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Back to school, back to work…

The kids heading back to school means I better get my butt back to getting stuff done!

Baah Yarns website is here.

You can check out the California Poppy pattern here.

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The “butt” of jokes…

There is a long running thing in my family that when my mother comes to visit, she and I will eventually get into an argument about my butt.

It started when the kids were smaller. My mother, being the type of Grandma that likes to take mass quantities of photos of her grandchildren…and is also a scrapbooker…would follow them around, snapping pics left and right. Of course, with Facebook being a thing that my mom is into, those pictures would all end up on the Internet.

See, she tried capturing the kids’ at eye level…taking pictures of them walking along side me…FROM BEHIND. Yup. Facebook peppered with pictures of my kids’ adorable little heads…ruined by my ass.

Of course, when I would bring it up and ask her not to post them, she would snap back about how terribly vain I am (which is not a word I think anyone else on the planet might ever use to describe me, and funny coming from the woman to couldn’t leave the house without lipstick on…even if she was going to the dentist).

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This is sure to upset her.

Here is picture of me from behind taken by Courtney. I am posting it of my own free will.

This is a sweater that I tried on at the Carolina Homespun booth by designer Sandra McIver from her book “knit, Swirl!”. I walked past her a million times while on the Stitches West floor and every time I had made a comment about how these sweaters looked nice on every single person trying them on, despite body shape. I thought about giving these sweaters a go…and Courtney was kind enough to stop me and make sure I actually tried them on.

This picture actually got me to buy the book. I’ll have to make one soon, or at least before the next time my mom comes to town.

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Paulie is done!

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 | FO's, sweater | 1 Comment

Actually, she has been done for awhile now. I just haven’t wanted to wear her since it is hotter than hell here in Los Angeles. Thank goodness for air conditioning!

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Before the button band was knit on.

It's finally done!

All done!

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I can't wait for it to start getting cooler!

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Paulie KAL!

Thursday, March 29th, 2012 | blah blah blah, sweater, WIP | No Comments

A couple of my knitter friends and I are getting together for a KAL! Woohoo!

We are going to be knitting the Paulie sweater. I am super excited…because what girl couldn’t use another sweater, right?

KAL check-in 3/26/12

My progress...

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Dueling Projects!

I was incredibly lucky to get to the shop early this past week. Everyone had left work early for the holiday weekend, so I decided to get out of there too.

I met up with Mal at the shop, determined to spend my time catching up on my personal projects because I had not really devoted any time to them recently. Don’t get me wrong, I am seriously determined to get some charity projects done, but I have a few things just sitting here and I was feeling like I was losing some momentum.

I started knitting on my Mountain View Cardigan. Oh yeah….*that sweater*…it’s still around. One of these days, I might even finish it. For right now, baby steps. It’s not complete, but I did finish the back of it.

Mountain View

Mountain View...someday.

While I worked, Mal did her felting thing…

Mall's project

Mall's project

I brought my Phoenix and the Carpet project but I hadn’t planned on working on it. Then Michelle showed up and I couldn’t resist taking the opportunity to snap a couple of pics of our dueling KAL projects! We’re both a little behind on our clues…

Dueling projects

Twinsies!

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A busy Friday Night…

Woohoo!  Holiday weekends mean we get out of work early generally. This holiday weekend was no exception. It was a good thing because I had some errands to run.

Since I was out, I figured I would take care of my medical refferral stuff before heading to the shop. Now, I am kind of a ditz…I know this…but I am not quite sure how I thought I would be going to get these tests done and get off without having to give blood. I guess I just wasn’t thinking. It’s probably a good thing though…I have been a big freaking baby about all this stuff lately.

I got to the shop hungry and a little woozy. It was pretty darn hot out and the shop AC was acting funny. Ash and I decided to order in Thai food. We weren’t going to try and walk down to our usual spot.

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Progress on The Mountain View Cardigan

I started off the night working on my Mountain View Cardi. I feel like I have been so “off again, on again” with this one, but I am sure it is just because I am distracted with other things on the horizon.

While I worked on my knitting, Vera had asked Mallory to help her daughter learn to needle felt. She bought Teddy a frog kit while they were in Albuquerque on Vera’s Knit Shop tour to promote her patterns.

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Mallory helping Teddy out with her needle felting

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And there she goes!

I was feeling ansty and decided I should cake up my yarn for The Unique Sheep Mystery Lace KAL. I actually have the first day of this KAL off because I have to go in for more tests, but once that is done, I have the rest of the day to be a total lump on the couch. Michelle tells me that they normally release the first clue at midnight, so I have my yarn prepared and I’ll have the entire day to knit the first clue! Hooray!

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My Unique Sheep yarn.

We also were trying to help Ashley out with her Hanna Cardigan. So far it looks absolutely gorgeous! I hope they bring back this colorway at some point, because I would love to knit a sweater in this color!! I just love Sanguine Gryphon!

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Ash's lovely Hanna Cardigan

Mallory spent most of the evening helping Teddy out with her felting. Teddy even stabbed herself at one point, so she is officially a needle felter! She was having a little trouble with her symmetry, but Mallory guided her. At the end of the night, she had nearly completed her frog!

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The "right" leg.

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And something else...

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Looking good!

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Fulfilling my long overdue promise…

It’s been practically a week since I have actually signed on to post anything. I have pictures of me in my Hanna from last Friday. It turned out super cute, however, if I ever knit it again, I might make a few modifications…

First off, I have this weird psychological problem that involves sizing my knitting. More often than not, I really grossly miscalculate size. I have a tendency to think I am a larger size than what I actually am. Luckily, the ladies at the shop help reel me in. They will instruct me on what size to make. I also am having a problem with items that aren’t exactly fitted (like this one). My first thought was “I look Pregnant” in this. I don’t…and I’m not…but I just lost 8 pounds, so I am eager to wear things that are more fitted to my body.

So here she is, in all her bamboo/silk glory.

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My Hanna

Now, the reason why I said I would modify this next time around is because I find that the neck is really wide and the amount of fabric actually covering my shoulders in minimal. It kept sliding off and exposing the straps on my tank. Suzanne had recommended I put in little straps with fasteners, such as they do in couture clothing, to attach it to the straps of whatever tank I am wearing underneath to stop it sliding down my shoulders. I think that at some point I will do that.

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You can see what I mean...

I have a whole stack of clothing that needs mending, so I will probably throw this on that pile of things to do.

Ashley is working on a Hanna too! She is making the cardigan version of this pattern. While I was showing off my new FO, she was starting the sleeves on hers.

All tangly.

LOVE that green!!

And I worked on my Mountain View Cardigan…

Making progress...

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Is Hanna ready yet?

I am sure it is by the time this posts. I am getting it all ready to wear to work and to knitting (where, if I am lucky, someone might be kind enough to snap a picture of me in it).

You are about to witness the most ghetto blocking  job ever. Oh well, it all turns out the same in the end, right?

Blocking sleeves (selectively)

First blocking attempt.

Ok, so here is my first blocking attempt. It did the job, but then the folds were not blocked to my liking.

Blocking sleeves

Second Blocking attempt.

So here I blocked the folds the second time ’round to make sure everything looked even.

Hanna pullover

Here it is! In all it's unblocked glory!

Here is the pullover before any blocking even started. Looks pretty good! However, I do think my duct tape dress form is having some issues with it’s contents settling. Trust me, I’ll fill this bad boy out WAY better. 🙂

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Where am I again?

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 | felting, KIP, knitting, sweater, UFO's | No Comments

I have been walking around in some sort of haze for a week. Maybe it’s sensory overload? Stress? Wanderlust?

All of the above?

(Shrugs) I don’t know, but I will be honest and say my mind has been elsewhere.

It’s not to say I haven’t been crafting…I have. But when I try and figure out what it is I want to talk about, my thoughts escape me and I end up walking around staring at the sky. I am sure people must think I am crazy.

OK, time for me to stay on track!

I actually went and hung out to knit with my girlfriends this weekend. It had been a whole three weeks since I had been knitting with them! We sat in the Starbucks at Barnes and Noble and talked books and got crafty.

Mallory's felting

Mallory's felting

Mallory's felting

More of Mallory's Felting

While progress is slow, it’s progress none the less. I have made it to the 6 inch mark on my bell sleeves and completed my decrease. Now I have 9 1/2 inches to go and I can start finishing the sleeve. I really done have all that much knitting left to do on this thing, but much like my reading habits, I only complete it in spurts…

My sleeves

I'll get them done one of these days...

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Memorial Day Marathon Knitting!

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 | Insanity Blanket, knitting, start to finish, sweater, UFO's | 2 Comments

The kids had been sick all weekend, and I wasn’t feeling so hot myself. I found I couldn’t seem to sleep in and faced with the prospect of spending the entire day indoors, I got right to it. I was going to have a marathon knitting session of immense proportions and no one was going to stop me.

I took breaks to tend to the kids and to eat meals and spent the entire day in my jammies. Yay!

Ashley's Square

2 squares from Mirna's yarn

5 squares from yarn from MSHMom

Happy Feet Squares

2 squares (and a 3rd started) from Happy Feet swap

And I decided to round it out with a little summer sweater knitting…

I need at least 6 inches before I can start decreasing...

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