Saturday, June 03, 2006


I've been such a slacker lately. My knitting's slow but it still seems as though I manage to finish a project or two. I can be overly unpatient at times so I mostly like to knit small items. I'm finally making a commitment this summer to knit something for me (besides a pair of socks). I'm thinking along the lines of tunic or tank top. Most likely I'll end up knitting a Green Gable. I'm plotting on making a Ruby too but I like to keep my options open. O.K., enough with the yappin'. Here's some knitting for your viewing pleasure:

This is a knitted snake handpuppet that I'm making for my little man. I don't know what's up with boys and reptiles (dragons and dinosaurs included) but they seem to love that kind of stuff. I also think that he became allergic to wool on purpose because his mommy likes to knit so much but enough of my knitting conspiracies. I'm using Caron's Simply Soft because it's not wool and I have a whole bunch in my stash.

I just have to sew the eyes on and do minimal embroidery for the nose. I got the pattern from Knitty City here in Manhattan. The pattern is from JudyKits. Of course I altered the pattern a little because I can't help it. I learned to crochet before I learned to knit so if I could find a quicker way to accent something using crochet, then I'm going for it. Plus I suck at making I-cords. I've mastered entrelac and fair isle but can't make a decent looking I-cord, go figure!

Why was I at Knitty City you may ask? Oh I was just there to see Wendy and get an autographed copy of her book. Here's some pictures of the event (I'm the one in the green shirt with the afro). Kay was there also.I had a egg-faced moment when I met her, I was like the only one in the whole store that didn't recognize her. I overheard this woman a couple of chairs over from me mention the word blog so of course I got into full nosey mode. I'm like "You have a blog?". She says yes and then I ask her for the name. She says "Mason-Dixon Knitting" like it's just another blog. Uh duh! I didn't know what to say so I was just like "Oh" and returned back to my knitting. Suffice it to say, I did redeem myself a little later on. I saw her knitting a bunch of connecting garter stitch blocks so I asked, "Is that a Log-Cabin blanket you're working on?" She replied "Why yes it is!" Score one for me. Anyway, she seemed really down to earth. I also met Sahara, cool people.

This is a shawl that I'm working on using some yarn from my stash. Yarn= Your guess is as good as mine. I've never made a shawl and I just wated to try it to see how it comes out. I used a method mentioned in the Yarn Harlot's book Knitting Rules!. I'm using a stitch pattern from the Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns. I attempted to take a close up but my camera wasn't having it. Oh well, maybe next time It'll want to be my friend again.

I made my sweetie an Ipod sock for his nano. I used one f the many balls of Regia sock yarn that I have in my stash. I started out making a tube as a gauge but didn't realize that the thing might actually fit the nano. I was just as surprised when I tried it on, so I just continued knitting the tube and did a couple of inches of ribbing. I seamed the top and was done in a couple of hours. One of these days I'll get a chance to take a picture of it if he'll let me.

I started making a Panta but I abandoned it when my second bamboo double pointed broke. The first one broke because I had the project in my purse and it wasn't in a ziploc bag. I didn't have any point protecters or anything, I just left in naked in my bag while I went though this gauntlet they call working and living in NYC. I'm not gonna lie lie to you, I broke the second needle because I sat on it by a mistake (and it wasn't very pleasant). Let's just say I learned not to leave my needled lying around. Lord knows why I was using dpn's to work a back and forth project. Maybe it was the fact that I just recently purchased them and they're from a company I had yet knit with.

Alright, time for me to get some sleep. Hopefully I won't be tempeted to "knit one more row" or else I'll be up for the next 3 hours. My new motto:

There's always room for jello and
there's always time for knitting!

Before I forget, I got a new toy. Wanna take a guess as to what it is?


Nasheikah said...

okay , did you get a yarn winder?
that' my guess! thanks for stopping by blackpurls ! I actually am in CT ..I see yu live in harlem , do you ever venture to the Harlem knitting cirlce?
..i'll be out here again this summer , possibly next month ..i'll keep ya posted !!!!
b blessed

Anonymous said...

Cool, celeb sightings! Don't feel bad, I'm not good with faces either!! I'm better with names (sometimes).

Nasheikah said...

the secret sistah friends exchange , how can i be down ?

kellz said...

hey harlem purls,
i saw you and necia having fun in the park. just stopping by to say hi!! showing a sistah friend some love....

stop by when time permits!