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Friday, March 31, 2006

A finished Kiri

I finally finished the Kiri Shawl for my friend's grandmother. It's blocked and I have to say quite wearable. I just hope my recipient likes it! Here are some pictures and the stats.
Here it is preblocked. Lace is always kind of bunched up and yucky unless it is set in water. Isn't it funny how relaxed lace gets after a dunk in some soapy water?

Here it is being modeled by moi... please ignore the disheveled appearence. I've been studying all day while it's been drying.
And here it is draped over a chair.

The lowdown:
Pattern: Kiri Shawl
Yarn: Misti Alpaca Laceweight
Needles: Addi Turbos Size 6.
Impressions: This is a fun pattern and I loved how the yarn relaxed after blocking. The pattern was simple to follow although the yarnovers hade a way of jumping over my stitch markers. Gotta watch out for stitches that try to cut to the front of the line:) Basically, you knit a twelve stitch repeat. Start out with 7 stitches and knit the pattern until it is the width and length that you want. I stopped at 11 repeats on each side of the center stitch cause I needed to have an FO. Luckily it turned out to be pretty big. About 66" across.

I'd knit this shawl again. I think it would be beautiful in a light purple or lilac color.

Enjoy the pictures... on to the next WIP.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

I want to crochet!

I got bitten by another bug. I saw a pattern for the Celebrity Shawl by Stitch Diva and fell in love!!! I want this shawl. So I bought yet some more yarn. I did make sure that it was affordable. It's a cotton/acrylic blend called Kim. I'm not sure who the manufactuer or distributer is. But if should have tons of drape. Perfect for a shawl like this. Here's a picture. Click on the picture if you want to make it bigger. I know it's kinda tough to see the detail.

As for my other knitting projects, I'm on the edging for the Kiri shawl. I'll post a picture and a report on what I thought of the project when it's finished. I really hope my friend's grandma likes it. I may have to knit another one for myself. The sock heel flap is in progress. I do have my sock class on Friday so it has to be finished by then or I'm going to hear it from Rob.

I gave away my Panta. A classmate of mine saw it and loved it so I just handed it over. Gives me an excuse to make another one. I'll knit my next one to be a bit narrower. It was just to wide for comfort and when it's not right, it's just... wrong.

I did have a great day yesterday. After intense studying all weekend with only short study breaks of knitting, I aced my Pediatrics test! I was so excited. I haven't aced a test since my Fundamentals of Nursing class. Yea for me...I can't stop patting myself on the back. Just goes to show that learning how to take the tests makes all the difference. That and making sure that you read the book.

Well, I should get ready for my Peds clinical at Sparrow. It's much different from my other rotations because I'm on second shift instead of first. Each has it's own advantages I'm sure. With second, I get to have a bit of a morning to do things which is great. Unfortunately, it's ususally nothing productive. Although I did catch up on some much needed sleep. I've had a terrible cold for the past two weeks and my cough has been keeping me up at night. I've been taking this cold medicine that does nothing to relieve the cough at night but leaves me groggy in the morning. Hopefully, it will be gone by the weekend. I'm sick of being sick!

Saturday, March 18, 2006

the start of another addiction

Oh no... Addiction is a hard thing to shake. What am I addicted to you ask? Well, it may be socks.

I took my first sock class at Threadbear with Rob last night and had a great time. We're learning on DPN's but I'm already planning another pair. Maybe I'll try it on circs, either magic look or using 2 circs like Rob.
Here's a pic.
It's just the cuff but I think it's progressing nicely. We're using a "Knit to Fit" pattern by Nancy Lindberg and it allows you to customize the size of your sock. Just knit a gauge swatch and do some simple multiplication and division and you are off and running. Here's another pic from the top view.
I chose Cascade Fixation for my first pair of socks. It's economical and super stretchy like socks you'd find at a store. This first pair is for me. I'll make my second pair for my SO.

Our homework for the next two weeks is to knit the rest of the cuff and heel flap. I think I'll be able to do that! I think socks are going to be my perfect almost instant gratification project. I wish I'd learned to knit them sooner.
Here's a progress pic on the "Somewhat Cowl"

I'm almost to the part where you can join it in the round. I have about 1/2" left to knit before I can do that. I'm so tempted to just join it now but I don't want to end up with something that I can't pull down over the breasts! Not that I think I'll have a problem or anything...

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

I finished.... Panta!

I finally finished SOMETHING. Granted it was a quick and easy project. I think it took me longer to seam it up than anything else.

Here are some pics. Sorry for the picture quality. I'm not a good photographer and not particularly photogenic today.




Pattern: Panta which can be found here
Yarn: Cascade 220 (I have no idea of the color # but it is cream)
How long it took me: Too long...
Details: Basically this was a big ribbed piece that was seamed to itself. There were increases and decreases going on. All in all, a quick satisfying project. I really like the yarn. It's 100% wool but not at all scratchy. I don't know how much use I'll get out of it since I think I look really dorky in it. But maybe I'll wear it to school tomorrow. If I get any funny looks, it will go in the donation bag for someone. Everyone on the panta along site looks really good. If I make another one it won't be as wide as it is here.

That's it as far as knitting goes. We've been having some unseasonably warm (so I'm told) weather her in East Lansing. No snow since I've been back. Yeah!

On the school front, I've got loads of reading to do. I'm taking Peds and OB at the same time. It's a lot of studying but at least some concepts overlap. Time to brew some tea and hit the books! I should find something to put on my sidebar to count the days until I'm done with nursing school.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Spring break in cloudy San Diego

I spent last week in San Diego. Unfortunately it was colder in San Diego than it was in East Lansing, MI. Oh well, at least I wasn't cold, I got to see my friends, family, and SO, and got my mind of school for at least a week.

I of course forgot my camera so I had to rely on my mom and boyfriend to take pictures. My friend Karen wanted to check out San Diego and I think she might like to stay. Just a hunch... She found out that SD has a significantly larger population of mid 30's men than Michigan who are single.

So... what did we do??? A whole bunch of eating. East Lansing just doesn't have the variety and quality of restaurants that we do in San Diego. Thai, Indian, Japanese... All of these types of "ethnic" restaurants are either absent or extremely lacking in East Lansing. I hear that Ann Arbor has lots of good restaurants but unfortunately I don't get down there too often. We went to my fav fish taco place, Wahoo's. They have grilled fish taco combos with rice and beans for under $5! What a deal. We also went to afternoon tea at Hotel Del Coronado. Unfortunately, the only person with a working camera was my friend Elsie who brought her son with her to tea. She's going to email pics sometime soon. The Hotel Del has a fabulous Sunday afternoon tea. They even serve champagne which is unusual at most afternoon tea places.

My friend went out on a date with a guy she met on Tuesday so I spent a quiet evening with my boyfriend. But while he was at work Karen, my mom, and I hit the booze trail. Actually, we went winetasting in Temecula but we got pretty sloshed. Good thing my mom volunteered to be the DD. Here are some pictures of this escapade.



In the first picture, second row, we took a picture with out server JR from Wilson Creek Winery. The photographer was a fellow taster who loved moms and bought us chocolate port shots which are in the previous row. We told this man that we were going to the Wein's family winery afterwards and he gave us his card to let him know how we liked it. None of us gave him a call but it was pretty funny to for this guy to flirt with the three of us.

So... we spent the rest of the week just showing Karen around. She says she's definitely going to look for a job here. I wonder how many of my classmates are going to show up on my door step. Haha...

I have no finished knitting pictures. I did finish knitting Panta but have yet to seam it. If I was smart, I would have used a provisional cast on. I did make progress with Grandma's shawl and the Somewhat Cowl though. Nothing to post pics about...

I do have dog pictures though. Some from Halloween and others just fooling around. I love the pic with Wendy in the little "fur" cap and she's kinda winking. This one makes me laugh every time I look at it.




Back to reality now... I have a ton of errands to run this afternoon like grocery shopping and buying new binders for my classes. Gosh, who knew that I'd be buying so many binders. And they are all full so I can't even reuse some of them. I am also going to try to look at an NCLX review book that I bought back in December. The pages have not seen the light of day yet.