Friday, March 28, 2008

...On to sock two

One sock down, one sock to go

The only thing I've been reading lately is the April 2008 issue of Elle magazine and looking at the new Patternworks book that just came in the mail yesterday. There are a few sweaters that I want to make from that book.

I started on the second sock already and am itching to buy some new sock yarn. I've been eyeing the socks that rock website for a while now, and i just might have to go ahead and grab some. I still have almost a whole ball left from the boyfriend socks that i made my hunny....but the color is just to drap for spring....even though it snowed last night here ...i want vibrant colored socks and socks that rock definitely have vibrant colors.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Sock for Me

I'm almost finished with my first sock for me...yeah. i'm a little further along than the pic below, i'm actually working on the cuff now. It's a pretty plain sock except for two cables, one on each of the front panel. I know it looks a little long, but i have long narrow feet, so it fits me perfectly and that's what is important. I like the yarn because of it squishiness, but its short on yardage, 2 skeins =338 yards.

I haven't been doing any new book reading, my hunny is sick with a cold and so I've been taking care of him and trying not to get sick myself. Book money went to buying lots of cold medicine, orange juice and chicken noodle soup. I guess i could go to the local library, but I like buying books so i can keep them and take as long as i need to read them.

My Hunny's bday is coming up at the end of April and i have to think of something nice for him. I know I'm going to make him a bday cake but I got to get hime something else too.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Reading and Knitting

I finished reading "The Devil Wears Prada" and now I can say that I ended up liking the book more that I originally thought I would. I've been inspired by the ladies in the Ebony elite sistahfriend knitters group on Ravelry in the 'what are you reading' forum to make my next book read either "Wicked" or "The Kite Runner". Since I've heard good things about both books I'll be heading to the bookstore on Friday.

My favorite book of all time is The Bible....but second would be "Hinds' Feet on High Place" by Hannah Hurnard. This book is very uplifting. This was my G-Ma Hale's ( who passed away this past November) favorite book and she made me read it when I was in high school and I've loved it ever since. Since then, both my mother and my aunt have read it and loved it.

On the Knitting front I've been working on a simple two cable sock for myself (pics below). I'm ripping the Hedera I started to make these socks..the pattern + the yarn was a bit too busy for I'm considering buying some solid color sock yarn and starting the hedera again.

I need to start on something for my mother, aunt and g-ma for mother's day. I figure if i start now, I'll get three projects done by then...we will see. Maybe I'll sew something instead with some needle point...hmmm.... maybe.

please forgive the blurring cellphone pics.

Monday, March 10, 2008

What's In A Name

What "Nelly" Means
You are very open. You communicate well, and you connect with other people easily.
You are a naturally creative person. Ideas just flow from your mind.
A true chameleon, you are many things at different points in your life. You are very adaptable.

You are truly an original person. You have amazing ideas, and the power to carry them out.
Success comes rather easily for you... especially in business and academia.
Some people find you to be selfish and a bit overbearing. You're a strong person.

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.
You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.
You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.
You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.
Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.

Charlie Love

I'm feeling in the sewing mood, and since I've yet to open my sewing machine I received for Christmas I feel the need to sew. I was looking for a beginners pattern that I think would be easy and not take too much fabric. So I went to the Burda Style website and found the pattern for a "Charlie bag". Here is a pic of the original bag below

While it looks a little plain, that's why I like it. I have seen some really nice ones made with the same pattern on the burdastyle website (pics below) that I really like.

this one was made by flowerhead

and this one by Ute

The print of fabric you choose definitely makes this to find some pretty fabric.

On the knitting front, I started a sock for myself since I finally finished my hunny's socks (which I will take a pic of soon). I'm using the zitron lifestyles yarn that I originally started a Hedera for myself for this new sock. I decided that since I ran out of yarn for the first sock and since the pattern was busy and the yarn was busy that I'd start a simpler toe up sock, it is coming along pretty well.

My hunny wants me to make him the Urban Aran sweater that brooklyntweed made famous by cardiganizing. I gotta get a copy of Patons Street Smart book #500989 so I can start his sweater.
I've heard of the sweater curse, but I'm gonna make it for him anyway..because he asked, and he's soooo good to me. If I start now, it will be ready for next fall...hopefully!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008


I picked up the book 'The Devil Wears Prada" by Lauren Weisberger to read during my recoup from having all four of my wisdom teeth taken out. I didn't feel like much reading then, so lately i picked it back up and started reading it again...and i have to say that I think that in this case this maybe a rarity where the movie was better than the book. Not saying that the book is bad..but in comparison the movie is much more attention holding. I'm almost half way through the book, and while I will finish it, it's not as captivating as the movie was (if your the type of person like me who loves the movie).

I've just recently decided to start reading for leisure again as I've only recently had time to do such. So in addition to knitting content I'll try to pepper m y posts with some books that I'll be reading (or re-reading). I know I'll have to do a post on my favorite books of all time soon.

As for knitting, I'm still ripping the bind-off for my hunny's socks, I need to finish that this week. he keeps making comments about me finishing everybody else stuff but his and i want him to be happy and wearing his socks. My best friend is having a baby and that means baby knits....she's not due till august, but i want to make this adorable fish blanket that i saw on Ravelry, so i need to start buying the yarn now so it will actually be done by the time she or he gets here.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

FO:Chunky Cabled Hat

Another FO for me...2008 is gonna be my year!
Start: February 29
Finished: March 1
Pattern: Unorignial Hat 
Yarn: Malabrigo Chunky in Saphire magenta

I looooooooove this yarn people!! it is truly as wonderful as people say it is. The coloring in this colorway is more pink than the original purple that it looked in the hank, but i like it anyway. I live in Michigan and so I still have plenty of time to wear this hat. The edge looks a little funny, but it will definitely do for a nice warm winter hat.  The pattern makes a hat that is long enough to cover your ears, which is nice, but i could have started my crown decreases a couple rows earlier so it wouldn't sit so hight at the top, besides that the pattern was cool.

I've also finished the leslouch i made for my aunt and will post pics and details as soon as I block it. 

Now I have to go back to housework, cleaning and laundry for me and maybe a little playing with my sewing machine and playing with some felting....if the felting project works out, i'll post about in another post. have a wonderful weekend.