Yesterday morning I cast on the Heart Hat by Elizabeth Zimmerman and now it’s done!

30:365 I Heart You!

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Isn’t it adorable?! Over Christmas my soon to be SIL Jen mentioned that she wanted a really cool hat so I’ve been on a mission to find just the right pattern. I found this pattern and some leftover bits of yarn in my stash and viola — HAT! I wasn’t in the mood to start my second sock yesterday and thought this would be a nice, quick break. I just have to pop down to the post office this morning and ship it out to her. I hope she likes it as much as I do. I wonder if I have enough to make a second one for me…hmm…

Now it’s back to sock 2.

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It’s finally Friday which means I finally have some time to myself. By some time I mean about 10 minutes before I have to rush out of the house to meet a friend of ours at his new apartment. Camping was glorious. We spent 4 days in the woods with nothing to do but feed ourselves, read, knit and play scrabble. I don’t know why we ever left.

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As promised I worked on my knee sock and finally finished the first one on Thursday night. I would have finished sooner had I not been distract all all the books I was reading over the weekend. I finished the first three Lady Emily Mysteries which were fun but not serious. Which is the perfect kind of camp reading.

After looking at all the books I’ve devoured in the last couple weeks and all the other books we have lying around the apartment I realized it was time for me to finally break down and buy myself a Kindle. I’ve been decidely anti-Kindle since it came out. To me there is nothing better than the feel and smell of a book. But at some point we all have to be a little practical and frankly we have no more room for books. I feel like I’ve betrayed myself a little but really it’s for the best…right?

Since we’ve been back things have been busy. Just missing one day of work has really put us both behind but I’ve managed to finish at least one project this week. May I present the most adorbale baby sweater EVER!

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I gave it to the mommy this morning and she loved it!! I can’t wait for the baby to get here so she can wear it.

Ooo I’m going to late! I have to run…

We’re off to Rhode Island for some camping this weekend but before we get there we have to take a little detour. We’re driving up to the Boston area so we can meet Mom at her sewing class Saturday morning so I can finally try on my wedding dress!!! I’m so excited to finally see the dress! I’ve tried on the muslin version but I haven’t seen it put together with all the fabrics. It’s going to be spectacular. Of course Carl will have to busy himself in the morning so I’m sending him to get the oil changed. I think that should keep him busy long enough to miss me in the dress.

Of course I’m bringing my knitting with me. I’m about halfway up the leg of the first knee sock already. Let’s see how much I can get done by Tuesday. Maybe I can even finish this thing!!! I really should bring the little baby sweater I knit for my colleague since the baby is almost here and only one sleeve is sewn in but I think I have enough time before we head out for me to get one more sleeve done. Heck, if Carl is late might be able to even sew the collar on! I’m not knitting the booties since I’ve had issues with booties in the past. For some reason they never come out right so I’ve given up on them. Instead I bought her little sheepskin booties for the baby. They’re a little warm for this time of year but come fall they’ll be perfect.

Enough yapping, it’s time for me to finish packing and get those sleeves in. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

It’s done and to prove it to you here’s a shitastic photo!!

23:365 DONE

I probably should have knit the average since the tall is SUPER long but who cares. The extra length will keep me warm come winter time. I really love this vest and I’m so proud to have finished my first fair isle project bigger than a pair of mittens or socks. I still have to sew in my ends and tack down the steeks but all the knitting is done!

Now, what will be my next fair isle project…hmm…

Stuck at the office again…I just want to go home, watch American Idol and knit. I’m sad.

I spent most of yesterday trying to make up the work I didn’t get to do on Sunday. It was a very long day and frankly all I wanted to do was curl up on the couch with my knitting and veg. I guess you have to be an adult sometimes and take care of your responsibilities though. I still haven’t caught up but I’ve made some good headway which is very important. I really want to do well since this is the first BIG project I’ve had in a while and I think it’s the kind of thing that people may notice and could serve me well. I will just have to keep plugging away and hope everything gets sorted in the end.

Tonight was our last golf lesson (which means I got to work a little less today which was nice) and we finally had good weather. We’ve met some pretty cool people through these lessons and it felt a bit like summer camp at the end. Everyone was exchanging their contact information so we can meet up and play a few rounds together or just hit some balls at the range. We even talked about making Tuesday nights are beer and driving range night. We’ll see if we all follow through.

I managed to turn the heel on my knee high socks when I finally got some down time last night. So I’m on to the leg which will be pretty mindless but just what I need at the moment. I hope to finish at least one sock by the end of our upcoming camping weekend. Let’s see if I can do it.

I still need to pick up around the neck on my Corrie Vest but I haven’t had the time to really focus on it. I’m hoping things will slow down as the week goes on so I can finish all the knitting before we head out. But I guess if I don’t I can always finish it in the car on Friday. It’s not like I’ll have anything else to do right? I can’t wait till I can call this project done. It’s probably my most involved project to date and it will feel so good to finally be able to wear it. Of course I will have to promptly put it away with the rest of my winter clothes but it will still feel good even as a sweat through the picture taking process.

I’m so tired and it’s not even 10pm. I guess I should sign off and find some comfy clothes to relax in before I pass out for the night. It’s been a long week and it’s only Tuesday. Wish me luck with the rest of the week. Pictures of my sock soon!

I’m having a frustrating day. I planned to spend the day finishing a project for but it doesn’t look like I’ll be able to start anytime soon. It will take me a whole day to finish and now it look like I’ll be up till very late. The project is being worked out around the clock with a colleague in Hong Kong but it looks like he went to sleep without closing the files. I can save new versions but then there’s the risk of my losing information when I merge them together in the morning. I’m totally frustrated. Now I must sit and wait for him to wake up, see my email and close the damn things.

To pass the time I’ve been reading and every hour I check to see if I can get into the document and I can’t. I honestly have no desire to knit even. Sitting there knitting just cause me to think about how annoyed I am and I’ll start muttering to myself and get all worked up. And frankly this isn’t that big of deal, just super annoying. I guess this why I never liked to share. Oh well…

I did finish one armhole yesterday which is exciting. I just need to get into a knitting mood so I can finish the other one.

I’m in a blah mood now…

Yesterday was super busy after work. I had a baby shower for a colleague and then a house party for a friend of Carl’s and then we had my brother’s 31 birthday party. Needless to say I never had the chance to knit let alone reinforce my steeks and cut! But today is a very different matter.

I woke up late (8:30am) and spend the morning finishing Silent In The Sanctuary and procrastinating. The plan for the day was to clean a bit and for me to finally cut the steeks. Eventually I had to be good and get to the steeks. So I went down to my desk and dusted off my sewing machine. I never use it because frankly I have no idea how to sew but I can sew a fairly straight seam and that’s all I needed for this. My heart was racing as I put knitting to machine. The cutting didn’t worry so much as the sewing. I kept telling myself to remember to put the foot down so my knitting didn’t slide everywhere and get ruined. And after several agonizing minutes my knitting was reinforced and the steeks we ready for cutting.

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18:365 Cutting The Steeks

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The cutting was odd but definitely not scary. After watching Meg Swanson cut dozens of steeks I knew it would work as long as I stayed between the lines. I have to say I’m really proud of myself.

I finished the ribbing on one of the arm holes while we watch Tarzan. Unfortunately, I have to do more cleaning before we have to head out for yet another birthday party. When did I get a social life?

And I just realized this is my 100th day (sadly not post, bad blogger). I couldn’t have picked a better thing to do on my 100th day.

As of this morning I am officially done with the colorwork on the Corrie Vest!!!!

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I’m so excited! But also a little nervous because this means I have cut the steeks this weekend. EEEK!

In the meantime I’m starting a simple stockinette pair of knee highs with some yummy Zauberball from  Schoppel Wolle colorway Charisma. It’s super relaxing and easy after the vest. I’m using Streets and YOs’ basic knee high toe-up sock pattern. It’s straightforard and the yarn is gorgeous! Plus they’re perfect for our camping trip that’s coming up.

So tonight I’m just going to kick back, relax and work on my socks. I will worry about the steeks tomorrow or maybe Saturday.

One month ago I started my Corrie Vest and now it’s nearly done! Who knew it would only take a little over a month to finish this project. I know it’s not done but it’s so close it must be a matter of days/ a week before it’s finished (and quickly put back in the closet for when fall comes around again). I thought I would be working on it this all summer. I’m pleased it’s gone as smoothly as it has. And I hope I didn’t just jinx myself. I finished all the neck and armhole decreases and now I have about 10 rows of short rows to shape the shoulders and the colorwork is DONE! Who knows, maybe I’ll finish tonight.

I’m so excited!! Back to work.

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