03/31/2007

Finally!!!

Posted in Knitting, Random Me at 8:40 pm by Jennie

Okay, after a day of almost killing myself with frustration, I think things are back up and running. I’m sure there will be some kinks so if anyone stumbles onto something odd and has the time, please send me a message and let me know.

Oh a super happy note, during all this frustration, I was able to score some amazing handcrafted, hand painted sock blockers from Becky at Leggy Creations. I’ve been wanting a pair for awhile and was lucky enough to be lurking when she posted them.
I believe the Yarn Pirate Etsy shop had an update today, but when I got to the site 20 mins late, yeah I know its all my fault, everything was sold out. :(Which is of course is how it happens all the time since there is so much buzz going on. I can’t wait to get my skein from Sheri just so I can fondle it.:)

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Fiddling around with the look.

Posted in Random Me at 6:30 pm by Jennie

If you’ve been around I’m sure you’ll notice I’ve been messin’ with the look of the site. I really liked my old set up with the green because its my favorite color, but since I really don’t know much coding, I did a bit too many copy and paste codes and ended up messing up the template. 😦 I was lucky enough to stumble onto another template that really satisfied me. It’s a bit childish looking but I think its too cute! I don’t want to be a grown up. So hahah I can do whatever I want. LOL 😆

The really awesome thing is that as I work on the site I can knit too since I have to wait for the programs to load to the host. so yay for me! I might just finish the darn sock for Dear BF by the end of this weekend. 😉

******************GRR I’m having major problems with the site right now, for some reason no one can comment or click on certain links. I hope get some help and figure it out soon. 😦

**** I decided to just start over from the beginning and reinstall just about everything. ugh… things will be okay…i hope…

My New Home…

Posted in Random Me at 7:48 am by Jennie

I’ve moved!! Come check me out! esotericknitter.com

03/29/2007

Ekk, another not so necessary purchase…

Posted in Knitting at 2:35 am by Jennie

So I’m getting ready for work. It’s about 9pm and I realized that I had read on Sheri’s blog that The Loopy Ewe was having an update tonight where she’ll be having some Yarn Pirate up. I stumble over, I totally missed the update and there was only one colorway left. I’m not too fond of it, but I just had an urge to get it so I can see what the hype is all about. Seeing as I’m also a free shipping lover I had to get more items just so I can get my free shipping. I’ve been eying the sock blockers for some time now, but have really restrained myself from getting them since wire hangers work just as well. Say goodbye to restraint, I added those to the cart, still not enough yet. So being super generous with myself I thought, hmm lets pick up some Louet Gems in black to make dad some socks. Okay, now I’m a wee bit over the $50 mark, but it’s all good, well hopefull…I don’t need to pay the bills this week…lol

Quick note

Posted in Random Me at 12:05 am by Jennie

Just a lil’ quick note. I’m still tweaking the site so if you happen to be around when the site is all sorts of crazy looking, it’s just me. I’m slightly going insane because I spend so much time trying to learn how things are coded and where things go. At times I wonder if this was the way to go since I spend more time on fixing up the site rather than my knitting and other aspects of my life such as school. lol.  But I’m learning as I go and this is the price for wanting almost full control over my lil’ site.

03/28/2007

Scarf finally done! Socks, almost there.

Posted in Knitting at 4:53 am by Jennie

It took me forever but I had to finish the scarf for my coworker. She’s been expecting it for sometime now. It’s kind of sad because now the weather is getting warmer so she won’t have a chance to use it much. Oh well, as long as it’s done and ready to be gifted. Hurray!!!

Scarf made with Hobby Lobby yarn

Used the full ball/skein of Hobby Lobby Honey Bee yarn.
Pattern: Srunchable Scarf
Cast on: 30 stitches
Final length: just under 7ft
Time it took: felt like forever

Scarf upclose

An up close picture of the stitch. I really didn’t like the extra thin band of yarn that went around the main one. It just snagged way to much as you can see all the mistakes. 😦 The overall effect is pretty but I don’t know if I can say it was worth it.

Hmm what I learned from making something for someone…I liked knitting the scarf in the beginning but when things started to pile up with work and school, I dreaded working with the scarf because I felt the pressure to finish the item because it was going to be a gift. Then every time I would see my coworker I felt worse because I had not been working on it or that it wasn’t done yet. She never pressured me to finish it, just happy to know she was getting something. But for some reason I just felt bad. This really makes me rethink making things for people. I like working on projects at my own pace and when I feel the need to finish something, there is just no joy in making the item.

Okay…now with the BF socks, oh I am so happy here too! Another 60 rounds for the foot, toe decrease and it is done. After all the re-work and frogging woohoo. I can’t wait to get it out of my sight. I have its twin next to my desk reminding me to finish the darn sock.

3/27/07 update to BF sock

I’m really excited that all these projects will be done and eventually I can focus on some items for me. I want to work on more intricate sock patterns with the fancy yarns I’ve been accumulating.

03/24/2007

Up and Running

Posted in Knitting, Random Me at 7:04 am by Jennie

Hola! So here it is, heheh what I can sort of call, mine. An actual place that I can manipulate just a bit further.

Anyhow, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted some yarn pørn so here’s what I was lucky enough to win on eBay…

A very nice Mill End product from Cherry Tree Hill. It’s a whopping 14oz hank geezz makes me really think about getting a swift. I have it pictured with the regular 4oz skein which looks kinda similar…hmmm could it be that I ended up with the mill end of the Wild Cherry colorway?

Cherry Tree Hill Mill End

It’s so soft and squishy. Like a pillow.

03/23/2007

Been Busy

Posted in Random Me at 10:46 pm by Jennie

Hey, gosh it feels like it’s been forever since I’ve posted something. Well, turns out, I’m moving to an actual hosting service. I wanted to have more control with the image and page. So I’ve been working on stuff that I have no idea what I’m doing. The site is somewhat driving me crazy because I’m pretty darn clueless. Anyways, I’m fixing up the site now. Come check me out whenever you have a chance: esotericknitter.com Hopefully I wont have too many kinks. 🙂

03/19/2007

New Obsessions Hobbies

Posted in Knitting, Random Me at 4:44 pm by Jennie

This past week, Spring Break, I picked up some new hobbies. I’m actually a bit obsessed with them. I somehow stumbled onto lucky star origami while in search for good luck charms as a present for a coworker down on her luck. I am crazily making these cute little stars and can’t seem to stop. I’ve already ordered some special paper to make them and have been practicing with magazine pages and such. Well, this then led to my intrigue with making origami gift boxes because in my search for directions on how to make these lucky stars I stumbled onto beautiful origami gift boxes. Now I have some origami books on box making in my cart at amazon.com but hmmm I’m letting them simmer until I get my head straight and thinking. I want to be sure this is something I am willing to stick with.

My other itch of an obsession are stitch markers. I am dying to try them out. I’ve seen some really pretty one on etsy and was thinking wouldn’t it be fun to make my own. So I picked up some beads and whatnots at Hobby Lobby but held out on tools because I had a 50% coupon (MARA750, expires 3/31/07) for joanns.com and recently became a free shipping member so I ended up with a good deal on a nice tool set and free shipping, hehe, can’t beat that. Plus while I was shopping I just added some more nifty items for my future to be stitch markers. Why not, right? 🙂 The package should get here sometime Friday. Can’t wait to start.

For some reason I am in such a crafty mood. I’m usually not interested in making things other than my knitting. But as I read people’s blogs and see their creations I am so inspired.

On a knitting note, I hope to finally finish my scarf I started last month for my coworker tonight. Hurray! I’m really buckling down and making myself finish all or most of my projects currently on the needles that have been specifically made for people. That way I can eventually start on socks for me again and use the nice yarns I’ve recently accumulated.

I’ll post some pics of what I’ve been up to when I get home. The lucky stars are just too cute. Now I need to find cute jars or bottles to hold them in so I can give them away to boost people’s spirits, I know they put a smile on my face when I see them. 🙂

ETA…pics…

I made the pastel box and stars are made from origami paper. The shiny stars are made from left over gift wrap paper. And the colorful stars are made from the packaging paper that came from my other origami paper set. Now that I have pics of them, they seem to be so very few in number and they took quite a bit a time to construct. Hmmm.

 

Origami Lucky Stars Origami Lucky Stars

 

Finally the coworker scarf. Just so close to being done. The color isn’t how it really looks since it’s night time and I had to use the flash :(, so it’s a bit off. By the time it’s all knit up and done, it will measure just under 7 feet. Ekk, that’s long! But my friend is a a lot taller than me so its gonna work out just fine.

Scarf for Coworker Scarf for Coworker

 

New Obsessions Hobbies

Posted in Knitting, Random Me at 4:44 pm by Jennie

This past week, Spring Break, I picked up some new hobbies. I’m actually a bit obsessed with them. I somehow stumbled onto lucky star origami while in search for good luck charms as a present for a coworker down on her luck. I am crazily making these cute little stars and can’t seem to stop. I’ve already ordered some special paper to make them and have been practicing with magazine pages and such. Well, this then led to my intrigue with making origami gift boxes because in my search for directions on how to make these lucky stars I stumbled onto beautiful origami gift boxes. Now I have some origami books on box making in my cart at amazon.com but hmmm I’m letting them simmer until I get my head straight and thinking. I want to be sure this is something I am willing to stick with.

My other itch of an obsession are stitch markers. I am dying to try them out. I’ve seen some really pretty one on etsy and was thinking wouldn’t it be fun to make my own. So I picked up some beads and whatnots at Hobby Lobby but held out on tools because I had a 50% coupon (MARA750, expires 3/31/07) for joanns.com and recently became a free shipping member so I ended up with a good deal on a nice tool set and free shipping, hehe, can’t beat that. Plus while I was shopping I just added some more nifty items for my future to be stitch markers. Why not, right? 🙂 The package should get here sometime Friday. Can’t wait to start.

For some reason I am in such a crafty mood. I’m usually not interested in making things other than my knitting. But as I read people’s blogs and see their creations I am so inspired.

On a knitting note, I hope to finally finish my scarf I started last month for my coworker tonight. Hurray! I’m really buckling down and making myself finish all or most of my projects currently on the needles that have been specifically made for people. That way I can eventually start on socks for me again and use the nice yarns I’ve recently accumulated.

I’ll post some pics of what I’ve been up to when I get home. The lucky stars are just too cute. Now I need to find cute jars or bottles to hold them in so I can give them away to boost people’s spirits, I know they put a smile on my face when I see them. 🙂

ETA…pics…

I made the pastel box and stars are made from origami paper. The shiny stars are made from left over gift wrap paper. And the colorful stars are made from the packaging paper that came from my other origami paper set. Now that I have pics of them, they seem to be so very few in number and they took quite a bit a time to construct. Hmmm.

 

Origami Lucky Stars Origami Lucky Stars

 

Finally the coworker scarf. Just so close to being done. The color isn’t how it really looks since it’s night time and I had to use the flash :(, so it’s a bit off. By the time it’s all knit up and done, it will measure just under 7 feet. Ekk, that’s long! But my friend is a a lot taller than me so its gonna work out just fine.

Scarf for Coworker Scarf for Coworker

 

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