Tuesday, January 31, 2006

So Excited

Lately I have been in a knitting slump. I haven't really gotten excited over anything knitting related. This is mostly due to the fact that I don't have any darn time to knit the multitudes of things that I want to knit ie. the lacey wrap from Vogue, Butterfly from Rowan 37, Apricot Jacket, Ab FAb throw.... I could go on and on and on! So anyways as I was saying, I've been in a slump. Then tonight I learned a new knitting stitch, and that got me all excited!! I'll be knitting up a swatch really soon and will use this stitch to make a rectangular shawl. When will I find the time? I'm not really sure, but I'll at least get a swatch made so that you can see this stitch. It is so cool!!

Rob's been gone for three weeks now in Arizona. I was doing ok for a while, but it is really started to get to me now. I don't know how my friends and family in the military handle their husbands being gone for 6 months to a year. I have 4 more weeks to go, and it seems like an eternity at this point. I'm usually ok during the day since I work quite a bit. It's the night time that I have a hard time with. Eating alone really sucks! Four weeks can't go by fast enough!! I'm like a little kid. Are we there yet?? Are we there yet!!!???

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Show N Tell: Sue's Entry

Here is an addition to Sue's Show N Tell back on November 14th. These are the shrugs that she mentioned making and altering using Diane Langan's patterns. I think they all turned out great! My favorite is the one in browns. Great job Sue!

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Friday, January 27, 2006

What Is In A Name?

Thank you so much for all of your suggestions. They were all wonderful. After much consideration, I decided to go with Helena! First of all I thought it was so cool that someone else had even seen that movie other than myself. That movie is so twisted and weird!! For those of you that are going "huh???" right now, the movie is called Boxing Helena. It is about a doctor that becomes obsessed with a woman and eventually cuts her arms and legs off to fully posess her. At one point he has her all displayed on a table or something with flowers all around her. Freaky!!! When I read that suggestion I just cracked up lauging and said, "That's the one!!". Thanks Elspeth! Send me your snail mail address and I'll send you a little somethin' somethin' to show my appreciation :)

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

My New Friend

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Ain't she purty! Much to my dismay my favorite store, Petite Sophisticate, is going out of business. I got this dress form for a great price! I have always wanted one for the blog, especially on the days where I'm really not feeling ummm let's just say...photogenic. Now I have to give her a name. Any suggestions?

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Four Memes

Birdsong tagged me...

4 jobs you had in your life.
Knitting Teacher
Vet. Tech.

4 movies you could watch over and over
Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas
Steel Magnolias
Groundhog Day
(I love goofy movies)

4 places you have lived
Allegheny County
Newport News
Central Florida

4 TV shows you love to watch
Dead Like Me

4 places you have been on vacation
New York
North Carolina

4 websites you visit daily
Bloglines (which leads me to all my favorite blogs)
Yahoo mail

4 of your favorite foods
Korean food

4 places you would rather be right now
Phoenix, AZ with my hubby
Virginia with my friends and family
New Zealand

4 bloggers you are tagging (first 4 that popped into my head)

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Rrrrruffles Have Rrrrrrrrrridges!!

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Before I say anything else, I want to say thank you for all the wonderful birthday wishes. They really meant a lot to me. You are all awesome I tell ya, awesome! Here's a big huuuuuuugggggggggggg from me to all of you!!

The scarf above was knit with Frog Tree Alpaca on a size 10 needle. I really enjoyed knitting with this yarn, except for the fact that it shed a little bit. I think that the shedding would stop, or at least lessen, after a while though. The yarn has a wonderfully soft hand, the halo is just beautiful, and I love the way it drapes. If I were to do another one of these scarves, I would start off by casting on only 100 stitches instead of 200. That way the scarf wouldn't come out quite as long as it did this time. After all the increasing was done I had 2000 stitches on my needle. Casting off took a while, hahaha! This pattern recommends casting on 90.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Show N Tell: Lanie's Entry

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pattern details:
Pattern: Shish-Ska-Boobless Panta by me, inspired by a Free People headband Yarn: Brown Sheep's Cotton Fleece in Tea Rose, held doubled - 79g Needles: Denise Interchangable - US 10 1/2

Notes: i am still working on the increases in the rib pattern. i tweaked the increases in the diamond shaping, using the central double increase, and using lri & rri for the side increases in each diamond. i am absolutely thrilled with how the pattern is looking - clean, and booble-less. the needles could be sized down to US 10's & work well. i was looking for a wider band across the top of my head, without adding to the pattern.the extra long tails add a bit of versatality with the added ability to use them to tie your hair up in a ponytail or just under the hair, with a long tail down your back. the yarn is wonderful. it's soft & blockable. warm & comfortable. so far, no ill effects from the 20% merino content in it.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Cashmere Headband Pattern

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I knit this headband as a sample for my LYS. It is knit with one skein of Royal Cashmere, which was an absolute pleasure, and a little bit of frou frou yarn. Unfortunately, I'm not really sure what the frou frou stuff is on the edges. I figure you could use any fuzzy yarn or skip the fuzz all together and just edge it in garter stitch. If you want to knit this here's what ya do...

Gauge: 4sts = 1 inch

Cast on 66 stitches on a size 8 circular or DPN's, join

K 3 rows with fuzzy yarn
Drop fuzzy yarn
*P 3 rows (with cashmere or other worsted yarn)
K 3 rows*

You will repeat this (between *'s ) until the headband is as wide as you like it. (I repeated it 7 times)The last 3 knit rows will be with the fuzzy yarn. Bind off :)

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Pattern Update

I updated the pattern for the Paillette Purse. If you have any questions feel free to ask. This is going to have to be a short post. It is pretty late and I have to get up way early. Rob and I thank you for all the kind words. He is currently training and will be gone for the next 7 weeks. He said he may be back sooner but who knows. I'm on pins and needles right now waiting to find out where the heck we are going to live. He is trying really hard to keep us here in Florida since I have a job that I love and so many friends. We better find out soon or I am going to die!

I took pictures of the cashmere headband finally. I'll put it on her tomorrow. I am also about to finish my ruffly scarf. I need to bind off a few more stitches (i had 2000!!) and weave in the ends. Next I think I will either do the Ab Fab throw or Butterfly. I may have to flip a coin or just do both. What do you think?

Monday, January 09, 2006


He got the job!!!! All the hard work and sacrifice has paid off! My husband is an airline pilot!!! Thank you for all the positive thoughts! We are so very blessed!!! He leaves tomorrow morning for 7 weeks of training, so I'm getting off of this thing and celebrating with my man!!!!!!!!

Friday, January 06, 2006

Let's Wish Him Luck

Rob goes on his first interview with an airline tomorrow.  This is what we have been working so hard for. Please send some good thoughts his way. Here is a video of Rob in his "office". i don't know about you, but I think his office is pretty darn cool. He also wanted to share a picture of Miami from the air at night. Soooo pretty!

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Monday, January 02, 2006

Christmas Beading

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This is the bracelet I made for my Mother-in-Law for Christmas. It is made with Raku cubes and the even count Peyote method. Once the band was made, I put the embellishments on top and added beads along the sides.  As you can see I finished it off with a pretty button clasp. Click here to see a close up. This is one of those easy projects that look complicated. Believe it or not, It only took a couple of hours to make. I just love the instant gratification of beading!! More Christmas beading to come...

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Show N Tell: Kim's Entry

Hi Stacie,
I very much enjoy visiting your Faery Crafty blog, and would like to submit an entry for your Show N Tell.

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This is a hooded baby blanket that I crocheted last spring for friends who were expecting a baby boy. They loved the gift at the time and have since thanked me several times, telling me that it's so soft and fluffy and works perfectly in the car seat and carrier.

The pattern is out of the "Fast & Fun" pattern book by Coats & Clark. It's called Rock-A-Bye Blanket and is made with Red Heart "Baby Clouds" yarn, using a size N-15 crochet hook.

Thank you, and keep up the great blogging! :-)
Kim Brunner