Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy new year!

As of midnight my yarn diet goes into effect. 100 days , no yarn, the 08' KO is exempt of course.
Here is the yarn I got off ebay "Lagoon" merino super wash from EY hand paints:


I also bought 6 skeins of Vannas Choice to coordinate with some I have for afghans for Christmas next year and.... 6 skeins of dish cloth cotton. I'm addicted! But the good news is, is that this is how I'm bringing in the new year:


Knitting quietly at home listening to the new episode of cast on. I have to work tomorrow so there will be no partying for me, at least not tonight.
I'm getting tired of knitting socks for awhile. I may replace them with dish cloths for awhile.Lord knows that I can't buy anymore for at least the 100 days if not more.

Happy new years!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

You know what's really nice???

When someone asks you to make and pay for an item that you already have 1/2 finished in a bin in the closet!This post is the pro side of having many UFOS hid in the closet!
My sisters MIL asked me to make a baby blanket for a baby boy due in March. I have a lime green and blue mile a minute blanket over half done.I pulled it out, I need to re-do the edging on 2 strips and add a boarder to 1.Then I will have 10 completed strips,I'm guessing I'll need 16 for the completed blanket.I'm thinking I can do over this week and have it finished by the new year.These things go fast and are small enough to take to work in my knitting bag! I love knitting socks but after the "com socks" it's time for something different for awhile. I think I'll only charge $20 for the blanket just to add to the sweater/yarn fund. It's acrylic, it's small and totally a WIP as well as stash buster.
Right now I'm working on Britts blanket.I only really work on it while listing to the knit picks podcasts that I discovered 3 days ago.I'm on episode #28 of 30 so far. I know.I think if I segment projects to certain activities ,or podcasts, they will get more time in the project rotation. But I won't make myself not work on something if I'm really into it. That's just discouraging progress.
Anyway, I'm almost on skein 7 of 18 of the blanket.I have emptied a tote to put finished Christmas items.Next Christmas I will be taking the hand made challenge, and be doing my best to stick with it.

Goals for the new year...

...and the process thus far:
Brittneys blanket (5 colors in already!)
Devyns blanket (1 block done, need more yarn)
My blanket (Started Wool Ease)
Aryns blanket (Vannas Choice)
Bradys blanket (Ripple Vannas Choice)
Brianas blanket (Pink Vannas Choice)
scarfs (STASH)
8 pairs Mittins (Sheep shots mittin blitz)
8 pairs of wool socks (warm woolies)
Hats (STASH)
20 Wash cloths (no more new cotton yarn until tote is empty!)
Ripple (cotton ease)
1 pair of socks a month
Sample afghan from Vannas Heartfelt book

All but 2 of those projects I have the yarn for already.I wonder how many thousands of yards that is. I have My afghan and Brittneys afghan in my projects on ravelry and I think just between those 2 are over 4000 yards them selfs.
So now you see why I truly need a stash diet...


Monday, December 24, 2007


Ok, so I got my order from today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe how fast they were! I ordered on thursday it would have been here saturday, but I slept threw the mail man!
So here is what I got:

2 skeins of the Kaffe Fasset Regia, 2 skeins Lornas laces in Vera (Firefly fans will get that one) and a skein of Opal Neon in what I'm calling the Valentines day color way. It's red and pink and orange and to me it just screams construction paper hearts!Oh yea, and 1 skein of Jitterbug in Popsicle.

oh yea, and for that scarf up there in the corner? That would be my pay it forward from Norma of fame!
Here it is wrapped:

It is made from Noro silk Garden and is soft as I don't even know!
It is in similar colors as the Alpaca scarf I wear most days, and goes very well with the full-length leather coat my aunt gave me.
It will be well used, because we got a whole bunch of that cold white stuff yesterday.This is the view from my front door:


Do you see him? How about now?:
He's not even 6 feet from me and totally calm. In the summer the squirrels come right up to the door.The view is the one good thing being in this apartment building...
Anyway, I also got a $25 gift card to my LYS and $20 cash. The money will be going to my sweater fund. I'm planning on making Celtic Dreams next winter. Wish me luck. Oh, and by the way, does anyone know of a good heathered superwash that makes cables pop??


Wednesday, December 19, 2007

com sox

com sox
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Finished the commissioned socks!!!!
Happy to have them done, now what shall I cast on next???

Super cute!

This weekend has been about super cute things , item 1 Baby socks:

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Made in Bernat hot soxs, a sock yarn I LOVE, but don't have access to.

Item #2

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A Hello Kitty ornament for my friend.

Tomorrow my mom is having some work done on her stints in her heart, so I'm fully expecting the commission socks to be finished. All I have left is a toe and they will be done!
Well, I'm exhausted so I think I'm going to go to bed now.


Monday, December 17, 2007

I want to blog more

I really do, but my work schedule does not allow for it. I mean, I could blog at after midnight, but after a hard days work I just don't feel that inspired.
I made something that I can't tell you until tomorrow but it is SO cute! You'll love it.
I'm at the middle of the foot of the second sock of the commissioned socks. I knit nothing but those for almost a week. I just seam to want them done and I'm willing to be exclusive to do it. That is rare, fore I am such a project, for lack of a better term, Harlot.


Wednesday, December 12, 2007


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Whats it? It's a Whatsit! Pattern found on Ravelry, Totally adorable!
From reading the description he is much like a Gnome, taking things out of fascination and generally just making life harder for us humans!
Originally I just did his whole face in purple, but decided he needed black eyes. I didn't want to rip out his face so sharpie to the rescue!!!!
I wish I knew of a local source of more sizes & colors of snap on eyes... *sigh*

oh well ttyl


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This is the Tiramisu baby blanket. Finished last night, finished sized 32 x 29 I think. used 5 stashed skeins of Cotton ease from 2(?) years ago. I just did a double crochet boarder for the finishing. That was over 1000 yards in less than 5 days folks!
So I finished that and started a Whatsit from my Ravelry queue. Useing left over red heart sport from the stash.
I'm 1/2 way down the head already. I'm hoping to have it finished soon.
Thus semi begins the Ravelry queue purging and the stash purging.
I ripped the Wool ease sweater, hated the neck, and started a granny blanket with it. It will be black with stripes of red and yellow. It will be big and it will all be from the stash. That alone will empty 1 semi large bin.
Thats all for now. ttyl

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Craft diet finalized

Ok, I think I finally know what I want to do. I am going to go 100 days without buying yarn starting Jan 1st 2008.
Loosely fallowing Wendy knits guidelines, sock yarn and dish cloth cotton doesn't count, as well as buying more yarn to finish a project. 1 day a month is open for stash enhancement.
My goals are simple, to deplete the stash as much as possible. Finish more of my wips. Start and hopefully finish some of the bigger projects I have yarn for.I really want to empty some of my bins!
I have started a top down sweater, I'm hoping this will take up all my black wool ease.
I also want to make a second Tiramisu blanket out of some mystery cotton from Goodwill after I finish this one. Each Tiramisu blanket takes about 1035 yards of yarn. Great stash buster!
I also want to work my way threw my Ravelry (knittyauntie) queue.It mostly involves small crochet/knit toys that I want to make out of my old acrylic stash. As well as some scarfs and baby clothes.So that is what I'm going to do. I hope the quick turn over of small projects in my queue will keep me interested enough to not want to buy yarn. I know I have more than enough yarn to keep my occupied over the course of my yarn diet. :)


Monday, December 10, 2007

knitting reindeer

knitting reindeer
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HI everyone! I'd like to introduce you to Darla the Christmas knitting reindeer!
I do believe she is the most perfect ornament I have ever seen.
She has sass and class in her hand knit aran sweater along with her 1st class merino ( I think) in her basket from Gucci.

One question I do have is, how does she knit with those hoofs?

Sunday, December 09, 2007

100 days

I was listening to stash and burn last night and they have done well on there yarn diet. I was just wondering,could I make it 100 days with out buying yarn?
I don't know, but I can sure try! As on Jan 1st I am going to try to make it with out buying yarn for 100 days. This does not include sock yarn,because we all know that sock yarn doesn't count,as well as dish cloth cotton but I'm going to try to keep that as a minimum.
I'm losely fallowing the Wendy knits guidelines for yarn dieting found here:
Ok, I guess I'm going to sign off for a second time. TTYL

candy baby

candy baby
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I managed to tear myself away from the blanket to finish this sweater.
It's the nothin but a kids t-shirt in the 6 months size. I made the sleeves 7" long to make it a sweater. I also used a seed st boarder instead of a hem. I used Bernat Softee baby in the candy baby color on size 6 needles.

The baby blanket is now 19" and counting I'm working on the 3rd skein.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

cleaning out the stash

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I've decided I need to clean out at least 10 more skeins before I buy my sweater yarn.
The Tiramisu blanket will take at least 5 maybe more.I'm addicted to this blanket. I can't put it down I'm already 1+ skeins in about 10 inches.I'm thinking it will be rectangular and I'm going to maybe alter the edging to be more gender neutral. I think it looks a little bit girly, but I'm reserving judgment until the end.
But it is going so quickly, I've maybe worked on this for 3 hours and I'm this far in.
I have been working on this while doing my favorite thing: Listening to podcasts and watching flickr sideshows of yarn and projects.
I really want to knit a pair of fuzzy feet. That would be 2 more skeins, and a pair of fingerless gloves, that's one more.I gave away 2 more skeins last wensday, a scarf 2 skeins of the caron simply soft shadows, 2 skeins patons sws for another scarf, 3 full skeins and 3 partial skeins for my garter scarf. That's just what I can see from sitting here on the bed looking around. Then I think I can justify the sweaters worth of Cascade 220 superwash.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Cast on!

I've been good about finishing stuff lately , so I have allowed myself to start something new.A pair of socks that I'm being payed to knit I just started the cuff on the first last night. Then I started the Tiramisu blanket
For a co-worker due in spring. Made out of some stash-busting cotton ease, will be the perfect baby gift! Color is pistachio, so it will be gender neutral.I got 5 skeins of this in the cotton ease buying spree when the old colors were being clearanced out to make room for the new ones.
It will be crib size , I have some contrasting great looking yellow for the boarder if I run short of the pistachio.
I need some fingerless gloves for typing. I may start that this week.
I want to clear out a few bins of yarn this winter.I have a couple afghans worth that I need to use.more later

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Magic 28 parade

I just finished my 4th pair of magic 28 socks:

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

A small FO parade

The past 2 days have been very profitable in my knitting and just life in general.We got the tree put up and presants wrapped:

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In the past few days I have finished Marcis socks:

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Fell in love and crochet a Baby it's cold outside sweater:

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Moddeled by a bear I won along with a Rudolph out of one of those claw machines 2 for 1 on my first try for $1.

Tonight I finished the Green bunny turned bear. Ladies and Gents. Meet Mr.Green:

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Knit out of 5/ish skeins of mystery goodwill acrylic on a g hook is SO SOFT. I'm talking crazy soft. LOVE HIM!

Now I'm off to diddle with some other yarn maybe tomten, maybe something new. I think I've earned it!

Monday, December 03, 2007

Taking stock

I'm trying to get things in order before my vacation starts on friday night.I'm totally useing some of this time to clear up some ufos so,Here is a not so complete list of my ufos/wips:

The Green Bunny that I'm working on tonight and will hopefully finish by the end of my weekend.
Nothin but a kids t-shirt in the 6 month size
Bobbi bear
corner to cornner afghan in Cotton tots
Chevron scarf
Devyns blanket
Magic 28 socks

Long term projects:
Cotton granny
The Queen sized blanket
baby log cabin
The Fish afghan

I have the yarn, but have not started:
Ripple in Cotton ease
A sweaters worth on lion brand wool-ease in black
the wedding shawl
A lot of hats and scarfs
baby it's cold outside #2

There are at least 5 projects that I could finish on my vacation, but I'm not going to push myself.I do however hope to have a good parade of finished objects next wensday after 5 days off in a row with minimal interuptions.At least some good progress pics if nothing else.
BTW, Marcies Socks are finished. probally will save the pic for the parade...

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Finished sweater!

I have quite literally just finished Britts sweater. I did one row of single crochet around the neck edge and all the ends are woven in!Yarn is caron simply soft shadows in Fuschia Flare.I used 4 full skeins and a few yards of a 5th.

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A garter stitch sweater loosely based on this pattern, mostly just used the cast on # and mesturements:


Fallen off the wagon

Big time. I have photographic evedance of my badness(I said yarn diet will resume friday remember!):

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Left to right: Austerman step color 49,Jarbo Garn mini raggi ball band in Sweedish so I'm not sure of the color, Patons SWS color Natural plum , lion cotton in candy colors, a shawl pin I found for $1.99, Penguin ornament $1.99 ( I have a thing for Penguins) and a set of lock eyes for stuffed animals.
Theres only about 2 more inches left on the front of my nieces sweater before I start the neck. So that's the tale of my badness, my friend Lara can attest that I have no will power as well as no more money.Anyway. TTYL

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Crunch time!

Yea, I know it's not December yet , but wether we like it or not it's less than a month away from Christmas and our needles are clicking at full speed ahead!
I need to finish the front of my nieces sweater and the foot and toe of a sock.
Stu and I are car pooling again this coming week, so the socks should be done by my next weekend. I don't mind going to work an hour early if it means I don't have to spend my entire vacation stressing about getting my Christmas knitting done!
Then I might acually finish some of my other WIP's while I'm off for 5 days straight, a whole 3 of them with no distractions!
I'm also crocheting an afghan for my nephew who has been in the hospital with fluid on the lungs.
Simple granny squares in red heart classic. He's 3 1/2 so it's not super huge. Just a good cuddle size when he has to be away from home for long periods of time.
Colors are rust, true blue and emerald.
Any way on my vacation I hope to finish the following:
Socks and sweater if not completed at the time come first.
Next up is the green bunny and Totmen, then Nothin but a kids t-shirt in the 6 month size all that is left to knit is the sleeves that I wanted to alter to make longer.
My nephews blanket hopefully will get a fair amount of work as well as my dishcloth cotton granny (I'm up to 30 squares now!).Then I want to work on my magic 28 socks, I have another pair 1/2 finished I.E. first sock done awaiting ends being darned in second sock not yet cast on.I can't remember how many pairs I pledged but this will be my 3rd pair.They are going to Warm Woolies when I'm finished with my pledge.
Then after all that is finished I want to start a ripple with the cotton ease I bought this past summer.
I have broken my yarn diet to buy some dishcloth cotton and the yarn for my nephews blanket.The yarn diet will resume hopefully on friday.

Dish cloth cotton granny!

I just wanted to share a pic of my first 25 squares for my granny blanket.I'm useing dishcloth cotton scraps (sugar & cream/ peaches & cream). Out of this 25 none are duplicates and I'm counting at least 10 more scraps of new colors before I need to, not including full skeins of colors I havn't used yet.

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Pay if forward!

I found this on .

I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days. That is my promise. The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.

In other news , I got a new camera!
It was 89.94 and 12.88 for the 2gb memory card.It takes WONDERFUL pictures! I also got my employee discount ($10 off by the time I was done!)
It is a kodak easy share c713, there was 3 left on the shelf, I totally expected there wouldn't be any left ( I was NOT getting up at 4 am to get this thing) The fact that there was still some left 16 hours after the sale started tells me it was fate for me to have one!
Heres a picture of the box and my pointy kitty I made this past weekend , I used felt and blanket stitched her up, felt and tiny buttons for the eyes, so cute!I used this pattern:
This pic has no alterations takin inside with BAD lighting. Still looks ok I think!

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I've also been working on my sock yarn blanket. I think I've put 10 more squares on in the past week?!
Any way just wanted to post and say hey.



Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Clean your plate in 2008!

I have at least 20 projects that I need to finish and I can't seem to stop casting on more!
So are you like me? Are you ready to free up those needles in the new year?Then join me in Clean your plate in 2008! A KAL I'm more than happy to host for those like me that need to finish those long languashing projects!
If you are intrested e-mail me at possum19871016 AT yahoo DOT com .
No rules, no deadline, just finishing projects and feeling good about freeing up those needles!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Finished a log cabin!

I finished my log cabin blanket last wensday.

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I'm now working on finishing my neices christmas sweater.I'm working on the front, I decided not to frog it so after I'm done with the front it's just seaming and I'll be done.I hope to get it done this weekend.
I'm 1/2 done with a pair of socks for my friend for Christmas.I started on the second sock last night.I think if I power though, and get that weekend off I asked, I should be done in well enough time.
I also finished the austerman step socks last week.


Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Socks Wee!!! and Yarn diet

After finishing my lornas socks the other day I picked up my green Austerman socks that have languashed sence last winter. I finished the first one and cast on the second tonight. I LOVE Austerman!! I am so glad I have 2 more skeins of this in my stash! It makes my hands so soft from the Aloe and jojoba oil?!?!So nice!!!
As of November 1st I am going on a yarn diet until January 1st.
The exceptions are :
Gifts/projects that need more yarn to be finished
Sock yarn
1 fall off the wagon, although I am strictly staying away from yarn stores , but my Friend Lara is doing some christmas crocheting so I may have to go with her to pick out some more. However I'm totally tempted to go to the lime and violet shop and clear them out of sock yarn!!!!
I'm sticking with this one , I AM I AM I AM!!!!!!I have WAY to much yarn right now and I totally need to just knit my stuff that I already have and just not worry about anything else.


Saturday, October 27, 2007

Done with socks

Out of my goal I finished 1 pair, the lornas laces, last night while watching the first disk of my netflixed Dr.Quinn medicine woman.
I'm 14 rows into the queen blanket, only about 150 or more to go....


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

yarn hop!

Lara and I hopped from Color crossing to the quilt shop in Hudson.
I skein of Mountain colors glacier teal came home with me as well as a small skein of cotton and 6 skeins of something to make a baby blanket with in watermelon and lime (not official colors, just my perception).
Also a new bead shop in town just opened and we visited.I found awesome glass beads to make stitch markers with,there are sheep and rams, nuff said. I also got a butterfly glass bead and put it on a black rope necklace and it's wonderful. I've worn it all evening since I got home and put it together.
12 rows in on the monster blanket, I'm making it length wise instead of horizontal so it is crazy long.
I also joined knitwars!Join here:
Crazy inspiring it made me knit 2 rows on monster tonight just for the xp!!!


Wednesday, October 17, 2007

My Birthday was yesterday

Nothing exciting happened.Stu and I went to lunch at my favorite Mexican place.I also got to go to the yarn shop and the fabric shop.I acquired some awesome sock monkey fabric as well as 3 "Wheels" of yarn.Lets just say there interesting and I don't know what they will be yet but I'm looking forward to using them in something interesting.
I finished knitting the red and beige baby sweater, I have seamed it and it just needs buttons.
I started a huge project that I think will take 4 years to complete and will use all of the red heart acrylic I have left in my stash.I am crocheting a queen size bedspread for our bed.A single row takes about 1 1/2 hours, maybe more.I'm on my second skein almost 4 rows in. A 7oz skein goes for about 2 1/2 rows.It's going to be incredibly scrappy, but beautiful and an epic project that, like I said, will take 4 years.
Almost done with the heel on the second Lornas sock. I might knock that out tonight.


Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Useing my yarn

Several months ago I started a baby sized granny blanket.I finished it but it didn't look finished, you know how that is right?
I had 2 skeins left, so today I pulled it out with the 2 skeins useing a n hook and both skeins of yarn and put a ruffely thick border and now it looks alot better, and I like it alot more and now I can take it to my moms house where I keep my craft sale stash and finally mark it finished for good.
I finished the first lornas laces sock, then cast on and knit the first 2 rows of the second.
Going threw my stash a bit today, I found I have 23 skeins of dish cloth cotton + 1 large cone.
I justafy my dish cloth cotton because I sell hand knit dish cloths at craft sales.
Either way I totally need to knit them up,eventually....
This month I'm making it my goal to knit up all of my pink dish cloth cotton in honor of Breast Cancer awareness month. only about 3 skeins, this shouldn't be to hard.
I've been bouncing around so much with projects nothing getting any real progress.
I've been working a couple rows on the cotton tots blanket.It sheads/pills so bad though, but It feels so soft, I'm willing to put up with it - slowly.
I started crocheting a jacket out of 4 skeins of red heart Earth and Sky.I plan on lineing it with polar fleece.My own fly by the seat of my pants pattern.


Monday, October 08, 2007

A fell off the wagon at Micheals and 9 skeins of Vannas choice yarn(on sale), and the book 200 crochet blocks ( I had a 50% off coupon).
Also at borders I got Babys and Toddlers a knitters dozen.There is an awesome baby sweater made out of 2 hexagons that I SO want to try.
I also recived a Ty Pluffie sheep named Shearly from Stu today for going to the game shop with him.
I finished the baby hat and have enough left over for slippers!
My right arm hurts, but I havn't been knitting much today, so it makes no sence...
Oh well, I need to finish something. I'm on a big case of startites, and it sucks, cause I want to finish!!!
To the toe on my lornas sock.
Thats all for now!


Saturday, October 06, 2007

Starting a Hope Chest

The other day when my aunt was up we were talking about baby knits (she knits for hospitals) and we came across knitting for my future children, and also, starting a hope chest.I HAVE yarn for things I want to knit my baby when I become pregnant.
Patterns as well. The one Debbie Bliss book I have (Celtic Knits) I bought for the Moss stitch baby cartigan and baby fair isle sweater - only.
Recently I have been thinking about having a baby,alot. Although it's not possable for us to accomadate a baby right now, even if I did knit all of it's clothes for the first year.I'm just fasinated with the idea of a baby in the house. There hasn't been a new baby in the family for 3 1/2 years now and I miss it. I can't wait to meet my babys and see what they look like, to hear them snore,to smell baby...You all know that smell.
I want my kids to grow up with there cousins, that will only ever be my sisters kids as Stu is an only child and his only cousin and his wife can not have kids of there own.
So baby knitting instead of baby making it is!!I have a hat on the needles for the hope chest. I really wish I had an actual chest, but a rubbermaid container will do for now.
Also the toteman I'm knitting, after that is the Moss stitch cardigan from Celtic knits.
I think I'm a bit obsessed, but here we are.
And Lisa, if your reading, don't tell my mom.


Friday, October 05, 2007


I have been working steadly on my lornas laces socks onto the foot of the first one.
Have not worked on the Swedish socks today.
I've been working on dish cloths in the evening.Tonights dish cloth is peaches in cream straw berry cream.In the good old stand by corner to corner pattern.


Thursday, October 04, 2007

In order to have progress...

You have to knit!!!
Yesterday after my post I continued on my finishing things.I knocked out the second 1/2 of a dish cloth, the rest of that hat and the other 1/2 of one of my sock ornaments.
Ever sence I discovered Cast-On I've been addicted and have used the listining of the back issues I have been knitting.

I have ripped the tofutsies socks, I dug them out the other day and for some reason not one but 2 needles had been pulled out and dropped sts galore!So I ripped and started on my Swedish socks.So soft!LOVE IT!
I'm also 2 dec rows from the foot on my Lornas laces socks.

I really want to knit more dish clothes, as craft show season is coming up!
I'm looking forward to it very much!
There are a few quilts that I would like to start.
As well as a few doll quilts for Christmas, maybe.

I really want to take my vacation time soon.Hopefully early november.
I'm also amaized that I've acually been able to put togeather a coherent post lately.
I think I'm just getting into my grove and it's making me happy.


Wednesday, October 03, 2007

My Monkey

This is my Monkey:

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Finished mear moments ago, she is seen here, resting against one of my 2 large Batman pillows I made for our first appartment over a year and a half ago.
She is made of red heart sport weight scraps of an afghan, and the pattern Funky monkey from Mr. Funkys Super crochet wonderful by Narumi Ogawa.
I still have plenty of left overs I may make more. I also want to make Le Hamster out of some Cotton Ease scraps I have.
I made a voiage to Eau Claire with Mom and Aunt Lisa (thanks again for lunch if your reading!!).
I got some awesome fabric at a fabric store just blocks down from Yellow Dog knitting, that I had never seen before even though I'd been past several times and oddly enough never seen it before.It's also a little gift store.
Now I'm saving some money because I want one of there Boyds bears. I have some smaller ones, but I REALLY want a larger one.
I also got some Swedish sock yarn recently available at Yellow dog. Self striping with an awesome blue with a black and white jaquard stripey thing going on. I cant wait to cast on!
I'm also trying to make tiny sock ornaments for our tree this year, But I'm not going to kill my self over it.
I really want to work on Bradys sweater, as it has been good to me and hasn't forced me to tears and a time out in the dresser.I may pull that out and give it some love later.
I also got the yarn for Bris sweater.Vannas choice ( I think I may have a problem..) Pink, Her favorite color. :)
Thats all for now,


Monday, October 01, 2007

Imagine great title here!

I have been crocheting quite a bit this week.
I finished 4 hats and have a fifth about 1/2 way done.
I was going to wait until I finished with it and post a fab pic of all 5 and the 2 pairs of magic 28 socks that are finished instead I give you this:

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My pinky ty hamster named Rosa sitting on top of licorice peaches and cream dish cloth cotton , that by the way made an awesome dishcloth.

I am celebrating Socktober Fest by working with some of my extensive sock yarn stash.
And working on this:

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My sock yarn blanket, still very small, but I'm working on it while I catch up on Cast-On, that I just discovered.

I also have 3 pairs of socks on the needles that I would like to finish this month, however they are all still on the first socks:
First a pair of lornas laces socks on the needles, first one is past the heel,working on the gusset.
Second is the tofutsies first sock on the gusset
Third socks are trekking xxl almost to the toe on the first sock.
No christmas knitting this week.

I have however been hiding something from you, I need to rip the back of Britts sweater because it's about 6 sizes to big, and I've just been letting it lay there, on top the dresser totally in denial.So let us move on, I'll come back to it in a few weeks when I'm a bit less distrought over the whole situation...


Wednesday, September 26, 2007

a new kind of yarn diet

For each skein of yarn I use I can buy a new one. For each FO I can buy 2.
Seeing as I never finish anything the former is practly irrelivent. :)
HOWEVER I have been knitting tiny baby things, and now I am making size 3-5 hats for the head start program my neice belongs to.
So small things like this may eat up more yarn than one may think....
I'm hoping anyway. Stu was going threw the bedroom looking for somthing the night before last and discovered a couple tubs that he didn't know about that just happen to be filled with yarn.I think he got a little scared...


Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Tiny things

I altered knittin moms tiny sock pattern and here are my results, changes include non-ribbed top and a heel flap:

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Preemie socks, quarter for scale
Yarn Plymouth yarn Dream Baby D.K. 50% acrylic micro fiber 50% nylon
Size 3 needles set of 4
Co 24 sts distribute evenly across needles 8/8/8
1-10 k2,p2 around
11-18 knit 12 sts ,turn purl back
19 k6 , k2 tog, turn
20 k3 k2 tog turn
Continue in this way knitting 2tog across the gap until 8 sts remain
21 Pick up 4 sts on each side of the heel flap
22 Knit to 3 sts before needle change k2 tog knit across top needle k1, k2 tog k to end
23 Knit across all needles
24-26 Rep rows 22-23 once more 24 sts remain
Knit across all needles for 12 rows
Shape toe:
27 Knit to last 3 sts k2 tog ,k2, k2 tog, k to last 3 sts on needle k2 tog ,k 2 k to end of needle
28 knit across
Rep rows 27-28 until 4 sts remain cut yarn,
Run yarn threw sts pull tight fasten off yarn, weave in your ends
Enjoy tiny socks!

I have a few more tiny things made and a few more in the works.

I also managed to cut up 2 yards of fabric that my sister asked me to months ago.
Another thing checked off the list!


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Contest at moms knitting!!!!
Is holding a contest for some yummy yarn, and all you have to do is enter and knit tiny little baby things!LOVE THAT!
So go, go now! Enter and knit your heart out for the tiny babies!!!
I'm going now, whos with me! KNIT ON!

Monday, September 17, 2007

I'm tired!

Working in a public place really makes you sick alot, both metophoric and phyisically.
I'm constant companion with Mr. Snuffy nose and Ms. Clogged head.
I wish I had more sick days.

I finished the second pair of magic 28 socks last night.I'm not casting on for another pair until I finish Britts sweater. Still working on the back.
My lap top has been down.It wont connect to the internet, and it's pissing me off.Other wise my cronic blog-reading would have allowed me to finish the back by now. I can only knit comfy and read the computer when sitting on the couch. So Stus desk top is my only access to the internet.I don't like it but it will do for now.


Tuesday, September 11, 2007


It turned f*ing cold this past week and I have been hiding under 2 of my blanket projects.
A nice large Lionbrand jiffy giant granny square planned as a lap blanket for mom for Christmas. Useing 2 different dye lots as stripes and a brown edging. Mom likes natural colors and this fits the bill.
Looking for my longer size 10's to continue my log cabin again.
I found a pattern for a crochet jacket that I WANT BADLY!
Already have the pattern and the yarn, want to finish something else first. 2 1/2 more skeins until moms blankets done. Maybe after that....
Going to the yarn shop tomorrow, hopefully will find something intresting...
On to the second sock of the second pair of magic 28 socks!
My order from knitpicks should be coming in a day or 2. The yarn is for a blanket for my niece.Larger than past blankets I've made for her.Hopefully twin size for her b-day next year.
If you thought I was going to say Christmas, you must really think I'm insane.
I'm talking her b-day next october.


Wednesday, September 05, 2007


The first pair of the magic 28 socks I pledged!
All but for the weaving in of ends.
I have about a million darning needles here somewhere, now only if one will surface so I can weave in the ends......

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

6 inches short

Until I get to the neck on the back of Britts sweater.
She spent the night last night, but I forgot to compare the completed parts up to her to see of they were right.... Oh well, maybe next time.
I hope I have enough yarn, I'm thinking I might but we will see when I finish the back, hopefully this week sometime. I have been taking it to work with me everyday.
I can't get anymore of this yarn, it was clearanced at Micheals and I got the last 5 skeins. So it HAS to be enough!!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

I got it!

I got the yarn I won!!!!
It is so perfect!!!!I cant wait to cast on!!!!Thank you so much Bliss!!!It totally rocks!!!

In other news, I'm about 5 inches up the back of Britts sweater. Due to showing up at work at 2, rather than 3 when I was acually supposed to be!Past the ribbing into the garter st, wonderful for chatting and reading! I can see this going quickly!

I'm also to the point where I need to bind off the toe of my first magic 28 socks to start on the next!

TTYL, Hayley

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

I joined!

I was going threw some old projects today and I came across this pair of mittins I started last year.It was my own pattern, of wich I didn't write down.
I ripped it and promptly started Normas magic 28 sock and joined the web ring, link on the bottom of the page.
I have pledged 12 pairs before the end of winter.
The first sock is past it's gusset. SO QUICK!
I know I have so much Christmas knitting, but I need something low stress and portable.All in all, just something to make me feel good on the inside.
I have a bit of wool, only hand washable in alot of brite colors. I however, don't "do" hand wash only and neither does my family. So this is a good way to use it up for a good cause

Tuesday, August 28, 2007


Sox are completated! Gifting them later this week.This is a pic, with flash at 2:30 in the AM...

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Sunday, August 26, 2007


long week come to a close.Still working on the socks, just having a beer,sitting here , reading up on some blogs picking up on the socks some and adding a few rows here and there.I susspect I'm 1/4 down the foot now.

just trying to de-stress.It's been a bad week. And I have to take money from savings to pay my rent.
Good thing I won her contest or I wouldn't be having any new yarn in awhile!!


Thursday, August 23, 2007

Workin hard....,

past the gusset on Marcies sox, straight down the foot I go!!!
My goal is to finish them in the next week. Wahoo!
It will be nice to finish something after so long....

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

It's been slow..

I got the socks down to the heel shaping, then I'll be starting the gusset.
Stu has gotten me a new book on Amiguri , and I want to start something now!!!

Sleeves done!

I think I was smart to do the sleeves first on the size 5 sweater.
They were very quick and fun!
Now the front and back are just giant garter st rectangles, so I can see myself switching between the size 5 and size six sweater.
I think I'll be calling the size 5 sweater Britts sweater and the 6 Bradys, for the intended recipiants.
Britts is a fushia defuised by a strand running threw it that fades from black to navy to a slightly lighter pink.
Bradys is a dusty blue.
I also finished a log on the afghan and cant start a new one until I unearth my size 10 circs.It is now way to large for my 10 inch straights!
It's been rainy and cold. The perfect time for big afghan knitting!
A small bit on the socks have been worked.I'm on the heel of the second sock now.I'm just happy to be seeing results in my knitting again.
I feel like I've been in a stand still forever.It's nice to be moving again....

ttyl, Hayley

Thursday, August 16, 2007

I think it's working..

Last night I finished the first sleeve f the size 5 sweater and the ribbing on the second.
Tonight it's a bit chilly so I brought out the blanket and started a new block of color.
It's a log cabin and is at the point where it is getting just to big to finish an entire block in one sitting.
I also knit 2 or so rows on the sock.Hey at least it's something! :)


Wednesday, August 15, 2007

I need to finish something.....

I'm going out of my mind.I have recently started my Christmas knitting. 3 small sweaters sizes 6, 5 and 3 , for my neices and nephews. A pair of socks for a co worker, a blanket for my sister, and thats just what I have started!!!
I have 1 sock done and the other almost down to the heel, 1 sleeve on the size 5 sweater is well over 1/2 way done, to the yoke on the front of the 6 sweater. Blanket is 3 out of 8 skeins in.
I am devoting myself to posting here at least once a week to keep track of my progress.I really need to get to knitting if I'm going to have all this done!
The blanket has gotten to the point where it is way to hot for me to knit in this 80 + weather.
Socks are my work knitting.
The sweaters are small enough, one is garter st the other is a mix of basketweave and seed st. The 3rd is not started yet.

See you next week

Tuesday, July 03, 2007


I'm mad.
My best friends wedding is on July 28th, no problem, except about 6 people are taking off from our department for that weekend. I've expressed my worries to the manager , but she's pretty damn flighty, so I'm nervious and mad that maybe I wont get it and I'll have to call in cause there is no way in hell that i'm missing it.
My sister might have MS, they are doing more testing,but they are pretty sure that's what it is.
My mom just had another heart operation, my s-dads kidneys are failing and my fiancie is pissing me off left and right as well as his parents!!

Why can't we go a week without fighting about them?? Why can't he just leave me alone until I simmerdown and QUIT ASKING WHY I'M PISSED WHEN HE KNOWS WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm sad and frusterated because the best friends of my Stu who are like brothers to him are dissing him and making him mad and I'm the one who takes the punishment!!

I'm just crocheting my frusterations out into a baby blanket for my cousin due in january.

I'm just sad

Monday, June 18, 2007

Hey Ya'll I'm Back!

After moving and about 3 weeks with out internet, I am back.
Sence I've been gone....
I'm in progress of putting togeather a granny square blanket and I've tryed out a couple hexagon/grannys.

I'm smack in the middle of a Baby suprise jacket by Elisabeth Zimmerman.
This is the first pattern of hers I've ever tried and I'm likeing it!

I made the Harry bear from
He is so cute!

I have all the stuff for my wedding invites, I just need to decide the location and get Stuart to get some addresses then I'll be set to print, pack and mail them! Wahoo!

Anyway, I'll ttyl

Monday, May 07, 2007


Finished, addressed and ready to send. 66 squares (over 1/2 already sent) DONE for my Friendship afghan square exchange. It was my goal to have them done by the 14th when postage rates go up and the price to ship 1 will be tripple what it is now.
I'm relived, now I can work on other stuff, but still the urge to granny it up is irristable, and my urge to make the Larger Than Life bag from the spring Interweave Crochet has me wanting to start something new...........

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Another pair of socks.....

I cast on another pair of socks last week after finishing my moms mothers day socks.
The ones I'm workign on now are made of the Lornas laces flamingo, AKA the breast cancer awareness color way.
I found some fabric with pink ribbons on it I want to make a quilt with, but we are in the middle of a move so big projects are out of the question right now. I'm sticking with socks and my sock yarn blanket that is growing very quickly!!

Anyway. I want to get these socks done by the end of my weekend, wensday, so i'll TTYL!

Friday, April 20, 2007

My wedding!

I just got engaged yesterday! WHOOT!
I need a new camera so there will be a picture of the ring, just not right away!

I also just started a blanket out of sock yarn and I'm looking for donations!
Just leave a comment and I'll contact you!


Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Baby it's COLD outside!

I wish I didn't have car insurance to pay otherwise I'd have a nice new digital camera not only to show you my recent knitting, but the 8" of snow we got on sunday night.
I didn't get off work until midnight and it took me 40 minuites to go 5 miles, sliding sideways in the middle of town in the middle of the road half way.
It was not fun.
I started a garter stitch scarf tonight during the season premiere of The Real House Wifes of Orange County.
Now I wish there was something else good on tv to watch......

Tuesday, January 02, 2007


It is the first week of a new year and many people vow to change them selfs over the next year, mostly for the better......... :)
I like to vow to knit at least 1 item for a charity. This year I select

I want to make at least 1 sweater,hopefully more.
There simple enough for me to work on at work and I can change the colors and pattern to suite my mood and the diffaculty level I want.As well as useing up my extensive "small ball" stash.
I've already cast on the front of a sweater!

In other news I won some yarn from !!
Hopefully with tax returns I will get a new camera, as mine is so old I can't find a new cord for it! YAY! :P