Friday, February 27, 2009

Who Says Crime Doesn't Pay???

It frigging does too pay! And here are the pictures to prove it:



Ok it is somewhat of a compromise because it's only a picture of Bean in her hat, and not O in his, but I'll take it. It looks so cute on her! Of course her beautiful face, which is conveniently obscured, makes it look even better. Thank you Bean!
On another note, I will be going away this weekend for a ladies weekend at my sister's lake house up in the Catskills. There will be food, knitting and drinking. Hopefully all simultaneously. I'll bring up the body of my sister's sweater, a hat I'm making for Glenn and some extra stuff in case anyone wants to learn. That was Al's advice and good advice it is.
Just one last thing. I love Amazon. I have a Kindle and swear by it. But I just saw Jeff Bezos on Jon Stewart and that maniacal laugh of his may be enough to make me take him off my bookmarks toolbar. YIKES! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Ransom Note

This note is for one specific person and she knows who she is!

Dear Owner Of A Star Crossed Slouchy Beret,
You know I love you very much. I even really like your boyfriend. That is the reason I made both of you hats. I hoped that, even though there were many miles between us, I could keep you warm during the relatively cold Florida winter and you'd be styling too. Did I ask for monetary remuneration? No. Did I ask for you to name your first born daughter after me? No. (Although that may happen if I ever make you a sweater) All I ask for is a photo of you and O together so I can post it on my blog for the pleasure of myself and my three readers. Hi Megan, Annie and Glenn!

Remember this?
That's right. It's her. The Gretel Hat. When I told you I was knitting, she was the first hat you fell in love with and asked me to make. I told you it had to wait because I didn't know how to make cables. So you patiently waited until I gained the skills to make this beautiful hat. I had actually begun this hat when I realized I had never received the paltry sum I had asked for the two other hats.
So here's the dealio. Either I get the photos via email in the next week or the hat gets it. That's right. I'll be a frogging fool and all that will be left of your hat will be a lil pile of soft, scrumptious yarn on the floor of my bedroom. I will be sad to see her go but I must demand payment for my creative endeavors. I'll be checking my email hourly and if I dont' receive a photo within a week, I will be sending you a photo of a pile of Pastaza yarn and a bill for the hats I made you.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Another Day, Another Hat


Here's the Dublin Beanie made specifically for "big Irish heads." Her words not mine. It's the London Beanie just modified. I have to say this was my favorite hat to knit. I got the yarn from my Craigslist stash. It was 100% merino but I'm not sure of the brand name. It's thick and soft and warm. I did it in less than a day. And the fit? THE FIT??? Perfection! The other hats I've made him fit oddly because the modifications were made by umm...me. I'm thinking I may never be able to knit unless I use a pattern. It really is just great and makes me feel good that I made something so perfect for someone I love.
He put it on yesterday and hasn't taken it off since. Except to shower, sleep and eat. He even wore it out to work today! I'll be scrounging through my stash to make him another one really soon. Now he wants a dark one so I'll have to see what I have buried in my little, or not so little, bag.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

In The Beginning, There Was A Sleeve

Or part of one anyway. Here's the beginning of my Treeline Striped Cardigan.

Yeah no stripes. I don't think my sister is a stripey type and I thought for my first sweater I'd make it as easily as possible so I'm not dissuaded from doing it again. I really like the colors and the feel of the yarn. The only thing I'm having an issue with is the varying thickness, or lack thereof, of the yarn. Al told me it's not a big deal but I'm just hoping it doesn't make it look like a mistake. I'm really enjoying doing it although it does get a tad monotonous at times.
Needless to say I'm doing other things at the same time. I made my husband another beanie but it was too small (see previous entry for clarification) but I'm sure there's another head in this house it will fit. I DID find a pattern that is guaranteed to fit him! It's the Dublin Beanie. The last line on the page is "Enjoy hat that actually fits Big Irish Head! :)" That's my husband to a T!!! So I'm working on that now and hope to have it done by the end of the day.
Apparently the handwarmers are a big success! Oh not with Ms. Connelly, she hasn't gotten them yet. Everyone else wants a pair! Glenn said he wanted a pair, Bean wants a pair and Patch wants a pair! They're an easy knit so that should be fun.
Today I'm going to attempt to go through all my closets and do a yarn round up. I found a woman on Craigslist who is a teacher in Brooklyn looking for yarn. I'm gonna get a bunch together to give to her and free up some space in our closets. I got a lot of the yarn on Craigslist when I was learning how to knit. Most of it is yarn I'd never use but it was useful when I was learning. Just gonna pay it forward now.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Might As Well Face It I'm Addicted To....

Etsy! Yeah that's right. I said it! I love me some Etsy! I am on that site at least five times per day looking at bags, knitting needles, bags, wallets, bags, yarn and oh did I mention bags? I'm not only a yarn ho but a bag ho too. I ordered this yesterday:


Isn't it cute? It's an extra large tote and the seller SugarPlumBaby has some lovely designs for sale. The bag I got for Christmas is lovely but a LITTLE tight for all I carry with me. A day at The Point usually requires two knitting projects, both of my bags of needles (dpns and circular), a book or two, my Kindle, phone, keys, a magazine, my iPod touch and a wallet. Oh did someone say wallet???
How friggin cute is THAT??? I got that from Cucio on Etsy. Could not resist it. It was calling to me. Pick me! Pick me! So...I did.
There are so many creative talented women on that site. I feel the need to shop there instead of say WalMart or Target for somethings. I love the idea of having a one of a kind item for a mere pittance. And I feel it's helping support somoene's creativity. Oh and I get some great stuff out of the deal too!
Ok I have to wrap up this post before Glenn sees the harm I have inflicted on his credit card. Not really though. Both those items up there were less than $60.00. What a great deal! Maybe I should go shop for more! Uh oh..here he comes. Later!


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Handwarmers

Here are the handwarmers for Ms. Connelly! Aren't they cute? Very easy to do on straight needles then sewn together. You can find the pattern here if you'd like to make them also. I used my favorite Pastaza which was leftover from my sister's hat. Didn't even take a full cake and, actually, I could probably make another pair. My son, Glenn, is the hand model here and he liked them so much he asked for a pair! I think that's only the second thing he's asked me to make for him thus far. The other was a beanie. Which I made. Which he then lost. Boys. Sigh.
See how freckley he is? I love his freckles. He doesn't. I hope he doesn't read this because he'll make me take that down. Just like he made me take down his picture on my Facebook page of him in the bathtub with his brother when he was three years old. He said it embarrassed him. He has no idea that the embarrassment has just begun! Muhahahaha

Oh and for your funny bone:

Thank you NatalieDee for making me laugh every day!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Have You Seen This Girl?


I've come across this girl on a few StumbleUpon pages. I decided to find out who she is. Apparently she's the invention of NatalieDee, a talented artist who draws several cartoons. She has a few of this knitting girl who I find very cute and charming. If you follow the link, you'll see more of her cartoons and merchandise she has for sale. Hope you like her as much as I do! Also, if you happen to know her can you ask her to make a canvas tote with one of her cartoons on it so I can tote my knitting around with one of her cool cartoons on it? Thanks!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

A Facelift!

As you can see, my blog as gotten a facelift! I have been looking for a knitting/crafting blog template I could use, to no avail. I swear I think there's only one out there that has anything at all to do with knitting. Megs had hers done and recommended that I use Sharnee at AcornGlue. I contacted her not even a week ago and we went over a few design ideas and she sent this to me last night! Isn't it just adorable? I love it. She's sweet and talented and has a brand new set of twin boys to contend with while doing this. If you're in the market for a makeover for your blog, please go have a lookie loo at her site. She does great work.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

My First Sweater

I've decided that I'm ready to make a sweater. I am making this for my sister in Florida. Yes a sweater for a Floridian. She's always cold. Don't ask.
I've chosen the Treeline Striped Cardigan by The Purl Bee. I'm going to make some changes to the pattern though. I know..what nerve I have changing a pattern on a garment I've never made before! Al will be helping me though cuz I'm clueless. First off, it won't be striped but solid. The ribbing will all be a pretty mocha brown Manos I got from the Craigslist haul. Then the rest will be an off white color. Very plain and, hopefully, simple. I've already begun a cuff on, my faves!, dpns. So far, so good. There will be a few things I'll be learning on this pattern like button holes, kf&b and sewing a whole garment together. Just to name a few.
I've been looking at photos on blogs about this sweater and the one consistant thing is that everyone loves the stripes. And here I am making it without the stripes. I hope I'm not making a mistake in this aspect of it. I like it because it's easy and simple. I know my sister will like it for the same reasons. Well it's only time and wool, right?
Oh and if you know my sister please don't tell her about this. It's a surprise. I'm not worried about her reading it here because she doesn't have internet. I tell her it's time to move into the new millennium but she's not having it. Oh well. Better for me..this way I can post about her sweater and she'll never know!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Thank God It's Friday


Anyone else remember this movie? From what I remember it was a stinker but the music was great.
Well today is Friday and usually that's not a big deal but this Friday marks the beginning of Winter Recess for the boys. They're off next week. I was told that this mid-winter torture errrr vacation was started in the 70s to save oil when gas/oil prices skyrocketed to over a dollar a gallon. Imagine that!
I don't think much knitting will be done but I sure will try. I have not yet begun the Gretel hat but that will be attempted next week. Then I THINK I'm going to try my first foray into sweater making. I'm nervous but I know I'll have some great people guiding me along the way. Oh also my blog is getting a makeover! The lovely and talented Sharnee, over at Acorn Glue is making me a new face for my blog. I'm very excited! She does some great work so go give her a lookie loo.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

I Lied

Yes. I lied. It DOES end. The scarf that would not end, ended. Finally! I know I kvetched and moaned but I finally finished it yesterday. Here ya go:


Isn't it lovely? I can't believe how much I like it after two hate filled weeks. It'a very dense and soft and warm. I'm tempted to keep it but I know it's going to someone who will really like it and take care of it. As much as I like it, I don't think I'll be doing another one anytime soon.
I also finished a child's version of Stella's Hat for a little girl in my building.
Now I'm working on a pair of handwarmers for another teacher. I think that will be the end of my teacher knitting. After that I'm onto a Gretel hat (Yes, Bean, for you) by Ysolda. I purchased the pattern, about $4.50, a while back and have been saving it as a reward to myself for finishing the formerly named scarf from hell.
Speaking of Ysolda. I read, on her blog, that she's going to be coming to the US specifically the NYC area in the near future. I hope she does a class of some sort because I love her work and I'd be there in a hearbeat!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Wordle

See the little pink box on the right? That's a really cool blog widget called Wordle. Megan made that one for me. If you go to Wordle and type in your blog address it will choose words from your blog and make a neat looking little widget for your blog. It can be customized by changing colors, fonts or even words if you so choose. I thought it was cute and just wanted to share. I need a tshirt that says "Shares Well With Others"

Monday, February 9, 2009

It Is The Scarf That Would Not End


It just goes on and on, my friends!
I've been working on this scarf since I was about ten years old. Or so it seems. It's been a few weeks but it seems like FOREVER. It's now to the point where I've put other things aside just to get it done. It's absolutely beautiful really but the time invested is overwhelming. I don't know if I should put it aside for a bit and work on other things so it doesn't seem so tedious or should I keep plowing on excluding all other projects just to get this done?
When I feel this way I try to think of the person I'm making it for. Glenn's teacher, Ms. Chisolm, who is amazing. She truly GETS him and is so good and kind to him. Glenn goes to a private school for kids with "issues" (social and emotional) and he doesn't usually get along with his teachers but Ms. Chisolm is special and wonderful and we're so happy and grateful that he's in her class. That's what keeps me plowing on. If I were rich, I'd send her a big ole check since teachers are unbelievably underpaid. Since I'm not rich, a scarf made with love and admiration, ok and a bit of frustration, that will keep her very warm, will have to suffice.
Ok well back to cabling. Then I have to find a project for Ms. Connelly. From what Glenn says she's pretty awesome too. I guess I should count my blessings because my son has such great teachers instead of kvetching about being in a bit of a rut. One thing I CAN tell you. Ms. Connelly's getting a hat.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Happy Birthday To Me!

Ok ok it's not my birthday until August (mark that on your calendar now please) but with all these lovely cakes of yarn, I couldn't resist a resounding chorus of a birthday song. Here you go:

That's my $100 investment I got on Craigslist. Oodles of really nice yarn. Some of it is a little old and was a little felted together but a tug or two got it undone. I had to throw out about one full cake's worth of yarn but it was a small price to pay for all this yarn! Most of it is Manos, some of it Pastelas I think it's called and some of it is hand painted yarn. All really soft if a little musty. The cone on the left is cotton. Not sure what I'm going to make with it. In the foreground on the right I'd like to do a Baby Surprise Jacket. I think there may be a surprise or two in there for family and friends. And NO NOT YOU BEANA! I already have your yarn so nyah!
I have to thank my darling husband for having the patience to help me because I'm a doofus. I haven't had much practice winding yarn and he took the time to get everything up on the swift while I just worked out my winding arm. Yay Glenn! Well you know he's got patience being married to me.
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

SCORE!!!!

I was perusing Craigslist, as I have a tendency to do, and I came across an ad selling yarn. Not just any old yarn but Manos del Uruguay yarn. It was approximately $600 worth of this lovely yarn and he was looking for the best offer. So...I made him an offer he couldn't refuse. Told him I wanted to see it first and if it was to my liking, that I'd buy it from him and asked him to send me a photo. I called my friend Al and asked if she wanted to go in on it with me and she said sure if it's good stuff. Then he sent me this:

Now we just had to check the quality of it. (This is starting to remind me of my checkered past in the '70s). We met him at my local Starbucks. I have to give the man kudos..he showed up in a snowstorm with two huge suitcases and a smile on his face to boot. Al and I looked it over and felt it up, looked at each other and said "SOLD!" Al was smart enough to bring two huge canvas bags that managed to hold everything. We schlepped it to my house and divied it up and still have some leftover to donate to a school knitting program. There were also loads of needles that we'll donate. See the cream colored Manos on the left? That, along with one of the browns, is going to be a sweater for my sister. She's in Florida and always cold. She needs a sweater. It will be my first but I know with Al and the girls at The Point, I'll be fine. I think. I've even picked out a pattern I really like so I'm almost all ready to go!
There's so much yarn here that I'm sure lots of great warm goodies will come from this purchase. I can't wait to get started!


Sunday, February 1, 2009

Reading Is FUNdamental


I love books. I love knitting. So obviously my favorites are knitting books these days. Over the last eight or so months I've acquired close to twenty knitting books from Knitting for Dummies to various pattern books like the ones above. My sistah from another mistah, Meg, sent these to me for Christmas. I love these books! The hats are really funky and are all knit from the top down which I haven't done yet. The socks are fun and cool although I haven't attempted any socks yet. I have a couple of things I'm doing right now then I think I'm gonna try a hat from this book with my Pastaza. After I do my niece's Gretel hat. Hopefully. Then I think I will attempt socks. I'm a lil skeered but I think it's about time to give it a go. OH also I'm making one of my sister's a cardigan. She lives in Florida and needs a sweater. She's always cold. Whoda thunk it?