Monday, February 28, 2005

Need more sleep!

Wow, what a busy weekend I just had. I had a lot of fun, but it was crazy, for me anyway. I spent most of Saturday with my Sis-in-Law shopping for my bridesmaid dress for her wedding, and various other accessories. We also registered at a department store. It's been over six years since I got to register for my wedding so it was kind of fun going around and zapping things. Got some great ideas for their wedding gift. I also showed her the prototype for the bracelet to go with the bridesmaid dresses. I'm also going to make her one in white. She liked one option more than the other. Here's the one she chose. What do you think? I like the color she has chosen for her wedding. Very rich, and flattering on many different skin tones. I also got a visit from one of my best friends, and my kids' godmother this weekend. She is also getting married this year. I'm going to be making bracelets for her wedding as well! Very exciting. We went to a bead shop on Sunday and picked out the beads for hers. Her color is pink. The bracelets should be very pretty when complete. On the knitting front, I started knitting the Hello Kitty handbag from the Hello Kitty along. Instead of doing it in pink, I'm using some leftover lavendar from something I've made before. It's my first try at intarsia, but I'm liking the results. Also, the new MagKnits, is out and has some cute designs, especially Coldshoulder by Stephanie Japel. I like a lot of her designs and plan to make Bad Penny this spring. I may have to add that sweater as well.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Project Runway: a Guilty Pleasure

I thoroughly enjoyed the season finale of Bravo's Project Runway last night. If you haven't seen it, basically it's a reality TV show that starts with 12 amatuer fashion designers and 12 budding fashion models. Every week, the designers are given a challenge, like design a bathing suit that could be worn to an evening fashion party. The final products are judged after a mini-fashion show, and a designer is eliminated from the competition. Models are also eliminated every week, as the dwindling designers pick the model they'd like to work with. The goal was to be one of the final three designers who would show during Olympus fashion week in New York in a real runway show. Then the final winner would be chosen and be given all that they needed to start their own label. Now after that long-winded summary... I don't like reality TV shows as a rule, but this one was a lot of fun. First, all of these people were very talented, and had to design and put together fabulous clothes in a very limited time frame. Of course there was drama, cattiness, etc. which is always fun in a voyeuristic kind of way. Every reality show has that. But I really enjoyed watching the creative process, seeing the results, and hearing the criticism that people like the designer Michael Kors, Elle fashion editor Nina Garcia, model Heidi Klum, and others had to say. I'm definitely in for the next season. Now on to knitting and beading news. I finished the first prototype of the Bridesmaid's bracelet. I'm going to make another prototype maybe tonight to have a choice. I'm in the process of taking pictures and getting the DH to load the correct software on my laptop so I can begin uploading and showing pics. In knitting stuff, I'm still working on the back of the roll-neck pullover. I've finally decided what spring project I'm going to work on, however. I'm going to start on Bad Penny from the 2004 Spring Knitty. I don't have the same yarn as I couldn't find it, and even if I did, the yarn would be too pricey for me, so I'm going to use a yarn with a similar gauge. I don't think I'll be posting before the end of the weekend, so have a good weekend everyone!

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Still sick but trucking along!

Well, this cold isn't going anywhere fast, but I did get some time to knit on the roll-neck pullover. I think I'll be done with the back by tonight. I also got started in the Bridesmaid bracelet. I need to make a few more bead panels for it and then can start assembling. My DH is supposed to help me learn how to upload my pictures onto the computer so I can start posting some pics on this blog. Hopefully I can figure it out tonight. Some pics could really start livening up this blog. I'm also looking to start knitting an early "I can't wait until spring" project. Any ideas?

Saturday, February 19, 2005

No Bead Night for me

Well, it's official. I finally succumbed to my kids' cold. Needless to say I didn't go to the Bead Night last night, but stayed in instead watching the CSI fourth season on DVD (not the whole think, just a couple of episodes), and knitting a few rows on the roll neck pullover. I really need to get started on the bridesmaid bracelet though. I'm supposed to show it to my SIL next weekend. EEKS! I suppose I shouldn't have made promises my fingers and time couldn't keep. Hopefully I'll feel better and do more knitting and start that bracelet this weekend. I'll try to take some pics and learn how to post them.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Hello and Welcome!

Hi! This is my first foray into the world of blogging. I've been reading many other people's blogs, knitting ones mostly, and thought I'd like to share as well. This blog will be used primarily as a forum to share my knitting and beading projects. As far as projects I'm currently working on two knitting projects, and need to start a beading project. I'm currently working on knitting the roll top pullover in Lionbrand Homespun from the Hip to Knit book, and a small lapghan made in the feather and fan pattern in Wool-Ease for my son. I also need to block and seam my Lara sweater from Debbie Bliss's Alapaca Silk book. I knit that in Cascade 220, the sage green. I'm planning on starting a bead bracelet for my Sister-in-Law's wedding. Her wedding color is a kind of deep crimson red, and so the beads are a lovely deep red color. I can't wait to get started! I've planned on going to a bead night at my Local Bead Shop, but I'm coming down with a cold, so we'll see. As far as a little about me, I'm married with two little ones under three, and so my knitting and beading is done when they're asleep. It makes for slow going! I'm looking forward to enjoying creating this blog and hope for many fruitful months of knitting and beading!