Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Look into my sweet, innocent face cupcake.. look deeply...

The cupcake cannot resist the allure of Miss Carolyn... it wants to be her friend, keeping paper and notes in place all day long, and providing much glee!

Isn't it cute? I've wanted to make one of these for so long and now it's mine!!! I must make more soon..

Pattern: Cupcake!

Yarn: Base - Easy Knit mercerized wool in Stone, Icing - Bernat Cot'n Soft in Parade Print and white hand spun mohair (by my Mum!)
Needles: 4mm dpn
Notions: 1.5ish yards of ribbon, a large button, 10 glass pebbles, a plastic lid with the base removed, stuffing!
Started / Finish: April 23rd 2007 / April 24th 2007

Modifications: I ended up working with 42 stitches, instead of 36. To achieve this, I added one more round of increases, but left out the middle increase on each needle. Also, when starting with the icing, I increased to 48 to make it puff out more. To work with these additional 12 stitches, I decided to decrease by 8, instead of 6, every other round, which works out to the same number of decrease rows called for in the pattern.

Today was so pretty! I managed to get out for a 30 minute walk, and burnt 150-ish calories playing DDR. It's hard staying on track, but I have goals, and I will reach them. I'll look super cute for school too. Plus, I really want to lose 5lbs for going apartment hunting in Ottawa. Miss Ifi, this really means we'll be out walking ALL the time when you visit! Also, you and I must play Guitar Hero. It needs us to rock out!

Back to knitting, Ms Marigold is coming along nicely! I'm almost ready to join her together. My mystery project is pretty much ready to go to, I just need to find the PERFECT yarn. Something very silky, and dark in colour.

Monday, April 23, 2007

mystery project or curiosity project?

The mystery project is finally done, yes.. for all of you curious people out there that were wondering what I was knitting, well you finally have your chance to see what it is.

I have to say, that I had some problems, first the prototype ran out of yarn, but I learned from it that I needed to redesign it, since it is the first thing that I've done without a pattern, but after all the problems.. HERE IT IS... drum roll please..

That is RIGHT!! It is a knitted belt, whenever I wear this little dress I feel that it is missing something, so I finally have something that makes the outfit unique with something I knitted wheeee ^_^ .. I am so proud of it..

Now... back to those handcuffs.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Carolyn on Carolyn action!

Take one girl named Carolyn, give her a pattern named Carolyn, and look what you end up with:


Pattern by: Jennifer Thurston, Spring Knitty 2007
Size: Medium
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool Merino in Evergreen (2.5 balls) and Peacock (2.05 balls grrr..)
Needles: 4mm and 4.5mm straight, 4mm circular
Notions: 8 - Teal 1.5" buttons
Started / Finish: March 14-ish 2007 / April 17th 2007


The only modifications I made were on the sleeves. Instead of increasing right away after the ribbed cuff, I knit the 14 rows, then started my increases. I also left out one stripe on the sleeve shoulders, because it wouldn't have match up with the body otherwise.

Brief Review:

This pattern was fun to knit up, rather quick knitting on the body sections. (The sleeves take much longer!) It has a very nice fit as well, hugging your body in the right areas. I do look forward to how it will fit once I lose more weight though! Having more room in the sleeves will be lovely.

Since this is a striped pattern, you really need to plan out ending your body and sleeves in the contrast colour. For the medium, this means starting the armhole bind-offs in your main colour.
Also, the medium size has a few miscounts on the sleeves. If the pattern is followed exactly, you end up with 16 sts left, not 20 sts. As mentioned above, I left out a stripe so that the raglan seams would match up perfectly, thus I ended up with 18 sts left on each. As I hadn't made a sweater before, I was worried about this, but I just went with my instinct. It worked out fine!

Now I have my sights set on finishing my French Market Bag, and once I lose a little more weight, I can't wait to start knitting up Intolerable Cruelty! So many things on the go. Even Ms Marigold has gotten attention lately!

Friday, April 13, 2007


The yarn store in the Glebe had a yarn sale, so I couldn't resist going and getting some stuff, after all I do needed yarn for 2 projects.

I must confess that I get nervous when buying more than 2 skeins, for some reason just looking at all that yarn is as intimidating as a blank canvass but it is also like.. geeesh I hope they made a mistake and the price is lower, heh.. however that is the nice thing about a sale.

So... I got this yarn for Petunia, or what will one day be Petunia.. I am in loved with the colour and the texture of the yarn... mmmm

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

getting yarn was nice, but there is bad news.. I ran out of yarn for the mystery project, the good about that.. is that it needs some redesigning so, I can now re-start the mystery project with my new idea and make it work this time and have enough yarn .... mystery project here I come!!! ... again

Friday, April 06, 2007

All we knit is love

Today was a really fun day..... except for the working on essays for school >_<

Val is in town, though I really think she should move back to Ottawa.. we need her here (We need you Val!!!). Anyway.. she is in town so we went out for dinner, and for the past week I've been working on a little something for her. My goal is to give every significant person in my life something I knit, because I love knitting little gifts for friends, it makes me happy!!. I also saw Emily.. I miss Emily, hrmmm I wonder what will I knit for her .. mwahahahaha!!!

So... I made a Calorimetry for Carrie and a pretty friendship bracelet for Val, and here they ARE.. the loveliest ladies I know

mmmmm I also had some wings that had mild sauce and maple sauce ohhh so delicious... and CAKE!! mmm cake ^_^

Monday, April 02, 2007

What do you call beautiful? A tree. You'll look like a tree.

Why am I so sleepy? It makes no sense. I slept til 11:20 today, yet, I'm tired. Maybe it's the weather again, all rainy, and it's getting colder again. I wish spring would just make up it's mind...
It's supposed to snow this weekend, and my aunts are putting together an Easter egg hunt. At least this takes the pressure off of finishing my Carolyn cardigan. I wanted to wear it outside for the event. But it will be too chilly for it, plus I haven't gotten a response back yet for what to do with the sleeves, sadly. So I don't know what I should do. Wait, or, do what I think is right. Decisions! I will get to wear this hat below on the weekend though.

Pattern by: Grumperina
Yarn: Magic Garden Tinsel in colour 120
Needles: 4mm circulars / dpn
Notions: Blue Moon seed beads
Started / Finish: Mid-March I think.

I was watching a lot of What Not to Wear this weekend, and one of the girls on the show was shopping at H&M. To my surprise she had picked up my skully shirt to try on! Apparently Stacey didn't think it was good to wear in class as a teacher. *cackles* As far as I'm concerned, it's a great shirt to wear to school as an art student though. Or out to the kind of club I would go to.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

cranberry fetching

I decided to whip up a pair of fetching mitts, the day I picked out the yarn I began craving cranberry juice, now I used to drink that stuff ALL the time, but haven't in a while.. well I've been knitting the mitts and drinking cranberry juice like crazy!!!

And THIS is the result

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

I made them longer than what the pattern calls for, and I thought it had been a mistake, but in the end they turned out all right ^_^

When I was knitting them, a guy said.. but WHY are you knitting those.. it's like.. spring.. yes! I did feel like punching him... but really, in Canada is the PERFECT time to wear them!, I wore them yesterday when I went out for supper with Carrie and Amelia was jealous of my knowledge of knitting cables *giggles*

I feel so special!!! *hops away with fetching mitts and cranberry juice*