A Girl, two bunnies and a room full of yarn

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Monday, January 30, 2006

Happy Bunnies

So this weekend in my absence my bunnies became friends, after spending the past two years not liking each other. Bailey jumped over the fence to Kahlua's side, my roomie came in to feed them and was surprised by them being on the same side. I freaked out a little fearing the worst. I saw Kahlua bite Bailey a year and a half ago leaving a scab on his neck. So I figured they would be fighting, but they didn't well if they did they seem to have worked out their differences because now they're living in harmony with one another, no fence for me to trip over!

I'm still sick, my throat is killing me right now, I should probably go see a doctor make sure I don't have strep. But while I've been sick I've finished knitting the pinwheel sweater. Now I just have to assemble it, which I'm not sure exactly how to do. It's kind of funky shaped and there's no distinct area where the sleeve fits into the body. I'm not sure if I should try to block it before I put it together. Any suggestions? Usually I only block after I've assembled if I think it needs to be blocked. So I've been putting off assembling it, instead I've been working on the Corrine lace dress. I still haven't gotten very far with the hem of the dress. I've probably got a little more than a foot done.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Sick Day

Well it's officially winter, I'm home sick with a cold. Yesterday I was feeling well enough to finish up the second sleeve of the pinwheel sweater and start the Corrine lace dress ruffle. That is going to take a long time to complete seeing as I worked on it for quite some time and only got a couple of inches knitted. As for today well I woke up at around 9 and just layed in bed until 1 so I'm not sure if I'll get much knitting done today. Hopefully I'll feel well enough to do something later.

Monday, January 23, 2006

My finished Michael Kors Aran Top still need to fix the poofy right sleeve. Posted by Picasa

yarn from elann Posted by Picasa

One sleeve done! Posted by Picasa

Friday, January 13, 2006

Vet School

This is totally non-knitting related but I'm just so excited, I got an interview for Tufts Veterinary School!!!! Just needed to share with everyone the great news. One hurdle down one to go!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Dye and Spin

So yesterday, or was it the day before, well anyway I did a lot of reading on craftster on dying yarn, mainly with kool-aid. I'm so tempted to buy some natural wool yarn from knitpicks and try to dye some myself. I think it would be a lot of fun and I could make some cool color combinations. And really, how rewarding would it be to have an article made from yarn that you specifically made the colors for it. But I managed to fend of my craving to buy, which is good seeing as I don't have much money after the holidays and I do have a ton of yarn and projects to work on already.

Today with my freetime I've been going a step farther into the world of spinning. To actually spin your own yarn from raw materials, dye it, and knit something up well that would be the ultimate do-it-yourself, handmade product. Although that seems like it would be a ton of work and probably pretty expensive. Although I believe that wool isn't too expensive although I guess it depends on what kind of sheep it comes from. I did grow up with sheep nextdoor and even helped sheer them, but they were not wool sheep not like merinos. And those neighbors still have a few sheep I think maybe I could beg them for the wool when they sheer them in the summer. The schemeing has begun already. But once again it's a matter of do I really want to put that much time and effort into it? Will it really be worth it? I'm happy enough with my store bought yarn and if I really wanted some funky handspun yarn I guess I could buy it online, it just seems so expensive compared to store bought yarn. But I know that more effort went into making it. I've already been pining for some handspun, handdyed yarn I saw on etsy. But I will resist the urge to buy. I must, I have too many projects on my plate as it is.

For the Vogue Aran top, I've gotten as far as decreasing for the arm area of the sweater so only a few more inches and then I can whip up the sleeves and throw this baby together. I can't wait! I hope it fits and looks ok. I always seem to have a problem with making sweaters fit correctly, I think it's the fact that I'm too lazy to actually knit up a 4inch swatch for a gauge check. Usually I only knit like and inch and say well that's good enough. After I'm finished I'm planning on starting the pinwheel sweater, I think. Oh and I've got to work on making more of those crocheted flowers for the scarf as well. So much to do and yet I still want to do so much more.

Monday, January 09, 2006

So I started working on the flower scarf today. It took me about a half hour to figure out the flower pattern. I think I've finally got it figured out. Not sure it's the easiest or best way to make the scarf, maybe someone out there might have some better ideas. So this is what I ended up doing. I used chunky woolease and a K hook.

*Chain 4 slip stitch to make ring. 8 sc in ring sl stitch to join scs. Chain 4, ttr twice so you have 3 loops on hook sl stitch through the 3 loops to join. Cut yarn.* This makes one petal. Join yarn in next sc and repeat * in each sc, so there are 8 petals. Weave in yarn ends.

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Thursday, January 05, 2006

So I thought I should post a picture of how much progress I've made on my current project. This is a pic of the finished back portion. I've got a few inches completed for the front. I've been using lionbrand woolease as a cheap substitute yarn. I'm hoping it will still work out ok.

Michael Kors' Aran Top from Vogue Knitting Holiday 05' issue Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

The start of my knitting blog

So today, work was really slow so as usual I was perusing through all of my crafty links. I looked at many knitting blogs and became really inspired to create one of my own. I've kind of been including my knitting stuff in with my regular blog, but I think it should have it's own space. Then other knitters interested in knitting blogs can find my site without having to wade through all of my normal rantings of the day. Now it's just a matter of putting in the work to get it exactly the way I want to. I don't really want to put in too much time right now, I'd much rather be actually working on my knitting. In fact, I think this is where I'll leave off today. I've created the blog and an entry, good enough for tonight.