Wednesday, February 27, 2008

What cha readin'?

Well... This weekend I finished The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.

Then I started The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood.

I finished that last night and this evening I am going to start The Friday Night Knitting Club.

I finished my first sock!! I don't think I will be making a second one like this. It just is very ill fitting. I wanted the practice, but I will probably frog it. I'm not sad about it, so don't worry. I started another sock that I know will become a pair.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Here are the very beginnings of my very first pair of socks:

Close-up view:

I am super excited!! ^_^

The color is most acurate in the close-up, but as most photos of knitting, it's not exact.

Finished Calorimetry

So... I have been wanting to knit one of these since I first saw them. I know just about everyone has knit one, but I really wanted one.

Here she is:

Pattern: Calorimetry from Knitty
Yarn: Patons Soy Wool Stripes in Natural Plum
Needles: US 6
Knit For: Mineself
Notes: I used size 6 needles rather than size 8 as was recommended. I had read a lot about how these were coming out way too large. I still cast on 120 stitches, just as the pattern says. I only did ten repeats of row five where the pattern calls for fifteen. It fits very nicely.

Saturday, February 16, 2008


My sister, my cousin, and I went snowmobiling yesterday. We all had the day off from school. Woo hoo! My sister is still too afraid to drive them, though, so she just doubles with me or my cousin. I am on the red one in the top photo.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Valentines', Lazy Kitty, and Secret Pal Package

My Valentines' Day was wonderful, and I hope yours was, too! DJ and I went to The Cheesecake Factory for dinner (and desert... Hehe.) Then we went to the movies. We saw Fool's Gold. It was sooo funny!! My favorite part of the whole movie, hands down, is when Tess hits Finn in the head with an old man's cane. He says, "You're not really gonna hit me..." WHACK! Hehe.

Lazy Matty:

In other news, I got a package from my Secret Pal today! She is too awesome!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Shrug This and Happy Valentines' Day!

I finished this on the night of the 12/ morning of the 13... At about 2 am. Yeah, stayed up pretty late. Oh well. I think it was worth it, because I got to wear it to school! ^_^

Presenting... Shrug This:

Pattern: Shrug This from One Skein Wonders
Yarn: Lion Brand Jiffy (about 168 yards, or just over one ball)
Needles: US 11
Knit for: Moi!
Notes: The finished product was REALLY short, so I ripped it back a bit and added a few more inches of St stitch, then did the three rows of ribbing. Overall, I am happy with it. I do think this yarn is maybe a bit fuzzy for this project, but it's alright. I also went up to a size 11 rather than a 10.5 because my gauge was a bit off with the 10.5. I will be making a few more of these for myself, I think, and at least one for a friend.

Also, I joined a new group on Ravelry called Chunky Monkey. It is for knitters that like to use big yarn and big needles. They are doing a Knit Along in March for the Kangaroo Tunic. It is pretty cute, so I am going to be participating. The only drawback is that I think I am going to have trouble finding size 19 circular needles... Hmm...

Your Candy Heart Says "Hug Me"

A total sweetheart, you always have a lot of love to give out.
Your heart is open to where ever love takes you!

Your ideal Valentine's Day date: a surprise romantic evening that you've planned out

Your flirting style: lots of listening and talking

What turns you off: fighting and conflict

Why you're hot: you're fearless about falling in love

Happy Valentines' Day!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

WIP and New Knitting Bag!

I started a really cute shrug the other day! I am really excited about it because it's the first real piece of clothing I have knit. ^_^ The pattern is Shrug This from the One Skein Wonders book.

Yes... Those are hair ties... I don't have any stitch markers big enough for size 11 needles, so I had to improvise!

My friend Maria bought me a really cute bag the other day. For no special reason. She just saw it and thought I would like it for my knitting! I love it. I think it's super cute.

Don't you love our couch? The lovely floral... Hehe. At least it's comfy.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

What Are You Reading?

I am reading The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. It's a good book, if not really my type. It's about the Vietnam War and this man's experiences during the War. I am reading it for a book club I am in. Woot.

Here I am reading...

DJ likes to take random photos. I don't really like when he does it, but I guess it allows you guys to see what I am *really* like. Haha.... Scary!

So... What are you reading?

C is for...

This is Matthew. He is the cutest little cat! Well, actually, he isn't so little... He's kinda chubby... But don't tell him I said so...