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.

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**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.




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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 :)