Sunday, April 30, 2006

What we do for fun

So, sometimes I read other knitting blogs and see what they do on the weekends (other than knitting) and I think: "Ren Faire? Soccer tournament? Karaoke? Folk music festival? WTF? What a bunch of LOSERS!!!" To everyone I have ever thought that about, I apologize. I realized today that it takes all kinds of people.........

First, my getup:

Slimming, huh?

Then there's my hairdo:

It really does help with keeping the hair out of my face, plus I'm tangle-free when I get home!

Then we meet up with 5,000 or so friends:

Then listen to the governor tell us to be safe, thanks for giving money to the children's hospital, blah, blah, blah:

Then we ride through the capital city and 3 surrounding towns and scare people. Fun stuff! The boy sure was happy though:

And in the end, that's all that matters. He does fund many ridiculous yarn purchases, so I have to give him a little Joe time every now and then. Plus I get to see some really freaky people at these things. I have pictures of them, but blogger is being retarded, so I guess I'll post them later.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

I can't believe I'm wearing something I made

Hopeful on
Originally uploaded by jennylewinsky.
I have made lots of things for myself. This is the first sweater, though; and this is the first item that has made it out of the house other than a scarf. The waist shaping looks a little wonky in the pic, but looks totally normal in real life. I used #7 Denise's, TLC Cotton Plus, and the awesome Hopeful pattern by Jenna Adorno. The only changes I made were I did a SSK instead of K2tog along the neckline, and I did a 10 stitch 2x2 rib for the little "napkin ring" part. I was worried that the ribbing at the bottom would enhance my ample hippage, but I steamed it into submission & I think it looks great. I will definitely make another one of these in the future!

Monday, April 24, 2006

In other news

Hopeful is finally done. It fits perfectly! I'll try to get Joe to get a picture of me in it tonight after it's done blocking. Here is one of the reasons Hopeful took so long:

The incessant begging for dinner started at 2 PM and I finally caved at 4 PM. He has me so trained.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Where do I start?

I guess I should start with this:

I got it Friday night from Joe. He took me to Carmen Anthony's & asked me during dessert. I have no idea what he said but I'm pretty sure I said yes. hehehehe.

Then there's Hopeful. Hopeful is trying to kill me. I finished the body in one week, so I was pretty stoked that I would finish the sleeves over the weekend. Not so much. It took me a week and a half to do ONE sleeve (my first time with this wrap & turn business, so it took me a while to catch on). And it came out like this:

Total dog shit.
The other one is coming out perfect.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Look, Ma, I got gauge!

I hate gauge swatches. I am a total instant gratification knitter and they just annoy me. This is why I haven't really made garments before I guess. But I really wanted to make Hopeful for myself AND actually wear it, so I decided to at least make a little one. The bottom 1/2 is on 8s (4.5 st/in) & the top half is on 7s (5 st/in--what I was going for). I am not going to worry about row gauge because the pattern is written to go by inches, not rows. I have around 4 or so inches done & I still have gauge. Woo hoo!! I feel like a real live knitter!