Monday, August 25, 2008

I found a Meme on Very Pink's website. I don't normally do them, but thought this was a fun idea.
The rules:

a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name.

I’m not going to tag anyone for this meme, so if you’d like to play, consider yourself tagged. I’d love to see more mosaics, please drop me a note if you make one!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Ribbons from the Fair

I entered a few items in the State Fair this year. I wasn't going to as I thought I missed the deadline and didn't make anything special to enter. Chatting with a friend on Ravelry, I found out the deadline was pushed back. I scrambled and gathered a few projects together to enter. I went to the Expo where the items are on display and discovered I was awarded several ribbons! I'm happy with the results as I wasn't even planning on entering. Being competitive, I wish I could say they were blue ribbons, but they aren't. Just wait until next year, I already have several projects in mind to 'redeem' my highly 'anal retentive' perfectionist qualities I possess in regards to knitting. Here are the results:

Corazon mittens = white ribbon (3rd place)
Lady Eleanor Shawl = white ribbon (3rd place)
Monkey socks = red ribbon (2nd place)

I promise pictures are to come. I don't want to post as the fair hasn't opened yet (they let you view prior to the fair opening. The people that set up are so nice and understanding that waiting for results is similar to waiting to open presents on Christmas/your birthday.)

Yeah me!

Sunday, August 03, 2008

A Typical Sunday

We tend to be creatures of habit on Sunday. Wake up, read the paper, make breakfast, take the cute one to T-ball.

That was our day today. The only difference being that the cute one had the task of cleaning his room. I can only describe his room as follows: His room is the outside part of an Etch-A-Sketch; his toys, the gray 'stuff' on the inside; and his hands are the knobs on the front. Currently, his room looks like an Etch-A-Sketch after it has been shaken upside down. Very messy.

He's on his hour 3 of cleaning right now. I was asked to check out his progress. He came trotting into the living room calling my name asking me to look. I couldn't help but smile, this is what I saw:

How can anyone resist such cuteness?!?

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Market Bag

I was looking for a cute lace knit bag that I could use when attending the Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings. I found one at Knits & Pieces. She found it at Plymouth Yarn's website. I will say, her's is EXACTLY what I have been looking for. I decided last night I would 'whip it up'.

I had one ball of yarn, which was less than the pattern called for. I knit with the needles the pattern called for but stopped when I was close to running out of yarn.

Then I garter stitched the amount the pattern called for before handles, went to a size 11 circ. and doubled it (I wanted to do more but ran out of yarn).

I had some wooden handles I was wanting to use so I put them at the top of the bag instead of the handles the pattern called for.

Next time, I would definitely recommend going down in needle size when knitting the lace. It's super stretchy and you'd get more of the pattern out of it. I would also allow for more garter stitch at the top of the bag, I just think it would look better.

Pattern inspiration: Fantasy Naturale Market Bag
Yarn used: Lion Brand, Cotton Ease, color purple
Needles: 10 1/2 straight, 15 circular, 11 circular
Other 'stuff' needed: pair of circular bamboo handles
Time to knit: 5 hours (eating dinner & watching shark week mixed in)

I put a tea towel in the bottom to show the pattern better. You likes?

I could fit a watermelon in this thing, seriously.

I want more garter stitch!

I'm taking it to the farmer's market this morning to test it out. I have a feeling I will be making another one shortly.