Saturday, June 28, 2008

The really overdue post!!!

Okay, it's been literally months since my last post. Life is like that sometimes. I guess I need to see if I've been kicked off any of my blog rings!

Let's see, since my last post, I've done some knitting, I made these cabled socks:

I got the pattern through Ravelry. They're called Naive Socks by SpillyJane. (PDF pattern here) My pics probably don't do my socks justice, as they were taken with my phone, still a problem. I knitted them in Opal Prisma on size 2's. The next time I do the pattern-and I will probably do it again-I would do the leg portion on 3's, as the cables really tighten up the leg and reduce elasticity.

I am really pleased with the result, though!

I also made another cat bed-the Kitty Pi from Wendy Knits. Milo has claimed it as his and sleeps in it EVERY day. Seriously. Definitely the most used cat thing I've ever knitted. The other cats haven't had a chance to lay in it even once.

Kitty Pi pre-felt-Notice Mr. Milo already staking his claim...Mi says, "My kitteh Pi!"

Blocking-I used a Tupperware cake carrier and a bunch of towels.

Look at the face!! This was taken about a minute after I finished blocking, and wanted a photo of the bed. There was no way I'd get the pic without the cat! A "Milo Pie!"

I used Paton's Classic Merino, double stranded, Worn Denim and Wedgewood colorways on size 11's. It took 1 skeins of each, and was just short of enough. Fortunately I had some in my leftovers to finish the last row or so. The eyelash was a skein from my stash-Berroco Zoom in brown.

Well, it's off to the Saturday morning Stitch n' Bitch!!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Kitty Knits-a knitter's book review

I have the privilege of being a stop on Donna Druchunas' blog tour for her latest book, Kitty Knits. Donna is the author of another book I admire, Arctic Lace, as well as others. The book is nicely put together, with projects for cat lovers, as well as the cats themselves. I love the variety of skill level available, as well as the variety of knitting styles. Like Donna, I love all sorts of knitting, from lace to felting! There are lots of pictures, clear instructions, and even cat poetry!!! I was hoping to interview Donna herself here, but it didn't work out. She did some Q & A on some of the other stops on her blog tour-links to those are on her webpage.

Here's Donna, with her cats, Dee Dee and Uno:

In my previous post, I mentioned the first project I completed from Kitty Knits, the Felted Catnip mouse. It's a hit, and so fun and easy, I'll be making another-especially since Milo and Frosty are both in love with it.

Milo and the Mouse!

Frosty loves it, too...clearly I'll be making another!

The second project I made from the book is the Bull's Eye Cat bed. It's one of 3 different cat beds in the book, all of which are really adorable! This one most closely resembled a commercial bed that the boys all love, so I chose it. Since it's been on the chair-even before finishing it, it's been occupied regularly! It's worked in the round, in 2 pieces, and stuffed with some batting! It's a fairly simple pattern, good for learning increases and knitting in the round. Again I substituted the called-for yarn with something from my stash. I used up the RH acrylic from the bass hat project, but did buy the novelty yarn. The bed is definitely a hit with the boys, all three have used it, though Frosty uses it most. It sets off his blue eyes nicely!!!!

Early stages-notice Milo already checking it out!

Here it is just prior to stuffing

Stuffed and Finished!


My next project from the book, though, will have to be for me-the Peruvian Cat Lace Scarf!! Beautiful.
I definitely enjoyed the book, and would recommend it! Thanks to Donna, and to her publisher, Martingale and Company, for allowing me to preview the book!!!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Book Tour Delay...

Donna Druchunas' interview IS's just a bit delayed. I love the Kitty Knits's a preview of one project:

Frosty with his Felted Catnip Mouse
This was a terrific knitted up in about an hour to an hour and a half. It's knitted in one piece, beginning at the tail. It was my first foray into knitting bobbles...a great introduction, since there are only 2!
As you can see, it met with cat approval. Milo also likes it. And, as with every toy, Zoe likes it, too. (In Zoe-land, ALL toys are dog toys, and ALL dog toys are for her!)

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Catnip Party! A cool new toy for Zoe...knitting, of course!

Frosty "under the influence."

Milo, enjoying the sun, and feeling "nippy!"
Talk about cheap entertainment. Formula: a new container of Cosmic Catnip, and to nip crazed kitties!! Sprinkle a bit on the carpet, and watch 'em go! Beasley didn't join in the fun. Not because he's a senior citizen, but because he's just never been much of a catnip guy. I wonder what that's about??

I got to go to coffee yesterday with my good friend, Kim, who is a knitter, and a HUGE dog lover. She has two Border Collie boys, who are as much her sons as her own, human son. She was thoughtful enough to bring me a present for Zoe. It's a nifty dog toy called a Pooch Ball. I have had so much fun watching Zoe try to figure out how to get the ball out of the tube. She got it once, but hasn't yet made the connection as to how. Here's a pic:

"How do I get this thing out of here????"

As for my knitting, I've got the Bulls-eye cat bed from Kitty Knits underway, using some leftover yarn from the Bass Section Hats. I bought a skein of Paton's allure to make the outside edge fuzzy. I got it with a 40% off coupon at Michael's, so the bed has only cost me about $3 so far. I'll have to buy some batting, which I'll do with another coupon. Since I'm on a tight budget right now, and trying to do some destashing, the projects from the book so far have been great! Though I'd love to do the 2 scarves...and...well, I'll save all that for the 16th!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

A Kitty Burrito...

Yet another installment in the "Cute Kitty Sleeping" photo series...
Naomi and boyfriend, Anthony, noticed that Beasley was cold a day or two ago, and thought he would enjoy being tucked in. I'm sure he was fine in the donut bed, but apparently didn't mind, as once he was wrapped, he stayed this way for some time!!!

Just wait until I knit up the Bulls Eye Bed from the Kitty Knits book. He should be extra cozy!!!! Don't forget to stop by for the Book Tour!!!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Sunday Funny

My favorite part of the Sunday paper has always been the "funnies." AKA the comic strips. I guess that means I'm not as mature as my age might suggest, who knows?

Anyhow, I was surfing the Ravelry boards this morning, and found a link to this kitty manifesto. It's on the James S. Huggins Refrigerator Door site. Which I'd never heard of, but which has lots of diffferent "goodies." Cat lovers, don't tell your kitties you've read it...that might cause a kitty uprising! Enjoy:)

Friday, February 22, 2008

I know, I know, It's about time!!!

Here's the latest in the photograph series, "Cute Kitty Sleeping." I have a million, but never can resist taking one more! We were snuggling and watching the news last night! I was taking a bit of a break from knitting the handle on Char's purse. Here it is all knitted up (except for maybe 5 more inches on the handle:

Once I join the completed handle, oh, and add the pocket, it's of to the washer for felting, and then I just have to pick a lining fabric and decide on a closure. I'm thinking magnetic snap right now.

I think I managed to get a bit better lighting to show the colors. I'm happy with them, hopefully Char will be, too!

I also knitted up my first project from the Kitty Knits book. This is a mouse from the Felted Catnip Mice pattern. I couldn't wait to go out to buy yarn, so I used some leftover Paton's Classic Merino from some slippers I made a year or so ago.

Here he is pre-felt:

And while drying post-felting:

Sorry for the bad lighting. On the day of the Book Tour, I'll post him in all his stuffed, nose and eye-having glory. He was really fun and fast to knit...all in one piece. It took me maybe an hour or so to knit! Very easy and good practice on some techniques.

I'm so excited just a few days, and Ron is home from Fiji. I have a countdown to his return to the right of the posts!!!

Thursday, February 14, 2008


Happy Valentine's Day!!!!

Hope everyone will have a wonderful, love-filled day!!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Kitty Knits Book Tour...I'm flying solo for awhile.

I'm really excited, as this blog gets to be part of Donna Druchunas' book tour for her new book, Kitty Knits. March 16th I'll have a blog "interview" with Donna, and discuss the book. I'll let everyone know what project I'm working on, and my review of the book, as well. Here's Donna's website!

Milo is voting that I do a bed, because he and Beasley are always in competition for this one:

And of course, no store-bought, fake fleece bed could ever compare to a beautiful, hand knitted one made by his own personal servant! I think he might like it to be a bit bigger, too.

Frosty seconds that:

Methinks the basket is a wee bit too tiny to contain the kitty cuteness!!!

I'm continuing to make progress on Char's Purse. I've put on about 10 rows since this picture was taken. (Sorry for the poor's tough with the camera phone and such a dark color!) It's a fun, quick knit, what with it being double-stranded and worked in the round. It's a good companion to my Log Cabin Blanket, as it's a quicker project, and in stockinette rather than garter. Kind of breaks up any monotony!

Ron flew off to Fiji with the Vision Abolition team on Saturday. I posted a countdown 'til his return. I'm thrilled for the work he's been called to over there, it's just hard being without him for such a long stretch. Though if I think of all the military wives, I have no complaints! I miss him already!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Super Tuesday! A Rainbow Day!

It was a soggy day in the desert yesterday, but when I looked out my back door late in the afternoon, I was blessed to see this rainbow! As always, I could wish for a bit better picture quality, but since I use my camera phone for my digitals, this is as good as it gets! It was a full rainbow, something that still inspires awe in me.

I am continuing to progress in my Log Cabin Afghan...I try to do at least a few rows each day. I got quite a bit done during the first half of the Superbowl. The second half was too exciting to look away from, so I put it down. I really don't like frogging, so I avoid it when I can.

I am posting a photo of the yarn for Char's Purse. I'm going to gradually stripe from the purple on the bottom to the teal at the top. I think I'm going to use the variegated for a pocket. I'm casting on today. I think it will work up fairly quickly, as it is double-stranded and uses 15's. I haven't done anything felted in a long time, so it will be fun.

It's Super Tuesday, so exercise your right to vote!!!

My "I voted" sticker!

Monday, January 28, 2008

A Good Movie, A Good Weekend, and other Good Stuff

Seems like forever since I posted...other than kitteh photos;)

It rained all day yesterday, which we really need, but the cold and damp really make my fibro flare. So achy. Yuck.

Ron and I had a really nice weekend. He took me to see 27 Dresses Saturday night-I loved it! A really funny and sweet romantic comedy, and I even liked the ending! If my opinion matters, I'd recommend it!

I picked out the yarn for Char's purse-I'm using Lion Wool in Dark Teal, Purple, and Ocean Blues (variegated). I'm using a pattern from the Bag-a-holic Yahoo group I belong to. It's called Knot Sew Hobo Bag. It's a felted bag, very simple, but I think I'll add an outside pocket. I've posted a pattern picture.I'm going to do the larger version, add some sort of button, and line it.

Work on my LCM afghan is coming along nicely, I'm still working on the fourth color-block, it's about halfway done. Pretty soon it's going to be too big to carry around easily, so it will be good to get my New England Socks and/or Char's bag OTN. I really need to do both...especially if I want to keep up with my knitting resolutions...I'll get a new photo of my progress soon. I'll have to use Ron or Naomi's camera, and maybe do it outside, it's getting too big for my phone camera, plus I'd like a nicer representation of the colors.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Vote for Frosty!

Okay, I loved the site so much, I decided to make my own pic.
Here it is:

funny pictures
moar funny pictures

If you go to the link, you can vote for Frosty, and he might make the front page!!! Come on, you know you wanna!! As they say on the site: hez a kewt kitteh!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Be Afraid...

This was so cute, I absolutely HAD to share:

Funny Pictures
moar funny pictures

Bask in the cuteness!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The latest on the LCM. Milo the Adorable!

I just couldn't resist sharing the adorableness! This is Milo's favorite, "Pet me, worship me, see how adorable I am..." pose.

Notice the buttons on his fur coat? Very proper. He is, of course, the royalty of the house. Very regal, and very easily irritated by the dog, and the other cats if they throw off his "groove."

In the knitting portion of my life, my Log Cabin Moderne is moving right along. As you can see from this photo, it has received approval from Frosty. I took this picture maybe an hour ago, and he seems to have taken up permanent residence. The sun has moved onto it, so he's in cat heaven. I want to work on it, but haven't figured out how to get it back! So it's a "2 Tails Up" for the LCM!

I've begun the fourth block, if you look to the right, you can see a bit of the dark blue. I think the colors are coming along well. So far I'm happy with the yarn overall. It has a nice hand for an acrylic. Much softer than the Red Heart I used for the Bass Section hats. I guess the real test will be how it wears with washing.

I have a new project to add to my list, I need to find a cute bag pattern to make for my pal, Char. She's willing to trade haircuts for knitting. I knew this hobby would payoff someday!!!:) If anyone reading this has any good suggestions for a medium to large bag, especially a nice felted one, send it my way!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

LCM coming along!!

So, here's my progress on my Log Cabin Moderne as of last night. I wish the photo gave a better idea of the colors, it's really dark. The brown is a lighter taupe than you see, and the blue is also quite a bit lighter.

I love picking up the stitches, it looks so nice on the front, and saves me from a million years of finishing. I'm weaving in the ends (so very few ends, foolish grin) as I go. So when I'm done, I'm done! I'm telling you, those Mason-Dixon gals know what they are doing.

Of course, being on Ravelry as I am, I've found another afghan pattern I want to do...this one, of course, will require much's called Circles to Squares. I saw it done in a completely different color scheme on Ravelry, and it was GORGEOUS. Each square was done differently, instead of the same color scheme, and it reminded me a bit of the Babette Blanket. How many afghans can a person do in a year????? And still get my knitting list done??? And of course TYF keeps offering classes I want to the Einstein Coat. Sigh. What's a poor pattern and yarn addicted girl to do?

Monday, January 07, 2008

A weekend filled with family and knitting! My 2008 knitting plan so far...

This past weekend was really lovely, we had family in from California. Lots of good visiting, shopping and eating WAY too much. Just my kind of fun! My Aunt Susan, a crafty lady, brought me a big bag of yarn and another bag filled with knitting books and patterns!! I was especially excited to get 2 books that have been on my wish list: The Knitting Experience Book One: The Knit Stitch by Sally Melville, and A Treasury of Magical Knitting by Cat Bordhi. There were lots more goodies, too.
I also got a lot done on my Log Cabin Moderne. I finished the second color block, and later last night started the third. Here are some photos, both front and back:

I'm really enjoying the process on this project. It's very simple, just knit, knit, knit. Yet I don't seem to be bored at all. It's great for when the T.V. is on, and I get to change colors before I tire of it. Of course, that may change when I get to the larger blocks, though I hope not. It's making a very nice fabric, and should be warm and soft. I also happen to love the colors! Plus it's just beginning to drape across my lap a bit, and seems to have met with feline approval, Milo even gave it a purr!

As soon as it's to bulky to travel, I plan to cast on my New England socks from Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush.

My 2008 projects:

1. Log Cabin Moderne (underway) for me
2. Babette Blanket for Naomi
3. New England Socks for me
4. Rambling Rows Afghan for Cassie (one for me, too, but that'll have to wait!)
5. Throw (pattern undetermined) for Nicole and Lance (a wedding gift)
6. Curve of Pursuit Afghan for me
7.-11. Socks in Ravelry queue for me...I'd like to do at least one pair every other month
12. Log Cabin Afghan (similar to Joseph's Blankie of Many Colors in MDK) for Brennan

Some 2008 resolutions:
1. Organize craft room
2. Downsize yarn stash (both through knitting and trading/selling)
3. Be more consistent in home duties (housework, cooking)
4. Get back to some type of exercising
5. Have that yard sale I've been talking about for 6 months!

That's about all the resolution-y stuff I can handle at this point.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Progress on my Log Cabin, Recipe stuff for the MDK contest;)

So, 3 days into the new year, here's my progress on my Log Cabin Moderne:

Though I've added some rows since I took this. I'm enjoying the simple nature of the project, perfect for knitting while DH Ron watches endless college bowl games!

The gals at the Mason Dixon Knitting blog (link at right) are holding a little show us your recipe box contest. Though I don't have a box, I have a binder (that was supposed to organize my endless papers, cards, cut-outs). Here it is:

Frosty shows the lovely, well organized nature of my binder!

And here is the recipe of choice, which I scribbled on the back of the words to a hymn at a Christmas women's brunch at a church probably 5 or 6 years ago. The recipe is now a New Year's morning tradition for our family. We eat it and watch the Rose Parade on HGTV. A Pasadena native, I have to watch the parade, even though I am now an Arizona resident.

Caramel Rolls

18 frozen Rhodes white dinner rolls (1/2 the package)

1/2 Cup butter (one stick)

1/2 Cup packed brown sugar

1/2 box Jello brand butterscotch cook and serve pudding (NOT instant!)

pecan halves

Grease bundt pan, put in rolls. Melt brown sugar and butter together. Sprinkle the pudding powder over the rolls. Pour melted sugar/butter mixtures over. Sprinkle with pecan halves. Cover with waxed paper and let sit overnight to rise. In the morning, heat oven to 350 degrees and cook for 1/2 hour. The rolls will get pretty dark, that's okay. Remove from oven, don't let stand more than 1-2 minutes, invert onto large plate and serve warm.

Here's photos of the recipe, and the other side. Yes, the binder came with cards that fit neatly into the nice, plastic covered pages...what's your point?