Crafty Chick Knits

Ramblings about knitting, life, and whatnot.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Obsession?

Is it wrong that whenever I have a free moment or am bored at work I knit, or blog about knitting, or read other blogs about knitting? I guess maybe it's just that I really need a diversion right now. I am stuck in the dilemma that I imagine many other people who work for a large corporation are. I love my job, I love what I do, I love most of the people I work with, but much of our upper management is too far removed from what really is happening to know what is going on, but not so far removed that they can't make our lives crazy. I love my immediate boss, but her bosses are nuts!! They choose to ignore all the problems in our department, and get mad if anyone tries to approach them to try to help fix these problems. They make themselves so unapproachable that no one can come to them if they have a problem, and they state that everyone is happy because no one has been able to tell them otherwise. I really am conflicted between staying and leaving. I guess when I spend my days being more unhappy than happy, I know it's time to go. I really wish things would get better because I can't spend much more time surfing knitting webrings. I'm coming up with too many new projects!

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Flower Basket Shawl

As promised, I cast on for the Flower Basket Shawl last night. This is my first lace project, and I am loving it! I like the level of concentration it takes to follow the chart, and the outcome is worth the effort. With the needles I'm using the pattern is a little loose, but I think I like it because it shows off the soft, fluffiness of the Alpaca Cloud yarn. I can see why so many of you out there have made more than one of these shawls.

I hope to start on the second chart tonight, but don't know if I'll have the chance. My husband, cats, and just general insomnia kept me up most of the night. Being sleepy and knitting don't mix for me, and besides, I might just crash as soon as I get home. At least my office is freezing already so I should be able to stay awake for work.

TTFN!

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Stupid Skinny Yarn

I had every intention of casting on for the Flower Basket Shawl last night, until I remembered that I needed to wind my yarn from hanks into balls. It took me close to two hours to make two hanks into two balls!!! My very patient husband helped (even when I rolled my eyes at him for dropping strands of yarn and making tangles), but I really need a swift and ball winder!! Tonight I will start the shawl.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Parties and Purling

I think I'm still recovering from my wild weekend. The Bachelorette Party! We had sun, swimming, Sex in the City, and drunken craziness. Palm Springs was great, and the house we rented was perfect for the occasion. On Saturday night we went to the Casino Morongo for dinner and dancing. The food at restaurant was delicious and the Desert Rain club was packed and so much fun. I highly recommend a trip there if you are ever in the desert. I'm glad that everything went perfectly, all the girls got along, and the bride had a great time. Here's some pics.

Our Own Private Pool
Me with the Bride
My little wrist purse I made worked perfectly for the occasion. It was the perfect size for dancing and because I could wear it around my wrist it was out of the way. Unfortunately when I unpacked it yesterday I noticed it was really snagged. I vaguely remember through the drunken haze that it might have gotten caught on the rhinestones and pearls on my top. I guess I'll have to do a little repair work on it. Overall I was really happy with the outcome, especially since it was my own original design and something other than a square or rectangle. I think when I repair it I'll cut the beads off the ribbon they are attached to and sew them onto the purse again in individual strands. It's a lot of work, but will look so much neater than it does now.
Party Purse and Matching Camera Case
I did find something to do with all my Yarn of the Month samples. Another camera case! I'm looking into getting a new cell, so I'll have to make a cover for that too. I asked Matt if he wanted one for his phone, but he politely passed.
Camera Cozy
And last, this is what became of the Honeymoon Cami.
Doh!
I'm actually surprised that the yarn stood the frogging so well. There was one tangled piece that I had to cut out, but the majority of the yarn is still workable. I'm going to delay starting it again because the air conditioner in my building is already cranked up to it's chilly summer temp, and I want to prepare by making the Flower Basket Shawl. I've been using my Clapotis to combat the cold, but it would be nice to have some color variety.
I think I'll go cast on for the shawl now. Toodle-Loo!

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Mission Completed

I finished the little purse last night. I have to say, trying to sew a beaded fringe on the bottom of it may not have been my best idea. It's a little messy, but passable. I even had time to knit a matching cover for my little digital camera that is always getting scratched in the bottom of my purse. I'll have to post pictures after this weekend.

Tonight I'll be busy packing for the big weekend away. We are driving out to Palm Springs tomorrow morning, and the weather should be beautiful. In the mid 80s already! We rented a house out there with our own private pool, so with the weather being so great we should get good use of it and have plenty of time to soak up the sun.

TTFN!

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Knitting Mission

I took pictures the other day, but haven't had time to post them yet. I have been on a knitting mission this week, leaving me little time to upload them. I was gathering some things together over the weekend for the Bachelorette party I'm throwing starting this Friday, and realized that I didn't have a small, cute, competely impractical but girly purse I could take clubbing on Saturday night. My hubby tried to convince me that one of the hundred purses I have in my closet must be right, and pulled a couple off the shelf the make his point. I was still unconvinced, so I decided to make my own. I ran out to Michaels to gather the necessary supplies: shiny black yarn, beaded finge, and some bangle braclets to use as handles. I already had some fabric at home I could use to line it. I have been knitting on it ever since. I finished the purse body last night, and now need to line it and sew the whole thing together. I have never lined anyhting I've knitted before, so if anyone has any helpful tips, I'd be happy to hear them.

I better get back to actual work (the kind that pays the bills). Until later, Happy Knitting!

Friday, April 08, 2005

Matt's The Best

OK, I have to take some time today to publicly praise my husband. He is the best! He always takes trips with me to the yarn store, even though I know it's not his favorite thing to do. He listens to me ramble on and on about the things I want to knit and even my frustrations about knitting even though I'm sure he has no idea what I'm talking about most of the time. He prints out all the knitting patterns in color that I find on the Internet, and reads this blog all the time. Yesterday he even printed out the tank pattern from Knitty that I talked about in my last post, and brought it home for me.

So I just have to say, Matty your the best! I love you!

Thursday, April 07, 2005

New Knitty

The new issue of Knitty is up today, and there are some many cute things to knit! I may have found something to knit using that purple ribbon yarn I got yesterday. Check it out.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

I Love My Mailman

Well at least today I love the Mailman. He was kind and didn't bring one bill! Instead I got all kinds of fun things.

First off, a package from my Pal. A subscription to Vogue Knitting!!



It's so inspirational, and I've already found several sweaters I want to knit. Just a sampling below.





Thanks Pal!!! I love it!


I also got my samples from the Yarn of the Month Club. I just love the pink and purple yarns, and will definitely have to find a project to make with them. They're both so different. The purple is a Crystal Palace ribbon and the pink is wool blend from Cascade yarns. The white samples are nice too, but mohair and angora don't mix well with my allergies, so I may have to wait to play around with those until the dry, windy weather stops and I can breath again.

I also got a few catalogs in the mail. I don't know why I love catalogs so much. I never buy anything from them, but I guess its like window shopping without the danger of the store being so convenient to stop in and buy something. I can imagine what I would buy if I had unlimited cash from the safety of my own couch!

I have very little knitting progress to report today. I have been too busy with work and stressing over making the shower and bachelorette party perfect for my friend to get any knitting done. The bachelorette party is next weekend, so that will be one more thing off my plate, and I'm almost done planning the shower so I may be able to reclaim my weekends soon. I'm really excited about the whole wedding and all the festivities, and am so happy for my friend, but the whole thing has been so much work. But here are some knitting pics below.


One finished object, the crocheted blue purse. I'm really happy with the way it turned out, but I do have to say that I like knitting so much better than crocheting. I think reading crochet patterns is so much harder!


And the blue Honeymoon Cami. I'm still not sure what to do with it, so it just sits in my bag.

Well I'm off to veg in front of the TV until the hubby gets home. Until later, Happy Knitting!

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