Monday, December 25, 2006

Feliz Navidad!

Que Dios los llene de bendiciones y salud.

Casi acabamos de empacar y ya estamos listos para mudarnos. Nos vemos en Juarez!

May God filled you with blessings and health.

Almost done packing and all ready to move. See you in Juarez!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

How much is too much?

I don't know if you know, but I'm moving, and not just a small move, I'm moving all the way from Indiana to El Paso, Tx. Most of my stuff I'm leaving here in storage, but not the yarn, oh no, the yarn is moving with me. So, as it happens with all the people that need to pack, I've been spending a lot of time online (no connection there, but it's the truth) and came across this contest, I said "what the hell, I'm already packing I might as well count how much I have" and guess how much I had...

172, mostly thriftstore impulse buys, some gifts, some regrets. As you can see mine is not even close to this.

While packing I also found this:

THE BASKET OF SHAME or the UFO's graveyard (for my non-knitting family members UFO=unfinished objects), wanna see what's in it?

Top: It was going to be a scarf and then a purse, but I didn't like it, I like the yarn though, Lion Brand's Landscapes.

Bottom: A shawl out of the 25 cent yarn that I bought at Target, should've seen that coming.

Disco Monkey: Made out of 2 Bernat's Disco yarn that I got in the mail for FREE. I actually like the body, but I think the head needs a do-over.

A shrug, my own pattern. I ran out of yarn Moda Dea's Ricochet in Rock. If you have some that you don't want I'll take it! Still, I think the sleeves are too long.

My almost finished Knitting World Cup project (scroll down a bit). I'll probably have to frogg it beacuse it's too small.

My first pair of socks. I thought I was being clever by doing two at the same time, you know, to beat the "second sock syndrome", I guess I got bored with the color. I'll try to finish them on my way to Tx.

Beautiful sunburst sling bag in recycled silk. I only need to weave in the ends and sew the lining. It's a little bit on the heavy side.

This one I just started it about 2 weeks ago. It's the IK's heart sachet. I'm using a thriftstore silk yarn that makes my throat itch (bottom left corner, behind the green yarn on stash picture).

This is a hat for me. The yarn is Manos del Uruguay (Thanks! C-L and Ed). I finished it but didn't like it, so I'm doing it again.

A fingerless (and mateless) mitten. My own pattern, knitted on 2 straight needles. The thumb turned too tight, so guess what? I'm frogging it.

My first boobholder attempt, the yarn was too bulky.

The start of a Log Cabin blanket. I had a color combination planned out, but now I'm rethinking it.

Boobholder 2nd attempt, almost finished (keyword in all these UFO's is almost), all I need to do is weave in the ends and put a button. It's a present for a friend.

A scarf for my little brother, simple in a color that matches his school uniform.

So, what do you think? Do you have more UFO's? Let's see if I can dig up some FO's for the next post.

Sunday, December 10, 2006


I finally finished my sister's birthday present! It was a little late (her birthday was in October), but it was knitted with lots of love and good intentions, you see, this is supposed to be a "good love" charm, something that will help her navigate the complex road of singlehood and help her get to her "destination" safe and sound. I didn't tell her all of this, I guess she'll find out when she reads this post. Sis: I love you.

Here's Jack modeling the scarf

Here's a close-up

I don't have the finished measurments, I was in a big hurry to get it in the mail before 3pm, I think it ended up being 5 1/2" by 70" (?). I used almost 2 skeins of Classic Elite Yarns "Miracle" (50% Alpaca, 50% Tencel) in color Ladyslipper. This yarn is sooo soft! It also has a nice sheen to it, you can't really tell from the pictures (note to self: take better pictures). The stitch pattern is from Vogue's stitchionary Vol. 1, I just added 2 stitches on each side to make a garter stitch border. I knitted each half separately and used 3-needle bind off to seam it. I didn't know this similar pattern existed, great minds think alike!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Some FO's

It's been awhile since I posted something related to knitting, but that doesn't mean that I have not been knitting, here's the proof:

- Felted Slippers for DH

Before and after felting (with camera case for reference)

I used the KP yarn that I got for a messenger bag. DH loves them. I will definitely make a pair for me. I used this pattern.

- Beret for a friend

I used Plymouth's Suri Merino yarn and this pattern. My friend has some rough times ahead of her, hopefully this hat will maker her feel a tiny-bit better. This yarn is sooooo soft!

- Heart headband for another friend

I don't know if you can tell, but it has a heart pattern. I used some Kool-aid dyed yarn that I had and made up the pattern.