Saturday, December 23, 2006

Shame on Me :-(

I am a bad blogger. I've been neglecting this in lieu of my myspace blog. Well, I guess if anybody wants to read about non-craft cack, visit my page: Some of my blogs are public, some are only for my friends, and a few are private.

So, about my crafty crap: I've finished the easy part of Kittyville take 2, I have the ears and earflaps/i-cord to finish. I have many sewing projects waiting to be completed. Actually, I've only cut out the fabric. And, then, the cat chewed on the pattern. So, hopefully I can finish it without that part. I have half of a dishcloth done, still haven't finished the purple bag, and haven't gotten much knit on the booga bag I started way back in August.

I have a month off from work, and I plan on finishing some projects in that time.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Still No FOs

What is wrong with me? I have no motivation to knit. I know that xmas is coming up soon, so one would think that I would get my ass in gear. I forced myself to start a dishcloth last night. I also worked on the felted bag I posted in August. A little bit, like I completed a dozen or so rows of it. I guess it's a start, huh?

Well, I must post a pic of my brand new nephew, who was born Thanksgiving morning. His name is Matthew Kai. I love the name Kai. A couple pics:

Big Yawn

They're so sweet when they're sleeping

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

No New FOs

How about a couple of cute cat and kid pics instead?

I just haven't had time to knit lately. I can't wait for my classes to be finished this semester. I am just swamped with homework. I haven't even finished that purple and lime green bag. Ugh.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

A Few More Completed Sewing Projects

I haven't knit since I moved into the new apartment. I've had too many other projects to work on. This past weekend, I put together a set of bunkbeds and a kitchen table with four chairs. Today was a vacation day for me, but instead of relaxing like I wanted to, I finished two valances. Now none of the windows in my apartment are naked. :-)

The completed valance/curtain combo in my bedroom

The valance I made for the kids' room

The kitchen valance that I made a few weeks ago

A close up of the kids' valance: crayons!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

New Livingroom Pics

Just to make myself feel better, I took some pics of the livingroom I used to blog from and knit in. Then I took pics of my new livingroom, so I could compare them side-by-side. And, guess what? My new place is much cleaner and has less clutter.

Beloved knitting chair in old dark livingroom

Beloved knitting chair in new brighter and cleaner livingroom

The couch with a blanket that doesn't match and annoying pillows I left behind

Pillow and blanket free couch. Yes, I know that wrought iron thing is crooked. *twitches*

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Nothing Craft Related

So, my ex took my daughter this weekend. While they were out and about, they stopped by his friend's farm and picked up pumpkins for the kids. And, he brought me some dang blasted gourds. What in the world am I going to do with three gourds?

I have no idea what that little thing in front of the pumpkins is, but I will most likely toss it out.

Of course, Merlin has to check them out.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

I Have Internet and an FO hore!

I finally have internet access. I called SBC this morning to let them know that I was pissed that I still didn't have a working phone line. The impressive part is that they sent somebody out within two hours. I almost fainted when he pulled into the parking lot and he was there for me! Lol. The line was unhooked at the box. He also fixed the jack that I pulled apart in a (lame) attempt to fix it.

Most importantly, this weekend I sewed without a pattern! I am so proud of myself. It didn't turn out that bad. I am making a valance for it, too. Now, I must go back to Field's to pick up another half yard of the fabric, though. I will post a pic of the finished product when I am done. Here's what it looks like so far:

The valance (not yet finished) is a goldish shiny fabric with black velvet swirls. I think it will go well with my bedroom decor.

Let us not forget the random cat pics:

I think they like the new apartment as much as my kids do. (Please ignore the black trashbag in the corner of the pic, it's full of stuff I need to donate.)

Thursday, October 05, 2006

I Am Almost Finished Unpacking

Yippeeee! However, my landline doesn't work, so I have to blog from work. And, I happened to forget that I can take pics, load them on to the laptop, transfer them to my jumpdrive, and post them at work where I do have internet. Sometimes I just don't think things all the way through. *sigh*

More good news: my kids and cats love the new apartment. I think we actually have more room than we did at what's-his-face's house, but only because there are 3 less people and no big, hairy, drooly dog.

Next week, I will try my hardest to remember to post some pics of the cats and the new apartment. And hopefully by then, I will have finished the purple bag (I bought more lime yarn and have been working on the straps).

Sunday, October 01, 2006

I Freaked Out Today

I thought I lost my cats. (insert a crying emoticon here). They were nowhere to be found. I called them, searched the entire house, and then went to my neighbor's house. She helped me look for them. She and I both thought that my (not anymore) boyfriend let them loose because he hates them. I had the whole block searching for them. I even called him up to yell at him. I called him a liar. Then, forty minutes later, Ciatee finally heard me calling for her, and wandered into the livingroom looking all rumpled like she had been sleeping. UGH.

I felt bad, so I called him and apologized. No pics this entry because my digital camera is at my new apartment and I am not. I took the cats there, though. I don't want them to get lost again. I really freaked out. I will post pics of the new place as soon as I have it set up.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

I Ran Out of Lime Yarn

Damnitall. :( I would post a pic (I have the purple bag all sewn together, but I haven't finished the handles), but it's packed up ready to be moved Sunday afternoon. But here is what is currently on my needles:

Another felted bag. That is not red, it's rose.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Two Sides Done!

Now I just have the pocket to finish knitting. And, of course, it has to be sewn together.

Here's what else I managed to finish this week:

Thank God I learned how to knit. It's keeping me sane.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Forgive me Blog Readers

for I have sinned. It's been 16 days since my last blog entry.

I've been busy. I haven't been knitting much because I have recently discovered how much of an uncaring and unkind asshole my boyfriend can be. Apartment hunting is time consuming, especially since I'm trying to bring both kitties with me. I love Ciatee, who is sitting on my lap as I type this, and my kids love Merlin. The boy calls him his orange kitty.

I also went back to work on the 11th, which is leaving me less and less time to knit. And, to top off a crappy two weeks, my neighbor's son shared his cold with me. So, not only am I adjusting to Lexapro, searching for an apartment, packing, and trying to get my crap in order, I am also doping myself up with cold meds so I can breathe all while trying to catch up on the classwork I slacked off on while I cried over lost love last week.

So, there you have it, my excuses for not blogging. Thursday I start therapy, so hopefully after that I will have no reason to type lame ass excuses for not knitting or blogging.

What's on my needles?

First up, the umbilical cord hat for my new nephew (due to arrive in November). It matches the diaper bag I already gave to my SIL.

Next up is my adapted version of the same diaper bag, in purple.

I have about two inches of the purple bag finished on the needles, but didn't take a picture of it. IRL, the purple in the bag and blue from the hat don't look that similar. This is evidence of my need for a new digicam. I'm adding it to the list. *sigh*

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Another Cat Pic

The other cat in our house is Ciatee. I think I have one or two other pics of her on my blog. She isn't a photo-op cat like her brother, Merlin, but that's probably because she spends a good portion of her day hiding from the kids. I can totally understand why she hides. There are four of them, and if I could hide from them, sometimes I would.

Ciatee has chosen me to be her person. I think that somewhat bothers my boyfriend, who is used to being every cat's favorite person.
Here's where Ciatee often sleeps when she isn't on my lap, like she is right now as I type this:

The bag I usually use for school books

I've caught her a couple of times sleeping INSIDE the bag or in/on my knitting bag. She also likes to nap on the back of my knitting chair. Crazy cat.

Crafty cack:
My wrists have been aching lately. Damned carpal tunnel! As a result, I haven't knit much the past few days. On a positive note, I haven't had to frog the purple bag again. :-P

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Proof That Some Kids Will Sleep Anywhere and a WIP Update

I took this pic the day before my darling little boy took a nosedive off the couch (note, the lack of stitches or scar). :-(( Yes, he is sleeping on a computer chair. He fell asleep watching his favorite show, Spongebob, or as he calls it, "bum-bob".

What am I knitting now? I started another diaper bag. This time I am using grape, the color the pattern calls for, and I have tweaked the pattern to make it the size I want it, which is a little bit smaller. I have so far frogged it three times. Wugh. So, I will post a pic when I'm a little closer to having one whole side finished. So far I only have four rows done. I've frogged at least ten times that.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Time for a couple random cat pictures!

Sometimes I think Merlin thinks he's a person instead of a cat.

What are you looking at?

Just chillin' in the boy's chair!

We Have a Diaper Bag

Even though it's a little bit lopsided, it's cute.



I still haven't figured out how I'm going to line the Neapolitan tote. I have some fabric that is quite a bit lighter than the cocoa color in the tote, so I am not sure if it will work. I've been to several fabric stores in search of a different color fabric with which to line it, but no luck finding anything I like just yet.

Most importantly:
Yesterday really sucked, especially for my son. He took a nosedive off the back of the couch (which, admittedly, he shouldn't have been standing on to begin with) into the coffee table. What happened: my boyfriend's two boys were using the small decorative pillows on the couch to bop each other with, and my little guy wanted in on the action, so he climbed up on the back of the couch (maybe he thought he was going to jump on one of them), and before I could tell him to get down, he had already fallen and was on the floor bleeding. :-(( It happened so fast.

So, after I applied pressure long enough to slow the bleeding from the downpour it started out as, we hopped in the car and took him to Urgent Care where he got three stitches. Poor little guy. He has two black eyes today and his nose is all swollen.

I'm glad that school starts soon for the kids because my son is a walking accident waiting to happen. About a month ago, he had to have his head stapled from falling off of a chair. Just a few days ago, he climbed on the kitty litter bucket and fell on it and ripped his chin open. Sigh. What am I going to do with this boy?

Showing off his Dora bandaid. Note the squirt gun, toy pliers, and recorder stuffed into the waistband of his pants. Pardon the shirt, he just finished eating fries with ketchup.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Sundaes Neapolitan Coconuts

So, as I was knitting this bag, my boyfriend informed me that it looks like those Brach's candies that taste like coconut and are shaped like caramels. He is completely right. It looks just like these.

Before Felting

After Felting
(My son is being a kitty in case you're wondering why he is on all fours.)

I can't believe how much this bag shrunk down. Before felting, it was big enough for my son to use as a sleeping bag, and now it's the perfect size for a knitting tote. I need handles for it; I am probably going to buy the same nylon tape stuff I used for the tote bag I sewed. I am also going to line it and add some interfacing to help it stand up a little better; it's kind of floppy.

I started a diaper bag for my SIL. She's due to have a boy in November. My brother is so excited. I am making them this:

Sorry about the glare, it's a pic of a yarn label

One side is finished

As you can see, I've decided to use Berry Blue instead of Grape. The other color is Limelight. They are both Caron Simply Soft Brites. The pattern was on the label.

Friday, August 11, 2006

My Math Skills Need Some Work

A week or two ago I decided that I needed a new tote to carry my knitting cack around in. So, I designed one using the booga pattern as a starting point. I measured, counted out a striping pattern, and figured that three balls of yarn would do it. Luckily, I bought two balls of the chestnut brown, because I ran out of the first ball on my second brown stripe. (Last week's posting shows why that happened.) This is how far I got with the one ball of petal pink:

It's almost 24 inches long now

need 6 more rows to complete the stripe. :-( So, I call a few yarn stores in my neighborhood, and none of them carry it. One of them doesn't carry Patons Classic Wool at all.

Okay, I'm not freaking out yet.

I decide to just go to Meijer to pick up a ball since that's the first store I found it at (it's the same color that I used in my sil's bag), and figure that while I am there I can also pick up a couple cases of Mt. Dew because it's my boyfriend's drink of choice and on sale there this week. I then get my kids ready for a trip to the yarn store and begin look for my keys.

Meanwhile, my kids are completely clothed (the boy hates wearing clothes) and waiting on my front porch -- actually behaving themselves!! I call my boyfriend to see if he, by some small miracle, left the keys somewhere in the house after he used them yesterday, only to find out that they are in his pocket (he is at work).

So here I am, stuck at home with no car keys, no petal pink Patons Classic Wool, two kids, and an almost finished tote bag. *sigh* On a positive note, my boyfriend is picking the yarn up for me on his way home from work.

Today's lesson: Always grab an extra ball of each color, just in case.

Future WIP:
Despite my prior failed attempt at making the kittyville hat from Stitch n Bitch, I am going to try again. My daughter really wants one, so hopefully it turns out this time. Cross your fingers!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

I'm going to cry

I have no pictures of the Kittyville hat to post because I screwed up the ears on it. Then, I tried to cut one ear off and accidentally cut a hole in the top of the hat. In a fit of rage, I threw the entire hat in the trash. On a positive note, I learned how to seed stitch.

I am trying another felted bag without a pattern. This one is loosely based on the booga bag, with my own striping pattern. I'm still trying to decide what kind of handle it should have. It should be twice (or more) the size of a normal booga bag and will hopefully replace my current "knitting bag", a bag from Bath & Body Works my mom bought me for my birthday two years ago. It was filled with warm vanilla and sugar scented body wash, body butter, lotion, and body spray.

I am using Patons Classic Wool in the following colors: chestnut brown, petal pink, and winter white. As you can see, I haven't gotten to the winter white, yet.

Monday, July 31, 2006

And Yet Another Felted Bag

It's finished. Noro, despite its uneven texture, felts up quite nicely. I had to run it through the hot wash twice, and it's still bigger than the bags I've knit with Patons Classic. This one is mine, unlike most of the felted bags I've knit lately.

Natural light

With flash

Friday, July 28, 2006

My first attempt at an original pattern

I don't think it turned out that bad, either. It's for my SO's niece, whose 6th birthday party is Saturday. I'm going to fill it with girly stuff (hair ties, lip gloss, etc.) before we give it to her.

Before felting

After felting and blocking

This is what is on my needles currently.

A booga made with Noro Kureyon Color 166. Since I took this picture, I've finished the bag and have about a foot of the i-cord completed. I don't really care for the texture of this yarn. It's rough and the thickness varies throughout the skein. Also, the colors (even though all three skeins are from the same dye lot) are different. The green on the bottom of the bag never showed up in the other two skeins of yarn. But, I just had to have a bag made from Noro Kureyon. For my defense, it was on sale - 45% off! I think that from now on, I will stick with Patons Classic wool for felted bags.

I also started the kittyville hat from Stitch n Bitch. I will post a pic when it's finished; it's going very quickly.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

I Love Small Projects!

I finished quite a few of them this week. First up is the umbilical cord hat from SnB. I also knit two more cell phone cozies. My neighbor now owns the lavender and yellow one.

And now for a random cat picture. Merlin thinks he belongs on the table.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

A Rant, My First Trip to My LYS, and an FO

The Joanne’s by my house is the worst place to shop for sewing supplies. The last time I went there, I tried to get help with finding material for a pattern. (I am a novice when it comes to my sewing machine, and I need more help than the average person.) I wandered around aimlessly for a little while, and then found an employee and asked her for assistance. She was less than helpful; in fact, she basically stared at me, blinked a couple of times, then said, “I don’t know; I don’t sew.” Well, then, why the hell are you working in a FABRIC STORE??? From now on, I will drive 20 minutes to Field’s for any fabric/sewing crap that I need. Most of the people who work there wear the clothes they’ve sewn, so I know they aren't fabric-impaired.


Until yesterday, I had never actually been inside a yarn store. I had no idea what I was missing. I thought that the yarn selection at my local Meijer was impressive. Then I found the Knitting Shack. While it’s a somewhat small store, it is packed full of yarn, needles, and other knitting supplies. And, most importantly, the people working there (I assume they owned it) are very friendly and incredibly helpful.

I finished the felted bag I was making for my mom.

Before felting

After felting with camera flash on

In natural light/no flash

Sunday, July 16, 2006

My Weekend Project

I actually started it last night. I was finished with it around 6:30pm. I used variegated Sugar and Cream (I don't remember the colorway and accidentally threw out the label).

A custom fit cozy for my cell phone. I sort of used the pattern from SnB.

Detail of the button

Saturday, July 15, 2006

The Baby Blanket is Finished!

I was getting worried because the baby it's for is due August 4th. I think I started it at the end of April. Granted, I knit several felted bags and a dishcloth while working on it. I will never again knit a sport weight yarn on size 7 circs.

Yes, that's my knitting chair under it.

My kids never miss a chance to pose for a picture. :-)