Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Look who else wanted a do-over!

Thanks inept cookie place! You redeemed yourselves! :)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Valentine's Day Do-Over

Despite the awesome start to Valentine's Day, the rest of the day did not go so well. I got home to find a very cranky Joe screaming at a very inept cookie bouquet delivery establishment on the phone. Apparently, I was supposed to get a cookie bouquet by 4PM, and they just couldn't handle that request. He also had a little bug or something, so he had no appetite for the surf & turf I made for us. He felt REALLY bad, and requested a do-over on Saturday. I reluctantly (HA!) obliged. ;) He was dying to go on a road trip because he just got his car back after a month of being without it (car accident; he's fine). I suggested WEBS, and HE suggested WEBS and Yankee Candle village. Woo-hoo!! I ordered some Blue Sky Cotton for a sweater for him, and got some of WEBS' Deerfield yarn. It's something like 80/20 alpaca/silk, and it is sooooo soft (and on sale, btw). Yankee candle was awesome (winter clearance; yeah, buddy!), dinner was awesome, and renting the Heartbreak Kid was a little disturbing, a little pornographic, but still funny. I'd say Joe's do-over was a big success!

I bought the Deerfield yarn to make some fingerless gloves, and before I knew it, I had fingerless gloves!!

They're Maine Morning Mitts from Clara Parkes' Book of Yarn, but the pattern is also available here for free.
I worked on Hermione yesterday, but I have to rip all of my progress on the sleeve. It's just way too big. No big deal. It's just one day's worth of knitting. I can handle it. :)

In other news, I won another contest!!! Am I the luckiest blog contest winner or what?! I asked Maryanne of Knittymuggins a question for her Un-blogiverssary, and her hubby drew my name out of the Ikea pot of awesomeness! I won this pattern and yarn to make them with! Yay!
Wow, that was a really big post for me! Thanks for listening to me ramble if you made it this far!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Monday, February 11, 2008

Rockin' Weekend

I had such high hopes for getting a lot done this weekend. Joe did all the "chores" on his day off (Thursday) so I just KNEW I would kick butt on the sewing and knitting front. I saw a cute skirt I wanted to make on Robin's blog on Friday, so the plan was to make the skirt Friday night & Saturday day (after my haircut), then work on 'Hermione' Sunday. Well, I managed to get the haircut:

But, then I went to a friend's house down the street from the hair place that had invited me and another friend over for brunch. These are her kitties watching squirrel TV:

After many, many mimosas, her boyfriend convinced us to play Rock Band with him, as we had gotten curious what all the "jamming" coming out of the living room was all about. That's where I made my mistake. FIVE HOURS later, we were still playing, and Joe was calling me wondering if I was coming home for dinner. OOPS!!! I often complain that my brain only remembers useless things like song lyrics and produce codes (from my days as a grocery store cashier). But, I have finally found a good use for all those song lyrics! I almost ran right out to buy an X-Box, but then I remembered I like to be productive now and then, so it was probably a bad idea. I did make a little progress on Hermione, but not as much as I had hoped.
But, hey, rock stars can finish their sweaters any damn time they want, right?!

Monday, February 04, 2008

FO: Cobblestone

The verdict is: He likes it!

Pattern: Cobblestone from Fall 07 Interweave Knits Magazine
Yarn: Plymouth Encore Worsted, color 521, Charcoal
Needles: Size 9 Knitpicks metal options
Size: XL (56 inch chest on FO)
Mods: None
After I finished, I immediately started looking for the next thing to knit him, but quickly gave up on that idea when I remembered how long it had been since I knit MYSELF something. I whipped out my calculator and Barbara Walker book, and worked the numbers for my "Hermione" sweater, and cast on quickly before I changed my mind. I didn't get too far, but here's the progress:

And, to refresh your memory, here's what it's supposed to look like:
hermione sweater
Her's has set in sleeves, and I'm doing raglan, but that's the only difference I plan on having. I can't wait to get home and work on it!

Friday, February 01, 2008

Look who's blocking!!

Cobblestone is done! Hooray! Woo-hoo! Hallelujah! (Can you tell how freakin happy I am to have this beast off my needles and onto my beach towel?) Cobblestone
The last week or so of knitting this nearly 2 pound monster has required some reinforcements:
Heat wraps
These things work great, but they are only for one time use, then you toss them. But my wrist was soooo thankful for a little releif, that I didn't care.

Hopefully this weekend it will be sunny for at least 5 minutes so I can get a decent picture of him in it!