Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Dear Saun,

Welcome to "Dear Saun". It's a little segment where people ask me to fix things and I act like I know what I'm doing.

Dear Saun,

Can you please help me? I took my favorite sweater to the dry cleaners and when I got it back there was a big hole. I'm so upset. Is there any way you can fix it?

A Hole Lot of Tears

Dear Tears,

We will give it our best shot.

Let's examine our subject.

For such a small hole, that is a lot of yarn hanging. How did it happen?
Was it cut? It seems unlikely that the cut would be so precise.

What else could it be? Lets see what it is made out of

Acrylic. I think the culprit may be a wayward yarn join that has come undone. This means that our fix will have to involve a knot.

With the use of my trusty needle, I will draw the yarn back into the stitch pattern and knot the ends on the back side.


Final note:
While a knitter should avoid using a knot, this is acrylic and there is no other way to rejoin the yarn that I know of. "Tears" drycleans this sweater so the cleaning process will unlikely pull apart the knot anytime soon.


Monday, February 26, 2007

Late night report

Thanks to the Oscars running over time, I'm still up late. I don't think I've ever watched the entire show but this year I did. Ellen was hilarious and I think this year's show was more entertaining than it's ever been. I was hoping Little Miss Sunshine would have won more but I'll survive since Jennifer Hudson and Forrest Whittaker both won. YEAH!

Another exciting part of the evening is that I finished these while watching the show. This is the first thing that I've made for myself since September or October. Noro yarn is nice but I don't understand why it cost as much as it does. I think this weekend I'll finally get around to making the Michael Kors coat I've wanted since late last year.

This is off-topic but I have a question for everyone that lives outside of the US. Do you have to file taxes every year? We have to file federal and state tax returns to make sure we paid the proper taxes during the year. Do you have to do that? I'm not up on how each country works but I need to find a country without this tedious process. Perferrably a country with a consistently warm climate.


Friday, February 23, 2007

The yarn was not enough

This week I've been a weird kind of funk. Not quite depressed, just feeling a little off. I think it has something to do with all the cold weather and being trapped indoors working on knitting with very little social contact. I was determined to break the funk.

The first thing I did was go to SnB on Wednesday. It's something that I haven't done since last November. I really did miss it. I saw some old friends and met some new ones. People underestimate the curing effects of stimulating conversation.

But that wasn't enough. I needed to make another purchase. Last weekend's one ball of Noro was not enough. Shopping is my therapy. Sad but true. Yesterday, I was going to the store to buy buttons for a project when I heard a voice. It said "Turn left at this light". I followed the voice. It lead me to the SRI Shoe Warehouse and these lovely shoes.

Awwww....yes! I feel much better now.

Monday, February 19, 2007

This just doesn't add up.

I feel like something is wrong with this equation.....

Saturday night + No life = Making a baby quilt

While I was more than happy to do it, somehow I feel like making quilts to celebrate other people's happy times highlights my lackluster social life. But I digress....

A friend is expecting a baby and since he is such a good person I decided to make something for his future son. I opted for the quilt since I could finish this faster than knitting up something. I chose primary colors and used a solid blue for the backing. I placed the "odd" blue block in the corner just to be odd. A little mental stimulation for the child as he learns his colors. The daddy-to-be loved it. (Mommy-to-be wasn't feeling well enough to come to the shower so I don't know what she thinks yet.)

Earlier Saturday afternoon I was looking for a little retail therapy. I just felt the need to buy something. The choices were shoe shopping or yarn. Since I know the damage I could do buying shoes, I opted for the yarn shop 5 minutes from my house. I knew exactly what I wanted.

One skein of Noro to make some handwarmers and some Addi US 8s. I've wanted to make these for awhile but didn't have the time. I think I'll start them later this week.

Hope your weekend was more exciting than mine.


Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Show and Tell

Look what I made!

[Pics courtesy of Knit.1 and KnitSimple]

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Monday, February 12, 2007

I'm destashing

Check out the Cash For Your Stash blog. I'm unloading a few things.

I'm getting out of my denial. Now I just have to convince myself to destash some of my Cotton-Ease.


Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Movies to knit by

I'm spent much of the weekend locked in my apartment with some knitting and a bunch of movies. If you are looking for some movies to add to you Netflix list, here are a couple. Many of them are older movies from the 50's and 60's but you'll still like them. They are classic.

Walk, Don't Run
This one features Cary Grant. A cute little love story.

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane
This one will freak you out. If you thought Misery was something, then you should see this.

Queen Bee
This one is on the level of All About Eve (which I loved). You have to see this, if for no other reason than to see Joan Crawford's eyebrows.

They are legendary!

The Anatomy of A Murder
I'm not a big Jimmy Stewart fan but this was a good one. The director, Otto Preminger, also directed Carmen Jones and Porgy and Bess.

Designing Women
A great view of some classic fashion

That Touch of Mink
Another Cary Grant picture.

If you have any good movie suggestions, please let me know.


Knittin Friends Flickr Group

I finally got around to creating a Flickr group for those that have knit any of my patterns and want to show them off. It's called Saunshine's Knittin Friends Showcase

I took the liberty of adding the first person. It's Silvia's Vex Cardigan. She sent me the pictures and I had to admit that I was quite jealous of her adaptation. I really like it and now I want one.


Saturday, February 03, 2007

Check It Out

If you haven't seen it already,check out my latest pattern at Magknits