Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Word Association Game

Okay -- Here's my list, now that I had time for my intentioned answers to leave via osmosis and I could do this successfully. :)
  1. Pumpkin PIE
  2. Owl POST
  3. Leaf "on the wind.."
  4. Weasley Ginger
  5. Quaffle balls
  6. Hallow witch
  7. Mad hatter
  8. Dragon heart
  9. Crystal meth
  10. Trees leaves
  11. Hermione bushy
  12. Hogwarts Harry Potter
  13. Burrow dig
  14. Dobby my hero! ;)
  15. Horcrux souls
  16. Ministry wankers
  17. Magic wand
  18. Sirius seriously?
  19. Apple pie
  20. Juice cranberry
  21. Candle-labra
  22. Ghost Hunters
  23. Snake "Why's it have to be snakes?"
  24. Wand Phoenix
  25. Invisibility Cloak
  26. Tent Super Run Away
  27. Spell Avada Kedavra
  28. Umbridge Toad Face
  29. Dursely Olsen
  30. Prophet Roman Grant

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Week 2 Blogging Assignment

What 5 things would you not leave home without if you were going into hiding, camping, or running away and WHY.

So I've been battling a flu since Sunday and the only running away/camping/hiding I intend on doing is in my bed under the covers. And here are the 5 things going with me:
  1. The laptop
  2. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  3. The Fall by Guillermo del Toro
  4. My Knitting (the Ravenclaw scarf, Snapdragon Flip-Tops, and my Catnip Socks) ---- all links lead to my Ravelry project pages
  5. An extra blanket
I know that wasn't totally the point of the assignment but I'm really just too out of it to come up with a better answer.

Plus my idea of camping is a 3 star hotel so I have no idea what I'd bring on the run. I would be for all intent and purpose useless in those situations. There's totally no wi-fi in the woods. Bogus.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Week 1 Welcome Assignment Part 2

  1. Someone with the same craft as you (either those listed above or another one). Perenelle/Sylvo (knit)
  2. Someone who was born in the same month as you. Wisteria/Neila (July)
  3. Someone from a different country. Emma W./Annkingstone (England)
  4. A new HSKS Family member. Schmutzerella/Schmutzerella
  5. Someone who has been in 3 or more HSKS swaps. Siobhan/Celticmommy
  6. Someone who has a bigger stash than you! (And if your stash is the biggest, proudly say so! Mine's the biggest! 259+ if I count what's not on Ravelry. :P (I took pics)
  7. Someone who both knits and crochets. Hermione/Smileynetta`
  8. Someone who has the same favorite color as you. Elanor/setembrina (orange)
  9. Someone who has the same favorite season/holiday as you. Honoria/Jellbeaninc (summer, and she believes birthdays should count! Double win!)
  10. Someone who has the same favorite fiber as you. Morgianna/StarofTwilight (malabrigo)

My stash:

Sock Yarns (by color):

Laceweight and fingering intended for 'lace' (aka Shawl projects)

Special Basket = Wollmeise and Sundara FMC

A picture inside my cupboard which contains:
TOP (left to right) Balled sock yarns & sport + DK weight, and Bulky weight + Handspuns (done by Phelia/Sinknitty)
BOTTOM (left to right): Worsteds (cascade, patons merino, etc.), MALABRIGO (worsted, twist, Rios 00 the chunky and the sock are with the chunkys and the socks)
Close ups of the inside:

Sock Yarn balled up + Dk & sport

Bulky in balls, Hansspun & the skeined bulky

Worsteds (cascade + Patons merino)

Missing is 5 skeins of Rios that I balled up to start a blanket. :)

Also I ordered a bunch of cascade 220 superwash for gifts and maybe JUST MAYBE some more Mal Rios snuck into my cart.

In accepting this award presented to me by HSKS for the largest stash I'd like to thank the following:
  • Rowena Bladvak/Ronni-licious, my enabler
  • The Loopy Ewe for may many credits and a fabulous selection
  • WEBS for cheap cheap prices
  • Malabrigo for being so addicting
  • Carrie at Cosmic fibers, her Harry Potter colors are what got me into sock yarns and I'm now in my third year the nefarious club (!!!!)
  • Megaera/Chelle for actually discovering that I had the largest stash
  • My fabulous frinds that went on the yarn crawl with me in California. (CelticMommy, Ronni-licios, Neila, Staroftwilight, Jenean, Sherry ....)
  • My bf's parents for letting us rent a house that allows me to have a yarn room.
  • Anyone I've ever swapped with because they've introduced me to even more yarns
  • My mom and grandmother who have fabric stashes that inspired me to stash.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Assignment/Welcome #1 - Part 1 (My faves)

Someone with the same craft as you (either those listed above or another one).
- I knit, I bead

Someone who was born in the same month as you.
- JULY! (best month)

Someone from a different country.
- USA born

A new HSKS Family member.
- this is definitely not my first one, it's my 9th!

Someone who has been in 3 or more HSKS swaps.
- Well, as I said above this is my 9th

Someone who has a bigger stash than you! (And if your stash is the biggest, proudly say so!)
- I have a HUGE stash, it's 250+ according to ravelry (I just looked at this to double check... WOW! and I just ordered more-MOSTLY for gifts but still.)

Someone who both knits and crochets.
- Not me. :( I'm wanting to learn to crochet, but it's not happening so far.

Someone who has the same favorite color as you.
- Currently my favorite color is orange... but as indicated on my sidebar I like almost every color. :)

Someone who has the same favorite season/holiday as you.
- Season: summer, Holiday: it's a toss up between Thanksgiving and my birthday (yes, my birthday is a holiday.)

Someone who has the same favorite fiber as you.
- I'll just call my favorite fiber "malabrigo" ... does that work for everyone?
- Also alpaca... I LOVE alpaca. It's so soft and pretty and awesome. I'm not blessed with an overabundance of it but that's what I spend my time petting at LYSs and the like. ;)

Also not that any of this matters. I apparently have the LARGEST stash!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Finish 2, Start a New One

I'm starting back again at HSKS so I'll be double posting here and on my muggle blog for the time being. I'm sure I'll have HSKS-esque stuff to post pretty soon. I need to get into the habit of posting here too though!


Recently I've been overwhelmed with all of my WIPs. I made myself a deal that in order to start a new project I had to finish 2 of those wips. So I did I actually listened to myself.

First Finished WIP:
Ozymandias, King of Kings
(AKA the never ending shawl from hell)

Pattern: Percy by Sanne Kalkman
Needles: US 7 / 4.5 mm
Yarn: Cosmic Fibers Ara Stellar
Color: Sweeney Todd
Edging Yarn: DIC Starry
Color: Midnight Derby
Beads: Size 6/0 
(replaced the nupps, and extended through the points)
Finished Dimensions:
55” across, 27” from base to tip
Beads added (see above), Ran out of my Sweeny Todd yarn so did a contrasting edging.

I am so very very very happy that this is done. I giggled like a madwoman when blocking it. I mean seriously this thing took me almost a year, and THEN I RAN OUT OF YARN... Well, actually now that it's done and I weighed the yarn I PROBABLY could have finished but when you have something like 20 rows to go and 6 or 7 grams or yarn, you start to worry. The end result is pretty and it makes me happy AND I'm pretty sure it makes other people jealous. Right? 

Second Finished WIP:

Knives Chau: 17 Years Old
My very first Scott Pilgrim Fandom knit. :D The scarf is just twisted rib, 17 stripes, each stripe is 5" long, so the total scarf is 85" long. I maybe could have gone longer but I was really stuck n wanting 17 stripes.

Details are as follows:

  • Cast on 24 stitches
  • Using twisted rib create stripes
  • Each stripe is 5” (or 27 rows)
  • Bind Off after 17 stripes are finished
(NOTE: I did the math later on, and if I wanted the 10 foot long scarf, I'd need to make each row about 7" for 17 stripes, or have  23 stripes and be 5" short of 10 feet, or 25 stripes and be 5" over 10 feet. I debated doing 25 for a little bit.. Because then it'd be Lucy: 25 Years Old, but I just didn't like that as much.)

Needles: US 9 / 5.5 mm
Yarn: Cascade 220
Colors: 4002 (JET) & 8505 (WHITE)

I cast on the Snapdragon Tam by Ysolda.

For some reason my brain wasn't functioning when I first cast this on Tuesday night. It took me 5 attempts:

  • Attempt one: CO too few stitches
  • Attempt two: Started knitting WITHOUT STITCH MARKERS and lost the beginning of my round
  • ATTEMPT 3: too MANY stitches… I need enough for 5 repeats, and I CO for 5 1/2
  • Attempt 4: I Twisted the G.D. stitches
  • Attempt 5: FRAKKING finally
Luckily I persevered and managed to get going. I'm looking forward to having a very pretty hat and flip-top mitten set. Which reminds me... I'll need to buy buttons soon.