Tuesday, February 27, 2007
I took pictures and did the whole thing for the resurrection challenge much earlier in the month but I'm just getting around to blogging about it now. It has been a crazy month. I have been trying to play catch up with school and still am. But I had to get this in before the end of the month.
My UFO this month was the second thing I have tried to knit. It was a baby blanket. All I had knit before this was a garter stich scarf. :) I didn't even know how to purl yet. A friend of mine was pregnant with a little girl and I thought it would be fun to knit it something. I figured a blanket was just a big retangular scarf so it should be no problem. It was from the book Knit Baby Blankets! Edited by Gwen Steege. I really like this book. I chose one I liked and thought shouldn't be too hard. It had a lot of things I'd never done but I was brave. I picked the Patchwork Blankie. It is knit on size 4 needles (I'd never used anything other than 10.5's). It is knit with fingering weight yarn (I'd only use handspun). It would required purling all the way back across (I had only learned knit stich). It was done with carrying yarn of multiple colors with strange things called bobbins (I had no idea at the time what those were so I figured little plastic bags would work. I used Knitpicks yarn and was very excited. I only got this far. :)
The first row!! :) I then decided this was a bit much for me but it away in a drawer and started in on the basketweave blanket. I am very glad I did the basketweave blanket since it taught me to knit and purl but it was huge and took forever and the beginning is terribly awful. It was very uneven. By the end though I had a consistent guage and still do to this day. My friend said she loved it and was very gracious. She know knits and who knows if she still had the blanket or what she thinks of when she sees it. :) If you look back through my archives I am sure you can find a picture of it.
So I decided that I would most likely not finish this baby blanket so it went to the frog pond and I recovered five balls of yarn and my needles and all sorts of good stuff. :)
And that is the end of the Patchwork Blankie! In my next post....probably later today....you will get to see my finished January project from the UFO Resurrection Challenge. That's right I finished the Hip Hop Jacket!!!!
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Well I fixed it. I wish someone would have told me awhile ago that the formatting was all screwed up. :) I went to the website that made my design and found out they had changed it so you had to host the pictures yourself so I did all that and fixed it!!! Yipppeee!!!
I just got a new mac and when I go to look at my own site it is all white and messed up. Is everyone else seeing it okay. I think it may just be the Safari browser but I can see other blogs hosted on blogspot just fine so I'm not sure what is going on. Maybe it is the special template and I need to get a new background and such. Any advice/help is greatly appreciated. I will have some knitting content soon but I want to get this issue resolved first. Thanks.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Happy Valentine's Day to all my blogging friends. :) I went to Weight Watchers this morning and I lost 3.6 pounds!!! That is all the weight I gained last week. I am so excited. Only 1.4 pounds more and I can buy yarn. I already know what it will be so we will see if I can do that next week. Stay tuned.
Friday, February 09, 2007
I have some new motivation. I was listening to Lime and Violet and Miss Lime said how she was going to reward herself with yarn for her weight loss efforts. I have been looking for the perfect reward for weight loss and thanks to Miss Lime I think I may have found it. :) So I am going to combine my regular diet with my yarn diet. I will not by any yarn at all until I have lost weight. So for every five pounds I lose (I have to make small goals) I can buy one skien of sock yarn. For every 20 pounds I lose I am going to allow myself a larger yarn purchase. That will probably vary from time to time. So there you have it. If anyone wants to join me in this let me know. We can keep each other accountable. :)
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Well I made myself go to Weight Watchers today even though I knew the news would not be good. I was a total pig this week. I'm not sure why but I just felt like I needed a ton of junk food and to eat constantly. I've got to do better this week. I have found some motivation that may help. I'm not going to say what it is because who knows who actually reads this blog. :) The outcome of the awful weigh in is that I gained 3.6 pounds!! That means that after rejoining I've gained 2.2 pounds in 7 weeks. Not exactly the results I am looking for. I have to realize that I am spending money on this and I need to get serious or quit. My best friend and her roommate just started doing Weight Watchers so that should help me out a little bit. I also need to remember all that money that is going towards Curves and start going there more faithfully again.
The other thing I am frustrated about is how people think that I should be able to go to events are whatever and not have a problem with the fact that my ex-husband and ex-best friend are there. They are married now by the way...have been for over a year. I'm not mad or bitter anymore I just don't want to have to see them all lovey dovey and stuff. I don't think that should be too hard to understand but apparently for some people it is. Oh well, it's not my problem. It's just frustrating. It's like people have forgotten that I did love him and that she was my best friend and they did not do good things. I know they are forgiven and all that jazz but it doesn't make it any easier. What are people thinking!!!
Okay enough complaining. In knitting news, I am working on....well I did a couple rows on the collar of my Hip Hop Jacket but that's about it. I need to start my Sockret Pal socks. They will knit up super quick. I also don't think I mentioned that I am doing the Knit from Your Stash thing. I haven't bought anything but sock yarn in a long time and I want to keep it that way for awhile. I also need to start limiting myself on the amount of sock yarn I buy. We shall see how good I can be. Okay, I'm off to do some homework. Thanks for "listening" to me vent my frustrations.
Monday, February 05, 2007
I actually have a couple finished objects!!! How exciting is that! Last week when Ben was sick and I was sick I finished a scarf for one of my friends. She won the scarf in a Christmas gift exchange so it was about time I knit it up for her. I used Silkroad from Jo Sharp. I LOVE this yarn. It is 85% wool, 10% silk, and 5% cashmere. It is so soft. I used a simple diamond pattern from a Lion Brand book I think. I like the way it turned out and she wore it a couple times this weekend so I am guessing that means she likes it. Either that or she is being nice. :) Here is the picture.
The second finished object is a pair of Cable Footies from Oneskein. I love this pattern. I knit these up for my "second" Oneskein pal. They put all of us who didn't get our packages the first time around in another group and we all knit things for someone. It was a great way to do angels. We all knew who are new pal was so it's not a secret...so that means if my pal is reading my blog she will already see a picture of what she is getting in the mail, but a picture never does a knitted item justice so I'm not too worried about it. I am actually getting ready to cast on another pair with the same yarn, different colorway for my Sockret Pal. I love this pattern!! The yarn is Handpainted Artyarns. I love how soft it is. The only thing I don't love about the pattern is how pointy the toe ends up. I may modify it for the next pair and see how I like it. Anyway, here is the picture.
And finally. I acquired some new sock yarn. I got my cingular rebate finally and I just had to go check out this yarn store. I got some Koigu. I can't remember the color number but I really like it. It's not typical for me. I also got a Lantern Moon bee tape measure!!! The yarn store is Molehill Farm
and a big thanks to Katrina
for leading me in that direction.