Category Archives: Knitting

Malabrigo Swap part one…

This is my package I got from the last swap!!! I totally never posted the pictures and didn’t even post for three months! How not cool is that! It was lovingly given to me by IdaW from Ravelry…. and here is my original post about it:

Ok, so here’s what I got: two gorgeous things of malabrigo worsted one in Polygala (I’ve never seen this color ever and it is so perfect! It is a pinker purple and the variations in the skein are lovely and sigh so nice) and another in Purple mystery! (They go together so perfect and I love purple mystery! This purple mystery is a darker one than the ones I have a home…uber rich and so great next to the polygala!) I got bubble wrap! (Ok…so she used it to wrap and pack but still… I love bubble wrap and that in and of itself is great at relieving my stress right now XD). There is a magnetic notepad with and adorable sheep on it that I’m so going to use for planning my fiber things! This huge bag of cranberry black loose leaf tea that I’m so excited about! I love iced tea and love trying new types so this is great! It smells good too! There is a super cute mug that has a cool design like engraved on it. It feels really neat (I’m such a tactile person!) and lastly but not least, the most gorgeous knitting needles I own and love! They are in a lovely cotton case that is really cool because it has a little hanger on the back so until I get my knitting stuff completely moved in and organized in my room they are hanging up in my bedroom on my wall so I can show them off and gaze at them and then when I have time to knit in about a week, I’m so busting out a project to use them! They are 10.00mm and a lovely dark wood (I don’t know wood names but they are gorgeous). They have owls carved in the top which is like, the coolest thing ever! The owls are about an inch tall and they have such great details in the feathers, the claws, the face, etc. Truley an amazing piece of artistry! What a great one of a kind pair of knitting needles!! Plus, they are a great size for me… So pretty!

Ida, Thank you so much for the lovely present that came at the best time! I really needed something to get my mind off of my test for a while!

My I am a wordy gal! And now the long awaited pictures:

And a close up of the knitting needles:

Ida, thanks again so much!! By the way, I’ve been using the needles to make a blanket out of bulky scraps! It is so much fun!!

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I actually won something!

Lovingly made by Lasdcm (that is her etsy shop which is the only link of hers I have. Warning: you may click and feel the sudden urge to buy….it happened to me) of ravelry, lovingly stolen with permission by me:

I’m one of those happy pessimistic people…. I’m always smiling, but on the inside the glass is half empty. I talk things down so as to not build too much excitement so that when the inevitable loss happens, it was expected. (Note: this is all on the inside, on the outside I still seem all SQUEE!) Now, when I started hat attack, I was excited. I figured I’d kill someone, be killed in turn and call it a day! When a month had passed and I was still in I figured, huh…I’ll be damned. Then, when the final 7 were posted and I was on the list, I went, “Holy crap!” Then, I started to let myself get a little excited… that maybe I could possibly win (Out of sheer luck).   Then there were 5, 4, 3, and finally 2. It was between me and VeryBadDogs. I was at a point where I could do nothing but wait and it was all based on the postal system… I allowed the smallest shred of hope and then VeryBadDogs announced her hat came and I allowed myself the whoop of joy! I don’t think I’ve ever won anything this cool in my life and I was just as proud to be in the final 7!

The next day I got my hat and was declared dead to end the war… and as a treat I have pictures of the hat that killed me:

First the package…yes, is it not totally awesome!!! Thanks VeryBadDogs!!! The pom pom is removable and I’m so wearing it both ways!!

Now Me wearing the hat…and one with the snout (I had one with the snout, hat, and eyes but it was downright creepy and slightly blurry so I deleted that one)

Yes, I realize I have no life

After this post, it will be official that I have no life out side of my cat and the malabrigo swap. And perhaps work. But honestly, nothing (thank goodness) has really happened that was exciting and finally the first funny thing to happen is something my cat did. And by now, if someone reading this blog doesn’t know I have a cat (which I talk about in every post I think XD, then they obviously haven’t read my drabbles). I really should name my cat for as much as I talk about her….

Anyways, I was sooooo excited today. I woke up and there was a package on my chair from Yarnzilla!!! Which means my malabrigo swap partner’s yarn arrived! It is very pretty yarn if I might say so myself but the colors don’t really go together in my opinion, but whatever! My partner wanted to see, she shall receive. So after my mom laughed at me for getting yarn in the mail and I spent an ungodly amount of money at littleknits.com (last purchase for a while, I swear!) I decided I should post here and say, I GOT THE YARN! I was a bit on the sad side that I had no crazy anecdotes of something cool I did when my cat crawled on me and started to suffocate me again. This time though she took it a step further and decided to sleep where my mouse is…now normally this is ok since I love keyboard short cuts and don’t use the mouse much if I can help it but I haven’t learned shortcuts to switch tabs on IE 7 so… I was stuck on a stupid forum page and I couldn’t get off.

Now, normally, the cat on the mouse would be fine but she was sleeping and it was all the way under her chunky self…so I had to go under the beast. Needless to say, the beast wasn’t happy and started to bite thinking it was a fun game (her tail is still wagging (or whatever it is cat tails do when they get all excited) I think she assumes typing is another fun game because it looks like she is about to pounce on my hands (I really should set up boundaries for the beast). So I planned my attack to get the mouse carefully and I finally got it with a mere 3 bites (no bloodshed) when the mouse lites up because it is in the air. Suddenly, the cat gets uber excited and starts ferociously attacking the mouse and trying to eat it (very ironic and not surprising). I finally got it back to the table where the light shut off and now she is just watching everything.

Wow, kind of embarrassing that I could go so far into detail about something that took place over a couple of minutes. And truely, that was the most exciting think I’ve done in a while. (With the exception of work….work is always exciting. I have seen so much since I graduated, I’m just amazed. I’m always freaking out though since I’m new, granted my patients and co workers haven’t figured that out yet.)

Um…and to make this slightly relevant, I have knit one dishcloth recently and am about to begin another? Heh, that sounded so weak. I might do a contest soon though. I figure the odds of someone winning are excellent since only one person seems to go here. I really just have this urge to send yarn or fiber to someone in the mail for no reason whatsoever.

Sigh.

Ever had one of those days? The kind of day where you know you have tons to do but don’t do a thing…that was today. And heck, probably tomorrow XD! What I need to be doing is getting my butt in gear and studying for boards….what have I been doing? Well… I’ve been really good at casting on and off for projects! I made my swap partner a dishcloth that was an interesting idea. It had my first bobble and I did it crappily (in my opinion) so I just wasn’t happy. Needless to say, I cast on for a small scarf thing. More like an ascot (I think that is what they are called.) I saw it in their Ravelry queue so I made it for them in Malabrigo….As I was making it, I wasn’t quite sure what to think of it but to tell you the truth the thing grew on me. I now get why someone would make one. It is quick, cute, and took less than half of my ball of yarn. Not bad… so I think my swap package is complete. The only thing I don’t have in it is a pattern because I hate picking out patterns for people. What if they already have it or what if they don’t like it? It is a vicious cycle…

Other knitting things…. I’m almost done with my first sock for one of my test knitting project… I have such monster feet it is scary. I never realized how huge my feet were until I started making myself socks. Then the other pair I’m test knitting I got the yarn in the mail the other day. It is interesting…I’ve never used yarn with elastic in it and the texture is interesting. I’m working on the foot of that sock.

 Tomorrow I so need to work on school stuff…and do laundry. But I also need to spin up some yarn…. I guess I need to set priorities (yarn XD I mean, come on… It is for a birthday gift and I have a theme in my head and I need to get most of it done a month in advance so I don’t go all crazy).

Hope anyone who sees this has a good day! Ciao

I’m an adult!

I’m officially an adult! I actually started working a real job…where I earn an actual amount of money and will be getting benefits. I’ll be damned! I’m quite proud of myself right now…I get paid next week! Yay me!

 Now for more interesting topics… I am still working on my room and mailing my package. It is hard to do stuff when I’m actually at a real job and get home all sleepy. Needless to say, I’m giddy for Friday. Actually I can’t wait till I get to night shift…mornings are hard for me. I have been taking pictures of my stash and some projects too.

 I have been working on a pair of cool socks, they are toe up which is a first for me. I am a test knitter because I found this group on ravelry and it is awesome! Free pattern and in the next case I’ll be getting some free yarn to do the pattern! How awesome is that! I also made my mom a washcloth the other day…which there is a story behind. For Christmas, my mom does this Alfie the Elf thing. (We didn’t do Santa…he was too busy for us so he’d send an elf named Alfie to help out.) Alfie brings a gift in the beginning/middle of December and every day you unwrap a layer and get a small present till the last day where you get a big one. This was just a preholiday thing that helped us get all excited. A couple of years ago, I started making my mom Alfie gifts in return, and this year I was doing a bunch of homemade things with my store bought things. I needed one last thing so I put in this horrible dishcloth I made that really did suck. It was my first ever entrelac and while it was ok, it was extremely loose, had some gaps etc. I told my mom she didn’t have to use it and I’d make her a better one in the future. Needless to say, she and my dad use the dumb thing constantly…they love it. They think homemade washcloths are amazing because they are more absorbant, the get bigger in water, and they are tough…So mom kept hinting that she’d like more and I’m the obliging girl who loves being told that something is so cool! Heh, mom is now offering to buy me cotton yarn to keep her dishcloth stash growing. It is great for me because I like doing dishcloths now and then for a small quick project or to test new techniques…plus my mom’s Christmas gift has totally just decreased in cost (Just kidding…maybe). Instead of spending tons of money on something she may never use, I can make dishcloths for about 75 cents a piece (not including labor costs) and have fun doing it. I really do love knitting….

 Last thing, I’m selfishly promoting a blog contest to get another entry…I have no shame! It is an easy one so go check it out and enter here.

Ah ha!

The beeping stopped!!!! Hallelujah, praise the Lord! Granted, I never figured out what it was nor am I fully convinced that it is over. With my luck tomorrow it will start again.

On a more knitterly front, I got a package today…. yummy yarn I ordered, granted, not what I was expecting, but yummy all the same. It reminded me that I have to go to the yarn store tomorrow (aw, damn XD). I need to get the rest of my malabrigo swap person’s present. I think I have the yarn covered, but want to look into getting some notions or something. Then I have to go to a store to buy stuff to make the present pretty and fun. I love making gifts… bad thing is I spend way more time and effort than I should. I swear that I’ve stalked my person for days now… I read his or her entire blog since he or she started it. I think I’ve found a couple of ways to make the swap more personalized and meaningful, I hope. My biggest concern is that I can’t find a pattern that I necessarily think he or she will enjoy with the yarn and I have no clue what notions to buy if any. I’m utterly stupid. This person seems really cool though and I’d love to meet him or her in person some day. The blog was a great read and there were some posts where I was just like, “Holy crap you are a cool person”. *Sigh* I’m not that cool.. I’m rather boring. I can sum up my life in less than a paragraph and it would be pretty complete. (Granted, if you were to talk to me in person I could go on and on about myself and my adventures. I’m a great story teller, I have hand gestures and everything!) I haven’t done much yet either. Then again, I’m a young one so hopefully I have a while to fix that!

 I just realized that I’m about to have to grow up… I start a real job on Monday. That kind of sucks. On the bright side though, I’ll have a paycheck! Sweet!

One more left…

One more lovely final left and I’ll be able to post more often! Yay! Then I graduate on Friday and start studying for the exam of my life…luckily it shouldn’t be for a while so I’ll have time to study. On the knitting front I started a couple of new things… I know I shouldn’t have but it is finals which makes me start new projects. I’m working on a Quant from the knew knitty with the aspen homespun from below… I actually have a picture of it… granted, I took it on my busy/messy desk so please excuse that. I also started a flower dishcloth for no reason other than it looked cute. And I made a fugly cozy for a coffee mug or a really warm wristwarmer…it serves both functions well…It was an experiment and I decided that I didn’t really like it much so while it was a quick 15 minute project it came out a bit ugly for me to make for a quick gift.

 Anywho, here’s a picture of the Quant in progress…sorry bout the weird angle…