Friday, August 7, 2009

A List of My Favorite Things

...well for this week anyway...

A new bag from the Gap

Pancakes that make themselves, well sort of.

Diabolical Cuteness

That's what Karen calls then and I have to agree. After seeing her little alien at Knit Knite last night I had to have one (or two) myself. I knit the first one up last night and started the second before work this morning. Excuse the not so hot pictures - I was in too big a hurry to get the pics up to do more than a quick snapshot. 

Original pattern here. I knit mine flat on a size 7 circ. The yarn is Lion Brand Ultra Suede that was given to me by a friend. I've had it in my stash since the end of January but wasn't sure what to do with it. I only had about two skeins (of which I only used about 1/2 of one for both of these little guys). The yarn is nice and soft - very cuddly. I think I'm going to make a few more. I'll add catnip to a couple and I was thinking some lavender to others. How cute would these by as sachets in your drawers! 

 I'd probably go down a size or two on the needles. There's a little bit of
 gap between the stitches at the top but nothing I can't live with. That's saying a lot because I'm definitely type A. These were so much fun to knit though and took absolutely no time at all!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Another day...

On a frustration level today wasn't much better. However, today's frustration wasn't related to projects which is the bright side of things.

After a good yoga session (I always feel so much better after all that stretching!) I came home and reheated leftover whole wheat couscous with feta, green onions, lemon and garlic and then got to work. Since my wood needles I'm using for my new scarf project are out of commission I tried another pair of needles I bought several months ago but hadn't used yet. They're a couple sizes bigger and are actually working much better for the scarf. I frogged last night's progress and began again.

Last night before I went to bed I emailed the manufacturer of the wooden needles asking how best to repair them. Wood does sometimes split and I like the idea of using sustainable products so I didn't think it was a big deal. When I checked my email this morning I had an email from the company asking me to send them back so they can send me a new set. I never expected that but was pleasantly surprised! I was just hoping for some tips on what type of sandpaper to buy. :-)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


The last few months haven't been very good for projects. I've started many, trashed many, put several on hold and just plain haven't finished a few others.

I have a bag from Weekend Sewing 95% done. I just need to finish the handles. However, it sits abandoned by the sewing machine. I just can't get the energy to finish it.

Tonight I started a scarf with some chunky yarn I found the other day in this great color way. I was into the third repeat when I noticed a mistake. No big deal. I ripped back and when I went to re-insert the wooden needle there was a huge splinter in it! I have an email in to the manufacture to see how to deal with it. I'm assuming some sanding will be required but this is a fairly large splinter (already 1 inch long) and fairly deep. I'm concerned that it may require too much sanding so we'll see.

I keep making silly mistakes in all of my projects and it's very annoying. I think I'm paying very close attention only to notice later on that I've made fairly large mistakes. Or like last week I went to knit knite and forgot my pattern! I just need to successfully finish one thing and then I think I'll be back on track.

Here's hoping! :-)