Saturday, March 17, 2007

Time Marches on.....and on......and on......

Well, I have been kind of out of commission the last few days....first, King1 had to go out of town for several days and that left me to keep the home fires burning...what that entails is keeping 2 "daddy's monkeys" from missing him to much. The first 2 days weren't so bad, but the 3rd day , well, I had 2 VERY upset monkeys who wanted their daddy home NOW! Thank goodness for dvd's. Now daddy is home and the first day, I came down with a migraine. It was AWFUL. I slept ALL day and got up at 6:30. I missed the entire day :( King1 did GREAT with his monkeys and periodically, I would wake up to roll over and I would have my ears filled with fits of giggles. I wish I wouldn't have felt so crappy, I would have enjoyed watching all the hub-bub while King1 had his fun. Oh well, no use crying over spilled milk I guess. I am at least doing well enough to get "bored" LOL. so what do I do, why I come HERE, I stare at a monitor with eyes that feel like they have sunk into the hollows of my brain LOL. Yup, a true blogger I am LOL.

Ok, I have some knitting to share and some other non-knitting fun. First, let's show the hat project. I had been dying to try out that Craft yarn from Vicki Howell and SWTC. I am telling you, this yarn is AWSOME. It really was a pleasure to knit with and I HIGHLY recommend trying it out. I have some big plans for more of it, a pretty summer tank! I had swatched it and another yarn (Jaeger) trying to see which one would give me gauge and I secretly had hoped that the Craft yarn would, and it did! I had been really just dying to try the cabled beret in the Debbie Bliss Simply Family Knits , it is sooo cute. Well, this yarn was PERFECT! I got started, had a few hang-ups and in the end, it was a great pattern, and great yarn. I am pretty happy with the results if I say so myself!

I added the pom-pom on top, the pattern didn't call for it, but having a 3 year old, we're kind of into the pom-pom scene. I really had alot of fun with this one. I overcame my pattern that I mean, some of Debbie Bliss' newer type books, well, her patterns are kind of not clear. It is almost like they are geared towards the more experienced knitters because she doesn't explain alot. There is alot that she just ASSUMES that the knitter KNOWS what she means because it is considered to be standard knitting practice. I think alot of these designers should keep in mind that they draw on not only the experienced knitters but us knew knitters want to make her items too. We NEED her and all other designers to explain the obvious. The more experienced will skip the boring and I mean, seriously, how many of you knitters ACTUALLY follow the patterns to a tee anyways. Your experienced, you KNOW what you want, it seems you just use patterns as a guideline. The novice knitters are not there yet LOL. Anyways, the end result was really pleasant! Miss Priss LOVES it although she wasn't loving getting her picture taken, I just thought it was so cute, I HAD to post it LOL. This is the top view of the beret. I really think it came out good AND it was alot of fun to do. If your looking for a cable project but you don't want it to be tooooo involved, try this!

The next little eye catcher is just a 2x2 sock BUT the YARN is what gives this its appeal. This is from Crash into Ewe and it's hand painted merino. I LOVE this yarn. The colorway is called Girls just wanna have fun! How cool is THAT. It did "pool" a bit at the top but in kind of a nifty sort of way. I changed needles sizes and it stopped. To be really honest with you, as far as pooling I mind it??? Well....not so much! I kinda think its cool. I dunno how I would feel if it was in a sweater and the pooling ran right across either the center of my stomach (let's face it, no mother wants to have that area accentuated) I mean, hey, I am not totally out of shape, but that area...yeah, well, lets just say, I still can pinch a teeny more than an inch LOL. Needless to say, aren't the socks cute? The color is so me:) PLUS, it feels really nice to work with. I will hold my comment on whether it pills or not cuz well, they ARE socks and ya gotta expect SOME piling. It has fuzzed a teeny more than I expected, but remember, it is up against some rough hands LOL.

Next up, here is progress on the HypotIloveit! This pattern (actually called hypotenuese) is from one of Anne's little master pieces (please keep sending Anne your thoughts and prayers.). I screwed it up once and had to start over but I am trodding along now. I am having lots of fun doing it too. If you REALLY gotta see one done, go to and check out Aija's. It is so pretty. While your there, look at her stitch markers too, they are REALLY nice. She's a very talented knitter and I enjoy reading her blog alot. She is also really nice too. I had been knitting a caplet and she posted a photo of it when she made it, well, I got stuck and I emailed her and asked her a question about it, she was more than happy to help out. I am continually amazed at the generosity and kindness from all of the knitting/spinning community. The lighting on this is pretty pathetic but Miss Priss JUST fell asleep and if I turned the light back on, she would be awake again *shudder* ewwwww that just scares me THINKING it! Anyways, the yarn for this is Debbie Bliss Alpaca and I am on the second repeat now, it is really fun. I even might make another one for my parents for Grandparents day this year. My mom LOVES anything I make, she is really very sweet about it, my biggest fan....other than my cousin, I told ya'll about her before. I have to give her a call, I think she has been REALLY busy and she probably needs a respite LOL trust me, if you knew her husband (my cousin by blood, she is my cousin by marriage, and we won't let her kick him out LOL we don't want him back LOL)

Well, the end is near ya'll. I will leave you with my final little goody. This is Ruby Red depression glass and the photo does not do it justice. It is so pretty and I LOVE it. I have the perfect spot on my dinning room buffet! This is the newest addition to my collection...oh, I forgot to show the first in this seres...first, here is the vase and candy platter:

Not a chip, scratch or dent, just stunning. The next was actually the (3rd) well, first of Fenton red glass, but it is a REAL stunner, this is what got me hooked:Now I am sure ya'll probably have seen glass far nicer than this, but not me LOL....I am just now starting to appreciate the beauty in many "antiques". I NEVER liked to buy them or look for them, none of that. I wish now, that I would have listened to my mom trying to tell me all the time about things like this. That woman is like an arsenal FULL of information and she knows tons about Fenton and Depression glass. I hope I can someday have her knowledge! Well, that's all folks. I am sure your upset and sad LOL. I will be posting some fiber shots sometime this week and ohh, I almost forgot, I am expecting something in the mail this week, wanna guess what it is?? C'mon, try it, maybe there will be a little surprise in it for whoever guesses. If you have a guess, leave it in the comment box and at the end of the week, I'll post a photo of it and then I'll draw a name from a name generator!! Who knows, you may get something you need or want ;) BUT it WILL be knitting related so you'll like it either way LOL.

Ok, now off to guessing and good luck!

Knitters Rock!


Melissa W. said...

Hey! It's Melissa, the one you saw at Goodwill a couple of weeks ago? Anyway, I was glad to see you have a healthy blog going here! I love it! I haven't kept mine up very well, shame on me. Anyway, just wanted to say "hi" and consider yourself bookmarked!


Rhonda the Stitchingnut said...

Miss Priss with her beret is just too cute. And I love the sock. I don't mind pooling either ... but this one is neat the way it pooled a little at the top. You're going to have to do the same with the 2nd one ... unless you're like me and don't care if they don't match exactly.

I bet you're expecting a Wee Tiny Sock in the mail. Are ya?

Miss Purl said...

The beret is super cute! I like the pom pom on top.

I like pooling as long as my two socks pool the same...If they pool different or there is a split in the yarn I have to knit from both ends of the yarn.

Just blog strolling.

HollyEQQ said...

Lovin' the girls just want to have fun socks and the beret with the pom pom!
Awesome colors!

Danielle said...

Nice socks- I love the colors! Miss priss looks too cute in that picture. I think it's great you added the pom pom! I'm a migraine sufferer too (used to be big time!!). I feel for you, I really really do. Mine are better now than they used to be, Thank God. I don't know if you've ever heard of Topamax- but that's what I asked my doctor about and it's been working very well for me.

I don't know what you're getting in the mail, I'm a terrible guesser!!

Cheryl said...

That beret is so cute! I was glad to hear a good review of the Vikki Howell yarn, I want to get some to make my niece something!

Anonymous said...

Hello! This is Dora Renee' WIlkerson. I had to come on over and check out your site.
I love that pink hat you made. It's so cute. I think I might have to try to do it myself. My daughter would love it!
Hey, I seen on your list that making a pom pom without a pom pom maker is hard for you. I think we should have to remedy that. I'll sit down this week and make a pom pom on my blog in video just for you! A matter of a fact it's spring break here so I'll have my daughter do it (she loves helping me doing crafts anyway.)

Dora Renee' Wilkerson