Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Pinwheel Sweater is finished (almost again)

I finished the Pinwheel Sweater (Happy Happy Joy Joy). Well the knitting part anyway. I can not seem to find a tapestry needle big enough to weave in the ends. I can find tons of small holed ones that I use on socks (last time I needed one of those I could not find any and went out and bought about 20 needles - and I didn't buy any of the larger ones since I had about a million all over the place) but none that I need right now. This weekend I may just have to go get more if none show up.

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I also made another hat. This one is for my nephew. I used the same pattern I made up for Hubby's friend - I just used a smaller hook size and needle size. It was done super quick. I am using the same yarn for a pair of socks for him and I should have enough yarn left over to add ear flaps and i cord for tying. (ok so it really is not done done but it is close)

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Short post - I am off to keep looking for those darn needles.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

A sweater ..... almost

I have a problem and it affects me all the time when I am knitting. The closer I get to the finish line the less I work on something. The pinwheel sweater has been at this stage for about a week. I have half a sleeve to finish (that and about a million ends to weave in , but that is another problem and another post) = ). Anyway here is the progress.

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Well instead of knitting on the pinwheel I have been knitting hats.

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This one is a bonnet for Daughter. I based it on Russian Winter from Knitting Nation. I used a strand of Wool of the Andes and a strand of Oh My! (which is a perfect name since that is what you say when you pet it) held together.

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That ball of yarn is a purchase from Rhinebeck which is being knitted into a hat and scarf or maybe a combo hat/scarf thingie.

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This hat is something I came up with for a family friend. He wanted a black beanie and well the simpler something is the harder it is for me to make right. So my solution is to crochet the band and then pick up and knit the rest. (the horror - I combined knitting and crochet!!!) = ) joking. It came out great and should fit great too. It fits Hubby and they both have the same size- ish heads. yarn: Knit picks Swish in black. size G hook and size 8 dpns

Well that is what I have been up too. I hope everyone has a great holiday and be safe traveling this weekend. I (hopefully) will be knitting and spinning this long weekend.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Reason not to start knitting at 11:00 at night

A couple of weeks ago I started the Fawkes socks. I started them late at night - it was one of those I can't sleep so I will start something nights. Normally when I do something like this I usually pick something easy and mindless. Not this time. I pick Fawkes. I wanted to start these for a while and I guess I just couldn't wit any longer. I knitted the cuff and foot until I was done with the gusset decreases and then they were put away. With everything that has been going on I had not touched them since.

Forward to last night. I was going to bring them with me to work to work on them. I took the sock out of the bag to check on it before I put it in my bag. As I was looking at it it just didn't look right. I held it up to my foot and it looked really small. Then I checked the needles. Yep they were the wrong size. They were size 0. I was suppose to be using size 1(2.5mm). Needles to say they were small and when I took the needles out, I tried it on before frogged the yarn. Couldn't even get it over my toes. Not only was I using the wrong needle size but I think I was knitting really tight too. The sock could stand on it's own. (I should have taken a picture...)

Well I restarted today and I am back to where I was.

Lesson learned.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Everything is back to normal

Well our version of normal. = ) I have been a bad blogger with my attempt at blogging everyday. It was really busy here the past few days and well blogging (and knitting) was bumped off the agenda.

Well I do have updates.

Hubby is doing great and all news so far has been good news.

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Yep he is doing well. (playing video games and relaxing)

The Pinwheel sweater is not done. I am now on a sleeve. I was waiting to get Daughter on her own so I can see how much more I need to do on the sleeves (one advantage of the girls being the same size).

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I finished Son's socks. I used a sock yarn that I do not have the band and can not remember what the name is. I knitted them in 3x2 ribbing. (and I remembered to center the ribbing on this pair)

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I also finished the Dragon scarf. I think my gauge is a little tight since it came out really small. It is not too small for a 6 year old but it is for an adult.

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I also finished a Kittyville hat for Budha. I know it is a bad picture. Sorry. Pattern from Stitch N Bitch handbook. I used swish from KnitPicks

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We have a new addition to our family (poor thing). Iggy the Iguana. Iggy fits right in here.

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Iggy is hanging from the screen top of the tank by his toe nail.

On christmas knitting I am almost half done!! 13 out of 30 items are done. The only down side is that there is only about 6 weeks left until christmas.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Good News!!

I just got home from the hospital and so far so good. Hubby did well in surgery and a quick test did not find anything cancerous. Of course the lesion will be sent out for more testing and then we will know for sure. He is doing well and is just sore. He is eating and it is staying down. Hope fully he will get some rest (can anyone do that in a hospital?) tonight and will come home tomorrow afternoon.

Thank You everyone who sent thought and well wishes. It helped big time.

I also did not realize how tense and stressed I was until I received the call that Hubby was out of surgery and everything was good. I was so relieved I went outside and cried in the car. I also feel exhausted (like home with a newborn) and hopefully I will be able to sleep (I have a hard time sleeping when Hubby is not with me - Yes I know it is mushy but hey that is how we are)

Thank You again.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

knitting- not so much (so far)

Whenever I have great plans planned, I should know that it will not work out. I planned on finishing the pinwheel sweater today (I have not even touched it yet), switching out the summer clothes (did that), shopping (check), cleaning (does changing the guinea pig's cage count) and watching football (maybe 5 minutes). It just seemed like one of those days where nothing goes right.

Well the kids are in bed and the sunday night game is almost on and well, I am going to work on that sweater.

Hubby's surgery to tomorrow afternoon.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

mini up date

Yeah!!!! I am on the i-cord edge of the pinwheel sweater!!!! I should be able to finish it (edging- maybe the whole thing) during football tomorrow.

No pictures today as the weather was still icky. (rain, wind and cold - holy cow fall is actually here!?)

I am off to enjoy the extra hour of sleep tonight!

Friday, November 2, 2007

I like spinning = )

Well yesterday after I blogged I sat down and was ready to work on the pinwheel sweater (I am on the last band of color- so close) and I saw my Rakestraw spinner. It was calling me. I thought well I could spin for a little while......

Well that little while became the rest of the night. I did however spin the entire 2 oz of merino. To me it looks like dk weight. I know there is a ruler somewhere and when I find it i will check the wpi. I even set the twist and the yarn is drying. I am thinking about plying it but I am still undecided. I will have to see how the orange merino spins up and then I will decide.

I did take pictures but it is so dark and overcast and the flash did not show the color well. Actually it made it look black when it is really a purplely - navy color. Tomorrow is suppose to be sunny so my fingers are crossed

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Blog a Post A Day in November!!

Ok if you haven't heard there are a few things that one can do in the month of November. 1. write a novel - not going to happen. 2. knit a 50,000 stitch sweater - way to many things I have to knit for christmas and well I really do not have the attention span to knit a whole 50,000 stitch sweater. 3. blog everyday - I think this one is something I might be able to do.

So there you go - i will try to blog everyday and hopefully not bore everyone to tears. = )

Here is todays post.

Yesterday when we were almost home from trick or treating something bad almost happened. Hubby had crossed the street with Son and Budha and Daughter and I were on the corner while I was calling in our dinner order (chinese - yummy). Some A-Hole stopped his Jeep Liberty (blocking on coming traffic lane) started getting out of his Jeep and talked to my daughter. I heard someone talking and at first I thought it was other trick or treaters. Since I was on the corner I didn't see anyone. I turned and saw A-Hole, I grabbed Daughter and said What!! He jumped back into his car and took off. I ran across the street to Hubby and told him what happened. We decided we were done and started walking home. As we got to the corner by our house A-Hole was turning back onto the block. I shouted that's him and he took off. Yes I called the police and made a report. No we didn't get the plate number.

Can you believe this!! I am so pissed off. and upset and scared. We have told our kids many times do not talk to strangers, do not go near strangers.... but here we are going from house to house talking to strangers. Strangers saying how cute you look and we say thank you. So we tell our kids one thing and then go and do what we told them not to do. I can understand how this may seem confusing to a 5 year old.

I just thank Who ever above that he didn't get her.

(sorry if this doesn't make much sense - I am still really upset about it and can't seem to think straight)