January 16, 2006

So many projects, so little time.

Posted in Needlework at 11:55 am by royalempress

Some days I feel like I need 2 life times to knit all the gifts and goodies I make for people. So far I have 5 projects for other people and 2 to complete for myself. *Sigh*. Why couldn’t I have 4 more hands to I can churn out these projects in no time?? Well, God only gave me two so I’ll keep on keepin’ on.

Although I knew darn well I had no business buying more yarn or starting another project, I had to pick up Moda Dea Cache in colors Wink and Rendevouz from Michael’s on sale for a limited time for $3 a ball. That’s right! 3 whole dollars. The reg price is $5.99 so I thought it was a steal. With 72yds per ball, I thought it would be perfect for a little purse for my good friend K*m. She so deserves a hot handmade couture purse (yeah, that’s what I think of my work) πŸ˜€ I got the idea from a winter 2004 Easy Knitting magazine.The pattern calls for Collinette Pointe 5, but my budget won’t let me answer the call. It looks great in Cache so far…

Here’s what it looks like so far:

Up close (it has a very nice hand painted look):

The front (in Wink) only took a few hours. I’m on the back now. The gusset will be a different color (Rendevouz). I’ll have to line it with some black felt I have left over and a very pretty cotton fabric w/ japanese prints then sewn on a zipper. The ribbon is nice but on the NY subway, a zipper would be better! I can’t wait to see the finished product. I’ll be sure to post pics of the progress.

Here’s the felted purse K*m made for me.

Isn’t she loveley? Thanks k*m!

I finally got my secret pal’s info. That’s another project I’m adding to the list. Man, are my fingers tired. I think I’ll have to give them a 2 week vacation which will be hard. Anyway…

‘Til next time….


January 8, 2006

Resolutions anyone?

Posted in Needlework at 3:56 pm by royalempress

Here’s what I came up with so far:

1- Keep in better contact with close friends and family.
2- Learn to play the guitar (acoustic).
3- Learn how to knit fair isle.
4- Do not be afraid of intricate cable patterns.
5- Reduce yarn stash if it kills me (I will be having a major blowout sale on ebay very soon).
6- Take better care of myself both inside and out.
7- Organize paperwork, pictures, patterns, etc.
8- Join a knit-along or exchange to share goodies with others (can you believe I haven’t joined a knit along yet?).
9- Generate way more site traffic on this page. I’m tired of sharing if no one is reading *sob*.
10-Remember that anything is possible!

On to knitting news….

At my knitting group, I saw at least 3 of my fellow knitters with the cutest scarf knitted in Noro Silk Garden. I had to ask where they got the pattern from. One of the knitters was nice enough to give hers to me (she’s a real sweet heart). I ran home and started working on it immediately. Here’s what it looks like so far

The pattern is called the Perforated Edge Scarf from Little Box of Scarves. Isn’t it lovely? I think it looks great in multi colored or self striping yarn.

Also, I’ve been searching for really nice and even unusual knit and crochet flower patterns. I would like to make a lot of them to give as gifts. If anyone knows of a pattern, please let me know where I can find it. I would really appreciate it!

I was too thrilled to spend Christmas 2005 in a warm climate.

It was the perfect weather at Clearwater Beach in Orlando, Florida that day. I think I’ll be spending more time there, especially in the winter!

Secret Pal 7 Questionnaire

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand?
Although I consider myself a border line “yarn snob”, I have come to know and love inexpensive fibers like the infamous acrylic. I like to work with Caron’s Simply Soft for blankets. Otherwise, I love the look and feel of natural & high quality fibers.

2. Do you spin? Crochet?
I love to crochet (along with knitting of course). I hope to learn how to spin in the near future.

3. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
Right now, I have two pencil holders that are big enough to hold my straight needles and circulars in their original packaging.

4. How long have you been knitting? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?

I am an intermediate knitter that has been knitting for 4 1/2 years now.

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Amazon Wishlist here

6. What’s your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)

I absolutely looooove fig and sandalwood scents. I’m not really a fruity scent kind of girl.

7. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?

I have a sweet tooth that could eventually be deadly LOL! I like chocolate but I really need to cut down. I guess I would rather it fruit candies which are probably not that much better.

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
My aunt just bought me a sewing table and my mom bought a sewing machine so I guess my new hobby will be sewing. I really like working with felt. I’ve come across Japanese designs using felt that are amazing.

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I like any kind of music I can relate or dance to so suprise me πŸ™‚ My computer can handle just about any media format.

10. What’s your favorite color? Or–do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can’t stand?
I love all colors but the families that stand out the most are red and blues.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I live with my husband, my daughter and about 12 fish πŸ™‚

12. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
I were all of the above except for ponchos.

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
There are so many….I like Manos, Brown Sheep’s Lamb’s Pride, Noro anything (I’m almost obsessed with the brand), Koigu, Rowan and Berroco to name a few.

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

I’m not the biggest fan of acrylic..

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
Amigurumi I can’t wait to start my first one!

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Baby clothes and accessories (bags, hats, etc.).

17. What are you knitting right now?

Perforated Edge Scarf, baby blanket, adult sweater and adult vest.

18. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?

I prefer aluminum circular needles.

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
See above answer.

21. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?

A yarn winder but no swift yet.

22. How did you learn to knit?
By a friend of the family.

23. How old is your oldest UFO?
3 years old *sigh*.

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?

Aeon Flux (animation) and Penguins.

25. What is your favorite holiday?
New Year’s.

26. Is there anything that you collect?
Knit and crochet patterns from over seas (Japan, Italy, Germany, etc.).

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?


28. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on?

Check my Amazon wishlist above.

29. Are there any new techniques you’d like to learn?

Fair isle.

30. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
No I am not but I will be one day. I will e-mail my measurements to you.

31. When is your birthday? (mm/dd)

April 17th.

I look forward to blogging more and hearing from everyone more in this new year. I wish you all a happy, healthy, prosperous and knit filled 2006.