Rozee Knits

Real life sucks.
October 1, 2007, 3:53 am
Filed under: fo's, holiday, ideas/plans, life, progress

I’ve been really busy these last few months. I’m working a lot, usually around 45 hours a week, sometimes closer to 50. The boy that I spoke of back in June is no longer around. I became a bit of a hermit for a while, but now I’m back to my usual “social” self. Okay, that’s a lie. I’ve never been very social, seeing as I hate most people, but at least I’m not shut up in my room anymore. That’s a step in the right direction.

I haven’t been knitting too terribly much. I was in a funk for a few weeks, which also extended to my knitting. Also, I’m having some back issues, thanks to a rather large hank of hand-dyed cotton/silk blend that decided to entangle itself so badly that even after 6 hours of work, it’s still only about halfway unraveled. Ugh. My back problem from last year is back, and sitting for long periods of time exacerbates it. So my knitting time has pretty much been reduced to my morning and evening commutes, which, if I can find a seat, totals between 1 and 2 hours each day. Even so, I feel like I’m accomplishing nothing. But here’s what I’ve been working on….

Endpaper mitts. Made for the ex’s sister. Knit Picks Palette, 1/4 ball of each. Only 1 done.
endpaper mitts

Crumpets. Made for my niece. Lion Brand Cotton Ease. Too big. Need to frog.

Wisp #2. Made for a friend. Patons Lacette. A couple more pattern repeats to go.
wisp #2

Wolverine Socks. No pattern. Toe up with a short row toe and heel. Knit Picks Merino Style in Dusk and Harvest. One down, one to go.
wolverine socks

Thujas for Mommy. Toe up. Knit Picks Merino Style in Moss. Almost done.

Womb (with accessories). For Soulmate. Worked flat, except for fallopian tubes. Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick. Only took a few hours. Need a wire hanger.
womb with the appropriate accessories

Next up?
*Finish Thujas
*And Wolverines.
*Make a stump cover for Gramps. (Yes, I said stump cover. He just had part of his leg amputated, and Gran is having a hard time getting the bandages to stay in place. So she asked me to knit him something to help keep them on. Which is weirder: a stump cover or a womb? Hmmm…)
*Mrs. Beetons
*Fake Isle
*Clapotis (I know I’m 3 years late, but I finally found the most adorable yarn for it that won’t make it too heavy. I live in Phoenix. Scarves are usually scoffed at. Seriously.)

I’ll try not to disappear for another 3 months. Really. I’ll try. :p

July 1, 2007, 5:49 am
Filed under: fo's, ideas/plans, life, random

It’s been a whole month since my last post, I’m a lazy bastard, I know. But I’ve been busy with life stuff. I moved in with my uncle, quit my job, started a new (fantastic!) job, and found myself an incredible boyfriend. Life is pretty damn good lately, which is a far cry from where I was a couple of months ago. 🙂

There has been some actual knitting, but not much. I’ve all but abandoned the baby sweater halfway up the front. I didn’t like the way it was turning out, much longer than I think it was supposed to. I also gave up on the SP socks. I got the Knitpicks needles in, and they seemed to make things smoother and quicker, but the yarn was still a pain. It was taking forever and a day to get through a single round, so I scrapped ’em.

So what -have- I been doing? Well, for starters, I finally blocked the Phineas socks and wore them to work on Thursday. I had some slight indentations on the tops of my feet by the end of the day, but other than that, they were fabulous. I almost forgot I was wearing any socks at all, because I didn’t have an elastic band digging into my fat ankles.

Next, I decided to reknit the Jaywalkers I knit a few months ago. Crazy? Definitely. Necessary? Absolutely! Since one of them turned out wonky, I never wore them. So I frogged them both, reset the yarn (wound it in a loop around my forearm, tied it in a couple of places to avoid knots, gave it a dunk in lukewarm water, wrung it out, then hung it from a hanger in the shower to dry) and started reknitting them on 0’s. Oh, and I’m doing them toe up with a short row heel. They’re quite snug around the foot, which is wonderful. I hate loose socks. But when I’d gotten about 2 inches up the leg, I tried them on and discovered that they’re too tight for comfort around the ankle. I frogged all the way back to the heel and increased to 9 knit stitches and may end up going to 10, depending on how they feel when I get an inch or so into the leg.

A few days ago, I received my invitation to Ravelry. I visit it nearly as often as I visit Myspace lately! I’ve updated my queue, entered my stash, and started on my projects. I’ll probably get to my needle inventory in the next week or two. I haven’t gotten around to adding any friends yet, so if you’re on there, add me!

This morning, the boyfriend and I decided to drive up to Prescott, which is about 100 miles northwest of Phoenix. Before we left, I was clever enough to look up yarn stores in the area. As luck would have it, there were three within the downtown area. He was wonderful enough to let me drag him to two of the three shops. He even helped me choose a couple hanks of Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino. And! He wants to learn to knit. Have I hit the jackpot, or what? This boy is amazing. *sigh*

I’m going to be spending my 4th of July at Tempe Yarn and Fiber, working on some Christmas knitting. They’re starting something called the Stress Buster Association, which is every Saturday from 6-8:30 and is meant to help cut down on holiday knitting stress. They’re doing a “retreat” of sorts in August, and I plan to take part in that as well.

Whew, that was a lot of updating! Time for a Doctor Who break!

Becoming a “real” knitter
May 28, 2007, 3:30 am
Filed under: sp10, sp9, Uncategorized

I’ve been knitting for less than a year, but I think I’m a little above “beginner” level. I’ve progressed past scarves and hats and have a few pairs of socks under my belt. I’ve even started a couple of small lace projects. But there are two things that every knitter must have before they can consider themselves a “real” knitter.

First, they must have knit a sweater. I’m not quite done yet, but I’m 1/2 a front and all the seaming away from it. Granted, it’s only a baby sweater, but still, it’s more complicated than a hat, yeah? It’s Knitpicks Shine Worsted in Reef and Sunflower. Quite bright, but I like ’em. This kid I used to work with knocked up his girlfriend (before prom), and I think that little boy is going to need a nice, handknit sweater. I’m using the Pirate Sweater pattern from Zoe Mellor’s Adorable Knits for Tots, but with a few superficial modifications. I may put a small “k” (for Kaden) on it, like a little monogram. Or maybe not. We’ll see how I feel when I get to that spot.

I also made a hat with his name on it, but I think I’ll make a new one to match the sweater.

And the second thing you need in order to be a “real” knitter is a stash. I’ve been a broke ass ho for quite some time now, so acquiring a stash has been rather difficult. However, my situation is improving, slowly but surely, and so is my stash. For her 20th birthday, I gave my soulmate (aka best friend, Jen) sock knitting lessons, so of course we had to make the journey to the lys, right? Indeed! In addition to buying her yarn and needles, I also came away with enough yarn for 3 pairs of socks with only 1 pair being necessary (SP10 gift). So why did I buy the other two? Because they’re pretty, that’s why! It’s a small stash, I know, but it’s mine, all mine! Enough rambling, onto the goodies!

Left to right: one ball of Southwest Trading Company’s TOFUtsies in Stand on Your Own Two Feet, two balls of Crystal Palace Panda Wool in Ultramarine, and two balls of Cascade Fixation in color 9054.

The Fixation is destined to be SP10 socks, but I’m not sure it will ever reach its destiny. This stuff is a pain to work with! It may just be my needles (Clovers), but it seems to be knitting up really tight, even though I’m making an effort not to. I ordered a set of needles from Knitpicks and am hoping that helps. I should get them by Friday, I think. Here’s the sock in progress, k3p1 ribbing.

On a completely non-knitting note, my soulmate and I got tattoos for our birthdays. She got a spider chrysanthemum, and I got apple blossoms. They’re on our left wrists. We’re hot stuff. 🙂

Yummy time!
May 8, 2007, 7:39 am
Filed under: sp10

I had a very long day today, and I was near tears by the time I got home. My Secret Pal cheered me up immensely!

There was lavendar chocolate (haven’t tried it yet, but I plan to break it out the next time I’m in a foul mood), lanolin soap, delicious-smelling candles, a felted Easter egg, daisy seeds, two hanks of Reynolds  Garden Tweed, and a package of Peeps (not pictured, because they’re staling on the kitchen counter).

Thank you, Pal!

Spring, sprang, sprung!
April 17, 2007, 7:30 pm
Filed under: fo's, life, sp10

Things in my personal life haven’t really improved all that much lately. My roommate is psychotic, so I stayed with my best friend for a few days. Now I’m housesitting for my big gay uncle and will be moving back in with him when he gets back from his business trip. Yup, I’m almost 24 years old, and I’ll be living with my mommy. Wonderful. Work is still challenging. We’re resetting the entire scrapbooking section, because in less than 2 weeks, we premiere the Martha Stewart line. Yes, that’s right, Madame Martha now has her very own scrapbooking line. I’ve been working overnights, and I’m just exhausted. Oddly enough, though, I’ve been in a relatively good mood recently. The weather is gorgeous right now. I know it won’t last long, then it’ll be 115 degrees every day. But it’s not long until monsoon season, which is my favorite time of year here. Enough rambling! Onto the knitting!

I’ve fallen madly in love with toe up socks, and I thought I’d give Wendy’s Feather and Fan socks a try.  I used size 1’s, so I expected them to come out a little larger since the pattern calls for 0’s, but it’s pleasantly snug. The simple lace leg is just gorgeous. My co-workers oohed and aahed over it aplenty. I worked the cuff as the pattern called for, including the cast-off. It’s very loose, so I’ll either frog it and decrease a few stitches after ending the pattern or I’ll add some elastic to it (nevermind that I still haven’t added elastic to my Jaywalkers or even blocked my Phineases.).  Since I’m not at home, I don’t have the ballband with me to tell you what kind of yarn it is. I remember it’s something-Mountain in Wildflower.  Now to make the second one. Oy.

Now I’m working on some house socks using Paton’s Merino and Lion Brand Felting Wool and size 6 dpn’s. The bright colors cheer me up immensely, and it’s fun planning out the completely random stripes. It’s going quickly, so hopefully I’ll have them done in the next week or so. They’re just simple stockinette right now. I may see how a 3×3 or 4×4 ribbing looks once I get to the leg.

I’m also working on the first package for my SP. I was going to just do one big package toward the end, but then I saw something I couldn’t resist, so I’m sending a small package out this week, and I’ll still do a big one next month.  Here’s a hint:

Also, I finished the socks using the foreign yarn, but I didn’t get a picture of them before I gave them to their recipient. She went mad over them. Sadly, though, they’re way too itchy for her to actually wear. The next time I get to my LYS, I’ll pick up some wool wash and see if that does any good. If not, she’ll have to wait until next “winter” to wear them so she can wear a second pair under them. Haha.

Not so much knitting
March 31, 2007, 6:42 pm
Filed under: life

Things have been pretty rough lately around Chez Rozeecheeks. In a short span of time, I fell in love, had the single most loving relationship I’ve ever had, then my heart was broken. Less than an hour later, my roommate informed me that she has decided to move out, which dumps the house and $975 a month on me for the next 6 months until the lease is up. So I’ve been trying to find a new place to live, because I just can’t afford that much on my own, and I don’t trust anyone else enough to live with them. And in the midst of all this, I’m dealing with all these crazy emotions and feelings with my ex. I haven’t been knitting a lot lately, but not for lack of wanting. I know that every time I wear those socks, I’ll remember all the pain I was feeling while I was knitting them. Eventually, I’ll end up just putting them in the back of the drawer and never wear them again. Does anyone else do that, associate their FO’s with a certain time in their life or a person or even just a general feeling?

I promise I’ll have actual knitting content soon. Once I get things sorted and figured out a bit, I’ll get back into the swing of things. Really, I will.

SP- Sorry I’m not more interesting. 😦

Ah, sweet summer
March 15, 2007, 2:17 am
Filed under: ideas/plans, progress

It’s not -officially- summer yet, but it’s already in the 90’s here, so it sure feels like summer! Due to the warm weather, I haven’t really felt like knitting much. *gasp* I know, I know! But when it’s 90 degrees outside, do I really want to be working on a wool sock? Granted, it’s just a small bit of wool, not like a sweater or a blanket, but still, it can be uncomfortable.

Despite the heat, I’m slowly slogging away on another pair of socks. I have the first one done, and I’m almost to the heel on the second one. I can’t wait to finish these! They have a very special destination, which I won’t spoil here, just in case the intended recipient stumbles across it on accident (very unlikely, but not impossible), but I’ll definitely post pics when they’re finally a finished pair.

My boss at the school where I work jokingly asked me to make him tube socks one day, and now it’s become a thing with us. When I’m being a pain in his ass, he’ll just look at me and say, “Well, where are my tube socks?” And I’ll reply, “I can’t make them until you tell me what color you want the stripe to be.” He usually just smiles and goes back to being bossy. But yesterday, he finally told me what color he wants the stripe to be: lavender. A lavender stripe he wants, then a lavender stripe he will get. I know he doesn’t think I’ll actually do it, but that’s what will make it so great when I finally do it. I’m planning to use worsted weight yarn and size 6 needles, so they should go fairly fast. Maybe I’ll start them tonight. Or maybe I’ll just go to sleep.