Knit Diva

Me and my obsession has come a long way since last couple of years... I definitely still consider myself a beginner and always looking to improve my obsession. I think it is my "CALGON"... It takes me away from my busy life with a wonderful husband and 8yo twin boys... YIKES!!! I never understood how addicting yarn could be until I started knitting.. I have crochet for some time on and off but I never felt attached to it as I do with knitting...

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Well, Blogger didn't like me!!!!

I lost EVERYTHING!!!! Because my dumb butt didn't save my template and all my codes!!! I always learn the hard way!!!! It really really really sucks!!! I have done that before by losing over 1,000 digital pics from a virus because I didn't back them up on a disc.... WHAT a DUMMY!!!!

Anyway, I will slowly but surely get back up and running and have all my links back up... The bad thing is, I went to my blog to look up things.... BOOHOO!!!!

I am so mad at myself right now... I have email blogger with NO response and so I just thought "screw it". I will start over!!!!

AND NOW, HERE I AM!!!! I got a cute Hello Kitty template from this website: Diaphaneity . She has some really cutesy templates... I thought I would plug her blog since she made it so easy for me to get my blog started again.... It will take some time to get all my stuff up but I will take it one day at a time... AND SAVING TOO!!!! ROFL!!! Please laugh at me because I feel like crying right now....LOL!!!

On top of that, MY KNITTING is MIA!!!! I cannot find the bag I was working on for nothing.... What crappy week!!!! AND it is raining.. But, I am OK with the raining.. It cooled off the 100 degree weather... Ü

It can only get BETTER is how I look at it!!! I hope that things can start getting back to normal...

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Hey what is up with Blogger!!!!

I have posted and it will not show up... grrrrrrrrrrrrrr I am seeing if this will come up... Cross your fingers..

What a CRAZY WEEK!!!

I am soooo glad it is Saturday. First off I have been babysitting my sister's kids this week. 4 kids in the house!!!! That is enough to make someone insane. ROFL!!! Wednesday we got hit with a TERRIBLE storm in the St Louis area. My boys went to the movies with their grandparents and my hubby was working... I waited out the storm by myself in the basement. YIKES!!! I seen everything from my lawn furniture flying in the neighbors yard to one of my trees getting hit by lightning.... OVER a MILLION people in the area was without electricity. Our neighborhood and main road looked like a WAR ZONE!!! We had electricity.. We are ALWAYS without when a storm hits. I heard a transformer blow up and later found out that it caught a tree on fire. I seen 4 firetrucks parked out by my house... I am thinking, "OMG, is my house on FIRE!!!! I had to run upstairs to make sure everything was alright...

We were one of the few with Electricity. Thursday, I had 2 of my girlfriends without electricity. They brought over their food to put in the freezer and fridge. I had 4 kids, a dog, and 5 adults in the house ALL DAY!!! One of our friends stay the night with her hubby and their 2 BIG BOXERS. When they went to work the next morning, I still had their dogs and mine, and 4 kids on FRIDAY!!!

It is Saturday and the only people in the house is my family....LOL!!! I just need a major break. If you know what I mean...hehe

It had to happen to the St. Louis area at the hottest time of the YEAR. Wednesday it hit 100 degrees and Thursday it was 102. They said it felt like 120 degrees... If you went out, you would see hundreds of cars with animals cooling off in the A/C...

On a better note: my hubby came home to give me a new present...hehe A NEW DIGITAL CAMERA!!!! YEAH!!! It is a Canon of course... He is setting up my USB so I can start downloading pics...YEAH!!! My other Canon is about 5 years old. It still works but the battery dumps fast. It is amazing how digital camera prices have went down... I paid over $500 for my first one 5 years ago. My father thought I was insane at the time for spending that much for a digital camera.....LOL!!! My mom and dad just bought their first digital camera 2 years ago and my sister just bought one last year....LOL!!! I told them after they get one, you will never go back to a regular camera....LOL

I will have some pictures to download and show..hehe

Have a wonderful weekend!!!


Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Well, Well, Well

It has been awhile!!! I have been babysitting my niece and my nephew all week.. Whoever is in childcare I give them props. I am so not cut out for babysitting....ROFL!!! We are going to try to go to knitting today....ROFL!!! ALL 5 of US!!!! Do you think we will get any knitting done? Probably not!!!!

Anyway, my mom had surgery last week and so we have been trying to take care of her. My DH is starting a NEW business on top of it!!! It has been very busy in our household lately... BUT, believe it or not I have gotten some knitting done. I have been knitting up some wash cloths for one our knitting ladies in our group for her church. I just made a really neat dish cloth the other day called Open Star from Dishcloth boutique. I will have some pics up later after knitting is over.

I also taught myself how to knit backwards. Not something I would want to do all the time but a great little tidbit to know in the future if I do something with entrelac. I would love to make a entrelac tote.

I have also had about 5 minutes a day to read on Lynsay Sands new book, "A Bite to Remember". I am only on like the 5th Chapter but it gives me a little time away from everything.

I am also trying to finish up my Bag for the Bag Me KAL ... We will see if I can get it done... I will also have a pic of that. I am kind of doing it different from the pattern. (I didn't want to do stripes so I am doing a Camouflage variegated yarn with black. I am gonna do the inside orange with an accent orange or funky button. It will go to my niece for Christmas.

I have a bag I really want to knit up. I will probably start on after I am done with the camo bag. The Triangular ... I cannot wait to start on this one.. It seems pretty simple and and such a cute bag.

Well, I will have some pictures up real soon!!!! Try and stay cool today!!!! It is suppose to be 100 today...

Friday, July 07, 2006

Pictures and Patterns...hehe

I promised pictures like a week ago!!! LOL Time flies when you have two little rascals at your side ALL day...hehe Can we go here? or Can we go here?

Summer is so hectic some times with me trying to knit or read or anything of that sort...LOL!!!

So I try to pick easy knits that I do not have to think too much!!!

The twitterpated pattern is so easy. I just added a little diva to the bag to spruce it up. I lined the inside with pink leopard..hehe After hand sewing it in I wish I would have put a pocket in the bag... boohoo!!! But, I will survive...hehe

Another project that I should have had done a long time ago but other knitting has taken priority....LOL!!!! I have always wanted a really cute pattern for a "WATER BOTTLE COZY" with a strap. I have looked and looked and looked for over a year for a FREE pattern that caught my eye. I never found one I liked. I was making those sunglass cozies and came up with my own pattern for the Water Bottle Cozy and this is what I came up with...hehe I am not done with knitting the strap for it but I thought I would show a picture and give the pattern that I made up...

It is for the smaller water bottles seen in the picture but you can always adjust the pattern a couple of stitches for the bigger ones.

Water Bottle Cozy

Cast on 32 stitches

(I knitted mine by the magic loop method but you can do it with DPN's or 2 circulars also.)

Join without twisting and knit until the desired length for the water bottle. I eye balled it and had my water bottle close by.

Use the 3-needle bind off method for the bottom of the cozy.

Row one: Pick up 8 stitches on the side of your cozy. Knit across.

Next row: K2, P4, K2

Repeat theses two rows until you reach the desired length for your strap.

It is a very easy pattern and can be changed for your spin on it.

I am making a felted version also. I hope you understand the instructions. If it is not clear, let me know and I can help out.

Have a Wonderful Weekend!!! Ü

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy 4th of July!!!!

First of all, I want to thank all the war veterans, veterans, and the soldiers out there that keep my family and I safe. I know we take for granted what we do have sometimes. Our family is made up of many veterans and war veterans. Both my grandfather's were in the Army, My father was in the Air Force, My FIL was in the Army, My sister was in the Army, and my BIL was in the Army.

I pay tribute today to the fallen soldiers that have lost their lives in the war against terror. AND, for those have stood up and protected this great Country.

I remember like it was yesterday that my sister was coming home with a 2month old as my BIL was doing 6 months of active duty over in Desert Storm to come home and then go back again for over 2 years. It is so hard on the little ones and soldier's wife to endure being left without a spouse. It is unspeakable not to worry about a loved one in harms way.

Sunday evening, we sat back and watch my BIL and DH set off fireworks. It was interesting to hear from my dad and my sister that some of the fireworks that we shoot off on the 4th sound like some of the missiles that are used in combat.

My DH's brother's birthday is today and his son's birthday is tomorrow. We will be celebrating their birthdays with a BANG!!!!'

On Knitting : I have been working on a purse that is soooo easy and trying to write out the pattern to my water bottle cozy.

The pattern that I am working on now is called:Twitterpated Purse

It is the easiest pattern I have done for a purse. I decided to spruce it up with some bangles on the top of the purse. I was kind of scared to use them at first but they were easy to include in the pattern. It was a little time consuming to do at first until I got use to it.

P.S. Pictures will be included tomorrow... My darn digital's batteries are low...