Friday, September 28, 2007

Yarn Pr0n Friday - Fishermans Wool

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Lorna's Laces, Fishermans Wool, 500 yards. Color: Sweetie (purple, pink and yellow)

I was thinking of making a jaywalker type scarf with this but I think I want more than three colors in my jaywalker scarf. Perhaps Wavy? Choices, choices. I'll have to search around. Its times like this I wish I had my ravelry invite.

Blogstalking - Purse Contents

To really cover all the things this question should cover I had to empty out my school bag, my purse, and my pockets. After all of that my keys and my phone still didn’t make it into the pictures.

School/Knitting Bag

Its called an Everything Bag and according to the receipt it came from QVC. I got it from a second hand store. It has a bazillion pockets which I love! Makes it so easy to store stuff in.

First off is "Our Changing Planet" which is my geology text book. I picked this book up from the library, which means I don't have to buy it!

Sitting on top of the text book is
- A scarf I'm knitting.
- A pouch with items like stitch markers, stitch holders, and point protectors
- Needle size checker thing
- Label from the yarn I'm using in the scarf
- Kid scissors
- A loose blunt needle for weaving in ends. It should probably go in the pouch.

Next is my binder. It has all my notes and papers for my classes. Sitting on top of the binder are 2 mechanical pencils, a package of mini G2 pens, and a highlighter. G2 pens are my favorite pens ever, so you can imagine my excitement when they started making mini ones!

On the ground bellow the text book is a burts bees lip balm. I hate chapped lips.

My Pockets

These items move between my pockets, purse, and school bag depending on the day.
- Change
- License
- Debit card
- School ID
- Little black heart on a jump ring - I found it on the ground yesterday.


My purse exists mainly to hold my keys, cell phone or anything else too bulky to fit comfortably in my pockets. It is boring inside.

- Pay stubs
- Wallet which holds my triple A and health insurance card.
- A coupon for paper towels.
- A slip of paper with various dates I need to remember.

Wow that was kinda long. Hope you had fun snooping!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Yarn Pr0n Friday - Orange Blossoms

Sorry to be posting so late in the day, and that I missed last week. Real life has been hogging my time lately. Boo on real life!

Yarn: Orange Blossoms from The Knittery

I bought this a few weeks ago from the Loopy Ewe. I've noticed that when it comes to yarn I'm a blue girl. I like my blues with the occasional bit of other dark or jewel toned colors. Tried and true colors are great things for projects like sweaters. You're not going to wear a sweater it the color doesn't work on you. But socks? Socks are where you should have some fun! You can fearlessly expand your color palette with no worry of the yarn making you look a sickly green color when you wear it. So I'm expanding! I followed a similar theory with that yarny weekend I had.

On their own the colors make me think of various sherbet flavors. Sherbet yummy.

Red Scarf Project Complete!

I finished the scarf for the red scarf project! Now all I need to go do is pick up a gift card, write a little note, wrap it, and mail it. You don't have to include a gift card, but as a fellow poor college student I understand how much they must be appreciated. I'm so thankful I have my parents to help me through college.

Scarf Stats:
Pattern: Multi-directional Scarf
Length: 62 inches
Width: 6 inches
Yarn used: Bernat Super Value, Wine Twist, 275 yards per skein. I used a little under 1 and a half skeins.

A lot of the other inexpensive acrylic yarns feels scratchy to me but I think this yarn has a nice soft feel to it. The feel is very appropriate for a scarf in my opinion. I love the colors too. I hope who ever gets it likes it.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Blogstalking - Who Am I?

What is a girl to do when she’d like to post more often but doesn’t have anything to post about? Join blogstalking of course! This weeks topic is all about me. I don’t think I’ve given much personal information on here so this might be fun.

My name is Lauren. I’m a student at Eastern Kentucky University where I’ve been working towards my bachelors degree for way too long now. I’m an ex-computer science student and current general studies major. I’m scheduled to graduate this summer and then I hope to go into grad school for occupational therapy.

I’m a liberal which leaves me at odds with Kentucky’s conservative majority. [insert political and social unrest here]

I’m shy, quiet until I’m comfortable, and a bit weird. I’m a geek. I enjoy table top gaming such as D&D. I enjoy cooking and baking, but dislike the dishes that are left afterwards.

I procrastinate and am doing so as I write this. I knit, play the violin, and pack bento lunches. I’m a bit overweight but working on correcting the issue. I enjoy hiking and being outside. I would like to some day get more into sewing and embroidery and maybe try out belly dancing and pilates. I love blank books, and boxes. My childhood stuffed animal was a bunny.

Lately I’ve been cycling through episodes of Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Charmed, Smallville, Hero’s, and Scrubs.

Book Series:
I have a bit of a soft spot for novels about vampires and the like where the main character is a smart ass female. I’m a fan of Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake series and Kelly Armstrong’s Women of the Underworld series. In more of the fantasy genre I’ve been enjoying Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel's Legacy series. Oh and I’m a Harry Potter fan for sure.

Two of my favorite books ever were Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson, and Canone Inverso by Paolo Maurensig. I actually bought Canone Inverso because of the cover. The original cover had a nice picture of a violin on it.

Monday, September 10, 2007

A Yarn Filled Weekend

I had a nice weekend with lots of yarn! First my sister in law told me that Dee's Crafts was having a sidewalk sale and that I should go check out the yarn. I went and checked it out and managed to score a few skeins of Lorna's Laces for 50% off!

Two skeins of Lorna's Shepherd Sport in Layette, and one skein of Fisherman's Wool in Sweetie. The Fisherman’s Wool skein is 500 yards!

The same sister in law has also recently started to get into beading, and I have to say she is awesome at it! She is really good with colors and mixing sizes and shapes. Both my mom and I think she could sell her work. She would at least make enough to feed her bead habit.

The family took a trip down to Berea which is the home of the Kentucky Artisan Center as well as the Old Town Artisan Village which has a collection of shops and workshops that you can visit. Cool stuff. I of course had to pick up some local yarn.

212 yards of lace weight mohair in the color watermelon. This yarn is from Koenig Farm Spinnery & Yarn Shop located in Springfield Kentucky. Its a really cool establishment. They raise the goats, spin the yarn and dye it.

As far as knitting goes I've been working on my moms sock, and working on a scarf for the red scarf project.

I really like the yarn I selected for the red scarf project. It is Bernat Super Value and the color is Wine Twist. When I bought it I thought the colors were unisex... or at least I really wanted to believe they were. I've been informed that there are too many colors for the scarf to be unisex. To top it off I'm not sure I can get it done on time.

What should I do? Should I try and finish and send it in anyway? Or is there another program I could send this scarf too? I really like the colors so if all else fails I could keep it myself or give it as a gift.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Shimmer Pr0n

I had this brilliant idea that I'd try and get on a monday/wednesday/friday posting schedule or something like that. I think it would be nice to have more than just one or two posts a week.

I've been working on my moms sock and I think the cuff is almost long enough. She gets in late tonight and after I clean up around the house some I intend to spend the evening knitting and watching netflix.

I bought this yarn to make a clapotis. It is knitpicks shimmer in Stained Glass and Turquoise Splendor. I plan to hold one of each color and knit together with them. I'm hoping they play nice together. If not I'll have to buy more yarn which will be oh so sad. You know how us knitters hate getting new yarn.

Sorry for the multiple edits - I some how posted before I was done!

Monday, September 03, 2007

Purple Turtle in the Making

I worked on sheldon some this weekend. He is currently a sad little one legged turtle without a home (shell), but damn is he cute! I'm making him for a friend who loves turtles, stuffed animals, and the color purple. He is such a perfect little guy for her.

My mom might be flying into town on Thursday night and staying until Tuesday! For this reason I'm going to get back to work on her sock. It would be great if I could finish the first one while she is here to make sure it fits. She has toe problems on one foot and a non-fitting sock could be a real issue for her.

Here is a little garden visitor I found one day.