Sunday, December 25, 2005

How I spent my Christmas Holiday!

I put a bunch of my wool yarn into the little Cedar Trunk my mom got for me for Christmas to make room for all my knitting books in the shelf- the wool on top is to make Rogue and under it is Paton's Wool, Lion Wool, a little Cascade and some Wool of the Andes from Knit Picks...




and I finished my Booga Bag! Woohoo - I will admit I made the cord with my Clover Wonder Knitter - I just have not figured out I-Cord and I just wanted to get it all done!


Felting is still on the agenda sometime soon! I promise!


Friday, December 23, 2005

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Maybe I *can* knit socks...

These certainly look like socks :) though he is looking a bit lonely!


Hmm what is that peeking out from behind Fuzzy Foot Uno?


Looks like Mr Fuzzy Foot has a new friend now


Happy Friendly Fuzzy Feet! Woo!



Next Chapter - FELTING!

I almost forgot..

I love my new Ball Winder :)


So I have been sewing - I made this lovely needle roll for my DPN's a week or so ago! I think I will be making more of these...




I also participated in a journal swap recently - see the lovely rose journal that I received above - the journal I made is below


It was a fun swap - though I stress a lot that my recipient would not like what I made her - she did - I'm Glad - more pictures soon - I have another Fuzzy Foot ready to be cast off the needles any moment :)



Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Update coming soon!








Expect a big ol - picture loaded update soon! Oh and if you look over there on the right I have links to my little knitting tools I have been creating! :) and above you can find some blog buttons for my blog a friend made for me! Have a wonderful day!

Monday, December 05, 2005

Knitting Row Counter Program - Updated

'Tis the season for gifts so I asked my programmer DSO to make a cool little gift for all my knitting friends - a row counter that you can install to your computer - it's very simple but at the top you can put the number of total rows you want to count (such as rows for patterns or cables) and when you have completed the number of rows indicated it resets for you - it also removes rows if need be - it is as easy (easier I think) to use as a Clover Kacha-Kacha counter and it seems many of us knit computer-side so it might be a handy tool! Anyhow it is free! You can download the installation program HERE.

EDIT: The program has been updated with some different labels so you might want to download it again!

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Holiday Gift of Sorts

While working on a journal project I created a Knitting Project Tracker - if you would like your own copy click HERE!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Holiday SP Package

I received my package from my Knittyboard Holiday Secret Pal - look at all them goodies! I got Lavender bath Confetti and a Handknit Chenille Washcloth(it's fuschia not red - bad camera!), A little bag with Lion Brand Stitch Markers, handmade stitch markers and a cool pewter Knit pin, 2 balls of Knitpicks Essential Sock Yarn in Grass (I have much sock knitting to do now), a small Clover Crochet hook for picking up dropped stitches (that will be VERY helpful) and a ball of LB Incredible in Accent on Black - it was all wrapped up in fun tissue paper and pretty pink ribbons! Thank you Holiday Secret Pal! I love my goodies!

Super SP Day!


I got two Secret Pal packages yesterday - One from my Secret Pal for SP6 - She sent me a wonderful Sock Knitting Knit (with Opal Tiger Sock Yarn, Needles, Stitch Markers, an two patterns) a Fiber Trends Sock Pattern, and Knitting without Tears! Oh and some Sinimints that are not pictured! ;)

I will post about the other package later as I am not 100% positive if it is from who I think it is from! it has a bit of the Holiday feel to it though! :)

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Candy Sushi!


See the recipe here - It was fun to make and it is tasty too!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

20 things about me...Well for now 15...

  • I am a native Texan, a native Houstonian at that.
  • Per the people I support daily, I have little or no Texas accent, they think I am from Boston or somewhere other than Texas.
  • I took speech therapy as a child because I said my R‚’s as W’s. Perhaps that is why people think I am from somewhere else.
  • I have done telephone tech support for various companies including Microsoft since 1997.
  • I taught myself a lot of what I know to do Tech Support by playing around with computers and reading books.
  • I've never completed college, but would like to go back one day.
  • I am an A+ certified technician.
  • I have been around crafty people all my life, both my grandmother and mother were seamstresses, I had some of the best costumes as a child.They both had other craft interests as well.My grandmother did needlepoint on plastic canvas and macrame and my mother crochets, and makes beautiful beaded Christmas ornaments.
  • I am very crafty though I dabble a lot, I know how to sew, crochet, knit, make jewelry, sculpt, embroider, cross-stitch and do some various paper crafts, I am sure there are others in there I have forgotten.
  • I think I might be mildly dyslexic, but I am tenacious so I figure out how to do things on my own or ask for help when I feel confused.
  • A few years ago I taught myself to crochet and I crochet pretty good, but sometimes I get confused reading the patterns, that is when I call mom.
  • I tried for about 2 years to teach myself to knit but could never figure it out so I took a class.The class helped but at the end of the class I realized that I was twisting all my stitches the wrong way, the teacher just said it was no big deal.To me that was unacceptable so I found http://www.knittinghelp.com/ and taught myself the right way to knit, well at least my way to knit!
  • Knitting patterns sometimes confuse me too but less than crochet patterns.
  • I have played Role Playing games for 25 years now; I started playing D&D with my brother and his friends when I was 14.I currently do a bit of live role playing and play World of Warcraft as well.
  • I have been married once and have never remarried.

I am trying to think of some others - comment and ask questions - maybe I can find more things about me!

Monday, October 31, 2005

A little yarn p0rn


Well last week I went to Beaumont/Vidor and Houston to deal with family issues and I decided I needed to get me a little yarn as well. On the right is some Lion Brand Landscapes in the Rose Garden colorway and some Bernat Lana in natural that I got on sale at Hobby Lobby in Beaumont and on the left is Hunter Green Lamb's Pride Worsted and some Koigu KPPPM in a rainbowy color way from Yarns 2 Ewe in Houston. Most of the yarn is for various sock applications, Koigu for some fun sock something (I'll take suggestions), the Lana is destined to become a pair of Kilt Socks and the Lamb's Pride is for Fuzzy Feet of course! I believe I will conquer the sock monster yet - watch this space for progress on that front! I got the Landscapes because I have been eyeing it for a while and the price was right but I doubt it will become socks!

Friday, October 14, 2005

RAK'd again!


Wow those Knitty Folk are mighty cool - I got RAK'd a second time - I got a big box with Dark Chocolate goodies (truffles=yum), a Starbuck's Gift Card, Natural Wool-Ease T&Q, KnitPicks Andean Silk in Lettuce, A ball of Woolpak in Dark Purple (you can almost see it under the chocolate bar on the left of the picture), and three(!!!) balls of Plymouth Baby Alpaca Brush in lovely light green color. Thanks again Chrissy!

Monday, October 03, 2005

I am so A.D.D. when working on projects

Well I am still working on my Booga Bag, but I just printed out Branching Out and Fuzzy Feet as I have a hank Alpaca Cloud in Tide Pool for Branching Out and 5 or 6 skeins of Lamb's Pride Worsted in various colors for Fuzzy Feet. There is a great place to to get a Grab Bag of Lamb's Pride worsted at this site. I started a black sweater from a book I got the other day but I am only a few rows into it. I am making it out of Caron Simply Soft because that was one of the suggested yarns and I want it to be something I can wash and wear. I have a ton of other things I would like to make but need to focus and finish something I have started. Seems I have a lot of motivation to make things for other folks but never finish anything for me.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

SP Loot!


Look at all the wonderful loot my SP sent me! :) New goodies to play with! Yay!

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Socks & Bags



Last weekend I used the Knitty: Socks 101 Training Sock Pattern to learn the techniques used in sock making - so now I am working on a real sock to see if I can figure it all out - here are the results so far. A training sock and the turned heel of a Sharon sized ankle sock. I have also discovered the wonders of Sock Yarn. I know I am going to have to get some Opal Rainforest Tiger Sock Yarn soon! I am also working on a Booga Bag that got put on the back burner for the socky goodness - but here is a progress picture!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

SP 6 Questionaire!

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you? I prefer higher quality yarns but I certainly like Lion Brand and Red Heart still too!

2. Do you spin? No Crochet? Yes, but not much since I learned to knit!

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.) Cats, and Patchouli are the only ones that come to mind!

4. How long have you been knitting? Since March 2005

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Yes - the link is in the side bar of my blog

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.) Rose, Vanilla

7. Do you have a sweet tooth? Most assuredly - I love Dark Chocolate!

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Just about everything, I also sew and do other needlecrafts.

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) All kinds - 80's is my favorite - I can play MP3s

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand? Hunter Green, Black, Red, Rainbows and all Shades of Pink - I like all colors!

11. What is your family situation? Living with roommates Do you have any pets? Nope

12. What are your life dreams? Depends on the day of the week - I would love to make my living crafting but I see that as a pipe dream!

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? Noro Kureyon, Basic Wool (Paton's Classic Merino, Cascade 220) would love to branch out more...

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? None at this time to I tend to prefer smooth yarns over really fuzzy yarns like mohair.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s? I think felting though I have to complete something to felt!

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? Bags right now, want to do a sweater soon - maybe something from Knitty (Tempting or Kyoto comes to mind)

17. What are you knitting right now? A booga bag and mini skull tote (http://www.helloyarn.com/miniskulltote.htm) with koolaid yarn

18. What do you think about ponchos? They have their purpose - I might make on in the future!

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? No preference

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? Bamboo followed closely by aluminum

21. Are you a sock knitter? Not yet

22. How did you learn to knit? Tried to teach myself for some time then took a class - learned wrong in the class and then went to www.knittinghelp.com and figured it all out!

23. How old is your oldest UFO? several weeks?

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird? Cats! Puss in Boots from Shrek

25. What is your favorite holiday? Halloween

26. Is there anything that you collect? Anything with roses on it, dolls, candles.

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? None

28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on? Knitting for Dummies, Stitch & Bitch, and a knitting journal.

29. Any patterns you have been coveting, but haven't bought for one reason or another?? None that I can think of!

30. What are your foot measurements, and what kinds of socks do you like? I wear a size 11 shoe (length 10", Instep around 10.25" Ankle 10.5") and I like all kinds of socks - I am adventurous!


One more note I am pretty active on the Knitty Coffeeshop - my name is Sharon P - that might give you further ideas! :)

Monday, September 05, 2005

Mighty Cunning...


Here is the cunning "Jayne" hat I knitted for my brother! I'm pretty proud of it since I have only been knitting about 2 months now...
bamboo
You are bamboo.
Warm, cozy, and thoughtful, you take your time and
enjoy how things feel, smell, and taste. You
love the craft and beauty of traditional
things, and you value the comfort and
experience of knitting as much as the results.
But while you are reveling in your warm cozies,
don't get stuck. Warm is wonderful, but so is
the whole wide world!


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Saturday, August 27, 2005

Adventures in Kool-Aid - a photo study










Donations


Here is a pitcture of the big box of donations that was sent off to Malarky for her middle school students knitting club!

Wow!





What a Saturday - I just got the coolest RAK in the mail! Look at all these goodies! Thanks again ZKnitter!

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Silvery Cables


I've not decided if this will be a little cabled purse or a big cabled scarf but here is another progess picture of my sparkly knitting!

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

sparKAL



I am joining along with the Knitty Coffeeshop sparKAL - here is a swatch of what I am working on - Enjoy! I am going to try and take a few better pictures in natural light but you can get an idea with these, the darker picture shows the detail and the light picture shows the color - sparkly things are hard to take pictures of!

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Welcome to my new blog!




So I gave in - I have a couple of LiveJournals but decided to try something new - this is my new knitting blog just for the knitting part of my life - welcome! I am posting the picture of my finished projects so far with more to come soon!