Friday, March 28, 2008

The Timiae Special

This was made to snugly fit my small hands. My wrist circumference is a little less than 6 inches. This pattern is very easily modified to fit a range of hand sizes and can be changed to add pattern, colorwork, or whatever your heart desires! The pattern is in a multiple of 4.


DK weight yarn of your choice, one skein/ball is enough (not much used for this project).
US 2 dpns, 4 of them
Cable needle
Small amount of waste yarn

Cable Round: *Put 2 stitches on cn, hold to back. K1, K2 from cn, P1* repeat between the * to end of rnd

Cast on 48 stitches, join round (Careful! Don't twist!).
Rnds 1-4: Work 2x2 ribbing
Rnd 5: Cable round
Rnd 6-11: *K3, P1* repeat between * to end of rnd
Rnd 12: Cable round
Rnd 13-19: *K3, P1*
Rnd 20: Cable round
Rnd 21-45: *K3, P1*
Rnd 46: Using waste yarn, K7. Slip those 7 st to left needle, K7 again (knitting those same stitches again), continue in K3, P1 rib
Rnd 47-52: *K3, P1*
Rnd 53: Cable Round
Rnd 54-56: *K3, P1*
Bind off

Carefully remove waste yarn and put live stitches on needles (7 on lower needle, 6 on upper needle). Bind off 7 lower stitches, pick up 2 st and bind off, bind off 6 upper stitches, pick up 2 st and bind off.

Weave in all ends. And there you have it.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Everlasting Bagstopper

Here's the finished Everlasting Bagstopper! I like how it turned out. It's going to my instructor tomorrow.

Monday, March 24, 2008

My March package!

Zoo Girl has been so good to me! I've been thoroughly spoiled off her wonderful packages!!! Here's what I found in the mailbox today...

The Mason-Dixon Knitting book, some purple bunny Peeps (yummy), 2 balls of Sugar n Creme, 1 hank of Euroflax in mustard, a handknit cloth that doubles as a bag with handmade soap in it (goats milk in white tea and ginger... heavenly!), a cute knitting-themed card, and some of my SP's own handspun sock yarn! Beautiful colorway and so skillfully spun! I LOVE IT!!! Thank you SO MUCH, Zoo Girl! I've been going through the book to decide which patterns I'll be using with the cotton and linen yarn!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Contest to check out...

Chan Knits is having a contest... leave a comment with a funny story of something someone made you do and possibly win a prize!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Some FOs and wedding stuff

Snicket Socks! I gave up on the cursed JaWoll for now. I just need to pick it up later and maybe then it will become something, even if it's not socks. These are being made from Araucania Ranco Solids in a nice lavender color. The cuffs are long, but the pattern is nice. I was doing 2 on 2 circs, but the beginning of the round keeps changing in this pattern, so I'm now working on dpns, but at the same time. I do a round in each sock before moving on to another round. I'm now one repeat into the legs.

Here is a new pattern I designed. Fingerless mitts. Shawn named the pattern 'The Timiae Special.' Strange, but I like it anyway. This is from the Bumblebee Fields I spun up. You can kind of see in the top picture the neat cabling on it.

Now for the wedding stuff!

Shawn's brother (Cory, he's 3 months younger than me) got married today! Haylee, his wife, is very sweet and I'm glad she's my sister-in-law (well, almost, but it's too complicated to say my fiance's brother's wife!). She does have an irrational fear of birds, though. It was a nice, simple wedding. A lot of work beforehand, though! But I'm looking forward to my own wedding.

We have our wedding date! May 7, 2010. A bit aways, but plenty of time for planning and saving money. I will be graduating in May 2009 and Shawn will be in May 2010 or that summer. The 7th was my grandfather's birthday and he and my grandmother's wedding date. It is also the day before my birthday. And it's a Friday, the day I want to get married. Everyone gets married on Saturday and I don't want that. It's just too common. And, I want the full weekend to spend at the beginning of our honeymoon. Speaking of which, we have somewhat honeymoon plans. We are getting a cabin somewhere, probably upstate New York or Virginia and are spending the week there. No plans. Just going to do whatever we like. Somewhere in the woods, but close enough to a town with things to do.

Enough rambling for now. I just have weddings on my mind :-)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Spring Knitting Goals

Skeins Her Way is having a contest on Spring knitting goals. Here are mine:

-Knit at least 2 pairs of socks a month. Not really just a spring goal, but something that I'm working on for spring!

-Knit up the Flickering Flames wrap. I have the yarn, just need to modify the scarf pattern into a wrap and make it.

-Spin all the fiber I have! It's really not much, maybe 12 ounces.

-Card all the locks! That's kind of a chore. Not that it's really all that much that I have, maybe around a pound, but washing is a pain and waiting for it to dry is the worst. I have no patience.

-At least get started on, if not finish, a new felted messenger bag for me using the Patons Classic Merino Shawn's parents got me for Christmas. It will have a dinosaur on it.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Contest Winners!

We have winners! I added a third winner to get some stitch markers.

Blogless In NJ is the grand prize winner! Roving and stitch markers for you!

Christy B is getting 8 stitch markers!

Emily is getting 8 stitch markers as well!

I will be contacting you guys (or contact me if you left no contact in the comment) and will be getting the stuff out soon!

Thanks everyone for entering the contest! It was fun... I may have to have contests more often!

Now, for what we did for St. Patty's Day... it is Spring Break for Shawn and me. We are at my house right now and yesterday was pretty uneventful. We took Moma out to Chinese for lunch (Daddy was napping) and drove around Zebulon looking for a place with free wi-fi. Of course, the places I knew that had it had closed down. So no luck there. Then we rented movies from Movie Gallery (Dan in Real Life... loved it. Hitman... very good. No Country for Old Men... not so much). Shawn and I rode horses and then I trimmed Acorn's feet (Winchester and Rowdy were trimmed Sunday). Then we spent the night watching movies. Not very St. Patty's Dayish, huh? I did wear green, though no one else did! Shawn says he should wear orange since his family is Protestant Irish. Whatever, he still got pinched!

Monday, March 10, 2008

FOs and ramblings

I finished the Mochi mouse (who looks much better now), the Everlasting Bagstopper (just needs handles), and both washcloths for the swap. And I got my SP's package sent today, along with the mouse to my brother and the cloths to my swap girl. But not pics of any of it! I was in such a rush to get them sent out I forgot to get photos. Arty will send me pictures of the snake and mouse and is going to make a film using them (he makes those films where it's a bunch of pictures put together. I think it's called a stop film or something like that). I'll get a pic of the bag once I get the straps put on, hopefully today.

We had an exam this morning. Ugh. It was in Intro to World Religions. Not a bad class and not a bad prof, but the tests are a little difficult. 25 multiple choice and an essay. Multiple choice is easy, you say? Well, he makes sure to toughen it up. A lot of tricky ones that will make you second guess yourself or be torn between 2 or 3 of the choices. The essay wasn't too bad. I much prefer an essay exam to a short answer one. I can get myself through an essay and spit out an impressive one, but short answer... either you know it or you don't. I may or may not be posting the grade on this one...

I am loving the comments! Interesting stories! I bought more stuff for stitch markers this weekend.

I was working on the Side Step Socks, but realized that they are too big for me. So, I frogged both Saturday and am now almost finished with the leg on the first one. I'm having to use dpns since I don't have US 1 circs. But I do enjoy dpns... probably more than the 2 circs, but it's just so much slower to finish a whole pair. I should have the first one finished by Sunday and would have made a dent into the second one. Shawn bought me some great shoes last week. They have a little heel and show off socks well. I love them.

Shawn's brother is getting married in a little less than 2 weeks (Saturday after this). My future sister in law, Haley, is having her bachelorette party the Thursday before and her bridal shower the next day (the day before the wedding). Of course, I'm going to both. I need to find a gift, though. I don't know anything about all this wedding stuff and what you're supposed to do. Is there a gift for the bachelorette party, the shower, and the wedding? If so, I will just have to pick one of those to bring a gift to. I'm poor. My old best friend is having her bridal shower this coming Sunday. Moma and I are going. Not sure what to get for her either. I'm a little nervous about going as I will be seeing a lot of people I used to know. I'm so antisocial. I hate seeing people I used to know. Moma is the same way.

Shawn's youngest sister, Jessi, is going to be my maid of honor. We've been doing some pre-planning on the wedding and have some great ideas. I can't wait. Oh, and the Blue Skies Alpaca is IT! Yay! Shawn loved it. It's perfect. AND.... I got the pearls for it this weekend! They're fake, but look nice and have a big fat hole in them so I can string them onto the yarn. Michaels, on sale for like 2.50 for 300. I just need to get the right needles and I'll be starting on it soon!

Monday, March 3, 2008

Some *real* yarn porn!

So, I've been working away on the Mochimochi Land snake and mouse for Arthur's birthday, which is today. Happy birthday, Arty! Anyway, I got the snake finished. No pic yet because I left it at home this weekend. But, to describe it, it's long, cylindrical, and its head is much larger than its body. My parents immediately think the naughtiest things. I didn't even realize it until they mentioned it. Now I can't look at it without thinking that. Shawn and Arthur find it very amusing. Those boys...

Here's the real funny part. I start working on the mouse. It's knit in one piece, starting at the nose. I am doing this gift entirely in my handspun (even the stuffing is reject handspun yarn) and am using some purple/pink Norweigan wool I spun up over Christmas. Look at what I have so far:

Even the colors are working against it! Maybe it's just our minds in the gutter, but that looks very... um, risque? Is that the right word? I don't know. But I do know that it's very amusing, especially next to the snake...

Now that I got that out of my system, I love the comments everyone is leaving! They have been great to read. I've decided that I will be drawing a third winner for stitch markers. I'd actually like to send everyone some, but that's a lot to make! I'm not sure my bead collection is large enough.

I went to Cast-on Cottage today and got some yarn. Nothing too jaw-dropping, but any yarn is good yarn to me. Here's what I got:

DreamBaby DK by Plymouth Yarn Co. Very soft and very inexpensive. This will be used for making preemie hats.

Berroco Comfort Sock. This is entirely synthetic, but so so so soft and 100% safe for the washer and dryer. I'm not a fiber snob entirely.

Blue Skies Alpaca Silk. 50% of each. Lovely! I had picked out my wedding Clapotis yarn, but this may replace it. Have to wait for Shawn to get out of class to see it and weigh in his opinion. I love the sheen (and Shawn will too) and the color is actually closer to what I want. Shawn may think it's too burgunday or cranberry, but it's my wrap, right? It's very reasonably priced at 11.00 per skein.