Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Inner Rock Chick - Round 2

Ok, so my brother's girlfriend Kelley did the inner rock chick quiz and got Gwen Stefani so I thought, hmmm, I think I'll give this another shot cuz I'm totally jealous and would rather be Gwen that Liz Phair (no offense to Liz but I really don't even know who she is)! So, I honestly did the quiz again and didn't flub anything and round 2 came up with Gwen for me too! Now I'm happy and can go to bed!
You Are Gwen Stefani!
All guys dream about you
And all the girls want to be you
"Sappy pathetic little me
That was the girl I used to be"

Oooh, quick though, I went to my first Knitting Night (Loop Group) at the Local Yarn Shop, Loops and Links and I got a lesson from a fellow knitter on spinning with a drop spindle. I'll put a pic of the little bit I spun, with her help, tomorrow. I have a long way to go but I could see this as fun. This was the first time I had gone to an open knitting and I really had a nice time. Next week is B's birthday but I hope to make future Wednesday Knit nights. Until then, I will work on my spinning and my projects. Ta ta for now.

Monday, January 21, 2008

A cold, sad weekend but knits to show!

The Frozen Tundra is what it is. That's currently 1 degree with a windchill of -10. It's dang cold! Sadly, the Packers were not able to come up with a win last night losing to the Giants 20-23 in overtime. The cold may have had something to do with it. I thought Brett Favre looked like one of the coldest people there. Seeing him on the sidelines on tv with his face mask on and slipping hand warmers down the front to warm his lips was not a good sign. Life goes on though. I will root for the Giants in the Super Bowl and wait til next year. Of course the media didn't waste any time asking if Favre was coming back next year so I'm sure that will be the buzz around town for awhile. Give the guy some space, geez!

My brother, his girlfriend and their friend came up early for the game so they hung out here during the Patriots/ Charger game. My parent's took the boys for the weekend so my dad brought them home shortly after the Patriot's game had started as dad goes to the Packer games too. Heck, he's the one with the tickets - over 30 years on the waiting list, mind you. It was quite a sight to see the layers they donned before heading out to the game! The kids colored football related pictures to hang on the window for cheerfulness, everyone was in the football spirit! Oh well.

So, onto knitting news. I completed 2 projects this weekend and made some momentous headway on 2 others.
Noro Silk Garden Ribbed Beanie for - me!

Super fast and easy knit. I want to get more of this yarn and make more but I'm on a yarn diet. I will keep it in mind for the future though. Can you feel the enthusiasm from him modeling this?

Ballband Swiffer Cover

This was also easy and oh so useful! Peaches and Cream yarn in 2 colors. It's washable, reusable, and works quite well. Notice the dirt on the left side in the picture, I used it before snapping pics. I plan to make a few more of these.

The Somewhat Cowl

This project is coming along quite nicely. I'm nearing the point where I will place the sleeve caps on waste yarn and join in the round. Being a dk weight yarn, there are A LOT of stitches on this so each row takes awhile to knit. At last count, there were 304 stitches and each right side row has 8 increases. I'm hoping once it's joined in the round it will go fast. No purling!

Tidepool Sock

Why does the dog have to sniff my foot every time I put these on??? These socks are going quite smoothly. They are being knit toe up so I intend to use the entire ball of yarn. I think I will need to go up on needle size though to accommodate my calf. The short row heal on these was so easy too. I may actually prefer toe ups now!

My LYS is holding a copy of 2 at a time Socks for me, I hope to pick it up tomorrow. This process is knitting both socks at once on a long circular. I'm very interested and excited about this. More on that once I have the book in hand.


Thursday, January 17, 2008

Who's Your Inner Rock Chick?

I'm Liz Phair, find out who you are...

Sexy tough indie girl...
Who's not afraid to be a little girly
"I am extraordinary, I am just your ordinary
Average every day sane psycho

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A Few FO's, Some WIP's and Holiday Knits

I've continued knitting up a storm, it's an odd day when there is no knitting involved although I have had a few. Somehow I got in a "finish mode" recently and was able to crank out some of my hibernating items. Let the photos begin!

Here is one of Brendon's flap Gryffindor mittens. He does have a pair, trust me. These were fun to make and I may have to make some for myself. For the mitten, I used The Basic Mitten pattern from The Handy Book of Patterns. The flap comes from Handknit Holidays. It took a day to make 1 mitten. I need to add snaps on the flaps so they stay secure when open yet. The yarn is Plymouth Encore Worsted left over from the Gryffindor hat I knit him for Christmas.

My most recent FO is my Carolyn sweater. I first cast on for this sweater last summer but had to frog as I didn't get gauge. I started over in August 2007 and finally finished in January 2008! I love it, it fits great, it's comfy and it's stripedy! I did have to order 2 balls of yarn once I got to the button band but all is good. This was knit with Elann Peruvian Highland Wool. I think I will get a lot of wear out of this sweater.So, onto my wips. I'm really trying to clear things out so I can move on to patterns in the wonderful knitting books I received for Christmas!

WIP List (I'm not counting socks as I seem to always have socks going! :o))
Lastly, here are some Holiday knits that I hadn't posted earlier.

Alyssa's Ripple Eyelet hat

Alyssa's purple Elf Socks

Drops Cardigan for my sister Jean

Mom's gloves in Knit Picks Elegance with beading.
Last, but certainly not least. GO PACK GO!!!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Happy New Year!

Wow, time sure does fly when you are having fun. These socks won me some sweet yarn on New Year's Day! The pattern comes from the Sockamania group for December and I was able to finish by the end of the month (barely). How surprised was I when I checked the blog on New Year's Day and saw I was one of the names picked and got to choose something from Anni's Etsy shop.
I chose some yummy yarn, I'll post a pic when it arrives.

I've been pretty slacky with posting. Christmas came and went and I have nothing here to show you. I need to update my Flickr! account with pics soon. Brendon is home sick today so I've been fiddling with some things online. Doubt I will get pics added as I should sanitize the house, Jack had it Saturday, yuck!

I didn't really make resolutions this year although I did come up with a few things that I would like to achieve or at least work on for 2008.

1. Eat better! Our whole family could benefit by eating more fruits and veggies.

2. Work out again! - After catching a cold in early December, I slacked. Last week I worked out Wednesday and met with a trainer on Thursday. I planned to go today but not with the kids being sick. I'm signed up for a 6:05 am class on Tuesdays, which starts tomorrow too. EARLY!

3. Finish my knitting projects - I seem to end up with too many ufo's, I need to stop that.

4. Learn something new! - I decided this would be spinning so I ordered a drop spindle and some roving from Spunky Eclectic , this is en route too, pics to come soon!

5. Sew more - I started with making Jack some pajamas yesterday. So fun!

6. Read more - I'm such a slacker on this one. I am working on finishing Knitting Under the Influence though so hopefully I can at least read a book a month.

Those are the biggies, then there is the annual keep the house cleaner/ less cluttered and stuff like that.

Anywho, we rang in the new year with our neighbors and the boys stayed up til 12 and we popped party poppers on the porch at midnight and then it was off to bed!

So that's it. Long drawn out post with not a whole lot in it. I suppose I should work on my blogging too this year. ...

Happy 2008!