Here at long last is the chart of the skull and crossbones that I used on hubby's hat. I searched on-line for all the skull patterns I could find then drafted my own skull from the bits I liked best. For the hat I basically used the Cross-Country Chullo pattern from Knitty but I had fewer stitches because I had a heavier yarn. The increases were all the same. I just made it up as I went along. I don't have my notes with me. I'll update later with the number I cast-on. Hubby says it's a little loose but he has a small head. He wants me to line it with fleece. That would probably snug it up a bit.
I was a busy bee this weekend. Sat. afternoon I rearranged a little in my daughter's room to move all my crafty stuff in. I filled the empty chest of drawers with my yarn stash. I moved my sewing table and stackable drawers (for sewing supplies) also. Hubby said I didn't need to move the sewing stuff out of the alcove, but I had the room so why not keep it all together. I still have a small bookcase that I think I'll leave in the alcove. I need a taller one because my book collection is about to overflow. One of these days I'll catalogue my books. That's a nice sit down job I can do with my laptop. Anyone have a good way they keep track of books? I was tired by Sat evening so what to do but cast on another project. I wanted to make a "Caryl's Kerchief" for my friend Judy that we will be staying with in England. I got the first 2 pattern repeats done that night and I finished it up late Sun. night. I still can't believe I finished it already. I blocked it out this morning before coming to work. It's really hard to see the colors. I think it is color #117 but I'll have to check when I get home. I opened the window to let in as much light as possible but it is cloudy out today. Below is a close-up of the beads, they are a bronze color. I ordered the beads on-line so it was hit or miss but I think they look nice.
I guess about 5 years or so, spread out over the last 20 years.
5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
I'm working on one, I'll post it once I'm through with it.
6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
hmmm, I like citrus or minty scents.
7. Do you have a sweet tooth?
sometimes. I try not to eat sugar, I'd been in heaven if they made sugar-free skittles.
8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
I sew and cross-stitch.
9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
Yes, I can play MP3's. I like all kinds of music; country, contemporary christian, 80's, Frank Sinatra/Harry Connick, Jr and that type, oldies......
10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer?
I'm a spring: I think I'm getting spring fever or something because I've been drawn to softer colors lately....blues, aquas, peach and melons and soft yellows and lilacs.
11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I am married (22 years), have 2 teenagers, and a mini-dachshund, Otto.
12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)
I hope this doesn't sound shallow but I want a house of my own (with my own craft room). Other than that, to grow old with my hubby. I don't really know what else right now. I have a folder that I keep design ideas and magazine cuttings in and sometimes will draw up floor plans for my dream home.
13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
I recently made something with merino wool and that was nice and I liked the kerchief I made with Koigu. I just ordered some more to make a shapely shawlette.
14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
anything that splits or snags easily.
15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
I've got a couple of shawls picked out that I want to make.
16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Depends on my mood.
17. What are you knitting right now?
So many things, so little time: I'm working on a scarf for me, sweater for my daughter, sweater for me, socks for hubby, that's all I can think of at the moment.
18. What do you think about ponchos?
I haven't seen one yet that I can't live without. I've made a couple for gifts.
19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I must say I'm liking these Addi's and others like them. Sometimes they are too slippery and I use my plastic Denise needles. I have a set of bamboo DPN's that are nice.
21. Are you a sock knitter?
I've done a couple but I'm not obsessed with them.
22. How did you learn to knit?
taught myself by reading books and lots of practice.
23. How old is your oldest UFO?
I started a couple of summer sweaters last year that I hope to finish and wear this year.
24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?
Look what I won on Ebay. I've been looking at some different Vera Bradley pieces online. This is a travel organizer, just in time for my trip next month. Below is a picture of what it looks like open. I bid on a couple of other pieces, a duffel bag and wallet but they went higher than I was willing to pay. So, I bought a pattern to make a duffel bag. I have tons of stash fabric, I already have something in mind. I'll show you when I decide. I just realized this week that daughter cleaned out her chest of drawers when she went to college and that would make a nice place for yarn storage. We had anticipated my father-in-law coming to live with us but that hasn't happened yet. In the meantime, no sense letting that space go to waste. I can't get to my sewing machine right now for all the yarn and stuff piled around it. Sounds like I have a couple of projects for this weekend.
I was thinking about all the places I've lived and thought I'd make a list here.
1. Brownfield, TX (born in Lubbock, nearest hospital)
2. Lamesa, TX
3. Laramie, WY
4. Brownfield, TX
5. Dallas, TX
6. Houston, TX (1/2 kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade)
7. Thornton, CO (3rd grade)
8. Broomfield, CO (4th, 5th and started 6th grade)
9. Richardson, TX (middle of 6th grade, we had an apartment for a few months)
10. Richardson, TX (bought a house, rest of 6th grade, 7th-9th grade)
11. Irving, TX (10th-12th grade)
12. Winnsboro, TX (got married)
13. Brownfield, TX (hubby thought he wanted to be a cotton farmer so we went out to live with my grandparents - he found out that's not what he wanted to do with his life)
14. Winnsboro, TX
15. Dallas, TX
16. Irving, TX (daughter born)
17. Richardson, TX
18. Oklahoma City, OK (hubby joined Army)
19. Tulsa, OK (I was staying with my parents until I could join hubby in Germany)
20. Heilbronn, Germany (son born)
21. Anchorage, AK
22. Colorado Springs, CO
23. Colorado Springs, CO (they raised the rent on the 1st house so had to move)
24. Colorado Springs, CO (2nd one decided she wanted her house back after my hubby went to Korea for a year)
25. Tacoma, WA
26. Heidelberg, Germany
6th grade nearly caused me a nervous breakdown, changing schools once during a year is bad enough but twice - and for a very shy kid, it was torture!
In between 24 and 25, the kids and I packed up and drove to NJ to stay with my parents for a few weeks and then drove down to Coral Springs, FL to help my friend, she just had child #2. Hubby met us there (from Korea) and we went to Disney World and then drove up to CO to pick up his truck, then headed on up to WA. What a summer!! I never want to drive across that many states ever again, well, not in that short a time period. That could be my next list....all the states and places visited on that trip...HA!
The only moves my hubby has been with me since he joined the army was the one leaving AK and he was around for moving from house 1 to house 2 in CO. I've done all the rest of the moves by my lonesome. Just one more thing us military spouses learn to handle on our own.
I cast on the Braids Cardigan back in Nov 04 when we went to Prague. It was set aside to finish some other projects. I'm using a cone of wool purchased from E-bay. It's nice and soft. I can't wait to see how it feels after washing and blocking. Yes, I'm a bad knitter and I didn't wash and block my swatch, mainly because I was traveling at the time.
close-up of braids
The pattern is from Cabin Fever, I bought it from Blackberry Ridge when I bought the shawl kit. I tried to take a picture of Skully but it just looks like a dark blob at this point.
I was accepted to the knitting blogs ring and the knitters in Europe ring. Cool beans.
We woke up to a light snowfall and it's all gone now. I want tons and tons of snow. Ain't likely to happen around here.
I just finished my sweater. I think this is the first big thing I've made for myself. I'll try to get a better picture of it. It's late and the boys are already in bed. I wasn't real pleased with my seams at first but after a couple of tries, I was good to go. Plus, this yarn is very forgiving and easy to hide mistakes...it is hard to seam with though. I started this the beginning of Nov. so I'm quite happy that I finished it in just under 3 months. I'm getting to be such a speed demon!
I have to turn in my rental car this morning. I've been cruising around in this for the last week.
It's been nice but back to the 'ol Dodge truck today. They had to give us a car one class below what we have, since they don't have big trucks here, we got to choose between the Mercedes C220 or a Renault van. It was a tough choice but I decided to go with the smaller vehicle and leave the van for someone else.
I'm almost to the end of the hood on the homespun hoodie. I hope to finish it this weekend. Since I'm on the downhill slope with that one, I had to cast on a new project yesterday. I started "Skully" from Stitch and Bitch for my daughter. I've had the yarn for quite some time, just hadn't been motivated to start it. I figure I better get cracking on it if she's going to have any time left to wear it this winter.