1/27/2006

Projects Galore!

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Isn’t this pretty? I think I’m going to make it for Adam’s Grandmother. Her birthday is coming up and I wanted to do something special for her. If it hadn’t been for her, I would have never learned how to crochet and for that matter, probably would have never become interested in knitting. She has crocheted so many things for us that I thought it would be nice to finally make something for her.
My second WW meeting was Tuesday night. I lost two pounds last week. See? My little WW girl at the top of the screen moved 2 points! Yay!
I’m taking a break on Kiri for a while. I love knitting her but I just need a break. Work’s been stressful and I like coming home and relaxing. Relaxing doesn’t include a hard chart based knit. So I’m finished up a pair of socks in preparation for the Knitting Olympics. In which I will make 2 pairs of socks in 16 days. That a sock every 4 days. Challenging? I think so! My future knitting/crocheting plans include:
The Knitting Olympics (2 pairs of socks; the same old pattern I use for every sock)
The Blanket for Adam’s Grandmother (I’ll probably start that this weekend)
Fun With Color Socks (I have ordered a solid sock yarn sampler and am planning to give charting a try. I will make 2 pairs of socks. Yes, the same boring pattern.)
Kiri
Swing Jacket from Interweave Knits. SO Pretty! This will be my first attempt at a sweater..thingy. Yay! but I will finish everything else first.

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Swing Jacket

1/20/2006

Weight Watchers Is A Success!

Ok, here’s an update on my WW meeting. I. LOVE. IT!!!! It can’t be any easier! Granted, I’m only on my third day, but I don’t feel as though I’m missing a thing! Last night I had two cheeseburger lean pockets, 2 chocolate chip cookies, and later that evening, a piece of candy. I’ve had a sweet tooth this week and my diet hasn’t stood in the way of it at all! It’s fantastic! And out group leader is just as sweet as she can be! A girl that I work with has a sister that just started WW and she’s going to start going to my meetings with me! That will be great to have someone I know. My sister is starting WW today, but unfortunately she lives in West Virginia so we (for obvious reasons) aren’t going to the same meeting. However we can still keep each other accountable through e-mail. I can’t wait to weigh in Tuesday night! I think my biggest problem will come tonight: I’m going to the movies with Adam. I CAN NOT go to a movie without getting popcorn. Now we can have low fat popcorn but I doubt the movie theater’s popcorn is low fat. Oh well, I’ll have to take a healthy snack.

Kiri is still trotting along, slowly but surly. A sock that I have been working on for almost a month is finally past the decreases and onto the foot. It NEVER takes me this long to finish a sock but I’ve been so tired this month that all I want to do is sleep! Like right now…I could just fall asleep…

1/17/2006

AHHHH!!!

Blogger is simply refusing to post any pictures!
So help me...if Blogger doesn't straighten up soon....

Weight Watchers, HERE I COME!!!

Ok, if you couldn’t figure it out by the title, GUESS WHAT?! I’m going to join Weight Watchers. Maybe. I’m going to a meeting tonight to see what it’s like and ask a few questions I can’t find the answers for online. For those of you that are not familiar with the program, it’s a diet based on points. You get so many points a day (or week…one of those pesky questions. Hmm, I should probably make a list) and you can eat until you use up those points. You can eat whatever you want, but once those points are gone, they’re GONE! I was doing something similar when I was counting calories, but it was hard to really know how many calories were in that cheeseburger from Ruby Tuesdays. With this diet, they set points (roughly) for things like that when you go out to dinner. A chicken breast is, say roughly 5 points (I’m guessing here, I have no idea how many points they really are) so when you go out to eat you’ll know approximately how many points you’ll be eating.
I’m so excited! My girlfriends and I were talking yesterday at work and one of them said her friend (sister?) did WW (Weight Watchers) and loved it! So that got me wondering about it. I started researching it and had about decided to give it a shot when someone else (someone who had no idea about the conversations about WW earlier that morning) suggested WW and that their girlfriend was doing it and LOVED it! Ok, two people in the same day? It’s a sign. I HAVE to give it a shot now. I’m only signing up for the weekly plan though, and once I’m sure I like it, I’ll pay for the membership. So wish me luck!

On to knitting! Kiri is coming along beautifully! I’m so glad I went with ‘Jelly’ from Rowan’s Kid silk Haze. It is just the perfect color. She’s a bit of a tough knit (for me because I have such trouble concentrating) but even after setting her aside for a day or so I can usually pick her back up and get back into the swing of the pattern within a row or two. I sometimes find myself knitting an entire repeat of the chart (you work #2 for most of the pattern) before realizing it, and that’s saying a lot for me. Ok, not that I WANT to be diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, but I really sometimes think I have it and wish I could learn to focus a bit more. I know some of that’s self discipline, but still. Anyway, I have the rest of this repeat, 9 more repeats and the edging before I can block her. And you know something funny? As difficult as it is for me to stay focused, Kiri has so far been one of my favorite projects, and while I can’t wait to see her finished, this is probably the first project I’m not just DIEING to get off the needles. I guess I am experiencing the true ‘joy of knitting.’

So anyway, there you have it. I will be posting tomorrow (most likely) and I’ll let you know how the meeting went! Yay!

1/12/2006

Hurray For Secret Pal!!!

One matter of business:

A BIG THANKS goes out to Dani (a little late, sorry about that) for really coming through for me in Secret Pal 6. She was my last minute angel and a real sweetheart! I haven’t had a chance to post pictures yet, but she sent me all sorts of goodies: A little lamb tape measure, (which, by the way, I have been secretly coveting) 3 balls of sock yarn, Stitch N Bitch Nation (YAY) and two skeins of a yarn that’s just too hard to describe but oh so much fun. I will take pictures soon! And thanks once again Dani, I was so excited I literally started jumping up and down ;-)

NOW onto Secret Pal 7! I have received both my pals and can’t wait to get started! So excited! I already have my first two packages planned, hee hee!

Ok, for all you felting gurus out there I have some questions. My town for some reason doesn’t seem to carry anything 100% natural. I don’t know too much about what will felt and what wont felt so I haven’t gotten involved with buying any yarns online either. Therefore I haven’t had much luck with felting stuff. Well, yesterday at Jo-Ann Fabrics I found something close – 45% wool, 34% cotton and 21% nylon. I wasn’t sure if it would felt or not but it was so soft and fluffy I thought it just had to. So I knitted up a swatch (stockinet stitch with a garter stitch border) and washed it. Sure enough it felted, but I’m not sure if I did it right. The length of it shrunk by 1 ¼ inches but the width only shrunk ½ inch. Does the width usually not end up shrinking much? Also, the purled side felted much more than the knitted side and the garter stitch border didn’t felt much at all. Did I do something wrong or is the nylon preventing it from felting right? One more question and then I’m done: Do you machine dry? I didn’t..but it seemed so stiff I thought maybe I should.

Thanks for all you help!

1/09/2006

SECRET PAL 7 QUESTIONNAIRE

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? I like mostly all fibers although I’m starting to really love the natural stuff!

2. Do you spin? Crochet? I do both! I even have a spinning wheel named Suzie Q!

3. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? I have a small zip up pouch for my crochet hooks and my 5 inch double pointed needles, but all the rest are floating about.

4. How long have you been knitting? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? Hmm..I hate rating myself. I’ve been knitting since April or May of 2005 but I’ve done things like socks and shawls – working on Kiri now. Maybe an Early Advanced?

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? No

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.) Lavender

7. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? I have a whole mouth of ‘em! I love candy such as sweet tarts, gummy bears, jolly ranchers – basically if it’s fruity and fairly small I’ll eat it!

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? I dabble in needlepoint a bit (but I’m not very patient with it)

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) My computer’s a bit screwy and only works when it wants to so MP3s may not be the best. As far as CD’s go, my favorite radio station plays ‘The best of the 80’s 90’s and today!’ Does that help?

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand? I tend to really lean toward the darker colors – blacks, pumpkin and forest greens. I’ve not met a color that I hated yet. Although that putrid green is stretching it a bit…

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? I’m married with a 2 year old daughter. I have a dog and a cat but they stay at my parent’s house.

12. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? I like ponchos (some) and am learning to wear scarves and mittens, but honestly I live in Florida and there’s really only 5 days a year it gets cold enough for all of that.

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? I love knitting socks so obviously sock yarn, and I’m still branching from the ‘learning to knit with acrylics’ so it’s still all knew to me.

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? I’m not a huge fan of eyelash yarns, but of course as I type this I’m reminded of a certain magic scarf I’m working on made of just that!

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s? Socks

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? I know, enough with the socks!!!! I learned how to make socks in September of 2005 and I’ve had a pair on the needles ever since. I LOVE THEM!!!

17. What are you knitting right now? RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND nothing because I’m at work ;-) but at home, I’ve got 4 pairs of (yes) socks, Kiri and the infamous magic scarf I can’t seem to finish.

18. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? Yes, but not clothing. Things like stitch markers are great!

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Depends on the project, but I’m really learning to use circulars for everything!

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? Aluminum – ADDI TURBOS are awesome!

21. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? I own a center pull ball winder but am interested in getting a (center pull) skein winder – do they make those?

22. How did you learn to knit? Taught myself out of a book

23. How old is your oldest UFO? A needlepoint piece I’ve been working on ever since Adam (my husband) and I met (5 years ago!!!)

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird? Spongebob Squarepants!!!

25. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas

26. Is there anything that you collect? Bells, ‘Charming Tales’ and ‘Just the Right Shoe.’ Oh yeah, yarn ;-)

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? Spin Off

28. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? I’m interested in Denise Interchangables….

29. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? Seaming

30. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? If you haven’t figured it out by now, let me clarify: I LOVE KNITTING SOCKS!!!! I’m a size nine U.S.

31. When is your birthday? (mm/dd) 07/05/1983

1/03/2006

Carrie, Kaylee and The Matching Christmas PJ’s

The long-awaited Christmas PJ story:

What was supposed to happen:

Me and my two year old daughter sitting on the sofa – matching PJ’s and matching hand knit socks.

What actually happened:

The socks did not get finished. The yarn was TOO hard to knit with and it took WAY longer than it should have. I guestimated time wrong and came up way too short. Ok, fine, the best part of the outfit didn’t work but that’s ok – I still have the PJ’s! (The pj’s were matching red sweat pants and matching green Christmas t-shirts.) 3 days before Christmas I realized I hadn’t washed them yet so in the washer they go. Kaylee’s came out fine. MY t-shirt shrunk to be the same size as Kaylee's!!!! Ok, how can only one shirt shrink if they are made out of the same material and washed in cold?!?!?!?! Ok---don’t panic. I will just run to wal-mart and get another t-shirt. They were out-of course. As a last resort I grabbed two plain white t-shirts and was just going to get some fabric paint and paint something cute on them with an iron transfer. No Christmas patterns. In fact, they didn’t even have green fabric paint!!! So I ended up with fabric markers. They sucked but at least we still matched. Christmas Eve Kaylee and I got dressed in our crappy matching PJ’s and no socks and went downstairs. I walked into the kitchen for some hot chocolate and went back into the living room for a picture. Guess what? Kaylee had gotten a hold of some chocolate candy and had chocolate all over the front of her t-shirt. I stopped so short in shock I spilled my hot chocolate all over my t-shirt. These matching outfits were not meant to be. I’m already planning on our outfits for this Christmas and let me tell you: WE WILL MATCH IF IT KILLS US!!!!!!!

Ok, I feel better. Sorry to dissapoint. :-(

Hmm...



In the year 2006 I resolve to:

Learn how to shear sheep.



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These are supposedly random – maybe the sheep gods are trying to tell me something!