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Sunday, September 30, 2007

I've been tagged, and welcome Mia, a small FO

I've been tagged by Kelly Jo She just moved to KnitFrogRepeat

I think I did this one awhile back.

The rules are:
Once tagged, you must link to the person who tagged you. Then post the rules before your list, and list 8 random things about yourself. At the end of the post, you must tag and link to 8 other people, visit their sites, and leave a comment letting them know they've been tagged.

Eight Random Things About me
1. I've been on a diet since birth. My mother is obsessed with weight and food. I'm trying to overcome it. I used to be very physically active, but now work and all my hobbies are sedentary. Yes, I know better, but if you offer me a very tasty piece of chocolate (like a dark chocolate covered macadamia nut), I still often say yes and pop it in my mouth. Yikes!
2. My crafts have been a series of obsessions. In middle school I made paper machette(sp?) jewelry and painted peanuts to look like bugs. In college I knit. In my 30s and 40s I sewed. There was the pincushion phase, the book cover phase, quilitng, and the rabbit phase, to name a few. Now I mostly knit again.
3. I like to grow pineapples in my patio. They are very low maintenance and the pineapples are very sweet ripened to perfection before being picked.
4. Right now I'm going through a "men are icky" relationship stage. The exception, of course my sons, who are the best:) The other exception being some of the blogger's husbands who from what I read are very nice and considerate.
5. Nature amazes me. The storms in Kansas, the quiet of fresh fallen snow, the red sand tracing flash floods in the Grand Canyon, the blue of Lanikai, the glow of sunset, the diversity in color and shape of flowers. Can't beat it.
6. I always thought I would age gracefully...haha, I thought I would giggle and smile through labor pains, too. Now I color my hair and worry about all those strange spots on my skin like grandma had.
7. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. I think I have time for another career. But just what would that be?
8. I feel lucky to live in Nuuanu. It is cool, green and lush. I don't mind the rain (liquid sunshine!). As the saying goes, no rain, no rainbows.

I will have to work on a tag list but I'm inviting all the Hawaii and Aloha Knitters to join in and do this meme even if you did it before.

Welcome Mia.

Pattern: Doll and Hello Kitty bed/bag from Leisure Arts Scraps Savers, 100 great Little Gifts. Pink Aran in Rowan's Cashoff, adapted from Martha Hayne's Top Down Beanie Sweater. Knit on size 5 Clover bamboo DP. I still have to make the pillow and a few changes of clothes.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Ariann, FO and a Wednesday Sky

Pattern: Ariann by Chicknits
Yarn: SWTC Karaoke, 50%soy silk and wool.
Needles: Size 7 Knitpick options

I like that there are only two little seams under the arms. I messed up on the increases due to short attention span, but frogged back, actually followed the directions and lo and behold all turned out well. The needles are nice an pointy and no catching or breaking even though I put a lot of stress on them when I got to the part where the front/back combo and both sleeves are joined together. Getting around the sleeves was challenging until some of the decreases were done, so I added two DPs when I got to the sleeves and kept all the other stitches on the circular.
This yarn is nice to knit, a bit of fuzz came off but it held up well in the soak. It is very warm! Hopefully not too warm for Tacoma. I'm not sure I like out the striping/pooling happened on the body and sleeves, but oh, well, there ya go!
I'm still in search of the right buttons. These from the stash are the right size and have a shank, but the color is too bright, imo. It's for my sister so can't model it as it doesn't fit me.

The sky was ablaze this evening.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

No photo wandering Wednesday

To heck with the math, I ate the white pineapple all up! It was very sweet:)

Ariann will need frogging and redoing. I lead myself to believe that the decreases would take care of themselves, and now the collar won't roll and the neckline is ruffled. I'm verklempt.

Perhaps I'll start some simple socks.

I did manage to sew a silk blouse for $2.99. I got a brand new dress on half off day at Goodwill and made a T-shirt blouse.

I'm still traumatized from the giant centipede I found one night in my dining room. It was huge! I hope there aren't any more. I'm thinking I have to wear shoes in the house.

I passed my Boards. I'm so happy I wasn't in the 6% that fail. It would be grounds for seppuku. There were no questions on shoulder dystocia this year, but they persist in putting those statistic questions, like NNT, etc. I just want to know the bottom line!

I got my first passport. Yup, I've never left the country and I've passed the half century mark. Kentucky was the most foreign place I've been too. I want to see Niagara Falls and my sister has talked me in to flying in to Toronto instead of driving from Buffalo. I better practice my French. Any good yarn stores in Chicago or Toronto?

I took Erin's class, Bubbles and Baubles in hopes of learning to wire wrap top drilled beads. It's going to take a lot of practice.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Another Felted Totoro and Sashiko Baby Futon

Pattern: Knitted Totoro by smartygirl.
Yarn: Cascade 220
Needles 10.5 bamboo clovers

I don't know why his head came out so small and his ears so big. I felted him 16 minutes and needlefelted the eyes, nose and chest markings on. The original seems more Totoro-like. The other blues invited the new guy to inspect the quilt in progress. I have to figure out something for his whiskers.

Quilt Pattern: Sashiko Baby Futon, pattern by Pauline Kunimune formerly of Kuni's Dry Goods.
I enjoyed taking sewing classes at the old Kuni's. I have made this futon many times for new babies. I love the mon designs and put the family one in the center and toys around. It's a fast quilt as only 5 blocks have sashiko, and a futon is tied not quilted. I orignally tried out traditional futon stuffing, but it shifts as it is not bonded. If find it more practical to use bonded 5 oz batting so it can washed in the machine. I love Kona Cotton for the backing, borders and blocks as it has a nice weight.