Sunday, December 31, 2006

Revised Pattern for my Fingerless Gloves

I posted my pattern before my last revision so I thought I'd finally get everything up all together.

Sharmanes Basic Cable Fingerless Gloves1
Sharmanes Basic Cable Fingerless Gloves2

Sharmane’s Basic Cable Fingerless Gloves

Using the Double Circular Needle Method cast on 32, dividing half on each needle and join.

Rows 1 - 8: P1, *K2, P2* repeat to last 3 stitches K2, p1 (repeat for 2nd needle)

Row 9: K1, Invisible Increase 1 & knit before sliding off needle, *K2, P2, K6, P2, K2, Invisible Increase 1 & knit before sliding off needle, K1 (repeat for 2nd needle)

Rows 10 - 15: K4, P2, K6, P2, K4 (repeat for 2nd needle)

Row 16: K4, P2, C6F, P2, K4 (repeat for 2nd needle)

Rows 17 - 23: K4, P2, K6, P2, K4 (repeat for 2nd needle)

Row 24: K4, P2, C6F, P2, K4 (repeat for 2nd needle)

Rows 25 - 31: K4, P2, K6, P2, K4 (repeat for 2nd needle)

Row 32: K4, P2, C6F, P2, K4 (repeat for 2nd needle)

Rows 33 - 39: K4, P2, K6, P2, K4 (repeat for 2nd needle)

Row 40: K4, P2, C6F, P2, K4 (repeat for 2nd needle)

Increase Thumb Gusset for Right Hand Glove

Row 41: K4, P2, K6, P2, K3, Invisible Increase 1 & knit before sliding off needle, K1 (2nd needle repeat in reverse) K1, Invisible Increase 1 & knit before sliding off needle, K3, P2, K6, P2, K4

Row 42: K4, P2, K6, P2, K5 (2nd needle repeat in reverse) K5, P2, K6, P2, K4

Row 43: K4, P2, K6, P2, K4, Invisible Increase 1 & knit before sliding off needle, K1 (2nd needle repeat in reverse)K1, Invisible Increase 1 & knit before sliding off needle, K4, P2, K6, P2, K4

Row 44: K4, P2, K6, P2, K6 (2nd needle repeat in reverse) K6, P2, K6, P2, K4

Row 45: K4, P2, K6, P2, K5, Invisible Increase 1 & knit before sliding off needle, K1 (2nd needle repeat in reverse) K1, Invisible Increase 1 & knit before sliding off needle, K5, P2, K6, P2, K4

Row 46: K4, P2, K6, P2, K7 (2nd needle repeat in reverse) K7, P2, K6, P2, K4


Okay so because your using 2 circs binding off on the thumb gusset can be a little tricky, you'll want to grab a DPN for this next step.

Row 47: K4, P2, K6, P2, K3, using the DPN BO Knitwise the next 4 stitches on first circ needle (2nd needle repeat in reverse) using the DPN BO Knitwise the next 4 stitches on first circ needle, K3, P2, K6, P2, K4

Row 48: K4, P2, C6f, P2, K2, Invisible Increase 1 & knit before sliding off needle, K1

Increase Thumb Gusset for Left Hand Glove

Row 41: K1, Invisible Increase 1 & knit before sliding off needle, K3, P2, K6, P2, K4 (2nd needle repeat in reverse) K4, P2, K6, P2, K3, Invisible Increase 1 & knit before sliding off needle, K1

Row 42: K5, P2, K6, P2, K4 (2nd needle repeat in reverse) zK4, P2, K6, P2, K5

Row 43: K1, Invisible Increase 1 & knit before sliding off needle, K4, P2, K6, P2, K4 (2nd needle repeat in reverse) K4, P2, K6, P2, K4, Invisible Increase 1 & knit before sliding off needle, K1

Row 44: K6, P2, K6, P2, K4 (2nd needle repeat in reverse) K4, P2, K6, P2, K6

Row 45: K1, Invisible Increase 1 & knit before sliding off needle, K5, P2, K6, P2, K4 (2nd needle repeat in reverse) K4, P2, K6, P2, K5, Invisible Increase 1 & knit before sliding off needle, K1

Row 46: K7, P2, K6, P2, K4 (2nd needle repeat in reverse) K4, P2, K6, P2, K7

It’s a lot trickier to BO for the Left Thumb Gusset, there is some forcing to do. You’ll needle to first BO from the 2nd needle then the 1st so that the BO is fluid on the gusset.

Row 47: Slide the last 4 stitches from the 2nd circ needle on to the DPN, with the 2nd circ needle & the DPN BO Knitwise those 4 stitches, with the DPN and the 1st circ needle BO Knitwise 4 stitches, K3, P2, K6, P2, K4 (2nd needle repeat in reverse minus the BO) K4, P2, K6, P2, K3

Row 48: K1, Invisible Increase 1 & knit before sliding off needle, P2, C6f, P2, K4 (2nd needle repeat in reverse) K4, P2, C6F, P2, Invisible Increase 1 & knit before sliding off needle, K1

The remaining rows are same for both Gloves

Rows 49 – 55: K4, P2, K6, P2, K4 (repeat for 2nd needle) K4, P2, K6, P2, K4

Row 56: K4, P2, C6F, P2, K4 (repeat for 2nd needle) K4, P2, C6F, P2, K4

Row 57 – 59: : K4, P2, K6, P2, K4 (repeat for 2nd needle) K4, P2, K6, P2, K4

Row 60: BO in pattern

I probably wasted my time even making a separate pattern for the left thumb gusset when you can just as easily make two of the right hand and flip it over to wear since they are symmetrical but when I was in the heat of the knitting moment I was just trying to solve the problem that came up on the left hang glove.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Fingerless Gloves COMPLETED!

Fingerless Gloves, Basic Cable

Fingerless Gloves, Basic Cable

I am proud to say that I did complete both of my Basic Cable Fingerless Gloves last night to match my Irish Hiking Scarf/Hat Combo. Now I just have to sit around and wait for it to freeze here in Austin so that I can wear the whole combo together. Although that would be quite a lot of blue. I think I will mostly end up wearing the gloves at work because I have really bad circulation and my hands, feet, and nose are always frozen solid. I figure I can wear the gloves to keep my hands warm but still allow me to type. I am actually doing that very thing right now for practice. I have made a number of typos so far (but I am correcting them as I go) but I am sure I will get used to it.

Now I just want to make more and more of these but before I am selfish and make me more I am going to knit something for my best friend to surprise her. Probably something cabled on account I am so cable crazy at the moment.

Our First Week in Austin, August 2005

I was just going through my videos and thought I would share one of our first encounter with large and/or odd looking bugs. This is the only one I have on video but I have a lot of pictures of our strange bug friends. For now just the video.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Finished the Lefty

Basic Cable Fingerless Glove

I was diligent from the time I posted my blog yesterday at work until just a few minutes ago, I finished the left glove. I discovered that my fun little pattern did have some issues so I gotta get that updated and cast on for the right hand which I will do tomorrow from work. It's hella late and I am hella tired, so I go to bed now but check out my left glove.

Fingerless match the Irish Hiking Set

Believe me, my knitta's, I am hard at work on these fingerless gloves to match my IH set but I have been terribly frustrated with the whole process. I have attempted to follow a few of the patterns that were posted on the IHS KAL blog but not a one worked out for me.
I wanted to do it using the double circular needle method (which I am a huge fan of) so that I would be able to stop at certain intervals to slide my hand in and make sure everything was going well. After completing (though not well) 2 right hand gloves and having to frog them both I decided...

Fingerless Glove 1

FG 2

FUCK IT! I'm making up my own pattern. This is pretty bold for me to make up my own pattern on something I have never done (well) before but for the last two days I have been knitting and frogging my own design and I finally figured it out...I think. I built this little chart, which you won't be able to read too well in this picture,

Basic Cable Fingerless Gloves

but it makes sense to me on my little print out (I'll try to figure out how to upload the excel file for y'all later). Anywho, everyone at my company has been given the week off for the holidays except for me cause I am on contract not a full fledged employee yet so if I want to get paid I have to sit at my desk all week like a good little girl so I can pay the bills. But everything I have to work on requires other people's work, and since no one is here I have no work. So I have been knitting and blogging from my desk all week. That is how I had the time to develop that lovely little chart. I have it all written out in pattern form but I really wanted to SEE that it would turn out right before I cast on and that is why I created that thingy. That and I am a total Excel geek and love to use it for all sorts of stuff so there you go. That is also why the picture quality on those FG pics up there is a little funky cause it is from my camera phone and I am sitting at my work desk as I blog this. =P Gotta love it, I may not be stimulated by my job all that much but it gives me time to knit.

I didn't want too many days on non-knitting material to go by so I thought I'd update y'all on what I was doing. Laterz!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Can I just say I love Justin Timberlake...

Boy band-ness aside I happen to love Justin Timberlake. I am a sucker for White boy singers that sound Black. Not that I would want to date him or hang his poster up on my wall or anything, I just like his personality and yes his songs. Anywho, I missed SNL this year, I doubt I watched a single episode since 2005 but I caught this uncensored version of the song that aired on their Christmas episode on myspace the other day and I laughed my ass off. You gotta love JT for not only messing with his image a little by singing about his dick in a box...BUT...also for making fun of his boy band-ness. In case you missed the video, check it out here.

Reflections of a year of knitting

2006 was the year I became a knitter. Though I began knitting a couple of years ago, I really don't believe I could say in good conscience that I was a "knitter" until now. Sure I could cast on, knit, purl, yarn over, yada yada yada, but I was just going through the motions of what I had memorized from books and the occasional kind correction from random knitters I would come in contact with. But this year, everything changed.

I finally began to notice patterns in clothes I saw in stores or on people I spoke to through out the day. I also began to "see" what a pattern was doing while I was knitting. I finally could see how the loops were facing and what was happening to the stitches as I would go along. I began to understand how a particular stitch effected the pattern. It was an exciting thing to realize and it gave me the confidence to try things that I was always afraid of trying like knitting on the round and cabling.

Since I took on cabling about a month ago, I have turned into a cabling fool! I want nothing more than to cable on every new project I knit. I even got so bold as to make a cabled scarf as my first knitting 4 money project, and even though that turned south and the "client" didn't end up paying me, I was still able to turn out a scarf that I was proud of and gift it to someone that really loved it.

I have come to realize that knitting has gone well beyond a hobby for me. It is relaxing (when I am not having to frog constantly), it is creative (even when following someone else's pattern), and there is something tangible to show for it when I am done. Not like watching movies or bowling or something. I get to actually wear what I made or give it to someone else to wear. It is a cool, cool thing.

So for 2007 I have decided to be bold with me knittin' and try all sorts of things I was too much of a pussy to do before.
Sharmane's 2007 New Year's Knit-o-lutions


1. Tristan's girlie colored blanket (started July 2005 - I have a few choices on this one, they are as follows...

a) Finish the damn thing.
b) Frog the damn thing and make a bunch of other things with it.
c) Finish the damn thing and give it away to some blanket charity like Warm Up America.
2. Finish that hooded sweatshirt from the first Stitch n' Bitch. I started it back in April of 2005 but I never got to the sleeves. If I can get the sleeves done I can sew it together and finish the hood. But its been so long since I've worked on it, I'm pretty sure I am going to frog it and start all over. (I've gained a lot of weight since last May anyway.)

3.Get started on my niece Jacinda and nephew Jordan's blankets that I talked about making back in 2005. I already made one for the youngest nephew Kobe, so it is only fair that the older kids get one too.

Kobe and the blanket
Kobe's 1st year birthday blankey

Four Hands
Jordan and Jacinda (from like 5 years ago)

Don't I have the cutest niece and nephews in the whole wide world?
The correct answer is YES!!!!!
4. Learn to make a brimmed cap.

5. Learn to change colors via the Intarsia method or Fair Isle method, either or both would suit me fine.
6. Complete a project a month. I would say a week but that may be too much of an undertaking right now. I'll pace myself and then next year if I'm bold I'll try out the weekly thing.

I think that is pretty much it for now. I am sure that I will think of a few more things and I will add accordingly, so as to be held accountable for my knit-o-lutions. What are some of yours?

Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Chrismahanukwanzstice!

The sun is freaking shining here in Austin so it doesn't feel much like Xmas but I hope everyone else is having a good one.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Black and White Cabled Hat

B&W Cabled Hat

Done and done!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

My first Scarf & Hat Combo...Irish Hiking Scarf

Irish Hiking Combo

I finished my first cabled hat yesterday. It is a little loose around my head but I actually kind of like it because I can wear my heat down with out messing it up, that's all a girl wants out of a beanie right? This was my first that on a circular needle. I have done several on DPNs, which I think I may have mentioned before, but this cabling was a bit too hard on DPNs so I went out and bought my first interchangeable needle. Now that I have one I REALLY want to get a set but I don't think Santa's going to bring one to me this year. I didn't get the word out early enough I think.

Moving on, I was so excited about getting this blue hat done I casted on a second one last night, this one is a bit smaller and the k2, p2 ribbing at the bottom actually matches up with the cables unlike my first one. I like that much better. I'm already about to decrease to shape the crown so I may blog again tonight with that.

In Progress: Black and White, basic cabled hat

I think I may bang a few of these out for late Xmas gifts, since I have been broke and busy and haven't gotten any Xmas gifts together yet. Well, except for my hubby's traditional pajama pants that his mother used to get him every year, and now I do. I know I wanted to try to knit gifts this year but I just didn't start early enough. I'll have to start making a stock pile now so that everyone get something knitted next year. I also want to make a real effort to make our Xmas stockings for next year too. Something that represents Tristan and I a bit more than the ones we have now. We'll see what happens though.

Happy Chrismahanukwanzstice to you all!

Friday, December 22, 2006

Hello folks! You may have noticed a drastic change in my blog today. Well I decided to make a little change now that I am more into blogging. I hope all the new stuff will be interesting to my regular readers. I wrote a big ol' post about everything but re-read it and thought it was goofy so I'm just gonna list what I changed.

Left Side Bar

1. Revan's Picture of the day - Is now a Sidebar thing, rather than a daily post.

2. Added a "Atheist Pride" section with links to my favorite Atheism related sites - I will also start incorporating more Atheistic content to my blog.

3. Added a "My Photography" section - to show off some of my favorite works and hopefully begin posting more recent photos soon.

4. Joined Technorati and added a link for it - Its a blog community promoter, see if I can't get some more readers from them. ;P

5. Added a "Mixed Like Me" section - Which will have links to various multiracial websites, also something I will be adding to my regular content. Gotta education folks, ya dig? ;P

Right Side Bar

Only knitting related blogs and links and archived posts.

Bare with me folks, while I get the rest of my blog in shape. Thanks!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Revan's Picture of the Day...Revan Loves Mamu

Revan loves mamu

See how he so delicately touches my leg, he must love me cause he is always in my lap. Awwwwwwwwwwwwww.

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In Progress: A Matching Hat

This will hopefully be a matching hat to my Irish Hiking Scarf but so far it looks like it will end up fitting a much larger head, which is saying a lot cause I got a big ol' head. All the Japanese side of the family does. My head is an inch and a half bigger in diameter than my 6'2" husband. Here are a few in progress pics.

In Progress: Irish Hiking Hat

In Progress: Irish Hiking Hat

In Progress: Irish Hiking Hat

I have never done a hat on circular needles before, only on dpns so this is strange. But I think it is easier for the cabling. This is also my first time cabling a hat but hopefully it goes well. I'll keep ya posted.
I've been tagged...I don't know what it really means though.

Apparently, there is something going on where bloggers are taggin other bloggers and I got tagged by Queen Frogger, so here goes six weird things about me.

1) I have a Muhammad Ali obsession, until I was 26 years old I had a 48" x 60" poster on my wall of Ali knocking out Sonny Liston "the famous picture." I also have a couple of speeches memorized and love an opportunity to do one in front of a crowd.

2) I have G.I.Joe action grip toes. I can pick up a telephone with my toes and dial (you know the old style phones like this).

3) I don't like shaking hands. I think it is disgusting the whole time I'm talking to you after a hand shake I am picturing the germs crawling all over my hands up my arm and into my face making me sick. I think we should be like the Roman and clasp arms at the elbow, like a forearm shake. It would make me feel less gross.

4) I like tiny versions of things or large versions of things. Like mini ketchup bottles or giant boxes of my favorite
Japanese caramels.

5) I sleep with my face buried in a pillow. It freaks my mom and husband out cause they think I'll suffocate but I've done it my whole life.

6) I use two tea bags for one cup of tea because I like it really dark, only one other member of my British side of the family does this, for some reason it offends the others.

None of this stuff I think is weird but I had to write something.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Revan's Picture of the day... Asleep on my Laundry

Revan Asleep on Laundry

So there I am minding my own business trying to fold my laundry and the little boy curls up on top of it and falls asleep. Now I would like to finish folding the laundry but all the books say waking up kittens in deep sleep stunts their growth so I guess I'll just blog, knit, and eat some diced peaches while I wait.

I also finally got in to see my picture in the Student Competition today. Hey, maybe I didn't post about this yet. So, I am in photography classes at the moment trying to improve my skill and we were required to enter in 3 pictures into the student competition but none of them were guaranteed to get into the show or the competition. One of my three entries made it into the show and Tristan and I have been meaning to get down there for some time but just hadn't had a chance. We went tonight and the show was closed but a nice lady let us into the gallery anyway so I took a picture of my picture because I didn't have a copy of it to show friends.

Never Sleeps

It didn't win, but that is good news because I wanted my picture back so that I could frame it and put in my house like I did for my last competition piece "Italian Lovers in New York" which was a semi-finalist in the International Library of Photography Annual contest.

Italian Lovers
My framed version.

Italian Lovers in NYC
"Italian Lovers in New York"

If you want to know more about "Italian Lovers" please read my blog here.

I am lucky enough to have a supportive husband who wants me to frame my work and hang through out our house. The "Italian Lovers" is the only thing I have ever had professionally hung and it freakin' costed like $80 but in the end I was so happy with how the frame turned out. When I finally get back "Never Sleeps" I will also get it professionally framed, well you know what it is already matted all I really need to do is find a frame and a top matte and I could do it myself. It would cost a lot less. Yeah, I'll probably do that then. Thinking while typing, can't beat that huh?

Monday, December 18, 2006

Missed this weekend's posts...oops!

Hello readers! I was so focused this weekend on finally finishing my IHS that I completely avoided the web and almost all other non-knitting related activities. I am so happy to report that I did finish, and I did take pictures, but I didn't upload those pictures yet, so I'll get them up tonight.

I got into knitting because I wanted to make fun things for myself to wear but I rarely end up knitting something for myself. So, I am very very very very very very happy with this completed IHS. Mind you, I live in Austin, TX and it is a warm December (some days as high at 76 degrees F) and I am a Californian who loves cold & rainy days, so I am not sure how much use I will get out of my new beauty but I am so happy to have made myself something cabled and pretty. I also had time to cast on my matching hat, but I am still in the 4" k2 p2 ribbing phase so no cabling on the round yet. I just hope it goes okay. And I hope I finish it in time for the one day of cold we'll get here in Austin this month. We'll see.

(Returned to post the completed pics.)

Irish Hiking Scarf

Irish Hiking Scarf 3

For those of you that have been coming back daily for my Revan's pics, I'm sorry I missed Saturday and Sunday but I promise to not let that happen too often. Here goes....

Revan's Picture of the Day...Just because he is cute, dammit!

Revan likes the Dell Badge

Revan likes to play with my Dell badge. I work at Dell and you have to have a security badge to walk around but when I am home it is Revan's chew toy. I just think he looks all cute cuddled up in a ball on the couch, but this was taken right after he was finished playing with the badge. Ah the joy of having Revan in my life.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Knitter's kick ass...all of the asses in fact!

Let me tell you why knitter's are so wonderful...because they rally around other knitter's when their down and say just the right things to get you up and back on the sticks in no time.

I posted yesterday both my excitement for finishing my first knitting 4 money project then getting an order for an exact replica AND my heartbreak over being told my scarf was coming back to me. Well, I have to admit I pretty much vented at every possible opportunity. To other folks at work, my hubby, my kitten, my blog, AND the new knit-a-long blog I joined this week Fall Cable 2006. Let me tell you those knitter's rallied and posted the nicest comments. It was really encouraging getting on to the blogs this morning to check for new posts from others only to find so many folks commented on my post for me.

Knitting is one of those things you do because you want to be creative, relaxed, and have fun. Though some people probably can make a career out of it, I just don't want to do anything that would compromise the joy I get out of knitting. When I have made stuff for people in the past I haven't charged because I was going to get to do something I liked doing anyway, but I convinced myself it was cool to charge this time because I was propositioned. Next time, I am only going to knit for folks I am already friendly with (not just getting to know) and that way they'll be honest with me along the way if there is something they don't like. Cause here is the deal, I am an honest person. Not the kind of person that hides the truth to spare feelings because if I am not honest things don't turn out right and everyone loses. It was an awful feeling to send the scarf over and not hear anything back about it for a whole day, and then have to go seek out the person to ask if they liked the item. Hearing immediately that it wasn't as thick as she wanted, when I had already showed it to her in person the week before just really twisted my balls (if you don't know me personally, I always refer to myself in the masculine its just my thing, so don't worry I don't ACTUALLY have balls.). Had she only stopped me last Friday and said "I was actually hoping it was a little thicker" I would have pulled out a ruler and started getting details right away so I could frog in mid-knit and start over. It would have sucked a little but not nearly as much as finishing it and having it sent back the next day. RIGHT?

All right, I must stop because I could feel I was getting a little worked up again, and I am moving on with my knitting life. I'll tell ya, though, yesterday I was really KNITTING WITH A VENGEANCE when I got home. Even with a trip to Best Buy, I still managed to get like a foot long stretch knitted on my IHS. I'll get some pictures up this weekend. Shoot I might even be fired up enough to finish it AND a matching hat! (Don't hold me to it though.)

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Let's move on to Revan's picture of the day, shall we?

Revan's Picture of the Day...You wanna snacky!?!

You want a snacky?

Whenever I ask him if he wants a snacky he jumps up my leg a bit all excited. Here is another little tongue shot of him. I'm catching a lot of those lately. He loves a good snacky.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Tragedy Sets in... first knitting 4 money scarf returned

You read right folks. My very first project that I knitted for money is being returned to me tomorrow. =(

Tanisha's Scarf

I am told that it is because the client had all their stuff ($, cc's, etc) stolen last night, but that was said only after she told me the scarf wasn't as thick as she wanted and so she was going to have to buy a "real" scarf for her friend (I showed it to her last week and she didn't mention anything about thickness when it was still in progress.)
I have to say that it really hurt my feelings, and normally I am not so easily penetrated but you know, she sought me out because she saw the scarf I made for Jenny and told me she'd pay me to make her one to. She picked a color combination I thought was unsightly but at least the colors did gel together well. She told me she wanted the cables. I just don't understand how it could have turned out anything but how she wanted it. I mean...why not say when I showed her the in progress scarf that it wasn't as thick as she wanted? At least then I wouldn't feel like I waisted 11 days of my life knitting this scarf when I could be churning out last minute Xmas gifts.

Ugh, it just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I was so excited that someone liked my knitting enough to pay me to make something but to give it back when so many other people have commented positively on it. Already another co-worker ordered a scarf as a gift for their friend so I'll give it a try.
Revan's picture of the day...Licking himself

Lucky Shot

I'm interested in this shot because I did it one handed with my Nikon D80 and the lens is like 3 inches long and not light weight so I was surprise I got the shot off let alone such a great mid-licking situation. Its awesome like my kitten is awesome.

IN KNITTING NEWS: I did cast on my second knit 4 money scarf, this for a different co-worker Whitney, who loved Tanisha's scarf so much she wanted a replica. Same yarn, same colors, same pattern. I have varied that pattern a little just to make is seem different but ultimately it will look very similar. I haven't taken a picture yet, but I'll post something this weekend when I get farther along.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Revan's Picture of the day...Where's Revan

Where's Revan?

Revan stalks piece of yarn that Tristan is dangling in the left hand side of the picture. But he is tucked behind a little box in the top right corner. He is just too cute, acting like a little Lion. I love him.
I'm finished! I'm finished! (con't)

I wanted to post some pictures of my finished product of the scarf I made for my co-worker Tanisha. It was such a crowd pleaser among my department I got an order for a similar scarf (same colors different order) its almost like I am in business. =)

Tanisha's Scarf

Tanisha's Scarf
Even in my chubbiness I love to take pictures of myself with my knitted projects.

It will be interesting knitting the same scarf back to back but what the client wants the client gets right? I cannot believe I am knitting 4 money now, its so weird. I mean I love to knit, hence me knitting & knit bloggin' but it never occurred to me that someone else would like what I knit enough to pay me to make them something, you know? I guess because I have only been doing it for a few years I haven't yet developed the confidence to say "yeah my knitting is the bomb now PAY ME!" You know what I mean?

So the downer is that I will shelf my person IHS again, if only to finish this new scarf 4 hire by next week so she can take it with her on her holiday vacation BUT I will finish it eventually. =)

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Revan's Picture of the Day....Trippin' on Catnip


So even though I have heard about catnip, I never really knew what it was or how it affected the cats but I asked the vet last time we were there and she said they just like the smell and it makes them euphoric but in moderation is not bad for them. So, Tristan and I started letting him have a pinch on his little apartment thingy and he loves it. He rolls around like a little crazy cat and makes all sort of funny little sounds. I snapped a series of pictures of him playing in it but I chose this one to highlight because he's eyes are a little strange because of the angle I shot it at and I just think it captures the fun he was having. Enjoy!

Monday, December 11, 2006

I finished! I finished!

My first knitting 4 money project for my co-worker Tanisha. Well, to be precise I finished the knitting part. I still have to do the sewing up of the lose ends and all but that should be done by tonight I think. Then I will get my first little $$! Yay!

But what I am most excited about at the moment is that I can get back on my personal Irish Hiking Scarf. I got my Iceland Madil on Friday of last week and it turns out to be the exact same color as the yarn I had already knitted up so dye lot didn't end up being an issue. I am so super fantastical happy about that. I started knitting a little today and it is great to be back on yarn that is really awesome to knit with. No stringiness or needle catching. Its just a really smooth knit. I hope to be finished with my scarf by the end of this week so I can get on to the hat. If only it were cold enough to wear in Austin.

Irish Hiking Scarf, Iceland Madil, Colbalt Blue, 929

I have to do a bit of a rush job on my blog today, but I wanted to post my
Revan's picture of the day before it gets too late. I have a busy night a head of me. So here goes...

Revan Scarf

Isn't he cute? Guardian of the scarf, protector from would be knitting detanglers and evil doers. I thought in honor of finishing Tanisha's scarf I would post this picture with him guarding over it. =) Enjoy!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Revan's Picture of the Day...Revan in a bag.

Revan in a plastic bag 1

He just loves plastic bags, every time I come home with groceries or a knitting project in a bag he just loves to climb on in. I know that it is bad to let animals play with plastic bags but he is just so cute and I always remove the bag when I'm done snapping pictures. This was really cute because he rolled out the four balls of yarn and crawled in. I pulled him out a couple times but he kept going inside so I got the camera. Even small things are enormously adorable because of Revan.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Revan's Picture of the Day...Because he's just so damn cute!


I'm just in love with my little boy, even at 3 ish months he is so cute and kitten faced. I wish the kitten time would go stretch out a bit longer, he changes so fast I'm glad I have a camera that can capture his day to day changes.


I have been knitting like crazy today trying to get my knitting 4 money scarf done this weekend so I can fit in some last minute holiday gift knitted up. Well, as promised I wanted to post some in progress pictures of Tanisha's scarf since I have been so behind this week. Here goes...


As you can see my little boy was helping to lay out the scarf for the picture, he is a helpful baby.

Revan Scarf

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I realized part way through that the scarf would not be symmetrical if I didn't find a middle point and knit the color sections backwards from, so I did just that. I have about 7 more color sections to knit until it is all done. I hope to have all the little ends sewed in by tomorrow or Monday.

This is sort of a crap posting but at least I have one in the bag. I'll get a better knitting post in some time this week, hopefully. =)

Friday, December 08, 2006

Revan's Picture of the Day...What is this called again...a leaf?


Getting used to the crazy outdoors, Revan's played with this leaf for a while before he picked it up. He was so happy with his little dead leaf.

I got the rest of my Iceland Madil yarn yesterday. I can't wait to get my knitting 4 money project finished so that I can jump back on my personal IHS Scarf and Hat Combo. I'm very excited, this should prove to be a very fun knitting weekend. That is after I recover from last weekends crazy birthday weekend exhaustion. =P Keep you posted.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

I promise I have been knitting but I haven't had much time to blog about knitting the last few days. I get a little bit of free time at work to blog, hence the Revan's Picture of the Day posts this week. I will definitely post my progress on my first knitting 4 money project this weekend. I am exactly half way done as of last night. I realized that since I was knitting a 4 color scarf, that once I had gone past the center it wasn't going to be symmetrical and although my "client" may not have minded that, I couldn't bare to think I sent something un-symmetrical out into the world without intentionally planning that from the get go. So, I had to frog about 32 lines and double up on the last color in the sequence, so that I could knit the pattern backwards from then on. I think it will be good in the end.

But I can't post without including my Revan's Picture of the Day, so here goes...


I don't know why when you get a profile shot of him you can see that he has thinner fur above his eyes because he doesn't look like that in person but either way I love the composition of this shot, and my kitten is super gorgeous so I have to show him off.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Revan's picture of the day...Papa loves Revan but Revan looks scared.

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This one is funny because Revan does love his Papa, but in this particular moment caught on digital file seems to state otherwise. I just love this little boy, he has brought so much joy to us.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Revan's Picture of the Day...Sweet Face

There is my cute little boy. Don't you just love when you get that one picture that shows off the things you want to show off. In this case, little Revan's sweet face.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Revan's picture of the day...Revan in Motion

I've mentioned before that I suffer from Japanese Tourist Syndrome, a congenital picture taking disease, I rarely go a day without taking pictures. And ever since I got a kitten & a Nikon D80, I rarely go a day without taking a hundred pictures. So, besides uploading all my pictures on to Flickr and sending out regular emails to all my friends to check them out I should start a little photo of the day sort of like National Geographic, except with Revan.

So, here goes the first in a daily series of "Revan's picture of the day..."

Revan in Motion_0075

This was Revan's first real experience being outside. We let him on to the patio with Tristan banging on the fence if Revan got to close to run out. He was very scared at first but warm up to it and I think he might like it. I just think in this particular picture, he looks like a panther on the prowl or something. Gorgeous!

Stay tuned tomorrow for the second "Revan's picture of the day." =)