Friday, November 30, 2012

Some Pictureless FOs

Hello everyone!

I hit my photo limit, so I unfortunately cannot put pictures on my blog of my FOs this week, but I will put the links to Ravelry if you want to go check them out yourself! I'm currently working on a solution to the problem, so if anyone has any ideas at all, please let me know in the comments!

Okay, so this hat was commissioned by one of my coworkers, Bentley, for her boyfriend's birthday in December. I've made this pattern before, so the most exciting part was when she asked me to create a "tag" on the inside with his name. She was so excited about this that I just couldn't say no.If you want to see pictures of that or read my notes, just click the link. 

This hat I made to kill time before I could begin my next project. It was just for stash busting, so there is no real purpose for which it was made, and there is a gigantic mistake near the bottom, but other than that I am satisfied with it. I haven't decided what I want to do with it yet. If you want to see pictures or my notes, just click the link!

Again, I apologize for the lack of pictures. I'm trying to find a solution, so if you have any advice at all about how to fix this, just let me know in the comments!

If you would like to see more FOs, head on over to Tami's Amis!


Friday, November 16, 2012

FOs for Work!

New bulletin boards were due today. One had to focus on the holiday season (the one on the left) and one could be a board of our choice (the one on the right). For the my choice board, I chose to do one on studying for exams, since finals are quickly approaching in December.

I also made a scarf for one of my old roommates! She picked out both the pattern and color, and wanted to pay me for the project. I told her it was on the house because I love her (and I was not entirely happy with how it turned out, although she loves it). As usual, if you want to see more pictures or read my notes you can click the caption!

I have some more yarn FOs, but no one to model for me. I will be able to get pictures of those for you next Friday though!

If you would like to see more FOs, head on over to Tami's Amis!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Cowl Swap

For those of you who don't know, I am part of a group on Ravelry called Fresh Stitches, and a few members of the group are doing a Cowl Swap. Each participant made six granny squares and sent five of them into the event coordinator, keeping one square for themselves. Then the coordinator put matching colors together, and sent five new squares made by five different people back to the participants of the exchange. The squares should arrive Saturday! 
That's why I wanted to share this with you today. It will be the last Wednesday that this is a work in progress, as it will be an FO after Friday, and as soon as I get my squares. I'm so excited!

I'm still reading God's Heart for You. I hit a snag and haven't been reading lately, but I plan on picking it back up as soon as I can!

If you'd like to see more WIPs, head on over to Ginny's or Tami's!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Some Overdue FOs

I have waited a long time to show you guys these FOs. Remember that Summer Project I did with Campus Crusade for Christ? In Chicago, Illinois? Well one of the Cru staff families that was on that project with me was moving to my campus this fall! I have been patiently waiting for them to get here so I could give them this present I made them (with some help from my sister). The bears were for their children (one for each) and the dishcloths and potholders (which I don't have pictures of because my sister made them) were for their home. I put it all in an OU colored bag, and delivered it to them at their first Cru event! I received a text from one of them this morning thanking me and telling me they greatly appreciated the gift and that their kids love the bears. I'm glad; It was all to help them feel welcome in Athens and at OU.

If you'd like to see more FOs, head on over to Tami's Amis!


Friday, November 2, 2012

Halloween CAL

A group I am a part of on Ravelry (FreshStitches) did a Halloween CAL for the month of October. The leader of the group, Stacey, had recently designed several free monster patterns. I immediately fell in love with Lark, and decided to make him for that CAL.
Stacey's patterns are all completed in back loops only which gives him an interesting texture and look. He turned out much larger than I anticipated, but I am totally okay with that. He also worked up fast and easy. I originally planned on making him a girl (because he's purple), but after completion it is easy to tell that he is definitely a boy. I fell in love with him immediately. I haven't decided what I want to do with him yet though. He will either be incorporated into my Christmas presents, added to my Baby Box, or sent in to the Purple Stitch Project. Right now I'm leaning toward the latter. What do you guys think?

If you'd like to see more pictures or my notes, just click the caption! If you'd like to see more finished objects, head on over to Tami's Amis!

Until next time!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A GAP-tastic Update

Remember my WIP last week? How I told you that I would have ample time to work on my cowl because I worked all weekend? Well I didn't get as much completed as I thought I would, but it is now half done! My plan is to use all of two skeins of yarn; one is gone, so I only have half to go!

I'm still reading God's Heart for You; it is such a good devotional! I want to do more than one chapter a day, but I'm restraining myself. I can't wait to give you a full review when I finish it!

If you want to see more WIPs, head on over to Ginny's or Tami's Amis!


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A GAP-tastic Cowl

Hello again! I'm really excited to show you this cowl; I've been working on it for some time. It has been frogged, restarted, and now proceeds to crawl toward completion. I love how simple the pattern is (it is purely Seed Stitch), and it's good for some mindless knitting while sitting in class, or watching the Presidential debates.

I'm still reading God's Heart for You by Holley Gerth. I haven't picked it up recently, but only because I haven't had time to read. I still love the book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a new devotional. 

If you would like to see more works in progress, head on over to Ginny's and Tami's Amis!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Little OU Amigurumi Elephant

He's finally finished! One of my coworkers commissioned an OU colored elephant from me for his girlfriend, and I finally finished it. I looked and looked for an Ohio University pennant to put in the picture in addition to the mug, but I couldn't find one. Anyway. This is probably the third or fourth elephant I've made with this pattern, and it worked up much the same as the last ones. The only difference is that this elephant is twice the size of the others! This was unavoidable by making it speckled, but Paul is okay with it, and that's all that matters. If you'd like to see more pictures or read my Ravelry notes, just click the caption. 

I also completed one of my bulletin boards today. They aren't due until next week, but I'll be gone next Friday so I decided to get a jump on the process. What do you guys think? I'm pretty satisfied with it! 
By the way, I know how to spell Halloween. It's about safety for Ohio University's Halloween party, so I purposefully spelled Halloween with an OU. 

If you'd like to see more finished objects, head on over to Tami's Amis!


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

OU Oh Yeah!

One of my staff members, Paul, commissioned an OU themed Elephant from me. If you've been following my blog for some time now, you'll know that I've made two of these elephants before now (blog posts about these previous elephants can be found here and here), and when he saw photos of my FOs, he decided that he had to have one. Well, technically it's not for him, but still. I only have three and a half legs left, plus stuffing and sewing, so hopefully it will be done by Friday so I can show you! 

I'm still reading Gods Heart For You. I've completed ten chapters so far, and I still love the book. I would definitely suggest it to anyone interested in a new devotional. Holley Gerth is a great author.

If you would like to see more works in progress, head on over to Ginny's and Tami's Amis!


Friday, October 5, 2012

A Long Overdue Present

I finished my little pig on Wednesday! My friend Stacie bought me the yarn last fall so I could make her a pair of gloves. She was even going to let me keep the leftovers! But realistically I will never make another pair of those gloves, so part way through making this little guy, I thought "I'll give him to Stacie!" She loves him so much. And her birthday is actually tomorrow. I'm so excited for her. My notes and more pictures can be found on my Ravelry page, linked to in the caption.

If you would like to see more finished objects, head on over to Tami's Amis!


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Pig and a... Dishcloth?

Hello all! It's Wednesday again, and you know what that means: Yarn Along and WIP Wednesday!

If you remember, last week I told you about the pig I was making while at work. Well this week I worked on him during my Ice Cream Social program on Monday night, and I finished the body! His tail isn't visible because I wanted to show you his cute little face. This is all I have completed so far.

Another WIP I have is the Mystery Group Dishcloth KAL that my sister and I do twice a month. As you can see, I haven't started it yet, but I can't wait to see what it will become! We can use either solid or variegated yarn this time, and whatever size needles we want (I'm using sevens). The KAL began today, and this one is all about practicing technique. If you're interested in joining, just click the photo caption!

I finished Othello on Monday (which means I got it done early because it doesn't have to be completed until tomorrow). It was super good! Shakespeare is a literary genius. And since we're not starting King Lear until next week, I decided to pick up this book that I bought over the summer. It is also very well written. I love how real Holley is at the beginning about how she struggled to wake up every morning for Quiet Time (even when she bribed herself with chocolate!). I also love the message it gives its readers about how women are wonderfully made in the Lord. Way to go Holley Gerth!

If you would like to see more works in progress, head on over to Ginny's and Tami's Amis!


Friday, September 21, 2012

I Give a Hoot!

What do you guys think? I made her because I needed a break from some of my current projects (I just could not handle them anymore). She took about four hours to complete. My biggest complaint with the pattern is that the head is made completely into a ball, so sewing it onto the open end of the body is a little difficult. 

But anyway. If you would like to see more finished objects, head on over to Tami's Amis!


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Oink, Oink!

As you have probably guessed from the title, I'm working on an Amigurumi Pig!

All I have done so far is part of the body and the tail (progress is slow moving because I'm working on it while I'm at work, so I have to keep stopping when customers come). I really love the pattern so far though (it's a Lion Brand pattern, and I've never had a problem with their patterns before). It's a little ball; what could possibly be more fun than a small pig ball!? I can't wait to finish it!

Right now I'm reading Shakespeare's Othello. I've never read it before, have only read Act 1 so far, and am already in love with it. Shakespeare is such a literary genius.

If you would like to see more works in progress, head on over to Tami's Amis. Another good place to find wips (and the occasional good book to read) is over at Ginny's!

Enjoy your Wednesday!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Yoga Bow Pose Dishcloth

It's done! I know it's a little late to be posting about finished objects, but I thought I'd share what the Mystery Dishcloth KAL turned out to be. As you can tell by the caption, it is the Bow Pose in Yoga. It's a little interesting and I wouldn't have picked it on my own, but it was fun because it was a mystery! If you would like to see my Ravelry notes or more pictures, just click the caption! 

Bulletin boards were also due by midnight tonight.

This is my first board. The requirements? At least one event for Parent's Weekend (which is next week). I decided to put the event schedule! Well, most of it. I had to cut out a few events from Friday and Saturday because I had no room. Sunday does not have many events because parents usually leave early in the day. 

This is my second board. There were no requirements for this one, and I did it on why you should have plants in your dorm room! The incentive? They reduce stress, muscle tension, and your likelihood of contracting an illness. Studies have also shown that plants improve your interactions with other people. I really love how it turned out, and I couldn't have done it without my sister, Charlotte. She helped me plan it last night.

If you would like to see more finished objects, head on over to Tami's Amis!


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Poetry and a Mystery

Oh my goodness. Jenn is posting on a Wednesday again! It's exciting isn't it? Well, at least I'm excited!

One of my classes this semester is a Creative Writing Poetry class, and one of the books we need to read is Opened Ground. It's a collection of poems by Seamus Heaney. We haven't read a lot of it so far, but I really like what I have read.
I'm also doing a mystery dishcloth KAL with Knit Dishcloths KALs on Ravelry. Since this is the first one of the month, it is just a simple stockinet/reverse stockinet picture dishcloth. A few rows of the pattern appear every day until it is completed. Today is day 3, and it should be done on Friday. I can't wait to show you guys the finished object!

If you would like to see more WIPs check out Tami's Amis and Ginny's!

Until next time!

Friday, September 7, 2012

There is a DRAGON on the loose...

Hello! I have something very exciting to share with you...

As promised, I finished my dragon. She was completed last Saturday, but I have yet to come up with  a name for her. Maybe Daisy? Daisy the Dragon? I don't know (feel free to comment with suggestions). But she was so much fun to make. This was the first FreshStitches pattern that I have completed, but I can tell you that I have more of her patterns on my list! More pictures of my dragon are on my Ravelry page. Just click the caption!
Also, the accent color (the lighter one) is called "Fairy Tale". How appropriate is that? 

If you would like to see more finished objects, check out Tami's Amis!


Friday, August 31, 2012

FO Fridays

Unfortunately I'm only a few hours away from finishing my Choose Your Own Adventure Dragon, a pattern created by Miss Stacey Trock and being used as a FreshStitches CAL, so I am unable to show you my dragon at this time. But I wanted to share with you at least one thing I've created this week!

Remember how I said that I would be making another dishcloth following this pattern, but this time for one of my coworkers? Well here it is! My notes on the pattern can be found in my project page for the first Lacy Mock Cable Dishcloth I made, and if you would like to see more pictures of the second dishcloth, you can click the caption under the picture. 

I'm sorry you guys didn't get to see my dragon this week. I'm super excited to share it with you next week though!

If you would like to see more finished objects, head over to Tami's Amis!


Friday, August 24, 2012

FO Friday

Hello again! Wow, it has been a hectic couple of weeks. I moved down to Athens two Sundays ago, and then I was in RA Orientation all week, which resulted in a lack of posting. It's move in weekend right now, and after having trouble with both my wireless and wire internet connection, I finally have time to post and tell you all that I'm working on. I'm super excited about it!

I joined this new group on Ravelry called Knit Dishcloth KAL, and twice a month this group does mystery knit-a-longs. I joined for the most recent one, and this is what it made. The dishcloth is super cute and worked up very quickly. If you would like to see more pictures and my notes for the pattern, you can click the caption to check out my Ravelry page. 

I also made these.

Following the tutorial linked to in the caption, I made Popsicle themed door decs for my residents. The Popsicles you see are for my staff, but I ended up making a little under 50 total. I made the bite marks with a special scrapbooking, flower shaped hole punch. 

If you would like to see more finished objects, check out Tami's Amis!


Friday, August 10, 2012

Chicago Summer Project 2012 is Officially Over

Wow. What a week! So much has happened in these last seven days; it's insane. I better start at the beginning.

Saturday it stormed. Like, insanely.

 The sky was green. It was insane! A big group of people came up to my apartment to watch the storm; it cleared up later though. And we played sardines that night. It was super fun.

Sunday was the usual with a small change. We had church in the morning, where 40 to 50 people got baptized. Then we met as a Prayer Team to pray together one last time, and our Impact Team only met to get our sharing stats for the week. Then Sunday night, for Project Fun we had a picnic together in Millennium Park.

 Katelyn even had a kite (although we weren't allowed to fly it). We ended up playing in the park that night, and we had a blast!

Monday was the usual. We had pizza and our Monday meeting. It was a fun night!

Tuesday we did an outreach to the Chicago homeless. We passed out pb&j sandwiches. Then Sydney, Alex and I went to the Lincoln Park Zoo.

 The lion was my favorite. And look how large their paws are compared to my hand. It's insane! And we rode the carousal. I know, I know, the 19, 20, and a 21 year old college students rode a carousal. But we did it, and it was great! 

 Tuesday night we treated the guys who took us on our Creative Date. We decorated mugs and cooked them appetizers and desserts, and then just chilled together afterward. They really appreciated the thank you, almost as much as we appreciated the date itself!

 Wednesday morning we woke up extra early (5:30am) for baptisms. 13(?) people on Project decided to get baptized on Wednesday morning in Lake Michigan, making a public proclamation that they were dedicating their lives to Jesus. It was so beautiful to watch, and was totally worth getting up really early!

 Wednesday night was the Farewell Banquet, and I have to say, the team planning it did a fantastic job. We had a great dinner, project personalities ("Most likely to knit you a poncho" right here! Katelyn got that as well), a section in the corner where we could write encouragement notes and memories, a photo booth with funny props we could use, and a dance.

 Me and a few of my friends. The "O-H-I-O" picture was interesting. Even though Katelyn and I go to Ohio University (because we are Ohio and they are State), we were all Ohio roommates, so we took it. We had a blast together, and I love them so much (which is why I can totally make fun of them for being State and not Ohio and they know I'm kidding and love them in their scarlet and grey anyway).
Afterward we went back to the Lofts for an after party! We changed into comfy clothes, watched a video of us that was recorded by the Banquet team of our greatest memories, project secrets, most embarrassing moments, encouragements, etc., and they gave us little gift bags.

The little card explains what is in the bags and what it represents. The objects inside correlate with our weekly themes (with our overarching themes of Magnificent for the first half of Project and I AM for the second). It was really thoughtful of them to put together, and we couldn't have asked for a better night.

Thursday morning we had our last meeting together as a Project, and then I proceeded to clean and pack up for the rest of the day (literally. Like, I was packing until almost 3am). We came together as a Project, or those of us who were left as people started leaving Thursday morning, and did a hug/goodbye line in the lobby so we could all get our goodbyes out at once. And do you want to hear something surprising? I haven't cried about leaving once. Yeah, I've missed home a lot and have wanted to be back on the farm like crazy, but after all we went through as a Project, these 68 other college students from all over the country have really become my family, and have given me a glimpse of what Heaven will be like. When I was first applying for Project and people told me that I would be spending the summer with almost 70 of my closest friends, I said yeah right. We'll be friends, but there is no way that we will be that close. I can honestly say that God proved that assumption incorrect. These men and women have become so dear to my heart, and I cannot wait for our Project Reunion in November. And the best part is,