Saturday, December 29, 2007

Just Under the Wire

Another knitting finish, crazy huh? It's only because it's a small project. It's another pair of baby socks. I think every baby needs a pair of Socks that Rock and a winter baby needs some rich winter colors, so I present Baby A with these:

Yarn: STR Farmhouse
Pattern: Needlepoint Joint's Baby Socks pattern, modified in the heel and cuff
Needles: size 2 dpns

Friday, December 28, 2007

Best of 2007

I lifted this fromKnitLit:

1. your best FO of the year:
I think that would be the Gryffindor Fair Isle Pouch Bag--I just love the way that turned out.

2. best FO of the year made by a blog you link to:
I can't narrow this down to just ONE finished object, SOOOO, pretty much everything Marina finished this year.

3. best yarn you tried:
Well the only new yarn I tried was Red Rock Fiber Works Aspen Sock and I loved it!

4. best new book/mag/pattern of 2007:
Book: Charmed Knits--there were others too but this is the one I find myself looking at all the time.
Magazine: Craft--this isn't all knitting/sometimes none at all but it's cool
Pattern: MS3--although mine isn't finished yet--it was my favorite pattern of 2007

5. best new knitting technique or gadget you tried in 2007:
The knitted kitchener from Knitting Daily--loved it! It went beyond an "a-ha" moment for me--it was more like a "Holy Sh*t, this looks 1000 times better than any kitchener I've done" moment.

6. top 5 inspirations--what five things inspired you the most over the past year?
**Knitty: I always look forward to seeing what they come up with each issue.
**Marina: She is my stranded knitting hero--awesome!
**Interweave: Just like Knitty, I look forward to each issue.
**My Knitting Crew: They inspire me and make me laugh--what more can you ask for?
**Harry Potter: Okay,if you're a fan, how could this NOT be an inspiration this year?


7. designer who most amazed & inspired you throughout the year:
Eunny Jang--her vision never ceases to amaze me.

8. knitting resolutions for 2008--what's next for you and your blog?
**log my stash onto Ravelry
**finish everything that's languishing on my needles
**enjoy every knitting project I take on

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

An Inventory--Finished in 2007

It's getting to be that time of year where I like to take stock in what I've accomplished before I look to the new year ahead.

Knitting:

(1) Little Diva's socks--Andes Yarn--Classic Beginnings Socks for the Family(Wyman)
(2) More Little Diva socks--Andes Yarn--Classic Beginnings Socks for the Family(Wyman)
(3) Pedestrian Peds--Reclaimed Socks that Rock(Farmhouse)--Stitch-n-Snitch
(4) Danica--Patons SWS(Denim)--Knitty
(6) Unicorn--LB Wool Ease, LB Moonlight Mohair, FdC New Smoking--Dream Toys
(7) Knitted Bracelets--LB Microspun/pony beads/alphabet beads--Knitty Gritty ring pattern
(8) Monica Tank--Cotton Fleece--Knitty
(9) Hermione Hat--Plymouth Encore Worsted--Charmed Knits
(10) Gryffindor Fair Isle Pouch Bag--Encore Worsted--Quietish
(11) Corner to Corner Blanket--LB Pound of Love--Knit Baby Blankets(Steege)
(12) Jaywalker socks--RRFW Aspen Sock(SITC colorway)--Mag Knits
(13) Baby socks--RRFW Aspen Sock(SITC colorway)--Needlepoint Joint pattern
(14) Baby socks--STR Farmhouse--Needlepoint Joint pattern

Stitching:
(1) 2006 Ornament--Ink Circles
(2) Scotty Dog--Mary Englebreit/Bucilla
(3) AMAP 2 square
**plus 3 new HAED starts--Misty Weniera, I Love Thee, QS Swimming with Dolphins. I have made at least a litte progress on all my HAED pieces this year; none finished though--that's the curse of the Big A$$ Project**

Reading:
(1) The Dream Hunter(Kenyon)
(2) What Will Happen in HP Book 7?(Mugglenet.com)
(3) HP and the Sorcerer's Stone(Rowling)--reread
(4) HP and the Chamber of Secrets(Rowling)--reread
(5) HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Rowling)--reread
(6) HP and the Goblet of Fire(Rowling)--reread
(7) HP and the Order of the Phoenix(Rowling)--reread
(8) HP and the Half Blood Prince(Rowling)--reread
(9) HP and the Deathly Hallows(Rowling)
(10) Casts Off(Pearl-McPhee)
(11) Harlequin(Hamilton)
(12) Devil May Cry(Kenyon)
(13) Magician's Gambit(Eddings)
(14) Twilight(Meyers)
(15) New Moon(Meyers)
(16) Eclipse(Meyers)
(17) In the Zone(Atwell--my personal hero)
(18) Upon the Midnight Clear(Kenyon)
(19) Lick of Frost(Hamilton)
(20) A Dark Hunter Companion
(21) A Hunger Like No Other(Cole)
(22) No Rest for the Wicked(Cole)
(23) Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night(Cole)

Monday, December 24, 2007

It's a Christmas Miracle!

Okay, well not for everyone, but for me. I have two finishes:




Socks for Stacey and Baby A.

Stats:
Baby Socks--

Pattern from the Needlepoint Joint
Yarn: Red Rocks Fiber Works/Sheep in the City
Jaywalker Socks--Pattern: Mag Knits
Yarn: Red Rocks Fiber Works/Sheep in the City

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Hold on to Your Hats ;)

I finally finished something and it's knitting--can you believe it?! I made this blanket for my cousin's baby boy who is now a month old. I love, love, love this pattern. It's the Corner to Corner Blanket from Knit Baby Blankets by Gwen Steege. I used the LB Pound of Love yarn because they can only have acrylic(lots of allergies). It's great yarn, really. It washes up nice and soft and I only had 2 ends to weave in--you can't beat that.


I don't know if I ever put the finished HP Pouch bag up, but here it is. Little Diva used it for Halloween and promptly lost interest so now it's mine(which I had sort of planned on all along--lol!)


So the good news, for me, is that my stitching obligations for the remainder of the year are done and I've gotten the baby blanket monkey off my back SO now I can work on finishing Miss Stacey's Jaywalkers(they have moved up to priority one), my Jaywalkers, and whatever else I can squeeze in between now and January 1.

Stitching Weekly

I worked on Misty Weniera this weekend. It was the last SAL challenge for the year. I participated 10 out of 12 months. At the beginning of the year I started with blank fabric and now I have about a page and quarter done. I'm proud of my progress considering that I only worked on it during SAL weekends. Not too shabby for only about 40 days work--imagine how much would be done if I worked on it every day :)

I'm actually getting into stitching the foreground of the piece. There are cattails and grasses starting to come into focus.






**stay tuned for knitting content either later today(if I have time) or tomorrow morning.

***Also, I got Order of the Phoenix today and the kiddos and I are heading to our neighbors after school to watch it on their 72" TV :)

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Really?!

The results of this one are suspect to me. What are the criteria? I guess that helps me feel better about the "G" rating my blog got when I checked that out.

cash advance

Get a Cash Advance




**We celebrated Rage's 5th Birthday yesterday and it was ALL about Spongebob. Did you ever try to put together one of those Lego kits? It's crazy. The directions are brilliant but when I opened up the box and saw all those pieces I was stunned. DH and I decided that businesses should use those kits as team building exercises.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Checking in.




You Are Eggnog



Rich, sweet, and probably a little drunk. Everyone who knows you tends to get a little fatter.



I have been working furiously trying to finish up my cousin's baby blanket. I'm stuck in that never ending no man's land where every row seems to take you further and further away from being done. It's like treading water :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Three-peat is Complete!!

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

I finished just after midnight. And got it verified. And got my winner buttons and certificate. Year three of my Nanowrimo is complete. And it could not have come a moment too soon--finishing my story this year was tough.

I ended up with 50,900+ words and when I verified there were 3157 others who had finished too. That is pretty cool considering close to 100,000 had started off the month. It will be interesting to see how many actually finish by midnight on Friday.

I have enjoyed my celebratory cupcake and now I am going to bed and I am going to give my fingers a bit of a rest. Then it is back to knitting, stitching, and blogging. Hurray!! I have missed all of them :)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'll be offline tomorrow(not that I haven't been most of this month anyhow), so I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!


Nano update: 33289/50000--if all goes well I should finish on Monday night!!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Stitching Weekly

I worked on Misty Weniera for HAEDs SAL this past weekend and as you can see I got very little done. Only 400 stitches in the bottom left.





The other night I picked up I Love Thee for some more work. I had to frog a majority of the black you see there and it sucked. Frogging stinks anytime, but it really stinks when it's over 1 black on white. It's all better now though :)




The black on it seems really. . .harsh(I'm not sure if that's the right word), but I trust the chart.

**both pics are clickable thumbnails**

Nano'07: 22,500/50,000 I'm a little bit behind but my goal is to be over 30,000 words by Monday. I couldn't write last night--I was SOOOO tired. I've literally been nodding off at my keyboard, so I thought I'd take a break last night hopefully it helped.

Monday, November 12, 2007

In case anyone was wondering. . .

I'm not dead. Just writing. Writing, writing, writing in a majority of my limited free time. Ah, Nano time.

I did a teeny, tiny bit of cross stitch this weekend. I'll post my meager progress tomorrow.

It also just hit me that the Christmas with kiddos clock is ticking--if you know what I mean. I've got some work to do :)

19,084/50,000--current word count

Monday, November 05, 2007

Jaywalker 3--halfway there!

Half a finish.

I finished half of Stacey's Jaywalker 3 sock yesterday.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Yarn: Aspen Sock(Red Rock Fiberworks)/Sheep in the City colorway
Needles: size 2
Pattern: Jaywalker sock from Mag knits(smaller cast on)

I'll start the second after she gets a chance to try this one on and is sure she likes the fit :) I'll work on mine until I track her down.

Nano '07--5124/50000 as of last night

Saturday, November 03, 2007

November Goals

1. Finish Nanowrimo for the third time!

2. Finish a pair of pink socks.

3. Work on Misty Weniera during the SAL weekend(November 9-12)

4. Work on I Love Thee

5. Finish the baby blanket.

I think that's ambitious enough--although I also have a Christmas gift that needs to get done too.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Awesome!

Living out West has many advantages but when you've grown up back East there are some things you miss. One of the biggest for DH and I is that we can't see our favorite hockey teams. We do get NHL season pass on our satellite dish, but we still miss seeing our teams in person.

Well, for me at least, that was remedied last night when the Avs played the Pittsburgh Penguins. I haven't seen the Pens play in person since I lived in Buffalo. Last night was the first time they played the Avs since 2003 or something close to that. DH knows how much I love them and because he loves me he got our family tickets to the game. . .not just any tickets. . . 3rd row, ice level tickets.

It's cool to see a live hockey game anytime. In the "nose bleed" seats(where we usually are) the players look like little ants skating around and you feel like if you fall out of your seat you'll end up on someone's lap two tiers below. In box seats, you have a lot more room to move around, and the privacy is cool. The players still look pretty small, BUT you can see all the plays develop and whatnot. Now, ice level seats--that's a whole new ball game(I've been to AHL games at ice level but never NHL). The players are HUGE! It is incredible.

Sorry the pics are grainy--they are cell phone pictures and they don't entirely do our seats justice because the pictures look a little further away than we really were. If it wasn't for the glass, we could have felt their sweat.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Crosby(87), Malkin(71), and Staal(11) were the reason I wanted to see them play so badly. And I definitely got my Sidney Crosby fix--he scored both the Pens goals. And of the 5 goals scored in the game(3 by the Avs unfortunately for me), ALL of them were in our end!

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Hockey players are really tall. I know the skates add a little to their height but they are still really tall. Evgeni Malkin is freakishly tall; I still can't get it out of my head. He is HUGE.

I had a fantastic time and now I need to win the lottery or something so I get season tickets down there--it was awesome!

Hopefully next year the Sabres play out here so DH can see his boys play :)

Stitching Weekly

Stitching Weekly has been missing for a few weeks as you may have noticed. Between our trip, recovery from the trip(which is still ongoing for Little Rage), and Halloween, things have been pretty busy at casa KIP. Now I'm finally getting into the swing of things again--just in time for my November Nanowrimo madness(but that's a whole other story).

May I present to you I Love Thee. I am LOVING working on this so far. I have been wanting to try one of HAED's monochromatic charts for a while and it was a toss up between this one and Motherhood which also comes in this form if you're not into mermaids.. (I still want to stitch Motherhood at some point)





Stats:
Pattern: I Love Thee--Seed--Heaven and Earth Designs
Fabric: 28 count white lugana(I think, I didn't mark it before I stashed it)
Stitched: 2 over 1, tent

Thursday, November 01, 2007

It's about that time

For Nanowrimo 2007!

I'm going for the three-peat this year. The first year I won I had written a novel from a very well though out idea in my head. I had pages of outlines and notes and research. The second year I took an idea and a basic outline and flew by the seat of my pants. This year I'm thinking of trying my hand at fanfic.



50,000 words, here I come!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

From our house to yours!
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Spiderman(aka. Rage) and Hermione(aka. Diva) ready for school! I loved, loved, loved doing things for the Hermione costume--it almost makes me like Halloween. I wish she dressed like that for school everyday :)







Which Witch are You? - Pics & 8 Detailed Results




High Priestess:Your approach to magic is all about wisdom, knowledge, and learning. You are a bit of a loner because the quest for enlightenment consumes every moment of your time. When confronted with a problem, you hit the books first.Name: Sophia (From Greek, meaning "wisdom")Familiar: OwlObject: BookYour Magic Specialty: Channeling the spirits of the ancient ones.
Take this quiz!








Quizilla |
Join

| Make A Quiz | More Quizzes | Grab Code

Monday, October 29, 2007

Psuedo New Start

Remember when I started the Textured Blanket(ie. the Dexterity Blanket from Hell)? I wanted to make my cousin a blanket for her upcoming baby and I thought the Textured Blanket would be cool and it would be if it wasn't such a pain in the butt to knit. I'm thinking that when you are hating every single row you are knitting that is probably NOT the best gift to give a new baby since baby gifts should be given with love. SO I ripped it out and started anew with this:

The Corner to Corner blanket from Knit Baby Blankets by Gwen Steege. Things are going much better and I'm already passed the halfway mark. I can honestly say that THIS version is knit with a whole bunch of love.

Monday, October 22, 2007

There and barf again. . .

The KIP household packed up the mini-SUV and headed out into the great unknown last week. . .well actually not the great unknown, we went to visit family in the Metroplex(DFW/Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas).

Read on at your own risk(and not while eating).

Now this is anywhere between a 15 and 17 hourish drive and I was looking forward to a few hours of knitting time in between my turn driving and catering to Diva and Rage in the back seat. The weather was great for the drive down, but every time I tried to knit I felt like I was going to puke. I never get carsick but I was during this trip--if I wasn't looking out in front of me, I was feeling sick. We made it to the Stinkytown that must not be named(which actually wasn't that stinky this time) which is halfway and checked into the hotel. On Wednesday afternoon we made it to DFW.

Then came Thursday morning. . .

Rage gets up at about 5:30am and pukes all over my sister's kitchen and wakes up everyone in the house. (**why is it that kids don't puke at a decent hour; it's always at odd hours) We get him cleaned up, locate a "barf bucket", and put him back to bed. He wakes up a few hours later and is perfectly fine the rest of the day. My sister took my niece and Diva to get their hair and nails done--which was something--they are all about the big hair down in Texas. The day was uneventful after that--things were looking good.

Until Friday morning. . .

Rage, Diva, and Banana(my niece) all wake up at the crack of some ungodly hour and, you guessed it, puked. Here's the thing--I would rather change a million diapers than clean up puke--it's disgusting, every time, without fail. My nephew was oddly unaffected by this whole thing; he went to school while my sister and I found every garbage can in the house(except the big one in the kitchen) so that everyone had their own "barf bucket". Then we Lysol-ed everything. Our plans for the day were scrapped. Much like Thursday with Rage, all three kiddos were playing and back to normal by lunch time.

So what am I thinking--besides that I had already been feeling "off" and if I have to clean up more puke I'm going to kill someone--I'm thinking, what are the odds that we will get back to Colorado on Saturday without anyone getting sick. You see DH and I do the drive back in one day--that's a LONG time to put two puking time bombs in the back seat.

Saturday. . .

I went out and bought a couple of "barf buckets" for the car(with garbage bag liners) and we headed back to Colorado. And guess what? No one got sick. The drive was long, boring, and uneventful--thank goodness. I still couldn't knit and my theory is that I had some mild form of the puking sickness or by Saturday I was still reliving the joy of cleaning up puke for the last two days making knitting impossible.

We got home Saturday night and the last hour of our drive was a snow filled wonderland of white knuckle driving goodness. Let me say yet again that I hate snow.

Yesterday everyone was fine.

Today. . .

Rage wakes up at an ungodly hour and pukes, again. Diva warns me before I take her to school that "she feels sick, but not sick" whatever that means. She didn't have a fever nor did she barf all over the place, so she went to school(and I'm waiting for the phone call saying she barfed all over her classroom).

Doesn't that sound like a great vacation; I'm sure you all wish you could have shared in the magic with me. After I clean for a bit this morning, I AM going to sit and knit--I think I deserve it. ;)

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Stitching Weekly

Misty Weniera--it's happy dance time. The HAED SAL Challenge was this weekend and I've finished a page. I have 8000 of 75600 stitches finished which is 10% :)






Fabric: 28 count white Jobelan

Stitched: 2 over 1, tent stitch(half cross)

**The picture is a clickable thumbnail. Click away if you want to see it bigger.

Next week look for I Love Thee and QS Swimming with Dolphins.

Back to socks.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Jaywalking

Jaywalker 2(for me)


Jaywalker 3(for Stacey)


I've turned the heel on both, now I'm heading into foot "no man's land". My biggest concern at this point is whether there is enough yarn in one ball to finish a sock. I only made the cuffs 5.5 inches and I remember from the last time I made these socks that I had a ton of yarn leftover, but I think it will be REALLY close this time. Keep your fingers crossed. These will actually be heading into the knitting bag for a few days, because it's time to stitch.

Misty Weniera, Swimming with Dolphins, and I Love Thee will all be spending some time in the Qsnaps this coming week. I want to get enough of I Love Thee done to post a pic. I have a feeling that until I get to another page with that one it will be very difficult to photograph(too much white on white).

Little Diva starts her fall break tomorrow so I'll be offline for a little while. Have a great weekend and Happy Crafting!

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Charmed Knits

I have finally finished something from .

Little Diva needed a Hermione hat to go with her costume and here it is:


Stats:
Pattern: PoA Hermione Hat from Charmed Knits
Needles: 7(16" circ and dpns)
Yarn: Plymouth Encore Worsted

Now back to socks and stitching :)

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Yes, I have been knitting.

Harry Potter Fair Isle Pouch Bag(Gryffindor)

It just needs a lining and fringe and it's done. I struggled through the crochet last night--the bottom and sides weren't too bad but the strap was a nightmare. I really hate crochet(and I say that because I can't do it well and it is in no way a reflection on people who make stuff that doesn't look like a ball of misshapen knots).


Hermione Hat

Here's some more Little Diva sweatshop knitting. I need it done by the end of the month.

Finally,
I've participated since its inception and this year will be no exception.

3 pairs on deck:

Horcrux socks
One done, one needs to get done

Jaywalker2

For moi

Jaywalker3

For Stacey, who is more than welcome to hop on the Little Diva sweatshop bandwagon--after she returns from Russia, that is ;) безопасные путешествия, мой друг (or safe travels my friend)

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Stitching Weekly

This past weekend was the HAED Background SAL, so I pulled out Storykeeper which is mostly background. I love the idea of a set background SAL; every piece has background and having a set SAL for working on it would be great. If the board doesn't do one, I think I may set aside the first weekend of every month for background.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

I didn't participate in QS Wednesday this week for a couple of reasons:
1. I am only aiming for 3 Wednesdays a month and I've done my three for September.
2. I have a new start that has captured my attention.

I started I Love Thee on Monday night(24Sept07). Right now I'm in a heavily white on white section of the chart. There is no point in putting up a WIP picture until I get a little further into it. You don't want to see white and white--not to mention that you can't actually see it in a picture. Heck, I can barely see it when I'm working on it. Hopefully I'll have some exciting progress to show on this one next week.

**knitters--don't despair there is actually knitting content coming. I was hoping to have a really cool picture of a Jaywalker sock near completion done in some lovely Red Rocks Fiber Works yarn, BUT after trying to turn a heel in a dark car at 10pm last night, I ended up ripping out the whole thing. . .I'm too angry to go any further into it than that. Long story short--don't do any type of technical knitting in the dark.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Deathly Hallows Musings

Spoiler Alert--although if you consider yourself a fan of the books and haven't finished Deathly Hallows yet--well, I just don't get it. Moving on:

I have not talked about Deathly Hallows here because I've really been letting it sink in for a few months. I don't really have any problems with the main storyline. I'm a bit disappointed that Harry didn't die and REALLY disappointed Ginny didn't(as my knitting crew knows).

Keep in mind that I am a huge fan of the Mauraders and I really pick apart things about those characters. There are some questions and thoughts that have been lingering in my mind.

Remus/Tonks
**did they "have" to get married? That would explain a lot; although admittedly I haven't analyzed the timeline to figure it out(yet).

**what was the point of Tonks as character? Seriously, I thought that when she was initially introduced it was to show some more good in the Black family tree(outside of Sirius) and possibly to show the Trio someone who is closer to their own age making a difference in the world. She would have been really well utilized if she had shared more with Harry(and Ron) about being an auror--since they had both showed interest in it. The fact that she became a desperate/love sick teenager type was weak.

**The whole Remus/Tonks marriage-baby-death thing. It seemed like an afterthought to me; it happened so quickly and beneath the radar(of the main story line)making it really difficult(for me at least)to become to upset about their passing. Plus after JKR offed Sirius; I really haven't been upset about her killing anyone--the higher the body count got the better ;)

**The Harry/Remus "go be father" discussion. It really irritated me. Harry has had a lot of life experience in his 17 years which all involved keeping himself alive; none of it revolved around an "adult relationship" and certainly had nothing to do with parenting. I don't see Remus putting much creed into the opinion of a 17 year old--I know I wouldn't, but in that conversion Remus came off as the child being chastised by an adult. It totally went against character, to me.

**Snape, dear Snape. Good or evil?
You know whose side Snape was on? Snape's--pure and simple. I don't think good or evil really entered his mind; self preservation and self serving is how he came off to me. And let's not forget to mention creepy--carrying a torch for a childhood crush who never reciprocated it(and who, in fact, has been dead for quite some time)? Let it shape the course of your whole life? Come on, Severus, you're better than that. His hatred of Harry revolved around his resemblance to James and all that brought up for him. What if--a big what if, I know--what if James and Lily had a girl? A girl who favored Lily? How do you think that would have changed things?

**finally Albus Severus Potter?! Really? Seriously? Albus Potter I get. Severus, no way. Let's immortalize my mother's obsessive stalker and the bane of my existence all through school--I'm sure that's what Harry was thinking.

That's it for now; although I'm sure I'll have more after I reread it.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Stitching Weekly

I got the kiddos to bed last night and spent some time on Little Diva's Swimming with Dolphins while watching Prisoner of Azkaban(I NEVER get tired of that movie--I think Order of the Phoenix will be the same once I get it on DVD). Here's the result:
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

I also managed to get out over the weekend and buy this:
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Isn't it pretty? Click away on the picture to see what all that floss will turn into. I need a new start like I need a hole in the head but I've been wanting to try a monochromatic chart and I love this one.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Black Bess Cash says, "Get ou' thar--pillage, plunder, an' wreak havoc. Make all o' yer shipmate bretheren proud! Knittin' shipmates--brandish them knitters wi' th' skill o' a master swordsman an' create some shipmate worthy booty."

This post be brought to ye by: Talk Like a Pirate Day

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Love the Stranded Knitting

I don't know what it is about stranded type knitting, but it always seems to go so fast. I just love watching the pattern develop and find myself unable to put a piece down, which is exactly what happened with Little Diva's bag. I worked on it at home, at my knitting group, and in the car waiting for Diva and/or Rage to get out of school. Here's the result:

Keep in mind that this isn't blocked yet and I still need to crochet the edging/strap and add a lining(which I'm excited about because I want to use paw prints, black paw prints, as an homage to Sirius). The crochet thing is freaking me out a bit, because I suck at crochet--really it's just sad. There is something about it that doesn't click with my brain? I'll have my copy of Happy Hooker in hand while I try to follow the crochet instructions--with me luck ;)

**I really want to make a Ravenclaw bag too--I'll have to get that on the list.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Stitching Weekly(hopefully)

I'm going to try and post weekly on my cross stitch pieces; showing my progress on which ever piece or pieces I've worked on that particular week. I'm hoping it will give me incentive to stitch more often(and hopefully my knitting won't suffer). If you want to see what the final product will look like, just click on the pictures or look in the sidebar :)

Here's my progress on Misty Weniera from the HAED Yearly SAL this past weekend:
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

And here's my progress on Swimming with Dolphins from QS Wednesday:

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket


It's no secret that I love Heaven and Earth Designs charts. These are the charts that brought me back to stitching after a 7-8 year break. I love the detail and the subject matter. I even enjoy browsing the site when I have free time--even if I'm not in the market for a chart. Michele and Bob(the owners) are fabulous to work with--they go above and beyond for their customers. I'm excited to see that they are starting to get some recognition in the stitching blogosphere. Unfortunately, 3 of the 4 pieces in the piece are not available as charts--I'm not sure what that was about? A small part of me is a little bummed that the secret is getting out there ;)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Halloween--Little Diva style

Yes, the Little Diva "mommy sweatshop" is working in full force this fall. Besides her cross stitch piece I am knitting her two things for her Halloween costume.

You see, my darling daughter wants to be Hermione for Halloween(I couldn't be more thrilled and no I didn't encourage her too much towards this idea ;)). I've already gotten her a Gryffindor robe, a tie, and a uniform--she has an authentic Hermione wand that lights up. I could have knit the sweater, I suppose, but realistically I knew I wouldn't have it done so I bought a black cardigan(a la Order of the Phoenix) and I may duplicate stitch Gryffindor colors on it. I know I'm her mom and just a little biased but she looks TOO CUTE in that uniform--it makes me wish she went to a fancy private school. Since major Halloween knitting wasn't in the picture I figured I could whip up a Hermione hat(for trick or treating in the frozen/rainy/sleeting tundra that is Colorado at the end of October) and this bag:



Stats:
Pattern: HP House Fair Isle Pouch Bag**kudos to Ravelry without which I wouldn't have found the pattern to begin with
Needles: 4 and 5 16"
Yarn: Encore Worsted(colors 999 and 175)

Lest you think that I do nothing for Rage--as it probably seems due to his limited blog coverage--I tried very, very hard to get him to be Hedwig(I found an awesome costume)--he said NOOOOO. He wants to be Spongebob or Patrick--darn it--so the search continues for a Spongebob costume in his size. I'm also starting a sweater for him(which has nothing to do with Halloween but I didn't want you to think I do nothing for him) and a hat and mittens are in his future too.

Oh, and Little Diva's best friend(who is a boy) decided to be Harry--"so he can match Diva when they trick or treat". How cute!

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Cool!

I bow before greatness and vision. I'm totally blown away by this--it makes me want to quilt. And call me crazy(or crazier, if you will) but this looks like it would be really hard and full of minute detail--is that up my alley or what? Don't worry--quilting is not in my immediate future, but this would sure be on the list if it was.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Swimming with Dolphins

I managed to squeeze in some time yesterday on Little Diva's cross stitch. Here's the progress:
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

It's not a lot but those pieces of seaweed have a surprising number of colors in them. I also worked a little more of the dolphin head(aka the big blob of gray).

Little Diva is loving this so far--although I think she's a bit disappointed that it's not almost done(she's not so accepting of the "it takes time" thing). She has also informed me that she wants this one to go with Swimming with Dolphins. I think I'm her one woman stitching sweatshop ;)

If you want to see an amazing HAED finish--check this out. Here's a link to the chart--just to give you the stats on how big that one is. I'm very, very impressed and envious, Arthemise.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Textured Blanket

aka. An exercise in dexterity.

I decided to knit a blanket for my cousin's second baby(due in November). She's having a boy and I wanted something masculine(ie. not lacy) and not boring. Well, I got my wish and then some with this bad boy:



I have one repeat done and I have about 15 more to do. The reason I'm going to be calling this my dexterity blanket is because it feels like my fingers are doing a workout while I'm knitting. EVERY row has something going on. EVERY row has a right-twist in it, EVERY row has some crazy knit/purl pattern that as of yet I haven't found a pattern to. It's a twelve row repeat pattern and there isn't a "tune out" row in there anywhere.

It's from one of the Vogue Knitting on the Go Baby Blanket books but I can't remember which one offhand. Looking at the picture and even the pattern you wouldn't think it would be THAT big of a challenge, but I'm thinking this one is not for the faint of heart.

I'm soldiering on--come what may!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Leaving the Nest

My littlest progeny, Rage, will be starting preschool tomorrow. Today he went in for his "open house" where he, his father, and I could get the lay of the land and make sure he was comfortable in his new surroundings.

We went into the room, signed in, and put on his name tag. We went around and did the scavenger hunt the teachers had set up, then we handed it in so he could get a sticker. We let Rage continue to look around--he walks over the the fish tank, staring at it blankly for a few seconds. His father and I stand a little behind him watching. He turns around, my littlest child, my baby, my sidekick for the last 4 years. He turns around and says:

"So when are you two leaving?" Then stomps across the room.

Nice, huh?

Monday, August 27, 2007

Swimming with Dolphins

Updated after QS Wednesday:
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

I participated in the New Start SAL this weekend. I have had this chart in my WIP pile all year and still hadn't started it, SO this weekend was the time. Little Diva picked it out back in January for her room, so I guess I should start putting some time in on it.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Stats:
Chart: QS Swimming with Dolphins(Tate)
Fabric: 28 count white even weave
Stitches: 2 over 1, tent(half cross for the uninitiated)

I totally changed my routine with this one. I started in the middle and I'm not gridding or parking--hopefully this "flying without a net" won't come back to haunt me later. I also understand now why some of these cartoony type QS's are appealing. They aren't that hard, there are huge blocks of one color throughout--definitely NOT the challenge of my other pieces, but it's a nice break.

I'm very excited about this one for many reasons but mostly because it's a Quick Stitch which means I can participate in QS Wednesdays again--I haven't been able to do that since Magic Witch last year :)

Friday, August 24, 2007

Who Knew 2?

Vampire Name Generator:

The Great Archives determine you to have gone by the identity:
Rosalind Arnauld
Known in some parts of the world as:
Minerva of The Storm Riders
The Great Archives Record:
The Riders come with the rain clouds, you will hear the thunder of their hooves in the sky.

Thanks, Laura :) I don't know how I missed this one and I am WAY more inclined to be a vampire than a fairy.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Who Knew?

Your fairy is called Hex Iceglitter
She is a bone chilling bringer of justice for the vulnerable.
She lives in places hexed and tainted by black magic.
She is only seen in the light of a shooting star.
She wears black feathers and rose petals. She has icy blue butterfly wings.


That is one badass fairy name--I LOVE it! I'll have to keep it in mind for Nano in November.


And as an aside--thank you to everyone who weighed in on the reading stuff in the last post. I'm still floored by that stat.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Sighs and Shakes Head

Please tell me that none of you are a part of the one in four.

So I have my own theories as to why people aren't reading--if you are actually one of the people who read less than 7 books last year, please enlighten me as to why?

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Oh, and while it's on my mind. . .

My 20 year high school reunion was last weekend.

I did not go--for any number reasons; like Little Diva started school the Monday after, it was out of state, I disliked most of the people in my graduating class, and it was high school, who cares?

My friend(whom I've known since 7th grade) went with her family. I said, "If you see anyone from band, say 'hi' for me." She did and happened to mention something about me knitting. The person she was talking to was incredulous--"Kim knits?!?!? Kim. . . who listened to Depeche Mode?" I believe was the general sentiment. As if I'm one step away from the old folks home or something?

I just find it amusing that people react that way. I find it even more amusing because compared to what a little conformist I was in high school knitting would seem like an even MORE unlikely hobby for me now. And musically, he'd probably have a stroke if he knew how I've "branched out" musically.

Here's my musical time line from like 5th grade until now:
Shawn Cassidy/the Osmonds(5th grade or younger remember), Barry Manilow/Bee Gees(again, pre-middle school), Duran Duran(middle school through high school), Depeche Mode(high school through the present), Sting/the Police/Rush, the Cure(again still listening), Nine Inch Nails(college through present), and currently anything loud and "ragey".

Maybe because I know so many knitters and the varied backgrounds we all have, it wouldn't strike me as odd that anyone was a knitter. So, does anyone else have people who think it's nuts that you knit? (and I don't mean people who live with you and/or have seen your stash or general knitting craziness--I mean people who you knew before you knit or before you went over the edge from casual knitter to KNITTER)

Wanted: A "Productive" Hobby Rotation Schedule

I have tried this before and it's had limited success, but I'm trying to come up with a rotation that works for me. I can't stand just "flying by the seat of my pants" with my crafty stuff because every time I let myself do that I end up floundering around and getting nothing accomplished. This will be a work in progress until I get the mix that works for me.

I think I'm going to try and alternate knitting and stitching within the week(3 days knitting/3 days stitching/1 Free Day for either or a break). I want to be able to have more things going while still making progress. Here is what is in the loop right now:

**Storykeeper(Fenech)
**other stitching projects: Ink Circles/Lavender and Lace
**Eternal Promise(Stewart)
**open slot--no doubt to be filled with another HAED piece
**Knitting--I'm leaving this as a generic thing because I never know what I will feel like knitting when I sit down to do it.


Monthly/Weekly Obligations
**QS Swimming with Dolphins(Tate) QS Wednesdays every Wednesday--I haven't actually started this one yet; it's for little Diva(she picked the pattern herself)

**Misty Weniera(Butler) HAED 2007 Challenge SAL 2nd Weekend of each month

**Christmas Ornament SAL Last weekend of every month

I know this is a probably a pipe dream but I'm trying to get to where I have the following things going:

4 stitching projects
4 knitting projects

Right now I'm nowhere near that with either knitting or stitching, but that's my goal. I'm giving myself until the end of September with this schedule then I'll see if it needs to be tweaked, thrown out, or re-evaluated.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Sherrilyn Kenyon

One of my favorite authors, Sherrilyn Kenyon(who also writes as Kinley MacGregor), was in Denver on Sunday for a book signing to go along with her new book, Devil May Cry which is one of the Dark Hunter books. I believe I've gushed before about how much I love her storylines(especially the one that is beneath the main romance one), but I'm loving her even more since I met her. She's very funny and very outgoing which is something I haven't really seen with authors I've met before. She did a brief question/answer session and then got to the business of signing. While everyone was waiting she had a friend raffling away promotional items for the book. I hung around for a while after my book was signed to see if my number was called. I was hoping to win a t-shirt or a lanyard but all I won was a promotional post card thing(shrugs).

Any book signings I go to I only have the author sign the current book(it helps me put a time frame on when I met them), but there were people there with entire bags of books. I cannot imagine signing buckets of books. I think the only author I would take a ton of books to signing for would be JKR. One great thing about any book signing is meeting a bunch of people who love the books as much as you do(or even more). I was amazed at how many people where there and how many of us had many more authors we had in common in addition to Sherrilyn.

There is nothing I love more than spending the day in a book store without the kiddos and with my knitting--ah, heaven :)

Monday, August 13, 2007

Gryffindor!--Updated



**group picture coming soon after I weave in all these ends:


I have not been in an "end weaving" state of mind in the last month which is why these squares go practically everywhere with me but never actually get done. I'm hoping to chip away at them while I wait to pick Little Diva up from school(which started today).

Altogether now:

Positive/Negative

Onto Ravenclaw!!

Monday, August 06, 2007

Tres Campy


How's this for a dreamy knitting spot? The tranquil Rocky Mountains with only the sounds of nature to knit by. . .that and 7 other knitters :) That was the last weekend in July for me. My second trip to Camp Wanna Knit Knit. Quite a few of the other attendees have already blogged about it. For the three part thorough wrap up visit Sheep in the City.

The company of fellow knitters who are also great friends was gift enough for the weekend, but one of the joys of camp has become the gift bag. Here's this year's haul:

The crowning glory of this year's bag was our own colorway from Hello Yarns. How cool is that?! I'm not really sure how we're going to top this year's goodies but I'm already on the look out for some camp worthy stuff for next year :)


**Also, I need to thank Stacey because I lifted the gift bag pics from her :)