Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Jaywalker Socks

My sister and I decided to have a knit along. I wanted something a bit different but didn't have the energy to take on a lace project (15 days left of school, I just don't have the brain power). We selected the Jaywalker pattern.

I am using Cascade yarn color 718. I started this evening and have made some pretty good progress. So far, I'm loving it!


(Notice the first row is yellow, I do goofy things like that. I like to think it's a signature thing, but it isn't.)

Dug the camera out....

Aren't you proud of me? I stopped being lazy and got the camera out. I hate looking at blogs that just talk about their projects without being able to see them. Sorry I became one of "those people".

Needless to say, here are the socks I have been talking about. My lil' sister asked if I was finishing soon because she wanted to have a knit along with me. That was enough motivation to halt all cleaning duties and get to work. After all, it was for the good of others (right?). Check 'em out.

The were constructed with the following:
yarn: Lion Brand Self Striping Yarn
needle size: two size 1 circular needles
pattern: CO 66
k2, p1, k1, p1 repeating

Monday, May 14, 2007

Deadly Snake Sock Update

It's official. I killed the deadly snake sock. I didn't like how loose the stitches were turning out and I have fallen in love with my size 1 addi turbo circulars. Also, my sister and I decided to start knitting a pair of socks at the same time. We decided on the jaywalker as we both like it. Therefore, I have decided to turn the deadly snake socks into a pair of jaywalkn' deadly snakes.

Also, I just finished a pair of ribbed socks I designed myself (big whoop, k3, p1, k1, p1 pattern). I am just too lazy to find the camera (back off, it's 11pm on a school night). Granted, the only thing that motivated me was little sister was ready to start our dual project. Whatever it takes I guess.

Hopefully, I drag myself off my tookus and get some pictures for you soon. Bad blogger, bad blogger......

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Arggggg, I have been forced to diet.

First, I'd like to start by saying I love my new carpet. I also love my new patio furniture (pics to come another day). However, with the recent purchases, I have been forced to go on a yarn diet.

Granted, I have two new skeins of yarn and two new balls of yarn I haven't put on needles. Yes, I still touch them, smell them, and rub them on my non-oily skin (very anal about grossing up the yarn before it has been knit into something). I also have some new cascade yarn that I have in mid-production. It's not like I don' t have gorgeous things to choose from here at home. I am just having issues.

I just love yarn. I don't think you realize the level of my problem. I love pretty yarn, I love soft yarn, I love new types of yarn. I can't pass up a good deal either. Heck, I can't pass up a bad deal. I just love looking at yarn. It's like buying yarn books and reading them. Not to find a pattern mind you, just to read them because you are so jazzed about knitting.

I am the same way with yarn. If I have a project in mind, I will buy yarn for it. If I don't have a project in mind, I will buy a hank or two because you can always add it to something else or make a little project with it. My sister called me a couple of months ago to tell me about a gigantic supply of rowan summer tweed she found at a thrift store. I couldn't pass it up (sight unseen mind you). I had her buy 17 hanks of a charcoal color and 2 of a pink color (pics and names to come). Why would I do that you ask? It was $3.50 a hank! Did you hear that?!?! You just can't pass that up. It's like I'm making money.

Maybe I shouldn't be sad. Wait, hubby just said that goes for needles and patterns too. Dang! He knows me too well.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

The cute one is 5!

I don't know how it happened, but we now have a 5 year old. I take that back, I actually DO know how it happened, I even know where the time went. I just don't know what made the time move so quickly.

Hubby and I officially survived a birthday party with eight 4/5 year olds and four moms. I was stewing due to the tremendous rain we have had. The party was planned three weeks ago. I was hoping to have it outside. Needless to say, I was fretting when I woke at 2am to the sound of thunderous rain. Not happy.

God must have been smiling on us as the rain stopped and the temp. shot to 80+ degrees. The deck was dry enough to have cake outside (my new carpet thanks you God). The yard was dry enough to have the pinata outside (again, carpet says thanks). Mom was not smart enough to have soft items in the pinata. Got that parents, SOFT toys. Not smooth, not little, soft. Apparently, if you have toys such as gold coins, itty bitty telescopes, and miniature gel pens the intense whacking of the stick on the pinata may cause slight breakage.

I thought I was sooooo smart by not packing candy. Instead, I packed shards of broken shiny plastic. Nice going mom. The kids had a great time with that one.

Official score:
Mom = 0
Butt-kickin' pinata = 1

Lesson learned:
Dad plans next year's party.

Friday, May 04, 2007

What have you done?

Mark with bold the things you have ever knit, with italics the ones you plan to do sometime, and leave the rest. I am honestly shocked at how many I have done.

Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (=modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Baby items
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns
Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Button holes
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colours
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies...)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items)on two circulars
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone else's handspun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Knitting art
Knitting two socks on two circulars simultaneously
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Baby items
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mits/armwarmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Mom took the test...

Mom is sitting with me right now and I made her take the princess bride test. Here's what she is....the resemblance is shocking!


Which Princess Bride Character are You?
this quiz was made by mysti