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Monday, January 30, 2006

Today's Post...

My son Brian photographed this great sunset this evening and I had to share.

This weekend I went to the crochet & knit party at A.C. Moore's., to say the least it was a lot of fun... would have taken pics but I didn't have the digicam with me. Most of the people there were learning to use the Knifty Knitters. I don't really get it... I tried one of those out last year and it just aggravated me and made me want to learn to knit even more. And the thing that really turned me off is that you can only use bulky yarns on it. Then there were the others that were learning to crochet and knit. I found Tammy, who teaches there, and she finally sat me down and helped me overcome my fear of cables. My goodness, it was unbelievably easy... I don't know what the big deal was and why I waited so long to learn. So as you see in the previous post, I ran right home and stitched up the little cable clutch. Oh, of course I bought yarn while I was there and also more bamboo knitting needles. I also stopped my LYS and picked up yarn there too.

Here's a little something for your viewing pleasure:

On my needles:

Currently working on Glampyre's minisweater. I've seen so many variations on this little "boobholder" that I'm waiting to see how I'll be inspired to spin mine.

I will be participating in the Yarn Harlot's Knitting Olympics. I haven't decided what my project will be yet, but I have several in mind. Over in Crochetville, there's also a Crochet Olympics too! Do I dare compete in both? Could I actually pull this off? What do you think?

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Project Details:
Courtesy of my LYS
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky
Needles: Size #11US

This is my version of the very hot Margaret Nicole bags retailing for $130, that have been featured every where.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

I've been tagged!

Thanks Latoya!

Four jobs in your life [best to worst]:
1. Wife and Mother - Best, by far!
2. Accounts Payable Manager - Just For Feet, Inc.
3. Accounts Payable Manager - Papa Johns, Inc.
4. Insurance Claims Rep - Allstate Insurance Company

Without a doubt, #4 was the WORST!

Four movies you could watch over and over:
1. The Color Purple (know all of the dialogue by hard)
2. Forrest Gump
3. Love Jones
4. What's Love Gotta Do With It - "Annie Mae, just eat the cake!"

Four places you have lived:
1. Birmingham, AL - Born, raised and always come back to.
2. Detroit, MI
3. Boston, MA
4. Columbia, SC

Four places you have been on vacation:
1. Viva Las Vegas
2. St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
3. Montego Bay, Jamaica
4. Pu'uhonua o Honaunau, HI - The Big Island!

Four websites you visit daily:
1. my own!
2. Crochetville.org
3. Craftster.org
4. Bloglines.com - so that I can check up on you guys!

Four of your favorite foods:
1. Fried Chicken
2. Homemade baked macaroni & cheese
3. Fried tilapia
4. Peach cobbler

This list can go on and on because I'm a deep-fried, southern sistah through and through and we love to get our eat on in the south. Every social event down here is centered around "GOOD" cooking!

Four places you'd rather be right now:
1. On the beach in Maui crocheting and knitting
2. At a villa in Tuscany crocheting and knitting
3. My favorite spa that I only get to visit a couple of times a year
4. Anywhere peaceful and tranquil that I can crochet and knit

Four bloggers you are tagging:
it appears that everyone I want to tag have already played this game.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Anthropologie Inspired Capelet from Craftster

I am quite surprised at how easy this turned out. I was a little intimidated by the raglan increases but sought help from here. I had attempted this a while ago, with a crocheted version which turned out nice but not really the effect that I wanted. Didn't really do any type of modification other than adding rows to the body for additional length. Stopped by Hancock Fabrics and found a toggle closure similar to the one on the original.

Project Details:

Pattern: Anthropologie Capelet Tutorial

Yarn: Rowan Polar #645 - Winter White

Needles: Size #8US 29" circular

Modifications: Added additional rows to body. I did 9 rows of 1 x 1 ribbing on sleeves and body.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Knitted Hoodie

Once again, here is Mikaela modeling my latest FO. This is a red knitted hoodie, made from her special request. Very simple, first 8 rows on body and sleeves were done in a 1 x1 rib st on size 8 needles, then I changed over to size 10 needles and began stockinette st. She wanted to wear this to school today and I started on Thursday, worked on it on Friday, didn't get a chance to stitch on Saturday, worked on all I could on Sunday. By yesterday, I was pooped! By the time I got to the hood, decided to do a little cheat work and crocheted the hood. Overall, turned out really cute on her, with the exception that the sleeves could have been a little longer (she has her mother's long limbs!). Most importantly, she likes it!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Olympic Fever!

Join the fun! I don't know about you but I'm on my way to shop for yarn...

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Brooke Hat

This is a hat that I made for my oldest daughter, Amber, 13. As you can see she is a "pink" kinda girl. I did this had out of yarn I found at A.C. Moore. It's now been discontinued and I think the company has even gone out of business (The Cats Meow), but it is really pretty.

Mikaela's Bobbled Sweater

This is my youngest, Mikaela, 8. As you can see, she's a ham!

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Julissa Bag

This is my first knitted FO. From years of crochet, I have grown to love the feel of instant gratification from a quick project. This weekend I craved the same feeling, but from knitting. I made this purse from Rowan Big Wool, on size 15 needles, in stockinette stitch. Added crochet appliques from my scrap yarn stash.

Edit: The handles can be found at Hobby Lobby. If you don't have one in your area, you can order online:

Click image to order!

Friday, January 06, 2006

Got me some sticks!

Guess what I've been doing? That's right... I've finally learned to knit and I am elated! I've wanting to do this for a while now and I've finally got. Talk about a lightbulb moment. Now I know when most people learn to knit they start off with small projects. Not me! I did swatches while learning to cast on, knit, purl and bind off. I'm feeling rather confident, so I decided to jump right into a sweater done in a seed stitch in the round. I have about 2 weeks worth of Knitty Gritty saved on TiVo that has offered a great deal of knowledge on different techniques.

Talk about jumping out of the pot into the fire... I'm really going to be broke now! I ran out to my nearest Books-A-Million and grabbed an assortment of knitting mags. The sweater I'm working on right now is Vogue Knitting presents Knit Simple.

Click image to see!

Apparently, the chosen demographic for this magazine is the novice knitter -- that would be me!