Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Holiday, Celebrate!!!!

I hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine was pretty quiet and uneventful. I took two extra days off because my birthday is Wednesday, so I'm still home and enjoying it. I mowed the lawn yesterday, and today I'm trimming the hedges and planting my new hydrangea bush and a flower mat that I purchased. I'll take pictures when I'm done. I want to see if this mat really works.

I have lots of plans for the next two days. Joann Fabrics had a 99 cent sale on patterns so I went a little crazy. These are for my mother.

These are for the Fi. I've never sewed for a guy before. This should be interesting.

These are for me.

I'm starting with these two first, Simplicity 3742, and Simplicity 3807. They look pretty simple, so I hope to have at least one done by the weekend, if not before.

In knitting news, I'm almost done with the baby blanket. I'll be glad when it's done. Then I can get on to more fun projects, and the customer who wanted it can stop calling me. I still can't believe she told the people she was suppose to be knitting it for, that she made it. Supposedly, she's a newbie knitter and she didn't like the yarn, so she asked the owner of my lys to do it for her, and she in turn asked me to do it. It's unreal what some people would do, and then take the credit in the end. I'm not crazy about the yarn, but she picked it out, and I made the best of it. The pattern is hard to see in this picture, but I did blocks of garter and stockinette. I embedded the roman numeral X into the blanket.

I also got a chance to work on the interweave knits lace nightie. This is what I have so far. All I can say is that it's beautiful. It's definitely a pattern you have to concentrate on, or else nothing lines up.

That's it for now. Today I want to leave you all with a little luck. My friends and I found a 5 leaf clover on Sunday, and I want to share it.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Updates & Knitalongs

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. I know I did. It was awesome!! I had my first gig with my new band. It went really well. The people didn't want to go home. During the course of the night, one guy pulled me off stage to dance with him. A lot of fun was had by all.

I finished my fitted knits split-neckline tee a week ago Sunday. Here it is.

I did have to make a few adjustments to this piece. I had lost a few pounds while making this garment so, I did a few decreases on the sides. The keyhole ended up being too big for me so I had to do quite a few decrease to make it fit also. I wore it to work yesterday, and received quite a few compliments. The nicest one I received was from a woman in the park I usually sit in for lunch. I was just walking through, going back to work and she stopped me by saying "I saw you making that. I would have never thought that was what you were making. Wow!!" My mom has put her request in for one in green. I picked out the yarns for it, and hopefully will get started on it as soon as next week.

In other news, I'm doing a knitalong with my new knitting buddy Amanda. It's for the Lace Nightie from Interweave Knits. I made the button, which you can find over to your right side of my blog. Amanda set up the Interweave Lace Nightie knitalong at Crafters.org. If you are interested, come join us. I just casted on for it. If you are having trouble with the link, email me and I'll email you the location info.

On other news not knit related, I started working out again Friday night. I bought Turbo Jam, so I'm starting with that. The music is good and they start you out with 20 minute workouts. I got through it with no problem, and felt the workout the next day, so I guess it's working. I can't wait to see what I look like a month from now. Bathing suit weather is coming up, and I want to try and look a little decent this summer. I also picked up the Goddess workout from Yoga Booty at Walmart. I watched it and it looks really good. I'll be working that in to my workout by the end of the week.

I went to the bookstore at lunch today and found 3 books I want desperately. Since my birthday is next week, I'm hoping I get money so I can order them. The books are Knitting Lingerie Style by Joan McGowan-Michael ( I love her her designs)!!! Saturday Night Hat by Eugenia Kim and InStitches by Amy Butler.

That's it for now. Happy knitting!!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

I have been "8 Things Meme" tagged!!

I was tagged by new knitting friend Andrea. (Ain't that a riot! She's got my name =) So, loving it.

The rules:

1. Each player starts with 8 random facts/habits about themselves.
2. People who are tagged write a blog post about their own 8 random things and post these rules.
3. At the end of your blog you need to tag 8 people and post their names.
4. Don't forget to leave them a comment and tell them they're tagged, and to read your blog.

Here are my 8 things:

1. I love to try different kinds of food from different countries/places.
2. My ultimate job would be to knit and sing full time making enough money to live off of.
3. I love to eat toasted peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with hot chocolate.
4. I like getting my back scratched. Especially when the fi (fiance) does it.
5. In high school, I was on the Flag Squad with the marching band.
6. I love to dance and do hot yoga.
7. I try to stay away from drinking too much soda. I stick to water, juice and tea. No coffee, it messes up my stomach.
8. I use to play the piano. I was so good, I played for my junior high school choir. I quit after that. I guess I was burned out. Sometimes I feel like playing again.

Here are the 8 people I am tagging:

Ei Knit

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's Day

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I hope all the mothers out there have a wonderful day!!

Friday, May 11, 2007

New Stash & Toys

On Sunday me and the Fi (fiance) went to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival in West Friendship, MD. They came from near and far.

We didn't get a chance to go last year and I could swear, there were more people there this time than the last time. Even though we got on the road a little later than we wanted to, a good time was had by all.

Since we've been to the festival before, we wanted to focus on things we hadn't seen. One of those things was seeing a sheep shorn. Let me tell you, watching this woman handle that sheep was very impressive. She moved him around like he didn't even weight anything.

Now, before I left the house I made a list so that I wouldn't stray. We all know how easy that is to do. I am happy to report that I got everything I went for and I didn't even have to pull out the credit card. Here are all my great buys.

The drop spindle is from Turnstyles, handcrafted by Bill Hardy. The beautiful fiber underneath (the picture does not do it justice. You just have to see it to believe it.) is cashmere & silk from Chameleon Colorworks. My hand carders are from Strauch Fiber Equipment Co. Last but not least, when I buy my fiber, I like to deal with sheep owners directly. A lot of times by doing this you get better prices on your fiber and boy did I get a great bargain. I also do it because all this time we thought I was allergic to wool, but it turns out by learning to spin it wasn't the wool I was allergic to but what they treat the wool with. I still don't wear it next to my skin, but my resistance level is much better than it use to be.

Anyway, here I have 1 pound of Border Leicester Midnight Black and 1 pound of Border Leicester and Cormo combed top in the color called Snow Drift. Both of these rovings are in their natural colors. They feel really nice, especially the one with the Cormo, it's like butter. I can't wait to spin it. I also bought 2 packets of dye from Barneswallow Farm. I'm trying to get up enough nerve to dye my fiber which is something I've never done before.

On another note, here's an update on my split-neckline tee from Fitted Knits. I'm almost done so I'm very happy. I should have been further along, but I was doing some finishing work for my lys.

Last but not least, I updated the layout/format of my page. Hope you like.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Diamond Girl

After two crazy months, I finally did it. Here she is, my very first published pattern, Diamond Girl, which can be found over at MagKnits. Hope you like her. I enjoyed the challenge and creative process of making her.

I would like to thank Courtney, Saun and Amanda, cause they know what it's like, and have been there, or are going through it right now. Mom, Robert, Marie, Lisa, Kathy, Judy, Byron and Jack for their support and guidance.


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