Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Fun stuff

A super quick post before I head to bed.

Finished Object #1 for UFO Smackdown 2010

Fingerless mitts (Ravelry link - based on Jacoby)
Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks Kona Superwash sock yarn in color Evergreen
US size 1 needles
Approx. 186 yards
Started Dec. 29, 2009
Finished Jan. 12, 2010

The second mitt took 2 days to knit. Of course, that was over the weekend with nothing else to do but knit!

Now I can justify casting on one of the two sweaters I'm itching to work on: Minimalist Cardigan or Cece.

Here's a funny one for you:

Can't read it too well? Try this: 

And yes, it belongs to The Dork. A friend of his got it for him as a combo Christmas/birthday gift. Those of you that know him know that it's a perfect shirt!

(Funny, that zombie unicorn sort of looks like something Bill Peet might have drawn.)

Friday, January 1, 2010

Year-end roundup

Annual Christmas merriment with our families are done for another year. It's amazing how quickly the kids are growing and becoming their own personalities. The Dork had fun with his cousins, playing with his camera and trying to corral all the young cousins.

Mom/Aunt Kathy, do you have to take our pictures?! We really hate it when you do! Are you done yet? Teenagers!

There was lots of eating involved! The Hat is one of our favorite places to go, and not just because there is pastrami. The Dork managed, barely, to finish a Pastrami Burger.

Enormous portions were consumed. We've learned to share sandwiches and only ask for one order of onion rings.
There was rapid consumption of a wonderful bread pudding souffle at the Palace Grill in Santa Barbara. We've been going there for more than 20 years. Yum!

Oh yes, there has been knitting -  but only one holiday project. I've finished 2 scarves:

Horizontal Rib Scarf (from One More Skein by Leigh Radford)
Mirasol Nuna, 1.3 skeins, approx. 5" x 70" long
Size US 6 needles
Started Dec. 20, finished Dec. 23
Still needs blocking before I can gift it

Another Scrunchable Scarf, a great mindless knitting pattern, each row is the same.
Mirasol K'acha, 3 skeins
Approximately 5"x54"
Size US 8 needles
Started August 28, finished Dec. 28

Socks! 2x2 rib, toe-up, Fleegle heel
Regia Galaxy Saturn, ~ 265 yards (60 grams of the 100 gram ball)
Size US 0 needles
Started August 22, finished Dec. 30

And I started a hat for The Hubby in Cascade's Lana d'Oro paints. I was trying to get it done before midnight, but changed my mind about the pattern and ripped back a couple inches. It should be my first FO of 2010.

Final tally for the year - 23 projects, using just over 12,500 yards of yarn. That's over 3K more yards than I used last year!

3 baby blankets
7 scarves
3 pairs of socks
2 hats
1 crocheted doily
1 pair fingerless gloves
4 shawls (only 1 was lace)
2 sweaters

For this new year, I'm participating in the UFO Smackdown started by Nathania. I will be ripping out a few projects to reclaim the yarn, but this should motivate me to finish 10 UFOs that have been laying around or hiding from me this year. I may discover a few more, but at least 10 will be finished before 2011.

Here's to a wonderful 2010. I hope your New Year brings you and your family much happiness and health and fun!