Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A Frustratingly Stitchin' Good time!!!!

Okay, I give up for tonight! I actually had a pretty productive knitting day (in between quashing the dust bunny revolution and minor conflicts between the laundry machines and the vacuum) and finished up most of the housework. Completed a set of ankle socks (albeit there are plain with nothing fancy but a bit of self patterning yarn...I always feel so very talented when looking at the completed product). They are for my sister...so one person is done and off the Xmas list!!!! Woo hoo am I good or what?

I've come to discover that non-knitters of the world do not see the finishing of a beautifully hand knitted a priority above that of having clean clothes to wear to work or school, having a meal or two in between, and they have actually had the nerve to expect me to TALK to them in the middle of counting rounds! I believe this is a conspiracy, I tell, the non-knitters of the world are attempting to overturn our addictive tendencies and drag us away from sock knitting.

However, the Knitting Goddess is NOT pleased with me. I not sure what I did but she saw fit to blow on through and totally destroy my attempts at knitting lace for a sock cuff tonight. After hours of searching through pictures of pretty tootsy warmers all over the internet, I finally found one that pleased me and begged me to make it up...the cuff is actually knitted lace in the Baby Fern Pattern. You can find proper credits on the Yarn Harlots web log (where I found these beauties).

Construction is not rocket science, but my attempts were thwarted by husband and kid and yes cats too. After three frogs I finally saw some hope and the pattern repeats were actually working for about 6 rows and then WHAMMO the Goddess got me. Turned out I had 2 too many stitches and that is why my work didn't closely resemble hers. So that's it for this eve! Stupid LACE!!! Can I stab a 2.5mm through my eye now?

At any rate, I shall return to it tomorrow. Trust me this is NOT a Stitch'n'Bitch type of project. It takes real concentration and even involves a bit of MATH (Sorry for using the 4 letter word). I think I need some actual peace, tranquility and many spells cast about me to keep the Goddess's playful tricks away :)

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Sunday's Meeting of the Needles...

All things considered, today's Stitch'n'Bitch was a success! Many of our "regulars" were busy living outside the boundaries of Knitting Land and were unable to join the fun. We welcomed a new member and inhabitant. The infamous Doby Sock was put on the needles and I've finally decided what this year's Xmas gift will be (yeah ME)!! As Knitting does not wait for anyone, the needles clicked on within our small and intimate little group. The coffee was great, the company was superb and the knitting was spectacular.

To the non-knitters within ear shot of us, we must have seemed strange. Clicking away, with straws in our coffee for easy access (it is quite difficult to drink and knit at the same time...when will science create that third arm anyway?), we noticed the occasional stare and often confused looks. However, non of us were as strange as the lady with the long bright pink hair who walked in...who in their right might would do that to themselves, I asked my knitting mates. Although, she was probably wondering who in their right mind would knit in public? Well, let me tell you, there are a bunch of us and we are certainly looking to grow in number. We are teenagers, housewives, toxicology experts, food service experts, data entry clerks, and...well I think you get the picture - all are welcome and none are turned away.

As the hours sped past us, our needles clicked, we endured the confused stares of the local non-knitters and attempted to convert a few of them (for it is true that everyone is a knitter, they just need to discover their inner muse and talent) and accepted graceful compliments and looks of envy. The knitting goddess shone on us for the most part and we only hit a few minor snags...lost stitches (no one could find them again...must be magic of Doby working) and miscounted rows led to laughter and good times.

The afternoon was punctuated with great coffee and the welcoming of one more Knitter friend who has only recently become an inhabitant of Knitting...the world where yarns adorns us all, addictive behaviour (to yarn and needles of course) is accepted and even encouraged, and where shiny needles are better than gold necklaces. Welcome Claire and we hope to see you back again.

To those of you who missed out, we welcome you to next weeks session. To those of who attended today, it was great to meet you and talk about your own knitting adventures. To all of you: The next Stitch'n'Bitch is scheduled for...

Sunday September 16, 2007
McKenzie Coles Coffee
Corner of Gray Ave and Central Ave
Saskatoon, SK
2 pm - 5 pm