Friday, September 28, 2007


Last night I finished knitting "Pig" from Fiona McTague's Book "Knitted Toys".
I'm not sure what Kaylen thinks of him yet.... she seems to enjoy chewing in his ears though.

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I'm not overly-impressed with the finished product but he was just a stash-reducing project so it doesn't really matter.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

I'm In!!!

WooHoo!!! I got onto Ravelry! I've only been waiting for about 3 months.
My user name is "Kristo" if you want to check it out! :-)

Monday, September 24, 2007

Spinning With Monkey

I recently went to a local Spin-In with my Mom. (Monkey came too)
I first learned to spin at the same event last year. I had a lot of fun spending the day with my Mom and meeting a bunch of new people. I even got some spinning done! (and some money spent, hehehe)
Monkey had a good time too.... I taught him how to spin.... He's a very fast learner.

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Last Chance

Only one more day to sign up for the Mitten Swap!

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Wouldn't you just love to knit a pair of mittens??? And wouldn't you just love to receive a pair in return??? Come on! It'll be fun! :-)

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Pussy Cat Hat

I couldn't help myself.... I was attacked by one of those free patterns on the label of a cheap ball of yarn. It was super cute and I couldn't resist!
This is the Pussy Cat Hat from the label of a ball of Phentex Merit.
The label says it takes 3 balls but I made it with just 1 ball..... To be honest, I did make the smallest size and I tightened up the guage to make it even smaller. The smalles size was a size 2 but I wanted to make it for my 6 month old. (she's about the size of your average one year old though)
I think it turned out really cute.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Blocking Issues

I recently knit Bluebell from Knitty.
It was fun to knit and it turned out great.... except for the blocking.
Can you believe this was actually blocked!?!?!?

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I think the problem stems from the "mystery yarn" I used from my Mom's stash.... We weren't sure what it was but it was about the right weight and a pretty colour (she even had the matching beads on hand!) so I went for it. This was my first time knitting a "real" lace pattern and my first time using beads so I didn't want to go out and buy the supplies in case I hated it.
I'm thinking if I block it again and maybe starch it a bit it might help???
Any advice?

By the way, only 10 more days to sign up for the Mitten Swap... come on people!!! :-)

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Mitten Swap!

Hey! Anybody wanna join the Mitten Swap?
Come on! The more people, the more fun! :-D

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Noro Cap

Yay! I actually knit something for myself!
This is the Noro Silk Garden "Yorkshire Cap".

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It took me one day to complete the whole thing.... yes, it was a long day of nothing but knitting. I'm kinda funny about knitting hats... Once I start them, I have to keep knitting until they're done. I don't know why. Maybe because they look "almost finished" as soon as the ribbing is done?

Aaaaanyway... I think it turned out pretty good.

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My husband really likes it and wants me to knit him a beanie in the same Silk Garden yarn (just a more "masculine" colourway)

Wednesday, September 5, 2007


Okay, so this is totally not knitting-related at all, but definately worth a picture!
We are doing some renovations around the house and one of the main projects is the front and back decks.... both are rotten and leaky. My husband had a couple of his employees come by today and do some demolition to the existing decks. The front deck had a few wasp nests along the railing where the posts were. I told the guys to go ahead and use some wasp killer before they started working... you know, so it wouldn't be scary working around those little wasp nests. (the biggest ones were about 2") As they dismantled the deck and tore up the plywood they uncovered THIS.

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Closer look at the biggest one?

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It's approximately 2 feet by 3 feet. Yeah, um, can you say scary???
Luckily for them, both those nests were empty. They admitted that they had been a little freaked out when they lifted up the plywood. If it had been me, I guarantee I would've jumped off the deck and ran down the street before anyone had a chance to see if there were any wasps in there!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Kaylen Approved

Kaylen has given Monkette her approval.

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(and a few drooley chewed spots already!)

Monday, September 3, 2007

Another Monkey

I finished the new monkey for Kaylen!

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Despite my Mom's comment about the potential names (New Monkey, Other Monkey, Kaylen's Monkey, Girl Monkey) I decided to go with "Monkette".... very original, I know, hehehehe.
If Kaylen decides to rename her later, that's fine with me.
Kaylen hasn't actually seen her new Monkette yet.... she went to bed before I was finished. I wonder what she'll think of her?
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Sunday, September 2, 2007

New Monkey?

It seems that my little girl, Kaylen, has developed a fondness for Monkey.

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To save Monkey from becoming a chewed-up slobbery mess, I've started making Kaylen her own Monkey.
I've finished knitting all the pieces and I'm just sewing them up.
"Just" sewing them up? That's always the worst part for me.... I like the knitting, but I'm not too excited about piecing things together.
I should have her (new Monkey is a girl) finished in a couple days.... expect pictures.