Monday, December 8, 2008
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But finally things are back to normal. The house is decorated and ready for Christmas and I'm in Christmas knitting mode.
I tried to finish as much as possible to take with me to Texas so save on shipping costs. All of the purchased gifts made the trip with us but only one handknit was ready to go in time. I made a pair of toeless socks for my mother.
She and my sister are easy to make socks for because we all have the same size foot. (which is why I'm modeling these socks) I really think mom is going to love these because she always says she breathes through her feet and is always cutting the toes off her socks.
I'm currently working on a pair of socks for my sister which will hopefully be done tonight or tomorrow. I'll have pictures of those as soon as they are done.
I've got a couple more posts to make today and tomorrow so be on the lookout.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I really don't have all that much in the way of an update to the happenings of life, it's been mostly dull. I've been playing a lot of World of Warcraft lately. The only excitement around was last Friday when Aristotle got in a fight with one of his doggy friends. Nobody really knows what happened and the other dog-mommy insists that it just happens sometimes and we shouldn't worry. We still feel bad and insist on paying half of her vet bills.
So, there you have it, that's really the only exciting thing that has happened since the last time I posted. Let's get on to some papercrafting news.
If you remember my last post I mentioned that we went to a wedding in Sedona. It was a really lovely wedding of a dear knitting friend. I promised you I would post a picture of the gift I made for them, and I certainly don't want to disappoint! Without further ado, here is the set of Thank You cards and box I made.
She had a totally DIY wedding and it was beautiful. I just wanted to make sure that after it was all done that she could relax. So, I used her invitations as a starting point in figuring out a color scheme and set out to make the Thank You cards. In the end, I think it turned out great, the box fit all 40 cards and envelopes perfectly. The best part....she loved them! (and I did save her time just like I had hoped since she didn't have to make them herself)
In other news, my sister's birthday was November 7th. Since I'm no there to take her out to give her a gift, I sent along this card/gift card holder.
That's pretty much all I have for now...but get ready as there are some big plans for some virtual classes coming to my blog soon.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Last weekend, to kick off vacation we initiated a new tradition in our household. Growing up my family never carved pumpkins and it just sounded like so much fun that we decided to start a new tradition. So while out shopping I found the perfect little pumpkin and this is what we came up with.....
cleaning out the pumpkin:
(obviously NOT my favorite part and never again to be my job)
And finally, the end result:
And, the biggest reason I haven't been around this past week...the reason for the vacation...
We celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary on Wednesday. And our 4th year together on Thursday.
I promise not to be gone so long again. Next time I'll tell you about our trip to Sedona for a friend's wedding!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
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I'll be back with pictures as soon as I figure out where my camera charger is hiding.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Look at the picture on the box, isn't that pretty? It was kind of late at night when I took the photos so sorry about the flash.
And look at the goodies! I can't wait to try and find the perfect pattern to use with the yarns.
There are 2 skeins of Novita Luxus Wind and 2 skeins of Novita Malibu. Katja also sent along some Finnish candies that my husband is loving and some Finnish chocolate that I will have to share with him. Unfortunately I didn't get to the mail fast enough and so it sat in the mailbox melting until we got it. (nothing a short stint in the fridge can't fix!)
Thanks again Katja, you have been such a wonderful SP partner and I really do hope that we can continue our friendship!
For those of you wondering about the house, have no fear, I will be making another post soon with all the updates.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
We had just gotten home from picking up a Craigslist find and were settling in for the evening getting ready to cook dinner and doing a bit of laundry. Hubby started dinner and went to take the trash out while I started some laundry. Hubby came in from the garage and as he rounded the corner into the living room he started yelling. The pot on the stove was on fire! He tried to put it out as I came running and he saw it wasn't going to stop he yelled for me to call 911.
Everyone is ok, we got all the animals out of the house and over to the neighbors but not before I freaked out. I was on the phone while he was searching for the animals and he couldn't find Ellie...thats when I freaked. I wouldn't know what to do if I'd lost one of the animals. As soon as I saw that she was ok I stopped crying and collected myself.
So what once looked like this:
Now looks like this: (angle is different)
and the oven is in the back yard for now
We were the talk of the neighborhood tonight, one family even brought out their grandmother in her wheelchair to stare at us. Talk about humiliating! Thankfully the neighbors were home to take the animals for us until the fire department left and we got a bit of initial clean up done. Tomorrow we start the heavy duty cleaning going through each room and washing EVERYTHING!
The firemen probably thought I was crazy because as soon as we walked back in the house I gasped...the first thing I thought was "damn, I have to repaint the whole kitchen!" To me it looks devastating, but I know it could have been so much worse. I just can't let myself think of if that had happened.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
- Photographing and posting yarn to my Ravelry Stash (still not done but Flickr won't let me upload more until next month)
- Organizing said stash into something other than piles
- lots of jewelry making (mostly earrings)
- making lots of cards
- general cleaning, getting ready for MyMary who will be here next week!!!!! :)
- making loads of progress on my Gathered Pullover sweater (sadly no photos, soon though)
- a completed pair of Dunes of Tinfou socks, pictures to follow soon I promise
I'm sure there has been more but this is really all that I can think of at the moment. It's getting late so I'm going but I'll leave you with a few pictures of some cards I've made lately. These open up to a show a Ghiradelli Chocolate Square. If you are interested, they are $5 each or $12 for 3.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
This weeks question:
I’m sure most of us have a proudest moment when it comes to knitting. A project or technique that you’ve tackled and completed beautifully. What is your proudest knitting moment??
And on the flip side? What is the one thing that you can’t get right? What is that one project that you’ve never been able to complete? Or that you did complete but then hid away instantly because it was too embarrassing?
So far my proudest moment had to be completing a pair of socks in just 4 days. I decided to push myself this year and try my hand at Sock Wars. After a rough start not being able to figure out parts of the pattern, I knit like the wind and was able to kill off 3 people before my assassin found me.
On the other side of that is my very first knit purse, which still is just an eyesore. I know what needs to be done to fix it but I'm not likely to do it. I'll probably keep it around as a reminder of my improvements.
I'm hoping to get a real post up sometime tomorrow complete with pictures since my USB port seems to finally be working. Look for a picture heavy post coming soon to a blog near you!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Question #9 - Have you ever entered your knitting (or anything else) in the fair? Would you ever consider it?
It has never even occurred to me to enter anything in the fair so of course I've never done it. And now that I've been reading a few blogs and seen a few people entering their knitting in the fair it has me thinking. Maybe one day I will but it's still a ways off.
Question #10 - What Olympic event would best descibe your knitting/knitting style?
I honestly can't say since I don't watch the Olympics. Not to mention I haven't had nearly enough coffee to come up with a decent metaphor. Maybe cross country marathons because I can stay focused on one project if I put my mind to it.
Question #11 - What is the best thing you've ever received in the mail/post?
Anything that isn't a bill or junk mail!
Friday, August 15, 2008
McDonald's Drive-thru girl
Receptionist for interior decorator from hell
Nanny to my little Sunshine whom I miss every day
Four movies I can watch over and over:
The Princess Bride - there are just too many good lines in this movie
Grease - and don't even try to stop me from singing along
anything with "The Rock" in it because he's yummy!
Mary Poppins - again the singing along thing gets me every time
Four TV shows I love to watch:
HGTV's Design Star - because you never know when you'll see something you want to do in your own home
House - he ROCKS
How I Met Your Mother - they make me laugh
Boston Legal - again...they make me laugh
Four places I’ve been on vacation:
DisneyWorld - otherwise known as my honeymoon, we had a great time and would like to go back
France - this is definitely one to do again, I went when I was in high school. I want to do it over as an adult
Blue Eye, MO - hubby's family goes every year for family reunion, we go whenever we can. I've never had this much fun at my own family reunion!
Home - it's nice to be lazy around the house sometimes
Four favorite dishes:
Chili Cheeseburger - from Red Robin with 4 different cheeses
Chicken Bryan from Carraba's
Crab cakes with roumalade sauce
Four Websites I visit daily:
Four places I’d rather be:
swimming in a HUGE yarn stash of my very own
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
I don't really have a favorite supper for hot months. Granted I try to stay away from things like chili....unless it's on a burger or a hot dog. I've never been one to shy away from a food just because of the weather outside, if I am craving it, I eat it.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
I started teaching classes a couple of weeks ago and I'm really please with how well everyone did. None of my students had any experience with card making and they all did so well on their cards. I don't have pictures of their work but here are the cards we made.
As the weeks go by I'll be posting pictures of more of cards and projects, and will do my best to have a recipe for each item...however, it's already 2:45 AM here so you'll have to forgive me this time.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
First up, is the MS7 Shawl, which most people have long since completed and I am still working on. Truth be told, I was diligently working on this shawl through the first clues and then went on vacation back in April and didn't take it with me. (it's my first lace so naturally a quiet time knit) Next thing I know, it's been 3 months since I picked it up again.
Imbolc by Renee Leverington (rav link)
Remember the curse I mentioned? Well I think it all started with this shawl, I think it is mad at me for putting it down for so long. Anyway, I am back at it though slowly right now due to these Mystery Socks I've been working on.
Mystery Sock June 08 by Renee Leverington (rav link)
I have had to frog this sock 3 times but I think I've finally got it. They are going be very warm socks, they are done in a DK weight and the cable pattern makes for thick socks. I am loving how the colors are working together.
Well that's all for me, next up is going to be some card making I've been doing.
Game: Phase 10 or Rummy
Color: these days teal and purple
Broadway play I have seen: Les Miserables
Broadway Musical I have seen: Phantom of the Opera
Song: Merideth Brooks "Bitch"
American city I have visited: New York City
Foreign city I have visited: Paris, France
Book: anything by Clive Barker, Stephen King, Gregory MacGuire, Ann Rice or Christopher Rice
Children's Book: Dr. Suess all the way
Classic television show: Family Ties
Recent television show: House
Actor: Tom Hanks
Actress: not sure
Perfume: almost anything in a pretty bottle
Food: Fettucini Alfredo
Dessert: caramel anything
Chain Restaurant: Chili's
Local Restaurant: Oregeno's
Car: still deciding
Kitchen Appliance: coffee pot
Home Appliance: my computer
Beauty Product: Japanese Cherry Blossom shower gel by Bath & Body Works
Piece of clothing: swimsuit.....it's Arizona after all
HGTV Show: Design Star
Food Network show: don't know, rarely watch it
Author: see fave book above
Male Songwriter: Rob Thomas
Female Songwriter: unsure
Ballet I have seen: The Nutcracker
Disney character: Tinkerbell
Flower: Tiger Lily
Non-Alcoholic drink: caramel frappuccino
Magazine: Interweave Knits
Animated movie: Lion King
Male vocalist: Rob Thomas
Day of the week: Saturday
Household Chore: no such thing
Ice Cream: Dulce de Leche from Hagan Daaz
Candy: Nilla Cakesters
Artist: too much beauty to choose from
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
What is your favorite type of project to take along on holiday/vacation?
I like to take small projects with me when I travel, socks or purses usually. I always seem to have a sock on the needles so it's pretty easy to decide what to take with me and I don't worry about not having enough because I like to try and plan a visit to a yarn store anyway so I will invariably come out with more yarn.
What is(are) your favorite place(s) to knit?
Oh this is easy....my office, the couch or any Starbucks!
What supplies (besides yarn & needles) make the setting perfect for knitting?
Other than the necessities (scissors, etc.) natural light and a nice venti Caramel Frappucino make for the perfect setting.
Monday, July 21, 2008
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Thursday, July 10, 2008
Well I can't say that I've ever really gone on a vacation outside of visiting family. Though I have to admit that DH's family reunion is pretty cool, they all get together for a week near Branson, MO for camping, fishing and fun. I don't suppose I have a favorite vacation location yet.
2) Where is one place you’d like to go?
I'd love to visit Ireland someday, it has always been a dream of mine.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
You Are a Frappacino
At your best, you are: fun loving, sweet, and modern
At your worst, you are: childish and over indulgent
You drink coffee when: you're craving something sweet
Your caffeine addiction level: low
They've certainly got me pegged, Frapps are my fave drink!
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Too bad, hubby says I can't have one, the windows could use a good washing. Maybe this guy does lawn clean up too, the leaves are outta control and I'd LOVE to see the looks on my neighbors faces when they see a nude guy cleaning leaves out of my front yard.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
2) What yarn do you never want to be without?**
I think I definitely need some basic Cascade 220 to make my stash more complete. I don't have any at the moment but would love to get some and keep it in my stash at all times. It makes for great felting. And also Noro yarns make a great stash staple in my mind. I just cast on with my last skein of Noro so it's going to be time to do some stashing soon. (right after that lottery win)
I never again want to be without lace yarn or sock yarn.
Friday, June 27, 2008
There are lots more photos here.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
I guess it would have to be no school. Long days of playing with friends and riding bikes around the neighborhood and getting sunburned. (not that that part was fun, just always happened)
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
This is cruel and unusual punishment for a stash whore like myself. I've been doing really well buying yarn with projects in mind for a while now, before I was just buying yarn because I thought it was pretty and then would end up with not enough to do the project that I finally decided on a year or so later.
What do you think? Is this something I should be ok with or is this cruel and unusual treatment that we should take to knitters court?
Friday, June 13, 2008
I'm going to say Starbucks' Caramel Frappuccino. Though seriously there is never a bad time for year for this drink, it's a year round fave of mine.
Other than that, I drink a lot more water during the summer but here in Arizona that's kind of a necessity.
Here are a few pictures of him...as you can see he is already getting comfortable with us as well.
In this last photo, Ellie is trying to figure out what he is doing upside down.
Monday, June 9, 2008
I have not found any fibers that I absolutely hate. I have had one skein of superwash merino that was just awful but that is an exception because most of my superwash merino has been really great. I'm always interested in trying new fibers or brands that I haven't tried before.
I am currently gathering yarn to work on 2 different afghans that are going to be long term projects. I'm making the Shelly Kang Sock Yarn Blankie and am always in need of leftover sock yarn. I'm also wanting to make the Lizard Ridge Afghan and have been hinting that I need lots of Noro Kureyon.
2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
Right now I keep my needles in a giant coffee cup because I don't have anything else. I have a set of interchangeable circs that I keep in the case they came in.
3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I've been knitting since 2003 I think. I took a class while I was living in New Jersey and then put the needles down again when I moved back to Texas. I picked it back up again in 2005 and have been nonstop ever since. I would consider myself intermediate because I love to do socks and am learning lace but have never done a sweater though there is at least 1 on the needles right now.
4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
I do have a wishlist on Amazon list under my name and also I believe it can be looked up by my email address. I also have one at The Loopy Ewe and there is a link to that on my blog.
5. What's your favorite scent?
I think right now it is Japanese Cherry Blossom but I can't say that I have a definite favorite. I love all kinds of different scents. I'll have to think more about this one and get back to you.
6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
My favorite is caramel. I don't like fruit flavored candy very much and I really can't stand marshmellow.
7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I'm a craftoholic. I like to create my own jewelry, make cards, stamp, and scrapbook. I am still learning how to spin am so far am not very good at it. Someday I'd like to have a wheel but for now I use the one at my LYS when I am there.
8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I listen to everything except religious music. My listening style on my iPod upsets my husband because he can't understand how I can go from something soft to something techno. I just love the shuffle feature and refuse to put music into a bunch of categories.
9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
These days my favorites seem to be purple, teal, blue, green, pink and red. I've never met a color that I didn't like. (except maybe puke green or baby poo brown/green)
10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I have 1 cat (Shelby), 1 small dog (Ellie), 1 giant dog (Aristotle) and 1 wonderful husband (Jason).
11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
Well I live in Phoenix so those things are unnecessary but I do have a small collection of scarves from when I first started knitting. And I do have plans to make a few hats...sun hats come in handy around here. I gave up ponchos a couple years ago.
12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
It seems I've always got a pair of socks going. And right now I'm signed up for more than one Shawl KAL. And I love to knit purses.
13. What are you knitting right now?
Currently on my needles are 2 pair of socks, 1 purse, 1 lace shawl, and 1 sweater that is hibernating because it is boring garter stitch.
14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
Absolutely! What kind of crafty person doesn't?
15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I don't have a preference really. I always use aluminum for my socks and I love addi turbos for lace. Other than that, I have dreams of having complete sets of KnitPicks Harmony interchangeables and Denise plastic interchangeables.
16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
I do have a yarn winder but do not have a swift.
17. How old is your oldest UFO?
Probably 6 months. I've had a Noro purse just waiting for handles and seaming since January I think.
18. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas - I love to be spoiled and since I collect snowmen, it is the only time they are displayed.
19. Is there anything that you collect?
snowmen, Jim Shore Tinkerbell figurines, antique tea cups, Precious Moments (non-religious only)
20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
Most books I'm hoping for are on my Amazon wishlist, I'd love get my hands on some Wollmeise and some Malabrigo sock yarn. I'm looking forward to increasing my collection of addi lace turbo needles, KnitPicks Harmony wood needles and Denise interchangeables.
I have subscriptions to Creative Knitting and Interweave Knits...but I'm a magazine collector so I buy several others at the bookstore whenever I can sneak them past my hubby.
21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
I'd like to learn to do fair isle, intarsia and knit with beads.
22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
By now, you know I am. I wear a ladies size 6. Heel to toe measures: 8 inches. Circumference measures: 8.5 inches
23. When is your birthday?
24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID?
Ravelry ID is knitnthat
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
The Scrapbook Retreat with MyMary:
And the Pomatomus Sock from hell:
The pattern is ok though I don't think I did it right, the yarn is horrid!
Mindless airplane knitting:
And then there's Sock Wars III:
My first weapons:
Unfortunately there are no pictures of my 2nd weapons, I forgot.
Third (and current) weapons:
The teal is going to be the Gathered Pullover by Hana Jason.
And finally, meeting a new (soon to be) family member: