Sunday, April 29, 2007

Nerdy Socks

Our internet went out on Friday and then we went to Boise for my friend's wedding this weekend, so the update is a little late.

Here're the Tech Guy Socks (pattern here)!
Don't you like it how McKay pulled up his pants so you could see them? Don't worry. He doesn't do that in real life. I told him to wear them when, in a couple of years, he goes in to work for Apple.

***Flash Forward 2 Years***
Setting: Job Interview with Apple Computers

Interviewer: "Why should we hire you over the other applicants?"
McKay puts his feet onto the desk and pulls up his pants.
"Because I have the uniform."


What? You want to know what progress I made during the 10 hour car trip? We'll see...tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Hooray!

Finals are over!

I'll have pictures of the progress of McKay's socks tonight. I think I'm going to go yarn shopping for Melissa's socks tonight also. (This doesn't count towards "Knit from your Stash;" This counts as an emergency: Melissa is going to spend a year and a half in Siberia, she NEEDS tall socks.)

Friday, April 20, 2007

still breathing

Now, before you all think I've died, I'm still only a quarter of the way through my finals, so I'm going to be doing those this weekend.
I've gotten a little knitting in, but nothing that really shows progress. I went to Enrichment on Tuesday night and learned to crochet. I don't think I could get a rhythm down with that. Knitting rhythmical, crochet is...straining. But that might be because I only just learned. I've learned enough for my needs (for embellishing my knitted projects), so I'm satisfied.
Meanwhile M. and I want to get a knitting/crocheting/etc group together. The Wednesday night time fell through, alas!
When the semester is over, I'll get more on top of my projects, I promise.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Must hold back...

Ok. So I'm not a very good student, but the weekend happened, and I allow myself to knit on the weekend as long as I'm studying during the week. It's like dieting; if you go cold turkey without some little reward, you'll fail.

So, during Carolyn's senior harp recital, I knitted a lot of McKay's first sock and I finished up with the kitchener that night. The body of the sock is done, it just needs its embellishments and a mate, as you can see from the sidebar. Also, they're planning on having a bundle of joy in December, so I need to find a project for them. Just kidding; I've already found it: Baby's First DNA model.

McKay's family called/contacted us a lot this week. An unusual amount (not that I mind, it was just out of the ordinary). Anyway, in one of these contacts, I was reminded/told for the first time of a project for McKay's dad's Christmas present, as you can see on the side. I've decided to do some knitting for this project, but I may do some quilting for it, too. McKay can help! I showed him the pattern I am currently working on (it's extremely easy) and he could definitely do it. He's a bit hesitant to get bit by the knitting bug, though. Also, I can't post pictures for that project until after Christmas, sorry.

Tonight for Enrichment, there is a group meeting to learn to crochet. And, I don't know how to crochet, which always surprises everyone. I personally think knitting is much more professional than crochet, so I've never had a desire, but sometimes patterns ask you to add a little crochet edge, and I'd like to be able to do that, so I'm going tonight to learn. And that was a long sentence.

Also, I've signed up for the Gnome Swap. More information for that soon. It sounds so exciting!

Also, based on the idea of Amanda1, who suggested the weave stitch, I've decided that my novelty yarn will be used for My So Called Scarf. It's not the weave stitch, but thinking weave stitch reminded me of that pic, so I'm going with that.

And now, work and finals...

Friday, April 13, 2007

Small Hiatus

Tomorrow I'm taking the Math Subject GRE, and then the semester ends next Tuesday and I have finals after that. I want to knit, and it's taking all my will power to keep myself from picking up my needles, but I really need to study instead. Expect few (if any) entries the next couple of weeks. Sorry about that.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Any Ideas?

I keep staring at the novelty yarn I got from RubyScarab. I don't know what to do with it because I normally don't buy yarn unless I have a specific pattern/idea in mind. Any suggestions (besides the basic scarf, more complicated scarf patterns may be suggested, though)? It's Moda Dea Cheri. I have 2 skeins of orange and a skein of red (see below for a pic).

I have thought about using the red for the Red Scarf Project, but I don't know how gender neutral you can make novelty yarn.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Row, row, row your boat

So McKay's socks are my second try at short row. I did very well on my mom's socks last summer, but McKay's socks tend to end up in bad luck. After tripping over myself and making big holes, I undid all my short row work and started over with it...again. And that is why the progress bar isn't moving today.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Scarf: completed!

So Jared's scarf is done! Here I am sewing up the last bit. Like my Easter outfit? My hair was less frizzy earlier today.


And here it is on the ironing board. It may need to be re-ironed when Jared gets it. Note that, Mom.
And here's what Amanda got me: the bag for holding yarn, some double pointed needles (shown with the other needles, but not distinguishable) and the novelty yarn.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Something Exciting in the Gifting Realm

First exciting thing: I'm almost done with back Jared's scarf. I spent 2 more hours on it last night and I have just a little more to do. Another hour and a half should finish that off.

Second exciting thing: Rubyscarab, the girl I tutor gave me an Easter present consisting of a yarn/project organizer, 3 skeins of yarn (it's been a while since I've had novelty yarn), size 4 double pointed needle set, and some stuffing (you know, for pillows/teddy bears). I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the stuffing, but I've got some ideas for the other stuff.

Finishing up Jared's project, I've been looking for some projects to use up my stash and this is what I've come up with:

Blue yarn leftover from my mom's socks last year: Fetching (or varient).
Thrift store yarn: After I finish the legwarmers, I may make a matching hat or bag.
Green from Jared's scarf: In all honesty, I have no idea and I have a skein and a half! I can probably come up with some use for the black, though.
Leaf green from Hersshy's scarf/hat. I made a scarf and hat for my roommate last year who was from Mexico. She needed to be warm. I have a good amount of this, so I think I'll make Mrs. Beeton for Rubyscarab as a thanks.
You'll notices the "Nerdy Sweater Vest" is now on my projects list. I bought the yarn for that last year, and now that I have learned Intarsia, I can do it. Every once and a while, you need a project for your self.

Projects for which I have no yarn yet:
Bonbon for the April Showers KAL.
Clessidra for Melissa who'll be going to Siberia and will need knee-high socks.
I'm also considering making Beth some pink/black striped leg warmers. I even know exactly how I want to make them, too. Tee hee!
I'm going to make my grandad a scarf for the winter. He lives in the Appalacians, so I think he deserves something warm.
Also, every Christmas, we are scheduled one of McKay's sibling's families gifts. Last Christmas we got Sam and Melinda and family Apples to Apples, which is a supreme game, but I think I want to knit things (and since McKay can knit now, it really will be a gift from both of us). This year we have Nicki (sp?) and Chad and family. My plans for Nicki involve lacanau. They live in Arizona, so I can't do very warm things. Eventually, I'll need plans for all their kids, too. I forget the ages/genders of her kids, but I hope someone is the right age so I can make Modello Giuditta.
Speaking of kids, I should make something for Nate and Laura's son, Sam. I found the perfect pattern for Magei, though: Reid.
So many plans. And the summer means one class at a time and I can schedule my own work hours. Finals in 2-1/2 weeks!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Getting there...

I bought fleece and have weaved my ends in, but now I'm sewing the scarf to the fleece, which is taking longer than I had expected. I also am behind in my school work, so we'll see how this plays out...

Also, Carolyn asked to borrow some needles, so my leg warmers are going to be put on hold until she gives those back (I have stitch holders on it right now). I've been thinking about the next thing I need to tackle... I promised someone wrist warmers last month. And Melissa is going on her mission to Siberia. And I still need to finish up McKay's gifts. Alas! So much to do. I think I'm going to have to flip a coin...

Monday, April 02, 2007

Conference Progress

So this past weekend was of the General Conference variety. This means I had many hours of cleaning, knitting, and cooking. So here's the knitting, as I promised.

Jared's scarf. I just bought the fleece and will weave in ends and back it soon:


And here's McKay's dishcloth. We have pictures of us knitting together, but they're on our neighbor's camera. I'll see if I can't get that precious picture.

April Showers Knit Along

So I've decided to join the April showers Knit Along, and McKay's already beat me in progress. For this, I'm going to attempt to make a Loofah. I just need the yarn. And buying that yarn doesn't count in my knit from my stash because it's a useful item and having the yarn on hand means I can make more loofahs as I need them. Or really as McKay needs them. He is really rough on his loofahs.

Anyway, during conference yesterday, I was making Jared's scarf. We listened to conference because we live on the first floor of a cinder block building (it's almost split level, where our apartment is halfway in the ground) and so we don't get a lot of reception for our antenna. For the same reason, our wireless internet is pretty unstable. So we decided to go the radio route. Well, the FM also had issues getting signals, so we did AM. I felt so old school, knitting whilst listening to the radio. Anyway, since we weren't watching it, McKay was just sitting there, well, sitting there, so he got my cotton yarn and held it out to me, which I took as an attempt to ask me to teach him to knit. So I did. And I taught him to do a granny square washcloth. So he's already all upons this KAL. In fact, we have a picture of it! (see above)

Knit from your stash

Knit from your stash along.
I found this along and I wholly agree with the concept. I'm just going to tweak my rules.

Rule 1: I will finish everything that is currently waiting in my queue by the end of the year. Because most of my stash is unfinished projects, this will deplete my stash.

Rule 2: When emergency knitting needs to be done, I will buy new yarn and not feel guilty about it. Emergency knitting includes gifts for Christmas/birthdays, and most specifically, Melissa's socks*.

Rule 3: Whenever possible, I will try to get yarn from thrift stores (or old sweaters from thrift stores).


*Melissa, my roommate from last year just got her mission call to the Russia Novosibirsk mission, which is in the middle of Siberia. She's from Las Vegas and has NO winter clothing, so I'm going to make her socks that go to her knees (as she'll be wearing skirts and dresses in Siberia for a year and a half).