Friday, April 18, 2008

- My first sock! A new book, and a bridal shower.

Hey all, I finished my very first sock!!! Here is a picture of it. I made it using Silver's Sock Tutorial which is SOOOOO good. If you're trying your first sock, I highly recommend it. OMG, I actually did it....however, now I'm dealing with the dreaded second sock syndrome. Especially since I'm attempting to make my own garter for the wedding (which is coming up May 31, 2008). Anyway here are some pics.

Yes, I put the sock on my cat's head...Why?!? you ask. Because I can.

Yup, that is how my cat sleeps. No I didn't go cat tipping. He just likes to sleep like that.


This is the park that is about 5 miles from my house. We went hiking, I took pictures (about a million), this is all I had time to post.



So my wonderful Mom got me a new book...well she got me a few new book, but this one particular one I want to mention. It is called House of Mourning: A biocultural History of the Mountain Meadows Massacre. It is written by Shannon A. Novak, she is the anthropologist who studied the bones dug up in 1999 at the site. I haven't had time to read it, but I've skimmed and it looks amazing. I can't wait.

I also got an e-mail from a cousin on the Miller side of the family who said the mormon church has agreed to pursue Historical Landmark status for the Massacre site. She also stated they church bough 600 acres around the site, to preserve it from development. I hope they actually do it, and aren't' just saying they'll try. I'll believe it when I see it, but if they do, I'll be very glad.

On a brighter note, we had the bridal shower this weekend (yesterday in fact, April 20, 2008). It was so fun! My mom and FH's mom had gotten together and the made little bottles of Martinelli's Apple Cider with our picture and a "Save the Date" note on it. OMG, they were so cool. They also made little covers for lifesavers, with a "Save the Date" and our pictures. It was wonderful. We had good food, good conversation, FH even showed and it was so fun! Wow, the wedding is coming up soon! I can't believe it's in less than 6 weeks. Amazing.

- Wedding stuff

Ok, the date is fast approaching, May 31, 2008! My goodness it's getting close....and fast. So I found a pattern for a Wedding Garter and I think I'm going to try to knit it.....but it's a chart, so we'll see how it goes. But it is very, VERY pretty.

Anyway, pretty much all I need to do is get my dress altered, and we're done.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

- Some people shouldn't breed

I heard about this story on the news today. Two teenage parents were fighting over which gang their 4 year old son would belong to...the father was arrested. Here is a link to the story. How crazy?!? These kids shouldn't breed. Get it together. I'm sick and tired of seeing people dress their kids down, and raise their kids in this type of lifestyle.

Friday, April 11, 2008

- I'm excited, I talked to a designer

So I've written about my adventures with the Claudia hat and my apparent inability to follow a pattern. So the designer e-mailed me on Ravelry and ask what my problems were, could she help, and encouraged me to e-mail her with any questions. HOW FREAKIN' COOL is that! I thought that was so nice!

In addition, I found a typo in the pattern. YUP me, I did it. You don't know how cool that was. I have a learning disability, it involves spacial skills, and a few other visual issues. The fact that I was able to look at the pattern (the part I was doing correctly) then look at the knitting and envision what she was saying, then realize it was a typo, and figure out what she meant, to me that was like finding the Holy Grail. Knitting has really upped my abilities when it comes to spacial things, and I felt like a normal person.

I've read so many stories about people who knit figuring this out, or that out. I really have to just get a pattern and follow it. I don't make stuff up, because I can't picture thing in my head. I know the stitches, I can follow a pattern, but as for seeing what it'll look like, I don't make anything that I can't see a picture of first. Because I have no idea what it'll look like if there isn't that picture. I was so excited, and so proud of myself.

That and FH is super amazing at visual measuring and picturing. He can look at something and tell exactly (maybe within a 1/4 of an inch) the dimensions, he can see something and figure out how things fit together. He comes up with good ideas for his boss, and then implements them.....and they think he's a genius. Me, you give me 15 things to pack in a trunk, I'll get two of them in (kinda) and you still wont be able to close the trunk. ARRRGGGHHH. But finding a typo and knowing what was meant, to me, that was one of the coolest moments. I think my brain is re-knitting. HA, I made a pun! HE HE, I'm freakin' hilarious!

Oh yeah, what am I doing while I take a break from the hat? I'm attempting Silver's sock tutorial which I am doing, and doing well. It is amazing. Every knitter should try it, and bow down to her teaching prowess. I will post pictures soon. I love Silver.


P.S. The designer said the updated version should be out next week, but for anyone who wants it, here is the mistake/typo:

Row 5 of the trellis pattern reads: p1, repeat [c2B, p2], until 3 stitches remain, c2b, p1, slm. It SHOULD read p1, repeat [c2B, p2], until 3 stitches remain, c2B, p1, slm OMG, I published errata WOW, I'm a real knitter.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

- Yeah, yeah, "Trust the pattern"

So I know one of the knitter's most important mantras is "Trust the pattern". I do, and I always have.....however, perhaps before a knitter learns that little gem of wisdom a knitter should learn "Read the pattern". As I said in my last post I was...note I said WAS knitting the Claudia Hat for my FMIL. I had to tink out two whole rounds (yes the cable rounds) because I wasn't paying attention to the pattern. I trusted the pattern, however, I apparently can't trust my eyes.

Then, I messed up AGAIN. I got so frustrated, I ripped the damn thing off of my needles, and threw it away. I am going to start it up again, but I'm going to give myself a few days so that I can calm down. Right now, due to no fault of it's own, the pattern is dead to me. I do believe, my heart will soften towards the pattern again by this weekend, and I will again attempt the pattern, and I will be reading and paying very close attention.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

- Claudia Hat

I'm knitting a new hat, a pattern I found on Ravelry.com. The hat is called Claudia and is a beautiful pattern. I'm making the hat for my FMIL (future Mother-in-Law). All she requested was a hat in a dark color. So I picked the pattern, and the yarn....well and the color too. I'm knitting it out of Malabrigo worsted, colorway - dark earth. The color looks a lot better in person than it does on the website. I've heard people raving about Malabrigo, and so I bought some at Stitches West 2007. Anywhoo, I could never figure out what to do with it, well I finally have, and I know know why everyone loves it soooooooo much. It is incredibly soft and knits up so wonderfully. I highly suggest using it to knit with. I'm knitting with Addi Turbo needles, which I love so, they are fast and smooth. I would have liked to knit it on Knit Picks, fixed Options but I didn't have the money to buy new needles, nor did I want to wait for them to get here. I saw this pattern, thought it was perfect and wanted to cast on NOW!!! I'm 9 rows in, and loving the pattern.

Oh, because I've been making so many hats lately, I realized I am in serious need of a full set of double pointed needles. So I found some on ebay, and here they are. The seller had great feedback, so I gambled. I love bamboo needles, so I got them. I also got some Brittany Birch Cable Needles. I usually use DPN's as cable needles, but I thought, for $4.25 I couldn't go wrong. I have to say, I LOVE these DPN's. They have a little ridge on both sides so the the stitches don't slip off, they are great. Right now I'm using them on the Claudia hat.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

- REALLY?!? It's a recession?

I was just pursuing the news and saw an article on the highest paid small screen (T.V.) actor. He's making $600,000 per episode, let me repeat that PER EPISODE!!!!! Ok, so he's not going to do a full season, which is generally let's say 20 episodes. Even if he does half, 10 episodes, that is $6,000,000. REALLY?!? 6 Million dollars?!? HUNH! I bet he can afford gas, and groceries. He gets $600,000 per episode....but we're in a recession, or heading towards one. STUPID!

How utterly stupid! Ok, I watch the show, I like CSI, I even ignore how cheesy and silly the writing is. But I'm kind of.....nope....I'm really seriously disgusted! $600,000 per episode. YOU'RE AN ACTOR, you DON'T really catch bad guys, you catch "as seen on t.v." bad guys. This is wrong and ridiculous!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

- Lucky 7 Hat DONE!

I finished the Lucky 7 Hat. I sewed in a tag (albeit badly sewed in a tag) that says "From the Knitting Needles of Elisa", my lovely Mamma got them for me. Here are some pics. The pictures don't do it justice. The yarn is beautiful, and sooooo soft. It's 100purewool 3 ply, colorway is "Mysterious", and green and brown mix.