Wednesday, December 26, 2007

last post I promise!

for Michelle (AKKnitter on Ravelry), she knit this lovely BSJ for Gretchen. here is Gretchen modleing it at 2 wks old.


ok, finally something for meeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!! this is the first of my gloves. based loosely on the Cigar pattern from Knitty. when I have two hands to type, I'll type up my revisions to fit my short wide hands. my second glove is almost finished as well.

Stripy Ball

I made this Stripy Ball from "Knitted Toys" by Zoe Mellor for a friend's son. I used KnitPicks Shine Sport and the ball is nice and soft. I'm going to make another one for my boys.

Wild Stripes

the finished knitting of Gretchen's Wild Stripes blanket. I still need to do the backing and embroidery one of these days when I have a large block of time to myself...

Toasty Topper

I made this Toasty Topper for my friend's daughter (my son modeling). If I made it again, I probably only would have used a single strand of yarn instead of the double strand recommended. or maybe a thicker yarn.

Fingerless Mitts and Calorimetry

I made this calorimetry and fingerless mitts for a craft exchange I was involved in.

Anastasia Sock

one down, one to go! this was my first toe up sock and I'm quite pleased with how it came out.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


to appease Michelle (and anyone else...) here are a few pictures of the boys and Gretchen.

Michael (August 2007)

Tristan (August 2007)

Michael and Tristan

Tristan (November 2007)

Gretchen (November 2007)

me and Tristan (November 2007)

Michael and Gretchen (November 2007)

Me and Gretchen (November 2007)

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

what I've done...

Black = done it
Green = want to do it
Yellow = maybe
Red = think I'll pass

  • Afghan
  • I-cord
  • Garter stitch
  • Knitting with metal wire
  • Shawl
  • Stockinette stitch
  • Socks: top-down
  • Socks: toe-up (on the needles)
  • Knitting with camel yarn
  • Mittens: Cuff-up
  • Mittens: Tip-down
  • Hat
  • Knitting with silk
  • Moebius band knitting
  • Participating in a KAL
  • Sweater
  • Drop stitch patterns
  • Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
  • Slip stitch patterns
  • Knitting with banana fiber yarn
  • Domino knitting
  • Twisted stitch patterns
  • Knitting with bamboo yarn
  • Two end knitting
  • Charity knitting
  • Knitting with soy yarn
  • Cardigan (this winter's planned sweater: central park hoodie)
  • Toy/doll clothing
  • Knitting with circular needles
  • Baby items
  • Knitting with your own handspun (spun it, but not knit with it yet)
  • Slippers
  • Graffiti knitting
  • Continental knitting (it's the only way to go!)
  • Designing knitted garments
  • Cable stitch patterns
  • Lace patterns
  • Publishing a knitting book
  • Scarf
  • Teaching a child to knit
  • American/English knitting (yes, but why bother)
  • Knitting to make money (not like a living wage or anything)
  • Buttonholes
  • Knitting with alpaca
  • Fair Isle knitting
  • Norwegian knitting....i'm not sure if i have or not because i don't know what the distinguishing feature is.
  • Dying with plant colors
  • Knitting items for a wedding
  • Household items
  • Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars (perfectly pointless)
  • Olympic knitting
  • Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
  • Knitting with dpns
  • Holiday-related knitting
  • Teaching a male how to knit
  • Bobbles
  • Knitting for a living
  • Knitting with cotton
  • Knitting smocking
  • Dying yarn
  • Steeks
  • Knitting art - what does this even mean?
  • Fulling/felting
  • Knitting with wool
  • Textured knitting
  • Kitchener BO
  • Purses/bags
  • Knitting with beads
  • Swatching (even though I hate it)
  • Long Tail CO
  • Entrelac
  • Knitting and purling backwards
  • Machine knitting
  • Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegating yarn
  • Stuffed toys
  • Knitting with cashmere
  • Darning
  • Jewelry
  • Knitting with synthetic yarn
  • Writing a pattern
  • Gloves
  • Intarsia
  • Knitting with linen
  • Knitting for preemies
  • Tubular CO
  • Freeform knitting
  • Short rows
  • Cuffs/fingerless mitts/armwarmers
  • Pillows
  • Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
  • Rug
  • Knitting on a loom
  • Thrummed knitting
  • Knitting a gift
  • Knitting for pets
  • Shrug/bolero/poncho
  • Knitting with dog/cat hair
  • Hair accessories (if headbands count)
  • Knitting in public

Monday, December 17, 2007


I'm looking for a good glove pattern. I've searched Ravelry and haven't found anything I liked. I've never done cables and don't really have the time to try to learn them at the moment due to not having much alone time to knit and focus on that. I'll be using Cascade 220 for my gloves...thanks!

Monday, December 10, 2007

project update

I have finished 3 more projects:
- toasty topper
- calorimetry (yes another one)
- pair of fingerless mitts

I've also finished one of my Anastasia socks and cast on for the second one.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Christmas gift pictures!

Dad's hat (have since added ear flaps to it)

the 4 hats for my nephews

the little Saartje's booties for Gretchen (just need to sew the buttons on)

my niece's purse, first picture is with the flap open

Entwined for my sister in law

Cigar gloves for my brother

cell phone case for mom

Megan's Braids hat for niece

calorimetry (x2)

Thursday, November 29, 2007

busy busy busy

unfortunately I don't have much knitting time as little Greta is keeping me busy. but its a good kind of busy. I have however finished the second fingerless mitt for the craft exchange I'm participating in. going to try and make another calorimetry to go with it if I have time. I've slowly been working on my Anastasia socks, about 1-2 rows at a sitting, but its better than no knitting at all right?

Friday, November 23, 2007

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

little girl has arrived!

Gretchen Diane K arrived at 8:40 pm on November 19 weighing in at 7 lbs 4 oz and is 20" long. so far all is well, the boys seem to love her so far.

Monday, November 19, 2007

about me

I was tagged by Ann

8 random things meme.
Rules are as follows:
· When tagged, you must link to the person who tagged you.
· Then post the rules before your list, and list eight random things about yourself.
· At the end of the post you must tag and link to eight other people.

1. I have a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training that I probably will never use except on my own children.

2. I graduated from high school at 16 and college at 20. I secretly wish I had not let my mom push me to graduate early from high school. I felt somewhat unprepared for college and think that extra year would have benefited me.

3. I love sports of all varieties. I'm a bit of a baseball addict, especially when it comes to playoff time. My sport of choice to play is soccer or volleyball.

4. due to a knee injury from waitressing in college, I can't really play sports anymore and it depresses me. damn worker's comp that said there was nothing wrong with my knee. they aren't the ones who have their knee pop out 2-3 times a year and aren't able to walk normally for 2-3 days afterwards.

5. I'm planning to go back to college eventually to get my B.S. in Nursing. I just need one class to get into nursing school and I should be good to go.

6. I get tired of reading "Dumbo" to my son what seems like 10 times a day. he loves elephants.

7. I miss my first car. a 93 Dodge Shadow, I named "Puddles" because there was a leak in the windshield. so whenever it rained my car seats would get soaked. I sold my poor baby after having owned it for 5.5 years.

8. I love Thanksgiving. its my most favorite holiday. I love the food and being surrounded by people.

I'll tag Michelle and whoever else wants to answer this, because I really don't know anyone who hasn't done it yet.


The knitting of little girl's blanket is done. Its just about done blocking, a few more hours and I'll check it again.

I've started my craft exchange gift, a pair of fingerless mitts. I have one done and love it. might have to make a pair for myself.

worked some more on the Anastasia socks. pattern rocks. can't wait to be finished so I can wear them. wish I was using a prettier yarn, but you use what you have. I can't complain though, it was a gift.

in non knitting news, just finishing up stuff that needs to be done before the baby comes. making spaghetti sauce to freeze. cooking up some pancakes so that breakfast is easy for all the boys. found a new pediatrician for the baby and the boys. I think that's about it. just more house cleaning that needs to be done. the fun stuff in life, right?

Saturday, November 17, 2007

almost there

9 more rows. 9 more rows. 9 more rows. I have all the ends weaved in up until this point. then 9 more rows. each row is 158 stitches. it feels like each row takes f.o.r.e.v.e.r. but will start blocking it tonight. next on the agenda is to find a fabric for the back that I like. hopefully that won't take too long.

Friday, November 16, 2007

the countdown is on

well it looks like little girl will be here in the next week. I'm scheduled for an induction (not sharing the day quite yet). so I'm on "operation finish little girl's baby blanket" now. I think I can get it done as long as I don't do any other knitting. but the Anastasia socks that I started the other night are calling my name...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Christmas knitting is D-O-N-E!!!!

yay. so excited to finally be done with my Christmas knitting. I have made:

- 4 of these hats (for my nephews, initials on the inside of each so they know whose is whose)
- 1 of this hat (for my dad, though I'm going to add some ear flaps since its not long enough to cover the husband's ears at this point)
- 2 calorimetry's (one for a friend's birthday, one for my niece's mom)
- 1 purse that I semi-designed but its based loosely off the Marsupial Tote in Stitch N Bitch (for my 12 yr old niece)
- 2 Megan's braid's hats (for my 7 and 2 yr old nieces)
- 1 cell phone holder with strap (for mom)
- 1 pair of Cigar gloves (oldest brother)
- 1 Entwined (for sister in law)

I think that's it. I have pictures of most on the camera, but for some reason its not working again. sigh. now I just need to write down washing instructions, wrap the gifts, put them in a box and mail them to my parent's house. mission accomplished to have this done before little girl was born.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Calorimetry (I've made two in the same color, picture is not myself, but my friend who received it for her birthday today)
yarn- Patons Classic Wool Merino

hats for Alex
used the pattern Umbilical Cord Hat from Stitch N Bitch
yarns- Red Heart Soft Touch: Wine; Caron Simply Soft: Mango; Bernat Softee Chunky: green

yarn- hand dyed "Love You Till Tuesday" from Ms. Pixie Riot

yarn- Rowan RYC Cashsoft 4 ply

Monday, November 5, 2007

pictures soon!

looks like I may be able to start uploading the gobs of pictures on my camera as of tomorrow. figured out how to do it on the husband's Linux based computer. yay!!!!

some stress has been relieved a bit. hoping that it stays this way.

Friday, November 2, 2007


Life is way too stressful right now. Little girl is due in 3 weeks. Everyone is asking for money that we don't have. I just need life to give me a break. Its hard enough to be away from everyone I know at a time like this, I don't need stress added to the equation. I just wish I could indulge in lots of wine and chocolate, but unfortunately the damn gestational diabetes keeps me from doing so. sigh.

Thank God for knitting, it definitely does keep me somewhat sane and keeps me from freaking out more often than I already do.

in knitting news I've finished two more projects
-one winter hat for my nephew
-cell phone case for my mom

I've cast on for Entwined for my sister-in-law. needed a break from the hats for awhile. But I foresee that being finished tonight or tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

yet another project update

-calorimetry, love it and making another for someone else
-Megan's braids, made it a bit smaller than the previous one since this niece is only 2.
-finished up my hats for Alex, have them in a package, wondering if the husband made it to the post office with it today...
-hat for nephew age 3

to be finished
-Wild Stripes Blanket, still only 2/3 done, losing motivation
-little girl's hat
-another calorimetry
-a pair of socks, not sure what kind, I have this sock yarn to use up
-3 more hats for nephews (ages 5, 8.5 and 11.5)

sock pattern options
rainbow socks

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


I'm really missing my computer. Hopefully the husband will get it up and running soon so I can post pictures of what I've made.

progress update
- 2/3 done with Wild Stripes blanket
- finished a pair of Saartje's booties
- knit a purse for my niece, just need to felt it, find a handle for it and a clasp for the flap
- knit a toy mouse for my nephew for Christmas to scare his sisters with. I'm an evil aunt.

on tap to work on
- Wild Stripes blanket obviously
- another Megan's Braids hat for my other niece
- baby hat to finish my three for hats for Alex
- baby hat for little girl

Friday, October 19, 2007

I'm alive...

we're safely in KY now. have LOADS of pictures to share of my knitting stuff, but my computer got fried yesterday so it may be awhile unfortunately. but so far I have finished:

-Odessa hat
-3 umbilical cord hats
-baby blanket
-Jaywalker socks
-halfway done with the Wild Stripes blanket

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Blogging on hold...

As I am busy packing up everything for our upcoming move, I will not be doing any blogging for the next who knows how many weeks. I will try to remember to take pictures as I work on items though.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

WIP Wednesday

ok, WIP Wednesday is more of a finished object Wednesday. which is a good thing!

FO: Soapy the Turtle, though I just stuffed it with poly-fil.

FO: Breast Cancer Dishcloth

FO: Megan's Braids from One Skein Wonders

FO: Frizzato Scarf

FO: Grandma's Dishcloth (I now have two of these, need to make a towel to go with them and my parent's Christmas present is complete!)

WIP: Jaywalker socks, doesn't look like I finished much, but I've started on the heel flap

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

WIP Wednesday

Breast Cancer dishcloth

Jaywalker Sock #2