Aug 30, 2007

Knitting is Hot, and He's Got the Burn Marks To Prove It!

Sorry! I can't help it! This was supposed to be posted yesterday, while I was still in a good mood. And that was when I came up with the title. Since then, I've started my girl time and had to sit up really late with Heather as she had some sort of coughing fit. So, I'm a little tired.

ty n me 2Anyways, let's move on. My friend Tyler came home Tuesday night! It's very exciting for me, every time a friend comes back from deployment, it makes me feel a little better. So, I used my knitting night to go out with him and some friends for a welcome home. And, I used that chance to prove to him that knitting was definitely a cool thing to do. When he first learned that I knit, of course he teased me. I got several compliments on Coachella that night, but mostly from Ty himself. You'll have to excuse the pics, I was dead tired and he was drunk. Hey, I told you it was his first night home. :) Oh, and does anyone else notice he was wearing a thermal shirt in August??

In other news, I now have one and a half Fancy Silk Socks. I put the sock on outside for pictures, wow was that a silly idea. It was so hot out there, and even putting on one sock for pictures was too much. Now I remember why I don't wear socks in the summer. I'm already starting to think about what socks I should knit next. lol Elizabeth keeps raving about the Charade socks, so I'm thinking those in the Fleece Artist I got a little bit ago.

get fancy 2

Goddess is progressing really quickly. I can hardly put it down! There was a brief problem with the pattern, I think it was just a typo though. After doing a lot of crazy math, checking and re-checking...I'm pretty sure I know what I'm doing. The goddess front 2Stitch Diva people have been contacted, they said they would get back to me by the end of the week, but we all know that I can't wait that long to knit! It's really coming along beautifully, as soon as I get the back done I can join it to the front. This might actually be finished before the summer is over. Well, that depends on where you are. Down here, summer (meaning the heat) lasts a lot than just August. It's still not even getting cold at night yet. Which means that the fall, or at least cooler weather is not around the corner. *sigh* Maybe that's a good thing? Maybe not. If it's still pretty warm when I finish Goddess I'll get a chance to wear t, but also I'll have to change what I planned to knit next. Which was going to be Tubey. Also gotta cast-on for some Christmas presents, probably a Montego Bay scarf, or maybe a mini-clapotis? Whatever, they are basically both scarves. lol I'm also thinking of adding fringe to that butterfly headwrap and calling it a thin scarf. According to my scale, I'm a little less than halfway through the ball.

Eiffel FO

Here is Eiffel, all finished. I'll probably take more pics, but for now this will do. It's a bit faded, which is kinda sad, but still pretty.

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Aug 23, 2007


try-ons 1It seems like I've been on a finishing kick for the past few days. I decided to skip the last 3 decreases on Eiffel (hey, I tried it on first), because I was running out of yarn. So I bound off on that Tuesday, then washed and blocked it yesterday. It's still wet, I was hoping putting it in the garage would make it dry faster. That thing is like an oven. When I was dyeing last summer I would hang the skeins in the garage and they'd be dry by that evening. Of course, Eiffel is bigger than a skein. Anyways, here's a picture of me trying Eiffel on, at that point it was still 2 inches from the bind off point. And night, keep that in mind.

moms new top 003You remember Baccarat Player was finally completed. I mailed it off on Monday, and my mom got it yesterday! Now we have pictures of the FO on it's model, I admit that I like it a lot better now that it's on my mom instead of my needles. For something so fiddly to knit, it looks gorgeous. The Fancy Silk Sock has a heel and gusset now, there are pictures but really no reason to post them. It's not much different than the last couple of times I posted pictures. My camera has me all excited. not to mention Ravelry. I'm ALWAYS on there. Updating EVERYTHING. *sigh* Oh, and checking up on you guys. :D Man, I don't know who has more projects in their queue, Lana or Mouse. Every time I turn around Lana has queued a new project (a lot of them make me go Oooo! I want to knit that too!). Eventually I will update my bloglines to reflect my friends on Ravelry, I've got like...30 some friends or something. :)

green bootie 2

Also on the finishing table were the green baby booties. All I really had left was to sew on the buttons. I love the little green buttons, they make me happy. These ones were done in the round. My LYS owner had also done some in the round, and come up with a way to eliminate that little indent from purple project 003the Turkish CO. Mine is still there but it's on the inside. These are also slightly larger than the first two pairs, they fit one of Heather's larger doll babies, but still not any of my actual babies.

Just for fun, I changed my hair again. I've had some purple hair dye in my bathroom since like, May. lol But just got around to bleaching it on Sunday. Tuesday I got it cut and then put the purple in. In case you are curious, it's Raw color, Purple Passion. Fair warning it smells like grape candy. Which, for me, was great! The smell of hair dye doesn't really bother me, but grape candy smells way better. Yummy smelling hair products are always a plus. There aren't any good pictures of the back of my hair after I put the purple in, so you'll have to deal with one of the pre-dyed ones. It was right after I had gotten my hair cut. The girl who did it did really well considering I could only give her a vague description of what I wanted, and that Nolan was on my lap being all cranky.

haircut 2

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Aug 20, 2007

PRGE Questionnaire

Is it questionairre? Or questionnaire? Nvm. That's what spellcheck is for.

1. Why are you punk?

What? Who told you that? lol Um, I don't know. I like punk and rock music. So, logically, I would be interested in things that are associated with them. Like...being totally weird. Knitting. Dyeing my hair fun colors. Wearing interesting clothes. And so on. Plus, like everyone else, my favorite colors include purple and black. (but not red, I skipped that cliche)

2. What are your five favorite things? (these don't have to be knit related)

Oh, I love lists.

  • Cats, especially of the Cheshire variety
  • Books, especially scary ones, or thrilling ones
  • Vintage items: clothes, movies, books, buttons -- you name it
  • Socks
  • DPNs (told you I was weird)

3. What are your three favorite things that you have made with knitting/crochet?

You want me to choose?

  • Thelonious socks
  • Wicked
  • Endpaper Mitts

4. What five things would you love to see in a swap box someday?

  • Yarn. Seriously, I want a swap box full of yarn. lol
  • Cool knitting swag. Stuff that proclaims my knitterly awesomeness.
  • One of those little Chibi things for your tapestry needles.
  • CDs, Okay, I know it's a knitting swap. But isn't it about the music too?
  • Patterns. There are lots I want. My printer is totally worthless. :(

5. What are your three favorite yarns? What are your three least favorite yarns?


  • Wollmeise!
  • SWTC Bamboo
  • Cascade 220


  • Berroco Gem
  • Acrylics
  • Lopi

6. What are your five favorite delicacies?

Oh, I love lists.

  • Ferrero Rocher (er, I think that's how you spell it. They are gooddddd)
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Reese's Pieces
  • Bread, freshly baked mmmm
  • Hot chocolate

7. What are your three favorite guilty pleasures?

  • Dexter. It's on Showtime. Seriously.
  • Anime, especially ones featuring people with kitty ears. :D
  • Hats. I love them and collect them, but hardly wear them.

8. What are the five things you look forward to every week?

  • Friday nights. The weekend has arrive and Mr. Shad and I watch Psych.
  • Going to the knitting shop.
  • Nap time.
  • Dinner, I love to eat, especially with the family.
  • Phone calls from my mom.

9. What do you collect?

Cows, cheshire cat stuff, DPNs, sock yarn, buttons, and blank cards

10. When is your birthday?

December 9th

11. Do you have any wishlists?

Um...sure. I've got one on, search my first and last name, I'll link it later. Also on Etsy.

12. What would you like your pal to know that is not covered here?

I really hope to create a friendship from this swap. Also, I am really random and weird. I appreciate a good sense of humor. Um, if you ask, I will tell you. If you've been reading my blog you know I have 3 critters kids. I don't wear jewelry. And...have fun!

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Aug 19, 2007

Baccarat Bind-off Bash

Yep, I like alliteration. It's fun! Anyways, Baccarat Player is finished, seamed, Finished Baccarat Playerand even has a crocheted edging. I packaged it up and will mail it out tomorrow. I am so excited! And very proud of my seam job. It's the first time I've ever used the mattress stitch know, the way you are supposed to seam. I don't even know why it was so hard for me to figure out! Not only was it simple, but every time I cinched the stitches tight, it was like magic! Seriously, I made Mr. Shad pause his video game to watch me do it. lol Oh, if you want to see the picture closer up you'll have to click it. Not sure it will be any clearer though.

There are lots of pictures of this. My new book (Vogue Knitting: Quick Reference), showed me all sorts of tricks and I used it to put a crab stitch (backward crochet) edging on the neck, armhole, and bottom of Mom's top. fancy silk sock 1Not sure exactly how I feel about it, although I really like the way it made my slip stitch edge around the armhole into eyelets.

Of course, all knitters know, the hardest part comes next. What should I knit next? None of us have any lack of projects waiting in the wings, but sometimes it is so hard to choose between deserving patterns and yarns. Goddes has really been calling to me, but I feel like it has been forever since I had a sock on the needles. Recently there has been a lot of other garments I'm cranking out. Summer is good for fast knitting. :) I realize that I enjoy all knitting, but socks are still my true love. So, following Mr. Shad's advice, I cast-on the Fancy Silk Socks from Knitting Vintage Socks. Goddess will have to wait fancy silk sock 2until I finish Eiffel.

The pattern is fun and simple. Gorgeous to watch in progress. I'm already halfway through the leg of the first sock. Much further that the pictures here show. Can I just say, I truly love this yarn? It's soft and buttery. Plus, the colors are gorgeous. Ranging in color from raspberry champagne, to merlot, to blackberry wine. (All in Project Spectrum range) Simply delicious. It's a stark contrast to knitting with the hemp.

sleeve joinEiffel is a pretty easy pattern and all. But knitting with the hemp is like...well knitting with twine. lol It doesn't feel good on my hands, which means it's hard for me to really enjoy the process. I did get the sleeves joined, plus an inch. Next I start decreasing for the yoke. Hopefully I will have enough yarn. I think that I will, but there is always that chance. Right? I'm itching to swatch for Goddess now, so I will probably be finished with Eiffel before I know it.

And to leave you all with some more good stuff, I made cookies Friday night. I used the recipe from Sheri's (Loopy Ewe) blog. It uses shortening instead of butter, so they are not so sweet. HOWEVER, they did stay nice and soft for days. Well...for the few days they lasted anyways. Homebaked cookies are the best. Random fact: A guy at the mall asked me to knit him socks. I have no idea if he is seriuos or not. But I was amused.

Loopy Cookies

[EDT Monday, Aug. 20, 2007 2:17EST]
P.S. Mom I know you are stalking me reading this. You better leave a comment! Oh, and I sent this off for you today.

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Aug 17, 2007


Cutie Bootie 1

Hey, it was either that or Ms. New Bootie. I figured the latter might induce your gag reflex.

Cutie Bootie 4

So, Eiffel is about an inch away from the sleeve join, and Baccarat Player only needs to be seamed. Both of these would be further along if not for some small distractions. About...3 inches to be exact.

Bootie-licious 2

Is it just me, or are these things RIDICULOUSLY cute? I kept seeing them over on Hello Yarn's blog. So, I found the pattern on Ravelry, and CO. How long can it take to knit a pair of booties anyways? Um, about 6 hours total. Including the finishing Bootie bottomand sewing on buttons. After I made the first pair, I realized that...I didn't have anyone to give them to!!! No problem, I took them to the LYS with me and found someone. Unfortunately, Mr. Shad was paying attention when I mentioned wanting to give them to someone, and asked around at work. His Gunny gladly accepted the offer. Which meant, I had one pair of booties, and two takers. lol That's okay, I just whipped up another pair! Then, I saw that Hello Yarn had knit a pair in the round...hey I can do that. Right? Yep, so I bought some sport weight cotton (aiming for a slightly larger bootie) and using a Turkish CO, started a third pair. Being the genius that I am, I purled all of the stitches (except the first) to create a garter ridge on the bottom. More closely matching the original design. Not sure if it is worth all of the hassle though. Besides I just got the Vogue Knitting Quick Reference. A great technique book with pictures and illustrations.

Um...So yeah. Here are the pictures of Eiffel and the Baccarat Player. Enjoy! I am going to finish that other baby bootie. Then work on Eiffel some more. Oh yeah, sorry about the cruddy pics, it's overcast, and on top of that Mr. Shad has absconded with the camera again.

Picture 8 almost there

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Aug 12, 2007

Hot Hot Heat

First BirthdayDamn it's hot out there. Makes me want to sit in my living room with the air conditioning and a glass of ice water. And knit. So, that's basically what I've been trying to do. Except life keeps interrupting me. This past week was not great. Really, I don't want to think about it. Mostly just a lot of little things. Like the fact that only one couple showed up to Nolan's birthday party yesterday. He still had fun and all, it just hurts to know that I've got lots of fake friends. Mr. Shad is deploying soon and I'm not sure I have many people to count on. Anyways, here are some shots from Nolan's party. Plenty of messy faces.

He ate like three cupcakes, and those things were sugar overload. At about 10:30 or something he woke up on a sugar high, puked, and then played for a bit. It was like watching a little drunk person. lol

Aside from the craziness of life, I've been knitting. While in Maryland last weekend I did finish the Twisted Flowers socks, but forgot to take pictures. I ended up giving them to my brother's girlfriend, she is a little tiny thing and has size 6 Readinig Materialfeet. Seemed to fit her perfectly. Also, I think I gave her a whole new view of knitting when I showed her my Ravelry queue and projects. Once that was finished I wanted to dive into Eiffel, but uh...forgot the needles. lol Instead I just worked on Mom's top for a bit. And read some comic books that Mr. Shad picked up for me. Did I mention I am a huge Stephen King fan? Especially The Dark Tower series. Specifically, Wizard and Glass. Awhile back, Marvel mentioned they were co-oping with Stephen King to create a comic series based on that book! Woot! Mr. Shad saw them at the comic book store he likes to visit while in Maryland, and bought all of them for me. Oh, and my brand new IK arrived the day before we left, so I perused that as well. Eunny's long awaited (for me anyways) Tangled Yoke Cardigan is in it!! My LYS owner got me all hyped to spin my own yarn for this...we'll see how that goes. Maybe use some of that Alpaca I got for Mother's Day?

On my doorstep when we got home were these LOVELY balls of SWTC Bamboo in Electric SWTC Electric Blue 3Blue. Let me tell you, when I saw this on Kpixie, I had to have it. I was afraid at first, because the swatch pictured on SWTC's website was darker than the yarn pictured at Kpixie. Still, I figured it would be worth the risk, besides, if it really was as bright as it was on the Kpixie site then it would be a perfect match for Goddess. Oh, they really are that gorgeous. Castonitis hit me hard when I opened the box to see the bamboo (my fav fiber!) calling to me, and the pattern...just begging to be swatced for. Grrr! No. I had already swatched Eiffel, plus made a deal with myself to knit an inch a day on Mom's top. Still, it calls to me, sitting in my little bag of yarn in my bedroom. Oh yeah, it's next in my queue for sure!

Eiffel IP4

Eiffel is coming along nicely. The lace pattern is very simple and kinda flies by. The yarn...well, I am not so in love with it. The color is awesome, and I love that it can be machine washed. However, it's kinda tough and unforgiving. I don't hate it, but it is certainly not my favorite. Of course, that's why I like to try new and different yarns, it gives me a chance to experience everything. My LYS just got in some nettle, that ought to be interesting! I really only want some because of some movie I used to love as a kid. Baccarat Player is about 4 inchesBaccarat Player away from completion. Then I can weave in ends (which I have been trying to do as I go along for the front), and *gulp* seam. Linda has already been warned that I am bringing it in for her assistance when I finish it. Generally...I suck at seaming, and I want this to be well done, besides, the yarn is so slippery and fiddly! My number of FOs is really growing, and I am very happy about that. The pair of socks a month thing, and the sweater every two months... well that was shot a long time ago. It's okay, because I am still making things, getting things done and all. Ew...Christmas is coming up soon. Alright, I'm going back to my water and needles.

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Aug 9, 2007

The Last First

Gma Barb and Nolan2It was fun to post birthday blogs for Heather and Kyran, many of their pictures hadn't been seen before. Nolan has been a part of this blog from day one though. Some of you may even remember his first debut! Even though you have probably seen these pictures, I still want to share them again. It is my very last first birthday.

Nolan doesn't have Heather's charisma, or Kyran's lovability, but then, he has things they don't. Nolan has the most contagious smile I have ever seen, and he uses it constantly. Just today he was laughing because he was sitting in a shopping cart.smirking nolan He is very independent for such a little baby, quietly playing by himself for hours. It can be easy to forget that he's not napping. Kyran is quiet and moody, Heather is loud and crazy, Nolan is my sanity. The quiet in the dinh. If Nolan had been any different, I am not sure of how well I would be handling my situation as of now. Sometimes I get into lengthy conversations with my mom about how good he is. Simply amazing, isn't it?

Anybody who has kids will understand. Nolan hardly cries, when he does it is out of Lil Blue Eyesneccesity. You can entertain him just by smiling at him, and he will take naps without a fight. Of course, the constant smiles make him an instant favorite for my camera. lol I'm sure, if you have been keeping up with my blog on a semi-regular basis, you know the constant trouble Heather and Kyran cause. When I became pregnant for a third time, I felt worn out and frazzled at the idea of THREE! I am glad to know and care for him though, he is an angel. If it were not for his mellow and happy attitude, things might be different. :)

So, Happy Birthday Nolan! It has been a crazy year, full of many experiences for us all. You have taught me that compassion and love really know no bounds, and that a smile really is all it takes to brighten a room.

Zomg Cutie Bird Cheeser Nolan Nolie and Mommy at beach tunic fin 3 Purple ball 1

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Aug 1, 2007

Ravelry, I Blame You

TF first sock 1There is so much to say, I keep forgetting to take pictures of things and post them. lol Last night I was up til 5am on Ravelry. Knitting keeps me up at night. Really, I couldn't sleep last night thinking about my latest projects/ideas. First there was the impending spending spree. Justin told me I could spend $50 since I hadn't been buying much yarn lately. (The yarn from Philly was bought on my card) So I was online doing some pre-shopping, and then I realized that I actually have plenty of yarn. And that what I really wanted to do, I didn't want to do in Project Spectrum colors. However, I did just buy that lovely hemp for a modified Eiffel. Instead of long sleeves I plan on just doing a little cap sleeve, maybe with some lace detail. What do you guys think?

Eiffel swatch

We'll talk about Eiffel first. So far I have swatched once, it didn't work out so well. No matter how far I stretched it, it would only reach 4.5". I CO enough for 5 though. Unfortunately, you have to block the swatches to get an accurate measurement. So it is sitting all wet and pinned out on the floor. Looking sad and wrong. Gotta wait til it dries to measure and try again. (the post from this point forward was written the next day) I was right, the swatch was off. I got Twisted Flowers SSS17sts to 4". Boo. But I'll just go up to size 7s. I swatched...kinda. lol However, I plan on finishing Twisted Flower before I actually cast-on for Eiffel.

Yes, that's right, I've got SSS! Which I don't think has ever actually happened to me before. The second sock now has a turned heel, and I am slowly working through the top of foot chart. There are basically 59 rows (49, plus a 5 row repeat that I did twice and should have done three times...I'm ahead of myself though), and I am on row 19. *sigh* Forty more before I can start Eiffel. I think Bockstark wanted to see some better pics, there are more on Ravelry and Flickr. Oh, you know you can see Ravelry on the computer in the background. lol

My shopping spree went very well. I spent more than Justin said I could, but shhhh you don't know anything about that. lol Only like $10 over my limit. Anyways, let's talk about what I purchased. Because I know that is all you guys wanna hear about. :D First I bought some Cascade Sierra for the Shapely Lace Tee from KLS. sierra 2We've had this yarn in the shop for awhile now, and every time I see it I want it. Even though it is red, and I don't like red! It is just very pretty and soft. Next up, I bought the Goddess pattern from StitchDiva. They were having a sale, and I've been kinda loving this pattern since I spotted it on the site. Way back when the Sexy Knitters Club was doing their Sahara KAL. So, I snagged it. Then, of course, I had to find the perfect yarn for it. Something with a lot of drape...and fingering weight?! So, I swatched some sport weight cotton I had sitting around, 29sts over 4" on size 3s. The exact same gauge as the example yarn. Woohoo! I knew SWTC made a great bamboo yarn (because I have some), and I remembered it being really lightweight. When I looked it up it turned out to be sport weight (yes!) and I saw this. Could it seriously be any prettier? Hopefully it is really that color, because it's gorgeous and I'm excited! That was where the extra money went. Goddess will be next on the needles after Eiffel.

KLS Halter 6

tunic fin 1I took a ton of update pictures, better shots of things for Ravelry and whatnot. Finally put the elastic into my boy shorts, so I took a picture of the halter/shorts combo. Oh! And I got some shots of Nolie in his little hoodie. This is such a great pattern, generally I don't like the Knitting Pure & Simple patterns because they have no shaping really. However, for a baby that is perfect. Also, I've been spinning a little. It's Beaten from Serendipity Fibers on Etsy. I love the colors as well as the name. Get it? Beaten black and blue? Get it? lol Lastly, I snagged a shot of the huge sweater on the mannequin in the shop. It looks better on something other than my floor. As usual, click any pic to see it larger.

beaten 4 sweater in store

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First, I must confess my name isn't Kitty, or anything even close. It just comes from an affinity for cats. Second, I love to craft, create, and imagine. I can draw a bit, knit a lot, and sew just enough to get by. My world revolves around the loves of my life; my three children. Anything more you want to know about me is on Ravelry or check me out on FB!

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