Thursday, March 27, 2008

Look what I got today!!!

It's my "Seriously" yarn from sKnitches, inspired by my favorite TV show, "Grey's Anatomy." This is the most expensive yarn I've ever bought, but I decided to have a little fun and be a "joiner" this time. I mean, it's the only show I regularly watch (when there's actually an episode on!). It's nice, custom yarn. So this project will be mine---all MINE!

Yep, that's right. I'm finally making something for myself. Socks, of some kind. The pattern is still undecided. I assure you that it will be easy, though. I've never made adult socks before. Should be fun.

So, that's all. I just wanted to show off my purchase. And maybe make you jealous.

Oh, and by the way: so none of you have ever made an ugly project? I was hoping to have at least one participant in my Ugly FO giveaway who actually followed the rules. So far, that hasn't happened.

Help a girl out here. Make me want to give you a nice skein of Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton. Post about your ugly FO, with a photo, with a link here, and sign Mr. Linky so we can all find you and make fun of (uh, I mean enjoy) your project. :-)

Monday, March 24, 2008

Someone Call the Doctor

I'm not working on a single knitting project right now.

I must be ill. :-)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Ugliest FO Contest

Once again, I ran across this baby hat pattern and thought, "How cute! I should make that!" So I went stash-diving and found some Bernat Softee Chunky that I thought was a fun color when I bought it. Not so much now. But, it was colorful and kinda cheery so I thought, "It might look OK on a baby hat." Here's the pattern and picture:

I cast on, and a few days later, I got to the finishing part. The pattern was for DPN's, but I'd rather poke my eyes out with them than knit with them, so I did Magic Loop instead. What's it matter, right?

Well, in this pattern, it does. A LOT. You kitchener stitch a third of it closed, make I-cord, and knot it. Then you kitchener stitch the second section, I-cord, and repeat this process for the last third.

See how those pointy tops are around the hat? Not in a straight line? I figured out when I finished the second part that something was wrong. Horribly, horribly wrong. But, I decided to just give up because it was so darned ugly that honestly, finishing it properly wouldn't have helped!

Behold, the Ugliest FO EVER!!!

My 14 year old son and I affectionately call it the "Butt Scrubber," because I honestly can't think of another use for this awful thing.

What's that? You don't think it the ugliest ever? Well, prove it.

That's right, knitters. If you can show me a FO uglier than mine, you will win something very non-ugly: a skein of Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton, in the color you choose from my stash.

But you have to put your money, or knitting, where your blog is. Show me your ugliest FINISHED knitted work on your blog, linking back to this post. Come back here and sign Mr. Linky so we can all see how talented you are :-), and on April Fool's Day (for all of us foolish knitters :-)) I will announce the winner. The winner is whoever I think has made something more horrendous than me. (Well, it's my contest, so I can do that, right?)

So go on. Be brave. Show us those Ugly FO's!!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Golden Rose Sundress

OK, so that test knit I did a while back that was a big secret? Well, here it is: Golden Rose Sundress by Wendi Dunlap from The link is to her website, but it is also on Ravelry. The baby in the photos is wearing the one I made. Isn't she precious?

Here are a few shots I took:

The pattern is really easy, with seed stitch, stockinette, a few garter stitch rows, and some easy lace. It is available for $4.00.

Let her know what you think, and buy the pattern!! :-)

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Just for Kicks


This is bizarre -- after you find him -- it's so obvious.
Once you find him -- it's embarrassing, and you think, Why didn't I see him immediately?

Doctors have concluded that if you find the man in the coffee beans in 3 seconds, the right half of your brain is better developed than most people.

If you find the man between 3 seconds and 1 minute, the right half of the brain is developed normally.

If you find the man between 1 minute and 3 minutes, then the right half of your brain is functioning slowly and you need to eat more protein.

If you have not found the man after 3 minutes, the advice is to look for more of this type of exercise to make that part of the brain stronger!!!

And, yes, the man is really there!!!

If you can't find him, just ask. :-)

Monday, March 10, 2008

So Ugly It's Cute

Have you ever heard that phrase? My mom uses it to describe ET (alien)

and country music legend Randy Travis (not an alien).

Just for the record, I loved Randy Travis when my mom said that, many years ago. :-)

Anyway, that's how I feel about my most recent FO. I was trying to use some of the scads of leftover yarn from my baby-shower knitting. I only have these colors because they match her nursery theme of "Under The Sea." Think tacky beach hotel colors: orange, teal, aqua...

And yes, the mom-to-be calls herself a tacky decorator :-)

It probably, no, it would have been cute had I stuck with one color. But I decided to try to use lots of those awful colors to get them out of my stash and hoped they would be cute together. If you're tacky like Lena :-), or like the Miami Dolphins, then this is for you:

Is it better if I use cute models?

Friday, March 7, 2008

I'm Here for the Party!

Ultimate Blog Party 2008

And I hope you are too!

I love a good party, and the girls at 5 Minutes for Mom know just how to do it. Check them out, and the other partygoers too. There's going to be a ton of new blogs to visit. So put on your dancin' shoes and that cute little dress, and Let's Party!

Don't forget to tell your friends!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

I Have a New Favorite

I saw this yarn a few weeks ago when I was in one of the LYS, and almost bought it then and there. I had never heard of it before. It was at the counter by the register, and a sample baby sweater had been knit from it. It was muy soft, and the colors were very nice. But, I had already been in the shop for a bit, rationed out my fundage, and was ready to check out. So I left it.

Today, on my day off, I decided to spend my Christmas gift certificate at another LYS, the Yarn Nook. And guess what? There was the same sample baby sweater, and the same yarn with the cool ball band. And let me just say that I might have a new favorite yarn. It's called "Sublime," and boy is it ever! Just look at these colors!

I was totally squeezing the Charmin when I saw this stuff. I bet yarn shops hate people like me, putting their grubby hands all over the cashmeres, silks, expensive hand-dyes and such. Ummmm, yarn. I love it! I almost rubbed it across my cheek like a favorite blankie - it's that soft! I can't wait to figure out what to make from it...

Monday, March 3, 2008

Introducing the Confection Baby Shrug

That Tonya Wagner, aka The Shizknit, is such a talented girl! I have her permission to share my test knitting project with you! I must say, this design is just precious! Don't you agree?

Look for it on Ravelry soon and show Tonya a little love! Check out her other designs too...