Friday, February 29, 2008

I've Jumped On the Bandwagon!


Since it seems that everywhere I look on Ravelry, someone is knitting the Central Park Hoodie, I decided to try it out. Knitting Daily was selling the pattern with upsizes for the bigger girls; up to a size 60" chest measurement. I'm knitting that size. (Pics to come later.) There are 963 projects going on right now including mine. I like the look of the sweater and I've never knit a cardi before. I'm using Paton's Classic Merino yarn for a few reasons:

1. It's cheap. I wanted to make this hoodie in as close to the recommended yarn as possible so I choose wool. I just hope I finish it before it gets too warm to wear wool although it should be okay to wear in the fall/winter this year if I don't. Erie doesnt start warming up until nearly May so I have time. I plan to wear it as a jacket/layer in the spring/fall/winter, etc so I'm thinking to myself it will get plenty of wear.

2. The wool is easy to get my hands on. I've bought as much as I think I'll need (7 skeins) in the same dye lot from the big box craft store so even if I should need a ball or two more, it won't be hard to get. I was able to start right away with swatching and casting on the back panel b/c I already had some of this in my stash. That's right....not only am I making this beautiful hoodie for myself but I'm STASHBUSTING @ the same time! (Go ahead and clap. I'll wait. LOL)

3. This wool comes in about a million dfferent colors. I choose a light to medium color green; it's called Leaf and thats exactly what it looks like.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Knit Picks Order

Knit Picks Order
Originally uploaded by Sinnomen1977
Check out all the goodies I picked up from Knit Picks. I have the sweetest person in the world who loves me and let me go hog wild with the credit card!!! 2 different color sock yarns. One is a sky-blue with tweed-y colors throughout and the other is a teal-y color (it's hard to tell from the pics) but both are beautiful. Also, I got 2 pairs of size US 2 16-inch so I can try socks on 2 circs! And also....drum roll please....THE KNIT PICKS OPTIONS HARMONEY SET OF INTERCHANGABLE NEEDLES!!! If you have been living under a rock and havent heard of these needles, check them out here....

Friday, February 15, 2008

Sewing, Yarn, and Lil Miss Hooker

Originally uploaded by Sinnomen1977
I worked on my daughters Hannah Montana blanket from Christmas yesterday evening. The instructions are pretty simple; you cut the edges of the blanket into little stripes and then tie these stripes together for fringe. I didn't like how that looked so I did a simple zigzag stitch all the way around.

I also picked up some very pretty Easter/Springtime colored sock yarn from the Cultured Purl. It's Yellowstone by Lorna's Laces.

And speaking of Cultured Purl, my sweetie gave me a $100 gift cert to the Cultured Purl for V-Day and a box of chocolate covered strawberries! Isn't that the best gift EVER!!!???

On another note....I went shopping for my 6 year old and this is what I found in the little girls panty aisle.

hooker panties

Little girls hipster panties, bikini's and thongs. For 6 year olds?! I'm sorry, did I accidently step into the Lil Miss Hooker section of K-Mart??!!!

Friday, February 8, 2008

I'm on a roll!!!

Originally uploaded by Sinnomen1977
Here's yet another FO! This is the sushi wallet. It comes in a kit from PickUp Sticks. The kit comes with all the yarn you need to make the wallet, a zipper you sew in, and it comes package in a little plastic tray just like sushi! I added the i-cord strap for wearing around the wrist. I bought it on eBay with some other yarns I needed. At least it's supposed to look like sushi. Looks a little bit like fried eggs to me. The kit comes in another color (marroon and white). It's basically a felted wallet/change purse. I plan to carry small knitting objects in it like cable needles, stitch markers, etc. This is also the first thing I've felted in my front load washer. I thought it would make a big mess opening the washers door but nope.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Holy Fingerless Gloves Batman!

fingerless gloves
Originally uploaded by Sinnomen1977
Check out the sweet fingerless gloves my By My Valentine 08 swap buddy sent me along with a arm load of other goodies!

I also finished the Sushi Wallet (by Pickup Sticks) tonight. Tomarrow we felt!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

The FO's Just Keep Rolling In!

Here's another FO for you all to enjoy! These are the Celery Eating Monkey socks! The yarn is Tofutsies and the color reminded me of celery, hence the name. I been working on these for about a month. That seems to be my time frame. It takes me about a month give or take to finish a pair. I wonder if I could actually finish 12 pairs in one year? I'd better cast on a new pair!

Another wonderful thing was waiting for me on the porch today. The swap box my buddy sent me for the Be My Valentine '08 arrived today! And it was FULL to the brim of goodies! Some beautiful pink Lorna's Laces sock yarn, a Starbucks gift card, fingerless mitts, some BEAUTIFUL Malibrigo (sp?), lots of candies, and a very pretty picture frame. Thank you so much Secret Pal-er! I loved it! (And no....I couldn't wait until Valentine's Day to open it!)

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The Valentine's Day Sweater

Originally uploaded by Sinnomen1977
Check out a recent FO! This sweater is a Mason-Dixon sweater; it's on Ravelry, too. It's called The Perfect Sweater it certainly is. If you are not a fan of MILES AND MILES of St st, you might want to skip this one. It did take me about 3 months to finish; it was supposed to be for Christmas. Since it is still -3 here in Erie, I think my sweetie will get alot of wear out of it.

I kinda screwed up when I picked up the stitches for the seed stitch coller and had to rip back. I love the color and yarn. I used Red Heart soft because my babe is allergic to wool so I had to use acrylic. I think I'll make myself one too....maybe in cotton with no sleeves or cap sleeves for spring/summer.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Football vs Knitting

Apparently, theres some sort of big football game going on today. So instead of hanging out around the house waiting for something interesting to happen (as if...) I went down to the Cultured Purl for a Super Bowl Party!

I really love shopping in this store mostly because the ladies that run it are so nice and knowledgeable. I have yet to take a class with them (lord knows I need a finishing class) but only because I havent had the extra time. They carry alot of wonderful yarns, both high-end stuff and more economical things too. And they also have....drum roll please....NORO SOCK YARN!!! YAY!!!

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