Wednesday, January 30, 2008

More FO's

It has been snowing so much this week, and I have been knitting like crazy! I finished a Diamond Lace Dishcloth -- Monthly Dishcloths Mid Month KAL and a Scarf. The Scarf is for the Novelty yarn Stash Knit away! It is knit with Patons Pebbles in Pink Marble in a moss stitch pattern. The Dishcloth is knit in Bernat Organic cotton, Tea Rose colorway -- I love this cotton, super super soft!



I know these are small projects, but, I am excited, because, I knit both of them using the Continental Style of Knitting!! Whoot! The Dishcloth looks like I just started knitting -- I was still having tension problems, but, the scarf it looking much better tension wise! I am loving "picking", especially when it comes to purl stitches, they are so much easier!

Larry's Sweater is coming along, slowly! I am so bored with this sweater, Stockinette Stitch Over and Over and Over and Over and Over and Over! I want it to be done already:) I am about 1/2 way there, just a few more inches of the body and then the sleeves! yeah!

The contest is still going strong! 49 Entries as of right now! I was excited for 1, then 10, now I am at almost at 50! Holy Cow!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Another Celebration!

Not only are we having a 100th post contest, but....

Today is Larry's 38th Birthday!
Boy is he getting old;) We are celebrating tonight with dinner and dessert at home. The kids and I got him a few presents. Anders picked out Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii and we all picked out a new shirt. I am also in the process of knitting him a sweater. I told him I could bind it off today and give it to him if he wanted, but, it would be a 1/2 shirt, from, like, the 80's! He told me he could wait!

I made Chicken Parmesan and Lemon Spaghetti with Garlic Bread and Caesar Salad for Dinner and Pumpkin Pie for dessert! Larry picked them all out.

While eating the Pumpkin Pie, all I heard from the other side of the table, was "Me Likey, Me Likey!" I guess it was a big hit;)



Homemade Pumpkin Pie smothered in a little homemade Whipped Cream! yum!

There are some actual finished objects!

In all the hoopla of 100th post and the contest, and Larry's Birthday, I have not posted any finished objects. I have finished a dishcloth and a purse. I also took a day and made some Stitch Markers. Here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure!


Fun Stitch Markers, the first I have ever made! I see a new addiction on the Horizon!

Football Dishcloth, Monthly Dishcloth KAL for January!


Sweetheart Purse Made for Hannah, pattern with a little tweeking will be coming soon!

101 things to do in 1001 days

If you are looking for the contest.....click HERE!

While roaming blog land one night, I found this fun site. Of course I then set about making my own 101 things to do in 1001 days! Here is my list and I will give periodic updates on it, just to mix it up a little bit with the knitting!

101 things to do in 1001 days!

  1. Learn Continental Knitting
  2. Learn to knit from a chart
  3. Knit all of the novelty yarn I have some how accumulated in my stash
  4. Cut my hair off for Locks of love
  5. Have a family picnic
  6. Plant a Vegetable garden
  7. Travel to a state I have never visited
  8. Visit a Beach
  9. Vote in the Presidental Primary for 2008
  10. Vote in the November 2008 Election
  11. Make an entire gourmet meal.
  12. Finish a crochet project
  13. Fast for a day
  14. Watch the Sunset from the top of a mountain
  15. Go to the Hot Springs with Larry
  16. Dig out the Tree Stump in the Back Yard
  17. Put Change in Someone’s Expired Meter
  18. Finish Larry’s Sweater
  19. Make Birthday gift for Renee
  20. Make Birthday gift for Paula
  21. Make Birthday gift for AJ
  22. Make Birthday gift for Kalleb
  23. Hand make Valentine for kids classes this year
  24. Go to a Women’s Retreat
  25. Get a Pedicure
  26. Have a weekend away for our 10 year anniversary
  27. Go to a Saturday Afternoon Sit and Stitch at Ewephoria
  28. Paint the Living Room
  29. Decorate the Bathroom
  30. Decorate my room
  31. Take a Cake Decorating Class
  32. Get a Passport
  33. Take a Photography Class
  34. Buy a Camcorder
  35. Visit my Brother and His Family in Utah
  36. Read a Farewell to Arms, by Earnest Hemmingway
  37. Participate in Read the Same Book for 2008
  38. Participate in Read the Same Book for 2009
  39. Participate in Read the Same Book for 2010
  40. Learn how to make Chocolate Truffles
  41. Plant a Herb Garden
  42. Send a care package to my Grandparents
  43. Send a care package to Larry’s Parents
  44. Send Valentines Cards to Family in 2008
  45. Do a Craft with Hannah
  46. Do a Craft with Anders
  47. Take Anders and Hannah out on a Date
  48. Go on a date with Larry
  49. Send a Postcard to Post Secret
  50. Go Sugar free for a Week
  51. Give away 10 stamp sets
  52. Spend a whole day doing what the kids want.
  53. Have a New Years Eve Party
  54. Take a Bubble Bath
  55. Buy a H2O mop
  56. Go out dancing
  57. Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity
  58. Have a Family Game Night
  59. Knit a Pair of Socks
  60. Write a knitting Pattern
  61. Bake a loaf of bread
  62. Visit Portland
  63. Dye my Hair
  64. Knit something for my Mom
  65. Knit a sweater for Anders
  66. Knit a sweater for Hannah
  67. Knit all 24 KAL in the Monthly Dishcloths Group
  68. Hold a Blog Contest on my Blogiversary
  69. Throw a 40th Birthday Party for Larry
  70. Learn to Quilt
  71. Celebrate a Silly Holiday
  72. Buy Slipcovers for the Couches
  73. Clean out the Van really really really well!
  74. Write a Short Story
  75. Find a beer I actually like
  76. Do 1 thing in 2008 to lower my carbon footprint
  77. Do 1 thing in 2009 to Lower my Carbon Footprint
  78. Do 1 thing in 2010 to lower my Carbon Footprint
  79. Go to a Psychic
  80. Go to the Zoo
  81. Knit something for Charity
  82. Plan a “fancy’ dinner for my family
  83. Have Thanksgiving Dinner at my house
  84. Bake a Pie
  85. Go to the McCall Winter Carnival
  86. Throw a 30th Birthday Party for Myself
  87. Make 1 new Friend
  88. Read a comparative Religions book
  89. Read 1 book from this list
  90. Read 1 book from this list
  91. Find Something I would want as a tattoo
  92. Let Larry take me on a road trip to where ever he wants to go!
  93. Knit in Church
  94. build a swift
  95. Plant Tulips in the Front flower beds
  96. Have a whole weekend without TV
  97. Enter all my books into Library Thing Account
  98. Make a family tree
  99. Buy Patio Furniture
  100. Fly to Seattle for just the day
  101. Read a book from this list

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Continental Knitting

I am pretty much a self taught knitter. A friend showed me how to Cast on , Knit and Bind off. Everything else I have learned through pictures in books, videos on the internet and good old trial and error. When I was originally taught to knit, I was shown the throw method of knitting. I am slow and I have always heard that Continental Knitting is way faster, so this year I decided to teach myself that too:) I have been having problems from how to make sure my gauge is correct and making sure I am knitting, holding my yarn correctly etc. I think I may be a little closer to understanding how to do it and getting it done right. But, I am still having problems with how to do it right!

Does anyone out there know a good way to learn, have you found or written a great picture tutorial on Continental Knitting, or a video, or a helpful hint, leave a comment and let me know!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Nampa Extravaganza

The kids and I took a trip out to Nampa today! I had to go see the 2 yarn shops out there that everyone has been raving about. First we went to Puffy Mondaes. Love it! The owner, Karen was there and she is wonderful, she let my kids run around the shop and even showed them a little bit of spinning! I just love this store and cannot wait to go back again! Hannah picked out some yarn there so I could make her a purse, that was thoughtful:)

Shepard's Shades in Rose Petal and Deep Iris

After that we stopped my Ewephoria, a few short blocks away from Puffy's, we got a little lost:) But when I called the nice ladies at Ewephoria at 5:58pm(2 minutes before closing) and asked where they were so I could find them next time I came to Nampa, they said, you're close, come on down! They let me shop a little after closing and I found some yummy yarn to put with the Manos and make a scarf -- just need one more for that and some sock yarn that I am drooling over as I type.


Kid Seta in Color 105 (Red and Aqua) and Rio de la Plata Merino Sock Yarn

Both of these store are going to make me take more trips to Nampa!

FO



I feel like I have been working on Larry's Sweater for-ev-er! So I took a little break and knit Hannah a Ballet T from Loop D Loop. It is super duper cute and Hannah loves it. I did change a few things about the pattern -- I do not like rolling edges, they drive the Obsessive Compulsiveness into overdrive! I will be constantly pulling them down so they don't roll. In order to save my sanity I knit 2 rounds of moss stitch on the bottom and then picked up stitches around the neckline and did some moss stitch there as well. I also added some length and a little more flair by adding an extra increase row. It turned out great, and Hannah is going to be a super model I think! I told her I needed pictures and these were what I got!




Monday, January 14, 2008

I am Merino Wool:)







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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Knitting

I haven't posted about my knitting in a while, so here is what I finished last night and something I am working on!


These are some slippers made out of Noro Kueryon! I love these slippers, they are keeping my little tootsies warm. The Noro did not felt as well as I wanted it to, the slippers went into the washer the same size, but, the right slipper need two more complete cycles to felt as small as the left slipper and the both had 4 complete cycles before that! I do like the colorway, they are beautiful without being too much and they came out of the washer soft and fuzzy. I used this pattern: Fireside Footsies!




This is a Candle Flame Scarf. I love how it is turning out in this varigated yarn from SWTC. It is something I got off of Ebay. The lady that sold it to me said it is a soy/wool blend that she got at the SWTC outlet. She said it probably was a prototype that they ended up not making! I have 4 skeins of it -- not sure of the yardage, but there is quite a bit. I love the feel and it is knitting like a dream.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Darn Weather People

I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for more snow! It never came:(

Monday, January 07, 2008

a Little bit of this, a little bit of that

My winter dream is coming true this week -- we have been getting snow, snow and more snow. With more snow to come tonight and tomorrow! I love SNOW! It has been forever since we have had this much snow in one year, but, I think it might be worth the wait! I will post a picture after the huge snowfall tomorrow!

We also have some big news, at least to us! We got a .............Wii on Sunday:) I have to say it is probably the coolest electronic after the iPod! The kids are having a blast on it as I write this. I have to wait until they go to bed to play:)

Knitting wise, I am joining a KAL on Ravelry, the mystery Jacket KAL! I can't wait for that to start, I think I will knit it for my MIL for Christmas next year! Tonight I will be casting on for some felted slippers for me, my feet have been super cold with all the snow on the ground! I am loving the Candle Flame Scarf as well.

Larry is our running with the HHH tonight and the kids and I have a lot to do, so, see you all later:)