Thursday, January 31, 2013

January Love Your Library Wrap Up

Heck.  My knitting has been a huge failure this month. I only made one project.  And my Library project?  I'm going to be frogging again,  which is why I haven't gotten very far.  The frog count will be up to four after this next one...
How far I am: 

Ignore the red hand warmers. Those are not part of my Library challenge project. How sad,  I am even recycling the photo.  But with the light lately, it's the best photo I have to offer. 

This is my pattern:  

Things are picking up at work so I will actually be sleeping during the day (hopefully) so the blog will be rather neglected,  just like my knitting. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I Need a Bigger Local Library

Yesterday (I'm using this as a loose term for the moment... ) I was thinking about how I didn't do any knitting or reading this week and how I'd  have to skip the Yarn Along this week.

Then I realized it was Monday night,  not Tuesday night,  and that I did knit....and read a little too.

My finished hand warmers and part of my Love Your Library project. 
Gloves for the mitts coming soon. 

My library challenge project looks WAY better than the last two times I knit it to that point.  I'm having problems knitting *k1,  pass yarn to front,  slip 1*repeat / *p1,  pass yarn to front,  slip 1* repeat correctly.  Which is kind of pathetic... it's such a basic instruction. Guess you can all probably guess how much sleep I've been getting recently. It seems like I only post for yarn along anymore.  I intend to change this soon. 
I've also been plugging away at the Catechism since my library didn't have Cutting for Stone. Maybe I'll check the one by work when I get done this morning... 

Have a wonderful week! Click below for more info on my post today. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Vintage Style

As  mentioned in this post,  I'm making this pattern: 

I've already started and frogged a few times because apparently I can't follow basic instructions...
I also started my Br├Ącken mitts.
The photo makes the yarn look a little brown,  although that is not the case. 

A co worker and friend of mine has commissioned me to make two Robin Hood hat, one for her and one for her sister.  I love the design and the thought of having more money in the yarn fund.

Reading the Catechism each day and thanks to at least three of you,  I started Cutting with Stone and I love it. I've been reading the free sample so far,  and I'm on page 75. I only just realized the play on words for the title since the surgeon's name is Stone... yep.  Took me that long.  I'm worried my local library won't have a copy. My fingers are crossed... 

Happy knitting! 

Friday, January 11, 2013

Love Your Library: January

For my first post for Love Your Library,  I am using a pattern from my grandmother that was passed down to me during the Christmas holiday (so it counts,  right? ).
How cute is this?! 

I'll be starting this pattern for my 1yr old sister in law: 

I will most likely not be finished before the end of the month. But I'm super excited to start this because as I just said,  how cute is this?! 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Another Wonderful Wednesday

I finished two projects this week. I finished decorating the baby dress and made The Fisherman's Wife neck warmer in only four hours from cast on to adding buttons. Both patterns found at

I'm finished as of this morning with Black Tulip and I'm still reading the catechism daily.

I also started yet another pair of mittens for my son but since the first one turned out hideous,  you won't get a picture.  He'll still get his ugly mittens though.  Haha! 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Love Your Library

I'm really excited to participate in Love Your Library by Snapdragon Crafts.  All you do is post once a month on the projects you're going to make from your existing pattern library.

I'm really bad about constantly searching for new patterns,  so I think this will be good for my neglected pattern library too.  I hope my stash can keep up!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Less than 24 hours!

I will finally stop procrastinating and put this pattern up for sale on my Craftsy account,  which means you all have less than 24 hours to get the baby hat pattern for FREE here,  to copy and paste into a Word doc or print off right away. Quick though!  Time's a-wastin'!

Option one:  Leave it plain

Option 2: Add a few embroidered flowers
I really like how it looks either way.  Hope you enjoy making this cute winter headwear!

This pattern is now available for purchase from my Craftsy store.  Thank you for your support! 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

All About Books

I haven't been doing much knitting lately since I don't have any deadlines for projects and my right wrist has had stabbing pains lately.  I haven't even been able to do my paperwork at work because of it.

However, I recently began The Black Tulip by Dumas and he is hilarious and brilliant.
For example,  when talking about a man jealous of his neighbors tulips, and therefore spies on him daily to learn his cultivation secrets:
"If the necessity had arisen to find some new representative of a condemned soul omitted by Dantes, Boxtel, during this time,  would have served excellently as a model."
I had to stifle a laugh while reading that at work,  although I realize it might not be as humorous out of context.

My co worker was telling me the other week about how she has a whole section of her basement devoted to being a reading nook. Complete with a fireplace.  As you can probably guess,  Jealousy reared her ugly head in me and I decided to clean out the only spot I had for that sort of thing. So now I have a 3x3' corner of my house just for me.  Baby steps... baby steps...

I wasn't kidding when I said it was a small space.  The small rocking chair is backed up as far as it will go. 

Books organized by genre per crate, although they aren't alphabetized. 

I think I've officially grown up because,  I suppose by default of being part of what I'll call the Potter Generation,  up until now I've held the vague belief that J. K.  Rowling was my favorite author.  I think I can confidently say now that Dumas has replaced Rowling. I love his humor.  The way he wrote this book has me chuckling to myself on almost every page so far (60-70 pgs in... now that I'm halfway through the book it isn't quite so funny). I think my next real book I buy will be by Dumas. What a tragic thing it is,  that I have to specify a real book due to all the ebooks I've been reading.
Also, I've been keeping up with my daily catechism reading,  so there's that too.

Once my wrist pain subsided,  I cast on the Devan sweater,  which I mentioned wanting to start in an earlier post. I think I will need to order the recommended yarn even though I already have yarn for it.  It is not turning out the way I expected so I am going to frogged it down to the chocolate brown yarn and will have to wait til the prescribed yarn arrives in the mail...after I get paid this week.  Why does yarn have to be so expensive?
This looks nothing like it should.  This is how far I knit before I ripped it down to the curled edge.
Frogging it pained me so little,  I might be turning into a better knitter after all.  Hooray!