Category: Adventures and mishaps


Here is my progress so far.

Pinwheel
And a closer look of the center.

Pinwheel
And here is the edge so far.

Pinwheel
The blue is going to get smaller and smaller while the green gets bigger and bigger. Kind of like ripples of water from a skipped stone. So far I am really liking this pattern. I have one more just like this to make in green and purple(for Liad) but if I ever do this again I am going to use a variegated or self striping yarn. I hate to weave in the ends and there are alot of ends already. Such a pain in the ass.

~Viv

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I forgot to get some pics of the pinwheel today so it will have to wait until tomorrow. Here is the prayer/thought shawl I made for Lois. Nothing fancy. Very plain and simple. But VERY comfy and warm. The kids and I went over to her house to swim and I gave it to her then. I think she really liked it. She says she can’t wait for cooler weather so that she can actually use it. I hope she can get tons of usage out of it.Lois' thought shawl
You can kind of see the edging in this pic.Lois' thought shawl
And not that it is exciting but here is a closeup of the miles of garter st.
Lois' thought shawl
I know I said I was getting really tired of working on this shawl. I think it was just a bad day. I honestly think my hands craved the mindlessness of it all. It felt good to just knit without worry of mistakes. I thought alot about my mom. I thought alot about Lois and her mom. I just thought alot. Ya know?

Start: June 28th 2007
Finish: August 8th 2007
Needle: Knitpicks size 11
Yarn: Lion brand? one pound skein, 100% acrylic
pattern: Used Granny’s favorite dishcloth pattern minus the decreases.
Size: Roughly 66″ across the top

Things I would do different? I might use a larger needle next time.

But you can’t see them yet. Prayer shawl is finished. I have washed it and it is drying now. going to sit down and write a letter and give it to Lois. Once I have done that I will post the pics. Cause I know she probably already knows about it since I was bonehead enough to forget that she reads this blog and posted about it in earlier entries. But I don’t want to give the entire surprise away.

Also I have started on Hadass’ baby blanket. She is one of my first cousins in Israel. Due in October I believe. I am using Caron’s simply soft brites in Blue mint and Limelight green. Pinwheel pattern. It is coming along nicely so far. I am not happy with my join of the colors though. But since I am on deadline and am very impatient I am learning as I go and calling my “mistakes” “pattern enhancements” just to give it more flare. Ya know? 😉

Calorimetry will be started soon also. Mom gets here in 12 days. It isn’t a surprise to her. She knows she is getting it. So I just want to have it done before she leaves on the 5th of Sept. I am cheap and want to save on postage. Ha!

~ Viv

Jeff just rented Guitar Hero for PS2 last night. The new one.(Of course he has the first 2. Who doesn’t? HA! HA!) It is the Encore: Rocks the 80’s. This one also has a great song list but only half the amount of songs as the 1st two. Which in my opinion is not worth $50 freakin’ bucks. Which is why Jeff had to rent it instead of purchase it. (Cause he would not have lived had I found out. And I would find out!) Anyways. I got to knit and rock out with him for a while last night. It was kinda cool cause I would sit there and knit to the beat. I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror at the end of the hall and had to laugh. I am such a dork bobbin’ my head, singing Holy Diver, and knitting on a prayer shawl.

Speaking of said shawl. It is not finished. Also you will notice I said shawl and not shawls. I am only knitting 1. It is so time consuming and I just have too much going on right now that 2 would freakin’ kill me. I originally cast on and was doing K3P3 and that was driving me nutso! So about 6″ into it I frogged the snot out of it and re-cast using Granny’s Favorite pattern. Just won’t do the decreases so it will be a big triangular shawl. I gotta tell ya though. All this miles and miles of garter st.(while easy and mindless) is really starting to wear on my patience. And I am only half way!

I also got back to knitting on Forest. Not much but still a start. Still have to do the fingers on my HFMG’s and finish the kid’s bean bags. Scott’s hat is still not finished. Just have the decreases to do and then it will be done. Mom’s Calorimetry is not even CO yet.(She is going to be here Aug. 21st. and I have to have it and Scott’s hat ready for when she leaves on Sept. 5th.) And I have 2 baby blankets to get done. One by Oct. and the other by Dec.

I hope to have some pictures of all my WIPs for you soon. But since it is still gray outside, and lighting sucks around here, I am waiting a while.

This deadline crap sucks! I am starting to hate all my projects. Knitting is supposed to be fun. Sigh.

Good news though. I haven’t posted in a while so it is kinda old news. Sorry. I got my invite to Ravelry! This place totally ROCKS!!!!! I really love the queue, project list, and the pattern search. It is really helping to get me organized. (Keeps me busy online instead of knitting or cleaning though. That is not good.) It is fun though. They still aren’t ready to open up shop completely yet but you should race on over there and get on the waiting list for beta. It’s a long list but well worth the wait. I promise.

TTFN,

~Viv

(Title is totally stuck in my head Sorry.)

I got mail goodies!!!!! Wanna see? Of course you do! My mail lady is off for the week so when the door bell rang (AT NAPTIME!) I was a little peeved. (ALWAYS let sleeping children lie! Thank G-d they didn’t wake up!) The sub had rung the bell and dropped this pkg from Alyson carelessly on my doorstep.

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I behaved this time and actually ran to get my camera instead of instantly RIPPING the pkg to shreds to see it’s contents. When I finally got it inside the house and opened I was a little confused. I was expecting just some YoYo handspun (Cause I whined about how I am so broke and can’t afford her prices but want to play with her yarn so badly I can hardly stand it.)from the contest that I won that no one knew she was having(her included. LOL) But instead of just a skein of yarn I pulled out all of this…
DSC01821 This is definitly more than I was expecting. That blackish brown envelope in the middle there was bulging and heavy(well heavier than a card).

DSC01822 Goodies? What goodies?

Now my mommy always taught me to open the card before the gift but this time I did not behave at all! I went straight for what was obviously the yarn. Ripped the paper apart and took a good long wiff of this…..
DSC01825 Not such a great picture considering the lighting sucks at my house when it is like thisDSC01817 Here it is a little closer. I can’t seem to get the color right but trust me it is awesome!DSC01826 DSC01831 DSC01828 Is she naming this after moi? How cool is that! And how cool are these moo cards she made up? DSC01827(I just upgraded my Flickr acct so I can do all of the cool things that everyone else is doing. Just one more thing to play with online. HA!)

Anyways. I finally got around to opening the brown envelope(Joey had already gotten started on it while I was distracted taking pictures of the yarn.) and I got a little light headed. There was so much cool stuff in there! Look!

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DSC01845 Stitchmarkers. DSC01841 Coasters. DSC01847 Mini Hate Mail. DSC01842 Sheep card. DSC01843 Screen Print card.Plus the SOAK and the lavendar sachet you saw in front of the envelopes.

Speaking of envelopes. What is in this one? DSC01832 Didn’t she send enough already? Oh wait. It’s the card that I forgot about. Sorry Mommy.

DSC01839 Wow! She didn’t have to apologize! Of course it was worth it. I was never worried in the first place. I love the stationary though.

This is the back of it.DSC01838

Thanks for everything Alyson!!!!! Your site is always a joy to stalk read. The contests are always interesting. And the prizes are always awesome.