Saturday, September 26, 2009

It has been quite awhile!!

I just haven't really felt like knitting in awhile. :/ Sad as that may be, I have been doing a lot of other things!! I have mainly been focusing on my photography and really honing my skills! I have a website for that- I am super excited and have definitely found a true passion for myself. Maybe even a future career...

Anyways, now that fall is in the air, I have been inspired to knit again. My WIPs are pretty much in the same stage they have been at since... The last time I posted. They are very very lonely! :( I have worked on my sweater (Hey Teach) a few times over the summer. I just haven't been in the mood. It has been pretty warm around here.

I think, though, that I would like to kick off with something simple. Probably a hat! I will let you know what I decide to start with, but for now, I am off to give my stash some much needed love!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Summer Interweave Knits

I have never purchased an issue of Interweave Knits, but this coming issue looks like it has some great knits! I am thinking I might purchase it! Here are some of my favorites:

Stanwyk Pullover

I really like the style of this, but I am not sure I would be up to knitting a garment for myself on size 3 needles...

Great Gatsby Dress

Lately I am all about wearing dresses! I love this dress, and I think I would enjoy knitting it. I don't know, however, if it would look nice on my shape or not.

Ribbons and Lace Cardigan

Of course! I love cardis. It is the teacher in me, I think. Heehee. I think this is really cute and I think I will be knitting this in the future!

I didn't do very much knitting over the weekend. DJ and I have been going bowling quite a bit lately. He really enjoys it and would like to join a league. I just go to hang out with our friends and to have fun. I have been improving my technique, though, and a higher score always makes it more fun for me!

I am coming down to the last month of the Spring Semester at school. I had thought briefly about registering for Summer classes, but I would much rather have the freedom to spend time with my friends who went away for school. I am going to be taking vocal lessons because I feel like I have made a lot of progress vocally over the past school year and I would like to stay in practice.

Now that I have told you my plan for the next few months... :P I hope your Monday wasn't too... Monday-ish! ^_^

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Raindrops on roses...

...And whiskers on kittens...

I have been feeling like taking a lot of photos lately, and I am trying to teach myself how to edit them and such... Anyways, today was a rainy day so I decided to try and capture some raindrops.

Last night I started on the lace portion of Hey, Teach! I have never worked using a chart before and about six rows in I realized I had messed up royally. I had forgotten the two stockinette stitches at the beginning and end of each row, then I tried to compensate by knitting together stitches and... Ugh. I finally had to admit that it wasn't right. So I just let the project sit overnight and I picked it up again today for frogging and restarted the lace. Here you see the first repeat, minus two rows. I wanted to make sure there was enough light for photographing!

A close up of the lace pattern. (I need to do my nails. :P)

Sunday, April 5, 2009

I have grown a little bored with my plain old sock, so I have switched over to the lovely Hey, Teach! I am loving working with this yarn (Knit Picks Comfy). It is so soft, and I love the color. I have about six inches of the back finished as of this post.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Wondrous Wednesday

The sun smiled on the world, the wind ran its whispery fingers through the branches of the trees, and the temperature was just right. I sat outside and ate my lunch of strawberries and a ham sandwich today, and then decided to take my sock out for some fresh air. My camera became envious, so I had to take her for a little stroll. Below, you will see what we found.

My sock. I am almost past the gusset stitches. Just a few more rounds before I will be knitting away on the foot, then the toe, then starting the second sock! Now that the weather is warming up, I would really like to work on my Hey, Teach! Soon, soon. ^_^

I hope your day was as beautiful as mine!

Thursday, March 19, 2009


We have been sewing away on the costumes for this year's musical! I thought I would just show you some of what is happening here in costume land, since I have no knitting to show you...

This is my new best friend! I love this machine. It works so nicely for me. We are definitely going to be working together in the future. I envision skirts for myself and maybe some dresses... We shall see. In any case, you can see I was sewing on fringe for Indian costumes.

Fabrics for the "Forest Spirit" characters.

Various threads

The Algonquin costumes. Pretty much all of these have been made this year. We have never put on this musical before, so it has been a lot of work sewing all the costumes!

The settler costumes. Luckily, most of these had already been made. I think the only new costume here is the first one in the first photo. Of course, adjustments had to be made to make sure they fit the musical, and the actor!

I will try to share photos when we get the costumes on the kids who are actually wearing them. We have decided that this year has been the most work, with hand sewing beads on collars, belts, and head bands being the most time consuming task!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

It's a beautiful day!

Today was lovely! It was sunny, and a little bit warmer than it has been, so I decided to take a walk around the yard. I got some fresh air, which was nice. I took my camera along just in case anything of interest popped up...

The first little tulip (or hyacinth... not quite sure) shoots are pushing their heads up through the softening ground.

Just a random shot of the gate to the pool... Trying to be artsy. Haha.

Ivy... Of the Elephant Ear sort, my Grandmother says.

Intertwined limbs on my favorite tree to take photos in front of in the summer... It is a little too bare at present for that.

A trellis for my Grandmother's roses.

My dear old Mimi herself!

And now for some fiber-related photos!

The squares I recieved from the Ron's Blanket Swap.

My current sock project. I am calling these River socks, on account of them reminding me of a muddy river.

I am also working on knitting a squirrel tail at present... Strange, yes, but it is for a costume for a musical...

Hope the rest of your week is magical! ^_^

Monday, February 16, 2009

I should be doing my math homework...

... But instead I am:

~Reading my favorite blogs

~Chit chatting with friends and my sister

~Floating around Ravelry

~Oogling some very yummy yarn... (I want them all... Muhahahaaa! ^_^)

~Compiling this post

*Sigh* I had better go do my math homework. :\

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Winter blahs.

Hello, there. Just thought I would pop in and let everyone know I am still here.

I have so many things going on that I hardly have any knitting time, but when I am knitting I am working on some squares for a blanket, and a simple sock out of Cherry Tree Hill yarn. So far I like this yarn a lot! It is so soft and nice to work with! I can't wait to wear it next to my skin!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


I'm not having a baby anytime soon, but it was fun to see what she might look like if I were... Haha.

Winter Whallop!

That's what we got yesterday. Old man winter punched us in the gut... Haha. Sorry, I heard them say "winter whallop" on the news and it tickled me. ^_^

Lately my delicious novels have been replaced by text books, and my knitting needles have been swapped for pens and pencils... But I still have been doing a small amount of each.

I would like to share with you, though, what we did in my Intro to Early Childhood Ed. class on Thursday, if you would like to hear. We took a little trip to the teacher resource center on campus. Wow... It was like an elementary teacher's playground! We learned how to use all kinds of neat equipment, like the laminating machine and die cut machines. The die cuts have all kinds of shapes and numbers and letters so you can cut things out really neatly. I don't really know how to describe it. I thought the laminating machine was cool because it was automatic. The last one I have seen was one you had to crank by hand and the plastic was thin and cheap... So anyways, the whole day was quite fun for us. ^_^

My posting will, unfortunately, most likely be sporadic like this for a while since I will be focusing a lot on my school work. I still do enjoy reading everyone else's blogs and such.

Cheers, and watch out for that winter whallop!! :P

Saturday, January 17, 2009

FO and New Yarn!

A scarf for me!

I knit a scarf like this last year, I think, in Patons SWS and loved the way it looked. So I bought some pretty pink colored SWS for myself and here is the finished product! I used a larger size needle this time. I can't remeber what size I used last time, but I used a size 10 for this scarf. It made a really nice, soft fabric. I think I am going to make a Calorimetry to go with it to make my FIRST matching set! ^_^

Some lovely, yummy, super gorgeous Malabrigo to make another beret. This one will be for my friend, Alli. She has really pretty red hair, so I think this color will look great on her! There will definitely be a photoshoot! ^_^

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Dining on Words

Warning: No actual knitting content!

My love of knitting is very very close in ranking to my love of literature... Here is a long-ish story of my current reading addiction. And when I say addiction, I mean it. I have been reading nonstop for days!!

When it came to movie theaters, DJ and I saw The Other Boleyn Girl. History is absolutely one of my favorite subjects, and so I love historical fiction. I found the movie to be very exciting. I couldn't wait to find out the next scheme or plot...

So... When a friend told me that the movie came from a book, I was intrigued. As you may know, I greatly enjoy reading. I just had to read the book. Well, when I went to the library to find The Other Boleyn Girl I was saddened to discover it was already checked out. I found, however, another by the same author, Philippa Gregory. That was Wideacre. Now, this wasn't the Tudor era historical fiction I was looking for, but I found it hard to put down. I then discovered that it was one of a trilogy. Of course I had to read the last two! I found those to be equally difficult to put down!

I have just this afternoon finished The Boleyn Inheritance. It was based on the stories of Henry VII's third and fourth wives. He really was a vile man! I have done research (if you would call it that) on the series to find the "proper" reading order. Here is the complete list if you are interested in reading it:

1. The Constant Princess
2. The Other Boleyn Girl
3. The Boleyn Inheritance
4. The Queen’s Fool
5. The Virgin’s Lover
6. The Other Queen

Now, the list is in chronological order, but Gregory did not write the books in this order. I don't think it is necessary to read them in this order, just nice to follow the story from beginning to end, though I suppose it hasn't really ended at all but is still happening... In any case, I have begun them out of order, and I can follow what is going on easily.

I checked The Other Boleyn Girl out from my library this evening, and have just ordered the remaining books from Barnes & Noble with the gift card that my wonderful DJ put in my stocking at Christmas!

Let me know if you decide to try this author, or if you have already read anything by her! I would love to see what you think!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

FO: Le Slouch

I have been wanting a beret for quite some time. I tried some on in stores, not to buy what I could easily knit, but to find the correct "slouch level" for me. DJ and I decided that I look best with a moderate to high amount of slouchiness in a beret. So... This beret seemed perfect. The pattern is super quick and easy. I knit about 6.5 inches before beginning the decreases, maybe I could go a little longer. In any case, I love it. I have yarn to make another one. I like the plain stockinette, but I am not sure if I will use seed stitch, as called for in the pattern, or not for the next one.

Anyways, without further ado...

Le Slouch!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

It's been a while

Hello friends! I think this is the first time I have been on my computer since the last time I posted... I have been keeping up with all the blogs I read regularly, but I haven't had much time to comment.

Christmas brought some good times with family and friends. I couldn't believe that it was already here and then it was over just as quickly as it came. I mean, we know Christmas is at the same time every year, but a lot of us find ourselves wishing for just a few more days time... Anyways... Here are a few of my favorite photos from Christmas.

The boys just loved their pillows and their pouches that I made! They call their little pouches purses and carry them around everywhere! It's cute. ^_^

I have one FO to show. My Fluted Banister Socks! ^_^ Well, they aren't mine anymore... DJ's mom loves them, and they fit her perfectly! I count that as a success!

I spent this past week at Kalahari with DJ's family and two of our friends. It's an African themed resort with "America's largest indoor waterpark". Haha. It was a blast!!

Happy New Year! Best wishes to all of you in the year to come!