Sunday, December 03, 2006

One down...1,000,000 more to go......

Woo Hoo! I finished the Celtic Cap (pattern from for my husband David. Mind you, this way supposed to be his anniversary gift (anniversary was October 20th), BUT we couldn't find the right pattern and yarn. He was super picky about the pattern and just loved this one.

I'm so glad I just went ahead and got the dark green yarn (elsebeth lavold Chunky AL, #016 Forest 82 yds., it took about a ball and a half), instead of the black or grey. He looks SO good in green with his red hair, wouldn't you agree??

Now he just needs a matching scarf. I figured I'd do the cable pattern on each side, and just a simple rib or something in the middle. YEAH! The pattern said it was for 'intermediate, with advanced cables'. Can you tell I'm really proud of myself?!? Now onto the 100 others gifts I need to make.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Christmas Knitting

I'm in the throws of it now! I am horrible about knowing how long things are going to take. So when I decided what I'm going to make the fam for Christmas, clearly I wasn't being rational. (I won't post the list here, just in case anyone's reading!!) Just trust me when I say it's a lot. Well, I guess I must really LOVE these lucky people =;)

My daughter, Sydney, is totally obsessed with Christmas this year. She wakes up asking to see Santa. Every house we pass that has lights she says, "Look Mommy, Christmas!! I want to go in there!" Like she thinks there's some awesome party going on in every decorated house. It's too cute. Of course when she has her big moment with Santa last week, she wouldn't even go up to him. (I had to carry her.) When she got put on his lap, all she could muster was "I want toys" really soft. Too funny. No smiles out of her, but hey, at least she didn't cry.

Alright, I'm off to go fight with the coffee maker. More FO pics coming soon, here's a little hat I whipped up over Thanksgiving weekend that looks 1000x better in person.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Sick & Tired

That's what I am today. Felt it coming on yesterday, but it's definitely got me now. Ugh. So I know I'm supposed to be making more needle cases by next week, but my head is spinning!! So instead of them up there.....I'm making this scarf......

I don't know how happy I am with it, I really LOVE the yarn on the right, but there's not enough, so I'm alternating with the other yarn. I'm not an orange person and I think that's what I don't like about it.

So, in an effort to keep my spirits up, this is what I ate......I know I shouldn't since I'm congested....but "frankly my dear, I don't give a damn."

Oh, and here are some cute pottery buttons I picked up from Sanctuary of Stuff, in Woodfin, NC. Since I can't get the pics to go where I want them to, I'm sure you can figure out which one is which.

Off to get in the tub. Baths are so great when you're sick.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Thursday Rant

O.K., so in an effort to have more 'beefy' content here, I'll tell you a little bit about my trip up to Philly. So I thought I would gets lots of knitting done on the 10 1/2+ hr. car ride with my brother. That would be possible if you didn't have a mini-tyrant (AKA 2 year old) sitting right next to you. And that idea to my the one-man band set for the ride was a great one! (I can still here the triangle clanging.)

It was a very short 4 days where we tried to do and see as much as possible. Of course a lot of people wanted to see us that didn't get a chance. I just wish I'd had another week or two, then I could really have time to just relax. But it's always good to go 'home', even for just a few days.

On a positive note, I actually looked forward to going back to work, oddly enough, I guess I really do like my job! It also helped throwing myself back in to not be sad about leaving family =:( Mom and I did see a really cool knitting shop in Bucks County called "Knitting to Know Ewe", which has some of the most helpful and friendly staff EVER. I got some Suss & Rowan yarn to make Sydney's monkey.

Here are some pics of the headband I knitted last weekend as a gift for my *very sweet* co-worker friend Lili. I used a Tussah silk handspun from *Castleman* at Etsy, and the pattern is in the latest IK, the cable & bobble headband. Have a great day!

Friday, October 20, 2006

Dancing in the Leaves

That's what I'll be doing soon. Boy is fall coming quick! It's been strange though, these few spring like days we've been having. I'm looking forward to my trip up north at the end of the month. Today is my 4 year wedding anniversary! Wow, that went by sooo fast. Looks like this is the year of the knitted hat & scarf set for hubby. I'm ordering some Elegance from Knit Picks to do the job. Of course it has to be in Slate (gray). But that IS a compromise, if it were up to him, it would be black.

So here's some pics of my wristwarmers I finished last weekend. I'm sooo pleased with the way they turned out. The yarn is from "Twisted's" Etsy shop and was actually free (I was her 100th customer!). So this little splurge on myself was earned for all my yarn shopping. The pattern is from the new "The Knitter's Bible, Knitted Accessories." My first cables! They were easy!! They really do warm you up too, I love them I can wear them at my office job and still type.

Friday, October 13, 2006

I'm a good girl.

I'm trying really, really hard to finish some projects that have been floating around. I needed a ribbon accent for both of these hats, so I went through the stash and found one new, one old. I think they came out pretty good. I'm going to miss Pearl the Octopus as my hat model, but I got this gorgeous new one from a great artist who sells her work on eBay. Isn't she pretty?

So the Step socks are really giving me a hard hand keeps hurting when I work on them. This stinks since I wanted to make hubby some socks for our Oct. 20th anniversary. Looks like he'll have to wait a while. Off to work on second sleeve for Sienna cardigan.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Smoke in the Woods....Sock Yarn Score!

No, no, Scampy, you can NOT have my sock yarn! Look what I got today from Fearless Fibers Esty shop....yummy sock yarns! I can already see this is going to be my new favorite thing. The colorways are "Smoke", for the Gray's Anatomy KAL and "Deep Forest" for my hubby's first pair of socks. They are both so lovely, my buddy Scampy couldn't resist snuggling with them!

Alrighty, off to be productive. Have a knitterly day!

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Another Saturday Night.....

Saturday night, and I ain't got nobody. Well, I got the hubby, but the toddler in the way kind of kills any romantic thoughts =;)

I've started my first pair of socks, woo hoo! They are in Step yarn by Austermann. It was really swell of them that they included the metric conversion on their free pattern for us Americans. So far, so good, but I'm working top down so who knows what surprises are in store for me. I just have to know what the obsession knitters have with socks is. I want to be one of the crazys' who spend 20 hours knitting yarn that cost $20 or more into something so basic as a sock. I'll keep ya posted on how that goes.....

I need to work on my sweater too. I have no clue how people can do one project at a time. I'm already planning my next three! I'm looking for a sweater pattern for my 2 year old daughter. I think I'm going to do the placket sweater from "Last Minute Knitted Gifts". I kind of like Haiku from Knitty, but I'm still not sure. I love Sherwood from the new Knitty, but I don't know if I'm quite ready for that challenge.

Well, I should be off knitting right now, but I thought I'd leave you with a nice picture of the scarf I finished last week. It's with my favorite merino/tencel handspun to date, spun by Houndscroft Farm. The fall colors of it are amazing!

Thursday, September 28, 2006

What a Lucky Girl I am!!

Looky looky what my Secret Pal from the One Skein SP swap made for me!! I know you can't see me jumping for joy! It is so pretty with the little flowers on the sage green background. I've never had a clutch before, now I get to look all coy and cute going out on dates with my hubby.

On another knitterly note, I am going to start the Step socks from Austermann(also a gift from my wonderful SP, thanks Dawn!!). This yarn is really interesting, it has aloe vera and jojoba extracts built right into the yarn! I guess this will spoil me forever now, considering this will be my first pair of socks!

I also finished the hat I'm adding to the end of this post. It's hard to make out, but I knit it in a sort of seed stitch/stripey pattern. It's a handspun I scored from Etsy. (LOVE Etsy!) Not sure what to make with the rest of the yarn. Maybe a little neckwarmer of some sort. Or maybe a small matching purse. Any comments?

Knit and be well.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Just another Manic Monday....

Monday, Monday....why can't it stay Sunday forever? DH and I started off this morning with both of us being late for work since we missed the babysitter who had to drop off her daughter at school. Ugh!

The highlight was that I came home to this yarn, spun by Bees Knees Knitting. Isn't it fabulous? The one of the left is one huge honking ball of yarn. I put in my bunny friend, for reference. He is 9" tall and my yarn ball is nearly as big as him! What a fab bag it will make. The smaller blue yarn is also from Jenny at Bees Knees, it's only 28 yards, but still really big for the small yardage. Hope I can pull it off with my 13's....that's as big of a needle that I'll use.

O.K. I'm off to get something done before the day is over!

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Hello out there!

Oh, the pressure of the first post. I am doing this blog because 1) I need yet another creative outlet and 2) somebody out there has to care about what I think. Either way it's satisfying enough to know I can get out some of the musings in my brain. Whether or not anyone reads it is another story =;)

Well, I'm on a roll. I am working on *multiple* UFO's the last two days. Knitting has really cramped my crafty style. For those that don't know, I *used* to be a fabric artist, but as of late all I want to do is knit. It is finally started to evolve, as I move past the simple hats and on to ~gasp!~ my first sweater.

I'm knitting the Sienna Cardigan pattern in the fall issue of IK. I'm using Lana Grossa "Soffice", which the sales lady at my LYS told me was new. It's 62% merino, 10% cashmere and 28% acrylic. Boy, do I hate acrylic, BUT it makes this machine washable. Not that I ever will. Nope, this sweater will probably be sealed up and put in a shrine somewhere when I finish it. Well....maybe I'll wear it just once. The colors of this stuff are gorgeous, it's a deep red that intermingles with deep coffee browns and grays for a subtle striping effect. I'll get a pic up soon, I promise.

The pic I added is probably the project I've been most proud of thus far. It's the "Droplet Hat" from "Knitting Nature" by Norah Gaughan. Such an amazing book. This hat took forever, she didn't mess around when adding bobbles. Now I am a bobble making fool!

Well, off to be productive. Have a great Saturday!! Drop me a line and let me know someone's out there!!