Sunday, December 30, 2007

Sock-o-licious

So I've been home all week doing nothing but relaxing- why haven't I posted?

Well, the thought process goes a little like this:

Knit? Or blog? Knit? Blog?

Knit.

So that's what I've been doing- mostly. Probably about half the time. Well, knitting and bouncing on my new birthing ball (or exercise ball or whatever).

I heard today that each FO should get its own post. I think I agree, but I don't feel like doing that today.

First, and most excitedly, I finished McKay's gloves! I told him to "pose." Here is his hand model pose.
Look at him unlock that door! Work it! Work it!

I also promised finished baby sock pictures with the ends weaved in:

Aww...

And something I'm glad isn't following me into the New Year: Barf Scarf. I actually finished it- not because I like the yarn, mind you, but because I wanted to see it finished and out of here. It's not quite out of here though.

Oh oh! And then McKay and I went to the yarn store to use my gift card that I bought myself and then said was from McKay. There were a couple of sock yarns I wanted to try, and I've never made a pair of socks for myself, so I got those.

The first is Tofutsies.
It's very bright and fun, though you can't tell in this picture. I'm not sure if we need a new camera, better lighting in the house, or better places to take pictures in the house. Anyway, I had McKay pick out the color. His response to that was, "You don't have a favorite color!" I told him, "Then pick the one most like me." Hahaha. He was kind of cornered into that! Well, he chose the blue/green/yellow one because it's most "fun and vibrant." Yay! And it is.

I've actually started knitting with the Tofutsies. People on Ravelry said it splits some (and it does a little) and pools a lot. You can actually see here, from the manufacturer's page, that it does pool horribly, so I chose to try the Monkey Socks. I heard that the Monkey Socks pattern has magic anti-pooling abilities.

And so far, it does (I'm almost done with the heel flap):


The second sock yarn I bought was On Your Toes. McKay chose this color too, because it was the most eye catching there.

I wonder how it'll knit up...

Monday, December 24, 2007

Weekend before Christmas

So I finished all the gifts last week, but we wrapped them all before I got a picture of them! Arg! Maybe Nicki will take pictures. The soccer socks for Chad came out way better than I expected and I wanted to show them off. The boys' capes were ok. I had sewing machine issues due to the thickness of the material.

I did remember to get a picture of Nicki's finished sandals.


Well, after all the gifting, I decided I needed to knit for myself, so I knit some baby socks from some stash yarn. I know, I know, it's actually for the baby and not me. I figure the baby couldn't care less and anything it actually wears is for my satisfaction, so they're for me.


We'll have some finished pics soon. I need to weave in ends and obviously finish that one sock.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Swapland

So I've been hearing a lot about the Hot Cocoa Swap.



And another swap has caught my eye: the Knitting Scavenger Hunt.

They both look so good, but swaps are costly...

I think I may give in to both, though.

Meanwhile, I'll be knitting and sewing. I work only 2.5 days this week! Hooray for Christmas Break!

I'm hoping this long weekend will mean lots of finishing of projects. I'll have all the Christmas gifts done before it starts (to get them out in the mail), so that means I can catch up on my others. And give some TLC to the sidebar on this blog. It needs updating.

Question, though... I have an idea for a swap I'd like to host. Does the host get to be IN the swap if they host it? Hmm... Because I'd sure like to.

Anyway that won't start until mid-end of January anyway; just whetting your appetite!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Weekend of knitting

It snowed all day Saturday; it was so beautiful. Snow makes me want to knit, so I pretty much cleaned the house and knit all day Saturday. And then Saturday night, I recruited for the Utah Valley SnB. I knew of a couple of ladies in the ward who like to knit. One actually had originally got me going to another knitting group before they strangely disbanded, so I know that a knitting group would be good for her. Maybe we'll see them at Borders next month!

Fruits of my weekend labor:
These are the pieces to my DNA model for one of my visiting teachees. She had a baby a couple of weeks ago, so I figured, hey, what bioengineering major WOULDN'T want a DNA strand for her baby? I just have to piece it together. I know there are a lot of ends, but with toys, I don't mind that. Instead of weaving them in, I just stuff them in with the stuffing. :)


I've finished knitting Rick's scarf; it needs blocking, though. I'll probably get that done tonight and send it out this week.


And this is the beginning of McKay's gloves. There are ends to weave in on the inside of the finished one, but that's not so bad.

This week's goal: finish the Christmas presents for Nicki's family. And take more pictures of the pretty snow. And update my Ravelry page and the sidebar on this page.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

SnB Tonight

So I was going to work on my brother's scarf during the SnB tonight because it'd be quick and easy to work on- no thinking. But I have recently discovered that one of my visiting teachees had her baby last week. I was thinking she wasn't due until Christmas, but I was obviously wrong. She was a genetics/biotechnology major in her undergrad years, so I figured she'd like a DNA strand, too. So that's what I'm going to be working on because I'm supposed to be bringing her dinner on Thursday. She had a little girl, so this DNA strand is going to be a little more feminine than the one I made for Carolyn.

I'll post pictures later.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Dark and Gloomy

This week has been so busy that I haven't had time to knit. I still have to finish cleaning the house before we can decorate for Christmas. I think we'll buy a small tree tomorrow.

Proof that it's dark and gloomy (the view from my front door at 3:30pm)

The trip was nice; I still have to finish some of those presents, but I did get started on a gift for myself. A baby blanket from this issue of Magknits.
As you see, I have a tendency to knit with the EXACT yarn called for, colorway and everything. I do mix it up sometimes, but this was a nice gender-neutral blanket, so I didn't bother.


What have I done today? Well, instead of being productive and cleaning the house for decorating, this dark and gloomy day has made me want to knit something cozy. So I went to the yarn store. Heindselman's is having a sale on gift certificates right now- you only pay 80% of the price of the gift certificate, but you can't use it until after Christmas!

So of course the first thing I gravitate to is beautiful sock yarn that's $20/skein. I decide to pass that up to wait until my newly purchased gift certificate can be used.


I do buy some things that are needed now, though.
McKay needs some gloves/mittens. So I got him this. I figured the colors were manly enough...

I also saw the clearance section. I don't remember which, but one skein was $.99 and the other was $3.99. I couldn't pass those up. I'm thinking of making a mitred square blanket, so I'm stocking up on stash for that.

I also bought a skein for a scarf for my brother. He's a missionary in New York City for the next couple of years, and he doesn't have a scarf for the winter. It's just your basic blue worsted yarn, so I didn't take a picture. I need to get that done for Christmas for him, but it's a scarf, so it won't take long for sure.

And now I'm going to try to dedicate myself to cleaning so I can knit without guilt.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

In which we learn that knitting does not make one a crafter

So yes. I tried to make these little blanket thingies. And they were kind of... crappy. They're very tiny on purpose, so don't think the dinosaur is huge or anything because it's dwarfing the blankets.
And a picture without the flash:

I didn't finish the socks for Chad or the capes for the boys because I've been very busy and tired. We'll just have to mail them before Christmas. Meanwhile, Stegs and the other gifts are going with us to Arizona for Thanksgiving. That's where I'll be until Sunday. I may or may not post between now and then.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

On your marks...

Get Ready...


Get Set...


Go!


The first leg of this race is finished (haha- a pun- since that little thing is a leg).


I started/finished the body of Mr. Stegs last night while watching the first Pirates of the Caribbean while McKay was in class. I did the leg after he came home.

And now on to the second (third, fourth) legs!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The countdown starts...

Next Tuesday is our last day here and we'll be driving to Arizona for Thanksgiving on Wednesday. I need to finish my Christmas gifts before then, since we'll be seeing Nicki's family at that time (save on postage!)

And last night I remembered I didn't have anything planned for her little one that was born in July.

So I've decided to make one of these. Please go to the link and let me know which dinosaur you think is the coolest. I have set up a poll on the sidebar. It's only open until tomorrow morning! Vote early!


And the red tangled mess is now under control, thanks to McKay who loves to detangle knots.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

This week in review

So on Tuesday, I went to my first SnB. Lots of S, not so much B from me. :)

Here I am an hour before the SnB, trying to wind my yarn on my feet so I could take it with.

It was, we shall say... "less effective." I ended up with cramps in my legs for sitting like that. I resulted to taking McKay's scarf I started a year ago that keeps getting put on hold for other projects. I feel like I've made lots of progress on it, although it's not really noticeable (it's knit VERY VERY TIGHTLY).

I met Meadow at the SnB.

When I came home afterwards, I tried my feet-as-ball-winder method, and failed miserably with lots of knots on the ground. There is still a mess of red yarn on our floor, but the mess is much smaller and I'm making lots of progress on that project (I think). That project is my first designed project entirely by myself. It's also one of the largest garments I've tried making. We'll see how that ends up.

I love this. I'm totally making it for our mystery baby.

And my parents got a dog. It's a "rat terrier." Little dog, short hair, spade, etc.

And then my mom asked me...
if I...
would...
make a dog sweater.

How do I feel about that?

That wOuld cause faR Too mUch adoRable-nEss in the world. I just couldn't do that.

Especially with PETA's approval.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Sick Day

I'm taking a sick day. I have stuff to blog about, but my head is mush.

I also had this idea that I'm hesitant about. I'll mention it here later.

Have good days, all!

Monday, November 05, 2007

Really Crappy Pictures Day

Yes, I have been knitting. Yes I have pictures, but they're pretty pathetic.

This week is going to be "finish off those darn projects week!"

Projects to finish: Courtney's cape, Nicki's sandals, Chad's socks. All of these need weaving in of ends, addition of buttons/embroidery/duplicate stitch, blocking, and just plain finishing.

Here's teh cape

Besides the obvious ends, you'll notice my knees and McKay's hands are holding down the curling edge. I'm not a fan of blocking, so I'm going to try the ironing route. And it needs a button.


Nicki's Sandals:
I crocheted the pieces together, but the ends still need weaving and they need leather soles sewn on the bottom.

Those two projects (cape + sandals) were my first "finishing with crochet" projects. I've never crocheted before; it wasn't hard, but I prefer knitting.


And a red blob.
That's the beautiful yarn from this post. I'm not sure the best way to knit off these sorts of skeins, so I just lay it out in a circle. If you know of a better way (that isn't time consuming), let me know. The knitted blob in the middle is an experiment in my designing ability. I'm using a lace stitch from a book I have and we'll see what it ends up as.

So yes, I have been knitting. I have also been working and actually doing the dishes (imagine that!)

Monday, October 29, 2007

DNA final product

Here's the final DNA strand. Carolyn LOVED it! Her words were, "It looks better than I thought it would." I don't know whether or not to take that as a compliment...


I've started Courtney's Christmas gift; McKay was supposed to do it, but he's been bogged down. I'm pretty far, but you can only go so far on a cape with only 10 inch needles. Must buy more. It's very bubblegum pink, and I bet the people at church yesterday thought I was having a baby girl. I'm not. Or at least, I don't know. It'll be a surprise! I'm really excited for that day, too!

I've also worked on designing a capelet. McKay thinks a capelet is dumb, but oh well. I told him that maybe I'd use it for breastfeeding for more modesty. I don't know. I just need to figure out what to do with my stash yarn!

Friday, October 26, 2007

DNA coming along

Tomorrow is Carolyn's baby shower. I have 3 more rungs of the DNA ladder to knit and I need to sew in ends and assemble it!


Meanwhile, I have work, there's a Leopard launch party tonight (McKay signed us up to man the game booths), and I need to start making some of the baby shower food. Today will be a busy day!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Happy Friday!

So I (strangely) actually got something off the needles this week. After knitting in church and at Enrichment for 2 nights in a row (mostly talking, not knitting, though) and going to a Mac Users Group on campus with McKay (here's where lots of knitting got done), the soccer socks are off the needles...
...and into the "finish later" pile.


I needed those needles for this:


The DNA strand for Baby Duede! Her baby shower is next Saturday, so I need to get this going!

It needs to be stuffed as you go along, and the holes from the increases will be fixed up later. It's twisting at least! I was worried about it...


And today I have off (again). So I'm going to finish tidying from last week and do my laundry! Woohoo!

Speaking of knitting and tidying, I have a little story. I had a meeting after work on Wednesday, so I came home late. McKay had done some picking up of things around the house and the floor was nice and clear of debris (but also knitting stuff!) On the bed in a little row, was all my projects (like 5 or 6 of them).

"Here! I ordered them from most important to least important for you!"

Aww... He organized them for me... Well, when we went to bed that night, they all got put back on the floor (but this time, in ORDER!)

Friday, October 12, 2007

On My Mind

I should be cleaning, but all I can think about is knitting. And specifically knitting this beauty: you may remember it.

Without flash:

With flash:

Then I realized that I'm addicted to throwing yarn in bushes and taking pictures of it, so to spice things up, I chose a new setting.

I was trying to get the yellow of the fall leaves, but they turned out more green than yellow in this picture, sorry.

It's Millington by Heritage Handpaint in River Rouge, very yummy.

Now this has been sitting in my stash all summer and I haven't known what to do with it! It's handpainted and made in Michigan, so this one skein is all I have. I went looking at patterns and none of them are to my liking. I think I'm going to have to give up and try designing. Does that mean put all my other projects aside to have some fun knitting? We'll see... Some of these projects have deadlines. The soonest one needs to be done in 2 weeks and I've not even started it. Once I get those needles off the soccer socks, though, it should be good.

What shall I design? We will see about that; it is getting chilly now.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Wednesday again!

Welcome to WIP Wednesday!

I actually got a lot done this past week because of General Conference. Want 8-10 free hours in a weekend to just sit and knit while listening to great talks? General Conference is your ticket, my friend.

First up is a finished sock (minus duplicate stitched soccerball) and the beginning of its mate. There was a request for the yarn type. These socks are done in Plymouth's Dreambaby DK. It's 50% acrylic microfiber and 50% nylon. I chose the yarn because it's lighter than the 100% wool version I made for McKay and the recipient lives in Arizona. I also know that it's going to a home with 4 children and having special washing instructions for socks won't be very feasible. Acrylic is easy to wash.

Next up is everyone's favorite: Barf Scarf! It's halfway done. It needs one more skein to be "complete."


And because you want to see it up close, I made sure I got a picture of that, too.

Last is Lacanau. This is not put together yet (obviously) and the other sandal's pieces are also complete, but you only need to see one to get the picture. We just laid the two pieces on top of each other so you can get the idea.
And that's our door in the background with the Chicago flag in it. We live halfway under the ground.


I don't work the rest of the week due to Fall break at the elementary school I work at. This means Thursday and Friday are devoted to cleaning the house and then, if there's extra time, knitting. I need to finish the blue socks because I need the needles for the baby shower gift for C. Duede.

Speaking of the Duedes, they called last night and S's parents are in town. S's mom is monkeymom, and since we both knit, she brought me the items she's been working on. She is a FAST knitter (but she did have a 24 hour drive on the way here from Illinois). It was fun. C called and said, "My mother-in-law wants to meet you." I said sure, and in 5 minutes time, we had people over. Oh fun. The Duede's are our favorite married friends. They got engaged a couple of weeks before we did and married 2 months before us, plus both C and I are pregnant (she's due in December and I'm in March). So we have lots in common. It's just a strange relationship. Last Saturday C and I were talking (while our husbands were at priesthood session of Conference) about how it could have been the other way around: me with S and she with McKay. We both admitted to considering dating each other's significant others (before the sig. others were significant others). Yeah. That would have been...interesting.

I'm so glad I got the good end of that deal. McKay is way better for me than S. Plus S thought I was a lesbian at first, so I guess he probably would have never asked me out.

For the record, I'm straight. I guess I just have that...vibe? Oh well. Now I give off pregnant knitting tree-hugger vibe!

ANYWAY, if you want to see before and after shots of the fall cleaning, look on the bee in your bonnet later this week.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

One WIP

So I get the camera and look for my WIPs. I only find the one sock for Chad. I can't find Nicki's sandals ANYWHERE. This may mean it's time for cleaning the house.



It will have a soccer ball on the side in duplicate stitch when I'm done with it.

I think I can....

I think I can, I think I can...

I'm going to post pics tonight. I'm going to post pics tonight. I'm going to post pics tonight.

So, at school, Blogger and all photosites (aka flickr, etc) are blocked, so this is putting a damper on my Ravelry-ing and blogging. I have some WIPs for WIP Wednesday, so I'll put them up later.

And for those who want to find me on Ravelry, I'm TopHat. Pretty original, eh?

And my list of things to do gets longer by the day. Last night was beyond manageable. McKay decided to go to bed at 7:30 because he had only gotten 5 hours of sleep the night before due to an Art History test. I had stayed up to help him study (because for some reason I know all the ins and outs of Northern Renaissance painting... maybe I shouldn't have graduated in math). I figured, hey, I could sleep, also. But I couldn't. So I read the BFG. The whole book. An elementary school teacher had read it to us, but had never finished it, so I didn't know how it ended, so I asked one of the teachers at school if I could borrow theirs. Anyway, I should have got started on the second sock for Chad, but I didn't. And then, someone comes to the door around 8:15, and neither McKay nor I are properly dressed. Well, McKay was asleep and I was reading. I call out, "Just a minute!" and put some clothes on and cover McKay up with the blankets, but they were gone by the time I got to the door. That was the second time that day! Someone had knocked earlier that afternoon while I was napping, but I barely heard them and didn't get up. Oh, well. If it's important, they'll come back again.

Anyway, once the book was done, I figured it was 9 and that was my bed time, so I went to sleep.

After work, I'll post some pics and it'll be great.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Ravelry

Wow. So I got an invitation into Ravelry. As I learn more about it, it becomes SO MUCH COOLER.
I can organize my stash! Online! Wherever I am! If I'm in Siberia, I could whip out my Ravelry account and know how much yarn I have sitting at home. Cool. Features.

Oh. And my Ravelry page.

And I'm almost done with the first sock for Chad due to this new concept: knitting in church. I knit in church last week (ok, not at our local church, at one in Spanish Fork, so no one knew who I was; we were there for a baby blessing). And I knit during the General Relief Society Meeting last night when I went up to Salt Lake. I actually saw it in person in the Conference Center. That's right I'm cool. :) And then, I knit during sacrament meeting this morning and all I have left on that sock is to kitchener the top of the toe closed.

News in other realms: it snowed yesterday. It's melted down here, but you can see the snow up on the mountains. Father Winter isn't going to let us off easy this time.

And now, back to categorizing my stash. SO MUCH FUN!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Yummy!

So I promised these pictures earlier, but Sunday was very stormy and the lighting wasn't very good.
Monday I had a migraine (and it was still rainy). By migraine I mean: loss of peripheral vision in my right eye for 45 minutes, right hand gone numb and the right side of my tongue went numb. Now the tongue and the hand thing were new migraine issues for me, but supposedly they're pretty typical migraine issues. Anyway, I was NOT in the mood to be out of my bed once I got home from work.
And then Tuesday and Wednesday I was in pain because I slept funny Monday night. I'm actually still in a little pain from that, but it's ignorable now.

So here they are!


So this is the fabric I'm going to use for the baby sling (when I get around to it).


















And here's the yarn I got last week from ebay. You'll notice how I couldn't wait to start using it, so these skeins are somewhat...used. The one under the brown is supposed to be tinker-bellish green. I'm just really bad at photos.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

A Shameful Week's End

First the shame, and then the happy.

Even though Wednesday was spent traveling on planes and buses and I no longer have anything to do in the evenings BUT knit, I didn't finish as single project. And it's all my own fault, too, because I know that those socks could have been done (I have the pattern by heart) and that the barf scarf could have been done and.... oh! I just spent way too much time reading other people's blogs. I've only just turned the heel on the first sock. I'm such a failure.

But on the bright side, I got yarn in the mail today! It's raining outside, so the lighting is kind of bad for taking pics, but I'll get up pics once the rain stops. It's like Fall is reminding us that he's coming tomorrow. I also want to post a pic of the fabric that I'm going to make a baby sling from; it's gorgeous. And we'll see if I can't finish a sock tonight!

Oh right, the yarn that came in the mail is for Nicki's Lacanau. I also need to hurry up on that Christmas gift for McKay's dad. And all the other gifts I'm planning. Why aren't they all done yet? Because I'm a lazy bum.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Baby things

First, a couple of pictures of things I've had around for a while now, but couldn't post because I hadn't made the announcement.

A baby hat! I put a 3x5 inch index card in the picture so you can get an idea of the size. The fleece in the background is from a blanket that my mom made me for my graduation last month. I really like it. So soft...


I used the yarn that Life as a Mama gave me in a swap. I've had some people say the hat is huge, but I'm not worried about that since I'm under the impression that most babies are mostly head anyway. It'll be March (which means winter in Utah) so the hat'll be nice and warm. And if it's a girl, I'll add ruffles. Maybe like these (ignore the creepy look the model has). I'm not sure yet. It'll be cute, but what isn't cute on a baby?


And a couple of booteis out of the same yarn. Now these are the items that I think are too big. Oh well. What can you do? At least it'll have warm feet.

And of course, I have yarn remaining of that skein. What else to make?

Also, since we are in Babyland right now, I like the Flower Power hat in the new Knitty. It's so hard to find patterns for baby boys. Girls are so easy. I'm hoping for a girl since I can knit her cuter things, but I need to have a stock of boy patterns just in case. Flower Power could easily be either gender depending on which yarn you choose.

In the land of babies, but not my own, I've chosen the baby shower announcements for Carolyn.

Here's the front:
You can see the back here. I found it here.


And something I saw on another blog and baby related.

Ok. I think I'm done with my baby fix. I was just excited to tell you all and get to show my baby-related items off.


Meanwhile, back to cleaning the house and then knitting (I have today off!)

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

WIP Wednesday

Do you see these pixels on your screen? Straight from my computer to yours! That's right! The Internet is up and running again!
I have the Internet at work, but the elementary school's system blocks any and all online journalling sites, so I haven't been able to read or post any blogs.

But here we are!
And since it's Wednesday, and since I know you love works in progress, here are a couple pictures of the current ventures.


This is the beginning of Chad's sock. I wanted to do a cool rib on it, but at the yarn store, McKay convinced me to choose blue and to duplicate stitch a soccer ball onto the sides. The blue is for Chad's favorite soccer team, which actually doesn't exist anymore. I'd still go with my original idea: manly yarn, manly ribbing, but McKay swears Chad will like it. I hope he likes royal blue. And as you see, throwing your knitting onto the morning glories outside your apartment complex makes it look better.

But what it DOES NOT make look better is the Barf Scarf.
"Oh, you know how attached I was to Fluffy, so sad she had to die. I thought that if we shaved her, removed her entrails, turned her entrails into yarn and dipped it in the fur, it'd make a fantastic fashion statement. And I'll always have her with me."
Yes.
Actually the picture doesn't look that bad, but in real life that scarf is hideous. As I've said before, I'm only knitting it because the yarn was a gift and I don't want to just give the skeins to the thrift store... some poor fool might end up with Barf Mittens instead. The scarf is really the only way to go because I'm sure someone out there will buy it on Ebay.

So have a great Wednesday. I have to go update the Bonnet now and then read all of your guys' blogs since Friday. So much catching up!