Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins #109

1. I'd really like to get rid of this cold right now.
2. Owww! is the word you'd most often hear me say if I stubbed my toe.
3. Possession is "nine tenth of the law"?.
4. There are 3 movies about Captain Jack Sparrow. (although I've only seen 1)
5. Marshmallows and fire go together like tents and sleeping bags.
6. So forth and so forth, on and on.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to watching The Ghost Whispers, tomorrow my plans include seeing my roommate move out and Sunday, I want to go to church!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Secret Swap Package

Originally uploaded by juliabca
This is a much delayed picture of the wonderful package I received from my swpa pal. The Malabrigo lace yarn is soooo soft! The coloured pencils are made from recycled paper. Pretty cool eh? I certainly think so. The book by Kathleen DeMarco was my first read of 2009. It was pretty good. Although it started lagging (or maybe just me?) about 3/4 of the way through. The note pad currently lives in my kitchen drawer awaiting use.

Thanks to "Jimmy" my swap pal!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

FO report: Swiffer Cloth

Originally uploaded by juliabca
Here's the finished Swiffer Cloth. This was a gift for a long-time friend, and she was happy to receive it. Knitted with Lily, Sugar n' Cream, and finished sometime in the first week of January.

Monday, January 19, 2009

WIP picture of Green Gable

Originally uploaded by juliabca
I met up with Monica and Chelle yesterday for a knitting get together. Although I didn't get too much knitting done, Chelle was very kind in bringing her laptop so I could download some pictures. So here is the sweater I've been working on lately. I'm glad that the body is finished. I have not done any work on it for a week now. I'm planning on 3/4 length sleeves, but that's not in the written pattern so I'm a bit nervous on how it'll turn out. I think that fear is stopping/slowing me down on knitting the sleeves. I'm knitting 2 together every 3 rows and just hoping for the best. Has anyone knit sleeves in the round before? How did you do it? I think I have to try in on today and see if I can tell by the little bit I've done on the sleeve so far.

I'll try to have some more picturey posts this week for you!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

FO Report

I finished the slippers and gave them to my sister on Tuesday. She seemed to like them even though they were abit big on her feet. The yarn that I complained about really isn't that bad once I got used to it. (It was a commercially made homespun type of yarn.)

I also finshed the No Holes Dishcloth, just because... well, why knit if you don't have a dishcloth on the needles! :P

(Still no computer in the house so you get no pics and just abit of sparatic posting.)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

WIP Wednesday

I don't have any pictures but here's what I'm currently working on:

** All links are from Ravelry

1) The Green Gable Sweater: The body is completely done. I'm working on the first sleeve. I think I'll do a 3/4 length sleeve. (I think I would look good, plus I'm getting low on yarn....)

2) The Cabled Rangoli Hat: I've only done the ribbing and first increase row. I'm knitting this in the Malabrigo that my secret swap pal gave me. I think that I'll get more use out of a hat then the cute bolero pattern she gave with the yarn. It's my first time knitting with Malabrigo and it feels like I'm knitting with a thin roving. (Well....not that I've ever touched roving, it's just a guess because its not spun tightly like other yarns are.) The pattern has lots of counting so this might be a slow knit for me. (Not that I can't count, but I watch TV and knit at the same time so I often get distracted by a show I might be watching!)

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Knitting Update

It's been awhile since I've posted about knitting here. I have no pictures to show you since my computer is still not working properly, but here's what I've been working on.

I finished a dishcloth for my sister for Christmas. It's similar to this one from ravelry.

I've worked alot of my sweater. I've knit to 11 inches past the arm holes. According to the pattern this is all the length it needs, but according to me I'll be knitting another 2 inches atleast! I also plan to put sleeves on mine. I live in "winter" (or non-summer atleast!) for 8-10 months of the year and I need sleeves to stay warm. Length and ending of sleeves to be determined. I've seen some on ravelry end sleeves in k2, p2, but I've also seen someone end in the same lace pattern at the top, which I thought looked pretty neat.

I did a small amount of work on the second slipper for my sister. The yarn that it is being worked in is not very nice to knit with so the progress is slow going. Her birthday is the end of this month so it would be nice if I can get around to finishing it soon.

Last night I cast on for this dishcloth, just for some easy knitting to do.

What I want to be knitting is the Booga bag. We did a yarn gift/exchange with the SCC knitting group for Christmas and I was gifted a bunch of 100% wool that I will use to make this felted bag.

In the "I want to knit, but have to think alot on it yet" file: I've also been thinking about starting another sweater. Perhaps the Buttony sweater. If you are on ravelry check here for Buttony sweaters knit by others. There are some cool variations you can do.

A couple weeks ago I bought some sock yarn to do some toe-up socks. I also sorted my yarn stash on Boxing Day and saw that I have a bunch of second-hand sock yarn, enough to make at least 2 more pairs!

Plus I have some wonderful Malabrigo from my swap pal that I want to knit into this hat.

All this will likely keep my busy until at least next January! So nobody show me any cute knits this year k? :)

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Books read in 2008

I've never made a list of books I've read in one year before. It's pretty neat to see the list grow through the year. I read 18 books in 10 months in 2008. Lets see how many I'll be able to read this year. (My favourite books of the year were the ones by Liz Curtis Higgs. Thorn in my Heart leading the pack. I would definitely recommend those books.)

For my own benefit I'm listing them all here starting with the most recently finished:

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Love Starts with Elle by Rachel Hauck
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Grace in Thine Eyes by Liz Curtis Higgs
Hating Valentine's Day by Allison Rushby
Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks
Whence Came a Prince by Liz Curtis Higgs
Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Down by Neta Jackson
The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Fair is the Rose by Liz Curtis Higgs
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Thorn in My Heart by Liz Curtis Higgs
Angels by Marian Keyes
The Forgiving Hour by Robin Lee Hatcher
Anybody Out There by Marian Keyes
The Shepherds Voice by Robin Lee Hatcher