Saturday, December 31, 2005

A knitting list

In honor of New Year's Eve, and to get out of my knitting-laziness, I have created a list of a few projects that I need/would like to get to work on, and or finish.

  1. Buttonhole Bag from Mason-Dixon Knitting (a gift for my aunt - started and abandoned in mid-Dec.)
  2. Hobo Grommet Bag from Hilltop Knitting (a gift for me - yarn bought)
  3. Intermezzo Fingerless Gloves from 2nd Nature Design (started in Sept. and abandoned on borrowed needles - sorry Rebecca)
  4. knitted baby hats from Last Minute Knitted Gifts (have a ton of yarn that is perfect for the pattern)

Check back in mid-January for an update!

Friday, December 30, 2005

Knitting slacker

Despite my excitement over my new knitting goodies, I seem to be lacking the desire to knit. I think it's just blah feeling that comes after the rush of the holidays and the mass panic of knitting until midnight before Christmas Eve. I just seemed to be content flipping through my pattern books and admiring my pretty yarn. I'm planning on getting organized and making a list of items I want to knit. I'm sure that will help spur the knitting desire once again. Any other suggestions?

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Knitting goodies for Christmas

After a week of staying at my parents for Christmas where they have dial-up (GASP!) I'm back to the blogging world! It was a great knitting Christmas!

I got the Last Minute Knitted Gifts book which I've been eyeing for quite a while! Plus a pretty scarf pattern and some pink bamboo yarn and a shawl kit that didn't fit in the suitcase and will be sent to me this week hopefully! I was thrilled when my aunt gave me a gift certificate to the Fiber Gallery! She had them send the g.c. to Boise so she could give it too me! Now I have some fun Seattle shopping to do. But I love the socks!

Now I'm ready for another knitting project! Where to start...where to start!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Where is the Christmas spirit?

I'll tell you where it isn't! It isn't along the side of the road in rural Issaquah! How do I know this? Because that's where I was last the rain..with car issues!!!!! Once again my drivers side windshield wiper fell off and this time it happened as I was heading home on I-90 in the middle lane doing 65 mph! It scared the crap out of me! I was able to get off the freeway. My efforts to put the damn thing back on did nothing.

Yeah. That's me holding my windshield wiper IN my car!!!! So I called and had Matt Google the Schucks Auto store in Issaquah where they informed me they don't do road side assistance! Never underestimate the power of a hysterical female with a car the night! Levi (the poor soul who happened to answer the phone) sent Kevin right out to help me. However, 40 minutes later, and several more failed attempts to get the thing on, Kevin hadn't shown up! And NO ONE stopped to see if I was ok or needed help. All I had in the car was were some Luna Bars, a bottle of cheap wine, and two pieces of cake for dessert tonight I bought at a store before leaving Issaquah. After eating one of the bars, I calmed down and called Levi again where we chatted for quite a while. I told him if Kevin didn't show up soon, when he did, he'd have to be my DD back to Seattle 'cause the wine was beginnin' to look good. Kevin finally showed up. Uh, yeah, the original directions I gave Levi may have been a little off due to the hysterics. So Kevin, my knight in a beat-up Toyota Corolla, fixed my windshield wiper (I have a totally brand new one) and sent me on my way. Kevin, went back to Levi at the store with my cake slices. They deserved it more than I. I had the wine instead.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Scarf success

Four to go.

They knitted up quickly and saved my they are pretty cute! Just one more scarf to go and I'm home free! Then I can start some fun and challenging projects for me!

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Knitting panic...

I can't believe Christmas is almost here! Not to add any pressure to myself but I have to have my gifts done before I go home in SEVEN days! The knitted gifts aren't for my family! I have no problem wrapping gifts complete with knitting needles still in them just so they have something to open only to take the gift back and finish it a month later. (Yeah...done that several times before..can't do it this time though!) So I have to get my act together. I decided to save my sanity and just make simple, yet cute scarves for gifts. So far...only have one of the four done. I'm hoping to have a movie fest weekend where I can just plow through them and finally be done. My knitting wish list for January projects is growing as these scarves go on and on. I'm enjoying the easy knitting but am ready to get back to challenging projects! But first...have to get the Christmas cards made too. Must stop blogging now and get cracking!

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Great gift!

What a great day! First my secret santa at work gave me a copy of my favorite book 'Pride and Prejudice' and then when I met Rebecca later tonight she gave me this!

It's an autographed copy to me from Rachel Ray! It's her new book Rachael Ray 365: No Repeats! I can't wait to try it out...although I'm really not that much a of a cook...just enjoy watching the cooking show! Thanks Rebecca!

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Knitting pressure

Christmas is 17 days away and I still haven't finished the other stocking! It's getting closer...the end is in sight. However, in an effort to keep holiday stress to a minimum (it's a new thing I'm trying this year). I've revamped my holiday knitted gift lists, and have crossed several projects/presents off. Lucky for me, those who made the knitting cutting room floor have birthdays close to the beginning of the year so they'll get their knitted goodies for birthday presents! Hopefully that will help with keeping my stress levels low and holiday spirit high! Now I just have to get to those Christmas cards...baking...and oh yeah, shopping.

Friday, December 02, 2005


So I've never blocked anything before (bad ....I know) well tonight, Rebecca came over for dinner (I made a yummy dinner..but I digress..) she helped me with my blog (please note the changes)...and then...she said she was going to help me block my stocking. My precious stocking. The best thing I've EVER knitted. She just picked the stocking...told me to grab a towel...while I was doing what she told me she just THREW my stocking into the sink without so much as a second thought. I gasped and ran over to the sink expecting to see my beautiful creation falling apart. She ran it under the water, kneading it with her hands over and over again. All the time, I was panicking. My heart was racing, chest was tightening. I couldn't breathe. And she just laughed. That Rebecca laugh. You know what I mean. It was the longest minute of my life.

Well, I am happy to report the stocking is doing fine, or at least seems to be doing fine while it's drying comfortably on my favorite piece of furniture in front of the fake fireplace. Only the best for my stocking. As for Rebecca and I, well ....we'll just have to see how the stocking turns out. Stay tuned.