Friday, March 28, 2008

7 Deadly Sins of Knitting

This is from a contest on the blog Handmade by Jennifer for her 777th post. If you head on over there you can read her 7 Deadly Sins of Knitting and enter as well.

1.)Pride: When I was knitting my first project from a pattern and was about half way through the pattern and hadn't made a mistake so far and I was so proud of myself that I started to rely on memory alone for the pattern even though I sort of knew that I didn't have it completely memorized and so I ended up moving the entire stitch pattern over by a like 3 stitches and I didn't know how to fix it.
2.)Envy: I am always in envy of people who can afford to have a stash full of yarn and people who can afford to knit with luxury yarns like cashmere.
3.)Gluttony: I bought enough yarn to make an afghan started the afghan and am not even halfway through and am already bored with it. I knew I would be bored with it way before finishing it but wanted the yarn and homemade afghan so bad that I just bought it.
4.)Lust:I won a gift certificate to a yarn shop on Etsy and I saw this beautiful lace weight yarn and had to have it so I picked out a pattern for it and used the gift certificate on the yarn. I haven't started the project yet but I have a feeling that it is going to be to hard. It is not an easy project but I absolutely love it so I will try and probably fail.
5.)Anger: My sisters Sterling Cloche really made me angry because I just hated the yarn. It had all these little loops all over it that kept catching on my needles when I was knitting and to top it all off I had to double the yarn up which made it even worse.
6.)Greed: I love to buy knitting books. I have like 20 of them and have only knit things out of like two of them.
7.)Sloth: I started a scarf in January 2008 and it was almost finished by the end of that month I only had like 6 rows to go but I was so bored with it that I put it down and didn't finish it until the end of March 2008.
Those are my 7 Deadly Knitting Sins. Let Jennifer know what yours are so that you can be entered to win the contest as well.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Calorimetry and contest

I am almost finished with the Calorimetry I just have to find a button to sew onto it to finish it off and I will have pictures as soon as that is done. I will also have pictures of me wearing the scarf as well when I post them.
On another note I have entered yet another contest and would like to send you all that way. It is on the Baa Baa Blacksheep blog and the post can be found here . If any of you go over and enter be sure to let her know that I sent you so that I can get an extra entry.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Finshed Scarf

Well I finished my scarf finally. I ended up leaving half a ball of the yarn so that I can make Calorimetry which you can find on in Knitty Winter 2006. I am about to cast it on now and hopefully will have pictures of the scarf being worn soon.

Yet another contest!!!

Well I have yet another contest for everybody. It is over at The Bag Lady and The Pro blog. The link to the blog is and it is the March 23rd post. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment with a link to a blog that you love and let her know why you love it. Good luck everybody.

Sunday, March 23, 2008


Well Easter kind of snuck up on me and I didn't realize that it was today until Friday night when my grandmother came over for dinner. Anyways I went to church for the first time in years today. Since I have been gone from my church they have gotten a new pastor which is a great thing. One of the reasons that I stopped going to church is that the pastor that was there had long drawn out sermons in a monotone voice that he just didn't seem that passionate about. So I went today and loved the new pastor. She had so much passion about her sermon and she really has a good connection with the church. So I have decided to start going to church every Sunday again which I am extremely happy about. I rely on my faith to get me through a lot in my life but just wasn't getting anything from the old pastor at my church so I am very excited to be going back to church. Anyways I spent the day with my family and we had a very casual Easter dinner of homemade mac and cheese that my sister made (which was amazing but definitely awful for you). We rented the movie August Rush which was a great movie and I would recommend it to anyone. I got a little bit of knitting done on my second Monkey sock while we watched the movie. I hope everyone had as great an Easter as I did.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Contests and Podcasts

I have gone kind of contest crazy I guess because here is yet another contest that I have entered. Or maybe it is just that a lot of people are having contests right now but I will link you to this contest as well (I think that this may be the case because I haven't read about this many conests on the blogs that I read ever. It is a blogaversary contest and the prize has not been announced yet but it is bound to be good. So here is the link.

On another note I am way behind on listening to my podcasts. I fell behind when I went to Florida for vacation and then had so much stuff to do when I got back that I forgot to listen to them and now I am way backed up and trying to catch up on things. I have listened to a few but I am still way behind and I have just discovered some new podcasts to listen to so I am even farther behind than I was. I am will probably end up listening to a lot of them as I do my massive spring cleanup over the next couple weeks. There will probably not be too many photos of new knitting and I might even be posting about some things other than my knitting.

Friday, March 21, 2008

The Scarf

I am so excited I worked on my scarf a little bit earlier tonight and it is looking like it could be done soon. I am hoping that it is so that I can be done with it. I think that I started it in January and have just been so bored with it that I haven't done a lot of work at a time on it like I have with other projects. I already made one of the same scarf in a differant colorway for my sister for Christmas and I just can't wait to be done with this one so that I can take FO pictures of me wearing it. Hopefully I will have those by the middle of next week.

Another blog contest

I actually entered this contest the other day and forgot to link you guys to it. I also think that I might have one other contest to post but I have to try and figure out which blog it was to so that is for later.
If you decide to enter make sure you let her know that I sent you.

Knitting Goals Contest

My knitting goals for this spring are:
1.)Finish Knitting my scarf that I started in January.
2.)Get to a halfway point or more on the afghan I am making (25+ squares)
3.)Start and finish the Honeybee Stole (my first major lace project)
4.)Finish the Monkey Socks
5.)Make one pair of plain ribbed socks out of the Knit Picks sock yarn.

Long Awaited Photos

Well I am finally here with my photos. First off I will show you a picture of the Monkey Socks.

The first picture is the second Monkey sock which has about 2 repeats of the lace pattern until I get to the heel. Then we have the first Monkey sock which is finished except for weaving in ends. The cast on in the ankle is a little hard to get over my foot because I used the wrong cast on. Once I get it on it is comfortable but it is a little bit of a struggle to get there but other than that it fits great. So I used a long tail cast on on the second sock instead of a knitted cast on since I have heard that it is a little bit stretchier.

Next we have pictures of my afghan squares that I have done. The afghan I am making is from the book: 100 More Afghan Squares to Knit
Pattern: Big and Cozy
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Superwash
Colorway: Lemongrass Heather
These pictures are an awful representation of the actual color of the yarn because I couldn't get a good shot of the detail in them with a good shot of the color of them.

This first picture is of the square called Zig Zag and I have made 2 out of 12 of this particular square. This is by far the worst picture out of all the afghan pictures regarding the true color the other ones are bad but not this bad.

The photo above is of the square called Big and Cozy and I have 1 out of 12 of this one done. This was my first attempt at cables and it took a little bit to get it figured out completely but I think that it came out pretty well.

The last photo I have of the afghan is of the square called Chunky Textured Stripe and I have done 2 out of 12 of this square.
So I have 5 squares out of a total of 50 squares done and have 3 square patterns that I haven't even done one of yet. This project could take a while cause I get bored with knitting squares after I have made one or two and then get distracted by another project.

I also have bought some new project bags that I just love and have to show you. I bought them both at Target for I think $10 each.

The yellow Giraffe one is holding my Monkey socks at the moment and the Brown one with the leaves is holding my Malabrigo scarf that I haven't done any work on since before I went to Florida.

I did decide what to buy with my store credit that I won and I will be sure to show you it when it comes in the mail. I bought some beautiful hand-dyed lace weight alpaca yarn in a beautiful blue color. She is winding it into cakes to me before she sells it but if you want to see it in the skein I will link the picture on her Etsy shop from here. I will be making the Honeybee Stole from (here is the Ravelry link as well I can't wait to knit it up. I almost forgot here is the link to the yarn that I got with my store credit .

Anyways goodbye for now and I hope you love all the pictures.

Another contest for you guys to enter

Well I entered another contest today at the Happy Handwork blog and will link you to the contest post. If you do enter please let her know that I sent you.
Here is the link:
As far as pictures I am about to take a bunch to post for you all and will have them on a little bit later today I hope.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Haven't posted in a while

Well life is starting to slow down. I won second prize in the Enchanted Yarn and Fiber Contest winning me a $25 credit to their etsy shop which I think that I will use to buy some lace weight yarn or sock yarn to start a new project with. I am super excited about this. I will post some pictures of my knitting soon which I know I said I would do at the end of February but life got crazy.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Sorry I haven't posted in a while I have been super busy with other stuff but I just wanted to mention a contest going on at this persons blog http:// she is giving away yarn and if you mention that I sent you I will get entered twice.