Monday, December 31, 2007

Found the Camera!!!!!

Yay!!!! I found the camera. The post about my socks now has some pictures in it. I will now be showing the works in progress and finished objects as they come up. Anyways I haven't gotten a whole lot of work done on my sock recently I am really scared to do the heel so I have been putting off working on it. Also I got my invite to Ravelry finally last night and I have been playing around with that quite a bit and I am loving it. You can find me under the screenname knittingpanda87 there.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

my first pair of socks

Well I started my first pair of handknitted socks yesterday. I am using the baisc sock pattern in Ann Budd's Getting Started Knitting Socks. Instead of doing a plain ribbing however I am doing a 1,2,3 variation ribbing. The gauge is 7 stitches per inch on size 2 double point needles. The yarn I am using is Alpaca Sox yarn by Classic Elite Yarns color 1871 Candy Hearts. I love how the yarn feels and looks as I knit it up. Right now I am still working on the ankle of the sock and am a little nervous about doing the heel. I have been kind of putting off working on it as much as I would usually work on a project because of being nervous about the heel. Hopefully I won't have to much trouble with the heel and the whole project will go fairly smoothly. I am really hoping to find the camera or be able to get a new one soon cause I would really like to put a picture of my socks up when they are done if not while I am still working on them.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

all about Christmas

Well Christmas is over and it went over well. My mother in law was very thoughtful and kind and bought me all kinds of knitting stuff including yarn however more about the yarn later. Some of the accesories are great like the knitting needle case and the yarn canister that you can pull your yarn out of the top while you work so that you yarn doesn't get dirty or roll around. She also got me a bag to use as a knitting bag, which even though I already have one is wonderful since the bag I have is so stuffed with all my knitting accesories that I barely have room for my projects so now I have a bag to keep my projects in. She also put some a set of a couple differant sizes of plastic straight knitting needles in the gift bag that I will try using but am not sure how I will like them since I usually use bamboo needles. The last thing she bought me will probably mostly just take up space, crappy acrylic yarn that is so itchy and rough my hands start to hurt if I knit with it for to long. I have started to make a pair of fingerless gloves/wrist warmers with the yarn she gave me that I will probably give to her or keep for myself and never use. I finished one of them and have yet to finish the second. However I will probably use this yarn mostly for practicing new stitches such as lace, that I want to use in other yarn to make scarfs and shawls with but don't want to buy yarn and then find out it is to complicated for me. I can also use it to practice seaming before I start making sweaters. So most of the stuff she gave me was great or could be good like the needles the only thing that she really wasted her money on was the yarn but as I said it will be used for various things.
Anyways my husband got me many gift cards to stores I love such a Lane Bryant, Linens and Things, Barnes and Noble, and Starbucks woo hoo. Which I know it sounds silly that my husband bought me gift cards but we only did stockings for eachother in an effort to save money and so he felt that he had to go over the top with my stocking and forget about our money saving efforts. Anyways those were great gifts I ended up going to Lane Bryant yesterday and buying some stuff since they were having a big sale. I also bought 2 knitting books from Barnes and Noble's authorized used book stores online with one of my gift cards. The two books I bought are 100 Afghan Squares to Knit and 100 More Afghan Squares to Knit.
I have not yet done Christmas with my parents and my sisters since they all went to California to see my mom's family for Christmas. I have asked my mom for a gift card to the local yarn store that we both shop at. I am really hoping that she did that because yarn is expensive and we are really trying to save money. I can't wait to give my family their gifts that I knit for them since both my mom and one of my sisters knit it will be great to see their reactions to my first knitted gifts.
On another note. The camera is no where to be found so this is going to be a pictureless blog until we can come up with the money to buy a new digital camera. Which is not really a top priority since we don't really take that many pictures usually so this will really be the only thing it is used for.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

camera is no where to be found

Well the camera is no where to be found my husband and I will keep looking for a while and then we will try to find another one for a resonible price. The scarf is coming along. I have been knitting on it more often than I was before since we have a beautiful new HD tv with a cable box that will record my shows so that I can watch them while my husband is at work. I normally didn't watch them that much since he was home and I could spend time with him. So now that I have something to watch while I knit I have been knitting quite a bit more. I will definatly have the scarf done by the time my side of the family gets back from CA after Christmas and I get over to see them.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Feel like crap!

Well I have a massive migraine today and have been in bed most of the day trying to get rid of it so I never got around to taking a picture since my husband is the only one who knows A.)where the camera is and B.) how to put a picture from the camera onto the computer so that I can post it on my blog and he has left for work now that I am up. I finally gave up on trying to get rid of my migraine about an hour ago after lying in bed for hours with the lights out and the windows covered trying to get rid of it to no avail. Luckily I don't get them very often. Anyways I didn't get any work done on my final christmas project the infamous boring scarf today. I am really glad that I will not be celebrating Christmas with my side of the family until after Christmas seeing as the scarf is no wheres near done and I am finding it rather boring and haven't been getting much done at a time on it at all. Well anyways I am really hoping that this migraine will be gone tomorrow seeing as it has kept me from doing anything all day today and I have stuff I have to do tomorrow to get ready for Christmas plus I have to babysit my husbands step sister and step brother when they get home from school everyday and I kind of bailed on his mother today since I felt like crap. So thats all for now I will be back tomorrow with pictures hopefully.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

celebrated an early christmas

Well my husband and I celebrated an early Christmas with my grandmother who will be away for Christmas this year last night. That means that I got to give away my first hand knit gift of the season. My grandmother loved her hat although I completely forgot to bring my camera so that I could take a picture of her in it to put up here on my blog for all my blog readers. Oh well I will definitely take pictures of my other hand knit gifts when they are received that is if my family is willing to have there picture taken in them. I really hope they are cause I made some really cute stuff for them. If not I will at least have a picture of my boring stockinette scarf up here for everyone to see. I made it quite a bit farther on my scarf yesterday while I was watching TV with my husband last night. I will take a picture of it sometime today and post it up here tomorrow. It is coming out beautifully even though it has been so boring to knit. I think my mother will love it since it is so gorgeously soft. It is also a beautiful olive green color that she wears all the time so she will absolutely love the color. Well that's all for today. As long as I can find the camera which hasn't been used in a while and the cord that attaches it to the computer I will have a picture up soon of the scarf before its done.

Monday, December 17, 2007

First Post!!!!

Well this is my first post so I guess I will talk a little bit about why I am doing this and stuff like that. Well this is going to be my knitting blog. I just taught myself how to knit this year and haven't yet made anything for myself everything has been gifts. Right now everything I have made is either already given away or wrapped for Christmas. I am working on my last Christmas gift right now and will post a picture of that when it is done. I started knitting in November and made a whole bunch of Christmas gifts. I made a Eyelet Scarf for my sister, a hat that is designed to look like it is from the 20's for my other sister, a winter hat for my grandmother, a neck warmer for my dad, and am working on a stockinette stitch scarf for my mother right now. Next I am either going to make a pair of pants or a sweater out of the book Big Girl Knits by Jillian Moreno and Amy R. Singer. So that should be a little more interesting.

Well onto a little bit about the scarf I am making. It is made with Rowan Yarns Cashsoft and it wasn't going to be in plain stockinette originally, in fact the design has changed twice. I started out with a pattern that had lace insets down the side over stockinette stitch but decided that the lace was to confusing for me to try just yet. Then I moved on to a stich called the woven stitch that I got out of the new Harmony Guides book Knit and Purl. I really liked the stitch and it was plenty easy but once I had done it for a while it felt more rough than the Cashsoft yarn should have been since it was a bumpy stich so I decided that stockinette seemed like the way to go. So here I am doing it in stockinette being bored to death with it but having to finish it since it is a gift. I actually have a lot of yarn left from my sisters 20's hat since it was a 500 yard skein so I think I might make her a scarf out of it if I have time to since I won't see them till after Christmas anyways since they are going to California. Anyways thats all for now. I will post more tomorrow and maybe I will post a picture of my scarf that I am working on tomorrow although it is rather boring at least you will get to see the color.