Friday, December 28, 2007

Wow That was a long time....

Wow, its been a long time since I posted. Well, earlier this month I got a doozy of a sinus infection, 2 courses of antibiotics later, I finally feel human again.

Then Christmas Knitting and Christmas stuff took over.

Then Christmas Eve, my computer died.....:0(.....so the 26th I bought a new laptop. So setting that up has been interesting, but I think I have everything mostly back to normal and even have my wireless network set up(which is new too).

Gift from Red Caille, Thank You!!! I love everything, especially the chocolate (thats a solid block of chocolate) and the yarn!!!!










Felted purse for Nichole. Scarf for Matt.









Bobby's Socks. I dyed this yarn for him.











Hope You All Had a Very Merry Christmas and have a Wonderful New Year!!!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

14 days....

til Christmas. I am still working on Bobby's socks. I have sock #1 done and am almost to the heel on the second.

Then I just have to get back to work on the mitts for my ravelry secret exchange partner.

I finished felting Mandy's bag, it is very nice now. I just need to lace the handle and take a photo and fill it with her kitty items. She is getting a cat for Christmas from her parents, so I got her a couple of books and am making some little cat toys.

I just received a new shipment of blank yarn, so will be dyeing soon. And my knitting bags were featured on: http://freepatterns.k1p1keepingyouinstitchesstudio.com/

This Saturday is Yuletide. My local SCA event, so that should be fun. I will be making my pumpkin cheesecake again for it.

I'll have pictures soon.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

A good Laugh!

I'm Joshua Abraham Norton, the first and only Emperor of the United States of America!
Which Historical Lunatic Are You?
From the fecund loins of Rum and Monkey.

Born in England sometime in the second decade of the nineteenth century, you carved a notable business career, in South Africa and later San Francisco, until an entry into the rice market wiped out your fortune in 1854. After this, you became quite different. The first sign of this came on September 17, 1859, when you expressed your dissatisfaction with the political situation in America by declaring yourself Norton I, Emperor of the USA. You remained as such, unchallenged, for twenty-one years.

Within a month you had decreed the dissolution of Congress. When this was largely ignored, you summoned all interested parties to discuss the matter in a music hall, and then summoned the army to quell the rebellious leaders in Washington. This did not work. Magnanimously, you decreed (eventually) that Congress could remain for the time being. However, you disbanded both major political parties in 1869, as well as instituting a fine of $25 for using the abominable nickname "Frisco" for your home city.

Your days consisted of parading around your domain - the San Francisco streets - in a uniform of royal blue with gold epaulettes. This was set off by a beaver hat and umbrella. You dispensed philosophy and inspected the state of sidewalks and the police with equal aplomb. You were a great ally of the maligned Chinese of the city, and once dispersed a riot by standing between the Chinese and their would-be assailants and reciting the Lord's Prayer quietly, head bowed.

Once arrested, you were swiftly pardoned by the Police Chief with all apologies, after which all policemen were ordered to salute you on the street. Your renown grew. Proprietors of respectable establishments fixed brass plaques to their walls proclaiming your patronage; musical and theatrical performances invariably reserved seats for you and your two dogs. (As an aside, you were a good friend of Mark Twain, who wrote an epitaph for one of your faithful hounds, Bummer.) The Census of 1870 listed your occupation as "Emperor".

The Board of Supervisors of San Francisco, upon noticing the slightly delapidated state of your attire, replaced it at their own expense. You responded graciously by granting a patent of nobility to each member. Your death, collapsing on the street on January 8, 1880, made front page news under the headline "Le Roi est Mort". Aside from what you had on your person, your possessions amounted to a single sovereign, a collection of walking sticks, an old sabre, your correspondence with Queen Victoria and 1,098,235 shares of stock in a worthless gold mine. Your funeral cortege was of 30,000 people and over two miles long.

The burial was marked by a total eclipse of the sun.

And Who Are You?!?!?

Monday, December 3, 2007

First Blizzard of the Winter

I survived the first blizzard of the winter, including the chipping this ice off my car. It was kind of pretty, or as pretty as blizzards can be. Well maybe it was pretty becuase it was saturday and I was able to watch it out the window without have to go out in it.

Sunday night I went to Amy's house for her birthday. Several girlfriends went over and her husband made pizza and yummy chocolate cake. It was quite a bit of fun, we got to chat and have fun. And the pizza was great and the cake was super!

I get to go to conferences for the next 3 1/2 days, I'm so excited, getting paid to not be at work!!!! WooHoo!!!

Christmas Projects:
I have Mandy's felted bag done, I have run it through the washer once, but I am thinking I want to run it through again.

Bobby's socks are coming along, I am almost done with the foot of the first sock, hopefully will get time to work on it at my conference.

I also have to get back to work on my mitten exchange, I have one fingerless mitt done and have cast on the 2nd but need to get to work on it.

I am going to try to finish up these projects before I cast on anything else. But that will be challenging.

Well that is all for now.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

My color:

you are aquamarine
#7FFFD4

Your dominant hues are cyan and green. Although you definately strive to be logical you care about people and know there's a time and place for thinking emotionally. Your head rules most things but your heart rules others, and getting them to meet in the middle takes a lot of your energy some days.

Your saturation level is medium - You're not the most decisive go-getter, but you can get a job done when it's required of you. You probably don't think the world can change for you and don't want to spend too much effort trying to force it.

Your outlook on life is very bright. You are sunny and optimistic about life and others find it very encouraging, but remember to tone it down if you sense irritation.
the spacefem.com html color quiz

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Happy Turkey Day! I hope everyone had somewhere to go today. My family has a fairly large gathering at the local Air National Guard Base (family member is a Guardsman) and invite the people working their for the day to come join us as they are able.

I am featuring in my shop a Black Firday - Cyber Monday Sale. It is 20% off all items in my shop And if you purchase 3 or more items you will receive Free Shipping. If you make a purchase please wait for a revised invoice or I will refund your money.

I am also working on a new purse/knitting bag design. I hope to get one or two listed in my shop sometime this weekend. Here is a picture of the one I have been testing/using. Let me know if you have any comments or suggestions.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Vacation!!!

Hello. I'm on vacation all this week!!!! Woo Hoo!!

I just updated my etsy shop and will be updating every day this week. I have been sewing and spinning away. And I have broke out the dye pots again, so look for some new handdyed yarn this week.

One of my latest listings:









I will be using this week to relax and get ready for the upcoming holidays. I am assigned to make pumpkin and cherry pie for Thanksgiving. If you have a good (and easy) pie crust recipie I would love it! I'm not sure if I am going to make the pie crust or buy it....we'll have to see how the week goes.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Happy Saturday!

I updated my shop. 4 New knitting bags in fall and winter fabrics. New Christmas cards listed as well. Come check them out.

AND

Free shipping through Monday, November 12.



Projects:






My fingerless mitt for my pal on ravelry. Mitt one DONE! Mitt two, just started.











This is my random stripe sock yarn working up. Sock 1, almost done, finishing ribbing. Sock 2, foot portion about 1/4 done.






Now THIS is a Batt O' Wool. My friend Meghan let me try out her drum carder last weekend. This is a ton o'wool. It is also about 1/4 silk and a touch of angelina.


Now, I am making squash for supper, how long do I bake it? Anyone?

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Updates














Well life has been busy as usual. I have updated my etsy shop with some more On the Go Knitting Bags. I have changed the design a little, adding different sizes and making the features the same. I'm not sure if I have been completely successful yet, but I am very happy with the results. I am still tempted to try to keep each bag I make for myself. Of course more sewing means less time knitting and spinning and dyeing. But hopefully I can even out the time here in the near future.

Work has been extremely busy as well. A coworker and myself are working on a case study as a kind of 'extra' duty. Not sure I am exactly happy with how that is going yet.

Well have a great day!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Long Week

Its been another long week at work, although this week I have been able to leave work on time every day except today. Which doesn't mean I'v gotten anything done at home, but at least I haven't been as rushed.

I just updated my etsy shop with some new handdyed sock yarns and had updated with several knitting bags over the last week. Also in the process of adding more Christmas Cards. Look for more updates Sunday or Monday.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Happy Mail Day!

I came home to a great mail day.

I received 2 stitch marker exchanges. The first one is polymer clay bead stitch marker exchange. My exchange partner made these wonderfully cute frog and lilly pad stitch markers.



The second puffy was from the halloween stitch marker plus exchange. It was wonderful. It included 13 adorable stitch markers, they were pumpkins, skulls, jackolanterns, witches hat, ghost, and bat. I don't know how she got the wire wrapped so tightly, mine are never that tight. It also included some glass, looks like lampwork, christmas beads. Casscade 220 yarn and fingerless mitts pattern for it. A blinking jack o lattern and don't forget the chocolate! And I almost forgot the cute witch, ghost and jack o lantern candles.





A BIG thank you to both of my exchange partners, they are both very talented stitch marker makers!!!

And I also received my order from knit picks, I am begining to love their needles, now I can cast on more socks....and I ordered more jacquard acid dyes, look for more sock yarn in the near future.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

I have started swatching for a new shrug....I have to let you know I have never done an official swatch....so we will see how it goes. The pattern is out of the February '07 Knit 1, it is the cute little Puffy Sleeved Shrug...not sure what page it is on. I am knitting it in lion brand microfiber royal blue. I am currently swatching on size 4 knitpicks needles, but need to finish the swatch. Pic's will be posted when the swatch is done.

I am also working on my very own sock design....my first....its been a little tough....but I think I finally like the pattern....Eventually I will post the pattern....but as you can see I have a ways to go....

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Mystery Stole Stalled

I got stalled on the Mystery Stole. I did get clue #3 finished though. I hope to get back to it soon.











This is the Jellyfish Shrug that distracted me from the MS. The pattern is from Magknits, in the July issue I believe. I finished it 8-19-07, made with patons lacette yarn and bernat satin sport. It took a little over a ball of the lacette and not much of the satin sport yarn. It is a little on the big side.










These are the Breeze Socks that I finally finished. The photo does not have both of them as finished, but they are, just don't have the finished picture done. I have worn them once and they seem to be comfy. I made these out of Cotton Fine from Brown Sheep Company. I am going to wear them a few more times before I decide if I like this for sock yarn.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Clue 2 Done!!!


I finished clue 2 yesterday for the Mystery Stole 3. I did find a mistake way down in the clue 1 area......but i am NOT starting over again.



I was working on a pair of Breeze socks in blue cotton fine yarn, but it was too loose, so I frogged them and started over.....twice....but I think they are going better, although I only have the ribbing done.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Mystery Stole Clue 1 Done!!!!


Mystery Stole Clue #1 done! Actually I finished it yesterday, but didn't get the pictures uploaded until today.

I only started over 3 times to get the right needle size and to learn the importance of lifelines. But now I think I have it going better.

I have learned a few things about lace though:

Count your stitches after every pattern row. If the number doesn't seem right, recount, you probably counted wrong....or at least i did...

Lifelines are important....don't get too brave too quick.

If you can't seem to count the right # for many tries, PUT IT DOWN, otherwise you will really mess it up and you were likely just too tired

Now I am off to start on Clue 2.....wish me luck

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

News

Well I joined the Mystery Stole along #3 a while ago and am anxiously awaiting the first clue to come out June 29th. I have my yarn, black merino laceweight from yarn tree on ebay, she has super fast shipping. I am waiting to get my needles from knitpicks, I ordered size 3, 4, and 5. All I have left to pick out are the beads, I think I am going to try to find both matte and shiny black beads and then decide when we start which ones I will use.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Welcome

Welcome to my new blog

I had an older blog with blogstream but didn't really like what they were able to offer. So I know lots of people have blogger, so I thought I would test this out. My old blog address is http://vividdreamer.blogstream.com/ So I will be playing with this and see what I can do with it.