Thursday, December 29, 2005
They are both Rowan Calmer and the lighter color is a beautiful periwinkle blue called Tinkerbell. The darker purple color is called Joy and it brings me great joy-I can't wait to knit it up!
I went to Amby's last night to pick this up and got to meet the Russell's and it gives me confirmation that ALL knitters are NOT cat owners. I was beginning to feel like the minority, since most blogs I frequent mention their various cats. I'm not opposed to cats, I just happen to be a dog owner, and was starting to question whether I could really fit into the underground world of knitting, perhaps just by being a closet "dog person". But I'm not alone, in my dog owner-ness, so I can hold my head up high and proudly proclaim that I own a dog, and not a cat. No offense to you cat lovers, I'm just saying is all.
I am making progress on my second sister's (as in other sister's) fuzzyfeet, and here's where I'm at with those:
I picked up stitches and started the gusset last night after Caribou-maybe that's why I slept thru my alarm AGAIN this morning??!!
I probably won't post again till next year (har har) so Happy New Year to everyone and hopefully 2006 brings you all your wishes and dreams.
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
I still have completed gift photos to post, but without the camera that can be tricky. I'll have to get it back from my SO and post 'em when I can.
My daughter has been nagging me for my blog address, so I gave it to her today, to help combat her boredness at her dad's. Momma loves you, hope you enjoy this! We can't wait till this weekend, cuz we're spending New Year's up north--fun fun!!
Have a great day all!
Monday, December 26, 2005
Now I have the joy of returning gifts that don't fit, exchanging gifts and the like. I'm thinking that can wait till tomorrow. The mood I'm in today, probably doesn't bode well for a trip to the mall, and for everyone else's sake, I'll just go home and be in my foul mood by myself-alone. It's for the best-really.
On a happier note-I did talk to KDF this morning and she sounds happy. That's good at least, knowing that she's ok, and I can go about my day without worrying about her-much.
Hopefully, tomorrow will be a better day.
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Ok, I'm officially nervous......
Not to mention, my daughter and I celebrate Christmas Day on Christmas Eve morning, since she goes to her dad's Christmas Eve night. So, that means all of "Santa's" gifts have to be wrapped by tomorrow night, and I'm going to be with my family tomorrow night. I'm guessing I'm gonna be one tired puppy by Saturday night, and then we do it all over again for my fiance's son for Christmas Day! Hell, just pass the eggnog now and call it a day!!
I got to work this morning and my December Sampler pack was waiting for me on my desk. I can't wait to take pics and show everyone the neat goodies inside. I got some great ideas from it, and the old brain gears are clicking along. I'll take it to the next Knit Detroit meetup if anyone else wants to drool over it's contents.
Also on my desk when I came in this morning was this gift from a girl I work with. She said she saw it and thought of me! I couldn't wait until January 1 to open it, since it's a calendar, so I opened it and peeked ahead and love love love it!! Take a look Knitting Pattern-a Day 2006 Calendar.
Here's a couple of updates:
It's growing, one skein down and 3/4 left on the second, then off to blocking we go.
And then, thanks to Amby and her wonder winder, and me as the incompetent human swift I brought home this glorious sight. The rest of my Cascade 220 is waiting for it's final destination.
And finally, here's the progress on my mom's booga,
which I think will be an "after Christmas is over" gift.
This will most likely be my last post till next week, so to be completely unpolitically correct MERRY CHRISTMAS to all, cuz I'm not ashamed of my upbringing, and if anyone's offended, y'all can kiss my grinch!!
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Sure, I can shop AND knit at the same time.....NOT!
First of all here are the socks I'm making for my SO that will most definitely NOT be finished by Christmas. But lucky for him, I'll take them up north next week and work on them then. They are made with the yummiest sock yarn and I'll have to splurge on some more for me after the holidays!
Next, I have pics of the Cascade 220 that I was cocky enough to purchase without realizing that um, duh, I have to wind these into useable skeins.
Well, I hand wound the first 2 skeins and decided that blows big time, so my friend Amby has graciously offered the use of her swift and winder and we will attempt some human swifting tonight at Caribou. I'll take pictures, I promise.
Here is the first pair of fuzzyfeet, not felted yet along with the skein of Noro they came from. Can't wait to shrink 'em.
Here's the drop stitch scarf I'm making for my grandma, and it's out of the softest, prettiest blue alpaca and acrylic. I'm definitely going to have to get more and make myself a hat out of this!
And finally here is some really cool yarn called "Touch Me" and believe you me, that's all you'll want to do with it. It's a gorgeous purple color and I'm saving it to try the i-cord gloves that I stumbled upon recently. I can't wait to get started on them.....maybe up north.
He he, I must clarify that I'm only going up north for 3 or 4 days, tops, but the way I'm going you'd think I was going for a month with the list of projects to "finish". Watch, I'll drink and sleep the whole time and no knitting will have occured.
I'll post more tomorrow, I've had enough, and it's making me even more nervous thinking whether or not I'll get everything finished.
Hey Amby, send me those knitting elves if you're finished with them!!
Happy knitting to all and to all a good.......cocktail?!
Monday, December 19, 2005
How many days left?
I think I'm finally gettin the hang of blogging and posting FO's, so look out. I'm going home tonight and snapping my little heart out!!
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Well, SHUT MY MOUTH!
On another note, what's the point of Joann's carrying knitting stuff if they are ALWAYS out of stock on the exact thing I need. I went to two different stores within 2 days looking for size 3 circs, and both stores were out of that size ONLY!! ARGGHHH!! I went online today and ordered it that way with my free shipping code, but still.....I'm an instant gratification kinda girl.....who wants to wait 7-10 business days to get creative? I realize that I wouldn't have this problem were I ordering Addi's, and I do love them better, but this chick is on a budget, so I'd rather deal with the less appealing needles, and drool over the nicer yarns for my FO's.
As far as knitting, unfortunately I've been slacking a bit. I've only knitted a few more rows on my SD's hat, but I did cast on for my SO's second sock. I only have about 1-1/2" of ribbing done on the first, but the idea is to catch up the second and knit them both at the same time. I keep swirling it around in my head (ain't nothing else up there lately) and I really think I can move them together and knit from separate skeins.
I'm done with my aerobics class till January (I attempt to teach) so I'm happy for the 5 weeks off to concentrate on the rest of my life...which lately equates to knitting, or thinking about knitting, or thinking about how much I'm NOT knitting....pretty sad. It used to be I'd get mad at myself for walking into the grocery store for a gallon of milk and walk out a hundred bucks lighter. Now I can't go into a yarn store without the same reaction. Case in point: I walked into HYAW last Saturday to pick up A skein of yarn to finish my SO's hat, and walked out about 60 dollars lighter. Hello? Do I have no restraint?
Well at least tonight I'll get two hours of uninterrupted knitting at my daughter's gymnastics class. Whoo hoo!! It's the little things in life that keep us sane, I mean going!
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
And another one gone....
I knitted the bottom for my next booga bag on the knitting machine, and now it's resting. As if it's tired or something. And, will it tell me when it's ok to work with it or do I just have to get firm with it? I'm leaving the end stitches live so I can try a 3 needle bind off to attach the body of the bag to the bottom. I'm hoping to do the body part tonight, and then of course it has to rest again, so maybe by next Thursday it will allow me the honor of finishing it. We'll see.
I went to my new friend Amby's on Sunday and she showed me the magic of doing socks on two circulars. I whipped thru the first inch of ribbing while still at her house and after much agonizing I have decided that it will be ok to continue them on the size 2 circs I started with. I was thinking I needed to switch to 3's, to make them a little looser, but after pulling on them a bit, I think the 2's will do nicely, and I'll be switching to stockinette so the whole leg won't be ribbed. These are also for my man, and to ease his mind that I won't steal these socks from him (he claims all his black socks somehow end up at my house-I tell him, it's called the laundry room, walk down there, you'll be amazed what you find!) I'm going to duplicate stitch his freaking initials at the top of each. Problem solved, prove that I stole them now! I'm still toying with the idea that I'll cast on for the second sock and catch it up to the point of the first and figure out how to knit them both at the same time.....in all my spare time that is.
I gave my sisters their choice of booga's or slippers, and they both chose slippers, so I'll be off and running on http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter02/PATTfuzzyfeet.html from Knitty.
I have to stop looking at the calendar and just try to make myself stay awake longer at night to get the knitting done (uh oh, when I was typing night it started to come out knite----on the brain much?).
Someday I'll have our digital camera back in my possession so I can post pics of completed items, but as it stands right now, I've given him both hats and have no picture to show for it.
Oh, BTW, for Amby, I started that book the other night, and read from 2-4am this morning, when I couldn't go back to sleep. It's Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, and so far I'm getting sucked right into it. Eh, who needs sleep, right? We can sleep forever when we're dead! Stay awake now for all the good stuff!
Have a great day all!
Friday, December 02, 2005
I've been getting some tips from Marnie Maclean, a designer in CA, and I'm anxious to put some of her suggestions to the test. It should be a busy weekend. I have a link to her blog on the sidebar, be sure to check out her designs. She's got some awesome pieces, and I discovered her on Knitty Gritty.