Friday, December 18, 2009

february lady sweater finished!

A photo ...
I'm pretty happy with this one. I made it a bit small, but this yarn (KnitPicks WoTA) grows quite a bit during blocking so it ended up fitting perfectly!

Love. Now, I must resist the urge to buy more yarn so that I can use up some of my stash and finish all those hibernating projects. I just started some socks and some mitts this week but I think the socks are going to win - they are mindless so good for knitting on our road trip. I also want to knit puppy a second sweater, I have one all picked out but would have to buy yarn .. uh oh, dilemma!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

disaster in the kitchen

My attempt to try some new and exciting baking has ended badly ... I decided to make Stained Glass Cookies - basically, a rolled cookie with a cutout in the middle that you fill with melted candy. I don't know what they put in candy these days but in under 2 minutes (before the cookies had actually baked) my entire house smelled so toxic it's giving me a headache 2 hours later. I will NOT be making those again.

On the bright side, I finished my FLS yesterday. It's blocking tonight. Will hopefully post pictures soon.

Monday, November 16, 2009

i felted my monkeys

If this were not a knitting blog, the title of this post would be ridiculous. Since it is, it's just sad. I accidentally threw my alpaca monkey socks in the washer AND dryer (i know, way to go me) and they are totally felted. They are super soft and cozy, but all that lace work is GONE! They just look like fuzzy blue socks now. sigh. At least now I know - alpaca lace socks = bad idea.

:(

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!!

Mmm mm cupcakes! I used a cocoa devil's food recipe from the Joy of Cooking (my bible) and a magnolia buttercream icing. Delish!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

bulky yarn, or bulky with yarn?

I need to go on a yarn diet.

I don't like that word (or two words rather) because I don't really have much of a stash, and I don't intend to get one. I almost always buy yarn with a project in mind, and start once I have purchased the yarn, so it gets used right away. But lately, I've had too many projects in mind. Once I've purchased the yarn, I just don't have time to start the project and it starts to build up. Plus, I've been gifted some yarn lately, the latest being a skein of laceweight silk, from my parents - Alchemy Silken Straw:It is very cool, 100% silk and ribbon like, and I can't wait to knit something up in it, but when will I find the time! So many projects spinning around my head! Still trying to finish my FLS, need to make a hat for T to match the mittens, I want to finish my big grey monster sweater (that's another goal to set), and my whisper, plus I've got the yarn all ready for a pair of 2-at-a-time toe up socks and oh so much more!! In my head, I have a mitten design, fair isle mittens, a cowl, more socks, another sweater, and another lace shawl, and a lace wrap .. I could go on ... And ALSO, I sold a "custom" pair of mittens at a charity auction at work - a friend ended up buying it, and he has requested a substitute for a pair of slippers for his girlfriend. This is actually a good thing, since I've been wanting to make slippers for myself for a while, so it will be good practice. But it will take time! That will take priority over other projects.

Speaking of the charity auction, I also sold a test copy of my cupcake mittlets, they only went for 10$ :( I realize it is the wrong market for this, a bunch of engineers don't appreciate hand crafts! Oh well, it is for charity, so I shouldn't complain.

So the plan is to finish these WIPs - even that evil grey sweater! I'll have to rip out the sleeves I think and start again but I am a much better knitter now than I was when I started it 2 (3?) years ago, so hopefully it will go quicker this time! So, no more new yarn! No more pretty sock yarn! No more lace! None! Until I finish all my WIPs! Well, maybe just a few. Or one. One is good, right ... ?

:)

Monday, October 19, 2009

gingerbread

I just wanted to post a few pics of some baking I did for a charity bake sale ... it took 3 days to make these suckers! I used a chatelaine gingerbread recipe and they turned out delicious. I make my gingerbread a little soft so they are nice and chewy, but maybe next time I'll try to make them a little crunchier. And I think I'll omit the allspice and try it with masala spice instead. Yummy! Fall/winter baking is so fabulous, that's one of the best parts of the season!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

lace race

I completed my swallowtail shawl, hurrah! It was a great little project, I started it while on the plane to and from L.A. Two 3 hours flights got me about half way through the shawl. Then I worked on it exclusively in order to finish it, and in the end it only took me about two weeks, which has got to be a record for me, even with it being a small shawl (shawlette, if you will). The pattern was simple, even the nupps were not too much trouble. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed knitting this. Some photos pre-blocking, and post-blocking.I used the knitpicks shimmer yarn, which is so lovely. It is much finer than the gloss, which I did my fountain pen in. It makes a much more lightweight, finer shawl. T says it "looks like a doily", which I suppose it kind of does. I think that was a compliment. I'm going with compliment.

I also knit up some quick mitts for T, have to still make a matching hat.Winter pounced on us so quickly, +30 one week, and -15 and snow the next. Our patio furniture never even made it inside, the hammock is quickly collecting snow and will stay that way until it warms up (hopefully next week). I'm going to get back to my february lady sweater again. I only have a few inches left on the body to complete so hopefully I can get going on that and have a new sweater before it gets TOO cold!!

I'm still not wanting to get back to my whisper, I suppose I just have to pick it up at some point and force myself to knit it. But there are so many other things I want to start too! Oh well, I'm not doing any Christmas knitting this year (due to it being the year of knitting for me still) so I should have plenty of time ... :)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

yummy new yarn!

More new yarn, received in the mail today! The red is knitpicks shimmer (Alpaca/silk and sooo soft), it is actually more of a burgundy than the picture shows. I plan to use if for the swallowtail shawl. The black is knitpicks shadow (merino and still soooo soft). I plan to use it for a black lace stole (to complement any outfit!) Can you tell I love knitpicks???

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

what woman can pass up a sale?

I couldn't resist. Knitpicks was having a 33% off sale on lace yarn! My new favorite obsession is lace yarn. All other yarns just seem so big and bulky. So I picked up a few skeins. And what a deal! For 20$, I got one skein of hand dyed alpaca/silk and two skeins of kettle dyed merino, including shipping! So cheap, and yet so nice. I have yet to be disappointed with knitpicks. Of course, it doesn't compare to a malabrigo, but it's still a pretty good yarn! I'm thinking of making the Swallowtail shawl with the alpaca/silk. I'll just do the shawlette as I want a shawl that is a little smaller than my fountain pen one.

I've been working on my february lady sweater lately, it's a nice easy knit. I was excited when I was able to memorize the gull lace pattern on the first repetition, but now, I have to say it's pretty boring! Not stimulating my mind at all ... Good TV knitting ... Because it is knit from the top down, I'm able to try it on as I'm going, so I know that once again it's way too small! Fortunately, my swatch grew 25% when I blocked it so I'm hoping that transfers to the actual sweater. Otherwise I'll have yet another too small sweater!Also working on some mittens for T. Have been using a cabled mitten pattern from astroknits, but I don't think I have the right yarn for it, it's knitting up far too small. I like the look of the pattern, but I think I'll just do a basic mitten without the cables so I can get them done quickly and in time for winter. Seems so far away though since it is 30 degrees today! Whee!

Also, my puppy got a funny hair cut ... :)

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

bootie licious

Some cute booties I made recently ...Saartje's Booties found here. A nice quick knit!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

new yarn

Some pictures of the yarn I randomly bought this month ...

First, some super soft sirdar snuggly baby bamboo. No idea what I'm going to make with it, but how can you pass up yarn that's called "snuggly"? Maybe a lacy scarf.Next, I succumbed to all the pretty yarns on etsy, and bought a skein of handspun, hand dyed bamboo from Spinning Wheel Studio. So pretty! And the colorway is named "Bollywood", I think that's what got me. But it's only 130 yards, it looks like it's about a DK weight, so I'm thinking a shawlette, or something? Don't know.
But now, I have all this bamboo and no ideas!

summer socks

I finally finished a project! My stripey socks. This was my backup project, I used it while traveling, between other projects, when I needed a small project. But after 5 months I figured it was finally the time to bite the bullet and finish them up! I used Knit Picks Felici yarn, which is incredibly soft, and makes a nice lightweight sock.I used a basic toe up sock pattern, using short rows for both the toe and heel. I really like doing socks toe up - it worked well with the Felici, because I was able to use almost an entire ball for each sock, I just kept going until there was no more!

I've been in a bit of a knitting lull. I haven't touched my whisper cardigan in a while, it drove me so crazy that I didn't want to do it anymore, so I'm giving it a break. I started my FLS, and it's going well but fairly slowly so far. Soon, I'll have to start some mittens for T (my one non-me project this year) and then ... don't know yet. I bought a whole bunch of new yarn with no projects in mind (a first for me!) so I've got to think of something to do with it...

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

the first furnace of the season :(

So it's been raining, raining, raining. And cold. This has prompted me to pull out the wool I bought for the February lady sweater and get started so that maybe I'll have a new sweater in time for fall (or maybe winter). I didn't start it at the beginning of the summer as it was too hot to knit with wool. But now it's cold again and worsted weight wool knitting seems like fun again!

I'm not motivated to work on my whisper cardigan. Although I love the yarn and love the fabric it is making, I just can't see it yet and am not convinced it is going to look good. Plus, it's moving very slowly due to the modified knitting I am doing to avoid ladders.

I had an idea the other day. I want to make Owls this fall. I intended to buy some grey wool for it. However, I remembered my super ugly grey cardigan that I will never finish as it looks awful, even though I spent like 2 years working on it and I'm 98% done. I think I might just bite the bullet and rip it out, then I'll have a large amount of yarn to make owls with. It is a wool/acrylic blend, and I don't really like knitting with acrylic (I bought this yarn when I was still a novice knitter and didn't know what I liked) but I think Owls would be a good sweater to use this yarn. It would be less scratchy than pure wool, and for a pullover I think that might be nice. It would be heartbreaking to pull it all out (all that cable work!!) but at the same time, I hate the sweater. I would never wear it in a million years, and really, that is just a waste.

I think I'll try and finish the FLS before I make any rash moves though, so it may be a while. Waiting for my fall IK issue, but I doubt I'll have time to make anything from it right away. I'm still working on Spring - haven't made it to summer yet! Fall will have to wait ...

Friday, July 17, 2009

aarrggh again.

Ok, so I've knit about 60 rows of the sleeve and I just don't like it. I accidentally cast on 60 instead of 66 so it was significantly smaller than I had anticipated. I also forgot that my bicep is bigger than my elbow and so I had to start doing increases. Then it just looked silly. I think I'm going to rip it out for a FOURTH time and just do 76 stitches all the way - no increases or decreases. I think that will give it a belled look at the elbow since it will be too big for the elbow, but should fit my bicep alright. Maybe I'll scale down to 70 stitches even, I don't know yet. I'm frustrated because every time I rip out this sleeve the yarn breaks. Single ply does not give much strength apparently.

On a weirder note, I just finished vaccuuming my bathtub. It was a strange experience. However, it makes more sense when you realize we just laid a tile floor so it was full of wood chips and mortar dust.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

whispers of insanity

I started the whisper cardigan. Then I started it again ... then I started it again ... Let's see if this one takes.

First try was with 76 stitches cast on for a straight sleeve. Waaaaay too big. Unravel and try again. Second try 66 stitches down to 60 within 12 rows for a slightly belled cuff. Much better. But what's this? Huge, totally noticeable ladders!! I tried a few techniques to solve them and once I had it figured out, unraveled again. Third try is on the go, so far no ladders!

I used the technique of carrying my stitches backwards, which I found here, and it worked! Although, now instead of having a line of loose stitches I have random loose stitches in the fabric. My knitting is usually quite even, so I am a little disappointed about that, but I'm hoping that random stitches will block out easier than ladders and it will look even in the end.

I think I've lost my knitting mojo for a while though, all that work on the fountain pen shawl, I think I need a bit of a break. Once I get into the whisper though I'm sure it will come back, I do love both the yarn and the pattern.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

fountain pen photos

To start, some pictures of my fountain pen shawl during blocking. You can see my funky "urban" blocking mats, they work quite well I have to say.Next, some photos of the finished product. I had great plans for some lovely pictures - we took the puppy to the river yesterday for a picnic in the sun. I brought the camera and the shawl for a perfect setting for a photo op. However, before the pictures could be taken, the sun disappeared, and the clouds broke open in thundershowers. We ran to our friends' car and ended up spending the rest of the indoors ... So these pictures will have to suffice. I absolutely love the shawl though. I love the way it looks, and I can see myself wearing it in all sorts of situations. I never thought I would be able to wear a shawl, but I think I thought wrong!

I have now started the whisper cardigan. However, the sleeves are so wonky, I'm experimenting with them. I started with casting on 76 stitches (down from the 90 in the pattern) and it is still not to my liking. I'm going to unravel and start again I think. Also, using #6 dpns, and getting terrible ladders. I tried using a 12 inch circular but it was too big for the small sleeve, so I'm kind of at a loss. I really don't want those ladders running up the sleeve. I may have to be creative here ...

Anyways, the malabrigo yarn is lovely. I think this will be a slow going sweater but its nice to knit with lace weight yarn in the summer. I cannot bear to pick up any worsted lately.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

finito!!

I finally finished my fountain pen shawl! I am so excited, I think it is going to be just perfect. Here are some pre-blocking photos. I only completed 8 pattern repeats, but it is plenty big enough for me. I estimate the size after blocking will be over 60 inches wide, which is exactly where I wanted it.

Will post post-blocking photos soon. So excited!!

Friday, June 19, 2009

On the border

So after a few quick measurements and some calculations, I decided to stop my fountain pen shawl after 8 repeats. I am not a very big person, so I think making it slightly smaller will make it more proportional for me. However, 1 skein of the lace yarn got me a few rows into the border so maybe I should have stopped at 7 repeats - could have done it in 1 skein! Oh well. I wound a new skein, tried for the first time to do a center pull ball. It worked, but doing it by hand took quite some time! Looks pretty good though, in my opinion!
Already thinking about what project to start next ... I'm not feeling motivated to work on the february lady sweater, its too warm and wooly. I think I will start the whisper cardigan, it's more of a summer project. I am also not motivated to work on my socks, but maybe I'll sneak in a few rows here and there. I guess I'll also need a lace design to keep me interested, but I'll worry about that when I get bored of the stocking stitch.

Finally, here is a picture of my dog lounging on the couch. He sleeps like people ... :)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A photo

Just because it was so pretty ...

Monday, June 15, 2009

macbook and malabrigo!!!!

I am writing this post from my brand new macbook pro! I bit the bullet, gave my faithful ibook to my mom, and bought a new laptop! So exciting! It is sooooo pretty .... 

In knitting news, I just recently got back from TO, where I had the good fortune of finding a yarn store called Romni Wools. The whole time I was there, I kept saying "I want to move here!" It was so fabulous, I could have stayed there all day. But alas, I had to leave. Luckily, not before buying two beautiful skeins of malabrigo lace merino yarn! I have been wanting to try out this yarn for a while, after hearing so much about it, but I could never find it in town. So finally, I bought some, and I think I understand what all the fuss is about!! It is soooo soft, the whole day, I kept putting my hands into the bag to smoosh the yarn. So lovely. I am planning to use it to make the Whisper Cardigan from the Spring 09 issue of Interweave Knits. It is in the Butter colour, which is so springy and fun.

First, I am committing to finishing my fountain pen shawl though. I am on the 8th repeat, but at this point it is taking approximately 15 minutes for every row. So it is going to be a while before I finish. But I am making a concerted effort to only knit this and nothing else! Once it is done, I will start on the other three projects I've got going, and maybe start another one (or two!)

Monday, June 08, 2009

cookie press adventures

Made some cookies with my cookie press on the weekend ... I cannot type properly today due to the pain in my forearms!! I apparently didn't make the dough properly - when you make a rolled cookie you need plenty of flour, but if you make cookie press dough using plenty of flour, it does not come out of the press without he-man strength!

After much trial and error, I figured out that I just needed a softer, stickier dough, but man, it was a rough trial and error. Anyways, the cookies look good and taste pretty good too. I didn't decorate them though, I was too tired afterwards!! Here are some pictures from my cookie press adventures:


Also, just a note. I discovered a flaw in my fountain pen shawl so just spent the evening unraveling 2 long rows ... yuck. I hope that is enough unraveling to fix the error, I'm a little confused as to what the error is precisely. So sad, as I am on the 7th pattern repeat and getting so close! Still have not decided how many repeats to do. I think I may do the full 10 as my gauge is quite small, but I am aiming for a 60 inch width, instead of 72. Going to have to do the math ...

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

birthdays and baking

A friend emailed me a few days before my birthday and told me she was in a knitting store - what would I like for my birthday? How lovely! She didn't disappoint, not only did I get my knitting gadget wish list fulfilled, but she picked out a very interesting skein of lana grossa sock yarn, that at first glance looks variegated, but at second glance looks like this!!!
Very cool ... I am excited to make socks with it. Must ... finish ... striped ... socks ... first!

In other birthday news, I received a crazy awesome present ...
A cookie press!!! Who has a cookie press these days? I didn't even know they still made them. I am so excited to make all sorts of fun shapes! But first, I must finish the cheesecake, and the cupcakes, and the chocolate mousse cake, and the big bag of whoppers. Not maltesers - whoppers. Hmm, are my pants tight?

Round that out with some awesome tasting tea and some fabulous gourmet M&Ms, and I think my gifts this year describe me in a nutshell. I have some pretty awesome friends ...

Thursday, May 28, 2009

knotty puppy

Holy crap, I come downstairs this morning on my way to work and what do I see? My fountain pen shawl, in the middle of the floor, yarn wrapped around EVERY piece of furniture in the room and a guilty looking puppy. Oh my goodness, I don't think I've ever been that speechless!! I drew in a breath to scream but couldn't figure out what to do with that breath. Puppy is looking at me like "What? I'm just playing", and T stands back because he knows I'm going to blow ...

If he wasn't so small and fast I probably would have smacked him. Instead, I settled on yelling "BAD BAD BAD BAD" over and over again, partialy at the puppy and partially at the yarn in an attempt to let him know what I was yelling about. He behaved immaculately for the rest of the morning.

Luckily, the shawl was untouched. Big phew. If he had unravelled that shawl (I am on the 5th repeat out of about 10) I would have probably cried. Unluckily, he somehow managed to pick up or roll the ball of yarn around the entire room. Honestly, I don't know how he did it, it was would around table legs, the couch, and mysteriously, up over and wrapped around a horizontal bar on an end table. He did some figure 8s in there, some trackbacks, it was quite impressive actually. There is a big tangled mess in the middle of this unravelling, but I didn't inspect it too much because I couldn't deal with it right then. Hopefully the tangles are fixable, I really don't want to have to cut the yarn, joins are going to show in this shawl so I am hoping to minimize them.

Well, I suppose it really wasn't his fault. What puppy could resist a squishy ball of yarn? Or maybe its just more proof of his cat-like-ness. Regardless, I never should have left it within his reach ...

Friday, May 22, 2009

short sleeves

So I am wearing my coraline sweater today, I am quite pleased with the way it turned out, I think it actually passes as real clothing and not just some crazy sweater I knitted. However, one problem has confirmed itself. The sweater itself may not be too small but the sleeves are definately too short!! A good inch or two too short ... sigh. I'll just have to roll up my sleeves so no one notices ...

The berocco alpaca has a wonderful drape though. I do love this yarn.

Monday, May 18, 2009

my first pattern

Finally posted my first pattern! It's simple, but cute.They are called Cupcake Mittlets, and the pattern can be downloaded here.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

six missings yo's.

I'm usually pretty good at lace. I don't make mistakes because I'm a counter by nature. I always count when I knit, so lace tends to be easy for me to get right. However, a few nights ago, I managed to mess up a row so badly, I must have been half asleep. I missed not one, not two, not three but SIX yarn overs in ONE ROW!!! Oh my goodness, how did that happen? I've never missed a single yo! Luckily I noticed pretty quickly on the next knit row when nothing was lining up. However, this still means I have to unravel two lacey rows which in my experience will likely be a full night's work.

This shawl is looking more and more like a lengthy, lengthy project ... I am dreading the unraveling ...

Sunday, May 10, 2009

a puppy sleeping on my lap

Some knitting updates...

It's always fun to receive a box full of yarn in the mail!!From this box, I've started the Fountain Pen Shawl from the Spring 2009 issue of Interweave Knits. The finished product is seen here:And this is where I am at, after two repeats of the body pattern:I feel as though this will be a long road, I love lace knitting but I am very slow at it. This one requires attention. But I think it will be very beautiful in the end.

I found some blocking mats (play mats, really) at Canadian Tire for $14.99. Much better price than buying real knitting mats! They even come in cool colours such as "Camo" and "Urban" ... I was not aware that pink was an urban colour but whatever ... I used the grey side for now because I haven't tested that the colours won't bleed.
And yes, on those blocking mats in a completely finished Coraline - finally! I have to admit it is a little small but I am hoping that maybe it will stretch out a little with wear. I love it and am very proud of it so I sure hope so!Finally, I re-knit the alpaca shrug ribbing, and it worked! I used size 7 needles for the bind off (4 sizes larger) and I was able to get a nice stretchy ribbing. I think it may actually get worn now, I hope so as the alpaca is soooo soft!
That's all for today! Must tend to sleepy puppy on my lap ...

Thursday, May 07, 2009

a slave to sugar

Anyone who knows me knows that I love sweets. My sweet tooth is so big it has chipped off and the pieces have been adopted by other people. I love to bake, I love chocolate, and I have to have that spoon of sugar in my coffee. I never crave salty food, only sugar. It is my weakness and I have always contended that if I didn't eat sugar like it was sugar's last day on earth, I would be 10 pounds thinner and wouldn't have to work out 6 days a week.

So I have decided, totally randomly, to do a 1 week sugar fast. Usually, people do this for a lot longer - 1 to 3 months - but I just want to see a) if it is possible and b) if it makes any sort of difference in my body/mind. It's like the workout mantra "you can do anything for 30 seconds", I think I can do anything for a week. Beyond that, who knows, but why not give it a try.

So, starting tomorrow, I will not be eating any refined sugar for a week. I can, of course, still consume naturally occuring sugars such as in fruits and potentially even honey, but no white sugar, no fructose, glucose, sucrose, etc. No sugar substitutes like sucralose because that basically negates the whole point of this. So who knows, maybe I'll go crazy, maybe I won't notice a difference at all, maybe I'll substitute sugar with potato chips and beer. Guess we'll see!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

creating and destroying

Whole wheat snickerdoodles from One Smart Cookie,and taking apart my lovely shrug.

destruction

I've been thinking about this for a while, and I think I might take the plunge and do it. I completed a shrug a while ago using a beautifully soft alpaca yarn. However, I have never worn it because it sits a little funny. I think the edge ribbing is too tight, and have tried to block it looser but to no avail. I didn't want to have to redo it because once something is done, I have trouble starting it again (because its done! I want to be enjoying it!!) However, I keep looking at it, touching it, trying it on, and it has so much potential but looks so terrible right now. I think I have to finally do it.

I'm going to rip out the entire edging. The reason this is a pain is because the edging requires picking about about 300 stitches or so which is incredibly painstaking. But I have 1.5 extra balls of the alpaca left, and its so soft I really want to give the shrug another try. I'm going to try picking up more stitches around the neck and the bottom (where it curves) in hopes that it won't pucker and will lie flat.

Here's hoping. If it doesn't work after the second try I'm giving up. As my stack of unworn sweaters will tell you I am good at this ...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

wishing i was knitting instead of sitting

I like ordering yarn online, because it is sooooo exciting to get a big parcel of yarn in the mail! However, the waiting period is torture, especially when it is coming from the U.S. This time around, I received a tracking number, but when I enter it in the post office website, I get a notice saying it is expected to be delivered by ... one week ago. Bleh. How am I supposed to track that?

I am waiting for some lace weight merino/silk yarn to start the fountain pen shawl, I am very excited about trying that, I've never knit with lace weight before, although I have knit with very fine gauge sock yarn so it's probably very similar. I am also waiting for some bright red worsted weight wool for the february lady sweater. Due to the massive blocking required for coraline, I'm finally admitting that a) swatching is important and b) i am not ALWAYS an extra small and not all sweaters need to be fitted, so I'm hoping to make the FLS a nice, loose, swingy sweater.

The buttons I ordered off etsy are wonderful, but they are raw so i need to coat them before I put them on the coraline sweater. Then, just the button loops and I'll finally be done. I have to say, after washing, the Berocco alpaca yarn is super soft and deliciously smooshy. I will definately use again.

My stripey socks are coming along, but I gave up trying to knit continental with them. It was just too hard with such a small needle, I kept splitting stitches and it looked awful. So I frogged and started again regular style. Also had a minor brain setback that required me to frog the heel FOUR TIMES before I got it right. The sad thing is the first three times I did the exact same thing each time, thinking that I must have made an unknown mistake, not realizing that I was interpreting the pattern wrong. Sigh. Well, I learned my lesson and I will never mess up a short row heel again!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

i have the best mom ever.

I received a parcel in the mail today from my mom ... do you know what it was? An Easter parcel - full of chocolates and home made Easter decorated sugar cookies! Oh, and did I mention that it was shipped half way across the country? Oh and also that I am an adult? I think I need to start repaying all the sugary kindness and send some cookies back her way.
Thanks mom!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Puppy's first sweater

We took puppy for a hair cut, they kind of butchered his hair, but the end result is still pretty cute ...But then I decided that with no hair, he should really have a sweater ...I knit this up over the weekend. I love it! Puppy does not ... but maybe when it gets cold again he'll appreciate it!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

gasp! blocking success!

I bought more knitpicks yarn. I couldn't help it, it's so cheap yet yummy! I also finally got my DPN WIPs. So I'll be checking the mail in anticipation every day for a few weeks now!

Also, the Coraline blocking worked!!!! I still need to do a second blocking, as the first I was really focusing on length. I got the length! It's perfect and so soft and beautiful, I can't wait to wear it. I just need to lengthen the arms about an inch, and widen the shoulders a little. But it looks absolutely amazing, I am going to love this sweater I can tell ... I ordered some buttons off of etsy so hopefully I will receive them about the same time I finish a second blocking, and then I can take some pictures of the finished product. Love, love, love this one!

Monday, April 13, 2009

pictures of things (or, my busy day)

This post is going to be full of pictures. So let's just start with a nice yummy picture.Earl Grey cupcakes from Cupcakes Galore .... deeeeelicious!! I've already had two. :)

I've been able to do some baking because I no longer have to focus on my yard, which had been flooded as evidenced here:However, some good ice chipping work has cleared the drainage path and it's starting to dry up. Phew.

In knitting news, I finished Coraline!!! Except for the buttons, of course. Here is a pre-blocking picture.Yes, it is that small. How on earth will I fit into it? Here is a during-blocking picture.I estimate this may be the first of a number of blockings to get the right shape, but so far I'm getting some good stretch out of it. And yes, I do need a better blocking solution, as stabbing sewing pins into my carpet is not working very well.

Here is a pre-blocking picture of my dog.And a during-blocking. He is not that interested in blocking apparently.