Archive for June, 2008

New meme = longest post ever

June 21, 2008

Hey, I just made up my own meme (well, at least I think I did – I haven’t seen this one before, but it might well be out there in the ether)! I was poking around on Ravelry the other day, and started looking at the top 20 patterns in Ravelry. After a brief perusal, I noticed that I had made or queued almost all of them – evidently I’m a sucker for the trends. But really, when you look through the list, the top items are really good patterns – practical or pretty or constructed in really cool ways. So here are the rules that I set up for myself:

1. List the top 20 patterns on Ravelry.

2. Note whether you have made or queued the item, or neither.

3. Post a picture if you have made it.

4. Any notes?

Here’s mine –

1. Fetching by Cheryl Niamath

Made

I’ve actually made these a few times – I think there is a reason they are the #1 pattern! I made myself a super-warm and snuggly pair out of alpaca yarn, a pair for my friend Brooke, and I have a pair on the needles for my mom.

2. Monkey by Cookie A.

Queued

I’ve been wanting to make these for a while; I’ve just been waiting for the appropriate yarn. I got two beautiful variegated skeins from Woolgirl (more on this awesomeness next time) yesterday, and I think one of these will fit the bill.

3. Calorimetry by

Made

I made this, but I’m not crazy about it. I don’t know if my head is shaped weirdly, or if I made it too wide, but it just looks like I’m wearing a stocking cap when I have it on.

4. Clapotis by Kate Gilbert

Queued

I’ve wanted to make one of these for forever, but haven’t found the yarn I want to use for it or the patience to knit all those miles of stockinette!

5. Jaywalker (Ravelry link) by Grumperina

Made

Well, I made one. It was my first sock, and there were some critical gauge errors. As in, it’s huge and might fit an elephant. Plus, I was less than enchanted about the lack of stretch.

6. Felted Clogs (AC-33) (Ravelry Link) by Bev Galeskas

None

I doubt that I will ever make these – I have no interest in felting whatsoever.

7. Baby Surprise Jacket (Ravelry link) by Elizabeth Zimmerman

None

I don’t have this queued, nor do I have a baby or know anyone with a baby that needs me to make this for them, but I will probably make it some day, just because I’m so fascinated by the construction.

8. My So-Called Scarf by Allison Isaacs

Queued

I’ll make this one day.

9. Ball-Band Dishcloth by Kay Gardiner & Ann Shayne

Made

Made a few of these, and use them!

10. Saartje’s Booties (Ravelry Link) by Saartje de Bruijn

None

See #7 re lack of baby issue.

11. Koolhaas by Jared Flood

Started

I started on this with some highly inappropriate yarn. One of these days I’ll pick out some better yarn and try again.

12. Foliage by Emilee Mooney

Queued

I like this hat a lot – once it turns cold again I will probably make it.

13. Dashing by Cheryl Niamath

Made

Made for my husband. As a side note, he poked some gentle fun at me when I was making my Fetchings – he called them my “fancy hobo gloves.” Once I started wearing them though, he saw how practical they were and wanted a pair of his own – hence the Dashings!

14. Odessa (Ravelry Link) by Grumperina

Queued

I love the spirals – again, when it gets cold out, this will probably get made. But without the beads.

15. Irish Hiking Scarf (Ravelry link) by Adrian Bizilia

None

I like this just fine, but I’ve already got one cabled scarf on the needles that is not too dissimilar.

16. Branching Out by Susan Lawrence

Made

Yup. Made 1 ½ times, actually, the first time in some horrid, squeaky, hairy acrylic that I picked out before I knew any better, then in Silky Wool (much better). Another aside – lots of people tout this as a good first lace project. I’m inclined to disagree. While it does get you familiar with all the standards decreases and such, and the pattern is not too difficult, it’s really not that easy, either – I was never able to memorize the pattern, plus, it’s like a ten row repeat or something. If I were recommending something to someone just starting with lace, I’d pick an easily memorizable, two-four row repeat pattern. But that’s just me.

17. An Unoriginal Hat by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

None

I actually had this in my queue until just a couple of days ago, but I made a different but similar bulky hat of my own. And I think one is plenty for now.

18. Basic Sock Recipe by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Well, I haven’t followed this per se, but I have definitely used the guidelines. My last two socks I just picked a stitch pattern I liked for the cuff, and used Stephanie’s notes to shape the heel and toe.

19. One Row Handspun Scarf by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Made

For my husband again. I really like this – I may make another one for me.

20. Embossed Leaves (Ravelry link) by Mona Schmidt

None

Not queued, but I like them and own this book, so I may make them someday.

I would love to see what some other folks have done – if you are so inspired, please do so and leave me a comment so I can check out your list!

Just one word?

June 14, 2008

I saw this on Smariek‘s blog and it intrigued me – it is difficult to just write one word for some of these! My natural tendency to expound kept getting in the way!

Answer the following questions using one word only:

1. Where is your cell phone? ………….. purse

2. Your significant other?………………….. honey

3. Your hair? …………………………………….. brown

4. Your mother? ………………………………..awesome
5. Your father?…………………………………….. busy
6. Your favorite thing?……………………….. reading
7. Your dream last night?………………….. odd
8. Your favorite drink? ………………………..diet
9. Your dream/goal?………………………….. harmony
10. The room you’re in?……………………..study
11. Your ex?………………………………………..insignificant
12. Your fear?……………………………………..enclosure
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years?……..here
14. Where were you last night?…………..work
15. What you’re not?………………………….. short
16. Muffins?……………………………………….. yep!
17. One of your wish list items?………….. yarn
18. Where you grew up?…………………….. Kentucky
19. The last thing you did?………………….. peruse
20. What are you wearing?………………….. jammies
21. Your TV?……………………………………….. off
22. Your pets?…………………………………….. dogs
23. Your computer? …………………………….. laptop
24. Your life?……………………………………….. content
25. Your mood?………………………………….. calm
26. Missing someone?……………………….. no
27. Your car?……………………………………….. truck
28. Something you’re not wearing?…….. makeup
29. Favorite Store?……………………………….. expensive
30. Your summer?……………………………….. muggy
31. Like(love) someone?…………………………….. hubby
32. Your favorite color?……………………….. blue
33. Last time you laughed?……………….. yesterday
34. Last time you cried?……………………….. unknown

35. Who will re-post this?…………………….. unknown

Give it a try if you are interested and leave a comment with your blog address – I’d love to see other responses!

And while you are poking around on the internet today, stop in and see Amanda – she lost her kitty, Pirate Max, today, and could use a hug.

Fun with Flickr

June 13, 2008

Sorry about the long time between posts – I’ve been working more nights and weekends than usual which hasn’t left much time for blogging. 😦

But check out this cool thing! It’s a photomosaic from a sort of game I found on Knitting Kninja’s blog. Hers looked so cool, I had to try it out. Here’s what you do:

Use fd’s flickr toys (specifically the mosaic maker), do the following:

a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into the mosaic maker).

The Questions:

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name.

Here is mine:

//www.flickr.com/photos/8671022@N05/2318961160/

Way fun –