Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Look ma! I can knit!

So during our Sit and Stitch on Tuesday night my friend, Jo, taught me how to knit *again* (I forgot during the two weeks between our last Sit and Stitch) and I started off by making a dishcloth. (The smaller one to the front of photo)



I finished in on the way to college this morning and then started a new one during Philosophy (which was a bit boring btw!). I finished it this afternoon. (The bigger one at the back of the photo)

I've found knitting goes much slower than crochet (albeit I am a beginner) but the fabric it makes is so stretchy!! :) My plan is to make a few more of these dishcloths for lovely DH (the kitchen is his domain) and practice some other stitches like purl and such.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Bag, Hat and Sword? (Lame Bible reference!)

I dislike this hat. It's the PDQ from the Happy Hooker.


I love this hat! :) Made up from a beanie pattern from Crochetville and some BP hdc around the brim.



I had a go at copying the In Bloom clutch from Happy Hooker. I'll have another go later with the actual pattern. :)

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Crochet socks

My first crochet socks! I love them dearly! They are so warm and soft! A little wonky and far too long but I reckon they rock! I used this very simple pattern and only modified a little when I got to the ankle part (just added about 4 more stitches - I must have fat feet?).


Marly from YarnThing has tagged me to list 7 random things about myself. I'm holding off on doing this as I'm wanting to make it into a scrapbook page. There was a cybercrop on Scrapoffaith over the weekend and there are two challenges I want to do and I think I'll make one of them about me. :)

College is crazy at the moment and my only refuge (I mean other than God) is crochet. I did the PDQ hat from Happy Hooker but it sucked big time. I'll post a pic next post. I also finished the Short and Sweet. Next post, I promise! :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Buttons and Unwound Podcast

Wah!!!! The Unwound podcast has finished up after only 12 episodes!!! I'm only up to about 10 as I started really late. Kelly did such an awesome job with this podcast! :(

The buttons and banner are even disappearing from her site! :( I haven't been able to listen to the last two podcasts but I feel like I should savour them rather than listen to them quickly as after these last two there is no more! :(

http://unwound.libsyn.com/


I still have the wonderful Marly over at YarnThing though! :)

Oh and buttons - I want more buttons on my blog! I've added podcast ones (I'll have to remove the Unwound one now) and a 'crochet freak' one but I want more cute buttons!

Learning how to knit!

Tonight was the first night of my little 'Sit n Stitch' group! Two friends from college who are also neighbours came over to play with some yarn. Both the other girls already know how to knit so they taught me how to cast on and off and the knit stitch.

Then I taught them how to chain and sc in crochet. It was a blast! Since we all studied at college together last year (one girl did the one year course so it's only two of us at college now) we were able to have a fabulous chat about life, college and this that and the other! :)

Guess which attempt in the photo is mine. I said that mine looked like a piece of butchered pink piggy. ;p

Monday, May 14, 2007

Short n Sweet Bolero

My work so far on the Short and Sweet from the Happy Hooker book. I need to get it finished by this Saturday for our night out with Nathan's family. We're going to his sister's concert recital.
It's a heavier weight wool than what the pattern called for. I'm using some Panda StarShine from Kmart. It will be nice and warm! I need to lengthen the bottom and then put in the sleeves. It's supposed to be a short little bolero but I think mine will be a winter version. I'll make a summer version out of cotton later on.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Podcasts

I've been listening to a few podcasts over the last few months. I've found that there are stacks and stacks of knitting ones but not that many crochet ones. I've really enjoyed listening to the podcasts on the way to college and it frees me up to crochet while I'm on the train and I also don't have to listen to everyone else's *doosh doosh* music.

I've added some buttons down the right hand side of my blog of two of the podcasts that I listen to: Yarn Thing and Unwound. I also listen to CrochetCast but she (Jeanie) doesn't have a button.

I've found them all so fascinating and enthralling really. I love that they all love their fiber arts so much that they are all willing to chat so freely about them.

Check them out! :)

Oh and a random picture of me and my sis. Love this shot - makes me laugh each time. We are about 9 and 10 at the time. My sister is the one on the right and she's the younger one! :)

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Newsboy hat

I've been enjoying my 'recovery days' from Mission. We have two days off this week and then back to college on Wednesday.

I spent yesterday crocheting. Literally all day except for going out for lunch with Nathan and a brief shop at Coles. All day! I *loved* yesterday. We got to watch Spiderman 2 and the rest of The Fellowship of the Rings and the first disc of The Two Towers.

I made another shelly scarf, a newsboy hat, a fluffy beanie and nearly finished another one skein scarf from Happy Hooker.

Here's a shot of me in the newsboy hat. Nathan loves this hat and I do too but I feel like it's a bit too big. If I make another one I'll try a more chunky yarn and might decrease it a little more when I'm nearing the end so it sits tighter on my head.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

One Skein Scarf - Happy Hooker

I spent my entire monthly budget for all my hobbies and what not (just $50/month) yesterday when I bought the Happy Hooker book and some hooks and two balls of wool to make a scarf.

I've heard stacks about this book and have found it to be really good! A little stitch dictionary at the front and instructions on shaping, blocking etc and then stacks of cute patterns! I'm going to try out some more today.

Here's my scarf. I bought Paton's Zhivago from Lincraft to do it up with. The wool is actually acrylic and tencel but that's what makes it soooooooo soft! I love it! And it's so long! The second picture shows the colour better. It's a lovely dark olive green.