Thursday, November 30, 2006

sale shopping

Today I took the afternoon to check out the Liquidation sale at P&S fabrics. They'll be closing in a couple of weeks and I was hoping to stock up on a bunch of things for future projects.

Upon arriving, the was a line out the door, and they were only letting in a few people at a time to keep the inside of the store semi-sane. Which was a good move on their part —people could actually browse around without falling all over each other.

Yarn was only 10% off, so I didn't end up with as much of a haul as I thought I would. I bought a few balls of Sugar & Cream so I could do some projects out of Mason Dixon Knitting (love love love). I also purchased one skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky so I could do a pair of Cottage Socks off of their website (I already have one ball stashed). They look so cozy.

Besides that, I made off with some buttons and some various notions, including replacement needles for my sewing machine (I managed to break a few a couple of weeks ago). I stocked up on some ironable hemming tape (HATE sewing hems!) and some waistband elastic for some easy skirts for next summer.

Anyways, a bit of a bummer about the yarn sale... I'm not sure they are going to put things on further closeout as they get toward the closing date. I suppose it will be worth keeping an eye on some of the messageboards to see what people say as the trickle through...

Oh, and whoever had the idea to invent children's shoes with squeeky toys in them should have evil things done to them for a very, very long time.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

finally started

This is the start on Cheesylove sleeve #1. I'm omitting the ruffle (same as I did on the sweater body) because, well, I'm just not that kind of girl.

I did cast on extra stitches for the sleeve, because I hate the tapered tight wristhole that often happens with ribbed sleeves. This seems perfect, and will be comfortable to wear with longsleeve shirt underneath.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Fetching, isn't it?

Completed in record time! (For me anyways). These were so easy to complete, and interesting enough to keep my attention for the few hours it took to knit them up. I did one on Tuesday, and the other I did yesterday while hanging out with my friends for Thanksgiving day.

Were I to do these again, I would probably pick a smaller gauge yarn, and knit both the wrist and finger openings a little longer, but these are still effective and comfortable, and I will enjoy wearing them


Project Details

Pattern: Fetching
Yarn: Knitpicks Swiss Superwash, Bordeauux
Needles: US 5 (knit in the round on 2 circs)
New Technique Learned: Cable Cast On

We had a blast on Thanksgiving. It was a bit of an orphan's Thanksgiving, as none of the six of us there had any family nearby or were able to travel to see our families for the holiday. Last year, we had a "dip" party with cheese and chocolate fondue. This year we had planned to do a non-traditional meal again, but the one couple joining us surprised us last minute by buying a whole turkey and mashed potatos. Traditional! It was a great meal, with a lot of laughter and wine, followed by about 900 games of Hoopla, which was hilarious - and even I, as a non-organized-game-lover had a great time. Thanksgiving ended at about 3am last night, after a second late-night dinner and yet one last bottle of wine.

Today it has been back to work - gotta find some design jobs!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

happy thanksgiving

tomorrow i'll be spending the day with some of my favorite ladies (and at least one guy) watching movies and doing whatever our relative crafty interests are during the day, and cooking and eating later in the afternoon.

I started on a pair of Fetching this afternoon so I'd have something started for when I go, but it knits up so fast that I finished the first one just a few minutes ago. So if I'm lucky, by the end of the day tomorrow I'll have the pair finished. I should have adjusted them a little longer for my hands, but it looks pretty good and I'm happy with it.

Enjoy the holiday!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

what's up, buttercup?

I feel like the past couple of weeks has been a whirlwind, but that I've barely gotten a thing done at the same time! I've put a lot of pressure on myself for trying to get things done, both professionally and with hobbies, though the professionally has taken precedent for the time being.

I haven't mentioned this yet, but I recently quit my full-time job (somewhat abruptly) and am now trying to get situated as a freelance graphic designer. I focus on print work, and I was lucky enough to get a job straight off the bat doing art direction for a bi-monthly magazine. On one hand it is a dream assignment, because I love to do editorial layout. I am now trying to find a way to land another similar assignment, which would allow me to live fairly comfortably, and give me enough time to pursue some of my other interests - namely an attempt at some knit wear design, as well as taking a stab at starting a paper company.

I haven't completed any knitting, but I have recycled the yarn from the Ribby Cardi and re-wound it into center-pull balls. I'm itching to get some work done though. I have my secret project almost finished... and that will be also my first felting project. I hope it works!!

On another note: Check out my buddy Christine's new CD. Went to the record release show last night and it was absolutely fantastic. Seriously, it's like nothing you've ever heard - theatrical and beautiful and haunting and a bit brooding.

Click HERE to check out some samples on myspace.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

mistakes, failures, redemption

Ribby Cardi - RIP 2006
Fun to knit and I like the pattern, but I'm not sure what I was thinking of with this color combination. I should have just done something solid. I like the cardigan body, but not the ribbed sleeves, and I think I knit the whole thing a size too small anyways (um, reality check?). I'd rather use this yarn for something else. This used some of the Peruvian Highland Wool from Elann.

There was a knitalong for this sweater in it's heyday, though there doesn't seem to be much action over there these days. Some people came out with some cool sweaters, and Chicknits has a whole gallery of great-looking finished cardigans HERE.

So today is my Ribby Cardi's last day on earth. Bye Ribby Cardi!


To Dye For - RIP 2006
From Stitch 'N Bitch.

My first sweater ever.

I'm not precious with these things.

And my arms are not that long.

Frog Pond. Bye first sweater ever!

It's been real.








Cheesylove

I started Cheesylove last winter because I a) wanted to try doing a sweater in the round, and b) wanted to try my hand at intarsia. I was planning to frog it and recycle the yarn, but then my mom had to go and call it "beautiful." Moms are never wrong.

So now Cheesylove is back in play, and should be finished soon. I just have to do the sleeves and the rest of the finishing. I must say, it looks rather flattering on due to the the shapping and the ribbing - it is very well-fitted. Plus, I did this with Wool of the Andes and it is soooo soft and cuddly and comfortable.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Craft Pattern Podcast

I downloaded a photo of this pillow last month when the Craftivity book was released. I love the shabby chic look of it and wanted to keep the photo as inspiration and eventually try to re-create it on my own with some felted sweaters. Lucky for me the Craft blog posted a podcast with a the pattern and instructions.

Craftivity looks like such a cool book, published by Tsia Carson (who started Supernaturale). All the projects in it are really cool and creative!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

shhh...

... a hint at the surprise I've been working on. To be revealed soon...

Today I am -

Feeling: Frustrated that my job assignment is stalled, and at the grocery store. Am I not allowed to choose my own produce anymore? Must it really all be pre-packaged?

Looking forward to: brunch with my ladies this weekend. I do miss brunch. It is the best meal of the week, especially when you get the free bloody marys or mamosas. Yum! Also looking forward to seeing my friend's CMJ show on Friday. Hooray for guest lists...

Regretting: Sticking to myself at home on Halloween so I could do work.

Proud of: Finally taking a hold of my own career and going out on my own. This is going to be an interesting year.