Tuesday, September 30, 2008

La Mer

Look at this...



It's the La Mer Scarf from Interweave Crochet Summer 2008 (picture copyright Interweave Crochet 2008). Gorgeous Tunisian crochet. Pattern calls for 100% silk, so the bamboo will be perfect! I'll be using the 8 oz of Prairie Dusk for this. I'm going to TRY for balanced singles. We'll see how that goes. This will be my first attempt at Tunisian crochet, my first time working with bamboo (spinning and knitting), and my first time incorporating beads into a pattern (that loopy fringe!).

I've been working on the second Knotty or Knice sock. I'm almost finished with the toe. The first one is on waste yarn because I'm not sure how much yarn I'll have left... I would love to make the leg a little longer if possible. I think I'll have enough, but wanted to be safe.

Also working on my mom's Ziggy Lace Scarf. It's coming along nicely and I'm about a third of the way done with it. I'm making it pretty long to use up that yarn and because it's a pretty narrow pattern. I want it long enough to double up.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Mail Day!

Today must have been mail day... I got lots of fibery goodness!

Rusted Root and Tree Jacket patterns from Eat.Sleep.Knit.


A winner! Eat.Sleep.Knit. includes a lottery ticket with every shipment. Get 3 like boxes and win that prize... I got 5.00 store credit!


My bamboo roving... there was a mistake and I got 2 Prairie Dusk (left side). I was supposed to get one Prairie Dusk and one Southwest Dawn. The seller was really nice and made a simple mistake. She's sending me 2 oz of the Southwest Dawn colorway for free.
My swap package from the Fibery Goodness Swap on Ravelry! The swap was for 4 ounces of fiber, 4 ounces of handspun, and whatever goodies you wanted to send. My partner really spoiled me with Targhee roving, alpaca fiber, carded llama, uncarded llama, Corriedale locks, Icelandic locks, some teas, a cute sheep figurine, angelina, 2 skeins of KP Wool of the Andes in Cranberry, and some wonderful handspun! I love it all and can't wait to get spinning this week (since I didn't get to this past weekend)!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Rustic Star Cloth


I crocheted this up tonight for a private swap on swap-bot.com. It's Janelle's Star Dishcloth using my handspun cotton (3 ply (Navajo-plied), ecru with colored specks through, textured). I hope the pal likes it.
I also made another tire cloth for the Transportation swap. It's a bit smaller than the first one and has more "tire" to it, so I guess it's a car tire versus the first one being a bicycle/low profile tire. No picture, though, as I already have it in the envelope to go in the mail tomorrow.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

FO



Finished it today. A really cute, really easy pattern that was quick. I had to do the sleeves on US 8 dpns since I lost one of my 10s (one day I'll have a complete set of circs and dpns!).

The top picture best shows the real color of the pink buttons. The color of the yarn is more like the bottom picture.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Almost a FO...



The Quick Baby Sweater is getting there. Just a few more inches and the sleeves. I'll finish it today.


1. SAFF and colder weather are some of the things I'm most looking forward to in October.
2. Sometimes I stutter. I had a slight problem when I was younger and it comes through when I'm not careful.
3. I thought I'd never date a redhead and now I'm going to marry one and that's why there is a saying, "never say never"!
4. When I'm down, I am way down. No interest in anything.
5. Outside is where you'll find me most often.
6. A rainy day is good for staying in comfy pajamas, eating Chinese food, watching movies all day, and knitting.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to finishing the baby sweater, tomorrow my plans include writing a short paper for a class, carding, and spinning, and, Sunday, I want to finish my Knotty or Knice sock and the $5 shirt.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

SP 12 Questions

If you were told you could never again buy yarn, would would your last yarn purchase be?

A dk weight superwash wool that frogged well and had a lot of yardage. It would have to be versatile!

If you were told you could never knit again, what would be the last thing you’d knit??

A cute cardigan that went with everything and never went out of style.

In a given year, how many times do you buy yarn and what is your favorite place to buy yarn from? A festival? A shop? Online? Dish your favorite places!!

I've only been knitting for about a year and I've made many many purchases in that time. I am now going to make only 2 or so large purchases a year. I really love going to stores, though some online shopping is Ok. I'm sure I'll love fiber festivals come this October.

Lastly, with Fall in full swing in many areas, what is the one thing you look forward to most?

Hot chocolate, fall/winter clothes, Thanksgiving, the weather, the anticipation of Christmas, winter, and the ending year... I love everything about fall. I feel so good during this season... relaxed and like it's the best time in the world.

These are the last Secret Pal questions as this round ends this month. I haven't heard much from my upstream lately (save the last comment made on my bag) and only received one package... SP, are you there? I've loved getting your comments!

The last purchase

This is my last purchase until SAFF:

"Prairie Dusk"

"Summer Shades"


"Southwest Dawn"

"Fall Leaves"

All are 100% bamboo, handdyed by Traditions Fiber Arts and Antiques and all are in 4 ounce batches. I've never worked with bamboo, so am really excited to get these beautiful rovings!

Taylor Grace's Sweater

Here's my progress on my roommate's soon-to-arrive little girl's sweater:

It's the Quick Baby Sweater (Lorraine Major's version of the 5-Hour Baby Sweater). I'm using Red Heart Super Saver in Delft Blue (yeah, I know). I have a pound of the stuff that my grandmother had hidden in her stash. It's not too scratchy and the roomie likes this color blue.

It is very quick! I've worked on it for maybe an hour so far. I really love the use of M1 increases... such a pretty pattern it's creating!

It does seem a bit small... I guess it's for a newborn. I hope to get this finished by the end of this weekend so I can work on something that's going to be a bit larger. I hate when babies get only newborn or 3-6 month sized clothes! They grow too quickly and the moms need larger clothes for them more than the itty bitty stuff.

I'm still working on the Knotty or Knice socks and am getting very close to finishing the first sock. This weekend's goals are to finish the baby sweater, the sock, and get mostly finished with the $5 shirt. I have nothing to do this weekend other than to write a short paper for my Modern World Revolutions class, so it's fiber weekend!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Yay

Ok, I'm bad. I just bought 8 ounces of this:


"This" would be combed merino top in ecru. I got it from CJ Kopec Creations on etsy.com. I came into a little bit of money (a grant came in for school and I had some left over), so thought that I might treat myself. 8 ounces, shipped to me, only cost 15.60. Can you believe that? It's a steal.

And this is a dishcloth I made for my Transportation themed dishcloth swap on swap-bot.com. It's a really simple design that I made up as I went along. It's a bicycle or a low-profile tire, take your pick.

I'm so glad I finally got that grant money in. I was able to pay for school, pay off rent through January, pay of my Walmart credit card (my only cc, to build credit), send some money to Moma for horse feed, get some cleaning stuff from Walgreens, go out to dinner twice with Shawn, get a much-needed pair of jeans from Old Navy (I'm cheap), buy enough medicine for the next month, buy a very much-needed book for one of my classes, and mail off a few things. I don't have much left, but I get my check Friday and that will help. I'm so glad to be caught up for now.

An old roommate and friend is having a baby early November. I'm unable to make the shower, but I will be seeing her when I go to SAFF (she lives in Asheville). I'm going through Ravelry, trying to find something cute to make for little miss Taylor Grace. I'm thinking the Ribbed Baby Jacket, the Sweater Dress For Babies, a Pinwheel Baby Blanket, and/or the Quick Baby Sweater. Definitely the Ribbed Baby Jacket and one other, not sure which. It depends on how much knitting time I have in the next month. Baby stuff do knit up quickly, so maybe I can get three things in...

Monday, September 22, 2008

Wow

I'm exhausted.

Saturday morning, Shawn and I drove down to my mom's house (well, I drove), which is about 2 hours south of Dahlonega. We spent the day helping her move her remaining things from my dad's house (by the way, they're divorcing... I think it's the best thing). A lot of lifting, loading, driving, unloading, moving stuff around, and fighting (everyone vs my father). Very draining. We didn't finish everything until late and then my mom took us (me, Shawn, Arty, and his girlfriend, Michelle) to a nice Chinese dinner. We didn't get to bed until about 1:30 am.

That's speaking for Shawn, at least. He can pass out and that's it. Moma and I were kept awake until about 4 am by the barking dogs. We brought them all to the new house, finally, and a neighbor's dogs keep coming into our yard at night. Our Poodles sound the alarm, keeping us away. We finally went out there and crated all of them in the shed so they'd hush.

Next morning, wake up at about 9:30 and do some work around the yard, tend to the animals, get cleaned up, and then go to Walgreens for a little shopping and we then did a quick walk-through of Buggy Days (a craft show). Back to the house for a little relaxing and more work. Shawn and I left yesterday and drove up toward school, having to stop by Alpharetta on the way to drop off a puppy (who couldn't have gone to a better home!). Finally get back on campus at about 10 pm, Shawn and I part ways, then I take a shower so I CAN GO TO WORK AT MIDNIGHT! Am I insane? I was drifting off while driving there. I got off at 8 am this morning, ran to my allergist to get shots, and finally got back to school at about 10, and promptly started doing some school work. Doze off for about 15 minutes and wake up realizing that I'm going to be late for class. Rush out the door, forget everything, asked the girl beside for paper and pen, and that was that. Now I'm back in the room and can't get to sleep. Fortunately, I'm only working one day a week now, Mondays midnight to 8am, so it's not so bad on gas (just time and sleep).

Ok, enough ranting. Here's my progress on Moma's scarf:

It's coming along nicely and quickly, despite how little attention it's gotten this weekend. I showed it to her and she likes it. She really likes how it's machine-washable.

Oh, Shawn bought a Wii. I love it.

Friday, September 19, 2008

FO

The tote for SAFF is finished:

My lovely fiance, Shawn, is modelling the bag.

I did some mods to the pattern... I seamed it up longways with the cast-on and bind-off edges making the side, not the top like the pattern says. I wanted it to be long and narrow versus short and wide. I did an i-cord edge on the opening and then did a double crochet strap that I wove in the top to make it a drawstring bag. The pattern has it with 2 i-cord handles and no closure.

Not sure if it's going to be stretchy enough to hold all the loot from the fiber festival, but it should go along way toward helping!


This crocheting thing isn't so bad...

Ok, I'm still a knitter at heart, but I'm getting into this crochet thing. I learned to crochet before I learned to knit (my grandmother is a master crocheter), but never did more than single and double crochet and didn't even know I was doing it (I didn't know that's what it was called). I taught myself a little last night and made that frog. I cast on (crocheted on?) for a scarf for my mom to wear to SAFF:




It's the Ziggy Lace Scarf. I really like how it's looking. A simple pattern with a 2 row repeat. I'm using Berroco Comfort Sock since I have a random skein of it and it's machine washable. This is going to Moma, who thinks that everything is machine washable... that's why I'm having to make her another scarf. The first one I made her was a lovely Old Shale in my handspun worsted... one ply was lavender alpaca/shetland blend and the other ply was a nice natural gray corriedale. Definitely not machine washable.

I still prefer knitting, but find crochet to be a nice break from the relative slowness and tediousness of it (sometimes). I am not yet at the point of using my best yarns for crochet, but I'll be there soon, I think.

Still knitting on the $5 shirt and the market bag. I'll be working on the Knotty or Knice socks again soon (I'm through the heel and just need to do the leg to finish up sock #1).

Friday!

1. There is no need to worry so much. I really need to take this advice. Things usually work out in the end.
2. Where in the heck did the time go? The older you get, the faster time goes by.
3. An endstand reset is all I managed to do at work today.
4. Prospects for job security look very good for me.
5. Going against the grain just to be going against the grain is annoying, silly, and NOT "being your own person" is the message that I'd like to get through to a lot of kids these days.
6. Simplicity and tranquility are sometimes difficult to find, but are actually easy to get if you know what you're looking for.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to spending time with Shawn, tomorrow my plans include going home and helping Moma move the rest of her stuff (with Arty and Shawn's help), and, Sunday, I want to finish moving everything, meet a lady to sell a puppy, and go in to work at midnight.

Here's my first real crochet project! I whipped it up in about two hours tonight... It's the Amigurumi Frog by Lionbrand. I could have done a better job with the stitching for the mouth and eyes, but it's 0230 and I'm tired and didn't feel like putting so much effort. It's going to Arthur; I think he'll like it. It's from my handspun wool blend and KP Wool of the Andes, stuffed with Polyfil.


This is my Elisa's Nest Tote, knitted from recycled yarn from a thrift shop item someone sent to me in a swap. It's mercerized cotton of some sort (5-ply) and has pinks and oranges in it. I'm making this for SAFF to hold all my purchases.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Rules for myself at SAFF

This is a thread in the SAFF group on Ravelry. I thought I might post my rules here:

1) I will include my mom in everything and try to make her happy and included. She’s going through a very rough time and I’m so looking forward to spending time with her and having a good time.
2) I have a certain amount of money that I’m taking with me and that’s all I’m spending.
3) I will not feel guilty if I spend all that money there, even though I’m only going on Saturday.
4) I will not beg my mom for a French Angora. I had them back when I was breeding and showing and knowing that I”ll have them again soon will have to be enough for now. One day,
one day….
5) I will have my list of specific projects that I will buy for first. Only after I buy for them will I buy for non-specific projects.
6) I will buy enough to make a sweater for my brother (he’s always begging).
7) I will not buy single skeins or 4 oz batches of fiber. It will have to be enough for a real project.
8) I will try my hardest not to buy a bunny ring from the jewelry lady there.
9) I will buy a fleece.
10) I will try to be social. I’m rather anti-social, but long for friendships and want to meet some of the people I’ve met here on Ravelry.
11) I’ll be wise in my purchases. I’m aiming for this to be my only day of fiber purchases for at least 6 months after. I haven’t bought anything since mid summer and am liking the huge purchases only a twice a year. Big indulgences then starvation, forcing me to use what I already have and to really plan future projects and those big buys.
12) I will not buy commercially-produced name brand yarn/fiber. I am going to buy only from independents or those that supply local fibers. No name brands for me… I’m looking forward to all the yarns/fibers that are made by small farms, independent artists, etc.
Now, the blog postings that come after SAFF will show if I followed all my rules...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Pick Pocket (crocheted!)

To go with Essentials and to use up that last bit of yarn. I had a different closure idea, but didn't have enough yarn for it! Next time...



Monday, September 15, 2008

Essentials



This is a bag I knit up today. I made it up as I went. I was wanting to make a bag that would go across my body, be simple in design, and very cute. It would be for carrying the essentials... wallet, keys, lip stuff, pen, maybe a small thing of post-its for jotting down notes and ideas.

It's knit up in Knit Picks Shamrock (100% Peruvian Wool) in the O'Doyle colorway. I really like this yarn... very pretty, strong, and soft. It doesn't seem like it will pill much, though it is a bit splitty (not really a problem for the knitting, but the crochet strap was a bit of a pain). I used nearly all of the 2 skeins I bought this summer with no real plan in mind.

The garter sections are knit with yarn held double, stockinette knit with one strand of yarn alone (alternating strands every 2 rows to prevent pooling). Size 10 needles throughout. Crochet strap. I used the natural curl of stockinette stitch to make the small flap turn down like it should. Polished bone buttons to hold it closed. Lined with black fleecey material (bargain bin at Walmart) to help hold the shape and stop stretching/sagging. The crochet strap is wonderful for preventing stretching and was quicker than i-cord. It's about 7" square in size.

I may use that tiny bit of leftover yarn for a small coin purse.

I've decided to learn to crochet (more than the little bit that I know). Not sure how much of it I'll actually do, but it would be nice to learn how.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Knitting and Money Woes

A good weekend that was too short. Here's what I have knitting-wise:

Got a lot knitted on the $5 shirt... hope to have this finished by the end of the month.


The sock is still where it was Friday. Oh well. It will get a lot of work this week, hopefully.


This is my Friendship Afghan from the swap-bot.com swap. I started putting it together this weekend. All the squares I've received so far are put together. I really wish that some of the swappers had followed the 6"x6" rule closer... some are only 5" or so and it makes the properly-sized squares bunch up. But, I do like it and it's neat to have something knitted/crocheted by a bunch of people all over the world! I finished up the squares to be sent for this round and they are packaged up and ready to go in the mail tomorrow morning.

I am getting stressed over money... I am working as a BMI at a Walgreens in Gainesville this semester so that I can maintain my active employee status (in order to get benefits as soon as I go full-time after graduating). I'm only able to get 7.5 hours a week since I am now on the store's budget. It's a 40 minute drive one way and I'm using nearly a quarter tank per day. 3 days a week. Right now, about 45.00 will fill the tank. I am getting paid well (double digits/hour), but after paying for gas to get to work and back, I'm only bringing home maybe 100.00 per check. I have to pay for car insurance, weekly allergy shots, rent, and medicine. 200.00 isn't going to cut it. All that, not including rent, is going to be about 125.00/month. Rent is 450.00/month... fortunately, I was smart and paid up as far as I could with what I made this summer and am good through November. But December and next semester are still here. It's looking like I'm going to have to rely on Shawn even more than I already have been... I really hate that. I was looking at getting a second part-time job, but there isn't anywhere local to get one. And I can't get more hours at Walgreens. Very frustrating and I hate relying on others for money.

Friday, September 12, 2008

TGIF

1. I enjoy breeding and showing animals... if I didn't have a lot of pets I'd be the most boring (and bored) person ever.
2. My future is something I wonder about often lately.
3. In my heart, I knew it was long coming.
4. Take wheel, add a little fluff, and you end up with the lovely thing called yarn.
5. Life has gifted me with wonderful opportunities to have and do what I've wanted, without making me a spoiled brat.
6. A fall day with nothing to do but go on a long ride (horses) and coming back to train dogs is an instant vacation.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to going to Gainesville to pick up my check, tomorrow my plans include going to out with Shawn, and, Sunday, I want to relax, watch movies, spin, and knit.

This was a long week... thankfully, my class today was cancelled, so I got to sleep in and am now waiting on Shawn to get out of class so we can go pick up my check. This weekend is going to be for relaxing and just loungeing around.

I've been doing some deadline knitting for a swap I'm in... I have to knit 6 6x6 squares for an afghan. I've knitted 3 and am almost finished with the 4th. It's an ongoing swap that has 10 rounds, 6 squares per round. At the end I'll have enough squares for a huge afghan. Knitting one without actually knitting your own!

I have worked on the sock a little more and am up to the heel right now. Will probably get through that this weekend. The $5 shirt is coming along and I'm about halfway finished. Just endless stockinette for now.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Summer of Yarn Love Final Package!

Look at what I got in the mail today...


My final package from the fabulous swap partner... emoliver! (it's a Ravelry link)

I got the cutest piggy bank that came from an antique store. I collect piggy banks (non-piggies are great too) and love pigs, so this is perfect. I really love it. Here's a view of it's cute little face:

It reminds me of my pig, Tobasco, when he squeals. Here's a pigture (I couldn't help myself) of him (this is him at his fattest; he's lost a good bit of weight since then and we're all happier):

I also got the prettiest notecards... I love a girl that shops at Ikea! These cards are gorgeous and will go to good use... thanks Estella!

And, the YARN. Oh, the yarn! I LOVE IT. It's really funny, I think my partner could read my mind... last night I was browsing some of the projects on Ravelry and came across a pair of socks made from this same yarn and I fell in love! This is such an extra special treat! I probably wouldn't have bought this yarn for myself (I'm really cheap and tend to gravitate toward Happy Feet once I look at price tags). I'm going to have to find the perfect pattern! The yarn is Neighborhood Fiber Co. Watershed (70% merino/30% seacell) in the Cooper Circle colorway.

Thanks so much, Estella, for the wonderful swap experience! Anyone to have you as a swap partner is lucky! I love all my gifts and feel so spoiled!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Drumroll please....

And, the winners are:

Restless Knitter for first place!

Turtle and Elaine for the stitchmarkers!

I'll be contacting you for your addresses.

Thanks, everyone, for joining my contest!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Pay It Forward

I've been wanting to do this for a while...

Pay It Forward is based on the movie with Helen Hunt and Kevin Spacey. It was a book first, written by Catherine Ryan Hyde. With all of the things happening these days, random acts of kindness are a good thing.What is the PIF exchange all about? The knitty gritty is… I’ll send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange! I don’t know what that gift will be yet ... and you may not until 2009… but you will receive it within 365 days, that’s a promise! It may be knit, it may be beaded, it may be painted...I'm not 100% sure just yet, but it will be handmade and just for you! The only thing you have to do in return is then ‘pay it forward’ by promising to do the same on your own blog. So... do I have 3 people who want to play and receive a handmade item from me?

And, all y'all knitters need to check this out... Knitting Psychos.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Toe-up is the way to go

I think it's so much quicker! I was always kind of intimidated by it, but it's really simple and you get full use of the precious sock yarn (especially good if it's handspun!). I know you're probably getting tired of seeing the sock, but it's what I've been working on:


I'm working on the third repeat. There's one more before I work the heel.

This is my progress on the $5 in Georgia shirt I've been working on. I think it's going to fit well. If it does and looks Ok I'll likely wear it to SAFF. I hoped to have a cardi to wear there, but I don't think it's going to happen.

Friday, September 5, 2008

More on the socks


Top picture flash off to show pattern. Bottom picture flash on to show the color a little better. It's not as bright, but shows the color changes better than the top picture.

Knotty or Knice?

I say very knice!


I started on it yesterday. It's my first time using that particular cast-on (Judy's magic method), first time doing toe-up, and first time reading from a chart. It's going well and is very quick. I really love this pattern and think these socks are going to look and fit great. It's making a very sturdy fabric, which I love for handknit socks! These are going to last. The color changes are gorgeous and I love the yarn (it is pretty consistent throughout, but does have slight thick/thin sections. It really adds texture and personality).

Specs: US 1 dpn (bamboo), superwash merino/tencel handspun (from a previous sp pal), Knotty or Knice Socks from IK Fall 2008.

Here is the sheep frame now that I've added to it:

I'm glad I added the trees and wheat stalk to it. The trees have more texture and definition than this picture shows and the wheat is more defined. I should add closeups of them, but don't feel like editing them right now. The picture is just a ram that I found online.

This fillin is based on song lyrics, none of which I recognize. So, I'm filling in based on me.

1. If I was to walk into your life, would you accept me for who I am?
2. Catch a bright star and place it in a mason jar for me. Wouldn't that be neat to have?
3. And you can send me enough money to buy a bit of land, build a house, and take a trip to South Korea with my mom and Shawn?
4. Sometimes I want to forgive a certain someone, but I'm dealing with a memory that never forgets.
5. I'm the innocent bystander / Somehow I got stuck in the middle of everything.
6. What's keeping us apart isn't selfishness, it's pride.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to knitting and spending time with Shawn, tomorrow my plans include sleeping in and lounging around, and, Sunday, I want to knit and relax.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Another frame for another partner

Thanks for the comments on my sheep frame! It reminded me how much I really love woodburning. I made this frame for my partner in SP 12:


She loves Calla Lilies; I hope she likes the frame!

I'm thinking of adding more to the sheep frame... I'm toying around with a few designs, but am thinking of adding 2 pine trees to the top right corner and a large wheat design (larger and smaller stalks) on the bottom left corner. It seems a little plain as it is.

Oh, I've decided to go with neither Araucania Ranco yarns for the socks... I'm going to use some handspun merino/tencel my Knittyboard swap partner sent me earlier this year. It's a really pretty turquoise semi-solid/light variegated and will be perfect for the pattern.

Another hobby of mine...

...woodburning. I used to to it a lot, but haven't done it lately. It's really enjoyable and creates beautiful stuff. Here's my latest:
This is a frame for my swap partner on Fiber Goodness (Ravelry link). It's a group for spinners and the swaps are for a package (30.00 value) that has at least 4 oz handspun and 4 oz fiber to spin. I missed the first round due to financial issues, but am in this round. I have my partner and she collects all things sheepy, so I thought this was a good opportunity to do some woodburning and make her a sheep frame! I'm going to put a picture of a sheep in it for her, though she can put whatever she likes in it once she gets it!