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I live in the hot desert but love wool sweaters, and you would be hard pressed to get my knitting needles out of my hands no matter what the weather's like. I knit whenever I can, and although with work and school and everything in between, it's not easy - I still make time. I love all things crafty, and I love finding beauty in the small things. The center of my life is Jesus Christ - my relationship with God is #1 in my life.
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
However - once it's finished, it's going to be my new sewing/craft table area. It even comes with areas perfect for storing boxes of yarn and fabric ;]
I finished Sierra sweater on Saturday, but I have been SO swamped I haven't been able to take pictures...I've worn it out twice already, I love it. Cascade Sierra is a really nice yarn to knit with and wear.
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
It's also my birthday tomorrow, which will be fun too :] The biggest celebrations for it will be next week, when my party is - 'cause a lot of my friends are out of town for the holiday.
Monday, November 21, 2005
Anyway. Now that my HP deadline has passed, and scarf is finished, I can go back to the neglected projects. 1 sleevie for Sierra sweater is finished,
I couldn't be more ready to wear this thing.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Anyway. The reason I got sidetracked is because of this:
Miss Dashwood from Knitty. Knit in a random merino I had at the house.
I got suckered in by that beautiful baby in the pictures. Great looking baby, and great photography. It's unmodeled because I don't have anyone to model it - and it's not for anyone in particular - I wanted to try out the pattern :] Started this thing at about 5:00 and finished late this evening. I made the smallest size and *gasp* I didn't do a gauge swatch. shhh! -- ok, I do have reasons. Firstly, I didn't make it for anyone in particular, so it doesn't need to fit a certain size baby. Secondly, I figured that if my gauge was any different it was most likely to be larger than the pattern, which isn't that bad - it's better to have something a little big than too small - especially for babies. So I just went at it.
I like the pattern, although I think next time rather than all the billions of "k4togtbl" - which weren't very fun to do, and I don't like the way they looked afterwards - I'll try a different decrease method that will hopefully look better. I like the picot cast-on, it was pretty easy although it took a LONG time to do. I'm thinking, too, that I could use a finer gauge yarn and follow the directions for the largest size, so it would come out smaller. Maybe a DK weight.
If I don't post or comment on anyone's blog tomorrow, it's because I'm knittng my fingers off on my HP scarf. 2 days to go ;/ I may end up skimping on a stripe or two, before long this thing will be big enough to eat me alive.
Saturday, November 12, 2005
I'm helping house-sit this weekend - for a woman with 3 ferrets, 2 cats, 2 birds, and - get this - a little horse ranch in her back yard. She has a few horses, and then there are boarders who live there also. I'll probably take some pics tomorrow, today was a "lay back, relax, watch movies and knit" afternoon. I guess the big question is...
will I make any progress on Sierra Sweater?
Time will tell. :]
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
I'd tell you how far I've gotten on my HP scarf, but my tape measurer broke :[ I had one that came in a box, and you pulled out how much you wanted and when you wanted it to go back in you pressed a button and - ZOOM! It went back in. Only now, the button doesn't work, so every time I pull out more it just stays that way permenantly. Bummer.
Atleast I have pictures to show my progess.
That cute little stitch marker in the first photo is handmade (by me, of course ;])It's cute :] I like this pretty stitch marker business. Fun, easy, and makes my project somehow feel more special.
3 things i love about this scarf:
1. I can knit it in the car in the middle of the night.
2. I can knit it with my eyes closed.
3. I could probably knit it in my sleep.
Somehow I'm not bored - maybe the secret to keeping excitement in knitting is to knit so much and so fast that you don't have time to get bored with it. I've gotten about 22" (guessing) of this scarf done mostly since Monday, it's awesome.
More writing later, as for now I'm going to sleep...
Monday, November 07, 2005
The yarn was a gift I recieved over the summer - Plymouth Encore - not my favourite yarn, despite the great things I've heard about it. Atleast it's machine washable - gotta admit that is a plus, although I don't mind handwashing. I've managed to get about 18" done, but my Sierra sweater is still sleeveless. A girl's got to have her priorities straight. :]
No pictures yet because I'm out of batteries. Probably tomorrow :)
Plans for this weekend are already being made - hiking at Red Rock in the morning, and I'm planning on spending the afternoon looking at yard sales and thrift stores for things I can use in remodeling my room, annnnd hopefully...a sewing machine :) I've asked for one for Christmas, but I'd like to get a machine to learn on and practice on so I know what I want in getting a sewing machine, 'cause I'm pretty clueless. I don't want to waste someone's $$$, so hopefully I'll be able to find a decent used sewing machine for a reasonable price. I've been doing some research on the web, too.