Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Ravelympics 2010

I've decided to participate in the Ravelympics this time. I did the Knitting Olympics in 2006 and didn't finish. This time I was planning on a lace shawl, but I've decided I probably won't have the time to do it.

I've joined two groups: Team BAU and Team Blue Moon.

For Team BAU I will be participating in the WIPs-Dancing. I have a feather and fan shawl that has been hibernating for over a year and a blanket that I started over 5 years ago! (really, I just rediscovered it the other night)

For Team Blue Moon I will be knitting a Cream of Spinach Scarf in Woobu. If I finish and have time, I will be knitting matching arm warmers. These are Christmas presents for my aunt and I'm itching to start them since she already knows about them (we've discussed pattern/colors/armwarmers).

In Sabrina news: She's growing up! The evidence:

@21 months
(for some reason blogger is not letting me format like I want to)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Last year I didn’t set any goals, so I felt like I was all over the place. I did much better in 2008 with some goals (even if I didn’t meet them). So, here we go:


* Knit from stash in order to fit all my yarn in the spot it’s suppose to go in (HAHA!)
* muir
* February lady - Woobu, Blue Moon
* Shalom Cardigan - thinking about Lion Brand Homespun (unusual choice, I know)
* Make some kind of circular needle holder
* Shrug for Grandma Thanua - superwash wool (cascade?)
* Scarf for Aunt Sharon - Cream of spinach, Woobu (Tanzanite)
* Valentine's Day sweater for Sabrina - Malabrigo? red?
* barn raising quilt - This is for my Once in a Blue Moon cast on. I plan to have it done by the next “blue moon” (not the farmers almanac blue moon, but the two in one month kind), which will be August 31, 2012. I’ve got plenty of time!


* Organize hall closet DONE (already, I know, gotta start somewhere)
* Organize garage
* Decorate Sabrina’s room - painting done, need some shelves and wall art (fish?)
* Paint some more rooms in the house
* Better garden - square foot gardening


* Baby?
* be more healthy - joined a biggest loser competition (although I'm not competing for the $$$)
* Maybe some alone time/personal days - first one this Saturday for the yarn crawl? Don't know, don't have a babysitter yet

Beanie's first picture of the year:

(asleep in the car after a long night of partying! Holding Mickey Mouse toast)

Monday, January 4, 2010

Pile of Toasties


I found an easy pattern and I'm now working on my 7th pair. Crazy.

Toasty (rav link)

Yarn: Plymouth Galway Worsted (teal,purple, pink, lilac) & Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu in Tanzanite (second from right). The two that were given as gifts were a second Tanzanite and a blue caron simply soft. I think I like the Galway the best for this project (although something like Malabrigo would be better, but I didn't have that in my stash)

Needles: US size 7 dnps

Mods: Not much, I don't make them quite as long as the pattern. The first pair I thought I should do something to control the rolling and did 2 rows k1p1 rib after a few inches, but it just looked funny. I don't think these roll too much more than they're suppose to.

I think I'm going to continue to knit this pattern for awhile. It's really really easy and I can knit it anywhere. It's great stash busting! I am almost out of worsted weight wool though. I've been thinking about switching over to some of my acrylic, but we'll have to see. The simply soft pair turned out nice and I have a bit of that left in a few colors.

Final book total: 37

Not too bad. I bet I can do better this year.


1 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
2 Twilight (Book 1, Twilight Series) - Stephenie Meyer
3 New Moon (Book 2, Twilight Series) - Stephenie Meyer
4 Across the Nightingale Floor (Book 1, Tales of the Otori) - Lian Hearn


5 Grass for His Pillow (Book 2, Tales of the Otori) - Lian Hearn
6 Brilliance of the Moon (Book 3, Tales of the Otori) - Lian Hearn
7 Eclipse (Book 3, Twilight Series) - Stephenie Meyer
8 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (RR) - J. K. Rowling


9 Breaking Dawn (Book 4, Twilight Series) - Stephenie Meyer
10 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (RR) - J. K. Rowling
11 The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
12 The Restaurant at the End of the Universe - Douglas Adams
13 Life, the Universe and Everything - Douglas Adams


14 So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish - Douglas Adams
15 Mostly Harmless - Douglas Adams
16 The Harsh Cry of the Heron (Book 4, Tales of the Otori) - Lian Hearn


17 Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - J. K. Rowling
18 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J. K. Rowling


19 Little House in the big woods (RR) - Laura Ingalls Wilder
20 Little House on the Prairie (RR) - Laura Ingalls Wilder


21 The Long Winter (RR) - Laura Ingalls Wilder
22 These Happy Golden Years (RR) - Laura Ingalls Wilder
23 The Joys of Love (RR) - Madeleine L’Engle
24 Uglies - scott westerfeld
25 Pretties - scott westerfeld
26 Fahrenheit 451 (RR) - Ray Bradbury
27 Specials - scott westerfeld


28 Extras - scott westerfeld
29 The Shadow of the Bear - Regina Doman
30 Black as Night - Regina Doman


31 The October Country (RR) - Ray Bradbury
32 The Halloween Tree - Ray Bradbury
33 By the Shores of Silver Lake (RR) - Laura Ingalls Wilder


34 Little Town on the Prairie (RR) - Laura Ingalls Wilder
35 The First Four Years (RR) - Laura Ingalls Wilder
36 The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
37 The Illustrated Man (RR) - Ray Bradbury

Total: 37 Goal: 50