Well, they weren't done by Christmas but they were done in time for Kristen's visit today. We found this sparkly yarn during one of our shopping trips at A.C. Moore. Kristen liked the orange colorway, I bought some purple for myself. I told her I'd make her some socks for Christmas and here they are:
You might recall from this earlier post that a friend gave me a good amount of sock and lace yarn that she was de-stashing. My "payment" was to do some knitting for her. Right off the bat I made a beret and fingerless mittens, but I also had promised to make her some socks. It might have taken quite a while to finish them, but I finally did. Nothing fancy, and there are some mistakes (mainly because I did a lot of knitting in the movie theater as the was the only free time I had) but I think Rachel still liked them!
I didn't take very good pictures before giving them away though...
Apparently I have not posted anything since August. At first I thought to myself, how can that possibly be? Then I thought... oh yeah, summer vacation ended! Back to reality. Two jobs, grad school, no life. I was trying not to get overwhelmed and still make time for the gym, the occasional movie, and other random bits of fun. I was trying to keep my stress levels down and still make sure I was making room for quality time with my boyfriend. Hence, not much knitting or crafty things in general were taking place. I was busy, but not to the point of insanity or anything (of course I've been there before so I know what it looks like).
However, now my whole world has been completely turned upside down. I don't know how to put into words exactly what happen... maybe because I still don't really understand what happened. I really thought things were good this time around with my boyfriend, maybe moving a little more slowly than I would have liked, but otherwise really good. He made me laugh, he was always there for me when I needed him, he volunteered to do things to make my life easier, etc, etc. In short, I was dating my best friend. The person I felt most comfortable with in the whole world. The person I could be completely honest with and tell absolutely anything to. The person I could see myself growing old with. Maybe I was blind, or maybe I just didn't want to see the signs, but I had no idea anything was wrong. Then, he started acting weird. I knew something was up, and there was. I don't want to go into all the details, it doesn't seem worth reliving it all over again. It did force us to have to have one of those dreaded "talks" though. Again, don't want to go into all the details, but it boils down to that after 2.5 years (plus 4 before that) he is looking for something more. He is "not unhappy, just not happy" as he put it. Ouch. I don't think anything could possibly hurt more than to find out that the person who is your everything just doesn't feel that way about you, and never has.
The hardest part? I don't know how to be mad at him. It would be so much easier if I could hate him. Yet instead, I am forced to face the fact he did the only thing he could do if this is how he really felt about me. The only thing he should have done differently is not wait nearly 8 years to come to this conclusion. So, now I am mourning the loss of my boyfriend. Mourning the loss of my best friend. Mourning the loss of the life I had all planned out in my head.
That is all I have the energy to say on the matter right now...
But I just finished making a lined messenger bag! I'm not in love with it, but I used up some tan corduroy fabric that I bought years a go and it was a good confidence building project.
Unfortunately my sewing machine kept getting stuck when I was trying to go through several layers of fabric. I would love to get a nicer one, but I think I need to wait and see if sewing is something I'm going to stick with or not.
I am attempting to learn how to sew. I have a cheap sewing machine, a Baby Lock Demin Pro, that I bought years ago. I made a few small projects, but then got distracted by other crafty things (this is a frequent bad habit of mine).
I still have TONS of fabric I had bought back then though, and I do really still want to learn. So this weekend I picked up a few new tools (a zipper, some remnants, a rotary cutter, and cutting mat) and now I am attempting to make some bags.
First project: Wristlet This was definitely a learning experience! I must have seen and ripped apart this thing apart at least 5 times. It's smaller than it should be because of all the fraying from ripping it apart so many times. The strap is also sewn on at the wrong angle...
Still, I learned how to make a lined pouch and I am much less afraid of zippers now. Plus, I think now I known what I was doing wrong so I am sure the next one will come out much better!
I really like photography, always have, particularly since taking a photography class in college. I really don't take pictures much anymore though, so I thought doing this might motivate me to get back into it. So, here's to the start of my own little 365 project!
Though I have a digital camera, it is pretty old at this point and a rarely have it on me. So I think I'll be mainly using my phone. This isn't really the end of the world as it does take pretty good pictures and it will definitely making sharing the pictures much easier!
Alright... lets see how this goes! Click the tab at the top to see how I am doing so far.
Well, it may have taken me almost a year to finish my Honeybee Cardigan, but that is not stopping me from jumping right in to another sweater. I have so much yarn I need to knit, knit, knit! Here are the details:
Pattern: February Lady Sweater by Pamela Wynne
Yarn: Ella Rae Amity Heathers (yes its acrylic, but its soft and a pretty color, and it was cheap)
Needle Size: 6 (I went down two needle sizes to get gauge)
Size: 49.5 inches
Sadly after blocking it is a little big, I would have liked it to be slightly more fitted but it is definitely wearable. I have to fiddle around with the buttons a little still, I misplaced one of the button holes at the bottom and it messes up spacing of the last two buttons.
It was almost a year in the works, but it is finally blocking! Ends are woven in, all I have to do is sew on the buttons once it is dry! I am happy with how it came out. I had a little trouble with the directions for the collar/neck/shoulder shaping, but it ended up working out fine. One side of the collar was a little crooked, but after picking up stitches to do the i-cord bind off I knit 2 extra rows and that seemed to help straighten it out. I tried it on before blocking it and it fit really well, it was just slightly big in the shoulders but nothing major. It need to be blocked to open up the lace, but I hope that it doesn't grow too much. Can't wait to wear it!
Saw this a bit back and then forgot about it. It was ok... there were a few funny parts and a really fantastic cameo, but other than that it didn’t have much going for it. I liked Thor a lot better and am looking forward to The Avengers more than I am any future X-Men movies. Unless of course they have Wolverine in them... I still love Wolverine.
I may have gone slightly overboard... I finally got spend my fantastically generous gift card from Britt though, so that took a bit of the sting out of the price. Plus, it was the tent sale after all so the deals were nice.
55% Alpaca, 45% Merino
a pale purple
(enough to make a sweater)
60% Alpaca, 30% Merino, 10% Cashmere
(enough to make a sweater)
75% Acrylic, 25% Wool
a grass green color
(intended to get enough for a sweater, but miscalculated and my need to order some more)
33% Microfiber, 23% Silk, 23% Mohair, 20% Wool
grays, silvers, pinks, and purples
100% Superwash Blue Faced Leicester Wool
multicolored with a green base
Flashdance (more purple less blue than it looks in the picture)
Did you notice anything missing? No sock yarn! I always get sock yarn... but there wasn't any that I thought I MUST have so I was able to resist (I have plenty to keep me busy for a long time anyway). I couldn't deny myself some new lace yarn though (even though I have plenty of that stockpiled as well!).
I better get knitting! I am going to have plenty to keep me busy all summer...
Enjoyed a lovely day of movies and lunch on Friday... here's what I saw:
It was ok... Felt very rushed, and a lot of the backstory to the characters were missing. It didn't help that there was something wrong with the screen in the theater causing it to be rather blurry. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. I disliked much of the casting, but I did like the two main characters. I really wished they had slowed down and made it a little longer of a movie (it was only an hour and 37 minutes), that way they could have developed the plot and characters a little more. I do hope it does well enough that the part 2 & 3 actually get made.
Pretty good. Of course the book was much better, but isn't that always the way? They left out a few characters... But the costumes and make up were fun, I love the style of the time period. All in all definitely worth seeing, even if you haven't read the book.
How's that for alliteration? I consider myself an advanced knitter at this point... Some times I still struggle with figuring out a pattern, but for the most part I am quite experienced. So, it is a little odd that I have never made a pair of mittens. This was my very first attempt. They were meant to be a Christmas gift, but obviously they are a bit late! Still, late is better than never. I think they came out pretty well, but the thumbs do not fit all that well. They're wearable, but next time I need to make the thumbs longer I think. They also seem a bit big. I hope they fit my mom!
Went to Chunky's last night in the mood for a burger and a fun movie. At the last moment I changed my mind and ordered the 3D French Dip sandwich. This was a bad move... It wasn't very good. I should always stick with a burger there, I'm never really happy when I order anything else.
Thankfully, I was not at all disappointed by the movie. I really enjoyed it. It was silly, fun, and I laughed openly. I got the feeling there were a lot of nods to other sci fi movies/television shows, but most of them went over my head. If you're in the mood for a light comedy, definitely go see this.
Is this movie going to win awards? No. What it hilarious? You "bet your hairy love eggs" it was!
At this point I have made many Merets. When I wore mine out on a shopping trip with one of my friends a while ago, she liked it so much I offered to make her one. I was going to have her pick out some yarn while we were at Open Studios in March, but she really wanted it to look just like mine. Thankfully I had enough yarn left to make a second one!
I hope she likes it! I was overjoyed when she offered to buy me some yarn as payment. I've been admiring this yarn from Lynne's studio for months now... I can't wait to make socks from it! :)
Had a great weekend knitting wise! Finished a project, got some new needles, and acquired some new yarn!
First, I pick up my new Zephyr Options Interchangeable set form KnitPicks. I'm really excited about these. I've been wanting a KnitPicks set for a while and the $10 coupon code that Nicole emailed me was the push I needed to finally order some.
Second, in the same order I also got some DK Gloss in Fairy Tale so I could finish the Christmas present I have been working on for my mom (yes I know it is April). I made her a Meret hat and actually gave it to her on Christmas Day, but had not yet finished the matching scarf and mittens. I finally finished the scarf yesterday and now I'm working on the mittens.
Third, I acquired some new yarn from Rachel's de-stashing efforts. New yarn always makes me happy, free new yarn makes me ecstatic! Here are my fantastic new additions to my stash:
In return I am going to do some knitting for Rachel, who does very little knitting for herself. This will become a Meret and matching fingerless mittens:
And these will become socks:
I need to get busy with my knitting! Lately work and homework has gotten in the way of my crafting, but April vacation is just around the corner and then summer vacation will be here before we know it. I should do some de-stashing of my own. I think I need to do some serious spring cleaning and organizing over April vacation.
I've been slacking on keeping up with my movie reviews... so here is what I've seen so far in 2011:
I saw the Green Lantern a few weeks ago, but forgot to post about it… It was funny. Nothing amazing, but still an enjoyable action comedy. I laughed a lot, and sometimes that is exactly what you need from a movie!
I went to see The King’s Speech after open studios with Rachel a while back (a couple months ago at this point). I really liked it! I was expecting it to be good considering all the buzz it has gotten, but I was a tad worried it would be dry or stuffy. I was pleasantly surprise. Not only was it really good it was also really funny. I definitely recommend it! Plus, who doesn’t love Colin Firth?
At first I didn't really want to go see this... I'm not usually a fan of boxing, or sports in general, but I am glad I went to see this one. I liked it a lot. It was particularly interesting to me considering I live a few towns over from where it is set and I grew up in this general area. I thought both Mark Walberg and Christan Bale did a fantastic job!
I wanted to see The Adjustment Bureau, but I didn’t think I was going to love it. I was expecting it to be more of an action movie, yet I would classify it as more of a drama. I liked the underlining message about free will as well. I definitely recommend it.
Rango was really fun! I enjoyed the characters a lot, and I love Johnny Depp so there was that! I get the feeling adults would enjoy it more than kids, but I don’t have any children so I can’t really say for sure. The nod to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas at the beginning was absolutely fantastic!