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