Friday, February 24, 2006

Entry 20 - Scarfless in San Francisco (apologies to Nora Ephron)

The International Scarf Exchange is over! My secret scarf pal, Mandy Harvey, received the Multidirectional Scarf over President's Day weekend. A brave woman who is not only a busy mother of three boys, but also going through chemotherapy. Still, through her blog, she has an enthusiastic attitude and a cheerful heart. I thought about making her a hat, too, but she's such a hat making machine that I was afraid my poor clumsy knitting skills at making my first hat would far, far pale in comparison. So, I just sent some cinnamon caramels in the package instead as a bonus to the scarf I made. I hope you like them, Mandy!

As for my own scarf, well, I think either the mailman(woman) is keeping his/her neck toasty warm, or it's languishing somewhere (I hope) in the undeliverable pile at the Post Office. If that's the case, I hope when I contact the Post Office about my lost package, they'll find it! My pal contacted me, telling me she had sent my scarf over a month ago. Well, it's still not here. *heavy sigh*

As for my Olympics project... Hah! I'll be lucky if I finish it by the end of Februrary. I've only done six rounds on my Honeymoon Cami and I only have two days left to knit the entire piece. Ah well. Still, I absolutely love Dale of Norway (even though it's very splitty). I can feel how soft this fabric is going to be and the subtle sheen of the yarn as it goes through my fingers. Definitely, I'm going to purchase more of this yarn when I'm going to make summer garments.

Don't have any pictures to post, so to make up for it...have fun looking at the results of another quiz I took:


Your stone: Lapis Lazuli

Your power: Knowledge. Youre always thirsting for new knowledge. If the world was ending, everyone would turn to you and your vast mind stored information to save them.

Your element: Ice

A quote that applies to you: "Believe in the incredible power of the human mind."

What's your inner power?
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Friday, February 17, 2006

Entry 19 - UFO Olympics - At least I finished this part...

Materials used: Artyarns Silk Ribbon #123, (Fur edging: Paton's Twister in Bongo Blue?), Susan Bates Double-pointed needles #8

Hee hee, it took me a month to do this silly project.

Mostly because I was trying for a couple weeks to find an appropriate novelty yarn to do the edge. I know there is an Artyarns Silk Fur available, but it's a little rich for my wallet and I didn't want to spend so much for just novelty yarn.

Crocheting the novelty yarn around the edges was the hardest part. I couldn't see what I was doing half the time and I was a beginner to single crocheting. Still, the fortunate thing about novelty yarn is it hides whatever clumsy attempts you are making. I think I crocheted too tightly because it dramatically puckers in around the edges. But you know, I'll live with it. I'm just happy that it's finished.

The Silk Ribbon, in my opinion, is a tad too delicate to make a case out of, but I had that still lying around as leftovers from my last project and I hate waste. I've also made the case a tad too long. My eyeglasses are not that long. I had made it initally longer, because I was worried that it would not be long enough. I did not count on the fact that the Silk Ribbon is VERY elastic and would be VERY stretchy. Heh. Live and learn.

I also put some lining inside the case to strengthen the inside. That way, my nice Silk Ribbon would not support all the weight of heavy objects inside. I don't think I'll use this for my eyeglasses though. I tend to throw objects into my purse and this case is a little delicate to be throwing around. I think I'm going to use it to store my growing collection of double-pointed needles and crochet hooks. It's perfect for my knitting bag.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Entry 18- Fun with Quizzes:


Which Princess Bride Character are You?
this quiz was made by mysti

In other news, I have several projects on the needles now. I'm going to be one of those knitters with UFO's I'm afraid... In a list, here they are:

1) Honeymoon Cami - only a swatch on the needles *blush*
2) Cozy Diamond Wrap - 1.5 repeats done of the diamonds
3) Cascade Wool Hat - on hold due to my frustration with ribbing (I guess I knit too tightly)
4) Everyday Bag from Knitting for Dummies - still needs finishing *blush*
5) Patchwork Eyeglass Case - Crocheted edge needs to be finished. It's taking a lot longer than I thought to put this silly novelty yarn around the edges. I love the colors and the effect, but I can't publish here how many filthy things were falling out of my mouth because of my clumsy attempts at single crocheting around the edges. Hmm... not very Buttercup-like I suppose.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Entry 17 - Sports Training

I've added a lot of Olympic buttons to my sidebar. Yep, I've also joined the bandwagon to be in the Knitting Olympics. For sixteen days, I'll be trying to finish a challenging project. I've chosen the Honeymoon Cami from Knitty, mostly because I'd like to make some clothes. Knowing my easily distracted mind, I would have just let it sit around the apartment for days, doing a row here and there. This way, I'll have some motivation.

I was fairly disappointed I could not find a Team Korea button anyone has made. So I decided to make one of my own. I do not know how to add text to a picture since I do not have Photoshop. Sorry! I just used a poor man's method of simply uploading the image to my sidebar. However, I like the Seoul Olympics mascot a lot. He's so cute. :) Much better than the Torino one. (Sorry to any patriotic Italians there!)

If you're going to use any of the images on the sidebar, please don't link the image to here. Save it to your own server. Thanks in advance.

T-minus, less than 24 hours till Opening Ceremonies!