Tuesday, January 31, 2006

February is for finishing

As we enter a new month, I have made a list of things that I need to do before
doing anything new....and by that I mean adding to my to do list. A few of
these will be "new" projects, but they were already on my to do list.

- I need to buy/install a zipper on Mariah since I botched the first
installation of the zipper.
- block mittens for mitten swap (done since writing the post)
- block and sew on button to white Debbie Bliss baby dress (done since writing the post)
- finish last armband/seam/block and sew on button to beige Debbie Bliss baby dress (done since writing the post)
- finish handles on the Roxy bag, felt and line
- Start a baby sweater (yarn bought already)
- Frog last 6 or 7 rows of shawl, redo and finish
- Knit a stuffed toy for the older sibling of the baby getting the beige baby
- finish the sweater I started for the little guy
- finish the gloves I started for hubby
- Sockapaloooza socks
- finish multidirectional scarf

While I could have worked on any number of the above items this morning on the
train, and I've had this list made up for a few days, I grabbed some size 1
dpn's, a ball of Trekking, and my Knitting on the Road book and started a sock
this morning. I've got serious startitis. I don't know what's wrong with me.
I will finish these socks along with a good portion of the above list in
February. I will. I swear.

Ok, so here's my problem with my shawl. I was being SO careful when working this last pattern on the shawl, and still somehow I messed it up. The edges of the diamond don't meet in the middle. See?

I have to frog it, although this thread, the last time I checked, said to send it to Monkee to be fixed. I bet she'd have it fixed and finished the day she got it! :)

Friday, January 27, 2006

C is for...

I believe that I am a quick knitter. I knock out projects fairly quickly. I didn't have the pressure during the holidays, because I started early, and the projects were simple and quick. But today, I have more projects on my plate than I think I can handle. And I'm stressed. Soooo....I picked up and started a new project. Wendy doesn't make things easy for me by creating a new, cool bag, Roxy. I'm 1/2 way thru it and it was started last night.

So, this week's letter is C. C is for cross stitch. Before I learned the joys of knitting, my hobby of choice was cross stitch. I did a bunch of baby samplers, and a great alphabet sampler using musical instruments. Almost everything had been given away. One of my coworkers learned that I did cross stitch and came in one day with a partially started project. One of her relatives had started it and it was too hard, would I like to have it? Sure, I love a challenge. This proved to be the most difficult one I have ever done, and it ended up being the last. I worked on it with the goal of finishing it before I gave birth, and if you look at it carefully, the bottom left hand corner has a small smudge, where I learned the lesson of NOT eating chocolate ice cream and working on hobbies at the same time.

Pegasus had about 45 colors, 40 of them shades of brown and green. It was done about a month before I had the little guy, and 6 months later, I learned how to knit, and cross stitch has been put on the back burner. But I still get the catalogs, and I yearn to do this one: butterfly fairy

Next time, I will need your advice on what to do with the mess that I call the shawl.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Show and tell

Twice a week the little guy has show and tell, and twice a week we have a hard time choosing what he should bring in. The last show and tell day, he brought in D is for Dragon Dance, and it was his most successful show and tell to date.

Speaking of show and tell, I have a show and tell of my own. First, I'm still working on the shawl. It's gotten bigger, and I'm on the last pattern before doing the edging. And we're up to almost 600 stitches. Oh my.

The shawl so far:

The horseshoe pattern close up:

Next, the first of 3 baby gifts I am making, this is using a pattern from Debbie Bliss Baby Knits for Beginners that I borrowed from Valerie. I still need to do a light blocking, and add a button, but it's too damn adorable not to show off. I used 4 balls of DB Baby Cashmerino.

Last, I joined a mitten swap, and while the recipient will remain secret as well as all the yarn info, I liked the mitts too much not to show. They also need a slight blocking.

And to my anonymous commenter, I'm waiting impatiently for February to get the mittens you're making. I'm looking forward to receiving them!

Thursday, January 19, 2006

B is for...

I know I promised pics of WIPs but today you get 2 pics for letter B and a meme that Laura tagged anyone who hasn't done it.

B is for bunny:

This bunny was given to me by my grandfather when I was very little. I was his favorite grandchild, and this bunny is one of my prized possessions.

B is also for Bored:

I was bored this past weekend and instead of knitting on WIPs, or starting something new, I bought a puzzle. I started it Friday afternoon, and it was done on Sunday night. The picture on the box is mixed up so you have to work fairly hard to figure out where the pieces go, and there are 1026 pieces.

And here is the meme:

4 jobs that you have had in your lifetime (in order, not omitting anything...)
* I put the price tags with the plastic thingy on clothes. (age 15)
* Cashier (ages 15-16)
* gopher at doctor's office (front desk/operator/appointment clerk/medical
records clerk) (ages 17-23)
* Executive Assistant (fancy title for paper pusher/secretary) (age 22-present)

4 movies that you could watch over and over
* Grease
* Dirty Dancing
* Joy Luck Club
* Beauty and the Beast/Aladdin/Little Mermaid (It's hard to choose)

4 places that you have lived
* Forest Hills, NY
* Little Neck, NY
* Maspeth, NY
* Brooklyn, NY

4 TV shows that you love to watch
* 24
* Anything on F/X
* Real World/Road Rules/RW-RR challenges
* E! True Hollywood stories

4 places that you have been on vacation
* Vegas
* Washington DC
* Cleveland
* Florida

4 websites that you visit daily
* Knittyboard
* Myspace.com
* Bloglines
* Google news

4 of your favorite foods
* Shrimp
* Dark Chocolate
* homemade Chinese dumplings
* peanut butter/grape jelly sandwiches

4 places that you would rather be right now
* home with my boys
* someplace warm and sunny
* anywhere that I didn't have to pay for

4 bloggers who you are tagging
Anyone who would like to be tagged.

Next time, pics of WIPs I swear, and maybe a photo of the mittens I have finished for my mitten swap!

Sunday, January 15, 2006

A is for....

I joined the Knittyboard ABC along and here is my pic for letter A:

A is for amusing. My family is going thru some hard times right now, and thru it all, one shining smiling face keeps us all amused and keeps us from being continuously down.

I look forward to doing the rest of the alphabet! I've got some more pics to show: a belated Xmas gift (mom made me a scarf out of baby alpaca!!), an update on my lace shawl, the first of several baby projects....and I've signed up for a mitten swap...my hands will be busy, busy, busy. Pics next post.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Back from vacation

Going back 3 weeks, there was a transit strike. It was fairly painless to get in and out of the city, since the hubby was very kind to drive me in and out. The day before we left for vacation, I ended up walking from work to the Bklyn Bridge, where hubby picked me up. It was not a bad walk, but not something that I would want to do on a regular basis.

The first day of vacation was spent packing up our suitcases, and wrapping presents to take with us. We headed out for our drive to FL around 5pm. There isn't much to see along I-95, especially at night. I took over driving for a few hours when we hit South of the Border. Note to self, never, ever, ever stop there again. We reach my MIL's house shortly before 6pm on Friday, gassing up our wonderful little hybrid car only 3 times from NYC. The trip itself was very relaxing. The best part was being able to wake up and sit on the terrace that overlooks a lake with a cup of tea (and some knitting). We did venture away from Boca Raton for a few days. We headed west to Tampa to visit a friend of mine and to hit Busch Gardens with the little guy. While at Busch Gardens the hubby and I rode Sheikra, a dive coaster, which I screamed my pretty little head off at the first drop. I normally don't scream on coasters. The little guy had a blast in the dragon area, that is complete with 3 treehouses with bridges that connect them. He also rode his first "big boy" coaster. It's hard to believe that at 5, he's almost tall enough to ride the big coasters.

We also hit Bradenton and Sarasota, where hubby's aunt and uncle live. They've got a gorgeous house, with a screened in porch that overlooks some water that I fell in love with. We walked by a marina, taking in fresh air and sunshine, and drove along a strip of road between the bay and the Gulf of Mexico. I wanted to stop and dip my toes in the Gulf, but hubby didn't want to stop the car. It was the first time I had ever seen the Gulf. The rest of the vacation was spent back in Boca, soaking up the sun by the pool, or just relaxing in the house. Hubby and I managed to get out by ourselves for a couple of nights. One night we hit the movies, seeing The Ringer. One night we went to dinner at Mark's at the Park in Mizner Park. We spent New Year's eve at Mizner Park, outside the gated area of the amphitheater, looking at stars and listening to the B-52's count down to midnight. The drive home started New Year's day around 11am, and we made it home just after 9am on Monday.

Knitting you ask? Well, Tubey had been my FL knitting, and since that was done before the trip, I wasn't sure what to pack. I brought with me some Brooks Farm yarn that I bought at Rhinebeck and some Koigu. I started a multidirectional scarf with the Brooks Farm, that has stalled, since you know, working with wool/silk in the heat of FL is just not fun.

I also started a sock with the Koigu and only got half way thru before I lost interest. I didn't actively search out LYS, because I really don't need more yarn, but I happened to spot a Michael's near the salon where I got a manicure and pedicure and scored some tape yarn for $2.50, originally $9. I quickly made a bath puff for the MIL with one ball, started a second and lost interest. I became addicted to the little guy's Nintendo DS, playing Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time, and have not put it down since before we left FL.

I got frustrated at a point in the game on Weds. night and decided to start a new kniting project. I picked up some soy yarn that I got at a yarn swap over the summer and the book A Gathering of Lace and started a shawl from it. I tried to channel Monkee and her lace talents for starting the shawl, and I think I succeeded. I've been addicted to the shawl ever since. I did screw up the first couple of increase rounds, but I'm looking at it as a design element, not a screw up. What do you think so far?

This is a picture of the size of the yarn (thread?) compared to Koigu KPPPM:

More later on the shawl...