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April 29, 2008

I don't think I am gonna make it...

I really thought I would have them done before May.I have one sock done. Oh well, like I said, this is my personal goal.

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Sorry for the crappy photo, I took it this morning and it was quite grey outside. I have started the second sock and I should have it done quickly. I probably would have had it done this weekend. But I was busy all weekend. I have decided to make part of the laundry room in my basement a little craft/hobbie hands/knitting/spinning whatever room. It is turning out pretty good! It took me most of the day Sunday to sweep the floor, move some stuff around, rearrange. All that good stuff. My hobbie hands was taking over the upstairs! Not a pretty site. I will take a picture soon. If you want to see it. Nothing fancy, but it makes me feel more organized.

Oh and the weather was beautiful this weekend too!

Posted by beth at 12:48 PM | Comments (7)

April 23, 2008

New Sock

Remember back when I said I wanted to make a pair of socks a month?
Well April is almost over. I better get my rear in gear right?

I thought I would pick a sock pattern that uses bigger needles.


The Log Cabin Socks from Hand Knit Holidays is doing the trick. I am almost to the toe and I am not obsessively working on these!

I bet I have them done by the end of the month. My last pair stretched into April. But that's ok. This is my personal goal.

I am already thinking about May's sock. I think I want to make these

Posted by beth at 12:42 PM | Comments (10)

April 18, 2008

Free Pattern alert!

You guys are awesome! Thanks for the Happy Anniversary well wishes!

And because I love each and everyone of you I thought I would share a pattern I designed. I made this up when I was trying to figure out what to send Kris her birthday present. I always like to send her something she can't get in Norway. So I sent her some handspun yarn:

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and made up these:

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These photos are courtesy of Kris. Thank you! Those are her very own hands by the way....

Here is the pattern:Warm Hands for Kris Pattern
It is a PDF file and if I can figure it out it will be on my side bar.

I know, how many patterns are there out there for more fingerless mitts! Well I believe you can never have enough.

I hope the pattern is mistake free, if not just shoot me an e-mail:
sandawich(at)hotmail(dot)com and I will try and help you though it.

Well, what are you waiting for? I expect to see some fingerless mitts pictures e-mailed to me pronto! Oh and a knit-a-long, and Ravelry Maddness.....

Have a great weekend! Over and out!

Posted by beth at 12:51 PM | Comments (11)

April 15, 2008

Happy Blog Anniversary to ME!

WOW!!!! 4 YEARS!!!!
Can you stand it? Probably not.... When will she go away?

Ha! Never!!!

I had this great post all set for today, but due to technical difficulties (I suck at internet stuff) That will have to come later.

I was going to post a FREE, yes FREE pattern! That is my problem. But don't worry, as my gift to you faithful readers, I will have the pattern up this week.

So what can I talk about instead? Well I got my socks done!

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Kinda nifty huh? I did run out of yarn 2 rows from the toe. Can you believe it? So I just made a longer grey toe. They will be in my socks, who cares. Let's just have another look at them

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Do you see anything strange about the sock on the left? The naked eye probably can't spot it, but I know it's there. A mistake, sigh, yes, I have made a mistake and I didn't rip it out and fix it! Whatever... Can't see it? Here you go:

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I'll have you know I shaved my legs just for you so that I could take this shot. Feel lucky, They were really bad.

Okay, lets get your mind off the mistake and look at some pretty hand spun

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mmmmm.... alpaca..........mmmmmm........

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Little more than 5 oz. of pure heaven. Yep, I have been doing a little spinning.

Ok. Gotta go. I will have pattern up this week. Promise!
(Kris you know what it is already....)

Posted by beth at 01:00 PM | Comments (17)

April 08, 2008

Crochet's bum rap....

Yeah, I think that crochet is totally getting a bum deal these days! I do agree there are some very unflattering patterns, but those are coming few and far between! Have you seen the Crochet Me book? Fabulous!

My friend Margaret was buying her yarn (to make the Boteh Scarf) at a local yarn shop. The person working there asked her what she was making and she told them a crochet scarf. You would think she had dog poo on her forehead! I can’t remember exactly what she said, but she totally put crochet down. Now if I owned a shop and wanted to actually have people buy something I would never put down some ones craft of choice. I would do it in my head! (of course!)

I went to a shop to buy yarn a little while ago, I mentioned crochet and the woman waiting on me crinkled her nose! EEEK! Sigh……

Well I am rekindling my love for crochet again by finishing my Boteh Scarf

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Pattern: Boteh Scraf from Interweave Crochet (spring 07??)
Crochet Hook: F
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock - 2skeins - Purple Iris

I have a lot left over on my second skein. I think next time I will add a few more "triangles". I can use up the left overs on my scrap sock yarn granny square blanket!

Oh by the way... I have even started another one!

Posted by beth at 12:37 PM | Comments (20)

April 04, 2008

Star struck!

Everyone get's a little star struck at times and I for one am one of them. First of all a girl I was on tv with (remember that????) has a new book, yes BOOK !!! coming out in July! You all must buy a copy!



YAY Toni!!!!
How cool is that????? I am really so happy for her. I can't wait to get it.

Secondly, my son and I were in a local mexican restaurant in my little suburb, minding our own business and This Guy


Was right behind us with his band!!!! Yeah, so who the hell is he? Well he was in Anthrax! Remember that hair band from the 80's? I kept telling "Not So Little Geek" to say something to them or him (like I was gonna) He was so funny! My son that is, he kept looking at them out of the corner of his eye. You would think it was Led Zepplin or something! I thought it was pretty cool.... I mean the guy was old and all, but still rocks.

Alright, enough of my star talk. Here is the knitting content. Wanna know how many pictures I took of my self in my Sam Kinison hat??? click here And those were the good ones!

Have a great weekend! I'm gonna rock out!

Posted by beth at 03:12 PM | Comments (13)

April 02, 2008

That's the last time I post about them...

Wow! I think it’s totally funny that when I don’t talk about knitting, nobody comments. So I will try to keep my posts to strictly knitting… But I really love Flight of the Conchords!!!! And those were really funny!

Right then. Moving on. I finished my Raisin Beret. Not too happy with the results. I think it’s too slouchy for me. Makes me look like this guy:


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Sam Kinison and I separated at birth? You decide.

I thought the pattern was great up until the decreases for the crown of the hat. The pattern has a mistake in it and it’s really hard to fix mistakes when you are knitting lace. To tell the truth I ripped it out and started again about a week ago. Sigh……

I think it looks much better on Mr. Louis don’t you?

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Who is he? Why he is my friend! He is married to the lovely and talented Margaret! She makes the most fantastic shoes!!!! (I will have a pair some day, oh yes, I will)

Mr. Louis and Mr. Big Geek like to get together and sniff glue, ahem, they like to make models of WWII aircraft. We decided it would be a good idea to all get together and do


Doesn’t that sound like fun? Even not so little Big Geek got involved. So did Mr. Louis and Margaret’s dog Cody! (who has her own myspace page by the way, Cody that is)


No she didn’t crochet the blanket….

So we all got together this Sunday to do Hobby Hands and have a little Pot Luck Supper! Secret Lentil was supposed to come with Mr. Lentil, but they crapped out. Too bad for them. (We still like you guys) I made homemade Mac and Cheese and Chocolate Cake. Margaret made chicken and asparagus. YUM!

Here we all are doing our hobbies:

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That't the husband and Mr. Louis

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That is not so little Geek and Margaret. Notice the lovely Calorimetry on her head??? She loves it.

So Margaret is a new crocheter and she wanted to start a new project. She picked the Boteh Scarf (Spring 2007 Interweave Crochet). I decided to join her and make the scarf too.

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Seeing as how she is a newbie crocheter I thought I would get a jump on the pattern and see if there were any obstacles with it that would make her scream and pull out her hair. I had like 4 triangles done when we got to the house. Not to show off or anything…… It was fun! I couldn’t put it down! Margaret picked a yarn that perhaps shouldn’t have been picked for this project. But she is handling it like a trooper! (she picked the new Noro Sock yarn)

Here is a nice close up shot:

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I am have like 12 triangles done as of today. I should have this done by the end of the week!

Wow, long post, but I thought I should make it up for the Conchords post.

Over and out.

Posted by beth at 12:51 PM | Comments (16)