Maddie Knits

My addiction to knitting and the life around it.

Swaps Are Addicting

So, I have gotten addicted to swapping!  I’ve joined a lot of new swaps and I can’t wait to get started!  I’m doing the Monkey Sock 3 Swap [ check it out! ] and their sign-ups are until August 31st, so go sign up!

August 9, 2007 Posted by | Swaps | 5 Comments

Still No Internet

Just wanted everyone to know that I still don’t have a computer with functioning internet to post on.  I’m doing this downstairs on my dad’s computer because he already went to bed [ yay! ] and now I can use it to tell everyone.  It really sucks and I can’t wait to be back online!!!

August 8, 2007 Posted by | Randomness | 1 Comment

SP11 Questionnaire

1. What is/are your favorite yarn[s] to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I hate anything acrylic.  I have decided I LOVE Cherry Tree Hill yarn.  I also love Manos de Uruguay [sp?].  Pretty much everything but acrylic for me!

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
I have the Namaste needle cases and I love them.  I’m thinking about investing in the interchangable circular needles, because I always seem to need a new needle for this project or that and it gets to be quite expensive for a poor college student!

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I learned to knit for my 19th birthday — about a year and a half ago.  My mom got me a group knitting lesson with a friend of ours and I’ve been knitting ever since.  It seemed that I took to knitting like a fish takes to water and after only three months of knitting I had completed a fair isle tube top from KnitScene.  I would say that I’m an Intermediate/Advanced since I haven’t made a whole sweater that required strange seaming or awful sizing or something of the like.  I’ve also never steeked before, YIKES!!!

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Doesn’t everyone have an Amazon wish list.  I do! [ here ]

5. What’s your favorite scent?
Hmm…I love lavender, rosemary, and vanilla, and then any clean scent — clean cotton, something with the ocean, etc.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
I’m not a big sweets person, but I do enjoy Sweedish Fish, Twizzlers and Starburst.  Sometimes I will endulge myself in some Sour Patch Kids, but not too often.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I knit, crochet, scrapbook, needlepoint and cross stitch.  I’ve tried spinning, but I’ve just had the worst time trying to do it right.  I’d love to learn though!

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
Oh I love CDs.  My favorite band is Less Than Jake — I see them whenever they are within a 200 mile radius!  Also, anything that’s played on DC101 — a great radio station for the DC Metro area [ for you non DCer’s ]

9. What’s your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can’t stand?
I love anything that goes with the ocean — blues and greens.  I love brown and any shade like it — beige, tan, khaki, etc.  I like pretty much all colors, but there are two that I just can’t stand — yellow and orange.  ICK!

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I live with my mom and dad.  We have an Orange Tabby named Chili Pepper and a Great Dane/Lab mix named Devi.  I’ll be moving out next year to the Charlotte, North Carolina area to live with my boyfriend while he goes to UTI and I go to UNC: Charlotte.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
I love scarves, hats and mittens but I’m not a fan of ponchos.  I don’t know how useful they’re going to be in Charlotte though.  I haven’t checked how cold it gets in the winter.  I should definately look into that!

12. What is/are your favorite item[s] to knit?
I have come to love socks.  I love doing lace work — Mystery Stole 3 is one of my favorite patterns.  However, I’m not a stole wearer, so it’s going to my mom.  I’d love to find some hipper lacework patterns that a 20-year-old would be totally interested in wearing!

13. What are you knitting right now?
I’m working on Mystery Stole 3 and a pair of Monkey socks.  I’ll be getting started on a felted bag for my mom very soon.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
Oh yes!  I love when someone puts love into something and I get it [ makes me feel special and gives me that warm and fuzzy feeling inside! ]

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I LOVE circular needles.  I love addiTurbo, so are those aluminum?  I’m not sure what they’re made out of, but those I love.  If I have to go with straight needles I use the Brittany ones.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
I have a swift, but no ball winder yet.

17. How old is your oldest UFO?
About a year, it’s from IK and it’s this cool lace short-sleeved sweater, but I just dropped it a while ago and never went back.  It’s been so long I’m sure I couldn’t find where I left off and I’ll have to frog it all and start over anyways.  Probably why it’s still sitting there!

18. What is your favorite holiday?
I love the 4th of July and Halloween.  I love Christmas too, of course!

19. Is there anything that you collect?
No, sadly, I’ve never been a big collector — besides anything knitting related!

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
Nothing special that I’m dying to get my hands on.  I have subscriptions to Interweave Knits and Creative Knitting.  I do love Vogue Knitting, knit.1 and KnitScene though and usually try to get those with some spare cash when they come out!

21. Are there any new techniques you’d like to learn?
I’d love to work on shaping and finishing sweaters.  Oh, grafting the toes of socks would also be super helpful!

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
I am a sock knitter.  My feet are 10 inches long and 9 inches around.  Almost square, EEW!

23. When is your birthday?
January 27th

24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what’s your ID?
Sadly, no.  I am on the waiting list though!!!

August 7, 2007 Posted by | About Me, Questionnaires, Randomness, Swaps | 2 Comments

So Sorry

So, I just wanted everyone to know that I’m super sorry that I haven’t written in a while.  My wireless internet isn’t working in my house right now and my dad is quite a hog about his computer so I haven’t been able to post in a while, especially since I was in Miami.  Right now I’m using the computer at my nanny job.   I know, I’m a bad nanny, but I had to get something up here so you guys didn’t think I was dead or something =)  I found this great thing on Robin’s blog [ check it out! ] and I had to give it a shot. I hope everyone checks it out.  It’s pretty cool.

Here’s the stats for me being born on January 27th, 1987:
You are 20 years old.
You are 247 months old.
You are 1,071 weeks old.
You are 7,497 days old.
You are 179,940 hours old.
You are 10,796,442 minutes old.
You are 647,786,539 seconds old.

Your date of conception was on or about 6 May 1986 which was a Tuesday.  Who wants to know when their parents had sex and made them?  I have to agree with Robin and say that this was something that I definately didn’t need to know.

I was born on a Tuesday and I’m an Aquarius I knew that one! and my life path number is 8.  Any help with what a life path number is???

Your age is the equivalent of a dog that is 2.93424657534247 years old. (Life’s just a big chewy bone for you!)  A big chewy bone, huh?  That’s interesting, very very interesting!

There are 173 days till your next birthday
on which your cake will have 21 candles.
Now THAT is a countdown I can appreciate.  Legal drinking age, here I come!  Well, in 173 days that is…

My birthstone is a Garnet.
The mystical properties of a Garnet:

Garnet is used as a power stone.  Does that mean I get to boss people around now?!?!  YES!!!  haha =)

And, the best countdown of all:
There are 140 days till Christmas 2007!

Have a great day everyone!  I’ll have pictures of Miami, my finished Monkey sock and my finished Norberta A.S.A.P.!!!

Oh!  I got all that info about my birthday from this great Birthday Calculator [ here it is! ].  So make sure you check it out!!

August 7, 2007 Posted by | About Me, Randomness | 2 Comments

So Out Of Touch!

I have SO many pictures to show everyone!   First, I’ll show my new sock for my SITM Pal.  I think these are going MUCH better than the socks that I had started out making.  I’m making the Monkey socks by Cookie.

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I’m also working on Norberta on Knitty for my boyfriend.  I was hoping to be able to get it to him tomorrow, but it’s not going to happen.  I do, however, think it’s totally adorable and I know he’s going to love it!

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Everyone and their mother has been working on the Mystery Stole 3.  I am one of those many many people.  I just finished Clue 3.  It’s apparently 1/3 of the way done, and I absolutally love it

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I did my color swap today with Wendy and she gave me this great yarn and the pattern to make some dish cloths.  I did the one that has “Born To Knit” written on it.  I know you probably can’t see it too well, but it’s there and I think it’s adorable and it went so fast.  I did it just tonight!  It took maybe two hours, with breaks and while watching television.  I was VERY impressed.

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She also made me a pair of Monkey socks.  She read on my blog that I hate DPNs so she decided to make me a pair of socks.  I absolutally love them and it confirms that my SITM pal is going to LOVE the ones I make her!

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Well, that’s all I’ve got for right now.  I just wanted to get all of these pictures up here!  Hope everyone has a good weekend.  I’m so excited for this weekend.  It’s officially my anniversary =)  I’ll try to post pictures from the concert/trip.  OH!  That reminds me to charge my camera.  I’ve got to get on that one!

July 21, 2007 Posted by | Knitting, Socks, Swaps, UFOs, Victor, Yarn | 8 Comments

Ooh La La

So, I got my yarn for Victor’s Norberta today.  I can’t wait to get started on it.  I’m hoping to give it to him Saturday for our anniversary.  We’re heading down to Richmond for a Less Than Jake concert =)

They’re a great band and I think everyone should go check them out.  Any who, I think I’ll start this week’s posts off with a lovely list of things to do before we head down to the seedy parts of the good old V-A.

1.  Get Norberta finished.
2. Get Sheldon finished.
3. Catch up on Clue 3 for MS3 [ lots of work already done, a little over half-way through the clue, but since she said clue 4 is going to be a long one, I want to make sure I’m ready! ]
4. Put away all my laundry =)
5. Get some more work done on my Monkey socks for my SITM pal!

Well, I think that’s really all I can get done this week, so I’ll make this a reasonable list to complete in about four days [ give or take an hour or two ].  Hopefully I’ll get to meet up with my color swap pal and hope she LOVES what I got her [ yay Wendy! ]

I think that’s about it for me.  I should really be getting back to my knitting and such, since I have such a list to complete!  Toodles =)

Maddie

July 17, 2007 Posted by | New Projects, Victor | 1 Comment

Hogwarts Sock Swap

Okay, just posting my Hogwarts Sock Swap 2 Questionnaire!

1. What Hogwarts house have you been sorted into?
   – Ravenclaw

2. Shoe size?
   – 71/2 – 8

3. Foot length?
   – 10 inches

4. Foot Circumference?
   – 9 inches

5. List your three favorite double-point needle brands, including size and length:
   – Lantern Moon Rosewood, Size 2, 7″
   – Lantern Moon Rosewood, Size 1, 7″
   – Lantern Moon Rosewood, Size 3, 7″

6. Would you like to try a brand new needle?  If so, which brand?  Size?  Length?
   – Lantern Moon Ebony, Size 2, 7″

7.  If you are a RAVENCLAW do you prefer the colors in the film or the book?  Do you have a strong preference?
   – I prefer the colors in the book, but it’s not a major preference or anything.

8.  Allergies?  Do you have any?  Will your knitting be exposed to smoking or animals?
   – I’m not allergic to anything, but I do have a dog and cat, but they will NOT be rolling around in my sock yarn or anything =)

9. Are you an international participant [ outside US ]?  Are you willing to have an international Hogwarts Sock Pal?
   – I’m not an international participant, but I don’t mind one, but I’d prefer a US Sock Pal!

July 14, 2007 Posted by | Knitting, Socks, Swaps | Leave a comment

Backtracking

Well, I just wanted to stick this post in here about how I started knitting for the SITM contest!  Officially, the first time I decided that I really wanted to knit, I was at a football game with my dad, brother and brother’s girlfriend.  Looking back on it now, I realize how ridiculous it was to take knitting to a Redskins/Eagles game in November when you have 10th row tickets on the 50 yard line!  Anyways, that was in November of ’04.  I tried knitting something up around Christmastime that year, and nothing really came of it.  It wasn’t until my 19th birthday [ January ’06 ] that my mom bought me yarn, needles, books and a class at Stitch DC [ GREAT store ].  When I started the class, I soon realized that I didn’t need to be in a Learn to Knit class because, for whatever reason, I was an incredibly gifted knitter [ not trying to be callous, but it’s what the teacher told me! ].  I soon started frequenting the yarn store so much that I was offered a job there that summer. 

My very first completed project was technically a checkerboard scarf in pinks and purples from my beginner’s class, but I relish in the fact that only about a month and a half after learning to knit, I completed a fair isle tube top out of KnitScene.  I don’t have the pictures right now — seeing as how I’m at the boyfriend’s place and all, but as soon as I do I’ll adjust the post to have pictures of both in here! 

Anyways, that’s the story of how I learned to knit.  Hope everyone found it at least a little amusing and maybe even a little interesting, but I sincerely doubt it.  I’m still not going to bed yet, but I’m going to end this post here.  Have a good night all!

July 10, 2007 Posted by | Knitting, Stores, Victor | 3 Comments

Sweat Your Brains Out

Yes, I really do think that it’s become possible to “sweat your brains out.”  It was so fucking hot today that I just wanted to lounge around in a sports bra and some Soffe shorts and not leave the house all day.  Alas, staying over at the boyfriend’s house last night made that next to impossible since I had to get up and go back to my own house today — funny thing is, here I am back at his place writing up this post while he sleeps.  Anyways, I had to get out of the nice air-conditioning to go to my sweltering black Volvo to make the trek back to my own abode — which is only about 10 minutes away, but STILL!

Anyways, I have ripped out my sock knitting because I’ve just become so infuriated with it!  I’m not quite sure what to do with myself.  I sat down to start knitting some more tonight, but I ripped out about an inch worth of work about 4 times and now I’m trying a new little cable-ish number, hoping that something may go right with this one.  I have to post my deepest apologies to my SITM swap partner because I’m not quite sure what will come of my first ever pair of socks.  I’m quite the perfectionist, but this is just crazy.  I can’t seem to keep the pattern going properly and I’m picking up and dropping stitches all over the place, which is just NOT something I do, EVER!  Anyways, I’ll persevere and get these stinking things done so I won’t be letting down my swap buddy [ who must still remain secret because the swap isn’t over yet, you sillies! ].

I hope that someone has heard of the band Less Than Jake [ who will now forever be referred to as LTJ ].  I’m not one for being able to classify types of music, so I’ll just go with a Punky/Alternative type band.  I love them!  I’m currently counting down the days until Victor and I will be heading down to Richmond to see their show at Toad’s Place [ great name, right? ].  I just saw them not too long ago at the 9:30 Club [ in Washington, DC for those who aren’t in the know ] and it’s just GREAT that I’ll be able to see them again so soon [ next Saturday, YAY! ].

Anyways, I wanted to stick a post up here, even if it wasn’t about knitting.  I feel that with the heat wave going on right now, thinking about knitting anything will put me into a nice sweat.  Hope everyone is keeping themselves cool!  Take care =)

July 9, 2007 Posted by | Knitting, New Projects, Socks, Swaps, Victor | 2 Comments

Amazingly Crafty Neighbor

So, a few days ago I got an e-mail from my July Color Swap Partner [ Wendy ] and I just now figured out how to post the little surprise I got when I opened it!  Well, I didn’t really find out, I just cheated and took it off of her blog =)  Anyways, here it is:

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But, other than that, there’s not too much to update anyone on!  Well, actually, I take that back!  Here is a picture of the socks that I’m making for my Sock It To Me Swap Partner [ I’d post her blog, but it’s a SECRET swap! =) ]:

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Yes, I did try it on my foot, but only because it’s the only way to do it justice, not that you can really do it enough justice seeing it online and not seeing the cute little pattern running through it in circles!  I got the pattern from PepperKnit.com [ check out the pattern! ] and I think it’s just fantastic!  It’s relatively easy for me since I’m a beginning sock knitter.  I’ve made a few mistakes, but I don’t think they’re anything that is totally obvious or makes the sock look ugly.

Okay, that’s all for today.  I’ll probably post again today, or early tomorrow, but goodbye for now =)

July 7, 2007 Posted by | Socks, Swaps | 1 Comment