Monday, August 27, 2007

Memes for Everyone!

Karen tagged me for a meme, so here goes...

Four jobs I have had:
1. Food Lion/Kash n Karry -- 4 years here altogether, some in NC, some in FL. Mostly worked as a cashier. For the last 6 months I've been working in the office, doing accounting, bookeeping, etc.
2. WCU Math Lab -- I tutored ppl who couldn't get it. And sometimes I pretended to tutor people who knew it better than me (ian).
3. Johnny Rockets -- I was a host the summer I was at SBP. Branch was my "cohost." It was so much fun to hang out with him!
4. SunTrust -- I was a teller there for three months until I got sick and got the boot.

Four places I have lived:
1. Georgia - LaGrange. I was born there and lived there till I was like 3.
2. Virginia - Pearisburg. I was mostly raised there.. lived there till I was 15. I would like to make it back there eventually, and raise a family there.
3. North Carolina. - Lincolnton. I finished high school there.
- Cullowhee. I went to college at Western Carolina University.
- Winston Salem. I moved here recently to live with Karen.
4. Florida - Ocala. My family moved here after I finished hs, and I'ved lived there intermittently ever since.

Four Favorite Foods:
1. Spaghetti with ranch dressing.
2. Sushi!!
3. Anything Chinese.
4. BBQ Chicken Hot Pockets.

Four places I would rather be:
1. Ocala, Fl. -- I miss my stinker, Caroline, and all the rest of my family.
2. Pearisburg, Va. -- I REALLY want to go up there and visit everyone soon.
3. LaGrange, Ga. -- This is probably my favorite place in the world. I love my extended family.
4. Cullowhee, NC. -- Everyone just moved back and is starting school, and I really want to visit some people.

Alright, all done.. I'm supposed to tag someone, but the only people that read this blog have already done this meme. :-)

Saturday, August 18, 2007

I love socks!

Long time no see, eh? Hopefully after I get my computer functioning properly and whatnot, I'll be able to get online more often and update better. This should be a good post because I'm in Florida and am able to take my time on the computer, I can connect my camera.. etc.

So, I made my very first pair of socks last week! Karen asked if I had planned on making anything for Caroline's birthday, and I thought it'd be a perfect time to learn to make socks.
We had a little birthday party for her tonight at my brother's house. Like any 2-year-old would, she opened a package that had socks in it and moved right on to the next one. The next one happened to be Jenni's sister's gift -- also clothing. Caroline pulled everything out of the box and tossed it on the floor behind her, looking for a toy. When she didn't find one, she moved right along.. again. Fortunately for my ego (and what could easily be the end of my sock-making career), Caroline later became enamored with the socks. They fit, first off!! Or at least, they were close to fitting. They were only a little bit big and slouchy around the instep, but she'll grow into them. And anytime she walked into the living room and saw someone else holding them, she'd rip them out of their hands and say, "Mine!"
Isn't it funny that, in true aunt fashion, Jenni's sister and I were the only ones who gave her that heinous gift of *gasp* clothing! All the grandparents and friends and uncles got her toys or fun learning devices. But, the aunts.. clothes. Now I just need to grab her cheeks and say, "My how you've grown!" and I'll fit the mold to a tee.

Anywho.. here's a picture of the socks on her. My camera takes forever to take a picture, so she's already moving in this picture, but I'll bring Mom's camera in here and post a good picture I got when I get the chance.
They're done in Lion's Brand Magic Stripes in Bright Spring Pattern. It was on clearance at AC Moore, and for my first sock project, I certainly wasn't going to splurge. I used Ann Bud's Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns as a bit of a starting point, and it's just in stockinette with about a 3/4 inch ribbing at the top. I do believe my first pair of socks was a success..

Let's see.. what else?

I finished my felted bag. I'll post pictures when I get back to NC.

Karen found me some Pink Lemonade! It's so cute! I started knitting a dishcloth in stockinette with it, but I'm gonna frog it and do a more entertaining pattern.

I'm also making the Woozy Cloth from smariek's blog in a purple and yellow kitchen cotton.. I forgot the name of that colorway.

Karen and I dyed yarn last week! We used the Kool-Aid method, and I think it made the color so rich. That is where there was color.. I wasn't as thorough with mine as I should have been, and there's a good bit of white still. I think I'll start either a pair of socks or the Fetching wrist warmers sometime next week.

Last but not least, I'm working on the Simple Shrug from the ballband of Caron's Simply Soft Shadows in Mardi Gray. It's a fun pattern, though I think it'll look dumb on me, so it'll need to be a gift. I had a good 7 inches or so done on it, then I decided to frog it and redo it in the round.
Oh, and then there's always the perpetual blanket.. :-)

AND, the most exciting news of all........ Karen and I got an apartment! We signed a lease on Wednesday, and I'll start moving all my jank in next week! I'll post some pictures when we get all moved in!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

There I go again, leaving you hanging.. :-) It's been almost a month since I posted, and all my two readers are surely desparate to know what's new.. lol

As far as FOs, we have..
-Two bibs for Bella Grace (which need to go in the mail pronto). One from Peaches n Creme Potpourri, and the other from Peaches n Creme Fiesta Ombre (my favorite!)
-The Fat Bottom Bag from The Happy Hooker. It was originally a crochet pattern, but I did it in knit -- a VERY simple conversion. It's done in a blue and brown variegated from TLC.
-Four washcloths for Caroline -- A ballband brick pattern in Fiesta Ombre and yellow, one in seed stich (my favorite stitch) in Sugar n Cream's Over the Rainbow, and two in TyDy, I forget the color.
-Three dishcloths for me, or someone I choose to gift them to. One in Fiesta Ombre, one in Sugar n Cream Somerset, and one in Peaches n Creme in Gumdrop.

Off the needles but not ready for public yet is The Chip Bag by Stitch Poet. It's done in a cream colored Wool Ease and is lined in this so cute black fabric with some red and white accents. I just need to finish stitching it up.

On the needles...
-Another Chip Bag in Laines du Nord Cleo in this grey-green color.. it's gorgeous and is going to go wonderfully with the mauve colored handles and mauve colored lining I've picked out for it.
-Another purse I'm making up as I go along. It's in Patons Classic Merino Wool in Regency. I can't wait to felt it! I can't decide if I'm going to just make a plain rectangle-shape purse then cut it after it's felted, or just knit it into shape before I felt it. I have a very specific shape in mind, but it's hard to explain. You'll see it when it's done.

I think that's it, as far as progress I've made since I last posted. Photos will come soon.. keep checking!
BTW.. Can you tell I'm obsessed with cotton yarn and dishcloths/washcloths? I'm on the prowl for Peaches n Creme in Pink Lemonade. Lemme know if you ever see any.