! Now, I've been a search for how to "type" up recipes on the computer, because it's not like the old days when I could put an index card in the manual typewritter & just type it. Well, I found something that I like a whole lot and it's free! I like it so much that I wanted to share it with rest of you! Recipe Card Maker.

You can type or copy & paste a recipe into a 3x5 or a 4x6 recipe card and there's the option of different designs and the option of printing 2 cards at a time or just 1 card. (The button is at the bottom for 1 card.) I print my recipes on white card-stock paper then cut them to fit in my recipe box.

Oh, my favorite recipes to look for? I've been looking at a lot of slow-cooker recipes lately, because it's been too hot to cook & by throwing things in the crockpot in the morning....it frees me up for doing other things with my family & leaves me some more time to knit!

Camo & Pumpkin Hats