Archive for the ‘WIP’ Category

Thermal Progress, New Cables, and Pets galore!

September 24, 2008

I live with my mom and 11 year old niece.  Up until a month ago we had One Persian Cat and one Multipoo dog.  Today we have 3 Persian cats, and two dogs.  Needless to say it has been very chaotic.  The new cats are just little kitties which I haven’t photographed yet.  I do however have a picture of the new pooch.

I’ve been very busy with my job at the Eau Claire academy,  I got promoted to the position of lead residential treatment worker at one of the Group homes next door to the main building.  On, the whole I am enjoying my new job.  I get some opportunities to knit and thus have made good progress on my thermal.  Keep in mind I am using fingering weight yarn, size 3 needles, and there are 280 stiches in essentially in rib.  I am a thrower so not the fastest moving project.  Both sleeves are finished, and I am a quarter of the way up the body.

I am maybe one of the most unfaithful knitters out there, and so I have started another cable sweater.  This is a Garnstudio drops pattern.  I am using Rowanspun Aran as well as Garnstudio’s Alaska.  Obviously, I just have a small fraction of sleeve done, but I am in love with this color!

 

Waking Up

August 25, 2008

On Saturday August 16, 2008 My father passed away after his battle with cancer.  His obituary can be read here.  This has been a very sad time for my family and me.  I just can’t even organize it into to words just yet.

Deep breath,  I am going to continue to blog once again.  I know I have promised it before, but I actually have allowed knitting to once again become a part of my life.  I have a FO! It’s a bit past my goal but I finished it.

I really love this sweater alot!  It feels so comfy.  I knit it out of Cascade 220 and Rowan Tapestry.  I used a 32″ size 9 Circular needle, and size 9 DPNs.  It really was a quick easy going knit.  I had a little bit of trouble picking up the pouch stiches, but Cindy from Yellow Dog helped me through it.

I am currently working on Thermal from Knitty.  I have one and a half sleeves completed.  I am in love with this sweater. The waffle stitch is very easy to memorize and the Knitpicks gloss yarn feels so good in my hands. 

 

I am here!

April 29, 2008

I am not going to offer any excuses for my lack of blogging, I just want to let everyone know I am back.  There is so much I want to talk about that I will just jump in. 

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I will start out with the knitting related news.  I started Shelly Kang’s blankie project last summer.  I lost it in November after my car accident, and it just recently popped up again.  I have been knitting feverishly on it ever since and in the last two weeks have added several new squares.  I urge every one to jump over to Shelly’s blog and check out the blankie, and read about the horrible thing that is happening to Shelly.  Her credit is being taken away from her, and someone is profiting from the theft!  Here are pictures of my version of Shelly’s blankie.

 

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My second order of buisness has to do with sharing the story of My niece Amara.  Amara is three and a half years old. 

When she was nine months old her doctor discovered that she had a large tumor in her abdomen.  It was determined a few days later that Amara had what is known as Whilm’s Tumor.  It is a childhood cancer that occurs on the kidney.  Amara had her tumor and kidney removed within in four days of discovering the cancer.  She was treated at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.  She recieved Chemotherapy for a few months and in the end was given a clean bill of health.  The Doctors said it is unlikely that the cancer will ever bother her again.  This past March Amara was granted a wish by The Make a Wish Foundation.  Her wish was to goto Disney World with her Cousin Maya who lives in Texas (We live in Wisconsin).  This turned out to be entire family vacation.  My parents, Both my sisters and their seven children, and me all went to Orlando, Florida and spent a week together.  Amara and Maya were given the royal treatment.  Make a Wish is an amazing organization, and they really do make dreams and wishes come true! 

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Make a wish granted another gift to my family that they didn’t even know about.  They gave us what is likely to be our last family vacation all together.  Upon returning from Florida my family recieved grave news.  Four and a half years ago my father was diagnosed with cancer.  His cancer is called synovial sarcoma.  It is very rare, very progressive, and likely to return after treatment.  He was given large doses of chemothearapy, radiation, and underwent major surgery to remove his high grade tumor.  That was four and a half years ago and he chose not to return to the doctor not even once.  He knew that it the treatment didn’t stop the cancer there was little to nothing that could be done for him.  So, he kept living, working, and being our father.  The cancer is back, and he has a watermelon sized tumor.  There is no cure, all treatment options are comfort measures.  I kick myself in the ass, becasue I can’t tell him to his face what he means to me.  I love my dad very much!  He has worked hard his entire life.  He has provided me a wonderful life full of opportunity, happiness, and every comfort I have ever needed.  He was the only person on Earth who would give me the money to bail myself out of severe credit card debt.  I have always had a car to drive, a pillow to sleep on, and food to eat because of my parents.  I got togo to college, I got to live in Japan, I’ve got to take trips around the country.  He’s always been my partner in political debates.  My dad has the best work ethic of anyone I have ever met.  He is a great man, a good person, and my father! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gmail and WIP

June 20, 2007

I have a new email address which will be the only one I check,  laurajkent@gmail.com.  I went with gmail, because they offer alot of space, and well it seems like everyone one else was doing it! 

I got my yarn stash cleaned out! (for now)  I got most of it to fit in my IKEA bins.  I suddenly more room then I ever knew I could have, and you know what that means.   I can fill it up agian with new yarn!  Joke!  Actually, I finally recieved my Knitpicks package, and I am going to stop.  Really, I am not going to buy anymore yarn until I finish three projects.  I am counting sock yarn as stash, so I will not be buying any of that either.  The three projects I will be working on are:

1) a 75% completed cabled jacket out of Clasic Elite Sky tweed.  (That’s my niece’s persian cat Lily)

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2) a wallaby sweater which is 50% completed out of Casscaid 220, and Rowan Tapestry.

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3) a 50% completed Sally’s Favorite Summer Sweater out of Lion Brand Cotton.

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I will also continue to work on the blankie (up to 28 squares on the first row, I’m planning to do 33 squares across, and socks.

Quilting and Sewing WIP

June 6, 2007

I finally got the pictures taken I wanted to post two days ago.  I am posting this from my back yard in a tent where I am currently spending the night with two of my nieces Selena and Sophie.  They are 10 and 6 and and we have been having a great time.  What a great way to spend my night off huh?  We even ordered pizza to our tent.

 First of all, this picture is a quilt I am making for my niece Maya who lives in Dallas.  She is turning 2 next week.  The fabric is St. Jude research hospital quilt of dreams fabric from Hancock Fabrics.  I just love the little girls on this quilt.  The quilt top is done and backed.  I have started quilting it, I just need to finish that part and apply the binding.  My two least favorite parts of quilting mind you.

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The other quilting project I am working right now is made out of Sally Dick and Jane fabric.  I bought this fabric at my local quilt store The Calico Shoppe ,  This quilt still has a long way to go but I have all of the fabric cut already.  I plan on giving this quilt to my nephew Adam who also lives in Dallas.  He was born in March and he is the only child I haven’t made a quilt for yet.  I have six nieces, and one nephew!

 

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Next up is pictures of a dress I am sewing from a Kwik Sew pattern.  The dress is made out of Japanese inspired fabric.  I really love Japanese fabrics.  I have studied Japanese since highschool, and I even studied abroad in Japan in 2003.  I love this dress so far, but it as a little ways yet  I will post again on completion.

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This weeks projects. . .and new yarn!

June 2, 2007

I have this recent obsession with Knit Picks online knitting store.  I received a package in the mail today of Shine Sport cotton blend in the orchid color way.  I am planning to knit this yarn up into the Luteal Lace Shoulder Shell from the Summer 2007 Interweave knits.  The best part about this yarn is that the whole project works out to be under $20.00.  This is my third purchase from Knit Picks and I have been very pleased with them

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 I haven’t actually accomplished much knitting this week, but I have been working on two projects.  The first one is Shelly Kang’s blankie.  I have been reading her blog for months drooling over her beautiful blankie made of scrap sock yarn.  I have so much sock yarn in my stash. . .I finally decided to dive in and make one too.  The only deviation I have made is to omit the attached I cord border.  Honestly, I am just to lazy to mess with it.  This project is so fun and extremely addicting.

 

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My other project for the week is a ruffle scarf made out of Universal Yarn’s Tango ribbon yarn.  This yarn is all the rage right now and I am using the Red Orange color way.  This scarf is very easy and knits up fast. 

 

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