Monday, April 06, 2009

Finished! Unoriginal Hat

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Here she is. I love this hat. Seriously, I cannot say how great this pattern is. Easy to memorize, easy to read, and easy to adjust for gauge.

I used Malabrigo Worsted in Paris Night. I am now addicted to Malabrigo. I have already purchased 4 skeins of Indigo (I think) with the plan to try to make Tomato with it. First I have two projects to finish up.

Anyway, here are the specs:

Pattern: Unoriginal Hat by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (the Yarn Harlot)
Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted, Paris Night, less than 1 skein
Needles: US8
Mods: I cast on 98 sts to make up for the super bulky weight yarn. I knit an extra repeat of the cables before doing the decreases.

And thus ends my Christmas Knitting Posts. Four months later and I am up to date. Hopefully, I will update more now that I am without employment.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

FINISHED- Cthulhu hat of Blasphemous Warmth

Cthulhu Hat

Isn't it totally sweet? I knit this hat for J over the holidays because I had felted the hat I previously knit him. I got the Cthulhu chart from Ravelry, and just used my Handy Book of Patterns to do the rest. I did a 2x2 ribbing brim, then knit some stockinette, then knit the chart, knit some more stockinette, then did the decreases. J really likes it and I am super happy with how it turned out. And it's my favorite yarn. Cascade 220 in Charcoal and a light grey.


My own pattern for the hat, the chart from here:
Yarn: MC- Cascade 220 Charcoal (84000) CC- Cascade 220 light grey of some sort.
Needles: US7

Additional information: My floats were about perfect. Just a smidgen tight in a couple of places, but not so bad that it puckers. I could knit a million of these hats. (Maybe I should get my new nephew started on the geekery early and knit a baby sized one)

Cthulhu Hat

Thursday, February 26, 2009

FINISHED- Fuzzy Feet Slippers

Fuzzy Feet!

Aren't they cute!


Pattern: Fuzzy Feet (only modified to make the leg longer)
Yarn: Cascade 220 Quatro (would I knit with anything else?)
Needles: US 10, two circular style.

Comments: The Fuzzy Feet pattern is great. It's so well written and easy to follow. I was so happy to get these knit and finish. I was too lazy to do kitchener on the toes, and I should have. I'll remember that for my next pair, which I will probably need by the end of next year, because I am wearing these all the time!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

FINISHED- Stocking Project

Finished Stockings

There they are! All 5 stockings complete with embellishments and ready to fill. From left to right- Turqouise- Mine!, Blue- J, Green- J's Step-dad, Purple- J's sister, Red- J's mom. I really love how they turned out, and I got them done before Christmas!!

Specs: Fuzzy Stockings
Pattern: Modified Fuzzy Feet
Yarn: Cascade 220, Plymouth Galway Worsted (I think)
Just under 1 skein per stocking

I started this project around Thanksgiving 2007, and finished before Thanksgiving 2008. I think they turned out awesome and MIL was very happy with them.

Back To School Vest is Back

This week I finished the 9 Freaking Inches of 2x2 Ribbing and got started on the transition between the ribbing and waffle pattern. I hate ribbing quite a lot, but after doing this mechanical 2x2 ribbing and learning that yes, I now can purl without looking too, I don't hate it quite so much. Now, 1x1 ribbing may be another story.

I've been keeping the ravelry %-complete tracker thingie on the project page updated for this project and I've been trying to find my next project. I was thinking about knitting Baby Norgi from Knitty, but I read some comments about heavy mods to the neck opening in order to get it over the childs head. I'm also not so keen on knitting anything on size 1-3 needles, though I think I need to get over that. One bad experience with a Dale baby ULL baby hat on tiny bamboo needles and I think I'm scarred for life. I think some nice slippery metal needles (oh for shame! I may need to buy some! Addi Lace, here I come) would be a huge improvement for the type of yarn I want to use. If i was using a silk or other slippery yarn I bet the bamboo would have been ace.

In Duke news, he had another seizure this weekend. It was a pretty long one, and really scared me. We're planning to increase his medication and see how loopy it leaves him. In the beginning we had him on 2 pills per day, but after a month he was still having coordination problems, falling off things or not making jumps that he could easily make before. So with the vet's approval (and taking him in for what was probably a light sprain or strain on one of his legs) we reduced him to one pill per day. It was working great, but over the last few months we've noticed evidence of a possible seizure, and now we know for sure that he has had one.

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I'm starting a photography class in March  to learn how to use my new camera. For Christmas J got me a Nikon D60, which is totally awesome (see the above photo of Duke) but I want to really learn how to use it. I can use the basic functions and I have to concept of using the manual settings, I just need to learn how to make them work for what I want out of the photo. I'm sure it is going to be a lot of trial and error too. If you want to see more of the photos I've taken with the D60, check out my Flickr photostream.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Stress and Stress and even more Stress

It's amazing how fast time goes when you are stressed about something. I have been beyond stressed about some things going on in my life, which included a 5-day anxiety attack where I thought I might be having a heart attack. I went to the doctor and got a couple of Rxs, including something for the chronic heartburn I was having. You know it's not good when you wake up in the morning with a bad taste in your mouth from stomach acid making it's way up your throat. eww.

Anyway, in the time I haven't been blogging, I have been knitting.

I've done the following:
Finished the stockings!
Fuzzy Feet for me
Chuthulu Hat for J
Unoriginal Hat for me
Started again on the BTS Vest

I am going to start looking at potential yarn choices for Baby Norgi from Knitty. I am planning to knit that for my nephew's birthday in December. (Why, yes, I do plan to start it in March) I want to practice steeking before I start my next 10 year project... the Ivy League Vest from IK.

We'll see how that goes. I'm hoping to do FO posts for my finished projects over the next couple of weeks.

Monday, November 10, 2008

A tale of two socks on two circs

I finally finished up the last stocking this weekend! I still need to photograph the stockings, felt them, and embellish them a bit before they are 100%, but the knitting portion is DONE. If I had not been so busy with Halloween stuff last week I would have finished them by the deadline. But I didn't work on them, so I didn't make the deadline. But it's done now, and that's all that matters. I'm not going to list them in the Finished Objects until I have the final pictures done and posted. I'll probably post the finished knitting pictures later tonight or tomorrow on Flickr. One funny thing I've noticed about the three stockings I have knit and are ready to felt is the difference in gauge from stocking to stocking. I didn't crunch the numbers, but I probably should. Stocking #3 seems much looser and more floppy if you will. it was knit exclusively on DPNs. Stocking #4, is a little tighter, mostly lengthwise. This one was knit starting on DPNs then switching to Magic Loop. Then Stocking #5 is the tightest of the bunch. Much tighter widthwise. This last one was knit exclusively using the 2 circ method.

Now, I have two projects to choose from. The Doomed to be in School FOREVER vest (or the BTS Vest) and yet ANOTHER pair of fuzzy feet for me to wear as slippers this time. The good news is that the leg won't have to be 9 freaking inches long, so it shouldn't take me too long to knit them. I did the cast on yesterday, and I thought I'd try doing the two socks on two circular needles. I think I hate it. As I knit in the round on DPNs, Magic Loop, or 2 circulars I like to slide stitches around from one "needle" to the other, that way I reduce laddering. It doesn't appear that I can easily do that using the 2 socks on 2 circs method. I'm going to put one of the socks on DPNs until I finish the first one and then I'll knit the second one.

I was going to cast on the vest today at lunch, but I didn't bring my book, so I couldn't remember how many stitches to cast on. Oh well, maybe I'll cast on tonight.

Friday, November 07, 2008

My State Surprises me

I know... All anyone can talk about is the election. I'm pretty excited for the next presidential term, but you can read about that just about anywhere on the 'net. I want to talk about the two Michigan ballot proposals. I was completely blown away that they both passed. And proposal 1- Legalize Medical Marijuana- passed 60% to 40%! It was just completly unexpected that either would pass.

Anyway, enough politics. I'm kinda tired of it now.

No knitting, I've been too busy. Monday was a typical Monday, then Tuesday we voted in the evening and ran some errands, and yesterday I spent most of the evening with my grandparents working on their computer. I installed a PCI Video card and a larger stick of RAM. I only had a couple of minor problems that were easily solved.

I've got another sour dough bread starter going, I'm going to do some more baking this weekend. I think the best decision I made the last time I made bread was to cut one loaf in quarters (short-ways then length-ways) and add butter and garlic powder. Then I froze it in two half-loaves so it could be warmed up in the oven for quick garlic bread. It was so completely awesome the last two weeks when I would make pasta. I'm going to do that again this time, but I am going to put sheets of freezer paper, wax side against the butter, so it doesn't freeze together and it is easier to toast under the broiler. It has got to be better than buying the pre-made frozen garlic bread. I know what the ingredients are in the bread. I may try making garlic butter by melting butter and keeping it warm with a couple crushed cloves of garlic in it. Then I can just brush it on the bread. Oh yum! I wonder what else I can add...

In more baking news, I made the most awesome cupcakes ever, Dolce De Leche Cupcakes. I may be wrong, but I am under the impression that Dolce de Leche is a latin custard like creme brulee, but instead of putting burning sugar on top, the custard is baked on top of a carmel sauce, and once baked is turned over onto a plate. To this end, I started with the Creme Brulee Cupcakes recipe from How to Eat A Cupcake, I did not change the cupcake recipe, only the frosting. I made the Brown Sugar Swiss Meringue Butter Cream Frosting, but after working in the butter I added 1/4 C. of Carmel Ice Cream Syrup. They were PERFECT. The cupcakes in my mind are not super sweet, but the frosting takes care of that. I've never had Dolce de Leche, so I am not sure how it compared to the real thing, but if you like carmel, you'll love the frosting.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Stocking Challenge- FAIL.

Yeah, I didn't make it. I did not knit at all on Thursday or Friday nights. It was work related. I head up the committee that plans morale-booster events. We had planned a party for Halloween, so I spent Thursday night running errands, baking cupcakes, and carving a pumpkin. Then Friday, when it was over, I was exhausted, so I went to bed early. So I didn't "win" my challenge. But, I got further on the stocking than I would have if I hadn't challenged myself.

I am planning to work on it while waiting in line to vote this evening. I'm expecting it to take FOREVER, so I'm going to be prepared with comfortable shoes and easy knitting. We'll see how it goes.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Stocking Challenge- Days Seven, Eight, and Nine

It's not looking good for me. I will have to knit at least 4 inches today in order to get the stocking completed on Friday night. I don't know if it's going to work out that way. I just had a couple of crummy days where I just wanted to zone out in front of the TV. Yesterday I didn't knit a single stitch. But I'm not giving up. Tonight I have cupcakes to bake for work, but I should have plenty of time to get some knitting done and we've got no plans for Friday. We might hand out candy to trick-or-treaters or we will just keep the Reese's Cups and Take 5 bars for ourselves.

No pictures either, thanks to my moping about. Bah.

I am trying to decide what my next project will be. I've got two project that I really want to get done. The first is the back to school vest that is sitting in time out, and the other project is the pair of slippers that I am in desperate need of.

It snowed yesterday. I saw it. Stupid flurries.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Stocking Challenge- Days Four, Five, and Six

Day Four- Don't know how many rows I knit, didn't bother to count. I did get nearly done with the leg of the stocking while at the hockey game. More about that later.

Day Five- Finished the leg, and did the heel and heel flap. woo! More hockey on TV!

Day Six- I didn't knit much, but I got all the stitches picked up and a couple of rows done on the gusset.

It's looking quite likely that I'll "win" the challenge. I'm going to try to get the gusset and a couple of inches of the foot done tonight, then it'll be simple knitting from here on out. I'm planning to take some pictures tonight for posting tomorrow. I was pretty busy this weekend with all the errands, baking and cleaning I did.

Okay, so now that business is complete... The hockey game.

We had a lot of fun, except for one annoyance, the girl sitting behind us. For some reason, the set up of sports arenas are such that all you can hear is the people sitting directly behind you. All I could hear is this girl with her annoying little voice yammering on and on and on, about stuff she obviously had no clue about. Knowing this about stadiums, I try to keep my mouth shut at the games, particularly during play, so as to not bother those sitting in front of me. I keep my comments to a minimum, and try to save in depth conversations to the intermissions and commercial breaks. But it was still a  great game, and we got to see some awesome goals. (Hossa is an amazing player! I was worried when we signed him that he wouldn't live up to the $$$ he was being paid. But hooo! He's changed my mind in the last few games!)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Stocking Challenge- Day Three

Last night I upped my row count to 35, which is just about 6 inches of knitting. I'm planning another couple of inches on the leg before I start working on the heel. I'm going to measure my other two stockings tonight to make sure my stocking (did I mention, this last one is going to be mine?) isn't too much bigger than the others. I'm getting about 6 rows per inch, so at most, probably 12 rows before I start the heel! I should be starting that on Saturday easy! Unfortunately, my weekend is looking pretty full.

Tonight we've got the hockey game, it's the Detroit Red Wings vs. the Atlanta Thrashers. I think V. Kozlov still plays for them. He was one of the famed Russian 5- Red Army in the late '90's. I'll still wear my jersey though. I don't know why, I just have a thing for the smaller, skilled players who wear #13. I think my favorite Red Wing is Pavel Datsyuk, #13. he just does some amazing things on skates. (now, being a woman, I do have the player I think is the cutest, but that's someone else and a topic for another day.)

Saturday, the In-Laws are coming over. J and his Step-Dad (henceforth known as SD) are going to do some woodworking stuff. They're making some cabinet doors for J's late grandmothers home. I'm not sure if J's mom is coming over, or when, but my initial plan for Saturday was to roast a chicken (thanks Knittyboard for the idea!) and bake a loaf of sourdough bread. I told J to invite them for dinner, and all I have to do is through on some red potatoes for Smashed Potatoes (America's Test Kitchen Recipe, with my own twist) and make some frozen corn or peas. I went to Whole Foods and got the chicken on my lunch break. (thank goodness we don't have many people in my office and lots of room in the 'fridge) I figured if I am going to take the time to make something that we are going to eat for several days (and have stock out of the leftover bits) I might as well spend the money on good, humanely raised, no-antibiotics meat. My plan was to make the chicken, eat it for dinner, then bag up the leftovers for Chicken Salad and/or Chicken Pot Pie. Here, have my Chicken Salad recipe:

Mitten Chicken Salad (I just named it! ha!)

Cooked Chicken cut into chunks
Finely Chopped Celery
Finely Chopped Red Onion
Finely Chopped Garlic
Finely Chopped Walnuts or Pecans
Finely Chopped Dried Cherries
Dijon Mustard
Italian Seasoning

Mostly you just combine the items to taste. I typically use a lot of chicken, celery, walnuts, and cherries, and just enough mustard and mayo to hold the ingredients together, without measuring. I don't like mayo much. If I had to guess how much of each item, 1.5 to 2 cups chicken, 2 ribs celery and an equal amount of red onion, 1 clove of garlic, a couple handfuls of the nuts and cherries. Maybe a tablespoon at most of mustard and 1/4 to 1/3 cup mayo.

Nothing is really going on Sunday, just the usual grocery shopping, laundry, and cleaning that we do on the weekends.