Darn you, Etsy!!

June 29, 2007 at 3:54 am | Posted in General Knitting | 3 Comments

I’ve been hanging around Etsy.com today, I found these little beauties:

This adorable ring:

These Earrings:

And last but not least:

Oy, I want that necklace so much, it hurts. If you haven’t noticed, I’ve got a thing for Birds. Sparrows and Swallows in perticular. I don’t know why, I just think they are adorable. I already have this necklace. If I ever got a tattoo, that’s what I would get.

So, I’ll be doing some sewing tomorrow for my shop to scrape some money into my PayPal for some Sparrows. Night Everyone!


FO: Brian’s Socks

June 26, 2007 at 10:27 pm | Posted in Finished Projects, General Knitting | 4 Comments


Yarn: Schachenmayr nomotta  Regia 6-ply / 6-fädig (Something like that.)
Needles: I think they where size 2 dpns, they might have been 3s. I didn’t check.
Pattern: Basic Top-Down. 64 sts, footie-length.

Brian was very excited to get socks for his birthday. He’s been bugging me to make him some for a while, and now he has them. I put off knitting the second one until yesterday, and had to knit practically the whole sock in one day to have them done for Today.

A while back I won a contest over at Skeins Her Way, and won Ali’s pattern that she wrote for Blue Sky Alpacas for the Fitted Tank:


So I went to Michales and bought enough Cotton Ease in “Taupe” to make it. I cranked out the front in about 2 days. Obviously, I added a v-neck to it, because I think that will be more flattering, on me at least, than the way the pattern was written. I hope to have it done to wear for our 4th of July trip, I have, what, a week? I’ll have it done by then.

PS: I cannot spell. The WordPress spell check isn’t working for me, so If I spell stuff wrong, I’m sorry.

One down:

June 23, 2007 at 3:16 am | Posted in Blah Blah Blah, Finished Projects, General Knitting | 4 Comments

Brian Sock

One to go. These are the socks I’m knitting for my sister’s Boyfriend. His birthday is on Tuesday, I better get to work.

I’ve also been spinning a bit lately. Here’s my most recent:
Silkmerino yarn

It’s 50%Merino 50%Silk. It was a pain in the butt to spin because of the silk, but it came out very shiny and soft.
Silkmerino yarn (1)

I ended up with about 90 yards. Maybe this will be a hat? Who knows.

The Interview Meme

June 22, 2007 at 5:27 am | Posted in General Knitting | 4 Comments

I asked my good blog buddy Ruth for this one:


1. What is your most favorite craft/activity? Knitting, Easy. Next question.


2. What do you want to be when you grow up/get out of school? I really don’t know. I know I want to be a Mommy, but maybe a teacher? I’m working on that one.


3. Morning person or night person? Defiantly Morning. I like to sleep in sometimes, but I really like to get up and get going. I accomplish a ton and then my sister gets up around 11, it just feels good to me, to get up early.


4. What are some things you look for in the opposite gender? Well, I’m defiantly drawn to Guys with a sense of Humor (I once dreamt that I was dating Will Ferrell. And in another dream, it was Stephen Colbert). But I think that when I meet “the one” he will be Responcible, Has a ton of Common Sense, someone who supports me, Intelligent, and someone who shares my beliefs.


5. What was the most embarrassing or stupidest thing you’ve ever done? Hrmm… It must have not been to bad, because I can’t think of a doozy. I trip and fall a lot, but I don’t seem to get embaressed easily. I’ll be in the car and dancing to some song on the Radio and someone will remind me that people can see me. I mean, who cares? That’s what I always say, I’ll probably never see these people again.

Wait, I thought of one. One Christmas when I was little, we were all at my Aunt and Uncle’s house waiting for my other Uncle to show up so we could start opening presents. Then someone in a Truck like my Uncle’s drove up and me and my cousin went running outside saying “Uncle Dave!”. Well, it wasn’t Uncle Dave, it was the neighbor. Not so embarrasing, but, like I said, I can’t think of a good one.


Now, here are the directions for the Interview Meme, if you want to play;
1. Leave a comment saying, “Interview me.”
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. Beware, I’m not shy of asking personal questions! Please make sure I have your email address.
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

And that’s all I’ve got. I have some random things to post about, maybe tomorrow. I’m sleepy. Night!

I’m Invited!!

June 20, 2007 at 8:09 pm | Posted in Blah Blah Blah, General Knitting | 8 Comments

I got my invitation to join the Beta version of Ravelry yesterday! Yay! It’s so awesome. If you don’t know what Ravelry is (where have you been?), go check it out. Seriously. And sign up, you’ll be glad you did! Any of you out there on Ravelry wanna be my friend? Look me up, my username is KaityBeth.

I’m entering a contest from Lotus Knits, and I have to post either my first knitted thing or my next project I’ll be working on. Seeing as I don’t have a picture of my first knitted thing (I don’t even remember what It was), we’ll go with what’s coming up next:

Amy's hat

I finally got the yarn to start that Fair Isle hat for my sister. I would have already cast on for it, but I can’t find those darn needles…

And I went shopping with my cousin yesterday at a Thrift store. I was looking for a sweater to recycle the yarn from (That didn’t turn out so well…) but I found a bag of yarn for $4.95. I couldn’t unzip the bag to feel it or anything, but I bought it anyway. Well, I got it home and it revealed this:

thrift store wool

11 skeins of something. I had no idea what it was. It kind of felt like wool, but there was no label or anything. Just 11 skeins for something (I threw that DPN on top of the pile for size reference)

Than I thought about trying to dye it, so see if It was wool or something:

thrift store wool (1)

Well, it took the Kool-aid like a pro:

thrift store wool (4)

Well people, I’ve got wool on my hands. I measured out about 280 yards in a skein, times 11, thats 3080 yards. Wow. All that for $4.95? Thank you thrift store!

Thrift Store Wool

Now. What the heck am I gonna do with this? It’s kind of a sport weight. I’d like to make a Thermal from Knitty, but that would take me a lifetime! Hmm, I dunno.

Socks that might rock…

June 16, 2007 at 11:19 pm | Posted in Blah Blah Blah, General Knitting | 7 Comments

 Like the new look? I thought it was time for a change. Refreshing, right? (For those of you reading on Bloglines, you can’t tell, but my blog looks different.) 

Now, I have a problem.

I’m not a fan of the way the colors are swirling/pooling. The stripes are just a bit too thick… What do I do? Do I keep going? Do I Find a new pattern to try out? Do I save the yarn for when I feel inspired? Do I quit worrying about it?

And now, 7 random Things about me. I must be the very last person to do this one, I got tagged a while back, I don’t remember by who, though…

1. I cut my hair and dye it in hopes of coming up with the best haircut that is easy to do everyday, and when I get it cut, I swear I’ll try to style it everyday, but a couple of weeks later I just end up putting it in a ponytail. It’s a vicious Circle. I need Nick Arrojo.

2. I was a Crocheter before I was a knitter. I learned to crochet one Christmas, and by the time my birthday rolled around, I told my Grandma I wanted to learn to knit, and it’s been knitting ever since.

3. While learning to knit, I remember telling my mom that it was way to hard when I got frustrated, and I told her I didn’t want to knit and I’d just stick to Crocheting. Ha.

4. Most of my musical preferences come from my parents. Or, more accuratly, my dad. The B-52’s, Devo, The Eagles, The Doors, Queen, Creedence Clearwater Revival, pretty much all his doing.

5. Even though both me and my mom knit like crazy, my little sister really has no interest in it, but this week her boyfriend was at scout camp and she needed something to do, so I told her I’d show her how to knit a hat for him, so she made her first real knitted thing! I’m so proud. I’ll try to get a picture of it. It turned out really well!

6. The highlight of my whole entire summer is always the Fourth of July. Stuck in a little tiny house with my whole family, in the middle of nowhere where it is about 110 degrees outside. It’s awesome! Thank God for Independence (It’s a town). I love the time I get to spend with my cousins and everyone.

7. Let’s see. Okay, this one is actually more of a story. Before everyone goes to bed at my house, you have to make sure that there are no glasses of water or anything that the cats can knock over in the middle of the night and make a mess. So last night, my sister and I where the lasts ones up, and my sister was at the sink emptying cups, and she tryed to pour out a glass of milk, but it had been sitting around and it just stuck the the bottom. So she says “Hay Kaity, come over here!” So I did, and she was going to pretend to throw the milk in my face to scare me, but she thought that it wouldn’t come out. Well, It did, and she accidentally threw old milk in my face. And in my hair, and on my shirt, and down my arms. Yeah, nasty. I haven’t been that grossed out and laughed so hard in who knows how long. It was gross. And pretty funny. 


June 15, 2007 at 8:57 pm | Posted in General Knitting | 4 Comments

First off, thank you guys for all your tips on my last post. Mary, I tryed that link you sent me, and it didn’t seem to work for me. I ripped out the sock, but started over. This time, it has a picot hem.

I got a package today from Mary-Kay!
Lucky! I got sock yarn!

I entered a contest on her blog, and won a skein of Socks that Rock!
Socks that Rock

So pretty! I love those colors. She was also nice enough to throw in some sock yarn she hand-dyed herself!

The color is “Oak Crest”. Oooh I’m so lucky!! I’m off to go find a pattern for some socks (that rock!). Bye!


June 9, 2007 at 7:40 pm | Posted in General Knitting | 12 Comments

Socks Start

I started these socks yesterday, just because. I didn’t want to do plain ol’ stockinette stitch, and there isn’t much you can do with self striping yarn that doesn’t make it look messy, so I went with 3×1 ribbing. But, now i’m not so sure if I like it or not…

ribbing gaps

You see how the first knit stitch after the purl is gap-y and stretched out? That really bugs me. Do you guys get gaps like that? Does it bug you as much as me? I think I want to rip them out and do a Picot hem, just becuase I’ve never done it. Does a picot hem look okay with self striping yarn? I dunno. Maybe I’ll just sit here and Google it for a little while.

Have a nice weekend!

Big Socks for a Big-footed guy.

June 7, 2007 at 4:41 pm | Posted in Blah Blah Blah, General Knitting | 4 Comments

My sister’s Boyfriend Brian has been bugging me and bugging me to make him socks, and I kept telling him No. Then my sister asked me “Come on, Brian really wants socks. Make some for his birthday.”

Brian's Socks

I’m such a sucker. He said he wanted footies, so that’s what he’s getting. They just seem really huge to me for some reason. I’m using kind of thick yarn, size 2 needles, 64 stitches. Big gauge I guess, but I think they’ll fit.

Also, I’m trying out Flickr. I’ve had a Flickr account for awhile, I just haven’t taken the time to upload pictures. So, I uploaded some of my favorite pictures that I have on my computer and I think I’ll be using Flickr now on instead of Photobucket.

In other news, my little sister is Graduating tonight! Yay Amy! Than on Sunday we are having a Par-tay. Should be fun. My grandparents from Texas are coming over, too. I’m pretty excited. Then next year, she’s going to the same college as me. She even signed up to be in 3 out of my 4 classes. That should be interesting…

Some FOs

June 5, 2007 at 3:42 am | Posted in Finished Projects | 2 Comments

I’ve squeezed out a few knitting projects here and there lately. First are the Swap Socks I made for Nancy:

Yarn: I really Don’t know what It was. I found it in my mom’s stash and she said she didn’t want it. I think she said something about Fleece Artist? I dunno, it matched the colors that Nancy said she liked.
Needles: US Size 1 Addi Turbo Lace, 2 circulars (My new favorite sock needles. The new Addi Lace are really nice.)
Pattern: 60 stitches (I think), Toe-up, reverse heel flap.

I loved making these socks. Toe up socks seem to go more quick than top-down ones, but I prefered the heel-flap heel to the Short row in the way they fit, so I tackled Reverse heel flaps, which was pretty easy, and really fun to do. I highly recommend it.

Next up, I made a hat today:


The colors are really off. The bathroom light is no good. This picture shows the colors pretty perfectly:

Yarn: Plymouth Yarns, “Boku”, color #5
Needles: US Size 6 Circular and DPNs
Pattern: Silk Garden Beanie (Modified) 

Modifications: I did 2×1 ribbing at the bottom rather than 2×2, just because I like the way it looks better. I also Changed up he decreasing. The way the pattern had you do it didn’t make much sence to me. Here’s what I did:

(Knit 6, k2tog) around, knit 1 round
(Knit 5, k2tog) around, knit 1 round
(Knit 4, k2tog) around, knit 1 round
(Knit 3, k2tog) around, knit 1 round
(Knit 2, k2tog) around, knit 1 round
(Knit 1, k2tog) around, knit 1 round
(K2tog) around, knit 1 round

And that’s about it. I like this hat, I like the girly stripes. I’m ignoring the fact that it’s June and I won’t be able to wear it for about 5 months. Who cares, right?

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