Wednesday, March 28, 2012

WiP Wednesday: Volume 2 Issue 10

The final Wednesday in March.  I kept thinking yesterday was the 28th for some weird reason.  Didn't help me to get my post prepped though.  I have to confess that I often use the "Schedule" feature when blogging.  It is so easy to write a post in the evening and then "schedule" it for the next day or few days.  Alas, not last night.

I have been thinking for a few minutes on where to start with this week's projects.  I guess I will start with Saturday.  Now, that doesn't mean that I didn't knit between Wednesday & Friday of last week, I finished up a cloth on Friday and before that I knit two rows of it on Thursday!  Such a busy girl I am.

While sitting in my office/studio contemplating life's next great move, staring off into space, I spotted some Red Heart Soft that I had impulse purchased several months ago that was to be used for a crocheted blanket and decided that it would be a great yarn to use to make some large worsted mitered squares.  You see, I have been diagnosed with Mitered Squares Itch.  So far a cure has not been found and treatment is in its infancy.  Here is my completed square.

The jewel tone corner was a late thought I had, but I think it works really well.  I hope to work on a few more in the coming week.

On Sunday, because I could not sit still, I decided to cast on a fingering weight mitered square.  This is number two and is in Knit Picks Felici, Goth.

And here they are side by side.  They are both a 54 stitch cast on.  The fingering weight is on a US 3 and the worsted weight is on a US 9.

On Monday I had planned early in the day to work on the Maude blanket, but I am catching a case of Starteristis and pulled out the Molly Bubble Romper pattern and did a little work...very little

Last night, after the first period of the Penguins/Islanders game I was feeling particularly down and frustrated so I pulled out Maude and did a repeat.  As soon as I started, the Penguins scored, then they scored again.  Then something bad went wrong.  With the game, not my knitting...

And finally, how I wind down after a long hard day...

...with my Nook and John Sandford's Phantom Prey.  Please excuse the fingerprints, I am too lazy to clean my screen.

Happy crafting to everyone.  I hope to be back next week with a brand new issue, but I have a big visit from my sister and her family.  Hopefully soon I will be linking to her blog!  Stay tuned...

P.S. - sorry for no links today.  The computer is sort of being a butt and threatening to strike.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

SsS: Volume 1 Issue 4

I have twenty minutes until I have to be in place for this...

...tonight the Penguins host the Devils and I can only hope it turns out better than last night's horror.

But let's take a look and see what happened this week....

First up, on Monday I felt like this little guy

a bit miffed.  This is my bomb speaker.  His "fuse" plugs into my ipod and he puts out some bass!  I love this impulse purchase!

I might have a slight pen addiction!  There is no room at the inn in my cup bin at work! It is filled to the brim with a rainbow of pens!  I think the only one that doesn't get used is the yellow one in back and I think it is also dried up.  We may have to have a funeral this week.

This is Cooper all dolled up to head outside.  Our snowstorm last Sunday started to melt in earnest on Tuesday and this is what happens to poor Coop.  He just can't seem to stay out of the mud and so he has to wear a man's t-shirt!  He is less than thrilled to be photographed in it.  I told him he couldn't go outside until he looked at the camera.

I cooked dinner!  That is not something I say very often at all.  This is a box of one of my most favorite meals, Hamburger Helper Potato Stroganoff.  This is what I would ask for for my birthday dinner when I was younger...and older! 

While it was cooking, I perused these...

I ordered the Ice Time off of ebay.  I must say that I would have thought if you put a player on the cover, you would spotlight him in the issue.  But, that is not the case.  They had little spotlights on Marc Andre Fleury and Chris Kunitz.  To say I was disappointed is an understatement.  I love Brent Johnson and I haven't been able to see much of him lately because he is injured.  Totally bummed.

It seemed like forever for this to arrive!  It was a busier day than usual as a co-worker and I powered through the storage garage and moved tons of file boxes that were HEAVY to be shredded and others to be more properly arranged.  It was ridiculous how fast we made it happen.  It was so ridiculous that Friday night I had to enjoy these...

before I could enjoy...

The wonderfully colored tablets are Excedrin Back & Body and boy did I need both of them!

Horrible Bosses was hilarious!  I love Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Aniston was so different than she usually is, it was just a lot of fun.  I also didn't even realize Colin Farrell was in the movie until the credits!  Definitely a much watch.  One caveat, you can't be totally turned off by the F-bomb!

Before I settled in for the movie, I did get to open a wonderful swap package and it was LOADED!

That candy barely made it to Saturday's photo session!  The jelly beans are gone.  I must make a note to get myself some more before the season is over!

Earlier in the week I received another swap package, full of fun scrapbooking papers, stickers, and some FLAIR!  I heart flair!

Saturday night I was so irritated with my beloved Penguins and there insistence on keeping Brad Thiessen in net that it lead to me doing two things:

One, deleting my twitter apps and two

...going through my in box!  When you are angry, just clean.  It serves a dual purpose!

The days have been glorious and cause for this to be open.  My sunroof.  It is a dangerous thing because all that sunlight streaming through highlights your hair and leads to the need for this... cover those grey hairs!  I only have a few, but my hair has been drab for so long and I am trying to grow it out some, so it was time for a change.  I enlisted the help of Mom and now I have beautiful dark hair with gorgeous dark plummy hues.

And this is how I spent the rest of my Sunday afternoon...

trying again to get my craft desk in a usable order!

One more photo.  This little guy has been staked out at the Civic Center all weekend and I just had to snap a pic and share with you all...

Happy last week of March and as always...


Friday, March 23, 2012

FP: Teague

Name: Teague
Pattern: Toothy Joe the Mailbox Monster
Craft: Knitting
Made For: To be a world traveler
Needle: US 3
Yarn: Knit Picks Felici Fingering
Colorway: Goth
Started: March 11, 2012
Completed: March 18, 2012

What another fun pattern from Rebecca Danger!  I love to watch these little guys come together.  This is from the Big Book of Knitted Monsters that I received as a gift from my wonderful sister.  He is only the second pattern I have knit from the book.  I chose the Toothy Joe pattern because he seemed like if he were knit in fingering, he would fit nicely in the small rate flat box for traveling.

Yes, Teague was knit for no other reason that to travel the world.  He will be taking off on April 16th as part of the Danger Crafts Group Traveling Monsters 2012.  He is busy working on his story and hopes that I will allow him to post it along with updates on his journey here on this blog.  He just bats those big, white eyes at me and I am a sucker for anything he wants to do.  Well almost anything.  There was some discussion about him missing a tooth, which I quickly told him was not possible!  Boys!

I dug out a ball of Felici as I have never used Felici and really wanted some striping.  The color changes are a bit thicker than I would have liked, but it's all good.  The really noticeable places are his arms and legs.  I purposely did not match the striping up on those for two reasons, one, he is a rebel or so he says and two, I did not want to waste chunks of yarn!

He has a hockey stick medallion (we can't call it a charm because boys don't wear charms) that is sewn on instead of on a necklace because we I feared the necklace would get lost.  He wanted to take a stick with him on his journey because he dreams of being an elite hockey player, but I told him, one the ones we have are WAY to big and two, I did not have time nor a pattern to knit one for him.  Poor little guy.  I might have to try to figure something out before he returns home and surprise him with it.

We are busy working on a design for his travel journal.  I have laid out a few ideas and he has quickly squashed most of them.  I told him to make it himself and he pointed out that he lacks thumbs and well fingers in general. 

I dare say that I am going to miss the little guy, but I know getting regular updates will be fun and we will have our own little monsters visiting us to help ease the heartache.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

WiP Wednesday: Volume 2 Issue 9

I wanted to type, "Golly another week gone by", but then I rolled my eyes and thought better of it.  I never get to show you in progress shots of the Jersey Project jerseys because I always do them on the weekends, they never carry over.  I apologize for that.  Next time I make one, I will try to do some in the process shots to share. 

I have another finished project to share later in the week!  I am happy about that.  I am hoping to do the photo shoot tonight or tomorrow...depends on if I get any good shots at home.  I might have to bring it to work where I have better access to natural light.

For some reason I thought I would have a lot to show you today because it feels like I have a lot going on.  But in reality, I only have three things.  I think there is more going on in my head than on the needles!

First up I have a project that I was super stoked to start.  I cast on last Thursday while recovering from a disastrous sleep study...

(Oprah Voice) Mitered Squares!!!!!!!!  I finally got some black fingering weight and was able to cast on.  Here I used my very first sock yarn, Happy Feet.  I received one skein in a swap and never knew what to do with it.  I used the knitted cast on because I was toying with the idea of joining as I go, but now I think that I want to do a regular long tail cast on and join later.  If I keep them all separate, they are more portable and it keeps the weight down on my poor wrists.  This is with a 54 stitch cast on on US 3 needles.

Next we have another project I cast on last week.  I was so nervous before my study that I thought casting on a project I have been wanting to knit for a while and one that I specifically went out and bought yarn for would calm me down. 

The Maude Honeycomb Baby Blanket.  This is with two repeats of a 20 row repeat oh and the bottom edging.  I did change it up around the second repeat and started slipping the first stitch knitwise and then purling the last stitch of every row.  I read ahead and saw I would be picking up stitches and thought this would make it easier on myself.  I must say I am a bit confused as to why there were increase rows and in the top edging there will be decrease rows, the same with the side pickups.  That is odd to me.  It is a rectangle, so I just figure you would cast on all the needed stitches.  *Shrugs Shoulders*  Who knows.  I looked over the projects on Ravelry, trying to decide on the right yarn and get a general idea of if people wanted to stab themselves from boredom.  I decided that a lot of people finished it without any major self inflicted injuries and that Knit Picks Comfy Worsted would be great.  I chose Seafoam and Whisker because I thought it would be the perfect gender neutral combination.  I know some people backed their blankets with fabric but I really don't want to, you would miss out on the coziness of the Comfy. 

And finally...

just a little dishcloth.  This is the Snakes & Ladders pattern.  I can't remember why I wanted to knit this.  Working on it I didn't see much of a pattern, as it is mostly garter stitch, but now looking at it in the photo I see why I wanted to knit it.  The wonderment of color and a little objectivity.  This is a four row repeat, times 18!  This is only through 5 repeats. 

And that is what is on my needles.  I am tempted by two more projects that I really want to cast on and maybe a third!  It is crazy crazy crazy around here.

Oh, I almost forgot, I am also finally getting back to this...

It has taken me a while to figure out how to get it read, but I finally cracked it.  I am back to using the Nook Color to avoid the temptation of games and twitter on the iPad!  Just under 100 pages remaining and then I can start my third book of the year!  I have A LOT of catching up to do!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

FP: Ottawa Senators Jersey

Finished Project: Ottawa Senators Jersey
Craft: Knit
Begin Date: March 17, 2012
Completion Date: March 17, 2012
Materials: Knit Picks Palette (Serrano, Black, Serpentine), US 2 needles
Pattern Source: Mini Sweater

Number 9 of 30!  I have hit my target for the third straight month!  I may get bored for a few minutes with the second arm and sometimes when doing the yoke, but I am still determined to just keep making them.  I mean I am almost one third of the way complete with the project.  I would be insane to stop now!  Plus the lot just got rave reviews from the Puck This group over on Ravelry!  That is so exciting to see so many people really like one of my projects. 

I haven't fired up the random generator so I am not sure which team I take on next. I may have to place an order for some more Serrano Palette!  I never even thought about getting more when I ordered some black and navy.  Oh well, any excuse to hit Knit Picks!

Monday, March 19, 2012

FP: Surprise, It's a Jacket!

Finished Project: Surprise, It's a Jacket
Craft: Knit
Begin Date: February 12, 2012
Completion Date: March 9, 2012
Materials: Cascade 220 Superwash Hand Paints in Olympic Fore, US 8 needles, misc buttons
Size: I'm guessing 3-6 months
Pattern Source: Baby Surprise Jacket

I have been wanting to knit this for such a long time!  It wasn't until I saw a fellow tweeter's finished that I thought about the pattern again.  I am so glad that I did it.  I figure it is almost a right of passage to knit an Elizabeth Zimmerman pattern and this seemed to be the perfect one for me since I am so into knitting for babies. 

I thought the color could work for either gender, but I am leaning a little more towards girl for some reason. Maybe I just envision it with little leggings and fuggs! I didn't bother to wait to decide on button placement, I just did it. 

I used a size 8 needle to get gauge, and yes I did do a little swatch!  There's a first time for everything.  I would guess this would fit a 3-6 month old unless mama has a 14lb baby!

Right now this does not have a home, it is just waiting for the right baby to come along and claim it.

The buttons are from the massive button jar.  I could not believe I found five that matched!  I usually am one short.  I may go in and shore up the button holes a bit, but there is time for that.

I really liked working with the handpaints.  The color is not too bold, but not to mundane either.  The perfect mix of zen and trend for any little one.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Snapshot Sunday: Volume 1 Issue 3

What a crazy week.  I had every intention of posting a finished project on Friday, but after Wednesday, my week was a bust!

But, let's start at the beginning....

I sat down to do a couple of things last Sunday after posting, but I had no intention of doing any paper crafting as I had just cleaned up my desk and wanted it to stay that way, but then I thought, well just cutting out a couple of birds can't hurt right?

Wrong!  The desk is wrecked again.  I had hopes of getting to it today, but then I started to do something else...

I started this little guy while watching Friends last Sunday and worked on it today again.  It will be all ready to view just as soon as it has gone through its final stage!
Monday was exciting as my new phone came in the mail at work!  The new LG on the right is pretty darn similar to my Samsung but different in enough ways to have a HUGE learning curve.  It's all fun though.  I was ready for a change but not ready enough to pay for a smart phone plan.  I pay enough for phone service already!

Ever have one of those days where you just need a really good pop to get you through?  Well in my town the best pop is from Taco John's. It is the ice.  They have crushed ice that is so good you want to marry it just to have it forever!  This Dr. Pepper got me through a crazy day.

This didn't hurt either.  Sorry for the sideways pic, don't know how that happens sometimes.  Anyways, this is from my Historical Tweets one a day calendar and some of them are so wrong, but so darn funny.  This was a great pick me up.
 I watched some movies last week.  You know about Killer Elite, but I also settled in and finally watched The Backup Plan.  It was sort of a let down for me.  I have wanted to see it since I first saw the trailer (I love Alex O'Loughlin) but it didn't hold up the anticipation.  Bummer.
 This is how I plan out my blog posts.  I adapted this from something I saw online and so far it is working.  I am using similar formats for other things in my life binder as well.  Like really similar. (see photo above)
And this is how I hydrated myself the other night.  Please note that I fully intended to include my liver cup.  That is a liver that hold my pens.  You have to love when you can snag stuff from medical offices.

Finally solved my mouse problem.  The wireless has been a mega bitch since I plugged it in.  I finally got sick out it and dug out the old corded one.  With both I don't get frustrated at all.

This is not what you want to see on a Tuesday morning.  I just hate seeing those orange lights when I get to work.  Sometimes telemarketers (I get all kinds of random calls transferred to me) sometimes facilities.  Still just not a way to start the day!

This is what helped end it though!  A Knit Picks order!  I really didn't need it, except I did.  I needed some black fingering for a new project and since I was ordering I needed some more navy and black Palette as well for the Jersey Project.  I also could not resist a ball of Chroma.
 This is what I had to hydrate myself with after 10:00 Wednesday morning.  That was the day of my disastrous sleep study and I was not permitted to have caffeine after 10:00 a.m.  Not like that did any good, I still didn't sleep!  Yep.  I failed my sleep study.  Fingers crossed I don't have to retake it.
 Thursday was a day off, in hopes of getting some sleep (just an hour) and this is lunch...
 ...for Elliott and...


I may not have gotten any more sleep on Thursday but I did find time to cast on a new project that I have been ITCHING to cast on!  This is what the black fingering is for.
After I did some knitting and some watching of Friends, I had to go to my massage.  This is the lovely table that I relax on for an hour every other week.  Felt like heaven after a horrible night of non sleep in a strange place hooked up to all kinds of electronic monitoring devices.

Friday night was Netflix Movie Night and we watched Puss in Boots.  Definitely meant for adult kids!  I laughed and laughed.  Antonio Banderas is so good!  Humpty Dumpty freaked me out a bit.  The look of him just creeped me out!

Saturday night was spent at home (too crazy, wet and cold to be out celebrating St. Patrick's Day).  I was super excited last week to discover a channel on HD that airs old T.J. Hooker reruns.  OMG I about declared my life complete.  So, I settled in with a marathon of T.J. Hooker episodes last night and let me tell you it may be the cheesiest acting and crappiest writing (compared to today's dramas) but I still LOVE it!  And what was even better was when my young girl super crush, Vince Romano mentioned going to a hockey game, I declared, "Marry me Vince.  Marry me."  Yes I still have that young girl super crush!  I heart him!

 And then today this happened.  Snow.  We have not had ANY all season and suddenly in one day we received the season's worth!  Don't worry when I snapped this I was at a stop sign.  That is a road in front of me.  And yes, it was very hard to see!

And if this works, this was some entertainment we were spontaneously surprised with during dinner on Saturday night. 

Well there you have a week in snapshots.  I can't wait to see what this week holds!