Monday, July 23, 2007

I'm in!!!!

In a quick hot news bit, I GOT MY RAVELRY INVITATION TODAY!!!!! I've now got my work cut out for me uploading my stash and projects into it. If you are on Ravelry and want to look me up my username is ... you guessed it... jsins.






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Monday, July 16, 2007

More than just an April Fool

Your Birthdate: April 1

You are a natural born leader, even if those leadership talents haven't been developed yet.
You have the power and self confidence to succeed in life, and your power grows daily.
Besides power, you also have a great deal of creativity that enables you to innovate instead of fail.
You are a visionary, seeing the big picture instead of all of the trivial little details.

Your strength: Your supreme genius

Your weakness: Your inappropriate sensitivity

Your power color: Gold

Your power symbol: Star

Your power month: January

Thursday, July 12, 2007

A Kick Ass Blog to Check Out

If you're looking for the latest in classic rock news and witty commentary, check out Ben's Blog Shut Up N Blog at http://classicrock1045.com/skin/feature.php?sectionId=180.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Yippee-Kai-Aye... Green Gable is Off the Needles!!!

Just a quick post to celebrate that my Candy Apple Green Gable is finito!!!!!!!!!!! I finished it up last night, washed it and it is now happily drying and blocking to be ready to wear by the end of the week!!! I love to knit... I love to get new clothes... What better than the excitement and anticipation of getting to wear new, hand-knitted clothes? I can't wait. Here is a really bad pic that I took right before I tossed it in the wash. I will have some better post-washing and blocking shots to post soon.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Playing Catch Up

I've been working on getting caught up with taking pictures and posting projects. As the last few knitting posts have been about what is waiting to get on the needles, I wanted to post an old FO and some WIPs to demonstrate that I have not only been thinking about knitting but actually doing some as well.

My First Socks

First the FO, the following pic is of the first socks I ever made. I made them last fall. I took at class at a LYS, Ewe Can Knit of downtown Pittsburgh, and learned the Magic Loop method. I heart Magic Loop. I use it for everything from socks to hats to sleeves. It is so nice to be able to use a single needle and not have to switch to dps as you decrease. I can't remember the brand and colorway of the yarn but I know it is a superwash merino.





Monkey Socks

In other sock news, the following is a WIP shot of the Monkey Socks that I am knitting in Plymouth Sockotta. These socks are my "pool project" as they are small, portable and do not interfere with my quest to get a tan. I'm not a big fan of fair isle patterned sock yarns but I loved the greens and blues in this year. I am actually quite pleased with the way the lace pattern of the Monkey socks plays with the fair isle pattern of the yarn. I'm a bit further along than this pic shows and have finished the leg of the first sock.

Tessellating Fish Afghan

Next up, we have the tessellating fish afghan. I love these shiny happy fish with their little smiles and bobble eyes. I'm knitting the afghan in Cascade 220 Superwash. I chose the hot pink, yellow and orange both for their sunny-ness and in an homage to old school granny square afghans. My plan is to make it large enough to cover my full-size bed. I think it will be quite some time before I get there. As the saying goes, that's a hell of a lot of fish to knit...


Green Gable

I am also nearly finished with Green Gable. I have not taken any WIP shots because everytime I have tried it on I have looked like shite. The sweater looks great but I have a tendency to try this one on when I have extreme bedhead or have been out swimming or any other number of reason that makes one look like shite and determine to not have any photographic proof of the situation. I will post some lovely shots of this sweater when it is finished.

Knitterly Improvement

I'm so excited!!!! I've signed up for a steeking class at the LYS Dyed in the Wool. I am intrigued by the idea of steeking and have seen a number of cute projects that involve steeking, including the Deep V Argyle Vest by Eunny Jang, but the idea of attempting steeking without someone showing me how to do it first is way more adventurous than I care to be. I love taking knitting classes. This will be the third class that I've taken, including the aforementioned sock class and an intermediate knitting course also at Ewe Can Knit. I find that I can struggle for hours trying to figure out how to do a particular maneuver (increases for example) that I can pick up easily if I see someone do it in person. Plus, you get to meet other knitters and have a designated time when, no matter what, you must knit because you are taking a class.



Monday, July 9, 2007

I always knew there was more to my toes than meets the eye.

Your Toes Should Be Dark Red

Sexy and a little dangerous, you give off a totally vampy vibe.

Your flirting style: Straight forward and seductive

Your ideal guy: Powerful and a little intimidating

Stay away from: Mama's boys

So many projects, so little time...

I have so many great projects waiting to get finished or started that it is driving me insane. I want to knit and wear them all right now!!! If patience is a virtue, I'm definitely not virtuous. In fact, I may be looking the at the 9th circle - Move over Brutus, Cassius and Judas - Here I come! Pass me a Corona and let's sit back and enjoy the heat.

Green Gable is drawing to a close. Only an inch and a half more to go and it will be finished. It's definitely my quickest knit and will be finished in less than three weeks. But somehow that seems like so long when you have all of these lovelies waiting in the wings...

Say hello to Fifi by French Girl and the lovely leaf lace skirt from Hemp for knitting. These two little beauties will be next to go on the needles. I am so excited to give Rowan Calmer a whirl. From everything I've heard, Rowan Calmer is like Yarn Crack. Once you take a hit, you are addicted for life. My Fifi will be done in the colorway Kiwi.


I have to admit that I'm a little afraid of what knitting with the Allhemp 6 for the Lovely Leaf Lace Skirt will be like but I am a wimp and so I will just have to put my big girl pants on and ride it out. Who knows, I may even build a few muscles working with the Allhemp 6. I have say the FO pics I've seen of the Lovely Leaf Lace Skirt are gorgeous and the world will not be a wonderful place until I have one of my own. My LLLS will be a nice shade of chocolate for maximum wearability with a variety of tops and footwear. If I am going to wrestle the hemp, I'm going to get all that I can out of it.




I am also chomping at the bit to get started on these two must-haves for the well-dressed girl. Every girl needs to have a great black top in her wardrobe. The black Cascade Pima Tencel that is destined to become the Shaped Lace Tee from Knitting Lingerie Style is ready to fulfill its potential and become a truly great top. Not only is one skein in my stash waiting to become a one skein wonder but a second is waiting for me to get my butt moving as well.








I'm afraid that I will have to continue the saga of the project overload that I currently have going on in a later post as I cannot bear to think of how far behind I am in my knitting and how badly I want to be able to wear each and everyone of these items RIGHT NOW. I'm off to get back to work on Green Gable and hopefully have a finished object to show off in the next day or two to offset all of the projects that are still waiting in the wings.

And my personality is... the same as it ever was.

You Are An ENFP

The Inspirer

You love being around people, and you are deeply committed to your friends.
You are also unconventional, irreverent, and unimpressed by authority and rules.
Incredibly perceptive, you can usually sense if someone has hidden motives.
You use lots of colorful language and expressions. You're quite the storyteller!

In love, you are quite the charmer. And you are definitely willing to risk your heart.
You often don't follow through with your flirting or professed feelings. And you do break a lot of hearts.

At work, you are driven but not a workaholic. You just always seem to enjoy what you do.
You would make an excellent entrepreneur, politician, or journalist.

How you see yourself: compassionate, unselfish, and understanding

When other people don't get you, they see you as: gushy, emotional, and unfocused