Thursday, 31 January 2008

Lying Swatch

I was so careful. I swatched, I measured, I counted. It was perfect. It was acurate. Well at least, it should have been. Stupid Tank top!

Let's rewind at bit. Remember this knitting commission? It is the last one on the list and I have until the end of Feburary to finished it. Being the project floosy that I am, if I was making it for myself, it would have gone to the deepest, darkest recesses of my project bag long ago. But no...someone actually wants this. She picked the yarn and the colour....and is paying me to knit this.

Here's the problem....Thinking that I'm master of the numbers game, I cast on. I knit, knit and continue to knit. I knit the front of this tank top. I complete the first shoulder strap, duplicating the shaping of the store bought tank exactly. I'm brilliant, I'm a genious, I am a knitting goddess.

I bind off the neck line and head on down to the other strap. I lie my creation down on top of this store bought tank when I realize that I am an idiot.

What I have just about finished knitting, is too large. #$%#^^%&% Swatch. The stupid thing lied to me. It looked me straight in the face and lied to me.

I give up.....grrrr...the ONLY thing that is saving the life of this tank is the fact that it is not mine. The nearly finished front is frogged and I start again. This thing is now being knit in the round and I'm comparing my creation with the original every step of the way.

It's come down to a battle of wills....and I am not about to be beaten by a stupid tank top in the middle of winter. I may lose a few brain cells but I will not be beaten.

Until next time
Yours in Yarn,
The Fibreholic

Sunday, 27 January 2008

Quiz Time

As if I didn't know this already!!!!!

Are You a Knitter?

You are a Knitter, with the capital K.You are never found without needles and yarn in hand. Your favorite place is the yarn shop and you can never seeme to leave without buying needles or wool or a pattern or those fantastic stich markers. Darn yarn fumes.Your stash of yarn is the kind that spills out of closets and is taking over the house. And it's still growing. Beware of SABLE (Stash Aquisition Beyond Life Expectancy). You may need to bequeath yarn to people in your will.Knitting is a lifestyle for you, not just a hobby. You do it for fun, to make presents, or to cool off. We need more of your kind in the world. Go start a knitting club at your school or local coffeshop.
Take this quiz!

Quizilla |

| Make A Quiz | More Quizzes | Grab Code

Until next time
Yours in Yarn,
The Fibreholic

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

My First of the Year

Since I've decide to go on a yarn diet, fortune has turned against me slightly. I now have to go on a yarn diet as part of a savings plan. Fortunately, I have an amazing stash to get me through this rough spot.

So I don't concentrate on what I can't do, I'll concentrate on what I can do. I joined the Socks from Stash group on Ravelry. Each month I'll knit a pair (more importantly finish a pair) with stash yarn.

For your viewing pleasure, this month, we have a wool cotton blend from Regia. The were knit from the cuff down with a Peasant heel. I've never done this type of heel and didn't bother matching the heels either. If I had, it would have left me with short strands of the yarn, too short to even put in a crazy sock.

Until next time
Yours in Yarn,
The Fibreholic

Thursday, 17 January 2008

A Discovery!

For the longest time, I've been telling anyone who would listen (or read my blog) that I can't make scarves. I CAN make them, I just don't have the patience for them. They go on and on and on. There is no end in sight. They are boring and just suck every ounce of creativity from you until you are bone dry.

Well it seems that I was mistaken with the scarf thing. If you look to your left, you will see 66 inches of diviness, 66 inches of absolute luxury, 66 inches worthy of sensual g-rated pleasure. And look... there is still yarn left to continue my pleasure-bent adventure.

I had to think about it for awhile. Why was this scarf just wizzing by? Why was it not getting boring? Why was I still in love with this project? Why had I not since given up and tucked the scarf to the bottom of the knitting bag. What was so different about this scarf?

As I was caressing the yarn, it dawned on me. It isn't scarves that I hate, I was just using the wrong yarn. What you see here is a total of 4 skeins of Pure Cashmere by Debbie Bliss that I found in a discount bin. Ahhhh Heavenly!!!

Until next time
Yours in Yarn,
The Fibreholic

Friday, 11 January 2008

Yarn Diets and other Tragic Events

I think that I've been invited somewhere to a very special event. Now, in the event that this is so, I've decided that drastic measures must be taken. I would not want to make a poor showing at said event with meager purchases.

So, to make the trip worthwhile, I must save what I can. So as painful as this might be, I've decided to shop from my stash for awhile. Mind you I'm not made of stone so I might slip and make a purchase or two. Kind of like the other day when I picked up a skein of Casbah from Handmaiden.....but we won't talk about that.

Now, look what we have here. A sock, a very nice sock, a comfy sock, a perfect fitting sock, a sock worthy of get the picture...
Now let us turn said sock over.....I should warn you....if you are at all squimish I'd advise you to look away.

I'm serious, this isn't pretty.....

What? You don't believe me????

Okay, don't say I didn't warn you.

I told you that it wasn't going to be pretty. This is the second pair with this particular sock yarn that has done this. I'm crossing Jawoll Cotton Sock yarn off my shopping list forever.

Until next time
Yours in Yarn,
The Fibreholic

Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Question Answered

One of the places that I work is downstairs from an aesthetics business. I've been working there for two weeks now and just had to ask.

What is the difference between a regular bikini wax and the Brazilian?

The Answer????

A whole lot of OUCH!!!!

Until next time
Yours in Yarn,
The Fibreholic

Saturday, 5 January 2008

What Santa Brought

Woolworth: Looks like Greek to me.
Me: It would help if the book weren't upside down!

As I happen to have a direct line to Santa, I asked for a knitting book that would challenge me. Well he did a very good job in that respect and gave me Latvian Mittens by Lizbeth Upitis. It's challenging enough that I may even like making mittens. Now that would be something!

There are many changes going on at the casa of my stash. I've got a second part time job and I've registered for a night class to get me back into the swing of things academically. I'm planning on returning to school full time....I have no idea when I'm going to find the time to knit now and that's a scary thought.

Until next time
Yours in Yarn,
The Fibreholic