Posts Tagged ‘knitting’

Well hi there. Another pretty long period without blogging. I don’t even really have an excuse for it. I’m still out of work, still applying for jobs, only issue is there are not many places that are hiring right now. Dish Network has decided not to override their 6 month return policy and indeed has upped it to 12 months. So now, I can’t reapply until I have been gone for a year. I was devastated when I got that email, but I’m starting to spring back. I just don’t know what I’m going to do now. You wouldn’t ever think it would be so difficult for someone with a college education to be able to find a job, but it is.
The only two positive things that have come out of this are that I have been able to spend a lot more quality time with my nieces, and I have been able to craft more. But I can only craft with what is in my stash since I can’t buy anything new. My newest little obsession is those origami puffy stars. I can use old magazine, junk mail, cards, colored printer paper, anything! Yesterday I made 183 of them. I know it sounds like it’s a lot, but each one only takes about 30 seconds, if that.
I also was able to make some presents for my friend Michelle, who is expecting any week now. I made her a chocolate strawbaby blanket (it was pink, chocolate brown and cream) with two matching bibs in chocolate & pink. The pattern I used was the Modern Baby Bib and they turned out soooo cute!! They almost look like little purses.
My aunt & I have started a catering business called The Aunts Catering and we have had a couple of jobs so far. It’s not a steady source of income yet, so I definitely am still searching for another job. This week I’m planning on applying to Verizon and the Roanoke County & City school systems. Hopefully one of those will work out, but I’m not so sure. I’m kind of losing faith at this point, but I’m trying to just hold my head up. I can’t begin to tell you how embarrassing it is to have to tell people that I am unemployed. I know I am not alone in this economy but it feels like it.
Well, that is enough pity party for now. I’ll update my projects list & post some pics I took with my camera phone. My digital camera is still in storage 3 hours away, so the pics are going to suck. Sorry about that. But at least you can see how cute these bibs are!! 🙂

This chocolate brown baby bib has a strawberry button closure & an assymetric cabled neck.

This pretty little pink bib has the same cabled assymetric neck & a pastel pink button closure. Both are knit.

Blessed Be )O( Heather


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Come one, come all!! To the greatest show in town. No, really it’s just some photos of recent objects. As I mentioned in the previous post, I have finished the knitting for my Ravenclaw house bag. And here it is, in all its Fair Isle goodness:

And a close-up. And no, I still haven’t attempted the blocking. Right now it’s being flattened out by my double-points. Still looks ok even without the finishing touches added. I have a beautiful leather purse handle I’ve been wanting to use, but it’s just a little too short for the size of this bag. Oh well, I’ll figure out some sort of strappy-thing to add on.

Lastly, this weekend is my birthday!!!! Yay, for 24. I feel like my life is just whizzing by, and I’m stuck on the side of the road w/ a busted tire (all the while knitting another scarf/purse). But for my birthday, I’ll be going up to Winchester, VA to rescue my piano from the storage unit it’s been trapped in for two years. I cannot wait!! My piano used to be my life; and I have not touched one in a very long time. I’m actually quite afraid to see how far my talent has degraded. But eventually I will build my finger strength & coordination back up. The next time you hear from me, I will be one piano richer & a much happier person 🙂

Love & light– Heather

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Today, I ate at Arby’s. Not an unusual thing (I have very little will power when it comes to curly fries) However, today, it made me very very ill. So… I left work early. And instead of sleeping, what did I do? Watched CSI & knitted. I started my Ravenclaw Fair Isle Bag and am now about 3/4 of the way through the knitting. My fair isle looks a little lumpy/squishy, but I’m hoping that blocking it will help.

I must confess… I have never blocked anything in my life. I don’t even know how to go about it, but I will cross that hurdle once I’ve finished the execution step. And lining the bag is another story all-together. I can quilt with the best of them, but lining garments is actually very time consuming for me. I don’t know what it is about doing that, but it takes me FOREVER! Alas, I think the bag may simply wind up being undergarment-less.

But in preparation for attempting to get my dearest boyfriend to purchase the Level I Master Knitter requirement/assignment pkg for me for Christmas, I have begun to knit swatches. Again, something I’ve never taken the time to do before. I’ve been mostly about quantity, not quality. I think it’s time to change that. So far, I am using Caron Simply Soft (cause it’s cheap & I’m poor) and my Suzanne’s size 6 dpns. I’m hoping to branch out to some different needles/fibers soon, but here are my first few attempts:

Moss Stitch

Andalusian Stitch

I used this site as a resource for some stitch patterns. I cannot believe this resource was out there for so long & I never used it. Well, I am making up for lost time.

On the homefront, my niece, Ellie, had her first ear infection while she was with her father & his family this past week. The fever spiked so suddenly that she also had her first seizure. Bridgette (Brandon’s sister, and Ellie’s mom) was understandably shaken up. We had her over to make sure she stayed as calm as possible (she is now about 12 weeks pregnant with her first child w/ her new husband, Ben) and then Brandon’s mom Susana & Ben, came over later. Our little house was very full. I had forgotten what it was like to have everyone there at once. Bridgette & Ben wound up driving up to PA to see Ellie the next day, which I am very glad of. I don’t think either of them would have rested soundly had they not been able to see her before the next weekend when they were to have picked her up. It’s a little bit of a shame that this is the first time her father has seen her in over a month & the visit was marred by this awful happening. But luckily, Ellie is doing quite well. On anitbiotics, and ornery as ever 🙂 In all honesty, I was a seizure kid myself. When they told us her seizure only lasted about 10 seconds I breathed a sigh of relief. I am quite aware that even a seizure that short can do lasting damage, but it was a much better sign than if she had had a grand mal seizure. I just can’t wait until we can see her again, and I can make sure for myself that she is the same littly punky we all know & love to bits. Keep our little punkin’ in your thoughts, if you can… it would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! Blessed be. @-v- H.

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Soon I will be taking some time off from making “things” to inprove my knitting and crocheting skills by making my own swatch/guage notebook. I want to try some new patterns/stitches but I want to do so w/o the commitment of a large pattern. And maybe after my tension issues disappear, I will go for my Master Knitter Certification from The Knitting Guild Association. But until then, I need to post my most recent FO’s.

So here is my finished MILK purse. I used some cabling from a book in my knitting library, but I don’t have it in the office with me. I will relay the name of the book in a later posting. However, I have found that my skills are very, very lacking in the sewing/lining department. But we don’t need to show that part, now do we? No. Who needs to see the inside of a purse? Not I; please say not you, either. I beg of you…

And also, a take on this pattern… I made him into my own little mini-monster. He reminds me a little of Sully from the Disney/Pixar movie Monsters, Inc. His name is Liam, and I have decided he is an Irish monster eyeball, and he is laboriously trekking his way back home to Eire after having wound up on a cruise liner to the States. Please don’t ask; he is quite embarrassed that he took the wrong boat. He only meant to go see his girlfriend, a lovely vampire eyeball, in London. Now, he will have a lot of explaining to do when he gets home. (Well, not until I crochet her… but then… he will have to spend a lot of time on his knees… err… lids, begging for forgiveness).

And in profile:

For now, I am gearing up for another long work week. And counting down the days to my vacation. Brandon, my dearest boyfriend, has his b-day on 2 September & mine is on 8 September. This year, we have taking off the 2nd through the 8th and I cannot wait!! Perhaps I will do some swatching… Who knows…

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This mild-mannered little guy started out as a test-guage project. I didn’t have any autumnal colors on hand, but I was dying to try a new pattern for this fall. And… voila!

The evolution of Franken-pumpkin begins in the workshop of Frau von Yarninator. Once a mild-mannered house-frau, her genius mind became slightly cracked when one of her more recent attempts at knitting a lovely little sock pattern blew up in her face. After that infamous day, she no longer wanted to knit ordinary objects. She became obsessed with creating her own little mini-monster…

Several prototypes later, Frau von Yarninator settled on the graveyard look for her new beau. Taking him to the observation tower of her small cottage home (yes, a tower. It was added on as a “honey-do” project by the late Dr. von Yarninator), she tied him to the metal working table and began to give him shape. From the bolts on the neck (very in this season) to the small stem (for she knew her Franken-pumpkin would never have stem envy), every detail was taken into account. Except…

The FACE. Ah well, not all experiments can be a success. Frau von Yarninator will simply have to pay more attention when stitching on the face of her newest creation next year.


And now, onto a real post. This weekend, I have so much to accomplish, but I just couldn’t help starting a new project. It’s a small one, though. I wanted to make myself a M.I.L.K. purse. For those of you who are not familiar with the term ( and by the responses of my friends and family, that would be most of you), it refers to M(oney) I(d) L(ipstick) K(eys). And I felt the undeniable need to do some cabling. So, I am working on a small purse w/ braided cables and two simple cables on a background of reverse stockinette. Soon, I want to do an Aran project bag. I know, I know. Finish what you start, then start more. But who among us actually follows that rule? Not I.

But to end the post, a few more FO’s. First is Fetching from knitty.com, and a Cowl/Neck-collar I designed as a partner piece. And then, cabled fingerless gloves. I’ll post the yarn and needle sizes later… Don’t have the reference card on me. And last but not least, some severed fingers to round off some Halloween knitted objects 🙂

Have a good evening, all! @–^– Heather

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And here are the photos I promised!! And here is the source for this wonderful pattern that was a whiz to whip up: http://mkcarroll.typepad.com/mk_carroll/2007/07/mug-and-french-.html

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