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...


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...
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!)