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Saturday, July 30, 2005

Here's another quiz...

Which you'll see at the bottom of the post...

I bought Teva Durham's book Loop de Loop on Amazon.com from a seller instead of directly from Amazon. Why you ask??? Cause he priced it at $12.10. Can't beat that. Unfortunately, it's coming by media mail. Hopefully, I'll get it before I have to leave for Michigan. I think its a beautiful book with great photos. I've heard some good and bad reviews. Most bad reviews are that the sizing is on the small size. Just like Hollywood Knits. But I guess that's not going to bother me. I can't seem to make things small enough. Almost everything I've made with the exception of Ribby is big. Even when I get gauge. Ughhhh.....

Here are a few of the designs that I love in this book...




Now, here's the quiz!





You Are a Soy Latte


Yeah, you've got a bit of that healthy hippie thing going on

But you're more Kate Hudson urban bohemian than Phish groupie

You're worldly and well traveled... and you know where to get the best coffee in town.

All your experience makes you a compassionate person - and a caring girlfriend.




What Kind Of Coffee Are You? Take This Quiz :-)




Find the Love of Your Life
(and More Love Quizzes) at Your New Romance.

Finally took some pics!

Just wanted to share some FO's. I finished knitting them a while back but as you know... finishing is a bitch. I did that this afternoon. I finished the Baby Albert sometime in June. I really should keep better track of my start and finish time on projects. I knit this with Plymouth Dreambaby DK in royal purple using Denise size 5 needles. I made the 12 month size for my friend Angie's baby, who I will be seeing tomorrow. Hence, the finishing. The pattern is really simple. Garter stitch in a couple of directions and you sew up the sleeve and partway along the front. Then the buttons. Sewing the buttons are a bitch. The buttonholes are yarnovers which make them pretty hard to find. The next time I make this, I'll embroider around the buttonholes. (yeah right... but it's a goal) Then weave in the ends and you're done. I took pictures with and without flash. What a difference it makes in the way the color appears on the monitor! There's also a picture of the ladybug buttons since I love them and think they make the color of the jacket "pop".



I also got some pics of the Honeymoon cami. Overall I was pretty happy with the outcome of this tank. It fits ok... I got gauge with size 6 needles with Lionbrand Microspun in French Vanilla. But the size 32 came out a bit on the baggy side, I think. I do want to make this project again but I think I'll try to get a smaller gauge to make it a little more "shaped". Not that I have much of a figure anyway. You'll see in these pictures that I haven't woven in the ends yet. That's done now though. I was contemplating on making the straps shorter but I got lazy. Hopefully it doesn't show too much skin...



Note to self: It's easier to take a picture of yourself in the mirror than trying to use a timer on yourself...



Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Hump day...

Hmmm...

Nothing new really. I got back from Las Vegas on Sunday night. If was a fun trip except for the very end of it. Let's just say I had a few too many adult beverages and made myself violently sick. I vow never to do that again.

My friends got a room at the Luxor hotel and 5 of us piled into it. There was plenty of room since there was 2 queen beds and we brought an airbed. Nice totel. It's the one that beams a ray of light into the sky at night and looks like a black pyramid. I wonder if the light can be seen in space. There must have been some basketball competition or convention because there were a lot of really tall people walking around. We did the usual walking around the strip (not much because of the 100+ heat), ate at the Bellagio buffet, and saw a show at Forty Deuce in Mandalay Bay. BTW, Mandalay Bay is another beautiful hotel. I didn't gamble much. I figured that since I'll be living off of student loans soon, it wouldn't be wise to lose the money that I have right now.

The rest of this week, I've been trying to study and not get to distracted by TV and knitting. There are roadblocks: this class is starting to get tedious, I like working on the Bird's Nest shawl and Grumperina's Tivoli T-shirt is calling to me (get the pattern here), and the Golden Girls seem to be on Lifetime 6 hours a day. I finished one assignment. Only 3 more to go before I can request my final exam to be sent out to my proctor. I've decided to have the test sent out to my program advisor in MI so that I'll have more time to study. I've decided that I hate online classes. Hate them with a passion. It's hard to concentrate and know what is important. I have no focus and seem to be distracted by ANYTHING!

I cast on for the Tivoli t-shirt. So far so good. I'm knitting it with size 5 denise needles and Knit Picks Shine in Apricot. I don't like the color as much as when I bought it but it will work. If I like the pattern, I'll probably knit another one in a different color. Maybe a lilac or red yarn. Knit Picks has both these colors in Shine. Or I may use Microspun again.

As for the Bird's Nest, I think I'm progressing nicely. It still looks like a rolled up wad of newspaper but from what I'm reading, lace looks like that until you block it. My Charlotte didn't look like a wet dish rag after I got done with it but it still looked much better after blocking.

The internet is also a constant distraction. I've decided that the next shawl that I want to knit is the Flower Basket Shawl. The pattern was in the Fall 2004 Interweave but I can't find that issue anywhere. The pattern is a Fibertrends pattern and I'll try to find it the next time I go to Common Threads Here's a looksee at the shawl.







I haven't decided what color to make it yet. I do like that neutral tan color used in the sample, but I saw some Misti Alpaca in red or light green that I think would be perfect for this pattern. I was so tempted to buy some yarn and start this project but I decided that I need to finish the Bird's Nest first.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

It's getting hot in here...

I never thought I'd say this but it's almost too hot to knit in San Diego. I live in Rancho Bernardo which is supposed to be around 100 degrees today. For those who don't know, it's inland. It's pretty icky to go outside today.

Needless to say, in this heat I haven't been knitting much. Yesterday, I took a test for my online class that was proctored by one of my friends who works at UCSD. And since I was on the coast, decided to head up to Common Threads in Encinitas. Every time I walk into there, I think to myself, I'm going to miss this LYS sooo much. They are super sweet and have a great selection and great prices. My dream is to open a store just like them. Here's the converssation that went on in my head.

Me: Hmmm... since I'm on the 5, I should head up to Common Threads. I need to pick up some size 2 Addi's and some Rowan cotton 4 ply for Orangina.

Conscience: Well, you still have a few WIPS. What do you need with another one? If you go, you'll have two more WIPs.

Me: But I it's only 20 miles away. I'll just have a looksee...

So I get there and Nancy, the owner, had put some Addi's aside for me so I didn't have to go hunting around for that. So I happily looked around for some Rowan 4 ply cotton. They didn't have the colors I wanted so I checked out the Rowan Glace. Too thick for the Orangina:( I was so sad because they had a pretty pumpkin shade that I would have loved. Nancy did put the 4 ply on order for me and it will be in next week. So I knitted for a few hours with some ladies who stop in every once in a while and knit at the shop. That was pretty fun. When I go into the store to pick up the yarn, I'm going to cast on for the orangina. Here's the color of the 4 ply that I ordered and a pictue of Orangina. I'm sooo excited.







I'm currently knitting the Bird's Nest shawl from Folk Shawls. It's a fun pattern but you cast on 376 stitches and work your way up. It's pretty slow going and I'm done with the repeat. Only 3 more to go! I may not get this finished until winter but it will be worth it when I'm done. I wish I had my digital camera so i could show an in progress pic. Maybe next week.

Since I've been home, I've been watching a lot of the news lately and the big scandel here is that 3 council members of the city of San Diego have been convicted of accepting bribes to overturn the "no touch" ordinance at strip clubs. Now, I have no problems with strip clubs. If men want to go spend their hard earned money at a strip club for dances from girls who could give a rat's ass about them, then they have the right to do that. No one said that politicians should take away people's right to be stupid. But when elected officials swear to serve the people honestly, then I have a problem. When Micheal Zucchet and Ralph Inzunza resigned the maintain that they were only doing business as usual. And that the bribes were designated for "official campaign funds". Yeah right. No wonder the public has no confidence in our government. We can't trust anyone to do anything honestly.

I woke up this morning to news about an attempted bombing in London. Gosh, these people never stop. I feel for the people of London and hope that their wills are not broken. It must be tough to go through this twice in two weeks.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

What kind of yarn are you?

In case you haven't noticed I like these little quizzes... I'm mohair. What are you???
You are Mohair
You are Mohair.
You are a warm and fuzzy type who works well with
others, doing your share without being too
weighty. You can be stubborn and absolutely
refuse to change your position once it is set,
but that's okay since you are good at covering
up your mistakes.


What kind of yarn are you?
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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Here's some pictures...

I decided to post some pictures of my some new additions to my stash and a WIP. Here's a pic of all my yarn that I received in the mail last week.







The first picture is a shot of all my yarn together. That was fun. If you head over to the black yarn that's some Fortissma Cotton Sock yarn in black that I plan on using for socks. The next shot is 2 skeins of Paton's Kroy Sock Yarn , also for socks. I bought both yarns from Ebay but from different vendors. I won both auctions back in the last week in June and just got them yesterday! I had no idea that it took that long for something to get shipped. I've had shipments from Elann come in 3 days and they're in Canada... The last two pics are of some lace weight wool that I got from www.handpaintedyarn.com. It's the roanoke shade and what a difference flash makes in the images. It actually looks more like the picture on the left. But it's beautiful yarn and a fairly inexpensive price. I got 3 hanks of wool at $5.85 a hank. Including shipping it came out to around $20. One thing...when I opened the package, the yarn was damp and smelled of vinegar. I guess they just got done dyeing it.

I also have several pictues of my honeymoon cami. I'm knitting it with French Vanilla Microspun and size 6 Denise Interchangeables. I'm pretty happy with the way its come out.





One more inch of knitting and I'll be ready to shape the V-neck and back. Here are some closeups of the lace edging...




I might be able to show off and FO at the end of the week.

And for good measure, I thought I'd post a pic of my babies sleeping. Which is what I wish I could do. Don't you wonder what dogs do with their day??? Chase some lizards, meander to the food bowl, bark at imagined intruders... Sometimes I wish I was a dog.


Opps...

I changed my template. I like this one a lot better but now I have to repost my links. I think it looks a lot cleaner than my other one. I am using a Mac now and this template doesn't look as messed up as my other one. What do you think?

Monday, July 11, 2005

Honeymoon Cami

I decided to put Angelina to rest for a while. I couldn't stand all the ribbing. There were soooo many stitches and I was going crazy. The last straw was when I misread the pattern. To shape the front, the instructions were to start decreasing every other row from the neck side. I took that as decrease every other neck side row. So I decreased every 6 stitches instead of every 3. Grrr... I ended up with a 9 inch front and I hadn't even done the decreases on every row. (The front was supposed to be 7 inches long) I didn't have the heart to frog it and start the front over just yet. I'll let it stew for a few months. It really is a hot and itchy yarn to be dealing with this time of year anyway.

I did cast on for my Honeymoon Cami and I'm very pleased at how this is turning out. I am using Lionbrand Microspun (gasp!) in French Vanilla. I got gauge with my size 6 denise interchangeable needles. Microspun is kinda splitty but no more splitty than other yarns and it knits up soft! I've read horrendous reviews on KR about this yarn which is why I haven't tried using it until now. I'm going to probably use it in the future. Maybe on another Ribby Cardi!

This pattern is available on www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring04/PATThoneymoon.html. So far I love it! It's knit in the round so I avoid seaming it and it's a quick knit. I'll post some pictures as soon as I get in contact with my camera. I'll probably be able to wear it this weekend.

I also finished another Baby Albert for a friend's baby. All that's left on that one is seaming it (ugh!) and sewing these cute lady bug buttons that I found at my LYS.

I've found another past time to eat into my studying time. Blog reading. I've been reading them for hours a day. Here are two that I really like. www.crazyauntpurl.com and www.alltangledup.com. Both have some interesting takes on knitting. If you're looking to make a hat without a pattern go to crazy aunt purl's site. She has a "method" that I'm going to try soon. alltangledup is in UK and thank goodness she didn't get hurt in the bombing. I'll post more blogs up on my sidebar when I get a chance. There are some really cool blogs out there that I feel like mine sucks. But it will get there. I'm sure that these things take time to figure out what you want to put on them.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

I'm a sock!

You are a sock.



You are a cozy, fuzzy, warm-hearted person. A lot of your friends describe you as a hopeless romantic. You fall for the opposite sex very easily. But be careful, because usually you don't know what you are getting into, and because you are very sensitive, you can get hurt... especially in early relationships. Also, don't exclude the cold-hearted from your "want-list", because they just might be looking for a kind person to warm up their heart.... or a sock to warm up their feet.

Most compatible with: Toilet Paper.


Click here -- What Random Object Represents Your Inner Self?
A dear friend sent me a link to this quiz. I actually take the "sock" generalization as a complement. I comfort and warm people. Isn't it ironic that it's a random item that can be knit??? I think it's a sign. When my sock yarn gets delivered, I'm casting on for my first pair of socks.
My boyfriend just took the quiz. He's toilet paper!!! We were made for each other. Hehe...