First things first, my very good friend Amanda, has started her own blog! She is an artist extraordinary! She does embroidery, needlepoint, knitting and sewing to name a few! Also, she is finishing her Ph.D. in geology this fall, so go give her a pat on the back and say hello!!
Oh, and if you haven’t voted in the final contest yet, you have one last chance! Please go to the Puuurfect Kitty contest to vote for Soma in the finals! Yahoo! I hope she wins!
As for some knitting news, I bought more yarn! (No, I did really knit… I finished my Secret Project for my SP5 pal)! I gave into the Wavy Skirt due to how gorgeous her skirt came out! I love it! However, I am not a pink person, so I decided to go with these blues, a banana yellow, and jungle green. So, can anyone guess what the main color is going to be out of these 5 colors?! I do have to give credit to her for helping me decide….
I also wanted to post these too! I made them a while ago and found the pictures today. I made the set of kitty ones for Blossom and the diner set for Kirsten (don’t those fit her blog!?).
As for the next few days, bear with me… I am going to be making the long trek down to NJ and Long Island for a family wedding! Scott and I are heading down to his dad’s house tomorrow afternoon to hang out there for a couple of days before Saturday’s affair. Then, Sunday I get to meet her, before we head back up to Boston! On Monday, I might even get to hang out with her too! Anyways, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I will try to write from NJ on Friday!
This is the first project I am called it quits on and I am having a hard time dealing with it! I feel bad… like I should be apologizing to Mr. Blankie! “I’m so sorry… I just couldn’t work on you… you were making me not enjoy knitting and I feel like I made too many mistakes on you! I know you will become something beautiful in the near future and I apologize that you will no longer be titled the Big Bad Baby Blanket. Please forgive me!”
And so I frogged. I threw in the towel. The problem was:
1. I made too many small mistakes that I didn’t go back and correct.
2. I didn’t have a deadline (which is hard for baby projects).
3. I wasn’t necessarily knitting this for a specific person.
4. It’s been sitting there for over a year… and I just can’t deal with it!
I love this pattern, and know I will use it again. I am actually thinking that this yarn will be great to make some hat/bootie sets for the Preemie Project. I might even attempt a much smaller baby blanket for that project as well! We’ll see. Bye bye Mr. Blankie….
Of course, the best way to celebrate the hottest day of the year so far (we might reach 100 degrees here in Boston today) is to finish a wool sweater! Well, alpaca and silk :). Here is the debut of my first sweater, the Hourglass sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson. I used Knit Picks Andean Silk in Lettuce and size 7 needles. Overall, I am happy with it and can’t be too mad with the fact that its too big. I have large boobs and usually overestimate my size. I think that the second size would have been perfect (but I sort of did an inbetween 2nd and 3rd size)!
The final measurements are: 19.5 inches across bottom, 17 inches waist, 39 inch chest circumference, 24 inches from bottom edge to neckline, 20.5 inches from wrist to underarm.
I also made a few other modifications including an additional inch on the length of the waist area to accomodate the fact that I hate things that are too short. Lesson, should have left as is, it was a bit too long. I also added an extra inch to each sleeve. Lesson, thank god I did! I have long arms and the changes I made came out pefect! Also, what’s with this sweater showing bra lines on everyone!? Mine came out fine… On wait, no, thats because I have those huge broad swimmer shoulders and have no need to worry about that!
Okay, okay, I know you want to see it on! Well, its not a good picture, but okay. Here is me being totally psycho and putting on a heavy sweater and jeans while its 94 degrees out (look what I do for knitting and my readers… its all about the sacrifices!) Mind you, the odd look on my face is due to the fact that I am about to pass out :)
“The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.” by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Mt. Wilson in Tellluride, CO.
I never posted this late last week, but my yarn came in the mail for my Fiber Trends Field of Flowers shawl! I ordered 3 skeins of Alpaca Cloud in Sunlight (this was the same yarn I bought for Branching Out, but in Moss). At first I was a bit dissapointed with the color because it is more beige than yellow, but in the light, a nice pale yellow glow appears! Note: I don’t think there is a chance in hell I am going to have time to make this for the July 2nd wedding! Sometimes I just come up with these crazy ideas.
And, as you can also tell, I am finally going to become a Magic Loop gal! I am totally blown away at how fast many of you knit socks, especially you! Hopefully I will have time to practice this on our journey to Long Island next weekend (where, yay, I am going to get a chance to meet Dani!
In other news, head over to the Puuurfect Kitty Contest and vote for my little Soma in the semi-finals round! Here are some cutie pictures of her just to stimulate!
And, just for the record, here are some MUCH better pictures of my “Earth Day” yarn. Yesterday’s pictures were taken after the sun went behind the trees and it really dampened the colors. So, here are some pretty accurate pics. If you really want it, head over to ebay and check it out! Proceeds are going towards yarn for the Preemie Project!