January 2006

Please enjoy the below silliness, blatantly stolen from Big Girl Feet

The Llama Song

How to Dance Properly

hee hee hee


So, here are some sure nifty gifties I received for xmas that I totally have neglected to blog about.

First off, I received the 2 books that I was a lusting over!

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Here is the EZ book I wanted & some hand-made stitch markers from the lovely & talented Joanne! (I still haven’t sent her xmas present out, dude I suck!) I wasnt able to get a good pic of the st markers, but they are lovely!

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This is a totally happy-making present. Its a yarn meter! Whee! Now many of you may not get my ectasy of this, but I really suck at figuring out yds on my niddy noddy.. I always loose count! XD

And the fete de resistance?

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Gorgeous knitty bag & a set of Lantern Moon needles from my SIL! Squee-age! Having another hip knitter in the family rocks!

In other gifty news, I got a copy of this…

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RAK from the super-fabu Jillian. If you haven’t seen this book you should take a peek. There are some absolutely ridiculous hats in here.. cracks me up! I totally love it!!

Now, in an attempt to avoid the frantic xmas morning sweater knitting of this past year, I have already picked a pattern for this xmas’ christmas gift.

This will be for my mum, nix the fringie bit on the collar. The pattern is “Folk Jacket” from Plymouth Yarns and is made with Baby Alpaca Dk. This is the first time I will use the yarns that were actually called for in a pattern. Dude! 😉 I wanted to knit a fair isle sweater, but didn’t see one that really suited her & my sister & niece agree that she will dig this one. Besides, there is a little intarsia involved here without so much as to make me insane.

Who knows, if I actually finish this in a decent amount of time I may be able to knit something out of this for someone else.

So, I followed the link to this quiz off Crazy Aunt Purl’s site, cause ya know, I’m fond of the quizzes.

Dude! This one totally pegged me.

Kinda Scary!

ColorQuiz.com I took the free ColorQuiz.com personality test!

“Longs for a tender and sympathetic bond and for a …”

Click here to read the rest of the results.

Okie doke. Here is a post full of pics from this past weekend in Southern California. It was fun & very relaxing. I really didn’t do much, mostly along for the ride while honey was busy with the NAMM convention. I didn’t even hit a single yarn store!! (gasp!)

The pics are all from our little jaunt out to Joshua Tree National Park.. so amazing!!

Yes, the sky was really that blue!

This sign amused me…

The rocks are not from Joshua Tree,
they are from the beach at Carlsbad

Purty beach, purty ocean, purty sunset!

That’s all there really is to say about that. I know, I’m so boring. I didn’t do any of the touristy thangs.. Never went to Knotts, Disneyland, the SD Zoo, LA.. none of it. I enjoy the break though & I got to ride in a convertable with the top down for the first time in my life! Mega-Squee! Totally enjoyed the break from the nasty Michigan weather too, it was mid60s-low70s for the 4 days we were there. yippie!

So, while downloading these pics I noticed there were a bunch of other pics that I had that I haven’t blogged about yet, most of them knitting/holiday/gifty related! I so totally suck! However, the holiday lethargy seems to be finally leaving me & I hope to get back into blogging regularly now.

Really! 🙂

Sorry I’ve been remiss in blogging lately. Much ado about nothing, ya know.

I just, and I do mean just, got back from California. Pics & a brief description will be posted later.

For now… sleep & kittty snuggling!


Now that the holidays are over I can finally post about the gifty for my sis!
From the title you should have guessed it, twas a Gryffindor Scarf.

I got the idea after seeing Denise knitting hers. I used the Prizoner of Azkaban pattern and knit it using Plymouth Encore yarn, which is 75% acrylic & 25% wool. It is very soft and the colors are quite brilliant.

I used size 7 needles, so I only cast on 60sts and did 12 repeats, instead of 14.

As an added touch, I got a wonderful Gryffindor Crest patch from Patch Palace (also recommended by Denise). I was initially thinking of intarsia knitting the crest, but I eventually came to my senses.

Below are my sister’s reaction and the finished product. I am very happy with the finished project, and even happier to know my sister loves it & is the envy of her friends! XD

And, just because I can, Kitty PIC!

Here is my first update. I am so sorry I made you all wait. To all my knit-in pals, I am very very sorry & you all can stop berating me know! 😉

Project: Torgeir from The Viking Collection by Elsebeth Lavold

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Yarn: Debbie Bliss Merino DK in Navy Blue (color #225214)

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Needles Used: US size 4 straight, size 6 circular. Size 6 dpn used as cable needle.

Comments: I am very happy with the way this turned out! I would have to say this is the most ambitious project I have undertaken so far. I had a few pitfalls (learning what the heck “no stitch” meant, making a leap about repeating the chart at row 9 instead of 1, who knew?!) but it all came together in the end. At the very last minute. Even though I had started this thing in August, I didn’t finish knitting it until xmas eve! This led to frantic blocking & sewing.. which I actually finished xmas morning about an hour before we had to leave for my parents house! 🙂

At last, here it is…

Pic of sleeve join.. look how snazy!
Dad opening his gift!

See the surprise in his eyes!!

Here he is modeling it.
Fits perfectly! SQUEE!!

He liked it so much he wore it the rest of the day.

That’s him snuggling with his baby, Smokey
(he’s a keeshond)…
the dog, not my dad.. sheesh!

So, there it is. The happy dance was done and all are satisfied!

More updates to come! XD

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