Tuesday, September 28, 2010

What I've Been Up To

First, some pictures from around the house! Please excuse some of the mess... I'm still getting stuff put up and away!

I love the doorway from the living room to the "hallway" into the two bedrooms. That's a built-in shelf thing that I'm using to keep my books (most of them, anyway). That green table is an antique sewing machine (it folds out) that I picked up at a flea market several years ago. I painted it that sage green and it's gotten scratched up some since, but I like the imperfections and am keeping it that way. I have pictures, a crystal vase a dear friend gave me and Charlie (with the dried flowers Charlie gave me in it!), and a chicken piggy bank I made in 6th grade art class.

My very messy bedroom. That's my nice queen-size bed, but I don't have a matress yet, so I'm sleeping on a single matress (courtesy of the US Army) inside the frame for now. Hopefully I can pick up a cheap matress soon. I love my little house and living on my own. It's fun and rewarding, even though the money is going quickly (moving is expensive!). Now, for some knitting...


Here's the pre-felted version of the pillow I made for Michelle for Christmas. My first time doing intarsia and, though a little annoying and not preferred to Fair Isle, it wasn't that bad.
A project I started yesterday and finished tonight. It took me 4 movies to make this. I used a checkerboard lace pattern and KP Palette (Spearmint colorway) to make a curtain for this window above the kitchen sink:

It needed something and I think my little curtain will be perfect once it's all blocked and everything. There are some mistakes, but it'll do. I'm going to make a matching curtain for the slit window on the front door.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Officially Moved In

Yay!!! I got the power and water turned on and almost everything moved into my new house. Just need to get my bed, dresser, and a few boxes moved over. I have everything else situated and in its spot. Today is my official move-in date, but I won't be sleeping there until Sunday night due to working the overnight shift tonight and tomorrow night. I plan on getting my bed moved tomorrow and maybe my dresser too if I an find someone to help me load and unload. My gun safe will have to wait til Charlie comes to visit... It weighs A LOT and we'll definitely need his help with it. I'll also move my animals over tomorrow, maybe. It might be better to wait til Sunday when i'll be off and able to watch them as they adjust.

I promise I'll have pics in the next post. Just need to get on a computer.
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Monday, September 20, 2010

Moving!

I started moving my stuff in today! I'm so excited. I met the rent man at the house and got my keys and my parents and I started moving boxes into the house. It's small, but it's just me, Johnny Cash, Gideon, and Colt. We all fit. Bams and Thumpy might be coming later, but there's plenty of room for them too. It's a pain packing everything, but it's fun to unpack and decide where everything goes.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Drill

I love being a medic! I'm at my first drill since being back and actually got to do my job today! A girl was a heat casualty during the pt test and I got to assess & treat her. Then I sat in the hospital with her. She's doing a lot better now. Thenwe had another heat cas who is also suffering from fatigue and exhaustion. I had to start an iv line on him. He may end up at the hospital tonight. It's really nice to do my job and make my battles feel beter.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Purchase

I swore I wasn't going to buy yarn. Not even for gift knitting. But then I got an unexpected deposit into my account from the Army, so broke down and made a Knit Picks order. I got some dpns I needed, CotLin to make Arty's Ponder, some fingering weight for my Kissing Koi mittens, yarn for some gift socks, and a needle gauge.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Finally, Some Pics

This is an FO from the beginning of August (my first FO since graduating AIT) and I don't think I ever posted it. It's the Mouse Mat For Cat from Pet Projects: The Animal Knits Bible. I made it for Bams, Charlie's kitty, for when she comes to live with me (probably next month). For now, Gideon is more than happy to test it out for her. I used Lionbrand Fishermen's Wool for the body and some of my handspun for the ears and whiskers and eyes.

Here's the first sock of my mom's Christmas present (Rib Fantastic Socks from Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn). I love this pattern! I'm through the ribbing on the second one and hope to have it finished in a week or so.

I finally finished the second Endpaper Mitt! Love love love.
Just a quick shot of my boy Johnny Cash, who is now an indoor dog :-) He's been inside since last Friday and is doing great. We're just getting him used to the plush indoor life before we move next week.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Update

Another pictureless post. I prmise the next one will have pics. I just haven't been able to get on a computer lately, so am having to do this on my phone.

I'm almost finished with sock # 1 of my mom's Christmas socks. I'm loving the Rib Fantastic pattern. It's quick, easy, and really pretty. The Endpaper Mitts are so close to being finished. Just got a few more rounds of the colorwork, then the ribbin and thumb and it's done! That will all get completed this week. I'm about to cast on for a pair of simple ribbed socks in Lorna's Laces Shepard Sock as a gift for a dear friend from basic training. He's having a hard time right now and could use some cheering up. Also, I'm sure he's gonna get cold up in Washington state.

I'm moving on the 24th! So excited. I really can't wait for that. Oh, and I started back at Walgreens yesterday. Not thrilled, but my new store seems ok and it's good money, which is what's important rigt now.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Progress

I think I'm making pretty good progress in the knitting department. I finished Arthur's hat and I'm pretty happy with the results. I hope he likes it. Moma's Rib Fantastic Socks are really coming along... I got the entire leg finished on the first one while sitting at the hospital today. Yep, Moma had to go to the ER for kidney stones. This is her second bout with them... Time to lay off on the Mountain Dew!!!

My Basic Chic Hoodie is looking great and is going to fit (Im pretty sure). I tend to make my sweaters too big, but I think I got it this time. It's supposed to be a little loose and I really think it's going to fit perfectly. I'm working in the body, which is just mindless stockinette. Perfect for when I want my hands moving and my brain not.

I have the yarn in line for Arthur and Michelle's other Christmas hats. Arthur is getting Ponder in KP Comfy and Stroll Sport. Not really the recommended yarns, but I'm on a strict yarn diet and refuse to purchase for gifts. I *might* break down and get something to make Charlie's scarf with if I can't find something suitable in the stash, but that's a huge maybe and only because it's my lovebug we're talking about here, lol. Michelle's Selbu Modern will be done in KP Palette; gray for the MC and a really dark navy for the CC.

I'm moving into my new house on the 24th! Well, that's when I start moving, at least. I'm starting back at Walgreens this Saturday, so I'll be working around that crazy ridiculous schedule. I'm so excited, though!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Pictures This Time

I finally got some decent pics of the fibery activities going on around here.

Above is about 74 yards of 3-ply bulky weight handspun merino. This is from the fiber I got in San Antonio. I'm almost finished with the rest of it and only have to ply and wash before these will become Plaid Mittens for me. If I have enough yarn leftover, I'll also make a Hill Country Hat.

This is finished Christmas gift number one, Michelle's Star Crossed Slouchy Beret. I used Cascade 220 in red since I have 2 balls of it. It's heavily modded since I realized about halfway through my row gauge is a lot looser than hers. I still need to block it, but it looks good and I'm satisfied with it.


Progress on the Hemlock Ring Blanket in Jade Sapphire 100% Mongolian Cashmere has pretty much stopped for now. This isn't a deadline knit, so I'm going to focus on the Christmas gifts and knit on this when I can truly enjoy it.


I've finished the increases for my Basic Chic Hoodie and just need to get the sleeves on holders before I can move on to the body part.

This is my new phone! It's the Palm Pre. I had the basic Samsung that came with my plan when I renewed my contract... VERY basic with no camera, internet, or anything else. Limited texting capabilities, too, so it was time to get a new phone and get my own plan (I was on the family plan with my mom). I'm in love with this phone... it's only 60.00 and came with a free car charger, bluetooth, and case, in addition to the standard wall charger all phones come with. Since I'm a Walgreens employee I also get 20% off my monthly bill. This phone is a mobile hotspot, so I will be using it for my computer's internet once I move, so it's like my internet is free (plus I have it on the phone as well).

Tomorrow I sign my house lease and pay the deposit! Yikes! I'm so excited about moving, but it's going to be very financially rough this month and next. All the costs of actually moving in are simply obscene. Once I'm in, though, I'll be ok. Just surviving the now

Oh, I also found June Carter the best home this weekend. An older couple took her... they have no other dogs and a lot of acreage and a whole slew of grandkids for June to run and play with. I'm sad to see that silly pup go, but she couldn't've gone to a better place. I have decided that I am definitely going to keep Johnny Cash. I just can't let that boy go. He loves me to death and is such a good boy. He'll be in the house and I'm taking him to Michigan with me next year. So, that'll be 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a rabbit. There will definitely be NO more additions to the family for a long long long while, lol.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Update

No pics this time, but there will definitely be pictures in the next post.

I've been busy on my Basic Chic Hoodie and am about to put the sleeves on holders. I really like how it's coming out and the yarn is gorgeous. The second Endpaper Mitt is almost finished... just gotta put the thumb stitches on scrap yarn, which has stopped me for now. So easy, but I'm too lazy to actually do it, ya know? Tomorrow I will have that done and the mitt will (hopefully) get finished by the end of the weekend.

I'm almost finished spinning the merino I got in San Antonio. It's becoming a somewhat rustic 3-ply (Navajo-plied to maintain color integrity) and will be used to make simple mittens. I knew from the minute I bought the roving that it was destined to be mittens and I want a simple pattern (just stockinette!) to show off the yarn. It's a bulky 3-ply for strength and warmth. I can't wait to get these OTN... it's going to be a very fun and fast project. These babies will be for me to use this winter and once in Michigan. If I have enough leftover, I'll make a matching simple ribbed beanie.

I have a modified and final Christmas list! Knitting and purchased gifts. I feel very accomplished just by having the final list finished. It's a little ambitious, but I'm sure I can do it. Once I move, I'm not going anywhere or doing anything in an attempt to save money. I'm only purchasing what's necessary... that means NO fiber purchases until I use up most of what I got, which should take some time. I do need to get a few DPNs in sizes that have gotten lost, but that will be the only yarny buy for a long while. Plenty of time between now and Christmas to knit what I need to knit. Here's the complete list (IF ANYONE ON THIS LIST HAPPENS TO BE READING, PLEASE STOP STOP STOP NOW!):

Charlie: I Heart Zombies scarf (undecided on yarn)
A Hat Fit For A Boyfriend (Araucania Nature Wool, olive green)
Cigar gloves (Araucania Nature Wool, olive green)
Playstation 3 (yep, I'm doing it)

Moma: Pleats Purse (Cascade 220, a pretty pinkish colorway)
A giftcard to Sally's Beauty Supply (she's in beauty school right now)

Daddy: Cigar gloves (will have to dig through the worsted stash to pick yarn)
Barnes & Noble giftcard

Arthur: A Hat Fit For A Boyfriend (probably some of my handspun)
A PS3 giftcard

Michelle: Star Crossed Slouchy Beret (something nice from the worsted stash, possibly handspun)
iTunes giftcard

Gideon: A DROPS Design dog sweater (some bulky yarn I have, not sure what)
To Humiliate The Dog (probably handspun Romney x)

Johnny Cash: Quack - Knitted Duck Toy (wool scraps)
A big garter stitch mat to lay on (worsted wool scraps)

Bams & Colt: Feline Dim Sum
Door Hanger Bouncy Cat Toy
Muffin's Cat Tunnel

Thumpy: Candy Corn Pet Sweater (Cherry Tree Hill Supersock DK, camo colorway)

Me (if I have enough time): Handspun Cushions (handspun, of course!)
PS3 (if I have the money)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

WIPs (with really crappy pictures)

I have several WIPs going, but they're going good and I'm doing a decent job of dividing my attention amongst them. These pics are horrible due to my laziness to go outside for good lighting. I'll get better ones later.

I'm almost finished with the second Endpaper Mitt. It's coming along nicely and I'm most than halfway through the increases for the thumb. I'm loving this project... stranded colorwork is so fun and satisfying and it's a very quick knit.

Progress on my Basic Chic Hoodie. I'm a little more than halfway through the increases before putting the sleeves on hold. This is easy, but a little boring with all the stockinette.
A new project that's really special! This is the Hemlock Ring Blanket in Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere 6-ply (I won four skeins in the 2009 Atlanta Shop Hop). Such luxurious yarn! I'm making this for me and Charlie for when I move next year.


This is the yarn I'm making my mom's Christmas socks with. It's Adorn Sock (by Three Irish Girls) in the Titania colorway.

This is some Malabrigo Silky Merino, Archangel colorway. I have two hanks of this and I'm thinking of making Michelle a Grace Lace Beret as her Christmas. The color is way off in this pic... it's actually more of a muted pink/purple, not a rosy pink.

I've been working part-time at the vet clinic and will be starting full-time at Walgreens soon. I hate it, but it's a matter of necessity right now. Walgreens pays more and I can get 40 hours/week. I found a house to move to! It's itsy bitsy, but only 375.00/month and Gideon and Colt are allowed. 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom. My yarn gets its own room!