Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I might just get it all done! I have 1 more hat to finish and a cowl for my neighbor...keep your fingers crossed!
Friday, December 19, 2008
I did finish my nephew's hat. I think it is really cute. It is the Vertical Stripes Hat from Susan B. Anderson book Itty Bitty Hats. It was a fairly easy pattern with no seaming, which you know I really hate. The only difficult part was getting all of the pieces the same length which I SO did not do. I measured each one as I went too, but for some reason, it just didn't work. It looks okay though. I hope that my SIL likes it for my to be nephew (who I am tired of calling that and think I am going to christen him "Rosco"). I tried it on Jillian and it is too small so it should fit a newborn like Rosco just fine. Here is what it looks like:
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I had a heart attack yesterday. Not really, but I had a glass of lemonade sitting on the table above my knitting bag. Do I really have to tell you what happened? Or can you take what you know about my lack of grace and guess for yourself? I almost got sick. I had to quickly pull all my yarn out of my bag and lay it by the heating vents then make sure nothing was ruined...all is good though, but I really do think my heart stopped!
I would be happy to knit the sock for you. I have big feet. :) You will have to wait until after the holidays though babe...way too much to do then. What gauge yarn do they use? Might as well do my first pair of socks for you. :)
Back to the Christmas knitting show!
(Matt has a size 14 foot, so they're REALLY big on my feet and you can't get a good pic, so I'll take better pictures when he gets them for Christmas)
These are knit up for Matty's huge feet, but the pattern is easily adjustable to different men's sizes as the toe count is the same but the length can be altered according to the length of the foot it's being knit up for)
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Niece: Have to make her Camo Pants, Super Hero Cape, and Bunny Hat
Soon To Be Nephew: Romper and Blanket done (well, MIL is edging the blanket for me, but my part is done) and hat is almost done, just have to finish weaving in the ends and scrunch up the top.
Layla: Have to make 2 pair of flannel pants. I was going to do PJ's for her, but there is NO way they are getting done in time. I would also like to knit her a bunny hat. I still want to make a Christmas oufit, we will see if I get it done.
Jillian: Have to make 1 pair of flannel pants. Same for her on the Christmas outift and bunny hat.
BIL: A can cozy. He drinks a lot of coke and I thought this would be neat for him. I really like to do it in St. Louis Rams Colors, but I don't know if that is going to happen. I may just make him a simple one, we will see.
My parents and IL's: Foot prints from the girls. We have to do 4 of these this year, YOW! 2 for each girl!
Neighbor: I have NO idea, but she has done a ton of stuff for us this year and I want to give her a little something...any ideas???
I think that is all that I have to actually make. Do you think I can get it done? We will see, huh? I o have a couple of pics to share. Here is a pic of Jacqui who won my hat/gloves in the gift exchange I did last weekend.
Here is a pic of my to be nephew's baby hat almost finished:
Here are some pics of my seed stitch scarflette made from yarn that a friend gave me when Jilly was born. It is gorgeous. Thanks to Elmo for modeling so well! :)
Oh, wanted to point you in this direction: I think that they are WAY cute. One of the blogs I follow is making them. http://www.CassQuotes.etsy.com/
Good luck getting your stuff done...wish me luck with mine!
Monday, December 15, 2008
It's a book Cozy! It's not as big as I thought it would be, but it stretches width-wise a fair amount b/c of the ribbing, so I was able to geta DVD case in there! I could have easily fit 2 more in there, so he shold be able to get a average size paperback or pocket Bible in there! I'm knitting a strap that I'll attach with velcro so he can decide if he wants to wear it across his shoulders or not! So one present is done!!!!
Now, Brett bought me a knitting book I really wanted. Boutique Knits by Laura Irwin. And I love it. I LlllllllllllOooooooooooVvvvvvvvvvvvEeeeeeeeeee it. I don't even know which pattern I want to knit first. Not true...I really want to knit the hat that's on the front cover....Side Slip Cloche. But then again, I really want the Argyle Lace Hat. Actually, I'm kind of concerned that this book is going to be my Christmas Knitting undoing. And telling myself I can't make myself something out of it until my presents are done seems just unusually cruel....Puh-Puh-Puhleeeeeeease?
Monday, December 08, 2008
My gift exchange set went over well. I did take a picture, but it did not turn out cause we were in a dark bar. Sorry. I decided NOT to make a scarf for my other gift exchange. I am going to buy a travel coffee mug and make a coffee mug cozy for it instead. I just couldn't bring myself to make another scarf when I am still working on my dad's.
The girls and I are heading to my parents' house for a couple of days so I hope to get a lot of my knitting/sewing done down there. Wish me luck.
So Hazel's inheriting it. I didn't add the ears, just cuz I think it's cute without them.
Now, this is the second Christmas Present I have completed and that isn't anywhere near the right size. The Purdue hat is too big, and this one is WAY too small. And there's less that 2 weeks until we fly home. And I'm getting very discouraged.
Brett says it's God's way of telling me we need to take everyone something that's been purchased and leave the crafty stuff for another time.
I disagree...I WILL get some present made.
Friday, December 05, 2008
Thursday, December 04, 2008
The hat is the Amanda Hat from Sleepy Eyes Knitting and the fingerless gloves are Cabled Fingerless Mitts from Carissa Knits.
I love the Purdue Hat by the way. You are going to have to share that graph with me! Keep working, we will get it all done babe.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
The Yarn Harlot's recent post giving suggestions got me thinking. Maybe it would help if we made a running list of things we would like. I know that when I walk into a yarn shop, I get overwhelmed and I actually know what I'm looking at and for. So I think it's unreasonable to ask my loved ones to go in a pick something out for me.
I added a list for me and one for T on the right side of the screen, and I promise to mine updated as I'll probably keep it there for birthdays and other gift giving needs.
Love to you all!
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Positano Tote at Interweave Knits
I just don't even want to know how much it would cost. I may have to save any Chirstmas money I get. I LOVE IT!!
I did look at those $15 patterns. Yeah, way pricey, but wow...I can't imagine trying to do those little intricate details in the design. No Thank you!!
I, myself, am too cheap to purchase any of the said patterns, but that, itself, is a whole other blog.
What I cannot understand is chargind $15.00 for one pattern. ONE PATTERN. $6.00? Yes. $7.00? Sure. $10.00? Maybe if it's truly exceptional. But $15.00??????!!!!!!!??????
Really. Get over yourself.
I found this pattern on Ravelry....Just A Butterfly.
It was gorgeous and interesting enough to take a further look at. So I did. And I laughed. Hard.
Now, I'm sure said designer is very proud of their design. As they should be. But that shawl is NOT $15.00 pretty. Not when it doesn't come with any other patterns, or in a kit of yarn to knit it up with.
I know I'm being disrespectful, and I don't mean to be, but really. And, shockingly, it's not the only pattern they have that is $15.00.
I would love to meet the ego that lies behind this pattern...their head has to be HUGE!!!!
Hugs to all but inflated head designer...
Monday, December 01, 2008
Don't get me wrong, I love it, and am glad it's there and don't want you to take it off.
But it's not helping.
My list is as follows (stop reading if you are part of my family...)
1. Scarf and Wrap for Lindsay (the scarf is 1/2 finished and the wrap is about 1/3 done)
2. Gauntlets for Mom (I've got one done...)
3. Socks and a sock monkey for Matt (one sock is finished....)
4. Mug Cozy and Hat for Dad (one hat is done but it's too big, must start again, and the cozy is about 10 rows started)
5. Hat and Bag, and juggling toys for Adam....only the bag is started.
I think a big part of my problem is motivation.
got any to spare?
Here is what I am attempting to get done while we are on the subject:
1) Hat and glove set for first gift exchange (I have hat done and one glove almost finished)--by Saturday December 6th
2) Scarf for second gift exchange--by December 22nd
3) Dad's cable scarf--by December 25th (SO not gonna happen!)
4) hat for my to be born nephew--by December 24th
5) 2 pair flannel pants for Layla (sewing, not knitting)--by December 25th
6) Flannel Jammies for Layla--12/25
7) Camo Pants for niece, Sarah--12/24
8) Super hero cape for niece Sarah--12/24
9) Christmas Dress for Layla--12/23
10) Christmas Dress for Jillian--12/23
Oh Cripes!! I better get going huh???? Now I am stressing! Thanks Carli!
It will happen every time. EVERY single time.
And I thought knitting would be exempt from that rule, however, it is not.
If anything, it's worse. Because not only am I slow at finishing whatever I HAVE to finish, but then I make stupid mistakes and end up tinking and re-knitting whatever the UFO is atleast twice. Now, not only have I told myself that I must get the project done, making me hate said project, but then I've frogged it more than once for an error that is clearly my own, and I have now have less than no desire to work on it ever again. And that's where I'm at with as the bazillion Christmas presents that need to get done between now and the 22. I've got 1/2 of Mom's, Matt's, and Lindsay's presents left to do. Then I have to re-do the one present I've finished (which is for Dad) as it's clearly too big, and I just don't feel good about giving it to him. Maybe I'll wash it and see what it does. Only by the grace of God would a washing save it, but either way, unless it fixes it, I'll have to re-knit it. Sniff....sniff.
I think I'm just going to start Knitting Christmas presents ath the beginning of the year in 2009. That way, if I screw it up, I can set it aside and come back to it a couple of months later and save the gift. Or, I can just take my sweet old time with it and get it to turn out correctly the FIRST time.
To be fair, I started all these gifts in September, but I still don't think that was enough time for me...I've only been knitting for 4 years, and only seriously knitting things that aren't scarves for about 1 1/2. So I feel that expecting myself to complete 2-4 presents each for 5 people and only starting 2 mos ago may have been a tad overzealous. Just maybe.
So, now, as I sit and look at all the things left to do, I feel I need a nap, and a clear head, and an attitude adjustment so I can actually give gifts that make people feel the love I have for them in knitting them these things. At this point I fear they'll feel like I feel OBLIGATED, and I don't, I'm just not in a nice....knitting.....place.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I, on the other hand, want to be done with Christmas gifts. D-O-N-E. I love giving hand knits to people, but I have less than a month to get all this stuff done. And I have no motivation to do any of it, so I'm slow knitting.
I've been designing so many things that I want to start...no, it's not startitis, as I really want to start and finish each thing to see if my designs turn out, but I will not start anything that isn't necessary until after Christmas. I won't do it...otherwise I'll have to save all my presents for next year, and I really don't want to do that either....
BAck to the yarnly grind....sigh.
Love and Kisses
Grandpa's NAVY Hat:
And I know this isn't knitting, but thought that I would share some Christmas Camo Pants that I made for someone. I think they turned out great, I may have to make some for my girls!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Car, loving the doll. I want to add that too my list...oh how it grows.
I am going to a knit night at my neighbor's house today. I am really excited. I was supposed to go to the LYS on Monday night, but it was my friend's Birthday party so I missed it. I am REALLY hoping I can get my Grandma's shawl done by the end of the weekend. I love it, but am SO tired of working on it knitting the same 4 rows over and over and over! Almost done! Then I can't wait to start knitting a capelet for me with my Moonlight Mohair! But I can't start something ELSE new until I am done with the shawl. I won't I won't I won't. Oh crap...I have startitis!!!!!! Help!
Theresa (we REALLY need to sign our posts girl. Anyone reading these would be SO confused!)
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 09, 2008
BTW: Way funny website, I about fell out of my chair when I saw the crotched shorts!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
What Not to Crochet
DEFENITELY check it out. Hilarious. Make sure you check out the post labeled I Nearly Didn't Write This Post. I almost cried I laughed so hard. I thought about posting one of the pictures as my wallpaper so I got a laugh every time I turned on the computer...but it boarderlines disturbing when you look too long....
Check it out!
I know I haven't posted in a while, but I promise to catch up soon...lots of knitting going on over here in Ireland....
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Layla's Pink Mitts
Worsted weight yarn in 2 different colors. Make 1 (A) and the other (B). (I do not know the exact amount, but it really wasn't very much)
I used Plymouth Encore Worsted in Hot Pink (A) and Light Pink (B). I used 2 different
colors, but if you want to use only one or more than 2, feel free. The directions are just what I did with two colors.
1 set US #6 DPNs
14 sts/15 rows = 2" in 2x2 rib
11 sts/17 rows in 2" in stockinette stitch
I am really bad at figuring gauge, especially in the round and in rib. Luckily since it is a rib
pattern, gauge is forgiving. You won't be knitting in St st, but I included the gauge in case
CO 32 sts with A as follows:
Needle 1: 12 sts
Needle 2: 12 sts
Needle 3: 8 sts
Knit in 2x2 rib pattern as follows:
A for 8 rounds
B for 8 rounds
A for 6 rounds
B for 5 rounds
On next round, continue knitting with B and knit in pattern across Needles 1 & 2. On needle 3, K2 then BO 4 sts knitwise, then purl remaining stitch.
Next Round: Switch to A and knit around in pattern to where you bound off the 4 stitches on the row below. CO 4 sts (I used the Backward Loop method), purl the last 2 sts on that round.
Continue in pattern with A for 3 more rounds.
B for 4 rounds
A for 2 rounds
B for 2 rounds
Bind Off in pattern with B.
Turn inside out to weave in ends. Make another Mitt the same way. ENJOY!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I have also made myself a hat. It is the same pattern as the umbrella hats that I have made for babies, but I LOVE the pattern, so I made myself one. I just cast on an extra Umbrella flounce or whatever you want to call it. I think that it turned out pretty cute. It is kinda long, but at least it will keep my ears covered.
I made myself a second pair of mitts to go with the hat. Well, unfortuantely, the colors don't match very well. I have enough yarn that I will probably make myself a quick hat out of this yarn, just so it matches, but we will see. I LOVE these handwarmers, I want some in every color. I am not sure which I like more, these or the Navajo ones.
Finally, Friday night before a bonfire on Saturday, I realized that if it was cold Saturday night, Jillian would have nothing on her hands. So, I got busy and made her some mittens really quick. These were a SUPER fast knit, and only took a couple of hours. I used some scraps to embroider on them. I think they turned out well.
I now only have 2 projects on the needles, my dad's scarf and my grandmother's wrap. I do still have my elephant on needles, but that project is hybernating for a bit...just wasn't in the mood to finish it.
I have some other stuff I want to cast on for, I may have to make a list from my Ravelry page...too many things!
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
I really need to get ahold of my need to collect more as I have easily 20 magazines and 7 books plus 650+ free on Ravelry. I don't need anymore, and yet....
I have a new book coming from Amazon and I cannot wait for it to get here.....
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
4: I will look and feel better and sexier.
3: I will be able to wear the cute clothes.
2: Better bedroom time (Come on, you know what I mean!)
And the Number 1 Reason I am trying to lose weight:
The smaller I am, the less yarn I will need for the clothes I want to make. Less yarn to fit = more yarn I can buy! :)
Bring it on!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
4. Her slippers I designed her...I found the cutest baby slippers at Target while I was Preggo...the only problem was that they only came in blue and white and the largest they got was 3-6 mos. I looked at them and thought...I can make these. So I bought them, took them home and knitted them up. The first pair was HUGE. But I managed to get this pair the correct size. I think I want to add a little something to them, though, as they still don't seem girly enough for me....
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
While I was at IKnit, I debated buying a Wooden Umbrella Swift from Loop. Their kinda expensive and I wasn't sure if I wanted to try to find the space to use it....After last night, however, Brett insists I have one. I used him as my swift. :) For those of you dedicated readers who don't know what a swift is, it's a contraption that holds a hank of yarn neatly so that you can wind it into a useable ball (you cannot knit or crochet from a hank...it is certain death of your yarn if you try). His response to me using his hands as my make-shift swift (say that 3 times fast) was that I need to find and order one off the internet and see if they're willing to expedite it :) He had it easy....atleast I started small....that hank held 440 yards of silk, the bigger one...it hold 2400 yds.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
I just think they're so fun. The only things is, with traveling, they don't seem to stay on my pattern too well, but that's OK, they're cuteness makes up for their travel ineptness!
I got some really pretty China Palace silk DK....
I think I'm going to knit up something for Hazel out of it. I can't quite decide. There's plenty for a shrug for her, which I think would be darling. Can't quite decide, though.....I just love the colors.
Then I managed to snag a Sushi Sock Roll from the Easy Knits stall. I'm so excited to get started this one. I just need to decide what socks I want to knit up with it....Look how gorgeous the colors are!
I can't just knit a plain ole borning sock with this gorgeous stuff. Hmmm....
Then I saw the most amazing incredible gorgeous breathtaking wool I have ever laid my eyes (and hands) on. And it was stupidly expensive. But when I saw it (and touched it) it was like "AHHHHH...AHHHHHH...Ahhhh" The heavens opened up and a choir of angels sang. I stewed about it for a while....and stewed about it more. Then I sucked it up and bought it....
I hate these pictures, though b/c they aren't showing the colors. The bright blues are bright purple in real life.....Oh, these pictures just make it look boring.....
Yikes!!!! I gotta get ready for mom & tots!!!!! Will type again later!