Sunday, February 27, 2011

Knit Knit Knit!

Last weekend I went to Utah and could not help but stop by a yarn store. I did limit it to just one so that Skyler did not have to pretend to be interested more than he had to! :]
This is Skyler, by the way!

And this below is the front of the yarn store I went to in Provo.

I only bought one thing because I really do not need any more yarn right now unless it is for something specific. I'm really trying to cut my buying yarn on a whim habit until I get my yarn stash under control! So instead of buying yarn I got this little pattern booklet.

Yes, that baby is dressed in angel wings....Anyway, they had the cardigan and hat below knit up as a little sample in the store and it was love at first sight. I don't have kiddos and won't for a while longer, but I love baby things like this and just can't help but fall in love with them. They had a little "deal" at the store where if you buy the yarn you get the pattern free. Well, after browsing around I realized I would pay about three times as much if I got the yarn versus the pattern booklet and I had no where to store the yarn on my flight home. So I got the booklet instead. I think the hat would be a great baby shower gift.

Now, remember how I mentioned I was going to dye my yarn? Well, since I am on a bit of a time crunch I actually did it!!! I have dyed all three skeins of the yarn! I'll have a little bit more on this in the near future. (How near it is depends on how quickly I can figure out my video editing software.) I like the result, but definitely think I am better off buying the color I want. I think our kitchen will be permanently blue because of this.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Beans For Brains

Today while I was whining about being broke and not being able to afford to move out my mom had one word for me Scholarships. So while I took a BIG little break from studying for my physics test tomorrow-yuck!!!- I did a mini scholarship search. On one of the major scholarship search sites I saw the title "Beans for Brains" and knew that looked familiar. Yes, Jimmy Beans Wool is yet again doing their scholarship, but this time the winning dollar amount is much, much higher! I knew there was a reason I did not win last year. Haha. The due date is April 1st, so I have some serious knitting to accomplish in that time.

About three years ago I decided I would make the Military Style Jacket. I bought the yarn, did a test swatch and dove in. I got about ten rows in and lost my place. I did this twice. I hated that thing, so I put the yarn in my closet and forgot about it. Until now! I have decided to retry this thing, but with some modifications.

First, I am going to dye my yarn. It is a not-so-pretty brown color and I don't like it. I'm going to try to use RIT dye to get it a more navy blue color. Because it is a medium brown color I'm not sure how well dye will take, but I can hope and cross my fingers!

Second, the jacket is too big for me. The smallest size would not be flattering at all on me. I need to take it down about five more inches, so this will be an interesting endeavor for me.

Thirdly, this jacket has cables up the wazoo! They're EVERYWHERE! I need to take a closer look at the pattern, but I'm thinking that I will switch one of the cable patterns to be a DNA-looking one. It would be so cool!

I''m planning on dyeing it next week, and if all is successful be on the lookout for a yarn dyeing tutorial!

P.S. Here's my "loser" sweater. It lost in the 2010 Beans for Brains and the State Fair. I still love it, though!


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Fascinator Hat

Yesterday I found this video while looking around on the internet. I've been wanting to make a hat with a birdcage veil similar to this for a while. I love the idea of using a lid for the hat part! I made mine in about a half an hour. Really, the only changes I made were that I used a clip-thing instead of elastic. I don't really like having something around my head when I wear a hairpiece. So far, so good!