Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Turning the heel:
So that was all this weekend....then yesterday my needles just flew! I'm not sure why the foot is going so fast but yesterday I got over 3 repeats done (and made dinner, cleaned the bathroom, picked up, did dishes, and did my school work) Not sure where the energy came from either, but....now I have 1 repeat and the toe to do! Woohoo! That is totally doable, even with dinner with my advisor's advisor tonight and church tomorrow night! So I think the April socks will squeak in. (I'm starting my May socks early....I don't like this rush...I'm not sure how people function at Christmas when they are trying to finish a dozen projects at once)
Oh and last week I got a pic of the albino squirrel that lives on campus (I mentioned seeing him here). So very weird!
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
**previously prepared post, with updated sock info**
In light of no new knitting....well that isn't entirely true, I've got 9 more rounds before the heel! (woohoo), but it looks just like the last one, so not very exciting. So I thought I would share some fun pictures of my cat. (no kids=spoiled cat)
For some reason she likes to play under the family room rug. I'm not sure what the appeal is, but she rolls, sleeps, and even cleans herself under the rug. My dad would say the cat has "issues."
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Okay, how about a little knitting talk too! In the past I have shied away from grafting toes on my socks. Why you ask? Well every time I've done it I haven't been 100% please with the results...it's okay, but I can never get it to look just right! In response, I've taken doing a star toe most of the time. Now when working on my Old Navy, I wasn't sure a star toe would look as good and I just having trouble not following the directions! But I remembered a post Knitting Daily had done about grafting! So I gave it a try and got the best grafted toe I have ever done! It still was a little awkward, but...I like the results!
Monday, April 21, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Yeah! as promised here are pics of the back of the sweater. I realize that they look really similar to other pics you've seen here of the sweater, but I'm done with the biggest piece and totally excited! I'll block it once the other piece are finished, that way I can make sure the seams are the same length. The neck shaping directions were a little weird, but I think came out ok, we'll see when it goes together.
Just to refresh your memory this is from Classic Knits. It the the V-neck sweater pictured on the cover. All the designs in this book are really classics. Nothing fancy, just what I would call staples in the wardrobe! The yarn is 100% alpaca gifted to me by my awesome grandma (and is now discontinued) Oh speaking of the yarn--the back took about 2.5 skeins! I had 11 total, so I think I'm in great shape!
On a side note, I've been shopping for luggage. Yep, with Scotland on the horizon I definitely need some better luggage. What I have is okay, but worn and I've got to be able to pack for a month--how do you pack for a month? Does anyone know how to pick good luggage? It is all so confusing and so many prices!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Unfortunately there is no new progress to show you today, but.....tomorrow the back of the sweater will be done (this morning I got to the point where I just have to do the minor neck shaping and cast off) Yeah!!! Yesterday was productive in nonknitting matters. I got my presentation all ready to go! (I'm going to practice today) and my grading got done! (but it only left me 1 hour of knitting time last night) It was so nice to wake up this morning without all that hanging over my head!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Knitpicks Risata yarn in navy, which is a cotton wool blend. It is by far the best cotton sock yarn I've used and may become a new favorite--remember I live in the hot south now! (But these aren't for me!) Sorry the navy is hard to photograph. Here you can see the pattern better stretched out on my favorite coffee mug!
The pattern is going super fast! Most of the time it is just a 2 x 2 ribbing, but occasionally you do a whole bunch of cables! I've learned to cable without a needle. It was scary at first, but now is going fairly quickly (but those cable rows slow me down--but they are so worth it) I have less that a pattern repeat to go before the heel--we're at 6.5 inches right now!
In other sad news....yesterday at lunch I had a very rude surprise! Sunday night, I made one of my DH's favorites--homemade chicken pot pie. It is more work than I normally do for dinner, but he is always so appreciative. So there were leftovers. I packed them up for lunch and off to school we went. I put mine in the fridge at school to wait for lunch. But....at lunch it was gone! Yep, gone! **sigh** I hope who ever ate my pot pie enjoyed it, I on the other hand had to go buy my lunch, which wasn't as good as my anticipated pot pie. I guess I've learned to not use the community fridge! It is sad that it has come to that, but no pot pie, lost container, .... I guess I just am thankful I could afford to go buy my lunch! Today my lunch is safely packed in my backpack where it will remain! Thanks for letting me vent, now off to do some real work! I have a talk about my research to give Thursday and I definitely need to give it some attention!
Monday, April 14, 2008
So as promised here are the pics of the baby blanket! Overall I really enjoyed this project--even with the different edging construction (I guess that was part of the fun) Thanks for your help picking the pattern! This was the first time I used Bernet Softee Baby yarn. (I think I have enough to make another blanket--I always overbuy because I hate to run out) So I may make another one, just to have around for the next baby, we'll see. The yarn was okay. I think I prefer Lion Brand Baby Soft, but this wasn't bad!
Friday, April 11, 2008
So I read a few days ago about a knit-a-long (KAL) that Kaity and her mom decided to do called The Pair-A-Month Challenge. The idea is that you knit a pair of socks a month. Simple. I thought it might be fun, but then there is the idea that you have a partner and if you don't complete the pair you give (or buy) them yarn for a pair of socks. YIKES! On my yarn budget that sounded difficult, but if you complete the socks no problem. Then there is the pressure of it. I knit to relieve stress not to put myself on deadlines, etc. But then again, I think I made about a pair a month last year after I learned how to make socks. So after confiding some of this to Abigail, she talked me into it. I joined! Raverly has a group if you're interested. I've ask a friend in town if she would want to be my partner. (She understands budgets and we might make up our own consequences) I haven't heard from her yet. Otherwise I might just go it alone, or get really daring and pair up with someone I don't know! So this morning I cast on for...
Abigail's Old Navy socks! It seemed fitting that I would use her pattern to start off the challenge! and I had some navy yarn that seemed just right! Plus I'll get to learn to cable without a needle--something I've wanted to try to do! I'll keep you posted on the progress. Since we are already to April 11th I've got to get moving!
How is the baby blanket? Done! Blocking as we "speak." Monday I'll have pics of it in all it's glory. How about the sweater? This weekend I want to finish the back, cast on the front and work on the socks. Sounds doable and fun to me!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
I saw this on Christina's blog and thought it would be fun. Leah isn't the most common name out there (I like that by the way) so I thought I would find out!
On a really funny note, if you type in my mom's name it comes up zero, yep mom you don't exist according to these people, so I don't know how reliable it is! Oh well it was fun and gave me a chuckle!
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Here's a larger view just so you can remember how silly it looked!
In other news....I get to teach today! I must say I'm excited! Some semesters I teach a class of my own, which I always enjoy, but is a lot of work. I taught Calculus for the first time last semester and felt swamped the whole time. This semester I'm grading for a professor. The work isn't as enjoyable, but there is so much less of it and it is not stressful that I enjoy the break. But the prof is out of town....so I get to fill in. Not quite the same as having your own class, but I'm looking forward to this afternoon. Hopefully it will go well!
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
- Pattern:These are Eunny's Endpaper Mitts
- Needles: US 2 dpn
- Yarn: Knit picks Gloss in Woodland Sage, Knit picks essential tweed in Inca Gold (less than 1 skein each)
- Made for: Me, but they were too small (I was worried about this because my hands are larger than most women's) so they were given to my wonderful SIL!
These were a fun knit! I was my first time doing any colorwork and I enjoyed it. I'm not sure I would make them again, but....maybe in a solid color. I'm not sure how practical they are, but...I liked the process! Hopefully I can show you tomorrow how the curls turn into some nice edging!
Monday, April 7, 2008
See these little "curls", you make 96 of them around the blanket! They look like Cheetos to me or maybe like little tentacles, definitely not something I've seen before. Looking at the pattern I see what is going to happen, but right now it looks kinda crazy!
Here's a close up of the middle part!
I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend! I have every intention of posting Friday, but boy was that a busy day and it just didn't get done, but Friday we got to welcome baby Madison Rae into the world!
My cousin L had her baby! (I'm not sure what that makes my relation to Madison?) Mom and baby are doing well! Unfortunately I have to wait a little while to give this little one a hug, but she is loved already!
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Maybe you're asking where exactly I'm going? (I know I haven't told you yet) Well it looks like my advisor is going to be in Scotland for at least a year (maybe permanantly). So I'm prepared to go visit! At this point I'm just trusting the Lord to direct my path. Completing a Phd long distance seems daunting (as if it wasn't hard before) But, I have had great peace about each decision I've made along the way...do I go to grad school, which school, what area, who to be my advisor. So while this path doesn't look ideal to me, I know that the Lord had this planned and will be faithful as He always is! So now I'm ready too!
I've decided (with all your help!--thank you!) to make Option 2 for the baby blanket! As soon as the back of the sweater is done I'm going to get to work on it. It sounds like the baby shower will happen sooner than I thought, so the sweater will be on the back burner for a little bit! Have a super Tuesday!