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Guess what?

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 | FO's, KAL, shawl, start to finish | No Comments


::whispers:: It’sssssssss donnnnnnnnne.

I think I was the first one done. I’m afraid to ask. I just finished it and didn’t announce it or anything…because I’m sure everyone in the KAL is annoyed with me. I’m just letting it sit for now in the pile of things to be blocked. Maybe I’ll let it stay there awhile.

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“Pretty cunning, don’t ya think?”

Friday, April 19th, 2013 | blah blah blah, FO's, Geekery, hats, start to finish, UGH! | No Comments

I have really over thought the blog thing the past few days. “Fake it till you make it” has been really hard to do lately.

Everyone is pretty much aware of all the yucky stuff happening in the news right now…Not everyone is aware I just got word I wasn’t hired for yet another job. The former being far more serious than the latter, however, both have had me more than a little emotional.

I had lost my crafting mojo recently. I was spending my time just sitting here staring at projects, full of ennui. There is so much to do…crocheting, writing, sewing…so I started trying to seriously adopt the “fake it till you make it” philosophy.

I decided to kick it off with the now controversial Jayne Hat.

(If you are unaware of the controversy, click here or here.)


So, Monday night I cast on the hat. I knit most of it Tuesday morning while having coffee at a local Starbucks with my friend Dana. By lunchtime on Tuesday I was done. I decided to snap a pic and post it on twitter…then my husband retweeted it.

Had I known he was gonna do that, I would’ve thrown some makeup on or something.

Of course, my knitting group was a little annoyed because I have a reputation of “pooping out” projects, but it has given me a small jump start to get some stuff done. I started working on some of the projects I have been sitting here staring at…and that is a good thing.

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Trying something new…

Thursday, November 17th, 2011 | start to finish, UGH!, weaving | No Comments

A couple of weeks ago it arrived. I didn’t even know it had gotten here because we only have one mail key and my husband hadn’t checked the mailbox in over a week. I thought it might have been lost in the mail, but it was stuffed in there…my brand new Hazel Rose hand loom.

I have wanted to try weaving for awhile, but all the crazy surrounding me lately has had me a little preoccupied. I opened the box and set it aside…I had other things to work on.

Finally this week, I did a little stash diving for yarn that might work on it. Not for big projects, but for small things. Maybe I could use it for a few Christmas gifts or something, but I needed to teach myself how to warp it first. I spent a little time looking at the internet to see how difficult it might be to use. I read all sorts of pages about warping and patterns and how to store my loom so I wouldn’t screw up the pins. I decided to dive in.

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A tea box I commandeered from my last place of employment.

First things first! While I was stash diving it occured to me that I would need a good rigid box to keep my loom in.

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Maybe in its next life...

These were the Charkha instructions I downloaded ages ago. I had planned on making one with this tea box. I have no real tools at home, so THAT didn’t happen.

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My loom's new home.

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Some patterns I found on eLoomaNation.

I was able to fit everything I need in the wooden box so I could carry it in my knitting bag without crushing anything.

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Warping my loom.

I started warping my loom, so far so good right? I start weaving happily along and catching up on podcasts. I kept looking at it to make sure everything was going right. I was following some written instructions with black and white photos that were included with this loom. I wasn’t sure if I was doing it right, but I was feeling pretty confident about it.

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Now, let’s pause for a second. Take a look at the above photo. Can you spot the problem? I didn’t see it. Maybe it was because I was tired and it was getting late…but I was about to learn a very valuable lesson.

The last rows help “lock” the weaving.

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First attempt.

FIRST ATTEMPT FAIL! Oh well, now I know better.

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Attempt #2.

I started my second attempt. I “ran out of real estate” toward the end so I figured I would just add a different color yarn instead. I am not sure if I need to tie the ends so I haven’t popped it off the loom yet. Stay tuned…

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A long-awaited FO…

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 | FO's, KAL, knitting, start to finish | No Comments

Wow, I feel like I’ve had my ass handed to me.

It’s been a seriously busy time around my place. The rains have come and the roof still leaks. Visitors in and out of the house….did I mention my mother-in-law is still in town? All of this has taken up some of my crafting time, but luckily not all of it. I still have lunch time at work to get some things done….and the evenings here and there.

I decided to take the weekend to go full tilt on getting at least *something* done.


The Phoenix and The Carpet...

::breathes a sign of relief::

The Phoenix and the Carpet KAL is finally complete for me…well, at least when it comes to the needles. This bad boy still needs to be blocked….which I may wait to do. I still have plenty of boxes left to try and unpack and many bags of things going to the local Goodwill. Floor space is temporarily at a premium.

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Wow, has it been a week?

Monday, August 8th, 2011 | blah blah blah, KAL, start to finish | No Comments

I feel like it has been forever since I have signed onto my blog. It’s been all kinds of busy at my place lately and will be busier this next week.

Yup kids, I am going on VACATION!

I think it is definitely needed. I doubt I will get much knitting done. I do intend to spend some time in the sun though.

So, to get caught up on the knitting project tally…

The Unique Sheep Mystery Lace KAL: I have blown through Clue 3 and am about halfway through Clue 4. Here is what it looked like at the end of Clue 3…

Clue 3

Clue 3 completed.

I hope to take some extra pictures of it…I mean, I could always blog from where ever I am. I just changed colors in Clue 4 and started ball 3 of 6. It’s where the purple starts creeping in…

Done with Clue 3

I just LOVE those little red beads.

I also have done a little bit of work on my Op Art Blanket, but I haven’t taken any photos of it. Oh well…I will soon enough. I have it with me and I plan on working on it a little…maybe even tonight as I sit at LAX.

I dunno, we’ll see how I feel…

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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.


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.


Mallory helping Teddy out with her needle felting


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!


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!


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!


The "right" leg.


And something else...


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.


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.


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. 🙂


In case you were wondering…

Thursday, June 16th, 2011 | knitting, sewing, start to finish, UFO's | No Comments

I have been making some pretty significant progress on my Hanna Pullover. Actually, by the time this posts, I am already long done on the knitting and seaming. So far, the only thing I have left to do is block out the bell sleeves a little bit. Of course, even though this thing is safely being worn by my duct tape dress form, I still have no photos of it completed.

Really, would you expect any different from me?

I do however, have pictures of it “pre-seaming”. I am really hoping that I can get it blocked and photographed by Friday night. Mostly because I intend to wear it that day….


Hanna Pullover, "pre-seaming"

I am also on to my next two projects. I have started to knit my Mountain View Cardigan and I am gauge swatching the Julia pattern from the Summer 2011 Knitty!


I am really starting to wonder why the heck I can't ever seem to be dead on with my gauge swatches anymore.

I am having some gauge issues lately, but lets hope I get that straightened out soon…

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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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