February 16, 2013

Liebster Award

So... I have a love/hate relationship with blog awards. Yeah, they're fun and silly but they make me feel so middle school. If you don't get one, it kind of hurts your feelings (at least it does mine when I see them on blogs I frequent). But if you do get one, there's that Yay! feeling and then for me that's followed by "But so-and-so didn't get one..."

Click from Click's Clan has given me the Liebster award. Aw, thanks.

But I'm going to break the rules. I'll answer the questions and do the facts but I'm not passing it on. For the reasons that I stated above and also the fact that the blogs I would generally give it to all have 200+ followers (it's for blogs with less than 200) and because other than Click, I haven't suscribed to any new blogs in a few weeks. And you can't regift this. So... I'm being a rebel.

So you're supposed to share 11 facts about yourself and then answer the 11 questions the gifter wrote. So here goes.

Random facts...
  1. My Aunt Kay tried to teach me how to crochet as a child but it didn't take. And when I taught myself as an adult, she died before knowing that I picked it up. For some reason, that really bothers me.
  2. I refuse to leave the house with unpainted toenails.
  3. I have finally finished the story mode of Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 after playing it for almost a year. A gamer I'm not. Now I'm trying to find all the gold bricks so I can unlock the Voldemort character.
  4. I'm an incessant multi-tasker and have been known to watch tv, blog and crochet all at the same time.
  5. I no longer channel surf because of the Kardashians. It's like a train wreck. You just can't help watching and I'd end up killing several hours and brain cells.
  6. I'm an expert procrastinator and have to live and die by my to-do list to get anything done.
  7. I am attempting the English method in my learning to knit. I tried Continental too but ended up moving the needle too much and unraveled everything.
  8. My backpack weighed an average 35 pounds in middle school and high school. And I remember maybe 25% of what I learned and actually use less than that. Lame.
  9. After becoming hooked on watching Hotel Impossible I want to own my own hotel. Maybe more of a bed and breakfast. I think it might be fun.
  10. I won't buy any yarn that can't be machine washed and dried. I hand wash NOTHING. Seriously. Who's got time to do that all the time?
  11. I've gotten so used to my Fitbit that when I don't wear it I feel naked.

And now the 11 questions she wrote...
  1. How old were you when you first started using the internet? Um14/15ish. It was AOL too. The kind that used the phone line. Haha. Good times.
  2. What’s your favourite memory from school? I hated school. Hm. It was after I graduated but I'll say when I went to France. It was with my high school French teacher so it counts as a school thing.
  3. You can invite five people, living or dead, to a fantasy dinner party. Who do you invite? My maternal grandmother, my aunt Kay, Audrey Hepburn, Doris Day and Katherine Hepburn.
  4. If you weren’t doing your current job, what job would you be doing? A million other things. I dunno own a B&B, an amusement park, own rental properties, own a yarn store. I dunno.
  5. What is your favourite photo or picture? (If you can’t share it, describe it). I dunno. I've never really thought about it.
  6. What is your favourite room in your house? I don't really have one.
  7. Why do you blog? Creative outlet, to make friends, boredom...
  8. Who was your first crush on? Kellen in elementary school. Man, he was such a good friend and so cute. I wonder what happened to him.
  9. Do you still have your first teddy/stuffed toy? Maybe. I don't know. No one's ever said that a specific toy was my first.
  10. Where in the world would you like to visit? England, Ireland, Scotland, France (again), Monaco, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Canada, Australia....
  11. What is the worst book you’ve ever read? I know this is going to piss people off but the second one of the Twilight series. The first one was meh but the second one was even worse! I didn't even read the full thing. I've always regretted not standing up to peer pressure and just being like "No, the first book sucked butt. I REFUSE to read this shit." Seriously. It was horrible. I want that time and those brain cells back.
Alright. There you are. 11 facts. 11 answered questions. Don't forget to check out Click's Clan.

February 15, 2013

That's Not Yarn...

We interrupt your regularly scheduled post about evil yarn to bring you this totally different, non-yarn project.

Last weekend, I made myself a pretty dress. I used Simplicity #1882 and Kona Cotton in Pomegranate Pink (bought at Jo-Ann). My color inspiration was Princess Aurora's dress because for some reason this pattern makes me think of her. And just because Prince Harry hasn't married me yet, doesn't mean that I can't start dressing like a princess now.

Anyways, the only modification I made was to make the pocket flaps and collar the same color as the dress instead of in a contrasting fabric. I thought it would be more versatile as one solid color.

February 14, 2013

Cozy Neck Wrap

Hey guess what? I made ANOTHER project with that yarn!

This time it's the Cozy Neck Wrap by Cynthia Harris. Gauge and I are not getting along lately. If my stitches are the right width, the height's not right. If they're the right height, the width is jacked up. So this scarf ended up the right length (right stitch width) but not as wide as it should have been (wrong stitch height). If I can ever get rid of this yarn I'm going to try to figure out what's wrong with my gauge. I have an idea what it is but I need to sit down with an uncursed yarn and a simple pattern and play with it.

And yes. There's still more projects to come with this yarn.

Ravelry project page

February 13, 2013

Reversible Cabled Headband

You know that song Lambchop used to sing? "This is the song that doesn't end...." I have written a new version. Ready?

This is the yarn that doesn't end
Yes, it goes on and on my friend
Some people started using it not knowing what it was
And they'll continue using it forever just because
This is the yarn that doesn't end....

I ended up making Reversible Cabled Headband by Drew Emborsky with the orange. It's really easy and quick and came out super cute (and warm). But again. It did not use all the yarn I wanted it to. (Ravelry project page)

Why won't this yarn just go away? Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?

February 12, 2013

Cabled Tam

And in the continuing saga of The Yarn That Just Won't End...


So I made this hat. It's the Cabled Tam by Drew Emborsky from It's All Caps. I had thought I'd made this hat before. But apparently I made what I thought was this hat because, ha, I totally didn't follow the pattern the first time. Seriously. Like I was throwing in HDCs at random the first time. So I actually followed the pattern this time and what do you know, it's easier when you follow the pattern. You can check out the details (hook size, yarn) and favorite it on its Ravelry project page. Cause you know. I can't possibly be bothered telling you the hook and yarn here when it's filled out on Ravelry.

But it didn't use nearly the amount of yarn that I wanted it to. Sigh.

I was given a Leibster award. I'll post about it in a few days. It's on my to-do list.

February 8, 2013

Granny Scarf

I haven't forgotten about the Wild Flower Jacket. I've just put it into hibernation for a few weeks so I can work on other projects. I got frustrated and tired of frogging the sleeves. So rather than keep compounding the frustration, I put it away and picked out some other projects to do.

One of which was the Harlequin Hoodie (available for free on Ravelry). I discovered it on Pinterest and when I realized a couple weeks ago that I don't really have any bright and happy scarves, this felt like a perfect fit.

So I bought the yarn and started it. But when I finished the hood, I just wasn't feeling the hood part. I ended up using a modification of a granny rectangle method and made a circle scarf that can be wrapped a couple times around my neck to make it a cowl. You can see all the details on its Ravelry project page.

But I swear the yarn was breeding while I was making more projects with the leftover. It just keeps going and going. A hat, headband, scarf and purse later and I STILL have a bunch left. That I'm using to attempt to knit. I'll let you know how that goes.