Thursday, December 25, 2008
We're to start our annual Christmas tour and then we're heading to the Berkshires in MA for the week to hide and hopefully I can get a lot of knitting done for ME! Dad's sweater is near completion. I just need to do the button band and shawl collar and maybe block it. I hope to get this done by Friday. If I don't I will give it to him on Sunday when I see him again.
Have a happy healthy Christmas and I'll see you in the New Year!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I've been spending my little blogging hiatus going to Christmas parties, being sick and working feverishly on Dad's sweater. Sunday I managaed to finish the sleeves, attach them and start the the shoulder shaping. Last night I was one repeat away from finishing the shaping and I realized that I had misread the pattern (ok sweater not cursed, I just can't read) and I have to rip back everything from the white line up.
I nearly cried last night when I noticed. Carl made me put down my knitting and step away. I woke up this morning to learn that I could save 7 rows more than I thought I could last night. I threw in a safety line and now I'm going to frog. I thought I was going to have this done by Christmas but now I'm just not sure.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
I'm using two new fiber/fiber blends this time around, BFL (blue faced Leicester) and a merino/bamboo blend. I really love them both but for different reasons. The merino/bamboo blend is super luxurious and the BFL is more natural but soft. I will continue to superwash merino but it nice to play with new fibers.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
The yarn for Dad's caridgan showed up on Monday and I cast-on as soon as I got home from work. I now have about 6 inches done. We watched a Stephen Segal (sorry if I spelled that wrong but I just don't care enough to learn how to spell his name) movie last night and I managed to get through a lot of stockinette while
We have people coming over tonight so I need to get off the computer and finish cleaning. And I should probably try to get a few rows done on the cardigan before they get here...stupid guests...
Oh and I keep meaning to tell you all the read the Sookie Stackhouse books, you know the one's that TrueBlood based on. They're so good! I'm now on book 6 and I have to say I love Eric and Sookie needs to stop it with these other supernatural beings and just hump Eric. (sorry for the rant) You probably don't understand what I'm talking about so just go read the books. I promise you'll like them.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Tonight I launched the Elements Fiber Club over at the shop. Here are the details:
March - Air
June - Fire
September - Water
December - Earth
Sign ups will close on February 15, 2009 to allow me time to dye up the orders.
Thankfully the Baby Surprise Jackets are just about done. I hope to finish them tonight and then I just need to find buttons for the boy jacket and I'm done. Then I have my brother's hat but that shouldn't take too long since its just a hat. After that I think I'm done but who knows what else will show up on the knitting list.
And of course Kim Hargreaves has to have a new book out. The patterns in Amber are pretty but its still no Heartfelt. Though it doesn't keep me from drooling and wanting to buy the book. I need to get Thrown Together and Nectar too. Maybe Santa will get them for me...
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I'm scared I might run out of the pink color so I'm trying to use as much of the white as possible since I have 3 or 4 balls of it. Fingers-crossed I have enough yarn.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
- Gossamer Shawl
- Mesh Gloves
- The Argyle Socks for my Grandpa
- Brother's Christmas Present (shhh its a secret)
- Swirl Shawl
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Today I raise my geek flag a little higher!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Aunt Kathy's Story:
I always remember my 15th birthday as being special, but can I tell you why? NO, it just was. Also every year once we were a teenager our dad would take us out to dinner at a grown up restaurant just the birthday girl and him. Those were very special.
Now every year, my mom and my two sisters and I always celebrate our birthdays on the same day in a Mexican restaurant and we flirt with the waiter and say OLE when we eat a red chip. One year the ceiling fell in on us in our booth, omg that was funny.
This year however (my birthday is 11-5) I am having a life changing surgery and from here on out this year will always be the birthday I LOVE the most.
Thank you all for participating! It's been so much fun reading your birthday stories. And thank you Eliza for reminding me to add Kathy's story!!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
My mom is out of town this weekend so I decided to go home and turn her house into my very own dye studio. I got up early, had some coffee and boarded the train out to the burbs. I picked up the latest issue of W Magazine so I could check out the colors for the season. It was interesting but there was too much black. How many skeins of black yarn do you think I could really sell? That’s right, NONE! So I threw that to the side, put on some tunes and enjoyed the scenery.
Before I could start dyeing I had to run to Walmart to pick up a few things. Since its getting chilly and I have to hand paint outside on the deck (Mom’s rules!) I thought I’d try dyeing some solid colors in a crockpot. I figured Walmart would have the best deal and it did but, the lines were awful!! The lady in front of me took a whole 2 minutes to count out 46 cents and she only had 1 penny in there!! It was absolutely frustrating. And they had no vinegar!! I can buy a rifle but not vinegar? So weird.
Anyway, I decided to test out the crockpot with this skein of bulky weight yarn my Secret Pal sent me (pictures of the last two packages will be at the end, she spoiled me!!). It was interesting. The dyeing took more time which meant I could mix colors while dyeing which was nice. The smell wasn’t so good but then I realized I still had some packaging attached to the damn thing, I’m lucky I didn’t burn down the house! This method doesn’t require as much physical exertion as the hand painting. Normally at this point on a dye day I’m half asleep and my back is sore from bending over the table all day applying the dye. All in all I really enjoyed the process and the results.
My mother doesn’t really keep food in the house so I picked up a bag a beef jerky and survived on that all day. She has 8 different kind of V8 fusion though. I swear that woman is just weird.
I also found some dyes mom picked up for me that will work on cellulose fibers. I can’t wait to try them out! I’m a little scared though. They seem to be much more involved which means I will really have to pay attention when use them. It’s definitely a dyepot process so mom’s going to have to let me inside when I use them.
…I just realized I’m nearly 25, living with my boyfriend and pretty much an adult and I just mentioned my mother about 20x....what does that say about me?
On that note, let’s look at presents! I never shared the 2nd package from my secret pal:
I got my first ever skein of Socks the Rock (THANK YOU!!) and Knitting Vintage Socks which I have always wanted but never bought and a kit to make a tiny sock for a tiny sock blocker keychain!
My 3rd and final package was originally addressed wrong and when I tracked it USPS told me it was returned to my Pal then 2 days later it magically showed up on my doorstep!
One of her handpainted skeins and some GORGEOUS roving as well as some wonderful soap! Oh and of course the bare skein of bulky! I’m still thinking of what to make with it! You can check out her shop here she has some amazing things.
Ok Carl put on The Ruins so I’m going to snuggle up and pretend to be all girly and scared!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
- Tell me your favorite birthday story. It can be funny, sad, happy, embarassing...I don't care just share one of your birthday memories. - 1pt
- Link to the contest and let me know you did so I can run over and check - 1pt
- Tell me who sent you here if you found your way here from another blog or even ravelry and that person will get an extra point! (YAY recruiting others!)
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
And I finally got a size 5 16 inch circular needle so I can finish up my Back-to-School Vest! Maybe I can wear it to work tomorrow!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
In knitting news, my knitting savior Jess fixed my little mistake on the Back-to-School Vest and the armholes are now seamed properly. I'm waiting to borrow a size 5 16 inch circ from another knitting pal over the weekend so I can finish the armholes and neck. I hope to be able to wear it to work on Monday.
Now its time for me to get to sleep. NIGHT!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I was walking to work this morning and see a little old lady walking a little white fluffy dog. You’d think that would be normal? No this poor dog had purple ears and a purple tail. WHO DYES THEIR PET? I wanted to grab that poor dog and take him to a safe place where people wouldn’t dye him. What is wrong with people?
Anyway, I haven’t fixed my vest disaster because I just don’t want to look at it right now. I’m too mad at myself to even cope with this issue. I did start the Gossamer Stole by Sharon Winsauer last night. I’m using a very pale blue colorway of Lacey Lamb by Jade Sapphire so it will either be my “something blue” if I get married at any point or it will be my old-maid shroud. We’ll see.
Other than working on the store to try to make it successful there’s not much else going on.
I hope you all have a great week!
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Carl is at the Mets double-header today so I get a lot of alone time. I plan on watch more girly tv before he gets back and spoils it.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Yah its upside down but I can't be bothered to rotate it at the moment. And I guess it kind of expresses how I feel at the moment.
Thank you all for your support with my zit. It was just so annoying to have someone pointing it out all the freaking time. Its nice to know that many of us suffer from this from time to time.
Ok I guess I should lie back down because the meds are wearing off and the pain is coming back. Stupid teeth!
And I apologize if this makes no sense at all.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I'm off to find my Zeno so I can zap the sucker...thank you for listening.
Friday, September 5, 2008
I'm hoping the hurricane doesn't ruin my dyeing plans on Sunday. I don't think my mom will let me dye indoors since she's already a little mad at me for dyeing a tiny tiny tiny tiny spot of her deck blue the other weekend but I guess she can't complain if there's a hurricane blowing through now can she!
I'm off to relax and watch all tbe Brit-coms on PBS while Carl's at the Mets game. I'm making a lot of progress on my Back-to-School Vest and hope to finish it up this weekend.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
I bought this batt from CJKopec months and months ago and I'm happy I'm finally spinning it up. The colors were a little darker than I though they were going to be. Even in my picture it looks more blue and purple than black but now that I'm spinning with it I L-O-V-E love it!! It spins like a dream!
All the way in the back of the picture you can see a little brown mound of knitting, that's my Back-to-School Vest by Stephanie Japel. I can't wait till its done so I can wear to her little retreat thing in November! Is that ok? Or is that like wearing the tee shirt of the band you're seeing? You have to let me know if I'm committing some sort of knitting sin!
Ok back to sleepies for me, decongestants are fun and all but man they mess me up.