nothing to do with knitting......

okay, i know this doesn't really have anything to do with knitting, but i found this meme last night, and thought it sounded like fun. i don't know how one goes about 'tagging' people, and since (as far as i know) i only have one reader (thanks Jess), i'm just going to tell her to try it, cause it really was fun! :)

anyway, here goes.............

The rules are:
a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into mosaic maker.

The Questions (and, in italic, the answers):

flickr meme
  1. What is your first name? Holly
  2. What is your favorite food? spaghetti & meatballs
  3. What high school did you go to? Canaan Christian
  4. What is your favorite color? green
  5. Who is your celebrity crush? Jerry O'Connell
  6. Favorite drink? Arizona Green Tea
  7. Dream vacation? Snowy River, Australia
  8. Favorite dessert? chocolate ice cream
  9. What you want to be when you grow up? a photographer
  10. What do you love most in life? kiddo's
  11. One word to describe you. irrepressible
  12. Your flickr name. in the beginning

on a side note: i do have some knitting/yarn news, but i'll save that for another post... maybe later tonight. :)



i did absolutely no knitting yesterday. none at all!
which is very odd for me, because Sunday is usually my most productive day. but, my wrist was hurting, so i decided to take the day off.

now, today, i haven't done anything either, but i'm about to plop down and work a while on the strawberries & cream baby blanket, cause i really need to get it done. if i could get a full repeat done (10 rows), i'd be pretty happy with myself for the evening.

i've been really noticing how sore my wrists get when i knit constantly day-after-day, and i'm so afraid of ending up with carpal tunnel (i don't know if's hereditary at all, but i've had two aunts who had to have surgery for it), and i don't like one bit the idea that i wouldn't be able to knit for a long time, if ever, again!!

anyway, enough worrying... i'm off to hopefully conquer a baby blanket!!


shrugged — twice

i've been working like crazy this week... i've got at least two projects going at all times, which i suppose isn't that unusual, but i'm working on a cotton baby blanket that i'm getting paid for, and that needs to be done before the end of the month!
cotton blanket

however, it's a bit boring, so i thought it would be good to have some small projects going at the same time... you know, something with some kind of shaping or that at least requires brainwork!

so, i decided to try out this shrug pattern... my aunt saw a little (boughten) shrug-type thing i wore this summer, and said she would love something like that. and this was the pattern that immediately came to mind. but, i wanted to try it out first, with some not-so-expensive-yarn, to make sure it was something i could do. so, i figured i'd make one from some Jiffy that i had in my stash for my daughter for her birthday.

well, first attempt, i made a guage error, and it ended up fitting the two year old!
trial sweater

so, back to the drawing board, and some more calculations (and re-calculations), and i finally got guage right.

it certainly does knit up quickly (between 4 and 5 hrs of atual knit time ~ for me, anyway), and quite frankly, the hardest part is seaming the sleeves! of course, that is just because i'm so bad at seaming!! lol

i don't have a finished photo of the second one, as i haven't woven the ends in yet, but i like the way (both of these) turned out in the Jiffy. nice and soft, and it's a good weight for a spring/fall shrug, plus, i knit up (one) on size 11's and (one) on size 13's. woohoo! i love big needle projects! :)

i would love to figure out gauge and everything, and make one of these in sock yarn or similar weight. i think it would have a beautiful drape to it.

and on top of it all, i found out that top-down raglan style is a lot easier than i thought it would be! i tend to get afraid of new things... although i don't know why, because once i try them, they (almost) always end up being so easy! so, it was awesome to me when i saw just how easy it was, and how quickly i finished! talk about 'instant gratification'!!


let's get it started!

well, here goes....

i've had my photography blog for a while now, but i finally decided to set up another one for posting stuff about my knitting. partly cause i have friends who might actually read it, but also as an easy way to share some patterns i've designed.

i'll warn you of a few things right off the bat:
#1... i don't type with capitals. please don't be offended, and please don't write and scold me about it. i've always felt a kinship with e.e.commings.
#2... i will admit to you here and now that i will not post on a daily basis. i simply cannot be clever every day. it's just not in me. and even if i do manange to be clever each day, the cleverness ranges from writing to knitting to photography, so i'm never clever at them all at once.
and #3... i've only been knitting for about a year and a half, so i'm still learning. if you see that i've done something wrong, or know that i'm going about something in a manner that's harder than it should be, please don't hestiate to tell me! i'm all up for learning new things, and i want to gather as much knitting knowledge as possible.

so, here's to my newest journey...