Sunday, May 29, 2005


I'm feeling sentimental Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usat the moment, so here's some more photos for you.
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This is my favorite photo of moi on our wedding day, 9/30/00.

And all of us all together (yes, there were 14 of us):

My favorite photo of my parents' cats:

Friday, May 27, 2005


Finally getting around to adding some photos.

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usThese are the socks from recycled pale blue sweater yarn. I dyed the yarn using easter egg dye & I love how they came out! Knitted on size 2 needles, I only needed 40 stitches so they were a very fast knit!

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usThese sip are from that same sweater yarn & also dyed. The pattern is broadripple, a favorite of mine, and are being made for DH. Also made on size 2 needles & using 56 stitches,so I'm using the cascade fixation version of the pattern. I haven't worked on these much since I scanned these so they look about the same.

This is an oldie but goodie pair made from the elann sock yarn, one of my earlier pairs of socks. I don't remember if I ever took a pic of these or not before, so here is one now: Image Hosted by

I don't remember if I ever uploaded a better pic of my first original tank top, but here I am at a local park modeling in the freezing wind. Free Image Hosting at I've made a total of 3 tops so far, the first two I adore, but the third is very tight (well, for a busty gal to be wearing out in public, anyway) so I haven't worn it out in public yet. I should really frog it, but I don't have the heart to.

I'm up at self-portrait day! Go have a looksee at my silly photo:
I'm the first gal in the third row.

Yarnaholics Unanonymous

Yarnaholics Unanonymous

How can anybody do that? I do admit to having way too much yarn. I mean, I frog sweaters to get more yarn, are you telling me that's not insane? Of course it is. But, it's a better addiction then many things I could name.

Haven't been online much, I'm addicted to a new game. I've set aside knitting for the time being & I am stashbusting a bit, believe it or not. I also worked on 2 more squares for the pillowghan! Started working on a couple more scrap afghans as well.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

stashbuster spirals

I finally finished my stashbuster spirals! They are a tad tight, but, since they are made with esprit, they are stretchy enough & still fit.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

nice summer tank top pattern

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Friday, May 06, 2005

UFO's are finally FO's!

Let's see, not much to report but, I do have 2 FO's to report! One was actually from yesterday but I don't know why I didn't think to write about it. I finally finished a UFO - not a long outstanding UFO, but a UFO all the same. A few weeks ago I started cutting up grocery store bags to make a catch all bucket. Today I finally did something with all the cut bags. I didn't measure the size or anything but my little catch all - holding sock WIPs - is probably a foot long, maybe 6 inches wide, and maybe 6 or 8 inches high. I'll measure & take pictures another time.

And I finished a pair of socks! My socks that I started the other day out of recyled 100% lambswool & then I dyed last week. The stripes turned out fat - a bright blue about 15 rows, then 2 rows of the natural blue of the sweater, then about 10 rows of green, then 2 more rows of natural blue, and then the bright blue again. I made heels & toes solid blue. I used size 2 needles, got about 7 stitches to the inch. I usually get about 8.5 stitches to the inch on size 1 needles, but I was looking for a slightly faster knit then usual, and this yarn is slightly heavier than fingering weight - kind of reminds me of magic stripes. Not quite a sport or DK weight, but not really fingering weight, either. The socks are already on my feet and feel wonderful. I must say, they do feel warm on my always cold feet. I'm a bit concerned about how they'll wear, though, because I didn't use any nylon to reinforce & they aren't a really tight sock gauge, but we'll see. For what it cost me, if I only get a year's wear out of the socks, I'll be happy!

No crocheting news to report. I am however wearing my third tank top - I know I posted photos of the first & don't think I even mentioned the 2nd or 3rd! These are all my own pattern, made similiarly but different stitches/slightly different yarns/gauges/etc. I'm trying to find the perfect one! Today's top was made with just over one ball of Aunt Lydia's Denim. It's tight around the chest & a little short in length, so I think I may add a bit to the waist line. Since I'm chunky, I need to make sure I'm covered; however, the top is tight enough around the chest that I'm not sure I'll be wearing this baby in public, so if that's the case, I'm not so concerned about showing off my midriff a little. After all, DH HAS seen it once or twice *grin*.

This is awful, I can't even remember what my second top looks like. I guess it was truly memorable, eh? I do know it was made with OH, now I remember... cheap Lily's sugar and cream cotton yarn out of my stash, mainly white, with a bit of navy blue I had leftover & wanted to use up.

Let's see. I finished recyling one 100% cotton St John's Bay sweater in white last night/this am yielding one pound of yarn. I worked on another lambswool sweater, but I ended up tossing it. I didn't realize when I bought it, but the seams were slightly felted. So, after yielding 20 small balls (weight so small, my gram scale couldn't even weigh them, and it starts weighing at 5 grams) I gave up. I hated to do it, but I tossed the sweater. I'm not a sewer. So I'm not going to wash the sweater to felt it, because I still won't do anything with it. It hurt because that sweater was one of the pricer ones I've bought at $3. I started my gorgeous chunky blue wool/mohair sweater today. The seams were a bit sticky to unzip, but not bad once I got the hang of it. It's slow going frogging. Even though it's chunky yarn, the mohair is a bit hairy & sticky. So far I've got two decent sized balls of about 2-2.5 oz each. It feels gorgeous & I just love that shade of blue. I have no idea what I'm going to make out of it. I suppose it'll depend on how much yarn I get out of it.

Crappy weather in the forcast tomorrow, so probably not many yard sales to hit tomorrow :(. Today's my mom's birthday, instead of giving her a gift, I'm doing some cleaning for her & washing a large comforter at a laundromat. It's too big to fit in her washer at the house. So while it's washing, we'll make a Salvation Army run which is close by. Then Sunday aka Mother's Day, I'll be bringing over either homemade cake or homemade ice cream for her birthday & as usual, flowers she can plant outside for Mother's Day, then off to a quick trip up to see the in-laws with flowers SHE can plant outside for MD.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Let's see. I haven't written in a week. Busy weekend & I've been sick with sinuses/allergies ever since then.

I finished the heels & about an inch on my socknitters partners socks. I did some more yarn dying. I am almost done a pair for myself made out of recycled yarn & then dyed to make big, fat stripes - my favorite. Frogged a bit on sweaters, not getting too far. I'm having problems with seams & stuff! Been working on some secret sister stuff, received 3 - count them, 3 - ecards from my SS so far! Wonderful, and thank you very much whoever you are!!

Been a little depressed over still no job. I have another couple of possiblities, but it's slow going. And depressed over lack of opportunites doesn't help!!

What else? I've been getting in tons of squares from my spring swap, I'll be happy when I get them all & can make up another small throw. I'll be donating this one to my family's raffle this fall, I think. I'm in charge of the raffles/silent auction to raise money for our myfamily's site & our annual family reunion. I have a LARGE family - my grandfather was one of 14 kids.