Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Happy Hoildays!

Originally uploaded by my_weezy
Hope you all have had a wonderful holiday. Mine is still going on. It is Christmas Day take two with the in-laws today.

I probably won't be back on here until after the New Year, so...Happy New Year, too!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

pimping a contest

Head on over to adventuresofmycreativity. Sharon is having a contest to celebrate her 2 year blogiversary. There is a great prize to be had. Just remember to mention me.

I'd give you a cookie if I could!

gingerbread men

It's the thought that counts, right? :)

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

foliage done

Originally uploaded bymy_weezy
Pattern: Foliage by Emilee Mooney
Needles: US 10.5
Yarn: Malabrigo Chunky , sealing wax

I really want to keep this for myself. So warm and cozy!

foliage to be

foliage to be
Originally uploaded by my_weezy
I am loving this already. Great yarn. Great pattern. I may have to keep this one for myself. :)

Btw, I am 8 posts away from my 100th post!
It's hard to believe.
Perhaps a contest will be in order?
(Edit: Make that 7!)

you can never have too much yarn

Thank you for the birthday wishes. I had a wonderful day. I left work early, made dough for the gingerbread cookies I have to take to work tomorrow for the kids' decorating party, I bought yarn, I went and had sushi for dinner. Very nice day.

Did I mention yarn? Yup, more Malabrigo yumminess. The hubby asked for a knitted hat for his brother for Christmas. So, of course I went straight to the yarn shop on the way to my hair appointment. I can't just go in and buy one skein, so I came out with three! I must say, Malabrigo has the best names for their yarns. Paris nights, sealing wax, dark forest!

Look at these! Beautiful, aren't they?

paris nightsealing waxdark forest

I already finished the hat for the BIL and have begun foliage in the reddish-orange chunky. I am thinking it will be for one of my SILs. The other SIL is getting gloves, so I better handknit for the other one as well.

Ooh, and the birthday fun continued into this morning. I got to work and found a bag on my desk. This is what I found inside...
birthday yarn

Do my friends know me, or what?

Sunday, December 16, 2007

christmas knitting

I finished the Malabrigo Unoriginal hat awhile ago but managed to give it away last night to a friend in a alcohol induced haze. I hadn't taken a picture of it yet! Oops. Anyway. I was going to keep it for myself but decided it didn't look that great on my head. It will be happy with its new home and owner. :) I just wish I had remembered to take an FO pic. Oh well. I had had a bit of wine with dinner...I was passing out knit hats to everyone!

This is my birthday weekend (actual birthday on Monday) so I haven't gotten much in the way of knitting done. Not good since I am way behind on that certain blanket. I sat down tonight and made myself work on my SIL's gloves. Only a finger and a thumb to go and that will be one more Christmas knit done. I have my worsted weight malabrigo for a foliage hat that needs to be knit up as well, and charades to finish. Yes, yes, and the blanket as well. It really is torture to work on that thing. Next year, I am starting the christmas knitting in April! I procrastinate too much.

Monday, December 10, 2007

cookies galore

Originally uploaded by my_weezy
Lots and lots of cookies. They were all bagged and sent off to school to be given to coworkers this morning. Unfortunately, there are some still in the house. It makes it difficult to start my healthy eating plan!

This crazyness was not all my doing. A friend, who does this every year wanted to break in my remodeled kitchen, so, she brought over her stuff and we got to work. We started at 10am and finished everything, bagging included, at 4pm. We made three batches of each cookie. Snickerdoodles, chocolate crinkles and peanut butter blossoms. We also made Rice Krispie treats. Yum!

It was quite the production. We attempted fudge, but that went in the trash last night. It never set. Oh well.

Wish I could share with you all.

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

unoriginal wip

Originally uploaded by my_weezy
I seem to be incapable of only working on the blanket for my IL's. I have started something new again. An unoriginal hat, from yarn harlot blog. The best thing about this new wip is the yarn. Malabrigo. It is my first time using it. Love it. I don't know how I hadn't used it before!

I went to Gauge on Friday and perused the selection until I found this chunky yarn in dark forest. (great color way name) and some worsted (another great name that I can't remember right now). I so wanted to start knitting something, anything as soon as I got home but we were meeting a friend for happy hour. Margaritas. Can't say no to them on a friday.

Anyway, Saturday, after an entire day of cookie baking (photos to come later) I started this quite happily while sitting in front of the tv watching Knocked Up. A great end to the day.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

the tree menace

Originally uploaded by my_weezy
The Jojo is being a menace.

I keep finding ornaments strewn about the house. Her favorite...a kangaroo in a jester costume (don't ask)... keeps finding its way into our bed.

There are also some broken branches towards the bottom and some chewed up ones. Supposedly, the kitty finds our tree pretty tasty. Go figure!

Can you spot the little tree menace?. She 's sneaking around the back, thinking I don't see her making her way to the kangaroo on the other side.

She's clever like that. :)

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

christmas time is here

Originally uploaded by my_weezy
All the lights and ornaments are up in my house. I wrapped the balcony with lights and brought out the village. Even Jojo is having a great time in the tree. :)

It is beginning to feel like Christmas now. If only the weather would cooperate and feel colder.

Head over to Knitty and get an early gift for the holidays! There are some great looking knits on there.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

one finished gift

Pattern: Petal Bib
Source: One Skein, Leigh Radford
Yarn: Knit Picks Shine, Green Apple
Needles: US 6

The bib is finished!

It is adorable and so soft. I love it. It will be gifted to a teacher at his and his wife's baby shower this Tuesday. I wish I would have had more time to make another in the Crocus, but alas...

I made a little label to attach to the bib that has washing instructions on it. I thought it came out okay. I will safety pin to the bib before wrapping.

label image front washing instructions back

Now I need to finish my Christmas projects!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

still here...

...just been really busy and hadn't uploaded any of my pictures from over my Thanksgiving break. I finally got around to it tonight. Along with getting our Christmas tree and house decorated. Explains why I am still up after midnight.

I had a great time. Very relaxed after a few days in Big Sur. Just look at this view!

Big Sur

I had another great view to show you all but it wouldn't upload onto flickr. Exceeded 5mb. Anyway, it was the view we had at the table we sat at everyday. Where the hubby read and I knit. Frogged a bit, too. Look at this pile of yarn.

Charade Mess

I had to frog a couple rounds to get to a mistake I had made a day before while at school. ( I was knitting at rest time. In the dark.)

Got it fixed and have made it past the heel and the gusset. I am on the home stretch, finally.

Well, first week back to work is almost done and I already want to be back in CA. I will just have to make do with staring at this picture and count down the days until Christmas break.

Pheiffer State Beach

Saturday, November 24, 2007

a quick post

One quick post to let you know about a contest. Go tochanknits and let her know about your favorite chatiry. A contest for a good cause. How can you not go over? Be sure to mention that I sent you oer. :)

Hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 19, 2007

gobble gobble

I will be enjoying a much needed rest this holiday. I fly out tomorrow after work to California to spend a few days in Big Sur and a day in SF with the hubby's family. Everyone in the US, have a Happy Thanksgiving. See you when I get back. My knitting is packed for the trip so, hopefully, I will have some FO's to share on my return.

Happy Turkey Day! :)

Sunday, November 18, 2007

bobble band baby hat

A few weeks ago I saw a knit hat in a catalogue that came in the mail with all the other junk mail I usually get. This hat was really cute and I thought I might be able to copy it. I took notes and wrote up a quick pattern. Tonight, I cast on a baby sized version to see if it would work, if it would look like what I saw in the catalogue, but a mini-version. This is my first attempt at copying something I have seen and I am actually quite happy with it. I used some Wick that I had in my stash and began, working bobbles for the first time and figuring out decreases. Now I need to adjust the pattern to work for an adult with a solid color yarn. The bobbles kind of get lost in the variegated yarn.

Anyway, take a look and tell me what you think...

baby bobble band hatbaby bobble band hat

Will it make a good adult sized hat? Should I leave it as is for baby only? Does it need bigger bobbles?

I would love some input.


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

look what I came home and found today

the evidence

Yup, a certain little kitty got a hold of my yarn and made a bit of a mess. I suppose it was bound to happen eventually. I should have known that one night I would forget to put away some yarn. She managed to get away with little scolding this time. She was very lucky that this was just a small ball of left over yarn that I used a bit of last night to hold stitches.


Evil little kitty!

the culprit

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

one little, two little,...

first gloves
Originally uploaded by my_weezy
three little fingers!

Woohoo!! And I thought gloves were going to be hard. I am actually enjoying knitting all these fingers.

There were a couple set backs last night with some frogging. My own fault, thinking that I could adjust the pattern to make right and left gloves without the thumb sticking out the side. Changed my mind, and decided to follow the pattern as is. Much less trouble.

Monday, November 12, 2007

feeling a little crazy

I have cast on another project tonight. Gloves. To be a Christmas present for a SIL. She requested gloves a year ago before I would even consider knitting some. Today, I got the idea that I was ready. So gloves have been started. Only a cuff so far is knit. Beginning the thumb gussett. Unfortunately, it is time for a shower and bed. Time to put the soon-to-be glove away.

4 wips. I am getting CRAZY!!! :}

Friday, November 9, 2007

progress update

Clapotis scarf
Originally uploaded by my_weezy
I posted this already at anneknits, but thought I would post here as well.

I finished the third book, Anne of the Island, last night at 1am. I couldn't put it down until Anne realized that she loved Gilbert. *sigh*

There were a couple things that kept bothering me throughout the book while reading that I thought I would mention. One was Davy constantly asking questions and saying "I need to know." Reminded me a bit of Tom Riddle when he was asking Dumbledore questions in Harry Potter. ( I am a bit of a Potterhead.)

Also, the way Paul always calls his mom, his "little mother". This was more so in Anne of Avonlea, but had to mention. It annoyed me a bit. I don't know why.

Anyway, on to the next book. Anne of Windy Poplars, I believe is next.

The Clapotis is coming along nicely. I frogged the first attempt and started over to make it a little less wide. It is now the perfect scarf width. It is a bit like camoflauge, but I like it.

addition to my spring wardrobe

Finished Wrap

Pattern: Ruffled Surplice
Source: Mari Lynn Patrick, Interweave Knits Spring 2007
Yarn: Tahki Bali
Needles: US 10

Well, here it is. All finished. The ruffles, the ties, everything. As you can probably tell, the ties need to be made longer. They barely make it around my waist. I will take care of that one of these days. No worries. Really.

Overall, I like it. It is very pretty and had it not taken me so long to finish it, I think I would be more excited about it. Really, I am just glad to have it done with. One thing about is very heavy. Don't know if it is the yarn or just the bulk of it due to the ruffles. There are lots of ruffles!

Don't know what I was thinking, making something so frilly for myself. Perhaps, by Easter I will have lost a few inches around the waist and I will be able to wear it then. It is a little too spring-y to be worn now. And frilly, I may be able to pull off at Easter.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

happy hump day

the Jojo
Originally uploaded by my_weezy
No knitting today.

I left work early, sick, and slept the day away. Joey did the same. Slept, that is. She heard me coming with the camera, which is why she is giving me that "don't bother me" stare.

Few minutes later, she was lying next to me in bed, kneading herself a comfy place to nap.

Hope you all got more out of your day than just sleep.


Monday, November 5, 2007

death by ruffles

ruffled edge
Originally uploaded by my_weezy
It is done. I managed to use a spare set of circs to hold stitches and got the last two rows knit and bound off. Finally. This sweater has been a pain in the neck, literally, and it sucks that it is not very flattering on. It fits, it is not too big or too small, but I just don't think it is meant to be worn by someone with no waist.

I have to add a few inches to either tie I realized when I tried it on, so it really isn't completely finished. They turned out to be too short. Urg. I need to lose some weight. Walking and going to yoga has not been on the agenda lately. I really need to get back to that.

I guess this sweater will have to be gifted. It has to look good on someone.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

finished sesame

finished sesame
Originally uploaded by my_weezy
Pattern: Sesame be Melissa Wehrle
Needles: US 6
Yarn: Knit Picks Merino Style in Nutmeg

It has been finished for awhile now, and has been worn pretty regularly (as you can tell from the pilling under my arm). But now it has buttons! The one thing it was lacking for so long.

I love it! It is soft and warm. Perfect. Not bad for my first seamed sweater, imo. :)

what do I do now?

Originally uploaded by my_weezy
Well, I am on the very last part of this project that I have been working on since March. I am on the ruffled bottom edge, finally. I may actually get this done while it is still warm enough to wear it. Yeah, well, that isn't going to happen just yet.

I was being stubborn. I used my straights for the entire thing, and even though I knew there would be a lot of stitches to do the hem, I refused to go and buy circulars. Why should I, I said to myself, the pattern doesn't specifically say I need them, and I have these perfect US 10 needles ready to go. Urg.

Now I am on the last row of increases, right in the middle actually, and I have run out of room on the needles. What do I do now? I really have no way of pushing all those stitches on the second needle plus the increases onto the right one. What a mess!

So close to being all done, too.

and one more

Cass is having a contest over at shutupimcounting. Remember to mention me when you enter. :)

(other content to come...promise)

Tuesday, October 30, 2007


There be a really cool contest over at tangledupinknots. You should all go and check it out, enter, and mention me of course. :)

And another at The Knitting Coop.

I haven't had the best of luck with contests lately so any extra help would be great.

Have a good day.

Sunday, October 28, 2007


Originally uploaded by my_weezy
They are a bit, aren't they?

I could only get one in the pic since my other hand was busy with the camera, but they are finished and I love them. So cute.

I used some of the red Berroco Ultra Alpaca I used for the hubby's stocking. They didn't use up much of it, so I have plenty to make my own stocking.

I started these yesterday afternoon hoping to get them fiished before heading out to a Halloween Party. They would have gone great with my black and red knee high socks. :) Unfortunately, I was only able to get one done. Finished the other earlier today.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

"Big Daddy needs new yarn."

Another great knitting reference on Pushing Daisies tonight. I love this show!

I myself, am not in need of more yarn considering I have an order coming from Knit Picks soon. Oh, so much sale yarn was purchased. Some yarn for this lovely sweater and some more sock yarn. Even a couple skeins of lace weight for who knows what.

I need to go to bed. It is after midnight. This is what happens when you take a nap in the afternoon. :)

Sunday, October 21, 2007

clapotis redo

Well, I did the numbers for the clapotis and realized that I was right to worry. Not enough yarn to continue. So, last night, while watching the Red Sox dominate in game 6, I ripped it all out and started it all over making it less wide. It is now normal scarf size rather than being too wide. Now I can make it nice and long like I like without running out of yarn. I am already at the length I was on the wider version and have only started on my second ball of yarn. I am feeling much better about this thing now.

I think I will work on it some more tonight during Game 7.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

chocolate to the rescue

I may not be able to knit on the Log Cabin, but I am making some progress on the clapotis. I actually got to drop a stitch or two last night. It is a bit nerve racking. I kept checking to make sure I wasn't dropping the wrong one and crossing my fingers that I was doing it right. I am actully a bit worried that I am going to run out of yarn before this scarf/wrap is a useable length. I had 8 skeins to start and I am on the third now. My gauge is off a bit. The width is a little more than the 21' stated in the pattern. The length is supposed to be 55'. Urg. I am only about an inch along in the length and only 5 skeins left to make it. My fingers are crossed and I need a bite of my chocolate cupcake I bought earlier today.


I made it into Yarnival! I had no clue.
Coolio! Thanks BlackSheep for letting me know. And you're in it, too! What a co-inky-dink. :)

Saturday, October 13, 2007

avoidance problems

Originally uploaded by my_weezy
Well, instead of doing the cleaning that I should have been doing, I pulled out my periwinkle wrap that has been in need of seaming for a very long time. Nothing like a little cleaning avoidance, to get some finishing done, huh? Hehe.

It is all seamed up, finally, but it is still far from finished. I am working on the first tie (as you can see in the picture), need another tie and need to knit the ruffled bottom edge. Not bad, though.

Unfortunately, there is still a lot of cleaning to get done.

t-minus 48 hours

I just realized that my inlaws will be here this Monday. I thought I had a whole other week before they showed up for their visit. I have so much cleaning to do. You don't understand the mess that this house is in. I have been spending too much time knitting in front of the tv this week.

So much to do:

1. Wash all the linens in the guest bedroom. Joey was using the bed as her own personal napping place.

2. Clean the bathrooms.

3. Vacuum, dust and de-fur all rooms. Joey has had it easy lately.

4. Pick up all kitchen stuff from the living room. Some of the stuff can actually go back into the kitchen even though it is not completely finished.

Must get to work.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

pushing daisies

Who knew it would make a perfect knitting show.
Here is a lovely qoute from the show tonight, perfectly narrated by Jim Dale.

"Since the arrival of the dead girl, who was not dead, he had found a stockinette stitch to be especially relaxing.
But no stitch was substitute for a good murder case."


They also showed this man wering his knit vest and two gun show how stressed out he has been.
Too funny. Too perfect as I sat here knitting my charades.

The show is great in a weird way.
Check it out:pushingdaisies

log cabin saved

Log CabinWell, it's looking good despite the little snags made by a certain evil kitty. I was able to pull most of them back in. My MIL actually chose the colors of this without knowing what she was choosing colors for. Hehe. Not bad, huh? It will go well in their house.

I need to get some US 6 circulars soon, this thing will not be fitting on my straights for much longer. They didn't have anything long enough when I bought the yarn. A trip to HCW will be necessary.

SpiderOkay, I hope you aren't squeamish about spiders, but take a look at what I found when I went outside to photograph the blanket. Look at this thing! It is huge and it has made itself a very large web on our deck. Click on the picture and see it large. You can make out some detail on the spider. Pretty cool, huh.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

the look of guilt

Originally uploaded by my_weezy
Twice today, while knitting the Log Cabin blanket, have I left to find the Jojo happily curled up on it. Urg. I wouldn't mind so much if she didn't first knead it with her claws and leave lots of little snags all over it.

Can you see the guilt on her face?

I would take a pic of the snags but not enough lighting right now. WIll have to wait until tomorrow. I am off to bed. The knitting is coming with me. Far away from the wool loving kitty.

Friday, October 5, 2007

bitty boo

How cute it this! I need to make these at some point to add to my Haloween decor. Last night I put up everything I own. My house is completely ready for Halloween! Lights, spiders, spooky tree... you name it, I have it up. :)

I really want these little ghosts. They are soo cute.

Magknits rocks! Hehe

am I crazy?

I think I have gone a bit mental. I went to Michael's the other day and bought 9 balls of Patons Merino in green, aran, and burgandy to make a Mason Dixon Log Cabin Moderne afghan for my mother in law. For Christmas. I really hope I get this done in time. Remember, I am also working on a pair of socks and the clapotis. There are also a couple projects in hibernation, too. Either waiting to be felted or seamed. OMG. I am crazy.

I am on the third rectangle, which is not saying much, because it is only about the size of a hand towel.

(Btw, I have updated my playlist. Some more Muse and The Bravery!)

Monday, October 1, 2007

passing it on

Originally uploaded by my_weezy
Our librarian was fascinated with my knitting during registration this summer. She and I sat together, me knitting and her cross stitching some ornaments, keeping ourselves from getting bored when there was a lull in people to register. She shared with me how she loved to watch her mother knit when she was younger, but never learned herself. She brought this lovely poncho to school a couple days later that her mother had made for her a number of years earlier. It is one of the things she chersishes the most since her mother passed away.

Later that day, she asked if I would like a pair of her mothers needles that she had as well. I, of course, said yes if she wouldn't miss them. She told me that having the poncho was the most special for her and it would be better to pass on the needles to someone who would use them.

So, last week, in my mailbox at school I find these beautiful large wooden needles. They are so much more than I was expecting. I don't even know what size they are, but they are wonderful. Other teachers who saw me walking back to my classroom stared at them in wonder. I just told them I was off to take care of some vampires, ala Buffy. Hehe.

I can't wait to try these. I 'm going to need some really, really bulky yarn!

Sunday, September 30, 2007

evergreen forest

Evergreen Forest
Originally uploaded by my_weezy
Beautiful, isn't it?

I innocently went to today's Meetup and came home with 8 skeins of this yummy Liisu yarn. Merino and mohair combo. Very soft. Another member was selling off all her yarn from her online yarn shop since she is moving. She will be at the next meeting and so will I. :)
She has some lovely yarn.

I am going to use this batch for the clapotis, that everyone and anyone who knits has already done. This will be my first. I have just enough of this yarn to make a scarf sized one. It will be my project for the Anne of Green Gables Read and Knit Along that starts tomorrow.

I admit, though, I already cast on. It's very simple to knit while watching Van Helsing. :) The book will wait until tomorrow. I haven't finished my Dresden Files book yet.

is it christmas yet?

Pattern: Snowy Night Gansey Stocking by Lisa Carnahan
Source: Christmas Stockings: 18 Holiday treasures to Knit
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca
Needles: US 6

I finshed the hubby's stocking the day after his birthday. He didn't seem to mind. He loved it, actually, and told me to go buy more yarn to make myself one. Yay! It was a pretty easy pattern and fun to knit such a big sock. The funny thing, it fit hubby's foot perfectly! Just a little wide. Now I know, if I ever do decide to make him a sock, there is no way I am going to use sport weight. That would take me forever. He wears a size 14 shoe! Worsted weight all the way for him.

BR hatPattern: Banana Republic Hat Knock off by metaphysical muse
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool EaseThick & Quick
Needles: US 8 and US 10.5

So last night I decided to start a hat with some yarn that has been sitting in my stash bin for about a year now. It was meant to be a pillow case for my couch but I never got around to making it. I found a hat pattern on Ravery that used the exact same yarn, even the same color. It is the Banana Republic Knock off. Hehe. It was actually very easy and fast to knit. It is pretty cute. I like it alot. I am thinking of gifting it this Christmas to my UT fan friend. She will appreciate the orange. I have a hat I made in the same yarn but in green that is way too large that I think I will frog and make into this hat instead for me. Green is more my color than orange, anyway.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

happy birthday, sweetie!

It's the hubby's birthday today. We are going to dinner with friends. Sushi. Yummy.

For his gift, he got a lovely handmade Cristmas stocking, only slightly unfinished. :) And somewhere, in the mail is a cd of Punch the Clown, a ska band from our college town that we loved. The band broke up, around the time we were leaving Davis and we never did buy one of their cds while there. I was amazed to find them on Amazon! Anyway, I know he will be surprised.

Picture of the stocking to come...when it is finished. Hehe.

Sunday, September 23, 2007


I had to share my love of this song with you all. Love, love, love them. This song is just amazing.

I haven't quite made it to that stocking, yet. :)

vampires and muse

This weekend has been less about knitting than even last week. Like the title, it has been all about vampires ( one especially. love.) and muse (love).

A friend gave me her three books of the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. They were so good that I finished them all in the past week. I am completely in love with the characters in these books. OMG, if you have not read them. Read them. I know they are young adult fiction, but I had no problem getting sucked into the story at all. If you love vampire and werewolf stories, and romance and suspense, you will love this book. I can not wait until the next book. I think next fall. Ugh.

Also, this weekend, my hubby got home from his weeklong business trip. It has been nice spending some time with him this weekend, too.

So, basically, no knitting being done. Listening to a lot of Muse, though. Over and over, actually. Am off to the music store soon to see if I can find any of their older cd's on the used cd's rack. If not, I will be purchasing a lot of music off iTunes tonight.

Hubby's taking a nap, maybe I will work on his stocking a bit before he gets up.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

I want, I want, I want

There is always something I am in desperate need of. Absolutely, no fail.

Unfortunately, I don't always have the means to get what I want. By that I mean... no cash.
I am a teacher, remember. Not much moola flowing flowing my way.
This is what is on my radar right now. I want to make this sweater and with this yarn. The number of skeins needed of this $9.10/skein yarn will cost me close to $80. $80 I don't have right now. Urg.

There is absolutely no way I could get the yarn for this right now. I will have to wait until I get paid and hope that there are still enough skeins out there of the oatmeal (Edit: oatmeal. wheat. whatever) for me to make this beautiful sweater when I do finally have the funds to purchase.

Jojo shares in my despair.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

thoughts on spinning...

Charade-in progress
Originally uploaded by my_weezy
...but probably not what you were thinking. Hehe.

So, today I am going to a spinning class. I have never been before and am a bit nervous about it. I don't want to make a fool of myself in there. I at least have a friend going with me. Her first time, too. I really don't know what I am worried about. I just need to go, have fun and take lots of water.

I have a couple hours until I have to leave. I think I will work on my sock a bit. But what sock? My second 9to5 or the first Charade? Hmm. Decisions, decisions. :)

The charades are working out much better than the other pattern (that I can't remember how to spell). Kaiba-something or other. *shrug*
I am loving the yarn, the color, the pattern. All of it, really. The Tofutsies is great. Very soft. Pretty amazing, considering crab shells were used to make it. Cool, huh?

Sunday, September 16, 2007

pics from the fest

ACL is all over with. Well, not quite. Bob Dillon is playing right now. We had to leave early to get the hubby to the airport on time. Oh well. We had a really great time. There were tons of people, it was really hot, but we did get to see a lot of good shows. Friday night was Queen's of the Stone Age and The Killers.

Saturday, we got there a little bit earlier and were able to catch Blue October. You can see the lead singer a bit in the big screen here. After them we saw a bit of the Arctic Monkeys and then moved over to another stage to get a good spot for Muse. Before they started we saw the end of Damien Rice's set. Muse was awesome! They put on a really great show.

Today was kind of a bust. We got a late start when our cab was a bit late. We saw only the last couple songs of Ben Kweller and then waited for Bloc Party to start. We ended up leaving their show early. I love Bloc Party on cd but they just weren't as good live. Kind of disappointing. I did get this really cool shot, though, of the stage reflected in hubby's sunglasses. Pretty cool, methinks. :)

All in all, a really great weekend. Can't wait for next year.

Friday, September 14, 2007

acl festival

I am off to the Austin City Limits festival in a few hours. Yay! The Killers are playing tonight. It is a three day event, so I will be out of the house all weekend. So many bands I want to see. Muse, Paolo Nutini, Arcade Fire, Bloc Party.

The White Stripes and Amy Winehouse were supposed to be playing, too, but they have both cancelled. Ugh. They were two I was really excited about seeing.

Anyway, I think my sock will be going with me, so hopefully it will get done by the end of Sunday.

Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


Originally uploaded by my_weezy
I thought I should at least let you all see what the sock was going to look like before I sent it to project heaven. It's pretty, I admit it, but a little too pretty for me and as I said before, a little too big. I can't stand socks falling to my ankles and these most definitely would.

(I wonder how it would look with a ribbed cuff, instead? Hmm?)

I will be casting on Charade instead, methinks. A little less frilly but stil an interesting pattern. Plus, it has a ribbed cuff.

My kind of sock.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

frogged sock

I started Kaibashira last night using the Tofuties I bought last week. I started it using the Magic Loop method with US1 32' Addis. It was a bit awkward at first, but I got used to it as I continued. I will have to give it some time, see if I really like it.

Anyway, it is the sock that I am not too happy with. I am not fond of the edging. Very pretty, but a little too frilly for me. I really liked the sock in the picture but without a ribbed cuff these feel like they are going to fall right off. They are very loose even with going down a size in needles. Maybe I just have skinny ankles or calves.

I would much rather use this yarn on a sock I really like.

Oh well. You win some you loose some.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

a blue band

Pattern: Calorimetry by Katherine Shoendorf,
Needles: US 6 bamboo
Yarn: Wick, Knit One Crochet, Too

It is finished and it is quite nice. I liked the way the yarn holds the shape. It doesn't feel like it will get really loose like wool probably would. The Wick was a bit sticky on my bamboo needles, but not too bad where I wouldn't use it again. All in all, a lovely blue project. It will be coming with me to Big Sur in November. Perfect for a hike.

I am not really sure if I like the way it looks on my own head, though. I have a strange shaped head, I think. I may be gifting this, as well, for Christmas.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

9to5 socks

9to5 Socks

Pattern:9 to 5 Socks by Nicole hinds
Needles: US1, on 2 circulars(Addis)
Yarn: KnitPicks Essential in grass

Actually, I am not quite finished with these. I am still working on the second sock. I am about a third of the way down the leg. I think these will be gifted this Christmas. Not sure to who, though. It is a really great pattern to work on. Easy to memorize, so good for tv watching or faculty meetings.

Anyway, I figured out a way to get my pics so I wanted to at least post one.

I have finished a calorimetry. I will share that one at a later time. Right now, I am going to play a bit on the new computer.

new computer

Hello all.

I am coming to you from the couch, in front of the tv, on my brand new macbook. Yay!
Unfortunately, I can't figure out how to upload my pictures to flickr using this computer. It can't seem to find the pics on my computer.

I need help.

Any Mac users? What am I doing wrong?

I have pics in iphoto of my finished sock and calorimetry that I would love to share with you, but until I figure this out or put on my pc pics.

Anyway, any help would be greatly appreciated.


Thursday, September 6, 2007

First Thursdsay

I went to HCW today for their First Thursday Sale and picked up a few things. A couple more skeins of Berroco Ultra Alpaca, but in red for the hubby's Christmas stocking he has been asking for.

The sock yarn was 20% off so I got some Tofutsies by SWTC ( I had been wanting to try out their yarn for awhile)and I picked up a pair of 32in Addi's to try Magic Loop on my next pair of socks.
Needles were 20% off as well.

All in all a pretty good haul.

I had a tasty dinner at Guero's ,too. And a yummy Paloma.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

a few things to peruse

Here is a new blog that may interest some of you. Especially if you want to hear some original and actually, really good music. Go to onesongperweek and take a listen. You will be pleasantly surprised. I promise.

Magknits September issue is now out and has some cute patterns. I really want to make Skirtsicle for my niece. It would make a great Christmas gift.

Also, KnitBlue is a really cool idea. A KAL for Democrats! Check it out if you haven't already.

Okay, that is all for now. It's almost 1am. I need to go to bed. I was actually downtown with the hubby and friends until about an hour ago when we got home. Played some darts, watched the UT game, and had a few beers. Fun, fun.

Nighty night.

***Sunday afternoon addition: Anne of Green Gables Read and Knit Along! It starts in October. Ooh, I can't wait. This is one of my favorite series since I was a preteen I think. I already have all the books so I am definitely signing up for this one!***

Friday, August 31, 2007

my very first mittens

First Mittens
Originally uploaded by my_weezy
With this being the first week of school I have been missing in action. Today was the first full day with the kids. All kids were here, minus one and stayed until 1:50pm. It was a good day. Only one cryer when he saw mom outside the window at the end of the day. Moms just can't stay away. :)

Anyway, not much on the knitting front. Still working on the market bag and the 9to5 socks, which I really like. Very cool pattern. No pics of them, yet. When I finish the first sock I will be sure to post.

So, since I hadn't posted any pics in awhile I thought I would show of my first pair of mittens that I knit last fall. They are the only mittens I have knit,actually. I bought the yarn at the House of Seven Gables gift shop in Salem, Mass when we visited there last October. I cannot remember what yarn it is since I lost the ball band awhile ago. They are very warm and got a lot of use this winter. They went perfectly with my winter white North Face fleece.

Anyway, that is it for today. It is Friday and time for happy hour. I am off to get myself a margarita!


Monday, August 27, 2007

A knitter is born

I am so proud.

A friend, who I taught how to knit last year brought me her first finished scarf today to help her bind off.


Even more exciting, she had a large skein of yarn and new needles with her to cast on another.

She plans to make three scarves, two for her nieces and one for their mom. Very cute.

I mentioned that I still needed to teach her to purl. She decided she'd rather enjoy having gotten the hang of the knit stitch and make a few things before learning something else. :) I can't argue with that.

The teacher next door to me has also been wanting me to teach her to purl and shaping. She is tired of only making rectangles in garter stitch!

I think I have made myself a little knitting group at work. :)

Friday, August 24, 2007

is it time for bed yet?

I am exhausted.

I stayed at the school until 530pm today getting things ready for our first day with kids on Monday. We had Meet the Teacher today, a planning meeting, and had to get all the paper stuff ready. Welcome packet for parents, lesson plans, schedule, class list. Urg. It didn't help that all my files from last year were erased from the computer over the summer. I was sick the last week of school and didn't backup my files!

So, I haven't knit since Tuesday...I think. Maybe Wednesday. I know for sure I didn't yesterday since I fell asleep when I got home at 400pm and didn't wake up until this morning. See, I really am tired. And, I have come down with a cold. No fun.

I did start another pair of socks. Actually, I started them a couple times since I messed up the first time and had to frog it all and start over. I kind of missed where it said to do a 2x4 ribbing, not 2x2. Oops. 2 inches worth! I will try and work on it a bit tonight if I don't fall asleep early again.

I picked up a sandwich from The Kitchen Door for dinner. Chicken salad. It is usually the yummiest sandwich but right now, for some reason, it is not tasting very good to me. In fact it makes me sick just to look at it. I thought I was hungry. I seriously think it is because the register guy said "tuna sandwich" when he rang it up. I know it is not tuna. It doesn't smell like tuna but when I take a bite, I swear there is a bit of a tuna taste to it. I hate tuna.
It's all in my mind yet it is turning me off my dinner.

My hair tie just broke and inside the stretchy material is an i-cord! Who knew? There's lot of it. Very weird.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

shedir is finished

Pattern: Shedir by Jenna Wilson, Knitty
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca
Needles: US 3 circ and dpns

I've finished it. I stayed up way too late last night to get it done. Too bad I am not that happy with it. It is really long and the top is a bit pointy. I really wish I had followed my gut instincts and made it with one less of the repeated rows before the decereases. I am hoping the pointyness will go away with blocking. The length, well, I can always roll up the edge or maybe the hubby will like it. He has a longer head than me. :)

It's a pretty hat, I love the pattern, but there will be some modifications done to the next one, I think. Especially if I want it to fit on my short, round head. I am thinking the pointy may go away if I only did one round straight between the decrease rows rather than two as the pattern calls for.

Here is a view from the top. I took it last night in really bad lighting, so excuse the crappiness of it. It actually looks yellow. Huh. The pointyness of the hat goes away when worn, so I am not that worried about it. It is, of course, pulled over my eyes to get this nice top-of-the-head shot. Hehe. Oh well.