Crafty Chick Knits

Ramblings about knitting, life, and whatnot.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Happy Friday!

Your 1920's Name is:
Jonnie Margarette


Ok, here's something silly for a Friday. I wanted to get pictures up, because I have so much to show you, but my computer at home has stopped working. It's decided it can't perform the simplest of tasks, like staying on when I want to work on it. We bought a new computer this week, but are waiting to get our DSL package in the mail (yes we are finally upgrading from dial up), so until it gets there, my blogging has to be confined to a few spare minutes I can find at work. Anyway, I accomplished a lot last week that I'd like to show you. I finished the back of the baby dress, I took a picture of the finished Hourglass Sweater, and I got about half of the body knitted for Cheesylove. Maybe by next week we'll be up and running.

Wish me luck this weekend. My DH and I are going to a 2-year old's birthday party at Chuck-E-Cheese. I have been to Chuck-E-Cheese as an adult and with my co-workers, but that was during the week when the place was completely empty. I'm sure it will be jam packed on a weekend day. I just hope I make it out alive.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

I Coulda Been A Contender

So I decided to follow the Yarn Harlot and and a few hundred other crazy knitters and participate in the Knitting Olympics. She has challenged everyone to cast on a project during the opening ceremonies of the games and finish by the last night of the Olympics. The project should be somewhat challenging, so I think I'm going to try the Danica scarf from Knitty. I've wanted to try Entrelac, and it this project seems decently challenging but attainable in the two week time frame.

I've offered to make the scarf and give it to my DH (the only thing I've ever made him was a pair of fingerless mitts) but he didn't seem too interested. I guess because we live in a warm climate, and he really doesn't get very cold. In reality, he could probably use a knit hat to cover up his bald head. So, I'll probably end up making it for myself. I mean, who wants to knit something for someone that will never get worn? Now what colors? Of course I can't use anything from my stash, and I'll have to place yet another Knit Picks order. Any suggestions for a color scheme are greatly appreciated. I love all colors, and am thinking of using Merino Style, so e-mail or leave me a comment if you have any ideas.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Another Finished Sweater

I am happy to report that I finished my Hourglass Sweater over the weekend. I can't believe how much finishing there was for a sweater knit in the round! It took me what felt like forever to sew up the hems along the bottom of the sweater and the sleeves, and to sew down the neckline. I do admit, though, that it does give the sweater a nice, polished look. No pictures yet, as it is currently laid out on the dining room table to dry, but hopefully I'll have a photo up by the end of the week. I think even my DH was impressed after he saw how the whole thing came together.

A finished project means I can cast on for a new project without feeling so guilty (I bought the yarn on Friday. See the post below). So, taking a cue from The Brown Sheep, I'll be trying to knit Cheesylove from Knitty in time for Valentine's day. I haven't decided whether I'll knit the "optional" sleeves, or leave it sleeveless as a vest. Maybe timing will decide for me. This will be my first attempt at Fair Isle, and I'm excited. I'm always looking for some new technique I can try.

On a foot update, I start my physical therapy this week. Thanks to everyone who sent me good wishes for recovery. Hopefully in just a few more weeks I'll be back to normal again.

Until Later, Happy Knitting!

Friday, January 13, 2006

Bad Girl

Bored at work, again,
Reading blogs and getting ideas
Buying more yarn, bad girl.

Will report more later after the buyer's remorse wears off.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Knitty Gritty

I didn't knit at all last night because I was so tired after work and was also distracted by the chore of laundry. Instead, I decided to watch an episode of Knitty Gritty which has been on my DVR for a few weeks. For those of you not familiar with the show, it's on DIY Network, and is great. Some times the projects are a little crazy, but I usually always learn some new technique. In the episode I was watching last night, they were making these. An interesting project, but I'm not quite sure how I feel about them. They're a little funky and cute, but definitely strange.

I tried shrinking my Tubey last night. I was going to run it through the dryer, but first I decided to put it in the washing machine. I'm amazed at how quick that thing felted, even after I put it in one of my handwash bags. The good new is, it felted (or "got really linty" as my DH said) just enough to fit well again, but not enough to totally hide the stitches. Now if it would only get cold enough again for me to wear.

I also have to tell you all about my plans for this weekend. I'm going to the Monster Jam truck show! Totally not something I would choose to do on my own, but I was able to get VIP passes through work, so I thought I might take advantage of a new experience. I'm all for checking out lifestyles other than my own at least once in my life. After all, another co-worker who has been before told me that you can "drink beer and eat beef jerky" so that doesn't sound so bad. I'll let you know all about it next week.

Until later, Happy Knitting!

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Finished Tubey

Ta Da! A picture of my finished Tubey, and my first finished sweater.

I loved knitting this, and think I might knit another in a solid color. I used Knit Picks Andean Silk, and it did stretch a little in the neck and sleeves when I washed it. I'm contemplating sending on a trip through the dryer, but I'm afraid it will ruin it. Does anyone out there know if that will totally destroy an alpaca/silk/wool blend yarn?

Here's proof that I'm actually working on one of my UFOs. The sleeve to my Hourglass sweater.


I'm nearly finished with the first sleeve, and will be happy to get onto the next. However, I have found another project to start. My friend is having a baby in April, so I wanted to make her something. I found a really cute baby dress pattern in a Debbie Bliss book at Borders today. (By the way, I discovered something very cool. If you take your change to Coinstar you can get a gift card for Borders, Amazon, and a few other places without having to pay the coin counting fee). Anyway, I bought the book and found some cute lavender yarn. It's acrylic of course because I don't believe in making baby clothes or blankets that require hand washing. I can't imagine having a baby that I would have to change several times a day and have to hand wash anything. If I have enough leftover yarn I might make the pair of seed stitch shoes also in this book.

On a foot update, I was able to wear a shoe all day today. It hurt a little the first time I had to put it on, but after it was on I was able to walk around all day without any pain! I feel like I'm finally getting back to normal.

My DH has a glass of wine waiting for me, so I'd better go drink it before he does.

TTFN!

Friday, January 06, 2006

Random Ramblings

You Are 30% Weird
Not enough to scare other people...But sometimes you scare yourself.


This sounds about accurate today.

I don't know if it's the weather (because it's been about 75 degrees lately) but I had an overwhelming desire to knit a spring wrap today. So of course I went online and bought some more yarn. I bought some bright pink ribbon yarn at Elann, and it only cost about $20 with shipping. I think I'll make another Clapotis. The first one was so fun! I've been working on my Hourglass sweater, but can't really get into it. I think it's because I'm not really excited about the yarn I chose. The bland yellow color is not really motivating me to finish. I wish I had picked out something a little bolder and more exciting. Of course I still have my Zipper sweater and my garter stitch wrap to work on. And of course the color on color is still sitting in a basket somewhere. I've got nothing to do this afternoon, so hopefully I'll make some progress on something, and I will definitely finish at least one thing before my new yarn gets here.

I'm about to leave work in about 30 minutes and when I get home I get to try to wear a shoe on my gimpy foot for the first time since the surgery. Wish me luck! I've been more than a little frustrated lately because the flexibility in my foot is not coming back as much as I'd like, despite doing my toe exercises at least three times a day. I felt like Uma Thurman from Kill Bill this morning ("Wiggle your big toe") while I sat there staring at my foot and nothing was happening. I have been managing a little wiggle, but this morning, nothing. I was hoping to get through the recovery without having to go to physical therapy, but my foot is not cooperating. I guess I'll find out about PT when I go to my doctor on Tuesday.

I hope everyone out there has a fabulous weekend. I know I will just because I won't be at work!

Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Hmmm

Should I be insulted?

You Are Italian Food
Comforting yet overwhelming.People love you, but sometimes you're just too much.
What Kind of Food Are You?

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone out there is having a great start to 2006. We kicked off in the new year in our usually low key style. Just a dinner out with friends. After all the Christmas activity and the annual party we throw for our friends the day after Christmas, all my DH and I feel like doing on New Year's is hanging out. We did manage to go down to San Diego to be with my friend Jen, which was great.

Now it's back to work, and after being at home for three weeks, it's not easy to be back in the office again. Although I think my DH is correct in saying that we really wouldn't appreciate the time off without having to work the rest of the year. My foot is feeling better now, and I am able to hobble around a little more. By the end of this week, I might be able to start wearing a regular shoe again. Woo-Hoo! Whoever thought that would be such an accomplishment?

I finished Tubey over the break, but don't have a postable picture yet. The batteries died in my digital camera the day that I wore the sweater, and now it's drying after being washed. Once I wear it again I'll get a picture up here. I'm really happy with the way it turned out, and it was such a quick knit that I might make another. However, I have made a resolution to finish the hourglass and the zip up sweater, so another Tubey will have to wait.

Happy New Year, and Happy Knitting!

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