Category Archives: Knitting

Culinary experiments…

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Not done by us of course, but Spencer and I have been visiting local street food “establishments” lately.

Jon’s Street Eats and Chairman Bao’s Bun Truck

Both yummy yummy!

Jon’s is on Facebook and I’m sure Bao’s has a web-site. Google is your friend. πŸ™‚

Last week I saw the “Seoul on Wheels” truck go by (Korean BBQ of course) and there is “The Falafel Truck” and tons of other taco, burrito and what-not trucks cruisin’ thru Emeryville.

Oh, and don’t forget the “CupKate’s” truck. Cupcakes on wheels. I have yet to make it when they are just down the street, but someday I will. Sure hope they are as good as everyone on Facebook says they are…

Gratuitous knitting content: Waiting for a 40″ square circular to arrive. Tried the 2-at-a-time method on the 2 16″ square circs I have and it’s just not working out. I mean, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the whole idea, it’s just that I’m not using the right means to do it. It’s spaghetti, not a knitting project. They should arrive soon. In the meantime, Honey’s Dr. Who socks are on hold cos I just can’t handle the cable and yarn and needle points mess without wanting to chuck it all out the train door. Honey is expecting socks, so that wouldn’t be a good thing for me to do. πŸ™‚

Category: FOOD, Knitting, Treats

On a knitting roll….

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I can’t seem to stop knitting. Ever since my wrist has been mostly recovered (it’s pretty much 100% now unless I do something stupid…ummm), I can’t put the needles down.

Well, that’s not completely true, as I have put the needles down on my Juliette Sweater. Funny thing is, I stopped knitting on it because it’s summer and it’s a sweater and there’s quite a bit of it now and it makes me hot to knit it.

But…it’s acting like winter here and it’s chilly at night and I really should pick it up and knit on it because then I’ll have it all ready to wear once Fall is here.

But…I can’t do that because I am obsessed with knitting socks. I started about May-ish and I’ve done 2 pair since then (which is good for me). Just finished my first pair of the “Dr Who Socks” as I’ve been calling them as I’m using Knit Picks’ Time Traveler Felici yarn. No photos yet because they are still in the camera.

Next up on the needles is another few small projects – special gifts for a special little lady – that I can’t talk about because then the cat will be out of the bag. First gift will be knit on dpns, second one will be knit using the new 2-at-a-time-toe-up method from my new book. Trying something new – yay!

After that are socks, socks, and more socks with the new method. They are the perfect projects for the daily commute. I even cast off a sock while standing at the shuttle stop yesterday after work! Wish I had a photo, but I was the only person at the stop.

I’m geeking out excited about the new method because I have the hardest time getting things to match up on the socks when I do them one at time. Is the foot the same length? Am I starting the gussett at the same point? Is the leg the same? At worst, the socks I have done so far will be a few rows off – not noticable differences to anyone unless they’re going to sit and count row by row. I’m really tired of stopping my knitting to compare one sock to the other, so yeah. Bring on the 2-at-a-time.

Ok, enough geeking out. Photos soon.

Happy Birthday to me!

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OK, so I thought I had figured out something to count for my birthday.

I thought it would be clever to count down the minutes to my actual time of birth so long ago…
But then that would entail 47 monotonous posts.
There are tons of minutes in the day, but I don’t feel like wasting any of them doing post after post after post.
Then I thought, I’ll just put them all in one but that would be totally b.0.r.i.n.g. and how the heck would I organize it?
So I’m writing this all to tell you I was born at 8:39am 47 years ago…and I’m setting this to auto post so that I can get it all precise-like and now I can go relax for the night.
I’m going to go knit for 47 minutes. The first Dr Who sock is complete and I’ve already cast on and finished the toe of it’s quasi-twin.

Hi!!!!!

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Hello out there!

I’m still here.

I’m knitting.

I’m working.

I’m aging.

It’s my b-day month. Tell me I look 30 and I’ll be your BFF.

Mom’s socks are done and blocked. Need to weave in the ends and send it off with a few other things.

Looking forward to a quiet Holiday weekend. Is there such a thing?

Train spotting…

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Left-handed knitter on the train,
Knitting fast and true.
I looked up, you smiled at me,
I smiled right back at you!

Ah, the knowing smile of a fellow knitter that says “We got it right don’t we – best thing to do on the train.”

I’ve finished all sorts of books and now I’m all booked out. Time to knock out some small knitty projects while I ride on the train. I’ve never actually knit over the summer (wool + heat + me = ugh), so we’ll see how long I can keep this up. It’s not officially summer yet, but the temp yesterday in my neck of the woods was 97F. It’s back down to the 80’s this week, so there will surely be plenty of knitting.

Oh yeah, Disc 1 and Time Traveler yarn, both delivered on Saturday. Watched the dvd and the yarn is on the shelf and readily available for petting. πŸ™‚

Drive by Update…

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Still adjusting to the work routine. Getting quicker on my rides to BART, but they still wear me out. Just wish it wasn’t so darn cold in the mornings still…

Haven’t done much crafting/knitting -wise. With all this coming home and falling asleep on the couch after work, things have gotten rather cluttered and creativity-stifling.

For a few nights this week, I have been putting things away and so on, so I should be able to get back to all my projects soon. This weekend as a matter of fact.

This weekend is a busy one. Antonella and I are off to San Francisco for a friend’s Art Showing, some bead store blitzing (mostly of our wallets, I’m sure) and a stop off at our fav stores on the way home if we’re still standing by then (and if we have anything left in those poor abused wallets).

Then we’re off to my place for a girl’s-night-in-crafting. I’ve been teaching Antonella how to make jewelry, so we’re going to make some stuff for ourselves, then she’s agreed to help me get some work done on some things for KublaCon.

There will be my 30min Spaghetti and Meatballs for dinner, some snackage, and prob some instant viewing on Xbox while we work.

A full day!

Been busy…

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…working.

Yes, you read that right. I’m employed again! As of April 1st – and no, it’s not an April Fool’s joke. It’s for real.

It’s going to take a while to get back into “working mode”. You know, the whole having to get up early, make myself human, and then commute thing.

I’ve been riding my bike to BART every day, so I’m tired at the end of the day.

I’ll be ok tho…the steady paycheck will help me adjust. πŸ™‚

Starting major production on stuff for the KublaCon Flea Market, still knitting on my Juliet (had to take a break for the wrist), bought yarn for the mystery baby gift, still have yarn left to make more beanies (taking a break from that too).

Things are going back to what they used to be (uber chaotic), but part of me likes that…and the “old lady” part of me will eventually get back into the swing of things.

Now I just need to stay away from the damn Xbox…I downloaded a game and was on until 3:30am Sunday morning.

No more starting a game at midnight…

Getting my English on…

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OK, so I’m trying Xbox LIVE for a month and after just a few hours I am hooked. More specifically, I’m hooked on the “Instant Movie” feature.

This weekend I popped the entire first 5 seasons of MI-5 into the “instant” queue and started watching. Picked up the Juliet pattern and my 3 giant balls of bulky English yarn and started it up.

This yarn is soft and squishy and totally YUMMY-licious…I want to put hundreds of balls of this stuff in a room and just dive in…THAT’s how yummy it is… The description is so spot on when it says: It’s a conversation piece in itself, and it sure gives you lots of great colour to feast your eyes on. No one can walk past this yarn without looking twice.

I’ll post photos of my balls soon, I’m just too busy squishing and fondling and totally enjoying the experience of knitting with this yarn too much right now to share it. And the pattern is knitting up quite easily. Thanks to AmpuT for knitting up such a gorgeous Juliet. I saw it while she was knitting it and then the finished sweater in person. omg. As soon as I saw it, I just knew this English yarn was perfect for it. And now after so long (over a year) I am finally picking up the needles and knitting one for myself.

Oh, and I really want to know what the deal is with these English balls. I knit and knit and knit and they don’t look any smaller than when I started. Are they magical? Are they like Mary Poppins’ Carpet Bag? Do they just have that much more in them than US yarn balls? I don’t know, but I’m loving those English balls. I don’t remember how much I paid for them, but they were worth every pence.

Category: Knitting, NK, Sweaters, Xbox Mama, YUM

Actual Knitting!!!!! With Photos!!!!!!

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Been knitting a lot since I decided my wrist was recovered enough to start trying again – I think I started the double-knit beanie about a month ago.

So far: one double-knit beanie for Spencer,

one regular knit beanie for Spencer,

one set of wrist warmers and matching sort of cowl for myself.

Not nearly enough yarn left for the cowl, so it’s a sort of neck warming thingy that can also be used as a headband/ear warmer sort of thing.

Two multi-colored (brown and several shades of green) balls of Lana Grossa something or other picked up during a browse thru the clearance wall at ImagiKnit after One-Sock-A-Month Club way back a long time ago.

Silly poses yes, but had to get the wrist warmers and the neck thingy all in one…much better than the “Oh my! What’s a knitter to do?!?” pose..

Doesn’t seem like much for those of you knitters who have 10 projects in progress and crank out tons of knitted items a year, but it is so very very much for me who has not be able to knit for so long.

I’m a new knitter all over again.

Oh, and I’ve been doing all this “freestyle”. No patterns, just grab the needles and yarn and go! I love it. Can’t tell you how liberating it is…creativity-wise.

Love it love it LOVE IT!!!!

And all of this just in time for the warm weather.

Oh, and did I mention the double-knit beanie is too big? Hoping a run thru the washer and dryer will set the stitches a bit and it’ll come out a bit smaller. It’s not wool, so there will be no shrinkage cos of that…maybe I should use COLD water? ha ha ha

It’s some acrylic yarn I bought while Spence and I visited Honey, summer of 2008. Spencer picked it out. It’s driving me crazy. Love the colors and all, but it’s 3 magic balls of yarn. I knit and knit and knit and I still seem to have the same amount I started with…seems like I’ll be knitting up a few more single knit beanies out of it. I can crank those out in a few nights knitting. By the time the balls are finished tho, I know I’ll be tired of green, grey, and rust. Good thing there are no more colors like that around here.

Next project is a baby something for my friend Cherry – her little one (girl!! Yay!!!) is due in May I believe. I won’t say what it is here as she reads this… I did ask colors and what kind of yarn and all and I think I may have found just the right stuff. I’m going to try and use worsted weight yarn as knitting with larger sized needles feels the best right now.

Still have to be careful with the “new” wrist, so that’s why I’m sticking to the larger sized needles. A few more months and I should be able to start knitting on some socks. Surprisingly, I have quite the collection of sock yarn…don’t know how all those skanks came into my possession, but there they are…and my size 0 (or are they 1’s?!?) square circular needles are waiting for me to grab them by the shafts and caress them with fingers and yarn. Can’t wait! Those things are like buttah in my hands. I bought those at Stitches West 2009. I wonder, do they come in dpns too?!?!?

Off to try out my one month trial of Xbox 360 LIVE. Saved off some “instant” movies to watch and might just try my hand at Call of Duty – World at War. Watch out Spence, Mama’s got a brand new gun (controller). While I watch a movie, I guess I can whip out an English ball or two and get started on yet another beanie. He doesn’t want a scarf and scarves take too long for my current instant knitting gratification mood.

No-blog-Rachel…I’m BACK!!!!

Did you see that?!?

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OK, so I wasn’t at all tired tonight and stayed up (obviously, it is 12:20am) to watch the end of the Ice Dancing competition.

First off, congrats to the Canadians for winning the Gold. Oh…Canadaaa…eh!

Finally saw my first medal ceremony. Did you see the sweater coats that the medal bearers were wearing?

W.A.N.T.

That is all…

Edited to add: After trolling just a few seconds in Ravelry, I found this…which led to this…I REALLY W.A.N.T. now that I got a better view of the sweater coats… Look at the size of those custom made needles. I bet you could make that sweater with a few yarns held together and a giant Tunisian Crochet hook.

Now to learn how to shape Tunisian Crochet…maybe for next winter. I’ve got other things to concentrate on right now – Kublacon anyone?