Neecie's Knits

My burning need for yet more sock yarn

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Ok. So I couldn't for the life of me come up with a stupid title for this post, since it has so much in it. *shrug* What can you do?

Anyway, I've been meaning to post for ages & I just haven't gotten around to it until now. So, beware! There is going to be a lot here...

I guess we'll start with the cute animal pic's first. I love my "kids", really I do. BUT, I love them the bestest at times like these....

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Yes, that's Darby under the blanket, with Quinlan laying on top & Paris right next to them, looking out the window.
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Isn't this just the CUTEST!!!
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It just doesn't get much better than this. Although, it would be nice if the couch were a little bigger.

That same day I got a much anticipated package from my SP...I know, I know! That was a week and 1/2 ago...I sent her a Thank You...but now everyone can spy the FABULOUS LOVELIES that I received. THANK YOU AGAIN MY SUPER DUPER SECRET PAL!!!!!!!!

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oh my! what ever could be inside of here?!

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*GASP* Manos del Uruguay cotton stria!!!!! I LOVE this stuff. and just look at the lush colors
I definitely need some ideas of what to make with this!!! anyone...anyone?

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And last but definitely not least...the basket of goodies. there is a tower of magnetic monkey's (those immediately went to work), a gorgeous bookmark, and my favorite gift of all...tortuise shell knitting needles. OK, so they aren't real tortuise shell, but i've been wanting some of these FOREVER, so i was quite stoked when i saw them in my package. They've been well loved to...some of them are warped, which makes me like them even better!

Are you tired yet? Well, don't give up on me yet. There's still more to be seen & talked about.

I told you this was a long one.

So, I finally finished baby present #1. This is the entrelac baby blanket I did using Red Heart Kids in HAPPY. I just have to decide whether or not I want to add tassels or something else to it.

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After finishing baby present #1 & while i'm waiting to hear what baby #2 will be, I decided to cast-on for my friend's Charlotte's Web shawl. She bought all of the yarn & the pattern and I offered to make it for her. It's my first go at lace.

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This is my progress, so far....I had to rip it out A LOT before I finally got it.

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Here's a closer look at the colors.

This past weekend, I just had to get out of the house, so I headed to Great Yarns to try to find some Koigu for myself. I've been wanting to make Branching Out, but i'm so not into mohair/kidsilk haze, so I decided Koigu should work well. Unfortunately, I didn't find anything that i LOVED, but i found a nice pink, so I got 2 skeins of it to use.

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I also got some INOX needles to use with it, after reading someone's review about them being similar to Addis, but not as slippery. I do like them, but they haven't gotten much use. I cast on for Branching Out, but had to rip it out after I made some mistake with the 2nd pattern repeat. Trust me, it was just easier to rip it out.

Well, that's it. Congratulations on making it to the end. I know there was a lot this time. I'm really hoping to be better at posting. Although, we'll see how long that lasts. I'm going back to school at the end of August, so I don't think there will be much knitting after that. BUT, more on that later.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

I'm Back.....

So, a while back i said i would post a pic of my progress on the x-stitch picture.  Well, this is the only pic I have right now, but i've actually gotten more done on it than this shows.
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And now we have some knitting content.  That's right.  I've released myself from my self imposed exile from knitting to work on a couple of things. 



First, we have a baby blanket that I'm working on for a friend who's having her second baby in November.  Luckily she doesn't read this, so no spoiling the surprise.  It's an entrelac blanket.  I decided to use Red Heart Kids for it.  I wanted it to be washable & durable for many years to come.  I decided on entrelac, 1) because I really like doing it & 2) because it will be a really unique gift.  even if others make her baby stuff, what are the chances she'll get another entrelac blankie?  I found out yesterday that another friend is pregnant, so guess what she'll be getting for her shower?  That's right!  Another entrelac blankie.  I'm also going to make both babies some kind of clothing...a sweater or hat & booties
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The color is called Happy, and i have to say that it does make me feel that way when i look at it.  Not sure if the pictures are doing it justice, but it's this great, vibrant orange, red, yellow & magenta-ish color.  I would have gotten it to make a throw for myself if the store had had enough.
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Instead, I ended up getting this for myself....
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Same Red Heart Kids, but this color is called Dream Girl.  It's pink, purple, periwinkle & lavendar.  I'm also doing it in entrelac...the hope is that will keep me involved enough to actually finish it, since it's not just stockinette or garter stitch.  This one is going to be HUGE...I've only finished the first row of full "squares" and it's mighty big.  I'm not worried, though.  I've got tons of yarn & if it gets too out of hand, i'll just make it into a blanket for my bed.  You can NEVER have too many blankets or throws.



So, anyway, that's all i've been up to on the knitting front...well, I actually sat down & started Spring Fling...got the back done, looked at it & decided i really did not want to be working on it.  so, that's been set aside.  maybe i'll pick it back up again...someday. 



Other than that, work has been lousy.  My manager is giving me fits.  It's gotten so bad that I've started looking for a new job.  not sure what i really want to be doing, but at this point I really just want to get out of where I am.  preferable something closer to home, since i hate the commute from Edmonds to Redmond so bad.