Archive for February, 2007

Knitting Light

Here a while back I was on a mission to find the perfect knitting light. I had been using a LED book light to knit by at night. (I have insomnia quite a bit) The light was plenty bright for me to see my stitches, but not so bright that it disturbed anyone’s sleep. The problem was because it was designed to attach to a book and since I wasn’t holding a book I was holding knitting needles. It was difficult for me to get the light to stay put where I wanted it to be. I found that it worked best if I could attach it to the front of my night gown and shine it down onto my hands, but it wasn’t very comfortable.
 
I started looking around for some sort of craft light that I could hang around my neck and guess what. I found one!
It works great! It’s called Reading light solutions and its made by Rayovac. I got mine from Walmart for about ten dollars.
 
It has two LED lights that can be adjusted to shine straight in front of you or down by using a switch that is on the top of the light. It comes with a neck cord and a clip, and uses three AAA batteries.
 
I’ve been using it for about two weeks and now that I know it works well for what I wanted, I decided it was time to share my happy find with you. It’s now one of my knitting must haves. On my list of things I want with me when I knit, it ranks right up there with measuring tape.

Stitch Markers

I’ve been seeing these pretty stitch markers around, but they are more than I want to pay, so I thought I would try making my own. I remember last year seeing were someone in one of the groups I belong to had made stitch markers for someone as a gift and they turned out really nice. Then Friday I got to make a rare trip to Waco and walk around Hobby Lobby, because my husband had to get fitted for a tuxedo so while he was doing that the kids and I got to pet yarn. hehe They happened to have all there charms half price and I spotted a card with four bead charms on it and since it was on sale, cost only 50 cents! So I bought them put them on some jump rings that I already had at home and Wa La! Stitch Markers! I don’t think they’re half bad for 50 cents!

Yarn Snobs

I have always preferred to use quality tools. Tools that are well made and I know will last me for years. I also like a good yarn as much as the next person, but I absolutely can not STAND yarn snobs. Now before you yarn lovers out there get mad at me, let me give you my definition of a yarn snob. To me a yarn snob is someone who is insulting to others just because they choose to use a yarn that is inexpensive.
 
I was thinking today about how most of my knitting time is in public. When I’m at home I’m usually cleaning, but I have been making it a point to get to the school a half an hour before the kids get out so I have time to sit and knit. I was also thinking about how most of my experiences of knitting in public has been positive, children are fascinated by it and there are a couple of parents who seam to enjoy watching me knit as well.
 
But not every knitting in public experience has been good. There is one time that stands out to me quite a bit and still upsets me when I think about it. Except in this instance it wasn’t me knitting in public, it was someone else. It happened when I was a teenager living in Hollywood. I was married to an abusive alcoholic who in an effort to control me separated me from my family (which is why I was in Hollywood) and would not allow me to have a drivers license. (I fooled him though, I figured out how to use the bus system there) I also worked a full time job for minimum wage while my drunk of a husband sat at home drinking up my paycheck. (which he stole on a regular basis, including the money I set aside to do laundry with)
 
My great grandmother had taught me how to crochet when I was 4 in an effort to help me deal with the loss of my mother. I remembered how much being able to crochet had helped me so I decided to pick it up again. At that time it was hard for me to even afford a few plastic crochet hooks and I often had to scrape up change to be able to buy some red heart super saver yarn, but it was worth it because just the simple act of crocheting helped me soooo much.
 
One day I was on my way to work and when I got to my bus stop there was a woman sitting there knitting. I thought what a wonderful idea! (I had never seen someone knit in public before) I sat down on the bench next to her and I noticed how beautiful her yarn was. It was the kind of yarn that at that time I could only dream about. Well me being me I told her how lovely I thought her yarn was. I said "I hope I can get some that nice one day" I was going to leave it at that. Content to just sit there and watch her knit, but things turned ugly. She suddenly became another creature entirely. She glared at me and said "If you can’t afford to buy good yarn, you shouldn’t even bother. All your doing is wasting your time, because anything you make is only good enough for the trash" The way she said it was just so  hate full!
 
What the heck!! She didn’t know me! She had never seen my work!! What the H E double hockey sticks made her think she had the right to say something like that to me!
 
Don’t get me wrong. When it came to knitting the woman was no slouch, but I’ve seen old women knit and crochet with acrylic yarn who had more talent in there little finger than she did in her entire body! I mean the woman was good, but she wasn’t THAT good. Most certainly not good enough to be that tacky to a complete stranger who had never done anything other than make the mistake of being nice to her. I don’t care if she was a professional knitter, she had no right to insult and try to discourage me from knitting or crocheting!
 
To her knitting was all about the end product. The end product is only PART of why I knit or crochet. The whole reason I hand knit instead of machine knit or pay someone else to knit for me, is because I enjoy the process! To me you aren’t a REAL hand knitter unless you are able to truly appreciate the process a creating something with only yarn and a couple of sticks. Also a REAL knitter would NEVER try to discourage ANYONE from knitting. REAL knitters love there craft and want to encourage others to learn so the craft doesn’t die.
 
Ok, that’s my two cents.

To the post office

Is is just me or does everyone make more mistakes than usual when they are trying to make something for someone else. I finally finished Beth’s socks, but through the whole process I made one mistake after another. My progress was sooooooo slow, because I kept having to back track. I asked Beth to give me two weeks to make them to give my self a little breathing room just in case something unexpected happened (like what normally happens in a Mommy’s life) and I ended up needing the entire two weeks. Oh well, all that back tracking will be worth it if she likes her socks. I’ve packaged them up and I will leave for the post office in just a little while.

Almost Done

I should be finished with the pair of socks I’m making for Beth some time today. Hopefully I’ll be able to get them mailed off either tomorrow, but no latter than Wednesday. I’m excited to get the jewelry she is trading me for them. Her mom showed me some of the things she has made her and it was very pretty. I’ll post a picture when I get it.
 
I’ll get her mom’s socks cast on tomorrow. (we are already enjoying the yummy meat she gave me) I’ll be making a blue pair for her this time.

Still crafting

I’ve still been busy crafting. I’ve almost finished the first pair of socks I’m making for the two nice ladies. I’m hoping to be able to mail them off on Monday then cast on for the second pair. I’ve also started a little side project. It’s a little paper doll made out of plastic canvas. I was going to wait until I had both pair of socks finished, but the other night I just kept making mistakes with my knitting so I decided I need to put it down before I screwed up any more. I plan on putting the plastic canvas doll on the wall above our calendar. I think it would be fun to design seasonal cloths for her and change her cloths to match the time of year and what ever holiday is coming up.