frustration is the word for the day. i missed the last "sweater workshop" class (i was in ny). so this week, i've been playing catch up. we are now making our sweater. i decided to make one for babygirl since i can't find any sweater patterns for her size. i figured out the gauge, bought my needle, got the yarn and began work on the ribbing when i notice i'm short a stitch (cast on stitches were 149 instead of 150). so it ripped it all out. today @ lunch, i started over. the cast on sts were all there, but somehow i twisted my stitches when i joined the round. *frown* so now, i have to rip out my work again (well, one row). class is tomorrow by the way. i hope i can get all of the ribbing plus 3 inches of the body done. i don't like being behind. i've got two knit hats going. babygirl's sock still needs to b finished. her mitten needs to b made. thinkin 'bout starting anutha hat. lol. i want to buy some eyelash yarn. berroco's lazer fx has had my eye for some time now. left over chinese food awaits. good day.


sakura's jacket...finished! one of the hats i made on the size 13 bamboo circulars. tonite will b a nite of finishing. i've got some hat orders to get busy on. it's gotten really cold and babygirl needs her mittens. so, i'll get started on the second mitten. i should have it (and her other sock) finished by tomorrow nite.
i wanna make some funky wrist warmers, arm warmers, and leg warmers. it's finally getting cold here. we even got our first dusting of snow today. i gotta get my butt in gear and get my winter goodies made. i finally finished the rambling rows baby jacket. i'll post a pic lata on today. workin on a few knitted hats. using size 13 bamboo circulars and double stranding the yarn. the first hat i made, i finished it in four hours. i'm going to make a bedspread for myself. in fact, i wanna decorate my whole bedroom w/ crocheted/knitted stuff. so many ideas, not enuff time. wraps...ponchos...funky headwraps...the ideas keep flowin.


my time in new york was grand! this is a picture of me and liza yu chen. me and mandara was walkin in the west village and came across her shop "spring garden". what caught my eye was her amazing knitted hats. if u've been over to staceyjoy's lately, then u've probably already checked out liza's site mysticbutterfly.com. i swear the pictures on her site doesn't do her hats justice. they are amazing. each hat is one of a kind. some have flowers and branches in them. others have stuffed insects, spiders, butterflies, ladybugs, etc. i was so happy to meet this wonderful lady. i went to redlipstick and met staceyjoy, liz, and some other bloggers. they were all so nice. and the entries were inspirational. i will definitely enter sumthin next year. i went to knitting hands and bought some tahki magic and some patons bella. folks were diggin my hats. mandara wore something of mine everyday. a lot of business cards were passed out. i experienced my first photo shoot. i really do like being "behind the scenes". lol. mandara's friend is an amazing photographer (garfield hall is his name) and he had this spur of the moment idea to photograph my stuff. in my mind i thought it would b some simple picture taking out in the park. but, um no. mandara had "costume" changes and make-up planned. then instead of being out in the park, he took pictures inside the artsy apartment we lived in. it was cool. i found myself being very quiet and interested in the whole process. garfield was very sweet and explained each step to me. i've always wanted to get into photography, now i'm a step closer. *smile*. hmmm, what else? we went to urban outfitters and i must say that even tho the stuff in that store is hella cute, i was somewhat disturbed. it's like their merchandise has that "hand-crafted/homemade" feel when it really isn't. i felt i could've made everything in that store. i saw crocheted and knitted hats/scarves/belts, quilts, and curtains. i think i wanna do quilting next. embroidery too. i wanna make some curtains too. my apt. needs revamping badly. i made this really cute crocheted earflap hat w/ the patons bella. it turned out to b very thick and somewhat heavy. the stitches were well defined and it fit mandara perfectly. i'm currently into making those extra long scarves that r so popular @ the moment. i'm making more hats like the yellow one down below, and i'm making hats w/ flowers on them. i thought it was funny that winter is almost here and i'm putting flowers on stuff. but eff it, i need a lil life/liveliness during this time. bright colors r my thing too. happy day.


okay, this is my newest project. making hats on straight needles. i actually enjoy this more than making hats on circulars. i'm still experimenting. this hat is really big. i can see a very beautiful dreadlocked man wearing it *smile*. and while i'm in new york, i'm going to b looking for one (i'm sure he wouldn't b too hard to find in ny). my otha project: mittens! this one is going to babygirl. she's going to have a lot knitted wears this winter. my sweater isn't finished. and u know what? i'm not stressin over it. i think i've done enough of that for the last month (i barely made 5 hats). i just wanna have fun on my trip. if i happen to sell sumthin, cool. if not, then that's cool too. just get me outta alaska for a minute. hopefully, the weather will b nicer in ny than it is here. this has got to b the rainiest (sp?) autumn i've ever experienced.


yarn. yarn. yarn. i bought a bunch of it yesterday. hats need to b made. mittens do too. 7 days 'til new york.


this is a scarf i just finished. i used classic elite's montera w/ a basketweave stitch and i also put a seed stitch border around it. besides the color being absolutely fabulous, it's light in weight and has a nice drape to it. i made anutha skullcap. this time i used some crochet thread. i don't use the stuff often, but when i do i am reminded y i don't use it. i like the end result...so, i may use the stuff again.....soon.