"christmas 2008"

Sorry for the prolonged absence...

Hey, everyone! I hope you all had great holidays and are getting ready for beautiful tax season! I know I'm looking forward to it :P Not really, but who does?

Anyway, my life has been pretty hectic, hence the lack of updates. I know everyone uses that excuse so I'm not even going to go into detail and, instead, let you all know the big news:


That's right. He popped the question on December 8th (kudos to him for not waiting until the holidays, at which point we'd have been fighting with everyone else for what's left of 2009 dates; plus, it's nice to have a day all to ourselves) and now we're planning our wedding for October 10th of this year. As you can imagine, it's all been a little crazy for us, what with the holidays, planning, being in two weddings ourselves this year, and all the regular life crap. Needless to say, the crafting has been put on hold for a bit, though I am trying!

Up next on my craft plate:
  • Sewing a button onto what's left of my calorimetry project. I messed up on one of the short rows, but you can't notice. It came our really nice, and the effect of the yarn I used is really pretty. I'll be taking a picture sometime soon, probably Saturday after a Michael's trip to buy a big button :)

  • Making progress on my comfy raglan sweater. I started this ages ago when I found two huge balls of the specific yarn in my closet that I couldn't fathom what to do with... so I looked it up on ravelry and came across this sweater. I'm still not done with all the increasing, but I'll probably work on it a bunch tonight at my knitting group.

  • Finishing my polka dot Christmas stockings. Haven't touched these since Thanksgiving because of all the holiday projects I had to complete, but I'd like to get them done now in the off-season so they're ready to go next year.

  • Baby blanket for a friend of mine. I ordered the yarn last week, so it had better show up today! I'd really like to get a start on it because it's similar to the last blanket I made... meaning time-consuming and involving a lot of bobbles.

And so, I leave you with remnants of holiday projects:

A pair of flip-top mitts for a co-worker's girlfriend.

See how I manage to slip in a picture of my new bling? Teehee, teehee...

An amigurumi penguin for Nick's sister.

The adorabubble santa face magnets I made for Nick's mom to give out at work. I love them so much... I need to make them every year, haha.

And then there are some others not worth mentioning, either because I didn't like them too much, the picture was bad, or I don't have pictures at all :) I'm sad at myself because when I get rushed around and stressed, I always say, "It's okay, I won't regret taking a picture of this before giving it away," and then I always do... boo!

Holiday Project Extravaganza

I've been making some headway on Christmas gifts this year. Well, at least I thought I was until I started thinking about it.

I finally finished Baby Sweater #2. I may or may not save this for Christmas, as my friend's baby is due rather soon! But we'll see. If she reads this, I may just have to give it up sooner :P This time around, I cast on an extra 10 stitches so it wasn't so preemie-looking. After that, the patterns was still pretty simple. It took me a long time to make, though, as I grew bored of the pattern. I plan on taking any leftover yarn and making a pair of matching booties. I've never knitted booties, so I'm excited to try something knew.

I also started this knitted hat for Nick's friend's girlfriend. You can't see the detail in the picture to the left, but it's the pattern Foliage from Knitty, which I found on Ravelry (an addiction of mine). This is the third time I've started it, thinking the first time I had messed up the pattern and then couldn't count the second time when I was surrounded by poeple. Frustrating! But now, I'm realizing I was right with the pattern first time around, so I'm going to finally finish it, haha. Of course, this means another trip to ACMoore for more yarn so I can make matching mittens, since I threw away all of my frogs in frustration every time :)

Not to be forgotten are a bunch of crocheted santa faces Nick's mom would like me to make for work gifts. I made a bunch for the holidays two year ago - enough that they lasted me until Christmas the next year. I gave one to his parents in 2007 as a magnet and his mom loved them. I purchase all the supplies a few weeks ago, sans yarn because I think I had enough from the kit, and I'm patiently awaiting working on them. They were so fun to make and whipped up really quickly. Sadly, Mary Maxim no longer sells the kit or pattern, but I had ordered three to make them the first time around and found it a couple months ago. I didn't search through it, so hopefully everything's there, but maybe I could figure it out if I needed to again, haha. The picture is from the first round of Santa Faces I made in 2006.

It's funny how I've always had problems with knitting, even though I started when I was 11 years old. Then I recently realized there were really only two stitches to remember, and now I have no problems counting, reading patterns, or anything.

I ordered a million tunisian crochet hooks (and by a million, I mean five). I'm excited to try my hand at that one. For a practice piece, I'm going to make a cover for the top of our toilet seat in the man's bathroom. Nick is a big fan of keeping that room completely barren and it drives me up a wall. To add some color, I decided to make a black piece for over the top lid, since everything else is so white and there's a black shower curtain. I hope he doesn't mind. If he does, tough cookies. I figured it would be simple enough to practice with - a big rectangle, haha.

I also bought a hairpin lace loom, and I'm anxious to give that a shot. Oh, if only these blasted holiday gifts would be done!