Knitting, KALs, and more

I have joined a couple of KALs in the last few days. Since I have started all ready, it was pretty easy for me to join the Tivoli/Picovoli KAL. Similarly, I have the yarn all ready, so I thought I'd join the Knucks KAL. And, finally, I've joined the French Market Bag KAL. If you haven't noticed, I tend to join KALs in groups - it's never just one for me! Although this KAL is over, check out these FMBs for inspiration.

What else is going on? Miserably, I've only joined two little squares together on my DB Garter-Stitch blanket. No more procrastination though - it needs to be finished by Friday so I can have it all ready to go for the baby shower on Sunday.

I've also decided to host my own swap. Check out the knitted purse/bag swap here. Only one person has signed up so far, so please help my poor little swap. Sign-ups close August 15th.

It's also time for a new column over at my other blog Aussie Girl U.S.A., so go and check it out (please, pretty please!)


Hip to be square

Here are all the little squares for my Garter-Stitch Blanket...now all I have to do is finish it up. I do have a bit of a gripe about this project. This was supposed to be a simple project, knit the squares and join them together. That is, of course, unless there is a mistake in the pattern.

The yarn requirements were "one ball of colors A,B,C,D, and E" but was supposed to say one of each A,B,D and E, and TWO balls of C. I realized I was going to be short when I couldn't get even the required 11 squares from the other colors, let alone the 14 from color C. I just don't see how this kind of mistake could've been made unless nobody bothered to do a protype of the item. Even without leaving long strands (another typo also) I couldn't force 11 squares. So I had to fudge a bit and use what I could.

In other bits and pieces...I've recently created another blog over at typepad that is going to be a column about my experiences as an Australian living in America, so since I'm paying for that I will be slowly moving this blog over there as well. But in the meantime, keep reading my blog and check out Aussie Girl U.S.A. as well.


Fabric Giveaway

As promised, here is the fabric from my stash that I wish to pass onto good homes. This is going to be a photo intensive post. All I am asking is that you pay the postage for your fabric - that's it, either through Paypal, check or money order. If you see something you like, email me directly at beckysue33@hotmail.com (if you leave a comment I may not get to it in time - this way I know who is 'first'.) and also refer to the fabric by its number. Some of this fabric is multi-yardage, at least one yard or more. If two people want it, I am willing to halve it. So, without further ado...let's see what I have:

#1 Size: 18" x 41", possibly been machine washed.

#2 Size: 19" x 42", washed. GONE

#3, 4 and 5 Three fat quarters. GONE

#6 Purpley-blue, multi-yardage. GONE

#7 Multi-yardage. GONE

#8 Size: 21.5" x 37"

#9 Multi-yardage. GONE

#10 If you can't see images clearly, they are fish; multi-yardage.

#11 Multi-yardage. GONE

#12 Multi-yardage. GONE

#13 Purpley-blue, though more purple than blue. Size: 39" x 34.5" approximately.

#14 Size: 42" x 37"

#15 Size: 42" x 36.5"

#16 Size: 18" x 19" (one piece) and 30" x 42" (second piece); both washed.

#17 Size: 44" x 36"; glittery. GONE

#18 Multi-yardage; washed. GONE

#19 Size: 42" x 36.5" GONE

#20 Size: 22" x 40"; more purple than photo shows.

#21 Size: 36" x 1 yard GONE

#22 Size: 22" x 44"

#23 Size: 17" x 18"

#24 Size: 36" x 43"


Watch this space

...for the great fabric give-away! Yep, I'm doing some long overdue spring cleaning and I've found a bunch of fabric that I'm never going to use. So I'm going to post some photos either tonight or tomorrow. Stay tuned!


Book Reviews

My reading list has been updated for a while now, but I have yet to write anything about the two books that were completed. So here is my little 'review' of them, basically just if I liked them or not - nothing fancy.

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
Of course, I read the other one (you know the one I mean) and I liked this one a little bit less...but only a little bit! I felt like it got off to a slow start, but after that, I really did enjoy the story and got into the swing of things. I like mysteries and such, but I am a bit of a cheat sometimes and always want to cheat (a.k.a. look at the ending!) I had an inkling of who the bad guy was, but was tricked into thinking it was someone else...only to discover I had been right the first time. I guess this is a sign of a good mystery/thriller story. As a non-religious person, I read this book and the other one simply for the joy of reading. I don't take any of it seriously, but there was this one line in this book that maybe (only maybe) has made me rethink my view on God a little bit. I can't quote the line yet because the book is at a friend's house. When I get it back (I don't want to ad lib the quote because I will ruin it) I will update this post and see what you think. Overall, I give this book a 9/10 just for what I felt was a slow start.

The Myth of You & Me by Leah Stewart
As someone who values friendships dearly and has a select group of close girlfriends (at least one I've know for 20+ years), I thought I would really like this book. Not so much. It just didn't grab me, and although I guess I can say I liked it, I did not love it. I will not keep it on my shelves. I felt like the main character wasn't really developed that much. All I knew was that she wasn't down with too many close relationships with anyone and the one she did have, with her best friend, had ended badly. Didn't I mention in the above 'review' that I have a tendency to cheat with mysteries? Well, why then, would I enjoy a book that waited until almost the end to reveal the big reason why the friends had split in the first place? Also, the second main character (the main character's friend) had a really horrible mother that she stood by. I guess I'm not that a strong of a person because I would've told 'mummy dearest' where to go years ago. Anyway, so this book (for me) was just so so...didn't hate it, but didn't love it either. That means 5/10.

I am still reading C'est la Vie, a kind of autobiographical armchair travel book. It's good...I like it, but I'm not sure if it's just because I love Paris and I love armchair travel books.


Socks, fabric and of course, YARN!

I've been knitting quite a bit lately because my other crafty projects have been on hold - I need other bits and pieces before I can get working on them. Picovoli and my Road Trip socks have seen all my attention.

One "Road Trip" sock...the other is waiting to be cast on. It will have to wait until I've completed my newest and time sensitive project.

I've got to get started on this Garter Stitch Blanket by Debbie Bliss. Why? Because the baby it is meant for has all ready been born! Yesterday, in fact. My coworkers due date wasn't until August 8th and I was waiting on the yarn from Little Knits. The yarn showed up today -

The top 5 balls are for the blanket. The bottom two will be two pairs of Knitty's new pattern, Fetching.

And finally, a sneak peak at the fabric I'm using for my weekender bag:

A nice mixture of greens and blues. For the lining I'm simply using a khaki fabric. I'm going to do the handles and cording in the main fabric, even though the pattern says to use the lining fabric.


Reading other blogs...

...is dangerous to my attention span! I love reading other knitting blogs and have SO MANY on my Bloglines. But there is just one problem - I see so many things I want to knit.

First, I visited Lois at Get It Knitted. She was talking about some of her projects and I caught the fact that she mentioned some yarn that I had just bought for no particular reason other than it was on sale. The yarn was Sirdar Snuggly and she mentioned this pattern. Well guess what I'm going to use my yarn for?

Then I went over to The Knitchick's blog. Not only did I get reminded of my recent (but seemingly so long ago) trip to Paris, but I also saw her Jaywalker socks. So now I know what at least one of my skeins of Lorna's Laces is going towards (I have four in the same colorway, Vera, I think.)

Now I just have to add these two projects to my list (never-ending) of projects to do in the future.

And just a bit about other projects I'm working on. I've cut most of my pieces for my Weekender Bag. Picovoli is resting for a bit while I work on my Road Trip Socks. Next week, if my yarn comes from Littleknits, I will be working on a baby blanket. Hopefully I'll get it done before the baby is born, which will be pushing it.


Day Off #3

Well, this was my last day off in a row of 3. I have a shift at work both tomorrow and Sunday. And although I will have more days off in the future, I rarely get so many in a row! So what did today bring for me?

I didn't get up until almost 10 a.m. and didn't bother to shower until almost 1 p.m. I did some knitting, working on both my Picovoli and a new project - Greened Eyed Grrls' Road Trip Socks. I have a bunch of sock yarn in my stash that I want to use. For these I'm using Knit Picks Sock Memories in Gladiolus and I'm loving the color. I would post a link, but it seems they don't sell it in this colorway anymore.

I also set out my stuff for another crafty project. I bought this piggy bank (or Dream Pig, as the company calls it) quite a while ago and never got around to decorating it. Since coming back from my European trip, I've realized that at heart, I'm a traveller. Of course, this costs money, so this is going to be my Travel Bank. I'm going to deposit all my change and stuff inside. I will post a pic once I'm done with it.


Day Off #2

Well, today is day off #2...although I was on-call so I guess I just got lucky that they didn't need me. Since I don't have to go in tomorrow that means I'll have had 3 days off in a row! I could use the $$$ but I like the time to work on crafts better right now.

What has been on the agenda for today? I kept working on my Picovoli. Here are some pics:

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Just the first few rounds.

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A weird pic, but I wanted to show my progress. I've done the stitch dividing for the armholes and underarms and am working on the bust now.

I also started cutting out my pieces for this wonderful creation:

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I haven't sewn anything like this before, but I'm going to give it a try.


Time off...

Ahhh...a few days off from work. What will I ever do with myself? Day Off #1 started with me spending a lot of time with this:

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When you can't wear the pretty skirt you picked out because it's white and you don't have the appropriate knickers, it's time to do laundry! Luckily, I did not spend my entire day doing this. The good thing about laundry - you can leave it alone and go do something else. So, I also did this:

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Shopping at my LYS, the Knitter's Cottage, to see if I could find some yarn for certain projects I had in mind. Well I didn't find what I was looking for, but here is what I did get:

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Smitten, Mission Falls pattern book of mittens; MF 1824 Wool to make a pair of mittens in Raspberry (#029), Rhubarb (#534), and Squash (#533); Cascade 220 in Robin Egg Blue (#8905); and one ball of Sirdar Snuggly in Soft Mint (#398) just because it was so darn soft!

The yarn I was looking for was DB Cashmerino Aran, to make DB's Garter Stitch blanket from Baby Knits for Beginners. This is going to be a gift for a lady I work with who is due August 8th and is having a little girl. Why did I leave it so late to start something? Well...to be honest, I didn't really know her that well and wasn't planning on knitting anything. Then I went on my trip and when I came back, the two of us have been working together quite a bit. So, having gotten to know her, I know she is worthy of such a gift and would appreciate it.

I was originally looking for this yarn to make Fetching so I searched the Knitty boards for sales. I was directed to Little Knits by a fellow knitter and found just the colors I was looking for. So I got a couple of balls to make my Fetching and the yarn for the blanket too!


Another FO

I finished a quick little project the other night - you can see it here in my gallery.


Yea, new Knitty!

So I decided to mosey on over to Knitty.com to look at the boards and what do I find...a new one! I've all ready found stuff I want to make.

These would make great, quick knit, Christmas gifts. AND, they only need one skein!!!

Love these, but am I brave enough to do toe-up socks?



Gilbert "Stash" West.

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So...he's not the most attractive mouse. I found the instructions on assembly a little bit lacking, but other than that, it was pretty simple. Now I'm going to have to make him a friend!

And the winners are String Bean and Sarah of Front Porch Swing. The prize hasn't been determined yet, but it will be something knitty related. Thanks to everyone who entered - there were many good names to choose from and it was a difficult decision.


I wanted to let you all know that I have chosen a winner for my contest to name Mousie Mousie. But since I've been working non-stop this past week, I haven't had time to finish him. Fingers crossed he will be done tonight and then unveiled here on the blog, along with the winners.

So, until then...I leave you with this - one of those meme (is that what they're called) thingies.

4 jobs I’ve had in my life:
* working a food service kiosk at a recreation center (my first job!)
* sales assistant (am now on my second sales assistant job, part-time)
* medical transcriptionist

4 movies I can watch over and over:
* Fried Green Tomatoes
* Bridget Jone's Diary
* Harry Potter Movies
* Never Been Kissed

4 TV shows I love to watch:
* Gilmore Girls
* Forensic Files (and any number of other Court TV shows like it)
* Monk
* Charmed

4 places I have lived:
* Perth, Western Australia
* Misawa, Japan
* Florida
* Virginia

4 places I have been on holiday:
* Niagara Falls
* London, Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen & Stockholm (all one trip!)
* Alabama (to visit family, but still a holiday)
* New Orleans

4 of my favorite dishes:
* lansagne (esp. when made from scratch by a friend of mine)
* vegemite on toast
* baked beans on toast
* pizza

4 websites I visit daily:
* News.com.au
* Hotmail.com
* Bloglines
* Fox News


Carpet Bag, anyone?

I've started another project. While Mousie Mousie is begging for his/her ears, I decided to cast on for something else. I don't know if anyone else is like this, but I have this running list of things I want to make in my head and it's very jumbled. The other day, while cleaning out my upstairs room, I found a fabric stash and suddenly (!) I want to make little purses etc. I joined Kelli's Wristlet Swap, so I know I will get to use some of that fabric, if only a little bit.

Cleaning out my spare room is what got me looking at my yarn stash, which isn't that big compared to some others, but it made me realize I had yarn for projects that I had long forgotten. So below is the start of the Counterpane Accessory pouch from Handknit Holidays. If you're interested there is a knit-a-long for this book here.

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I'm using some yarn I original bought for a warm hat for a friend's husband (sorry J.) It is Knit Picks Palette in Ash, double-stranded.

I also have an FO to post about, but will do that another time.



It’s Sunday morning and there is nothing on television. So I’ve flipped to WE’s Bridezillas. Oh my god! There are women in the world (just like this woman on today’s how) wondering why they can’t find a good man and settled down*. LOOK IN THE MIRROR!! If this woman’s fiancĂ© ditched her at the altar she is well deserving of the act and I wouldn’t feel the least bit sorry for her (alas, he did not get any balls [see later in post] and did not ditch her.)

Yeah, weddings can be stressful and a lot of the planning falls on the bride. This is a double-edged sword because these women generally dream of planning their perfect wedding and then go on and on (and on!) about how stressful it ends up being. Hello! Striving for perfection is stressful and ridiculous.

And what about these men! The groom-to-be is crying like a baby after his soon-to-be (let’s hope not) wife throws a fit and says she won’t marry him. He needs to get some balls and stand up to this woman – she is walking all over him.

I’ve learnt one thing…I can’t watch this show without yelling at the tellie. Who are these people? I can definitely see these people ending up in divorce court. Selfishness and self-importance is contributing to the almost 50% divorce rate in America.

I mean, really, who needs 15 (yes, I said 15!) bridesmaids and groomsmen? It’s a waste of money for one day when it could be spent on a down payment for a house or something important…maybe a child’s college education. The total wedding cost: $83,000!

*Just a quick note: Although I am happily married and have been for 8 years, I do not think a woman is incomplete if she is not married or have a boyfriend/partner.


Project Updates

Mousie Mousie is coming along nicely - although it's not as attractive as the one in the picture, but for a first try I think its okay (notice I've not picked a gender - I'm looking over the names people have sent in.)

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In the bits n' pieces stage.

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Missing the ears, but mostly put together.

I also got some new yarn today for my Picovoli. I got the yarn called for in the pattern (Debbie Bliss "Cathay") from an Ebay seller at $3.99 a ball!

And, not a knitting project, but sewing - I picked my fabric for this yesterday as well. I will give you a sneak peak when I actually get started on it.

That's it for now!