Saturday, June 28, 2008

Doctor Who SQUEE!

Making another new series dalek like this:

Mom and I went to the local yarn store today and we picked out the yarn for her fuchsia bag. I think it is going to be beautiful. I hope I can get it started before she goes home...but I think I want to wait to give it to her until her birthday.

OK...if you are:

a) A Doctor Who fan who lives in a cave somewhere who refuses to watch the episodes in sync with the UK release

b) Want to remain spoiler free

RUN, don't walk away from this post NOW because I am about to go crazy about episode 12 that aired in the UK earlier today
All I have to say is WOW and the dalek love was fabulous! And my man is BACK...

DAVROS IS BACK and he was GREAT! See below:

Now I just have to knit him!!!! I am SO making a Davros, I have already fudged some patterns together to make a basic Davros...guess I'll make that in my spare time.

Daily David:

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Fight the Fat

I started and finished another Adipose yesterday. I don't know what I was smoking when I knit the first one, but this one actually LOOKs like it is suposed to.

Worked on THE shawl again last night.

I started another dalek, shock shock horror...


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Another One

I have finished another member of the dalek family. Meet the Florida Gator Dalek!

Cute, despite the color scheme (read Auburn colors)!

I am beginning to branch out now, the next "commission" for my Outpost Gallifrey friends in an Adispose. I didn't really like the way mine came out, so I hope this next one will be better.

Still got THE shawl on the needles, haven't finished up the Betsy Ross hat yet, and then there is the possibility of making mom a fuschia bag...

Daily David:

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

I is a knitter

I finished another dalek this weekend, the one for a young football fan in the UK. He is in the colors of his favorite football team. Let me introduce you to...Dalek-Table

Do you get the name? Dalek-Table...say it together, quickly...yeah, I didn't get it either (a combination of an intelligent teenager and dumb adult- me). Now say "delectable"...get it? I thought it was brilliant after I got it.

Still working on THE shawl, it is really trucking along. I think it will be a perfect size for me when it is finished.

I have begun the Florida Gator dalek. This one is difficult, I mean, come on, I went to another SEC school (University of Alabama- ROLL TIDE!) and here I am making a rival themed dalek...and the same colors as Auburn. But see, this is where dalek love trumps school rivalries! (It's OK, you can hum "It's a Small World")

So many people who saw my last post really thought the Fuchsia bags looked great, including my mom. Looks like we will be buying some yarn to make mom a fuchsia bag when she gets here! Am I allowed to say, I am uber excited about my mom's visit. We don't actually go out and "DO" a lot, but we just enjoying being together. Ya know?


Friday, June 13, 2008


I had a lot of fun at the yarn store today...that is such a neat group of ladies that get together on Friday...I ended up staying from opening to that sad?

I have finished the first skein on THE shawl and then I decided to tackle one of the fuschia flowers. With some help from the Diva (really not reading on my part) I am one petal away from finishing my first flower...I love it! This bag is gonna ROCK!

Tomorrow, gas prices be damned, I am going to my Saturday knitting group! I think it has been a month since I have gone and I am missing the group...


Thursday, June 12, 2008

Me Want, Me GOT!

First off, THE shawl is now, officially halfway done and it looks beautiful!!! I will have to spread it out and take a picture. I am SO UBER pleased with it.

I now have my next personal (aka non-dalek) project lined up...

You see, I have coveted this bag since I first saw an example at my local yarn store. For some reason, I was under the impression that this pattern was only available in a book. book = $$$$ so I wasn't going to fork it out. Every now and then, I'd look longingly at the bag.

Why did I covet this bag? Because I LOVE fuchsia plants! And the fuchsias on these bags look fantastic.

So Wednesday night was the once monthly "meeting" of Knitter's Anonymous at my local yarn store. I was wandering around the store, yarn fondling, as I like to call it. And I look over on the book case and there is the fuchsia bag *sigh*...but WAIT, what is that behind the that THE PATTERN!?!?!

Yes, ladies and gentlemen...the pattern was there, in a small pamphlet, all by itself. My head began to can I make this bag?!? I must make this bag...I snatched a copy of the pattern from the stand, and although you might have to check with the other ladies who were in the store at the time, I do believe I might have also hugged and kissed the pattern.

My mind began to mentally sort through my yarn stash...yes, (thanks to Carol *kisses*) I have lots of Lamb's Pride bulky for the body of the bag...think, think, think...OOOOOHHHH pink and purple Cascade 220...I can adapt the pattern and make the fuchsia the pink/purple kind...that bag is as good as MINE!

Daleks are going well, it never fails that there is some sort of discussion on my Doctor Who message board and I end up getting more requests! LOL No JOKE I have at least 13 more lined up! And if that wasn't enough, I have chosen to do something completely crazy...

This is hard to explain, but the people I chat with the most on the Doctor Who forum started saying that I really should knit David Tennant (of my DAILY DAVID fame) his very own woolly dalek. This has now grown into a whole project where this group of fans are now going to sponsor me to knit THE man a dalek...*fans self* It will be some work, but it is also going to be a lot of fun for our little group and will help us to show David Tennant in a small (cuddly evil) kinda way how much we appreciate his acting.

And all this before going back to grad school! Yeah...shut up!


Sunday, June 8, 2008

I Frogged it...AGAIN

SO, yesterday I was chillin out, watching How Clean is Your House? most of the day and I picked up THE shawl and really looked at it. And I was not pleased.

The pattern, Anne Lacy Shawl, calls for size 10 1/2 or 11 needles. When I originally started the project I used size 11. Then in the process of trying to conquer THE shawl, I went down to size 10 1/2, thinking that maybe the size of the needles was part of my problems with THE shawl.

When I got cooking on it Friday, it was on size 10 1/2. I liked the look of THE shawl, but deep down I was worried that there was going to be a signficant size difference. This is bad for an overweight person such as myself...

So I made the totally daring choice to FROG the ENTIRE shawl and start over again on size 11 needles. I took a deep breath, pulled the needles out and started winding up the yarn.

I now have about 8 to 10 inches total on THE shawl on size 11 needles. I also started with the "virgin" ball of yarn this time. This created a new "pattern" of how the variegated colors of the yarn lined up...and it isn't a bad thing. I am definitely liking the size of THE shawl now.

I AM happy I frogged it and started again.


Friday, June 6, 2008

Conquering THE shawl

I finished Clyde, the blue dalek last night and put him in the mail today. I hope he makes it to his new home across the pond OK as I misspelled the name of the road. Only by one letter...I am hoping.

Last night I was searching for something other than a dalek to take to the LYS today and I remembered THE shawl.

THE shawl I have tried to knit at least three or four times. THE shawl that I have ripped to the edge trim so many times. THE shawl that I have changed needle size on AND tried life lines multiple times, only to continue to fail.

At one point I had ripped out the whole of THE shawl and was looking on Ravelry for patterns I could do with that yarn, because I love that color of Schaefer Lola.

Then I decide NO I want to make THE shawl with that yarn and it will not defeat me. I had started it again, I don't know how long ago and then set it aside.

I did not have high hopes when I picked it up last night, but I did about 2 inches of accident free knitting on it. I decided to take it to the store and ONLY it to the store and I would work on it. NO joke I did like 12 inches on it...I did need the Diva a couple times, which is rare for me, but my mistakes seemed to be easy to fix. I am now officially past the farthest I got (which is when I took the above picture) before, so that has to be good!

I began a new dalek yesterday. This one will be royal blue and white for the Birmingham (UK) football team. I am on the last row of bobbles which is the time consuming part...the rest will fly by!

Today was filled with happy knitting...


Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Dalek Envy

I finished...

yet another dalek this past now, I am sure this is UTTERLY shocking to you all.

Here he is, his name is Jules:

He will go into the mail tomorrow...on his way to his new home across the big pond.

Almost done with another dalek, already named Clyde:

In the picture, with the flash, it has made the blue look a lot brighter, but it is a royal blue. The adoptive parent of this dalek was very particular about the colors she wanted and I really wasn't sure how it would turn out. But I LURVE it. It is right up there with the New Series dalek (bronze/gold) I knitted earlier.

Also ALMOST done with my Betsy Ross fauxhawk hat. All I need to do is sew on stars and felt...