Tuesday, February 28, 2006

what kind of language quiz

You Should Learn Japanese

You're cutting edge, and you are ready to delve into wacky Japanese culture.

From Engrish to eating contests, you're born to be a crazy gaijin. Saiko!

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Gold Metal Socks!

I have crossed the finish line and my Olympic socks are DONE!!! YEAHHHH! Gotta busy day today with the grandkids' baptism this afternoon but I HAD to get this posted. I go back on my threat to wear my new Jersey to the church but you're damn tootin' I WILL be wearing my new socks! I am so happy with myself to not only completing the socks, but completing them on time!!!
Special thanks to Yarn Harlot for challenging us with the Knitting Olympics :)
Here's the pics.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

UGG! No time to knit today!

Gotta surprise tonight from my husby and my son! Ok well not quite a surprise I knew we were getting them but I they were here when I got home. ! Yes our Team Canada Jerseys! Don't we look just so spiffy??? :D
Now I am just waiting for my Knitting Olympics Canadian Team Jersey to arrive and I am good to go!

Ok I was out shopping pretty much all day for Baptism gifts for my four (yes I said four!!!) Grandkids. *Think I should wear my new jersey to the church? (wink)* And yes I totally broke the 'Bank of Granny' Oh well gotta love it! after all they are my darling grands and this will only happen once in their lives. I am just so happy it will be a very special day for them.
My problem... NO KNITTING TODAY! and ya it's all their faults! and yes I am pouting! is this where I say Na-na na-na na na ???? LOL
Well I am off to knit now for the rest of the 'until i fall asleep from doing the mall for so long today'! I am so glad that I am actually ahead of schedule on the second sock event. Oh ya a pic... hang on brb.......

second sock.... SOCK where are you.....
hmmm it wandered off on me!

oh there you are ...keeping Kelly company! ROFL! (much to large a dose of mall today)

ok here ya go a pic...
see I am almost done! Tomorrow's trip to Toronto should get me very close to done.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Socks Soc....

Ok OK I am getting there! I will be done in time I know it but the second sock isn't finished yet. Soc... yup about 3/5ths the way there is a good guess. I am working on the foot but still have a quite a few inches to go. Hoping tomorrow night to be nearing the toe region and finishing up on Friday. I will post a pic tomorrow. Camera is in the dark dark bedroom and my Husby is sleeping....shhhhh.....
night night.

The new quiz I just did from Nic's site. Thanks Nicole for drumming up all this fun stuff.

Your Candy Heart Says "First Kiss"

You're a true romantic who brings an innocent hope to each new relationship.

You see the good in every person you date, and you relish each step of falling in love.

Your ideal Valentine's Day date: a romantic dinner your sweetie cooks for you

Your flirting style: friendly and sweet

What turns you off: cynics who don't believe in romance

Why you're hot: you always keep the romance alive

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Quick Update: Olympic Socks

We are interupting this program to bring you a special report. We will now cut into the event already in progress.....

...and Lyz is turning the heel on sock two........

now we take you back to your regularly scheduled knitting and blogging.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

I am a Gummy Bear ??

Gummy Bears

You may be smooshie and taste unnatural, but you're so darn cute.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Round Two of the Sock Event...

Ok so I had a rough start with sock number two. I think that might have been due to the fact that I was casting on and working rnd 1 with dpn's in the car (wonderful Husby driving) on the very busy highway during a major winter storm. I think I was just a little stressed and the fact that I dropped the needles and bumped them around to twist my sts more than a half a dozen times really didn't come into play here did it???
After I got home I gave it another half a dozen tries and then all of a sudden, after turning my pretty sock yarn into flying sock yarn, I realized that for some stupid reason, unknown to everyone except Murphy, I was trying to do it backwards! Imagine that! Me... Backwards! Like it should have worked that way for me! ROFL! Well once I realized what my problem was, I got my first rnd done and I was off and knitting my way to Gold. I did well after that. I am up about 2.5 inches of ribbed leg now and coming along nicely.

Now for the quiz. Ok Nic, this is yesterday's quiz but done today....just for you :)

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!

What kind of knitting needles are you?
brought to you by Quizilla

Gotta Sock!! A REAL Sock!!!

First one DONE! Yahooooooo! One to go. Half way through the marathon sock event, second half of the course to yet complete! Confident and hopeful with Gold in my sights!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Time is Running Out! or so my Husby says....

Many THANKS to Anny purls for sharing the Knitting Olympics Countdown Timer that she has posted on her blog. I have put it here now so we all can see how much time is left until FO day and the always hopeful gold metal.

Olympic Sock Event Update: I am working through the foothills of the first run of the event and will soon be in the toe area and finishing off the first of the two socks. I am hoping to cast on for the second run of the event tomorrow.
Pictures to come.....
gotta go knit ttly

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Here's the Heel!

in a rush and now off to school with Olympic sock in tow...or is that toe?

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

are you a knitter quiz

Olymmpic Coverage for today: Heel turned and foot started! Coming in to the home stretch of the first 'leg' of the marathon event.

I was visiting at Nicole's blog and found the Knitter's quiz there.

I took it and this is the result:

Granny knitter
You may not be a granny, but you've got the

mentality. Hard work and artistic vision

lead to your beautiful knitted results.

Are you a knitter?
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Here Comes the Heel!

Ok here it is! I think I am doing a good job so far! I am so totally loving the colours.
Tomorrow I start on the heel. I don't know how much time I will have tomorrow to work on it though. Busy, busy day... but what else is new!

Monday, February 13, 2006

UGGG... learning! (OLympic SoCK UpdATe!

OK I am so busy knitting my Olympic Socks that I haven't had time to post!!! ROFL!~ no actually ... how come it's always happens that when you plan something really cool just for "me" life just totally gets in the way? !!!!! I will take a pic later [hopefully] and post the 4 or 5 inches of sock I have done so far. Sock is coming along nicely but slowly. I just frustrates the hell out of me that I, a seasoned and very experienced knitter can feel so awkward and clumsy at something that should be so second nature to me. I guess I am having a hard time giving myself the "learning time" needed to master a new skill and just assuming that after a few tries of a totally new method that I should automatically be the "pro" I am at the other method.....
Off to do some more 'learning'

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Booger Progress

I am so excited about the progress I am making on my Bigger Booga Bag. I still have a long way to go but it's coming along very nice IMO. I love what is happening so far... Here's a couple pics. I am up about 20 or so rows into the sides of the bag.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Yes I am Certifiable

I just about lost it and I though my dh was going to actually call the men with the white coats to come and take me away last Friday! I was so out of it from the long week on midnight shift with literally no work to do and the little bit I had to do was done my my colleague. I was so out of sorts and feeling like a train ran me over I even had a nap on Friday! OK something I never do unless I have to work Friday night right??? Anyways after sleeping just about around the clock I found I had enough energy to try to be a person again sometime Saturday... at least I think it was Saturday. I have to give credit where credit is due and even I wonder sometimes how the hell my dh puts up with me! So after another night of OMG what am I going to do with myself ovenight for another week of nothing to do on midnights, I decided ya I am just crazy enough to make some some cool bright awesome looking "Cheer Me Up" socks! AND I am even crazier to enter into the Knitting Olympics with my event being completely continental knitted socks after so many years of non knitting status and relearning the "KNIT" thing to boot! So to justify my really awesome choice of Spring colour Moda Dea Sassy Stripes, I counter balanced my purchase with another pair of socks worth of Swish colour Moda Dea Sassy Stripes for my wonderful DH. Won't he be so pleased I am making him socks too! :) Ok so now I am doing research on how to work socks on two circs. I dunno yet if I am going to actually do this but it looks interesting. I would love it if i could get both pairs made in the 16 days of the Olympics but I am setting my goal at one pair complete from cast on to finished ends. That seems a much more realisticly plausible goal for me since I am still just learning continental method and also haven't knit in almost 10 years.
So this is my task I have set upon myself. To have a new pair of socks for me in just over two weeks and possibly a pair for Dh too! All this of course after I finish my Booger! ROFL!

Current WIP: base of Booger done and started on the sides. Ran into trouble with awkwardness over an over-large circ so new circ was sought out this morning. Will transfer WIP to new shorter circ and continue tonight. Booger MUST be finished before Olympics start! THIS IS A MUST!!!!
****** see told ya i'm totally gone! absolutely and completely NUTS!!!!! ******

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Learning to Knit... again!

I lied! I didn't update the other day like I said I was going to. I was out the other night with my husby and got me a new cell phone!! HURRAY! finally huh? LOL Ok so the update.
Firstly FO's have been flying off my hooks. Baby poncho's (pic to the left)in size two approximately for various people I know.

My own creation I call a Bed Shawl (aka hug me tight or shrug) made for the very sick Mom of a very dear friend. (pic to the left)

Also a very large baby blanket for a friend at work (pics below). It was a new pattern that I tried out and "adjusted" to suit my taste.

Ok I admit it when it comes to crochet I am sooo guilty of NOT following the patterns! I start out ok but then I think.... hmmm I wonder what would happen if I... or think... I think it would look better if I.... and presto.. the pattern is no more my guide. I haven't taken pics of all the ponchos but
I have one or two pics to post of both poncho and blanket. I am very pleased with the outcome of the blanket. I KNOW I will make some Woolly blankets using this ghan as a guide. Though as pretty much everything I make is unique in that I always end up changing something from the last time I made that item, I know the next will be similar but not the same.

I have also done a few of the "Martha" Coming Home ponchos. Ok so I am not a poncho person but I wanted to try the pattern and fortunately I have a couple people close to me that were willing recipients of my efforts to create one. In other words... I get to make it but I don't gotta wear it! ROFL! My Mom got one of the Coming Home ponchos so maybe when get a chance I will take a pic of her in her poncho and post it here for you all to see.

On the knitting note.... YES!! I did say KNITTING! and yes it has been a very long time indeed. I have finally found THE bag!. I have been looking for a pattern or idea for a new tote style bag that I can make for me for a long time now. The Booga bag enlarged and yes... felted... is what's soon gonna be happening! (link to felted bags including Booga Bag is here) http://www.blacksheepbags.com/patterns.html In fact I have picked out my colours for the stripes and have been playing with a practice piece. I felted my first felting project yesterday morning. A belt. I did it in colour blocks very similar to the stripes I am planing for my large sized Booga Bag. I must admit I was so excited throwing into the washer to shrink it up. It turned out very nice IMO, and the felting worked out wonderfully.
Ok so back to the 'knit' thing.... well it turns out that I have finally managed to learn to knit Continental style. I don't have to move my arm and shoulder all around and hence it doesn't seem to be bothering my shoulder to knit using this method! HURRAY!!! I can start to knit again!! I need a ton of practice though. Nic would love to see how I am so good a seasoned and experienced knitter that I drop my needles and drop my sts too! I am the clumsy awkward Oaf revisited! ROFL! I have done my whole belt using continental method and though still awkward, I am starting to get the hang of it somewhat. I have a long way to go to get my tension under control LOL. I am posting a pic of my belt too. I hope you like what I have done.

And this, this is my new belt. Yes these are my
jeans! Without my BIG BUTT in them! LOL!