Sunday, August 29, 2010

Very Good Things!

This past week was a complete turn around from the year before.

  • Rick and I resolved our differences and got back together
  • I got a lot of knitting done
  • I saw my friends band play a really great show
  • I worked in the K of C beer tent at the local festival
There were other things, too, but I am exhausted right now!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Finished baby booties!

I literally just cast off the second bootie and sewed it up in the last hour. I am super happy with how this project worked out.
I am trying to use Ravelry a bit more, so I will start linking to the patterns and such on there.
I used the Eco Baby Booties pattern, as I mentioned before, and some blue Bernat Handicrafter cotton. It was one of the tiny skeins (the one dishcloth size) and I still have about 4 or 5 yards left. I'll probably use that as trim on another pair.
I knit the pattern as indicated, but went to 4.25mm needles, because I didn't have the correct size.
I will definitely be making more of these, and probably tweaking the pattern to make larger sizes (this one says 0-6 months, but I'd love to do some up to 12 months)
Overall, I'd say these are a great project for someone like me who wants to get out of the habit of knitting rectangles, or a beginner who is looking for a small challenge.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I never thought I'd see the day when I knit something that is a pair

I really didn't. I've been knitting for something like 10 years (although, a couple years in the beginning, I wasn't knitting at all) and I've never made something that is one of two. Dishcloths, scarves, hats, neck warmers and blankets. That's about it.
Today, I cast on Eco Baby Booties (non-Rav link) in blue cotton.
I've been having a bit of trouble with them, which is 100% my fault, not the pattern at all. Because I am knitting with cotton on the same needles as I do the dishcloths, I keep trying to knit in the cloth pattern. I have had to un-knit and re-knit at least 5 different rows. Some of them I had to do twice. In the end though, I got it done.
I am very close to casting off, and I will start on the other one right away. They should both be done some time tomorrow, and I will post about them again.
This could be a whole new knitting obsession. I could develop my own baby bootie pattern (many seem to be based off the same basic idea, I could probably combine them) and then make a whole bunch of them.

Let's not get too far ahead of ourselves, Nicole.
They are REALLY cute!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Very Good Things

Every Sunday I post about the very good things that happened to me in the week prior. This past week has been quite hard on me emotionally, but there were some good things.
  • Working at Made In Windsor. The store is closed, but it is continuing on in another way.
  • Doing the Made In Windsor Open Air Crafter's Market and making some money!
  • Networking like crazy at the market.
  • Seeing my "mom" (close friend's mom) for a couple hours
  • Seeing my friend Colin on his birthday
  • Getting an INSANE amount of knitting done in a couple days
What were your Very Good Things this week?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

What I've been up to!

Knitting, for sure! Really though, I have finished a scarf and a cowl in the past couple days, started another scarf and finished and started dishcloths.
I started downloading podcasts, mostly knitting, but also a few others, such as green living and vegetarian life. I am definitely looking for more, so if you podcast, or have a favourite that you'd like to recommend, please do so!
I am getting all of my stuff ready for a show on Sunday. The Made In Windsor Open-Air Crafter's Market is an every Sunday thing, from now until who knows when, it really depends on the weather I guess. I am going to try to do a few of these in the coming months, in addition to the two phog shows I already have in the works.
Nothing brought into rEvolution, yet. I am going to do at least one show before I bring anything in there. I want to make sure I have enough stock at the shows before I worry about stores.
Today, I go back to work. I've had a couple days off, and been quite productive. I think it's time to go back to the grind, so I can appreciate my days off a little more.

What have all of you been up to?

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Last week's Very Good Things

Every Sunday, I plan on posting about the Very Good Things that happened in the previous week. This is one of those posts.

  • Getting my new MacBoo Pro
  • Learning a ton of stuff about it
  • Sewing up a TON of knitted stuff
  • Working at Made In Windsor
  • Finishing two goals on my 101 list
  • Spending time with Rick
  • Getting $65 from the gov. for "sales tax assistance"
  • Seeing people I haven't seen since highschool
What were your very good things this week?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

iPhone cases, and other such things

These are my latest two iPhone cases. They're made from some REALLY brightly coloured yarn that I got from Wal-Mart close to 5 years ago. The one on the left is way pink-er than it looks. It has a couple rows of stockinette thrown in there to add some interest. The blue one is pretty close to the actual colour.
I am managing to get through these pretty quickly, The pink one was started late last night, and finished today. I had to take apart a scarf that I'd made a couple years ago (and luckily never sold) so that I'd have enough of the yarn to finish it. I now have enough of that same colour to make quite a few bows and such, too.
I have been in a pretty fantastic mood the past few days. So many good things have been happening lately.
On that note, I may be absent for a few days. I just ordered a MacBook, and I should be getting it tomorrow. It's going to take me some time to get used to it, so I'm not sure when I'll be posting again.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Last week's "very good things"

Last week, I decided to start a series of posts on my blog about very good things that happened to me in the seven days prior. This is the second part of that series.
  • Spending most of the week with Rick
  • Rick making my breakfast a few times
  • Finding Winston's teeth when he lost them
  • Watching a million episodes of Supernatural
  • Hot tubbing
  • Visiting the store that will soon be selling my stuff
  • Knitting like a mad woman, and finishing 4 things
  • Working at Windsor Pride and having a blast
  • Talking with some local journalists about the condition of our city and what can be done to fix it
  • Having a crazy amount of hours at the jobs this week. Money Money Money!!!
What were your very good things this week? Let me know if you make this a regular post at your blog!

Friday, August 6, 2010

More brown cowls and other news

Have you ever bought those bags of "mill end" yarn? It's often a bag of the same type, sometimes different, but usually under $5.
This is some of my favourite yarn. It's cheap, and if you look hard enough, you can find some really great yarns. I picked up a bag of what I am assuming is Bernat Roving in the Cork colourway. It's super soft, and really nice to work with. It does pill somewhat, but nothing a lint shaver or roller couldn't fix. I've made a cowl out of it already, and started on a second. I'm using the same pattern for both.

In other news, I am going to soon be selling my knitted items at rEvolution gallery+studio in Kingsville. I'm super excited to get stock made up to bring in there. I'm hoping to have everything made and brought in by the 20th; 2 weeks from now. Ten bows and ten phone cases is what I am shooting for, and possibly some of the dishcloths that I already have made.

I don't think I mentioned this before, but Made In Windsor is closing the store front at the end of the month. Super saddening, but they are going to stay open in a different way. There is going to be a weekly market downtown every Sunday at a cool new place opening up. It's going to be in the parking lot, and there will be around 30 vendors. Once it starts cooling down some, I am going to hopefully do it a couple times. Until then, I will probably be volunteering/working there. This weekend, I will be working at the Made In Windsor booth at Windsor Pride. I have quite a few things that will hopefully be sold there, and I'm excited. Some of my friends will be partying at Pride, and I can't wait to hang out with them.

All in all, life is good. No complaints here!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Last weeks "very good things"

I am going to start posting something on my blog every week about the very good things that have happened in the past week. Inspired by Delacroix, on Tumblr, I am going to list a few things that made me happy.
  • Spending time with Rick
  • Winston being a total cutie pie
  • Making delicious food with Rick
  • Going to phog two nights in a row
  • Finishing one of the goals
  • Eating tons of watermelon
  • Getting a cute dress
What were your very good things last week?