Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Knitting Group KAL

My local knitting group decided to do a KAL for the month of January. We decided on the February Lady Sweater! We picked that sweater so we'd have enough time finish it before the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Fest in February the weekend before Valentine's Day. I've knit this sweater before so I had a little experience to help everyone else along. Here's a WIP pic....

Project Bags

Yep. I'm a bag whore. I love handbags, shoulder bags, project bags, hobo bags, knitting bags, farmer's market bags. I have alot of stuff and love to cram it into some sort of bag. Here's a few of my favorites....

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Feb Lady Sweater

My knitting group is doing a KAL: The February Lady Sweater!!! This is the 2nd time I've knit this sweater and I have changed the pattern just a little bit to make it more flattering/interesting for me to wear and knit. I did 3 rows of garter to start off with and then a St st yoke. I'm also changing the eyelet increase portion to a M1. So far, so good! I'm also working on my January socks for my Self-Imposed Sock Club as the Yarn Harlot did last year. I'm using sock yarn I already have and pairing it up with patterns I already own or free patterns. I want to knit down my sock yarn stash which has gotten out of control lately and crack open some of these books I've bought over the last year but made nothing out of. January's sock is the Monkey Sock by Cookie A and I'm knitting it in Knit Picks Stroll tonal colorway Gypsy with is a pretty deep, almost blood red. I hope this works out; between the sweater and the sock, I'm not sure I'll be done by the end of January. Wish me luck!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Coffee Sleeves, anyone???

I spent most of yesterday afternoon knitting (I finished my cowl!!!), sewing coffee cup sleeves and just enjoying the day. I used scraps of fabric I had lying around for the sleeves; jeans and some weird skull fabric I'm not even sure where I got it from.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


I finished a pair of Bella's Mittens! It's a pair of mittens that are based on the ones that Bella wears in the movie Twilight. I thought the movie was just so-so (as well as the book) so I'm no Twihard by any means but I thought the mittens would be oh so warm and stylish! I also did a cowl; another pattern I stumbled upon on Ravelry. I used Louet Riverstone Chunky in the color Neptune on size US 8 needles. Easy peezy lemon squeezy. :)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Secret Pal Questionnaire

Here is the questionnaire for SP6. Please be sure to post it in a spot on your blog where your pal can easily find it. Since your pal will use this to help create your packages you’ll want to have it posted to your blog.

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely not like? I like 100% wool b/c I like to felt and I knit alot of socks so....sock yarn. There's not much I don't like but I don't often knit with chunky or bulky weight yarns.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? I have different vases around my house with my straight needles in them and folders/cases for my circ's.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I've been knitting for a few years and would consider myself an intermediate knitter.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Yep in the sidebar.

5. What’s your favorite scent? I like alot of sweet smells like vanilla, sandalwood, spices, etc.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? Chocolate and cashews and chocolate and caramel.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? I don't spin but I do crochet a little, sew a bit (I'm a beginner there) and bake/cook.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) I like POP music and yes I can play MP3's and I have an iPod.

9. What’s your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can’t stand? Fave colors are pink, purple, red and black. The only colors I really dont care for are earth tones.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? I have a spouse, a 9 year old daughter and a 2 year old bichon frise.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? Yes to all 4!!!

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? Socks and hats!

13. What are you knitting right now? Another Central Park Hoodie

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? OH YEAAAA!!!

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? Circs and bamboo/wood are my fave!

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? Yes to both.

17. How old is your oldest UFO? Ummm almost 3 years old.

18. What is your favorite holiday? What winter holiday do you observe? My fave holiday would have to be Forth of July and we celebrate Christmas @ my house.

19. Is there anything that you collect? Hello Kitty swag.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? I read Interweave and Vogue but I really like Knit Simple. I have a wishlist of patterns I like on Ravelry too.

21. Are there any new techniques you’d like to learn? Steeking!

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? Yep....I wear a size 10 ladies shoe.

23. When is your birthday? Dec 4th

24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what’s your ID? Sinnomen1977

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