Because I'm cool like that...

The adventures of a knitter in Tucson, AZ.

Monday, June 26, 2006

hyperbolic space concept, through knitting

I always said knitters were smarter than normal people...and here I am proved right! ^_^
Pretty cool, huh?

I am back housesitting, so the last 3 hanks of the handpainted yarn will have to wait until I am home again. Sorry.

Sunday, June 25, 2006


The bag that I made. The strap and the black is Manos del Uruguay. The Green and Yellow are Rio de...something...Both are 100% wool. My dad lined it (did a quickie job, need to redo it) with a duck canvas. I didn't take into account stretch, so there is a knot in the strap making it shorter. As you can see by the carbiners, the bag gets used a lot.

My NEW YARN!!! A gift from Ingrid She just got a knitting blog. Head on over and say hi and tell her she is awsome and should show me the yarn she kept from the bag

The Fiesta. I know you already saw the picture, but that was from the website, not mine.


Cosecha yes, I know you saw it in the last post, but again, that was off the internet, not my yarn. And really, who is going to be board with more pics of yarn?

OK, the post is getting finiky, and I can't upload the last 3 pics. I will try again in a new post.

Yarn Fairy

I went over to Ingrid's house tonight. She had a Star Trek marathon. It was a lot of fun. What made it even better is Ingrid played Yarn Fairy. She works at Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind, and they have a slothing bank. It was the last day of school, and she took some of the girls down to the clothing bank, and one of the women who work there handed her a bag, said "here Ingrid, you knit". Someone donated a bag full of yarn. Ingrid called me and said it was mostly wool, and she had gone through and picked out what she wanted, so I could have the rest. I figured that it would be ok stuff. But guess what it was? Hand Painted Yarn. As in the stuff everyone is raving about, but is so out of my price rangeI love how on the website, the stuff is a third of what it is in the store...not just one or two hanks...SIX!! Did you hear me? SIX

Handspun Kettle Dyed Pure Wool : HH10 Cosecha
(As Chris said, it looks like fall. Holloween)

The website says that this is 135 yards/100 grams

Handpainted kettle Dyed 100% pure wool : HN01 Fiesta (it looks like a fiesta. The name says it all)
The website says that Fiesta is 260 yards/100 grams. Though, it also says the HNB code is 120 yards/100 grams. That is for a bulky, which this deffinitly is no. So we will go with the 260 measurement

The rest of these, the website doesn't have. I will take pics of them as soon as I get around to it.
Handpainted Sock Pure Wool : Winter (it is purple and blue and green) no code, but as sock yarn, I will assume enough for at least one sock. Anyone get sock yarn from them before? I can't find it on their site

Handpainted Kettle Dyed 100% wool: PA24 Arcoiris Fuerte (yellows, blues, pinks, reds...very nice) I can't find a PA code. I will assume that this is 100 grams though. It seems the same weight as the HH yarns, so it is probobly the same yardage, like the NB and HN codes

Handspun Handpainted pure wool : HH03 Cardenal (light pink to burgandy) since this has the same HH code on it as Cosecha, I am assuming it is 135 yards/100 grams

Handpainted novelty Yarn : Fresas NB03 (reds, and crinkly) the NB code is what the Fiesta is under. So I will assume that this is 260 yards/100 grams, as are the rest of the NB codes

I have no idea what to do with it all. I am thinking socks with the sock yarn (inventive, I know). I like the fiesta, and would like to turn them into socks as well, but I am not sure how that will work. I think I might try felting some of it, but not sure what. Since I only have one hank of each, I am not really sure what I can do with it. And since I am not sure about yardage (anyone have any experience with handpaintedyarn?), I can't really be sure.
Any ideas would be helpful, and greatly appreciated.
Now, off to bed!! It's late, and way past my bedtime. Look what 6 hanks of 100% wool do to me!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Oppertunity knocks

Guess what? Guess! Can't? OK, I'll tell you: The Yarn Harlot is comming to AZ!!! She just updated her tour page and will be comming to Mesa in July (that is a suburb of Phoenix, which is about an hour and a half north of Tucson)!! I am SOOOOO excited!!!

On another note...I spilled soda on my sock. And in my bag. Let me start from the beginning...I don't drink soda. Not usualy. But I am housesitting, and you know how it is in a bed that isn't yours. So, I decided to take some soda to work today, because I figured the caffeen and sugar would keep me up. The soda leaked out of my bottle into my bag. It soaked the back, my spiral that has patterns copied into it. Got on my sock. Soaked my bag...sigh. So, I have to wash the sock and the bag (carefully, the sock is wool, though it is superwash, but still on the needles. The back is 100% wool. Not superwash), and on top of it all, the soda gave me a stomache ache and a head ache. Now I remember why I don't drink soda. It also got on my new Buck Rogers book that my dad found for me. It is really good. An "autobiography" of Buck Rogers! It follows the comic storyline(which is one of my more favorite. Though the RAM one is good too). Luckily, it only got the corner of the pages wet, so the book is ok. I would cry if it wasn't. Especialy since my other Buck Rogers book that I have been waiting for has yet to come in. I think my dad found this one for me to distract me from the LACK OF MY BOOK!!! um...incase you are wondering where this comes from...I am a little bit of a Buck Rogers fan...atic. The radio shows, the comics, the tv series, both of them...the books, all the differnet storylines...Buck Rogers is cool!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

KIP, books, other randomness...

I had a doctor's appointment this morning horrible experience, we will never speak of it again , and the receptionist saw my bag (the one I have yet to post pics about. I will, I promise. Really. But I am housesitting, so no promises that I will remember when I get home where my digital camera is. Ingy, remind me, or someone else can), and loved it. Then I pulled out the sock, and everyone was impressed. It makes me feel special when they are impressed by my sock. It is one sock on two circular needles. Not good circs though. I wanted to get some Addi's on Monday. Purl's is supposed to be honoring Joann's coupons on Mondays this June/summer (?), so I figured I could get some coupons and get some addi's in a price range I can afford. But I couldn't find any Joann's coupons (of course, when I need them, they are never around.), which ended up working out, because I found a couple books instead. I got Loser, by the author of Maniac Magee, and my dad should send off the box today. My cousin is in Lousinianna. Not the greatest move, in my opinion. I miss the girl. She just turned 13, I think. Or is she still 12? Eh, at least I know she isn't 10 anymore it's hard thinking of her growing up. I remember when I spent Rodeo Vacation at her house. She was a bit over a year. I slept in the bed and she she slept in the crib in the room with me. Every morning at 2am or so she would throw stuffed animals at me until I woke up and brought her in bed with me, then we would sleep.. Well, I sent her off a box of some stuff. Books, some other things. Maniac Magee was a favorite of mine when I was a kid. Also, I sent Johnny Tremain, another favorite. Umm...some of the Lemmony Snickett books...I was going to send her some Artimis Fowl books. I have the first 2, and picked up the third with Loser, but I decided I want to read the third, and since I am not sure where the first is, I will send her all three when I finish the third.
Anyway, that is where my addi money went. And seriously, though I really want some better needles for socks, I am happy buying books for my cousin.

This weekend, I was supposed to have a training seminar at SAAF, but it was cancled due to lack of signups. Sigh...I was looking forward to it. Second time it has been canceled. But, Saturday Purl's is having a sale, and Ingy is having a Star Trek Marathon. So I don't have to miss the sale or be late and tierd for Ingy's thing.
So it all works out I guess. More time to work on socks.

I am listening to the BritKnitCast (I wanted to copy a link, but I am on a different computer, and it isn't giving me links...wierd...anyway, if you are interested, on my sidebar, click to Rain's blog, Frog In Knots. Then from there you can get the link. It is on her blog entry for June 16). Not exactly what I thought Rain would sound like. I guess I expected her to sound like my aunt's husband's family, and the people around there. But logicaly, I should realise that they are from totaly different parts of the country. Like expecting me to sound like someone from Brooklyn or something. Well, loved the show, and loved hearing Rain talk about her designing!

Sunday, June 18, 2006


SInce turning the heel has always been easy, I had to find something difficult. The gusset. I hate picking up stitches. And knitting the gusset...eww. Worst part of knitting. Wish I could have more trouble with the heel, and less with the gusset. Am I the only one who has trouble with this?

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Turning a heel...

I am half way through turning the heel on the first sock in a set they are for a present for someone, so don't ask any details until then are giften. Then I will post pics of them and give the yarn and all. And I really like the yarn too. You should use it, and though it is only the third heel I have turned, it is really easy. I don't understand why everyone says that turning the heel is so hard. In the previous socks, turning the heel was the only thing I did right. Well, after the last couple days, good to know something is going right!!

Giving blood tomorrow, so I shouldn't get all excited yet. Last time, they had a traniee do it, and do a bad job. Then the bandage they gave me wasn't latex free. Bad rash over my arm and elbow for far to long!!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

25 Years...

Today, there was a lunchon at SAAF. Afterwards, my boss came in and took over the shop so I could go in the conferance room and look. They had put up a timeline of AIDS. It stretches all around the room. And it is a pretty big room. It is kinda depressing. I want to cry. There was so much stuff even before 1982 (the year I was born). I would walk along, reading, and look at the date. I would think, "wow, I was 10 years old when this happened. I was 12 when this happeend." I was 13 or 14 when AZT was approved by the FDA. That is rediculous. There were fliers from action groups on how to stem the flow of AIDS. You know what one of them said? Make it illigal for foreign homosexuals to enter the US. WTF?!?

What is even scarier? AIDS has been around longer than I have, and we are really no closer to a cure than we were in 1982. Hopefully, that will change soon.

Sunday, June 11, 2006


Since noone loves me enough to knit me socks, I have finaly had to attempt it again. we all remember the crack baby goat socks So, I am knitting my socks, and my dad and I were at the park today with some friends, and Lisa from Gypsy Caravan fame had the personal mister. Dad dared her to put the hose up her nose and turn it on. I said if she would, I would knit her some socks (she had been eyeing the ones I am making). So she did!! I think dad took a pic. If so, I will post it later (it was funny!!). She wants some purple verigated socks. So I am looking for some self-striping with mostly shades of purple. So I went to Knit Picks to look at what they have. It will be a little bit until I can get some, since my first student loan payment is due. But I can look and plan...
I found this. Cool, huh? I really like "Forrest" (green being my favorite color), but "Crayons" is nice too. This is nice too. I really like the way the colors blend. "Jig", "Tap" and "Ballet" are my favorites here. I am not sure about this. I think "Carnival" might be nice, but would like to see how the colors knit up. Same here. I like them all, and am kinda thinking of "Rocky Mountain" for Lisa's socks.

Thursday, June 08, 2006


OK, I was totaly going to post about knitting, but then I looked outside, and it is RAINING!!!! It rained yesterday to. Almost HALF AN INCH!!! How totaly awsome is that?!? Tuesday there was a little rain, but it was mostly wind, and missed central Tucson, bypassing us to the west and going north to slam Phoenix with a huge dust storm. But it is raining!!!! The day they announce that water prices will be riased 5% in August, and go up an additional 5% every year until 2011. Sigh...Water is nice. I want to live somewhere where water isn't worth its weight in gold.

Anyway, on to the knitting...
Check out The New York Times Style section and read Grandma's Tea Cozy Goes Downtown. It's a slide show that pops up. Cool, huh?

I am knitting a new pair of socks. I borrowed Andrea's Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles book. I have decided to do them one at a time. Mostly because they will be in a larger size, and I want to make sure I have enough yarn. Half way down the cuff of the first sock, I think I have figured out what I did wrong with the last pair. You know when you knit in the round, you have the needles closest to you, and the cable of the needle is farther away from you? Well, when you knit on two circs, you have the needles closest to you, and the needles farther away from you. I am knitting with the needles farther away. I think that makes the cuff be knit inside out. Then, after I pick up after the heel, I try and correct, so half the sock is knit inside out, and half is knit right side out. we will see what happens. Maybe I can correct on the cuff....should be interesting.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Check this out...

Go to this website or this one or even this site. The point is really, get involved. Get informed. Don't agree with me. That's fine. But have a good reason for not agreeing. Be intelligent in your opinions.

ANd if you really want, check out here and here

Thursday, June 01, 2006

World Wide Knit In Public Day

For anyone in Tucson, Arizona, we are going to meet at Park Place Mall at the Food Court near the Play Area around 2ish for World Wide Knit In Public Day. So, if you are in town, drop by!!