Thursday, May 25, 2006

Too Many UFOs!

I have way too many unfinished objects lying around! I have decided that I need to finish some of these things before starting anything else! (Yeah, right)

Here's a pic of just a few of the things I have going on right now.

Let's see there are the piles of fleece and crochet thread for making preemie blankets (buried under all this stuff,) unfinished bears and mother's tears hankies for grieving families; yarn for making scarves for DD's Santa Shop; quilt kit for DS; misc hats, booties, and preemie outfits that must be packaged and sent out to the Preemie Project; satin for DD's pj's; flannel for baby blankets!

That's just the stuff I had out to take a pic of! That doesn't include the socks I have on my needles; all the baby yarn I have bought to make hats, booties, blankets, squares, bereavement outfits, etc. I also have 10 skiens of beautiful natural chocolate brown Alpaca yarn to make myself "something," not sure what; the orange, yellow, and variegated cotton yarn I bought thinking I was going to make socks (but it was too thick so I think I'll make a swimsuit coverup;) blue silky wool that I think I'll make branching out with; on and on and on!

This is mostly just my knitting stuff! This doesn't include the piles of pictures I have yet to scrapbook. I haven't even started my son's scrapbook and he is going to 1-year-old in the next month!

OMG! My head is spinning just thinking about everything that I want to get done, and the fact that I will be lucky to complete about 10% of this!

Okay, just to keep my sanity, here is a FO!

This is a baby blanket made for Sarah's preschool teacher who recently had a baby girl.

Pattern: Sweet Baby of Mine Blanket from Encyclopedia of Knitting

Needles: Clover bamboo size 6 circulars

Yarn: BernatCottonTots 100% cotton

finally, some progress!

Oh, one more thing to put on the to do list: Learn to take better pictures!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Am I the only one?

Did you ever noticed that when you knit something you leave just a little more of yourself behind than you might want to? I am wondering is it only me or do other people have this problem?

What I am talking about is my hair. I am constantly knitting my hair into my projects! I have fairly long hair and I lose a lot of it. As I am knitting, I will notice a hair on my project and go to pluck it off only to discover that I have knit said hair into the project!

Just wondering if I am the only one?

Sunday, May 07, 2006


I have signed up to be part of Secret Pal 8. We all have to fill out a questionnaire so that our secret pals can learn a little about us. Here is mine:

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I like yarns that are very soft. I have somee alpaca that I love. I would love to try some other kind of natural fiber. The only yarns I don't like are scratchy ones.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
I have a handmade case that I store my straight needles in. I don't have anything but ziplocks for my circulars and dps.

3. How long have you been knitting? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I have been knitting on and off for about 6 years. But I have been really into it for about the past 2 years or so. I would consider myself somewhere between beginner and intermediate.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
I like fresh, natural scents, like lavender. I don't like really floral scents, like rose.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
I have a sweet head! I love chocolate!

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I scrapbook, bead, sew.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I listen to 80's alternative (Yaz, Eurasure, The Cure, etc.) I also listen to modern alternative (Incubus, theory of a Deadman) stuff they play on the radio.

9. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?
I love color! Just about any color, blues, purples, pinks, yellows, reds, greens. I don't like neon colors. Other than that, just about anything goes.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I am married with three children, Emily -7, Sarah 4.5, Matthew Jr. - 10 months. I have one dog and one cat.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
Scarves and hats.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
I love to knit baby items, little hats, booties, blankets. And socks, adult socks.

13. What are you knitting right now?
OTN: Baby blanket, socks.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I prefer bamboo or other wooden needles. I don't really have a preference to circular or straight. I usually use shorter straight needles and if I need something longer, I use Circular.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?

17. How did you learn to knit?
I taught myself from a book.

18. How old is your oldest UFO?
Um, well, I have a poncho that I started for my oldest daughter about 2 years ago. I don't think That I will ever finish it. I started that project when I was first really learning how to knit something other than a scarf. Lots of mistakes.

19. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas and Halloween

20. Is there anything that you collect?

21. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
There is a pattern from Fiber trends for a hedgehog, #228. I can't find it anywhere around me.

22. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
I'd like to try the Magic Loop or 2 socks on 2 circulars.

23. Are you a sock knottier? What are your foot measurements?
I love to knit socks. I wear a ladies size 9.5 shoe. Heel to toe is 10 inches, circumference is 10 inches.

24. When is your birthday?
October 4th

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

You Are Marge Simpson

You're a devoted family member who loves unconditionally.

Sometimes, though, you dream about living a wild secret life!

You will be remembered for: your good cooking and evading the police

Your life philosophy: "You should listen to your heart, and not the voices in your head."


I frogged my 6th sense sock. I had gotten done with the heel and then tried it on and it was just a little too small. I was going to keep on going and give it as a gift, but.... I really wasn't happy with the cuff. It was a hemmed cuff and it just didn't look very neat - too many ladders. I had a really difficult time deciding on doing this, but I read Rose-Kim Knits th other day and she frogged almost a whole sweater! If she could do that, then I could rip my sock and start over.

So, I did. I started again and used #2 needles instead of #1 and the ribbed cuff. I think I will be happier with this.