Archive for January, 2009

This will be a picture laden post as there is so much I have to share with all of you.  First on Jan. 16th I recieved my AAS degree and it was big accomplishment for me.  There will also be WIP Wednesday pics and discussions of future project plans.  But first, I would like to share with you the wonderful weather I witness when I looked out my patio window this morning.

This started late Monday night with snow then yesterday there was more snow by the evening commute there was sleet and freezing rain and now more snow on top of all of that.  Hurray for me the Dr. couldn’t get out her driveway so we get a day off.

Doesn’t my car look sad?

Now on to my graduation and yes, I’m so very proud of my journey.  The only thing I really missed was my parents not being with me as they went to Missouri to help my brother and his family with their transition into their new jobs.  So here’s some photos.

Here’s the whole class and me smiling away as a classmate makes jokes.

here’s the well deserved degree

That same morning my youngest gir was inspired to create a cap to match her sweater so here’s her effort

This is the start and here’s the finished object

I just wrote out a ribbed pattern and she came back and asked questions and completed this.  She knows the concept of knitting but this is her first completed and wearable project.  I was very proud.   Aren’t my babies cute?

Now onto my WIP pics and future project plans.  I discovered cowls on Ravelry about a month ago and really like to concept and versitility they offer.  So I made the Birthday Cowl in Malabrigo.  I loved it so much that I began knitting up this one also in Malabrigo in Stone Chat purchased from Eat.Sleep.Knit ran by Raveler Knittermonkey otherwise known as Erin the Great!!!!

I will be adding more of these throughout the year for gift giving.   I also was asked to add a trim to a RTW doggie sweater to make it longer for the dog and here’s a pic of that.  I will knit for another quarter inch and bind off.  Being the fearless knitter that I am I thought I could take the ribbed edging off the bottom of this sweater and it turned out pretty good for the first time I’ve ever done this.   I have gained enough confidence with this project to actually want to attempt steeking in the future.

Update on lace knitting, I had spoke about my desire to try lace knitting this year and found a book on Amazon to get me started.

I have been reviewing this book for several weeks trying to narrow down my first project and my interest is leaning towards the Quick Scarf to get my feet wet.

Well I don’t want to spend all day creating this post I want to take advantage of listening to my podcast and getting some knitting done so I’ll be back for FOF in just a few days.    Before I forget,  my plan is to do the Podcast review once a month as I would like to have the time to listen to at least 6 episodes from each featured podcast and if I can there will be feedback from the Show host themselves.  That’s big dreaming but we’ll see what happens.

Hello everyone I want to stay true to my word and continue on with the FOF every week.  My only issue is I have a hard time keep up because of my work schedule but NO EXCUSES in crafting.  I found a pattern Birthday Cowl on Ravelry that I really like developed by a fellow crafter Nova in the Malabrigo Junkies Group on Ravelry .  This project is called Tiger Lily Birthday Cowl after the Malabrigo Worsted weight colorway.   What do you think

I also finally completed my first pattern design.  Honestly it needs to be knitted up in something like a Merino wool in a solid color that would help to define the cabling but I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease.  The cap came out nice but needs changes to the schematics to make a more comfortable cap for an adult.  I will share this with at this stage and as it evovles into something I would eventually like to have tested by other knitters for feedback.

Ok so I’m back with my 2nd  yes….2nd post of the day.  Since I decided to stay on top of the New Year New Plan you will be getting the FOF every week.  So here’s my first installment.  I did the Bamboo Baby Sweater from the One Skein Wonder book.  It was a very nice knitting project and I hope to knit more baby items during this year.  I used Twize’ from SWTC and the colorway is Twink, found the buttons at JoAnn’s in multi-pack of buttons at 50% off.   So here’s the FO for the week.

Welcome to my first official podcast Review post.  I would like to let you know where I came up with this idea.  I discovered podcasts about 2yrs ago and fell in love.  So I listen to the main ones like Lime & Violet which I will do a tribute sometime during this year because they are the greatest but for the first six months I’m on a quest to find new podcast or not so new but they will be new to me.

This Review is for Gouido’s  It’s a Purl Man podcast which I have just recently discovered over on Raverly group  Podcast Junkies, devoted to your favorite podcasts.

Passage from The Show Notes of Episode 57

Jessica Burko (the force behind Boston Handmade) and some of the exhibitors at Boston Handmade Downtown (located here) sit down with me to talk about the holidays and fiber fun. Jen of Blue Alvarez, Lynn of Cozy Cottage Creations, and Sedruola of Sedruola’s Yarn Obsession all have some interesting insight on making stuff for people as gifts and getting through the holiday season.

Conclusion:  I really enjoy the flow of his podcast and will jump on over to iTunes to download all the previous podcasts.  I hope you will do the same and stay tuned for next weeks review.

This is a sweater I’m making for one of the Doctors that I work for who just gave birth on Christmas to a little girl.  This is yarn I’ve had in my stash for about 2 years now.  It’s SWTC Twize in Twink which I’ve discovered on Ravelry is no longer available.   I waited because we didn’t know what she was having.   So for those of you wondering what are those things hanging off the sides of the sweater they are Knit Klips to make semming/finishing projects easier.  They come as a set of 5 at around $7 a pack.  They are very handy and do offer a weight if you are trying to see how a fabric once knitting/crocheted will drape.

This is the booties that will go with the sweater and I have the hat on the needles so we’ll see what’s next.

On Ravelry I’ve joined 2 SWAPS for 2009.  The first is my deep secret love of knitted socks and I found Sock It To Me 3 a 3 month SWAP that you must commit to making at least 1 pair of socks for your partner and send 3 packages.  The next group I joined is one that is really giving to others while getting something in return.  It’s Celebration of Life that ask for you to create a knitted item for expectant mothers and babies at a local shelter or organization in your area and also SWAP a package with your partner.  Both of these are open info SWAPs and that’s so much fun as you get to know them during the time.  I look  forward to getting to know my partners and can’t wait to share my goodies with all of you.

I also signed up for Eat.Sleep.Knit 2009 Yarnathon.  This is a competition with prizes, goals, new friends and most of all excellent customer service.  My goal this year is to make it to the finish line first but this year I want to have the projects completed with the yarn I’ve purchased.

Stay tuned for my Podcast Review on Wednesday and the return to FO Friday will be back with a vengence.




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