Archive for September, 2007

Slow going…

I know, I know, I haven’t posted in a while. My Mom tells me this every day. So, here are some updates for you:

My knitting…I can’t lie, it has been struggling a bit. The past couple weeks I have been busy with some other projects and just haven’t had the time. I miss it. Cherry should have been done by now. Tangled Yoke is stalled after about an inch of progress. My queue is bursting with projects I want to cast on for but haven’t had a chance to. Argh.

Things are looking up though. Enter…plane knitting.

My trip…I type this post from New York City. I have been in the city for the last two days visiting friends and am headed to a conference tomorrow. Every time I come I remember how much I like it here. I love New York (not that show though–the show makes me want to throw up a little.) I took my Tangled Yoke as my trip project. I haven’t been done a lot of knitting yet as I have been busy walking around town and eating a lot of food. NYC has the best food. Thankfully, you also walk everywhere. Currently my feet are feeling the pain of that amount of walking.

The sewing machine…I know I said I was going to buy a machine, but that was until my Mom said she would lend me one of hers until she comes back to live in the states. So when I visit Utah in October, I am bringing back with me a sewing machine. Lounge pants here I come!!! I will for sure keep you updated on that front.

Knitting Daily…most of you know by now that I work for Interweave and part of the time on Knitting Daily. I don’t really talk about it because this is my personal blog and I have never talked about other companies I have worked for on my blog so I don’t see me doing much of that now. But hey, the knit world is a small one and I had gotten some emails so, yes, that is me in Sandi’s galleries — I am the tall girl whose torso is way too long for most knitted samples. And yes, it is super fun to be involved with such a cool project.

Well, I am off to do some knitting before bed. Will write more when I get back. Have a good week everybody!

The following 21 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

FINALLY! don’t ever be gone for 20 days again!
enjoy the food…just not too much.

Posted by: Posted by: laurel | 09/23/2007

Ooh–I love New York too. Especially the walking. That’s one thing I don’t like about the West–it’s not a walking kind of place. At least not Salt Lake.

Glad to hear you’re coming to SLC in October–I hope you’ll have a minute to drop by the S’nB!

Posted by: Alarming Female | 09/23/2007

is this now becoming like the cobblers daughter who has no shoes??? the interweave employee who has no knits???
I hope that you find some relaxing times on your trip!!

Posted by: Teyani | 09/23/2007

It’s good to hear from you 🙂

Hope you get some knitting time soon.

Posted by: Knittypants | 09/23/2007

Have a great time in the city, such a perfect time of year to be there.

Posted by: Heather | 09/24/2007

I hope you are having fun in the city! I have never been in the fall, but I imagine that is a beautiful 😉

Here’s hoping you can get a few stitches in on the plane!

Posted by: Lolly | 09/24/2007

I had no idea about your employer until I saw you on your sister’s blog! I’m glad that you keep this blog personal. We lost Eunny and I don’t want to loose you too. Most importantly, I MISS your posts!!! Hopefully, you’re having fun enjoying the other aspects of your new life…

Posted by: Posted by: Sharon | 09/24/2007

Whoa, mom guilt on blog posts! And if you’re like me, I have a feeling there is some queue induced guilt going on too. Enjoy NYC, enjoy what little knitting you get to do, and may I recommend the wide leg lounge pants from Amy Butler’s In Stitches for the sewing project? I’ve got two pair and I love them!

Posted by: sulafaye | 09/24/2007

Thanks for the update – glad to hear you’re having a great trip!

Posted by: Chris | 09/24/2007

Hey, welcome back! Tangled Yoke has a bit of slogging to it, don’t feel at all badly.

And hooray for working on Knitting Daily–the link you posted was perhaps the most useful knitting link I’ve seen *ever*. I have always wished the magazine would put in ease information along with the sweater size.

Posted by: Amy | 09/24/2007

I love New York! (The show not the city….JK!) Have so much fun babe! I can’t wait to hear all about it.

Posted by: Kara | 09/24/2007

Hope you can visit SnB in October!

Posted by: Heather Joins The Round | 09/24/2007

Fun trip. It will be fun to meet you if you make it to S’nB in October. Yea for mom’s and their stuff that they lend us. I have my mom’s whole knitting library in my basement. Lucky me!

Posted by: Cayenne | 09/24/2007

OMGosh! I didn’t know that you work for Interweave and Knitting Daily! That’s very cool. Please keep blogging more!

Posted by: tiennie | 09/24/2007

Have fun in the city! It really is a great place!

Posted by: Erin | 09/25/2007

It’s the perfect time to be in the northeast! The weather is pretty incredible right now! Have a great trip!

Posted by: nova | 09/25/2007

Glad to hear that all’s well, and that you’re enjoying the career change. Now we understand the reason for less posts!

Posted by: Petunia | 09/25/2007

Enjoy NYC! I don’t live too far from the city, but I don’t really appreciate it until I hear about others’ experiences. Hope you get a lot of knitting done, and also get some rest. It sounds like you are still feeling overwhelmed and maybe need some downtime.

I now know where the rest of my short legs went. Please give them back, LOL. 🙂 I’m not petite, but my pants are always too long. 🙂

Posted by: Debby | 09/26/2007

My dear Erin, I was so happy to see a post from you. I have missed you! I don’t know that I’ll get a chance to see you while you are in town, but I certainly will be thinking about you. I promise I am still going to come visit. We’ll talk about it. Hope New York is awesome. I’m going to call you and we’ll chat soon. Love ya!

Posted by: Posted by: Amanda Quist | 09/26/2007

Oooh sewing machine of your mum’s. I am so excited and i am not even the one getting it! You are going to have so much fun playing around with it- i know it! :0)
And you know, i still always get a kick out of seeing you on knitting daily. It never gets old for me. You celebrity, you. ;0)

Posted by: vera | 09/29/2007

You are a Knitting Daily rockstar! And everything I’ve seen you in looks fab on your long torso! Can’t wait to see your knitting progres…

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State of the Union

I talked to a friend last week who basically told me that ever since I moved, I have been a bad blogger. I hate to agree with her, but sadly, she is right. I haven’t posted as much, commented on posts, replied to my own comments, not knit as much, and just generally have not been as engaged. It is not because I don’t want to be, more because quite frankly, I have been a little overwhelmed by my life which sometimes causes me to shut down a bit in the areas that I can. Does this happen to anyone else? I feel like I am starting to shake out of it though–at very least the knitting has picked up.

As a catch up, here are some items I want to share with all of you:

I casted on for a new sweater…


A Tangled Yoke Cardigan swatch

It dawned on me that I bought a bunch of tweed when I was in Canada last year that is an exact match for Rowan Felted Tweed. I thought, why not test it out for one of my fav sweaters from the Fall IK. I swatched, I got gauge, I casted on. Yea! Of course, I am still working on Cherry. I finished the back and am half way up both the fronts. So knitting progress is being made.

My sewing. I was not able to finish the tote bag in class but the shell of it is done…


I sewed that! I feel so powerful. I guess I really need to buy a sewing machine now. At least I do if I ever want to finish this bag. And, there is the matter of some lounge pants…

I had no idea there were so many tall girls out there reading my blog. Thanks for all the amazing suggestions on where I can go to buy long inseams. Who knew I only needed to ask? And for the record, I also feel for all the short girls out there who have to hem every pair of pants they buy. It is just those average heighted girls that lead a charmed life. 🙂

The following 30 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

tangled yolk is a lovely pattern. Your bag is good, I bought a cheap sewing machine to learn on but I just can’t find the time for another craft!

Posted by: Lin | 09/04/2007

You’ve just been through a very big change so it’s no wonder you have down times. Life altering events can do that and it’s good to hear you’re starting to feel like you.

Posted by: margene | 09/04/2007

love the bag…so far. congrats on the newly acquired sewing skillz!

Posted by: megs | 09/04/2007

I feel like your knit-stalker. I have been planning to take a sewing class this fall for the first time, and I (along with half the internet) want to make the Tangled Yoke Cardigan, too.

And I’m with you on the tall-girl can-you-see-my-ankles-below-my-pants thing. I’m 5’10”.

Posted by: Elizabeth | 09/04/2007

To me, a community like this works when people give what they can when they can (hmm, am I justifying to myself here??).

Besides, we can all keep up with you thanks to Sandi and her camera… 😉

Posted by: sulafaye | 09/04/2007

I feel like your knit-stalker. I have been planning to take a sewing class this fall for the first time, and I (along with half the internet) want to make the Tangled Yoke Cardigan, too.

And I’m with you on the tall-girl can-you-see-my-ankles-below-my-pants thing. I’m 5’10”.

Posted by: Elizabeth | 09/04/2007

I only started blogging this summer and so haven’t had a major conflict with work yet. But today I head back to classes and I wonder if I’ll manage to post regularly. I really enjoy your blog and selfishly wish you’d post more often, but I think given a major move and a new job to adjust to, we can cut you a little slack 😉 But weren’t you and your sister working on the Dollar and a Half Cardigan? Did you ever show the finished version? I’m getting ready to cast on for one so I’m curious to see how it turns out.

Posted by: materfamilias | 09/04/2007

I feel like your knit-stalker. I have been planning to take a sewing class this fall for the first time, and I (along with half the internet) want to make the Tangled Yoke Cardigan, too.

And I’m with you on the tall-girl can-you-see-my-ankles-below-my-pants thing. I’m 5’10”.

Posted by: Elizabeth | 09/04/2007

I feel like your knit-stalker. I have been planning to take a sewing class this fall for the first time, and I (along with half the internet) want to make the Tangled Yoke Cardigan, too.

And I’m with you on the tall-girl can-you-see-my-ankles-below-my-pants thing. I’m 5’10”.

Posted by: Elizabeth | 09/04/2007

I can’t wait to see your progress on the tangled yoke cardigan. I hope to make it some time in the near future as well!

Good luck with your lounge pants…I’m 5’10” and feel your pain. I have a sister who is 6’3″…I think she’s given up on ever finding a nice pair of lounge pants.

Posted by: Vanessa | 09/04/2007

Margene is absolutely right. When you make such a change, it’s hard to get right back into the groove. You’ve moved cross-counry, started a new job and away from your family. Obviously something would be let go for awhile until you start to feel like yourself.

I’m assuming you get home later b/c of the commute. If you ever want to get together on the weekends, let me know.

Posted by: Wanda | 09/04/2007

oohhh that’s going to be a purdy tangled yoke! i’m enjoyed the tangled yoke pattern so far, and i think you will too 🙂

the tote is darling, hopefully you can finish it soon!

Posted by: rachel i. | 09/04/2007

I totally agree with you about the blogging thing. I feel like my blog went by the wayside when I was in school. I just didn’t have the time to blog and I didn’t have the time to knit the way I like. Now that I’m finally starting to slow down again (I think…) I’m getting back into it again.

Posted by: Erin | 09/04/2007

your tote bag is looking really cute!

i am starting to feel that blogging is becoming a burden. i can barely keep up with all of the things that i am crafting, and then i think, wouldn’t i have more fun if i were actually participating in the crafts instead of wasting time blogging them?

Posted by: Sara | 09/04/2007

It’s good to hear from you, I miss your posts. But, sometimes that’s life, glad it’s starting to calm down a bit for you.

Posted by: Knittypants | 09/04/2007

I love the swatch. Tweedy yarn is just awesome.

Posted by: Cayenne | 09/04/2007

Oh, your bag looks fabulous so far. Looks like you may need to go sewing machine shopping very soon… ;0)
You know, the other day i swatched for Tangled Yoke too. Can’t wait to start. Love the colour of your yarn.

Posted by: vera | 09/04/2007

That Tangled Yoke is going to be so pretty in that color! Love the cute bag!

Posted by: tiennie | 09/04/2007

Ooh! I am making a tangled yoke cardigan as well. I’m just waiting for my yarn to get here… (nice bag, btw)

Posted by: *karen | 09/04/2007

I definitely shutdown on stuff when I’m feeling overwhelmed, so I can totally understand. Your tote bag looks great so far – I hope you get the chance to finish it soon!

Posted by: Chris | 09/05/2007

I often feel the need to check out every now and again. I think we all should do it unapologetically, but that is just me. Your Tangled Yoke is going to be gorgeous, kind of like your cute bag, finished or not.

Posted by: nova | 09/05/2007

Oo, very nice work on the sewing front! Love the fabric. And yes, we short girls have to hem everything. And..if you are right on the edge between short and average…then…you have to either hem the long stuff or have pants that are too short for a short person.

Posted by: Natalie | 09/05/2007

Oh, no, no, no! I have been fighting SO HARD not to cast on for that sweater because I have soooo many other projects going right now, and then you go start it in almost the same color I have (though mine is the Felted Tweed)! So mean of you! :-p

The bag is super cute! I love that print.

Being super short, I have the opposite problem… almost everything I buy has to be hemmed, and I’ll never own a pair of pants that doesn’t fray at the ends from being stepped on. I also can’t pull off long, elegant skirts or basically anything really exciting. And also, I get a lot of “How tall are you?” “Oh my gosh, you’re so LITTLE! You’re like a munchkin!” comments, and all those other witty things people say to short people. But, on the plus side, I rarely bump my head on anything. 🙂

Posted by: Crystal | 09/05/2007

With all that you’ve been up to in recent months it’s no wonder that the blog has been a bit quiet. I think it happens to everyone – blogging shouldn’t be a chore. 🙂 Glad to see you ‘back’ & yay for picking up the sewing in the midst of it all!

Posted by: Amy Artisan | 09/08/2007

Erin, I tend to shut down in certain areas when I’m overwhelmed, too. And I know somewhat how you’re feeling — we just moved across the country to Georgia, so life has beena little crazy lately.

Hang in there. Things will get better and hopefully be less overwhelming!

Posted by: Holli Jo | 09/10/2007

I am totally with you about moving=bad blogging…. I am so completely doing the same thing. (hah!)
love that tweed, and the bag is sweet too.

Posted by: Teyani | 09/13/2007

Just wanted you to know, I love reading your blog! You’re such a super talented knitter and I always get inspired by your projects! Thanks for being one of my favorite blogs! Hope things are going well in Colorado!

Posted by: Posted by: Kristine | 09/14/2007

It can definitely be hard sometimes to find the time to knit, blog, or read other’s blogs… don’t worry, it happens to (most) everyone!

I love the tweed you’re using for Tangled Yoke. I was able to get some Rowan Felted Tweed for 40% off, so I’m definitely going to be making it, too (not sure when, though).

The bag shell is lovely!

Posted by: Octopus Knits | 09/18/2007

Oh, can’t wait to see the progress you will make on your tangled yoke……i want to make that also, but have other things lined up before!

Super cute bag! Good job on the sewing! 🙂

Posted by: leslie | 09/19/2007

Super lovely bag! I like it very much

Posted by: seduction | 09/21/2007

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