Archive for December, 2007

thanks, internet

So after all of my pain and suffering (hair-pulling, brain-racking, etc.) in making my first two zippered pouches sans pattern, I found this online. It’s actually really similar to the second bag I made, but I think that it’s going to help a lot. I’m going to attempt it tomorrow!

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zip this

So for the past two days, I’VE BEEN SEWING. I’ve gotta be honest; I thought it was going to be a lot easier. (No offense meant to any sew-ers out there, of course.) I mean, I’ve made simple things before and they turned out pretty well, but zippered bags are freakin’ ridiculous. I’ve tried two different techniques (above), and I’m really not that satisfied with either. I’m going to be trying another today or tomorrow. We’ll see how it goes.

My sock, on the other hand, is looking great. I think I’m losing the ladders. It only took me a sock and a half for that to happen. Pff. In any case, I will soon have a pair! ..and I will wear them and it will be fantastic. :o)

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the end of christmas

Although I’m a bit sad that I have to wait a whole year for Christmas again, I had a really great holiday, and I even managed to finish all of my projects! I was a little worried there for a while.

Brian's Gloves

These are the gloves I made for my brother. I can’t believe I finished them off of one skein. If they had been just one row longer, I would have had to bust out the other one. I guess now I’ll have to find a use for it. :o) I was afraid they were going to be too big (because they actually look huge laying flat), but they fit him and I think he’ll enjoy them a lot. You can find the pattern for them here; I just left out all of the fancy stuff.
Dad's Stocking

This year, my brother and I thought we would do something a little differently. Every year, my parents have filled our stockings with presents, so we thought we might return the favor. However, my dad didn’t have a stocking! ..so I made him one. The pattern I used was really frustrating (I would prefer to knit something like this in the round), but I had already started with it, and I didn’t have much time, so I decided to just finish it up. Somewhere, the patten mysteriously loses 6 stitches, and sewing it up is a pain in the ass. You can find the pattern here (if you really want it, but I would recommend looking for another one if I were you). I added the border and toe of my own accord. Even though I wasn’t thrilled with the way it turned out, my dad was, and I guess that’s all that matters.

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My apologies for the lack of entries. Being at home has left me with little time for crafting and even less time for blogging about it. I have two projects in particular that I need to finish, one of which I cannot work on around my family, and I’m running out of time!

I spent an entire day baking cookies, making four recipes and doubling two of them. Of course, I forgot to take pictures. Go figure. The only new recipe I tried was one of Martha’s. They were kind of difficult to make, but they sure are pretty..not to mention incredibly addictive.

Once Christmas is over, I plan to be selfish and make things for me. :o) I’m thinking an afghan? Maybe a new hat? (Or of course I could finish the socks I’m working on or start some new ones.) The problem is that I don’t have all of my needles here. I’ve already bought two pairs since arriving..less than a week ago. Awesome.

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new york city

One Uncle, One Niece, One Tree

Unfortunately, I do not have a picture of the three of us (my uncle, my aunt, and myself), but I would say this picture more or less sums up my trip to New York City. I had a fantastic time, and I can’t wait to go back.

Highlights of my trip include:

-Getting to spend a ton of time with my relatives
-Randomly joining in a procession of people taking part in Unsilent Night
-Shouting at the end of finals with the Columbia students across the street
-Seeing Curtains on Broadway
-WALKING AROUND (Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center, SoHo, The Village, Times Square, etc.)
-The Bronx Botanical Gardens

Although my trip was great, I am thrilled to be at home and very excited for Christmas. (Though, of course, I miss Dave..and all of my Arizona friends.) My ridiculous bakefest begins tomorrow! I’ve put up all of my pictures from New York on my Flickr, so check them out if you so desire.

ALSO! In crafty news..Mia went to a party where someone’s artist girlfriend played with the scarf I made her for like 10 minutes and told her it was really well-made!! :oD

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new york

I’m currently in New York visiting relatives and generally having a vacation. I’m having a great time (taking lots of pictures), so look forward to more posting when I get home!

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So, if nothing else, my prolonged wait for my clothing to dry allowed me to finish my gift for Lisa (Dave’s sister). Aren’t they cute? They were quick and fun to make, too! I found the pattern here.

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This is it. I got it from the greenhouse. That’s right, it was grown IN A GREENHOUSE. Outrageous. Amazing. Delicious. Jealous?

You should be.

I AM “WAKING UP” IN LESS THAN 3 HOURS. I have decided not to sleep tonight and to instead shower as though I have just woken up at 3, which was my initial plan. Fortunately, Mia has decided to pull an all-nighter with me. :oD I don’t believe our dryer has ever seemed to work so slowly. I need to finish packing!

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last day of finals

Mia's Scarf!

Today was the last day of finals! Now I finally get to relax and hang out..except I have to pack and do all kinds of other things before leaving tomorrow..at 630 IN THE MORNING. ..but I guess it’s really 430 so we get to the airport in time. Ugh.

Anyways, I finally got to give Mia the scarf that I made her for Christmas! She really liked it, and I’m really happy. :o) If you’re interested, the pattern can be found here.


Here’s the long-shot showing the illusion DNA pattern. :o) By the way, this is Christmas Gift #1 to which I alluded earlier..

Mia got me Home Alone!! We’re watching it now! I haven’t seen this movie in forever.

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night 8

Hanukkah 2007 - Night 8

Hanukkah was fun, but now it is over. At least I only have my statistics final to worry about, and then I’m free! :o) Speaking of which, I should really get to bed.

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