Crafty Chick Knits

Ramblings about knitting, life, and whatnot.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Secret Pals 4

I had a little break at work today to answer those questions for secret pals. Here they are:

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer high- a nd/natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you? I am definitely not a yarn snob. I can’t afford to be. I appreciate natural fibers, but with some projects it’s just not economical. I think that I do end up using Lion Brand for most projects because it is cheap, and easy to find.
2. Do you spin? Crochet? I crochet too. Spinning looks like a lot of fun, but I haven’t had the chance to try it.
3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.) I’m allergic to a lot of things, but most of them are trees, weeds, and grass.
4. How long have you been knitting? About a year and a half
5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? I do have an amazon wishlist, but only update it around my birthday or christmas.
6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.) I think I like fruity sents best, especially peach.
7. Do you have a sweet tooth? Definitely, especially for chocolate.
8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? I also make candles and sew. I love photography too. I just don’t have enough time for everything.
9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) I like all kinds of music. I’m currently in the market for a new computer than can do everything!
10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? I really don’t have a favorite. I love everything!
11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? I have a husband and two fat cats. No kids yet, I’m still too young!
12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know) I think it would be nice to become extremely wealthy and have time for all my hobbies.
13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? I don’t have any favorites.
14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? I really hate eyelash. I’ve made a few scarves for people from it, and they look cool, but I don’t like working with it.
15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s? I’m so excited to start the Color on Color Scarf for the Scarf Style book. I think other than that I am obsessed with learning new techniques and stitches.
16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? I don’t have a favorite, I just like variety. I get bored knitting too many rectangles.
17. What are you knitting right now? Some fingerless mitts for me and my hubby.
18. What do you think about ponchos? I like ponchos. I’d love to knit one.
19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? I don’t have a preference. I think both work well depending on the project.
20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? I definitely prefer bamboo or plastic. I hate the way aluminum feels when knitting, and I don’t have to worry about my cats getting as injured when they attack my plastic or bamboo needles.
21. Are you a sock knitter? Not yet.
22. How did you learn to knit? I taught myself from a book
23. How old is your oldest UFO? I think it’s about 8 months old. It was a sweater for my husband, and I couldn’t keep my gauge consistent, so I gave up for now.
24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird? I think my favorite cartoon characters are Paul Frank, Hello Kitty and Emily the Strange. I also love Happy Bunny.
25. What is your favorite holiday? Halloween
26. Is there anything that you collect? Barbies and I Love Lucy stuff

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Alien Illusion Scarf

I am nearly done with with Alien Illusion Scarf from Stitch 'N Bitch, so I thought I should post some pics. Really all I have left to do is block it and add the fringe.

Looking at the scarf straight on....

....and now from the side so you can see the illusion.

I have to say, after frogging the scarf and starting over twice, I am quite happy to be almost finished. I can't wait to move onto my next project, which I think will be the fingerless mitts for my hubby. I bought some gray yarn over the weekend, so I'm ready to go! I also went through the tedious task of ordering all 48 colors of yarn needed for the Color On Color scarf from Scarf Style. I swear it took forever, and as soon as I ordered it I found out that a few websites are offering kits that include all the yarn. I wish I had know before. I really can't wait to start the scarf, it's such as beautiful design!

I've also joined Secret Pals 4, so in my next post, I'll have to get to all those questions.

Until then, Happy Knitting!

Thursday, January 20, 2005

New Knitting Friends

Many closet knitters have emerged here at work. So yesterday at lunch we had a little informal knitting group. It was so much fun! We had knitters and crocheters of all levels, and even some beginners. Everyone had so much fun we are going to try to plan to get together every week.

Project Updates: I've made some progress on the Alien Scarf and am over half way done. I have to say that the reactions from all the non-knitters I know who has seen it find the illusion rather impressive, so I hope the recipient of this gift enjoys it.

I've also finished one of the fingerless mitts from Weekend Knitting for myself. It's a little small, but stretchy. I want to get to the other this weekend, and I need to make some for my hubby. He's so neglected, I haven't made anything for him yet.

I promise to get some pictures up soon. Unfortunately my computer is so slow these days, and I only have a dial up connection, so it takes me a while to get motivated to post.

Until then, happy knitting!

Friday, January 14, 2005

Stupid Me

Ok, so I had to frog the Alien Illusion Scarf. Stupid me for not knitting a sample swatch again! Now I think I've gotten the correct size, so I hope to work on it all weekend, and get the thing done!! I'm making for a friend who lives in Japan, but by the time I mail it, it will never get there in time for his Birthday at the end of this month.

I've got a few projects planned when I finish that darn scarf. I want to start on a pair of fingerless mitts for both me and my husband. There is a pattern in Weekend Knitting that is pretty cute, but looks kind of confusing. Has anyone tried it and can offer any helpful advice? I also need to start on a baby blanket for my cousin. I can't believe she's already having her second baby, and I can't even get my life in order to have one!!

Well I'm off now to get some actual work done before the weekend. Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Here Comes the Sun

Finally we have some sun here in Sunny CA. It seems like the rain is stopping for a few days, and now it will be clear and beautiful for a while. It's amazing how unprepared we are for weather here. It seems like whenever we get any rain, we have floods and mudslides and car accidents all over the place.

I was able to get some pictures uploaded last night of some finished projects, so enjoy!

Purple Purse

This one was for my Sis-In-Law for Christmas. It knitted up very quickly, but was a little saggy.

Green Change Purse

This change purse was so fast to knit. I made it for my brother's girlfriend. I gave it to her for her birthday, and put a gift card inside. I thought it was a little nicer than giving just the gift card.

Rose Scarf

I used the pattern for the Butterflies are Free scarf from Stitch 'N Bitch Nation, but replaced the butterfly with roses because I didn't have the right size DPNs to make the i cord for the butterfly body, and wanted to finish this scarf fast. I used the rose pattern that is availble in the Scarf Style book. I still hope to make the butterfly scarf now that I have increase my supply of DPNs.

And just for fun, a picture of one of my kids, Catherine. I just thought this was cute when I was scrolling through my memory card, so I thought I'd post it. I need to get one of Roscoe up here too, but he seems to be blinking in every picture I have.

Happy Knitting!! :)

Monday, January 10, 2005

Weekend Update

This weekend was fairly uneventful, although I did get to pick up my bridesmaid's dress that I will be wearing in my friend's wedding in May. My husband's reaction to the dress was "wow, it's very pink". I think it's pretty cute, despite all the pinkness. I still have to plan her shower and the bachelorette party. I'd like to knit or crochet a cute party favor for the shower, but don't know what to do. Any suggestions?

I didn't get much knitting done this weekend, due to massive tension in my back, which seemed to be only further aggrivated by knitting. It felt a little better after soaking in a hot bath last night, but is back in full force now that I am back at work. I did frog the Alien Illusion Scarf, much to my dismay. I had finished one and a half of the alien motifs, but it was just too wide. I substituted the yarn in the pattern for Lamb's Pride (which was what my LYS carried), which I think is a little more bulky. I've switched from size 7 needles to size 5, and now it seems to be a little better. That's what I get for being too lazy to knit a sample swatch first. Now I've finished almost one alien, but am already thinking about what my next project should be.

In better news, I was able to find a ball of Lion Brand Landscapes that I need to finish the last Christmas scarf, and even bought a huge basket to hold my stash at Michaels. They were selling all their baskets at 50% off.

And now for the bad joke of the day, curtesy of my husband, and his stupid joke page-a-day calendar:

Maria: I won't tell your boyfriend, but I saw you kiss that hunk at the dance.
Marlena: And I won't tell your boyfriend, but I saw you kiss him too.
Maria: Well, my boyfriend kisses better.
Marlena: I agree.

Happy Knitting!!

Thursday, January 06, 2005

No Pictures, No Knitting

Well I intended to post some pictures last night, but my crappy day at work led me to a night of drinking red wine and moping on the couch in front of the television. I don't know if it's just because it's the first week back at work after a long break, but right now work stinks. I hope its just a phase. Normally I like it here, but lately it seems a little rough. At least my hubby is always supportive and is there to hug me when I feel I need it.

I feel a little gyped today because the page for today in my page a day knitting calendar is just a continuation of yesterday's pattern. What the heck! It says "Pattern-a-Day," so there should be a new pattern everyday.

Since I have to pictures to leave you with, I will leave you with a joke.

Max: Waiter, I want a chicken smothered in gravy.
Waiter: If you want it killed in such a cruel manner, you'll have to do it yourself.

OK, I know that joke is horrible, but if someone could explain what is funny about it, I would appreciate it.

Happy Knitting!

Monday, January 03, 2005

Back to work Blahhs

Happy New Year!!!

First day back at work, and I think my brains have turned to mush after almost two weeks of sleeping in, vegging out on the couch in front of the TV and knitting. It rained here most of the week I was off from work, so I had a good excuse just to stay inside the whole time.

Christmas was great, and our first attempt at a holiday meal for the family (Christmas Eve) went over well. I have to admit that my Hubby did most of the work, but he is a much better cook than I am. We also had our annual day after Christmas party, which was a great chance to see all our friends that have been scattered around the country. It's so nice to be able to catch up with everyone.

I was a very productive knitter over vacation. I am happy to say I finished all my Christmas gifts on time (well except for one scarf, which I am still searching for the correct color yarn to finish). After Christmas I was able to finish a few things for myself. The Butterfly scarf from Stitch and Bitch Nation (although I replaced the Butterfly with roses because I was too impatient to go out and find the size DPNs I need for the icord butterfly body) and the Belt du Jour from SNB as well. I love the belt. Making the cables was fun and much easier than I thought it would be. I may have to make a few more in different colors. A woman can never have too many belts, purses, or shoes. I also stitched up a little change purse for my brother's girlfriend for her birthday. It's just the right size to put a gift card in. Now I'm working on the Alien Illusion Scarf from the first SNB. I was a little worried at first because I couldn't see the pattern immediately, but now it's starting to look really cool.

Now that I'm out of my lazy vacation phase, I'll have to post pictures. Until then, Happy Knitting!

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