Little Leggins

Leggins A little something for the little one to keep warm while dancing. It took less than 1 skein of yarn and they knitted up really quick. I knitted them in about 3 classes worth--each one about 45 minutes. I think it tooke me longer coming up with the pattern than knitting them. If I had wrote it down and followed it step by step it would have been faster but I "trusted" my memory...not a good thing, each week (she has dance class every  Monday), I had forgotten where I left of, so I had to count a lot of the rows.

It will be great if I had a little bit of the same yarn to make her a shrug but I do not think I have enough, I will have to see. The yarn I used is the discontinued Optimum by South West Trading Company. It is a super soft wool, very nice for children. I love it and I wish they hadn't discontinued it.

This little item was my ticket into the Fall 2008 Cable KAL (ravelry link). As always, working with cables is always a super fun treat! If anyone is interested in a pattern, I'll sit down and write it down, just let me know in the comments section. Have a fun week!

Nyahleggins


Happy 31st to me!!!

Booties

Today marks my 31st year in this world!!! Happy birthday to me. Today, I am very grateful that I don't have a nasty cold anymore (just a runny nose). I am grateful for a wonderful family, with a husband who loves me and appreciates me despite my short-comings (I don't like to cook, I don't like to do dishes, and I don't do windows, nor bathrooms--please don't ask what I do like to do, hahaha, poor guy!). I am also grateful for my two little treasures--little Nyah and Bryant. They are my life. As I get older, the only thing I notice is that they are growing, little Nyah is big, Bryant is almost my height (alright, so I am short!). I am very blessed.

Last year, when I turned 30, I wanted to make some changes in my life and I did them. Today, marks the one year since I got my driver's license. It has been one of the greatest things I have done for myself. I have freedom that I didn't use to have. Also, due to me getting my license, I was able to start going to the gym. Today, marks 1 year since I started going to the gym at least 3 times a week, and I have missed only three weeks due to illness but other than that, I have gone and loved every minute of it. I am very happy with the changes that I see in my body. Career-wise, I haven't done anything spectacular, but I do have my little part-time job and I am grateful for that and the experience is providing me.

Overall, I am in a very happy moment of my life. I enjoy who I am becoming and I look forward to who I will become. This next year's goals are simple: love my children and help them know that they are loved and appreciated, let hubby know that he is the best hubby in the world (because it is the truth), bike at least three centuries, run a marathon and a few halves, do a few tri's, and possibly do a relay for Lotoja. Sounds easy enough...lol.

Happy birthday to me :). Thank you Mom for bringing me into this world and for giving me a chance to experience life.

Pictures: Little booties I am making for a special little niece who will be coming at the beginning of next year. I am planning on making lots more. Pattern I am following is the Saartje Booties. If you have little bits of Koigu sock yarn left over, contact me, I am interested in purchasing little bits to make little booties.

Side note: If you have a little button like the pink rosette (on the variegated booties) let me know, I purchased these a long time ago at Joann's and I went yesterday to pick up more and they didn't have them, so I will either have to change the buttons or find 1 more button. Silly me, I should have waited to  put them on until I had found the 4th!   


Koigu Lovely...Chevron Scarf

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This project is in the section of 8 hrs or more projects in the Last Minute Knitted Gifts book and for good reason. Although the pattern is super simple, it took me forever to fnish it. I think the whole repetitiveness of the stitch pattern made it dull and I just couldn't pick it up for more than a few minutes at a time. This weekend however, I was home, sick. I couldn't handle anything too complicated and this scarf was the ticket. I believe I knitted  half the scarf from Friday til Sunday.

Although it has been one of my longest projects, I am in love. I love the colors. I love the softness. I love the way the stitch pattern looks. The ondulating effect at the ends is also one of my favorites! In three words: I love it! 

I can't wait to wear it outside...all the time! I'll try to grab hubby so he can take a picture of me wearing the lovelyness!

Pattern Details:

From: Last Minute Knitted Gifts

Yarn: Koigu in colors: 100L & 105D (1.5 skeins of each color)

Modifications: Made it a little shorter than what it calls for in the pattern. I am short, so I don't need such a long scarf. It is only 70 inches long.


Proof: I do knit!

A few months ago, my friend Jill had her baby and from all the things that I could knit for them, she requested little hats. Here is living proof that I do knit, she just emailed me these pictures and I couldn't wait to show you....He looks so beautiful! The pattern is the Bundle of Joy (raverly link)

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Currently on the needles: a baby blanket for another baby. My friends just keep having babies left and right....they claim that it is the only way I knit anything for them. I think, I am going to have to make them something for this upcoming Christmas.

The pattern for the blanket comes from the new Debbie Bliss magazine. When I first saw the blanket, I knew that I had to make it. I casted on for it this week, probably on Wednesday and about 10 rows into it, realized that it was way too small, about 19 inches in width! So I ripped it and increased it 50%. At the time, I was extremelly pleased with the size, but now that I am knitting, it seems that it is going to take forever...especially since the blanket has two sides...and I am barely 1/3 into the first side. Oi! It is going to take me forever...especially since I am down to knitting about 1 hour every other day.

I can't show you pics of the baby blanket though, my friend stops by the blog every now and then and I want to surprise her....she is due in about a month...I better start knitting.

Looming Updates: the Buttoned Up hat will probably be ready by the end of the week. Keep your eyes open. Also, some new loom knitting videos have been made, check out the DA Blog for them or by going to the DA website.

Work: I am loving it. I love being able to have some "alone" time and contribute to the household income...alright so the fact that I spend it doesn't really count, lol. Although I am loving my job, I don't know if I will be staying there long. Hubby is looking into a new job and if he does get it (which we are hoping he does), he will have to travel out of the state every other week.

Braces: Oi....let's not talk about it. It has only been 2 months...I still have 16 more!


Debbie Bliss Mag!!!

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I love Debbie Bliss yarns and her patterns and now there is a magazine too! I am ecstatic! I am going to see how I can get a hold of a copy. If you see it or have seen it at your LYS or bookstore let me know, I will try to find it at Borders.

I leave you with this picture of my ever-so-handsome Boyo (I am a little bias). He and his little sister were "modeling" for me a little item that I knitted.

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Pattern-a-Day Calendar 2009

Patternaday_2 The other day, the UPS man stopped and made a delivery.I didn't know what was coming, I hadn't ordered anything so I opened the box carefully thinking that probably I was receiving something that I hadn't ordered. To my great surprise, the 2009 Pattern-a-Day Calendar arrived at my door step, courtesy of Accord Publishing!

The hat on the cover was knitted by me!!! I am so excited! The pattern is featured on May 14th.

The yarn for this hat, Suri Alpaca is soft and wonderful to knit.

Glad that the mail sometimes brings more than just bills :). The calendar is already available on Amazon too. There are lots of nice patterns in the box, something is sure to catch your eye.


Knit Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet

Do you remember this?

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It has been awhile, close to two years almost. When I saw that KnitPink.com was asking for pattern donations, I realized that my little pattern finally had a purpose for existing. KnitPink went live today, go on over and find yourself a pattern to knit. All the purchases benefit the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, go to the AboutUs section to read more about how the website works and where the monies go.

Thank you Christina for including my pattern in the site and for allowing me to help make a difference.

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Book Sale

As you probably have guessed with the Stash Sale and now the book sale, I am selling a lot of my knitting stuff. Now the books are a hard thing to sell as I really like patterns from all of them but the truth is that I usually knit patterns from downloads I buy...rarely do I remember the patterns from the books that I want to knit (I guess I have a short attention span). All books have been kept in a smoke-free and pet-free environment. They are all in superb condition--browsed through a couple of times but that's about it.

I'll post them as follows: Title-Price.

Shipping will be calculated after you contact me with your zip code. I can ship Media Mail for these to make it cheaper but if you are buying quite a few a Flat Rate box could be cheaper.

The list is long (this is just like 1/2 if not less of the knitting books I have--glutton!)

Contact me at purlingspriteATgmailDOTcom

**SOLD**

  • Knit Socks by Betsy Lee McCarthy--$5
  • Dream Toys by Claire Garland--$5
  • Knit Couture by Gail Downey--$5
  • Easy Knitted Socks by Jeanette Trotman--$5
  • Unexpected Knitting by Debbie New--$10
  • Wrap Style--$10
  • Stitch & Bitch the Nation (hardcover) by Debbie Stoller--$5
  • the Yarn Girls Guide to Beyond the Basics--$5
  • Mason Dixon Knitting--$10
  • Handknit Holidays by Melanie Falick--$8
  • 220 Projects for Cascade 220 by DAra Tatum--$5
  • Viking Patterns for Knitting by Elsebeth Lavold--$5
  • Book Nine The Second Viking Knits Collection by Elsebeth Lavold--$5
  • Knit Wit by Amy Singer--$5
  • Knitting in Plain English by Maggie Righetti--$5
  • Modular Knits by Iris Schreier--$5
  • Pursenalities by Eva Wichmann--$5
  • Simple Knits for Cherished Babies by Erika Knight--$5
  • Knitting for Dummies by Pam Allen--$5
  • Adorable Knits for Tots by Zoe Mellor--$5

    **PENDING PAYMENT**

  • **PENDING**-Charmed Knits by Alison Hansel--$5
  • **PENDING** Fitted Knits by Stefanie Japel--$10
  • **PENDING** A Gathering of Lace by Meg Swansen--$10
  • **PENDING** Victorian Lace by Jane Sowerby--$10
  • PENDING 150 Knitted Trims by Lesley Stanfield--$5
  • PENDING Lace Style-$10

    **STILL AVAILABLE**

  • Scarf Style-$10
  • Easy Knits for Little Kids by Catherine Tough--$5
  • I love Knitting by Rachel Henderson--$5
  • Weekend Knitting by Melanie Falick--$8
  • Vogue Knitting Accessorize-$4
  • Heirloom Knits by Judith McLeod-Odell--$8
  • New Knits on the Block by Vickie Howell--$5
  • Holiday Knits by Sara Lucas--$5
  • Bag Style-$10
  • Knitting Never Felt Better by Nicky Epstein--$10
  • Baby Crochet by Lois Daykin--$5

Sock Yarn DeStash

All yarns have been kept in a smoke-free and pet-free environment.

Terms: Paypal only Contact me (purlingspriteATgmailDOTcom)

Note:  I will ship within 2 business days after payment clears through Paypal. Thank you.

Only 2 left: Same color but different dyelot. Self-Striping

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Love Stinks Dye Lot 22

Vesper Sock Yarn

Colorway: Love Stinks

400 yards of self striping goodness 80% superwash wool, 20% nylon

Price: $25 includes shipping within the US

Terms: Paypal only Contact me (purlingspriteATgmailDOTcom) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Love Stinks Dye Lot 30

Vesper Sock Yarn

Colorway: Love Stinks (Dyelot 30)

400 yds of self striping goodness 80% superwash wool, 20% nylon

Price: $25 includes shipping within the US

Terms: Paypal only

Contact me (purlingspriteATgmailDOTcom)


Swap Goodies and A Funny

Swappackage I took part in Marisol's Kitchen Knits Swap and it was super! My pal Raquel spoiled me rotten! She sent me the most delicious treat...filled with Dulce de Leche--helllooo!!! Let's just say that you cannot only have one! Luvvv them!  Not only did she send me yummy treats to eat right away after opening the package but she included 2 recipes--one for Flautas (my favorites!) and one for Chile Verde...yummmy! These two will definitely get used as we are a hard core Mexican Food eaters in this house. I will try the Chile Verde recipe when my home-grown peppers grow.

When I say that I was spoiled by this swap, I wasn't kidding. Raquel knitted 2 beautiful washclothes for me. They are so beautiful that I do not want to spoil them by washing my face with them...they belong on my front table! She also sent me some Euroflax yarn for some more washclothes and some really cool patterns that I will be trying out soon--probably before my next sporty event. She also sent me something for my kitchen:  a small wooden mortar which both hubby and I were admiring because of the wood work (we are suck dorks!), along with my package came a bottle of spray to use on linens--finally something that I can use when ironing my table runner, I used water last time but this is going to leave it smelling all nice. THANK YOU Raquel! I loved my package! I enjoyed the treat sooooo much...you really can't imagine how much I like those treats! Love them!

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Now for the funny. I saw this over at my friend's Jo's blog and I have to share it with you all. It brought a huge laugh. But before I post it, I have to say that my hubby has passed most of these "tests" so he is not in hot water (he reads the blog at work so I don't want him thinking that he is in some sort of trouble). If you have a minute, go over to Jo's blog, some jerks stole her bag on Monday and she needs a little pick me up.

Continuing Education Classes for Men

NOTE: DUE TO THE COMPLEXITY AND DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF THEIR CONTENTS, CLASS SIZES WILL BE LIMITED TO 8 PARTICIPANTS MAXIMUM.

Class 1
How To Fill Up The Ice Cube Trays--Step by Step, with Slide Presentation.

Class 2
The Toilet Paper Roll--Does It Change Itself? Round Table Discussion.

Class 3
Is It Possible To Urinate Using The Technique Of Lifting The Seat and Avoiding The Floor, Walls and Nearby Bathtub?--Group Practice.

Class 4
Fundamental Differences Between The Laundry Hamper and The Floor--Pictures and Explanatory Graphics.

Class 5
Dinner Dishes--Can They Levitate and Fly Into The Kitchen Sink? Examples on Video.

Class 6
Loss Of Identity--Losing The Remote To Your Significant Other. Help Line Support and Support Groups.

Class 7
Learning How To Find Things--Starting With Looking In The Right Places And Not Turning The House Upside Down While Screaming. Open Forum

Class 8
Health Watch--Bringing Her Flowers Is Not Harmful To Your Health. Graphics and Audio Tapes.

Class 9
Real Men Ask For Directions When Lost--Real Life Testimonials.

Class 10
Is It Genetically Impossible To Sit Quietly While SheParallel Parks? Driving Simulations.

Class 11
Learning to Live--Basic Differences Between Mother and Wife. Online Classes and role-playing

Class 12
How to be the Ideal Shopping Companion. Relaxation Exercises, Meditation and Breathing Techniques.

Class 13
How to Fight Cerebral Atrophy--Remembering Birthdays, Anniversaries and Other Important Dates and Calling When You're Going To Be Late. Cerebral Shock Therapy Sessions and Full Lobotomies Offered.

Class 14
The Stove/Oven--What It Is and How It Is Used. Live Demonstration.


Upon completion of any of the above courses, diplomas will be issued to the survivors.


It is done..Getting Ziggy!

Getziggy

And it is beautiful! I love it! So little, so cute....so perfect. My seaming was not perfect and I had a heck of a time with it, I usually do. Seaming is my least favorite part of a project but wanting to see it finished, I got excited and I sat down to finish it. I can't wait to take it to my friend's house and see what she thinks of it. My neighbor next door, Nish, saw it and requested one for her little one. We picked up yarn already, my stash is vast and it was easy finding something to her liking. It is wonderful to have someone to knit for! I am excited.

Pattern: Get Ziggy by Anny Purls

Size knitted: 6 months

Yarn: Cashmerino Aran in a grey color

Needles: 7 for the ribbing and 9 for the body

More candid pictures later...hopefully the baby won't mind putting it on for a wee bit. The little one is well...really little. He is only 4 weeks old and he is still so tiny and he is going to be swimming in the little sweater. I hope the days get better so we can take him outside for a picture with his new sweater.

Update: I took it over. She loved it! I feel so proud to be of service to my friends. Around my house, my knits are not really appreciated...I think they got used to them but my friends do love them and cherish them.

I just found out that another really close friend, and running pal, Mo, is expecting a little boy. She requested a baby blanket for the baby and now that I know the gender, I will be able to pick up some yarn and get some knitting done for the wee one...I have til November to finish it...I better get working just in case I get sidetracked.

It appears that the week before a race or a big sporty event I don't do much other than sit down and relax (morning workouts do not count into excessive exercise) so I have tons of time to sit and knit and it appears that it is perfect timing for creating.

 


Getting Ziggy!

Getziggy2The weather around here has been leaving a lot to be desired of all of us around here...for sure those of the cycling community. Where we usually have 70 to 80 degree weather we are still having 30s, 40s, non-stop rain and cloudy sad days. Days like these only make me want to do one thing...sit down and read or knit. Yesterday, I combined both by uploading the Twilight book to my iPod and grabbing the latest Jujubeandlolo pattern, Get Ziggy. Anny has a wonderful style that grabs my attention right away. Her patterns are easy yet she puts just enough of a challenge in them to make them interesting but not obnoxious...with 2 children running around, I can't focus 100% on a chart without one of them always asking me a question.

Getziggy

A few hours after sitting down to knit, I had listen to half the book and I had both back and front done in the 6 mos size! I started the sleeves and I completed one only to realize that I didn't change needles after the ribbing, ack! Overall, the little sweater is coming along beautifully! The pattern is easy, the instructions are clear, and the small cable on the front gives it just a little amount of interest. I am looking forward to finishing it and gifting it to one of my wee little neighbors. Finished pictures hopefully this weekend.

Project Stats

Pattern by Anny Purls: Get Ziggy

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran

Needles: Size 7 and 9 US

Enjoyment level: 10


Friday Fill-Ins

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1. The pozole had an extra secret ingredient; it was bay leaves!
2. I can see the rain through my window.
3. Right now, I need breakfast.
4. To the movies (Ironman) and dinner (Indian Food) is where I went Thursday night; it was fabulous.
5. Why does my left calf hurt so much?
6. All I can think of is the half marathon coming up on May 17th.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to staying home and watching some movies, tomorrow my plans include a 10K race in the morning and then a 30mile bicycle ride and Sunday, I want to sleep!

Currently Knitting:

BooteesBaby bootees for a friend who just had her little baby about two weeks ago. Pattern comes from Easy Knitted Socks by Jeannette Trotman. The book has easy to follow patterns for the new knitter. Socks done on two needles, booties done on two needles, or socks done with dpns. The Textured Baby Bootees are easy as it comes. All the parts are done separately on two needles and then all the little panels are seamed. The approach is different but easy and they create a pair of cute little bootees!


Failure is not an option!

Wednesday Quote:

Pain is temporary, it may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever."

Lance Armstrong

I read this quote over the weekend on my way to my Saturday ride. Sam was driving and a few friends were with us in the car. When I read it, the quote hit a spot in me. I have always been a stubborn mule and when I fall, I dust myself off and just get up and keep going. It is said that it is hard to defeat a person who never gives up, I would like to be a person like that.

The quote by Lance hit a more special spot yesterday as I went out for my last long run before my very first half marathon, May 17th. The first 10 miles were a piece of cake, I was listening to a book on my Ipod and I felt great, I was pumped and was going at a very leisurely pace. By mile 11 though, I was feeling tired and hot. The temperature was about 70 degrees with a nice sunny day which is perfect for cycling but a little too hot for running. My dark skin attracts the sun and I was literally baking, I have blisters on my arms to prove it (I wear 80spf all the time but even with that on).  By mile 12, I was able to see home (it is a long road) and I just felt sooo tired, I was ready to give up...the heat was way too much for me. I drank a little bit of water and then I dumped the last of the water on my head, the cooling was heaven sent and my heart was a little revived but my legs just wanted to stop. Then, I remember the quote that I had read over the weekend, I pondered it and it just hit my heart. I can't give up on the last mile home, I just can't. I kept going and going then when I finally turned into the cul de sac, I saw my kids and hubby and I just sprang to life. I was home, I had done it! I didn't give up.  I had gone 13.4 miles...a full half marathon and a little more.


Loom Destash: All Proceeds go to the MS foundation

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ALL SOLD

12" long, Fine Gauge Knitting Board (Double sided rake) can be used as a dishcloth rake. Each side has 44 pegs.

Specs:

  • Nylon pegs
  • Birch base

I have 12 All sold of these, ready to ship.

Condition: New

Price: $25 includes shipping within the US

Terms: make a donation to the MS Foundation, to Sam's page in the amount above.

Email me if interested in the item.

Inf60rk

60 Inch, Infinity Rake Extra Small Gauge Spoken

(Makes a flat panel that is about 60 inches in width, depending on yarn and stitch used)

Specs:

  • Nylon pegs
  • Birch base

I have 1, ready to ship.

Condition: New

Price: $45 includes shipping within the US

Terms: make a donation to the MS foundation to Sam's page in the amount above

Email me if interested in the item.


Soysilk's Love Scarflette

LovescarfletteKnitting in this blog for a change. It may seem that I do not knit or loom but I do, here is proof. I worked on the Love Scarflette last year for Soysilk. It uses Vickie Howell's Love yarn, a silk and bamboo blend. The yarn is one of the softest I have ever worked with which makes it perfect for something that is going to be worn around the neck.

The scarflette has two side cables at each edge and then a middle center cable that forms hearts. Although the pattern makes a shorty scarf, you can always get more yarn and work a few more repeats for a longer scarf.

The pattern is available through Soysilk's shopatron store where you can get the yarn too!

Oh...the pattern is needle knit, not loom knitted.


Happiness in an envelope

Malabrigoand3pencilsA little friend sent me a little sunshine my way. Unbeknown to her she was inspired to send me a special little something just because, little did she know that her package will arrive to me when I needed a little cheering up. Pink rays of sunshine came my way in the form of pretty pink pencils and wonderfully soft Malabrigo Lace Weight.

I have never had the chance to experience this yarn first hand, my oh my, I have been missing out on something grand! I have read over and over on many blogs about Malabrigo but I stayed away thinking that everyone was just overly excited about this yarn. Boy, I was wrong! This yarn deserves raving about! It is soft and luscious....soft enough to make a blanket out of it and sleep nakid under it! Don't worry, I won't share nakid pictures...we'll keep the blog rated PG-13.Malabrigo2

Back to the Malabrigo yarn, it is luscious! Stacey already questioned me what I would do with it and guess what her and Cookie provided me with the answer, I am joining Nora and knitting my first shawl: Forest Canopy. I have knitted lace before but I have stayed away from shawls. This yarn though and Nora's lace-along are the perfect pair to get me started in shawl making. Thank you Stacey! Check out the other pictures I took of my beautiful care package. 

PencilsI know a few of you are going to be jelous (coughJeanniecough) of my new cute pencils. Even my Wonderboy wanted to take them to school....something about a girl name Jenna and his teacher...I stopped him right on his tracks before he stuffed them in his backpack. I can't blame him though...they are super cute!

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