Saturday, January 19, 2008

State of the UFO Address.

Once again I am basking in the wake of startitis. It's bad. I've broken up with a lot of my knitting as it wasn't getting done or there was something that I had to frog and so forth. So current WIP count isn't as bad as usual.

I have taken steps to ensure that I am finishing more projects in the new year (which wasn't a resolution but would be nice) I joined a few swaps where I have to knit or crochet something to send so must be finished. I Joined about 4 ravelry group alongs that should encourage me to finish more object. The problem is I am solidly a process knitter. a f/o is nice but wouldn't this yarn and pattern be even nicer? *sigh* I am in love with the potential the reality gets messy (oh this may be why I don't date much). Anyways the Ravelry Groups I am in are one that expects a f/o a month the project of your choice. I'm up on that I completed Evangeline ( out of gifted Malbridgio. (excuse the horrible picture I am just trying to figure out the camera timer It's not easy taking pictures of your own arms!) as well as a funky retro purse for my Harry potter pal. Not pictured are handles I have to go buy them yet. I love this purse so much I made one for me!! (got the pattern from Knitting Daily) Mine didn't felt right. I misxed up a ball of Noro Silk garden without a label for a ball of Noro Keureon...Doi.

I joined a group that is trying to complete a pair of socks a month. It's theme for January is any type of ribbed socks so I am doing Diagonal Rib socks by Ann Budd. Just cast on last night and am doing both at same time. I remember why i don't do that now It tangles and gooeeeesss ssooooo ssssllllooowwww! Am at about 3/4 and inch at best. :/. These will no doubt be short socks. Also using gift yarn in Meilenweit Inca.

Summer Olympics are going on this year I joined the Knitting Olympic Trials (the official kntting Olympics are run by the yarn harlot). I am giong to complete a sweater. I can do it I've done it before but this time I am going to swatch before the contest a bit more thoughly. That;s going to be in August the idea is to pick a knitting challenge so it may not be a sweater after all but some colourwork socks but you have the duration of the summer olympics to complete your project.

I've also diversified my knitting and maximizing time spent on each by spreading them out.. Currently I have a shawl at work out of art yarns regal silk using the Terttu Shawl pattern ( I saw someone had made it on LJ's Knitting! and I had the same yarn and the same colourway handy so I decided to make the same shawl. It's nice and I leave it at work to be knit on during breaks and such.

Back of the couch random anytime sitting around knitting is my dk weight Icarus shawl. I work on it when something interesting is on tv or I don't feel like seaching for another WIP. I am about 14 rows away from chart 2. I had another Icarus in lace weight but I unfortuneately got bbq sauce on it and felted the spot while trying to clean it. Le Sigh. This is much thicker and massive. I love it!.

My purse knitting is a pair of Monkey Socks knit with gift yarn-Opal Hand dyed. OMG this yarn is wild! Just bright and rather obnoxious. Naturally I want more of it... It's a bit scratchy but I'm sure it'll soften after a bit of SOAK. I was watching King Kong last night and I was starting the diagonal rib socks but really I should have been knitting this. These socks have been offically dubbed Crazy Apes!

I went to a smaller city near here on Wednesday and stocked up on a bit of kntting boks. I bought lace style and have started a pair of long, long lace gloves. I am using Knit picks Gloss Carribean made out of gift/prize yarn.

I have 3 more projects to make one is a turtle toy for one of my swaps. I have sheep keychain to work out yet and then lastly I found a pattern to make a toy Zero from Nightmare before Christmas. I really want to make it!! Oh and a few toys in progress. I am on a toy kick.

(Edit:Some of the pictures aren't showing up as always with blogger I'll have to try agian tomorrow and hope for the best)
Edit Dec 20: All the pics are posted but for some reason the comments are broken and I am not getting any email addresses on them...this is wierd.

Scavenger Hunt.

1) Do you knit, crochet or both? How long have you been doing it?
I can do both and I enjoy both in thier places. I have knit for about 4 years and I have crochet for about 1(ish)

2) What is on your needles/hook right now?
Please see above post about the state of the UFO's

3) What is the most frequently used tool in your knitting bag?
I usually can't find my knitting bag......darning needles and tape measures.

4) What are your 3 favorite yarns (fiber type or brand)? What are your 3 least favorite? I like sock yarn in superwash, I like silk, and I realized I have zero dk weight in the stash.

5) What is your favorite color?
Secondary colours and tersiary colours like pink, purple, teal, orange, green

6) If you had a 5 minute shopping spree in your LYS, how would you plan your attack?
I'ed head for items that had a lot of quantity in certain colours and score enough of a dye lot for a sweater or 2 as well as something for a few larger shawls, kneehighs (everything I like needs way more yarn than I seem to have)

7) What is your favorite FO and why? (post a pic if you have it!)
I never seem to finish anything....I finished a gift but I can't post it yet.

8) What are your favorite things to knit/crochet?
Toys to crochet and I like knitting them too. Anything that has a challenging pattern.

9) Do you collect anything?
I have a modest stuffed polar bear collection

10) What are your five favorite things (not necessarily knitting related)?
I'm such a pop culture slut so I'll say:
doctor who, harry potter, tanya huff's novels, my internet connection so I can watch my tv shows and my pets (4 cats and 2 dogs)

11) Are you on Ravelry? What is your ID?

12) Do you drink tea/coffee/cocoa?
Black tea like earl grey and basic hot chocolate. Also I drink more Coke Zero than is smart.

13) Favorite Sweets?
Caramel! Lindt's double milk chocolates.

14) Any allergies?
Shellfish and laundry soap.

15) Do you have pets? kids?
4 cats 2 dogs and I take care of my parents.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Hot Cocoa Scavenger Hunt

1. Who's favorite animal is an Otter?
Anne K
2. Name someone who prefers whipped cream with their hot cocoa
Geraldine P.
3. Find 3 people who live outside of the United States
Alex E. Lyndsey-Jane C Bianca B.
4. Name a fan of Harry Potter
Devin H.
5. Name someone who crochets
Charity R.
6. Name someone who DOES NOT have a healthy supply of notions
Tricia R.
7. Name someone who has NOT put up their questionnaire yet (just put a date
with your answer in case they put it up after seeing their name listed somewhere ;-) )
Natalie M. (Jan 7/8)
8. Who likes to have Kahlua, Baileys, or Peppermint Schnapps in their cocoa?
Annemarie M.
9. Name someone who knits fingerless gloves as a 'quick knit'
Tanya M.
10.Name someone who's looking forward to gardening this spring.
Kena M.
11.Who's favorite way to drink cocoa is with a gorgeous Frenchman, while overlooking the eiffel tower from a French Cafe? (I'm right there with you... well at the table next to yours!)
Kris L.
12.Name someone who's favorite animal is NOT a dog or house cat
Kristen M.
13. Name someone who's favorite treat is NOT chocolate.
Bea R.
14. Who plays Candyland?
15. Name someone who DOESN'T get the winter blahs
Jenny S.

Other news, I'll probably be making a Harry Pottercharacter blog for my Harry Potter Sock kit swap which I will link here. Also for some reason my comments aren't giving me email address' so for my Cocoa swap pal (upstrem) I prefer mint, caramel and even gingerbread flavours. I don't know about Mexican Hot chocolate at the only spicy thing I like is cinnamon. Aparently there is black licorice flavoured hot chocolate out there! Blerg... Honestly My favourite of all time is Carnation with marshmellows due to the nostalgia factor ;>

FO ALERT! My eevangeline fingerless mitts are done ( no pics posted because, well have you ever tried to take pictures of your own arms?

Saturday, January 05, 2008

1. What is your favorite way to drink cocoa? Prepared with milk? Water? from home made recipe or store bought?, In a tea cup, or big mug?
I love a big mug! I make my hot chocolate with water then add some milk or cream.
2. Marshmallows or whipped cream?
Yes, at home usually wite marshmellows

1. What is your favorite type of yarn? In what colors?
I like more traditional yarn, most novelty yarns are a turn off for me as they aren't as interchangeable. I love noro style striping. I love bright secondary and tersiary colours. (Orange Teal Green and so forth)
2. Do you knit or crochet (or both)?
I can do both but I knit much more comfortably then I can crochet.
3. What are your favorite type of needles, would you like to try something new?
I love glass needles!! ZOMG! So amazing! I have 2 pairs of circs and I love them. I am pretty open to anything duable. When my needles warp in my grip they get chucked out. (stupid Crystal palace) Oddly enough I like Brittany Birch.. Oh and I have never used any wooden crochet hooks...
4. Do you have a healthy supply of notions?
I am pretty well stocked tho I can never find anything when I need it...
5. What one thing do you keep thinking you need to buy for your knitting habit (outside of yarn)?
I keep thinking I need one more project bag (I have 8 already and don't need another , tho I'll probably buy one everytime I see one...) I really need a book on Granny Square patterns (I <3>
6. What is your favorite 'quick knit/crochet' pattern (quick gratification)
So far I really love Evangeline @ Magknits so I'll say fingerless mittens and stuffed toys.

1. What is your favorite thing to do in the Winter?
Stay inside in bad weather watch movies with the family.
2. What is your favorite animal?
Polar bears and cats.
3. Do you get the 'winter blahs'?
Not unless it's all muddy and brown. Snow cheers me right up!
4. What is your favorite way to beat the blahs?
If it's after work it's a walk and my ipod. If I'm at home it's Doctor Who and video games (I have a Wii, DS, PS2 and an X-box 360)
5. What is the thing you are most looking forward to this spring?
A proper 2 week vacation in may! (I hope)
6. What are your favorite treat?
Caramel and popcorn.
7. What is your favorite board game?
Traditionally I like Jigsaw puzzles and non-traditionally I love Arkham Horror, Chez Geek and Munchkin
8. Do you have any children (furry or human)?
4 cats 2 dogs plus I take care of my parents.
9. Do you have any allergies or special considerations you partner should know about?
Shellfish and most laundry soaps. Oh and most antibacterial stuff too. I am not a fan of most nuts.

Friday, January 04, 2008

New Resolution

As of January 4th I have added 2 new resolutions for 2008. I must occasionally finish an object. This means I will probably be manking many short projects (hats! many hats!) to confuse the "OMG! Look over there it's something shiny!! tendencies I have in every cell of my body, including my hair. (especially my hair!)

To stop reading Dear Abby. I never mean to read it but if I happen to be reading the news (paper or online) I usually stumble across it and I must find out what the provocative headline means. It never fails to depress me. I don't mean casual, oh, that's so sad.. But actual depths of despair. It's just so sad.

Oh and so far on my resolutions...I have lost and regained my 5 pounds's going to be a long year isn't it?

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

New Year's Resolutions

I just have 2, lose 5 pounds (which since I gain 5 exactly every year since I was 25...) and I want to dye yarn, even just once. There was a third but I can't remember it....YB might. What's are yours?

Did my last resolution involve this?