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


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.