Monday, December 21, 2009

Ruffles

I casted on for the Ruffled Baby Girl Hat in some Peruvia that I had in my stash.
I loved what I had seen of this pattern in cotton (peaches 'n cream) but the babies that I needed to knit for were going to be born when it was still quite cold out in New England and the hat is sized for a newborn. SO, I decided to use a warmer yarn instead and knit the size that the pattern was written for so that the babies could wear the hat sooner rather than later. If I really like the pattern maybe I'll make one for another baby in a lighter weight at some point. The pattern was too cute to pass up.

While I was out shopping the other day I saw a ruffled scarf. That sent me to Ravelry looking for patterns. The scarf was something like this, or this (chunky version). I also came across this
gathered version which was a really neat spin on a ruffled scarf.

Then I really loved and settled on: A Little Ruffle (pattern available on the blog Sadie and Oliver).

I couldn't pass this one up, neither could a lot of other knitters:


Stay tuned once I catch up on my to-do list and decide what to make this out of, and when!

In the meantime, Daizzy wanted to say HI to the blog and her friends.
She loved that Mom had a snow day on Sunday and didn't have to teach any riding lessons, so she got to hang out in Grandpa's recliner while he was out plowing snow.
Her sister Plum was quite happy about Daizzy being in the recliner too, that meant the couch was open for lounging!
Daizzy also had time to have fun with one of her favorite squeaky toys.
Dusty watched the girls to make sure that they didn't do anything that he wouldn't do ;)Daizzy also had her first experience with this nail trimmer. It went really well. She seemed to like having her nails manicured instead of just clipped.
This was taken after she had all of her nails done lightly.
From this pic I'd say PediPaws has got Daizzy's approval!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Unique Basketweave Dishcloth

During the week of Thanksgiving my itching fingers found something to do...

This pattern was a fast and fun knit. Thanks Anna of Knitting Up a Storm for sharing her great pattern. I casted on in the afternoon on a long car ride and was done after dinner. I think it was just what I needed to get my knitting mojo going. I casted on for this afterward!

One cute baby gift done and off the needles and another baby item OTN. Two checks off of my Fall Knitting goals!

Fall Knitting Goals
1.
Decide what to do for the two babies that I want to knit for. Not sure how big of a project I want to do now that there's 2 to knit for, and considering how long one project has been sitting on my knitting goals. Finish booties? (booties or garter stitch baby kimono) Start something new? Partly decided, knit one item to start.
2. Make progress on at least one baby item.
Done
3.
Complete at least 1 baby item. Done
4. Work on
Bijouterie.
5. Make final decision on next lace project. Still teetering between this, this, or this. I want to knit it all! (Use stash)


Deadline: January 1st 2010

I also was feeling the need to bead (goal #4). After searching I realized that I didn't know where my bead stash went during my move in March. I have one more place to check, or otherwise it's waiting for me in storage when I move into the apartment. ::crosses fingers:: I really liked the pearls I picked out for this project and I'd like to make them soon.

Look at what I found when I uploaded pics off of my camera, it's my Son of Dish Rag Tag cloth! (Funny how they are both a derivative of basketweave)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Over The Top Blog Award

Thanks Danica! I received this award from Danica's Daily quite a while ago (yikes!) and now I'm finally have a bit of time to post my responses... (see I told you I'd post it eventually!)

In order to accept this award I have to answer the following questions with only 1 word answers…

1. Where is your cell phone? Near Overthetopaward
2.Your hair? Blonde/Brown (ha... cheating already)
3. Your mother? Brunette
4. Your father? Rocks
5. Your favorite food? Cheese
6. Your dream last night? forgot
7. Your favorite drink? Frappuccino
8. Your dream/goal? successful
9. What room are you in? Office
10. Your hobby? Riding
11. Your fear? Forgetting
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Healthy
13. Where were you last night? Highfields
14. Something you aren’t? Shy
15. Muffins? YUM
16. Wish list item?
17. Where did you grow up? Massachusetts
18. Last thing you did? Data (C'mon... since when does something in the lab have one word?)
19. What are you wearing? Jeans (My own prompted casual friday ;))
20. Your TV? off
21. Your pets? Daizzy (Don't forget Dee and Dusty!)
22. Your friends? Rock
23. Your life? Busy
24. Your mood? T.G.I.F
25. Missing someone? Yes
26. Vehicle? Element
27. Something you’re not wearing? Glasses
28. Your favorite store? TJs (hahha Danica I made it one too!)
29. Your favorite color? Yellow
30. When was the last time you laughed? Today
31. Last time you cried? ???
32. Your best friend? KMEAD (HA.... had to combine everyone's name in one, can't put one)
33. One place that I go over and over? Barn
34. One person who emails me regularly? Enid
35. Favorite place to eat? Home

Alright, now I need to pass this torch on to 6 bloggers. It’s so hard to narrow this down to 6. If you don't have time to post it, not worries at all. Just know I was thinking about you!

1. Moriah at Tales from a Knitting Med Student

2. Megan at Tangled Up in Knots

3. Nichole at Lapdog Creations

4. Bekka

5. Susan at No Knit Sherlock!

6. Erica at Itzy's Kitchen

T.G.I.F everyone! Have a great weekend!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Overdue catch up

WOW I've been crazy busy... as seen by my longer than a month absence! I must admit to my lack thereof of knitting for the greater part of my absence, but I am feeling that familiar itch to knit these days, so hopefully I'll be back with some progress shots soon. I'm beginning to think I'm more of a cold weather knitter. Also, the swarm of swaps have ended and now I'm itching to sign up for something new.

Anyway... I do have one FO. I participated in dish rag tag again this year and here is mine.Oh right... you wanted to see the dish cloth. Well I managed to knit it and forgot to take a pic of the FO. (There's a slight chance the pic is in my camera, but not uploaded. I'll have to check. FOUND IT) For now, you'll have to use your imagination a bit. Here's the package I received. I followed the same pattern and used the Peaches 'N Cream in the pic above and below.
Nicole sent me her completed cloth along with a bunch of goodies! I got a card, pixie sticks, swedish fish, coffee, peaches and cream (to knit my leg of the race) and a skein of Antuco. Thanks Nicole!

Our team finished 12 out of 20 on 10/13/09. Great job U Can't Knit Just One! We were against some steep competition! As always, I had a great time. Thanks for running another year of this fun competition Emily! It wouldn't be summer/fall without it!

An update on my Knitting Goals (also late... you see a trend?)

Tardy Summer Knitting Goals
1. At least one FO. (DONE)
2. Cast on for baby sweater. (Wound the yarn... that's progress right?)
3. Complete one baby item. (booties or garter stitch baby kimono)
4. Work on Bijouterie.
5. Make final decision on next lace project. Lately I'm teetering between this, this, or this. I want to knit it all!

Deadline: September 22nd

Well, I did complete #1. I wound yarn for #2, but didn't cast on. I made some progress on the booties, but not enough to warrant an update pic. I didn't get anywhere near my beads so I didn't do #4, but I did put some thought into #5. Still no decision. SO I only can check off #1 from the list. Whew... quite unproductive fall in terms of my knitting goals huh? Now that I got that out of the way, I can set my next goals!

Fall Knitting Goals
1.
Decide what to do for the two babies that I want to knit for. Not sure how big of a project I want to do now that there's 2 to knit for, and considering how long one project has been sitting on my knitting goals. Finish booties? (booties or garter stitch baby kimono) Start something new?
2. Make progress on at least one baby item.

3.
Complete at least 1 baby item.
4. Work on
Bijouterie.
5. Make final decision on next lace project. Still teetering between this, this, or this. I want to knit it all! (Use stash)


Deadline: January 1st 2010
(First day of winter is Dec. 21st. Because I'm posting this over a month late, I figured I'd push it up)


I gave myself mini-goals this time. I broke down "bigger" goals into smaller ones. I started doing that with SparkPeople several months ago. I had set a weight loss goal, and made mini-goals for my progress along the way. It worked really well with that, I've now lost over 25 lbs., so let's see if it works with my knitting goals ;) I've not only been itching to knit, but I've been wanting to bead as well. Now I need to just find the time. Stay tuned...

Lots to catch up on. I've been tagged!!! That will be up soon.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Final SP14 Package!

I was totally spoiled with my SP14 reveal package. Setembrina sent me: bath salts that she made herself, a skein of knitpicks yarn that she dyed, stitch markers and earrings that she also made for me which were inside a cute tin along with a measuring tape and needle tips, a bath mitt and sponge, bath fizzies, wool shampoo, a skein of Plymouth worsted Jeannee, a set of handmade coasters (made by her?) and some STASH tea. Everything was inside a cute blue tote bag.

Here's a close-up of the Knitpick's yarn and coasters.
She made such a beautiful combo of my favorite colors, yellow pink and blue!
Closer look at the earrings, stitch markers, measuring tape and needle tips.
I love the eyes on the yellow beads.
Thanks Setembrina! I was officially spoiled rotten!

I've been tagged in DRT! Post coming soon...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Updates

Tardy Summer Goals update: I only have till Sept. 22nd. If the deadline was today, things wouldn't be looking so good. Let's see how much I can get done in the next week. I've knit a bit, but no FO so far.

Dish Rag Tag Update: It's almost my turn!!! I'm on deck. I'd better get my needles ready!

SP14 Update: It's coming to a close soon, wow how time flies! I'm starting to get things together for my downstream as it ends Sept. 30th.

Everyone seen the new Knitty? I am loving Colonnade. It may be the next project that can get me out of this lack-of-knitting-mojo-funk. How cute is Zozo? Kindly sheep is a really neat idea, and super cute.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Twist Contest

Hurry, it's only till tomorrow! Buy a pattern and get entered to win. Now if I could only decide which pattern to buy...

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Kenny Weekend 2009

Ah yes, it's that time of year again. Well at least it was back in August. Suddenly we're into September and I haven't had time to post the evidence of Kenny Weekend, until now.

This year Kenny was playing in CT on a Thursday, before his yearly stop at Gillette Stadium for Kenny's Country Fest on a Saturday. Incidentally it was my friend's birthday on the following Sunday. So, when we bought Country Fest tickets back in December (yes they go on sale 8 months ahead and sell out in minutes every year) we coined the ordeal to be "Kenny Weekend."
When we arrived at the concert in CT, we couldn't believe how close our seats were. Here's a photo depiction of just how close we were...
Lady Antebellum Opened
Yes we were THAT close!Whoa!
Can you see two Kenny's?
Shot of the screen
Kenny and the Band
Here are some shots from Gillette. This is the first year we were not on the floor, and I really didn't mind. At first we thought it would feel much father back, but it wasn't bad. Being up in the seats had a few benefits, one being that they had some actual air flow (with 56,000 people attending and it was a hot august day, it was much breezier than the floor seats), and two being that the chairs are fixed, so no one was squishing into our row.

Lady Antebellum Montgomery GentrySugarlandKENNY!!!Kenny always has some Sox or Pat's visitors... this year it was Bruschi. Little did we know at that time that he'd be retiring this season. His skills, enthusiasm and energy on and off of the field will be missed! (Wes Welker was there too, but I didn't get any good shots of him)
Next: Some actual knitting content! Last week I sneaked in some time on my booties. Hopefully my increase in knitting time will continue. I found a mistake early on so I ripped back to zero and started over. I'm now ahead of where I was before the rip!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

It's that time of year again... sharpen your needles...

It isn't summer until I've participated in Yarn Miracle's Dish rag tag . I have participated in it every year since it's very beginning. The race will begin on Friday.
Go team U Can't Knit Just 1!!!
Coming Next: Kenny Pic's (I haven't forgotten, just haven't had time to sort through all 83 pics!)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Three surprise packages from my SP14 spoiler!

All books off of my amazon wish list! How awesome!
After getting these three packages I noticed just how eclectic my interests are. I go from horse training to fast and healthy cooking to dog agility.

Thanks for the awesome picks off of my wish list SP14 spoiler!!!

Next: This years Kenny stalking via images ;)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Mount Desert Island Maine

I went to a conference at MDIBL last week. It's so beautiful up there! I'd like to go back just to play tourist next time in Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park! When I wasn't in the conference I had a little time to get to the ocean and take these pics. One morning I also took a nice long walk (sans camera, I know, bad blogger yadda yadda). Here's a few shots of the view at MDIBL. I can't imagine how scientists there actually get any work done. Next time I'll have to take a pic of the labs. They're literally on the waterfront.
Here's a shot of me on on the dock.
I thought the coastline was beautiful.
The clouds were so neat in this shot!Coming Up Next: A surprise SP14 package!!!
Also, after this weekend I'll have a few Kenny sightings to post. It's that time of year again, YAY for Kenny weekend!!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Saucy Spring Swap Package

This is the first time I have participated in this swap on Ravelry and it was a ton of fun! I can't wait to try all of the sauces!

In my loaded box I got:
2 skeins of Tofutsies, 4 hot sauces (one being Siracha, my current favorite), 3 mustards, 2 jars of peppers (Jalapenos are my favorite add in's), an aromatherapy spa kit, a cute cherry paperclip, aromatic tea, and a package of spicy sour prunes.
Here's a close-up of the saucesHere's a close-up of all of the other goodies!
What an awesome package! I can't wait to get trying everything! I haven't tried any of the sauces that I received, besides the Siracha which I know that I love already, so it will be fun! I also haven't worked with Tofutsies yet! Thanks for such a great package sunmoon!

DishRag Tag, this year it's called Son of Dishrag Tag, sign-ups are going on NOW! I realized today that I hadn't signed up yet, and I saw that the sign-ups were over half full yesterday! If your interested, run over and sign up now! It's a TON of fun. I participated in it's first time through two years ago, and I was a captain last year. It's a blast.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Love me, Ortiz Me?

I came upon this shirt and it fit today's post PERFECTLY...

For all of you that are Sox fans... here's some pic's from last Saturday's game v.s. the Orioles. We won, 7-2. I had awesome seats. A friend of mine got home plate pavilion seats from work and I was lucky enough to get invited. We sat in bar stools in front of a little table, and had a waiter. It was awesome! You can't complain when your waiter is bringing you your beer and fenway frank to your table! We also loved that we could get up and cheer on Papi during his homer without shuffling around everything in our laps! It was awesome. Great game!!! Nothing like being at Fenway...
Lester pitched
Final was actually 7-2... I just loved this scoreboard shot

Obligatory Lowell shot...
After the game...

Friday, July 31, 2009

First SP14 Package

My secret pal sent me a beautiful bag with three skeins of KnitPicks Essential Solid, a journal that matches the fabric perfectly, and a copy of "The Girls Book. How to be the best at everything." I love the pattern of the fabric! The yarn looks soo yummy, and also perfectly matches the bag and journal! I had seen the book several times, and I was always interested to peek around in it. Now I can ;) Thanks Secret Pal for such a great package!
My pictures aren't the best. Neither is the weather (a.k.a chronic rain) in New England for the past 2 months. Ah well. I worked with what teeny tiny amount of daylight I had.

Up Next: Saucy Swap Package. I still need to take pics. After seeing how these came out, I wanted to wait to take pics. I will post them soon.
Also, I went to a Sox game last Saturday. Stay tuned for pics.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Spring Knitting Goal Wrap-Up and New Tardy Summer Goals

I did a pretty good job with my winter goals, getting 2 of the 4 goals completed. When I decided on my spring goals I knew that summer was coming (or whatever we call the weather in New England right now) along with a lot of freelance teaching and coaching, moving, and golf, so I tried to keep my goals reasonable. I didn't account for losing my knitting mojo as well.

Spring Knitting Goals
1. Dust off and make progress on Feb. Lady Sweater.
2. Work on Bijouterie.

3. Plan baby items, using stash or pick up materials needed. (2 friends due Aug/Sept.) Currently thinking at least one pair of booties. DONE
4. Make progress on baby items (especially if sweater knitting is getting too hot!) DONE
5. Decide on next lace project ;) (work on #4 prior to casting on!)

Deadline: June 21


I've planned baby items. I casted on the booties with some Cashmerino from my stash. I casted on and made some progress on booties, but my progress was pretty pathetic. I picked up some Louet Gems (fingering wt.) at my LYS in order to make a garter stitch baby kimono. I have completed number 3 and 4 out of 5. I keep looking at lace on blogs and Rav, and wanting to knit lace. Because I want to get some baby knitting done first, and knowing what happens once I cast on any lace, I haven't decided on what I'd like to knit next, just yet. I'll make that one of my goals for the summer. (P.S. I already would have tried to knit some lace for the baby, if it was a girl. Instead, as you can tell by the booties and yarn for the kimono, she's expecting a boy.) Here's a look at the Louet Gems. I thought I'd go with washable for this mom-to-be.

Seeing that I'm posting this wrap up MORE than a month late! (WHOA! I kept waiting to have some knitting to show... and you see what happens?) Now that I'm posting these so late, I'll call them my Tardy Summer Knitting Goals. I feel that I'm on the way to finding my knitting mojo. I followed some advice that I was given in the comments when I posted the problem. I went to my LYS and I will be casting on for something new soon. :)

Tardy Summer Knitting Goals
1. At least one FO.
2. Cast on for baby sweater.
3. Complete one baby item. (booties or garter stitch baby kimono)
4. Work on Bijouterie.
5. Make final decision on next lace project. Lately I'm teetering between this, this, or this. I want to knit it all!

Deadline: September 22nd

Up Next: A SP14 package and a Saucy swap package! (I got the packages late last night and haven't taken pics yet.)
Contest held by the blog STILL coming...

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Caffeine Addicts Summer Swap Final Installment

The rest of my package arrived!
First I received a handpainted skein from iWunder. It is soo soft and it is my favorite colors! Then I received this package from Greece! I had received a note in my first package saying the rest of my package was coming from a sunny place, being a secret swap I guess she didn't want to tip me off by saying how far away she really was! Once I opened the wrapping I saw just how full the package was!I found all kinds of goodies inside! A bag of Christina's special blend of coffee to try, some"extra blend" from her favorite coffee shop, two types of candies made with Mastic (a turkish delight that is from a tree that grows in Chios), two hanks and 1 skein of kangaroo (cotton?), a tea blend called "Maya" which has spices and chocolate, and also a postcard from the island of Kittira (where she vacationed last week). I couldn't avoid taking one more shot with the yarn that I had received earlier.
All of the yarn looked so pretty together, don't you think? The yarn is beautiful, I love the colors! I can't wait to try the coffee, tea and treats! I enjoyed learning a bit about greece and Mastic as well. (Linked above in case anyone is as curious as I was!)
Thanks for such a great package Christina! (Karmologyclinic on Rav)