Posts Tagged ‘knitting’

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!!!

Lost that lovin feeling…

July 21, 2009

I can’t win. I’ve lost my knitting mojo and need help.
evidence that I’ve finally “lost it”

1.Ishbel. I can’t get the stitch count right no matter now hard I try. Something went wonky somewhere and while doing the lace portion I’ve never had the right amount of stitches. I need someone to look at it and help me.

2. While making Wendy D’s Diagonal Lace Socks, I’ve gotten to the heel portion with only one mistake (who needs all the yo’s in the right sequience anyway?) I can’t wrap my head around the heel she is suggesting I use. I made a perfectly good heel on my own and realized that since she made me add all the gusset stitches I didn’t know how to decrease back down to get the 33 needed to “begin working in the round” again.
I’ve tried this heel no less than 3 times. I even turned off the Biography channel feature on Hunter S. Thompson that I was watching just so I could pay close attention. Nothing. And since I’m being a goof and knitting them one at a time I can’t even fudge my way through because I’m going to have to remember what I did for the second sock later. Plus trutfully I’m not loving this panda wool. It’s splitty after you knit and frog it 5 or so times. I think it should be more durable.

3. I’m going to have to start knitting hats, hats never frustrate me, hats never let me down. Hats never have irregular stitch counts or crazy intricate lace portions. (although I’d like to see a hat with a crazy intricate flower lace panel on like 3 of the sides of the hat. Wow I should see if there’s a pattern like that on Rav.)

I need a knitting group again.. waahhhh someone call me a whaaaambulance.

snow. snoooooooow?

March 27, 2009

I am not ready for the snow. Denver got dumped on yesterday. Shut down everything and caused alot of accidents. I hear the snow is supposed to hit tomorrow.
I’ve gotten enough teasers about spring, I’m ready for sunshine and flowers.

I lost my house keys sometime when Heather Dear and matt where here. I haven’t been able to check the mail. I was supposed to go with Jen to buy a swimsuit and summer clothes for Natalie. I can’t leave the house unless Zach is feeling nice enough to go make me a key before he goes to work.

Still working on Natalie’s toe up crazy socks. I don’t have a pattern, just kind of winging it. Found a video for short row heels with no wraps. It is MAGIC.

the third planet is sure that they’re being watched…

March 11, 2009

tomorrow is c-section day for Jen. I get to meet Layne finally.

finished the buddy sweater pictures soon
knit an apple to go with natalie’s banana guy
went to knitting… got stood up by entire group.
that was the pits.
more than halfway through second tidal wave.
knit a jaunty little teal beret for natalie. pics soon
got a part time job so i can afford all my addictions.
so far… things are falling into place.

I’d be safe and warm… if I was in L.A

March 7, 2009

I recently made the mistake of getting on a birthcontrol that has the same hormones that the last one did, so I’m back in migraine land.

which means 5 minutes of internet time because for some reason the light from my laptop is one of my migraine triggers.

Once I figure out how to post from my phone I’ll be better.

I finished the WHO? hat. I think I messed up. It’s huge. and it’s huge on Zach. so that means it’s double huge. ugh. gauge.

I also knit up a pair of BSJ bootees, which also look huge. ugh. gauge again?
either that or i’ve somehow forgotten how big/small newborn feet are.

On the upside, finished sock 1 (still tidal wave) at the heel on sock 2. woo.

I’m trying to decide on a pattern for my next two at once toe ups.
I think once I decide which yarn I want to use the patten will come to me.

I’ll trust the knitting gods to deliver.

whew, that was close!

February 8, 2009

Ok, so I realized a while ago that I’m not a monogamous knitter.
I never have been able to resist the lure of having two projects at once. I rationalize it to myself by saying such phrases as, well project A is for knitting at home, project B is portable, Project C is challenging… I really could go on. But I am usually really good about knowing my personal project limits. I never cast on for more than I can possibly knit.
For example list of projects currently on the needles/hook:
1. Natalie’s Buddy Sweater. It is almost finished. The only thing that is halting is process is the fact that I can’t seem to decide if I want to put in the button neck or not. I have plenty of time to figure it out since it’s currently at least one size too big.

2. Natalie’s Nana. Currently awaiting filling and the last quarter of bottom. But crochet takes like 30 seconds, so I’m not worried.

3. Zach’s present. Currently halted because I can’t figure out the directions from this point on. Agh. Need to ask someone. Is not crochet, will take longer than 30 seconds.

4. Tidal Wave socks, I’m still working on ‘em. At the end of the 4th repeat of the leg. I’m happy with this project and consider it to be my main project. My main squeeze if you will.

I have a lot going on, but it’s all manageable. And most of it will be done fairly quickly.
But having said that, I have to also say that new projects are sneaky rat bastards. I was sitting here, minding my own business and a cowl tried to ambush me. It snuck up on me so gradually that I actually thought for a few minutes that it was my own idea.
First, I got the glimmer. It’s usually just a word or sentence that floats around. Today it was one whispery word. Cowl. Cowl. Cowl.
Then is started thinking, do I have any cowl-ish yarn laying around? I had the pink stuff that tried to be a cowl before, when I also tried to knit a lace cowl on cough medicine. A million frogs later it got absorbed back into the stash. Since that wasn’t currently at hand I checked the bag under the table that I keep a random assortment of yarn in. finding something that would work, the next step was a no brainer.
Step three, Ravelry. I probably don’t even need to say any more after that. But I thought I would just take a quick peek at the cowls that are being knitted up. After twenty minutes I had the pattern, yarn AND needles in my lap ready to go.
Then a rare thing happened. I came to my senses. I panicked, threw the needles down and closed the newly downloaded PDF. What was I thinking? Problem was I wasn’t thinking.
Am I alone? Do any of you ever cast on and not realize you are doing it? Ever get two repeats in and think to yourself… shit, I don’t even remember needing a new hat?
I almost cast on a cowl, at 11:00 at night that would have kept me up until at least two.
That was a close call.