Wednesday, January 30, 2008

if the sock fits...

the other night i finished the first of eric's socks. last night he tried it on and it fits PERFECTLY. i am SO excited! that really made my day. he's never had hand-knitted socks before and he said it was amazing. he loved the color, the fit, everything. i can't wait to finish the second one. then i'm going to get started on a pair for me!

i'm running late so i gotta go. later, taters!


Thursday, January 24, 2008

stash busting? nope, more like STASH ADDING this week!

so on saturday i got together with my best friend and her mom for a relaxing afternoon of knitting and crocheting. well as relaxing as it can be with a bunch of kids running around the house. but before that we went to an LYS because i needed some tunisian crochet hooks and the other ladies wanted yarn for various projects etc. this is a great little LYS that's owned by an older lady named mrs. phillips. she sells yarn by the ounce (usually around 30 cents/ounce) and none of it is labeled although i suspect it's mostly red heart acrylic. no worries. acrylic is good for many things so when i need some i usually go there. there are just bins and shelves full of it. it's really quite fun to shop there because the inventory is always different. i try to buy
as much as i can of stuff that i like because next time it's likely to be gone!

anyway, i found my hooks, and was wandering around looking for nothing in particular and this beautiful sport weight yarn called out to me. it's variegated blue green and yellow and is so pretty so i bought about 4 big skeins of that. then i bought some off-white dishcloth cotton, and a little ball of this thin purple yarn (it was only 80 cents and it was the only one i saw like could i leave it all alone?). altogether i spent about $30 but that's because i bought 4 of those crochet hooks at a price of $3.50/apiece! but that's the only LYS in town that i know has them. i hate shopping at jo-ann's because last time i was there they were so rude to my mother that i am boycotting for a while. plus i'd rather shop at mrs phillips' shop because she is SUCH a lovely lady.

okay so that was that. i did work on some stash projects this week though. i worked on the log cabin baby blanket that i'm crocheting, and while i'm working on that i'm using the same yarns to make 3-round granny squares to stitch together for another baby blanket. i knitted on the socks i'm making for eric, as well as that hand towel i'm knitting for my bathroom. that thing is never ending. i want the final size to be 17" x 34" (the same size as my williams-sonoma dish towels that i LOVE) but it's just taking forEVER!

yesterday, i needed a little "retail therapy" so i went to the LYS that is closest to my office and raided their discount bin. SCORE! i was away from my office for 30 mins (that included the drive to the store, the bin raiding and a little browsing and the drive back) -- and spent about $40. i better knit my @ss off this year to justify the spending, yes?

oh well. work is calling so i'd better get back to it.


Monday, January 07, 2008

blanket finally started

as promised i've started the blanket for my friend malissa's baby, who is due to make his/her debut on july 5! i've already crocheted one skein of yarn and started the second...this pattern FLIES! it's really turning out nicely. i think i will also make a matching sweater, hat and/or booties once i've finished. maybe...we'll just have to see how it goes.

i'm nearly finished with sock #1 for the person who doesn't know i'm making socks for him :-) funny thing...over the weekend, i was watching football with said recipient and was knitting the sock. asked him what he thought so far and he said he liked it. yay! with any luck (and time!) i can get #1 finished and #2 started!

also with luck (and time) i can work on that hand towel that seems to be one of those "neverending" projects. i really am looking forward to actually USING it instead of knitting on it forever :-)

that's all for now, folks.


Tuesday, January 01, 2008

already got FOs for 2008!

catnip mice 1
Originally uploaded by mzundercover

so i had this idea to make cat toys for my friend's cats, bruno and obie. aren't these little mice cute? i hope they like 'em!

... this has been a QuietStorm production, dahling ...