Saturday, December 30, 2006

2006 In Review

A lot has happend in this year. I had my heart broken, my parents divorce, my mom moving away... Let's just say I'm looking forward to 2007. It can't be any worse than 2006.

But in the fibery arena, I've had a GREAT YEAR!

Look at all the sweaters I've made!

First off is the Fair Isle 101 Pullover

I haven't worn it as often as I'd like, and am hoping to wear it more in 2007. I hope this little bit of Fair Isle will prepare me for the Venezia Pullover.

Next, I finished up my Mom's Mariah and gifted it to her.


Apparently the neckline is a bit big on this one. She probably won't get much wear out of it in Florida now.

Then I finished Tubey


I'm not a big fan of this sweater right now. Love the neckline, hate the body of the sweater. Debating about ripping out the body and trying something new.

Then the Hourglass

I LOVE this sweater, and wear it often. It's so nice and warm!

Then Ivy


Still need to find a nice shirt to wear this with. And I think I made the ties too long.

And finally Lucy


My second most frequently worn sweater. Love it!

I participated in Sockapaloooza and knitted these:


and recieved these:


A very successful swap!

Knitted some Fetching Gloves:


Some Simply Lovely Lace Socks

Discovered the crack that is Socks That Rock and made some Jaywalkers:


And some Sweet Georgia Versailles Jaywalkers


I bought my first spinning wheel:


Went to my first fiber festivals and bought my first fleece:


Learned how to weave over the summer and didn't love it.


And I also learned how to dye yarn.


I also got to take a fabulous vacation with my very good friend.


Knitting total:

6 Sweaters
4 pairs of socks (ONLY 4!?!)
1 Fingerless mitss

2006, thank goodness you're leaving, can't wait to see what 2007 holds in store.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

I've been tagged.

I've been tagged twice for the "Six Weird Things About Me" Meme. By Soccerchic Knits and KnittingNurse.

1. At work, I'm totally organized, making lists, keeping my work area tidy, keeping my patient tidy. A place for everything and everything in its place. At home is a completely different story. I think it's because at work, I have another nurse following me, so I like to keep my workspace the way I'd like to find it.

2. I'm completely anal about being on time. I have to arrive at least 5-10 minutes early. I get SEVERELY stressed out when I'm late. Like a couple of weeks ago, when Seattle had the windstorm? It took me over TWO FREAKING HOURS to get to work (a trip that usually takes 20 minutes). I was 40 minutes late to work. The only time I've been late to a job. Even when I go to do things fun with friends I try to arrive early. I think it shows a lack of respect of the other person and their time when someone is consistently late.

3. I obsess about if I locked the front door or not. To the point of getting up from bed to check (tripping over the cats in the process).

4. I used to buy Danskos. Now I buy yarn. I ::heart:: my Dansko collection. I still love going to look at the new styles. For some reason, I can't justify buying another pair. Dropping $100 in yarn for a sweater, not a problem. Methinks I have a problem with the yarn. :)

5. If I have a really sick patient at work, I forbid from anyone saying the word "CODE" in front of the patient. (When I worked in at GWU Hosptial in DC, I asked the nurse taking care of the patients next to me to stay near as I thought that my patient might code, and it HAPPENED.) I also wave the code drugs over a super sick patient as a talisman to keep away any badness (especially if we're going downstairs for tests), and I'm always prepared for a code. (If you're prepared, it'll never happen) So far, at Harborview, it hasn't.

6. I hate coffee. Pretty weird for someone who lives in Seattle. And works nights. Tea has started to give me heartburn. I drink soda now. I especially love the cherry coke. :)

Who hasn't done this meme now? I dont think Abi has. So I tag her. And any of you who are reading this that hasn't done this meme. Yup, I mean YOU. So get cracking! :)

Friday, December 22, 2006

Progress

I've been knitting on the Equestrian Jacket. Here's a back and two completed fronts finished!


Working on the sleeves now.

I'm skipping Christmas this year. Just not in the mood. I'll be alone this year. I guess it's a good thing I'll be working Christmas Eve, as I can sleep through Christmas day. I haven't bought any presents, wrapped any gifts, or put up a single decoration in my apartment. It's too bad, as I love Christmas. Hopefully next year I'll go all out.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

You're right!


All those yarns are for the Venezia Pullover from the latest Interweave! (Can you tell I LOVE this issue, I have the yarn to make THREE sweaters from this issue--Two of which you've seen!)

I'm still waiting for the yellow ochre to come into stock at the Weaving Works. Here's my dilemma...

I really want to start on this sweater for my Mom. I have the cabled one made out of the Knitpicks cotton on the needles. I'm not loving working with the yarn, on that one. Should I start on the Venezia Pullover and make this one my Mom's Christmas present? Eunny said she knit it in 5 days. I'd like to get it done for my Mom's first day of work at her new job, which is mid January... Which one should I do first?

Also, I have two skeins of pure alpaca to make a scarf for my aunt to thank her for helping my Mom. Any classic, elegant scarf patterns come to mind? Check out the link above to see the yarn. It's a DK weight in a deep cranberry. The color is luminous. I was thinking something like the Irish hiking scarf, but I'd like something that's reverseable. Suggestions are more than welcome!

Still here!

So, my Mom left last week. She's already arrived to her destination in Florida. She'll be looking for apartments and such this week before heading to house sit for her sister. I was tempted to fly out and spend some time with her, but airfares this late in the game are EXPENSIVE! ($600-1000) I put in that I wanted first class, and the tickets were about the same price! How crazy is that?!? I'm doing ok. I've had my moments where I miss her so much. Lots of anger directed towards my Dad, and some soul searching on weather or not I'll be staying in Seattle.

Anyhoo, on with the knitting. Look what's on the blocking board!


Yay! It's a finished Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds! This one was such an easy knit! I can't wait to wear it.


A close up of the cool buttons I got from the Weaving Works. I know my Mom will be jealous of these. :)

I also finished up my Turtleneck Shrug. I'll post pics of that with my next post. Can you believe it?! TWO FO in one night!


You know me, I casted on right away for another project. I'll be ripping about half of this out. There's a defect in the yarn that I need to rip back to, so there's no problems in the future. I KNEW I shouldn't have left it in but I did. Now about an hour and a half of work will go down the drain. I'll rip it out next time I pick it up. Isn't the rule "No ripping after midnight?"


Here's a preview of an upcoming project. I'll be using this to create a sweater for my Mom. I'm missing one color. Any guesses on what I'm going to make? I'll give you a hint... It's either going to be my knitting triumph or my knitting disaster. :)

Anyhoo, it's 6:48, I need to go to bed so I can work tonight! Posted by Picasa

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Still here...

But life is getting in the way of blogging...

First, my Mom leaves Washington on Wednesday, so I'll be busy helping her get ready. Expect radio silence until she leaves. It's crazy around here.

Second, I started washing my fleece! I started at around 2 am before a set of shifts started. It's GORGEOUS!!! It's drying now, thankfully the kitties haven't attacked it yet.

Third, I got myself a drum carder! :) I can't wait to use it to card my fleece.

Still working on a few things. One of my UFOs is almost done. The turtleneck shrug I finally got myself another Scarf Style book after losing the first one in the move. I have about 3 inches left of the turtleneck to complete.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

It's 4 am...

It's 4 am, and I'm still up. No worries, as it's the night before my shifts start, so I always stay up late. I've been working on some computer work for a rubber stamp company, and working on my spinning class homework while I'm waiting for things to save.


I'm hand carding the different fibers we got to play with. I'll be spinning them up and navajo plying some, and saving the others for class. I even got to play with a drum carder!! Now I think I know what I'm going to get myself for Christmas! :)

A few project updates. Here's a few of the things I want to knit for the holiday festivities.

The ribbon scarf from Handknit Holidays using a hot pink (!!!) Rowan Kidsilk Haze. Will look great with my black coat.

Also from Handknit Holidays, these legwarmers. When I went to the shop, I had only written down the name and color numbers of the different colors called for in the pattern. Well, the Weaving Works didn't have a single color called for in the pattern!

So I went with these... It's either going to be really good, or really bad... Sorry for all the flash pictures, but there's no natural light at 4 am!

And you know as soon as I finished Ivy, I casted on for this:


My Lucy in the Sky Cardi! Now, why does it seem that when you knit things in pieces, it seems to go faster. I swear I've been working on this forever, but all I've got is about 4 inches of work! I'm trying to get a ball a day done. We'll see how I'll be able to keep up with that goal.

Monday, November 13, 2006

It's been awhile!

First, business out of the way, Trek, you won my contest. The Red Sox winning the World Series did it for me. :) I've emailed you to discuss prizes.

I saw NW Knitter Abi at our friend's birthday party on Saturday and she reminded me that I hadn't posted in a long time! Bad knitting blogger, BAD!

So, in celebration of my blogiversary, I scored myself some Vesper Sock Yarn:

That's Knit and Tonic up top (LOVE IT!) and Midnight Knitter on bottom (w00t! UF colors!) I know what the big deal is about her yarn now, and I haven't even started knitting with it yet!

I also end up getting some NSS Steel from Sunshine Yarns. I'm hoping in her big update on Tuesday she'll have some NSS Midnight. I think the two would make GREAT stripey knee socks. :)

Today was another gloomy rainy day in Seattle. This color is pretty accurate of the sky color.

I also took a trip to Vancouver while I was on my blog break. I've been dying to go for about a year now. I wanted to go mainly to see Granville Island again. The public market that they have there rivals the famous Pike Place Market in Seattle. Plus at Granville Island, they have the Silk Weaving Studio.


While there I picked up this skein of 1600 yds of silk laceweight yarn. Isn't this just the perfect color for autumn?! In the studio they had several looms, and had chained warps ready to go. I have to admit seeing all the gorgeous stuff makes me wish I liked weaving a little bit more.

They also had unspun silk fiber there! I hadn't noticed that they carried it the last time I was there. I ended up getting some Tussah fiber:


And some Camel/Silk fiber:


A company called The Silk Tree provides all the fiber and yarn to the shop. The fibers are heavenly!

I've also been knitting.

Like a fiend.



I finished Ivy. :) I was up until 4 am seaming one night so I could try and wear it to my friend's birthday party. I'd call it a successful knit. I need to find myself a better top to wear underneath, as the shoulders are too narrow, and when I wear it with a camisole, the straps always end up peeking out.

You know you have spoiled kitties when they sleep on your handknits. :)

Friday, October 27, 2006

Yup, it's my Blogversary!

Yup, one year ago today I started blogging. Congratulations Abi! Though I'm loving reading the other "on this day today" comments. Since Abi lives so close to me, I'll have another contest. Find me the best "on this day today" event, and you'll get a prize like Abi! And no, Abi, you can't win again. :)

A few weeks ago, I told you about some sweater stashing that had been done. See, a few weeks ago I had been a bit down in the dumps with all this divorce crap. So, finding yarn on sale became a bit of a hobby for me. :)

There's a few sweaters in blogland that I'm just DYING to make. First is the Lucy in the Sky Cardigan by Laura at Cosmicpluto.

First, I purchased this yarn at Elann:


But it's a bit fuzzy in real life, and I wouldn't want to obscure the diamond detail on the sweater with the fuzziness. So, in the stash it goes! I couldn't get a shot of how gorgeous the purple is. Me likey!

I also had purchased this:


I've been wanting to knit Rogue for a long time. So I thought that this Jaeger yarn would be gorgeous in all those cables. But then I remembered about this yarn:

Chilling in the stash all unused. So, the Mission Falls will become Rogue, and the Jaeger will become Lucy!



It is taking every bone in my body not to cast on!!!!!! I've finished a sleeve for my Mom's sweater, and am about to take on one of the fronts of Ivy. I cannot start another sweater until I finish one of those.

Can I?

:)

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Any guesses?

About what tomorrow, Friday October 27th is?

Prize to the first commenter who guesses it correctly!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Back: Done!

The back of Mom's Christmas sweater: CHECK!


Now my aunt thinks I shoud make my Mom a shawl. Any suggestions? My Mom will probably be moving to a warmer climate. I was thinking Clapotis in a wool/silk blend? Maybe look to see what Weaving Works has for undyed yarn and then dye it myself? Other shawl patterns welcome! Please help me! :) I want to send my Mom away with handknits!

Friday, October 20, 2006

I'm also a Follower too! :)

1. FIRST NAME?
Erin

2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
Not my first name. I have my Mother's first name, Kathleen, as my middle name. Had I been a boy, I would have had my father's name as my middle name, Brian Daniel.

3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY?
I can't remember. I'll probably cry tonight. I'm supposed to meet my Dad for dinner. It's the first time I'll have seen him since the divorce stuff started.

4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
Yup. I like that people are able to read it.

5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCHMEAT?
Turkey. I love a turkey sandwich with cheddar cheese, lettuce and mayo on white bread!

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Absoloutely.

7. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL?
Just this online one. I've had a few travel journals.

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
Yup.

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Hell yeah! I've even gone skydiving!

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
Not much of a cereal person, but I guess Lucky Charms--which I'll eat for dessert.

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
I rarely wear shoes with ties anymore. Dansko clogs, baby!

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
Physically, somewhat. You get strong turning and moving 200+ pound patients. Emotionally, yes. I grow stronger every day

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR?
Phish Food by Ben and Jerry's

14. SHOE SIZE?
I wear size 10 clodhoppers.

15. RED OR PINK?
Red.

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
My physical appearance.

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
No one right now.

18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU?
N/A

19. WHAT COLOR PANTS, SHIRT AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
Still in my PJs working on computer stuff, so pink pants with white polka dots, and a white tank top.

20. LAST THING YOU ATE?
Pad Thai, but I'm drinking an iced tea.

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
Knitting Pod Casts.

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
Royal Blue

23. FAVORITE SMELL?
A tangy lemon. So clean smelling!

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
Just finished chatting with my Mom on the phone about 10 minutes ago.

25. THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE YOU ARE ATTRACTED TO?
Eyes, smile, sense of humor.

26. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON you stole THIS from?
Yup

27. FAVORITE DRINK?
Coca-Cola

28. FAVORITE SPORT?
Walking

29. EYE COLOR?
Hazel.

30. HAT SIZE?
No idea, but I have a huge head. Most hats don't fit.

31. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
Nope, glasses for distance. I'll wait until my eyes get worse before I get the laser surgery.

32. FAVORITE FOODS?
Mac and Cheese, sushi, lemon chicken

33. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Scary movies!

35. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Winter! Get to wear all my handknits!

36. HUGS OR KISSES?
Depends on the giver. If it's from a boyfriend, kisses! Friends and family, hugs.

37. FAVORITE DESSERT?
Anything chocolate.

40. WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING?
Knitting magazines.

41. WHAT’S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
It's a Dell Mouse pad that came with the computer.

42. WHAT DID YOU WATCH LAST NIGHT ON TV?
My Name is Earl, The Office (LOVE THAT SHOW!) and Grey's

43. FAVORITE SOUNDS?
Both my cats purring at the same time.

44. ROLLING STONEs OR BEATLES?
Beatles all the way. I <3 John Lennon! Any questions where the Mini, Winston got his name? :)

45. THE FURTHEST YOU’VE BEEN FROM HOME?
Japan and Hong Kong

46. WHAT’S YOUR SPECIAL TALENT?
I've created the sales catalog for the rubber stamp company Just For Fun. I love to desktop publish!

47. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
East Ridge, TN.

48. WHO SENT THIS TO YOU?
I stole it. Now you steal it from me!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

I'm a joiner!


Like I said before, I'm knitting Ivy from the Fall Knitty! I recently discovered that there's a KAL for it, so I joined!


Here's my completed back piece blocking!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Fetching and New Sweaters

Finally, my other FO! A pair of Fetching gloves


Knitted in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. First glove was knitted during my Mom's garage sale, and the second was completed the next day! Such a QUICK project!

I tried to get a good picture of both glove with the kitties, but Scout wasn't cooperating! She's totally bailing on me in this picture! :)

But at least you can see both gloves in this picture.



Why is it, when I have an emotional crisis, I feel like I NEED to buy lots of yarn?! All of it has been on sale at least. :)

The first yarn to arrive was Elann's Quechua. I'm knitting Ivy from the fall issue of Knitty.


I'm about 12 inches up the back of the sweater. I'm finding the Quechua hard to work with. The yarn has no give, and I find my hands getting sore after 10-20 minutes. I can't wait to have a finished sweater though!


Next up is this sweater:

It's destined to be my Mom's Christmas present. I'm having gauge issues! I'm ending up having to knit the 46" bust size for to end up with a 34.5 inch sweater!


I sent an email to my Mom with the link to Knit Picks and several yarns for her to choose from. She ended up picking the Knit Picks Shine Worsted in Coral for her sweater.


I'm making progress, so far so good. I'm using my NEW Knit Picks Options needles! Here's to hoping that I have enough yarn... :)

I also have yarn arriving for TWO more sweaters... :) Details to come!

My parent's house is going on the market tomorrow. This divorce thing is so real now. They have the house all staged... It's empty and a shell of what is once was. I WISH I could buy the house from my parents, but I cannot afford their asking price.

I also have a tentative meeting time with my Dad. I haven't seen him since July. He hadn't called me since July. He finally called last week. I'm anticipating angry words from me during the meeting. I hope he's ready for my fury. Jerk. (I'd love to use some other adult words... :) )