Wednesday, October 15, 2008

New blog...

Hi guys,

I've got a new blog...I've been in a funk lately, well it's all explained on the new blog:
I'm going to try to put everything together in one place, and just have one blog, we'll see how that goes.

Stop by and comment, love to see you there!!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Happy Holidays...

I just found out that I'm able to access Blogger at work...for now, so I'm going to use it to my advantage.

Recent Projects:

Feather and Fan Shawl: Eugen Beugler in A Gathering of Lace

I am making this for my mom, for Christmas and her birthday in March. Hopefully I will get it done in time. The yarn I'm using is Bare Lace from Knitpicks, dyed with Kool-aid.

I will add pictures later...I am having issues uploading them. Also, I will blog about my dyeing adventures.

Jacob's Duck Hunt Sweater: Me

I found a graph online of the dog from Duck Hunt, and I am going to make Jacob a sweater. I'm using Telemark from Knitpicks.

Pictures coming...

Christmas Venting:
My Christmas this year sucked. I love Christmas, I really do, but my family is a very selfish and mean family. This year was the worst, it sucked, it was painful, and it was just plain ridiculous.

Big elephant # 1: My mom's youngest sister makes no attempt at hiding the fact that she has a favorite niece, and even though I am her god-daughter, its not me. I get a digital keychain for Christmas (as well did my younger cousin) and my cousin Erin gets a beautiful blue crystal bowl.

Big elephant # 2: My mom's youngest sister and her family also bring presents for each other to Christmas, to show off. This year, my cousin Neil received a cell phone, in front of everyone. This little event made me really happy I only spent 50 cents on my cousins (I got them calendars from Target, and they loved them). This is a stab in the heart to my mom, who is a single mom and wasn't ever able to provide that much for us.

Big elephant # 3: My mom's middle sister gave my mom and I the same gift. The. Same. Gift. Lotion and a nail kit. My mom has been doing her own manicures for years and already had everything in those kits. So my mom gets shitty gifts from her sisters who, even though they supposedly hate each other, give each other very nice gifts.

Big elephant # 4: I am single, and I don't make a whole lot of money, but I put thought and time into my gifts for people, and I expect the same from others, but this wasn't the case. When you get the EXACT SAME gift as someone else, it cheapens the gift. Christmas is not about presents, it is about giving, and spending time with your loved ones.

And he puzzled and puzzled, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before!
"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store.
Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more."

Just call me the Grinch.

Monday, September 10, 2007

New FO's

I have a couple FO's to show you:

Here's the Kitty Pi I made for my aunt Paula and her cats, well, my cousin's cats really.

I used Noro's Big Kureyon in colorway 19 and again, Wendy's Kitty Pi Pattern.

Kitty Pi - Paula

Kitty Pi - Paula
Felting Action!!!

Kitty Pi - Paula
Felted and ready to go...

I finished the first square of my Lizard Ridge Afghan. I used Noro Kureyon in colorway 180. I really liked the colors in this...the deep wine, the bright turquoise (although I wish there was more in the square) and the funky purple (I swear I made all the yarn just turned out that way. I swears!!)

Lizard Ridge - colorway 180
I like this pattern

Lizard Ridge - colorway 180
check out that turquoise!!! And yes, I did to a life line, until I got the gist if the pattern.

There are more pictures of both on my flickr. Check them out ;)

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Dollar Store finds...and Vanna White

A week ago my mom had mentioned to me that The Dollar Tree had yarn on sale. We went there on Saturday to check it out and I got 12 skeins of yarn for $12. Nothing super fancy, its Lion Brand, but at $1 for a skein its a nice deal. Check out the pictures:

Dollar Store Find
Tada...$12 of Yarn

Dollar Store Find
Purple for Neil, blue for Erik, pink and yellow for Heather and red and blues for Erin

Dollar Store Find
This matches the yarn my mom brought back from France

Dollar Store Find
I just liked the color of this stuff

There's a Michael's is right next to the dollar store and I wanted to see if I could find anything to match the Fancy Fur, I'm planning to make hats for Christmas, and I found this:

Vanna's Choice - $2.99

It's Vanna White peddling yarn. It's Lion Brand acrylic at $2.99 a pop. The funny thing is that Vanna is the only celebrity I've ever seen endorsing anything to do with knitting, but I got a chuckle out of if all the same ; )

Monday, July 09, 2007

I will get better at this, I promise. At the moment I don't have access to Internet at home, so I rely on work and my mom's.

Well, anyways, this past weekend I started working on a scarf pattern designed by my friend Amber. The Thistle Leaf Scarf, click here for the pattern. I'm using Art Yarns yarn I bought while I was down in Iowa. I believe its Super Merino in the 109 colorway. I lost the tag even though I tried to keep track of it.

Here are some pictures:

Thistle Leaf Scarf

Thistle Leaf Scarf

Friday, June 15, 2007

Okay, I know it takes me forever to update this thing, but I FINALLY have a couple updates.

First, my Cable Hat. I had finished this when I got home from Iowa, but I made it way too small. I frogged about half of it and then got a couple inches knitted. I can probably start decreasing now, but I think I'm going to get a life line in there first. I had taken some pictures earlier this week, but hated how they turned out, so I took some more last night. They're not that much better.

Side View - Cable Hat
Hmmm...I could have thought about the ribbing a little doesn't match the pattern too well.

Front View - Cable Hat
Does my nose look crooked?

I'm also getting pretty far on my first pair of socks...I started these in January? The yarn is Moda Dea Sassy Stripes in Lucky and the pattern is Wendy's Generic Toe-Up Sock Pattern. I used the Magic cast on for the two, its super easy and there's no tightening to do.


I got the needles from KnitPicks and I promised Amber I would give a review on them. You can see the cord coming out of the sock on the pictures. They offer sizes US0 - US11 and the lenghts range from 16" to 32". US4 thru US11 only come in 16". They made of a flexible plastic so they don't have a memory and they don't kink, like the Susan Bates ones do. I'm using Susan Bates for my hat and it stretches out the stitches a bit. I got the US3's in the 32" and they are awesome for knitting two socks at once, although I did take one off when I got to the heel.


My dad's family is having a picnic this Sunday, so I may be able to get some prime knitting time it. Well, we'll see.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Current Projects...

Last fall I had gone to Crafty Planet to find 16" circulars and I found this really nice and soft yarn. Rowan Cashsoft in Mist. It is so pretty, and purple. I knew I wanted to make a hat out of it but I didn't know what kind. My friend Amber help me a bit, sending me so pretty awesome patterns, but they just didn't suit my fancy. So, finally, a couple weeks ago I decided that I would make my own pattern. It's pretty simple.

Cast on 110 stitches on US 4 circs.

Do 1in of ribbing in p2 k3

Start the pattern (change to US 6)

Row 1-4 *p2 k6 p2 k1* repeat 11 times

Row *5 p2 put 3 stitches on a cable needle (or spare dpn as I'm doing) and hold in back, k3 k3 for the cable needle (or dpn) p2 k1* repeat 11 times

Repeat rows 1-5 until the pattern reaches 5 inches.

**I haven't gotten this far so I don't know how I'm going to decrease. I am open to suggestions. I would like to keep cabling up to the top, but this is my first cabled project so I'm not sure it can be done.
Cable Hat
The picture is kinda yellowy...the color is prettier than the picture shows.
I've also been working on a scarf for my friend Kay. She found out I knitted and asked me to make her a scarf. I found the pattern online but I can't remember where I found it. I will find the instructions and post the link later...I promise. The yarn I'm using is KnitPicks Decadence it Winter Berry.
Kay's Scarf
The picture is kind of blurry, but it shows the detail pretty well. I like it and I hope she does too.
In the future, I will try to get all of my Finished projects uploaded. I've been really lazy about it. I still have pictures of Christmas gifts on my camera.