WOw it’s been a long time.

Don’t die of shock, everyone :)  This is really me blogging for once.   I’m sorry I’ve been so rude lately.

My excuse for not blogging at all these last few months….i’ve been working like a mad dog these last few months.  I got a ton of new responsibilities at work and OMG…it cuts into knitting time.  So freaking horrible.   But I gotta eat and buy yarn right? hahaah.   I’m happy to have more responsibility at work.  But I realize I’m at the point where I don’t want MORE.  For now I’m happy w/ my level of work.  And I’m starting to realize that maybe I am not a super woman and can’t be at 3 places at once.   It’s one thing to be boss…but be boss AND employee is not smart.

I had some free time tonight.  Well, that is a lie.  I have a pile of work I need to do and a crap load of projects I want to start/finish.  But I felt like blogging for some reason.  I dont’ know why.  It’s been so long, I think everyone has dropped me from their bloglines/google reader. :)

Alot has happened over the last few months.  Where do I even start?   Umm…I had to buy a new car in July.  The old Element kind of crapped out.  I miss the big E.   My dad took it and fixed it up so he could use it.  He’s had his eye on it since the first time he rode around in it.  He loves that car now and that makes me happy.  I ended up buying a new Kia Soul.  I love the car.  it’s so cute and zippy.  I miss the trunk space in the E though.  But you know…the lack of space is good.  B/c i was filling it up w/ junk as I rode around.  So sad.  When I cleaned it out, i was freaking shocked at how much I had IN it.  No wonder my gas mileage was getting so poor. hahaha.

say hello to the Kia SOUUUUUUL train :)

I’ve been spending more time crocheting rather than knitting.  Why…i don’t know why.  :(   I’ve been in a crochet state of mind lately.  I have managed to finish a few projects.   hehe.

I did make submissions to the State Fair of Texas this year as I usually do.  I didn’t even know what i was going to submit until about 1-2 months prior.  The due date was at the end of July to submit categories and our money.  Then in mid-August, I dropped off my items.   I got my results Labor Day weekend.  Guess what?  I got a blue ribbon for the crochet/knit toy category!  Well, there are 2 seperate categories.  So I submitted two dolls and the 2nd doll got Honorable Mention.  That is 4th place and it gets shown at the fair!  WHEEE!!

 

This little dude got the Honorable Mention.    He’s not my best work.  He’s a bit larger than I expected.  And I sewed on his head a little crooked. hahaaha.

Project:  My free Hobbes pattern
YarnI Love This Yarn! Solids
Amount Usedbits of a skein
Colorblack/orange/white
Hook Size: G (4.0 mm)
Date Started: Jun 21, 2012
Date Finished: July 25, 2012

 

So this little guy got the blue ribbon.  Isn’t he CUTE????  the pattern is very well written and she has many other patterns that are similar, but different animals.  they are SO cute.  I plan on making them all. :)

Project:  “DIRK” – Doll Project No. VI – Dragon, Dinosaur
YarnSerenity Sock Weight and Stardust
Amount Useda whole skein of the stardust in brownish.  bits of the others
ColorBeige (Serenity) , Brown and purple (Stardust)
Hook Size: G (4.0 mm)
Date Started: Aug 2, 2012
Date Finished: Aug 19, 2012

 

I went to the MadTosh store Ravelry ice cream social a couple of months ago.   It was so much fun.   While we (me, Kathy, Debbie, Mary), we couldn’t stop throwing skeins of yarn into our baskets like mad women.  Kathy had her eye on some beautiful yarn.  I bought it so I could give it to her for her bday, but she saw me.  So i made up some lie about how I was going to hold it for her and then give it to her later whenever she could give me money for the skeins.    I made her some fingerless mitts for her bday and gave her one skein and the remainder of the skein i used to make her mitts.  :)   The pattern used was written by my good friend, Botgurl :)

She was squealing when I gave them to her.

Project:  One Koigu Mitts
Yarn
:  tosh sock
Amount Used: 1/2 skein
Color: Victory Garden
Needle Size: US 1 (2.25 mm)
Date Started:  Jul 8, 2012
Date Finished:  Jul 22, 2012

 

 

 

I made a hat for fellow knitter Monica’s new grandson Joel.  He is her first grandson and will definetly be spoiled like a little prince.   SO I had to make him a little crown hat.

The colors are insane.  But i thought they complimented each other. :)   the Boy saw the orange on my desk one day and he asked “did something throw this up on your desk?”  hilarious :)

Project:  Fit for a King or Queen Crown Newborn
YarnCaribbean
Amount Usedbits of each skein. they are huge skeins
Colororange/green/blue
Hook Size: G (4.0 mm)
Date Started: Aug 19, 2012
Date Finished: Aug 26, 2012

 

 

i promised my cousin gifts for her two kids and they live far away.  her son is almost 1 now.  I’m a horrible cousin.   But i need to send her daughter her ballerina!!  I made a hat for her little brother, but he needed a bit more.  So I made him this monkey blanket buddy :)  I need to put this in the mail before i forget for a few months.  sheesh.  He came out so cute!

Project:  Monkey Security Blanket
YarnCaribbean / I Love This Cotton! Solids
Amount Usedbits of each skein. they are huge skeins
ColorGreen (caribbean) / brown (iltc)
Hook Size: G (4.0 mm)
Date Started: Sept 11, 2012
Date Finished: Sept 19, 2012

I know why i felt like blogging today. I met the Yarn Harlot today….and she is a master blogger.  hahaa. I got inspired!   She was wonderful.  She gave a great talk and was hilarious.  and she was so sweet.  She signed my book and took pictures with me and my buddies. :)  it’s funny.  everyone kept saying “omg she’s so short..how are we going to be able to see her?”   shoot…I’m SHORTER than her!!  AAAH!   no wonder ppl make fun of me all the time!

Thanks for being so awesome, Stephanie!  I had a blast!

I”ll try to be good and post more often so I dont post such img-heavy posts.  :)  Thanks for sticking with me. :)  I love you guys.

 

 

 

Hello my friends…

I have to apologize for my long absence from the blog world.   it’s been like almost 2 months since I last blogged and I wouldn’t blame you if you dropped me like a hot potato and forgot about me.

On Chinese New Year,  I was all WHOO HOO!!! this year is gonna be awesome!!!  Well, poo.  At the end of January and the entire month of February was a busy hard month for me mainly b/c the boy was really sick and stuck in the hospital for 2 weeks.  I spent alot of time at the hospital (besides work time), and i spent alot of time at home being a nursemaid.   he got a very bad bacterial infection and had alot of problems pop up after that.  his little episodes here could have killed him.   Even though I wasn’t the one that was sick, it was hard on me emotionally.  Why is that?  i’m not the one laid up in a bed w/ iv and O2 and abx and blah blah blah blah.  heheh.  but whatever.  I guess the most upsetting thing is that he could have died and I don’t know how I could have handled such a loss.  I don’t think I could function if something like that happens.  But he’s better now which makes me better now too.  :)

Anyway, if you are still here with me, thank you. :)   I made a bit of a change on the blog where I installed some fonts.  I noticed everyone was getting all these fancy fonts on their blogs and i felt left out! lol.

With all this, I have managed to be knitting and crocheting. hahaah.   And i’m totally hooked on Pinterest right now.  so lame huh?  I’ve been on there a while, but just in recent months w/ all the buzz, there is more stuff on there to look at and more of my friends are on there, so now it’s more interesting.  bah.  It’s another bad thing to be hooked on on the internet.  Like there aren’t enough distractions already! hahaha.    I’m mainly pinning FOOD and alcoholic drinks and desserts.  I don’t drink…so why the drinks?  b/c i’m stupid and it’s so easy to hit that repin button. LOL

What i got going on here?  I finished that baby hat to w/ the cardigan and the baby shoes.  The baby shower for the mom-to-be was on Feb 4th.  Mommy was so surprised and happy to see she was getting the set.  which is hilarious b/c she saw me knit on all the items and I kept telling her that I was making them for my cousin.  tee-hee!

 

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Project:  Norwegian Sweet Baby Cap / Djevellue
Yarn
: Kroy Socks Stripes
Amount Used: 1/2 skeing\
Color: 55617 — or I call it…70′s chic. :)
Needle Size: US 2 (2.75 mm)
Date Started: Jan 24, 2012
Date Finished: Jan 26, 2012

Isn’t it CUTE??? I love the little red tip!!  SQUEEEEEEEEE!!!

 

Are you guys into mason jars?  I frakking love them.  I love drinking out of them, storing things in them, etc.   I especially love drinking out of them.  Botgurl feels the same way I do.  The boy told me on discovery channel, there is some show called Moonshiners where they sell their moonshine in mason jars.   whoo hoo. haahah.  anyway, Bot mentioned she would love a cozy for her mason jar and i whipped one out one night just to see how long it would take me.  it didn’t even take me a few hours.   very cute.  I was going to dup. stitch some cute hilarious little design on the cozy, but it looked jacked up when i got half way thru, so i just took it all out.  never mind.  simple is best. :)

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Project: Yogurt 101
Yarn
: Wool Bam Boo
Amount Used: 1/2 a skein
Color: 1672 – dark green
Needle Size: US 4 (3.5 mm)
Date Started: Jan 25, 2012
Date Finished: Jan 25, 2012

I used the pattern above but adjusted the stitch count for the size of the jar and the yarn size.  I could have made it a couple of rows longer, but i figured it was long enough?  Bot said that the cozy got alot of buzz at her office. tee hee.

 

One of my favorite cousins had a baby back in …. oh geez.  Sept.  His wife asked if I would make a blanket for the new baby and stuff.  I happily agreed.  I made a blanket in time for me to take when i was there in october for my grandfather’s funeral, but i wasn’t happy w/ the blanket.  So I didnt give it to them.  I wasn’t able to see them anyway b/c of some Chinese superstitions… but honestly?   I was unhappy w/ how the turquoise yarn shedded all over the freaking place when i washed the blanket.  I couldn’t give them something that shedded that much.  So i made a whole new blanket with super wash wool (they live in Canada…it’s cold up there)  I finally finished it after deciding on which blanket to make.   It’s late, but baby can always lay on top of it.  :)

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Project:  Beth’s Little Star Afghan
YarnClassic Superwash
Amount Used: 2-3 skeins of each color
Color: grey / smoke blue
Hook Size: I (5.5mm)
Date Started: Feb 19, 2012
Date Finished: March 6, 2012

It didn’t take too long to make.  i love crochet for blankets!! :)  Chewy liked the blanket alot.  As I was taking pictures, he had to lay all over it.  Isn’t he adorable? :)

To go w/ the blanket….a sweater. :)

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Project: Rudyard baby sweater
Yarn
: Classic Superwash
Amount Used: one skein of the grey / bits of the blue
Color: grey / smoke blue
Needle Size: US 6 (4.0 mm)
Date Started: Jan 29, 2012
Date Finished: Feb 13, 2012

I love the collar on this sweater.  I made it for a 1 yr old child so that way baby can grow into it.  sigh.

Among all the madness, my baby brother asked me for a batman hat.  :)

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I should have posed the ears better whenever I took the pics, but at the time I just didn’t care. My brother sent me a hilarious picture of him wearing the hat, but I’m not going to share it. :(  He would be mad at me if i did that w/o his permission. hahaah.

Project: Zsa Mask
Yarn
: Lion Wool Solids
Amount Used: one skein
Color: black
Needle Size: US 9 (5.5 mm)
Date Started: Jan 30, 2012
Date Finished: Feb 9, 2012

  • made an adult size by casting on 80 sts
  • also knit in the round and kitchenered on top.
  • CO 80, eyes knit 9 BO 8, K 4, BO 8
  • also SC two rows ont he bottom to keep it from rolling so much.

 

I had childhood friend that had her baby back in Nov.  I promised her a Yoda hat and sweater a long time ago and I never really made one for her.  Then she said something in passing one day that made me feel bad that I never delivered on the Yoda hat.  So I decided to start one one night and I was really shocked at the fact that I finished it in one night while catching up on tv shows.  I amaze myself sometimes. LOL.

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Project: Bear and Panda Hat and Mitts
Yarn
: Soft Yarn Solids
Amount Used: one skein
Color: forest green
Needle Size: US 6 (4.0 mm)
Date Started: Feb 14, 2012
Date Finished: Feb 14, 2012

I made the hat really large b/c baby is huge.  That’s why on Zoe the hat looks ginormous and on the adult head it looks really small.  hahaah.  I did not stiffen the ears b/c I feel that that could possibly be toxic when the parents wash the hat.  so i’d rather have them deal w/ floppy ears. :)

 

Another friend had a baby in December and I got the birth announcement the other day.  So what does that mean?  gotta bust out a gift.  This is just one piece of her gift….for Miss Olivia. :)

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Project: Crochet Amigurumi Flower (etsy page)
Yarn: Hushabye Solid
Amount Used: bits of each color
Color: light pink, pink, green
Hook Size: F (3.75mm)
Date Started: Feb 4, 2012
Date Finished: Feb 18, 2012

Cute huh?  Just put a little bell inside and there is the perfect little rattle for a little girl’s hands. :)

I guess that’s all for now. haahah. Thanks again to all for sticking w/ me.   I’ll be a better blogger this year, I promise. :)

 

 

 

Happy Thursday!

Hi everyone. Thanks for stopping by :)  I hope your week has been treating you well so far.

I do have a purse I want to show off…but I haven’t taken pictures of it yet.  So you guys have to wait another week. :) hahaha  sorry folks.  Slackness rules.

My knitting mojo really has come back w/ a vengeance.  I’ve made up for the last few months when I hardly knit a thing.   So i’ve got some FO’s to show off.

 

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Project:  Skinny Flats for Women and Kids
Yarn:  Encore WorstedShimmer
Amount Used: bits of every skein
Color: grey / white ice
Hook Size: H (5.0 mm)
Date Started: Jan 18, 2011
Date Finished: Jan 21, 2011

These were made for my co-worker’s daughter.  She saw them on pinterest and she asked her mom if she knew anyone that crocheted.  Actually, this is the same girl that got the baylor bear headwarmer last week.

Cute shoes eh? I like how the mannequin feet show off the little shoes. :)

 

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Project:  Yoda Hat
Yarn
: I Love This Yarn! Solids
Amount Used: about 1/3 of a skein?  maybe half?
Color: dark Green
Needle Size: US 2.5 (3.0 mm)
Date Started: Jan 14, 2012
Date Finished: Jan 22, 2012

Made to go w/ the Yoda sweater shown last week.  The baby set is complete for grandma to give at her shower.   I did not put stiffner in the ears as directed by the pattern b/c I had none…and i was scared the stiffner would wash out if they washed the hat.  I felt they were stiff enough. (Snort…i said STIFF).

 

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Project:  Puerperium Cardigan
Yarn
: Kroy Socks Stripes
Amount Used: 1 full skein.
Color: 55617 — or I call it…70′s chic. :)
Needle Size: US 6 (4.0 mm)
Date Started: Jan 14, 2012
Date Finished: Jan 22, 2012

This was inspired by Yarn Harlot’s post a few months ago.  I had to make one.  I found some adorable sock yarn and had do make it.  It’s super cute.  People squee when they see it. :)

Matching booties anyone?

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Project:  Baby Boots
Yarn
: Kroy Socks Stripes
Amount Used: 2/3 of one skein
Color: 55617 — or I call it…70′s chic. :)
Needle Size: US 1 (2.25 mm)
Date Started: Jan 22, 2012
Date Finished: Jan 23, 2012

these were made to match the Puerperium Cardigan above.  I did not have to pull any extra yarn to make these booties match.  That was PURE luck.  Awesome luck. :) hahaha.  Super cute.  These are knit flat and then seamed up.  I started off w/ the ones you do in the round, but I HATE purling in the round.   and I love the ribbed cuff.  So I switched. :)

 

And to go w/ the Jughead hat….

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Project:  Little Button Loafers (baby booties)
YarnI Love This Yarn! Solids
Amount Used: bits of every skein
Color: Turquoise/ lime green
Hook Size: E (3.5 mm)
Date Started: Jan 23, 2011
Date Finished: Jan 23, 2011

That couple’s gift is done.  That monkey is off my back. :) hahahaha.

I think that’s all for now.  Not much is going on in my life except for work and knitting.  It’s weird..i knit/crochet so much this week that my hands were actually hurting on Tues.  I had to give myself a little break….less intensity.

I’m in the middle of a hat to match the 70′s stripey cardigan and booties.  I hope to give the complete set soon.

I found out that one of my cousin’s had a baby in December and another one is due any day now.  EVERYONE IS HAVING A BABY…or getting married.  ugh.  Everyone needs to slow down on the breeding…for Purse-Ho’s sake please :) hahaha.

I hope everyone has a good weekend this weekend.  Thanks for stopping by :)  Take care and be safe!

 

Thursday, No purse-day!

Hello friends! :)

happy thursday to you all.   I’m going to try to get back in the swing of posting at least once a week.   “try”.  at least every other week for sure.

No purse today.  I haven’t bought a purse in a while and I don’t feel like digging for one I haven’t shown off yet.  I know i have quite a few…i’m just being a bit lazy.

The new year is going ok so far.  Not fantastic…not bad.  I did have alot of friends that got engaged on New Year’s Eve.  is it me, or is that really cliche?  hahahaha.  i kept getting txt msgs all night long “WE’RE ENGAGED!”  blech!  i’m happy for them, but blech. hahahaha.  Do I sound like a bitter crone yet? :)

My knitting/crochet mojo has come back with a vengeance.  I’ve been working non-stop on things that i either have a deadline for, or just feel like making RIGHT AT THAT MOMENT.

But anyway, i have some things to show off, so I will. :)

First off…this is the final Yoda sweater.  Well, final for a while.  I really don’t want to make another one for a while.

It's too small on Zoe. Beware of the Darkside, Logan! my dup. st skills are slacking and no room for a comma.  I ran out of room almost at the end!

Project: seamless baby and toddler wrap
Yarn
: Sweet Delight Baby
Amount Used: a little more than half a skein
Color: Teddy
Needle Size: US 4 (3.5 mm)
Date Started: Dec 22, 2011
Date Finished: Jan 7, 2012

On the inside is dup. stitched “Beware of the darkside, Logan”

Baby’s name is going to be Logan.  Parents are HUGE Star Wars fanatics.  I was asked (begged) by the grandma if I could find it in my heart to make a new one.  Grandma is my very special friend Kathy…so I made another one.  I was sick of dup. stitching “May the force be with you”.  i feel like a factory worker sometimes when you do something so often. :)   I am supposed to make another one, but i’m not feeling the love.  I was really hoping to make a pink one for a girl, but alas…that did not happen.  the stinky baby is a boy. hahah.

Working on a Yoda hat for the outfit as well.  it has to be ready in a few weeks for a baby shower!

Some of my Simpatico friends and I hang out at Barnes and Noble twice a week.  We’ve gotten very friendly w/ the cafe girl and she is pregnant!  Actually, she’s delivering her baby today!  We all decided to make her a bunch of things … washcloths, hats, bibs, etc and give her a big bag of goodies.  Well, I put a pink dress and some pink hats in there.  I did not finish my bib in time.  But i finished it after.  hahaha.  it’s such a cute bib, i’ll just put it in the baby shower stash.

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Project:  Crochet Monkey Bib Pattern PDF
Yarn:  I Love This Cotton! Solids
Amount Used: bits of every skein
Color: baby pink, brown, tan,
Hook Size: H (5.0 mm)
Date Started: Jan 7, 2011
Date Finished: Jan 7, 2011

I did this while watching Star Trek Insurrection again. :) hahahaah.   I had to throw the bib on Chewy b/c he was getting in my way while I was trying to take pictures.  You be a pest?  I throw it on you and take pics!  he sat there for a min and then kind of shrugged off the bib.  and then he kind of jumped on top of it.  I had to take it away at that point.  stupid cute widdle evil cat.

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ProjectFit for a King or Queen Crown 3-4 yrs
Yarn:  I Love This Yarn! Solids, Red Heart Shimmer
Amount Used: 2/3 a skein
Color: turquoise, lime green, white sparkle (redheart)
Hook Size: I (5.5 mm)
Date Started: Jan 9, 2011
Date Finished: Jan 9, 2011

I made this for my brother’s friend.  The baby was born in August and apparently he’s a big boy.  So i was asked to make it larger.  I made the baby’s big sister a sweater and shoes when she was born.  I have made nothing for this child and I started to feel guilty.  When my brother and I were discussing hats…he said “JUGHEAD HAT!”   I finished it so fast I amazed even myself. LOL.   working on picking out some shoes to make to match the hat.

I’m really digging the lime green and turquoise + white combination right now.  Which will explain the next project…

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Project:  Lace-Edged Cardigan
Yarn
: I Love This Yarn! Solids, Cascade Venezia Worsted
Amount Used: eh….some of each skein?
Color: Bright teal (Cascade), Lime green, white (hobby lobby)
Needle Size: US 4 (3.5 mm)
Date Started: Oct 22, 2011
Date Finished: Jan 12, 2011

I made this sweater for my cousin’s baby.  I was going to send it…but I never really finished it.  I finished knitting it, but I needed to weave ends in and block…and I never got around to it until Jan 12.

Instead of the lace as required by the pattern, I did an i-cord edging w/ NO buttonholes.  I did the edging around the neck, front and sleeves.  And instead of two colors, I striped 3 colors (Obviously!).

 

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Project:  Violet Women’s House Slipper
Yarn: Hushabye Solid / Hushabye Ombre
Amount Used: 2/3 a skein
Color: pinkbrown camo / brown
Hook Size: G (4.0 mm)
Date Started: Jan 12, 2011
Date Finished: Jan 12, 2011

I made these for my friend Auntie Pet b/c back in October when my grandpa died, she did me a favor and hooked me up w/ some plane tickets.  she saved me a whole lot a money.  This is just a small token of what I could give her to thank her.   I had tried to make FOUR diff. pairs of slippers I knew she loved! FOUR!  and all of them were a big fail!  UGH!  I was so mad!  then I saw she put these slippers up on her pinterest board as something she wanted, so i grabbed the pattern and whipped them up. :)  I Hope she likes them.  I made her try them on last week and i told her they were for my mom and she kind of ooh’d and aah’d. :)  Purse.Ho is pleased. :)

I made the button that is on the shoes rather than trying to hunt down a 1.5″ button.  (I was stuck at work and trying to finish them up!), so I had this button pattern from another pattern.  It’s super easy and great since the button doesn’t serve a function..just a decorative purpose.

 

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ProjectKnit Earwarmer with Crochet flower
Yarn: Soft Yarn SolidsVanna’s Choice Solids / Red Heart Shimmer
Amount Used: bits of all skeins
Color: Dark Leaf / mustard / white ice
Needle Size: US 8 (5.0mm)
Date Started: Jan 17, 2011
Date Finished: Jan 17, 2011

This was a super fast knit.  My friend at work was asking if I could create something for her daughter to wear while she was riding her scooter around on Campus.  and she’s a Baylor Bear.   So i whipped one up for her!  The flower is a flower I used from a crochet pattern (I cant remember which one at this moment) rather than the flower that is in the pattern.  That one wasnt to my liking and I wanted to make the flower diff. colors.  so ta-da!  i threw in the daisy button b/c i like buttons and i like daisies. :)

whew.  that’s all folks.  I guess i’ve been busy the last couple of weeks.  :)  I Hope you guys are having a great week/ month so far.  WHile at work today, when i was writing down “1/19/12″ ….i thought…omg…it’s already past the half month mark!   I really wish time didn’t fly by as fast as it did.

have a great weekend everyone :)

 

It’s not a Thursday, but the holidays are over and it’s a new year. :)

helllo friends.  I hope you all had a happpy happy holiday.  I had a pretty ok one.  I’ve found that the older I get, the grinch-ier I get.  I did manage to go home for a few days and surprise my parents.  They didn’t know i was coming home, so I was successful in scaring the crap out of them. :D  hahaah.  hilairousss

New Years was uneventful, spent at home working — of all things.  I’ve gotten very paranoid in my old age and I’m scared of all the drunks on the road.  So I happily stayed home. :) Speaking of New Years day…i saw the movie a few weeks ago.  Do not see it.  it’s awwwwwful.  The only good thing in it is Josh Dumael and that hot little boy Zac Efron.  that’s it.  hahaah. and they could have just sat there and not said a word I would have been very happy. :)  oh yeah.  they needed to get naked too.  haahah.

anyway, I’m glad the holidays are over.  I hate how everything gets so disrupted b/c of the holidays: work, sleep, eating, weight, my pants not fitting b/c of all the eating I do, all my coverage issues at work, etc.  bah!  I need to take a vacation that isn’t related to family work or holidays.

Usually my first post of the year contains all my resolutions and things I hope to accomplish in the year ahead.  I’m not doing that this year.  Last year I “failed” so miserably at my major goals (lose more weight, eat better, etc).  Actually wait…when I look at my list from last year, it was just of things I wanted to do rather than “resolutions”. hahah

here is the list from last year… i’m going to cross off the things I accomplished:

  1. be a better me
  2. quit eating junk – candy / froyo / cake i’m talking to you.
  3. cook more at home
  4. be more creative w/ cooking
  5. eat at least 2 servings of vegetables at every meal
  6. eat less cow  (UGH..i eat MORE cow than I did before!  WTF?)
  7. do more cardio than I have been doing
  8. clean out the garage (COMPLETELY) I can fit 2 cars in there now. :)
  9. knit less for people who don’t appreciate
  10. knit more for me / loved ones
  11. be less catty
  12. work smarter, not harder
  13. don’t mindlessly shop, shop smart
  14. be more thrifty when making purchases
  15. be more thankful for what I have
  16. think less about all the things I want
  17. be a meaner/rigid boss at work
  18. scan and reorganize old family photos – I did alot of this, but not completely done…
  19. throw away/donate things I don’t need anymore
  20. make at least one knit item for an unknown stranger / charity
  21. think about remodeling my bathroom DONE!!!  WHEEE!
  22. visit my family sometime soon
  23. don’t let stupid things piss me off when it’s all beyond my control
  24. start eliminating bad obsessive habits
  25. be a better friend to my friends

Hmm….11 out of 25.  not  bad! :D

I think posting a list of things I’m thankful for might do the trick right now. :)

  1. my family .. they drive me nuts but I love them so much.
  2. my friends .. my family away from my family.
  3. I am employed…hallejuah!
  4. I managed to save quite a bit of money this year.  yay!
  5. the boy….I think I love him too much. :)
  6. my home … I have a home. :)
  7. I found a new kitty this year…Chewy :)   he’s been a great sweet little blessing in my life this year.
  8. my sanity.  I am surprised it’s still around.  :)

No purse yet for this year.  I’ll post one next time.  I do have some FO’s to show off.

dress6 cute buttons! it's too big for bitty baby...

 

ProjectAngel Wings Pinafore
Yarn: Hushabye Solid
Amount Used: 2/3 a skein
Color: baby pink
Hook Size: F (3.75mm)
Date Started: Dec 18, 2011
Date Finished: Dec 19, 2011

this was a really easy and simple little dress.  I can’t wait to make ANOTHER one. :)

 

cowl for brudda

 

Project: Fisherman’s Rib Gaiter
Yarn
: Bernat Roving
Amount Used: eh….some of each skein?
Color: burgundy / Charcoal grey
Needle Size: US 11 (8.0 mm)
Date Started: Dec 24, 2011
Date Finished: Dec 24, 2011

I felt like making a cowl and my brother is fancy enough to be able to wear one of these while wearing his peacoat w/o looking like a dandy. :)  I didn’t have enough grey (i knew this ahead of time) but he loves it when i put in little stripes here and there in things I make for him, so i knew he would like the burgundy stripings.

that’s all for now folks.  Thanks for stopping by and Happy new year!  I’m waiting for 2012 to be a great awesome year. :)  May we all give and receive as much love and happiness that we deserve. :)

 

Hello everyone. :)

Hello everyone.   I have no purse to show off today.  Mainly b/c i’m lazy and don’t want to go thru what i have or take any photos.

I’ve been so stressed out w/ various things here this week.   So stressed out that I just finally kind of broke down to let some of the frustrations out.   It just seemed that everything that could go wrong this week went wrong.    and even though I don’t do the Christmas gift thing…I don’t stress myself out w/ shopping for ppl that can buy their own dang presents… i found that i spent alot of money on myself this month.  I got a little greedy.  and right when I do, I start having other issues that require money:  car, house, etc.  then i start thinking:  Omg. i shouldnt’ have been so greedy w/ the self-shopping earlier in the month.    This is really the only time of year i go nuts buying myself stuff b/c all these Christmas sales and deals and packages..it’s all pretty irresistible and I don’t normally get alot of gifts from other people…so Merry Christmas to me. :) hahahaah.  but now i’m like eesh.  I should have slowed down at the beginning of the month to see what these few weeks would bring me.

Anyway.  I’ve got some FO’s to show off. :)

I went to a baby shower on Sat and I was crocheting up to the night before.  tee hee.

I didn’t make that much for this baby like i usually do.  But oh well.  I made some things.  I guess that’s good enough for now. :)   lucky for me I hit up my baby shower stash (YES! I have a baby shower stash!  i go to alot of freaking baby showers!) and was able to pick out ALOT of cute stuff for the shower w/o me having to do any major shopping. :D  Wheee!!

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Project: Katrina Ribbon Cloche
Yarn: Hushabye Solid
Amount Used: various bits of skeins
Color: pink, brown, cream
Hook Size: H (5.0mm)
Date Started: Dec 8, 2011
Date Finished: Dec 8, 2011

After I took the pics, I retied the bow.  I’m out of practice w/ tying the perfect bow.  But i thought the ribbon was a cute addition to the hat.  So Jaunty! :)

 

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Project:  Baby Cowboy Boots Pattern “Baby Boot Scoot’n Boots”
Yarn: Hushabye Solid
Amount Used: various bits of skeins
Color: pink, brown, cream
Hook Size: E (3.5 mm)
Date Started: Dec 9, 2011
Date Finished: Dec 9, 2011

Aren’t these CUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUTE????  THey were SOOO fun to make!!! :)  When some of my friends saw these booties, they said “HEY! they match the ones YOU have!”

I guess they do.  I should have made a matching cowboy hat, but no time.  Next time. :)  heheehe.

I made myself a puffy stitch hat too!

 

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Project:  Puff Stitch Earflap Beanie Hat
Yarn:  MosaicRoving
Amount Used: one skein mosaic, bits of Roving
Color: Mosaic – NINJA ; Roving – grey
Hook Size: I (5.5 mm)
Date Started: Dec 14, 2011
Date Finished: Dec 14, 2011

I’m infatuated with HUGE HUGE pompoms on top of hats.  This isn’t really as big of a pompom as I would like, but it’s quite large.  When I put it on my head, i started cracking up.  I crack myself up. haha.

The hat itself is done in Bernat Mosaic in Ninja color (yeahhh…ninja!).  The edging and the pompom was done in the grey Roving.

That’s all for now folks!  SEems like i’m a crochet-state of mind as of late.   hahaha.   have a great weekend everyone!  Thanks for coming back for an update!

 

Sorry friends. :(

It’s been a long long time since I updated.  Sorry, my friends.  :(   I haven’t had much to update with.  I kind of lost my knitting/crochet mojo for about 6-8 weeks.  I was starting so many projects but finishing NOTHING.   This is a knitting blog! hah!  NO knitting…no updates.

So I have to apologize and thank you very much if you are still sticking with me here.

Alot of my momentum has decreased due to having a baby kitty in my house that terrorizes everything I do:  eating, cooking, cleaning, sleeping, knitting, crochet, taking a shower…. I forgot what it’s like to have a kitten around and as much as I love him, he drives me insane!!!  Knitting/crochet is practically impossible at home.  he doesn’t attack still yarn…but once it’s in motion, he’s attacking it.  he attacks my hair as I sit anywhere.  My hair is some evil animal apparently.   He never stops jumping on the counter as I cook (i’ve remedied this situation now…thank you the creators of SSSCat!!!).  I can barely eat at home w/o him being all up in my face… sigh.

plus I can no longer knit at work…so my knitting time has been cut by like 75%!   Sigh.

But the mojo is coming back slowly but surely. :)

I do have a purse to share. :)

excuse the photos…i stole them off Macys.com. lol

the inside

if only this was my silhouette….

I totally love this purse.  I got it on super duper clearance at Dillard’s and it was more than what I normally spend on a bag…but i couldn’t resist.  it looked so cute and felt so nice :)

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  I stayed home and worked. :)  It was nice.  I love holiday pay.  haahah.

I’m in a Christmas rush.  You know what i hate about the holidays?  How ppl will contact me/approach me about doing rush jobs for their gifts.  I admit, i like working under pressure, but not this much pressure.  When I had more knitting time, it was possible for me to do alot of stuff in a short amount of time.  Those days are gone.  I need to be more selective.   Alot of ppl at work have been “suggesting”  I make them Christmas stockings or toys.  I don’t mind if you pay me.  People always says “oh I’ll pay you!” but when I name a price, they act like I was asking for their first born child.   I honestly work for dirt cheap.  Too cheap.  So I’ve been coached by some ppl (Botgurl and Janice and the boy) to just name sky high prices and people will quit asking me.   hehe.  it’s good and valid advice.

Why do I bring this up? No reason. lol.  But I did do a rush job on a unicorn this week that came out really cute.

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Project: Luna the Unicorn
Yarn: I Love This Cotton! Solids (Sparkle), various scraps laying around for horn and mane.
Amount Used: one skein
Color: white sparkle, green sparkle,
Hook Size: G (4.0mm)
Date Started: Dec 3, 2011
Date Finished: Dec 5, 2011

Isn’t it cute?  It’s a pretty big unicorn…about 9″ long and 7.5″ tall (including horn).   I’m surprised I finished this as quickly as I did considering my mojo problem, but i was on a deadline.  not bad eh? :)

As I was taking pics of the unicorn, Chewy wanted to join in all the fun.

"it's a showdown, Unicorn" "I'll spank yo' butt!" "I got you, fool!" "lemme sniff your butt, Unicorn.  Does it smell like jelly beans?" "what, Mama?"

He’s so stinkin’ cute!!

I did make Mr. Chewy a Christmas stocking.  I’m working on the boy’s Christmas stocking as well.  I need to hurry up b/c it’s already Dec. 8th.  EEK!

chewy stocking 2

Project: Holly Berry Stocking

Yarn: I Love This Yarn! Solids
Amount Used: eh….some of each skein?
Color: burgundy / forest green / cream
Needle Size: US 8 (5.0 mm)
Date Started: Nov 20, 2011
Date Finished: Nov 30, 2011

If you look at the original pattern, there is hearts instead of paws.  And there is no space on the original pattern for a name at the top.  So I added 10 rows at the top for name and I changed the chart from hearts to paws.   The boy’s stocking has the same modifications, except instead of paws or hearts, he’s going to have a gun chart.  Sue me.  we are gun nuts.  lol.

I have a baby shower this weekend as well and lucky for me, I found a sweater and hat set in my reserve stash.  So i’m crocheting fun hats for baby so mommy can have an arsenal for whenever baby is born and they do a photo shoot.  I’m working on booties too.   I got 2 hats done today, but the 2nd hat was created b/c the first hat was way too small.  I don’t ever check gauge which is so stupid b/c I do twice the work.  woe is me.   Lucky for me these hats are QUICK.

hats3 hats Hello Zoe hat3 hat4 hat5 Hello Bitty Baby! little hat 3 little hat 2 little hat imagine if this was your creepy older sister holding you during portraits? lol

Project: Puff Stitch Earflap Beanie Hat
Yarn: Hushabye Solid
Amount Used: less than one skein for both hats
Color: baby pink
Hook Size: H (5.0mm)
Date Started: Dec 7, 2011
Date Finished: Dec 7, 2011

aren’t they cute?  The original pattern has pompoms at the bottom of the ear flaps.  I wasn’t feeling it, so i just stuck a pompom on top.  i <3 pompoms.

As you can see, the little hat was way too little.  I think it’ll fit a preemie baby.  Maybe I’ll gift it to one of the preemies at work….hmm….

Sorry for the long absence, my friends and thank you for sticking with me.  I appreciate all of you. :D  gotta get back to work on more hats and booties…sigh. :)

have a great weekend!

 

Thursday it’s Purse Day!

Ok i have a sad sad photo of a bag I bought recently.   The bag I was recently using was one of my fake Tokidoki bags…but it started to get too heavy!  I had to shove so much in it and it wasn’t sitting balanced.  So I had to make a switch up.  A recent trip to Target found me a temporary solution:

tee hee.  I took a screen shot of the bag on the Target website b/c it’s really hard to photograph bags WELL when they are full of stuffs. :) Don’t you just love the print???

So with this new kitty in my house I haven’t been able to knit at home much.  that dang cat FLIES at me every time he sees yarn moving and it’s like ATTACK!!!! So i’ve had a hard time finding time to knit b/c i can’t knit at work and now I can’t knit at home (for now).  extremely frustrating! But i did have time to make a bulky weight newborn cardigan.

bitty bump back view on a hanger

Project:  Bitty Bump
Yarn: Bernat Felting Natural Wool
Amount Used:  exactly ONE skein
Color: English Rose
Needle Size: US 10.5 / 6.5 mm
Date Started: Aug 15, 2011
Date Finished: Aug 17, 2011

The kitty likes to chew on needles too.  I used a pair of bamboo needles on this and the dang cat went nuts chewing on them when i wasn’t looking.

Fast knit.  This is a very newborn size cardi.  I’m trying to build up the reserves again. lol.

 

I”m still working on my cousin’s baby blanket and I need to hurry up.  His baby is due in 2 weeks.  I don’t plan on having the blanket done by the time the baby is here.  BUT..i want to have the blanket done at least soon after.  The original pattern I chose to make…i changed my mind.  My gauge was off and the edging ended up being all ruffly. and i can’t be giving a ruffly blanket to a baby BOY.  so i’m doing a log cabin and i love the color combo I picked :)

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this is just 1/3 done.  I have to make 6 more squares before I can stitch them together and do an I-cord edging.  Liek I said…i need to hurry.  at least before it starts getting cold in Canada…which is SOOOON. :)

So as many of you predicted, I decided to keep the kitty cat.  sigh.  I kept trying to fight his charms, but he wore me down!!!  he’s just so stinkin’ cute and so far he and the boy get along.  the only thing I cannot stand about him is the way he is constantly attacking my feet and biting on my toes.  The boy says he can’t blame the cat b/c my toes look like kibble and bits.  jackass. haahah  he chews on EVERYTHING here!  paper, knitting needles, yarn, my feet, etc.  EVERYTHING!!!  so I’ve decided to call him Chewy Chewbacca.  haaha  not b/c he looks like Chewbacca…just b/c saying “Chewy Chewbacca” is hilarious.   As i type he’s fallen asleep in my lap and i just want to squish him b/c he’s so cute.  Just call me Lenny.  haahah.

I was going to give him away once I got him checked out at the vet and got him some shots and made sure he was healthy before I passed him along to my friend Nanc and family. She told me I was getting attached and I kept saying no no i’m not.  I want to get rid of him!!  she just laughed at me.   And she even emailed me and asked me how the vet visit went.  and I said all went fine.  But i didn’t say “OK TAKE HIM NOW”.  sigh. hahahaha.  I have to admit, i love coming home and seeing this little guy tearing down the hall to greet me.  I love waking up in the morning and finding him snuggled up next to me purring.  I guess i did miss having a kitty cat around. :)

Anyway…here are some photos I took of him over the last two weeks.  sorry if you’ve seen these on my facebook account this week.  :)

he's being a cat scarf as I sleep curled up on the boy's legs.  be very very shocked.  isn't he ADORABLE here??? being a little tiger (Ok just yawning) while sitting on a fluffy pilllow cute overload a tiny 2 lb kitten took up so much room on my bed. he is male...he hogs the remote too.  he's so good at sleeping.  hell he's almost planking here. i woke him up and he gave me the stink eye. :) apparently he's a parrot cat.  riding on my shoulder on the way to the vet. he's gotten so big in 2 weeks. falling asleep on my leg while i watch tv and do work. widdle paws.

have a great weekend everyone :)

 

Hey it’s not Thursday?

I thought i would do a random post for a Sunday since i did not post on Thurs.  No purse day…no pressure right? hahaah.

I’ve been super busy w/ work the last 10 days and my projects suffered a bit.  I had a baby shower today (May 22, Sunday) that i needed to make something for.  By 12A Sat morning, i had NOTHING.  NOTHING!!!  wtf!?  what kind of friend am i?? and this is a friend that LOVES all my knitted stuff!  Well, I had that vintage hat that I showed off last time, but I had NOTHING to go with it!  i can’t be giving hats like that w/o a matching sweater OR booties!  so no…no go.

I grabbed a couple of quick crochet projects that were a big hit at the shower today.   i felt kind of bad b/c I half-assed it so bad.  I’ll give her something good when the baby is born next month.   I did give her a project I had made before and she loved it.  hahaha.  it was one of those knit/sewn dresses I made last summer.   big love :)

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Project: 3 Layer Flower Headband ALL sizes EASY
YarnVanna’s Choice Baby / Solids
Amount Used:  less than half a skein each color
Color:  black, white, fuschia
Hook Size: I hook / 5.5 mm
Date Started: May 22, 2011
Date Finished: May 22, 2011

isn’t this CUTE?? you know what it made me think of when i saw it?  Princess Beatrice’s stupid facinator that she wore on her head to the Royal wedding.  Do you need a reminder??

beatrice

I hate this hat so much that I love it.  I love making fun of it non stop.  hahahah.  Anyway, the big flower on the headband made me think of this big hat.  So hilarious. :)

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Project: Glamour Girl Beanie
YarnVanna’s Choice Baby / Solids
Amount Used:  less than half a skein each color
Color:  black, white, fuschia
Hook Size: I hook / 5.5 mm
Date Started: May 21, 2011
Date Finished: May 21, 2011

i thought I would try to keep up w/ the color theme when inspiration struck at 7am on Saturday morning.  I know..i’m really lame.

I’m glad she liked it all.  haha.  One of the best things I heard at the shower was “Man…will you come to my shower?” hahahaa.  another ego booster (that i heard at the last shower too) was  ”do you sell this stuff?” hahaha

I’ve been itching to start a new pair of silk mittens like the ones Yarn Harlot made back in February.  I fell in love w/ them the second I saw them and when I found out how they were done, i had to have some.  mawata!  Mine are dyed and ready to go.  i already went ahead and showed off to my knit girls how you do all the prepping for the knitting and it was like a freaking science lesson.  hahah.  so hilarious.

I think i might start them tonight since all my baby showers are all done and stuffs. :)

Have a good week, everyone!

Thursday Purse-Day!

Say what?  yeah…i gotz another purse to show you guys. :)

coach patent leather coin purse

pretty huh?Again, i just yanked the picture off some japanese web site I found the bag to be on.  They had such lovely pictures…who am I to compete? :)  hahahaha   Isn’t it cute?  another trophy from when I hit the outlet mall last week.  I know it’s nothing special, but i think it’s super cute. :D

Remember the little doll I previewed 2 weeks ago?   I finished. :)  She has a smile and everything.  I also put a smile on her big sister the ballerina.

Hello, ladybird girl ladybird i make little crochet circles and sewed them on not sure what i was trying to do here...i think i was trying to show off her bangs. flying away. which way? zipping by....... hello :)

Project: Laura Beth in the ladybird wings amigurumi doll
Yarn:  Berroco Comfort DK
Amount Used:  a little bit of each skein
Color:  peach / beet root / liquorice
Hook Size: D hook / 3.25 mm
Date Started: Mar 27, 2011
Date Finished: Apr 1, 2011

Sooo…the doll came out a widdle small :)  She’ really stinkin’ cute.   she’s already on her way to her new owner w/ the ballerina.   I put a smile on the ballerina,btw.

ballerina7 she's dancing. :) how do you do? ballerina is taller than ladybird. :) sisters4

I did pick up some needles and knit a baby hat this week.  I have an upcoming baby shower in the next 2 months and I don’t want to catch myself rushing trying to make something. :)  I almost forgot how to knit i’ve been doing nothing but crocheting lately!

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Project:  Newborn Acorn
Yarn:  Baby Bee Hushabye Solid
Amount Used:  half a skein
Color:  lavender
Needle Size: US 4 / 3.5 mm
Date Started: Mar 30, 2011
Date Finished: Apr 3, 2011

Mine isn’t as cute as the one in the picture.  But it’s still cute. :)  brioche rib in the round…it’s a beautiful thing!

I’m working on a sweater in the same yarn to give as a gift at the shower.  i wish i could say i had it done already….sigh. :)

have a great weekend, everyone!  thank you for stopping by!