Tuesday, July 31, 2007

I'm a Finalist!!

Thanks to Jen C I got a second entry into Anna's Name This Colorway Contest and my second entry (Birthday Cake) made it to the finals!! My parents will be so proud. Hop over to her blog and cast your vote.

See the resemblance?

Monday, July 30, 2007

This explains Bear's OCD

Bear has to have things just so. A rectangular plate has to sit in front of her the long way. Her sippy cup goes on top of her napkin to the left of her plate. Unneeded utensils get tossed out of eyesight. Now I know why.

Refrigerator, by my husband.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

I was spoiled

Barbara did a wonderful job of spoiling me in the Dog Days of Summer Dishcloth Swap - a picture of the goodies:

TWO dishcloths from Mason-Dixon Knitting. Cotton to match my kitchen and bathroom. Delicious soap, my favorite candies (sour patch kids - yum - they didn't last the night!), and even toys for Bear. Not pictured is the heart-themed dishcloth pattern book that my mother-in-law scooped up. Maybe someday I'll get to look at it.

Thanks Barbara!!

CONTEST Update

Before I anounce the winners... there is another contest out there that ends today. You need to name this colorway

And follow these rules:

"NAME THAT COLORWAY" RULES: 1. First, come up with the perfect colorway name. Jokesters might gain extra merit, as long as it's to good humor. Post on
THIS post's comment page ONLY!! Thanks. :) 2. Post these rules on your blog
& your colorway idea. That way, no one will use something like it, by mere
freak accident. Who ever finds out about this contest on your blog must refer
you on this comment page below, before participating in the contest. (This is
kind of like Lotus' Knits contest idea. But we will use a poll too...)-->If you see your name (or blog address) on my comment page below, you can add another colorway name idea! The more referrals for you, the better! Good luck to you all! 3. The top 3 best names will be put on a poll, so you all can vote! 4. Contest ends: Sunday, July 29th @ midnight!

My submission: Punky Brewster

Also, NH Knitting Mama is hosting a contest at her blog as well. Knit up her Mandy's Candy Bag and post a picture.

Now, onto the winners of the worst knitting disasters contest:

  1. Laurie's super-large felted mitten.
  2. Miss Me's textured cotton sweater.
  3. Rachel's cowl-neck sweater (I too made this sweater, and it ended up with REALLY REALLY long arms. Sold the yarn in "sweater form" on ebay in disgust.)

Ladies, send me your addresses so I can send out your yummy prizes ASAP.

While I was out


WARNING: DO NOT read the SECOND PARAGRAPH if you have not finished BOOK 7!

I finally finished The Deathly Hallows last night. It has NEVER taken me this long to read a book (well, I take that back, I never did finish Othello in high school). It was a combination of a) wanting to savor every single syllable of this last volume and b) having a toddler who can't understand why mommy would want to read a book with so many words and no pictures. I finally had to give up reading and simply listen to the CD's while building Lego towers.

I have no idea what the world is saying about the book (or anything else for that matter) having cut myself off from reality this past week. I had taken the week off from work and loaded myself up with Netflix and knitting to pass the non-Harry time. For what it's worth, I am satisfied with the ending. I suppose it would have been too happily-ever-after for Dumbledore to really be alive, or for all of the characters I have grown to love to survive to the end (RIP Hedwig, Fred, & Dobby). I LOVED the epilogue. I needed that, knowing that everyone is OK and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named hasn't risen again.

So, here's what else I accomplished this past week...

  • Watched Hotel Rwanda, Fun with Dick and Jane, Murder on a Sunday Morning, and Little Miss Sunshine.
  • Flunked out of Stashalong - it couldn't be helped. A LYS is closing one of it's stores and everything is on sale. I got these yarns for $1.50/ball and these yarns for 40% off. And I plan on going back.
  • Learned how to knit socks on two circular needles thanks to my Super Sock Pal and the friendly people at my LYS.
  • Received my fabulous Dishcloth Swap package from Barbara - I will post the pictures I took as soon as I figure out where Bear put the camera.
  • Finished the front, back, and 99% of one sleeve of the Debbie Bliss Striped Hooded Pullover.
  • Started the Two Toned Ribbed Shrug from Fitted Knits and had to frog the whole thing when I tried (unsuccessfully) to fix an unwanted extra stitch.
  • Wandered around Ocean State Job Lot for an hour, because I could.
  • Ate breakfast by myself, without sharing my pancakes or bacon with someone who cannot even ask properly yet - she usually just points and yells.
  • Went to Newport's Brick Market Place on a Saturday during tourist season - dumb, dumb, dumb.
  • Peeled about 100 stickers off my belly - someone taught Bear that stickers go on bellies, that person better hope I don't find them.

That about summarizes my week. I'm going to try to catch up on everyone else's week during nap time.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Your regularly scheduled programing will return...

...after I am done reading this book.



Then I'll tally up all the comments and emails and figure out the contest winners and announce them. After I am done reading this book.

Friday, July 20, 2007

In Preparation for the Greatest Weekend Ever


The sorting hat says that I belong in Gryffindor!






Said Gryffindor, "We'll teach all those with brave deeds to their name."


Students of Gryffindor are typically brave, daring, and chivalrous.
Famous members include Harry, Ron, Hermione, Albus Dumbledore (head of Hogwarts), and Minerva McGonagall (head of Gryffindor).



Take the most scientific Harry Potter
Quiz
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Thursday, July 19, 2007

162

Sob.

I've put this post off long enough.

So there you have it. Up 1 1/2 pounds from last week. Anyone following my daily calorie count can see why. It doesn't help to just record everything I eat - I need to use that record as a guideline when choosing my next meal. A low calorie dinner to balance a macaroni & cheese lunch. It sounds so easy when I tell my patients to do it.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Socks on Two Sticks (sort of...)

I started the "Start Here" sock from Cat Bordhi's book with the yarn that my sock swap pal sent. My gauge is a little off (4.5"/28 sts instead of 4") but I decided to keep going for practice - and because I don't have two circulars in smaller needles - for some reason my LYS wasn't open at 9pm last night when I discovered the problem. I'm following the sts for the woman's medium but I think I'll follow the "knit for x inches" for the men's size and gift the socks to my brother for Christmas.

About 1.5" of progress - 4" to go until the real fun begins.

So far I really like this method of knitting in the round. It's fairly simple and I don't have ladders running down the sides of my work like I do when I use dpn's. I have made one small mistake. I turned my work and went back instead of continueing around for two rows so I have a small hole there. I'll just seem that up with the extra yarn from casting on when I'm done knitting the sock.

Small hole where I turned my work instead of knitting in the round. Easily fixed.

This is not as traumatic as I thought it was going to be. :-)

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

CONTEST Update

The entries so far...

Rebekka...
I made a sweater by Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton. It was my fisrt real sweater since the horrid one I made when I was eight or so and It was so beautiful. I did it in a blue yarn but parents had gotten me and it was just perfect.Of course, it did take a while. Quite a while. But finally it was done.I blocked the pieces, I seamed the pieces, I tried it on in the bathroom - and I went back to the livingroom and put it in a bag because I just didn't have the heart to start frogging it right away.I had apparently gained a little bit of weight over those months. Not a lot, but it seemed to have concentrated on my chest region. And the design of the sweater was - to begin with - probably not really suitable for someone of my build. Extra inches right there didn't work at all.It was a sad, but educational day. Mostly sad though.

Cass...
I finally decided to knit something for myself. A cute tank top, periwinkle yarn, totally ME. Yay. I chose an ambitious and poorly written pattern, but I had faith in myself. (snort) When I got to the armhole shaping, I read the pattern wrong no less than 6 times, knitting and frogging for days. Checked the site for errata and found none. Tried over and over, but never did get it right. By the time I cried UNCLE and tossed it aside in disgust, itw as misshapen and unrecognizable. It's still sitting in my "never will be finished" box. Not very dramatic, I know. But it was very traumatic for sure! :)

Rachel...
I made the cowl neck sweater from Stitch and Bitch, it came out slightly too big and the sleeves way too long. At this point, I did not know I could rip back the sleeves. I had previously made a sweater coat that came out too big and for some fluke reason washed it in the washing machine and it felted slightly to just the perfect size. So I decided to try this with the cowl sweater, of course it didn't work, the body felted to be the size for like a 6 year old, while the sleeves somehow got even longer - I guess it's a sweater for a gorilla baby now. It's sitting in my closet still, I keep thinking I will cut it up into something useable.

Laurie...
I have three that I have pictures for so I'll use those. I'm the queen of winging it and I'm a process knitter and not a product knitter so all is well. I'll continue to knit without checking guage and totally ignoring the pattern at times (which is why I LOVE, LOVE, Love to make bags- they are so forgiving!)

First off is the construction orange hat for my father. No the color isn't the worst mistake! I forget how many stitches I cast on, but it was obviously too many. I don't know of any human it would fit (and yet I cannot part with it!)



The second is a hat that was supposed to fit me!! It doesn't even fit my then one year old daughter! It was a pattern from the hip knit hats book that I was fascinated for months on end. It's an adorable hat for a doll now.


The third is one (yes one- the second one didn't get finished) felted mitten from a book I got out of the library. It is absolutely enormous and it's even to big to be an oven mitt. But it was one of my first felted projects and it's pretty cool looking even if it'd be huge on a basketball players hand.


Debbi said...
When the French Market bag was all the rage I decided to make one for my mom as a gift. I didn't like the plain pattern so I decided to create a pattern in the middle. Needless to say, the middle felted quite a bit and the top not so much so now I have a yellow and green Mad Hatter Hat. I am still looking for it to take a picture of it. I have used it during demos on what NOT to do when you felt something.

Miss Me said...
okay - i may have to come back and add more later. i need to try and find the magazine so i can get a picture. back in 1987, i knit a lovely sweater from vogue knitting. it was designed by addrienne vittadini. long sleeved, sort of boatish neck, lots of texture, in cotton. it was very pretty! and i had knit a tension swatch so it was PERFECT! at least to start with... remember i said texture? well the texture varied across the sweater. it was sort of geometric blocks of various different textures. there were eyelets and bobbles and bell stitches... it was loads of work and it was GORGEOUS!!! however, the textures meant that there were lots more stitches than might be apparent in some areas. this meant that the left side was considerably heavier than the right side. it stretched. and stretched. AND STRETCHED! about the point where it was 6 inches longer on the left, i frogged it in disgust. i was convinced that if i knit it just a little bit tighter it would be fine. was i right? who the heck know. it remains as a ufo somewhere in my storage room in a rubbermaid tote! RIP lopsided sweater.

Alaina...
I posted a picture on my blog of the first (and only) pair of slippers that I attempted for myself...I have no idea what I did wrong - but well , there is no way they fit me.


Monday, July 16, 2007

Sock Swap Swag

Today's regular Monday post about my pathetic attempts to lose weight will be here tomorrow. Instead, look what came in the mail today!!

This book about knitting socks with two circular needles, this sock yarn, and two (very nice!) 3mm needles. I am sooooo excited. If it weren't already 10:30pm and if a very grumpy toddler had let me sleep past 4am this morning I might just start swatching right now. But really, what use is a swatch with 14 dropped stitches?

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Sock Pal, I love you

My upstream sock swap pal and I have been getting to know each other and I asked her (his?) advice about which yarn I should use for this first ever pair of socks I will be making. I told my pal that I was thinking of using Wick or Maisy yarn and Ann Bud's Handy Book of Knitting Patterns. I may have also mentioned something about how I would rather swallow dpn's whole than knit with them. This is my pal's response.

Now here is a laugh. I saw this maisy yarn on line and printed out the color
sheet, and took it into the yarn shop that I teach at, so that she could order
it. So I really don't know much about it or the other one either. I am getting
ready to send you a package that has a method book that you might like,
it's knitting socks on two circulars. I took a class from the author and
really enjoyed it but I have to confess I would rather knit my socks with
dpn's. I am also enclosing some needles, to try. I am also enclosing
some cascade fixation, I think it's very similar to the maisy
because it looks the same from the picture. I know the color isn't one of
your favorites but maybe your partner will like the color. I will send you some
later that is more your colors.

Your sock pal


So sorry to everyone else out there, because clearly, I was given the best sock pal ever.

Friday, July 13, 2007

My First Swap

Today, I finished putting together my first ever out-going swap package. I am very excited to get this in the mail and as soon as "Little Einsteins" are over Bear and I will be walking to the post office to send it off to my spoilee. Want to see the goodies?

Paw print dishcloth. (Get, it? Dog days of summer.)

Sugar & Cream cotton, Sun & Sand candle, Sun & Sand Goat's Milk soap.


My first hand-made stitch markers using swarovski crystal beads.



Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Monday, July 9, 2007

160.5

But I will not be discouraged. I will take my 1/2 pound and keep trudging forward.

I began the "At Your Core" fitness program offered at work this afternoon. The best part? Free exercise equipment!! A new stability ball, yoga mat, and a resistance band. It's all very exciting.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Do you know enough about me yet?

1. What are your foot measurements? Size 8 (women's/USA), 9 1/2 inches long, 8 1/2 inches around
2. How long have you been knitting? roughly 20 years
3. How would you rate your experience? Intermediate
4. What is your favorite color? bright earth tones, yellow, orange, sun-kissed colors
5. Your least favorite color? anything neon or pastel
6. Do you have a favorite fiber? What type? I like natural fibers, bamboo, wool, alpaca
7. Do you have any allergies to certain fibers? no
8. Do you have an Amazon, or other type of, wish list? yes
9. What techniques, if any, would you like to learn? Socks, this will be my first pair
10. Do you have a sweet tooth? yes
11. What are your favorite snacks? I'm a dietitian, so I try to keep it healthy but I'm a sucker for sour patch kids and tootsie rolls
12. What is your family situation? 1 husband, 1 20 month old, 1 part-time 11 year old, and two loud hairy dogs
13. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Metal, plastic or wood? Straight needles, preferably in smooth, shiny wood. I use circulars for knitting in the round, I've never been able to master double-pointed needles.
13. Besides socks, what are your favorite items to knit? Little sweaters and hats for my daughter, tops for me
14. Is there a pattern, (sock or otherwise), that you are dying to try? Yes, they're listed in the sidebar under "On My Mind"
15. Do you like to read? What are you reading currently? I love to read. True Crime novels are my trashy beach read. I like "social issue" books. I just started Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
16. Do you collect music? I have an ipod but I wouldn't say that I collect music.
17. What kind of music do you listen to? Jimmy Buffet, Jill Sobul, a college friend got me hooked on country (curses to her)
18. Is there anything you collect? Not really. I tend to be more OCD than pack rat so if it doesn't have a set place and purpose it's garbage.
19. What are your hobbies, aside from knitting? yoga, working out in general
20. Are you participating in any other swaps or knit alongs? Yes. I got so excited and impatient waiting for the Virtual Knitting Vacation to start that I signed up for this, the Dog Days of Summer Dishcloth Swap, the Zodiac KAL, Stashalong, and the Christmas KAL.
21. Do you have a favorite scent? tea and ocean
22. When is your birthday? March 16, 1978

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Finally, some FO pictures!

After extensive negotiations Bear finally agreed to model the garter stitch pullover at the outrageous cost of one very damp washcloth. A business shark in the making.




Friday, July 6, 2007

CONTEST

In taking inventory of my stash, I found a few (OK more than a few, you have them too) sad, sad, skeins of yarn that I would never, in my right mind, have purchased - most of them hand-me-downs from my non-knitting friends (and their dearly departed relatives). I have knitting books where there is not a single pattern I would ever waste time (or yarn) making. Which led, in my warped mind, to the things I have wasted time making. That first sweater where I didn't take time to check my gauge. The infant star sweater that languished in "On the Needles" land for far too long and ended up with a 6-12 month body and 0-6 month sleeves.

For this contest, I want to know about your worst knitting disaster. Accidentally seamed the sleeve to the body? Knit 3/4 of a sweater using two different sized needles? Pictures are a definite plus. I'll pick the best stories and have my blog reading masses (we all have dreams) vote on the winners. All entries must be received via comment or email by 11:59pm EST July 20, 2007.

Now for the prizes...

First Prize
+ 3 skeins Cascade 220 (enough to make this)

Second Prize


Third prize
Five (yet to be made - see picture of beads below) stitch markers

Thursday, July 5, 2007

These -alongs are taking over my blog!

Perhaps I went a little overboard in signing up for every -along I could find.

Someone who crochets: Abby
Someone who's never made a dishcloth before: Madonna, who is sadly blogless
Someone who has been knitting\crocheting for less than 2 years: Diane has been knitting for less than 2 years
Someone who has been knitting\crocheting for more than 5 years: Diane has been crocheting for 15 years
Someone who is from a non-US country: Stepahnie

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Stashalong

I have joined Stashalong, and honestly, I think my husband is more excited about this than I am (it's tough to get psyched about a yarn diet). I am, however, looking forward to clearing out some storage space for new stash. :-)

I choose to play by the original rules, starting July 1 and ending August 31 (for now). My goal is to complete several WIP's and several that have been languishing in "On my mind" land for quite some time now. In no particular order...

1. Finish the Debbie Bliss striped hoodie for Bear.
2. Finish the Rowan Flame Halter and Cowl tops for myself.
3. Finish the Honeymoon Cami for Jen.
4. Make progress on the Roundabout leaf top.
5. Finish socks and washcloth for swap.
6. Start to-be-determined sweater from Fitted Knits for myself.

I think that's ambitious enough for summer time, don't you?

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

3045

Yes my friends, that is three thousand calories I consumed yesterday. And how does one human being possibly ingest SO MUCH food you wonder? It wasn't by eating my weight in salad. No, no.

Yesterday my good friend Nathan, a marine, someone I have known since 7th grade and never actually dated (or slept with!) and my husband's arch nemesis called and said "Surprise! I'm in town for 24 hours before shipping off to Iraq - want to get together?" So my husband, Bear, Nathan, and I all went out for ice cream.

What was I supposed to do? I ordered a peanut butter cup sundae and ATE IT ALL.

Monday, July 2, 2007

161

Flatlined. :-(

The dietitian in me has easily identified (and can easily solve) the problem. It's the human in me that's the problem.

I've stopped keeping my food journal and started overlooking macaroni and cheese dinners and circus peanut snacks. I've become complacent towards diet and exercise and my results (or lack thereof) reflect my crappy attitude. To help keep me honest, I've added a "daily calorie count" to my sidebar - and I'm far too OCD to cheat.

Onto knitting....
Amanda is back from her vaca in Virginia and is hosting a 1-2-3-4-5 contest. I've already entered so if you're too intimidated I understand, but it might be nice to stop by anyhoo.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Zodiac

I decided Thursday night that I was going to knit Zodiac for one of my co-workers. Her shower was last night and miracle of all miracles, she was given a completed project. No purse-in-progress as some of my cousins got Christmas '05, no construction paper model of what was yet to be as some other cousins received Christmas '06. Nope she got an honest to goodness FO. And look how happy she is about it...

Geraldine, showing off the Zodiac sleep sack.

I used the leftovers from last Christmas' 11th Hour Hats (a sad, sad, theme lately, using up all the leftovers - i.e. stash - mean, rotten husband and his stupid, responsible budget). And despite being various shades of gray, I rather like the way it came out.

Zodiac Sleep Sack, size 0-3 months, done in shades of gray sans the zodiac sign.

Especially the super cute buttons Laura helped me pick out. (Thanks for talking me out of plain white baseballs!)

Super-cute frog face buttons add a touch of playfulness and color.

In fact, this was so quick and easy to knit up that I think I'm going to make a few more, as it seems like everyone I know is pregnant. I really wouldn't change anything about the pattern. It's knit in the round, the shoulders are done with a three needle bind off, the arm & neck edges are done with an attached I-cord (no crocheting and no sewing!), and my local tailor only charges $3.30 for attaching the zipper and buttons (zipper included!).