Tuesday, November 24, 2009


We had our little girl on Sunday of last week!! It's weird to think she is already a week old, but at the same time, I don't really remember what life felt like without her. We have gotten really lucky because she is an angel of a baby, and makes Anthony and I's life all the better for being in it. We had to get a hold on the sleep thing, but I think we have it figured out, and are going in the right direction!! Plus, I just went out on a limb and tried to put on my pregnacyjeans, and they fit!! There is a little bit of a bulge, but nothing that wasn't there before, and can't be hidden with a nice long tunic sweater like i have been wearing anyway!!! It's only been a week and I haven't started my diet yet (after thanksgiving) I'm so happy!!!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Woodland Emerald Yoga Socks

Woodland Emerald Yoga Socks

I recently went searching for a pair of yoga socks for my glamorous little sister and could not find a single pattern that fit my needs!! Most yoga socks are simple garter stitch, or something along those lines. While I completely understand that yoga in and of itself is supposed to be simplistic, and unassuming, that is simply not my little sister! So, I took my favorite beading technique, figured out the basic construction of the yoga sock, and throw in some pretty cables, and TAA-DAA, Kendra style yoga socks. These would be really easy to change and adopt to any person on your list with other stitch patterns, or cables. Please keep in mind, don't put beads on the bottom of the foot, unless you are trying to make the person break their neck.

Yarn: Knitpicks Gloss (75% Merino, 25% Silk) in Woodland Sage
Needles: set of 5, size US2 DPNS (or you could use magic loop if you wanted, if you are going to do these two at a time, please see the note about the Left Foot at the end of pattern)
Notions: tapesty needle, cable needle, 6/0 glass beads (24grs) Emerald S/L, 1mm crochet hook
*Note: These socks use the beading technique in the tutorial by Sivia Harding in Knitty Spring '06, you ARE going to put the bead on the stitch, then replace it to the left needle for knitting.

K: knit
P: purl
St(s): stitch(es)
CO: cast on
BO: bind off in knit
B: place bead on next st, then knit this stitch
C6F: slip next 3 sts to a cable needle and hold in front. K3, then K3 from cable needle.
C6B: slip next 3 sts to a cable needle and hold in back. K3, then K3 from cable needle.

Right Foot:
CO 65 sts (I used longtail method, but you could do this anyway you would like, depending on how much you want them to be able to give)
Rounds 1-4, 6-10, 12-16: (K3, P1)2x, K3, P2, K6, P2, (K3, P1)11x
Rounds 5 & 11: (K1, B, K1, P1)2x, K1, B, K1, P2, C6F, P2, (K1, B, K1, P1)11x
Repeat Rounds 1-16 twice more (3x total)
Round 49: (K3, P1)2x, K3, P2, K6, P2, (K3, P1)2x, K3, BO 33.
Round 50: (K3, P1)2x, K3, P2, K6, P2, (K3. P1)2x, K3, turn.
Round 51: (P3, K1)2x, P3, K2, P6, K2, (P3, K1)2x, P3, turn.
Round 52: (K3, P1)2x, K3, P2, K6, P2, (K3, P1)2x, K3, CO 33. (again, feel free to CO as you like, I used backward loop method here)
Rounds 53 & 59: (K1, B, K1, P1)2x, K1, B, K1, P2, C6F, P2, (K1, B, K1, P1)2x, K1, B, K1, (P1, K3)8x, P1.
Rounds 54-58, 60-68: (K3, P1)2x, K3, P2, K6, P2, (K3, P1)11x.
Rep 53-63 once more.

Left Foot:
This one is exactly the same as the Right Foot EXCEPT change all the C6F to C6B, so the cables will twist inward, toward each other when worn :-)

Monday, August 24, 2009

Letters to the UPS Guy

8/24 8:54PM -
Dear UPS Guy, I know that sometimes in your busy schedule certain packages are over looked, I also know my thinking my yummy yarn purchase being here today was a little optamistic. I also know that you guys deliver until 6pm and I left the house at 4...:30. So with all this in mind I am going to keep clinging to the fantasy that when I get there a package with my name on it will be on my doorstep, for both our sakes.

8/24 9:38PM-
Dear UPS Guy, you fail. Lets hope this pattern doesn't continue.

8/25 9:00AM-

Dear UPS Guy, Maybe yesterday I did not impress apon you the seriousness of this situation. I want you to know, beloved delivery man, that I am pregnant and on top of that my other friend, who is BROKEN, is also awaiting afore mentioned yummy yarn. W...e have an addiction that can't be denied, and you are the only person who can help. Please take this into consideration as you make you way about the world today.

8/25 7:20PM
Dear UPS guy, so glad we had this chat :-)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Things I didn't know...

I found out a few things in the last few days.
1. homade soap chips (what is left in the pot after pouring into the mold, and what is left after cutting the soap into nice even bars) can be made into body wash (knew this) but this body wash is an even better dish soap! Seriously, best dish soap I've ever used, not going to use anything else :-)
2. I havethe ability to write knitting patterns :-) I just sat down and wrote a pattern for a pair of yoga socks for my little sister (nothing I was finding was really what I wanted for her, and very little of it was in a fingering weight, which is the yarn I wanted to use.) and a pair od fingerless gloves to match. So impressed am I with myself that I will be posting the patterns here on LJ and linking them to my Ravelry account for all to enjoy. I am also going to make a point of making more patterns :-)

Other then that I don't know what I have learned, but I will keep you updated :-)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Not as productive as I like

Ok, I didn't get Mom's stocking done yet, but that is ok, because I have been working really really hard on getting all the Christmas knitting patterns into a journal so I can just grab whatever project I want to work on (needles and yarn kept in the Ziploc) and the journal and go and always have everything I need. Besides, I know I will get them done, but maybe not until after I go ahead and start a baby blanket :-) I haven't yet, but since I am home today and Anthony wants me not up on my foot anymore then is absolutely necessary, I have time to do things. In fact all I have to do is take a shower, and put on my uniform and I have about 6.5 hours to do so.

About the foot. Guess what I did. I went to the beach with my In-laws, since the girls are going to be leaving for New Mexico soon (this makes me sad, as I love them both a LOT). So we get to the first beach, in fact my favorite beach, where Anthony and I had planned on getting married, and headed down the staircase that is there. Of course, I tripped on one of the last steps, dropped all I was carring, and severely sprained my ankle, like the doctors looked at the film from the xray twice because they were pretty sure it was broken severe. Luckily I grabbed the rail for dear life, and they checked the baby and she is fine, a little shaken I'm sure, but fine. It could have been way worse, because there are a lot of rocks there, and this was the last step with the rail. Freak Anthony out pretty bad. I had to tell him a few times to go play while I sat there with ice. We stayed on the beach for a few hours, to see if the swelling was going to go down, and I got a pretty good sunburn. So now I am on crutches, which I really hate, and am starting to feel it all over that I fell, I'm sore, and my ribs and stomach hurt from using the crutches, I'll be glad when its all healed.

Other then that there is not all that much going on. We got a baby book from my Mom, which makes me lots of happy, and its already filled out to the best of my ability, all the way up to the baby shower, and since that is not going to be until Oct, I think I am set :-) We also got some baby clothes and Mom bought things to put into the handmade cradle/bassinet she and Dad are making for the baby :-)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Old rocking chairs and people that don't kow what they are doing

I purchased, a few years back, a rocking chair at a yard sale for 5 dollars. This poor thing, while I love it dearly, has sat in one room or another, lonely and untouched, not even able to be used because of a cockeyed peice of dowel threatening all who tried to make use. I LOVE this chair, its very simple and plain, but big and perfect for my height. It is most sincerely one of the most comfortable chair I have ever had a chance to sit in. SO, yesterday my mother and I began taking it about, because recently all I can think about when I sit down to knit is my lovely rocker, now taking up residents on my mothers pouch, waiting its turn in the line of antiques in need of refinishing. My mom believes the rocker was made around 1900, which makes me emensly happy. Unfortunitly it appears somone, who had NO IDEA WHAT THEY WERE DOING, previously attempted a refurbish on this chair. There were screws where there ought not be any, finishing nails THROUGH dowel pegs, and BRACKETS glaring at us from under the arms. We spent most of the afternoon just trying to get the chair into workable pieces, and in the process I through my hip out so badly, at which point I'm not usre, I was very focused on the task at hand, that by the end of the night I couldn't stand on my own accord. I am just glad it is over. I am not happy the chair is going to be such a project, but my mom just laughed at me and said the things we want most often take the most work. That's true. I just have to think of the beautiful maghony chair with a leather seat I will have when we are all through, even though it will take us probably a few weeks to do, even if we work on a peice everyday.

Other then that everything is good, other then the hip, but I should be used to it by now, I can fix it given a few days, so not to worry :-)

Knitting is going on like a crazy person and the blanket is already 45% done! I am hopping to be done before scedule and am knitting whenever the opportunity presents itsself, although I wont take it with me place because it is white, and white and I are not friends :-(