Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Angel in the Block of Marble

So I'm sitting here looking at a ball of fingering weight yarn and trying to see what it wants to become. I'm really getting into the whole designing for myself thing and people are really liking what I'm coming up with. I want to put more of these things up on ETSY, I want to go on a vacation so this is my goal. To have my knitting provide me with play money.

So I have a been sending out patterns to have them test knitted. And so far I have been getting allot of positive feed back. My one problem is that I suck at writing it all out. *insert sad face* but its slowly coming along.

I'm working on cleaning up my Posh Knits pattern so I can get that out there. I think that it might be my first pattern up for sale. But we shall see about that.

Okay back to my knitting...

Monday, December 28, 2009

Kumo Stole

Happy Holidays...

As a gift to you I wanted to post a new pattern. It's names Kumo Stole. Kumo is the Japanese word for cloud and spider, I figured that was very fitting.

wI hope you have fun making this and if you are scared of cables then this is for you since thats the majority of the make up of this project. And once I get a new digi I'll take a few better photo's

Kumo Stole

Needle size: 6

Gauge: 44 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches

Yarn: 3 Balls of Alpaca Sox, 1350 yds (but use what ever your favorite sock yarn is)

Finished size after blocking: 18" x 8'

Cast on: 100 stitches

(Note: If you want to make yours wider or narrower, add or subtract stitches in groups of 10)

Row one: knit 10, *Yo, K 10*, repeat across (109 total)
Row 2 and all even rows: purl back but knit the yarn over
Row 3 Knit as the stitches fall (knit 10 purl 1)
Row 4-8: repeat rows 2 and 3
Row 9: Cable 5 front (slip the first 5 stitches onto a cable needle,
knit the next five, knit the five off the cable needle), purl 1,
*repeat across row ending with cable 5 front

repeat rows 2-9 until desired length (I'm making mine 8 feet long but
to each there own ;-) )

After you get to the desired length, on the even side start to bind
off. when you get to the knit stitch drop it off your needle. M1 by
picking up the top bar and continue with the bind off.

unravel the stitches all the way down..

Block and let dry and your finished :-)

Cant wait to see how yours turns out! Feel free to ask questions... And thank you SnookiesOz for that great chart!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

2 new projects

So I have two projects on my needles right now...

Floating Cable Shawl of Death

And Posh mitts for my best friends mother Donna

Both are fun to knit and i will be providing patterns for both :-)

The yarn I used for the stole is Alpaca Sox. I strongly suggest this simply because its so soft and cuddly. Then the mitts are 2/ply cashmere and silk, talk about posh right!

I have been a rather busy bee the past few days!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

new hair...

So I want to grow my hair out again, I kinda Miss my mohawk...I KNOW RIGHT! So I broke down and colored it the other night...

I went from this...

To that...

I think it came out great. I used SPLAT from walgreens and I love it. I have used this dye a few times and the colors always come out amazing. My one thing I hate is that it leaves color deposits on my scalp for a few days becuase its so highly condensed…but you get bleach (tho it wasn’t a lot and if you have long hair you might think about getting two kits) and color in the kit for less than $10 bucks.

Couldn't you just spit!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Why do I love this poem, its part of the

Like one, that on a lonesome road
Doth walk in fear and dread,
And having once turned round walks on,
And turns no more his head;
Because he knows, a frightful fiend
Doth close behind him tread."

If you want to read the whole poem you can find it here...

a new shawl

So after frogging a shawl that was totally off count I casted on a new wrap. Its going to be my own design, simple but fun...Can we say drop stitches ;-)

So winter is here in the city, I took a photo out my patio window...

Yea you would never guess that I'm looking downo on the city and i have a veiw of the bay...

Wet and foggy, thank goodness I have plenty of hats and scarves to keep my comfy :-)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Yes, Virginia

Is There a Santa Claus? was the title of an editorial appearing in the September 21, 1897 edition of the New York Sun...

Dear Editor--I am eight years old.
Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
Papa says, 'If you see it in The Sun, it's so.'
Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?

Virginia O'Hanlon
115 W. 95th Street

Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the scepticism of a sceptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no child-like faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.