Sunday, May 24, 2009

new site

I've had this domain for quite some time, never really had an opportunity to play with it.

I used one of those free template sites ( just to see what I could come up with.

Check it out and let me know what you think, please!

I also added some widgets here, since I found a couple of really cool ones!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Congrats all grads!

It just occurred to me that Mehlville graduation was this week. Hard to believe it's that time of year already. I remember when Nathan graduated in 2006, how proud we all were, how emotional it all was, how OLD I felt. LOL Now we have his college graduation to look forward to on the 30th. I'm sure I'll be a wreck!

He was able to get a lot of credits from HS/college classes, so he will graduate with two degrees after only three years. He received an A for his thesis-I'm really looking forward to reading it, but wondering if I'll understand it. LOL Cue Monty Python, "I may not know much about Art, but I know what I like...."

He will graduate with degrees in Art and History, and go on to grad school at University of Iowa in the fall for Art History/Museum Studies. He'll probably go on to get his doctorate as well.

Crazy kid changed his middle name to Leopard on Facebook so it would rhyme. :P

Friday update.....

My Thursday update.....well, Wednesday, really.... but by now it's Friday..... lol

I finished the second leg of a possible KAL for "all y'all" on my EasySocks list, and am ready to turn the heel. I'm not sure how to write this all up yet, and I'm wondering if anyone on that group is up for a short row heel?? I'm using DK weight yarn instead of worsted. I don't really like using heavier yarn for socks, but I do know that my mom likes the heavier ones, so they won't go to waste.

I've finished the other pair for a possible KAL, which is worsted weight, but again with short row heel.

I need to write them up, since they aren't really "published" anywhere. And of course, heel type is an option. Heaven knows we all modify. LOL

I worked on some plain vanillas for the DH at my LYS yesterday, but man oh man is that boring! LOL Pretty yarn (something by Kaffe Fassett?? By Regia), but he likes plain old st st. :P

Our next shop KAL is a felted modular knit tote from the Summer Interweave Knits, page 43/86. Should be fun as I've never done much modular knitting.....or felting! We are using Nature Spun sport weight, and I've chosen a rainbow colorway Hardest part was choosing 8 colors out of about 200! LOL I picked up the yarn yesterday and I think it's going to be really pretty. The yarn wasn't really too expensive either, maybe about $40 total.

I bought some Tofutsies to do some "no shows" and had to rewind it from the outside. Anyone else have that problem? Love that yarn though. I CO for them last night, but decided I liked the yellow/orange/pink so much, I'm going to do regular socks. I think I'll use that feather and fan pattern stitch that's pretty easy. I another colorway that I'll use for the short socks. I'm thinking of CO double on larger needles, and then decreasing for a teeny tiny ruffle, but also thinking that they won't really need a ruffle. The shop also had some new Cascade solid sock yarn that would be gorgeous using a fun stitch...maybe a simple lace pattern.

Enough of my blathering, eh? Contrary to what my mom or I might think, it's NOT all about me. ROFL

Monday, May 04, 2009

Easy Socks group KAL May/June

Done! Very easy pattern, made even quicker and easier by using worsted weight yarn. I usually don't use heavy yarn, but thought I'd go ahead and use some CottonEase I had. I remember it being pretty cheap-I think Michael's had the color on clearance. So yeah, they aren't exactly very spring like, but they are still finished socks! LOL Since I have never used this yarn in socks, I have no idea how they will wear. The yarn itself comes in lots of pretty solid colors, and is 50/50 cotton/acrylic. Information on the yarn is here:

As you can see, I made a couple modifications....I just couldn't resist! I made the cuff longer, and did a short row heel instead of the one called for in the pattern. BTW, the best instructions I've found for a short row heel is from the Ann Budd pattern called Ambrosia Socks, and can be found here: