Sunday, April 29, 2007

HSKS Questionnaire

HSKS Questionnaire
1. What Hogwarts house have you been sorted into?
2. List your three favorite double-point needle brands, including size and length.
I don't use double-point and I don't like them so please don't buy them, it would be a waste of money. I haven't completely knitted socks yet, but I've played around with the two circular needle style and I like it. I really haven't tried too many brands, just Clover. My list of three circulars would be Addi Turbo (always hear these are great!) Knitpicks now has some highly recommended needles, and I'm not opposed to Clover. Go with size 3, 2 or 1 with 16" or 24" cable.
3. Would you like to try a new brand needle? If so, which brand? Size? Length?
Sure! I am always open to try something new (except dpns) so I will leave brand and size up to you.
4. If you are a RAVENCLAW, do you prefer the colors in the film or the book? Do you have a strong preference?
I'm not in Ravenclaw, but I prefer the book colors because they are authentic.
5. If your pal decides to send candies or chocolates are there any that you don't like?
Candies are nice but chocolate is my favorite, specially dark chocolate. Yum! Just writing this made me go hunt some down.
6. What are your favorite scents?
I love fresh lavender, mint, and pink grapefruit/citrus (not all together)
7. Do you have any allergies?

New Quote:
"You will have your reward, Wormtail. I will allow you to perform an essential task for me, one that many of my followers would give their right hands to perform..." Who is speaking? Lord Voldemort

Friday, April 27, 2007

sockapalooza 4

Hey! I got in to Sockapalooza 4! Yeah!!!!
Oh my god! I got in to sockapalooza 4? I have never made socks before! What was I thinking? Well, I have been wanting and dreaming about making socks, why not!
Well, now I am committed. I am going to make socks! (and they will rock too! Hey, I've got to stay positive.)
One more thing to add to my list of projects. I need to find some good socks to make. Of course I need to wait until I get my partner to see if they have preferences.
I am thrilled, scared and so excited all at the same time. Wow! when I jump in, I jump in BIG Time! LOL

Thursday, April 26, 2007

This and That and a Little Bit of Jelly Bean

Well, here is more of my Jelly Bean! I love it and can't wait to make more. In fact, I have decided to make another one in my Hufflepuff house colors for the Harry Potter and the Book 7 KAL. Yes, I got in! I have been trying to figure out what to make for this KAL. I wanted to make something original, but didn't know what to do. While working on my Jelly Bean and looking at the sweater colors, inspiration hit. What a great way to show my house colors! I love it when inspiration hits with a great idea. I even decided I was going to visit the local HP store and buy a house button to pin to my "Harry Bean". Ok, I could work on the name a bit. Come up with some great witch/wizard name or something. Or how about something like Bertie Bots Bean or Hufflepuff Bean? Well, like I said, I'll work on it. I was planning on my next project to be a hat for the Charmed Knits KAL, but I will have to make my Hufflepuff bean first. I can't wait to start it and I still need to finish up the first one.
Now, back to my last post and the quote from one of the Harry Potter books: I'm going to say it is Dumbledore and Tom Riddle.

This Hogwarts Sock Kit Swap is really cool! Jeanne just added a Quidditch game to win house point and prizes. She even came up with a great way to find the Snitch and win 150 points! If you like Harry Potter, you have got to check this site out. Hurry, time is running out to sign up. Speaking of time running out, I need to get on the ball and start thinking up some kind of knit bag to make. The requirements are to knit or sew a bag in our swap pal's house colors. I'm sure I can find something.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Hogwarts Sock Kit Swap

Go Hufflepuff!

I just have time for a short post. I just found another Harry Potter KAL! Well, it isn't really a KAL, but a sock kit swap. But we do have to knit up a bag. I'm really so excited about it. I added the logo to my side bar (it is so cool!)

There is also ways to win house points so I'm going to try to answer the posted quote:

"There is nothing worse than death, Dumbledore!" "You are quite wrong. Indeed, your failure to understand that there are things much worse than death has always been your greatest weakness." Who are the two people in this conversations?

Well.... I thought I knew that one, but I'm having doubts now. I think I will double check my answer in the books and then post my answer.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Knitting or reading?

Here it is 5 days later from my last post about knitting Jelly Bean and I haven't worked on it at all. I should be done with it already, but I got caught up reading all the Harry Potter books. A couple of months ago I decided to reread the series to lead up to the last book coming out in July. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I was suppose to read a book a month, but...well...I just couldn't stop! Here I am half way through book #5 now and find that if I keep going at this same rate, I will be done with #6 next month! Too soon!

So, I am forcing myself to put down the book and go back to knitting. But I can't get HP off my mind, so to satisfy my craving I have browsed around Harry Potter sites and found quite a few KALs! I joined Charmed Knits KAL and just need to buy some yarn to make the hat. I don't have any yellow (Yes I was sorted into Hufflepuff) and need to find just the right color. I think the Hufflepuff color was referred to as "canary yellow". I'm also hoping to hear back from another KAL. I'll let you know if I get in.

While I'm looking around for the right yellow, I need to finish up Jelly Bean because I already have too many unfinished projects hanging around. I almost forgot that I need some felt and buttons for the eyes and some stuffing! Guess I have a big shopping list for this weekend.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Fun with Jelly Bean

I had a chance over the weekend to do a little bit of work on my Jelly Bean pattern. Once I got past all the increases, I really enjoyed it!

I didn't have any green and pink yarn, and I didn't want to buy any, so I made some changes to the color. I scrounged around my stash to find something suitable. I really don't have a very good stash. I have mostly cotton yarn for my washcloths and novelty yarn I just pick up because I like it and hope to use it some time. I really envy the knitter who can go through their stash and make just about anything. I have yet to achieve anything like that.
As you can see the photo above, I used one of my novelty yarns. It,s a very soft fuzzy yarn and will definitely add a different look. I have just enough left for the arms. I'm glad I didn't throw it out. It really wasn't big enough for a whole project, but just enough for this little accent. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this turns out. As I mentioned before, it's my first knitted toy and I'm finding it really easy to make. (I hope I still enjoy it when the time comes to stitch it all up)

Friday, April 13, 2007

Must Knit! Must Knit!

I have been knitting for a few years now and I just love it! It became quite a passion and obsession. I was really doing well, until I had my second child. Since then I haven't had time to do much knitting. It is very hard to find the time to knit and my mind is just bursting with all the things I want to make, so I decided to create this blog to list all the projects I hope to complete in my lifetime (if not sooner).

I thought this would help clear the clutter of all the paper and random patterns I have floating around. No more printing and forgetting! I hope also that this will relieve my mind a bit of the pressure of the"must knit!" feeling.