Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Set Engines to HALLOWEEN

Happy Halloween Eve, lovely world! I hope you all have lots of spooky fun planned for one of my very favorite holidays and times of year. As my gift to you, here is a great photo of a ten-year-old me, my dad, and my little sister. Yes, I am definitely Dr. Crusher from Star Trek: TNG. Don't even worry about it. Yes, I did wear that to school that year.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Autumn At My House

Every day this month seems like it has had about three packed into one. Work takes up so much of the day, and then after - knitting class, dance rehearsal, it was my birthday on the 18th so there were a handful of family dinners and get-togethers. As much as I love being social, I like to take time out to be a lump, too. I want to be at home at night to practice my knitting! And to watch scary movies and TV shows and to eat yummies with Markie before all the Christmas treats come rolling in. Well, today I get that day. To celebrate, here is a tiny little post with a few pictures of my Autumn so far. After I post this, I will go back to knitting, purling, and practicing my increases.


I just want to layer layer layer! I'm still trying to fill out my wardrobe for work, so right now I'm focusing on re-purposing summer clothes (that sleeveless dress, that thin cardigan) for fall-temperature outfits.  


For my birthday, Markie made delicious curry. I made the eggs and lots of cute Mollie flowers, which made those scraps. 


My birthday gift from Markie. :3


My late night snack last night; garlic & dill peperoncinis. I like to suck on the garlic cloves.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

FINISHED PROJECT: She Knits!

Well, my friends. I have finally stuck to it long enough to complete one full knitted project. A basic cowl! As some of you may know, I tried to knit on my own a few months ago and got kind of fed up and quit. Thanks to my mom, I was enrolled in a beginner's knitting class at the yarn shop in town and started last Monday. I feel kind of funny not teaching myself, but that is weird, and it is so much easier when someone is showing you right in front of you, not on a YouTube video or picture in a book.


ANYWAY! Last Monday I learned to cast on, do a knit stitch, and bind off (!!), the last of which is something I could not understand on my own. The next day I bought a pair of super big needles, some Wool Ease Thick & Quick (I love you, Lion Brand) and got to work on my cowl! This was one whole skein and took about a good day's work, but that's it. It was so fast!


The night of my class, though, I did go home and re-learn the purl stitch on my own and played around with changing colors, as you can see above. I really like how the stockinette stitch looks, but did not love how much it curled in on it's self. I will wait to see what the teacher says next Monday! My next goal is to figure out how to use circular needles and to get way smoother at purling. And then eventtuuuuallly - cables! I'm excited for it all, but.. I already miss crochet. WINK!