My chiropractor and his wife are expecting their first baby (a girl) in February. Since I love doing baby knits and fair isle and found this cute pattern online I decided to knit something cute up for them. I think I will actually make a few more hats for the little chiro baby seems as how I picked up 5 skeins of Baby Ull for this hat and still have plenty left.
Friday, December 29, 2006
My husband and I also joined a gym. I had my first workout with a trainer the other day and I hurt. This is good. He asked me what my goals were and I answered "ummm to not be a fat ass anymore"
Seriously that is my goal. I really want to loose 80 pounds in the course of the next year. I am hoping at least 20 pounds in the next 3 months. I love our gym. If you are familiar with the Burien area we joined the Highline Athletic Club. I would highly recommend it. The facilities are great and the staff is very friendly. It isn't a meat market gym either which I love. It is more expensive than most but I think well worth it. And you get 3 complimentary trainer sessions when you sign up. OK enough of my plug. Go Join!
Now if I could just figure out how to knit while I am working out.
I hear that people are loving my knitted gifts. My 8 year old nephew has been showing off his skull cap to everyone and getting lots of compliments on it. My grandparents love their knitted gifts as well.
Monday, December 25, 2006
Santa thought I was a good girl this year. I got a gift certificate to my favorite LYS, a coffee grinder and some other knitting notions. My husband got me a rolling tote for my larger knitting projects, The Knitters Handbook, a french style coffee press...yes! and a cell phone. Very nice.
My mom also got me a gift certificate to my fave LYS as well. Can't wait to go this week!
Riley said it was the greatest christmas ever....whew! I did my job.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
I don't know if you can see this but the top 20 feet or so of our fir tree is in our Hawthorne tree.
This tree is a block away from our house and what I am assuming is the cause of our power, phone, internet and cable being out. Oh and there is a car under there. This tree also took out two telephone poles and two others that stood are now crooked.
This tree is about 6 blocks away. Part of it is on a house.
There were more limbs and trees down in our neighborhood but these were a few of the big ones.
This one is in West Seattle. It took us over an hour to get to West Seattle from Burien last friday. We went looking for food because we heard on the radio that parts of West Seattle had power. There were a lot more trees down over that way.
Thankfully we survived. It was scarry during the night hearing the wind blow. This is definitely the worst storm I have seen in my lifetime being a lifelong Seattlite.
More crafty pictures later.
Here is a Meme Lyn tagged me with.
THE RULES: Each player of this game starts with the ‘6 weird things about you.’ People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave a comment that says ‘you are tagged’ in their comments and tell them to read your blog.”Six weird things about me: 1. I never snored until after I was pregnant with my daughter now I guess I snore all the time....fun!
2. I have a knee that will dislocate....often.
3. I am severely afraid of being trapped in an elevator. I get a mini panic attack every time I enter one.
4. I am very anal about customer service ever since being a retail store manager. When I am being helped anywhere I will internally critique the person helping me.
5. I am one of three redheads in a family of blonde people. (extended family)
6. I am completely obsessed with The Sopranos. I watched seasons 1-the first part of 6 in a matter of months and I have dreams about the characters in this show. My husband says I have a "hard on" for this show. I can't wait for the rest of season 6. I actually embarrassingly obsess over the show. I'm tagging- Rachel, Gina, Karen, Kim, Knitting RN and Affectioknit
Saturday, December 09, 2006
In my package were .....
Superwash Fingering weight sock yarn from Yarn Botanika
4oz of handpainted fiber from Yarn Botanika in Jamaica colorway
A Yarn Botanika Spindle Kit
A sock/spindle bag
and ChiaoGoo sock needles (which I feel you can never have enough of).
Again thank you Morgan for this great gift. You really outdid yourself.
I also never posted whom I gifted to. Go and visit her blog. Hilde
Friday, December 08, 2006
WARNING: There are a lot of patterns I want to do. Lengthy post ahead. I am actually suprised at 1) how large the issue is and 2) that there really are so many I want to make. Usually only a few patterns catch my eye.
Center Square Riley is getting one of these FO SHO! I am thinking a friends daughter will get one for xmas too.
Argosy Oh I HAVE to make this for myself. 2007 is going to be my selfish knitting year. I am sure i have some stash yarn for this one too.
Calorimetry This is just too cute! I was just thinking I needed one of these too as my Notre Dame one is getting stretched out. And I just love the botton! So feminine.
Tiffany I just LOVE the picot edge on these.
Rolling Thunder These will definitely be on my 2007 year of socks list.
Monkey I just love any sock pattern that Cookie does and I think my Kogiu that i have in my stash would look great as these.
Emerald I have some yarn I have been wanting to make a cardigan style sweater with and I think this is the winner.
Twinkletoes I am thinking that Riley would LOVE a pair of these gals. Again I am sure I have stash yarn for these
Venezia I have been wanting to experiment with wire for some time and recently I have collected a stash of beads for making stitch markers. I think that my mom would love these.
Starsky Jr. Yet again another Riley knit.
Norberta Of course Jake needs a knit too!
Sheldon Riley gets all the clothes Jake gets the animals.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
What you see here is a mitten for grandpa (my second attempt), Irish Hiking Scarf for a friend, hat for mom and a newly cast on sweater for my Godson.
You may think this doesn't seem like a big list of Christmas projects but I keep adding to it like a madwoman. What I have not cast on for are some potholders for my neighbor/sitter, I am working on a secret project for a friend which I absolutely cannot post here, I thought it would be nice to make my mom a scarf to match the hat I am making for her, and I want to finish the other sweater pattern that I bought yesterday as well. Can it be done? Will I go crazy trying?
I couldn't resist casting on for this sweater last night after getting the pattern and the yarn. I just Looooove Debbie Bliss yarns! This Merino DK is perfect. I need to remember to pick up more for socks!
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
I got the baby tunic pattern, this for my friends son (no fur of course) and some very cute wooden buttons to go with it, and this with some Debbie Bliss merino DK to knit it up with. I also picked up a Knit Simple mag from a while ago the one with the flowers on the front.
I dislocated my knee earlier this week so my evenings after work are being spent laid up in the recliner. I didn't knit much last night I was too sore but I saw my chiro today and I feel much better.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
So I am thinking I will do a simple ribbed hat with a provisional cast on so I can pick up those stitches again and then knit grey on the inside for a reversable double knit hat.....sound ok?
If anyone has any very masculine fair isle hat ideas please pass them my way.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Saturday, November 25, 2006
My problem is I already cast on for Marihne. Hello! I still have mittens to finish for grandpa, a scarf to finish up for my niece, a hat and some chenille towels for my mom, more doilys for my MIL, and I was going to knit up some MD washrags for my BIL and his wife. I just can't resist the urge to cast on something I have been wanting to make for ages.
I am loving fair isle so much I can't wait to dig into these patterns and just knit some for fun!
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
I purchased this pattern today. I have been in love with it ever since my first visit to a yarn store when I was a brand new knitter.
I am going to knit one up for Riley when the Christmas knitting is finished. I think before I start my Telemark sweater I want one more small scale sweater steeking project. I was also thinking of converting this sweater into a cardigan which is what I would like to do to Telemark as well. Well everyone have a great Turkey Day. I am at work and can't wait to get home for my long weekend. My husband and I are going to brave the shopping traffic on friday. Our goal is to get all of our christmas shopping for our family and our children done on friday. Wish us luck!
Monday, November 20, 2006
My first ever doily for my mother-in-law. Made from size 3 crochet cotton. I was working in 30 and it was just way way way too small. For this one I started out with size 0 needles then switched to 1 then when I got to the heart pattern switched to 3. I think I am going to attempt it again with this cotton and use a size 5 throughout and see what happens.
Speaking of fair isle. Here is an almost finished hat for my grandmother. Made from the reddest Cascade 220 that I had in the stash along with what I think was fisherman's wool from the stash. I just need to line it now. This one is for my grandmother for christmas. She said she loves red and after making this hat so do I! I bought some Lion Wool while at freddy's the other day. I am going to make one of these for myself.
An Irish Hiking Scarf for my daughter's old sitter. We are very close with her and she is a special friend. She will be traveling to London this winter so I think this will keep her warm and toasty. It is made from some orangey, tweedy shetland that I had in my stash that was gifted to me. I think after a good wash with some lanolin it will be softer.....hoping anyway.
And some mittens for my grandfather for xmas. I started by using EZs pattern from the knitters almanac then switched to Hello Yarn's pattern finding it easier to follow. I used her chart and sketched out a pattern using EZ's star as a focus.
That is about it for the picture update. Work is still crazy hectic. I am looking VERY forward to my looooonnnnggggg weekend. Although I will probably need to go in on Sunday...or Saturday...I think Sunday will be better.
Paul and I are going to brave the roads and do some midnight shopping thanksgiving night at the Seattle outlet mall. OH MY GOSH! Yes we are crazy. But we are shopping this christmas. This is the first christmas in about 3 years that we have had money for presents....I am excited!
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
- Can't find the camera to take pictures
- Finished Hello Yarns Pirate Hat
- 5 people got laid off at my work last week
- I am now the ONLY person working in my department
- There should be AT LEAST two people working in my department
- I am pretty sure I am getting the flu.
Friday, November 10, 2006
Monday, November 06, 2006
Lint was VERY cute! They had a good selection and lucky me had just gotten in a large sock yarn shipment. I ended up with some Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in the Vera colorway. Very pretty. I also got some Lana Grossa Color Tweed in the 1001 colorway.
I actually didn't buy anything at Knit Purl. Now I wish I would have. They had some very neat looking sock yarn but it wasn't priced so I assumed it was outragously priced. Has anyone ever knit with Shibui Knits? Knit Purl also had a great selection of Kogiu. I am wishing I bought some now but it is so hard for me to spend $25 on one pair of socks.
Downtown Portland was interesting but very .... quiet. Nothing like downtown seattle. Visiting other cities just solidifies how much I really love this area and my city.
I did finish two projects on the car ride. I finished some MD washrags for my bro's gal and I made a Valentine Doily for my MIL. It was a really quick knit. It is blocking at my mom's house now. I will post pictures when it is done.
Friday, November 03, 2006
Other than my two chosen destinations my husband has no clue what he wants to do on Saturday. We will only have one child with us so shopping will be MUCH easier.
Hopefully I will come back with a few FOs from the car ride. I cast on for an Irish Hiking Scarf yesterday. I have a friend heading to London for 10 weeks in January. I am also hoping to finish the Knitting on the baby sweater I am working on for baby trout and I should start the hand towels for my mother. Well have a nice weekend everyone! I need to pack.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Yes Abraham's wife Sarah. She was my bio dad's favorite Bible character. He liked how strong of a woman she was.
3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY? Recently Not sure exactly when.
4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? not really.
5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCHMEAT? Turkey.
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? of course!
7. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL? This is it baby.
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? No.
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Never.
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? I am not cereal biased. I go for cereal with lots of bran and I like crunchy and if it has nuts and dried fruit even better.
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Never.
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Physically enduring pain yes I think I am strong. Mentally I think I am very weak although I have been told I am strong for the things I have recently been through.
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR? Vanilla Bean.
14. SHOE SIZE? 8.5.
5. RED OR PINK? Love red love pink?
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? My weight. I hate how large I have gotten over the past 8 years.
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? I am surrounded by a lot of loved ones and good friends.
18. WHAT COLOR PANTS, SHIRT AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? White cotton undershirt, striped button up long sleeved stretch cotton top and jeans and black shoes.
19. LAST THING YOU ATE? We are having a potluck at work today the last thing I put in my mouth was pie and ice cream.
20. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Elton John on the radio.
21. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Bright Orange.
22. FAVORITE SMELLS? lavender, vanilla, babies.
23. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? My husband.
24. THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE YOU ARE ATTRACTED TO? Eyes.
25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON YOU STOLE THIS FROM? She's got a great blog affiknitty.
26. FAVORITE DRINK? Diet Cherry Coke, alcohol I love smooth beer.
27. FAVORITE SPORT? Love playing soccer, love watching baseball.
28. EYE COLOR? Hazel.
29. HAT SIZE? don't know
30. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? No I have reading glasses I should be wearing right now.
31. FAVORITE FOOD? I love all food. See the question about what I dislike about myself.
32. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Happy endings.
33. SUMMER OR WINTER? Fall.
34. HUGS OR KISSES? Both.
35. FAVORITE DESSERT? Anything.
36. WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING? I have a pile of EZ books to go through, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and Knitting Rules.
37. WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE Pad? blue.
38. WHAT DID YOU WATCH LAST NIGHT ON TV? Heroes and Friday night lights
39. FAVORITE SOUNDS? My children.
40. ROLLING STONE OR BEATLES? Beatles
40 (a). JOHN, PAUL, GEORGE, OR RINGO? John
40(b). RUBBER SOUL OR REVOLVER? Rubber Soul.
41. THE FURTHEST YOU'VE BEEN FROM HOME? Mexico
42. WHAT'S YOUR SPECIAL TALENT? Knitting, Graphic Design.
43. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Seattle, WA.
44. WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Technically I copied it from Affiknitty's blog but I have seen this floating around for some time.
Monday, October 30, 2006
My Hot Socks pal got her package.
I am knitting all the time. Trying to finish a baby sweater for Chase who was born a week ago today.
I have officially finished two christmas presents now. The aforementioned hat and a fisherman style hat for my brother. I still have
MOM - Tea towels from Mason Dixon knitting and a winter hat with a big foldover brim
DAD - Beer coozies
HUBBY - Cigar gloves
BROTHERS GIRL - Warshrags and hotpads
GODSON - Baby Sweater
MIL - purple heart doilys
SIL - scarf
NEICE - Frilly pink scarf
NEPHEW - I am thinking Hello Yarns skull cap
BIL - hat
I know I have more to do but I can't think of what it is now.
Friday, October 20, 2006
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
This weekend I spent my time at the La Leche League Washington area conference. I had an exhaustingly wonderful time. This time around I didn't get a ton of new information but it is always nice to be around so many women nursing their children of all ages. It is very heartwarming.
I met the WONDERFUL Dr. Jack Newman. I have heard people rave about this man but I have never read any of his books and after hearing the man speak I would definitely recommend anything that he has read. I wish more men in the medical field were as supportive and knowledgeable about breastfeeding as this man is.
And yes there was A LOT of knitting. All around me. I loved it. I fel in love with a yarn I have not seen. There was a woman knitting a sock with Regia Bamboo. It was the most beautiful colorway I have seen! and so soft!
Jake had a good time. Riley wanted to come but I think I can only tackle one kid at a time at these things.
In knitting news I am on a mad dash to get my christmas knitting finished. I finished a ribbed hat for my brother and two washrags for his girlfriend. I am thinking of doing hotpads for her as well. I am now working on my first doily for my MIL. I have never knit in this small of a guage it is hard to get used to. I am also trying to finish a last minute sweater for a friend who is due soon. That is about it. No progress photos. My house is a mess......must clean!
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
So the question is: What was the first FO that I pictured on my blog?
I will put names in a hat and draw them on Halloween! Boo!
So email me soccerchic21 at yahoo dot com
make sure to give me your name and blog addy. I will draw three names who will get stitchmarkers made by me!
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Monday, October 02, 2006
I made this Baby Norgi for a dear friend of 10 years who is expecting her first early next month.
Here are the sweater parts
Sew the steek guides. I did a crappy job.
I read that with acrylic yarn extra reinforcemnt is necessary so here I whip stitched every stitch.
Ack! Cut! No turning back now.
Now we can breathe sleve set in.
Now I am going to try to knit up a matching hat with ear flaps by this weekend. I also have some chocolate brown fleece for matching pants and I picked up the cutest brown shoes at target this weekend. Do you think I could attempt mitts too????
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Friday, September 29, 2006
While sitting in my front yard all day visiting with Julie I was working on a knitting project. One woman notices and says "Oh what are you croceting?" I say "Actually I am knitting some fingerless mittens." To my suprise she replies. "Are you sure that isn't crochet?" and in the snottiest voice I think I have ever spoken I said "Yeah I am pretty sure this is NOT crocet. I don't even really know how to crocet."
The freaking lady had to come inspect to make sure I was not croceting!
Note to self: At the next yard sale put up a sign that reads "No Annoying People Allowed"
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Saturday, September 23, 2006
First it was so amazing to see so many people from the community showing up to support a high school football team from a lower income area. When I went to Evergreen the football team sucked and no one cared. I went to the games but not many people did. Now these kids are great and I think a big part of it is the community support. There is a large Samoan/Pacific Islander community at the school now. I love it! There is so much family love in the culture. After the game the boys on the team striped down to their bare chests and pants and did a warrior chant. It was so awesome. I got goosebumps. I can't wait for the next game (which excites my husband).
I think a big part of the community involvement has to do with Jack Thompson. An evergreen grad who had a decorated football career with WSU. He is very active in the White Center community supporting football and voicing how important education is.
There was also an emotional memorial at halftime for Mike Miller. Amazing grace was sung. I really feel for his family. His brother Tim had an AMAZING game wearing his brother's jersey. Please pray for this family.
Friday, September 22, 2006
They also had a beautiful collection of Kogiu yarn. This is yarn I would not normally buy so of course I snatched it up. My camera takes horrible indoor shots sorry! I am going to be taking this yarn with me to my local La Leche League conference next month and knit up some toe up socks for myself.
I also picked up some DMC thread to make some doilys for the MIL for xmas, more cascade for gloves for hubby, some cotton wool blend for more socks for me and not pictured are a few sets of small circs for sock knitting and other accessories!
I still have $30 to spend and $15 free with my punchcard! I am thinking I will raid the Kokiu again. It is sooooo pretty! There was also some beautiful chunky baby alpaca that would make a really nice scarf.
Thursday, September 14, 2006
In other design news the LYS that I was doing a design for decided to go in another direction :(
However they are still paying me for the time I invested so I am waiting for my in store GC to show up at my house. Karen and I went last night so I could molest some yarn and put a shopping list together. I had a big list of xmas gift yarn to buy but after calculating the total today I think I am going to be selfish and just buy a bunch of yarn for mememmemmeeeee!
I am going to make a Norwegian sweater for myself. I have this one in mind. I was also going to peruse the patterns that are there and see if there are any others that catch my eye. I have been very picky when it comes to patterns lately.
There was also a whole rack of beautiful sock yarn so I think I will stock up on that too. I think after xmas knitting it will be a year of socks for me. I am so tired of white athletic socks! I want to have beautiful hand knit socks for every day.
And then accessories! I was thinking a needle felting kit. Some 16 inch INOX turbo needles for sock knitting, a stich counter, and whatever else floats my boat.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
The locks were great. It is in a beautiful park. The flowers smelled so great. And the fish! oh my gosh! Paul said the water was "boiling" fishing term I guess. The salmon were jumping around like crazy in the water. Riley had a blast! We went down to the fish ladder and there were seriouly no shitting salmon as big as my 3 year old. I am not kidding at all! Crazy! The life of a salmon is just an amazing thing.
After a stroller race back to the car (Jake and I won) we headed home. Saw the sights of Ballard on the way home. Ballard is cute but way too busy for me. It just seems WAY more crowded than it used to. Maybe because we were there on a friday night? Who knows. Of course I didn't bring the camera either. I think we are headed back there next weekend though during the day. Pictures then!
Today was cleaning day for me. I had such high asperations of cleaning the whole house in depth. What a silly girl I am! I got the back of the house (laundry room and kitchen). However, I was not just "cleaning" this was going through every corner theraputic style cleaning. It felt so good to get everything nice and tidy and organized and clean. I even took everything out of the tupperware drawer (thankfully I did there was a spider living in the back and something sticky had gotten in there) so everything got washed and in doing this I matched up lids and tops and lo and behold we had a lot of orphans so out they went. Now I can close the drawer!
Wow is this boring or what? Who cares about this shit right? Ha! Ok knitting news. I got the latest knit picks catalog. I am going to make the Telemark Ski Sweater. Oh my I have fallen in love with this pattern. I figured it would cost about $50 to make this for myself which is a deal! After asking Paul if it was in the budget he reminded me that I needed to finish a little item for a pea in a pod and some socks for mom and then ask after that. Good point! I really want this for myself by xmas. However, if I knit this for myself I probably won't get any other xmas gift knitting done. One thing I am worried about with this one is that I think I will need to make the bust larger than the largest size to fit me. My first thought was short row shaping but can you do that with this pattern? Should I even bother or just add on to the cast on in the beginning?
Anywhoo enough rambling from me.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
And more pictures from the weekend that I couldn't post earlier.
Monday, September 04, 2006
And before I get into my lengthy post I spoiled Rachel this round. It was so much fun and I will need to post the mom fiasco when I get a chance now that I am revealed. Rachel it was a hoot spoiling you! I love reading your blog. Oscar is the cutest! And now what you have all been waiting for.....cute pictures from the weekend.
DISCLAIMER!!!!! I look like shit!.......
Friday, September 01, 2006
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Village Yarn and Tea hosted the Swedish Mammogram bus today. If you signed up you got a nice grab bag of goodies! Shown here. I signed up but I actually did not get a mammorgram. Since I came knowing I have lumps they are sending me to the center for a diagnostic test. GREAT! For those of you that don't know I had a lumpectomy in Nov. 2005. I had two golf ball sized lactating adinomas. Thankfully they were benign. I have been breastfeeding this whole time so I don't know if the lumps are just ducts that got blocked during the surgery or what. Hopefully everything turns up ok. I have my diagnostic appt on Thursday.
My mom's birthday is in September. The big 52. I can't believe it. She is so young at heart and doesn't look nearly in her 50s more like early 40s. I took Nancy Bush's Knitting on the Road to her and told her to pick out a pair of socks. She chose the New England Socks. So I decided to do them in cotton for her. I love stork. I know it works for warshrags I just hope it also works for her socks.
Tomorrow I am having friends over. We are knitting hats for babies born in the local naval hospital. It will be nice to sit and chat and knit for a good cause. The only bad part about it is trying to clean the house today in this beautiful weather!