Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Latest me-me

Stolen from Robin's blog, this one mimics the "Are You Experienced?" game I'm sure we all played as teenagers. I always won at that one; let's see how I do now. hehehehee.

Here’s what the formatting stands for:

Bold = have already tried this
Italicized = Plan to try this
Unemphasized = Have no desire to try this

Afghan (haven't tried Afghan knitting; but have knitted an afghan)
Garter stitch
• Knitting with metal wire
Shawl (made one for my niece before I knew I had to take pictures of my knitting)
Stockinette stitch
• Socks: top-down
• Socks: toe-up

• Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting (didn't mean to, though)
Participating in a KAL (oh,yeah)
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (had to google this-it means modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn (love!)
• Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Cardigan (I made my mom a vest that buttoned up the front, so I'm counting that as a yes.)
Toy/doll clothing (I made a scarf for a gingerbread man decorating contest at work. I won.)
Knitting with circular needles
Baby items
• Knitting with your own handspun (Quit pressuring me! I don't want to spin!)
• Graffiti knitting (I don't knit clothes for trees. Just gingerbread men.)
Continental knitting (Thank GOD!)
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns
Lace patterns
• Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit (I helped teach my mom how to knit, so I'm counting this one. We're pretty much at that stage where I become the parent and she becomes the child, so I think I'm justified.)
American/English knitting
Knitting to make money(I made scarves for a craft fair and all the money went to Alex's Lemonade Stand)
• Knitting with alpaca (I love it, but it's just too warm for me)
Fair Isle knitting (finally!)
Norwegian knitting
• Dyeing with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding (don't get me started)
Household items
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars (I no likey)
• Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Holiday-related knitting
• Teaching a male how to knit
• Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
• Knitting smocking
Dyeing yarn
Steeks (so nervous about this!)
• Knitting art
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting (meh. I returned it.)
Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting (it was crochet, to be honest)
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/armwarmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine (Knitty.com)
• Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
• Knitting with dog/cat hair (I don't know if Rocco would like this or pee on whatever I made him)
Hair accessories
Knitting in public (probably too much, actually)

Well, that was a fun way to spend an afternoon. Better than working, right?

Monday, August 27, 2007

Tomato Season

I got started on my Tomato over the weekend & made a LOT of progress!
Since this is now a free pattern, and I'm a free pattern ho, I just had to make it. I wanted to get practice with the scary fair-aisle, so this was a perfect way to start. I love that since I learned to knit "throwing" and then switched to continental, I can do that two-hand method easily. The only hard part is the tension, which is really hard as a tight knitter.
I also finished my vest from Fitted Knits over the weekend, but the pictures of it are just a green blob, so I'll have to get Joe to take some of me in it.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Mitred Square Source

Since I got a couple requests for the pattern for my little blankie, I figured I'd go dig up the magazine I got it out of. It was a Knit It magazine that I bought from Joann's. I have no idea where you can get this now that it's out of print, but here it is anyway:

I'm sure this is absolutely no help at all. Again, sorry.

Monday, August 20, 2007

FO: Mitred Square Blankie

Our company picnic was this weekend, so I dragged out the blanket (that has been languishing in my cedar chest for MONTHS) to give to our VP's newly adopted daughter. They were accepted as her parents before the adoption ban went into effect for Russian children, but it took FOREVER to get her. I made the blanket back in February right after I heard they got accepted, and just never wove in the ends or put the border on it. They picked her up from Russia and brought her home in June, but this would be the first time I met her, so I had to get that blanket ready. I whipped out the fray check and my darning needle and finished it just in time.
Another satisfied customer:
She loved it! She also seems to have good taste in friends, because she hung out with me all day. The VP came in this morning and said she didn't stop talking about me all weekend. [AWWWWWWW!]
When we got home, this was on my doorstep: It's for the Mirepoix bodice from the new interweave. I guess I needed a challenge? Or maybe Robin is just a bad influence! Either way, I love the colors & I think it's going to be soooooo pretty.
Sunday we went to another Yankee game where we listened to this guy scream his head off the entire time.
He has to be related to Sam Kinison. They could be brothers. Seriously. I made some progress on my other WIP's, but I think they might be disasters, so I'm not showing them until I know for sure. Whoever wrote that Teva Durham's new crochet book was a good coffee table book is starting to look really smart right now.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Birthday Boy

Happy Birthday, Joe!
I know I promised I wouldn't post this picture, but it is SO cute; I couldn't resist!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Jenny Simpson

No, that's not my real name, but I've been Simpsonized.
I just checked my Ravelry status & I only have 22 people in front of me today. 'Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow!' I am SO EXCITED!

Monday, August 06, 2007

Weekend Shenanigans

We went to Virginia over the weekend to see my parents & stopped off for a quick visit and to deliver Sahara to my friend Aimee. I forgot to take her picture in it, but it looked so great on her and she really loves it! Then, we went to my parents' house where I found this on their stove: I love love love home grown tomatoes. I tried to eat all of them, but I only managed 4 (Yes, that is a little pot of bacon grease behind the tomatoes. -I used to have one on my own stove because I thought everyone did- until I realized just how WRONG that is). On Sunday, we went to G Street Fabrics in Falls Church where I found these little treasures:
The green print is Marc Jacobs cotton with some sort of stretchy content (I forget what), and the white was a remnant I couldn't resist. Both are destined to be skirts.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Sahara Returns

So, I was stupid enough to show off my Sahara to my best friend a few months ago and she said she would like one too. I said, "great, what color?" She said, "same as yours. Same yarn, same everything. Just a little smaller and shorter sleeves." Um, WHAT? Knit the same exact sweater again? Well, she is my best friend.......
The two Saharas I think it came out better than mine! Bitch!
Sahara II
I'm leaving in 15 minutes to go personally deliver it to her in Virginia. Have a good weekend!