Archive for the ‘knit’ Category

nine to five, chocolate balls!

May 25, 2010

After working on them for about two months, my nine-to-five socks are done. They took a long time because I just can’t knit basic socks very quickly. I seem to be able to knit lace faster, maybe because there is clear proof of progress when you see that you’ve finished a repeat, with a pattern like the twisted rib, I knit and knit and never felt like I was closer to done. I’m glad they are finished. I love the yarn color, it’s a brilliant, vivid red. I tried to take an accurate photo of the color, but my camera is dumb. I tried to fix it in Photoshop, but I just ended up with a strange neon red.

Also, Bakerella is a genius. I followed the recipe for red velvet cake balls and they were out of this world. They are too sweet for me, but I have very sensitive sweet receptors. I made about 60, we kept some and I took the rest into work. They were a hit. I think that with practice, I could get much prettier results. Thank you Bakerella! for such a great idea.

They changed my hours in the middle of the week, so I close tonight. I’m lucky that Zach is off from school or else who knows who would pick natalie up from preschool. I hope I get a regular schedule before he goes back to classes.

Zach currently has a 3.8 GPA and perfect attendance. Way to go!


Hello Summer!

May 23, 2010

Sun is shining, the grass is green.

Summer is here and with the changing of the seasons it seems like everyone in the house gets a virus. We are entering day 5 of natalie being sick. She is usually fine during the day but in the evening she gets a fever. She was given the generic diagnosis of : Viral Infection. Which is just fancy talk for “we don’t know what is wrong with your kid.” So I’ve just been trying to keep her hydrated and we’ve had to postpone our swimming fun until she gets over her virus.

Since we can’t go outside, I’ve been knitting. I spent a long time knitting on my 9-5 socks and they are the socks of doom now. I knit and knit and knit and they are still an inch shy of the toe decrease. So based on their unwillingness to become a FO, they have been sent to time out.

I have a scarf that needs to be frogged and I finally bought size 4 straights so I can knit this alpaca cloud into a scarf so I can stop having to look at it. It’s being stubborn and I wonder if it’s because the yarn wants to be a flutter scarf. I may have to buy the pattern when I get paid.

My newest project:

Isn’t it… green! I love it.
reminds me of this:

It just gets me into the summer spirit.

Super samosas and stuff.

May 14, 2010

Today was my first day off since I started my new job. I rolled out of bed at 7 am and felt like the cat that ate the canary. It feels good to sleep in. Natalie and I are both coming down with a cold, I think it’s the obligatory “daycare” germs that I’ve heard so much about. The upside is that she doesn’t have to go back to daycare until Monday, that will give her little body time to fight off the germs.

The sun just flat out refuses to come out. My little tomato plants, while thriving are starting to notice the lack of sun attention.

I love my little plant, it is so cute. Its tomato plant brothers are also doing well.

My best friend Lisa came over bringing cherry cupcakes with pink frosting. I would have pictures, but I’ve eaten them all. Suffice to say there isn’t a faster way into my heart than cupcakes.
Earlier in the week I bought the ingredients to make samosas. I found a recipe I liked and tried it out today. I have to say that Garam Masala powder is my new favorite smell. I can’t believe how good it smells. It’s kind of spicy and deep. It was my first time making samosas, and I have to say that it was a success.

I also managed to knit a bit on my 9-5 socks. They have taken a very long time to complete. I’m in the final stretch before I start the toe decreases.

I’m loving this color. It’s risata from Knitpicks in the spicy colorway. I went to the site today and couldn’t believe that they didn’t offer this color. Gone are the dreams I had of making a damson out of it.
I’ve also been working on my pet project for my Aunt Hen. She bought a tiny couch cover thing from the thrift store, and told me she loved it and would like another, she made it sound very complicated, and I was worried I was going to have to tell her it wasn’t something I could duplicate. I was happy to see that it’s just a 21 granny square sampler. She gave me one of the colors she wanted in it, and since the yarn she gave me was acrylic, I followed suit and bought a bunch of acrylic from Michaels. I started on it and have 6 squares or so done.

I have a 3rd project in the works and one in my head. I can’t find it to photograph it though.
I love lazy days.

Quick and dirty- Update

April 23, 2010

Miss Natalie is 3 years old!

I can’t believe we’ve made it 3 years. To paraphrase my friend Amber, she’s offically lived longer than any of my other pets. Life is good.

On the knitting front, currently working on 9-5 socks with knitpicks riasta. And a knitting project that I can’t share the photos for yet.

We had a fast weekend trip to KC, spent time with Z’s parents and managed to wake up early to go to the River Market farmer’s market downtown KC. It was large, and all of the prices were right.

I bought my first succlent, it’s very pretty.

It managed to survive and here it is at home with his tomato spout brothers.

This is the first time I’ve been successful in getting a seed to properly sprout. My fingers are crossed.

I’ve been practicing for summer. The pools here should be open in the next 3 weeks or so. It’s hard to believe considering we just had a hail storm yesterday. To help usher in summer I’ve found a recipe for southern style sweet tea that has just knocked our socks off. We drank about a gallon in a day and a half. The only thing left is to purchase a swimsuit and we’re ready!

School has been rough for us in many ways. Z wakes up and is gone before 6 every morning, and gets home from work about 8pm. He then tries to do his reading, writing papers and ironing school uniform before he has to go to bed at 10. He is dedicated. I admire the strength and determination that he shows as he rushes headfirst into his studies/work, busting his ass every day and never complaining.I also am lucky that he doesn’t come home and criticize me because Natalie has covered the entire apartment in toys and the dishes aren’t done. He’s a keeper. Plus… Look at him. He’s gorgeous!!!

Dear Flickr. Suck an egg.

December 13, 2009

I thought I’d give a small update while I’m waiting for my lunch to warm up.

Look at my little baby, she’s growing up so fast. I had to take a picture of her today when I realized my little baby looks like a hair model. So pretty, she has her Father’s hair color.

Finally got all of the cards addressed and stamped, ready to mail out tomorrow.

I received this spiffy post card the other day from my friend Christy. I really do miss SF bay area, and promised an inquisitive 2 year old that she and I would run away there for a trip when she’s older.

This is the felt santa wreath I’m working on, It is slow going and I think it will have to be a next year decoration.

Here’s a little closeup on the sequining and beading

Here are my lousy socks. I was trying to use up the bits of sock yarn I have laying around and I fear that I’m not even at the heel yet that I’m going to run out of yarn before I can even get an ankle socks out of them. pattern is Diagonal Lace Socks

It’s beginning to look like Christmas!

December 5, 2009



October 13, 2009

I’m slowly but surely turning into an Amish house wife. I’m on the edge of no return. The worst part is, I don’t care.
Homemade apple butter – Done that
Homemade Strawberry Jam – in the works for this afternoon
Homemade breads and other various baked goods – I’m a pro
Add that to my already grandma-ish repertoire of knitting, crocheting, cross stitching and I’m one step away from farming sheep in Wyoming. Actually that doesn’t seem half bad. I would like the solitude. I would like to see how long I would last making all my meals from scratch before rushing out to the nearest Target for a frozen pizza. I think if I had a working Internet connection and a credit card I would last pretty long. I can’t think of much that you can’t just order on line and have delivered to your front door. I think the hardest part would be convincing Zach to give up city life.

With that said, Here’s some random photos

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Ishbel = FO!!

September 10, 2009

Yes, of all of the awesome and not awesome things I’ve done lately, finishing Ishbel has to be the top of the cake. I started the damn thing back in June. I think if I had more pins I could block it out a bit bigger, but I’m satisfied with it. It’s a lot bigger than I thought it would be. I can drape it across my back and that’s a big feat since I’m in fact a chubby girl. Here it is being modeled by a toddler who is still covered in breakfast.

and again on the floor.

and the obligatory closeup.

it’s far far far from perfect, and the only way I pushed through was by knitting two together whenever my stitches didn’t line up, and by lifelines every so often. I am thinking of making another while it’s still fresh in my mind. Maybe another malabrigo version since it drapes so nicely and feels so good to handle.

In other news,
Zach got invited to a chocolate seminar/sales thing at Johnson and Wales. They had a chocolatier come in and demonstrate how to make a chocolate flower centerpiece. It was neat.

most of my pictures came out blurry because I didn’t want to be that asshole with the flash. The finished object was stunning! Gold dust and edible paints are so neat.

Earlier in the week we went to the park to meet Toby, the newest addition to the Hale family.

Natalie loved running in the grass, trying to keep up.

Gotta love her neck tattoo right? When we play tattoo parlour, she always wants one tattoo on her right bicep, one on her foot and one on her neck. I’m hoping it’s not a glimpse of her future. strangers give me lots of strange looks when they see her neck. I think it’s cute even though it screams “Future Felon”

Stardate: 2009 or A picture update.

June 23, 2009

Update goes as follows: I’ve had one of those weeks where so much has happened it becomes too overwhelming to blog about it. So I’m going to stop procrastinating and post.. They are out of order but I’m sure it doesn’t matter.

Edited to add: My best friend got married!! Lisa is now Mrs. Patrick Hale
Pics to follow soon i’m sure

We went to the Capitol Hill Peoples Fair, Natalie loved seeing all of the people.

I finished a hat for David, His birthday isn’t until the 28th of July but I might not see him then. Good to finish early. The pattern is Armando I can’t say enough good things about this pattern. I love it.

We finally broke in the swimming pool at our apartment. Natalie, Alaina, Nathan, Tabatha and I went swimming. The girls are like little fishes. They LOVE the water.

Lisa, Shira and Liam at the rehersal dinner. I’m so glad that we rehearsed. It was a great party with tons of good food.

Just had to share a picture of the jewels I wore at the wedding. They are similar to the crystals I wore at my own wedding 100 years ago. I had to mod the ear rings to fit in my little plugs. No one could tell the difference.

Ha. these pictures are way out of order. This is one of the PG shots from the bachlorette party. That pitcher drink is called a “Bionic Beaver” it comes wth 5 straws for a reason. Shira does not like the beaver, It got her thrown out of the Squire once.

Ishbel, Ishbel

June 6, 2009

Started Ishbel yesterday. 

So Far, I’m at 117 sts. I love the way the Malabrigo is knitting up. It’s spongey and I love the subtle varegation.
I am not looking forward to the lace portions.