Saturday, August 25, 2007

Phone Pocket
Originally uploaded by trebecula
This is my first completed crochet project! I've been learning how to crochet by doing flowers and circles. I ordered my new cell phone with T-Mobile (you can see my personal blog about why I'm leaving Alltel) - I am getting a Motorola RIZR. Using the size information on, I crocheted this little pocket to hold it. It's not a flip-phone so it will need something to protect its screen. The phone will be in the color rose, which looks like a blend between red and pink, and I think the colors of this Paton's Soy Wool Stripes (from Michael's) will match perfectly. I made this within a Doctor Who episode on SciFi (an hour long for those non-fans). I believe I got the puppy button in a pets button package at JoAnn's.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Baudelaire Socks
Originally uploaded by trebecula
Okay, I am still working on my camera/knitting photography skills. Here are some things I need:

1. A white posterboard. This is my dry erase board, the only really white thing I have, but it is too shiny. Alas, it's too hot outside for me to go shopping for anything that isn't required for sustenance. Also, I refuse to leave my house for direct sunlight in fear that I will resemble a tomato the next day.

2. A mini-tripod. My camera's button is hard enough that the camera inevitably shakes when I press it. I guess if I was really fewlt like it I could use the timer function. But, right now I'm lazy and I'll spend ten bucks on a tripod the next time I see one.

3. A new camera. I wish my camera had more functions that allowed me to tweak settings than it does. I guess I might get a new camera for Christmas. It would have to be a Kodak or my printer dock would be pointless and that sucka cost a pretty penny!

Anyway, here is my first Baudelaire sock. It is going pretty well. The figure-8 cast-on was tough. It took me probably 7 times to get it right. I used Hello Yarn's instructions to guide me through. I found those easier than the ones that the pattern links to. I could still use some practice on it, so lucky me - if I ever get to it, I have one more of these to make! There are a few more photos of my current progress in Flickr.

Also, this probably isn't the best kind of yarn to use for such an intricate lace pattern but I like it none-the-less. I will also be buying more of this yarn in the future. I found it at Yarn&Loops, the new store in Norman, and it came in so many pretty colorways I had a hard time choosing. I ended up getting this one because it was unlike other colors I would normally pick out for myself (blue, green, etc).

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Rose's Slouchy Hat
Originally uploaded by trebecula
I made this in a day. It's the hat that Rose Tyler wore in Doctor Who, but hers was a purple color. It's supposed to be baggy, but hats always look too huge on my head no matter what gauge I use. I think it's cute, and a form of memorabilia, but I certainly won't be wearing it out of my house. :p

Made with crappy Wool Ease Thick 'N Quick that I hadn't thrown away yet in the stash. The combination of the sticky yarn and the purls made my fingers hurt.

I think the long Fishbone hair stuck to the hat says something about how much I have to clean to keep up with all the Fishbone hair around my house. Diddles has long hair but he doesn't seem to shed as much.

Pattern here.

Monday, August 06, 2007

SP11 Questionnaire

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

I like to knit with natural fibers and cotton. My favorite is alpaca. I also like using Tofutsies and Colinette Jitterbug for the colors. I'd prefer nothing acrylic unless it is yarn store quality.. I recently gave Goodwill an entire trash bag full of acrylic yarns I had bought from Hobby Lobby etc. while I was learning that I lost the desire to work with.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?

I have a needle bag that my mom made for me, and a plastic pencil box for DPNs. I also have a kind of small binder to use for holding exchangeable needles (for circulars).

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?

I've been knitting for about three years now. I would consider myself to be between intermediate and advanced.. there are some techniques that I haven't tried yet but just haven't had the chance.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

Amazon -

Etsy Favorites -

Wists -

5. What's your favorite scent?

I like food and fruit scents (my favorite is orange) as well as lavender and japanese cherry blossom.

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

I have a bad sweet tooth. I love chocolate, although that might not mail well, as it's in the nineties and above here for at least another month. I love sour gummy and fruity candies as well.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?

I do spin a little on a drop spindle. I am still learning. I've recently started trying to crochet too. I like to make beaded jewelry and cook.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

My favorite band is Muse. Others that I've been listening to lately have been Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, Spoon, Flyleaf, and Interpol. My car can only play audio cds (~12 tracks - not mp3 format) but my computer can play mp3s and I have an mp3 player I hook up to the car.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?

I like bright colors - blues, pinks, greens, purple. Red is probably at the bottom of the list, and black and silver.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

Well I don't have a family of my own. I live alone with a dog and two cats. I have an older sister who lives in Austin.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?

I wear scarves and mitten-gloves (the kind with the flap) a lot, and hats a few times a year when it's that cold. No ponchos and no full out mittens.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?

I love knitting socks and mitten-gloves and small things like that to keep my attention. I've made a couple sweaters but haven't liked them enough for them to be any use, so I'm scared to start another one. I am also usually on a small budget because of college and can't afford the 20 skeins of yarn to make the sweater I might not wear.

13. What are you knitting right now?

Right now I am making a slouchy hat worn by Rose Tyler in the new Doctor Who, and I have pending socks as well (Jaywalker and Pomatomus and Baudelaire.. someday I will actually finish a pair).

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

I like to receive handmade stuff if it was made with me in mind.

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

My favorite needles are my 10.5 bamboo straights. I work with all kinds though, usually aluminum because they're cheapest and easy to find.

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

Yes I own both.

17. How old is your oldest UFO?

I know I have an unfinished sweater from 2 years ago.. I think that's it.

18. What is your favorite holiday?

I like Christmas because I get to see my family, I am on vacation from school, my mom cooks Thanksgiving dinner all over again, and of course I get awesome presents.

19. Is there anything that you collect?

I have a lot of cat trinkets and DVDs.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?

I looked for the summer 2007 interweave knits at my local bookstore and couldn't find it. I want to make the motorcycle chica gloves found in that issue. I don't have any subscriptions. I bought a couple issues of Knit1 before, because there were a few cute patterns in a sea of ugly ones.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?

I want to try entrelac and I haven't done a toe-up sock yet but will soon.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?

Yep! I love knitting socks. I'm too lazy right now to measure my foot. :p

23. When is your birthday?

February 20th.

24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID?

Yes! blasehurri.

**To my pal - This is my knitting journal, and I keep a journal for non-knitting entries at Livejournal. For the required 4 entries a month for the swap I might be posting some at Livejournal just because school is starting and I might not be knitting every single week. Thank you!

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Sorry I haven't posted here in a while! There hasn't been very much knitting going on, as I've been busy packing and moving and cleaning. You can read about my non-knitting adventures at my Livejournal. I'm trying to keep knitting posts and other posts separated, although I'm sure soon I'll just give up on that.

Anyway, I've moved and I start my vet school orientation in about a week and a half. I am excited. I don't think I've ever enjoyed buying textbooks as much as I did last week. And I get to have my own set of scalpels! Yay?

I had gotten about half way with my Jaywalker sock when I came across an error in stitch count. So I took the Rebecca route of fixing it, and frogged it completely. I hate hate hate backtracking stitches! I'd rather start over. It's a good thing I'm in it for the knitting and not completely for the end-product. Then I decided to try Pomatomus with my new Colinette Jitterbug yarn (in pretty hot pink/purple/green). Well, sure enough, I turn the heel and eventually there's something weird going on and I frogged it.

So I have nothing on the needles right now. :P

I got in the mood to make the Motorcycle chick gloves from Interweave Summer 2007, but when I went to Hastings to get the magazine, I couldn't find it. I ended up buying a movie that has nothing to do with knitting.

I'm currently reading The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, and a friend sent me Rant by Chuck Palahniuk (fave author) as a 6-month belated birthday present. I hope to get through my knitting slump and get something done before school starts, because it will be hard after that, although I always manage to procrastinate with studying.