Monday, November 23, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Back at the end of August, my honey took me on vacation to Florida. While in Florida I couldn't help but to visit a few yarn shops. I bought some really nice yarn. My honey also bought some really nice yarn...but not FOR me. For me to knit something for HIM. I don't have the label from the yarn with me, so I cannot tell you that much about it, except that it has camel, silk, cashmere, among other very nice fibers in it. While it is a lovely yarn, the color work was a little slow going even though it only took me a couple hours here and there to finish.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
The boat thing flopped and we didn't get the boat....maybe more about that later, right now it kind of still makes me angry.
Another bad thing has happened. I don't want to talk about it. I do want to vent a little in anonymity though: You expect so much from people, or at least one person. And when you are totally let down for the tenth time you begin to wonder what is wrong with you. I know there is nothing wrong with me, except I am completely insane.
Guess what everyone?
Yep, that's right.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
This is Hazel. She is the cutest, feistiest kitten ever! Here she is in the sink. We've only had her for a month and she's my tiny new friend! I'm kind of hoping she's a small cat. She's a torti....so beautiful!
Bad thing about kitty #1:
Hazel likes to attack feet, legs, knees, thighs, whatever is available, whatever she sees. Hazel is too small to be declawed (well, she might be big enough now, but wasn't before and you'll see the reason in bad thing about kitty #2 as to why we are waiting). Wedding tomorrow. Feisty kitten who attacks legs. I really didn't want to look like trailer trash in a really nice dress with scratches and bruises all over my legs. And I was doing really well at avoiding it...until the last two days. Hazel has gotten me a number of times (maybe ten) on my feet and legs. Now my legs are totally going to look horrible. Not happy.
Bad thing about kitty #2:
TR and I are going on vacation (finally!!!) to Florida in a week. From Friday until the following Monday. More than ten days. I don't know who to trust with the care of my kitten. There aren't a lot of options either. One of TR's kids could do it. But they'd need to come every single day to feed her and keep her company for a little bit and for younger kids, that can be a lot to take on. I really don't want to take her anywhere, as several have suggested, because I will not trust the care of my kitten to someone who has no connection with her.
Yep, that's it.
Oh, and we bought a boat. Nothing fancy, nothing new. It's almost 20 years old, good condition....and will be a lot of fun. Can't wait to get out on the water!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
I have jury duty this next week. I am not excited about it. I am going to try and take in some needles and yarn, but I'm not sure how well that will go over. Need to go to the bookstore just in case....
So, I'm not sure if I told you that my mom is getting married....two weeks from tomorrow. I am so happy for her! She deserves happiness and a man that loves her and worships her. I found the perfect dress for her wedding. Tonight, I am taking Olivia (my boyfriend's daughter) with me shoe shopping. This girl seriously loves shoes and I'm more than happy to have a shopping partner.
I was supposed to get my hair done last night as well. I didn't because my stylist's son got sick and she had to go. I haven't gotten my hair cut or colored in four months. I didn't want to spend the money while I didn't have a job. Now I just have to, especially for the wedding.
So, that's all I got. Not very exciting.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Oh, did I mention I'm sick. Tonight is knit night....can't decide to go or stay home...
Sunday, June 21, 2009
And a very, very special Happy Father's Day to my mother, who's always deserved praise on this day but has never gotten it. Thanks for always being there for me, mom....
Monday, June 15, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
The pattern is Rocketry (rav link). It was a kit I bought at the Fiber Event in April. I hated the order of colors so I changed it up and I am soooo happy with it. I hope it's recipient is as happy with it as I am. The recipient, Mignon, just had a baby (whom I've yet to meet!!). I figured very little knitting is/has gotten done, if any, so I decided to make little Julia a sweater. I have never knit baby things before...but I'll tell you what....I wish I had a ton of babies to knit things for!!
The yarn is Dream in Color Classy (love this yarn). I changed the pattern up a little bit, not too much. It probably needs to be blocked, or at least that is what I have been told...but I don't block. Hopefully I can get this sent out soon, before the weekend would be nice.
Friday, May 8, 2009
radishes (a "gourmet" mix of seeds)
The only thing that hasn't come up yet are the carrots....and I just can't tell if the little grass-like growth is my carrots or just weeds...
I planted 200+ onion sets:
Row 1 (at the very top of picture) are yellow onions. Row 2 are white. Row three: 3/4 of the row are green onions and the other 1/4 are red onions. My chives came back, I was really surprised to see them thriving more than a month ago.
All the onions are doing well. The red onions only started to sprout these last few days.
Everything else I planted:
Cubanelle (sweet) peppers
Hungarian Wax (hot) peppers
Brussel Sprouts (1 out of six died so far..)
8 tomato plants of five different varieties (cherry, lemon boy and 3 others)
Red, green, and yellow bell peppers
It's not a very good picture, the sun was going down and I just wanted to get a picture....
The boyfriend and I are thinking about making another area for corn. We are also going to turn our pumpkin patch (very small) from last year into a watermelon patch. AND we are going to (if we can find the "seeds") plant potatoes. We'll see.
I want to thank the three participants of my very weak and uncreative contest for participating however, there will only be one winner....
Lizz who's guess was Frances McTwitchyeye
Loved your answer Lizz. The actual answer was Galileo. Lizz, pm me on Ravelry and give me your address and I'll send you out something special ;-)
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
...more info to come....
Last chance to anyone who wants to participate in my blogoversary contest from a few posts ago. I will anounce a winner of my choosing (probably) on Monday.
Have a great weekend!!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Isn't it gorgeous? I just love the colors...I put them in a different order than the pattern called for and I changed a couple other things in the pattern. I was surprised that I was even able to somewhat follow the pattern. It is extremely cute and I get compliments from everyone that sees it. And check out my new(ish) harmony interchangeable needles. They are NICE.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Brian Rose 1500 yards wool (not sure what kind, don't have it with me) in a lovely red/little bits of pink/maroon. Sweater yarn, of course.
The two braids are yellow/orange/red and are merino...there is no "brand" if you will...just gorgeous colors that I could not pass up. Total of 8 ounces.
One pound plain white merino for dying, whenever I get around to it...squee!!
Two four ounce balls of 70merino/30alpaca roving that are heathery and wonderfully soft in a burnt orange and dark maroon. The plan is to spin these separately and ply them together. That's the plan when I bought them....who knows what the end result might be....
Below that is the Rocketry baby sweater kit. A friend of mine had a little girl and figured she probably isn't getting much, if any, knitting done and wanted to make this for her. The sweater is coming alone fine (of course fast, it IS a baby sweater). I will have finished photos soon. I need to go buy buttons for it.
And last but not least is the bag of blue/orange roving. I believe it is merino, not sure. Purchased from the Trading Post for Fiber Arts in Pendleton, IN. It was a steal, as it was priced wrong.
As you can see, most of what I purchased was "warm" except for the one "cool" bag of roving. This was unlike me and I was thrilled to have come home with colors that I don't normally gravitate towards. I love warm colors but always find myself buying cool colors. I have not done anything with any of it besides the baby sweater. I'm nearly finished with the sweater, I have one and a half sleeves to go plus buttons.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
I was doing good on Friday night, cleaning and such, until I turned on the tv...then it all went downhill. I was tired and the couch was calling my name and I gave in and layed down and man, it was nice.
Saturday morning I woke early went and had breakfast alone (that can be very nice at 7 am) and then to the store to look at nice green plants for my apartment. I've killed every plant I've had. I don't know why. So, I bought two very healthy looking plants and big pots and good potting soil and hope that I can make them thrive instead of die...
I also did a little experimental dying on Saturday. I dyed three skeins of sock yarn that will be up in my etsy shop as soon as there is good light to take pictures. It's been raining like crazy here the last two days. It's miserable and this morning there was snow mixed in. The average temp for this time of year is 59 and it's only 39!! BS I tell you!
Yesterday, my yarny friend Jennie came over to hang out. While she was there very little knitting got done. I dove into my fiber stash, not looking for anything, just to see what all I had and I found a bunch of rovings and fibers that I forgot I had. Baby camel, cashmere, cotton, tons of wools and wool blends, soy silk, ingeo, silk hankies....there was tons of interesting stuff. Tons of stuff I bought just to try and then it all got stashed away. I did do a tiny bit of spinning on a roving I already had started and that was the Picaso colorway of Louet Northern Lights. Mindless spinning is good and Northern Lights is perfect for that. Jennie did start a hat though, and it's beautiful.
A couple weeks ago when Jennie was over, I busted out my hand spindles and gave her one and some roving and told her to try some spinning. I think she liked it. I sent her home with the spindle and a bad of wool. When she came over Sunday, she brought more than a pound of hand dyed rovings that she had gotten. I think she hopes to pick herself up a spindle at the Fiber Event this weekend.
Well, that's all I got. Not exciting, no pictures....it doesn't help that my up close and personal yarny photos all suck. I'll get pics soon!
Friday, April 3, 2009
The sweater in which I am designing is still ongoing....while I know the direction I am going in, the motivation to knit the sleeves has waned to the point of no knitting...or knitting two rows and stopping. There is a reason I like to knit the sleeves first and this is why...no knitting gets done when they are done last. This one included, my last sweater progressed the same way. The body went reasonably quick, even designing as I went...the sleeves took 7 months (most of that time the project slept in a basket, forgotten or purposely forgotten).
I have been contemplating spinning, a lot. Along with the purchase of several braids of roving recently there is a fiber fest next weekend. Although I can swear that I won't buy a lot of fiber...I know the chances of me buying more fiber than I need are really high (cause I don't really need any). I just finished spinning a yarn in which, while intended to put a lot of twist in, too much twist was put on the yarn. Not even a good soaking will relax it and I don't know what to do at this point. The color is lovely and right now it just seems a waste to let it sit there, all twisted up. Help?
Along with my thoughts of spinning....a whole lot of llama fiber is on my mind. While in college, a friend of mine who wanted to borrow a very expensive book and knew of my fiberish creations mentioned that his grandpa owned llamas....and that when they were sheared the fiber was bagged and.......thrown...in...the...barn. WHAT?!? Um, give me some, PLEASE!! So, he brought me three garbage bags full-one brown/black, one white, and one mixed in exchange for said expensive book. I held on to the bags for about two years (not knowing how long it had been in the barn and fearing for infestation). When I determined that there was no infestation I took the bags with me to the Fiber Event one year and dropped them off with Wooly Knob to be processed. It took over 15 months to get it back, but I finally did get it back last summer. Since then, the gorgeous wonderfully soft llama has been sitting in a box in my closet. The three distinct colors are so gorgeously natural and would be perfect alone or used for colorwork. The only problem? I must actually spin it first.
Humpff....the only problem with wanting to spin the llama is the Fiber Event next weekend. I want so badly to spin so many rovings and fibers that I currently have and I also want so badly to purchase more... The obsession with finishing things unfinished and spinning current fiber stash has put such a halt on my motivation to do anything at all. Sad, I know.
What's a girl to do? Housework. I really need to do some housework. When I get home from work this evening, I won't turn on the television, I won't bother opening the laptop. I am heading straight for my closet and sorting out clothes...starting a donation pile (which will be huge, FYI). I entertain the idea that I will wear this or that at some point and I know deep down that I never will...and well, it's time to just let go. My hobbies and thus hobby supplies are more important than that Bob Marley tee mom bought me on vacation which the image came off in the first washing (sorry mom!) and countless other articles of clothing that I will NEVER WEAR AGAIN.
Just talking about it makes me feel like I've accomplished something. When the house is in order, I may even knit or spin something.
-OH! Did I mention that I found a box of blank yarn for dying too? It's amazing the things you let slip your mind...ah, dying, I've missed you.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Okay, here is the deal. Normally, when I design a sweater, I pick up needles and yarn, and just knit. I knit what my heart desires. Sure, there MAY be a sketch but there usually isn't a write up. I have gotten a lot of requests for certain patterns of mine and since I find it so difficult to write up a pattern after I've knit a piece I decided to write up the pattern (charts, etc.) before hand. The only problem with this is I CANNOT FOLLOW A PATTERN. Even though it is MY pattern, I cannot seem to follow it. I tend to do my own thing, and the only problem with that is figuring out what the hell I did after I've done it. So, instead of trying to figure out what I've done, I've been doing a bit of surgery. First I wanted to change a design element, without ripping-accomplished! Then, last night I realized that I crossed a cable the wrong way (on all three cables) so I wanted to fix it without ripping (and this was like 8 rows down with other crossovers in the mix)-accomplished! Finally, after fixing the cables, I realized that I screwed up something else in the cables (I should have learned to read the pattern I wrote by now) so I fixed two of the six mistakes this morning and hope to finish the other four at lunch and finally be able to make some more progress.....AND learn to read the charts I've made.
Did I mention that I love designing sweaters?
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
The color isn't really actual in either of these. I did the best I could. It's Madelinetosh Worsted in Olivia. I love it. Unfortunately, I cannot start knitting with it yet. I have yet to make much progress on my in-design-AND-knitting-phase sweater...having had to change some of the design elements without ripping. I did a reasonable job doing so, it just took me a week to actually want to do it. So, now I am back to the point where I can knit away. And at some point I am actually going to do that.
I missed knit night last night. I'm not too happy about it, but sometimes you just have to take care of things. Things for me would be my personal life that is hanging on by a very thin and breakable thread. I'm doing what I can.
There will also be a mystery project I am going to start working on either tonight or tomorrow. I'm excited and yet scared of starting this mystery project. It means knitting when it might all be pointless. Taking time, money, and effort when it could all be for not. But, I am going to do it, if for nothing else than, to save my sanity. It will be worked on in tough times. It will be worked on instead of having nights like last night. And I'm hoping it doesn't get knit as fast as it seems it would for all the reasons I have to actually knit it. I will hopefully be able to post some progress on it, and maybe a small picture or two.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
My friend Jennie (knitter, pictured right) came with me on Saturday and worked on her Malabrigo sweater. Since it's been a while since I have designed and knit a sweater I told her I was going to do so. And I actually did it. Because I was couch ridden (hehe) I spent the whole afternoon Sunday working out a design and casting on for a new sweater. I'm pretty excited about this one. When I am finished writing up the pattern Jennie is going to test knit it for me.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Pics of recent fiber related projects to come soon.....or else!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
I spun this weekend. I am exciting about this. I had started to spin this roving from Hello Yarn back in the summer (I think) but never got very far. I picked it up yesterday and spun the rest of it. I am thinking I am going to ply it with this fiber from Poppy Flower Fibers. I am going to spend the evening getting started on the second roving. I predrafted it last night. I think it will work out great. Whether or not I will actually ply it together will depend on the feeling I get when they are both spun up and sitting next to each other.
Knit night is tonight and I'm thinking about taking my wheel, as long as it's not precipitating. So, I should make some progress.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I lost my cell phone. Lost. Gone. Never to be seen again. Unless the snow melts and I miraculously find it (doubtful). I got to work yesterday morning and didn't have it on me. I thought maybe I just left it at home so I didn't bother looking in the parking lot for it. When I got home and couldn't find it, I was kicking myself. I had people call it, I stood outside my house and listened, hoping I would hear it vibrate (yes, it was on vibrate), no chance! It's gone. I have to come to terms with that. I have lost all my personal phone numbers. Oh, did I mention this was a company phone? Yeah, not fun. So, the company is working on getting me a loaner phone until I can get me one of those new Blackberry's with DC that the boytoy was going to get me. I'm still hoping that he will get it for me...but I'm thinking I'm going to be getting it for myself.
Oh well; such is life. Things happen.
On a lighter note, there has been more knitting. I am coming along on Clappy and by the end of the evening I should be at least, if not more, half way done with her. A friend is coming over this evening to knit. I'm excited as this will be only the second time we will have met. She's sweet and I hope we form a solid friendship.
I've also been talking about designing another sweater. I have at least five or six sweater's worth of yarn in the stash (and I'm talking the good stuff). I am going to come up with a design and then choose which yarn to use.
Edited to add: I just got a replacement phone....but I have no personal contacts :(
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I've also pulled out an old sock to knit on. No pics of that yet either, but I'm thinking that I'm going to work hard and finish them up. It'd be really nice to have a new pair of socks for the first time in forever.
I went to knit night last night and had a really great time; though there were few in attendance. I have missed knit night. Before last week, I hadn't been there in over four months. I've been missing out for sure. Luckily my local knit night is held at a Panera Bread (yummy teas and coffee drinks) and it's every Monday. It's awesome.
Friday, January 23, 2009
I finished this sweater back in October. I just never got pictures taken. These two pictures aren't very good and you can't really see the sweater all that great but at least I can prove to you that I did it. The yarn is Dream in Color Classy in Black Parade.
I also started on Clapotis (Clappy). I'm further now than I am in the picture. I'm using lace weight on size 4 needles. I'm going more for a scarf effect rather than a wrap. This is the yarn the Jennie gave me and it is beautiful.
I knit this scarf a long time ago. It's silk garden in two contrasting colors. 4 skeins to make this simple entrelac scarf. It's very warm. I just wanted to show it off.
I've also done a little bit of spinning. This is just 38 yards of a bulky weight yarn. 50% merino 50% baby llama. It's very soft and the llama gave it a nice halo. It was just an experiment. I am going to (eventually) spin enough yarn for a matching hat, scarf, and mitten set. Hopefully I will get a jump on that this weekend if I don't spend too much time with Clappy.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
I've had a few rough patches the last year and a half and I hate to say it, but here I am again....another rough patch. I could use your support, in any way. It's always nice to know that you are cared about; especially when the person you care most about has just shown you the door, told you to walk through it, and, literally, right now.
The upside to all this is that I have high hopes for returning to my true love--knitting and spinning. I'll be going to knit night tonight, which I have not been to in months, and I am going to have fun with (hopefully) very little crying.
Wish me luck, I need it!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
I've done other knitting as well. Hopefully I will get some pictures taken soon!