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.

 

 

 

Thursday Purse-Day!! :)

Hi Everyone!   Happy Thursday!

I think today’s post is gonna be a short one. 🙂   I’m SO sleepy!!  And I have to work tomorrow (which is usually a day off for me).   So I am posting before I sleep or else it’ll never get done. 🙂

ANYWHOOO…..here’s this week’s bag! 🙂

Hello Kitty wallet back of wallet look inside. :)

I went to one of my favorite stores last week and this gem was there.  How can I resist something SO freaggin cute?  I can’t.  That’s why I have it now.  hahahah!

I’ve been working on contract projects all week and not making MUCH progress on them.  I’ve been working on putting together an Escalera jacket for my friend Margie.  I”ll take pictures of it once it’s done.  She asked me to help her before Christmas and last week she jolted my memory that I hadn’t done anything w/ it yet.   whoops.  Lemme tell ya….i’m not digging 3-needle bind-off much anymore having to do so much of it. 🙂  Margie got half a sleeve done, so I need to do the rest of it, do the 2nd sleeve and the collar.    And i was hired to do another Christmas stocking plus redoing the name on an old stocking.   So yeah…Christmas isn’t for a long time, but the stockings are wanted way before Christmas. 🙂

I’m still working on that cardigan for pay and I’m about 1/4 of the way done w/ the body.  I finished the sleeves already…So i’m making progress.  I need to finish. 🙂   I’ll take pics of it when i get more done.  so ashamed! 😀

I have an FO to show off.  I finished this months ago.  I meant to block it and take pics…but I never blocked it.  I found it when i was putting some things away and I remembered I needed to block and take pics.  Well, i got half of that to-do list done. 🙂

Front view right view left view close up of the unblocked cupcakes. :) aerial view

Project: Have a Cupcake Hat (Ravelry link)
YarnUniversal Pace
Amount Used: about 1/3 of each color
Color:  Purple varigated, Purple, charcoal Grey, Beige
Needle Size: US 3
Date Started: Sept 30, 2008
Date Finished: Oct. 3, 2008

I did this hat when i was on vacation in Canada visiting the family.   Since my grandparents’ house just had VERy basic cable, i sat there knitting as my brother cursed at the lack of tv and internet in the house.   I got alot done!! hahaha.  I tried to pick non-pink colors for this hat to be a bit different..make it a darker….I guess more “adult” hat.  i think the colors I picked matched each other too closely b/c some of the cupcakes just kind of blend.   and I think I would have gone down a needle size just b/c I’m a loose knitter.  I made this hat originally for P-la. 🙂  I’m not sure if she’s still going to want it or not.  hahha.

I made some DPN holders this week as well.  I seriously have some ADD going on right now. 🙂

hello kitty DPN holder made for friend Iris if she wants it. :) bw hello kitty DPN holder <3 socks <3 Napa Cabbage for Aubyn.  it's a bit too long <3 mitts <3 trying to be fancy

I really love those colorful Hello Kitty beads.  i think they are just so cute even though they aren’t authentic. 🙂

So since I took that sewing lesson last week/2 weeks ago…i’ve been finding lots of things I want to make.  What to make first?  I do’nt know!  I’m salivating at all these patterns and fabrics I’ve been finding.  But I’ve been finding myself gravitating toward 70’s prints that have come back.  I remember how when i was a pre-teen/teenager how much i hated all those old prints.  now i <3 them! 🙂  i washed some fat quarters I had at home and just dried them on my stairs railing to save energy (not using my dryer).

laundry line i think i love the one on the left more

I think I’ll make something this weekend! 🙂   have a great weekend everyone!  I’m off to sleep!

Thursday Purse-Day!!

**warning:  This might be a picture-filled post today.  😀

Hi everyone!!  Happy Thursday 😀

Here is this week’s “bag”.

Toothpick holder toothpick holder :D cool huh?  shows you where the toothpicks go! :) and a handy mirror for you to look at! check it out...you can see me taking a picture :D

Cute eh?  hehehe.  I fell in love w/ the fabric on the outside.  Of course this is something that is super cute, I had to have it.  Asian people are obsessed w/ picking their teeth.  Well not ONLY Asian ppl…but I know in my family, everyone is constantly grabbing at toothpicks, covering their mouths w/ their free hand and then digging away.  So this little item is just cute-sy and functional!  🙂

My knitting progress this week has been a bit lame.  Well, I finished 1.25 sleeves on that cardi I need to hurry up and finish.  I knit on Sat night while watching alot of stand up comedy and just laughing laughing.  Every time Chris Rock’s stand up is on tv, i HAVE to watch it b/c i just laugh until I pee my pants.  He’s such a riot.  anyway, i’ve been working on some paid projects and I need to motor on alot of those things.  and this cardi is one of them.  So i’ve put some of my personal projects on hold for a little bit.

first sleeves I love big fat stitches!

Look at this little thing I got a month ago:

bootee blocker

i haven’t made a pair of bootees since I got these, but I can’t wait to try them out.  These are antique!  A BIG find on ebay!  WHEEE!

home sweet home

Sunday marks the one year anniversary of when I signed all the paperwork to close on my house.  Granted, i didn’t move in until end of March, but I had the keys and it was my house on Feb 22. 🙂   people complain about home ownership.  I’ve been happy. 🙂  I hated apt living so much toward the end of it all.   I have made some changes to the house over the last year.  Some very minor, some major.   My master bath painting fiasco was taken care of.   I didn’t blog about it after that post b/c i was pissed at myself.  Pissed at myself for not making a plan of action as to properly paint the stupid bathroom.  So i sat on it….for 2 weeks.  I stared at it…for 2 weeks.  i got more and more mad….for 2 weeks.  I could still see that GREEN underneath the taupe!  and stupid me…since I’m so short, I got paint all over the ceiling at the corners of the room b/c I couldn’t tape off b/c i cannot reach!! So i thought…ok..i will paint the ceiling where i screwed up and no one will notice.  Well, did you know there is like 30K shades of white?  I thought i got the right one until I slapped it on all that popcorn texture and I realize it’s a diff. shade of white.  I stopped.  and stared.  and cursed. 🙂

So i had a couple of options.

  1. call my contractor friend and hire one of his painters to re-do the bathroom for me.
  2. call a very tall friend of mine to come over and help me (he seriously would NOT need a ladder)…bribing him w/ a 12 pack of beer or something.
  3. call my ex* and whine at him until he offers to fix what i screwed up.

*the ex and i are on good terms again.  no lingering feelings of love or wanting to get back together or anything…definitely NOT…we are just friends. 🙂

So i did a combo of 3 and 1.  I called my ex and told him the story of how i screwed up.   I figured he would think it was hilarious.  Plus he used to work w/ my contractor friend and I figured he could give me a good estimate of what the painter dude would charge.  It was going to cost way more than i expected.  So the ex offered to come over and fix what I screwed up.  i accepted.  He owes me money anyway, so i told him this would be his way of working off his debt to me.     So he fixed it all.   I asked him to just start all over.  primer and all.  he did.  he did a great job.  and he did it really fast…2 hours.   Then he offered to do my other bathroom for me.  Striping wallpaper, texturing and painting and changing all the hardware, etc.  I accepted.  He did all this in about 3-4 hours.

pics taken from when I first bought the house after. before guestbath guest bath...i love the sink/faucet sink.  ignore the squeezy nose thing. :) wallpaper everywhere smokey blue GOODBYE WALLPAPER! Peeling the wallpaper.  i sat and supervised. :D it's amazing what a coat of paint can do. :) a better representation of the color

it’s very hard to take pics of a bathroom.   What are the tricks of the trade here?  option #2 was never exercised.  i did talk to that friend though and when i mentioned painting, he just started going on and on about how much he hated painting.  whoops. 🙂 hahaha.  but he did laugh when I told him i got paint everywhere and he said “aw…you should have asked me to help you.”  DOH!

I bought some new furniture and stuffs at Ikea last week.  Well, new nightstands to match my bed, a dresser to match my bed.  and i bought this drawer thingy at ikea so i could store my many pairs of eyeglasses that I seem to have a hard time keeping track of.   After I put it together, i thought…this is so dull and boring.  HELLO MOD PODGE!!!!

pre decoupage ok i was cleaning up and rearranging after putting all this crap together, so ignore the pile of stuff on the dresser. :) many little drawers :) I covered every side but the bottom. I've never used Mod Podge before.  this crap is MESSSY for those of you wondering, that little HK thing on top is a jewelry holder. lol

The theme i’ve been consistent with in my room is brown.  One month I had a pink/brown quilt on my bed, right now i have a blue/brown comforter on my bed.  So that’s why I picked those colors to go on the drawer thingy 🙂  I hate the color in my room so I need to paint the room as well eventually.  and change the flooring.  sigh.  no one ever tells you that homeownership is expensive.  i don’t NEED to do some of these things.  I WANT 😀

Ok i think i’ve rambled on and on enough tonight.  😀  sorry if i bored you guys to death! hAHAHA

everyone have a fantastic weekend!

Smashing…

my baby

*tagged by elisabetha. 🙂

“Open the 6th picture folder on your computer, open the 6th photo and blog it. Write something about it. Then tag 6 more people to do the same.”

So this was taken on Aug. 2, 2005….over 3 years ago I lost my baby to a rear-end collision.    I was on my way to class, in downtown Dallas.  I was at the exit on 183 and Regal Row.  There was some backup on the exit.  Then the next thing I know, I’m looking up in my rear view mirror and i see this truck getting TOOO close and I braced for impact.   *BOOM*  I got out of the car and just freaked out.  I had my laptop in the trunk near the door and i FLIPPED out and started pulling it out of the car to make sure it was ok, cutting my arm on the glass in the process.   not cutting my arm bad…just scrapes.  and laptop was fine 😀 hahahah  I was able to drive the car home, so I did.  Then I grabbed the camera for insurance purposes.

The car ended up being totalled out.  I got the check from the ins. company and then 2 days later they towed the car away.  I was upstairs taking a nap when i heard the tow truck.  I felt this wave of panic.  I called my friend and he told me “don’t go outside, don’t watch them tow it!! you will cry!!”   I didn’t go downstairs.  But I still cried.  hahaha.

I wish i had some cool artsy picture to post for this meme. 🙂 hahaha.   So it’s time to tag.  only if you guys want to participate 😀

Thursday Purse-Day!

Hello everyone!  Happy Thursday!

This week has been a boring week.  I’ve been a bit sleepy all week…not sure why.  But Weds was a good day for me for me mood-wise.  I was in a happy mood!  Someone called me at 9p and when I answered the phone..he said “Man.  That was a happy ‘hello!'” hahah.  So I’m hopefully starting my Thurs off in a good way. 🙂

here is this week’s purse/bag/wallet/container. 🙂

New Hello Kitty wallet back of the wallet Inside of the wallet

When my brother was here last week, we went to the mall.  We always go to the mall during a visit.  Tradition, you know. 🙂   We had to hit Hot Topic b/c I have to look at the HK stuff in there and this lovely wallet was there.  I had to buy it.  Duh! 🙂   It’s cute huh?  Not sure how much I dig it yet.  It holds everything nicely though 😀

Remember this baby sweater?  It was a HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE hit at the baby shower on sunday!  the shoes, the Baby Jayne Hat, this sweater!   My gift was the first one she opened and all the ooh’s and aah’s?  That is addicting.  It went straight to my head.  “Oh no…no no..it was nothing…really…thank you.  No…i don’t want to make these for a living…i love giving them as gifts.  Oh my!  Anthropologie?  no no…my knits are not THAT spectacular!!”  Tee hee!!   Then her grandma made some fantastic quilt that was opened last and put me to shame.  it was a nice ride while it lasted. hahaha!

Anyway…I’m making another one for a friend of mine that had a baby last week.  They live in SoCal and they didn’t know what they were having until baby was born.  It’s a boy!!  So i’m making another one of these chic sweaters for that cool little baby in SoCal. 🙂

aaron

I am REALLLY loving this color.  I want to buy up all of this yarn that I can b/c I love it so much! 🙂  What is it?  Lion Brand Cotton Ease. 🙂

I havne’t started the contract cardigan yet.  I’m being a bit lazy.  that’s not true.  i haven’t fully decided on what pattern to use/alter for the cardigan and i need to stop dilly dallying on it.  boooO!

FO’s for this week?

I finally finished embellishing that one little mermaid for my friend’s daughter.  The FIRST mermaid i did …it’s been decided that it’s too big and I’m going to make one w/ a purple tail for the older sister in a smaller size.   So there will be two little mermaids swimming around in that house soon. 🙂 oh yeah…i also decided not to put a seashell bra on the baby mermaid.  Why?  I made the bra..it’s so small and fiddly.  I was cursing as I was making it.  never mind.  She doesn’t need it! 🙂

Moy Moy mermaid don't you just love the star embellishment? Swimming to the left swimming to the right.

ProjectMere the mermaid amigurumi pattern
Yarn
Berroco Comfort Baby (body and tail)
Lion Brand Wool-Ease (hair)
Amount Used
: 1/3 skein of Comfort Baby, 1/8 of the skein of wool-ease
Color
Boy blue, Peach (Comfort baby); brown tweedy (wool-ease)
Hook Size
: D
Date Started: Jan 24, 2009
Date Finished: Feb 4, 2009

I think she’s super cute…but I am biased. 🙂  I did the hair correctly on this one.  So I’m happier w/ how she came out! 🙂  **talked to the girls’ mommy…a top is preferred. 🙂  hahaah.  I will have to decide on what to do there 🙂  Tube top?

I finished the contract scarf on Friday.  I’m very pleased w/ how it came out.

Scarf in a criss-cross style scarf worn in this way my aunt taught me when i was in HK once. Another way my aunt taught me how to wear a scarf when in HK.  tres chic!

Project: Misti Chunky Ribs & Ruffles Scarf (direct pdf download)
Yarn Berroco Comfort Chunky
Amount Used: Exactly 3 skeins
ColorIvory
Needle Size: US 10.5
Date Started: Jan 29, 2009
Date Finished: Feb 6, 2009

The scarf is 5 feet 10 inches long.  it’s longer than i am tall. hahaha!  The recipient is 5 feet 8 inches…so it’s longer than she is tall too.  I’ve already sent her pics of it and she’s pleased.  That makes me happy 🙂

That’s all i’m working on for now. 🙂   I got a new camera last week (nothing OOOOOH…just a slightly used dSLR, Canon 20D) and I was playing w/ it all and testing it out.  I really wanted to get a 40D or a 50D…but times are tough, my friends.  Those are luxury cameras for me at this point and time.  🙂  anyway…i was playing w/ the camera and i took some cute pics of cute widdle Sassy cat. 🙂

My widdle baby!

Isn’t she darling?  Don’t you just want to squish her?? 🙂  Sigh.  She’s so sweet she gives me a toothache! hahah!

And finally…my blog post won’t be complete w/ my annual Valentine’s day hate rant. 🙂   What is everyone doing on Valentine’s day?  for some reason it seems that people are making a huge emphasis on this yucky day b/c it lands on a Saturday this year.

I don’t hate Valentine’s day b/c I’m single.  I hate it b/c it’s a sh*t holiday.  I hated it every year when I was in relationship(s).   What is it about all the presents that have to be given on holidays?  Valentine’s Day, Easter (Easter presents???), etc.  I love giving/receiving gifts like any normal human being.  But I hate it when it’s forced upon us.   These poor men in our lives…they are judged by the gifts they give on V-Day.  You don’t give your woman roses?  You got her carnations?  you don’t love her enough.  You didn’t buy her a diamond?  OMG.  what are you thinking??  Why are you even alive?  Women:  you are judged by the gifts you get from your man.  WTH?  he got you carnations?  Girl, why do you stay w/ this loser?  blah blah bah.  i could go on for hours if you’d let me.  But I’ll stop my crazy rant there.

I don’t have any particular special dude in my life right now.   not complaining…just stating a fact.   and I’m not upset by this.  I’m actually glad I won’t be fighting for a restaurant to eat at on Sat. night.  I’m glad I don’t have to buy a gift to give away on V-Day.  I started seeing Valentine’s decorations/gifts/etc since BEFORE Christmas.  BEFORE Christmas!!  This is a totally retail-fueled holiday…no religious basis to the holiday.  We need to end the madness.  This feel-bad holiday needs to end!   Join me! muhahaha!

Thursday Purse-Day!

Happy Thursday everyone!

Today’s purse isn’t a purse…but it is a cool container. 🙂  heheeh.  Isn’t that what a purse is?  Just a fancy container? 😀

my box o' buttons Oh buttons.... So many. :)  this is just the tip of the iceberg Safety eyes for the toys more buttons

I got a new organizational system for the buttons I had laying around near me at the moment.  I have many more…i just need to find them. 🙂 hehehe.  So far I’m digging the button organizational system. 🙂

WIP’s for this week….

I made alot of progress this week. :) lucious ribbing. :)

I’m almost done w/ this scarf. 😉   Thank goodness!  It’s getting so horribly boring, dahling. hehe.   I get alot of compliments on it.  The ribbing pattern in it is pretty genious and very easy to remember.

FO’s for this week:

I made a quicky baby hat for my friend Kristy (who is getting the previous mentioned sweater and baby booties) …the Baby Jayne hat b/c her hubby is a Firefly fan! 🙂

What’s shocking is this hat only took me about 2 hours to do. hAHAHAHA!!

Front view Left view back view Right view Close up of Zoe...helllooo Zoe. :)

Project: Baby Jayne Hat (ravelry link)
YarnVanna’s Choice Solid
Amount Used: 1/5 a skein of each color?  a little more?
Color: rust, orange and gold
Needle Size: US 8
Date Started: Feb 3, 2009
Date Finished: Feb 3, 2009

I got myself a little present over a week ago and I forgot to blog about it. 🙂  I got some Addi Clicks!  WHHHHEEEEEE!!!

Be Jealous of me. :) OOOH embossed Box the cables muahaha!  Look at all the needle tips! And the special Addi pin that shows I am a member of the Addi Clicks club

My brother drove up today b/c I had tickets to see the Killers tonight.  🙂  I went with Botgurl, a co-worker of hers and my brother.  We had a blast.  We walked out of there freaking deaf.  It was awesome.  Here are some pics of the concert….

Botgurl and I laughed about the feathers. :) this is what happens when you don't try to take your dSLR camera to a concert...you get mediocre point and shoot pics. :) he's singing to me...didn't you know? hahahah He was listening to us sing the song. :) Euphoric hold on...this was on the background as we screamed for the encore. fireworks....so awesome during the finale (When You Were Young)

My ears are ringing and I’m sleepy.  Didn’t keep my brother and I from playing Rockband when we got home. hAHAHAHA!!  good times. 🙂

Thursday Purse-Day!!

Hello everyone!   How is everyone? 🙂   It’s that time again! it’s THURSDAY!

{011509} metal wallet{011509} look inside{011509} i thought it would be funny to id everything. :)

I love this wallet.  But I changed it out at Christmas b/c I felt i might run into problems w/ it at the airport since it is metal.  Then i just forgot to change it back.  I forgot I had money in it.  I forgot I had a check from the lady who i did all those xmas stocking for. whoooops.  I forgot my Jersey Mike’s sub club card.  I’ve missed out on like 5 stamps!!!!  GRR.  but it’s a great wallet. 🙂  It’s so cute and perfect, i’m kind of scared to use it risking scratching it all up.  Shush.  Don’t judge me!

How was everyone’s week?  Mine was great.  I met the newest member of the KFN clan…little Miss Evie.  She’s perfect.  I am so happy and excited for the Collins clan.   And despite funny things I have said in the past, i did want to kiss her all over her fat little face. 🙂  Hahah.  I didn’t, but i wanted to! (shush, Nanc!!)

I worked like a dog all week/weekend.  Not sure why there are so many babies being born RIGHT NOW…but it’s ok I guess.  And if I am busy, I get into less trouble.  tee hee.

So I’ve accomplished alot of knitting in the last week, which is good b/c I have alot of things I have to do in the next couple of months.

A nurse at work is about to pop and her baby shower is on Monday.  I found out about it 12 days prior. 🙂  So this is the set I knit/crochet for her little boy.

{jackson} Jackson's little set. :) {jackson} sitting down...look at the bottoms of the shoes. :) {jackson} Zoe is standing. :) {jackson} the one button variety. {jackson} i hope it's not too preppy for the parents. {jackson} hi zoe. :) {jackson} close up

Project: Cottage Industry Sweet pea Set (no pattern link)
Yarn:  Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece
Amount Used: 2 skeins of the green for the entire shoe/hat/sweater set.  1/4 a skein of the beige
Color: Green and beige
Needle Size: US 6
Date Started:  Jan 10, 2009
Date Finished: Jan 12, 2009

Project: Little Button Loafers (ravelry link)
Yarn:  Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece
Amount Used: 1/3 a skein?  a little more?
Color: green
Hook Size: 3.5 mm
Date Started:  Jan 12, 2009
Date Finished: Jan 12, 2009

I’m happy w/ how the set came out. 🙂  I’m amazed at how fast i got it done.  I started the sweater on Sat at work…i finished it by the end of our knit meetup. 🙂  The hat and the booties both took just one day.   So yes.   I was scared I wouldn’t have it all done by the baby shower time.  But it’s done! yay!

And I got this email in my email yesterday inviting me to a baby shower.  i didn’t recognize the sender’s name.  and I really looked at it for a while to see who it was a shower for.  I did’nt recognize any of the names.  Then i started to get mad.  like “WTF?  am i just getting random shower invites??”  but then i recognized an ex-schoolmate’s name as the person the party is for.  whew.  So I started a new set for her baby boy. 🙂

I love top down sweaters.

It’s a cute top-down freebie from Ravelry.  It called for a garter stitch collar and cuffs.  blech!  so i changed it to seed stitch.  I think it’s a sharper stitch. 🙂  Garter sometimes looks frumpy to me.

I finished the gloves for my brother as well.

{bruddagloves} FINALLY DONE{bruddagloves} i love how they came out.

Project: Hooray for Me Gloves
YarnPlymouth Happy Feet (ravelry link)
Amount Used: Less than one full skein.
Color: 18 – Grey
Needle Size: US 2
Date Started: Jan 3, 2009
Date Finished: Jan 11, 2009

it didn’t take me that long to actually make the gloves.  I just put them down for a few days b/c the fingers were making me mad.  SO….on the right glove I did the fingers in the round even though the pattern calls for DK knitting.  i made some weird mitake, got frustrated and did it the way I knew how.  Then on the left glove, I did it DK style and I enjoyed it, but i felt the in-the-round way came out nicer. SO…i think i need to work on my DK skills.  hehehe.  I hope he likes them.  They are being hand delievered to him this weekend!

one last thing.  I got something in the mail yesterday that was totally awesome.

I rock harder w/ this new strap. :)

you guys have a good week while I rock out. 🙂

(ignore my clothes.  they are too big for me and making me look really bloated!)

Thursday Purse-Day!!

Hello everyone 🙂

It’s a fantastic Thursday.  What does that mean?? 🙂  NEW BAG!!

{target hk}  I got this sucker at TARGET....HALF off.  $7.59!!  WHOOOOOOOO!!!! {target hk} Look inside. :)

I got this sucker at Target this week…HALF OFF.  🙂  WHOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

I’m on full-on Christmas stocking mode right now.  I need to get these suckers done before Christmas.  i’m not worry about not having 2 months to do it…i’m just worried that i will waste time then rush at the end.  So i want to get them done before Thanksgiving. 🙂

Thanks to Mary for her tip on the bobbins. 🙂  Life has been SO MUCH easier!!

No more bobbins...THANK YOU, MARY!

half way done.  where is the fluffy beard you ask?  dont ask. 🙂  it’ll be there soon!

Friday is Halloween.  Anyone have plans?  i do not. HAHAHA.  I’ve never been one to celebrate Halloween b/c I never was allowed to as a kid.  My parents didn’t really know better.  Which is fine.  Last year i tried carving a fake pumpkin.  I wasn’t too good at it and it made a HUGE mess.  So this year..i decided to paint on stencils of choice.  Rockin’ right?  No.  putting these stencils on the pumpkin is a huge pain in the butt.  Then painting them on…EVEN WORSE!! then I worried if it rained, the paint would wash away.   SOOO…i decided to sharpie them on. 🙂 HAHAHA!  I LOVE MY SHARPIES!

{paintedpumpkins}  Jack Skellington and Domokun {paintedpumpkins} a screaming supposed to be pukey pumpkin{paintedpumpkins} Charlie Brown and Snoopy{paintedpumpkins} together

These were fun to do.   My fav by far is the Snoopy and Charlie Brown one. 🙂

This is the extent of my Halloween decorations. hehehe.  Happy halloween!

Monday, bloody Monday.

It’s Monday.  Why am I posting?  eh.  i can’t sleep. 🙂 And I have an FO to show off.  hahhaa.

The weekend was good.  On Saturday i went to a baby shower and a 30th bday dinner.  🙂

What did i take to the shower?  Let me just preface this part by saying…the shower was a Star Wars-themed baby shower.  🙂  I had planned on making this when I found out the happy couple was having a boy.  When i got the invite for the baby shower…i knew this was what was in the stars. 🙂

{yoda} it is finished.  This is how it goes on in the inside. {yoda}  Zoe's picture session again. :) {yoda}  thankyou, Zoe. :) {yoda} What that say??{yoda} May The...{yoda} Force be ...{yoda}...with you. {yoda} yeah i know it looks silly w/ the HK face on top.  i thought it was funny at 4a.

So this was one of the last presents opened at the shower…and OMG.  it got such an incredible response.  I didn’t expect it.  It was kind of an ego boost, I’ll tell ya.   So the effort was worth it for the oohs and aahs at the shower. 🙂  The last pic is of the mother-to-be posing w/ the outfit.  The hat was a HUGE hit.

Project: Baby Yoda sweater (direct ravelry link)
Yarn:  Knit Picks Wool of the Andes (stash diving for this one…this stuff is from when they FIRST sold their own yarn)
Amount Used: about 3 skeins
Color: Beige/tan
Needle Size: US 7
Date Started: Oct 10, 2008
Date Finished: Oct 17, 2008

What else is going on?  not much.  hahah i’m so boring.  i have a bunch of Xmas stockings i need to do.  I’m about half way done w/ the first one.  thanks to mary for her tips on intarsia and bobbins, things are going better.  I had to rip out what I had done w/ the first stocking b/c of a dropped stitch that had no chance of being saved.  I feel better about the 2nd effort though. 🙂

And i was bored a few weeks ago.  I did a wordle.  Lost the wordle.  Did another one. found the original.  i chuckled at the differences.  🙂

{wordle} OG wordle {wordle} purseho wordle

ok now i’m sleeeeeeeeeeepy

Thursday Purse-Day!

hi everyone 🙂  I’m back from the Great White North. 🙂 as promised…i came back w/ a plethora of bags.  here is one…

so all the bags I bought are fake TokiDoki bags. 🙂   this is what i saw when we went shopping on Monday…

{shopping} bags galore!! {shopping} MORE BAGS!{shopping} so many.  my mom and I went nuts!

bags galore!  this is just the top of the escalator.  I bought more throughout the mall.  But you can see why I had a dilemma. My solution?  Buy whatever i want and regret later.  MUAHAH!  i have no regrets…yet 🙂  wait.  i do have one regret.  i didn’t buy any LV fakes . DANG IT.

{toki} TokiDoki!! :) On the mannequin {toki} pink tokidoki! :)  {toki} extreme closeup

Isn’t this a cute  bag?  so pink…so adorable.   My mom was so jealous she had to get one too hahahaahah.  yes, Mommy.  copy meeee! This bag was only $25.

now that I think about it, I’m surprised someone didn’t’ tackle me when i took all those pics of that one stand.   hmm..

So look at what else we saw when shopping….

i want this to be my wedding cheongsam...but i have no neck.  So i must dream

I LOVe this dress.  LOVE.  I love the high collar on it.  i dont dig the colour, but if I had to pick a colour, i would pick Chinese red or lavendar. i want this to be my wedding cheongsam —> BUT!!

  1. I have no neck.  so i would look ridiculous
  2. I am not thin.  so i would look ridiculous.
  3. Teal is not my colour.  So i would look ridiculous.
  4. I am not getting married.  So I really would look ridiculous parading around in a dress like this for no reason other than to look like a stuff sausage. 🙂

But it doesn’t keep me from loving it.  🙂

and look at what else I saw when walking around..

swirls shawl!

Doesn’t this….loook like…….THIS???

I love this shawl.  I have planned on making it for forever now.  This even has the same kind of color variations as the Jojoland one. 🙂 Seeing this just pushed this up on the priority list. 🙂

And look what else I saw when shopping…

crazy shopper

I only snapped her photo and criticized her outfit for my own evil needs. 🙂   but my gawd.  doesn’t her outfit look silly?  my mom was staring at her too and mumbling “OMG….what in the world is she thinking…” HAHAAH!

So…did I buy yarn?  I sure did.  Where are the photos?  Umm…the yarn is in my car and i will take pics of it all later. 🙂  i’m too lazy to go downstairs to get it all now. I will post it all later.  I didn’t buy that much yarn (muahahah!) but quality trumps quantity. 🙂 hahahaha! plus it’s not all for me  😉

But yes..i was a knitting machine this week.  My brother started to get irritated and asked how come I have to knit all the time.  Whatever!  My grandma didnt’ realize I knit (she crochets) and she was all OMG!  what is that?  socks?  FOR MEEEE?  whoops.  then she started going on and on about how she will give me all her old hooks, patterns and some yarn.  I have been asked before where she buys yarn when she lives on a remote tropical island.  My answer?  I have no clue.  Maybe she has bought some on various visits throughout the world.  I’ll tell you this though. Where she lives…they actually STILL have a Ben Franklin’s Crafts store.  We used to have one in ELP, but it closed down like 20 years ago.  I sort of miss that place 🙂
i came back w/ some FO’s.  I will only be showing one today though.   why?  well, one thing I finished I gave away and forgot to take pics of it before i handed it off! DUH!!!

I finished my cousin’s little bunny for her upcoming baby.  I finished a cupcake hat (ravelry link), but it needs to have the ends woven in and blocking and photos.   I think that’s it.

I did finish some Seduction socks. 🙂

{petra socks} sock sleeve info {petra socks} cuffs{petra socks} on sock blockers still :) {petra socks} a whole pair!{petra socks} Petra's socks hanging on homemade sock blockers in the shower

Project: Seduction Socks (direct link to free pattern)
Yarn: Great Adirondack Soxie.
Amount Used: < 1 skein of each color Color: peacock
Needle Size: US 1
Date Started: Sept 17, 2008
Date Finished: Sept 26, 2008

I made my own sock blockers out of plastic placemats 🙂  how awesome is that?  i always want sock blockers in diff. sizes…but the wooden ones are too expensive.  The wire hanger ones are fine, but you can’t make those for big feet. it costs like $2 to make one pair of sock blockers.  can we say…awesome??? hahaha

I can’t wait to gift these tomorrow 🙂
what else is on the neeedles?  Some Jaywalkers for someone. 🙂  A baby yoda sweater for a baby shower at the end of the month.  And 3 Christmas stockings i need to get cracking on.  grrr. 🙂

now i need to hit the hay….at 530a on Thursday Purseday. 🙂