Friday, December 28, 2007

Nostepinde

I must be crazy... maybe it was the booze talking.  I guess all that mattered though is that it worked.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Merry Christmas

Sorry to say that this may be the closest I get to sending out a Christmas Card.  I'm not having any luck w/ the digital files I wanted to use to make cards w/ this year. 
 
A friend took these for us last Saturday while it was snowing.  I literally finished Tim's hat in the car on the way to meet her.  I'm pretty pleased w/ how they have turned out.  Thanks for enduring the cold for us Corinna.  I did not think it was possible to get a decent shot of all 4 of us, but you did it! 

Monday, December 03, 2007

November pages

Here's my pages for FKS for November.  The card reader was on the fritz and I could not get dh to remember to look at it.  All it need was to be unplugged and plugged back in.  The snow page is Basic Grey and the Santa is Websters.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

26 days till Christmas

I still have most my shopping to do.  It's really no different than any other year actually.  Still don't know what to get the boys - but nearly everyone else is getting gift cards.  (sorry if that ruins anyone's surprise)
 
I make a list every year, but really don't care if I get any of it at all.  I feel this year should be no different than others -so here it goes!
 
  • 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

Pre holiday funk

Well, I was going to post some recent pages I've made for FKS and some pics of the kids, but the card reader does not seem to want to work.  I'd ask DH to look at it but that would involve speaking to him and I have no desire to do that.  I started a new sweater last night in honor of my spite for him.  It should be done by the end of the week, at least I hope.  Maybe sooner if I'm still pissed at him for the next few days. 
 
We were all in another car accident on Thanksgiving evening.  It happened on our way to my mother's house and yet confirms my reasoning why we should not be party hopping on holidays.  The driver of the vehicle that struck us was going about 40 and ran a stop sign.  It was wet outside - all the more reason why she should have not been going 40 and why we need to stay home.  The damage, while it is not as extensive, is in the exact same place it was when I wrecked his car last year.  Hopefully, I'll have pics of that soon too. 
 
We did start our Christmas shopping, although still have a lot to do.  I'm standing behind my decision that I'm primarily purchasing gift cards for everyone.  The boys and my mom are getting some knitting (mom's is a priority, the boys, not so much) and the boys will get toys.  I might get our new niece some Pedi-Peds.  The Shedir I've been working on for the past few months is going in the white elephant exchange at the in-laws since it is now the wrong color(hollyberry) to go w/ my new orange coat.  I must get some chocolate yarn soon so I can do one up for meself!
 
And because every post should have some pics, here are some of us at the mayor's Halloween Party.  Although, I'm sure they are probably at the top of the post instead of here where I would like them to be.  I could go and edit my post, but then I would loose my paragraph spacing that I desire... blogger annoys me like that.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

FO: Jaywalkers

I finished them Saturday night and have worn them 3x's since (don't worry, they've been washed that many times too!)  I love love love them!  I'm dying to cast on for the next pair of socks, not sure what pattern I'll choose, but I have too many other things to work on right now.

A few things for the store

Here's some pics of the sample I made for For Keeps Sake Holdiay Open
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

What is my world coming too?

I'm being deprived again... this time the video card (I think) has crapped out.  DH better get it fixed soon.  He's sent me on a mission to get canned air sometime today.. like that will help.  It's been acting up all summer.  I guess if he's got to get in there to replace it though, he might as well blow it out. 
 
I'm at the In-law's right now.  I'm supposed to be doing my last homework assignment for my windows class that's due today (final exam is due by Monday) but instead I'm cruising the web for general knitting stuff.
 
On the knitting front, I've done my first magic loop project.  I started the Fetching mits for my bro and didn't feel like digging out the dpns (they are a ghastly 7" long).  I'm likin' it.  Just ordered a few 32" sock size  Harmony circs from Knitpicks.  Can't wait to play w/ those!  I'm hoping they make all the holiday knitting I have planned go a little quicker.  Another bonus - no ladder to be seen on the mits!  Hooray!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

My mom, the hero

I heard a commercial the other day that had a website for mom's looking for a job w/ a flexible schedule. So, I had to check it out - to my dissapointment, it was for a fast food chain. (I'm not going to give you the website cause I really don't think it's deserving of promoting, but see my title to this entry and I think you'll get the jest of it, just leave out the punctuation.) Not that there is anything wrong w/ working at a fast food chain, but unless I really want to be the size of a blimp one day, I think it's better that I stay away.
This mom really is a hero though. Why you ask? I tolk the boys camping w/out DH! I put up the tent in the dark (forgot to take pics to prove it was really up) and froze my toush off while sleeping (I still have the cold to prove it). It was for the Trails West Council Annual Family Campout at Highland Silver Lake.
We had a great time. We got there Friday night after dinner and was only there till 12n Saturday. Our pack camped together so we had our own little fire pit and the boys roasted hot dogs Friday evening. Then Sat. they had archery (Q got a bullseye - what luck!) and fishing (P caught a fish, all by himself) and a nature walk. It was a chili weekend but oh so much fun!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I must have had to much cold medicine....

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 can't wait to get my package from my SP. She's sent me a few messages, teasing and taunting me (hehe). Waiting is oh so hard.

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

Being sick really sucks

I started coming down w/ a cold sometime Tuesday evening.  Actually, I was feeling a little froggy during choir practice on Monday night, but that's not all that unusual for me since I sing WAY too loud.  Some of the songs for our Christmas Concert have some really high unison parts and some higher alto parts, so I think that puts a strain on my voice too.  I should just take the unison parts easy and let the sopranos take their lead (the one's in our choir seem to like to do that), but I don't... I belt it out like there is no tomorrow, probably sounding like crap the whole time, but it's great fun anyway.
 
So Tuesday after we picked up P from school, we went to the park and played for about an hour.  I started the Monkey socks (they are frogged already though :(  while they played.  It was such a pretty day out too.  Not too windy, not too hot, not too cold and not rainy.  We had homemade crunchy tacos for dinner.  I took P to scouts.  Somewhere in there, I started sniffling and sneezing my head off.  I also had a test in CIS 164 that was due by 1159p.  I fumbled my way through that.  Once my cold hit, I quickly became exhausted.
 
Now I have homework due for my Windows class tomorrow, design team pages to finish and turn in to the store and my Charlie Brown SP package to get out.  All I feel like doing is laying in bed.  P doesn't have school tomorrow (P/T conferences) but Q does so I still have to get up, get myself and 2 boys dressed and get out of the house at the usual time.  I just feel like sleeping and knitting, and watching Greys Anatomy of course.  
 
I should be in bed... I want to be in bed.  But I'm here, and I want to be here too.  I'm finding myself in this weird limbo lately that I want to be known.  I'm not even sure what I mean by that either.  This might just be the cold medicine talking too. 
 
When I started this blog it was just for me.  I thought I'd post a few thoughts.  It seemed like a good place to actually create my journaling for my scrapbook pages.  I could write everything when it happened, and then when I was ready to create a page, all I had to do was print it all out.  I find myself scrapping less and less all the time.  And that makes me feel guilty.  Do I just get rid of all the scrapbook stuff... do I hang on to it and try to be better about organizing so I'll want to crop more?  Do I make a schedule, crop this day, knit this day? 
 
And I find myself weirded out about this whole blog thing.  Do I want others to read it, or do I want to keep it all for me.  I don't mind sharing my address w/ strangers, but I haven't given it out to any of my family and most of my friends.  What's holding me back.  I don't get personal so what's to be afraid of.  And why don't I get personal?  What's the real harm.  Am I afraid of being judged?  Probably so.  Why do I care what other people think of me?  Why am I still this 3rd grader at a new school stuck in a 32 year old's body? 

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Info for RAK

  • 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

Too Many WIPs

I finished my first Jaywalker sock Saturday night and cast on for the second Sunday. I'm about 2 inches into the pattern, and I'm just so bored w/ it right now. Considering that it was not really what I wanted to be working on, I've told myself it's ok to put it aside for now. So today, I cast on for Cookie A's BFF socks. I've been wanting to make these since March, so I thought I earned the right now. The pattern is no longer on the blog, but I've heard that it was moved to Ravelry - of which I am still waiting for my invitation to join. I seem to have either failed to print the last page or lost it, but that's ok, cause I'm doing it toe-up now. In order to keep me in check from now on, I've decided to make a list of the top 10 socks I would like to work on next. That is not to say, that I prolly WILL feel the need to expand this to the top 15 or 25 or 50 socks I want to work on, but let's start from here. They are, of course, in no particular order.

  1. Zokni Socks - these are so pretty, I'm thinking KP Gloss
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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!
  10. 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!
To add to my knitting woes (there's no crying in knitting though) Q is expecting a pair of sock and he wants them like yesterday which means I'll have to make P a pair too. I might cheat and do up one of the patterns I found on lion brands website w/ some wool-ease. They use #5 dpns so they should be pretty quick knits, I hope. Of course, they want them in like every color under the rainbow... these should be some pretty interesting socks! For now, Q is getting navy, red and grey stripes and P is getting grey, green and orange, I think. At least, that's what I want to make them. They are also asking for new hats...

Friday, October 05, 2007

a few FO's!

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

FO - Coupling

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.

The color in the pic. on the bottom is more accurate.

Pattern - Coupling by Deb Barnhill, Knitty Summer '07 Yarn - KnitPicks Gloss in Pumpkin

Monday, September 24, 2007

Adventures in dying

One of my assignments this week for class was to research a subject that I am interested in. I had this awful color of pink yarn that needed a transformation, so I choose to research dying your own yarn. It was a dk weight merino, and while I did not pay much for it, it would be a shame to waste such lovely and soft fiber.

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

Santa Baby!

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.