baby gift

Sunday, April 23, 2006

baby gift
Originally uploaded by The Prolific Knitter.
I started this "shawl" as a gift for a friend. Let's say it was a learning experience - increasing up the middle makes a diamond, y'all, not a triangle. So, instead, I have a baby blanket. Too bad no one I know is having a baby! I'll tuck it away in the gift box for when a new family member is on the way.

Yarn used was Fleece Artist Curly Locks or somesuch, purchased on Ebay. It ended up being soft and plush, and relatively easy to work with, for a boucle anyway.

Not much else to say at the moment - during the day I feel fine, at night severely depressed. But that is just life, and if I have to take a sleeping aid for the first couple weeks that is what I am going to do.

whole milk is a little too whole for me, thanks.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

I deleted the last post, since I couldn't self-edit at the time apparently. Let's get one thing straight - this sucks, and it will not get easier til I am out of here and not seeing him for a while. Though he may be a good person and a sweetheart, right now it is not good for me to see him. Period. (I feel guilty saying that, even.)

So I'll skip the moving commentary til it's all past. We're getting together first week of May to watch LOST, til then I think I'll eschew the contact just to give me some time to mend.

I couldn't apply for Arrowmont, as I needed 3 letters of reference, and only found it a week before I had to apply. I'll apply again in July for the fall session. Wish me luck! :) I'm donating some art books to the studio today and there's a show of some artwork that's been restored. I was hoping to pick up Wendy's new book at the Barnsie, but it seems I'll have to settle for looking at it til Friday!

(Also, I finished my Mother's Day Jaywalkers, but as my mom is currently wearing them, I have no picture. Sorry!)

Anita's Kiri Shawl

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Anita's Kiri Shawl
Originally uploaded by The Prolific Knitter.
Man, I am on FIRE. No pun intended; I'm going to a fire breather's show tonight that Mark saved a ticket for me for. Also, I have a free ticket to see HOOT on Thursday! yay!

Anyway, knit over 5 days with 4 balls of Elann Baby Silk in Raspberry. It's relatively small, but I like it and it seems appropriate for my aunt (who it's for anyway) since she's always on the go and has no time for frou frou things like ginormous shawls. Mmm... soft...


Originally uploaded by The Prolific Knitter.
Happy Easter, y'all. I have a shawl pic for you but I'm not at home to upload it. I thought this was hilarious though. :)


Friday, April 07, 2006

I had a post all ready to go about the new shawl I've been working on as an early Xmas gift (yes, you heard right.) But then I saw my paycheck, and my hours at the store, and I just about had a heart attack. The ONE REASON I was happy about moving out was not paying rent for the time being. Too bad my hours got cut, so I am STILL barely making it! Can you imagine surviving on essentially $100/week? Because I am, right now. And it is damn painful. *sigh*

On the very happy side, I am getting a "big surprise" from my parents for my birthday. Seeing as I already have a car, I can't imagine what it would be. I also got hired on for 5 weeks at the local college mentoring to HS students, but that doesn't start til JUNE. *sob* (Even if the money is good, hehe.)

Just for once, can I make more money than I spend in bills? I am not a shopper, really. I have not bought one thing in over a month, except groceries. NOT EVEN A CD, y'all! And still I have $15 for the whole week left over after bills. Did I mention the baby shower is at a restaurant, and food is not free? Personally I do not think you should hold parties at restaurants without everyone's support, because some us just can't afford it right now.

I'm gonna go mope and be grumpy. :P

Adrienne's Lace Blankie

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Y'all know I am nothing if not adaptable. So when I was told that Adrienne's baby shower is on Friday (and only handmade gifts were acceptable), I took a long look at my Faux Russian Stole. Baby color? Check, it's actually a robin's egg blue. Soft? Check, it's merino and alpaca. Nearly done? Check! So I ripped out the four rows I had on the next repeat, added on the edging last night, and blocked this baby when I woke up. I have to say, I am really proud of this. There is not a single damn mistake in the whole thing!! Of course, it will soon be covered with baby spit and is not machine washable, but oh well. Actually, another gal is making a baby blanket and I had forgotten about it, so I hope she is not upset with me. I think she is crocheting it out of something machine washable, so at least they can be used at different occasions - one for everyday snuggling, and one for upstaging other people's babies, heh heh.

Anyway, I'll try and get a picture of it in better light when it's dry.

I JUST REALIZED I FINISHED TWO PROJECTS IN THREE DAYS! Awwww yeah! Also, my mom in her infinite love and wisdom, has asked me what I want for my birthday (May 9). Now a hank of Helen's Lace (for ME) and a bag of Rowan Wool Cotton are snuggling in the wrappings, just waiting for the day. Little does she know I plan to finish both her and my dad's socks at the same time, so they'll get presents too. :)


Monday, April 03, 2006

Originally uploaded by The Prolific Knitter.
This sweater has been dogging me since OCTOBER 2005. That is pretty bad! Anyway, I finished it this morning and once it's dry (tomorrow?) it'll go to the alterations shop to get an olive green zipper put in. I have to admit, I am proud of this thing... the yarn softened up considerably when washed too! I will say, the water was SO DIRTY when I blocked it, that I had to rinse 3-4 times just to get it clean. It took most of a cone of Brora Softspun bought at Webs for about $30 including shipping.

I'll have some modeled shots in couple days. Now I just have to deal with the bewilderment that comes with finishing a project...!


Sunday, April 02, 2006

I now have a stash flash set on Flickr. I'm curious to know what you guys think of my stash.. it actually has gone DOWN in size, thank you god, since last year. I photographed EVERY ball of yarn too, so nothing was left out except 2 hanks of koigu in the mail and the koigu for the sweater which is out in the car in my knitting bag. (I didn't have shoes on, ok??)

Anyway, if there's anything you want, perhaps we can swap too. But really it was fun, and right on time as I needed to pack it all up anyway!

Go enjoy the photo album, and pat me on the back for having less than 10 balls of "crap" yarn. :)