Monday, January 30, 2006

Yarn P*rn Monday

Hey all, visit Mama-E to check out her fun Show Me Your Stash blog. I sent in a picture of Noelle's yarn that I'm planning to use for a purse. Fun!

See you all tomorrow after I get out of workshop.


Here's my jaywalkers. I finished them a week ago, I just got around to photoing and posting them. Philip and Gwyndylyn are upset that I disturbed bathtime so I could take pictures of those things.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Third time's the charm?

I sure hope so. I have started my Jaywalkers for the third time today. I think the last thing I started three times was the Maldil shawl in IK - and I never finished that so wish me luck.

Let your socks count

I saw this on Yarn Harlot's blog. When you finish your socks, go over there and make them count. 2,000 in 2006. I'm aiming for six in 2006. Pair. Six pair (s). What's correct? Darned if I know.

So Fast So Sleazy

These people are seriously delusional.

Sew Fast Sew Easy Statement.

Good thing he took the time to spell check it too. Dumbass.

I posted this link because I didn't know if you all saw this part.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

I guess we are just a bunch of sheep
I went to look at the Sew Fast Sew Easy site tonight. In their "Stitch and Bitch Cafe" Forum, they have started a SnB group section. They have recently sent out invitations state-by-state, to please come and start an SnB group on their site (it's actually very creepy). These people instigate the destruction of all the SnB groups on Yahoo and then have the NERVE to say come and join US! Do these people think because we knit, we are sheep? Sew Fast Sew Easy can you say, "out of touch with reality".


Hi there - this is Jen, the other Scout. Its been awhile but im planning on starting up on tuesday nights again. Im really looking forward to it. I have only completed one silly scarf in the last year - so im hoping this will get me going. The timing is perfect.

i'm a follower

Okay gang, I jumped on the bandwagon. I started a blog. I published one solitary lil post (Jaywalker progress report). Now how the heck do I add all those supercool sidebars and stuff?

Friday, January 27, 2006

Being silly...

Nope, no new knitting content. About to work on the heel flap of the 2nd Jaywalker... Realized that we are not at the level of SABLE yet with the stash. This means I can get more yarn this weekend!!! Whoopie!

This is how I felt all day at work today...

one down...

well, here it is! a jaywalker -- the first of a pair. and, yes it fits! as the saying goes -- the third time is a charm.

i started this on tuesday evening at "snb" and finished it yesterday afternoon -- sort of. the only thing left to do is the toe. the pattern calls for a kitchener stitch to finish but, i don't get that. i've tried before but, it doesn't work for me. so, i've put the last 14 stitches on a stitch holder in the hopes that one of you can show me how to do this type of bind-off. if not, i will be stick with what i know and bind-off the good old fashion way.

i would have modeled them but, i'm still in pj's and the legs are a bit ashy! i didn't want to put you through that.

have a great weekend. traveling tuesday but, i'm hoping to be there the next -- it was fun.

Reminder...Crafty Friday

Just a reminder that I have declared today Craft Friday for the UNM English Department. If you'd like to join the non-English related fun (well, I knit English now...), c'mon by at 7 with a snack/beverage for yourself (or to share if you want) and a craft. There will be some new knitters there, so you can help teach, too!

Let me know if you need directions.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Roxycraft offer

Here's an offer from Roxycraft, home of adorable amagurini (ok, I can't spell and I'm too lazy to look it up. Gimmee a break. I just spent 3.5 hours talking about discourse effing analysis) for those of you who like to crochet. If you want to make these and don't crochet, I can pass on the instruction of my Gram, Jenny May.

$2.00 off any pattern
For Mailing List Subscribers Only!!!
Sale ends Saturday the January 28th, 2006 at 12am PST

How to receive your special discount:
Make sure you are ordering form the email you used to subscribe to the mailing list

Enter the code: Jan06MailDisc
into the comments section when you check out and don’t pay.
I will send you an invoice with the discounted price.
Only good for one pattern and one purchase. Any orders received after the end date will not receive this discount.


Tamara Bower-Snow

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

I feel like hiding in a hole somewhere...

Thanks for all the support guys - it means a ton.

Of course, after posting about my progress with Jaywalker I decided that I should actually try the thing on and it was too small! Gah! I started the ribbing over again last night, this time casting on for the larger size. I told Wes that we needed to drive to Farmington and back again so that I could catch up - the car is the only time i seem to get good chunks of knitting time anymore.
Hopefully I will be there on Tuesday - I know, I say that every week, but I really mean it this time!


oh what fun!

what a great group! after about a year of being a "lurker", i finally attended my first "snb" gathering last night and it was quite fun. thanks to everyone for making me feel so welcomed. i really enjoyed myself and i look forward to visiting again -- when not travelling.

again, thanks for making everything so enjoyable. you "snb'ers" are just great!


p.s. in the meantime, i will keep you a breast of my jaywalker progress.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

It seems the world is doing it's damnedest to keep me from the SnB! I really wanted to be there guys. Unfortunately I just got back from a last minute trip to Farmington due to the sudden death of my grandmother.

We are all doing okay - it was completely unexpected, but for the best. She has been flirting with alcoholism and dementia for the last year or so - her soul will be much happier where she is.

I will do my best to be there next week, and I actually compleated the heel turn on my first jaywalker on the drive back this afternoon.

Guess what?

I finally called Flying Star, asked to talk with a manager, and asked if they can reserve us *our* tables from now on from 6:30-9:00! She was very cool, especially after I told her we got them some free publicity. She said they'd work on it and see if they can rope off an area for us. How COOL!?


So after my galloping start on my jaywalkers, I've come to a screeching halt. I've never knit socks before and I don't understand the heel turning instructions at all. Knit to within 1 st of the gap? Does this mean the gap between dpns, or the gap between where I turned on the last row and the stitches I didn't knit on the last row becasue I turned, or the store, or what? And also, "within 1 st" means, stop when there's 1 st left BEFORE the gap, right? So I'm narrowing the number of stitches each time? Then what does it mean, "until all heel stitches are worked"? I guess I'll take a leap of faith based on my own interpretation and if I'm wrong, then I can frog it up Team Jaywalkoholic style... or I'll just wait and see if anybody corrects me.

Monday, January 23, 2006

cafepress swag!

So, how many people are interested in some cafepress stuff? Tees, bumper stickers, mugs etc? I would be more than happy to design something cute for us!

**Edited by Scout because I just told C. that I already made a cool logo to be uploaded! We need to see if we even can use it though since Cafe Press is in trouble with SFSE too. But if you guys would buy it we'll do it!**


Our group is featured on The Duke City Fix!!

Now we just need the Alibi to come out & take pictures of us!

Saturday, January 21, 2006

And Now a Word from Your Lawyer

Do you like how I've appointed myself? This blog is great idea. Thanks for doing it, Jamie, but do you think we could have a problem with the name? I do family law and not intellectual property but if we get sued over the name, I have a colleague in Santa Fe who specializes in intellectual property and art law. Ill call her and she'll fix us right up -- for a handsome retainer, of course! =)

I made some good progress on my jaywalkers the other night listening to old podcasts of KnitCast. Maybe this group's next step should be a podcast live from Albuquerque -- we love wool, even in the desert. But alas, all my progress on my jaywalkers had to be sacrificed. I thought I was getting gauge on size 2's but the socks were too big. So I've gone back down to 1's. Also, she does not call for using a smaller needle for the ribbing and I think the ribbing is too loose for me on the same size needle. So I've actually casted on my 76 sts on size 0's!

Now, if you'll indulge me, I'll leave you with a photo. This is because I just got my camera software loaded onto my new laptop, I transferred over 300 photos last night, and I've never uploaded a photo directly to a blog before!

The very swift swift. Isn't she beautiful? This was her first run! I got her from JoAnn on line thanks to Beverly's tip about their 50% sale last fall. Beverly and Noelle also invited me to come back to the group this past week for the jaywalker knit along. Thanks to both of them for the tip!

Friday, January 20, 2006

heel flaps for dummies, jaywalker style

(My jaywalker, on my ankle, on the bathroom counter because it's the only room with good enough lighting to take decent pictures with my camera phone, because I don't have a digital camera.)
Okay, I'm down to the heel flap, and the directions say k21 on needle 1 (so that's all the sts on needle 1), turn, sl1 and then p41. I was sitting here thinking, "but that will leave me with 1 stitch on needle 4! What should I do? Should I just slip that onto needle 3 to keep it out of the way? That'll be so confusing!"
And then I remembered the slipped stitch BEFORE the p41, which when added to the 41 makes 42 (keep up with me here), which accounts for all stitches on needles 1 and 4 and there is no problem. ...I think I should take a break now because this is clearly too much for me.

still waiting...

ouch! i still haven't started my jaywalkers. i have one #2 addi which i purchased at village wool but, they didn't have a second. so, i ordered another from knitpicks on monday or tuesday but, they haven't arrived as of yet. i went with the free delivery. maybe should have spent the extra money to get them here sooner. oh well. i was hoping to start them this weekend and maybe catch up with everyone.

i want to keep up. by the way, has anyone seen cara's blog, january one, she mentioned today the albuquerque snb group and how 7 members all casted on for jaywalker together. look you all are little celebrities -- smile!

enjoy the weekend.

hi all

Hi all-

Although I am usually a no show, I still keep up to date on the computer and mentally plan to attend one of these days.

Happy knitting until I see you again,

Jamie C

What do you guys think?

I'm thinking that our group should choose a charity project to do this year. I know we all have a lot going on right now with Olympic knitting and school but perhaps we could join up with the other two knitting groups and set a date out in the future to do something? Let's get some ideas together and I'll go over to the other two group Abq. leaders and see what they think.

Thursday, January 19, 2006


Hey alla y'all, I'm here after being offline with a sick laptop & a sick kid all day.
Anyway, hi!

Great idea!

Jamie you're coming out with all kinds of cool ideas!

I think I might actually participate in the Knitting Olympics, I wasn't sure before. Maybe this will give me the boost I need to finish le clap? The rules say you have to cast on in February so maybe I'll join Margene's process knitting olympics instead.

Making good progress on my jaywalkers :) I'm loving this pattern.

For Laurie and anyone else....

needing to switch needles for Jaywalkers get these. Franzie said it's what she uses and she is the Sock Goddess! Susan Bates Sock Set for 10 bucks. You actually get 5 of 5 different sizes from 000's - 2.25's. It's a great deal. I'm off to switch mine off of the awful bamboo 1's I have. Blech!

**Edited to add - OMG! I can't believe how much easier it is to knit on these needles. It's like working with Addi Turbos! Sooooooo much happier!**

Ramona and I met there so we each bought a set and I think there were at least 4-5 more sets?

Say it Loud! Say it Proud!


There, I feel much better now :-)

I am here... My Jaywalkers aren't turning out like I want... I am using size 1's on Opal Rainforest but when I did a try on, they are going to be loose... I am heading over to Village Wools after work to get some size 0 needles and send the sock to the frog pond....

If anyone wants to check out my ramblings that some folks call a blog, you can click here.

Have a great day, everyone :-)

Thanks for starting this, Scout!!!!



Have I missed anyone on the sidebar Bloglines?

Great idea, Jamie!

Totally non-knitting-related: So I don't have a blog, and when I went to create an account just now, I signed in with my usual boring username, myfirstnamemylastname, and guess what? It was taken! I have pretty unusual last name (in fact the only people I know with my last name are my parents and sisters--no cousins, nothing!) and a pretty unusual spelling for my first name, so I'm pretty curious about this other me...

Okay, now knitting-related: I cast on my Jaywalkers Sunday night and have four inches done so far. My previous attempt at socks was so boring my attention wandered and I ended up naming all my toes, but the zigzag pattern is interesting enough to hold my attention while still being simple enough not to get lost. Yay for self-striping yarn!

I missed you guys on Tuesday! I'm off to Google myself now. (Hee. Sounds dirty.)

Edit: oh yeah, I was working on my jaywalkers at work yesterday, and one of my male coworkers was like, "Is that like knitting?" I said, "no, it's not like knitting, it is knitting." He said, apparently confused by my bamboo dpns, "...but like, with sticks?"

I guess you got up early!

I'm here, and actually posting - its amazing I know.
Even though I didn't make it Tuesday I did cast on for my Jaywalkers - Hopefully I will make it next week.

see you then!

Damm Girl!
Scout do you always get this much done before 7AM? I need my coffee and then I need some size 1 dp's. Buenos dias


I got my invitation today. Thank you. I don't know how much I'll post since my crochet and knitting classes start this weekend. But I'll keep up as much as possible. Here's my own blog for reference:

Have fun everyone. I'll get to knit with you someday. :)

Good morning!

Stitch and Bitch.

I feel like a bratty little kid starting my posts with that, but I am, after all, a youngest of five child. We're inherently brats.

Love the way the site looks!

I'll trade sewing lessons for site prettying!

Here we are!

I thought that maybe we could start up our own Blog especially for those of you who don't have one but would like to take part in one! How do you think it looks so far? I think I'll create an ABQ Bloglines so we can have all of our blogs on the side too.

How about once you are a member here post a comment so we can see who's here!