Wednesday, July 25, 2007

- and a few outtings

I recently got an invitation to join!!! It's very cool, and I think the best way to describe it is as a knitter's You can enter patterns, yarns, dream projects, view pictures of other's WIP's and FO's, and so many more things. I just got the invite yesterday and will have to play with it quite a bit more, but so far I really like it. But sheesh. I've now got; a blog, a myspace, am a member of KH, and now have a raverly account. No wonder I have no time to knit. :-)

On to personal life stuff. I've been going a lot of places and doing a lot of things lately. Went to San Francisco on 4th of July, went to Turtle Bay two weeks ago, Tilden Park in Oakland, (this is a sample of where I've been going). I wanted to post some pictures of where I've been and what I've been doing so people know I've not just been hiding in my house and working my butt off, so here they are.

San Francisco:

My Grandmother's house:

My house about a month and a half ago:

At Tilden Park:

Turtle Bay:

So the above pictures are a sample of why I've been too busy to blog lately! Been seeing beautiful things and spending time with family, BF and friends. Need to take time out for myself sometimes, and not focus on the computer or knitting. But now I've been getting blogger withdrawals and knitting withdrawals!

I am knitting on two different projects lately I'll post a picture of one, but not the other as my yarn swappie might happen across this site, and I don't want her to know who I am or what I am making for her.

So here is the Fiber Trend Clog I am making for BF:

I will be making matching ones for his son, because I think it will be cute. But before I make the kiddie ones I need to make the second one for BF, so both tootsies can be warm in the winter time. :-)

Monday, July 23, 2007

- Been a while

Ok, I know it's been a while (a long while) since I posted, but I'm gonna try to be better. Unfortuanately, the new Harry Potter book just landed in my mail box. :-)

So I was watching Knitty Gritty today and they had the best episode today! Here is a link to today's show. It was all about knitting with yarn that is all natural but not made of wool! Everything from soy, to corn, to hemp, to seaweed. How freakin' cool is that?!?

The yarns they talked about are:

Corn yarn: SWTC/Amaizing #159 (Blue)
Soy yarn: SWT/Pure #073 (Vivid Viola)
Tencel: Suss Designs Yarns/Love #10b (Taupe)
Bamboo: Classic Elite/BamBoo #4920 (Citrine)
Cotton/Lycra: Blue Moon Fiber Arts/Sock Candy (Lapis)
Cotton/Acrylic Microfiber: Rowan/Calmer #477 (Blush)
Cotton/milk fiber: SWTC/Vickie Howell's Collection Craft (Martha)
Pure Cotton: Blue Sky/Dyed Cotton (Dark Brown)
Linen: Louet/Euroflax Geneva (Grape)
Hemp: Hemp for Knitting/Allhemp 6 (Sprout)
Silk: Handmaiden/Silken (Ocean)

Now I don't have a wool allergy, but some people do. Up until recently they were pretty much stuck knitting with acrylic, alpaca, silk, linen, cotton. But many of these options have been really expensive to use.

But according to the show, all of these yarns are made from leftovers. The food is made, then they use what is left to make the yarn. The colors are absolutely beautiful, and they seem really cool. I've used soy and hemp, oh and bamboo (which I love, BTW). I really want to try the corn yarn. That just seems too cool.

South West Trading Company
Suss Design
Classic Elite Yarn
Rowan Yarn
Blue Sky Alpaca
Louet Yarn
Knitter's Review <-- this is a good site, this particular link is a review of corn yarn.
Lana Knits

I think it is just so very neat that there are so many different types of yarn on the market now. Sometimes I think I should have been born in another time....then I realize. I HATE Red Heart acrylic yarn, and I'm glad I was born when I was. :-)

Oh, and if you are into these types of yarns, the book No Sheep for You is one you ought to check out! The link is for Knit Picks, a great site online for natural yarns at a good price. Now if they'd just get some soy, hemp and seaweed yarn, all would be right in this knitter's world.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

- Really out of touch

Hi to anyone who still checks this blog. I've been really out of touch for a while. Almost two weeks now!!!!!!! Life is just moving so fast, I've been traveling back and forth between my place and my parents, hanging out with friends, hanging out with the boyfriend and Little jr. (boyfriend's son), working a lot (still), trying (and semi failing) to find time for has been waaaay to busy lately for any posts.

For anyone who has been following the Oddball charity blankets, you should check out this blog site. It has updated pictures of all of the blankets, and they all look WONDERFUL. I can't wait to participate, and (cross your fingers) life will slow down a bit by the time I get the blanket sent to my house!!! Really, cross your fingers.

Everything is going well, and I'm enjoying myself, when I have that precious all to short breathing space. So I still have tons of pictures I have to post, and things to talk about, I'm just having to save them up until I have more than the five minutes I have now to post.