Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Pony







Flash off and flash on. The mane/tail show true colors in the off pictures and the body (Jacob wool) shows true in the on picture. The locks and the Jacob were purchased at SAFF this year. This is my first real needlefelted project (the other 2 I've done were a small rose and a tiny angora rabbit).

Monday, December 29, 2008

FOs


The Lacy Waves Bookmark (pattern link). I'm in a book swap on swap-bot.com and plan on sending this in with the book (As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner). The book or its author has to start was "A" and I just finished that book, so it worked out great. I made this bookmark with Wullenstudion Superwash Sock Yarn in Lipstick on my Collar on US 2 needles. It's blocking in the picture and the ends aren't woven in yet.

This is my button jar lid I crocheted using Patons Classic Wool Merino I dyed over summer. I made it up as I went and it's perfect. I had originally planned on using a rubberband to hold it on, but it stays on well enough by itself. I may add a ribbon for looks, though. I bought the jar at a thrift store and it didn't have a lid.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

2009 Gift Knitting List

To keep me on track:

Shawn: Christmas: Earl Grey Socks, Sean Stocking, knitted ornament

Arthur: Birthday: Bender Bending Rodriguez doll Christmas: Manly Socks, Mr. Bean Bear

Michelle: Christmas: BFF Socks, Urchin Hat

Moma: Birthday: Monkey Socks Christmas: Acorn Stash Socks

Daddy: Christmas: plain stockinette socks

Gideon: Christmas: Snug Harbor Knit Snuggle

Johnny Cash: Christmas: Bark-a-Lounger

Black Jack: Christmas: blanket

Gabby: Christmas: Sweater for Small Dog

Poodle pup: Christmas: Sweater for Small Dog

Acorn & Rowdy: Christmas: crocheted ear things (for flies)

Me: Birthday/Graduation: Acorn Stash Socks Start of Career: Tempest Socks, felted bag Christmas: Froot Loop Socks

Friday, December 26, 2008

The Christmas Post

Shawn came over Christmas Eve and we all went to Arthur and Michelle's for dinner and presents. It's long-standing tradition that we open presents on Eve and Santa comes Christmas day (though he skipped our house this year due to financial reasons). My brother and I are very spoiled when it comes to Christmas... my parents always go all out and we get big things like computers, game systems, a loom, etc. Not this year, but that's Ok. Here's some of what I got...

This is from Arthur. It's the Spongebob version of Sea Monkeys. I love how it's called Plenty 'o Plankton. It says that I get to "help Plankton build his army to take over the world!"

From my dad, the Pet's Eye View Camera. It takes up to 40 pictures at my choice of several time intervals (from 1 to 15 minutes apart). This is pretty cool... now I get to see what Gideon does when he runs away...
Arthur also got one and set it up in his "man room" (his own playroom at their new house) where his Yorkie, Fifa, stays while he's at work. It was really funny to see Fifa wandering, rolling around, sitting in the chair, etc. while Arty was at work yesterday.

From Shawn's family. It's Avon, Liiv Botanicals. I love it and it's actually not causing my allergies to act up. I think we have a winner...


Every year, Shawn and I get each other an ornament so that we'll have something for our tree when we get married. This is his to me this year... a cute snowman that's a 3D puzzle! I love puzzles and it will be fun to put it together with him each year.

Other presents:
-handknit house socks from my mom (love them!); Arty, Michelle, and my dad got a pair as well.
-bath stuff from my aunt
-25.00 gift card from my grandmother for Shawn and me
-cute pajama and blanket set from the same aunt
-a handmade pottery mug from Gatlinburg and white tea with peach and mango from the same aunt
-Gideon got a bone from Molly, my aunt's Cocker
-The Book of Lost Things (James Connolly) from my mom (I picked it out)
-a sock pattern from my mom (I picked it out, the acorn socks from KnitSpot)
-an emergency flashlight/phone charger/radio/something else I can't remember right now from my dad
-a few clothing items from the same aunt
-a Black & Decker can opener from the same aunt for Shawn and me (to use when we finally have a house together)

My mom loved her handknits from me! I'm so glad. Arthur loved his camera bag and his (unfinished!) scarf and Michelle wears her scarf nonstop. Shawn was glad to get his tool set and the gun cleaning kit.
Now, for the fill-in...
1. I must marry Shawn and start a family before I die.
2. You can't stop doing fibery things and loving animals!
3. I wish I never had to buy gas for the car again.
4. Moving to the country when I was 6 has changed my life.
5. I know the song Any Man Of Mine (Shania Twain) by heart.
6. If I weren't so afraid, I would start my own business now rather than later.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to relaxing, tomorrow my plans include H-Mart with my grandparents, and, Sunday, I want to get some dog and horse work in.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Name That Puppy!

Every now and then, in the larger litters, you get a runt. Our current Standard Poodle litter has 7 puppies and there is definitely a runt. She is itsy bitsy (the same size as our Yorkie pups (whose parents are 4.5 lb each), about half the size of her siblings (her parents are 40 and 50 lb)). She has a developmental issue in her hind legs, causing her to walk a tad sloped (rearend slopes down) since she walks on her entire foot and not her "toes" like she should. She seems a little behind mentally as well, but it's slight and not an issue for her or us. She gets around great, plays normally, eats, etc. She's just a little slower when running around. This little girl is staying with us, being my dog. She is seemingly healthy other than the above-stated and we hope that she stays healthy and lives a normal life.

Anyway, this cutie needs a name! We've gone through a few, but can't find one that is just right for her. That's where the contest comes in...

Suggest names! We need two names... her registered name and her kennel name (what we call her). They can be related or not. You can suggest several names or just one. Leave me a comment on this post with your suggestion(s) until midnight of Sunday, January 4. My mom and I will select the names from there. The suggester of the names will win a 15.00 gift certificate to KnitPicks.com. So, we'll pick 2 of the names (1 registered, 1 kennel) and whoever suggested them will win the gift cards. If the same person suggests both winning names, they will get both cards.

Some info that might help with the process:

-She's a black female Standard Poodle, born November 19, 2008.

-Her father's name is M&D The Man In Black (kennel name, Johnny Cash).

-Her mother's name is M&D Lucy In The Sky W. Diamonds (kennel name, Lucy).

-There are 7 in the litter, all black with 1 cream.

-She is being raised by Eunny, our moma Yorkie, and has 3 Yorkie "siblings" with her.

-Our kennel is Mother & Daugher Kennel and all our homebred dogs have the M&D prefix.

-The registered name is generally fancy and the kennel name less so.

-She sticks her tongue out most of the time, Yorkie-style for those that have them.

-She has the normal brown eyes, but there is blue marbling to them, which is really odd.

-Names that we already have in our pet family (call names, not registered) are: Gideon, Josie, Eunny, Gabby, Partner, Fifa, Mike ("Meeka"), Rowdy, Acorn, Lucy, Johnny Cash, Black Jack, Annie, Sheila, Tabasco, Millie, Curious George, Pepper, Fu Manchu, Squishy, Crunchy, and Smoochy. These names are a no-go for that reason.

Here are some (bad) pictures of the little girl (she's much cuter in real life):
She loves yarn already!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Reading and Knitting

I've joined the 52 Books in 52 Weeks group on Ravelry. I have been reading more lately and wanted to have a reading goal for next year... I think an average of a book a week is a great and achievable goal.

I recently finished Hell of a Dog by Carol Lea Benjamin. It was good; a quick and easy read. I enjoy mysteries and I love dogs and training, so I liked the book a lot. I was especially impressed with the accuracy of the training techniques, dog behavior, and variety of trainers... the author really knows her stuff and her training methods/philosophy is very close to mine.

I will finish Passing For Normal by Amy S. Wilensky tomorrow. It's a memoir of sorts about the author's struggle with Tourette's and OCD, her childhood memories of the symptoms, diagnosis, coming to terms with it, and how things are looking better. It doesn't go into her modern life too much, but it's really enjoyable. I can identify with so much that she talks about in the book (lists, constant counting, repulsion at certain numbers, checking, anxiety, etc). With this book, for example, compulsion rules that I can't read more than a chapter of it per day and it has to be done right before falling asleep. I really hope that this rule ends with the book so that I can be more productive in reading.

I'll get started on William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying tomorrow and hope to finish it before the new year so that I can start on Debbie Macomber's The Shop on Blossom Street on the first.

As for knitting, I am so so so close to being halfway finished with Arthur's illusion scarf. The rest will be done in garter stitch, 2 rows per color.

To give myself a break from the hours of illusion knitting I've been doing every evening/night, I started on the Shortrow Spiral using scraps of worsted wools.

I will be making this pretty big, then felting it like crazy to shrink it up as much as I can to make it a rug/door mat for Arthur and Michelle.

I did some more spinning on the mohair I got from SAFF. It's going to be a fingering weight 2-ply (though I'm thinking I might want to make it a 3-ply now). I plan on making some rugged gloves with the finished yarn (thus the possible 3-ply decision). I want some that I can wear out to the barn and such without having to worry about snagging my nicer merino mitts.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Yesterday, Knitting, and Christmas (and Gabby)

Yesterday was a good day. Moma and I went to Hampton to do the teensiest bit of Christmas shopping. We took Gabby and Crouton (her brother that's available) with us. We went to Books-A-Million first (CiCi's wasn't open yet, so we neede to kill time). I had made a huge booklist the night before and wanted to see what they had. I was surprised that almost every book I had on my list was in the store (of course, the ones that I really wanted weren't there). My mom told me to pick out a book as a Christmas gift. I got The Book Of Lost Things (Connolly). I read the reviews on Amazon and it looked interesting. Moma made me wrap it and it's now under the tree.

We then went to eat. Cici's is one of my favorite quick places to eat. So, it's not the nicest place in the world, but it's cheap, quick, and decently good.

Next was PetsMart to bring the pups in and to look around. Santa was there for pictures. We saw a bunch of cute dogs, of course.

Then, Michael's. We spent so much time there. Lots of great deals! Moma got the stuff to make a wreath (a bunch of stuff) for less than 5.00. I got some sterling silver jewelry findings for a great deal, some lower-gauge jewelry wire to make a few rings, some Swarovski crystal beads (almost 50% off!), and two wooden hearts to woodburn for ornaments. Oh, and clear ball ornaments to put red and white roving in for ornaments.

On the way back, we stopped by the flea market to browse and made some awesome finds...

We got 24 tiny stuffed animals/beanie babies for a dollar for the dogs. Here are a few as example... I'm keeping the hippo, dinosaur, and lamb for myself and the others are going to Arthur for his Yorkies, Fifa and Mike (pronounced Meeka, like from Euro Trip). The rest that are for the dogs are now strewn all over the house... Josie, Gideon, and Eunny had a blast playing with all the new things.

I also got 3 books for a dollar fifty, some dog treats, cabbage for Tabasco (my pig), and Moma got some veggies for Christmas dinner.

I got a lot of knitting done on the illusion scarf, finally, and I'm now in the groove for it:

Have you seen the Shortrow Spiral blanket/rug/whatever you want it to be? It's sort of log cabiny, but not really. I think I may start on this using random scraps/leftovers, felt it, and use it as a rug. Or maybe don't felt it and make a blanket. I don't know. I just think it'd be great to stashbust or maybe for stash enhancement (Wool-Ease, perhaps?).

Christmas plans: We're having Christmas Eve at Arthur and Michelle's. Their house is completely painted, stuff's where it belongs, and it's time to see it! Moma is cooking a nice dinner, Michelle is making a dessert, and it's going to be me, Moma, Michelle, Arty, and Shawn. We're opening presents there. Christmas day will be pretty uneventful, probably just hanging out around the house, taking down the ornaments and such. Maybe we'll go for a Christmas ride (if Rowdy will behave for Shawn... I swear, I love that horse and he's so good under saddle, but he's picky on who gets to ride him. Usually, he's good for my mom and me and that's about it).

I did a puppy photo shoot the other day and got this cute shot that perfectly shows off Gabby's princess attitude:
All the puppies were playing together, wrestling, and then all fell asleep in a big pile. Gabby got so mad when the others tried playing with her. She just wanted to do her own thing and refused to sleep with the rest. She fell asleep (in the cutest way, with her back legs stretched out behind her) about two feet from the rest. She's such a princess... snotty and too good for the other pups. She plays well with her brothers, but wants nothing to do with the other puppies. I'm getting myself into a mess with her, but she's definitely getting full obedience training to help channel her attitude!

Sorry for the novel of a post! If you made it to the end, good for you and thanks for reading!

Friday, December 19, 2008

The Fill-in, sort of

I didn't really know what to do with the fill-in this week, so only did two of them:

1. Said the night wind to the little lamb, I would spin your fleece if I had a hand!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to knitting and spinning, tomorrow my plans include the flea market if it's not raining and doing a tiny bit of shopping, and, Sunday, I want to do some yard work and ride horses with a friend.

I sold a puppy! I took the three boys and Johnny Cash (who's a new daddy, by the way... a Labradoodle he studded to had 7 babies yesterday!) to meet a really nice couple this morning. They fell in love with the largest male and he's going to live with his new family in January. He was my favorite in the litter; the most intelligent.

Moma and I went to lunch today and then did a small bit of shopping. I bought Shawn his gifts... if you're reading this, Shawn, stop now... I got him a universal gun cleaning kit and gun oil and Moma and I went together on a really nice tool kit he'd been wanting. I plan on getting him the first season dvds of Burn Notice for his birthday next month (the 14th).

We went to Arthur and Michelle's on the way home to drop off his Christmas money from my grandparents and see the house now that it's half painted. It looks really nice. They are going with green tones for the walls, choosing gorgeous olive colors.

I'm trucking along on the illusion scarf. It's a pain, but I need to get it finished!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Weaving

Of my list of things to do, working the horses and getting the loom warped was about all I accomplished! Not good, but at least I'm weaving again (it took me way too long to get it warped... I kept getting interrupted, distracted, and was just slow about it in general).

It's just acrylic (Red Heart). It's what we had enough of in the house that's safe to machine wash/dry. I'm making placemats for Moma. They will be backed with batting/cloth. I only have a 5 DPI reed and worsted weight yarn is making a very light and airy fabric, thus the backing. I hope to have enough money to get a few cones of cotton at WallyWorld tonight to be able to get a rug (yarn held doubled for warp, tripled for weft) on the loom by tomorrow. I want to make the rug for Arthur and Michelle as a housewarming gift (they recently moved into a rented house from their apartment).

We are setting up at the flea market this Saturday in hopes to getting enough money to get a few gifts (we're that poor right now!), so I'll have plenty of time to work on Arthur's illusion scarf. I plan on getting as far as I can with the yarn I have, then finish it up when I go up to campus the 31st (Johnny Cash has a grooming appointment in Roswell) and can get the rest of the yarn.

We may have sold another Poodle puppy! I'm meeting a couple tomorrow morning with the 3 males to let them look. Like most couples that have purchased pups from us, the wife is all for it and the husband is afraid of getting a sissy dog. I'm taking Johnny with me to show him that Standards aren't sissy dogs, but are gorgeous hunting dogs! Seeing those pups will make anyone a lover, though.

I put new pics of the babies up today on our kennel blog. Check it out. We let them all play in the yard today and it was really cute.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Curious George & Millie

So, we have cats again! I'd been wanting a new cat and, of course, my mom didn't object (these days, she doesn't care what new critters we get as long as it isn't a horse or dog). We went to the vet to look at the board and found someone with a litter of free kittens...

This is the male. He is named Curious George. Perfect name for him; he's so fearless and has to check out everything. He loves to curl up in my knitting bag.



This is his sister, Millie. She's a real rascal, though isn't as fearless. She's full of energy. Gorgeous tabby-based calico. Her chosen spot is the corner of the chair, against the wall and Korean cabinet.


These kittens were born to a stray that got hit by a car. The lady I got them from bottle-raised them, so they are real sweeties.

Still trucking along on the sock; I'm about halfway finished with the foot. I haven't been doing more than a few rows here and there while I'm at the computer, but it's so quick.

Plans for tomorrow: get up at around 0800, go for a walk with Moma, Black Jack, Johnny Cash, and whichever dog Moma takes, do chores, finish Arthur's scarf through the illusion (halfway point), work the horses some, warp my loom (to make a tote bag), then Arty and Michelle are coming over for dinner (chicken gyros... yum!). We'll also probably get some more work done on the fence and I'm going to try to get my sock at least to the toe decreases (if not finished) and spin a bit. Busy, but it's how I like it! I probably won't get all my fiber wishes done, but I'll try.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Runaways

So, Gideon and Jo ran away this morning at 0740. Gideon likes to explore when he's not napping (which is about 85% of the time) and Josie follows him. We are getting the fence up, but it's not entirely finished. We're having to watch my Giddy-monster when he goes out. Well, Moma watched him this morning and he ran like the wind, not even looking back when she called him or said the C-word (Cookie. They even know it when we spell it).

I called and called and called. They never came and I didn't even hear the jingle of Gideon's tags. Jo-Jo finally shows up at 3:30. I give her a bath and do tick removal. Her belly and neck are covered in scratches from briars, sticks, etc. Serves her right. As soon as I finish with her, Gideon is barking at the front door (4 pm). He gets cleaned up and this is what they've been doing since:

Passed out completely.


Here's a picture of Shawn from Saturday:

Kind of a mischevious grin, I think. He was cleaning the T-top windows on his beloved car.

No real fiber news. I really need to get back on Arty's scarf! I plan on getting a lot of knitting time in this week to finish that up (the last gift). I also need to make some crochet stitch markers for another swap, make Michelle some jewelry to go in her knitted bamboo gift bag, and I want to get in some training time for Johnny Cash (dog; I did get some good time in with him today) and Acorn (horse; definitely going for a ride with an old friend Friday afternoon). Busy week.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Christmas Tree & Knitting

This is our little tree. Moma got it across the road (we always find our trees, never buy!) and it's the perfect size for our tiny little house. She had me buy the shortest string of lights while I was out yesterday and we only have one ornament:
I crocheted this up when making the charity ornaments. It's kind of ugly, but kind of cute being all lonesome on the tree. We actually have a ton of ornaments, but they are all at my dad's house, so none for my mom.
We don't have a star or angel to top the tree, so I made a Malabrigo star. I made it up as I went and it turned out ok. I tied it to the tree. Some may say our little tree is ugly, but we think otherwise. It's perfect. Moma is making some paper ring chain things today and I'll be knitting/crocheting some more ornaments for it.

For some knitting...


What I have on the bias garter stitch scarf so far. Nearing halfway there.

The illusion scarf. Also nearly halfway there. I won't have enough red to keep up a striping pattern for the other half and not enough blue to make it solid! I'll have to figure out some sort of striping sequence that looks nice, but it will still be shorter than I like. We'll see what I can come up with.

Johnny and June. Through with the heel, now working on the foot. Quick, but the ribbing is getting tedious.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Gabby

This is my baby girl Yorkie. I took the picture today. Isn't she sweet?
To see pictures of everyone else (Yorkie and Poodle), see our other blog.

Friday

1. Friends are so important.
2. Take care of your health; it's kind of vital.
3. I'm ready for a little money to come in somehow.
4. Antonio Banderas (I think it's called Blue Seduction?) is one of my favorite perfumes or aftershaves or smells. For guys, Curve (green bottle) all the way!
5. The oldest ornament I have is probably something I made when I was in pre-school or something (our tree is covered in things we made, Christmasy or non!).
6. Take some Chex, peanut butter, and powdered sugar, mix it all together and you have yummy Puppy Chow!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to eating gyros at home, tomorrow my plans include helping Arthur and Michelle move, and, Sunday, I want to go to a new church and then eat at the Marietta Diner!

Not much new here. Shawn did very well in the classes this semester and his gpa just keeps climbing and climbing!

I'm now working on the gusset of my Johnny & June sock and the illusion scarf is nearly halfway finished.

The puppies are so cute right now! Eyes are opened, wobbly walking, starting to play fight with each other. I love this age. I changed my Yorkie pup's name to Gabby since she's the most talkative thing... very vocal and lets you know when she's not liking something! She's such a sweetie, though very fiesty. We've sold one Poodle (the cream) and one Yorkie (the larger male). Now, for the rest!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Passed!

I passed all my classes this semester and everything is looking good for graduation in May.

Grades were good, though I did barely pass that class I ranted on in the last post. Oh well... good enough and my gpa isn't an issue.

4 classes left to go...

Home Again, Ranting, & Tiny Fiber Update

My last final was yesterday afternoon and I'm home again. Shawn is here with us this week... he's going home Sunday after we go to the Marietta Diner. Shawn is taking us there as a Christmas gift for Moma; she's been wanting to go ever since seeing it on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives (we love Food Network).

I do have a rant about a class I took this semester: War & Society in America. I love history. I love American history especially. I really thought that this would be a great class. Boy, was I wrong. It was the professor... he does not lecture and we only have "discussions" in class. I enjoy a good discussion and find them useful in the learning process, but the prof never led the discussions, so they never really went anywhere. No one had notes and the assigned readings were relevant, though not very useful in adding knowledge (they were mostly about things that we already knew/had notions of and expanded only on specific aspects of those things).

There were few grades and the midterm, final, and a research paper were about it. I did decently enough on the midterm (B) and thought I had at least a B-worthy paper. Nope. A 68. I have never made so low a grade on a paper!

I was docked points for using the passive voice (history majors should use active voice)... I admit, I did use it some, but I was docked points for using it when I was quoting! A quote is a quote, regardless of how grammatically incorrect/inappropriate. I was also docked for using the term "housewife" instead of the p.c. "homemaker." Um, I was talking about women in WWI/WWII... they were literally housewives and that's what they were commonly referred to. I hate when professors dock points for being "politically incorrect;" I'm not trying to be offensive and I use the language that I think is appropriate. Seriously, put out a manual on what's p.c. and what's not so that we all know. Docked again for lack of citations. I use Corel Wordperfect and don't have Microsoft Word. We turned our papers in online as an attachment and I left a comment that I wasn't sure if he had Wordperfect, so I copied the text into the body of the submission, but the footnotes did not copy over. Apparently, he didn't care about that and only acknowledged it after I emailed him about it after reading his comments on the paper (I had a ton of citations in the paper, he just didn't see them), but it's too late to change anything. The main reason for the low grade? A weak topic. What?! I told him my topic and plan for the paper months ago and he approved it and looked forward to the end paper. Why approve a topic that he thinks is weak? My paper was pointed toward social history and he said that it wasn't a history paper (I now know that he only wants straightforward history, no genres). Oh, he also didn't like a few of my sources (all of which were properly cited, valid, and definitely backed up with good information; he wrote that he simply did not agree with the premise of my paper, though I did provide sufficient support).

Ugh. I'm glad that I didn't know my grade before going in to take the final. I would have been a little nasty, I think. However, I kind of wished that I knew beforehand because now I fear for my grade on the final! It was an essay and I brought up a few things there that had also applied to my research paper topic. This may be a class that isn't counting toward graduation... we'll see in a few days when final grades come out. I may be doing a super semester this spring with four upper-level histories and a cj.

Ok, rant over. On a happier academic note, I made a 93 on my big project in Modern World Revolutions. We had to design a revolution. It was supposed to be a group project and I had 2 partners (Shawn and a girl I didn't know), but they were busy (Shawn with ROTC stuff (I was there and know how they try to suck the life out of you by wasting your time!) and she with grad work) and I had to do it myself. I was quite proud of myself for spitting the project out like that in one day.

Fiber news? Working on the scarves, though I'm afraid that I'm going to run out of the red Cascade 220 for Arty's illusion scarf. I have plenty, but didn't think to bring it all home with me. The sock has part of a heel flap right now. Will get on that more this week. I'm still spinning the red/yellow mohair. It's so pretty and will be a really nice fingering 2-ply for gloves. I've been carding a bit also... finished up the rest of the blue alpaca/bamboo blend and made a lovely merino/llama batt. Very soft and very cushy.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Stitchmarkers and Wedding Update

I made this tonight for a swap on swap-bot.com (handmade crochet stitchmarkers). I used earring hooks and made a little tree to hang them on. I also added two more markers that have a snap-type hook and red beads. They look like ornaments on the tree.

I've been making markers a lot lately. I keep them in a glass Coke cup (it's really cute... the exact size and shape of a coke can).

Still working on Johnny & June (I'm in love with this! I've to the heel flap on the first one now) and will get back on the two scarves this week. They are just kind of boring.

About the wedding... it's been moved to May 8, 2010. My birthday! I'll be 23. We've decided, after much thinking and debating, to move it back 6 months because 1) Shawn may take an extra semester to graduate and I don't want to be relying on my paycheck for a full year (we can deal with a semester of it, but don't want to push it), 2) It would be much easier money-wise, and 3) the timing is actually better since it's not near a major holiday (like Nov. 13 is) and it's a Saturday (not a Friday), and it's my birthday! I did tell Shawn that I expect TWO gifts and he can't get by with just one gift for both ocassions.

I was a little sad about moving the wedding, but also kind of glad about it. I was actually kind of nervous about it before! Just a big move... no cold feet here, but it's kind of scary thinking of finding a house up here in Dahlonega, transferring my job, etc. Now it's 6 months later, so out of mind for now. We were in major planning mode last week and weddings cost soooo much! Another reason to be glad that I'll be working almost 1 year before the big day.

We've decided to go with a simpler ceremony/reception and go on a really wonderful nice big honeymoon. Seriously, the actual ceremony is so short, there's no reason to spend thousands on it. We're inviting around 130 or so people, hope to have the ceremony/reception at a church (that my mom, and eventually I, go to), and the food will be Korean. Not too much of a Korean theme, but the food/favors will definitely be that way and the invites/etc. will have Hangul and English on them. The cake? Slightly birthday looking (not too obviously birthday, but a little). Yeah, a mix of things, but it's our wedding and that's Ok!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Johnny & June

Have you heard that song? It's somewhat new (this summer, I think) and is sooo good.

I love Johnny Cash. I love his music, I loved the movie Walk The Line, I even named my dog after him (registered name M&D The Man In Black, we call him Johny Cash). Yes, I do realize that he was a drug-user and cheated on his wife/kids. I hate both those things. But, I can't help but love the man in black. He and June Carter were meant to be together.

This is Burning Rings Of Fire, which I cast on for yesterday night. I'm using the Creatively Dyed Calypso (King colorway) that I got at SAFF. It looks very similar to the yarn used in the pattern. I'm so pleased with this... quick and easy, yet very effective! The colorway is gorgeous and no pooling or striping, just how I like it.


Here is how my Friendship Afghan looks now, at 55% finished:


It's going to be 6 squares (3 feet) by 10 squares (5 feet).

Friday, December 5, 2008

Ornaments for a Cause & Snowy Day Mitts

This is the first of, hopefully, many knitted ornaments I'm knitting for a nursing home. Knitting Up A Storm is having a contest to gather up as many of these ornaments (pattern in the contest post) so she can donate them to her grandfather's nursing home. The post will make you cry... these people are lonely and need some cheering up! The three people with the most sent will get prizes and everyone that sends ornaments in will get a free KUAS pattern. These things are so quick and easy and are great for stashbusting. I'm making mine with some handspun South African Fine (holding the yarn doubled to make it worsted weight).





These are my Snowy Day Mitts. I designed them myself. The brown is Malabrigo Worsted and the blue is my handspun Targhee with a splash of Angelina.

Now, for the fillin...

1. Snow needs to fall in Dahlonega, Georgia!
2. I'm looking forward to going home after the semester is over.
3. Standard Poodle is the best dog breed ever!
4. One of my favorite old tv shows is MASH.
5. I'm done with all my finals but one.
6. The most enjoyable thing around the holidays is being able to relax.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to hanging out in my room (knitting/spinning!), tomorrow my plans include cleaning my room, and, Sunday, I want to read a little, do some fiber stuff, and see Shawn (he has drill this weekend I didn't go with him).

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Christmas Bag FO



Remember the bag I was making for my mom for Christmas? I finally got it felted and the handles sewn on.

I think it turned out very nicely and Moma will love it (I hope). I put cut-out plastic folder in the bottom for stability and the straps are sewn on with high-strength nylon beading thread. I will be lining it and adding a zipper.

Another of my own designs. I really like making up my own stuff, but not so into the writing part of making patterns. I like to just make it up as I go, doing it by eye. This bag isn't by any means perfect, but is perfect enough.

I got to wear the Little Arrowhead Lace Shawl today. I like it, but I'm not really a shawl girl.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Mr. Mouse



Isn't this just too cute? I joined an animal felted stuffie swap on swap-bot.com. I've never made one of these before and only had white and pink felt scraps, so a mouse seemed appropriate (plus, I love the things). I think it came out well, especially since it's my first and I handsewed it (machines are at home).

So, finals start tomorrow. We're not supposed to have anything tomorrow (Academic Review Day), but it's for the Korean class, which is independent study with weekly tutoring, so not really a regular class. I'm not too worried about my finals, though probably should be. Senioritis was in full effect this semester and I hope that I did well enough in all my classes!

I've started spinning more SAFF fiber. The red/white supposedly wool/mohair blend.... it's actually 100% mohair. I'm not too fond of 100% mohair, but it's not too bad. Not too coarse/itchy and the colors are pretty. I'm spinning it up into a 2-ply fingering weight yarn to be used for some gloves. I'll be blending some into the ecru merino roving I have to make a nice blend, probably for some socks.

Knitting-wise, I'm working on the scarves and I've started on a pair of fingerless mitts that I designed. I'm about 90% finished. It's in some leftover brown Malabrigo Worsted and the Targhee/Angelina (robins egg blue color) I spun. I think they'll come out nicely.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Gift Bag


Don't you love it?

I have it all finished now and it's so pretty! I want to keep it for myself, but really have no use for it. I made it for Michelle, Arty's girlfriend, so it's going to her. I just need something to put in it! Silly me thought that I could fit her crocheted scarf into it, but it's much to small for that. Maybe I'll make some jewelry or something.


Knit on US 4 Knit Picks metal dpns, Judy's Magic Cast-on, made it up as I went, my handspun bamboo singles in "Summer Shades," crocheted embellishments, ribbon that I got in a swap.

School

I'm back in Dahlonega. 2 days of class, then finals! Wednesday is Academic Review Day and there is no class or finals, but I have an exam, unfortunately. Our Korean class has its final that day. Then I have a final on Friday and the following Tuesday (the 9th).

I was wrong about the hats... I have 8, not 7! One had fallen behind the desk and my mom found it today. All 8 are going in the mail tomorrow.

The Yorkie girl is going to end up being my baby. I know, I'm not much of a Yorkie fan, but she's so precious and sweet. She'll be my little girl. I've changed her kennel name to Palin (her cousin's name is George W. Bush; he lives in Florida with my cousin and is half Yorkie and half Maltese).

My handspun bias garter stitch scarf is coming along nicely. I have between a quarter and a third of the skein knitted. The illusion scarf is also coming along, though slower. It's just not that fun. I'm debating on how to do it... the pattern calls for 2 halves (each with the illusion) to be grafted together. I'm thinking of doing the illusion on one half only and continuing on in the striped pattern. I guess it depends on how I'm feeling about once I get to that halfway mark.

Haven't started on those garter stitch mitts yet, but plan on it soon!