Thursday, September 29, 2011

October 2011-Fall Fun & EEKAL!

So, it's towards the end of September, and beginning of October! October is my favorite month of the year, leaves changing, bobbing for apples, pumpkin bread, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin carving... and football! Fall has always been my favorite season (even with school starting haha). Since it is about to be October, which means new patterns for EEKAL! I am really impressed everyone is getting into the group, the conversations, and especially suggesting patterns! I know we're defiantly using one of them. I'm also creating a special graphic design for October 2011 in our EEKAL group (well since it's Halloween month...that should give a clue!) I'll post that graphic design on the post tomorrow.) I'm posting up the patterns tomorrow, since we are moving next week-not sure if I'll be able to blog or not. I'm locking the September threads on October 1st.

Anyways, happy knitting!

Monday, September 26, 2011


I feel like I haven't blogged a whole lot since I got home from North Carolina. I'm somewhat in a knitting slump, but not as bad as it could get. I'm actually being very productive today with knitting.. on my brother's VA Tech Blanket! I'm somewhat almost done with the fourth repeat, and hoped to get the fifth stripe on by either this upcoming weekend, or next week. I probably should schedule the blanket. I was hoping to get it done by Thanksgiving so he can take it to school, but he's flying. So now my goal is to finish it by December. (Which is very possible.) I've been knitting on it since I had gotten home last week, and it's going very well. I only just want to knit on the blanket (don't know why, I caught the knitting buzz for the blanket). I usually knit on the blanket when I desire something mindless and know I can be productive.

Plus I'm also trying to finish the Fall into Autumn Scarf 2011, by Stitches East.. okay so I'm ALMOST done with it, I have a feeling after this repeat or the next repeat, I could get it done!

Tuesday: Blogging for HPKCHC's blog instead of Friday!
Thursday: Warm Up America KAL!
Plurk: Add me, Annalovesheep!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Safely Home {Catching Up!}

I am now safely home from North Carolina , and catching up on knitting! I'm catching up on my brother's VA Tech Blanket, and in hopes to get far on it by Stitches East. I think that may be my focus for the next few days... as a relaxing knit. I feel that it's my "catch up" day since it's my first day home from traveling. Before I left to visit my boyfriend in NC, I hardly worked on my brother's blanket-so basically that needs to be catching up to.. and to catch up with the weekly podcasts that I watch. I hope to add the fourth stripe today.

{Travel Knitting} 
My main focus? Only ONE thing... which was about to drive me nuts, but still fun at the same time... was my Fall into Autumn Scarf 2011: 
I'm halfway there! Last time I measured was 23, scarf is suppose to be about 67 inches. I almost used up my first skein of yarn (in which I'm about to wind up the second skein of Malabrigo, Autumn Forest, into a ball.) while I was visiting! In fact, I was afraid to to work on it yesterday during flights since I was that close into running out of yarn! I think I'm working on the 11th repeat, and the scarf calls for 27 repeats to be done!

{What I'm working on now..}
I blogged above about Alex's VA Tech blanket, that may be my focus... let's see how that is!

Happy Knitting!
~Anna loves sheep~

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

One Year Anniversary {Sneak Peak}

Just a quick hi! I'm still in NC, and sadly returning home tomorrow. The blog post photos of our one year anniversary (Nate's and mine's) will be coming either late Wednesday or Thursday! But here's a sneak peak!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

{On the Clock: On the Needles}

Yikes! I have deadlines, but no fear.. some are a month off, some are in a few months off!
The Rush-the "Race"

My Deadlines:
1.) Alex's VA TECH Blanket: I got half of it done by his birthday, and now I'm planning on doing the other half by Christmas (finishing it.) I'll work on it more before I get back from my trip. It might be my main focus.

2.) Stitches East Scarf: I've been working on this today. I'm also bringing this to my boyfriend's house. Not only that, but I hope to get it done by Stitches East! Why not show off a couple of cables and twists and purls?

3.) The Evenstar Shawl: It's a lingering-long term project, however.. it does somewhat have a deadline (by Christmas, or by the time we move into our next home as a Christmas gift to my parents.) But since it's a long, difficult shawl (I'll admit, it's a long term process so I'm in no rush in finishing this.)

4.) Last but not least: Astronomy Owl: I hope to get this done by November to complete my Astronomy Owl!

I'm back {Travel Knitting!}

Note: I didn't create this image.. found it in Google search engine. 
I'm somewhat back.. and somewhat not. I'm even considering in posting to the HPKCHC's blog again today since I'm traveling tomorrow (by myself... a little nervous, but then again not as nervous since I traveled before.)    I meant to post on 9/11/11 (on Sunday). My family flew down to visit my brother for his 19th birthday which is on 9/11. I was nervous on Friday flying down, but the travels went smoothly and I'm safely back home (until tomorrow.) I'm flying down to NC to visit my boyfriend and his family for our one year anniversary : ).

Very important note: I don't post while I'm away on travels. Not that I don't like blogging, but it gives me some sort of "vacation." I did post early last week since I was traveling on the Friday of my second post to the HPKCHC's blog.

What have I been knitting? Well I brought my:
1.) Astronomy OWL: I think I'm at my 50% mark? It still needs to be approved...I might be putting it in hibernation until it gets approved. But it is going well!
2.) Day Dream Shawlette [the Hitchhiker]: It's going well too! In fact-it's finished! I almost used up the skein of yarn from Knitpicks for this shawl, which was my goal. But it made it to 24, or 25 points.. and I went ahead of binding off (was a bit tired of working on it.) I wanted to continue, since it was a brainless knitting project.
3.) Fall into Autumn Scarf: It didn't get worked on, I mainly brought it just in case I had finished the Daydream Shawlette (which I did... last night.)

{Travel Knitting to North Carolina (Tomorrow!)}
1.) Fall into Autumn Scarf: This is defiantly going to be worked on! I'm defiantly bringing this one. It has a deadline..
2.) Twisted Rib Cowl: I'm about to start it after lunch, that way I can get a decent amount of work done, then bring it tomorrow.
3.) What three? There's not going to be a third project. The scarf itself has a deadline (fun deadline).. But the Twisted Rib Cowl will be my fun project.

{What's next to blog?}
-A blog post will be coming your way soon-"Deadlines." A lot of my projects have deadlines...

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Astronomy Owl & Potions Class

Hello and welcome rainy Thursday! I might be spending this morning blogging. I do have two photos to post-one with my Astronomy OWL planning, and the second-the Potions baby hat is complete. I had wanted to do Care of Magical Creatures-but that'd take awhile. So I decided to go with Potions. I was in the car yesterday and had the extra yarn to do a baby hat, I even consider doing before for the HPKCHC.. I started it while waiting in the car, and by the time I got home I was finished and just need to sew in the ends and such. But here are the photos and the assignment for both! I'm also attaching a Milky Way photo so I can have it in the OWL proposal.
Potions Options:
Option 1 – Craft something that has decreases in it.
Option 2 – Stash deflation. Use up yarn or fiber that has been in your stash for at least 6 months and deflate it into something awesome!
Option 1: Knit, crochet, or spin a star chart. Your proposal should explain how the elements of your project (symbols, yarns, beads, etc.) portray the different celestial bodies. This is the place to use those sparkly or metallic yarns and/or beads, beads, beads.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Magic Loop!

Ever heard of the Magic Loop? I'm starting to learn this morning. Me and socks on DPN's now are not best friends. I've knitted so many socks before on DPN's, I'm ready to do some Magic Looping method. I think honestly it'll might be faster, since you're only working with circs... and not three or four needles at once. Nope, I'm not saying DPN's are horrible, but I realize I never finish the socks. Plus circular needles are better for my hands. Anywho.. here's some links on the Magic Loop tutorials.

1.) Here's Knitpicks' Tutorials:

Monday, September 5, 2011

WIPS-Week of 9/5/11

So I feel like I haven't blogged what I've been really knitting lately.. so here we go!

1.) Daydream Shawlette (Really the Hitchhiker shawlette): It's coming well, very well so far. I memorized the eight row repeat pattern, that I can get many points accomplished during the day. Since I memorized it-I usually daydream while knitting it.

2.) The Evenstar Shawl: I've defiantly been working on this one, and almost sooo close in finishing chart two! It's going well so far. I think chart three will be the longest chart so far (besides the border) since it'll have 580+ some stitches.

3.) Stitches East Scarf 2011: (Fall into Autumn Scarf 2011): Well.. it's making progress, but I'm hoping to get it done

I think that's all I can think of for the moment.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Fresh Look

I've been mostly changing the blog layout a lot, and trying new things with it. But right now I have a feeling it'll stay for awhile, since it is a clean and refreshing style! Enjoy!

PS: 301 posts!!! 


So I'm traveling at the end of this week and the beginning of next week and I'm excited! We are flying, not driving this time which means I'm only bringing at least two projects.

Which are: 
1.) Charms Homework
2.) Fall into Autumn Scarf 2011 (Haven't really worked on it that much..)

Saturday, September 3, 2011


Charms-September 2011
Option 1: Show your ability to cast the need knowing charm by crafting something that you need RIGHT NOW! Did the first cold day catch you unprepared and mittens are called for? Are you tired of burning your hands on hot pans and really need a pot holder? Spinners, do you need yarn for a project right now? You will need to convince us of the urgency of your need for the item crafted.

Remember the posts I did from Spring 2011, as playing as NQFY? I think this is my second time taking charms. I'm doing the Hitchhiker shawl again, since it's easy and I could get it done in a week.. but I'm doing it in a "punk" yarn colorway from Knitpicks. I usually freeze in restaurants, or any place rather and especially after I eat. I HATE wearing jackets-don't know why, but shawls are perfect for me. 

I just blogged here!

Go to this link and go see my first blog post for the Harry Potter Knitting & Crocheting House Cup!!!

Happy Reading!

Evenstar Shawl Updates

Well yesterday I had about 3 to 4 hour nap since I was so exhausted, which sent me afterwards to work on the Evenstar Shawl. I love the fact I got it picked up again. I gotten really far.. I guess you can say to the halfway point of chart two. I'm not neglecting the shawl, my goal is to eventually get to the 580 something stitches-to see if I can carry it on the plane when I travel this month.

Happy knitting!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

History of Magic OWL Swatches Proposals

Since today's the first day of September....welcome, welcome September 2011! Most of this morning was about swatching, I just wanted to turn in my proposal OWL unexpectedly for some reason. So I did four by four squares for Luna Lovegood and Draco Malfoy before I do any other knitting (just to get out of the way.) I feel somewhat productivity now with knitting and can't wait to start back working on the scarf. ANYWHO almost getting off topic.
HoM Option 2: Craft an object or objects that interpret at least 3 characters from the Harry Potter stories. Spinners may create a yarn for each character. There should be enough yarn to make an adult-size pair of socks or mittens using each character’s yarn.

That is the actual assignment, and now above (or below however this posts) are the swatches photos.