Archive for October, 2006

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Happy Halloween! (and a Thank You!)

October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween to everyone! This is my most favorite time of the year. I love the idea of dressing up and being spooky and just having fun. Sierra, my sweet 5 year old is going to be a vampire. I told her she can only tell people that she “sucks chocolate” as a 5 year old saying she “sucks blood” is just wrong. I am going to try to make her look like a “cute vampire” and not a scary one. In fact, I am going to try and tell her that she is a “spider girl” instead of a vampire as that is what her costume is called. We will see what happens.

Madeleine is going to be a Care Bear, the same purple costume that Sierra wore last year.

I wanted to dye my hair purple, but Tony was a bit against that. So, I bought purple hair spray. Usually I dress up ever year. I just have been busy with my job, school, and then most of my time with the kids that I haven’t had time to think of a costume. I think I need to get myself a good witch’s hat and bring it out every year. 😉
We have a busy night planned for us. I am going to pick up some pizza, come home and cook it for dinner. Then go to a Halloween party for the kids. Then come back and take them trick or treating (just a few houses) and then come back and answer the door. I feel bad I can’t be here to answer the door, so I might leave a basket full of candy and see how that does when I am gone. Hopefully nobody steals the basket.

Tony, of course is working, but he carved all the pumpkins and put up most of the decorations. I cried when I realized he had to work. How absolutely silly, I know.

I should take a picture of our house, it is cute and so are all the neighbors. It is a little bit on the “commercial” side, but is fun because all of my neighbors got involved in it and we are becoming more of a community.

The other day I was contemplating on buying the Knit Picks Options Knitting Needle set. I have the needlemaster, but mine has some problems where it joins. Well, somebody did me a huge favor and bought a pair of the Options needles and cables to try out.

First, thank you, thank you, thank you!!! That was very generous of you and I appreciate your kindness and thoughtfulness to me. I wish I could thank you in person, but you are secret and left me no paper trail. Oh, and I am impressed that you bought me a size that isn’t in the set. You definitely thought about what you were doing. I want to repay your kindness with yarn, so I hope one day you tell me who you are. 🙂

Secondly, the Options needles are Lighter than I had thought they were. Some reviews I have read about them posted how heavy they felt. I was expecting them to be “lead weight” like and really they aren’t. Of course, I have been knitting lately with metal straights, so this is a refreshing change. The joins are nice and smooth and the cable is smooth too.

My husband was impressed with them as well. He loves to inspect my “tools.” It must be a guy thing. These are definitely going on my Santa list this year. 🙂

My neighbor brought over this platter today! Yay for neighbors!!


Sierra wanted to eat the eyeballs first, but I couldn’t figure out how to get the packages open.

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I swear…..

October 28, 2006

I have been doing stuff. I should be blogging more. I made a something-or-other, but won’t share it here as it is a gift. Then, I made another something-or-other (different other) and it is also a gift. (so sorry…no picture.) Oh, and I am designing a pattern for a book with tricksy yarn doing tricksy stitch maneuvering (cabling) and other color type things, and since I haven’t submitted it yet (by Nov. 3) I am trying to keep this a secret. (so…again, no picture.)

However, have you ever wondered what it would look like if you were in Sleeve Hell Island forever?
Yes, it takes up most of the couch. It is the Simple Shrug, which is a free pattern from Caron. It is a mindless, simple boring pattern. If you need a project to practice your knitting and purling, this is the pattern for you. In fact, I learned how to combination knit because I was bored experimenting with new ideas.

I wish I could show it to you as a finished project, but I ran out of yarn. Yes, I am notorious for doing that. My Michaels has tons of yarn in stock, yet for 2 weeks that haven’t had anymore skeins of this yarn (or this colorway.) I am hoping that when I go there tomorrow they will have some. I have been carrying around a strand of the yarn in case they do, to match up colors.

**ETA:  I drove the next town over and found the yarn I needed to finish this.  YAY!

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“I knit at night…”

October 26, 2006

…and go to school during the day.” That is what she tells her grandma on the phone. She started off with long size 10 needles and some spare green yarn. With the long needles I was able to direct were to put them by holding the ends. However, after one night of helping I was no longer needed and it was apparant she needed her own needles. Oh, and her own yarn (and grandma if you read this…pretend you didn’t see the color of the yarn…it would break her heart if she knew that you knew her surprise.)




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Look’n Like Who?

October 14, 2006



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Quiet or just busy?

October 12, 2006

Both…I am fighting a sinus infection. My thyroid still isn’t making enough hormone so I just got a higher dosage and hopefully that will help increase my energy. I am up to 150mcg and that seems like a lot considering I still have a thyroid.

I have made a few things, but can’t show them here…because you know, Christmas is around the corner. If you are part of the Fiber Freaks bulletin board I have been posting pictures there. Anyone who is a knitter, crocheter, weaver, or spinner is welcome to join. Our KAL’s and CAL’s are hopping!






I am almost done with Brea Bag. In fact, I am finished with the knitting, just need a button, a leather strap, and fabric for the lining. This bag really doesn’t need lining, but I think I am going to do it because I am getting better at lining and so the bag will last longer.

I used Cascade Sierra (cotton wool blend) double stranded and size 9 needles.  It was hard to get good pictures of the deep navy blue color and the detailed cable and stitching.  However, this yarn is perfect and the bag turned out way better than I had expected.

I didn’t do the reverse sc as the pattern suggested, instead did regular sc.  I tried the crab stitch, but it didn’t look very good, kind of sloppy with this yarn.  The regular sc border looks very neat.

I really enjoyed the pattern.  It took me 3 days to make it.  One day for each side and one day to knit the gusset, which is roughly 34 inches…or more, I don’t know, didn’t measure the final piece.

The socks are knit with Patons SWS in natural earth colorway.   I really liked the socks that AJ made and so decided to make myself a pair.  I used this pattern (warning, pdf) Easy Worsted Weight Socks.  I used size 8 dpn’s.

The socks are a bit big, but I think of them as “slipper socks.”  They will be perfect when I go visit my parents at the coast and need a warm fuzz pair of socks to put on.  They are thick enough where walking around the house with them on will not put holes in them.

I am still trying to finish my Trekking socks, a drop stitched scarf and a few other random projects.

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Angelica Tunic

October 4, 2006


Pattern: Angelica Sweater
Yarn: Berrocco Cotton Twist
Overall I am happy. It is a bit heavy, but not bad, really. The yarn has a fancy shine to it that is really nice. It was a pain in the but to work with as it splits and the rayon is just very plasticy. I don’t know if that is the right word. I don’t think I will use this yarn again, not sure. I think my body would look better in something not variegated. I have made note of that for any future projects. The low v-neckline actually looks good on me. I don’t know if I like the arms. I love how they bell by the wrist, but I don’t like the bagginess under the armpits. I have looked at the picture of the original pattern and it looks like that is part of the style.

In the future, if I ever decide to make this again, I am going to make a longer waist and modify it so that the armpit isn’t baggy. I love the detail around the keyhole neck. This is the first top I have made for myself. Most all of my knitted and crocheted stuff is always for my kids. I am pretty happy with it. To think I learned to knit a little over a year ago. I am proud of myself. Hopefully I don’t end up being on some “fug board.” I love the Orange and think it is perfect for October-wear. 🙂

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Finished Angelica Tunic

October 3, 2006

I finished it.  Happy dance!  I will have Tony take a picture of me tomorrow.  I took one in the bathroom, but with the terrible angle and lighting it wasn’t worth posting.  I cannot tell you how happy I am to finish this.  This is my first knitted top for myself.