Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Positive

There was one good thing that came out of this previous weekend (well, two good things, but technically, one of the good things happened on Tuesday, which is hardly the weekend anymore).

First Positive: 

I finished a pair of socks for me! I love them! I still need to block them but I need to do that soon so I can wear them (more about why they haven't been blocked later).

Pattern: Queen Alice by Irishgirlieknits (I swear, I will never knit socks that are designed by anyone but Carrie. They are so easy to follow!)
Yarn: Miss Babs Windsor Sock in Faerie Dust

I think my favorite part of these socks is the gusset. Check out how the cables continue (ignore the bad pictures, I'll take better ones later):

Second Positive:

After dealing with endometriosis and multiple miscarriages and the like for about 5 years, my specialist told me I am free of the hard stuff and get to start enjoying life again! He told me that we are free to start trying to conceive whenever we want (we're thinking of waiting until after summer so we can camp and enjoy all of that without the threat of morning sickness).

Positives are necessary because:

Life is a crazy balancing act of positives and negatives. I don't want to get into it here, but my husband was injured Saturday afternoon. He still isn't better (as is usually the case) and now he has an infection that is messing with his healing body. The man probably deserves steak and potatoes for supper (again) but we'll see if he has an extended hospital stay instead. I just ask for prayers, positive thoughts, and healing vibes.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

On Iowa!

I finished my Sperry sweater a few weeks ago now (Ravelry tells me it was March 1st) and I just finally got around to taking pictures of it yesterday. Granted, by "pictures" I obviously mean that I commandeered my husband into being my photographer, which I should know by now is a disaster. He doesn't know anything about photography. Not that I do either, but I'm at least a visual person, so I know what looks good. He, on the other hand, is not. So to compromise, I put on the sweater and went outside to play with my boys (by boys I mean my puppies and by puppies I mean my full grown dogs), and just told him to take a few pictures. 

I got a bunch that looked exactly the same.

But at least I got pictures. So I can't fault him there. Our marriage will survive!

The colors of my sweater (black and gold) are for my college team. I'm a proud Iowa Hawkeye. This sweater should live to see many a game. 

(Also, take a moment to notice the yard. Ignore the puppy path you can see in the dirt. But there's dirt! And grass! And most snow! At least, not in this picture. We still have piles that are melting and the promise of a few inches tonight. But beggars can't be choosers.)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sounds Sticky!

When I was little (and let's be frank here, tomorrow is what I'm really getting at) I watched Veggie Tales. I went to a small Catholic school and they tried everything to make learning religion fun. Veggie Tales are amazing. I highly recommend them. I retain things through songs. No one can beat the fun and silly songs included in Veggie Tales (Silly Songs with Larry, anyone?).

My point (and I do have one) is that music sticks. So when Amy Miller released her Bees to Honey pattern exclusively from the Plucky Knitter, I had to get it for a few reasons:
  1. It's an Amy Miller pattern. She's awesome.
  2. It was a Plucky Knitter kit. My life has been completely changed due to the Plucky Knitter. (I kid you not. I love experimenting with colors now, thanks to Sarah. I mean, I would never had picked the colors for my kit on my own. So thank you Sarah for pairing them up and making the kit.)
  3. Every time I say Bees to Honey in my head, I do it to the tune of "Promised Land" from the Veggie Tales. There's a bit at the end that goes: "I hear it's flowing with milk and honey. Sounds sticky!" I substitute "milk and" with "bees to" and it all works out (in my head at least). 
  4. Here's the video, because you know you want to watch it:

Anyway, I knit up my Bees to Honey during the Ravellenic Games, which run at the same time as the Olympics. For the entire time the Olympics were happening, I stayed (fairly) monogamous to my Bees to Honey knitting. I am extremely proud to say that I actually finished it within the time frame (15 minutes to spare, no less) and even won a Plucky prize! (I never win prizes. I hated playing Bingo in elementary school. Seemed so pointless once I figured out I never won.)

Colorways: Chocolate Crinkle and Cider Mill 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Warm Up

This past weekend we had a bit of a warm up.

The temperature on Sunday was above 40 degrees (in stark contrast to the -50 of the Monday before). We were outside as much as we could be, cleaning up the yard and taking out the trash (I don't mind that chore nearly as much when it's nice out).

I also had free time this weekend (I know, right!?). I spent my time relaxing and making the time for me. I finished two knitting projects this weekend. One is a secret, since I need to take some good pictures and finish checking my math so I can release the pattern.

The other was sort of cheating.

I used SUPER CHUNKY yarn. Please remind me when I start talking about Christmas gifts for next year that I need to use super chunky. I made a cowl in under two hours:

(That's me in my fancy new cowl.)

Pattern: (loosely based off) Marian by Jane Richmond
Yarn: Naturally Aspire Super Chunky, colorway 2060 (sadly it is discontinued)
Needles: US Size 19!!!!

I have since started a sweater in sport weight. It's going much faster than I thought, mainly because it's simply stockinette in the round. The raglan shaping is quick and easy too, so I'm loving it thus far. More on that later.

We had white out conditions yesterday and the blizzard warnings for tomorrow are just to our North. So we'll see what tomorrow brings. 

Oh, and while I'm at it, I was super domesticated this past weekend and made amazing food. My favorite was crock pot beer chicken. (And it receives extra bonus points for being delicious and low cal.)

Monday, January 6, 2014

Cold Feet

It was -46F when I woke up this morning.

Negative. 46 degrees. Fahrenheit.

That's cold.

That's really cold.

We knew it was coming, so I spent the weekend working on a pair of warm, comfy socks to keep my feet warm today (and they are doing a fantastic job).

Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in the Shire Heather colorway (2.3 balls)
Needle: US 10 

This was a super quick, super satisfying, super warm and comfy knit.

They will get a lot of wear.

And I'm sure I'll make more in the future!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

My Companion (FO)

I worked on this shawl while watching a season and a half of Doctor Who. David Tennant is awesome.

I will be so sad when he's no longer the doctor (just a few more episodes).

This shawl has been my travel companion through these episodes with the Doctor.

The pattern is Betsey by Amy Miller. I love it not only because it's awesome and simple and comfy, but because it's named after Betsey Johnson, my sorority sister.

I was going to wear it today. 

We to have a high today of -13F. So I'm in a big sweater instead.

Thursday, December 26, 2013


The Christmas season is almost to a close. We still have one family Christmas this weekend (rescheduled due to the ice storm of doom which hit a good portion of the country, the other side of Iowa included).

But I finished all of my Christmas presents early and (SURPRISE!) even had enough time to knit the vest my mom wanted (so after some reshuffling of her presents, she got the vest for Christmas and some other items are moved to birthday, so Mom's birthday knitting is done too). I don't have pictures of the vest yet. My sister is supposed to be getting me some. Otherwise, Mom will bring it this weekend and I'll get pictures at Christmas #3.

I decided on Monday that I needed a hat. So I made this:

The pattern is Ripley by Ysolda Teague. I chose the plain band and slouchier version. Will probably make another because I love the pleats and the simplicity of the pattern. Yarn is some spare wool blend I had left over. I'm still debating about adding a big poofy pom pom.

I also started a shawl for me.

I'm being very selfish in my knitting now.

But first, I think, a nap.