Friday, December 31, 2010

Secret Pal 16

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely not like?

Favorite yarn companies are Blue Sky Alpacas, Araucania, and Knit Picks. I love indie dyers and am a huge fan of nice sock yarn. Mostly use fingering, dk, and worsted weight in natural fibers/blends. No real use for novelty yarn. I want yarn in usable amounts, so that single skein of 400 yards of fingering weight will be preferred to a single skein of 150 yards of worsted or bulky.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?

I have a Knit Picks interchangeable set, so they live in the little pouch thing. The rest are in a cosmetics bag. I'm always looking for better ways to organize. I don't do straight needles, only the interchangeable circs and dpns.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?

Nothing really to learn that I can think of. I pretty much tackle new things soon after deciding I want to try. I'd consider myself advanced intermediate... not much I've tried and haven't been able to figure out after a little try, but I'm no expert.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

Knit Picks is here.

5. What’s your favorite scent?
Coconut, lime, gingered peach

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
I like salty/sweet combos, peanut butter, milk chocolate, caramel, Lays potato chips, Sour Patch Watermelons, Sour Dots

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
Spin, crochet, video games (Mario, Kingdom Hearts, Cabela's hunting games, Left 4 Dead 2, Fallen Earth; I have a Super Nintendo, PSP, and computer)

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
Taylor Swift, 90s alternative (3rd Eye Blind, Goo Goo Dolls, etc), Cake, Weezer

9. What’s your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can’t stand?
Olive green, turquoise, mustard yellow, purple, red. Don't really care for pastels, but there's nothing that I hate.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
Just me. Boyfriend is in Texas most of the time for Army nursing school (we're both Army). I have our two cats, Bambi and Colt, and one dog, Gideon (Dashchund/Chihuahua mix). Also have three goldfish, Adam, Bingo, and Chompy.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
Scarves, hats, mittens, gloves, etc. Not really ponchos. I'm moving to Michigan in September, so warm handknits will be needed!

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Socks, mittens, one-piece sweaters, stuff for the critters, stuff for the boyfriend

13. What are you knitting right now?
I'm just about to finish a Hemlock Ring Blanket in 100% cashmere. Also working on a pair of My Vampire Boyfriend socks (KP Stroll Tonals), a pair of birthday socks for my boyfriend (Not Cable Socks in KP Stroll Twists), about to start on a spinning project for a handknit sweater.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
Of course!

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Circs and dpns. Bamboo or acrylic, no metal (too slick).

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
Both, but my ball winder is about to die on me. Pup got to it and chewed it up pretty bad, so it snags the yarn pretty bad.

17. How old is your oldest UFO?
Not that old. I think August?

18. What is your favorite holiday? What winter holiday do you observe?
I love Thanksgiving and Christmas.

19. Is there anything that you collect?
Yarn and fiber! I try not to collect too much these days because I plan on moving later this year.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I like sock knitting books and those on one-piece sweaters. I love Interweave Knits, but no subscription.

21. Are there any new techniques you’d like to learn?
Not that I can think of.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
Yes! I wear a US 6.5 female shoe.

23. When is your birthday?
08 May 1987

24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what’s your ID?
SpinKnitUp

Monday, December 27, 2010

Yay :-)

I'm in Michigan! Got here yesterday, finally, after my flight got cancelled TWICE. I was smart and bought flight protection and got put on a later flight AND got upgraded to first class for free. I really love Michigan and really really really love being with my boy. I've been working on his first birthday sock...


I'm making him a pair of Not Cable Socks in Knit Picks Stroll Twists (Terrain colorway). Such an easy, fast, and handsome pattern. I started these on the 24th and am already working on the heel flap.

I gave Charlie his gifts and he LOVES his PS3. I'm so glad that he likes it so much. But, it is yet another time suck for him... something he can do other than talk to me... lol. I'm glad to make my babe happy though.

Friday, December 24, 2010

FO Friday


YAY! I finished Abalone today and I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE it! It's my favorite FO EVER. I haven't blocked it and won't be doing so for a while. I'll be wearing it on my flight to Michigan Sunday. It's perfect. You can see my pattern notes on Ravelry.
Now on to other projects... I'll be working more on my Vampire socks and will be casting on for boot socks for Jack (the bff) and birthday socks for Charlie. Travel knitting... I'm thinking Charlie's socks since I'm trying to finish 3 pairs for him by 17 February and he has size 12 feet. BUT, the boot socks are so easy and quick, I could easily knock them out while in Michigan. Maybe I'll take both? My socks will wait since there's no real deadline for them and they are supposed to be a fun project for me, so no rushing allowed.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Mail Day

Good mail always seems to come at once. Yesterday I got my Christmas gift from my parents... A Kindle! I've been longing for an e-reader and am SO HAPPY to have it! I've already downloaded 3 books... The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe (actually it's a 5-book package), World War Z (about zombies), and The Serpent and the Rainbow (also about zombies, but the real kind... a non-fiction on Haiti, vodoun, and real zombification). I'm reading the last one right now... SO GOOD. I recommend it to anyone with an interest in Haitian history/culture or zombies. Even if you aren't interested, read it anyway! You'll probably like it.

Now for other mail that came today...

My latest Knit Picks order (that I couldn't really afford, but got as a Christmas gift to myself anyway). Starting on the left, with the brown yarn, and going clockwise: 2 skeins of Stroll Tonal (Kindling) for birthday socks for Charlie, 3 skeins Stroll Twist (Terrain) for birthday socks for Charlie, 3 skeins Stroll Sport (Baltic Heather) for socks for my friend Jack, 3 skeins Stroll (Ash) for birthday socks for Charlie, and a lone skein of Stroll Sport in Sarge because it was on sale and I can use it for more boot socks.

My swap package from Denise (knitterdlc on Ravelry)! I participated in a Ho Ho Ho Christmas 2010 Swap on Rav and was really spoiled! I got 2 skeins of Shibui Knits sock yarn (yum!), a Knit Picks needle sizer (really needed since the cats lost mine), some really cute yarn ball stitch markers with a fortune cookie case, a sock pattern, a sweater keychain, 2 packets of Eucalan wipes, and a wrapped gift for Christmas day. Oh, and she was kind enough to send the cats 2 toys, which they've already thrown under the fridge (there's a sea of lost toys under the stove and fridge).

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Progress & A List

I'm actually making pretty good progress on my Abalone!

I already have about 10 inches done in only 2 days of knitting (and I worked both days). I may actually finish this one by Saturday night!

I'm through the first repeat on the socks. So pretty and the cable pattern is actually pretty fun once you get into it.
I have joined several Ravelry groups that are all about stashbusting and knitting a lot in 2011. I got to thinking about my knitting goals and plans. I'm making up a list of projects that I want to finish next year. That will come to the blog later, maybe for my New Year's post.
Here are 2 of my babies doing what they do best...
For Gideon, that would be sleeping. I bought him a nice real Army bed (which you can see the corner of on the left), but he still prefers that old tattered ACU print comforter, which he dragged off the couch and into his bed.

For Colt, what he does best is terrorize me and all things that even remotely resemble yarn! He's been cuddling in my lap for an hour, but then turns ferocious when I bring the camera out (that's the camera wrist strap thing he's eating).

Saturday, December 18, 2010

A Lot Of Knitting

I've been doing a LOT of knitting lately...
I ended up making Colt and Gideon hats as well. Gideon's isn't being shown because he has to be the least photogenic dog ever.

I made Charlie another pair of boot socks.

And a hat. I held Cherry Tree Hill Supersock DK and Knit Picks Stroll Sport together and used the Hurricane Hat pattern.

Then Charlie requested that I make hats for his sisters' dogs. I used leftover yarn from my Basic Chic cardi.

I wanted to make me a heavy scarf for Michigan, so whipped out this Mary Mary scarf in a few movies' worth of knitting using my handspun from the San Antonio roving.

I've cast on for My Vampire Boyfriend Socks using Knit Picks Stroll Tonal (Gypsy colorway). A bit fiddly, but good. These will be for me.

I'm about to cast on for Abalone using Brooks Farm Yarn Mas Acero. Think I can knock it out in a week for my trip to Michigan?



And, of course, what's a blog post without kitty pictures?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

FOs

Charlie's Christmas scarf is finished! My grandmother handsewed the lining to it this weekend while I was at drill. I love it. It's already wrapped and ready to fly to Michigan with me.

A while back, not too long after I moved into my house, I spun up 4 ounces of superwash merino I got in a swap from Colorado. It's a cushy thick/thin singles and I just couldn't decide what to do with it. I decided to make a hat for Michigan. The Hurricane Hat pattern is perfect with this yarn. I don't normally like myself in hats, but I do like this one.

Bambi saw my hat and liked it so much, she asked for one to match it. She is from Michigan, so wanted it for that reason, too. I whipped one up in no time using the A Hat For A Cat pattern. So simple and adorable.

Then I had a lot of yarn leftover, so decided to make me a cowl to match the hat. I improvised this design, using the hurricane hat stitch pattern.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Day of Knitting


I was off work today and actually got up early enough to enjoy it. I finished Charlie's scarf! Don't you love it? It's blocking now (I'm horrible at that... I really need to invest in blocking wires). I'm so excited to be finished with it and am really please with how it turned out. I hope my man likes it.

I also finished the first of the Kissing Koi mittens! I changed the thumb up a bit and like it better. I already cast on for the second one to avoid second-mitten syndrome.


Isn't this the cutest picture you've ever seen? I love this little kitty.

Pictures

Look what I got today! Internet! comcast Xfinity. I'm sooo happy to finally have internet access at my house. Now I can start playing Fallen Earth again and Skype with Charlie!

Progress on the Kissing Koi mittens has really slowed due to work and trying to finish Charlie's scarf before this weekend. I need for it to be blocked and ready so that my grandmother can sew the backing to it when I go to their house for drill.

I'm so close... I'm on the 'e.' I got some dark navy fleece to line it with. This will complete Charlie's Christmas other than one other thing... I'm getting him a PS3. Yep, I decided to get him one. I was going to wait for his birthday in February, but I really want him to have it before then. I don't really consider his rifle to be a Christmas gift since he's known about it for months now.

I spent most of this past weekend in Texas with him. I flew out Friday after work and got back Sunday before work. A short but good trip. It's nice to see my boy. I can't wait for Christmas... I'll be in Michigan with him from the 26th through the 31st. I'm buying my tickets tonight.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Still Here

It feels like forever since my last post. No pics because I'm doing this on my phone... Will get some up soon. I've been working a lot & when I'm not working I'm trying to catch up on sleep. My parents have moved to Colorado and I guess are happy out there. Haven't really talked to them since I took my mom to the airport on Sunday.

I got 2 new tattoos, bringing the count up to three. I have one more planned, but may not go through with it.

Almost finished with Charlie's scarf and about halfway throug with the first kissing koi mitten.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Christmas!

I'm officially finished with Christmas shopping and crafting, with the exception of Charlie's scarf (which will be finished soon enough). I chose to make a few gifts, but mostly shopped from etsy.com. I'm a huge etsy supporter and try to go there first for everything. Here's what everyone is getting...

* Arthur - a 5x7 print of Ash from Evil Dead (his favorite movie and Bruce Campbell is his favorite actor), a metal drinking bottle with a Yorkie on it (his breed of choice), and a small geolog notebook (he's a geocacher).

* Michelle - a pocket mirror featuring birds (a favorite theme), a web belt with a bird buckle, and a small journal screen printed with a bird and books (she's also an avid reader)

* Moma - a pair of handknit socks (requested by her) and a skein of Knit Picks Stroll Tonals in her favorite color (a limey green)

* Daddy - the woodburned placque shown in the previous post and a German Shepard bookmark (Kaiser the GSD is his service dog and goes everywhere with him)

* Charlie - a Stevens 308 with scope hunting rifle, the zombie scarf, a load of zombie stuff from a few posts ago, a shot glass etched with The Umbrella Corp. symbol (Resident Evil is his favorite movie), Umbrella Corp. stickers, and a metal Zombie Crossing sign. The scarf, shot glass, and stickers are for him to open on Christmas; the rest he's either received or already knows about (he does know he's getting a scarf, but doesn't know what it looks like).

Well, I guess I do have to get a few gifties for the critters, but they are easy to shop for. Gideon is getting a new bed and the cats are getting a piece of Kitty City (Charlie and I are trying to get them a nice set-up).

Update

It's been a bit since I last posted, mostly due to being busy with work and drill, as well as my limited internet access (soon to be fixed... Comcast is coming out on the 26th to install xfinity internet!).

First off, pics of my babies:

Colt, in the rare pose. He's so energetic and playful it's hard to get a good pic of him like this.
Gideon doing what he does best... chilling.Bambi hanging out on my bed, her new favorite spot. I just got a new mattress (I already had a bed frame) as an early Christmas gift from my grandparents and we've all been spending a lot of time on it. So nice not to be sleeping on the floor.

The newest additions to the family... Adam (far left, named after Charlie (his first name is Adam)), Bingo (middle), and Chompy (far right).
Now for crafting...

This is my dad's handmade gift for Christmas. I haven't woodburned in a while and am pleased with how it turned out.

I LOVE this cape from Patons. You can get the pdf for free. I'm not much of a cape/poncho person, but I love this.

The above patterns are from the new Vogue Knitting magazine. Most of the patterns in there I find to be too runway for me, but I really love that dress (I can see myself in it for Christmas parties and such) and I plan on casting on for the top left scarf soon.


Progress on the Kissing Koi mitts has slowed. I'm trying to finish Charlie's scarf before 03 December, when I'll be visiting my grandparents for drill and my hal-meh (Korean grandmother) can sew a lining to the back. It's about 3/4 of the way done and is pretty boring with just stockinette stitch. Once that's finished these mittens will get a lot of attention since I need to finish them before my trip to Michigan.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Kissing Koi


The color in these pics is actually pretty true to life. I'm making these Kissing Koi Mittens for my upcoming trip to Michigan (I will be up there from 26-30 December to visit Charlie's family and spend time with him! How exciting!). I'm using Knit Picks Stroll in Mermaid and Hearth Multi. I'm loving this so far.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A Little Update

I came down with a nasty cold as soon as Charlie left and am just now back to feeling normal. Of course, I had to work my regular shifts at Walgreens since I can't bear to use sick days (there's always that disappointment from the manager when you call in sick and I just can't deal with it). Anyway, I did find comfort in knitting when I wasn't at work. And knit I did...

Charlie's I Heart Zombies Scarf is growing... fingering weight yarn and stockinette stitch for miles. Boring! But, it is good for sitting in front of the laptop (my dvd player for now since I don't have a tv).

The Hemlock Ring Blanket is almost finished! Just a repeat or two then the bind off. This has been a love project all the way through.


(Obligatory pet picture!)
Charlie got his package today and sent me the sweetest text... a picture of him wearing the boot socks I made for him! They fit just fine. He's such a sweetheart... that boy went to all his friends' rooms in the barracks and showed off his socks, saying, "My girlfriend made these for me! Can you believe she actually made them?" He said tomorrow he's going to wear them in his boots and tell everyone that he's wearing sock his girlfriend made for him. I love Charlie.