Sunday, June 29, 2008

New Nano Nanu

I hate seaming. I hate it with such a passion that I do everything possible to not have to do so. I had seen cozy patterns on the net that said "knit for X inches, seam sides, fold over top..." I got to the word seam and would abandon the pattern. I decided that I wanted to make my own pattern. I also wanted something that could go over my iPod while I was listening to it (ie. has a headphone port), and I also didn't want something that couldn't come off completely without unplugging the headphones. Hence, this was born. So, as promised, Nano Cozy pattern.

Yarn: Lucy Neatby Celestial Merino Dream (Color: Blue Vesivius)
Needle: 2.00mm
Gauge: 16st and 24 rows = 2"x2" in St Stitch
Additional: one 1/2" button
darning needle

Note: I worked the cozy using the magic loop method, but using two circs would also work. Working on dpns might be possible, but it is much easier if there is an easily identifiable front and back.

Using figure 8 cast on, CO 39 st.

Work in the round in plain st stitch for 2 inches.

Row 1: *K1P1* rep from * to last st, K1
Row 2: *P1K1* rep from * to last st, P1

Repeat these two rows 5 times more (making a total of 12 rows)

Next row: K1 P1, insert left needle into these two sts in front of right needle. K2tbl. *K1 insert left needle as before, k2tbl. P1 insert left needle as before k2tbl.* repeat from * until a total of 15 sts (including st on right hand needle) remain.

Work back and forth in moss stitch as established for 10 rows.

Next row: work 7 st as established, k2tog, YO, work 6 st as established.

Work as established in moss st for 5 rows.

Cast off using method previously used.

Sew button to front 1" from right edge and 1/2" from cast off edge of body. Weave in ends.

NOTE: button hole will need to be worked so as to get the button through, but don't worry, it will work.

-cheers and happy knitting!


This is sort of a "GWEN: remember to post" post.

I broke down. I did what I always said I never would. I bought and iPod today. I got a 4 gig nano, and must say: I love it. I decided rather quickly though that the cases and skins are tres expensive, and I didn't want to spend that kind of money. So I made a case.

It was really easy, and the best part is that there was no seaming. :D I'll post the pattern tomorrow.

-cheers and happy knitting!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

In which there are Boobs

Well, not really, but there are pseudo-boobs...

I finished and blocked (but have yet to weave in the ends) my first ever lace AND shawl project. Adamas is done! I was so excited. It's a bit smaller than I might have liked, but I still love it.

I really need to get some of those interlocking foam tiles, espescially for the boob blanket (once it gets to blocking stage)

I love the detail and the color. :D

I also finished the Clapotis that I started....a year and a half ago. It's nice and big, and really warm. Now I just need to find a place to wear it to. No pictures of it yet, it's still sitting on my dining room table.

I have pictures of the boob blanket too. :D I got a bit artsy and have decided to take a million pictures of everything and then delete what doesn't work. That way I will be bound to get some good shots.

That's only two skeins of Noro (170 F) and I freaking love the stuff. I love the colors, I love the fabric it makes when done up on 5mm needles, and I even like the feel of the yarn itself in my hands.

I started the blanket using Cascade 220 that I had in my stash, but when I went to Tangled Skeins downtown, I picked up to balls of Noro and oh my god. I love it, the Cascade looked good on it's own, but put them together and it pales in comparison. I will probably pick up some more of the Noro to make more blocks for the blanket. And by blocks I mean huge mammoth sized blocks that rock. The one in the picture is about 10"X30" and it still has to be blocked. I need to block the blocks. That sort of amuses me.

eugh, I need sleep. I plan on being productive tomorrow. And my folks are going away for the long weekend. Just me and the bro till Tuesday. Joy.

-cheers and happy knitting!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

It's all her fault.

Just a quick post here.

I swear it is. It's all Miss V's fault. She's the one who has addicted me to plurk. For those who don't know it's sort of like the status update thingy on facebook, but on a timeline with the ability to reply to the updates of your friends. I'm addicted. And there is a pattern (from Wendy) available to just plurkers. I got it, cast it on with the Patons Kroy that I had in my stash and love them. They're a bit wide, but that'll be fine considering I don't like really tight socks.

BTW, the Nanner socks (as they're referred to) are not alcoholics, they just enjoy an occasional social drink, or two, or ten...

-cheers and happy knitting!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Knitting Adventure!

So, one of the activities that was put together for my local WWKIP day event, was a photo scavenger hunt. I spent from 10:00 this morning to 4:00 (5:00 if you include transit time) going around the city with my aunt Crystal (and 9 week old Benjamin) taking pictures of me and my knitting in various places. I'm going to be getting more tomorrow, but I just had so much fun today that I needed to post. So here goes a tale of Gwen and Knitting on The City.

First we start off at Tangled Skeins in Dartmouth. It was my first time in, and I gotta say, wow sock yarn. And Sale. BUT I didn't buy anything, I did good right? I really wish I had bought something...

Second you see my feet, and Halifax. This was on the ferry going from Dartmouth over to Halifax. And yes, that is how and usually where I sit when on the ferry. Except in rush hour, then I don't take up ridiculous amounts of space.

And there's Ben! Nanny knitted the sweater he's wearing (and I figured out that it's a top down Raglan, with the arms knit flat and seamed afterwards). And I knit the pants! They're roughly based off of Cargo from Knitty. I had to alter the pattern though because Ben, although being 9 weeks old, is still teeny tiny.

Fort Needham Park. This was on the way to the Hydrostones. I'm thinking that I should do a map up and show you all everywhere we went. I swear we walked (and pushed the stroller!) at least 5 kms today. I don't even feel tired which is the scary part. :S

Next we went to LK Yarns in the Hydrostones. OMG, YARN. That about sums it up. I should have taken a picture of the sign on the door which Crystal most gracefully hid from me on the way in. A really bad four letter word. Sale. It was so hard to not buy everything. So much pretty stuff.

Look! I can fly! Well, not really. This is at the Halifax Commons. My brother plays baseball with the Senior Men's team on that field quite often. It's a gorgeous open part of Halifax. Also the site for Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper, and soon to be Keith Urban concerts.

My god it was windy. This is me with The Citadel Fort in the background. There was no way that we were going to climb the hill with the stroller in that wind. We had almost lost it twice before that in a "sheltered" area.

Ducks! This is at the Halifax Public Gardens. They are really quite tame due to people feeding them even though you're not supposed to. The one that was coming towards me actually kinda nipped at me right after the picture was taken. Crystal had a good laugh.

SWAN!!! These things are huge, and I hadn't realized it but the big guy was actually trying to get through the fence to bite my knitting.

No knitting here, but this is what was right behind us making a racket while we took the Swan picture. It's a baby swan, something that you don't see very often in the Public Gardens. Actually, I rarely even see the swans!

Look! It's me on a bridge! This was once again, in the Public Gardens.

Vegetables. mmmmmm. There were mint plants too, and it reminded me of the time I decided to grow a mint plant in the backyard. It ended up taking over one entire flower bed. But it was great in the summer because we'd rip off a chunk and throw it in the Compost bin to keep it smelling....not half bad. This is at Pete's Froutique. Unfortunately Pete wasn't there, but I've met him before and he's a great guy.

And now we're onto the third (yes that's right, THIRD) yarn shop of the adventure. This is The Loop, my main yarn store. Mainly because it's half a block from where I went to school (that hurt my pocketbook) and only two blocks from where I work.

Are you envious? This is at Venus Envy, one of the local sex stores. It's really neat because the front is all new age stuff, and sensual sex books, then you get into the harder stuff, Karma Sutra, and bondage books, and then the back, BAM. Wall of sex toys. These were two little things I found and laughed my butt off about, they're crochet manly bits, with harnesses on them. And the guy in the picture is a very helpful employee. Is it bad that I almost bought a toy on my knitting adventure?

This is a nice bright picture of me and the stroller (which at that point was going on like 5 almost tip-overs) in front of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. It's a really cool museum on the waterfront, I haven't been in since I was in middle school though. High time to return eh?

Harbour Hopper. The best tourist attraction, but the pits if you're living in the city. It's loud, it's big, and not only does it drive around the town, it goes in the Harbour. It was windy, as you can tell by the hair (that needs another dye job) that is everywhere.

And now here's the Tallship Silva, on which my Aunt Crystal and Uncle Shawn (Uncle is my mom's brother, aunt has turned into an amazing friend) had their wedding on. I'm also holding a Beaver Tail, which is a dead fried pastry. I got the original one, which is cinnamon and sugar. So good. So very very good. And huge, for only $3.75!

Theadore, he's a tugboat and a happy tugboat too. Theadore Tugboat is a children's show that uses models as the characters. It's based in Halifax Harbour (where I live) and a few years ago someone (I forget who) got a live sized Theadore built. He's huge, and the eyes that are on the front actually move. It's kinda creepy. And yes, he has a big red ball cap on.

Lobsters. And a trap. Would it be Nova Scotia if there weren't lobsters?

Cows Ice Cream. Hand made fresh (you watch them make it) waffle cones and ice cream that comes in a bazillion flavours. It's a summertime staple. (bazillion doesn't come up as wrong on spell check. wow.)
I was going to go in, but it was really busy, and we didn't want to take up loads of room with the stroller, so here's a picture of me next to the Split Crow sign. (the Split Crow is one of the older pubs in Halifax, it's also where the Melotones play on Thursday nights. They're the band that one of my teacher's plays in.)

Freak Lunchbox. They don't allow pictures inside, so this is the best I could do. It's a candy store, with all of the odds and ends that you'll never find anywhere else. So good. And yummy. And teeth rottening.
Hahaha, funny story. So as Crystal took the Freak Lunchbox picture, and was about to put the camera away, this guy walked out. One of the items on the Scavenger hunt is "A man or woman in uniform". This guy was just in the right place at the right time. Although, I think we scared him because as soon as he walked out Crystal and I both at the same time squeeled and said "Excuse me!?" I then explained to him, he kinda chuckled, and agreed to have a photo opp. It was a "Had to be there" moment.

Um, yea. This was Crystal running out into the middle of the street, snapping a picture, then running back to the sidewalk. All the while dodging cars. lol. Though to be truthful, the only car moving on that street at that time was the one up the hill a bit.

Me outside the Metro Center. I wish I could have gotten a picture with the big Metro Center sign, but they were doing construction and couldn't get anywhere near it.
Crystal, since it was like 4:00 at that time, decided to go meet Shawn at work and go home with him, we were done our adventure anywho. So as I was going home, I saw a smoke trail from the bridge. This is a picture taken from Penhorn Mall. Pretty much, all of Porter's Lake, Lake Echo, Mineville, and a bit of West Laurencetown were on fire. The Scout camp (where we're going next weekend) is out that way. The RCMP even evacuated a huge number of people in that area, including the Scout camp. I'm just hoping that the camp doesn't catch fire. I think I might cry if it does.

After I got home, I decided that I was going to go to the BBQ that a few friends were having over in Halifax, so back on a bus I went (I really don't mind commuting, gives me more knitting time). This is a picture of me on a bus, on the bridge. It actually gave me a few points, so that made me happy.

All in all, it was a great day and I got so much exercise in. Of course, now my legs are starting to hurt a bit, but at least my knees and back feel fine. I can't wait for KIP day tomorrow. Seriously can not wait. :D

-cheers and happy knitting!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Single's Swap Swag!

I *heart* the mailman. Well, my brother brought it in and when I came downstairs he was eating breakfast at the table with the package across from him. I smiled and did a little dance, he looked at me and said "Yarn?". All I could do was smile and nod as I grabbed a pair of scissors and ripped open the package.

And so here's another photographic journey of the mail of Gwen. And also all of my wonderous Single Swap Swag from Amy of the Good To Be Girl Shop.

I absolutely love the card. On the inside it says "Just another single seeking Socks in the City."

Merino Silk blend roving. Such a beautiful jewel tone. I can't wait to finish up what's on my spindle now so I can work on this.

Organic Cotton. I'm going to use the pattern that Amy sent to make a washcloth.

Bath time! Vanilla Bean bath bomb. I want the horrid lingering sickness from nowhere to go away so I can actually smell this.

Some of the smaller items were packaged like this, cellophane bag with pink ribbon, love it.

Here's what was in said bag. Hot chocolate mix, Strong girl chocolates, and Lip Smackers! I haven't had Lip Smackers in forever. Berry and Vanilla. mmmmmmmmm.

These are the strong girl chocolates, I just love the information on the back.

I got stitch markers!

A candy, chick with headphones (I know it's a pink snowman, but I'm saying it's a chick with headphones), pancakes, cinnamon bun, and peas in a pod!

This is a better shot of the chick with the headphones, so fitting for theaudiochick!

Lindor White Chocolate Truffles. *drool*

Camp Hat Pin! Love it, I'm going to have the best camp hat ever :) BTW, I get to teach my brownies how to knit in a week and a half. Wish me luck!

It's a sweater keychain. I absolutely love it, and it's already attached to my keys, along with my LED light, USB drive, Roxy emblem, and my Petcetera card. My keys will never be lost ever again. :D

I got tea! I'm excited, now I just have to get one of those tea thingies that you put the loose leaf in so I can use the loose tea Amy got from the Village Yarn & Tea shop. I might not be able to smell very well right now, but it smells soooo good. Kind of Lavender like.

These are the tea packs that were in the sampler. I'm uber excited to sit down with some Ginger Peach and the White Pear tea's especially.

Two patterns too! I got one for a lace washcloth (going to use the organic cotton for it) and the other is for a pair of fingerless gloves. The roving should work up to just enough for them.

There was so much stuff! I love it all. :) Thank you Amy! Good To Be Girl Go! Check out her site!

Also, as promised, pictures of my newest handspun. The first is from Hello Yarn. It's a Silver Romney X hank. There is about 110 yards, and it's maybe a light sport weight. But the best thing is that it's pretty much uniform. I'm so excited.

The second is an Aurelia Top Knot, the same colorway as Knotty, my very first handspun (pictures on my ravelry account). But this time, I got 240 yards at about a light sport to a worsted weight. It's a little less uniform, but I still love it. I'm going to try to find some black metallic thread to ply it with. I'm excited and terrible afraid to ply on my drop spindle.

That's it from me today! Cheers and Happy Knitting. ;)