Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Havent written in awhile, sometimes I dont really know what to say. Is anyone even reading this? I dont really care. :)

I finished my second charity hat awhile ago. I like how it came out, and hope it finds a good home.

I also finished my second baby blanket for my new nephew. It was knit with 2 strands held together, and became awfully heavy on the needles, so I didnt knit very long in one sitting.
Right now I'm working on a Sheldon for yet another sister-in-law for her wedding gift. She really likes turtles, and I figured something hand-made would be more special than something like ... a toaster. ;)
Also found a wonderful pattern for a new charity hat to start on soon. Once I get Sheldon's body finished, I will probably pick up on knitting the hat. I wanted to get 3 more finished by the end of May so I could donate them all at once, and hopefully I will be able to stick to my goal.
Speaking of weddings, I went and bought my wedding dress last night. It was the last one I tried on, and wasnt one I'd even considered getting, but it was perfect. Just a little alterations and ta-da! I cant wait! Daughter of mine didnt care for her dress, she said it was "too puffy." The dress matches mine perfectly and she looked absolutely gorgeous in it. I had to order hers in a size smaller, and it will be in next month.
I wrote out a list of things I still need to get done, it's long.. ugh. And I'm quite sure that I'm forgetting something. I actually forgot to write down 'wedding cake' the first time! And you cant forget the cake! Sheesh...
Well, I've had a wonderful evening. Made a great dinner, got a sitter and went to see Iron Man -awesome movie. So now I suppose I'll go do some more knitting and get to bed!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Hats for Charity

Stella Hat
Originally uploaded by fizzberry
Well, I started on my hats. First one finished! It only took me a day to knit it. Well, not in one sitting... but still. Hats go fast when you've got good yarn and you're only knitting in a circle. :) It's encouraging to find out how quit they knit up. I'll have a nice donation in no time!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Works in Progress

Man, I cannot wait until the weather stops being crazy. Rain all week long, now it's cold. Cold and damp. We wanted to go camping this weekend, too! Blah. Well, I suppose it gives me more time to knit!

I'm working on a blanket for my sister-in-law. She's having her last baby, so I figured I'd make her something special. I am looking forward to finishing it so that I can start other projects.
Speaking of other projects... It has occured to me that I would like to do some charity work. I guess it's sort of a pull to give back to my community. So I have a friend at one of the hospitals and asked him to look into their charity programs, if any. I want to knit hats for cancer patients, children, or pretty much anyone who could use a little extra comfort and love. I honestly cant think of a better way to put my knitting to use. From the sound of it, no one around here has done anything like that, unless the people he asked just dont know about it.. But I would love to go around the halls with him, a box of hats in hand, walking into rooms and saying "Happy Hat Day."
So, that has been on my mind, and my heart for awhile. I hope to put it in motion soon!!
Another thing I've been excited about is getting married!! We are having our wedding in the first week of September, and I'm super excited! I have dresses picked out for my daughter and I (they practically match! Eee!) and bought the dresses for my bridesmaids on Wednesday :) I found them at work (I work at a Kohl's Dept Store) and got them super cheap! $20 a piece! I couldnt pass them up.
Anyhow, I have a lot on my mind, and things keeping me busy. I cant wait to get started on my hat day projects and wedding planning :)
It's going to be fun! Yay!!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Another Addiction, or two...

So, not only do I like to knit, I am also quite the video game nerd. I like playing PC MMORPGs, and sometimes even a console game every now and then.

I just yesterday got a Nintendo DS for my (early) birthday. I got Yoshi's Island DS for it as well. I used to play Yoshi's Island on my step-mom's SuperNES way back in the day. I'm not much for Mario jumpy-jumpy games, but I really liked the way you could shoot eggs and eat stuff with Yoshi.
It wont go a day in my house without being played. I've got a video game nut for an almost-husband and my daughter loves them too.

I signed us up for Gamefly, and already have 2 games rented and shipped out. I should have them Monday. I'm excited.

Needless to say, I'm addicted. And I feel quite nerdy about it. :)

Another thing I was looking at was Maple Story for the PC. It's an online side-scroller MMO that you can download and play for free! I showed it to one of my (nerd) friends today and he thought it looked cool. I do, too. I think maybe I should really give this one some serious thought before I go and download it... I dont want to be sucked into an other online MMO.

The biggest problem with video games is how hard they are to put down. I could get into a game and an hour would go by without me even noticing it. Although, I have a hard time playing the DS for longer than an hour, a PC game like Maple Story would probably suck me in entirely.

So many addictions, and only so many hands...

Maybe I should get help, haha. :)

Monday, March 31, 2008

First Post

Well, I guess the beginning's as good a place as any to start. Right?

I've been dabbling in knitting since fall of 2007. I had heard the call to be creative, to make something, and decided that knitting would be my outlet. The best part about it was that I could start with easy things, like scarves, hats, etc and make them for people. Nothing's more rewarding than seeing a person's face when you hand them something that was made just for them, and no one has anything like it.

So I went out and bought the book "Knitting and Crocheting for Dummies." It came with 2 pairs of knitting needles and a crochet hook. It has good illustrations and step-by-step instruction. It also included a few starter patterns. I picked up the knitting bug really fast, and soon realized how easy it was to be addicted to yarn.

Ahhh, yarn. I love the way it feels wrapped around my fingers. Warm, soft and comforting. I enjoy walking through craft sections of any store, just to see what sort of new yarns are awaiting to be made up into a new project.

So far I've made at least 10 scarves, 4 hats, baby blankets and a couple handbags.

I just recently learned to knit on circular and double pointed needles, which will broaden my hat-making horizons. I've also just got myself invited to Ravelry, which also sparked my interest in starting a blog about my adventures in knitting.

Now I just need to learn more stitches, maybe learn to crochet as well (crochet seems a little more summer-friendly). I'm excited to put this skill to more serious uses, possibly making hats to donate to chemo patients or whoever else needs something cozy and comforting.
And I'm excited to share my progress with you. :)