Sunday, August 31, 2008

So... my soul mate is a cartoon baby?

Just a quick report on the fingerless gloves. They're at the gusset. They're 4 inches from the bottom of the gusset to the bottom of the glove. That's long enough. I still love the method, though I'm getting bored. But you know me, attention span shorter than a 3 day old goldfish who happens to be high. Anyway... thought I'd do a Meme thing that I'm stealing from Cursing Mama who stole it from someone else and on and on... it seems cool. So here ya go, enjoy!

What is your salad dressing of choice? Depends on my mood... usually Ranch, sometimes French.

What is your favorite sit-down restaurant? Olive Garden. Mmm breadsticks...

What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of? Hmm... a bagel with cheese? Or peas and mashed potatoes. Yummy.

What are your pizza toppings of choice? Cheese? lol sometimes green peppers...

What do you like to put on your toast? Butter and cinnamon sugar, or cream cheese

What is your wallpaper on your computer? Isaac Hanson. See?
What color cell phone do you have? Navy blue

Are you right-handed or left-handed? Left

Have you ever had anything removed from your body? My tonsils...

What is the last heavy item you lifted? Hmm... Mattie. She was in my spot on the bed and wouldn't move for anything, so I moved her.

Have you ever been knocked unconscious? Yeah, once. Long story. If you wanna know I'll share but it's a REALLY long story so... like... novel worthy.

If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die? Maybe, but only like, that day, so I could tell the people I love that I love them. Gah, that was sentimental...

If you could change your name, what would you change it to? lol no idea... Katie? :)

Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000? Ugh, no. Maybe 10,000 dollars but not just 1000.

How many pairs of flip flops do you own? Hmm.... like... 8 or 9?

What do you want to be when you grow up? I don't wanna grow up! (Cause if I did, I wouldn't be a toys r us kid...) But seriously? A professional computer hacker. Or a teacher. lol

Favorite Season? Fall

Favorite Holiday? My birthday! I don't have to share it with anyone. :)

Favorite Day of the week? Saturday. Football baby.

Favorite Month? October. My birthday and fall and the colors and.... it's all good.

Missing someone? Yes. Several someones actually.

What can you not wait to do? Start the mystery stole!!

What’s the last movie you saw? Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Watched it this morning. In theaters? Um... I dunno. 27 dresses?

Do you smile often? Some days.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

We will untie and spit the world for donimation purposes

Thanks to my friends on ravelry for the fun blog title!!

I started something new today! Who, me, start something new? Wow, what a rarity. I started the KAL for the Fingerless Gloves Fanatics group on ravelry for September. We're doing Porphyria. I love the way the gloves looked, and the pattern is well written. I am having a hard time doing the k3 into 3 that the pattern calls for. It's hard on my hands. I'm doing them two at a time on two circulars and I LOVE it. It was a little confusing at first (and I still sometimes get confused...) but I love how much I've gotten done so far. See?

There are two swaps going on right now in that group. One is the Autumn swap, in which there are two groups, one that does a glove exchange and one that does yarn and a pattern for gloves. I'm doing the second one. My partner that I'm swapping to is Tasha, and she seems really nice! I'm excited to be spoiling her. I already know what I'm getting for her!

The other swap (sign-ups are still open!) is a Birthday swap. I'm hosting that one. The year will be split up into segments according to the season. (I realize that on the other side of the world it's a different season but... well... that's just how I'm doing it.) The fall sign-ups close on September 1st, and we'll be sending presents to each other. I'm really excited about that one. :) Go sign-up if you have a fall birthday. It'll be fun!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Think that guy has enough lamps?

Ok, so I got lots of knitting done today. I cast on for this baby blanket from Lion Brand which is knit on a bias (I actually started to do the pattern on my own but started over with theirs because I like the way theirs starts better). I actually did change one thing about the beginning. The first inc row is supposed to be k3, yo, k2 but I didn't like that. I did k2, kfb, k2. Much better. :)

The yarn is bernat baby jacquards, and for a 100% acrylic yarn, this stuff is pretty good. It's not squeaky at all, and it's really soft. It feels a LITTLE weird but I like it. I LOVE the way the stripes look so far. Obviously, the striped sections are going to get smaller, but that's ok. My friend Rachel said to me today, "Is that a blanket for your imaginary baby?" which for some reason seriously cracked me up. Yes! It is. Just because he's not conceived yet does NOT mean he's not loved. It's not his fault he's just a little bitty egg, right?

Anyway, I got new yarn today! It was yarn that was being clearanced because there were no more of that dye lot at the shop. It's one skein of Lorna's Laces Shepard Sport, in Irving Park, and one of the same yarn but sock weight in forest.

LOVE them. Can't wait to work on them. Unfortunately, I must finish some things before casting on for something new. If you would see my projects page on ravelry... phew. And of course, there are a couple of things not on there... like, for example, the Mystery stole. :) Here's my swatch. That's right. I made a swatch. Like, first time ever. Except once to see how yarn would felt, but I turned it into a coaster so it wouldn't ruin my image as the no swatching goddess. Or something like that.

Which beads do you like better? The red/copper ones or the gold ones? By the way? That's the yarn I dyed. I was going for silver. And I would have to say I rock. It's slightly heathered but silver all the same. :) Yay for dyeing!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Are we not funny anymore????

Ok, I know I just blogged but I can't believe this... I totally forgot to post about my booga bag! I finished it!

The yarn is patons classic merino in "too turquoise" and black. My only complaint is that I made the handle too short. Even though it was 6 feet before felting... it shrank a LOT.

But I love it! Yay! :)

Old people don't reproduce

She said "Let there be dye." And there was dye.

And she saw that it was good.

Hehe, sorry. I felt all giddy and god-like earlier. Cause I created that yarn. (Well, not from scratch. I didn't spin it or anything...). It is PERFECT. It's exactly what I hoped it would be. Silver. I mean, it's not dry yet, but based on what I've seen so far, It is awesome. The yarn is knitpicks bare lace weight. The dye was the Jacquard acid dye from knitpicks, in silver gray. I wanted the yarn to be silver so that I can use copper or gold beads on it for Mystery Stole 4. If you like knitting lace, I would seriously suggest you sign up for this. Because at worst, you won't like it and will rip it. Or not have time for it. But even if you don't have time for it, if you sign up in time, it's free, and that pattern will be for sale later.

Anyway, today I dyed my new yarn, but before that, I watched Lord of the Rings: The fellowship of the ring (for the 100th time probably) and made a pair of
Saartje's booties (pdf). I love them. I did not love seeming them. Or sewing on the buttons. I didn't like the way the loop of the original was done, so I changed it and added a little crocheted chain. Which I also hated doing. But look how cute they turned out!!!

The yarn is leftover lorna's laces from my Spirogyra's. The buttons say "baby" because those are the only four matching buttons I had that were small enough that weren't plain.

And finally...

N is for Nails!
I know, I skipped N before, going straight to O but... well... I forgot about it lol. ETA: Actually, I lied. I didn't skip N, but I did forget about it. I did n is for nose! Thanks Heather for pointing it out! I have two? :) Anyway, my nails are a point of pride for me. I could NEVER have nails before. Even if I got them done it was painful (because of my cuticles being chewed) and they didn't last. But look at them now!

All ten of them are like that! It's sooooo awesome!! Thank you, knitting. And on the seventh day, she rested. ;) That's what I'm gonna do now.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

That'll make anybody's hand hurt

Hey there peeps! What's up? Wanna know what's up here? More obsessions. First of all, I started an entrelac scarf. Danica, from Knitty. I'm in love so far. I haven't gotten far but... well, I learned to knit backwards and for some reason knitting backwards hurts my left hand. A lot. So it's slow going.

It's SWS (of course) in Natural earth. Love love love it. Love. Did I say that I love it? Well, I do.

In other news? Stitch Markers...

Are coming...

Out of my ears.


Friday, August 22, 2008

Don't worry, I hadn't started to lose my clothes yet

Hehe, that title just cracks me up... So, I've been all about the cotton lately. I can not get enough, as witnessed in the last post. Since then I've made 3 dishcloth type things. The first was using the baby genius burp cloth pattern. The second one was a garterlac dishcloth.

The third was this thing called a tribble (No pic yet). And I've cast on for another garterlac one. I'm also going to make a crocheted one... which, I actually might do next instead of the garterlac one. It's called an"Oh so soft baby washcloth," and I really wanted to do it in the Bernat Cottontots, but I can't find it anywhere, so I'm going to do it in normal cotton, but just for a washcloth, not for baby lol. So, with all that in mind...

O is for... obsession. That's right. Obsession.

On the left is a lot of my cotton. Not all. A lot. There are still 5 or six balls of cotton ease (what? It's for the baby blanket. Remember it?), and a few other balls that I couldn't find. On the left is part of my sws collection. Only part because... well, the rest doesn't fit on there and... well, I'd prefer for Angie to not know exactly how obsessed I've become. Honestly, I've got it under control. Promise.

Anyway, Dave got me some of these things....

To keep my knitting supplies in one, and my beading things in another if I want. Beading you say? Stay tuned. I've made a LOT of stitch markers in the past week. I'll be blogging about them in the near future.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

That's what happens when you make cookies by yourself

So, you know those days when you get out of bed and soooo wish you could just go back to bed and never come out again? Well, this is SO not one of those days. :) I got paid today, and I went shopping. I bought some yarn...

Ok, I may have been a bit liberal with the word "some" there. I got a lot. I got nine balls of peaches n cream cotton, to make dishcloths, and two balls of patons sws in natural earth to make an entrelac scarf. I already had one. That orange and black cotton is going to be Halloween dishcloths. Angie says that it's impractical because you won't get to use them much, but I said seriously, who's going to know what dishcloths I'm using? Plus, I like em, so there. So now I'm going to go make some stitch markers (I'm getting really good - so good that I'm thinking about selling some) and eat some pixie sticks.

I'm not going to eat them all at once. Really. Promise.

And look! Oliver really likes yarn.

He was sleeping on it before he was so rudely awakened. Hehe, I'm off to get high on pixie sticks!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

I have Foxy and nowhere to put it

I have lots of new stuff to share with you guys today. First off, I have a new friend that I met at my LYS. Her name is Jen. Hi Jen!! (Say hi guys. Srsly. She's great.) I went to her house today to hang out and knit (which is so awesome... I have a knitting friend that I can hang out with in person!) and to swap some stuff. I traded her a bunch of straight needles for some yarn. She gave me some patons astra and some crochet cotton...

I told her that Angie might want the crochet cotton, but I think I'm going to keep it and make my mom a tablecloth. She also gave me six balls of wool, for felting.

It's called Vail Homespun and it's a little too itchy for most things, but I think it will make a cool felted purse. I had a really good time, and it's great to finally be hanging out with new people. Yay! And she's part of a mom's group, so when I get pregnant I'll get to be too! So exciting. And? The house across the street from her is for sale. We might look into buying it. How awesome would that be? I'll tell you how awesome it would be. It would be... well... awesome. Yeah.

Anyway... we have this yarn at the yarn shop called two fold by rozetti, and it's in these speckled colors, and Jen and I were wondering how it would look knitted up... so Joyce (the owner) gave me a ball of it on the condition that whatever I make gets to be displayed at the shop. So I did.

I made a simple rolled brim hat. It's pink with lots of different speckles. It kind of reminds me of a bird's egg, what about you?

Last but not least, I made some stitch markers for a friend. I can't tell you who. It's a surprise and she reads this blog. They're made from the dice beads that I got in Gatlinburg.

I love the way they turned out, and I may have to see if I can order some more, or find some online somewhere. I'm going to make another set for Jen. What have you all been up to?

Monday, August 11, 2008

I have to admit, sewing the monkey's boobs on was quite a challenge

Ok, I'm really really far behind on my ABC-Alonging, so I thought I'd post today and start getting caught up. Soooo...

N is for... NOSE!

This is a picture of a nose. It may or may not be mine. Use your own judgment. Suffice it to say I did take this pic.

The reason behind the nose pic is twofold. 1.) I am a VERY nosy neighbor. I spend a good deal of my time sitting in my office, and anytime anything goes on with my neighbors, I know about. I also know what all my neighbors drive, and like to play the "Who's car is that?" Game. I also strongly suspect that one of my neighbors is having an affair. Just sayin. :)

2.) My nose? An integral part of my face. Without it, I would look funny.

Thought I'd also share with you today the baby blanket I'm making. It's called "X's and O's."

Any guesses why? :) I'm making it out of Plymouth Encore worsted, in dark lavender and light yellow. I love it. It's made in strips, so that's two of them, side by side. I'm going to sew them together using I think blanket stitch. If that's the stitch that you can see when you sew them together. I'm also going to do a blanket stitch over the squares that aren't actually sewn together, so it looks like it was harder than it was. :) And I'm going to add a backing. I'm hoping to find a fabric that matches and has X's and O's or something like that. So cute.

Ok, I'm off to the grocery store.

Oh, by the way... head over to ravelry and go to the Fingerless Gloves fanatics group, and if your birthday is in the fall, sign up for the fall birthday swap. You know you want to.

Sunday, August 10, 2008


Hello there! How is everyone in the interenets? Just a quick post to show you that I actually do care about you! So, I have kinda forgotten about the ABC-Along... I'll start getting back to it tomorrow. But I haven't forgotten about knitting!!

You probably can't tell, but that is a baby sweater. Not just any baby sweater. It's Daisy, from Knitty. I just finished the right front. And hey, look, a sunset!!

Oooooh. Hehe, every time I hear "Ooooh" I think of that part of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (movie) where Barty Crouch Sr. goes "The Chinese fireball, oooooh."

Ok, that was a totally short and random post! You can all get back to your regularly scheduled blog checking! :)

Friday, August 8, 2008

Because you can't pet a live acrylic

Well, the Ravelympics are upon us! Probably getting more worldwide attention than the actual Olympics lol! Being the trendy person I am (yeah, right) I decided to play along. I am making my friend Wendy's Under the Rose fingerless gloves and I have to say, I don't think they're going to be enough of a challenge. The problem? I LOVE them.

Love love love love love them. And I want to keep knitting on them all day! However, they're the TINIEST bit too small for me (I have big wrists) so they may end up a gift. So, if I DO finish them both, maybe I'll make a pair for myself? I'm making them in Baby Ull which is a 100% merino wool fingering weight yarn and it's soooo soft. Baby soft. Really.

I'm making them in navy and white, but the pair for me may end up red or pink and white. I'm not sure yet. Anyway, I have discovered that I have a bit of an obsession with two color ribbing. I was sad when it was over. :( But it looks so good!!! I love it.

Wendy? You ROCK!!

You know who else rocks? Dianna, aka Knitasaur, a friend I met on Ravelry. She heard that I hadn't bought my copy of Under the Rose yet and she knew I was going to do them for my Olympic project so she BOUGHT IT FOR ME!!! I have never been so happy! I felt so lucky! Aren't my friends the awesomest??? I LOVES them. Thank you again Dianna!!!

Wow, I must be hyped. I used a ton of exclamation points and question marks... lol no more caffeine.

Anyone else doing an Olympic project? Whatcha doin?