April 2007


I’m feeling the itch to buy more yarn. I’m smothering that itch. Coincidentally, I always get this itch while listening to Lime & Violet ๐Ÿ˜† Imagine that!

Must….Resist….The Yarn…..

**deep breath**

I have been knitting, I just haven’t had the time nor the motivation to take pictures. Thought I’d give the picture loading a break. I have finished booga bag #4, it’s in the washer right now. Amazingly enough, I only have ONE project on my needles!! Mom’s Mother’s Day Socks! I am sooo itching to start something else, but I’m resisting that too. Jeesh, I’m depriving myself alot this week. I’m hoping dh listened and will buy me that Zen String Serendipity Sport for Mother’s Day ๐Ÿ˜€

My Knitter’s Treat Exchange package is just about ready to be shipped. It definitely will go out by the end of this week. Saturday at the latest. I can’t wait to spoil my partner!!

I’m thinking I’m going to tackle the Victorian Punk Sleeves next. Just for a change from socks, bags, & blankets. There’s also another felted purse in my One Skein Wonders book that I want to attempt. Not to mention the felted bags from a book my professor lent me. I want to try my hand at entrelac with this really neat bag. It would make great use of all my wool scraps. See, I’m using up some stash.

I still itch to buy more yarn. I really should stop browsing Etsy shops ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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Last night while watching the race I managed to finish the Blue-green striped baby blanket. Hallelujah! I am so glad to see that thing done.

If I ever even HINT at knitting another blanket that’s not done in squares or pieces, someone flick me in the forehead!

Since I finished the blanket before the race was over, I cast on another Catnip mouse and finished that before the end of the race too.
The cats have already made off with it. It’s no where to be found ๐Ÿ˜†

Now I have a computer program to get running and an accounting exam to study for.

So I made the kitties a Catnip Mouse this morning. Um, I think I need to make a couple more…

First the two older ones sniffed it, the younger guy stayed back (out of respect? or is it fear of getting his furry little kitty butt kicked by the bigger two?)

Now I have to say, Poncho – the orange one is usually very timid and lets the other two have their way with all the toys before he decides to play with it. Not this time. He got the mouse first! Jumped right on it as soon as I set it down.

I did manage to sneak the mouse away for a second so I could get a decent picture of it. It was very wet & soggy with kitty spit. Ew.

While I had it on the floor, the younger one (TwoTone) came & snatched it before the older two could get it back.

He had his way with it for a few minutes before the old man (Caspi) came over and decided it was his turn. For an old guy, he gets way more vicious with his toys than the other two. He throws it in the air, claws it with his back claws. Of course, he is the resident sock/mitten/glove hunter in the house. If there’s a missing match to any of these, we can usually find it in Caspi’s hinding places.

Hubby said, while watching Caspi maul the toy, “Can you imagine the mess he’d make with a real mouse?”. Ah, but only if it’s filled with catnip ๐Ÿ˜†

I just can’t believe how addictive (and fun, and quick) these are to knit! I started this one about a week ago and to be honest, I probably could have had it done over the weekend…but I didn’t pick it up AT ALL between Saturday and Tuesday. I was working on the darned blanket.

I used Patons Classic Wool in Black and Winter White and size 10.5 bamboo circular needles (dpns for the i-cord).

Here it is pre-felted (with my 30g video iPod for comparison):

And here it is felted (again, with the same iPod):

I finally got mail! In this house, hubby is always the one who gets mail and packages. I get junk mail and bills lol. Today I got not one, not two, but THREE packages!! “Big Book of Knitting” from Annie. Huge thank you! That was wicked fast! Be on the look out for a thank-you package ๐Ÿ˜‰
Also in the mail today was something for my Knitter’s Treat Exchange partner. I just need to get one or two more things this weekend and hopefully be sending it out sometime next week.
Sometime last week I was having a really bad day. My computer program wasn’t working the way I wanted to, my kids were being butts, it was cold and not very spring-like…so I had a little retail therapy ๐Ÿ˜ฎ and this is what I bought:

Artyarns Ultramerino 8, color 123. I swear the picture doesn’t do it justice. It’s a wee bit brighter and oh so soft (rubbing it on my cheek as I type..). Here is a close-up:

And also this:

Artyarns Supermerino, color 107. Again, way brighter in person than the picture suggests and it’s almost as soft as the ultra merino. No ideas as to what I will do with them. Right now, I’m just satisfied with petting them ๐Ÿ™‚ Both were purchased at Sarah’s Yarns. Fantastic service, super fast shipping. I ordered on April 16th and opted for parcel post shipping. It arrived today, the same time as another order from another online store (can’t say, it’s for my Knitter’s Treat partner) from whom I ordered on April 12th!! And that’s all I have to say about that ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s a close-up of the supermerino:

Now I’m off to fix that pesky computer program once and for all dang it!

I got it!!! Finally my Borders has stocked the new Yarn Harlot book:

Whoo hoo!! We took the kids shopping to spend their Easter money and of course we had to make a stop at the bookstore ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so glad I let them drag me out (kicking & screaming) to the mall.

While we were out, there was this strange yellow orb in the sky. I think it may have been the sun, but it’s been so long since the sun shown it’s face around here…I’m not sure. What do you think? Is this the elusive sun?

While we were out & about I did a tiny bit more shopping for my Knitters Treat Exchange partner ๐Ÿ™‚

Did everyone see the Yarn Harlot on Knitty Gritty yesterday? It was fantabulous! AND I learned what I was doing wrong with my SSKs!

I’ve cast on for mom’s socks. I think I will give them to her for Mother’s Day ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m using Toe-Up Chevron Socks. I’m modifying it slightly so I can do it on one circ instead of dpns. I’m making them with the yarn I got when I hit the motherload Moda Dea Sassy Stripes in Crayon. This color is a bit more vibrant than the skeins that I used for my socks. I think she’ll like them ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope to have the third Booga bag finished knitting tonight. Hopefully the i-cord too so I can felt it then set it up to dry overnight. If I go very fast it will be done…

A bunch of slightly disjointed thoughts, to go with my disjointed week.

First of all, here is a Coffee Cup cloth that I made earlier this year and just hadn’t gotten a picture of yet. The pattern is here.

And the Ice Cream Cozy that I made a while back. Who likes to get cold hands while enjoying their Ben & Jerry’s? Not me! I just made it up as I went along.

In honor of Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day (hurry, it’s only until 8pm!). This is the banana split flavor. I haven’t tried it yet. I really wanted their limited edition Apple Pie flavor (soooo gooodd!!!) but I couldn’t find anymore ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Too limited if you ask me!

Even though I have been busier than a heck I’ve still been knitting (tis how I keep my sanity!). I’ve been working on another booga bag:

I’ve also been plugging away at that darned baby blanket. Here is my progress so far. I’m still in the 100s as far as how many rows I have left to go WaaaahhH!! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I really like the colors though. They remind me of cartoon frogs or something lol. I hereby promise to have this damn thing done by the end of the month (of April).

I’ve also given up on the All Season Shell. I HATE the yarn I was using (TLC Cotton Plus). I loved it when I did dh’s Baseball sweater, but this batch must be just awful. It’s splitty, full of knots and the skeins are just FULL of yarn vomit. Arg! I actually threw a whole skein away because it was just one big knotted mess in the middle. Bah!

My oldest dd has been doing some experimental knitting. She’s attempting dpns!!! Making herself the Squipod iPod Cozy for her Nano. She has a bit of start-itis though. She casts on gets quite far into the project then decides she doesn’t like it or it’s too hard or too boring so she frogs it. She knits A LOT and has very little to show for it lol. Hopefully it’s a phase and she’ll eventually make something and finish it ๐Ÿ˜›

I joined Sockapalooza 4 I am sooo excited about this! Nothing like another knit exchange to feed my sock addiction.

Speaking of my sock addiction. I’ve told hubby that I want this for Mother’s Day. I spent most of the day drooling or trying to pet it through the screen. Aren’t I pitiful?
pet the pretty yarn

I also tried my hand at homemade sock blockers, although I still don’t see the point in blocking socks for anything other than taking pictures of the socks. And even then, I’d rather see a sock (or two) on a foot (real or mannequin). I don’t think it was too successful. I broke the hanger part of one of them. The other one looks like a deformed foot.

I did a little shopping this week. Found not one but TWO issues of Simply Knitting at my Borders. One of these days I will break down and just get a subscription. But knowing my luck, Borders would have them before I got mine in my mailbox and I would end up with two copies every month ๐Ÿ˜† I did some MORE shopping for my Knitters Exchange partner. And I heard from my partner too. I’m so excited about this exchange stuff ๐Ÿ˜€

Exams have been taken (three anyway, the fourth has been post-poned until next Monday because of last Monday’s storm). I had the YUCKIEST start to my Monday. I was all set to complain & blog about it (I’ve had an idea draft saved adding all the stuff I wanted to blog about all week but didn’t have time) until I came home and saw the news of the Virginia Tech shootings. In perspective, my day wasn’t so bad. Makes me want to grab my children and never let them out of the house!!

The kids & I went to the library today. They finally had a bunch of knitting books that were written later than 1970! Two that I wanted were checked out (one of them overdue, scofflaws!!!) but I did get Cables Untangled. It just solidifies that I WANT that book lol. I hadn’t wanted to shell out the $$$ to get it, but after seeing it at the library, it’s definitely worth it. After I get the Yarn Harlot’s new book…which STILL isn’t stocked at my Borders. Stupid bookstore.

My oldest daughter and myself are both avid readers. We both find it hard to choose between knitting or reading. So while at the library, we picked up some books on CD to listen to while we knit ๐Ÿ˜€

In household news, we got a new fence!!

It’s true what they say….fences do make the best neighbors ๐Ÿ˜€

Did anyone else get hit with Winter’s Last Blast on Monday? We got about 8″ of heavy wet snow and my classes were cancelled for Monday (the kids are out on Spring Break). It’s almost all melted already. My poor tulips & daffodils are soo confused!!

For about a week.

I have FOUR exams in the next week. One in each class, along with all the homework and such that goes along with the classes. I will be knitting, but I won’t have time to blog about it until next week some time.

Expect MUCHO pictures ๐Ÿ˜€

I did do some shopping for my Knitters Treat Exchange partner today!! Exciting!!

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