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tArA nIcHoLe'S kNiTTiNg BaG

Yet another one of those darn knitting blogs...

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Wavy pics...

I'm in a picture taking mood lately... Anything I guess to keep from having to pack!!!! Last night I noticed that my eldest child, Ahna (actually a kitty... five years old) was checking out momma's knitting.
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She is your stereotypical cat with knitter. I usually let her bat at the yarn (she's chubby... so any exercise she's willing to do is fine by me!) and usually end up with yarn covered in cat slobber. Oh well. A lot of the times she'll lay right on my lap and I'll have to knit around her. Twenty pounds of stubborn cat with a "You pay too much attn to your knitting and not enough to me" attitude is hard to move. Plus I love her!! I hope I can get a picture of her "knitting" with me one day. It'll be frameworthy!
Anyway... So here's another pic of Ahna. She's modeling Wavy.
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Then today I figured I should get some human shots with Wavy so here ya go! It is knit up with some leftover Cascade 220 from a felting project and that's why it has black ends. I love it! I was really nervous about it when I was knitting it but after blocking it turned out perfect. Though it was a pain in the pooper to get the little waves to line up right after blocking it.
This is me and my (youngest human) daughter, Taylor:
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And this is Tay solo:
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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Kinda starting to pack....

I decided to post some pics of stuff today instead of writing a whole bunch. I also cast on a new project!!!!!

This is Wavy blocking: (Notice two little legs on the balance beam! Taylor was practicing...)

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I stopped into the LYS while cal and tay were at gymnastics and it has doubled in size!! They are renting the attic of an old school turned into a cute craft "mall" and they must have bought the place next door so now they have the ENTIRE attic. It's so cute up there. The space was just empty but it just seems so much brighter up there. I bought a plasitc crochet hook for these many stitches I seem to keep dropping and two more balls of purple yarn -Aristocrat heirloom. It's been on sale since forever and have picked up a ball here and there so now I have five - four purple and one pink. I think they would make good pink and purple mittens.
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Callie and taylor got a balance beam for their birthday from Jake. He built it himself. Here they are standing on it but you can't see it. (Trust me... it's there!) Taylor has the scrunched up face.
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This is my favorite picture of my lil squirrels. I'm not sure if I posted it yet or not but they are so cute, who cares!? Taylor is in white, Callie in red. Notice Lizzie McGuire is on tv!!
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Here are some pics from today. Callie wanted to have her picture taken with mommy's knitting and since i wanted a picture of this yarn anyway... This is some fushia LB Homespun that I got at Joann last week on sale for 3.75 ea. They are going to make up a new One button cardigan (cover of Knit.1). I ruined the old one. Turns out when the label says not to iron a yarn... they mean it!!!
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Here's a pic of the knitting I did on it today. It is the official cast on photo. It took me forever and a day to find gauge.. I guess I'm not that good at using a tape measure 20 minutes after waking up beause I used 4 different needle sizes only to use the first one I tried after all. The color is so so so so pretty. It's got little splashes of purple in it and I can't wait to wear it around. Everyone will be so so jealous!!!!

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Last but not least, Callie and Taylor came home from Grammies with an early birthday present: Ruby Red slippers! I wanted a full shot of Taylor with her full get-up on but she ran away before I could get another picuter. She didn't take those darn shoes off all day. She even took a nap in them! Callie says her toe hurts so she didn't want to wear hers. :)
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I talked to Callie and Tay tonight at Pizza Hut and they said it would be ok if I didn't finish those princess sweaters for them, as long as I made them something else really cool. Since they just saw March of the Penguins with grandma Bonnie, I thought I'd make them each a Pasha the penguin (knitty.com)!!!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Should be packing....

I am moving this weekend and i SHOULD be packing... but I've been knitting. I feel the urge to finish some projects first and start the new school year off fresh. I've been updating the progress bars daily and you may be wondering why some are 90+% finished... WELL..... I despise seaming... and two of the sweaters (the disney princess ones) are seamed and blocked... just need the damn embroidery to bring life to their faces. I worked on Ariel a bit today (got most of it seamed up) but... err.... good three hours of my life gone. I hope to god that they don't wear these sweaters to school or anything. I've started them SO SO SO long ago it seems and I keep noticing mistake after mistake. They look so crappy! Maybe I should hide some catnip inside both of them and let the cats have a go at it at night. At least then it's not like I really quit... right??? The cats ruined your sweaters sweeties!!! ugh...

I've got wavy all ready and rarin to go... except I cant get the smell of wet animal out! I washed it in some good smelling gentle shampoo but it still reeks like drowned dead sheep. My mom even turned the AC on more because she thought there was mold or something growing downstairs... no mom.... that's my wool scarf... thanks though.

Belle Epoque is ready to be blocked. I would have blocked it earlier today but I didnt want two wet things lying around. The only problem with this one is that the front ribbing seems really really wide. I don't think blocking will fix it but my sewing machine sure can! Ill just take out a few inches or so along the side of the ribbing. I'll have to bust out the "plastic surgeon" sweater skills!!!

The zip up cardigan is going ok. Its from an issue of Easy knitting... forget which one... and I'm making it with some white icky red heart that I wanted to get rid of. Plus it knits up quick on size 8 needles.

I decided on another project for my "anxiously awaiting needles" list. It's the ballet seed stich wrap that is in the holiday 2004 issue of Easy Knitting. It looks really ugly in the magazine but when I saw it knit up in Libby Baker (designer of Belle Epoque)'s blog (Creazitivity... link in sidebar), I had to knit it. She says it was a pain in the butt but hopefully by the time I get to it, they'll have the bugs up on an errata page. If not, well... I'll just have to figure it out. Whatever doens't kill you only makes you stronger right??

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

buying yarn

I received my Hopeful pattern and have figured that I'll buy the yarn from Knit Picks tomorrow if I don't find anything cheaper than merino style at craftsdirect when I stop there. I doubt I will, but... just in case... I like to support the local shops! ;) If I do buy from Knit Picks, I'm going to shoot for the $30 exactly mark because of the free shipping over $30... otherwise... it's a waste of some good yarn money!!! Anyway... this was the color I am going to buy from knit picks, or search for at the craft store: Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Hopeful


I just purchased the pattern for this sweater - "Hopeful." I haven't received it yet (will be sent within the next 24 hours from This Girl Knits). Go buy the pattern for $5. 120% of the proceeds go to the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. I'm pretty excited. After I order the yarn from knit picks I will then join the KAL that has been started here. I can't wait to get the pattern!!!

On a side note... I really really really wish that I could own every single episode of Knitty Gritty on DVD. Why they do not just do that (they would make lots of money) I do not know... I don't get DIY anymore and have actually NEVER seen a single episode. Poor.... poor..... me... I know.....

Quizilla Quiz Results:

interchangeable
You are interchangeable.Fun, free, and into everything, you've got every
eventuality covered and every opportunity just
has to be taken. Every fiber is wonderful, and
every day is a new beginning. You are good at
so many things, it's amazing, but you can
easily lose your place and forget to show up.
They have row counters for people like you!

What kind of knitting needles are you?
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