Knit it, Violet!
Finished objects, works in progress, and lots of rambling about two sticks and some string...
Monday, December 31, 2007
  Goodbye, 2007!
Don't worry, Christmas FO updates will be blogged about soon! I just need to get my film developed and put on disk, since I didn't take my digi for xmas. Stay Tuned

I know other people have been doing different wrap-up posts, but I decided to stick with the one I posted last year, only modified for 2007, of course!

List Your FO's:
The grand total was 35, that's 5 more than last year! Here's what I knit:
4 hats for me
1 pair of cabled footies for mom
1 pair of felted clogs
2 swallowtail shawls
2 cabled beanies
1 pair of monster slippers
1 noro scarf
2 stuffed animals (fatty sheep and sheldon, respectively)
1 bath scrubby
1 felted purse
3 pairs of socks for me (2 stockinette, 1 monkey)
1 pair of monkeys for my aunt
1 pair of stockinette socks for my brother
1 airy scarf
1 calorimetry
1 odessa hat
1 chunky scarf
3 washcloths
1 mug cozy
1 sweater for grandma (fairly easy fair isle)
1 kittyville hat (minus the ears)
1 chunky hat for dad
1 chunky scarf for dad
1 We Call Them Pirates hat for my brother
1 Sweater for my mom (Sitcom Chic)

Wow! You can see most of them either at my ravelry page or My flickr page, if you don't have a ravelry account. As mentioned before, xmas gift pictures are coming soon!

List Your Works In Progress.
Fuzzy Feet slippers for my mom's friend
A Branching Out scarf for my future MIL
RPMS that need to be frogged and reknit
A pair of Knucks that were supposed to be kellen's xmas gift!

What skeletons are in your knitting basket?
a pair of wristwarmers I started last year, and a mon petite chou that I'll finish someday.

What was your favorite project of 2007?
Again, I really loved everything. I think my second swallowtail shawl might be my favorite though. It was an excellent choice for that yarn. I also loved knitting my grandma's sweater, and Travis' hat...and my monkey socks...I don't know!

What projects will you never knit again?
The bath scrubby I made Kellen. The pattern is great (bath puffy from the book One Skein, but the aloo yarn just turned into a slimey mess in the shower. It never really dried, and started looking really pathetic.

What was your major knitting accomplishment in 2007?
Knitting two adult size sweaters and having them done in time for Christmas! I'm really happy I finally tackled the sweater. I also felt really accomplished knitting Travis' hat, since it was my largest colorwork project so far. Those were two things I wanted to work on in 2007, and I did!

What was your favorite yarn of 2007?
I can never decide on a favorite yarn...I'm such a sucker for knitpicks. I enjoyed the shimmer, memories, and telemark lines from them. And of course, Lamb's pride and Noro are always favorites.

What's your favorite yarn overall?
See above.

What new knitting techniques did you learn in 2007?
I definitely got more experience with colorwork and lace, but I don't think I tried any completely new techniques.

What are your knitting goals for 2007?
Knit socks for Kellen! He didn't get a single pair this entire year! Good thing his old ones have held up. Knit a sweater for me. Try steeking?

Keep Knitting!

Happy New Year!


Monday, December 17, 2007
  A Christmas Meme
I survived finals, have only finished *one* knit xmas gift, and I've got a bit of a headache, so......

A Christmas Meme

1. Wrapping Paper or Gift Bags?
I know it's not ecofriendly and all, but I really love cute wrapping paper (and I try to reuse whenever possible). I do use gift bags when the gift is an awkward shape, though.

2. Real tree or artificial?
I always loved real trees, but it was more practical and economical for us to get an artificial. It's about a 4 footer or so, and pre-lit, so we get to go straight to the fun part, decorating!

3. When do you put up the tree?
Generally, the first part of December.

4. When do you take down the tree?
By the begininng of January, when I realize I can't keep Christmas around forever.

5. Do you like Egg Nog?
I like Soy Nog even better, because it's got a lighter flavor, but yes, I love it.

6. Favorite gift received as a child?
My American Girl dolls, by far. I still love them.

7. Do you have a nativity scene?
No, but I'd like to get a really creative one. Kellen's not a fan, however.

8. Hardest person to buy for?
I really enjoy gifting for everyone. My grandpa can be a challenge, though.

9. Easiest person to buy for?
Kellen and my mom.

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
I've never really gotten a bad present that I can remember. Oh, maybe that bit of knotted rope from a friend in high school. That was weird. I've gotten some gifts that "weren't me" but they were all well intentioned.

11. Mail or email Christmas Cards?
Mail, all the way. Not everyone knows how to work Ecards in my family!

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
It's a Wonderful Life and Charlie Brown Xmas, but I also watch The Grinch (cartoon) every year.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
All year long. Really! But more seriously in November.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
There's no shame, as long as it's tactful. Better than being wasteful!

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
My grandma's mashed potatoes. Okay, maybe we usually have them at Thanksgiving, but they're my favorite thing to eat, period. After that, cookies!

16. Clear lights or colored?
Colored, but clear can be pretty too.

17. Favorite Christmas Song?
Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow! (it never snows here)

18. Travel or stay home at Christmas?
Stay at home. I worry about traveling in bad weather.

19. Can you name all of Santa’s Reindeer?
Of course! Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen (and Rudolph, if you count him). That was without cheating! I used to have "The Night Before Christmas" memorized, so that's how I learned them.

20. Angel or Star on the top of the tree?

21. Open Christmas Eve or Morning?

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
Grumpy people in crowds.

23. What’s the corniest family tradition you do or miss doing?
Watching our taped Xmas cartoons. The tape finally died a few years ago. My family is dorky, but we don't have many corny traditions.

24. What’s the worst thing you’ve seen related to Christmas?
I try to avoid the terrible things.

25. Which looks best, theme trees or homey trees?
I like theme trees, but not in my house. Homey all the way.

26. Gingerbread or Sugar Cookies?

27. Do you like fruitcake?
I bet there are ways to make it delicious. I have faith in the fruitcake!

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Sunday, December 09, 2007
  The Important Things
Well, final exams have finally rolled around and I'm up to my ears in term papers and study guides. I know I probably should be stressed, but I'm more hopeful, because I know it will all be over in a week. This weekend, I put off the books for awhile and focused on the important things. Jaime (11-y-o brother) spent the night, and we made pomanders, which I've been doing since I was a kid. Mine's hanging above my stove right now, and it smells wonderful!

I sent out my Christmas cards:

And we made gingerbread houses:
Well, Jaime made a gingerbread fort, and it was made of cinnamon graham crackers, but still...

My house is on the left, Kellen's is on the right. Apartently, Kellen missed his calling as an architect. I practically had to stop him before he installed a working garage door. My walls are made out of gingerbread, but being the queen of chewy cookies, I didn't bake it long enough, and it collapsed shortly after construction. Oh well, we had fun.

And that's the important part, right?

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007
This morning before work, I made a mad dash to the post office and picked up my final secret pal package. The line was ridiculous (of course) so I didn't have a chance to open my goodies until after work. It was worth the wait though. When I opened the box, I actually started crying! This is such an amazing package, and the perfect week to get it! Here are my goodies:

A box of Tazo Awake tea, several packages of hot coccoa (Kellen and I are going to have a cup by the tree tonight!), a dark chocolate bar, Coccoa notecards, gorgeous stickie notes, two bottles of mini m&ms, a Vanilla Creme drink mix, a sparkly blue snowflake ornamet, an advent calendar (I almost bought one the other day, but something told me to wait!), three tubes of Burt's Bees lipbalm in a cute carrying case, a yummy candle, a journal, a midnight scent sachet (that's as beautiful as it smells!), a lavendar bath set, two beaded stitch markers, sweet pea body wash and lotion (the lotion has a little shimmer to it, and smells wonderful), and YARN! Take a look:

Shaefer Laurel in Florence Nightengale. I'm melting over this. The colors are so rich beautiful, and it's from a series created for memorable women! I don't know what this is going to be yet, but for now I'm just content petting it.

Koigu. mmm, Koigu. These pretty pinkies are going to be socks for me. The colors remind me of frosting. My camera ate the picture of the purple yarn, but it's gorgous too. It didn't have a label, but I'm thinking it's wool and handdyed, maybe by my pal? It's beautiful shades of violet and lavendar. ;)

Thanks so much, Anne! You truly spoiled me!



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violet is a crafty girl with feminist values. knitting is her main squeeze, but she also flirts with sewing, embroidery, mosaics, jewelry making, block printing, and polymer clay. she's also been known to cook and garden. she loves a good thrift shop, teapots, and her boyfriend kellen.

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