Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Extra! Extra!

Hot off the press....Cable Newsboy Cap from Stitch N Bitch Nation. I made these for all my Nieces for Christmas. (I committed the ultimate sin. I didn't take pics...Gasp! Video only.) Eventually I'll get those girls to pose for a pic. But until then, here is mine. I knit this for the Grey's Anatomy KAL. And speaking of Grey's...Last weeks conclusion to the 3 episode mini series thing. Brilliant! Denny & Izzie...Soooo romantic. The writers on this show NEVER disappoint. I am feeling the love for Meredith again...I was irritated w/her last season. Too much whining. And George finally grew a pair! I love Izzie, but yikes! What's up with all the negativity towards Callie??? Can't wait for tonight. Let's hope it's not a repeat...No previews makes me nervous. (yeah, my camera's busted....yeah, that's a rubber band)

I knit this from leftover yarn in my stash. I think it was Simply Soft *shhhhh* (acrylic). Apologies to the yarn snobs out there ;)

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

You make me feel like a natural Woman.....

So the saying goes..."Curiosity killed the cat". Not true. "Curiosity knits with Hemp". And boy, have I been curious about this fiber. I present to you - The 'Shop till you drop' Bag -in all it's "Hemp-y" glory. Love this fiber sooo much! I now feel brave enough to try something wearable ;) Very fun pattern, although I did have a bit of a rocky start..(you can see how the bag is a little wonky on the bottom left) and the straps! grrrr.....A word to the wise....Linen stitch & Lost don't mix. I scrapped these buggers 3 times while I was watching that show. But now it's done and I'm off to go shopping! *****I used 2 skeins of allhemp6 dk #102 in Pumpkin and the yarn & pattern can be found here.

This little cutie was my first try at color work. Very easy, very quick project. I gave this to my girlfriend Kirsten for her birthday. It's the cosmetic bag from Holiday Knits. I used sugar n cream cotton in brown, rose & cream from my stash. It reminds me of a Neapolitan ice cream sandwich. This bag is also lined which adds even more detail to an already super cute design!

some of you may have noticed the lack of a completed sock post....sleep easy, I am working on the ribbing as we speak. (freakin size 1 needles should be outlawed!)


1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? I recently discovered Rowan's Calmer. In a word -Heavenly! What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?I'll knit up anything once, but not fond of fun fur/eyelash/novelty types. 2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? A needle roll & circs in org. packages 3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? 5 years consistently. My mother taught me. Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? Intermediate, I guess. 4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Nope. 5. What's your favorite scent? Clean, fresh,citrus 6. Do you have a sweet tooth?Seriously???? Favorite candy? Dark chocolate w/nuts. 7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Crochet, Sew,Embroider. Do you spin? Not yet...would love to try. 8. What kind of music do you like? Everything - umm, maybe not Rap Can your computer/stereo play MP3s?yep (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)9. What's your favorite color(s)?red, orange, but I pretty much love ALL Colors Any colors you just can't stand?Nada. 10. What is your family situation? Me-self, Him-self and The Prince. Do you have any pets? 1 dog 11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? Scarves & hats. No mittens or poncho's 12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? It changes. I enjoyed knitting Wicked so much I made 2. 13. What are you knitting right now? Socks, Forest Canopy shoulder shawl and Thermal from Knitty. 14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? Doesn't everyone?15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Circ's Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? No preference 16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? Yarn winder - no swift17. How old is your oldest UFO? I don't wanna talk about it 18. What is your favorite holiday?HALLOWEEN 19. Is there anything that you collect? fabric, yarn, vintage Halloween decorations 20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? Everything What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?Vogue's knit 1. 21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? I just finished my first color work project & would like to do more...and lace work. 22. Are you a sock knitter?Yes What are your foot measurements? I don't expect anyone to knit me socks . 23. When is your birthday? April 13th.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

WIP's, A Giant Rat and Elvis.

Let's begin with the current projects. Think BAGS!
To the left is my "Shop till you drop" bag with Hemp. Working on the straps now and it will be done. Above is a close up of the gingham cosmetics bag from Holiday Knits...(and my first attempt @ colorwork). So far so good ;)

Here is Jakey @ Chuck E. Cheese. My birthday boy turned 7, and I am having a hard time with that....But we all had a good time. All I have to say about this place is there is a very good reason they serve Beer!!! You know what else Chuck E. Cheese has.....An Elvis "Faux-Slot Machine" thingy. The powers that be are really gearing these kids up for a life of gambling addiction. Do you see that the image is of Elvis in Las Vegas??? How many kids (with the exception of my own) even know who Elvis Presley is??? Pretty hysterical & I figured no one would believe me unless I had photographic proof. (kinda like a big foot sighting). Behold ***** Elvis @ Chuck E. Cheese!!!!

Finally, Here is what I came home to last night. Kate, Who is indeed Crafty, sent me Elvis fabric!!! How much do I love this girl??? Kate, you are Fan-Freak'in-Tastik!!!!! You continue to support my love for all things Elvis.... But, it's a slippery slope, so I expect you to pull the plug if I start wearing polyester jumpsuits or you notice any extreme bloating! You always make me smile :) Thank you.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Progress report

Colinette mohair scarf completed! This gorgeous yarn was a gift from Fab Sue, who inspires me with her knitting talent, humor & kindness. Thanks Sue!...and I'm looking forward to your knitting mystery.... the Un-Baaaa-lievable one!!!!
Light as a feather.....and just in time for Valentines Day.
Ummmm, remember this guy???? SSS struck big time, but I'm back on track and working on #2. (Seriously, when your feet are this white, they need to stay covered.)
Last, but certainly not least....the latest distraction/project. "Shop till you drop bag" in Hemp. I've been wanting to try knitting w/hemp for a while, but couldn't commit to anything wearable. And really, who couldn't use another bag? The color is........Pumpkin.
No surprise there;)

Monday, February 12, 2007

Can't shake the Wicked Blues.........

Well now, that Wicked's so nice.....I knit her up TWICE!
This time around I used worsted weight yarn. Working from
my stash I used Pound of Love by Lion Brand in Denim. This
was also knit on size 6's and took about eight days to complete. Although I love color...I definitely prefer the DK to Worsted.
I opted for short sleeves again, mostly because I live in California
and would like to be able to wear at least once a year! The pattern
is great & I highly recommend to newbies as well as experienced

I'm done with Wicked for now... but, St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner!

Sunday, February 04, 2007

The First Step is Admitting You Have a Problem.....

My name is Susan and I'm a knit-o-holic . I knit yesterday @ my hair salon & I plan to knit today @ a Super Bowl party. You don't see how this is a problem? I'll explain it to you. I am knitting a Second "Wicked" because I loved the first so much and I want to take it everywhere. For example, I took it when I got my hair done....very risky, hair dye, hair was a gamble, but I took it. Now I plan to take it to a Super Bowl party. Again, very risky..Drinking, eating, excitable fans jumping out of their seats. You see, I am willing to risk destroying a perfectly good sweater all in the name of my addiction. So there it is. I confess. I AM A KNIT-O-HOLIC.
I forgot to mention between Armando & Myself we are in a total of FIVE different football pools. Maybe I should give Gamblers Anonymous a call. GO BEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Party like a Rock Star!!!!!!!

Or a 6 year old.... Jakey modeling the "No Hair Day"
cap I knit for The Children's Hospital
of Boston. I found out about this project
though lovely Kate's blog...
Who is a Superstar in my opinion, for all
the charity knitting she does;) If you want
to help out, contact Kate ( the organizer,
different from the above mentioned, but
equally as lovely I'm sure!).

Don't you think every child should be this happy?
I sure do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!