Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween! (lots of pictures)

First of all I would like to announce:

The sweater is finally done! Whew. I am very happy. I love the buttons I got for it; little tractors for my little tractor obsessed brother. Could there be anything more appropriate? I don't think so.

And you thought just little kids celebrated Halloween. I am proud to say that all three of these costumes are hand made or assembled. No pre made costumes for us. In case you don't know, the pirate is Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean, then Leonidas for 300 (the Spartan movie), then I am Snow White. Though you could figure out that last one I am sure. ;-)

And finally becaues I am silly; this is Charlie (my stuffed turtle's) Halloween costume:

He is Michalangelo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I think I may have too much time on my hands. Probably should be studying more.

Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

I can see the finish line....

No pictures tonight, but there will be finished product pictures tomorrow! I have just one sleeve to finish, then sewing to do, and they sweater is done done done! Whew, finally. Then I need to crochet a blanket for a baby shower, and then it is the infamous Christmas presents.
In non-knitting updates: Last night was a dress rehearsal of sorts for Halloween. We dressed up to go to the Hockey game, and it was fun. I am Snow White, for obvious reasons. I thought it turned out pretty good, and a few male friends of mine agreed. Some random girl thought I was Minnie Mouse, and I kinda just stared at her like she was retarded. I had an apple in my hand the whole night and everything, how is that Minnie Mouse? Whatever.
Today was homework, and knitting. So pretty uneventful. But now I am exhausted, so its bedtime!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Pictures as Promised.

Here are the pictures of Heath's Birthday sweater. I am currently working on the first sleeve. I have to finish this and the second one, and then just sew everything together. I am so excited because I found the cutest buttons for this sweater. They are little green John Deere tractors, and little green matching hearts. Just perfect for my little tractor baby.

Baby sweater alert

I am so close to being done with Heath's sweater. Both the fronts and the back is done. So I need to make the sleeves, and sew everything up, and I will be able to send it out. I promise I will post pictures of my progress tomorrow.
Also, I am now on Ravelry! It is a great site, sort of a Facebook for knitters. It lets you organize your projects, yarn stash, as well as meet people who are working on the same projects as you are! It pretty darn awesome.

In a more morose note. I am going to be going to the hospital and getting some blood drawn, sometime soon. I have been just exhausted lately, even with a good nights sleep. I don't think a day has gone by where I didn't take a nap when my classes were done. I am also having hot/cold spells. I am thinking its my thyroid acting up again. So my doctor asked me to send him some blood work to make sure its that, or something else. I really hope that is not the problem, but if it is I need to begin the process to get it under control, because getting a good balance of the medication can take months.

Again, I will have some posters from my birthday, and some knitting progress in the morning!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Yay for me!

I managed to finally get myself to the gym. I haven't gone at all since like April. Yeah, thats bad. Especially since I love to work out. Well, I don't like running or anything, but I really like lifting weights. Sick, I know. But I did it, I went, and I even did ten minutes of the stairs. I normally do longer than that, but since it has been so long since I worked out, I figured I would go easy. I also lifted really light today too, because I don't want to wake up tomorrow not able to move.

One thing that really frustrates me is people who don't know what they are doing at the gym. I made at least three mental notes of people who were using horribly improper form on some of the weight machines. Like, these people could seriously hurt themselves. One lady had the back extension bar at her neck, instead of her shoulder area. Thats a good way to mess your back up permenantly, not to mention do nothing to work your back. There are others, and I am just really concerned, because not only are these people not benifiting from working out, but they really could hurt themselves. I am not any sort of expert so I guess I feel weird wanting to point it out to them.

I think I decided to go to grad school today. My first choice would be John Jay in New York city. Judy pointed out the Eastern Kentucky University has a forensics grad program, and would probably be much more forgiving of my less than steller GPA. Also one of the research advisor is doing FIBERS!!!!! That would make me sooo happy. So, I need to take my GRE and start applying I guess. Well, there goes my social life.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Busy week.

I haven't had much time to knit lately. I was gone for those few days to Traverse City, and I have been playing catch-up in school work since. I think I finally achieved that. I have been mostly working on Heath's sweater, I almost have both fronts done. It is officially due tomorrow (his 1st birthday), but I am obviously not going to make that deadline.
I am going to take some time to show off what I got recently from I earned a $100 gift certificate with my credit points and did some major spoiling of myself. I bought the following:

And last but certainly not least:

I love the knitted babes book, and can't wait to make stuff from it. I don't what it is, but I love toys and stuffed animals. The Knit for Peace book is also awesome, and I am going to make so many things from it. I think 2008 is going to be dedicated to charity knitting. I have a large stash so I could use that premise to make a nice dent. CSI is just going to help keep me distracted while I knit the endless Christmas presents.

Ok, back to the baby sweater.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Meanwhile, back at the Ranch....

I was out of town last week for a Forensics Conference, so unfortunately not a lot got done in my knitting life, or my blogging life. I did finish one front for the baby's sweater, and am about 1/2 through the other front. I went to Wal-Mart with a friend because he needed some $3 windshield washer fluid. Well, unfortunately I ended up spending $30 on yarn in the craft section because they are discontinuing two brands I actually like. One is Lion Brand Landscapes which makes really pretty, and quick mittens, that I like to use for last-minute gifts. The other is Bernet Softee Stripes, which I use to make stroller/car seat blankets also for gifts. Luckily it was all in the clearance bin, but if they still have some at the store next time, I am sure I will buy more.

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Here is the hat I made for Adam, for his birthday. He really liked, which made me happy. Really happy. He said he has never had a hat knit for him before. So it made me feel really special to be a part of that moment in his life. Its kinda melodramatic, I know, but other knitters will understand.

Ok, off to work on this sweater and watch a few episodes of CSI.