Addicted Knitter

Gwen is a high school junior stranded on a not-quite-deserted island. (Manhattan.) She's obsessed with knitting and everything japanese.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Finally, an update!

You're right, I haven't updated in a thousand years. I intended to, really! I even took these pictures...





On top is the second package I received, which I have already talked about. I think I may have left something out of the picture...::thinks:: Oh! I know! I left out the yummy-smelling soap. It's in my drawer, making my clothes smell nice.

Second is a picture of the last package I received. (Minus jelly beans, which were ultra-yummy and didn't last very long.) (I've just noticed how much I say 'yummy'.) I got an awesome eco-friendly notebook, a book of 'soda fountain wisdom' which is very fun, Wish #1, and some kickass mermaid embroidery patterns which I have to find something really cool to use on. I'm also very glad to have Wish - it's one of my favorite series EVER, and the second manga I read, and the book that introduced me to Clamp, and it's just AMAZING and I didn't own it! So that was perfect. Thank you. ^_^

Next up is Wendy's Wavy River Scarf, so called because it's blue and wavy and I think it looks like a river. So there. It's actually about twice as long as that now. I'm about to move on to the second ball of yarn, which makes me happy. I think I might make it ten or eleven repeats instead of nine, though, since Wendy is really, really tall. I mean, she could squish me by accident and not notice. So a little extra length would be good.

Requests for stuff has been pouring in from my friends...Sarah wants a hat like Nora's except pink, Alisa wants an Astrodome hat, Theodora wants a scarf to match her clutch, Katelyn wants wristbands that say 'hope' and 'dream'...It's nice to be loved, but a little overwhelming. At least nobody has asked for a sweater! I like knitting stuff for people, too. Although if I make more than two things a year for a person (one for Christmas, one for their birthday) I think I may start charging.

My yarn for Grandma's blanket has STILL not come in. This makes me angry. To console myself, I got myself Knit Socks! Which made me not so angry any more. Socks will make good Christmas presents, I think.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

I'm a....Junior?

Wow, being back at school is so odd. I adjusted to the 'Eleventh Grade' part pretty quick, but the 'Junior' part hasn't really sunk in yet. The workload has definitely picked up, though, so I guess I really am an upperclassman now. XD Weird. I also got the Stage Manager position, which both has me jumping up and down, totally psyched, and mourning for my free time. I went and helped out with the first round of auditions for the Musical (You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown) today, which was fun.

On the knitting front...I've started a nice blue Wavy scarf (from Knitty, of course) for Wendy for Christmas. I was going to do it in Boston College colors, since she's up there coaching Women's Crew now, but I saw this blue and liked it way more. It's color number 9455, all the way on the left there. Wendy's going to love it, it's totally her style. (Wendy taught me to knit, just so you know.) I'm a little more than two repeats in.



Nice, right? I'm also picking up the yarn I ordered for Grandma's blanket tomorrow, if all goes well. I actually put pictures of all that stuff on my computer, but blogger isn't cooperating. So maybe I'll be able to get them up tomorrow. I hope so.

Oh, and my new SP e-mailed me! Hi SP! ::waves:: I'm going to email you back soon, once I figure out the actual name of this really fuzzy yarn I've been coveting.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Pictures

Yay for photos! Okay, first up, this is the blanket I'm making for Grandma. Except that I'm making it in pink. This picture is scanned directly from Knit It, and is copyright to them and the photographer. I don't own anything! Don't sue me!



Pretty, yeah? She's gonna love it. And speaking of pretty, here's my mother dearest, modeling Barbara's fuzzy blue scarf and the first teddy bear I made for the Mother Bear Project.



That's all, folks!

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Yay! New Knitty AND Magknits! The Magknits was a bit dissapointing for me – I liked the ‘Crime of Fashion’ scarf, but I’d never wear it – same thing with Sesame, and the others weren’t very interesting to me at all. (Is it just me, or were there only six patterns? o_O) Still, I was very glad to hear that they’ll be publishing every month now! Huzzah! Knitty was better – I LOVE Revolution and Arisaig, although I’m not sure that I’d actually wear them. I also loved the ideas behind Leaves in Relief and Samus – but, personally, I think that Samus would hang around in something much more futuristic than a sweater. I always kind of picture her dressing like the girl in the Fifth Element.

My friend Alisa also requested an Astrodome set for her birthday, which is fine by me. (I'd love one for myself, too, but I look horrible in hats.) She wants it in red, orange, yellow, and brown - nice fall colors. I think I'd go for something a little more out there, myself, but it's all good.

In other news – I finished the Tie One On, and it looked great on her, although I didn’t get a picture. I will, though! She’s coming to see Pillowman with us on Tuesday, so I’ll get one then. I also finished my first bear for the Mother Bear Project – did I say that yet? Eh, whatever. I got most of a second one done before realizing I didn’t have enough yarn to do its arms, too. But I think it’d be a shame to rip it out (it’s a cute one with a ringer tee style shirt) and the yarn is cheap no dye-lot stuff, so I'll pick some up soon. I always use more white acrylic than I mean to in my charity projects, anyway.

Actually, that brings up something I've been wondering about. I tend to use acrylic in my charity projects. A lot of times it's nice soft stuff, but I'm still being a cheapass. I feel kind of bad - I mean, I always use the best stuff when I make presents for people I know...I make excuses to myself like the rather harsh-sounding "beggars can't be choosers" and the slightly more reasonable fact that I can make more with the same amount of money if I use acrylic, but I still feel bad. :*( Opinions, anyone?

Well. Now that I've told you about how I use expensive yarn for presents for people I know and cheap stuff for people I don't...I went and ordered yarn for my grandma's Christmas present today. I'm making a blanket from Knit It, which I may upload a picture of if I can overcome my lazy nature. It's got a garter stitch border, and a checkerboard pattern of two different stitches - some basic 2x2 ribbing and a kind of jumbo seed stitch. The reccomended yarn, 'Pleasure' by Berocco, looked really nice - but it's been discontinued, so I ordered some Rowan (Mom was paying or I never would've been able to afford it, lol) in a sort of dusty pink. I figure if I start it ASAP I might actually have it done for Christmas. The yarn store I went to is called Glenmarle Woolworks - I've never really shopped there except for stuff like stitch markers because I thought it was very overpriced. But it isn't! I was poking around today and they have all kinds of nice stuff for reasonable prices, including Lamb's Pride, which is called for in like half the patterns I use but which my other LYS doesn't stock. (I guess I thought it was expensive because they DO stock all the really expensive stuff, right up at the front of the store. It gets cheaper the farther back you go.) And the woman was very helpful. I'll have to go back there! They have this awesome plushy yarn that I NEED. I'm thinking that if I knit some of that and the Tutti Frutti lace yarn together, I could get a pretty nice scarf. Of course, I already have twenty million scarves. But that's okay. I could always use one more.

Bob II seems to be thinking about the holidays already, too. My computer keeps playing all my Christmas music. (I've sort of started seeing Bob as the soul of my computer, controlling what comes up on shuffle and things like that.)

You'll notice I haven't said anything about Katrina. There's not a whole lot to be said that hasn't been said already - except that I am, as usual, pissed at our government. The estimated casualties are equal to September 11th and the war added together and doubled, and many of them could have been avoided if the fatcats who run our country - or at least say they run it - had thought about the fact that not everyone has a big SUV to leave town and their pick of vacation homes to go to.
Okay, I'm filling out the SP6 questionnaire, because some stuff has changed...I'll do a real post soon, I promise.

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?

I do avoid Red Heart, but some Lion Brand is okay. Natural fibers are best, but I don't mind acrylics if they're soft.

2. Do you spin? Crochet?

Nope! I tried to learn how to crochet, but...well, it didn't happen.

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)

Nope! But I don't like the smell of smoke.

4. How long have you been knitting?

Um...about four years, I guess. Since middle school. But I took about a year off.

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

Yes I do! :) It's linked on my sidbar.

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)

Food smells, like vanilla or other spices... and I LOVE the Christmas Cookies scent from Yankee Candles. Stuff like that.

7. Do you have a sweet tooth?

Do I ever.

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?

Not a whole lot. I keep trying to get into other things, and keep coming back to knitting.

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

I like pretty much everything except for rap and yodeling. :) My favorite genres, though, are any kind of rock, pop punk, doo wop, and J-pop.

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?

My favorite colors are purple and hot pink - my favorite color combination is hot pink and black. But as long as it's bright (or black - weird, I know) I'll like it! I just don't like dull colors, like gray or brown.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

I live with my parents and our dog. No, I'm not some 30-year-old who never moved out - I'm still in high school.

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)

Go to NYU, major in Theater Design, work on Broadway for a few years, get married, have a couple kids, move back to Princeton, raise my kids and run the community theater. is it weird that I have this all planned out already?

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?

I love Cacade 220 because it's moderately priced, felts well, and comes in awesome colors - I also love Frog Tree Alpaca because it's SO SOFT, cheap, and also comes in awesome colors. :)

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

Anything itchy, ugly-colored, too novelty-ish, or made from gasoline.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?

Hm. I don't know, I don't really have one right now! Weird. Just learning new skills. Oh, actually, I've been doing a whole lot of charity knitting.

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?

Accessories - hats, scarves, purses, wristbands, gloves...the list goes on. I'm hoping to do an actual sweater soon though.

17. What are you knitting right now?

A teddy bear.

18. What do you think about ponchos?

Some of them are okay, some of them are justt freakish. I have a really nice red one (it's machine-made, a lacy type pattern, and everyone always asks me if I made it myself - WAY too complicated) and I don't need any more.

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?

Both are good.

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

Bamboo or casein - aluminum is okay too, but I don't like plastic.

21. Are you a sock knitter?

Soon, hopefully!

22. How did you learn to knit?

My friend Wendy brought me to a group at her church who were knitting hats for kids in Trenton. Now I'm teaching HER new techniques!

23. How old is your oldest UFO?

Um...that'd be the Letter Have It bag. I don't know. About six months - maybe more.

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?

Oh, god, you're asking an anime nerd this?? Well, I love the Totoros, and Koga the wolf-demon from Inuyasha - pretty much all anime wolves are cool, especially the ones in Princess Mononoke. And I LOVE Ed from Cowboy Bebop, and Ein, too...I'll spare you my list of favorite videogame characters.

25. What is your favorite holiday?

Christmas! And Halloween. And my birthday. :D

26. Is there anything that you collect?

Shoelaces. Cool ones. And demo CDs,

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?

None.

28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on?

A few - check out my Amazon wishlist.

29. Any patterns you have been coveting, but haven't bought for one reason or another??

Nope! I really just need more pattern books. T_T

Saturday, September 03, 2005

1:12 AM

It's about 1:15 in the morning, and I don't feel tired at all. I do have a headache. This isn't good, though - I'm working at the Ten Thousand Villages booth at a farmer's market at 8 in the morning tomorrow. So I'll probably have to get up at 7:30...and get about 6 hours of sleep, if I go to bed and fall asleep within fifteen minutes...I've been working in the yard all day, you'd think I'd be more tired.

Anyway, enough ranting. I have been continuing my charity knitting rampage. I recieved my pattern from the Mother Bear Project, and have finished the main piece. I also have plans for a striped roll-brim hat. And I still have to sew in the ends for the Tie One On, and do those wristwarmers for my nephew. And I have to send off the things I've finished already. I went to the post office yesterday and sent off three packages - two to friends who are in boarding school, one to my SP5 pal - but I haven't sent off the hats I finished yet. Maybe I'll wait until I have a few bears to send. Oh, and the cat blankets! man, I've got to get cracking.

I also got another package! I got six balls of fun fur in pink, black and white - love the colors - a bar of soap that smells SO GOOD, two cute little TY elephants, a pretty bookmark, and two Japanese anime magazines! SO COOL! I can't read them, of course, but it's way fun to look through them reading the Engrish, looking at the fanart, realizing how much of an anime nerd I am that I recognize and can name almost all of the character pictures without having to read it...where did you get these?? :D There's an ad in one for Tales of Symphonia, one of the best games EVER...they had the Japanese and English versions of all the names, except that they called Genis 'Genius'. >_< Gotta love the Engrish. It kinda makes sense, though.

I'll post pictures soon, but right now I have a headache and am determined to get six hours of sleep.

Fo shizzle!

Sorry, that was kind of random.