Tuesday, September 25, 2007

First Stitch Markers

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I received my first set (of 2) of Stitch Markers from the SME. Abigail of A Kitten Knits sent me these lovely stitch markers and some gifts as well! I got a nice assortment of new teas to try, and a cute knitting card. While I was checking out her blog I saw other beautiful stitch markers and read that she has also sold some before. Thanks Abigail!

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I had a lot of fun making two sets to send out to my partners. I will be sending mine out tomorrow, so I will not post pics now and ruin the surprise! It was my first time making stitch markers and pretty much my first time doing bead work. I think next time I will give using head pins a try. This time I used wire. I still have a ton of beads left to play with, and I can't wait to do another swap!

Here's a question that I've had since I made a few sets of stitch markers up myself. How do you store your stitch markers?

Here's another WIP photo of my Lion washcloths. 2 down and 2/3 of last one to go. Pretty pathetic pace, I haven't been knitting at all lately. I guess that mirrors my low posting too, too busy! I hope to get some time in soon. (You may have seen this on my Ravelry already. Ravelry rocks... Yes, I know I owe those of you that are still waiting for invites my comments. Next post!)

Lion WIP
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Thursday, September 20, 2007

One sheep... two sheep...

Holy Cable Craziness!

A rug made from the wool of 18 merino sheep!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Lion talk

All this Lion talk reminded me about a quiz I saw a LONG while ago on Knitting Nurses' blog.

Which Lion King character are you?

You are Nala! Caring, sensitive, courageous and out-going, your friendly nature and adventurous spirit inspire and comfort those around you. You can talk with anybody at anytime and not feel pressured or uneasy. Your greatest quality, though, is your compassion. Your friends KNOW who to come to when they need to talk to someone about their feelings, or just to let off some steam about a bad day. You're always there for them, and nothing makes you feel better than knowing you've cheered up a friend!

I know I owe you guys my thoughts on the BEST time sucking creation EVER Ravelry. (which is also a great organizational tool) I need to post some yummy yarn and needles too. (I got my order in from Knitpicks.) AND, I hope to have some FO photos of the Wisp!

Also, I thought I'd pass on the info: Crazy Aunt Purl's book is on Amazon pre-order now.(You can save $5) If you'd rather have it NOW, it's already stocked on Barnes & Noble shelves. Have you all seen her book sweepstakes?

OTN: Lion Washcloths (2 down, 2/3 of the last one to go!)

Friday, September 14, 2007

Shhh... she's blocking

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Shhhhh She's been drying for 2 days now. I guess she's getting back at me for taking so long to finish her. I think tonight when I get home she will be freed from the board and I can weave in the last few ends. I ended up with a smaller Wisp than I would have liked because I followed the needle size that was called for in the pattern and my gauge was tighter. Being my first lace project I was just happy to be getting the YO's and continuing with the pattern. This will most likely end up being just a wide scarf. I intend to make another one, with a larger gauge. I will hold onto my buttons until I finish the next one. (I already ordered the yarn from Knitpicks when I was ordering the KnitPicks Options Interchangeable set that I've been eyeing for far TOO long. I also picked up some goodies for my SP11 spoilee and I had to try a pair of the Harmony Interchangeable Tips that just came out.)

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Originally uploaded by ponyknit

In the meantime, I started and finished (minus the "face" portion) one of three* Lion Washcloths that I am making from Knitty by Alice Bell. They are in double stranded Cotton Ease in Terracotta. The pattern is not hard to follow once you understand the Loop stitch repeats. It's easy to get on a roll, but if I knit too long on the cotton it bothers my wrists (Carpal tunnel.) I find that I am working on these cloths in small doses, they're too cute to put down!

*They will be gifted to my (almost) 2 yr. old triplet nephews, hence why I am making three.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Wheee Ravelry!

Whoo HOO!

Username: ponyknit (of course, would you expect something else?) :P

I hope to block WISP tonight... Pic's to follow!
OTN: 1 Lion washcloth down. 2 to go...

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

The Waiting Game, Birthday Cheer and a Contest!

After getting an insiders view of Ravelry with Moriah over the weekend, I got even more antsy-in-the-pantsy.

Found you!
  • You signed up on June 29, 2007
  • You are #11595 on the list.
  • 491 people are ahead of you in line.
  • 19130 people are behind you in line.
  • 36% of the list has been invited so far
Blogless Enid and Baby Adam and I threw a mini surprise birthday celebration for Moriah over the weekend, (Moriah, I'll spare you of the photos, even though I'm armed with them now) stop by her blog and wish her a happy B-Day today)

DRT update: Go Team Running Ragged! The finish line is near! Knit Knit Knit!!!

Also, I finished the Wisp this weekend. I'll be blocking soon, stay tuned for photos.
OTN Lion Washcloths for my three nephews in Cotton Ease Terracotta.

P.S. While catching up on my daily reading, I found THIS contest posted on Dorothy's blog.
You can enter to win handmade Dishcloths! Stop on by, who can resist?

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Christmas Around the World Questionnaire

Christmas IS coming... I'm getting excited! This swap is starting also, I can't wait! I better get a start on my LARGE knitted gift list!

1. Are you religious? Yes and no... I grew up Catholic, these days I am fitting together what I really believe...

2. How long have you been knitting? Would you consider yourself a Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced? I have been knitting since Jan 2006. I would say I am an advanced beginner with some things, an intermediate with others.

3. Do you have any other hobbies besides knitting? I horseback ride, train horses and teach riding lessons. I also like to read, ski and golf. I also enjoy gardening, cooking and especially baking.

4. Favorite color(s)? I love yellow and blue. Pink is up there on the list also. (I hate purple)

5. Do you collect anything? Yes, I collect Painted Ponies. (Linked in case you are interested. They are handpainted horse statues.) I also have a fair amount of books ranging from horseback riding/instruction to cooking/baking to animal rights to various "fun" novels and of course Knitting books. I collect Miles Davis books and music. (I became obsessed with him and Jazz when I played flute and trumpet and sang during high school.) I also collect the little shell "animals" that touristy shops sell everywhere. I have probablly 6 different ones from my travels. It's sort of an "incidental" collection, I can't stop myself from buying them when I see new animals.

6. Are you allergic to any fibers or animals? No.

7. Do you have any pets? Yes I own a horse and dog, and I also live with another dog and a cat. (Quite an assortment)

8. Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate? There's a perfect time for each of them. I love to relax with a cup of tea, I drink coffee every morning, and hot chocolate is a great treat.

9. Cookies or Sweets? Sweets. I personally like to bake cookies, so I don't usually buy them.

10. Do you knit socks? Not yet...

11. If not socks then what? (tell us about your favorite knits) Scarves, dishcloths, mittens.

12. Do you put up a Christmas tree? If not then what do you do? Yes. Used to always be a real and BIG one, but sometimes we would use a fake tree when we were traveling on vacation shortly after X-Mas.

13. Favorite holiday treats? I love peppermint. (My horse does also!) I also love gingerbread cookies.

14. Favorite holiday smells? Gingerbread and peppermint (see #13). I have a seasonal scented yankee candle (can't remember the name, it's white) that I like to burn around the holidays.

15. Do you celebrate Christmas in a traditional or unconventional way? (Please elaborate.) I have a pretty traditional celebration, albeit small. (I don't have much family, and a bunch of it is in florida) On Christmas eve we open a few presents. On Christmas morning we open the rest of our gifts within the immediate family, and our stockings. We usually have a dinner in the afternoon with family and friends (always consisting of lasagna) and we exchange gifts with our guests.

16. What are your favorite holiday traditions? Finding JUST the right gift for someone, and also last minute shopping. (I realize that is contradictory, but I love both) Lasagna ;) mmmm

17. Finish the sentence: “For me Christmas is all about....” Knowing someone so well that you can find them just the right present.

18. If you were a Christmas ornament you would be…….? A glittery snowflake! (I love snow!)

19. What was your favorite gift you've ever received? Or given? Not sure... I'll have to think about that one.

20. When do you start your Christmas? I refuse to shop before Thanksgiving, but that doesn't stop me from planning, especially homemade gifts.

21. Do you send Christmas cards? Do you make them or buy them? I LOVE to send cards. I usually buy them because I send out too many.

22. What is your favorite Christmas dish? Lasagna, hands down.

23. Carolers are at your door. What do you do? Open the door and let them in. Maybe offer them some homemade cookies or hot chocolate. (I used to be one, I know how appreciated it is when your caroling in New England.)

24. When do you open presents? Christmas eve or Christmas morning? Both (See #15)

25. Do you celebrate with family or friends or both? Both (See #15)