Knitting for Subtitles

Knit Valentines

This project was the perfect weekend knitting activity while waiting for the Olympics & working my way through the at home Netflix. This weekend I ended up with all foreign films at home…having to read subtitles means that the knitting can’t be too complicated. These Valentine themed dishcloths will be making their way to my Mom & sister with some coordinating dish towels.

The knit details:
Melissa’s Knit Valentine DishclothI see some of her other designs as future “quick projects” in the coming months
– Strawberry varigated Sugar n’ Cream yarn (4 dishcloths from just under 2 1/2 balls of yarn)
– Size 8 needles
– The Valentine Day’s Sheep from Katie’s Shop was the perfect accessory to mark my odd row needle.
I had originally planned to use a solid color yarn for these; however, this was the only Valentine themed Sugar n’Cream yarn at Michael’s on Friday afternoon.

The movie details…thoroughly enjoyed The Chorus/Les Choristes. Also, I “finally” saw Cinema Paradiso & loved it – as often as I’ve heard the soundtrack it seems like I would have seen the movie by now. Interestingly enough, one of the ‘old movie’ songs in the film “Anna (El negro zumbon)” has been wonderfully redone on the latest Pink Martini CD.

Think Pink…Pink Martini that is!

So I had already been planning this post, with this picture…then Lolly’s Project Spectrum was announced & I thought this post is an “early entry” into Project Spectrum. The picture was taken in “full color” & then I had some fun on Snapfish with the effects & applied the pink tint. I have never been much of a “pink person” – without a doubt this is my favorite pink! 🙂

Pink Martini

For the last couple of years, whenever anyone asks what my favorite band is I immediately answer Pink Martini. I first discovered this band in 2002 when I saw them in concert at The Hollywood Bowl & I was instantly hooked. In fact when I saw them, I flew home from LA to Chicago late on Sunday night – got up early on Monday morning to drive to my project in South Bend IN & at lunchtime on Monday went to the South Bend Border’s to pick up their “Sympathique” CD.

In September 2005 they “finally” came to Chicago & yep, I was at both sold out shows at The Hothouse.

The concert experiences at the 2 different venues were like night and day – but both were incredible experiences. (The above picture is from their show at The Hothouse.)

Both CDs are in constant play in my car stereo, home stereo & on my laptop at work. This is music that can be on constant repeat loop for me & I never get tired of it. Pink Martini has always had a good following in Europe and when I was in Italy in June I heard them on the radio while strolling through a piazzo in Rome – how appropriate. If you haven’t heard them before I’d encourage you to check them out. I have noticed their music turn up in several movie soundtracks.

Back to Project Spectrum…when I was uploading these pictures to print out for the scrapbook I picked the pink tint for all the pictures I wanted to include in the layout for the Sept. concerts…pink & black pictures on black pages with pink paper…I haven’t put those pages together yet (way behind!)…I’ll post them here when I’m done – hopefully in March for Project Spectrum’s Red/Pink Month.

Baa…baa…

Baa, baa, black red, white & pink sheep have you any wool?
Yes sir! Yes sir! Three skeins full!

Knit Sheep

In today’s mail was my first set of handmade stitch markers. Katie has hung out her Pink Sheep shingle at Etsy & has some adorable sheep available for purchase.

I think that at least 2 of these little cuties will be making their debut for the Knitting Olympics. They are all posing with the yarn for my project.

Weekend Artisan

It was an all around Artisan type of weekend around here.

Saturday was a bit of “Artisan Scrapbooks”…a couple of friends came over for a Creative Memories Get Together – a fun way to spend the afternoon. After they left I had planned on working on my Italy/Greece album; however, that didn’t happen – although I did get some organizing/inventory done on all my supplies for when I’m ready to focus on pages again. Maybe I’ll spend some time on the pages while waiting for The Knitting Olympics to begin.

Saturday was also a bit of an “Artisan Cooks” day – in the morning I made some one bowl wonder brownies for dessert (1 batch was traditional chocolate with a bit of cinnamon & mini chocolate chips, 1 was Mom’s “Swedish” version that are non-chocolate). Saturday evening I made a meatloaf & scalloped potatoes for a Sunday delivery to a woman from church who is going through chemo for breast cancer. The brownies did double duty – half the batch was our goodie for the Get Together & the rest of the batch went along with the meal for Shari.

Sunday was a bit of “Artisan Knits” with a bit of Local Tourist thrown in.

As I’ve been browsing some knitting blogs in the last couple of weeks (umm…more like lurking…must leave more comments!) I have been reading about a new yarn store on the south side of Chicago. After church, my friend Jennifer & I grabbed coffee from Starbucks & then headed south to check out My Sister’s Knits. We got there before the store opened – as soon as Carol & her goldens (Cody & Goldie) opened the doors we stepped into such a charming place! After a bit of puppy love with the beautiful goldens there was a lot of “oohs” & “aahs” at everything in the store – the yarns, the needles, the books, the wide assortment of sample purses/bags. Carol was extremely helpful & offered several pattern suggestions as we looked at yarns & bags. We both could have easily picked up “one of everything” but we restrained ourselves. In the end we both picked up yarn for felted bags (my first felted project). It’s a gray day here so I’m not bothering with pictures. My bag was filled with 3 skeins of Lamb’s Pride Bulky (amethyst, blue boy & aztec turquoise) for the felted bag & a set of circular needles for the project; 2 skeins of On Line Supersocke 100 (Summer colorway #790) – I don’t know what the project will be but the colorway was to pretty to leave behind; a new Chibi; and a tin of Knitter’s Little Helper hand balm. Carol also gave us a set of felting instructions since we haven’t done it before. As we were leaving Carol pointed us in the direction of a historic neighborhood so we checked it out – lots of lovely large houses on big lots and numerous styles, including Frank Lloyd Wright – an unexpected treat! While the shop is a bit farther than “local” I definitely plan on making regular trips down there to check out yarn & get new ideas. Thanks Carol for such a welcoming visit!

(Update: Some of the mentions for My Sister’s Knits were Nancy & Christine)

I’m not sure if I’ll get started on the felted bag before the Knitting Olympics or if I’ll wait till after that event. Speaking of the “KO” I did roll 2 of the skeins of the new yarn into balls & also did a bit of a test swatch – ready for the torch to be lit and the fun to begin.

Even though it has been a gray weekend here I did manage to snap this picture yesterday morning before it got too gray. My amaryllis has all the blooms open & I’ve forced open some blooms in the stalk that broke off a couple of weeks ago (just kept the stalk in a vase of water).

More Blooms

Patience Knitting Grasshopper

When I got home from work yesterday I had a package waiting for me…a yarn package…a package that is a key element of my entry in The Knitting Olympics.

I quickly ripped into the box & smiled at what I saw. Then came the hard part – restraining myself from getting started right away on this project.

Thankfully I have several things planned for this weekend that will divert me from focusing on this project. (more about those in another post)

In less than 2 weeks the games begin in Torino…until then I will leave you with a sneak peek at the yarn! Any ideas what my Olympic Knitting event will be?

Patience Knitter