Coming Along nicely

I managed to get back to where I was with my Wave Skirt and then some. I'm actually getting ready to start the feather and fan part of the pattern. I think I'm going to wait until my Knitter's Group to start that incase something goes horribly wrong.

I also cast on another quick project, a gift for my sister. I'm making the Felted Bucket Hat for her birthday. It won't be done in time (February 5th), but it will be done soon. All I need to do now (after knitting for the last couple of hours) is to felt it, which will be done tomorrow probably.

I've joined a couple of things recently:

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As for knitting, I'm back to working on my Cashmere Crossings so I can get at least the front done. At this rate the little girl it's being gifted to won't have it until next winter!


What's New

Thought I'd update my life and knitting progress. My classes started back up last Monday at UMW. It was actually my 8th wedding anniversary too. We celebrated that night with dinner at Red Lobster. We're a pretty low-key couple so that was nice for us. My DH gave me two gift cards, one from Borders and one from Victoria's Secret. For a man who claims I have too many books, he does buy me a lot of gift cards from book stores! Anyway, back to my classes...I am probably crazy, but I'm taking 6 classes (the max allowed) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. So I'm on campus from 8am until 4pm.

I went to my Knitter's Group meeting in Waldorf, MD last Wednesday night. It's the first time in a long time (since about summer I think) that I've been. Between classes and work last semester, I never had the time. It was nice though and I had a really good time. It was at Borders so I used my anniversary gift card to get some great books. Here is what I got:

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I also bought a little something else, just because...

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In knitting news, I had to rip out my Wave Skirt because I think I got myself confused with K2, P2 and it didn't look like nice ribbing. So I have cast on again and am redoing it, this time making sure I keep track of whether I'm K2 or P2. I'm also planning on casting on for a small gift project (I know, I said I would knit for myself this year, and I am) that I know my sister will love for her birthday. She is going to receive this. I have also volunteered to participate in Stacey's afghan project. She is getting a skein of yarn from various people to knit up an afghan and I thought that was a cool idea. Now I just have to decide what to send her.


New on the Needles

Today I cast-on for my Wave Skirt. I've only done the first few rows, but I was determined to get started on the "for me" knitting I want to do this year.

I also have goodies to show! I entered the small little contest that Amy of Amyville fame had on her blog about the tv show LOST. This is what she sent me:

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I didn't post about this sooner because I've been under the weather for the past week and a half. Nothing like yarn to make you feel better though! I got my order from Elann today. Here's what I got:

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The yarns on the left are for my Ribbi Cardi (the colors are Autumn Peach & Orange Brandy - yum!). The dark yarn (color: chocolate truffle)on the right is for this. Both yarns are from the Peruvian Highland Wool Collection, but the dark one is chunky weight.

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This yarn is going to be my first leap into yarn dyeing and I'm going to be making a Clapotis with it.


Projects 2006

I've come up with a list of projects that I plan to do in 2006. Since I decided to knit for myself this year, all of these projects are for me.

1. Wave Skirt from IK Spring 2005
2. Grand Plan Top-Down Capelet from Wrap Style
3. Clapotis from Knitty. I plan to dye my own yarn for this project.
4. Blackberry from Knitty.
5. Ribbi Cardi from Chic Knits.

So I estimate at least two months for each project. I want to have the first two done by the time I go to Europe in May.


Knit Blog Awards 2005

I was checking out how traffic comes to my blog through Blogpatrol and guess what I found? Apparently someone nominated my blog for the Best New Blog category of the KBA 2005! While I didn’t make it to the top ten to be voted on, I am honored that someone nominated me at all. While it is very nice to have readers, I do blog just for the fun of it.

I think you might still be able to vote, but it ends sometime today: Knit Blog Awards.


Welcome 2006!

I saw this on another blog so decided to go ahead and do it for myself.

Top 5 2005

1. Surviving a stateside move: With all the moving we’ve done, things can get pretty stressful. I think the move from Florida to Virginia was actually the easiest one and least stressful.
2. Knit Bloggers: I read so many great knitting blogs and I’m so grateful for it. They’ve giving me inspiration and, since I have a habit of getting bored, kept me interested in knitting.
3. Fall Grades from UMW: My first semester at a real four-year college (there is nothing wrong with community colleges – I went to one in Florida) started off with crazy home stuff going on. Somehow I managed to end up with four A’s and one B for final grades. Yeah!
4. My Denise Interchangeable Needle Set: I just got this just days ago, but all ready I love it.
5. Favorite Yarn Store: I don’t actually have much of a choice, but The Knitter’s Cottage by my college has a good selection and I get a 10% discount for being a UMW student.

New Year’s Resolutions 2006

1. Knit more things for myself: I see I’m not the only one who wants to do this. I want to actually finish a nice big project just for ME.
2. Take advantage of the gym (free) at my college: Notice I’m not saying how many times a week I’m going to etc etc. That’s because if I actual get more specific I won’t do it, so I’m being realistic.
3. Actually write something and submit it for publication: This has been a dream of mine for so long, since childhood, and I never get around to it.
4. Stay organized: With so much going on in the New Year (work, school...) I really need to stay on top of all my college class work so I don’t get overwhelmed.
5. Try new things, knitting wise: This is the year for socks and yarn dyeing. I’ve been inspired by Dani at Sunshine Knits to knit the Wave Skirt (that’s getting ready to cast on) and to try dyeing some of my own yarn.