Thursday, November 11, 2010

Hey Santa...if you're reading this...

Just in case Santa is reading this I would like to add a couple things to my list...

I reeeeallllly want this :

annnnd this:

Oh, and a gift certificate to Dragonfly Yarns.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

My first design...FINISHED!

I finally did it. I designed a pattern, and it actually turned out the way I wanted it to. I'm pretty proud of myself. lol

I don't have a picture of it on the real dog yet...but here it is on the closest thing I had to a weinie dog (which is the weinie dog squeak toy that we refer to as my chihuahua's  Boyfriend)

It isn't a terribly complicated pattern, but I think it's pretty good for my first try!

It's a simple cable-knit pattern with a ribbed stomach area/neck/border for stretch purposes. I decided not to add little sleeves because Weinie dogs aren't known for their long legs. lol

I think that my next attempt at a totally by me pattern will be something a little more difficult... but I haven't yet decided what that will stay tuned.

As soon as I finish writing this pattern out in a way that makes sense to someone other than myself... I will post it here and on Rav so that someone else can give it a try!

Monday, November 8, 2010

My very first...

I've finally decided to start seriously attempting designing my own patterns. That has been the one thing holding me back from really making a go at turning my hobby into a business.

So my first REAL attempt at this pattern designing thing is... a Dog Sweater! I had a custom request from someone here in town to make a cableknit sweater for their Doxie... so I searched around and looked at patterns, did some measuring and some drawing...and came up with an idea.

So far I'm about seven inches in to the pattern, and it's turning out exactly how I wanted it to....I haven't even had to frog it once!

I'm not going to post a picture of it until I finish it (and hopefully find a dog to try it on before I send it to its new home...) but so far soo good!

Saturday, November 6, 2010


So this morning I go to pick up the hat I've been working on for the last few days...and I realize that my four year old got a hold of the scissors this morning and clipped a few stitches in the back.

So I've spent the last two hours trying to repair the damage...because this yarn I'm working with won't hold up to being frogged and re-knit. I think I've got it fixed at least so that it isn't a total loss...

Good thing this project is for a friend, I can explain that the baby "helped".


I've got a lot to get done today, can't spend too much time crying over it. Once I get this hat finished I have a Dog sweater to knit, and like ten other projects to finish.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

So many little time...

One of my favorite things to do is to browse the patterns on Ravelry. Thousands and Thousands of knit and crochet patterns...and I want to make them ALL!

I have four projects right now that I'm working on, and I need to buckle down and finish these before I start fishing for new projects...but with the holidays coming up (even though I hate Christmas, I think I can stomach knitting for Christmas) I already feel the push to start knitting gifts.

I think the next thing for me to do is to really start trying to design my own patterns so that I can really commit to making this knitting thing make some money for me. At least then I can justify my yarn

Ok, well I suppose I should stop blogging and go do what I said I needed to do and get to knitting!

Happy Thursday everyone!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

There is a first for everything...

This year I am going to send out Christmas Cards. It's an amazing and totally unprecedented event.

Allow me to explain.

I hate Christmas. I've never liked celebrating it, and the only reason I do is because I have kids, and I'm pretty sure that denying your children Christmas is considered child abuse.

But anyways, back to the Christmas cards.

After much searching I've decided to go with Shutterfly and their line of Christmas Cards.
 I really want to go with photo Christmas Cards and Shutterfly has the best deals, and great quality cards.

I think I'm going to go with "Most Wonderful Story"  

*those aren't my girls in that picture, just the stock image for the card*

If you haven't chosen your Christmas Cards yet, check out Shutterfly and their line of affordable cards!

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Halloween! (a little late)

 Happy Halloween!!

I totally forgot to post this last I'm a little behind. lol

Last year I said I was going to make the girls costume totally by hand...and then by the time I realized how close halloween was... I only had time to make about half of one of them.

So Lily wanted to be a witch and Ru wanted to be a I made Ru's ears, paws, collar and tail myself (all knit of course) and bought her little "suit" from Walmart.  

Lily's costume was all store bought, it's a little harder to make a witch costume with a small budget and very little time. It took FOREVER to do her makeup, because the cheap walmart halloween facepaint took like ten layers to get it to actually look right.

Trick or Treating was a little frustrating. We had to walk across the street to the neighborhood across the street from us, and there were so many houses with no one home, but they left their porch lights on (don't they know halloween etiquette says to turn the porch light off if you aren't handing out candy!) so for ever five houses the girls walked up to, there was maybe two that handed out candy.  That's a lot of walking for a four year old.
Of course I almost got us lost because these stupid neighborhoods all the houses look the same. It's like walking around in a cornfield at night.

So next year I'm going to plan better and start making the costumes in July like I should have this year. lol