Monday, January 30, 2012

One for the Money

I haven't done one of these in a while, and I saw a much anticipated movie this past weekend :) I have been reading Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series for a few years now, and I was really excited to hear that they were making a movie out of the first book. I was also apprehensive, because movies made out of books can totally ruin the story line if its done badly. Katherine Heigl was cast as Stephanie, and although I wasn't sure how I felt about that I think she did a really great job. The movie was funny, stayed pretty true to the story line until the end, the other characters were believable and overall it was a good movie, even compared to the book. As someone who doesn't really like scary/suspenseful movies I'm sorta glad they skimmed over some of that from the book. All in all I'd give this a 4.5 out of 5 :)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Socks are catching on

I finished up a bunch of knitted items in the past few days:

My very first finished socks for me! My first pair of socks for 2012 are finished, and I'm really exited about it. They're a little big, but they're out of DK weight yarn so I wouldn't wear them in shoes anyway. They're around the house socks :) I have a plan to knit 12 pair of socks this year, so lets see how long I can keep it up!

The dishcloth that almost killed me. It uses a knit in the stitch below stitch, which I've never done before, and between that and having a hard time keeping straight where I was in the pattern, it kinda made me mad. I think there's a mistake in there somewhere, but if you see it, don't tell me :)

I also finished the baby hat I was making, and I see many more of these in my future :) They're so cute and addictive!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Since moving into our house my husband and I have been trying to be mindful of keeping things organized. Neither of us are "neat freaks" or "organizers" by nature, so we work hard to make it seem that way. At least a little bit! Anyway, I thought I would share something I found a few weeks ago that I've been using for my projects while they're in the WIP stage. It looks like this:

Its a four drawer organizer, and it cost me $10 at the Ollies near us. It was one of those things that I walked right by, came back to, and slowly it dawned on me that those little drawers were the perfect size for 90% of my WIPs. I've managed to fit 5 balls of yarn and a partially knit vest front in one, so they're big enough for pretty much everything except maybe large sweaters and blankets. My husband was especially glad for it as my keeps my WIPs (and their needles!) off the couch and away from unsuspecting visitors. It only took me about 20 minutes to put together and, while its not the most sturdy thing, it does its job well.

(By the way, you can sorta see our new floor in this picture. Please oooh and ahhh over it appropriately, there was a lot of blood, sweat, and tears put into the installing of it)

Monday, January 23, 2012

I may have bit off more than I can chew

Want to see everything I have in progress?

And this isn't all of it. You'll notice that my stocking is missing- never fear, its being worked on, I just don't have an updated photo. And the photos of the vest and the socks are pretty out dated too. Maybe that should be a project all its own. Anyway, wish me luck, cause I'm casting on something new on the 28th!

Saturday, January 14, 2012


I've been trying to gauge my knitting time by splitting my projects in half- finishing the first half by tomorrow and then finishing the second half by the end of the month. I've been doing pretty well- first up, my socks:

These are some loose bed socks made out of Plymouth Yarn Happy Feet DK. I haven't made a lot of socks, so I thought making them out of a thicker yarn would be a good way to work my way down to all the lovely fingering weight socks.


This is the Botanic Hat and I'm making it out of Knit Picks Swish Worsted and Queensland Collections Kathmandu Aran. I'm making the folded over brim version, so that's why it just looks like a massive amount of ribbing. Its supposed to be 6 inches, but I'm at 5 inches now and that seems plenty long enough (and I'm just sick of knitting the ribbing!)

My OWL is coming along well, but I don't have an updated picture of it. Coming soon!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


I'm working right along on my crazy plan. The cowl is finished, some socks have been started, and a secret hat has been started. I'm a little worried that I haven't spent as much time with my OWL as I would like, but I still really love working on it and I think I should be able to squeeze in some time this weekend. Here's a photo of the finished cowl:

I love how it came out. Its super soft and squishy, and I'm pretty sure the recipient will love it! I'm even contemplating making another, but we'll see :)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

2011 Reading

Toward the end oflast year I decided I needed to start reading more. I used to read a ton as a child, but when I started college I was so busy reading course material that I gradually got out of the habit. I started using Library Thing to track books I had already read, ones I was currently reading, and ones I wanted to read. It works pretty well for me, especially since I get a lot of books from the library. I just mark them "read but unowned." I've been thinking about adding a new collection for my nook books, but haven;t done so yet.

Without further adeiu, these are the books I read after I started tracking:

Bradley, Marion Zimmer The Mists of Avalon
Bray, Libba A Great and Terrible Beauty
Brennan, Herbie The Purple Emperor (The Faerie Wars Chronicles, Book 2)
Brennan, Herbie Faerie Wars (Faerie Wars Chronicles)
Chapman, Gary The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts
Couric, Katie The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives
Downie, Chris The Spark: The 28-Day Breakthrough Plan for Losing Weight, Getting Fit, and Transforming Your Life
Evanovich, Janet Plum Spooky
Evanovich, Janet Finger Lickin' Fifteen (Stephanie Plum Novels)
Evanovich, Janet Fearless Fourteen (Stephanie Plum, No. 14)
Evanovich, Janet Sizzling Sixteen
Gault, Teri Shop Smart, Save More: Learn The Grocery Game and Save Hundreds Dollars a Month
Hammett, Edward H.   Reaching People Under 40 While Keeping People Over 60: Being Church for All     Generations
Horowitz, Anthony      The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel
Irwin, William              The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts for Muggles
Macomber, Debbie     The Shop on Blossom Street
Macomber, Debbie     A Good Yarn (Blossom Street)
Macomber, Debbie     Back on Blossom Street
Riordan, Rick             The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 5)
Rowling, J. K.            Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Rowling, J.K.             Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Some of these were rereads for me, but most were new. I'm looking forward to doubling this number in 2012!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Crazy Train

The out of town-ers are almost all gone, the new HPKCHC term has begun, and my normal work schedule has resumed. I've got a plan, and its a little crazy. I wasn't kidding when I said I wanted to knit all the things! You'll see two new projects over on the bar- the Christmas stockings are my OWL for this term and the Darkside is a cowl for Amy (my brother's girlfriend).  The stockings are going along well, I've already been approved and have worked on them some. I really enjoy colorwork, and even though this is the biggest colorwork project I've done I'm optimistic and and excited. The cowl is going really well too. I'm hoping to have that and my brother's vest, which is also coming along (slowly) ready to send in the mail for the middle of next week.

What else do I have planned? Well, I have a spreadsheet :) The plan right now is to make one hat, finish designing and making another hat, a pair of socks, some fingerless mitts, a baby hat, an maybe another design thrown in there for good measure. I'm also planning a shawl for my Order Mission (takes about 2 months, between a class and an OWL) but I'm having yarn issues right now.

Can I get all this done on top of grading duties? We'll see!