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November 30, 2005

Yeah, so I was gonna post yesterday but...

As Lee Ann so nicely puts it: A Shit Fairy appeared to me yesterday. I had a bit of a trying day. Perhaps not like Lee Ann or even Pegi. Wanna know what happened? First I had a flat tire. Which I knew about all weekend and didn't take care of. Fix a flat is your friend. On the way to the garage to get 4, yes 4 new tires (they weren't all flat - just 1) I, yes I got into my first accident where I, yes I was at fault. Not a biggy. I may have slightly bumped into the guy ahead of me. No one hurt and no damage to speak off. Tell that to the guy I hit. He had to call the police. SIGH..........

Anyway........

I figured if I made my son model my shrug the least I could do is make him a pair of socks. He loves them

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He really doesn't look this way all the time. Here they are not on his feet

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Yep, its the same yarn I made that little mini sweater out of. Speaking of mini sweater, I couldn't make that with out making this

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Looks to me like I need to work on my short row heel. There are many many holes. Cute none the less.

Next up tomorrow: My hand dyed yarn.

PS: Are there any good yarn stores in Buffalo New York? I am going there this weekend and could use some help finding some.
Over and out.

Posted by beth at 12:36 PM | Comments (15)

November 28, 2005

Did she do it?

I am sure that you were all just waiting to see what I could finish right? It kept you up at night right? I hope not.

Well I was 90% successful. I didn't finish the neglected socks, but they are almost finished. Yes. They are.

I did finish the ribbon scarf, and I love it!

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And yes I crapped out after 15 rows. I couldn't fit anymore on my needles!

I thought I would space out what I finished this weekend instead of showing it all today. Why ruin the surprise?

I made this out of the left over yarn from my son's sock

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It is from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. Isn't it the cutest? I can see me making a couple more of these! It only took a couple of hours. Oh and I did finish his socks too. But that will be for another day.

Over and out.

Posted by beth at 12:28 PM | Comments (20)

November 23, 2005

Gobble Gobble

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Ah yes, it is that time of year again where we stuff ourselves silly. Me included. I love Thanksgiving. There isn't any pressure! All you have to do is show up and eat. I am bringing the turkey, the apple pie and the acorn squash. It also means I have a 4 day weekend! Yep, no work tomorrow or Friday. And I am not one of those people that goes shopping on Black Friday. No way not me. I had a split second of insanity when I thought I might want to go to Walmart and get that Game Boy SP for the littlest Geek. But that soon vanished. Instead I am going to play catch up on some of my works in progress.

I started knitting this last Thanksgiving. It's the Ruffle Scarf from Scarf Style.

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I have made some progress, I think I have 1 or 2 skeins left. I hope it is just 1 skein. It's even the suggested yarn from the pattern. So this will be nice if I ever get it done.......

I am really hoping to finish this up too:

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I am giving up after 15 rows. I know I know, I only have 5 more to go. But I ran out of room on my needles. Oh and this is the Ribbon Scarf from Hand Knit Holidays

Here is something I just don't want to finish and I am trying to figure out why..........

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The only thing I can put my finger on is that I don't like the texture of this yarn. I love the color of it but not the way it feels.

See I broke my vow. I said I wouldn't start another sock until the above one was finished. I lied. I am making socks for Little Geek. I did one sock in record time too! I started it on Saturday around 3:30 pm and finished it on Sunday morning! A record! Granted it is for a kid. So it went fast. I am hoping to finish the other one this weekend.

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Well I guess I have my work cut out for me. I want to do some spinning, dyeing and knitting. I will let you all know on Monday if I was successful. Until then, have a safe, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by beth at 09:29 AM | Comments (11)

November 18, 2005

As promised Turtle Neck Shrug on me

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And my girls don't look that big! I love this. I may make another one. But not anytime soon. Sorry son.


I received my final package from my Better Pal. OH MY GOD! Take a look

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That is Alchemy yarn and Noro - 100% Viscose baby!!! Guitar earrings, a necklace with a guitar charm, a cool makeup bag with skulls and guitars. The shoe is filled with confetti that you put in the bath tub!

Is she not the best? Oh, but that is not all

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It has been killing me. I want to cast on for some of these socks! But I vowed (to myself) that I wouldn't start another sock until I finished the pair from July. She also sent me a creepy clown card!

Oh but that is not all

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Roving to dye with Kool Aid!!!! (I finally figured that there is no "e" on Aid - dur)

Okay, just when you thought you could go to another blog and catch up on your reading.....

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She made ME a scarf! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! And she said I was the inspiration for this scarf! You can buy the pattern at Knit Picks.
Wanna know who she is?

Susan. Thank you so much!

Posted by beth at 12:13 PM | Comments (21)

November 16, 2005

Quick Post

Have I stooped so low to exploit my child to model for me?

Yep. Well, he wanted to do it. I am thinking he kinda liked it too

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Specs:
Turtle Neck Shrug by Teva Durham from Scarf Style
Yarn: My Kool Aid Dyed yarn
Needles: US 7 circulars

Don't worry, I will model it too. He was more than willing though this morning. Oh, and I have to make him one now.

Posted by beth at 08:23 AM | Comments (21)

November 14, 2005

Let the madness begin

It isn't even Thanksgiving yet and I am panicking. I don't know why. But I want everyone to have handmade things this year. I have enough socks done. Strange they all fit me.... Then I spot this

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It's the ribbon scarf from Handknit Holidays. What am I thinking? I know I can finish it. But will all my stitches fit on the freakin needles? I of course cast on 150 stitches instead of the called for 100. So it's my own fault really. I will let you know if I succeed. Oh, I am using my koolaid dyed yarn for this. It looks kinda pretty!

Really, I need to calm down. I have plenty of time. Right?

Posted by beth at 12:22 PM | Comments (16)

November 07, 2005

Getting Better all the time

I joined a spinning guild yesterday! I'm telling you, everything I thought I was doing right, I wasn't doing right. I learned more in 5 minutes than I would have if I kept on going the way I was going (that doesn't make sense....) Any way, I haven't been using enough tension! Look:

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Nice and even, not too twisty, or lumpy. I am SO excited! This is also the roving I got from my secret pal last winter, Audrey. I had it carded and I had them remove the orange from the blue. The orange looked like baby poo, but spun up it looks really nice! YAY!

I did an exchange with Julie of Juju Knits. We were getting chatty about our kool aid exploits and she didn't want some of hers so we traded! Look at the red sock yarn! Woo hooo!!!!!

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She also sent me some handmade stitch markers! How did she know I love dragonflies?

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Posted by beth at 12:17 PM | Comments (12)

November 03, 2005

Sock Factory

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That is what I am. I should have joined Lolly's Socktober Fest! I probablly would have got them done sooner.

Specs:
Yarn: Vesper Sock Yarn - Aqua Mellon
Needles: Addi Turbo US 1

Boring pattern, but I LOVE these. They are MINE BABY!

Thanks for the hints on the last post. I am taking June's advice. Nice vinegar bath.

Posted by beth at 12:43 PM | Comments (14)

November 01, 2005

Dye Job

What makes for a good "dye job"?

Well I suppose you don't want your roots to show. Or perhaps you don't want it to come out to brassy. Of course a good colorist would be good to start right? Oh wait, we are talking yarn. Not hair.

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Neon Food Coloring. Now, how do I get it to stop from coming onto my hands? Really, I am asking the question. More vinagar and another go in the microwave? Help. Please.

over and out

Posted by beth at 12:21 PM | Comments (12)