Monday, October 19, 2009

Howdy Ho!

I'm a horrible blogger. Yes I know this....and I'm trying to change it. Sometimes its just so hard to sit down and write, but I'm setting a goal for myself. I'm setting a goal to write everyday for one week. This is after I had a class on goal setting and time management at school today.

So this weekend, my mom had her roof redone. It was the original roof, the house is 50-60 years old, you get it, it was leaking....everywhere. Well it rained today and guess what.....I think the roof is leaking into the ceiling in the kitchen. I can hear it dripping onto the ceiling, and I guarantee that it'll start dripping into the kitchen if it gets full enough. Apparently they didn't get the roof sealed in there....Yesterday, I did 8 hours of sports massage at the Nike Women's Marathon. Man am I sore as hell. I feel like I ran the race. Apparently we had about 1000 come through the tent yesterday. It was non-stop, we had to cut them off at 2:30 in the afternoon.

In crafty land, I've somewhat finished my Halloween mask. After it took me 3 days to figure out what the hell I was doing wrong. And there's still a typo in the pattern....big time.... And I also started on Christmas gifts. Project number one is on hold....its kinda big and its in cheap-o acrylic and I don't feel like working on it. So I've started project number two for my hunny:

Crappy picture I know, but its the stuff to make Dashing fingerless mitts for my hunny. He's been asking for me to make him some so here we go. I've been wanting to knit these for awhile, but kept putting it off. But now is the time! Next I'll probably begin my mother's sweater. I usually make her a sweater each year and I use it as my NaKniSweMo sweater. I like the challenge. Anywhoo, I'm off to work on these Dashings....toodoloo!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Its Quidditch Time!

The last round of Quidditch for this term....and some of these I know the answer to just off the top of my head...yippee!

1. This “Harry Potter” character’s first name comes from Roman mythology. The mythological character’s twin brother is named Romulus. What is the Harry Potter character last name?
a. Black
b. Lupin
c. Pucey
d. Finnigan

2. Which “Harry Potter” character’s first name is the Roman equivalent of the Greek Goddess Athena?
a. Evans
b. Malfoy
c. McGonagall
d. Flitwick

3. In ‘Harry Potter’ World, this wizard has created the Philosopher’s Stone (called the Sorcerer Stone in the US). The historical figure from the 14th and 15th centuries was a scribe and a manuscript-seller who became famous as an alchemist. Who is this individual?
Nicolas Flamel

4. What is the first name of a character whose last name is the name of a Bulgarian leader from early 9th century who doubled the country’s territory?
a. Theodore
b. Cedric
c. Viktor
d. Vincent

5. Which character’s name is the name of goddess in Indian mythology?
a. Creevey
b. Patil (the Padma River is referred to in Indian mythology as a goddess)
c. Zabini
d. Vane

6. “Where the Wild Things Are” tells the story of Max, a young boy sent to bed without his supper for his wild antics. Who created this winner of the Caldecott Medal?
a. Maurice Sendak
b. Chris Van Allsberg
c. Ezra Jack Keats
d. John Steptoe

7. What was NOT one of the unexpected defense mechanisms that Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Griphook encountered in their attempt to rob Gringotts?
a. The Flagrante Curse
b. The Thieves’ Downfall
c. Anti-summoning Enchantments
d. The Geminio Curse

8. What was Snape aiming at when he cut off George’s ear?
a. Another Death Eater’s back
b. George’s wand hand
c. Another Death Eater’s wand hand
d. George’s face

9. How much older than James was Lily? (Referring to Harry’s parents, not children).
a. James was older
b. 6 months
c. 1 month
d. 2 months

10. Food is one of the five exceptions to what magical law?
a. Grimp’s Law of Elemental Transfiguration
b. Gamp’s Law of Elemental Transfiguration
c. Gamp’s Law of Fundamental Transfiguration
d. Grimp’s Law of Fundamental Transfiguration

Picture Hunt:

Where the Wild Things Are

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Progress....and Frustration

So my Ishbel....I absolutely love it but I was running out of I had to rip out. I ripped it all the way back to the small stockinette size. Now I'm proceeding with the lace in the large size. Which is cool because I wanted it more lacy anyway. I'm sure your asking where's the pictures? Well you'll have to wait because there's not really much to see right now since I ripped back. Maybe I'll get one up after work today. If its not too busy at the LYS then I might be able to get some work done on it. To cure my frustration, I started a pair of fingerless mitts. An easy project with a simple cable. And I had a great idea for a pair of fingerless mitts. I think I'll be using some of my Stitches yarn for that.

On another note, I'm going back to school. I start April 21st and I'll be studying Massage Therapy. By March of next year I'll be a Certified Massage Therapist & Health Educator. Whew that's a long title. I'll be sure to keep you posted of the progress.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

A Random Act of Kindness

When I came through the door today, a package was waiting for me above my mailbox. I hadn't been expecting a package so it was quite a surprise. So I hurried up my stairs, dropped the package on the bed, grabbed the closest pair of scissors and opened it up. Once opened, I was greeted with red and purple tissue paper and a card sitting on top. I opened up the card and the package was a Random Act of Kindness (RAOK) from Carma (aka Esme Beanswallow). I moved aside the tissue paper to reveal:

I appologize for the crappy picture. Lighting wasn't good, but I couldn't wait to take the picture and share the joy. Inside were two skeins of yarn, double knitted so I can easily unwind and knit two at a time socks or fingerless mitts, eco-friendly buttons which I have to attach to my knitting bag, a breast cancer awareness pen (I needed a new pen for my knitting bag too) a keychain that also works as a bottle opener (perfect for bar knitting nights) and the best thing of all, a bag of her COOKIES! Pink Dalmations to be exact. Carma makes the best cookies. Now I'll just have to keep the boyfriend out of them.

Thank you so much Carma for the RAOK. It really brought some joy to my day.

This Week I Present....

The Ishbel! But you have to wait for the pictures...tee hee...because the camera battery is charging. Be patient, it'll be here soon.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Finally... A FO!

Pattern: Ishbel Beret
Yarn: Handmaiden Casbah in a Black/Blue Colorway
Needles: Size US 2.5 Harmony DPNs/Size US 6 16" Addi Turbos & Clover Bamboo DPNs
Size: 22"
Mods: None!

I've been experiencing knitting ADD recently. I just keep starting projects and am unable to finish them. But now finally, I have a finished object. Its currently blocking over a plate (as shown in the picture). I must say that it is absolutely lovely and the pattern itself is so simple. Now I'm excited to actually make the Ishbel shawl, I'll just need to dig through my stash to find some yarn for it. I can't purchase anymore yarn, I'm still unemployed and I have bills to pay. Its a perfect opportunity to work on destashing.
Yesterday I started Bettie's Lace Stockings with some Rowan 4-ply Soft that I picked up. The pattern is fairly easy so far and is knitting up rather quickly. I went up to a size US 2.5 from a US 2 for the foot and I think I'll move to a US 3 for the calf increases. I have ginormous calves. I've been distracted from knitting by a book I've been reading. Who who know that the Goddess Summoning series by P.C. Cast would be so addicting. I'm reading them out of order, starting with Goddess of Light but I'm planning on ordering the rest of the series from Amazon. Hey I need books, I gotta have something to do while unemployed. I also purchased Cookie A's new book Sock Innovation. I can't wait for it to hit my mailbox.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Over the River & Through the Woods....

To grandmother's house I go! Well maybe not so much through the woods, but over lots of rivers. I'm off tomorrow to visit my grandmother in Missouri tomorrow. I hope to have lots of knitting accomplished by the time I return. I'll be sure to share.

I did finish one of my Woodsmoke socks today. I'm hoping I'll finish the other one while I'm gone and then complete another pair. We'll see! I'll see ya'll when I return.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Stitches West

So I'm a little late blogging about this event due to unforseen circumstances. It was last weekend and it was awesome! Minus missing a friend who was in town for the event because I had to work. I shouldn't complain, its something bring in a small amount of money while I look for full-time employment. Being unemployed sucks. don't want to hear my sob story. You want to see the loot. So I present to you:

The loot! My purchases consisted of 13 skeins of Malabrigo Silky Merino in Amoroso to make a sweater (only one is pictured, its on the far right), 2 skeins STR lightweight, one Mill Ends and the other in Lenore, a skein of Schafer Yarns new yarn Nichole, a skein of Yummy sock yarn from Miss Babs, a stocking kit for the Marlaina stockings by White Lies Designs, and a ton of patterns. But the highlight of my purchases was:

A Jordana Paige bag! This is the Bella and I've been using it all this week and I absolutely love it. Its great for small projects like the socks I've been carrying around (pictures of those to come). While I was visiting Jordana's booth, I picked up one of her patterns for Landon. I have some Cascade 220 in my stash that will work excellently for it. But otherwise that was it. Photography in the market isn't allowed so no market photos. I didn't buy as much yarn as in previous years, but that's ok, I've still got tons that I need to get thorugh and my goal this year is to reduce some of my stash. I should have a few goodies coming in the mail soon that I'll be sure to share, as well as the projects I'm currently working on. Keeping up with blogging can be tiresome!

Friday, February 27, 2009

All I Can Say is One Word


(More info to come very soon, once I get the pictures taken and uploaded)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Quidditch Round 1

1. What momentous event was the reason that the members of the Order of the Phoenix felt it necessary to move Harry out of the Dursley’s house?

a. The start of the new school year

b. The Dursleys kicking him out

c. Voldemort’s escape from Azkaban

d. Harry’s upcoming birthday

2. Who revealed the actual date of Harry’s transfer to Voldemort, despite the misinformation the Order had been spreading around that the move would occur on the eve of his actual birthday?

a. Mundungus

b. Snape

c. Yaxley

d. Shacklebolt

3. With the use of Polyjuice Potion (and to confuse any possible attack by Death Eaters), six member of the Order were disguised as Harry and escorted out of Privet Drive, along with the real Harry. Which member of the order did not survive that night?

a. Mad-Eye Moody

b. Nymp0hadora Tonks

c. Hagrid

d. George Weasley

4. Who informed Harry, Ron and Hermione of the bequests left to them in Dumbledore’s will?

a. Kingley Shaclebolt

b. Minerva McGonalgall

c. Arthur Weasley

d. Rufus Scimgeour

5. During the wedding celebration for Bill and Fleur, Kingley Shacklebolt sent a Patronus to tell the guests that the Ministry had fallen, Scrimgeour (the Minister) was dead and the wedding celebration was about to be attacked by Death Eaters. What form did the Patronus take?

a. A lynx

b. An otter

c. A doe

d. A stag

6. Escaping from the wedding to London, our three friends found themselves confronted by a pair of Death Eaters, disguised as workmen. This close brush impressed on them the need to find someplace to hide. Where did they decide to go?

a. The Leaky Cauldron

b. Sirius Black’s house

c. The Dursley’s house

d. Ron’s Auntie Muriel’s house

7. Kreacher’s animosity towards Harry, Ron and especially Hermione (a Mudblood) was well documented in book five, “The Order of the Phoenix.” His initial interaction with them showed that his attitude had not changed. How did they win him over?

a. By giving him clothes and his freedom

b. They didn’t win him over!

c. By giving him something to eat

d. By giving him Regulus Black’s old locket

8. Who did they eventually find was in possession of the locket/Horcrux?

a. Severus Snape

b. Lucius Malfoy

c. Lord Voldemort

d. Dolores Umbridge

9. What did Harry find embedded in the door of Umbrdige’s office?

a. Moody’s magical eye

b. Nymphadora’s purple hair

c. Hedwig’s head

d. George Weasley’s ear

10. After retrieving the Horcrux, they tried to return to their safe place but they were pursued (actually Yaxley tagged along when they disapparated). This meant that the Death Eaters knew their hiding place and they had to go somewhere else. Where did Hermione take them?

a. To Godric’s Hollow

b. To the Forbidden Forest

c. Back to the Burrow

d. To the site of the Quidditch World Cup

Mad Eye Moody
Nymphadora Tonks
No. 4 Privet Drive
George Weasley

Friday, February 13, 2009

Sssslytherin House Quiz # 2

1. Which housemate has an 11 ½ inch holly wand with a Dragon Heartstring core?
Bathilda Boomslang

2. Which housemate creates rockin’ sock patterns?
Emma Wigworthy

3. Which housemate has the hots for David Boreanez?
Cassandra Puddlemere

4. Which housemate used to be the top badger who made a habit of eating snakes?

5. Which housemate shows off her awards from HSKS6 on her blog?
Madam Ferula Finnigan

6. Which housemate makes kicka* * cookies IRL?
Esme Beanswallow

7. Which housemate is a third year Slytherclaw, whatever the hell that means?
Callisto Verity

8. Which housemate wants Plymouth to make her feet happy?
Belladonna Boomslang

9. Which housemate is a knitting addict? (Ok, all of us, but one in particular.)
Me of course! The one and only Lily of Flitwick

10. Which housemate loves to sing?
Diana Lockhart

11. Which housemate has issues with muggle devices?
Ginny Crookshanks

12. Which housemate likes Darth HelloKitty?
Cecily Fortescue

13. Which housemate has a member of the family with his own fan club?

14. Which housemate has never-ending PMS?
Olivia Gaunt

15. Which housemate originally comes from South New Joisey?
Penelope Caerphilly

16. Which housemate “adores” European chocolates?
Clara Clovenhoof

17. Which housemate has a roommate who seriously put a crimp in her communication abilities?
Rowena Weasley

18. Which housemate was fortunate enough to lose her HP husband?
Lavender Diggory-Dolohov

19. Which housemate likes some Nascar dude?
Andromeda Finch-Fletchley

20. Which housemate needs a new time-turner?
Ophelia Crookshanks

Friday, February 6, 2009

Its FO Friday!

Pattern: Queen of Beads by Sivia Harding
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight - My Blue Heaven
Needles: KnitPicks Harmony DPNs Size 1 (2.25mm)
Cast On Date: 1/30/09
Mods: I used the Italian Tubular Cast On to eliminate the need for waste yarn

Whoo Hoo! Its Friday! Its just pouring down rain outside, which is a little depressing. But to brighten my day, I finished my first pair of socks from the Rockin Sock Club. I got my first kit last week and I had to cast on immediately. I'm so happy with the way they came out. They'll have to be socks I wear around the house since I beaded them all the way to the toe, but with as much sock yarn as I have, I've got plenty to make socks for inside of my shoes. Its nice to have one pair that I can just prance around the house in. The yarn and beads are so pretty that I don't know if I'd want to take them out anyway. What's sad is that these are actually my first FO of 2009. I've had such knitting ADD problems recently. I just cast on a project, I knit it for awhile and then put it down and start something else. Its ridiculous. But I can't do that this month, I've gotta knit through as much stash as I can so I can buy a little more at Stitches West in 3 weeks!

To add to my joy, I also received my package from my Valentine Vampire Swap pal. She packed it full of goodies:

There were Jelly Belly Jelly Beans, lots of chocolate, heart socks and napkins, a keychain, a journal, some tea, and some wrapped presents all with a little bag to put it all in. Guess what was inside of those pretty packages:

There was a yummy scarf made out of Malabrigo I believe, a box of Earl Grey (which I am drinking as I type), a beautiful pattern, some soap made from Goat's Milk and Yummy yarn! It definitely made my evening.

I thank Ronnica for sending me the package. I love it!

Monday, February 2, 2009

HSKS 7 - First Slytherin Quiz

Today is the first day of HSKS7. I can't believe this is my fourth year at it. This term, I decided that I wouldn't use my character blog, just my personal one so you'll see quizzes like this scattered throughout my posts. No, I have not lost my mind and think I have multiple personalities, I'm just condensing this term into one space. Our Slytherin Head Girl has posted our first quiz...and my answers are below.

1. What are your three most favorite colors?
Blues, Greens, Reds, Pinks

2. What are you three least favorite colors?
I tend to stay away from orange and yellow

3. Your favorite candy is _________________.
Jelly Belly Jelly Beans

4. Draco, Lucius, or Snape?
oooo...that's a tough one....Draco

5. Do you knit, crochet, or both?

6. What type of kit did you ask for?
Socks or Fingerless Mitts

7. Acrylic—has its uses, should all be burned, best yarn to work with (choose one)?
Sorry I'm a yarn snob, unless its blended with wool or cotton, it should be burned

8. Who is the Slytherin Head Girl this term?
The lovely Quinn

9. Name four “extras” you would love to receive in your kit?
hmmm....I like unique items and books, I'm looking for a few books in particular

10. What are your three most favorite scents?
nothing too overpowering, floral and fruity scents are the best

11. Do you prefer salty or sweet snacks?
I like the best of both worlds, sweet AND salty :)

12. Which Slytherin is the Keeper of the Crucio List?
Cass Puddlemere

13. Do you really need more stitch markers?
YES...I keep losing those damn things

14. Dpns, circular, or straight?
DPNs or 40" long KnitPicks circular (for magic looping)

15. What yarn makes you squee?
Sock yarn makes me squee, and I really love indy dyers

16. Favorite HP Movie?
Prisoner of Azkaban

17. Favorite HP character?
Believe it or not...Luna Lovegood

18. Who was your first choice for DADA professor?
Oh hell...I don't remember...I wanted all of them!!!

19. What is the Slytherin Common Room called?
The Snake Pit

20. What makes you worthy of being in Slytherin House?
What kinda question is that?! I'm sexy and devious that's why!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Happy New Year!!!

2008 has come and gone. Wow that year just flew by didn't it? Well ok, it did for me. Now onto 2009, where I hope to accomplish quite a bit more in terms of knitting and life. One of the first things I must tackle this year is stash management. Geez, I've gotta stop buying and start knitting!

So I made my last two purchases of 2008 this week and I received them both this week! Behold package number one:

These are by Squibstitcher who owns an Etsy shop called Fresh from the Cauldron. Since I've recently been obsessed with True Blood and Twilight, she had some colorways that she had created with True Blood and Twilight themes. So I ordered some from her, and she dyed them up really quick and sent them to me. From left to right there is: Fangtasia, Bella Swan, Edward Cullen and Jason Stackhouse. The Fangtasia is on a Silver sock base that sparkles! And look at what was attached to the Edward Cullen colorway:

Its a button that says Stupid Shiny Volvo Owner. I'll have to put that on one of my bags.

The second package arrived today from The Loopy Ewe. I had been looking at their site for months and finally decided to place an order. And trust me I'll definitely be ordering from them again. Once I bust through some more of my stash. But inside were these yummies:

From left to right is Schaefer Anne in the Hilary colorway, two skeins of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Amy's Vintage Office and two skeins of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport in Slytherin Silver and Green. They also included some samples and a set of needle inventory cards and they wrote a nice note to me on my packing slip. They definitely made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

So in terms of knitted projects...yeah...I've got a lot. My goal tonight is to finish my Save the Boobs fingerless gloves. I'd like to get the pattern finished and up on Ravelry. Once its finished and posted a portion of the money I make from the sale of that pattern will be donated to the Susan G Komen foundation. I'll be sure to take pictures and post them.

Now I'm off to knit like a mad woman. I must decrease some of this stash before Stitches West next month otherwise I'll be in deep doo-doo.