Friday, November 28, 2008

Another NaKniSweMo Update and a Quiz

Here's some another progress shot.  After posting the blob of knitting on my last post, I realized I hadn't posted what it looked like more flat.  Life continued to happen, but I stole time for a row here and there.  Here's a WIP pic from before I knit while watching some Netflix and TV.  (More recent photo coming soon.)  
I'm hoping for more time over the rest of Thanksgiving break.   I won't be making the November deadline for a sweater in the month of November, but I'm hoping to make a lot of progress into my first sweater before December hits!  I've still got some more time to try.

Found this quiz over at Mariknits and I've recently been pondering this exact question.  It just may have confirmed my beliefs.   Dusto has been QUITE friendly lately...

Is your cat plotting to kill you?

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Gobble Gobble and AACS Q5


Happy Thanksgiving!

Autumn Coffee Swap (Final) Q5
This week is Thanksgiving in the US, and our Canadian friends have already celebrated their day of thanks. So for his week, share a recipe, or tell us about your favorite "Fall" foods.
My favorite fall foods are anything with apple. I love apple crisp, apple cider, and apple pie. this time of year. This fall I had a craving for apple cider doughnuts (and I'm not a doughnut person regularly). I still haven't had one since my craving hit this fall. The best apple cider doughnuts are from a little market near where I went to college out in Western MA. They are especially known for the apple cider doughnuts. They sell them faster than they can get them out of the oven!

And now for a bit of Thanksgiving knit dreaming...
Recently I saw these mitts and thought both options were quite cute. (Rav Link to Toast) Then I saw the Knotions Winter Issue and fell in love with this vest. (Fence Vest by Mara Leigh)


Maybe I should call it knit planning...
I'm loving this vest!
And my mom has been hinting that her Mitts aren't done yet,
and that she could use something in the meantime...


Hoping to have a lot of time to work on my NaKniSweMo sweater during my time off for the Holiday, while it's still November...
Almost past yoke.
Sooo not finishing in November, but I can try to get closer to finished before December hits.
It doesn't hurt to have *more* knits lined up for "next" right?
I like how this his pic shows the reds in this heather Cascade.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Secret is out...

It has been received... NOW I can reveal the secret behind my Secret Square. It started with a brilliant idea from Krista of KnitDeleware upon hearing of a fellow bloggers Mom's passing. First Krista sent an email to a bunch of knitters. Then a collaboration of these knitters sent squares to Krista. She then seamed them into a blanket. Once it was completed, Krista sent the knit hug over to Rachel from Yarn-A-Go-Go.

Can you feel the love? When Knitters efforts are put together, the results are amazing!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Some more NaKniSweMo

Not much knitting, but some progress to report.  Life got in the way again...  Next update I hope to have more visible progress ;)  

After posting about my minor casualty, I emailed KnitPicks and asked about their replacement policy and they mailed out a replacement promptly!  YAY!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

SP13 Questionnaire

SP13 Questionnaire

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? I would have to say my love right now is Malabrigo, but I also really enjoy mohair and other yarns. I like soft yarn and I like wooly yarn. It depends what I'm making. I do not like 100% acrylic yarn, but I have no problem with a mixture of acrylic. I do not like fun fur or eyelash yarn. I'm always open to trying someone else's favorite.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? Knitpicks Options in their own binder/pockets. Straight needles in a roll. (Gifted from Christmas swap)

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I have been knitting for about 3 years. I guess I am somewhere in intermediate. I have done some work with increases/decreases, K2TOG, some cables, and YO's. I always like when I pick a new pattern and it has a few new skills for me to pick up along the way. Thinking about socks sometime soon. Currently knitting my first sweater for NaNiSweMo

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Yes, amazon. (see sidebar)

5. What's your favorite scent? I LOVE lavender. It's sooo relaxing. I also love the smell of fresh roses. I also like "clean" scents.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? Yes. I like most sweets. Including snickers, dove chocolate, swedish fish, gummi bears etc. I dislike really dark chocolate (over 70%)

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? I do not spin. I love making stitch markers. I have also started doing some small sewing projects. I don't mind sewing by hand but I feel that if I buy myself a little machine I'll be sewing a LOT more. I have a lot of ideas. (tote bags, needle organizers, etc.)

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) I have a love for most music. I love country, top 20, jazz (esp. miles davis), most everything except really heavy metal. I can listen to MP3's in my car.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand? I love yellow and blue. I'm also a pink fan. I have something against purple. I still end up wearing it a lot and sometimes I find myself persuaded to use it or buy clothes that are purple.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? I am currently living at home (see a previous SP11 response) I have a percheron/thoroughbred horse named Dee. She lives 10 minutes away. I will be moving to a new house/barn sometime soon, in the same area, and Dee will live with me then. I also live with my smooth Collie Daizzy, Daizzy's sister (a rough collie), and my parents cat Dusty.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? I wear scarves and mittens ALL the time in winter. I wear baseball hats a lot and wool hats or headbands in the winter. I don't have a poncho, but I have considered making myself one.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? I really enjoyed knitting an amanda hat. I also made a wrap (Wisp) and plan to make a shawl. (Although this one ended up being smaller and more like a scarf.) I have enjoyed making mittens, washcloths, and scarves so far... Thinking about socks sometime soon. I have a few bags on my to-do list. I don't have too many completed projects so I don't feel like I have a "favorite" yet. I really loved making my Wisp. It was my first lace project and I loved the mohair. Even though it was simple, I still enjoyed making it. Liked it so much I have some Knitpicks Alpaca Cloud to make another one. At this point, if I'm willing to make something again, I'd call it a favorite.

13. What are you knitting right now? Currently I'm participating in NaKniSweMo and knitting a February Lady Sweater. I have made some winter goals which include working on my first sweater as well as trying to knock out the high amount of almost finished WIP's that I have hanging around. Want to finish my mom's mitts soon. I just finished a streak of baby bibs and burp cloths.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? YES!

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? I think each type has it's place. I have a fair amount of bamboo straights in my collection and lately I have been adding both aluminum and plastic circulars to my collection. I am preferring circular over straight these days when I have the option. (Knitpicks options and random others)

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? I recently purchased a winder (YAY for lovely center pull balls) Naturally, I've put a swift on my want list.

17. How old is your oldest UFO? Clogs (OCS... one clog syndrome)

18. What is your favorite holiday? What winter holiday do you observe? It would have to be Christmas. I love finding/making just the right gift for someone.

19. Is there anything that you collect? Yes, I 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 probably 6 different animals from my travels. It's sort of an "incidental" collection, I can't stop myself from buying them when I see new animals. I also have a collection of Painted Ponies.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? Thanks to Ravelry, my books are mostly posted there. I think there are several missing because they haven't been posted on Rav yet. I am trying to decide which magazine to get. I keep swapping between Knit.1 and Knitscene. As far as patterns that I would like, they are in my sidebar (along with the free patterns that I want to knit.) I noted if I have them or need them.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? Off the top of my head: Learning long tail cast on's. Would like to try toe up socks, maybe try two at a time socks now that I have the book.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? Not yet, (see #21). In general I am a size 8. Will post measurements soon. (I know I said I'd do it earlier, twice actually. I will, promise!)

23. When is your birthday? June 3rd

24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID? Ponyknit

NaKniSweMo Update... and AACS Q4

Good progress this weekend, but not nearly as much as I anticipated. Life happens. I've since knit more, will post a newer update soon.

Baby Umbilical Hat Partial Frog
may just become a complete Riiiiiip...

AACS Q4
Check out the blogs of some of the other participants, and find someone you have something in common with - post a little on your blog about the common interests or loves you both share and tell us about them! Don't forget to leave a comment on their blog saying hello!


I stumbled upon Jill's blog and found that she had just recently frogged a completed project too. Her project was MUCH larger than mine. As her blog post says, it did take a lot of courage! Another thing in common, she also enjoys knitting dishcloths.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Final Library Enhancement... for now... and AACS Q3

Playing catch up with this one. Franklin's book arrived the weekend before I went away. I'm sure I can find good use for the free gift bag (Included with pre-order from Interweave) over the holidays!

Amazing Autumn Coffee Swap Question #3
What is it that you love about your first cup of the day? Are you a daily drinker? How do you take yours? Tell us how you love to enjoy your first cup!
I love the aroma while brewing, and then the taste, once I've poured a cup. I'm a daily drinker. I take mine with just a touch of skim milk. Occasionally I will drink a mocha or something, but my daily cup is usually pretty simple with just a touch of skim milk.

Also, a quick update on my Minor Casualty. I emailed KnitPicks and they are replacing my cable! Woot!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

NaKniSweMo

I incidentally* swatched for my February Lady Sweater on November 2nd while on vacation. I had been thinking about joining the madness called NaKniSweMo (Knit a sweater in the month of November), but wasn't sure if I could get enough knitting time to finish before December. I joined, so we'll just have to find out. (*Yes, Moriah, I believe this is partly your fault.)

OTN: February Lady Sweater in Cascade 220 Heathers. Progress pic's coming. Just got in from vacation yesterday. Made good progress past the first button hole on the plane home. Just haven't had time to take a pic yet.

Progress pic of Baby Umbilical Hat before I left for vacation last week.

Finished: Baby Umbilical Hat
Knitted most of the hat while on the plane on my way to vacation. Once I arrived in Florida I saw that I had dropped some stitches and decided to just rip back a bit. Where I picked my stitches back up I managed to twist a few stitches and it resulted in a not so pretty mid section of the hat. I'm considering ripping and knitting backwards (Towards the bottom of the hat, instead of as the pattern is written towards the crown) to relax my OCD. If I only wasn't such a perfectionist! Once I do that, I will post a FO pic ;)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Dish Rag Tag The Sequel Finale! AACS Q2

Dish Rag Tag is officially over.  Everyone has finished the race!  I had a fun time again this year, and enjoyed being Captain this time.  Can't wait for next year!
Go team Dishin' It Out!  Not only did we finish, but we got 4th!!!
The lovely dishcloth that I received is from Heidi from TX. 
Thanks Emily, the super swap host, for the awesome tea and adorable card!

Amazing Autumn Coffee Swap Q2
With Halloween coming up this Friday, tell us what you think of when you think of Halloween!  Do you love it?  Hate it?  See it as a sign of Fall?  Are you a total sucker for candy and little kids in cute costumes?
I love fall, so I love Halloween.  I'm not really into dressing up, but if I have a party or something I will go in costume.  On halloween I love seeing kids trick-or-treating and having a good time.  Yes, I am definitely a sucker for candy and little kids in cute costumes.  

Next Post: Knitting evidence, maybe even a FO!