A Finished (Knitted) Object II

A little knitted gift, for my young brother's birthday (July 23).

A Finished (Knitted) Object

This is the little cardigan that I've been working on between bouts of hating Tempting II. I made it for the little boy of some friends, and I will be giving it to them today. Sure hope that it fits.



My Harry Potter Spoiler of Doom is:
Severus Snape gets pregnant by Voldemort dressed as a Morris Dancer
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HP Spoiler!

My Harry Potter Spoiler of Doom is:
Severus Snape becomes an obsessive Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan with some Bulbadox Powder
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Harry Potter is Illuminating

I licked Harry Potter, and light sprang out of my head!

Sarah took this picture in the parking lot of Borders bookstore. A caffeine high and the general giddiness of having The Book led us to think that I had Harry Potterness pouring from my noggin. Surely, you had to be there.


So stupid, I could cry

I made a big ugly dumb mistake. A knitting mistake, so those of you who are expecting earth-shattering revelations can click somewhere else now.
Back to what I was saying; a big stupid mistake in my knitting. Freaking Tempting II, of course. Which is my nemesis once again. I thought we'd reconciled once I finished the neck (yes, finished it this morning!), but alas, a happy ending was not meant to be.
Because I, dear reader, am a dumbass.
After the success I (finally) had with the neck, I decided to press on and kitchener stitch the armpits closed. No problem! I know how to do that. So, off I go...not bothering to look at any of it other than the stitches I'm grafting together, until I get to the end. Aaaaannnnd...voila!...wait, no! Not voila! Oh crap! My ribs don't match up. What the f***???? How can it be?
After picking out (ever UNdone kitchener stitch?? Not fun), I found my mistake. I put the sleeves on backwards. The left sleeve is on the right side of the sweater and vice versa. Now, normally this would not be a problem, just switch the sleeves, and you're back to happytown. But Tempting II is knit in the round, to the sleeves and then all the stitches are worked together until the end. So, I either frog back two skeins worth of work, or figure out some other way of fixing my dumbass error.
Suddenly, I am so, so tired.


This turned out well! Crab wash/dish cloth, the pattern for which I am too lazy and caffeine deprived to get up and look for. Later. Suffice to say I did not design it, I am not claiming to have designed it, I only knit this here cloth from that not mine pattern. Anyway, as I say, I like it, for the most part. It kinda bothers me that there isn't an equal amount of free space top and bottom, but oh well, life is random.
Thanks to Skully for shooting the pattern to me.

Knit in Lily Sugar&Cream, Red on size 7 straights.


Creepy, yet cool

Sonograms kinda freak me out, I've got to admit. Usually I wonder why people want to show pictures of alien-like creatures floating inside giant kidney beans. But, in true hypocrite fashion, all that goes out the window when it is a family member.
So, everyone, meet Mara, my niece.
Oh, yes, my friends, there will be knitting.


A Calm Image to Start the Week

This photo was taken by me while in StLouis. We were at the Lily Ponds in Tower Grove Park, a place that I like very much. My husband and I went to brunch with some friends and then for a nice walk around the ponds.
After the psychodelic roller coaster of last week, I thought I'd start off this week with a good memory and a nice relaxed feeling.


I stole this from Sarah

Here are the rules:
~Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following.
~They MUST be real places, names, things…NOTHING made up!
~If you can’t think of anything, skip it.
~Try to use different answers if the person before you had the same 1st initial.
~You CAN’T use your name for the boy/girl name question.

Have fun!

Your Name:Victoria
1. Famous Singer/Band: Violent Femmes
2. 4 letter word: Vite! (not a swear, and not English, but hey!)
3. Street Name: Via Veneto
4. Color: Violet
5. Gifts/Presents: Veueve Cliquot
6. Vehicle: Vespa
7. Things in a Souvenir Shop: Valise
8. Boy Name: Viktor
9. Girl Name: Viola
10. Movie Title: Viva Las Vegas
11. Drink: Velvet Hammer
12. Occupation: Vice President
13. Celebrity: Valerie Plame (another stretch)
14. Magazine: Verve
15. U.S. City: Valparaiso
16. Pro Sports Teams: Vikings (Minnesota)
18. Reason for Being Late for Work: Virus
19. Something You Throw Away: Video tapes
20. Things You Shout: Voldemort!
21. Cartoon Character: ? Veronica (thanks to Debbie for this)

Okay. Your turn!

The Cat Toy Sphere recipe

Okay, I missed the imaginary deadline for getting "Tempting II" finished. I still have a half inch to knit before the decreases and the neck band.

Still, I have to get this off my plate also, so here you go. This is by no means a pattern; it is a recipe.

Find the yarn you want to use, and a set of DPNs that are 2 sizes smaller than what is recommended for the yarn (that handy dandy info on the ball band). Make sure you leave a tail at the beginning of your work (about 6").
Using the long tail method, cast on an odd number of stitches over three DPNs (for my example, 5 stitches on each needle, for a total of 15 stitches).
Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist your stitches.
Knit two rounds plain.
Next round: K2,M1,K3 on each needle (you now have 6 stitches on each of the three needles).
Knit two rounds plain.
Next round: K2,M1,K2,M1,K2 on each needle (8 stitches on each needle)
Knit 3 rounds plain.
Next round: K4, m1, k4 on each needle (9 stitches on each needle)
Knit 3 rounds plain
Next round: Begin the decreases, in the reverse order of the increases. (so all the M1 instructions are now Dec.1)
Decrease until you have THREE stitches on each needle (yes, I know you started with five on the other end, but there is a method to my madness)
Last round: K2tog all around until you only have 3 stitches left, draw them up with a tapestry needle.
Now, stuff the other end with fiberfill and catnip. You can do what I did, and put the catnip in a ped (those useless little socks they give you to try on shoes) so that the herb doesn't squeeze out between the stitches. Weave the beginning tail through the backside of your original 15 stitches, and draw up; it should close the opening rather nicely. Now make a knot or two to secure everything, weave in the ends, and you've got a cat toy.



An open letter to You Know Who You Are:

Really? Drunk dialing? At your age?
Did you really think that phoning, while drunk, at 11:30 p.m. (don't deny it, I heard the tape, with the date and time stamp) could be construed as an honest attempt at reconciliation? Did you really have the nerve to tell her that the ball is now in her court?
Shame on you, if you are even still capable of feeling shame.

Market Bag

One of three that I've made. This is a demo of how much they'll stretch; there are 16 skeins of yarn in that bag!