Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Cliche'


So I think this picture says it all.  In the world of cliches you see a pregnant woman and you expect to see her sitting down knitting something in a soft pink or blue yarn.
Lately I've been feeling like a cliche.  I bring my knitting with me when I pick my daughter up from school, I knit while waiting at dance classes, I knit in the car (when i'm a passenger).  Yesterday, on the Monday of all Mondays, the feeling was particularly strong.

Monday morning:  We woke up late, the school clothes were all in the dryer and due to me putting too many jeans in the dryer all the school shirts were way too damp to wear.  Redrying made us even later.  In my rush out the door, I forgot my phone.  After I make my quick crossing over a local highway, I hear something like a snap although there was nothing I could see in the road.  I finished the drive to school in a rush, hearing a strange sound the whole way.  "Please don't let there be something wrong with the tire and if there is just let me get her to school on time."  We did.  And as we're getting out of the car I hear the lovely hissing of air leaking out of my back tire.  Wonderful!  Being 6 months pregnant, I don't bend down to easily, so one of our friends was kind enough to feel the tire and find a nice bolt sticking out of it, allowing the leak to continue at a slow pace.  Now remember I have no phone, so I can't call my husband to tell him what's going on and if I go completely flat on the way to the tire repair place, i have to phone to call for help.  In comes another friend, who offers to follow me to the tire place.  I get there with no phone, but guess what...my knitting was in my purse.  So I sat down in the waiting room and knocked out another row of my Faroese Shawl by Georgia Druen.  As I'm sitting there, that's when it strikes me.  I am such a cliche...big pregnant lady knitting...all I was missing was the sky blue yarn. (pssst - that picture is not me.)


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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Under Construction

This blog is under construction.  We're sorry for any inconvenience.

I'm working on my items on the right...ideally I'd like to link to some pictures or something...I just have to figure out how to do that.  Oh yeah, and take some pictures!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Finally, the MSDW Trip - The Trip

So I'm finally writing about my trip to Maryland Sheep and Wool...it's only 5 months late.  Once upon a time (early this year) Irishclover suggested we take a BFF trip to the MSDW and go wool shopping and have some girl time.  My wonderful hubby said I should definitely go.  It was close enough to stay at my aunt and uncle's house in DC. 

My uncle, of course, made fun of us for travelling across the country to buy string and couldn't believe that there would be a lot of people there.  The teasing was all in good fun.  So these pictures are for him.  The first picture was taken when we slowed to a crawl 2 miles before our turn.  The second...well...that's about a tenth of the parking lot.



We went to the show both days.  It was a blast!  And we came home with all kinds of goodies which will be seen in a separate post.

My aunt, uncle and cousin were the greatest hosts.  Uncle D took us on his famous night tour of DC, which we aptly renamed "The DC Starbucks Tour."  It was so amazing.  We drove past many of the sites, got out at the White House and of course (my favorite) the Lincoln Memorial.  I think part of it was my pregnant bladder was ready to get out of the car, but I'll use any excuse to see the Lincoln Memorial.  I'm always in awe.  The Starbucks part of it, I'm pretty sure there was one on every other block.

The always awesome Lincoln.

Irishclover and InfiKnitGirl in front of the White House




I don't think we'll be able to make it an annual trip, but we're definitely going to do it again!!  Love you IrishClover!

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Monday, August 30, 2010

A regular blogger?

Did someone say they would blog regularly?  Who me?  Well...once every 5 months is regularly...right?


So here's the scoop...I'm having another baby!  I found out in April and well...having two kids is quite trying and trying to grow another one on top of that is exhausting.  So, my knitting time has been replaced with sleep for most ot the past 5 months.  I've just recently started knitting again.


I know I still have to update you with all the goodies I brought back from MDSW ages ago and all the projects I have planned, but that will have to come at a later date.


Right now, I have been diagnosed with start-itis where I start a project before I've finished another.  So now I have about a thousand unfinished projects that need to be completed some time.  So here's my motivation.  I really want to make this adorable blanket for the baby, but before I can start it, I've promised myself to finish the knitting on 4 open projects:
-A scarf for my aunt
-An all season scarf for me (wearing it to a November wedding)
-My sweater in L'ana Doro that I started in Feb or Jan, and
-some wrist warmers that I was supposed to make for my friend last fall.


I finished the knitting on my aunt's scarf last night and just need to weave in the ends...

Sunday, March 14, 2010

My little models...

So it's been a crazy couple of weeks.  I threw my back out and all I could do was lie down; I couldn't even knit!!  Then Syd got the stomach flu; that was disgusting.  So I'm finally getting back to a point where I can get some knitting done again. 

I've started the left front panel of my Nora Sweater and really need to use the shorter cable.  Unfortunately that cable was being used for two scarfs I was knitting simultaneously for the girls.  So what the heck, I just finished those scarfs tonight.  I bought the yarn at Kirkwood Knittery because I thought it was cute and the girls would enjoy it.  I can't tell you what the yarn is because i have misplaced the label, but it was fun!

Here is what the yarn looked like before it was knitted up.


Here are my girls modeling their new scarfs:








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Thursday, February 25, 2010

A break from our regularly scheduled programming...

As I am still on the 13 inches of stockinette stitch, there is not much to report in knitting news so we'll take a break from our regularly scheduled programming to tell the K10 stories of the week.

MONDAY - K10 Story #1:
So the other night we were putting the girls to bed. As usual as soon and K10's socks were off she was picking lent out of her toes. She does this EVERY time her socks come off and this is often the reason she takes off her socks. Zapamundo asked her what she was picking out of her toes and she quickly said "Shoopoo."  He asked what that was and she looked up at him, smiled, and said "Poop from my shoes!" Then she laughed.

TUESDAY - K10 Story #2:
Kaitlyn's teacher told me that whenever it's time to clean up she says she has to pee pee on the potty and makes herself busy in the bathroom and washes her hands until everyone is done cleaning. The teacher is pretty sure that K10 doesn't actually go pee. She's only 2 1/2!!!

WEDNESDAY - K10 Story #3:
Three minutes into the 7-minute ride home from daycare I looked in my little mirror to see that K10 had taken off her socks and shoes and was picking the sock lint out of her toes, again.

THURSDAY - K10 Story #4:
She picked them again tonight. Trying to get her to say "shoopoo" again, Zapamundo asked what was on her toes and she shook her head and said "who knows"


THURSDAY - K10 Story #5:
Zapamundo offered to unwrap the Hershey's Kiss K10 was having for dessert.  She said, "No my can do it."  She slowly and methodically unwrapped the kiss and when she was done, she said "I did it!  I did it!"  He said to her "You're so smart!" K10 looked up with a smile and really hamming it up said "AND Pretty"

THURSDAY - K10 Story #6:
An hour later she was playing with her leapfrog and said 'My computer doesn't work when my got socks on my hands..."





We will now return you to our regularly scheduled programming.




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Thursday, February 18, 2010

CABLES, BABY!! (aka - TEN for 2010, Part II)

Last week I had every intention of blogging about the start of the KAL, but somehow life got in the way.  So the house was packed; everyone had their gorgeous Lana D'Oro yarns picked out: heathered forest green, deep purple, heathered bluish-gray; Cathy was in town; JK was back.  We all crowded around the tables as we started the back inset.  Casting on, discussing the selvedge stitch and then the excitement (at least for me) of the very first cable!  It looks so cool and it wasn't as difficult as I expected it to be.  It was a little akward at first, dealing with an additional needle, but I really like cables!!

Here's what my inset looked like when I got home from the KAL.

Here's what it looked like after the first repeat.


Here is the finished (unblocked) back inset.

Yay!!  My first cables!!!

Since then, I have cast on the back...12 inches of stockinette stitch to go.  I wonder how many times I'll be picking up one of my other projects during this piece.

In TEN for 2010, Part I, I listed cables as #1 new knitting technique - Check!
I listed knit-in pleats as #2, which will be after the 12 inches...
The other thing I did for the first time with this project was knitting from a chart.  Do you think I can list knitting from a chart as #3?  If so, check!  Let me know what you think!



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Sunday, February 14, 2010

As Promised, Hat Pics


Here are the hats I've made these past 6 weeks.  The first I made for me to go with my winter coat.  I also have a pattern for a pair of gloves and a scarf...they're on hold.  This pattern seemed really strange as I knitted it because you make it like 13 inches long, but then you fold up the bottom like a cuff...works out nice because it keeps my ears warm.  And I can count it as a success because my mom wanted to steal it as soon as she saw it.



The next hat was origninally made for Zapamundo but my gauge was off and it's a little too big so it'll be going to blue-blockers soon.  Sorry Zapamundo!  Thanks for being a good sport and modeling it. 

So a few weeks back I mentioned I was looking for a one-skein accessory to make out of my Lana D'Oro #1036, that would go with my Nora's Sweater.  Well I found this free pattern on Ravelry for Meret, an adorable little beret.


I love it, I've been wearing it everywhere and I just hope it will look adorable with my sweater.



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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

For the love of Hats...

I've never really been a hat person.  I always think I look like a boy when I'm wearing one.  I think it comes from childhood trauma...people thinking I was a boy.  Can you tell I'm over it?  So lately, with the frigid temps, I've been getting a little more used to it.  Although, now I must say I've been converted!  I have knit 3 hats in the last 5 weeks.  I love how fast they knit up and for that reason alone I'm going to have to start wearing them more.  Once I get my camera back I'll add some pics.

Oh and on another note, my knit-along yarn came in today.  YAY!!!!


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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Anxiously Waiting...

So I am anxiously waiting to start my winter knitalong, Nora's Sweater by Pamela Powers.  The yarn should be in this week and the KAL starts in two weeks.  I'm tired of working on my gloves (teeny-tiny sock yarn that I'm not used to working with), I have a project that needs blocking (would rather have needles in my hand), and I just need to knit something to pass the time. 


Well, I've been promising Zapamundo (my husband's villanous alter-ego) that I'd make him a winter hat and I found a great pattern for which I can use the leftover yarn from the college cozies.  It is the turn a square hat by Jared Flood, which is a free download on ravelry.  It was such a quick knit that I think I might make one for my dad too.  I lent my camera to a friend so until I get it back, here's a picture from my phone.


I need to steam the base of the decrease so it will lay a little better.  Then I'll have Zapamundo model it for me.



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Sunday, January 24, 2010

TEN for 2010, Part I

TEN for 2010 is an idea I got from my favorite podcast, Stash and Burn.  Jenny and Nicole were talking about it in their January 5th podcast.  It came from a discussion board in Ravelry's Stash and Burn Groupies group.  Basically the idea was to come with 10 new techniques that you want to learn in 2010.  So let's begin...

No. 1 - Cables.  I have yet to learn how to cable. 
No. 2 - Knitted in pleats.  Now, I don't know if this is considered a technique or not but I'm very curious to see how this is done.

I plan to accomplish these first two with Nora's Sweater by Pamela Powers, which is on the cover of the Winter 2009 Interweave Knits.  We're starting this as a knit-along project on 2/11.  I don't think I'd have the courage to try it otherwise...Margaret promises me I can do it.

I am so excited for this project.  We're going to use Lana D'Oro by Cascade Yarns.  I've picked out #1036 which is this gorgeous deep red.  A week or so after I ordered the yarn, I was going through my stash and discovered that I already had one skein of it that I had received as a give-away at the Stitch n Pitch.  Now, I need to find a one-skein accessory to knit that will go with my sweater.  I'm thinking of some type of hat...hmmm...

More on TEN for 2010, as I think of them.


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Past knitting projects

So, since this is a new blog, let me start out by saying that I'm an accountant, not a writer.  So I apologize upfront for any butchering I do to the English language.  I'm going to use this post to catch you up on past FOs.


This is my latest finished object.  It's the Happy Choices Adult Hat by Plymouth yarn Design Studio.  Of course it's not actually finished in this pic.  (I haven't taken the pictures off my camera yet.)  Notice the buttons on my shoes.  Aren't they awesome?!  The right one, is a little blurry, but it says "Born to Knit."  They're called yarn dots.  I bought them at Bliss Yarns in Brentwood, TN while visiting family over the holidays.



These are felted College Cozies from "Pints and Purls: Portable Projects for the Social Knitter." This is a fun book by Karida Collins & Libby Bruce.  They rate projects by how many adult beverages you can consume and still successfully knit the project.  (IrishClover - don't buy this book.)  I made these for the men in my family this Christmas.  This shows Rams/Blues, Cardinals, and Mizzou.





This Wine Bottle Sweater project is also from Pints and Purls.  I made these for the ladies of the family.  I bought the buttons and Hearthstone Knits.  These are absolutely adorable, but I don't think I'll make anymore of them because the pattern calls for needles that are much smaller than you'd normally use for the yarn.  I think it gave it some stiffness so the sleeves wouldn't just hang down.  But, hey now I can say that I've knit 4 sweaters!


This Spring Bonnet was designed by Georgia Druen.  It was so easy to knit and turned out so adorable and it looks great on the baby.  This was knit in the Summer of 2009 for a friend's baby.  I used the leftover yarn to make the little spiral socks.



I suppose that's it for this post.  I think I'll have another one shortly on a different topic.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Welcome

So I am now infiKnitGirl. I've always wanted to be a superhero, so I just decided to make myself into one.  I want to make a cartoon pic of my superhero alias. 

I am going to attempt to use this to discuss my current knitting projects, maybe I'll even talk about the kiddos.  My last blog had 13 posts in 2006, 1 in 07, 1 in 08 and 1 in 09....Hopefully, this one will do better than that.

Stay tuned for my knitting projects...