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Saturday, July 15th, 2006
12:50 pm
You know what?

I hate living in New Zealand. 11 sheep to each person and yet we have no decent, locally made yarn. All our good stuff is imported...and Rowan is $30 a ball. A BALL. Who do you sell it to, millionaires?

Plus, all local designs for what little local yarn we have swerve towards the fugly. No, fun fur beanies are not cute.




A frustrated Antipodean Knitter.
Wednesday, April 19th, 2006
5:23 pm
so i am knitting this linen skirt. yes, i know all the cautions of knitted skirts, the saggy ass, the pulls, all of that.

well, last night as i am working away, trying to get this thing done for a big knitting thing on the 29th, i realize that a) i had misread the pattern, and b) half of the stitches i had just knit had split. ok, tink back and start over.

apparently the pattern and the stitches weren't my fault, as there was a new errata on the page, and a note about the specific yarn maybe not having the full amount of strands in cretain places.

so i fume.

i am so tempted to give up, but i have about 2/3 of it done, and a large amount invested in yarn, because of course i had to go grab a spare skein and discovered that the price had gone up 7 dollars. 7! 7! wtf?

and the new skein had about 5 joins. lovely.

4:53 pm
I am so annoyed at my LYS atm, over a month ago now I ordered some Cleckheaton Merino from them to make the Cropped Sweater out of the current Vogue Knitting, so far I haven't heard from them about it (I went in 2 weeks ago, after they had said it would be in) and it hadn't even been ordered yet). That and I really hate the odd stares I get in there, so I have a beaten up granny walker, NO I DID NOT STEAL IT FROM THEIR ONE OF THEIR CUSTOMERS!!! There are times I wish I could take over the place, get bigger premisis and add either more, better set out stock, or a cafe, I'm really torn on that part, we have crafting cafe's but not one to my knowlege for knitting. They havent even heard of S'n'BN for christs sake!!!
Monday, April 3rd, 2006
12:28 pm
ok- so i am grumpy.

but when i read for the 50,687,932 time that knitty isn't up yet- and it is only the 3rd of april- what can i say but-

in the grand scheme of things that isn't that important.

it'll be there. it is run by humans. get over it.
Monday, March 20th, 2006
1:01 pm
you know what i really hate? people who post up entries into knitting blogs that have NOTHING to do with knititng and create nothing but more food for the drama llama. that pisses me off. couldn't they lace their bullshit posts with a pattern?

Monday, March 13th, 2006
9:31 pm
Ok, how dense can you be?
Now, I've only been knitting for a year, but I swear, I have to agree with an earlier posting by Pickleboot that showed her disgust with those who post on knitting community blogs, "OK, it calls for this yarn, but I want to use something else, what do you suggest?". I actually responded to one of these, and simply stated that from their description, it sounded like worsted weight yarn, and to just check out the labels to find similar gauges, and then experiment with gauging on her own different sized needles until she found what she wanted. Sounds simple enough, right? That's pretty easy, basic information. But then the writer askes, how do you know if it's worsted weight? Oy vey. Someone else responded back, thankfully, and spelled out the different weight types of yarn, and then just repeated what I said about reading the labels.

Doesn't anyone read the labels anymore?

And speaking of errata on patterns, I've been working out of that Ann Budd book of sweater patterns, you know the "make your own" where she gives you the numbers based on the gauge? I found a major boo-boo on the sleeves of a pattern. If I had followed it as written, the sleeves would be as tall as the kid I'm making it for! I just used a little common sense and figured out a work around. When I looked for the corrections at good ol' Interweave Press, the publisher of said book, there were no corrections for that at all. I mean, come on! This is a blatant one, and no one found it before? Man, I guess that means I must be at least an intermediate knitter (or close to it) if I can figure out that the pattern is that way off. How annoying.
Friday, February 10th, 2006
4:31 pm
no matter how many times the person who wrote the pattern insists that you can indeed make 5 new stitches out of one stitch when knitting front and back with REALLY REALLY REALLY bulky yarn, they're still lying. save youreslf the pain.

*walks away cursing under her breath about bobbles*

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006
2:12 pm
I belong to a local society for knitters. It is a wonderful community in all sorts of ways, but I sometimes wonder if there should be a mandatory IQ test of the members. Example:

Moderator of discussion groups says: "We've started a mystery shawl project. All details can be found on our website."
Member of discussion group says: "Where can I find more information about the mystery shawl?"


Moderator of discussion group says: "It is soon time to pay your annual membership fee. All information can be found on our website."
Member of discussion group says: "How to I renew my membership? And when should I pay my membership fee?"

A third favourite is sending an e-mail to everyone saying: "I would like to end my subscription to this mailing list." In every message from the discussion group there is a footer that says "If you would like to unsubscribe please go to..."

I don't know, but could it be that yarn somehow is inhaled while knitting and then cloggs up the braincells of some people? Oh, am I terribly mean now? Sorry, just ranting...
Monday, January 23rd, 2006
10:18 pm
ranting away
so this isn't exactly aobut knitting, but about some knitting things in general.

why is it that some knitting groups seem so pre-disposed to, well, mean comments? here on lj and elsewhere it seems that there has to be some major drama and nastiness every few weeks. and it is based on somethng silly. like a mention of religion, or children, or pets.

now- i do not care if you have religion kids or pets. i have kids and pets. maybe not so much on the religion thing, but that is my deal. why, oh why, do people start things when what is really being asked is for a yarn sub, or a reccomendation on a friendly lys that won't mind kids. or- as a bigger issue- the stitch and bitch crap that is going on? why is this? is it necessary? does it make us better people? or are the ones starting all of this just liking attention? i do not get it. i read knitting groups, blogs, etc, to get information. to share knowledge. to look for some sympathy about random knitting issues. but then i have to deal with crap. is there a crap filter? can we install one to keep the nasty comments and shit stirrers out? i'd like that very much.

yeah- a filter to keep the assholes of the world out. and off my knitting info. that would rock.
2:09 am
my rant of the moment
i live in a house with two small children. why is it that neither child is able to keep their grubby little mits off of my yarn? i put it in plastic bags, in boxes, on high shelves, and no matter what i do the little stinkers manage to get their hands all over it. it's like they have yarn radar. oh- mom just cast on a new project? and it's not for ME? hmmmmmm, i just ate peanut butter and jelly- let's go find it.

at least the cats just sit on it.
Sunday, January 22nd, 2006
10:39 pm
Don't teach someone who doesn't speak the same language
OK, I feel I can truly complain about this much more here than on my other journals. It's like this...my MIL has been asking to have me teach her to knit. There are three major problems with this.

1) I'm not particularly fond of the woman, but I can barely tolerate her enough to try to teach.
2) She's left handed and I'm a righty, and she refuses to learn the continental way which supposedly is the left handed method to begin with, and
3) English is not her first language, and she is far from proficient at it despite living in this country for more than 20 years and even had an American husband who didn't speak Spanish.

So, I gave her a booklet and kit for Xmas that had left handed instructions, I traded my second copy of Stitch N Bitch I had gotten for a decorative bowl she had gotten for Xmas, and printed out and sent her stuff with various illustrations of how to knit. I've tried to show her how to purl as well, but we won't go there.

So, she is excited about the SnB book, and she decides that all the patterns in there are easy, and she wants to make the dog sweater for the dog of one of her nieces. I'm looking at the pattern, and she's asking me, is this the right yarn? What needle do I use? How big do I make it? Well, DUH! You read the pattern! And quite simply, even the diagram shows that the main two pieces that you have to knit depend on the measurements of the dog, so she has to ask her niece to measure the dog. But Dani, how do I know how long to make it? (slaps hand to forehead) YOU MEASURE THE DOG!!! Then, I tell her that the pattern tells her that she needs a certain size needle, and a certain yarn. Now, the yarn she has might be fine, but she needs to make a swatch to see if she can get the gauge and explain what gauging is. Then the pattern mentions working with DPNs. I can't even figure that part out, and told her that perhaps working in the round with a circ might be easier, but she needs that too. I told her that it's all laid out in the pattern. "But I don't know how to read the pattern," she says in her thick accent. I explained that neither did I until I looked up each term and abbreviation on my own, which are all in the glossary as well as explained in detail in the front of the book. But, because her English is so bad, she can't read well enough to read the front of the book. Oy vey! So, I advised that she have my BIL translate sections, and try something more simple. It will come, but not without a lot of practice. She is amazed that I do what I do and have made sweaters and all sorts of things already. I explain that (again, HELL--OOO) I have been knitting nonstop since I started, and learned and am still learning as I go along. It all comes from practice. I essentially send her on her way with it, because there's nothing more I can do if she can't even understand what I am saying in the simplest of terms and demonstrating for her.

And then the hubby says, "Can't you find a book for her in Spanish?" (Smacks head again...ouch.) What do you think I've been doing for the past few months? I don't read Spanish-- HE should find it since he speaks the language. Maybe I can pester one of his other cousins...or rather, the wife of one of his other cousins whom I'm close friends with...to find a book when she moves to Spain, and I'll send her the money for her to ship it over here. That would make my life a helluva lot easier.

My MIL should've asked someone else, as I have no patience for her. I think it's because other crafts come easily for her, and this one doesn't, and she thinks that just by learning how to do a knit stitch ( and no other techniques) that she is a knitter and she can make a sweater tomorrow. Oy, oy, oy!
5:31 pm

welcome to knitters rants. the place to post your gripes, big and small.

please- do not name names if you have a gripe about another community. keep it general. let us know if a pattern makes no sense. and ask questions!

most of all- get it off your chest!
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