Friday, July 31, 2009

odd balls

it took me less than 24 hours to knit a sock! i feel a major sock phase coming on. i guess it wasn't a sock so much as a 'sockette'. i was looking for a pattern to use up some random balls of yarn i have, and i think this is perfect. my mom got me some yarn off my loopy ewe wish list a year or so ago, and she didn't know that you need two skeins to make a pair, oops!

in an effort to keep it interesting i think i'm going to knit one sock from a pair and then a sock from another pair. :) hopefully i go back and finish up the pair though! because you never know with me...

here is the first sockette and the yarn i'm going to use for the next one!


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

FO: surprise thujas

pattern: thuja

yarn: knit picks wool of the andes

needle: sz. 6

started: july 12, 2009

finished: july 27, 2009

on a side note, today miranda kerr (the victoria's secret model) came into class. don't ask how i recognized her, i think i spend too much time on gossip sites. :) what's with me having to work-out next to pretty people?! nothing like practicing yoga next to this:


Monday, July 27, 2009

what's really important

sorry for the lack of posts lately! there hasn't been much new on the knitting front. i'm still working on those thick wool socks and i also cast-on for some slippers for myself. oh, and i have that baby sweater on the needles...and those blankets...perhaps i should be knitting more than i am! :)

i took care of the important things first, like unpacking my yarn and giving it a nice home where i can admire it...and where betty can reach it as i've found out. she doesn't really seem too interested in yarn though, she likes sleeping more i think. i'm sure she'll get her priorities straight soon. :)

as much as i would like to unpack my clothes as well, i don't have a dresser! yeah, i should probably do that soon. i haven't actually unpacked my suitcases since i arrived on may 30. and as you can see, i still have to paint! ah! so much to do.
can you spot betty?! check out those walls, yikes!


Friday, July 24, 2009

sweet betty

my sweet sweet betty! she's such a friendly, happy cat. i promise not to turn into someone who only posts pics of their cat...or i at least promise to try not to be! hehe.

i've been so busy with work and training, today was kind of the last straw and i almost lost it at work. but i lit some incense and had a cookie. :)

knitting news to come soon!


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

betty's home!

yaaay! i brought betty home today! she's a little nervous i think, exploring things and right now she's hiding by a box of yarn. :) i think she'll be happy here!

Monday, July 20, 2009

all settled in....sort of

i officially have all of my stuff moved into the new apartment! i had to get some last minute things i forgot over there, this morning. i left my keys there, so i hope there isn't anything i forgot. :) my new room is a MAJOR fixer-upper. which is fine, i've just never spackled or painted before so this should be interesting. my room is kind of sad looking at the moment, i don't own any furniture and a lovely friend gave me a mattress. so i have clutter, suitcases and a mattress.

almost all of my stuff is still in nebraska. i have about 10 big boxes of stuff there, i moved with just two suitcases. it's been really interesting having only two suitcases worth of belongings. i kind of forget all of the stuff i have back in ne...and it makes me realize i can live with much less. i still don't like it though!!! :) i think i'll really feel settled in when i can finally get my stuff. and some furniture! and a tv! and betty!!!!! i'm picking her up tomorrow. i can't wait.

yesterday i went to ikea and could have seriously stayed there forever. oh how i love ikea. i just need to figure out how to get big things like bed frames/desks/dressers from the store to my apt. without paying a million dollars in delivery. these are the rare moments i wish i had a car.

i've been wanting to join a knitting group lately and i was searching ravelry for one...i feel like the city is so big and there is so much going on, it's so hard to find one! then i came across this thread...that was exactly what i was looking for:

8pm-ish Red Hook / Rocky Sullivan’s Pub 34 Van Dyke @ Dwight
6-8:30 LES / Whole Foods @ Houston @ 2nd Ave (upstairs in Food area)
6:30-9 UWS / Yarntopia @ 974 Amsterdam @ 108th
6-9 LIC / Manducatis Rustica @ 4635 Vernon Blvd (bet 47th Ave/46th Rd)
1-3pm Windsor Terrace / Oak and Iris @ 2826 Ft Hamilton Pky (bet. E 4th/E 5th)
5:30-6:30 Chelsea / Amigurimi Club! Lion Brand Studio 15th @ 5th/6th
6-8pm - UWS / Starbucks @ 86th & Columbus
7-10pm - Bay Ridge / Starbucks @ 3rd Ave & Bay Ridge Pkwy
6-8pm - UWS / Knitty City - 79th & Amsterdam Men’s Night!
7pm Ft. Greene/Clinton Hill / location varies, check here for details
6-9pm - Staten Island / Panera behind the SI Mall
7-10:30pm - Astoria / Himalaya Teahouse @ 31st Ave & 33rd St
7-10pm Park Slope / location varies - usually Sweet Melissa’s but check.
12-1:30pm Chelsea Lion Brand Studio 15th @ 5th/6th Ave
7-10 pm Windsor Terrace / Oak and Iris @ 2826 Ft Hamilton Pky (bet. E 4th/E 5th)

ahhh!!!! maybe i'll join them all! ;) i'm kind of nervous about going to one, i hate being the new person. i feel like such a dork!


Friday, July 17, 2009

the (kinda) big move!

tonight i packed up the last of my stuff and sat in front of the a.c knitting some thick winter socks! :) only one (or two) more nights in this itty bitty room. yay!!!!!!!!!!! i can't wait to be in my own space. finally!

someone at the studio wants to feng shui my place...we'll see what she says. i'm all about powering up my money corner of the room! ;)

i'm trying so hard not to melt these days...fall, where are you?!

ok, i'm going to knit myself to sleep, then tomorrow it's movin' time.


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

FO: sleeping blob

pattern: maddox the mischievous

yarn: patons classic wool merino

needle: sz. 7

started: june 14, 2009

finished: june 14, 2009 (unless you count how long it took me to stuff it....then july 14! hehe)

this sleeping creature looked so at home among my bags...i must say though, it's kind of funny looking. :)


date night

francesca and i had another knitting date! i could sit and chat forever with a friend, some coffee and some knitting! :)

i brought my (kinda) secret socks and finished up the first one. these socks are very cozy, they might not be appropriate in august...but i'm sure they'll come in handy this winter! i'm never quite sure about knitting socks for others, especially when they're a surprise and they can't try them on as i go. i'm just going to hope for the best! i tried them on to see if it looked 'about right' just looked crazy. :)

i found the cutest card at the coffee shop...

on a side note, i'm still training for my new position at work (i officially take over aug. 9). it's going pretty well, it's alot of information and alot of responsiblity but i'm excited to really get going and get in my own rhythm at the studio.

i haven't gotten betty yet...i'm hoping when i officially get moved into my new apt. (at the end of this week), i'll be able to go and get her and bring her home!


Monday, July 13, 2009

sick day

i think i'm sick...i so rarely get sick though, that sometimes i forget what it feels like. i'm pretty sure this is it though. also, who knew it was possible to get a cold in the summer?! not cool. i've been feeling kind of down in the dumps the past couple days, so that has meant lots of laying around. :)

and what better to do on a sick day than cast-on another project! hehe. the recipient is top secret (for now), but i cast-on thuja with some wool of the andes i had tucked away.

i love this pattern! socks on 6's? yes please! i have gotten this much done in one night and about 5 episodes of chopping block (thank you as much as i love all this knitting time, i hope i feel better soon.

this week should be pretty busy, i should be moving, painting (hopefully) and getting betty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

can't wait. :)

Saturday, July 11, 2009

decisions, decisions

last night i worked a bit on my mom's xmas blanket (that i'm thinking of turning into her bday blanket....more on that later). i'm running a little behind on my 'july block', but if i do about 3 rows a night for the rest of the month i should be a-ok.

and today when i got off the train, i realized how much i'm going to miss this neigborhood :( where else can you get unicycles, human paint brushes and iced coffee to go?! ok, alot of neighborhoods probably...but still.

this brave little soul was unicycling through the crowds! hehe

i saw this cutiepatootie....she just had to touch the turtle to see if it was real, i was also tempted...

and then everyone wanted her picture, who wouldn't!?


not sure what is going on here...

there's was a table set up with notes people wrote starting with 'think of...' it was cool to read what they had to say.

and then, i went to look at the kitties again. my heart almost exploded. i really don't know if i'm going to be able to choose one! i was initially drawn to a cat named ip, she is a big calico cat (i think). however, she is a package deal with her sister, dip. i would love to take them both, but i really think i should/can only get one cat for now. ip is on the left, dip on the right.

an apartment with 4 people and 2 cats seems crazy. even with only 1 cat i bet it'll be crazy! :)
then i saw betty. betty!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love her.

she's so friendly and lovable AND betty is my mom's name. (lol!) i think it's a sign. so i really think my heart is leaning towards betty, i'm hoping she's still there when i go back in a week or so to adopt. :)

Friday, July 10, 2009

focus is the name of the game

i didn't realize how closely i would have to follow the pattern when i decided to cast-on for trellis. you would have thought just looking at other people's fo's would have been a clue...but no! i really do like the pattern, but man o man, i have to keep very specific notes if i even attempt to set this down. :) it's worth it though, i think it's coming along quite nicely!

i did make a bit of a slip-up (would it be my handiwork if i didn't!?) i made the sides of the back moss stitch, when they should be garter...oops. when i realized it, there was no going back. william will NEVER know, and if he does, he's a baby genius.

money has been pretty tight these days, and i want so badly to buy more yarn...but i have to resist! unfortunately for me, i hate knitting from my stash. i dont know why...i have a complex.

when i get paid next month i vow to make a yarn order, a nice yarny pat on the back for a job well done! :)


Thursday, July 9, 2009


i finally found an apartment. thanks goodness!!! i was really starting to get stressed out about the whole living situation. i met my roomate (1 of them at least) last night, and she was really sweet. and the room actually had windows! yay! :) the walls are looking kind of crazy right now (orange and yellow), so i'm going to paint. we'll have some before and after action goin' on, don't worry.

the absolute BEST part about the apartment....i'm getting a cat!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i can't believe it. i have wanted a little one to love for so long. i cannot wait to go adopt one. of course, i have to move over there first, but pish posh.

i have also started training for my new job! and also working alot besides that. so i've been keeping nice and busy. unfortunately it's meant less knitting time, but i think this weekend will be all about that baby sweater. :)


Thursday, July 2, 2009

a knitter is born

today i had a knitting date with the lovely francesca! she's a friend from the yoga studio, and she wanted me to teach her how to knit. supporting another's knitting habit? i'm in! she had knit before, but needed help getting the hang of it again. she made this lovely potholder/washcloth, and here she is being oh so proud!

after i showed her how to bind-off, i taught her how to purl. purling can be so tricky, i think when someone kind of already has the hang of the knit stitch, the purl stitch can seem kind of out there. purling is so the ugly stepchild! am i right or am i right?! ;)

i think we're going to make our little knitting dates a regular thing! i really hope so, i miss knitting with friends.

here is the progress i have made on william's sweater, i have made a couple mistakes...but he'll never know! hehe.

thank you for all the congratulations! i'm so excited about the new job. i start training next week! i'm thinking of treating myself to an iphone as a 'way to go! you got a job!' gift. weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

i'm employed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

oh. my. goodness. i got a job! a real one!!!!!!!!!!! you're looking at the new operations manager of the laughing lotus yoga studio! ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! i just found out. i can't believe it. i'm so excited! i still have to train and everything, i'm just so thrilled! i feel so lucky to be given this opportunity. and to be working for a place i really, truly love. too good to be true! :)