Sunday, November 29, 2009

We've moved beyond the frozen di*dos

So, yesterday, I FINISHED a pair of socks! That's right, I finished something else. Me. It was a pair of socks that Angie and I were making for our friend Barrett. He's our friend, so we thought it was appropriate if we each made one sock. Well, then I got to the heel first and I couldn't stand it, so Angie did the heel and the rest of that sock, and I did the rest of the other sock. That was in August... I just finished the rest of sock number 2 lol. We had different gauges, so I had to use a 1.5 and she used a 1.

He has HUGE feet... ok so they're only like an inch or so longer than mine but still, sheesh. It felt like I was knitting forever. (Why no, my ends are not woven in yet. Why do you ask? lol). The yarn is Trekking XXL, color 184. I love the color, it's perfect for him. For some reason though, every time I worked on these I felt sick to my stomach... not really sure what that's about lol. Here's a close up of the stitch pattern.

It's hard to see, but it's 3 rows of k2p1 rib, and then one row is purled across (not on the bottom of the foot, of course).

I had to cast on for something different, I had to. I did finish two of the three things I wanted finished, so yay me! The problem was that the last two projects, those socks and Angie's scarf (see the posts a few days ago) were both basically k2p1 across. I can only take so much of that, ya know? So I cast on the second sock of a pair that Angie started and didn't like, so she gave me the finished first one and said I could make the second. :) Should be fun. I'll take pics as it progresses.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

It's only funny when there's no blood involved

Hiya! Just a quick post. I'm about to finish a pair of socks, I'll show them off tomorrow. I got the yarn in the mail yesterday! I ordered it from Slackford studio, it's the Stalwart Sock in Origanum. It's going to be socks with a turtle on them for Angie. :) There were also two pretty stitch markers in it! I love it!!

And just to prove that it's just a quickie post, look! Lily is not pleased with my ignoring her. ;)

Hmm... maybe I should say something else, since I am using a perfectly good blog post title lol... how about a book review?

Well, I've been reading a series called "The black dagger brotherhood." It's a romance series, so there's some s.e.x. lol, and some danger. It's about Vampires, and it's like, a whole different world. Each book is primarily about one of the brothers, who are the guys who defend the rest of the vampire society from the bad guys, who are called Lessers. The entire series has been great; I think my favorite part about them is that you could reach each book individually, but they all go together as a whole too. There's even an "insider's guide" to the books, which is about the books, with "interviews" with the characters done by the author, and a couple of little stories and things too, along with behind the scenes stuff that you don't see during the books. I think that was a very clever idea for her to write that, to tie the books together. I've bought all of the books that are out in paperback, and the companion. Well, except for one, Angie gave me that one lol. :)

Friday, November 27, 2009

I do not need a penis hat

That's right, I said penis on the blog. :P First of all, happy black Friday! Did you do any shopping? Me, absolutely not. lol I HATE black Friday. I've worked in retail too much to enjoy it lol.

Secondly, I wanted to tell everyone to keep my friend Sinclair's son in your thoughts... one of his best friends was killed overseas this past Tuesday. :( My heart goes out to his family, especially his 7 year old daughter... this was his third tour, and he was supposed to come home for Christmas, which somehow makes it even worse. That is so very sad and horrible.

And as I try not to talk about politics at all if I can help it in my blog... onto the knitting?

I finally got pictures of my Vita Cloche.

The yarn is malabrigo worsted, in "bobby blue." I changed the brim of it, and the details are on my project page on ravelry. If you're not on ravelry (why not?? get thyself there, you know you wanna...) and you want to know how I did it, let me know and I'll email you the details. :)

I also finished the gloves I was testing knitting for my friend Paula, Bonnie Belle.

The yarn was a gift from Dave's mom last Christmas, it's called Marvelous Merino, and the color is "Dark Winter Nights." It's REALLY soft, and I love the colors. I have 135 yards left, and I think I'm going to turn that into a cowl in the same stitch pattern. Or maybe not the same stitch pattern, just a plain cowl, so that they match. I'm not sure yet. :)

I really like how the colors pooled, it makes the gloves look neat. :)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

You enjoy your hate; I'm distracted by mine

Happy Thanksgiving to those in the US. How was your Turkey (or Turkeyless) day? Mine has kinda sucked. I'm all alone (except for Angie on the phone...) and I miss my family.

But, enough sadness, true? I have been knitting like crazy. I have SO MANY PROJECTS I want to start. It's frightening. I should type out my list so you can all see the insanity. In no particular order I want to start...

  • A cowl to match the fingerless gloves I tested for Snapper (They're almost done! Just one more pattern repeat, the ribbing, and the thumb and that will be a whole pair! Whoo!).
  • Socks for my nephew Zach, and my nephew Austin (They're only 6 and 9, their feet aren't... that big. right?)
  • Fingerless gloves for my sister
  • Fingerless gloves for her friend Toni (Those may sound like Christmas presents but they're not I promise... they were requested and I love my sister, so...)
  • Those marywarmers I listed the other day in the Noro Sock stuff.
  • A hat for Angie in the blue malabrigo I listed the other day
  • A hat for me in the red malabrigo
  • A sock that angie made the first of and didn't want to do the second, so she gave it to me.
  • A fake isle hat (just for kicks) out of silk garden and malabrigo.
UGH! That's a LOT OF STUFF. A lot. I have no time limit but... well, you know me, I usually cast on without thinking twice. Before I start anything off of that list though, I'm going to finish the fingerless gloves, a pair of socks I'm almost finished with that were supposed to be done by now, for my friend, and the cowl/scarflet for Angie... the last of which is over a third done now, and coming along nicely, see? (The link for the pattern was in yesterday's post.)

This is not including the... oh... dozen or so other things I have going, including the five things that are relatively important for me to finish, as I want them done... yikes. lol

Wish me luck?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I'm distracted by my hate

So, a few days back in the insanity group on ravelry, James (aka Zortified) mentioned that she had some pumpkin spice tea that needed a new home, and I said that I would love it... I got it in the mail today, along with "packing material," you know, to make sure it arrived safely, I'm sure. :)

I was VERY surprised, and very happy! Yay! :) Thank you again James!!!!

In other news, I started a cowl/mini scarflet thing for Angie. It's using the pattern for this scarf. She loves it so far! Yes, I showed her. I can't keep a secret lol. The yarn is the Araucania I listed the other day. :) It looks like this so far...

Pretty, yes? And I also have a finished hat to show you, but I can't show you yet because it's still wet and I want a modeling shot. :)

I'm going to go have some pumpkin spice tea now, yay!

Also? Bonus picture of Lily. "Hmm... what have we here..."

Monday, November 23, 2009

Bam! Boobies!

Wow, so much for posting every day for a month, huh? Things have been crazy here, in the personal department... which isn't an excuse, but, the good news is, I'm posting now, so yay!

It is SO HARD for me to look at my projects OTN and tell you what I have been working on because it varies so much from day to day. I'm not doing Christmas knitting because last year my gifts weren't really appreciated, and I'm not knitting for my husband's family because he is a STBX husband... that is a LONG story, and you're here for knitting, true? So Let's get to it.

Instead of showing you all the hundreds of things I already have otn, let's talk about what I have planned. First, I bought yarn today, and a few days ago, and I'm planning on using it all. Lots of hats and things. I'm going to make a hat and cowl set for Angie (Hi Angie!!) out of this... (sorry the pics are off center... I had to go through flickr to post them, and I don't have the patience to figure out how to center them right now... click to embiggen.)


The blue is going to be the hat, I think. It's malabrigo worsted, in Tuareg. The multi is Araucania Nature wool chunky, and it's going to be the cowl. I think.

Then I'm going to take this yarn...


And make the red (sorry it looks wonky, still haven't figured out how to take pics of things that are red...) into a hat to match Fingerless Gloves I made about a month ago. And the green is going to be either a cowl or a hat for me... or something. I haven't really decided, but I love it. Those are both malabrigo (I'm a junkie, I can't help myself...), in vermilion and lettuce.

Then this...


Is Noro Silk Garden sock, and it's going to be Marywarmers. Or, Krystalwarmers as the case will be. ;)

I also bought yarn yesterday from Susinok's shop, slackford studio, to make socks for Angie for Christmas. I know I said no Christmas presents but she's the exception to that rule. :)

Monday, November 16, 2009

What is in the frog's crotch?

Look, I'm blogging! Actually, in my one group on ravelry, we're doing a "blog-along" for a month, so I'm going to try to blog every day. I'm sure this will last all of two days. But I'm gonna try it. :)

What have I been up to? Well, not a whole lot. Not as much knitting as I would like, though I have tested a few projects (Ok, so I knit half of a pair of everything I tested... I have issues lol), and I made some things for my friends... I made a hat, the "boyfriend hat," for my friend Phil, out of malabrigo in burgundy. I made a pair of fingerless gloves for my friend Liz, and actually I did the same pattern for myself, both out of malabrigo, in cactus flower and vermillion, respectively. I also made a pair of plain black ribbed fingerless gloves for my friend Bryan. That's a lot of gifts, for me, isn't it? :)

Currently I'm working on a hat for a KAL in "FGF: The Hat group" on ravelry, among other things... I'll take some pictures tomorrow of some of the other things I'm working on. :)

How has everyone been?