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Rebate money = new yarn and projects! January 21, 2009

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Yesterday I received my rebate card from Verizon.  They always get me on the fine print when I go to order a new phone!  The story in a nutshell is basically my lovely Chocolate phone I got the last time we were up for an upgrade somehow found its way into a drunken bath and died.  In its stead I bought a used phone off of Ebay which slowly worked its way to the junkyard (not my fault).  So this year I was overjoyed when I discovered that I could get a brand new phone with a huge discounted price!  Yay for me!  I can’t exactly say I’m a tech junkie, but if I can get a LG Dare for $30, I’m doing it!  Here’s where the fine print comes into play.  It’s $30 after a $50 mail-in rebate.  Doh!  But I sucked it up and bought the phone and have had it for a couple of months without any mishaps.  Yesterday I actually received my rebate card (it’s really cool; they put it on a Visa cash card).

I spent all day yesterday and most of my evening last night contemplating what I wanted to do with my new $50.  Should I splurge on one big item that I’d never in a million years buy?  No matter how many websites I checked and rechecked, I couldn’t think of anything I wanted to part my money with for.  I should have known all along that it would end like this.  Why did I bother to fight it?

I searched through Ravelry and tried making my search as detailed as possible without ending up with the same 2 results (or none at all).  It isn’t that I’m *that* picky; it’s that I like something simple and not too short or super long.  Okay, maybe I am that picky.  Either way it took me over 300 pages of looking to find the one.  From Stitch Diva Studios I paid for the Silken Scabbard sweater pattern.  It’s gorgeous!!!!  From there I picked yarn from KnitPicks (of course!) and bought some new needles!

With this sweater it’ll be my first chance working with interchangeable circular needles.  I know that fundamentally it won’t be different, but I’m kind of excited because now I won’t have to buy the full thing anymore; I can hopefully just buy the tips!  The pattern suggested using Elegance yarn, but I fell absolutely in love with Storm from the Merino Style Yarn.  Isn’t it beautiful?!

Needless to say with the help of a DQ pitstop last night and my splurge at KnitPicks, I now have to figure out what to do with the leftover 30 cents on my card 🙂

Socks for my dad are going great.  After a marathon weekend of knitting the first sock, my hand was feeling crampy so I took off a day or two from it.  Last night I knit a few rounds but was distracted and today I tried to pick it up again until my mom called.  Hopefully tonight I’ll get more done and then on Friday I hope to finish!

My uncle contacted me to let me know that he still wants me to knit a hat for him and he’s just working on buying the yarn.  We picked a nice blend of merino wool and qiviut and I can’t wait to see how that works out when it comes!  It looks like my plate will be full for awhile; my schedule looks like this:

1. finish socks for dad

2. start on purse(s) for Etsy

3. knit hat for uncle (if yarn is here) or

4. knit sweater for me

Not only that, but I want to look into baby rompers for my aunt who is pregnant!  They are going to have a July baby (just like mine!) and I think that some cool clothes are in order.  Literally!

 

its here its here its here!!!!!!! January 15, 2009

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My yarn *finally* arrived today in the mail!  I’m so excited!  Last night my friend was telling me that one of the reasons KnitPicks has been backed up is because their new catalogue went out earlier than it was scheduled to and therefore a lot of the orders they received were for things they didn’t quite have yet.  Anyhow, with that in mind, I wasn’t so annoyed by how long it took my yarn to get here.  I’ve already wound up my two hanks of Imagination yarn and have decided to start on some socks once the little guty goes down for a nap.

The one thing that surprised me is that I thought that my Palette yarn would be a bit thicker.  They suggest needle size 1-3, which I don’t have in circulars.  So I’m either going to double up the contrasting colors of yarn and knit with size 6 and then felt or I may knit flat.  I really don’t want to knit flat so….I don’t know quite yet.  I mean, it isn’t as if the world will fall apart if I don’t use size 1-3 needles.  But we will see; maybe I’ll break down and buy a small size circular needle.  🙂

 

Purse Lining January 14, 2009

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Due to the intense cold and bulk of snow, I have yet to venture outside and go to the local fabric store.  Instead I decided to order some fabric off of ReproDepot.  They always have really fun fabric.  This morning I spent a long time perusing the different styles and comparing it against the purse I’m knitting.  Finally I made a decision on this and expect it to be here within a week or so.  Tonight when my friend comes over I plan to work on the strap.

I won’t seam the bottom together until after I’ve put in the lining.  Last time I put lining into a purse I disocvered what a pain it is to do when you’ve already seamed the bottom together!  This time I’ll sew the lining in a circle appropriate to the size of the purse and then seam it to the purse itself.  Only after then when I’m sure it fits will I seam the bottom up.  I may put the zipper in too before I seam the bottom.  That seems like it’ll work best also.

I checked the status of my order from KnitPicks and it should be here in two days!  That will be perfect timing so I can cast on something new with my knitting group!  I definitely want to felt it, but I’m wondering if maybe I won’t do the stripes (especially since I did stripes with this purse) but instead played with a design that felted together.  It’s something I definitely will have to look into more once I get the yarn.  Or, if I’m feeling a little burnt out on purses, I’ll c/o the socks for my dad!

 

I ordered new yarn! January 3, 2009

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Last night I ordered 2 skeins of Semolina and 2 skeins of Cornmeal Palette yarn to put together a purse for my Etsy shop.  I love the bright yellow color, but didn’t want it to be solid because I thought it might be too much.  So hopefully the Cornmeal complements the Semolina well when I actually get the yarn.  In theory it looks great together.

I also ordered some Imagination Sock Yarn in Woodsman.  Yarn that switches color on its own always makes me a little nervous because while it looks pretty in the skein, sometimes when it’s knitted up it can look not so pretty.  I made sure to flip through Ravelry and see what other people have knitted up with the different colors of Imagination and felt that Woodsman would be the best color to knit my dad a pair of socks from.  The next thing on my to do list is either a) pick a pattern (I couldn’t find one last night that I really liked) or b) make it up on the fly (which I’m okay with).

I haven’t received any word on when the Qiviuit is coming for my uncle’s hat.  What I want to knit him is basically Swell from Knitty.com.  The original pattern I wanted to use was “Snowboarder hat that Rocks“, but it requires bulky yarn and if I plan to knit double stranded with the Qiviuit it won’t be the right thickness.

For right now though I will anxiously sit and wait ’til my yarn comes.  😀

 

Sock Woes September 25, 2008

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The sock yarn I ordered from KnitPicks feels too soft and thin to be used for the Williams Street Socks and honestly, after whipping together my mittens with 2 different cable patterns, I wanted to try out a different pattern with socks.  I settled on the horseshoe crab pattern from Vogue Knitting because I thought it’d look lovely in the dark wine color yarn.  First I tried it with size 3 needles.  I got about 4 inches or so into the sock and decided that the pattern looked messy and wasn’t as tightly knit as the picture looks.  So I ripped it all apart and cast on again with size 2 needles.  I’m only two inches into it and I like how this is turning out even less.

Before I get much further, I think I am going to toss out the whole idea of knitting with the horseshoe crab pattern and do the flirtation cable instead.  The flirtation cable is thin and pretty and I think the yarn will complement the pattern well.  But we will see!

 

Yarn Order! August 30, 2008

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I’m excited!  Since I’ve had to wait and wait and wait ever so anxiously to find Vogue Knitting and something I really really want to knit, I decided to take matters into my own hands.  I’ve found a really cute cable pattern at Vogue Knitting (flirtation) and a pretty generic pattern for mittens.  So my plan is to take generic mitten pattern and add the flirtaiton cables.  Voila!  Something fun & pretty!  Then I also chose a few cable sock patterns via Ravelry.  I found some warm fuzzy yarn, ordered it, and now all I have to do is wait.  But this is a good waiting because it’s paid for, just need it to come in.

SocksYarn
MittensYarn

SocksPattern
MittenCable

 

Oooooh! August 19, 2008

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I’ve decided that this is my next big project.  My husband helped me pick out a color yarn (Dublin) at KnitPicks and I’m just dying to get started.  Buuut, it may still be a little bit.  Mostly because I want to check out the two yarn stores when we go visit our parents and see if they have anything I’ll probably fall in love with even more.  So that’s that and I’m off to work on something that’s sitting in my bag!

 

I need to knit a new bag August 1, 2008

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As much as I love my original knit bag, my knitting obsession has outgrown it.  Or, more accurately, the awesome huge knitting book I have is too large and heavy to be carried around in my svelte bag.  Oh darn, I’ll just have to knit a bigger and better one!

The gameplan is this.  Finish up my skein of yarn for the flying birds blanket and then pick out fabulous new yarn to cast on a lovely bag.  So I’m totally stoked because in a few more rows, my skein will probably be out and I’ll be like a giddy kid in a candy store!  The dilemma then will be this.  Order it from KnitPicks or wait ’til our next trip to town and buy it at either Prairie Yarn Store or Boucle Yarn?  Decisions decisions.  While it will be more fiscally responsible to order it from KnitPicks, I’ll be able to soft all the yarn I want at either of the LYS’s.

And just where am I on my two longest projects ever to knit?  I’m coming up fast on finishing my fifth repeat on the flying birds.  It still isn’t that big, but the more I look at it, the more I’m thinking I’m glad I only ordered the 2 skeins of yarn because now I can transform it into a color change blanket.  If it works out (I still to have to look at the colors available), I want it to start with the base green color and gradually lighten it to white.  Or, if this doesn’t work out, I’m just going to crazy with random rainbow colors.  My pointelle shawl is still sitting at approximately 12″ (maybe a bit longer or shorter; I haven’t measured it for awhile).  Shame on me.  😦  Maybe sometime this weekend I’ll be able to steal a couple hours to get something done with it.

All summer long I’ve wanted to knit a big floppy hat.  Yesterday I cast on for a cloche hat and an hour into the project read that it was a project to be felted.  I’m not working with feltable yarn.  *sigh*  I’m sure it could still look cool, but my yearning to do anything productive is at a terrible standstill.  But persevere I must, right?  On the flipside of this, the other Brittany dpn’s I have are fabulous.  They’re size 3 and wooden and amazing.  They don’t feel as flimsy as the other ones and I can only guess it’s because they’re a bigger size and longer.  Makes sense, right?  Sure it does.

Well, I better busy myself with something to do while the little terror of the high seas is at peace.  😀

 

I think I found a new use for my acrylic yarn July 24, 2008

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My cousin’s 2nd birthday is next month.  I’m sending a small care package for both of my little cousins with knitted fun stuffs.  First the pink socks for my cousin Fiona and now I’m putting together green cable socks for my cousin Carter.  I originally thought that the acrylic yarn might not be soft enough for socks.  But after knitting the first sock, it doesn’t seem so bad.  Plus a little washing will (hopefully) soften it up a bit.

I’m using this pattern from Lion Brand Yarn.  The only thing I would change about it the next time I knit them, is to put cables on both sides of the sock.  Having knit the first sock, I don’t know how much I like it being alone.  Then again, if you think about it, you’ll probably only see the side with the cable on it.  Hmm.  On the plus side, my toe looks a lot better.  With the pink socks, the toes ended up really super pointy.  These green socks turned out flatter.

This is also my first project with my new wooden needles.  I feel that the wood needles were more comfortable while knitting with the acrylic yarn.  When I was knitting my doll my hands cramped up quite often when knitting with the metal needles.  I’m not sure if it’s just me, but there were a few times where I was nervous I would snap the needles in half.  Mostly this was noticeable during the first few rows and then whenever I was doing decreases (like the k2tog).  Luckily there have been no mishaps.

So we are going camping this weekend and while I’m not sure how much knitting I’ll be able to do (other than on the drive there and back), I for sure will try to crank out more socks from what I have left of acrylic yarn (the pretty light grass green and a bright blue).  My bigger projects haven’t really been put on hold, but I can pretty much guarantee that I won’t work on them ’til next week when my knitting pal comes back.  They’re really items that need a few hours of intense concentration.  Plus I’ll be submitting these socks into the Summer KAL/CAL!

On a sidenote, I’m really sad that I wasn’t able to peruse more at Prairie Yarn this past weekend.  😦  There were a lot of beautiful yarns that I just wanted to touch and sift through.  But hopefully I’ll be able to order some more yarn from KnitPicks plus a circular needle.  My friend has been using her circular needles and loves them.

 

Side 1 June 26, 2008

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I didn’t pin this down so that’s why the bottom is all curly. You can see I did 4 sets of ribbing and then stockinette stitch in between. It is 21″ wide and 12 1/2″ tall. The fabric you see behind it is what I plan to use as a liner. I also have this beautiful dark blue fabric with light blue stars on it that I am thinking about making pockets with to go on the liner. What’s up for debate now is if I plan on using it for toting around my son’s stuff or for my knitting. And to be honest, it could be used for both. Or I could just make another one for my knitting stuff! Hopefully by tomorrow I will have this finished so I can bring it to the Air Show on Saturday. I’m only a few inches into the back half of the purse though.

I decided to do the back in straight up st st because 1) I’m lazy and 2) so I know which side is the front. As far as the straps go, I was playing with the idea of doing bright white in a k/p rib, but it depends on if I have enough blue yarn left or if break down and buy another skein. I really don’t want to because I’ve had this white yarn in my house for at least 2 years. Something needs to be done with it.

KnitPicks e-mailed me and let me know that all of my things should be here anywhere from 5-14 days. I really hope it comes soon so I have something new to work on! I’m excited to knit together the shawl I found at Vogue Knitting and I really want to have it finished for when we go camping in a few weeks. If my yarn doesn’t come soon, I think I will buy a light colored yarn and crochet a floppy hat I also found online at Vogue Knitting. Anyhow, it’s back to the grind for me!