Monday, August 31, 2009

So Anxious...

So the sign ups for the swap are finally closed and now it is just a waiting game to find out who we will be sending our packages to. Actually, went and looked at some yarn today but I did not buy any because I wanted to wait and find out who my partner was and what colors the do & do not like. I am so super excited for this. I can't wait to make a package for my partner with all the cute trimmings. Also, got a second skein of yarn so that I may finish my socks. I cast on the second one last night hopefully it will not take to long. I still have to try and get the cabin pillow finished soon. It has been stressing me out lately so I have not touched it much. Things seem to be going rather well lately I am kind of waiting for the crap to hit the fan. :)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I Can't Believe It!!

I finally finished my first sock. Yes, there is still a second sock to go but I predict it will be much easier now that I know what I am doing. Once I got started on my toe decreases last night I just could not put it down I was determined to have it finished by bedtime which came around midnight when I finally finished my sock. I am soooooooooo excited to wear it but I can't just walk around with one sock on so I need to cast on the second one soon. Probably on Sunday since I need to pick up another skein of yarn for the second sock. Honestly though I can't even believe I did it. I have frogged it more times than I can remember. Had to stop until I could sit with Julie to figure out what the hell I was supposed to be doing, but YEAH! it's done!! Will post some pictures soon. Now I will have the rest of the week to work on the cabin pillow and I may at some point frog the horseshoe towel and start over once again, since I can't seem to keep track of my pattern repeats.

Monday, August 24, 2009


Finally got something accomplished in our tiny apartment. Seriously, it has been way to many months since we have gone to the laundry mat. I went yesterday and did about 7 loads of laundry. :( The process sucked but looking in the closet full of clean clothes was so refreshing. We also purchased a new book shelf which was much needed and it looks beautiful in our living room. Now if we could only figure out where to put the bed. :) Got a new knitting book this weekend "Knitted Socks" by Anna Tillman. Just had to have it as there are penguin pop-out socks that I can't wait to make. Also has some really cute socks that I think I might try to make for my neices. They just started public school today. They were home schooled in the past and I am so nervous for them. I have no idea how I ever adjusted to school. I hate change. I just like to get in my little routine and continue on that comfortable path. So excited about my swap group can't wait to start brainstorming the perfect packages.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

My First Swap

Just joined my first swap group and hoping it all goes well. So here is my Q & A!

Do you knit or crochet, or both? How long have you been at the craft?
I knit. I just started about the middle of July so not very advanced but I love it.

Do you spin?
No, maybe one day

What yarns/fibers are your favorites?
Not really picky about my yarn at the moment although I am fond of Bamboo.

What yarns/fibers do you not like?
I don't really care for ones that have bumps and lumps and fur mainly because it is impossible for me to knit with them.

What yarns/fibers would you like to try but haven’t?
I am sure there are lots but I am not as familiar with yarn types as everyone else.

What are your favorite colors? Colors that you don’t like?
I LOOOOVVVEEEE Bright colors. The only color I can think of that I don't like is orange and anything that is blue & orange.

What are your favorite types of projects to knit/crochet?
I love wash cloths. They were great projects in the beginning and pretty practical as well.

What are you currently working on?
Currently working on my first sock :), Horseshoe Towel, & a cabin pillow

What is your favorite FO? (Please post a picture if you have one.)
I made this really cute rubber ducky wash cloth for a friend of mine but gave it away before I took a photo.

Are there any techniques that you want to learn?
Too many to list.

Do you have a yarn winder and/or swift?

How do you store your needles/hooks?
They are either in my new bag that I got or in a shoe box (they make the best storage compartments)

Do you collect anything?
Anything to do with penguins and I guess that is about it.

Do you like sweets?
Yes, I love dark chocolate & chocolate covered raisins!

What are your favorite scents?
I love Amber & Gardenia

Are you having a birthday during this swap?
Yes, October 22

Do you have any online wish lists? (Amazon, Loopy Ewe, etc.) Please include a link for your pal.
The only thing I have seen that I am in love with are these yarn bowls

What is your living situation (Are you married? Do you have kids, pets, or both?)
I currently live with my BF. I have one Bunny named Smokey. No children!

Are you allergic to anything?

Is there anything else that you would like your pal to know?
I love coffee and tend to spend a lot of time at the coffee shop!

Sunday, August 16, 2009


So I have finally accomplished a few things. A) I started and finished a PC clutch purse in only 3 days. B) I put a button on my felt project C) I took some pictures. What a great day, I went to Michaels and got some more yarn for my stash which I will soon take some pictures of. I am now on the heel flap of my sock. For the second time actually :) Had a hard time with that but with the help of Julie I am now on my way. Also, got some new needles including some knit lite needles I am so prepared for hurricane season so when the power goes out I will still be able to see to knit. I also got a bag to hold all of my stuff. :) Now I will put up some pictures.

Monday, August 10, 2009


Been so exicted about knitting that I haven't really taken the time to do much else aside from eat, sleep, & go to work! Unfortunately, I have not made time for my blog either. So I was supposed to upload photos like a week ago and never did. Gave away all three of my projects without taking pictures, oops! So unfortunately no pictures to upload. However, I did start my first sock. Started out pretty rough had to frog like 100 times but now that I have about 3 inches of the cuff done it is going pretty well. I am using Sensations yarn in a beautiful purple color. I also used to do a lot of plastic canvas stuff and had ordered some really cool clutch forms shortly before I began learning to knit and haven't completed any of them. So, what I am planning to do is. A) Take a picture of my sock progress & my stash. B) Finish my sock C) Complete one clutch purse D) Sew a button on my first felted project. Hopefully, somewhere in between all of this I will find time for my blog, sleep, cleaning my apartment, my sweet bunny, and eating. :) Things will go so much better when I learn how to knit without looking and speed up a bit. I think I might invest in a Library card too. That seems like a good idea. I could check out all sorts of knitting books. Yippie!!