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I was doing so well with my WIP finishing goals along with completing NaKniSweMoDo, but then this weekend came up and I went a little crazy.

We were invited to a pool party where “presents aren’t required” and we had 3 weeks notice at least, so I decided I’d knit something for the birthday girl. Fast forward to the day before the party, when I realize I hadn’t actually started anything for her, but I had started two other sweaters for myself! So I went from a small number of official WIPs (and as I was required to go through my stash I found a few more, many of which I did or am frogging) to a much larger number! Here goes:

Sweater 9 of NaKniSweMoDo: still at the sleeves. It is so boring, I can only bring myself to knit on it at my knit night, and I’m skipping it tonight ;(


Sweater 10 of NaKniSweMoDo: need to finish up the hand knitting. It probably is pretty much done, I just have it at my next project, and may not get there.

black 2

Sweater 11 NaKniSweMoDo: need to finish up the machine knitting. That involves finding the pattern and where I was, pulling out my machine, etc. And I’m over 1/2 way done already.

Sweater 12 of NaKniSweMoDo: this is a bottom and some of a sleeve that I started using the Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. It’s been a WIP forever, and I will probably finish it based upon how I finished my previous sweater bottom – just create a raglan top and graft them together. But then I’ll be stuck at the sleeves of yet another pattern.

I frogged two previous scarf/wrap (three, actually, but I only have 2 photos) attempts. One I have started my second Rolled Collar Shrug with, and the other will languish in my stash for awhile longer.


And for the party this weekend, I started and then frogged the Ultra Mega Chunky Bag for the birthday girl.


It was too floppy and too small.

Then I started the No Seam Bag which is going okay so far, but I ran out of the one ball of Pastaza yarn I was going to use. I was happy to find out that the Jo-Ann Sensations yarn I bought on sale matches it almost perfectly, so I’ve been knitting away on that. Then comes the felting. I hate felting, so I’m going to beg someone from my knitting group to do it for me, if they will.

And along with these, there are the two other sweaters I’ve recently begun. One is a new asymmetrically opened cardigan with Cascade 220:


and the other is a second Juliet, since I’ve worn my first one, and it’s really helping me use up my pink and red oddball stash!



I did it again …

I read a lot this week, and also watched a lot of TV. Not sure how that happened. So for “What are you reading Mondays“, here’s my summary.

last week I finished:

Friday Night Knitting Club (NOT going to read the sequels)
Bled Dry by Erin McCarthy (I am so sad that I am done with this series!)
Any Way You Want It by Kathy Love (not as well written as her others, but still good)

and in doing so, I finished all of my 50 library books for the Library Reading Challenge!!! The last book I have at home to read is I Want You to Want Me by Kathy Love. I went to her website, and her other books just don’t really interest me, but I’ll keep looking.

I suppose I did do some knitting – I finished my Baccarat Player on Thursday. It fits, but makes me feel really fat, so I don’t know if I’ll wear it. And I have 3 skeins of whatever the yarn is I used: Artyarns, Artfibers, some Art… thing.


Monday, Monday

Since I’ve been reading so much I thought I’d join J. Kaye’s “What are you Reading on Monday” meme thing. Especially since just this morning I finished Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs. I hear there is a sequel, but I don’t think I’ll be reading it. The book itself was pretty good, I got into it near the middle, but it was really long, and I wasn’t that fond of the ending. But at least I’m nearing the end of my library book usage goal of 50 books!

I just started Pet Sematary by Stephen King. I’ve read a few of his books, but not enough, so I’m starting with the classics. It should be good.


Only in 3s

I don’t want to post this on Facebook, but I wanted to do it anyway, so here goes:

Three names I go by:

Three jobs I have had in my life:
Pharmacy Technician
Victoria’s Secret salesperson

Three Places I have lived:
Washington, D.C.
Los Angeles
New York

Three Favorite drinks:
Cherry Coke

Three TV shows that I watch:
The Office
In Plain Sight
The Closer

Three Places I Have Been:
Czech Republic

Three people who e-mail me regularly:

Three of my favorite Bars (all in D.C. …):
9:30 Club
Black Cat
Ireland’s Four Provinces

Three things I’m looking forward to:
School starting again!
Going back to the gym.
Going to L.A. on New Year’s Eve.

Three foods i love:

And in other news, I completed my 7th sweater for NaKniSweMoDo. I finished my Extra Easy… Sweater by Lion Brand. I actually cut off the bottom edge of the back and crocheted an edge. It’s still a bit off from the front unfortunately. I crocheted edges on the sleeves, and only sewed on one button instead of the four required. “It’s sure warm” – Better Off Dead.


I Turn My Camera On

So about 3 weeks after my trip to NYC/Maryland, someone finally “found” my camera! Apparently Dylan decided he needed to hide it under his bed, and only brought it out when Oren decided he wanted to make a video with it! So I have a lot to discuss.

First of all, I was very, very busy on my trip. I hand sewed two items, almost 3, and knit one. I also finished a few books.

I created the “pattern” for this, based on the really easy knit shrug patterns:


I realized later I should have just used a pillowcase. It really feels like it. But I really like the look.

Then I started 2 different boleros with the same pattern. All I have to do is finish the sleeves on this one, and the other is black:


Then finally during my trip, I brought only one knit project, and finished it on the trip home:


I like it, and really just created the pattern on the fly, but the sleeves are a bit too wide for their length, and the yarn is acrylic, so I may end up passing this on to a worthy recipient.

Since I got back I started and finished another project. It’s the Rolled Collar Shrug from an old Family Circle Easy Knitting. I started with 5 balls of Tahki Cotton Colori, and knew I had at least 3 more of a pink and red version, but I could only find one ball. I ended up making this:


and THEN I found the rest of the Cotton Colori! Not to mention that I ran out of black, so I ended up substituting double stranded Elann Connemara in black, and it worked out just fine! Both are chain-looking cotton yarns. So I’ve still got 3 balls, I think, of Cotton Colori, 2 in pink and one in red. And the rest of the Connemara.

And finally, I pulled out some WIPs to finish. I am just about done with Lion Brand’s Extremely Easy Sweater. Unfortunately it is made all in one piece, and I made the back way too long. So I compensated with the front, and so it’s shorter. I don’t think it will look bad on, but it is definitely too hot to try. I just need to knit the sleeve edging and sew on 4 buttons, which I don’t have, or can’t find.


I also found this bottom of a sweater and had no idea where I was going with it, but I didn’t want to pull it out. So I started a top, raglan style, and ended up grafting (3 needle bind off) the two together this weekend while getting religion and watching “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” (HORRIBLE acting). Now all I have to do is the sleeves, and I have another sweater.


Since it is no longer portable, I started yet another sweater, for no good reason, and just brought out my Baccarat Player. More on that later.


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