Tag Archives: knit picks

Srsly?

16 Mar

I was working on my sock today in class. I’m pretty happy with how it was turning out then all of a sudden…

SNAP

My exact reaction: “WHAT THE WHAT?!”

I’ve had it for all of 8 days and I already broke it. Well, there goes $8 I’ll never get back. I suppose I’ll have to upgrade to aluminum or Knit Picks’ nickel plated circular needles.

The end.
M

2 months later…

15 Mar

I wore my sweater shortly after my last post. It wasn’t until taking it off that I realized I haven’t blocked or washed it. This reminder came in the form of being covered in red lint for the rest of the day.

I’ve been trying out socks recently. Doing it on dpns was annoying, so I decided to invest in a size 1 circular needle, which is INCREDIBLY hard to find outside of the Internet and little knit shops.

But here’s a fun story:

Ryan and I made a semi-spontaneous trip to Kentucky. While driving down Baxter Ave in Louisville, I spotted a store called The Knit Nook. How could I not check it out? When we got to the door, there was a sign informing customers that they were going out of business and there were discounts on EVERYTHING. I was simultaneously sad and excited; it sucks to see small businesses close because of the economy, but now I could get bamboo needles (my favorite) on the cheap. Size 1 24″ circular needles were $8.25 instead of $10.25. In retrospect, I should have bought two.

I started the sock (yes, singular) yesterday in class and this is what I’ve got so far:

Knit Picks Stroll Sock Yarn in Dusk

And yes, if you’re a Greenville reader, I am in Jo’s Java.

In case you’re wondering, the yarn is Knit Picks Stroll Sock Yarn in Dusk, which I inherited from my sister when I was in California for her wedding.

& that’s all for now,
M

FINISHED.

18 Aug

Remember when I said I was making the Big Sack Sweater from Stitch N Bitch? No? Click here.

Now that we’ve cleared that up, I have very exciting news: IT’S DONE. The pieces were finished a while ago, but I finally stitched up the seams and wove in the ends.

It’s sooooooooooooooo soft. The End.

-M

California & Stream of Consciousness

16 Apr

In ~14 hours, I’m going to be in Irvine, California. I’ll be staying with my good friend Paige Wesley (the genius behind Paige of Doom). Aside from collecting data for my linguistics class, I plan to hit up a yarn shop. I’ve only been to a couple non-JoAnn/Michaels yarn shops, but I’ve never bought anything. Here in Edwardsville, there’s a pretty sweet shop called Knit One, Weave Too. I went there once and they had EVERYTHING. I think the main reason I never buy anything is because I don’t know what I’m going to do with it.

You may remember that I bought a bunch o’ Comfy Bulky yarn from Knit Picks for a sweater (that I haven’t started yet I plan to after the semester’s over). I’m not sure buying yarn for another project is a good idea, but… YARN.

Now that I think of it, I have a LOT of yarn. Mostly nasty acrylic worsted weight.

BACK TO THE POINT. Any suggestions as to what I should make? Perhaps theBell Curve Skirt from knitty. Or Skating Queen? A cardi like CarolynButtony Sweater? Something for my nephew? So many choices.

-M

Things I Bought That I Love

18 Feb

Paige Wesley (my muy bueno friend from high school and pop-culturist extraordinaire) has a blog and it’s awesome. Everyone should harass her because she needs to post more. Don’t actually do that. Maybe I just blog too much… because I am an internet zombie and I have nothing better to do than bloggity blogblog. That’s not true. I have homework and reading to do. (Hi, Heather!)

Anyway, she recently paid homage to Mindy Kaling’s late (or pending renewal) blog, thingsiboughtthatilove.com. Although I never visited the site, I know PW has mentioned it to me several times and I decided I need (yes, need) to respond as well.

Yarn Winder – knitpicks.com $19.99

I knew how to make center pulling balls of yarn before buying this, but this little gadget is AWESOME. The best part? It was $20. I started looking for Yarn winders a while ago and the ones I found were all around $30-$40, which was stupid.

Clover Point Protectors -Michaels $2.99


I very nearly hate circular needles. The alternative to circular needles is double-pointed needles. DPNs are great for gloves, socks, i-cords, and hats less than ~100 sts in circumference. Two problems stem from loving DPNs: 1) it’s difficult to store without losing stitches; 2) stitches slide off the needles while working. Point protectors solved both of these problems.

Pomegranate White Tea – Fresh & Easy /Trader Joe’s $2.99


I started drinking (fair-trade) PWT from Fresh & Easy back in Arizona. My parents brought me ~3 boxes when they came out here for my wedding, but I ran out. Luckily, Trader Joe’s carries a PWT, too. It’s not quite the same, but it’s something. I love this tea enough to drive 30-40 minutes to buy a box of 20 bags.

Quiet Company: Everyone You Love Will Be Happy Soon- iTunes $9.99

In high school, I went through this really weird “I-only-like-local-bands-that-aren’t-local-to-my-actual-locale” kick. The Connotations were a part of that. I was nearly heartbroken when The Connotations disappeared. Thankfully, Taylor Muse carried on the sound in Quiet Company. This album is bomb. Buy it… right now. Forreals.

And don’t forget to check out Paige of Doom!

-Michelle

BALLS!

8 Jan

I spent the night at a friends’ apartment last night and left this morning so I could get my package from Knit Picks.

When I pulled into my apartment’s parking lot, I saw the USPS truck in front of the mail boxes. Yay! I brought a lot of stuff to my friends’ place and had to take two trips to bring it back to my apartment. On my second trip, the maillady was walking up the sidewalk. She saw me walk of my apartment, confirmed my apartment number and gave me the package. Needless to say, I opened it as soon as I was out of the cold.

Here are the pretties:

Right now, I’m going through my yarn stash and balling all the extra pieces that need lovin’.

K.O.K.O.
Michelle

Um…

23 Dec

So I don’t have any pictures to post, but I do have news.

I’ve picked up that sweater again and I’m working on the left sleeve. I am also working on Incognito, which I think is the best pattern I’ve stumbled upon in a while. I got 4 new knitting books for Christmas and a gift certificate to Knit Picks. I’m thinking my next big project is going to be the Big Sack Sweater from Stitch N Bitch. It looks super comfortable.

Anyway, I would document my projects if I weren’t too lazy to put batteries in my camera. You’ll just have to wait until I’m unlazy.

OH! I’m ALSO working on something for Threadknits and it will be LEGEN … wait for it… DARY!

K.O.K.O.
Michelle

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