Saturday, July 26, 2008

Da-na-na-na-na-na-na-na BATMAN!

Stu and I were first in line to be seated for The Dark Night Wednesday (July 23rd). What a rad movie! (That description really doesn't do it justice, but it's the best I have.) Heath Ledger rocked!

Stu was eating his popcorn before we were even seated. I also can admit to usually eating most of my popcorn during the previews.

Eye pillow, anyone?

I had bought some cookie and muffin mixes from a girl selling them from Lehi Mill. They come in some really cute fabric bags. I washed this bag ages ago and it's been sitting in my dresser waiting for me.

I just cut the little bag in half, folded that in half (inside out), then sewed it up on two of the three open sides (Would you believe with yarn and a yarn needle? I don't own actual sewing supplies, haha. Had to sew really close together so the filling doesn't come out). I then turned it right side out, filled it about 3/4 full with uncooked, white rice, then sewed up the last end with an overhand stitch. Pop it in the freezer for a few hours and voila! Instant eye relief... well after the hours in the freezer of course. Ahhhhhh.

I whipped up this crochet blanket for a co-worker's baby. It only took me about a week and I loved the pattern! This was SO fun to make. I may make more for other baby showers in the future. But, I think I'll double the strands of yarn and up the hook size to make it go even faster.

I'm still working on Polly's blanket as well. I've now joined a group on Ravelry called Procraftination for those of us who can't seem to refrain from starting projects without finishing any others. They have monthly challenges to get as many works in progress done as you can... hope it helps me. ~blush~

Also, Ryn is coming home from her Grandmother's in Oregon next weekend. I'm excited! She told me that she got the new Miley Cyrus CD. I told her that we'd have to hang out and listen to it. I've heard a couple songs from it and really like them.

Well, I'm off to get a shower before our Saturday trip to the grocery store. I'm making taco soup for Stu tonight. =) He says I've never made it for him before... I can't believe I haven't! Taco soup is like my go to food creation.

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Finger Sweater - Free Knit Pattern

Sick of yarn burn?

Try a finger sweater!

Finger Sweater #2
(Variation for this finger sweater can be found at the bottom of this post.)

I got some pretty bad yarn burn while working with some rough yarn today. So, I plopped down and made myself a finger sweater!

It covers just the area that comes in contact with the yarn, so it doesn't limit mobility. It also doesn't make your finger sweaty like finger cots (like a latex glove for your finger). And, most of all, they're cute and fun!

I like mine so much, I'll wear it around the house for a little while after I'm done knitting or crocheting. It's like a tiny wristband for my finger! Punk rock! =P

Note: The pattern is for the finger sweater I made for my own finger, adjustments are really quite simple and don't take long to figure out since it's so small. I finished mine in probably 15-20 minutes (and I'm a beginning knitter). You can easily adjust this pattern to work with a different yarn weight, needle size and your finger size.

Size: approx. 1" L x 1.25" W (laid flat)
(The purple and red one I made is quite snug on my ring size 9 finger)

Small bits of worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver)
4 - US 3 DPNS
yarn needle

CO 12 with two needles
distribute all stitches evenly across 3 needles (4 sts per needle)

Rnd 1-10 - K all sts, changing colors as desired (working in stockingnette st entire piece).

Bind Off.

Turn piece inside out and weave all loose ends through back of stitches. Right side out again and you have a new knitting/crocheting buddy!

I made another variation and posted it here to show you.

Finger Sweater #2

This one was cast on with 20 sts and knit about 13 rows. I used size 1 needles and Lion Brand Baby Soft. I think that's equivalent to sock yarn, but don't quote me on it. I don't know for sure. It's listed on the Lion Brand website as "Light: DK, Light Worsted Yarn". This one fits much more comfortably than the first.

Just another finger sweater. Actually made this one for a more classy design photo, but now I realize that it looks like a finger bandage! Now I have to do another one, lol.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

A baby, a bike and a CD

I love that Danika is really starting to do some funny things!

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Stu bought me this CD with his personal spending money... and he doesn't even like R.E.M.! I'm so loved. *smile*

That Baby is growing up...

...and starting to hold her own bottle. So awesome, huh?!


Isn't this the raddest thing you've ever seen?! It's even got skulls on it!!! We saw this outside the Taylorsville Rec Center and Ashley was sqwaking about it and saying I had to get a picture as soon as we pulled in the parking lot... she didn't stop until I did.

The dance room at the Taylorsville Recreation Center.

This is being considered for our ceremony. I love the high ceilings, mirrors and the North facing wall of windows! Lots of daylight but no scorching sun!

This last SLC Stitchers meeting was another fun one!

(left to right) Ashley (& Danika), Raechel (Peachy) and Michelle

The Salt Lake City Stitchers group on Ravelry currently has 47 members, but there are only four, including myself, who attend every week. Jennifer is traveling over the summer and Ashley is a non-knitter/crocheter... So, it's just three of us this time. The number of regular attendees is growing slowly, which is enough to make me giddy beyong belief, I am grateful. And you couldn't ask for a more fun, more sweet handful of ladies!

Just me... crocheting a star shaped baby blanket for a co-worker... I'm so psyched about it, it's adorable, fast and fun!

Michelle knitted me my very own coffee cozy! Isn't she sweet!

The following is a funny video from the meeting the week previous...

Purple with white flowers and dots.

My nails are all grown out now from my shaving accident! My pointer fingernail still has a tiny, tiny part the tip that isn't attached to the nail bed, but it looks like it might after my nails grow out a little more!

Here is a peak at what they looked like 6 days after the accident, in case you missed it:

I took Stu to the Games & Electronics Expo (GEEX) today. Not sure why he's covering his mouth with his wristband... I don't think he knows either.

He talked to a guy and got some information about interning for a company who is developing a game right now. We'll have to keep these conventions in mind for the future... they could prove to be a good networking tool!

An old friend of Stu's has moved back to Utah. He invited us to a birthday party for another old friend last weekend. We had so much fun and I'm so happy for Stu that he was able to have a good time and see some old friends! It was a good sized party. We made it through without smoking! Yay! We both wanted to, but didn't. I'm so proud of us!

Anyhow, I met a fellow Raveler! Coming out of the restroom at the party, I saw this really odd, but cute blue knitted monster on some shelves. I told the hostess that I liked it and we talked about knitting and stuff and come to find out, she's on Ravelry too! We exchanged info and I've added her to my friends. I had even seen her on there before, but didn't make the connection because she looks so different from her picture now.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Summertime is here!

The wedding planning is now officially under way. The wedding will be next summer. Exciting, huh?! So far, we're scoping out locations and figuring out the guest list. That's all I got for now. But, yeah, I'm excited to get this going!

Mom made some pink lemonade slush for me earlier this week when I was at her house. She got an electric ice shaver and made some homemade syrups and made "snow cones" for Dad, Ash, me and herself. It was so good I asked for seconds.

Little Miss Danika had a special in home baby salon visit. I gave her a "mini pedi" by painting her tiny toe nails hot pink! (Photos on the toe painting start here. Go backwards (left) in the viewer located on the right side of the page.) I tried doing it while she was sleeping, so she would move less, but when Ash and I uncovered her to get at her feet, she woke up.

Stu bought pink lady apples for the fruit salad I made for the 4th of July BBQ at Polly and Dave's. They're pink, I had to take pictures for my Think Pink! photo collection.

When I did my hair for the 4th of July BBQ over at Polly and Dave's, it looked so cute that I just had to take a picture. The body at the crown only lasted about half an hour, as to be expected with my fine, thin hair. Good thing I got the picture right after doing it.

My fingernails are nearly completely grown out (from my shaving accident a month ago). I'm really pleased with how they're coming along!

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