Monday, December 19, 2005

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Friday, December 09, 2005

Devil Hat

Here is the devil hat I made for my nephew. I finished it a week ago, and it is on the way to it's owner, but just now got around to posting. It looks small on the display head, but I figure that since it is for a 4 year old, it should be about the right size.

Its been a busy week, and I haven't gotten much knitting done. I knitted the felted gift bag following Susan's directions, but I haven't had time to felt it yet. I will try to get it done and take some pictures of it this weekend. I am going to be spending tomorrow doing as much of my Christmas shopping as I can, so I can try to get everything in the mail on Monday if possible.

What I need to be working on right now is a Christmas stocking for my youngest niece. I have made stockings for everyone else in my brothers family, so she needs one to match. I made the first ones almost 20 years ago, and then didn't knit anything else until last year when my brother asked me to make more for his second wife and their 1 year old daughter. Then they had another daughter in May, sh she needs one as well. Unfortunately, I have misplaced the notes I made last year, so I haven't been able to start on the new one yet. So that is my other project for the weekend--find those notes and start on the new stocking.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Turtleneck Shrug

I took this first photo this morning on my way to work, about 8:15.
The second one I took when I got back from lunch, at 2:30. You can see why I am having trouble taking any decent photos--there is no light here.

During lunch I tried to take photos of Stephanie's turtleneck shrug, but as you can see, they came out darker than I would have liked. Hopefully Stephanie will post some photos when she receives the shrug.

The Turtleneck shrug is from the Scarf Style book, and is an interesting design. I have seen photos of a number of people with these, and I like the look, but I never wear turtlenecks because they seem restrictive to me. I really enjoyed working with this yarn, it is Jo Sharp Silk Road Aran Tweed (85% wool, 10% silk, 5% cashmere). It was very soft while knitting, and felt aabsolutly wonderful after a bit of a bath with some gentle shampoo. I will definately want to use this yarn again.
6 skeins of yarn came out short for the shrug, I ran out with the turtleneck at 6" rather than the 8" specified in the pattern. After talking with Stehanie about it, we decided I would go ahead and send it so she could try it as is, and if it is too short she will order more yarn and add to the neck. I intended to not weave in the final end so it would be easy for her to rip out the cast off if that was what she wanted to do, but I was watching a movie, and forgot to leave it undone. Sorry Steph, I hope its not too much trouble for you.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving

I don't have any pictures yet of Stephanie's Turtleneck Shrug for the SYNO scarf swap because it is not dry yet. After talking with Stephanie about it, we decided that I would finish it up and send it, and then she could try it before deciding if she wanted to get another ball of yarn and add to the length of the neck. So I cast off, and gave it a bath, and now it is drying. Hopefully I will get all the ends woven in and take photos tomorrow, but It may be the weekend before I get it done.

I am working on a devil hat for my 4 year old nephew. I started with the Snow Devil Hat Pattern but it is a complicated pattern, and I got frustrated trying to figure it out, and change the size at the same time. So I used the horns from that pattern, and I am going to attach them to the Brioche Helmet Hat from the fall 2005 Interweave Knits. I will go back later and make the Snow Devil Hat though, I just don't have time right now spend on it, and I think my nephew will like this style hat better as well. I like the helmet hat a lot. I am thinking I may upsize it and make one for my DH for a winter hat.

I am so looking forward to Thanksgiving tomorrow. Our Thanksgiving tradition is to stay home and have a pajama day. We don't cook, and we don't stress. We either cook a turkey in advance, or some years, like this one, buy sliced turkey at the deli. Then we have sandwiches, fruit and cheese, deserts, etc. All easy food, and no one has to spend the day in the kitchen. We watch movies and play board games, and just hang out and enjoy each other's company. All three of us look forward to Thanksgiving every year. We started doing this about 10 years ago--I was working 3 jobs that November (only for about 3 weeks thankfully but I had been working 2 jobs for several months). Thanksgiving was the first day I had off in over a month. So I took the day off-- completely. We haven't been able to do this every year as some years we are invited somewhere and can't refuse without offending someone. Some people don't understand that we would rather spend the day at home doing nothing than with them. But any year we are able to, we take advantage of it and enjoy it. This year with all of us getting over nasty colds, it is a particularly good year to stay home.

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving doing the things you enjoy.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Not a good week

This has not been a good week. DH and I have both been sick. He was home from work on Tuesday and half of Wednesday, and I stayed home Thursday and Friday. Fortunately, we both are much better now. The only good thing about staying home for the last 4 days is that I was able to work on Stephanie's scarf for the SYNO scarf swap. I have gone as far as I can, as I have run out of yarn with 6 inches complete of the 8 inches called for on the neck. I have emailed Stephanie about what to do now: try to find more yarn, or bind off and hope it is long enough for her.

The really bad news this past week is that one of our ferrets passed away. We got Phoebe in August 2004. She came in as a stray to the shelter where my DH works. Someone had found her wandering down a road. DH brought her home becasue it was obvious that she had adrenal gland disease, and her chances of being adopted were not good. We got her on medication for the adrenal gland disease, and she was doing really well. Then, in September we noticed that she seemed to be showing symptoms again, and so her medication was increased. During the last week or so, we thought she was improving again. However, she passed away Monday night.
Phoebe was a real sweetheart. Even though she was ill, she was never bad tempered, and was such a cuddlebug. She loved to explore, and loved it when the neighbor kids came over to take her for walks. Her favorite snack was Cherrios. We had no idea how old Phoebe was, and we knew we wouldn't have her for long, but we were not prepared to lose her so fast.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Camera Cozy

The camera cozy came out well--on the second attempt. The first one was too big, as you can see. I am thinking I will put a shoulder strap on it and give it to my niece to use as a small purse. She has always been a tomboy, but this year, now that she is in middle school, she is suddenly interested in girly things. I think this will be a good size for her to carry a few essentials in. Right now they are both still blocking. It will probably take a couple days to dry completely considering that we keep our house at about 67 degrees. To block the camera cozy, I found a small box that is almost the same size, and used some paper and then plastic wrap to pad it so it is the same size as the camera. The larger one I just stuffed with plastic grocery bags and formed to shape. I have to find some sort of buttons for both of them. The other two photos show each of them before I felted them.
This was the first time I used the Noro Kureyon and I really like the way the colors came out after I felted it. I can see why so many patterns for felted bags etc. call for this. This is color 139, and it took almost exactly 1 skein to make both of these. I have less than 2 yards left.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Although I said I wasn't going to start any other projects until I finished Stephanie's Scarf, I did. At lunch today I went to my LYS and bought a skein of Noro Kureyon to make a case for my new camera. I am worried about it getting beat up in my bag. Then I took Bob to the park and started on it while we walked a little ways on one of the trails. We didn't get far (walking or knitting) because I only had about 20 minutes left of lunch. But he thought it was better than sitting in the truck watching me knit. I am just winging this, but as I am going to felt it, I figure I have some leeway as far as size goes, as I will be able to adjust the size by how much I felt it. I will probably hand felt it since it is such a small project. I am hoping to finish it tonight.

The second picture I took the second picture from work this afternoon as the sun was setting. Yes, sunset is in the afternoon here now, about quarter to 4 today. Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny as well, so I will probably take the dogs out before I go to work tomorrow. I am working a second job on Saturday afternoons for a few weeks, training people at my old job.