Saturday, June 30, 2007

5 Hour Baby Sweater #2

5 Hour Baby Sweater
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
I recently got a part time job and I am replacing a girl who is having her first baby. She has been wonderful training me and this is my baby shower gift to her.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Cutting it really close...

Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
This small ball of yarn (next to wine cork for reference) is what was left of my second skein when I finished up my Lutea Lace Shouldered Shell.

I tried to get a photo of myself wearing the tank, but it's nearly impossible to take a decent photo of yourself - and more so when I historically look stupid in posed photos.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Lutea Shell - Second Go Round

Lutea Shell - Second Go Round
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Well, here's what the project looks like this morning! I reballed all the yarn from the previous version last night and recast on with the smaller size!

Since I've already made this same project once this week, I'm thinking this will go quickly! However, I am also working more hours this week and have a Pampered Chef commitment on Saturday. My goal is to get this done in the next 7 days.

OH! And I got my Ravelry invite yesterday!! Yippeee!! Look for me under "PixieM"

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Lutea Lace Shouldered Shell

Lutea Lace Shouldered Shell
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
The back is completed, so I thought I would share a photo before I ripped it all out. Yes, I'm ripping it out to start over.

I really should have pulled it on before I got this far....I have a warped sense of my size. I was between sizes so I chose the larger size and should have gone with my gut instinct and chosen the smaller one. It just feels too baggy and would look better more form fitting.

On the upside I am now really familiar with the pattern, have figured out the errors in the lace pattern plus I knitted what I have here fairly quick. I also don't like the curled edge at the bottom and am going to experiment with a turned under hem instead? Or maybe a garter stitch edge?

Estes Park and Lutea Shell Progress

Went up to the Estes Park Wool Fest early yesterday morning and had a grand time. Can you believe all I bought was a Wet Felting Kit for $15.00? Well, I did also stop in at a friend's jewelry store in Estes and brought home a gorgeous Larimar ring with the money I didn't spend on yarn. The highlight of my day was scratching a yak on the nose and having him snuffle in my palm.

On Friday night I finished up the body of the Lutea shell! Woot! I set it aside to start the lace straps and luckily found the errata BEFORE I started. However, what I didn't find is that that errata was missing a key phrase from the designer...causing me much frustration last night that left me almost in tears and hitting the whiskey at 11:30 AM this morning.

And where does one turn in times like this? Googling for other knitting blogs, of course. I want to publicly thank Jeanne of Jeanne Knits, for emailing me back and indulging in my ramblings as I sorted out this pattern in my head even though I'm a complete stranger. I love knitters.

Hit the Farmer's Market this morning and got some new plants for the garden -- green sage, greek basil and rosemary. Also got some homemade dried Thai linguine that is destined for a peanut sauce with shrimp, 4 large cinnamon buns, 2 vanilla lattes and 2 breakfast burritos -- oh! and some blackberry creamed honey from the bee lady. A very good haul this morning. I was bummed that this season we haven't see the guy selling fresh sockeye salmon. I've got some red chard in the fridge that I would like to serve with salmon tonight, so I'll have to head to the grocery this afternoon.

Now that I have the Lutea lace pattern sorted, I'm off to knock out the right-back shoulder strap!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

5 Hour Baby Sweater

5 Hour Baby Sweater
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
I finished this the other week but had forgotten to get a photo of it and then left it hanging in the shop as a temporary store sample.

I started this on a Friday night and was seaming it up on Sunday afternoon. Yes, it probably did only take me about 5 hours. As soon as I finish up the matching cap and/or booties it will be wrapped up and sent off to the recipient.

Monday, June 11, 2007

SP10 Package Arrived

Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
I love when the mailbox has a package in it -- and it's the best when it's a Secret Pal box!

This one contained 3 gorgeous skeins of baby alpaca yarn, a lovely ceramic bowl that is going to become my new kitchen salt cellar that sits out on the counter, 1 fun glass fridge magnet and two delicious smelling bars of soap.

Thanks to my Secret Pal!! I hope I get to see you at the Estes Park Wool Fest, check your email for my mobile number so that we can connect!

My Boxer Girl

Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
I was cleaning up photos on the digital camera and found this one of Allie; so I thought I would share.

Allie does not knit and could care less about knitting or yarn. Because of this she is not accompanying us to the Estes Park Wool Festival this weekend. She may however attend the Denver Knitting Guild Meeting this week because she DOES like to socialize.

If you don't know about Allie, she's my 6 year rescue boxer who came to us at 7 months old and had already been in 4 or 5 homes before being given up to Ho-Bo Care Boxer Rescue. By the time she got to our house she was people and dog aggressive due to the bouncing around from home to home at such a young age.

We fostered her for about a month, got her into an adoptable frame of mind and she was placed with a very nice family. Once in her new home, she copped an attitude, beat up the other boxer in the house and in general was a complete pain in the ass for couple of weeks that she stayed with that family. She was brought back to our house where she is now in charge of making sure the cushions are held down firmly on the couch for at least 5 hours a day. [Note: The family who brought Allie back to us was extremely nice and a different boxer was adopted by them when Allie was returned to us. They tried very hard to fit Allie in with their family, but apparently she was just meant to be with us.

Allie has been with us for the last 5+ years and has become a wonderful dog. She has passed her AKC CGC certification and is working on the responsibilities of being a therapy dog.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

New Projects in the Works

Yesterday I cast on for the "Lutea Lace Shoulder Shell" in the Summer 2007 Interview Knits. I'm using Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in 'Praire Lupine'. Two other women at the shop cast on for the same project yesterday, I can't wait to see how they all turn out!

Speaking of yesterday, I took my pop-up canopy to the shop to set up outside on the patio for WWKIP day and it was a blast. We had salad, brownies, hot dogs, strawberries and beer. We even got a little knitting done.

I also picked up one skein of Alpaca with a Twist Fino in black for Mystery Stole 3. I know, I know, I'm still working on two.....

On the agenda for this afternoon is sitting in the sun room knocking out slipper #2 so that I can felt Dirk's felted clogs.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Finished: Bamboozle Tank Top

Bamboozle Tank Top
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Yarn: 5.5 balls of Bamboozle by Crystal Palace
Needles: US 9 & 7 Denise Interchangables
Pattern: Free from the Crystal Palace site

However instead of knitting in two separate pieces, I knit in the round until I go to the armhole shaping, then knitted each side separately.

Pattern was easy, well written and I love the yarn. I will make this pattern again, but next time I will resist the urge to be finished and make the straps about 2" longer. The tank fits fine, I'd just like a little more ease in the armholes.

Monday, June 04, 2007

I've been tagged...

Ok, we all know how this goes....Each person tagged gives 7 random facts about themselves.

Those who are tagged need to write on their own blog those 7 facts as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag seven others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and to read your blog.

Except I'll cheat and not tag anyone else...

1) I learned how to drive in a open wheeled formula car (specifically a Lotus 51, an example of which is pictured at the right) and was eligible for an IMSA (International Motor Sports Association) racing license in my very early twenties.

2) Though I very much enjoy fast cars, I have never been on and never plan to be on a motorcycle. They terrify me.

3) I own more shoes and purses than reasonable. I have purses in my closet that I have had since the mid-80's.

4) I type without looking at the keys, which is handy because most of the keys on my laptop have worn off.

5) I feel completely "off" if I am not wearing my watch.

6) I am allergic to various fruits, but I can smell an unpeeled banana and know whether it will cause an allergic reaction or not.

7) I was a "Dead Head" for a number of years following the Grateful Dead around the country.