Monday, December 22, 2008

Done!

Yes, that's right, I'm done. With the Christmas knitting that is. I'm sad to say I must pack all of my knitting paraphernalia up tomorrow. :( It's all got to be ready to go into the U-Haul on Saturday.

We're spending tomorrow packing the last of our things. Then Wednesday we are traveling to spend Christmas with the hub's family. We will pick up the U-Haul while there on Friday. Get the rest of our things from his mother's house loaded and come back here. Then spend all day Saturday loading the truck and possibly driving to our new home. Although, I think we may be too tired to manage that. So we may go up on Sunday and unload the truck.

Man, I'm tired just typing it out!

I hope everyone has a nice Christmas. If you don't celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a nice time, doing whatever it is you do.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Are you a Jackie or a Marilyn?


Thank you, Mad Men! And Brocante Home!

I am...


You Are an Ingrid!

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You are an Ingrid -- "I am unique"

Ingrids have sensitive feelings and are warm and perceptive.

How to Get Along with Me
  • * Give me plenty of compliments. They mean a lot to me.
  • * Be a supportive friend or partner. Help me to learn to love and value myself.
  • * Respect me for my special gifts of intuition and vision.
  • * Though I don't always want to be cheered up when I'm feeling melancholy, I sometimes like to have someone lighten me up a little.
  • * Don't tell me I'm too sensitive or that I'm overreacting!

What I Like About Being an Ingrid
  • * my ability to find meaning in life and to experience feeling at a deep level
  • * my ability to establish warm connections with people
  • * admiring what is noble, truthful, and beautiful in life
  • * my creativity, intuition, and sense of humor
  • * being unique and being seen as unique by others
  • * having aesthetic sensibilities
  • * being able to easily pick up the feelings of people around me

What's Hard About Being an Ingrid
  • * experiencing dark moods of emptiness and despair
  • * feelings of self-hatred and shame; believing I don't deserve to be loved
  • * feeling guilty when I disappoint people
  • * feeling hurt or attacked when someone misundertands me
  • * expecting too much from myself and life
  • * fearing being abandoned
  • * obsessing over resentments
  • * longing for what I don't have

Ingrids as Children Often
  • * have active imaginations: play creatively alone or organize playmates in original games
  • * are very sensitive
  • * feel that they don't fit in
  • * believe they are missing something that other people have
  • * attach themselves to idealized teachers, heroes, artists, etc.
  • * become antiauthoritarian or rebellious when criticized or not understood
  • * feel lonely or abandoned (perhaps as a result of a death or their parents' divorce)

Ingrids as Parents
  • * help their children become who they really are
  • * support their children's creativity and originality
  • * are good at helping their children get in touch with their feelings
  • * are sometimes overly critical or overly protective
  • * are usually very good with children if not too self-absorbed

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Yeah, so...umm

Christmas knitting is sort of limping along. I've finished my mom and step-dad. Oh and the hubs, can't forget him. I am half way finished with my brother's gift. I bought one for his girlfriend. I won't be able get anything done for my mother-in-law, brother-in-law, grandmother-in-law or even my own grandmother. Maybe I'll just buy her something. She's like me, she's all about the useful gifts. I'll snoop around and see what she needs.

Speaking of useful gifts. I was at my mom's and saw a tv commercial. It was about a man buying his wife a vacuum cleaner for Christmas. So she sent him to the dog house. It was kind of like prison in the dog house. It was a really stupid commercial for a jewelry store, of course. Because obviously your wife won't love you unless you spend hundreds, or even thousands (gasp) of dollars on a piece of jewelry. I know this phenonmenon is real, after having worked in a jewelry store, especially at Christmas. It is utterly ridiculous to me. Really, how many diamond rings and necklaces does one woman need? I guess I'm in a minority these days. I'd rather have a washing machine. I can do without a dryer, there are these things called clothes lines...

My husband knows that I'd much rather have a useful gift as opposed to something frivolous. He did buy me jewelry, from the family business of course, in the beginning. In fact I only had one necklace and one ring before we dated each other. I'm not really that into jewelry, I guess. Now he asks what I need. What I'd love to have for, well for ever, is a pressure canner. There is a brand, that I can't think of right now, sold at the co-op in Romney. It does not have a gasket. It is milled so that it seals itself without one. So, with proper care it could concieveably last forever! Amazing!!!!!!

The amount of commercialism and "buy, Buy, BUY!" that has crept into this season just makes me sad. This is supposed to be a time of joy and celebration. Not a time of stress and amassing enormous amounts of debt to buy things. I'm not going to wax poetic or anything like that. Phew! Just caught myself! I am just hoping that more people remeber the true meaning behind this season and take a step back from the other things. Take time to love on your family. Give an old friend a call just to say hi. Send a letter to a pen pal. Enjoy your Christmas.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Finito

I finished the second sock! The hubs now has his very own pair of hand knit socks. I'm so glad he likes them. He said they are so awesome he'll need six other pairs. One for each day of the week. ;) He said he's got a sweater I can take apart if I need yarn. Haha
Someone has been looking up knitting on the intrawebs. I've never told him you can take apart sweaters to reuse the yarn. He's a smart cookie, that one.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

News and Nonsense

I've put sock #2 on hold for the moment. I've decided to make something for our friend Bob, for Christmas. I affectionately call Bob, Mike's Ambassador of Quam. He is, good things seem to happen for Mike if Bob is invloved. For example, most recently Bob helped Mike get his new teaching job. I don't think Mike has ever enjoyed a job so much. So, in thanks I am making something for Bob. I know he will like it. Even though he makes fun of me for knitting. It's like when you're in first grade and a boy will hit you if he likes you. He teases, because he secretly likes this sort of thing. Bob is all about traditions and old fashioned things. So, I KNOW he likes my knitting.

We will be moving to the town where the school is, over Christmas break. So, I have a million things to do. None of which include sitting here, updating my blog. Silly me.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sweet!

It fits! It fits! It fits!

He said,"This is the most perfect fitting sock I've ever worn in my life!"

Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

And so

I have finished sock number one. Well, almost. I have to graft the toe. I'm waiting for the hubs to try it on first. He's out of town. I don't want to go to all the trouble of grafting, if I have to turn around and rip it back out. I've enjoyed this pattern. It was easy, but not boring. That's always good. I got most of it knit at Thanksgiving dinner. Yeah, it pays to invite yourself to someone else's house and not cook. LOL

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Yes!

They are a hit so far. The hubs likes the pattern and so, I'll keep trucking along with sock number 1.

I'm taking the knitting along to Thanksgiving Dinner. Of course I am, who am I kidding. I'm not cooking and I plan to sit in the corner somewhere anyway...so...knit I will.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. Don't forget to be thankful.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Finally!

I think I finally found a sock pattern for the hubs. Phew! I was beginning to worry I would have design something myself. I'm really not ready to attempt that.

I'm trying the Globe Trotter socks. I hope they work. They look awesome in the pics, so here's to hoping.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Sense and Sensibility

I may not have ever told you this before, but...I like to sew as well as knit. In fact I'm totally in love with the patterns from Sense and Sensibility.
They are amazing and her tutorials are so helpful. Jennie has just started a line of e-patterns. How wonderful is that? You can find them here.

I am attempting to make a Regency Period dress,(think Pride and Prejudice) but the pattern I bought is difficult and not fitting together properly. So, one day in my internet travels I came across Jennie's site. One day I hope to make all of her dresses.

Check out her site, I'm sure you'll love it. If you are as much of a dorky history buff as I am, that is.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Frustration

I have been, for months, trying to find a suitable sock pattern for my husband. I have found nothing that works. I don't have the nerve to try to design my own pattern yet. Although I feel I may have to do just that. It's not like he has enormous feet and tiny little chicken legs or huge legs and small feet. He's got normal feet and legs. So why won't the socks fit? Gah!

I've also been trying to work on Christmas presents. I have one finished. One, out of I can't remember how many. Sigh. I need to get to work.

Oh and one other thing. Melissa is the Devil. She made another Knit Picks order and asked if I wanted anything. OF COURSE! The Devil. LOL

Friday, October 24, 2008

Progress

I finished the back of Cassidy! It really looks good. I'm surprised. What? You thought I had unbelievable confidence in my knitting skills...right. I'm shocked, it looks like Melissa knitted it. I told you she was amazing, right. She is. For real.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Working away

I know it's been a while since my last post. I've been busy.
I'm working away at Cassidy. I was all excited and gung ho about starting it. So I jumped right in. I made such a huge mistake! It's the first time I've used charts and the first time I've made cables. I didn't read the chart correctly at all. I thought there was a mistake in the pattern. There wasn't, I just can't read. So, I ripped it all back to the ribbing. Then I had to have Melissa help me. She uses charts all the time. She suggested I write out on paper what I was supposed to do, in the correct order. There are six different charts in this pattern. So, I took some graph paper and enlarged the charts. Now I can actually see what they are supposed to be. It's really easy to memorize, now that I know the proper sequence.
I need to measure, but I think I have about 8 of the 14 inches of the back panel made. I am totally in love with this yarn. Knit Picks Shine worsted. It is so amazingly soft. I'll definitely make more things with it. I'll get picks up soon.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Anticipation

My long anticipated birthday present arrived yesterday. I was so excited! The mail man stopped me as I walked to work to tell me that he had a package for me. I didn't have time to take it back to my apartment, so I took it to work with me. My co-worker wanted to see it...So I had to pull out all of the yarn so she could ooo and ah over it. I must say, I love, love, LOVE Knitpicks Shine. It is the softest most cuddly yarn I've ever felt. I'm so glad that I decided to make the Cassidy sweater with it. I hope I can do it properly so that it becomes my favorite sweater ever!

I'm almost finished with a pair of fingerless gloves for my step-dad. They are for Christmas, but I'll give them to him early for deer season. If I can manage to squeeze it in before then I want to make him a balaclava also. It gets mighty cold up on that mountain sitting in a tree stand. ;)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

I bit the bullet

I decided which project to order yarn for. I was a little hesitant, because it was a lot of money. Well, it seemed like a lot to me. I decided on Cassidy it looks great and from other people's comments doesn't seem too hard. My dh even said he loves it. He said, go for it, you'll do a great job and look fantastic in it. I hope so. Oh, then he said, "Congratulations, your birthday present is lumber." You should have seen the look on my face. That made no sense to me at all! He explained that it was like giving me lumber, becuase it was a raw material to make a final product with. Oh, I gotcha! My brain was too fogged up with thoughts of yarn and still swiming in the Indain food.
I've been dying for some Indian food for months! We promised each other that's what we would do for our birthdays. His was two weeks ago, but we didn't go then because his mother came for a visit and took us out to eat somewhere else. So, I had to wait until my birthday to have it. Definitely worth the wait.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Birthday Lists

My birthday is on Monday, and my kind, sweet, wonderful hubby said I could order things from Knitpicks...
That's right, I get to buy knitterly things! How incredible is it that he supports my habit? He knows I'm addicted and he enables it. :0 The problem is I can't decide what to get. I have a couple things picked out for sure, but...I don't know what yarn to get. I went through all the patterns in my ravelry queue and added up the yardages and cost of different types of yarn for each one. I'd like to make another sweater. I just can't decide which one! Maybe I should just order a ton of sock yarn and wear out my obsession with socks for a while. I just can't make up my mind. ~sigh~

Monday, September 29, 2008

Frogged!

I seriously hated that sock pattern. I got all the way to the end of the heel and realized that it was wrong side out. I followed the pattern exactly, it was labelded wrong. Dang it! So, since I hated it so much...I frogged it. I'm on the lookout for another men's sock pattern now. I'm not sure I'm ready to try designing one myself. So, he'll have to wait. Maybe he'll get them for Christmas.

Speaking of Christmas, I have the list of things I intend to make. Now I need supplies and a schedule. If I don't write it all down, I'll never remember. So, wish me luck.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

I don't Wanna

Did you ever start a project and hate it? I have. It sucks. I'm supposed to be working on a pair of socks for the hubs. He picked out the pattern and I hate it! Don't tell him though. I think he thinks that I'm taking my time because I need a break. If I had actually liked this pattern I could have had both socks finished by now. As it is, I've only just started the heel on the first one. Granted, I did have to rip it out and start over. It was actually too big for him. I still don't like the pattern. It's sort of like a basket weave but not quite. It certainly is not a pleasure to knit. I don't like that feeling. I thoroughly enjoy knitting. Just not right now.

I know what you're thinking, just hurry up and get them done. Then they will be out of the way. I know, I just can't. I can barely bring myself to pick them up. Sad, isn't it?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Finished Product Pics


Close up of the lace panel.

Close up of the sleeve.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Sweater

I finished it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I finished it on Monday night at knitting group. I'm so excited. I need to block it. The bottom hem wants to roll up a little bit. Pics coming soon, I swear.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Nutkin 1 001


Nutkin 1 001
Originally uploaded by tiffibug

Nutkin 1 002


Nutkin 1 002
Originally uploaded by tiffibug

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Nutkin

I did go to the Morgantown knitting group last night. It was fun. The cheesecake was amazing. I finished the second Nutkin sock last night. I'll get pics posted as soon as the hubs sends them to me.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sweetheart Cardigan

So, I think I'm becoming more like Melissa. I got bored with the last little bit of Nutkin, all I have left is the toe, but I cast on something else. This time it is the Sweetheart Cardigan by Laura Brown. I'm making it for my niece Abigail for Christmas. I actually did a gauge swatch and needed to go up two needle sizes. My tension must be incredibly tight.
Speaking of Melissa...she keeps inviting me to go to the Morgantown knitting group. I think I'll actually go with her tonight. I haven't been to that one yet. She says I'll know a couple of people from the Fairmont group. I should give her a call.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Nutkin

I finished sock number 1 last night. I was surprised at the heel and toe she used in this pattern. The other socks I have made used a heel flap where you go back and pick up stitches for the gusset. This one was much different. It was interesting and more fun since there were no stitches to pick up. The toe was made the same way as the heel. So there was no grafting, no kitchener stich. Although I have just mastered it. This was the first time I did a three needle bind off as well. I'm not sure wich I like better 3 needle or kitchener stitch.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Dream Job

I've come to the realization that my dream job would be to work in a yarn shop. I could get paid for playing with yarn and knitting all day! That would be totally awesome! Too bad the yarn stores around here are all fully employed or not busy enough for more help. Dang it.

Friday, September 5, 2008

More Substitutions

I've started another sock pattern. This one is Nutkin by Beth LaPensee. It is top down, I haven't attempted toe up socks yet. The thing I find most interesting about this pattern is the cuff. You actually make a cuff at the top, instead of just having your cast on edge showing. I really like it. The pattern was easy to memorize, so I could knit this while at work without fear of losing my place if I had to wait on a customer.
I started off with the size 1s it called for, but my tension was too tight. I couldn't get my foot in the cuff. So I frogged it and started over with size 2s. Now it fits! I'm on the last repeat of the pattern for the leg. Then I'll be ready for the heel.
Oh, I'm using Patons Kroy sock yarn in Gentry Grey, it's a dark charcoal grey. Very nice, although kinda splity.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Sweater Pics




As you can see I ran out of yarn again, but I will get the last skein I need on Thursday.

Monkey Sock Pics






They were too small for my cousin Judy, so my Aunt Daphanne claimed them instead. They were such a hit that Daphanne and my cousin Melissa put in orders for more!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Family Weekend

I spent the weekend camping with family at my step-dad's farm. I hadn't seen some of them in a few years, namely my Uncle Jon and his family. Jon is only six years older than I am. We were buddies when we were little. He taught me how to play basketball, he was a HUGE fan of Michael Jordan. He also taught me how to crack my knuckles. Weird huh? It was the cool thing to do on our school bus, he wanted me to be cool too. So he taught me to crack my knuckles. He's got the cutest kids. They look like little clones, not his offspring. They are all just as sweet as he is.

My cousin Judy came up with her new baby. He was only 5 days old! Matthew, is his name, and he was so incredibly tiny. She said he weighed 6lbs 6ozs, but I think he was smaller. My hand was bigger than he was!

I got to spend lots of time loving on my nieces, Hannah and Abigail. Hannah is 3 and Abby just turned one last week. They both have my brother Jimmy's orange red hair, although Hannah looks like my mini-me. Abby looks just like Jimmy. Hannah wants to read, she's trying desperately to figure it out on her own. She sat by herself for over an hour "reading" books. She will read to you. She'll put her little finger on the page and move it along the words as she tells you the story. It is too much! I wished I lived closer to her, I'd teach her to read. Abby is very funny. She thinks it is hilarious when she sneezes. Every time she sneezes she cracks up. She would go to different people, but turn back to me and want me to take her back. She especially liked to do that to Pawpaw, my stepdad. Every time she would come back to me she'd say, "Ha, ha, ha!" Very funny.

I had a pretty good time. I'm glad I went, but man am I sore. I slept on a lumpy, lopsided cot next to Hannah. Half the night she would be lying across me, or her knees were in my back. I'm glad to be home and to get to sleep in my own bed. Oh, and I'm glad for indoor plumbing. I've had it with outhouses for a while.

Getting Closer

For the last couple of days I have been camping at the farm. So of course I took my knitting. I finished the body and one sleeve of the sweater. I started the next sleeve, but am going to run out of yarn again. I stopped at Castaway Saturday morning, but they decided to close for the whole weekend to observe the holiday. I wish I had known that on Thursday evening. I would have bought extra yarn then.

I also made a stop at A.C. Moore, since I was traveling past it. I bought size 4 dpns and a 29 inch circular to do the sleeves on the sweater. Plus I got some Patton's Kroy sock yarn and size 2 dpns. So, now I will have the proper size needles for the Hedera and Monkey sock patterns.

I'll take some pics and get them posted.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Sweater progress

I have made a good bit of progress. I bought two more skeins of yarn at Castaway Thursday evening. I am down to the bottom of the sweater, past the waist shaping. I tried it on again last night. I think I'll add at least 5 more rounds. I have a long torso, so I have to lengthen this a bit. Then I'll be ready to do the purl ridges. I think I'm going to buy one more skein of yarn and size 4 circulars and dpns to do the sleeves.
I've also decided to make them 3/4 length sleeves. The pattern gives directions for short or long sleeves. I think I'll go in between.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Substitute Project

So, that's what I call it when I have to stop in the middle of one project and start something else. I have had to put the sweater on hold until I can get more yarn. So I pulled some of my stashed wool and have started making a hat. I have a pattern for a rolled brim felted hat. I've always wanted to have one, so I'll just make one. It's ok, I'd rather be working on my sweater though. My fingers are just itching for it.
~Sigh~ Yes, I'm obsessed.

New Baby

My cousin Judy, to whom I bequeath the Monkey socks, had her baby on Monday. His name is Matthew. He weighed 6lbs 6ozs. I haven't seen him yet, but I will this weekend. They are both doing well and are out of the hospital. Boy they get you right in and out these days don't they?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

On Hold

So, my sweater is on hold for a few days. I ran out of yarn. Dang it! I have to wait until Thursday for knitting group. My LYS is only open Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I was so excited yesterday. I put the sweater onto some waste yarn to try it on...
It fits! It looks good! I'm making a sweater!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ahh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ok, enough, right? I'm just beside myself. Making my own sweaters was the entire reason I learned to knit in the first place. Seriously, sweaters are my favorite clothing article. I love them. Especially Argyle. I love Argyle socks too. Someday I hope to have enough skill to make something Argyle.

I was at a party last weekend. I had my knitting, simply because I hadn't taken it out of my purse. I get a little, no, a lot, shy in a group of people I don't know. Sometimes people think I'm being snotty. But as Mr. Darcy put it, "I have not the skill that some posses of conversing easily with strangers." Or something to that effect. I got pretty nervous with all those people that I didn't know around me. So I pulled out my knitting, it is a fantastic stress reliever for me. Our friend Bob, who was hosting the party kept making fun of me. He said it was like crack. He knows women who have been so addicted to knitting it was like they were hooked on heroin. Um, yeah. I know. I told him to just wait until I make him a fabulous fisherman's sweater. That'll shut him up. He said he'd love one, and wear it with pride.

What is it with men saying they'll wear things with pride? My husband said that about the Monkey socks. Do they think I'd make them wear things to shame them? Yeah, wear it in shame, punk. Whatever.

Monday, August 25, 2008

I have begun knitting the Simple Knitted Bodice by Stefanie Japel
it is great. I am enjoying it very much. So far I am down to the lace panel on the body. I'm pretty excited. This is my first attempt at a sweater, for myself. So far, so good!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Another One bites the Dust

Yep, I finished Monkey! Two pairs of socks in less than a week. That has to be a record for me. I don't think I've ever knit anything so fast before. I have enough of the Sockotta left, that I'm going to make a pair of socks for my niece, Hannah. She's only 3, so I should have plenty of yarn left. There is at least half of a ball.
They won't be her favorite color, purple, but I think she'll like them just the same. She loved the sweater I made for her last Christmas.
I've decided to gift the Monkeys to my cousin Judy. She is about to give birth, any day now...and I haven't made her anything for the baby. I think she may like to have something for herself instead. Since everyone else will be getting gifts for the baby. I know, these can be her push present!
Pictures coming soon.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Monkey Sock

I have just finished the first sock. I really can't believe how quickly this pattern knits. It looked so complicated in the pictures, but really was easy. I'll post pics when I get the hub unit to take them. He is a pro, so his photos look much better than mine. Plus his fancy schmancy expensive camera takes way better pics than mine does.

Night all.

Since this will mostly be my knitting blog, I should probably blog about my knitting.
Yesterday I cast on the first Monkey sock, by Cookie A.
I actually knit a gauge swatch, I never do that. I got gauge with the size 2 dpns she called for, but I only have a set of 4, I need 5 for the pattern. So, what's a girl to do? Hmm, go up a size, to the needles that I actually have in a set of 5. SO my Monkey socks are being knit on size 3 dpns.
I am in love with the yarn I'm using it is Plymouth Yarns Sockotta. It is variegated with white/blue/green/brown/yellow. I'm sure there is a pattern to the color striping, I just haven't taken the time to figure it out. The gauge swatch looked like a fair isle pattern.
I'm done all the way to the heel flap, I'm ready to do the gusset. I can't believe how quickly this is knitting up.

Hedera & Monkie


Hedera & Monkie
Originally uploaded by tiffibug
Monkie had to fight the sock. It needed it's butt kicked.

Hedera


Hedera
Originally uploaded by tiffibug
This is Hedera by Cookie A. of Knitty.com.

First Post


Giving this a shot. I'm switching over from another blog site. Please bear with me as I figure this one out.

So, as you may have guessed, by the title, I like to knit. Like doesn't accurately describe how I feel about it. It's a bit of an obsession. I can't stop. I'm currently knitting my second pair of socks, this week. Let's see if I can post pics from flickr...
Ok, just figured out how to do it.