Sometimes you start a project and it turns out amazing the first time around. Other times, it kicks your ass to the curb. So first up:
Kelcie's Clapotis. I started this for my niece's birthday 2007, and she got it for her birthday 2008. Not THAT bad. ;)
She chose the yarn, something washable, Patons Decor. It looks lovely on her, and she wears it all the time... which makes ME happy!
Then came Anise. I knit this in the spring of 2007, during a cold spell, then it warmed up and all the pieces were tossed behind the couch to be seamed when it got cold again. Well, fall arrived and I finally got around to finishing! I love this sweater!
It's cozy warm and was a quick and easy knit. I can wear it out on a cool day, or just around the house.
The only problem are the buttons. Well not the buttons per se, but the snaps underneath the buttons. I recently found out I am allergic to Nickel (buh bye Options interchangeable needles!) and the snaps are nickel coated. So I have to be really careful putting it on, and wash my hands after or I break out in a rash. Eventually I'll get different snaps... but we know that could be months! This was knit with Lion Brand Thick and Quick. I sort of wish I'd spent more on the yarn, but it was in stash and it's washable, which is important when you spend your days with people who rub snot on you.
Finally, I just finished Shalom this past weekend. Originally this yarn was going to be a wrap sweater, then it got stashed, then I was going to knit Dill. I cast on 3x for Dill, and each time was disappointed... then I realized that no matter what it wasn't going to look good on me. So I frogged that and cast on for Shalom. Of course I didn't bother to look at the mods anyone had made, and within moments of binding off, I realized it was horrible for me. The arm holes were way too gappy for someone as thin as I am, I looked... gaunt. Not attractive, at all. Sadly I thought the yarn would again be stashed, but then Adina mentioned that Ishi had posted great mods... and lo and behold it was exactly how I pictured this sweater looking on me.
This was knit again with stash yarn, Lion brand wool ease in Paprika. I actually like this yarn quite a bit. it's not super pilly, and for being an acrylic blend, it's pretty soft... and again with the washability feature.
I love the comfort and warmth of this little sweater. Yarn was held doubled, so it's extra cozy. The rich orange is a fantastic color on a blaze' winter day. I had planned on 3 buttons, but once I tried it on, one seemed perfect. This is just a place holder button so I can wear it. I'm searching for the perfect button! Button emporium here I come!
Now I'm working on this cozy little jacket for Ruby in the same orange as above and dark chocolate brown. I'm using a worsted wt yarn for a pattern that calls for fingering... so I'm making a 12 month size that will clearly fit her for a while. So far, it's cute! next up I'll start a February Lady Sweater for myself and some baby knitting for my dear friend Lisa. I had agreed to join my local knitting friends in a KAL to do a Hemlock Ring Blanket in the month of february, but it's not calling my name. We'll see if I can be persuaded to even buy the yarn. I'm (obviously) trying to work on a yarn stash clearing here people!
My sweet, hilarious, fantastic friend Rebekah asked for readers who wanted to be interviewed... and besides knowing she could pose a fabulous question, I haven't posted in a while and needed blog fodder.
So the deal is... if you want to be interviewed, post in comments and I'll see what i can come up with. You'll link back to me and reply in your bloggy.
Are you now or have you ever been psychic? How do you know? No, I'm not psychic... I did have a weird summer in my 20s when several completely random dreams came true... not to me but to people I knew. Like I dreamed I had appendicitis and then my roommate had it (down to passing out the same way I did in my dream). Then I dreamed my car was stolen and the guy I was dating had his car stolen. Completely random, never happened again.
Would you rather die heroically or cowardly? Oh I'd rather not die at all to be honest, but if I have to choose, I'll go heroically. I'm not really a hero type, but I can give it a shot. I'll shoot my guns up in the air and yell "aaaaaaaaah"
How hard would it be for you to live somewhere without fresh indoor water? Electricity? Plumbing? I could live for a short time with out electricity, or plumbing. but no fresh water? that would be hard. I've climbed mountains and spent countless nights sleeping under the stars in the woods, but to live like that permanently? I'm just too soft for that now. I used to be hard core... now i am soft core. Oh wait, that's another question isn't it.
What is your primary cellphone ringtone? Um.. some folksy thing that came on my iPhone. I used to have Ryan programed as Walk the Line, and before that Hot Stuff by Donna Summer. But I got an iPhone and have too much fun playing with other things to change the ringtone.
Are you more witty or snarky? Hmmm I think I used to be snarky, but then had a kid and got happy, and am more witty. Or maybe I am snitty, or warky.
Most extreme personal change or changes you've ever made? Feels like right now! I'm on an elimination diet to figure out what is making my eczema flare non stop. I'm eating like 3 things... literally, and adding something new every few days. Talk about extreme. I may never eat chocolate again. Or maybe it was when I got that boob job.
Favorite city you've lived in or want to live in? I'm living the dream baby. Livin. the. dream. I love this city and can't imagine ever leaving. It's the perfect blend of coffee and beer, tattoos and acupuncturist, rain and sun. It's the only civilized place left in the US.
Has your life up til now been more blameless or messy? Moving forward from here, which one would you choose? Probably a little bit of each, leaning toward mess. I would choose messy any day of the week. Life (like a toddler) should be messy, fun and something you fall asleep smiling about.
Worst kiss (or kiss-like experience)? Oh definitely when I was making my move on Justin Pollack in HS and Angela Jacobus barfed all over me... Killed the opportunity for a kiss, and possibly ruined my entire life? or did she save me from a life of misery? sigh. we'll never know. Good thing I met Ryan or I might be a tired loveless spinster.
You HAVE to pick a religion to practice. Evangelical Christian, Zoroastrian, Jainist or Scientologist? (and why?) Well I'm not a huge fan of organized religion, but I guess I'd be a Janist, because I like the idea of every soul being potentially divine. Either that or I'd be a scientologist, cause I totally believe in the alien stuff. Oh maybe I should be mormon.
The person you are romantically involved with announces they are getting a sex change. Would it change your feelings for them? Well, I doubt we'd hop in the sack after that... but I love Ryan because he is RYAN. Not cause he has a super performing wang. I would probably need a lot of time to adjust but I'd always love him for who he is. He's got other skillz too ifyouknowwhatimean.
Meat helmet or thigh-high golden boots with large wings attached to them? Well since Joi borrowed my meat helmet and let it rot in her cougar den, I'll have to wear my thigh-high golden boots with wings. They make my butt look big tho, believe it or not.
How many times have you been what you consider REALLY in love? Do you still love those people/that person? Well, so far 3. 1)My high school/college boyfriend, dramatic but decent 4 years of my life. Do I still love him? Not really to be honest. I mean i do in a "love thy neighbor" way but years of rudeness and petty shit comments kinda kicked him outta my 'love zone'. There is still a tiny place in my heart that remembers him fondly, or at least parts of him. 2) Ryan. Man, that guy rocks my world. he makes me laugh, he makes me feel beautiful, accomplished and brilliant, he gives me strength when I am weak. Since the day I met him, I've loved him with all that I am. 3) Ruby... I'm so in love with this kid i can't see straight. If you knew her, you would be too.
When you die, what do you think happens? Do you hope to be disappointed or somehow wrong about that? Ooooh big question. At this point in my life, the thought that gives me comfort is reincarnation. I love the idea of coming back to do it all over again. Sure some of life sucks, but reliving a great first kiss? Getting to go on your first rollercoaster again? meeting the love of your life and seeing your life play out in his (or her) eyes? feeling your baby move inside of you for the first time? oh hells yes I wanna do this again. And no, I don't wanna be wrong. Going to 'heaven' where you sit on a cloud and strum a harp with Jebus? Blah. Life baby. give me life.
Do you know your ethnic ancestry? Is that interesting or otherwise important to you? My mom is Mexican Irish, my dad is German Irish. I'm from California. hardy har har. Yes it's important in many ways, and yet disconnected from the reality of who I am today. I want my children to grow up knowing who they are, and experiencing as many cultures as possible. Besides, I just found out I can't eat beans, so I must not be a real mexican.