The ADD Knitter

Attention Deficit Disorder and knitting, A dangerous combination.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Almost There...

Well, I finished the main part of my cloak!

Now on to the hood. When I tried it on after I finished it, it was a bit longer than I had meant it to be. I forgot to take into account the stretch of the knit with weight on it. So, it goes all the way to the floor. I like it like that though. While talking to my Mom about it and how I would really like to wear it in the winter, but it is not nearly warm enough to compete with near zero temps and wind to boot! We came up with the idea of lining it with a satin backed flannel in the same shade of green as the main color of the cloak. Now I am super excited to get this done.

You know, I could have had this finished a long time ago, if I had just swore to do some everyday. Yeah, that is easier said than done.

It has come to my attention that my cats like my knitting basket. A couple of days ago, I got up for work and when I turned on the light, there was Pearl happy as could be on top of my cloak. {I'm thinking of changing her name to Purl, I wouldn't even have to tell my husband her name changed!) Today, I found Ernie there. See how cute? Purl is the black one and Ernie the fuzzy one.




I am going to be starting my Christmas knitting soon. I have one small project and one big one that I HAVE to do. I decided that I wanted to try cable stitching so I found projects that I can play with cables. I'll Try to keep you up to date, but there will be no pictures of these two items until after the new year, being that they are gifts.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Yay! It worked!

No, I didn't finish the cloak. I got the pictures to work! I have been having a dickens of a time to get them off the camera and onto the blog.
My friend gave me her old camera to use for putting pictures of my work on the blog. She is the bestest! So, here is the dishcloth that inspired my cloak. Well, this was the second one I knit, but I made the rows shorter so it would be smaller. When I finished it I was playing with it while watching TV, and I thought it looked like a shawl for a faerie.



Then I thought it would be really cool as a shawl for me. I have an addiction to shawls. They are like a nice cozy blanket that you can wear. I love blankets too. I need to make more of those. I like knitting blankets because you can do so many different patterns. Also, you get to use it while you are making it! My cloak is like a blanket when I am working on it. No, I didn't forget about the cloak. So, when I thought it looked like a faerie cloak I also got the idea to make a big one for me. I looked in my stash and found a skein of Lion Brand Homespun in "Country" (green)and another one of a pale violet color. I thought it would be cool if I changed colors every panel, so I started working on it. While working on it I decided that every other panel would be the same green color. Then I decided to tie it all together with a hood and make it a cloak. Here is a picture of it in progress.





So! Now I can actually show you what I am working on instead of trying to describe it to you. Nicer for you and nicer for me. Thank you (you know who you are) so much!

Thursday, September 22, 2005

How is the cloak going?

Well, I wanted to have it finished by this weekend, and I am nowhere near the end. I wanted to finish it by this weekend because it is the last weekend of the renaissance festival, and have forecasts saying it is going to be nice and cool. A really good time to unveil it, I thought. I realized this week that there was no way I could finish it on time. So I decided to not work on it much and, instead, catch up on some house work. My husband went back to work this week after being home for a little more than two weeks from knee surgery. When he is home I tend to not get a lot done. I am used to having the house to myself on weeknights since I work early mornings and he works late nights. We literally pass each other on the highway. So, that is when I usually do my cleaning time and since I never get to see him, having him home is a treat so I just want to hang out with him, ya know? You see, I can always rationalize why I don't do something I WANT to do but find tedious at times. Is there a support group out there for this?

Tomorrow is Festival Friday. This is a day at the renaissance festival that is set aside for children to come for field trips. It is open for all though. So, what usually happens is that almost all of the season pass holders take the day off work and go for a good time with the other geeks. All of the children are gone by 3PM, so it can get a bit interesting. It is basically our one last big hurrah before it is officially The Last Weekend.

So, tonight is Thursday, the first night of autumn, the weather is absolutely beautiful, tomorrow I don't work because of Festival Friday, I got another Horatio Hornblower DVD from Netflix, life is pretty good at this particular moment in time. Don't you love it when that happens? It is the simple things that make me happy. Heck! I just might pick up that cloak while watching my show.

Friday, September 16, 2005

In response to your comments

I have gotten quite a few comments about this new blog. Here are a few answers.

Jeremy: Do you forget what I like to do? Remember that I like to dress up as a pirate and go to renaissance fairs. It is really going to be more like a fall or spring jacket without arms. I have yet to do a sweater, but my first one will go to you.

Missa: Thank you for the encouragement. I have been quite busy this week and have hardly gotten into my email, let alone the blog. See you Saturday at Fest!

Mom: Thank you for understanding the artist in me.

As for the cloak that I am working on, I have gotten one more panel completed. That makes 7 more to do plus a hood. It really is knitting up quickly, I just have to buy my yarn 1 or 2 skeins at a time because of money restraints and I have other things to do in my life other than knit. I do hope to have it completed by next weekend.

One thing I discovered this week, if the pattern is easy enough (i.e. just knit or just purl, no counting) I can read a book at the same time! My husband thinks I am just nuts.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Let's try this again...

I have decided to try blogging again. I lost interest in my last one (The Skiing Pirate) because I didn't have anything to focus on. Well, I thought to myself, "Self," I thought, "What about knitting?" I have a problem with knitting. I get ideas of something I want to knit while working on a project. What usually happens is I have about 5 projects going at the same time. I guess I am kind of like that with a lot of things. I, on average, have about 4 books being read at the same time. I have one in my car to read during my lunch break, one for relaxing in the tub, one or 2 to read when there is nothing on TV, which is most of the time. Right now, I am reading a book called "Mina" that a friend of mine lent me, a collection of stories that have something to do with renaissance fairs, and I am re-reading the Harry potter series and The Lord of the Rings. So, back on subject, I have a slight case of Attention Deficit Disorder and I love to knit. I thought that could make for an entertaining blog. So, Here I am.

I am going through a dishcloth phase right now. They are a lot of fun because there are so many different ones to do and they area quick finished project. I have a hard time finishing projects. I will be working on something and thinking about the pattern, then I think of ways to slightly change it to make something else or how I might like to put this pattern into a different project altogether. Case in point: I was making a round dishcloth on 2 straight needles using a short row technique, and when I finished, before sewing up the seam, I looked at it and saw a cloak. Now I am working on an expanded version of that pattern to make myself a cloak. The original dishcloth is sitting on my coffeetable waiting to have it's seam sewed up.

So, let's see if I can keep interest in THIS blog.