Monday, December 31, 2007
A hat for me:
(I'll post a modeled shot when Jake gets home and can take it. . . the hat is even cuter on!)
A dishcloth for swapping:
The closet: (this may not seem that impressive, but there have been the remnants of our move into this house since December of last year still in boxes, which are now recycled - very exciting to be box free and a great way to start the year! This also may not really look like a closet, but it's under our staircase so the coat hanging portion is not in the photo! And yes, our dogs really DO have that many treats!!)
The bad luck, I can't read a pattern very well :( I've had Sizzle on my 'must knit' list for quite some time. I bought the yarn with Birthday gift money. I downloaded the pattern last night and was all set to swatch when I re-looked at the yarn requirements. I thought I read the yarn requirements right. . and technically I did. . .. for the wrong size! I bought 6 balls, which is 576 yards. Plenty for the XS. . but I need to knit a S, which requires 650 yards and thus an additional ball. Crap! So now comes decision time. Buy another ball and deal with the dye lot mismatch by alternating rows on the back piece? Squeeze my not-so-large chest into a smaller size? Pick a new yarn altogether? Shorten the top to save yarn? Squeezing probably isn't the best option, I'm one inch smaller than the size S, so 3 inches bigger that the XS. Even though the top is knit in stockinette, I don't think that will look too attractive! I'd like to shorten the top. . . it's shoulder to bottom length is 22", which on me hits below my hips. I'd like it more 18" or 19", but even doing that, I don't know how much yardage that will save me. GRRR! What would you do? Any guesses on how to calculate the yardage savings by shaving 3 inches from the bottom? I'm really really REALLY excited to knit this, but I want it to fit when I'm done!!
Sunday, December 30, 2007
The only problem is that I didn't do a swatch (of course) and I got 4 inches of the hat and I definitely don't have enough yarn to finish, so I checked gauge and I am too tight. So, now I'll need to rip out and hopefully Size 8s will give me gauge since I don't have 7 DPNs or a circ either small or big enough to use :( I hate magic loop though, so I'm kind of glad I don't have a long circ :) Worst case with 8s I think I can take a few stitches out and still make it the right size.
And, please don't ask, I have NOT finished mom's bag. . . just enjoying a diversion from it :)
Saturday, December 29, 2007
I spent about 2 hours, all in all dropping the entire pattern repeat of 7 stitches trying to make it 8 stitches and it never looked right. Big bummer :( So I had to rip all the way back to the last place I could see all the right stitches, about 1.5 inches. I started to knitting again (undaunted, can you believe it?!?! but I really like the pattern!) and then it hit me. . . . I realized that where the pattern repeat landed straddled where I had started my decreasing. . . . DOH! I wasn't missing a stitch, it had been legitimately decreased and I just needed to tink back that one pattern repeat and I would have been good to go. . . . Knitting irony is much funnier when it happens to someone else. . . . so go ahead. . . have a good chuckle at my expense!
Friday, December 28, 2007
I was going to use a pattern from the dishcloth book Tuulia sent me, but I brought down size 8s to knit it on and the pattern called for 50 stitches, which would have been GINORMOUS. Yes, I could modify the pattern to less stitches, or I could have walked my butt back upstairs to get smaller needles, but as I mentioned, I'm sick, and moving off the couch for any reason other than getting more Kleenex must be avoided. Instead, I used a late Christmas gift. (last night Jake gave me Nancy Wiseman's Knitters Book of Finishing Techniques and also More Sensational Knitted Socks) The latter I had borrowed for so long from Jessica that I was having withdrawl after I gave it back to her, so it was a nice surprise Jake had bought it. Anyway, I am using the Grapevine pattern from the sock book to make a dishcloth, because I need some quick satisfaction.
I also cast on for a hat for me, Dizzy. I had enough leftover Malabrigo (thank you, new scale!) from Jake's hat to use for this. I finished the ribbing and then got to the 'decrease evenly'. Grrrr. . .. the pattern is only one size, why would the not give you the pattern to decrease 8 of 98 stitches?!?! I am in no mood for math, but I stumbled on this website that kept the hat from going back to whence it came. I really like the pattern, though I'm unsure how WARM it will keep me with all those holes. Oh Well, it's never THAT cold in Virginia, and I can look cute wearing it, right?!
I hope I feel better tomorrow. I have the house to myself all weekend. . .no Jake, no dogs. . . . I want to enjoy it! (Though if I'm sick, I will have to work on my Scavenger Hunt Swap categories & questionnaire, so maybe not so bad!).
Hope you're feeling better than me and have much excitement planned for Monday night! I'll post pictures when I am not too lazy to move from the couch to take them!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
so I was left with 6 yards of Christmas fabric with no use. I like how the bags turned out. I wish I could have figured out how to embed the tie inside it, but I was also in a hurry to finish them, so. . . .maybe next time :) I got a new iron for Christmas so now I really am all set for getting going on the sewing (and I have some awesome fabric for making a few new couch pillows!).
ps- Apologies for the blurry pictures. Something funky is going on getting my pix off Flickr because these aren't compressed, so I have no idea why they come fuzzy on blogger but are not on Flickr. .
Monday, December 24, 2007
I don't have any fun pictures to share yet (well I do have one, but my computer is broken and I'm waiting for DHL to deliver my replacement today so I'm using Jake's) but I did finish and ship the Imagiknit scarf and a hat for Jake. Rather than knits, I share this meme, taken from Becca.
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper, for sure. I enjoy wrapping gifts and I love buying all the paper the day after Christmas at 50% off :) I am picky about how many boxes are wrapped with each paper to ensure even distribution of color and pattern under the tree (can you say control freak??).
2. Real or artificial tree? Real. Definitely real, though the convenience of an artificial (no stringing lights!) may win out one of these days!
3. When do you put up the tree? No specific time, I try to have it up in early December, but not so early that I think it will die by Christmas!
4. When do you take the tree down? Normally we keep up the tree until Three Kings, though last year it came down sooner because the poor tree had past it's usefulness and there were more needles on the ground than the tree.
5. Do you like eggnog? I don't like to drink eggnog, but I have a fantastic eggnog creme brulee!
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Hmm, does it have to be as a child? I don't have a strong recollection of an awesome childhood gift. I did get a TV for my room when I was 12 or 13. But 2 years ago my mom gave me the 'Rockette Experience'. It was seriously one of the few gifts that almost made me cry. I always wanted to be a Rockette, but genetics prevented it (I am 5'1", minimum height is 5'7"). Going to Radio City and learning a routine was totally awesome!
7. Do you have a nativity scene? No. I did when I lived in Vermont, but it didn't make the move. We couldn't put it up if we did, anyway, because the dogs would never leave it alone.
8. Hardest person to buy for? Jake. He's ridiculously picky but gives you NO ideas to go on!
9. Worst Christmas present ever received? Not necessarily worst, but most thoughtless was when my step-mom bought me a panini press from my dad. I had given my dad the Williams-Sonoma link to the one I wanted, so this should have been easy, but she gave me a cheaper one instead. And not like $50 cheaper. . . $10 cheaper. . . really?!?!
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail. . . . email totally doesn't count!
11. Favorite Christmas movie? It's a Wonderful Life. I cry every time the whole town starts coming into the living room.
12. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Sometime in December, but if I see something in the middle of July, I'll get it and store it away (and I only forget those like 30% of the time!)
13. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? No. I don't feel bad returning gifts :)
14. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Christmas sugar cookies.
15. Clear lights or colored on the tree? Colored. I'm not into the fancy all one light/all one color ornament trees. I like a hodgepodge :)
16. Favorite Christmas song? O Come All Ye Faithful (the Latin version of it though!) Preferably sung by Bing Crosby.
17. Travel or stay home? Stay home, though this year that means no immediate family, which is kind of weird.
18. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen. Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen. . . but do you recall. . . the most famous reindeer of all? Why yes, I do. . , it's Rudolph, thank you Bing Crosby :) (I have a freakish obsession with all Christmas songs and own a good 20 CDs of Christmas compilations. . . how could I not know all the reindeer?)
19. Star on the top of the tree? Yes, I prefer a lit one, but last year we bought a cool wood & metal one that resides atop the tree now.
20. Open presents on Eve or Morning? One present on Christmas Eve, everything else has to wait until Christmas morning, after Breakfast.
21. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? The internal debate of which friends make the gift cut-off. And the awkwardness of getting a gift from someone you did not get one for!
22. Best thing about this time of the year? Driving around at night and seeing all the Christmas trees lit up in windows. I like seeing outdoor decorations, too, but just seeing the lights on a tree makes me happy!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
So I finally got around to blocking all my endpapers. (not sure why the photo is blurry. .. . must be from compressing it down from 4 MB) Blocking really did settle down and even out the floats, so the pattern looks much more even. I'm very pleased with my first (well, first 3!) attempts at color work. The turquoise pair went out to Anna today. My pair are now living in my coat pocket and the final pair will go to their giftee as soon as her scarf is dry from it's blocking.
Friday, December 14, 2007
I also participated in a swap on swap-bot. . .It's color themed and this month was grey. My spoiler was Angie and she sent me two skeins of Fearless Fiber lace weight in the Miracle colorway. This picture is from the shop, but doesn't do it justice.
It's positively gorgeous! She also included a Lantern Moon sweater keyring. It's way cute, though Jake has threatened to leave me if I actually put it on my keyring (I have a bit of a bulky keyring. . . car FOB, house alarm FOB, a few other trinkets. . . . only 2 actual keys on it). Since he always gets handed the keys to put in his pocket when I'm somewhere that I don't want to carry a purse, he feels he gets a say :) We shall see who wins. . . .
Thursday, December 13, 2007
And if you are saying to yourself "Wow, not much knitting content these days, Carly". . . .. you're right, and that is because not much knitting is happening!! Darn Holidays! They are too busy!!!
But never mind that. . .. .go stalk your grocery store for Hola Fruta!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
So if you read this, maybe just think about being able to give to a local charity, or Toys for Tots or whatever you can. There is always someone who will be grateful for you caring.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Blogs from the Dogs
Also, in Knitting blogs, I forgot the following:
The Amazing Adventures of the Kelly Green-Rogue
The Boogeymans Wife
La Fuji Mama
Posie Gets Cozy
Sorry if I left you out the first time. I thought I filed everything in out email inbox, but I left some in my inbox that I just noticed today. I've updated the original post to include those that were missing!
Monday, December 10, 2007
Goodness the days get away from you at the Holiday's, don't they?? Last I knew I was pot shopping, now here I am 16 days from Christmas and very little knitting progress has been made. Yikes!!
Blogs from the Dogs
The Ravell'd Sleeve
Eat My Oxygen
The Yarn Harlot
Knitting Today and Everyday
Knit for Joy!
The Purly Gate (a Knitters Cult)
Knitterly things and other stuff
s t r i k k e r
Little Miss Loopy
What the Deuce?
Knit and Tonic
Knit and Knag
Stick a brinn
Knitting in the Dark
Lime & Vilot's Daily Chum
Girly with a Twist
nuttinbutknittin - ok and Sofee too!
carrieoke's knitting blog
The Amazing Adventures of the Kelly Green-Rogue
The Boogeymans Wife
La Fuji Mama
Posie Gets Cozy
(ETA missing blogs on 12/11 - sorry if I missed you in the first pass!!! Nothing personal, just bad filing!)
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Congratulations! Email me your address to kasiaiscarly at yahoo dot com and I'll get the yarn shipped out to you sometime next week!
I've been really busy. . .so I'll post more tomorrow!
Thanks to everyone for entering!
I'm going to compile a list of entrant blogs and favorite blogs. There are some really great ones next time you feel like blog surfing!
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
We are actually second guessing the copper pots and are going to spend some time exploring All-Clad at the store today. It's odd to say we're considering anything other than the copper, because that is what I've wanted for no less than 2 years, but now that it's here. . . the 8 piece Mauviel has a stock pot that we don't need (we have 3 already), so that's only 6 functional pieces, and only one frying pan. . . .so I'm not sure the make-up of the set is ideal. And I get that it's never going to be PERFECT, but when it comes to the $$ for these pots, it does make me think long and hard.
I'll be sure to share photos of the final decision tomorrow!
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Not much knitting this weekend, as I spent most of my time working at WS. I'm buying my new pots this week . . . . soooooo excited!!!! I also got into an almost argument with a woman there today who refused to buy a meat thermometer because she was looking for a meat TEMPERATURE. Honest to goodness. . . she insisted there was a temperature, that was NOT a thermometer. I tried to explain to her that you TAKE the temperature with a THERMOMETER, but she was not having any of it. So then I told her we only had thermometers and to try another kitchen store! Seriously, any of you who work full time in retail. . . . I don't know how you do it. Damn my 'bubbly personality'. Even though I was hired for gift wrap, sitting in the back not talking to customers, they decided I'm better on the floor :(
And a reminder. . . don't forget to tell me about your favorite blog and pattern to enter my 100th post contest here! Folks are submitting some great ones, I'll compile a list when the contest ends!
Friday, November 30, 2007
Welcome back! Pretty, isn't it??!?!?
OK, now for the goods.
Two skeins of KnitPicks Merino that she dyed herself. (seriously, she knits, crochets, cross-stitches, makes markers (and the cute little knitting granny on her Ravelry profile) and now DYEs too?!?!?) The green I want to make up into a baby sweater and the rose I think will become socks for me.
A set of *GREEN* stitch markers that, again, she made! A yarn guide (which I'm excited to try out when I work on the Endpapers again!) and a sample of Eucalan wool wash, which she highly recommends and I'll be using to soak the Endpapers to block them.
A fun book with dishcloth patterns and box of chocolates (caramels are already gone).
And I saved the best for last. . .
Knitting Workshop by Elizabeth Zimmerman. I was excited when I opened and saw it, because so many people rave about EZ and I've never ventured into her world, so I'm looking forward to it. Then I got even more excited when I saw that the Baby Surprise Jacket pattern is in here! I think I am going to nix the MD Baby Kimono I've stalled on re-sizing for Addi and make the BSJ instead. Yay!!
Thank you so much Tuulia :) You've been an awesome pal and made my first SP great! I'm bummed by all the bad experiences folks have had (self included with my original downstream pal, but Tracey made up for that!). Probably a good thing there will be a break before SP12. In the meantime, you all can join my swap that I'm opening in January :) OK not all of you, because I'm capping it at 30 (and my daily average for visits is 32 - thank you Google Analytics!) or so, but you know what I mean!
I'm still waiting for Knitpicks to deliver my replacement yarn. It just occurred to me yesterday that the dark blue may be the error. I really hope not. I just assumed the darker was the 'correct' one, but I have no basis for that. So if I get two new skeins with the 'lighter' version of the dark blue, that means I still have 2 socks to knit! Boo! I did finish up Anna's Endpapers. (finished knitting, not finished finishing as evidenced by the dangling yarn!) They are shorter on the pattern repeats both on the cuff and for the hand length, because she has freakishly tiny hands for an adult. I'm making good progress on the burgundy/grey endpapers, too. Then I'll be taking an endpaper break for a while :) The slip stitch bag is much more aggravating than I expected, because I really have to pay attention to how the slips repeat thru the row and from row to row. I like how it's looking now that I'm into the 2nd pattern repeat, though. I think mum will like it, too. Finishing Anna's endpapers freed up my Sz 2s, so I can also get back to my Jeezney Cricket socks, which I'll work on until the new Felici comes. And somewhere in here, now I'm going to work in the BSJ (in pink & orange cotton). Strangely enough, I don't feel overwhelmed, despite this list!
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Last night I went to Yarn for Supper. The group was fun and chatty, as usual. I knew I'd talk to much to pay attention to knitting on the Endpapers, so I cast on for a bag for my mom. I'm using Patons Mercerized Cotton. It's not nearly as nice as the Thaki mercerized Cotton I made Laura's Dream Swatch out of. I love the red/taupe color combo though. I'm only on round 8, so you can't really see much of a pattern yet. I did my share of tinking only because you actually have to pay attention to this pattern, too! I really can't chit chat and knit anything other than plain stockinette or garter stitch, I guess!
Happy almost end of the week! And get to deciding on your favorites for me!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
In the headlight department, I am functioning again. Jake expected it was going to be a big ordeal, but lo and behold - both my headlights were actually burnt out. Seriously, what are the odds?!?! I think I should pay the lottery. I might believe the odds weren't that low if they were both still the original headlamps, but the passenger side lamp had to be replaced in 2004 after an accident, while the driver side is the original one that came in the car. Jake thinks there is a 'bigger problem' that cause a short and blew both the lamps at the same time. He thinks diagnosing that is beyond him, though, so if they go out again, off to the repair shop I will have to go! Fingers crossed they don't, but my car IS getting to that point. She is just about to turn 100K miles and she will turn 7 in January. She's served me well, and she was the first brand new car I bought all by myself (and she still looks pretty good in a photo)! I want her to stick around mostly because I love not having a car payment!! I'm so not a 'car' person, it's just not that important to me, so I mostly plan to drive it into the ground.
Christmas knitting continues. . .Anna's 2nd endpaper is almost complete. One item got removed from the list, though. The 'number' socks for Jake's dad will be no more. Instead he's getting a block of wood. No, seriously, a block of wood. It's a big 'ol block of Zebra wood. Last year he got a lathe, and hasn't done much with it yet. This year, Jake is giving him a set of lathe tools, so I'm giving him the wood to try to turn a bowl with. Fancy, huh? :)
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I got off work, paid for my parking and headed home. No tunnel traffic, which was a bonus. Half way through the tunnel, I noticed a State Trooper. So did the guy driving next to me, who was driving about 70mph (tunnel is a 35mph). I was also speeding, but much more reasonably at 45mph. The 70mph guy SLAMS on the brakes. I'm so not one of those people. Once you notice a cop, they've seen you, so I just pretty much continue at whatever speed I was. I always figure the cop DOESN'T want you slamming on brakes and causing an accident, you know. Nevertheless, the cop gets over, I pass him, he gets back behind me and flips on the lights. I'm positively floored that he's pulling me over. So I get out of the tunnel and pull over.
"Evening ma'am, is there a reason you're driving with headlights on tonight*"
*this is what Carly thinks she hears and looks very confused at the Trooper
"Excuse me? Why do I have my lights on? Because it's night?"
"No, ma'am, I asked why you DO NOT have your lights on."
(I look at my console, which is all lit up, and also at my headlight control, which is in the 'on' position.)
"My lights ARE on. . . .see (points to headlight control in 'on' position)"
Then I turn them 'off' and notice my console lights go off but no illumination changes in front of my car. Hmmm. "Well that's weird, I just turned them off and nothing happened".
"Yes, ma'am, because your headlights were not on."
"Well, I can't imagine both lights could burn out at the same time. . . so I have absolutely no idea why they aren't lit. Maybe it's a fuse. . . . do you know how to check fuses?"
Boy. . . . bet the trooper had no idea he wasn't just pulling over a doofus who forgot to turn on their lights. He's under the hood playing with wires and the fuse box. He's in the passenger compartment playing with the fuse box in there. He's perplexed. . nothing appears to be wrong.
"Well, ma'am, you can't drive with no headlights."
"Uhhhhhhhhh, how am I supposed to get home?"
"Well, how far do you have to go?"
I am not liking how this conversation is going, given that where I pulled over is not where I'd like to leave a car.
Rest of the story short, after a good 30 minutes of him fiddling, turns out both my high beams and my fog lamps would come on, just not my regular lights, so he let me drive home with high beams. Now Jake gets to try to figure this out after work so I can actually leave the house past 5PM. I really hope he can fix it so I don't end up with a ridiculous car repair bill!
I did have knitting in the car, but somehow thought he may frown on my knitting away while he was fiddling around with my vehicle, so I restrained myself. :)
Hope you had a less eventful evening!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Hope you had a fabulous day, and that your belly aches less than mine!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
This is the 2nd year I'm not spending Thanksgiving with my mom. Last year, Jake and I moved over Thanksgiving weekend. Dinner was very low key because we were EXHAUSTED. I did cook, but just a turkey breast and some stovetop! This year will be more traditional and I'm prepping tonight. The cranberry relish is in the fridge. The potatoes are cut up and in water. The pumpkin pie is cooling. Last thing on the agenda is a quick trip to Kroger for heavy cream to make pumpkin creme brulee. . . . . . YUM. . . I LOVE LOVE LOVE creme brulee!!!
I'm also looking forward to a whole day of not feeling guilty about knitting in every spare moment!
Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy time with your family or whoever you are spending it with!
ps - Good luck Black Friday if you are going out shopping, too. . . . I know some of you are the crazy people who will be up before dawn! Especially since this year it's getting crazier. . . Kohls is opening at 4AM. . . really? Good Lord!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Knitting is moving along. Both endpapers are done up the the top ribbing, which is just waiting for the 1st sock to be done so I can use the Sz 1 DPNs. Once I wrap up sock one (hopefully tonite) I'll finish both those then cast on for the mates. I feel very calm about Christmas knitting now, but I know it will be here way earlier than I'm prepared for!!
Hope your holiday preparations are going well and Happy Thanksgiving Early!!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
It was nice and sunny, so here are a few more project pictures. I definitely have an endpaper problem!
And I think I'm done with dishcloths for a while, too :) The last thing OTN is the first of Deb's socks. I'm REALLY enjoying the yarn. . it's KnitPicks Felici. I have to say it's one of the nicest yarns I've knit with in a while. I expected it to be self striping essential, but it is not splitty like I'm noticing with the Essential. I just hope the socks fit her. I couldn't remember her shoe size, just that it's near my size. The sock so far is a smidgen tight on me, so fingers crossed.
I'm also starting to tackle stash organization. Currently, all my yarn lives in bags shoved in a closet. Or on top of my sewing machine. Or on top of the cabinet in my sewing room. I need something more manageable. I bought two pieces to start and unfortunately it's only holding a small amount of stash, but at least it's a start! I'll show pictures when it's organized. But for now.. . . off to painting!
Friday, November 16, 2007
Alright, sorry for the completely unrelated rant, but it couldn't be helped.
I've been steadily knitting on the Christmas socks for Deb. . . and my order from JoAnn arrive today so I can block the DreamSwatch with my awesome new blocking wires :) And swatch for the bag for my mom. That means the only other Christmas project yet to get underway is the 'number' socks for Bob. Bob (Jake's dad) teaches 6th grade. One day a week, all the 6th grade teachers 'hide' numbers somewhere and the kids get something for noticing them. So, I'll be making socks with a few numbers on them so he can put his feet up on his desk to let the numbers show and see if the kids pick up on it. These will be my first attempt at toe-ups (well, OK, 2nd, but I gave up on Anastasia, so I'm discounting it!).
Tomorrow is supposed to somewhat sunny, so I can finally take some WIP photos and make my posts more interesting! Tomorrow is also the UM-OSU game. . . Big Ten Title is on the line! So you know where I'll be for the afternoon!
Finally, I realized I never introduced my spoilee from the PRGE. Please go visit Cheryl :) I had a great time with this swap and putting together packages. (I'm still waiting for my final package, but trying to work on my patience!). I hope Sunne hosts another soon! And speaking of swaps. . .. I'm actually considering starting one. . . totally stealing the idea from a sewing swap I saw online. The theme is 'scavenger hunt'. . . where I would post categories, and you have to send your partner a knitting related item representing each category. Any thoughts/interest? I wouldn't do it until after the holidays. . . . let me know. . . and GO BLUE!!!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Yesterday was Jake and my's 1 year anniversary of buying our house. Yay for mortgage payments! LOL! We looked at our mortgage statement, quite depressing that we've been paying a BIG chunk of money every month and have payed off like $2000 total on our mortgage. Hey, at least we have a lot of interest to write off on taxes. . . looking at the bright side, you know.
KnitPicks didn't fail me and my big box 'o yarn arrived yesterday. The mailman brought it up to the door, as it won't fit in the box. He finally asked me what I order so much of, as the last months have seriously increased the days he needs to leave the truck and bring boxes to the door. I told him yarn, but he didn't seem to believe me. I cast on for Anna's Endpapers while watching Biggest Loser and am ready to start the colorwork portion.. . .when the paint is drying, of course :)
Finally, I have a confession to make. Remember how a very few days ago, I vowed not to buy more yarn? Yeah. . . . . I fell off the wagon. It's ravelry's fault. I've wanted some blocking wires for a while. I was going to order from KnitPicks, but there was a thread on Ravelry saying they had been backordered for eons. . . then someone suggested getting them from Joann with the current 50% off deal. So I went to Joann and found the wires. . . but I had to pay for shipping regardless. . .. and I could spend another $7 for the same shipping amount or another $32 and only pay $1more for shipping. Now I hate paying shipping, so I need to get the most 'bang for my buck' as it were, so I bought enough Paton's Grace to make this bag. . .I want it for myself, but I think I'll make the first for mom for Christmas. Then I bought 3 random balls of Sugar 'n Cream because they were $1.60 and I needed to get as close as possible to the max I could spend (what the heck kind of logic is that, I know!). But now, REALLY, I'm buying nothing else until January 29 when I use my coupon at Knitting Corner!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Speaking of hands, check out my awesome new ring! I acquired it at the art auction on Saturday night. It was an interesting event. I wish we had friends that could have come with us. It turned out everyone had other plans. But no one there talked to us :( There was definitely some 'art snobs' and then some people who totally looked like they didn't belong! We found 3 pieces of art we really liked - all for sale, none of the pieces up for auction. They were all out of our price range (like $2000 over my budget!). There was a silent auction and jewelry sale, too, which is where I picked up the ring. I love it. It's a freshwater pearl and a pearlized sea shell. The jewelry was made by Jen of Jenstones. Pretty cool stuff.
And in 2nd job news, I officially have my Williams-Sonoma discount card! I had my 'Holiday Employee' orientation. I've never worked in retail, so this will be interesting. I've only ever worked in bar/restaurants. . . this seems like a whole different ball game. BUT, it's worth it for the pots, so I shall suck it up! I actually think I'm going to buy the pots on my first day working! Yay!