Friday, January 30, 2009

January 2009 finished objects

Who doesn't love finished objects!? :-)

First washcloth of the year. It was a lot of fun to knit. I ran out of varigated yarn at the very end though ... It's called "round cotton washcloth" (ravelry link) I would definitely make this one again.

My very first pair of Monkey's. Also my first time knitting on two circs. That was an experience, lol. But I think I like knitting on two circs because I don't have to worry about DS running up to me and poking an eye out or something.

When DS seen me making a pair of socks he kept asking if I would make him a pair of socks. I promised him I would. As soon as I finished the monkey's I pulled out some aran weight yarn and made him a pair. He wants green socks so tomorrow I will kettle dye them and post a picture as soon as they dry. He is just thrilled with them so far though. He put them on his feet right away and was showing them off to dad and grandma.

I'm bummed I never got to work on Serendipity at all this month. I looked at it once or twice though ... Maybe next month ...

This has been a pretty rough month for me. I'm happy to have gotten what I did done though.

On another note. I ordered a spinning wheel. I'm thrilled to bits. It's a Kromski Minstrel.

I ordered it from Copper Moose. So far I'm real happy with customer service. I have received my niddy noddy and TWO POUNDS of corridale fiber. I love that the fiber is natural so I can play around with dyes.

The plan for next month is the "Hedera's" that I started earlier this month but ripped. And I haven't decided on a washcloth pattern yet.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Book ~ Twilight book 1

After a bunch of my online buddies read this book I decided I had better jump on the bandwagon and give it a read (or listen in my case).

Twilight is a book that I didn't think I would get into very much since I'm not much of a fan of vampires and the like. Then I remembered what a scifi geek I am and that I loved watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and one of my favorite movies is Underworld. I did read "Interview with a Vampire" and see the movie way back when.

For those who live in a closet: This is a story about a girl who exiled herself from her beloved hometown of Pheonix to live in Forks, Washington with her father. Her mother remarried to a baseball player and wanted to travel with him. Bella, the main character falls in love with Edward, a vampire, and naturally bad things happen and he rescues her over and over. I wouldn't necessarily say that they live happily ever after at the end of the book but if you didn't have an inkling as to what was gonna happen in the later books you do feel a bit of sadness and longing. Oh to be young and in love. :-) You feel everything so much more passionately and I can certainly see how this book appeals to young girls.

I have to agree with some people that the writing was a bit loose and long-winded. I listened to the first 4 discs or so listening to long descriptions and not a whole lot happening. However, lol, once something finally got going I was hooked.

It took me a while to actually listen to the book though. Probably close to 6 weeks. And after a bit I started listening to it again from the beginning because I knew I had missed minute details.

I am looking forward to listening to the next books. I am (naturally) swept up into the story and have tons of Twilight things in my Ravelry cue. Will I ever knit any of it. Hard to say, lol.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

First switch up of the year

Apparently I need someone to hold my hand when I read a pattern, lol. Anywho, I frogged my Hedera, which is not as painful as I thought it would be. I will make that sock pattern another month. I love LOVE how it was looking in a deep red color.

Instead I'm gonna make a pair of Monkey socks. Frankly I've heard so much about this pattern that I've been kind of anxious to try my hand at them.

I'm still anxiously awaiting my order of circular needles from I am so stoked about trying to knit on two circulars.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

January knitting projects ...

This month I am going to make a pair of Hedera socks, a round washcloth (Ravelry link), work on Serendipity and if I finish the the socks and washcloth I will start either a hat (pattern tbd) or Blowsey ruffles scarf from The Inside Loop. I already have the yarn picked out for the scarf. I fully expect Serendipity to last me through the whole year. I have definitaly learned that I cannot keep up with a mystery KAL. So I may not participate in one again. Too much stuff happened when Serendipity started and now I feel so behind everyone else.

I also want to start spinning again this month. It's gonna be a matter of finding time for everything. ... But I'm never going to improve on my spinning if I don't do it.

Now it's time to come clean on the Hedera's. I already am half done with the first sock. Last night I finished decreasing the gusset. Now I can just knit around and around for however long. Would be pretty cool if I got it done by the end of the weekend though. But I'm not gonna push it. I slipped the sock on last night and it fits pretty good so far.

Happy new year!

Happy new year every body. This is what I did this morning:

Don't they look delish? What better way to celebrate the new year then to make carmel apples.

And I talk about this but I don't think many people believe me when I say that my cat loves oranges. However, the little princess will only eat them if you hold them for her. And she will hound you until you give her a piece. This was from last night.

Not much planned for the day. The temps are actually above zero. However, the wind is strong so the windchill is much cooler. This sure has been some cold winter so far.