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!