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December 29, 2005

Arrrggg......me hat is almost done......

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Shiver me timbers, can you believe it? I didn't think I would make it as part of my "finished objects" list! That is what FO's mean right? Well It is not totally done yet. All I have to do is sew the lining in then it is done. See that yellow stuff that is curling up? that is the lining. Thank you Heada for modeling it for me.

Anyhoooo....... I hope everyone had a most excellent holiday. I did. I received some truly lovely lovely gifts. I got some roving from my Aunt-in-law (she is the one who was in cahoots with my MIL and got me the spinning wheel last year) Love her to death! I think she sent me enough roving for 2 sweaters! My sweetie gave me a pair of earrings, the new Kate Bush CD (YAY!) the new Ryan Adams CD (YAY) and........ he gave me an Estes Rocket to build! Woo hoo!!!!! I am so excited! I have been wanting to buy and build my own rocket since this summer! You know what they are, those small cardboard things that you put little engines in. If you don't know what they are ask your husbands or boyfriends or some guy you know. They are FUN!!!! I also got a couple of gift cards too so I bought a couple of knitting books that I have been wanting for a while but held back because I thought well Christmas is coming! I got Alterknits, Knitting Vintage Socks, Knitoramma, and That Sweater book by Anne Budd at Interweave Knits. It's the book that you have all the different sizes and gauges and all.

Okay, that's out of the way. Onward! I am going to be away from my blog for a couple of days because my brother and his family are coming to visit! YAY!!!! I can't wait! He lives in California so I don't really get to see him very often. I saw him this summer though when I was in LA. So this is a bonus! Well actually this summer was a bonus. I digress.....

I have also been sick as a dog. I seem to have caught the sinus infection that has been going around. I really haven't been thinking straight. So if this post is weird that is the reason.

Okay, so this is probably gonna be my last post for this year. I have been thinking about my "last" post of the year a lot lately. I have a notebook that I keep all of my projects that I have completed, frogged, or are in the works. Looking at this list I see that I should be very proud of my self! I did a lot! I only made 1 sweater, but shit, I knit 7 pairs of socks! Here have a look:

Purple Opal Socks
Waving Lace Socks
Fruit Stripe Socks (that's what I call them)
Alpine Lace Socks (I gave these to my Mom for Christmas)
Ribbed Socks - Autumn Colors
Ribbed Socks - Vesper Sock yarn
Ribbed Socks - Those ones that took FOREVER

Branching Out Scarf
2 yes 2 Clapotis!
Ribbon Scarf (gave that away for a Christmas present)
Airy Scarf (gave that away too)
Edgar Scarf - From Knitty (gave that away and didn't get a picture!)
Lace Leaf Cravat (gave that away)

Baby Blanket for Baby Regin
Corrugated Rib Hat - From Loop d'Loop
Tammy Sweater - Finally done! (gave that away)
Turtleneck Shrug - Scarf Style
3 Button Hole Felted Bags!
Crochet Bag from one of those new Rowan Magazine thingy's
5 pairs, yes 5 PAIRS of fingerless mitts!
Pirate Hat - I am including this because I will finish it.

Okay so there! I am giving myself a round of applause!

This is the stuff I didn't finish this year:
Ruffles Scarf - Scarf Style (I will, I will.... finish it that is)
Apricot Jacket in Blue - Who knows when that will get done.
Scrap Yarn Shawl - That is going to be an on going project
Finally on this list is a sweater I started YEARS ago. It is my good friend Linda's sweater. I started it when I was in Philly, and I haven't finished it yet. I don't know if I ever will. I did send her a pair of socks though....... Who knows, maybe this year it will get done.

You should see what my list is for next year! But that can be for another day.

I have been having trouble lately with getting a lot of spam in my comments so if you would like to e-mail me comments or try to leave them here that would be great. My e-mail address is:

sandawich at hotmail dot com

I hope everyone has a Great New Year. I wish I could kiss you all at midnight!

Over and out.

Posted by beth at 01:01 PM | Comments (1)

December 23, 2005

Happy Holidays!

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From Big Geek to you all!

Yes that is my Christmas Tree.

I really wanted to show this instead:

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because I think it is much funnier. You can find it here (thanks Karma and Scout)


Posted by beth at 11:16 AM | Comments (7)

December 22, 2005

A screeching halt...

My Christmas knitting that is. Why you ask? Have a look

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I LOVE this pattern! I may be knitting a little too tight on my middle skull section. But I don't care. It is my first time and it is for ME. This is brilliant! Not just the colors. But the whole thing!

I got an early Christmas present yesterday from a former secret pal. I think it was Secret Pal 4. Are they up to 7 now? Anyway this came to me to my office:

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What is it? Well it is a tube of roving to spin these:

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Isn't that freakin cool?????? Look, I took some out:

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Where did it come from you ask? None other than the lovely and talented Audrey. I really haven't had the heart to tell her that Secret Pal 4 has been over with for like 6 months! Hee hee......

No, really. Audrey and I have become friends. She is the BEST. Thanks Audrey!

Posted by beth at 11:53 AM | Comments (7)

December 20, 2005

The elves have been busy....

at the house of Big Geek! Wait, I HAVE BEEN BUSY! I am giving the elves NO credit here.

I have some FO's! They are Christmas presents. I have told some of the recipiants not to look here and they have promised.

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Okay, to the left we have hand warmers from Weekend Knitting. I still have to make a couple more pairs. (2 at least) But I'm not worried. They are a piece of cake. To the right I have (top) the Airy Scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I made this a little longer (twice as long) than the pattern asked for and I used Karabella Lace Mohair. You can't beat the yardage on that. I probably have enough to make another 2! Oh you can get that at K Pixie. The bottom right is the Lace Leaf Cravat. I started this this summer and it sat in my UFO basket for the longest time. I thought my coworker would love this so I finished it up. Lets take a closer look shall we?

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I will have to get back to you with the yarn. (of course) I made this a little longer too. It kinda reminds me of a tongue or a snake, but I still think it is pretty.

I started a pair of socks for Mr. Big Geek at the beginning of December. This is as far as I got

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These are going to be HUGE. I plan on finishing them over Christmas. He knows about them as he has to try them on. He is also ok with the bigness. He's gonna have to be.

Finally I couldn't take it any longer. I started this last night

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Yep, my first voyage into FAIRISLE KNITTING. Guess what? It isn't so bad! Of course it isn't done yet. You can get the pattern here. Wish me luck with this. I want to finish this before the New Year so I can add it to my FO list.

Posted by beth at 12:46 PM | Comments (22)

December 15, 2005

Meme. It's all about Meme....

My Knitting Spot

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You have seen it before. This is where I spend my knitting time. Which is a lot of the time. This is a close up of all my knitterly things at hand. Not ALL of them but what I need at the moment.

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This is what I look at when I am knitting

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It is getting a bit out of hand. I need to organize again. But there is no TV in this picture. I can't watch TV and Knit. I don't really like to watch TV. I like to watch movies, but not shows. This was a good Meme. I was tagged by Meg. Scout is the girl who started it all. Now let's see. I would really love to see where Kris knits. Wouldn't you???

Oh and in case you were wondering what I looked like as a South Park character here you go

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I think it is very realistic. Right down to the bags under my eyes!
What a hoot.

Posted by beth at 12:54 PM | Comments (10)

December 13, 2005

What do you think?

I am reduced to showing you "yarn porn" because I can't show much of anything else. Until after Christmas that is.

Yarn Porn it is. But not that kind of yarn porn. This kind:


What does the above look like to you? Yeah, me too. It really isn't a knitted bikini for me. It is the start of a hat. I am sure that it will be lovely once it grows. (I'm sure it would fit my boobs once it grows too!) Okay that is getting weird. I showed this to my husband and he said it looked like a boob. Funny thing about this whole thing is I only have 3 balls of this color. Look what else I started with this


Yes it is Wavy from Knitty. Do I think I can make both the hat and the scarf out of three measly balls of yarn? Oh it gets better.
I am knitting along on my boob, uh hat and I am doing the M1R and M1l's wrong. Surprised? Na. See look:

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Nice giant holes. Not very warm is it? Don't worry. I am on the right track now. I figured out what I was doing wrong. Here is where I ended up:


Now I am totally not surprised. I think I will make something else.

Over and out.

Posted by beth at 12:05 PM | Comments (20)

December 09, 2005

I hope this isn't too depressing...

I don't want to bring anyone down. So I will try to keep this light. I recently aquired some knitterly things from a co-worker who's sister passed away. That is the sad part. I didn't know the woman so I am not that sad. That makes me sound cold! Sorry. Any way...... it seems that I am the only person that anyone knows that knits. This is the second time I have received yarn, needles and patterns in this manner. The first time I actually got everything from the person who knew she didn't have long for this world. I sent her a thank you note and I am sure it brightened up her day.

I was given 5 shopping bags worth of "stuff". After much weeding this is what it was:




It was just a tiny bit creepy handling these things that this woman created! She loved crochet. She also shopped at one of the LYS that I frequent. However none of that yarn was among all of this! Drat. I don't think I will ever have to buy another crochet hook or straight knitting needle in my life though. I don't think I will be holding on to most of this. It will go to the Rescue Mission and I am sure someone will be thrilled! This is what I am keeping:


Thank you Ginny! I appreciate it! May you rest in peace.

Why am I drawn to that crochet granny square vest? I bet they will come back some day. And if they do, I will be ready. That's it. I am going to make one! But it won't be brown and gold. Oh no.

On a side note. I ran into Rachel at the local supermarket last night. I am so glad I did because she is moving to Philadelphia very soon! I got to know her and her husband only a short time. I enjoyed every minute. Rachel is one person I can say whole heartedly that gives the best hugs. I got 3 last night. I will miss her. But at least she is going to a city I am VERY familar with.

Good luck Rachel!

Posted by beth at 12:17 PM | Comments (11)

December 07, 2005

Show and tell

Okay, here we go. As promised here is some more yarn I dyed over Thanksgiving. I have branched out and included Neon Food Coloring!

These are my favorites:



The green/purple is all food coloring. The Blue one I overdyed a skein that I thought came out bad. But I like how this turned out.

Below is all Kool Aid. I think I have exhausted all my possibilities. I am getting bored with the colors available.



I really need to try something new. I love playing with color! Any suggestions?

Over and out

Posted by beth at 12:25 PM | Comments (19)

December 05, 2005

Good News!

I finally got these freakin' socks done!


I am amazed really because I started a pair of socks for Mr. Big Geek. And I am on the foot part of that! I said to my self "Self, you really really need to finish those other socks" "You know, the ones." So I did. And I had to share. I know I know. I said I would show my kool aid dyed yarn. Well that will have to wait. I got busy.

On a side note. The Big Geek Family all went to Buffalo New York to see The Musical Box at Shea’s Performing Art Center. Now I am not the biggest Genesis fan, but I really really liked this! I may be tarnishing my punk rock image by going to see this but I don't care. Peter Gabriel is cool. Well a trip to a different city always must include a yarn shop and Leslie was a big help. She steared me to Elmwood Yarn Shop. Well of course I had to buy something. I can never leave empty handed!


That is Louisa Hardings Accessory Book! Lovely book. And that Noro yarn is really the same dye lot!

Okay, gotta go.
Over and out.

Posted by beth at 05:06 PM | Comments (10)