Monday, October 20, 2014

Winner Winner and Weekend Notes

Numero THREE was selected by the random number generator, making Steph of Woolythyme happy place our Uniform Cardigan pattern giveaway winner. If you're not already a regular visitor, be sure to go over and take a scroll around her neighborhood. She always has something fun knitting going on and lots of beautiful photos of her world.

Steph are you on ravelry? I'm elns and if you ping me I can gift you that pattern. It's worsted weight  yarn  I hope that is OK -- I believe you are a fan of the fingering :)

Weekend Highlights
Special request baking, chocolate crinkle cookies and for curiosity and scientific purposes I attempted gluten-free molasses cookies.  The flavor was alright, the texture, was still too cake and crumbly.

Saturday was another soccer loss for our boys. It was just like the Swansea vs. Stoke City match this weekend. Swansea started off strong, but then when Stoke City picked up the pace the 2nd half, the swans couldn't complete or finish it. Painful, but I love it.

However after there were hot dogs, video games, board games, home made videos and lots of snacks. Family and friends of different team mates. I did overcook the tritip roast a bit. shh.

Sunday we slowed the pace and it was exercise and I took a nap!! Very exciting. I also holed up in my room and finished the leg on my pumpkin sock #1 and whipped up the 1st wristwarmers of a pair I'm working on. I am making Mediums, but I'm already thinking I might have to make a pair in Smalls for myself if there is enough yarn left :) 


And that my friends is our winner and my weekend in one post.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

F O for reals!

I don't care it's Wednesday. There is a new FO in town.


Buttons? Check.

Weaved in ends? Check.

Whoo hoo.

Maybe it needs a hat...

Pumpkins are back on the needle, proper cuff and all. And yes I even managed some green cast on for another little person. 

Ah knitting season.

Friday, October 10, 2014

October Giveaway: The Uniform (Cardigan) Pattern

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Image from Ravelry (c) Carrie Bostick Hoge
It's October and I'm totally, completely in love with my fellow internet knitters. I have just been really grateful for the joy you bring me, when I read your blogs and your comments, either here or on other people's blogs.

However I did notice after I posted earlier this week my intentions to knit up The Uniform this winter, that many of you commented on it and seemed to like it. What's not to love, it allows you to mix and match elements of a cardigan without you trying to do the Maths, hello!

Andi was kind enough to gift it to me, so I thought, why not gift it to someone else who wants it? Let's keep this good stuff going.

And here we go my lovelies. Leave your ravelry handle ('cause that's how I'll get it to you) by next week Friday October 17th and we'll see if the random generator picks you.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend filled with whatever you want. Knit some good times.

Ellen

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

I swear, it's a good excuse!

The button bands are still not finished on the baby cardigan. But the excuse is good, I promise!

Saturday started with another migraine and puking for The Kid. I'm secretly beginning to dread Saturday mornings around my apartment. The Kid managed it the best ever and he even made it to the second half of his match that morning. They lost, again. It's going to be a rough soccer season.

I cracked a tooth. I go in on Wednesday to find out the extent of the damage and additional pain I must endure. I don't know if I've expressed it here, but I am without a doubt the biggest DDS wussy ever. I'm sorry, I have an irrational fear. How does one handle this? Well this morning I had a Reese's peanut butter "pumpkin" cup for breakfast. Breakfast of Champions, hey, it's better than chronic anxiety at work.

The rest of Saturday was chores, baseball and chores. It really is lame when you haven't done any housework all week, because it takes so much time doing basic things like, laundry, bathroom cleaning, sweeping etc.  Baseball made me nervous, so it was good that I could channel the nervous energy in cleaning ... but no knitting. It was ridiculously warm that evening and we ended up hanging out with some friends on their deck while our kids threw things off it onto the lawn below.


Sunday I ran a 12k. The Bridge to Bridge Run benefiting The Special Olympics. A pretty run for a good cause. From the Ferry Building near the Bay Bridge to the Golden Gate Bridge and back to the edge of the Marina Green.


And now, my body is still just a mush. This was my 3rd one this year, but my first that I ran all the way through. Honestly, I'm more of a 5k kind of gal. I slept so well last night. More so than Sunday. It was the sleep of recovery, it was sound. My son laughed at my snoring.

Yes, I snore now.

I have an early appointment after work today, but then I'm going home back to my boys and the couch. Reading and knitting -- that's on the agenda. My legs said I should do it for a bit and leave them alone.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Winter and Fall Knits: More Hopes and Dreams

Flowers, because.
I'm on target to finish that baby cardigan this week and hopefully work on my pumpkin socks. I won't make the My Sister's Knitter KAL deadline, but honestly, that's OK. I never make the KAL deadlines anyways, ha!

So as always I have a knit list blooming as I anticipate an FO:

1. Child Sophisticate -- yes, yes, I know again, another small people knit AND another pattern repeat, but what can I say? Someone has asked/requested and you know, I've never done one in green or a bigger toddler size.

2. Finish a cardigan I have had on the needles since January or so. I stopped knitting it because the weather out here was so warm. Yes, it is still warm. Hellooooo drought. I have completed the body, so now it's just the rest. 

3. Need to knit a hat. Just need to. Probably a Turn A Square, Jared Flood because its a fun/simple knit. Oh, and there is DEFINITELY yarn in the stash for a hat ... or two. ahem ahem.

4. Another cardigan. I've been in love with Uniform for a while. It speaks to the simplicity I truly am (stylistically), but allows me flexibility in pattern which I always crave -- I have not decided which components I'm going to use for my Uniform, yet. However, that's part of the excitement of this project. I have some stash yarn options for this one too. The pattern was a birthday gift from a very kind and generous Andi.

5. Handwarmers. Simple ones. I just want to knit some for myself stockinette with some pretty worsted  yarn that does all the "work" for me.

And with those 5 (well 6 if we rope in the pumpkin socks), I think I've sealed my fall/winter line-up. There will be some other small knits mixed up in there, but I feel good about this.

The undercover secret list of distractions
  • A little girl cardigan for the girl with the curls, CL.
  • Coffee sleeves for a school fundraiser in school colors black and yellow! (though uniforms are black & white, thank goodness)
  • Socks, delicious, easy traveling, best yarn ever socks.
  • Maybe a shawl. Maybe a husband scarf, maybe a cousin cowl ... oh so distracted already.

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Monday Whatnot

It was a very busy weekend as my entire family will agree.

There were: 

baseball games.

Middle of the night illness.

A soccer match with a tough loss.

Friends and sliders and lots of kitchen prepping for a BBQ where children played in the backyard and parents laughed.




Aside from the weekend recap. I have list for you. 

I have discovered Instagram. I joined mainly to follow The Kid but I'm enjoying it quite a bit. I use some of the photos here there etc. But I like that it isn't as high maintenance as say, Facebook, for me (is that to me?)

My family has decided I am the world's worst mango selector ever. 

Not just the ones that live in my apartment, but the ones that grew up with me too. I can literally see my little sister shaking her head.

I impulsed bought $6 worth of vegetarian jelly beans this morning when I went into shop for dinner on my way to work. No, I'm not exploring vegetarianism (I was picking up salmon at my son's special request) but they were pretty and they were there. They are pretty good except for one flavor that I cannot put my finger on. I avoid them. The texture is grainy, but for whatever reason, I actually like that.



I made a new crudites dipping sauce this weekend: Sour cream, sriracha, soy sauce, sesame oil and a dash of Worcestershire 'cause I like to say it. An interesting kick. Particularly good with cucumber coins and blanched haricot verts.

What's new for you? Any new snacks or realizations?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Backwards and forwards and all over town.

My projects have been somewhat stalled by life lately. I was angry at the pumpkin socks. Unreasonably angry. I had dropped some stitches while dragging it all over San Francisco (without actually knitting). I managed to get them back on the needles, but struggled to figure out where I was. I think I could've managed but I was feeling (yes of course I was) impatient and I think the fact I didn't do the fancy decorative cuff at all (I was impatient remember and rushed for a 2x2 rib as is) just pushed me over the edge. So I frogged the whole pumpkin enchilada and tried to start up again.

Alas, it was too late. (You know the Giant's v Dodgers game went extra innings and finished (with a Giants win!) at 11:30. My focus was divided.


So here is my pile. My pile of Ellen's impatience. I am reading the second book of The Giver series by Lois Lowry. I sort of do this, between things where knitting doesn't quite fit in. I can't really knit before I leave for the gym, because then it's really hard for me to leave my chair. Like SO hard I don't leave for the gym. blech.

That other little bit / bob on the end is my new Unikitty keychain from the Lego Movie because she makes me happy. Her horn lights up when you touch her nose. She is rather large for a keychain, though.

I'm not giving up on my pumpkin socks. I like the thinking, "it's okay." I just need the time. Also, I know I will finish that baby sweater soon, so all is not lost.

How are your projects going? Are you as easily distracted as me? Has a shawl or baby knit been pushed to the side as you experiment on a new pumpkin recipe or hat?

Oh yeah, I really want to knit a hat. I feel like I need a new one, since my kid loses all of mine.