I have felt quite guilty for not posting lately. Not so much because of how long it's been since I last posted, but more because I have actually had many ideas of things to post and just haven't done it. Thus, I have decided to go on an indefinite break, mostly to alleviate my sense of guilt. Until then...


Christmas Recap

I have been meaning to post a little bit about Christmas, but haven't remembered until now. Here are the knitting-related items I was given:

I want to give a special shout-out to Ox, my new Uglydoll knitting buddy

I did get more yarn than shown, in case anyone was wondering what one could make with three skeins of different color and weight. The purple (Wild Violet) Lamb's Pride Worsted was for the Kittyville Hat, the green (Old Sage) Bulky was also accompanied by Bulky in Roasted Coffee for a Meema's Felted Marsupial Tote, and the yarn on the right is KnitPicks Andean Silk in Hollyberry, for the Hourglass Sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I also got a case of Denise Interchangeables (yay!) as well as the Knitter's Handbook, and Ann Budd's Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, for pattern haxing.
On a different note, M got possibly the best (to him) Christmas Eve surprise ever:

ah, sweet victory

Circuit City had some 360s available either the Wednesday or Thursday before Christmas for something like ten minutes before they sold out, and somehow he managed to snag one. M waited and hoped for it to arrive before Christmas like a wide-eyed child. The miraculous part is that it did. FedEx delivered it on Christmas Eve.
Speaking of M...he's the best:

I feel whole again



Completed: Kittyville Hat

i have great love to wonky pompoms

Date: 12/26-1/05
Pattern: SNB
Yarn: Brown Sheep Company Lamb's Pride Worsted in Wild Violet, less than one skein
Needles: US size 7 Denise Interchangeable Circulars 12" length and US size 7 Clover bamboo DPNs

Overall I'm very pleased with this hat. I refined my skills picking up stitches and working in seed stitch, and also learned to make i-cord. This was my first time working with Lamb's Pride, and I really liked it. I think I got better stitch definition with it than with other yarns I've worked with. It was softer than I thought it would be, which was pleasing. The only problem I really have with the hat is the ears. In truth, the whole thing defies every aspect of my ideal taste--the purpley-ness, the campy kitty ears, the pompoms. If I were just having a fun day in the cold, I could get into wearing a funny little earflapped hat. And maybe I could even deal with it being purple. But I really may take those ears out. This reminds me, I meant to mention sooner that though it seems every new project I finish is from SNB, I really don't like the projects in the book. I think the book is a good tool for a new knitter as far as its reference material is concerned. But the projects....oy...gimme a break, people. Anyhow, I think I feel a sense of obligation to make some of them because I bought the book. Oh well. I'll keep telling myself it's part of the learning process. Any thoughts on getting rid of the ears?


Finished Objects 2005

Here is the final list:

  • 12/05: M's Socks

  • 12/05: Panta

  • 12/05: Failed M Hat

  • 11/05: Harry Potter POA scarf: Ravenclaw

  • 10/05: Stocking Mini

  • 10/05: Basic Cable Hat

  • 10/05: Powerful Wrist Protection

  • 9/05: Straight Neck Pullover

  • 9/05: Harry Potter POA scarf: Gryffindor

  • 9/05: iPod Shuffle Cozy

  • 8/05: Non-scarf HP Practice Piece

  • 8/05: Cricket's Technicolor Cellphone Cozy

  • 7/05: Hot Head

  • 7/05: Fuzzy Green Scarf

  • 6/05: Garter Stitch Scarf
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    Completed: M's Socks

    These socks are the first thing I've knit for M. He had said something awhile ago about wanting argyle socks, but as I was in a rush and had never completed a pair of socks anyway, I made up a rib pattern. I gave them to him for Christmas.

    picture quality is something we here at wif would say we're working on

    Date: 12/19-12/23
    Pattern: My own.
    Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport in Charcoal, 2 skeins.
    Needles: I used US size 2 aluminum DPN's for the cuffs, and US size 3 bamboo DPN's for the rest.

    I was very pleased with how these turned out, until M tried them on. They're rather loose on him. I'm either going to try threading some elastic through the cuff, or if I feel crazy enough just frogging them and completely redoing them. I dread the thought. But all in all, I think they were a success. I just realized I finally completed a pair of socks!!



    Happy Late New Year!

    Happy New Year everyone!! Pretend I did this yesterday!

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