My Life According to Me

This blog is about the happenings in my world.

The place where it all begins May 9, 2010

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This past Saturday I had the opportunity to visit the Route 66 Fiber Rendezvous.

There was so much to see. Several local Oklahoma vendors had tables set up with all kinds of good stuff to sell! They had spinning supplies, homespun yarns, spinning wheels, books, drop spindles….etc. I had a great time wondering around the room petting the fleece and looking at the beautiful spinning wheels.

There was an area in the middle of the room where people had their spinning wheels set up. It was really cool to watch them spin yarn.

I was surprised the find that the fleece was cheaper than I was expecting it to be. There was a lot of prepared and dyed fleece reading for spinning. The price ranged from $6 to $20. I always figured spinning was a fairly costly hobby.

The spinning wheels on the other hand, not so cheap. But extremely beautiful. There was one vendor set up selling wooden spinning wheels. Someday I might just have to have one.

Seeing people spinning their own yarn was very inspiring. I had to fight the urge to learn to spin the whole time I was there.

I lost the battle. One of the ladies that had a booth set up was kind enough to show me how the drop spindle works. Needles to say I left with a drop spindle and 4oz of superwash wool roving in a very beautiful green color. I haven’t started spinning it yet. I want to do some research and watching some videos of spindle spinning. I also plan to order what looks like it will be a real good DVD from knitpicks that teaches how to spin with a drop spindle.

Also, I finished my Angee socks.

 

Sick day May 1, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessie @ 9:16 PM

I don’t really have much to update on. The month of April has been rather busy for me. I’ve been helping out doing data entry in another division in the afternoons all month. That has had me pretty worn out in the evenings. Not much knitting was done in April. But, I am pleased to say that my data entry days are over, so my work life should be back to normal this month.
I ended April with quite a bang, or rather sneezing and coughing. That’s right, I’m sick. Not to worry, I’m positive I’ll live through this. Hubby came down with strep on Wednesday, so now it’s my turn……just in time for the weekend. On the upside, I’m almost done with my second Angee sock.

 

Random Updates March 31, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessie @ 7:04 PM
I didn’t realize how long it has been since my last post. I have some catching up to do. Here we go:
I’m almost done with my purple cardigan. I just have one sleeve left to knit and then sew on buttons. It’s a little snug, but fits okay. I think the fit will improve with time and wear as the yarn relaxes. I might try steam blocking it with an iron to relax the yarn.
I finished my Na’vi inspired mobius. I love how the yarn is knitted up! I’ll take some better pictures of it and post them soon. Since the weather is warming up I can start taking outdoor pictures.
I knitted a toe up sock.
It was too tight after the bind off.
I decided to rip it and go up a needle size.
I’ve been bitten by the design bug! I’ve started keeping a sketch book with me at all times for when inspiration hits.
I’m really taking a liking to knitting socks. They are a very portable project, fits right in a purse or small bag! I started thinking about all the possibilities of designs that you can incorporate into a sock pattern, and it was all over. I knew I was going to start designing socks! I already have several sketches. And I can’t wait to start working them into socks. I am taking it slow though. I want to get two, three, maybe four pairs of socks knitted up to get familiar with the techniques before I jump into knitting my own designs. I’m working that toe up sock which is just straight knitting (I want to do at least two of those), and I’m almost done with the leg of my Angee sock, after which I will knit up another sock from that pattern book.
I bought a new bicycle to ride this summer with my hubby. It’s a haro heartland series. It fits me real well and is very comfortable to ride. Just in time for the warmer weather.
I read a book that I have to recommend. Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz. This was such a good book, and it does not involve vampires! It falls under the category of hard to put down. I started reading it during my lunch break at work, read most of it at home that afternoon, and finished it the next day during lunch. I don’t think it is technically classified as a mystery, even though it does have some mystery in it. Usually I have a pretty good idea part way through a book on the solution to the mystery, but this one completely caught me off guard. I really enjoyed reading this book, and felt a little sad when I finished it. If you like mystery and danger with a little paranormal mixed in you’ll like this book.
Oh yeah, and spring has kind of sprung here.
Technically spring sprung for a couple days, then we had a weekend snow storm last weekend. Now we are getting rain. Eventually I hope to have some real pretty flower pictures to post.
Bonus pictures of my rainbow scarf:
 

Rainbow scarf March 15, 2010

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I finished my rainbow scarf. The yarn is mini mochi in intense rainbow. Mini mochi is really soft and knits up very well. I used 3 balls of it to make this scarf.
The pattern is Midwest Moonlight scarf. This is a really fun pattern to knit up. It requires just enough attention to not be boring, but not so much that you have to completely ignore everything else. I added additional pattern repeats to make it a long scarf.

 

Avatar, Flowers, and Knitting February 20, 2010

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Had a pretty busy weekend. A few weeks ago I started a group on Ravelry in an effort to find other knitters who live in my town and hopefully get a knitting group started. Myself and another Jessica (she has a lovely name!) are co-administrators and moderators for this group. We’ve had quite a bit of interest. As of this morning we have 22 members. This past Saturday we had our first get together. We had a very good turn out; 8 people made it to the gathering at Panera. We enjoyed around 2 hours of knitting and chatting. It was nice to be in the company of others who are as excited about knitting as I am. I no longer feel alone in my knitting world! Our next get together is scheduled for the first Saturday in March. I can’t wait!

After knitting group, Dave and I went to see Avatar for our Valentine’s date. I must say that I loved the movie!

The graphics were amazing, especially in 3D. (Disclaimer time: I did get a sick to my stomach feeling through the first 40 mins or so of the movie. I finally figured out that it was because I had put the 3D glasses over my prescription glasses. Once I took my normal glasses off the sick feeling went away…..just fyidefinitly be purchasing the DVD when it comes available. Also the soundtrack to the movie is wonderful as well. I have nothing negative to say about the movie. I absolutely loved it! All 3 hours of it!

Valentine’s Day news: Hubby bought me the most beautiful flowers! I had to take several pictures of them, there were several different kinds of flowers in the bouquet. I love them! So pretty! I also received some yummy chocolates that I have been munching on.

Here is the whole bouquet:

Some up close pictures of the flowers:

In knitting news:

I finished my first sock! Words cannot describe how it felt to get that sock off the needles. And then the thought hit me…..I still have to knit another one!

It took me a little longer than I think it should have taken. I got a little tired with it and put it down for a while. But it is finished now. I’m very proud of my first sock. One of the big things I learned from the sock is how to do the Kitchener stitch for the toe. It’s not near as hard as I thought it was going to be. You can tell on the sock where I started though. I was a little nervous about pulling tight at the beginning, so there is a small bump on the side, but that’s okay. It might work itself in with some wearing.I’ve already cast on for the second Angee sock and am currently working on the leg.

Additional pictures of my sock.

I’ve also made significant progress with my rainbow scarf. I completed the 25 required repeats according to the pattern. It’s not near as long as I want it to be though, so I’ll continue on with the rest of the second skein and then the third skein. I like long scarves; I want to be able to wrap it around my neck a couple times and still have some length to hang down.

I also finished Hubby’s Scarf:

I downloaded the next chart for the 2010 Lace Mystery KAL. Hearts for February! I should get that knocked out by next weekend.

I found a new online yarn shop. The Yarn and Fiber Company. They have a pretty good selection of yarns and lots of notions and books. I placed an order for some Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn to knit up a Möbius and also some highlighter tape. I hope to have those in by the end of next week.

 

Catching up February 10, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessie @ 8:54 PM

I did not realize how long it has been since my last post until I looked at the date. I wish I could say that my time away has been cram packed with adventure and excitement, but the reality is not so. We had some snow, some house cleaning, and a lot of knitting. Oh yeah, and work.

On the knitting front:

I completed a couple more ribbed hats. I’m fighting the urge to cast on for another one. I need to finish up a few things before that happens. I knitted up a second Noro hat and one knitted up with I Love This Yarn in blue camo. Hubby has taken over the blue camo one.

I also knitted a Calorimetry using I Love This Cotton in the High Serria Ombre. I LOVE LOVE LOVE how this turned out. I had to tweak the pattern a bit to get the finished product to come out as I wanted. My first one was HUGE! The second one on smaller needles was a little better, but still too big! The third was just right. I went down an additional needle size to US 6 and decreased the cast on to 100 stitches and only 5 repeats of the short rows.

I will definitely be making more of these. I wear mine all the time now!

I’m making lots of progress on Hubbys scarf. I would say that I am a little more than half way done on it. I have the pattern memorized now so I don’t have to keep track of rows, which makes the knitting faster.

I fought the good fight, and I lost. I cast on for another scarf. I know, I know. I said I would not do this until I had finished Hubby’s scarf, but the mini mochi yarn was calling me. I was weak. I caved. And it was totally worth it! The mini mochi is a pleasure to knit with! I believe this is my new favorite DK weight yarn! I’m knitting the midwest moonlight scarf and it is turning out wonderfully!

I love how the color changes are occurring in stripes.

I’m still working on my sock. I’m getting close to finishing it.

In other life related events. I’m still reading on the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. There is so much more content and detail in the book than the movie. But that’s almost always the case, isn’t it?

I’ve also joined this health mentor program through work. Yes, my days as the sloth queen are finally coming to an end. It is with great reluctance that I relinquish my title. The goal of the program is to work with a health mentor to learn about nutrition and proper eating and to develop healthy exercise habits. They also offer help to quit smoking and other bad unhealthy habits if you need it, which I don’t. So for my program I am starting out with exercising, strength training, and increasing how much water I drink each day. (FYI soda tastes better than water and is much more satisfying to drink………can you spot my problem?)

Lucky for me, my hubby already has the equipment I need for my strength training and is helping me develop my weekly weight lifting schedule. I’ve also started walking (power walking….whatever) at work. Right now my goal is to walk 3 laps (which equals 1 mile) at least once each day, Monday through Friday. The program has a point system set up for aerobic exercise. My short-term goal is to get 35 points each week. I think as an incentive to make my goals I will post my weekly points progress on my blog. I’m actually kind of excited about starting this program.

In other news, we had some snow a couple weeks ago. We were snowed in and missed work for two days (Thursday and Friday). This really worked out in my favor, because I was scheduled to be off that Monday as well.  I basically had a 5 day vacation from work. I thought this was a great thing.

Yes, I love my orange Honda Element!

Puppy however, while she was glad to have us home with her, she was not thrilled with the snow.

 

Resolutions….what are those? January 24, 2010

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I have a vague memory of making a new years resolution to not buy any new yarn until I had significantly decreased my current yarn stash. It’s a nice thought. It would have been a great achievement if it weren’t for two things that went horribly wrong. First, I had some gift cards and money left over from Christmas. Second, I walked into a yarn shop with my eyes open. It all went down hill from there. Now I know I should have known better. I did know better, but I’ll let you in on a little secret. I didn’t care! We were in town visiting family, and I was on a shopping trip with my mom. We like yarn shops. It’s our thing.

I was completely taken over by all the bright and bold colors. I came out with the following:

Mini Mochi from Crystal Palace Yarn in the Intense Rainbow colorway. I have plans to pick up two more skeins to knit up a Midwest Moonlight scarf with this yarn. I can’t wait!

I got two skeins of this beautiful Noro Taiyo yarn. Noro yarn is made in Japan. I was already knitting a hat with one of the skeins when I took these pictures. I have another one coming with my extra mini mochi. The second skein is going to become a hat as well and the third a scarf.

I also picked up some sock yarn:

This yarn was made in Italy.

I also bought some Pattons Classic Wool to make two more pair of the French Press Slippers.

Black with these buttons:

and

with these buttons:

Now I have not totally abandoned my knitting from the stash endeavor. I have plans to knit up several ribbed hats (my favorite hat pattern) and send them with my parents to sell on the missions table at our Church General Assembly this year. I will also knit up some headbands and little knitted bags. I have already gotten a good start on this.

I am also working on a lace sampler knit along that I found on Ravelry. I have finished the January panel and am waiting for the February panel. This is also being knitted from my lace stash. The yarn is Jagger Spun and the color is Daffodil.

I think it is going to turn out to be more of a scarf than a shawl though.

I am determined to knit up most of my current yarn stash. I’m also trying to not have so many projects going at the same time. Another battle in which I find myself on the loosing side. I figure I will eventually run out of knitting needles and will be forced to finish some projects before I can cast on new ones. In the mean time I will continue to try to fight the good fight. So long as that fight includes yarn and bright colors all will be well.

Oh and that Noro hat I was knitting. I did finish it, and am in love with it!

A close up of the hat

I love how the color change just blends as the yarn is knitted. The Noro knits up beautifully! And the hat is very warm!