Monday, November 16, 2009

Round 'Em Up.

I've been busy. Since finishing all those viking hats for Tessa I've felt more inspired. I don't know if it's a knitter's high, is that even such a thing? I would equate it to a runner's high but on a creative level. Instead of feeling like I could run another 10K or fight a bear, I just want to make stuff. So the last few days that's what I've been doing. Making stuff. And not posting them on this here blog until now.

With the viking hat order out of the way I was able to get going on a bunch of requests from friends. One of the most persistent was Lucky Fatso. I started on a hat combining two kinds of yarn, one was camouflage and one was a pale green. I had just enough of the camouflage yarn for the main part of the hat but it was still too small. I ended up crocheting a band around the bottom with just the green. In the end the hat turned out way to girly so I kept it for myself. Back to the drawing board for Lucky Fatso's hat.

Completed November 7, 2009.

Jubbs and Teeners had a house warming a couple of weeks ago and I had planned to paint something for them as a gift. I'm not really sure why, but I didn't actually start the painting till the night before the party and of course I didn't finish it in time. They received it two days after and they seemed to like it despite the crappy hands. I am clearly not a painter. I have bumped up painting lessons to the top five things I'd like to take. I have recently put a check mark beside guitar lessons on this list. The viking hat order paid for my guitar lessons that I just recently started taking at work. Yes!

Completed November 8, 2009.

Last Wednesday was Remembrance Day, no work, no school. Nugget spent Tuesday night at my mom's and Rutty and I picked her up on the way to Caleb's 4th birthday party.
My mom and stepdad have been packing and purging in preparation for their move to White Rock in January. Each visit we've been asked several variations of "Do you need/want a (insert name of object to pawn off)" and we either go home with this item or we promise to pick it up in January before they move. Previous visits scored me a printer and a bunch of knitting and crocheting books. This particular visit we acquired an old ceramic piggy bank in the shape of a dinosaur and a ceramic pot in the shape of the Hotel Europe in Gastown (both made by me in high school art class), a bag of potting soil and a mother load of yarn and cotton crochet thread from my step-grandmother. The latter inspired this lovely dish cloth. The pattern was taken from the Stitch N' Bitch Happy Hooker Crochet book.

Completed November 11, 2009.

After the completion of this dish cloth which apparently resembles Tweety more than a skull I made another attempt at a hat for Lucky Fatso. I went with a simple cable knit hat from the Stitch N'Bitch Nation book.

Completed November 14, 2009.

Then after finishing this hat, I was on a roll you see, I started on a pair of knuckle gloves for myself because the pair I have was one of the first pairs I had ever made and they looked it. I was wired from an Americano and a Cappuccino from brunch at the Epicurean and I finished the gloves last night because I couldn't sleep. They're made from soft self-patterning Alpaca sock yarn.

Completed November 15, 2009.

So this morning, Nugget woke up with a fever and a head ache and it was way too short notice to get a hold of the grandparents for emergency babysitting. I stayed home from work to tend to my sick monkey and feed her chicken soup. We watched the remaining episodes of Season Four of the Gilmore Girls, Coraline and High School Musical. Coraline inspired me to start on these gloves with some yarn from the stash I inherited from my step-grandmother. (High School Musical made me want to stick my knitting needles in my ear. I checked my work email a lot during this movie.) I found a free pattern for Coraline gloves online but I have this problem with knitting patterns, I have trouble following the majority of them with their abbreviations and terms that I'm not familiar with. So I took the pattern for the knuckle gloves that I knew well and I modified it for closed fingers then I followed an image of the original tiny gloves from the movie for the striping pattern. The plan was to make these gloves for Nugget but I have this problem with gauge, I don't like doing test swatches to figure out the gauge and adjust the pattern. The fingers ended up being freakishly long which meant they were perfect for me. I have one finished glove that I'm pretty happy with though it looks like it belongs to ET or Arsenio Hall. I think it looks of normal proportion when its worn. Now for the matching glove...
You see, I have this problem with gloves, you have to make two and they have to look the same. So when modifying a pattern, one should really be writing that stuff down for reference for the matching glove. I apparently have a problem writing stuff down. Anyway, here's the finished glove with the image of the original gloves for reference.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Last Minute

On Tuesday Nugget came home with a birthday party invite from one of her friends at school. Nothing out of the ordinary there. Kids have birthday parties. I assumed the party wasn't for a few days, we could pick up a gift on the weekend. No worries. Well you know what happens when you assume? I don't know. Something about a donkey. It's a stupid American phrase.

Then on Wednesday Nugget said I should call the birthday girl's mom to confirm pick up after school for the party on Friday. After school on Friday... what? Right... I probably should've looked at that invite a little closer. In my mind's eye I did a quick mental scan of my calendar from that moment, Wednesday 7:30 PM to Friday 3PM. So between sleeping, working till 6PM if all goes well in the day, making dinner and Buffy night (not necessarily in that order) there was no freaking way to squeeze in a trip to the mall. What can we get an 8 year old girl at the 24 hour SuperValue? How evil would it be to send Nugget to the party with a loaf of bread, a quart of a milk and a stick of butter?

Then I heard myself say "I'll make her a hat."
Nugget looked at me with what I call the "Duh" face and said, "Uh, the party's on Friday. Are you going to have time?"
I love how she has so much faith in me.
"Sure. I'll start now." And by now I meant after dinner.

So Nugget picked out some yarn from my stash and I started the hat just before Jubbs arrived for our weekly Buffy night. We actually watched an episode of Angel instead of Buffy. It was an episode about a magic stick that made people overly sensitive and made a bunch of cops cry. Then Angel fought some bad guys. It was awesome stuff. I should totally get a job writing the episode synopses for the DVD liners.

After Jubbs left, Rutty and I watched an episode of Six Feet Under and by the time I was ready to go to sleep the majority of the hat was done, I even managed to sew the flower and the ladybug on. Thursday morning I had Nugget try it on and it needed more length so I started crocheting the trim at the bottom. I brought it with me to work and finished it off during my lunch break.

Today when I got home from work I asked Nugget how the party was.
"It was okay."
I asked her if she had fun.
I asked her if her friend liked her gift.
"I don't know."

Maybe we should've gone with a loaf of bread, a quart of a milk and a stick of butter.

Here's the finished hat. I love the texture of this yarn, I think it's called "Pooch". Kind of feels like those nubby bath mats when it's knitted.
Completed November 5, 2009.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Trick Or Treat

We're pretty big on Halloween at our house. This year's festivities started with pumpkin carving at Jubb's.

This was Nugget's vampire pumpkin with a broken fang. The big toothy ones were carved by me and Rutty.

The one on the left was supposedly the first pumpkin Rutty carved on his own.

Nugget was Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz this year. My mom made her dress so that I'd have time to make this...

I went as Max from Where the Wild Things Are and won first place in the costume contest at work. Booyah.

Rutty and Jubbs went as Captain Hammer and Doctor Horrible. Despite the nerdiness of our co-workers and friends, very few knew who they were supposed to be.

Hurley was dressed as a skeleton version of himself. He was so upset with me for putting him in full doggy PJ's, he wouldn't even look at me. He has no idea how close he came to being dressed as a pumpkin.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

And Seven....All Done!

Finally finished the order of seven viking hats for the Philippines. Yay!

Completed November 3, 2009

Here they are in a lovely little pile :)