I must be crazy... maybe it was the booze talking. I guess all that mattered though is that it worked.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
- not to be in the hospital
- Namaste knitting handbag in brick, rust or raspberry
- Sock Needle set
- Shopping Bags
- Amazon or Borders gift cards
- Patons Classic Merino Wool in either blue, orange or taupe (6-8 skeins will usually make a sweater, but I'd be pleased w/ one skein)
- this yarn in sprout
- Socks that Rock Lightweight - anything from the Raven Clan
- Black Chucks - wmns size 9
I know that's a lot of knitty stuff, but that's what's peaking my interest right now. Nothing is necassary though - I really just want a relaxing holiday season w/ everyone I love.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
House this past Sunday. The tin is done up w/ reinkers and alcohol
(diy alcohol inks) and papers from Daisy D's.
Also included some pages I did for them for my October design team
submission. Campout is Heidi Grace and Christmas is Daisy D's. Sorry
about the crappy pics. I still had no scanner when i turned them in.
(I do know though! Thanks T!)
BTW... I'm in love.... w/ my new printer. It's fantabulous! It makes
the most gorgeous prints. I don't know if I'll be using anything else
to have photos printed ever again (esp. 8x10's). I haven't played w/
it to much yet, but love is definately in the air.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
or something cause that last post was a total downer. What the hey was wrong w/ me? I'll try to keep this more on an upnote though.
I sent off my "Look Charlie Brown, It's a Weenie" secret pal swap yesterday, and a little something for the host of the swap. She had to drop out, so one of the girls in the swap decided to organize a special RAK for her - so nice!
Anyway, here's what I sent off - I hope it's enough.
- 1 skein Trekking XXL that I was saving for my Mad Color Weave Socks (do I see a trip to the yarn store in my future?)
- IK Holiday Knits 2007
- ME's Home Companion that I was finished w/ (Oct issue)
- A few recipes
- Lots of Candy, Including a cute little Pez skeleton head :)
- Some glow sticks
- Dark Chocolate
- More Dark Chocolate
- Assorted Teas and Cocoa's
Closeup of papercrafts that I made for her (journal w/ pens, card set w/ envies, darning needles in matchbook and a Halloween card for her)
The goodies I sent off to the host. I sent the same papercrafted items and some candy.
I have an almost complete pair of Jaywalkers. I'm sooooo glad I'm almost done w/ them. I'm afraid I'm going to have to put them on the back burner though so I can make my bro's b-day gift. I need it done by Sunday and the crazy thing is I want to make one for him and his gf for HIS b-day. Dashing for him, Fetching for her. I made my Fetching in about 2 days, so I should be able to do this.
I'll probably be posting again today w/ pics from our campout and the punkin farm. Maybe tomorrow?
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
- Anything merino (I love Malabrigo)
- sock yarn, superwash is nice, but not necessary
- anything handmade
- 16" circs, either Addi Turbo or Knitpicks Harmony (I have sizes #3, #7, #8 & #10.5)
- pretty stitch markers - I have sock sized ones already, would really like some #8's
- Coffee Pods - hazelnut is my fav!
- Chocolate is always nice, the darker the better
- any knitting pattern you are in love w/ - also, I would like to start collecting some of
- super cool buttons - fancy, wood, vintage, handmade, toggle - anything goes!
- I collect H's (as in the letter)
- a Mini Kacha-Kacha row counter
- Back issues of Interweave Knits, Knitscene or Rebecca in English
I'm on a burnt orange kick right now. Also love pink, green, blue... pretty much any color. Not a huge fan of purple, but don't mind dark plums so much.
fragrances - (i.e. candles, lotions) I like scents that are clean or fruity. Not crazy about floral or musky scents. Vanilla and dessert scents are always good too - although they can sometimes make me want dessert, and that is not a good thing.
Since my Weenie asked, the boys are going to be Darth Vader (little guy) and a Clone trooper (big guy) for Halloween this year. I'm super excited cause they have never co-ordinated their costumes b-4 and their choices somewhat reflect their personalities. LG is a bit of a bully and BG tends to take orders pretty well.
Monday, October 08, 2007
- Zokni Socks - these are so pretty, I'm thinking KP Gloss
- Cornucopia - I love the spiraling action. I might splurge and buy some of their yarn for this. I've been drooling over their website (ok, my keyboard) for at least a month now.
- Fred & George - I would love to do this up for my bro and his gf. I think it would be so funny for it to look like that they have on each other's socks.. hehe!
- Phineas - This and F&G are both Quietish patterns - she seems to love Harry Potter as much as I do and I love that. I might actually do these up in something more pricey than my normal KnitPicks favs, I love these so much. Not that there is anything wrong w/ KP though.
- Monkey - I'm planning on doing these in some KP's yarn that I am going to dye myself. My order should get here tomorrow so let's see how long I can hold off b4 casting these on. This is another pattern that I've been wanting to make for a while now.
- Mad Color Weave - I love these so much that I might have to get some bank-breaking Koigu to work these up in, or maybe Tofutsies?
- Elfine's Socks - This might win out for the pattern of choice for my St. Pat's socks. I will prolly do my own hand-dying for these also.
- Rhodie Gus Socks - I think I'll make em longer than the ones in the pic. I love the cable and lace combo - oh, and do I detect a bit of the Jaywalker pattern, just a hint maybe?
- Hedgerow Socks - these are so pretty, maybe the 2nd runner up for the St. Pat's socks. If Elfine's is not able to fulfill it's term, then you are the one. Either way, you will be mine, oh yes, you will be mine!
- Uzume - I love the airiness of the lace pattern on these. And look, they used KP's yarn, my fav! hehehe! and it's KP Gloss... same yarn I made Coupling in.... love it!
Friday, October 05, 2007
This time tomorrow I will be an aunt... again! My SIL is being induced as we speak, her due date was Oct 1st, so she was more than ready and willing for some help from the Dr. I had told myself that I would not be knitting anything for this baby, but I had a long talk with myself and decided I was being unreasonable. I am so pleased w/ the outcome. I just kinda whipped the pattern up - just a simple 3x3 rib for 8 rows, one purl row and the rest stockinette. I should have started my decreases a bit sooner. I even took about 7 rows out using a tutorial I found when I first started knitting and thought - man that looks hard, but it really wasn't. Fortunately, I remembered how to do it, cause now I can't find the tutorial. I thought it was on http://www.knitty.com/, but who knows. You basically just decide what row you want to frog back to and pick up the stitches in that row. Then rip away w/ careless abandon. When you get to the stitches you just picked up, you won't be able to unravel anymore ( unless you tug really, really hard - I guess) The little flowers are just something I came up w/ too. They are crocheted. The real trick was making sure the whole in the middle would accomidate the button. The yarn is Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. It was a quick knit. I did it in about a day's worth of knitting, which usually includes a lot of stopping and starting up again, but if I had to guess it prolly took about 5-6 hours.
Next is Shedir. It's actually been finished for quite some time. It's for my aunt that was diagnosed w/ breast cancer early this summer. I finished it sometime right before her second chemo treatment and unfortunately did not give it to her until her second to the last treatment. I was really dissapointed w/ the obvious difference in color when I switched to a new ball of yarn. I used the yarn recomended - Rowan Calmer and the ball band SAID that they were the same dye lot, but obviously they were not. She loved it anyway and was amazed that I made it. The Debbie Bliss for the baby hat was supposed to be for my Shedir, but I was not happy w/ the way the gauge swatch looked and decided that I really should try to get over my obssession w/ pink. I ordered some KnitPicks dk merino this week to work mine up in. Of course, it's raspberry so I guess I'm a lost cause.
Lastly is this adorable little bag. It needs a good haircut and I'm planning on lining it (I hate unstructured bags - unless it's just a reg. old tote bag, but this bag screams for structure, and a lining w/ a stiff facing is the only way to achieve this). I used Pattons SWS in Natural Geranium. I bought it last year to make a felted bag and never finished it. I have enough left to make another like this. This is the purl side and I think it's going to be the outside of the bag. The handle is a bit floppier than I had anticipated so it will get lined to, somehow. I've been pondering how to accomplish this all week. Another quick knit. I could have completed this in about 4-5 hours, but worked on it a little all week. I also worked mine in the round untill I got to the bottom shapping and then worked back and forth. I think if I make another I will do it the same way, but either use a circ. needle that's short enough to work the bottom in the round or work each side of the bottom individually. I also kitchnered the bottom seam shut instead of a 3-needle bind-off. I do love kitchnering and was too lazy to get up and go get a spare needle to do the 3nbo. It's currently drying and blocking over P's lunch box and in the future it will be my sock knitting bag. I hope it dries soon! I can't wait start using it.
I think mom and I are going to E-ville tomorrow to the Goshen Market. We've been wanting to do this for the past few years and just keep on forgetting or putting it off or something. I'm not really sure what to expect, but I know there will be baked goods! A friend of her's brings her flax seed cookies sometimes from the market. I think there may be produce and I'm guessing handcrafted items too. I can't wait to put my crocheted grocery bag to the use I intended it for.
Oh, here's a little preview - guess what my 3 1/2 year old niece is going to be for Halloween? I don't remember Gene Simmons ever wearing pink nail polish though.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
It took me exactly 2 weeks from start to finish. Of course, I worked on nothing else except for my design team pages for FKS. I forgot to photograph the pages though, so I'll have to try to remember to do that next time I'm in there. I think they may have been the best pages I've made for the store yet.
I'm really pleased w/ how the socks turned out too. The lace pattern was easy enough to not be overwhelming - I memorized it easily, but interesting enough to keep me going. Every 4th row is a knit row, so I think that kept me going. When I felt like stopping, I made myself go till the end of a knit row. I knit the second sock w/ a looser tension than the first, but I can't really tell when I'm wearing them. The 1st is just a bit harder to get on, but looks fine once on. The lace pattern is more pronounced on the 1st cause it's being stretched more. I might go back and re-knit one of them, but I can't decide which one to redo. In the pic w/ one shoe on, the sock w/ the tighter gauge is the one w/out the shoe (my right foot in the other pic.) I love the way they look w/ my Born loafers :) I could not resist that color either. It makes me want to go apple picking or make a pie or something.
Pattern - Coupling by Deb Barnhill, Knitty Summer '07 Yarn - KnitPicks Gloss in Pumpkin
Monday, September 24, 2007
I'm very happy w/ the results although I don't claim to be an expert by any means. Here's a list of the websites I found most helpful.
http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring07/FEATdyeyourown.html - includes instructions on using food coloring and vinegar to make your own, less toxic acid dyes. Demonstrates 3 different dying methods. I choose to use Wilton gel icing colors.
http://knittersreview.com/article_how_to.asp?article=/review/product/070830_a.asp - explains how to use the Louet hand dyed sock kit. Although it seems to be directions from the kit, this is the method I choose to use, I just adapted it to the food coloring and used squirt top bottles instead of syringes.
http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/2005/12/techniques_selfstriping_yarn.html - explains how to make your own self-striping yarn. A bit of math is used and a bit more prep work, but I'm sure if I ever make ssy, I'll use this method.
Some other sites worthy of mentioning are:
http://www.knitty.com/issuefall02/FEATdyedwool.html - the basics of drink mix dying. Also has a photo of kool-aid dyed yarn w/ their corresponding drink packets so you can see what kind of colors to expect. I for one think Kool-aid is meant to be drank, but I love the lemon-lime dyed yarn looks. It reminds me of St. Patrick's day!
http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer07/KSsum07GS.html - using solar power to heat set your yarn, very cool!
The garish pink yarn is the one in question. I think it looks worse when compared to the other 2 picted. On it's own, I almost decided I liked it. Ultimately, it reminded me too much of Dora the Explorer, so it had to go. Dyed yarn just out of the microwave. I really wanted to tear into this, but knew my patience would be rewarded. Just out of the ziplock bag and ready for a rinse and a soak in some wool wash. dyed yarn hanging out to dry away from nosey kids and dog. the color of pic on top is more accurate, pic on bottom shows off subtle variegation a bit more.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Christmas is only 14 weeks away. So here's my list Santa!
Quite possibly the perfect knitting bag/purse - the Namaste Everyday Handbag. It has all the features I've been searching for in a bag that can double as a purse. I think I'm in love. Not sure which color, I do like the rust that is pictured but then there is also the raspberry or the turquoise or the brick red. Hmmm... decisions, decisions. Knitpicks Harmony DPN set.
Anything from Bare Essentials, gift cert would be best though :)
Anything from my Amazon wish list.
See that isn't so hard. And Santa, you don't have to even leave the comfort of your computer chair.