knitter’s treat exchange


The college semester is over, all but the finals. But to be honest, I’m not overly worried. I have two in class, accounting and computer programming. The accounting class I recently found out I don’t even need, so I’m not very motivated about that class. I’ll study for the exam, but I’m not going to bend over backwards doing it. Computer programming is open notes, open book…again, not worried. All of our exams in that class have been open notes open book and I think I’ve had to look up something once. I also have an online class, meteorology, that I will have a final exam for. The test is usually open for a couple of days, and again …open notes, open book. This is another class that I recently found out I do not need, so again with the lack of motivation. So yeah, a full half of my classes this semester were for naught. My only other final would have been economics, but I managed to get exempt from the exam because the prof’s policy is maintain a 90% average or better on all the exams and have perfect attendence and you can be exempt from the exam. Wahoo! Go me! I am so excited to be done with this semester!!

More good news! Dh was offered the job he interviewed for a while back. He actually had a third interview with the company this afternoon & they made him a job offer. He will start on Monday or Tuesday of next week. Yah!!!

Knitting content:

I was finally able to get my computer to allow me to upload & edit pictures without crashing on me. Here is the lovely package sent to me by my Knitters Treat Exchange Spoiler, Kitty Kitty:

Ohhhhh man, did she pick winners!!! How did she know I have been stalking Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in “River” and “Fresh Stripes”. Seriously, that was one of the yummy yarns I had to resist buying last week! I know JUST what I’m going to knit too…. River Rapics (pdf file). And boy do I feel like an idiot, I have been wanting to make this pattern, with the LL “River” just because I thought they would go to together well. Plus I am really loving Good Charlotte’s new CD with the song “The River” lately. Well, duh, I read the pattern and it’s made with LL “River”. Jeesh! Can you tell I pick out patterns just by looking at the picture & not reading the actual pattern ๐Ÿ˜†
Also in the package were tea sweets from Amai Tea & Bake House, Carmel White Hot Chocolate…and really, it’s white when you make it, and sooo good! There’s also bath confetti, a pumice sponge, an exfoliating washcloth, size 0 dpns, and the Issue #1 “Sock it to me” sock pattern booklet.

P, you did AWESOME! Thank you so much for being such a great partner ๐Ÿ˜€

I have been doing a little knitting here & there in between last minute school projects I have(had) to do. I’ve decided to retry the LionBrand All-Season Shell (which I have been secretly calling a*s*s). This time I’m using LB CottonEase in “Lime”. Perfect for Project Spectrum colors of April/May. I am really liking the yarn, it’s holding up way better than the TLC Cotton Plus “Salsa” that I tried it in the first time. My only complaint is the errors in the pattern. It never fails. Is it just me and the LB patterns I choose? Isa, did you have any problems with the WS/RS thing when you got to the arm hole decreases on the back? Anyway, I’ve finished the back and gotten about 1/3 through the front and I’ve run out of yarn. Gah!!

Running out of yarn is my theme for the week. I’ve started another booga bag, for myself, using Patons SWS “Natural Earth”. I LOVE this yarn, LOVE these colors (more green for Project Spectrum). Just gorgeous. I’m making a couple of modifications. I want to make it a drawstring bag where the strings hang in the front & make a flap with a button. I got to within 10 rows of being done with the body & starting the flap….and RAN OUT OF YARN. LOL

A couple of weeks ago, I finished the first sock of “Mom’s Mother’s Day Socks”. I don’t think they are going to work for mom. They are quite tight for me to get on, so I am thinking they will go to my youngest daughter. I did get them on long enough to model them for the ole blog though.

I think I will retry the same pattern and just use a size 3 circ rather than a size 1 and see how that goes. I really like the pattern. It’s uber easy to memorize and I was able to convert it to one circ (rather than dpns) with no problems.

I took a break from running out of yarn and knit up a couple of squares for Hokie Healing

And since I can’t finish either of my other two projects, I cast on another pair of socks for my oldest dd…who is in the process of creating her own knitblog!

I think that’s enough pictures for tonight. Next time, pictures of stitchmarkers that I made a few weeks back, an updated on my newly found LYS, and closeup pictures of that lovely Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in “River” and “Fresh Stripe” from my KTE partner ๐Ÿ˜€

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Oh my! Tuesday is my last day of classes!!! Can I get a whoop whoop!?!! I can’t wait to have an entire summer of mental health days ๐Ÿ˜€

As promised, here is the 5 hrs baby sweater I finished over the weekend. Started it on Saturday, didn’t finish it until Sunday afternoon. It should not have taken me that long. I blame the yarn. I hate HATE HATE LionBrand Homespun. Ugh! It gets bunchy, it unravels as soon as you cut it. Weaving in ends is proving to be absolutely horrendous. I haven’t even attempted seaming the sleeves or putting on the cute flower buttons I bought for it. I will never use this yarn again. Ever.

Just in case you were doubtful. Here is a close up of the ends I have yet to weave inArrrrgggg!!!

Any tips on making these frayed ends easier to weave in? What about seeming the sleeves? The buttons I’m going to use button thread …but the rest. Blah.
Revel in my dorkiness

I also did a bit of crocheting last week or so. I made this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hat for a friend. Her son was having a TMNT party and while searching for cute party favors she came across a crocheted TMNT hat in an Etsy shop.
After looking at the picture I was able to make one for her to wear to her son’s party. Her son didn’t want one, but she did lol. She’s such a hoot!

(gonna miss ya Tamra!)

Added bonus? It has green in it for Project Spectrum, at which I have been failing poorly.

I have not been able to get decent pictures of my Knitters Treat Package that came last Saturday. I will try tomorrow while the kids & hubster are out of the house. I also need to post pictures of the package I won atย Knitting Troll’s Blogaversary contest.

This weekend while driving the 4 looong hours down to my inlaws for the day I decided to teach myself how to knit continental. I’ve always been told that since I crocheted first and crocheters (usually) hold their working yarn in their left hand, that it should come easy to me to knit continental.

It doesn’t.

I can do it. It’s very slow going, my hand cramps, and I haven’t quite figured out how to purl continental yet. I’m going to keep working at it. I like the reduced movements that continental knitting has compared to the throwing that I usually do. It’s so awkward though. I just keep reminding myself that knitting in general used to feel awkward too but got better with practice.

Mom’s socks are coming along. I’m having a bit of an issue with the cuff being too tight. I’ve tried the two needle bind of in the rib pattern (k2p1), I’ve tried a binding off with a bigger needle and I’ve tried the crochet bind off (with as big a hook as I could fit in the loops). It’s still fairly tight ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I don’t think they will fit mom. Dangit. I’m open to suggestions….

Speaking of socks, I’ve joined the Summer of Socks and added the button on my sidebar. I can’t think of a better way to pass the summer than by knitting socks ๐Ÿ˜€

Next time… the Good & Bad news of finally finding an LYS within driving distance!!!

I’m taking one today. Whoo boy, do I need it!

In less than 2 weeks I will be through with the semester. I take my last final on May 14th …at the buttcrack o’ dawn to boot. I’m finding I just cannot fit another single thing in my brain. It’s full. Overloaded even.

Much like my computer until recently. I’m having memory issues w/ my home computer. It’s not very old, about 2yrs old. And we already added more memory to it soon after we bought it (HP puts Windows XP on the computer then gives you just barely enough memory to run the dang program & nothing else). Lately I’ve been getting the “Low Memory” warning, as well as slow loading of programs/pages, etc. I even got that warning when I tried to defrag that I didn’t have enough memory to defrag! D’oh!! ๐Ÿ˜†

The last straw was this morning trying to edit some photos from a baby shower I went to last weekend and the computer wouldn’t let me edit or if it did let me edit just a little bit, it wouldn’t let me save it back to the disk as edited. Said something about there wasn’t enough memory on the ‘scratch disk’, whatever the hell that is.

So apparently I have too much shit useful information on my computer. I went through my files, pictures, music, videos, and programs and deleted a BUNCH of stuff I don’t use/need. Like the Windows Office 2003 that came with this computer…you know, the one that lets you use it a whopping 30 days after turning on the computer for the first time after purchase, then requires you to BUY the stupid program to use the files you created with it during those 30 days. Then just sits there taking up 4.1G of space on your hard drive. Yeah, that one. Along with a few others I don’t need on there, like games that I have the disks for, stuff like that.

Restarted my computer and it’s like magic! I’ll defrag it again later (something you should do regularly, especially after adding/removing programs – puts ‘things’ back where they belong so to speak).

Back to my Mental Health Day. I stayed home today rather than slug off to Accounting 101. I recently found out I did not need that class, two days after the last “drop without penalty day”..adding insult to injury. That class along with another class I am finding absolutely no joy in, meteorology. Grrrr!! Needless to say, I’m finding it really hard to motivate myself to complete these courses. I will, it’s just that I’m not going to bend over backwards attempting As or even Bs when I could be spending my limited brain power on the other two courses that I do need and enjoy very much (computer programming and economics).

I stayed home and played Susie Homemaker today. A role I very much enjoy & miss greatly. I didn’t get out of my jammies until almost noon!! Swept & mopped the floors, cleaned the kitchen, scrubbed the stove & microwave, folded laundry. I even BAKED!! Rice Custard, yum:


Recipe
RICE CUSTARD
4 eggs
1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 C cooked rice
1 cup coconut, optional
3 1/2 C milk

Beat eggs and sugar. Stir in rice and remaining ingredients. Pour into casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours or until knife comes out clean.

DELICIOUS!!

Knitting content: As soon as I get my pictures all sorted out, I’ll post what I’ve completed so far (5hrs baby sweater w/ LionBrand Homespun – rant included, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hat) and what I’m working on (mom’s mother’s day socks – #1 almost done) and another felted bag, this one a little bit different. You’ll see. I’ve also taught myself a new technique ๐Ÿ˜€

I also got my partner for the Sockapalooza Four, so excited! I’ve been window sock shopping. I found out we may have an actual LYS nearby, so hopefully I can talk dh into driving out there tomorrow or Friday. I got an email from the Sockapalooza participant who drew my name **waves**

Knitter’s Treat Exchange update: I have received a LOVELY package from my partner, she has contacted me to let me know there is more to follow (pictures next time, I promise). I also got my treatee’s package out. I can’t wait to hear that she’s received it. I really like this swap stuff!

That’s all for today folks! Back to my Mental Health Day ๐Ÿ™‚

If anyone could spare some good luck vibes…the hubster has a job interview RIGHT NOW!

Oh, by the way….anyone know how I can get my WordPress Blogroll to show up on my blog? I see it in my dashboard/admin panel, but I can’t find where to get it to show up on my side panel. I would have thought it would be in the widgets, I could have sworn it used to be there before they changed them recently… Anyone? Bueller? ๐Ÿ˜†

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

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!!

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