Friday, July 29, 2005

Knit One For Baby

Kathy,
You can find the baby blanket I'm making here, in this book: http://leisurearts.com/crafts_needlework/item_detail.asp?item_num=2687&search=1

I am using Caron's simply soft... perfect acrylic for baby stuff. :-) It's coming along very nicely. Only techniques you need to know are YO and SSK.

Busy busy busy... back to knitting!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

My Good Buys

So, last weekend I went to Knit Happens in Cincinnati, that is closing down. Look what I got! :-)

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From left to right, 2 balls of regia sock yarn, 5 balls of Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere, and 1 ball each of black and pink Debby Bliss Merino dk. I love yarn!
My mom made it to the shop a few days before I did and thought of me. She picked up these:

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6 more balls of regia sock yarn. The top left is green, grey, black and white. Very masculine... what man in my life is deserving enough of a pair of socks? (Please don't say dad. I'm about to kill the man!) The second is an absolutely beautiful purple, blues, brown colorway. We all know how much I love blue and brown! And finally, a mix of blues, greys and whites. These will be for my cousin Michelle that requested a pair... she wanted just "grey" socks...but how boring is that! ;-)

Also, a better picture of Kari's Baby blanket... because the picture yesterday was crappy:

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It's coming along nicely... but I'm dieing to start something else... another project for warm the world or a tank top, or felted bag for me, or a pair of socks.... or SOMETHING!!

And finally a finished simple project I did a little while back:
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A belt made of ribbon yarn.

Until next time, knit some.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Pink

Con't:
5 TV shows I like: The O.C., Desperate Housewives, Dog the Bounty Hunter, The Amazing Race, and Friends, even though it's not on air anymore.
5 movies I like: Finding Nemo, American Wedding, ANY julia roberts movie, The borne supremecy, office space.
5 famous people I'd like to meet: President Bush, Osama Bin Laden- I'd like to rip his genitals off, Maya Angelou - maybe she could teach me to write and cook! Matt Damon, and Julia Roberts.
5 Biggest Joys at the moment: My son, my job, my family, my knitting, and my secret pal gift I just received in the mail yesterday!!!
5 favorite toys: I like Zander's toys... they keep him amused and give me something to do with him!!! He really likes his new bag from Miss Alice Red, my secret pal! :-)

I think I'll tag Dan since he hasn't posted to his blog in a while.

Moving on... Look at these goodies arriving to my house in pink tissue paper yesterday!
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That's a beautiful handmade card, 6 skeins of Jaeger Matchmaker (merino) in a beautiful light blue/slate color. A pretty frame, a necklace that my mom tried to steal from me that I'll wear today, stitch markers that have the letters of my name (is there anything you can't do alice?) and this really neat R2 yarn...
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I think I will make a belt out of it... and I honestly don't think I'll knit it. It's so soft so I hate to put it around my waist... but that's immediately what I thought of when I saw it. They are SOOO my colors! :-)

I wish I had more time to gloat about everything but unfortunately I don't... busy weeks here... check out what I have been knitting on occassionally:

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This is a baby blanket for my friend Kari who is due in October. I'm resisting the urge and telling myself to only work on this right now. That or two of my other Unfinished Objects (my green shawl or Zander's sweater.)

I also went shopping at the lys that's closing in Cincinnati... got lots of goodies there, but no pictures yet... will try to do that tomorrow or thursday morning.

I must jet... bummer. THANKS ALICE!!!

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Friday, July 22, 2005

Tagged- A Life Reflection

Kathy tagged me. Which is great because since brother in law "C" is home on leave for two weeks from Iraq. [I am nicknaming him because he has been telling me war stories which I will probably repeat... so I am protecting his identity]

Anyway, so, since C has been home I have done very little knitting. I put away the bright blue yarn because I forgot I HAVE to make my friend a baby blanket (she's due in October) so once I get that done I'll get the cotton out and make my "notions" bag with it.

Anyway... my tag:
10 years ago: Now THIS is embarassing. I was 13 years old... I would have been in between the 7th and 8th grade. I "dated" boys with colored hair, that played the drums and that smoked weed. I thought I was cool. HA HA HA!
5 years ago: I was getting ready to go to college. Now, this time I was the one that smoked weed. But I dated straight laced guys. I wanted to major in English because of my love of literature. I went hunting for the first time.
1 year ago: I was still learning how to be a mother to my (then) 10 month old. Nick was having a lot of health problems which consumed me. I started realizing how much I HATED military life, and how I couldn't wait for it to end. 1 year ago I had just bought a car I knew I couldn't afford. I'm still trying to sell it and get out of debt with it.
Yesterday: I drove C down to his mom's (my mother in law's) and realized just what a wonderful family I married into, no matter what happens between Nick and I, I'll always have support, love, a place to turn to, hang out, and people to talk with. I realized I am happy and content in my life. And unfortunately I got very little knitting done. :-(
Today: I will work. And then I will drive another 2 hours to see the in-laws and will plan my method of attack to visit a yarn store that is closing down... can you say, YARN TIME.
Tomorrow: I will visit that yarn store and try not to spend money I don't need on things I won't use. I will try to buy only yarn and notions that I have a project planned for. HA HA HA !!!!!
5 snacks I enjoy: Ice cream, grahmn crackers & peanut butter, chocolate, and pop. (That's soda to most.)
5 bands/singers that I know the lyrics of MOST of their songs: The wiggles, linkin park, allison krauss, the doodlebops... I prefer talk radio to catch up on right wing issues.
Things I would do with $100,000,000: Buy a spinning wheel, open a yarn store, buy my son lots of toys and put aside money for college... and grad school. Buy my parent's houseboat so they didn't have to sell it. Buy a cute house for me and Zander, and get a boob job (yeah seriously.) I'd also donate a good portion of it... but at this time in my life I'm not sure what I feel strongly about besides being a mother... so I'd have to think about who would be deserving.
5 locations I'd like to run away to: My home in CT... I am homesick. Colorado, Australia, Ireland, anywhere remote location with a house, some yarn, and a beach.
5 bad habits I have: chronic early runner, road rage, cursing, not being able to say no, being too nice.
5 things I like doing: Knitting, eating, talking, reading (I finished harry potter on Monday,) and relaxing.
5 things I would never wear: Leather underthings, tiny thin heels, uncomfortable bras, and bikinis, and outfits that prohibit me from wearing a bra.
OH MY GOSH, I'm out of time... will finish later!

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Sunday, July 17, 2005

TAH DAH

I am free to start a new project:
Finished object 1 of 3:
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Finished object 2 of 3:
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Finished object 3 of 3:
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Getting objects finished is such a good feeling! Notice anything strange about the PURPLE needle felted circles above? They're not the blue that I dyed! Blue was awful, although pretty for something else. So I took the exact purple yarn I used in the project unwrapped/unraveled it and used it to felt. It worked wonderfully if I do say so myself. So, as far as needle felting... what a pain in the ass, but fun to learn to do, and it definitly adds something.

AND... now that my 3 objects are finished I am free to start something else. Which I am going to do momentarily ;-) But first... look at what I picked up again:
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Mark's Scarf!!!
I used the remaining yarn I had... need to get more black paton's classic wool. I'll order that next week sometime... maybe next time I get paid! ;-)
If I had the yarn handy (bad yarn shopper for not buying enough) I probably would have kept on going and finished (count them) FOUR projects. But no such luck. So now what will I do with my time??

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Try and guess. What will I do with two skeins of Plymoth Wildflower DK? 274 yards total.
HMMM...
Until next time, Knit some. (And read harry potter too!)

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Saturday, July 16, 2005

Happy Mail Day

So I got two things in the mail today.
First and MOST important:
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Also delivered was:
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Which is THIS. I will definitly buy from Blue Goose Glen again! (No affiliation... I'm just tickled pink and will have to resist spinning this stuff right up.) It's SOOO soft and drafts like a dream!

So... I want to dye this (I think. hehehe.) And was thinking of making it blue green and yellow... should I dye it in this unspun state or spin and then dye? You can get more control dying it in roving form can't you?
Hmmm, decisions. I'll fondle it and think about it in the mean time. :-)

I already took some of the beautiful Leicester and dyed it like this:
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so that I could use it to needle felt onto my summer bag. My summer bag looks like this for those that don't remember:
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then that project will be complete... and I'll still be able to carry it for about 1.5 months! Now that is a knitting accomplishment in my eyes! Finishing a project in the season it was destined for. I'll be SO proud! ;-)

Speaking of FO's. I present you with the Big Bad Baby Blanket:
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IT IS FINISHED!!! WOO HOO!!! TAH DAH! Amazing what some determination will do. I will make another one for warm the world. But the next one will be multiple colors. This was boring to knit, but very cute and nice to look at!

That is all for now, I must return to the Half Blood Prince. Oh yeah, by the way... for those counting, I have only 1 more project to complete before I'm allowed to start another one! YAY!!!!

Until Next time,
Knit some.


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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

By The Way


I have yet to mention the London bombings in my posts... to me it is a devestating issue that could really turn into a debate or in the opposite, it could turn into something that we dwell on for WAY too long. (that would give the terrorists what they want.)

But I did like this website that Kathy suggested.

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United Knitters

Knitters need to stand together... I am boycotting the knitting magazine known as "Belle Armoire" because of what the editor did to Julie Anderson of Black Sheep Bags.
I understand that there are bigger problems in the world, like the War on Terrorism, but in the knitting world this is just pretty plain pathetic...and I'd like to see this woman's e-mail box get completely filled to the rim with e-mails telling her just how ridiculous her actions are.

Also, much thanks to Cindy for the wonderful link to Nona's Blog and more specifically THIS entry. It really helped my LARGE knit stitch problem on the Big Bad Baby Blanket. Bye the way... Kathy, I would read that entry so you don't have the same problem on the BBBB. Speaking of... she is about 75% done. I'm really hoping to finish her up this week. That will mean 2 projects completed... I'll only need to complete one more after that until I can start another project. By the way... I took the Sockotta socks off the needles and put them away... I really want to narrow down my number of current projects... NOTHING NEW... it will be my motivation to continue.

Well, that's all for today... off to fold laundry and knit! ;-)

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Sunday, July 10, 2005

Finished Objects and Unnesessary Beginnings.

Finished Objects:
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Mom's Socks.
Details:
Date Started: April 15th, 2005
Date Complete: July 10th, 2005.
Yarn: Paton's Kroy
Needles: Size 2
Pattern: www.burninghand.org/sockpattern.html
Lesson: I love that pattern. I will use it for most of my socks I think. I also think solid color sock yarn is incredibly boring unless you're going to do a pattern or something. I'm not sure about this sock yarn. It splits easily. But it's the only brand I've found with plain yellow sock yarn (does someone know of another brand) & I want to make my mother-in-law a pair of yellow socks.

Well, as you know, I couldn't complete these socks until the needles were replaced. I went to my LYS the other day to replace them and didn't intend to buy anything else. Isn't that the way it always is?! But Zander was SOOO well behaved, so I just kept shopping. This is what I brought home.
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From left to right. Sockotta sock yarn in color: 6670. Felting Needles from Fiber Trends to finish my felted summer bag. (I just need the roving... what color should I buy for my bag?)
I also got a pair of 24" size 8's. (Zoey chewed those too.) and the size 2 DPNs that I actually went for.

And I told myself I needed to finish 3 projects before I was allowed to start anything else. So I won't even mention what I cast on with my size 1 aluminum double pointed needles. ::COUGH COUGH "SOCKOTTA SOCKS" COUGH COUGH::

And finally... look at Zander... he's actually starting to click the needles together. (he also got a summer buzz cut.)
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Until next time, knit some.

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Friday, July 08, 2005

HELP-- Please post knitting advice

Okay... so moving right along on the Big Bad Baby Blanket...BUT WHAT IS GOING ON HERE? I feel like the biggest novice knitter!

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As you can see it goes from a knit stitch to a purl stitch... see that last set of knit stitches (arrows)... that vertical line has a tension MUCH different from the rest. I have pulled hard 2 stitches before and 2 stitches after the change and it still comes out like that... why... There is no problem down below when it goes from purl to knit... how do you stop that?? Please help me... I can't believe something like this is stumping me sooo badly... but it looks awful and is driving me mad!!!

By the way... I sent off a package to my secret pal today... I hope she likes it... I'd like to say what's in it, but I'm really bad about secrets so if I open up and start talking I probably won't stop!!! Secret Pal 5 is soooo much fun.

That's all for now... I think I'm going to catch a few zzz's before Zander wakes up from his afternoon nap!
Until Next Time,
Knit some.

P.S. Ruinwen-- I will e-mail you back shortly... I have info on the progress bars for you! :-)

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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Stressless Knitting

Piggoia stopped by yesterday and told me to keep knitting the stressless stuff to help me with this next "stage" in my life. Which is exactly what I'm trying to do... except THIS doesn't help:
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"What?" You're probably saying. I say, look at the first arrow on the left. That is where a needle SHOULD be. I found it in this state this morning. "So put the needle back in," you might say. Well, take a look closely at the second arrow. That is where a creature ::COUGH COUGH ZOEY COUGH COUGH:: has chewed my needle. Brilliant huh? All I can say is good thing I only use 4 needles. But right now I don't even want to look at it. Stupid dog. It'd be one thing if I broke the needle, or pulled it out of stitches, but it was that stupid little white fluffy dog. I hope Zander chases her lots today! ;-)

But on better news Kathy really got my butt moving yesterday on the big bad baby blanket. I show you exhibit A.
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For those not familiar with the "Big Bad Baby Blanket" this is the half-way mark. Above the knit side will be a purl side, and vise versa. When it's done it will look like 4 squares. Thrilling huh? Yeah, I didn't think so... moving on...

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This is Zander's Cardigan as it stands now. Two front pieces and a back piece. All that's left to do are 2 sleeves, a hood, button band, and seaming. Okay, typing that all out just made me depressed... maybe I'm not as far along as I thought. Gee thanks dear readers. If you weren't interested in my progress I would have never typed it out, and then I would still be in my ignorant bliss. HUMPH :-(

But with non-knitting news... here is Zander yesterday vacuuming up his mess. He loves to eat his snacks on the rocking chairs as you see here... but about once a week I have to get under the cushions and vacuum out loose pretzels, goldfish, and cereal as to not attract bugs. Zander has suddenly had a HUGE interest in the vacuum cleaner. "GREAT!" I think. "He can start cleaning up his own mess." So I get the vacuum out yesterday, plug it in, pull the cushion off and tell him to vacuum out the chair. This is what he does:
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Yes, he's EATING the crumbs. I don't know how old that goldfish was that he put in his mouth, but I can only imagine it was a little crunchy. As for the vacuum, it was on and running, and as he kept eating [and I kept laughing] he started to forget about the running appliance. All the sudden he is screaming, and I look over and the vacuum is attached to his crotch. Now, I'm SURE he's much to young to think of THAT trick ;-) But oh my God did I get a laugh. No picture of that unfortunately because I had to amputate his "new" limb quickly to avoid a major meltdown from my VERY freaked out son. I want grandchildren at some point in my life so I'd like to not scar him TOO badly.

Thank God for children!!!
Knit some!

***ADDED STUFF***
Look what I walked into the room to find after a potty break:
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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Socks, Ipod cozies, and holidays

You Are 85% American
You're as American as red meat and shooting ranges.
Tough and independent, you think big.
You love everything about the US, wrong or right.
And anyone who criticizes your home better not do it in front of you!

How American Are You?




Well, this weekend was a milestone for me in my "new" life. For those that don't know: Nick and I have seperated. It was the hardest decision of my life. He didn't take it well. I was supposed to see him in Georgia this past weekend, but (obviously) refused to go. I told him he could come see Zander. So he did. I drove down to his mom's in Lexington Kentucky. I thought I was having a panic attack on the way down there saturday morning. It became excruciatingly hard to breathe, it felt like my chest was tightening up. I had no idea how I was going to look at Nick. I was scared out of my mind. So I didn't make eye contact. Not for a while. But to make a long story short the weekend turned out okay. Him and I talked. And although we're still not "together" I have faith/hope that he will get the help he needs. And I will be there to help/support/etc him if he does.

Well, I kept working on my mom's sock this weekend... got the heel flap done, turned the heel, and finished the gusset, now I'm almost to the toes. WOO HOO.

I also made an ipod cozy for Nick's Ipod. Out of cammy sock yarn (bernat). But I didn't have my digital with me, so no picture. I even made a hole for the screen. That was trickier than I thought. I ended up having to make the top two pieces. But it ended up pretty good for a 1/2 day project and a tiny bit of yarn.

Kathy asked about my Big Bad Baby Blanket in my last post... I really need to get hopping on it. It's for charity... no one can enjoy it if I'm not knitting it! I need to get moving on it. Last I checked it was about 10" long. Not good. So, yeah, thanks for the guilty feelings Kathy! ;-)

Well, pictures to come tomorrow maybe! Until Next time, Knit some.

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