Thursday, April 29, 2010

Winter Goals wrap up

I'm moving again into an apartment until this apartment is ready. No, I do not enjoy moving, but unfortunately, it's inevitable. AND my camera battery decided to die, so I don't have any pictures at the moment.

Here's a pathetic wrap-up:

Winter Knitting Goals
1. Cast on for at least one baby item for second pending baby. SORT OF (I have pic to explain)
2. Complete one baby item for second pending baby.
3. Participate in KrisKnits KAL. DONE
4. Participate and complete at least one dishcloth in KrisKnits KAL for either Jan, Feb, or Mar.
5. Participate and complete the dishcloth for each month in KrisKnits KAL (Jan, Feb, Mar).

Bonus: Cast on for something new (either a lavalette, a little ruffle, or ?)
March 20th, 2010

Well, one thing is for sure, I left myself room for improvement ;) After completing 4 of 5 of my Fall goals I thought I was back on a roll but then life happened... I did make a lot of progress on one dishcloth, KrisKnits January cloth. But c'mon, ONE? I'll be posting it soon. In terms of baby gifts, I hadn't blocked the ruffled hat, so I didn't gift it. One of the two pending babies that I was planning for received a dishcloth and I still hope to knit something for the second baby. And of course, there are more babies being added to the list (one for fall, so the completed ruffled hat may be an option.)
As for the next week I'll probably be packing, sorting, and moving. I hope to get my knitting time back after I am settled.

Spring Knitting Goals
1. Participate in KrisKnits KAL.
2. Complete KrisKnits KAL Jan dishcloth. (almost done)
3. Participate and complete at least one dishcloth (besides Jan) in KrisKnits KAL.
4. Cast on for something new (either a lavalette, a little ruffle, or ?)
Bonus: If bead stash is found, start 1 beading project.
June 21st, 2010

I wasn't as ambitious with my goals this season. I'm thinking that way I can get more checked off of my list. I hope to get some more dishcloth knitting in, as well as a cast on for a new project. I'd really love to find my beads in storage! I've got a few projects that I'd really like to cast on for now, so we'll have to see what wins. Also, I'll be traveling in June for work again, and this time it's a LONG flight, so I'd like to have some good travel knitting OTN.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Cocoa Swappin' 3 Package

I got a delicious package from my Cocoa pal! I opened the box and found everything wrapped up individually. After I opened all of the packages I found all of this...
Two skeins of worsted Mmmmmalabrigo
Here's a close-up of one skeinand a close-up of second skein. YUM!

Then I found a square of chocolate, a canister of drinking chocolate, an adorable tape measure with a cocoa cozy that she made for me, cute stitch markers of cups of cocoa (where did you find these? They're the perfect theme for this swap!) and 2 size 6 KnitPicks tips (1 nickel and 1 zephyr) to add to my set. My partner did a great job! I had commented on how I was always running out of size 6 needles, thanks pal! I can't wait to try the Zephyr tips!
Close-up of cocoa stitch markers

Thanks Cocoa pal! You did an awesome job spoiling me and putting my package together!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

There has been

A. Dishcloth KAL Knitting...
B. Which was interrupted by...
which turned into this guy, who was Top Secret knitting for Cocoa Swap 3C. And shopping for Cocoa swap 3...where this Plymouth Paca Tweed followed me home...D. A MAIL CALL! I received this box from my Cocoa Swappin' partner yesterday but discovered it this AM. I'll be opening it tonight and posting soon. Can't wait! Thanks pknitsox!
E. All of above

Correct answer is all of the above (becomes pretty believable when I include photographic evidence huh?)

Blah Buster Mouse
Pattern: City Mouse Toy by Lion Brand Yarn
Weapons: US 6 short DPN's
Yarn: Ella Rae Classic Print (Scraps of random black yarn for eyes and pink sugar and cream for whiskers)
Start/Finish: Feb 28th - March 9th 2010.
For: Downstream Cocoa Swappin' 3 partner

Notes: Fun knit! Bit fiddly with ears and tail, but then again, this is my first Amigurumi. I wanted to use stash, and I found this Ella Rae. I was thinking of a solid brown, but when I found this skein it looked like fun. Quick and fun knit! Casted on and finished the body and also started the bottom piece in one sitting. Ears and tail were a bit fiddly (most likely because this is my first amigurumi) but I liked how it all came together. I would have re-done the second ear if I listened to my compulsiveness, but I had to get him into the mail, so I talked myself out of it. Total project took me time from three evenings. I'd say total of 4 hours? Not sure. I was often multi tasking with laundry or etc.


If I was to make another one, I would add some weight to the bottom. He was sitting well as is, but I imagine after his trip with USPS or over time, he may not sit as well. I didn't have access to my bead stash or stuffing, so I had to get creative as it was, and I didn't have anything heavy to stuff the base with. I stuffed the body with fabric scraps. Thinking about it now I could have used a little rice in the base. Next time!

Modifications: I opted to keep one color for the ears. I found scrap black yarn for the eyes and some pink sugar and cream for whiskers.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Cocoa Swappin' 3 Hostess Package

Because Cocoa Swappin' 3 was so small this time around, our hostess decided to send a gift to each person. She's so sweet! Kate sent me two books: Sew On and Knitprovisation
as well as some Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn.
Thanks Kate, that was so very generous of you! I love the package! She must have peeked around my blog to see my interest in knitting my first
pair of socks as well as getting into sewing. I can't wait to get all set up to sew
once I move! These books look great for a beginner like me!
Thanks for being such a great hostess Kate!

Stay tuned... I may have knitting evidence...

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Cocoa Swap 3 Questionnaire

While I was away I had not seen that the questionnaire was posted (didn't realize that it has been up since last time). Sorry to keep my partner waiting, I just got back today.

The Yarn…

1. Do you knit, crochet, or do both? Knit only. May learn crochet one of these days...

2. What is your favorite one-skein project? What item do you find you knit the most of? Amanda Hat. I have knit a shawl, hats, mittens, scarves and dishcloths. I hope to make more hats and mittens and knit more lace.

3. Do you like using a particular type of needle or hook? (wood, metal, straight, circular) Is there something you’ve been wanting to try, or a particular size you always seem to be short on? I think each type has it's place. I have a fair amount of bamboo straights in my collection and I have some aluminum and plastic circulars. I am preferring circular over straight these days when I have the option. (Knitpicks options and random others) I always run out of size 6 Knitpicks Options needles.

4. What’s on your needles\hook right now? What’s your oldest UFO (unfinished object)? I'm currently working on the January cloth from KrisKnits Knitalong. One UFO from last year is a February Lady Sweater. But by far my oldest UFO is Clogs (OCS... one clog syndrome.)

5. What are your favorite types of yarns? Are you allergic to any yarns, or just hate working with something? Anything type/brand of yarn you’ve been dying to try? I really like working with Malabrigo, 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.

7. What are your favorite colors? Brights? Pastels? More muted colors? Variegated? Are there that make you want to stab yourself in the eye with your needles? 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.

8. What is your favorite knit accessory, your fancy needles? stitch markers? your yarn cutter? What do you have TOO many of? What do you wish you had? I love stitch markers. I'm always open to try someone's favorite knit accessory.

The Chocolate

1. Do you prefer boxed/packets, or something homemade? Either. I'm open to try someone else's favorite.

2. Marshmallows or whipped cream? I don't typically have either on my hot chocolate. Marshmallow's are a nice addition, whipped cream is yummy for a special occasion.

3. Do you use any ‘add ins’? Typically no. Since the first time I logged into the swaps' site, and saw the hot cocoa with chocolate chips and whipped cream, I've been considering it.

4. Are you a year round cocoa drinker or just in the winter months? More in the winter time.

5. Do you like flavored cocoas or are you just a ’straight chocolate’ kind of person? Depends on my mood. Typically a straight chocolate person. Can be tempted if it involved mint or coffee Hot Chocolate. (See #6)

6. Do you enjoy cocoa from restaurants or shops like Starbucks? What are some of your favorites? Not technically cocoa, but for a treat I love a Cafe Mocha at Starbucks. Chocolate meets coffee, can't beat that! I also drink "Natural Mint Cocoa" from Trader Joe's.

7. You’ve just made the perfect cup of cocoa - is it in a thick mug, or a thinner cup? Where would you sit to drink it? A thick mug with my current WIP and latest Netflicks.

8. You’re enjoying that perfect cup, what treats will you enjoy with it? Are they sweet or salty? Crunchy? Soft and flaky? Some chocolate or cookies.

It’s all YOU!

1. Do you have other hobbies like spinning or scrapbooking? 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 now that I have a little machine (thanks SP13 spoiler!!!) I'll imagine I will be sewing more. I have a lot of ideas for tote bags, needle organizers, etc.

2. Do you collect anything? 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.

3. What is your favorite part of Winter? SNOW!

4. What sort of scents do you enjoy? Any difference in what you like for your house versus what you like for your body? I LOVE lavender. It's sooo relaxing. I also love the smell of fresh roses. I also like "clean" scents or vanilla for the home.

5. Are you allergic to anything? No allergies. Aversion: I don't like ultra dark chocolate.

6. Are you on Ravelry? What’s your ID? Ponyknit

7. How would you spend an ideal winter afternoon/day? Out to the barn for a ride, and back home to snuggle up with Daizzy and a cup of hot cocoa. We'd watch a movie and knit ;)

8. What’s your favorite animal? Tie, Horses and dogs.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Ruffles...

If you haven't noticed, I'm in love with ruffles these days. After starting this post I realized I previously had a post with almost the same title but I figured it'd emphasize my love these days. I also thought that if I knit more than one of these, I know exactly what the post title will be... hahah SO not creative, ah well.

After casting on over 200 stitches for the ruffled baby girl hat I kept picking up to recount my stitches, and then put it back down. After getting some sleep I could finally get going. Once I actually got knitting, this one flew off of the needles!
(Sorry for the unblocked dark photo. I hope to block it soon and I'll post a better pic then.)

Now that I've spent 2 knitting and chatting visits with Moriah last week I'm thinking about knitting my first pair of socks sometime soon. I may have to incorporate it into my Winter Goals. Which reminds me, I'm a bit behind with my wrap-up.

Fall Knitting Goals Wrap-Up
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 and most likely make another ruffled baby hat.
2. Make progress on at least one baby item.
Done
3.
Complete at least 1 baby item. Done
4. Work on
Bijouterie. Haven't found bead stash yet :(
5. Make final decision on next lace project. Still want to knit both this and this, but the lavalette has won this time (another link). I want to knit it all! (Use stashed Malabrigo Silky Merino Lace)


Deadline: January 1st 2010

Wow, I hit 4 of 5 goals this season! Awesome! And the only reason I didn't work on some beading (#4) was that I can't find my bead stash. I still have one more place to look or I'll have to wait until I empty the storage unit and officially move.

Winter Knitting Goals
1. Cast on for at least one baby item for second pending baby.
2. Complete one baby item for second pending baby.
3. Participate in KrisKnits KAL.
4. Participate and complete at least one dishcloth in KrisKnits KAL for either Jan, Feb, or Mar.
5. Participate and complete the dishcloth for each month in KrisKnits KAL (Jan, Feb, Mar).

Bonus: Cast on for something new (either a lavalette, a little ruffle, or ?)
March 20th, 2010

I went for cumulative goals again because I really think that breaking them up to smaller goals helps me to get them done. Not that finding my knitting mojo hasn't either ;)

Swap Update:
Hot Cocoa Swappin' 3 Registration closed Jan 26th (sorry I took soo long to post). I had a blast last time!

Things are a bit crazy here these days as I'm trying to get a lot of stuff done before I head off for a business trip to Miami next week, looking forward to some sun and travel knitting!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Dishcloth KAL

held by KrisKnits
Check it out....

I got a message from HSailorMoon on Rav (I'm a bit behind in my GoogleReader these days) and really appreciated the heads up! Looks like a ton of fun. Not that I haven't had something OTN for when I do have a few minutes to knit... but I think this will help me to pick up the needles more regularly. AND who can turn down dishcloth knitting OR KrisKnits pattern's?

For this KAL a portion of each month's pattern will be revealed in blog posts through out the month. I'm going to aim for doing this month's and take it from there, but I think participating each month isn't too much of a commitment time-wise for me. I'll see how January goes.

Anyone else interested?

Have a great weekend! I'll be back soon with an update on my Fall Knitting Goals as well as hopefully a WIP update on the Ruffled baby girl's hat and the beginning of January's dishcloth!