Sunday, September 30, 2007
Here is the Black Sea Hat (by grumperina) that I made on the way home from the Jets game last weekend. I made it using a dk weight wool I bought cheap at Joanns (I think it is a store brand) and hematite beads (6/0 size). I am loving it!!
And here is my calorimetry. I'd been dying to make one sinc eI first saw the pattern, but never had yarn for it. I got this skein of yarn (it was Berroco Jasper in ) from a swap with a fellow knittyhead. It is the softest ever! The button is great, though you can't see it. It is a silver oval with a little figure playing a flute. Very cave man like!!
Back tomorrow with my blogstalker assignment: how I go from place to place!
Thursday, September 27, 2007
I briefly tried to knit on the Misty garden scarf which is nearly done:
But was quickly called into service as expert castle builder. I don't design 'em, I just build 'em! Here is Abby's fortress.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Pattern: IK's Cambridge Jacket, I knit the 51 ish"
Yarn: Patons Classic Merino in Natural (light tan)
Changes: I made the collar a bunch shorter (by Wook's request). Looking back I should have taken 2 inches off the sleeves. I might cut them and then BO to lose the extra length.
Great pattern. I'd definitely knit it again.
There are: coupons, a hair band, a kleenex that despite its appearance is unused, my checkbook/wallet that came out of a purse I used about 10 years ago, 4 pennies, 2 stitch markers, a pen, 5 count em' 5 library cards (because you can never have too many! 3 are from our local libary (mine, Abby's, PJ's) and two are for our library at the Cape (Abby's and mine)), a pen, a new lip gloss that I just bought (Burt's Bees lemon lime), and my favorite a sparkle filled blue plastic ring. Why is the ring my favorite? PJ gave it to me one day after I scolded him for something or other. It was like a little I'm sorry and I love you present.
And just to let you know, I only carry this purse if I am going into a store to buy something and Wook isn't there. Otherwise it sits under my seat or on the passenger seat.
Then, the game on Sunday. Which we won. Phew. It was fun, though the guy next to us smelled bad. And the guy on the other side thought it was okay to be partly in my seat. Still, really fun. And here is a pic from my seat with Wook' s phone cam.
As you can imagine, LOTS O' KNITTING took place. I got 3 of PJ's 4 birthday dinosaurs knit. Just need to knit the stegasaurus and put them all together. I finished 2/3 of a Misty Gardenscarf. It is lacy and fuzzy and I like it way more than I usually like lacey or fuzzy things! Promise a pic later. And I knit myself a Black Sea hat with hematite beads. So pretty. Pics later, I swear!! Time to get Abby to school. They, in case you are wondering, had a FAB time with Grama and Grandpa. Went to the Big E, made birthday cupcakes with Auntie Connie, went to 3 tag sales, saw Aunt Tina and Uncle Dave. All good.
Monday, September 17, 2007
I'm Rachel. I'm 32 (had to actually think on this for a minute!). I graduated from Providence College in RI in 1997 with a BS in Biology and BA in Chemistry. Yes. Science nerd. Then I got married that July to my sweetie of 5 years.
We began dating my junior and his senior year of high school. He was in the Army stationed in NC at Fort Bragg. I started grad school at UNC-CH that fall. I did my grad school work in the lab of Jack Griffith. I studied telomeres, which are the ends of chromosomes. I used electron microscopy to study their structure (loops, which we named t-loops). If you are still interested, why?! But seriously it is interesting and you can read more here and here and here. I had my daughter Abby in 2001 and just a few months after got my PhD. I wrote my dissertation while on bedrest for preterm labor! I worked as a postdoc at Duke briefly before deciding I could be a great mom OR a great scientist, but did not want to be a good mom and good scientist. So I quit when I was a few months pregnant with my son PJ who was born 16 months after his sis in 2002.
I didn't start knitting until after PJ was born. They would nap in the morning at the same time (I miss that!!) and I began to crochet and then knit. We moved back to Vernon where I grew up. We are diagonal backyard neighbors to my folks and my sister is two more houses away. Practically a commune I know!
Now, Wook and I have been married over 10 years, together for 15. Abby is 6 and PJ almost 5. He is in school half days and she is all day. So, I find myself with a bit of free time again. I fill it with errands, cleaning, and knitting. I also recently began to work knitting samples. Getting paid for knitting. Could it be any better. Well, I could make enough to not need an actual job next year!!! So, that is me in a nutshell.
All done except for a trip to find the PERFECT buttons! I am just loving it. It is ready in time for next weekend when Wook and I go to the Jets game. We are leaving Friday and staying at t hotel nearby the Meadowlands. Relaxing and then going to the game Sunday.
Here are the specs:
Pattern: Tilted Duster from IK Fall 2007
Yarn: Cascade Ecological Wool in 8087 (chocolate brown)
Size: I knit the small. It used two full skeins and just a bit of the third. Lots left.
Mods: I added a teeny bit to the length of the sleeves since I hate sleeves that end on my wrist. I prefer them a bit lower or at 3/4 length.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
I'm halfway through the Backyard Leaves scarf from Scarf Style. It is designed by Annie Modesitt and is done in two bits from the back of the nexk down. I never really thought a scarf book was worthwhile, but this one really is great. I got it from the damaged book sale that Interweave had, but if it is damaged somewhere, I can't find it!!
This is PJ being Santa the other morning!
Abby with Merlin the Magical Cat
Monday, September 10, 2007
It came out well. I sort of winged it! It fits Kathleen, an 18" doll. It also fits her Bitty baby (the smaller American girl doll).
Details: I used leftover bits of ww wool (some eco wool, cascade 220, and handdyed Lion Brand fisherman's wool) on 8's. A great way to use up leftovers!
On a side note, you'd think with how popular these kind of dolls are there would be knitting books/patterns more easily available! I found a whole list of great looking clothes to SEW, but no knitting. Maybe I'll write up this one!
Sunday, September 9, 2007
I've also been busy with PTO stuff. I am in charge of assigning room parents to each class and assembling lists for each room parent of other parents who will help out with parties. With the privacy laws, we can only give the names and numbers of parents who give us permission. So some classes have 10 parents willing to help. One class has ONE. That poor poor lady. Hopefully more will sign up at the open house next week.
As for knitting, I made another sample knit bag. Done in the round from the center in. Very cool design. It was in the silk yarn but in 4 different colors which was pretty. It worked up pretty quickly, though my needles are now purple. I also have been making button hats like a fiend. And I just finished (all but the neckband) of a sweater for Abby's 18" doll (American Girl look-alike, named Kathleen). Lastly, I have been working on my Tilted Duster. More on that, including a picture of progress,
Since I hate posts without pics, but don't have one, here is a movie for your viewing pleasure!!
Monday, September 3, 2007
Saturday, September 1, 2007
I'm hoping to get pictures of both the Cambridge Jacket (still sans zipper) and my own designed striped sweater (also no zipper) tonight. So, check back tomorrow!!