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Duplicate Post August 29, 2006

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Looks like I’m getting duplicate posts…this is to correct that! 😀

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New Yarn! August 29, 2006

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Earlier this summer, Theresa over at Little Turtle Knits had a pre-order Henry’s Attic Sale.  I ordered one hank of Kona Fingering weight custom dyed.  Well, I was just planning on emailing her to get an eta yesterday, when this arrived:

  And This (same yarn, other side)

Now In real life the yarn is darker than here in the picture.  I didn’t use the better camera.  It is beautiful.  It’s soft and beautifully dyed.  I love Theresa’s work!  The colors (that didn’t show up well) are a great wine, Chartruse, burnt orange, peacock, purple.  It’s beautiful.  I love it.  It will make great socks.

Update of projects:

1.  Raglan Sweater for DD1.  I’m done with the body and am on the sleeves.  I would have been further on the sleeves today, however I had problems with positioning.  I do 2 sleeves on 2 circs (like my socks) so I get them to be the same.  I’ll be tapering the sleeves down as I go, as they are really big right now, and I’m not doing ribbing, but a rolled cuff.

2.  Falling Leaves socks – Well, they were frogged down to the toe yesterday.  After looking at the beautiful Trekking yarn and the pattern, they just didn’t mesh.  The yarn begs to be in a simple pattern.  I did a few rounds last night but nothing really to show.

3.  Marialis – Didn’t work on her at all yesterday.  Still looks the same.

4.  New Project:  I’m doing a small blanket for NIN.  I’m copying the Harlot’s pattern of garter on the bias center then going around in a pattern.  I’m using stash yarn and it’s looking good.  I’m using size 6 needles (same as the Raglan).

5.  Dishcloth Afghan – It’ll probably get scrapped.  I’m not liking the way the yarn is feeling…icky Red Heart.  I know the stuff wears like iron, but it feels nasty to me.  I may be becoming a yarn snob.

6.  Plain Washcloth – It’s my travel project, and I didn’t go anywhere yesterday.  It’s incredibly soft as I’m using sock yarn and US 1.5 needles.

I think that’s all my projects right now.

I did hear back from my sisters and now have a better idea of what I’m having to do….ugh…I need to get started!!!

Christmas Knitting Has Begun! August 26, 2006

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Well, I’ve begun the Christmas Knitting!  I have sent out the email to my sisters asking what they want, I’ve asked my mom and grandma what they want.  I still need to ask my dad.  So far, I’ve received The following answers:Sister #1:  No answer yet…she has until October 1 to tell me what she wants or she will get (maybe) a gift card.

Sister #2:  She wants something small with cows.  Anyone have any ideas on this?  I’m clueless.  Especially something I could knit!

Sister #3:  She requested a lace scarf LAST YEAR (I’m getting BIG points for worst sister of the year award) but the yarn didn’t arrive in time.  THEN I also neglected to get her anything for her birthday.  Again, worst sister of the year award.  This year I’ve bought the pattern (see that, I BOUGHT a pattern) and a hook (to add sparklies).  I also have said yarn….Admiral Blue ZEPHYR.  You know you’re jealous.  I’d link the pattern here, but she may (by some freak accident) read my blog.

Sister #4:  Hasn’t given me any answers.  Again, like sister #1 she has till Oct 1.  I’ve thought of making her another sweater, as I made one for her years ago.  But I’ll have to ask her first.  And I’m wondering if I have enough time.

Sister #5:  She requested bookmarks.  I’ve looked for and printed out a few patterns.  My baby sister so far has been the best!  Last year I said I wanted specifics and gave them a deadline.  She DREW me a picture of what she wanted!  It was great!

Mom:  She requested a sewn bag.

Grandma:  Requested Pictures.  WAY easy, and since I work at the Photo dept I can wait until the 24th of Dec. and still have plenty of time!

As for MY kids, well I’ve actually started on one!  And I have an update.  I started this Last week.  After casting on for the darned thing 4 times it finally went comfortably over her freakishly large head.  It’s almost long enough, and is 3″ wider (according to my gauge) than I first planned.  I’m loving it, and wish it would do a bit more pooling, but it looks great!  And it will be worn by all three kids.  I love hand me downs!

Here’s progress on Marialis.  Ugh.  The rows are still unbelievably long.  I have 21 sts between each marker (that’s 18 repeats) and will be going to 22 on this next row.  I have a long way to go yet.  But I am knitting on her.  I’ve done about 1-2 rows every day or so.

I’m also plugging along on the Falling Leaves Socks.  I finally started on the heel gussets.  I’d have taken a picture, but I can’t find them.  They’re around here somewhere.

I’ve been currently reading The Yarn Harlot’s blog.  And she has inspired me to try to finish things.  She makes so many beautiful things.  I’m trying to get more things finished so I can feel like I’ve accomplished things.  I’m liking the knit on many things as this helps me from hating the projects.  Hrm…maybe I should pull out Sonnet or Pinwheel???

Finally, here’s a pic of The Boy.  He was NONE too happy to be on the floor and wanted Mama to get off the computer and pick him up.  He’s cute even when he’s screaming.

Last week August 26, 2006

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Well, I wrote this last week, and posted it to my other site, but didn’t copy it here. Someday soon my dh is going to make it so I don’t have to do so many steps. Until then….I’ll do it this way. So, here’s last week’s post:

30 minutes

Sunday, August 20, 2006

So, what would you do with 30 minutes? These were my options of what to do for 30 minutes while all 3 children slept:

1. Knit 2 rows on Marialis. Yes, only TWO rows. Sigh. I actually timed myself this morning before church and it took me 14 minutes to do a plain purl row. After church, I did the one and only pattern row (it’s Feather & Fan) it took 15 minutes…the next purl row took 15 minutes but I was reading The Harlot’s archives (she’s such a riot). Here’s an update shot of her, sorry it’s crappy but I am tired and I’m not braving 94 degrees to show her outside.

2. Knit some on The Skittles Sweater. No, I haven’t timed myself yet. It’s a raglan for Morgan for Christmas. I have plenty of time. I’ll make her put it on to make sure it’ll go over her head later today. This is the yarn I had been using on the Razor Tank. I’m liking how it looks. Hopefully it’ll fit.

3. Take a 30 minute nap. I’m exhausted. I can’t remember the last time I took a nap. Normally during nap time I knit. It is my uninterrupted knitting time. Time when I can loose myself in knitting. Love the yarn, love the knitting, love the needles.

Now what do you think I did? Yeah, I lay down for 30 min. I didn’t sleep the entire time, I figure I actually slept for about 15 min. solid. I nursed The Boy and thought about knitting. I did sleep with the knitting. Does that make me weird?

364 August 18, 2006

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364…that’s how many stitches I *currently* have on my Marialis.  Sigh.  Why the sigh, you ask?  Well, because after my next row, I’ll be increasing by 18 more stitches.  That’ll be 382…then 3 rows after that…18 more…ad nausium untill the thing is long enough.

Ok, you may stop laughing at me now.  Seriously, stop.  I know I said I was hoping to have this done by (ahem) tomorrow, or even next week.  Heck, now I’m hoping for before the end of September.  Ugh.  Maybe I shouldn’t have been so ambitious for my FIRST real lace project?  Yeah, that probably would have been a good idea.

I’ll update w/a pic later, she’s about 12″ from neckband to bottom…and needing to go like 20 or so…sigh…ok.. at my gague rows (9/1″) that’s 72 rows ..now doing the math..that’s  18 increses…be still my heart thats..642stitches and then the boarder.

Yeah, I had said this next weekend.  I think I need to lie down now….

Update w/Pic August 16, 2006

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I’m plugging along on Marialis. 😀 😀  Here’s a pic of her w/her dressed swatch:

Marialis

It’s a pretty easy pattern, which makes it nice for me as I don’t have to concentrate on charts.  It’s going pretty fast as well.  I officially started her on Sunday Aug 13 and did 20 rows of the neck band (7sts each row) and I was able to do a lot on Monday.  I would like ot have her done by Saturday, but I think that NEXT week Saturday is a more realistic goal.

Lace August 15, 2006

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I’ve been bitten by the Lace bug…

I’ve started (yet) another project, and am plugging quickly along.  It is Marialis (version C, in the stockinette version) from Stahman’s book.  The yarn is KnitPick’s 100% lace merino (who’s name escapes me right now) in this yucky pinks/minimual purple/blue colorway.  My friend said it looks too bubblgumy.  I’ll be over dyeing once I’m done knitting.  I am on  the Feather & Fan part after the plain stockinette but before the first increase.  So far so good.  I got several inches done yesterday.  I offically started it on Sunday eve when I did 20 rows of the neck band (20 rows sounds like a lot, but it’s not, 7 sts of seed in each row).  I had a LOT of knitting time yesterday as the boy slept and the girls took a VERY long nap. 😀

My goal (which I’m terrified to type here) is to have this finished by next weekend.  I originally thought this weekend, so  that’s my first goal.  I do have to work two  weekdays and Saturday is crazy, so we’ll see.  But so far it looks good. 😀

Frogging… August 11, 2006

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Well, I’ve decided to scale back my WIPs.  I’ll be frogging:

Razor Tank – I have a feeling that I will not be happy with it.  Not too keen on the horizontal stripes around my tummy.  That and I have a feeling that the style I was going for will just make me look pg.  Not a look I’m going for.

Secrect Project – This was a tank w/a moebuis strip at the neckline.  I think it’s a cool idea, but I don’t think it’ll look good on me.

The biggest issue w/both of these is the yarn.  Sigh.  It’s a great colorway, however, I feel that I will look like some one threw up a bag of skittles on me.  Not a good thing.  Not sure what to do w/the yarn though.

Updates –

Dishcloth Afghan – I’m about 45% done w/this.  It’s boring, and oh so HOT.  Not a fan of Acrylic…yuck.  Why, yes, I am a yarn snob…why do you ask?

Sonnet – I haven’t touched her in a while.  BUT w/me frogging all these projects, I can pick her up and actually work on her!  😀

Falling Leaves – I actually worked on these the other night.  Man, I forgot how I liked socks…but I’ve misplaced the actual pattern.  I had a sticky on one that had my place and everything but it’s lost in the black hole that is my desk.

Pinwheel – Well, she’s still on the waste yarn, but will hopefully be OTN once Razor is frogged.

8 Years August 8, 2006

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Today is our anniversary.  Here’s us 8 years ago:

Wedding

And now:

8 years later

Man, what a difference!!!  What we’ve don in 8 years:

*Had 3 children

*Lived in 4 different states

*Bought and sold a house

*Had 15 jobs (between us)

*Gained several computers

*Achieved 3 certifications

I know there’s more, but I can’t remember. 😀

Seems Faster August 7, 2006

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Hrm…I’ve changed the theme of the blog and it’s a bit faster…I wonder if it was the pic I had at the top?