2.21.2011

Baby Blue

So, I’ve put on a few pounds.  Maybe more than a few.  I’m on these meds and one of the side effects is weight gain.  So great, on top of having to take meds for what ails me, these meds are going to make me fat?! Lovely.

I’ve started flipping through my current score of knitting magazines and books, and I’ve come to realize that I have to start knitting for the body I have, not necessarily the body I want to have.  I can’t always knit that cute close-fitting sweater unless I make some alterations to the pattern to make it flatter my new body type.  It’s depressing in a way.

Rather than throw a huge pity party for myself, I decided to embrace the shape I have right now and knit myself something to fit my new self.

This is from the new Debbie Stoller book, Superstar Knitting, that I picked up over the weekend, and let me tell you – I am already in love with this book.  The pattern is called Baby Corn.

Baby Corn 

I’m thinking of shortening the length to more of a tunic length, but we’ll see how much yarn I have… The yarn I’m using is Berroco’s Touche:

Touche Closeup 2

I found it in my stash and was pleasantly surprised that I had enough for a little summer top.  Sweet!

So this will be my first attempt at knitting something for my new body.  This could be just the boost my self confidence needs.

2.19.2011

Score!

As you probably know, Borders is closing a good number of its stores.  It makes me sad, because I love going to Borders and relaxing with a cup of Seattle’s Best and flipping through a good (or not so good) knitting book.  As sad as I am though, I might be partly to blame because I too have succumbed to the e-book craze and I bought myself a Kindle a few months back.  I’m sorry Borders.  I still love you, but I love my Kindle too.  Can’t we all just get along?  Apparently not.

My local borders is one that’s closing up shop.  So I thought I’d stop by and say good-bye, and possibly find a few things on sale.  Well, I think everyone in my neighborhood had the same idea, because that place was packed!  Everything in the store was 20-40% off and it was a madhouse.  I should have taken a picture of the line, but I didn’t, so you’ll have to take my word for it when I tell you it was wrapped around the entire first floor and hovering towards the door!  It was nuts!

While I was there, I scored a couple good knitting books and magazines:

Borders Score 2.19.2011

I picked up Debbie Stoller’s Stitch ‘n Bitch Superstar Knitting, which I’ve been dying to get my hands on since it came out because I have all her books and I’ve loved them all.  I also picked up Kristina McGowan’s Modern Top-Down Knitting, which upon my preliminary flip-through in line, looks to be a must-have for my knitting library.  I also picked up three magazines: Vogue Knitting Winter 2010/11, Interweave Knits Winter 2010 and Debbie Bliss Spring/Summer 2011.

Yes, yes, I scored big-time!  Can you guess what I’ll be doing for the rest of the weekend?

Reviews and favorite patterns from all of the above coming soon…

2.17.2011

I’m Baaaaack…

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted anything.  I can’t believe it’s almost been a year!  Jeez, what a slacker…

So, I’m dusting off this bad boy blog and starting up once again.  Pardon the rustiness.

What have I been up to?  A little of this, a little of that.  I haven’t been working on that much knitting, except a cowl that I was planning on submitting to Knitty, but then thought better of it and decided to post as a free pattern… at some point soon.  I’m also working on a scarf for My Guy.  Nothing too exciting, just a striped ribbed scarf.  I’ll post pics when I’m done with it.

Speaking of new patterns, as promised, I’ve added a Free Pattern!  Yay!  Beach Baby is now added.  Take a look at it via the side bar.

That’s all I’ve got for now.  Stay tuned for more to come…