Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Where oh where could my little Kacha-Kacha be?

So I've heard on other blogger's sites about how they occasionally lose their various knitting instruments and I always thought that it was an oddity how things can disappear and how it hadn't happened to me... until yesterday! I went to knit on my latest dishcloth I am working on and I pulled out the cloth, then pulled out the pattern and pulled out my... WHERE IS MY KACHA-KACHA? I am still befuddled where it went. I looked in the sofas, in my bed (last known location of my kacha-kacha), under the sofas, under the bed... and found nothing. Sigh. I was getting all excited too because I was finally knitting something that would make me click over 99 rows! But no, it was not meant to be. So for now I sit and ponder what venue to purchase my replacement kacha-kacha from.

Anyways, on to what Santa brought! (this will need to be followed up with a photo post because some things are too funny to not be photographed) So I got a couple of presents at my client before Christmas, including some Godiva chocolates and a $25 AMC movie theater gift card and some Bath & Body Works travel size lotions and the neat 2007 Knitting Pattern-a-Day calendar. Hubby bought a very nice Nikon digital camera from a friend which will nicely replace my ancient Olympus camera that I have had since, oh, 2000. Very cool stuff. I'll have to read the manual now so I can get how to operate it! He also got me some lovely handmade jewelry made by his co-worker's mother-in-law. The entertaining gift I got from him was an i-Cat!! I have been wanting an i-Dog since I saw how cute they are but when they put out the cat version, I wanted one even more. (Although, they released a tiger i-Dog. WTF. Since when are dogs tigers?) When we were unpacking the gift boxes from my in-laws, I thought one of them felt like it was a very familiar weight and shape... so on Christmas morning I found out it was! I got another copy of the knitting pattern-a-day calendar previously mentioned. So amusing. It got re-gifted to my friend's wife that came over for Christmas dinner (who prefers to purl rather than knit... I kid you not!). Also re-gifted to the same family's son was the dragon pop up book that my mother-in-law bought my hubby. I mean, she's given odd gifts before but man, she gets a prize this year because she gave us BOTH weird presents. In the box that was labeled "Open First!!!" was a pretty Snow White snow globe, with Snow White in the arms of Prince Charming and the dwarves looking at the two of them both inside and outside the globe. The weirdness is that the song the snow globe plays is... Someday my prince will come in. My thought was "considering I married her son, wouldn't you think my prince had already come in??). I'm not quite sure where she came from with that gift but I guess it got extrapolated somehow from my love of Mickey Mouse. Anyways, she meant well and it was sweet of her but man it is weird!! My mom was very thoughtful, she got me the awesome Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume 1: Knit & Purl: The Ultimate Stitch Dictionary as well as Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's book Knitting Rules!: The Yarn Harlot's Bag of Knitting Tricks. Being a Yarn Harlot addict however, I of course not only own this book but I also have my copy autographed! Thankfully she did give me the receipt so I am sure I can go to the bookstore and find another knitting book that I don't already own! (I did recently purchase the Reader's Digest book The Ultimate Sourcebook of Knitting and Crochet Stitches and the Vogue stitches have quite a few different stitches so both books are great to have and very inspirational!) (Though, I must say that while both books have color photos of the stitches, the RD book has them in varying colors, not just the same green color... that's a lot of green yarn imo!)

Well, enough going on and on about my goofy mother-in-law. Hopefully the holidays were happy for everyone out there however you celebrated them!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Obsession is totally worth it

I know I've already said it, but wow, these socks are gorgeous. I finished them Saturday morning and I am so loving them. First up, a shot of the detail on the foot. This is a good shot because you can see both the "whisker" detail as well as the lace detail that is for the paw prints.

Next up: the picot cuff detail. While the top down version makes this part a real cinch where you don't have to sew, but I didn't mind it at all since I am so pleased with the result:
Finally, here is the full view of the socks in all their loveliness. Pattern again is the Whiskers and Paw Prints sock by the Keyboard Biologist. Yarn is Cherry Tree Hill in the Northern Lights colorway.

Simply exquisite. I am so pleased with my first non-stockinette sock pattern. I will likely knit this pattern again because I am such a cat lover and I just really really like the pattern details. The CTH yarn is very nice stuff. It's superwash so it shouldn't felt, though I will probably still hand wash it. I worked wayyy too hard on these socks to take a risk that anything will happen to them!

One more addition to the sock yarn stash before I go. I bought some Yarn Pirate sock yarn from The Loopy Ewe this week. The gal who runs this online site is really neat. She shipped out amazingly fast (I think I bought this stuff on Wednesday and I got it in the mail on Saturday!) and she also handwrote a note that she included in my box. Plus, the yarn is gorgeous!! Please, admire:

Nice stuff. The colorway on the left is Paris and the one on the right is Wildflower. Both are really beautiful and I am looking so forward to knitting with them. The sock on the left is likely to become a pair of socks for my mother in law (we're supposed to be going to Paris in early 2007). Not sure what the yarn on the right will become, likely a lovely pair of socks! Yarr!

In case I don't post again before the holiday, Merry Christmas, my dear internets. :)

Wednesday, December 20, 2006


So this post is going to be entirely text since I am blogging from work. (Oh yes, I am being a naughty consultant but I need a break from the Statement of Cash Flows that I have been working on this week. Ugh.)

I am SO in love with these Whiskers and Paw Prints socks. I am over halfway done with turning the heel, so shortly I will be on my way up the leg and on to my second picot cuff. (Very pretty result, the picot cuff. Very foreign as well to knitting a stockinette cuff, I feel so odd not ribbing something!) The Cherry Tree Hill yarn is very yummy to touch. It's nice to knit with except that the Northern Lights colorway is VERY hard to work with at times. It has several different colors in it, from a very bright fuscia, a cherryish color (looks like the fuscia blended with the darkest shade in the yarn), a darkish violet, a bright green, a not as bright green (also blended with the darkest shade) and the difficult color black. I've had to knit at times with a reasonably bright light around because it can be hard to see the stitches with such dark yarn. A bit of pooling too going on but I think with the pattern going on it's enough to balance the pooling. I am fairly certain that I will knit these socks again, though next time I will be sure and use a brighter varigated yarn if not a solid color yarn. I knew going into this that the color might be a bit dark for the pattern, but the darkness still doesn't take away from the beauty of the sock.

Anyways, I ought to have these socks finished by the weekend. I have ignored all other knitting projects (including a goofy felted pillow thing I was going to knit for a friend, I even bought the yarn!) but that may change since I still need to knit this guitar dishcloth for the squirrel cloth recipient's brother. But dishcloths are cake and only take a couple of hours so I'll have no problem finishing by Monday! I'm thinking the yarn that I bought for the pillow will end up being felted as something else at this point. I'm not sure I want to knit that whole pillow thing anyways. I started knitting a swatch so that I could see if it would felt into a 4"x4" square but that hasn't been finished knitting yet so I think I'm going to abandon it. I think I will just frog it and figure out what kind of felted bag I will make with the yarn instead.

That's all for now since it is time to get back to work~!

Edit: Oh yeah, I was going to mention that the smocked cloth is en route to my mom in Florida as of yesterday. I tossed it in her Christmas package as I was stuffing in the packing peanuts. I think she will like it, it was a very pretty cloth. Perhaps one of these days I will take the time to actually knit myself a dishcloth I won't send packing off to someone else!!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Sunday SuNDay SUNDAY

Wow, I really need to not slack so much on taking pictures of things. Oh well, better late than never. Here is my contribution to the yarn pr0n photos on the net~!

Last week, Da Fawnz and I headed over to Commuknity in San Jose and hit up their 20% off sale. Mmm I so love yarn sales!! Especially when I can get more BEAUTIFUL sock yarns!! *dreamy sigh* So my booty at the sale was:

Lana Grossa Meilenweit ColorTweed sock yarn, color 1001. So pretty, I can hardly wait to see these socks! I saw a picture on the Lana Grossa website and wow, does it look pretty.

Next up we have:

Schaefer Yarn company's Anne line, colorway unnamed. This one is in beautiful fall colors. The yarn feels really nice too, should make some delicious socks!

And last but not least:

Regia Silk, color 0188 Maroko. This stuff is super yummy Regia. 55% Merino Wool, 25% Polyamide and 20% Silk. Sooo buttery soft. I think these will make socks I will not want to ever remove from my feet. I can't wait to knit this yarn!! Of course, my sock yarn stash is not large enough yet so when I got the word that Purlescence Yarns got in another shipment of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock yarn, I decided that this time I couldn't pass up the opportunity again!! I headed over at lunchtime on Friday with my friends and bought two skeins:

This is STR lightweight sock yarn in Chapman Springs (left) and Fire on the Mountain (right). The colors are similar but I just couldn't decide between them, so I bought them both. It was tempting to get the Harlotty colorway, but I used some self restraint and only bought the two skeins.

So amid all of this yarn purchasing frenzy, I do have some FO's to show off as well.

First up is the squirrel dishcloth that I knit for a friend's daughter:

This one is a bit hard to see, but I think if you click on the image to look at the bigger photo you'll see the squirrel image a little better. The color is Sugar 'n Creme Orange and the pattern was from the Knit Dishcloth Pattern Corner. The thing I found funny about this project, is the dishcloth on the pattern page was done in orange and orange happens to be the recipient's favorite color. Destiny I tell you.This was my first time to knit something on the bias, and I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. Now I just need to finish up the cloth I'm making for her brother!

Next up we have a smocked cloth:

This one is in Sugar 'n Creme Early American Ombre. I made this one to practice the smocked stitch because I wanted to make sure I could do the technique before I started on my Whiskers and Paw Prints sock. I am definitely pleased with how this turned out. It's blocking now so it's a little bit more square and flatter than it was when I finished. The one thing that I am noticing so far is that the blue dye seems to be bleeding on my towel that it is resting on. That's the first time I've seen this yarn to bleed in the projects I've made, but it is also the darkest color I've used. The pattern was from my Dishcloth Group's Mid-March 2006 KAL.
And last but not least, I have a soap sack that matches the leaf pattern lace dishcloth that I made:

This was very easy to knit up and I am very pleased with how it turned out. It went to the same recipient as the cloth I posted last time. It was very nice how this utilized the ball of yarn. I started a new ball of Sugar 'n Creme Buttercream Ombre for the dishcloth, used the remaining yarn for this soap sack and ended up with maybe 2 feet of yarn left, if that much. Pretty efficient if you ask me!

I have finished the first sock of the Whiskers and Paw Prints socks but I have yet to take a photo of them. I didn't want to have to monkey around with getting my photographer to take a picture of it on my foot and I think that it will be awfully hard to see the pattern if I lie it down flat on the table to try to take a picture of the detail (the yarn is pretty darn hard to see when I'm knitting with it, let alone try to take a picture of it). I can say that the sock(s) are very beautiful and the Cherry Tree Hill yarn is so magnificent.

Time now to go sleep and dream of beautiful sock yarn!!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Click. Click. Click. Click. Click.

What's that sound you say? Nay, it is not the sound of knitting needles, it is the sound of madness in my beloved World of Warcraft game. Man, tonight there was some stupid bug in game that made a clicking noise every time someone entered/exited/moved groups in our raid (I am too tired to type out what a raid is, check out Wikipedia if you need a definition lol). I am sleep deprived tonight, so the click click click didn't help me out any with my mental state. However, my fabulous sock I'm knitting right now is very much helping my mental state! I have managed to officially not knit another stockinette sock! Yay! I am knitting the delicious Whiskers and Paw Prints Socks and I am so in love. An even deeper love than my Longhorn socks! I am knitting them up in my Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn in the Northern Lights colorway and they're gorgeous. A bit of pooling in stripy bands but I think I will forgive them because they are very pretty. I will take pictures when I have had some sleep. I am knitting this toe-up though it is a top down sock pattern. I didn't have quite the recommended weight yarn for the pattern, so I wasn't keen on navigating the math on it from the top down since I am unfamiliar with how to do the top down sock. But when I looked at the gauge of the yarn I did have that was enough yards for the pattern and how many stitches I would need for the sock to fit, I realized that it was just 4 more stitches than my regular sock pattern (64 for this vs 60 normally) in order to get 4 pattern repeats in around the leg/2 repeats on the foot that I decided to rebel and do it toe-up. I love the sock so far, I knit it up super fast up to the ankle and I finished the heel this afternoon.

Oh, so why am I sleepy. Well, that is easy. I have knit another dishcloth (that I procrastinated in casting on until late Monday night for my party on Wednesday. Yeah. Smooth move. (I finished! 1:30am last night/this morning. Good grief. I blocked it even, yay me! It turned out gorgeous, here is the proof:

I still love the pattern. Same one as I used for the dishcloth I sent to my mom a few weeks ago. The yarn is Sugar 'n Creme in I made it for my Secret Santa recipient at my client. Their Finance group had their holiday party today at Bay Meadows race track since one of the long time accountants with the company who is leaving the company is in town briefly after moving to New Mexico over Thanksgiving. It was a very nice non-work afternoon. Fun to go to the track and beautiful weather. (Our day was even further shortened by a 9:50am power outage, woo)

I think that is all I meant to jabber about right now. It is all my brain cells can manage at any rate. Ah well, off to bed now so that I can get up tomorrow and do it all again!

Monday, November 27, 2006

Black Friday Booty

So like a good little American consumer, I ventured forth on Friday in 40 degree weather at 6:05AM to shop. Yes, I went out into the hell that is Black Friday. But it was in the name of fine yarns at a 30% discount, so all was good.

First stop, was Purlescence Yarns. Mmm. Look how happy I am to be shopping for yarn at 6:15AM! This store loooves to stock the sock yarn! (We love stores that stock sock yarn!) Seriously, they're brand new and haven't totally got their inventory solid yet and half their store is Cascade 220 yarns and the other half is sock yarns.

The first haul of the day is some worsted weight sock yarn (yes, how weird is that? fast socks I say!) from Cadenza. This is their colorway 70 raphael.

The next lovely sock yarn is from Lornas Laces, colorway 56 Mt Creek. I'm happy to finally have some LL, I've been hearing so many good things about it.

The final sock yarn from Purlescence is from Claudia Hand Painted yarn, colorway Peony. This stuff is yummy, I think it will feel a lot like my Hill Country Yarns socks.

So on the day before Thanksgiving, my friend Cynthia (the other person in the photo at Purlescence with me) sent me an email about how Knitting Arts in Saratoga was having an after Thanksgiving sale also. And oh, how convenient that their 30% discount window was from 6:30 to 8:30AM! We arrived at 7:30AM and continued our yarning! First up, Koigu KPM sock yarn, colorway 2120. I do already have some Koigu to knit, but that one is variegated so this time I'm going with a solid. It's similar to the Claudia Hand Painted colorway I got but that one is slightly variegated. I think I will use this to make a lacy sock (whenever I figure out what pattern that might be!).

The final sock yarn on the menu from the day is this gorgeous, rich sock yarn from JitterBug. This colorway is jay 85. I love the color of this yarn. I picked it up to look at it and just could not put it down. I may knit with this one next. I am quite enamored with it.

The final yarn purchase of the day was actually NOT sock yarn! (I know, be still DaFawnz, I bought something other than sock yarn.) This is Cascade 220 and it is for the marvelous Drake the Dreaded Dragon backpack pattern from Marnie Maclean. I ask you, how could I NOT buy that pattern?! So freaking cute. I need to get some circular needles before I start this one. I asked Santa to bring me some Knit Picks Options needles. Hopefully, they will make their way into Santa's sleigh! Anyways, I bought 4 colorways for Drake. The green is 8894, the white is 8505, the pink is 7805 and the purple (yes, that is purple. it would not photograph for me!) is 8886. Slightly different colorways than are suggested in the pattern but I think they go together really well. These are really rich colors, I think he will turn out very cute! I got half the yarn at Purlescence and the other half at Knitting Arts. Purlescence didn't have the white and I looked at the green I ultimately bought at Purlescence but I wasn't sold on the color until I saw some different options at Knitting Arts.

That is all the yarn I got for the day. We were wiped out after the shopping, but we sure enjoyed ourselves. Now I just need to stop knitting dishcloths and get back to knitting socks!! (Or Christmas presents. Perhaps those should come next...)

Best comic strip EVER

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Thanksgiving Aftermath

So all is well here in the house of Teenuh. I lived through cooking for another Thanksgiving! I did have two last minute runs to the grocery store. The night before Thanksgiving I discovered that the can I thought was pumpkin was not in fact pumpkin. Well, it's classified as pumpkin but it's that pumpkin pie filling crap that tastes bleh. So we had to go get some pumpkin. Then on the day of Thanksgiving, I discovered that I had no more brown sugar with which to candy my yams with (this is a huge crisis, I cannot go through Thanksgiving without my candied yams!! and none of that marshmallow business!) so I made a run to Alberston's again. Speaking of yams, good lord did the Safeway have the biggest freaking yams this year. They had none that were smaller than the size of a football. Take a look!

Normally I can fit like 4 yams in this pan for my Black & Decker countertop oven, but this pan was absolutely refusing to accommodate my third yam. Good grief. At least they cooked up well:

A new addition to my table this year was another of my mother's recipies, the delicious cauliflower in cheese puff. She's made it for quite some time now but I never got the recipe. I had a friend who likes to try to introduce new side dishes at his Thanksgiving meals was asking me for a recipe and for some reason this one popped into my head. Man I am glad it did because it was super yummy!!

I did bake two pumpkin pies and I made cranberry sauce too but I didn't take pictures of either dish. I suppose I could fake it and go take a picture of the full pie that is still left but I don't feel like staging right now. I have company and I think they thought me weird enough for taking a picture of a dishcloth as it is (more on that in a bit).

Last but not least, there was the yummy turkey! It was 19.5 lbs. I think there are probably 15 lbs left I swear. (Ok, maybe not that many pounds but there is a good amount left on that bird still) Mmm. Stuffed to the hilt with my mom's bread stuffing recipe and slathered with olive oil and poultry seasoning. It came out delicious. (Apologies to the vegetarians that might wander on through, I'm not veggie so perhaps you can spend some extra time licking the monitor at the aforementioned cauliflower in cheese puff. It's awesome stuff, I swear. Even with the cauliflower. I'll email the recipe to whomever would like it. Just drop me a line at teenuh at pacbell dot net and I'll pass it on.) Anyways, without further ado, here's the turkey!

And here it all is in their starting positions. Please ignore the crafting supplies off to the side. We'll not be discussing my mess.

Here are my inlaws sitting on the sofa waiting to stuff themselves on dinner. They are visiting for a couple of days from Oregon.

I was kind of tense this week while I was playing my other addiction, World of Warcraft, so I started knitting the mid-month dishcloth from my KAL group. I knew there were bobbles involved in it and I've never done them so I wanted to give them a try. The cloth is a poinsetta and it is hugely long so I followed another knitter's instructions on how she turned her dishcloth into a towel. I'm pleased with the result:

I tried Photoshopping this one to adjust some of the brightness but it didn't totally fix the over exposure. Though it did a nice job of tinting my white satin tablecloth in a green hue. Now that's attractive. I was kind of wondering what to do with this one, I thought I did a good job on it but I didn't know who I would give this one to (or why) but when I flopped it down on the table for people to see, my mother-in-law thought I had given it to her. I was relieved at the pressure being relieved of what to do with it so I just went with it. I'd actually considered it but hadn't decided on it until she was all excited to get it. I think she was jealous that I'd given my father-in-law a dishcloth as his belated birthday present (he got the poppy cloth, I figured it was appropriate since he's a veteran). So it's made out of more Lion Cotton in the same pink that I used for the dress dishcloth. (I think it is Fuchsia but don't hold me to that. I'm feeling lazy and don't want to walk into the other room to get the label)

I did go out on Black Friday to shop. And shop I did. Ouch. Yarn stores with 30% discounts = evil. Mmm I hit two with my friend Cynthia, Purlescence Yarns in Sunnyvale (30% off from 6-7am) and Knitting Arts in Saratoga (30% off from 6:30-8:30am). I will post pics of my loot after the company has left and I don't have to point out directly how much I bought. ^_^

The only black spot in the past two days happened when my beloved Longhorns lost to the asshole Aggies. Man, I dislike them. This year was no different when late in the game, Colt McCoy was hit late in the 4th quarter by Kellen Heard. Thankfully Heard was ejected (and seemed pissed about being ejected, ass) but a couple of plays later Colt was out of the game for good after a hit by Michael Bennett (a low hit to his jaw, no penalty called but I'm trying to take the high road and not get too pissed about it). Sigh. Oh well, I still wore my beautiful Texas orange socks today. Hook 'em Horns. On to their next game. While I would be glad for them to get into the Big 12 championship game, I think it would be better for them to just get Colt healthy for a January 1 bowl game. Ok. Enough football talk for now. ;)

I hope y'all had a great Thanksgiving however you chose to spend it!!

Monday, November 20, 2006

I love love love these socks!!

So it really is the wonderful world of Teenuh today. I have finished my Hook 'em Horns colorway socks and oh man are they wonderful. But I will tend to other business first!

On Friday, I went to the one year anniversary sale for the yarn shop in Los Altos that we saw the Harlot at, Full Thread Ahead with my knitting friend at my client. They were having a sale for 20% off everything in the store plus an additional 10% if you donated a hand knit item for a newborn/preemie or a scarf for the red scarf project or if you donated $5 to a local charity. I found enough goodies that I gladly made my $5 donation to get an additional 10% off my booty which included:

Plymouth Brand Sockotta line yarn in self patterning fair isle colorway number 6669"

I also got some Cherry Tree Hill Supersock yarn in the Northern Lights colorway:

And then the final delicious yarn that I bought was from Interlacements Tiny Toes yarn in color summer fruit #204:

I know I'm a newbie to knitting but the Interlacements yarn had some of the most vivid colorways that I've seen. They were really spectacular, it was so hard to not buy some of every color.

I also got a pair of the clear garden clog shoes that are perfect for showing off your lovely hand knit socks but due to technical issues I didn't snap a pic of them yet with my socks on. I'll do that another time. ;)

Oh I do have another FO to boast about how cute it is completed. I got a link from a member of the dishcloth group that they had found this cute pattern for a dishcloth that looks like a dress. When I was getting ready to put my presents together that I had bought for DaFawnz's DD's birthday I thought that that dishcloth would be a perfect thing to wrap around a bottle of Little Mermaid bubble bath (all the other gifts I had bought her were Little Mermaid themed). I went to WalMart and while they didn't have specific Little Mermaid bubble bath, they did have a really cute bottle of shampoo that was the Disney Princesses and the top to the bottle was a pink crown. So perfect! (Esp since I put a crown inside the birthday card I made) So this is the cute dishcloth:

See?! Such awesomeness. You can't really see the neck of the dress (that I had to single crochet after the knitting was done) but it's a ring basically that connects the two tabs of the top side of the dress. The pattern is from Knit n Sew studio but it is on an archived site here. So cute and extremely easy. The hardest part/most time consuming part of the cloth was the crocheted neck area. It all just coordinated together so well. Very pleased with the outcome of this gift. I think it will be loved by the girly-girly birthday girl!

And now.. at long last! The fabulous socks I knit from the Hill Country Yarns sweet feet sock yarn in the Hook 'em Horns colorway!!!

So so awesome. (Yes, I edited out my gnarly white girl legs and the dirty carpet from the photo. It was late and I just couldn't bear to torment you good people of the internets with that much yuck in one spot. Plus I'm kind of jazzed about matching the background to the orange. lol)

So there you have it. That's the love fest going on in Teenuh land. I put on the socks for the photo and they feel just sooo yummy (mmm 100% merino wool) that I couldn't bear to take them off. I am SO EXCITED that I finished them in time for Friday's big game against the Texas A&M Aggies. I will be proudly wear them and cheer for a Longhorn win that will send them to the Big 12 championship game!! Hook 'em Horns!!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Oh so pretty!

The dishcloth love fest continues!! I am so loving how fast and easy these cloths knit up. The yarn is inexpensive but very pretty and very useful objects come out of my efforts! So much love!

This first cloth I knit for my mom's dear friend that came out to San Jose for a wedding last week. I didn't really have a reason other than I hadn't seen her since my niece got married in 2001 and I knit so I knit for her! I am so in love with this cloth. I paid a whole $2 for the pattern, I am so going to make a million of these for gifts. Another clever knitting project, I just love how the leaves are built up each row.

Pattern is for sale at Rhonda K White's site Knitting Knonsense. The yarn is yummy Lion Cotton in Sherbert Swirl (I love the way Lion Cotton feels, it's my favorite of the three 100% cotton yarns I've used for the dishcloths).

Here's another pattern I bought, this time from Alli and Lisa over at Knitwits Heaven.

This one is a poppy cloth for veterans, but I just thought it was gorgeous the first time I saw a picture posted on my dishcloth group. This one is HUGE compared to the other cloths I've knitted. I think I'm currently out of other dishcloths that I've knit so I can't do a side by side comparison, but the next time I make one I think I'll do a side by side comparison because it's big. The yarn is Sugar 'n Cream in Red (same skein I used to make the football helmet). I ended up with maybe 2 feet of yarn left. I was getting nervous at the end when I saw the dwindling ball, but I'm glad to have used it so efficiently!

I have another cloth I've knit that is nearly done, I have a little bit more finishing work to do on it. I'll post it later this week, maybe this weekend since it's a gift for a young lady whose birthday party is coming up.

Hook 'em Horns sock #2 (even though they suffered loss #2 this past weekend :( ) is now on my needles thanks to a lengthy doctor visit this afternoon. I still need to take a pic of sock #1 but I'm so in love with this yarn. I also have it in a pink/white breast cancer colorway so there will be more lovely socks in my future! (As if there isn't with all the OTHER sock yarn I have queued up!)

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Birthday Presents

So the ducky dishcloth here is one that I knit for my great nephew's birthday. The pattern is from Rainky Kimbrough, available here. Yarn on this one is Lion Cotton in Sunflower.

This is the second dishcloth I knit for my great nephew for his birthday. It was designed by Carol Callaway and it's available through her Yahoo group, Knitted Kitty Dishcloths. This one is knit out of Sugar 'n Cream yarn in Red.

This is a dishcloth and hand towel knit out of Lion Cotton in Poppy Red. I really liked the heart pattern on this one. It knit up easily and has a really nice look to it. The pattern for this one is available from Knitting at Knoon Designs and is called "Piece of my Heart". I knit this as a birthday present for my niece.

So I think that is the tour of my knit dishcloths for birthday presents. There is of course the palm tree cloth that I had knit for my sister, but I've already talked about that one here.

I can happily report that all of these gifts were finally sent out on Monday. My mom's answering machine busted and I had the same phone (yay for Sony b-stock sales!) that we weren't using anymore so I sent mine to her so she didn't need to buy a new phone. I tossed the lacy dishcloth in there for her and then I also boxed up my great nephew's birthday presents, my sister's dishcloth and the heart towel/dishcloth for my niece and sent that off to Atlanta. Since my mom told me that she got her box today, I would have to guess that my niece got the box in Atlanta today too. I hope I will hear tomorrow if everyone liked their presents.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween!

Starts out looking simple enough:

Ah yes, there's the magic. The view from the side makes it all so clear:

Oh look, they multiplied! (Well, ok, they didn't. I just knit two, one for each of my two friends at my current client. They planned the Halloween party last week and I thought they earned a nice gift. Both were very well received today.)

Pattern was the mid-October knit along project from the Monthly Dishcloth KAL Yahoo group. The pattern was written by Rhonda K White who makes some really neat patterns. The pattern for the candy corn illusion cloth can be found here. (Rhonda is the designer of the dishcloth that I knit for the Yarn Harlot. She has all 50 states plus the Canadian provinces. I think Rhonda has a lot of time on her hands.)

First Hook 'em Horns colorway sock is nearly done. Just doing the k1 p1 ribbing around the top. I suppose there will be a pic coming up soon~!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Lace Cloth

This is my favorite cloth I've done so far from the Monthly Dishcloth KAL (although, I must admit, I haven't done either October one.. I was busy knitting the baby stuff!). This was the end of September cloth. It was my first time to knit lace and I really loved this pattern. It was also my first time to use this Sugar n Cream Country Ombre color yarn and I absolutely loved it!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Oak Leaf Cloth

This is the second cloth I made. This was the September beginning of the month knit along cloth from my Monthly Dishcloth Group on Yahoo. I love the moss/seed stitch border. It's amazing how interesting an alternating k1 p1 pattern is.

Palm Tree Cloth

Alright, I'm going to stop slacking on posting pics of my FO's. Here is the first washcloth I made. It's a palm tree that needs to get in the mail and get to Atlanta because it's seriously overdue for my sister's birthday. (Her b-day was August 2nd. Yes, I suck. She did get a card on time at least so she's doing better off in that department than some of my relatives.) Free pattern courtesy of Rainy Kimbrough.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

I am so in love!

So I have knit two pairs of socks so far. The first pair was out of some baby yarn and the second was out of Lion Brand Magic Stripes. I didn't cast on another pair of socks after I finished the last pair (I'm not entirely sure why I didn't but nevertheless I have been) and when my dear yarn pal Ang was over last week, she helped me pick between the delicious red/purple/magenta yarn I got at the California Wool and Fiber Festival and my Hill Country Yarns sock yarn by reminding me that any day was good for red sock yarn, it's only football season for so long. Score one for Ang, I'm so in love.

That's their Sweet Feet Sock Yarn in the Hook 'em Horns colorway. Since I've never knit with 100% merino wool before, I'm enjoying the lovely softness of it. But I'm also in love with the colorway itself. The hues are such perfect Longhorn colors and they fade in and out of the burnt orange so beautifully. I can't wait to finish this pair.

Here's a closeup of the sock.

Have I mentioned how excited I am to be knitting these socks?! ^_^

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Huzzah I have upgraded my blog~!

Well hooray. I decided to try to upgrade my blog to the new beta one and it is very nice. I was able to figure out how to add links and such to the side of my blog so I did! I need to get to linking photos and this is my first to link! It's the 5 Hour Baby Sweater that's free on the internet, hooray for Google. With it are the matching booties and bonnet. Pretty cute, and while I don't think it took me 5 hours, it sure didn't take me much longer than that!
Edit: Alright, I've been meaning to do this but I keep forgetting. Here's a pic of Femmie modeling the set. Too funny.

How do you cast on? Michael Wang will show you how!

Oh man, this is the cutest!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006


Welcome to my new home on the internet. Once upon a time I had a homepage that I set up back when it was pretty nerdy/rare to have one but I've done little since I abandoned that one.

Hopefully this attempt will get more attention from me than the other one, but who knows what shiny object will appear in the room and lure me away from here.

While I figure out where I have carefully placed my device to get my photos off my camera's memory card, I leave you all with this pic of my sleepy Chubbo. (Her chin is pink from her favorite breakfast of watermelon.. I'll post a video later when I upload it to You Tube or somewhere!)

P.S. Blogger small font = micro sized. omg.