Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Spring is busting out!

Nothing profound or even yarn-related - just some pretty flowers in my garden.

New profile pic

I figure it's high time I put up a better profile picture, so here goes!

Friday, April 21, 2006


Well, after taking some time away from my sock with the afterthought heel, I'm thinking that maybe it's ok. Opinions? I was thinking it looked a little whonky . . . but now that I've been away from it for a while, maybe it doesn't look so bad. That, and I seem to have an epileptic reaction to frogging. :-p

This is the baby blanket I've started. It's two strands of the blue stuff. Frankly, there was a sale at JoAnn's and I liked the feel of it and I couldn't resist. Don't know what I'll do with it when I'm done . . . but it will most likely go to the same friend who is getting the baby sweater, hat and booties that I knit a month or two ago. I don't know anyone else, really, who has/is having a baby boy . . .

That's all I have on the needles at this point. My son is clamoring for another pair of socks, but it's nearly summer and he'll be a whole different size by the time he is wearing socks again, knowing him.

I did make a Little Surprise for Slang, and hope to get it in the mail today. ;-)

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Where do you knit?

Kat-knits is having a contest, and here is my list of "places I've knitted". I've only been knitting since January . . .

1. The bank, waiting to talk to a loan officer.
2. In the drive-through line at McD's (also at Wendy's, Arby's and Subway)
3. In the library (well, duh! Actually, I've now knit inside 5 different libraries! LOL)
4. In my car outside Bob's Bar (my sister forbade me to bring it inside)
5. In my office while writing performance appraisals, to help my mind work through the wordings.

In other news . . . I hate the heels on my socks, so I'm going to have to start them over. Sigh.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Changes . . .

Well, I've added some more links to the side . . . and I even figured out that I could put in those cool headings. Yay!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

WIPs . . . and cats

Sometimes the best thing to do when you're feeling sick is start a new project! I didn't feel like commiting to anything larger, so I did a little talisman bag for my friend for her birthday present . . . but I've already given it to her (with a silver dollar inside) so there are no piccies. I'll be making more, though. Using almost exactly half the stitches as you need in the round for a sock, the patterned yarn comes out really cool looking! Then I finished it off with a little glass bead fastener and a few dangling beads off the bottom, and strung it on some artificial leather lacing. Nice!

I also did this hat over the weekend. DH is modeling it. I plan to give it to the Dulaan Project that my friend
Knitting Brow is working on. It's such a great idea to use up the stash this way! I love the way the yarns worked together, so I think I'll try a few different patterns using the rest of those yarns together. I do need to be patient and make the body of the hat longer.

Next on the needles is this whimsical little scarfy thing. I have a friend who's been admiring my red boa scarf from my MIL (that's you, Jennie!) and I saw this feathery red and black stuff on sale . . . and I can't resist a sale! The only thing better than getting cool yarn on sale is if they'd have some free glasses or steak knives in the bargain! This is supposed to be my "don't have to concentrate" project, but turns out the stuff is tricky to see/knit with, so I have to concentrate, drat it all.

My good/fun/challenging project are these toe-up socks. I'd started this sock yarn in a cuff-down patterm just like the other socks I've knit, but then I frogged it and made myself learn to cast on for toe-up. The second toe looks much better than the first. They will not be perfect matches, though. one is starting with the blue spotty part, and the other was started at the gray spotty part. Hopefully (if the plan goes well) they'll look like cool partners, though.

Here are just a few piccies of our adorable kitties.

Rosie is stretched out on top of the computer, and the sluggard in my computer chair is Samwise. The little darlings. If only they could learn to relax.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Wild Goose Blog Chase

Knit Blog Scavenger Hunt
  1. -Your finds must come from knit blogs.
  2. -You may not use a blog for more than one item
  3. -all items must come from different sources.
  4. -Finds can come from current entries or archives.
  5. -You must post your answers with the title of the blogs they were found on and a link to the blog/item (permalinks where appropriate) on your blog. If no permalink is available, give us the post date.
  6. -Do not steal anyone’s bandwidth which means you should not hotlink pictures.
  7. -You need to comment and let us know when you have completed this meme (at the JenLa blog)

1. A blog which you think people have not discovered. Slang's!
2. A blog whose author lives close to you physically. Just get as close as you can, it’s all relative. My friend, whom I call Toad for historical reasons.
3. An unusual or weird animal picture. From Aunt Gerry: Dear departed Priscilla in her lovely hat.
4. An entry that made you laugh and got you strange looks from family or co-workers. Everything on this site makes me laugh out loud!
5. An idea you wish you’d thought of. Great hat!
6. Something you’d like to knit. A sweater this pretty!
7. A picture of something you consider beautiful: Beautiful!
8. A blog whose author you’d like to one day meet in person. My dear friend, Gwen!
9. A blog of someone you have already met in person. My friend who got me into this mess! Thanks!

Now, be sure to leave a comment (here, and at the JenLa blog) so we (and others) know to go check out your finds! Happy hunting!

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Leg Warmers of Chaos!

I knew I wanted to try a lot of different stitches, and I wanted to make these very colorful leg warmers. They were so much fun! I tried two different kinds of cabling . .. the white and the blue, as you can see.

I really enjoy the look of the bobbles, too. Aran stitching is a lot of fun! I don't know if I have the patience for a big sweater all in white, though. I'm thinking some really cool, very special socks for my parents or something.

Rosie thought the camera was out to snap her again - and was curious as to whether or not the knitting would be comfy to lie on. I never let her find out.

The thing about lots of colors, though, is all the weaving in at the end. It made for a nice pile of snippings, though! I also have enough of the yarn to make some fun little things, too, so I'm on the lookout for good "small" projects. Hmmm . . .

Now I need to decide what to do next! Yay!