Saturday, November 29, 2008

As November Comes to an End...

Things are extremely hectic for everyone this time of year, and it is no different for me. Thanksgiving dinners, birthdays, Christmas.....I have had one heck of a year filled with death, separation from my husband (after 8 months, we decided to try and work things out), and losing all of my girlie parts...I for one will be extremely happy to see then end of 2008!

On the bright side, I have been one knitting fool! I have gotten so much knitting accomplished and that makes me one happy woman! I have mastered knitting two socks on two circular needles (wooo-hooo!), gotten two more pairs of socks made, a hand-towel that started out as a dishcloth from this pattern, but I modified by lengthening it, adding some stripes and some eyelet lace stitches (a birthday present for a friend who's bathroom is decorated with frogs), a hat from this pattern, made using Stylecraft Carousel Double Knitting yarn in the Lilac Hue colorway. I loved it so much, that I am almost done with another one using I Love This Yarn in Pink for my best friend. I am also working on this hooded scarf by Lion Brand in Caron Simply Soft Eco in Lilac Bud for my mom....and I still have so much more to do!

Hopefully I will be getting a new camera this week and if I do I'll be sure to post pics.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

I love being able to share good things....

..and if you have read any of my previous posts, you know that I don't recommend any blogs and/or websites that I don't absolutely love myself. Well, I have indeed found yet another blog that I am head over heels in love with. I never cease to learn something wonderful with every post at this one. Are you interested? Should I share, or keep it all to myself? Hehehe....ok, you talked me into it!
You have to check out the nester here:

I am sure you will want to visit her awhile!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

OMGoodness, I don't believe it...

I won, I won, I won!!!
I have never won anything in my wouldn't believe how excited I am!
Just what has caused all of this excitement?
Check it out HERE. Thank you so much Jo-Lynne, Chic Critique, and Moroccanoil™...I am totally stoked!

Along with free stuff and great patterns, you know what else I love???

Yup..quotes, and here's a good one...

"The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat."-Lily Tomlin

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Do you love free stuff???

I definitely love free stuff!
Today's post is gonna be short and sweet, I really just wanted to share a couple of free things with you.

First off, I found the easiest ribbed hat! This would be a perfect pattern for someone learning to knit in the round, but it is just as perfect for a quick knit gift, which is what I personally made it for.
Grab the free pattern HERE. It really turned out quite nicely.

Secondly, ever wonder what to do with all of that leftover turkey from Thanksgiving? Well, Victoria Smith over at Auction Girl Vintage has compiled a great 42 page cookbook that can help you out with that! Just click HERE to go to her post and get the download!

So glad you stopped by to visit!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Busy, busy, busy...

Things are going good here, just extremely busy. The boys lessons are a bit involved right now and I am knitting like crazy to get Christmas presents done. I have been meaning to post my (un)pattern for the house socks that I have been making....I promise I will get it typed sometime soon. My guys absolutely love them! Wayne continually tells me that they are the most comfortable socks he has ever worn and that he wants a pair in just about every color and he wants some short, some medium, some, my guys sure are gonna keep me busy!

What are you guys doing? Are you making alot of your Christmas presents? I would LOVE to hear all about it!


Thursday, November 6, 2008

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Go Vote!

Yup, it's that time.
I am getting dressed, eating breakfast, gathering a knitting project and I'm off to vote....
Are you????

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Pics and (Un)Patterns...The Kitty Ears and Tail

Yeah, I totally suck for not posting these sooner. I have just been so unmotivated lately to do anything BUT knit, lol and knit I did! I have made a black cat tail, and matching ears for Damon's Halloween costume, a pair of house socks for Jeremy as well as a pair for my darling hubby, and have even started on a pair to send to a friend of mine in Texas, and I am working on a scarf for my best friend that will match her house socks.

Ok, are you ready for the pics???

Didn't he make a handsome kitty??? His little girlfriend was a kitty as well...boy did they look cute!

Ok, now here's the (un)patterns for these:
**called an (un)pattern, because I am not yet a real pattern writer. You must have some knitting knowledge to go on, but this is really just basics. I hope that you can make heads or ears and tails out of this!

Yarn used: Caron Simply Soft in Black
Yarn Bee Luscious in Parfait/#54
Needles: US Size 6
Darning needle
Also needed: FiberFill

Kitty Tail
Cast on 30 sts, with black yarn.
Knit in the round until tail is as long as you would like it (this will vary depending on the height of your soon-to-be kitty).
Decrease every other round as such:
  • 1st decrease round- K1, SSK, K5, K2tog, K6, SSK, K5, K2tog, K5
  • Knit round
  • 2nd decrease round-K1, SSK, K4, K2tog, K5, SSK, K4, K2tog, K4
  • Knit round
  • 3rd decrease round-K1, SSK, K3, K2tog, K4, SSK, K3, K2tog, K3
  • Knit round
  • 4th decrease round-K1, SSK, K2, K2tog, K3, SSK, K2, K2tog, K2
  • Knit round
  • 5th decrease round-K1, SSK, K1, K2tog, K2, SSK, K1, K2tog, K1
  • Knit round
  • 6th decrease round-K1, SSK, K3, SSK, K2
This leaves you with 8 sts. on your needles.
At this point, cut your yarn leaving a good 4 or 5 inches, thread your darning needle, run through the remaing stitches on your needles, remove your knitting needles and pull, closing it up. Then, with the darning needle, pull the remaining yarn through the center of the tail. No need to weave in. Stuff with fiber-fill and using the yarn tail, sew the open end of the tail closed.
We used a key ring to attach the tail to Damon's belt was much more fun then say a safety pin because with the ring, it actually swayed...he LOVED it!

Kitty Ears

Using the same needles as for the tail, cast on 30 sts. with black yarn.
Knit for 5 rounds.
Begin decreasing every other round as such:
  • 1st decrease round-K1, SSK, K9, K2tog, K2, SSK, K9, K2tog, K1
  • Knit round
  • 2nd decrease round-K1, SSK, K7, K2tog, K2, SSK, K7, K2tog, K1
  • Knit round
  • 3rd decrease round-K1, SSK, K5, K2tog, K2, SSK, K5, K2tog, K1
  • Knit round
  • 4th decrease round-K1, SSK, K3, K2tog, K2, SSK, K3, K2tog, K1
  • Knit round
  • 5th decrease round-K1, SSK, K1, K2tog, K2, SSK, K1, K2tog, K1
This leaves you with 10 sts. on your needles. Using the same method as for the tail, cut yarn, thread through remaining sts. and pull to close. Pull yarn end through center. Again, no need to weave in the ends.

Use the pink fuzzy yarn to "embroider" the inner part of the ears, making sure not to come through the back of the ears, just into the center. We used bobby pins to hold these in the hair as they were very easy to disguise and being they were being worn by a boy, attaching them to a headband simply would not do!

I would love to hear what y'all think!