January 2011 ACI List

9 01 2011

January 2011 ACI List:
– Gabriela Slouch Hat (re-do) / Friend / Knit / June 6
– Alpaca Warmer / Me / Knit / Whenever
– Baile ruffle skirt (test pattern) / Me / Knit / March 21
– Capricorn Kitten in the Year of Kittens / Me / Crochet / Jan 20

Sparks of Inspiration:
– Cuddle mat/bed for donating this year
– Numerous projects in my Queue on Ravelry
– Stationary Holder / Me / Sewing
– DP Needle Pouches / Me / Embroider+Sew / ASAP

Current Status:

Gabriela Slouch Hat – Friend:
– I haven’t even touched this since the last time
– I gave her daughter her gift for Christmas already. It turned out that hat was good but the ribbing was too tight!! 😦 So now she wears it as a beanie, instead of a slouch hat ….still good?

Alpaca Warmer – Me:
– I actually had cast on a few weekends ago. And I keep re-reading the pattern but no matter what, I really do think that it’s written with too few stitches for it to be folded lengthwise. But maybe it was a typo and it should’ve said width-wise.
– I’ll get back to this when I have a chance. Not too urgent right now.

Baile ruffle skirt (test pattern) – Me:
– The designer (armyofknitters on Ravelry) helped me narrow down the yarn to use. She advises using cotton for its weight. I’m a fan of cottons blends but even bigger fan of wool since it’s always so darn cold up here. The cotton would hold its shape but I feel like it always gets weird on me (tunic) whereas the wool has always done right by me 😛 and would be a lighter weight skirt.
– It’s down to KnitPicks CotLin (cotton, linen blend) in a yummy Harbour (teal) color or Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere (cotton, cashmere blend) in an almost muted teal. I absolutely love the CotLin color but I love the cotton/cashmere so we’ll have to see. If nothing else, I can always knit a new one too 🙂 So I just need to buy the yarn and get started!

Capricorn Kitten in the Year of Kittens – Me:
– I found a set of patterns for kittens with aspects based on the astrological signs of the western zodiac. Me and my obsession with sets of things – I’m determined to crochet the whole set in a year! 🙂 (I may just have lost my mind….)
– So each kitten needs to be completed within and by the date of the astrological sign, thus Capricorn Kitten must be crocheted and finished by Jan 20….time crunch 😛


2011 Craft Resolution

9 01 2011

Yay for 2011!! It’s a new year and with it comes a new crafting resolution 🙂

My craft resolution for 2011 is as follows:

  • Work on WIPs and finish them within 4 weeks of picking them up again
  • Craft 12 items from my Ravelry queue – be they big, small, medium, whatever
  • Plan and start Christmas gifts early – like in the summer
  • Craft more things for myself
  • Craft at least 1 item for donation (more than likely will be for an animal rescue organization)

I’m hoping I can stick to this! Notice how I didn’t mention anything about my stash 😀

I always vow to stop enhancing my stash – doesn’t usually work out that way! It’s better just not to vow it than to break the vow 😛

Project(s) Update

6 12 2010

So I guess I’m at it again with the “take forever to post” thing!

Finished the gift for my co-worker…a modified CoCo makeup clutch 🙂 Will post pics after biz trip

Finished a test pattern for a hand-warming cup cozy…yum!! Decided to add it to the tea-themed gift for my boss 😀

Also finished a test pattern for a baby photography prop (think Anne Geddes style). I have pics, baby-less ones 😛

I swear something odd has gotten into me – I’m S.E.X.’ing like nuts! Pics to prove later 😛

Dec ’10 ACI List

6 12 2010

December 2010 ACI List:
– Gabriela Slouch Hat (re-do) / Friend / Knit / Christmas
– Dr. Who Phonebooth / Brother / Knit / Christmas
– Baby Booties+Headband and Headband+Pacifier Thether (Comm) / Co-Worker / Knit / Dec 22
– Infinity Scarf / Sister #2 / Knit / Christmas

Sparks of Inspiration:
– Alpaca Warmer / Me / Knit / Before it gets cold
– Numerous projects in my Queue but definitely a hat for myself
– Stationary Holder / Me / Sewing
– DP Needle Pouches / Me / Embroider+Sew / ASAP

Current Status:

Gabriela Slouch Hat – Friend:
– Had my friend try it on…definitely need those extra 16 rows!

Baby Booties for Friend
– My first commissioned project was awesome!!
– The reaction was so worth it! And it absolutely didn’t hurt that I made $ from it 🙂

Infinity Scarf:
– Going on a biz trip this week, which is when I plan on starting and finishing this project!
– Quite a basic yet sophisticated looking infinity scarf
– Pattern says 241 stitches for about 10″ worth of rows…should be easy to do w/ the plane rides, etc.!

Dr. Who Phonebooth:
– Finally found the right pattern
– Definitely have the yarn but will get on this once I get back

[2nd commission] Baby Booties+Headband and Headband+Pacifier Tether:
– So Commission #2 is for another co-worker! Reaction from the first one was so great that this came of it! 😀
– Baby Booties+Headband is for her sister-in-law
– Headband+Pacifier Tether is for her baby!
– Slight down-side…she’s leaving on maternity leave on the 23rd! I gotta get crackin’ on this!!

Alpaca Warmer:
– Must wait until January…but at least it’s for a good reason 🙂

Nov ’10 ACI List – Update

3 11 2010

November 2010 ACI List:
– Gabriela Slouch Hat / Friend / Knit / December
– Alpaca Warmer / Me / Knit / Before it gets cold
– Dr. Who Phonebooth / Brother / Knit / Christmas
– Christmas Gift / Friend / Knit / December
– Christmas Gift / BOSS / Beading / December
– Baby Booties (Commissioned) / Friend / Knit / November

Sparks of Inspiration:
– Numerous projects in my Queue but definitely a hat for myself
– Stationary Holder / Me / Sewing
– DP Needle Pouches / Me / Embroider+Sew / ASAP

Current Status:

Gabriela Slouch Hat – Friend:
– Damnit, have to knit backwards 😦
– I need about 16 more rows before the decreases and then it should be good

Baby Booties for Friend
– My first commissioned project! Woooo!!!
– I’ve got the pattern, I’ve got the yarn…just have to get it on the needles!
– I’m adding a comp’ed headband for my first commissions 🙂 Hopefully it’ll be a nice touch and really add that extra valule to my work 🙂

Knit backwards

3 11 2010

Argh – I have to knit backwards with the Gabriela Slouch Hat! 😦 AND, what’s worse is that I already cut the yarn because someone at work was talking to me and I got distracted from remembering to try ON the hat. Sigh… The stretched rib edge is perfect…the slouch is non-existent! It’s more like a beanie right now 😦

So I have to go back, knit backwards to the pattern repeat. I figure I’ll add another 4 pairs of repeats of the pattern, for a total of another 16 rows and then continue with the decreases. Oh boy…I’ve never knit back THIS far before 😦

But, I’ll have to put this on hold for a second – I’ve got to get those baby booties on the needle and finished! My first commissioned project!! 🙂 Yay!!!

You know it’s bad when…

3 11 2010

…I don’t flinch at the total cost of my recent S.E.X. binge! Apparently that’s now something I must do annually 😛 Last “huge” binge was in April 2009 and now, in October 2010, I went on another binge. It’s an amount I would never have spent in my right mind – not because I don’t love yarn enough. No, not because of that. I wouldn’t normally spend that because I’ve got other goals that kick S.E.X. to the back burner. But…apparently not this time! And here’s the result:

Knit One Crochet Too Babyboo in Lemon Ice

Cascade 220 Wool in Medium Blue

Cascade Lana D’Oro in Intense Aqua

Cascade 220 Heathers in Summer Blue Heather

Aslan Trends Guanaco in Bone

Aslan Trends Invernal in Midnight Black

Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK in pink

Noro Retro in Sea Bluegreen

Noro Aya in Turq/Pink

All of these (luckily) have projects assigned to them already – yay!! The only exception is the Cascade 220 Heather in Summer Blue Heather. It was just too yummy to pass up!!! Hopefully all of these will get on the needles soooooon! They’re already on my queue – it’s just a matter of time 🙂