Friday, December 05, 2008

Sock

Here's pictures of a sock I finished, but it's too small to fit around my heel- let alone the recipient's heel. I'm going to have to frog some of this to fix that.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sally

I've been working on a Sally Doll for Margaret for Christmas. I currently have the head, body, 2 arms, and most of the dress done. Here's the head and body and part of an arm. :)


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Sewing

Instead of knitting I've been sewing. To win a sling I've sewn, go here!

Meanwhile, I've been having a great fun love affair with ravelry. I'll need to post about it soon.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Poll on the side

So this blog is needing a makeover. I don't knit as much as I used to- I try, though. Having a 7 month old changes a lot. :)

I'm thinking about just completely switching over to The Bee in Your Bonnet. I post there more often and I can just post my knitting projects there. I'll keep this blog up so people can still read it, but probably not post.

Or I can leave it how it is and just not post here as often.

Tell me what you think in the comments or on the poll on the side. :)

Maybe I just need to rededicate myself to knitting and post more often...

Monday, October 27, 2008

Cowls?

Can someone explain the interest in cowls? I've been seeing lots of knitting blogs lately with cowls. I don't think I understand it. Someone should try to convert me to the cowl.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Sewing

No knitting lately. Instead I've been sewing McKay's and Margaret's Halloween costumes.




I've got a PhD in Horribleness. ;)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Baby Legs!

Margaret is a girl, so she wears dresses occasionally. However, if the winter continues how it's started, her legs will freeze right off. That is why we I made some Baby Legs!



Pattern: Legwarmies
Yarn: baby Cocoon by Cleckheaton Yarns



I had three colors: pink, purple, and green. I had twice as much pink and green than purple, so I rolled a dice (D12) to determine my next color, with pink or green being twice as likely as purple. I re-rolled my dice to determine how many rows to do in that color. This way the legwarmers don't "match" except that they do. :)

Definitely makes diaper changes easier- don't have to take pants off!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Winter

The high today is 40.

I have so much to knit to keep my baby warm.

My list (in no particular order):

Socks for my friend whose birthday is today
Breasts
Doll for Margaret
1 more baby leg to finish off the pair for Margaret
a hat for Margaret
Mittens for Margaret?
Hat for Beth
Hat for McKay
Scarf for McKay
Wrist warmers for me

Not knitting that I have to do:
mending my skirt, McKay's shirt
sew Halloween costumes!
Sew some longies and post a "How to recycle sweaters into longies" post

On my way to knit!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Juju

Here are some longies I knit last weekend. I used the Juju pattern from Knitty. I added holes for a drawstring instead of bothering with elastic. The yarn is Paton's Classic Merino that I got on sale last winter. It took 1-1/2 skeins.

In progress:

Finished!

Lanolized and ready for diapering! She did get up to standing by the box, but it kept moving away from her, so it took a little while. :)

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Magic

Knitting is magic. Taking string and turning it into something useful= magic.

And those of you in the knitting realm might know also that wool is magic. Very magic.

The amazing properties of wool are summarized at the wikipedia article.

But the properties of wool that are most attractive to me right now include:
  • wicks away moisture
  • feels dry even when somewhat wet.p
  • flame-resisitant
  • odor-resistant
Yes. I'm making longies.

I don't know why I didn't jump on the longer and soaker bandwagon earlier. Well, I knit soakers, but I didn't use them as soakers. It's great. I only have to wash them when they get smelly- although McKay tells me they're always smelly. McKay, wool smelling like wool isn't smelly. Wool smelling like urine is. :)

And lanolizing them is a much easier process than I imagined. I have a spray-on lanolin that I bought at Target*, of all places. Hmm... I have some Target gift cards I need to use...

It's great! Everytime I change I diaper, I switch out the longie/soaker and let the other one air out. I can then re-use the aired-out one later without having to wash it! Woohoo!

Plus, I can use up some stash.

Right now I'm making Knitty's Juju with some Paton's Merino that I got on clearance last year. I have a picture, but the computer with the picture on it is indisposed right now.


*Although Targaret may seem less evil than Walmart on the outside, they have a really really really pathetic return policy (must have receipt and you must exchange for something in the same department- bleh!). I'm not a big fan of businesses that aren't customer friendly, but that's just me.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Bag Holder

In an attempt to organize my house better, I made a plastic bag holder. It holds about 25 plastic grocery bags.


I used this pattern that I found on Ravelry. The yarn I used was some acrylic yarn I re-purposed. It once belonged to a friend who decided she didn't like the blanket it was making.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

UC Swap


On the Unassisted Childbirth forums, a small group of us wanted to have a swap. This is what I made for MrsRAZ's little girl- MrsRAZ is her ravelry name. :)

I used the Flora Dress pattern and elann.com's Sonata yarn in the wine color.

I love it and I think I'll make one for Margaret, but with some ruffle sleeves for next summer.

Purple Hair


I don't normally use Fun Fur, but this was an exception.

Earlier this year a little girl in our playgroup was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 2. She lost a lot of her hair and so eventually they just shaved it off. I saw this pattern at HeadHuggers and thought, "If I were 2, I'd want purple hair!"

So I asked her mom what color she wanted (and it was purple, like I guess). So this hat is for Serenity. Margaret is just modeling it here. It'll be sent off to its owner soon!

Oh, and HeadHuggers has a lot of great hats. Check them out!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Jaywalkers

My Jaywalker Socks! I finally got over my SSS on these. Finished them yesterday!

The yarn is Schachenmayr nomotta Regia Silk Color which I got from a swap. Colorway: 0184.

Link to the project on Ravelry here.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

SSS: DEFEATED!

I've just turned the heel of a sock I started in March! WOW! Pictures later!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Ravelry

I love ravelry. I've been reading a thread about pooling. It makes me want to buy variegated yarn!

In the meantime, I've finished a surprise project, so pictures won't be posted until that person gets it.

I'm working on another surprise.

And I'm knitting 10 breasts for a lady who is planning on teaching a breastfeeding class.


Hooray!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Friday Fill-ins

1. Dancing to the song "I Like to Move It, Move It" while in labor makes me give birth (it was playing at some point during my pushing stage at the end).

2. The last time I slept in I nearly slept 'til 9.

3. When I drive I make an effort to take advantage of going down hill.

4. I saw two grasshoppers standing by my front door.

5. Give me yarn, give me time, give me a party.

6. Next week I am looking forward to knitting some breasts for a lady who teaches classes in breastfeeding!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to having the house clean, tomorrow my plans include the farmer's market and Sunday, I want to sleep in!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Getting back on

Ok. Knitting. I've been knitting. Knitting knitting.

I'm currently finishing up a dress for someone's daughter who I met online in the UC forums. It'll be cute. Cute Cute Cute. If it turns out as great as I think it will, I'll be making one for Margaret!

I'm also working on a doll for Margaret (out of some beautiful organic cotton yarn!), but it's on hold for that dress.

I'm also going to the store to get some fun fur.

WHAT?!

Yeah. Fun Fur. I know, I know. Not a knitter's ideal yarn, but it's for a good cause. There's a little girl with leukemia- I think she's 2. And I want to make her one of these hats. It'll be purple. Oh man. I want a purple hair hat!

And I might be commissioned to make some breasts. There's a lady in the area who teaches about breastfeeding and she needs some knitted breasts. I love breastfeeding and I love knitting. This is going to be fun.

So conclusion? I'm in my groove again. In fact, our ward now has a yarn enrichment group: for knitting, crocheting, spinning.

And for those of you in Utah Valley that were at the SnB last night- I really would have gone, except it was my anniversary. Sorry!

Friday, August 08, 2008

Friday Fill-ins

X-posted here.

1. You know you're old when your favorite sitcoms are on "Nick at Nite".

2. My heart is divided between Project: Pigeon Hole and knitting.

3. A clean house and motivation is what I need RIGHT NOW!

4. I have felt the excitement, I have known the depths of anticipation (hey, it can run deep).

5. Gah, won't these people just be nice.

6. Apologize as soon as you can!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to Wall*E, tomorrow my plans include shaping up the house and Sunday, I want to knit knit knit and nap!

Do your own fill-ins!




So yeah. I do want to knit knit knit, but I can't seem to get my knitting groove on. I have many things on the needles, but barely any motivation.

Where do you all find your motivation?
Currently, some of my motivation is this blog- keeping it updated. And some comes from all your awesome knitting blogs. But sometimes it's less like motivation and more like guilt for not posting...

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Make over

When we had our baby, we became the new owners of all kinds of second-hand stuff. Some of this included these 5 onesies. They have never been worn, but they came second-hand nonetheless.


They had writing on them such as "spoiled"

and "grandma magnet"
and some others: "princess," "2004," you know the deal. Now, while some people consider these cute, I'm not a fan of labeling my daughter as "spoiled," so last week, I taught myself crochet.

The end result?


Wait- weren't there 5?
Oh yes!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Toddler socks?


They might be more like 9 month socks. They aren't for Margaret- I took special care that the stripes lined up as best as I could so I could sell them on etsy. So they're going into my etsy stash along with some other stuff.

Meanwhile, I've started knitting Margaret a doll.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Friday Fill-ins

It's Friday again!
cross-posted on http://itsallaboutthehat.blogspot.com

1. Oh, I can't wait until I have a washer and dryer.

2. Key lime juice is the first thing I see when I open my refrigerator.

3. I never leave home without the diaper bag.

4. If I were a condiment, I would be mustard because it's so simple: mustard seed, vinegar, paprika.

5. Turning into the far lane and not using turn signals is really high up on my list of pet peeves.

6. The last thing I thought of before I went to bed was "I hope Margaret's cold disappears over night, poor girl!"

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to seeing my parents, tomorrow my plans include something involving my family-a museum, maybe? WallE? and Sunday, I want to be with my friends at church!





I have a FO that I haven't photographed yet. Look for it soon!

Monday, July 07, 2008

Ready and Willing

My freetime these past few weeks has been winding some yarn that a friend sold me to repurpose. This is just a portion.


I've started up my knittig needles again!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Where are they now?

Remember my "waiting for baby" knitted uterus? It was a nice quick project for those last days of pregnancy. Where is it now?


Yum?




And on Friday I bought some yarn from a friend who was trying to de-clutter her stash. Now I have 4 bags of yarn to wind! Lucky me!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Friday Fill-ins


1. A smile is the best kind of encouragement.
2. Apples to Apples is my favorite board or card game.
3. I would love to have more yarn in my life and less procrastination.
4. When I think of the Summer Solstice, I think of staying up really late to enjoy every bit of sunshine.
5. I just remembered I need to call the newspaper.
6. One of my favorite song lyrics goes like this: I get knocked down, but I get up again.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to either a potluck, wedding reception or stake activity, tomorrow my plans include Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband and Sunday, I want to visit teach!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Adventures in sewing

I love knitting, but I've decided I need to branch out in the world of crafts. I want to get my etsy shop up and rolling and I don't want to confine it to knits. So, I've been practicing other crafts. Here's my sewing showcase:

I made a little apron for Margaret. She'll get to use it when she's older. It has a pocket!



And a bow!

And because I need to be more thrifty and environmentally friendly, I used the scraps, some leftover fleece from a Christmas craft, and terry cloth to make some nursing pads.
I made 3 pairs and last week at the family reunion, I wore them. They work like a charm! (I have quite the overactive letdown- it's more of a hyperactive letdown.)

Anyway, because I'd like to make things from scraps and thriftstore goodies, I'm going to venture out and try new crafts. I'm still knitting (in fact my head has been spinning with knitting ideas and patterns- I just need to finish them!)

Monday, June 16, 2008

Monday Fill Ins?

A vacation has been taken, knitting has been done, and Friday Fill ins was missed. Here are my fill ins and once the crazy "catch up for being gone for a week" business is over, I'll be posting.

1. Project: Pigeon Hole is high up on my bucket list. (It's kind of top secret, so I won't tell you what it all entails.)
2. My favorite quote is "A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes"; it's from Hugh Downs.
3. The 100 Hour Board inspired me to start blogging.
4. Strawberries are best in my mouth.
5. My top right canine tooth fell out in the last dream I remember having. (Interestingly, here's what losing your teeth in a dream supposedly means.)
6. The most enjoyable time to go for a walk is anytime.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight (Friday night) I (was) looking forward to relaxing and actually keeping a meal in my stomach, tomorrow (Saturday) my plans include(d) a sour dough pancake breakfast and Sunday, I want(ed) to come home!

Friday, June 06, 2008

Friday Fillins

1. Idle hands are rare when you have a baby, knitting, and a house to clean.
2. I love taking my time in the shower.
3. My favorite time of the day is when I wake up next to my two favorite people.
4. The last tea I drank was red raspberry leaf tea when I was pregnant.
5. I like to ride my bike in the Summer.
6. My mother always said the number "50 million" it was like her favorite number.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to having a Brazilian barbeque, tomorrow my plans include a tie-dyeing LLL fundraiser and Sunday, I want to go to Relief Society!


Friday, May 30, 2008

Friday Fill-ins

1. For me conformity is the opposite of creativity.
2. The Milk of Hathor was the last excellent book I read.
3. I like fill-ins because it reminds me it's Friday already.
4. In nature I like looking at the trees, as does my baby. Really I just like watching her watch the trees.
5. The people should win the US elections. (isn't this government for the people? Then why is it that it's the corporations that are winning at my expense?- I'm a person!)
6. The last time I laughed with all my belly was playgroup yesterday- or was it when I made those cookies with my secret icing recipe?.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to camping, tomorrow my plans include a blessingway and Sunday, I want to curl my hair!


Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Preview

of things to come...
This is what my fingers were looking at yesterday and will look at more today. Oh dearie...

Friday, May 23, 2008

Friday Fill-ins

1. On my laziest day I like to read!
2. Knitting makes me feel like I'm being productive.
3. I love little baby toes (I think they look like tiny grapes) and big baby tummies, which I think look like Werther's Originals.
4. This summer I want to start working on Project: Pigeon Hole again.
5. Other people's funny made me start my blog.
6. Red is the flavor of Powerade I drank during my labor and orange was the color of my softball team when I was 8 (the Lazers) .
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to getting over this illness (I've been sick-bleh), tomorrow my plans include playing Deadlands and Sunday, I want to make cookies!




(Cross posted here)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Hitting the SaK

(Sewing and Knitting)

It seems that lately, the knitting blogs I've been reading have also featured some sewing, so I figured I'd feature some also.

I made an apron and finished a sock. It's slow going with a baby and with a secret side project that I can't show you the progress of.

Here's my apron:
I'll be making a little one for Margaret for when she gets older. It's all cut out and ready to sew, I just need to get my machine set up.

And my Jaywalkers:


Ok. It's just one Jaywalker. This sock will probably experience some SSS while I knit up a gift with the needles. Sure, I could buy more needles, but I'd rather have a limited number of WIPs going at once.

By the way, the yarn is Regia Silk Color. It works great with the Jaywalker pattern!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Friday Fill-ins

(cross-posted here)

1. There is absolutely NO way you can get me to ignore my baby's cries!
2. The tilt of the earth, causing the sun to rise earlier and set later, reminds me that summer is almost here!
3. I cannot live without my lungs or any other vital organ.
4. Running a marathon and knitting socks on two circulars are two things I'd like to try.
5. When life hands you lemons put them down your disposal (it'll make your kitchen smell better).
6. My grandpa is my favorite childhood memory (which is why we named Margaret after him- her middle name*).
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to being spontaneous and just doing somehing, tomorrow my plans include car shopping and garage sale-ing and Sunday, I want to go to church!

To grab you own fill ins, go here.

*it's lucky that both of her grandmas also have the same middle name, eh?

Sunday, May 11, 2008

The urge

I've gotten it back- the urge to knit. And not just knit baby items. REALLY knit. In fact, I think I want to get over my SSS. (gasp!)

What did it? Well, I went to the library. I got a few books I'd been wanting, but then I stopped by to knitting section. I'm working on a project for a friend and thought I'd see what pattern books the library owns. Then I saw some of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's books and took up one.

It made me want to get really into knitting again.

Now, I haven't actually delved into knitting yet (except for that project), but I will show what I have done.

I went through my stash and found all of my loose balls of yarn. And I wound them

because believe me, they were a mess!

Now I have all these little balls in my basket!
A lot of the balls are very small, but the yarn will be great for embellishing.

And now that my stash is in control, I can go to!

Friday, May 09, 2008

Friday Fill-ins and Promise

So Sara and Joe of the Baby a Baby Swap do this thing called Friday Fill-ins. I decided to start it, too. Here's this week's Fill-in*.

1. The chicken soup had an extra secret ingredient; it was Bisquick!
2. On Wednesday, the rain drenched my drying dishes by pounding through my window.
3. Right now, I need my size 1 knitting needles free.
4. Nowhere is where I went Thursday night; it was relaxing and frustrating at the same time.
5. Why does watching your baby struggle with a stuffy nose hurt so much?
6. All I can think of is the secret knitting project I'm planning for a friend.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to making Cocoa Butt Banana Cake, tomorrow my plans include a walk for supporting adoption and Sunday, I want to get more knitting done!

*For the future, I will post the Fill-in both here and on my personal blog just because. Also, be prepared for some fiber content later today (and pics). (hahaha! Fiber content- it's a knitting term and a reference to blog content!)

There won't be any WIP pictures because the WIP I'm working on right now is that surprise gift for a friend mentioned above.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Into the swing of things

I finished those baby socks- they were just what I needed to get me back up and into the knitting realm. I was kind of out of it for a few weeks and didn't feel like knitting. At church, I was noticing all the pregnant women- I should knit them all baby socks! They're quick, easy. And a part of me is actually wanting to get over my second sock syndrome. (Goodness!)

What will I knit up this week? Hmm... Look at all that untouched yarn...

Monday, April 28, 2008

Summer Premie?

A lady in our ward had a baby last week- 2 months early. The poor babe is spending her time in the NICU right now. I'd like to knit something for her, but it's going to be summer soon. What can you knit for a baby in the summer? It's too warm for the normal things!

Cozy hats and booties are out, sweaters are out, blankets are out (this is her 2nd baby, so I'm sure she already has plenty from her first). I'm pretty sure she doesn't cloth diaper, so soakers or longies are out.

I guess I could make baby socks. I do have some leftover yarn from the 5 hour sweater and tiny booties I made for my little girl... Actually, I have a lot of leftover yarn. I could probably get 2 pairs of socks in.

Goals today: Go to the park, knit. I wonder how much knitting I'll get done with a little babe around. This'll be fun!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Earth Day Yarning


I tutor a friend in math right now and as payment, she's been giving me little baby scarves and hats that her sister uses as packaging material (knits as packaging material? new to me!) and has offered to pay for any babysitters we might need this summer.

The thing is, at the rate my babe is growing (she was 10lbs. 9 oz on Sunday), she doesn't fit the hats. So now I have all these knits and nothing to do with them...

The thrifty/eco-friendly knitter knows exactly what to do: reuse the yarn! So I'm going to be winding a few balls of yarn today. The scraps will be great for little baby collage-like clothes or for squares for an afghan. She also gave me an adult-sized scarf that could be made into longies (if I could figure out if it's wool or acrylic).

This makes me want to go to the thrift store to see if there are any wool sweaters for cheap that I can tear apart... Maybe next week. I have a busy day today.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Since the Baby

Where have I been? I've been knitting some, occasionally.

The popular 5 hour baby sweater but without the eyelets. I really liked the construction of this- very clever. The yarn is very light so we can use it as a little spring sweater for those slightly chilly days.


Cute slippers! A little big at the moment.


I also knit a little hat- I'll get a good picture of it soon.


And here's Margaret wearing the little soaker I made. It's a little snug because she's now 10lbs and it's sized for a newborn (which she is- she's just a big newborn).