February 10, 2006

Treats All Around!!

Posted in Knitting Olympics, Randomness, Tee Shop, Yarn Day at 11:12 am by mystrawberrylane

Well….. Mister Gamer Man got invited to the Palm with Mr. Big Wig Representative from some company who’s product Mr. GM’s company sells.

I was sooo jealous. I’ve only been there once.  Mister Gamer Man took me there when we first started dating. Back then the fanciest place I had ever eaten was at Red Lobster and that was high-style according to me. It was awesome, we had soo much fun, we ordered Lobster and everything! I was super impressed.

Well, when he came home he had CHEESECAKE for me. Now, I don’t know about you but I was totally wooed by this gesture!  It was so sweet of him, he knows how much I love dessert and I love it when he remembers to think of me. (I tend to get jealous when people do fun things without me! Like a big baby…)

It was sooo good that I ate a little that night and then had it for dinner the next night (ooo so bad).

That wasn’t the only time I was able to indulge a bit in the past few days. Remember the yarn that was supposed to be here today – the day of the why the hell did I drag myself into this Olympic Opening Ceremonies?! Well, it just so happened to get here a day early!

 

Oh Yeah!!! So I got to spend some much needed quality time with my Somewhat Cowl. 

I don’t know why I didn’t just pick the Somewhat for my Olympic knit.  I think I couldn’t wait that long to cast on and I had every bit of faith in myself to be able to just put it down!

 

Yep – those socks just don’t seem so fun now.  Sorry Sock Team USA….I promise I’ll have more spirit once I cast on.

Aaaaaannnnnnnd…… I made some tees!  I just couldn’t help it. I love to design! I had this little doodle and I just made it into a tee!!

Click HERE for a larger pic of the logo

 It was so much fun, I think I’m going to make some more!  I want to make some real retro-looking kinda fun tees.  I love cafepress! 

February 7, 2006

Ooooohhh So Bad!

Posted in Finished Objects, Randomness at 11:28 am by mystrawberrylane


I had no more selfcontrol with this chocolate pie this morning than I did @ kpixie yesterday.

But, the yarn I bought was like the smell of a free, freshly baked, handmade, chocolate pie.  It kept wafting my direction taunting me, teasing me, and whispering sweet nothings in my ear.

I’ve been bad.  Real real bad!

 

Let’s just say that after my little shopping spree yesterday, I ‘ll be brown baggin’ it the rest of the week. That’s right.  I spent my lunch money on yarn.

I set myself up for failure.  Like this morning when the boss gave me that naughtily desicious chocolate pie and I told myself, “You can just eat half of it”. “You can just knit a little bit of the Somewhat Cowl,” I told myself. “You’ll run out of yarn, but that’s ok, you’ve got to buy Birthday presents for Mister Gamer Man and besides, it’ll keep you from slacking on your Olympic Socks”.

Wrong again. I came to the end of my second hank oh-too-very-fast. Who knew I would knit that fast!?  WHO!!?? Not me, that’s for sure.

I tried to let it go, but it just kept creeping back on my mind. So in a yarn buying rampage yesterday I ordered the last 4 hanks!  They’re mine!!! ha ha ha …. uh .. ahem. And I don’t feel good. I don’t have that excited feeling.  I feel sick, like after eating the ENTIRE chocolate pie at 10 AM.

There’s more, I’m sorry…… the yarn will arrive on February 10…. The day the Olympics begins!!!!!!!

Oh I’m so bad… oh so bad…

In happier less self loathing news…..I have begun work on my FO page.  I still have to get pics of some of the stuff (there’s not much) and since I’m hurting for content I might embarass myself with a UFO page!!! Today, I’m adding my first FO!  Lily’s Alice in Wonderland “Cat Hat”. I used a basic hat pattern and added ears!  Look for more to come!

February 4, 2006

If you really want to know….

Posted in knitting, Randomness at 2:58 pm by mystrawberrylane

I got to go to the Thursday night Stich N’ Bitch which I never get to go to because Carl and I ride to work together. I was bragging about rewarding myself with a new project after finishing a lot of things that I had lying around.

Well that’s when Sheila brought up Mr. Valentine.

Mr. and Mrs. Valentine ARE finished, as far as knitting anyways. A few people have asked about them and why I’m not posting about them, did I forget about them. And the anwer is no. If you really want to know the terrible horrible truth then I’ll give it to you!

There… the terrible horrible truth. Mr. Valentine was made with Cascade 220 which drew up a lot when felting. Mrs. Valentine was made from Bartlett and didn’t draw up at all. So Mrs. Valentine spent quite a but of time in the dryer on high while Mr. Valentine has been stretching on this torture device piece of cardboard.

The good news is it seems to work. The bad news is, Mr. Valentine is barely felted and the Misses is totally felted.

So there you go, the terribel horrible truth. Why have I not posted!? Because I wanted to spare you the morbid details! ARG!!!

Don’t despair, I will salvage them yet, hopefully the Misses wont be sooo much bigger that she looks like and Amazon Woman. I am going to get magnets and finish the job today! So stay tuned…..

::::UPDATE::::

Next time I should just go see Sheila and the wall of Cascade and do it right!!!!

February 1, 2006

I think I’m in love…

Posted in knitting, New Project, Randomness at 3:27 pm by mystrawberrylane

You know that feeling you get when you start a new project? 

 

  

I am totally addicted to that feeling.  That feeling is what keeps me starting all kinds of new things and never finishing all the things that are half done!  It’s like puppy love, like when you first meet a someone you get the butterfies for and everything is soooo happy.  You’re even happy to get up and go to work, everything you do all day is happy as your mind drifts back to thoughts of your sweetie. That’s how I feel today.  I am in love!  In love with The Somewhat Cowl!

 

So in love, in fact, that I tucked it away in my bag and snuck it to work with me!!

I love this pattern, and I love this yarn!!! (Alpaca/silk from Blue Sky Alpaca) This project is my reward for finishing all my projects {except for the disas-t-o scarf I was making Carl (Pre wool-i-tis episode) and some sweater I started long long ago out of very cheap yarn}

I finished My Nanny’s Vogue wrap, I finished my Mom’s purse, I took a month to finish Lily’s bears which really should have taken mere days!(pic later… drying from felting right now)

Oh, Somewhat Cowl, I have been dreaming of you from afar, and soon you will be mine!!! Finally, something for me!! ME ME ME ME!!

It is sooo fun to start something new and awesome!  I have wanted to do a top-down raglan since forever ago! (never done one, never finished a sweater either!!)

And now – Some random “Dog Caught Napping in my Laundry” pics!!

  

January 26, 2006

Why I didn’t get any work done last night…

Posted in Randomness at 8:54 am by mystrawberrylane

There was this killer yarn eating dog in my lap you see. He was so cute, yet sooooo deadly. He wouldn’t let me knit more than 3 stitches before attacking and eating my yarn!
I was trying to finish up Mrs. Valentine but he wasn’t having it.
Eventually I gave in and we snuggled and watched TV for a while!

January 24, 2006

And I thought I wouldn’t have anything to post about today…

Posted in Randomness at 5:24 pm by mystrawberrylane

No knitting occured last night. I fell asleep and Mrs. Valentine has only 2 legs and a stumpy bit of a tummy to show for it.

I was thinking that I would have nothing to post about. My sister has pics of an FO of mine on her camera which she PROMISED she’d email DAYS ago.  But well, she’s 14 and that is not high on her to-do list. Wait – she’s 14, what to-do list!?

Then I saw THIS (scroll down to Angelica)

Yes the pattern’s been out a while and yes I’ve seen it but then I saw it with new eyes. With “I want to start something new but Hubby’s birthday is comming up and I can’t buy yarn” eyes.  And something about seeing it in a different color got me interested.

I have my eye on this color hip knits purple ooooohh yeah!

If you haven’t noticed, i am a “Dream Knitter” I dream more than I knit, I buy more yarn, I have 800 UFO’s.  But I do finish things I swear!! But a lot of them I rip out!! hee hee

I WILL I SWEAR get an FO gallery up soon. And it is my New Year’s resolution to finish more things.  To finish a SWEATER!!

January 20, 2006

If Only

Posted in knitting, Randomness at 10:28 am by mystrawberrylane

If only I had remembered to bring home my memory card for my camera from work yesterday instead of leaving it in the printer’s slot from getting pix off!!!  GRRRR then I would be posting a long overdue pic of the modified Sophie I made for my Mom.  It’s so awesome!!

And I might have posted a pic of the little valentine bear I made for Lily.  I stayed up late last night after casting off so I could weave in the ends, sew him up and put the pink on his lil ears and nose and a lil pink heart on his chest. =( Well I’ll at least throw in some yarn

fisherman.jpg     Cascade.jpg
I used the darker color for the body and the pink stuff for accents.
He is so cute!  i think I’ll name him Mr. Valentine
He needs to be felted, stuffed and eyes sewn on and he’ll be ready for hugs and love from Lily!
Also, i have some of this laying around…
  

the Hus got it for me for Christmas and he loves it.  I was supposed to be making him a scarf… out of Bartlett (pre wool-it-is)
Well I didn’t get too far and I hate working the cable, it takes FOREVER and I just don’t like spending all that time on not-me…

scarf.jpgI really did get a lot farther than this, but this is the only pic I have.  So long story short, he mentioned something about wanting a scarf out of the alpaca/silk but i thought it was too soft and girly, now I’m begining to wonder…  maybe doing something like a seed stitch would be nice and not too girly, with some fringe (manly fringe =) )

But, I have the Olympics comming up, and those socks aren’t going to knit themselves!! and at this rate it will be March before it gets done.  March isn’t really scarf weather her in Nashvegas!

January 17, 2006

Beginings

Posted in Randomness at 9:18 pm by mystrawberrylane

 

cat faces

So I’ve been out there reading blogs and being inspired, checking out free patterns, listening to life stories, feeling apart of an amazing group of people who craft, sew and knit. The latter of which is a COMPLETE obsession of mine. I think about knitting more times a day than a teenage box thinks about sex! I dream about it, I totally knit in my sleep. I fantasize about maxing out my credit card on Koigu, Aurora 8, and Snapcrafty handspun. When I go to Stitch n’ Bitch I can name 90% in the patterns in the room. “Oh, I see your knitting Claopotis, that’s cute” If it’s from Vouge Knitting, Glampyre, or Knitty I know it by name. I’m a total yarn-a-holic. I’m a total craft-o-holic.  

My blog is boring now – I’ve registered my domain and hope to download WordPress and get some hosting so I can do this blog thing proper.

Eventually I will open up a ‘lil shop. My domain is mystrawberrylane.com and I think I’ll set up my shop under shopstrawberrylane.com

First and foremost for my shop will be custom invitaions. I went to school for Graphic Design, graduated, got my degree, had BIG plans of freelancing and taking over the world. Then little Lilyana came along. I wasn’t working whilst I was gestating which reawoken the whole craft thing and surprisingly really awoke my girly femanine side. So the career thing got put on hold.

I love to design and have been doing it for fun even when I’m not working. I designed my own wedding invitations and I really loved them and I loved doing it. I have so many ideas in my head I could totally run wild with it. So, I’m putting my heart and soul into it and hopefully bringing to the world something fun and unique to choose from and not boring old pastel and doves. I’ll be doing invitations for all kinds of occasions, complete with thank you cards and anything and everything else to go with it.

On a non-career note, I love designing crochet items, and knit items. I love making handbags and customizing t-shirts so I’ll probably end up making those available as well. With the entire motive beeing to support my craft habit! I need more YARN!!! FEED ME!!! he he

I’ll leave you with a pic of my latest knitting FO. I knit the Vouge Lacy Shawl for my G-ma. I appoligize for the terible set up of the pic. I made this for “Nanny” because she was very influential in my crafting career. She’s had me crafting since I was old enough to sit up!!