Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Suddenly social?

I've been feeling like meeting other knitters lately. I'd love to join a Stitch N' Bitch or something like that. But there are some problems with this:

1. I'm incredibly shy in a group where I'm the only person who doesn't know the others. Put me in a group where no one knows each other and I'll be the most vocal out there. But if everyone knows everyone but me, I'll shut up completely. Yikes!

2. I have a weird work schedule and I'm rarely free in the evenings. Seriously, for a knitting meeting to work for me, it would have to be either during the day, late at night (after 9pm), on a Friday or Saturday (my two days off) or Sunday morning/early afternoon. It's not easy to find people available at these times.

A lot of people at work have been impressed with my FO, maybe said they would love to learn how to knit, but all of them say "they don't have time". Funny because I often work 60 hours a week, I work out regularly and despite not being super social, I do have a few friends that I see. :p But I can't watch TV without doing something with my hands, so knitting is perfect. And there's nothing more boring than a long metro/bus ride (reading is good but I don't always feel like it).

Anyways. If any of the Montrealers who are reading this would like to meet someday, maybe in January, let me know :)

You know what I'd really like? To set up a group for charity knitting. Like chemo caps or something. Maybe someday.

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Ok so La Bobineuse's red yarn is so going to be a Chinese Charm bag. It won't, however, be ready for Friday's party. I don't even have time to go to the fabric store for the lining and the handles. Besides, it probably would be preferable until my mom has her own bag before I make another one.

So of course, because I'll be using the red yarn for a bag (and probably a matching hat later on), I just HAD to go to the LYS to get some replacement yarn for the sweater. Oh my God. I bought some Phildar Laureate (60% Courtelle (??What's that??), 20% mohair, 15% acrylic, 5% wool) and I love it. I have no idea if this yarn is considered "good yarn" by the experimented knitter or if they see it as crap, but I don't care, I just love knitting with it. It's soft and beautiful and wow. And at 3.40 CDN a skein, it was very affordable for a sweater (and I got perfect gauge, woohoo!). I got it in a baby blue colour, which is drastically different from the red I had first planned, but I think it'll work well.

I think I'll buy more of it to make a shawl. It would be perfect. Sooooo soft. Yum.

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I love finishing a lot of projects, because it means I can choose new ones. But it's also overwhelming because there are so many things I'd like to make. Being a list-maker, I'm making a quick one before I go to bed:

On the needles:

-Basketweave scarf from Stitch N' Bitch Nation
(Paton Shetland Chunky -- I think? I don't feel like going to check it out). Lovely. Love the yarn, love the pattern.

-To Dye for sweater from Stitch N' Bitch
(Phildar Laureate). LOVE the yarn. Very easy knit so far.

Things I will do for sure soon:

-one-skein silk garden beanie
(Out of the extra Silk Garden yarn I have leftover from mom's Chinese Charm Bag)

-Chinese Charm Bag #2 (for me!)
(La Bobineuse red acrylic/wool blend)

Things I really want to do ASAP:

-Sacred & Profane convertible from Knit Wit
(I'm thinking of using Kureyon for the wrist warmers part and black yarn for the mitten covers part. And funky buttons)

-Coronet from Knitty
(matching above)

-Poster boy from Stitch N' Bitch Nation
(I'd like to use a Marilyn Monroe chart, but I'm not sure I know how to do that)

-Monster slippers from Stitch N' Bitch Nation
(because I can't see another fuzzy feet) ;)

*sigh*

So many projects, so little time...

1 comment:

Kajin said...

Looks like you have a lot on your project list :-D
Courtelle is a trademark for a kind of acrylic - I was told it is high quality acrylic. I am knitting something with Barisienne from Bergère de France made with this stuff, and it is really great.