Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Baby Surprised Jacket Blocked

Just a Video sharing with you the Baby Surprise Jacket in Cotton, being blocked. At this time I am still working on other projects and on the hat that will make it company. In my opinion this is one of the most fun projects I have ever made in a knitting pattern. This pattern comes alive from an amorphous piece of cloth to a Baby Surprise Jacket.

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Baby Surprise Jacket WIP

The Baby Surprise Jacket is a real surprise as it is done in cotton and not in wool. Wool has different properties than cotton as we all know and when it comes to weave the ends, cotton takes a bit more work than wool. I used remnants of colors and I am very proud of the outcome. I will have a video explaining a bit more about the assembling of it and the termination of this Sweater. It is almost done, I still want to make a hat and get some very funky buttons this week. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

EZ Baby Surprise Jacket WIP

This is my Work In Progress of the Elizabeth Zimmerman Baby Surprise Jacket. I am following the DVD and some notes I found on the internet ,which are very helpful. If you google Baby Surprise Jacket Notes it will bring you to the Link. I will put the link on my next Posting which will show the Cardigan Finished. This has been one of the most fun Knitted projects that I have done in my life so far. I have enjoyed seeing this sweater coming to life in pure garter stitch. The DVD with Meg Swansen is very Helpful and I encourage you to buy it if you can. You can get it from http://Schoolhousepress.com or http://Ebay.com Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Saturn's Ring Baby Cardigan a BSJ

Nel mezzo del camin di nostra vita
mi ritrovai per una selva oscura
che la diritta via era smarrita.
Ahi quanto a dir qual era è cosa dura
esta selva selvaggia e aspra e forte,
che nel pensier rinuova la paura!

I am in a Dantesque mood, meaning a dark Saturnine Energy. The poem begins on the night before Good Friday in the year 1300, "midway in the journey of our life" (Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita), and so opens in medias res. Dante is thirty-five years old, half of the biblical allotted age of 70 (Psalm 90:10), lost in a dark wood. I am not there in the Dantesque point of view, but rreally reflecting in what is important in my life and contemplating my next few years before I turn 50.
In the meantime here I am working on the BSJ, what a fun project, full of challenges and excitement. I do not expect perfection, but rather enjoying the journey that this jacket and Meg and Elizabeth are taking me to. Ah Philosophy, the cacophony of the mind, sometimes idle chatter, sometimes the mind does what it is suppose to do, gather data, classify it and then bring it forth to what THE MIND IN ITSELF THINKS IS RELEVANT, not very accurate from the personal point of view, but very relevant from the mind point of view. Tangents, Right Angles and Elizabeth Zimmerman have a lot in common. This lady was a Math Lover and you can tell when she quotes PI.
Pi or π is one of the most important mathematical constants, approximately equal to 3.14159. It represents the ratio of any circle's circumference to its diameter in Euclidean geometry, which is the same as the ratio of a circle's area to the square of its radius. Many formulas from mathematics, science, and engineering involve π. Since we are not going to give you a headache, we will leave it at that. She uses this mathematical equations to relate the Knitting in the Round.
Though knitting back and forth on rigid straight needles was the norm, she advocated knitting in the round using flexible circular needles to produce seamless garments and to make it easier to knit intricate patterns. She also advocated the Continental knitting method, claiming that it is the most efficient and quickest way to knit. During World War II, German or continental knitting fell out of favor in the UK and US due to its association with Germany. Most English books on knitting today are in the English or American style. Elizabeth Zimmerman helped to re-introduce continental style knitting to the United States.
So come along with me in this exciting journey of the BSJ and small talk about things. As Saturn is travels through fastidious detail oriented Virgo life always gets interesting. My life is never boring and so it goes. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Vogue Knitting

This is Vogue Knitting hard cover and My 400 Post! This book is not for the faint of heart, yet you may be able to start knitting by looking at its' pages. This posting is actually my 400 or a number 4 for those who follow Kabala, very good number for a foundation. Kabbalah (Hebrew: קַבָּלָה‎), which literally means "receiving", is the mystical aspect of Judaism. It is a set of esoteric teachings meant to define the inner meaning of both the Hebrew Bible and traditional Rabbinic literature, as well as to explain the significance of Jewish religious observances
Going back to knitting, I learned to knit about 20 years ago when I was sick in bed. I needed to be on bed rest for 30 days. Very laughable if you ask me, but I followed my doctor's orders. I had friends that helped me a lot and some of them got me the materials I needed for success. I had some yarn, some size 13 needles and two or three knitting books. Talking about knitting, what is knitting? Knitting is a method by which thread or yarn may be turned into cloth. Knitting consists of loops called stitches pulled through each other. The active stitches are held on a needle until another loop can be passed through them.
At the end of the month I had a sweater for the New Year's Eve party , a scarf and a Hat, Turquoise and black. Everyone was amazed that I have never made a sweater before and there I was with a new sweater, hat and scarf. lol!
The first and last word on knitting. Includes the history of knitting, knitting supplies, basic techniques, a stitch dictionary, correction of errors and much, much more. In the past I don't believe that I would have been able to understand this book as I do today. The experience I have accumulated in the last two years and the experience from the Educational Videos from Swansen, Solomon, Galati, Zimmerman and You Tube, yes You Tube have allow me to grow my craft and my ability to be unafraid of this book. Men who Crochet, Men Who Knit, The Old Crochet Depot, The Twisted Skein, The 3 Sisters Cyber Quilting group and so on. I guess I am celebrating the exuberance of my crafts, knitting as well as crochet.
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon; 1st edition (November 22, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039457186X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394571867
Please allow me to end this review by saying that this book is a great addition to a knitter's library. Vogue has also created these Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume One-Four: Knit & Purl: The Ultimate Stitch Dictionary from the Editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine (Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Series) . I want to thank you for stopping by and see you back soon!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Baseball and Mother's Day 08

Happy Mother's day to all the mothers that read my blog, and those who are considered mothers by proxy. Today I celebrated Mother's Day by going to a great baseball game at the A T & T Baseball Park in San Francisco..AT&T Park is an open-air ballpark, home to the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball. The park also hosts the Emerald Bowl, a college football bowl game, every year. The park is located at 24 Willie Mays Plaza, at the corner of 3rd Street and King Street in the South Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, California.

Formerly known as SBC Park and Pacific Bell Park, the stadium was officially renamed AT&T Park on March 3, 2006, just two years after it adopted the SBC Park name. SBC Communications, the flagship sponsor of the park, rebranded itself as AT&T Inc. when it merged with AT&T Corp. in late 2005. This marks the third official name for the park since its opening in 2000.
This is a second View of the game almost at half time!

Thanks for stopping by and Go Giants, We won 4/3!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Noro Socks WIP (20%)

I am working on this project along as I am listening and watching Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitting Workshop. Did you know that it was a PBS Mini Series, Kind of. I will tell you more about it when I am done with the viewing of it. So far I give it an A Plus. I am on part 2 of 3.
Going back to the Noro yarn. I have been reading a lot about the yarn and I have also been retraining myself to knit. I used to knit through the back loop of the stitch and now I am learning to knit in a different way. I am also going to have to re-learn how to purl, learning to purl in a more efficient way as E. Zimmerman will put it. This lady loved her Math!!!. This sock is a fast project, but I am doing three projects at the same time and when I take a break from each project I work on the other for a day or so. This project is very interesting as you are kind of wondering what kind of color will the yarn show you next. So here I am 4 inches away from the heel flap, hopefully by the middle of the week I will have knitted enough to start the heel flap. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Show & Tell May 2008, Yarn, DVD review

I hope you enjoy my Vlog or Video Blog, sometimes I rather talk than type lol!
I talk a briefly about Noro and tell you what I think about Nenah Galati, Leslye Solomon An E. Zimmermans DVD. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Noro Your Dreams

For the longest of times I have desired and wanted to make socks. Wendy from Wendyknits.net has always been an inspiration with her many sock creations. I to look forward to a time that I can just make socks the same way I make hats, without much fuzz. Here I present you my Noro Dream Sock. It is based on the Nenah Galati Sock Pattern from her DVD Titled Sock I about how to knit socks on two circular needles. Some people get distracted by her jewelry, I did not find that to be true. Nenah is a very nice instructor that you will find appeals to you. I found it to be a very nice and instructive DVD that is worth every penny I spent on it. You figure that you pay around $50 dollars for a sock class, but with the DVD you can revisit the class as many times as you want and need. They also have a Sock of The Month Club, which I may join in the future as it seems to be a fun thing to do. So here it is, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 02, 2008

Noro Kureyon my precious!

So here I am with my Noro Kureyon Yarn. Some time you have to splurge for yourself and get this yarn. I will be waiting for my government Rebate with lusty eyes as I am planning on spending it and stimulate the economy. What will I get? Hmm definitely some DVDs and a set Of Knit Picks Harmony Options and some Noro and Malabrigo yarn. I have read so much about Noro, seen so many pictures, it's good and it's bad, well mostly good lol!. This is my precious lol!
I have been watching some wonderful Dvds some of sock knitting by Nenah Galati and the Hand Knitter's Guide to Sweater Finishing with Leslye Solomon. Leslye has a great way of teaching and I loved her sweater finishing guide. I did not realized how many techniques I already knew until I saw her DVD. Knitters around the world you better learn basic single crochet and the reverse single crochet. You can do wonders with those two stitches on Knit Garments.

I have some more DVD's to look at, Elizabeth's Zimmerman's and Meg Swansen, which I have gone deeper into investigation I have learned that Meg was her daughter. Isn't it nice, isn't it the American Dream? To create your own business out of a hobby? I hunt around the Internet for good deals, from http://www.Ebay.com tothe famous http://www.Amazon.com looking for the best deal on patterns, yarn and dvds. I also like to shop at ImagiKnit here in San Francisco, it is a very nice place where everyone is helpful and knowledgeable about yarns , needles, hooks and all the Crafty paraphernalia . An Interesting, Enjoyable and Beautiful NORO Handknitting Yarn. The basic principle for NORO Yarn is "Spin yarn by hand" Use machinery only for what cannot be done by hand. This hand-spun yarn is made from finely dyed wool, lined faithfully according to color and weight, carefully maintaining the slow spinning speed by our crafts persons. Since the human hand is used in the spinning process, the natural luster and texture are obtained without considerably impairing the wool fiber. Lining up the yarn by hand results in irregular arrangement of wool, thereby giving the yarn more bulk. The features of the NORO Yarn are lightness. softness and loftiness. Please view the thickness of our yarn as an average value. Because it is a handmade yarn with raw materials being weighed and lined by human hands, thera are areas that are thick and areas that are thin. There are areas where the strand is tight and where the strand is loose, so please knit gently and discover the joy of knitting NORO yarns.
Visit their website, choose English lol! and you can see and read more about this great company. http://eisakunoro.com where they strive to produce yarn that is natural and gentle to people and nature that will provide joy and happiness to people who use it. "NORO Yarn" is made to fulfill these dreams. A great commercial If I saw one. lol! Thanks for stopping by!

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