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November 2005

Shhhh...it's a secret.

Shhhh...it's a secret :). Pcbag2 I'll show you my little secret projects. The little bag is a bag done on a yellow knifty knitter. I have been working on writing the pattern for a couple of days. It should have been finished awhile ago but work has been interfering again!

Bags I made two of them, one in an almost solid color and the other with the color changes. The flower butterfly was needle felted after the bag was dry.

Headband I wanted to make a headband with one cable as the design. This one is done on a knitting board with a simple 2 x 2 cable. I am working on the design for fingerless mitts right now to match the headband.

And the top most secret project, well, I can't let you see all of it, but I will give you a peek. I have been working diligently on it for a few days. I have to finish it so I can Peek start on the socks for my Holiday Knits pal.


Want some cheese with that whine?

Well, the holiday is finally here and do you know what that means for us--an extra day to catch up at work. Yep, we will be working half the day and then going over to spend a horrendous wonderful time with 60+ family members, 38 of which are kids, most of them under the age of 10. You've gotta love it!

We had plans to stay at home but then we were both given the guilt trip conversation (oh, this may be the last time the entire family is together. The nieces and nephews need to get to know you a bit more--gosh, the fact that they see us every weekend doesn't count? Confused here) by which we came to conclude if we don't want to be disowned by the family then we must attend the lovely get together.

I don't know, is it really bad for a young family to start their own family traditions?  Is it really wrong for a little family of 4 to spend a holiday all by themselves in their cozy little apartment watching movies and eating chips and salsa and having Tamales and Tinga instead of turkey? Maybe we will understand when our kids are grown up, but for now, we would like to just be able to have our own tradition time. Does anyone else feel this way? Or are we the only "bad sheep" that want to be alienated from the world in these holidays.

Well, I guess I should just be grateful that I have a big family to spend my holidays with and be grateful that they want to have us there with them. 

I guess what really sucks for me is that during the holidays, I realize how truely lonely I am in this part of the world.  I don't get to be with my Mom and little brother. Yeah, I think it all boils down to the fact that I cannot be with my own mom. We have plans for her to come for the holiday in December, but we are not sure. Bryant is looking forward to it though, she has come every Christmas since he was born. He remembers that Grandma comes when the mountains are covered with snow. Last time it snowed here, a few weeks ago, he was very excited telling me "Mom, Grandma is coming, grandma is coming to play with me." It just makes me sad I guess...I am just a big boob, I just want my mommy to be with me, in-laws are ok, but it is not the same.

But I am sincerely grateful for the following:

  • My husband--who is understanding and supports me in all my crazyness
  • My 2 lovely children
  • My Mum and little brother
  • The fact that the 5 people above are healthy and safe
  • The job that gives us food and shelter and our basic necessities
  • Telephones as without them I would be completely separated from my mum
  • Nutela :)

No, don't send the cheese, I'll stop the whining.

Now to a funny quiz...It is supposed to measure how stupid you really are...yeah, I had to take a quiz to find out that I was really stupid. Want to find out too...c'mon take it and post it on your blog, it will be a great filler for this long weekend.

The Stupid Quiz said I am "Pretty Smart!" How stupid are you? Click here to find out!

83% scored higher (more stupid),
4% scored the same, and
13% scored lower (less stupid).

What does this mean? You are 13% stupid. This means...

You are far from stupid. Congrats on a great accomplishment!


Mitts and No Victoria Secret Undies here...

Wrongmitts_1 Once upon a time, there was a mom knitting away at her son's mittens. She was furiously clicking away at the needles while watching a fun show on tv. Momma was so proud to have finished the little mittens. It had only taken her 3 days to finish the darn little things! As Momma was weaving the tail ends to the wrong side of the item, she screamed in horror. The entire work of that afternoon had been completely in vain. Silly Mum forgot to read the second part of the instructions and thus proceeded to make the 2nd mitten just like the first one--thus ending with 2 blasted right handed mittens! I laughed at my stupidity, however, that set me back an entire afternoon.

Mits2 A day later, the little mitts are drying, and finally, I can almost say that I have completed the project for the Warm Hands Knit Along. They are not done yet, but I am half way there. They are drying and after they dry, I will add the cuff so they keep the little munchkin warm. He already tried them on and he didn't like the feel of the wet wool. He is such a good sport.

Mynewundies Check out my new undies. Yeah, an original Isela Design. Sign up for your original undies, they are going fast!! They will be felted to fit your tushy just in the perfect way. No more cold bums in the middle of winter. Now, you can have a nice toasty bum all winter long by wearing an original Isela's Secret Undies.

Pcbag_2 Ok, so they are not undies, but that is what both hubby and son said when I finished the 2nd prototype of my loom knitted felted bag. It will look like the one pictured at the left once I finish seaming it.

Well, the boys comment gave me a great idea though, no, not felted undies, but I can make Nyah some nice little shorts to wear under her little dresses.

Fingerlessmitts2 Oh, check out the fingerless mitts I picked up this weekend at a local show. I saw them and I fell in love with them, yeah, I know how to knit and I can probably make them but I just couldn't leave them behind. So I brought them home with me. They have an arrowhead lace design both on the wrist and in the front center.


The Teacup Story

I am 20 something...closer to 30 than to the 20. In these many years, I thought that life had been at points very difficult, and at points, death would had been preferable than going through the trial. I have known all along that my past experiences have made me into the person I am today. Some would say I am shy, others would say I am bossy, and yet others would stick to saying that I am just a nut! However, I hope that at the end of my life, I can be a beautiful, yet strong teacup.

The Teacup Story

There was a couple who used to go to England to shop in the beautiful stores. They both liked antiques and pottery and especially teacups. This was their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.

One day in this beautiful shop they saw a beautiful teacup. They said, "May we see that? We've never seen one quite so beautiful."

As the lady handed it to them, suddenly the teacup spoke. "You don't understand," it said. "I haven't always been a teacup.

There was a time when I was brown and I was clay. My master took me and rolled me and patted me over and over and I yelled out, 'let me alone', but he only smiled, 'Not yet.'

"Then I was placed on a spinning wheel," the teacup said, "and suddenly I was spun around and around and around. Stop it! I'm getting dizzy! I screamed. But the master only nodded and said, 'Not yet.'

Then he put me in the oven. I never felt such heat. I wondered why he wanted to burn me, and I yelled and knocked at the door. I could see him through the opening and I could read his lips as he shook his head, 'Not yet.'

Finally the door opened, he put me on the shelf, and I began to cool. 'There, that's better,' I said. And he brushed and painted me all over. The fumes were horrible. I thought I would gag. 'Stop it, stop it!' I cried. He only nodded, 'Not yet.'

Then suddenly he put me back into the oven, not like the first one. This was twice as hot and I knew I would suffocate. I begged. I pleaded. I screamed. I cried. All the time I could see him through the opening nodding his head saying, 'Not yet.'

Then I knew there wasn't any hope. I would never make it. I was ready to give up. But the door opened and he took me out and placed me on the shelf. One hour later he handed me a mirror and said, 'Look at yourself. And I did.

I said, 'That's not me; that couldn't be me. It's beautiful. I'm beautiful.'

'I want you to remember, then,' he said, 'I know it hurts to be rolled and patted, but if I had left you alone, you'd have dried up.

I know it made you dizzy to spin around on the wheel, but if I had stopped, you would have crumbled. I knew it hurt and was hot and disagreeable in the oven, but if I hadn't put you there, you would have cracked.

I know the fumes were bad when I brushed and painted you all over, but if I hadn't done that, you never would have hardened; you would not have had any color in your life.

And if I hadn't put you back in that second oven, you wouldn't survive for very long because the hardness would not have held. Now you are a finished product. You are what I had in mind when I first began with you


Enlightment Moment

Darker2 As an avid fan of cables on needle knitting you may already know that crazy me would want to do them on the knitting looms too. Well, I have accomplish making them on the knitting frames, also known as knitting boards, or double rake. My obstacle though came when trying them on the round looms--such a freaking pain! Really, I am not exaggerating at all.  You see, on the knitting loom all the stitches are stretched out, so the yarn has no slack at all to cross the stitches over for the cables.

Anyways, tonight, as I was rocking my Nyah to sleep, I had an epiphany moment. Now, Closeofcables_1 this may not work really well, and I just barely tried it 3 times on my small sample, but it looks like it may just work. Of course, there may be other ways of doing them, but this was my enlightment moment of the day. It doesn't happen often, but it does :). Once, when I was preggers with Bryant I wanted to crochet him a pair of booties and of course, I didn't know how and I don't know how to read the instructions so I went to bed sad, however, I had a dream about a lady teaching me how to make them and guess what, next morning, I woke up and did them just like in my dream and to my amazement they worked!

But I digress, here is my enlightment moment...I have not really written the instructions down but I wanted to share in the excitement. 

CloseupWhen looming knitting, we usually just knit back and forth, well, I thought, the reason why the cables on a rake don't want to reach over to do the cross over is because the knitting has no flex (like in needle knitting), however, how about it I were to knit a few more rounds on those pegs where I want to do a cable? So I tried it--I I used 4 pegs for the cables (2x2 cable) and when I wanted to do the cross over, I simply knitted as in a flat panel on those 4 pegs-knit 3 rows, that gave me enough stretch to cross over.

Nyah_2 In other loomy news...I am chugging along. I have finally finished the final pair of the Ballerina slippers. I have 5 sizes done, so I am ready to write down the pattern...as soon as the holidays are gone. Little Nyah doesn't like any of the hats I made her, however, she really liked wearing the ballerina slipper, but not on her foot--on her head!


Yeah! I'm a warrior princess!! Watch out Xena, LOL

I saw this at Dlandra's bloggy and I had to joink it. Now, the results are unexpected, but oh, it does make me feel kinda good :).

Warrior princess coming up...I was always a fan of Xena, own the whole series, now I know why, I was nurturing my warrior side. I will be a tiny warrior though, so I better get me a really big horse, about 17 hands tall (I think that is how they measure them, LOL).

Now, I will go and sharpen my sword and fend off the dragons that are attacking my kingdom--ok, slap me back to reality :).

HASH(0x8c85d20)
The Warrior Princess
You are strong, courageous, and dynamic, a woman of action.
You have an iron will and a sharp tongue.
Indecisive, weak, or wishy-washy people test your patience.
You tend to grow bored quickly and yearn for excitement.

Role Models: Brunhilde/The Valkyries, Xena

You are most likely to: Lead your people to victory against an army of orcs.

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Knitting Without Needles Mini-Videos

It is about 2am and I am still up...I have a terrible habit of staying up late in order to finish things that I cannot get done when the kids are up, of course, I'll suffer from a lack of sleep tomorrow morning, and I'll whine and complain about it, but so goes life.

I have been up creating some more mini-videos for the knitting looms. I have created 4 more:

  1. My Garter Stitch Tip
  2. A new cast on for the round looms: Cable Cast On. No more loopy edge
  3. I-Cords on a knitting loom: A chunky 4 peg I-cord and a 2-peg I-cord
  4. Flat Panel Knitting: 2nd method of slipping the first stitch

Prefelted_1Weekend went by super fast. Yesterday, I had my Knitting Board class at the LYS. The afternoon and today were spent making a bag...it is in the drying stages right now.

Well, time to go to bed now...neighbor will be up in 3 hours to run on her treadmill, so I can get at least 3 hours of uninterrupted sleep.


Do you think it fits me?

If you know me...which parts are right...and which are completely absolutely off....c'mon give it a shot :)

Your Birthdate: October 17
You tend to find yourself lucky - both in business and in life.
And while being wealthy is nice, you enjoy sharing your abundance with others.
You put your luck to good use: you are very ambitious and goal oriented.
Often times, you get over excited and take on more than you can manage.
Your strength: Your ability to make your own luck
Your weakness: Thinking you can do it all
Your power color: Bronze
Your power symbol: Half Moon
Your power month: August

Kool Aid Stir, A Class, & some tidbits

Stacksofyarn After waiting for a few days, my koolaid yarn finally decided to dry. Now, I have nice little stacks of yarn--after spending a few minutes hours winding them into center pull balls. Thankfully hubby was around to help me with the yarn winder. After the first ball, he asked, "why don't you have one of the electric ones?", to which I simply said, "they are expensive, but it can make a great Christmas gift :)", to which he said "great, now I don't have to find a present...it is all set". Yippeee!!!

YellowThe colors are not deep, however, they are fun looking. I decided I like the effect of the microwaved ones a bit better.  The yellow in this picture is the Mango flavor, the picture shows it too bright, the actual color is very soft, with some deep yellow bits here and there.

Greenlove The green is my most favorite-I think. It has little spots with very light green, then it goes into lime green, then dark lemon green--it is very psychedelic.

The other two have not been swatched yet, but I think I have an idea of how they are going to look when knitted. The yarn will most definitely become socks...the green may become a pair of fingerless mitts.

Speaking of the kool aid, I took these babies yesterday to Nite in Knots at Yarn Today and they caused quite a stir. Such a stir that next Thursday, I'll be teaching a hands-on little class at the yarn shop. I am shaking...I have only done this one single time and now I will have the chance to show others how to do it. I must dye some more this weekend so I can really learn what am doing. It is exciting, a lot of the other knitters wanted to try the kool aid method. I better go and buy some stock at kool aid..quick!

In other very exciting news, I have won 2 contests in one week! I am so excited. In the first one, I will be receiving a copy of the Jaeger Trinity Pattern Book

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In the second contest, I have won some more yummy Noro yarn, this time, I am going to use some of it to make a pair of Voodoo Wrist Warmers. It is so great to finally win something....of course, I had to answer some questions--a lot of questions and get them right, but it was well worth it.

Like many of you out there, the anticipation is grand right now. I can't wait to receive the latest IK. I have some already picked out:

1embossedleafsocks The gorgeous Embossed Leaves Socks

Cabledbandeau The Cabled Bandeau

Brilliantretro The Brilliant Retro

1beltedsweater Maybe....the belted sweater


For the love of Green

Dsc03589 No, I don't mean money, although it is nice to have too, but I was referring to the color green itself. I think I have fallen in love with the nice vibrant green, it all came about with the Kona socks from No No Kitty. I don't understand it, I recall the days where my favorite colors where black Shreksox and gray, now, I imagine knitted items with fab lavenders, greens, blues. Was I once color blind and didn't know it? Has knitting really opened my eyes that much?

The loom up there is one of my favorites, an Adjustable Knitting Board/Loom, it can be used as a round loom, or as a knitting board, or it can also be used as a knitting rake. The gigantic slipper was done completely in that loom...the toes are all decreased in the round, just like in needle knit socks.

Speaking of needles, I came across KnitStix today--needles that have ruler markings on them. The funny thing is, I was telling hubby about these needles yesterday, how cool it would be if we could have some needles with ruler markings--of course, mine were made out of bamboo, and as if by magic, I find them on the internet today! Isn't that just amazing. I don't know if I'll run out and get these as I am very attached to my bamboo needles, but the idea is neat, now someone needs to make them out of bamboo. 


Chasing the yarn & Sox Exchange

Runawayyarn_1 One moment I was sitting on my couch knitting away on  my brother's birthday scarf, the next minute, I was having to chase my yarn around the house. Little Sis seems to have a keen eye for yummy yarn. She immediately hugged it and placed it right by her cheek and neck checking its softness. When she saw that the Misti Alpaca was nice and soft, she took off with it, and me in tow. She even went to the bedroom to hide by Bryant's bed.

Chasingtheyarn_1She didn't give it up easily though. I really had to chase her around the house. My nice center pull-ball had all its guts taken out, but Little Sis had a good time. She thought it was a nice game. She seems to like yarn and everything about it...she even helped me spin this morning a little bit...oy! I can already see my stash decreasing if she decides to take knitting...it's ok, I'll be happy to share...but we may have to get her her own spinning wheel.

Here are some pics of the mountains...hope you like them...

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Oy! I forgot about the Holiday Sox questionnaire...it must be because it is really late and I am ready for bed, but here we go:

1.  What are your foot measurements?

Heel to toe 9.25"

Ball of foot: 7.75"

2.  Do you have a favorite sock yarn?

Koigu, Kona, Cherry Hill, Handpainted ;)

3.  Is there a specific pattern you favor?...lace or ribbed?

I like both, but I usually browse through the lace ones, but since I suck at lace, I knit the regular ones.

4.  What colors do you prefer?  Do you like solids or stripes?

I like lavender (in all its tones), and blues. I like both, solid and stripes.

5.  Do you have any allergies to a specific fiber?

It appears that I can only wear merino wool, regular wool makes me have the itchies.

6.  Holiday that you usually celebrate?

Christmas


Weekend post

CablehatThank you to all of you who commented and send me emails about my sappy post on the 1st Sleepover :). He is back home and I am happy as a toad.

I even finished his cable hat. The mock cables are hard to see with the dark color yarn. It was done on a round knitting loom. I did cables for about 4 inches then I did plain single stitch for the top of the hat, then I changed to the flat stitch for the last 2 rows so the hat doesn't bulge at the very top. He doesn't like it though. He says is too tight...uggh!

Soaking Inspired by Norma's Kool Aid experience, I ran out to the local store and picked up some poison kool aid to make my dull yarn some fancy color. I followed Knitty's instructions. I tried both methods: the stovetop, and the microwave.

Reds Both of them, at least for me, gave me different results.Greens  The ones nuked in the micro came out with more variegated tones. They are still in the drying stage and with the weather being so cold, I don't think I can start using it for a couple of days.

Dsc03576 I started with the first skein of red, then I thought, oh, how about trying all the other yummy colors. So, I did the green batch, then I wanted to see the Mango color, then I had 5 little pouches of grape all lonely, and wanting to see if I could get lavender, I tried it....nope, no lavander. Now, Sam and I want to see a blue one, so we are going to go in search of some blue color poison kool aid.

Spindles In the spinning front, I have designated Sunday's as my spinning day/night. Last night, I sat down to spin and to my surprise, I felt at ease. I knew what to do! Of course, I had to mess up in some way and guess what this big dumbo did? Well, I was so excited spinning that nice pink with sparklies that I took the last bobbin and filled it up. Now, I, big dumbo, doesn't have an empty bobbin to use to ply them. Talk about a beginner booboo.


Why am I still up?

Well, the reason could be

A) I have not finish my homework for my class for tomorrow today. Yeah, I procrastinated, if you call working procrastination, again all week long and now I have to teach in a few hours and I am barely getting the stuff down on paper.

B)It could be because my little boy is having his very first sleepover at his cousin's house and I am panicked that he may not be happy, that he may be sad, that he may be needing me.

Definitely: B. You see, I happily agreed 2 days ago to let him have a sleepover with his cousins. Of course, 2 days ago I did not know that I still had him attached to my umbilical cord (and not of his choosing, but mine). This morning, ooops, yesterday morning, I helped him get all his stuff ready in his little bag. He was happily carrying his little bag with his clothes, pjs, toothbrush, etc., with one hand and with the other, he was holding his Dad's sleeping bag. My 3 year old is all ready to grow up and be a big boy.

I can't express to you the sadness I felt when I left him this afternoon at 6pm at his cousin's home out in Newton. Sam changed him into his pj's and of course, as a concerned Mum, I explained to my dear BIL all of Bryant's nightly quirks and rituals. As I bent down to kiss him good bye, I just felt my heart being ripped out of my chest. I know full well that I will pick him up in a couple of hours and he will be happy, however, that did not matter to me at that very moment. I contained my tears with all my might. As Sam and I got in the car, I just couldn't hold them any longer. I just bawled like a babe. My little boy, my little baby boy was leaving me for an entire night, that has only happened once, yep, only 1 time before and that was when I gave birth to Nyah. I felt dispensable, as if he really doesn't need me. Will he realize if I never came back? Will he realized that Mummy wasn't going to be there to watch Little Einsteins with him? Will he realize that I wasn't going to say good night? Will he one day say to himself..."hmmm, I wonder what ever happened to that chubby lady who sat to knit all the time?"

So, I can't go to bed, my boy is not home and I really want him home. Today, I realized that I need my kids for survival, just the same way that I need my hubby for survival. There is no point in coming home if my children/hubby are not here with me to spend the evening with. I know I sound very sappy...but I really miss him. I guess what I am starting to realize that he is growing and I am not ready to let go.

Well, enough crying for one night...at least my little Nyah is here...no sleepovers for her! I am afraid I will drown Sam and I in my tears.


Nippertails for Nyah

NippertailsThe first time I saw the MagKnits Nippertails, I immediately thought of my little Nyah. She has hair long enough to be put into piggy tails, and with winter approaching this little hat style was the perfect thing.

I had to tweek the pattern a bit in order to make one that fits her. The piggytails are more towards the front than the back.

Nippertails2Some of the modifications I made are as follows:

Materials:

  • 1.25 skeins of Merino Otto-100% Extra fine merino. Color 26558
  • US5 dpns (Crystal Palace)

Size: 16.5" circumference

Gauge: 5.5 sts=1 inch

CO 88 sts. Knit 1.5" of ribbing. 3" of stockinette.

BO 4 sts. K 22. BO 4. K 58.

Separate back and front. Work flat stockinette on front 22 stitches for 3 rows. Work flat stockinette on back 58 sts for 3 rows. Join in the round. The pattern calls to Cast on the stitches bound off, but Nyah's piggy tails are pretty thin so I decided not to cast those stitches back on.

Then I followed the decrease pattern.

For the little turtlenecks: pick up 16 stitches. Knit 12 rows.

I really like the pattern and I am thinking of making a matching one for me...maybe in a darker color though.

The Merino Otto is very pretty yarn, but very splitty--worth the extra effort just for the softness.


Fleur De Lis Cravat Pattern and other tidbits

FleurLast month, I set a goal to work on my knitting boards a litle bit more and get more creative with them, consequently, Fluer De Lis Cravat was born. It is small, but long enough to wear at the shop when it is cold. I wish I had it here with me as well as my fingerless mitts, but alas, they are at home, cozy and warm in a little drawer, while I am here freezing my butt bum off. The pattern has a small section with Fair Isle knitting and then the color changes for the horizontal stripes. (Click on the link to get the PDF file)

Shrugtobe_1On another small gauge knitting board, I have a shrug to be. I have an idea, a swatch and a drawing--which I hope all add up to a nice looking item, if not, I would hate to frog it at the end.

Dsc03528_1 On the needles, is a small hat for the little bambina. It has already been frogged once and picking up the stitches afterwards was not an easy task, but that is what I get for going forth and knitting without measuring her little head. Yeah, I swatched, and everything, but I forgot to measure how deep to make it--the thing barely reached above her ears. Dratss! And to top it all off, I dropped a stitch like 5 rows down, but I was able to get it back up by dropping all the stitches from that stitch column down and using a crochet hook. Gosh! I never thought I could get it up, but I did. I only saw it done once and that was done in purpose by the superb Miriam.

RufflesComing up next on the needles-Ruffles from the Scarf Style book. I even got spoiled and picked up some lovely Miracle yarn with my earnings at the yarn shop from teaching the KB class. It is great to have a little side job to get some addiction money :). The yarn is soo soft--alpaca and tencel....yummm.