Crafty Chick Knits

Ramblings about knitting, life, and whatnot.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Doggie Distractions

I did get some knitting done this weekend. That is, until I got this. It really is as cute as it looks. Now I have my own Chihuahua named Chachi. Of course I also had to spend all the extra money to buy the DS to play it on, but as a person who desperately wants a dog but can't have one (my two giant cats already take up enough space in my house), it's worth it.

In knitting news, I finished the body of my Hourglass Sweater up to the yoke and have started on the first sleeve. I'm actually working on double pointed needles because I didn't have a size 8 circular that was small enough and I didn't want to wait until I could get to the yarn store. I was surprised to find that it doesn't really seem to take too much longer that way. I'll post picture later this week when I get more done. I'm also working on a crochet project for my secret pal, that I'll post when I get it finished and sent out.

TTFN!

Monday, August 22, 2005

Actual Photos

Yes, that's right. I finally have photos to post. I know I have been a little lazy with my knitting pictures.

First of all, I want to send a big thanks to my secret pal. Look at the goodies she sent.



It was a green/Florida theme this month, and she sent me Taffy (one of my favorites!), Key Lime pie mix, a pencil with a cute little alligator attached to it. The beautiful scarf here:



and something she's been calling the green mistake.



It was an unsuccessful knitting project she was making for me, but I can't quite figure out what it was supposed to be. Thanks again Pal for everything!

I also have a progress photo of my Hourglass Sweater.



I've started the increases at the waist, so I'm about half way done with the body. So far the measurements are correct, so I'm thinking it will fit. Hopefully I'll have more progress to report at the end of the week.

Until later, Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

What Kind Of Yarn Are You?

You are Mohair
You are Mohair.You are a warm and fuzzy type who works well with
others, doing your share without being too
weighty. You can be stubborn and absolutely
refuse to change your position once it is set,
but that's okay since you are good at covering
up your mistakes.

What kind of yarn are you?
brought to you by

Knitting ADD

It's true, I have knitting ADD. Or at least I am planning to start too many projects at once. I did get a little more work done on my Hourglass Sweater the other night, and so far it looks good. I'm almost finished with the waist decreases, and the length of the sweater seems good so far. A few more rows and I should be able to measure the width to see if I'm on track with that too. I really appreciate patterns with well laid out schematics and measurements. It's so much nicer to be able to measure every so often to make sure you are on track.

So while I still have my zipper swear and my drop stitch poncho on the needles, I have become convinced that I need to start another project. What I really want to make is the Garter Stitch Wrap from Scarf Style. My DH and I are traveling to Napa Valley and San Francisco for our 5th wedding anniversary in November, and I thought it would be nice to take with me. However, I have one major concern about this pattern. It requires buying FOUR size 6, 42" circular needles in order to do a three needles bind to attach the four triangles. I'd really hate to make the investment in four circular needles that are so long because I can't think of many occasions that would require me to use even one. If anyone has tried this pattern and can think of a better way to attach the triangles, I'd love to hear it. My other alternative is knitting the triangles and just sewing them together, or knit simply two large triangles (like shawls) and sewing them together to create the square shape. What do you think? In any event, because it is so large and not too complicated, I'm thinking it would be great car knitting for our long car trip we are taking in a couple weeks to go fishing with my parents. After our two day drive, we will be staying in a cabin all week with few distractions, so it seems like the perfect time to get some knitting done.

TTFN!

Monday, August 15, 2005

I'm Still Here

I know I have been MIA of awhile. Work has been busy, so I haven't been able to post while I'm here and have been too tried to once I get home. Not that I have had much knitting related progress to post on. I'm afraid that until this weekend, I have been too busy with my social life to knit. I guess I have to get out of the house and visit friends sometimes. I did find out this week that I will probably will have time to do tons of knitting in December because it looks like I will be having foot/bunion surgery then. My doctor says I'll have to stay in bed for at least five days, so that should give me plenty of time to work on some projects.

I did get some knitting done this weekend. I cast on for the Hourglass Sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. After my last experience with the Tivioli Tee, I made sure to wash my swatch before starting. I'm using this yarn in daffodil. Cross your fingers for me that this one turns out the right size or else I may swear off knitting forever.

TTFN!

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince-SPOILER ALERT

Warning: You may not want to read any of this post if you don't want to know how the 6th book ends. I fully intend to rave about the ending of the book. That means you too Matt!

I have no knitting progress to report lately, as I have become obessed with reading Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince. I actually finished last night because once I started I couldn't put it down. I'm not ashamed to say that I cried my eyes out at the ending. I think I cried for the last 40 pages of the book, and then for 10 minutes after I had finished. How could J.K. kill off Dumbledore!! I know there are people out there who don't think he's dead, but I'm not convinced. How could she go into such great detail about everyone mourning his death, and his funernal if she was going to bring him back in the next book? It's not fair to put us all through that if that is her intent. I did, however, find this website, and the creator makes a lot of good points.

All in all though, I have to say the book was great. I love the flashbacks to reveal how Tom Riddle became Lord Voldemort. I was shocked when Harry almost killed Malfoy in the bathroom. I even felt sorry for Malfoy throughout most of the book, but then wished he was dead after the ending of the book. The sequence in which Harry and Dumbledore went to get the Horocrux was also so suspensful, and very cool, and I would have never imagined in a million years guessed that Snape was the Half Blood Price. Although I guess I should have known given the fact that it was a potions book that Harry was reading. Two years is such a long time to wait now for the next book. What will I read in the meantime?

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