Thursday, December 30, 2004


It's Friday for me....and am I glad! Three days off will be soooo wonderful.

Rogue is at row 45...which is deceptive because you repeat rows 33-38 FIVE times for my size! I continue to be thrilled with this sweater...and dare I say, I might actually finish the damn thing! Wow....that would be sumpin' wouldn't it?? By the way I was going to show you the color...but the label does not match what's on the web at Cascade and I don't see anything that really matches it! The label says Color 9460, and on the web 9461 looks close....but with sort of a soft yellow and gray heather strand/flecks. I love it!

I am lusting after a Ribby Cardi from Chicknits. I have no intention WHATSOEVER of joining the knit-a-long as, much like Norma, this seems to be the kiss of death for a project for me. Shapley Tank is a prime example..... So....I am going to see if the largest size Ribby will actually *fit* me and go from there.

Thought I might start a 100 things list....after all, everyone seems to be doing why not?

1. I live in Bend, Oregon. Bend was a logging/mill town until the timber industry died here. It survived due to it's proximity to Mt. Bachelor, great lakes, and other outdoorsy-type opportunities. It is a Brewery Town now too, boasting five brew pubs which is a lot considering it's size!

Monday, December 27, 2004

Christmas Break….Psychotic Break…..

The title is fully understandable to all who have children at home. We are half way through the Christmas Break. The children have been together wayyyy too much. Christmas is over…new toys have lost their gloss…there is now "nothing to do." Except, of course, bicker. Unendingly bicker. Oh yes, and turn the house upside down and inside out in between bouts of bickering. My house looks like it vomited violently all over itself.
Charming picture, eh?
I was positively relieved to come to work this a.m. That says quite a lot as well.
I am in the repeat section of the body of Rogue…there have been a few mishaps, but all operator error mishaps, and I am still completely thrilled with the pattern and the resulting sweater. I haven’t ripped it, though some may think I should. The cable patterns don’t exactly…er, match. Somewhere along the line, I got off by one row, on one side. Oh well. I doubt anyone will be looking at both sides of me at once!
Hope everyone had a wondrous holiday….and that we all survive until the demons, er…sweet cherubs, make it back to school.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Norma Is Right

I know this is no surprise to you, and certainly not to Norma herself...But, Norma is spot-on about Rogue! It is a fun, easy knit that looks great in Cascade 220!

I am at row 21 and lovin' this pattern! Just enough cable to keep it interesting, just enough stockinette to go quickly. The instructions are step-by-step and clearly written. I am hoping more patterns of this style arrive from Girl From Auntie...What a great job!

Hoping to post before Christmas, but....If life interferes...Have a great holiday!

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Gauge? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Gauge...

My, my....been awhile since I posted. I would like to say I've been on vacation or something...but the truth is much more boring. Busy with work, children, holiday events...that kind of torture, I mean, stuff.

Did you see the Rogue Norma knit for her daughter?'s wonderful. Then, Norma had to go on and on about how great the pattern was....and that was all it took to push me over the edge into Rogue frenzy. Bought the pattern, ordered the yarn I wanted. I've tried a swatch on #5 needles. Got 9 stitches to the inch. Only need 4.5 stitches per inch. Now...most of you would say, "so, go up to #10s, obviously".

Umm....well, yeah you could do it that way I guess. I just thought it would be more fun to make another gauge swatch on size 8 needles to see if it would make 4.5 spi.

Guess what? Didn't work. At that point, I said "Duh! Lisa, you are a moron." In my defense, I have been sleeping very little. Like, going to bed at 11 pm and waking up at 3:45 am unable to go back to sleep. Sleep deprivation does not a quick thinker make.

More later. I think. If I can stay awake...

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Whatcha Knittin' Chickie??

I am such a wanna be....I have mittenitis, thanks to The Harlot...Sophie-itis from Norma...All of Ryan's posts including Chocolate and Cuzzin' Tom make me want candy and a nice Buddhist cousin......

To cure the mittenitis, I put Nancy Bush's Folk Mittens (highly recommended by Queen Harlot) on hold at the library and started mittens out of Opal self-patterning sock yarn on size 1's. Now, this is a saaaaaaad comparison to the magic Stephanie works with her Latvian and Estonian mittens, but, well, it was all I was up to at this point in December!

To ease the aching need for a Sophie-just-like-Norma-made, I have been scoping out the Cascade 220 in my stash...lots of it really, but not enough in any one color for a Sophie, though I am considering striping it.....

The Chocolate craving has gone unsatisfied, 'cept for a fat-free, no-whip white mocha daily from the drive-through, YES drive-through!!, Starbucks. I know, some of you despise Starbucks. What can I say....I love it! and having a drive through less than a mile from the office...well, you can I NOT have Starbucks???

The Cuzzin' Tom piece of the Wanna Be Puzzle is still unsatisfied. Guess I'll have to live vicariously through Ryan at Mossy Cottage....