Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Around The House

It's been pretty lonely around here since Charlie left. I thought I got lonely before... having someone aruond to talk to that can actually talk back was a treat and now it seems that much lonelier here. But, it's not my babies' faults they can't speak to me... they do try, just doesn't work that well.

Gideon, my little worrier, loves his bed and the cotton rug I wove for him. He snuggles it all the time.
Colt loves his toys and hasn't learned to put them back in the toy box when he's finished. I swear, I'm always picking up after that little guy (and, he is very little! He's a runt. I didn't realize just how tiny my little man was until Bambi came... she's twice his size and she's an average-sized kitty).

Bams loves her kitty post and her rat rug. If she were a human, she'd be a sniper for a living. Always perched up somewhere, watching everyone else. She was a little upset at me in this pic for waking her up. A beautiful girl needs her beauty rest!


I decided to pick back up on the Hemlock Ring Blanket in Jade Sapphire 100% Cashmere. I've really got a lot done on it in just the one day I've worked on it. It's going to be my go-to project when I'm at home. I started on it with the intention that it would be a very special blanket for when I move in with Charlie next year. Now I'm wondering if I should make it a wedding gift for Charlie's sister who's getting married in August. We'll see. I'll probably end up keeping it and making another gift for the wedding (which reminds me that I need to make something for Arthur (my brother) and his fiance for their wedding next year! Yep, he finally proposed!).

I made these in three days. They are boot socks for Charlie in Knit Picks Stroll Sport, Sarge colorway. I improvised the design. I really hope they fit and he loves them.

Friday, October 22, 2010

One Happy Girl

Charlie came to visit me. I was so excited to see him. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see him his first day here because I was at drill, but I did get to spend 4 wonderful days with my love.

We went to the Georgia Aquarium, which was really nice.
Here Charlie is petting a ray.
Some jellies (they are so cool). I did get a lot more pics of the animals, but these are my two favorites.
After that, we went over to the World of Coke (military gets in free!!!) where Charlie sampled all 64 flavors and got a bellyache afterward :-). Then it was lunch at this really cool sushi bar, Think Sushi, right down the road from the Aquarium. We had time to kill between lunch and Netherworld (America's #1 haunted house), so we hung out at the worst arcade ever and had a blast losing tokens to broken machines. Netherworld is worth every penny to get it... scary and amazing. I really recommend it!
A pic of my boy and me. I like this one. Charlie is 6'5", so usually has to duck to get in the picture when I take them of us.


Here's a bouquet of flowers my sweet boy got for me. I love little surprises like this. He's the best.

Bams! Bambi has finally come to live with me. She settled in nicely and has a real playmate in Colt.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

FO, and I Love It


The Basic Chic Hoodie is finished! I didn't have enough yarn for the hoodie, so I did a ribbed edge instead.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! It's my first really successful (one that actually fits) sweater. It's going to get a ton of wear. I really wanted it finished before this weekend when Charlie gets here.
Sorry the pics are so terrible. I'll get better ones up from when Charlie and I go on date day to Atlanta (the aquarium! sushi lunch! haunted house!) next week.
Now off to Ravelry to find the next sweater project...

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Knit Knit Knit

I am getting over a little stomach virus and took a sick day, then had two normal off days after that, so plenty of time to get plenty of knitting done. I did venture out to go grocery shopping once and then took the dogs out on an ice cream date yesterday night. Anyway, here's some progress:


My Basic Chic Hoodie is almost finished! This looks like it's going to fit perfectly, making it my first real sweater success (I tend to make them too large, but this time I kept trying it on to be sure it'll fit). I love how it's turning out. I finished the bottom ribbing, got the pockets done, and have one sleeve finished. I'm well on my way with the second sleeve. After that, just the hood and button band! I picked out buttons today... the orangish ones are for the actual closing of the sweater and the turquoise ones are for the pockets. These are made from recycled wood (Jo-Ann's has buttons bogo right now, so check it out if you need any!). My goals is to have this finished before the weekend, when CHARLIE GETS HERE!!!! He's flying in on Saturday. Unfortunately, I have drill this weekend, so my brother is picking him up from the airport and taking him to my house, where he and Bams will wait until Sunday when I get back (luckily, we should be home by noon, so not too much time wasted).


Here's what I have done so far on Charlie's scarf... I thought about alternating to two biohazard symbols all along the scarf until I got to the point to do the "I Heart Zombies," but am now going to just leave it at that and just do plain stockinette in the Spearmint Palette until the other end's chart. Just too fiddley to do the intarsia the whole way.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Charlie's Scarf & Christmas

I decided to start on Charlie's I Heart Zombies scarf yesterday. I went through the fingering weight stash to see what I had enough of... the main body is in KP Palette (Spearmint) and the rest will be in Creatively Dyed Calypso (King), KP Palette (some red colorway), and my handspun wool blend (Arrakis). I'm going to line the back to hide all the intarsia ends and to make it soft and cozy against my boy's neck.

I also went shopping for Charlie on etsy yesterday night (photos were taken from etsy and are the property of the respective shops they came from)...

Two shirts from Zed's Zombie Ranch. I think Charlie will love them, especially the top one.


This is a tag for Bams, Charlie's kitty that's coming to live with me in 2 weeks. The back has her name, both our phone numbers, and 'Reward.' This came from Pet Tags Direct.

This is the cutest little card I'm going to give him with his undead gifts. The artist's 4-year old son drew the zombie... adorable! This came from Non Compos Cards.

Here's a very cute bottle opener keychain from Ctrl Alt Deviant's Cache. I love this.
I also ordered him a book from Barnes & Noble, Zombie Haiku: Good Poetry for Your... Brains, by Ryan Mecum. A cute little book I think Charlie will find amusing.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Listy

Here are some goals for the rest of the year:

OCTOBER

* Finish Basic Chic Hoodie
* Start and finish Arthur's Ponder hat
* Order the yarn and start Charlie's I Heart Zombies scarf
* Spin a pound of fiber
* Finish at least one of Jack's Christmas socks
* Start a regular PT regimen (I did run 2 miles this week, so it's a start!)

NOVEMBER

* Finish Charlie's scarf
* Start and finish Charlie's Cigar gloves
* Spin the yarn for Daddy's Cigar gloves
* Finish Jack's second Christmas sock

DECEMBER

* Start and finish Daddy's Cigar gloves
* Start and finish cat Christmas toys
* Start and finish Thumpy's Christmas sweater

WIPs

Here's my Basic Chic Hoodie in Miss Babs Yowza! Whatta Skein (Ironweed colorway). I'm working on the bottom ribbing now.

I cast on for Jack's socks yesterday night. He's my bff and has been a little down lately, so I'm making these to send to him (he's at Fort Lewis, Washington). I'm using KP Stroll for the cuff/heel/toe and Lorna's Laces Shepard Sock for the rest. A simple ribbed pattern.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

FOs

Poorly blocked due to a lack of pins, but this is the kitchen window curtain! I had to use the existing rod mounts, which aren't level, because I don't have my tools here yet. It'll be all fixed soon.



My mom's Christmas socks! Finished!


Friday, October 1, 2010

How I love to spin

Isn't this gorgeous? I received 4 ounces of superwash merino in a swap package from Colorado last fall and finally got around to spinning it. I finished this in just 2 sittings (a record for me lately) and it was exactly what I needed... smooth as butter, beautiful colors, and it wanted to be exactly what I was hoping it would (I let the fiber decide what it wants to be... I've fought enough in the past with trying to decide for it). I was able to get around 378 yards of dk-worstedish weight singles. Absolutely lovely. This pic was taken right off the wheel; it's had a bath since and is currently drying.

Some pictures of my babies at home. They've all adjusted very nicely... Colt (hasn't he grown?!) especially. He's so playful and fearless and really likes to torment the dogs, who both take it well enough. He's all tough (so he thinks, at least).