Tuesday, December 27, 2005


In my post below, I mentioned that my sister gave me a $25 Gift Card to JoAnns. I have been wanting a ball winder for quite some time now. I was looking around for online coupon codes for JoAnns, and I found a 50% off one. I feel so sneaky, but that 50% off coupon code + $25 Gift card = a ball winder for me, for only $10!! The regular price for the ball winder was $50, so I only had to pay for Shipping and tax. Now, If only I could get a yarn Swift that cheap......Hey, I can dream, can't I?

YAY!!!!!! Christmas is OVER!!!

Ohh, man, I am so glad Christmas is over. I love the Holidays for my kids, but I have to admit, if it weren't for them, I wouldn't put up the decorations, or a tree AT ALL. I try to make it a great day for them. I love seeing how happy they get. But, Dammit, the Holidays are a HUGE PAIN IN MY ASS! I do sincerely hope everyone had a great Christmas, but I'm absolutely sure that I'm not the only one doing a happy dance now that it's over.

Everyone that I gave hand made gifts to, seemed to genuinely love them. One of the best things about being a crafter is seeing the smiles on peoples faces when they recieve their knitted gift. But I have to say, the absolute BEST responce I got was when my BIL opened up a tin of candy that I made for him. He really lit up at seeing all that chocolate! It made my day.

As for what I recieved, I LOVE! My Mom got me a set of Denise Interchangables (plus a few other non crafty things I asked for), my sister got me a gift card to JoAnns, and my best friend gave me a rolling knitting tote.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Laney Blankie & Misc. Crap

I Finished the blanket for my niece, Laney, last night. In the pic, it's hanging over the back of my couch, so it looks a little distorted.

The blanket for my niece, Morgan, is almost finished. I want to do 2 more pattern repeats and then do the top 4 rows in garter stitch and then I'll be able to bind off and finish it.

The pair of socks for my best friend, Sarah, aren't done yet. I'm tempted to be a smartass and give her the finished sock for Christmas, and the second sock on her birthday...lol. Her birthday is January Second, so she wouldn't be waiting long.

I'm supposed to be getting some laundry done, but I can't. I think I broke my washer when I felted my lopi tote. I know the pillowcase came open during the cycle, but it couldn't have been open for more than a minute. The damn washer has been leaking water all over the place ever since. Today, I get to stay home and play with the kids while I wait for the Maintenance Dude to come out to take a look at my washer. And, did you know that when it rains, it pours? The light blew in the bathroom so now we must pee in the dark until I can get a new bulb, and this morning I slipped on a patch of ice while taking a bag of garbage out and I twisted my ankle.

I wonder what else will happen today?

Thursday, December 15, 2005

I really should be working on something else

Like, oh, I don't know, maybe MY CHRISTMAS GIFTS? I still have 3 to finish, but thanks to Crazy Aunt Purl , I HAD to start a scarf like hers. I have 2 rows of loop stitch for a funky fringe at the end, and I'm doing the body using drop stitch. I know, I know, I'm a copy cat, a sheep jumping on the CAP bandwagon, but damnit, the hidden high school geek in me wants to be in the IN crowd. Is that so bad? LMAO The pic is what I have done so far this morning. I'm using some leftover TLC Amore (leftovers from my crocheted shawl) and size US 9 circs.

I forgot to mention, I'm doing a variation of drop stitch for this scarf. I'm only going to do a knit row every 10 inches, instead of after every row as in typical drop stitch. I'm going for a funky look.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

I felted it

it's blocking now, but I'm done with the lopi tote! Except it's not really a lopi tote, as I didn't use lopi to make it with. I used Brown Sheep's Lamb's Pride Bulky in the color Wild Violet. And, yes, it is sitting on a (clean) cloth diaper in the pic. It's still wet and I took it off it's drying hook for the pic, but I didn't want the fabric on my ottoman to get wet. I have it stuffed full with plastic grocery bags until it's done.

Christmas FO's

Well, here's a pic of the Christmas Gifts I have finished so far. The red bag in the back is a Sophie bag for my sister, Dawn. The Blue one is for my sister Jammie, the dishcloths are for my aunt (I didn't realize until I inserted the pic that the round one is showing the wrong side) , the pink & white is a scarf and hat set for my niece Justice, the larger socks are for my mom, and the small socks are for DD. I'm not knitting any presents for my 2 sons, they already (just) got their Christmas present, they got new Bunk Beds.

I also have a very cute story to share. My Niece, Laney, is about 1 1/2 yrs old. She was looking out the window the other day, all excited by the snow, and she was yelling "BUBBLES!!!! BUBBLES!!!" (calling snow bubbles) So, now along with the afghan I'm crocheting for her, I'm going to put a bottle of bubbles in the box, too.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Back to our regularly scheduled knitting madness....

since I no longer have a deadline for my peacock feathers shawl , I have returned to Christmas knitting. I'll apologize now for the dark pictures.

First up, we have the blanket I'm crocheting for my niece Laney. It's just about 1/2 done, and since I'm crocheting it, it'll be really quick to finish.

Here we have a bag I've knitted for me. I used the Lopi Tote pattern and Lambs Pride Bulky in Wild Violet. I still need to felt it, but I'm already in love.
And, Finally here we have what I have knitted so far for the baby blanket I'm knitting for my niece, Morgan. It's just over 3/4 finished.

I didn't take a picture of it, but I'm about 2 inches into sock 2 in the pair I'm knitting for my best friends Christmas present.

And what do I have finished and ready to go?

1. Hat & Scarf Set for my niece Justice
2. Sophie bag for my sister Dawn
3. Sophie bag for my sister Jammie
4. Socks for my mom
5. Six knitted dishcloths for my aunt
6. Socks for DD

Friday, December 09, 2005

I couldn't do it

But at least I can say I gave it a valiant effort. Last night, I finally let it sink in that I would not be able to finish my shawl in time for tonight's party. Out of 250 rows, I have 184 completed. Oh well, this just means I can do some last minute shopping this afternoon and buy a wrap.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Two weeks...

I've been working on the Shawl for two weeks now. I have 152 rows finished! That means that I have only 98 left to do! I think I really can finish this in time. It was difficult to get a decent pic of what I have so far, because I have it scrunched up, working on a Circ & I had to stretch it out so you could see the pattern. I had to have my 6 year old help hold it for the pic again.