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december?! January 1, 2009

Filed under: catch-up,Christmas,crafting,knitting,recap — Ren @ 4:25 pm

where the heck did december go? i meant to post three or four times, but got sidetracked doing other things. the month went something like this: knitting, Christmas knitting, final exams, doctors visits, neck surgery, Christmas, visit to the grandparents, time with the boyfriend, happy new year. i seriously can’t believe that i go back to school after a three-week break on sunday. i went to doctors/hospitals ten times in the last two and a half weeks, which is draining, to say the least, but my surgery went really well and my neck is healing up nicely. i almost have my full range of motion back, too. on the knitting front, i finished two projects before starting Christmas knitting, one big project for my mom (i haven’t taken pictures yet), stockings for the local nursing home, and two sets of notecards. i  sewed up a lunchbox for my dad, too, but i think i’ll leave that for next time. also, i got a ball winder for Christmas! it was lots of fun to wind up a few yarns. ^^

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these socks are finally finished! i really liked the yarn and i really liked the pattern, but i had major trouble following through with the second sock. they are the harris tweed socks (rav) knit on size 2 needles with mary jane’s attic superwash given to me by rhoda a while back. i love how bright these socks are and i want to use the rest of this yarn for wristwarmers or something. ^^

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i’m pretty excited about this scarf. it’s a my-so-called-scarf (rav) in misti pima cotton/silk. i know scarves are better in wool, but every single wool i’ve tried has itched my neck (yes, even malabrigo). i need to wash this before i can wear it, but i’m sure hoping the cotton is better on my neck.

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these are the stockings that i made for local nursing home residents this year. the total cost for the project was $1, since i already had nearly all the materials! dad distributed them and said everybody loved them. the project took a while to complete, but it was fun to do and totally worth it. ^^

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these are made using a technique called quilling. i used the tutorial found here at reese dixon. these took me about an hour a piece to complete. they look cooler in person than in the pictures because you can’t really see the glitter here. i made them for a friend who really liked them. ^^

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notecards_xmas2

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i used the mochimochi land heart pattern (rav) to make these heart notecards. i made a set in the spring and they were well-received, so i thought that i’d try again. this time, i used interfacing on the undersides of the hearts so that they stayed flat while i sewed them on the card. that made things SO much easier. i think i might like these even better than the originals… ^^ grandma didn’t even realize they were handmade.

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sorry for such a long post!!!! i had so much to show before i forgot. happy new year!!!

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spencer! December 1, 2008

Filed under: knitting — Ren @ 8:03 pm

i’m afraid that if i don’t hurry up and post, kelly might just burst. a few months back, kelly knit up anne elliot spencer by canarysanctuary (rav). unfortunately, when she tried it on, it was too small. she had basically completed it, minus sleeves and buttons. as you can imagine, she was quite frustrated (i won’t link to her angry post about it! ^^). to make a long story short, she sent spencer off to me and it fit me PERFECTLY. yay! but, i kid you not, every single part of that shrug created problems for me. i think the thing is cursed, seriously. for instance, because kelly used a different yarn, there was a LOT of extra fabric around the armpits, so i had to sew in the sleeves while folding under some of the fabric… then i had to machine sew the excess and cut it off! i sure hope the edges don’t unravel, but i stitched over each part 4 or 5 times, so  i think it should be fine. now it is finally done and it looks great. ^^

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i have a few other things to post about, but i have to get to work on school projects. hopefully i’ll have time to post again soon!

 

pay-it-forward: finished November 10, 2008

Filed under: crafting,meme — Ren @ 8:15 pm

not too much has been happening in the last few weeks since i posted. my hands were hurting there for a while, so i was trying to relax and let them rest for a bit. i think it worked because i’ve been knitting again. ^^ i haven’t completed anything exciting (more dischloths! lol), but there is some knitting i’m super excited about coming up soon. yay!

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i got my pay-it-forward goodies done a few weeks ago and sent them out to their recipients. the bags were all a little bit different (which made things more fun for me!). also, one bag had the smaller bag with it and the other bags had soaps. even though i enjoyed the pif, i’m glad to be finished with it. i’m well within the one year time limit, too. ^^

 

fall break! October 22, 2008

Filed under: crafting,knitting,recap,school — Ren @ 10:04 am

i can hardly believe that it has been two weeks since i last posted! i was super busy in the last few weeks, studying for and then taking my final exams, mostly. after the exams were finished on (last) wednesday, i got to come home for a week and a half break. and here i am. it’s sad to think that i have to go back to school in only a few days. *sigh* but anyway!

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first things first, i got to see the yarn harlot last week here in jacksonville. she was hilarous and my mom (a non-knitter) thought she was great, too. we also both won door prizes, so i got yummy new yarn. in the picture, i even got to hold her sock and she is wearing her gorgeous ‘hey, teach’. if you look on her most recent blog post, in the fourth picture down, far left, in the back, and then if you kind of squint, you can see us. i have no idea why anyone except me would want to do that, though. ^^

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i finished up my contributions to kristi’s tessalating fish blanket. i used up a bunch of scraps and it was really a lot of fun. i have this feeling that these fishies are going to be smaller than most, but i can’t really help it that i’m a tight knitter, now can i? i can’t wait to see them as part of the blanket!

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i have also been busy on the sewing machine. i found the cute box bag pattern here. as you can see, it is just large enough for a sock project. but don’t mention the sock project — it is not getting anywhere quickly. as a sidenote, if you are in my pay-it-forward group (you know who you are), your gifties should be ready soon. the placement of this comment may give you a hint about what your gift will be. perhaps.

 

instant gratification October 8, 2008

Filed under: crafting,knitting — Ren @ 8:45 pm

are you ever looking for some instant knitting gratification? the solution is to whip out size 35 needles. you can turn…

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…into….

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…in about two hours. i think the scarf is pretty cool, in a silly way. don’t get me wrong: it isn’t something i would ever wear and i don’t have anyone in mind to give it to, but i have no doubt that it will find a loving home one day soon. too bad the extra space in my yarn tub has already been refilled!

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however, if you are looking for two-hour projects that take FOREVER, i have you covered there, too. take a look at these:

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i absolutely love these collage notecards, but they sure took forever to make. indecisiveness and mistakes make everything take longer… but it was well worth it. i sent these off to my favorite card loving people, my mom and a close friend of hers. i can’t wait to make more. ^^

 

a home for my makeup brushes! October 3, 2008

Filed under: crafting,meme — Ren @ 3:23 pm

if you haven’t been able to tell, i have caught the sewing bug big-time. i love how quickly i can make cute stuff. don’t worry, i still love my knitting… i can’t really sew in front of the television! ^^ anyway, i decided to make a case for traveling with my makeup brushes. i was using this little bag that i had to shove the brushes in and all it did was annoy me and mess up the tops of the brushes. problem solved!

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i really like how this turned out and how useful it will be for traveling. i’m not going to lie — it isn’t my best work ever. the sport nylon (ripstop) was really hard to work with and made things slide around a lot more. however, it makes the case more durable and involves less cleaning. i added a few extra spaces in case i get more brushes (you just never know!).

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apparently, it’s that time again where everyone circulates memes. i got tagged by deb, missy, and rhoda. to be honest, i’m just going to lump the two awards together (don’t kill me!). the first award asks for seven people and the second asks for four, so i’m going to aim for eleven.

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Here are the rules:
1) Add the logo of the award to your blog.
2) Add a link to the person who awarded it to you (as shown above).
3) Nominate at least seven (four) other blogs.
4) Add links to those blogs on your blog.
5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.

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ok, so we have:

  1. hannah at bittersweet
  2. kelly at celtic cast on
  3. jeanne at jeanne knits
  4. denise at the knitting den
  5. vicki at KU crafter
  6. sophia at yarn over manhattan
  7. pam at pammie’s place
  8. kelli at knitter bunny

and of course:

  1. deb at hakucho
  2. missy at missy’s knitting mess
  3. rhoda at left-handed knitting

whew! that sure is a lot of great blogs and blogging friends. i hope everyone has a great weekend!

 

the prayer shawl is DONE! September 30, 2008

Filed under: knitting — Ren @ 10:03 am

last week, i was freaking out about whether or not i would be able to complete a prayer shawl for my grandma in time to take down to her house for my great-aunt’s funeral. the answer is YES. apparently, i can knit much more than i thought. when you throw schoolwork to the wind, anything is possible! ^^

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did i mention that grandma loved it? ^^ i added the heart to a basic prayer shawl (my rav page) and i do think it really adds something. if i do it again, i will probably position the heart a bit lower, because the heart didn’t like to stretch out very well. on the way down to grandma’s, we stopped at a LYS and found the gorgeous shawl pin (and some yarny goodness, of course!). there was this one part where i dropped a stitch and, in my hurry, didn’t notice until fifteen inches later, but, with the help of lovely ravelers, i was able to fix it without a major problem. overall, the whole thing turned out well; i was very pleased, grandma was pleased, and mom has requested one for Christmas. i will be sure to start on hers earlier, though! ^^

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p.s. the heart is definitely centered on the shawl even if it doesn’t appear to be. it has a larger wingspan than i do, so it was harder to center for the pictures. ^^