Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Yellow Brick Road is Paved in Crazy

Originally uploaded by xxrrrxx
I'm Done! I'm Done! Hooray!

Ravelry Link:

Pattern: Minimissimi from

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Weekend Shopping

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I got some super steals at Cargo Largo this weekend!
My best deal ever is the 2 new lamps for our living room to replace the random lamps that have been place-holders-for-something-better for the last 2.5 years. $11.25 each. seriously. I loves them. Nik strongly dislikes them but acknowledges that there probably isn't a lamp out there he would like anyway.
I also got some organic/health food; 20oz Box of Sweet Rice Flour(1.80) and a bag of Namaste Foods Gluten Free Perfect Flour Blend(4.50) that are probably destined to be gifted to friends. Bag of organic kettle chips (1.80), green tea, and Jones Cola (.80 each).

No yarn this time though. They had a couple bags of lion brand cotton and some random acrylic blend. boo.

Christmas Yarn

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My brother got me a gift certificate to the yarn shop by my parent's house. This weekend I went with my mother, who is on the verge of picking up knitting again, to pick out some yummies.

The blue is Jil eaton minnow merino (classic elite). WW superwash merino. super soft. destined to be mittens for my Aunts 50th birthday.

The yellow is sock yarn. This is my 3rd ball of yellow sock yarn. I think I need to stop... ONline Supersocke 100 Holiday-Color. I was really tempted to buy enough for a sweater but I restrained my self from committing to a third yellow sweater.

Monday, January 4, 2010

I Remember a Dream!

I have to tell you about the dream i had this morning because I remember most of it and that rarely happens.
I was walking down a street with...someone nondescript.... and we came upon a man with a gun who demanded my money. i said something smart ass back to him, essentially daring him to shoot me. And he shot me in the left leg. Strange thing is, it really didn't hurt. Then I somehow pulled a muscle in my other leg (fell down??). We decided to walk to the hospital. Which was attached to a catholic church. odd. I don't think i was bleeding and strangely the pulled muscle hurt a lot more than the gunshot wound. We wandered around the church looking for the hospital entrance while a funeral was going on. Found out it was a children's hospital and they did not have emergency services so we just went back to the hotel we were staying at. And I think in the back of my mind during the hole thing I was on some kind of undercover mission.

This dream was probably fueled by watching 3 days of Stargate SG-1 were the members of SG-1 are invincible and critically wounded over and over but never die. because they are heroes and can't die. Who else would save the world? SG-2? The Tok'ra? I think not.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Knex Yarn Swift *new and improved!*

This is my fourth version of the knex yarn swift. My favorite so far. Also this one took up nearly all my pieces.

The first and second versions are located here.

For the third version I used the Ferris wheel instructions from that came with my knex set. Worked great, really big and impressive. But not so good to hold skeins that weren't originally wound on it.

So for version 4 I give you the adjustable knex yarn swift. (I'm sorry the pictures kinda suck, because I reinforced it like crazy, there are alot of pieces and it makes it hard to tell whats going on.)

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Pattern: Diamond Scarf

This was inspired by a post on Craftster a couple years ago. Someone posted a link to a scarf at

Someone else found the link to the stitch pattern, but when I go there now the site is shutdown. ETA: I found the cached version at -
I HATE making scarves, but this one is so cool looking, that I don't mind it.

Diamond Scarf- crochet


Above(from left to right):
Black- Red heart bulky craft yarn(2 skeins) and Spice - Lion brand bulky (3 skeins)
Blue and Red- Red Heart 1 skein of each
Pink and Black- Lion Brand wool-ease 2 Black 3 Pink

Hook size I or J- go down a hook size or so if it seems to big/loose
Yarn- any really, I've used bulky and worsted

UDC (unfinished dc): YO, insert hook, draw up lp, YO, draw lp through 2 loop

With main color-
For a width of 2 square(bulky yarn) - Ch 14
For a width of 3 squares- Ch 20
For a width of 4 squares- Ch 26

Row 1: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, work sc across, ch 1, turn
Row 2: *Sc in first sc, sk 2 sc, 7 dc in next sc, sk 2sc* repeat between *'s, end with 2 sc, SWITCH TO CC ch3 turn

Row 3: Work UDC in next 3 dc,
YO, draw lp through all 4 lps on hook,
* ch 4,
sc in next dc,
UDC in next 3 dc,
UDC in sc,
unifinished dc in next 3 dc,
draw p through all 8 loops on hook*
repeat between *'s across,
end with a half star= UDC in last 3 dc, UDC in lst sc, YO, draw lp through all 5 lps on hook,ch 3, turn.
(WHOO! thats a doozy, you'll get it! -if not contact me and I'll see if we can work though it)

Row 4: 3 dc in st closing last 4-dc group on prev row, * sc in sc, 7 dc in st closing 7-dc group *; repeat between *'s across, end with 4 dc in st closing last half star on prev row, SWITCH TO MC ch 1, turn.

Row 5: Sc in first dc, ch 3, * UDC in next 3 dc, UDC in sc, UDC in next 3 dc, YO, draw l through all 8 lps on hook, ch 4, sc in next dc, ch 3 * repeat between *'s across, end with sc in last dc, ch 1, turn.

Row 6: sc in first sc, * 7 dc in closing st of 7-dc group on prev row, sc in sc*; repeat between *'s across, end with sc, SWITCH TO CC ch 3, turn.

Repeat rows 3-6 until you have the length you like (I like my scarfs to be as tall a the person is so around 5 or 6 ft is good)

crochet a sc border around the scarf in MC

*Please let me know if there are errors

Pattern: Chevron

This is more of a guideline than a hat, I'll outline what I did and how to adjust for different sizes. If you have individual questions or are having problems with the pattern, I would love to help you! Just send me an email (feistyroseATgmailDOTcom) or on ravelry (WouldKnitBeNice).


Pattern: Chevron
Specs: Hat in tunisian crochet using Chevron stitch (slanted 3x3 rib), crocheted sideways and then seamed.

J afghan hook (IF you do not have a afghan hook, take a regular hook and put a rubber band on the end, it will work fine(crochet hooks are 6+ inches long and hats are around 7 inches high), I've done it before with no problems)

Worsted weight yarn (130 yds ish)

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Tunisian Purl Stitch(P): bring yarn to front of work, insert hook in next bar, yo, draw up loop

Basic Afghan Stitch (BAS)

Stitch Pattern:

Row1: *BAS in first 3 sts, P next 3 sts* repeat between stars till end

Row2: P 1 st, *BAS next 3 sts, P next 3 sts* repeat between stars till end

Row3: P 2 sts*BAS 3 sts, P 3 sts* repeat between stars till end

Row4: P 3 sts *BAS 3 sts, P 3 sts* repeat between stars till end

Row5: BAS 1 *P 3 sts, BAS 3 sts* repeat between stars till end

Row6: BAS 2 *P 3 sts, BAS 3 sts* repeat between stars till end

Chain 32 (or more or less for shorter/longer hat)
Row 1: BAS (this is the foundation row)

Rows 2-11: begin stitch pattern, ending each row with one stitch unworked

Row 12: work to end of row then pick up each of the unworked stitches. Section made.

Repeat rows 2-12 4-5 times or until it fits around your head. Make sure you end on Row 6 of the pattern stitch so you ends match. its ok to do half of a section or end a section with out doing the full 10 rows.

seam up side(I always have ugly seams, so I won't tell you how to do it) and then pull yarn through stitches at top to close.

Experitment with different stitch patterns.