Saturday, December 29, 2007

Christmas gifts...

Here are the christmas gifts I made, and the people who got them.

This is the blanket for my cousin and her fiance, they loved it.

This is a "We Call them Pirates" hat for my cousin J

Another "Pirate" hat for my brother and an Odessa hat for his girlfriend.

And 2 Bead my skull caps for my 2 little friends.

And I made this fidget for my aunt but didn't get a pic of her in it.

Monday, December 24, 2007

O Holy Night

Do not be afraid, for behold,
I bring you good tidings
of great joy which will be to all people.
For there is born to you this day
in the city of David
a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:10,11

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Garbage Disposal

So if you have an akita you don't need a trash compactor. Just give the empty milk and egg cartons to a dog who has a little extra energy to burn off and you kill 2 birds with one stone. I'm sure the dog whisperer would love this behavior, encouraging your dogs destructive behavior is a big no-no. But it keeps him busy and quiet and I don't have to crush the garbage to get it in the can.
I have finished up knitting all of my gifts. I just have to sew the buttons on the neckwarmer for my aunt. I'll try to get pictures tomorrow. Unfortunately I don't have alot of gifts for my family but that is what happens when you are on a fixed income. Hopefully by next Christmas I will be gainfully employed. That is my goal for the new year.
I don't really talk about myself personally on this blog. So I'll give it a try now. In a nutshell as they say. I don't work because I suffer from clinical depression and OCD. I am on medication for both. My old meds wore off about this time last year so I am on new ones. They seem to be working well so I am looking into going back to work. I'm on SSI because the judge did not feel I was eligible for disability since I told my dr i felt "good" on the meds. So anyway, the state has a program for disabled people to go back to work. They provide job training and anything else you might need to help you on your way. I have already taken the first steps and just need to get my paperwork in so I can meet with a counselor. Hey that wasn't so hard, now you know a little more about me.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Blanket Finished

I finished the blanket for my cousin and her fiance. I used TLC Essentials yarn and this pattern.

I think it came out really nice. I can't wait to give it to them. I've made this blanket before, it was the first one I ever made. I'm also making it again for me. It was started a few months ago but I had to put it down to make gifts so as soon as I'm done I'll get back to it. I'm using four colors for mine.
Now I have to go figure out how to tack down the inside lining of the pirates hat. That should be fun.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Still working on gifts

I managed to get another "We Call them Pirates"hat done this week. I used the same yarn but switched the main color/contrast color. This one is gray with black skulls. I like it better. So I have 3 hats to go for gifts. Two of them are for kids so they should go faster. And I am making the Odessa hat for my brothers girlfriend. Its a hat I've wanted to try for a while. I'm making it with Cascade 220 in lilac. I'm almost done with the blanket for my cousin. 2 more stripes then the border.

I sold 2 of my American Girl doll outfits to my neighbor. The etsy thing isn't going so well so I was happy to sell them and get some money for Christmas.


Sunday, December 2, 2007

Oh Tanenbaum! Oh Tanenbaum!

As you can see I put up my Christmas tree this weekend. I put it together and put the lights on (1500 of them) on Saturday and decorated it today. The pictures didn't come out so great so I'm going to take some more during the day tomorrow.

Pirate Hat done!

I finished the "We Call them Pirates" hat. This is not the one that was in the last post. I had to frog that one. Its knit on 16" circulars and I ended up pulling the floats so tight that the hat just got smaller and smaller. So Dad and I made 20" circulars. Actually Dad did most of the work. I used size 4 bamboo needles, cut them down to 4" drilled a hole in the end (Dads job) and glued weed wacker line in and Voila! 20" circulars!!! Here is the link if you are so inclined to try it. I found it in the forums at Ravelry. I dont' think you could make them any smaller then a size 4.
I'm going to make another one of these hats only reverse the colors, for my cousin for Christmas. I ordered 2 skeins of each color and only used 1 of each. I used TLC cotton for the lining. I still have to tack that down. I'm not looking forward to that part.

I'm halfway done with the blanket for my cousin, sorry no pics yet.

I think I'll cast on for the second hat tonight.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Christmas gifts started

I have started the "We call them Pirates" hat for my brother. I'm using Knit Picks Telemark yarn in black and squirrel heather. It is knit on 16" circulars and it is a pain because there is so much more hat than needle. Its all bunched up and I hope that my floats are coming out ok. They really should make 20" circulars for making adult hats. I saw that size in Addi Turbos but they cost $15 a piece. Otherwise I am liking doing the fair isle knitting. I have seen where it is easier if you hold one color in your left hand and the other in your right and knit both continental and throwing at the same time. I tried it but it was very hard on my hands. I went back to throwing both colors and it didn't hurt anymore and I think I was going even faster than before.

I have finished the first stripe on the blanket for cousin and fiance. I am using TLC Essentials, it will be striped with this green and off white. I've never used this yarn before and I am liking it.

I've also been trying to get some baby Santa hats done for the hospital. Between making gifts and making things to sell at Etsy I haven't got much done for them. I'll make up for it after the holidays. I haven'tsold anything at Etsy yet. But I've read that it can take a while to get your first sale. I've decided not to make anything else until I sell something. Of course that could change once I get an idea for something new to make.

I think its time for a nap, I'm not feeling so good today and want to get some knitting done. Maybe a little nap or a big cup of coffee will help me get motivated.
Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Finished second sock

The second Guitar Man sock is complete! I finished it up last night. I can't wait to give them to my uncle. He's going to love them. Heres the details:

Pattern: Guitar Man Socks
Site: Whimsical Knitting
Size: mens 11
Yarn: Knit Picks Essential Multi
Color: Shale Multi
Needles: size 2 (pattern calls for #1 but I knit tightly)
Start date: Oct. 6
Finished: Nov. 13

I really liked this pattern but I have to say it is strange making a pair of size 12 mens socks after making only size 8 womens. They just seemed so large I thought I must be doing something wrong. Had to keep reminding myself mens calves are bigger.

Now I can start on the "We call them pirates" hat for my brother for christmas. Can't wait to start that. The yarn and needles came on Saturday but I wanted to finish the sock before I started anything new. That will be my first real fair isle project, I've done some simpler ones but this is the whole hat. Maybe I'll go start on that now....

Monday, November 12, 2007

My first Meme

This is the first time I've been tagged. I haven't even looked at it yet. I figured I'll just read as I go.

38 things about me that you may or may not want to know.

1. Name one person who made you laugh last night? My brother. He always texts me asking me questions about any topic. He calls me "the glue" cuz he thinks I know everything. If he needs to know something he always asks me first.

2. What were you doing at 0800? If it was a.m. I was sound asleep.

3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago? cleaning my bedroom.

4. What happened to you in 2006? Nothing I can remember. My life is pretty boring.

5. What was the last thing you said out loud? Bless you (dad sneezed)

6. How many beverages did you have today? a cup of coffee and some water to take my meds.

7. What color is your hairbrush? Black

8. What was the last thing you paid for? Sugar, butter, chocolate.

9. Where were you last night? In my bedroom watching TV and reading magazines.

10. What color is your front door? white

11. Where do you keep your change? In my wallet.

12. What’s the weather like today? cloudy and cold

13. What’s the best ice-cream flavor? Mocha almond fudge

14. What excites you? Why yarn, of course!!!! George Clooney!!!

15. Do you want to cut your hair? Yes and no. Its long and I like it but its too much work.

16. Are you over the age of 25? Unfortunately yes.

17. Do you talk a lot? No.

18. Do you watch the O.C.? God no, too old for all that teenage drama.

19. Do you know anyone named Steven? no

20. Do you make up your own words? All the time.

21. Are you a jealous person? Yes

22. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter "A". Don't have one.

23. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘K’. Don't have one

24. Who’s the first person on your received call list? What does that mean??

25. What does the last text message you received say? "LOL, Clearly" in response to my "I do know everything! Don't I!!??"

26. Do you chew on your straw? No.

27. Do you have curly hair? Yes very!!

28. Where’s the next place you’re going to? the couch to knit.

29. Who’s the rudest person in your life? Not sure.

30. What was the last thing you ate? Cereal and a banana

31. Will you get married in the future? I have no idea. I'd like to someday.

32. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past 2 weeks? 300. *300 Hot bodies* thats what they should have called it.

33. Is there anyone you like right now? No

34. When was the last time you did the dishes? about 2 weeks ago when dad was away, he does the dishes.

35. Are you currently depressed? No I take many drugs to keep me going.

36. Did you cry today? No.

37. Why did you answer and post this? Because Sharon said she wanted to get to know me better.

38. Tag 5 people who would do this survey.* Wendy, Shelly, Diane. They are my Loves Pals. Lets see who else? Christina and Kim.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Christmas is Coming...

I painted these for my Dad. He ordered them last year but I never got to them. I forgot how much I like painting things. I spend so much time knitting and crocheting I forget that there are other things I like to do. Like reading, I've collected quite a few books to read in the past year and haven't even started one. Maybe this winter I'll put some time aside to do other things. Of course it will have to wait until after the holidays since I have a couple of gifts to make. And if I spent less time online....

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Vote for Ronin!!!

Hi! I have entered my unsuspecting dog in a cutest dog contest. Please vote for him:

Onto fiber related stuff. I have been busy working on items to sell at my Etsy shop. No sales yet but I will be patient. I have 2 more things to list then I think I will wait it out before making anything else.

I have turned the heel on my second Guitar man Sock. Tonight I pick up the gusset stitches.

When I finish the socks I will start on a blanket for my cousin and her fiance. They just got an apartment together so this will be their Christmas present. Also on the Christmas gift list a hat for my brother. I will be making him the We Call them Pirates hat over at I've ordered some wool from knitpicks to make it. I can't remember offhand which yarn I got.

I should probably get back knitting. Ciao!

Monday, October 29, 2007


I got my hundredth comment today!!!

Thank you all , I just love reading them!!

Sleeping Beauty

First we'll start with the cute sleeping dog picture. Look how he holds his back feet with his front foot. Too cute!!!!!! This was the other night. Right now he is in the exact same position minus the toy duck.
I've been busy setting up a shop at Etsy. Everyone always tells me I should sell my stuff so I decided its time to give it a try. So I have spent the last week making things to sell there. I'm working on that and my last sock for my uncles pair. I got half way thru the leg portion last night. Tonight I'm working on a baby sweater/pant set in camo to put on etsy. Right now I have 5 American Girl doll outfits and a baby dress. If you have the time please check it out and let me know what you think.
Then there is Ravelry. I've managed to do my profile, add 3 friends and join one group. I go to do other things but it really looks like it takes a lot of work and forethought to set up patterns and projects and things like that.
I think I've got you caught up on everything I've been up to. Talk to you soon.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Ravelry Revelry

I got my invite today!!! But I will be staying away until I have a few hours to get lost there.
My username is BellaBamina.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

One sock down, one to go

I finished the first Guitar Man sock for Uncle Kev. It is so big! Size 11. I didn't realize how big that actually was. I love this pattern, it works up so quickly. After I finished the heel and gusset I started on the foot, I figured I was about 5" into the 10" I needed I was actually 7" into the foot. I wrote down how many repeats I completed so I won't have to measure the foot on the second one.

I'm also working on some American Girl Doll outfits. I want to set up a shop at Etsy, I figure 6 outfits is a good start. Then I'll add some baby clothes too.

Well House is starting, Ta for now!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Uncle Socks

This is one of the Guitar man socks I'm making for my uncle for his birthday. I've done 6 repeats so far. There are 10 all together. I will be doing 11 because I was told that this yarn shrinks 10%. I'm really liking knitting these. It goes pretty quickly. There are 12 rows to each pattern repeat, I can usually do 2 in one sitting. The yarn is nice to work with too. I'm using Knitpicks Essential. Well thats about it. See ya tomorrow.

Armhole Tutorial

I have had some questions about making the armholes on the baby sweaters. I've taken some pictures and hope this helps you if you don't understand the written directions. I haven't made all the rows just enough to show you what to do and I used 2 different colors to show you where to join to make the armholes.

1. This is where you should be on the last row before the shaping.

2. DC across to first 3dc group, DC in the middle stitch of the group. (shown in purple) Ch 4 or whatever is called for in the pattern.

3. Skip all stitches until the next 3DC group and DC in middle stitch of that group. You can see now how the armhole is formed.

4. Now DC across to next 3dc group and repeat steps 2 and 3. DC across to end and you now have armholes!

Armhole made.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Socks OTN

I started knitting a pair of socks for my uncle for his birthday. He loves when you give him socks so I'm thinking hand knitted should really make his day. I'm using Knitpicks Essential yarn in Shale. And the Guitar Man sock pattern from Whimisical knitting. I've got the ribbing and first repeat of the pattern done. I'll take a pic tomorrow, the camera needs batteries. Oh and I'm keeping them in the cutest little bag I got at Etsy.


Saturday, October 6, 2007

No more orange yarn!!!

This is the last of the "pumpkin baby" things I've made. I still have about 2lbs of orange yarn left but I just can't do it. NO MORE ORANGE YARN!!! I simply cannot look at it anymore. Now its on to Christmas colors until they make me want to puke. FUN!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

American Girl Camo Top

I've had a few requests for the pattern, I'm sorry its taken so long to respond but I never wrote it down. So I took a look last night and you can just make the Spring Dress Pattern with these changes:

Use worsted weight yarn and a "H" hook.

Do not work the increases after the armhole shaping just keep crocheting around until you hit the length that you want the shirt. And work 2 rows of DC around the armholes to make the sleeves. I hope this helps, let me know if you need more info.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Selling items from my patterns

I recently had someone ask if she could sell Dresses made from my pattern, I gave her permission and am giving it to all of you. You can sell items made from my patterns at craft fairs and charity events. Please Do Not sell them online. That was my original intention, its hard to find people who will let you sell items made with their patterns. I would like you to be able to use mine. But I would like to be able to sell them online that is why I request you don't.

I've been thinking about this for a long time and the request finally got me off my behind.
I will be changing the little disclaimer at the end of my patterns. So have fun and let me know how it goes.


Harvest Time

The pumpkins and gourds have been picked, washed and are drying on my counter. I've already given some away to the neighbors kids. We let them go pumpkin picking and pick out their own pumpkins and gourds.

Butterfly/Azalea Dress

I've created a new dress from the Butterfly Top and Azalea Dress, basically you start with the butterfly top, then after about 3 or 4 ro...