Saturday, August 06, 2011

Crappy Yarn

What to do with crappy yarn?  I bought this yarn about 6 or 7 years ago when I first started knitting socks.

I had ordered it online from a yarn and craft catalog.  It's called On Your Toes with Aloe in the color Carnation.  I'm not sure what it is about this yarn that I don't like, but I just don't like the way that it looks or feels.  

I had thoughts of using it in this pattern, because I'd only have to use a little bit of it for the toes and the cuffs.  This yarn has been kicking around in my stash forever, because I just can't bring myself to throw it out.    So, I've completed the toe and I'm about ready to switch to the white yarn, but I'm hesitant because I really don't like the way the toe looks or feels in this stuff.

Some other knitter out there has a signature that says, "Life's too short to knit with ugly yarn."  Maybe I should rip this out and start over with a nicer yarn, and finally pitch this yarn in the trash.

I Still Love Lucy

Lucille Ball would have been 100 years old today.  I grew up watching her.  On days that I was sick and had to stay home from school, I would lay on the sofa and watch the I Love Lucy shows in the morning, I think that it was on around 10 o'clock in the morning and it was followed by the Dick Van Dyke Show.  Classic comedy.  Everyone seems to have a favorite.  My favorite was when Lucy does a commercial for Vitameatavegamin.

When I was in school, the only good thing about Mondays was Monday nights and  The Lucy Show, with Lucille Ball as Lucy and Gale Gordon as Mr. Mooney.

Happy Birthday Lucy and thanks for all the laughs and all the great memories!  Your shows are just as funny now as they were then.

Other links of interest:

Google Loves Lucy: Lucille Ball’s 100th Birthday

Happy 100th Birthday, Lucille Ball! 15 Things You Never Knew About TV's Funniest Lady

Thursday, August 04, 2011

New Afghan and New Book

I really liked the Triple Wave afghan that's in The Little Box of Throws.  I went to Michael's Arts and Crafts to get the specified yarn which was Lion Brand's Wool-Ease Thick and Quick.  

(photo copyright of Martingale & Company)
Well, after handling the yarn I discovered that I had a sensitivity or possibly an allergic reaction to the stuff, so I switched to Michael's Loops & Threads Impeccable Yarn and I decided to use size 10 1/2 Circular Needle. I also CO 195 sts. instead of the 147 sts, called for in the original pattern on size 13 needles,   It's coming along quite nicely and pretty fast.

I decided to use 4 different colors instead 3 like in the pattern, so I guess that this afghan might be called, "Quadruple Wave" instead of Triple Wave. Again, this is an easy pattern to do and to memorize.  It's just 2 rows, a pattern row and a purl row.  The stitch pattern is called a Chevron Pattern and not a Ripple Pattern.  They are very similar, so I'm not too sure what the difference is between the two of them.  I really like the color scheme, too.  Loops & Threads Impeccable Yarn is nice to work with.  It's not scratchy and it's not too soft either.  It's a good everyday yarn, machine washable and dryer safe.

I received a book from yesterday.  It called, Original Hell's Angels  I got this book, not because I'm into WWII history or anything, but because my Uncle Rip is in it.  My uncle fought in over 40 missions in England during WWII and he was one of Original Hell's Angels.  I've been so busy knitting that I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but it's loaded with tons of photos from that time in history.

My Uncle is the 2nd man from the left.  The only one with a mustache.

Oh, I'm liking my new purse a lot!  I can carry all sorts of things, including a small knitting project like a sock.  Very  important feature for a knitter's purse.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

New Yarn & New Purse

I had a great day out after church.  Michael's Arts & Crafts had a 20% off entire order, so like any good I went.  I originally set out to get materials for this afghan.

photo copyright of Martingale & Company

 The pattern called for Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn (#6) and size 13 needles.  Well, I got to Michael's and they had the charcoal, the off-white, but no deep green.  The only green that they had was called, "grass", a bright green....not the color that I was looking for.  So, I browsed around a bit and I thought of using a navy blue for the green, but while I was looking through all the different colors of Wool-Ease, my hands started to burn and itch & get real hot and irritated.  So, I had to come up with a different game plan.  If I was that sensitive to the yarn just holding it, I didn't think that I would be able to tolerate knitting with it for long periods of time.  And, if the yarn was bothering me, then it was probably going to bother the recipient of the afghan, too.

After much thought and shopping around, I decided on Loops and Threads yarn (#4), and probably size 10 or 10 1/2 needles and I'll have to adjust the number of cast on stitches accordingly, and I decided on a completely different color scheme.


I selected off-white, beige and forest green.  The yarn seems nice and it doesn't bother my skin.
I also picked up a couple skeins of cotton yarn and some baby yarn and a couple of gadgets.  The price was right...what can I say.

With the 20% off coupon, I saved about $10.

At the beginning of summer, I saw a purse that I really liked, but I didn't like the price tag.  I  was doing some back to school shopping with my youngest daughter and guess what I spotted?  Yep, the purse.....on sale for just a little over $11!!!

So, now I'm going to go cast on with my new yarn.

Hopscotch Cardi x 3!