Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Why in the world I decided, three days before having a birthday party at my house, to buy & put together a desk, a new kitchen table, and a desk just beyond me. There are pieces of the desk strewn through my room, and in my closet - I was planning on finishing it last night, but around midnight I realized that the reason things were so difficult is that my poor little screwdriver has had too long of a life and has gotten dull edges, so I have to buy a new one before I can finish putting it together. Aggh.

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.

Pics soon!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving! :] I'm planning on enjoying a nice relaxing day filled with lots of turkey and cranberry sauce :] - the plan is to spend the day at a friend's house, and eat there, and cook our thanksgiving meal on Saturday.

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

I did finish the HP scarf in time to wear it to the movie premiere - (which, by the way, was good. Obviously a nearly 800 page book put into a 2 1/2 hour movie is going to require a lot of editing, but they did a good job of keeping the most important parts intact.) - Infact I finished putting on the last fringe, about 5 minutes before I left the house ;] I hurried home after my church's youth group to get ready for my (completely jokingly titled) "hot date" - which got EVERYONE talking about it over the weekend. After church on Sunday I was "interrogated" by two friends, intent on finding out who I went on my "hot date" with - from the time we got to the resturaunt for lunch, through appetizers, until our entree's came. It was hilarious to watch :] Truth is, I went to see it with my mother (of all people) - one of the few Harry Potter fans I know. But watching people make guesses about who I went on my "hot date" with, so sure they were right - was probably one of the most entertaining things ever :]

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, but I need to reseam. It's my first time setting sleeves in, so the whole "evenly spaced" thing is a bit of a challenge. Edit: After 5x (!) of seaming and reseaming Sierra sleevie, it is now ATTACHED with pretty satisfatory results :] Yes! 1 down, 1 to go! Then I can install the zipper, and pick up stitches for the collar.

I couldn't be more ready to wear this thing.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

So, no progess yet on sleevies for my Sierra sweater. I got incredibly sidetracked today - barely even worked on my HP scarf, with 6 full-sized, COS-style harry potter stripes to go by tomorrow night. I know what I'll be doing after work tomorrow =
Anyway. The reason I got sidetracked is because of this:

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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

Yard sale-ing turned out to be prettymuch a bust. I didn't buy a single thing - I don't think that's ever happened in my entire history of yard sale-ing. I found 1 sewing machine (the thing I was really looking for), really vintage, but I came home to look it up on the web & couldn't find anything, probably mostly because I forgot the whole name of the machine :X Oops. I'll likely be getting a brand spankin' new one for Christmas anyway, or for my birthday [which is in a week and a half], so it's no biggie.

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...

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will I make any progress on Sierra Sweater?

Time will tell. :]

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

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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.
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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

I was hoping that this weekend I would get the sleeves to my Sierra sweater finished - or atleast, started. But with the overload of Harry Potter movie previews on TV in the last week, it occurred to me that the Harry Potter Scarf I had been planning on knitting while reading HBP - so I'd have it done with plenty of time for the movie premiere - still remained unknit, un-cast-on for, and with less than 2 weeks to go. So... on Saturday night when I got home, I finally cast on.

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.

Excitementttt :]

Saturday, November 05, 2005

I'm a nature girl. I love almost everything having to do with the outdoors - camping, hiking, rock climbing, you name it, I probably love it or would love to do it if given the chance.
Living in Las Vegas - city of bright lights and also the city that can't leave any land vacant for longer than a few months before building another shopping center or casino - getting away from all of that and finding a place to enjoy nature isn't quite so easy. Luckily, we do have a few spots. Red Rock, for one.
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My friend Nicole & I ventured up there today. First time I've been in years - it was more beautiful than I remembered :] My camera decided not to work, but I have a few pictures from hers.

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Finding Cactus in Las Vegas is more rare than you'd think. I was excited to find this patch ;]

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"Mountain girl" hair.

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On the way back, we saw a wild donkey in the middle of the road, blocking the pathway -- several cars had stopped to pet it. Who could resist that?? We stopped and got pictures with it, and pet it - quite an experience :]

On the knitting front, I finished the back & both fronts of the Sierra sweater, and am about to cast on for sleevie #1 - and I started & am about half way through with the spoken of shrug the Debbie Blis Cashmerino I got wanted to be ;] Aurora Cable sweater still sits on my yarn cabinet, unfinished.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

I love designing. Love it. It wasn't long after I'd started knitting (almost a year ago) that I started to branch out from patterns and make up my own. I'd have a picture in my head of the kind of thing I wanted to make, but I could rarely find an already written pattern, so I took it into my own hands.
I think my first big self-designed project was a cute tanktop with crossover straps that can cross in the front or the back, done in Crystal Palace Shimmer in a gorgeous varigated blue and green colorway. After that I moved on to real sweaters - recieved Maggie Righetti's "Sweater Design in English" from my secret pal in SP5, and purchased "Knitting from the Top" by Barbara G. Walker, and went on my merry way.
Gotta love it. :]

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So this sweater, made out of lucious Cascade Sierra [80% cotton 20% wool] is probably the easiest project I've designed yet. The most challenging parts are yet to come, I'm assuming - most of what I've done has been stockinette, with a little shaping, and I have yet to come to the installation of a zipper, and picking up stitches for a rolled over, 4 or 5" ribbed neck.

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I work at my LYS (love it :]) and being there 4 days a week, it's kind of a 50/50 chance each day on whether I'll come home with a new yarn purchase or not - sometimes I temporarily "forget" that I already have plenty of yarn at home, and more than enough UFOs - but well, who could resist this?

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4 skeins Debbie Bliss Cashermino Aran in color 612. LYS doesn't actually carry this yarn anymore - we had it on discontinued sale last year, right after I started working there and when I was still a brand new baby knitter and I wasn't quite a yarn collector yet. However, LYS owner was cleaning out her garage and found some old yarn that she had planned to make somehting out of for a store sample, but never got around to it - this was one. So it went into our "Orphan's Bin" of sale yarn - and when I got into work this morning, there it was, calling my name, practically screaming "I want to be a shrug!". So before I left I bought it. C'mon, it was on sale.

Addiction doesn't even begin to cover it. I admit - while some collect baseball cards, beanie babies, etc...I collect yarn. Yarn is SO much prettier than a beanie baby!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

When I was younger, I marveled at people who were able to completely fill up a journal - I had atleast 10 at any given time, and was ALWAYS on the lookout for more pens & paper. I couldn't pass by a pretty notebook without buying it. Heck, it didn't even have to be pretty - I also had a whole collection of the cheapo pads of paper you buy at the grocery store for $o.99.

When everyone was flipping out about Y2k and stocking up on food, water, shampoo - the necessities - I begged my mom to take me to Office Max, where I could [and did] buy armfulls of packs of college ruled paper.

What did I write? A lot of stories. Essays. Letters that never got mailed [I never have been great at that] - and as I got older, journal entries. Although that hobby has changed and somewhat faded over the years - it fits for me to have a blog. I don't know how long this will last, or what I'll write, or who I'll share it with... but for now, here I am.

An introduction seems awkward. For those who choose to read, you'll learn about me as I go along. I'm big on talking, especially about myself ;] I'm someone with a million different hobbies and interests that change regularly - the one thing that remains solid and strong in my life is my relationship with God, it is #1 and always will be. He is the love of my life & I am not ashamed. It's sure to come out in this blog.