Saturday, December 26, 2009

I hope christmas music is over.

I finished the Dad socks.


It is funny how each sock pooled differently. I guess that is the charm of hand-dyed skeins. My Dad really liked them. I have enough yarn leftover to make another small pair.

I used this terrible pattern from Lion Brand. The instructions are off and don't make much sense. The neck would have been way too small for a living child. Because I like my brother a whole lot, I adjusted it by not putting buttons up by the neck.


He just turned 2.


Blurry, but hilarious. I used Plymouth Galway Chunky.


My cousins, Brynn and Nikki are the coolest dressers I know. My aunt Sherry lets them wear whatever they want, as you can tell. They are so rad.


...future hipsters of America, for sure.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

This bag will be awesome.

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Felted bag update.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

One sock down

I finished knitting the first dad sock. We'll say it's the left one. I still need to graft the toe, but I am needle-less.

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I can never forget how to START the kitchener stitch. Maybe that would be a good tattoo? I have been thinking about getting a knitting tattoo someday, but I want the meaning of it to apply to knitting and life. Maybe just a row of knitting onto my skin (like little Vs) or maybe garter stitch. Or maybe a tiny sock being unraveled? Who knows. I have time.

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Oh, and here is a picture of my crocheted closet curtain.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

2 posts in a day? Whaaa?

Well, I got bored with the dad socks.

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I am going to work in this in spurts. It is made up of my ity bity leftover yarn balls. I am going to make it super long and dramatic.

Tis the season... knit like crazy for my family.

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These socks are for my dad. When the yarn store I worked at went out of business, he was nice enough to put up a lot of money for me to buy a lot of nice yarn for wholesale prices. So, basically I got about 800 dollars worth of cashmere, silk, mohair and other glorious fibers you can't find at Joann.

As a result, he and my stepmother are getting super super fancy knitted gifts.

Sometimes, people ask me where I buy my yarn. Nowadays, I tell them I am set until the apocalypse. I am only half kidding. I'm sure you knitters know, that sometimes you just "have" yarn. Yarn that you certainly did not buy, yarn that just kind of appeared in your house one day.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Craft Show

This weekend, my friend Jamie and I set up a booth at a local craft show.



The craft show ran next to some free christmas tree festival that drew a lot of people. Unfortunately, the $2 admission fee kept many people away.

Not many people were making money, and a lot of people left. The people next to us left early so we expanded our booth on the last day.


I basically made enough money to eat, drive and have a booth.


It wasn't all bad, Jamie and I both got a lot of knitting done.

I traded hats for some really cool stuff made by other local artists.


The women who made these were super cool, they even invited Jamie and I to come over to their studio to learn how to make them!


I am pretty much in love with my new light switch plate. All the stuff this guy makes is awesome. If I had a buncha money I'd buy a mirror or two, it reminds me of dripping metal. Defitintly worth checking out.


My mom and both of my grandmothers showed up, which was cool. I was lucky enough to snap a picture of me and Adele Berry. As you can see, she is wearing a scarf I once made her.

All in all, I think I will do another craft show as long as I can guarantee a young, hip crowd. My target market is really composed of people like my friends and I. (Although my friends don't really count, they usually get this stuff for free.) I met really cool local artists and got to make fun of a lot of corny country art. So even though I did not make very much money at all, it is worth another try. This time, however, I will try to ensure that each piece is really special.

In other news, I am going to rearrange my life. It starts with conquering this:


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

My house gets kitchier by the day.

We (I) keep finding these treasures. When I move out I will need a separate load so these marvelous ceramic creatures don't break.


Tchotchke love!


Thursday, October 22, 2009

I know I've been absent

I know I have been absent. I know I have been wearing too much clothing and not knitting enough.


Actually, I am knitting. A ton. I am knitting hat after hat for my upcoming craft show with my friend Jamie. I wrote up this pattern today- Rosa, this one is for you!


H hook
About 150+ yards of worsted weight. I used Malabrigo. If these instructions don't make sense, shoot me a comment and I will gladly help.

Ch 6, join with slip stitch in the first stitch.
Ch1, sc 15 in ring, join with sl
(Ch3, sk 2 sc, sc 1) 5x
(In ch 3 space, sc1, hdc1, 2dc, 1tr, ch 1, 1 tr,, 2dc hdc1, sc1, slip stitch in sc of round before. Ch 10 and sl in same space) 5x
break yarn
join yarn in any ch1 space. (Ch2, sc5 in ch10 space. Ch 2, sc1 in ch1 space between trs of petal.)5x, join
ch3, (dc2 in each ch2 space, dc 2, dc2 in next stitch, 2dc) around, join
You should have 50 dcs.
Ch3, (dc 4, dc2 in next stitch) around, join.
Ch3, (dc 5, dc2 in next stitch) around, join
Ch3, (dc 6, dc2 in next stitch) around, join
Ch3, (dc 7, dc2 in next stitch) around, join
Ch3, Dc 2 rounds plain
Ch3, (dc7, dec) around, join
Ch3, (dc6, dec) around, join
Ch3, (dc5, dec) around, join
Ch3, (dc4, dec) around, join
Ch 2, (hdc3, dec) around, join
Hdc 2 rows plain
Sc 1 round.




Uh...and how much do sequins RULE?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

New additions to the SAND Castle

Well, our TV broke. I took it apart, hoping to find some ON/OFF switch accidentally toggled. That wasn't the case. The TV was from 1996.

...So what does this brilliant babe do? Go out and get an even OLDER set.
For free. Off the internet.

In my defense, I did not KNOW this is the TV I was getting. The ad said it was a floor model, and for some reason I thought this meant it was used at a store. Yea, I know.


Jill and I arrived at our destination after I bone-head-ed-ly drove 30 minutes out of the way. I expected to fit it in the back seat of my trusted 02' Camry. The family laughed at me.

Luckily, these people were about the nicest people I could have ever imagined. They even threw in an extra, smaller TV and a birdcage I'd offhandedly declared liking.

They offered up their bungee chords, straps and blankets to make sure the TV got to our house unharmed.

We needed like 2.5 dudes to lift it.


It really does belong in our house, where most of the technology is from the late 70s.
(Our trendy mac-books aside)


Saturday, October 3, 2009

Polka dots.

Courtesy of Laura, but I love this picture.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

From now on...

...I am only going out if I can look like a washed-up 70's celebrity.

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Oh yea and I lost my job.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Something seemed missing...

My closet was looking a bit empty...

100_4736 I got a fish. A black moor to be exact. I named him Redding. (After Otis of course)


As you can see, he is rather photogenic.

I love his little buggy eyes.

So far, he has been a pretty good listener.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Hot Kneezin

I am going dancing tonight.
The goldstuddedhighwaistedleopardfurhotshorts are being debuted.
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I know, they are ridiculous...
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Getting ready, I feel like I am a one girl movie montage rocking out to my girl Cyndi.

In the spirit of tonight:

Darling Vest updates

Welp, looks like the darling vest is done. I may try to write a pattern for it, but it might be a tiny bit convoluted. I had to rip out a lot of the left front, but I was able to regain composure.


I think I am going to add cap sleves, maybe a little puffy? Which color do you all think? Purple or green sleeves?



I started the Mrs.Darcy cardigan on Wednesday using stashed malabrigo. I have a little bit less than 3 balls because I used it once for mitten cuffs. As a result, I don't think I will have enough for a whole sweater. I bought some lilac to make the cuffs at work the other day so it should work out.

I've made a few adjustments because the pattern is written for a 34" bust and I am more like a 38. I feel like a linebacker.

Stay tuned for progress pics of both pieces.

I leave you with this:

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Traingle Scarf, New Room Pics

Lately, I have been doing a lot of projects to use up all my odds and ends of yarn.
I made this scarf with bits of Malabrigo and Cascade 220.

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With US #11 and worsted weight, cast on 114 stitches.
Row 1: K 55, SSK, Place Marker, K2tog, K55
Row 2: K1, SSK, K to last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1
Repeat rows 1 and 2 (Decreasing on both sides of the markers) until 4 stitches remain. Bind off.

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I wore this a few nights ago when I went out dancing. The gold lame' top is from some thrift store, and the skirt is an Annie hand-me-down. The purple tights were from Claries of all places.


I finally got around to putting up pictures in my room. I like the staggering.



A few days ago, my dad lent me some pretty epic records. He kept reiterating, "Sarah, I don't want you to lend these to your friends," as if every one of my friends has a turn table and cares deeply about Miles Davis live recordings and Billie Holiday compilations.

So long.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Birthday Knits

My girl Nikki turned 20 today, and requested a floppy mustard yellow hat. I bought this yarn at Unique Thrift over the summer, it is Lopi! Imagine that.



As I said, it is super floppy.

My girl Christina turns 20 in a few days as well, so I knit her this scarf lengthwise using leftover yarn. I crocheted ruffles into the purl bumps.



I like it, I hope to make more of them soon.


I know I said before that I hate Berocco Gem, and I still kind of do. Once you drop a stitch with that yarn, you have a split second before the whole thing unravels in knots at your feet. I had a vision for a triangular scarf, so I improvised with this little scarf.


When I finished it, I realized it belonged to my friend Ana.


...She'll rock it with one of the pins my mother forced upon her.

More stuff soon!


Christine McVie rules.