Happy New Year...Almost

I can't believe it's almost 2006. Do the years pass quicker as you get older? I really think it does. I tried to take a nap earlier so I would actually make it to midnight, but my DH forced me out of bed with some snoring. He's not all bad though, look what he got me for my birthday:

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Yep, that's a Denise Interchangeable Needle Set!

I plan on starting my Wave Skirt soon now that I have these. That way I don't have to buy circs in three sizes. But I put them to good use today by putting my most recent project on them. The poncho I'm making for my friend's little girl is back in knitting rotation. I stoppped knitting it for a bit because it was just too much and I was tired most nights. But here it is now:

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This photo gives you a good idea of the color.

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The color is washed out here, but this is a close-up of the cable pattern.

The needles are really good and I love them all ready. I was knitting this piece on straight needles and it was getting heavy and bulky, but these needles make all the difference.

Well I'm going to knit the night away and hopefully I will make it to mightnight.


Sucky Socks!

Tonight I decided to take the plunge and start knitting a pair of socks. After two false starts I am stopping for the night, but I think it might be okay on my next attempt. I don't know if this is common or not, but I feel very clumsy with all those DPNs.

I'm also going to take the plunge and dye my own yarn to make a Clapotis. I've wanted to make one of these for the longest time, but never got around to it. I think my New Year's resolution is to knit more things for myself. This year I only made a OSW and a couple of scarves for myself, nothing big. Anyway, if anyone has good Kool-Aid dyeing tips, please let me know. I think I'm looking for something kind of chocolately, with some pink and yellow maybe. I would love to see other knitter's examples of what they've done with the colors used if possible.

Have a Happy New Year everyone!


Happy Birthday to Me!

So today is my birthday and my competition went well I think. Two people definitely guessed the right age: Adrienne over at Feelings Are Important, and Laura at Stream of Consciousness. Both were right when they said I would be 28 today. Thanks to those who thought I was younger, I get that a lot. :)

I'm also sending out a consolation prize to Ruth at Ruth's Knits, who guessed 27 and would've guessed 28 but thought she couldn't because someone all ready had. So, she is going to get a little something too...although who knows what is going to be sent out.

I would like each of these lovely ladies to email me their name and addresses so I can send goodies out soon.

Have a happy New Year!


How old will I be? Competition

I've seen so many other blogs that have little competitions, and since I've determined that I haven't mentioned it here on the blog and I haven't filled that info in on my profile, I'm going to have my first little competition!

Question: How old will I be this Thursday (the 29th)?

You can use the comments section to guess, and if more than one person guesses right I'll put their names in a hat and draw out a name (seen it done on other blogs). I'm not sure what the prize will be yet, but it will be yarn. I do have a little stash. Closing date for guesses is Thursday, December 29th.

Merry Christmas & Boxing Day

I hope everyone in the knitting world had a great Christmas. We enjoyed ourselves at our child-free house, no being woken up at 6 am. Actually, we were woken up at 6:30am by my Dad calling from Australia BUT we went back to sleep afterward!

My DH and I got up late then opened our presents (all two of them each!). We went over to a friend's house and had a great day. It was really nice. My knitted gifts went over well, which is good considering I didn't finish P's scarf until 1 am on the 25th.

Today (Boxing Day) was also great. Some other friends of ours came down to visit and we all got together and had some fun. My friends bought me a DVD (Disney's Bedknobs & Broomsticks) and a book, Le Petit Prince - yes, the French version.

This week is going to be nice and quiet for me, so I can work on that poncho that was supposed to be a Christmas present. I worked everyday except for Wednesday last week because of the holidays, so I'm looking forward to having a bit of a breather. On Wednesday night I'm going to see The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the witch and the Wardrobe with a friend and two of her little girls. Her little girl, C, really wants to see it so it's going to be a treat. I decided that was how I wanted to celebrate my birthday on Thursday. Any guesses how old I will be?


Christmas Knitting

Here are a couple of Christmas projects I recently finished ("recently" being today, about 20 minutes ago!) Both gifts are for my friend's little girls. The yarn was just something I picked up at Jo-Ann's for about $4 a ball. It has a bit of sparkly stuff in it, which is why I chose it because I thought it was a bit whimsical. I'm making a poncho for their older sister, but it's not going to be done in time for Christmas, so I'm going to whip up a nice scarf for her too.

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A close up of the yarn and stitch. It's just a simple garter stitch. The nature of the yarn wouldn't allow for anything more complicated.


Where have I been?

So it’s been a while since I’ve bothered to blog. Time really does get away from you. I’ve had a lot to say though, so I had to type up a little thing in Word just so I wouldn’t forget what all that was.

I have been knitting and receiving knitting goods. I feel bad that it’s taken me this long to get it up, but here is the photo of the scarf I got from my Scarf Me Pal, Rebecca over at Me, myself and I (http://furrworld.blogspot.com/). I’ve worn it quite a few times since it arrived, what with the weather turning chilly on us. One day we had nice 70 degree temps and then, bam!, in comes the cold.

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I have been wearing this ALL the time - it's my favorite scarf at the moment.

We had our first snow last week. Here are some photos. It started last Monday afternoon and I woke up the next morning with 3 inches on my car. That's not much considering other places get much more, but two years in northern Japan made me hate snow. It may be white, fluffy and pretty...but it's also cold and heavy and evil!

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This is just from the start of the snow falling...

Now for more knitting...I have a couple of Christmas presents going on right now. One is a kind of large project, a poncho for a friend’s little girl. Since I’m knitting her something I thought I’d make her two sisters a little something as well, so they are getting a scarf and hat. The scarf is simple garter stitch, but the yarn is really pretty. The poncho I am making is from Wrap Style and is Cashmere Crossings. I have to make some size adjustments, but otherwise it is going nicely. I don't have photos of the hats and scarves yet, but here is my progress on the poncho. You can't really see the cable detail in this photo:

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I also picked up some yarn to make myself a little something. The orange yarn is so soft!

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And just to end on a fun note, look at my new slippers! Aren't they cute?

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O' Christmas Tree

Who knew a Christmas Tree could be so time consuming? I broke my usual rule and started putting the tree up today - usually the tree doesn't go up until December 1st on the dot! But since I had to buy a new tree today I figured I would get started on it and I'm glad I did. It took me an hour to put the thing together (yes, I buy artificial)! Then I had to mess with the lights - add another two hours.

Not to mention I only just found out yesterday that when we moved here in February I decided to throw our old Christmas tree out. I don't even remember doing it. I was sure we had it in our garage until DH told me that "I" had decided to throw it out. How could I totally forget something like that? I guess it's just the craziness of school, work and the "season" to be jolly.

PS: I call them Christmas trees and ALWAYS will; no PC "holiday" tree for me.


Basketweave Scarf

Pattern: I didn't use a set pattern. I used a stitch pattern from an encylopedia of patterns that I have. I think the stitch pattern is called basket weave.
Yarn: About 2 skeins of some purple yarn that (I believe) 100% llama wool. It had a bit of a scratchy texture, but it knit up nicely.
Started: I can't remember, but I did put it off for a long time and only got it finished a couple of days before it was to be sent off.

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I don't have any other photos of this scarf, but you can see it on the recipients blog at

Vintage Velvet from Scarf Style

Pattern: Vintage Velvet from Scarf Style (using different yarn).
Yarn Used: Knitpicks Palette 100% Wool(color: petal), double-stranded. I used four balls.
Date started: August 25, 2005 (just four days before I started college, probably not a good idea!)
Date finished: September 25, 2005 - four whole days before my friend's birthday.
Notes: This scarf has been a big hit with my friend. It was just what she wanted and she's worn it several times.

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Thought I'd take the time

...to actually blog!

So it’s been a while since I’ve bothered to blog. Time really does get away from you. I’ve had a lot to say though, so I had to type up a little thing in Word just so I wouldn’t forget what all that was.

I have been knitting and receiving knitting goods. I feel bad that it’s taken me this long to get it up, but here is the photo of the scarf I got from my Scarf Me Pal, Rebecca over at Me, myself and I.

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I’ve worn it quite a few times since it arrived, what with the weather turning chilly on us. One day we had nice 70 degree temps and then, bam!, in comes the cold. No snow yet though, which is good.

I have a couple of Christmas presents going on right now. One is a kind of large project, a poncho for a friend’s little girl. Since I’m knitting her something I thought I’d make her two sisters a little something as well, so they are getting a scarf and hat. The scarf is simple garter stitch, but the yarn is really pretty. The poncho I am making is from Wrap Style and is Cashmere Crossings. I have to make some size adjustments, but otherwise it is going nicely.

I also went to my "local" knitting shop the other week and bought some yarn to make a hat and scarf just for me. I have a bunch of scarves and a couple of hats, but none that I've knit myself that I really like. So I splurged on some yarn, but since I get 10% off because I'm a student at UMW it's okay:

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The dark yarn is actually orange, but not a bright yucky orange. It's also VERY soft. I want to say it's 100% alpaca, but it's not right next to me so I'm not sure. All I know is that it is VERY soft (did I mention that all ready).

The other yarn is some that I found on sale and it's just something fun. I got it because it could work with my orange yarn if I don't have enough to make a hat with the orange yarn. I might end up buying more of that orange yarn to make a matching hat.

There are a couple of other things that have bugged me lately. I love to read blogs and don’t care that people put their political views out there – it’s a free world to do that. But what bugs me is when people go too far (in my opinion, of course). I actually removed a blog from my Bloglines the other day. I know I hardly have any time to keep this blog going, but I've decided I'm going to start another blog that is just dedicated to my opinions on things going on "out there" is the big world.

Now I'd better stop procrastinating and get to work on a school project. :)


Scarf Me! update

I'm done with the scarf for my Scarf Me! pal. I finished it in plenty of time before the mailing deadline, which I then missed. I am going to get it in the post tomorrow.

I never thought I'd ever be too busy to do the simplest things like go to the post office or even buy milk!

Anyway, not much knitting has been going on otherwise. I've been in a bit of slump in that I've been too tired to really bother to pick up the needles. The other day I noticed a girl in one of my classes knitting a scarf. I also noticed one of the cafeteria people knitting the Harry Potter scarf. It's weird sometimes when you see people knitting when usually you don't see anyone.


Repeats, repeats, repeats

...no I'm not talking about knitting. I'm talking about repeats of shows so early in the season! Last night my fave Gilmore Girls was a repeat. Tonight Lost is another repeat. What is up with these repeats only weeks into the fall season?


I'm still alive

I have very little time to spare these days. It is so bad that the milk in our fridge had an expiration date of Oct 24...I didn't get new milk until yesterday, the 29th! The old milk was fine in my tea, which was all I was using it for during the past week.

Anyway, moving on. I have finished my scarf for my Scarf Me pal. I will be taking pics and packing it up to be sent out early next week. I'm planning on casting on tonight for the Cashmere Crossover I'm making for a friend's little girl, with some changes. Since I'm going to knit it in two pieces, front and back, I'm thinking of casting on for both sides and working them simultaneously. I think this would work because I keep good track of where I am in a pattern. There are heaps of little pieces of paper around the house with little scratch marks on them, my way of marking each row I've finished.

I've started to think ahead for my Christmas planning. I do more than knit for crafts so I'm going to have to hit the JoAnn store and get some supplies. I'm planning on sewing Christmas stockings for my sister and her family (just three of them so that's not a too many). I'm going to make some handmade cards for some people. I'm not ambitious enough to make cards for everyone on my Christmas card list, it's a big list. I like to send out cards because it's a cheap way of sending holiday cheer. But I am going to make cards for some of my friends nearby and the very important people in our lives.

I love Christmas. It's my favorite time of year (it helps that I was born four days after Christmas), but I still don't like seeing the malls have Christmas lights up BEFORE Halloween. Yes, the mall I work at has their lights up all ready. I was told that in a couple of weeks Santa Claus will be out and about too. It's too early for Santa (sorry big guy!).

Anyway, I'm off to enjoy my one day off this week. I was so tired when I went to bed last night that I forgot to set our clocks back. I got up this morning and wondered what on earth was going on when the computer clock said one time and the VCR clock said another.


Some knitting

I have been knitting between studying. I finally got tired of wrestling with imperfect and passe compose in French. Unfortunately there is no escaping them because it's something I really need to learn!

Anyway, knitting has kept me sane. I've been working on a mock-up of the project I'm planning for my friend's little girl and I think the changes I've made are going to be fine. I'm waiting on the yarn I ordered from Knitpicks and then I can get started on her poncho from Wrap Style.

I've also been working on the scarf for my Scarf Me! pal. I had a few false starts. I picked a pattern, I didn't like the pattern. Then I wasn't sure about the yarn, but then stuck with what I had originally chosen (the purple yarn from a past post). So here are some photos.

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A close-up of the pattern. It's just a generic cable pattern from a book in my knitting library that uses a multiple of 6 stitches.

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It's a little longer now, but it looks just the same. I'm actually falling in love with the color of this yarn. I'm not usually a purple kind of girl, but I think this shade.


Casting on new projects

I'm really glad this week is over. I decided to give myself a break from homework tonight, especially since I have to buckle down over the weekend and study for the THREE exams I have next week.

I also discovered this evening that I'm a little bit weird. I like to watch Jeopardy and tonight they had a category about identifying the politician by their hair, and I can identify Donald Trump, Trent Lott, John Edwards, and Tom Delay by their foreheads. That is strange considering I'm not even American. I did identify the fifth one in the category but can't remember who it was now.

Anyway, onto knitting. I cast on tonight for the scarf I'm making for my secret Scarf Me pal. I will have a photo in a couple of days. I also started a practice project. I'm planning on making the Cashmere Crossings for a friend's little girl. Because she's obviously a child I have to adjust the pattern for size, plus I'm also going to knit the front and back separately rather than all together as the pattern calls for. So I'm just using some yarn from my stash and if all goes well I might have myself a wrap or something that I can use for myself too.

I also want to make Blackberry from Knitty. I've been looking for a yarn substitute and have found this at Elann but can't decide on a color. I'm torn between Winter Blue, Nordic Blue, or Deep Gold. What do you think? Blue is my favorite color and I'm leaning toward Winter Blue, but sometimes I try to break out of the same old thing.


Not-so-vintage scarf...done!

I don't know about you, but I love it when I finish something, especially if it's finished on time. Below are photos of the Vintage scarf from Scarf Style that I've made for my friend's birthday next week. The scarf isn't so "vintage" because I went and used a different yarn for the project.

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Close-up of the cable pattern - very easy to do, my very first cable!

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If this looks a little short, don't despair - it's actually doubled over. It's over 80 inches long, per my friends request for a really long scarf. I just have to weave in the ends now.

Pattern: Vintage Velvet from Scarf Style (using different yarn).
Yarn Used: Knitpicks Palette 100% Wool(color: petal), double-stranded. I used four balls.
Date started: August 25, 2005 (just four days before I started college, probably not a good idea!)
Date finished: September 25, 2005 - four whole days before my friend's birthday.

Now I have to find another project to start. Yes, that was the only project I had on the needles so I wouldn't be tempted to stray. I do have another scarf I have to make for the Scarf Me! project, but that's not due until early November I think. I should probably get it started though. My friend's little girl (the child of the scarf friend above) has picked out probably the most complicated project in the Wrap Style book for herself. I promised to make her a wrap/poncho and voila! That's what I have. Of course, I have to resize it and use different yarn, but I'm going to do it. Her birthday is at the end of November and then there's Christmas - I figure I'll aim for one or the other as a finish date. I've been looking on Ebay for some yarn, but might just use Elann's Peruvian Highland wool.


Wrap it Up!

Guess what I got? Yep, a copy of Wrap Style! I've wanted this book for a long time, but of course, it only recently came out. Then I got an email with a 25% off coupon from Borders and decided to use it. There are so many great patterns in here. I'm not sure where to start. A friend's daughter asked me if I could make her a wrap/poncho so I think I might start with whatever one she picks out.


My new favorite...

teacher! That's right, I'm going to talk about my favorite professor. Why? Well read on. I have 5 professors and having had classes for only a couple of weeks I hadn't really picked a favorite. All of that changed today - and of course, it's knitting related.

The classrooms are always so cold, so today I was wearing my one skein wonder. Guess what? My RELG103 professor asked me if I knit my "shrug" (she actually used that word instead of sweater thingy) myself AND she identified it as the one skein wonder. How cool is that?

Anyway, I'm still just working on my friend's scarf - need to get it done before the 29th. I'm also excited about the new Gilmore Girls season.



I can't believe it's been four years all ready. I'm watching the rememberance ceremony right now on Fox. Runs With Needles has a great link on her website which, let me tell you, had me in tears. I think I cry more about 9/11 today than I did when it happened. I was just so shocked when we saw the footage (live for us, in late night, as we were stationed in Japan at the time).

The one thing that gets to me today, more than any other images I see, are the images of those people falling from the towers. At the time, I never saw the close ups. I watched the special on National Geographic (I think) and that's when I saw them for the first time...and again when I followed the link from the above blog. To think, to try to imagine, what they were thinking - so desperate to get out of that building, even knowing that perhaps they wouldn't make it and deciding to take their lives into their own hands - is just impossible. It breaks my heart to see that footage.


Weekend Knitting

Things should calm down next week at school now that I've quit working during the week. I should've know it wouldn't be workable to do so. This weekend was the first time I got to pick up my needles since D.H's surgery on Sept 1st. I don't have a photo, but my friend's scarf is now a little over 30 inches long with about 10-11 repeats of the cable pattern. I think it's looking really nice.

One of the great things about the University of Mary Washington is that there is a yarn shop just down the street. Lucky me! Yesterday between classes I took a walk down there to get some yarn for my Scarf Me pal. The photo below is what I came out with:

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The purple yarn is 50% wool and 50% llama, which is what I will be using for the scarf I send to my Scarf Me recipient. Hmmm, but there is more yarn in the photo. What is to be done with that? Of course, that is for me! The other four skeins are all Koigu FANCY, which is 100% wool but boucle. I couldn't decide which color I liked more, the blue or the multi so I got two of each. At $7.99 each it was so bad, plus this store gives UMW students a 10% discount!!!!!!!!!

I'm thinking of using the Koigu to make the My So Called Scarf. I might have to double strand it, but each skein only has about 100 yards so I'm not sure if I'll have enough. I will check it out though once I'm almost done with this other scarf.


Secret Pal

Sorry it's taken me so long, but here is the post about my SP...finally. I got a couple of emails from my SP on Monday 29th. She is none other than Blossom. And she has a sense of humor. The first link she sent me to her blog was bogus! I really appreciated and loved everything she sent me. I have to yet to start a pair of socks, but I will, probably when I'm on break from school. I am going to keep reading her blog. She is a great knitter and has great taste (just look at some of the patterns she has posted about).

Anyway, I was the gifter to Liz over at Knitting from Outer Space. I think she liked everything I sent. I even sent her some of my precious Vegemite. Considering I have to order it online, I rarely give it away. Anyway, I don't think she'll like it, but she's brave enough to try it seems. Good luck with that Liz.

Survived the first week of classes

Well this past week has been crazy! My classes started Monday and I feel like I've been bombarded with so much. I have thought at least once, "I'm not going to be able to keep up with it all." I'm a little calmer now...but not by much. I think part of the trouble was that hubby had his back surgery on Thursday. I won't mention where he had it done, but man, do they suck when it comes to all things administration! Talk about the run-around. I sent a friend to pick him up on Friday morning and again, more of the same. He didn't get home until after 1pm after being told they could leave at 9 am. So my stress levels were high from Wednesday afternoon (when it all started) to Thursday night when I got home late from the hospital and still had homework to do. His surgery was done at 1pm so I figured I'd be out of there by 3-ish. Nope, I didn't leave until closer to 7 because they took him up to the wrong floor for his one night stay. Crazy! I will never go there to have anything done.

Anyway, I also wanted to clarify a comment I made in my last post about looters. At the time there wasn't much looting for survival, i.e. food etc. That I can understand.

The other looting and crimes going on (rape, murder etc) are no excuse! As far as I'm concerned, if you're comitting any of those then yes, the NG should be able to shoot you on sight. I won't mentioned any of my other thoughts because they are quite harsh and this is a knitting blog after all. However, if I did, I would not be saying stuff like "Bush doesn't care about black people," as Kanye West so eloquently (perhaps not) put it. All I will say is that his comments were ridiculous, but he has his right to free speech. He won't be playing in my CD player any time soon and that's too bad because he's a pretty good musician.

AND A LITTLE BIT OF KNITTING...I did work on my Vintage Velvet scarf while waiting for my hubby to get out of surgery. I haven't done any knitting since Thursday and I miss it! I will try and get some done this weekend between work and catching up on school stuff.



I feel like I have been going non-stop for the past couple of days. I started classes on Monday. I soon realized that if I kept up my schedule I wouldn't be able to work much at all, so that was something I had to tell my boss last night. I was signed up for three courses that were quite reading intensive, and two classes that would give me problems or that I would have to study quite hard for to pass (a math class and Macroeconomics). I really wanted to get into the second first-level French class, but there was only one and it was full quickly. BUT I got lucky! I checked last night when I came home from work and there was a spot open. I didn't bother to check anything, I just snapped it up. I dropped my American History class for now (it was on the same day, but later) because I knew I wouldn't be able to handle it all.

Next week is my last week at work where I'll work any days Monday-Thursday. I can only work nights, which will tire me out, and I will have absolutely no time for knitting (gasp!) if I keep it up. So something has to give.

And lastly (bewarned - a little bad language ahead), I have to say that what is going on down south from H. Katrina is a sad, sad thing. We got out when we could, moving up here in February from the FL panhandle (okay, so in the military you don't have a choice if you move, but that's just a detail). Ivan was enough for me, and this was much much worse. While it doesn't surprise me (not much surprises me in today's world), what REALLY pisses me off is these damn looters!!! They should be ashamed of themselves!!!!!! So any looters reading this - I'm a firm believer of "what goes around comes around," so what your backs. It is just ridiculous that people were not just taking necessities. They said on the news that he saw one person with boxes of sneakers! What are you going to do with those in flood waters?

Anyway....in knitting news, my latest scarf from Scarf Style is coming along nicely. I think I've done about five repeats of the pattern and I'm happy with it. I'm not going to take a progress pick yet because it's pretty much just the same as the last one I took, but bigger. It will get worked on tomorrow while I'm waiting for Michael's back surgery to be over. We're heading up to Bethesda tonight because he has to be there at 5am tomorrow morning.


I feel good

I start full-time classes at UMW on Monday. I wanted to get the house clean from top to bottom before that so I would only have to maintain it during the semester, and I've pretty much done that. This is why I feel good. I also feel good because I got my last SP5 package today:

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At the back is VIVA PONCHO, which I've wanted for a long time (thanks SP!). I also got some yummy 100% wool yarn in a warm brown color (called Allspice on the packaging). There are only three skeins in the pic but I got WAY more than that. I also got a bag of jellybeans and some chocolate to make hot chocolate from the recipe on the back of that cute card!

Like I've said before, I've never had a bad experience with these secret swaps. I have signed up for SP6 because I need something to look forward to through all my book work at school!!

I have been knitting, if only a little bit. I started a scarf from Scarf Style for a friend of mine. She wanted a really long scarf for her birthday. She knows she's getting it, but doesn't know what it's going to look like (and she doesn't read my blog). It's my first cable pattern!

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I still haven't started my wave skirt because I don't have the right needles! I'm thinking about getting the interchangeable needle set. My LYS by my school (it's just around the corner, how cool is that?) gives 10% off for UMW students.


Knitting News

The Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece has been found! I decided to put an SOS out on the Knitty board, figuring other knitter's out there may be able to find the colors I was looking for...and I was right! The lovely Linda found me the 1 skein of Emperor's Robe at her LYS, and Knit Chick directed me to her LYS. I emailed them and they had the colors I wanted and did mail orders. If not, she kindly volunteered to pick them up for me. Oh, the lengths people go to for yarn. So I should be able to start my Wave Skirt soon...Yippee!!!

Since I always like to have a project going, but didn't want to start anything big because of the Wave Skirt, I started a couple of small ones. I just finished one of Kim's Hats from Last Minute Knitted Gifts, and also started another shrug - this one a the bell-sleeved shrug found on Beatknit's blog.

Also, I went to my first knitter's group meeting last night and had a great time. I'm definitely going to put this event on my calendar as a must-do!


I finally got our spare bedroom turned into a decent workspace/craft room. I went to Ikea a couple of weeks ago and got a couple of bookcases to hold everything. Once I put them together I made DH stabilize them to the wall. So here is what it looks like now:

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The desk is also from Ikea.

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This is my craft table where I do my scrapbooking, stitch markers etc. I needed something a little sturdier for my sewing machine which is why I bought the table in the first photo.

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These little guys are going to keep me company. The little bear was a gift from my sister back home and the cat (of course, the cheshire cat!) is something I bought from work.

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I got these vases from Ikea as well for $1.99 and thought they were a nice way to hold my needles all in one spot!

I was digging through some of my things and came across some old albums. My dad used to have a great record collection, and these are the ones I saved from that before it somehow disappeared...and yes, that is an ALF album. I even had an ALF doll!

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A couple of my all-time favorite albums were the singles. One is a Rolf Harris number called "Monster." Those of you familiar with Australia or Australian culture may have heard of him. The other one is a song called "Granddad." I wish I had a record player so I could play this one. My granddad died when I was 8 years old (I'm 27 now) and I miss him all the time. We'd play this song and sing it to him any time he would visit us. It basically says "Granddad we love you," over and over.

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And if you didn't notice, I have a few furry, non-living, friends on my bookshelves. Here is Brownie and Coco enjoying a book on the Galapagos (man, I would love to go here!). I got these two friends when I was very young.


Not much going on

Life has been pretty boring here. I decided to do some stash busting and use some of the Bernat Handicrafter Cotton I bought a long time ago - not sure why I got it actually. Anyway, I'm going to make some scrubbies for the 2005 Scrubbie project. My first one is coming along nicely.

I ordered my Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece from BoPeeps Wool shop, but I'm not sure if I should cancel it. I emailed them to see when my stuff shipped only to be told that it will take 2-4 weeks!!! I got it for $6.90 a skein, which was the cheapest I found it, but I want to be able to start my Wave Skirt soon. I might see if I can find it at my not-so-local LYS - if I can find the LYS, that is.

I also joined another secret swap - this time the Scarf Me (see sidebar)! I guess I'm just addicted to these things and every one I've joined so far has gone great, not one drop out or disappointment.

On another note, I signed up to become an Avon rep. On top of work (very, very part-time) and school (full-time), I don't have a lot of time, but would like to make a some money since every little bit helps. Once I get my website started up I will put a little button link on my sidebar. But you know what, I'm of the mind that if people want to order something, great! If not, that's fine too. I figured though that since I have a blog and people read it, I might as well go ahead and use it to my advantage.

Well that's it for me right now. I think I'm going to have an early night.


That was quick!

I finished my first one skein wonder last night (note I said 'first,' which means there will be more). I have to admit that I was beginning to wonder if it was going to turn out right, until I finished my first sleeve and seamed it. Then it started to look like it was supposed to. Here is the pic of the WIP. The finished pics will be up on my blog soon:

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I used the same yarn as I did for my Midwest Moonlight scarf, green Peruvian Highland wool from Elann. It was supposed to be used for a ribby cardi, but I changed my mind.

In blog news, I followed Deety's easy blog button tutorial and made my very own blog button. So if you'd like, go ahead and use it (save it to your computer of course!). I'm planning on making some more when I get the time.

I also started to gauge for my clapotis using the Lorna's Laces yarn (see previous post) I got off Ebay. I'm not sure it's going to work out though, it might be too fine. Has anyone used a finer yarn than called for in the pattern?

One Skein Wonder

Pattern: Glampyre Knits' One Skein Wonder.
Yarn Used: Pervuvian Highland Wool from Elann in dark green (color #1240).
Date Started: August 2nd, 2005.
Finished: August 3rd, 2005.

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Front View.

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Back View.


Good package day

I was about to post about how disappointed I was (even changed my Unkymood) that I couldn't make it to last night's knitting meet-up in Waldorf. I was all set to go, but then I had to work a bit later than usual and I was so tired. I swear I'm going to the next one no matter what! Anyway, I'm not disappointed anymore and this is why...I heard a familiar thump at my door, which means the mail is here. Look at what I got:

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My needle exchange pal sent me this. That's three pressies wrapped up so nicely for me!

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This is what was inside: two pairs of needles (size 7s and 8s), a set of DPNs (#2s), a cute little note pad and magnet that says "Go in the Direction of Your Dreams", and some yarn - Regia sock yarn.

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There was also a card that was a little heavy. This is what I found when I opened it - cute word magnets with a knitting theme!!!

So that was it right? Nope, I checked my actual mail box and found another package stuffed inside.

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It was the promised left over yarn from Danni of Knitting Sunshine. She made the most amazing wave skirt. I loved her skirt so much I emailed her to tell her just that, and she offered to send me what she had left from the Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece she used. How nice is that? I just love knitters - they're so sweet. Anyway, now I have to get my other colors, all blues because I think that would look great, and get going.

And since this is a photo-happy blog, here is what my one skein wonder looks like. All I have to do is the sleeves and ribbing (picking up stitches, argh!) and I'm done.

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I'm using straight needles for now because I'm not very circ savvy, but to pick up the ribbing I will use circs.


August all ready

I can't believe how fast this year is going. In 28 days I start back at college. I'm both nervous and excited.

I have some knitting updates too. I finished my Midwest Moonlight scarf and I'm really happy with it. I haven't had a chance to model it yet - I do this when my hubby isn't home and I can set up the tripod. He would think I'm an idiot if he saw me doing this. :) I also received my second SP package today (see below). I got some nice soft yarn, which is good for washcloths; a pretty smelling bar of soap, and some DPNs, which I needed to start my first pair of socks. So thanks SP!

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The yarn is a lovely chenille and the color is pale peach.

I also got some yarn I won on Ebay, which I'm thinking of using for my clapotis. The color is just gorgeous!

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Lorna's Laces Shephard Sport 100% superwash wool. I got four skeins, each 200 yds.

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Close-up: the color is #70 Vera and it is so pretty.

Since I finished my scarf, I cast on for the one skein wonder today and it's coming along nicely. I'm a little worried about picking up stitches, but we'll see how it goes. I'm not there yet so I'm not going to panic until I actually reach that part of the pattern!

I'm also excited because tomorrow I'm heading to my first knitter's meeting. I haven't been able to attend until now, so I'm looking forward to it.


Gotta love time off

UPDATE:So I mentioned the knitter with the wonderful wave skirt that inspired me to want to make one. Well I found it. Call me obsessive, but I googled and did a little digging. I think I only had to go to page three. BUT I FOUND IT. So check out this wonderful wave skirt. The knitter has a blog: Knitting Sunshine.

Apart from the fact that I don't get paid when I don't work, I love time off. I had asked for Friday and Saturday off, but somehow my boss got herself mixed up and gave me Sun-Tues off as well.

As I mentioned in my last post, I went to summer preview day at UMW on Friday. I spent Saturday at the National Zoo with friends for a little girl's birthday. I had a good time, even if it was hot. Luckily the humidity stayed down for the whole day.

On Sunday I went to Six Flags with another friend. We have season passes so this is the third time I've hit the water park and it's so much fun. Yesterday was a bit different than usual when I had to go back down the steps leading up to a slide because I felt a bit sick. It was really weird and my friend said I went really pale, but after I ate something I was fine.

The other reason I love days off from work is that I get to knit. I set myself a goal yesterday of getting up to #15 of the pattern repeats of my Midwest Moonlight - and yep, I reached my goal! So now I have ten more repeats to go.

I've also been cruising the participant sites for SP5 - not really to look for who my pal is, more just for fun. I found some really good sites and have gotten lots of inspiration. One fellow knitter had made the Wave Skirt from IK Spring 05. When I saw this pattern in the book I didn't really like the colors of the example, but this knitter did hers in a lovely blue and such. It was so pretty. But I didn't bookmark it and now I can't find it. I think I'm going to look again today. I also found a knitter who had made something interesting. Take a look at this. There is a link from that site to the original site where there is a tutorial for it. Isn't it pretty?


Midwest Moonlight

I am knitting...or I have been. I'm up to repeat 11 of 25 of my Midwest Moonlight. I finally managed to post a photo. It really is coming along nicely and I love it. I'm also planning on making another scarf from the same book - Scarf Style - for a friend's birthday. I'm thinking of using Cascade 220 but my friend might prefer something a little bit softer. Any ideas?

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I've had a long day so I'm not sure if I'll keep working on my scarf. I've been at Uni of Mary Washington all day for summer preview day. I had to register for my classes etc, but man was it HOT!!! I think the heat more than the early morning rise (I was up at 6:30 am, way early for me!) has made me a little tired. It is such a pretty campus, UMW, so take a look if you like. I made sure I linked it. I will have to post a photo of me in my new t-shirt I bought today to signify my becoming a bonafide student at a four-year college.


Gimme Some Needles Exchange

This weekend is going to be busy for me so I figured I'd post this now while I have some spare time.

1. What do you like to knit or crochet? (socks, sweaters, etc.)
I don't know how to crochet, first up. I like to knit all sorts of things. I haven't tried socks yet, but I'm going to. I'm currently knitting a scarf and I just finished a shrug.

2. What fibers do you like?
Anything that is soft is always a favorite of mine.

3. What type of needles do you use most often?
Plastic or metal/aluminum. Absolutely NO wooden or bamboo needles please. I have a weird thing about that. I am overly sensitive to wooden spoons and needles etc so I avoid them. I do need a set of dpns so I can start knitting some socks.

4. Do you like to knit in the round?
I haven't knit anything in the round, but suppose I will eventually.

5. Do you use a magic loop method or any other we should know about? Are you interested in learning a new method? No.

7. Do you have a favorite place that you shop online? (knitpicks.com, knitpixie.com, jimmybeanswool.com....)? Not really. I like knitpicks.com and Elann.com. My budget really dictates where I buy from. I like good deals.

I'm working all this weekend - knitting time is going to be seriously absent. I have a party to go to tonight, but I have to get to bed early. I've got to be at work by 9 am tomorrow, but I also have to pick up my new Harry Potter book!! I got the first 5 way after they came out so I've never experienced the phenomenon that is HP when it is first released. Wish me luck! Hopefully I won't get trampled by a bunch of 10-year-olds.


SP5 and more

I've just joined another gift exchange - this one needles.

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I figured I would get it in before our self-imposed budget kicks in. Luckily it shouldn't be for at least another month.

I think SP5 is going along nicely. I have my next package ready to go out. I had to wait for a couple of things to arrive. I think I'm going to browse the participants sites and see how everyone else is getting spoilt since I all ready know how I'm getting spoilt and how my pal is doing.

I had to rip out my Midwest Moonlight posted in one of my recent posts. I learnt an important lesson: no knitting after 11pm!! It seems being tired or not totally "with it" isn't the best state to be in when knitting. So here is an updated look at my scarf. I'm almost done with 4 repeats of the pattern, which calls for 25 repeats.

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I think it's looking quite nice. And I'm using a dark green Peruvian wool from Elann.


My teeth & knitting

Who'd ever think that my teeth would affect my knitting? Not me, that's for sure. Well I went to my consultation appointment with my orthodontist about possibly getting braces (I'm going to get them...at 27). Unfortunately because of my age and the fact that my jaw didn't develop properly as a child, I'm going to have some surgery. First up, I have to have the sutures of my palate of my upper jaw cut so they can expand and widened my upper jaw, which is really narrow. Then they're going to have to shift my lower jaw forward and insert a plate and screws to keep it there.

What's this got to do with knitting? Money of course!! My dental coverage (Tricare) doesn't cover braces so we're going to have to fork out nearly $5000 for two years of that, plus the cost of surgery. We're going to see if we can get them to at least cover the palate thing (and by the way, I'm not sure if I'm spelling that right) because it will clear up my sinus problems big time...but we'll see.

So yep, I'm going to have to go on a yarn diet. It's not like a buy a lot of yarn (really, it's true!), but I like being about to buy it if I get the urge.


New Project

What do you do when you've finished a knitting project? Start another one of course! So that's what I did. I cast on for the Midwest Moonlight scarf from the lovely Scarf Style. This is one amazing book. I love so many of the patterns that I joined the Scarf Style KAL.

Here is a close up of my new scarf:
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And here is just the first 16 rows. The pattern is these 16 rows done 25 times!! I have 24 lots to go...
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The yarn is actually a dark green from Elann - Peruvian Highland Wool. This is actually the third time I've started this scarf today. I started with a different yarn, made a mistake and had to start over. The third start was with this wool and it looks much better.


Look what I got!

I got my first secret package the other day, and boy was I spoilt!

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I just put it in the basket so I could take a decent pic, but my goodies were wrapped in the material at the front. I'm not sure what I'm going to make with it, but maybe a handbag or something. It's been a while since I've sat at the sewing machine for anything other than hemming pants (a constant chore since I'm short!)

I also got a back issue of Interweave Knits, probably my favorite knitting magazine right now. I got Knit Socks! by Betsy McCarthy. I've wanted to jump in to sock knitting for a while now, so now I can. NO MORE EXCUSES! Well, I do have to get some dpns, but that won't take but a minute.

Then I got some lovely yarn...Cascade 220 and some nice blue sock yarn. I can't wait to turn this into something fantastic.

So thanks SP!


Shrug Finished!

I have finally finished my IK Shrug. It now has a proud place in my new knitting gallery. The button for it is on the side, so go ahead and have a look!

IK's Ribbed Shrug

Pattern: IK's Ribbed Shrug
Yarn Used: Paton's Katrina in Dawn (as called for in the pattern)
Adjustments: I made it a little shorter than called for in the pattern. As you can see, it comes to my elbows so if I had made it 39 inches like it was supposed to be, it would have been much longer. The model in the IK picture shows it coming to her elbows so I figured it would work for me to shorten it.

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Before finishing.

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Front view.

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Back view.